Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Andrea (with some Disney Magic!)

Hello there and welcome to today's Sunday Sketch! It's Andrea here and I am excited to share with you today's sketch and how I used it along with the April Citrus Twist "Sophie" kit to create a fun layout about my love for Disney magic! 

I don't know about you but I love Disney! I love all the fairytale fun, all the whimsy and childlike innocence and bright happiness of it all! It is like a world of imagination where no matter how old you are, you get to experience the world with this joyful wonder and playfulness that is unfortunately so often missing from our daily lives. I of course, am of the mindset that we should be infusing this kind of whimsy and magic in our day to day lives which is why I am all about “living life as a fairytale” and writing our own happily ever after. To that end, memory keeping and scrapbooking is such a wonderful way to do this, because it invites us to both tell our story and to be playful and creative! So let's get creating! This is today's sketch:

It looks pretty simple. I knew however that it might be a little difficult for me considering the fact that it uses two photos lined up in an a-typical way and also because it is a 12x12 and I knew I wanted to do a 8 ½ x 11. Now I have converted the 12x12 sketches to fit the 8 ½ x 11 before, but because of the layout of this one, I was a little nervous. I managed it though, as you can see. I basically just cut off that right side where all the negative space is.

And as for my concern regarding the placement of the two photos, I simply chose to make that top photo a square instead of a rectangle. I just felt like for my purposes, it worked better.

I'm noting these kinds of things to you, because I want to make it clear that whatever sketch you want to use, you can adjust it to fit your own purposes. Don't be afraid to move things around, to change the size of things, etc...a sketch is always just a place to start. It is supposed to get you going along the way, and also to help you step outside your box a little...but don't let it be a detriment to your creativity! It is a helpful tool...a suggestion, not a rule! Have fun and play!

As you can see, I used mostly goodies from the main kit for this layout (along with some paper from the Patterned Paper Play add on kit). I love the papers this month! I love all those pretty pinks and teals and blues! Oh and I really loved fussy cutting out the beautiful butterflies from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper...that paper is just perfect for fussy cutting! The butterflies add a fun, pop off the page element that gives the layout a whimsical, interactive feeling.

I created my title using the pretty black puffy stickers in the kit and spelled out the word “magic”. And then did some journaling about the magical feeling that Disneyland always gives me. And I think the photos along with the doodles I added of Minnie and Mickey and the Castle, inside the fussy cut frames (from the Maggie Holmes frames patterned paper) really helps tell that story of Disney magic! It was a really fun day!

Alright, I hope you enjoyed today's sketch and my layout! I had fun playing with this sketch! Now it is your time to try our sketch too! So join in on this challenge and share what you create using today's Sunday Sketch by posting your creation in our gallery and/or on our Citrus Twist Facebook group! Remember to put today's date (4/23/17) in the title! You could win a $5 gift certificate to Citrus Twist so please show us what you make with this sketch! Okay, have a happy scrappy day and remember to live your life as a fairytale!!! 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

3 to Inspire | Gina Rodgers

Hi everyone, welcome to another 3 to Inspire challenge! Hopefully these simple prompts will help you kickstart your weekend crafting. As a bonus when you upload your project you're in with a chance to win a voucher for the CTK store!

Here are your prompts:

1. add a hand-cut embellishment from patterned paper
2. use some staples or tiny attachers
3. add a triangle of patterned paper to (any) corner of your page

Here's my take, created with the April 'Sophie' main kit 

My 'hand-cut' embellishment is the butterfly, I've also added some die cuts and puffy sticker. Tiny attachers/staples are a great way to add some texture to your page

Now it's your turn! Use the 3 prompts to create your project and upload to the CTK gallery and/or Facebook Fan page. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations, have fun!

Gina x

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pocket Life - April Sketchs with Célina

Hello Girls,
I'm back to show you my April Pocket Pages :)
And some sketchs to inspire you !!
The exclusive Studio Puff Stickers (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist Kits) are perfect to decorate the pages with ease.
Some details :
I love this month Journal Cards designed by Kaitlin Sheaffer for Citrus Twist Kits.
I use my typewriter to make my journaling but also to decorate the 4" x 6" Journal Cards with some quotes.
I hope theses pages will inspire YOU !!
See you soon,


Thursday, April 20, 2017

In My (new) Studio with Diane

I've just finished unpacking my studio (and the rest of our house, but guess which took longer?!) so I thought I'd share with you my new crafty room!

