Take 2 Inspired by Claudia

Happy Monday! It’s Jennifer here sharing a layout that was inspired by the uber-talented Claudia Van Rooijen.


When I saw this layout that Claudia created in April, I knew I wanted do something similar.


I love the simplicity of the design and that the photo is front and center. The lines are clean and the overall effect is stunning.


The Here & Now kit came with so many fun embellishments that it was difficult not to use more on my project. I love the bright colors of the patterned papers with the stark contrast of the black accents.


This design is one that will work with any of your projects and the May kit is jam-packed with goodies galore to keep you creating. If you need more inspiration, be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery or the Scrapbook Circle of Friends group on Facebook!

Happy creating!

DT Choice: NSD Sketch


Hello! It’s Kelly here today sharing a layout made with the sketch for the National Scrapbooking Day challenge posted on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page on May 6th. I really liked the fact that the sketch includes a spot for 3 photos.


Here is what I came up with:


You Play 2

I love getting creative with ways to use 12×12 sketches for my prefered 8.5×11 pages.  To make this sketch work, I used the top photo area for my title, and one of the bottom photo spaces for my journaling.

You Play - detail 1
I still used a couple of acrylic words as embellishments for the allotted title spot. I added a little white paint to the back of them so they would pop out a little more…but not too much.
You Play - detail 2
I will probably use this sketch a few more times with different numbers of photos. It’s amazing how many different looks you can get with one sketch! Need more inspiration? Check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea gallery to get you started.

Thanks for stopping by today!

How to Create Shaped Cards with Partial Die Cutting

I love breaking out the manual die cutting machine to make little shaped cards. Using the partial die cutting technique and the May Scrapbook Circle kit and add on, I made several several shaped cards like this flower shaped card…

rk scrapbook may kit cardand these circle and scalloped heart shaped cards:

rk sc may partial die cut card watermark

I made a quick video to show how I used the partial die cutting technique to create these shaped cards.

Do you use your Scrapbook Circle kits for layouts alone or do you make the occasional card too? We’d love to see any of your projects in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group! Stop by and share!

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca


May Printables

Hello! It’s Kelly here today to share a page created with the Scrapbook Circle May Printables.  These are a perfect addition to this month’s main kit, I also used elements from the You & Me embellishment add-on kit.
Mr. & Mrs.
I had lots of fun layering the 3×4 printables with some of the Fancy Free Ephemera tags, and stitching them down.
Mr. & Mrs.  - detail 1
I layered the 8 inch strips at the bottom, and used them to ground my title. Those Fancy Free Thickers are amazing, aren’t they?
Mr. & Mrs. - detail 3
The Here & Now kit is already full of awesome goodies, but the printables are great way to stretch it out a little further. Need more ideas? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery.  If you use the May kit…upload it to our Facebook page, so we can see it too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tech Tip: Adding Dimension

By Allie Stewart

May 18, 2016

Hello everyone! Last week Claudia shared some tips on layering, and I’m here to expand a little on the subject by talking about adding dimension! Layering is a great way to add interest to your page, but sometimes I like to take it a step further. When adding dimension, I have four go-tos that I use on my pages.

First, I will use pop dots or foam tape to add dimension behind a photo or embellishment.


Here I used pop dots behind the vellum, because it wouldn’t have laid flat due to the corrugated cardstock…which leads me to my next tip–specialty paper! Textured paper, vellum, tissue paper, glitter paper, and more are all great for adding dimension to layouts! These are usually thicker and will add extra dimension and interest to your page. I used vellum and corrugated cardstock for this layout.



Another thing you can do to add dimension is tearing the edges of your paper! I tore the ends of the vellum on this layout. Often times I will tear and crinkle the edges to add height. It’s super easy and there is no wrong way to do it! Finally, the other thing I will do to add interest to a page is use a die cut. I typically use my Silhouette Cameo and white cardstock. Sometimes I back the negative, like I did with half of the triangles on the page. Other times I just put white on white for a simple but eye-catching background like I did on the top left of the page.



Pop dots, specialty paper, tearing edges, and die-cuts. I use a combination of these in every layout! I hope this helped inspire you to add dimension to your pages. Thanks for joining me today!

1 Product 2 Ways – Amy Tangerine Acetate Page

Hello friends!  I love to see for myself and share with you the unique talents among our DT.   This week Claudia and Diana took on the task of using this 12×12 sheet of acetate from Amy Tangerine, part of the May “Here & Now” kit. Here is the page that Claudia came up with and she describes her process below.  Check out her video too!


“This month my ‘challenge’ was to use the acetate sheet from the Amy Tangerine ‘Better Together’ line that came with the kit. I was quite happy about that, because I feel like there’s so many ways to use this type of paper because there are a ton of elements on there. The kit comes with a gorgeous pack of ephemera from the Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans, but if you are like me – you can never have enough embellishments! So that’s what I decided to with this sheet of acetate. I cut out the elements that I wanted to use for this layout and then looked at a paper to use behind it. I chose the paper in the kit with all the different squared patterns because it gave me so much options.  After I had my self made embellishments ready I started playing around with them on my layout. In the end I ended up embellishing most of my layout with those pieces. I still have a ton left to cut out from the actual acetate sheet so I look forward to using those in the future!”

Claudia also filmed her process from start to finish!  You can find the link HERE!


I love her use of the patterned paper but focusing the bolder colors and blacks around her photo!

Diana chose to create a 8-1/2 x 11″ layout and there is no shortage of boldness here!  Her use of the round alphas, die cut and part of the acetate uncovered in the center keeps drawing your attention back.

