One Item Wonder: Shimelle Rub-ons

Our very own Jamie Leija was a guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable recently. What does a scrapbooker do to record an experience like that? Create a layout about it, of course! The topic of discussion was travel scrapbooking, so the rub-ons from September’s kit by Shimelle were perfect:


Jamie used the rub-ons to create a block of fun phrases, pictures and shapes to the right of her photo. Even though a rub-on here and a rub-on there can be a great look on a page, I also love the idea of grouping rub-ons like this!



What are you doing with your Shimelle rub-ons? We would love to see! Be sure to upload your projects to our Facebook page so we can take a look. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

circle round up!

By Diana Waite

September 8, 2014

I was REAL excited to be asked with the circle round up this month:

For this challenge I picked elements suggested in each circle and brought them together for my layout.  Easy Peasy when I got to work with so many FANTASTIC items in the Here & There Kit!   I took a look at all of the items listed in the circle challenge and wanted to use everything–I got close!  

Here is my take and my FAVORITES that I used on the page:

DianaWcousinsI have to tell you that using the Here & There kit was SO much fun–it made putting this page together so EASY.

*I took one look at the round gold circles and KNEW I wanted to use the whole sheet on one page! I actually only ended up using MOST of them!

*I also enjoyed using the enamel dots they are diverse and FUN, on this layout I used a heart and a triangle.

*the Shimelle rub ons in the kit are pretty AMAZING! (the heart right above the glittered circles)  They come off smooth and they also have almost like an embossed feel to them, different than other run ons I have used.

*the splashes of pink included in some of the pattern papers and highlighted with embellishments.

*working with the stickers in the Shimelle & Crate Paper lines were seamless.  (top corner banner, and part of the titles)

We would LOVE to see what you do with this circle challenge!  Please feel free to share your takes on our Facebook page!



Designer’s Choice: Adding Watercolors to a Background

By Gina Lideros

September 7, 2014

Hi!  Gina Lideros here with one of my favorite techniques that I love to do: Adding watercolors to a background.  I created this layout using the September Here + There kit.


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a heart shaped background out of white cardstock.  Then I used my watercolors and a water brush to paint on soft colors to my die cut background.  I alternated light yellow and light pink watercolors and kept the background simple to allow the beautiful glittered garden party paper from My Mind’s Eye (included in the main kit) to show through.


I also added in some tags and chipboard buttons from the September Time Flies Add On kit.


Thank you for sharing my inspiration! If you create a project using this month’s kit, please share your layout on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page. I’d love to see what you create!


Designer’s Choice | Don’t Think Too Much!

By Jenni Calma

September 6, 2014

Hello lovely scrappers!  Sometimes I’ll read something that reminds me that not every layout needs to be a masterpiece!  A layout may be just for pure documentation or simply a need to create.  I sometimes have an elaborate theme and symbolism through the title or embellishments, but I do enjoy letting go and just not thinking too much!  I think I literally used a piece of EVERY element from the September main kit “Here + There” and both the “Time Flies” & “This Place” add-ons, except for one.

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I didn’t intend to use so many pieces, but like I said, I wasn’t thinking too much! :)  My husband pointed out that it was chaotic and I had packed so much into one page, much like us trying to see as much of Dublin as possible in one day!  He was right.  I layered three pieces of patterned paper together for the background.  Then added more patterns withe a piece of 6×6, stickers, printables, rub-ons and embellishments.

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I used dimensional adhesive on the strips of photos,  so I could pop my journaling tag into the little kraft bag under them.  I added more layers with the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamps but used the same color as the paper for a tone on tone effect.


I made lots of random stitches holding all the layers together and switched up patterns from zig-zag to a running stitch.

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Thanks for letting me share a little chaotic creation from the September kit.  When in doubt, keep adding layers!  Share your LO’s with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page and how you create!

September Guest Designer — Dona Howe

It’s a new month, so it’s time for a new guest designer! Welcome September’s guest, Dona Howe.


Hi, my name is Dona Howe, known mostly as “orange gearle” in social media circles. I love the color orange, and g + earle = gearle.

I’m a mom with a camera and a passion to document our lives using photos and words. My daytime adventure is as an Instructional Coach in a public school that educates fifth and sixth grade students. Outside of my professional life, I love wine, books, playing with paper & music. I’ve been blessed with an older daughter (who has made me a grandma!), and a five year old daughter (who has made me learn about Batman!). I am unbelievably fortunate to spend the rest of my life with my Soul Mate. Traditional scrapbooking came into my life years ago (think 1990s), but I didn’t get the real bug until about 2011. In 2012 I started Project Life and recently I’ve dabbled in art journaling. I have subscribed to Scrapbook Circle kits for over three years now, and I am so excited to be here this month!

