Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial with Anna - Make your own TN-Cover

Hi lovelies! Anna here today. Happy Tuesday and welcome to my little tutorial time,YAY!
I'll share with you how I make my own TN-Cover. I'ts easy peasy, I promise.

I've made a , hopefully, easy to follow step by step tutorial for you to look at.
Take your time and please ask if you have any questions.

1: You need some sort of thicker paper or like my choice, a piece of burlap with one side plastic covered.
2:Use your insert (there's two awesome Tutorials of how to make your own here and here) to measure the size of your cover, remember to make it slighly bigger than the insert since it will "grow" when you start to fill your insert with your lovely creations.
3:Cut it out, I used my old trusty scissors :)
4:Fold it in the middle to make a spine.

5-6: Again, use your insert to mark out where to do your holes for the elastic bands to hold your insert and to "lock" your TN-Cover.
7-8: Punch out the holes.

9-11: Mount the elastic bands.
12: Put your insert inside your brand new "made by yourself" TN-Cover :) YAY!!!

Here's a sneak of how I embellished my "homemade" insert using the fabulous ephemeras from the December Add On Kit.

And here's one spread from my December album again using the awesome December Add On Kit as well.
The big snowflakes I've made with my Silhouette Cameo.

Well, that's all for now. I really hope you find some inspiration to try make your own TN-cover and please be sure to show us over at our Facebook Forum, CTK Fan Page.
Can't wait to see, YAY!! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Anna xo

Monday, December 11, 2017

Let's Get Digital with Nathalie

Hi there!

Nathalie with you today bringing you some  Christmas inspiration using this month's gorgeous Sonoma main scrapbooking kit, and this month's digital file.

Upon receiving the kit, I fell in love with this month's stamp ( it is all about crafting!, and those starburst!!), and that was the inspiration for this month's cut file (which is available for free in the  Citrus Twist Kits Fan Facebook page).

To create the soft and winter-like background, I chose to cut all the star images from white cardstock , and backed them with white vellum.   I love wood grain paper!, so I chose the American Crafts paper as the background for my page.  A few drops of shimmer white and gold watercolor  was added before gluing the die cut stars.   All the negative pieces from the die cuts were glued to the paper, while the stars were attached with a bit of foam adhesive, just to add dimension to the page.

To bring the focus to the picture of my 3 kids a few years ago, I chose to layer papers and pieces from the Sonoma main kit, but also added a few splashes of pink by adding some stickers from the Embellishment kit ( love all the new Crate Paper goodies added to the kits!)

This month's add-on stamp worked perfect to add sentiments around the page, as the picture is from a few years ago.  I kept the color combo in each of the clusters similar so that they complete the visual triangle in the page. 

Though  the cut file had the word "create" in it.   I just loved the  the look of the gold alphas that are included in the kit.

I hope you all stop by the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Facebook page, and pick up your copy of the cut file.    Remember to share the projects created with the cut file, and tag CTK when sharing them  on social media.

Let me  know if you have any questions on how this came together.



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Sketch

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of our Sunday Sketch Challenge! This week we have a fun sketch that's just right for using up those paper strips that you have left over.

For my take on the sketch I chose to stick super close to the sketch and reached for the papers from the December Scrapbook Kit to create my layout.

When I was putting together my layout, I pulled out one of my old stencils. I knew I didn't want to do anything too complicated so I settled for using them to trace flowers onto the white space. I opted to trace them twice using both a red and black pen. It's a pretty simple detail, but it was fun to try something a little different.

As you can tell, I stayed pretty true to the sketch. The only details I changed up were the title placements and instead of layering another piece of patterned paper under the photo, I opted for a sheet of vellum. I made this choice because I felt that it softened the bold mix of colors that I had going on in the papers. 

Now it's your turn!  To play along with this week's sketch and to be eligible to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store,  create a layout based off of this week's sketch and upload it to the CTK Gallery with today's date (12/10) in the title. Can't wait to see what you all come up with!!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

3 to Inspire with Leigh

Hello friends! Leigh here, with my last project as a Citrus Twist Kits Design Team member. I have loved working with the gorgeous and exclusive kits, and the CTK Sketches are the best!

Here are the three items for today's challenge:
1) tulle
2) staples
3) puffy stickers

We got lots of puffy stickers in our kits, so I thought now would be a good time to use them. The title above is a puffy sticker too. I like that the circles in the background paper repeat the shape of the ornaments I hand-lettered for our tree.

Here is a close up to try to show the tulle on this page. I know it is hard to see, but I cut three to four circles and layered them and stapled them off-set over the printed circles on the background paper. 

I cut tags from the kit paper and layered them over the black and white American Crafts text paper in the background. The tag on the far right has some type-written journaling, and the title goes below that. Splash on some splatters, if you like.

