Saturday, July 22, 2017

3 To Inspire with Veera

Time for another 3 To Inspire challenge! It's Veera here today to share this weeks' prompts with you.

Here are my prompts:
  1. Use twine
  2. Document something about your home
  3. Use limited color scheme

I had so much fun with these prompts! For the first one, I wrapped the twine around the whole layout. As my layouts are normally fairly flat, I love how twine can bring another textural element to the layout. 

The second prompt is to document something about your home. I wanted to scrap this picture of a shoe cabinet with flower vase that is on our foyer. Truth is, I'm terrible with flowers and I can't keep them alive. Fake flowers to the rescue and the place look pretty.

The third and final prompt is to use limited color scheme. In this layout I used mainly mint and gold in addition to the white background. I think limited color scheme can help to create simple and cohesive look to the layout.

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's challenge, create a layout inspired by these prompts, upload it to the Citrus Twist Kits Gallery with the challenge date (07/22) in the title.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pocket Life Challenge with Zinnia

Hey there! I will be sharing a Pocket Life Challenge today with you using CTK July Pocket Life Kit.

I am only using two photos in this page and two 4x6 journaling cards.

I printed out my photos using my instax share. 

More close-up shots:

My challenge to you is to create a simple pocket page with ONLY two photos and TWO journaling cards. Two is always better than one right? wink*

Thanks for dropping by & I will see you soon! 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Adventure Awaits | Elsie Robinson

Hey everyone, it's Elsie here! I hope you're all having fun playing with your July kits. Despite how awesome this month's kits are, I've been in a (really annoying) creative rut recently. So today, I want to give you a couple of tips on how to create when your mojo isn't there!

Be inspired by your kits! This might seem like a fairly obvious point, but by taking just one image, a colour or a phrase and basing your entire layout on that can really help simplify and streamline your process.

So thats exactly what I did! I was inspired by the travel themed Carta Bella ephemera pack in the Sprinkles kit. The pack has some really cute images like the cars in the photo above and some road signs.

And so I thought I would take those road sign images quite literally and create a signpost. And everything fell into place after I made that decision. I suddenly noticed that there were quite a few arrow-shaped embellishments which were obviously perfect to pop onto my signpost.

Some of the stickers I used on the signpost brought in some mustard yellow and pinks, which inspired the paper I would used to back my cut file title. Which brings me on to my next point... 

... Use your favourite things! Again, this might be another fairly obvious point, but the temptation to hoard that beautiful "Artisan" paper from Cocoa Vanilla was really quite strong! But I'm so glad I used it as I just love the way it looks behind my title. 

The warm colours in the ombre pattern look similar to a sunset which kind of helps set my "scene", and the light grey colour strikes the perfect balance between able to stand out against the white without competing with the other embellishments on my page.

Another favourite thing of mine is this stringed star cut file. I hadn't yet used it on a page but thought it would work perfectly here as it just adds a whimsical finishing touch along with the Fancy Pants puffy stars.

Do you guys have any more tips and tricks on how to combat lack of mojo? I'd love to hear! 

Have a great rest of your week, friends!
- Elsie 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GraceBox with Dedra

Hi there friends! Dedra here with my latest journaling bible entry using the fabulous GraceBox Kit.
When I opened up this kit and saw the cute doilies and die cut cardstock pieces I kind of new the direction I wanted to go and the scripture I wanted to focus on.

Layering stickers, and stamps underneath the doily and then cardstock pieces, more stickers and stamping on the top of the doily as well. 

When I added the light pink floral stickers they sort of disappeared and since I wanted them to stand out more I traced them in black which made them "pop" more. One thing I have learned over the years is not to be afraid of altering embellishments to fit your vision. 

For a finishing touch I added metallic watercolors to the floral leaves to give them some extra shimmer. Wishing you a blessed rest of the week friends! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Let's Get Digital: Trina Craig & Jodie King

Hi everyone! It's Jodie King, our fabulous July project life guest designer, and Trina Craig here today to share how we are using this month's free digital cut file. To download this free file visit our Facebook Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page.

Here is our cut file:

First up, it's Trina, sharing a flashback 6" x 8" mini layout using the July 2017 #rightnow scrapbooking kit.

Good Time Mini Layout by Trina Craig
This page was made using (mostly) the July scrapbook kit with a little of our July Pocket Life kit mixed in. I cut the digital file out twice on my Silhouette - once in white and once in red pattern paper - then layered the two cuts for a drop shadow-effect. The "On the Bright Side" exclusive paper featured heavily in this layout along with the following supplies:

  • The new Fringe Scissors from American Crafts (okay, not really a necessity but I have to say they made fringe cutting easy peasy!)
  • Heidi Swapp Sweet Mint Color Shine
  • The following stamps sets: July This Is Life "Narrative" stamp set, Detours stamp set 

Here are close-ups for you:

The Fringe Scissors made cutting this fringe take a few seconds. 

Here is a close-up showing the drop shadow-effect for the cut file.

Planner Play with Jodie King
Hi everyone!  It’s Jodie here with you today, and I’m the Citrus Twist Kits guest designer for July!  I’m playing with the “Right Now” Pocket Life Kit and the Narrative Stamp, and I have a planner spread to share using the sweet Good Time cut file that’s available on the CTK Fan Page.

