Happy New Year Sign | Crate Paper

Hello there and Happy New Year to you! It is the end of one year and the beginning of another. And I decided that this year, in order to help remind me of all the hopes and dreams and goals I have for 2017, I thought I would create a little Happy New Year decorative sign using the awesome Color Reveal collection from Crate Paper and a few other fun Crate Paper goodies like some chipboard stickers from Maggie Holmes Gather and some gold letter stickers from Snow & Cocoa. 

I want the new year to be one that is really special and hopefully one that is filled with a whole lot of happiness and good health. I have been struggling lately with poor health...well poorer than usual. I have CRPS so my health is never perfect but lately it has been extra difficult. I have subsequently been worried about the upcoming New Year...but I am also really hopeful. I decided that I needed to make a sign that I could hang on the wall that would remind me of all there is to look forward to with the New Year. The New Year means new beginnings. It means a fresh start and lots and lots of hope! 

I decided that I would use the Color Reveal Heart shaped wall hanging and paint it in with the Color Reveal watercolor paint palette. I chose to use some really lovely  colors like light pretty pinks and mints and blues and try to create a cool kind of ombre rainbow effect by painting some areas darker and some lighter with the different colors! 

I think the happy look of the sign, with its super fun, pretty and dreamy aspects like the rainbow and the florals and the unicorn sticker and the pops of gold all over, really help to reflect the kind of new year that I am looking forward to having – one which is chock-full of happy memories, big hopes and dreams, good health, and tons of beauty and magic! Happy New Year everyone!!!

3 to Inspire: "Holiday Dream" Layout | Citrus Twist

Hello there! It's Andrea and today I want to share with you a fun Holiday-themed 3-to-inspire challenge! Yay!!!! I can't wait to get started...so let's get to it shall we?! :-) First, check out my layout:

It is Holiday time and for this challenge I want you to use the following on a fun scrappy layout of your own:

1. Holiday/Winter themed images ( i. e. gingerbread men, Christmas trees, snowflakes, deer, snowmen, mittens, stockings, Santa, etc).
2. Use pics (more than one) of special holiday moments
3. Add a sprinkle of holiday sparkle...whether that is the use of sequins, gold, stars, glitter, or all of the above, add a touch of shimmer and shine to your page to make it festive!

For my layout, I used the absolutely awesome and adorable December Kinsley Scrapbook Main kit and the Embellishment add on kit! I love these kits! The main kit is filled with beautiful patterned papers and such happy colors and sweet decorative peices! It is perfect I think for winter and the Holiday season but doesn't scream holiday...its more subtle and therefore much more versatile. I loved using it to scrap my Christmas-time experience. The pretty, happy colors really evoke the hopeful holiday feeling I was going for!

I wanted to make a layout that was about my Holiday season. To be honest, the holidays this year have lacked their usual luster due to poor health on my part. However, I am still dreaming of having a beautiful Christmas-time. For this reason, I thought I would make a layout that would portray the true feelings that I am having right now about the holidays – that being that there may only have been a few holiday things that I have been able to do so far this year, but that each is precious and is all part of a beautiful picture of hope for the future.

I am dreaming of a healthy, happy Christmas right now and I am so thankful for the good moments that I have been able to have so far. These three moments pictured in my layout held such Holiday happiness...putting deer antlers on and being silly with the hubby, looking at Christmas magazines with some apple cider from Starbucks, and actually going to an outdoor Vintage Holiday Fleamarket for some fun Christmas shopping when my pain wasn't so bad. They may seem like simple things, but I think during the holiday hustle and bustle and all the pressures that come with this time of year, we can often forget what is really important – the small and simple moments of love and laughter and beauty!

For your challenge, choose pics of holiday moments that are special to you right now. What do these photos say about your Holiday season this year? Try to tell a story that has a deeper meaning than just “we had fun”...not that there is anything wrong with that...but take this opportunity to really think about what the holidays mean to you right now. I guess this would be a little bonus challenge...just from me to you! :-)

Remember to use your holiday pics, your holiday themed images (like the gingerbread man and tree and snowflake die-cuts I used on my layout), and a sprinkle of holiday sparkle to complete this 3-to-inspire challenge (I know I had fun with some sequins and gold and stars myself)!

