Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Citrus Twist Tutorial

This month you will find a vintage pattern piece in the Citrus Twist December Main Kit and if you are at all like me, your first instinct will be to use it as a layering element. The pattern piece would definitely work well for layering because it is thinner than paper and it would add a different texture to your project. However, this time I ignored that first instinct and decided to use the pattern piece as an embellishment instead.

This is one of the photos I was working with and I thought that perhaps I might be able to use the pattern piece to mimic the lights on the tree.

To do this, I first sprayed the pattern piece with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold Lame (available in the CTK Store). After allowing the paper to dry I ran it through my manual die cutter using three different sized circle dies. I found that due to its silky texture the pattern piece took a little bit longer than normal to dry, so please keep that in mind.
And here is what they look like on the final project.
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I really loved how they turned out and thought they created a bokeh-life effect.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Citrus Twist Sunday Sketch

Happy 10 days until Christmas!  And just in case the holiday madness is leaving you with little time to scrapbook, I wanted to offer you a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits to speed up your creating time.

Here is the lovely sketch:

I found a lot of inspiration from this sketch.  Besides the general layout of the page, I really liked the snowflakes. Also, the banner at the bottom made me instantly think of the Open Book banners included in the December Embellishment Kit. With those in mind, this is what I made:

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Now it's your turn to take on this week's sketch!  All of us at Citrus Twist Kits 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 this week's sketch to the gallery by 12/20, you will be entered to win a $5 Coupon to use on anything in the CTK Store


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pre-School Handbook Style

When my daughter started pre-school this fall I had to decide how I wanted to go about documenting her school year. Each of my children have their own personal albums, but I felt like I really wanted to keep the school related scrapping seperate. And, in all honesty, I wanted an excuse to try out one of the new Handbooks from Studio Calico ;).

So here you go, my first layout completed for Maleia's album, Handbook style:

Now my layout was very much inspired by this layout by a member of the Studio Calico community. A challenge was recently posted to the SC Message Board to lift a project in our Inspiration Book and I joined in on the fun.
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And just in case you are wondering about the new Handbooks from Studio Calico, here is a look:
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This new version of the Handbook is different in two ways. First, as you can probably tell, they are smaller in regards to the width, something that I actually really like, but might be a concern for someone who wants to use these albums for Project Life. Second, they now have 6 holes as opposed to 4, a factor that really does not matter at all to me at this point. I went with the Mint Hint and am really loving the color.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Citrus Twist Kits' December Reveal

Not only does the first of December mean that I am now the mother of a fourteen year old (How is that even possible???), but it also means that it is reveal day for the new kits at Citrus Twist! 

December's kits are a beautiful mixture of Crate Paper's Open Book, Gossamer Blue's Get Happy, and Heidi Swapp's Hello September.

This is what you can find in the Main kit for the month of December:

  December CT 2014.

To take a look at the complete list of contents, you can go here.

Now, here is what I did with both the December Main and Embellishment Kits:

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These kits are very versatile and I think you can see that by looking at the 4 very different layouts that I made.  When I was unpacking the Main Kit it did not seem to shout Christmas at me, but I ended up making three holiday layouts.
For more inspiration, make sure and check out the Citrus Twist Gallery!