Monday, June 24, 2019

Playing with Layers with Trina

Hello everyone,

I'm here today to share a 12" x 12" layout I made by mixing and matching the June Life Crafted and Scrapbooking Add-On kits together with a couple sneak peek elements from our July "Best of This Life" Life Crafted kit.

I love pretty layers so thought I'd show how I mix and match paper and embellishments to create them. I found an old box of photos of my mom (she's on the left) from her college days at Michigan State. I really enjoy using black-and-white photography against bright, happy colors. I pulled most of the elements from our June 2019 kits. Here is my finished layout.

If I am going to use mist or acrylics on my pages I always do this in advance of sitting down to build up my laters. I splattered some heidi swamp black color shine on my base page and stepped away for a couple of hours, giving it time to dry. I knew I basically wanted the layers in the lower left-hand part of my page, so I splattered my mist accordingly. The finishing touch to my layout was going in adding the punched stars and some sequins.

Here is a close-up of one corner of my layers. I started with a larger floral yellow piece of paper, layered it with a vintage dictionary page (from one of the vintage flea market kits in our shop), then continued building my layers up from there. The "tickets" are cut from a piece of 12" x 12" paper in our June 12" x 12" Scrapbooking Kit Add-on.

Here are close-ups of the layered tags.

I use my thumbnail to gently crumple the edge of the pattern paper.

Here is another peek at a few of the elements from our soon-to-reveal July "Best of This Life" Life Crafted kit:

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project. I hope this inspires you to build up layers on your projects.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Emma

Hi friends!  Emma on blog today to share this weeks Sunday Sketch challenge!

I love this weekly challenge and I have had so much fun playing with this month's Life Crafted kit.  The colours are so fresh and fun; more so for us experiencing this icky winter weather - everything is so blah bit I opened up my kit and the colours were an instant happy!

First up let's have a look at the sketch:

And here is the project I created:

As you can see I've converted the 12x12 sketch to fit my smaller 6x8 format but it still totally works!  I've used the June Life Crafted Kit "Around Here" but also added in a few of this months stamps as well.

I am seriously LOVING this floral paper included in the kit this month.  The colours are just perfect and I'm feeling the need to put it on everything (you can bet I'm keeping all the little off-cuts!).  I kep with the sketch by putting a piece of at the bottom of my page but I also added a corner piece at the top left of my page, to create a bit more balance and because I really do just love the colours/pattern and wanted more of it on my layout :)

I got lucky in being allocated a sketch I loved this month so decided to try and keep my layout as close as possible.  I started my page with the messy part - because it's what always gives me the most trouble.  Splatters seem like such an easy thing to do but I always seem to mess them up, ha!  I used Pinkfresh Translucent Liquid Watercolor (which I picked up from the store a little while back; finally using it!) and I'm so happy to say that on my very first attempt they actually went where I wanted them to!  That never happens ;)

Once my successful ink splatters finally dried (which always seems to take soooooooo long) I started to create my layers.  I picked a couple white tags from my stash and stamped a few sentiments that matched the photo I wanted to use (of my mum and aunt).

I built up my photo cluster by adding a neutral pattern underneath my photo (I didn't want anything to compete with the gorgeous floral pattern) and popped one of the die-cut pieces underneath my photo.  I typed my journaling up on the computer and printed it out.

I'm also loving the black foam phrases included in the Life Crafted kit - aren't they the perfect size?!  I used one for my title and added the arrow/hearts around my photo to balance things out.  I do love how they fit in with the blank splatters on my background too!

To finish off my page I popped one of the carstock foam stickers underneath the photo then added a few of the enamel shape stickers around my photo for a few more pops of colour!

I had so much fun putting this one together and I cannot wait to see your take on it as well!  Be sure to share on our Facebook Fanpage so we can all see!

Take care, Em xo

Saturday, June 22, 2019

3 - to Inspire with Patricia

Hi, Everyone, and welcome a 3-To Inspire post today using the June Around Here Life Crafted kit!

My 3 prompts are:

- Use a June cut file as a stencil with mousse, paste, paint or ink.
- Use the Routine stamp to create a frame for your photo.
- Use die cuts from Life Crafted kit to create clusters.

I used just the flourish of dots and stars from the Smile Sparkle Shine subscriber's cut file as a stencil with embellishment mouse on my background.  Then I ungrouped some of the stars from that flourish to cut them in two or three different sizes from the the June Life Crafted kit papers.  After adding more stamping to the background from the Routine stamp set, I added the die cut stars, the Foam Phrase & Icon Stickers, and Enamel Shapes from the kit to the background.

