Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Desiree


Hey CTK friends!

It feels like it's been a while, so I am so happy to be sharing this week's Sunday sketch with you today.  Let's take a look at this lovely sketch.

This sketch stuck out to me because of it's layered, simplicity.  I thought it would be fun to do it in my Life Crafted album.

I started the layout with digital papers.  For the left where my sketch would be, I selected this blue line paper from the TN Basics and Patterned Paper for May in the Citrus Twist Kits digital shop.  Next, I chose this fun color label paper from the Cravings TN Digital Paper Collection.  I thought all these colors worked well together.  It's always fun to see how well all the Citrus Twist Kits digitals work together.

On the left, I started my layered cluster with patterned papers.  I decided to curl the edges for texture.  To make my clustered even bigger, I layered tags and tickets from the Hearts and Tags Die-Cut Ephemera pack.  I chose the sweet yellow and pink florals from the Summertime Florals Ephemera pack.  I used these lovely One of a Kind Cardstock Word stickers from the May release (my favorite) to make a tiny title.  

I decided to leave me right page more simple.  I added puffy stickers and more tiny word stickers to match the color of each label.  I finished the page with the beautiful script "fly" ephemera.  I thought it was perfect to symbolize my hopes for my daughter but also literal since her Dad had her in the air.

Thank you so much for visiting us for this Sunday sketch.  I hope you enjoy.

XO, Desiree

Saturday, May 15, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Shannon


Hello, crafty friends! Shannon here with a 3-to-Inspire post to get your ideas flowing this weekend. I had a ton of fun pulling together this Life Crafted spread. Coming up with 3 product/idea/technique prompts to share with you always leaves me feeling inspired! Here are my prompts for you this week:

1. Mix and match your title

2. Use a digital file

3. Journal in a timeline

1. Mix and match your title: The script "life" in the Summertime Florals Ephemera pack is perfect for a title! I used some older Citrus Twist alpha stickers for add the word "work" before it. A sans serif font (one without anything "hanging off" the ends of letters) is a perfect match for a script font. I also enjoy how it looks to mix a smaller font with a larger font. You could mix different alpha stickers, die cut words, or word/phase stickers or ephemera.

2. Use a digital file: When I saw this paper with the assortment of notecards on it in the May 2021 Digital TN Basics & Patterns I knew it needed to be in my album. It reminded me of office supplies, which are one of my favorite things (right after scrapbooking supplies, of course). Plus, the colors are fantastic. If you didn't know, Citrus Twist has a huge variety of digital supplies to choose from with new releases each month!

3. Journal in a timeline: You could take this very literally and make a timeline on your page. Or you could do what I did and add the journaling all over your page with years as headings to show the passage of time. Your timeline could cover years or it could cover days. It could track milestones or vacation activities or progress toward a goal. The possibilities are endless! I chose to journal about all the jobs I've had since my very first jobs as a babysitter. It was so fun to take a walk through memory lane! 

Even though my journaling is a walk through the past, I chose to use a photo from today. This is a picture of me working in my home office so it still fits the theme of the page. I used a whole bunch of ephemera from the Florals, Hearts, and Tags ephemera pack and the One of a Kind Cardstock Tiny Words stickers to layer behind the photo.

I hope that I've inspired you to try something different on your next page! I can't wait to see what you create!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Patricia


Hello CTK Friends!  I'm using the gorgeous new May kit full of My Mind's Eye with today's Sunday Sketch in the Life Crafted album.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I see the vertical and all of those wonderful layers.  So I grabbed a few sheets of the pattern paper from the kit and just starting randomly trimming them and then layering them.

I started with the background being the cream colored cardstock from the kit, then just placed my cuts of pattern paper to see how I liked them focusing on the less busier pattern paper to be on the top.  

To add a mix of layering effect, I added a large die cut from the kit under my photo.  It coordinates with the papers I chose, but it also brings a balance of small, busy, and simple pattern papers, bringing the eye right to that area by the photo.  I love the pattern paper with the strips of phrases, so I trimmed those to stitch the left of my layering, as inspired by the sketch.  Continuing with the sketch inspiration, I added smaller die cuts to the right and left of the photo.  For another layer of texture and a pop of color, I used one of the chipboard pieces and used one of the May Cut Files from the green cardstock from the kit.  The pops of color work great with the neutral background.

For the right side, I chose the 3x4 pockets, and just trimmed more pattern paper to fit, then added a die cut over it.  I loved the 'a few of my favorite things' die cut, but it was too large, so I just stitched it to the outside along the middle of these two pockets.

I trimmed more pattern paper that is more solid and less of a pattern, then layered a torn piece of vellum over it to add my typed journaling.

