Make It Happen

By Lisa Andrews

August 1, 2015

Yes! It’s a new month which means a new kit. This month our main kit, Make It Happen, was created to help you document all of those wonderful, funny, hard and memorable stories in your life. We’ve mixed products from several manufacturers plus some really fun exclusives from us. Want to take a look?

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My favorite item this month is probably our exclusive set of 8 cards. Four of them are in color and then we printed the same four designs in black and white. These are minc-able which means if you have a Heidi Swapp Mini Machine, you can run these cards through your machine and add foil. Sweet! Even if you don’t have a Minc, then the black and white cards are a perfect backdrop for watercoloring, colored pencils or adding embellishments on top of these. Hope you enjoy using these as much as we do!

Our other exclusives include a set of wood veneers, so adhesive glitter foam shapes and the acrylic word “be.” Plus, as usual, we have a digital set of good that also comes with your kit. We have a printable, digital cut files and a digital file of our black and white cards so you can make as many as you want!

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In addition to our main kit, we have two different embellishment add-ons this month. First up is Sweet Details. We can’t get enough of the fabulous glittered black word stickers from Pinkfresh Studios plus those fun Fancy Pants pieces and Crate Paper stickers and filled with possibilities.

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Our other embellishment add-on, You Shine, is sure to be a favorite. The Pinkfresh Studios journaling cards are absolutely gorgeous! Plus those Thickers will be perfect titles on pages, the paper pad will give you more creating possibilities and the Elle’s Studio Bits and Pieces will add fun finishing touches to your projects.

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We also have a cardstock add-on for you!

This month is going to be fabulous, so be sure to check in often here on the blog to take a look at inspiring ideas from our team using this kit.

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Cork Embellishments

The July kit, You Are My Favorite, includes a package of exclusive cork embellishments. The large words and smaller shapes are a great way to add a unique title or eye-catching accent to your page. I asked creative team member Diana to share with us how she used them on a page and this is her “sweet” take:

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I love the font and the dimension the cork gives Diana’s page is just wonderful:

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Have you played with the cork embellishments yet? We’d love to see! Please share with us on our Facebook page.

And before I go, don’t forget to play along with our Planner Addict challenge. See Gina’s amazing planner pages and get all the details in this post here. Have a great day!

Lifting You — Wendi

This month, Creative Team Member Jamie is lifting subscriber Wendi. Wendi shared this layout with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

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When I saw her page, I loved the stitching, the center focus for the photos and the sprinkle of dots on the top and bottom corners. Such a fun and colorful layout!

To make her lift, Jamie first sketched out the first layout and her version.

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I like the way she planned it with the sketch and how the layout below has enhanced the stitched circle into a more intricate circle behind the photos.

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Thanks for the sketching it out first idea, Jamie!

Anyone else inspired to create something this week?

Using Up the Ends of a Kit

What do you do at the end of your kit when you have bits and pieces left? I like to create a collage-style layout pulling together all the little odds and ends I have left. Scrapbook Circle kits are great for these type of layouts because everything coordinates so perfectly! For this one I had two 12 x 12 pieces of patterned paper left. I cut one into a background using a Cut Shoppe cut file and my Cameo and layered that cut piece onto the other patterned paper. Then I used what I had left to fill in the spaces.

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You can see the embellishments I had left and all the little stickers that work so well in this type of layout. I also recommend getting an add on, especially when a 6×6 pad is included. The smaller patterns are perfect for filling in small spaces of a 12 x 12 cut file and help add interest to a layout if you’ve run out of other patterned papers.

How do you use up the ends of your kits?

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July Sketch Winner

Thanks to everyone who played along this month with the sketch challenge. Here are the pages that were shared with us for July.

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Sandi

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Stephanie

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Such great inspiration!

Now for a winner of the $10 shop credit to Scrapbook Circle’s shop. I used Random.org to select one winner and this month’s winner is Wendi!

Wendi, send an email to Diana [at] ScrapbookCircle.com as confirmation to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who played along!

July Technique Challenge – Planner Addict

Even if you’ve only been a member of the online paper crafting community for five minutes, you must have noticed the planner craze. Planner addicts are popping up everywhere, including on our very own Scrapbook Circle creative team. And what better product to decorate and organize a planner with than your monthly kit? Our July technique challenge is to use paper crafting supplies to get yourself organized. While planners have inspired this challenge, you don’t have to own one to play along. You can also decorate a desktop or wall calendar, paper craft a memo board, or even create a layout about your planner addiction. I asked creative team member Gina to share with us her take on the challenge, and I’m going to let her tell you all about what she created in her Heidi Swapp planner:

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I love the bits and pieces included in this month’s July You Are My Favorite Kit and Add-ons. They are perfect for adding simple touches to my planner.

