April 15, 2014

Blue Skies Ahead


Blue skies and puffy white clouds puts me an introspective, contemplative mood. So when given this photo-realistic Crate Paper Styleboard paper I'm inspired to scrapbook, not a person or an event, but rather a mood, specifically a mood of gentle elation and quiet joy experienced when a longed for wish comes true. In that sense this page is more art journal (although minus any artiness), capturing a feeling rather than the more concrete things in life. Altogether quite fitting given the source of inspiration is something atmospheric.      

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The idea of using a library pocket structure comes from this layout by Nicole Samuels. I orientate the white clouds on the bottom and add a border strip to anchor the pocket, allowing an expanse of blue sky to stretch upwards. Next comes a tumbling mass of paper layers, anything from tags to slide frames and labels to tickets. All of them cascading out from the pocket in the direction of the title and amongst all that is a photo, sitting squarely in the middle of the page, serving to as a still point of focus and balance.  In terms of colour, the soft turquoise expanse of sky allows me to use quite a lot of black on my page. Something which is normally difficult to do as black is such an over-powering non-colour.     

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While early adopters are showcasing the latest and greatest in terms of scrapbooking fonts i.e. the Kal Barteski style brush script, I'm not quite so trendy. Instead the font for my title is Thirsty Rough by Yellow Design Studio, one whose medium distress texture captures a letterpress quality. And speaking of titles, you'll notice I inverted the order of the words "soar above Cloud9" so that the typography better fits the design just as I reversed the order of sky and cloud on the pocket. 
  
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In conversation with a photographer, I was asked what is the strongest impression I wish to convey with my project photos. When I said a sense of impactful layering, he suggested adding shadows in my shots to emphasise the separation between layers and to bring out a sense of depth. True enough as I woke up early and tried working with a raking, morning light, my layout gained a more three dimensional look.     
  
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So I gathered a handful of Citrus Twist Kit embellishments and experimented some more with directional light and the use of shadows, finally working out that by the glass doors, in my living room, at 9am, on a sunny day, the light reaches the perfect sweet spot. The only downside is that my cat, who has to be turned away from his favourite snapping spot, became slightly annoyed with me that morning.


Citrus Twist April Kits : Crate Paper Style Board (Daydream, Inspiration, Polaroid Frames), Basic Grey Capture Today, Studio Calico Lemon Lush (Flighty, Vellum Labels), Amy Tangerine Plus One Die-Cut Tags, American Crafts DIY Shop Chalk Badges, Prima Wire Thread, Citrus Twist Stamps, Cardstock Brown Sugar, vellum. Others : Amy Tangerine Plus One 6x6 Paper Pad, Basic Grey Snippets (Highline, Capture)

April 11, 2014

Geotagged

Feeling moody today. A trip I've been planning for, to Spain, has just fallen through. So no holiday next month. To console myself and to get over myself disappointment, I indulged in some creative therapy. Built up through a series of rectangle blocks, this card's geometric structure is gently broken up by the curves of a map print. It's also interesting working out how to balance two similarly sized rectangles on one card. Now I'm going to make up a pitcher of Sangria and chill out.

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Supplies  : Basic Grey ( Carte Postal Sticker, Capture Snippets 3x4 Card, Candy Dots), American Craft DIY Shop 6x6 Paper Pad, Crate Paper Close Knit Photo Overlay, Citrus Twist Project Life Card, Studio Calico Lemon Lush Vellum Die-Cuts, cardstock

April 08, 2014

Worry Free Pocket Life

This month Citrus Twist is offering a brand new self-paced class "Worry Free Pocket Life: Taking the Stress Out of Your PL", with contributions from seven of our Design Team members. This super affordable class is priced at just US$10 and comes with an original custom digital cut file, new PL sketches and a video. It shares simple ways to keep up with your Project life, to make it fun and to keep you playing with your PL pages year-round.. Head over to the Citrus Twist Store to sign-up and your class materials will be sent out beginning on April 10th. 
 
 


 

April 01, 2014

Simple Complexity


That's how I would describe this layout. The simple comes from the structure : two rectangles (a smaller one for the picture and a larger one for the pattern paper block) connected by an oversized title. Nothing could be more basic. As for complex, for me it would involve the type of artsy mixed media look with flowing watercolour washes and messy layered collage. Not my forte but fortunately this Studio Calico Lemon Lush paper takes all the hard work out of achieving complexity, no need to mess with paints or to deal with warping background or to fiddle with gluing ten little bits of paper cut-outs.     

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If I'm honest I have to admit to giving this paper a pass when I looked at the Lemon Lush collection at my LSS, zooming in instead on more geometric prints. So I really have to thank Trina for including it in this month's Citrus Twist Main Kit. It gives me the chance to go outside my comfort zone and create a page with a mixed media vibe. Something that is not really me but at the same time, every me.    

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Here's a sneak peak at the embellishments from the April Main Kit and the April Embellie Kit. If you are a subscriber, you can login to the Citrus Twist Shop now to see the full content list as well as to order your add-ons. If you wish to join us as a new subscriber, today's your last chance to take advantage of the offer to receive an extra free Main Kit (chose from September, October or December).

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Citrus Twist April Kits : Studio Calico Lemon Lush (Analytics, Loyalty, Flighty, Vellum Labels),  American Crafts DIY Shop (Chalkboard File Tabs, Chalk Badges), Citrus Twist Stamps, vellum

March 26, 2014

Of the Male Persuasion

Let's talk about guy cards. It's always something of a challenge when I'm asked to create a card for a man. The scrapbooking shops are filled with pretty, feminine supplies and while there's also stuff suitable for little boys - toy robots, cartoon monsters, skateboards etc. do not quite fit the bill when it comes to making a card for someone in his mid-50s, who is well-travelled and goes in for bespoke tailoring. My solution is to combine a star-map pattern with a globe-grid paper to make the background and then use phrase labels, in a variety of fonts, as the main focal points. Fingers crossed the client likes it.       
 
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Meanwhile I'm happy to report my scrapbooking-related splurge has been a big success. I took the plunge and got myself a 50mm f1.8 prime lens for my sony camera. I manage to get this tack sharp shot of my card without having to mess around with the tripod and that super shallow depth of field (it's f2.2 here) isolates the card beautifully against both the foreground and the background. Now I'm excited to see how it captures 8.5"x11" layouts.    
 
 
Citrus Twist October Kits : Alison Kreft Recorded Right Now, Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Die-Cut & Fantastic Fave, cardstock