January sketch challenge

Hello! Today I’m sharing with you a new sketch challenge for January.

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Some of the ladies on the Creative Team played along this month. Here are their inspiring pages to get your thinking about your layout.

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Amy Coose, our guest designer for January, joined along this month as well. I just love what she made to go with the sketch!

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Play along with us this month and you could be eligible to win this month’s prize: an Aurora prize pack from Basic Grey.

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Share your project using the sketch above before Wed, 1/28 on our Facebook page or here in the comments section of this post. One random winner will be selected and announced on 1/30.

Can’t wait to see what you make!

Designer Take: Diana’s 2015 Layout + Free Cut File

How is your entry for our January Kit-Inspired challenge coming along? The challenge is to create a layout about 2015, inspired by the “Hello 2015″ 3×4 card included in the All You Need is Love kit. I have more inspiration for you from creative team member Diana, and she even has a gift for you!

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Diana created this page about her family’s New Year’s Eve. See the hello 2015 card to the left of the photo? And doesn’t it all look great against that 2015 background? That design is a Diana original, and she is such a sweetheart that she is giving it to you!

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You can download the file from here. We would love to see what you do with it! Whether you use it for this challenge or something else, be sure to share with us on the Facebook page.

If you’d like to play along with our Hello 2015 challenge, you can find the original post with all the details here. Have a great day!

Designer’s Choice: Traced Diecuts

By Jamie Leija

January 14, 2015

Hiya! I loved this month’s Mood Board that Rebecca shared on Tuesday. It had some really inspirational elements that I managed to incorporate on this page. The teal ombre ink, the gold, the grid. But my favorite was that heart necklace. I loved the shape so much that I decided to create my own digital cut. It’s easier to do this than you think! (If you have a Silhouette its super easy! I also think this could be hand cut fairly easily as well!)

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You start by drawing your shape on some paper. I intentionally used a sharpie so my lines would be thick. You can see they aren’t perfect. I snapped a photo of this “sketch” and uploaded it to my computer.

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Next, open up Silhouette Studio. Note: I do not have the designer edition. I have basic Silhouette software.

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Then, go to File > Open.

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Navigate to where the file you want to trace is located. You’ll see that this image isn’t a very good one. It’s not true black and white (I cleaned up the version above for the blog post) and it’s at a different angle. No problem at all, your software knows what to do or you will be able to fix it easily with just a few clicks.

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Once you have the sketched image, click OK and the image will load.

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My file was really large when I opened it.

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Grab one of the white boxes on the photo edge and drag it inwards to make it smaller.

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Shrink it down to a manageable size.

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Once its small, navigate to the “Trace” window.

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Click “Select Trace Area”.

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Drag the gray box over the area you want traced.

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Uncheck “High Pass Filter”. This is the important part. It helps define those lines you drew.

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I also always up the “Threshold” as well. This makes the lines a bit thicker or even more defined.

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Then click the “Trace” button. Your new tracing is in red.

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After that you’ll be able to delete the original image. Just drag it off of traced image, click and delete.

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And then you’re left with the “cut”.

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Mine was on it’s side when it was done. I easily could have left it that way but decided to rotate it so it was straight.

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Then I copied it a few times over and “Sent” it to Silhouette.

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Here are the finished cuts next to my original hand drawn sketch. I cut it out of both gray and white cardstock because I wasn’t sure which I’d use on this page.

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And here’s the finished layout!

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I backed each of the hearts with patterned paper from the Basic Grey J’adore paper pad. I used three of them plus three other hearts from the kit to make sure I had six hearts in total.

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I love how these die cut hearts turned out! From one quick sketch and a few steps in Silhouette, I have totally customized embellishments.

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If you decide to make your own digital cuts I’d love to see! Or, feel free to save my sketch above and create die cuts for your next page. As always, we love to see how you use your kits! Please share over on the Facebook page so we can leave some love and oooh and aww over your work.

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One Item Wonder: Acrylic Hearts

Don’t you love the Scrapbook Circle acrylic hearts in this month’s kit? They are a really fun addition to All You Need is Love, but have you wondered how to use them? I’ve got some fantastic ideas, straight from two of our talented creative team members – Jenni and Rebecca.

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I never would have thought of this! Jenni used gold thread to “hang” her hearts from a die-cut tree. The look is so fun and original!

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Rebecca was a little more straight forward in her approach, mixing the acrylic hearts with other hearts from the kit to outline a heart-shaped photo mat. There’s lots of love here!

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From basic embellishment to clever technique, the acrylic hearts are a great way to add a sweet touch to your pages. We’d love to see how you are using them! Be sure to share with us on the Facebook page. Have a great day!

Mood Board with Rebecca and Make Your Own Water Colors

By Rebecca Keppel

January 12, 2015

Hi All! Rebecca here with this month’s mood board. I don’t know about you, but these mood boards have become Wish Lists for me! And this one is no different.

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Eeek! The pink, gold and aqua! The camera and water colors! I just love it all to pieces. I used the Scrapbook Circle All You Need is Love kit. Here is my layout take on this mood board:

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The color scheme is represented (pink patterned paper, gold elements, aqua and black too). I used the Thickers script word as the the title and to represent the script writing from the Lovely Day words. I used the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamps to stamp the Be Mine and Love You flags. The wood veneer heart was covered with gold paint.