Another close shot of the tulle layers and the staples. Thank you for joining me today, and I can't wait to see how you use the three items in this challenge.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Pocket Life Challenge with Diane

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

While I'm documenting December in my December (not quite) Daily album, I still want to keep up to date with my Project Life album. The best way I've found to do that is to keep it really simple!

I used the gorgeous new December Pocket Life kit and also the "Good to be Home" THIS IS LIFE stamp set for this week. Simply adding a stamp or small embellishment to each photo means I can document the week in less than 30 minutes!

So my challenge for you this week is: Keep it simple and! Don't let this busy time of year stop you from documenting your ordinary moments. Set a timer for 30 minutes and use simple stamps and embellishments to tell your stories quickly and beautifully.

Here is the process video if you are interested in how this layout came together so quickly...  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

"Backyard Adventures" with Kira

Hello friends!  Kira here with a 12x12 layout using the main "Sonoma" scrapbook kit.  I am swooning over here over the colors in this month's kits!

The first paper that immediately jumped out at me was the Dear Lizzy "Green Thumb" paper.  I loved all the little vases of flowers/plants.  I knew it would work perfectly for this picture of my son playing in the backyard.

We just moved into a new home right before Thanksgiving!  It has been such an exciting time for my family and me.  But the greatest thing about our new home is definitely having a backyard space for my boys.  And since the weather remains in the high 70s with sun shining daily, we are able to play out there, eat out there, or just relax out there 90% of our day!

I snapped this photo of Elliott during a final walk through before the house was "officially" ours.  I love his sweet little expression, almost as if he's in shock this backyard belongs to us now!  And since the colors in this months kits are so vibrant, I kept the photo in color to coordinate with the papers and embellishments I planned on using.

I started fussy cutting the little vases almost immediately after getting my kit (which happened to be my first piece of mail at our new house!), even though I had no idea what I was going to do with all of them!  So I chose a few more papers to go with my photo before deciding.  I loved the wood grain of the Crate Paper "Warm Wishes" paper, and thought it mimicked the wood fence in my photo.  And the Fancy Pants "Fancy Free" paper worked well with the colors in my photo so I pulled that paper out too.

I cut my title "backyard" out on my Cricut using the goudy stout font.  And I stitched around it with some dark blue embroidery thread from my stash.  Then I started playing with embellishing my page.  Once I started moving the fussy cut vases around my page, it all came together fairly quickly.

I hand cut the reverse side of the Dear Lizzy paper to look like grass, and layered a few pieces to give a little dimension.  I added some pieces of ephemera from the Fancy Pants "Take Note" die cut pack around the page, and I loved how the "adventures" piece finished off my title.

I am so happy with my finished layout!  I can't wait to see what everyone else does with this kit!  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

In My Studio with Mary

Hi friends!!!  First off, happy holidays!  I don't know about you but this is my most favorite time of year and if you're anything like me even your crafty space will have a hint of Christmas cheer too.  Today I'd like to walk you through my crafty space all decked out for the holidays!  Grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa because I have a whole lot of eye candy coming your way.  

My space is shared between myself and my two kiddo's and we are technically in the breakfast nook off the kitchen space which is to the right (but it's a disaster right now so you won't get to see that). We live in a 1920's farmhouse rental so I kind of gotta make do with what I've got.  You're looking at my space and the kiddo's desks are to the left. It's small but it is completely functional thanks to some serious organization that took months of planning.  

This room has the most natural light out of all the rooms in the house which makes it perfect for filming and crafting but horrible for taking pictures for you beautiful people so bear with me.  Some day I'll have a big girl camera...  

Here's their space as a whole:

We're now standing in my area.  You can see I am still not quite finished in here.  I need to wrap the gray paint color around to the entryway and mudroom which is behind that wall and, honestly, I'm just too lazy to do it right now. 

Here are some close ups of what's on the shelves:

As you can tell I love all things vintage, rustic and pretty.

I also hold onto things that mean a lot to me like that old vinyl record box I store my finished layouts in, or my grandmother's thread spools, old lace and ribbons wrapped around clothes pins and stored in an rustic flower jar, and some vintage kids scissors I will make into a piece of art some day.

Not all of my storage needs to be vintage though.  You'll see a lot of storage from the Dollar Tree like the white buckets and even the chalkboard labels are from there.  Also I like to store my stamps in Target 6"x8" binders.  I like to mix modern in for a clean look so the vintage items really stand out.  

I remember the day I picked up this rustic tool box and an older man at the check out stand asked me if I knew what it was (insert eye roll)...I could have throat punched him...but alas, I am a Christian woman full of grace and forgiveness so I shook my head and said "No!  What is it?!"  He enjoyed telling me about it and I ended up really liking his story.  He was sweet and just wanted to strike up a conversation with someone young who was interested in something familiar to his own youth.  

It sure makes a nice place to put the bazillion art supplies my kids require though!

Okay we need to move on because I could talk about my kids all day long and this is about MY space after all ;)   Most of these pictures were taken at night because of the window situation and so that you can see the twinkle lights. 

