One Item Wonder: Now and Then Patterned Paper

The Bucket List kit features a patterned paper by My Mind’s Eye covered in ornate frames and polka dots. I don’t know about you, but I see a paper like this and think, “It’s fabulous, but do I fill all those frames? Add photos, words? Cut them out?” To take some creative pressure off, I asked creative team member Leslie to share with us her ideas for making the most of this pretty paper:


Leslie made good use of her scissors and fussy cut several of the frames from the paper.


Leslie filled the frames with a variety of stickers, chipboard embellishments, and journaling.


I love how her design flows from the top right corner to the photo by drawing your eye down through the frames. I also love how some elements are popped up on dimensional adhesive so the design isn’t flat.

I’m inspired to cut up my piece of that paper! How about you? Or do you have another take on this pattern? I’d love to see it! Please share on our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Scrapbook Circle and Top Dog Dies Blog Hop

By Sara Zenger

April 21, 2014


Welcome to the Top Dog Dies & Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop! Today we’re showing off projects featuring exclusive dies from Top Dog Dies and the new Bucket List kit from Scrapbook Circle.

At Scrapbook Circle we are passionate about preserving our family memories. We love sharing daily inspiration and connecting with others who also love to create. We have been creating monthly scrapbook kits for over seven years. Each of our kits includes a custom printable and we have now expanded our shop to included coordinating digital files. We create exclusive items for each monthly kit. We strive to provide you with fresh products every month that inspire you to create.

Scrapbook Circle Special Promotion:  Use code scrapbook20 to receive 20% off your order today though May 31, 2014.

Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including Little B, My Favorite Things, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.

Top Dog Dies is also offering a special promotion during the hop. Spend $100 on anything in the store and get 15% off when you use code SCHOP15, or spend $60 and get 10% off when you use code SCHOP10.

Scrapbook Circle is giving away two $50 Prize Packs of exclusive wafer-thin dies


Top Dog Dies is giving away a Bucket List Kit


Winners will be chosen from comments left on on the Design Team Members blogs or the Top Dog Die and Scrapbook Circle blog – be sure to leave some love by Sunday, April 27th when the hop ends.

It’s time to get inspired!

Follow the list below and hop along the blogs to see fabulous projects by both design teams. Be sure to comment along the hop to get the chance to win fabulous prize packs from both Scrapbook Circle and Top Dog Dies.

Top Dog Dies

Scrapbook Circle

Amy Wanford

Amy Tsuruta

Giovana Smith

Katie Brooks

Stacey Schafer

Nicole Picadura

Renee Robbins

Karen Letchworth

Wendy Sue Anderson

Sara Zenger

Heather Leopard

Diana Fisher

Adrienne Alvis

Audrey Yeager

Diana Waite

Tessa Buys

Leslie Ashe

My True North

By Leslie Ashe

April 20, 2014

hello everyone!

stopping by today to share a layout I made using the gorgeous April kit: Bucket List
plus both of the add ons: Places To Go & Things To See


I love, love LOVE the colors in this month’s kit.
Turqouise, navy, creams, brights, bolds, blacks…yum!

For my creation, I decided to stay with the blue tones, adding some yellow, gold, black & green for some pops of colors.

As you see in some of my closer shots, I used the roller stamp in 3′s in 3 different places. I LOVE that stamp. The ease of it, wow.
All in all – this was fun & made my photo of my cute husband pop off my page!



thanks so much,

Creative play with the Mood Board!

By Audrey Yeager

April 19, 2014

I LOVE using Mood Boards as inspiration, and so glad that we are starting this feature on the Scrapbook Circle blog!  Here is this month’s mood board:



And here is my page:

creative play SBC


There were lots of things on this board that inspired my design.  First, it was the colors: the teal mixed with the black and cream.

I cut the tan heart out from the beige 3×4 card and then stitched around the edge with the teal thread (inspired by the mood board).  Then I stitched around the negative shape, too! I also used some wads of thread tucked under some of the embellishments, too.  All the little flowers are fussy cut from one of the 3×4 cards, too



The little black house circle and the #2 circle were cut from this month’s cut file.  The alphas came from my stash and I inked them to match the paper.  I was also inspired by the chevron design and added a border on the bottom of my page.



How does this mood board inspire YOU?



Scrap Owl Podcast

By Lisa Andrews

April 18, 2014

I had the opportunity to do a podcast all about Scrapbook Circle at it’s live on the Scrap Owl site today. Renee and I talk about how Scrapbook Circle started, share some of our process for building kits and lots of other fun information.

