Designer’s Choice: 6×6 Paper Pads

By Jamie Leija

November 22, 2014

Hiya! Let’s talk mini paper pads shall we? I love these wee things. I love the scaled down patterns and the pleasing square shape, a tiny curated mix of designs that will work perfectly paired together. Lisa does an awesome job picking out some truly great ones, like the Heidi Swapp September Skies one in this month’s Sweetness Add-on. I wanted to use every last one of the patterns and think I managed to on these pages.

So today I wanted to share a few strategies for using up those paper pads.


I’m noticing a personal design trend here. I like pushing things right to the edge (I posted about it on the blog a few weeks back). And for this page I balanced my design off two corners. It made me think of a baseball infield once I pasted the papers in place. I used 4 sheets layered on top of each other and threw a stripe in to each cluster. It was a lot of pattern, but I paired busier patterns with softer patterns to make sure it wasn’t too overwhelming.


And for this second page, I created a tiered look down the side. Layering patterns on top of each other but with a bit of a twist. Each sheet lifts up to reveal more photos and journaling.


I’ve had this page theme in my head for a bit and I’m so happy it came together, all thanks to the paper pad really.

I sketched out this idea for a page before I cut into anything. I didn’t have the theme in mind, just thinking about how I could incorporate a lot of these paper pad sheets on one layout. And in that process I thought it would be awesome to have the panels lift up! The idea of featuring all of my different social media profiles went so perfectly with that concept. Scroll down to see what’s under each tab.

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With the help of layering, I managed to use nearly every pattern on the pad. And I still have a whole set left since there’s two of each design in there. I really liked that I put the majority of it to use.

If you haven’t nabbed the Sweetness Add-on yet, I suggest you do. Paired with the main kit, it was so inspirational for me to use! If you used the paper pad, we’d love to see what you did. Share it over on the Facebook page. I’ve just been scrolling back through to see everyone’s recent pages. I love leaving comments on your pages!


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Freckled Fawn Very Merry Kit


Don’t miss out on getting the Freckled Fawn Very Merry Embellishment kit with your next Scrapbook Circle order! This kit is packed with shimmery goodness for your holidays pages, books and cards.

Some of the creative team couldn’t wait for the holidays and already got to work creating with the kit.

Valerie made this layout. I just love how she used the tape along the top and the threaded sequins in the lower corner.

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Mona is my hero and has already started the base pages for her December documented album. She has a lot of great ideas here for using the wooden numbers.





I make holiday cards and send them along with gifts for my family. I start this endeavor in July (no joke!), so I was thrilled to start using the Freckled Fawn kit to make more cards. This card is one of my favorites. I love the pink matched with the shimmery blue snowflakes and green tree.


Jenni made this fabulous cover for her December album. I love the ornament hanging from the bow and that vellum!

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There is a lot of bling and sparkle in this kit, so if you love that sort of thing for your holiday projects, make sure to scoop one of these up and have it sent out with your December kit!

We can’t wait to see what you make with it! Remember to share your work with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

November Technique Challenge: Embossing

One of my favorite items from the Little Moments kit is the gold sheet of stickers with embossed sentiments. In fact, these pretty stickers are the inspiration for our November Technique Challenge – Embossing! Your challenge is to use embossing of any kind on a layout. You could use embossing powder over a stamped image (like our exclusive Home Sweet Home stamp), you could use embossing folders and an embossing machine, or you could even do letterpress. I encourage you to create your embossing effect (after all, this is a technique challenge), but you are also welcome to use pre-embossed elements on your page.

I asked our November guest designer, Chelsea Miller, to start us off with some inspiration using the Little Moments kit:


It was all about the texture for Chelsea: “I used my trusty Sizzix Big Shot and some embossing folders to add some depth and dimension to my layout.  I normally will just use these on cards, but I thought it would look great to have my papers from the 6×6 pad in the add on kit have a little more oomph!  I ran the patterned papers through after I already distressed the edges, because from experience it tends to tear a little more than I like if the paper has been embossed before distressing.  I used my ink pad to dirty up the edges and ran it gently across the tops of the papers as well to make the embossing more detailed.  For good measure I also ran through 2 other papers through the Sizzix, and used my punches to cut out a circle and star to throw on the page. Texture is good.  I think it adds something to the page without adding too much bulk, and there are so many fun patterns out there to choose from!”

I love that tip about distressing embossed paper – good to know! Well, are you ready to dust off those embossing folders or find your embossing powder? Here’s how to join in on the challenge:

1. Create a layout using the technique of embossing. We would love to see a Scrapbook Circle kit in action, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, our Facebook page, or an online gallery. Come back to this post and leave a direct link to your layout in the comments.

3. You have TWO weeks to play. Enter by Wednesday, December 3rd, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win this fabulous Chickaniddy Crafts prize!


Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: November Kit-Inspired Challenge

We have a winner for the polka dot challenge! Congratulations goes to…


…who created this darling layout with polka dots:


Jessica, you’ve won a $25.00 gift certificate to The Cut Shoppe! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com so that I can get your prize to you.

The November Technique challenge will be posted soon! Stay tuned!

Designer’s Choice – my november’s favourites

By Monika Głód

November 19, 2014


I like so many things in “Little moments” kit, but I chose couple of my totally favourites in this month’s Kit , and made a layout using them.There are my three most fav – First of all, patterned paper from Basic Grey collection, yellow with white lines look like city plan with streets. Second are exclusive cards from Scrapbook Circle , kraft with brown pattern and words. Third  -  ephemera pack from Basic Grey and stickers from Bella Blvd.

