Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pocket Life with Jodie King

Hi everyone, it’s Jodie with you today and I’m CTK’s guest designer for July!  I’m sharing two Pocket Life spreads that I’ve created with the July “Right Now” Pocket Life kit and the This Is Life "Narrative" stamp set today.

My first layout documents a special weekend spent with my sisters interstate. I had more photos than usual so I’ve added a 4x6 insert to the page, and just because I love the Heidi Swapp alphas in this months PL kit so much, I’ve also added an extra acetate insert for a layering effect this week.

To make this super simple journalling card I trimmed some white cardstock that I had printed my journalling to size on, then corner rounded the top two corners.  I then centred this on the lower edge of patterned paper trimmed to 3x4 inches.  It would have been fine left like that but this gorgeous wood veneer just added a finishing touch, and I stapled it in place with my tiny attacher.

I just love the exclusive chipboard stickers in the PL kit this moth!  They have a beautiful gloss finish to them, and are so easy to pop out to add little details here and there on your projects, like this super cute star.

Here’s a close up of my acetate insert.  This is actually really easy to do, just by trimming some acetate to the size you need, punching a few holes on one side so that it can slip into your album, and then adhering your alphas!  I’ve also added a few patterned paper reinforcement rings punched from coordinating patterned paper.

And here’s a closeup of how the layers all look together.

My absolute favourite pieces of ephemera this month are the butterflies for sure!  For this filler card I’ve layered one of them with coordinating 6x6 papers from the kit, and one of the cute labels from the exclusive cut apart sheet.

And here’s the second page!

I was loving the circle theme going on with this page, so I went ahead and punched a few circles out of scraps to add to this journalling card as well as my gorgeous gold foiled chipboard sticker… and it’s true you know, us scrapbookers take photo’s like it’s our job right!?

And now for my second layout!

This week I’ve pulled all the softer colours from the kit and gone with a pastel colour palette.

And here’s the left page.

A super easy technique in your pocket pages is to add a sentiment right over the middle of a feature photo, rather than adding it to the side.  I’ve done that here with one of the sentiments from the cut apart sheet.

This just may be one of my favourite hand made filler cards this year right here!  I’ve used another butterfly from the ephemera pack as a jumping off point and add layers behind and in front of it.  I’ve also used some packaging from the kit to create a shaker pocket to back my black frame with.  You can just see the white glitter sparkling from behind the butterfly.

Have you ever made your own ephemera pins?  All you need is a regular paperclip and a small ephemera piece.  Tuck your paperclip where you’d like it to sit, and adhere the ephemera piece to the top of it, super simple and super sweet.

Whoa! If you’ve made it to the end of this post thanks for hanging in there - it was a super long one today!  Thanks for following along with my Guest Designer projects this month, and remember, if you’re thinking of signing up for a kit subscription with Citrus Twist Kits, now is the perfect time, with new reduced international postage on Pocket Life and Gracebox Kits for Canadian and International subscribers, and to get 25% off the first kit in a new Scrapbooking, Pocket Life or GraceBox subscription, just quote JODIEKGUEST in the Comments at checkout!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Bible Journaling with Jessy

Hi everyone! How has your week been? I'm back again to share with you what I have created with July Grace Box kit. This time round I worked with this bible verse on how you should be rooted in his words and blossom from them. 

Colossians 2:7 - rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Let's get started... 
This back of this page has stained the front page so I had to cover it. When I was looking what I use to cover it up, I saw this CTK packaging. Thought that it'd be great to cut a portion of it and paste. 

Next, I adhered some of the floral stickers at the top & bottom to further enhance the page. 

Added a banner too. 

Next, I stamped some phrases onto the paper. 

Finally, I added some written words to complete my page. 

Here are close-ups on my page...

I'm sharing 2 more pages that I created with the July GraceBox kit. 

 For this page, the verse that I wanted to work on has been filled with another verse, so to add on. I used a patterned paper and tape it down with washi tape. Decorated the page (front and back) with awesome products in the box. 

I absolutely adore all the die-cuts from pinkfresh studio. They went perfectly with this verse! 

Thank you for joining me today!
Xoxo Jessy

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Emma

Hi friends!  Emma here with this week's Sunday Sketch.  Today's sketch is super fun and features one of my favourite (and possibly one of the easiest) shapes to incorporate onto a layout - hearts!  Hearts are everywhere and I love them!  Here's our super sketch for today:

I used the Add-on kit mostly for my page but I added a few pieces from the other kits too (that heart paperclip from the Pocket Life kit is a perfect match for this sketch!).  Here's my layout:

As you can see, I've pretty much kept true to the sketch but moved a few elements around and added a couple extra pieces (corner piece on the top RHS and journaling at the bottom LHS).

