September Challenge: Sketch

We are playing with a sketch for this month’s challenge!


I have loved watching the “September Challenge” photo album in our Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group fill up. All of your great ideas make me want to make another layout! And speaking of great ideas, check out creative team member Kelly’s interpretation of the sketch using this month’s Shine Bright kit.


Kelly altered the sketch to suit an 8.5 x 11 page. The grid set-up of the photos and title space is perfect for any size page.


By mixing alphas of different sizes, Kelly was able to create an eye-catching (and oh-so-cute) title.

You still have a couple of weeks to play along, so join us! Find all the details for how to participate in the original challenge post here. Don’t forget to join our Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group and post your take on the sketch there, too! Happy creating!

Designer’s Choice with Jennifer

By Jennifer McMurtrey

September 25, 2016

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends! It’s Jennifer here today sharing my Designer’s Choice layout using the September Shine On Kit.

This month I decided to use the kit to decorate my curriculum planner for work, which is something I do every year. As a paper crafter, it only makes sense that the planner I use every day be embellished.


To begin, I cut one of the patterned papers from the Paige Evans collection and glued it to the front cover. I was very generous with the adhesive and used a brayer to ensure the paper was evenly pressed down.

Next, I used the exclusive Scrapbook Circle cut file for September and sized it to fit the cover. The cut file became skewed a little, but it still looks great.

Once the cut file was glued to the cover, I used a patterned paper that I cut to a smaller size and centered near the top of the cover.


I finished the cover by adding my name with the Lawn Fawn puffy alphabet stickers, the WRMK stickers, and Dear Lizzy washi tape. You will also notice the gold polka-dotted washi that is from the August Kit.


 My final touch was to add the gold washi to the long edge of each page in the planner for the first semester of the school year. This helps me better track where we are in terms of scheduling and grading deadlines.


Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!






Designer’s Choice: So Happy

By Allie Stewart

September 24, 2016

Hello there! I have a fun new layout to share with you using the September Shine Bright kit. My favorite parts of the kit were the items from Pinkfresh Studio–they perfectly matched our anniversary photos!


First, I cut the blue patterned paper at an angle, then stitched it down. I cut strips of various patterns from the 6×6 pad (included in the Amazing You add-on), and arranged them staggered in the center of the white cardstock.  I stitched each strip down, leaving the ends loose.


Once I had my background, I added the photo and embellishments!! To keep with the messy sewing look, I added bunched up thread behind my photo and near my title. I added a bow, and some of the beautiful mirror stickers! I love love LOVE this kit!



Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy this kit as much as I did!

Fall Back Friday Challenge with Rebecca

By Rebecca Keppel

September 23, 2016

This month we are celebrating the start of the fall season with a challenge called fall back Friday!  Fall back means so many things this month! We are back to school, back to our routine, back to soccer and so much more! The mornings are staying darker longer (NO!!!) making it harder to get up on time and the evenings are getting darker earlier, making me want to get into PJ’s earlier lol! It was hard this year getting into a routine and although the kids started school on August 3rd (???!!!) we didn’t take back to school photos until 4 weeks later!! So here is my take on the Fall Back Challenge.rk sc september 2I think this layout truly shows how well all the different elements from the Shine On September kit really work together. I used a ton of different product and papers from all the different manufacturers included and it really looks like they all belong together!


One tip is to ink edges of various elements or papers. I fussy cut those triangles and inked them with the same color of Distress Ink as I used to color the Amy Tangerine tag, that way everything coordinates and seems to effortlessly combines!

I hope you are falling back into good routines and enjoying the start of the fall season!

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca


Tech. Tip – Making the Most of Digi Cut Files!

By Jenni Calma

September 21, 2016

Hello friends!  Today I am giving a few ideas of how to get more out of your digital cut files.  The September cut file is a lovely background of repeating hexagons.


I began by enlarging the scale of the cut file by about 1-1/2 times the size of the 12″ file in the Silhouette software.  I cut the file out of plain white cardstock and trimmed it down to about 9″x9.”

I misted it with two different colors of Color Shine, Peach & Blush, blending them slightly.hexagons_-sbc_september-2016-3

I placed the misted piece where I planned to adhere it and used the piece that was cut off to trace the hexagon shapes onto the background cardstock.hexagons_-sbc_september-2016-5

I used the punch tool from an Amy Tangerine stitching kit to punch the outline of all the hexagons I traced.


I used 3 different colors of embroidery thread, from light to dark, to stitch the hexagons I traced.


I used the negative pieces punched out of the Cut File,  to add dimension to the background.  Using Distress Ink I added some color to a few of the hexagon pieces.


I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the photo to the misted cut file background.  I also used dimensional adhesive to add the inked pieces to the background, corresponding to the pattern.


A few pieces of the Pinkfresh Studio 6×6 patterned paper were added behind a couple of the hexagonal openings.favorite_sbc_septmeber-2016-border

I love the way this layout developed, using one piece as a tool and inspiring the pattern it became.  I hope this inspires you to take a different look at your die cut backgrounds.  They can be used in so many ways, only limited to your imagination!

Thanks or stopping by the Blog and I hope you have an amazing day!

