Designer Take: Monika’s Artist Palette

I am loving all of the mixed media magic happening with your October kits and scrapbooking stashes! Keep those entries to our October Technique Challenge coming! If you are still sitting on the fence about whether or not to give mixed media a try, I have a fantastic tutorial for you today from creative team member Monika. Her simple and gorgeous technique will have you feeling like an artist in no time:

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Monika created the beautiful background you see here with mist, masks and a brush.

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1. Arrange your masks (in this case Monika used chipboard leaves, but you could use punched cardstock or a pre-made mask).

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2. When you are happy with the arrangement, dip your brush into your mist and generously paint over several of the leaves.

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3. Rinse your brush and repeat with another color, allowing the mist colors to overlap like watercolors.

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tut64. Once dry, add the rest of your layout elements.

Thank you for the tutorial, Monika! If you’d like to give this challenge a go, you still have a week to play. See the original challenge post here for all the details. Have a great day! Tessa

Designer’s Choice – Circles

By Gina Lideros

October 29, 2014

Hi there everyone!  Gina here today to share a recent layout that I created using the October On This Day kit and Digital cuts.  When I first opened up my kit I noticed all the bright colors and patterns and wanted to create a layout that was equally as fun.  I had a vision in my mind to create a background out of lots of colorful circles going in a diagonal direction.  So I turned on my Silhouette and picked out this happy cut file (this is actually an older cut file from the shop).  I used the digital file repeatedly by cutting some papers from my main kit.  I also brought in some papers from the October Good Times & Right Now Add On’s.

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To continue the circle theme I chose two photos of my dogs and trimmed them down to the same size as my other circles.  I used a ruler to line them all up in a diagonal fashion before adhering them down.  Next I used my sewing machine to stitch over them and added a few drops of spray mist.  Then for the fun part!  I added lots of little embellishments to liven up my page.  I love the way the Pinkfresh Studio wood drop stickers and Chickaniddy Crafts enamel stars accent my page.

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I also used the Scrapbook Exclusive stamp set from the main kit to stamp this “oh yeah” phrase on my page.

 

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Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you were inspired by my layout.  Stop by the Scrapbook Circle shop to pick up your October kit today!

 

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Stamps and Printable

The kit exclusives each month always rank high in my list of favorite embellishments. This month is no exception and our guest designer, Janet Perafan-Babar couldn’t agree more! Let’s take a look at how she used the Scrapbook Circle October printable and stamps:

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Janet says, “I always love the exclusives that come in the kits. For this layout, I used the Scrapbook Circle exclusive printable. This was perfect for some candid photos taken at the Halloween store while shopping for costumes. The “Is It Friday Yet?” speech bubble from the Echo Park chipboard was perfect, since Halloween is on Friday. I also used the exclusive stamp set, stamping the images in different colors and cutting them out. This stamp set is so awesome, I love it!”

What did you love about the exclusives this month? How did you use them? Be sure to upload your projects and layouts to our Facebook page so we can check them out. Have a great day!

Lifting You — Katie

Today we are sharing a lift layout. One of our subscribers, Katie, shared this layout with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

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When I saw this page, I loved the larger photo and the circles that anchor the picture on the vibrant and colorful background paper. The black ink doodling adds great dimension to the circles.

Katie is being lifted by creative team member Jamie.

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Jamie liked that the inspiration page was the photo, the bold background and the layered circles. She played with the scale of the photo and the embellishments and also went to town layering up circles in different patterns and sizes.

Jamie really like how the bold trendy background looks paired with these more traditional photos, giving it a more modern feel.

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Thanks for the inspiration this morning, ladies!

If you would like to be considered for our Lifting You feature, share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on our Facebook page.

Designer’s Choice : Mini Tag Album

By Monika Głód

October 26, 2014

I love making albums, especially those mini ones. I had a lot of photos taken last year on my son’s 8th birthday. I printed them in black and white, and used October Kits to make a mini. First I cut different sizes of tags from watercolor paper. I made a hole with a puncher, and made cicrcles with hole to embellish  my tag base. I also cut different sizes of vellum and made a punch hole too. these were my dividers.  First, I always make a cover for my album, and then I’m doing the inside pages. I used embellishments in pastel colors, so  you can focus on my photos, which are well visible. I wanted to keep this album clean and simply, and I love how it turned out.   Mona mini tag album - Mona mini tag album mona a1 mona a1-2 mona a2 mona a3 mona a3-2 mona a4 mona a4-2 Mona mini tag album - -

Designer’s Choice | Bannerific!

By Jenni Calma

October 25, 2014

Hi there everyone!  I am sharing this page I made for “my designer’s choice” using the October ‘On This Day’ kit & the ‘Right Now’ Add-on.

