Let the Glitter Fall Where It May – Tutorial

By Jenni Calma

December 10, 2014

Hi there and Happy December!  This is Jenni here to share another non-photo layout I made using the December ‘We Are Made of Stories’ kit.  I also have a few tips for glittering wood veneer.  I did a project last month that I used on my mantle as part of my Fall decor and thought I might do the same for Christmas!

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to die cut the title from the center of a piece of patterned paper from Pink Pailsee.  I backed the negative spaces behind the words using more paper from Elle’s Studio and the 6×6 Pink Pailsee pad, part of the ‘Favorite Elf’ Add-On.  Inspired by all the metallics included in the kit, I knew I wanted to use glitter and embossing powder on the wood veneer!

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These are the supplies I used.  Gold and silver glitter, gold & silver embossing powder, Versamark ink, glittering glue (any white craft glue would work) and of course the wood veneer.

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I made a paste of 2 parts water to one part glue in a jar and mixed it well.  Although the glittering glue helps, it is watering it down that keeps it from clumping.

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I used a small brush to paint a thin layer of glue onto part of each snowflake and dropped it into a pile of glitter.

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Working in two batches, one for each color, I used my tweezers to hold the snowflake and tap off the excess glitter.  I kept tapping until nothing else fell off!  The tweezers are also great to hold something small when heat embossing.

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One of the best tips I ever heard was from Wilna Furstenburg who suggested a lint roller to pick up excess glitter!  It works unbelievably well!

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I had originally planned to arrange the snowflakes in a circle but decided on a heart  instead, making a bow at the top with the twine included in the kit.  I also layered gold and silver thread onto the paper before adhering the wood veneer to the background.  I matted the whole project onto another piece of the patterned paper from Pink Paislee to frame it and add stability.

I love glitter all year, but especially around the holidays.  Share how you used the wood veneer snowflakes or other parts of the December kit on our Facebook Page.  Happy Holidays!

One Item Wonder: Gold-foiled Vellum

Two very trendy finishes in scrapbooking today are gold and vellum. Combine the two and you have one of those papers that is so beautiful, it’s hard to cut into. We Are Made of Stories includes one such paper. From the Open Book line by Maggie Holmes, it features intersecting chevrons in gold foil on white vellum. I asked Jamie and Valerie from our creative team to share with us how they used this gorgeous paper. Let’s take a look:

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Inspired by the angles of the vellum paper, Valerie designed her page on a tilt. The vellum looks soft over white cardstock, and the gold foil really pops and shines.

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Jamie placed her vellum so that the chevron pattern points to her title and focal photo. She also layered the vellum over a patterned paper. The woodgrain background looks beautiful against the vellum and gold.

What are you doing with this gorgeous paper? Go ahead, cut into it! Your layouts will thank you! Share with us on our Facebook page here. Thanks for stopping by today!

Circle Round-Up: December

By Jennifer Larson

December 8, 2014

It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing some inspiration I gained from this month’s Circle Round-Up:

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The colors were a bit of a challenge for me. See the biggest circle? It’s pink. I have two boys. Still, pink is a happy color, so I went with using the Chickaniddy Caroling paper as the background for this December wrap-up page.

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The complement to the page for me was the Elle’s Studio Quilt paper. I wanted a dramatic contrast to the muted pink music paper, so I trimmed the diamond paper and made it overlap the photos on one side. For interest, I trimmed leftover diamonds and adhered them with dimensional stickers.

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Next came the grey circle. There’s loads of lovely grey in this kit, and I went with the Pink Paislee Reindeer paper, which had a grey and white stripe B-Side. I punched it with a zig-zag border punch and laid it across the two pages to draw the pages together and make a base for the title.

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Finally the add-on circle. I went with silver for this one: I’d been planning on using the silver number stickers since I saw the Circle Round-Up; The silver word stickers in the add-on were just icing. To add more color, I also added more of the colorful Chickaniddy stars across the page to tie the design together and add punches of color.

So that’s how the Circle Round-Up inspired me this month! How will it inspire you? Post your creations to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page to share your ideas!

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By Audrey Yeager

December 7, 2014

One of my favorite items in this month’s “We are Made of Stories” kit are the enamel stars from Chickaniddy Crafts.  I love the bright array of colors, and I wanted to highlight them on my page.

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I started by drawing some broken circles with a pen a then splattering a bit of mist on the page.  I used a small photo that wouldn’t take up too much of my circles and began adding some bits and pieces around the rings of the circle.  I used the stars, some bits from the Elle’s Studio Good Cheer package, some punched paper circles, and of course the fun gold glitter Thickers from American Crafts.  I also threw in some of the black glitter stars from the Pink Paislee stickers and some tiny stars from the Freckled Fawn Embellisment kit.

 

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I wasn’t happy with the balance of my page, so to even it out, I added a small bit of paper to the bottom right corner and a punched circle.

 

You may recognize former SBC DT member Sara Zenger and I in this photo of a fun retreat we went to back in September!  :)

 

Designer’s Choice – Dynamic layout

By Monika Głód

December 6, 2014

Hello everyone!

I really like winter, but my kids, oh boy, they love it! all the sledding, snow fights and buildings are so much fun for them.

I like so much this photo of my boys, taken during their snowfight two years ago. This picture is a little bit blurry, but is still good to scrap .

I used  Scrapbook Circle December Kit - We are Made of Stories  and addon -Favourite Elf to make this layout.

I wanted my layout to be dynamic, so I cut diamonds from Elle’s studio patterned paper, and put them horizontally near photo. Thanks to this, you have a feeling of a movemnet on the whole page, not only on the photo.

