Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Amanda!

Hi CTK Friends!

Amanda here, and I am so excited to be joining you for today's installment of the awesome Sunday Sketch challenge! I hope you'll get some time to craft & play along!
Here's the fabulous sketch we're being inspired with.....

Wow! What a terrific sketch! I love this design & can see it working for both scrapbook pages AND as a page for my Life Crafted Album!
So naturally,  I've created both pages to inspire you with!
First up is my scrapbook layout, "Sweet"

Sigh! Isn't this divine! Such a young, fresh & feminine page of my daughter & niece! I just adore all those pretty pattern paper layers & colors! Gorgeous!
With such a fabulous sketch, I really didn't want to alter it. I mean, seriously, that design rocks! So my layout follows it fairly closely.
I especially loved the shipping tag feature, & just had to use the 4" x 8" cream tag that was included in the Love Stories Kit!
Here's a closer look at my layout....

I switched the messy thread in the sketch for the hearts, butterfly & acetate die cut. The larger hearts are fussy cut from one of the Crate Paper La La Love papers. That bright blue one coordinates perfectly with the puffy sticker heart & die cut butterfly, and really pops against the soft colors. 
And need I mention how amazing the acetate die cuts are in this month's Love Stories Kit?! Love!!!!!!
Here's a look at another acetate shape on my layout.......

I use the crisp white Heidi Swapp Thickers from the Scrapbooking Add On Kit for my layout title, and embellish this cluster with more of those pretty ephemera butterflies, and puffy sticker hearts.!!!

For my Life Crafted Album page, I rotate the sketch 90 degrees so it will better suit my narrow 5" x 8" layout....

Oh how beautiful! I've used a similar color scheme, but this time I opted for warm red accents instead of mint green. I used one of the February Subscriber Printables in place of my layout title, & positioned my title where the journaling may have featured. Those exclusive gold puffy alphabet are simply stunning! Such a sweet lil page for my Life Crafted Album! 

And there you have it - one sketch, two ways! 
I hope my layouts have inspired you to play along and get creating with your Citrus Twist Life Crafted Kits! 
Be sure to share your creations in the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page HERE.
I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks so much for joining me today, 
til next time, 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

3-to-Inspire with Anna

Hi dear CTK friends!
Anna here with you today to host one of my favourite challenges, the 3-to-Inspire, YAY!
I think it's so inspiring and a perfect kick of to start playing with my stuff.
Hope you will join in and play along with me , can't wait to see your goodness.

Here's my promts for this week.

1: Pick up one main color from your photo/photos and stick with that, not necessarily in a monochrom way but mainly your chosen color.
2: Use ephemeras/Die-Cuts
3: Incorporate stamping

And here's what I came up with using my three prompts and the February Life Crafted "Love Stories" kit.

I think you can tell what color I went for, lol! And i opted for a pretty monochrom page as well. Don't you love those triangle enamels? You find them in the beautiful February Add On Kit. Eye candy!

My next prompt was use Ephemeras/Die-Cuts and you find lots of them in this months kit, both Cardstock ones and in Acetate. Pure awesomeness.

More Ephemeras, love to use them in layers and look at those Enamels again, so shiny and beautiful.

My third and last promt for this week is stamping. I've used the lovely CTK Life Crafted - This is Life - Heart & Soul stamps. You find them in the CTK shop.

Here's some of the fabulous Acetate Ephemeras. I love the bright and happy colors in the pack.

And there you have it! Hope you find it inspiring and also I hope to see your take on this weeks edition of 3-to-Inspire. Be sure to share with us on the CTK Fan Page and/or tag us on Instagram #citrustwistkits @citrustwistkits so we can give you some love <3

Thanks for stopping by! Anna xo

Friday, February 15, 2019

Life Crafted with Melanie

Hello CTK friends, Melanie here today.
I am sharing some more pages in my wonderful Life Crafted Album. I used the lovely February Life Crafted Kit  and the This is Life 'heart and Soul stampset.
The first layout is a double page, one 8x4 inch size and a smaller insert (8x3 inch). I love to vary the page sizes in my album, that  makes for a lot more interest.

For the first page I trimmed the gorgeous flower paper to size and added my picture with the die cut title and some tags and hearts to the bottom of the page. I sewed along the hearts to add a little more texture.

I stamped a label by using the stamps from the kit, cut it out and glued it on top of my layout, then I slid everything into the pocket before attaching a butterfly on top it. When I work with pocket pages I love to stick some pieces outside the pockets. It adds a lot of texture and makes everything more interesting when flipping through the pages.

I repeated the same technique on the left hand side of my spread where I used two of the cards from the kit to fill in my pockets. I placed my journaling on one of the cards and called my spread done.

