Thursday, November 21, 2019

Let's Get Digital with Marsha

Hey friends! Marsha here today, and I am sharing a layout in my Life Crafted Album focusing on some digitals from the Citrus Twist Kits shop.  I used one of the subscriber bonus journaling cards from this month as a background paper for my layout.  I loved this card and thought it would be perfect enlarged on a page.

Here's a look at my layout:

To begin the spread, I opened the journaling card file in Photoshop and enlarged it to approximately 4" wide.  Next, I printed it out on some white cardstock and trimmed it to the size of my TN page.

Since the background of the page was done, I began creating the layout using the Life Crafted Gratitude kit.  I added my photo to the page and used a stamp from the This Is Life "Grateful" Stamp to stamp a floral piece at the edge of my photo.  I stamped the date onto a printable cutapart label from this month and tucked it behind the photo.  A vellum leaf and puffy heart sticker completed the simple embellishing around the photo.

For the title, I stamped the word "hello" from the November Traveler's Notebook Stamp.  To complete the title, I used some tile alpha stickers (from a previous LC kit) and the glitter foam stickers from this month's kit.  I did not have enough Ls, so I trimmed two of the lowercase Fs to make the Ls.  I added more of the vellum leaves and stamped another floral from the TN Stamp.  To complete this side of the spread, I added some machine stitching to the edge of the page and to the stems of the leaves.

For the other side of the spread, I decided to focus on the vellum leaves from the Life Crafted kit.  I placed them randomly on the white cardstock base and added a bit more stamping with the Grateful Stamp.  To finish off the spread, I added some machine stitching to the stem of each leaf.

Here's one final look at the layout:

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope this has inspired you to use some digital elements on your next project.  I will see you again soon!


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Christmas Daily with Diane

Hi everyone, Diane here with another dose of Christmas cheer for you! I literally can't wait to get started on my own December album this year but until then, I don't have any holiday projects to play with. So I asked my friends if anyone needed any help finishing up their albums instead!

My friend Mel had a couple of pages from her 2018 album left to do so she sent me some photos and the stories that go with them and I whipped up a couple of 6x8 pocket pages for her, using the Christmas Stories kit.

The first page was super simple, I printed a 6x8 photo and then embellished the "blank" space in the photo with a couple of clusters of tags that I created by die cutting some of the patterned papers in the kit. This is a great way of using up some of those sample scraps you have left over. I added an eyelet to one of the tags and I added some ribbon from my stash to another as well. Adding those little details helps to create the sense of "real" tags, rather than just die cut pieces.

I added my title at the top using the Winter Wonderland Candy Cane Striped Puffy Alphabet Stickers and some alpha stamps from my stash. At the bottom, I typed Mel's story onto the paper before I due cut it. I mounted some of the tags with craft foam to give a little dimension and my last touch was to add a sprinkling of enamel dots.

For the second page, I printed the photo of Poppy at 6x4 and then used the digital version of one of the journalling cards in the kit so that I could add Mel's words before I printed it. Then I headed over to my Silhouette and used the BUILD A POINSETTIA cut file that comes with the kit, to create some very tiny Poinsettia embellishments. I used two different red patterned papers and added an extra set of petals to add extra dimension. I added an enamel dot to the centre of each one.

For the last 3x4 spot, I trimmed out a piece of patterned paper and then added my title with the same Candy Cane Striped alphas and some extra glitter alphas from my stash. Believe it or not, they came from a previous Citrus Twist Christmas kit from 2 or 3 years ago!

Thanks for stopping by today! Next month I'll be able to share with you an actual page from MY December album! I can't wait to get started!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Pocket Life Challenge with Patricia

Hope this blog post finds all our CTK friends and fans doing well and enjoying some creating time for yourselves!  I wanted to stop in today to share a Pocket Life spread using one of the CTK Life Crafted Protector #2 with a 6x8 pocket page.  I love mixing these formats in my 6x8 album.  I feel like I have the best of both formats!  This project is my last of five projects using just the November Gratitude Life Crafted kit.  Leftovers always always inspire this case to create layers in my pocket life page and hopefully give you a fresh perspective to creating in your pocket pages!

I used one of the 3x4 cards from the kit for the first pocket.  The pink strip at the bottom was a perfect spot to create some layers using one of the labels from the 4x6 card in the kit, the new "Weekish" stamp, and a puffy sticker from the kit.

Instead of using the sentiment on this card as is, I layered a die cut star and sticker from the kit over it.  Then using the 3x4 Typewriter Alpha stamp, I stamped the days of the week next to my typed journaling.

For the next 3x4 pocket, I used trimmed down pattern paper as the base, and then used a leftover piece of pattern paper to layer on top, then added a square photo, finishing it with a puffy sticker.

