Saturday, April 29, 2017

3 to Inspire with Veera

Happy Saturday, it’s Veera here to share you this week’s 3 to Inspire challenge.

This time I’m challenging you to use these 3 prompts in you project:
  1. Create a grid design 
  2. Use puffy stickers 
  3. Document a story or memory connected to someone’s name 
Here’s my layout with these three prompts.

As the first two prompts are quite clear I want to explain a bit more about the third prompt. One example to this prompt is that you can interpret it by telling a story behind your own name or the name of someone you love. This layout tells the story of our puppy’s name.

We have a 7 months old puppy and her name is Viola. That’s a traditional old Finnish girls’ name. But for us there were reasons why we picked this name for her. We wanted to have a name that starts with the letter V, the same letter as both my name and my husband’s name starts with. We are often referred as V&V so now we are V&V&V. The other reason is that this name has musical reference to it. When I was young I played violin for 18 years and just love classical music. So this name was a perfect fit for us and her! As she is a pretty and cute poodle, the name had to be pretty too and I love that there’s a story behind it.

Now it's your turn! Use the 3 prompts to create your project and upload to the CTK gallery and/or Facebook Fan page with today's date (4/29). I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday with Tara

Hello friends and happy Friday - it's Tara here sharing my take on Pocket Life Sketch Friday. I've been working on my personal album. It's new to me this year and I have really enjoyed it!!

Don't forget to read through until the end for a chance to win some happy mail.

I'm using April's 'Sophie' PL kit and Sprinkles kit in this layout. I love the pops of colour and though it isn't quite summer here, I'm welcoming the sunshine that we do get.

For this layout, I really wanted to focus on journaling and using my handwriting. I love words and photos and my goal is to include more short and long stories with my photos.

Here is your sketch:
I ended up adding more to my layout as I noticed it was a little too plain for my liking. Here is the completed pocket page after some changes.

I added a flip card that I used some washi on to the outside of the pocket. I also added the cute foam stars and hearts, some stamping, and some layers and a cork piece too. I love using extra bits and bobs and took one of the top tear off strips from the paper pad and layered it under the word sticker. I adhered it to the outside of the pocket for some dimension and texture outside.

Here is the inside of the flip pocket. I wanted to use different journaling styles, so I made a list on the bottom 4x6 journaling card. I tucked behind some vellum that I stamped on for the title "loving". I'm also loving that alpha set from Kellie Stamps.

I would love to see what you do with the PL sketch this week. Please share your work in our Gallery or Facebook Fan Page by Friday, May 5th and title it PL 05/05. 

Have a lovely weekend! Xxo, Tara

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Love You

Good morning! I hope you are doing well. It's Claudia here with you and today I'm sharing a layout I created with this month's Main kit. I like challenging myself so I decided to use a color scheme I normally wouldn't go for and pull in a lot of orange/peach embellishments. The photo I used fits that color scheme quite well so that definitely made it easier.

The orange paper from the Pinkfresh Studio Dream On collection that comes in this month's kit was the perfect paper to create a little bit of interest to the background seeing as the color works well with the rest of the layout and the pattern is not too busy.

One of my favorite papers this month is the one from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection with all the butterflies. I cut out a few that matched my color scheme and placed them on my layout. As always, I folded up the wings to create more dimension.

For my layering I mostly used papers that had some orange and mint/teal in them, but I also decided to pull in a little bit of black because that is in the photo and I always love the contrast it adds to any project.

I placed the embellishments in a (sort of) diagonal way and also pulled in the phrase stickers from the Pinkfresh Studio Live More collection to fill in the space. I love the exclusive die cut pack from this month's kit so I made sure to use a lot of them on the left side of my photo.

To finish off my layout I pulled in some of the puffy stickers from the Pinkfresh Studio Dream On collection to add a bit more interest to some places on the layout that I felt needed a bit more. The last thing I did was add some splatters by using my Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine from my stash.

Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you feel inspired to create yourself. Have a wonderful day!

