Monday, May 13, 2019

Citrus Twist Kits | Digital Journaling Cards | Traveler's Notebook

I thought this project was perfect to share right after Mother's Day.  One of my most favorite memories from our beach trip last year seeing my daughter run to me and squeeze me as hard as she can.  I used the May Life Crafted 'Excursions' kit from Citrus Twist for this project, but the base of my Traveler's Notebook pages are made using the May Journaling cards.  

You can see my post at the Citrus Twist Kits blog here, along with product details of what I used.  This project is all about sun, beach, tropical, summer.  But I have documented a few different 'excursions' with this kit, and why I think I love it so much for its versatility.

To get this look of the sun setting in the water, I used the digital and physical of the sun card with the stamps.  Sooo happy how that came out exactly how I hoped!

These Traveler's Notebook pages fit perfectly to adhere into a pre-made TN.  If I were to fit them inside one of the pockets of the Life Crafted album, I may have to trim down a little more, but I am inserting these into my album with the Happy Planner rings.

You can watch the video below to see how this came together or watch it in HD on my YouTube Channel here!  Hope you enjoyed the weekend and are having a great week so far!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Elle's Studio | May Kit + Extras Reveal | Book Review | Traveler's Notebook | Video

The Elle's Studio May Kit is now up!  Some wonderful Spring elements with some great ways to document!  And if you love to read, there are some great tags in this kit as well as embellishments available in the extras this month!  

The extras are a great complement as always to the Spring elements from the kit along with reading, and a new 6x6 paper pad!!  

I loved that Book Review tag from the kit and it made me think of when my daughter was a baby.  Every evening after bath, she would pick out a book for us or her (LOL) to read.  Love this bossy little diaper pose.

I made that photo large...I had too...diaper butt!!  But I did want to include photos of her flipping through the book, which was The Very Busy Spider.  I made those photos a totally different size than what I normally do.  They are about 3/4" by 1".

I tinkered a lot with this left side, as you can see from the video below.  The new pattern paper is just subtle enough with the design and color and was exactly what I needed to then add some of the die cuts from the kit along with the new embellishments available this month.  I used the Here + Now Stamp set to fill in the stars to rate the book LOL...when they are little it is all about repetition and this was a very well loved book.

Sometimes when you take a break from a project and look back, you see right away what to add.  That was the case with this after I finished filming.  I needed to fill in the empty area by the tag, so I used the trimmed die cut, one of the new labels and acrylic heart to finish that side.

Absolutely love the new stamp set available this month called Everyday Phrases Vol. 2.  They worked great along the edge of my page and photo stamped and fussy cut out.  You can see more of how this came together in the video below or watch it in HD on my YouTube Channel here.


Thank you for stopping by!  Here is a list of all the Elle's Studio May products I used.  You are charged any extra by making a purchase from my links.  I receive a very small portion of your purchases.  Thanks so much!!

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Citrus Twist Kits | May 'Excursions' Kit | Life Crafted

Hope everyone had a chance to check out the National Scrapbook Day challenges that Citrus Twist Kits had all day Sunday!  Lots of inspiration from using the May Kits this month there!  I also have a post up on the Citrus Twist Kits blog using the May 'Excursions' Kit for my Life Crafted album using the new pockets available.

I used the new  Page Protector #3, 4x6 Pocket + Journaling Spot and the Page Protector #2, 3x4 Pockets.  For the Page Protector #3, it was a goof and I used the pocket upside down.  I had time to fix it, but I had enough fluff or layers that the contents were not falling out and I really loved the composition of the large photo cut in half like this.

You can see all more details of how this came together on the CTK blog post here.

I used a good bit of the cut files available this month as well.

Really loving this kit and the versatility of it for vacations or any kind of adventures...even walks in the neighborhood!  Stop by the CTK blog for more details!  

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Friday, May 03, 2019

Citrus Twist Kits NSD 2019 Blog Hop | Video

It has been a long time since I have participated in National Scrapbooking Day.  So I am kind of giddy to be a part of the Citrus Twist Kits team in celebrating with the team and the CTK community in 'our' day!!!  So here is a list of the 5 challenges the team has put together.  You should have arrived to my blog from my sweet and talented friend, Lydia!  Please join in on our CTK FB Group here to share and celebrate with us throughout the day!

My challenge is using the CTK Stamps!  A challenge after my own heart.

My memory keeping has been a smaller format these days...Traveler's Notebook, 6x8 layouts, and 6x8 pocket pages.  But my first scrapbook size I loved and created with often was 8.5 x 11.  So I went with my old school love in celebration of NSD and created a layout today using the Life Crafted May Excursions kit with the stamp set that comes with it called Excursions, plus two other stamps available separately this month...a 4x6 This is Life "Free Spirit" stamp and the 2x3 Add-on Stamp.

For my stamp challenge, I want to see the stamps used on the background of your layout, but in a completely different and unexpected way from anything else you have tried.  

