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By Diana Waite

April 18, 2015

This month I mixed up the designing of pages with some simple ideas.  For this layout I went with squares–FUN, EASY and visually appealing:DianaWbeautiful

I cut each square (including my pictures–which I developed at 3″x4″) to 2 3/4″ square.  I eye balled the spacing of the squares on my 12″x12″ background.  I arranged the squares that no like color was right next to it (etc. pinks by pinks….Once I had all the squares where I wanted I lightly adhered them down, then I did a simple straight stitch with my sewing machine horizontally.  After I sewed them down I embellished, trying to keep it cleaner.

For this page I used the Main kit, Let’s Do This.  Also, add on This Way, and add on Love it. And finally the April Digital Cuts.

We would LOVE to see your pages created with ANY of the Scrapbook Circle kits, please share your pages with us on our Facebook page.

 

 

Be Real: Instagram 2015

By Jamie Leija

April 17, 2015

Hiya and a happy Friday to you! Today I’m sharing my page for the Be Real challenge, which is to either scrap pocket page style or use Instagram photos. Really, it’s a chance to tackle some of those every day photos we all take.

For my page this month, I decided to focus on photos from my Instgram account. I’ve never scrapbooked about this before! I’ve used Instagrams before, of course, but I’ve never include a random smattering of the latest and greatest.

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For this page, I pulled 7 Instagram shots from Jan-Mar of 2015. I love the randomness of them and how they really capture what life has been like these past few months. In the prints I made for the page, I left in some of the likes that the photos received and a bit of my captions.

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I printed them really tiny and made a grid in the middle of the page, while also alternating in some of the awesome bits and baubs from the Let’s Do This main kit and This Way add on.

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I love the Heidi Swapp square transparencies and mini frames! It was fun to incorporate in some of the Amy Tangerine and Pinkfresh Studio die cuts to break up the lines.

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I love how this page came together and the everyday story it tells. I will absolutely be doing this more often, maybe even quarterly. It’s a little slice of what life is like right now!

Did you know Scrapbook Circle is on Instagram? Click either link to check us out there as well!

Cheers,

JamieLeija

Winner: April Kit-Inspired Challenge

Thanks to all who played along with our “I Am…” challenge! I think we could all agree with our winner who created a page that says, “I am a scrapbooker!”

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

Be sure to check out the April technique challenge – handwriting! There is an amazing layout and video tutorial from creative team member Monika that is sure to get you inspired. Have a great day!

April Technique Challenge: Handwriting

Handwriting is a huge trend in scrapbooking right now, whether it is brush-painted script or pretty cursive fonts. The technique challenge this month is to incorporate handwriting into a layout. Use the Heidi Swapp stickers from the Let’s Do This kit, the Elle’s Studio “hello” stamp from the This Way add-on, or your own handwriting.

I asked creative team member Monika to share with us her take on the challenge and she went above and beyond! Let’s take a look at her layout, and then be sure to enjoy the video tutorial she has prepared.

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Isn’t Monika’s brush script beautiful?

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Would you like to create your own? Check out Monika’s video tutorial:

Are you as inspired as I am? Ready to play along with the challenge? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout featuring handwriting. 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, April 29th to be eligible to win this Authentique prize package:

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Designer’s Choice: Creating a curled frill

By Jennifer Larson

April 15, 2015

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson. When I think of spring, I think of new baby chickens and rabbits, Easter baskets, and the frills of newly planted flowers. With that in mind, I tried to add a frill to my page:

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Here I used the Crate Paper Craft Market–Hardcover paper as the frill because it was straw colored, like the nests of spring. I cut a strip about 2 inches thick, then every 1/4 inch I trimmed about halfway through with my paper trimmer. I then adhered and stitched it to the page, then by hand curled the frills randomly to add a bit of texture.

I hope this gives you ideas for adding texture to your pages!

