Tech Tip – Foiled Again!

Hello Scrapbook Circle Friends! Today I want to share with you how you can take your printables to the next level and create some really fabulous projects!

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I recently had a birthday and my husband surprised me with a Minc, which applies foil to projects much like a laminator. I have used foil before but only with special glue and sticker paper. Skip to the fun part – I discovered that when you print with a laser printer, not ink jet, the foil will stick to the toner when fed through the laminator! Upon learning that, I started trying to put foil on everything but the kitchen sink!

To begin, I used my laser printer and printed the July printable in black and white.

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After cutting the printable into separate pieces, I fed it through the laminator and got the following results.

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Soon afterward, I was trying to foil anything and everything. This was truly a process of trial and error – I never knew what the foil would or would not adhere to. I was pleasantly surprised to find that some of the paper and embellishments from Elle’s Studio would take the foil as well as the printables. One tip I can give you is that the foil sticks much better to the darker images than the lighter ones.

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Once I had foiled to my heart’s delight, I created an anchor for my photo with the papers and added embellishments from the July Add-on Kits.

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to create!

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1 Product 2 Ways – Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Stickers

By Jenni Calma

July 26, 2016

Hello Scrappy Friends!!  July is winding down and everyone is getting ready for school to start again, but we have room for a few more summer pages!  Today, the Heidi Swapp’s Label Stickers from the July ‘Today is the Day’ kit, are the focus of our 1 Product 2 Ways post.  I asked Kelly and Rebecca to create something inspiring and here is what they came up with!

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One of my personal favorite parts of the July kit is all the wood grain patterned paper.  It just begs to be part of a summer scene!  Kelly uses the stickers all around the page, adding descriptive words to other labels….here are her thoughts:

“I really like the color scheme of the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Stickers.  I started by pulling out all of the items from the kit that I felt matched the best.  I also wanted to emphasize the story behind the pictures, so I chose the elements with words like:  ‘Today’, ‘Remember’, and ‘Important’.  When putting it all together, I tried to layer the stickers in a way that draws the eye to the photos.”

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Rebecca uses both sides of the same paper, a light woodgrain pattern on one side and the gradient stripes on the opposite.  I love her addition of the label stickers in the white space of the striped pattern.  It reminds me of a Table of Contents and these look like awesome chapters!

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Rebecca says:

“I used them in several different ways on my layout.

 1. As an embellishment. I used dimensional adhesive to pop one up and use it in a cluster of die cuts and other stickers.

2. As a tab at the top of the layout

3. As a design element along the white stripes on the strip of patterned paper on the right hand edge.”

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Great pages girls, thanks for sharing!  I love the variety in approach to the labels and uses on each layout.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check out more at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page and share your use of labels too.

July Challenge: Diana is On Deck!

Hello friends! How has your July been? Have you had a chance to play along with our latest challenge, On Deck? Inspired by the many wood elements in the July kit, the challenge is to create a layout that features wood. It could be patterned paper, wood veneer embellishments, etc. I asked creative team member Diana to share her take on the challenge with us and I just love her page:

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Diana used one of the lighter wood patterned papers as her background and the darkest wood patterned paper for her title. I love the contrast!

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The Elle’s Studio wood veneer embellishments are a great finish. The natural colors of the wood elements blends with the natural colors in Diana’s photo easily.

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I love how striking the blue is against the natural finish of the wood. What a great combination!

If you’d like to join us for the challenge, there’s still time! Check out the original challenge post here for all the details. Have fun creating!

Designer’s Choice with Kelly

Hello everyone! It’s Kelly here today sharing my favorite page made with the July ‘Today is the Day’ kit.

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I also used the July Embellishment Add-On Kit ‘You’ve got This’. I was inspired by the sun ray paper found in the Elle’s Studio 6×6 paper pad…and immediately popped up the sun found in the Simple Stories Bits and Pieces in the top right corner.

