Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fast Scrap Tutorial by Evelyn Pratiwi Yusuf

Hey everyone so glad that I can back here and share a tutorial with you. Today I’m going to share how I create a simple layout using big photo and Citrus Twist July Main Kit. Since I have a baby boy; Jasper, I have so many picture of him. Today I use a picture of him and print it into 30x30cm. I use white list to create a minimalist frame. This time I choose green and yellow as a main color theme, so I gather some supplies which has the same colors.

Love Jasper by Evelynpy

Step no 1: Paste the big photo. I choose to give some space in the bottom. My plane is to decorate it with cuty  little things.

Step no 2: Journaling. I write down some word so my baby boy can read it one day. Again don’t judge my handwriting.


Step no 3: Pop it up. I try to give some dimension into my layout so I pop up some stickers and my journaling circle tag right in the middle top of the photo. I also do simple layer and paste some wood veneer to make it more cute.


Step no 4: Maximize your puncher. I use puncher from Fiskar and try to create bottom list for my photo.


Step no 5: Decorate the bottom page. I decorate the bottom page using flair, green paper, and wood pattern paper.


Remember we still can create magical layout using big photo. Have fun with it and its time to try! See you in another post.

Love: Evelyn Pratiwi Yusuf @geekgalz

Monday, July 21, 2014

Instagram Love: July 2014

We're always so inspired to see your photos and projects using Citrus Twist Kits on Instagram! Here are just a few of our favorites that have been shared in the past couple of months:

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Images posted by: lovesweatsparkle (Tara) | sarahboirin | scrappinlove (Rachel L.) | pamllaguno_ (Pam Llaguno) | curlene (Kristin) | kelsterjean (Kelly Jean) | goftgoftgoft | solovescrap (Catherine Laguilliez Questroy) x2 - loved seeing her project in progress!

We want to see your photos, too! Simply use the hashtag #citrustwistkits next time you post a project or picture using our products. You can also follow the Citrus Twist account on Instagram for sneak peeks, announcements, and the occasional giveaway.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Sketch with Jen Chapin

Hi everyone! It's time again for another sketch. I really had fun working with this one and loved the small photos.

jenchapin_ctk July kits (13)
I decided to use this awesome cloud paper for my background which was really perfect for some pool photos. I stuck pretty close to the sketch except for adding that cute sun in the corner.

jenchapin_ctk July kits (8)
This month's embellishments were perfect for documenting a summer day. I cut the sun from the Simple Stories cards included in the PL add-on.

jenchapin_ctk July kits (7)
Of course I had to use the selfie flair in the main kit. I love typing my journaling on my typewriter and adding strips to my page.

If you would like to play along, create a layout based on this sketch and post it in our gallery or link us on this post! Have a great week.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunshine in My Filofax

Hello there! If you follow me (Sam) on Instagram (@happiescrappie) you will see a lot of planner-related post popping up on your feed. Ah yes, I have gotten my very first planner - A medium sized Kikki K in mint / gold dots back in October 2013 and I am hooked ever since. And my humble collection is slowly growing. When Trina asked me if I could do a blog post about planner, I was so thrilled because I can finally share my obsession with all the CTK dubbers! So here I am, to kick start the very first planner/filofax-related post on CTK blog.

The picture below shows my humble collection of vintage typewriter and planners. And I have two more planners on my way (pre-ordering them from Amazon at really great price but the waiting period is 1-2 months). 

If you are interested in what are the planners that I am using now, watch the video here

This month Citrus Twist Kits has all the fun colours that go so well with Summer themed. It is summer all year long in Malaysia & Singapore but it is still fun to play with all the vibrant colours. I decided to use the leftover from my July Pocket Life kit to make some planner dividers for my Filofax original yellow.

I wanted the background of the divider to be really plain (so that the colour would pop), so I trimmed down 6 pieces of vellums into Personal sized (approximately 3.75 inch x 6.75inch).  I just add some mini cards from Simple Stories and Elle's Studio stickers on the vellum, then laminate the vellum. And it is really easy that I love how the elements look like they are floating on my planner.

You can actually see-thru what's behind the divider.

This divider is made using the die cut from Amy Tangerine dies (which is available at Citrus Twist Store).

Just in case you are wondering, why did I added a thin stripe of washi tapes to the edge. Its not for enforcement the dividers, thats because the stupid me, has forgotten to adjust the gap of the rings on my Rakuten punch, and punch them wrongly and I ended  up with 12 holes on each dividers after punched twice.

 I only spend 15-20 minutes making the dividers and I really like how easy and colourful they are. I hope this post inspires some of you (who are planner nerds) like me use the left over form your Citrus Twist Kits to make your own divider.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Playing with Pocket Life with Pamela

Good morning everyone!  It's Friday and I'm off to my mini vacation! But before I go, I'd like to share with you my PL spread for week 26 and 27 using July's PL and PL Embellishment kit.

Here is the left side of week 26. I went on a mini vacation to Whistler with my boyfriend and his family during the weekend.

