Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Wendy

Hello everyone!

Happy Sunday!  Do you love the weekly CTK (Citrus Twist Kits) Sunday Sketch as much as I do?  We can vote to equally agree, ha!

Even better you can take your weekly sketches, print them down mini size, and make them into a mini idea book you can quickly grab for inspiration.  Just a thought.
Ok, I digress, now on to the Sunday Sketch.

Now here's my take on the sketch...

I love to play around with lots of stamping and layers on my layouts.  So, this one was no exception.  Plus, the kit selections, CTK stamps, and CTK Exclusives makes it super easy to do so. I love to "mix-and-match" with product not only from the current CTK kits but also from past kits.  The kits are truly timeless to use now and/or later. 

I chose the phrase title "always dreaming of..." from ephemera in a previous kit and let it lead into my stamped "journaling" at the bottom of the page.  This is a favorite technique that I love and use often in my projects.  It's great when you don't have a lot of time for handwritten journaling yet you want to perfectly capture the moment in the photo(s).

Did you know there's even a CTK Stamp Grab Bag over in the shop?  So, you might be lucky to grab up some past stamp sets you missed from previous releases!  Some of these stamps used in my "journaling" above are even from 2015 and still fit in seamlessly strong with the stamp gangs from 2016 and 2017! Ha!

I also use a stamped phrase as part of my title work.  And the 2x3 Numbers stamp set over in the shop is perfectly sized for Pocket Life cards. 

Here I layered the edge of a Pocket Life card to peek from behind my picture.  So, I encourage you to think outside of your Pocket Life style pages.

On this piece of ephemera, I added some stamped stars and words to tie into my theme of the layout.  This Guest Check receipt was just too perfect not to use for my layout theme!

As a finishing touch, I loved this phrase on a Pocket Life card and decided to trim it to fit at the top of my layout along with a CTK exclusive Digital Cut-a-Part Label that you'll find in the kits.

To play along with this week's challenge, create a layout inspired by the sketch, upload it to the Citrus Twist Kits Gallery with the sketch date (5/21) in the title, and you might win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK store.  Easy peasy!

xx Wendy

Do You know Your artistic signature?


It's Mira Jurecka here today and I'll be talking a lot about words, letters and alphabets and sentences in Your projects! I hope You will enjoy my picture-heavy post :)

Did You know, that I started preparing this post with no idea what it will be about? I found the theme simply by looking at every project that I created with May kits and searching for one specific thing that they have in common. And it was obvoius! I found it very quickly! Huge and colorful letters - I have them included in most of my projects. Have You ever tried to look at Your projects to find that one thing that makes them similar? Isn't that what they call an artistic singature? Can You find that something in Your projects? Just look at them closely!

Huge and colorful titles are what I really like including in my works. I rememeber having the post in the past - here on the blog - about huge titles in my Pocket Life album. Funny that I didn't consider it to be my signature then, and I just realized it now. And walking trough my previous posts I see it even clearer! (Aha-moment!)

There was this absolutely amazing and full of colors set of alpha thickers in May Add-on kit, that I used it as a main element in this layout!

A few stars and paper cuts, and it was called done. All because those letters made 90% of the job here!

Here's the pocket page that is opening May in my Album, and guess what? Transparent letters from Pocket Life Kit as the main element - and the page was ready! I didn't have to add anything else! Letters + simplicity = fun!

Another pocket-page title. In this monochromatic page I used both of previously-mentioned alphabet sets - ane kept everything else very simple.

Even in the smallest projects of mine You can find big letters, just take a look at this Insta Album:

I used four letters from Pocket Life kit, put them in a separate 2x2 pockets and they form a word "Mom's" (in polish - Mamy) in the phrase "Mom's Day" just to open this Mother's Day gift (mini album) that I made for my Mom.

What do You think about it? Can You easily find Your own singature in Your projects? Have You ever thought about it? Let me know what it is :)
Thanks for reading!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday 3-to-Inspire Challenge

Hi all and welcome to this week's edition of our 3 to Inspire Challenge!

