Archive for March, 2011

Creative Estates Project: Home Sweet Home

Scrapbook Circle is sponsoring and teaching one of the classes at Creative Estates next week and I thought I’d share the project we will be creating.

It is a house mini album that would be a great house warming gift, baby gift or just something to keep for yourself and use it to display a few favorite family photos.

Becky Higgins and many other talented ladies will be speaking at teaching at this conference. I’m excited to get to meet new people and gain inspiration. I talked to one of the organizers, Shey and she said that people are flying in from all over the country to attend this event. Exciting!

Are you attending Creative Estates? If you are I hope you will come to our class and say hello!

Challenge #4 Winner + Win a Kit

Happy Thursday! I loved going through all the entries for our Mixed Alphas Title challenge.  Drumroll please….  And the randomly selected, lucky winner is:

FAY

Fay, email me at tessabuys (at) yahoo (dot) com with your contact information.  We would like to thank Elle’s Studio for the fabulous prize and wish Fay happy crafting with all those delicious tags!

I’ll be back next week with Challenge #5, but if you’re feeling like a challenge in the meantime, head on over to Sketchy Thursdays where Scrapbook Circle is sponsoring this week’s sketch.  You could win the April kit, Hello Sunshine!

Have a great day!

True Scrap Winner!

Thanks to everyone who joined in on our True Scrap Giveaway and let us know what your favorite scrapbook product is. Looks like patterned paper is the favorite for most people. It’s my favorite too!

Now, on to the winner of the True Scrap Online Weekend of Inspiration…

The winner is Nitasha!  Congrats! I’ll send you an email and get you all set up in the class.

If you are still hoping to join the class, it’s not too late. Just follow this link and you can register.

One Item Wonder: Studio Calico Labels

How fun are the Studio Calico labels in the March kit, Vintage Market?  I love how they can be banners, journaling spots, title blocks…. Very versatile.  Let’s take a look at how Nicole put these stickers to use.

I LOVE the way the stickers work together as a backdrop for sentiments and subtitles, clustered in the bottom left corner.  Sewing and stamping added the perfect touch to the labels, which are neutral and just waiting for a dose of your creativity.

Nicole also created a banner with the labels, using one sticker as a template for more pieces.  Beautiful work, Nicole!  Did you notice her mixed alpha titles?  If Nicole has inspired you, why don’t you join us for Challenge #4?  You still have a couple days left to enter.  Find the details here.  Have a great day!

Lifting You – Doreen

Happy Monday! This week we are lifting Doreen and her fabulous page.

I love the clustered embellies and the way the photos are stacked in a block like that.

DT members Diane and Nicole lifted Doreen for this week. Here are their pages.

Nicole

Diane

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Both Nicole and Diane kept the square photo area and the clusters of embellishments. I just love these!!! Great pages!!

We’d love to include you in this feature! Remember to share your pages using the kits on Facebook!

True Scrap Giveaway

Are ready for some amazing inspiration? Then TRUE SCRAP is for you! This is a jam packed weekend full of online classes and we are offering one FREE  spot at the event for our of our lucky blog readers!

Scrapbook Circle will be sharing one of the make-n-take projects during this event!

If you would like to enter to win a FREE spot in True Scrap, just leave a comment here letting us know what your favorite scrapbook product is. Is it the paper, stickers, alphas? We want to know!

Comments will close on Tuesday, March 29th @ midnight Pacific Time.

In case you missed it, here’s a peek at our make-n-take project for the event. So excited to share this!

Moments or Events?

When you sit back and reflect on your layouts do you find that you scrap more about the events or the every day moments and how does that affect your scrapping? 

A couple of years ago I used to focus primarily on getting those big events scrapped (trip to zoo, birthdays, etc). Maybe it was based on my time limitations or maybe it was so obvious that I should focus on those photos first.  I gave myself the title of “Queen of Unfinished Projects” and then I realized why I wasn’t EVER finishing my layouts. I was so concerned about capturing every little detail about a certain event that I was bogged down with trying to get dozens of photos (sometimes more) on a 2 page layout every time and it just became too overwhelming for me to focus so I’d get halfway through and say “I’ll get back to that later” but never did. I also found that I wasn’t documenting the little moments that were just as important as an event we did. A moment like my oldest asking if such and such song could be “our song”.  How cute is that?

One day I had this A-HA moment and realized that I needed to focus on scrapping the moments.  It didn’t mean that I would stop scrapping events. I just needed to adjust my thinking around them and focus on the meaningful moments of that day.  Once I started scrapping the moments – daddy rocking our baby or the most meaningful photos of a particular event that could tell the story on their own if they had to – I noticed a change. Not only was I completing projects and getting more done while at my scrap table but I also found that I enjoy more time with my family when we’re out doing something because I’m not as concerned with taking a gazillion photos and capturing every detail of that day.

So here’s a little story of my daughter dressed as her favorite book character for Character Day at her school. I took a ton of photos that day but this one really stood out because of the cute little proud smile she has. She was so excited to be SCAMP for a day!

Want in on another secret? I couldn’t think of a title so I pulled the book out and the title was SCAMP The Adventures of a Little Puppy. How perfect was that?

Weekend Warm-up: More Mixed Titles

Are you working on challenge #4, mixed titles?  Remember, we’ve opened challenges to everyone, not just subscribers, and we would LOVE to see your layout!  I thought I would stop by today with some more examples from our Idea Gallery of mixed titles to inspire your weekend scrapping.

A fabulous assortment of goodies from Elle’s Studio is up for grabs and you still have until Wednesday night to link us up to your layout.  So what are you waiting for?  Find all the details about the challenge here.  Happy scrapping!

This and That

While I tend to be a simple scrapper, I do like to layer little bits and pieces here and there throughout a layout. This type of mixing and matching of embellishments is a breeze with a Scrapbook Circle kit.  Each kit includes various shapes, colors, textures and types of items to make projects more interesting. And while I am not one for using tons of stuff all over a layout, I REALLY like playing and layering the goodies that came in the Vintage Market kit:

Stickers on the Maya Road tickets,

ribbon through the wood veneer Studio Calico buttons, a journaling card layered on top of the journaling patterned paper are all fun ways to add various textures and shapes to a simply designed layout.

Hope you’re having fun mixing and matching the goodies from the Vintage Market kit too!

:) Rebecca

One Item Wonder: Flag Banners

Banners are still all the rage in scrapbooking, and I couldn’t be happier about that!  The March kit, Vintage Market, includes the cutest flag banner stickers by Jenni Bowlin studio.  Let’s take a look at how Diane and Elizabeth used these adorable accents.

Elizabeth used the flag banners to denote her daughter’s age in the photos she scrapped.

In this layout, Elizabeth used the numbers 1-2-3 to signify the number of people in her family.  I love those photos!

Diane used the stickers to create a banner, and then emphasized the number nine by adding a sticker to a stick pin.  This layout is fabulous!

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After all this inspiration, I think I’m going to need another sheet of these stickers!  Thanks to Diane and Elizabeth for the great ideas, and thank you to you for stopping by today.