Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pocket Life with Alena

Hey Everyone! This is Alena and today I'm sharing the new spreads of my 2018 album! 

Often for my Project LifeI use photos taken by the phone. I like to add journaling underneath the photo. For this I use the application Collect.

I added bright accents with a few die-cuts and stickers.

In the next spread, the main role is played by Wood Veneer from a Embellishment Kit.
 Also I liked to play with stamps from October "This is Life" Stamp. Every time you can get something new.
I hope I inspired you today! Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tuesday Tutorial with Anna

Hi dear CTK friends! Anna with you today to share with you how you can use the negative pieces of your digital cut files. I love when nothing of the loveliness goes to waste :)

I've used the gorgeous Flower Cluster cut file (designed by Nathalie DeSousa), free from the CTK shop. It's so beautiful, both the "real" cut file and the negative of it as well. The papers and embellishments are bits and pieces from the October Sweater Weather  Add On kit and the October digital printables as the Cut Apart Sheet and the Little Things Journaling Cards.

I hope you are ready for some photo bombing now since here comes a few pics from my process doing this as well as a few pics of my finished page, Enjoy!

 Just unmount the "real" cut file from the cutting mat and you will have your negative image left, the pieces we will use for today's project.
Apply small dots of glue on each and every of the pieces and then place your cardstock ( this one is 12"x12") upon them. Make sure that your cardstock have contact with all of the small pieces. You might have to give it a little preassure with your hands. Then let it dry.
After drying a few minutes you can carefully start to peel off the cutting mat from your cardstock and if not every little piece is attached on the paper there is no panic, just glue them afterwords where it should be. Now you have your background to work with.

I was playing around with my photo and embellishments to get an idea of how my design would end up and then I put them aside and had a blast plyaing with some color mists using a plastic bag and made some splatters. After drying I started to mount my embellishment and layers of paper plus photo.
Actually my title is another negative from yet another of our lovely CTK October cut files, "Falling". Nothing goes to waste, lol!

And here's my finished page, I'm so happy how it turned out! 
Hopefully I have inspired you to give your negatives a go and just not let them go to the trash bin.

Thanks for stopping by here with me today! Don't forget to head over to our website to buy a kit or why not sign up for a subscription?  Also be sure to join us on our Facebook page, CTK Fan Page and share your creations with us, we would love to see what's going on at your crafty space.
And last, but not least, have a look at our lovely weekly challenges up on our blog, as the Saturdays "3-to-inspire" and the Sundays "Sunday Sketch", they are both super fun challenges!

Until next time! Hugs Anna xo

Monday, October 29, 2018

Mixed Media Time with Adele

Time to get painty peeps!

Today I am challenging you to pull out some sort or messy, painty supply and add it to your next layout. I am pairing some modelling paste, a large stencil and some watercolours from my stash with the gorgeous October Main Kit today to create a layout that's very close to my heart.

I have also created a process video so you can see the mixed media techniques I used from start to finish, which will be at the end of this post.

I began by spreading a thin layer of modelling paste through my stencil and allowing it to dry COMPLETELY. You do not want to add any watercolour until your modelling paste is dry as it will end up a bit of a smudgy me, I learnt the hard way previous hehe!

I used a combo of this month's alpha stickers and my brush lettering to create a soft and subtle title. I paired this with some strips of journaling below my photo.

I loved adding the little puffy hearts and some splatters to add those finishing touches to this precious photo of my Mum, Nanna and I.

If you're not a fan of mixed media, this is a great technique to try because you don't need to be precise with your watercolouring and can make it as subtle or bold as you like depending on what colours you use. Have fun!


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Nathalie

Hi there!  
Nathalie with you today with this week's Sunday Sketch.  I love working with sketches as they provide inspiration, sort of the starting point for a project, and this week's sketch is  a super fun one.  So, let me show you:

I love this sketch so much that i used it to create two different projects using the "Little Things" Scrapbook kit and embellishment kit.  First let me show you how i used the sketch to create a 12x12 scrapbook page:

Those ticket cut outs (created with one of this month's cut files) were a large part the inspiration for this page.  Since the  sketch was designed for a 8.5x11 format, i chose to extend it fit a 12x12  but chose to stay very true to the sketch through the transformation.

I wanted to play with the patterns and colors of the Little Things kit so i used some of the papers in the Scrapbook Kit and patterned paper play kit to create the tickets and layers behind the picture.

Since there is a lot of color and patterns being used in the page, a bit of  black Distress Ink was used to create a neutral background for the page. Once all the layers were added to the page (as per the sketch), i decided to embellish the page using the numbers from the tickets cut outs, stickers from the Embellishment kits and lots of elements from this month's cut apart card. 