Each Saturday, a member of our team prepares three prompts to serve as starting points for a project. In order to play along with us AND be eligible for a prize, you must complete a project that includes all three prompts. This is what I have for you this week:

1. Use side A and side B from one of your pattern papers.
2. Use a paint medium on your page.
3. Use at least one element from your stash.

This is what I came up with using May's "Brighton" Scrapbook Kit along with die-cuts from the Brighton Die-Cut paper pieces (from May's Brighton Pocket Life Kit):

Maggie is one of our favorite subjects and this black-and-white photo works great with the bright pops of color on the exclusive Citrus Twist Kits pattern paper. Here are some of my layers. The element I used from my stash are the gold puffy Oasis stickers (now in the CTK shop) plus a scrap of antique fabric with a lace edge.

Here is another peek of my layers:

For my paint medium I brushed on small cross shapes in acrylic medium, waited for it to dry, then brushed over the top with Heidi Swapp's Color Mist. I wanted the crosses to be subtle, so I chose a soft yellow mist to paint over the acrylic, then used water to make the yellow fade.

Now it's your turn! To play along, simple create a project using this week's prompts, upload it to the CTK Gallery with today's date (5/20) in the title, and you will be eligible to win a small prize from the CTK Store. Can't wait to see what you all create!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday With Zinnia

Hello there!

I am back with a pocket life sketch for you today! This is my overall sketch. 
I am seriously in love with CTK's May PL kit as it has so many puffy stickers <3 love love love! 

More details..

Here's the sketch for you...

Thanks for visiting Pocket Life Friday, where every week we share PL sketches and a chance to win. For your chance to win, create a layout based on the sketch in this blog post, post your layout to our Gallery or our Facebook Fan Page by Friday, May 26th 2017. Be sure to include PL 19/05 in the title! 

Good luck and have fun! Thanks for dropping by! 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

May Grace Box Kit - Dedra Long

Hi there friends!

It's Dedra here with you today and I'm SO excited to be here! I just wanted to share a journaling bible layout I created using the May GraceBox kit. 

When I opened the kit, the first thing that intrigued me was the little wooden crosses. These crosses are perfect to include in your journaling bible or faith planner or notebook. They are thin, come in various sizes and I couldn't wait to use them.

If you follow me on any other social media outlets you will know that I LOVE to use stamps, watercolor and mixed media in my journaling bible. This kit includes the CUTEST set of layering floral stamps and words of encouragement.

For this journaling bible entry I chose Romans 12:9-13.
Love must be sincere. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Reading this piece of scripture was such a good reminder to be kind to one another. Be giving, loving and it also reminded me of a quote that I see often and love - Spread kindness like confetti! 

For this entry, I first prepared the page with clear gesso, once dry, then watercolored some leaves to "frame" the page. 

Next, I pulled out those cute floral layering stamps and got started adding them around and in between the leaves. 

The "be kind to one another" and paint stroke stamp was added as a header to start the journaling off. 

To finish the layout I added those super cool wooden crosses, as well as some yellow paint splatter.

Thank you SO much for stopping by and hopefully you were inspired to dig into His word and create something beautiful that makes your heart happy! 
You can snatch up the May GraceBox kit here.
Much love friends!! 
xoxoxo D.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Journal - Sea Life

Hi friends!  Emma here to share my first attempt at creating a mini-album using a journal (or think travelers notebook type book)!  This month's Grace Box kit came with the cutest journal and I thought it would be fun to try making a little journal/mini about a trip we made to Sea Life earlier this year.

I have to say that making this little book was so much fun!  I was actually a little intimidated to begin with but once I stopped getting hung up on "perfection" (and limiting the embellishing...which is hard for me) - I really enjoyed the process of putting this together.  It's far from perfect, but for my first attempt at using a journal book; I'm pretty happy with the end result.  And more importantly - I've got the photo's and stories recorded :)

The journal included in the Grace Box has 24 pages but that was far too many for me to fill so so I simply stitched a few pages together (I think I went with 2 or 3 pages, I wasn't exact every time, I just grabbed a few and ran the pages through my sewing machine to join them together).

