school pictures. a design team choice.

By Diana Waite

September 20, 2014



Today I wanted to share a layout I made using the Here & There kit for the month of September.  Do you have ANY large school pictures of your kids just laying around?  I found this gem underneath some other things in my scrappy stuff–this is my daughter who is currently a Junior in High School crazy how time flies!DianaWLoveAmaze

for this layout I trimmed the 8″ x 10″ photo down just a touch to 7″x 9″ (I wasn’t worried about losing anything in the background.)  I then started building up the background–the seals on the left hand side of the layout is where I started.  With layouts I usually start with an element or idea then build on it.  When you look at the seals they appear that they are a different color that the background card stock, the only difference is that the side that is “up” on the seals are flat, the background is textured.  I really like the look–gives the layout a bit more interest.  After the page was “all together” I decided to outline the picture with a pen–something I haven’t done in a LONG time!  Another easy fun way to add dimension to your layout.

We would LOVE to see your layouts that feature large pictures, tone on tone card stock, outlining, or any other creative elements you have used using our Scrapbook Circle kits.  Please share them on our Facebook page!


Project Be Real

By Jamie Leija

September 19, 2014

Hi Y’all! Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing some Project Life/Pocket Page layouts with you. I’ll start by saying, I’m a really bad project lifer. I always have the best intentions, but sometimes don’t follow through! However, with the help of my trusty September kit, I managed to make a few spreads.

I use a 6×8 album for this project. It makes it more manageable for me and I like the tiny size. And even though there’s nothing specifically 4×6 or 3×4 size in this months kit, there’s still plenty you could do in the way of pocket pages. I also think these kits have some awesome smaller size embellishments. They’re so easily applicable to this style of scrapbooking. 1409Sept-PL00 For this smaller size, the 6×6 Notes & Things paper pad from the This Place add-on, was great  for backgrounds. I’m obsessed with the peach color on the card below! It pairs so beautifully with gold and the black and white I like to use so often. 1409Sept-PL03 I also used the  kit stamps and printables a lot on these page. And of course, I had to document getting my striped Scrapbook Circle box =) 1409Sept-PL04 1409Sept-PL05a  I absolutely love tiny envelopes and bags and things. Since this is the perfect pocket size, it was so easy to add it to the back of a 3×4 card and include some hidden journaling. Today’s Top 5 is another of the kits printables. I loved the colors! 1409Sept-PL05b 1409Sept-PL06 I rounded everything out with an enlarged photo. I liked the balance in size and color that it offered. It had that great pop of turquoise! 1409Sept-PL07 1409Sept-PL08 Even thought the kits aren’t specifically designed for smaller size pockets, there’s still a ton of things to draw from when you’re making pocket style pages. The few pages I made just make me very happy!

Next time you’re working on Project Life, I hope you’ll think of your Scrapbook Circle kit! They have a ton to offer!


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September Technique Challenge

Whether you use a needle and thread or a Singer, stitching and sewing on layouts is a technique that many scrapbookers use to create their pages. Sewing can be decorative or functional by securing layers and embellishments. It can be messy, clean, straight or zig-zaggy. Even embroidery and cross-stitch can inspire your page elements. Our September technique challenge is to use sewing or stitching in some way on a layout. Whether you are an expert paper seamstress or a first-timer, we hope you’ll join in. To get you started, we have some inspiration from creative team member, Jennifer:

In Stitches by Jennifer Larson

Jennifer LOVES to stitch on pages. Sewing was a perfect compliment to this layout about her son cross-stitching.

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Not only does sewing play along with her theme nicely, but Jennifer says she enjoys using stitching for these reasons, too: “For texture. Here I picked a pattern on the page – the starburst – and stitched along it. To keep stuff down. I stitched down my journaling strips and title to anchor them better on the page. To embellish. I stitched around the photos and added some cross-stitches on the tags to embellish.”

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Fabulous ideas, Jennifer! Ready to put those ideas into practice? Here’s how to play along with our challenge:

1. Create a layout that features sewing or stitching. 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, October 1st, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win…


Good luck! Happy sewing and scrapping!

Winner: September Kit-Inspired Challenge – Gold

Thanks to everyone who entered our gold challenge! I loved every bit of your blinged-out layouts. Our randomly selected winner of a Shimelle/AC prize package is…


…with this shiny beauty:

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Congratulations, Janet! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information and we will get your prize off to you. Stay tuned, the September Technique Challenge is coming right up!

Designer’s Choice: Designing a two-page layout

By Jennifer Larson

September 17, 2014

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing some ideas for one of my favorite page designs: two-pagers.

I love taking lots of photos, and though I edit it down, I still like to put lots of pictures on my pages. As a result, I love making two-page layouts. Here are some of my hints for making a two-page design, based on one of my pages from this month:

Michigan by Jennifer Larson

1. Print photos all the same size and orientation, with one focal point photo enlargement. You can adjust this as needed, but I find it easier to design a two-page layout with the same size photos and one stand-out in a bigger size. I like printing the smaller photos 2.5×2.5 inches, 3×3 inches, or 2.5×3.5 inches, and I like printing the bigger photo in 5×7 or 8×12.

