Take 2: Inspired by Diana

 

Hello! It’s Kelly here sharing a Take 2 project inspired by a layout from Diana Waite…

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Obviously…I drew most of my inspiration from the circles. I love grids using any shape…it’s a design that I  use quite a bit. I loved how each circle was different, and all of the happy little bits added here and there.

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I tend to keep my backgrounds plain, and I love how this corrugated paper adds interest yet is still subtle enough to make all of the circles pop.

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I kept the packaging edge on some of the circles just to add more colors and patterns, and popped up my photo using foam adhesive.

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I used  One Fine Day, and also elements from both of the add-on embellishment kits. If you make anything using the April kit…be sure to upload it to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page so that we all can enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

Designer’s Choice with Rebecca – Tim Holtz Distress Crayons

Hey Everyone! Rebecca here! This month I took advantage of the awesome Scrapbook Circle Exclusive Digital Die Cuts. I love the Pie Chart! I cut the one with the border and then cut pie pieces out of 4 different sheets of 6×6 paper from the 6×6 pad in the add on Stay Cool.rk sc april 5For the remaining four pie pieces, I used the white cardstock I had cut out and watercolored with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.

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If you haven’t seen the Distress Crayons in action, check out my little video here:

I love the way the Crayons go on so smoothly and react so well with water!

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca

 

Design Choice-Squares.

By Diana Waite

April 16, 2016

 

DianaWadventureI really loved how this page turned out-I cut my squares by creating squares of different sizes in my digital cutting program.  They are concentric squares, if you wanted to hand cut squares with a ruler and a X-acto knife you would get the same affect.  THANKFULLY the papers included in the One Fine day kit are double sided, making it easier to alternate the papers on the page.  I next sewed from one edge of the square to another not quite making the edge-I did this on purpose to give it a touch of whimsy.  I then sewed around the outer square and pushed up the edges of the paper to give it more dimension.

It may sound complicated but it really was like a puzzle making all the pieces all fit together.  After all of the squares were done it was just a manner of embellishing and adding the picture.  I added the picture with a pop dot lifted off of the page.

We would love to see your creations using our Scrapbook Circle kits!  Please feel free to share them on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @scrapbook_circle.

Be Real | Explore

By Allie Stewart

April 15, 2016

Hello there, it’s Allie! I have a layout to share with you today on the topic of “Be Real”. This was a great challenge for me, because I mostly scrapbook emotions instead of memories. Since I scrapbook as a form of art and not as a way of recording memories, I tend to create my layouts based on emotions “love, happiness, etc”. For today’s layout, I was challenged to create a page based on a picture of something that happens often in my life–like taking my pup for a walk. He’s blind, and is always getting tangled up in things. I had taken a few photos and posted it to my Instagram, which in turn inspired this page.

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To create this layout, I fussy cut the cloud shapes out from the Simple Stories Carpe Diem Fist Bump paper included in the April One Fine Day Kit. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out clouds from the Dear Lizzy Happy Place 6×6 paper pad in the Stay Cool Add-On. Next, I layered and arranged the clouds until I was happy with the placement, then glued them all down.

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Once I had my clouds glued down, I added my photos and title. I was happy that the green in the patterned papers matched the grass in the photo so well! I used black mist to paint the white chipboard title. I kept the rest of the layout pretty simple in order to focus on the fun clouds. This was a great challenge for me because it pushed me outside of my subject comfort zone, AND I ended up using multiple photos!

I hope this layout inspired you today, thanks for stopping by!

Now or Never Add-On: Thirteen

Hello! It’s Kelly here today to share a layout created with the Main Kit and the ‘Now or Never’ Add-On. I just love the color scheme of the April kit, and have been enjoying making pages for my girls.

ThirteenThe Palm Springs Thickers are amazing, and I really liked how they kind of matched the colors and sheen of my photo…
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I used bits and pieces from the 6×6 paper pad to cut a tag, a hole reinforcer, and the xoxo strip….so many great patterns to choose from.
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I popped up the die cut phrase, since I was placing it over a busy area, just so it would stand out a little better….and I picked out that little ‘celebrate’ sticker from the Pink Fresh Word and Phrase Stickers.

The Now or Never Add-On is a wonderful addition to the already amazing April Kit! Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery for more Ideas, and if you make anything using ‘One Fine Day’…upload it to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page so we can check it out! Thanks for stopping by today!

Tech Tip: Typing on photos

By Neela Nalam

April 13, 2016

Typing on photos is one of my favorite go to techniques these days. Here is a layout that I made using this technique:

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You will need to plan ahead in order to do this. The planning starts right when you take your pictures. If you plan on writing on your photo or typing on your photo, you will have to compose your shot in such a way that there is enough plain background on your photo so that your text pops and is legible. In my photo, the plain background is the sky. I also like giant photos. I edited my photo so that it’s size is 11 inches x 6 inches. I planned to use the ‘HAPPY’ word from the Bella Blvd chipboard stickers. The height of the letters was one inch. So I enabled the grid with photoshop elements 14 and figured out where my text needs to start from as I wanted the title on the very top. I used the text tool in photoshop elements 14 to draw a text box and type my text inside it. Once I finished my typing, I moved and re-sized the text box for fine tuning the placement of the text.