Don't forget to share your creations for this 3-to-inspire challenge with us on the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum. And remember to share on Instagram too...when you do tag @citrustwistkits and hashtag with #citrustwistkits and #ctk3toinspire ! Hope you like my Holiday layout and I hope you have yourself a very happy Holidays!!! Hugs!!!!

 

Last-minute Decor: Altered Frame | Crate Paper

Hello there and Happy Holidays, it's Andrea! And today I am super excited to share with you a fun last minute Christmas decorating idea using the whimsical Snow & Cocoa collection! And as much as I love decorating with cute things that I buy, is decorating with cute things that I have made! I love to make decorations, but during the holidays life can get really busy and those cute crafting projects that you had in mind to make to decorate your house with can get pushed further and further down your to do list. Here is a super fun, fast decorating idea that is easy to make and completely adhesive-less!

I made this lovely wall hanging by taking a little shabby window frame (which I found at a craft store) and tying ribbon onto it – two strands across the front from which to hang some pretty tags and pics and things. I used the oh so amazing Snow & Cocoa cut-apart sheet to cut out some of the decorative cards and tags in there like the country chic mason snow-globe and the adorable “Oh Deer” deer! I used paperclips to clip them to my ribbon. I printed out some of my favorite Christmastime photos in a 3x4 size with a white border and paper clipped those on as well. Other pieces like the tag that says “wonderful winter” and the gold Thickers from the collection that I used to add the number “25” to my wall hanging, further tell the story of this décor piece – which is obviously one of Christmastime!

I used embellishments like snowflakes from the ephemera pack and cute stickers to add some sweet little details to my decorative piece. I also used fun, out of the box pieces to my wall hanging, like the tassel and the the rubber bunny (which are from older Crate Paper collections) and the awesome bottle brush tree from Snow & Cocoa! The addition of pieces like these really add a lot of pop to my décor piece and give it a more dimensional and interactive feel!

This wall hanging was so super fast and easy to make because all I had to do was clip things onto my ribbon! And there was no adhering necessary and there was almost no cutting too! I hope you enjoyed this last-minute Christmas décor idea and that I have inspired you to make something like this using the Snow & Cocoa collection to decorate your home this year!

Thank You Card | Crate Paper

Hello there! It's Andrea, and today I want to share with you a really fun idea that you can use for your Thanksgiving dinner guests this year! I wanted to make cards for my friends and family this year for Thanksgiving...like a kind of “thank you” card for all my loved ones. I also thought it would be fun to have everyone at Thanksgiving dinner, make a list of what it is that they are thankful for. Subsequently, I combined the two ideas and decided that this year I would make Thank You cards that say thanks but also have a spot inside to write a list about what the recipient is thankful for in their life.

For the card, I decided to use the super sweet Gather collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. I love this collection because of how beautiful and versatile it is, the vintage flair that it has and also the warm, fall feel that it evokes.

For the base of the card I used the floral patterned paper, “So Sweet”. On the outside of my card, I used a cluster of fall leaves that I cut out on my die cut machine (I designed the leaves cutfiles myself). I cut these leaves out of various patterned papers from the Gather collection. On top of my leaves, I used the word “Gather” – it is a chipboard sticker from the collection and it really helps create a fun, fall Thanksgiving look to my card, along with the leaves.

At the top of the card, I used a little chipboard flag sticker that says “little moments” on it. And at the bottom of the card, underneath the word, “gather”, I did a little hand-sewing with a few zig-zag stitches to create a fun handmade feel for my card.

On the inside of the card, I used a few journaling cards (from the ephemera pack and the cut-apart sheet) for decoration. I placed one on the inside cover of the card that says “write it on your heart” – which serves as kind of directions for the recipient. This way they will then notice the blank lined paper that I stapled onto the other side of the card which is for them to use to write out all the things they are thankful for. I will of course give my friends and family members this instruction when I hand them the card too.

