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!


By Sara Zenger

July 9, 2014

I was so excited to open and create with the new Our Adventure Kit!  I just love the vintage vibe from this kit along with the fresh summer colors!


I was drawn to this amazing patterned paper! I just love the colors and the chevron design to it – I had to use it on this layout!

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There are so many incredible embellishments in this months kit and in the Away We Go Add-On!  I created a fun cluster off the bottom corner or my photo that says just how I feel about my this photo of my friend and I!


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I think journaling is important but I do not love my hand writing so I use the little kraft bag and yellow tag to jot down my thoughts but keep them tucked out of sight.

I will be back soon with more creations from Our Adventure kit!

One Item Wonder: Elle’s Studio Transparent Tags

Creative team member Rebecca has a fabulous idea for you when it comes to using the transparent tags by Elle’s Studio that are included in the Our Adventure kit. All you need is a sewing machine:

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Rebecca created a shaker element on her layout by sewing a transparent tag onto her page with embellishments loose inside. Here’s how she did it. First, decide where your tag will go and which embellishments you will include inside.


Next, sew three sides of your tag to your page. Insert your embellishments through the fourth side, then sew the fourth side shut.


Easy and fabulous way to add dimension and layers to a layout! Thanks for the tutorial, Rebecca!

How are you using the transparent tags? We would love to see! Be sure to share on our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Circle Round Up with Rebecca

By Rebecca Keppel

July 7, 2014

If you love recipe challenges and Venn Diagrams then the latest addition to the Scrapbook Circle blog series Circle Round Up is for you. Here is the Circle Round Up for this month.

circle round upBasically, you challenge yourself to use something from the Scrapbook Circle kits to represent each circle in the Venn Diagram. Also the larger the circle, the more dominant on your layout that element should be. Here is my take on this month’s Circle Round Up.

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This month I not only had the main Scrapbook Circle kit Our Adventure, but also the add on Happy Day to AND add on Away We Go to work with.  The largest circle calls for a yellow base paper which I used. The second largest green circle calls for colorful accents. I used two of the suggestions from here (Pink Paislee label sticker and Allison Kreft alphabet stickers).
For the third largest gray circle, I used the Elle’s Studio transparent tags. And finally for the smallest brown circle I used a few American Crafts Thickers and Studio Calico stars.


How have you combined this month’s kit and add ons?

:) Rebecca


My Brave Girl!

My daughter has no fear of living things, and I love that!  Bugs, snakes, crayfish….she handles them all! :)


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My photos were taken on a dock, so it was only appropriate that I used the “On the Dock” paper from Elle’s Studio as my background.  The pink, yellows, ad blues from the Echo park Capture Life collection also went well with my photos, so I stuck to that color combo (one of my favorites for summer!).  And the “Capture Life” sticker has dual meaning for this page!   Because of this circle sticker, I decided to continue adding a few smaller punched circles on the page to help it flow.



I used the bright yellow tag in the kit and added a bit of a white wash over it to tone it down a bit and wrote on it with white pen.  The word “fun” was printed on the Simple Stories Insta Square and I punched it out with a circle punch.  I tried to mimic the writing with the word “girl” with a white pen on a blue circle.



So what summer adventures will you be documenting with this kit?

Cardstock. A design team choice.

Cardstock is a staple in scrapbooking.  I can truthfully say that it has come a LONG way from the beginning of scrapbooking with colors, texture, and weight.  I think sometimes we take it for granted–we want the pizzazz of pattern paper…. So we are talking about cardstock today, I REALLY like my card stock heavy–I need it to hold my stuff!  Texture on the other hand is a little hard to write on but if you plan on just designing then no worries.  There is a way to “get around” the texture thing by just flipping the paper over.  For this layout I wanted the cardstock to shine: DianaWPsych

I ran my kraft colored card stock through my silhouette machine having it cut the triangle background.  I centered my kraft paper over the yellow.  I added adhesive behind a few of the triangles to hold it down while I sewed around the edges for affect.

I then assembled my page just like any other–I really am digging the background with plain old cardstock!  We would really LOVE to see your creations using any Scrapbook Circle kit, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page!



July Guest Designer — Becky Williams

This month we have the amazing and talented Becky Williams joining us on the Scrapbook Circle team. Let’s get to know her a little bit better.
My name is Becky Williams and I am thrilled to guest design for Scrapbook Circle this month. I am a physical therapist assistant-turned mother of four girls aged 3, 6, 8 and almost-10. I love that I am able to spend so much time with my husband, kids and our basset hound, Bella at our home in a little west Texas town outside of Lubbock. My family and our adventures are the inspiration for my scrapping. I have been scrapbooking since I was a teen and love the way that it helps me to unwind and to do something creative. I have had the opportunity to design for a variety of kit clubs and manufacturers and have had projects published in both digital and print magazines. I currently design for Pebbles Inc. and BasicGrey and you can see some of my work on my blog.
Here is the first layout Becky made with the July kit. I just love it!
We also asked Becky a few getting-to-know-you questions. Here are her fab answers.
If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why? I don’t know if I could pick just one person but I would really like to meet some of my online scrappy friends. I don’t know how much actual scrapping we would get done but I think that would be ok. Meeting some of these people who have become good friends of mine would be such a wonderful thing for me!
If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would you make sure was in that line and why? Gold is quite the trendy color in scrapbooking as well as in fashion, home decor, etc. right now. I love it!  If I were to design a scrapbook collection I would include large die cut words in a script font in a beautiful gold foil.  I think they would be loved right now and something that would be quite versatile. 
What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? Etc… My perfect day of scrapbooking would be a day without the distraction of my four sweet kids. As much as I love them I don’t get a whole lot of scrapping done when they are at home! I like for it to be quiet but with music or a movie in the background. Too much quiet isn’t always a good thing for me. Also, I really like to get together with friends to scrap but I either don’t get as much done because I am chatting too much. If I need to get some projects completed I prefer to work on my own.
It’s been great to get to know you a little bit better, Becky. Welcome to the Scrapbook Circle family for the month of July! Leave a little love in the comments for Becky to welcome her.