May Challenge: Clearly

Clearly, this 12×12 Amy Tangerine transparency is one of the most fabulous pieces in the May kit, Here and Now.


Inspired by this see-through paper, our May challenge is to use clear elements on a layout. I decided to have some messy, painty fun with my transparency:

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To get this look, prep your favorite colors of acrylic paint.

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Turn your transparency over and apply the paint to the backside.

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Allow to dry. The thicker your paint is, the longer it will take to dry. My transparency took about 20 minutes to thoroughly dry.

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The paint will easily scratch off at this point, so handle with care. Once dry, I immediately stapled the transparency to a sheet of white cardstock. Then, I added my photo, a few embellishments, and my journaling. With such a bright and bold background, I suggest keeping the rest of the page fairly simple.

Are you ready to play along? Here’s how!

1. Create a layout with clear elements – a transparency, acetate die-cuts, etc. 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 new Facebook Community, Scrapbook Circle of Friends. Find the photo album titled “May Challenge – Clearly” and add your photo.

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, June 12th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on June 13th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: April Challenge

I had so much fun going through all the entries for our No Pockets? No Problem! challenge. From 3×4 to 4×6, you all rocked the pocket cards on your pages! Our randomly-selected winner of a $20 gift certificate is…


…with this beautiful layout featuring a grid of photos and 3×4 cards:

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Congratulations, Giorgia! Please email me at so that we can get your prize to you.

Stay tuned, a new challenge is coming right up!

DT Choice : scrapping photo series

Hi everyone! This is Neela here with my DT choice post for May. As soon as I saw the acrylic numbers in the Here and Now kit, I knew I wanted to make a layout with a series of photos. Being a paparazzi mom, I can safely say that I have more than one set of a series of photos of my kids doing some activity. I selected this particular set of photos, when my son tasted oysters for the first time. I loved seeing his reaction and his final verdict on how he felt about it. I have been wanting to scrap these photos for a long time and these acrylic numbers were just perfect for these photos. Here is the layout I came up with:


I love the corrugated white cardstock in this kit. It gives so much texture without any effort. I used some left over fancy free patterned paper to create the borders on the top and bottom of the layout. I created one main title with the fancy free stickers and then created smaller subtitles for each photo in the series with the Heidi Swapp stickers.  I cut out the patterned paper in strips and wrote my journaling on the strips. I also added the acrylic numbers under each photo with glue dots and backed it with some thread for texture. I finished off the layout with the sequins from pebbles.

Here are some other ideas for layouts that you can use the acrylic numbers for:

  • First three Birthdays
  • First three Months of a baby
  • Grades in school
  • Three kids
  • Math Homework/ Schoolwork and many more …

Here is another look at the layout:

First peek

I love when I get product in my hand and it is the perfect prompt for the story that I have been wanting tell for a long time. Hope you feel the same. Do share your layouts on our facebook page at Scrapbook Circle of friends. We would love to see your creations.

#DATENIGHT (Be Real: Instagram photos)

Hi friends!  Today I have a “Be Real” post today featuring Instagram photos, using the May Kit Here & Now.  I really love this prompt, because I often post photos that I know I’ll want to scrap.  It was nice to go through my Instagram photos, and remember “oh yeah, I wanted to scrap about that, but never did!”  My layout #DATENIGHT is about some fancy events that my husband and I went on last year…special, because we NEVER go on fancy date nights, lol!


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To create my layout, I cut out 3 pieces of pattern paper to the size of my photo.  I adhered the paper to a piece of white cardstock, and then sewed a cross/grid between the paper.  I added my photo with foam tape, to give it a little lift.  Then, I embellished the squares with various pieces from the kit that went with my date night theme.  I love the journaling card, and how it looks like a ticket stub.  I added my title to the bottom of the layout (I really love this alpha set from the May embellishment add-on You + Me).  Then, I noticed that my layout was looking a little bottom heavy, so I added a little strip of pattern paper to the top, and sewed it.  To finish my layout, I added a few heart embellishments and ink splatters.

I love how my layout turned out, and I’m finally glad I scrapped these photos…especially since one of them was taken over a year ago!

Have a fabulous day!

Designer’s Choice: Using Multiple Photos on a Layout

Hey everyone! Jennifer here today sharing a one-page layout I created with May’s Here & Now kit.


These days it is a challenge for me to get more than one picture on a project. I remember a time when I did nothing but two-page spreads with as many photos as I could cram onto that 12 x 24 real estate. For this project, I knew I wanted to use this series of photos I took on Easter Sunday. It is not often that all my kids are together in one place, and this was special because they all used to sit on this counter at my mom’s house when they were little.

