Be Real

By Gina Lideros

February 20, 2015

For this month’s Be Real post, I chose a photo from my phone that represents something I enjoy doing every day – having quiet “me” time with a cup of coffee.  I think most moms can relate to looking forward to a little bit of quiet time, when they can get it.

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To frame my photo, I chose papers from the Today is Beautiful kit that closely matched the colors in my photo.  I also cut apart some of the paper strips from the February printable (included with the Today Is Beautiful kit).

To add interest to my title, I used the Scrapbook Circle exclusive vellum “hello” die cut card and then spelled out the words “quiet time” using the Authentique petite type crush alpha stickers.

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To embellish my layout I chose the Crate Kiss Kiss Thickers in Gold, Serendipity puffy sticker, and ephemera pieces from the Dream Big add-on.  I also added some simple machine stitching and splashes of white paint.

 Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post!

February Technique Challenge: Rub-ons

One of my favorite items in the Today is Beautiful kit is the package of rub-ons by My Mind’s Eye. Now, when it comes to rub-ons, it seems like scrapbookers either love them or hate them. Which side of that fence are you on? To encourage you to give them a second chance, or to give you a chance to show off your experience and skills, our February technique challenge is to use rub-ons. I asked our February guest designer, Jen Ritchie, and creative team member Valerie to share with us their take on the challenge.

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In Jen’s own words, “Confession….normally I am not a rub on user, so when the team asked me to do a project focusing on rub-ons, I can honestly say I had a wee bit of anxiety. Rub-ons have come along way since the ones I used way back when and working with these amazing My Mind’s Eye rub-ons in the kit, I realized they have become more stickerish and so less likely for me to make a huge mess. They go on like butter and can even be layered over other layers without getting cracks.”

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“I love that these ones in particular are a bit transparent. I played around with that idea, printing my photo on vellum and then layering the vellum heart (I was so tempted to hoard this) with the rub-ons.  I loved that this set had some big words which ended up great for my title.”

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“A fun tip – when the rub on may not have been designed exactly how you would want it for your layout don’t be afraid to cut and paste. The set comes with the big word hello and the phrase lovin’ it. I couldn’t quite make a title that I felt was appropriate for my layout, so I ended up cutting the lovi from the lovin’ it and chopped off the bottom of the curly in the word play, flipped it and rubbed it on to make an e and crafted the word love instead! Worked like a charm! With rub ons this strong don’t be afraid to experiment.”

Great idea, Jen! Now, if you’re still a little wary of rub-ons or need a refresher, this tutorial from Valerie should put you at ease:

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Trim out the image/word you’d like to use.

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Apply by rubbing the image/word with a craft stick.

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Gently lift the plastic sheet away from the rub-on, making sure that everything adhered properly.

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The rub-ons lend a beautiful softness to Valerie’s layout. So pretty!

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Okay, ready to play? Here’s how to join in on the challenge:

1. Create a layout using the technique of applying rub-ons. 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. Copy and paste a direct link to your post into the comments on this post.

3. You have TWO WEEKS to play. Enter by 9:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, March 4th, to be eligible to win this fabulous Basic Grey Vivienne prize package!

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: February Kit-Inspired Challenge

Thank you to those who played along with our Love Triangle challenge! We loved seeing how you created hearts out of trendy triangles. Random.org has chosen a winner of the Amy Tan/Pebbles prize package, and that lovely scrapper is…

KARRIE

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Congratulations, Karrie! Please email me at tessabuys (at) yahoo (dot) com with your contact information and we will get your prize to you as soon as we can.

Stay tuned, the February technique challenge is coming right up!

Designer’s Choice: Pages about men

By Jennifer Larson

February 18, 2015

Hello, it’s Jennifer Larson, sharing a few ideas for using kits to scrap about men, particularly using products that might not seem so masculine.

I used this February’s kit to make a page about my husband’s new hobby, brewing mead. I’m not sure what sort of patterns and colors would go on a  page about mead, so I just decided to use the lovely February kit. Here’s what I did:

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You’ll note I used hearts, glitter, and pink, not typical for a page about men. Here’s a few things I did to make the combo less feminine:

1. I went with strong lines.

2. I used arrows.

3. I went with a basically monochromatic page.

4. The pinks were very muted.

5. The primary colors were neutrals–browns and white.

6. I used few embellishments, just to draw attention to the focal point photo.

So those are my suggestions for using typically feminine colors, shapes, and products on a a man’s scrapbooking layout! I hope it gives you ideas for expanding the ways you use your kits!

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Printable

Have you printed your “Today is Beautiful” printable yet? If not, it’s definitely worth stocking your printer with some cardstock! I asked creative team member Monika to share with us how she used the printable to create a layout:

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The large blocks of patterned paper you see here are cut from the printable. The ombre blue “enjoy today” makes a great page title.

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The pink “I wish for you” card is a fantastic spot for journaling. Monika even cut apart the “let’s do this” card so that two circles were on top of her journaling and two circles were below her photo.

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Monika’s page is full of her signature style and all the more unique thanks to the printable. We can’t wait to see what you are doing with the it! Be sure to share with us on the Facebook page. Have a great day!

Take 2: This makes me smile.

By Valerie Huang

February 16, 2015

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Hi all:

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s day weekend. Today it’s Valerie here to share my Take 2 assignment using the gorgeous and romantic February Today is Beautiful kit.

After I finished browsing through those awesome projects in our Idea Gallery, I found Jenni’s layout that speaks to me. So I decide to lift her layout, Me + Tea.

I love her simple photo focal point for this page and the banners are just beautiful. And I also love the way she arranged different embellishments. I am having a blast creating this page.

