April 15, 2015

The Wrong Photo Format

Conventionally it's easiest to work a landscape photo into a portrait layout design. What then do I do if I want to use a square format photo? Cropping it is one option but with this shot it'll eliminate too much of the beach scene. Matting it with pattern paper is another option I considered and passed on because, with the other elements I plan to layer around the photo, it'll look too busy. That's when I hit upon the solution of leaving wide margins around the photo. It has an added benefit of providing a clean border around the photo where embellishments can sit and not encroach too much into the photo. I'm glad this design problem ends up offering me a new design technique.


As for my goal of killing the Citrus Twist April Add-On Kit, completing two 6"x8" layouts means I've only used up half of the Shimelle Darjeeling paper and a handful of embellishments from the Confetti ephemera pack. So lots more scrapping ahead for me.

Citrus Twist April Kits : American Crafts Shimelle True Stories Darjeeling, Heidi Swapp (Hello Beautiful Photo Frame, Wanderlust Wood Veneer Words), Crate Paper Confetti (Hooray, Embellished Pockets, Die-Cut Cardstock Ephemera), Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Black and White Arcylic Alphabet, Citrus Twist (Cork Shapes, Blue Acrylic Stars), Glassine Bags. Others : Heidi Swapp Black Alphabets

April 11, 2015

To Kill A Kit

A new month, a new kit from Citrus Twist and time to set myself another scrappy goal. I'm going to attempt to kill the April Add-On Kit, to see how many layouts I can make by using up all the papers and embellishments. Its going to be a tall order because Trina packs a lot into her kits. From a timeline perspective it will also be tough because my kit took a detour, vacationing for a week in Taiwan before finally making it to Singapore. Well I'm not daunted and hope to exhaust this kit before next one arrives. Wish me luck.


This first layout is all about playing with typography and mixed fonts. To keep the focus on the text and photo I've deliberately chosen neutral background colours and simple, barely-there patterns. There's a strong photo-journalistic feel to the page that makes it my favourite 6"x8" design so far.  

Citrus Twist April Kits : Crate Paper Confetti (Life of The Party, Gala, Hooray, Die-Cut Cardstock Ephemera), American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Serendipity Bloom, Shimelle True Stories Darjeeling), Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Black and White Acrylic Alphabet, Pinkfresh Studio Up In The Clouds Gold Rub-On Transfers, Citrus Twist April Labels

March 30, 2015

Memories Trend March Sketch

In December I had the chance to shop the Memories Trend Store and I filled my cart with some favourites, including several Teresa Collins cut-apart sheets. They were the inspiration for this layout which features several journal cards in both vertical and horizontal formats. Quintessentially me is the repeated working of a geometric form (the rectangle),the pattern paper layering, the use of text as embellishment and accenting the neutral colour palette with  pops of scarlet and gold.

Per Anna's request I'm also providing a sketch based on this layout. In creating this sketch I wanted to cater for all types of scrapbookers. Thus I incorporated a pocket where one can tuck in an accordion mini-book filled with photos and provided ample space on the right for a series of journaling labels which will hopefully appeal to memory keepers who wish to scrap multiple photos and tell their stories. Of course the creative scrapper can interpret the sketch differently and go for a more artistic look with lots of layering behind the photo and replace the journal block with a series of fun embellishments. If you like this sketch and make a layout based on it, I'd love for you to share it on the Memories Trend Facebook page

MT Dec Sketch

Memories Trend Supplies : Teresa Collins (Far & Away Notecards, Far & Away Ephemera, Stationery Noted Quotes, Something Wonderful Brads, Life Emporium Rub-Ons), American Crafts DIY Shop 6x6 Pad, Bazzill Basics Mud Puddle, Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Gold, Crate Paper Open Book Rub-On, white doily

Photo Credit : Sister Jane

March 25, 2015

Scrappy Organisation

I have too much scrapbooking supplies and that stuff is not well organized. There I've said it. Admitting this means I've finally acknowledged what has been nagging at me every time I go into my craft room. My idea of a better storage solution is to buy three layout albums and then to get cracking turning those hard to organize embellishments like chipboards, rub-ons, stickers and that scrap paper stash into pages to fill the albums. Yes, there really couldn't be a simpler solution.    


But before I go on my marathon scrapping spree, I need to finish two more design team layouts. One of them is this 6"x8" page created for Citrus Twist using the March Add-On and Pattern Paper Kits. Employing a warm and inviting colour palette of wood grain, pink and orange, it features my favourite technique of layering papers and embellishments. I'll share my other layout for Memories Trend later this week and then it'll be full steam ahead with my scrappy organisation scheme.

Citrus Twist March Kits : Elle's Studio Cienna Wood Veneer, Crate Paper (Craft Market Chipboard Stickers,  Craft Market Calendar, Confetti Jubilee), American Crafts Shimelle Curie, Pinkfresh Studio Up In The Clouds Foil Die-Cut Ephemera
Photo Credit : Christian Birkholz

March 20, 2015


Hmmm things seem to be getting smaller and smaller, in my scrapbooking that is. I've gone from 12"x12" pages - albeit not really by choice but just because it was convention - to 8.5"x11" and now down to 6"x8". Is it the ease of storing smaller formats that drives this size shrinking trend? Or perhaps the fact that smaller layouts are easier to design, and faster too? They certainly allow me to focus on using a more limited set of supply item and for those items to be shown off more prominently.


Case in point is this Citrus Twist Kit  layout. I approach its creation like making a card creating a layered central focal point around the photo. The best part is getting it done in just 15 minutes and that's inclusive of the hand-stitching. Now that's fast for me.

Citrus Twist March Kits : Crate Paper Confetti Centerpiece, American Crafts Shimelle Curie, Studio Calico South of Market White Alpha Stickers, Pinkfresh Studio Up In The Clouds Foil Die-Cut Ephemera, Elle's Studio Cienna Wood Venner, doily
Photo Credit : Greyerbaby