Archive for March, 2009

Loving the April Kit!

I am having so much fun creating with the fun and lovely April kit! When you have a few minutes, head over to the gallery and check out the layouts the team is posting! The papers are fabulous and the embellishments, well, I love them so much it was hard for me to use them at first! Finally, on “blink”, I really put them to use!

I used a sketch from the Pagemaps Blog contest and lots of wonderful papers and embellies from the April kit. I added some ruffles, my new favorite addition, with cupcake liners (blue) and crepe paper (pink), things you probably have in your home right now! If you are concerned about them being acid/lignin free, you could spray them with archival mist, or make sure they don’t touch your photo. For a finishing touch, I used embroidery thread in the corners. I can’t wait to see all the fresh, springtime layouts and projects you will be making with your April kit soon!

tip of the day…..

I love dimension.  Here is a quick tip to help you create your own dimensional items.
1. first you will need to shapes that are the same, (I had these flowers already punched glittered and ready….) you will also need pop dots (mine happen to be foam)
2. anything you want to embellish you dimensional item with.

3. put your pop dot on the back of your front flower, then adhere your top item to your lower item.  I put mine at an angle so you could see the bottom flower. 

Another option is you can also put it directly over the top of the other item giving it a 3-D look.

These fun and quick!   Enjoy!!

Struggling with Layout Titles

Because I don’t scrapbook with a subject in mind, I often have trouble thinking of a title. Even when I have scrapped with a subject in mind-I have a hard time coming up with the perfect title! So, for any of you that find yourself in the same boat-here is a great list of places that can offer you a bit of creative help:

The Perfect Title

Scrap Sayings

Scrapbook Creations

Witty Living

Enjoy!!

April kit fun…

Oh boy…Spring is in the air! This April kit makes me happy! The papers from Cosmo Cricket and Fancy Pants are sure to put you in the mood for Spring. All the papers work so well together and are so versatile for your little boy or girl.

I took the alphabet paper from Cosmo Cricket and cut out the letters to spell “Mommy.” I cut a small flower from another sheet of Cosmo Cricket and rhinestone bling in the middle to add some sparkle. Used the pop dots to give dimension to the letters and that’s it!
This kit is a must for all your Spring and Easter layouts! Have fun with it and I can’t wait to see what you create!
Check it out here.
Happy Scrappin’!
Jennifer Y.

Scrapbook Circle Design Team Call

We are excited to announce that we are looking for new members for our design team!

Our current design team ladies have been absolutely wonderful and amazing and we are sad to see them move on, but sometimes change is good.

Here are all of of the details for the design team call:

What’s in it for you?

  • Our monthly kits of newly released scrapbook supplies delivered to you!
  • Exposure on Scrapbook Circle’s gallery, blog and community
  • A chance to share what you love with others
  • 25% off any extras you want to purchase (shipped free with your kit!)

What do you do if you are chosen?

  • Complete 4 layouts each month using the kit of the month
  • Post weekly on our blog
  • Participate daily in our forums/community
  • Commit to a 6 month design team term
  • Participate in our online crops/challenges
  • Promote Scrapbook Circle where you feel it is appropriate (blogs, forums, etc.)

How do you apply?

Email the following to lisa@scrapbookcircle.com:

  • 5 images of your favorite layouts you have created
  • Link to your blog (if you have one)
  • Short bio including why you want to be on our design team
  • List of other current design teams you participate on
  • List of any scrapbook forums where you regularly participate

All submissions are due by Wednesday, April 8.

We will announce the new design team members by Wednesday, April 15. The new DT members will start with the May Kit.

We are excited to see your work!

A Banner with Kit "Leftovers"

I love “March Madness” (which refers to the NCAA Basketball tournament). Since my alma mater is still in the tournament, I just had to make a banner to celebrate. Wanting to use blue (for UNC Tarheels) and orange (for basketball), I turned to my scraps from the Nov’08 Scrapbook Circle Nov.2008 kit.


I cut out chipboard triangles and used buttons, HS alphabet, and cupcake liners from my stash. The orange felt is leftover from a 2007 SCircle kit! Banners are a great way to use up some kit leftovers! Who knows, I might even use my April kit (before I do any layouts) for a Spring or Easter banner! See Lisa’s post below showing the fabulous and fun April kit and some terrific layouts!

Loving Our APRIL Monthly Scrapbooking Kit!

Can you believe that April is almost here? We are so excited to share our April kit with you.
We are including paper from Fancy Pants on a Whimsy and Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday. We absolutely LOVE the paper from both of these lines. You get 10 sheets of patterned paper! All of the paper is double-sided.
The reverse sides of the paper are just as wonderful as the front sides. Don’t forget to pick up you April paper add-on so that you won’t have to decided which side of the paper to use.
Here are a couple of layouts I’ve done so far with the kit. I LOVE the versatility of the kit. It’s perfect for both pretty girl pages AND boy style pages too. Lots of options with the double-sided paper. Can’t get enough of the puffy American Crafts Alphabet. So fun!

We have just a few April kits that have not yet been reserved by subscribers. If you want to be sure to have one of these lovely kits, you can reserve one now by signing up for a subscription HERE. Single kit purchases will be available on April 1st for any of the remaining kits.

tip of the day…..

journaling!  Oh, I know not everyone gets very excited about this part of your layout but it’s key!  I know sometimes I get stuck, what do I do?  I ask whoever the layout is about some questions such as:
What do you remember from this day? –a lot of times they remember things that I didn’t even pay attention too.
What was your favorite part?
Would you want to do this again?
With their own journaling it makes the albums even more special.  Enjoy!

