Be Real: Documenting a night out

By Jennifer Larson

September 18, 2015

It’s Jennifer Larson, and I have a confession: as a mother of two boys, I don’t get out much anymore. When my boys went away for sleepaway camp this summer, my husband and I got to make a night of it and visit some of the taprooms in North Minneapolis. I took photos all night and shared them on Facebook, and later I put them together to document the whole night. Here’s my page:

Around Town by Jennifer Larson

I decided I wanted to put 7 photos on the page, so I printed them small. I also wanted to do a lot of distressing and mixed media to fit with the warehouse-look the taprooms had, so I started by spreading gesso on the page, then put a mask on and added modeling paste, topping it with blue and brown ink when it dried. Here you can see a bit peeking from under the photos:

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I adhered the photos on dimensional stickers with extra glue to make them stick on the modeling paste and added the title, journaling, and embellishments when done.

Thank you for visiting today! I hope this gives you ideas for documenting a night out and playing around to reflect the place you went. Please share any pages you made on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page!

September Technique Challenge: Geometric Shapes

The patterned papers in Hello, Hello – the September kit – are a fabulous mix of prints. If you flip to the “b” sides of these papers, you’ll find a variety of geometric shapes. From triangles to hexagons, diamonds to cubes, these shapes from your geometry days are inspiring our next technique challenge. Create a layout featuring geometric shapes. They could be cut from patterned paper or part of the paper’s design. Choose one shape to work with, or many. It’s up to you! To get the ideas flowing, I asked creative team member Gina to share with us her take on the challenge:

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Gina cut triangles and diamonds from the Crate Paper patterned papers in the kit, as well as circles and stars. Combined with sequins and triangle puffy stickers, the confetti of shapes down her page creates a fantastic background for these photos of her daughter.

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I love the hip, carefree feeling of this layout! Thank you so much for the inspiration, Gina. Now, are you ready to play along?

Here’s how:

1. Create a layout featuring geometric shapes. While the Scrapbook Circle Hello Hello kit is the perfect starting point for this challenge, 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 THREE weeks to play. Enter by 9:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, October 7th to be eligible to win this amazing Evalicious prize:


Can I be excused from the creative team for one little month so that I can play to win this prize? No? Well, YOU have fun creating and good luck!

Winner: September Trend Challenge

We love what you all created with the trendy speech bubble! Thanks for playing along! The randomly selected winner of a Dear Lizzy prize package is…


…with this beautiful layout featuring sparkly speech bubble:

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

A new technique challenge is coming right up!

One Item Wonder: Seven Paper Phrase Stickers

One of my favorite embellishments in the Hello, Hello kit is the package of labels by Seven Paper. The black background and gold foil phrases are a great basic sticker for captions and sub-titles. I asked creative team member Jennifer to share with us how she put the labels to use on a recent layout and she came up with a great tip (that I used myself this month!).

Growing Up Pizza by Jennifer Larson

I love the stacked labels, but the detail I love the most is the notched ends. Jennifer says: “I love labels, but I love banners with hatched ends even more. Since the stickers are so long, it’s easy to trim them if you want to or, like I did, cut a triangle out of the ends for a little more definition. It’s easier to do that when the stickers are still on the sheet.”

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What a great idea! You could even notch just one end for a variation on Jennifer’s look. Whether you notch or not, the gold foil words are a great page accent and a fun way to bring together phrases that tell the story of your layout.

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How are you using the Seven Paper labels? We’d love to see! Share with us on the Facebook page here. Have a great day!



Take 2 | Inspired by Title

By Jenni Calma

September 14, 2015

Hi there!  Jenni here sharing my Take 2 assignment using the September ‘Hello, Hello’ main kit and Embellishment kit.  I chose to take inspiration from the super talented DT member Gina Lideros and this fabulous page she made using the January  ‘All You Need is Love’  kit.  This is my finished page below.


This is Gina’s gorgeous page that inspired me with the lovely. large title which dominates the page.  I also loved the circles scattered around the layout and the photo at the bottom.


I decided to lift her title directly, using the fun Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers Thickers.  I also painted a faint pink stripe wash on the white cardstock background.  I loved the striped paper Gina used and wanted to add a little something to ground the title and photo.


I fussy cut some of the speech bubbles from this patterned paper using them around the page like Gina’s circles.  I added some of the Crate Paper chipboard pieces and added some stitching too.


Check out the DT Idea Gallery to find a plethora of inspiration for your next project!  Share them with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page or to inspire you in one of this month’s challenges!

Have an amazing day!

