Monday, January 15, 2018

In My Studio with Guest Designer Mel Blackburn

Hello crafty friends! Happy to be back on the Citrus Twist blog to share my creative work space! As you will see I don’t have a dedicated room, I set up my workspace in the corner of our dining room. As our family grew I’ve had to downsize from a spare bedroom to a corner of the basement (much larger than this) to a single table in the corner of our dining room. I quickly learned to adapt whatever little space I had and made it work! The key to a small space is managing my supplies, I only purchase things that I really love and know that I will use. I also do a purge every 6 months or so, if I haven’t used a product in 6 months it means I don’t need it and I can pass it on to someone who can use it.

My space consists of a small desk, a rolling cart and an Ikea armoire. I added shelves above my desk for additional storage, however since my work space is in the family dining room it always has to be tidy! I can’t let things pile up, so this again forces me to be very organized.  

On the shelves above my desk I keep decorative items but also a small basket for pictures and a wood crate for stamps. The desk drawer is home to inks, tools and other handy supplies. The cart to the left of my desk features a container for my OLW project, a basket for creative team work and a stamp bin for all my favorite stamps. As you can see since everything has a place, keeping things in order is not a problem.

The Ikea armoire to the left of my desk is where I keep all my scrap supplies, from journaling cards, to kit club purchases, to my Cuttlebug and camera bracket. Things are piled on top of each other but everything has its place and small containers are key to helping me stay organized.

Since my space is in a shared room of our home, where we have company or our daughters hangout with their friends, I really have to make it work and fit with our lifestyle. I love that I am able to work and be in the same room as my family as they do their own activities. Sharing and having a small space really is a great thing!

Here is a sneak preview of my upcoming project created with the Sugarland PL kit, for this project I opted to create a fun TN spread, I can’t wait to share the full project with you!

- Mel

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Laetitia

Hi everyone, I'm delighted to meet you with the great sketch of the day.I really like his style and all the elements it contains.It 's perfect for this first kit of the year that I find beautiful and always as well stocked with its various embellishments.

I adapted this sketch in 12x12 format on a white cardstock. And as the papers are very colorful, I chose to print the photo in black and white.

I first glued the papers by superimposing them on the top left. I added the tag, placed my picture and a pretty pompom frame. Then I added the embellishments.

I used 2 stamps of the nice set from the kit below the photo.

For the title I used the pretty chipboard "Good Vibes" of the 12x12 board included in the kit of embellishments of January. I find it perfect because it's clear on the page.

And you, will you let yourself be tempted by this sketch?

Have a lovely sunday.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

3-To-Inspire with Emma

Hi CTK friends!  It's Emma on the blog with today's 3-To-Inspire challenge!  We love to 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 a nice little bonus!).

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

1. Create a "grid" style layout
2. Have your title on a different angle, i.e. it could be vertical, diagonal or even curved (just not running horizontally)
3. Use atleast 2 different pattern papers on your page

And here is the page I came up with!

I mixed a few pieces from the Main, Pocket Life and Add-on Kits for this one.  My page started with my photo, the truck/van die-cut, the tag die-cut (that I've printed the journaling on) and those gorgeous pink alpha's from this months PL kit.  I layered them on top of one another to form a grid-style cluster in the middle of the page.

To fill the large white space left at the top and bottom, I added a couple patterned paper borders, layering the different patterns and machine stitching them in place.  I picked the pinks to tie-in with the title and the pinks of the cupcakes in my photo's! 

For contrast on my page I used the pops of yellow at the top and bottom (puffy stickers at the bottom of my photo and I cut little pieces from the PL cards for the top of my page).

I fixed my title vertically on my page so that it fills that bottom right corner of my grid (underneath the front of the truck/van die-cut).

