Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mixed Media with Nathalie

Hey there!

Nathalie with you today with a new feature in the CTK blog, "Mixed Media".  What can i say?!  I love creating pretty messes for my pages, so when this new post became available in the schedule, i jumped at the opportunity.  Now what can be better than getting messy, you may ask!?!... well the mess is just a background to the beautiful papers and embellishments of this month's Savannah main and embellishment kits.

For this page, i created actually a very simple background.  In this case, i  had an idea on the layout of the page, so i used  a bit of black ink (distress ink and distress oxides stamping pads to be exact) to create the background.

I simply stamped the ink pad on some plastic and/or and acrylic block, and added some water to diluted, and then added to the page to create the background.   Along the way I added a few splatters of the ink to the background to just add to the messy look of it.

While the ink dried, I wanted to create a fun layout for this picture of some of my family after Easter dinner, so the idea of adding lots of color came to mind, and the wheels were the best way to add fun and dimension to the page.  For these i used papers from the main and Patterned Paper play  SAVANNAH kits  (love the vellum look!) , and then used the Pinkfresh Studio wooden buttons as the center of the pinnwheels.

Once the background dried, i added a  bit of texture and detail to it by running some white Whipped Spackle through a star stencil to the background.

Next I glued all the pin wheels along the vertical line of the page, and snuck the title in between the pinkwheels.  Then just added the picture (in a inverted T formation) to the background, and added a large cluster of ephemera so that it would balance the page.  A bit of journal and some stamped images complete the page.

Love how this turned out, and it was  so fun to get messy!  The colors in the papers from this month's Savannah kits are perfect to bring cheeriness to a page.   Here is a more in depth look at how this page was created:

 I hope you are inspired to add a bit of mixed media to your pages!  Especially if you are using the fun colors and details of this month's SAVANNAH kits.  If you have questions on how this came together, do not hesitate to contact me!

Take care!,


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Bible Journaling | Unfailing Love

Hello friends, it's Tara here on the blog today sharing a quick and easy bible journaling page today. I kept it simple and clean, focusing on the verse and my prayer.

I have been working on being more intentional with starting my day in God's word. Sometimes it's so overwhelming thinking of all the different studies or methods to choose from. I found a really simple, 3 minute routine thanks to Hello Mornings. I love how it's all about GodTime, PlanTime, and MoveTime.

Kat, the creator of Hello Mornings suggests starting with the verse Psalm 143:8.

I used a few bits and pieces from April's GraceBox kit. I wanted to keep this journaling page really simple and bold with the black and white. My favorite elements to use are the Twilight gold foil rub ons paired with the Illustrated Faith clear sticker alphas.

You can faintly see the smaller dot stamp up on the top of the journaling page using a pale seaglass ink and down below using a past GraceBox stamp with lines using a pale pink ink. I wanted to add a few hints of color here and there that was just barely noticeable.

How do you start your day with God? I would love to hear what you do in your daily or even weekly routine.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!

xxo, Tara

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Tutorial-Candace

Hey friends! Candace back with you today to share a few Tuesday Tutorial ideas.  I am still in love with all the cute colors and themes in the April kit!  I wanted to create a spread all about my little guy turning 11.  I have told lots of birthday stories so this year I wanted to take a little bit of a different angle.

A new way to tell the same birthday story is to talk about favorites and even include memorabilia!  I thought it would be fun to talk about his favorite birthday treat, Nana's Texas Sheet Cake, and even include the recipe.  To start the spread I stamped the date on the title card.


Next, I added my journaling to a 3x4 card in the center of the spread.

I also typed out the full recipe to his cake on the lower right 4x6 card.

I added a few embellishments from the ephemera pack and the ADORABLE leatherette stickers!

I am SO in love with the final spread!  On your next spread try telling a story that you may have told many times in a new a different way.  Also, try adding a pull tab to a card in your spread to make removing it a little easier and make it look SO fun!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Bible Journaling Pages with Jessy

Hello again! I'm back to share with you what I have created with the April GraceBox. Absolutely love this month's box (in fact I love each month)! It is filled with so many colourful elements & designs. Imagine the amount of pages you can create with these awesome goodies :) I love the fact that the Illustrated Faith paper pieces and CTK journal cards have scripture prompts that you can jumpstart your journaling. Truly love mixing all these awesome products on my bible pages!

Here are the 3 pages that I created with the kit + bits & pieces from the previous GraceBox kit. I really love that all the monthly products can easily be mixed & matched :) 
These multi-colored alpha sticker book is really fun to use! They are colorful and so much fun to put together! They are not only the perfect size but they are flat, so that's really a plus point. 

 The journaling cards in the kit are always what I look for. I love that the back of the cards have prompts that always get me started with my pages! 

Thank you so much for coming by! Hope you are inspired to pull your GraceBox and create. Share with us your creations, we would love to see!