For the backside of the 3x8 pocket I also used two of the cards. I created my own embellishment by using the heart stamp on a red card and punching it out with a circle punch.  I stapled it on the card and journaled about our evening strolls, playing Pok√©mon Go, which I love right now. 

I stapled the 24/7 diecut on my bottom card to finish this page.

I hope you all love your Life Crafted Albums like I do and I can't wait to see what you're creating. As always, don't forget to share your work with us on Instagram (#citrustwistkits) and in our Facebook Group ! Until next time, 


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Using stamps in Project Life

I love using stamps to embellish my Project Life spreads? The sentiments in Citrus Twist stamp sets are always magic and this month is no different. I used the February Traveler's Notebook set for this week's spread and I LOVE the results. (And a coffee stamp is always going to be a winner in my book!)  

I'm just about always stamping on photos, and I put most of my success down to printing my photos at home on Canon Photo Glossy II paper. It has the kind of surface that ink soaks into, rather than sits on top of so it is easy to get a crisp and sharp stamped image. My favourite inks to use are Memento Tuxedo Black and Brilliance Moonlight White. But I forgot how great coloured inks can look too!

I love the way this red ink looks on my photo. And when combined into a stack with another black stamp and some gel pen lines, it really makes an impact. Don't forget that if you use coloured dye inks on photos, they really need a white or light coloured background to show up well!

Here's how I used my February Traveler's Notebook stamp set to embellish my Project Life spread ...

How often do you challenge yourself to stamp on photos? They really do add the perfect finishing touch! Don't forget to post your layouts in the Facebook Fan Page so we can all see!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Stepping Back - Travelers Notebook Challenge

Hello, there!  Let's talk travelers notebooks!  Let's talk about pushing ourselves a little bit.  How about we step back, back into our crafting.

We often buy products, tools in particular and don't get around to using them.  Well, how about we change that this week? I'm talking about paper punches!  This week, I'm using my hexagon punch in my travelers notebook.

I took a couple of the patterned papers from the February Love Stories kit, and used my hexagon punch to accent my photo and the 3x4 card.

I love spreading the punches around the page, which mimics movement. I also love how these colors are all working so well together!

A super cute page I'm so excited to have in my Favorites travelers notebook insert, thanks to my hexagon punch!  However, I couldn't stop there!

I also had a bunch of border punches that I haven't used in SO many years, but I decided today was going to be the day I dusted at least one of those off.

I thought it was a fun way to use this border punch!  It's not the common way, but it created a little bit of texture layering these patterned paper pieces with my photo.  I'm thinking I'm going to try this again with a couple of my other border punches, too!

Are you going to give this challenge a try?  Please do, we'd love to see!  Make sure you tag us on Facebook, Instagram or leave a comment here on the blog!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Citrus Twist 2019 Creative Team Announcement

I am very excited to finally be able to announce the brand new 2019 (March-August) Creative Team. This post is to celebrate this talented group of artists that are joining Citrus Twist to bring their creations to you. These ladies cover scrapbooking, project life, traveler’s notebooks, faith art and more. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for our call. There was so much beautiful work submitted for consideration.

Please join me in welcoming these creatives.

Their March Life Crafted kits (and albums!) are on their way to them and I can’t wait to see what they dream up in their crafty spaces.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Let's Get Scrappy with Adele

Hey peeps!

I have been swooning over this month's Life Crafted kit and was excited to have fun with some of the 6x8" papers included in the kit!

I recently purchased a new medium sized heart punch and wanted to bust it out on this layout. I think it's nice to use lovey themed products in February, not just for Valentine's Day layouts, but also on pages of the other important people (or pets) that we love!

This page was really easy and quick to put together and I will definitely be giving my new punch a work out for the next few weeks!!

I have created a process video for you all showing how the layout came together - I hope you enjoy it!

Adele :)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Sketch

Hey everyone!  It's Alena with  layout for Sunday Sketch.

Here's a look at the sketch this week:

Instead of creating a traditional 12x12 layout, I wanted to show you how easily these sketches can translate into a Life Crafted Album's pages.

I just divided the layout exactly in the middle and shifted the right photo a little. I replaced one of the large rectangles with a machine line.

These pages are quite simple and has lots of white space.

Love how this turned out, the colors of the kit are perfect for the cute pictures of our boys. 
My absolute favorite of this Kit is Exclusive Acetate.
Well, then it is time for you be inspired by the sketch to create a page of your own.  Remember to share your creations with us on the Citrus Twist Kits Friends page on Facebook or by using #CTK, @Citrustwistkits on social media.  I cannot wait to see what you create with this sketch.