This is week 29 in my Carpe Diem planner using horizontal weekly inserts, before I start adding my journaling.

A planner spread is an awesome way to use all those smaller pieces in your ephemera packs, in fact, the only patterned paper I’ve used on these pages is in the binder reinforcing strips.

We’re spending the entire weekend on a road trip in a town by the name of Emerald, so I’ve used the Heidi Swapp alphas from this month’s kit to span the two days that we’ll be in Emerald, and the little bit of Sunday morning before we head home.  I’ve clustered a few pieces of ephemera here but left plenty of room to add activities we’ll be doing on our trip and journalling about the weekend.

Carpe Diem planners aren’t dated, and my go-to stamp to date them is the Citrus Twist Kits Numbers Stamp, which you can find in the CTK store.

The Narrative Stamp has a bunch of fun quotes and also some cute icons.  I’ve stamped the heart icons by the entry for my daughter’s 22nd birthday and then the check-box with options like adventure, hilarious, action-packed, on the day that we’re doing our 9 hour road-trip.  You never can tell just how a road-trip like that is going to end up, so I’m planning on waiting to see how that goes before I tick an option ha!  

I’ve cut the cut the cut file in matching cardstock and layered it with a few of the ephemera pieces.  I love that it isn’t too bulky to fit in my planner!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! And remember, if you’re thinking of signing up for a kit subscription with Citrus Twist Kits, now is the perfect time, with new reduced international postage on Pocket Life and Gracebox Kits for Canadian and International subscribers, and to get 25% off the first kit in a new Scrapbooking, Pocket Life or GraceBox subscription, just quote JODIEKGUEST in the Comments at checkout!

Happy crafting!
Jodie & Trina

Tuesday Tutorial with Tara

Good morning friends! I hope your week is starting off fantastic. It's Tara here today sharing a mini album tutorial I made with July's GraceBox kit. I wanted to make a mini album that was a little book of God's truths. It's easy to get caught up with the everyday busyness, that we forget God's grace and mercies. This mini album is going to a friend to help encourage her in the happy and tough days.

I'm making the exact style of accordion album as I did here. Thanks to the original creator, Stephanie Bryan, I recreated it once more. This is one of my favourite stash busters - I used a lot of papers, embellishments, stamps, and washi tape I already owned.

The first step is to pick a 12x12 piece of patterned paper and cut it into 3 4 inch high strips. Next, score your 4x12 piece of paper every 3 inches. I'm using one of the older exclusive Citrus Twist Kits paper from a main kit.

I decided to only use 2 strips of paper for this mini album. Finally, attach the ends together! Then comes the fun part - decorate to your heart's desire.

Here is the finished cover:

Here are a few of the accordion pages.

Some up close shots of each page:
 I wanted to make this mini album interactive. I tucked this bible verse into some layered papers.

Flip up the paper cluster to reveal two more verses.

I cut down one of the bible journaling cards down as a tip in.

I added a small little sentiment on the bottom.

Pull out the yellow piece of paper and find the "amen" sentiment from the Scripture Doodles stamp.

This was a cute die cut from a past GraceBox kit.

I added the small glassine bag from the kit layered on top of patterned paper. I'm going to add a special note inside.

Here is the back half of the accordion mini album.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope this mini album inspires you to make one for documenting life, writing down bible verses, or other fun things you would like to remember.

Xxo, Tara

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday! Michelle here with you today to share this week's sketch challenge! Just to recap, each Sunday Citrus Twist hosts a scrappy sketch challenge designed to give you a jumpstart on a new layout. You can create with any products you have and if you choose to, you can upload your layout to the CTK Gallery to earn a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store! Sounds pretty fun to me!

Here is today's sketch:

This particular sketch was right up my alley! It calls for lots of layers and little bit of stitching--both of which are two of my favorite techniques. Here is what I did using the July "Mermaid" Add On Kit:

Creating with sketches should always be a "comfortable" experience. What I mean by this, is that you have to remember that a sketch is just that-a sketch. A sketch is a basic blueprint, something that sends you off in a general direction. A sketch is flexible and you can make that sketch work for you. For a long time, I felt compelled to follow a sketch 100% and sometimes this worked, but other times I would struggle with making my products/photos/ideas fit the sketch when I should have been making the sketch fit me.

Take for example today's sketch, even though I loved every bit of it I struggled a bit with the large patterned paper that fits the length of the page. Since I was working with the July Add On Kit, I had to take into consideration the patterned paper that was available. This particular kit comes with a 12x6 piece of specialtypaper (which is beautiful!) and a stack of 6x6 papers. I started out by cutting that larger piece of paper down and layering into under the other patterned papers, but I did not like how it made my color scheme more orange. I wanted a mostly pink and yellow color scheme and I was only okay with using a minimal amount of orange. My solution--forget the long strip of paper on the side and use the smaller patterned paper.

By treating a sketch as a flexible set of guidelines you can keep your creative time stress free and fun!

Remember, if you want to play along with this week's sketch challenge and be eligible to win a prize, create a layout based off of today's sketch and upload it to the CTK Gallery with today's date (7/16) in the title. Good luck!