On top of the piece of patterned paper that I included for their “thankful” list, I clipped on a couple journaling cards, one which I stitched the words “thank you” to, and one which says “with happy hearts we gather together'. I hope I have inspired you to create some fun “Thank You” card/Thankful lists for your friends and family this Thanksgiving. Remember to make one for yourself too, to really help you reflect on all the wonderful things in your life that fill your heart up with gratitude!

Sunday Sketch: "Beautiful Good Day" Layout | Citrus Twist

Hi all! It's Andrea here and today I will be showing you another take on the Sunday Sketch! Now that you have seen Suse's beautiful 12x12, I thought I would share with you an 8 1/2 x11 alternative! I'm using the same adorable November Citrus Twist kit and the same awesome sketch, but for a differnent size layout and to tell a different story. That is what is so great about sketches, you can use them to suit whatever your scrapbooking needs are! And that's what is so great about this month's kit...it is so versatile!

Lets get started, shall we? First, take another look at the sketch:

Even though the sketch is originally laid out in 12x12 form, an 8 1/2 x11 can be easily adapted from the same basic plan. For my layout, I used some white 8 1/2 x11 cardstock as my background and built up from there, layering up some of the pretty floral Maggie Holmes Gather patterned paper from the kit and some of the Reset Girl for Simple Stories library cards behind my photos.

On one library card, I added some stamping using the exclusive stamp set from this month.

One notable difference is that I used an additional photo in my layout than is originally called for with the sketch. I can get away with the additional photo without throwing off the balance of the layout by using one large focal photo and then three much smaller photos that help tell my fall story more fully.

I used tags behind each of the three smaller photos that take up the space of the three horizontal rectangles lined up down the right side of the sketch. This was inspired by the tag at the top of the sketch.

For the border that is called for in the sketch, I used pen to draw a kind of diagram around my layout, leading from the title at the top "Beautiful Good Day" (made from the Amy Tan thickers and one of the exclusive stickers from the kit) around the whole page, drawing your eye from photo to photo, and then back up to the sentence beneath the title - "this was such a special day with you".

For some special fall touches to my page that help tell my story, I added some leaf shapes. I used some of the pretty black and white Simple Stories patterned paper from the kit and a leaf cutfile I designed, at the top of the page, and then one of the beautiful gold leaf paperclips from the Sprinkles kit, at the bottom of the page.

I hope you enjoyed this look at an alternate 8 1/2 x11 take on today's Sunday Sketch! I really loved this beautiful Fall day out in October with my hubby and I hope you are having lots of special Fall moments with your loved ones!

P.S. Remember to play along with the challenge by posting your Sunday Sketch inspired layout to the Citrus Twist Gallery with today's date (11/20) in the title. You could win a gift certificate for $5 to the Citrus Twist store! Yay! Can't wait to see what you guys make!

xoxoxoxox -- Andrea

3 to Inspire: "Little Moments" Layout | Citrus Twist

This is my first "3 to inspire" and I am super duper excited!!! So for this "3 to inspire", I would like you to do the following things:

1) use a shape punch to create one or more embellishments out of the pretty patterned paper/s in your kit
2) do some sewing (hand-sewing or machine)
3) use repetition (repeat a shape, a product, a word...whatever you like!)

Okay, are you gathering your Citrus Twist kit goodies so you can start the challenge...good! I can't wait to see what you all make!

In the meantime, let me share with you a bit about what I made for this "3 to inspire" challenge. I decided to make a lovely 12x12 layout using the awesome November "Emerson" kit to document my love of scrapbooking! For my "I love to scrap!" layout, I used the pretty, light peach heart patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection by Crate Paper as my background.

I used a 3x4 photo of me scrapbooking and layered up a few pieces of various patterned papers from the kit to create a kind of frame for my pic. This layering helps draw focus to my photo. But to bring even more attention to my photo, I used embellishments like sequins, gold heart confetti, enamel dots, and a wood veneer heart and a cork circle that says "ok", on either side of my picture. I also wrote "paper and pics" on a little round label (since that is what scrapbooking is all about) and did some doodeling here and there because I wanted to create a "scrapbooking" theme for my page.

