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.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Let's Get Digital -- Easter Fun with Andrea!

Hello there everyone! It's Andrea Bethke here and first I want to say that I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! And in celebration of this special time of year, I wanted to give you guys a little Easter present for your “scrapbook basket” is like an Easter basket, but with digital scrappy goodness inside! That's right everyone, today is a “let's get digital day” and in honor of Easter-time, I have made for you all some really cute printables! I will show you how to use these printables for a quick day after Easter scrappy project. You will see how to take my printables and your Citrus Twist April kits and some of those fun pics you took yesterday to play and make something really easy and pretty for your Easter memories!

So let's take a look at the printables. There is a large, 8x10 printable for a layout background (or you could use it for journaling too if you like) and there are pocket 3x4 card printables too! And there is an adorable bunny in the printables...yaaaaaay!

Background 8x10 printable:

3x4 card printables:

And now let's get started “gettin digital”, shall we? So first download your Easter printables and then print them out on nice cardstock (you could also use photo paper if you want to...matte would probably work best). And then look at those photos you just took yesterday for Easter and pick a few of your faves out! You do not need to go through aaaaaaalllll of the Easter pics you took right now, so just skim through and choose a few of the ones that really pop out at you as being super cute. I don't want you to get overwhelmed with all the Easter photos there are to go through. This isn't meant to be a huge Easter project, but just a fun, next day kind of scrappy, happy Easter project where you can just make a quick layout or pocket page or both using your new printables.

I designed these printables to be easy to use. You can simply tuck the 3x4 pocket cards into a pocket page with some pics if you like. Maybe do a little bit of journaling and a wee bit of decorating with stickers or enamel dots or buttons and things and voila, you are done!

And I made it easy to use the large 8x10 printable to make a cool Easter layout too! What I did was automatically give you your background to build a layout on. And as you can see, I gave you a title with the “Happy Easter” at the top of the page. Then at the bottom, opposite corner from the title, I placed my sweet little bunny. And then there is a whole lot of white space for you to work with! All you have to do is frame this printable with some patterned paper from the Citrus Twist April kit! I love the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper in there and I couldn't choose between a couple of them so I decided to use a bit of both.

Once you have framed your printable, start building up on the page, in the white space. I cut out a frame from the frame patterned paper in the kit (also from Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams) and used that as a cute frame for my photo. I had printed a few photos out, but this one I think looked the cutest on my layout (so the others will be used later in a pocket page with my other printables). And then after I framed my pic, I backed it with a few layers. I used a couple pocket life cards from the Citrus Twist Pocket Life kit for April along with a few cut pieces of patterned paper from the Main kit.

I added some cute embellishments like the awesome Pinkfresh Studio paperclip and the lovely butterfly flair and the ephemera pack pieces that come exclusive in the kit. I also used some fun pop up stickers from Dear Lizzy that came in the Embellishment Add on kit. 

For some extra depth, I popped up my cute printable bunny too! For this, I just printed out the 8x10 printable again and fussy cut out the bunny, then popped it up in it's spot with a pop-dot. And that was about it...a little sewing here and there and I was done! So simple and easy and fast!

Alright, well I hope you enjoyed this “let's get digital” with me today and that you enjoy your Easter printables! Bye everyone! And remember to “live your life as a fairytale”, as I always say!