Introducing the Telephone Game Challenge

By Jamie Leija

January 25, 2016

Hiya! I have a brand new challenge I’d like to introduce you to today. We’re calling it the Telephone Game Challenge and I’m kicking it of for 2016!

Do you remember being a kid and playing the telephone game? If not, let me explain. There’s a line of children. Someone whispers into the first kiddos ear, usually something funny. Then that kiddo whispers what they heard into a second kid’s ear. And then the second kid whispers into the third kid’s ear. But it’s whispered, so sometimes it doesn’t make sense or it gets garbled or mixed around. So by the time you get to the end of the line, the message sounds nothing like what was initially said.

We thought it would be fun to reinterpret that game as a scrapbook challenge! Every month someone will scrap lift the previous month’s layout. Taking the bits that inspire them the most and re-interpreting it with their own style. It will be interesting to see the difference between these two layouts. But it will be even more interesting to see the difference between the first layout and the sixth or the twelfth!


Here’s the layout I created to start the challenge off! I loved the Seven Paper numbers from the Shine Bright add-on. They were really the jumping off point for this page about an anniversary. It’s a fairly simple page but I think simple is good. Lots of room for interpretation =)

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Next month, the lovely Jennifer Larsen will be sharing her iteration. I’m excited to see what she comes up with! You’ll have to check in next month as well, to see how this little challenge of ours progresses.

And if you decide to jump in on the game and scrap lift this page, please share it it with us! Either in the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Group or on Instagram. Just tag @scrapbook_circle or include the hashtag #scrapbookcircle


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January Sketch Winner

Thank you to everyone who played along this month!











I really want to hit that craft desk right now! Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!

This month’s random winner of the $15 Scrapbook Circle shop credit is … Amelia! Amelia, email Diana [at] to confirm your prize.

Have a very crafty weekend, friends!

January Technique Challenge: Ransom Note

Inspired by the Seven Paper washi tape included in the Fresh Start kit, our technique challenge this month is to create a layout with a title or sub-title in “ransom note” style.

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The Seven Paper Clara paper and any of the alpha stickers in the kit and add-ons would be great for this challenge, too. I spread out my kit, chose photos, and went to work on the title first:

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Using scissors and sometimes tearing, I spelled out “Mom” and “Addie”. Based on the colors of those letters, I chose papers.

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I love the pink, yellow, green and gray combination. It feels fresh after the holiday color palettes I had been working with in December.

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I fussy-cut the butterfly and flower from the Basic Grey journaling cards paper in the kit. They coordinate perfectly with the colors I pulled from the washi tape for my title.

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

1. Create a layout with a “ransom note” style title or sub-title. The Fresh Start kit is perfect for the challenge, but any materials will do. Traditional and hybrid layouts only, please.

2. Post your layout to your blog, a gallery, or our Facebook page.

3. Comment below with a direct link to your post.

4. Enter by Wednesday, February 3rd, 9:00 pm Pacific time. The randomly selected winner will be posted on Thursday, February 4th.

5. If you are a subscriber and/or in the United States, you could win this Simple Stories swag bag fresh from CHA! International friends are welcome to play along for a $20.00 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store.


Good luck and happy scrapping!


Winner: January Trend Challenge

Thank you for playing along with our Calendar Chic January Trend Challenge! I loved all the calendars – from documenting vacations to new babies, you all did a fantastic job with the challenge. Our randomly selected winner is…


…who created this fabulous page with the January Fresh Start kit:

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Congratulations, Ange! Please email me at with your contact information and we’ll get your prize off to you.

Our January Technique Challenge is coming right up!

My Favorite Embellishment Shape

By Rebecca Keppel

January 20, 2016

Some people like flowers, some people love circles, I love stars! I love stars on layouts and cards. I love chipboard stars, star stickers and more. The Studio Calico vellum stars are awesome. I like how there are star outlines and filled in stars in the one pack and how there are multiple colors too! Stars are great for so many themes too. Having a boy I love that stars are not girly. I sprinkled them on this page:

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Do you love stars or is there another embellishment or shape you like to use?