Card kit clubs

I have been in a wonderful card ‘club’ for years now. I really like how easy and stress-free it is, so I thought I’d share how we do it.

One lady is ‘in charge’ and she chooses the deadline date and e-mails all of us with the ‘theme’ if there is one and the date. We all need to reply so we know how many of us are ‘in’ for that go round. Each go round is optional — just depending on if you have the time to participate or not. Then, she replies with the final number of participants for that round. Normally it is about 12. Then, we each make 12 identical cards. On or before the specified date, we get them to her and she disperses them back to all 12 of us — only now we have one of each of the 12 types of cards! I now live in a different state and my friend in charge is kind enough to mail me my batch of cards. I LOVE getting that package in the mail!

It is great because I only have to be creative enough to come up with one card design, and then sit and watch a movie while I punch out 12 copies of that card. Then, magically (ok, not so much magic, but an organized friend) I get 12 fun, different, exciting cards!

I have a huge box of cards now ready to use for all sorts of situations.

Scrapbooking Children’s Favorite Stories

Countless memories are built during the formative childhood days. If there’s an excellent means to record them down in some ways, it’ll be scrapbooking.

True, we can’t possibly capture every single event, but we can definitely scrap those more memorable ones onto pages.

If you’ve decided to scrapbook together with your kid, besides guiding them with little prompts on the journaling, you’ll probably need some neat ideas to pull in those best memories.

Here’s various hot-selling “stories” that you and your child can scrapbook about:

A) Story of the Birth of Baby

Kids love to read stories about themselves as babies. Having pages surrounding your child’s birth will make him or her feel how much he or she is wanted by the family.

- Photo of mommy pregnant with the baby.

- Who waited for the birth?

- Who came for the hospital visit?

- Weight, length, doctor, hospital details.

- Feelings of parents about the birth of your child.

- Funny stories that happened.

- Documenting baby milestones.

- What’s your kid’s favorite bedtime stories?

- Photo of your kid’s favorite toys.

As there’s a chance that there’s no photos taken during the birth, a good alternative would be to do a page on significant or historical events that happened on the day or year of your kid’s birth. How to source for such information? Visit www.dmarie.com/timecap to pick up such data.

Another idea is for your kid to do a page on his or her name and birthday. Record down your kid’s feelings about his or her name. Why did you and your husband come up with such a name? What’s the meaning of the name? Find out what famous people share your kid’s name. Find out what famous birthdays share your kid’s birthday. What’s the best birthday party your child had?

B) Story of Family

Family members are among the most influential people that influence a child during the growing years. Having your child scrapbook about the family will reinforce the importance of family connectedness in his or her life.

- What does your child like about each family member?

- Does your girl or boy like being part of the family? Why?

- Does your kid like being the first-born, middle-born, in-between or baby of the family?

- What does your child like about his or her grandparents?

- What are the family chores that your kid handle?

- Does your kid have a favorite pet? What does your child like about the pet? Get your kid to draw a picture of the pet.

- Funny incidents that took place in the family.

- Typical day at home. What’s the daily activities that take place?

- List of fun things your kid did with the family like sporting events, camping, and picnics.

- Favorite family vacations. Where did you go and what did your kid do?

- What’s your kid’s most memorable memories about the family?

- Record the cultural heritage of the family.

- Suggest that your kid draw a family portrait.

C) Story of School Days

School is where the child will improve his or her fine-motor, language, art, math, problem-solving, expanding ideas and social skills. Many unforgettable memories will be formed here and your child would want to scrap these days.

- Favorite subject at school. Why?

- Favorite teacher. What does your kid like about this teacher?

- Describe a typical day at school.

- Describe the items in your kid’s backpack. Photo of those items.

- What does your kid like about his or her school?

- Where does he or she usually hang out?

- List of fun things your kid do with his or her classmates.

- What extracurricular activities or clubs do you kid join? Since this is a personal choice, why did he or she choose it?

- Who does your kid usually sit with at lunch?

- Who are your kid’s favorite classmates? What do your child like about them?

- What are the memorable field trips?

D) Story of Friends

Friends are crucial in the development of a kid’s growth. By scrapbooking the theme of friendship, he or she will learn the importance of friends, and to dwell on the positive aspects of friendship.

- Who are your kid’s best friends?

- What do your kid like about them?

- What do your kids usually do when they are together?

- Where are the places your kid love to hang out with them? Why?

- What are the qualities your kid admire in his or her friends?

E) Story of Dreams

Children has the amazing ability to daydream, imagine and dream big! You might want to encourage your kid to explore all the different possibilities. You’ll probably have to give more guidance about journaling future jobs, things they want to achieve, homes and the lifestyle they want to lead.

- What does like your kid want to become when he or she grows up? Why?

- What are the duties included in the job?

- Who are the famous/ordinary people with the career your kid admires? Photo of these people?

- What are the qualities of the people with the career your kid dream of?

- What kind of home your kid want to live in the future? Draw a picture of the dream house.

- Does your kid want to be married in future? How many kids your child want to have? What are the qualities your kid look for in his or her partner?

- List of top ten things your kid wanted most to do in his or her life.

- What does kids imagine he or she will be doing during free time?

- If your kid can have superpower, what does your kid want it to be? Why?

- If money is no object, what would you child want to do with the money. Why?

These are some of the common themes you and your kid can cover. There’s many more. But these ideas will be a leaping pad to more ideas.

Happy scrapping childhood stories!

About the Author:
Fion Lim is the creator of everything-about-scrapbooking.com. She enjoys scrapbooking as a hobby and finds pleasure in sharing scrapbooking ideas, tips and techniques with beginner scrapbookers through her scrapbooking site