Friday, April 19, 2019

Life Crafted TN Page by Laura Rahel

Hey friend, it's Laura Rahel from Today I've got a gorgeous traveler's notebook scrapbook page to share with you that I made for my CTK Life Crafted album using the April Life Crafted kit. The kit this month have the most gorgeous pastel colors and I took full advantage of that in this layout- all the pastel pinks and greys! Make sure to watch the process video to see how this page was created.

One of the fun challenges for me this month was seeing how I could use the kit because it is coffee themed and I don't drink coffee (or tea.) I always love seeing how I can use products from one theme for a different purpose (like using non-Christmas products in a Christmas layout.) As you can see, this finished traveler's notebeook page has nothing to do with coffee but was made using the Make it a Venti Life Crafted kit, proving how diverse the kits can be.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at my process, make sure to follow me on YouTube so you don't miss any of the fun projects I make with the kit this month. Hope you're feeling inspired to scrapbook!

Happy Crafting, Laura

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Product Highlight with Emma

Hello CTK friends :)

Emma on the blog today and I am so happy to be able to share one of my projects using the April kits.  For this layout I wanted to focus on using the fun Maggie Holmes Sunny Days Accent Stickers that are included in this months Add-on Kit!

First up, here's a look at the page I put together :)

This is sized to fit in my Life Crafted album and as usual I've gone with a white cardstock background (I just can't break out of the habit!).  I added a few black ink splatters at the top and bottom of my page and centered my photo.

I love layers so I've gone added one of the stickers at the very bottom then on top of that I've popped one of the die-cut pieces (also from the add-on), one of the 3x4 LC cards and a small section of one of the digital TN papers before laying the photo on top!  Yes, I love layers :)

Once I had my photo cluster all set I had some fun picking out my favorite stickers to add around it.  That yellow "sunshine" sticker was a must have but I wanted to add a bit more dimension (rather than have it stick straight onto the photo) so I added a scrap bit of paper behind then used a foam-dot to give it some depth). 

The "so this happened" title is actually from the digital journaling cards - I just pulled the words out and re-sized it to fit my page then fussy-cut around the lettering - super easy!

The stickers are such a quick and easy way to add dimension to the page - and I'll often bend them up slightly on the edges just to give the page a bit more movement (like the yellow sticker, I'll add a bit of scrap paper behind to stop the sticker sticking properly!).

That umbrella sticker is so cute, knew I wanted to use it straight away but I couldn't find any photo's with an umbrella to match, but I figured a beach shot was close enough :) 

To fill a bit of the white space at the top/bottom of my page, and to balance things out, I've used a bit more of the digital paper I'd printed (I just printed it onto plain copy paper so it's nice and thin!).

At the bottom of my page I've created a small cluster on the left side using the seashell stickers, which are a perfect match for a beach photo, then layered a print & cut word (something I created using silhouette studio).  And those flip-flops on the right side just finish it off :)

Love how this one finished up and even though I've used all those stickers I've still managed to create a page with lots of dimension!  Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today - I hope this will inspire you to use those fun stickers on your projects!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

More caffeination using cut files!

Hi guys! I've got one more caffeine themed project to share with you today, this time in my Traveler's Notebook!

One again, I used that amazing stamp and some puffy stickers from the MAKE IT A VENTI Life Crafted kit, as well as the beautiful Scrapbook add on kit. Then I got busy altering one of the subscriber-exclusive cut files to create a coffee bean cloud for my page!

Once I had my coffee cloud all backed (in pink, of course!), I added my photo onto a background of even more clouds! To create the effect of the coffee cups raining down, I added stamps and puffy stickers directly underneath the cloud and then stitched in some lines using light pink embroidery floss.

The page was busy enough without adding a title, but I did want to a couple of lines of journaling. I wasn't sure where I could fit the journaling in, so I tested writing above the clouds by placing a piece of tracing paper over my page and writing the words in before I committed to placing it on the page. And it worked a treat!

For a bit more detail on how this page came together, as well as a tutorial for altering the cut file, here is a little process video for you ...

Have you got your April kit yet? How many coffee themed pages are you planning on making? I can tell you, I have no plans of stopping any time soon!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

"Love" with Kira

Hey again!  It's Kira and I am back with another 8.5x11 scrapbook layout using the April Life Crafted kit along with some of the digital elements. Here's a look at my layout:

I started by printing one of the digital TN papers to 8.5x11 size.  My printer has the ability to print without borders (I'm not sure if everyone's does that, but my last printer certainly did not, so I take full advantage of this feature!), so when I pull up the TN papers, I am able to select the print without borders option and get a full 8.5x11 sheet of patterned paper.  I do this ALL THE TIME now.  Lol.

