Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Sketch Challenge with Trina

It's Trina here with another week and another lovely sketch from Design Girl Kasia. Her sketches are a sure way to keep scrapbooking all month long, no matter what size or format--scrapbooking or pocket pages--you are working in. Share your take on this week's sketch in our gallery and earn a chance to win a $5 gift certificate from Citrus Twist Kits.

These days, I'm pretty much working in 8.5 x 11 and 6 x 8 format. These sizes fit my lifestyle so much nicer and I can quickly complete a layout in either of these trim sizes.

Here is Kasia's sketch:

I converted the 12 x 12 sketch to the 8.5 x 11 inch format by cutting down on the background between the vertical borders on the left and right sides. I used 2 photos instead of 3 to better fit the 8.5 inch width of my page.

I started the layout by splattering Tinsel Color Shine randomly on white card stock, then used the fun trapezoid shapes from one of the new Amy Tangerine Stitched pattern papers to create the vertical borders on each side.

Here is a close-up:

The new kraft thickers from December's add-on inspired me to pull out my Heidi Swapp Color Shines in Tinsel and Black. I decided to mimic the popular hombre look by first painting the Tinsel Color Shine on with a brush. While the Tinsel was still wet, I painted over the lower half of each letter with the Black Color Shine, blending the Tinsel into the Black. Here is a close-up up of the end result:

I fussy-cut the butterflies out of one of the sheets of pattern paper in this kit:

Here is one last sneak:

Now it's your turn to take on this week's sketch!  We love to see what you do with our kits and sketches so please make sure to upload your projects to the Citrus Twist Gallery. And remember, by uploading your take on today's sketch to the gallery by 12/7, you will be entered to win a $5 Coupon to use on anything in the CTK Store

Friday, November 28, 2014

December Moodboard, Sneaks, Black Friday Shopping & More

It is hard to believe that December is just around the corner. We want to start things off by sharing the December mood board, a few sneaks and reminding everyone that our Black Friday week sale continues. Be sure to use our 10% off coupon when you shop. And yes, you can use this coupon on the first kit in a Main or pocket pages subscription! Here it is: BLACKFRIDAYTAKE10
This coupon is good until 9:59 p.m. PST on November 30th. You can visit the sale in the Citrus Twist Kits shop.

We have a happy snippet to share with you: Beginning January 2015 the cost of our Main scrapbooking kit (6 month subscription) is going down to $29.95 a month. Couple that with our free 13th kit--you just pay shipping in your 13th month--it puts your scrapbooking at a sweet price!

Here is our December moodboard:

One of the things our Design Team is loving about the December main and pocket pages kits are while they are not Christmas kits, you can easily use them as Christmas kits, especially with the addition of one of our coordinating Christmas embellishment kits. Here is a tiny sneak at part of the Main kit:

Here are sneaks of what the Design Team has done with this kit (and coordinating embellishment kits):

Next comes a sneak of our December pocket page kit. This is just a tiny bit of what's to come:

We couldn't resist sneaking a little of December's colorful add-on kit:

. . . and a little sneak of what one of the designers made with this kit:

If you haven't visited or liked the Citrus Twist Kits Facebook page yet, we are doing a giveaway over there once we reach 2,000 likes. You can invite your friends to like our page and share the 10% off coupon code with them. Hop on over there and see what our giveaway is going to be.

Don't forget that our subscriber presale begins this Sunday, November 30th, at 10 p.m. PST and runs until reveal beings on Monday, December 1st, 10 p.m. PST.

Until December,


Pocket Life with April

Happy Black Friday, CTKers!  For everyone in the US, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

April here to share my Pocket Life Week 37 using the November PL and PL Embellishment Kits.  This was one of the spreads that I did as part of my catch up effort.  I had the spread planned and my photos in the page protector, so all I did was fill it with the fun details.  I definitely have been keeping things more simple since I am playing catch up.


Left side:



Right side:



And here are your sketches:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Featuring Our Customer

Today we're happy to feature layouts by Cheryl from Scrapstorian. She used our September 2014 I Just Want To Play Add-On kit and created three fabulous pages, taking inspiration from three different challenges. We love her colourful mixing of pattern papers and her creative interpretation of the sketches from the challenges. Thank you Cheryl for sharing your work with us.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial with Nathalie

Hello CTK friends! Nathalie here to share a new page created with the November "Get Cozy" main kit plus the "Special Order" embellishment kit as well as a video tutorial.