For my page, I also used the Exclusive Fill in the Blank Cards in the kit for my title and journaling spot.

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Here are a couple of close ups for you.

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I hope you can go through the idea gallery and also find a page that speaks to you and have some fun with it. And please don’t forget to share your beautiful creations on our Facebook page, because we love to see your creations.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Designer’s choice – winter walk – mini album

By Monika Głód

February 15, 2015

Hello everyone!

Today I’m with a mini album with photos from our last walk in snowy, wintery valley, near Cracow.

I really love to make minis, I’m always taking so many photos, so I rather put them in an album than make tons of layouts.

In this month’s kits I found lots of valentine themed addons, but as you will see, they are so versatile, they fit in my album so well.

I used SBC february kit – “today is beautiful” ( you can buy HERE) and addon kit “Dream big” ( you can buy HERE).

And this is my mini with tons of detail shots.

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Do you like making mini albums? If yes, please use SBC fabruary kits and share your projects with us!

Have a nice day!

Monika

Designer’s choice: Valentine’s Traditions

By Gina Lideros

February 14, 2015

Hi there,

It’s Gina here today to share my DT choice with you using the February Today is Beautiful kit.  In honor of Valentine’s day, I thought it would be fun to share a layout featuring a Valentine’s tradition – sweet treats.

On Valentine’s Day each year, my husband and I pick out sweet treats for each other.  Last year’s treats were some amazing cupcakes that we picked up at our local bakery.  We thought they were the perfect way to celebrate this day of love.

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The papers from the main kit this month were a perfect match for my photo.  I added in a large “XO” title cut from my Silhouette Cameo and some ephemera pieces from the February Dream Big Add-on.

One of my favorite papers in the kit this month was the “Love Life” paper by Crate paper.  I loved that the paper looked like paint swatches that you would pick up at the hardware store.  I trimmed a few pieces from the paper and tucked them just below my large title. I finished the page by adding in some stickers, paint, and loose threads.

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Do you have a favorite Valentine’s day tradition that you’ve scrapped about?  If so, we would love for you share it with us over on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

 

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day!

February Guest Designer — Jen Ritchie

Happy Friday! Today we are thrilled to announce this month’s guest designer: Jen Ritchie. Let’s get to know her a little better.

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Hey! So very thrilled to be here joining this fantabulous team this month!

​Originally from Canada, I moved to mainland China 10 years ago with my parents. I was only supposed to stay for a few months but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the culture, language and the everyday adventures. My heart was also captured by a tall, dark and handsome Aussie who has since become my husband. We now live in bustling vibrant Hong Kong with our mongrel puppy Scoutie. I am very lucky to be surrounded by scrapbooking goodies on a daily basis as one of the co-owners of Mei Li Paperie .

I started scrapbooking about 7 years ago when I wanted to find a way to document all my adventures. My focus is documenting what our everyday life is like here & now as young entrepreneurs in this city, because our life changes so fast and one day we may live in some other part of the world with our hands full of kids and look back upon this time as a faint memory of a past life ha ha! I am excited for my kids to look back on my albums in 20 years and go…you did that mom?

We asked Jen a few questions, and below are her answers:

If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why? I have been very lucky to attend workshops or at least hang out with many of my favourite scrapers when I go to CHA, but that is only once a year so I would love to have a local group here in Hong Kong who scraps regularly. Unfortunately, after many attempts I haven’t had much luck at getting crops or workshops to be a regular thing here. Crafting with anyone who loves it as much as me makes me happy!  The opportunities are few and far between! I am hoping to get to Singapore sometime soon and would love to hang out with Sasha Farina (again) and meet Leena Loh…I would also love to meet Jessy Christopher. Really, my list is humongous!

 

If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would make sure was in that line and why? Geez you don’t make these questions easy, ha ha! I do hope to design my own scrapbook collection one day soon so this has been a question that has been constantly on my mind. I don’t know if there is a specific thing that I would have, but I would make sure that the collection really reflected my character and who I am as a scrapbooker. It would definitely have to show my love for colour and fresh modern design. I would also love to find a way to incorporate the Asian cultures that are major influences in my life without being a collection that is limited to documenting trips and travel in Asia. Who knows…maybe you will all see soon enough.

 

What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? I love being surrounded by creativity, good food and fabulous coffee! Any day crafting in a place with people that fit that description I am in paradise!

 

Jen has started off the month with this amazing page. Don’t you just love this?! What a sweet layout!
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Look for more of Jen’s inspirational work this month as we showcase her projects along side the rest of the creative team.

 

Designer Take: Jamie and Jenni Love Triangles

Have you played along with our “Love Triangle” challenge yet? Inspired by the hearts made of triangles that you find throughout the February kit and add-on, the challenge is to apply that design to your layout. I asked creative team members Jamie and Jenni to share with us their takes on the challenge for more inspiration.

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Now that we have Taylor Swift stuck in your head…. Isn’t Jamie’s page incredible! The bold title and border made of little pictures of her Scrapbook Circle layouts are genius. The glittered triangle heart is like icing on the cake.

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The pink triangle heart creates balance and offers a pop of color. Such a great page!

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Jenni really delivered, too. From the triangle heart background paper (I love the painty-inky touch behind the photo cluster) to the array of triangle heart die-cuts, this page sure is a pretty take on the challenge.

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I love the repetition of triangles throughout the layout – rub-ons, the vellum die-cut card, the other patterned papers….so much to love!

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Ready to play along with our “Love Triangle” challenge? Check out the original challenge post here for all the details. Thanks for stopping by, and happy scrapping!