Tech Tip: Altered Acrylic Sentiments

Hello! Jennifer here with my first project as a member of the Scrapbook Circle creative team. I am so excited to be here and even more excited about May’s kit – Here & Now.

May’s kit comes with a fantastic cut file that I enlarged and used as a background on my layout. However, I loved the Jillibean Soup acrylic shapes and knew I wanted to include them on this project.

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These pictures of my son are some of my favorites, but the color photos weren’t jiving with the patterned papers. To remedy this, I converted them to black and white, chose a subtle patterned paper, and decided to make everything pop with black and white accents.

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I wanted to give the acrylic sentiments some emphasis, so I used black paint and covered the back of each of the words. When the paint wasn’t drying fast enough for my liking, I decided to speed up the process by using my heat gun. Oops! Within a few seconds, the acrylic started shriveling and changing shape much like a Shrinky Dink (if you are old enough to remember what those are)! However, I really liked the effect and decided to “melt” both of the words. Sometimes happy accidents occur when you’re crafting, and this was one of those times.

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To finish the layout, I fussy cut several shapes from the Amy Tangerine Better Together acetate sheet and clustered them around the photo. I also added some paint splatters and attached a strip of patterned paper across the photos with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

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I hope that you are inspired to create something fun today and enjoy the process along the way!

Jennifer

1 Product 2 Ways – Scrapbook Circle Acrylic Numbers

To kick off the May kit, ‘Here & Now’ we are featuring the exclusive Scrapbook Circle Acrylic Numbers as our featured Product.  They are almost 2″ long and are a perfect shade of teal to complement this month’s kit & add-ons.  I asked Jung and Rebecca to find different ways to use them in a layout and they didn’t disappoint!

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Jung’s page is special not just for documenting her family’s life story, but also announcing their new addition!  She used the numbers next to photos of her children and added the ultrasound photo of baby #3 next to them.  Talk about Here & Now!

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She used pattern blocks cut from one of the Pink Paislee Fancy Free papers, included in the main kit.  She layered them with embellishments, journaling and an ‘A’ for a monogram.  The colored squares work great with her photos and the hand drawn border around the entire page is the perfect small detail.

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Obviously, still using the numbers to catalog part of her life story, Rebecca used them to record the 3 reasons she loves her bed!  She used the tiny Heidi Swapp Glitter Alphas from the ‘Bloom & Grow’ add-on to highlight each of her notes.  She manages to make the page light and airy feeling while still using lots of color.  The wood pattern of the headboard looks so warm with the teal and coral.

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I love Rebecca’s clever idea to document & share something that provides an escape from our hectic lives.  And Jung’s layout is absolutely joyful to see noted on paper!

Great job ladies and Congratulations to Jung!  Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing week!

Introducing Here & Now: Our May Kit

It’s going to be a great month around here! We have kits we are excited to share with you. Want to take a look?

Our main kit, Here & Now, is filled with favorites from a variety of manufacturers plus a few exclusive made just for us for the kit. We’ve loaded up on the beautiful Paige Evans Fancy Free line this month and know you will love it as much as we do!

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Plus, dont forget about our monthly digitals that are included with every kit. We have a printable, this fabulous funky triangles cut file PLUS our exclusive magazine style content all delivered right to your email.

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We have two embellishment add-ons for you this month. First up is You & Me. It includes the fabulous Fancy Free Thickers, a full set of leather bows and a pack of acrylic shapes.

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Our Bloom & Grow add-on contains one of my favorite products – the Maggie Holmes Silicone Embellishments. Love the dimension they give to projects! Plus it includes an Amy Tan 6 X 6 paper pad, 2 sheets of Heidi Swapp glitter alphas and a set of Elle’s Studio Journaling Cards.

Plus, we have a paper add-on with all of those fabulous Fancy Free papers, the acetate sheet, white corrugated cardstock and other patterned paper too!

Please order any extras to ship with your kit by May 3rd. Kit begin shipping on May 4th. Happy creating and thank you for letting us help you Tell Your Story.

all my heart – April Add-On

By Jenni Calma

April 30, 2016

Hi there crafty friends!  This year, I have moved into a new position within our Design Team, as Blog Coordinator and not as a designer.  However, I am still documenting our family’s story and every once in a while, will contribute the the Blog posts.  Today, I am sharing a layout I made using the ‘Stay Cool’ Add-on, which is so yummy, it should be edible!

