Thursday, May 23, 2019

Life Documented with Nathalie

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a new post that is all about making the most out of your kits.  I am in love with the colors and feels of this month's Excursions and Add-On kits, plus all the new stamps and page protector configurations, so i decided to use up my kits to complete my April documenting in my family album, so let's get started:

My littles went on their first family vacation to Mexico (and of course i am building an album with their pictures for my sister, but stole a few for my album, too), so I pulled the Spencer Outline Alpha stamp set  to create the title for this page by stamping the letters on the patterned paper of the Excursions kit.  Once the letters were fussy cut, i used one of this month's subscriber cut files to cut the word Adventure in my Cameo.   For the other side,  the picture was blown to the page protector size,  here i just added a cluster of ephemera and sticker pieces from the kit and cut apart elements to balance the title.  Love how easy and fast this came together.

For this entry, i first printed one of the Digital TN papers to fit the size of the page protector, then also used the Digital PL cards to print the Currently card so that it could encase the 3x4 picture of my sister and niece in Mexico.  Clusters of stickers, ephemera and cut apart pieces were added around the picture.  For the other side of the entry, I pulled one of the new page protector configurations, and used the 4x6 card that comes in the Excursions kit as a base for the picture.   I used the PDF file (available with the Page protector purchase) to create the small journal card at the bottom of the page.   To finish the page, i added a cluster of embellishments and stamping -gotta love this month's stamps sets-.

For this page, i used the B side of the 4x6 card to create a layout about my baby's love for car rides.  The super cute ephemera piece was perfect to create the title, and ground the page.   I build my journaling spot by using the kit card, patterned paper and ephemera pieces.  For the next  layout, i chose  to create small triangle corners by cutting some of the patterned papers from the kit, layer them, and then stitch all around the frame.   I used a piece of vellum to create a pocket behind the picture - a tag was built to fit inside the pocket, and my lines of journal  were added here-.  I decide to pop the colors in the picture by using the Floral Element collection flowers to create the clusters of the page. 

The 3x8 card that is included in the Excursions kit was the perfect color to complement a previous layout, so i decide to create a cluster of cut apart elements and added a few stamped sentiments  around the picture.  A bit of washi tape was used to create the border for this page.   Love how easy it was to put this together, and create a complementary layout using the kit, and stamps.

The  new  3x4 page protectors were used to create a page all about our 19th anniversary selfie.   The picture was blown  to fit inside the page protector, and then a group of labels and embellishments were added at the top right corner.   I used the pockets to add a title/filler page and  added my lines of journal to the b-side of a card from the February kit.   A simple flag at the top corner of the filler card brings all the colors and page together.

You know you love a kit when you can make the ugly look cute, so i pulled a few pieces from the Excursions kit and paired it up with a subscriber cut file from April ( i think the patterned paper behind it is from April, too) and went about documenting a not so shining moment  for my daughter.  I used the colors in the card to work the rest of the colors in the spread.   I think the tropical vibrant colors help to make the page easier to bare (plus the holes in the hospital bracelet fit in the album rings... let's call it a win!)

This page was probably the easiest one to put together.  I pulled a tag  (the tags are available at the CTK shop), and punched the holes so that i can fit it in the album.  Then used my typewriter to write down about my need for a haircut.  Then pulled a few selfies of my last day with long hair and backed them with vellum, and one of the Excursions Kit cards.  Then pulled ephemera from the kit, as well as the Floral collection flowers and embellishments from the Add-On kit to embellish the page and add the title.   Super easy to put together, and love how it turned out.

For my last pages ( let's just say i have at least 25 layouts in my April Life Crafted album) of this post - i have kept you long enough-   I chose to first use that beautiful script patterned paper as the base for my layout.   I have been loving the orange/teal color combo and used it here to balance the cluster of ephemera at the top of the picture to the large title/journal spot at the bottom of the page.  And them i used the other side of  the tag to create a layout about my son and I.  I used a circle as the repeating element -This is Life stamp set and Excursions Kit ephemera- for this page, then just added a few more embellishments and a few lines of journal to complete the page.