I just love the puffy stickers included in the Pocket LIfe kit this month - they are the perfect mix of colours and fun shapes!  I particularly love the red and yellow star scalloped border piece so I mimicked the design at the top of my page by using the centre pieces from the "P" and "R" alpha letters, by sticking them together they look like a pink scalloped border too!  Always fun to use those left over pieces to make something new ;)

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

Take care, Em xo

Friday, January 12, 2018

Pocket Life Inspiration with Célina

Hello Girls,

Célina with you today to inpire you to your first PL2018 pages !!

I wish you a beautiful year :) for you and your families !

Have you seen the fabulous Sugarland January PL Kit ?

LOVE IT with all these Citrus exclusive !!!

Some pictures :

And here are my pages with this beautiful kit : 

My challenge for you today is:
Create a page with a mix of colors and black & white photos :

Have fun girls !!

I wish you a beautiful day, Célina 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pocket Life with Candace

Hello CTK friends!  Candace here to share my week 42 pocket life spread using the beautiful January pocket life kit.  So what do you do when you just have a few photos for your week?  Just use them!  I normally do a full 12x12 double page layout for every week. However, there are always a few weeks during the year that for one reason or another I don't have enough photos for a double page spread.  I don't let this worry or bother me and I just document what I have!  It is always better to capture some memories than none.

Here is a look at my half page spread for week 42!

I loved using the label sticker from the ephemera pack to stamp the weeks date and the cork heart is the perfect fit between the week numbers!

The journal card with all the ampersands was the perfect place to make a list of some of my favorite things to do as a family.

My favorite card in the spread is the cute pink card with the multi colored dots.  LOVE IT!  I used this card for a fun focal point along the center of the spread. Using puffy stickers from a past kit I wrote out "Taco Tuesday" then added a die cut on dimensional adhesive across the center.  So cute!

I loved the look of the Taco Tuesday card so much that I decided to create another card using puffy letter stickers as a main focus.  On the lower 4x6 card I wrote out "Together" since this spread was all about going out and doing fun things together.

I love the fun colors in the spread.  My photos were pretty dark this week so pairing them with colorful, bright cards helps balance the spread.
I am glad that I documented this fun memory.  Even though this is a short week and only half of a normal spread the memory and moments are important and captured.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Make sure you stop by the shop and pick up this month's kit before it sells out!
Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Let's Get Digital with Kira

Hello friends!  It's Kira again and I am back with a 12x12 layout using the exclusive Citrus Twist cut file for this month.  You can grab this cut file for FREE in the Citrus Twist Fan Page on Facebook.

I took inspiration from the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection when I created this cut file.  Ampersands seem to be a common theme throughout, as is that geometric feel.

To start, I enlarged the cut file to 11" in height.  I love a big statement piece on a layout, and the ampersand definitely achieved that.  Then I started backing the cut file with the 6x6 paper included in the pocket life kit.  At this point I was unsure if I wanted to back every open area, or leave some open.  So I just randomly backed some areas and skipped others, figuring I could go back to spots later if I so chose to.

I liked the look of the open areas, so I left it as is which the intention of doing some mixed media behind the cut file.  I experimented with some white cardstock and a variety of watercolors for my background, but thought it overpowered my cut file.  But I am in love with this  Good Vibes “Life’s Goals” paper!  So I decided to ad some white gesso around where I wanted to place the cut file.  And I would be lying if I didn't worry that I had completely wasted this gorgeous paper about twenty times during the creation of this layout!

But I stuck with my plan and continued with embellishing.  I chose this photo of my oldest son and me on Thanksgiving.  And I loved the "Squad Goals" phrase included in the High Five thickers.  I tucked the photo slightly underneath the cut file and used the thickers as my title.  

I knew I wanted to try and use some washi tape on this layout since I always struggle to use washi!  So I fussy cut a few flowers from the floral washi and placed them around my page.  These served as the starting point to each of my three clusters.  

I used pieces of ephemera from the Pocket Life kit, some chipboard stars from the embellishment kit along with some of the Wild Child puffy stickers from the embellishment kit.  I added some black splatters around my page, along with a roller date stamp, and called it done!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Make sure to head over to the Facebook group to grab this cut file, I can't wait to see how everyone uses it!

Until next time,