February 28, 2015

Easy Breezy

Today I'm under-taking the biggest test of my 'Use Cardstock' challenge: to  create a classic, white-cardstock background layout. It's something I've never been comfortable doing which makes it all the more important I try. I don't feel I've fully embraced the spirit of my February challenge until I've done so. While I'm at it I decide I might as well take a leap and eschew my usual methodical approach to designing. Instead the process for making this layout goes like this: pick my favourite pieces from Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss ephemera pack, scatter them out across the cardstock, doddle on some loops and whorls to connect them - all the while trying to ignore the sceptical inner voice telling me this will end up a disaster.


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Well imagine my surprise at how this Valentine layout for Citrus Twist turned out. Light and airy, courtesy of the clean background with an easy-breezy effortlessness. I debated whether to splatter some ink, paint or mist but in the end settled on some gold confetti bits to retain a pristine background.Couldn't be more pleased with the result of stretching myself and trying something different.


Citrus Twist Feb Kits : Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Ephemera Pack, Dear Lizzy Serendipity Royal Rose Gold Foil Word Stickers, Citrus Twist Stamp, handcut white cloth clouds, white cardstock, glassine bag


Photo Credit : FeeLoona

February 23, 2015

Well Structured


It's been a chaotic week for me. To escape the craziness that's going on, I take to my craft room to indulge in some scrapbooking therapy. The result is a page that literally seeks to impose order on a selection of ephemera pieces from Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss Collection.  Using the charcoal cardstock as a background means I've successfully accomplished my goal of using all the cardstocks from this month's  Citrus Twist Main Kit while simultaneously injecting a dose of calming stability to the page. This small exercise in compensation therapy has centred me. I leave my craft room ready to face the erratic messiness with better grace and humour.

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Citrus Twist Feb Kits : Crate Paper Kiss Kiss (Gold Cut-Outs Paper, Darling Charcoal Gray Thickers, Ephemera Pack), Crate Paper Notes & Things Chipboard Frame,  Webster's Pages Ocean Melody Dirftwood, Dear Lizzy Serendipity Royal Rose Gold Foil Word Stickers, Citrus Twist Stamp, Cork Arrows, American Crafts Charcoal Cardstock. Others : Ranger Liquid Pearl Gold, Crate Paper Open Book (Ephemera Pack, Vellum Shapes)

Photo Credit : frolicsomepl

February 18, 2015

The 15-Minute Layout


It's 5pm on the 9th of February. I've just missed Citrus Twist's reveal dateline for the month. Not a great something to be highlighting I know. As a kit club designer, along with the perks of receiving hot new products every month comes the responsibility to scrap quickly, especially during busy periods like CHA when kits could be shipped later than usual. I have got three layouts done and just need to finish one more. The dilemma is that there's a dinner tonight to get ready for which leaves me less than an hour to scrapbook if I don't want to fall any further behind in completing my assignment.

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The solution is this : the quickest page I've ever made. From start to finish it takes just fifteen minutes. A large photo, a vintage floral pattern and a title card from  Webster's Pages Hall Pass collection in a classic design. Is there any takeaway from creating this simple layout? Well yes, it's the concept of buffering - introducing a neutral area around key elements to separate them from other elements competing for attention and to highlight their importance. OK now to load all my February Kit creations onto the Citrus Twist Gallery.


Citrus Twist Feb Kits : Webster's Pages Hall Pass (Playground Bench, Storyteller Card Sheet II), Amy Tangerine Stitched High Profile, Pink Paislee Rainbow Bright, Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Ephemera, Cork Hearts


Photo Credit : RondellMelling

February 13, 2015

Working Cardstock


It's halfway through February and time to set myself another mini scrapbooking goal. I'm going to tackle that most ubiquitous of products - the cardstock. In my Citrus Twist February kit are red, white and blue cardstocks which evokes the bright, happy mood of a fun fair for me. So I think : Create a colourful striped backdrop that resembles the fair tents. There are also embellishments in the kit like vellum hearts and a banner garland I can use to add to the feeling of a fete. With so much going on in the background I'll need to use more white cardstock to break up it up. That way the photo has some breathing room around it, the title and caption wouldn't get lost among the stripes.


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Creating the diagonally patterned background takes a bit of time but is simple to do:
  • cut 1cm strips of red and blue cardstock
  • glue the first strip down on the top left corner at a pleasing angle
  • use one of the strips as a separator to determine the positioning of the next strip
  • continue until you fill the page
  • trim off the excess
 
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Using cardstock this way turned out really well, allowing me to have a custom base layer and to overcome my panic when faced with the task of working with a blank cardstock in the background. There is now only one more piece of cardstock, the charcoal one, left in my kit and to keep myself honest about becoming comfortable with cardstock I'll have to use it straight as a background for my next layout. Hope you'll come back and see how I do with it.
 
 
Feb Moodboard

Citrus Twist Feb Kits : Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Ephemera Pack, Dear Lizzy Serendipity Royal Rose Gold Foil Word Stickers, May Arts Kraft & Gold Dot Banner, Circles Washi Tape, Citrus Twist Stamp, American Crafts Cardstock (White, Crawfish, Powder), baker's twine

Photo Credit : Pixelbay

 

February 08, 2015

On The Road


As I do some spring cleaning on m blog I realise I've never shared the last of my project-life inspired pages using the November Citrus Twist Kits, so here it is. It's more conventional in that I use the journal cards from Basic Grey's Second City collection to build up my grid-based design. Perhaps Trina put pops of purple into the Add-On kit for customers who scrap Halloween but I gave it a twist by using purple on a page about food, pairing those cards with photos of raspberries and blackberries and of a landscape with the surrounding gorse cross-processed to a rich amaranth pink. With so much going on I need some patches of breathing space to prevent overloading the layout. They occur in the wide-open sky of the landscape photo and the cityscape journal card, and also in the little colour-block strips used to fill in gaps in the grid.
 

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Inspired by the success of printing my Sweater Weather title on pattern paper, I repeat the trick, this time upping the ante by choosing a busier, bright purple pattern and using a mixture of fonts in my title. I want to use the chipboard word "Journey" in my title and spent a bit of time working out what how to fit the rest of the title into the allocated bottom block. In the end I use a super-condensed san-serif with double-spacing between the characters and then a decorative cursive for the small "Our" to respectively contrast against and then echo the script font of the chipboard.     



Citrus Twist November Kits : Basic Grey Second City Lake View & Hyde Park, Heidi Swapp September Skies Wood Veneer Shapes, Amy Tangerine Stitched Accent & Phrase Stickers, Crate Paper Open Book Ephemera Pack, Crate Paper Notes & Things Rub-On Transfers, cardstock

Photo Credits : freeios7.com and foodiesfeed.com