July 30, 2015

A Marimekko Meets Lucienne Day Moment

Why use a kit? That's the question posed in a forum thread that got me thinking. Many chimed in with arguments for going the kit route : convenience, coordinated products, design team and fellow subscriber inspiration ideas etc. Certainly many of these reasons for scrapping with a kit apply to me but the most exciting thing about working with Citrus Twist kits, is the element of surprise. I love all of the pattern papers from the July Add-On Kit but left to my own devices would never have thought to put them together.


I mean who would have thought to pair that large lollipop flower pattern with a strong red stripe? But it works. These patterns play off each other creating a retro sensibility calling to mind a Marimekko meets Lucienne Day moment. Musing on these giants of mid-century modern textile design naturally led to the notion of scrapping about my crafty hobby of sewing which is how this layout came to be.


I have to confess this page hasn't gone into my 6"x8" album. Why? Because I intended to add some zig-zag stitches along the edges as a finishing touch. A plan that's on hold until I manage to get a new needle for my sewing machine to replace one that broke when I tried stitching through heavy weight denim.    

Citrus Twist July Kits : Seven Paper Amelia (Washi Strips, 009), Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Sweetest Soiree, Crate Paper Poolside Admit One, Shimelle True Stories (Wood Button, Expresso), Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Sour, Webster's Pages #Happy Sticker Sheet

Photo Credit : merad44520

July 25, 2015

The Message Board

11:30am Saturday. Been standing in the supermarket checkout line for twenty minutes. Not the best time to be grocery shopping but necessary if I'm to make dumplings for lunch. During the wait I kill time by perusing the contents of my fellow shopper's baskets and conjuring up imaginary meals based on what they were buying. That is until a message board catches my attention. It's one of those with adverts and flyers pinned on by members of the public who have rooms to rent, furniture to sell or kittens to give away. That's when the idea for this Citrus Twist page comes to me.


There's a bunch of journal cards, tags and labels in this month's kit - ideal for creating this sort of page. Once I hit upon a pyramidal arrangement of the elements the page comes together quickly. I end up with a neater version of the supermarket notice board, even replicating push-ins and magnets with little wood buttons. So after all it was fortuitous I got stuck waiting in line to pay for my groceries.

Citrus Twist July Kits : Crate Paper Poolside (Admint One, Heat Wave), Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Chloe, Shimelle True Stories Wood Buttons, MME Hello World Stick Notes, Webster's Pages (These Are The Days Enamel Dots, #Happy Sticker Sheet), Seven Paper Amelia Washi Strip, Citrus Twist (Stamp, Label Sheet), glassine bags, baker's twine. Others : button, black cardstock

Photo Credit : Kaboompics

July 20, 2015

Reinterpreting the Argyle

Embellishments - strewn across the page, piled on together in layers - however you use them they pack a punch. Even when used singly they can deliver a powerful focal point to a page. Case in point is this layout using a lozenge-shaped wood veneer piece from my Citrus Twist July kit. It's influence can be seen in the wedge and the parallelogram shapes (cut out of wood grain paper) that are used to create partitions in the design. The lower quadrant serves to concentrate one's attention on the Xperia phone in the photo while the upper section holds the title which includes a couple of arrows, continuing the argyle theme.  


Less is more can certainly be an eloquent design mantra. It's one I want to explore but not exclusively because the world of scrapbooking is filled with so many cool and exciting embellishments, it would take a lot of fun out of making layouts if I curtailed their use too much.

Citrus Twist July Kits : Dear Lizzy Fine And Dandy Let's Party, Amy Tangerine Rise And Shine Chloe, Crate Paper Poolside Twilight Foam Alphabet, WRMK Denim Blues Polka Dot Fabric, Citrus Twist (Stamp, Wood Veneer, Acrylic Stars), white cardstock

Photo Credit : Kaboompics

July 15, 2015

Wow It's Been Three Years

Three years and thirty-four kit reveals : that's how long I've designed for Citrus Twist.  I hadn't realized this is my longest serving design team stint until we recently said good-bye to several of the designers who started with me.  I've been with Trina since the beginning and saw this kit club grow from one kit to ten plus offerings per month, watched it expand into the online-classes arena (even contributed to a recent sketch class), provide exclusive embellishments and stamp products and also operate as an online scrapbook store. Looking back it's been an exciting, personally enriching three years. Looking forward I still eagerly anticipate each month's reveal and feel so lucky to be on this awesome team.


Citrus Twist July Kits : Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Chloe, Webster's Pages #Happy Sticker, Crate Paper (Poolside Admit One, Confetti Gold Star Vellum), Citrus Twist Acrylic Stars, white cardstock,

July 10, 2015

The Manila Envelope

What inspires a layout? Anything really. It can be something as simple as a manila envelope which came through the mail. One sitting on the craft table inspired this Memories Trend layout. It's structure with the two flaps steers the design into one of two halves. In the bottom section sits an arrangement of photo, title, captions and embellishments. While the top is dominated with a large envelope flap in a myrtle green pattern. To create a slight relief effect, I cut extra leaves and layer them over the leaf pattern. As a final touch some wood clip hearts are scattered to add a hint of whimsy to an otherwise tightly defined design.


I'm always excited to design with stationery themed elements but with this layout I've taken things to the next level. From the background, a recreated envelope, to the placement of captions on labels and tabs, even down to ephemera in the form of pencils and ruler, this is head-to-toe office supplies inspired. And boy do I love it!

Memories Trend Supplies : Basic Grey (Mon Ami C'est La Vie, Knee High and Bow Ties Wooden Flags), Crate Paper Storyteller Tag Cuts, Fancy Pants (Artist Edition White Alpha Chipboard, Off To School No. 2 Pencils), Echo Park (For The Record Alpha Sticker, For The Record2 Notions), Pink Paislee (Portfolio Photograms, Vintage Vogue Paper Rosettes), Amy Tangerine Good Times Accent Sticker, Teresa Collins Far & Away Ephemera, Bazzill Vellum, Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Butterscotch, WRMK Cropadile Corner Chomper. Others : wood hearts

Photo Credit : Takmeomeo