Saturday, December 14, 2019

3-to-inspire with Diane

Hi everyone, Diane here with another 3-to-inspire challenge for you! You can find this challenge here every Saturday for those who need a little extra creative push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking or for those who just like a challenge! Your take on this challenge can be a layout, Traveler's Notebook page or a pocket page spread in your Life Crafted and remember that you'll want to include all 3 prompts on your project.

Your prompts this week are:
  1. Use a pocket or two
  2. Create three clusters
  3. Add texture with stitching
Here’s my take on this challenge using the December Add-on kit ...

I created my pockets by trimming the middle row out of a 12x12 page protector and stitching it onto my background. This give me not only the four pockets for my photo and journaling cards, but also the space behind them as secondary pockets for adding hidden journaling or tags or extra photos if needed.

As well as stitching the pockets down, and leaving the threads nice and long so I could bunch them up and tuck them in, I also stitched pieces of ephemera together to create layers and texture.

The stick on the Snowflake puffy stickers isn't great, so I also used stitching to hold them in place. Go slowly and carefully when using your sewing machine through puffy stickers!

I created a smaller, flatter cluster at the top left, which begins to draw your eye through the layout from the top, through the photo ...

... into the title and middle cluster before ending at the bottom cluster. All the layers and texture create this cozy, fun, festive vibe which I really love!

Here's a look at the process this layout took ...

Thanks for stopping by today and I'd love to see any page you create using this challenge so don't forget to tag me and share in the Citrus Twist Facebook Fan page!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Life Crafted using the Hustle & Heart kit by Anna

Hi dear CTK friends! Anna here with you today and I'm so exited to share what I've made using my December Hustle & Heart Life Crafted Kit.

I opted for a super wintery spread made for my Life Crafted Album. A few of the gorgeous PL-cards became my base and I used one of the beautiful Subscriber Exclusive cut files backed with a sheet of acetate ( my own stash) as a divider. I just love how the snowflake cut file looks like a beautiful snowfall.

Ok, let's have a look of what I came up with.

I incorporated a intractive element using a piece of acetate (my own stash) decorated with one of the snowflake die cuts. It covers my journaling a tiny bit and makes some interest to my spread. A fun detail I think.

And there you have it, my tribute for the winter, YAY! Now it's your turn to play with you lovely stuff and don't forget to share with us on CTK Fan Page and /or Instagram @citrustwistkits #citrustwistkits. We can't wait to see what magic you'll create.
Be sure to head over to the CTK shop and grab some goodies or maybe sign up for a subscription, you'll absolutely love it!

Until next time! Anna xo

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Photo Time with Marsha

Hey friends!  Marsha here today sharing another layout in my December Daily (using a Life Crafted Album).  For my project, I used mainly the December "Hustle and Heart" Kit and the Scrapbooking Add-on kit.

Here's a look at the layout I created:

I have really enjoyed using the non-Christmas themed items for my December documenting!  To begin my page, I trimmed a striped paper from the add-on kit to fit in the LC album.  I printed my photo and added it to the page, using a cut apart element and ephemera from the Life Crafted kit and add-on kit to embellish.  I recently purchased a mini tag punch and was excited to use it on the page.  I punched out the tag using one of the elements from the cut apart sheet from this month.  Next, I added some stamping to the tag using the 2x3 Stamp Add-on.  I added a bit of repeat stamping under the photo using the Life Crafted Kit Stamp.

For the other side of the layout, I used one of the 3x4 pocket pages for the LC album.  Using Photoshop, I opened the heart digital journaling card.  Because I needed more space than the journaling lines would allow, I deleted them from the card.  I typed my journaling, following the heart shape.  It's not perfect, but I am really happy with the results!  I trimmed the card slightly and layered a patterned paper behind.

For the other pocket, I opened one of the cards from the December Days digital journaling cards in Photoshop.  I deleted the highlighted "25," because I knew I wanted to include today's number in that spot.  I printed out the card and added a white puffy number sticker from a previous LC kit.  I also used the same alpha stickers for part of the title.  I stamped the word "PHOTO" using the Typewriter Alpha Stamp onto vellum and added it to the card.  To finish off the layout, I added some machine stitching to several areas on the page.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the amazing kits this month in the Citrus Twist Kits shop!


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christmas Daily with Krystal

Hi everyone, this is Krystal, and I'm here today to share the first three days in my December Daily album. I'm using a Life Crafted album for my December Daily this year, along with the Christmas Stories kit, the December "Hustle and Heart" Life Crafted Kit, and a few extra bits and pieces from the Citrus Twist Kits shop.