  Pamela - July 2014 - PL - 1

I cut out the sun and cloud from one of the pattern paper included in the PL embellishment kit. I then stitched it onto a piece of pattern paper from the 6x6 paper pad included in the PL main kit for my title card.

  Pamela - July 2014 - PL - 3

I die cut some holes and backed it with the 3 solid colour cardstock and taped my instax photo down with one of the stickers from the main PL kit. Love that sticker so much!

  Pamela - July 2014 - P4L -

Here is the other side of the week.

  Pamela - July 2014 - PL - 2

Those alpha stickers? Love them so much!

  Pamela - July 2014 - PL - 5

I cut up one of the circles from the pattern paper and stitched it onto my PL card. I adhered the enamel dots (from the main PL kit) to match the rectangles on the circle.

  Pamela - July 2014 - PL - 6Here is my week 27 spread! Pamela - July 2014 - PL - 7

I cut out the camera from the 6x6 paper pad and adhered it white cardstock for my title card. I then used my sewing machine and sew the camera and alphabet stickers down.

Pamela - July 2014 - PL - 8

How about a combining the alphas from the main PL kit and the embellishment kit? I just love how well they work together!

Pamela - July 2014 - PL - 9

And here are your PL sketches for the week!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A View from Our Gallery

This week we're featuring a layout posted to our gallery all the way from Malaysia. We love Phei Chee's take on a recent sketch challenge on our blog. We've also got a scrapbooking challenge for you based on Phei Chee's sweet page. Here it is:

Create a page (or work the challenge into a PL page) that uses these two elements: circular stitching and an embellishment cluster that has at least 5 embellishments. We'd love to see the results of this challenge posted in our Gallery.

Now, let's meet Phei Chee!

Hi, I‘m Phei Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, working as a Fashion Buyer.

I started scrap-booking in May 2013 and I've been hooked ever since. I love making mini albums, travelogues and also seasoning cards for my loved one, to record those precious little moments in my life. I started my pocket life two months ago and I am really in love with it.

I love playing along with the sketch challenges. All the sketch layouts from the DT are always so inspiring. Here is my layout based on the 6/29 sketch:

Love this 6/29 sketch so much! I decided to play along with it immediately, pulling out my leftover May PL kit, and got it done within 2+ hours.
I was able to fit 4 pictures in my layout and very coincidentally I'd forced him to take this series of selfies last weekend! Ho ho Ho! So I think this is just nice for this layout!

I printed those pics 1.75" x 1.75" by using my lovely canon CP900.Then I found that the color palette of the 6x6 Webster's Pages paper matched my pictures so well! It makes this layout an easier one.

The "original circle" on the paper makes my jobs easier, I just had to add two rows of machine stitching and call-it-done.

Can you spot the gold color title from Maggie Holmes? Love it so much as it looks seriously elegant!Those white color stickers are awesome too. I just feel like putting everywhere! Can you spot some of them on top of my picture? Since I used a white color background I stuck those white stickers on green color card stock and randomly fussy cut it.

Last but not least . . . sprinkles! Since I'm not good at handling that, I changed it to be little stars, and used my lovely star puncher, then stuck them everywhere randomly as I like.

I hope my layout has inspired you.

Thanks for looking, too :).

Phei Chee

Monday, July 14, 2014

In the Studio: Scrap Spaces

Michelle here to share with you a little look into my scrappy place. 

Prior to sharing any photos though, I have to be completely up front with you: I don't keep a lot of supplies on hand.  I am ruthless when it comes to keeping my scrap stuff and creative area neat and organized.  I purge my items regularly and I have no problem giving away supplies that I know I will not use.  This is a result of two things.  First, I have watched way too many episodes of Hoarders on TLC. Second, I do not have my own craft room.  I scrap in the kitchen on an island and my supplies are stored in various spots throughout the house.  I am patiently waiting for one of my three children to volunteer one of their rooms for me, but until then I happily work with what I have!  Here's a glimpse into how I store my scrap supplies.

Crafty Space 9

All of my storage containers are clear, so that I can easily see what is inside.  I recently sorted my paper by color and I am optimistic that this will work out, we'll see. I like to store my embellishments by type.  For example, I like to keep my bulkier items all together in their packaging in one container. In another container, I mix up all of my diecuts and chipboard pieces together so that I can easily sort through and find what I am looking for.

Scrap Space 3
This is where I keep what I call my "layering stuff."  Tags, diecuts, labels, doilies, ect.  When I am in the first stages of making a layout I put this basket out so that I can readily pull from it whatever I need. These are my scrapbooking staples, basic items that I can easily match with other products and kits.
Scrap Space 6
All of my small embellishments are sorted into divided containers.
Scrap Space 7
Flair and sequins, sorted by color.
Scrap Space 8

I store my Citrus Twist Kits in Iris containers.  This makes it super easy for me to keep my kit together and if I need to clear up my space real quick, I can just pop everything into the box, layouts included, and put it away.
So there you have it, a peek into how I organize my scrappy space.