Saturday, December 16, 2017

3 to Inspire with Kathleen

Hi CTK friends!  It's Kathleen here and it's time for another 3-to-Inspire challenge!

First up let's look at the prompts I used for my page:

1. Incorporate different textures in your layout. Use at least one other medium apart from paper (like the white tulle or some gesso, paint or texture paste).
2. Use more than one photo.
3. Add some paper tearing.

 And here is the page I created for this challenge:

Oh What Fun by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #citrustwistkits #layout

I'm usually not a very big fan of red in my projects, but Christmas season seems to be the only time it is working for me and the look of this Christmassy red together with the black and white is really growing on me :D

So for my layout I used the December "Sonoma" Scrapbook Main kit, as well as one little phrase sticker from the Embellishment kit (the red one on my photo). For my papers and embellishments I stuck to the ones that had black, white and red in them because I felt these really helped make my photos pop and because I also wanted that winter-y feel.

Oh What Fun by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #citrustwistkits #layout

For the different textures I decided to add a piece of the white tulle that was included in the Scrapbook Kit behind one of my photos and also use some of my Tonic Studios Nuvo Glimmer Paste (in Moonstone) from my stash together with one of my favourite stencils. It kind of looks like snowflakes or snow flurry, which fitted these photos perfectly. 

It's difficult to see in the photos, but I added the glimmer paste on the white part of my layout around and behind my photos.

Oh What Fun by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #citrustwistkits #layout
Oh What Fun by ScatteredConfetti. // #scrapbooking #citrustwistkits #layout

I also included different kinds of textures in the embellishments of my page: I used some of the exclusive cork pieces, the exclusive epoxy stickers, some paper die cuts and some of the Maggie Holmes "Carousel" puffy stickers.

Even though the colour scheme is far from what I'd normally choose, I am very happy with how this layout turned out.

I hope you feel inspired to give this challenge a try and I can't wait to see what you will create! :) So, use the three prompts to create your own project/s and share them with us here in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy holiday!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Project Life Challenge with Adele

What's up scrappy peeeeeps?!?

Hope you're all having a lovely start to your crafty weekend - I'm counting down the days until Christmas! Looking forward to having some much needed relaxing crafting time over the holiday break.

Today I am up with a PL challenge and I have chosen three points today to making your creative minds tick! See if you can include all three in your next Project Life layout!

1. Include at least three smaller (than 3x4") photos.
2. Create a filler card using a tag and stamps.
3. Include multiple labels on your page.

Hope you enjoy my take on the challenge! Make sure to watch my full process video below (with a guest voice over-er too) and share your PL challenge with me on social media.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Around the House with Candace

Hello CTK friends!  Welcome back and thanks for stopping by today.  I am sure many of you, like me, are knee deep in December documenting.  When I saw the 4x6 stamp this month I knew that I had to take a day and do a whole spread all about the little Christmas details around my house.  Guys, this stamp set is perfect for storytelling!  It is so perfect for capturing the beautiful details of the season THEN after the holidays it can be used again to capture the everyday details of your home!

Here is a look at the final 3x8 and 6x8 spread for Day 6 in my December documented album.

On the left side of my spread I started with a 3x4 card from the documenter kit.  I added a few stamps from the 4x6 stamp set this month for a bold title.  The details on the leaves are so beautiful!  I also added a stamped sentiment to a piece of cork.  The sentiment on the other side of the cork didn't fit my spread so I customized it just for my memories with Staz on ink.

The right side of the spread is where I was able to have lots of fun.  I filled each of the 2x2 pockets with photos from around my house on both the front and back sides.

Next, I used little bits of ephemera and other embellishments from the Pocket Life kit to fill the pockets.  I had a few coordinating pieces of acrylic from my stash that I added for a little more interest.

I wanted the pockets without photos to be see through but I still wanted to add a big sentiment.  Using the puffy alpha stickers from last month's kit I adhered the letters to a clear piece of acetate.  I love the final look!

Such a fun spread with lots of fun embellishments and dimension.  But most important, I love the story and details that are captured in this spread.  This is what it is all about and I know years from now I will love to see the little details of our home during this holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope this inspired you to tell the story of your home.

