Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sunday sketch with Alena


 Hey everyone!  It's Alena with  layout for Sunday Sketch.

 Here's a look at the sketch this week:

 I was inspired by a beautiful cut file "Picture Story" that I used as a title. I cut this out of a mint cardstock and added a bow of the same color to balance the composition.

I added quite a lot of machine stitching and colorful drops.

I made a small envelope out of vellum and filled it with sequins.

Well, then it is time for you be inspired by the sketch to create a page of your own.  Remember to share your creations with us on the Citrus Twist Kits Friends page on Facebook or by using #CTK, @Citrustwistkits on social media.  I cannot wait to see what you create with this sketch.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Shannon


Hey there, crafty friends! Shannon here with a fun 3-to-Inspire to share with you. I tried to think of something I could do differently with this page and I kind of love the result. Let's get to my three things!

1. Write your journaling different than usual

2. Use florals

3. Stamp your title

Now let's look at how I brought that all together on this layout in my Life Crafted album.

I started with the Documenter Travelers Notebook Basics, Version 1, Digital Papers as the base for my journaling. I knew I wanted my journaling to be a full page so I used a paper with a faint patterned background. To make my journaling different than usual, I wrote it as if I was writing a book. There are a lot of quotes and inner monologues in my journaling. I've never journaled like this before but I can assure you that it won't be the last time. It was really fun!

Need some inspiration to switch up your journaling? I shared a few ideas in this post from December 2020.

Next, I pulled out the florals. When I decided to use florals I really went all in on the idea! Thankfully, the Florals Ephemera Pack gave me plenty of options. Since the opposing page is full of journaling and my photo contains neutral colors, I was able to use all sorts of colors for my florals. I just made sure to space them well around the photo.

To layer them, I held the photo in place and tucked everything behind it. I started with the largest pieces as the base and then built up from there. I then carefully lifted my photos. Underneath was a wreath of sorts. I applied adhesive to the outer edges on the back of my photo and carefully stuck it back down. When I lifted it up again my ephemera "wreath" was stuck to it. I carefully moved around the wreath with my adhesive to stick down anything that needed to be stuck down. Then, I used stronger adhesive to attach the whole stack of ephemera to my page with the photo on top.

Finally, I stamped my title at the top of my journaling page. The Chloe stamp complemented my typewriter-style journaling perfectly! Lining my title up along the top line of the page helped me keep everything straight. This is especially helpful if you have to stamp a word using only a few letters at a time, as I did here since the "u" appears twice. If you're not stamping along an existing line you can use the lines on your acrylic block or draw a faint line with a pencil. 

I hope I've inspired you to try something new this week! If you follow these prompts, be sure to share on social media and tag Citrus Twist. Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Marsha


Hey friends!  It's Marsha here today, and I'm excited to be hosting the Sunday Sketch Challenge.  The sketch this week is perfect- full of so many fun details!

Here's a look at the sketch:

Here's my Life Crafted layout based on the sketch:

To begin the layout, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to fit as a full page in the album.  One of my favorite features of the sketch is the repeat stamping along the bottom of the page.  I chose a phrase stamp from the new Storytelling Stamp and did some repeat stamping using black ink.  I added some second-generation stamping to get variation in intensity.  A die-cut heart from the Hearts & Such Die-Cut Ephemera looks perfect adhered over the stamping.

I added my photo above the stamping, layering it over a piece of patterned paper from the Crate Paper Marigold 6x8 Paper Pad along with a doily and vellum from my stash. To embellish the page, I added some labels and a floral die-cut piece from the Hearts & Such Die-Cut Ephemera.  I continued to follow the sketch and added a stamped circular element using the Storytelling Stamp and light gray ink.

I chose to add the title on the left page of the spread and added it to a digital traveler's notebook paper from the Wild at Heart Digital TN Papers.  I also added a label from the Hearts & Such Die-Cut Ephemera and did a bit more stamping using the Storytelling Stamp.  To finish off the spread, I added some machine stitching to a few areas of the layout and added some puffy heart stickers from the Whimsical Hearts Puffy Stickers.

I hope you are inspired to create a layout based on this week's sketch!  Be sure to share your projects with us on Instagram using the hashtag #citrustwistkits.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Patricia


Hello CTK Friends!  I am loving the new goodies each month, as always, but I do love going through some older favorites to use both new and old together!  It is really my favorite way to scrapbook.  Which leads me to the 3-to-Inspire for today:

1 - Use an older stamp, alphas, die cuts, papers, etc.

2 - Use the inspiration from others into your project.

3 - Use the new Picture Story Cut File.

For my older products, I pulled the Good Life and the Retro Hip Co & CT Collab stamp sets and a CTK kit pattern paper from my stash.  I love to organize those papers by color, so I can grab exactly what I need.  I find I use them more that way too!  For the inspiration from others...I have loved all the fold outs I'm seeing from the team.  I have done it before, BUT did you catch Nathalie's recent post here.  She used the digital TN Basics and duplicated that pattern to create the longer sheet she needed to then fold and punch!  I had to try it and now I am hooked!  I created my longer piece using the January Traveler's Notebook Basics on the left side, then used the stamps, and a combination of January digitals, die cuts, and the new February puffy hearts to finish with a photo.  

