Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Emma

Hi friends!  Emma here to share my layout using this week's Sunday Sketch. First up, let's look at our sketch for today:

And here's the page I created:

As you can see I've not changed too much from the sketch - the layout is basically the same.

The page started with the ink splatters to match the sketch.  I have a love/hate relationship with "messy" things - particularly ink splatters.  They never seem to go where I want them to no matter how careful I am.  Took me 3 attempts to get it right, haha.  I mean I get that they're meant to be a little random but I obsess about the size and spacing..I know, I'm crazy right? ;)

Once I was happy with my splatters, I picked my photo - I love it because it has alot of gorgeous blue sky but what really I love is the sun flare in the top right of the photo.  I went with a yellow patterned paper (sun seeing my logic? ha!) and teamed it up with a neutral pattern papter, then layered those underneath my photo just like the sketch.

My title on the RHS was the most fun to put together!  I brought together a few pieces from the Main kit and layered them all down the RHS of my photo (popping a few foam dots behind a few of them to give it a bit of dimension).  Those gold Thickers from the Main kit are gorgeous so I paired it up with a few of those die-cuts. 

Because the title/phrase words had extended the full height of my photo on the RHS I just popped my journaling on the bottom left of my photo (being sure I didn't block any of those rather specifically placed ink splatters!).

To finish off my page I machined stitched at the top/bottom of my page (in black cotton for a bit of contrast) and popped a few of the gold thicker stars around my page to match in with the gold letters of my title (balance things out given I didn't have gold anywhere else).

This sketch was such a fun and easy one to work with.

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's Sunday Sketch Challenge, create a layout based off of today's sketch, upload it to the gallery with today's date (12/17) in the title, and you are in for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store!

Thanks, Em xo 

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.