NON-KIT ITEMS: Thickers, blue ink, bamboo skewer

Once I decided on the background paper and started working on my page, I thought that a big arrow would be the perfect embellishment to go with the target!

Here are the supplies used for the making of the arrow:
I love the vellum bags in the kits and using one to create the "feathers" of the arrow gives it a light airy texture. Here is my quick video tutorial:

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Let's Get Digital: Cut Files Featuring the Calligraphy of April Joy Hill

It's Let's Get Digital day over at Citrus Twist Kits today. This month we are bringing you a digital file (PNG and Silhouette format) with the beautiful calligraphy of Design Girl April Joy Hill. To download this file we invite you to join our Facebook Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page where you'll find April Joy's calligraphy in cut file style!

Here is a picture of the digital file:

Trina used the word "hello" in her Christmas Daily 6 x 8 album:

Here is a close-up:

Thanks for visiting our digital blog today.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday sketch with Lucia

Hello everyone - and happy sunday!
Here is a new sketch, as usual :)


I really liked (and enjoyed cutting out) the hexagon shapes! I've used the Big Shot to cut out my three photos and a patterned paper (from November 2014 Main Kit).


I played a bit with the composition. Finally I decided not to add that paper behind the hexagons and went for my favourite clean style :)


A little bit of machine stitching ...


And the page is ready!

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I hope you enjoyed and will join us this week! All you need to do for a chance to win a $5 to spend at CTK store is to create a project based on the sketch and upload it to the CTK gallery by the 29. November 2014. Include "sketch 11/23" in the description.

Good luck and have fun with your projects!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Pocket Life With Sam

Hello there, Its Sam Today to share my Pocket Life pages using November PL Kit. I love the red and green patterned papers in the kit, thus I decided to make a 12x12 PL page with 1/2 red and 1/2 green. I even try to look for photos that have coordinating colour scheme.

November 1-1

I love the die cut vellum that are included in the kit and use it as the title card for this month spread.

November 1-2

November 1-3
See? I really tried my best to look for photos with red to match the red patterned paper.

November 1-4

And here's the sketches for this week Pocket Life page. One of the sketches is by cutting your photos into half and fit them into two 3' x 4'  pockets. 

Sketch 1

Sketch 4

After completing the red-green combo Pocket Life page, I thought of doing something more monotonous. So I grab 6 more pieces of black& white, grey papers from the kit and completed another 12x12 pocket life page. I keep the photo to be bright and colour to add good contrast to this monochromatic page. 

November 2-1

It is so fun to scrap pocket life pages according to fixed colour themed and it really push me to think out of the box. I hope  you have fun scrapbooking and doing pocket life pages with this month kit too! Thanks for dropping by! 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Embellishing a non-traditional layout with Ashley!

Hey y'all! Ashley here sharing a quick and simple non-traditional layout where I took a different approach to embellishing a layout! I started the layout by halving the background (using two different patterned papers). Then, I placed the photo on the left and the title on the right. When I typically embellish a layout, I layer a lot and use the photo as a middle piece while placing elements all around it. This time, I decided to make the left side of the layout focus on the photo, and the right side focus on the title and embellishing! Check out my process video that where I explain how this process went! Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Sketch Winners $5 Gift Certificate to CTK Store:
Oct. 5: mamakven
Oct. 12 : barbp
Oct. 19: mamakven
Oct. 26: anitatina

Guest Designer Top 5 Winner (One of her favorite items):

Great LO and I LOVE your craft space!
Please email Trina at to claim your prize!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday tutorial by Christin

Christin here to show you a little tutorial on how I mix watercolor effects with stencils, stamps and this months lovely rubons from the November main kit and embellishment kit.

I am a little camera shy so you will not here my voice, but I hope you will be able to follow what I do anyway.

As the little text in the start of the video says, I started to prep the ordinary white cardstock with clear gesso. You might wonder why I use clear gesso and not white gesso and I can think of at least 2 reasons. One is that white gesso come out as yellow on the white cardstock and that the colors mixes better with the clear gesso than the white.   The clear gesso is not smooth like white gesso.

Here you can see the finished layout and some closeups

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ctk november main kit  - christin gronnslett 15
ctk november main kit  - christin gronnslett 16
ctk november main kit  - christin gronnslett 17
ctk november main kit  - christin gronnslett 18

Now I hope you will not forget to use all the lovely rubons in the kit on your projects.