Happy New Year Sign | Crate Paper

Hello there and Happy New Year to you! It is the end of one year and the beginning of another. And I decided that this year, in order to help remind me of all the hopes and dreams and goals I have for 2017, I thought I would create a little Happy New Year decorative sign using the awesome Color Reveal collection from Crate Paper and a few other fun Crate Paper goodies like some chipboard stickers from Maggie Holmes Gather and some gold letter stickers from Snow & Cocoa. 

I want the new year to be one that is really special and hopefully one that is filled with a whole lot of happiness and good health. I have been struggling lately with poor health...well poorer than usual. I have CRPS so my health is never perfect but lately it has been extra difficult. I have subsequently been worried about the upcoming New Year...but I am also really hopeful. I decided that I needed to make a sign that I could hang on the wall that would remind me of all there is to look forward to with the New Year. The New Year means new beginnings. It means a fresh start and lots and lots of hope! 

I decided that I would use the Color Reveal Heart shaped wall hanging and paint it in with the Color Reveal watercolor paint palette. I chose to use some really lovely  colors like light pretty pinks and mints and blues and try to create a cool kind of ombre rainbow effect by painting some areas darker and some lighter with the different colors! 

I think the happy look of the sign, with its super fun, pretty and dreamy aspects like the rainbow and the florals and the unicorn sticker and the pops of gold all over, really help to reflect the kind of new year that I am looking forward to having – one which is chock-full of happy memories, big hopes and dreams, good health, and tons of beauty and magic! Happy New Year everyone!!!

Thank You Card | Crate Paper

Hello there! It's Andrea, and today I want to share with you a really fun idea that you can use for your Thanksgiving dinner guests this year! I wanted to make cards for my friends and family this year for Thanksgiving...like a kind of “thank you” card for all my loved ones. I also thought it would be fun to have everyone at Thanksgiving dinner, make a list of what it is that they are thankful for. Subsequently, I combined the two ideas and decided that this year I would make Thank You cards that say thanks but also have a spot inside to write a list about what the recipient is thankful for in their life.

For the card, I decided to use the super sweet Gather collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. I love this collection because of how beautiful and versatile it is, the vintage flair that it has and also the warm, fall feel that it evokes.

For the base of the card I used the floral patterned paper, “So Sweet”. On the outside of my card, I used a cluster of fall leaves that I cut out on my die cut machine (I designed the leaves cutfiles myself). I cut these leaves out of various patterned papers from the Gather collection. On top of my leaves, I used the word “Gather” – it is a chipboard sticker from the collection and it really helps create a fun, fall Thanksgiving look to my card, along with the leaves.

At the top of the card, I used a little chipboard flag sticker that says “little moments” on it. And at the bottom of the card, underneath the word, “gather”, I did a little hand-sewing with a few zig-zag stitches to create a fun handmade feel for my card.

On the inside of the card, I used a few journaling cards (from the ephemera pack and the cut-apart sheet) for decoration. I placed one on the inside cover of the card that says “write it on your heart” – which serves as kind of directions for the recipient. This way they will then notice the blank lined paper that I stapled onto the other side of the card which is for them to use to write out all the things they are thankful for. I will of course give my friends and family members this instruction when I hand them the card too.

On top of the piece of patterned paper that I included for their “thankful” list, I clipped on a couple journaling cards, one which I stitched the words “thank you” to, and one which says “with happy hearts we gather together'. I hope I have inspired you to create some fun “Thank You” card/Thankful lists for your friends and family this Thanksgiving. Remember to make one for yourself too, to really help you reflect on all the wonderful things in your life that fill your heart up with gratitude!

Sunday Sketch: "Beautiful Good Day" Layout | Citrus Twist

Hi all! It's Andrea here and today I will be showing you another take on the Sunday Sketch! Now that you have seen Suse's beautiful 12x12, I thought I would share with you an 8 1/2 x11 alternative! I'm using the same adorable November Citrus Twist kit and the same awesome sketch, but for a differnent size layout and to tell a different story. That is what is so great about sketches, you can use them to suit whatever your scrapbooking needs are! And that's what is so great about this month's kit...it is so versatile!