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The beautiful fringe hearts from Maggie Holmes & Crate Paper are one of my favorite embellishments in a long while!  It took every bit of my self restraint to NOT hoard these lovelies and use them all on one layout.  I started with a light wash using color shine onto the white paper with tiny black dots.  I didn’t trim off the hot pink branding strip, instead keeping it as a border between 2 patterned papers.

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The mint corrugated paper that is part of the main kit is a perfect accompaniment to the texture in the hearts.  I cut tiny slits along the corrugated lines to add even more texture.  I also added a few pieces of washi from Pinkfresh Studio, also part of the Add-on under each of the hearts.  These adhesive brads from Simple Stories made a perfect accent with black, white and a hot pink heart.

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I hope you are lucky enough to snag this Add-on…it is chock full of goodies!! :)

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope you have an amazing day!

Be Real with Rebecca

Ok, confession time. I did not finish my 2015 Project Life album. Insert shocked gasps here. I know, I am the worst. And then I didn’t start 2016 either and that’s when I knew there was a problem. It had gotten to be too much and had become a chore and I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. But my kids LOVE looking back at those albums. So, what to do? I decided with this assignment to re-think (once again) what Project Life or pocket page scrapbooking means to me. I decided it means getting my phone or everyday photos into an album. And I decided that album did not NEED to be 12×12. Since I am using my phone photos and most of those print well at 3×4 or 4×4, I decided a 6×8 album was best. So I grabbed a Simple Stories 6×8 album, the Scrapbook Circle kit and got to work.

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I love this page protector and will probably use it a lot for my album. I used the 6×6 paper pad from this month’s Scrapbook Circle add on to fill a bunch of the squares.

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Having coordinating embellishments in the kit makes pulling these spreads together quick and fun!

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And in just a couple of pages (and in not much time at all) I was able to complete March! Some of the planner supplies like the Simple Stories clips were perfect for these spreads too!

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I used the 12×12 papers from the kit too. They were perfect for monthly dividers that I made in 6×8 sleeves. This is my “cover page.” I love the exclusive Scrapbook Circle acrylic word and adhered it right to the outside of my pocket page.

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This is one of the monthly dividers. I used the PinkFresh washi strips on top of the fun patterned papers.

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So if you are anything like me…before you give up on a project, think about what you like, what is making you crazy and what you could do differently that would make the project seem more do-able! There are no rules here! One thing is certain though…Scrapbook Circle kits make ANY project more fun! :)rk sc april 3Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca

Tech Tip: Fringe Heart

By Gina Lideros

April 27, 2016

Hi everyone, Gina here today to share a new tech tip with you!  Inspired by the Crate paper fringe hearts in the Stay Cool add-on kit this month, I decided to create my own fringe heart using the beautiful patterned papers from the One Fine Day kit.  To create my fringe heart, I first opened Silhouette Studio and downloaded a file from their store called 4 Seamless Fringe Borders by Lori Whitlock.  Next, I chose my favorite fringe design from the set and placed it on my design page.

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Next, I chose different papers from the kit and cut them out one by one.  If you don’t have a die cut machine, you can create your own fringe pieces by using fringe scissors, a paper trimmer or regular scissors. Note: the corrugated paper included in the kit was too thick to put through my machine, so I hand cut that one myself.

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Next, open up your favorite heart design or shape of your choice, resize it to your liking.

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Cut out your design on a scrap piece of cardstock paper.  Carefully layer your fringe paper strips one by one until your cut out shape is filled and adhere down.  Use scissors to cut off excess pieces.

 

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Next, use a sewing machine to stitch any loose fringe layers down and adhere to your layout.  Embellish with your favorite stickers and pieces. I loved the colorful papers and “Live Colorfully” die cut word so much that I decided to paint my background paper with watercolors.

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We would LOVE to see any of your creations using our Scrapbook Circle kits, please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @scrapbook_circle.

 

1 Product 2 Ways – Fancy Pants Corrugated Paper

By Jenni Calma

April 26, 2016

Hello everyone!  Another week, another Product for us to feature with two talented designers.  I asked Rebecca and Allie to find a creative way to use the mint Corrugated Paper from Fancy Pants in the April ‘One Fine Day’ kit.