I really loved this butterfly from one of the 3x4 cards, but I decided to detail cut it from the card.  I also detail cut the square image from another 3x4 cards, then layered the square, a die cut transparent circle, and then the butterfly on top of a trimmed piece of 4x6 pattern paper.

For the two 3x4 pockets on the right, on the top pocket, I used a card as is, but added the alpha stickers from the kit to spell out 'full' with the 'u' being the image in the center.  'Full' also goes with the sentiment on this card.

For the last 3x4 pocket, I trimmed pattern paper from the kit, printed a smaller photo, and just stapled it with one of the die cuts from the kit that tied in with the pattern paper and my spread.

I have a combination of heavy, medium and light layers, and balanced them across this pocket page, along with colors and the patterns used.  Hope this gives you a fresh new perspective to take your kit leftovers, do some die cutting and start layering them with the kit embellishments.  This might be my new favorite pocket life!  

Monday, November 18, 2019

Instant Regret Layout with Kira

Hey there!  It's Kira and I am back with another 8.5x11 scrapbook layout.  Now is about the time in the month where I combine all that is left in each of my kits, so this layout is made with a combination of mostly the November add-on kit with a bit of the LC kit sprinkled in.  Here's a look at the layout I made today:

I started by cutting out the subscriber exclusive Triangular You cut file twice at about 5" each on white cardstock.  I adhered it to my background paper (included in the add-on kit) with some foam adhesive.

I used a lot of the die cuts from the add-on kit to layer behind my photo.  And added some chipboard from the LC kit to add some texture.

The vellum stars from the LC kit were perfect for adding some additional color around my page.  I also added a few tiny word stickers that worked well with my photo.

I finished the layout by adding my title "instant regret" using the foam thickers included in the add-on kit.  I pulled in some extra plus signs around my page as well.  I finished the entire thing off with some black splatters.

Here's another look at the completed layout:

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Anna

Hi dear CTK friends! Anna here with you today to share this weeks Sunday Sketch. This is my favorite challenge. I love to kick start my layouts using a sketch, makes everything so much easier.

Well, let's have a look at this week's super inspiring sketch.

And here's what I came up with using the November Gratitude Life Crafted Kit as well as one of the colored cardstock from the November Add On Kit.

The original design is for a lettersize layout but I resized mine as a 12x12. Also I only have a four grid design instead of the original six. And do you know what, thats totaly fine to tweak your design when folowing a sketch. The sketch is just an idea and kind of a starting shot.
So no preasure, just create and have fun!

And there you have it! Now it's your turn and don't forget to share with us on CTK Fan Page and /or Instagram @citrustwistkits #citrustwistkits. We can't wait to see what magic you'll create.
Be sure to head over to the CTK shop and grab some goodies or maybe sign up for a subscription, you'll absolutely love it!

Until next time! Anna xo

Saturday, November 16, 2019

3 To Inspire with Alena

Hello, crafty friends! Alena here today with a 3-to-Inspire challenge for you!
I am sharing some more pages in my wonderful Life Crafted Album. I used the lovely November Gratitude Life Crafted Kit.

 For my layout today, I began by using my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the Leafy Frames cut file - one of the subscriber exclusive cut files for this month. I cut out the title "Family" so that it took up a full page. Next, I embellished it with Puffy stickers, Vellum die cuts, stamps

On the first page I placed a black and white photo, so I can add more color embellishments. But to make the page look harmonious, I added black branches that were printed and cut by hand.

For today's 3-to-Inspire, the categories are:

1. Use  CTK stamps, physical or digital.
2. Use Vellum die cuts.
3. Use a cut file or hand cut your title

Remember to share your creations with us on the Citrus Twist Kits Friends page on Facebook or by using #CTK, @Citrustwistkits on social media.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Grateful Life Crafted Pages with Lorilei

Hello!  Lorilei here today sharing two pages in my Life Crated album using the gorgeous November Life Crafted kit!  The vellum die cut pack is full of over the top gorgeous pieces and I couldn't wait to use the soft pretty leaves in glorious fall colours on some pages!

While I was going through the vellum die cut pack I ended up with a little bundle of leaves in my hand, I thought they looked perfect together and tied that little bundle with a piece of twine!  I added some soft purple mist to my white background to accent the purple leaf.  I typed my journaling on my typewriter before adhering the background to my Life Crated Album page.  I used the grateful heart stamp for my title and added the little bundle of leaves.

On the left side of my spread, I went for more leaves! I printed a full-size photo and added leaves to the "white space" of my photo.  I used two gorgeous chipboard circles to the center of the leaf clusters.

I love the way the vellum layers together to create soft new colors in the leaves!

To finish up the pages I added some sketchy borders with a grey pen.  I used one of the journal cards to mat my small photo for extra detail! 

You can find the gorgeous November Life Crafted Kit here in the Citrus Twist Kits store!  Thanks so much for joining me today!