Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Life Crafted with Marsha

Hey friends! It's Marsha here today, and I'm sharing a Life Crafted album layout using some of the new products available in the shop this month.

Here's a look at the spread:

I was inspired by the awesome new Get Messy stamp to create a layout documenting a recent photo of me crafting in my studio.  This stamp features so many sentiments and icons that are perfect for documenting creativity.  I trimmed two white cardstock pieces to 5"x8.25" to begin the layout.  Using the Crate Paper Marigold 6x8 Paper Pad, I chose a few papers and trimmed them down to approximately 2" square.  I also tore one of the edges of each paper for a bit of added texture.  I stamped the numbers 1, 2, and 3 on each patterned paper using the Big Numbers stamp and black ink.  Next, I layered a floral ephemera piece from the Florals Ephemera behind each number and added messy machine stitching with black thread.  

I added more stamping beside each number using the Get Messy stamp.  I love the fun sentiments in this stamp set!  To complete this page, I added a few more ephemera pieces and some of the Sunshine Puffy Alphabet Stickers.

I trimmed a piece of patterned paper for the right side of the spread and adhered it to the white cardstock base.  I layered another patterned paper behind my photo and added them to the layout.  Then, I used some of the Tickets & Tags Ephemera and Florals Ephemera to embellish the spread.  

I did a bit more stamping using the Get Messy stamp and added some machine stitching to finish the layout.

I love how this spread turned out using new items available in the shop!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you will share your Life Crafted layouts with us in the Citrus Twist Fan Page on Facebook or on Instagram using #citrustwistkits.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Sparkle and Joy with Guest Designer, Elizabeth Heinz

Hello friends, it's Elizabeth.  I'm DELIGHTED to share some more pages in my "ABC Christmas" Life Crafted Album.  As a reminder, I'm following a SIMPLE design formula to document some of my family's FAVORITE holiday traditions.  

For the left-hand page, I enlarged a photo to 4" x 8.25" to slip inside the page protector.  To finish, I created an embellishment cluster using a die-cut, chipboard circle and and puffy star sticker.  I chose this chipboard circle because the color AND sentiment complimented the sentiment on the journal card on the opposite page.

For the top right-hand page, I used a stamp from my stash, the red puffy alphabet sticker and my computer to create my title.  To finish, I added another die-cut and puffy sticker.  "Ho ho ho" and the mug of hot chocolate were the PERFECT combination for this story.

For the bottom right-hand page, I chose a 3 x 4 journal card to hold my WORDS.  At the top, I stapled another cute, colorful die-cut.

I hope these pages provided some INSPIRATION.  I'll be back later this month to share more ideas.  HAPPY crafting.  XO, Elizabeth

Pocket Page Challenge with Shannon


Hey there, Citrus Twist fans! Shannon here with a fun pocket page to share using the new December 2020 kit release along with some new stamps. The kit release is products that are typically used for traditional scrapbooking but I'm going to show you how you can use it in your pocket pages too. 

Since I was using such a variety of products on the page, I decided to focus on visual triangles and repeated elements throughout my page. This helps bring some cohesiveness to the page. If you look at the photo above, you can see that I used the heart label outline from the Get Messy stamp set along with phrases from that set and the Currently stamp set repeatedly. I used a bold black ink and placed them in a triangle on my page to guide the eye. Let's take a closer look at a few others. 

I used gold accents repeatedly throughout my page. In the top middle of my page, I arranged them in a triangle spanning two journaling cards. That definitely pulls the eye up. But I also tucked two more delicate gold accents into my 4x6 journaling card at the bottom. The purpose of this was to both break up the black and white accents on that card and to carry the gold throughout more of the page.

Next, I had some fun incorporating tags into the page. Since this is on the front side of my pocket page I had the freedom to let items stick up out of the pockets. I used traditional tabs on the top and bottom cards. Then, on the striped journaling card, I made my own tab by letting the top circle stick up over the top of the card. And those circle? You guessed it - repeated elements. 

Finally, I used two subtle accents to create visual triangles - enamel dots and word stickers. My page was feeling I needed to add some color and these enamel dots were the perfect way to do just that! I'm also a sucker for word stickers so I had to add a few. Those create a triangle as well. Although both of these are subtle, they still do their job of guiding the eye around the page.

