Designer’s Choice | Working With Triangles

By Gina Lideros

October 11, 2014

Hi Everyone!  It’s Gina here to share one of my favorite pages that I created with the October On This Day kit.  Recently, I saw this fun triangle background in the Silhouette store and I couldn’t wait to use it on my page.  It is one large triangle made out of 9 smaller triangles. To create this background I cut each piece one at a time, using different pieces of pattern paper from the main kit.  A few of the papers are from the two add on kits this month Right Now and Good Times.



Once, my triangles were adhered down I used my sewing machine to stitch several of them in place.  Then added my photo and embellishments.   I fell in love with the Elle’s Studio Sycamore Happy paper as soon as I saw it.  I love all the scattered confetti pieces throughout.  I played off of the “scattered confetti” idea and placed numbers (from the Chickaniddy die cut pack, included in the Good Times add on) sporadically across my page.  Those numbers are the cutest and I really love the effect!


The Pinkfresh Wood Drop Stickers and Elle’s Studio Sycamore Lane Cork Set (included in the main kit) added texture and visual interest to my page.


The colors and papers in this kit were perfect for helping me document a trip to the pumpkin patch with my family.  If you haven’t already picked up an October kit, hurry and get them while supplies last.  Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Have a great day!



October Sketch Challenge

Welcome to another sketch challenge reveal here at Scrapbook Circle. Play along with this sketch before Oct. 22nd and you could be the winner of a fabulous Elle’s Studio prize.


Before we get into the details about entering the challenge, here are some great layouts from the creative team to inspire you to play along.

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To be entered into the random drawing, play along with the sketch before Oct. 22nd. You can share your layout on Facebook on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page, or link it up here in the comments section of this post.


We’ll announce a winner here on the blog on Oct. 24th.

Looking forward to seeing what you’ll create!

Designer Take: October Kit-Inspired Challenge

Have you been playing along with the October kit-inspired challenge? The challenge is to use the color orange on a layout. Need a little inspiration to get you started? I’ve asked creative team member Jamie to share with us how she used the October kit, On This Day, and the color orange in a recent layout:


Isn’t this denim patterned paper by Chickaniddy Crafts lovely? Blue is the complimentary color to orange on the color wheel, making it the perfect backdrop for the bits and pieces of orange that Jamie added to her page.


Buttons and patterned paper bring enough orange to the layout to feel warm and inviting. Beautiful page, Jamie!


If you’d like to play along, we’d love to have you! Click here for the original challenge post and all the details on entering. Have a great day!

Designer’s Choice |Building a Rainbow

By Jenni Calma

October 8, 2014

Hi everyone!  It’s Jenni here to share one of my favorite pages I created using the October Kit – ‘On This Day’ and the ‘Right Now’ Add-On.   There are so many schools of thought about design & color composition, I learned lots of them in college.  We all have heard and/or practice them…use odd numbers to keep elements dynamic, use color or embellishments to lead to your eye around the page and offer balance, yada, yada, yada.  No offense to my art and design teachers, I do agree, but lately have been drawn to use multiple hues of the same color and all in one area.  The October kit is perfect for this kind of design!

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As usual, Lisa has done an outstanding job of pulling pieces from different collections that all work so well together.  This amazing painterly paper from Chickaniddy paired perfectly with the Echo Park days of the week paper in a rainbow of colors.  I wanted to use this photo of my daughter and some friends that came over for our Friday Night Movie night, so the days of the week was ideal!  After cutting the two background of papers at a diagonal, I layered my photo onto some of the Fancy Pants ‘True FRIEND’ 6×6 pad, part of the Add-On.

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I then chose stickers, chipboard and punched some more from the 6×6 pad to match all the colors.  Again, all the embellishments are from different collections, but such a great match.  I layered the embellishments on top of a similar color in the paper and hid the sharp diagonal line of my two background patterns.  My husband came up with the title for me, very appropriate, although a little scary! ;)

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me ramble about color grouping!  The October kit is a variety of so many patterns and colors that you need to check out Idea Gallery for the range of inspiration from the DT! Have a wonderful day!

