Sunday, December 26, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Lory


Happy Sunday everyone!

I am happy to share a new page with you :) Hope  you had a beautiful Christmas time surrounded by who loves you!

Here my try for the sketch we would like to purpose you today :)

White background where I played with the TN papers from the Merry and Bright Christmas kit. I have used also the exclusive Citrus Twist December free cut files for the title and the snowflakes card. 

It's a page about a story I love, the time we read a book together! It's pure magic! This is what I call quality time with my family! 

I have added many little details here and there to follow and enrich the sketch. Of course my favorite ever stamps couldn't be missing ;)

I have added some snowflakes with the double side tape and a little piece of red cotton thread.

Some details shots :)

So hope to have inspired you, take the chance to create following a sketch, it's so easy and fun create with it. 

Love, Lory

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Shu-Wen

Hi everyone!

It's Shu-Wen here, sharing a spread that I created in my Life Crafted Album with the new December 2021 "Fernwood" Add-On Kit available in the Citrus Twist Kits shop!

Here's the sketch that I used to create my spread:

Since this sketch was made in a portrait-style orientation, I decided to use this sketch for the design of the left side of my layout and pair it up with a full-page photo on the right side of my layout.

First, I created the base of my layout by cutting strips of patterned paper to mimic the stripes across the page in the sketch. I decided to use all blue patterned papers for the colored stripes, going from darkest at the top to the lightest at the bottom (papers used: "Into the Woods", "Fable", "Fernwood", and "Focused", all from the Vicki Boutin "Fernwood" collection). I chose the "Keepsake" patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes "Chasing Dreams" collection for the bottom-most wider piece of patterned paper; I purposely chose a neutral, lighter colored patterned paper in case I wanted to add my journaling later on. I held the pieces in place with some light adhesive, then stitched them together with my sewing machine to add some texture, similar to the stitch marks in the sketch. 

Next, the film strip die cut from the Vicki Boutin "Fernwood" Journaling Ephemera pack was perfect to use in place of the panel with the 3 squares in the center of the sketch. I chose to back the top and bottom ones with small photos. For the middle frame, I created a small shaker pouch to hold some of the floral shaker sequins that I received in my Citrus Twist Kits package (I always save all these little gems from my packages!) and embellished it with a heart die cut from the "Take It Inside" Die Cut Ephemera Pack available in the Citrus Twist Kits shop. Then, I backed the film strip onto a leftover piece of the "Keepsake" patterned paper to give it enough contrast to stand out from my background. 

For the embellishment clusters, I decided to use some more die cuts from the "Take It Inside" Die Cut Ephemera Pack; I love how the florals in this ephemera pack go with the colors from the Fernwood Add-On Pack! I also added a bit of thread behind my floral clusters to add a bit more interest, similar to the floral clusters in the original sketch. 

For the bottom of my spread, I decided not to type up any journaling. Instead, I filled up the bottom of my spread with one of the ephemera pieces from the "Fernwood" Journaling Ephemera Pack that says "Happiness is..." and finished the title with the "Right Here" Thickers from the "Stories of Us" Thicker sheets in the Add-On Kit. The letter "G" did overhang the edge of the page a bit, so I trimmed the bottom part off. 

For the right side of my spread, I printed out a large 5" x 8.25" photo from our fall photoshoot; I love how the warm, deep colors in the "Fernwood" collection go with the autumnal colors in our photos. I kept the embellishments simple with another ephemera pieces from the "Fernwood" Journaling Ephemera Pack that says "Smile", some more stitching detail for added texture, and a few butterflies from the "Stories of Us" Thicker sheets.

I love how this spread came together so easily using a sketch for one side of my layout and a full page photo for the other side. Also LOVING the colors in the "Fernwood" Add-On Kit and looking forward to making another project with this kit later on this month! If you decide to make a layout using this sketch, feel free to tag me on Instagram or on the Citrus Twist Kits Facebook Fan page so that I can check it out! Make sure to check out the Citrus Twist Kits Shop for all the new goodies this month! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Nathalie


Hello there!

Nathalie back with you to share a bit of inspiration featuring this week's sketch.   There are those times when you have an idea and need to find a way to share it.  Well, the sketch was the perfect way to bring my idea to live in a short amount of time.   Let's start with the sketch:

The sketch might look a bit challenging, but when you deconstructed it becomes a simple grid with a diagonal line of embellishments.   So here is what I created using the sketch as inspiration.

The main feature of the sketch is the 4 chipboard frames in each quadrant of the page. So, I pulled the Flea Market Findings kit's chipboard frames to build my page.

I chose to focus just on the center part of the sketch.   So, I changed the two paper layers for a large picture of a bubblegum sky (as seen from my balcony) so that it fit the entire Life Crafted spread. I added the small strip of paper ( Market Square Add on kit) to ground my page.

I had a few more pictures from that morning.  So, I sized them to fit inside the chipboard frames, and decided to glue each to a diagonally opposite quadrant.  Since the photo had lots of dark shadows in the bottom of the page, I decided to add larger pieces there. I changed one of the chipboard frames for a pocket.  I added my journal card, and then added pieces from the December ephemera and Chipboard stickers.

