Monday, October 25, 2021

2022 Citrus Twist Creative Team Call

 



2022 Citrus Twist Creative Team Call

 

We are looking for paper crafters and documenters/storytellers with a passion for documenting their stories in a fresh and modern way featuring our exclusive products and Life Crafted albums.

 

Do you have a passion for storytelling? Do you enjoy creating with a mixture of exclusive products and products from other manufacturers? Are you a collaborator who enjoys working alongside a group of creative individuals? Do you have an active presence on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube? Would you be willing to share your projects and help us promote Citrus Twist Kits via social media? If your answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you!

 

We are currently looking for new team members to add to our Creative Team. As a member of the 2022 (January – June) Creative Team, you will be expected to create three (3) projects per month, photograph them, share them on social media, and write one blog post per month as scheduled. In addition, you will be asked to participate in an occasional online crop, as well as share your projects in our Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page on Facebook. To be considered for the 2022 Creative Team, you should possess the following:

 

A love for paper crafting and stamping

Innovative, inspiring projects

Good photography skills

Familiarity with our Life Crafted Albums

Experience creating Reels/videos (not a requisite)

 

Are you ready to apply? Email CTKdesignteamcall@gmail.com with the following information:

 

·         One paragraph introducing yourself. Tell us when you started memory keeping and how you will define your personal style. What excites you most about Citrus Twist Life Crafted? Are you on other design teams? Let us know who you are as a crafter and your experience in the industry. Please include the following information:

1.    Name

2.    Address

3.    Email address

4.    Social Media links (please make sure your Instagram account is not private)

5.    Other design teams information

·         A link to your gallery, blog, or portfolio. Please share a link to your work. Facebook and Instagram pages are welcomed. We would love to see the  variety you have to offer in your work.

·         Styled Images. Please include samples of your projects, we are looking for Life Crafted album spreads, 6x8 album spreads, pocket pages, scrapbook layouts, planners, and one (1) project of your choice (something that defines you and shows your documenting style).

 

The Creative Team call is open to international applicants. However, due to changes to importing/shipping laws, international applicants must be willing to cover any charges (outside of shipping costs) that may be imposed on the shipments.

 

The deadline to send your application is Friday, November 12, 2021. The new team will be notified via email on Monday, November 15, 2021

 

Our new Citrus Twist 2022 Creative Team will be announced in mid-December.

 

Questions? Email CTKDesignteamcall@gmail.com

 

We cannot wait to hear from you!

 

Good Luck!

 

XO,

 

Erin, Trina & Nathalie

 

 

P.S.  We thank you for applying for our 2022 Creative Team. Due to the large number of applicants we receive during open calls, we will not be able to reply to each email.  We will begin notifying those selected on November 12, 2021.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

MERRY & BRIGHT with Guest Designer AMANDA BALDWIN

 



 Hi CTK Friends & Fans! 

Amanda here, & I can't begin to tell you how delighted I am to be back on the Citrus Twist Kits blog! I adored my time on the CTK Design Team a few years ago, and am so thrilled to be invited back to share some Merry & Bright Christmas Kit inspiration with you all! 




f you're not familiar with my creating, I'd describe it as modern & contemporary with a feminine twist! I love color and repetition in design, and my favorite thing about the Holiday Season is gathering together with family and friends. Nothing is more precious to me than time with the ones I love! 

Sharing our December Stories is really important, but the Season of Giving is also the Hustle & Bustle Season! The best way for me to record it all is to complete my foundation and cover pages before December starts. 

Here's a sneak peek of what's been on my desk this week...




So.much.gorgeousness! Isn't the Cranberry Life Crafted Album just divine?! Such a beautiful color for a Christmas Album! The Merry & Bright Christmas Kit is just brimming with pretty things to tell your stories and turn some beautiful memories into treasured pages!

Speaking of pages, let's look inside my Life Crafted Album...

 



How stunning! I wanted a really classical opening to my December Album, so I used white vellum as my base paper & mixed it with pine green, soft gray and gold accent embellishments. The vintage feel of the Merry & Bright Die Cuts combined with the luxury of the Gold Puffy Stickers really enhanced this elegant look! Here's a closer view...

 


 

Such a simple cover page, and yet so impressive! 

Following on from my opening pages, I have crafted my 2021 title page...

 


 

What could be more fun than a Christmas tree crafted from Chipboard Star and Gold Puffy Stickers?! 

To keep with the elegant look of the cover pages, I opted for a delicate white and gray pattern paper from the October Flea Market Findings Kit for the background. This softer look ensured that my star tree was the focal point! 

  


 

For added emphasis, and the notion of opening up something really special, I wrapped the star tree in a candy cane twine bow! Again, really simple and elegant creating for a timeless look! 

 

Speaking of timeless, here's a couple more of my album preparation ideas to save you time in December...

 



 

Craft your numeral features & or, book marks in advance! 

 

If you like to document daily from 1-25 then this little tip will save you hours of time! I couldn't resist using the fabulous CTK Stamps to ink up a bunch of my numerals.

