Citrus Twist | Sketch-based Layout - Disney Magic

Hello there!  I am excited to share with you Citrus Twist Kit's sketch and how I used it along with the April Citrus Twist "Sophie" kit to create a fun layout about my love for Disney magic!


I don't know about you but I love Disney! I love all the fairytale fun, all the whimsy and childlike innocence and bright happiness of it all! It is like a world of imagination where no matter how old you are, you get to experience the world with this joyful wonder and playfulness that is unfortunately so often missing from our daily lives. I of course, am of the mindset that we should be infusing this kind of whimsy and magic in our day to day lives which is why I am all about “living life as a fairytale” and writing our own happily ever after. To that end, memory keeping and scrapbooking is such a wonderful way to do this, because it invites us to both tell our story and to be playful and creative! So let's get creating! This is the sketch:

It looks pretty simple. I knew however that it might be a little difficult for me considering the fact that it uses two photos lined up in an a-typical way and also because it is a 12x12 and I knew I wanted to do a 8 ½ x 11. Now I have converted the 12x12 sketches to fit the 8 ½ x 11 before, but because of the layout of this one, I was a little nervous. I managed it though, as you can see. I basically just cut off that right side where all the negative space is.

And as for my concern regarding the placement of the two photos, I simply chose to make that top photo a square instead of a rectangle. I just felt like for my purposes, it worked better.

I'm noting these kinds of things to you because I want to make it clear that whatever sketch you want to use, you can adjust it to fit your own purposes. Don't be afraid to move things around, to change the size of things, etc...a sketch is always just a place to start. It is supposed to get you going along the way, and also to help you step outside your box a little...but don't let it be a detriment to your creativity! It is a helpful tool...a suggestion, not a rule! Have fun and play!

As you can see, I used mostly goodies from the main kit for this layout (along with some paper from the Patterned Paper Play add on kit). I love the papers this month! I love all those pretty pinks and teals and blues! Oh and I really loved fussy cutting out the beautiful butterflies from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper...that paper is just perfect for fussy cutting! The butterflies add a fun, pop off the page element that gives the layout a whimsical, interactive feeling.

I created my title using the pretty black puffy stickers in the kit and spelled out the word “magic”. And then did some journaling about the magical feeling that Disneyland always gives me. And I think the photos along with the doodles I added of Minnie and Mickey and the Castle, inside the fussy cut frames (from the Maggie Holmes frames patterned paper) really helps tell that story of Disney magic! It was a really fun day!

Alright, I hope you enjoyed this sketch and my layout! I had fun playing with the sketch! Okay, have a happy scrappy day and remember to live your life as a fairytale!!!

Let's Get Digital - Easter Fun!

Hello there everyone! Even though it's a couple weeks late, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! And in celebration of this special time of year, I have made for you all some really cute printables! I will show you how to use these printables for a quick Easter scrappy project. You will see how to take my printables and your Citrus Twist April kits and some of those fun pics you took over the Easter weekend to play and make something really easy and pretty for your Easter memories!


So let's take a look at the printables. There is a large, 8x10 printable for a layout background (or you could use it for journaling too if you like), and there are pocket 3x4 card printables too! And there is an adorable bunny in the printables...yaaaaaay!

Background 8x10 printable:


3x4 card printables:


And now let's get started “gettin digital”, shall we? So first download your Easter printables and then print them out on nice cardstock (you could also use photo paper if you want to...matte would probably work best). And then look at those photos you took for Easter and pick a few of your faves out!  Choose a few of the ones that really pop out at you as being super cute. This isn't meant to be a huge Easter project, but just a fun, scrappy, happy Easter project where you can just make a quick layout or pocket page or both using your new printables.

I designed these printables to be easy to use. You can simply tuck the 3x4 pocket cards into a pocket page with some pics if you like. Maybe do a little bit of journaling and a wee bit of decorating with stickers or enamel dots or buttons and things and voila, you are done!

