Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Desiree


Happy Sunday.  It's Desiree here for the Sunday sketch.

Thank you for joining me today, let's take a look.

    Let me just say I was excited to take on this sketch, especially with the triple photos.  I decided to do a pocket page layout from a zoo trip when I traveled years ago.

   I really could not wait to dig into this Travelogue kit, I have some ideas I can't wait to try.  

    I started with the Travelogue 5'x8.25" Solids and Patterns Digital Papers to create my 4x6 pocket cards.  I decided on this lovely yellow soft patterned paper to layer the main elements of the sketch.  I then printed my photo strip and backed it with other patterned papers from the digital collection.  I used ephemera from the Travelogue Epherma pack and the Florals Ephemera pack.  I finished off this fun cluster with the "Let's Do It Again" puffy sticker from the Citrus Twist Travelogue Puffy Sticker pack.

    For my next 4x6 pocket card, I went a little crazy and used all the things.  I love how it came out.  First I used the Citrus Twist 6x6 Travelogue Stamp to stamp the words "Go, See, Do" in this beautifully distressed font.  Next, I used the "weekend" script word and other ephemera from the Travelogue Ephemera Pack.  I couldn't resist a ticket from the Citrus Twist Tickets and Tags Ephemera to add a stapled cluster to the left of the card.  To finish both pocket cards, I used puffy stickers from the Travelogue Phrase and Icon Stickers.  I think they just maybe my favorite from the collection.

    For my journaling, I typed a few thoughts onto a card from the Travelogue Digital Journaling cards available in the shop.   I adorned my pictures with more ephemera, puffy stickers, and a Travelogue Chipboard sticker.

I really had a lot of fun with this sketch and the Travelogue Kit.  I think the possibilities for the kit are endless.

Thank you for visiting us today.  Don't forget to get your kit!

XO, Desiree

Saturday, March 6, 2021

3 to Inspire with Shannon


Hello crafty friends! Shannon here with another 3 to Inspire to kickstart your memory keeping. For this post, I'm focusing on a travel layout using the new Travelogue products available now at Citrus Twist. My husband and I took a trip to Hawaii back in July 2014 and I never got around to scrapbooking it. These products inspired me to get some photos ordered and finally document our trip!

Let's look at my list of 3 things to inspire your layout...

1. Make your own title card

2. Use a cluster of embellishments

3. Bring in some history

1. Make your own title card. -- Since the Travelogue Mini Kit doesn't come with printed cards (you can get them digitally though!) I decided to challenge myself to use only the mini kit and some cardstock to make my own pocket page cards. I started this title card by stamping a background using the 6x8 Travelogue Stamp. I love stamping backgrounds in a pattern. I tested out a few light colors to see what would match the kit best. This yellow is bold enough to catch attention but suble enough to be a background. Next, I chose the word "explore" from the Travelogue Puffy Phrase and Icon Stickers. Finally, I pulled the large "go" from the Travelogue Ephemera and used foam adhesive to give it a little pop. I chose to work with bold colors (yellow and orange) so I didn't feel the need to add any additional embellishments. I really wanted the title to stick out.

2. Use a cluster of embellishments. -- The colors that I chose to use on this card dictated the rest of the page. I had free rein of color choice since my photos are all fairly neutral in color. Since the photos are outside and depict a WWII bunker, I wanted to go with a more muted palette to fit the mood of the page. I decided on chartreuse and forest green with a pop of coral. Then, I went into the Travelogue Ephemera pack and Travelogue Puffy Stickers to find embellishments to match my theme. I didn't like that I could see the bottom corner of the ticket through the hole in the location icon, so I backed the hole with the same cardstock that I used as the background of my card. Once I had my cluster arranged, I felt it was missing something at the bottom. I grabbed my 6x8 Travelogue Stamp and split the "full of wonder" phrase into 2 lines. This a really great trick to make your stamp fit if it's too long to be in a single line! Just cover the word(s) you aren't stamping with washi (after inking the stamp!).

3. Bring in some history. -- Hawaii is so rich in history that it would feel like a disservice to leave that out of my album. Of course, I can't remember every fact about everything we saw nearly 7 years ago. Hello, Google! I knew what this WWII pillbox on the North Shore of Oahu was called, but I couldn't remember the information that was on the historical marker nearby. These days I would take a photo of that marker to have the facts right at hand. Live and learn! A quick Google search brought up the historic marker and some additional information. I used that to fill in some of my journaling. To top off my card, I used a phrase from the Travelogue Ephemera pack.