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To mimic the gradient aqua water color hues, I used the exclusive Scrapbook Circle mini heart template. I placed it over one of the gold glittered tags and covered the hearts with modelling paste. Once they were dry I water colored the hearts in varying degrees of aqua. To make water colors in varying shades, use water and spray mists.

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Paint a few the darkest shade, a few a medium shade and several the lightest shade.

 

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Cover with a glitter heart, word sticker, plastic heart and puffy sticker heart.
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Have you used the Scrapbook Circle Mood Board to create a layout? We would love to see it on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page!

:) Rebecca

 

Designer’s Choice: using the mask

By Jennifer Larson

January 11, 2015

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson sharing a technique I did with the mask this month. Here’s my page:

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I normally use masks for ink or mist, but in this case I wanted to add glitter to go with the gold title and accents on the page. Here’s what I did:

1. I lay the mask on the page where I wanted the cascading hearts to be.

2. Using a sharp pencil, I lightly outlined the hearts through the mask, then removed the mask.

3. Using a glue pen (I used Zig 2-way glue pen), I drew some glue on the outlined hearts, a few at a time, then sprinkled glitter on top, then tapped the glitter off onto a tray.

4. I repeated step 3 until all the hearts were gold.

5. Once the glue dried, I used a toothpick to fleck off any stray glitter and sharpen the hearts’ outlines and an eraser to remove as many of the visible outlines as I could.

I hope this gives you an idea for how to use your mask this month!

Designer’s Choice – Neutral colors

By Monika Głód

January 10, 2015

Hello everyone!

Hope you are feeling great in a new year.

I have a simple layout for you today, with my  favorites from january kit – golden Dear Lizzy word stickers. They’re big, on a foam base and in a warm, gold colour. I also used kraft tags from American Crafts and wood hearts. I chose photos of my boys taken two weeks ago, in a winter scenery, so I thought about neutral colors. I think this LO turned out great.  It’s a simple in composition and in colors. Try sometimes to make your project using neutral colors, it’s such a  inspiring proccess. TFL!

 

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January Guest Designer — Amy Coose

To start the 2015 year off, we have the wonderful Amy Coose joining the team for January.

Let’s get to know her a little better.

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My name is Amy Coose and I’ve been a scrapbooker for as long as I can remember. I live in Virginia with my husband and our three kiddos. They are the focus of most of my pages. When I am not scrapbooking, you can find me at the hockey rink.  My husband and son are serious hockey players and my youngest is about to start. I spend more time at the hockey rink than I thought was humanly possible.

We also asked Amy a few questions:

If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why? This one is a no brainer for me, I would hop on a plane and cruise to Canada to scrap with one of my favorite people, Sherri Funk. We’ve never met in person, but she is one talented scrapper and a great friend.

If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would make sure was in that line and why? I would say lots of embellishments, I love the added texture and fun they add to a project.

What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? I love to scrap in the morning, with coffee, and complete silence. I am a much better day scrapper than night, but I’ll do it anytime, anywhere that I can.

Amy has been getting crafty with the new January kit, All You Need is Love. Here is the first of many great projects from her that we’ll see during the course of the month.

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This is just too fun, right? Cute! Thanks for joining us for January, Amy! Leave her some love in the comments section, and look for more of her work to pop up here on the Scrapbook Circle blog this month.

January Kit-Inspired Challenge: Hello 2015

Ready for our first challenge of 2015?! You know I love the exclusive 3×4 cards included in the kits, and January’s set is no exception. I particularly love the one that says “Hello 2015″. Inspired by that card, our next challenge is to create a layout about the new year. You could document how you celebrated on New Year’s Eve or Day, list your resolutions, or journal about things you’re looking forward to in 2015. I asked creative team member Gina to share with us her take on the challenge, and this is the fantastic result:

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Gina is saying hello to 2015 with a brand new planner and the goal of getting organized. She cut her photos and the Hello 2015 card into triangles to create this fun, trendy design.

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Are you ready to play along with the challenge? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout inspired by the theme “Hello 2015″. We would love to see a Scrapbook Circle kit – and the Hello 2015 card – 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, January 21st to be eligible to win this fabulous American Crafts prize package!

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Black & White and a splash of color

By Audrey Yeager

January 7, 2015

One of my favorite things about the January kit and add-ons are the neutral colors like the greys, blacks, and whites, and how you can add in pops of colors from the other papers.

I chose this black and white stripe paper from Crate Paper as my background, and to make sure my photos didn’t clash too much, I printed them in black and white also.  This allowed the colors to really stand out.

 

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I used a piece of paper from the Bella Rouge 6×6 paper pad (from the add-on) and cut out some black “chalk” shapes to scatter on my page, plus some of the pink enamel dots, too.

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I used a punch to cut out one of the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stickers and then popped it off the page.

 

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And I just LOVE the Bella Rouge transparent alphas.  I stitched over them to secure them and then added one of the exclusive wood hearts that I tried to add some ink to to match the shade of green in the Amy Tan Stitched paper behind my photos.

I wanted to add something else on the bottom of the page to draw your eye down more, so as a last touch, I added a piece of black and white twine from my stash right along the edge of the black and white strips on the paper, then added a little bow near the title.

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Let’s see your pages with these neutrals and pops of color!