Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Scraplift Challenge with Emma, Trina & Anna

Hi scrappy friends! Emma on the blog today to share a little scraplift challenge between Trina, Anna and I.  There can often be some contention around scraplifting - is it good thing to do, is it bad?  I personally think it's a fabulous way to try something that you might not normally do.  It's also a great way to get a page done when you might be struggling with creative "mojo". 

I also believe that if you are sharing your pages publicly, then the nice thing to do is credit where your design came from.  And I'm pretty sure 99% of scrappy people out there will be super chuffed to see/hear you took inspiration from one of their pages, I know I would be ;)

So this week we thought it might be fun to share a couple layouts that are based on a scraplift - to see just how much looks the same or different!

Both Anna and I worked with a page created by Trina. Trina's layout is actually using the October kits, so this post doubles as a sneaky peak for you all too. Win win!  

Trina's layout

This is such a fun scrap lift challenge! I jumped ahead and worked with the October Scrapbooking and Pocket Life kits. Here is my layout.

Here is a sneak of some of the October kit elements:


After I sprayed Colorshine on my background and stamped and typed my journaling I began building up simple layers of pattern paper to put behind my photo. Next I added paper die-cuts and ephemera to the right of my photo.

Next I tucked ephemera underneath the base of the photo/layers and used pop dots to raise some of the die-cuts.

Here is a close-up of some of my layering and embellishing.

We can’t wait to see your scrap lift project!

Anna's layout

I'm so happy that Emma asked me for this challenge, I love scrap lifting!! It's like having a conversation, you give and take and it end up in something different but with someone else's opinions into it.

Trina's page was a blast to lift. I lifted the design but centered mine a little bit more and I lifted some details as the flowers under the photo and the use of labels . I think you are a able to see Trina's page in mine but that I've done it my own way, lol!!

Thanks so much Emma and Trina for the lovely inspiration!!

Emma's layout

First thing that popped into my head when I looked at Trina's layout (other than October kits are looking SO GOOD!!) is a grid.   I see 4-section grid with top left = photo, top right = heading, bottom left = embellishments and bottom right = journaling.    I have to admit - I love, love, LOVE grids.  I find they are a super fun and easy way to put a layout together.

I've flipped the order around a little but it's still a grid with 4 sections (atleast that's how I see it, haha).  Instead of a title on the top right I went with a little cluster of embellishments.  That fox die-cut from the Pocket Life kit is the cutest!

I popped my journaling on the bottom left and went with a cluster of stamps on the right!  (I'm so enjoying using stamps right now; can't believe I've ignored them for so long!).

And there you have it - 2 scraplift's from one page and they both look quite different!  So even though we've scraplifted Trina's page, both Anna and I ended up with pages that look different and that's one of the things to love about it - although you scraplift a specific page, you still tend to work your own spin on it and end up with something different anyway (just like a sketch really!).

Thank you so much to Trina for the inspiration (and the sneaky-peek of October kits, yayay!) and to Anna for playing along with me on this one.  Hope you all find some inspiration from their pages as well!

Take care, Em xo

Monday, September 18, 2017

Traveler's Notebook Spread with Veera

It's Veera here today to show you a traveler's notebook spread that was created without using any pattern paper. I really loved the different leaves from the Pinkfresh Studio die-cut pack and wanted to feature them in this spread.

As the picture is wider, I wanted to create a large embellishment cluster to the right side of the spread. The embellishments beautifully repeats the colors from the picture creating a cohesive look.

To finish off this spread I added three word stickers and paint splatters.

Have you created already with your September kits?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

3 to Inspire with Diane

Hi everyone, Diane here with another 3-to-inspire challenge for you! You can find this challenge here every Saturday for those who need a little extra creative push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking or for those who just like a challenge! Your take on this challenge can be a layout, Traveler's Notebook page or a pocket page spread and remember that you'll want to include all 3 prompts on your project.

Your prompts this week are:
  1. Put yourself in the picture
  2. Add a little dimension 
  3. Use as many die cuts as you can!
Here’s my take on this challenge ...

I create a frame for my photos with this month's cut file (you can grab it over on the CTK Facebook Fan Page) and then layered as many of the exclusive die cut pieces from this months Pocket Life kit as I could, in and around the frame. I even used one as my title! To create a bit of dimension to an otherwise pretty flat page, I lifted a few of the die cuts up with foam squares and also added in some puffy stickers. Then all I had to do was add my journalling and I was done!

Here are some details ...

And here is the process video of how this layout came together...

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. You can also upload to Instagram, but remember to tag us @citrustwistkits. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this challenge!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pocket Life Challenge with Jen

Hi everyone! Jen here, and today I'm issuing a Pocket Life challenge to you all. My kids first week of school just happened recently and I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to include some of their memorabilia that they brought home.

 I printed out a few pictures at 3x4, then gathered some of the worksheets and pictures. I used a math sheet from my daughter, as well as a pencil and notebook that she drew. My son brought home a picture and a sheet with his name printed on it.