The horizontal lines on the paper served as my inspiration for photo placement, and that’s where I started. I cut a portion of the corrugated paper, mounted the photos and backed it with colorful patterned paper to make it pop.


Once the photos were in place, I started embellishing (my favorite part). I love the acrylic numbers in the kit and used the “3” with one of the photo frames to emphasize my favorite of the three pictures. With the frame turned sideways and tilted, the straight lines of the paper and photos are broken up a bit to give the layout more dimension.


Most of the time I begin a layout with one or two ideas in mind and wing it from there, which is exactly what happened with the title and the rest of my embellishments. I love, love, love all of the Fancy Free goodies in this month’s kit and those Thickers are my absolute favorite ever!


I finished up the layout with some flair, a few sequins, and an arrow I cut out from the Better Together acetate sheet. You can find everything used to create this layout in May’s main kit, Here & Now. Check out our Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook community for design team inspiration, challenges, and a place to share your creations!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Guest Designer – Paige Evans!

Hi Scrapbook Circle friends!  We are thrilled to be introducing our Guest Designer for May, Paige Evans!  Paige has one of the most recognizable design style and technique all her own.  She has constantly amazed me with her talent for using the bare essentials to create stunning pages that are in all honestly, works of art.  Her ability to combine pattern, color and infuse her unique spirit is part of why her collection, ‘Fancy Free’ with Pink Paislee is so exciting.  In her own words, Paige said about herself:

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“I’ve been scrapbooking since I was 16 years old and have loved it every day since! I just released my own scrapbooking line with Pink Paislee called Fancy Free and I love that some pieces of it were included in the May kits! I’ve been married to my best friend for 9 years and we have two wonderful children: Fox (5.5) and Jane (4). We currently live on a US Army base in Germany and absolutely love to travel! I love to create every day and dabble in scrapbooking, bookbinding, DIY crafts, and more. Thank you for letting me share!”

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This is what Paige had to say about her page using the May ‘Here & There’ kit:

“To make this layout I started by cutting wedges from the lighter patterned papers in the May kit – so mostly a white background with colors on top. Then I distressed the edges and pieced them in a sunburst around a white cardstock background. To help the papers stay in place I stitched over them with a sewing machine. In the center I layered a photo over journaling cards and a tag and the gold striped bag some of the embellishments came in! Waste not want not :) After adding a few more embellishments and a die cut title, I journaled on the right side, dropped paint around, and then glued on a few sequins.”

 Play Detail 2 by Paige Evans

Play Detail 3 by Paige Evans

I love the contrast in the patterns and colors with the photo that is hazy and makes you look closer to see the detail.  She used many different papers, but chose the pieces that had lots of white space.  Her stitching and simple distressing of the edges of the angled papers adds a tiny bit of dimension.  I am always inspired to get into my craft room and play with patterned paper after seeing Paige’s creations!  Paige will be back during May sharing more of her designs with us.

Check out our Facebook community ‘Scrapbook Circle of Friends’ to share, chat and get inspired!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog and have an amazing day!

You + Me Add-on: Planner Pages

I had so much fun with last month’s planner kit add-on that I decided to use the You + Me add-on to embellish some of my May planner pages:

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I used the absolutely fabulous Fancy Free Thickers to mark a few of the days of the week (M for Monday, W for Wednesday, etc.).

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Once I had filled out my appointments and to-do’s, I stapled a few of the clear Jillibean soup words and shapes to my pages. I love that they don’t visually take up space.

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I also turned the We R Memory Keeper bows into planner clips. I removed the center piece and re-wrapped it around a paperclip, securing it with glue. For the blue bow, I wrapped a piece of Fancy Free patterned paper around the bow and clip. I also turned a piece of flair from the main kit into a planner clip.

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You can find the Fancy Free patterned paper that I used in the main kit, Here & Now, and the gold glitter alphas and numbers in the Bloom & Grow add-on.

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I still have plenty of the add-on left for my scrapbook pages, too. Did you pick up this add-on? Do you decorate your planner pages? Please share in our Facebook community, here! Have a great day!

Tech Tip: Layering

Hey everyone! It’s Claudia here today with a technique tip for you all. I decided to do one about layering. I know that this topic has been covered before, but I thought that my personal thought process behind layering and tips could still be useful to some of you.


