Saturday, January 22, 2022

3-TO-INSPIRE WITH ETTIENE

 

Hello!!  I'm so excited to share my first 3-to-inspirepost.  For today's 3-to-Inspire, I am using the new Fresh Starts kit to create a traditional 12x12 scrapbook page.  

Here is what I picked for my page:

1. 6x8 paper

2. 2 different fonts

3. 2 main colors


As soon as I saw the stamp set I imagined a combination of stamped journaling and hand written journaling.  I love that the All the Things stamp set has so many versatile sentiments allowing me to easily combine it to create my own journaling block.  For me its very important to occasionally use my own handwriting in my projects.  I love looking back at my grandmothers handwriting and hope that my kids will feel the same about mine.  I also adore the imperfection from the stamped edges and how it makes you want to stay and read what I have written.  



My favorite part of any kit is the floral papers.  I was immediately drawn to the orange and pink floral and thought it was a great start to a layout.  I used this paper as inspiration for my colors and picked out matching ephemera from the kit.  I love the simplicity of using only a couple of colors in my layouts offset with a little touch of black.  In order to make the 6x8 paper stand out a little more I hand drew a border around it.  

The final touch was my title.  My kids are now 5 and 8 so this picture is slightly older.  I combined the sweet title from the puffy phrase stickers with the tiny alphabet stickers.  If you don't feel comfortable with handwriting and stamping like I did in my journaling this is another great way to include 2 fonts on your page.  



I hope this post is inspiring you to create with your supplies in a new way.  I would love to see your photos so tag Citrus Twist Kits on Instagram and Facebook.   




Friday, January 21, 2022

LIFE CRAFTED WITH KATARINA


 Hi everyone!


Today I am very excited to share my very first Life Crafted inspiration on the blog with you! And what story would be better for this purpose than me joining the Citrus Twist Kits Creative Team. Such exciting news needed documenting. I used my new Blueberry Life Crafted Album together with the beautiful Fresh Starts Life Crafted Kit. Let's have a look!



I am a big fan of yellow and blue and was immediately attracted to the blue/white striped and yellow paper with tiny triangles from the kit. I used the striped paper to add a little detail on both sides of my spread and also to connect the two pages together.


I also love to combine scripty and blocky fonts for my titles. For this one I used the scripty word "new" from the Fresh Starts Die Cut Ephemera and I stamped the rest of the words using the Sophie Alphabet Stamp. I love how it works perfectly together! I also stamped a little sentiment under my title using the new All The Things Stamp.



I added a couple of Fresh Starts puffy stickers for more dimension and detail.


On the other side of my spread I used the bookmark from the kit and one of the papers from the Basics & Ledgers Patterned Papers. I created two tags that I layered over each other and finished them with blue/white and yellow details to complement the right side. I used the trimmed bookmark for my story.




I hope my project inspired you to play with your Life Crafted Fresh Starts Kit and create something pretty. Thank you so much for stopping by, see you next month!




Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sunday Sketch With Aimee


Hey there Citrus Twist friends it's Aimee here to welcome you back to another Sunday Sketch! Let's take a look at the sketch: 


Isn't she lovely? I decided to go ahead and flip the sketch on its side. Remember — sketches are meant to strike inspiration and don't necessarily have to be in the same orientation or even format for that matter. 

For this particular layout I wanted to use the Market Square Add-On kit that's available in the shop— I still have a bunch of this kit left to work through. I selected a beautiful deep green paper from the kit and oriented it vertically behind my photos. I like how the green pairs really well with my photos and I loved the scripty title shown in the sketch so I chose my own puffy word from the Fresh Starts Puffy Phrase & Icon sticker sheet. I thought the black, "happy" was more fitting for my color scheme. 


Next I layered in some of those beautiful florals from the Market Square die-cut and Chipboard sets. They aren't shown in the sketch but since I am using it more as a guide this is okay! I also added neutral toned die-cuts from the Fresh Starts Die-Cut Ephemera pack and precious doilies from the add-on kit




The sketch indicates a place for handwritten or typed journaling but instead I decided to create my journaling with the All The Things stamp set and I'm so glad I did! I think it turned out adorable and it's definitely something I will be doing again. I added black acrylic paint splatters to the page by wetting my paint brush before dipping it into my paint and took care not to splash my photos. 


After my splatters dried I embellished with a few hearts and voila— there is my Sunday Sketch complete! You don't have to follow sketches down to the letter and I'm so glad I let this sketch inspire me to make this sweet and priceless page. I hope you enjoyed following along and I'll see you next time! Happy creating! 


Affectionately, 




Saturday, January 15, 2022

3-to-Inspire with AMY


 

Happy New Year everyone!  I'm excited to share my first blog post as a Creative Team member!  For today's 3-to-Inspire, I am using the new Fresh Starts kit.  For the past three years, I have created a monthly project life album for my family, mainly using pocket pages.  This will be the opening page in my 2022 album.

Here are my 3-to-inspire:

1.  Die Cut Ephemera

2.  Tiny Word Stickers

3.  Double-Sided 3x4 Journaling Cards

I was initially drawn toward the Die-Cut Ephemera for this layout because of the 1,2,3 tags, since there are three people in my family.  I cut the tags with 1 and 2 on them so they fit better over the pictures, and so I could use the extra bits on different sections of the layout to create continuity.  Yes, it's ok to cut up your ephemera!  I give you permission.  I also ended up also adding the yellow tag in the upper right and the long octagonal tag in the bottom left, which I popped up to give a bit of dimension.