- Claudia

Making a Mini Book with the April Grace Box

Hi there this is Rachel Lindas. I had so much fun designing this page in my Bible.  I knew the moment I saw the adorable light bulb stamp in the April kit that I would want to use it.  After studying the Bible Verses John 1:5-9 the words light and shine stood out. See God sent a man named John the Baptist to tell about the "light" to tell about Jesus. His job was to tell others about the one true light who gives light to everyone. And you guys now it's our job to shine the light and tell everyone about the good Word of the gospel.  Most of us have heard to shine bright for Jesus but how many of us forget to do it in our daily routines? Are we careful with our tongue and our responses to our spouses, kids, and strangers. Do we get frustrated easily? Are we so stuck in our ways we can't love others well? Shining the light seems so simple but in reality it takes somehow who is so filled up with the Holy Spirit to actually do it.

I used two of the journaling cards for this page to make a mini book. I took the card that had the question "What is one small thing you can do each day to walk in God's Light?" And taped in it the top part of my page. I then cut down the light bulb card to fit over a part of the first card and taped it just to the top so I could flip it back and forth to reveal the question.  This way I can answer the question and have it covered up the cute light bulbs as well.

I then took the light bulb stamp and made a pattern starting from the bottom of the margin and worked my way up the margin to the journaling cards. I wanted some of my light bulbs to look like they were coming off the page. I used different shades of yellow prima inks  to create depth with my stamps. And then saved one light bulb in the center to be in black ink so it stood out.

I finished my page by highlighting my verse and boxing it around with my journaling pen.
Enjoy playing around with the stamp to create the look you want. Creating patterns with a single stamp is an easy way to use stamps and I think they look adorable.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cinque Terre by Marie-Pierre

Hi everyone,

it's Marie here today and for my layout I used the April scrapbooking main kit. I absolutely love all these papers with some sort of frames so when I saw this one, I new I wanted to use it with many small photos!

We just came back from a 10 days road trip to Germany, Italy and Switzerland so I had enough photos to fill the whole page! ha! But I refrained myself and decided to document only my trip to Cinque Terre on that one page. :)

This is the final layout.
And here's how I made it:

I first chose my photos, depending on the size and shapes of the frames and I gathered them on a 4x6 canvas so I could print them all at once (I use 4 4x6 photo papers to print them all).

Once they were all printed, I've cut them out and layered them where they go to see if the balance between photos and empty frames was ok. I already had decided on the frame where my title would go.

I finally cut out the inside of the frames and layered the photo underneath. I adhered them all with washi tape.

I like the look of the photo being behind the main paper.

I then decided to paint some frames with gold ink because the purely black and white look I was going for didn't let my photos shine as I thought it would. I think it's because they are too small. The nice yellow gold and the shimmer in the ink make a big difference!

I finally added small puffy stickers here and there and some words too to add details to the story. I played with the arrow stickers to bring the attention of the viewer toward certain smaller photos that were getting lost in the busyness.

I spelled my titles with the letter stickers.

And voilà! A fast and easy layout to make! And I quite like the look of all these small photos gathered together. :)

With this layout and with lots of sadness, I am retiring from the Citrus Twist Kits team. I thank Trina from the bottom of my heart for having me here. It's been a wonderful 2 years ride for me and I'm grateful for the opportunity! I'll see you around on the web for sure!!!

Have fun creating and telling your stories guys! That's the most important thing!!

Marie xox

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tutorial: A hint of whimsy

Hello there Citrus Twist fans. Today I'll be a sharing a quick video tutorial with you. I wanted to use a couple of the embellishments from the Sophie Main kit as well as from the Add-on kit. I was inspired by a cloud in thCitrus Twist "Sophie" Paper Ephemera pack. You can see it in the middle of the photo below.

I cut out some shapes using some older dies and my Big Shot and then started putting everything together. In all it took me 20 minutes. 


I used the packaging from some Dear Lizzy embellishments that came in the kit to cut out the butterflies. That way nothing goes to waste. Some packaging is really pretty. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and if you were inspried by the video and you created a layout, upload it to the Citrus Twist gallery. I'd love to see your creations.

Happy Scrapping


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Andrea (with some Disney Magic!)

