Monday, October 24, 2016

A Full Heart | Elsie Robinson

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you're all having a brilliant start to your week. I'm super excited to share my first layout on the blog, using this month's gorgeous Waverly kit.

Autumn is by far my favourite season of the year. There's something so comforting about it getting slightly chillier, whilst the leaves turn into the warmest and brightest shades of red and orange. The air feels crisp and the clothes get cosier; I just love it!

I wish I could bottle it up and keep England's weather in a permanent state of 'a sunny Autumnal day'...

... and that thought was my inspiration for this layout. Honestly!

Whenever I have flowers in the house, they're always put into old milk bottles or mason jars (it's unashamedly very Pinterest of me), and I knew as soon as I saw the blue florals on the Maggie Holmes 'Jane' paper, they had to be fussy-cut. So I thought: 'why not combine those two ideas in paper form?'

Mason jar + a Maggie Holmes floral = a match made in scrappy heaven!

I'm having a bit of a love affair with a navy and burnt orange colour combination at the moment, and luckily for me, the Pinkfresh Studio 'Indigo Hills' ephemera pack had florals with that colour combo! They work really well with the Maggie Holmes flower's, and give the flower cluster a bit of a wilder and more organic look.

There's a lot of foam behind those flowers, but it was important for me to make sure the flowers were all at different heights to make the cluster look dimensional and a also bit haphazard to get that organic impression.

I played around with a few titles for this layout, but I wanted the mason jar to be the focus and all of my initial title options made the layout too busy for me. I decided to stamp 'a full heart', with some teal ink, on a banner from the Indigo Hills ephemera pack.

Titles don't always have to be a main focus on a layout, sometimes it's nice to let the papers and the design do all of the talking!

I also have a process video below if you want to see how this layout came together:

I hope all of your Mondays are off to good starts!
- Elsie x

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Sketch with Veera

Happy Sunday, it's Veera here today to share this week's Sunday Sketch. I love working with sketches as the sketches can help you step away from your go-to designs and try something new!

I followed the sketch pretty closely, just turned it over. I really loved the diagonal line on the sketch!

For this layout I used October's Waverly Scrapbook kit. I loved the soft tones as they were perfect for this layout.

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's sketch challenge, create a layout inspired by the sketch, upload it to the CTK Gallery with today's date (10/23) in the title, and you will be eligible to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

3 to Inspire with Claudia

Good morning! This week I'm hosting the 3 to inspire weekly challenge and I'm so excited to be here with you today. This is my first post since joining the team and I can't wait to share more of my work with you.

Here are the 3 prompts for this week:
1. Use a black and white photo
2. Get creative with the Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills Ephemera
3. Use at least 2 strips of patterned paper with torn edges

The first thing I did was decide which papers I wanted to use for the strips at the top. I decided on that gorgeous bird paper and the wooden one to create a little bit of balance. When it comes to tearing up the edges; anything goes! There's no right or wrong way to do this so tear away! If you want, you could fold up the edges so the other side of the paper is visible in a subtle way.

I personally really love using black and white photos because it makes it so much easier to find colors that match (pretty much all colors). 

I love the Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills Ephemera that came in the Main kit this month so I wanted to try and use up as many of them as I could. Most of the time I just select a few bits and pieces that go with my layout but this time I actually pulled out the ephemera pieces first, decided on their placement, and then picked out my photo and everything else.

The ephemera pieces are the main 'feature' on this layout, but I needed something to fill in the empty spaces. These exclusive puffy stickers were perfect to do just that; they are also a great way to add a pop of a certain color to your layout. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you will feel inspired to play along this week. Use the three prompts to create your own projects and share them with us here in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum. You can share them on Instagram too! Don't forget to tag @citrustwistkits and hashtag #citrustwistkits #ctk3toinspire.

xo Claudia

Friday, October 21, 2016

Pocket life sketch Friday with Diane

I don't know why I don't use enlarged photos more often as I REALLY love the look. The truth is: I had to enlarge this photo because I didn't really have many photos for this week. So, double win! I stuck with a really neutral scheme using pieces from the October Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit with pops of lavender and copper. There was a slight mistake on my behalf when I stitched in the wrong week number, blonde moment! But luckily it was easy to recreate the title card using that lovely script stamp from the kit.

