Designer’s Choice: Spring Fever



Hello! It’s Claudia with you and today I’m sharing my designer’s choice layout for this month. This kit was perfect to scrap summer photos, but I used some spring photos because there was a puffy sticker in the kit that said ‘Spring Fever’ which inspired me to make a spring layout rather than summer. I honestly don’t even have that many summer photos to scrap so if you’re in that same boat; the kit, even though it’s mostly summer themed, is still really versatile.

These photos were taken during one of my walks in the park, I love going for walks when the weather is nice and I just snapped a few photos along the way. I don’t document moments like these very often but I know that someday I will enjoy looking back at this. I am using a piece of white cardstock paper from my stash and knew I wanted to use this really gorgeous paper from the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie collection. I wanted to use both side of the paper and the other side added a really nice pop of yellow too.

I added a few layers behind my photo to make them stand out a little bit more, I really love that 8×8 acetate paper that came in he kit this month. After that the rest of the layout came together quickly. I knew I wanted to use that wooden ampersand from the Elle’s Studio Bits and Pieces pack which came in one of the add on kits this month and after that I just added a lot of little bits and pieces to make the layout look better. I added a lot of the Fancy Pants Puffy Stickers that came in the main kit, the colors fit really well with the color I wanted to add to the layout. I also added one of the flair buttons from the Hello Heather Here+There collection (also from the add on) and I just love how that camera looks. I really love flair buttons and am always excited to get more!





Thank you for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout. Have a great day!

Be Real – TWO awesome & video process!

By Jenni Calma

July 15, 2016

Hello!  Today, I am sharing a simple page I created using the July ‘Today is the Day’ kit.  I wanted to document a couple photos taken with my phone of my two girls…One 12 and one 6, or 42…closer to my age! 😉

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I filmed my process from start to finish, which you can find below, or click HERE to go to my YouTube channel.

We were sitting around on the porch watching the late afternoon pass us by.  Lola was so relaxed and settled for once, and the background made such a lovely contrasting sienna color tho the denim and black.

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I painted a quick couple strokes of a pale aqua paint onto a light kraft cardstock for my background.  I added a couple pieces of patterned paper behind my photo, tearing a few of the edges.  I tucked lots of Elle’s Studio, Fancy Pants and Pretty Little Studio labels and tags underneath my photo.

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Finally, I used a couple wood veneers that are Scrapbook Exclusive pieces in the July kit.  I added some journaling underneath the date stamp and added a few puffy stickers.

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Hope this simple page inspires you to create something with some of the photos in your phone!  And then, share your projects on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page!

Have an amazing day!

Printable Wishes

Who is loving the July printables as much as I? The bright colors are so fun and work so well with this month’s kit! I love them so much, in fact, that you will see them on another project from me later this month. However, today I am using the numbers 1-3 to document my daughter’s 12th birthday.


I really wanted this layout to have a whimsical feel to it. I began by printing and cutting out the numbers from the July printables  followed by “Make a Wish” cut using my Silhouette and an installed font.


Next, I played with the many embellishments and began placing them on the page. I wanted them to flow in a way that matched the direction Abby was blowing out her candles. Once the embellishments were down, I punched confetti from the Elle’s Studio papers and dropped them on the layout. Yes, dropped. If you are looking for random, sometimes you just have to throw things on the paper.


Once the confetti was glued down I added some of the puffy stickers to finish things off. As usual, I decided to stitch on the layout after the fact, so my final step was sewing the confetti, title, and the photo for that added pop of dimension.


 Everything used to create this layout is available in the Scrapbook Circle Store. I hope you are inspired to create something today!!






Tech Tip: creating your own “thickers” or cardstock embellishments

By Jung AhSang

July 13, 2016

Hello crafty friends!  For my tech tip today, I will be showing you how to create dimension using dies and a die cutting machine.  Essentially, we will be making our own thinkers / cardstock embellishments. If you don’t have a die cutting machine, you can easily use the same technique with your punches.

1.  First, choose a die you’d like to use, and some cardstock or pattern paper.  For my layout, I wanted to make a yellow “sunshine” title.