I used my trusty scissors to cut heart shapes, they're easy enough to do and I cut extra's from a few patterns so I could layer and stitch them together, to add a little more dimension ;).  The Summer Lights papers in the Add-on kits are so gorgeous, love the bright, fun colours.

My journaling is printed onto one of the Pocket Life 3x4 cards.  To make sure the journaling lined up I took a photo of the card with my phone, dropped the image into Photoshop and typed my journaling on the lines (on a new layer) then ran the card through my printer (without the image of the card) and boom!  Done ;)

I love word/phrase stickers, they're such a perfect way to add extra sentiments to your layouts (same could be said for stamps, but stickers are even easier...for me!).  I've used the Beautiful Day Tiny Word Stickers which are included in the Add-on kit.

To add a bit more contrast (the yellow) I used some of the sequins from the Grace Box and one of the chipboard pieces out of the Pocket Life (half tucked underneath my photo so only the yellow shows).

I really love how this one came together, using the sketch meant it was a relatively quick and easy one for me to do create! (Although everything I create is ever really "quick", but if I can finish a layout in under an hour I consider that a huge win, hah!  This came close to that thanks to the sketch!)

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's Sunday Sketch Challenge, create a layout based off of today's sketch, upload it to the gallery with today's date (23/7) in the title, and you are in for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store!

Thanks, Em xo

Saturday, July 22, 2017

3 To Inspire with Veera

Time for another 3 To Inspire challenge! It's Veera here today to share this weeks' prompts with you.

Here are my prompts:
  1. Use twine
  2. Document something about your home
  3. Use limited color scheme

I had so much fun with these prompts! For the first one, I wrapped the twine around the whole layout. As my layouts are normally fairly flat, I love how twine can bring another textural element to the layout. 

The second prompt is to document something about your home. I wanted to scrap this picture of a shoe cabinet with flower vase that is on our foyer. Truth is, I'm terrible with flowers and I can't keep them alive. Fake flowers to the rescue and the place look pretty.

The third and final prompt is to use limited color scheme. In this layout I used mainly mint and gold in addition to the white background. I think limited color scheme can help to create simple and cohesive look to the layout.

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's challenge, create a layout inspired by these prompts, upload it to the Citrus Twist Kits Gallery with the challenge date (07/22) in the title.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pocket Life Challenge with Zinnia

Hey there! I will be sharing a Pocket Life Challenge today with you using CTK July Pocket Life Kit.

I am only using two photos in this page and two 4x6 journaling cards.

I printed out my photos using my instax share. 

More close-up shots:

My challenge to you is to create a simple pocket page with ONLY two photos and TWO journaling cards. Two is always better than one right? wink*

Thanks for dropping by & I will see you soon! 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Adventure Awaits | Elsie Robinson

Hey everyone, it's Elsie here! I hope you're all having fun playing with your July kits. Despite how awesome this month's kits are, I've been in a (really annoying) creative rut recently. So today, I want to give you a couple of tips on how to create when your mojo isn't there!

Be inspired by your kits! This might seem like a fairly obvious point, but by taking just one image, a colour or a phrase and basing your entire layout on that can really help simplify and streamline your process.

So thats exactly what I did! I was inspired by the travel themed Carta Bella ephemera pack in the Sprinkles kit. The pack has some really cute images like the cars in the photo above and some road signs.

And so I thought I would take those road sign images quite literally and create a signpost. And everything fell into place after I made that decision. I suddenly noticed that there were quite a few arrow-shaped embellishments which were obviously perfect to pop onto my signpost.

Some of the stickers I used on the signpost brought in some mustard yellow and pinks, which inspired the paper I would used to back my cut file title. Which brings me on to my next point... 

... Use your favourite things! Again, this might be another fairly obvious point, but the temptation to hoard that beautiful "Artisan" paper from Cocoa Vanilla was really quite strong! But I'm so glad I used it as I just love the way it looks behind my title. 

The warm colours in the ombre pattern look similar to a sunset which kind of helps set my "scene", and the light grey colour strikes the perfect balance between able to stand out against the white without competing with the other embellishments on my page.

Another favourite thing of mine is this stringed star cut file. I hadn't yet used it on a page but thought it would work perfectly here as it just adds a whimsical finishing touch along with the Fancy Pants puffy stars.

Do you guys have any more tips and tricks on how to combat lack of mojo? I'd love to hear! 

Have a great rest of your week, friends!
- Elsie