The May Life Crafted Kit is amazing and so versatile.  Not only can you document vacations, camping, beach trips, but any trip, even ones close to home or even the seasons of life.  I always find that the CTK stamps fit any memory but these especially so.  This layout is documenting my husband's newest hobby...motorcycling and camping.

He has not just a motorcycle, but a Harley that Harley sound, and in this photo (that he set up on his own!) he is giving the peace symbol that you will see riders give to each other.  Besides using the stamps, I knew I wanted to creat some color on my background to give a first layer and base for the stamping.  You will see this in the video below, but I used my acrylic blocks and ink pads to create my background.

And then I went crazy with the stamping...AHHH I LOVE these stamps!!  To build my layers from my background, the cut files this month just always seem to blow me away.  Nathalie does an amazing job.  I 'had' to use the Travel Icons for his adventures, and I also used my next favorite die cuts available this month, the Travel Titles.  I enlarged the map from the Travel Icon and added some handstitching to create more texture.  I backed all the die cut pieces with paper from the Life Crafted kit.

The sign die cut from the Travel Icons has perfect spots to add stamping as well!  So look for places throughout your layout to add some stamping.  I finished up the layout with some die cuts, puffy, and cork stickers from the kit.

I really love how the ink blocks I created for my base create a soft background that resembles a map, the stamping in different directions really complements the design, creates movement, adds texture, and captures these fun new adventures of my motorcycling riding hubby.

So are you up for the challenge?!  Use what CTK stamps you have that work well together for a memory, create a background in a way you have never tried before, OPTIONAL stamp within your design (ex. stamping on the die cut), and most of all HAVE FUN!!

Here is my video below or you can watch it in HD on my YouTube channel here.

Please be sure to see what Anna and Laura challenge you with CTK stamps!

Now it is time to visit Anna  and continue hopping along until you end up on the Citrus Twist Kits Instagram page. When you get to CTK Instagram after visiting all of our Creative Team contributions, just do the following:
* Like - @citrustwistkits
* Tag @citrustwistkits in a message to let us know you completed the blog hop on our NSD post
* Tag a friend in your message
CTK will be doing random drawings throughout NSD 2019 and will message and tag you if you win. CTK will be giving away everything from some of their new Life Crafted albums to embellishments to stamps and more. There is no purchase necessary to win!  Good luck!!  And have fun!!!

inks:  Waffle Flower Crafts:  Tickled Pink, Chirp Chirp!, Coffee Loves Milk, New Fish in Pond, Altenew Jet Black, Altenew Acrylic Blocks

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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Elle's Studio | April Digital Files | Travelers Notebook

Hello!  I have a Traveler's Notebook spread up on the Elle's Studio blog today showing three ways to use the April digital and cut files.  The digital and cut files are a great option to complement the physical product to help stretch your supplies to create even more projects, but it also offers so many ways to get creative and try something new.  

As you can see by my project, having the cut files and the wood veneers of the butterflies helped create not only a fuller TN spread, but gave me more options to create texture.  After cutting the butterflies with the Cameo and before taking them off the mat, I used the Wander Stamp set to stamp ‘wander’ in three different colors of ink, Altenew Persian Blue, Emerald, and Waffle Flower Happy Go Lucky.  Stamping them while still together on the mat is easier for getting that random stamped look than if I removed them from the mat to stamp onto each one individually.  These colors will set the color palette for my spread.

Since my white, stamped butterflies create texture, I love the contrast of them with the solid wood veneer butterflies as well as more solid colored or simple pattern paper designs, so they can stand out and not compete with the background or wood butterflies.  I used a combination of Noteworthy and Springtime papers, pulling similar colors to create a tone-on-tone layered look, also creating more texture, but subtle.

This butterfly theme works so well with the theme of my spread, so I continued in that direction and opened the Butterfly PNG tag digital file and created a clipping mask for one of my photos.  I have an old version of Photoshop Elements, but hopefully these steps will help you do the same with a similar program.  

Open the Butterfly PNG file, click on the Magic Wand Tool.
Now click on the purple section of card and not on the butterfly.  
You should see marching ants around entire tag and butterfly.  
Click Delete.  
Your purple background will be removed and you should see a checkerboard background.  
Click the ESC key to remove the marching ants.  
Open your photo and drag it onto the butterfly tag.  
Shape and position it.  
From the Menu, click Layer - Create Clipping Mask.  
Reposition and shape your photo before printing, and detail cutting the image out.

Moving my photo to create some white space on it allowed room for my title using the April Kit die cut.  When I trimmed the photo out, I left a small white border around it, so it stands out against my Noteworthy pattern paper.  I repeated the layered butterflies on the right side of this page by layering a good bit!  Most are overlapped and adhered with just adhesive in the center, and just a couple on top are adhered in the center with foam adhesive.

Next, I opened one of the Spring Bible Scripture Tags with a verse that fit with my project, but wanted to include it over my photo instead of just printing the tag.  To do this, I did the exact same steps above, except instead of dragging the photo onto the tag, I dragged the writing onto the tag and then repositioned it and sized it before printing.

