Friday, November 17, 2017

PL Challenge with Célina : black and white photos !

Hello Girls,
How are you ?
I'm back for a new challenge today with the beautiful PL November Kit !
Love it and especially the Citrus Twist exclusives !
Let's have a look on the kit :

Today, I propose you to make 4 PL pages only with black and with photos to make a nice contrast between photos and cards.
 Here are my pages to inspire you :



Can't wait to see your pages with this Challenge !!
Have a nice week-end !

Friday's PL Challenge | Kristel Arends

Hi all! Yay, it's Friday, which means I have a PL challenge for you :-)

For this page I have chosen to only use the 4x6 pockets for my photos and 3x4 pockets for cards, since I normally mix it up and thought it would be another fun way to put the emphasis on my photos first. 

I also used the PL kit only, which isn't much of a challenge actually, since you receive so much pretty stuff in a kit, but it also forces you to be creative when its theme doesn't match your photos' theme. And that's a positive thing, because you discover lots of new ways to make your pages pretty :-) 

So, to summon up real quick: Use the 4x6 pockets for photos and 3x4 pockets for cards only & use your kit only. 

I hope you have a lovely/crafty weekend and until next time!

Love, Kristel

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Title Love with Nathalie

Hello Everyone!

Nathalie here to show you  a bit of my obsession for  large titles.

I have always loved typography, and find that i am always drawn to large phrase stickers and/or chipboard pieces.  So when  I saw the  large paintable chipboard words, from the new Dear Lizzy collection,  included in this month's add-on kit, I knew they will become part of my layouts.

This layout showcases the November "Stories" main kit and  This is Life "Gathering" stamp, a bit of mixed media, one of the large chipboard words, and a candid shot of my son and one of the littles (that is what we call my niece and nephew).

I was drawn to all the blue tones in the papers from the main kit, so i chose to combine them using strips of them to create a simple design for this page.  A bit of mixed media, just helps to pop the large title.   The script word "FAMILY" from the This is Life stamp was perfect to complete the title of this page.

To balance the page, i used a large picture  at the opposite corner of the title.   This month's exclusive ephemera is gorgeous!, and so easy to mix and match in the clusters created at the corners of the picture.  To finish the page, and to bring some of the black color from the picture, a few of the Pinkfresh Studio sticker words were scattered in between the paper strips.  Here is  small video that shows how this page came together:

Don't you just love all the goodies available in this month's kits?   Stop by the  Citrus Twist Kits store to check all the goodies used in this layout, especially those large chipboard words in the add-on kit.

Remember you can always contact me if you have questions on how this came together.

Take care!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial with Guest Designer Jen Schow

Hey there! It’s Jen Schow again to share a fun little tutorial on how I created the stamped, watercolor-y (that’s a word, right?) background on my layout for today.

The best part about this technique is that you can use any stamps that you have on hand. And if you are a Citrus Twist subscriber, you probably have a few! 

I simply stamped and heat embossed the words and then smooshed some spray mist on top of it. The embossing creates a nice resist effect that I absolutely love! You can see how it came together in the video.

Here are a few more close up photos of the finished layout. You can see that a lot of the background was covered up, but the details peeking out from all of the edges of the photo really make the page.

I hope you’ll keep this technique in mind and give it a try when you’re creating your next layout!


Monday, November 13, 2017


Hi there! 

Who is ready for December?   If it was up to me, Christmas decorations will go up as soon as Thanksgiving is done (that means the 2nd weekend of October, here in Canada!), but i have to wait until mid November ( it is call, "compromising").

Regardless, I am living my December dreams by getting my Traveler's Notebooks ready to hold all my precious memories in one single spot.  For the past years i have chosen this method to document our stories;  it is a smaller and ( personally) easier to manage, especially when you have a very event-full December. 

Since there will be lots of embellishments being added to the notebooks, I have created two inserts for my TN so that they are easier to work with once they start to get filled with our stories.  For the first one, I used pieces from the Main Christmas kit, and Mini Kit #1 to create the cover of the insert.  The Christmas Stories stamp is not just beautiful, but versatile, as it was used here to add sentiments and to create the cover page of the insert.   That small pocket came together in a few steps, and will house a small note about what the book is all about.

The inserts I have created will be able to house our December stories, but not in the December Daily format.  However some of the DD ideas can be adapted to the Traveler's Notebook format.   In the second insert, I chose to use the Christmas Stories stamp, and some gold embossing powder to create the small tree of sentiments featured in the front page of the TN.   The cover of this insert was created with pieces from the Christmas Stories kits, and a paper from my stash.