Earlier this fall I created really simple foundation pages in my album. (You can see that post here.) That meant I had a good jumping off point for each day, which makes keeping up with a project like this so much easier. For day one I had a plaid journal card from the Christmas Stories kit and one of the Pink Paislee cut apart numbers that I used throughout the album to number my days.  

I added my photo, as well as a few embellishments from the kit and a couple lines of handwritten journaling, and that day's page was finished! I decided to use a punch to cut the number into a circle instead of a square. This helped break up all of the blocky, straight lines that I had on the page. I added a couple additional circles from the Pink Paislee cardstock stickers to add even more soft lines. 

To embellish my photo, I chose a vellum ticket from the Heidi Swapp ephemera pack and backed it with a scrap of paper from the kit. I added some gold staples and a gold chipboard star from the "Hustle and Heart" kit to finish off the page.

On day two I wanted to document my first red cup of the season. Since I had used the only photo I had for day one, I decided to use the cup itself instead. I used an older cut file from Citrus Twist to create a template for my cup, then traced it onto the Starbucks cup. I cut it out by hand, then backed it with one of the papers from the kit and a scrap of glitter paper from my stash.

I also punched a circle from the cup to add behind my number. I backed both with one of the journal cards from the "Hustle and Heart" kit and stapled everything in place to make sure that it was all secure. The number two was from the same Pink Paislee cut apart paper, and once again, I chose to use a punch to make the number a bit smaller so that it would fit on the page.

I added my journaling to the 3x4 paper I had as part of my foundation page, then used the Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland stamp set (available in the Citrus Twist Kits shop) to add a title to the page.

I kept the cup itself very simple, and only added a single gold sticker to the front. To add it to the album, I created a tab from patterned paper and sandwiched it between the layers of the cup. I used my six-hole punch to punch the holes that line up with the album, then just added it to the rings. 

To number day three, I used a tag from the "Hustle and Heart" die cut pack and backed it with glitter paper. I attached it to the back of the cup I created and added a bit of twine from the Christmas Stories kit.

My photo for day three documented this year's wrapping paper, so I added a tag from the Pebbles cut apart paper that had a cute little stack of presents on it. I layered my photo with another scrap of paper left from my kit and added two phrase stickers from the Pink Paislee cardstock sticker sheet.

I typed my journaling directly on one of the 2x5 journal cards included in the "Hustle and Heart" digital cards before printing it out. I added a date stamp in red and a few paper hearts that were left over from a previous project.

You can watch all three days come together in the process video below.

I hope you found some inspiration for working on your holiday projects today. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

PL challenge with Laura

Hello ladies! It's Laura here and today I bring you a new Pocket Life challenge so that you can get inspired with this gorgeous new December Life Crafted "Hustle & Heart" kit!

My challenge for you is to...
1. Add some bling!
2. Use your handwriting
3. Use two main colors and a basic

So, once this is told, I'm going to explain myself, but you can take these prompts and create what you feel!

On the first place, I love to add shiny elements on all of my projects. On this kit, you can find these gorgeous golden stars, but you can combine them with some sparkling embossing powders! Get the most out of your stamps and play with different materials!

On the second place, I encourage you to use your own handwriting! It's always nice to see how it changes through the years and it is faster as well!

Finally, you can see that I used some pale colors on this page. My pictures were a little bit dark, so I wanted to balance all the layout. Another technique that I like to use i to combine only two colors and some neutrals. This way, it will be easier for you to match everyting!

And that's all for today! I hope that you got inspired and that you play along with this challenge! And don't forget to check the shop for more beautiful scrapbooking goodies!

Best wishes!

Monday, December 9, 2019

December Kit Play: Life Crafted & Scrapbooking Add-On Kit

Hello everyone,

Today we are sharing some of the projects that our creative team have made that focus on using these non-Christmas Life Crafted and Scrapbooking Add-on kits for documenting their December days. We are just loving the versatility of our two December kits, how they blend so well together and the simply amazing projects that some of our team have made.

Don't forget: When you subscribe to our Life Crafted kit you get some free digital cut files and cutaparts every month that you can download from our website. Some of these cut files were included on the following pages. Nathalie DeSousa does a superb job creating the cut files just for you.

Be sure to share your projects with us @citrustwistkits on Instagram. We always love to see what you've been doing with our kits and Life Crafted Albums.

Pssst! We have new Life Crafted Album colors and page protectors coming soon. Watch for our newsletter about this. Our Teal, Blue and Khaki albums will be discontinued once they sell through, so be sure to grab one before they're gone. We will restock our Goldenrod and Black Life Crafted Albums and add 4 brand new colors that we know you are going to love!

Are you ready? Here we go!

Happy December!