September Add On – Amazing you

By Neela Nalam

September 18, 2016

The Amazing You add on is so pretty filled with lovely colors and textures. The Indigo Hills 6×6 paper pad was perfect for making layers behind my photo. I love the colors and ink splatters in this collection so very much. I also really like how the Dear Lizzy washi tape coordinates with this collection. As for the bows I wanted that suede texture on my layout but they didn’t fit with the photo. So I cut out small pieces from the edge of the bows to create a visual triangle with red. Here is my layout:

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The photo itself is very simple. It is the silhouette of my son having a great time with the boogie board. I wanted to leave a bunch of white space on the layout so I moved my layout backed with the layers to the bottom corner. I then used the washi from the Dear Lizzy collection as a border on two sides of the layout. I loved the paint splatters and extended the them across the page with India Ink. Here is another view of the layout:

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Hope you will share your creations on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page.


DT choice – Get the story told

By Neela Nalam

September 17, 2016

Hi everyone! This is Neela with my DT choice for this month. I have so many photos and stories from our recent vacation. I really wanted to get the story of trip to the black sand beach told. In order to paint the picture of our trip, I wanted a photo to show the scenery and keep the embellishments on the layout minimal to make the journaling and the photo the highlight. Here is my layout:

Black sand with footer


The background that I used for this layout is from the Indigo hills collection from Pink Fresh Studio. It was perfect for this layout. The flowery strips at the top and the bottom are the reverse of this paper and they totally remind me of Hawaii and again were perfect for this layout.  I love the color of the thickers from freckled fawn. I totally appreciate it when the thickers can be repositioned.

Black sand sneak 2 (1 of 1)


At the bottom of the layout, I added a little strip of washi from the Dear Lizzy collection. I wanted to bring in a little bit of red to reflect the color of my son’s t-shirt. The heart stickers are also from the Indigo hills collection and provide the perfect finish for the layout.

Black sand sneak 1 (1 of 1)


Last but not the least, the simplicity of the layout allowed me tell the story I wanted to. Hope you will make layouts to get your stories told. Do share your creations on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page.

Be Real with Rebecca

By Rebecca Keppel

September 16, 2016

Hey all! Rebecca here today with this month’s edition of Be Real. My last few Be Real posts have focused on my current Project Life spreads. You can see the recent one HERE. This month I worked on Augusts pages. As I mentioned previously, I don’t do a certain number of pages or a certain number of pictures. I just look back on the month in my phone photos and print what makes sense to me depending on the stories from the month that I want to tell.


There were some big stories from this month including back to school time! As always I got the add ons this month and used the 6×6 pads from those to create some cards. But I also used a few of the 12 x 12 papers too!



I used several embellishments too, like the washi strips, Amy Tangerine Cards, and Pink Fresh wooden clips.

rk-sc-be-real-september-9278-bannerAnother big story from the month was our anniversary. I used a bow clip to attach some journaling on vellum onto the patterned paper strip.



Another story I wanted to tell (that was not a big event) was my foray into meal planning.


And last but not least documenting doughnuts is always a high priority lol!

rk-sc-be-real-september-9286Thanks so much for stopping by!

:) Rebecca



Be You!

By Lisa Andrews

September 15, 2016

Our Be You Add-on includes some really fun products and I’d love to share how to create a layout using mainly this add-on with just a couple of touches from the main kit.

Here’s a look at my layout.


If you don’t have this add-on, this look can easily be recreated with any 6 X 6 paper pad and a few embellishments.

Want to see how it came together?

The background for this layout is created by cutting strips of paper from the 6 X 6 Paige Evans Paper Pad.


First, I pulled a few of my favorite patterned papers from the pad that went well with my photos. Now it’s time to start cutting!


The best way to do create this background is to not overthink it. Just cut a strip of paper, place it on the page and then cut another strip. I worked from top to bottom to fill the page. I like the look of varied sizes of paper strips, but you could do them all the same height if you like that look more. It’s up to yoU!


