Friday, March 23, 2018

Pocket Life Challenge with Diane

Hi guys! Diane here with another Pocket Life Challenge for you!

This week, I actually really liked my photos (not the usual hodge-podge, which is a nice change!) so I wanted to keep things very simple.

I added all my journalling for the week onto one journal card and then used one or two simple embellishments on each photo.

Then, I tied the whole spread together by using the puffy star stickers from the Embellishment Kit, and sprinkled them across the page, using the same colours from my cards and photos.

Here is how I tied this week's layout together with a bunch of puffy stickers... 

So my challenge for you this week is: Keep it simple by adding a single embellishment to each photo, putting all your journalling on one card and tying the whole thing together with a bunch of one element!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Documenting Spring Break with Nathalie

Hi there!!!

Nathalie here finally  rested after a busy week with my kids at home.   Though we couldn't go away for Spring/March Break this year (my son is about to graduate high school, and had to do quite a bit of work in preparation for his University applications), but that did not stop us from enjoying the week, and making the perfect "STAYCATION"

This month, I asked Trina to please include all the Lemon Drop  kits,  Pretty Things Add-on kit  and stamps in my box, and she also added the new Traveler's Notebook mini kit (Thank you, Trina!) which came in so handy to document all the mini adventures the week held.   This month's kits are so so beautiful, and so versatile that you can pretty much document all your daily adventures with them!

Created using the Lemon Drop Main, PL, Embellishment, and Pretty Things add-on kits

I used a mixture of all the kits to create the entries in my daily journal.  Since there was a large number of black and white embellishments included in the main kit,   I took advantage of  that to add color to my pictures.

Created using the Lemon Drop main, PL, embellishment and Traveler's Notebook Kit

Created using the Lemon Drop Main, PL, Embellishment, Traveller's Notebook Kits

All the envelopes that are included in this month's Traveller's Notebook mini kit are perfect to add extra pictures, journal cards, tags and souvenirs to your pages.  I chose to cut the flap of the  envelopes, so that they  can used them as pockets in these two entries.  Here i placed journal cards and extra photos of our daily adventures.

Created using the Lemon Drop main , embellishment, PL kits and This is the Life  March 2018 stamp

Created using the Lemon Drop main, PL, embellishment and Pretty Things add on kits and  This is Life March stamp

If you have seen my TN work before, then you will know that i try to stay away from chipboard and thick embellishments (as i don't want to add extra bulk to the page), but since i created this TN solely to document this week, i was happy to add the flair and lots of layered embellishments to the pages.  All the new Crate Paper's Here and There collection and Paige Evans Pick Me up complement the pictures of our daily activities.

Created using the Lemon Drop main, PL, embellishment, Traveller's Notebook Kits, and Letting Go stamp set
An insert was created using vellum and an envelope from the Traveler's Notebook mini kit

created using the Lemon Drop Main, PL, Embellishment and Traveller's Notebook kits

Like mentioned before, this month's Lemon Drop kits are a dream to work with.  Their versatility makes is so easy to combine and mix as needed when documenting all your memories.   Here is a small video that showcases close ups of the Traveller's Notebook, so sit back, and enjoy the  music:

This little notebook tells the story of our March Break Staycation - the good, and the bad - and i love how easy it was to combine all this month's kits to bring color to a rather low key vacation.  Stop by the Citrus Twist Kits store to check all the kits (the Lemon Drop main kit has sold out, already!),   you will want to have them handy to document your adventures.   And just wait to see what is coming up in the next month!!!

That is all for me, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions on how this came together.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Explore layout with Laetitia

Hi everyone, I'm so happy to present you a layout with the beautiful kit Lemon Drop of March. An absolutely beautiful kit!!!

A little preview of the kit of embellishments that I love just as much!

What I appreciate in this new kit is to find an unpublished vintage book page. I really like to add this kind of elements in my projects. I mixed this book page with modern printed papers and I really like the mix of styles.

I decorated my page with dis-cuts, stickers and I added a nice badge from Crate Paper's Here + There collection.

In finishing I added 2 sewing lines to the machine.

I hope you like this layout;)
Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesday Tutorial with Jennie: 5 Label Tricks

Happy First Day of Spring or Autumn! This is Jennie and I LOVE labels! Today I will share with you 5 ways to use labels! We get a bunch of these in the Pocket Life Kits. 

What I love about the Citrus Twist Pocket Life Kit is that no matter what format you use the kit will work for you! This week I'm using this page protector with 3x3 pockets and I'm still able to use the journaling cards and of course the extra papers are always handy! 

I love to layer embellishments and labels are a great pieces to add to these clusters.

The method I use more often with labels is to stamp the dates on my title card. 

I used this little 3x3 piece of pattern paper to add my journaling. I used a 01 point pen. Labels are also a great space to journal.

I love the little stars from the Embellishment Kit. I used them to rate this movie. The label was a great frame for the stars. Labels are also a great surface to stamp on in case you are nervous about stamping directly on the photo.

Another way to use labels is to make lists!

 To recap, here are 5 ways to use labels.

  • Extra layer for embellishment clusters
  • For Date Stamps.
  • Journaling 
  • Stamping on photos
  • Lists

 I hope you can use these 5 tips! Have fun with your kit!

Monday, March 19, 2018

52 Faves Traveler's Notebook

Hey babes!  Jordan here today to share with you my very first Traveler's Notebook spread!  This definitely won't be my last.  I loved working in this format!