And I made it easy to use the large 8x10 printable to make a cool Easter layout too! What I did was automatically give you your background to build a layout on. And as you can see, I gave you a title with the “Happy Easter” at the top of the page. Then at the bottom, opposite corner from the title, I placed my sweet little bunny. And then there is a whole lot of white space for you to work with! All you have to do is frame this printable with some patterned paper from the Citrus Twist April kit! I love the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper in there and I couldn't choose between a couple of them so I decided to use a bit of both.

Once you have framed your printable, start building up on the page, in the white space. I cut out a frame from the frame patterned paper in the kit (also from Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams) and used that as a cute frame for my photo. I had printed a few photos out, but this one I think looked the cutest on my layout (so the others will be used later in a pocket page with my other printables). And then after I framed my pic, I backed it with a few layers. I used a couple pocket life cards from the Citrus Twist Pocket Life kit for April along with a few cut pieces of patterned paper from the Main kit.

I added some cute embellishments like the awesome Pinkfresh Studio paperclip and the lovely butterfly flair and the ephemera pack pieces that come exclusive in the kit. I also used some fun pop up stickers from Dear Lizzy that came in the Embellishment Add on kit.

For some extra depth, I popped up my cute printable bunny too! For this, I just printed out the 8x10 printable again and fussy cut out the bunny, then popped it up in it's spot with a pop-dot. And that was about it...a little sewing here and there and I was done! So simple and easy and fast!

Alright, well I hope you enjoyed this “let's get digital” with me today and that you enjoy your Easter printables! Bye everyone! And remember to “live your life as a fairytale”, as I always say!

From Faith Planner to Faith Mini Album

Hello there all you super creative, fantastic people! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a cool new project using the Simple Stories Faith collection! I made this one for all you who love planning and all you who love scrapping too! I enjoy doing both...which is one of the reasons why I love Simple Stories so much! It has such wonderful papercrafting supplies for both the planner addict and the scrapbook lover in you!


Recently, I came up with this idea to combine my planning and scrapping in a fun new way! I realized that after I finished playing in a planner with a certain theme or for a certain period of time, instead of just storing what I had put in the planner, I could instead take what I had done in my planner (the set up and decorations...all the planning, notes and writing) and incorporate that into a mini album!

It is so easy – you just take what you put in your Carpe Diem planner, transfer it over to a SN@P! album, add in some pocket pages and some photos, and voila!'ve completed a mini album!

I had so much fun creating this project! I decided that I wanted to document my faith in a special way. I chose to do something specifically for this time of year (for March and April because of Lent and Easter). I think this is a perfect time to reflect on one's faith and document it!

So this is what I decided to do – I thought I would plan out my March and April much like normal, but then add in all the cool stuff from the Carpe Diem Faith Insert Set. With the set, I documented things like my prayer list for the month, faith quotes that were inspiring me, etc. I used the cute notebook paper that comes in the set and used those to do some Bible journaling and to reflect on the mass readings from different days during Lent.

I love reading my Bible and it was cool to take notes on the different Gospel readings and things and really study them and explore what they meant to me!

I had fun with all the “nerdy” Bible studying that I did with my planner, but I also really had fun with the creative stuff like the decorating! I especially enjoyed making my cross dashboard! I used the SN@P! Pack  2x2 cards and the SN@P! pocket pages to make my cool dashboard.

This dashboard, and all my other goodies that I used to document my faith in March and April (for the Lent/Easter season), I then moved into my SN@P! 6x8 binder to create my cool “faith book” mini album.

I simply transferred things first, and then started adding in pictures and SN@P! pocket pages. I used the 6x8 paper pad and the SN@P! Pack and chipboard stickers and brads and other embellishments from the Faith collection to fill out my mini.

I love the look of the Carpe Diem planner dividers and notebook papers and things intermixed with all the large photo pages and photo pocket pages!

And I love the look of the calendar pages with the photo pocket pages!

I had fun putting my pocket pages together. I love that Sn@p gives you a range of different sized pockets to play with! I have a hard time sticking to just one or two sizes of pics...I want to use them all...I like a variety!

I also enjoyed adjusting some of the pocket pages to better fit my needs. It is so easy to do just need some scissors and to do a bit of sewing with a strip of patterned paper along the edge (for the hole punching).

