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By Diana Waite

October 15, 2014

Life is hectic-chaotic in my house A LOT of the time with people running this way and that.  But when “moments” come a long–even those that don’t seem convenient–I try and take advantage of those!  In those “moments” are the times that bonds are formed.  Sometimes I think I am obnoxious because I take SO many pictures–but this time I only snapped two–they are treasures to me now. DianaWbrothermoment

This picture was taken in December and one of my uncles suddenly and unexpectedly passed away 3 short months later.  I was SO grateful I took the time out of my hectic day to visit with my family and have lunch AND take this picture.  I look at this picture it brings me joy because I lived the “moment”, it didn’t matter that it wasn’t framed just right, it doesn’t matter that they are wearing different shirts that sort of clash, it doesn’t matter that I see the fountain in the background (in which it looks as if it’s growing out of their heads), it doesn’t matter because you can’t have everything “perfect”.  The perfect comes when we LIVE in the moment embracing all the imperfections because guess what THAT is life!

So my challenge to you is to GET IN THE PICTURES you are scrapping, SCRAP the pictures that might not be “scrap worthy”–some of the best memories are remembered from “imperfect” pictures!

I really LOVED working with the On This Day kit–it’s mix of super fun embellishments and colors helped bring this layout together quickly!  We would really like to see your pages created with any Scrapbook Circle kit–please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page!

 

One Item Wonder: Silver and Gold Stars

Stars are one of my favorite shapes to add to layouts, and the silver and gold stars included in the On This Day kit definitely made my heart pitter patter. I asked creative team members Jenni and Diana to share with us how they used these cute embellishments on their layouts. Let’s take a look!

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Jenni used the wooden stars, as well as the Chickaniddy Crafts star stickers, to create a circle of embellishments surrounding her photos and title. I love the movement this design gives the page, especially for a layout about planes. Be sure to read the journaling – the Coldplay lyrics really drive home the stars!

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Diana has amazing sports photography skills, and I love how she accented these sports photos with the stars. They serve to highlight her star player and give her page some shine without looking sparkly.

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How have you used the stars on your projects? We’d love to see! Be sure to upload to our Facebook page so we can take a look. Thanks for stopping by today!

October Mood Board: Thanful for you.

By Valerie Huang

October 13, 2014

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If you can only ONE word to describe this Month’s Mood Board. What would it be? To me, It’s TEMPTING!! When I first saw this,

I absolutely want everything!!

Diana did such a great job on these Mood Board, wouldn’t you agree??

I was also very excited to play with the October On This Day kit, Right Now Add on kit and Good Times add on kit and combine them together in my layout.
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To me, the triangles in the Mood Board is very eye catchy. So I used the paper from the Fancy Pants True Friend 6X6 Paper Pad

and cut them into different sizes of triangles and lay them out on my cardstock.

And I arrange all the embellishments around the triangles. I really had a blast creating this layout using the Mood Board and I am sure you would love creating as well.

Please join me to play with this Mood Board and share them on Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

We want to see what you come up with and how this Mood Board inspires you.

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Designer’s Choice: Adding journaling strips

By Jennifer Larson

October 12, 2014

It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing a journaling technique I use a lot: journaling in strips.

My process is pretty regular: I start with photos/story, then select product, then move to design. At the end I fit in the journaling. I’ve found the most versatile way of doing this is journalng in strips, not blocks. Here’s what I do:

1. I print my journaling in a block using Word.

2. I measure how big the space on my page is for the journaling.

3. I go back to my journaling block and hit ENTER periodically, using the ruler at the top to ensure I don’t have the lines exceed the space on my page.

4. I hit Control-A to highlight the whole text (this is Command-A for a Mac).

5. I got to Format-Paragraph-Spacing and select 1.5. (I’m not sure why this works best, but it seems to be the best space between lines in order to trim them apart. I tend to use Times New Roman 12-pt font, so a bigger or narrower font will require more or less space. Experiment.)

6. After I print, I trim the strips and adhere them to the page. Sometimes I ink the edges; other times I outline the strips with a pen. I like adhering them either aligned left or right, or with a little randomness. Here’s how it looks on the page:

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And that’s how I design using journaling strips! They are such a versatile way of adding the story to a page, I hope you will open up Word and add your story to the page.

 

Designer’s Choice | Working With Triangles

By Gina Lideros

October 11, 2014

Hi Everyone!  It’s Gina here to share one of my favorite pages that I created with the October On This Day kit.  Recently, I saw this fun triangle background in the Silhouette store and I couldn’t wait to use it on my page.  It is one large triangle made out of 9 smaller triangles. To create this background I cut each piece one at a time, using different pieces of pattern paper from the main kit.  A few of the papers are from the two add on kits this month Right Now and Good Times.

 

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Once, my triangles were adhered down I used my sewing machine to stitch several of them in place.  Then added my photo and embellishments.   I fell in love with the Elle’s Studio Sycamore Happy paper as soon as I saw it.  I love all the scattered confetti pieces throughout.  I played off of the “scattered confetti” idea and placed numbers (from the Chickaniddy die cut pack, included in the Good Times add on) sporadically across my page.  Those numbers are the cutest and I really love the effect!