I really like the Tiny Word Stickers in this kit, because they have lots of fun phrases, and are great
jumping-off points for storytelling.  I knew I wanted to "introduce" my family on this page, and the "not without my monkeys" seemed like the perfect headline to do so.  The fact that the type is a lovely, shimmery gold didn't hurt either.  


I used both the digital and physical Double-Sided Journaling Cards for this layout.  I have been using digital journal cards more and more recently, not because I dislike handwritten journaling, (I love it, and think it is a really important element in memory keeping), but because I can physically fit more words on the cards when I type them.  I like that this kit offers a lot of different color options for journal cards as well.  The color palette for my layout was fairly neutral, and I didn't want my journaling cards to overshadow the photos, so I picked ones with a more neutral hues to match.  I used a lined card to hold my journaling, and rectangle-and-half circle card to hold my stamped tag. 


I hope this post inspired you to look at different elements of this kit in a new way.  Now, go and create something beautiful today.  



Friday, January 14, 2022

Life Crafted with Ingunn

 


Happy 2022, everyone! January is the perfect time to finish one's December album. So what am I doing? Well, I'm going back and working on my Winter 2021 album instead, of course!

When the pandemic started, I had a really hard time scrapbooking. Not just because having the kids home all day err' day and my husband working from home in my scrapbook room (HOW DARE HE) made it hard to find time, but because the thought of filling an entire, huge scrapbook page seemed overwhelming for my 2020-addled brain. Enter Life Crafted albums...they were so cute and colorful and mood-boosting, and the size felt doable. 

Slowly but surely, I started filling them up, making little collections of stories about how our family was finding our way through the pandemic. I have a summer album full of hiking and ice cream, an autumn album full of hiking and socially-distanced trick-or-treating. I have a winter album full of hiking and hygge.


Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a common theme to these seasonal albums: hiking! And this spread is no different. It's about how we would take our kids out hiking and pretend camping in one of our local forests, while also handing off parenting duties to each other so both of us adults could get our weekly long runs in.

I measured out the puffy title I wanted to use, then left room for it on my blank white page when I wrote my journaling. I also divided the journaling into three spaces that roughly corresponded with the size and content of my photos. Then I glued the photos onto one of the patterned papers in the Fresh Starts kit, and added some of the puffy stickers onto the photos. I nestled some flowers from the Take it Inside Ephemera around the title, and voilĂ !


I hope you've all found as much joy and comfort as I have in these little albums lately!





Sunday, January 9, 2022

Sunday Sketch with Lory




Hello everyone! Happy new year! Yeah!

New year is coming and before to start telling new stories and showing you a new approach I would like to use it's time to complete my December Daily 2021 album, don't you think?

Put your hands up is you are part of the team "I finish my album in January" LOL! I am part of it and I love this because to be true I'm enjoying every single moment I spend telling these stories and creating beautiful memories of them.

So today I am happy to share with you Day 14 of my album created using the sketch we purpose you today.

Here it is.


This time I was inspired to create a 6x8 page adding a 4x8 tag that I love so much. 

Here you can find my entry...








To create this double page I have played with the Merry and Bright kit , I love it to pieces! I have a sort of minimal style and to be honest I can't put in so many embellishments, I need to have the idea that everything is clean and the photos and the stories are the main thing you see when you look at the pages.

I have mixed some old embellishments and the beautiful November chipboard frames. Love them! Some die cuts here and there and many papers leftovers! They are perfect to fill the page .

Some details follow...





The little details make the difference always.  Play and have fun telling your stories. I do and I love it, this is the perfect "me time" ;)

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Love, Lory





Saturday, January 8, 2022

3-TO-INSPIRE WITH NATASHA

 



Hello Citrus Twist friends, Natasha here and I’m so excited to share my first project as a Creative Team Member with CTK! For today’s 3-to-Inspire blog post, I will be using the stunning new Life Crafted Kit, Fresh Starts.


Here are my 3-to-Inspire:

1. DIY word phrase background

2. Blue floral embellishments 

3. Build your own title  



I thought it would be a lot of fun to create my own DIY background using a stamped repeated pattern of phrases from the All the Things Stamp Set along with the new tiny word stickers in the Fresh Start Life Crafted kit. To create a seamless pattern, I recommend placing all the desired phrases onto the stamping block in an organic pattern and stamping it all at once versus each stamp individually. 




Once I finished my background, I backed my photo with an assortment of patterned papers from the Fresh Start collection and adhered it to the 6x8 paper from the Basics and Ledger Patterned Paper pack. Next I moved onto building my clusters of embellishments with the blue floral embellishment from this month's Life Crafted kit as the main anchor to create a visual triangle. I really enjoy placing my embellishments on the different layers throughout my layout to build more depth and texture. 








Last but not least, I moved onto building my own title. Using the kit's puffy stickers I built my own title and even did a little sticker surgery, and trimmed down  the "sweet"  sticker to "we" to create my title of "together we cherish this moment." 




I hope you find some inspiration in today's challenge with the gorgeous Fresh Starts Life Crafted kit. 

Happy Crafting,