Want to listen?

You can visit the Scrap Owl site HERE and listen to the podcast and read about highlights from the podcast.

The podcast can also be found on iTunes and Stitcher.

Happy listening! And happy weekend too!

Be Real with Jenni

By Jenni Calma

April 18, 2014

Hi scrappy peeps!  Today I am sharing a page I created using some of my recent Instagrams and the April kit, Bucket List.  I don’t do Project Life, not yet anyway, but love Instagram!  I love my DSLR camera and admit I should carry it with me more, but my phone hardly leaves my side.  So, I use Instagram a lot and love all the apps and filters too.


These photos were great because it was the first piece of Spring from our garden that I cut and brought into our house.  I love going to a florist shop or getting flowers from my sweet husband, but there is nothing like growing your own blooms to enjoy!

FRESHFULLY.SBC.April 2014 (3)

I knew I wanted to use these photos and the piece of Amy Tangerine paper, that has some watercolor like areas on the corner in a green and yellow.  I tried to add onto that and match the colors by watercoloring yellow up the paper.  I wanted to keep the page light and crisp, so I kept the colors to white & grey, yellow and a bit of green.  I wanted to use one other color to really give an impact and chose the bright pink to help tie in the acetate letters.  I wanted just a touch of the hot pink, so little punched butterflies were the perfect amount.


Finally, I stamped one of the phrases in the roller stamp, part of the ‘Places To Go’ Add-on kit several times under the photos.  Share your Instagram/Project Life pages with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page and how you used the April kit or any kit to document your real life!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Challenge #73: A pinch of this, a dash of that…

I’m preparing to host a holiday dinner at my place this weekend, so I’ve been going through my recipes: fine-tuning favorites, tweaking some to make them a bit healthier, learning new ones. I’m not a very intuitive cook, so I like to follow a recipe as closely as I can until I feel comfortable enough to leave my own mark on it. Do you ever feel that way about your scrapbooking design? Do you follow sketches exactly? Do you scraplift perfectly? Or do you take the ingredients you have on hand and just go to town? Well, in that spirit, we have a recipe challenge for you! Your next layout: 1 large photo 3 patterned papers a pinch of wood veneer a dash of die-cuts I asked creative team member Jenni to share her take on the recipe. This is her delicious result: TREAT final All the ingredients are there, working together to create a great page! TREAT.SBC.April 2014 I love the stitching through the die-cuts and how the wood veneer triangles are making a frame around her photo. TREAT.SBC.April 2014 (4) Ready to hit the kitchen? I mean, scrapbook room? Here’s how to play:

1. Create a layout using the ingredients listed above. Additions are a-okay. 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. Enter by Wednesday, April 30th, 9:00 p.m. Pacific to be eligible for a prize!

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: Challenge #72

Thanks for sharing your wishes and dreams with us! The randomly chosen winner of our As You Wish challenge is…


…with this great layout and cute story:


Congratulations! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information and we will get your Heidi Swapp prize package to you! Stay tuned, a new challenge is coming right up!

this. a design team choice

By Diana Waite

April 16, 2014

I just LOVED the paper clips in the Things to Do add on for April–it’s the word This–they are much easier to use than you would think!  Here is the layout I made using a paperclip:

DianaWlovethis  One of my favorite things about the paperclips is that they don’t add a lot of bulk to my page..

Super easy and FUN embellishment to ANY layout or card!

We would love to see ANY of your creations using one of our Scrapbook Circle kits–please feel free to share them on our Facebook Page!

One Item Wonder: Studio Calico Vellum Cards

Vellum is hot once again in scrapbooking, and especially so when it is die-cut with phrases and images. The Bucket List kit features a package of 4×3 and 4×6 vellum cards by Studio Calico. Let’s take a look at how Adrienne incorporated them into her fabulous page:


The cards easily lend themselves to a grid design because of their rectangular shape. Adrienne arranged them beautifully, even using one as a mat for her small photo.


Adrienne layered die-cuts, hearts, arrows, and stamping to add interest and dimension. Each space holds its own special details – I love that!


Notice that Adrienne used stitching to attach many of her page elements. Vellum can be difficult to adhere to layouts in a visually pleasing way because of the transparency of the paper. Stitching is a great technique, as well as hiding glues under other elements like die-cuts. Have you used these cards yet? We would love to see what you’ve done! Be sure to share with us on the Facebook page. Have a great day!