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By Lisa Andrews

June 10, 2016

Do you ever love both sides of a patterned paper so much that you can’t decide which side to use? That’s how I felt about the Bella Blvd She Blooms paper from our Now or Never June Kit! Today I want to share a simple solution that features both sides of the patterned paper.

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Cutting the paper diagonally and then flipping one side over and putting the pieces together let’s you see both fabulous sides of the paper. My paper trimmer doesn’t fit a 12X12 paper diagonally, so I used two other pieces of paper as a straight edged guide and drew a diagonal line in pencil across my background paper. Then I hand cut the diagonal line, flipped one side over and attached them together with a couple of paper scraps on the back of the page.

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I finished off the page with a favorite photo and embellishments from the main June Kit plus washi tape and the cute bow clip from the June Planner Kit.

Hope this inspires you to use both sides of your favorite patterned paper!

June Embellishment Add-On Mini Album

Hello! Jennifer here today sharing a mini album I created using the June Embellishment Add-on Kit.

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When I got the add-on kit I knew right away I wanted to use it for something other than a layout. I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock into 3×4 pieces and choosing which patterned papers I wanted to use. I tried to keep the album somewhat subdued to focus more on the photos.

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For the cover, I used the Bella Blvd. adhesive chipboard from last month’s kit and painted the adventure sentiment with black watercolor paint . I glued it to the patterned paper with Mono and some foam to give it dimension. I also punched a hole in the Pinkfresh acetate sentiment and topped that off with the charm from the planner kit.

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On the inside pages, I layered different items from the add-on kit while still trying to keep the overall design simple.

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I continued the theme throughout, using the Bella Blvd. enamel hearts and more stickers from Amy Tangerine and Heidi Swapp.

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The last two pages are my favorite. I love that I was able to incorporate one of the bags from the kit’s packaging and tuck a bit of journaling into it. The last step (which was an afterthought as usual) was to stitch on each of the pages for added dimension and also to keep things in place.

I used a basic binder ring from the school supply aisle at the grocery store to keep everything together.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy creating!

Tech Tip with Kelly

By Kelly Holbrook

June 8, 2016

Hello! It’s Kelly here sharing a couple of tips about my layering technique. I’m not very tech-y…or technique-y for that matter, but I do have a few tricks when it comes to putting my pages together.
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  I usually start by grabbing the products I know I want to use, and just move them around with my photo on whatever background I’ve chosen.  When I am pleased with how it looks, I take a photo with my phone. Here is the phone pic that I took of today’s layout before I stuck everything down:
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I also make pencil marks to make sure I start in the right place, and don’t run out of room at the top or bottom once I start putting things together. Here, I marked where the white space was going to be…
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The picture and pencil marks are guidelines for putting my page back together, and I can add more detail as I stick things down…like hidden journaling and stitching.
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I might even change things around once it’s coming together, and add a few more embellishments.
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Thank you so much for stopping by today! Need more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery.

One Item Wonder – Pretty Little Studio Gold Labels

Switching it up a bit this week, we are featuring the Gold Metallic Labels from Pretty Little Studio that is part of the June “Now or Never” main kit.  Jung did an amazing job using the labels as a photo mat!

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This is how Jung described her creation:

“I absolutely love labels, and use them on a lot of my layouts!  I was trying to think of a different way to use them, and I was thinking of having them in the background somehow.  Then, since the labels are gold, I came up with the idea of creating a frame with them.  I think they turned out to be the perfect way to frame my pictures.”

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The labels notched corners make such a simple, effective detail under the photos.  I adore her composition and to me, the simplicity and deliberate design of Jung’s layout is timeless.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out our Community page on Facebook, Scrapbook Circle of Friends!

Have an amazing day!

June Challenge: Everything is Awesome

One of my very favorite papers in the June Now or Never kit is this fabulous paper by Pinkfresh Studio:

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Spelling out “awesome” in such a cool, bold way is the inspiration behind our June challenge: “Everything is Awesome.” To play along, create a layout with the word “awesome” as a central focus. You could document awesome people, places, or things – whatever you deem awesome. Using that awesome Pinkfresh Studio patterned paper, I created this take on the challenge:

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I tucked several flowers from the Illustrated Faith pack of die-cuts in and around my title. Since the Maggie Holmes gingham paper and the “awesome” paper were black and white, I loved the pop of color that the die-cuts added.

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I sprinkled some Illustrated Faith heart stickers throughout the title, and added even more color with drops of mist.

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

1. Create a layout with the word “awesome” as a central focus. 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 “June Challenge – Everything is Awesome” and add your photo.

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, July 10th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on July 11th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

DT choice – Cutting your photos into shapes

I love cutting out my photos into shapes for my layouts. For this layout I decided to cut them out into triangles. I first printed out my photos in squares of 4×4 inches size. I created a template with throw away paper and laid the triangle on each of the photos and cut them out. Just keep one thing in mind when you want to cut out the photos into shapes …. when you are editing your photos, you need to have an idea where your subject is and how much of the photo is going to get cut off when you overlay the shape. I struggled with a couple of photos and had to change a few to make sure that my son’s hand or head does not get cut off.

I decided to use a white cardstock as my background as I wanted the acetate words from PinkFresh studio from the Be You embellishment kit to stand out. I added some color coordinating mist and drops of black to add more interest. I then glued the words with vellum adhesive and did some zig zag machine stitching so that they stay put.