I hope I've inspired you to try using the December kit in your pockets by creating your own journaling cards. I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, November 30, 2020



Hello Citrus Twist friends! I am so happy to be back again sharing another set of pages using the Sparkle and Joy kit!

 Just to recap, I am using a gorgeous red Life Crafted Album to house stories from December 2009 and of course all the goodies from the Sparkle and Joy kit.  This set of pages is about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!


I started these pages with a large photo of our tree.  If you check the tree you will see that I added Sparkle and Joy puffy sticker ornaments to further decorate the tree and two of the card stock stickers!  This photo is the same size as one of the Life Crafted page protectors.


I had to use the gorgeous journal card that was perfect for Christmas Eve along with a photo in one of the 2 - 3x4 inserts.


When you turn the page you arrive at Christmas Day.  I cut one of the 6x8 adorable reindeer papers into a 3x4 card for a lovely pop of red.  I cut a snowflake and a round circle from white card stock and added the puffy “25” and a gold star for a date card.  The card below is is the back of the Christmas Eve card and will hold journaling.  The next side is an interactive page I made for the 25th.  I used a 6x8 Sparkle and Joy paper as the base, and cut two thin strips of red paper to use as ribbon. I topped the “gift” with the red bow die cut and two die cut tags. The gift page is adhered to a base page in the album and opens from left to right.


Love the super cute die cuts!

The gift box opens as a simple flap.

Inside I added gift photos from Christmas morning, embellished with die cuts and stickers! I love how it turned out!


Thank you so much for joining me here today!  Cheers to a happy December and Merry Christmas to you!

Life Crafted with Erica

Hey crafty friends! Today I am sharing a hybrid page in my Life Crafted album using the new Instax page protectors and November's kit and digitals.

This is the first chance I've had to play with the new Instax page protectors and they're so much fun! I absolutely love adding in little pocket spreads to my Life Crafted album so this style is right up my alley.

You can find a template for both styles on the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page. You can create little faux Instax photos or just use it for the sizing of the pocket.

I had fun filling the pockets with cut down cards from November's kit and plenty of digital ephemera from the Cutapart Elements. I used the Traveler's Notebook stamp and Legendary stamp together around this circle diecut as they both had the same phrase. Perfect for my subject matter!

For my journaling, I altered one of the digital cards in Photoshop to fit the 3-Pocket Instax Protector size.

I created a stacked title using foam alphas (Bubblegum and Turquoise) from the shop and added a couple enamel dots from the kit in the 'o's for a bit of whimsy. The background card is one of the digital Legendary TN papers.

Thanks for joining me on the blog today!


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sparkle &Joy | Advent Calendar pages with Lory


Hello friends!
Today I am super happy to share with you an idea I had for my December Daily: an advent calendar as a starting page, a resume of the December stories as well and as something beautiful to open and close all the times you want. It's something magic to me, to can open a little door for each day and find a little story or a  surprise or just a quote! I'm thinking to so the same thing for my DD2020.

How did I create it? It's so simple and you will have a lot of fun for sure! 
First of all cut 24 squares using the 6x8 papers of Sparkle  & Joy kit, size 5x5 cm.  Add the number s from the beautiful CountDown cut files, Then I have cut other rectangles of white papers of 5x7 cm folded at 2 cm.  On the little stripe you have just created folded the rettangole glue the square with the numbers. 

I played a lot with the embellishments of the ki, so puffy stickers, clipboard circles, ephemera. I just added also pictures, 7 pictures of 4,5x4,5 cm and some stories written in squares as well of 4,5 x4,5 cm. Just mix everything don't overthink about how to place things just play and have fun!   

Here you find how it turns out. I have used three page protectors 2x2. I glue one to another to create something like an accordion using the part of the page protetto where you find the holes.

Here you find a video about the creative process about the advent calendar.

Hope you will be inspired to create yours ad have fun. 

Love, Lory

Sunday Sketch with Alena


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

Here's a look at the sketch this week: 

And here's what I came up with using the beautiful Legendary Add-On Kit and Digitals.

First I layered pieces of patterned paper and some die-cuts.

The main elements on my layout, besides photos, is cut file. I added some purple paint to make the cut file more visible. 

Small accents were also added using machine stitching.

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.