Have a beautiful day.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Hi lovelies!

It's Essie, and I'm back today with a traveler's notebook layout.

I used the lovely pinks and yellows in the Pocket Life kit, along with that gorgeous woodgrain, to create a hanging bauble type look for this spread.

I didn't have any journaling to add to this picture, so I felt quite free to fill the pages with stitching, patterned paper, and sequins.

Here's the process video:

Looking forward to sharing more with you soon!

Essie xxx

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial with Anna - Make your own TN-Cover

Hi lovelies! Anna here today. Happy Tuesday and welcome to my little tutorial time,YAY!
I'll share with you how I make my own TN-Cover. I'ts easy peasy, I promise.

I've made a , hopefully, easy to follow step by step tutorial for you to look at.
Take your time and please ask if you have any questions.

1: You need some sort of thicker paper or like my choice, a piece of burlap with one side plastic covered.
2:Use your insert (there's two awesome Tutorials of how to make your own here and here) to measure the size of your cover, remember to make it slighly bigger than the insert since it will "grow" when you start to fill your insert with your lovely creations.
3:Cut it out, I used my old trusty scissors :)
4:Fold it in the middle to make a spine.

5-6: Again, use your insert to mark out where to do your holes for the elastic bands to hold your insert and to "lock" your TN-Cover.
7-8: Punch out the holes.

9-11: Mount the elastic bands.
12: Put your insert inside your brand new "made by yourself" TN-Cover :) YAY!!!

Here's a sneak of how I embellished my "homemade" insert using the fabulous ephemeras from the December Add On Kit.

And here's one spread from my December album again using the awesome December Add On Kit as well.
The big snowflakes I've made with my Silhouette Cameo.

Well, that's all for now. I really hope you find some inspiration to try make your own TN-cover and please be sure to show us over at our Facebook Forum, CTK Fan Page.
Can't wait to see, YAY!! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Anna xo

Monday, December 11, 2017

Let's Get Digital with Nathalie

Hi there!

Nathalie with you today bringing you some  Christmas inspiration using this month's gorgeous Sonoma main scrapbooking kit, and this month's digital file.

Upon receiving the kit, I fell in love with this month's stamp ( it is all about crafting!, and those starburst!!), and that was the inspiration for this month's cut file (which is available for free in the  Citrus Twist Kits Fan Facebook page).

To create the soft and winter-like background, I chose to cut all the star images from white cardstock , and backed them with white vellum.   I love wood grain paper!, so I chose the American Crafts paper as the background for my page.  A few drops of shimmer white and gold watercolor  was added before gluing the die cut stars.   All the negative pieces from the die cuts were glued to the paper, while the stars were attached with a bit of foam adhesive, just to add dimension to the page.

To bring the focus to the picture of my 3 kids a few years ago, I chose to layer papers and pieces from the Sonoma main kit, but also added a few splashes of pink by adding some stickers from the Embellishment kit ( love all the new Crate Paper goodies added to the kits!)

This month's add-on stamp worked perfect to add sentiments around the page, as the picture is from a few years ago.  I kept the color combo in each of the clusters similar so that they complete the visual triangle in the page. 

Though  the cut file had the word "create" in it.   I just loved the  the look of the gold alphas that are included in the kit.

I hope you all stop by the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Facebook page, and pick up your copy of the cut file.    Remember to share the projects created with the cut file, and tag CTK when sharing them  on social media.

Let me  know if you have any questions on how this came together.



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Sketch

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of our Sunday Sketch Challenge! This week we have a fun sketch that's just right for using up those paper strips that you have left over.

For my take on the sketch I chose to stick super close to the sketch and reached for the papers from the December Scrapbook Kit to create my layout.

When I was putting together my layout, I pulled out one of my old stencils. I knew I didn't want to do anything too complicated so I settled for using them to trace flowers onto the white space. I opted to trace them twice using both a red and black pen. It's a pretty simple detail, but it was fun to try something a little different.