For Day #1, I have maximized the awesome Citrus Twist Kits Sophie Alphabet, Luna Nos, and Merry & Bright Christmas 2021 Stamps to make a super cool page marker. Using a similar font, I also fussy cut a larger number 1 from the Crate Paper Busy Sidewalks 6 x 8 Paper Pad and foam mounted it onto this stamped page marker. Love it!

 


 

Not a big stamper? Or perhaps you just like to mix things up a bit? 

Well, why not try the Citrus Twist Digital products! I edited one of the Journal Cards in a software editing app (PicMonkey) to include the day number and the text, 'today's story'. To add a pop more color and bit of dimension, I embellished with FA LA LA using the CTK Soft Mint Puffy Alphabet Stickers. Between the super awesome stamps, and the very cool digital products, my pages are numbered and ready to go! 

 

Create fun page dividers to organize your album! 

 



 My final tip for today is to craft as many page dividers as you can in November so all you need to do in December is add your photos, memorabilia and a quick spot of story telling! I created this fun pocket page to hold those sweet passport photos  you get when you visit Santa. The pocket is another of the CTK Merry & Bright Digital Journal Cards that I printed and machine stitched onto one of the Busy Sidewalks papers. I've stuffed the pocket with a couple tags for journaling, & adding my photos to.

So that's me being all organized and ready for the Season! (Or really, that's one awesome Christmas kit that's inspired me to get my act together!) I hope my post has given you some ideas on preparing your December album, and inspired you! You're going to love documenting December with this beautiful kit!

Thanks so much for visiting, 

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo




 


Sunday Sketch with Patricia



Hello!  Hope you are ready for the Sunday Sketch inspiration.  My first and favorite size of scrapbooking was 8.5x11.  I've been doing Life Crafted or 6x8 size these past few years, but today, I decided to take this 12x12 Sunday Sketch inspiration and show you how I did it for an 8.5x11 layout using the new Merry & Bright kit.


Focusing on the bottom part of the sketch, I changed the large photo to a digital Merry & Bright digital card for journaling.  I stayed with the two smaller photo inspiration by using the new Chipboard Frames from the Flea Market Findings kit.


With that as my start, I wanted a creative way to add the date.  I stamped with the Luna Nos. onto the pattern paper from the Merry & Bright kit in black in, detail cut out, and adhered around and framing my photos.  To continue the layering look here, I added more pattern paper under, detail cut a flower from the pattern paper to tuck at the bottom, a branch die cut, puffy word sticker, enamel dots, and the number 5 for the day of December using the new Sophia stamp set.


Part of my title I made into banners, but decided to keep and add more texture to this bottom section and used the twine to buck under the photos.  I just used liquid glue in 1-2 spots to hold it.


The top is inspired by the layering, but instead of using pattern paper along the top, I used the Merry & Bright stamp to do repetitive stamping using coordinating ink colors.  Then I added a piece of trimmed pattern paper, a digital label, die cut, and puffy stickers from the kit.  I also extended that creative way of adding my date by adding the Sophia and the Luna Nos. stamp at the top.  I freehand cut banners with the Bailey Alphabet stamp in green and red, then for a large contrast, used the new Penelope for the last part of my title.  Filled in the rest of the title with the puffy alphas from the kit, chipboard and puffy star.


Hope you are inspired by the sketch, by using it on an 8.5x11 layout, and by other documenting ways to use the Merry & Bright kit!


Saturday, October 23, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Ingunn

 


Happy Saturday, fellow Twisties (I'm trying out a new name for us Citrus Twist peeps)! I’m so happy to be back with another 3-to-Inspire for you.

This time, I picked all three of my products from the FleaMarket Findings kit: 

  1. Chipboard frame 
  2. Die cut
  3. Fussy-cut patterned paper



When I saw those amazing chipboard frames, I immediately knew what I wanted to use them for. A frame would usually be used for a photo, but since I adore giant photos always and forever, I wanted to use it to house my journaling on top of a giant photo! (It would also be really cool to use it to add a smaller photo on top of a large photo.) I just love the depth and texture it adds to an otherwise simple spread.


One of the frames said “all things are possible”, which prompted me to think of the first time the thought that I could actually run an ultramarathon popped into my head. So that’s the story I told, which worked perfectly since I could use my favorite race photo ever (taken by PNW race photographer extraordinaire, Glenn Tachiyama), spread across two pages in my running-specific Life Crafted album.

I wanted to keep this spread super simple since I love the photo so much, so for the rest of the embellishing, I picked a text heart from the ephemera pack (which felt like it mirrored my text box from the opposite side of the spread).


As a finishing touch, and to convey the feeling I had of flying down that coastal trail in Oregon, I fussy-cut some birds from one of the patterned papers, and placed them around the elements I had already attached. I haven’t fussy-cut anything since, like, 2008, so I’m pretty proud of myself! It also turned out to be the perfect activity for when my kids wanted to “scrapbook with me”.

