“Polaroids” and selfies….

By Audrey Yeager

July 19, 2014

….perfect together!  It seems that selfie photos are just MEANT to go inside “polaroid” frames!


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The grey frames on my layout are from the Elle’s Studio paper in this month’s kit.  Since the frames were grey, I decided to boost the rest of my page with lots of color.  I used some strips in ROY G BIV order behind my photos.

To bring even more attention to the photo, a small triangle cut from some Echo Park paper.

I loved the woodgrain with this, so I brought in a few more wood grain elements (the label stickers and the cut out heart) to create a visual triangle.




I would love to see how you use these frames on your layouts!

Be Real | Stamping on Plastic Stars

By Jenni Calma

July 18, 2014

Hello Summer Scrappers!  This is Jenni to share my layout using the July kit ‘Our Adventure’ and  ‘Away We Go’ Add-on.  I used an Instagram photo of my son and godson and also used the July Circle Roundup as inspiration. image The Circle Roundup is a great starting point and the colors worked great with my photo.  I knew I wanted to use the plastic stars from Studio Calico, part of the Add-on, but was afraid they might get lost with the busy patterned papers.  I started looking at the Elle’s Studio overlays and thought I could achieve something similar using StazOn ink on the clear plastic. image I used this stripe roller stamp and really saturated my ink pad with the re-inker before using it. image I used a tiny bit of removable adhesive on the back of the stars to stick them to my craft mat.  It helped keep them in place as I rolled over them and then to my LO until I could stitch them down. image I was experimenting, but was pleased with the results.  I was surprised at just how sticky the ink was.  I had to wash my craft mat and roller with warm water. image The ink took no time to dry and I lined some up some stars under the photo and in some of the circle shapes of my background paper.  The stitching helps draw attention to them as well. image Sometimes looking at other products can inspire you to customize other pieces to fit your projects!  Check out the way the other members of the Design Team used their July kits in the Idea Gallery.  Share your pages with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page and show us how you are inspired!  Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Challenge #79: Typography

I absolutely love typography - the general character or appearance of printed matter. From script to sans serif, handwritten to typewritten, I love the look of letters. It was fun to open up the July kit and see several patterned papers that featured different fonts, words and phrases in their design. So, inspired by those papers, our next challenge is to use typography as a design element on your next layout. Use the patterned papers from the kit, alpha stickers, die-cut words, whatever your letter-loving heart desires. Go beyond the usual title and journaling, though. Let’s see those letters shine! I asked our guest designer for July, Becky Williams, to get us started with some inspiration:


Becky used typography in two fabulous ways. First, those triangles! See the pink and red papers with a handwriting design? Here’s how Becky describes adding those to her page: “I loved the triangle paper so I cut some bits out using my craft knife and added pieces of the text patterned papers to the openings. For some I cut only two sides and left the other side attached to create a flap”. I love that technique!


Becky also used typography in her design by adding several words in several styles around her photo. From the sticker alphas spelling out “wish” to the die-cut “dream” and the little words in between, her photo is framed with things she had to say.


I’m ready to play with triangles and word stickers right this moment! Are you as inspired as I am? Here’s how to play along:

1. Create a layout that uses typography in the design. 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 THREE weeks to play! Enter by Wednesday, August 6th, 9 pm Pacific, to be eligible to win…

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… this amazing Open Road prize! Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: Challenge #78 – Nice Ride

I loved the layouts entered for the Nice Ride challenge! It’s great to see a theme be interpreted in so many fun ways. Random.org has spoken and our winner is…


…with this great layout about a certain passenger who did great on a road trip:


Congratulations, Cynthia! You’ve won a $15.00 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store. Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information and we will get you all set up with your credit.

A new challenge is coming right up, so stay tuned!

Our Adventure – Cut it Up

By Rebecca Keppel

July 16, 2014

Some patterned papers just beg to be cut up don’t they? Like the Elle’s Studio Shine Collection paper Say Cheese from the July Scrapbook Circle Main Kit Our Adventure. Tons of cute polaroid shapes just waiting to be used. Of course you could use the whole thing as is, but it is also really fun to fussy cut the frames and use several on a layout.

rk sc summer daysSome polaroid shapes I layered with photos and some I layered with stickers and die cuts.


Then, layering them haphazardly across the page, adding some droplets of white mist and a playful mixed font title (I especially love the American Crafts Thickers from the July Add on Happy Day), as well as some doodling and handwritten journaling and you have a quick and easy fun layout!

