Dec 14, 2018

My Personal Journal - CITRUS TWIST KITS

Hi there!
It is my first time creating a challenge in one of my favorite memory documenting formats, Traveler's Notebooks.  It is not secret, i  love TNs, and keep a daily visual journal of my everyday life, plus a few other side projects -all in TN formats-.   I love the format as it allows me to combine the graphic look of a scrapbook page, and the journal look of my dairies.

By now, some of you are receiving the Pleasant Valley Kits (aren't they gorgeous?!!!), well this month two new sets of stamps were also added to the store,  Spencer Alphabet and Spencer Alphabet outline.    I love the large font and clear look of the alphas, so i decided to used them to document some every day memories in my personal journal.

For the first entry, i decided first on a color combination that will make everything pop.   Then i used the Spencer Alpha stamp set to create the large title of this layout. 

The impact of the title makes it one of the focus of the page, so i made sure that it told the story of the picture. 

Love the colors in this month's Pleasant Valley PL kit, so it was easy to stay in the same color combo when adding the clusters around the picture. To finish this page, i added a few more stamping sentiments using the TN stamp set.    Any clues on what the challenge is, yet? Let me give you another hint.

For this page, I chose to tell the story by using the Spencer Alpha Outline Stamp set to create a large title. 

To bring life into the page, stamped the title on different papers from the Pleasant Valley Scrapbook Kit, and then fussy cut around them, the font is so clean and crisp that it took no time to get this done.

The letters were then glued to form the large title, and this time i added stamped sentiments using this month's add-on stamp set.

How lucky  was i to find a few sunglassed  in the puffy stickers from the Goldenrot collection, included in this month's embellishment kit, they complete my title.  Since the story is told in the title, i just used one of the labels, from the Emerson collection stickers included in the main kit, and used it to hide the rest of the journal in a pocket behind the picture.

By now you have guessed this week's challenge:  CREATE A LARGE TITLE.  Use stamps, alphas, paper or the Spencer Alpha stamp sets to create titles that will tell the story of your page and create lots of impact on your pages.   Trust me it, once you build the title, 80% of your page is done.  So you will be able to produce them in no time!

Remember to share with us what you create with this challenge either on social media using @citrustwistkits or #citrustwistkits or on CTK friends page on Facebook.  I cannot wait how you interprete the challenge.


Dec 12, 2018


Hi there!

A few weeks ago, Ashley Horton invited me to be a part of the Holly Jolly Holiday Hop, of course i said YES!  Well today is the day, and i get to also enjoy all the Christmas inspiration from some of my friends and other crafters.  We all have had putting our projects together, here is my project:

Did I mentioned that Ashely created the awesome cut file and you can get a free copy of it - just click here for the free cut file - I used some of my stash for this page; the Sugar Plum collection from a few years back was perfect to document my littles on Christmas day!.

Love the pastel colors accented with the gold details and mixed media, here is the video that shows you how it all came together:

Remember to continue the hop to be inspired by all the lovely projects we have created!
As always, if you have questions do not hesitate to contact me!
  Here is the list of the participants so you can join the hop:

Amanda-Jayne Baldwin -
Ashley Horton -
Audrey Yeager -
Cat Martin -
Christine Meyer -
Erica Thompson -
Kelly Janes -
Missy Whidden -
Nathalie deSousa - <<< YOU ARE HERE>>>>
Orange Gearle -
Sasha Biyanova -
Theresa Moxley -
Have fun!!

Dec 11, 2018

Good Times

Scrapbook Layout for Creative Scrapbooker Magazine   - GOOD TIMES -

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a very fun and colorful Christmas layout that celebrates those Sweet Good Times the season brings. 
For today’s post,  I wanted to work with lots of color to document a picture of my kids building their gingerbread house.  So, I pulled my Vicki Boutin mixed media products and started working on the background for this page.

It all started with a foundation paper that had been gessoed;   I played with some Vicki Boutin Art crayons to create the watercolor background on the page.  The color combination was inspired by the mints that are slowly showing around our house lately.

While the background dried, all the gingerbread houses were cut from Caramel colored cardstock using a cut file form Handipaper, and then backed with white mixed media paper.   In addition, the small mints that surround the cut outs were created by stamping the circles in set#3  - All the Good Things collection- with the color wheel inks.  Those were then cut using the dies that come along the stamps sets.

A bit of 3L adhesive dot were used to set the gingerbread houses on the background.   The picture of my kids was backed with papers from  Vicki’s paper lines and nestled in between the houses.  All the small circles were then glued around the houses.

A few small clusters were created using stickers from watercolor sticker set and Vicki’s sticker book .  The title of the layout also comes from the Sticker book  - a must have  for all types of paper projects!-.

To finish the page, I diluted a bit of Vicki Boutin white acrylic paint and splattered it all over the houses and the rest of the page so that it resembles the icing sugar my kids so love to add to their gingerbread houses.

I hope this has inspired you to document your holiday memories using color and Vicki Boutin products.  Sometimes you don’t need a Holiday collection to create a festive look on a page.  As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions on how this came together.

Also, i want to take this opportunity to thank Jackie and the whole staff and DT at Creative Scrapbooker Magazine for having me as a guest designer for the past few months.   It has been a blast working with you all, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you as i embark on different adventures!.