Let's Get Digital for 2017! | Citrus Twist

Hello again, from me, Andrea! Today, focusing in part on digital scrappy fun, I'm bringing you fun, free printables to use for the new year, designed to be used with the amazing January Citrus Twist kits! You can click the images below to download each one in three different sizes (8 ½ x11, 6x8, and 3x4).

The two page spread I created uses the printable I designed along with the main kit, “Jameson”, and the “Oh Darling” add on kit, plus a couple of things from the Sprinkles kit and the Embellishment kit. The kits this month are so beautiful filled with such beautiful and bold colors that really inspired me and made me feel bold and confident with this new year that we have just begun! I am starting my project life album for 2017 and so these will be the first couple of pages in my 8 ½ x 11 album.

For my printables, I created two fun pieces that can each be used in different ways, according to what suits your needs. You may choose to print on photo paper, cardstock or vellum or a combination (as I did). And the printables come in a few different sizes so if you are doing pocket pages you may print the printable as a card as well. Do whatever works for you! In my case, I like to do a mix of layouts and pocket pages in my PL albums and I decided that I would begin my album with a big bold statement cover page! I combined the pink polka dot printable (which I printed out on semi-gloss photo paper) and the black and white printable (which I printed out on vellum) and sewed them together to make a statement piece for the beginning of my album.

For the layout that I did to also start out my new album for the new year, I chose to also go big and bold with the use of a large picture. I chose a pic of myself that reflected my thoughts on this new year, what I hope will be one filled with great possibilities and a bright future on the horizon!

I used the bright bold colors and patterns in the kit like the pretty multi-colored striped Crate Paper patterned paper from the add on kit and the beautiful blue exclusive paper from Citrus Twist in the Main kit. I chose embellishments that I thought fit the “new year, new adventure” theme of my spread and indeed my album for this year. I love the wood piece in the kit that says “hello 2017” on it, the 2017 stamp, and the pieces from the exclusive ephemera pack that say things like “be bold” and “live your best”!

I hope you enjoy the printables and that I have inspired you on how they can be used along with the January kits to make a fun new start to your memory keeping this year! Please share what you create with me...I would love to see all your creative ideas for how to use the printables!  

Happy Scrapping!

Happiness Layout and Project Life Page | Hip Kit Club

Hello everybody!  Today I want to share with you a couple of layouts that I did for my Project Life album. I like to mix traditional layouts with pocket pages in my Project Life album, so let's start by looking at the project life pocket page that I did to document a recent date night out with my hubby.

I wanted to include a lot of pictures in this pocket page, so I only used three of the exclusive project life cards that come in the Hip Kit Club July kit – two 3x4 cards and one 4x6. And on the 4x6 I actually added a few more small pictures, so that in total on my pocket page I would have six pictures.

I think using the project life cards that come in the kit as journaling cards for your project life or decorative pieces are great, but they also function as a great matting so you can add even more pictures to your pocket page layout. I had fun playing with all the embellishments in the kit, especially the exclusive goodies like the acrylic pieces, the puffy stickers, the flare, and the ephemera.

I think this pocket page layout came out really vibrant and fun for the summer, and I hope you like it, too.

I also want to share with you the traditional layout I did for my project life album.

Because it goes across from my pocket page, I wanted to coordinate the two. For this reason, I used a lot of the same kind of elements and embellishments on my layout as I did on my project life page.

For my layout I cut down one of the exclusive patterned papers in the July kit from 12x12 to 9x12 so it would be the same size as my pocket page. I used the pretty, pink polka dot paper designed by Kim Watson to be my background, and, with the Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith rainbow patterned paper, I layered and stitched a mat for my large, focal photo.

In the photo, my husband and I are pointing in different directions and being silly, so I utilized arrows from the ephemera pack that come in the main kit and the project life kit for July. I also used a bunch of fun-loving, silly words that I thought described that day – like “explore,” “laugh,” “happiness,” and “silly.”

For these I used a combination of puffy stickers, die-cut patterned paper, glitter thickers, exclusive thickers, and ephemera from the July kit. I hope you like my layouts and that I've inspired you to create a traditional layout and a coordinating pocket page layout, using the July Hip Kits, for your project life album!

Pet the Puppy | Project Life Page (and card/tag/baggie-thing)

Hi everybody! It's Andrea, and I'm here to share with you a project life page and a card (well it's more of a tag in a bag...you'll see). I created them using the oh so lovely April Hip Kit!

For my project life spread I wanted to document a special day at the park with my hubby and some super cute puppies that we played with while we were there.

Since the layout was about taking time out of busy, hectic, and sometimes tough times, to stop and "smell the roses" (or pet the puppies), I decided to include in my project life album, a little muslin bag with a special card/tag in it. On the tag I wrote a special note to my hubby to remind him that we have to take time to remember what is really important every day.

For both the pl layout and the card I did some clustering and pop-up sewing techniques.

And for the tag I used the exclusive butterfly stencil to watercolor paint some butterflies onto the tag.

I sewed on a fussy cut butterfly from the patterned paper to pop off the tag and make it look like a butterfly was resting atop it. This, along with the water-colored butterflies, creates a soft and sweet mix-media look.

I hope you like my pl layout and card (tag and baggy) and that I've inspired you to do something similar in your project life album!