August 30, 2015

Featuring A Dalmation


One layout leads to another. This layout using the August Citrus Twist Kits is a modification of one from last month. What's the change? The page again features three main elements but this time I reshuffle them into an inverted triangle design. Triangles also appear in the form of envelop flaps linking the elements as they point from one to the other. These flaps are moreover useful in that they raise off the page adding a sense of depth to the layout. And, finally, I enjoy inserting several Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy die-cut pieces, especially that spotty dalmation who looks like he's accompanying the little girl on her walk through a flower-strewn field. It's a bit like creating a storybook illustration.


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Citrus Twist Aug Kits : October Afternoon Summertime Puffy Clouds, Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Die-Cut Cardstock Shapes, Pinkfresh Happy Things Rustic Triangles, Crate Paper (Confetti Surprise, Poolside Sunshine), Kaisercraft Fiesta Hola, Chickaniddy 365 Cloud 9

Photo Credit : Jill

August 25, 2015

Along The Edges


What could be more appropriate when scrapping a photo of summer splashing than creating a border of mini swimming pools? That's exactly what I'm going for as I line the edges of my page with rectangle pieces from the Crate Paper Poolside cut-apart sheet, choosing predominantly blue-coloured items for a watery effect. Since no pool is complete without rippling water I add some lines of stamping where the undulating calligraphy is reminiscent of gentle waves. It almost feels like I'm designing a 6"x8" frame for a photo to be dropped into the middle. I think I'll explore more edge-emphasized projects next month, it's a fun alternative to center-focused designs.


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Citrus Twist July Kits : Crate Paper Poolside (Admit One, Heat Wave), Chickaniddy Yipee Picnic Party, Seven Paper Amelia Washi Strip, Citrus Twist Stamp


Photo Credit : Public Domain

August 20, 2015

Shape Shifting


What's my favourite thing from this month's Citrus Twist Kits? It's the Pinkfresh Happy Things Rustic Triangles paper. I adore the quirky, whimsical doodles flowing across the paper in a series of interlocking triangles. Inspired by the geometric theme I created this graphic style page dominated by twenty five circles. Turning triangles into circles meant I was able to capture the in-between spaces where the apex of triangles met, bringing an added layer of complexity and intriguing randomness to the pattern mix. I think Trina plans to include more Pinkfresh products in next month's kit and I for one am thoroughly looking forward to that.  

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Citrus Twist August Kits : Pinkfresh Happy Things Rustic Triangles, Seven Paper Amelia 003, Crate Paper Craft Market Inventory, Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Die-Cut Cardstock Shapes, white cardstock,


Photo Credit : Nikolapeskova, Photomagaflor, RyanMcGuire

August 15, 2015

Troubles With Gold Foil


Still having fun with Dear Lizzy's Fine & Dandy ephemera pieces from my July Citrus Twist Kit - two of them this time, layered on top of each other. To bring out the gold in the foil card I use a dark navy card base. I needed something to tie the base to the sentiment and then it hit me there's a small floral pattern paper in the kit which can be fussy cut to create the perfect cascading border.

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The card came together quickly after that but when it came time to photograph it I faced quite a challenge. Shooting it under diffused natural light conditions resulted in a flat looking card where none of the colors popped. When I switched to using studio lights, I got better contrast but then the reflective gold foil would blow out. This is the best shot of the lot and I'm going with it because the reveal dateline is due tomorrow.


Citrus Twist August Kits : Kaisercraft Fiesta Hola, Crate Paper Poolside Summertime, Chickaniddy 365 Cloud 9, Simple Stories Summer Vibes Enamel Dots, Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Die-Cut Cardstock Shapes. Others : navy cardstock

August 10, 2015

a la Kate Spade


I really went to town with Dear Lizzy's Fine & Dandy ephemera for this layout. The pieces have a stylish, sophisticated and yet casual vibe that brings to mind preppy elan, certainly spot-on embellishments for a journal-heavy page about my love for shopping. I give it a Dear Abby treatment where I pose questions on and provide answers about my favourite past time in the form of short letters. Then it's time to inject some fun with these die-cut elements  and a magazine cut-out.

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Bringing so many disparate components can be tricky which is why I'm so glad there's this skinny black and white stripe pattern in my August Citrus Twist Kit.  It's the perfect background for uniting everything and the imparts precisely the touch of Kate Spade of New York I need to channel a Park Avenue style moment.   

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Citrus Twist August Kits : Crate Paper Craft Market Inventory, Seven Paper Amelia (001, 003, 012), Dear Lizzy FIne & Dandy (Love Fest, Die-Cut Cardstock Shapes), Freckled Fawn Puffy Alphabet, Chickaniddy Yipee Enamel Words, Simple Stories Summer Vibes Enamel Dots, Citrus Twist Wood Veneer Hearts. Others : ribbon, vellum


Photo Credit : Jill