Thursday, October 31, 2019

KIT LOVE November 2019

Hi there!

November is here, temperatures are changing and bringing with them lots of new adventures and memories for us to document and keep.    Our November Life Crafted Kit - GRATITUDE - has been designed to help you  safe keep all those special memories ( we will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in the USA while our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are welcoming Spring).

We are sure you are going to love the soft colors of  this kit and how it will enrich your memories.  Trina will give you a more in depth look at what is included in this month's kit in the following video:

Such a lovely and versatile kit, perfect for all types of documenting formats.   AS it is customary, each month we also release a Scrapbooking Add-on kit that complements  the  Life Crafted kit.   The Novemeber add- on kit features a selection of papers from the most recent paper collection and has been curated to suit all types of documenting formats.  Join  Nathalie as she shows you what is included in the November add- on kit:

We are so excited to see how you will use our kits and to share all the inspiration our Design team has created for you all.  Remember to stop by our shop to check all the kits and add ons.

Happy Crafting!

Happy Halloween with Kira

Happy Halloween everyone!!  It's Kira and I am here with another 8.5x11 scrapbook layout.  Since it's Halloween, I made the decision to work with the October Halloween mini kit.  This kit has been so fun to work with and I am happy to say I used up almost every little bit that was included in this kit!  Here's a look at the layout I made for today:

I started with one of the exclusive Halloween cut files.  I just love the spooky house included in the Spooky cut file.  I cut it out on the black cardstock included in the kit and sized it to 8" wide.  I backed it with foam to give it some dimension.

I used the striped paper for my background because it was too cute not to!  And I adhered my house near the bottom of the page.

I chose this adorable photo of my ghostbuster with marshmallow man and attached it on top of the house.  I built clusters around the page with die cuts and stickers from the kit.  I used the Happy Halloween die cut as my title.

I finished off the page with some black splatters and the orange sequins included with the die cuts.  I attached the sequins with a French knot using some yellow embroidery floss.  I used the foam thickers to add the year (date didn't seem necessary since Halloween is the same each year).

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have the spookiest of Halloweens!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Christmas Daily with Diane

Hi everyone, Diane here with a little dose of Christmas cheer for you!

One of the things I am most excited for this December, is watching my little nephew Jack enjoy his first holiday season. And I wanted to give my sister something simple and special to document it! So I put together this little base album using the Christmas Stories kit and a Life Crafted album. Literally all she'll need to do is add her photos and some stories and it will be done!

This title page went through a few different stages but in the end I kept it colourful and whimsical, just perfect for a little boy's first December. I adore those ornament stickers from Pink Paislee, I used some machine stitching to make them look like they were hanging there but you could just as easily draw some little strings on them.

I totally cheated and glued a strip of ribbon from my stash onto the page first and then used a second piece to create a perfect little bow. I didn't tie a single thing, everything is glued in place so it never comes undone!

Throughout the album, I used plain white 3x4 card stock pieces as place holders for photo. I kept the pages REALLY simple and without heavy theming because I have no idea what the photos will be about! I created my own photo corners with some of the Heidi Swapp die cut pieces and added a lot of stitching for texture and detail.

It wouldn't really be an album of mine if it didn't have sequins and if you can't at Christmas, when can you?! I created a sequin mix to coordinate with the kit, and then stitched it into a full page page protector. Added divisions stops all the sequins just sliding straight to the bottom of the page.

I kept the filler pages to a minimum but couldn't help adding a page filled with sweet treats. Stickers and die cuts made it so easy! And again, I filled the bottom portion of the divided page protector with the same sequin mix.

I love see-through elements in an album, gives you a little peek as to what is coming next. So I used one of the digital cut files that comes with the Christmas Stories kit to cut this candy cane stripe page and added a little colour with some stickers and enamel dots. I created a really simple filler card by cutting some scraps into banner shapes and layering them with craft foam. a few stickers and some stitching detail ties it into the rest of the album. 

Here's a look at the process of putting this album together plus a walk through of the finish album at the end ...

Thanks for stopping by today! Next month I'll be showing you a couple of pages from a different album. I know it's only October but I'm happy to be Christmas crafting already!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pocket Life Challenge with Sheree

Hi everyone!