The trickier part for me was I wanted the cut file to be on the larger side once you open that top flap, which means that the cut file has to fold with it.  I went for it and got it to work.  I had to use clips from my stash to keep it closed, but it works and exactly the look I wanted.  I combined a January die cut with it to add more color, and then created a grid with two more photos on this inside flap.  

And again, used older pattern papers, one from the Sparkle and Shine.  Having my colors organized, I just grabbed what I needed and it all worked well together!  I wanted that gorgeous flower to have the pop of color with dark and light in that swirl.

My confidence was up having gotten that awesome trick from Nathalie to duplicate the TN Basics digital paper.  I needed this spread to continue with the same colors and patterns to balance, plus I knew I wanted all photos to fill the Instax pockets.  The vellum with the same printed TN Basics worked for me here.  It gave me the subtle texture repeating it from the left, and the vellum gave me a little bit of a break plus a place to journal so that I could have my beautiful colorful cut file on the left, and all four of the Instax pockets filled with photos and stamping.

Another thing I love about this spread is I got the entire week documented within these pages.  Give these ideas a try in your next project and be sure to share with us in the Facebook group!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Diane

Hi everyone, Diane here with your Sunday Sketch challenge! I adore sketches as a jumping off point for any layout. Today I decided to adapt this 12x12 sketch for a spread in my Life Crafted album.

Here is today's sketch:

And here is how my spread turned out:

I was super inspired when I saw this sketch because it reminded me of one of my favourite techniques for using up all those little scrappy pieces of my Sweet Story paper that I can't bear the throw away. 

All I do is stack them together, in this case horizontally across the paper, add a little adhesive and stitch the whole thing together with my sewing machine. It gives me a fun little place to build the rest of my layout.

From there, I added my two photos, using a little craft foam for dimension. Then I used both the Tickets and Tags and the Hearts and Such die cuts packs to add a few little sentiments instead of the labels in the sketch.

I decided to skip the top and bottom strips in the sketch and instead make my title cluster a little larger by adding a bigger die cut before stamping my title with the Chloe Alpha.

I added hearts instead of the butterflies from the sketch, starting with the most perfect little wood veneer and then filling the rest of the page with puffy hearts.

If you know me, then you know the scariest thing is adding splatters to my layouts! So instead of risking it all with ink, I grabbed a gel pen and added them in by hand! Such an easy technique for when you aren't feeling mixed media brave!

Here's a look at the process this spread 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 over on the Citrus Twist Facebook Fan page!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Desiree


Hi there!  It’s Desiree here to join you this Saturday.  If you’re looking for some crafty inspiration, I invite you to try this week’s 3-to-Inspire challenge.  I’ll be working in my life crafted album.

I knew I definitely wanted to include certain items in my layout.  I had already pictured floral edged pages and stamped words. 

So this week’s selections are:

  1.  florals

  2. alpha stamps

  3. cut files

For this project, I wanted to do a regular layout in my life crafted album.  I started with a simple patterned piece of pink cardstock paper and graph paper.  I like using graph and grid sheets as my base pages because they are easy to build on.

The next thing I did is build my floral layer on the graph page with florals from the Citrus Twist Life Crafted Floral Ephemera pack and the Citrus Twist Hearts & Such Ephemera pack.  With all the lovely color florals to choose from, I stacked my florals starting with the biggest on the bottom, leading up to the smallest, and adhered them to my page. 

Then, I used the Citrus Twist Chloe Alpha and Number stamp to make a fun list.  I took this opportunity to stamp out all the beautiful qualities of my daughter.  I love that this alpha stamp set comes with uppercase alphas, lowercase alphas, and numbers all in one, it is just so convenient.

For the cut files, I had a little fun. I used the white floral cut file that is layered under my picture from January’s cut files in the Citrus Twist Kits digital shop.  I layered the cut file under my photo, then cut off the overhang to the shape of the page. 

I also included the love and hearts from February's cut files in the Citrus Twist Kits digital shop.  I really wanted to use the fun speech bubble with the heart inside at the top of my page, but it would not fit.  So  I cut the heart from inside the speech bubble and topped my page with it.  I used the "love" part of the cut file as part of my title “love you”. 

To complete my clusters on each page, I used the wood veneers hearts from the Citrus Twist Heartbeats Vol. 2, Ltd Wood Veneer Hearts. Of course, I used the Citrus Twist January 2021 Puffy Hearts.  All the sizes and colors make them so easy to use.

I hope you give this a try and have a little creative fun. Happy Saturday!

XO, Desiree

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Lory


Hey there friends! How are you?

Happy Sunday! It's Lory here today to share with you my take for one of the beautiful sketches from Citrus Twist! When I saw at it it was love at the first time! You know I love the sketches because they give me ideas when the creative flow is down or when sometimes I don't feel so much inspired.

I have used all the beautiful journaling cards from the past Citrus Twist kits and I added the amazing ephemera from the new products collections!

Before starting to decorate my page and filling it with many little meaningful details I have create a soft watercolor background with many different shadows of green using  neocolors and gelatos and I was in love with the final result. I am not a fan of strong mixed media so this kind of color makes me feel happy enough :)

Then I fussy cut some flowers from a past scrapbooking add on, I added some digitals and exposy dots.  At last the stamps, I am completely and deeply in love with all the kinds of stamps from Citrus Twist, those little phrases and words are perfect to me! I love the tiny details to add meanings to my pages.

What do you think? Hope you  will be inspired from my page to create yours. Creativity is what makes me feel happy and for you?

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Love, Lory