Lets get started, shall we? First, take another look at the sketch:

Even though the sketch is originally laid out in 12x12 form, an 8 1/2 x11 can be easily adapted from the same basic plan. For my layout, I used some white 8 1/2 x11 cardstock as my background and built up from there, layering up some of the pretty floral Maggie Holmes Gather patterned paper from the kit and some of the Reset Girl for Simple Stories library cards behind my photos.

On one library card, I added some stamping using the exclusive stamp set from this month.

One notable difference is that I used an additional photo in my layout than is originally called for with the sketch. I can get away with the additional photo without throwing off the balance of the layout by using one large focal photo and then three much smaller photos that help tell my fall story more fully.

I used tags behind each of the three smaller photos that take up the space of the three horizontal rectangles lined up down the right side of the sketch. This was inspired by the tag at the top of the sketch.

For the border that is called for in the sketch, I used pen to draw a kind of diagram around my layout, leading from the title at the top "Beautiful Good Day" (made from the Amy Tan thickers and one of the exclusive stickers from the kit) around the whole page, drawing your eye from photo to photo, and then back up to the sentence beneath the title - "this was such a special day with you".

For some special fall touches to my page that help tell my story, I added some leaf shapes. I used some of the pretty black and white Simple Stories patterned paper from the kit and a leaf cutfile I designed, at the top of the page, and then one of the beautiful gold leaf paperclips from the Sprinkles kit, at the bottom of the page.

I hope you enjoyed this look at an alternate 8 1/2 x11 take on today's Sunday Sketch! I really loved this beautiful Fall day out in October with my hubby and I hope you are having lots of special Fall moments with your loved ones!

P.S. Remember to play along with the challenge by posting your Sunday Sketch inspired layout to the Citrus Twist Gallery with today's date (11/20) in the title. You could win a gift certificate for $5 to the Citrus Twist store! Yay! Can't wait to see what you guys make!

xoxoxoxox -- Andrea

3 to Inspire: "Little Moments" Layout | Citrus Twist

This is my first "3 to inspire" and I am super duper excited!!! So for this "3 to inspire", I would like you to do the following things:

1) use a shape punch to create one or more embellishments out of the pretty patterned paper/s in your kit
2) do some sewing (hand-sewing or machine)
3) use repetition (repeat a shape, a product, a word...whatever you like!)

Okay, are you gathering your Citrus Twist kit goodies so you can start the challenge...good! I can't wait to see what you all make!

In the meantime, let me share with you a bit about what I made for this "3 to inspire" challenge. I decided to make a lovely 12x12 layout using the awesome November "Emerson" kit to document my love of scrapbooking! For my "I love to scrap!" layout, I used the pretty, light peach heart patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection by Crate Paper as my background.

I used a 3x4 photo of me scrapbooking and layered up a few pieces of various patterned papers from the kit to create a kind of frame for my pic. This layering helps draw focus to my photo. But to bring even more attention to my photo, I used embellishments like sequins, gold heart confetti, enamel dots, and a wood veneer heart and a cork circle that says "ok", on either side of my picture. I also wrote "paper and pics" on a little round label (since that is what scrapbooking is all about) and did some doodeling here and there because I wanted to create a "scrapbooking" theme for my page.

Under my photo, I used the white foam thicker words "little moments" from American Crafts. And to the left of my photo, I washi-taped on a little note paper that I cut from the Citrus Twist exclusive cut-apart peices (sans the yellow border), to write the words "I love to scrap!". This serves as my title. Even though the words, "little moments" are larger, they are not my title, but a sort of sub-title if you will (since it is the little moments in life that I most love to document in my scrapbooking).