Gorgeous kit!  So vintage, but modern.  Hope you grabbed one of these before they sold out.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Ingunn



Happy weekend, friends! I’m back with another 3-to-Inspire, and this time I am challenging you to:

1)      (1)  Use floral die cuts

2)      (2) Try monochromatic color scheme

3)      (3)  Get a little vulnerable (or, if you’re not in the mood for that, use numbers!)

The second I saw the sunflowers in the new pack of Summertime Floral Die Cuts, I knew I would use it on a page about one of the races I’ve run at Sun Mountain here in Washington. At this time of year, the hillsides just explode in these gorgeous balsamroot flowers, and it feels like running through a field in actual paradise.

In order to capture the feeling of being surrounded by balsamroot, I decided to only use yellow embellishments on my spread. I found some other diecuts and chipboard from this year's releases that worked with the theme, and added a few enamel dots as well.

This was the first race I ran after giving birth to my second baby, and I decided to use the journaling to explore the various feelings this race photo gives me. I typed my journaling onto one of the new digital TNcards – the yellow went with my page, but I also like the symbolism of how I managed to turn my toxic thoughts around in “1, 2, 3”!

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you'll share if you end up trying this challenge!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

SUNDAY SKETCH with Nathalie


Hello there!

Nathalie with you today to share this week's Sketch Challenge.   Sketches are one of the best ways to spark your imagination when it comes to scrapbook pages.  In addition, sketches are an easy  way to create a layout in a short amount of time.   Think of them as a blueprint for your page, all you need are pictures, paper and embellishments, and voila!  Let me show you this week's sketch and how I used it to create my page in less than 30 minutes.

I love the  two picture feature and all the layers behind the photos.   So, I decided to create my page using the May Add-on kit and a few modifications to the sketch.    

Since my photos are in landscape format, I decided to flip the sketch 90 degrees clockwise to fit my photos.  I used the sketch as inspiration for all the layers of paper behind the pictures.  Here, I used a few of the papers from the add on kit, as well as some of the May exclusive patterned papers and cards.

To make sure my photos shine on the page,  I chose the creamy cardstock as the background for the page.  The bottom paper layer was replaced with a bit of messy stamping,  this adds interest to the page, without taking over the page.  

Once the pictures where in place, then it was all about embellishing.  I started by adding my title following the location in the sketch.  I mixed ephemera and chipboard stickers from the Wild Asparagus collection from My Mind's Eye ((featured in the add on kit) with gold alpha stickers.   I tried to keep the location of the second cluster as in the sketch, so that it balances the page.


The original sketch calls for stitched pieces of paper on the top and bottom of the page.  Instead, I scored the cardstock and folded the background into the page.  The empty space was then filled with the same paper as the top layer in the photo cluster.   Just a few more embellishments. a few journal lines and gold ink drops... 

Totally love how this turned out in 35 minutes!   The sketch made it so easy to mix the Add on kit to create my page.   I cannot wait to see what you create with it!



Sunday, April 25, 2021

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 used this sketch for the pages of my LC album

 These pages are quite simple and has lots of white space. For the basis of  the pages, I took a white cardstock. Then I layered strips of patterned paper, on which I placed   embellishments.

I created the title using my favorite NARROWS ALPHABET stamps. I added accents with mini stamps and enamel dots.

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 24, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Shannon

Hello there, friends! Shannon here with your 3-to-Inspire for the week. I love this challenge. Picking three things to focus on when I'm creating my layout makes it come together so much easier. It's such a great starting point! Let's get to the list:

1. Use an old photo

2. Use a sketch

3. Use multiple embellishments to make a title

And now let's look at the page I created using these prompts.

1. Use an old photo

I knew that I wanted to use the Travelogue products for this page so I started looking through my photos for one that hadn't been scrapbooked yet. This photo from a few years ago is one of my favorites. It was taken during my long scrapbook hiatus so I knew it wasn't documented anywhere. All that I had to do was pull it into my phone for a quick edit. Sometimes I'm hesitant to document older photos because the quality isn't as good as new photos. I'm really trying to get over that so hopefully this challenge will give you a push to do the same!

2. Use a sketch

I always find that sketches help flip my brain into creative mode. This is helpful when I want to scrapbook but my brain might be feeling a little fried. Or when I want to break out of my box a little. Did you know that there is a new sketch every Sunday on the Citrus Twist blog? You can find them all through the Sunday Sketch tag. I chose a sketch from May 2020 for this layout. I made several changes - there is only one photo, the journaling is in a different place, I made a cluster of stamps, chipboard stickers, and puffy stickers at the top, and my page is in a Life Crafted album. That's what I love about sketches. You can interpret them as literally or as freely as you want.

3. Use multiple embellishments to make a title

This part of the challenge was so fun! I gathered up some Travelogue ephemera and chipboard stickers that had words on them. From there, I decided what I wanted to use for my title. There are so many possible combinations! You could also add in some stamped phrases or words too. 

I hope these 3 prompts will inspire you to get one of your old photos documented! Thanks for joining me here today!