Winner: April Kit-Inspired Challenge

Thanks to all who played along with our “I Am…” challenge! I think we could all agree with our winner who created a page that says, “I am a scrapbooker!”

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

Be sure to check out the April technique challenge – handwriting! There is an amazing layout and video tutorial from creative team member Monika that is sure to get you inspired. Have a great day!

April Technique Challenge: Handwriting

Handwriting is a huge trend in scrapbooking right now, whether it is brush-painted script or pretty cursive fonts. The technique challenge this month is to incorporate handwriting into a layout. Use the Heidi Swapp stickers from the Let’s Do This kit, the Elle’s Studio “hello” stamp from the This Way add-on, or your own handwriting.

I asked creative team member Monika to share with us her take on the challenge and she went above and beyond! Let’s take a look at her layout, and then be sure to enjoy the video tutorial she has prepared.

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Isn’t Monika’s brush script beautiful?

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Would you like to create your own? Check out Monika’s video tutorial:

Are you as inspired as I am? Ready to play along with the challenge? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout featuring handwriting. 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, April 29th to be eligible to win this Authentique prize package:

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Designer’s Choice: Creating a curled frill

By Jennifer Larson

April 15, 2015

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson. When I think of spring, I think of new baby chickens and rabbits, Easter baskets, and the frills of newly planted flowers. With that in mind, I tried to add a frill to my page:

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Here I used the Crate Paper Craft Market–Hardcover paper as the frill because it was straw colored, like the nests of spring. I cut a strip about 2 inches thick, then every 1/4 inch I trimmed about halfway through with my paper trimmer. I then adhered and stitched it to the page, then by hand curled the frills randomly to add a bit of texture.

I hope this gives you ideas for adding texture to your pages!

One Item Wonder: My Mind’s Eye Sequins

I love sequins and I really love that manufacturers are keeping the trend fresh by incorporating different sizes, shapes and colors. The April kit – Let’s Do This – includes an assortment of sequins from My Mind’s Eye. I asked creative team member Jamie to share with us how she used the sequins on a recent page. Let’s take a look:

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Rather than the “sequin scatter” that most scrappers employ, Jamie created a gorgeous starburst pattern on her layout.

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The sequins are lined up beautifully, and the variety of shapes, sizes and colors really hold your interest.

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Have you played with these pretty accents yet? We’d love to see! Share with us on our Facebook page and we will come take a look. Have a wonderful day!

April Mood Board

By Monika Głód

April 13, 2015

Hello!

Today I have a great mood board for april.

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It has hearts, flowers, stripes and mint, white and gold color accents. For me it is very feminine mood board, and in the first moment I had a problem with photo , but then , scrolling my photo gallery in my iPhone, I saw a photo of me and my older son. And it hit me – it will be perfect for this mood board.

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I chose patterned paper in hearts and cut a big strip.

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for the mint color, I cut journaling card from Simple Stories patterned paper.

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I found a beautiful flower in Heidi Swapp “hello beautiful” pocket clear cards. I wanted to use it so badly, and this layout was perfect for it.

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I added also small elements with black/white stripes – tab punched from Scrapbook Circle printables, and a frame from Heidi Swapp “hello beautiful” from April’s addon “This way”.

I also added handwritten words “you” and “me” as a title. For gold detail I used ampersand from Craft Market Ephemera Pack you can find in addon “Love it”.

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Last element, were sequins. I made a small shaker box, filled with sequins  from april kit.

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I’m so happy that this month’s mood board inspired me to make this a little girly layout

 

Share your creations with us, link it here in comments, or on Scrapbook circle FB page.

Thank you!

Designer’s Choice : Ampersands

By Gina Lideros

April 12, 2015

Inspired by the ampersand die cuts you will find in the Love It add-on and This Way add-on this month, I created my page based around these cute little symbols.  I used papers from the April Let’s Do This kit combined with my Silhouette to cut my own ampersands out of patterned paper, and then paired them with the die cuts that I got in my add-on kits.

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They are so trendy and fun!  I also added drops of watercolor paint and distress paint across my page to add color.  I added a few stickers, sequins and machine stitching and boom, my layout was done!

 

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I hope you are inspired by my take on my designer’s layout this month.  We would love to see any layout that you’ve made using a Scrapbook Circle kit–please feel free to share your pages on our Facebook page!

 

Designer’s Choice | & then this happened…

By Jenni Calma

April 11, 2015

Hi!  Happy Saturday everyone!  I am sharing one of my layout using the April “Let’s Do This” kit and “Love This” add-on.  I wanted to scrap this giggling fit my daughter had one afternoon trying to do homework.  I thought the photos told a better story in black and white and it allowed me to pair them with lots of bright patterns.

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I love that triangle pattern from Crate Paper but didn’t want to overpower the page, especially since I knew there would be 4 photos and journaling.  This die cut from Amy Tangerine with the sketchy yellow, pink and teal border inspired so much of the layout.

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I matted my photos onto white cardstock and mimicked that frame using the same color and pattern.  Using a white gel pen I drew the scallops directly onto the black cardstock.

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I made a little cluster next to my journaling using embellishments from several companies including this adorable arrow paperclip from Webster’s Pages.  I think the pops of yellow turned out so nice against the black and pink.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember to share your layouts with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page and participate in the new challenges!!  Have an amazing weekend!

April Sketch Challenge

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Happy April! Here is this month’s sketch challenge.

To those of you new to the challenge, you do not need to use a Scrapbook Circle kit to play along (of course, we love it when you do, though).

Two of our fab creative gals have already played along. Here are their pages to inspire you to get creative.

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This month’s prize is an Authentique prize pack, including art prints.

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Share your layout that uses this month’s sketch either here in the comments section of this blog post, or on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

One lucky winner who shares their page with us before April 22nd will receive this prize pack.

Designer Take: Rebecca’s “I Am…” Layout

Are you playing along with the April Kit-Inspired Challenge? The task is to create a layout based on the words “I Am…”. For more inspiration, I’ve asked creative team member Rebecca to share with us her take on the challenge:

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I love this self-portrait of Rebecca (cute outfit, girl!).

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Rebecca finished the phrase with her photo and added more thoughts to the journaling spot. The grid design is a great way to show off all of the cute embellishments from the kit, and I love how they support her bright outlook on life.

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Are you inspired to play along? You can find the original challenge post with all the details here. Happy scrapping!

Stamping on Layouts

By Rebecca Keppel

April 8, 2015

Does stamping on a layout give you anxiety? I used to get chills thinking about how to incorporate stamps into layouts. If you are a bit of a perfectionist, you probably understand what I am saying. ;) But then I realized that the stamping I like in other people’s layouts is rarely perfect. And it is the imperfections that give the layout I fun, artistic effect. So no more white knuckle stamping! Just start finding ways to work them in.  I loved the little Elle’s Studio stamp set included in this month’s kit. Here is an easy way to incorporate one stamp into a layout.

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This bit of stamping from the same set was a bit trickier.

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You can see I stamped the hello stamp right over a part of the collage. Part of the word is on the background cardstock, part is on a die cut heart and part is on a 3×4 card. Honestly, I did not do a great job stamping on all the different height levels, but the bit of smudge actually adds to the collage-feel! No stress, just let it go and get inky!

:) Rebecca