Sunday, March 1, 2015

Welcome our March Guest Designer Beshka Kueser

Hello hello, I am Beshka Kueser (bckueser). I live in Germany with my hubs and two kiddos. We moved to Europe in 2013 and like to spend most of our free time traveling. When we aren't busy traveling we are homeschooling, grilling some good eats, going to soccer games, watching movies, playing games, and trying to learn German. We also like to do our own things and mine is Project Life. This will be my fourth year doing project life and I love it as much as the day I started. You can find me at bckueser.com and designing for Digital Design Essentials, Gossamer Blue, and Jot Magazine.
 

 
Guest Design Q&A

1. How long have you been doing Project Life and why did you start?
Since 2012. Once upon a time I had done traditional scrapbooking but I left it all behind in 2007. During the spring of 2012 I was scrolling through Pinterest and came upon a PL spread, I was instantly curious about scrapping in pockets! A look here + a look there and before you know it I was anxiously awaiting my first box of PL supplies to arrive on my doorstep. I have been loving it ever since!

2. How would you describe your scrapbooking style?
Clean + colorful.

3. What scrapbookers have influenced you most?
I think the two that stand out the most for me would be Ali Edwards and Marcy Penner, they each have a unique perspective on a clean style that I really admire. I always love seeing what these ladies create.

4.What is your favorite thing about kit clubs?
I love kit clubs because I enjoy happy mail + I love that it is all coordinated. They are time savers and take the guess work out so I can just play!

5. What are your 5 favorite scrapbooking items?
Five things I am loving right now – the WRMK Instagram Albums, it's PL mini style; Becky Higgins journal & filler cards, love the fun colors in the 'My Life” themed card set; stamps..always stamps and I love the CT 'Live Inspired' set, those coffee stamps would get lots of use; paints + watercolors are another fave, and thickers, like the Kal Barteski Black Foam Twins Word Thickers, you can never go wrong with thickers!

6. How would you describe the Citrus Twist March Pocket Life kit and what do you enjoy most about it?
Warm + playful. I enjoyed that it wasn't my usual style, normally I go for bolder colors + a clean design, I had fun playing with the warmer colors + mixing all the playful patterns.
 
Here is a peek at her work with the March PL Kit.
 



 
My Studio: In 2013 we moved to Germany and the hubs found us an apartment in the city. I figured we would be cramped for space but it turns out the apartment spanned the entire 4th floor and there were 5 bedrooms. So the kiddos picked theirs, we set up our room + a guest room, and that left one room. I quickly claimed it and it does triple duty for our family as a studio + homeschool + office. It is the biggest space I have ever had with the best lighting, I love it! Oh, and please excuse the mess. :)
 

 
 
**Remember to leave some love or ask a question for our guest for a chance to win ONE of her favorite things!!**

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pocket Life with April

Happy Friday!  April here to share a few of my 2015 pocket life spreads using the February PL and PL Embellishment kits plus a couple of alphas from my stash.

I apologize that my spreads don't have a weekly marker (yet).  At the time that I took photos of these spreads, I hadn't worked on them.  But since taking these photos, I did finish them, so my future spreads will be a little easier to identify.

Here's the first of three spreads for week 2:

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Pages two and three of week 2:

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And a closer look at each of these pages.  These pages includes the pictures that I took at CHA.

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And here's my week 3:

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A closer look of each side:

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And here are your sketches:


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winners for Sketch Challenges and 3 to Inspire

Sketch Winners $5 Gift Certificate to CTK Store:
Jan. 4 : amborne
Jan.11: anitatina
Jan.18: ingridpeters
Jan. 25: heartstrings
Feb. 1: barbP
Feb. 8: mamakven
Feb. 15: pink
Feb. 22: anitatina


3 to Inspire winners:
Jan 17: ingridpeters


Winners please email Trina at CitrusTwistKits@yahoo.com to claim your prize :)  Congrats!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Some layouts with Eve


The kit of february was amazing, i made a 12x12 layouts, and lots of handbook layouts. Hope you love them and will be inspire.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial With Sandy

Hi Everyone! Do you start the new year with a list of scrapbooking resolutions? I like the idea of setting goals for myself but find it daunting to commit to a list at the beginning of the year. Instead what I do is set myself mini challenges every couple of months and give myself lots of time to tackle them. This month I'm inspired by Kaisa's moodboard to overcome my mental block with regards to cardstock.

 
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In the Citrus Twist February Love Letters Main Kit are red, white and blue cardstocks which evoke the bright, happy mood of a fun fair for me. So I think : Create a colourful striped backdrop that resembles the fair tents. There are also embellishments in the kit like vellum hearts and a banner garland I can use to add to the feeling of a fete.
 
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Creating the diagonally patterned background is simple. Cut 1cm strips of red and blue cardstock. Glue the first one down on the top left corner at a pleasing angle. Use one of the strips as a separator to determine the positioning of the next strip. Continue until you fill the page.
 
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Once the stripe pattern is ready, I add two pieces of 4"x6" white cardstock on top to break up the busy background. That way the photo has some breathing room around it, the title and caption woldn't get lost among the stripes. A little more embellishing with washi tape and baker's twine and my layout is done. Hope you'll be similarly inspired to try something fun with the card you find in your Citrus Twist kits.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Sketch with Jessy

Hello there lovelies! I'm here to share with you today's sketch created by the talented Kasia.



I started of the sketch by layering the patterned papers. Love the black & white stripe patterned paper.  The stripes popped out among the subtle colours. I substituted one of the photograph with dots patterned paper. It worked well. Added the floral cut file & slowly worked my way around with the embellishments. And a few splatters of mist & sequins will add interest to your layout!

Absolutely adore those cork shapes and of course the Dear Lizzy gold stickers! You can never go wrong with anything gold *wink*

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 by 2/27, you will be entered to win a $5 Coupon to use on anything in the CTK StoreAlso add 2/22 to the title line.

Happy crating!
Xoxo Jessy


Saturday, February 21, 2015

3 to Inspire with April



Hi everyone!  April here to share a new edition of the "3 to Inspire" series. We offer this new challenge every Saturday for those who need a little extra push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking, or those of you just looking for a challenge!

Your take on this challenge can be in the form of a layout or a PL spread and you'll want to include all 3 elements on your project.

This week, your inspiration should include:
  1. Making your layout a different size than what you're normally used to
  2. Mixing alphas from the most current kit and a previous kit
  3. Adding journaling directly onto your photo
And here's my take on it.  This is an 8.5x11 layout that I will include directly in my Pocket Life album.  (Say hello to some of the other CTK girls!!)
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And some close-up shots:

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If you take on this challenge, post your layout or PL spread in the Citrus Twist Gallery or on the Facebook Citrus Twist Fan Page.

Thanks for stopping by! :)