As you can tell, I stayed pretty true to the sketch. The only details I changed up were the title placements and instead of layering another piece of patterned paper under the photo, I opted for a sheet of vellum. I made this choice because I felt that it softened the bold mix of colors that I had going on in the papers. 

Now it's your turn!  To play along with this week's sketch and to be eligible to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store,  create a layout based off of this week's sketch and upload it to the CTK Gallery with today's date (12/10) in the title. Can't wait to see what you all come up with!!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

3 to Inspire with Leigh

Hello friends! Leigh here, with my last project as a Citrus Twist Kits Design Team member. I have loved working with the gorgeous and exclusive kits, and the CTK Sketches are the best!

Here are the three items for today's challenge:
1) tulle
2) staples
3) puffy stickers

We got lots of puffy stickers in our kits, so I thought now would be a good time to use them. The title above is a puffy sticker too. I like that the circles in the background paper repeat the shape of the ornaments I hand-lettered for our tree.

Here is a close up to try to show the tulle on this page. I know it is hard to see, but I cut three to four circles and layered them and stapled them off-set over the printed circles on the background paper. 

I cut tags from the kit paper and layered them over the black and white American Crafts text paper in the background. The tag on the far right has some type-written journaling, and the title goes below that. Splash on some splatters, if you like.

Another close shot of the tulle layers and the staples. Thank you for joining me today, and I can't wait to see how you use the three items in this challenge.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Pocket Life Challenge with Diane

Hi guys! Diane here with another Pocket Life Challenge for you!

While I'm documenting December in my December (not quite) Daily album, I still want to keep up to date with my Project Life album. The best way I've found to do that is to keep it really simple!

I used the gorgeous new December Pocket Life kit and also the "Good to be Home" THIS IS LIFE stamp set for this week. Simply adding a stamp or small embellishment to each photo means I can document the week in less than 30 minutes!

So my challenge for you this week is: Keep it simple and! Don't let this busy time of year stop you from documenting your ordinary moments. Set a timer for 30 minutes and use simple stamps and embellishments to tell your stories quickly and beautifully.

Here is the process video if you are interested in how this layout came together so quickly...  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

"Backyard Adventures" with Kira

Hello friends!  Kira here with a 12x12 layout using the main "Sonoma" scrapbook kit.  I am swooning over here over the colors in this month's kits!

The first paper that immediately jumped out at me was the Dear Lizzy "Green Thumb" paper.  I loved all the little vases of flowers/plants.  I knew it would work perfectly for this picture of my son playing in the backyard.

We just moved into a new home right before Thanksgiving!  It has been such an exciting time for my family and me.  But the greatest thing about our new home is definitely having a backyard space for my boys.  And since the weather remains in the high 70s with sun shining daily, we are able to play out there, eat out there, or just relax out there 90% of our day!

I snapped this photo of Elliott during a final walk through before the house was "officially" ours.  I love his sweet little expression, almost as if he's in shock this backyard belongs to us now!  And since the colors in this months kits are so vibrant, I kept the photo in color to coordinate with the papers and embellishments I planned on using.

I started fussy cutting the little vases almost immediately after getting my kit (which happened to be my first piece of mail at our new house!), even though I had no idea what I was going to do with all of them!  So I chose a few more papers to go with my photo before deciding.  I loved the wood grain of the Crate Paper "Warm Wishes" paper, and thought it mimicked the wood fence in my photo.  And the Fancy Pants "Fancy Free" paper worked well with the colors in my photo so I pulled that paper out too.

I cut my title "backyard" out on my Cricut using the goudy stout font.  And I stitched around it with some dark blue embroidery thread from my stash.  Then I started playing with embellishing my page.  Once I started moving the fussy cut vases around my page, it all came together fairly quickly.

I hand cut the reverse side of the Dear Lizzy paper to look like grass, and layered a few pieces to give a little dimension.  I added some pieces of ephemera from the Fancy Pants "Take Note" die cut pack around the page, and I loved how the "adventures" piece finished off my title.

I am so happy with my finished layout!  I can't wait to see what everyone else does with this kit!  Thank you so much for stopping by!