July 16, 2014

Overcoming The Size Limitation

What a month it's been! It's only football but I feel as if I've been put through an emotional wringer : exhilaration at feats of physical brilliance, disbelief when the unexpected underdogs triumph, joyous celebration as your team makes the winning goal and ,inevitably, disappointment as dreams of going the distance are crushed. So my focus hasn't really been on scrapbooking and  I'm not exactly brimming with creative ideas. I decide to take it easy on myself and create a layout closely following a sketch from Russian challenge blog Paperdvizhnik.


To soften the angular blocks and the long diagonal line of the sketch, I add some fussy-cut organic shapes from a Fancy Pants floral pattern paper, tucking them along the slanting edge. Shaping the flower petals and the leaves to create slight ripples and layering them also allows me to add a hint of dimension to this otherwise flat page. Having added these botanical elements led me to include an illustrated, bird-on-a-branch button which I can't make work with anything else in this month's kits, but seem to fit nicely here.

While not feeling particularly inspired on the creative front, I did successfully try out a few new techniques this month. Here I experimented with text transfer using a blender pen. My Puskin font title was printed, then photocopied using the mirror image function and finally transferred onto the page using a Chartpak blender marker. Although the blender ink lightened some of blue of the background, it wasn't a problem with the blue-sky paper and I love how clearly the words transferred.

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When I started scrapbooking, being too cheap to buy alphas at S$15 a pop I resorted to printing out my titles and journaling. However this meant I designed mainly 8.5"x11" pages as anything wider didn't fit my printer. The funny thing is now that I regularly receive Thickers as part of my Citrus Twist kits, I almost never use them; having become captivated by the variety of font styles and sizes I can achieve by printing. So I'm thrilled by the ability to transfer printed text because now I can added custom titles to 12"x12" layouts too.     

Citrus Twist July Kits : Webster's Pages (Our Travels Journey Begins, Sweet Routine Around the House), Studio Calico South of Market Herringbone Vellum, Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquets Fresh Bouquet, Teresa Collins Something Wonderful Enamel Dots and Shapes, Citrus Twist Stamps, MME Market Street Ashbury Heights Label Stockers, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Cats Cradle, Crate Paper Open Road (Layered Borders, Highway Thickers), October Afternoon Public Library Tidbits, wood veneer. Previous Kit : Heidi Swapp Mixed Company Ephemera

July 11, 2014

Citrus Twist July News

The "2 Girls, 2 Perspectives" Mini Album Class Is Here!
Class is in session! Please join us for this "2 Girls, 2 Perspectives" as two designers, Mira Wlosinska and Trina Craig, share their takes on creating a mini album. They each started with the class kit (for sale here Mini Album Class Kit) and created two very different results. Class Bonus: Mira has designed a cut file for this class that you can download and use for your project.
The optional class kit is loaded with paper, embellishments galore, a custom stamp and carefully hand picked vintage elements to spice up your pages. Mira worked with the O-rings that come in the kit and Trina used the new South of Market Studio Calico Handbook, coming soon to the Citrus Twist Kits store.

For those who purchase the class we'll be hosting a private Facebook forum called Citrus Twist "2 Girls, 2 Perspectives" Mini Album Forum that you can request to join to share your album pages, share ideas and keep us updated on your class progress.

We can't wait to see you in the classroom. The class begins on July 10th.

July Subscriber Special :
We also have two specials going on this month! New subscribers to either the Main or Pocket Life kit will receive a free kit* with their first order! We also want to show our current subscribers a little love, and during the month of July you can receive a $10 credit to the Citrus Twist shop for each friend you refer who subscribes to the Main or Pocket Life kit! Simply have your friend add your name to the comments field when they subscribe, and we'll take care of the rest!

*Free kits available while supplies last and will be randomly selected from our inventory of older kits. Each month we hold a few kits back in case of shipping damage, but for the last few months we haven't had to replace any kits and want to share the surplus with you!

July 06, 2014

Losing My Passion ?

As my stint on the Wycinanka design team comes to an end, I'm down to a single commitment : four projects for Citrus Twist every month. That's the least I've had on my plate for several years. However I don't seem all that keen to seek out new design team responsibilities and I'm certainly not in my craft room as much as I used to be. Am I losing my passion for this hobby?    


I think it's more about maturing as a crafter rather than becoming less enthusiastic. When I started cardmaking so much was new to me : the variety of brands, products, design styles, techniques, communities. I was giddy with excitement to learn about and engage with all of them. After four years, I'm slowly but surely finding the niches that appeal to me and those that reflect my aesthetic sensibility. With that comes the inevitable narrowing of focus. I may be spending proportionately less time on this hobby but I think what's important is that I'm enjoying it just as much, if not more than, when I began; which can only be a good thing.

Supplies : Wycinanka Chipboards (Wild Rose D├ęcor, Bird Cage, Enjoy The Moments), Studio Calico Classic Calico II 6x6 Papers, Pebbles Candy Dots Bon Bons, cardstock

July 01, 2014

Two Halves

Two weeks into the world cup and we've had goals galore, clever tactical plays, a couple of controversial refereeing decisions and one bizarre biting incident. With my head so full of football action, is it surprising this Citrus Twist layout turns out to be of two, albeit unequal, halves? The larger part holds this photo of a Shanghainese fashionista dressed simply in trendy black - all the better show off her Louis Vuitton Speedy. 

To make doubly sure no one misses that fashion statement,  I embellish her bag with a little flower and some wood veneer sequins. I love clever typography and on the left is an arrangement of title and journaling in different font sizes lifted from a Rotterdam museum poster. Given a vertical orientation, they serve to reinforce the separation of the two halves and to direct the eye from the woman's side profile down to the focal point of the page : her designer handbag. 


I choose gold and green to provide a fresh, youthful lift - as befitting a layout about young woman - to the neutral coloured photo. Couldn't resist another (see Orris) vellum over polka dot background as I love how the herringbone pattern provides a gently undulating translucency. However working with vellum means I have to be careful photographing this page. Shooting in my air-conditioned craft room or out in the hot sunshine causes it to warp most unattractively. Wonder if it's caused by the adhesive I'm using? Anyone with advice for me?   

Citrus Twist July Kits : MME Market Street Ashbury Heights Shine & Label Stickers, Simple Stories Clear Photo Stickers, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Cat's Cradle, Studio Calico South of Market Herringbone Vellum, Fancy Pants Burlao and Bouquets Party, Teresa Collins Something Wonderful Enamel Dots and Shapes, Crate Paper Open Road Highway Thickers, Star & Bee Wood Chip Feather, Pink Paislee Switchboard Puffy Sticker, OCtober Afternoon Public Library Tidbits, baker's twine 

June 26, 2014

Mark The Place

Two months ago I went through a creative spree and this bookmark is one of the projects completed back then. Never got around to photographing it until now (an accidental spillage from my sequins case results in a nicely styled shot). Long, hot afternoons find me curled up with a book and a large glass of lemongrass tea, whittling down my summer reading list. Right now this is marking chapter nine of Diccon Bewes light-hearted look inside Europe's landlocked island : Swiss Watching. 

Supplies : Sassafras (Starters Prologue, Paper Crush Heartsick Cure, Vintage Yummy Darling Dear, Cherry Delicious Winsome), Heidi Swapp Dreamy Ephemera, Crate Paper Flea Market Tag Sale, baker's twine