Whenever I start a new layout, layering is always the first thing I do. First you select the papers you want to use for your layering, since everything in the kit coordinates perfectly that shouldn’t be a problem. You might not end up using them all but it’s nice to have options, right? Do you have a busy paper that you don’t know how to use? Use it for layering! That way some of the pattern and colors will still be showing, but not in a way that it would be too much.


I personally like to scrap with square photos so most of the time I will trim down my photo just a little bit, but this is up to your personal preference. One of the things that I like with layering is to make the layers ‘uneven’ which means that I don’t cut around the whole photo with every layer. Another tip I’d like to give you is that if one layer is a busy paper, the next one should be more subtle/basic. One of the things I also really love to include with layering is a different type of paper, for example acetate or vellum – I find that the different texture mixed in with the rest always looks really interesting.

After I finish the layering for my photo I move on to embellishing the rest of my layout but the layering isn’t done quite yet. One thing I often like to do is use ephemera pieces for layering. Some ephemera pieces are already perfect to use for layering as they are (labels, florals, tags, etc) so you can just tuck them in underneath your layers. But what do we do with the ephemera pieces we’re not sure how to use up? You guessed it; layering! Whenever I have some ephemera pieces I struggle with I usually cut them in half and use them as layering pieces behind my photo. This makes your layering look more interesting but also gives your ephemera pieces a different use – especially those ones that we’re not so sure about.


This is how I approach layering. I hope that you found some of these tips useful and that you will consider trying them out in your own projects. Thank you for joining me today. Did you know that we now have a Facebook group? We would love for you to join us and share what you create with the kits. You can take a look at the group here.




1 Product 2 Ways – Pink Paislee Fancy Free Ephemera

Hi everyone!  This week’s featured product is my personal favorite in the May kit, ‘Here & Now.’  It is the Fancy Free Ephemera from the Pink Paislee collection designed by Paige Evans!  It has lots of colored acetate pieces and other die cuts.  Design team members Jennifer and Kelly created two very different layouts using the ephemera.


Here is what Jennifer had to say about her interpretation:

“This month I was challenged to use the beautiful ephemera from the Paige Evans Fancy Free collection and create with it in a way that is different from its intended use. Let me first just say that I love ephemera and using it in clusters and layers with photos. For this layout, I chose to use the ephemera as an element in the background. To give it more dimension, I used the ephemera on a few of the squares. I adore this collection and all of the fun surprises it holds!”


Kelly has a slightly more minimalist layout as far as layers go, but no less colorful or detailed.  I love her handwritten journaling and the monogram letters at the bottom.

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I asked Kelly to describe her inspiration and process using the ephemera and here is what she said:

“I did a search on Pinterest for ‘gallery walls,’ as this was the kind of look that I wanted for my page.  I found a few walls that used an assortment of shapes that cascaded down the wall at an angle.  I accented the angle by stitching patterned paper in the opposite corners.”

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Jennifer’s black and white photo with all the pattern and color is a perfect contrast.  I love that Kelly used a trend in home décor as inspiration for a scrapbook page.  Thank you ladies for all your clever ideas and stories with us!

Scrapbook Circle now has a community page on Facebook called Scrapbook Circle of Friends!  We are super excited about creating a place for craft lovers to share their projects, communicate with other crafty friends and get inspired!  There are challenges and giveaways…check it out!

Thanks to all of you for stopping by the blog today and have an amazing day!

May’s Telephone Challenge

By Neela Nalam

May 9, 2016

Hi everyone, it’s Neela here sharing the May installment of the Telephone Game Challenge! This challenge works exactly like the telephone game we played as kids: We are using the previous month’s layout as the whispered “telephone” call, and passing it to a new creative team member each month. Here is Allie’s page from April:



I was super inspired by Allie’s colorful layout. I saw a loose grid going on with the butterflies and played that up by making a colorful grid layout.


I love grid layouts and end up making a bunch of them so it is not surprising that, that is exactly what I zeroed in on Allie’s layout. I mainly used the grid patterned paper from Fancy Free from the Here and Now May kit. This paper is precious so I used my paper trimmer to trim just the border and place it on the white cardstock. I then cut out the patterns I wanted from the grid. I still have a bunch of squares from the patterned paper stashed for another layout. I also loved the ephemera pack in this kit which is also from fancy free and used it to decorate the squares. I then added the sequins from pebbles for some bling. Of course I couldn’t resist adding the silicone words by Maggie Holmes from the Bloom and Grow kit.  We would love to see what you create with the May kits. Don’t forget to share your creations on the ScrapbookCircle facebook page!