Sunday, January 17, 2021

Sunday Sketch Challenge with Desiree


Hello crafty friends!

It's Desiree and I am so happy to be creating here on the Citrus Twist blog with you today.  My first project is this lovely 8.5 x 11 sketch.

I was really excited to bring this sketch to life.  My plans were to incorporate the lovely floral ephemera from the Hearts and Such ephemera pack on a 12x12 layout.

I started this layout by layering white cardstock at an angle on my patterned paper background.  I chose the blue because I thought it with let the blue “Happy” script ephemera pop.

Next, I layered my photos using the New Starts Digital collection.  The delightful colors and patterns in the 4x8 papers were perfect to add to this layout without taking the focus away from the photo.  I embellished the layers with florals, labels, and hearts from the Hearts and Such ephemera pack. Of course, I also had to add tickets to my cluster from the Tickets and Tags ephemera pack.

In this layout, I really wanted to focus on using the Currently 4x6 stamps.  The sweet stamped sentiments really helped me to remember the mood of the photo.  Also, the stamps were a great way to add to the cluster without making the layout too heavy.  I have to admit I loved using the different fonts and shapes of the sentiments on the stamps. 

To add a little more depth to my layout, I turned down the corner and allowed hearts to peak out.  I also repeated the pattern and let hearts peek out from behind my photo.  The Heartbeats Limited Edition Wood Veneers and the Puffy Heart stickers really help me to finish off my layout.

I added my title using the Deep Turquoise and Bright Pink Puffy Alphabet stickers.  They are my new favorite.  The slim profile of the puffy alphabet stickers made them so easy to use.

The lovely embellishments from this month’s release made it really easy for my layout to come together.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Happy creating!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Ingunn


      Happy New Year, everyone! My name is Ingunn, and I’m excited to share my first blog post for the Citrus Twist Creative Team!

 One thing you should know about me – and which I am sure I’m not alone in – is that I am NEVER caught up with my scrapbooking projects. The silver lining of this procrastination is that I can sit here in the grey January Pacific Northwest gloom and relive my sunny memories of summer!

We didn’t go on a real summer vacation this year due to the pandemic, but we were able to sneak away from our everyday life for a three-day trip to Mount Rainier National Park. I’m just now getting around to scrapbooking about it (in a Calypso Life Crafted Album), and I’m planning for this to be one of the last pages of the album, a sort of summary of why this trip was so awesome. 

My three ingredients for this spread are:

1 // COLOR: I picked out the three tickets from the Tickets & Tags Ephemera Pack and paired them with chipboard stars from the same color family.

2 // BULLET POINTS: I tend toward long, rambling journaling, but sometimes there’s just less pressure if you divide your story into digestible little chunks instead.

3 // VISUAL TRIANGLE: In order to create a visual triangle on my layout (to guide the eye and help the page look balanced), I added one last die cut piece from the Hearts & Such Die Cut Ephemera pack to the upper right side of the spread.

I also added a title using the White Foam Alphabet from the shop, which happily includes stars! I used a star instead of the “o” in love to repeat the stars I had used elsewhere on the page.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you will join me in scrapbooking earlier, brighter, happier days as we struggle through dark times up here in the Northern Hemisphere!  

See you again soon,


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Sketch Challenge with Nathalie

 Hi there!

Nathalie with you today to share a bit of inspiration using this week's sketch.   We always talk about how versatile sketches can be, as they are the blueprint for your project. Think of sketches as the bones of your project, the rest is up to you.  Well, let's start by showing the sketch:

The sketch  was designed for a 8.5x11 page with lots of layers.  Here is how I interpreted the sketch in my Life Crafted album:

I flipped the sketch 90 degrees counter clock wise and then pulled the New Starts Digital collection, a few of the stamps and lots of embellishments from the shop to create this spread.

The bulk part of the sketch (once flipped) is on the right side of the page.  Here, I used papers from the New Starts Digital collection, as well as a few from the December Add-on kit, and tried to follow the layer sizes.  I switch the location of the embellishments so that it balanced the page  a bit better.  In addition, I stayed with a very masculine palette and a hint of pink since the picture is of my two boys.