I love sewing little touches here and there inside my mini albums. I think it makes for a cuter more personal look.

I love my faith and I'm finding this such a fabulous idea for Lent – because I am not giving something up, but instead using my time to read my Bible more, reflect on what it means and the importance it holds in my life.

Alright well, I hope you enjoyed my cool Planner to Scrapbook Mini Album idea! Hopefully you now have some fun ideas on how to use your Faith collection.

And don't be afraid to mix in those planner goodies with those scrappy ones!

You can use this ideas for your faithbooking like I have (for a special project for Lent, Easter, or anytime of year really) or you could use it for other themed projects as well!

Hope I have inspired you today to put a little planning in your mini album...or a little mini album in your planning...see what I did there?   Anyways, have a great, happy scrappy day, a wonderful Easter and remember to, as I like to say, “live your life as a fairytale”...writing your own happily ever after one Simple Story at a time... Hey, see what I did there too? :-)


Hello!!! It is Andrea Bethke here, and today I am super duper excited to share with you my first collection called “GIRLY AND STRONG”! It is the first collection for THE FAIRYTALE CLUB, which is a brand new and magical membership club with scrapbook and planner kits for all your whimsical and pretty papercrafting needs!


THE FAIRYTALE CLUB is built on my love for fairytales and all the “once upon a time” , “wish upon a star”, and “happily ever after” goodness that makes life beautiful PLUS my love of all things papercrafting, planning and memory keeping!

Each collection for the club will be inspired by my favorite fairytales and my “happiest place on earth”. And so, for this first collection, GIRLY AND STRONG, there are lots of lovely hints at various fairytale movies and characters – like Alice in Wonderland and Oliver & Company, and Snow White, Mary Poppins and Emma Swan – and also by my trips to my favorite theme park. However, the collection is also filled with just awesome versatile patterns and things that are great for documenting spring, summer, being in love, being happy, having fun, being brave, being girly and strong...wink wink...and all kinds of other good stuff!

This collection and all collections for the club, will be perfect for documenting your fairytale adventures but also your everyday life adventures and really work for any story that you want to tell. I specifically designed everything so that you could use it for any of your memory keeping and planning needs, but in a way that has that touch of magic and a little nod to the happiest place on earth!

For GIRLY AND STRONG, I specifically wanted to design a collection where the theme was all about being a strong woman/girl/female and accepting and being happy with the person that you are! I have always wanted to design my own collection and making this dream happen is so incredible! I feel empowered as a woman and I want to share that with all of you. I so often dreamed about this happening, but I kept telling myself that I couldn't do wasn't until I realized how truly brave and capable I am that I finally allowed myself to begin the journey that I had always been dreaming about! And so here it is...a collection and a club that is all about being inspirational, making dreams come true, and writing that happily ever after...whether through your planning or your memory keeping!

I am so thrilled to finally be able to show you all the special designs that I have been working on for this collection and all the cool patterned papers and planner dividers and embellishments! 

I want to share with you my favorites...oh wait, they are all my favorite! Well, let me just list out all the cool things that are in the collection! So first, there are all the amazing patterned papers! There are 12 double sided 12x12 patterned papers (so 24 patterns total). And the patterned papers range from super whimsical and lovely images of swans and poodles and carousel horses (well, unicorns actually) to more simple, but also super cute patterns like fun polka dots and stripes.

I really love the pretty patterns that just scream girly goodness – like the bows and lipsticks and roses! I also love all the watercolor patterns which have a more free-flowing feel as well as the geometric prints which are also really cool.

Then there are the planner dividers (which come in A4 and A5 sizes). There are 12 of those and they are also double sided, with cute patterned prints on the back. They are perfect for planning but would also look beautiful in a mini album or hung on the wall as a décor piece.

I love the sweet imagery on the planner dividers. The vintage feel of the poodle and the swan makes me smile. And I think my cute, dapper, pink haired girl is my favorite!

