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...