August Technique Challenge

I recently polled the creative team about their favorite, go-to, tried and tested techniques. One technique in particular kept popping up again and again in their comments. I’ll give you a hint – it’s like a sweater over a cute button-up, crisp sheets under a comfy quilt, and the iconic haircut that Jennifer Aniston made famous. You guessed it – layers! The August technique challenge is to create a layout using the technique of layering. For your inspiration, I asked creative team member Valerie and our August guest designer, Jen Chesnick, to play along:

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Valerie says, “I love layering. Layering my patterned papers and embellishments makes me super happy. I start with my foundation page and then stack more and more – like decorating a cake. This always gives my project nice 3-d dimension.”


This layout is just as yummy as a cake, in my opinion!


Jen Chesnick is also a big fan of layering:

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Jen puts her Silhouette Cameo to work when she wants to create layers on her layouts. Do you see how there are two layers of patterned paper on the red cardstock background? Also, Jen used two layers of cardstock to create her title.

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And the embellishments are layered in such a pretty way, too!

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I’m inspired to dress my next layout in layers. How about you? Here’s how to join the challenge:

1. Create a layout that uses the technique of layering. 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. Come back to this post and leave a direct link to your layout in the comments.

3. You have TWO WEEKS to play. Enter by Wednesday, September 3rd, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win a $15.00 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store!

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: August Kit-Inspired Challenge

We have a winner for our first kit-inspired challenge…


…with this ruby red layout:


Thanks for playing, Sherri! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information and we will get your prize to you! Stay tuned, our August technique challenge is coming right up!

Many Uses for Crate Paper Frames

By Rebecca Keppel

August 20, 2014

I find myself buying Scrapbook Circle Add Ons every month! Not that you HAVE to have the add on. There is plenty of goodness in the main kit to do plenty of layouts, but the Add Ons are ALWAYS so tempting! And who doesnt want extra goodies?! This month I bought Tiki Torch. My favorite item in the Tiki Torch add on was the Crate Paper Open Road Chipboard Frames. I decided to base an entire layout around them

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I love how their lighter, neutral colors really compliment the rich brights from the paper in Island Paradise, the main kit. Of course you can use the Polaroid and slide frames to house pictures. But they are also really fun for layering with embellishments. I used them as a design element so I even cut one in half to have it running off the page.

rk date night 2 cu-1 The American Crafts flair fit perfectly inside the small slide frames.

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They are great with stickers and the Chic Tags wood veneer sequins too.

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Last, but not least, one larger frame I backed with patterned paper and used the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamp on it.

rk date night 2 cu-4Can you tell I had fun with these frames? Scrapbook Circle add ons always have fun surprises so be sure to check them out!

:) Rebecca

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Cork Embellishments

Cork is a hot trend in scrapbooking these days, and Scrapbook Circle is right on track with the exclusive cork embellishments offered in the Island Paradise kit. I asked creative team member Jennifer, as well as our August guest designer, Jen Chesnick, to share with us how they used the cork embellishments on their layouts.

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Jennifer likes to journal in strips, so she incorporated some of the cork into her journaling. She found that a 0.5″ x 2.5″ piece of paper fit perfectly in the open space of the cork embellishments.

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To create balance on her page, Jennifer also added cork to her title cluster.

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Jen Chesnick created a wonderful mini album with the cork embellishments as her main accent on each page.

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From a title to journaling space to a caption, the cork embellishments are perfect for Jen’s album.

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If you’d like to see more of  Jen’s mini album, check out the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

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While you’re there, share with us how you have been using the cork embellishments. We’d love to see! Have a great day!

August Mood Board with Jennifer Larson

By Jennifer Larson

August 18, 2014

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, here to share this month’s Mood Board and how it inspired me. First, the mood board:

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And my page:

How did the board inspire me?

1. The colors–blue, green, and tan–reminded me of our trip to the Mississippi River Headwaters this summer. I picked this photo and enlarged it to scrap my son’s love of water on vacation, plus a few more supporting photos in a smaller size.

2. Next, the swoosh of the fox tail reminded me of waves. I used (mostly) the 6×6 paper pad in the Bungalow add-on, hand-drawing the waves in the back and cutting them out. I also used the aqua piece of Bokeh Teal from the main kit.

3. The circular earrings and brads inspired me to add the chipboard circles (brads) and wood veneer sequins (earrings) along the waves to mimic the splash of the waves on the sand. Both embellishments came from the Tiki-Torch add-on, my favorite this month!

4. The swoopy script in the quotation inspired my choice in font for my title–Voluptate–which I cut with my Silhouette from a black sheet in the 6×6 pad.

And that’s my page, inspired by this month’s Mood Board! Have fun playing around with it and using the kit to create something inspired. When you do, share your layout on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page so we can be inspired by you!