I hope this has inspired you to use up your Excursions kits and document your everyday moments. I love TN journaling, but slowly my Life Crafted albums are  also filling up with memories of our everydays.   Remember to check the kits, stamps, page protectors and albums in the CTK shop, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

"The Best" with Marsha

Hey friends!  Marsha here with you today sharing a layout in my Life Crafted Album.  I used the May "Excursions" Kit, the Traveler's Notebook Stamp, the Stamp Add-on, and the Excursions Cut Aparts to complete this spread.  I also used the fun new page protectors.

Here's the layout I created:

To begin the spread, I trimmed one of the papers to 3x4 to fit in the page protector.  I then used a cut apart element, the puffy aqua mint alpha stickers, and a cork sticker to complete the title card.  I added some machine stitching over the title for extra texture and interest.

For the next card, I used a circle punch to trim out some of the circular elements from the cut aparts.  I then layered them on the card, adding some stamping, puffy stickers, and ephemera pieces for embellishment.

For the other side of the spread, I trimmed a patterned paper to 4x6 to fit the page protector.  I adhered my photo, and added cork stickers, die cuts, and cut apart elements to a couple of areas around the photo.  I also added some stamping using the add on stamps.

Next, I trimmed some patterned paper to 2x4 and added some journaling using a typewriter font.  I added a cut apart element and did some stamping to complete the page.

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you will check out the May Excursions kit and add on stamps, along with the new Life Crafted Album colors and page protector sizes!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Project Life 6" x 12"-Style with Trina

Hi everyone! It's Trina here today sharing how I used the May 2019 scrapbooking add-on kit in my 6" x 12" pocket page album. These days I do the bulk of my paper crafting in either my Life Crafted album or a 6" x 8" album. Once a month I create a two-page spread in my 6" x 12" album that documents something fun we've done or - more often than not - these photos and adventures that my daughter sends me from college, so this album spans almost 2 years.

I love Crate Paper's newest All Heart line and it's perfect to record many of life's little memorable moments. I created this 4" x 6" journaling card by cutting out part of one of the 12" x 12" sheets of pattern paper that come in our May Scrapbooking kit. I love Dear Lizzy's new tiny puffy alphabet stickers and added them to the card along with an All heart chipboard glitter heart and typewritten journaling.

Confession: One of the things I love about 6" x 12" is when I get to make a 6" x 12" scrapbook layout. Kira's fussy cut 3-to-Inspire project (on our May 18th blog) inspired me to do some fussy cutting of my own. I cut out some florals, gently folded back some pattern paper, then built a little field of flowers coming from the base of my page. I used the coppery tiny alphabet letters from the April "Make it a Venti" kit to spell out the wilderness title.

I can't say enough how much I adore Heidi Swapp's new Colorfresh gold puffy phrase and icon stickers. I could have hoarded these but instead they've been gracing my projects this month. The holographic pieces ("GIRL POWER") from the All Heart ephemera set change colors when they catch the light. L-O-V-E!

One of the beauties of mixing and matching the Life Crafted kit together with the monthly scrapbooking add-on kit is you have an abundance of treasures and new products to work with. Both of my kits are still going strong after many completed projects.

Do you like to mix up your size, formats and kits, too, when you create?

Happy day to all.


Monday, May 20, 2019

PL Challenge with Alena

Alena here with  Pocket Life Challenge for you!  In my spread I used the wonderful Life Crafter "Excursions" Kit

In the Life Crafted Kit, as always a lot of bright and beautiful embellishments - all as I love. I wanted to use as many of these sweets as possible.

So, my challenge for you: 
Use as many embellishments as possible: Puffy Stickers, Ephemera, Labels, Alphabet....

You can layer embellishments .To your spread looks perfect, add a short words from Puffy Alphabet on some cards. It always looks good.