:) Rebecca


One Item Wonder: Webster’s Pages Journaling Cards

I simply adore the package of journaling cards by Webster’s Pages that is included in the Our Adventure kit. I asked creative team Jenni how she put them to use on her layouts this month, and this is the page she shared:

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Jenni has this to say about how she used the cards: “The gorgeous prints and colors in the Webster’s Pages journaling cards inspired the theme and color palette. I used the cards to create a layered photo mat under my large picture,  staggering them to give me space for a title and journaling.  I even cut the image out of one to adhere to the top right of my photo.”

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Fabulous page, Jenni! How have you used these cards on your pages? We would love to see! Share your layouts with us on the Scrapbook Circle facebook page here. Have a great day!

Mood Board inspiration

By Diana Waite

July 14, 2014

Mood boards are so clever-I really like how they make you think.  This month’s inspiration is no exception:

I was inspired by SO many elements, so I’m just going to name them here in no particular order (even though I’m numbering them!)DianaWcheese!

1. I loved the colorful cars, I wanted to recreate that feel so I added those same basic colors.  Also what you can’t tell from the pictures of my son are that he is sitting in an old rusted out vehicle on my in-laws property.  (That happened to be the day they discovered it and BONUS I had my camera!)

2. I wanted to recreate the sprinkles, so I used orange, green, vanilla, and red mist to splatter.

3. I really liked the cursive green font, so I added a title in cursive and hints of green throughout the layout.

4. The shiny bow on the front of the t-shirt really caught my eye.  I wanted something shiny but not necessarily a bow as this was my son’s layout.  I used a transparency to get that same shiny look.

We would really like to see how this mood board inspired you–please feel free to share your creations on our Facebook page!


Designer Choice – July 12, 2014

By Melissa Mann

July 12, 2014

Good Morning, everyone!

I LOVED all the colors in this month’s kits! But, I especially loved that beautiful piece of pattern paper by Allison Kreft for Echo Park called “CityScape”. The beautiful blue and green tones were gorgeous! I pulled that paper out and a couple of other corresponding papers and that beautiful piece of silver foil paper! I cut out the “Moments” title using my Silhouette on the silver foil paper. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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I also loved those clear acrylic stars by Studio Calico and stitched a few of them down on my background cardstock for some added dimension. They are a subtle touch, but I love the texture and dimension they bring.

Make sure you check out the fabulous kits for this month:  Our Adventure, Away We Go, and Happy Day! And if you haven’t checked the gallery ideas out this month, make sure you do that as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

July Sketch Challenge

Today I’m sharing the next sketch challenge for Scrapbook Circle — and we have some good news!

The sketch challenge was originally set up so that subscribers would have a jumping off point for their creativity when using the kit each month. Well, we’ve had so many people pinning and using the sketch that aren’t subscribers that we decided to open up the challenge to any participant.

Now, if you use the sketch by the deadline, you are eligible to win this month’s prize whether you are a subscriber or use a SC kit. More fun for everyone!

Here is this month’s sketch challenge:


The DT played along, too. Here is some inspiration to get you motivated to be crafty.

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Becky is the guest designer for the month and this is what she created with the sketch.


As I said above, anyone who plays along before the deadline is eligible to win this prize from Crate Paper. You have until July 23rd to link up your entry. The players and a winner will be shared here on the blog on July 25th.


Can’t wait to see what you all create this month!

Designer Take: Tessa’s Nice Ride

Anywhere you go with a car full of rambunctious boys is a “nice ride”, right? When I sat down to create for Challenge #78, that old standby – don’t make me turn this car around – popped into my head. But seriously, some of my favorite memories of my kids’ childhoods are of driving somewhere. I decided to scrap our annual day trip to Sac Town (Sacramento) that we take during Spring Break:

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The Alison Kreft chevron patterned paper in the Our Adventure kit was perfect for my theme of driving in to the city. The cityscape in the background made me think of the Sacramento skyline.

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Obviously, my youngest was a little excited to be going to our favorite museums, Old Town Sacramento, and more.

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I love the Open Road die cuts and enjoyed using several on my page.

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Have you finished your entry for the challenge yet? There is a $15.00 store credit up for grabs. I’ll let you in on a secret – the upcoming August add-ons are amazing and that $15.00 credit will certainly make it easier to add those to your box next month! Find the original challenge post and all the information for playing along here. Thanks for stopping by today and have a good one!