I followed the sketch and left lots of negative space on the left side of the spread.  However, I replaced the "typewriter title" with a mixture of stamps and textures.  I used the Madison Alpha stamp set to create a word that will fit across the width of the page. Then added  a second word using the teal puffy alphas from the shop.  I bulked up the title by adding the date using the Bailey Alpha 4x6 stamp set.  A small cut apart element with enamel dots just bring it all together.

The major difference is the location of the journal.  In the original sketch the journal sits to the right of the picture (above it once you flip the sketch).  I changed the small journal spot for a tag, and created a pocket between the layers behind the picture.  A bit of stamping -Currently Stamp set-  at the top of the tag just bring the look of the original sketch to the page.   Just love how easy this came together in a really short time, so I decided to follow the same idea to document the following day's story, too.

For this layout, I changed things a bit.  First of all, I flipped the sketch counter clockwise, and enlarged the picture to fit in the negative part of the sketch.

This time, my title is placed on top of the picture.  For this, I used Orange puffy alphas as well and enamel dots.  Then used the Currently stamp set to add a bit more sentiment to the title.  CTK stamps are so flexible you can easily curve them to create a circle with them.

This time, I used the sketch as inspiration for the paper layering, however used a 4x8 tag as the background.   The New Starts Digital collection is amazing, and so easy to combine.  I resized some of the TN papers and added a piece of the Marigold paper pad in the layers.  Then added pieces of Florals Die Cuts, Tickets and Tags, and New Starts Digital cut apart elements to complete the  page.

I really hope these have inspired you to use the sketch to create a project of your own.  Remember to share with us what you have created, use the hashtag #citrustwistkits or tag us using @citrustwistkits. I cannot wait to see what you create.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

3 to Inspire| Tell your 2021 stories

Hello friends! Happy Saturday everyone! It's the weekend YAY! And this is the second weekend of the year, a fresh start, a new beginning, in this time of the year I feel full of strenght , of good purposes and I would like to start new projects, to come back to good habits and to work to be happy every single day! 

The past year has been so hard in many different ways for each of us around the world so my intentino this year is to treasure what I have learned and so to focus on the good, the good in life, in every situation, in people surrounding myself and my family with people who improve me. I want to spend what is called the  quality time!

Quality time? It's the time spent with my family, reading a good book, playing with my kids, cooking a new recipe, take exercises, eating well and of course creating and telling my everyday stories! Creativity is make me happy and free! Writing my feeling down I feel better with myself, I feel myself.

Today these are the 3 to inspire you to create your pages telling your stories:

  1. EPHEMERA| from the amazing  packages of die cuts to alphabet stickers, tickets to the gorgeous digitals you find in the shop.
  2. STAMPS | Those little and meaningful phrases that give something different to your pages, I love to use stamps to underline a thought, a phrase.
  3. JOURNALING| Focus your attention on the story, what you would like to remember, what are your intentions for this upcoming year, your dreams, your goals, what did you learn from the past 2020? Write it down, use your computer or your typewriter or simply your handwriting and feel free to write down what you have inside.

To create these pages I used the beautiful TN NEW STARTS digital pages and some from NEW STARTS digital elements from January release. At the "hello" page I have stitched some different dies from the digitals and just added some phrases from the GET MESSY 6x8 stamps. Then I added my story in the perfect TN page and I finished my first pages just using one of my favorite page protector size with the last picture of the 2020 and some little details.

I focus always on the picture and my story and then all the tiny details I add are there for a reason , they all have a meaning, a precise meaning when I create my pages. I don't know if you can feel what I feel when I tell my stories, but these little pieces make me happy, it's pure magic, this is what I know when I create and tell my stories and especially when I look back at them going through my albums.

Hope to have inspired you and can't wait to see your pages :)

Love, Lory

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Sunday Sketch | Patricia

Happy New Year CTK Friends!  I'm so excited to be back with Citrus Twist Kits and to start off with sharing my interpretation of the Sunday Sketch!

