Friday, May 26, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday with Mira

Hi there!

Are You ready for some weekend scrapping? Cause I'm here today with some sketches and inspiration to get You in the creative mood!

I have three sketches for You this week:
Here's my page made with the third sketch:

And the two more pages - also based on today's sketches - You might have already seen in my previous post:

I really hope You'll use one of my sketches it in Your albums! Remember: You have a chance to win a price from Citrus Twist Kits when You create a page according to one of my sketches. All You have to do is: Create a layout based on the sketch of Your choice, post your layout to our Gallery or our Facebook Fan Page by Friday, June 2nd and be sure to include PL 06/02 in the title.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Tale As Old as Time" Layout: using ephemera to document a movie! with Andrea

Hi everyone! It's Andrea here. Today I wanted to share with you a movie layout I made using the Citrus Twist May "Brighton" kit. It is a layout about my date night with my hubby to go see the new live action "Beauty and the Beast" in the theater recently. I don't know about you, but I love to scrapbook about my movie nights and when I do, I like to use ephemera. So today, let's talk about what the different kinds of ephemera and how to use it (particularly for layouts where you are documenting something like a movie date, or a trip, or some other outing).

So there are three kinds of ephemera -- 1) the kind from a collection that you buy from a scrapbook company you like, which is like "faux ephemera" because it has been made for you so as to give an "ephemera" look, but be cutesy and match your scrapbook supplies. 2) There is the kind that you collect, which I call "collectible ephemera", which you can collect at any time. I have a lot of vintage ephemera and Disney ephemera that I collect from online, from trips I take, from presents from loved ones (they know I collect it), from stores, etc. This is what a lot of people refer to as "souvenirs" or  "memorabilia" and may or may not also be the third type of ephemera also. And so then 3) is "found ephemera", the kind that you find when you are on the go, on a vacation, on a dinner date, at a theme park, at a wedding, at some other event, date, outing, etc! "Found ephemera" is basically a "souvenir" that you don't have to buy. You just see some piece of paper that you like that is free from where you went to and you include it in your scrapbooking, basically. A ticket stub for a movie is a good example of this kind of ephemera. You have probably used all three of these types of ephemera at some point in your memory keeping. The found kind and the collectible kind tend to be particularly useful and popular for things like project life.

Ok, so now that we have gone over the differing types of ephemera, lets talk about using them. I love using ephemera in my scrapbooking! In this layout you can see me use all three kinds!

It is a layout about a night out at the movies. And movies are perfect to scrapbook with ephemera! As I noted, a movie ticket is a type of "found ephemera" and it tends to always look cute on a layout. And there are so many different things you can do with a ticket. You can use it as is, you can tear it, cut a strip from it, you can punch it into a shape! I basically did all of these things with my tickets! And I spread out the different pieces of ticket here and there around my page and used them in layering clusters. The tickets, and all "found ephemera", is awesome because it is a piece of my life on the page. It is the declaration of some activity I did, something I saw, something I enjoyed, etc. It helps to not only tell the story, but bring it to life in a very tangible way. And it also serves as a reminder to the memory keeper of what that day, event, etc, was really like.

I also used "faux ephemera" when I used the little arrow and circle and tab pieces that come in the Pinkfresh ephemera pack in the kit. I love how they look, with their little touches of rose gold! They are really for decoration. But this is an important part of your memory keeping as well. You want things to look good and "faux ephemera" can really help pull things together on your page and set a tone, style, color scheme.

And I used "collectible ephemera" as well in my layout. I printed out a promo picture for the new "Beauty and the Beast" movie. I found a few pics like this online, and simply picked out the one I thought looked best with my layout's color scheme and style. This, along with my title and subtitle, plus my journaling, really helps set the stage and tell the story. The photo I used of course, helps with this as well. But when your photo doesn't completely show what story you are trying to tell, a piece of "collectible ephemera" (which is usually an image piece of ephemera) really helps to finish telling the story of your layout to the viewer. With a quick glance at my page, I think you can tell that it is about going to see the movie "Beauty and the Beast".