I did not want to cover the beautiful sky, so I chose the smaller frames for the top of the page.  I combined the chipboard frame and the diagonal elements at the very top of the page. The last element was to add enamel dots to replace the ink splatters on the sketch.

I hope this inspires you to take a look at the sketch and use it in your projects.  Cannot wait to see what you create!


Saturday, December 11, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Ingunn

Happy Saturday, Twisties! We're a third of the way through December! Have I finished LAST year's December album yet? No. Am I panicking about this? No! Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun, and to me, December scrapbooking is the funnest. Is that a word? No. Do I care? No! 

Anyhoo, for my post this week I decided to go back to one of my favorite moments of December 2020. It was obviously a tough season for most of us, but on this particular night, a church in our town adjusted to the social distancing rules by setting up a drive-through light show. It felt so magical, and on the drive back to our house, our oldest daughter told us that she secretly thinks coronavirus is kind of nice, because her dad is always home and we have so many special occasions. Well melt my heart why don't you!

My three elements this time were:

1) an imperfect photo

2) digital journaling cards

3) stars!

One thing I've learned to embrace with December scrapbooking is blurry photos. It's dark all the freaking time, colors are all weird from Christmas lights, and kids are hopped up on sugar so they never stop moving. But there's no way I'm not going to use a photo that shows this much joy and emotion! 

I loved how these two digital journaling cards worked together, so I decided to use both of them stacked on top of each other. They were originally 3x4 inches, but since I was working with the back of two 4x4 pockets (a full-sized page protector fused into two pockets), I used photoshop to widen them to the correct size before adding my journaling. 

If I have to sum up my approach to December documenting in one phrase, I think it has to be "throw some stars on it". I used the chipboard and gold puffy stars to surround my daughter in sparkles. Love! My finishing touches were a suitable die cut and of course the day's number in puffy gold stickers on top of one of the stars. 

I hope you're all having as much fun with your December documenting as I am, no matter which year you are working on!


Sunday, December 5, 2021

SUNDAY SKETCH with Nathalie


Hi there!

Nathalie with you today to bring you some inspiration featuring this week's sketch and a mix of new products from this month's release.  I am sure that you (as many of us) are looking at easy and quick ways to document your memories.  Well, sketches are a great help when it comes to documenting in style in a short amount of time.  They are like a blueprint to your page, the rest is up to you! Let me show you this week's sketch:

And here  is my project, inspired by the sketch:

I chose to use the sketch  for a Life Crafted album layout.    First, I had to decide on the orientation of the sketch so that it work for my album.  This meant, rotating the sketch 90 degrees counterclock wise.

I chose to place my photos and all the paper layers ( Fernwood Add -on kit and December Digital Files) on the left side of the album.  I followed the layering on the sketch to build the layers behind the photos, and replace the cut file mat with ephemera pieces from the Fernwood add on kit,

I decided to switch the background paper of the other side of the layout to one of the Digital papers from the December release ( this was also used as a layer behind the  photos.  I used Photoshop to add my journaling before printing.  

I added the small strips of paper to the right of the layout, just like in the sketch.  I repeated some of the patterned papers -Fernwood Add on kit-  so that it ties the two sides together; then switched the small label for CTK exclusive TAKE IT INSIDE ephemera pieces.   

I hope this inspires you to use the sketch to document your memories... Remember to have fun with it!!


Saturday, December 4, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Desiree

Hello and happy holidays friends!  I am so happy to be joining you for this week's 3-to-inspire challenge. Of course, I had to do this challenge in my December album.  Let's take a look at the picks for the week so you can play along.

I started with my cover page.  I used this simple, white patterned paper from the Coming Home 6x8 Ledger Digital Papers for the base of my page. Then, I used a 4x6 journal card from the Merry and Bright Digital Journal Cards to cover the bottom half of my page. I love the rich details that this floral design brought to my cover. I completed this page with the gold puffy alpha Stickers and gold puffy phrase stickers from the Merry and Bright Kit.

I wanted to record my hopes for the month.  So I used more digitals from the Merry and Bright Digitals and Coming Home 6x8 Ledger Paper Digitals to make these pages. On my left page, I used this beautiful, blue reindeer patterned paper from the Merry and Bright Digitals Travelers Notebook Papers to make a stitched strip down the center of my page.  I adorned the page with ephemera, puffy stickers, and chipboard stickers all from the Merry and Bright kit.

Using all Merry and Bright Digital papers and Coming Home Digital Papers, I decided to make the page on the right a double pocket style page. 

Once I adhered my uneven triangle pockets, I started working on my tags. For my smaller tags, I made this "all is bright" bookmark from the Merry and Bright Digital Journal Cards into a tag. I printed out this "holiday homebodies" digital TN paper to make into my larger tag.  Once I handwrote my intentions and added ribbon, I was done with this part.  

I completed my pages by loading them up with embellishments from the Merry and Bright Kit.  This included enamel dots, chipboard stickers, and puffy stickers.

Just like that, my pages were complete. I hope you enjoyed following along as much as I enjoyed making these pages. Happy December documenting!