Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial | Double Page Layout Process

Hello everyone!

Marie here today with you to show you how I made a double page layout and incorporated 7 photos and a lot of text to record your story.

When I started scrapbooking, the worse part of the process for me was the start. I was looking at the canvas and didn't know where to go from there. It's only after many years of practice that I could easily start a layout. If you are like me and get intimidated by the beginning of the layout, or if you want to know how to incorporate many photos and words on a layout, just keep reading. I'll give you some of my tips and tricks and try to let you see inside my head. :)

Here's the layout I created:

The first thing I did when I received the kit was to look at the colors and motives and ask me what I could document with it. I immediately saw all the oranges and blues and decided it would be perfect to go with my trip I made to Dubai, a week ago.

I then printed photos I wanted to use. I print my pictures randomly in different sizes: 4x4, 4x6 or 3x4 (I then fit 2 of them on a 4x6 piece of photo paper). I print at home but you can easily resize your photos with any photo editing program and make them fit a 4x6 canvas and then send them to the place you normally get your photos printed.

Here I played my photos on some pieces of the kit and I was trying to select what I would use, making the colors and the theme fit my story.

I then trimmed my photos (got rid of the white borders) and that gave me a better look. I played around a little bit more.

I then selected 2 pieces of paper/cardstock which would be my base of the layout. I chose the yellow and white piece of paper which reminded me of the sand dunes (the triangles in the pattern) and I tried to go with the white yardstick for the right page but my very dark photos were not looking good on the crisp white, so I decided to go with the cream cardstock which gave to whole layout a softer look. I really like to use 2 different papers for a double page layout. I find that it brings more interest and it makes me also use more colors.

Once I had my 2 backgrounds selected, I started laying my photos down and that's also when I cut apart that large 12x12 piece of paper with all the small squares I wanted to use. I formed some kind of a loose grid.

When placing my elements and photos down, I was careful to group together what was going together: the silly pictures of us with the camel had to go next to the "just being me is fun" quote, and the adventure square was ment to be next to the dunes and the car pictures and finally, the blu square saying "here with you always" had to go next to the picture of me with my husband. It almost was a no brainer. :)

I added the "Go see the world" square to balance the orange square on the left page.

And I started adding some embellishments, forming a visual triangle that would bring the left and right page together. I thought of the visual triangle too when placing my blue elements. Look at the 2 blue squares. They form a triangle with the large photo on the right page. Also, we were wearing navy blue on that day so, although it's a little more subtle, you can see two diagonal lines of navy lue on the layout, right? Those triangles and lines are responsible for guiding the eye of the viewer on the layout. When you put a layout together, always think of these two elements. You can build a triangle with colors, or even with the kind of embellishment. For example here the cork elements which I placed also in a triangle. Do you see that?

Once my loose grid was there, I added a title. I looked at the place where it would make sense to add it. There was this fairly big whole right there so I thought of a title that would be the good size to fill the space but not over fill it. With the size of the letters in the kit, sand dunes seemed like the perfect title for my layout. If I have had smaller letters, I could have made a longer title like a day in the desert, for example. Since I wasn't done with my layout, I just gently placed the letters there, without adhering them completely.

At that moment, I decided that this picture of the sand dunes was blending too much with the yellow background, so I used a navy blue paper to make a small frame around it. When working with a kit, it's really easy to do so because all the papers are working together. Use a softer colored paper to calm your photo down or like me, a stronger paper to make the photo stand out.

I also wanted the orange square to stand out. Instead of framing it with more paper, I decided to stitch a gold frame around it. The gold thread is very subtle but sparkly so it creates a really nice visual effect. I have my sewing machine right on my table, which makes it so easy to just sew on almost every layout I make. Also, I always have either gold thread or white thread ready to stitch. It's so practical and easy!

Now is the time I started thinking about the journaling. I had placed my pictures in a random order, just thinking of the colors and shapes of them to make sense, and I hadn't,t payed attention to the time of the events presented in the photos. So I thought that the sticker labels would be perfect to add that element of time on my layout. It would also be another way of attaching my left and right page together. The eye reads the numbers 1 to 3 and then naturally looks for the number 4 which is on the right page.

Here is the number 4:

When i started thinking of the time, I decided that I had to swap the large photo of the Burj Al Arab, which we visited in another day during the trip to Dubai, with two photos of more things we did in the desert. Hence the two small 3x4 photos that just appeared on my layout. :) The quality of that one of us together in the dark is really poor, but it fits better with the story so overall, I'm happy with that choice.

I wrote some details on the sticker labels and added a second title on the right page which would add detail to the first title and which would, once again, tie the two pages together.

I added more small embellishments to add color and texture to my layout.

At that point I decided to add more details in my journaling than just the "what" that was already on the sticker labels. When you make a layout and add details, think of the story the viewer will not know when only looking at the pictures. Tell the small anecdotes and funny stories, or small details you don't want to forget. I think that journaling and details like this are what make a scrapbook more interesting than just a simple photo book so use the space you have to write. Just a little bit more at least. :)

When adding small embellishment, add them close to your basic elements that form the page. Here you see that I overlapped the camera on the orange paper. Same thing with the cork embellishments on that next photo:

Also, when using embellishments with a whole in it, like the heart and the arrow here on the right page, pay attention to what will show through that whole. It would have been awkward if the arrow would have been placed a little more down, letting show and amplifying the gap between the blue paper and the photo under it for example.