We asked Dona a few questions and here are her answers. Let’s get to know her a little better!

If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why? I’ve “met” so many people virtually, I think it would be fun to have a giant scrapping party with all of them! But only if I can bring my sister-in-law, and two other “in real life” scrappy friends.

If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would you make sure was in that line and why? Alphas. Lots of alphas. Different sizes, colors and fonts. I love to mix my titles up — big, small, colorful, b&w, flat, thick, etc.

What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? Any day (or night) that I get a chance to scrapbook is awesome! Depending on my mood, any of the above would be perfect. Most times I would prefer with music, and with people, but at my house. It is especially enjoyable if I have some new goodies on my table!

Dona made this layout for her first reveal day here at Scrapbook Circle.




I just love this! Look for more of Dona’s work throughout the month as she plays along with challenges and shares more of her work.


September Kit-Inspired Challenge: Gold

When you look through your September kit, Here and There, you’ll find a rub on that says, “Glitter is always an option.” Yes! I agree wholeheartedly, which brings me to our next Kit-Inspired Challenge – gold! Here and There includes gold glitter stickers, gold foiled accents on embellishments and papers, and gold scallop circles. You have everything you need to create a layout with either a touch of gold or dollop of gold! I asked creative team member Jenni to share with us how she used gold on a recent layout:

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Jenni made the bold, gold stripe patterned paper her background.

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I love how Jenni framed her photo with the gold scallop stickers. Look at that shine!

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And I also love that Jenni included embellishments from the add-ons that also have a touch of gold.

Ready to play along? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout that features gold. 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. Come back to this post and leave a direct link to your layout in the comments.

3. You have TWO WEEKS to play. Enter by Wednesday, September 17th, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win…


Because we all need more gold scrapbooking supplies, right? Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: August Technique Challenge

We had fantastic entries for the August Technique Challenge from old and new friends! Thank you for joining us and I hope you’ll keep playing along. has spoken and our winner is…


…with this layered layout:


Congratulations, Katie! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information.

We have a new kit-inspired challenge coming up very soon, so stay tuned!

Designer’s Choice: Adding a photo frame

By Jennifer Larson

September 3, 2014

Hello! Jennifer Larson here, sharing an idea I love to do: framing a photo with embellishments. I did this with this layout using the September kit Here + There:

Babies Love Me by Jennifer Larson

When you are going to use products to frame your photo, pick some to lay under the photo and some to overlap it from the top. In this case, I used the printables from the main kit to go under the photo and stickers from both add-ons Time Flies and This Place to go over.

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I like some stickers to be dimensional, so I use my embossing buddy to de-sticker them, then I add dimensional adhesive underneath to raise the sticker. I did the same with a printable over a sticker.

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Just to add more texture, I stitched some of the banner stickers down to the top of the photo.

And that’s how I added an embellishment frame to my main photo! If you do the same, please upload your layout to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page so we can check it out!

One Item Wonder: Wood Alphabets

By Valerie Huang

September 2, 2014

Valerie Huang SBC September kit DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Good Morning all the Scrapbook Circle fan:

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and also some crafty fun!

By now, some of our subscribers probably receive the happy mail already. And I am sure you are as excited as us with the September Here + There kit.

And today, I’d like to share the creative use of the Wood Alphabets with you all.

To me, Alphabet thickers are also one of the MUST HAVE essentials, agree? I hoard as much as I could in my craft room and never feel I have enough of them. Ha!

When I receive the September kit and saw this set of Wood Alphabets, this double layout idea pop up in my mind, so there I created this layout using the alphabets as my title/journaling.

These Alphabets are versatile, bold and big enough to create impact in my project. I thought about coloring them with my ink pad or spray. But when I lay them down on the white cardstock, I am happy with them.

And now it’s your turn to show us your creative use of the Wood Alphabets. Please feel free to share your project on our Facebook page. So we can all be inspired by all of you.

Thanks for looking and can’t wait to see your project.



Here + There: Our September Kit

By Lisa Andrews

September 1, 2014

Hello, September. It’s a new month and we are excited to share our new kit with you. Our September kit, Here + There, is filled with fresh colors and designs that are perfect for sparking creativity.

Ready to take a look at our Here + There kit?

Plus we have add-on kits if you want even more goodness. First up is our This Place add-on that features favorites including a fabulous sticker sheet set from the new American Crafts Shimelle line.
Our next add-on, Time Flies, is a lovely collection of carefully selected items that will go perfectly with our Here + There kit.

We also have a cardstock add-on and a patterned paper add-on for those of you who love paper as much as we do.

Last, but not least, we have our digi cuts that we designed just to go with this kit.


It’s going to be a great month! Kits begin shipping on September 5, so please order any extras by the 3rd so everything can ship together.