To accomodate extend the design to fit a  12x12 layout, i chose to add the small fold at the top left corner of the page so that it brings interest to the page.     The next video will show you how this was created using the Little Things kits:

It is amazing how a sketch can inspire to create a project, but this sketch is so versatile that i also used it to create a TN entry in my daily Journal:

Once again, i used the Little Things scrapbook, Embellishment and Patterned Paper PLay kits to create this page. 

To create this entry, i chose to use the number tickets as the highlight of the page, and used them to create the background for the picture placement.   To reduce the bulk , i chose to just use a reduced number of layers, and then embellished with stickers from the embellishment kit and stamp images from the Little Things TN stamp.

My title was placed using the stickers and cut apart element sheet from the Little Things kit;  I chose to keep it as shown in the sketch so that it brings texture and interest to the other side of the TN entry.   I typed my journaling at the bottom of this page, and added some more stamped images to complete the look  of the page.

Now it is your turn to use the sketch as inspiration to create a project of your own.  Remember to share with us on the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page on Facebook what you create with this sketch, or on social media by tagging Citrus Twist Kits .  We would love to see what you create.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

3-to-Inspire with Cece

Hi, friends! Cece here with a 3-to-Inspire challenge for you! 

For today's challenge, I am using:
1. Acrylic Paint
2. Thicker Word Stickers
3. Alpha Stamps

Here's a page I made in my Bible using elements from the GraceBox kit. 

1. Acrylic Paint in blue and purple which I swiped down using a paint card. This technique is a great way to get a nice thin layer of paint down on your page and is great for when you don't have a whole lot of time to paint in your Bibles or projects.

2. I love this pack of Thicker Stickers with all the fun words! I used the words "a" that I took out from another word and "adventure" that I cut up in syllables to give it some interest and fill up more of the margin space.

3. This beautiful Citrus Twist Kits Alpha Stamp set in this lovely font I used to spell out the word "great" for "a great adventure".

And here is the finished page! I love how simple and beautiful it turned out!

I'm excited to see how you use the elements in this kit! Be sure to join our Facebook group so we can all see how you created your lovely page.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Travelers Notebook Challenge with Sarah

Hey there, CTK friends!  Today I have a TN challenge for you that involves using a bunch of frames to create an interesting background.  If you don't already have some frames that you want to use, that's totally okay because we are going to be making our own by cutting up some patterned paper!

If you've never tried using frames for a background, I'd love to encourage you to try it out.  Frames add such a fun pattern and shape element, and you can get really creative with different colors and textures to make it your own.

For this page I used some pattern papers from the "Little Things" Scrapbooking kit to cut out my frames.  Using my Exacto knife, scissors, and paper trimmer, I cut out some rectangles and circles of various sizes and patterns.

Once I had all of my frames ready I played around with their placement on the page, making sure that I didn't have any floating elements.  I had some frames go off the page and the rest of the frames connect to each other.

I didn't need to do a lot to embellish this page since I already had a lot going on with the colors and patterns on the frames, but I did add a title and a few small die cut pieces to finish off my page.

There's a video below if you'd like to see how this page came together.

I'd love for you to give this a try!  There are so many possibilities with frames so you can get super creative and make it your own.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

10 minute Traveler's Notebook pages with Diane

As the end of the month rolls around, I'm busy trying to use up the last of my Pocket Life kit before the gorgeousness new November kit hits my doorstep!

One way I like to do that, is to create some super simple pages in my Traveler's Notebook. All of these pages took me less than 10 minutes but I used up a bit more of my kits and got those stories down on paper!

This first page couldn't really get any more simple. I trimmed down two 6x8 papers and stuck them to each side of my spread. I glued down my photo on the bottom right and then created my journaling using the Little Things stamp set. I love using stamps to guide my journaling like this. Otherwise, I might never think to document these things!

This photo was very dark and grainy so I converted it to black and white and then used that as a theme for the page. Luckily, that "sipping" die cut worked in perfectly for a title!

Again, I trimmed down two 6x8 papers but this time I torn one of the off cuts to create a coordinating strip down the right hand side. Before I stuck everything down, I ran the trimmed piece through my typewriter to add my journalling. I then added my photo, the die cut title and a few puffy stickers.

I made this last page by trimming down one more piece of 6 x 8 paper and then adding it with an off cut from my first page to create a stripe of colour on the left.

I created a title with those cute wood veneer pieces and some alphas. I don't normally use wood veneer in my notebooks but this was the last page and it didn't matter how bulky I made it! I added a couple of stamps from the Badge Maker stamp set, my photo and my story and called it done!

All of these pages took less than 10 minutes each so it wasn't hard to squeeze and lot of pages into a little time. It just goes to show, you don't have to spend forever getting every little thing perfect. Sometimes you just need to sit down with your kits and some scissors and glue and document those stories simply and quickly!