October Challenge: Neela’s Autumn Leaves

Hello, Scrapbook Circle friends! I love the entries already coming in for our October challenge, Autumn Leaves. Beautiful pages! If you need a little push to get your creativity going, you’re going to find Neela’s take on the challenge inspiring!


Here’s what Neela had to say about her approach to the challenge: “The colors in the October kit are so beautiful. The unexpected color in this kit is blue and I love this color mixed in with all the other fall colors. I loved the autumn leaves on Shimelle’s paper. I used these leaves as the inspiration for the entire layout. So I decided to color the leaves on Amy Tan’s paper to match the colors of the leaves on Shimelle’s paper with color pencils.”


“I also painted my background cardstock blue and orange with my water colors to go with the color scheme. I used this paper as giant photo corners for my layout. I love this photo of my friend’s daughter and the clothes she was wearing went with the colors so well too. And then to finish the layout I fussy cut the leaves from Shimelle’s paper and added them to my page.”


Fabulous layout, Neela! If you’re inspired to play along, you can find all the details here. There’s a $20 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle up for grabs! Happy creating!

Designer’s Choice : Happy Heart

Hello everyone! I’t’s Claudia here with you and today I’m sharing my designer’s choice layout using the gorgeous October kit. The layouts I’ve created so far were quite similar in terms of the color scheme I used so for this one I wanted to make something really girly and femine.


The kit and the #goals add on comes with a few items from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection (which I love) , so I pulled out the products from that collection and started cutting out tiny squares.  Cutting out little shapes of patterned paper is a great way to add interest to your background with it being too busy. It took me forever to decide how to place these but in the end I came up with something I wanted to commit to. I then pulled out the lovely buttons from the #goals add on to add some pops of color and some dimension to the layout.

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I was originally making my layout on a white piece of paper until I decided that it would look really good on top of that gorgeous watercolor brush stroke paper from the main kit. I loved that the colors matched the colors that were already on my layout.


Even though it took me a really long time to create this layout, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you feel inspired to start creating with your kit. Thank you for joining me! :)

Small Photos & Favorite Meals

By Rebecca Keppel

October 22, 2016

I usually save my phone photos for my pocket page scrapbooking, but occasionally I have a story that I want to include in my layouts and I only have phone photos to go with it. That was the case for this layout.


Recently I started actually meal planning and trying out new recipes. Each time we liked a recipe I took a picture so I could remember to include it in the next month’s plan. I never pulled out my big camera for this task and most of the photos were taken in limited light so the quality was not great, but I still really wanted to include them on a layout. So I created collages of mini photos using the Contact Sheet option in Adobe Elements Library.


I used a couple of strips of Amy Tangerine paper to make a long “table” for all the meals to sit on.


I printed a quote using a large format printer across 12 x 12 white cardstock and then embellished with Thickers and a small button and that was it! And now I have documented some of our favorite meals all in one layout!

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca

Christin Gronnslett – October Guest Designer

By Jenni Calma

October 21, 2016

Happy Friday friends!  I am happy to share another layout by our amazing Guest Designer for October, Christin Gronnslett…I am always inspired by her creative combinations and custom style, and I know you will be too!  Using the current October “The Weekender” kit, Christin made this beautiful Fall page…here are her photos and descriptions:

“Hello everyone. Christin here again with another layout with the lovely October kit. I was inspired by the October challenged and went all in with different kinds of leaves. I have stenciled leaves, big cut out leaves and lots of combined leaves and some fussy cutting and some gold Thickers from the kit and most of all – lots of leaves …”

christingronnslettscrapbookcircleoct21st-009“For my last layout I went with soft colors and a touch of pink and more feminine. For this layout I went a little bolder with the colors to match the darker colors in the photo and I could add more contrast. Instead of a process video I am giving you lots of photos of my process.  Each photo in the background process represents 1-2 layers and I used a heat gun in between.”


“I don’t use that many colors in the first layer, just making a base and mixing in a few colors.”


When the first layers have dried I can add contrast colors and I drop a few different colors of mist.”


“Since this is going to be a more masculine page I added distress ink with a stencil, that way the contrast is still somewhat subtle compared to spraying a mist and most important – you have much more control.”


“Then it’s time for some heavy gesso and a stencil with leaves, this adds some more texture.”


“A few more drops of mists on top of the white gesso.”


“I recently got a Cameo3 and this is my first attempt at cutting out the title on my background paper.  I also cut out some combined leaves and sprayed them with gold mist.”


“For my last layer before starting with the patterned paper I stapled some cut out leaves with the gold leaves. My stapler doesn’t like thick layers so I have to take a few papers at a time.”




 “This is the finished layout. I layered all the papers and tried to avoid the same colors in layers on top of each other.  This means no white on white or blue on blue. I do however like to use lots of paper in the same colors – I just keep them apart.


I would like to say thanks for this opportunity, I had a great time with the kit.”

Thank you SO much Christin for all your inspiration and hard work this month…I think this might have been the best month to focus on your watercolor styled background and the patterns of Fall.  Also the few pieces of black & white patterned paper in the kit are the perfect compliment.  Your ability to combine so much into one project truly baffles me and I strive to achieve the same balance!!  Thanks again!

I hope you all have enjoyed our GDT this month…it is only getting better, so make sure you come back, share your projects on our FB community page and go make an amazing Fall background for your memories!! :)



Add On : #Goals

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the blog, it’s Claudia here with you and today I’m sharing a layout that was mostly created using the #Goals add on from this month. This add on kit comes with some really lovely products, so it was easy to create a layout focused on it. I always like getting a few extra bits and pieces, because they extend the kit so well and who doesn’t like having some extra goodies to play with?