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Rebecca created this layout full of eye candy, grounded with the corrugated paper.  This is what she had to say about her project:

“I cut it into squares to create a grid background.  I had the lines of the corrugation running in two different directions for interest.
I added photos and embellishments on top.  I put a tiny bit of adhesive on a corner of each of the squares and then stitched them into place.”

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I love the pieces of paper that Rebecca chose to punch from the various patterned papers.  The way she cropped each pattern, is an embellishment in itself.

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 Allie’e page also used the corrugated paper in smaller doses, using hearts instead of squares.  Here is what Allie said:

“Normally I would use the corrugated paper as a layering piece to add dimension behind my photo. Instead, I decided to highlight the corrugated paper throughout my page by using it as an embellishment. I used a heart punch to create several hearts, then placed them randomly throughout the layout.  I used a sewing machine and zigzag stitch to adhere them to the page. Next, I curled the hearts up around the stitching for added dimension.  Instead of hiding behind a group of layers, the corrugated paper pops off the page!”

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Both designers used similar embellishments and titles, and of course their use of the corrugated paper is somewhat similar, but the outcomes are so different.  They are both full of detail, color and HAPPYness! :)

I know these beautiful projects will inspire some creations of your own.  Share them with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog and have an amazing day!

April Challenge: No Pocket? No Problem!

The challenge this month is to create a traditional layout (not a pocket page) using 3×4 or 4×6 pocket cards. Inspired by the “Sending You Love” patterned paper in the main kit, One Fine Day, I cut out one of each size and created this layout:

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The “today” card became part of my title (Today Bows). It was my favorite card on the entire sheet of paper, so I that’s where I started when I began pulling items from the main kit and add-ons to make my page.

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I used a 4×6 card like background patterned paper. The yellow bokeh print was just the burst of color I needed.

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Are you a fan of pocket cards? Ready to add one or two (or more!) to a traditional layout? There’s still time to play along for a $20 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store. Find all the details for entering on the original challenge post here. Good luck and happy scrapping!

Designer’s Choice: Lucky

By Allie Stewart

April 24, 2016

Hi everyone, Allie here today sharing a layout I created using a circle punch and the fun patterns from the April One Fine Day Kit and the Stay Cool Add-On kit!

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Creating this layout was eay easier than it looks! I cut a circle out from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I traced the circle onto a scratch piece of paper, then covered it with adhesive from a tape runner. I punched circles from as many papers as I could, and adhered them to the paper, making sure the entire circle was covered. I wasn’t super careful about making them perfectly straight and even. Once the circle was covered, I placed the white cardstock with the negative of the circle over it, creating a fun background to work with.

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I added my photo to the middle of the paper, along with the acrylic title and phrase stickers. I didn’t want to add very much because I loved the way the scallops looked and didn’t want to cover them up.

This was a great way to use the fun patterns included in this kit, and using a shape punch made it quick and easy. I hope you were inspired by this technique! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Designer’s choice: using punches

By Jung AhSang

April 23, 2016

Hey guys!  I hope you’re having a lovely day!  Today, I’ve got a layout to share with you utilizing a lot of my paper punches.  I used to love paper punches, and used them on every layout…but when I reorganized my craft room almost a year ago, I moved them to a bottom drawer and kind of forgot about them.  I’m so glad I dug them out again, because I have fallen in love with them all over again!

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Heres how I created my layout:

1.  I adhered my photo square and my journaling onto a piece of white cardstock that I had already trimmed down to about 11 x 11.

2.  I adhered and sewed the white cardstock to a piece of striped pattern paper.

3.  Using my punches, I punched out bits and pieces of patterned paper from the dear lizzy 6×6 paper pad.

4.  I embellished my layout in a diagonal pattern from bottom left to upper right.

5.  I added the HAPPY title.

6.  I embellished the layout a bit further using decorative brads, puffy sequin stickers, the happiness found flag, and a date stamp.

Do you have scrapbooking supplies that you’ve forgotten about?  Are you/ were you as punch obsessed as I was?  If so, dig them all out, and give them some love on your next layout!

I hope you like my layout!  Have a wonderful day!