November Sketch Challenge

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Today I am sharing the November sketch challenge. Play along with the sketch using your Scrapbook Circle kit (or anything else you have laying around in your stash) and then share your work with us.

Below are some pages from the creative team to get you inspired and ready to create.

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Our guest designer for the month, Chelsea, played along, too. Here is her page.

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This month’s random winner will receive this Heidi Swapp prize pack.

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For your chance to win, play along with this month’s sketch and then share your layout either here on this post in the comments section or on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. You have until the end of the day on Wed. 11/26 to play along. We’ll announce the winner on the blog on 11/28.

Have fun!

Designer Take: Jenni and the November Kit-Inspired Challenge

The November Kit-Inspired Challenge is to use polka dots on a layout. Creative team member Jenni has joined in the fun by creating this fantastic page:

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Not only did Jenni use polka dot papers from the kit, but she also turned those papers into extra large dots for the design of her page. Even Jenni’s photo is dotty!

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The circle motif is perfect for telling this story. I especially love the layers on a few of the circles. Great detail and texture!

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Have you played along with the November Kit-Inspired Challenge yet? We’d love for you to join us! A $25.00 gift certificate to The Cut Shoppe could be yours just for playing along. See the original challenge post here for more information. Have a great day!

Designer Choice: layout without Journaling

By Valerie Huang

November 12, 2014

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Good morning and Happy Hump Day, SBC friends:

It’s Valerie here today sharing a layout idea with you as a designer choice.

If you follow my work you probably noticed I rarely put any journaling into my work. Instead I used a lot of label stickers to tell my story.

I am not sure why, but sometime writing journaling on my work makes me feel naked. Because people might be reading it. ha!! Strange feelings!!

Anyways, back to my project, I used those beautiful journaling cards from the November Kit: Little Moments to help me highlight those important things in my photo so I will remember later when I go back to see it. Or like I said I don’t like to show my journaling. So I can write them on the card and hide it behind the photos. That way I probably feel more secure. ^^

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One Item Wonder: Amy Tangerine Cards

The November kit, Little Moments, includes a package of stitched chipboard accent cards by Amy Tangerine. I asked a couple of our creative team members – Valerie and Diana – how they used these cards on layouts. Let’s take a look:

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Valerie flanked her focal point photo with two of the cards.

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I love how she added additional embellishments to them. The layers are lovely!

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Diana also used one of the cards next to her photo. By choosing one with a sentiment, it acts as a sub-title to her layout. I love that phrase, and truly, Diana is never without a smile!

We would love to see what you do with these cards. Be sure to upload your layouts and projects to our Facebook page and we will leave you some comment love. Thanks for stopping by today!

November Mood Board – Something a Little Different

By Jenni Calma

November 10, 2014

It isn’t often that I stray from a traditional 12×12 layout, unless it is a project for a party.  After sifting through the “Little Moments” November kit, the “Sweetness” Add-on and amazing Mood Board, I decided to do something a little different.

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Diana does such a great job putting together our mood boards, a unique variety of textures, objects and inspiration!

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I knew I wanted to use the feathers and gold, especially with the Kelly Purkey die cuts. I set up a page on my Silhouette to cut this large feather and the text.  I used the giant feather as a template for adding a mix of vellum and patterned die cuts.  I cut several of my own feathers from patterned paper and fringed the edges to match the die cuts.  I also used the vintage journaling page and cut the gold sticker sheet without removing any of the individual stickers.  After layering all the different pieces down, I stamped the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamp onto several feathers.

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The stamp actually says ‘thankful for,’ I just put a piece of washi tape over the ‘for.’  I then backed the words with various patterned papers, alternating in colors that contrasted each other.

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This page is propped on an easel on our mantel and I just love all the color it adds.  If you use the Mood Board for a layout, card or a little something different, share it with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page!  Have an awesome day!

Designer’s Choice: On the Edge

By Jamie Leija

November 9, 2014

Hiya! Let’s get a little edgy today, shall we? This page that I made was all about pushing my page elements as far as they would go. It made for a modern page.

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I loved the Kelly Purkey feathers from the Sweetness Add on. They were so inspiring and I knew I wanted to make them the focal point of this page. But the scale was too small so I had to extend them. I used a gray watercolor pencil to sketch them on my background card stock. For a bit more dimension, I stitched down the “spine”.

And then I had fun adding the elements along the edges. A strip of patterned paper at the top and the title die cut off the edge at the bottom. It was the main idea I had when I was sketching out my ideas for this page and I’m so happy it worked out like I thought it would.

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I also love that I got to make a “big picture” type page. I love looking at these 4 photos taken over 4 years. I love seeing how we’ve grown up and the progression of time. If you haven’t lately I’d suggest making a page with the same people over a few years. It made me happy today, I’m sure it’d make you happy too!

We’d love to see it over on the Facebook page. That or any Scrapbook Circle page. We like seeing what you create too!