For number 1 of the challenge, I used a heart shaped punch to create my layered hearts that I spread across my layout in a kind of diagonal line from the upper left hand corner to the bottom right.

For number 2 of the challenge, I used my sewing machine to sew the layered hearts together. I also sewed a zig-zag stitch at the bottom of my layout, where I added a couple border strips for a lovely detail to create some interest at the bottom of the page in order to ground things.

For number 3 of the challenge, I repeated the heart shape all over my page. I did this with my layered hearts, but also with the gold confetti hearts that come in the Citrus Twist Sprinkles Kit for November, the wood veneer hearts that come in the Emerson kit, the cork heart stickers from Fancy Pants that are in the Emerson kit, the little heart I used to dot the "i" in my "I love to scrap!" title, and even the hearts that are in the background peach paper that I chose to build my layout up on.

To finish my layout, I clustered some embellishments at the top of my page. To promote the theme of scrapbooking, I specifically used a puffy camera sticker, a bit of patterned paper (to make a kind of "photo corner" at the top of my page) with a paperclip, and a few labels on which I used the exclusive stamp set to stamp words like "photo", "document" and "smile".

I hope you enjoyed my "I love to scrap!" layout and that I have inspired you with this "3 to inspire" challenge to use the November kit and my 3 challenges to document something that makes you as happy as scrapbooking makes me...I'm going to take a wild guess though and say that you will probably pick scrapbooking too!!! :-)

Remember to share what you create with this "3 to inspire" challenge by putting them here in the gallery and/or on the Citrus Twist Facebook Forum. And you can share on Instagram too so tag with @citrustwistkits and hashtag with #citrustwistkits and #ctk3toinspire so we can see your awesome creations!

xoxo...Andrea :-)

How-to: "Gratitude" Layout | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a lovely fall layout about gratitude! This is the time of year when we reflect on all the things that we are grateful for. For me, the first thing that always springs to mind when I think about all that I am thankful for, this time of year and any other time really, is my husband! I am so grateful for my husband and our love. For this reason, I decided to make a layout about how grateful I am to have my super awesome hubby in my life.

I created the layout using fall leaf cutfiles that I designed myself and the super amazing Gather collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. I cut the leaves from several different lovely patterned papers from the collection. I used a variety of colored patterned papers like the blue and white music paper, some peach patterned paper, and the minty-aqua plaid and royal blue gingham patterned papers, for example.

I used the cool “Happy Place” patterned paper, that looks like a kind of weekday planner chart, for my layout background. I thought it would work well for a background to all the colors that I was using with the leaves.

I took a photo from Ryan and I from a Thanksgiving a few years ago and I framed it with some layers of patterned paper and a chipboard frame sticker. To add something really special to the framed picture, I punched the chipboard frame with my Crop-a-dile punch, and added a couple of tassels to it with some thread.

I did a little bit of hand-sewing on my layout, to add a sweet “handmade” detail to the look of it (on top of some metallic washi-tape and a strip of patterned paper). For my title, I used the word “grateful” which I wrote myself and cut out on my die cut machine, using two sides of the “Beautiful” marbled style patterned paper from the collection. This gives a cool drop shadow effect to the title and really makes it pop. I think having a large title like this, sewn onto my layout, along with the drop-shadow style of it, really helps draw the eye to the title so that you see right away what the story is that I am trying to tell – one about gratitude. The photo, of my husband and I kissing, at the center of the layout, with the various colored leaves surrounding it on either side, and the little stickers on it that say things like “life is sweet” and “grateful for this” – all of these tell a further story about my being grateful specifically for my husband and our love, and also say that this is a fall/thanksgiving story.

I had so much fun making this layout and I think that I want to frame it and put it up for Thanksgiving-time. I love the idea of having décor up for this time of year that has vibrant, rich colors like the colors of the leaves on the layout. I hope that this has inspired you to make a layout about what you are grateful for in your life...and also maybe to use some fun colors and leaves like I did – all with the lovely Gratitude collection by Maggie Holmes!

