The Stories By The Month™ kits cover many of the time-specific events that naturally happen in a calendar year. Designed to equip you with products perfect for your everyday memory keeping projects that serve as monthly motivation to craft more stories of your life.
This month the kit was ideal to complete a spread from my 2017 album. I had started working on it months ago but never finished it, I guess it was meant to be for this kit!
I love working with 9×12, so much that I’ve decided to go back to it for my 2018 album! I even debated going 12×12 but couldn’t find an album and page protectors locally, so 9×12 it is! On this spread I used the 4×6 quote card by cutting it in half, it still worked out great divided in two!
I used the oval chipboard to help created a balanced design by repeating the shape on both pages. Even though there is some Easter theme, there some more generic words that can be used on everyday pictures and themes.
I’m thrilled to be sharing my very first projects as Creative Member for Citrus Twist Kits! This month I had the opportunity to work with the Lemon Drop PL kit and the March embellishment kit. Loved both of these kits! They are filled with awesome products, a mix of exclusive CTK products and other manufacturers latest releases! That’s the beauty of kit clubs, especially one like CTK, you get exclusives products but also a sample of the latest releases in the industry! This is perfect for me as I do not have a LSS in my town, so this enables me to play with wonderful products that are delivered to my door!
This month I created a mix of projects, one 6X12 PL spread and two TNs spreads. Love mixing and matching the products, seeing how they work together and how I can maximize each product. It has been a delight working with such amazing products!! I can’t wait to see what April will bring!!
Lemon Drop PL kit and Embellishment kit
The March digital kit was full of Spring themed accents along with some more generic accents, since we are far from Spring and I rather document current stories, I opted to create a resume of my daughters favorite things. I rarely do these types of layout and it was so fun, definitely need to do this more often!
This 6×8 layout is 90% digital which has been such a fun learning experience for me, I am hoping to create more 6×8 digital layouts, I really want to tell more stories and I think this is the design to use.
To create this layout I cut and paste a lot of the elements in the kit. For example the Home title was part of a larger digital brush, which said home sweet home. I cropped the home and changed the color and opacity, I wanted to have a subtle effect on my layout, I didn’t want the title to overwhelm the page and playing with the opacity was a great solution.
Afterwards I used the 3×4 March Details card and again cut and paste the elements on my page. The journaling was added in PSE, I was very aware of limiting the length of the answers as I wanted to keep them to one line, this ensure my design was consistent across the page. Due to various design challenges I had to redo my page three times but in the end I love how it turned out. I added numbers stickers from previous kits and a year date stamp, which I messed up but I’m ok with messy stamping!
The February theme for Ali’s Story Kit was Fabric, which I just adore but was stumped a bit as to what story to document, not because I didn’t have one but because I had too many! I guess that’s a good problem to have! I did decide to start with the story of my youngest daughter’s quilt, we are huge fans of handmade products and quilts are one of our fave items. I really love how this story kit made me reminisce about the story of her baby quilt, I loved thinking about the little details of this story that could have been so easily forgotten.
I did want the quilt to be the focal point of this 6×8 spread but I also wanted to include a picture of my daughter, I opted to create a pattern paper inspired background with the quilt, which resulted in the perfect canvas for the journaling, which I did by enlarging a 3×4 journaling card.
I added a digital brush to the picture of my daughter with some strategically placed elements around the frame of the picture, which added some fun elements to my spread. Just like the quilt this spread is a work from the heart, putting memory to paper and documenting those everyday moments, I just can’t get enough of this! You can also check out Ali’s CT amazing work on the Ali’s blog, these ladies are truly a source of inspiration.
Love this little plant of mine and I thought it was time I do a little TN spread about it! The latest FYC kit was ideal for this spread, I opted for a simple design that really brought focus to the 3×4 journaling cards that are in the kit. I paired the kit with the Hold Tight stamp was also essential to creating this spread.
The lovely assortment of diecuts was ideal for the theme of this spread. Love the Spring feel of this kit, it sure adds lots of warmth to those grey winter days. I printed the picture at home and left some white space at the bottom of the picture for journaling, almost in a polaroid style. The diecuts were ideal for tucking behind the picture and journaling card. The plant stamp completed this spread and tied in the subject of my spread with the overall design. Light, bright and airy, this type of project really makes my heart sing!!!
The last time I made a layout was sometime last year, I haven’t had the urge to create a layout in a long time, I think that making TN spreads really does fill that creative need that I used to get from layouts. But I was in a mood to create on a larger canvas, so I opted to do a 6×12 layout. I opted for this format because it would fit in my 2018 family PL and I would much prefer to keep everything that pertains to memory keeping in the same album.
I used the January PL kit by Citrus Twist Kits, paired with a large alpha sticker. I added some simple layers with journaling on a tag and created a small cluster of embellishments. I have always loved creating clusters and adding dimension to my project, sadly that is one thing that I do not do in my TNs as I do not want too much bulk. I might just create more 6×12 layouts, especially when I need to create a more detail oriented project, for now this will do!
Hey friends! I’m happy to be back with another blog post this week, this time featuring Ali’s February Digital Kit For this project I opted to create another entry for my 2018 family PL. I did have to skip a couple of weeks ahead but my pictures for the previous weeks, are all printed and in the page protectors, this ensures that I don’t mix up my weeks!
I paired the digital elements of this kit with physical elements from previous story kits and items from Ali’s store. Working with digital elements definitely speeds up the design process as I don’t have as much embellishing to do.
The first week of February was rather quiet, but we did enjoy a lovely hike in a local trail, so it was the obvious choice to solely focus my spread on this activity. I had some really good scenery pictures, they paired beautifully with the digital brushes in the kit. I always love using the quotes that Ali includes in her kit, I love her handwriting and seeing it in my spreads really brings me much joy! I hope you are making progress with this year’s PL, if you are struggling to keep up I really recommend using digital elements, it is such a time saver!