How To Use Extra Paper : Branding Strips

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the blog. It’s Claudia here with you today and I’m sharing a layout I made using (mostly) the patterned papers in this month’s kit. I love patterned paper and I find that in getting the paper add on I use them in a more creative way and I’m not as ‘afraid’ to cut into them. I often use my patterned papers for layering but of course there’s a million things you can do with it. Every patterned paper has a branding strip, which I usually cut off before starting working with the paper. Most of the time they end up at the side of my desk, just waiting for me to use it up. Most of the time I don’t, which is why I decided to change that and I thought that with having the extra paper add on it was the perfect time to use branding strips on my layout because double the patterned paper = double the branding strips.

Not all companies do branding strips the same way; on some papers the branding strip will be 12″ long while on others it’s only 6″ or less. I cut off all branding strips from all the papers I got this month and cut them in tiny strips. I then started layering them on top of each other to fill up my background. Using these branding strips on your background is not only a great way to get a use out of them, it’s also a really fun and easy way to create an interesting background because you’re adding a lot of color and different patterns to it (of course you can also decide to go with a more monotone color scheme if you wish to do so).

If you want to add even more patterns to the mix, you could consider cutting a few strips off of other papers.




After I was done sticking down all the strips I started embellishing my layout. I added a few puffy stickers, layered an ampersand behind my photo and even added a few bits and pieces from last month’s add on kit because the orange ephemera pieces matched perfectly with the layout.

If you have a stitching machine (or you could hand stitch) you could stitch through (some of) these strips to add extra detail to them and make your layout stand out even more.


Thank you for joining me today. I hope you feel inspired by my layout. Even if you don’t have the paper add on this month, I ‘challenge’ you to dig up those branding strips and have a play with them – you won’t regret it!

Technique Tip: Print and cut with silhouette

By Neela Nalam

August 17, 2016

I use the print and cut technique with silhouette especially to cut out my photos in circles. Here is my layout with the circular photo that cut out with the silhouette:

footer for oh yeah 2


Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open the file with the photo in silhouette and draw the circle that will be cut out by silhouette.

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Step 2: Turn on registration marks. At this point, make sure that your cut lines which show up in red don’t go beyond the boundaries of the registration marks. If they do, the portions outside the boundary will not get cut.

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Step 3: Print your file

Step 4: Place your photo on the mat and load it into silhouette.

Step 5: Cut out your image

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The registration marks are important for silhouette cameo to get a context of where it needs to correctly cut. After printing out your file, it is best not to mess with the cut lines or your machine will get confused. Hope you will try this out.

In order to mimic the main circle, i punched out circles of different sizes from various papers in the kit and layered them on either side. I finished off the layout with the white rubber stickers, black acrylic words and arrow stickers. I used both the main and add on embellishment kits from August.

Here are some close ups of the layout:

Oh Yeah sneak 1 Oh Yeah sneak 2

1 Product 2 Ways – Fancy Pants Chipboard Alphas

By Jenni Calma

August 16, 2016

This week we have Creative Team members Jennifer & Claudia showing us their innovative solutions to the challenge of using the Fancy Pants Chipboard Alphas from the August Kit!  Check it out!


Here is how Claudia described her process and thinking!

“I always like how Thickers look but I always struggle with using them for titles, which is why I try to think of other ways to get a use out of them. For this layout I decided to bring out my craft knife (which I never use) because I wanted to try something different. I used a piece of craft cardstock from my stash for my tracing. You can do a bunch of different shapes with the craft knife but I chose rectangles. At first I thought I would do squares but I figured it would look more interesting if every cut out piece had a different size. After I cut out all the rectangles I went through the kit to find a paper that matched well. I ended up going for the paper with the triangles because it was a nice subtle background. I added a few different papers from the kit behind some of the rectangles to add more interest and a pop of blue. 

After that I pulled out the chipboard alphas and started placing them on my layout. I spelled a few words but it’s mostly just random letters and numbers that are jumbled. I found that this is a great way to use up those thickers that you can’t spell words with anymore. I added some foam tape behind my craft paper to mount it on top of my background paper – this also adds some nice dimension.”




