Saturday, March 23, 2019

3-to-inspire with Diane

Hi everyone, Diane here with another 3-to-inspire challenge for you! You can find this challenge here every Saturday for those who need a little extra creative push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking or for those who just like a challenge! Your take on this challenge can be a layout, Traveler's Notebook page or a pocket page spread and remember that you'll want to include all 3 prompts on your project.

Your prompts this week are:
  1. Use a cut file or hand cut your title
  2. Add some texture and dimension 
  3. Stick with either a warm or a cool colour scheme
Here’s my take on this challenge ...

I decided to create a page in my Traveler's Notebook about my two favourite things: my husband and coffee!

To create a bit of dimension, I trimmed out the stripes from one of the 6x8 papers from the Life Crafted kit and then changed to order of them to create an ombre effect. I stitched them to the tag (adding even more texture!) and then roughed up the edges with my fingers. I grabbed this awesome cut file from the shop and backed the "magic" part with another one of the 6x8 in the same warm colour tones.

On the right hand side of the page, I added my photo after first matting it in the same warm-coloured paper as the title and added one more of the stitched paper strips to the side. I finished of the page by adding a label, some stamps and a few die cut hearts that I used my ink pad to change to black for contrast. I'm really not a messy scrapper so I added some "splatters" with a gel pen instead!

I can't wait to see what you do with this challenge so don't forget to post your layouts in the Facebook Fan Page so we can see!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Life Crafted with Alena

Hello CTK friends, Alena here today.

I am sharing some more pages in my wonderful Life Crafted Album. I used the lovely March Life Crafted Kit .

  like to experiment with the background. This time I combined strips of patterned paper and a puffy alphabet. I also left place for a headline.

 On another page I used the same patterned paper and also added a couple pieces of chipboard. I just cut the paper along the patterned lines.

And here are some more pages I made this month:

 Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kitten Traveler's Notebook Page with Laura Rahel

Hey friends, it's Laura Rahel Crosby here and today I'm sharing a gorgeous page I made for my Life Crafted album by CTK. To make this page, I'm using the March 2019 Life Crafted Citrus Twist Kit and there's an awesome process video for you to see how the page came together.

This layout was sweet and easy. I wanted a neutral color background paper to go with the neutral colors in my photograph so I created my own. I used lots of phrases from the stamp sets this month and stamped them to make that gorgeous patterned background paper. I layered my photograph on some patterned paper from the kit and embellished using white thread and various ephemera and chipboard pieces from the Life Crafted Kit this month.

My favorite part of this page (aside from the photo of my kitten of course,) is that adorable scalloped envelope and the tag I made to go inside which holds some journaling. I love the simple, neutral mood this page has- exactly what I was aiming for.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this traveler's notebook layout I made! Make sure you follow me on Youtube to see all of my crafty projects and I'll catch you next time. :)

Happy crafting friends,

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

"Currently" with Kira

Hey there!  It's Kira and I am back with another 8.5x11 scrapbook layout using the March Life Crafted kit along with the scrapbook add-on kit.  Here's a look at the layout I created:

I wanted to use this photo of myself and create a layout about my current favorites.  When I had the idea, I remembered on of the Life Crafted cards from this month's kit and thought it would be neat to enlarge it to use as my background.  So I found the card in this month's digitals, and printed it as a full 8.5x11 paper.

I decided to play off of the multiple colored hearts/stripes and do some color blocking with my embellishments.  I pulled in die cut pieces from both the LC exclusives and the PFS pack included in the add-on kit.  I also used some of the chipboard from the LC kit and some puffy stickers from the add-on.

I wanted my journaling to be hidden, so I used the glassine bag that held the cork pieces in the LC kit as a layout behind my photo to hold my journaling.  Then I used a tag from the cut apart paper, Happy Place, to add my journaling and tucked it into the bag behind my photo.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

xo, Kira

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Everyday Documented with Nathalie

Hello everyone!

Nathalie with you today!   i have had so much fun with my kit this month, and my challenge this month was to try and use as much of the Life Chapters kit as i could - these kits are so packed -, so i  am going to show you how i worked the kit into my Life Crafted album.

I love having the chance to add dimension and layers to my album, so i took advantage of the concentric pattern of the paper to add chipboard and ephemera to create this simple page about my nephew's 6th birthday.

This page complements small spread created for CTK IG stories a few weeks back.    For this i mixed similar elements as the previous page, and used layers -even the small glassine bag that carries the cork numbers- to document my nephew's celebration.

If you have seen my work before, then you know that i love florals.  So, I used the floral paper from the Life Chapters kit to create this spread about my crafty friends.