It’s Sheree here on the blog today with a new Pocket Life Challenge!  The “At My Table” Life Crafted kit this month is absolutely perfect for documenting family gatherings…especially when there’s food involved!  Here’s my pocket page spread…

My challenge for you today is to use some of those awesome labels and puffy hearts that came in the kit this month.  They are just so handy and versatile to use on any project!

I used the This I Life “Food Stories” stamp set to stamp on two of the labels on this spread!  I also used the digital versionof the journaling cards to add the text on the pretty floral card…so quick and easy!

The puffy hearts are perfect for layering onto other die cut elements! 

For the large photo I combined one of the cut-apart labels with a puffy heart and the large die cut ‘heart’ word finish off the spread.

You can see my process in the video below...

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas that you can use on your next pocket page!

I look forward to sharing another project soon!
Sheree x

Monday, October 28, 2019

NOM NOM NOM with Elizabeth

Hello friends.  I'd like to share a layout in my Life Crafted Album about my LOVE of food.  My husband will tell you that FOOD is definitely my LOVE language.  In fact, MOST of our date nights revolve around food AND drink.

For the first page, I cut a piece of white card stock to fit inside the 4.25 x 8.25 page protector.  On the bottom half of the page, I used the "Food Stories" stamp to create a random pattern.  I printed my journaling on a small piece of vellum, added a tab and attached it with a staple.  Finally, I added two wood veneer people from my stash to represent the two of us.  

Next, I printed a 4 x 4 photo and backed it with a piece of blue polka dot patterned paper.  In the white space of the photo, I used the 2 x 3 Add-On stamp to do some FUN repeat stamping.  To finish, I added a pink chipboard word phrase.

For the second page, I cut a piece of the orange stripe patterned paper to fit inside the same page protector.  Then, I cut the 4 x 6 journaling card to the same width.  With a circle punch, I created a notch in the top and attached with red line tape (on three sides) to create a pocket.

I printed two photo strips with selfies, restaurants, food and drinks to slip inside the pocket.  I added a few stamps, tab and heart puffy sticker for interest.

Finally, I HAD to find a way to include the 3 x 8 journaling card.  It's my FAVORITE.  So, I cut the top, punched a hole and added twine to create a tag.

On the back, I added another square photo and orange chipboard word phrase.

Please let me know if you have any questions (or need a FOODIE friend).  HAPPY crafting...

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Anna

Hi dear CTK friends! Anna here with you today sharing this months last, but not least, Sunday Sketch. I love all the CTK sketches and this one is no exception.

Let's have a look at this week's lovely sketch.

And here's what I came up with using the fabulous October "At My Table" Life Crafted Kit combined with the beautiful pumpkin cutfile ( subscribers exclusive)

I kept my design pretty close to the original, why change something perfect? 
The only thing I changed is the format, I opted for a Lettersize instead of a 12x12.
And with all these goodies from the kit this page almost came together by it self.
I'm so happy how it turned out and I hope you'll like it as well.

Fabulous indeed! I have a serious crush on those golden phrases.

And there you have it! Now it's your turn 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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

3-To-Inspire with Sheree

Hi everyone!

It's Sheree here with you today with this week's 3-to-inspire challenge!  I've created a spread in my Life Crafted album for this project with the gorgeous At My Table kit and the three prompts I've used are...

1. Stamping
2. Stitching (either machine or hand-stitching)
3. Two different sized photos

Here's what I came up with...

As you can see I have a larger 3 x 4 inch photo on the main page of the spread and a smaller photo in the top left pocket.  

I used the Life Crafted "At My Table" stamp set to stamp onto some die cut labels and for the date at the bottom of the full sized page.

Stitching is one of my favourite elements to add to any project.  I use my sewing machine with a denim needle and it's just so quick and easy to add lovely texture to the page!

I added stitching to all the stamped pieces, die cut hearts, around the journaling card and even at the top left of the main photo.

I'm so happy with how this spread turned out with all those pretty pastel colours from the kit!

You can see my process in the video below...

I hope I've given you a little inspiration for these three prompts and I'd love to see what you come up with!  Don't forget to tag us on Instagram if you have a go at this challenge with #citrustwistkits so we can see your work!

I'll see you again soon with another fun project!
Sheree x