Cheers,

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Designer’s Choice – Grid Design

By Gina Lideros

November 8, 2014

Hi everyone!  It’s Gina here today and I’m so excited to share with you a recent layout that I made using the November ‘Little Moments’ Kit.  When I first saw the papers & embellishments included in the November kit, I was so delighted.  This kit is perfect for documenting your Fall photos and memories.  Fall is my favorite season.  I love the warm colors, the cooler weather and of course – all things pumpkin!  I decided to document my love for this Fall favorite on my layout, featuring a simple grid design.

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To create my layout I first started by using a punch to punch out 9 squares from pattern paper.  Then I lined them up on my page to create a grid design.  I used the Little Moments Digital Cut Files and the November  Sweetness and Home Sweet Home Add-on’s to embellish my page.  I added small photos and digital cuts (yes, no, and maybe) to complete the look.

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One of my favorite embellishments to play with this month were the  Heidi Swapp Sept Skies Color Magic Resist Die Cuts included in the Sweetness Add-on.  I experimented with different shades and brands of spray mist to personalize them.  I love the way that the resist works and the way they pick up color.  I misted several pieces and then added them to page, along with other fun embellishments from the main kit and add-on kits.

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I hope you are inspired by my layout today.  If you create a project with one of our current kits, we would love to see it.  Be sure to share it with us on Facebook.

 

November’s Guest Designer — Chelsea Miller

Today we are welcoming our November Guest Designer, Chelsea Miller, to the team. Let’s get to know her a little bit better.

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Hey everyone! My name is Chelsea, and I am beyond thrilled that I was asked to be Guest Designer for Scrapbook Circle this month! I live way up north, in Snow Lake, Manitoba where I grew up and where I am now raising my own kids. Tayla (15), Jackson (12 this month), Makenna (9 this month) and Brayden (4).

My sister encouraged me (she basically tortured me until I said yes) to start scrapbooking in 2002 after she got into it so she would have a buddy, and then ended up leaving me to do the layouts while she stuck to card making. I mainly scrap in 12×12 but have been itching to venture into a smaller size, loving the 8.5×11 look lately… I have had the privilege of seeing my layouts in 5 issues of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine so far and I was on a Design Team here in Manitoba for about 7 years called Love is in the Details.

Here is what Chelsea has made with her November kit so far. You will see more from her throughout the month as she plays along with us.

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We also did a fun little Q&A with Chelsea, and her answers are below.

If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why?
This is a tough one, how do you choose just one? I have spent so much time online with various scrapping friends throughout the years, and have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of them, but there are two that inspire me daily with their creativity and how they juggle work and family and crafting that I have never had the chance to meet, so Melanie Blackburn and Heather Leopard, if there ever comes a chance to get together, I’ll sell one or possibly two children to make that happen.

If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would you make sure was in that line and why?
I love little die cuts. You can do so much with them and the ease of having embellishments completely matched up to the paper is always a good thing. So I guess lots of die cuts/note cards!

What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? Etc…
I will be the first to admit I don’t seem to find as much time to scrap as I WANT to. I honestly don’t know how so many of you find the time to create between working and taking care of the family, I bow to you! Nighttime is the best for me, after the littler 2 are tucked into bed. I’m a night owl so it does work out great for the most part, but I would love to find a little bit of extra time during the days to get into my happy place. I sometimes put my iPod on for music nice and low, but usually the TV is going in the background instead. I always scrap alone. We live in a very small town and nobody else here seems to want to get out of the house with their supplies, but I kind of like it that way. I try to make it down south for a big crop once/year though!

It’s been great getting to know you better, Chelsea! Welcome to the team this month and we look forward to what you’ll create with the Little Moments kit.

 

November Kit-Inspired Challenge: Polka Dots

As you flip through the patterned papers in the November kit, Little Moments, you’ll notice that many have something in common – polka dots! This basic design staple has been reinvented in cute, trendy, and beautiful ways in these papers. We love the polka dots so much that our new challenge is to feature them in a layout. Whether you use one patterned paper or a several, draw them yourself or use a stencil, we just want to see dots. Need some inspiration? Let’s take a look at creative team member Audrey’s polka dotted layout:

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Audrey was drawn to one paper in particular by Basic Grey. She used a wide strip of the paper down the center of her layout, then cut out several of the polka dots to scatter around her layout:

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I especially like how Audrey used foam adhesive to pop up the dots. The dimension it gives the page is really fun!

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Ready to play along? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout featuring polka dots. 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, November 19th, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win a $25.00 gift card to The Cut Shoppe!

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If you have an electronic die-cut machine, you definitely need to check out the digital files that The Cut Shoppe has to offer. Just think of the magic you could make with your Scrapbook Circle kits and the downloads from The Cut Shoppe! All cut files are available in PNG and SVG formats and are original designs. The Cut Shoppe also now offers Printables in PNG and PDF formats! Just remember, should you win, you will need an electronic die-cut machine to make use of the cut files.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: October Technique Challenge

I seriously want to spend the rest of the day with paint and mist and gelatos! Fantastic job, everyone, on your artist’s palette-inspired layouts! I really enjoyed your entries. The randomly chosen winner of an Elle’s Studio prize package is…

WENDI!

She created this layout with a mixed media background using her October kit:

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

Stay tuned for the November Kit-Inspired Challenge!