Diana 1 Product 2 Ways May 2016

Here is what Diana had to say about her page:

“For the acetate, it was a little intimidating at first.  I got to thinking that I wanted it to really blend with my pictures I wanted to use.  I cut strips of paper at the top of a white piece of card stock, I wanted to mimic the colors in the paper at the top so I added water colors.  I knew it needed something else so I used the acetate overlay making sure to cut so that the “remember” was part of  the page.  I used the remember as a prompt in my journaling.  Because these were taken SO long ago, I just journaled about what I remembered, and how I felt.  A little side note I adhered the acetate by using my tiny attacher.”
Diana 1 Product 2 Ways May 2016 close1
Diana’s use of hot pink thread makes me want to change out the boring white in my sewing machine!  I love the way it turned out!
Thank you both for another week of excellent inspiration!   You can see more inspiration from not just the Creative Team, but from all the contributors on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Community on Facebook!
I hope you check it out and have an amazing day.

May Challenge: Clearly

Clearly, this 12×12 Amy Tangerine transparency is one of the most fabulous pieces in the May kit, Here and Now.


Inspired by this see-through paper, our May challenge is to use clear elements on a layout. I decided to have some messy, painty fun with my transparency:

Tessa Buys Scrapbook Circle Amy Tangerine 3

To get this look, prep your favorite colors of acrylic paint.

Tessa Buys Scrapbook Circle Amy Tangerine 1

Turn your transparency over and apply the paint to the backside.

Tessa Buys Scrapbook Circle Amy Tangerine 2

Allow to dry. The thicker your paint is, the longer it will take to dry. My transparency took about 20 minutes to thoroughly dry.

Tessa Buys Scrapbook Circle Amy Tangerine 4

The paint will easily scratch off at this point, so handle with care. Once dry, I immediately stapled the transparency to a sheet of white cardstock. Then, I added my photo, a few embellishments, and my journaling. With such a bright and bold background, I suggest keeping the rest of the page fairly simple.

Are you ready to play along? Here’s how!

1. Create a layout with clear elements – a transparency, acetate die-cuts, etc. The layout should be traditional or hybrid. This month’s Scrapbook Circle kit is perfect for this challenge, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, an online gallery, or social media site (be sure to tag Scrapbook Circle!). Comment on this post with a direct link to your layout.

3. For an extra entry, post your layout to our new Facebook Community, Scrapbook Circle of Friends. Find the photo album titled “May Challenge – Clearly” and add your photo.

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, June 12th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on June 13th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: April Challenge

I had so much fun going through all the entries for our No Pockets? No Problem! challenge. From 3×4 to 4×6, you all rocked the pocket cards on your pages! Our randomly-selected winner of a $20 gift certificate is…


…with this beautiful layout featuring a grid of photos and 3×4 cards:

april winner

Congratulations, Giorgia! Please email me at tessa@scrapbookcircle.com so that we can get your prize to you.

Stay tuned, a new challenge is coming right up!

DT Choice : scrapping photo series

Hi everyone! This is Neela here with my DT choice post for May. As soon as I saw the acrylic numbers in the Here and Now kit, I knew I wanted to make a layout with a series of photos. Being a paparazzi mom, I can safely say that I have more than one set of a series of photos of my kids doing some activity. I selected this particular set of photos, when my son tasted oysters for the first time. I loved seeing his reaction and his final verdict on how he felt about it. I have been wanting to scrap these photos for a long time and these acrylic numbers were just perfect for these photos. Here is the layout I came up with:


I love the corrugated white cardstock in this kit. It gives so much texture without any effort. I used some left over fancy free patterned paper to create the borders on the top and bottom of the layout. I created one main title with the fancy free stickers and then created smaller subtitles for each photo in the series with the Heidi Swapp stickers.  I cut out the patterned paper in strips and wrote my journaling on the strips. I also added the acrylic numbers under each photo with glue dots and backed it with some thread for texture. I finished off the layout with the sequins from pebbles.

Here are some other ideas for layouts that you can use the acrylic numbers for:

  • First three Birthdays
  • First three Months of a baby
  • Grades in school
  • Three kids
  • Math Homework/ Schoolwork and many more …

Here is another look at the layout:

First peek

I love when I get product in my hand and it is the perfect prompt for the story that I have been wanting tell for a long time. Hope you feel the same. Do share your layouts on our facebook page at Scrapbook Circle of friends. We would love to see your creations.

#DATENIGHT (Be Real: Instagram photos)

Hi friends!  Today I have a “Be Real” post today featuring Instagram photos, using the May Kit Here & Now.  I really love this prompt, because I often post photos that I know I’ll want to scrap.  It was nice to go through my Instagram photos, and remember “oh yeah, I wanted to scrap about that, but never did!”  My layout #DATENIGHT is about some fancy events that my husband and I went on last year…special, because we NEVER go on fancy date nights, lol!


ahsang SC datenight 1 ahsang SC datenight 2


To create my layout, I cut out 3 pieces of pattern paper to the size of my photo.  I adhered the paper to a piece of white cardstock, and then sewed a cross/grid between the paper.  I added my photo with foam tape, to give it a little lift.  Then, I embellished the squares with various pieces from the kit that went with my date night theme.  I love the journaling card, and how it looks like a ticket stub.  I added my title to the bottom of the layout (I really love this alpha set from the May embellishment add-on You + Me).  Then, I noticed that my layout was looking a little bottom heavy, so I added a little strip of pattern paper to the top, and sewed it.  To finish my layout, I added a few heart embellishments and ink splatters.

I love how my layout turned out, and I’m finally glad I scrapped these photos…especially since one of them was taken over a year ago!

Have a fabulous day!