Under my photo, I used the white foam thicker words "little moments" from American Crafts. And to the left of my photo, I washi-taped on a little note paper that I cut from the Citrus Twist exclusive cut-apart peices (sans the yellow border), to write the words "I love to scrap!". This serves as my title. Even though the words, "little moments" are larger, they are not my title, but a sort of sub-title if you will (since it is the little moments in life that I most love to document in my scrapbooking).

For number 1 of the challenge, I used a heart shaped punch to create my layered hearts that I spread across my layout in a kind of diagonal line from the upper left hand corner to the bottom right.

For number 2 of the challenge, I used my sewing machine to sew the layered hearts together. I also sewed a zig-zag stitch at the bottom of my layout, where I added a couple border strips for a lovely detail to create some interest at the bottom of the page in order to ground things.

For number 3 of the challenge, I repeated the heart shape all over my page. I did this with my layered hearts, but also with the gold confetti hearts that come in the Citrus Twist Sprinkles Kit for November, the wood veneer hearts that come in the Emerson kit, the cork heart stickers from Fancy Pants that are in the Emerson kit, the little heart I used to dot the "i" in my "I love to scrap!" title, and even the hearts that are in the background peach paper that I chose to build my layout up on.

To finish my layout, I clustered some embellishments at the top of my page. To promote the theme of scrapbooking, I specifically used a puffy camera sticker, a bit of patterned paper (to make a kind of "photo corner" at the top of my page) with a paperclip, and a few labels on which I used the exclusive stamp set to stamp words like "photo", "document" and "smile".

I hope you enjoyed my "I love to scrap!" layout and that I have inspired you with this "3 to inspire" challenge to use the November kit and my 3 challenges to document something that makes you as happy as scrapbooking makes me...I'm going to take a wild guess though and say that you will probably pick scrapbooking too!!! :-)

Remember to share what you create with this "3 to inspire" challenge by putting them here in the gallery and/or on the Citrus Twist Facebook Forum. And you can share on Instagram too so tag with @citrustwistkits and hashtag with #citrustwistkits and #ctk3toinspire so we can see your awesome creations!

xoxo...Andrea :-)

How-to: "Gratitude" Layout | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a lovely fall layout about gratitude! This is the time of year when we reflect on all the things that we are grateful for. For me, the first thing that always springs to mind when I think about all that I am thankful for, this time of year and any other time really, is my husband! I am so grateful for my husband and our love. For this reason, I decided to make a layout about how grateful I am to have my super awesome hubby in my life.

I created the layout using fall leaf cutfiles that I designed myself and the super amazing Gather collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. I cut the leaves from several different lovely patterned papers from the collection. I used a variety of colored patterned papers like the blue and white music paper, some peach patterned paper, and the minty-aqua plaid and royal blue gingham patterned papers, for example.

I used the cool “Happy Place” patterned paper, that looks like a kind of weekday planner chart, for my layout background. I thought it would work well for a background to all the colors that I was using with the leaves.

I took a photo from Ryan and I from a Thanksgiving a few years ago and I framed it with some layers of patterned paper and a chipboard frame sticker. To add something really special to the framed picture, I punched the chipboard frame with my Crop-a-dile punch, and added a couple of tassels to it with some thread.

I did a little bit of hand-sewing on my layout, to add a sweet “handmade” detail to the look of it (on top of some metallic washi-tape and a strip of patterned paper). For my title, I used the word “grateful” which I wrote myself and cut out on my die cut machine, using two sides of the “Beautiful” marbled style patterned paper from the collection. This gives a cool drop shadow effect to the title and really makes it pop. I think having a large title like this, sewn onto my layout, along with the drop-shadow style of it, really helps draw the eye to the title so that you see right away what the story is that I am trying to tell – one about gratitude. The photo, of my husband and I kissing, at the center of the layout, with the various colored leaves surrounding it on either side, and the little stickers on it that say things like “life is sweet” and “grateful for this” – all of these tell a further story about my being grateful specifically for my husband and our love, and also say that this is a fall/thanksgiving story.

I had so much fun making this layout and I think that I want to frame it and put it up for Thanksgiving-time. I love the idea of having décor up for this time of year that has vibrant, rich colors like the colors of the leaves on the layout. I hope that this has inspired you to make a layout about what you are grateful for in your life...and also maybe to use some fun colors and leaves like I did – all with the lovely Gratitude collection by Maggie Holmes!

