November 24, 2014

Star Gazing

Opening my Citrus Twist package  the first thing that strikes is the star gazing pattern paper from Heidi Swapp's September Skies collection. Fashion, movies and home decor have all been under the constellation spell for a while so it's no surprise to see it making the jump into scrapbooking. I'm leaping onto the bandwagon and here's my take on this interstellar trend.


I don't want to be too literal with it so no scrapping about the moon or pairing it with a night sky photo. Instead I choose to focus on the zodiac motifs : how the star points are joint together with lines but with the alphabets of my layout title taking the place of stars. Since I'll be spreading my title out across the width of the page I go with some smaller-sized alphas (spray painted glittery silver to better fit in with the colour scheme of the layout), mixing in a larger sized R from a different set so that it'll stand out when placed against the backpack in the photo. In a final node to this celestial trend I sprinkle some enamel stars among the horns of my deer embellishment cluster.
Have you been inspired by this fashionable constellation trend too? If so please share it by leaving me a link in the comments. I'd love to come and see what you've done.

Citrus Twist November Kits : September Skies (Open Air, Alpine, Rose Star Gazing), Basic Grey Second City Hyde Park, Pink Paislee Solstice Alphabet, Amy Tangerine Stitched Accent & Phrase Stickers, Crate Paper Open Book Rub-On Transfers, Jillibean Soup Beanboard Alphas Grilled Gray, Gossamer Blue Enamel Stars, Studio Calico Lemon Lush Vellum, Citrus Twist Stamps
Photo Credit : Parc Boutique

November 20, 2014

Sweater Weather

Here's my second pocket-style page created using the November Citrus Twist Kits. The design, with the blocks on the left being a quarter inch wider than those on the right, is almost but not quite symmetrical. I've also cropped the photo on the left to be three-quarters of an inch shorter so that the diagonal line through the subjects' heads flows better. Still everything reads as a very balanced composition.   


I want the focus of this layout to be on the subtle interplay of patterns so I keep embellishments to a minimum, using mainly text based elements. To break up the static feel of the block design, I print the title in a a cursive font (Delicious Pro), add a circular sub-title (NOV in a lovely thin Monoline Deco font) at the intersection of four blocks to pull them together and rub a spiral doodle onto the smaller photo. These project life inspired designs are such fun so make I can see why pocket scrapbooking appeals to so many.   

Citrus Twist November Kits : Gossamer Blue Gramercy Road McKinley Field & On My Desk Enamel Stars, Heidi Swapp September Skies Star Gazing, Amy Tangerine Stitched Woodland, Crate Paper Open Book (Recollection. Ephemera Pack, Rub-On Transfer), Crate Paper Notes & Things Rub-On Transfers, Star & Bee (Chipboard Leaves, Etched Cork Shape), cardstock. Previous Kit : Evalicious Field Notes Puffy Stickers
Photo Credit : Parc Boutique

November 16, 2014

The Long Title

I must say the colour story of Citrus Twist's November Main Kit makes it my absolute favourite of all her kits this year. Navy, grey, gold and wood grain is a palette I could happily play with over and over again. Really it just makes my neutral-loving heart skip a beat but I imagine you might get bored before too long so I promise to gradually brighten things up with projects that are more colourful.  

It's no secret I'm picky about having exactly the right font on my design, often being guilty of not using alphas that come with the kits, opting to print my titles instead. However the Beanboard Alphas Trina included in this month's kit, with it's near-perfect circles and strokes of near-even weight, belongs firmly to the family of geometric san serif typefaces like Paul Renner's classic Futura. I love it and strings together 20 uppercase characters to create a long title that dominates half of my page. The only little change I effected is to spray paint the originally grilled grey alphas a matt black so they pop crisply against the white background. The layout is a simple three column design, very minimal as a nod to the Bauhaus aesthetic of the alphas that inspired it.

Supplies : September Skies Midnight Shadows, Jilllibean Soup BeanBoard Alphas Grilled, Crate Paper Open Book Rub-On, Studio Calico Gold Enamel Dots, cardstock

Photo Credit : Parc Boutique

November 12, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking Sans Pockets

This month I'm pocket scrapbooking sans pocket. Isn't that an oxymoron? Perhaps but I'm a fan of the block layout and the strict linearity of the pocket approach. They appeal to the geometric nerd in me. What I don't want is to be confined to the limited number of pre-defined pocket sizes and pocket arrangements offered by manufacturers. So I take those elements I like and tweak it to allow an endless number of design permutations - by applying the classic graphic design grid system to the organization of the blocks.


Here's the first of my pages using Citrus Twist's November Kits. It's inspired by a passage in Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter (which is my classic reading tackle this month) about a child who, having no other playmate, occupies herself with her own image reflected in the a pool left by the retiring tide of the seas. This layout is sized 6"x8" with a single photo. I've done another which is 8.5"x11" using two photos in the same neutrals-with-navy colour scheme which I'll share next week. Hope you'll come back to check it out.

Citrus Twist November Kits :  Crate Paper Open Road Ephemera Pack, Crate Paper Notes & Things (Mixed Tags, Rub-On Transfers), Heidi Swapp September Skies (Star Gazing, Wood Veneer Shapes), Basic Grey Second City Lake View, Gossamer Blue (Gramercy Road McKinley Field, On My Desk Desktop), Amy Tangerine Stitched Accent & Phrase Sticker Sheet, cardstock
Photo Credit : elijahssong

November 06, 2014

Citrus Twist November News

Hello November! Our beautiful lineup of November kits and Christmas kits are available for sale here. We have many things lined up for our followers and subscribers this month. We start off November with a week-long feature over at The Pocket Source. Be sure to visit their blog where we are offering a Pocket Life subscription special.
November "Get Cozy" Main Kit

Here is a preview of this month's happenings at Citrus Twist Kits:
  • We will have a Black Friday Sale that will begin Saturday, November 22nd. What can you expect? Embellishment grab bags, Pattern Paper Grab Bags and some discounted older kits.
  • We have a new subscriber giveaway drawing going for both Main and PL subscriptions that begin subscriptions in November. Begin your subscription in November and your name will go into a drawing for one of 12 Christmas Grab Bags. These grab bags have a retail value of approximately $25.
  • Be sure to watch our Citrus Twist Kits Facebook Fan Page (and request to join this group if you haven't already). We'll be doing a giveaway this month there. More details to come.
  • Christmas Daily kits and November Kits begin shipping on November 15th.
  • Guest Designer Kay Rogers joins us this month, playing with "Get Cosy" November Main kit.
  • Remember our new referral program: Subscribers who refer a new Pocket Life or Main kit subscriber get a $5 gift certificate for each referral. Have your friend mention your name in the comments section at checkout and we'll send you your $5 gift certificate.