It also happens to be about my hubby and I being a couple of dorks...but we wont go into that now! Lol! ;-P

Alright, well, I hope this has inspired you to go use some different types of ephemera on your layouts! Document a movie night, a vacation, a trip to Starbucks or a day at Disneyland...and see what a big difference these three kinds of ephemera can make on your page! Hugs and Happy Scrapping!! And remember to "live your life as a fairytale", as I always say!

xoxoxoxo -- Andrea

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Traveler's Notebook spread with Veera

Hi, It's Veera here today to show you a traveler's notebook spread I created with May kits. I love this format of memory keeping of it's smaller size and also the fact that once the spread is complete it's already in "an album".

I was really inspired by the the floral pattern paper and it reminded me of Hawaii so I used a picture I took when we were there on our honeymoon. As the pattern paper is a bit busy I kept the other parts of the spread really simple.

Have you tried this form of memory keeping yet? If you haven't I courage you to do so, it's addictive!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday with Lilith

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday with Lilith.
For this tutorial I picked one of my favorite papers from the May kit and add-on but which is for me also one of the most difficult to work with. It is such a graphic design and takes up most of the space and I didn't want to cover anything up.

Here is a look at how I went about using it.

I started by placing my photo in the white space that was left on the patterned paper and I picked out one of the die cuts from the Live More copper foiled die cuts pack from Pink Fresh Studio which came in the main kit. I put that to the left of the picture.

Then I rummaged through the die cuts and picked out a couple more that I wanted to use. I placed them in the other spots which didn't contain any designs.

I did add two die cuts to the O of MORE as I wanted to draw attention the words and the two die cuts didn't distract from the design but enhanced it.

Two arrows create flow and draw the eye towards the photo. To break up the horizontal line of the photo I added a star die cut. I also took 2 thicker numbers from the Thicker set that came in the add on and made the number 10. (My son's 10th birthday).

Here you can see the finished layout.

 Thank you so much for stopping by and happy scrapping.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Wendy

Hello everyone!

Happy Sunday!  Do you love the weekly CTK (Citrus Twist Kits) Sunday Sketch as much as I do?  We can vote to equally agree, ha!

Even better you can take your weekly sketches, print them down mini size, and make them into a mini idea book you can quickly grab for inspiration.  Just a thought.
Ok, I digress, now on to the Sunday Sketch.

Now here's my take on the sketch...

I love to play around with lots of stamping and layers on my layouts.  So, this one was no exception.  Plus, the kit selections, CTK stamps, and CTK Exclusives makes it super easy to do so. I love to "mix-and-match" with product not only from the current CTK kits but also from past kits.  The kits are truly timeless to use now and/or later. 

I chose the phrase title "always dreaming of..." from ephemera in a previous kit and let it lead into my stamped "journaling" at the bottom of the page.  This is a favorite technique that I love and use often in my projects.  It's great when you don't have a lot of time for handwritten journaling yet you want to perfectly capture the moment in the photo(s).

Did you know there's even a CTK Stamp Grab Bag over in the shop?  So, you might be lucky to grab up some past stamp sets you missed from previous releases!  Some of these stamps used in my "journaling" above are even from 2015 and still fit in seamlessly strong with the stamp gangs from 2016 and 2017! Ha!

I also use a stamped phrase as part of my title work.  And the 2x3 Numbers stamp set over in the shop is perfectly sized for Pocket Life cards. 

Here I layered the edge of a Pocket Life card to peek from behind my picture.  So, I encourage you to think outside of your Pocket Life style pages.

On this piece of ephemera, I added some stamped stars and words to tie into my theme of the layout.  This Guest Check receipt was just too perfect not to use for my layout theme!