Designer’s Choice: Tell random stories

By Jennifer Larson

September 12, 2015

Hello Hello! (Sorry, I couldn’t help it!) Today I want to inspire you to collect random photos  and put them on a page.

I spent the summer cleaning up my house, and when I finished some long-term scrapping projects, I found some photos of my boys I loved but had never scrapped. They all had a similar vibe–brotherly closeness and playfulness–so I put them together on a page to celebrate the next chapter in their lives together as brothers: middle school. They enter a new school together this year, but from now on when they change schools, they will do so separately. I wanted to memorialize where they are right now. Here’s the page:

Brotherly love by Jennifer Larson

I used the greens, blacks, and browns in the kit for a masculine flavor, and drawing from the yellow glow stick in the camping photo, I added pops of yellow to the page for playfulness. Here’s some details:

Brotherly love details 1

I altered the tag because wild spirit is plural in my family.

Brotherly love details 2

The chipboard letters spelled “Lovely,” but I only used the letters I needed for my story.

I created this page based on photos I stumbled upon. Try browsing your photo piles or files or phone and find images that you love, then search for other images that would add to your story and put them together on a layout.

Thank you for letting me share an inspiration idea! I hope this gives you ideas for create your next story.

September Sketch Challenge


Welcome to another sketch challenge! This month’s sketch is a great one for those multiple-picture moments. Here is what some of the creative team made using the September Hello Hello kit.



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Jenni C.

This month’s random winner will get this fun Dear Lizzy prize pack.


For your chance to win, make a layout using the sketch above and share it with us on either this blog post by commenting with a link or on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

You have until Sept. 23rd to play along and we’ll announce the winner on Sept. 25th.

Designer Take: Tessa Talks Speech Bubbles

Hello! We are having a lot of fun with the new September kit – Hello Hello – and the September theme challenge – speech bubbles! I decided to join in, too, and this is my take:

Lovely Afternoon Adventure 1

I fell head over heels for the gold foil “adventure” speech bubble on the chipboard sticker sheet in the September Embellishment Add-on and decided to use it as part of my title.

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Because the speech point (is that  the right term?) points left, I positioned the speech bubble on the right of the page, which created a great place to put my journaling. I love how your eye reads the title then moves on naturally to the words on the page.

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Are you playing along with our speech bubble challenge? We’d love to have you! See the original challenge post here. Have fun creating! Tessa

DT Choice | family IS RELATIVE

By Jenni Calma

September 9, 2015

Hi there September scrappers!  I hope everyone is getting settled back into routines and ready for Fall!

The September ‘Hello, Hello’ kit and add-ons are full of new products from all the summer releases.  I used the main kit and Embellishment Add-on to make this layout below documenting an evening with friends!

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I chose this fun paper from Crate Paper with all the little houses since we were celebrating a birthday with our former neighbors.  It is pretty busy, so I fussy cut around the houses to make a base for the page.  I used the back side of the same paper with the hexagonal wood grain pattern to transition to white cardstock.

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The theme of this page was inspired by the Scrapbook Circle acrylic word, ‘family’ and the paper with the houses.  I die cut lots of clouds in different sizes out of a large striped paper to tie in a few of the chipboard stickers.

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I love these black foil stickers from Studio Calico and used them to help balance out the black of the acrylic title.  I finished the embellishments with the mint Dear Lizzy tickets and a couple of the geotag clips from Freckled Fawn.

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Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Please share your creations using these fun papers or any other ones on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page!

Have an amazing day!

Collection Spotlight: Documentary by Dear Lizzy/American Crafts

If you haven’t checked out the September kit – Hello Hell0 – you need to! Not only does it include Crate Paper’s Wonder and Basic Grey’s Barista, but also Dear Lizzy Documentary. Aren’t these patterned papers delightful?

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I chose my favorite Documentary papers and made them the base for a layout about my little one.

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I included Crate Paper Wonder embellishments and Pretty Little Studio labels, but I let the Documentary papers drive the design. My favorite part of the Documentary papers, though, is the selvedge. You know, that part you usually cut off because it has all the company information and barcode on it? Well, the Documentary papers had such cute designs on the back of the selvedge that I made them a special part of my layout. Note the green triangles (I just trimmed off the top half inch of the patterned paper instead of the selvedge) and the red dotted pattern behind my banner piece. It’s a great technique for stretching your papers and including more designs.

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Are you excited about Dear Lizzy Documentary, too? You’re going to love creating with it, especially since it plays so nicely with all the other collections in the kits. Be sure to share with us on Facebook and Instagram. We love to see what you’re up to! Have a great day!