I punched holes into the photo to put it directly into my album, and it was done!

Can’t wait to see how you guys use those frames! 




Monday, October 18, 2021

MERRY & BRIGHT with Guest Designer LEILANI GILCREASE

 


Hi everyone! I’m Leilani, and I am so excited to be sharing a fun and interactive layout with you today, using the beautiful Merry & Bright kit! I love the holidays, and one of my favorite parts of the season
every year are the little traditions my husband and I share. One of those traditions is bundling up and getting our first festive coffee of the season!




I am usually a very “up to date” scrapbooker, and I typically stay on top of my holiday documenting by working on my album throughout the season. When I am unable to take a few minutes to catch up though, I always go ahead and edit and print my photos. I also jot down journaling bits in the notes app on my phone so going back to scrap later is a breeze.



 


I loved using lots of tiny word stickers and all of the peppermint candy embellishments for this layout!





I tried to stick to mostly reds and greens for this spread. I love how the colors really play off of my photo!





The bold stripe and foiled Christmas tree paper from the Busy Sidewalks paper pad was perfect for the inside of my flip page.






These chipboard hearts were the perfect addition to my journaling.   Love the texture they add!






One of my favorite parts of this spread is using the sequins from the kit to create my own polka dot pattern on the front of my flip page. They are the perfect thing to add a little sparkle and really jazz up
the plain white cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my layout! Stay tuned to see the other fun projects I share! 

Thank you!









Sunday, October 17, 2021

MERRY & BRIGHT with Our Guest Designer CLAUDIA WHITE

 


Hi there!

We are so excited to welcome Claudia White as one of our Merry & Bright Guest Designers.   We know you are going to love her designs, but before we show her project, she answered two questions about the holidays.




What is your favorite  thing about the Holiday Season?

My favorite thing about the holiday season  and the thing I look forward  to the most; is all the fun I’ll have with my family when we all get together and play games. We play the White Elephant game.

Everyone laughs so hard, have such a great time and we all try to make it last a long time.

I usually set up a video camera and try to record everyone. We all enjoy looking at photos and videos when we are together thought our year. 

 

 One tip/idea to help you document the Holidays:

One tip to help document the busy holiday season is to get the whole family involved, ask everyone to take pics of the things they are doing and seeing. You can all share at dinner time and talk about how they are experiencing the joy of the season.

  

 


 There is nothing more fun than playing games with the whole family. This holiday season, start a new tradition the whole family can participate in. 

Let’s have some holiday fun with a good old fashion Scavenger Hunt. You can use the one we are providing or come up with your own.

I created my Scavenger Hunt in my December Life Documented Album. This month’s kit includes lots of wonderful pieces to create this double spread. 

  



I used the Busy Sidewalks 6x8 paper pad by Crate Paper and two extra-large tags as the focal point of this double spread.

To print your scavenger hunt list on the tags. Print the list on white paper, overlay the tag above the printed list and attach the tag with a small piece of washi tape. 

Feed the sheet of paper with the attached tag onto your printer and print as usual. 

 



I thought it would be great to get the whole family involved in the game so I sent each one of them a picture of one of the tags. I have instructed them to snap a photo of any item they come across as they go about their day.

It is going to be fun seeing the photos they take.

 


My husband and I go for walks around our neighborhood and I am sure I will find some of the items on my list around here. Everyone in our neighborhood does a  great job decorating and getting into the Spirit of the Holiday Season.




Make sure you take a photo of your list and keep it on your phone to refer to when you are out running errands. You never know when you will come across an unexpected  decoration.

 



The little houses that are decorating my tags came from the back cover of the Busy Sidewalks paper pad. Companies create such beautiful packaging that can be used in your projects, so always take a look before you discard them.  

I was trying to create a little city or neighborhood feel on the tags, which goes so well since it is a Scavenger hunt in the city.

 



I can’t wait to see the photos we gather as a family and add them to my December album. This will be a great starting point this holiday season.




Don’t forget to grab the free scavenger hunt list I created for you. Feel free to make some changes and customize your list. Have fun with this project!

 



Thank you so much.

Claudia

 



Sunday Sketch with Ashley Laura

 



Hey y'all, Ashley here. I am so excited to be sharing a Sunday Sketch with you all. 

Take a look at the sketch I have for this week:





I'm not great at following things exactly how they are and I normally love to add a little bit of my own touch to projects like these, but I loved this sketch so much that I wanted to get it as close to the original as possible. 



I started with choosing my photos. These pictures were taken at a Tea Party that my daughter was invited to for one of her friend's Birthdays. I thought they went perfectly with the scrapbook paper from the October add-on. 

I then built my layers, adding strips of paper behind one another and mounting embellishments on the left side of the photos.


I even used packaging as one of my layers, which I just love! Lastly, I added stitching across the top of ht page and even vertically down my embellishment clusters. 

I hope you all will find inspiration from this project and I can't wait to see if you try the Sunday Sketch this week!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

XOXO

Ashley