Jul 19, 2018

Taking My Sweet Time

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  - TAKING MY SWEET TIME -

Hi there! It is time for my weekly inspiration for Scrapbook Nerd.  This time around I pulled the new Pinkfresh Studio Sweet and Simple collection to document an everyday picture of my little guy catching some zzz.

The background of this page was created on tbe b-side of one of the collection papers.   A bit of white acrylic paint, followed by some Distress Oxides yield the sky look of the page.

The cloud cut out comes from a cut file from Just Nick Studio, and the empty spaces were backed with papers from the collection.  A bit of foam adhesive creates that soft shadow, and helps to add movement to the page.

The picture was framed usingg embellishments from the collection, and the Let Your Heart Decide collection,  A bit  of gold colorshine and lines of journal complete this page:

Love the cleaniness of the page, and all the small details,   Those huge lemons slices are just perfect for summer.   Remember to check this new collection at Scrapbook Nerd, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions on how this was put together.

Jul 18, 2018

Happy Day

Scrapbook Layout created for Citrus Twist Kits  - HAPPY DAY  -

Hello, hello!

It is time for some Mixed Media!! Nathalie and Amanda with you today bringing you a few ideas on how to incorporate this month's Mixed Media kit into your projects.  So get ready to get inky fingers! First up is Nathalie.

Hello friends!    It is one of my favorite posts of the month, as i get to show you how to mix some beautiful paper and embellishments with a bit of colorful mess, i mean Mixed Media!

The Vicki Boutin Acrylic Pop Paints that are included in the Mixed media kit are silky, highly pigmented and so easy to work with, plus they can easily be mixed with other mediums ( in this case the June 2018 Mixed Media kit).   The following video will show you how to create the background and the stars in this page, enjoy:

How about those stars?!  The soft watercolor look of the background (created by watering down the acrylic paint) forms the perfect setting for the cascade of stars (also created using the mixed media kit and a stamp) Don't worry if you don't have the same stamp i used in the video.  All you need is a simple stamp and black ink.  This will help you break the patterned in color when layering the stars on the page.

Did you catch all the gold foiled elements in this page?! I am working with the Outside Stories Add On kit for this layout, and the ephemera pack that is included (from Heidi Swapp's Hawthorne collection) can be customized with foil.  All the foil pieces are the perfect embellishment in this oh so colorful page.

Mixing all the wood veneer and kraft in the papers and embellishments of the Outside Stories kit into the colorful background tones down the paint, and sort of grounds the colors in the stars.  To finish this page, i added a few stamped sentiments from the Daily Routine stamp set, as well as a few lines of journal..

Totally in love with this page! the colors and textures created with the four paints is amazing, add to that the Outside Stories kit, and it is just perfection.  Remember to check this month's Add On kits,  they are truly amazing this month.

thank you so much for visiting.

Jul 15, 2018

Sweet Dreams Little One

Scrapbook Layout created for Simple Stories-  Sweet Dreams Little One  -

Hello everyone! Nathalie with you today with a new layout that celebrates those sweet baby sleeping moments ( i so miss seeing my kids sleeping faces!).  The new Simple Stories  "OH, BABY!" collections are ideal to document all those sweet baby moments

To start this page, i drew a few stars on some of the patterned papers of the Oh, Baby! collection, and the Oh, Baby! Expecting collection,  backed them with white cardstock, and added a bit of hand stitching around the edges.

To create the title of the page, a JustNick Studio cut file was used.  All the letters of the cut out were backed using papers from the Oh, Baby! paper pad.  Having the smaller pattern of the large papers is perfect to combine and display a lot of color  in the title.  The chipboard sticker just completes the sentiment of the title and page.

I wanted to create a very soft look for this page, so I used a sheet of vellum to cover a light blue piece of cardstock, and added all the  the stars, picture and title on top of the vellum piece.

Just a few extra details were added to the picture and around the stars.  All those little star stickers are a easy way to complete the look of the page.   A few drops of gold ink were added to bring some shine to the page!

Love the softness of the page, and all the starry background is the perfect frame for my sweet sleeping cousin.  The new Oh, Baby! collections are ideal to document your parenting journey, and beyond!  Remember to chek them out at your local scrapbook store.
Well that is all for me for now.

List of Supplies:
10115  Oh, Baby Collection Kit
10116  Combo Sticker
10127  4x6 Horizontal Elements
10117  Adorable paper
10129  6x8 paper pad
10130  Chipboard sticker
10131 Bits and Piecs
10132  4x6 Cardstock stickers
10133  Clear stickers
10247  Oh, Baby! Expecting collection kit
10249  Expecting you paper

Jul 12, 2018


Hello CTK friends!

Anna and Nathalie with you today to shine the spotlight on Patterned Paper.  Let's be honest, we all have a stash of paper we are keeping to document that special memory, and this month's Skyland  Scrapbook, PL kit, Patterned Paper Play and Outside Stories kit are filled with beautiful papers. But before you put them away in your stash, let us show you how you can combine and use them in your projects.  First up is Nathalie.

Hi there!,  Nathalie here to bring you a bit of inspiration using a few of the patterned papers from this month's Skyland kits.  This month, the papers are gorgeous, filled with fun designs, and perfect to document all your memories.

For my layout, i wanted to create a very coastal mood for the page, as it documents a picture of my daughter after spending a day basking in the sun on the beach. For this i picked papers from the Skyland Scrapbook Kit, PL kit, Patterned Paper Play kit and also used a digital card to create a patterned paper for this page.  

