3 to Inspire: "Holiday Dream" Layout | Citrus Twist

Hello there! It's Andrea and today I want to share with you a fun Holiday-themed 3-to-inspire challenge! Yay!!!! I can't wait to get started...so let's get to it shall we?! :-) First, check out my layout:

It is Holiday time and for this challenge I want you to use the following on a fun scrappy layout of your own:

1. Holiday/Winter themed images ( i. e. gingerbread men, Christmas trees, snowflakes, deer, snowmen, mittens, stockings, Santa, etc).
2. Use pics (more than one) of special holiday moments
3. Add a sprinkle of holiday sparkle...whether that is the use of sequins, gold, stars, glitter, or all of the above, add a touch of shimmer and shine to your page to make it festive!

For my layout, I used the absolutely awesome and adorable December Kinsley Scrapbook Main kit and the Embellishment add on kit! I love these kits! The main kit is filled with beautiful patterned papers and such happy colors and sweet decorative peices! It is perfect I think for winter and the Holiday season but doesn't scream holiday...its more subtle and therefore much more versatile. I loved using it to scrap my Christmas-time experience. The pretty, happy colors really evoke the hopeful holiday feeling I was going for!

I wanted to make a layout that was about my Holiday season. To be honest, the holidays this year have lacked their usual luster due to poor health on my part. However, I am still dreaming of having a beautiful Christmas-time. For this reason, I thought I would make a layout that would portray the true feelings that I am having right now about the holidays – that being that there may only have been a few holiday things that I have been able to do so far this year, but that each is precious and is all part of a beautiful picture of hope for the future.

I am dreaming of a healthy, happy Christmas right now and I am so thankful for the good moments that I have been able to have so far. These three moments pictured in my layout held such Holiday happiness...putting deer antlers on and being silly with the hubby, looking at Christmas magazines with some apple cider from Starbucks, and actually going to an outdoor Vintage Holiday Fleamarket for some fun Christmas shopping when my pain wasn't so bad. They may seem like simple things, but I think during the holiday hustle and bustle and all the pressures that come with this time of year, we can often forget what is really important – the small and simple moments of love and laughter and beauty!

For your challenge, choose pics of holiday moments that are special to you right now. What do these photos say about your Holiday season this year? Try to tell a story that has a deeper meaning than just “we had fun”...not that there is anything wrong with that...but take this opportunity to really think about what the holidays mean to you right now. I guess this would be a little bonus challenge...just from me to you! :-)

Remember to use your holiday pics, your holiday themed images (like the gingerbread man and tree and snowflake die-cuts I used on my layout), and a sprinkle of holiday sparkle to complete this 3-to-inspire challenge (I know I had fun with some sequins and gold and stars myself)!

Don't forget to share your creations for this 3-to-inspire challenge with us on the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum. And remember to share on Instagram too...when you do tag @citrustwistkits and hashtag with #citrustwistkits and #ctk3toinspire ! Hope you like my Holiday layout and I hope you have yourself a very happy Holidays!!! Hugs!!!!

 

Snow and Cocoa Planner Decor for December | Crate Paper

Hi all! Today I thought I would share with you a look at some of my Planner decorations for December – specifically my planned out first week! I used the ridiculously adorable Snow & Cocoa collection by Crate Paper because I think it is just perfect to use for your planner decorating for December!  Snow & Cocoa is such a great and versatile collection because it can be used no matter what holiday or holidays you are celebrating this December. It is a really fun winter-time collection that is perfect for the Holiday season but is not necessarily Christmas specific. 

To decorate and plan my first week in December, I first wrote out all my plans in pen and then I started building up my two-page spread with some fun tags and stickers and things. I cut out one large tag from some of the pretty 6x6 tree paper in the collection and I used a smaller pre-made tag from the ephemera pack to layer on top of it. This tag is so super duper cute with the sweet little polar bear on it! I used one of the oh so amazing decorative paperclips from the collection to hold my tags in place. It says “brrr” and I think it works really well with my bear! 

I used some really fun stickers like the little girl and the little boy with the cocoa in my planner because I think they just bring a lot of whimsy to my planner pages without feeling out of place. I sometimes find stickers like these that are cartoony in style to be difficult to use for certain scrapbooking/papercrafting projects. However, for a planner, this kind of a sticker is perfect and so fun to use!

I added some little stickers in diamond and circle and snowflake like shapes to signify snow falling on my pages. This is a simple way to add a little bit more movement and flair to your planner pages. You get the feeling that snow is actually falling and it just re-iterates the theme of this decorated week spread which for me is how much I wish I could get snow this month. I know it wont happen since I live in Sunny Southern California...but hey, I can wish right? I actually wrote “dreaming of a white Christmas...in So Cal?!” in the top right corner of my spread to add a little humor to my planner pages.

I really had fun playing with the fabulous Snow & Cocoa collection in my planner pages for December. I hope I have inspired you to do the same as you decorate your upcoming plans for the next week and month! Happy Holiday Season!!!