Designer’s Choice: Beach Fun

By Gina Lideros

August 17, 2014

Hi Everyone!  Gina here to share a fun step by step tutorial of how I put a recent page together using the fabulous Scrapbook Circle Island Paradise kit.   Beach Fun Layout


1.  I started my page out by creating a background in Silhouette Studio.  I lined up simple triangles to create my background. Once, I had my background put together the way I wanted it, I ungrouped my shapes to cut each piece individually.   triangle page

2.  After cutting each shape out of different pieces of patterned paper, I lined them up on my page using repositionable tape.  Tip: I also cut a few pieces where I wanted my photos to go, so that I could use them as a guide for sizing (like a template). GinaLideros_BeachFun2

3. Select photos for your layout.  I purposely selected photos that were smaller in scale, so that I knew that they would fit within my template. GinaLideros_BeachFun4

4.  Use extra triangle pieces as a template for your photos, trace around them and cut out. GinaLideros_BeachFun3

5.  After placing my photos on my layout, I used my sewing machine to stitch all of my pieces in place. GinaLideros_BeachFunLayout5c

6.  Add embellishments and you’re done!

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Along with my Island Paradise August kit this month, I also used the Bungalow and Tiki Torch add ons.  I had so much fun this month playing with this kit.  It is so fun and versatile and perfect for summer!  If you haven’t already – stop by Scrapbook Circle to pick up your August kit today!


Scrapbooking with snips of paper a Design team choice.

By Diana Waite

August 16, 2014

What do you do when you have a kit FULL of paper that you LOVE and want to use ALL of it at the same time?!  You cut it up of course!DianaWgoodstuffSBC

For this layout I wanted to really focus on all the papers that are included in the Island Paradise kit.  I cut each paper at 1 1/4″ strips, and then again at 4″.  I then layered each piece up using both the front and back sides making sure to overlap.  After they were all layered up I began randomly sewing.  Once the sewing was done I “painted” with my gold mist, I also sprinkled some on the top.  Once everything dried I added my pictures, journaling card, embellishments, and title.

We would LOVE to see your work using any of our Scrapbook Circle kits, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page!







August sketch challenge


It’s time for another sketch challenge here at Scrapbook Circle. As we mentioned last month, anyone can now play along and be eligible to win this month’s prize from Pinkfresh Studio.

Here are some layouts from the Creative Team members to get you inspired to create with this sketch.



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This month’s guest designer, Jen Chesnick, played along as well. Here is her fun layout.

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 This month’s sketch challenge prize is from Pinkfresh Studios. We’ll have two winners this month! One for a kit from Pinkfresh and another for a goody bag from them as well.

You can follow Pinkfresh here:
• Pinkfresh Instagram
• Pinkfresh Facebook
• Pinkfresh Blog

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You have until 11:59 pm on August 27th to play along. On August 29th we’ll share the winners here on the blog.

Make sure to post links to your entries either here in the comments section of this post or on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

Designer Take: Gina’s Take on Jewel Tones

Creative team member Gina took on the August kit-inspired challenge – Jewel Tones – with a fabulously designed layout:


Gina pulled jewel tones from the main kit, Island Paradise, as well as the add-ons. The mix of ruby, citrine, garnet, emerald, and sapphire in the patterned papers makes for a bright page. However, Gina made sure that those vibrant colors didn’t take away from her photo by creating a design that targeted her picture instead.

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Gina was inspired by an old record cover to create a circular pattern. The circles and jewel tones are a perfect pair, don’t you think?

If you’d like to play along with our August Kit-Inspired Challenge, find the details at the original post here. Have a great day!

Designer’s Choice | The Sound of Inspiration

By Jenni Calma

August 13, 2014

Hi Everyone!  Jenni here to share my source of inspiration using the August ‘Island Paradise’ kit, ‘Tiki Torch’ and ‘Bungalow’ Add-ons.  Even if I have photos and a plan for a scrapbook page, I draw inspiration from the colors or composition in the photo and most especially the patterns of the paper.  I love papers with text, typography and print.  I also love music, together; more inspiration than I could ever scrap! After looking at this script paper from Echo Park – Capture Life, I knew my title and theme for this page.

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This was actually a photo I had already printed for scrapping and thought a simple, bold, color palette would work well with the photo.  The map print paper from Crate Paper was perfect for vacation photos, and provided a neutral background.  I placed the wood veneer sequins on the cities and intersecting lines on the map, to emphasize the idea of travel, or destination.

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The ‘sounds’ in the Elle’s Studio tag also emphasized my theme.  The color of the twine included in this months kit was a great compliment and I tied it around the whole cluster, holding us all together.  That may sound like a stretch of symbolism for a simple scrapbook page, but I love this Beatles song, and it inspired lots of love in me!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  If you hear a song, or see some script font you like, remember it for your next layout!  Share it with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page so we can all be inspired by your work.  Have an amazing day!