2.  Die cut your embellishment at least 4 times.

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3.  Add some glue to each die cut, and carefully glue the layers together one at a time.  You might want to use a fine line bottle for your glue, and a pair of tweezers to help you line small pieces together.

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Here, you can see the dimension that gluing several die cut pieces can add.

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…and here is the title in my layout (I also made a little sun and a tiny star using the same technique):

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I think that the dimension adds such a bigger impact than a single layer die cut would add.  I guess that is why we all love cardstock stickers!

For my layout, I used the July kit Today is the Day.  The white corrugated cardstock and the sequins were from the May kit Here & Now.

I hope you get some crafty time in friends, and I hope you will give my tech tip a try!

1 Product 2 Ways – Hello, Heather Die Cuts

By Jenni Calma

July 12, 2016

Hi Summer scrappers!

Our 2nd Product featured from the July ‘Today is the Day’ kit, are these script word die-cuts.  They are part of the new ‘Hello Heather’ collection at Pretty Little Studio!  With schedule adjustments for summer vacations, I created a LO along with Claudia, focusing on these bold embellishments.  Below is Claudia’s creation, which is centered around the coolest photograph!


Here is what Claudia had to say:

“Hello everyone! It’s Claudia here with you and today me and Jenni will show you some fun ways on how to use the Hello Heather die cut pack that comes with this month’s kit. I really love the die cut pack because of the variety between scripted words, hearts and the ‘typewriter’ look. I decided to do some sort of a grid design when I used both sides of this beautiful paper from the Life Is Beautiful collection by Fancy Pants. I personally don’t care too much about everything being the exact same size but if you do, then of course you could use a ruler. I thought a lot of the words in the die cut pack kind of described what this photo was about for me so I thought it would be a nice way to kind of use them as ‘storytelling’ pieces and place them on the grids to decorate them at the same time. Of course you could also choose a separate word to create your title, but since so many of the words matched so well with my photo I decided to just use them all up. I used the hearts to add pops of color on the layout.”

Claudia also filmed her process and you can see it below or click HERE to take you to her YouTube channel:



I am really excited to hang with Claudia sharing something for this weekly post.  I wanted to create a simple graphic page with this patterned paper that would make my photo pop! smile_SBC_July 2016 border

 I made a start to finish video of my process…click below or HERE to see it!

I started by cutting this large stacked butterfly design on the Elle’s Studio paper with my Silhouette.  I thought this paper would be an eye catching way to include the die-cut words, as the center to each butterfly.  I used an inch of the same patterned paper as a border, on the right side of the background.  I chose a few of the Elle’s Studio wood veneers and painted them matching colors using my gelatos.  I added most of the embellishments using a hot glue gun and added a few color coordinated stickers and die-cuts.  The ‘smile’ puffy sticker from Fancy Pants served as my title!  I am a little crazy about color matching embellishments lately and these vibrant summer colors in the July kit are perfect for my current obsession!

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Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!

We hope these ideas are inspirational and ask you to share your creations with the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page!

Have an amazing day!!

July Challenge: On Deck

Hitting the pier, your backyard deck or the boardwalk this summer? Inspired by the wood plank patterned papers in the July kit, Today is the Day, the challenge this month is to create a layout featuring wood.

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Thinking of the pier made me think of our recent trip to the beach. The gray, weathered wood patterned paper reminded me of the sand, so I enlarged a favorite photo from the trip to scrapbook:

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I don’t have an oversized printer, so I had a local place print this photo as an 11×14. I trimmed off a bit from the top and bottom and adhered it to a 12×12 piece of cardstock. To hide the inch of bare cardstock, I added a strip of the wood patterned paper.

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I kept embellishments to a minimum, but I was sure to use the Elle’s Studio wood embellishments. The stars and the sunny days phrase were perfect. Heidi Swapp stickers and Pretty Little Studio die-cuts finish it off.

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I love how the wood elements add to the natural feel of the page.

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Ready to play along? Here’s how!

1. Create a layout with wood elements (paper and/or embellishments). 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 “July Challenge – On Deck” and add your photo.