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I decided to cut the ray paper in half diagonally, stitch it to my background..and arrange my photos along with a few tags down the center.
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The lower half of the ray paper was the perfect spot to ground my title…and I finished it off with a few more embellishments.
Thanks for stopping by today! Need some more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery.

Guest Designer Nancy Damiano

By Jenni Calma

July 22, 2016

Hello Circle of Friends!  Our July Guest Designer, Nancy Damiano, is back using the ‘Today is the Day’ kit and doing an amazing job!  We are huge fans of hers and she has not disappointed today!

Check out her layouts and descriptions below!

“I decided to challenge myself this time around and create two layouts with one element in common. I chose a die cut and the beautiful July Scrapbook circle kit to create this super feminine layout.”

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“The die cut here frames out the photo and leads the eye to the journaling. Some yellow patterned paper and sun veneer add a fun touch to one of the flowers in the die cut.”

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“In the next layout you can see how versatile the July kit is. It couldn’t be more different than the first very pink and girly page. I love when kits are versatile like that.”

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“Multiple photos and a focus on the green and blue pieces from the kit gives a totally different look. Although the die cut and technique is the same, it doesn’t look repetitive.”

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Thanks so much for having me guest this month Scrapbook Circle! It’s been a great experience to be able to play with all the beautiful pieces you put together!

 

Wow!!  Not only am I totally motivated to use more white on white designs, I am loving the clean, pristine look of her pages!  Also, notice the small details, like an arch in each of the main photos of the layouts.  I have been thinking about pages that sit side by side, in an album, but are not a 2 page spread.  This is a fantastic answer to that question!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing Nancy’s timeless work as much as we have!

 

Want to get busy with some white on white pages now…?  Share your projects on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page!
  Thanks for stopping by and we hope you have an amazing day!

You’ve Got This Add-on

When I saw that one of the July add-ons was a kit called “You’ve Got This“, I couldn’t help but think of how to use it in my planner. Who doesn’t need a little encouragement like that to get life organized? It only took a few minutes and a little bit of everything from the add-on to put together this week’s pages:

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The Here + There planner stickers are perfectly sized for Erin Condren planners, but I use a personal Color Crush by Webster’s Pages. No worries, the stickers still look great! I used a large box sticker (just breathe) on a day that I planned to recover from a recent trip. I love when stickers overlap into other boxes – otherwise it’s just too neat and orderly for me.

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I cut out a few phrases from the Elle’s Studio patterned paper with all the typed word strips. Because I didn’t need a lot of space for writing (it’s a fun, kind of chill week), I chose a few phrases that applied to the days and adhered them to my pages. I’m going to use the same technique on a layout, I’m sure!

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I love using stickers as bullet points. These Fancy Pants puffy stickers are great, and I love all the sizes on one sheet! I also love using die-cuts to dress up empty corners. These Simple Stories flowers were the perfect addition.

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I think this took all of five minutes to decorate, another few minutes to add my pen, and I’m organized for the week! How have you put your add-on to use? Share in our Facebook group and I’ll be sure to check it out. Have a great day and remember – You’ve Got This!

Tech Tip | Using Shaped Punches

Hello there! Today I’m sharing a tip on how to create a background using shaped punches! Punches are a great tool and they have so much versatility. Whenever I’m having a hard time combining patterns and colors, I break them down into smaller pieces so they seem less intimidating. So pull out your punches, and I’ll show you how I created this layout!

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The first thing I would recommend is to pull out all the papers you want to use. I chose a hexagon punch for this layout, but nearly any shape would work. Next, get punching!!! I created a small pile of several different colors and patterns. Once you have your shapes, you’re ready to create your layout!

I like to start with a neutral background, and then I scatter the punches across the page. I place my photo, then move the punched shapes around until I’m happy with the result. Seriously, that’s it!! It turns out different each time, and I love the abstract look!

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Some variations include: having more shapes on one end and decreasing them as they go across, making rows, using different sizes of the same shapes, placing the shapes at an angle (if possible), and more! There are so many possibilities! Thanks for joining me today, I hope you felt inspired to pull out your punches!