The #Goals add on kit comes with a sheet of cut aparts from the Pretty Little Studio Oakley Avenue collection and I knew I wanted to use a few of those on the layout. You can either cut these up or use a 1,5″ punch if you have one.


I cut out some hearts from the 8×8 paper from the main kit and folded the sides up a bit to create a little bit of dimension to the layout. The #goals add on comes with these really cute buttons from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection and I placed some fo these on top of the hearts;


From that same collection there’s also a sheet of foam thickers in white and gold. You could color the white ones in whatever color you would want but I decided to just leave them white (mainly because I don’t have any paint haha, but I still like how it looks).


I love the floral papers from the main kit so I just had to fussy cut some of those out to use on this layout;


Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout. Have a great day! :)

1 Product 2 Ways – Sequin Confetti

By Jenni Calma

October 18, 2016

Hello!  Today we are featuring the Pink Paislee, Birthday Bash sequins from ‘The Weekender’ October kit.  As if the collection isn’t happy enough, the collection name of ‘Birthday Bash’ is the perfect introduction!  I asked Neela and Allie to take these sequins and show us what the had!  Here is Neela’s stunning layout and , description of her process!


“I loved the colors of the sequins included in the kit this month. I have also been wanting to make a layout where the sequins are placed on a circle on some machine stitching around the photo for a really long time now. I was very excited to try it out and I love the outcome. I selected strips of papers from the Dear Lizzy paper pad that went with the colors of the sequins to back my photo. I also used the Paige Evans take me away paper and bits from the Simple Stories papers to back the photo. I placed the white phrase Thickers from the take me away collection on the stitched circle. I used the white on white scheme with the stickers to let the sequins shine.”


Allie made an engaging, dynamic layout using lots of colors & papers, with the sequins sized perfectly for the patterns she chose.  Her page below shows her bright, happy design!


“I used the sequins to create a fun and focal border on my page! I chose the sequins that coordinate with the patterned papers I chose, and used an adhesive runner to adhere them in a row. I also added a few sprinkled throughout the page for added interest!”



I love what the ladies created and the diversity in those layouts!

Want to share your embellished pages with us??  Add your pages to the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook community so we can all appreciate them!

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

The Telephone game with Diana

By Diana Waite

October 17, 2016

The telephone game as a kid made me crack up as a kid!  A few years ago my kids got me a FANTASTIC game for Christmas called Telestrations, if you haven’t heard of it it’s just like the telephone game with words and pictures–one of our family favorites.  Well today I would like to talk about the telephone game in a different way, lifting another design team member’s layout, for my lift I was able to use the talented Neela’s layout:

Isn’t it AWESOME!  I love her pops of elements and square background behind the picture, I like the idea of one picture so I used that for my layout.  I also loved the touch of gold in the title.  Here is my take on the layout:fabuloussmiledw

Because this is a picture of my kids, niece and nephew and mom I wanted to create a layout that really exemplified my mom–she makes BEAUTIFUL quilts, with that in mind I tried to think like her as I pieced my background together.

Thanks for joining me in the telephone game today. If you do plan to lift any of the pages from the Ideas gallery this month don’t forget to post them in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends page on Facebook. We would all love to see your creations.

DT Choice with Kelly

By Kelly Holbrook

October 16, 2016

Hello! It’s Kelly here today sharing a project made with the October Kit: The Weekender, along with the October Add-Ons.


This page was inspired by the word ‘Weekends’ in the Paige Evans Gold Thickers sheet found in the #Goals Add-On. I loved how the colors in the photo seemed to match perfectly with the October kit palate. There were even a few purple embellishments to compliment my daughter’s shirt….also, what is a more perfect weekend activity than cuddling? :)


The Oakley Avenue cut apart circle and the button are also from the #Goals Add-On, and were a perfect compliment for the pocket journaling card which is found in the Out & About Add-On. The XOXO was my favorite of the Pretty Little Studio cards found in the main kit, and I had lots of fun making a little cluster with it, the pocket card, and my photo.


Do you need some more inspiration? Be sure to head on over to the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery for a lot more ideas using this month’s kit.

Thanks for stopping by today!

DT choice-Capture.

By Diana Waite

October 15, 2016

Sometimes family pictures don’t always go the way you want, even the impromptu ones.  Thankfully the person taking the pictures this day kept taking pictures and captured some HILARIOUS out takes of my family and how they really feel about taking pictures-to look at them, do your’s EVER turn out this way?!funcapture

Capturing family memories no matter if they are perfect or not is why I scrapbook. I try to embrace life, find joy where I am–it’s not always easy but it is so worth it.

We would love to see your creations capturing real life, please feel free to share them on our Scrapbook Circle of Friends on Facebook!


Be Real – On And On

By Neela Nalam

October 14, 2016

Hi Everyone! This is Neela with my Be Real layout. For this layout, I used a photo of my kids and their iPad. They are watching videos or playing games on and on, forever and everywhere.

I wanted to document this aspect of their lives. No matter which part of the world they are in, they have the iPad with them and they are playing on it. For this layout, I used a photo of them during our vacation in Berlin. You could transplant them to India, Hawaii, Costa Rica or anywhere… their pose would be the same and only the surroundings would be different :)


For the background, I used the cut file from this month. I then backed it with 4 different 6×6 papers from the dearlizzy paper pad. I used multiply layers behind the photo and journaling all from the dearLizzy paper pad. I love that patterned paper which has the buildings on it! It was so suitable for the kids in the loft apartment that we rented in Berlin. I used the library pockets from Simple stories and wrote all the games they are playing and the type of videos they are currently watching on the card in it. For the title, I used the Oh happy life Amy Tan stickers. Those cute birds from dear lizzy collection are awesome. I used the washi tape to make borders at the top and bottom of the page.

Here is another look at the layout:



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