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Here is the printed photo with the text:Happy with text

 

When I have giant photos, I usually keep my embellishments minimal. I also realized that there was a bunch of plain area on the grass. So I decided to use the elle’s studio bits to fill that space. I selected a couple of patterned papers and cut out strips to add on either side of the photo. I used the puffy sequins to create a visual triangle across the layout. Here are a couple of close ups of the layout:Happy sneak 1

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Hope you enjoyed the tip and hope you will try typing on your photos too!

1 Product 2 Ways – Elle’s Studio Bits & Pieces

By Jenni Calma

April 12, 2016

Hi there!  Today is the second ‘1 Product 2 Ways’ post for April featuring the Elle’s Studio Bits & Pieces included in the main kit, ‘One Fine Day.’

Our April Guest Designer and new creative team member Claudia van Rooijen took this challenge and came up with two distinct approaches.

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This is Missy’s layout and I asked her to include a little bit about the avenue she took.  Here is what she had to say:

“I decided to create a fun banner out of the Elle’s Studio Bits & Pieces.  I arranged the tags and some of the labels how I liked them and adhered them to a piece of scrap cardstock.  I ran it through my sewing machine so the top looked like a stitched banner and then cut the entire piece off the scrap cardstock.  This way I could move the entire banner around my background and decide where I wanted it before adding the pop dots to it.  I love how it turned out, and I think it’s a fun way to use die cuts!”

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Claudia’s layout is just as innovative and full of texture as Missy’s, but from a very different approach!

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Here is what Claudia had to say about her page and making the most of the tools she has:

“When I first got the assignment, I really had no idea on how I could possibly use it in a creative way.  After a lot of thinking I thought that maybe it would be a nice idea to use the grey heart for tracing and add some hearts to the layout using different patterned papers from the kit.  I don’t have a Silhouette or a die-cut machine so I thought that this was a nice way to kind of incorporate that feel without actually needing to own a machine.  I just used a Sharpie to trace the shape and cut it out with my scissors; easy as can be.  I think it could also be a lot of fun to trace some of the more basic shapes and maybe add a bit of something to kind of create your own embellishments.”

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Aren’t you inspired to re-create one of these layouts??  Thank you ladies for two amazing ideas for using the Little Moments pieces!  Share your work, inspired by these projects or not on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by the Blog and have an amazing day!

April Challenge: No Pockets? No Problem!

Hello! Ready for a new challenge? This one is inspired by one of my favorite Webster’s Pages papers in the main kit, One Fine Day. One side features a map print and the other is a collection of 4×6 and 3×4 cards, perfectly sized for pocket scrapbooking.

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I love pockets as much as the next girl, but I have something else in mind for this pretty paper. Your challenge is to create a traditional layout with at least one 4×6 or 3×4 pocket card. Creative team member, Claudia, took me up on the challenge and created this gorgeous page:

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Claudia used the pocket cards in two fantastic ways. First, she used the “today” card as part of her title.

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Second, she layered a few other pocket cards behind her photo. What a great way to add a variety of patterns without cutting up other sheets of paper!

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No pockets? No problem! Play along with our challenge by doing the following:

1. Create a traditional or hybrid layout that features at least one 3×4 or 4×6 pocket card. The One Fine Day kit is a great place to start, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to our Facebook page, a gallery or your personal blog.

3. Leave a comment on this post with a direct link to your layout.

4. Entries will be accepted until Sunday, May 8th, 9:00 pm PDST.

5. The randomly selected winner will be posted on May 9th. A $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle could be yours!

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winners: February and March

It was such a busy month saying goodbye to our last designers and hello to our new creative team that we didn’t get our February technique challenge winner posted. Congratulations go to…

Amelia Harris

…who created this lovely layout:

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Amelia, please email me at tessa@scrapbookcircle.com so that we can arrange your prize!

The winner of our March challenge – Green With Envy – is…

Janet

…with this very green layout:

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Janet, please email me at tessa@scrapbookcircle.com for your prize.

Thanks for playing, everyone! Our April challenge is coming right up!

Designer’s Choice:Using the cut files

By Neela Nalam

April 10, 2016

I love using circles and circular elements on my layouts. So it is perfect that the cut files that come with the one fine day kit are circles. Here is the layout I created with the cut files.

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I loved both the shapes, the outline of the circle (wheel) and the reversed image (pies). The black portion of the .png file is what will get cut out and the white portion is what stays.

Here are a few steps to convert the .png files to cut files with silhouette software:

  • Select the trace window and trace around the image. I traced each image separately.

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  • Click on trace the outer edge option.

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  • Move the .png aside and you will be left with the cut file.

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I then enlarged the pies and moved it slightly off center for visual interest. After you cut the shape out, make sure that you save what’s left on your mat. You can use these pieces to lay them on your photos in order to crop your photos and patterned paper behind the pies.  I also cut out the wheels in a much smaller size and backed them with the same patterned paper that I backed the pies with.

Once I had the circles cut out, photos printed and cut, the layout came together very easily. I wrote my journaling around the pies. I added the corrugated cardstock from fancy pants as enlarged corners. For the patterned paper I mainly used the Dear Lizzy Happy place 6×6 paper pad from the Stay Cool add on. I love the bright colors and patterns from this collection.

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I also used the cute brads from Simple Stories and the absolutely adorable puffy sequins from PinkFreshStudio. I have to say, I used the chipboard words from the Bella Blvd as the inspiration for the theme of three of my layouts this month. I love them.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and hope you will use the cut files.