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


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Nathalie

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with this week's Sunday Sketch.  I am always amazed at how easy it is to complete a layout when you use a sketch as inspiration, and this week's sketch is sure to be one that can be adapted in many ways.  But before i showed you what i created, let me show you what my inspiration is:

It is such a fun and layered design that i used to create 2 layouts one for my Life Crafted album, and this layout:

I love the double picture feature of the sketch, so i pulled a few pictures of my weird daughter's selfie poses and created a page using this month's Add-on kit.

It all started with a bit of mixed media on the background using Pinkfresh Studio watercolors that you can find in the CTK shop.  I picked colors that would match the papers in the kit.  While the background dried, i worked on the paper layers by following the sketch.

To embellish the page, i pulled pieces from the add-on kit  -love all the Crate Paper's "All Heart" collection goodies included in the kit"- cut apart elements and pieces from the Excursions kit.  

The sketch calls for strips of paper to be stitched to the top and bottom of the page, i kept the bottom as in the sketch, but chose to rip a bit of the top to create a small slit in the layout, and bring some extra paper from the add-on kit to the page.   To finish, i added my lines of journal and  some extra stamping using the add-on stamp set.  The following video will show you how it all came together:

Love all the color and distress of the page, but now i want to show you how i used the sketch to create a page on my Family album:

For this page, i flipped the sketch so that it would fit the album.    To start, i decided to replace the stitched paper strips with a detailed edging  (i used an Altenew border die for this), and to use one of the TN Digital papers for the one side of the page -this way i can have my lines of journal printed along with the paper-.

I used pieces from the EXCURSIONS kit to create my title and the small cluster you see on the top right corner of the sketch.  To create the small cork chevron, i cut one of the cork stickers from the Excursions kit and add it as a marker on the page.

I kept the layers and position of the pictures as it is marked on the sketch.   Love having all those colorful papers in the Excursions kit that mix and match easily on this page.  To embellish, i pulled repetitive elements to that they create a visual triangle with the title.  A few drops of black ink (even on my album!)  complete the page.

I hope this inspires you to pick up a copy of the sketch and create a project of your own in your favorite memory keeping format.  Remember to share with us what you create, we love to be inspire by you.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

3 to Inspire with Kira

Hey there!  It's Kira and I am back with another 3 to Inspire.  Today I used a little scrappy inspiration to jump start my creativity.  Here's a look at my layout:

And the layout that inspired it (and inspired our prompts):

So our prompts:

1.  Scraplift!
2.  BUT...flip it!
3.  Add in a signature technique of yours (I added a ton of dimension!)

I started with the layout above of Nathalie's...which I thought was such a cool design that I knew I had to scraplift it immediately.  So I used her design, and just flipped it around so my patterned paper (from the add-on kit) was on the bottom of my page.

I didn't have 3 photos that all went together, so I used two.  I had my main photo coming out of the tear at the bottom, then sized the second photo smaller and placed it above my main photo.

I used a ton of embellishments (from both the add-on kit and the Life Crafted kit) to add lots of texture and dimension to my page.  I finished off the layout with some silver splatters.

I can't wait to see how you use the prompts today!

xo, Kira

Friday, May 17, 2019

Life Crafted with Kelli

Hey there- its Kelli here. I am loving my Life Crafted album and am always looking forward to making layouts in it. This one was made with the May kit. I used the cut file (a bonus for subscribers) to make the rainbow. I ended up printing it though, since I liked the black lines in between the colors. Then I used watercolor pencils to color in the rainbow. 

I take pictures of rainbows whenever I see them, but they rarely make it into my scrapbooks. This one however, was a full rainbow and absolutely stunning. It had to be scrapbooked. 

I used bits from the ephemera pack to create the banner across the top in rainbow order. The stamps were also perfect for this project. I chose "This. Just This." and "caught on film."  I lifted up the edges of the clouds to make them stand out a little. 

Thank you for joining me! Have a great day.