I also love the sayings that you can find in the collection. There are some great inspirational quotes on the planner dividers that are all about being brave, loving yourself and others, being strong and silly and weird and wonderful, and you!

It is all about feeling good about who you are. I love that! And you can see that, not just in the planner dividers, but also in other imagery in the collection, like in the embellishments and the cut-apart sheets.

Let's talk about the embellishments...there are so many adorable embellies in this collection! And everything has gold foiling!!!

I of course had to have paperclips. I love paperclips! They are by far my favorite thing to scrap AND plan with! I decided to make my paperclips for the GIRLY AND STRONG collection in cute decorative shapes. They are wooden and come in different pretty colors from the collection and they all have beautiful gold foiling on them!

Another embellishment that I love and always use in both scrapbooking and planning, is ephemera. So I knew I had to have an ephemera pack be part of the collection! I made ephemera pieces that matched nicely with the patterned papers in the collection and that would be fun and easy to use. I love the cute vintage pieces so much! And I also really love the tags and the hearts and the words...and oh, all the pieces with gold foiling on them! Did I mention that some of the pieces in the ephemera pack are gold foiled! Yay!!!

I decided that I needed to have some label stickers and tiny word stickers in my collection too. So I came up with a cool sticker sheet that has both. The labels and the word stickers are gold foiled. They look beautiful and they are super colorful and bright! The words are great too because they go along with the theme of GIRLY AND STRONG so there are words like “brave” and “silly” and phrases like “happy girl” and “so lovely” and “stay weird”...because us girls are so many wonderful things, all of which we should be proud of!

I realized that we also needed something pretty to use for title-making in our scrapbooks and I decided to have some pretty gold foiled puffy word stickers to play with! I just love these! They are so gorgeous! All the words are in my handwriting and they say cool things like “this is me” and “pretty” and “bright' and “hello”.

All the product is so cute and I love it so much! This has really been a dream come true getting to design this collection and starting this new club! I really feel like I am in the middle of a fairytale made real!

I really hope you will join me on this amazing fairytale adventure! Please join THE FAIRYTALE CLUB today! You can get a planner kit or a scrapbook kit or all of the collection! Whatever you decide on, I hope you enjoy being part of our new club! This is the beginning of our “happily ever after” in a papercrafting dreamland don't wait, subscribe to get your May kit of GIRLY AND STRONG goodies today!


National Craft Month Mini album Challenge from Citrus Twist! -- #Hope album

Hello there! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a fun little album that I made using the super lovely and awesome Citrus Twist March kits! The main kit this month is perfect for making a mini album as it includes a couple of chipboard pieces and a couple binder rings in it! This month, for National Craft Month, Citrus Twist is inviting you to make a mini album as part of a special challenge! I myself absolutely love making mini albums and I had such fun working on this one!

I decided to make a mini album that was about hope and all the elements right now in my life that are helping me stay hopeful during what has been a really difficult time. These three things are – happiness, bravery and love! I chose to divide my mini into three sections (called “be happy”, “hi brave”, and “so loved”, for this reason).

As some of you may or may not know, I have a very serious health condition called CRPS and it causes constant pain every day of my life. Lately my CRPS has been particularly bad. I am used to some good days and some bad, but the number of bad days has definitely gone up. However, I refuse to give up on hope and a happy life and therefore I am trying to really live in all of the precious happy little moments that I have, really appreciate the good days and take advantage of them! I want to document this journey through the good stuff and the bad stuff, focusing on the beauty and acknowledging the struggle.

A mini album is perfect for the purpose of reflecting on the thoughts and feelings and circumstances that you are experiencing at a particular time in your life. The good and the bad.

I created this album to be a reminder of hope but also to show really the contrast between the good days and bad days (the days out, the days stuck in bed, and the importance of happiness and bravery and love for both). I wanted to create a mini that shows the reality of my situation.

Not all of our stories are pretty, perfect stories, but all of them are important! For this reason, I challenge you to create a mini album that reflects not only what is good and sweet in your life, but also what is difficult and bitter. Try including the perfect picture moments and the not so perfect ones...try journaling in a way that goes deeper than just...”what a great day!” Write about your thoughts and emotions. Be real!