Next up is Jennifer!  I adore the was she use the alpha “left overs” to basically make a new embellishment!!


In Jennifer’s words:

“This month I was challenged to use the Fancy Pants chipboard alphas. I love these alphas and they appear on all but one project this month. For this layout, I used the centers of all of the O’s and 0’s to create a starburst-like effect around my die cut. I had enough pieces to make a complete circle but decided to have them coming off of only one side. This is not something I have done on a project before and I like the idea of using ALL of the stickers rather than simply the letters and numbers.”
Fantastic work team!  How do you use your alphas in a different way??  Share it with us on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page and while you’re there, check out the next couple weeks of the Alphabet Back-to-School posts!
Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing week!

August Challenge: The Great Outdoors

School has already started back up for my kiddos, which means I have a little more time to scrap our summer adventures. The camping trips, beach trips, hikes and days spent at the lake were the highlights of my summer. I just love getting outdoors. Inspired by the Woodland collection by Pretty Little Studio and the Outfitters collection by Pink Paislee included in the August kit, Snapshot, our next challenge is to create a layout about the great outdoors. I asked creative team member Allie to start us off with some inspiration:

_MG_7761Allie had this to say about creating her page: “For this layout I used pictures of the ocean as my interpretation of the “Great Outdoors”. I wanted to highlight these photos, as well as the fun Pink Paislee paper included in the kit. Using my Silhouette, I cut nesting squares from the patterned paper. I used the squares to create a background by using every other size square. Next, I stitched the squares down and added my photo and embellishments.”


Allie said, “Normally I reach for photos with people as the focal point, so I’m glad this challenge inspired me to use some beach photos!” Your beach photos look great, Allie! It is good to get scenery in our scrapbooks from time to time, isn’t it?


Do you have some scenic outdoor memories to document? Ready to play along? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout with with the theme of The Great Outdoors. 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 “August Challenge – The Great Outdoors” and add your layout,

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, September 11th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on September 12th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: July Challenge

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends! I have really enjoyed going through your entries for the July challenge, On Deck. It seems I’m not the only one with a thing for wood veneer! Our randomly selected winner of a Scrapbook Circle credit is:


…with this adorable layout featuring clusters of wood veneer embellishments:


Congratulations, Suzy! Please email me at and I’ll connect you with your prize.

Stay tuned! The August challenge is coming right up!

Designer’s Choice – Simple Grids

By Neela Nalam

August 14, 2016

One of the easiest techniques to make layouts with great results is using simple grids. To begin with just draw out a grid with boxes of different sizes on a practice sheet. See what appeals to you most and pick one. Now translate it to your actual layout. You can have a lot of fun filling in those boxes. Repeat elements across the boxes to tie them all together.   For example, look at my layout below. I have drawn black boxes around the different boxes in the grid to demarcate the areas. I then went in and filled the boxes with the photo, journaling, titles and embellishments.

Footer for Arjun at 10 with boxes

Here is the layout without the boxes:

Footer for Arjun at 10

Here is a close up:

Arjun at 10 sneak 1

I used the august embellishment kits and the august snapshot kit to make this layout. Make sure to check them out in the store.


Bringing Back Punches

By Rebecca Keppel

August 13, 2016

Sometimes I get bogged down in techniques and tools! Those are the days when it’s time to take a deep breath and keep it simple!rk sc aug -10


Grab a circle or square punch and use up some scraps to add fun elements to your layout! Here I added clusters of circles because the layout features a photo of doughnuts. Layering those punch shapes with stickers or die cuts from the August Scrapbook Circle kit made the embellishment clusters fun and unique.rk sc aug -11Oh, and while you’re add it, grab a doughnut!

:) Rebecca


August Guest Designer – Heather Adams!

By Jenni Calma

August 12, 2016

Hi there and happy Friday!  On Wednesday, we introduced out August Guest Designer Heather Adams.