Now it was time to add my photos. I had already made a layout with the pleasant summery colors in this kit. But this kit has a lot more to offer. So I wanted to bring that out on this layout with that black and white stripes paper from illustrated faith. It gave me the pop and interest that I was looking to add on this layout. So I used that as a mat for the photos. I placed the triangles in different ways on the layout but finally settled on what you see below. The placement of the photos this way and the black is something that I don’t usually do but I love the way it turned out.

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To finish off the layout, I wrote my journaling on strips of white cardstock(because after finishing most of my layout, it was better to be safe than sorry!) and added them near each of the words. I also added some of the wood veneer words which are scrapbook circle exclusives on top of each of the acetate words. Here are some close ups:

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Do share your layout on the Scrapbook circle of friends facebook page. We would love to see them.

Designer’s Choice | Love Life

Hi everyone! Allie here today sharing a layout using the June Now or Never kit!

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I was inspired the motivating quotes on he Pinkfresh Happy Words paper. I wanted to use it as a background, but it was too busy for my taste. I solved this by adding some vellum on top! It toned it down, yet still allows the quotes to come through.

I lined my photo next to the “Stay True to You” quote and added my title below.

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Next, I embellished! I added the fun pieces from the She Blooms ephemera pack, as well as some enamel hearts. So fun!

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I finished the layout by stitching around the edges of the vellum. That wraps it up for today! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope this inspires you to use a busy pattern as a background! Be sure to check out the Now or Never kit in the Scrapbook Circle shop!

Be Real – #Vacation

Hi everyone! This is Neela with a ‘Be Real’ post. For this layout, I decided to use my photos that I had posted on instagram during our vacation to Hawaii last year. It was a fun way to document the different activities that we did during our trip on one layout. I printed out the photos in  3×3 size and glued them to a white cardstock. I then turned the cardstock on an angle and glued it to the background cardstock. I love the orange cardstock from websters pages and the pink cardstock from the better together collection in the Now or Never kit. I liked the contrast between the two colors. So I paired them in the background. My favorite embellishments to use on this layout were the stickers from the Amy Tan better together sticker book from the Be you embellishment kit. The flowers and bright colors were perfect for these photos. I used the circle number stickers to number these photos and journaled about each photo in the journaling tag below. For the title I used the alphabet stickers from Jillibean Soup. It is actually a pretty simple layout and came together really fast once I decided which photos I wanted to use. Having all the elements that I needed for this theme in the kit made made it super easy and quick. I am glad to get those photos off the phone and onto a layout.

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Here are couple of close ups of some of the elements:

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Make sure you post your projects in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends facebook group. We would love to see your projects.

Trio of Gatefold Cards (& process tutorial)

Happy June crafty friends!!  Today, I am sharing 3 cards I made in a bit of an assembly line process, using the fresh June kit, ‘Now or Never!’  I used the same process for each card and a handful of the similar embellishments.

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I started with three blank gatefold cards and three mini Distress Ink pads per card.  I chose these colors based on the colors from the Bella Blvd. Illustrated Faith embellishments that are part of the main kit.

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This is one of my favorite techniques for adding quick color to a background or card base that looks great, without much work!  I added the ink to my craft mat starting with the darkest color as a strip and then adding lighter colors to each side symmetrically.  I misted the ink with water, fairly lightly in order to get some good droplets around the edges.

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I unfolded each gatefold card all the way open and then pressed the front side into the ink, planning for the folded edges to be the darkest and working out to the lighter inks.  I repeated this process for each set of 3 Distress Ink pads and card bases.

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This is what one of the card bases looked like after I inked it.  I let all the card bases air dry before I continued.

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Below are all three of the card bases in the various color combinations I chose, as they were drying.

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And another one of the cards showing the painting after it had dried on one card.

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This is the same card after I added a few of the Bella Blvd. Illustrated Faith embellishments, a Jillbean Soup kraft tag and a couple enamel hearts from the same Bella Blvd. collection.

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One of the brighter inked cards and another tag here below.

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Here is a photo showing a portion of the interior when the card would be opened.

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And finally, my favorite of the three, using the orange and pink Distress Inks.  I also used the most beautiful piece of sunset patterned paper, from Webster’s Pages that I tore into a small strip to add to the front of one side.

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I used a larger enamel heart on the inside of this card and one of the Scrapbook Circle exclusive wood veneer word tiles on the front.

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The new June kit is so beautiful and full of so many versatile pieces that can be defined into different groups.  I chose to create this trio of cards to give as an inspirational gift.  Check out the Design Teams projects over the next month and on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook Community.

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Have an amazing day and start to the summer!

Now or Never: Our June Kit

It’s June! Around here we are celebrating that school is out and summer is here. Hopefully that means more time for scrapbooking!

Ready to take a look at our June Kit, Now or Never?

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We love the bright and cheerful colors combined with a fantastic mix of our favorite embellishments.

We have a planner kit available this month! Do you love making your planner pretty? We do! And hope this kit will inspire you.

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The mini coral notebook plus the shaped clips and those crown topped pens are just a few of the favorite items in this kit!

These is also a embellishment add-on, Be You, this month, but it sold out quickly. Sorry if you missed out on it! We will be ordering more embellishment add-ons next month so we have more to go around.

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We hope you love everything you see this month and it puts you in the mood to create. Thank you for letting us help you tell your stories!

Today we are hosting an Instagram hop where our team is sharing inspiration with the June Kit. Stop by and comment (we are @scrapbook_circle) and we will pick one person from the comments to receive a free June Kit!