The hard stories in our lives are often the ones that get overlooked as far as memory keeping, but I think they are usually the ones that most need to be documented. Telling stories like this one have proven to be very helpful, cathartic and uplifting to me.

[Note: try breaking your story into two or three different parts/thoughts so it is easier to convey. When you are documenting more complex stories with emotional depth, it is always a good idea to divide your album into sections so that you can gather your thoughts and get your points across clearly, both for your own benefit and that of whoever else sees your album].

I hope that telling a story that is real and important for you, and looks at both what is difficult in your life and what is good and helpful and beautiful, will help you to learn more about yourself and to feel good about the person that you are. 

For more of a “light” and technique based challenge, try using some of your packaging in your mini album, like using the backing to create a tag or using the plastic covering to create a fun shaker pocket!

I hope you have enjoyed my mini album and that I have inspired you to make something that tells an important story in your life.

Life is not perfect but it sure is beautiful! 

I hope you enjoy this special National Craft Month Mini Album Challenge from Citrus Twist! Please check out the other minis created by Citrus Twist Design Team members this month too (check out Michelle Wedertz, Veera Saarivuo, Elsie Robinson, Emma Wood)! 

And remember that we all write our own be brave, document the good and the bad, create beautiful things, be the heroine of your own story and live your life as a fairytale (one precious, hopeful, memorable moment at a time)!

Hugs! – Andrea

p.s. There is a cool “how to” video for this mini album on my YouTube channel, Fairytale check that out too when you get a chance!

"Hello Happiness" Layout Tutorial | Citrus Twist Kits

Note: Here is a post that went up on the Citrus Twist blog in February...been meaning to share it on here here you go and I hope you like it... :-)

Hello there! Today I want to share with you a fun tutorial!!! Yaaaaay! I made a fun video that you can watch and follow along to make a lovely love letter layout with the oh so pretty “Bright Side” add on kit for February from Citrus Twist! 

I loooooove all the kits from February! I always love the kits but February may be my fave month ever as there are so many dreamy and girly and really sweet goodies in all the kits!  I love the February kits so much that I think all that love just put me in a super duper lovey dovey probably helped that it is the season of love as Valentine's Day is fast approaching... Anyways, all this love made me feel like making something special for and about my hubby Ryan! So today, I want to show you how to create this special love letter style layout that is perfect for the one that you love!

I love writing love letters to my hubby! We write them to each other all the time (even after eight years of marriage) and especially for holidays like Christmas and of course, Valentines Day! If you have never written a love letter before, here is your chance to start!

Take the time and write out something special for someone you love. It can be a friend, your son or daughter or your spouse...anyone you love! And if you aren't feeling the love letter thing, you could also just do a little fun handwriting on your layout and list out all of the things that you are loving right now or maybe even a little letter to yourself where you talk about what you love about you! There are so many fun ways to adapt this idea to your life, so go ahead and have fun and do what suits you!

This tutorial was so much fun to do! And I think you will find there are a lot of fun tips and tricks and techniques in this layout tutorial! I show you how to make a cool decorative paperclip, how to add a touch of watercoloring to your layout, a different way to incorporate journaling onto your layout, and how to make your embellishments pop off the page!

Most importantly though, I hope that this tutorial really inspires you to make something special for someone you love this Valentines Day! Watch the video tutorial and have fun!

Xoxoxoxo --- Andrea

3 to Inspire: "Happy Together" Layout | Citrus Twist Kits

Hi there everyone! It's Andrea here, and I had so much fun working on this special “3 to Inspire” challenge, with the three elements of sewing, word stickers, and the color pink.  I was so excited because I knew that these would all work great with the Citrus Twist February kits and the over-all feeling of February which is frankly quite sweet and lovely (due to the nature of Valentines Day, I think).

