Fast February | Part II

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The final two layouts I made with this kit—Bee-lightful–and the sketch are both double-page spreads.

For this page, I combined my chosen sketch with a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits that included two square photos that I thought would complement my sketch. I liked the clean lines of the design, which would go well with the simplicity of the original sketch.

The photographs on this page are from a recent walk I took with my kids in our woods. I am always amazed by the beauty of the forest even in the dead of winter!

Finally, I took the sketch and paired it with a pocket page.

I had several Instagram photos on my phone that simply showed what our life has been like over the past few months. Using the sketch and a pocket page, I was able to get all of these pictures in a spread quickly and easily.

This kit and sketch were “bee-lightful” to work with! I am looking forward to another kit this month. I hope to do more scrapping during March!

Now go create!

Sketch + Sketch

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One of my goals for the new year is to make more two-page layouts. An easy way to achieve this goal is to combine two sketches to make a foundation for a double-page spread. I have found a new freedom in making two-pagers–here’s the story.

When I first started scrapbooking, I only made double-page spreads. Each page had the same background (usually cardstock) and were almost always mirrors of each other. As my scrapbooking confidence grew, I began making two-page layouts with asymmetrical designs–but always with matching backgrounds!

Recently I discovered that it is possible to make double-page spreads with backgrounds that are not the same. As long as colors, design elements, and themes cross both pages, having different backgrounds can be a great design choice!

To make a two-page layout using my current sketch, I chose this sketch from Citrus Twist Kits.

I used my sketch on the left to emphasize a focal point photograph, then used the other sketch to place supporting pictures.

Both pages have similar colors and embellishments that tie them together even though the backgrounds are different.

Pink and teal from the patterned paper on the right side is repeated in the patterned paper and cardstock on the left. I used enamel dots on both sides, as well as cardstock stickers.

I love using two single-page sketches together to make a double-page spread and use different backgrounds–the result is wonderful!

Now go create!

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

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Ever since I was little, I have been an animal lover. As a child, I loved dogs, cats, horses, unicorns, frogs, turtles, and cows. Luckily, now that I am older, I have a husband who indulges my love of animals. We live on a farm with 6 horses, 4 dogs, 5 cats, several chickens, and 1 turtle.

As you would expect, I have A LOT of animal photographs. This month with the Citrus Twist Kits November kit, I made two layouts about some of my pets.

We have two inside cats, but not by choice. Smokey was supposed to be a barn cat, but we soon realized that he was allergic to flea bites. After numerous trips to the vet one summer, we decided to allow Smokey to live in the house.

My son found Scavenger out behind our barn one day. He was a young, skinny, sickly cat, and I did not think he was long for this world. But we took Scavenger to the vet anyway, not expecting good news. Surprisingly, the vet said Scavenger was fine–he just needed some antibiotics and love. We kept him in the house as he recovered and he now has no desire to go outside. So now we have another inside cat.

In the morning, I feed both cats soon after I get up. (Or actually soon after Scavenger wakes me up telling me it is time for breakfast.) I had a cute picture of them eating together one day, which I scrapped with the Citrus Twist Kit and inspiration from the Live Inspired Challenge.


The next layout I made documents the newest member of our animal family–Lark, an 8-week–0ld Great Pyrenees puppy. She is so cute and bouncy! The photo is one I took of her right after we came home with her. I used a sketch from Scrap Happy for this page.


I am sure I will have more pet pages to show in the future, especially with the new puppy. I have to make sure I document her growing up!

Now go create!

grass fire

September at Citrus Twist Kits

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I am always amazed at the amount of supplies that come in my monthly kit from Citrus Twist Kits. This month was no exception. So far I have made three pages–and they are some of my favorites!

A few weeks ago, my son celebrated his 13th birthday, officially making me the mother of three teenagers! So I wanted to make a special layout to celebrate this milestone.

I started with a “3 to Inspire” challenge from the blog. The prompts were to (1) use a lot of sequins, (2) add some hidden journaling, and (3) try stamping on your photos. The sequins were perfect for the celebratory page. The hidden journaling is on a tag behind the top photo. I stamped “Good Stuff” and “You” on the photos.


The next page was inspired by a sketch from the Scrap Happy membership. This layout tells the story of the fun my youngest had playing with fire hoses. I love these photos because even though you cannot see much of the people’s faces, you can still tell they are having fun.

with water

Finally, I used a Sunday Sketch to document my son fighting a grass fire. This sketch was fairly simple, so I used the opportunity to play around with lots of embellishments!

grass fire

After these three pages, I still have lots of supplies left. I am going to get busy making more layouts because the October kit will be here soon!

Stuck?! Sketches II

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Recently I posted about how I find inspiration through sketches when need a creative jump start. I came across the Stuck?! Sketches blog and discovered two new sketches that I loved! I wrote about the first layout I made with a Stuck?! sketch in this post.

The second sketch is similar to the first in that it uses multiple photos and two design areas. I started by cropping three photos down to 3×3. Then I picked a cute star patterned paper included in this month’s kit from Citrus Twist Kits to be the background. I had to play around a lot with the placement of my photos until I was happy. I after I got the photos down, I added patterned paper, die cuts, and wood veneer all from the kit.

I enjoyed using these two sketches—they were just the ticket to get my creative juices flowing! I am looking forward to next month’s sketches from the Stuck?! Sketches blog.