Hello there and welcome to today's Sunday Sketch! It's Andrea here and I am excited to share with you today's sketch and how I used it along with the April Citrus Twist "Sophie" kit to create a fun layout about my love for Disney magic! 

I don't know about you but I love Disney! I love all the fairytale fun, all the whimsy and childlike innocence and bright happiness of it all! It is like a world of imagination where no matter how old you are, you get to experience the world with this joyful wonder and playfulness that is unfortunately so often missing from our daily lives. I of course, am of the mindset that we should be infusing this kind of whimsy and magic in our day to day lives which is why I am all about “living life as a fairytale” and writing our own happily ever after. To that end, memory keeping and scrapbooking is such a wonderful way to do this, because it invites us to both tell our story and to be playful and creative! So let's get creating! This is today's sketch:

It looks pretty simple. I knew however that it might be a little difficult for me considering the fact that it uses two photos lined up in an a-typical way and also because it is a 12x12 and I knew I wanted to do a 8 ½ x 11. Now I have converted the 12x12 sketches to fit the 8 ½ x 11 before, but because of the layout of this one, I was a little nervous. I managed it though, as you can see. I basically just cut off that right side where all the negative space is.

And as for my concern regarding the placement of the two photos, I simply chose to make that top photo a square instead of a rectangle. I just felt like for my purposes, it worked better.

I'm noting these kinds of things to you, because I want to make it clear that whatever sketch you want to use, you can adjust it to fit your own purposes. Don't be afraid to move things around, to change the size of things, etc...a sketch is always just a place to start. It is supposed to get you going along the way, and also to help you step outside your box a little...but don't let it be a detriment to your creativity! It is a helpful tool...a suggestion, not a rule! Have fun and play!

As you can see, I used mostly goodies from the main kit for this layout (along with some paper from the Patterned Paper Play add on kit). I love the papers this month! I love all those pretty pinks and teals and blues! Oh and I really loved fussy cutting out the beautiful butterflies from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper...that paper is just perfect for fussy cutting! The butterflies add a fun, pop off the page element that gives the layout a whimsical, interactive feeling.

I created my title using the pretty black puffy stickers in the kit and spelled out the word “magic”. And then did some journaling about the magical feeling that Disneyland always gives me. And I think the photos along with the doodles I added of Minnie and Mickey and the Castle, inside the fussy cut frames (from the Maggie Holmes frames patterned paper) really helps tell that story of Disney magic! It was a really fun day!

Alright, I hope you enjoyed today's sketch and my layout! I had fun playing with this sketch! Now it is your time to try our sketch too! So join in on this challenge and share what you create using today's Sunday Sketch by posting your creation in our gallery and/or on our Citrus Twist Facebook group! Remember to put today's date (4/23/17) in the title! You could win a $5 gift certificate to Citrus Twist so please show us what you make with this sketch! Okay, have a happy scrappy day and remember to live your life as a fairytale!!! 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

3 to Inspire | Gina Rodgers

Hi everyone, welcome to another 3 to Inspire challenge! Hopefully these simple prompts will help you kickstart your weekend crafting. As a bonus when you upload your project you're in with a chance to win a voucher for the CTK store!

Here are your prompts:

1. add a hand-cut embellishment from patterned paper
2. use some staples or tiny attachers
3. add a triangle of patterned paper to (any) corner of your page

Here's my take, created with the April 'Sophie' main kit 

My 'hand-cut' embellishment is the butterfly, I've also added some die cuts and puffy sticker. Tiny attachers/staples are a great way to add some texture to your page

Now it's your turn! Use the 3 prompts to create your project and upload to the CTK gallery and/or Facebook Fan page. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations, have fun!

Gina x

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pocket Life - April Sketchs with Célina

Hello Girls,
I'm back to show you my April Pocket Pages :)
And some sketchs to inspire you !!
The exclusive Studio Puff Stickers (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist Kits) are perfect to decorate the pages with ease.
Some details :
I love this month Journal Cards designed by Kaitlin Sheaffer for Citrus Twist Kits.
I use my typewriter to make my journaling but also to decorate the 4" x 6" Journal Cards with some quotes.
I hope theses pages will inspire YOU !!
See you soon,