Xoxo Jessy

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Kira

Hey everyone!  It's Kira and I am back with another layout for Sunday Sketch, this time working in my Travelers Notebook.

Here's a look at the sketch this week:

And here's my take on it:

I started this layout by choosing my photos, since the sketch called for two, I grabbed these two of my youngest son playing in the sprinkler.  I had already printed them in color before I started this layout, so a lot of the products I chose were to coordinate with the photos.

The sketch called for journaling in between the photos, so I thought this would be a good time to to use one of the journaling cards in the pocket life kit.  I found this one that says "Feel the Sunshine" and had some peach tones to it that I felt work well with my photo.  But a little fun fact about me:  my handwriting is HUGE!  So I knew there was no way I could fit my story on this journaling card.  Instead, I used a few of the phrase stamps from the main kit and the PL kit and stamped all over the card.

I added a cluster just to the side of the journaling card, since the sketch called for a paper clipped cluster at the top of it, but didn't want to cover up the "title".  I loved this little mer-cat stamp, but didn't think I would ever find a reason to use it on a page.  But I thought, "When would be better than with a photo of Ellie in the sprinkler?" and it made it on the layout.  It only made sense that I would add the other two mer-cats at this point, right?

I also built a little cluster to the left of my page.  I wanted to bring in the blue and green (aqua?) to that side of the layout.

You can see that I adjusted the placement a lot with this sketch/layout.  But always keeping the main points of the sketch.  I loved the layers at the top of the sketch, so I used a paper from the PL kit and a paper from the main kit and stitched them together (prior to adding them to my TN).

And built a little cluster on top as well.  I finished off by adding my journaling to the white space.

I hope you try out this sketch yourself!  I can't wait to see what everyone creates!



Saturday, April 21, 2018

3-to-Inspire with Chantal

Hey guys!

It's time for another installment of 3-to-Inspire. The Savannah kits have been an absolutely pleasure to create with and contain some of my favourite items to date (aka vellum and Pink Paislee puffy stickers). My project was inspired by an Instagram post by fellow scrapbooker, Anke Kramer. I fell in love with all the beautiful water-colour butterflies in her project and I decided to create my own.

Your take on this challenge can be in the form of a layout, a traveller's notebook or a pocket page spread. Don't forget to include all three of the listed items in your project, in order to be entered to win a little something towards your next purchase, in the Citrus Twist Kits store.

1- Include hand-cut items/shapes on your layout
2- Create a cluster (or multiple clusters)
3- Use at least one patterned paper on your project

Here is the project that I came up with, using the above prompts;

I rarely use water-colour in my projects and so this one definitely took me out of my comfort zone. A few splashes here and there is what I've typically done, but I was a woman on a mission!

I first cut out some butterflies of different shapes and sizes, out of water-colour paper, with my Silhouette Cameo. I then proceeded to add some color, starting at the edges of the shape, working my way slowly towards the inside of each one, in a dabbing motion. Once the bodies were painted-in with some black water-colour and were done drying as well, I used a pencil to outline the wings and draw in some details. 

My background is simply a repetition of the Alpha Stamp, stamped straight across the page. 

I then added a few splashes and drops of black ink and let that dry for a while, before I randomly added some Thickers onto my project. I was now able to glue down my painted butterflies and my photo to the page and I then went ahead and sewed on some hand cut details (the X's) to complete my cluster of elements.

Now it's your turn to show us what you've been inspired to put together. Don't forget to upload your project to the CTK Facebook Fan Page using hashtag #3toInspire, for a chance to win a $5.00 discount to the store!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Pocket Life Challenge – with Melanie

Hello friends! Excited to be here today to share a fun Pocket Life challenge! I’m a strong believer that in order to stay caught up with my projects I need to keep things simple, so my challenge to you today is just that – Keep it Simple!!! 

My 2018 album is currently 9x12, I say currently because at the beginning of the year it was 6x12 but I didn’t have space for all of my stories so I switched to 9x12. I’m very tempted of going back to 12x12, which I used years ago, maybe I’ll keep that for next year! 

So far this year I’ve stayed caught, well almost, with my 2018 album. I’m about 3 weeks behind, which is really good! I think I stayed “caught up” mostly because I use more pictures and keep my design very simple.
As you will see, I used one of the 4x6 journaling card from the Savannah Pocket Life kit, for the top right pocket. I could have certainly added journaling, embellishments, even a picture to “fill” the card, but I decided to keep it as is. The title of the card says it all, “highlights”, from the week I’m documenting. I didn’t feel it needed anything else.

So I challenge you to use your cards and leave them blank, do not add journaling or embellishment, even if you feel the need to “fill” it. 

Simplicity is often the best way to go! Hope you enjoy my challenge, happy crafting!!