What better way to use paper and mix patterns than to crate paper flowers. I used a combination of cut files (Silhouette Store) and some dies to create the centers and petals of the flowers.  I used a bone folder to add some movement to the petals. Some of the flowers were layered together, so that they add dimension to the page.

Along the way,  i added a few die cut leaves  (Maya Road die) cut from white cardstock (color a few with green paint, too), so that they will form clusters around the picture and the entire page.   A few of the Scrapbook kit embellishments and elements from the cut apart sheet also were added along the clusters to embellish the page. Finally a few sentiments using the Conversation Starter Stamp complete this page.

Really, the patterns and designs on this month's Skyland kits are gorgeous, and easy to combine in your projects, so do not put them away (not yet at least!).


Jul 11, 2018

Summer Days

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd  - SUMMER DAYS  -

hi there!

It is time for a new project for Scrapbook Nerd.  This week our focus is on the many free digital cut files the stores offers.  So with summer in full swing here in Toronto, I chose to use an image from the "Let The Sunshine In" cut file to create the background of this page.

First I chose to only use the large circle image, so i sized it to fit on half the  page.   To have the cut our pop on the page, I chose to add some Vicki Boutin art crayons (watercolor) to the background of the page.

While the background dried, I backed the cut out using papers from Simple Stories' "Hello Summer" collection and a bit of foam adhesive to create a bit of dimension on the cut out.

Once the picture was added, I went ahead and used stickers and ephemera from the collection to frame the picture and add a visual triangle to the page.

To finish, I trimmed a bit of the layout, and added a strip of rainbow to the page, a few black ink drops, and lines of journal. LOVE how this turned out  The colors are just perfect for the season, and the selfie of my kids and i wearing shades.

Remember to stop by Scrapbook Nerd to check all the free cut files available, and all the materials used in this page.


Jul 9, 2018

Let The Adventure Begin

Scrapbook Layout created for JustNick Studio  - LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN -

Hi there!

A new term for JustNick studio is starting this month.  I am so blessed to continue for another term working with Nicole's cut files.   So to mark the first post of the new term, we were asked to create pages about us.  My choice is to have  a picture of me at my happiest place, behind the camera!

My idea was to create a series of frames that are staggered along the vertical line of the layout,  so I started by adding small blocks of watercolor (Distress Oxides) to mark the place where each frame will land.

The Infinity Hearts cut file was used to creat all the frames in the background. These were attached to the page with some foam adhesive so that it brings dimension to the page.

Once the picture was placed, a large title was cut from white cardstock using the New Words cut file.   I chose to add a few layers of water-down gold glaze (Vicki Boutin) to bring shine to the page, and make the title pop.

I chose to use a few stickers and papers from Pebbles Patio Party colletion to back the layout and add movement to the page.  Clear stickers from Mambi were added to each frame, along with gold hearts from Doodlebug.

Finally all the journal was added to the inside of one of the frames.   All the color blocking created with the butterflies and stickers just need a bit of gold ink to be completed.

Love how this turned out!  the colors and design are just me in a page. Stop by JustNick Studio to check the blog (and see the cut files used) and all the designs available at the store.
Remember you can always contact me with any questions on how this was put together.

Til Next time!

Jul 5, 2018

It's About The Good Times Every Now and Then

Hi there!

Nathalie back with you today bringing you a bit of Summer inspiration using the new and super beautiful Skyland scrapbook kits!  If you have yet to check them out, then head onto the Citrus Twist Kits page to see all the beautiful papers, add ons and exclusives these kits are packed with.  But what better way to show you the kit, than to share with you a  new creation featuring the new Skyland Scrapbook kit and mixed media kit

As soon as I opened my little box of goodies, i fell in love with the Echo Park alphas, and the old agenda page that is included in the Scrapbook kit.  Trina is always adding that special piece to each kit.

If you have seen my work before, then you know that i kinda love to create beautiful messes as a background for my pictures;  the Vicki Boutin Acrylic Pop Paints included in the Mixed Media kit are so easy to work with, and match the colors of the papers to a tee!

Well speaking of papers,  I had a hard time deciding what papers to use in this page, so I chose to layer pieces from pretty much all the papers in the Skyland kit.  I even used a left over piece from a paper (sneak peek time!) from a paper created with the digital PL cards from a project coming later in the month.  The cuts in the paper give a little window to the mixed media in the background!.

My idea with this page was to document a picture (one of many) of my teenage kids playing in the little kids playground.  It is a secret (well it was a secret) that they love to spend hours away playing in the swings, slide, etc., and always try to schedule our walks  around the lunch hours when small kids are usually eating lunch.  The best way to tell this story was to create  the little slit on the background, conceal that gorgeous black and white Pinkfresh Studio paper in the background, and use the folding parts of the cardstock to mark the time on the agenda sheet.   The large epoxy circle was just the perfect detail  to document this story.

Now to balance all the layers of paper, i chose to create a similar slit  on the opposite side of  the page, and add my title there.   I reached for the Conversation Starter Stamp to create the large title on this page.   These alphas -included in the Scrapbook kit- are to die for, and all the heart eyes go to the entire sheet of puffy hearts also included in the kit, so i just sprinkled a few around the clusters of ephemera and  cut apart pieces that frame the picture.  But let me show you a more  in depth look on how this page came together in the following video:

How fun are all the layers in this page!  I really hope this serves as inspiration to break into your Skyland kits as soon as they arrive at your doorstep.  I am not an enabler, but trust me you want to add a few of the add on kits to your order.   They are so worth it.

As always please contact me if you have questions on how this came together.  Remember to stop by the CTK Shop to check all this  month's goodies.