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On my calendar page for the month, I write out ahead of time things that we have scheduled, and then as things come up and we do them, I add them to the calendar.  Bits and pieces from the main kit and the July Let’s Do It add-on and That Was Fun Add-on helped me to really make my pages stand out.

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I hung Crate paper confetti Tassels from the binder rings on my pages.  I used a fine tip pen and Jillibean Soup Mini Alphabet stickers (included in That Was Fun Add-On) to document our plans.

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The washi tape and wood veneer shapes (included in the That Was Fun Add-On) helped bring life to my pages.

Gina Lideros planner4I also used a lot of the Confetti Ephemera pieces through out my planner and tucked them in here and there using pockets and paper clips (not included in kits).  My planner is now set, and ready to document lots of memories!

I absolutely love what Gina did! Let’s get started on playing along! Here’s how to join in:

1. Create a project that satisfies your planner addiction. 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. Copy and paste a direct link to your post into the comments on this post.

3. You have TWO weeks to play. Enter by 9:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, August 5th to be eligible to win this amazing Crate Paper Confetti prize:

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: July Kit-Inspired Challenge

Thank you for sharing your fantastic entries to our “Your Number’s Up” challenge. I loved all the different ways to use numbers that you lovely readers came up with! Our randomly selected winner of a $10.00 store credit is…

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…with this layout:

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Congratulations! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information.

Stay tuned! The July technique challenge is coming right up!

DT Choice: Sewing on a page

Jennifer Larson here, and I have to admit that I sew on a layout whenever I get the chance. I wanted to share some ideas for how I determine where to sew on a page. Here’s the layout:

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I chose to stitch in a few ways on this page that are pretty typical for me. As you can see above, I sewed the little letter stickers down for the title. I tend to do that to keep them on the page.

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In this close up, you can also see that I sewed embellishments down as well. I tend to do that with a banner, like I did here, or tags.

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With this final shot, you can see that I also looked for lines in the patterned paper and added stitches to the paper’s lines, just to add a little texture. Here’s some sewing ideas I might use for other pages:

  1. sewing down a thin strip of paper
  2. sewing down journaling strips
  3. anchoring acetate embellishments
  4. sewing down photos
  5. adding photo corners or frames
  6. sewing lines for hand journaling.

Thank you for letting me share some ideas for adding hand or machine stitching to your pages! If you try something out, please share your page on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page, and happy sewing!

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Exclusive Stencil

The July kit – You are My Favorite – includes this exclusive stencil:

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When I was creating this layout, I decided I needed to add some blue to coordinate with my photos. So, I pulled out the stencil and used a pencil to trace the triangle/chevron pattern in two corners.

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Next, I used a water brush and an ink pad to fill the space with watercolor.

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I love that this is a kit element I can use over and over again, and in more than one way. Next time I think I’ll try using it as a mask with some mist or ink.

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Have you played with the stencil yet? We’d love to see! Be sure to post your projects to our Facebook page and we’ll come take a look. Thanks for stopping by today!

 

July Circle Round Up | #FRESH SQUEEZED

By Jenni Calma

July 20, 2015

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to share my layout for the July Circle Round Up!  I already had printed this photo to use with the July ‘You Are My Favorite kit and the Round Up was so inspiring!

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I also used the ‘That Was Fun’ Add-on which has the most awesome embellishments from the Crate Paper Confetti collection!

Seriously, this Dear Lizzy paper with the gold foil is just gorgeous!!  I decided it should be the main pattern on my background.  I layered it onto the other Dear Lizzy paper listed in the largest circle of the round up.  The third piece of patterned paper is from Pink Paislee to Turn Up The Teal!

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Inspired by the Crate Paper tassels, I decided to hang lots of the wood veneers and other embellishments suggested in the two remaining Circles from the Round Up.  I punched holes in the wood veneers that didn’t have them and punched a couple tiny tags from the opposite side of the gold foil paper.  I added as many puffy hearts as I could and used lots of stitching to add more texture.

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I think of the Round Up as a graphic sketch, suggesting what to use, but leaving the actual layout design to you.  I hope this inspired you to use your supplies with the July Round Up and share it on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page if you do!  Thanks for stopping by the blog and have an amazing day!