Saturday, October 21, 2017

3 to Inspire with Kathleen

3 to Inspire with Kathleen | Citrus Twist Kits
Hey there! It's Kathleen here again and today I have another 3 to inspire challenge for you. This week I challenge you to
  1. use as little patterned paper as possible
  2. frame your photo with embellishments and diecuts
  3. add some paint splatters
And here is my layout for this challenge:

3 to Inspire with Kathleen "Everyday Moments" Layout | Citrus Twist Kits

I used the October Scrapbook Main kit "Good Vibes" (and a small piece of a washi strip from the Embellishment kit). The floral diecuts from the ephemera pack were perfect for this photo.

Because I couldn't decide which ones to use, I thought I should just use them all and put them around my photo (and one floral piece in the lower left corner of the page). Using lots of die cuts or stickers in one place makes it very easy to add some dimension to your layout since you can let them peek out behind another piece or your photo etc. I also use foam dots to add more dimension.

3 to Inspire with Kathleen "Everyday Moments" Layout | Citrus Twist Kits

On the bottom of the page I only added a very thin strip of patterned paper to give my layout a border - to me it always feels a bit "incomplete" without one. To finish off my layout, I splattered some of my Heidi Swapp color shine across it. You probably won't find a layout I've made that doesn't have at least some paint splatters on it :D

3 to Inspire with Kathleen "Everyday Moments" Layout | Citrus Twist Kits

Alright, that's it for today. I hope you like my layout and the prompts and give it a go! I would love to see your creations! You can share them with us here in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Pocket Life Challenge with Kristen: Focus On The Photos!

Hey Everyone! This is Jennie and I am really excited! The Citrus Twist Blog has a few challenges every month to jump start your creativity. This week Kristen will be inspiring you! One of her prompts is to use black and white photos, The second one is to do something you've never done and the third one to focus on the photos. 

I am crazy about labels! They are perfect for layering but most of the time I use them to stamp my dates on my title card. I love using a heart die with my 6x6 papers because you can really see the cute patterns in the die cuts.

These aqua alpha stickers are gorgeous! I love the silver foiling! They are exclusive from Citrus Twist. 

Something I've never done in my pages is using photo corners. I really love how it came out! These are from the Sprinkled Add On Kit. For the base card of the photos I used the 6x6 paper pad. 

A good tip to use black and white photos it to look for  low quality photos. It makes them look better instantly. It's also a good option when the colors don't match the rest of the photos. I went to town on my 4x6 photos with the Turn The Page Stickers.

I loved the photos from this week because they were happy random memories. The colors were really happy too! 

I hope you were inspired by Kristel like I was in this layout!
Have an awesome day! 

PL Challenge - Kristel Arends

Hi all, Kristel here today with a Project Life challenge for you.

When it comes to Project Life I'm a pretty minimalistic scrapper.
I have been a professional photographer, so I have a somewhat different view when it comes to the quality of my photos and such, and so my main focus is always on my photos first.
When I start a page I make sure my photos are placed in a balanced way first,
before I add anything else, which I do by focusing on their colors.
Sometimes, when the colors don't match or when they are all too similar, I like to add a few black & white photos into my pages.
You can never go wrong with B & W and it makes the other colors stand out even more as well! :-)

For this page I chose the middle two 3x4 photos to be in B&W so the other colors were evenly spread throughout the page.
The beautiful colors of the October Pocket Life kit matched my photos perfectly and gave the whole
layout a nice pop of extra color!

My challenge for you today is:
Create a page which consists out of color ánd black & white photos.
This might not sound like a challenge for some, so if you're in for more, I'd love to see you put the main focus on your photos as well.
Do you like an even greater challenge?
I always challenge myself, with every project, to do or use something (in a way) I haven't done before. This can be as simple as placing enamel dots in a line instead of in a triangular shape, when that's something you usually do.

So, to summon up:
- Combine color + black & white photos
- Put the main focus of the page on your photos
- Do or use something in a way you, personally, never have before

Have fun creating and until next time!

Love, Kristel

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grace Box with Ashley

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley aka @magmagandme. I am so excited to start this journey with Citrus Twist and hopefully inspire you all!  This is my first project with the October Grace Box. 

I'm journaling in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. 
This kit is full of pinks, teals, and warm browns. PERFECT for fall. The first thing I pulled out was the STAMP! eek! All things thankful. #grateful.
The Oct Grace Box is sold out but you can still buy the stamp HERE.

  I used the tha nk ful stamp and couldn't stop! 
I used gel pens & watercolors to color in the dainty outlines of the stamp. Then let the fun begin with ALL the die cuts, stickers, and fall goodies! It's all about the layers - don't be afraid to use too many. 
I also added some paint splatter flicks to add some filler color around the edges.
 I added some sequins (that didn't come in the kit) because I needed a small pop.
 A bold circle in marker to anchor the verse on the page.
 Added a bit of white sewing thread (also not in the kit) to add some texture.
So many goodies in one box, have you ordered yours?!

Happy Creating, 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Magical Fall Moments - October Main & Patterned Paper Play Kits - Nathalie

Hello Everyone!  Nathalie with you today, and I am so excited and grateful to share my first blog post as part of the 2018 CTK Design Team. 

What can I say about this month's Good Vibes Kit, besides that it is gorgeous, colorful and so versatile.  But if you are a patterned paper lover (as I am), then the Patterned Paper Play kit is what you need!.   Once I saw the color combo on these papers,  I knew that i could bring an Autumn page with a twist easily together.