I included things like the train timetable/ticket stubs and the map.

I kept my layouts fairly plain and had to continually remind myself not to go overboard with the embellishing.  Embellishments are my favourite part when putting layouts together so it was tricky!  I used a little from all the May kits in this book and I love how it all coordinates together so easily.  Those copper alpha's from the main kit are absolutely gorgeous (the photo's do not do them justice!) and I had to stop myself from using them on every page...but they do pop up on a few ;)

All my journaling was typed up on the computer and printed out on plain copy paper (I cheat and use a typewriter font).

To add a bit of colour through the album I used patterned paper on one side of the page.  Love the blue of this exclusive paper from the Main kit and the matching die-cuts (from the PL kit).

I even managed to work a sequin pocket page into it!  I'm forever using sequins/veneer pockets in my albums; I love the movement they create.  I used a piece of vellum in this journal though and just machine stitched around the outside.   It's hard to see in the photo's but I also cut a jelly fish shape from white cardstock and popped that inside with the green/blue sequins.

Originally I was not going to have anything on the outside of my journal but I have this annoying habit of adding "titles" to the spines/fronts of my mini-albums so I had to follow suit here.  I went with plain black alphas (from an older kit, Jan 2017 Add-on) and just stuck them onto a plastic divider I had sitting around (that I trimmed down to fit my journal).

And here's a quick little flip through the full journal!

I actually created this as the NSD challenges were being posted and I originally I thought I'd create a page per challenge, but as you can see, I failed miserably, haha.  I did get one sketch into it though!  The LHS page is based on the sketch shared by Michelle on Day 1 of the challenges ;)

So all up I got ONE challenge from NSD finished...which = a big fail for me haha.  I had the best intentions...  But on the plus side, I was so happy to see so many of you joined in on alot of challenges and that is AWESOME!  Did you have fun on NSD?  How many challenges did you manage to finish up doing?!  And for those of you that won; have you got your goodies yet?!  SO LUCKY!

Thanks for joining me on the blog today!  I hope you'll be inspired to try these journal books for yourself; they're not as intimidating as I thought they would be and I'm planning my next one already :)

Take care, Em xo

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Tutorail

Hi Everyone!  It’s Melissa Renkawitz, your Guest DT member for May.  I’m back today sharing a fun tutorial on a Project Life layout, for which I used the May "Brighton" Scrapbook kit.  I’ll be sharing how I made this fun little confetti pocket…

First, here is a the overall layout.  This is a page protector with 3”x3” pockets that will be an insert in my overall layout for that week.

And a few details of some of the pockets…

Above, I added a bit of white acrylic paint and ink splatter to soften the black & white paper, before adding the labels and puffy sticker.  Below, I strategically cut a 3”x3” piece of this paper to highlight some of the phrases I liked and added a cluster of puffy sticker and enamel dots from the kit.

Here is the back side of the layout, with many of the same concepts repeated.

Now, onto the tutorial for that fun little confetti pocket!!!!
I began with a 3” square of patterned paper and a 3” piece of vellum.

I stitched (using a copper thread) down each side and along the bottom, to attach the 2 pieces, thus creating a “pocket”  with an opening at the top.  You can see I used a small piece of washi tape along the top to help hold the 2 pieces together while stitching.  Once I was done stitching, I removed the tape.  I actually don’t own a sewing machine, so I do my stitching by hand.  I use a Cutter Bee Bug tool to provide evenly spaced dimples and then pierce the holes.

Next, I gathered up some pieces of patterned paper, including that great blue floral that is a Citrus Twist exclusive in the Main kit, and punched a handful of small circles and hearts.

And then I just slipped them into the pocket, and stitched up the top edge.

I decided to use this little confetti pocket as a “title card” for this layout.  In addition to the great copper puffy letters in the kit, I wanted to add a smaller label to add the word “Easter.”  To do this, I typed and printed the word on my computer and then stamped the frame/label around it using the stamp set from the kit.

And here’s the final product.  Adorable, right???  Now go grab some supplies and make your own stitched confetti pocket, I’d love to see them!