I finally looked at where there were enough space available to write my journaling. I thought of what I wanted to say and planed it according to the space I had. I also decided to write and stamp with navy blue ink instead of using a black pen. I really like how it makes all the navy blue in the layout pop out and make sense.

Here's the finished layout:

VoilĂ , I hope you like it and I hope you feel inspired and energize to go create something yourself! :)



Monday, March 27, 2017


Hello! Michelle here with you today to share some mini-album inspiration with you! This month the Scrapbook Kit came with a set of 6x4 chipboard and two O-rings to serve as a foundation for a potential mini-album.  Myself, along with four other designers created albums in place of our usual projects and have been sharing them both here on the blog as well as on our Facebook Fan Page and Instagram.

When I accepted this assignment I did a little jump for joy, because mini-albums are probably my favorite thing to create. They are so much fun to put together and they give me a break from creating traditional layouts. Today I want to give you  a little insight into how I put together my own album.

In contrast to creating layouts, I am very organized when it comes to approaching a mini-album. I brainstorm, look for ideas, and will set up a list of elements that I want to include in my album. I also rely a lot upon repetition-repetition of page design, embellishments, texture, and color.

For this album, I decided to go with a single ring, flip album with loads of layers. I like the look of seeing photos, papers, and embellishments peaking out from behind one another. Along with the March Scrapbook and Pocket Life Kits, I pulled out yellow tags, sequins, paper clips, and 4x4 page protectors to create my album. Mini-albums are also great stash busters!

The yellow tags that I pulled out from my stash served as a background for my journaling. It was super easy to slip them in and out of the typewriter and ensured that my writing stood out from the layered album.

I went ahead and limited myself to three basic page designs, this first one being the most complicated. By repeating them throughout the album I save a lot of time in putting it together. I can also work on my on my album in a sort of assembly line. By keeping the designs simple I free my creativity up for my favorite part-the embellishing.

One of the things I like to do for mini-albums, is to have my photos printed by a printing company. I use my Selphie pretty exclusively, but have found that I prefer the option of having my photos printed on a thicker, nicer photo paper for little albums. One of the reasons is that they are sturdier and hold up better to the embellishing that I like to do. I also like the finish of the photos and since a mini-album is meant to be picked up and thumbed through I think this extra step adds a bit of nice texture.

Even though I rely on repetition for my page designs, I also give myself the freedom to make minor changes. For example, I moved this photo to the right because it suited the orientation of the photo better. I also feel free to move the embellishments around.

My biggest goal for this particular album, was to let the photos shine. This particular batch of photos documented a beautiful trip to the beach and I loved how the photos all turned out. I had planned in advance to have some the photos stand alone and embellished them simply with some machine stitching.

Thanks for letting me share my album with you and I look forward to seeing what you all create with this month's kits :).


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Claudia

Good morning! I hope you're having a lovely weekend. It's Claudia here with you and today I'm sharing a layout I created using the following sketch;

One of the things I really like about working with sketches is that it gives you a start of point in terms of where to put certain things on your layout. I knew from the start that I didn't want to use 2 photos on this layout so instead of using another photo I just chose to go with another design element. I cut out a piece from the cut apart paper from the Crate Paper Oasis collection which came in this month's Main Kit.

Since my photo was taken in the sky I thought the title 'Let's Go' would be quite fitting. I used the gold glittered thickers from the Main Kit to create part of my title. For the 'Go' part I used some letters from the cut apart paper from the Pinkfresh Studio Dream On and traced them on the pink circle paper from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to add an extra pop of pink (I can never have too much pink on a layout!). To give the letters a bit more definition I pulled out a pencil and outlined them.

I don't really do journaling on my layouts so I used the numbers that you see on the sketch as a design element, which I think works just fine. Do you have a similar photo? Maybe it would be an idea to put your top 5 favorite / dream destinations on there if you're not too keen on doing visible journaling on your layouts.

I punched out a few tiny butterflies with my punch and added them to create a little more interest and dimension in some places. I finished off the layout by adding some gold splatters using the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine mist from my stash.

To play along with this week's challenge, create a layout inspired by the sketch, upload it to the Citrus Twist Kits Gallery with the sketch date (3/26) in the title, and you might win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK store.

Looking forward to seeing what you will create!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

3 To Inspire with Emma

Hi friends!  Emma here with another 3-To-Inspire challenge! 

We share this challenge every Saturday for those of you that are looking for a little extra push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking, or those just looking for a challenge (and the chance to win a little something is an added bonus!).

I hope you'll join in with me this week using the following prompts:

1. Use 2 colours only (can go with multiple shades of the same colour though)
2. Use multiple photo's (3+)
3. Use your stamps!  This one is a big challenge for me; stamps intimidate me haha.

