Sunday, October 24, 2021



 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


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