Let's start from where I spend most of my time and work our way around.  Here's where I create all those wonderful pieces and film my process for you lovelies:

Most of my furniture was pieced together with Ikea pieces.  The desks are all Linmon tops and I have two Alex drawers, one wide and one file drawer.  I keep ALL of my loose papers in the file drawer on the bottom right:

When I am working I swing my wide Alex out for another work surface.  I have always wanted my own command center.  Want to take a peak inside some of the drawers?  Okay!

Here's where all the embellishments live.  I am on the SpiegelMom Scraps design team as well so I have an entire drawer devoted to just sequins. I use these 24 Box Storage System containers
from Harbor Freight to keep them organized.  The next drawer down I have my 3D embellishments on the left, boarder strips in the middle and cork pieces in the container on the right.  These containers came from Walmart in the jewelry crafts section.  I like them because of the pink clasp.  Again, if it's pretty it stays. 

Next up is where I keep all my ephemera sorted by color:

You'll see in a bit I keep ephemera categorized by type as well.  This is just how my brain works.  If I am not scrapbooking by a collection then I am scrapbooking by a theme or a color.  So I sort them out as such.  It didn't take me that long to organize because I don't keep much of a stock and I try to purge every season plus it saves me tons of time when I'm hunting for that perfect piece for a project. 

On top of my desk is sort of cluttered right now because it's Christmas which means I'm working with two kits:

But isn't it sooooo purdy?  Most of my containers are thrift store finds.  The tray is a school lunch tray, the silver star tins are some baking tins and the milk glass container is a vintage Pyrex refrigerator bin.  I keep my kit in a clear acrylic wall file I found at the thrift store as well but you can find them on Amazon or most office supply stores.  The mint enamel container that holds my thickers is exactly the right size to contain them all.  I got lucky there.  Behind all of the goodies to the right is a school house paper roll dispenser.  I keep that on my desk because that's where I clamp my phone holder thingy for filming.  (I'm being very technical here).

Not everything needs to be a vintage find though!  I re-purposed this cute chocolate box to hold some bits for my Christmas Stories album:

I especially like that the lid can sit underneath and hold my scraps!

I love that my desk sits in front of the window because I can keep an eye on my monkeys playing in the yard plus it's an extra ledge for my goodies so I can keep my surface clear.

To the right of my work surface I have all the tools I use regularly in this silverware caddy I picked up from Target last summer as well as a couple of little dishes I use to keep misc. stuff on as I'm working on a project.

Next to my main work area is the technology hub:

The apothecary style drawers are new but definitely fit right in with the rest of the room.  They're actually CD and DVD holders!  I keep all of my project life cards, tools, tapes, adhesives, ribbons, etc.  in these drawers:

To the left is where I store all of my shimmerz products on this wooden house shelf:

I am now on a mission to find all the wooden house shelves because, clearly, I need more room for my Shimmerz.

Did I mention I love lamp?

I have 5...but I need more.  Give me all the lamps.  I also love my Strawberry Shortcake alarm clock from when I was a kid.  Her head ticks (LOUDLY) back and forth and has an alarm that will scare the piddle out of you when it goes off but she's kind of like me in many regards so she stays....tick tick ticking away.

I love the way the sun sets on this window:

To the right of that desk is my Silhouette cutting station:
I make reclaimed wood signs as a side business and needed a large enough space for the vinyl to feed so this table is perfect for that.  I also like that I have a clear surface when I need to sort the things. 

There are more personal-to-me items in this tiny space than there is in any other part of our home.  On the ledge are a couple of coffee mugs to hold my paint brushes.  The camera mug was the only thing I wanted when my grandfather passed away and the mug on the right was a gift from dear friends before I moved so many years ago.

 And underneath the desk I have some Michaels Recollection brand drawers that hold all sorts of junk:

They fit perfectly underneath and are much more pleasing to the eye than plastic drawers, however, I wouldn't recommend these drawers.  They're flimsy and chip easily and several came broken.  *hmphf* Don't worry though, I Mary-rigged them with some scotch quick dry adhesive and now they work like a champ...when in doubt use your scrappy supplies. ;)

Of course no command center is complete without a true 360 degree swivel so here's a peak at the last part of my room which is directly behind my main work area:

Again, another nice work surface to sort or lay multiple projects on.   Plus it makes for killer storage.  You'll see those little plastic Iris photo boxes on the top right cube...that's where I keep the ephemera that doesn't get sorted by color.  

Usually the only thing that lives on top of this Kallax unit is my chicken feeder full of washi tape because the cook stove is directly behind it and I am always afraid grease will splatter and ruin my projects.  I do love that I can pop in to my area and work on a project while waiting for the noodles to boil though!

And instead of the typical crafter's Raskog, I opted for this vintage tea cart to hold my sewing machine and sewing supplies. 

Here's one more look at my room at night with all of its holiday cheer!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!  It was so much fun to show you my cozy space.

Happy Holidays!


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