We moved to North Carolina from Georgia at the end of February and right now my crafty space is a disaster!  In our old house we had these wonderful sun rooms and I turned one of them into my craft room.  Here, I don't have a dedicated room, just a space in a large room that connects with our dining room, and I have yet to figure out how to organize and store all of my kits, and supplies!  I ordered a large armoire and I'm hoping that will solve my problem, because I have a really hard time with clutter, and boy do I have a lot of crafty clutter!  
I was feeling overwhelmed with the idea of bringing out my supplies and making more of a mess on top of my already huge mess.  Plus, I don't know where I've stashed half of my supplies at the moment!  I decided I needed a small project to minimize the clutter and to be able to work with what I had on hand. 

I've seen the idea floating around Instagram of documenting 52 weeks of favorites.   You choose your favorite memory for the week and create a TN spread with it.  I decided that this would be a perfect project for me today that would be quick and keep the mess small.

Pocket Life kits are great for creating TN spreads because the 4x6, 3x4, and 6x6 cards and paper packs included in Citrus Twist kits are sized perfectly!  And the element packs and stamps are sized just right to add the perfect flair to the pages.  Don't be afraid to trim the cards down and use them as added layers or embellishments.  I trimmed one of the included 3x4 cards down to make the "good food, good mood" tag I added onto the bottom of my photo.  

 For this spread I used the March "Lemon Drop" PL Kit, along with the March Embellishment Kit.
 I had  to include some of those adorable little banners from the Embellishment Kit.  They were calling my name!

I'd love to know if any of you are participating in the 52 Favorites challenge!  If you are, let me know by tagging me @tenthousandbeside on IG and don't forget to hastag #citrustwistkits!  And if you're not, I hope this might inspire you to do so or to at least give the TN format a go.  I found it incredibly easy and fast to work with!

We love to see the projects you create with these gorgeous products.  Join us on Facebook and keep coming here to the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our incredibly talented team!

Have a beautiful week!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Emma

Hi CTK friends!  Emma on the blog today to share my layout using this week's Sunday Sketch. First up, let's look at the sketch for today:

Such a awesome sketch, right?!  And here's the layout I created:

I really wanted to try and stay true to the sketch this week because I love it so (funny how you can just click with a sketch/layout and be inspired by it!).   Because I used one of the Pocket Life journaling cards I had to alter it a little because of the size (6x8) of my pages but it's not too far off!

I even broke out the modelling paste for this page!  Every now and then I get these bright ideas that I can do "messy" on my pages; it's not true but I like to give it a crack anyway ;)  Not all that adventurous when you use white paste on a white page though is it? Ha! My page obviously started with the paste and I picked pieces from the Pocket Life that fit in with the sketch.

The Pocket Life kit this month is so fun and colourful and I found it a perfect match for my photo.  I used a couple layers behind my photo (scrap piece of the dictionary paper from the Main and of one of the 6x4 cards).  I layered one of the die-cut cards and the 3x4 journaling card ontop of those and machine stitched them in place, then popped the photo on top of those!  I typed a short bit of journaling onto one of the die-cut tags and tucked it (and another piece) underneath my photo.

 For my title I used one of the super fun word paper clips but put the red tag die-cut underneath so it was easier to read (the black got a little lost on the dark colours of my photo) - plus the red tag matches in with the red of the 3x4 card!

To finish off my layout I added a few of the puffy stickers at the top and bottom of my page.  I really love the circle puffy stickers (circlessssss forever <3) but the words didn't fit with what I wanted on my page, so I just cut them in half and used one at the top and one at the bottom to balance things out!

It was such a simple page to put together because I kept with the sketch - I didn't have to (over)think anything.  This sketch was a perfect match for my style/size!

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's Sunday Sketch Challenge, create a layout based off of today's sketch, upload it to the gallery with today's date (3/18) in the title, and you are in for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store!

Thanks, Em xo 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

3-to-inspire with Kristel

Hi all!
Today I'm here with a fun 3-to-inspire for all you TN (traveler's notebook) lovers out there :-)
I love to use my TN for anything random I just like to document and this time I've chosen to document my most beloved drink: Tea!

I have used the March "Lemon Drop" Pocket Life and Embellishment kits + Main stamp.

Here are the three prompts I've been working with:

* First divide your layout into 2 pages specifically; one for your photo and the other for your journaling
* Combine any 2 patterned papers as a background for your photo page
* Stick to 2 accent colors; for example green and pink, as I did

I always start by looking at my photo to find out which colors are most prominent.
In this case it's a pretty white photo with some accents of soft pink (underneath the flags), green and black, so these were going to be my colors for today.

I then chose my papers from the PL kit and cut them to size to fit the full background of this page.

I absolutely love the leatherette banners/flags from the embellishment kit and made a little cluster of these in the upper right corner of my journaling page. To add more balance I also used two of these in a little cluster onto my photo.

I added my journaling by first typing it onto regular printer paper and then cutting it into small strips which I glued on by using a stickermaker (by Xyron). This way the whole back of your paper will be covered in glue so you can add these strips in a matter of seconds.

As a finishing touch I added some splatters in a metallic bronze color.

I hope you are inspired to create your own TN page and I can't wait to see what you will make of it.

Have a lovely weekend and until next time!

Love, Kristel