1 Product 2 Ways – Watercolor Resist Cards

By Jenni Calma

September 20, 2016

Hey there!  Today’s 1 Product 2 Ways may be my favorite piece of the September ‘Shine Bright’ kit.  They are the Amy Tangerine Watercolor Resist Cards from her ‘Oh Happy Day’ collection.  Neela used hers with this gorgeous color combination below.
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“When I saw these water color resit cards, I knew that I needed to use all of them on my layout. I love circles and seem to have at least one layout with circles every month. So in order to mimic the circles of these cards, I cut out my photo in a circle and also punched out some circles from the Indigo Hills patterned paper. I sprayed the ‘bonny blue’ Mister Huey’s mist on the circles and wiped out the excess. I love the vibrant outcome. I wanted the feathers to be gold but when I misted it with gold, it didn’t really show. I then sprayed it with ‘boss lady’ Mister Huey’s mist and cut out each feather from the card. I then layered all these circles on the Indigo Hills patterned paper and the colors went so well together. I also cut out one of the square cards into little triangles and layered them in a visual triangle so that the eye is drawn to the photo.”

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Kelly’s layout has similar colors but a little bolder and she colored her tags with multiple colors!  I also love to see Kelly’s handwriting, it is so cool!  She describes her layout and use of the cards below.super-models-1

“I chose to use the square water resist cards as design elements for my layout.  I chose some ink that coordinated with the Thickers and topped each one with a few embellishments.”

Both projects are so colorful and creative.  I love that they unknowingly chose to use opposite shapes!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and make sure you share your thoughts and pictures on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page!  Have a wonderful day!

Take 2: You Are My Favorite

By Allie Stewart

September 19, 2016

Hello there! Today I have a layout to share inspired from a gorgeous page created by Jenni Calma!


Jenni created this page using the Here & Now Kit. I was immediately drawn to the stitching featured throughout the page and all the gorgeous layers! I replicated this same look on my page:




I kept a similar look by using a single photo and adding clusters of embellishments around the sides. I made my own paper feathers by cutting free hand, stitching down the middle, and adding fringe.



Next, I added stitching around my layers and through my title just like Jenni did. It was my first time stitching through letters, and I love how it turned out!



I also added a die-cuts at the bottom of the page like Jenni did. I don’t typically journal on my page, so I used the hexagon printable from this month’s kit in place of it.



The two layouts look similar, but they are completely different styles and colors. I loved the opportunity to scraplift this layout, and I’d love to see your take on it too!

DT Choice: Beautiful day layout

By Jung AhSang

September 18, 2016

Hey guys!  Today I have a DT Choice layout for you.

I am using September’s Shine Bright kit and Be You add-on.  Also, I am absolutely loving the printable this month…I love the hexagon shapes, the colors, and the journaling spots!

Last fall, we went to the Texas State Fair, and I’m finally documenting it in a layout.  (Yum…corndogs and fresh lemonade!)  I had several photos I wanted to include in my layout, and when I have a lot of photos, I turn to my go-to grid layout.

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To create my layout, I first decided where I wanted my photos, and hexagons to be.  Once I decided on their positions, I measured, and drew a grid on my pattern paper using a pencil.  Then I hand stitched on top of the lines.  Once I was done with the stitching, I adhered my photos with low profile foam tape for just a little dimension.  Then I added the hexagons with adhesive just down the middle, and “fluffed” out the sides for even more dimension.  I embellished my layout with stickers and a butterfly punched from another pattern paper, and then I added the title.  To finish off the layout, I trimmed off a little bit of the pattern paper on each side, adhered it to another 12×12 pattern paper, and machine stitched it into place.

I love how colorful & bright my layout turned out, and I love the grid.  I hope you do too!

Have a lovely day!


September Add On – Amazing you

By Neela Nalam

September 18, 2016

The Amazing You add on is so pretty filled with lovely colors and textures. The Indigo Hills 6×6 paper pad was perfect for making layers behind my photo. I love the colors and ink splatters in this collection so very much. I also really like how the Dear Lizzy washi tape coordinates with this collection. As for the bows I wanted that suede texture on my layout but they didn’t fit with the photo. So I cut out small pieces from the edge of the bows to create a visual triangle with red. Here is my layout:

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The photo itself is very simple. It is the silhouette of my son having a great time with the boogie board. I wanted to leave a bunch of white space on the layout so I moved my layout backed with the layers to the bottom corner. I then used the washi from the Dear Lizzy collection as a border on two sides of the layout. I loved the paint splatters and extended the them across the page with India Ink. Here is another view of the layout:

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Hope you will share your creations on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page.


DT choice – Get the story told

By Neela Nalam

September 17, 2016

Hi everyone! This is Neela with my DT choice for this month. I have so many photos and stories from our recent vacation. I really wanted to get the story of trip to the black sand beach told. In order to paint the picture of our trip, I wanted a photo to show the scenery and keep the embellishments on the layout minimal to make the journaling and the photo the highlight. Here is my layout:

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The background that I used for this layout is from the Indigo hills collection from Pink Fresh Studio. It was perfect for this layout. The flowery strips at the top and the bottom are the reverse of this paper and they totally remind me of Hawaii and again were perfect for this layout.  I love the color of the thickers from freckled fawn. I totally appreciate it when the thickers can be repositioned.

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At the bottom of the layout, I added a little strip of washi from the Dear Lizzy collection. I wanted to bring in a little bit of red to reflect the color of my son’s t-shirt. The heart stickers are also from the Indigo hills collection and provide the perfect finish for the layout.

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Last but not the least, the simplicity of the layout allowed me tell the story I wanted to. Hope you will make layouts to get your stories told. Do share your creations on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page.