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2. Stretch something across both pages. When I do this, I “jump the gutter” and make the page seem like one cohesive whole, even when I use different background papers like I did above.

3. Use a line of photos in some way. I love lines. I’m linear and can’t help it, but on a two-page layout, this can help you make the two-pages connect as well.

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4. Balance elements across the two-pages. I learned this years ago when I started scrapping: if you put something on one side of the page, put it on the other in a different amount. The balance created is pleasing to the eye. In a two-page layout, this can create greater cohesion between the two pages. Here I added gold dots to both sides, added the kraft tags to both sides, and made blue star banners on each page in different sizes and amounts.

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5. Use a shape and balance to create motion. This page has a strong vertical ad horizontal line, which draws the eye across the page. The end point in this shape is a wonky photo block, which ends the page emphatically. That is the way the eye travels across the page. try designing with an L shape like this, or a C shaped design, or a triangle, or a circle.

Those are a few suggestions for creating a two-page layout. If you have a lot of photos and want to try stretching them out onto two pages, post your design on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page so we can check it out. Have fun designing!


One Item Wonder: Pinkfresh Studio Scallop Stickers

Scallops are a paper crafting design staple, but Pinkfresh Studio’s take on them is fun, new and exciting! You’ll find these gold, metallic, puffy scallop stickers in your Here + There kit and I asked our September guest designer, Dona Howe, to share with us how she used them:


Dona used scallop stickers at the top and bottom of her photo column.


I love the shine they add to her page while acting as a frame of sorts to contain her cute photos.


Have you used the Pinkfresh Studio scallop stickers yet? We’d love to see how! Share your projects and ;layouts with us on the Facebook page and we’ll come take a look. Have a great day!

September Mood Board | Jenni Calma

By Jenni Calma

September 15, 2014

Much like the September kit ‘Here + There’, the ‘Time Flies’ and ‘This Place’ Add-ons,  the accompanying Mood Board is just as fabulous!

September Mood Board

I was so very excited about getting the Mood Board as one of my September assignments.  I loved everything about it and two of the images were ones already part of my Pinterest boards!  First and foremost, the garland of circles in pinks and gold caught my eye and was the jumping off point for my layout.

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The gold glitter circle stickers were a perfect size match with one of my circle punches.  I punched paper from two different 6×6 pads both part of the Add-ons. I used the Scrapbook Circle exclusive heart stamp to add a little extra pattern to the pink circles I punched.  Finally, I sewed all the circles together into a garland inspired from the Mood Board.

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I clustered my photos on several other pieces of 6×6 papers and wrapped the garland around them loosely.  I then tucked lots of tags, stickers and chipboard all around that photo cluster.  The title is from the ‘Time Flies’ Add-on, a script sticker, much like the script on the Mood Board.

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One more favorite from the Mood Board is gold glitter dipped balloons and it inspired me to dip this tag from Crate Paper into gold glitter embossing powder.  I also used a couple arrows from Crape Paper and a strip of the arrow paper from My Mind’s Eye on the left side of the page.

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This kit is seriously one of my favs, and inspiring enough on its own, but the Mood Board provides great additional ideas for using the September kit!  Share your creations with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page or use the Mood Board to inspire one of the challenges going on this month!  Thanks for letting me share my page and have an amazing day!

DT CHOICE: Please card me!!

By Valerie Huang

September 14, 2014

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Hi all:

Happy Sunday SBC friends!! It’s Valerie here today.

Don’t know about you guys, but I am definitely a huge card maker myself. But I only make cards and keep them and waiting to send it to someone on a perfect occasion.

When I received the September This Place Add-on (now sold out) kit, I knew they are perfect for my card obsession. So I went ahead to include our exclusive stamp, and the Wood Alphabet sticker from the Main Here + There kit and Time Flies Add-on kit as well.

So I feel share my cards with you will also inspire our subscribers to think more about how to combine the main kit and add on kit on a project. The left over kit will also be perfect to make some cards for different occasions.

Thank you for looking and hope you all have a great weekend.


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Designer’s Choice: Tiny mini insta Album

By Monika Głód

September 13, 2014

Hi everyone.

I fell in love with this mini pocket album from WeRMK couple months ago. I know I’m not the only one :) I decided to use it as my vacation album, with photos taken during our vaca on Masuria Lakes. I printed my Instagram photos  (and regular too) with Instadruk , in 4×4″, so they fit perfectly in my pockets. I used Scrapbook Circle September kit “Here&There” to embellish my insta album.

Just take a look how all elements fit together.

You can buy the September Kit HERE


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Try to use the september kit to embellish your photos from vacation, you will really enjoy it!.



September sketch challenge


It’s another month here are Scrapbook Circle, which means another sketch challenge for you to play along with. Before we dive into the details of the challenge, here are some pages from the creative team to get you motivated to create.

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Valerie Huang SBC September Sketch Lalala love you


Our guest designer this month, Dona Howe, also made a layout.


This month’s prize is a Pink Paislee Solstice Prize Pack. Play along using this month’s sketch and you could be entered into the random drawing for a chance to win. Link your entry here on this post in the comments section or on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.


You have until Sept. 24th to play along. We’ll announce the winner here on the blog on Sept. 26th.