The third digital element I brought in was the die cut ‘wander.’  This was especially useful since I had already used the acrylic piece on another project.  I used the Springtime paper stack in coordinating colors of my project and die cut this out with the Cameo three times to adhere and stack on top of each other.  This gives it more dimension and stability.

Give one or all of the three options of using the digital options Elle’s Studio has available to help extend those same physical favorites.  Then take it to the next step and try creating texture with stamping on die cuts, creating a clipping mask from a tag for a photo, and/or adding text from a tag to a photo.  Happy creating!!

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Snapdragon Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

It is time for another new Build-A-Flower release from Altenew!  Welcome to the blog hop and hope you love this Snapdragon set as much as I do.  You should have arrived here from the very talented Jess Francisco.  The stamp set is available by itself or for a 5% discount bundled with inks.  If you don't ever want to miss a new Build-A-Flower release, you can subscribe here.  You will get a specially discounted price from $35.00 to $29.99!

There's a matching die set you can purchase to go with it.  Inside your Snapdragon Build-a-Flower Stamp set, you will find examples with ink colors suggestions, and on the back is this guide to stamping the layers.

I had a blast with this set!  I really loved the movement of them and was amazed at how many layers come with this set.  Like all of the BAF sets, once you stamp it out, you are set and can stamp away.  I was thrown off with this one a bit in the beginning of stamping because that bottom stem is totally separate and if not lined up, your die will not match up.  But you'll see in the video, it worked out beautifully.  I first created a Traveler's Notebook spread.

As I usually do, I stamp out a lot of flowers and have them ready to use.  So even the first batch where they didn't line up exactly in the die, I still used.  You'll see in the video more of how I really just made this more imperfect with the watercolor background.

I also used a couple of sheets of pattern paper from the Reflections 6x6 pad, doing some fussy cutting to add to the dimension and a contrast of color to build on my watercolor background and Snapdragon flowers.  And then I pulled in some of the embellishments from the Live Your Dream scrapbook collection.

My large photo on the right side is busy with the large trees, but instead of changing it to black and white, I worked with the colors of inks I used and the fussy cut pattern paper to pull from it.  I also used some of the pattern papers under the photo on the right, and then layered some of the stamped and die cut snapdragons.

I used two of the three sentiments from the set on the Traveler's Notebook and was inspired to use the third as gift tags.  Teacher Appreciation, Mother's Day, and graduations, recitals are all coming up and I can always use some pretty tags.  

I die cut several tags using the Silhouette Cameo and then a watercolor background again, but did not layer any of the stamped and die cut flowers.  I went with a bolder contrasting color for the stem so it would really pop.

Using just a few of the layers of the flowers and not lining them up gives a really free, watercolor look.  And while you are already creating, it is a great way to have some tags on hand when needed.

You can see from the video how the Traveler's Notebook and tags came together using this set below or in HD on my YouTube channel here.

Now onto the GIVEAWAY!! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 5/10/2019.

Your next stop is thIlina Crouse. GOOD LUCK and ENJOY the hop!!!

SUPPLIES USED: (Affiliate Links)
Snapdragon Build-a-Flower Stamp set
Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:
Forest Glades
Caramel Toffee
Volcano Lake
Puffy Heart
Frayed Leaf
Peach Perfect
Frosty Pink
Cotton Candy
Caribbean Sky
Reflections Paper 6x6 Paper Pack
Live Your Dream Embellishment Bundle
Nuvo Glitter and Crystal Drops
Nuvo Rose Triad Gemstones

And wanted to share the end result of the tags used for Teacher Appreciation gifts next week with a quick photo I took today.  They are all lined up and ready to go!  My daughter can write a message on the back to each one.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Elle's Studio | April Kit + Extras | Pocket Page

If you celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful day!  After Easter, it is always that homestretch of school almost out.  We are ready for Spring and Summer fun!  Sharing one last project using the Elle's Studio April Kit + Extras with a pocket page highlighting some of chickadees favorite outside activities.


I didn't like the way my small squares were fitting inside the pockets, so to remedy that, I just used a piece of Noteworthy 12 x 12 paper, trimmed down to 6 x 8 and attached everything to this as a grid that makes it look like it is a pocket.  I HAD to use the Go See Do.  To make them pop more, I used some of the Springtime 6 x 6 paper stack under them.

Used a good bit from the April kit, using tags as is, trimming them down to fit, and the die cuts from the kit.  Also pulled in some of the extras, including the stamps, puffy stickers, and the wood veneer butterflies. This was a fun spread to put together.

I added a good bit of stamping to this spread.  On the right side, I stamped the flower petals at the bottom of this 4x6 tag.

Really love how that came out, and my favorite is dressing up the Scripture tag with the stamps, so happy how that came out!  Completely changed the look of that tag.

This was a few years ago, and that trampoline is still a top favorite...we just did it today!!  Hope you are having a great Spring Break or enjoying your week!

Here are the products I used for this spread.  My affiliate links do not charge you any extra to shop.  I get a small commission.  And Elle's Studio is also having a Spring sale, so it is a good time to do some shopping!  Enjoy!

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