I used the largest frame from the Routine stamp to create a frame for my photo by just detail cutting it after stamping it.

For my left side, I created a cluster of the die cuts from the kit at the top by stitching them in place.  As I added die cuts, I brought in more black to balance out the right page with my dark photo.  

After adding my typed journaling onto the pattern paper sized to fit my journaling pocket, I added more stamping and then used the leftover die cuts from trimming them at the top of the page to my journaling card.  

And I am still obsessed with the bow cut files available this month here, so used it here to layer over a die cut label.  You can see in the video below or in HD on my YouTube channel here how this spread came together and how to assemble the bow.  Thank you so much for joining me today!  Hope you are enjoying your June kit!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Life Crafted with Kelli

Hello! It's Kelli here. I am happy to show you a spread in my Life Crafted Album using the June kit.  I'm documenting my new creative space.  This kit was perfect for this. 

I used lots of pieces of ephemera and paper to embellish one photo on each page. I also loved adding the black foam stickers to make a big statement. 

I used my typewriter to change the cute ephemera piece "coffee and crafts" to "dr. pepper and crafts" since that's definitely more me. I also added some stamps and journaling.

Thank you for joining me! I hope you get time to create today. And don't forget to document your creative space. After all, it's where the magic happens. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Pocket Life Challenge with Alena

 Alena here with  Pocket Life Challenge for you!

I love using labels. This is the most versatile type of embellishment. You can cut them, print on them, layered  them.

So, my challenge for you:
Use as many labels as possible in your spreads.

Besides labels, I also used a lot of Ephemera to embellish my cards.

I love the final look of my page, the teeny little details and printed journal spread and stamping.

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


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Let's Get Digital with Nathalie

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today to show you how easy is to work hybrid projects for your Life Crafted album using this month's AROUND HERE Digital PL Cards.

Personally, my daily documenting approach is filled with many hybrid layouts, as i love how easy it is to print your papers, embellishments and  others to fit your ideas,  but my favorite thing about hybrid scrapbooking is that i get to add my lines of journal in the page without wondering if it is all going to fit. 

For this first entry,  I used the new page protector # 3.   Using photoshop, i opened the PL card and embedded the picture in the provided picture spot.   I enlarged the card  so that it fills more of the 4x6 space, and then  backed it with papers from the Around Here kit.

The cut apart elements are a great way to create clusters and add your journaling, all i did was size them up, added my lines of journal to one of the label spots and then print them all in one sheet. A bit of fussy cutting, and then some glue was all i needed to complete this page.

For this next layout, i chose to once again enlarge three of the PL cards, so that  i can use them as layers in the page, and,  if you look closely,  i shrunk one of the cards so that i could cut the sentiment and use it as an embellishment.

I chose to enlarge the Home Sweet Home card to fit almost the 4x6 pocket, at the same time, i enlarged one of the subscriber bonus PL cards, and cut the number strips and the sentiment, those form the layers behind the picture.

For this page, i enlarged both 4x6 PL cards.  I fussy cut the tags from one of the cards, and use it as part of the cluster on this page.   The small cluster of embellishments next to the picture are also made up of PL cards;  The  This is Not A Dream sentiment was created by shrinking the card to, and then trimming the title, the layers behind are just pieces of the other cards.   A few pieces from the Around here kit complete the page.

This last entry was created using the beautiful PL card with the striped rainbow circles.   First I  enlarged the card to fit the width of the Life Crafted page, and then moved it so that the circles were in the middle of the page.

To create the title, i embedded the Here & Now Sentiment from the This is Life -Routine Digital Stamp before printing.   The stickers and date were added after.

For the other side of this page, i used the enlarged PL card, and rotated it so that it formed the two rows of circles at the top and bottom of the page.  Then added the lines of journal in the empty space in the middle of the page. 

 The layers behind the pictures are also PL cards, I enlarged the 4x6  card with all the tags, and fussy cut them.    The sentiment at the edge of each card was perfect to frame the pictures.  A few physical stickers and ephemera pieces complete the page.

I hope these have inspire you to use your editing programs to make the most of the Digital PL cards from this month's Around Here kit.   If you have questions on how these came together don't hesitate to contact me.   I  look forward to see what you create with this month's kit and digitals.