Since my page was 8.5 X 11, the 6-inch wide paper strips stretched across most of the page. It was easy to cut smaller 2.5 inch wide papers to cover the open gaps.


Once the background was created (it took around 10 minutes, so it was fast!) then it was time to add the super cool Pinkfresh Wood Clips to the page. These slid right over three of the paper strips and once they were in place, I adhered everything to the background cardstock.


The title was created with those beautiful two tone alphas from the Be You Add-on. The smaller alpha (spelling Saguaro) came from the main kit.


The little quotes that each wood clip is holding came from one of the 6 X 6 papers in the paper pad. Don’t you love those?


I finished off the page with journaling in an open space in the middle of the page and the date was written on a section of the printable that comes with this month’s kit.


If you build a page background with your 6 X 6 paper pad, I’d love to see the results! You can share your pages on our Circle Of Friends Facebook Page.

Tech Tip: my 2 current favorite photo apps

By Jung AhSang

September 14, 2016

Hello friends!

Today, I’ve got a tech tip for you; I am sharing my 2 favorite photo apps of the moment.

The first app is PicTapGo.  I have loved this app for a long time!  The second app is Baby Story, and I have loved using this app to document my #babybump, and I know I will love it when baby gets here!

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Usually, I will pull up the Baby Story app first, to add the baby bump week in fruits text to my photo.  (I did have to purchase the week in fruits text, but there are a lot of free ones…there are some for everyday, birthdays, kids, and babies.)  Once you choose the text you want (you’ll find them in the star, circled in pink), you can move it anywhere on your photo, and change the size & color.

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Without doing any other editing, I save the photo with the text, and open it up in PicTapGo.  I am just more comfortable with editing in this app.

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I love the PicTapGo app because there are a lot of filters to choose from.  (The first pic in the photo above shows my favorite filters.)  I usually lighten my photo with the lights on or bright side filter.  Then, I can move on to colored filters.  I always like to sharpen my photo a little with the Crispity filter also.  One thing I love about this app is that you can adjust the level/amount of the filter (circled in pink).  Once done editing, you can save to your camera roll, or go directly to social media.

I created a mini tag album to document my bump pics using the September Shine Bright kit and Be You add-on.  As I progress more into my pregnancy, I can add more to this mini album!

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To create this mini album, I die cut tags from pattern paper.  (Two of the papers are from the Dear Lizzy Happy Place 6×6 paper pad from the April add-on)  I glued them back to back.  Then I added my photos, which I cut to look like mini polaroids.  I finished by embellishing with stickers, stamping, and a little bit of journaling.  I just love this little album!

What are your go-to photo apps?  Do you use PicTapGo or BabyStory?

Have an awesome day!

1 Product 2 Ways – We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic Accent Stickers

By Jenni Calma

September 13, 2016

Hello everyone!!  Another Tuesday, another product from the September ‘Shine Bright’ kit to feature.  This week I asked Jennifer and Allie to share their creations using the We Are Memory Keepers Accent Stickers.  They both came up with two very girly layouts that you will adore!


Jennifer used an 8×10 photo and cleverly layered her embellishments on top of it.  Here are her thoughts:

“The WRMK Urban Chic Accent Stickers are so fun and sassy! I knew I had to use them in a way that would not take away from the photo while remaining a focal point. First, I deactivated the adhesive on the stickers with EK Tools powder. Next, I cut apart a pocket page and filled the two slots with the sequin stars, a heart from Pinkfresh, and finally the WRMK stickers. To seal the pockets, I used my Fuse tool to create a seam and keep all of the goodies in place. Finally, I attached the pockets to the layout by stitching on side edges, which allowed me to adhere it to the project without the messiness of glue.”



Allie’s page is also a vertical format with a smaller photo and an overlay of this month’s Digi Cut background.  She describes her process and thinking below:


“This month I used the stickers to inspire the title, colors, and photo used in my layout. I thought the bright, girly colors were beautiful with the Pink Paislee paper, which I used as a background with a cut file. The purple tones in the paper and stickers were perfect for a picture of Rapunzel and I! I was excited to use the bobby pin stickers in reference to Rapunzel. Finally, I used the stickers to create my title!”



