Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Sketch

Hey there! It’s Jen Schow and I’m here to share my final layout with the November kit using this week's Sunday Sketch.

I love sketches because it really gives you a running start and helps me complete layouts fast!

This layout only took me 30 minutes - maybe less - and that’s fast for me! You can see that I shrunk it down to fit my 8.5 x 11 page, but I stuck pretty closely to overall design.

I used that awesome Maggie Holmes ticket paper as the main paper layer behind my photo. I love that I was able to create a tab at the top and have a home for my journaling because of the way that paper was created! I also used another one of the glitter Thickers for my title - so easy.

I stamped my date on the tab I created with the ticket paper and used some of the floral die cuts and the striped bow to add a bit more femininity to the layout. The journaling talks about how I don’t look good in hats (but my daughter told me that this one looked good on me), so I wanted to add some of those girly kind of embellishments.

I scattered stars around my page, as shown in the sketch. I love that the die cuts and the Thickers both had the star icons so I could have some variety. I also decided to doodle some of my own with a black pen. I really love that sketchy, doodled look! I added in some little droplets of blue to finish off the page.

Here’s another look at the final layout. Do you use sketches? You should definitely give this one a go and see how quickly your next page comes together!  


**To play along with this week's sketch challenge and to be eligible to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store, create a layout based off of today's sketch and post it to the gallery with today's date (11/19) in the title. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

3 To Inspire with Ashley and Tara

Happy Saturday, it's time for another 3 to Inspire challenge and this week have two different takes on it! Ashley and Tara are teaming up to share what they created.

Here are this week's prompts:

  1. hearts
  2. enamel dots
  3. hand stitching
Here is a look at what Ashley created:

Then November GraceBox was full of unique pieces to create with. The first thing I did was pull out this sweet little harvest journaling card. It reads, "Everything that God does begins with a seed and ends with a Harvest". I added a hand-stitched heart and stitched x's. 

I love how thread brings texture to a piece. The stamper has several phrases that are perfect for bible journaling. I used the AMEN stamp, then added a few dots, pen stitches, journaling, and crosses for the win!

Now we challenge you! Take these three prompts and start creating!

Ashley aka @magmagandme

Hi friends! I'm so happy to be sharing my creation using this week's 3 to Inspire challenge, which is  my absolute favorite one to do! I love teaming up with Ashley to create two different ideas with the same prompts.

Here is my take on today's challenge:

I wanted to make a little bookmark for a friend that was not only pretty, but inspirational. I loved working with this month's GraceBox kit! There were so many pretty colors and bits that the possibilities were endless.

I took the little Gratitude Tip ins, cut it down, and stuck it on some plain cardstock from my stash. I added a sentiment from the stamp included in the kit along with a heart rub on. Love all the variations of pink here!!

I added just a couple of hand-stitched crosses for a little bit more interest in the corner.

My friend loves coffee so I thought this sentiment was perfect not only for a bookmark, but for her too. Then I placed a couple of enamel dots and a fun black speckled splotch from the rub ons in the kit.

I wanted to add a bible verse that means so much to me to encourage her every day. I added a heart from the October GraceBox kit to cover up the back side of my hand-stitching and stapled it right in the middle.

I hope you feel inspired to create something using this recipe challenge!

Xxo, Tara


Now it's your turn! Use the three prompts to create your project/s and share them with us here in the Gallery and/or our Facebook Forum. We look forward to seeing your beautiful projects!

Friday, November 17, 2017

PL Challenge with Célina : black and white photos !

Hello Girls,
How are you ?
I'm back for a new challenge today with the beautiful PL November Kit !
Love it and especially the Citrus Twist exclusives !
Let's have a look on the kit :

Today, I propose you to make 4 PL pages only with black and with photos to make a nice contrast between photos and cards.
 Here are my pages to inspire you :



Can't wait to see your pages with this Challenge !!
Have a nice week-end !

Friday's PL Challenge | Kristel Arends

Hi all! Yay, it's Friday, which means I have a PL challenge for you :-)

For this page I have chosen to only use the 4x6 pockets for my photos and 3x4 pockets for cards, since I normally mix it up and thought it would be another fun way to put the emphasis on my photos first. 

I also used the PL kit only, which isn't much of a challenge actually, since you receive so much pretty stuff in a kit, but it also forces you to be creative when its theme doesn't match your photos' theme. And that's a positive thing, because you discover lots of new ways to make your pages pretty :-) 

So, to summon up real quick: Use the 4x6 pockets for photos and 3x4 pockets for cards only & use your kit only. 

I hope you have a lovely/crafty weekend and until next time!

Love, Kristel

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Title Love with Nathalie

Hello Everyone!

Nathalie here to show you  a bit of my obsession for  large titles.

I have always loved typography, and find that i am always drawn to large phrase stickers and/or chipboard pieces.  So when  I saw the  large paintable chipboard words, from the new Dear Lizzy collection,  included in this month's add-on kit, I knew they will become part of my layouts.

This layout showcases the November "Stories" main kit and  This is Life "Gathering" stamp, a bit of mixed media, one of the large chipboard words, and a candid shot of my son and one of the littles (that is what we call my niece and nephew).

I was drawn to all the blue tones in the papers from the main kit, so i chose to combine them using strips of them to create a simple design for this page.  A bit of mixed media, just helps to pop the large title.   The script word "FAMILY" from the This is Life stamp was perfect to complete the title of this page.

To balance the page, i used a large picture  at the opposite corner of the title.   This month's exclusive ephemera is gorgeous!, and so easy to mix and match in the clusters created at the corners of the picture.  To finish the page, and to bring some of the black color from the picture, a few of the Pinkfresh Studio sticker words were scattered in between the paper strips.  Here is  small video that shows how this page came together:

Don't you just love all the goodies available in this month's kits?   Stop by the  Citrus Twist Kits store to check all the goodies used in this layout, especially those large chipboard words in the add-on kit.

Remember you can always contact me if you have questions on how this came together.

Take care!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial with Guest Designer Jen Schow

Hey there! It’s Jen Schow again to share a fun little tutorial on how I created the stamped, watercolor-y (that’s a word, right?) background on my layout for today.

The best part about this technique is that you can use any stamps that you have on hand. And if you are a Citrus Twist subscriber, you probably have a few! 

I simply stamped and heat embossed the words and then smooshed some spray mist on top of it. The embossing creates a nice resist effect that I absolutely love! You can see how it came together in the video.

Here are a few more close up photos of the finished layout. You can see that a lot of the background was covered up, but the details peeking out from all of the edges of the photo really make the page.

I hope you’ll keep this technique in mind and give it a try when you’re creating your next layout!