It is not the traditional colors of an Autumn wreath, but it works perfect for the season.   I had a few white cardstock  leaves cut outs left over from previous projects, so I decided to use a simple Fall leaves cut file from the Silhouette Store, to cut  the leaves from papers in the Patterned Paper Play kit, as well as the main kit.  In addition, i use the same cut file to cut the same number of leaves from white vellum.

small clusters of embellishments along the wreath

A bit of ink blending on the vellum leaves brings the colors of fall in a softer way to this page.  Once The wreath form was set, then a few machine stitches held it together.

To bring in the golden hues from the season, the chipboard alphas were colored using some antique gold acrylic paint.  Just love the color combination! -which may also work for all our friends enjoying Spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
If you would like to see how this page came together, just enjoy the following video (just excuse the lighting -there was a bit of renovation going on at the time of filming-):

I hope this serves as inspiration to use all the colors in these kits to put a modern twist on a classic.  Remember to check the Citrus Twist Shop for these kits (October kits have sold out, but you can start subscribing starting November).  I am a comment away if you have any questions on how this came together.

Take care!!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts

Hey there ladies! It's Kathleen (aka Scattered Confetti) here and I'm so happy to be on the Citrus Twist Kits blog today with my first blogpost as member of the Creative Team :)

Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts
Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts

For this week's Tuesday Tutorial edition I'm bringing you three cute customised notebooks which would be great as little gifts. Because they are so quick and easy to make, they'd also be perfect for a craft session with your kids or at a birthday party for your littles.

For my notebooks I used the October "Good Vibes" Scrapbook Main kit and the October Embellishment kit and here's how I made them:

Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts

First I gathered my supplies. You will need some patterned paper, regular white printer paper and some things to embellish your notebooks (like alpha stickers, ephemera and other bits and pieces).

1. Per notebook I used three sheets of printer paper which I cut into six equal parts (about 3.5"x4.25"), that makes 18 pages per notebook. I used my stapler to staple them all together at the top edge. (You could use more pages, but keep in mind not to make it too thick because you will need to still be able to staple them together.)

2. For the cover I cut down a sheet of patterned paper to 4" wide and 9" long.

Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts
Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts

3. I then scored that piece of patterned paper at 3.75" and 8.25" and adhered the stack of printer paper with a strip of double sided tape to the middle part. To cover the staple needles, I used a small strip of paterned paper and adhered it on top (see second photo in this post).

4. Now the fun part begins: embellishing your notebooks! I used the October Scrapbook Main and Embellishment kit for this. When I was done embellishing them, I also added the initial of the person I made it for on the cover.

Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts

Tip: To easily keep the notebooks closed, you can use an envelope notcher on the bottom flap so you can slide the top flap into it (I hope I'm making sense, haha :D ). I don't own such a tool, so I just used my craft knife.

And here's a closer look at the other notebooks I made:

Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts
Tuesday Tutorial with Kathleen | Custom Notebooks as Gifts

I really hope you enjoyed this cute and simple tutorial and maybe give it a try! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 16, 2017

"Home Is..." Fall Traveler's Notebook Spread with Mary

Hi scrappy friends!  Mary here with my very first Traveler's Notebook insert project ever!  I had so much fun using the main kit plus the embellishment kit to create this DIY insert and my introductory spread.  

But before we dive in, can I tell you a little story first?  Have you ever felt the prompting in your gut to just do something and not have any rational reasons as to why?  Well....I felt this tug over summer to start documenting places and scenery of where we currently live.  I had no clue at the time as to why I felt that pull but now that reason has definitely been revealed and I'm so glad I acted on that prompting.  

Last weekend we announced to our church (who my husband and I have been ministering to for 7 years) that we are starting the transition to relocate closer to family.  While this is a super sad transition, it is also exciting in many ways since we have not lived closer than 3.5 hours away from immediate family and with my husband's partial knee disability we really need to be closer to family.  

To be honest my husband and I have never felt that this place is OUR home but it absolutely is our children's home...they have never known anything different.  So I want to be able to document their first home in detail, from the beauty that's here, to the places we love to go, to our routine places like grocery stores.  I never want them to forget the place that was their foundation. 

We know we will be here for at least two more seasons so my goal is to document as much as I can of our town during each season.  I have a feeling this project will bless me in the process as well.  

So are you ready to take a peak?

If you watch the process video you'll see I start out in a completely different direction than what I end up with.  After working some kinks out I decided I needed to create this cute pocket because I knew I would have a bunch to say in the introduction.  I just stitched a piece of cardstock that was about the size of a 3x4 journaling card which I cut down from the Citrus Twist exclusive paper included in the main kit.  Here's a closer look for ya:


I cut apart this "Inhale the future, exhale the past" ephemera piece from Paige Evans' latest collection "Turn the Page" (which, by the way, was designed based on her own personal relocation process of embracing the change...or it could be that she knew I would need her wisdom in my own transition to come) and layered up some flowers and a frame behind it.   Don't be afraid to alter your ephemera bits!  This allowed me to make a tag for the journaling card and have an extra piece for another project.  Fist bumps for making three embellishments out of one!   

At the top of the spread I added some fussy cut banners from the Maggie Holmes "Carousel" line as a base for my cluster at the top.  The words on the washi tape that comes in the "Turn the Page" washi book are absolutely perfect for our transition time.  

I added this picture I took of the canal that I drive over every day on my way home.  I want to remember the beauty of our valley in the fall when the blue of the sky meets the brown of the desert hills.  The reflection in the canal that will soon be dried up is just breath taking.  

I kept with the washi tape theme on both sides of the spread to really tie it all together.  And, of course, gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine...#goldallthethings #amiright 

You can check out the process for this here!  

Thanks so much for popping in today!  I can't wait to share more of our story with you as this project continues to grow.