Anyway, I went with this pretty ombre wood grain paper since my son is wearing a blue shirt, I thought the photo would really pop off the page.  I kept my layout fairly simple, focusing on a vertical design with a smattering of embellishments.

One of the things I love best about the monthly kits is the variety of textures and dimensions you receive.  So 99% of the time, I am going to include a bit of chipboard, puffy sticker and cardstock die cuts if I can!  (And I totally did here!)

To add even more texture, I ripped the top and bottom of my page, tucked in some more patterned paper, and even a die cut up top, and then stitched the torn pieces down with some embroidery thread.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo, Kira

Monday, April 15, 2019

Traveler's Notebook Challenge with Patricia

Hi, Everyone!  Patricia with you to share a Traveler's Notebook Challenge using the April Life Crafted Make It a Venti and the April Scrapbooking Add-On Kit.

My challenge is to add some hand stitching to your Traveler's Notebook using the thread that comes in the April Scrapbooking Add-On Kit.  Using the pattern paper from the Add-On Kit as inspiration for my stitching, I pierced and followed the design, changing directions and the kind of stitching, but staying within the pattern paper design.  Then adhered this page into my TN album.

To finish this page, I fussy cut the butterflies from the Add-On Kit pattern paper to adhere along the edges, added my photo, and embellishments from the April Life Crafted Kit.  For my right side, I placed my photo and stamped the April This is the Life "Daily Grind" stamp set under it.  So many possibilities with this stamp set.  I used three different inks and added stars from the April Life Crafted Kit.

I used a die cut, more stamping, and the Exclusive Tiny Alphabet Stickers with Gold Foil from the Life Crafted Kit to type my journaling and add more stamping.  I replaced the word 'coffee' with that adorable coffee cup stamp.  It has three parts to it:  the cup, the liquid, and the smiley face.

Filled in the space between my photo and journaling with another Life Crafted embellishment to balance the blue on the left side.  I stayed within the pattern paper for the handstitching, and even did a couple of French Knots, but I think this would also work directly on your pages if you double-up that page with a blank one under it, so you have a new page to work with without seeing the stitching.  Add as much or as little handstitching to your next TN spread and share in the CTK Fan Page on Facebook and/or on Instagram using the tags #citrustwistkits @citrustwistkits so we can all see and leave a comment!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Alena

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 .

The gorgeous colors in the kit this month are perfect for my photos.

I made my title using the  different stickers from the kit .

To get an even more layered feeling I add a few labels from the April digitals.

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, April 13, 2019

3 To Inspire With Theresa

Hello Lovelies, Theresa here with 3 To Inspire! I have an inspirational layout to share with you today and three simple prompts to inspire you to create! I am using the April Make It A Venti kit today along with the Traveler's Notebook stamp set. In this series we give you three recipe items, or prompts, to use in your layouts. Here are our prompts:

1. Mixed media background inspired by a patterned paper. I love creating quick mixed media backgrounds and using a patterned paper for inspiration is a great way to spark your creativity!

2. Use a cut file in an unexpected or unplanned way. For this layout I intended to use the patterned paper side of the cut file, but once I laid everything out realized I liked it better in white. I love the flexibility cut files give us!

3. Use stamps to help tell your story. I was so inspired by the sentiments of the Traveler's Notebook stamp set this month and created this entire layout just to use them! I think you will enjoy creating a layout that empowers you with these stamps!

 My layout today was inspired by the stamps and I knew I wanted to begin with a mixed media background. I have used the floral patterned paper below to inspire my colors for the background - pink and periwinkle. For my background I used India Inks and water on watercolor paper.

I fell in love with the Floral Screen cut file this month! Originally I planned to use it with the patterned paper side up, but as you can see, the white pops against the background beautifully and allows those gorgeous florals to show so well!

My basic design concept of this layout is very horizontal, with photos and journal cards going across the page. Everything else flows from this horizontal line, including the die cut, ephemera, and stamps. My favorite way to use stamps is with black ink against a mixed media background. They also serve as a home base for each embellishment cluster above and below the journal cards.

I also have an extended process video, if you'd like to see the layout come together:

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you are inspired to create and cannot wait to see how you are using your Make It A Venti kits this month! See you again soon!