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The Pinkfresh Wood Drop Stickers and Elle’s Studio Sycamore Lane Cork Set (included in the main kit) added texture and visual interest to my page.

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The colors and papers in this kit were perfect for helping me document a trip to the pumpkin patch with my family.  If you haven’t already picked up an October kit, hurry and get them while supplies last.  Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Have a great day!

 

 

October Sketch Challenge

Welcome to another sketch challenge reveal here at Scrapbook Circle. Play along with this sketch before Oct. 22nd and you could be the winner of a fabulous Elle’s Studio prize.

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Before we get into the details about entering the challenge, here are some great layouts from the creative team to inspire you to play along.

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To be entered into the random drawing, play along with the sketch before Oct. 22nd. You can share your layout on Facebook on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page, or link it up here in the comments section of this post.

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We’ll announce a winner here on the blog on Oct. 24th.

Looking forward to seeing what you’ll create!

Designer Take: October Kit-Inspired Challenge

Have you been playing along with the October kit-inspired challenge? The challenge is to use the color orange on a layout. Need a little inspiration to get you started? I’ve asked creative team member Jamie to share with us how she used the October kit, On This Day, and the color orange in a recent layout:

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Isn’t this denim patterned paper by Chickaniddy Crafts lovely? Blue is the complimentary color to orange on the color wheel, making it the perfect backdrop for the bits and pieces of orange that Jamie added to her page.

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Buttons and patterned paper bring enough orange to the layout to feel warm and inviting. Beautiful page, Jamie!

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If you’d like to play along, we’d love to have you! Click here for the original challenge post and all the details on entering. Have a great day!

Designer’s Choice |Building a Rainbow

By Jenni Calma

October 8, 2014

Hi everyone!  It’s Jenni here to share one of my favorite pages I created using the October Kit – ‘On This Day’ and the ‘Right Now’ Add-On.   There are so many schools of thought about design & color composition, I learned lots of them in college.  We all have heard and/or practice them…use odd numbers to keep elements dynamic, use color or embellishments to lead to your eye around the page and offer balance, yada, yada, yada.  No offense to my art and design teachers, I do agree, but lately have been drawn to use multiple hues of the same color and all in one area.  The October kit is perfect for this kind of design!

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As usual, Lisa has done an outstanding job of pulling pieces from different collections that all work so well together.  This amazing painterly paper from Chickaniddy paired perfectly with the Echo Park days of the week paper in a rainbow of colors.  I wanted to use this photo of my daughter and some friends that came over for our Friday Night Movie night, so the days of the week was ideal!  After cutting the two background of papers at a diagonal, I layered my photo onto some of the Fancy Pants ‘True FRIEND’ 6×6 pad, part of the Add-On.

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I then chose stickers, chipboard and punched some more from the 6×6 pad to match all the colors.  Again, all the embellishments are from different collections, but such a great match.  I layered the embellishments on top of a similar color in the paper and hid the sharp diagonal line of my two background patterns.  My husband came up with the title for me, very appropriate, although a little scary! ;)

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me ramble about color grouping!  The October kit is a variety of so many patterns and colors that you need to check out Idea Gallery for the range of inspiration from the DT! Have a wonderful day!

One Item Wonder: Elle’s Studio Cork Embellishments

Cork is a hot trend in paper crafting these days, and the texture and natural color are a great addition to fall scrapbooking. The October kit, On This Day, includes a package of die-cut, cork embellishments by Elle’s Studio that you are sure to love using on your pages. I asked two of our creative team members to share with us how they put the cork to use on layouts. First, let’s check out Audrey’s take:

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Audrey paired the cork embellishments with the cork patterned paper for a school-themed layout.

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Audrey’s page is like a big, cute cork board hanging on a classroom wall. Such a great idea! The Elle’s Studio embellishments enhance the theme and add texture.

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Creative team member Rebecca loved using the cork for a summer-themed page:

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I love her technique for attaching the cork – staples! Cork is a soft material, so it easily accepts things like staples or brads, as well as adhesives.

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The sprinkling of embellishments is such a cute look!

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We would love to see how you use the Elle’s Studio cork! Be sure to share with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. Have a great day!

October Circle Round Up!

By Audrey Yeager

October 6, 2014

This months Circle Round Up features some of my favorite items from the October kit, “On this Day”.

 

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To start, I used the Echo Park “Days of the Week” paper from the orange circle for my background.

 

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For the blue “added dimension”, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Wood Drops.  They helped to reinforce my theme of rain!

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Next I used the Chickaniddy Scrumptious Label stickers for my journaling area.

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And finally, I got BOTH add-ons this month and from the green circle used the Elle’s Studio Bits & Pieces.

 

We would love to see how you are using the Circle Round Ups to help inspire your pages!  Please share a link or on our Facebook page!