I chose also 2 papers with fall colors – beige and pastel orange/ salmon one. I put my photo with lots of layers form scraps of patterned papers on the left side of the LO, and used a journaling card from Elles studio as a title of my project, and put it on the right side.

Try at the start of your work, choose 3-4 fav elements you want to use in your project, and then try to incorporate them into your layout. and have fun of course!

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Thank you so much and hope you will have fum creating with November SBC kit, which is still available in the shop.



One Item Wonder: Bella Blvd. Stickers

When I asked creative team members Gina and Rebecca to share with us how they used the Bella Blvd. sticker sheet from November’s kit, I knew they’d have great layouts. But these layouts are beyond great and just fantastic! Let’s take a look:


Gina used the alphas from the sticker sheet to create her title. The color and font are just perfect for her page!


Gina also used the stickers as accents.


Like Gina, Rebecca used the alpha stickers for her title, too. I love how “too fast” refers to so many things!

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Rebecca used other stickers to create clusters of embellishments. The strip on the side with stars is great, too!

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Have you played with your Bella Blvd. sticker sheet yet? We’d love to see! Be sure to upload your projects to our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Take 2 by Diana Waite

By Diana Waite

November 17, 2014

Okay, I seriously LOVE this challenge!  I get to take one of my old layouts and create a new layout with IMPROVEMENTS!  I want to start off with the layout that inspired me: DianaWdayone

I LOVED this layout–it literally came together in 15 minutes–the 15 minutes RIGHT before dinner…. my photos were already matted on the white paper (I usually do this with my pictures when they come in, so when I go to scrap them they are READY to go!)  If you notice there was NO sewing on this page-I REALLY wanted to but had no time…okay now my second take on this page:DianaWdayone  Yep, the same kid first day of school pictures one serious one silly…. this time I had time to do the sewing and even add a bit of drops of mist.  This layout took about double the time but I LOVE each layout for what they turned out to be.

(for my second layout I used the Little Moments kit)

We would LOVE to see your own take 2 challenge using our Scrapbook Circle kit on our Facebook page, please feel free to share!




Creating a Background

By Rebecca Keppel

November 16, 2014

Scrapbook Circle kits are my favorite combination of patterned paper. The patterns and colors always work so well together. I love creating a background mixing many of them together to create a quilted look. First I cut out a background with the Silhouette Cameo. Then I cut out inner shapes from many different patterns and start laying them down.rk sc family

For this layout I also stitched around the die cut background with my sewing machine. It took some time getting around the curves, but I love the look so it was well worth it. Once you have an assortment of patterns filled in, it is time for the fun of embellishing! I a grouping of the BasicGrey vellum and transparency feathers was fun to put together.


And I loved inking the Heidi Swapp alphas and die cuts with different colored inks.



If you haven’t grabbed your November Kit (Little Moments) yet, you will want to run and get one before they are sold out.  This month I bought both Ad Ons, Sweetness and Home Sweet Home and I highlighy recommend both for extra journaling and embellishing options!

:) Rebecca

Designer’s Choice: Memorabilia

By Jennifer Larson

November 15, 2014

Hello, it’s Jennifer Larson here, sharing some ideas from my pages this month about using memorabilia

If you are like me, you collect tickets, maps, programs, and receipts, hoping you might use them scrapbooking. Here is one page where I did so:

Golf in the City by Jennifer Larson

I had the ticket from the mini-golf outing saved because it looked graphic and cool, to be expected from mini-golf at an art museum. The tickets inspired my product choices for the page; the colors of the Kelly Purkey Basic Grey line matched the colors on the ticket perfectly. I adhered the ticket with dimensional stickers to keep it off the photos. The ticket then became a part of the title and embellishment cluster.

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On this page I used a cut-out map from the state park brochure to back the title block. Confession: I just laid the paper on the page. I know it’s not acid free. I’m OK with that for myself because the photos the map aligns with are not priceless. If you do worry about archiving when it comes to using memorabilia, though, spray it with Archival Mist or something to de-acidify the paper, or keep the memorabilia away from the photos.

Some ideas for using memorabilia, including the ones above:

Make it a part of the embellishment cluster.
Use it to back a title block.
Use it as patterned paper.
Slide it in an envelope and adhere the envelope to the page–under photos, next to photos, or even tucked in an envelope behind the page. Let part of the memorabilia peek through the front of the page by using an Exacto to cut a slit in the paper opening up to the envelope in the back.
Die cut the memorabilia.
Spray it, mist it, sew it–use it as something graphic on any page, not even from the place or event you got it from!
Bind birthday or holiday cards to use as a mini-album.
Trim tickets to use as a graphic banner.

If you have some memorabilia lying around, pair it with photos and get it on a page! Then take a picture and upload it to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page to share.



November Sketch Challenge


Today I am sharing the November sketch challenge. Play along with the sketch using your Scrapbook Circle kit (or anything else you have laying around in your stash) and then share your work with us.

Below are some pages from the creative team to get you inspired and ready to create.



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Our guest designer for the month, Chelsea, played along, too. Here is her page.

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This month’s random winner will receive this Heidi Swapp prize pack.


For your chance to win, play along with this month’s sketch and then share your layout either here on this post in the comments section or on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. You have until the end of the day on Wed. 11/26 to play along. We’ll announce the winner on the blog on 11/28.

Have fun!