As a finishing touch, I loved this phrase on a Pocket Life card and decided to trim it to fit at the top of my layout along with a CTK exclusive Digital Cut-a-Part Label that you'll find in the kits.

To play along with this week's challenge, create a layout inspired by the sketch, upload it to the Citrus Twist Kits Gallery with the sketch date (5/21) in the title, and you might win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK store.  Easy peasy!

xx Wendy

Do You know Your artistic signature?


It's Mira Jurecka here today and I'll be talking a lot about words, letters and alphabets and sentences in Your projects! I hope You will enjoy my picture-heavy post :)

Did You know, that I started preparing this post with no idea what it will be about? I found the theme simply by looking at every project that I created with May kits and searching for one specific thing that they have in common. And it was obvoius! I found it very quickly! Huge and colorful letters - I have them included in most of my projects. Have You ever tried to look at Your projects to find that one thing that makes them similar? Isn't that what they call an artistic singature? Can You find that something in Your projects? Just look at them closely!

Huge and colorful titles are what I really like including in my works. I rememeber having the post in the past - here on the blog - about huge titles in my Pocket Life album. Funny that I didn't consider it to be my signature then, and I just realized it now. And walking trough my previous posts I see it even clearer! (Aha-moment!)

There was this absolutely amazing and full of colors set of alpha thickers in May Add-on kit, that I used it as a main element in this layout!

A few stars and paper cuts, and it was called done. All because those letters made 90% of the job here!

Here's the pocket page that is opening May in my Album, and guess what? Transparent letters from Pocket Life Kit as the main element - and the page was ready! I didn't have to add anything else! Letters + simplicity = fun!

Another pocket-page title. In this monochromatic page I used both of previously-mentioned alphabet sets - ane kept everything else very simple.

Even in the smallest projects of mine You can find big letters, just take a look at this Insta Album:

I used four letters from Pocket Life kit, put them in a separate 2x2 pockets and they form a word "Mom's" (in polish - Mamy) in the phrase "Mom's Day" just to open this Mother's Day gift (mini album) that I made for my Mom.

What do You think about it? Can You easily find Your own singature in Your projects? Have You ever thought about it? Let me know what it is :)
Thanks for reading!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday 3-to-Inspire Challenge

Hi all and welcome to this week's edition of our 3 to Inspire Challenge!

Each Saturday, a member of our team prepares three prompts to serve as starting points for a project. In order to play along with us AND be eligible for a prize, you must complete a project that includes all three prompts. This is what I have for you this week:

1. Use side A and side B from one of your pattern papers.
2. Use a paint medium on your page.
3. Use at least one element from your stash.

This is what I came up with using May's "Brighton" Scrapbook Kit along with die-cuts from the Brighton Die-Cut paper pieces (from May's Brighton Pocket Life Kit):

Maggie is one of our favorite subjects and this black-and-white photo works great with the bright pops of color on the exclusive Citrus Twist Kits pattern paper. Here are some of my layers. The element I used from my stash are the gold puffy Oasis stickers (now in the CTK shop) plus a scrap of antique fabric with a lace edge.

Here is another peek of my layers:

For my paint medium I brushed on small cross shapes in acrylic medium, waited for it to dry, then brushed over the top with Heidi Swapp's Color Mist. I wanted the crosses to be subtle, so I chose a soft yellow mist to paint over the acrylic, then used water to make the yellow fade.

Now it's your turn! To play along, simple create a project using this week's prompts, upload it to the CTK Gallery with today's date (5/20) in the title, and you will be eligible to win a small prize from the CTK Store. Can't wait to see what you all create!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday With Zinnia

Hello there!

I am back with a pocket life sketch for you today! This is my overall sketch. 
I am seriously in love with CTK's May PL kit as it has so many puffy stickers <3 love love love! 

More details..

Here's the sketch for you...

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, May 26th 2017. Be sure to include PL 19/05 in the title! 

Good luck and have fun! Thanks for dropping by!