Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Sketch with Brooke

Hello!  Happy Sunday Sketch day! 

Brooke here to share this week's sketch inspiration.

Here's my take...

I used the sketch composition almost exactly and translated it into a notebook project. 

As a huge fan of traveler's notebook projects, let me tell you, using a sketch as a starting point makes this type of memory-keeping even more efficient than it already is. 

The September kits were packed with amazing pieces, like these tags, that are so great for layering. 

Then lastly, I chose to journal around the entire spread.  I use this technique when I want to pull all the elements of a project together.  It's like tying a bow on a present....the journaling wraps everything up, nice and neat.

A few puffy star stickers and I called this one done! 

I do hope you're inspired to start creating using this week's sketch.  It's a simple, classic scrapbook sketch that can easily be translated to so many other projects, like cards and pocket pages or even a traveler's notebook spread, like I shared here.  Don't forget to use the hashtags #citrustwistkits and #ctksundaysketch so we can all admire your work! 

Thank you so much for joining me today.  Happy crafting!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

3 to Inspire with Marie-Pierre

Hi everyone!

After taking a long break to move to Europe, I'm so happy to be back to the Citrus Twist Kits blog! :) I hope you are ready to get inspired! I have a Project Life spread for you today!!

The September Pocket Life kit was totally my style! I loved every little bits and pieces!

This is the left page:

And this is the right page:

Here are some detail shots.

To "type" on this little typewriter die cut, I used my printer. I typed my text in Photoshop, the first "adventure" is written in dark grey and the second one in light grey and then I printed it on a plain piece of paper. I taped my die cut over the text and ran the sheet again through the printer. I used to have a typewriter but I found that the process was pretty much the same to type on die cuts or cards. I find that by using my computer, it's easier to center my text and I like that I can adapt the size of the text for what I need.

I used a small label and some puffy alphas to write a title on my journaling card.

I found this house card so cute that I didn't want to mess it up. I only wrote some words on it and finally decided to add a star (from the embellishment kit). Sometimes, simple is just the better way to go!

I turned this 6x6 paper into a 4x6 journaling card. And I even stamped a bit... :) Makes me happy.

Here again I used the puffy stickers to write a title for the right page:

And I used the 2 little birdies die cuts to guide the eye between these 3 photos that are linked together.

I stitched a little bit. I stitched the label under the "the container is here" title and I stitched the black and white heart die cut in the middle of the photo. I added a small word label that I mounted on foam dots.

This paper with the cute houses has to be my favorite! I decided to let it shine! I added a sigle label on top of it to add just a bit of journaling.

And now here are your 3 prompts to get you started:

- Use your favorite card or paper and let it shine by adding only one simple thing to it.

- Use small alphas to create a title or 2.

- Try some stitching. It doesn't have to be a lot and it doesn't have to be with the sewing machine. Just get a needle and sew something into place.

Have fun!!! And don't forget to share your 3 to Inspire creations in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum. I can't wait to see what you make!!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Pocket Life sketch Friday with Alena

Hello everyone! It's Alena here today with Pocket Life Friday. I am going to share with you my new PL spread using the September 2016 "Maggie" PL Kit + September 2016 Embellishment Kit

 And for your Pocket Life sketches...

And my PL for your inspiration.

For your chance to win, create a layout based on the sketches in this blog post, post your layout to our Gallery or our Facebook Fan Page by Friday, September 30!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bible Journaling with Jessy Christopher

Hello there again! So excited to share with you what I have created in my journaling bible with the September Grace Box kit. Each month, I always look forward for GraceBox and see what God has installed for me through my art & craft process. I love spending my time in God's presence and allows Him to speak <3

Without further a due, let me share with you my creative process on how I created in my bible....

PSALM 145:8-9 
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

Firstly, I used a plastic card and spread Nuvo Moussed onto the page. I really love the Nuvo Mousse. as it is fast drying and it gives a metallic finishing too.  

Once that is dried, I spread some gesso on top of the Nuvo Mousse. I wanted to add a little texture and fill up the gaps with it. 

 Next, I took out the Simple Stories bits & pieces and begin to position onto my page. 
Once I'm happy with the positioning, I adhered them down and continued with stamping. 

To finish up, I filled the top and bottom portion with brush lettering & more stamping to complete the look. 

Here are the close-up shots : 

Here are two more entries that I created with September GraceBox...

Thank you for letting me share today! Be blessed :)
Xoxo Jessy

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial with Veera

Hello, it’s Veera here today to share a layout and a process video with you. This month I got to play with the add-on kit and I was inspired by the frames that were included in the ephemera pack.

From the video you can see how I made this layout. Because I had a clear idea about the design the process of getting the layout done was pretty quick. As always it includes some trial and error when it comes to embellishment placing but isn’t that the fun part of scrapbooking, right?

Here are some close-up pictures:

I hope you liked the video and are inspired to use frames in your next layout!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Talking colour with Suse

Hey friends! So happy to be back with you today. I thought we might have a little chat about colour... do you have your favourites that you always gravitate towards? I certainly do! A *lot* of my layouts feature my very favourite colours, pink and mint.

But for this layout, I wanted more 'pop' than pastel... so here are a few of my tips for getting a really fresh, zingy look on your page.

I love papers like this original Citrus Twist Kits design: it's fresh and bright, but has those gorgeous graphic elements positioned in just the right places to really help frame your cluster. So from the word go, there's colourful interest happening in the background without it overwhelming anything.

My next tip would be to be a tiny bit braver and take a side-step away from your regular favourites. The bubblegum pink of her t-shirt looks delightful next to that bright hit of canary yellow; the hot pink title really zings on it's jade background. And I love how the turquoise flair works next to that yellow heart. 

We've even got bright red in there with the strawberry design on her top... but to me, the colours don't clash. They just pop away next to each other quite happily!

I've not used them on this layout, but other accent colours that work well alongside our girly favourites include orange, periwinkle blue and lime green. And of course: black and white!

My final tip for using bright colours is to keep the colour pops restrained. In the same way that a pair of red and turquoise cushions look awesome on a plain white sofa, make sure you're leaving plenty of white space, both to allow your image to breathe and to allow your eye to rest as it roams the page.

Thank you so much for joining me today: I'd love to hear your tips on how you use colour a little more bravely!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Sketch with Emma

Hi everyone!  Emma here sharing this week's Sunday Sketch!

First up, let's take a look at this weeks sketch:

And here is my take on it!

I love sketches, they're such a great kick-starter for creating a page - this one was a little outside my "normal" style which made it all the more fun.  I've pretty much stuck with the exact design, although admittedly I've switched up the title/journaling but the rest is pretty much like for like!

I went with soft colours for my page, most of the kits this month are a softer palette and although I'm usually one for using all the bright colours, the pastel shades (like the mint!!!) are such a nice change.

I adore all the Cocoa Vanilla veneers that are included the "Maggie" Main kit.  They're so pretty.

I'm also big on creating layers on my pages at the moment - not unusual for me but I seem to building them up more this month.  Super easy to do using doilies and die-cuts (of which there are plenty in the kits this month!).


Now it's your turn to take on this week's sketch!

We love to see what you do with our kits and sketches so please make sure to upload your projects to the Citrus Twist Gallery. And remember, by uploading your take on today's sketch to the gallery you will be entered to win a $5 Coupon to use on anything in the CTK Store!  Just remember to include the date of the sketch to the title line :)

Thanks, Em xo