I pulled the "The Story" cut file to create the title of this page, and cut it from white cardstock.  I kept the page rather simple as i have lots of patterns in the page, however, i added the little bird on the title, and used the colors to bring the color in the word stickers into the page.

For the other side of the spread, i used the leftover piece of paper to anchor the scalloped envelope (included in the Life Chapters kit and also available for purchase in the CTK shop)  and build my page on it.  I pulled the small floral ephemera  to decorate this side of the page, and then used one of the large tags to house lots of journal about this day (you can find the tags in the CTK shop).   Love how this came together with the Life Chapters kit!.

This month's Life Chapters kit had a side focus on reading, so i used the large 3x8 tag ( and one of the new inserts coming to the shop in April) to create this spread all about  my reading adventures.   All the coordinating ephemera in the kit and the cut apart elements made this come together in a short amount of time.

And for my last page today, i chose to use the Floral Cascade cut file (free subscriber cut file) to create the large die cut that covers this spread.  Once again, i used one of the Life Chapters kit's papers to serve as a base for the spread.

To balance the spread, i chose to leave the title in the 3x8 page protector, and used one of the large cork numbers, while the other side houses the picture and lines of journal.   I have added some of the word stickers to form a visual triangle, while the vellum butterflies  form a second visual triangle on the spread.

All i have left with are just a few pieces that will slowly make its way to my personal journal or a future spread on my family album.   Having all you need in a bag made it so easy to put all of this together.   Now it is time to start working on the upcoming month's kit, you are going to love it!!!

As always let me know if you have questions on how any of these came together,


Monday, March 18, 2019

Traveler's Notebook Challenge with Suzanna

Hey crafty pals, I'm so excited to be back on the blog today sharing a layout with the March kit. Today's post is a traveler's notebook challenge and I'm really looking forward to seeing how you make it your own!

I created this layout in my reading log TN insert that I'm keeping for the year. Using the Spencer outline alpha stamps, I created a huge title for the layout. I'll be honest, I was a little nervous about such a large title that took over the top and the bottom of the layout, on such a small page. However, I love the way it turned out! I used a light green ink to make the title a bit subdued.

From there, I created a pocket behind the left side of the page to keep my journaling. Using the library borrower's card die cut I recorded when I began reading and when I finished the book.

On the right side of the page I layered a bunch of papers with imperfect edges to create an intentionally messy look, before adding my photo right on top. Then of course, I went in with my favorite embellishment clusters. Adding a few bits and pieces here and there around the layout.

That sums up this layout, now let's get on to the two challenge pieces I have for you today! First, I challenge you to use a large title on your TN layout. Second, I challenge you to add a bit of hidden journaling to your layout! If you're feeling really crafty and ready to take on a third challenge, I challenge you to use something imperfect in your layout. I know we all tend to lean on the side of perfection with the things we create, but today I'd love to encourage you to jump outside of that and add a little imperfection!

I hope this challenge inspires you to create something fun and cannot wait to see your take on it!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Nathalie

Hi there!
Nathalie here with this week's sketch challenge, and i am in love with all the layers that it showcases.  Having a sketch always makes a project come together easily in a short amount of time.  So, before i show you what i created using the Life Chapters kit and a few pieces from the add-on kit, let me share the sketch with you all.

I was inspired by the layers and positioning of the elements  to create this page about my youngest sister and her lovely story (trust me she herself is an adventure for us!)

I tried an stayed true to the sketch, but as you can see there are a few minor changes that make it more my style.  Firstly, i switched the location of the label and the small paper strip from the bottom to the top of the page, and added a bit of mixed media to the background, hence adding texture to this page.

While the texture paste dried, i used the Notebook Edge cut file to cut one of the Pinkfresh Studio papers with it, at the same time a few of the floral images from the Sunny Days papers (Maggie Holmes) from the add-on kit were fussy cut.

I pulled all the blue elements  i could find in the cut apart elements, ephemera and labels to bring the pops of color to this page.   Once i had everything ready, i followed the sketch to create the layers behind the picture using papers from both the Life Chapters and Add on Kits.

The ripped layer of paper was replaced with the fussy cut florals, and all the blue elements were used to create the small clusters that create the visual triangle on this page.   Gotta love the small alphas included in the Life Chapters kit, as they are the perfect font to combine with all die cuts, and so on, just like featured in the title of this page.  The following video will show you how it all came together:

As you can see this page is a reflection of my sister's story and it came together rather easily with the  inspiration the sketch provides.

Now it is  your turn to put the sketch to use in a project of your own.  Remember to share with us what you create, tag @citrustwistkits or #citrustwistkits when sharing it on social media or just upload your picture to the CTK Friends page on Facebook.  We love seeing your creations.