Monday, September 1, 2014

Citrus Twist September Sneaks

How is it even possible that it is already September?? Well it is and that means it's time for sneaks of Citrus Twist's September Kits before they reveal tonight at 10 p.m. Pacific time.


This month I worked with both the Main and Embellishment kits.

You Are Loved 3
 
I Simply Love You 2
 
Big Cookies 2
 
Check back on the 5th for the full reveal of my projects! 
 
Michelle

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Citrus Twist Sunday Sketch

Hello.  Not only is it the last day of August, it is also time for another Sunday Sketch at Citrus Twist!  This week's sketch brings you an opportunity for including multiple pictures and lots of embellishments.


And here is my take on this sketch using products from the August Main, Embellishment, and PL Kits,:

Go Somewhere Lovely

I had originally printed out and planned on using three photos, but as I was laying them out I felt that all three together really overwhelmed my smaller sized layout (8.5x11), so I opted for going with one photo and filling the remaining photo space with a phrase cut from the Shimelle Paper Pad included in the August PL kit.

Go Somewhere Lovely 2

One of the great things about a sketch, is that they can be easily adapted to fit your needs and asthetics which is what I did. This time though, I still wanted to scrapbook the other photos I had eliminated from my layout because all of them together told a more complete story.

My solution for this, was to include a coordinating pocket page to go alongside it in the album.

Pocket Page


To play along this week and for a chance to win $5 to spend at the CTK Store, upload your projects based off of this week's sketch to the CTK Gallery.  You have until September 6th and please include "Sketch 8/31" in the discription.

Wishing you a great week!






Friday, August 29, 2014

Stretching Your Kit: Currently

I am a huge fan of kits, but their comes a point during the life of a kit, where I sort of get a little tired of it and I put it away and forget, expecially since I tend to move very slowly through paper.  I want to work more on keeping that from happening though, because to be honest, if a kit is shelved, it's probably not gonna get played with again because something cooler and brighter is always around the corner.  And it is just a waste of pretty paper and products.....oh, and money.

Therefore, I am introducing my first re-occuring and regular post on my blog:  Stretching Your Kit or How-to-put-some-more-life-into-a-kit-and-kill-it-for-good! 

For this inaugural post, I am going for the most simple of strategies: Introduce more patterned paper into the remains of your kit. What?? I know, some of you are saying that you can't use of the paper you already have in the kit, so why would you want to add more???  Well, for me, adding a fresh dose of color, particulary a color that is not featured in a particular kit, opens up the possiblities.  And the quickest and easiest way to do this, is add in some paper from your stash.

Color is by far, one of my favorite design elements.  I have taken several scrapbooking classes pertaining to color and I pin color combos like I am an interior designer :).

With that being said, I went straight to one of my favorite papers from Dear Lizzy's most recent line...


 
 
Yellow has always been a favorite color and I thought it would go perfectly with my remains of Citrus Twist's August kits.
 
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And this is what I created:
 
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I did not use a lot of the yellow paper in the layout, but the addition of the new color brightened up the turquoise and the pinks and gave my page a little bit more energy. Of course, the fact that I used up a tiny bit of my paper stash made me feel pretty good.
 
So, what are your go-to strategies for freshening up kits? I would love to know what you think and I absolutely appreciate each and every one of your comments!
 
Michelle 




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Create

When it was announced that Shimelle was going to have a line with American Crafts, I was thrilled.  I have always loved her style and loved to watch her scrap on her videos, so I was overjoyed when Trina, owner of Citrus Twist, let the DT know that August's kits would have lots of  papercrafting goodies from the new Shimelle line in them. 

After I had finished my design team projects, I decided I wanted to create a layout just for me using lots of the Shimelle collection because one of the stickers available in Shimelle's sticker pad just pretty much summed me up.

Create
 
 
Yes, I scrapped about scrapping.
 
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Create 2
 
Everything that I used for this layout came from the various August kits from Citrus Twist, except for the "I 3> Scrapbooking" badge which came from 2Peas. 
 
I had so much fun scrapping one my favorite things and I really need to do this more often.  I actually have lots of ideas for scrapping more about myself, but as in most areas of my life, family and dog come first, so my little album is a little light.  At least my "Me" album is cute though--
 
Create 4
 
The new Studio Gold products by Teresa Collins for WeRMemory Keepers are out of this world, expecially the new 8.5 x 11 albums like this one here.  The tourquoise and gold polka dot combo is so pretty.  I ordered this one from the Citrus Twist Store and I was so surpised when I was putting this post together to find that there are still some available. What?!  Beautiful album.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Michelle
 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Love This

Beach pictures are by far, my favorite to take.  Therefore, naturally, they are my favorite to scap :).  And luckily, I get to go about once a month during the warmer months, so I have plenty of sandy pictures to work with.

Love This
 
I am still experimenting with printing my journaling .  I like it so far, but it does require pre-planning.  I basically put the layout completely together without adhereing.  Then, when I come to the point where I want to journal, I jot some measurements down in regards to where I think I want the words to go and then head to the computer.  From there I type it out, print it on regular computer paper, and then put my layout back together on top of it to see how it looks.  If it is not working for me, I make some adjustments and try again.  When I am finally happy with the placement, and have triple checked spelling and grammer, I print it onto textured cardstock.  A little time consuming, but worth it.
 
Love This 2
 
Love This 3
I think it is kind of funny that I am typing my journaling again because when I first started scrapbooking I typed my journaling onto cardstock and then cut it out and glued it onto my layout.  Funny how things come full circle!

Michelle
 
 
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Worth the Wait

Happy Friday! Today I want to share a layout featuring a diecut background and my handsome teenage son :). 

I was super late in jumping on the Silhouette band wagon.  I absolutely admired everyone's work with it, but I tend to think a little bit like my dad and have a hard time spending money on things that aren't really necessary.  Finally though, I caved last Thanksgiving on a Portrait because the Black Friday price was AMAZING. *note: I did not get the Cameo, thinking like my dad there too.

Absolutely a purchase without any regrets and I used it to create the background for this layout:

Worth the Wait
 
The cut file I used can be found here at The Cut Shoppe.

Michelle

 
 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Forever Favorite

Besides looking at other scrapbooker's work, I find inspiration regulary from non-scrappy things.  This often includes quotes, magazine layouts, photos, and typography. I have one board on Pinterest labeled "Scrappy Inspiration" and this is where I file away these types of inspiration. 

When it comes to pinning quotes to my scrappy board, I generally am looking for something that inspires a story or describes a particular emotion or trait that relates specifically to one of my scrappy subjects.  For instance, sometimes I will see a quote and instantly think of some story I want to tell or I will find a quote that sums up one of my children perfectly and use part or all of it as a title or as my journaling. 

For this next layout, I saw this and instantly thought of some pictures I had of my husband.....

you are my forever favorite
 
And here is the layout it inspired:
 
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The words featured in my pin became my title and inspired me to scrap this goofy picture of husband.
 
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Where do you find scrappy inspiration?  Please share, I would love to know!
 
Michelle