Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial: Hand-Stitching, Shine Bright

Hello everyone!  Happy Tuesday!  Wendy here to share up some inspiration for you in a quick hand-stitching tutorial.

Stitching (by machine/hand) is an inexpensive way to add flair to your scrapbook projects with just simple needle and thread.  I used to love cross stitching (just not enough hours in the day for it now).  So, I have quite a stash of threads (all sorted in colors of the rainbow, of course).  DMC® thread is my preferred brand but you can make it work with any embroidery/cross stitch thread from your local craft store.

Since I really wanted to highlight the theme of my layout as "shine bright", I chose to go with stars as the focal embellishment.  I used various stars in different elements as puffy stickers, stamps, and my most favorite the hand-stitched stars.

1.  Choose and locate your preferred shape template (i.e. star) either online, cut out a shape from your metal dies and cutting machine (i.e. Sizzix Big Shot), or diecut machine (i.e. Silhouette).  For added interest to your layout, try different sizes of your shape of choice.  I used one large star and one medium star.

2.  Use a paper piercer (Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick) or needle along with your cut out shape to punch holes evenly around your shape.  Also, I like to use a mouse pad under my paper as a cushion as I pierce along the shape.

Maybe you were lucky to grab up one/both of those We R Memory Keepers (WRMK) Sew Easy Templates (when they were available, now sold out, over in the Citrus Twist Kits shop a while back). They are perfect for this type of project!

3.  Now the FUN part, to thread your needle and start stitching.  (Hint:  I like to tape the loose ends of thread - start and finish- on the back of my layout with a scrapbook adhesive tab/transparent tape/masking tape.)  Also, stitching of the shape(s) is the perfect activity to do while catching your fav series on Netflix or lounging on the sofa.

4.  That's it! Easy peasy.

Feel free to add some misting around the shapes (before stitching to avoid staining your thread) to add some pop to your stitched shapes.  The Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists in the CTK shop work nicely with this technique!

I stamped some of the Pocket Life cards with CTK stamps and added matching accents from the kits to finish off my layout.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and go sew away on your next project!

Be sure to share up your take on this tutorial over in the Citrus Twist Kits Facebook Fan Page and/or Citrus Twist Kits Instagram to tag us @citrustwistkits. I would love to see what you create!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Feeling feline with Suse

Sorry about the title of this post, girls... but take a peek at my layout and you'll see why I chose 'feeling feline'! 

My little girl (Kitty: this is going to get confusing) has one dressing up costume that has out-lived numerous princess dresses and that's her velvet cat suit. Each time she's out-grown it, we've had to add extra trim to the hem of the legs - she just can't bear to part with it!

So when I saw this Crate Paper Cute Girl paper in our August kit, I just knew I had to document the story of her beloved cat costume.

Is it just me, or is this whole Cute Girl line just scrumptious?

I went a bit crazy with this embellishment cluster, but I do love the end result: all those fresh, zingy colours... it's the thing I love most about our Citrus Twist kits.

These chipboard titles from Dear Lizzy are just so strong, aren't they? I sometimes try and make my own titles in this sort of style by hand-painting words, but they never, ever look this good.

A favourite trick of mine is to tuck my journalling away on a tag in a glassine bag behind my photo... it keeps your thoughts a little bit more private, but also means you don't worry about spoiling your page with bad handwriting (I do envy those girls with lovely, loose handwriting, don't you?) 

As much as I love my white backgrounds for the fresh feel they give, I'd really recommend trying to use a full sheet of a fresh print like this one as your background - it gives your page a different - perhaps more 'finished' - feel. Have great days, friends!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Sketch: 8-28

Well hello there! Happy Sunday! It's time for this weeks sketch post! I just love creating with sketches. It really simplifies the decision making process, especially when paired with a lovely kit. Here is todays sketch, and my take on it...

I also wanted to show you some of the other projects I made using this kit. I think it's my all time favorite Citrus Twist Kit! The projects just flowed together one after another...