Putting this page together and stretching my creativity to make my own pocket cards really revitalized my energy to dig into this travel album. Do you have a vacation that needs to be documented? Don't let it weigh on your mind for 7 years like I did - take the opportunity to dive in now! I can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, March 4, 2021


 Hi there!

We are so excited to welcome one of our Travelogue kit  Guest Designer and a good friend of CTK, Ashley Horton.   We have had the pleasure of having Ashley as part of our Creative Team, and love her style.  You are going to love what she has created.  So, here she is...


Q & A with Ashley

What is something most people would not know about you?

I have a strong dislike for Pop music...there are a few artists or songs that I can tolerate, but I would much rather listen to the Alternative genre.

 What are the 3 scrapbooking products you can’t live without?

Chipboard, Alpha Stickers, Ephemera

 What do you love about the TRAVELOGUE kit?

I love that the Travelogue Kit has a wide variety of vacation themes included in can use it for beach themed, outdoor themed or just general travel themed projects!

 Finish this sentence “My dream destination/vacation is . . . “

My dream destination/vacation is an extended trip to Ireland and Scotland.


Hey CTK fans!! It's Ashley, and I'm excited to be back with Citrus Twists as a Guest Designer for the months of March and April!  The CT Kits are always so much fun to work with, and I was extra excited to be working with the Travelogue Kit, since travel themed layouts are kind of my favorite!  Today, I have a layout to share with you in my Black Life Crafted album.  It was a quick and easy layout, since everything was already coordinated for me in the Kit.


When I am working on a smaller format project, I usually like to find ways to still bring in a lot of product from my Kits.  I thought a grid design would be a great way to do this and feature some of my favorites from the Travelogue Kit.  I started out by checking out the Digitals, so I could have some pattern paper squares for the base of my grid design.  I printed out 6 squares sized approximately to 2.5x2.5 and placed them on a 5x8 white background.  After all of the squares were in place, I machine stitched in between each one of them.


Next, I went through the Ephemera pack and pulled out a variety of pieces. Then, I eliminated from those to get the ones I wanted to use to embellish each square.  For dimension, I used pop dots behind a couple of the ephemera pieces.  I also brought in some of the puffy stickers andchipboard stickers.  I really love the look of mixing embellishments on my projects.  It always adds a lot of variety and dimension.



I decided that I wanted to go with a full sized photo for the right hand side of my layout.  We went out west in 2019, and had not originally planned to visit Mt. Rushmore on our trip, but made the decision to go, while we were traveling near that area.  I took A LOT of photos and thought this would be a great one to document on this layout.  I had some white space at the bottom of the photo, so I used that as my journaling area.  I just typed it in, while I had my photo open in Adobe Illustrator, so it would print right on my photo when I was ready to send it to the printer.  You could also hand write in the white space on photos or use a typewriter and then cut out the journaling strips to add in the white space.  Then to finish it all off, I added two of the ephemera pieces to my photo and one of the stars from the puffy sticker sheet.

 Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you found some inspiration for working with the Travelogue Kit!  And make sure you're on the look-out for my second post later this month on Instagram!

We love what Ashley has created with our Travelogue kit, and cannot wait to see her next project.  Remember to check more of her work on Instagram  


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sunday sketch with Alena


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

 Here's a look at the sketch this week:

 I was inspired by a beautiful cut file "Picture Story" that I used as a title. I cut this out of a mint cardstock and added a bow of the same color to balance the composition.

I added quite a lot of machine stitching and colorful drops.

I made a small envelope out of vellum and filled it with sequins.

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.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Shannon


Hey there, crafty friends! Shannon here with a fun 3-to-Inspire to share with you. I tried to think of something I could do differently with this page and I kind of love the result. Let's get to my three things!

1. Write your journaling different than usual

2. Use florals

3. Stamp your title

Now let's look at how I brought that all together on this layout in my Life Crafted album.

I started with the Documenter Travelers Notebook Basics, Version 1, Digital Papers as the base for my journaling. I knew I wanted my journaling to be a full page so I used a paper with a faint patterned background. To make my journaling different than usual, I wrote it as if I was writing a book. There are a lot of quotes and inner monologues in my journaling. I've never journaled like this before but I can assure you that it won't be the last time. It was really fun!

Need some inspiration to switch up your journaling? I shared a few ideas in this post from December 2020.

Next, I pulled out the florals. When I decided to use florals I really went all in on the idea! Thankfully, the Florals Ephemera Pack gave me plenty of options. Since the opposing page is full of journaling and my photo contains neutral colors, I was able to use all sorts of colors for my florals. I just made sure to space them well around the photo.