Today, we are going to learn a little bit more about her as well as see the final page that she showed us the background makings of!  I asked Heather to give us a little insight into her design process and style.  Here is what she said:

1. How do you make time for scrapbooking with a busy schedule…do you wait until you get the creative bug, or set aside specific scrap time??
“I like to try to do something creative every day. Scrapbooking is such a therapy to me, and I always forget how much I love it until I sit down and start creating. I don’t usually set aside specific times to scrapbook, but I normally create at night before going to bed.”
2. What do you do when you lose your mojo? Do you have a favorite YouTube channel or Pinner that inspired you?
“I love watching julimakesthings on YouTube. Her Project Life process videos are so fun and inspiring. Usually after watching one of her videos, I get the itch to go create… which I think is a fantastic motivation!”
3. In 3 words, describe your personal scrapbook style!
“Clean, bright, whimsical”

This is the layout that Heather made for us using the August ‘Snapshots’ kit.  She shared a step-by-step process of how she created this background on Tuesday, which you can find HERE.  Here are a few more close ups of her page.

I love the contrast in her geometric background with the messy stitching.  It helps bring a little rustic edge to the page along with the Pink Paislee badge and wood grain alphas.  Being able to combine so may combinations of patterns and colors is such a talent and inspiring to see.

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and sharing a piece of your Friday with us!  Stay tuned for more from Heather later in the month and be sure to check out our daily ABC Back-to-School posts on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page!

Have an amazing day!




“Oh Yeah” using August Printables

By Allie Stewart

August 11, 2016

Hello there! Today I’m going to share a layout with you that’s all about the August Exclusive Printables! I love printables because they can be printed an unlimited amount of times and be used in many different ways. For this layout, I used the printables to create a border for my page.


I trimmed each pattern in the printable down to a little over 1″, and then placed them around my page. I alternated colors and patterns as much as possible. Once I was happy with the pattern arrangement, I stitched them down with a sewing machine.


For the rest of the layout, I used the exclusive stencil and modeling paste on each side of the page.


I added four photos that we took in Disneyland’s Cars Land! The colors are perfect for this kit! I added different washi patterns behind them from the Pretty Little Studio washi stickers included in the kit. I finished with the acrylic words from this month’s kit as my title!

There you have it! Thank you for joining me today, and I hope you feel inspired to use your printables this month!

August Guest Designer Intro & Tech. Tip!

By Jenni Calma

August 10, 2016

Happy Wednesday and Tech. Tip day!  I am super excited to be able to introduce our Guest Designer for August, as well as feature her Tech. Tip for today’s post!!   I would say more, but am going to let her introduce herself!


Hi there! I’m Heather Adams, a 21 year old recent college graduate. I graduated college with a degree in graphic design, and I already have had the opportunity to design my own scrapbooking products with Pretty Little Studio! It’s so much fun getting to see people make stuff with my designs. I love documenting the little things in life, and I enjoy making just about anything you can create with paper. Layouts, Project Life pages, cards, you name it! Besides scrapbooking, I enjoy traveling, shopping, and photography. When I’m not playing with paper, you will probably find me hanging out with my awesome sister or boyfriend.

Heather describes her process step by step:

When I saw the overall outdoors theme for this month’s kit, I KNEW I had to scrapbook this story. The very first time I went out to visit my boyfriend (he lives about 550 miles from me), he wanted to take me out on a “country boy date.” AKA He wanted to take me out in the woods and cook me a meal over a campfire. It was so perfect, and it’s such a great memory. So that’s what I wanted to document. Here’s how this page came together:


 First, I played around with my photos and figured out where I wanted them to go on the page so I could keep their placement in mind when designing my page.
Next, I cut a piece of patterned paper and then made a slanted cut about a third of the way from the side.
Then I flipped over the right piece that I just cut and matched the side with the other strip of paper to make a chevron shape.
I cut some more patterned papers and pieced them together for the chevron design.
After adhering the patterned papers down, I added some machine stitching to the sides of the large chevron design.
I decided I wanted some mist on my page, so I added some of that before glueing the photos and badge down with foam adhesive.
Time for embellishing!
Lastly, I added my typewritten journaling (I love my typewriter!!) and my title.
 I hope you enjoyed seeing my process for the making of this page! I have really enjoyed playing with the August Scrapbook Circle kit. Those chipboard letter stickers are definitely a new favorite product of mine!
Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!   Come back on Fridays to see more of Heather’s projects and learn more about our Guest Designer!