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The October kit isn’t theme based for Halloween, but the colors are perfect for Fall and in this case great for a masculine page.  The exclusive Scrapbook Circle triangle stamps inspired me to make a banner, much like the Mood Board from September.  The cork banner from Elle’s Studio also inspired me to cut these a large banner shapes as the matte for the photo.

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One of the things I love about Scrapbooking kits and collections around this time of year is that they remind us to focus on being thankful.  My favorite projects and pages are those that capture moments showing the blessings in our life, reminding us to be grateful now and then in the future looking back at a page like this.  This photo is of my husband and his college roommate/best man.  We don’t get to see and his wife that often, but when we do, it is a seamless return to the friendship that has lasted years…truly something to be thankful for.

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I stamped lots of the triangle stamps with black,  trimmed them out and sewed them together.  The patterned paper from Fancy Pants with the triangular pattern was a great match and scale and for the banner.  The yellow ochres, cork paper and embellishments made it warm and Fall-ish.  I added some watercolor in the background to tie in those colors and stretch out the cluster a bit.

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Banners and heart stamps shouldn’t be limited to birthdays, girls or other specific celebrations…how about just the celebration of life and friendship?!  I hope you all remember to document your everyday blessings…after all, isn’t that what is really important?  Please share your pages documenting whatever  is important to you on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.  Have a wonderfully amazing weekend!

October sketch players and a winner

Thank you to everyone who played along with the sketch challenge this month. Here are the amazing layouts that were shared with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page and on the blog post for the sketch.

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Great layouts this month, right?! Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!

This month’s winner will receive the Elle’s Studio prize pack. The winner is chosen randomly using Random.org. And this month’s winner is…

SANDI! Sandi, send an email to Diana [at] ScrapbookCircle.com with your shipping info. We’ll get that prize sent to you.

Thank you again to everyone who played along. We’ll be back in November with another sketch challenge for you.

 

Designer’s Take: Janet’s Artist Palette

Our October guest designer, Janet Perafan-Babar, is joining us for the October Technique Challenge – Artist’s Palette:

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Here’s what Janet had to say about her take on the challenge:  “I used mists to create my watercolored background. This is a first for me, and was quite fun to do! Taking inspiration from the Chickaniddy Crafts Autumn Haze paper in the main kit, here is what I did: I poured a few drops of Heidi Swapp Mustard ink mist onto wax paper, dipped my brush into water and dabbed it into the ink puddle. Then, onto white cardstock, I brushed even strokes until I got the effect I wanted. Remember how easy that was back in Kindergarten? After it was dry, I splattered the green mist. Super easy and super fun!”

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I can’t agree more! What an easy technique for a fabulous look. Thanks, Janet!

If you haven’t had a chance to play along yet, I hope Janet has inspired you to give it a try. For all the details, see the original challenge post here. You still have two weeks to play and one more Designer Take next Thursday to give you even more inspiration. Have fun getting a little messy!

Playing with Paste

By Rebecca Keppel

October 22, 2014

When I say “Playing with Paste,” I am not talking your typical Elmers glue. Although that can be plenty fun too! No, I am talking about modeling paste. My latest obsession. Playing with modeling paste is such an easy technique that results in a real wow factor. Just check out this layout I made with the Scrapbook Circle October Kit On This Day.

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See the card on the left? The Yesterday Today Tomorrow one? I created that raised effect with modelling paste! Here is what you will need to create your own fun three dimensional element. Modeling Paste, a pallette knife, paper and a stencil or template.

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Simply lay your stencil over your paper. If you are working with a large stencil you may want a bit of repositionable adhesive to hold it still, but for this small size I was able to hold it still myself. Start applying the paste on the open areas of the stencil.

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Decide how much of the image you want to include. I decided to used the entire thing, but I could have easily left off the border if I chose to. Use a thick covering like frosting a cookie. I dont mind a little texture in the strokes, but I like to make sure there is full coverage.

rk sc us paste-7Then carefully pull up the stencil.

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And let dry! I trimmed around my card and adhered to my layout. Just look at that dimension and texture!

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:) Rebecca

 

 

One Item Wonder: Wood Drop Stickers by Pinkfresh Studio

The October kit includes a package of chevron-shaped, wood and colored enamel stickers by Pinkfresh Studio. I asked creative team member Jennifer to share why she loved these stickers and how she used them on one of her layouts:

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The wood of the stickers reminds Jennifer of the beach, and the colors make her think of summer. That led her to create this summery page about the beach.

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Jennifer also loved the movement the stickers could convey. She used them to lead the eye to her journaling and to her title.

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Who knew that the October kit could make such a great summer page?! Thanks for designing great stickers, Pinkfresh Studio, and thanks for the inspiration, Jennifer!