1 Product 2 Ways – Fancy Pants Puffy Stickers

By Jenni Calma

July 19, 2016

Today we are sharing layouts from Jennifer and Diana, using the Fancy Pants puffy stickers in the July ‘Today is the Day’ kit.  The stickers are part of the ‘Life is Beautiful’ collection and have lots of different icons with bright colors.  Jennifer created this bold layout below, crafting a garland with the more graphic elements in the collection.

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Jennifer had this to say about her process:

“This month I was asked to use the Fancy Pants Puffy Stickers and create something for the 1 Product 2 Ways feature. When I use stickers, or embellishments for that matter, I tend to cluster them around photos or place them somewhere as an after thought. In order to use them differently then I normally do, I decided to add them as a main focal point of my layout. To do this, I created a garland by sticking two dots/hearts together on a piece of thread. I then took the garland and wound it around my photo – front and center – and stapled it in place. After the main portion was in place, I pulled the thread ends out from behind my photo and stuck them in place with additional stickers. While it isn’t exactly earth-shattering use of the stickers, I do like the effect and the fact that they are more of a central part of my photo and layout.” 

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 I love that idea!  Especially using the staples, making it quick, with lots of texture.

Diana also used the puffy stickers to embellish her page.  This is kind of scrapbook page that needs to be remembered and included in our memory keeping!

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 Like, lots of scrapbookers, I am enjoying the mixed media backgrounds that are trending these days.  However, this kind of page, is the reason I began to scrapbook.  Diana used 4 photos and this perfectly appropriate wood grain patterned paper.  She basically created a key, matching each photo to a description in the listed journaling below.  She used the puffy stickers as bullets for that journaling along with her title and other details.  I also appreciate the fact that she used this July kit for creating pages recording events from the Fall season.

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 As usual, I am inspired to get my embellishments out and get busy!!  If you do too, share you pages with us on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB community page.

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Take 2: Beach Fun

Hello everyone! It’s Claudia here and today I’m sharing a layout for the ‘Take 2′ challenge. For this challenge I had to pick a layout created by a design team member and scrap lift it. As you all will probably know, the gallery is full of amazing ideas and layouts so I didn’t have to look very long before I found a layout I was really inspired by. I absolutely love this layout by Jung AhSang using last month’s kit so I decided to scrap life it.

I loved how she used the different patterns and the cute little cluster at the top. The stitching adds an amazing touch and makes the layout look even better.

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Here is my layout;

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The July kit is perfect to document your favorite summer memories so I wanted something colorful. With so many lovely papers it was quite hard to decide on which papers I wanted to use but I knew I had to use that gorgeous wooden paper from the Elle’s Studio Sunny collection. For my title I used those tiny alpha stickers to spell ‘beach’ and then I added the word ‘fun’ from the Fancy Pants Puffy Stickers to finish it off. I love mixing colors/fonts together to create my title – I think it makes them so much more interesting to look at. I added a decent amount of embellishments with words/text on them to further decorate my layout. I finished off the layout by adding some gold splatters using the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine.

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I loved creating this layout and am happy with how it turned out. Thank you for joining me today, I hope you’ll have a great day! :)

Layouts, Planner Spreads and More!

If you saw my tech tip this month, you already know that I created a card this month with the July Scrapbook Circle kit and add ons. I’ve created several other types of projects with this month’s kit. That is one of the things I love about Scrapbook Circle kits. They are very versatile and you can make a lot of different types of projects. This month I also created a 12×12 layout:

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I love combining die cuts, tags, flair letter stickers and more to create fun titles and accents for layouts.rk sc july -12

Scrpbook Circle kits always combine tons of fun textures and colors that create lots of added interest in any project you create.rk sc july -13

I also made a planner spread this month! All the little stickers and die cuts are perfect for planners too!rk sc july -6Do you mainly make layouts with your Scrapbook Circle kits? Or have you branched out into different types of projects too?

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca