Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Planning With the Pocket Life Kit

Hey, there!  I am so excited to share with you how I used the November Pocket Life kit.  I loved the papers, cards and embellishments and I knew that I wanted to use as much of the kit as I could!  So, I decided to use the elements for regular planning!

I absolutely loved the patterned papers and I had to punch them and add them to my layout that I also decorated with photos.  This way, I could do my daily planning with my lists and activities but add a few photos for fun and inspiration!

I love using the papers for layering! It's so perfect for being inspired even with the average activities of a week.

The stamping is always a highlight for me in any project and this was no exception.  The Thankful stamp set is so cute - and it's perfect so many things and I loved using it to add an activity directly to the page.

Do you love adding embellishments and pretty pieces into your daily planning?  Are you always looking for new ways to make your plans shine?  The Pocket Life Kit might be exactly what you need to add a little creativity into your days!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday Tutorial with Melanie

Hey crafty friends! Melanie back with another Tuesday Tutorial for you. I love all the bright colors of this month's 'Sunshine in my Soul' Kits and I thought it would be fun to create some colorful backgrounds without using a Silhouette! I used the honeycomb paper from the Scrapbook Kit and punched out lots of hearts in different colors.

To create my first layout I placed the hearts on my page sorted by colors, I love the rainbow look it creates.

I replaced some of the hearts by diecuts and pieces from the Embellishment Kit and the Scrapbook Kit in the same colors.

After I had decided where everything would go, I ran the layout through my sewing machine and stitched through the centre of every heart.

I framed my photo by using the cute heart frame, put it on fun foam to make it pop and placed it on the top of the page. I finished the layout off by using some of the cute enamel shapes and framing it by putting it on the striped paper, which repeats all the colors from the page. I really love the light look of the page.

For my second layout I placed the hearts in circles on my page and sewed through every circle.

In between the heart circles I used a stamp from the stampset which is included in the Pocket Life Kit to add some interest and contrast.

 I cut my photo into a circle, backed it on white paper and again used some foam adhesive to make it stand out. I placed the photo in the middle of my page.

I love all the craft related embellishments from the Whimsical Collection in this month's Kits and I used a picture of an old cake stand which belonged to my grandma which I use to store some of my inks.

I made a cluster of embellishments on the top left on the page and on the bottom right to create a diagonal.

I finished the layout off by adding some black splatters and also framed it to give it a little more contrast.

And because I still had some hearts left I also created a quick rainbow- heart card.

I hope, I inspired you to try this technique, you could use any shape and it would also look great on a black background or you could use white shapes on a colorful paper. Anyways, have fun creating and don't forget to share your work on instagram using the hashtag #citrustwistkits and in our Facebook Group so we can see your creations.

Happy crafting, Melanie

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mixed Media Scrapbooking with Adele

Hey scrappy peeps!

Today I am tackling several of my scrappy fears...a combination of patterned paper background, multicolour and butterflies. All three of these things are out of my comfort zone, as you'll hear in my accompanying process video...especially the butterflies!

I started my page by adding some white gesso to this bright and fun background paper. I also added some modelling paste through a small circle stencil.

I matted my photo once and adhered it to my page. Then it was time to get embellishy!! I decided to use butterflies for this layout as the photo I was scrapping was very outdoorsy and nature-y and butterflies always remind me of these things.

I used a combination of pieces from the gorgeous embellishment pack and rub ons. I was surprised at how beautifully the rub ons went over the top of the modelling paste!

I love the mixture of paper embellies, the rub ons and the sprinkling of teeny puffy stickers in my clusters.

I added my title using the small puffy stickers, along with some simple journaling on a label from this month's PL Kit.

I hope you enjoyed this layout! Make sure to watch my video below if you'd like to see the process from start to finish! :)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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 my take on the sketch:

I was inspired by this month's bright Kits and created this rainbow layout.

I was in love with this paper with stripes and did not dare to cut it for a long time. So I used this paper as a basis.
For embellishments I used scraps , chipboard, puffy stickers.

I hope you try out this sketch yourself!  I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

3-To-Inspire with Neftali

Happy Saturday lovelies! It’s Neftali here with you today and I am super excited to be sharing my first ever 3-To-Inspire post today. I am extra happy because this month’s “Sunshine In My Soul” Kits are simply EXTRA gorgeous. I’m a huge Paige Taylor Evans fan and I was so excited to be able to play with her new Whimsical line.

So, let’s get started. I’ve got two layouts to share with you today using these three supplies:

1. Fussy Cut Patterned Paper
There are quite a few choices in this month’s scrapbooking and paper add on kits that are perfect for fussy cutting. I recommend the hexagonal patterned paper and the floral papers. The hexagons are the quicker route with lots of color options, but if you’re up for relaxing while you fussy cut, definitely go for the florals. It’s always worth it! 

2. Chipboard Stickers
We are so spoiled here at CTK that we even had the Whimsical chipboard stickers available in the Embellishment Kit (currently sold out, sorry!). However, there are also some cute chipboard stickers in the Pocket Life Kit you can use.  

3. November’s This Is Life “Thankful” Stamp
Finally, this has to be one of my favorite stamps by far. Anything with florals grabs my full attention, and this stamp set has for sure! 

The first layout I created using these three supplies was this 12x12 layout:

I really fell in love with the hexagoned paper from the Main Kit. I knew I was going to cut it up as soon as I layed eyes on it. These types of patterned papers are so quick and easy to fussy cut, and they still give you such good payoff.  This one in particular has got a lot of colors in it, but I chose the softer pinks, purples, peaches, and florals to create a random diagonal arrangement on my page.

I added a quite small photograph (3x2”), and then went around the hexagons adding embellishments with the Whimsical Chipboard Stickers and ephemera pieces to my liking.

My final touch was to use the little twig stamps from the “Thankful” Set in a soft rose color. These are so fun to play with! You can use them as is, one by one, or you can choose to mix and match them together to create some unique little floral-like clusters. I used them to compliment the hexagons in random spots throughout my page.

I also used the Whimsical rub-on stickers to add a few stitching patterns around the hexagons. It’s quite a simple layout but I feel it’s a super fun way to use these three supplies.

The second layout I created using these three supplies was this one titled “Whimsical”:

I took the same idea to create a completely different look. For this layout I fussy cut two different patterned papers: I used the floral paper to cut out the large floral cluster and the Frames paper to fussy cut a few of my favorite bits.

This layout included two photos which I framed using the fussy cut frames, and I placed them opposite of each other.

I then went in with a very popular Paige Evans technique which is the color-on-color technique.

I used a mix of the chipboards and stamps along with a few other matching items from the scrapbooking Kit to create some fun color-on-color clusters around the frames.

So, friends, are you inspired to use these three simple items to create something beautiful? I hope I have inspired you to get crafty with your “Sunshine In My Soul” kits. If you do get crafty, come share your beautiful work with us at the CTK Facebook Fan Page where we love to share all of our ideas.

That’s it from me today. I will be back later this month to share more inspiration. Thanks for stopping by! Xo