 And here's a look at the page I created:

As you can see I went with green and pink for my page.  I printed my photo's so they looked like a photo strip and centered them on my page.   And to add some contrast I went with black embellishments - I think they really pop against the white/green.

I really love the black foam stickers out of the main kit this month - they are the perfect script font! (don't I wish I could write like that!).  The 'hello fun' tag is actually from the 12x12 (Pink Fresh) paper in the main too.

Don't look to closely at my stamping effort but I am kind of proud that I used them for a change!  Don't get me wrong, I love stamps (and I've got a 6x8 album full of them!) but I always forget to actually use them or I worry that I'll mess a page up just trying to use them, haha.  I used the main kit stamp plus the "Camera Roll" and "Life Adventures 3x4" stamps here :) 

The black paper clips from the Embellishment kit are just adorable!  I popped one one of the black foam hearts on top to add a little more dimension to the top of my page (I also popped a foam dot under the right edge of the paperclip so it sits off the page a bit too).

Now it's your turn! Use the three prompts to create your own projects and share them with us here in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum.  I really can't wait to see your pages!

Thanks, Em xo

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday with Mira

Hello Everyone! 
 It's Mira here with Pocket Life Sketch Friday challenge! Today I have two sketches for You and two Pocket Life pages to get You inspired!
Here's the first sketch:
As You can see I am a fan of design A and I use it in most of my PL pages:

I keep on adding very thick frames around the pictures so the final pages look consistently clean and I have plenty of space for embellishments! Here are the details:

And here goes the second sketch:
... and my inspiration:

This month kits were super bright so I admired absolutely everything what was inside, but I fell in love with one product especially: semi-transparent (kind of washi-tape type) stickers from March embellishment kit {I believe that was from Pink Fresh Studio :)}. Those stickers varied in colors and shapes so I was able to use them almost everywhere! For example to decorate this cool card from PL kit:

or to create my very own card:

What about You? What was Your favorite product from the kits this month? Feel free to share!

And if You happen to use this inspiration when creating Your own pages, remember that You have a chance to win a price! Here's how: Create a layout based on the sketch, post your layout to our Gallery or our Facebook Fan Page by Friday, March 31st and be sure to include PL 03/31 in the title!

Thanks for visiting Pocket Life Friday!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

House + Love = Home | Mini Album with Elsie

Hey CTK friends, it's Elsie here and I'm really excited to share the mini album I made with this month's Oliver kit. I had such a blast working with this kit!

To me, creating the structure of mini albums always seems like a really overwhelming and gruelling task, because I’m impatient to get into the fun decorating bit. But the 6x4 chipboard pieces in this months Main kit, made the mini album ‘construction’ super easy! 

I created a cover from the chipboard pieces, a small piece of cardboard (for the spine), some fabric and mod podge… and that’s it! No fancy tools or tricks and I had a sturdy and pretty album cover in no time. You can totally switch out the fabric cover for paper, but I think the fabric gives the album an extra bit of durability, and I’m notorious for accidentally ruining paper mini album covers!

Also to decorate the spine I used the Life Adventures stamp set and heat embossed the label with some gold embossing powder, for some extra sparkle!

I decided to split the book into two halves. The left side holds a small pocket which I'm storing a couple of spare photos and a tag with some journalling on it. And on the right side, I made this book out of white cardstock which is bound together with an accordion folded spine. (I'll hopefully have a tutorial up on my YouTube channel by the end of the week, to show you exactly how I made this)

This little book isn't actually adhered to the cover. I decided to not attach it because as you can see, it's a little chunky (!) so I wanted to be able to remove it so it was easier to look through. 

The first spread in the book doesn't have a photo. I wanted to create a title page and I mainly used some of the pieces from the Domestic Bliss ephemera pack (from the Sprinkles kit), to create a little scene.

This might be my favourite page in the album as it really makes me smile. The household ephemera pieces worked so perfectly with this photo that I've been wanting to document for a while. I was also pretty proud of using that washing machine, as I didn't think I would be able to find a way to use it as it is!

I love the spring colours in the papers from the Main kit, I grabbed a couple of flower and leaves stamps from my stash and fussy-cut them out. This was a super simple technique, but I love how fresh the page feels.

I love the exclusive CTK paper in this month's kit, it's such a gorgeous shade of yellow. I only have the tiniest scrap of it left, and I'm seriously going to have to hoard it!!

The Crate Paper cut-apart sheet from the Oasis collection had some really lovely elements I could to fussy-cut out. This page came together really easily because of that. And the exclusive cork pieces and stamps set from CTK were the perfect finishing touches to use for this page. I love that 'shenanigans' stamp, it's such a fun phrase to use!

I always like to make my mini albums as tactile as possible, so I always try to include different textures, flaps and pockets with hidden journalling or photos and windows... so I literally created a little window, where you can see the photos on both pages at once. I think this looks super whimsical and works well with the "home" theme of this album. 

Thanks for joining me today, I hope your inspired to create a mini album with this month's kit! 

- Elsie x