For my layout, I knew that I needed to use the super beautiful floral patterned from Crate Paper Oasis that is in “The Bright Side” add on kit. There is some fun pinks in that floral paper, but to add some more pink to my layout, I chose to use cute embellishments like some pink flowers from the Pink Paislee ephemera in the add on kit, and some butterflies and hearts and things from the chipboard stickers in the Main Kit. For more pops of pink, I did some fussy cutting and used some arrows from some of the patterned paper in the Pattern Paper Play kit and also some sweet little tickets that I cut from some of the product packaging.

I added word stickers to my layout that would help to tell the story. I used words like “loving this”, “let's go”, “me and you” and “you are my happy” to show that the story is all about me and my love, my husband Ryan, on a romantic Valentines Day night out. By adding both the flat word stickers and the chipboard ones, more dimension and interest is given to the page.

To add my sewing in, I did some hand-stitching here and there on my page. I stitched a bit across the top of the page where the paper clips are to kind of further anchor down the flags and things that I added to that top corner. I also did some cross stitches on my fussy cut pink tickets. And for the last of my sewing, I created a special little heart using a left-over piece from the Pink Paislee ephemera pack which I painted and then added some white cardstock to and stitched to make a fun and interesting, one of a kind embellishment for my page. (note: I added a few more painted touches here and there that had a bit of this kind of effect on it just to balance things out).

I had so much fun with this “3 to Inspire”! (Oh, and I just want to also point out that I had a lot of fun with my pics on this layout too and so can is a fun tip...try coloring your pic/s for your layout in cool colors like the challenge color pink and/or mint, yellow, blue, etc using photoshop or another photo editing app or software! )

Creating Custom Valentines | Crate Paper

Hi, its Andrea! Today I am going to share with you some fabulous valentine ideas, using the gorgeous “Heart Day” collection, which you can then use to make something special for the ones that you love!

Every year for Valentines Day I make valentines for my special someone – namely, my hubby, Ryan. This year I was so excited to work on my valentines for Ryan and my friends and family! I am in love with all the polka dots and all the cute images like the heart emoji faces and the sweet little cartoon girls.

For one of my simpler valentines, I just made a fun little tag out of some of the pretty heart paper, a piece of ephemera, a sticker and some thicker letters that spell out the word “love”. For the other simple valentine, I used a pretty piece of the patterned paper, folded it into a simple square card, added a cool chipboard sticker and some ribbon and sewing to make a simple card that is great for anyone you care about. Just add a little phrase sticker to the inside of the card that says “be mine” or “i adore you” and it will make your recipient feel super special.

For a more time-consuming, but oh so worth it, valentine I made a really cool fringed heart card. I folded some patterned paper in half and then I drew a big heart on the paper with a pencil and cut the shape out so that the fold was on the right side and I had myself a cool heart shaped card. I then used several different patterned papers from the collection, cut then into long strips that were about an inch wide and then proceeded to cut fringe into my strips with my scissors. I adhered the strips of fringe to the front of my card. I chose to add some vellum and a chipboard heart to the front, I stitched across the top of my heart and I added a little tag and a couple of cute “x” and “o” paperclips to the top of my heart to finish it off. I think this card is the perfect Valentine to give to my heart – my hubby Ryan!

For the last valentine, I used one of the pre-made valentine cards that come in the collection, with the cute images on the front, and the “to” and “from” note card on the back, and I created a sweet little envelope to slide the card into. For my envelope closure, I added a couple of cute heart emoji stickers that I adhered to buttons to add a whole lot of cute factor to the front of my envelope! A couple of stickers at the bottom finish things off for a fun little envelope that you can use to slide one of the “Heart Day” valentines into!

I had so much fun making these valentines! I also just want to mention that every year for Valentines Day, my hubby and I, in addition to making cards for each other, also like to write each other long love letters! And this year, I decided that for my handwritten letter, I will be using one of the simple white envelopes that comes with the pre-made valentines and one of the amazing “Heart Day” fringed heart embellishment stickers attached to the front, for a fun little envelope to put my love letter in! I cannot wait for Valentines Day and I hope these ideas have helped give you some inspiration for your valentines! Have a Happy Valentines Day everyone and remember, love letters are always a good idea, whether is February 14th...or a Tuesday! ;-)