Monday, January 22, 2018

A New Years Eve mini album

Hello wonderful ones! It's Essie here with a mini album project to share.

My family had a really beautiful NYE with some friends this year, and I wanted to record the event in more detail than I'm able to in my Project Life album.

When I want to do that, I always turn to mini albums. They allow me to place a special moment in our lives in it's own little spotlight that we can revisit over and over again.

There are so many ways to add texture and play with small embellished details in a mini - for me that's partly because there are simply more pages to work with...

... and partly because we interact with small albums in a different way than to a larger scale chronological album.

Albums give us a look at he big picture, minis often allow us to focus in on the smaller specifics.

I had so much fun making this mini with the January 2018 Pocket Life kit.

Pocket Life kits are great for creating minis because they come with all the elements you need to make a good one - a mix of lovely papers, a set of coordinating alphas, and all the embellishments you could possibly need to tell a beautiful and cohesive story.

Here's a look at my process for this one:

I hope you have a super happy and creative day!
Love, Essie x

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Jordan and Nathalie

Hello sweet, crafty friends!  Jordan here today with my very first Citrus twist blog post!!  It is such a blessing to be a part of the Citrus Twist team.  I have been an admirer of these products and subscriber for a while, so to be here sharing this with you is such an honor for me!  Even better is that I get to collaborate with the talented Nathalie today!

Here is the starting sketch:

And here is my final take on it:
I chose to use the gorgeous Sugarland main Scrapbook kit only for this one.  I stayed pretty true to the original here.  This kit is PACKED with gorgeous colors, word art, and die cuts.  It was very hard to narrow it down. In the end I chose a bright, upbeat palette to match the happy mood of the moment I chose to document.  I really, really loved the pink and blue papers this month, so I chose to use those for my main colors.  I accented with pops of yellow, which is always a favorite color for me to accent with.

The puffy word stickers are perfect for just about any cute, catchy title you could think of and coordinate with just about any layout! 

I added a few layers behind the photo from the die cut pack, a fun pom-pom frame (who does't love pom-pom's?!) and there you have it.  A fun, bright layout to document a perfect day with my family.

All together this page took me about 30-40 minutes to put together.  That's the beauty of a sketch!  It takes so much of the guess work and re-arranging out of the process.  You can get your scrappy time in and still have time to go out and make more beautiful memories!

After all, that's what this community of creative scrappers is all about!  Making memories with the ones we love and documenting our story along the way.

 I hope you enjoy today's sketch and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Blessings, Jo


Hi there!

Don't you just love how Jordan used the sketch to create her gorgeous layout!  So in love with her color palette  - i might just have to borrow it for a future project ;)  -

Now let me show my take on the sketch, and as usual, i twisted it a bit.  Here is my project:

For this page I am working with the beautiful "SUGARLAND" main kit, as well as the embellishment, patterned paper kit, and a few of this month's stamps  (I pretty much got everything Trina put together in this month's kits!!!) . 

As you can see, I chose to flip the sketch, and added a layer of mixed media instead of paper as the background for the picture.   The rest of the layout pretty much follows the sketch  (*wink, *wink,  *wink!)

I chose a more masculine color palette since i was documenting a picture of my son and little (my nephew) together.     Pieces of paper from both main and Patterned paper kit were torn to match the edge of the antique book page that is included in all the kits.  Also, the second picture was replaced by the pompom frame, and large ephemera piece.  Just love all the embellishments included in this month's kits!!!

Finally, I decided to move the title so that it forms part of the cluster at the bottom of the page, and just tied all my clusters by adding all the black and white stars that i found in all the kits! 

Now it is your turn to create a project of your own using this week's sketch!  Remember to  add today's date on the title when sharing it on the CTK gallery or CTK Fan's page in Facebook (there is always a prize draw for all the entries at the end of each month!).  We cannot  wait to see how this sketch inspires you!

Till next time,


Saturday, January 20, 2018

3-To-Inspire with Kelly

Hello friends! It's Kelly here, and today I am here with 3 prompts that inspired me to create this layout, and hopefully will inspire you as well.

This week's prompts are as follows:
1. Use a photo that you love
2. Stitching (can be hand or machine)
3. Using the pom pom trim

This layout was created using the Main kit "Sugarland". This was the first layout that I created using this kit, and also the first one that I created after the holidays. If you are anything like me it can be hard to jump start my creativity if I haven't been at my scrap desk in a few weeks. So, I chose a photo that I love as my jumping off point.

This banner from the Carousel sticker sheet was the perfect size to add underneath the label, and I love the way that it brings a pop of turquoise up to this cluster. Banners can be a bit challenging to use so don't be afraid to trim it and just use part of it.

The book sheet included in the kit is a wonderful way to add more texture and interest to your project. I did trim down the sheet a bit and then tore the edges to make it look a bit worn. 

Pom pom trim is one of my favorite trims to add to the page. It's whimsical and adds so much visual interest. My final touch to the cluster was to nestle the arrow clip on the die cut in between the words. 

I have included a link to my process video in case you would like to see how my page came together. I hope that these prompts have inspired you to get out your kits and to play!  Remember to share your creations with today's date in the gallery and the CTK Facebook group. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope that you have a wonderful day! 

Jordan here today as well to share my take on Kelly's prompt.  I was so excited when I heard what her 3 items would be, because...stitching!!!  And pom-poms!!  Two things I love to add to my layouts!  It's rare for me to finish any type of layout and not stitch something on my page.  

