Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Sketch with Gina

Hi everyone, Gina here with your brand new Sunday Sketch! 

here is my take.. I loved this sketch and followed it pretty closely, of course it's always fun to tweak it slightly to make it your own

To play along this week, create a layout inspired by the sketch and upload it to the CTK gallery with today's date (12/4) in the title and you will be in with a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to spend in the CTK store

Have fun!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Pocket Life Sketch Friday with Diane

I stuck to cooler shades for this week, which seemed appropriate as, even though we are nearly in Summer here in New Zealand, we've had the worst weather – that photo there is actual snow! And luckily the new December Pocket Life kit from Citrus Twist Kits was full of delicious blues and greens! I just love that royal blue colour, it seems so rare in scrapbooking!

Here are a few details...

And here is the sketch for you...

Check out the process video of how this spread came together... 

Thanks for visiting Pocket Life Friday, where every week we share PL sketches and a chance to win. For your chance to win, create a layout based on the sketch in this blog post, post your layout to our Gallery or our Facebook Fan Page by Friday, December 9th 2016. Be sure to include PL 12/02 in the title!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meet Our December Guest Designer

Today on the blog we would like you to meet our Guest Designer for the month of December! Say hello to Lydia!

Hello everyone my name is Lydia Gibson, a 15 year old creative teenager who has a huge passion in documenting her every day. I live with my mum, dad and younger sister in a small country town in south-east Queensland, Australia. I currently love to document my everyday through my love of photography with Project Life, Traditional 12x12 layouts, Mixed Media and lots more. I cannot wait to share my creations as being this month’s Guest Designer for Citrus Twist Kits.
Here's a look at where Lydia creates:

To get to know Lydia a little better, we've had her do a little Q & A with us:

How long have you been scrapbooking and why did you start?
I was first introduced to the scrapbooking industry at a young age from my scrapbooking mum, starting with stamping and that’s how I got to what I love to do today. I only really got into the industry a few years ago at the beginning of my teen years and I have had amazing opportunities so far in my time as a scrapper. I scrapbook because I have a huge passion in photography and I love any and every craft which makes scrapbooking the perfect documentation for my photos and I will have something to look back on in future years.
 How would you describe your scrapbooking style?
This is a tough question for me as I don’t see myself having a particular style. Just over the 2-3 years I have been more involved in the industry my style has changed a lot. If you went through all my layouts you will find some that I have gotten a bit messy with mixed media, some with loads of embellishments and others that are simple and clean. But my favorite style would be the simple and clean layouts and creations.
What scrapbookers have influenced you most?
Oh my, I have so many. Three gorgeous women that I have gained a lot of inspiration from are Renae Bowell or known on YouTube as HeyNaeDaily, Elsie Robinson, and Raquel Bowman. They are few out of lots more that I have gained heaps of inspiration from.
What is your favorite thing about kit clubs?
I don’t actually subscribe to any kits clubs, but I am on a Design Team for one and of course this Guest Designer position and the thing that I love about kit clubs is that you get so such amazing and new product in one amazing kit. Plus all the products coordinate together.
What are your 5 favourite scrapbooking items you can’t do without?
Well one is an essential which is either double sided tape or glue, defiantly some pretty paper (shhh I do hoard my favorite pieces hahaha), lots of gorgeous ephemera and definitely some little sequins or enamel dots to add those final finishing touches to the creation. 
How would you describe the Citrus Twist December Kit and why will people love it?
This month’s Citrus Twist Kit is perfect to document those winter or even summer (like it is here in Australia), Christmas or even those random photos because it isn’t directed at Christmas or winter as it isn’t full of red and green products. You will love it because it is filled to the top of the box with gorgeous newly released paper from Crate Paper, Fancy Pants and even a Citrus Twist exclusive. It is also filled with beautifully designed exclusive ephemera by Claudia and lots of other cute embellishments. 
Now, lets take a look at Lydia's beautiful layout that she created for us today using the December Scrapbook Kit:

I definitely fell in love with this kit when I received it and I love how my first creation has turned out. One of the products that I had to use that is in the kit was the Pink Paislee "Moonstruck" cork sticker with the beautiful shine gold glitter in them.

I also added the gorgeous alphas as my title to add with the gold glitter and blue from the rest of the layout.

And this little "have faith" tab is from the beautiful cut apart.

Thank you so much Lydia for joining us here at Citrus Twist Kits for the month of December! It has been a pleasure getting to know you better and we look forward to seeing what you create with this month's kit!

**Make sure and leave a comment at the end of this post and we will be picking one lucky winner to receive one of Lydia's favorite scrapbooking supplies! Good luck!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Grace Box November

Hello friends, It's Gina here with you today to share another entry in Grace journal.

My journaling is from the book of Psalms.  I wrote "But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations" Psalm 20:8

Supplies used:

November Grace Box kit
StazOn Jet Black Ink
Prima Watercolor Confections
Prima Color Bloom Cotton Candy Spray Mist, Glistening Waves Spray Mist

Pick up your November Grace Box here!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Challenge Winners: October

Today we are happy to announce the winners of our challenges for the month of October!

Each week our Design Team provides you with three challenges to help you get your creative juices flowing. Pocket Life Sketch Friday gives you sketches to use in your pocket style scrapbooking. Saturday's 3 to Inspire challenge brings you three creative prompts to incorporate on a project of your choice. On Sunday, our Sunday Sketch challenge goes live. To participate in either or all challenges, all you need to do is upload your project to the gallery within a week of the challenge date, noting the date of the challenge in the title of your project. One winner is picked for each challenge and announced here on the blog.

Thanks to all that participated in the month of October! Here are the winners:

Sunday Sketch: $5 Gift Certificate to the CTK Store
     10/02: sandyr; 10/09: barbp; 10/16: jenlainy: 10/23: mamkven; and 10/30: barbp.
3 to Inspire: A small prize from the CTK Store
     10/22: mamakven

**Winners: To claim your prize, please email Trina at and include the date and name of the challenge that you have won in the subject line!

Tutorial with Alena

Hi everyone, Alena here!I decided to share with you the idea for decorating cards for the Project Life.

I like to use the negative from chipboard as here and here. But today I'm going to use it as a stencil. I need a tool Heatwave Pen.

I made a few round elements. Using the punch the right size I cut out.

 Next, I stamped a short phrase that you can find on the stamps CTK
Also using another form I created the background on the card.

I like the result!
Hope you are inspired to dig out your CTK kits and start to create today! Thanks for letting me share with you. 
Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Wild About You

Good morning! Claudia here with you and today I'm sharing a layout using the gorgeous November Main kit and the Sprinkles kit. I'm absolutely in love with these kits and I think they are very versatile in terms of the color scheme you can use. I personally really love using feminine colors (read - pretty much all the time haha!), so I thought that it would be fun to set a 'challenge' for myself to use masculine colors/elements and try something different from my usual style.

I love the exclusive paper that came in the kit this month and instantly decided to use that as my background. The next thing I did was go through to rest of the papers and select some that I felt would match the color scheme I had in mind.

I knew I wanted to use those white foam thickers that said 'Wild About You' for my title but wasn't quite sure about the placement. I separated the words to make the layout a little more interesting to look at.

For the embellishing I added some of the puffy dots to create pops of color. I also added a bunch of sequins and hearts to make it look more 'full'.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope that you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you feel inspired to challenge yourself to try something you haven't done (in a while). Have a great day! :)

- Claudia