Citrus Twist Mini Album

My 4th project as Guest Designer at Citrus Twist this month is a 4″x4″ mini album. It’s such a fun size to work with, and a great way to use up paper scraps!

This fall I had a series of 3 trips back to back and I want to document them in this album. The first one was a day spent in New York.
As a common theme throughout the album, I added some stamping in aqua.
I also used the lovely puffy alpha stickers to spell out the names of the places we went to.
I love this store!

The 2″x2″ die cuts included in the kit are perfect for these small pockets.

I added some journaling typed on my typewriter.

I added the stickers on top of the page protector.

I wanted to include a couple of 4″x3″ photos, so I sewed a pocket with sequins and the wood veneer crosses from the kit to use up the remainder of the page protector.

And there you have it! I made 9 pages in the album so far, and the rest will be to document the other trips.

Citrus Twist Sketch Challenge

The third project I made as Citrus Twist Guest Designer this month is for the sketch challenge they run on their blog – come play along!

I followed the sketch rather closely. Β I used two 3″x4″ photos that had bold colors and patterns, so I decided to pair them with even bolder papers. I cut into one of the papers following the geometric design and used it to mat my photos-I love how these colors and patterns matched one of the shirts I was wearing. Β To switch up my title, I cut into the paper with the sketched letters. I added some stickers and wood veneers to embellish the page. This is a fairly busy page, but I feel like the triangles I used for the corners and the additional framing of my photos pull everything together.
Have a nice Sunday!

Hello December

December is here, and I have some super exciting news to share – I am the guest Designer at Citrus Twist Kits this month! They sent me the scrapbooking kit (“Wonder”) and I was amazed at how packed it is!

The kit comes with 6 patterned papers (Crate Paper, Basic Gray, Seven Paper), 2 pieces of cardstock (white and cream), a 12×12 sheet of stickers (Maggie Holmes Shine, Crate Paper), a set of puffy gold stickers (love!! Pink Paislee), wood veneer plus signs, an exclusive stamp set, a set of 3″x3″ die cuts (Seven Paper), gold doilies, an acrylic heart shape, embroidering thread, a sheet of phrases and labels, and the most gorgeous turquoise puffy alpha (Amy Tangerine).
I haven’t had as much time to play with the kit as I would have liked (mostly for a good reason – my mom came to visit for ten days, and left yesterday – but also having to deal with a work emergency that is never-ending – ugh!). So far I have made 3 layouts and a mini album, but I have lots of items left to make more, so I am not done with this kit yet! πŸ™‚
The first page I made is a Christmas page – even though this kit doesn’t have a holiday theme, it works great for holiday pages. As soon as I saw that tree paper by Basic Grey I have wanted to use it for a Christmas page, so that’s what I did.
I had so much fun embellishing the tree with wood veneer and stickers! This page is up on the Citrus Twist blog if you want to check it out, read a bit about me, and take a peek at my craft space.
My next project is based on a sketch that will be up on the Citrus Twist blog later this month. I will be posting the page here once that goes live; in the meantime here’s a detail shot:
I thought the geometric patterns of the paper matched my shirt really well! πŸ™‚
Another page will also be up on the blog later this month with a step-by-step tutorial – here’s a close up shot for now.
So look for these pages to be posted here in the next few weeks, along with the mini album I made.

Mini Album with the Citrus Twist March kit

I’m up on the blog today with a mini album project. For the month of March, the team has received kits from different kit clubs and used them to make a mini album. My turn was with the March kit from Citrus Twist, and let me tell you – I had a blast!! I had never used a kit from Citrus Twist before, and when I opened my box I was amazed by the gorgeous combination of product. The colors were right up my alley, and made working on this project an absolute joy!

The wood veneer and stamp for the kit weren’t available yet when they shipped me the kit, so I got a previous add on stamp and some wood veneer arrows instead. The only thing I haven’t used in my album is the black washi tape. In addition to the album featured on the blog, done exclusively with the Citrus Twist kitΒ (plus doily + tags from my stash), I have added some stamping and a couple embellishments in the final version of my album, shown here.

The kit’s pretty colors and embellishments are especially suited for spring, but I had in mind to scrap a winter vacation we did back in 2005, and I thought the kit worked great for it too!

The album is 6″x6″, and I bound it using my Cinch binding machine. One of my favorite things was coloring the letters for the cover. Rather than using the mistable thickers with mists, I painted them with my watercolors.

As you may know, I love color, so I went with a gradation from pink to blue for my title. πŸ™‚

Now, I will walk you through the pages of the album. There are fourteen double spreads, so sit back and relax. πŸ˜‰

In most pages I used 4″x6″ photos. I did all the journaling using my typewriter. The stamping (mostly sold out stamps from Studio Calico) was done with Hero Arts shadow inks.
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On this spread I used my mists in several way. To recolor the wood dots and wood veneer arrow, to add some droplets, and to mist the cardstock background on the right. I tucked a tag behind the photo with some hidden journaling.
I also cut out some of the hearts from this pretty Dear Lizzy paper to use as embellishments throughout the album.
Mostly, I let the photos take the stage. Bamberg is such a magical town!
This paper was so pretty that I ended up using it on both sides of this spread.
The fun ribbon included in the kit was perfect to add texture to this page! I also used a tag for some hidden journaling.
I love the bold statement of this paper by October Afternoon on the left paired with the Crate Paper one on the right- they matched my photo perfectly!
I love the pop of color on the paper I used to mat this photo. The little vellum stickers words from Studio Calico were perfect to add a little something to my pages.
It has been nine years since we took this trip, and we could only remember a couple of the things we did. So I looked for some facts on the internet about the buildings we visited. I am so happy to have this trip documented now!

I loved both sides of the Studio Calico Lemon Lush paper I used to mat my photo on the right, so I decided to fold the corners to show both sides. πŸ™‚ I love the pop of color!

I made a photo collage on the left using templates by Designs by Lili to feature a collection of neat sightings from around town. On the right page, I cut a few strips from the Lemon Lush paper and sewed them down with gold thread.

I love the chipboard cameras in the Studio Calico Essentials line!

It was funny to see how few picture of us we took on this trip. Well, what can I say? Our picture taking habits have certainly improved since I became a scrapbooker. πŸ™‚

And that’s it! Thirty seven pictures and one epic trip documented.


Thank you so much to Citrus Twist for this opportunity!