Here are a few close ups...

And here's the sketch for you to work with ...

Check out my process video of how this layout came together... 

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, October 28th 2016. Be sure to include PL 10/21 in the title!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Simple Layout with Jen Chapin

Hi everyone! Jen here, and today I'm sharing a quick layout created with the October kits about my son at 4 years old.

I used the Crate Paper patterned paper and adhered it to the top of a piece of white cardstock. I used a single photo that was printed at a bit less than 4x6 and adhered that to the top half of the layout.

For my title, I used one of the large chipboard words from the add-on kit, as well as some of the Pinkfresh alphas from the Pocket Life kit. I wasn't sure going into this page how the title was going to turn out but I ended up loving it! My journaling was printed on paper and trimmed into strips.

I also scattered some chipboard stickers across the layout, along with enamel dots and a bit of mist.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you are enjoying your October kits!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Feeling autumnal with Suse

Hey, sweet friends! Today I'm getting in an autumnal mood with a bit of a 'go to' layout design of mine: one featuring lots of pretty hand-cut leaves, falling fairly randomly on my page.

I'll be honest with you: it took me three attempts to get this background looking how I wanted it! Those mixed media ladies make it look so easy, don't they? 

I wanted to use modelling paste over my leaf templates, then brush on subtle washes of colour, before adding lots of splatters. What I found tough was knowing when to stop and with the first two sodden attempts, I definitely got too carried away!

I wanted my leaves to feel as if they were among the ones being thrown up in the air by Kitty in the photo... I'm not sure I achieved it, but I do love the relaxed, haphazard feel of all the layers. 

And there were plenty of beautiful patterns and textures in the October 'Waverly' kit to get really stuck in with! I do love the extra details in our kits like the buttons and the beautiful trim.

My final cute touch was this little bird that I fussy-cut from the Maggie Holmes Gather 'Kindred' paper - isn't it sweet, sitting there, turned away from all the action?

I'd really recommend having a play with shapes inspired by nature. Oak leaves have a lovely shape too, and there are all sorts of flower shapes that can look lovely treated in this random, layered way. 

It's a look that really is hard to get wrong, because nature gets it so right in the first place. Happy scrapping, gang!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - DIY Template for Hand-stitching

Hello! It's Tara here sharing an easy tutorial today. I fell in love with Mira's 'Let's Get Digital' file this month. I don't own a cutting machine, so I decided to use it as a template for hand-stitching. You can use this method for anything you would like to stitch - just print out the words/phrases, re-size, and go!

The supplies you need are:

  • paper piercer
  • mouse pad or soft mat
  • needle
  • thread
  • printed phrase
  • removable adhesive

After printing out the re-sized digital file, I used some removable adhesive to attach it to my 4x6 card.

I tried to space most of my holes consistently, but not too far apart. I didn't worry too much about measurements. This part took a little longer than I expected! Also, you may need to use more pressure if you are using your tool over a few layers of paper or on photos.

Tip: Do not place holes too close together! I didn't think about it too much and when I started stitching, the small space between a couple holes ended up giving way. Don't fret if this happens to you, just keep on going. With practice it gets easier and no one will be able to tell the difference.

I found that using a back stitch was the easiest way to hand-stitch. If you're new to hand-stitching, Amy Tangerine has a great tutorial with some helpful tips!

Here is a look at my finished 4x6 card:
I really love the "hello, I love you" title paired with a "3" stamp from my stash documenting my son's third birthday.

An up close look:
I added a couple enamel dots from the October Sprinkles Kit to dot my "i" and cover up a little oopsie.

I hope you give hand-stitching a try! I found it relaxing to stitch while watching television or listening to a podcast. Once I got started, I was able to get into a good rhythm and was done in no time.

Have a lovely day!
Xxo, Tara