  I used the Sugarland Main Kit as well as the Embellishment kit here.  I really love chipboard embellishments because they add texture and dimension to my pages. 

I chose this sweet photo of my middle and youngest playing so sweetly in my daughter's room.  The softer pink, mint and grey paired really nicely with my photo so I chose the papers that complimented the colors of her room.

And then I added pops of yellow, because it is one of my favorite colors to accent with!  I love the bright, happy vibe it adds here.  I finished it off by stitching the pom pom trim and a few layered papers down the side of the layout and adding a tiny cluster near the top left.

I hope you enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create!  Happy crafting!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Make Your Own Printables with Chantal

Colour is my jam and like many, I have a load of things pinned on my Pinterest board (colour combos and wonderful graphics). Once in a while, I'll get inspired and I'll create something of my own in Photoshop, for my projects. Digital printables are a quick and easy way to add a little "oomph" to any layout and keeping it simple is best. If you have a cutting machine like me, you can create custom flags and tags but if you prefer to stick to your manual punches, circle printables in 1in, 2.5in and 3in, are THE best!

First off;

1- choose a great font (e.g., something that can still be clearly read when sized at 15 pt)
2- pick out a colour palette
3- find a few simple words and/or sayings

Font Guideline Tips

Remember, if you're mix and matching your fonts; opposites attract. Like serif & sans serif, fat & skinny and uppercase & lowercase. An example of great font combinations are Lora & Source Sans Pro and Futura & Georgia Italic.

The below project was created with some of this month's Sugarland goodies and a few basic printables that I designed in Photoshop, especially for this layout.

As a special thank you, here's a link to a few Sugarland coordinating printables. Enjoy!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

It's On. Pocket Life Time!

Hey Everyone! This is Jennie with today's project. I used the January Pocket Life Kit. The Sugarland Pocket Life Kit is sold out! Make sure you subscribe to join the Citrus fun on February. 

This kit is perfect for starting the year but I am still working on my 2017 album and guess what, it works for that too! 

I love that the kits come with pattern papers because I can either make little die cuts or I can play with smaller photos.

I kept my title card super simple. I used the awesome Puffy Alpha Stickers for the title, the label where I stamped the dates is from the cut outs and to decorate I added puffy stickers.

This spread had a lot of color so I used black and white papers to bring a little balance.

I used my favorite method to journal, I put a number in a photo and then I write all the journaling in one card. I used the card with the ampersand to write the journaling. These cute cork hearts come in the January Kit.

I used a card from the kit to create a filler card. The llama is a cut out from the 6x6 papers. I layered it with washi, a die cut and puffy stickers.

I hope you enjoyed these pages! If you need help to catch up on your PL check out the first challenge of the year.
Take Care!

Monday, January 15, 2018

In My Studio with Guest Designer Mel Blackburn

Hello crafty friends! Happy to be back on the Citrus Twist blog to share my creative work space! As you will see I don’t have a dedicated room, I set up my workspace in the corner of our dining room. As our family grew I’ve had to downsize from a spare bedroom to a corner of the basement (much larger than this) to a single table in the corner of our dining room. I quickly learned to adapt whatever little space I had and made it work! The key to a small space is managing my supplies, I only purchase things that I really love and know that I will use. I also do a purge every 6 months or so, if I haven’t used a product in 6 months it means I don’t need it and I can pass it on to someone who can use it.

My space consists of a small desk, a rolling cart and an Ikea armoire. I added shelves above my desk for additional storage, however since my work space is in the family dining room it always has to be tidy! I can’t let things pile up, so this again forces me to be very organized.  

On the shelves above my desk I keep decorative items but also a small basket for pictures and a wood crate for stamps. The desk drawer is home to inks, tools and other handy supplies. The cart to the left of my desk features a container for my OLW project, a basket for creative team work and a stamp bin for all my favorite stamps. As you can see since everything has a place, keeping things in order is not a problem.

The Ikea armoire to the left of my desk is where I keep all my scrap supplies, from journaling cards, to kit club purchases, to my Cuttlebug and camera bracket. Things are piled on top of each other but everything has its place and small containers are key to helping me stay organized.

Since my space is in a shared room of our home, where we have company or our daughters hangout with their friends, I really have to make it work and fit with our lifestyle. I love that I am able to work and be in the same room as my family as they do their own activities. Sharing and having a small space really is a great thing!

Here is a sneak preview of my upcoming project created with the Sugarland PL kit, for this project I opted to create a fun TN spread, I can’t wait to share the full project with you!

- Mel

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Laetitia

Hi everyone, I'm delighted to meet you with the great sketch of the day.I really like his style and all the elements it contains.It 's perfect for this first kit of the year that I find beautiful and always as well stocked with its various embellishments.

I adapted this sketch in 12x12 format on a white cardstock. And as the papers are very colorful, I chose to print the photo in black and white.

I first glued the papers by superimposing them on the top left. I added the tag, placed my picture and a pretty pompom frame. Then I added the embellishments.

I used 2 stamps of the nice set from the kit below the photo.

For the title I used the pretty chipboard "Good Vibes" of the 12x12 board included in the kit of embellishments of January. I find it perfect because it's clear on the page.

And you, will you let yourself be tempted by this sketch?

Have a lovely sunday.