I chose to add a  small note to the first page of this insert that just tells about my wishes and hopes for the month.  The story was then  framed with a paper from the Christmas Stories main kit (which has already sold out!), and attached to a piece of paper (from my stash) that complements the kit.   I just love all the stickers and embellishments included in all the kits.  There is so much to chose from, and makes it so easy to create all the pages.  Here is more in depth look at how these came together, so sit back an enjoy the following video:

I hope you are inspired to start your December documenting.   It does not matter what the format or length of your album/book looks like, the important thing is that you document all those stories that are dear to you heart.  Stop by the CTK store to check all the mini kits and the gorgeous stamp which are featured in this post.

Remember, I am just a comment away if you have questions on these.   I will also be sharing my December Stories TN progress on my social media outlets, and the CTK Friends Facebook page.

Take care!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Leigh

Hello Crafty Friends! Leigh here, to share my take on the Sunday Sketch.

 The idea for a few pleated pumpkins came to me when I purchased a new punch, and saw it upside down in the bag. The ballon shape looked like a pumpkin when turned upside down. A photo of our Pomeranian in his Halloween costume seemed fitting for this page.

Before adhering the punched pumpkins, I stitched a line down to each one from the top of the page. Close up shows the basket portion, and I turned it into a stem by punching it from contrasting papers in the kit. You can glue the tiny bits on with a fine line glue pen.

The photo in black and white helped the color scheme to stand out.  Layers of tags, and fussy cut papers went behind the photo. Some dimensional foam helped the photo to stand out a little more.

Some scattered stars and stapled bits coordinate with the cut-aparts in this month's kit. I stitched the triangular scraps to the bottom of the layout. 

Here is your Sunday Sketch! Will you have a go? 

Thanks for joining us today,

Saturday, November 11, 2017

3-To-Inspire with Kathleen and Emma

Hi CTK friends!  It's time for another 3-To-Inspire challenge and this weekend Kathleen and Emma are teaming up to share a couple pages to inspire you!

First up let's look at the prompts they used for their pages:

1. Create a banner/garland on your LO
2. Add your journaling with a typewriter or print it
3. Use one or more patterned paper strips

Hello friends!  So happy to be back with my favourite weekly challenge, 3-To-Inspire!  I know I've mentioned how much I love these recipe challenges, but it's doubly so today because I have Kathleen joining me this week!  I've been a huge fan of Kathleen's for a long time so you can imagine how excited I was when she joined our DT ;)

Here's a look at the page I created using the three prompts:

I started my page with the pattern paper strip on the left side of my page - I picked this paper because I love the colour but the diagonal stripe is fun.  The banner garland was an easy one using the fun Sticky Note Pads from Maggie Holmes' that are included in the Embellishment kit this month - they're perfect for this challenge.  But incase you didn't pick up the Embellishment Kit this month then it's easy to create your own flags/banners using your trusty scissors or punch.  

 To give my garlands a bit more dimension I also layered a few of the exclusive die-cuts from the Main kit underneath and machine stitched them all in place (I find I have to include some kind of stitching on my page, feels naked without it!).

My journaling was typed up on the computer using a typewriter font (this one is called "Canon Typestar") and printed out on plain white paper.  I love my old traditional typewriter but it's so big that I couldn't find anywhere to store it in my room and have popped it in one of our storage cupboards, so using the computer is a fast/easy way to get the same look without getting the big typewriter out of storage ;)

At this point I added my title (I used the Phrase Stickers from Pinkfresh Studio) at the bottom right of my page.  To balance out the black at the bottom, I also added a couple more phrase stickers above my photo at the top of the page too.

Last but not least, I popped a few fun embellishments (chipboard heart from the Main Kit and heart stickers from the embellishment kit) around my page - picking colours that matched in with the colours of my banner (they're a perfect match, right?!).

As always, I really enjoyed this recipe challenge and I can't wait to see your pages!  Now let's have a look at Kathleen's stunning layout using the same three prompts :)


Hey there :)  It's Kathleen here and I'm so happy to join Emma for this week's 3-to-Inspire challenge! I absolutely love her projects and her style, so it was no suprise that I would love her challenge as well ;)  Here is my take on it:

I also chose the sticky note pad flags from the Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes "Carousel" line for my garland, but of course you could also use regular paper and cut your own little flags and mix them with the die cuts from the Scrapbook Main Kit.

Since I am not a big fan of my handwriting and I usually only add it as hidden journaling, I was more than happy to add my journaling using my typewriter.  However, because I had already aded all my papers and embellishments to my layout, I couldn't type directly onto it.  Therefore I cat a small piece of vellum (or simple tracing paper), write my journaling with my typewriter on it and adhered the vellum with a strip of washi to my page.

Then on the bottom of my layout I added strips of the patterned papers included in the Scrapbook Main kit, layered my photos onto them, as well as my title and some small embellishments and finished it off with that adorable black and white bow!  I need about a dozen more of those :D

I hope you feel inspired to give this challenge a try!  Can't wait to see what you create!


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.  We both look forward to seeing your project!