The inspiration I took from the sketch are the design of the doily at the top with the journaling and the clustering under and around photo.  I used a Sparkle & Joy cut file in place of the doily, trimmed it in half to fit at the top and backed it with the Crate Paper Marigold Paper Pad.  

I used vellum for my journaling in the center of it.  I just roughly traced it, added my typed journaling, and then trimmed a little more to adhere in the center.

I used the same paper pad to create my layers under my photo.  Once that was in place, I added the January die cuts, a string from the wood veneer Heartbeats Vol. 1, and January 2021 Puffy Heart Stickers, and both a Vol. 1 Heartbeats.

That left side uses a pattern paper for the background from Sparkle & Joy kit that complemented the colors of the Marigold paper pad.  It created a nice warmth and just a touch more texture.  This right side, I left the background as is, but added a cluster of the same pattern papers that I used under my photo at the top.  This was a great spot to add a bold date using both the new Narrows Alphabet and Felicity Alphabet stamps.  Keeping this side light, I just finished with the yellow alphabet/number puffy stickers for the year, the January 2021 Puffy Heart Stickers, and the Vol. 2 Heartbeats.

The sketch's design of the doily at the top with the journaling and the clustering under and around photo inspired me to only change this up a bit to make it my own.   Hope you use the sketch as a jumpstart to your next project!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

3 to Inspire with Shannon


Happy New Year, Citrus Twist friends! Shannon here to kick off 2021 with a 3 to Inspire recipe to help jump start your next page. I used some products from the January 2021 and December 2020 shop updates for this layout. The recipe?

1. Alpha stamp

2. Wood hearts

3. Make a grid

Let's look at how this played out on my layout.

I used the Felicity alphabet stamp on the left side to do repeated lettering for my title. This stamp has such a clean, graphic look and the thin letters lend themselves well to a large title. I did a bit of a test with uninked stamps down the side of the page to see how many rows I could make. I didn't want letters being cut off at the bottom so a little bit of pre-planning was necessary. I didn't draw lines to keep things straight and even but you could totally do that as well!

On the opposite page, I created my grid. I used 2x2 squares to form the grid. To maximize the amount of space I could get between each square horizontally, I aligned the top and bottom squares with the edge of the paper. The patterned paper that I used is from the Marigold and Sweet Story 6x8 paper packs. Although they're different lines with very different designs, some of the papers mix and match very well. 

I chose three wood veneer hearts from the Heartbeats Vol. 2 pack to add to the page. I was so excited to see these added to the shop! I've always been a fan of wood veneer pieces. I arranged them on my page in a visual triangle with each of my patterned paper squares. To bring a little more to the page, I added some ephemera from the Hearts & Such ephemera pack to each square as well. I chose pieces that had pink in them to keep a consistent feel to the page.

Finally, I wanted to share my new favorite way to add journaling to my page! I've discovered printing on clear sticker paper. I type up my journaling in Photoshop on a shape that's the same dimensions as where the journaling will ultimately go. In this case, I typed it onto two 2x2 squares that were on a 4x6 canvas. Before saving, I deleted the squares so the journaling was only on a transparent background. I save the file as a .png. This is important! Saving it as a .png will result in a clear background. Then, I open the file and print as normal. If you have any questions about this, pop into the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page on Facebook and I'll be happy to answer!

I hope this recipe has given you a starting point for your next page. You could interpret it in so many ways. I can't wait to see what you create! 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Magic Time with Alena

 Hello  CTK friends! I am so excited to be with you today sharing a little  inspiration .  Today I am sharing new spread of my 2020 December Daily album. 
I used PL cards and embellishments from the Sparkle & Joy Kit.

  I like this winter photo of my children, which I decided to use in a large format. I just added some embellishments of contrasting colors. Blue, red and yellow-perfectly combined.

 The red striped card is my favorite. I wanted to keep it, but I still used it in this spread.

 Thank you for everyone's support of Citrus Twist Kits in 2020 and from all of us here at Citrus Twist Kits, we want to wish you a very Happy New Year!