"Happy October" Layout | Crate Paper

Hello everybody! I'm so happy that it is fall! It is by far the best time of year! And since October is also the best, most special and magical month, I thought I would do a fun fall layout about October and how very happy it makes me! I wanted to use the Gather collection by Maggie Holmes because it is so very beautiful and full of lovely Autumnal colors and graceful images that evoke the magic of the season.

For my layout, I used the pretty typed patterned paper from the Gather collection as my background and laid my fall pictures directly on it. I used five 3x5 photos that are some of my favorite fall pics I have ever taken...all from a day at the nearby pumpkin patch with my hubby. It was our 5th anniversary and I told my hubby Ryan I wanted to pick out some pumpkins and walk around outside there because it was so beautiful. It is one of my favorite memories. Ryan took me there simply because he knew it would make me happy. I wanted the layout to reflect that happiness.

Since these pics were from a couple Octobers ago, I have used pics of Ryan and I together from that trip to scrap other layouts and such, but I wanted this time to do something that just had pics of me from Ryan's point of view. Since there were so many special photos that I wanted to use, I chose to keep the layout pretty simple. I used leaves from the sticker sheet and the ephemera pack to give that fall feel. I added a rose and also some word stickers that express the moment like “blessed” and “#love this”.

To make my title, I used the chipboard word “happy” and then wrote the word “October” on a little piece of aqua blue patterned paper...on which, I hand sewed a little zig-zag to emphasize my title. I added some other touches of blue to the page like the decorative paperclip I made using some thread and some aqua tassels. I had fun using the ephemera pieces from Gather to add touches that I think fill in the story, like the wreath that captures that fall feel, the “best day” piece that shows what a great day it was, and the camera piece which portrays the love I feel for my favorite photographer – my hubby.

Thank you Ryan, for taking these photos, so that I can always remember this beautiful fall day and how happy October makes me...mostly I think because it is when we met and also the month in which we chose to marry!

To everyone else, thank you so much for checking out my layout, made with the oh so gorgeous new Gather collection by Maggie Holmes! I hope you now feel inspired to make a happy fall layout of your own and that this October is as special to you as all October's since I met my Ryan, have been to me!

One Sweet Jar! | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! I don't know about you, but I was blown away by the new "Gather" collection by Maggie Holmes! I just love it! It is like fall mixed with unicorns and ballerinas and pretty much all my favorite things! As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to use it to make not only mini albums and layouts and cards, but also home decor pieces because it's just the perfect collection to use to make something pretty for your house! I found some really cute teal colored mason jars with copper lids and they practically called out to me to be altered into something adorable for my newly redecorate bedroom, using the "Gather" collection! 

I wanted the jar to have a "fall" kind of style to it but not in an obvious way so that I could keep it out all year too. I decided to fill the inside of the jar with a couple of the pretty leaves that come in the ephemera pack and the beautiful transparency ballerina.

On the outside of the mason jar, I put a few chipboard hearts and I stuck the cute little crepe paper embellishment to the lid.

For the tag that I made to tie onto the jar, I used some of the pretty patterned paper in the 6x6 pad and sewed onto it the chipboard word "sweet". I decorated the tag with a little bow and a little wood swan button from the mixed embellishment pack. I also added a little sticker that says "the little things"...which to me are the sweetest in life! To add a little extra something special to the tag, I attached some of the mini tassels from the collection to hang from the tag. 

I really love how my "sweet jar" turned out and to me it's a reminder to be grateful and appreciate all the little, sweet things in life that are in themselves, precious miracles that make life worth living...  Falling leaves, lovely memories, holding hands with the one you love, and making pretty things...these are the kinds of little things that just fill my heart up! I hope this has inspired you to make a "sweet jar" of your own filled with things that make you smile and with a little tag "reminder" of how beautiful this world is!