:) Rebecca


One Item Wonder: Wood Tags

The Fresh Start kit includes a set of four exclusive wooden tags:


I love the trendy fonts and the sayings make great titles, subtitles and card sentiments. I especially love how two tags have the hole on the left, and the other two have a hole on the right. Creative team member Jennifer took advantage of that when she used two tags to frame the photo on this fantastic layout:

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Jennifer found the tags easy to use with elements from both the main kit and the add-ons because of their natural wood finish.

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How are you putting these adorable tags to use? We’d love to see! Be sure to share on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram. Have a great day!


Take 2 | Inspired by Past Projects

By Jenni Calma

January 18, 2016

Happy Monday everyone!  Jenni here today sharing my Take 2 project using a layout of mine that is from October 2014!  I used both the January main kit, “Fresh Start” and “Shine Bright” Add-On.  the After opening my January kit, I remembered using a similar polka dot bag that was included and I recreate the layout.

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This yellow ombre paper was inspiring too. I didn’t want to cover up too much but cut it up into random rectangles to give it some texture and more interest.

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I printed out my photo in black and white to contrast all the color. I used the same over all design, one photo with lots of layers under it and embellishments around it.

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The Fancy Pants pack of flair die cuts in the Add-On has this awesome light bulb that fit perfectly with the curve of my son’s hand in the photo.

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A couple other tags and die cuts for my title and the projects was complete!

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I love challenges like this that make me go back and look through previous projects.  Some of your best inspiration can come from yourself!  An important idea to remember as we all make a fresh start in 2016.

Share your Take 2 layouts or other projects on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page with us and thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Have an amazing day!

Combining colorful papers and patterns on a layout

By Diana Waite

January 16, 2016

sometimes it’s tricky to figure out how to combine colors and prints on one page.  My technique?  I just held my breath and went for it–sometimes I tend to be SO linear and OCD that the actual creative process is stressful.  I remembered that the boys in the pictures ARE colorful and they don’t always match and THAT was my inspiration for the papers I chose on this page:

DianaWfamilyI was especially drawn to the colorful numbers–it kind of matches their outfits!  So next time you are “stressing out” about your page–don’t!  Scrapbooking is memory keeping and FUN–enjoy the process!

We would love to see your pages–please feel free to share them on our Facebook page and tag us on Instagram!

Get Real: And may the force be with you

By Jennifer Larson

January 15, 2016

Maybe I’m the only one who does this, but occasionally, when I find something fun when shopping with my family, I take pictures of us with it. Case in point: the day the Star Wars: The Force Awakens gear released at Target last fall. Like many people before us, we had gone to Target just for groceries, and we left with Star Wars gear. After a few more months of pictures of us in Star Wars stuff, I picked my favorites photos and made this page:

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There’s nothing really thematic here, except some stars and the title glowing with the Force. I thought the background paper’s yellow looked like a sunrise on Tatooine, so I set the title over it and lay some bright strips on top of it to tuck the photos into. Here’s some details:

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January’s kit has lots of embellishments that are fun to layer. I put them in a few spots on the page.

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Here’s another spot I layered embellishments. (Note: We did not buy the Wookiee I am holding, but that Wookiee snuggie my son is wearing? Yep. That one’s ours.)

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I love that the vellum die cuts in the Shine Bright add-on are richly colored enough so that I can use regular adhesive without it showing through. Now that’s the Force!

Thank you for checking out my page! I hope it gives you ideas of how to scrap your own shopping pictures, however goofy they may be.

Designer Take: Calendar Chic by Diana

Our current trend challenge is to go Calendar Chic by using calendar-themed product on a layout. Creative team member Diana used the Maggie Holmes calendar paper from the Fresh Start kit as the background of this great page:


Diana built her design around the October portion of the patterned paper because October is when her family took this awesome trip to New York. The other months left visible create “white space” around her photo, title and embellishments. Documenting the “when” of a special occasion, like a vacation, is a great use for calendar-themed product!

If you’ve got an idea for that patterned paper, or any other calendar chic ideas, play along with us! You can read more about the challenge here. There’s an Elle’s Studio prize or $20.00 store credit up for grabs, so don’t let time run out. Good luck and happy scrapping!