Luckily, we found a house with a VERY large room for all my stuff so I have managed to set everything up almost EXACTLY the same way it was in the old house. I literally only had to change one drawer so I didn't have to keep walking around my desk to get my dew drop inks!

This house is a rental so I have to put up with the terrible brown curtains and the stained carpet, so I've done my best to put out all my pretty things and make it feel like an inspiring space to start creating again. I do miss my pink walls though!

Here is a really quick tour of the room so far...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

'Be Our Guest' Layout | Elsie Robinson

Hi CTK friends, it's Elsie here and I've got a 12x12 layout to share with you all today using the 'Sophie' Main Kit.

Inspiration for my layouts always comes from many different places, I could be inspired by papers, embellishments, colours etc. But sometimes I'm inspired by somewhat abstract sources, as is the case with this layout. For those of you who love this film as much as me, you've probably already guessed that this layout was inspired by Beauty & the Beast!

I've scrapped a photo of my friends and I having afternoon tea together from a few years ago, and whilst my photo has nothing directly to do with Beauty & the Beast, my love of the film really influenced a lot of this page's design and amplified the story behind my photo. Let me talk you through how...

I started by stitching my title. I found this free 'Be Our Guest' printable from Dawn Nicole Designs, which was completely perfect for this Beauty & the Beast themed layout and for the story behind my photo.

My colour scheme is primarily blue and yellow with pops of pink, which was obviously inspired by the colours of Belle's dresses! Two of my largest design elements followed that colour scheme: I stitched my title in yellow and used a piece of the 'Portrait' paper for that pop of blue.

And what would a Beauty & the Beast themed layout be without a teapot and teacup?! These were such simple shapes to draw, cut and stitch by hand and so they really didn't take too long to make at all. They also helped to tell the story behind my photo.

I fussy-cut the frames from the 'Portrait' paper which were not only really handy spots to include some journalling and stamping, but also helped create a vintage, traditional and whimsical vibe!

And of course I had to fussy-cut some of those butterflies, they're so pretty!

Some subtle details like using the small heart stamp from the Scrapbook kit with some light pink ink, and stitching some "bricks" with white thread really finished off this layout for me.

Thanks for joining me today and check out my process video below to see how this page came together!

- Elsie

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial | Scraps and Bits

Hello all!

Wendy here to share up the Tuesday Tutorial and a crafty, quick and clever technique for using your scraps and bits.

If you are like me, you like to stretch your kits down to the last scrap and think of unique ways to use up all those trimmings and bits of papers.  Side note....I'm definitely not requesting anyone to confess to being a paper scrap hoarder....but this tutorial just my be the solution for you. Ha!

I really liked the paper in the kit but decided I wanted to cut it apart and have it be more of an impact on my layout. I loved how the square accents on the paper weren't exactly "square" shapes but "wonky squares" (i.e. not so perfect).  Hope that makes sense.  I like to choose a fun and whimsical paper for this technique.

So, I decided to cut out some of my favorite bits from the paper.  Also, look at your matching embellishments in the kit to add in some dimension and break up the "all paper" monotony effect on the layout.  Additionally, I added in a few rubber accents included in the kit within random areas among my squares.

Just a helpful trick, I prefer to arrange my squares on my layout and play around with placement BEFORE adhering to my layout with a glue pen (or your favorite adhesive).  In this way, if some shapes are not balanced, you can move around easily the shapes before committing with the adhesive.

Then, I take the plunge and commit with the glue pen in adhering down my shapes.

As a finishing touch, add in some stamping with the exclusive stamps from the shop, a couple of fun pictures of choice, and embellishments.

So, look through you paper stash, scraps and bits to see what will work for you in this technique.  You just might be surprised what you may find hiding around.

Overall, have some fun with your scraps and bits.