To layer them, I held the photo in place and tucked everything behind it. I started with the largest pieces as the base and then built up from there. I then carefully lifted my photos. Underneath was a wreath of sorts. I applied adhesive to the outer edges on the back of my photo and carefully stuck it back down. When I lifted it up again my ephemera "wreath" was stuck to it. I carefully moved around the wreath with my adhesive to stick down anything that needed to be stuck down. Then, I used stronger adhesive to attach the whole stack of ephemera to my page with the photo on top.

Finally, I stamped my title at the top of my journaling page. The Chloe stamp complemented my typewriter-style journaling perfectly! Lining my title up along the top line of the page helped me keep everything straight. This is especially helpful if you have to stamp a word using only a few letters at a time, as I did here since the "u" appears twice. If you're not stamping along an existing line you can use the lines on your acrylic block or draw a faint line with a pencil. 

I hope I've inspired you to try something new this week! If you follow these prompts, be sure to share on social media and tag Citrus Twist. Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Marsha


Hey friends!  It's Marsha here today, and I'm excited to be hosting the Sunday Sketch Challenge.  The sketch this week is perfect- full of so many fun details!

Here's a look at the sketch:

Here's my Life Crafted layout based on the sketch:

To begin the layout, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to fit as a full page in the album.  One of my favorite features of the sketch is the repeat stamping along the bottom of the page.  I chose a phrase stamp from the new Storytelling Stamp and did some repeat stamping using black ink.  I added some second-generation stamping to get variation in intensity.  A die-cut heart from the Hearts & Such Die-Cut Ephemera looks perfect adhered over the stamping.

I added my photo above the stamping, layering it over a piece of patterned paper from the Crate Paper Marigold 6x8 Paper Pad along with a doily and vellum from my stash. To embellish the page, I added some labels and a floral die-cut piece from the Hearts & Such Die-Cut Ephemera.  I continued to follow the sketch and added a stamped circular element using the Storytelling Stamp and light gray ink.

I chose to add the title on the left page of the spread and added it to a digital traveler's notebook paper from the Wild at Heart Digital TN Papers.  I also added a label from the Hearts & Such Die-Cut Ephemera and did a bit more stamping using the Storytelling Stamp.  To finish off the spread, I added some machine stitching to a few areas of the layout and added some puffy heart stickers from the Whimsical Hearts Puffy Stickers.

I hope you are inspired to create a layout based on this week's sketch!  Be sure to share your projects with us on Instagram using the hashtag #citrustwistkits.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Patricia


Hello CTK Friends!  I am loving the new goodies each month, as always, but I do love going through some older favorites to use both new and old together!  It is really my favorite way to scrapbook.  Which leads me to the 3-to-Inspire for today:

1 - Use an older stamp, alphas, die cuts, papers, etc.

2 - Use the inspiration from others into your project.

3 - Use the new Picture Story Cut File.

For my older products, I pulled the Good Life and the Retro Hip Co & CT Collab stamp sets and a CTK kit pattern paper from my stash.  I love to organize those papers by color, so I can grab exactly what I need.  I find I use them more that way too!  For the inspiration from others...I have loved all the fold outs I'm seeing from the team.  I have done it before, BUT did you catch Nathalie's recent post here.  She used the digital TN Basics and duplicated that pattern to create the longer sheet she needed to then fold and punch!  I had to try it and now I am hooked!  I created my longer piece using the January Traveler's Notebook Basics on the left side, then used the stamps, and a combination of January digitals, die cuts, and the new February puffy hearts to finish with a photo.  

The trickier part for me was I wanted the cut file to be on the larger side once you open that top flap, which means that the cut file has to fold with it.  I went for it and got it to work.  I had to use clips from my stash to keep it closed, but it works and exactly the look I wanted.  I combined a January die cut with it to add more color, and then created a grid with two more photos on this inside flap.  

And again, used older pattern papers, one from the Sparkle and Shine.  Having my colors organized, I just grabbed what I needed and it all worked well together!  I wanted that gorgeous flower to have the pop of color with dark and light in that swirl.

My confidence was up having gotten that awesome trick from Nathalie to duplicate the TN Basics digital paper.  I needed this spread to continue with the same colors and patterns to balance, plus I knew I wanted all photos to fill the Instax pockets.  The vellum with the same printed TN Basics worked for me here.  It gave me the subtle texture repeating it from the left, and the vellum gave me a little bit of a break plus a place to journal so that I could have my beautiful colorful cut file on the left, and all four of the Instax pockets filled with photos and stamping.

Another thing I love about this spread is I got the entire week documented within these pages.  Give these ideas a try in your next project and be sure to share with us in the Facebook group!