Thanks for stopping by the Citrus Twist Kit Club blog. I hope you finish your week of with lots scrapping!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

3-To-Inspire with Emma

Hi everyone!  Emma here with another 3-To-Inspire challenge (my favourite!).  This week I thought it might be fun to incorporate a colour challenge!

Often when I'm stuck coming up with an idea for a layout, I'll set myself a "colour challenge".   The easiest way to do this is hit up Pinterest and search on "colour palette" (or color palette, ha!) and scroll through.  I've created my own board where I pin combinations that tickle my fancy.  As I was looking through it last week I noticed I have a bit of a theme going on...

As you can see, clearly I like pinks and yellows. :)  With a dash of turquoise/blue/green/mint thrown in every now and then.  Just looking at this got my creative spark working!

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

1. Pick your 2 favouite colours, or a combination that you've found on Pinterest like above, and use them as much as possible on your page
2. Use a B&W photo
3. Have a white background (which will make the 2 colours you use on your page pop!)

Here's my page:

I went with using alot of the little embellishments from the kits and added them on top of the white Amy Tangerine die-cut from the Grace Box kit (all the heart eyes for those die-cuts, love them all!).  And fortunately this month's kits have alot of pink and yellow for me to pick from ;)

I had planned on sticking with the brighter/fuscia pinks but a couple of the "Girl" and "Hey Girl" stickers from the Embellishment Kit were a softer pink so I figured I'd have the pink section of the circle blend as it went around (soft, bright, soft) and the Dear Lizzy pieces were a perfect match for doing that!

I couldn't resist adding that unicorn sticker...for no reason other than I just had to use it on a page!  I'd been trying to sneak it onto all my layouts and nothing else had "fit" haha.

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

Thanks, Em xo

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pocket Life Sketch Friday with Diane

I really love how using a sketch simplifies the process for me. Having an idea to work with means I spend less time umming and ahhing over every little decision. And how could I resist that adorable bird paper in the August Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit? Too cute!

Here are a few close ups...

And here's the sketch for you ...

Check out my process video of how this layout came together... 
You can watch this video on YouTube or subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

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, August 26th 2016. Be sure to include PL 08/19 in the title!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bonita Rose | Beauty For Ashes -- Inside My Faith Journal

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  YOUR Grace Box! 

I created this page using some of the supplies 
included this month!
Love the stamp set this month!
So many good things!

Supplies used: 

From the CTK August Grace Box: 

journaling card
'happy' puffy sticker
orange arrow puffy sticker
stamped images, 
Beauty For Ashes
Jesus and Me, Better Together

My Journaling reads: 

As it says in Isaiah 61:1-7 
"He has given me bouquets of roses
instead of ashes.
His Spirit is on me because He has anointed me."
The Message 

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you
trust in Him, so that you may overflow with Hope
by the Power of the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:13

You will show me the path of life, In Your Presence
is fullness of JOY, At your Right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 16:11

I am honestly so HAPPY our God forgives us 
and is a God of 2nd chances. 
Thank you Jesus. 

I am always so thankful for ALL He has and does for me.
He really does give me and my life, beauty for ashes. 

All I have to do is look around.
And see Him everywhere.



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pocket Life Travel Album with Marie Lottermoser

Hey Everyone!  Marie Lottermoser here today to share some more pages from my travel album with you.  I used the August PL Kaleidoscope kit on these pages.  One things I love about these kits is their versatility.

First off was a day spent in Dublin, Ireland.  The city is full of bright colors and artwork.  I pulled the same types of elements from my PL kit to add pops of color and geometric shapes to work with my photos.

The next day of the trip was in Stratford, England (Shakespeare's birthplace).  This was a much smaller town full of old stone houses and English gardens. Using the same PL kit I completely switched the tone of this spread by pulling out muted colors, floral papers, and small cork shapes. 

The day in Stratford also happened to be my daughter's birthday, so she made a special point to have ice cream on her special day.

Using just one PL kit I have been able to create three pocket life spreads all with a completely different look and feel, but which still work well together to form one cohesive album.

I still have so many extra embellishments and papers I think I could make three more spreads from just a single kit!

Thanks for stopping by today.   Happy Scrapbooking!