One Item Wonder: My Mind’s Eye Sequins

I love sequins and I really love that manufacturers are keeping the trend fresh by incorporating different sizes, shapes and colors. The April kit – Let’s Do This – includes an assortment of sequins from My Mind’s Eye. I asked creative team member Jamie to share with us how she used the sequins on a recent page. Let’s take a look:

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Rather than the “sequin scatter” that most scrappers employ, Jamie created a gorgeous starburst pattern on her layout.

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The sequins are lined up beautifully, and the variety of shapes, sizes and colors really hold your interest.

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Have you played with these pretty accents yet? We’d love to see! Share with us on our Facebook page and we will come take a look. Have a wonderful day!

April Mood Board

By Monika Głód

April 13, 2015

Hello!

Today I have a great mood board for april.

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It has hearts, flowers, stripes and mint, white and gold color accents. For me it is very feminine mood board, and in the first moment I had a problem with photo , but then , scrolling my photo gallery in my iPhone, I saw a photo of me and my older son. And it hit me – it will be perfect for this mood board.

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I chose patterned paper in hearts and cut a big strip.

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for the mint color, I cut journaling card from Simple Stories patterned paper.

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I found a beautiful flower in Heidi Swapp “hello beautiful” pocket clear cards. I wanted to use it so badly, and this layout was perfect for it.

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I added also small elements with black/white stripes – tab punched from Scrapbook Circle printables, and a frame from Heidi Swapp “hello beautiful” from April’s addon “This way”.

I also added handwritten words “you” and “me” as a title. For gold detail I used ampersand from Craft Market Ephemera Pack you can find in addon “Love it”.

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Last element, were sequins. I made a small shaker box, filled with sequins  from april kit.

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I’m so happy that this month’s mood board inspired me to make this a little girly layout

 

Share your creations with us, link it here in comments, or on Scrapbook circle FB page.

Thank you!

Designer’s Choice : Ampersands

By Gina Lideros

April 12, 2015

Inspired by the ampersand die cuts you will find in the Love It add-on and This Way add-on this month, I created my page based around these cute little symbols.  I used papers from the April Let’s Do This kit combined with my Silhouette to cut my own ampersands out of patterned paper, and then paired them with the die cuts that I got in my add-on kits.

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They are so trendy and fun!  I also added drops of watercolor paint and distress paint across my page to add color.  I added a few stickers, sequins and machine stitching and boom, my layout was done!

 

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I hope you are inspired by my take on my designer’s layout this month.  We would love to see any layout that you’ve made using a Scrapbook Circle kit–please feel free to share your pages on our Facebook page!

 

Designer’s Choice | & then this happened…

By Jenni Calma

April 11, 2015

Hi!  Happy Saturday everyone!  I am sharing one of my layout using the April “Let’s Do This” kit and “Love This” add-on.  I wanted to scrap this giggling fit my daughter had one afternoon trying to do homework.  I thought the photos told a better story in black and white and it allowed me to pair them with lots of bright patterns.

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I love that triangle pattern from Crate Paper but didn’t want to overpower the page, especially since I knew there would be 4 photos and journaling.  This die cut from Amy Tangerine with the sketchy yellow, pink and teal border inspired so much of the layout.

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I matted my photos onto white cardstock and mimicked that frame using the same color and pattern.  Using a white gel pen I drew the scallops directly onto the black cardstock.

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I made a little cluster next to my journaling using embellishments from several companies including this adorable arrow paperclip from Webster’s Pages.  I think the pops of yellow turned out so nice against the black and pink.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember to share your layouts with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page and participate in the new challenges!!  Have an amazing weekend!

April Sketch Challenge

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Happy April! Here is this month’s sketch challenge.

To those of you new to the challenge, you do not need to use a Scrapbook Circle kit to play along (of course, we love it when you do, though).

Two of our fab creative gals have already played along. Here are their pages to inspire you to get creative.

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This month’s prize is an Authentique prize pack, including art prints.

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Share your layout that uses this month’s sketch either here in the comments section of this blog post, or on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

One lucky winner who shares their page with us before April 22nd will receive this prize pack.