I was excited to receive an invitation a while ago to be the April guest designer for Citrus Twist Kits. It's been a while since I have worked with a monthly kit, and I welcomed the challenge of working with a hand-picked set of coordinated products. Today I am being introduced on the Citrus Twist Kits blog, where you can read a little bit about me, see a current photo of my scrapspace, and read some fun Q&A's. And I'm pretty sure if you leave a comment on THEIR blog, you'll have a chance at a little giveaway (check out the link for details).
Along with my introduction, I am also sharing my first layout created with the April kit. Since Citrus Twist Kit is a mid-month release club, the full reveal of the April kit won't go up until April 5th. So you'll have a better idea of the products I was working with this coming Saturday, when the kit goes up. But for now, I'll share a bit about my layout.
I loved the Amy Tangerine tags that came in the kit, and they really acted as starting points for all of my projects. I pulled out this first tag with the yellow "today" on it, and then paired it up with some pink and yellow patterned papers, and the black chalkboard patterned paper.
I had cut a few little strips from a sheet of patterned paper that I thought I might use on my layout, concentrating on all the yellow ones. This "I've got sunshine" one reminded me of a photo collage that I had printed out of Sarah forever ago, but had never used. This was a selfie that she had taken with her iPod, edited on her own, and created this four photo collage. I thought it was super cute and printed it.
And so my title was born. Hello Sunshine. I used my Cameo to cut the "Hello" from the black chalkboard patterned paper, and the "Sunshine" from yellow patterned paper.
There was a variety of Maggie Holmes Styleboard Frames in the kit, and I knew I wanted to incorporate them on all of my projects. I wanted the larger square one for this layout, but as-is, it wasn't working for me. I wanted to bring more pink into the page, to go along with the pink patterned paper strips along the top and bottom of the page, so I decided to paint it pink.
I brushed on a few coats of pink acrylic paint and let it dry for quite a while. Then I ran the frame thru a dotted embossing folder to give it more texture. The pink ended up being just a tad too bright for my liking, so I spritzed it with some white misting spray.
I die cut a fun layered sun with my Cameo, using the same yellow patterned paper that I used for part of my title. I cut the center circle twice, making one slightly smaller, just to add some extra interest. I machine stitched around each of them and then layered them all together, adding the fun black polka dot badge to the center.
I'll be sharing a few more projects during the month. Don't forget to check out their site if you're in the market for a fun kit!