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I also chose patterned papers with snowflakes, stars and the one with a big chevron.

All these patterns match perfectly, and  all used embellishments gave a great final touch to this page.

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Try to scrap dynamic pictures, even if they are a little bit blurry, it could be very creative.

Thanks for looking!

Monika

December Guest Designer — Gail Lindner

For December, we welcome Gail Lindner to the creative team!

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Let’s get to know Gail a little better:

I have a wonderful, hard-working husband, a beautiful, energetic daughter, a mischievous, fun-loving toddler boy and this year we welcomed a sweet, content baby (another boy) into our family.

I live in sunny Queensland, Australia and am lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home-mum. I spend my days changing nappies, making sandwiches, doing school drop offs and pick ups and trying to stay on top of the never-ending washing, feeding and tidying that comes with three kids!

But I am, and always have been a creative person. I’ve been scrapbooking for over fourteen years now and I can’t imagine my life without it. I still love it just as much as I did back then as it encompasses everything I love – memories, photos, memorabilia and pretty things!

I’m inspired by my photos and the stories I want to tell. You will rarely find a layout from me without meaningful journaling. I love the idea of my kids (and future grandkids even) reading about my thoughts and experiences through my scrapbooking.

I’ve been involved in the scrapbooking industry for a loooong time, through magazine publications, manufacturer design teams, working at scrapbook stores and running classes and workshops. Currently I’m fortunate to be on the design teams for Pink Paislee and Bazzill Basics.

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Here is the first of many great projects you’ll see from Gail. Stunning!

We also asked Gail a few questions for fun. Here are her answers:

If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why? Well, I’m going to cheat and say that I cannot possibly choose just one! I would love to gather a few of my closest “online” buddies who are scattered all around Australia to get together for a big scrap and chat. Although I think we would do more chatting than scrapping! I miss these girls and wish we could see each other more often!

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If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would you make sure was in that line and why? I am all about the story and documenting so I would have to say journaling prompts! Perhaps some prompts to tell stories that you mightn’t have thought of before.

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What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? I mostly scrap at night when the kids are in bed and I usually like to pop on a DVD (one that I’ve seen loads of times so I don’t have to concentrate on it too much) for background noise. To make it absolutely perfect, it would be an all night crop with a few friends, lots of chatting, some yummy chips and dip and I would get to sleep in all the next morning! Haha!

It’s been great getting to know you, Gail. Leave her a comment or two and let’s welcome her!

December Kit-Inspired Challenge: Silver and Gold

Nothing says holiday glamour more than silver and gold. From the sparkle and shine of ornaments to the glimmer and glitter of pretty wrapping paper, silver and gold are holiday neutrals. Inspired by the silver and gold you find in the We Are Made of Stories kit, our December Kit-Inspired Challenge is to use both silver and gold on a layout. I have asked creative team member Rebecca to start us off with some sparkly inspiration:

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Rebecca enjoyed using several silver and gold elements from the main kit, add-on and Freckled Fawn kit to create this layout: Pink Paislee foil stickers, gold shimmer twine, Pink Paislee metallic silver number stickers, mini stars, silver star clip…

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…and the American Crafts glitter thickers.

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Rebecca even used gold ink to stamp with the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamp and followed up with gold embossing powder. This page really has me in the mood for the holidays!

Ready to play? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout that features both silver and 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, December 17th, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win this Heidi Swapp prize package!

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Last Look at Embossing, November Technique Challenge Winner

Hello! Before announcing the winner of our November Technique Challenge, I absolutely must share with you this gorgeous layout by creative team member, Jamie:

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Jamie joined the challenge to include embossing on a page, and she did so in two ways. First, she dry embossed the far right tag by running it through a machine with an embossing folder. I love that classic design!

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Second, she heat embossed using Versa Mark ink and white embossing powder. To enhance the embossed image, Jamie sprayed gray mist over the stamping. She especially loves how the embossing acts as a resist.

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I love the beautiful, subtle texture that embossing gave Jamie’s page. Thanks for sharing, Jamie!

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Ready to find out who won the embossing challenge? Drum roll please…. The randomly selected player, and winner of a Chickaniddy Crafts prize package is:

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…who created this layout featuring embossing:

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Congratulations! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (d0t) com with your contact information and we will get your prize off to you.

Thanks for playing, everyone! Our December Kit-Inspired Challenge is coming right up!

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By Diana Waite

December 3, 2014

Today I would like to talk about journaling.  For me a page isn’t complete without the story that goes behind the pictures.  Sometimes the story is long (which requires more space to write) or short like this page:DianaWthisisus

I didn’t have much to say but I wanted to include some words about what we were doing.  It’s been 3 years but I can still remember this day, we were all excited to go and try the NEW (to us) peppermint blizzards at Dairy Queen!  I wanted my journaling to be a little different so I decided to use the stitching as a guide or lines to write above.  GREAT simple affect without taking away from the fun of the picture and page.

We would LOVE to see your creations using ANY Scrapbook Circle kit, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page.

 

 

One Item Wonder: Pink Paislee Tags

The December kit, We Are Made of Stories, includes kraft tags by Pink Paislee. From their “Merry and Bright” line, these tags are sure to make your December pages just that – merry and bright. Let’s take a look at how creative team member Diana used them on her layout.

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Diana paired one of her kraft tags with her photo. They balance each other nicely and the tag pops off of the colorful background.

Do you have a plan for these darling tags? We would love to see what you do with them. Be sure to post your projects to our Facebook page and we’ll be sure to leave you some comment love. Have a great day!