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, August 14th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on August 15th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: June Challenge

Hello friends! Everything you made for the June challenge was awesome! Our randomly selected winner of a shop credit is…

Rebecca K

…with this sweet layout:


Rebecca received two entries into the drawing because she not only played along, but also posted to our Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group! Congratulations, Rebecca! Please email me at with your contact information and we will get that prize to you.

Stay tuned! The July challenge is coming up later today!


Designer’s Choice: Fun & Sunshine

Hello everyone! Allie here today, and I have a fun layout to share with you using circles!


This layout was particularly inspired by the Elle’s Studio circle shaped wood veneers included in the July Today is the Day kit. I love circle-shaped things, so I decided to create a layout full of circles. To create this layout, I cut various size circles from patterned paper included in the kit and You’ve Got This Add-on. I arranged the circles on the page until I liked them, and then chose my photo!



I typically choose my photo after most of my layout is created. I knew I wanted this photo to be a happy and summery one, so I chose this photo of us with Pluto! He matched the orange/yellow tones of the patterns perfectly!




I finished the layout more wood veneer, as well as coordinating yellow and orange items from the kit. The result is a summery, fun page! I hope that inspires you, thank you for stopping by!

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I wanted to talk about this page today. DianaWfriends I’ll be truthful, I started out with a 12 x12 page, then quickly changed my mind, to scrap on a smaller 8.5 x 11.  I LOVED these silly pictures of my daughter and her friend printed out with my instax printer.  I didn’t want them to get lost on the page, so I decided to scrap on a 6 x 6 sheet instead.  Here are the steps that I did to accomplish my challenge:

1.  I cut my 12 x 12 down to an 8.5 x 11 (this was AFTER I had adhered the 6 x 6 sheets to the front).

2. I then stapled my pictures to my page.

3. I embellished my page.


4. I journaled.

5. Finally I sewed around the edges to give it just an added bonus.

Once I decided which direction I wanted my page to go it came together QUICKLY!

We would love to see your creations using any Scrapbook Circle kit.  Please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @scrapbook_circle.


Guest Designer – Nancy Damiano!

By Jenni Calma

July 8, 2016

Hi there friends!  I am thrilled to introduce July’s Guest Designer, Nancy Damiano.  She has an amazing, clean style that is always full of color and thoughtful details!  Check out her Bio and project below using the current ‘Today Is the Day’ kit.

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“I’ve been scrapbooking for 10+ years and I still love it today as much as the fateful day I stumbled upon the scrapbook aisle at Michael’s.  I scrapbook a mix of everyday life and moments. It’s all about merging beautiful colors + a good story for me. If I have something to say, I scrapbook it! live in New Jersey with my husband, son, and a gaggle of nieces and nephews that I adore.  I have a passion for the color aqua, Disney World, and anything paper + craft. I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember. I learned long ago that the best things are handmade. Thanks so much for letting me share what I do with the Circle!”

Here is Nancy’s bright, colorful layout and description in her own words!

​This page is all about that fringe! By cutting apart the bold stripe in the Elle’s Studio patterned paper, I was able to create rows and rows of frilly fringe that ground the layout. This is my punch of color, texture and movement all in one.

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​I started with two things here – a bold idea for fringe + a favorite photo from my son’s toddler years. He’s 10 now, so the story is from the perspective of me looking back. It’s what I like about not scrapbooking in chronological order. Time changes the stories and that’s a good thing! The toddler years were demanding physically and I don’t think I could do that again at this age. But there was something magical about having a little one that was impressed by so little. Just Dad throwing him in the air was the best. I want to remember that and writing about it 7 years later, makes it that much sweeter.

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Since the background is packed with color and texture, the title needed some serious layering so that it would get lost! I handout the “hello” portion from white card stock and layered the yellow acrylic “sunshine” exclusive from the kit. Next, using the banner puffy sticker just underneath the title ties it to the background and also underlines it and gives it weight.

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The photo has some blank white space at the lower right side. To add a punch of color and draw the eye up to the subject (my son flying in the air!), I added a diagonal path leading right up to him with the puffy heart stickers.

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Merging stories + color + fun techniques is what I love about this hobby. The Scrapbook Circle kit this month was the perfect fit!

Nancy will be joining us again in a couple weeks with another project…make sure to come back!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!