There are lots of diverse colors and patterns in the September kit, but both Creative Team members used many of the same pieces in very different ways!  Jennifer’s stitching and her embellishment pockets are amazing.  Allie cleverly used the striped paper underneath the die cut hexagons for quick varied color.  Lovely work ladies!

Aren’t you inspired to create something, girly or otherwise??  Share your work on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page with us!

Thanks for stopping by and have and amazing day!


September Challenge: Sketch

I love a good sketch. It’s a great place to jump off when designing a layout. You can follow it precisely, use it as a guide, or you can even re-design it to suit your needs. I created a brand new sketch as our September challenge, and I hope you’ll give it a go!

september-sketch-finalHere’s my take on this basic grid with a central embellishment cluster:

shine-bright-beautiful-1-with-footerI love so many of the Pinkfresh Studio patterns (found as 12×12 sheets in the main kit and in an add-on in the 6×6 size) that I couldn’t choose just two for this page. Departing from the sketch just a little, I mounted each of my photos on a different patterned paper.


For the embellishment cluster in the center, I trimmed off the clip part of the wooden flower and adhered the flower directly to my corner photo. I added a few chipboard hearts and some enamel dots. Super simple.


For my title (inspired by the kit title!), I combined a We R Memory Keepers sticker, Freckled Fawn alphas, and another WRMK sticker. Because I wanted to include more journaling than I had room for going by the sketch, I decided to journal around the edge of my page.


Are you ready to play along with the sketch? I can’t wait to see what you make! Here’s how to join in:

1. Create a layout based on the above sketch. The layout should be traditional or hybrid. This month’s Scrapbook Circle kit is perfect for this challenge, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, an online gallery, or social media site (be sure to tag Scrapbook Circle!). Comment on this post with a direct link to your layout.

3. For an extra entry, post your layout to our Facebook Community, Scrapbook Circle of Friends. Find the photo album titled “September Sketch Challenge” and add your layout. Feel free to tag me – @Tessa Elzea Buys – so I’m sure not to miss it!

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, October 9th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on October 10th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: August Challenge

Congratulations goes to…


…for winning our August challenge, the Great Outdoors. She submitted this layout with some gorgeous scenery:


Whoo hoo! Email me at with your contact information and we will get you set up with your $20 store credit.

Stay tuned, a new challenge is coming up!

DT Choice – SHINE BRIGHT like a…

By Jenni Calma

September 11, 2016

Hi there!  I am happy to share my DT Choice for today’s Blog post.  The September kit, “Shine Bright” is an amazing combination of colors, patterns and embellishments!  I was so inspired by the Amy Tan watercolor resist cards that I created this page using a simple grid.

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I rounded all the corners of the patterned papers and my photo to match the resist card that I painted a pale teal color.


The little bag of star sequins included in the main kit were a perfect match for this color palette and the gorgeous background paper in the wood grain pattern.


I used one square for the title, inspired by the kit name, one for the photo, one for the sequin pocket and the resist card.


I added some black paint splatters onto the background paper and stitched a few lines thru some of the grid pieces.  I also added stitching to the left and right sides of the background.


This color combination never bores me and I will always be inspired by these lovely hues!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Share your favorite color combinations on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook community page!

I hope you have an amazing day!

Three Ways to Watercolor

By Rebecca Keppel

September 10, 2016

The main Scrapbook Circle kit in September includes several fun Amy Tangerine Watercolor Tags with resist patterns on them. There are probably about a billion ways to add color to these tags, but for the sake of time, I have three of my favorite ways to add watercolor effects to them!


For this layout I used one of the watercolor tags covered with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.


After wiping some of the pigment away with a baby wipe, you are able to achieve a really soft watercolored look.


In addition to the Distress Crayons, I tried watercolor cakes and Inktense pencils. I filmed a little video to show the differences between these three mediums on the tags.

How do you love to apply watercolor effects? What mediums are you using with the Amy Tangerine Watercolor tags? Please share in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page. We would love to see!

:) Rebecca