The progress over perfection card was perfect to document my son's handwriting!

I also made sure to label the memorabilia so I could tell what it is later down the road.

I hope you will take on this challenge to use some memorabilia in your pocket life spread!

I would love to see what you do with the PL challenge this week! Please share your work in our Gallery or Facebook Fan Page by Friday, September 22 and title it PL 09/22. Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Scripture Challenge Share

Hi friends, Tara here today! I'm one of those people that love a good daily challenge. I get so excited but a week into them I'm burnt out and so behind! I'm really loving The Reset Girl's Faithful Life Challenge. It's a weekly challenge and you can do 1 or 4 different scripture writings for the week! I love having options for weeks that are packed full of things, or being able to do more when I find more time.

Here's a little peak at my traveler's notebook entry for Week 2 using the September GraceBox kit.

I started off using some Prima fluid chalk edger with a wipe and made the pink background. Then using this month's stamp set, along with an older GraceBox V4 stamp, I added crosses and stars. I'm loving the awesome alpha stickers that came in the kit this month! I couldn't get the true color to show up but they are translucent and so lovely.

Here is the full traveler's notebook entry. I love writing scripture! It helps me memorize it and I enjoy being able to go back and meditate on different messages from the bible. 

This verse is one of my favorites - it reminds me that life isn't meant to be easy or without struggles. We can find our strength through Jesus. I'm so thankful for that!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be blessed, xo - Tara

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In My Studio - Anna Uhras

Hi sweet Friends! Anna here today and I will invite you to my very best place in the world, ( ok, almost ,lol!) my scraproom.
First I want to let you know it's not at all as fancy as those white , airy , lovely and just gorgeous studios, BUT it's my very own room and I'm so so happy and grateful for it.

I've used what I had at home to furnish and decorate my scrappy place for almost one year ago. Before that I had a little corner in our bedroom, so this is almost heaven as compared to that :)

Here we go...

I love my big old desk, it's my Father in law's and he's got it from a school when they sold out old furniture. He doesn't use it anymore so I grabbed it, YESS!!

I got an older version of the Ikea Kallax shelf, called Expedit. 
I storage my cardstock and my albums in here. 
Ohh, and some other random stuff as well...lol!

You also can spy my beloved sewing maschine and my old - totally not fancy- but still working typewriter bought on a second hand store nearby.

I got some shelfs right behind my working area with loads of storage.

Here's a worktop that holds my printer and my absolutely fantastic Silhouette Cameo.
Also it swallows loads of crap in the cupboards and drawers, lol!

To the right yo see my faithful old servant, my lovely green Cuttlebug.
Still going strong!

One of my most recent purchase, a gorgeous storage basket tower from Ikea called Sommar 2017.
And a jar of cotton thread in several lovely colors.

Some close ups..
The wooden box with small plastic boxes in are from my parents old kitchen. I grabbed it when they moved and nobody else wanted it, believe it or not !!
I love it !!

Ahh!! you can spy some CTK boxes!!
I storage all my kits in it's own box as far as I can and as far as it is enough material left.
When there's just some small bits and pieces left I sort them out in other baskets and storage folders.

Just a little peek into my drawers...

Here's another favorite ,well known by many, my Råskog by Ikea. 
It's awesome and gorgeous, win win!!

Well, so that's my kind of  homemade studio :)
As I told you, not so fancy but yet so very perfect for me.

Some day, in my dreams, I will have one of those absolutely lovely light and airy WHITE scrap studios too, but until then I'm totally happy here <3

Thanks so my much for stopping by!

Until next time, take care!

Anna xo

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial with Kira

Hey everyone!  It's Kira again for Tutorial Tuesday.  And I wanted to talk a little about inspiration.  Where do you find yours?  I am constantly looking towards other scrapbookers for my inspiration, but sometimes I like to grab my inspiration from unexpected places.

In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to "Instagram Walls".  You know what I am talking about, right?  Those gorgeous wall murals people seek out to get the ~perfect~ Instagram shot.

For today's layout using the "Twin Falls" scrapbook kit, I found a picture of a very colorful disco ball wall.  I loved all the elements of this wall mural and thought it would translate well to a scrapbook page.

I started by searching for a picture of a disco ball and turned it into a cut file.  Because my inspiration piece was yellow, I used the exclusive "Pathways" paper as my cut file.  Initially, I thought I would back my cut file but once I placed it against the white American Crafts cardstock, I was in love with the clean look it gave my layout.

I stitched down the vertical lines of my cut file with some white thread.  This added the perfect amount of texture without taking away from the cut file.  I placed my photo (of me and my two monkeys) in the bottom left corner of my layout since they are both looking towards the upper right corner of the photo.

I built three clusters around my layout using some fussy cut flowers from the "Belle" paper from Maggie Holmes, some die cuts from the PFS Escape the Ordinary paper die cuts and some of the foam hearts from the Amy Tangerine thicker pack.

You can watch my entire process below.

I hope you were able to gain a little inspiration from this layout and look outside the box when you are looking for even more!

xo, Kira