Fun Halloween Treat Bag | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a little something that I made for my favorite time of year – Halloween-time! October is my favorite month by far, Autumn is my favorite season, and Halloween is the best holiday ever!!! This is due in large part to all the yummy candy of course! Lets just say I have a ridiculously big sweet tooth... Anyways, I thought that it would be wonderful to make cute little treat bags filled with candy for this Halloween-time using some awesome Crate Paper goodness!

I decided to use a combination of Crate Paper collections for my treat bag. I used some product from the new Cool Kid and Gather collections and also a little After Dark (last year's Halloween collection).

To start, I took a little canvas bag and painted it with a little spider web and the word “boo”. I chose to do the treat bag in traditional orange and black for Halloween plus some aqua thrown in for a fun, more modern look so I painted the “boo” in orange, but the web in aqua.

I tied a couple little tassels onto the side of the bag in aqua and peach to match, plus a few little tags like the “all you need is candy” tag from After Dark and the “remember this” tag from Gather for a sweet and special little addition to my treat bag.

Inside the bag I put lots of yummy candies like lollipops and chocolate and with them I added decorative cards like the “Trick or Treat” one that I added a little star paperclip to (from Cool Kid). I also added ephemera pieces from the Gather collection plus some tickets that I cut from one of the beautiful patterned papers in that lovely Maggie Holmes line.

I also decided to make a cool tag to go with my treat bag – one that I could use to write a special note for the recipient of my “boo” bag! To make my tag I used some of the black and white plus sign patterned paper from Cool Kid and to decorate it.

I used a fun little 2x2 pic framed with one of the frames I cut out of some Gather patterned paper and also some little sequin bats from After Dark. I think the bag came out really cute and I hope that I have inspired you to make some fun Halloween treat bags for your friends and loved ones filled with candies and other sweet surprises! Happy Halloween everybody!!! Now, I'm going to go eat some candy!!!!!!!! (p.s. I made a little video of how to make this fun Halloween treat bag if you want to check it out on my youtube channel – Fairytale Scrapbook)

Snow and Cocoa Planner Decor for December | Crate Paper

Hi all! Today I thought I would share with you a look at some of my Planner decorations for December – specifically my planned out first week! I used the ridiculously adorable Snow & Cocoa collection by Crate Paper because I think it is just perfect to use for your planner decorating for December!  Snow & Cocoa is such a great and versatile collection because it can be used no matter what holiday or holidays you are celebrating this December. It is a really fun winter-time collection that is perfect for the Holiday season but is not necessarily Christmas specific. 

To decorate and plan my first week in December, I first wrote out all my plans in pen and then I started building up my two-page spread with some fun tags and stickers and things. I cut out one large tag from some of the pretty 6x6 tree paper in the collection and I used a smaller pre-made tag from the ephemera pack to layer on top of it. This tag is so super duper cute with the sweet little polar bear on it! I used one of the oh so amazing decorative paperclips from the collection to hold my tags in place. It says “brrr” and I think it works really well with my bear! 

I used some really fun stickers like the little girl and the little boy with the cocoa in my planner because I think they just bring a lot of whimsy to my planner pages without feeling out of place. I sometimes find stickers like these that are cartoony in style to be difficult to use for certain scrapbooking/papercrafting projects. However, for a planner, this kind of a sticker is perfect and so fun to use!

I added some little stickers in diamond and circle and snowflake like shapes to signify snow falling on my pages. This is a simple way to add a little bit more movement and flair to your planner pages. You get the feeling that snow is actually falling and it just re-iterates the theme of this decorated week spread which for me is how much I wish I could get snow this month. I know it wont happen since I live in Sunny Southern California...but hey, I can wish right? I actually wrote “dreaming of a white Christmas...in So Cal?!” in the top right corner of my spread to add a little humor to my planner pages.

I really had fun playing with the fabulous Snow & Cocoa collection in my planner pages for December. I hope I have inspired you to do the same as you decorate your upcoming plans for the next week and month! Happy Holiday Season!!!