One Item Wonder: Elle’s Studio Cork Embellishments

Cork is a hot trend in paper crafting these days, and the texture and natural color are a great addition to fall scrapbooking. The October kit, On This Day, includes a package of die-cut, cork embellishments by Elle’s Studio that you are sure to love using on your pages. I asked two of our creative team members to share with us how they put the cork to use on layouts. First, let’s check out Audrey’s take:

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Audrey paired the cork embellishments with the cork patterned paper for a school-themed layout.


Audrey’s page is like a big, cute cork board hanging on a classroom wall. Such a great idea! The Elle’s Studio embellishments enhance the theme and add texture.


Creative team member Rebecca loved using the cork for a summer-themed page:

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I love her technique for attaching the cork – staples! Cork is a soft material, so it easily accepts things like staples or brads, as well as adhesives.

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The sprinkling of embellishments is such a cute look!

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We would love to see how you use the Elle’s Studio cork! Be sure to share with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. Have a great day!

October Circle Round Up!

By Audrey Yeager

October 6, 2014

This months Circle Round Up features some of my favorite items from the October kit, “On this Day”.


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To start, I used the Echo Park “Days of the Week” paper from the orange circle for my background.


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For the blue “added dimension”, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Wood Drops.  They helped to reinforce my theme of rain!


Next I used the Chickaniddy Scrumptious Label stickers for my journaling area.


And finally, I got BOTH add-ons this month and from the green circle used the Elle’s Studio Bits & Pieces.


We would love to see how you are using the Circle Round Ups to help inspire your pages!  Please share a link or on our Facebook page!



On the Corners

By Rebecca Keppel

October 5, 2014

I am always looking for ways to include lots of patterned paper on one layout. I’ve seen lots of people put different patterns on the corners of their layouts and figured that is the perfect way to include multiple patterns without overwhelming the photos! I used the Scrapbook Circle Main Kit On This Day as well as the add on Good Times and add on Right Now.
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I used the least busy patterned paper as the main background. Then included corners here:
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and here:
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The photos were mounted on a solid color and since the busier patterned papers were just on the corners, the photos still take center stage!
:) Rebecca

a layout tour. a design team choice.

By Diana Waite

October 4, 2014

Do you ever wonder how/what makes another scrapper think/tick?  Today I want to take you through a layout I made this month using the On This Day kit.DianaWontopoftheworld

I want to touch on some of my favorites items about this layout:

*I took one of the digital cuts for the On this Day kit–I enlarged the image to cut the size of a 12 x12 layout.  I cut it out of textured card stock and adhered it to my background paper–stitching around the edges.  REALLY like how some white stitching can make a page POP!

* I used pictures from our phones–they aren’t the best but sometimes the layouts aren’t about the ACTUAL pictures it’s about preserving the memory of the moment so when you look back at the page you can remember the feelings you had doing this particular moment.

*the title–just came to me, the numbers along the side are the actual elevation of where we were…

*I was able to include the strip of paper that runs along the bottom of one of the sheets of pattern paper–the sentiments were exactly what I wanted to include.

I want to challenge you to go through A layout or SEVERAL and pick out the things that you LOVE/LIKE about them.  Remember this is NOT what you think others will like about them but what YOU like about it!  Sometimes it’s easy and some times is hard, but it’s a FUN challenge!

October Guest Designer — Janet Perafan-Babar

This month we welcome Janet Perafan-Babar as our October Guest Designer.


Hi Scrapbook Circle Fans! My name is Janet and I am thrilled to be here as the October Guest Designer. I’ve been a subscriber here for almost three years now. LOVE the club, so this is a huge honor! A little about me: I am a NYC native, living in New Jersey 18 years now. Mommy to three children who mean the absolute world to me: Zayn (13), Jabran (11) and Rianna (9). I’ve always enjoyed card making as a young girl but it wasn’t until 2003 that my passion for paper crafting was reignited. My tastes and style has changed over the years. I started with simple cards here and there, then onto the traditional 12×12 layout, 8½x11 layout, and then digital layouts.

Right now I am primarily a card maker and my layouts are only 8×8. I love working with that size! I think I consider my style to be either clean/layered or shabby/elegant. It depends on my mood and product, but it’s always, always most definitely influenced by color. My designs have been published in Scrapbook Trends and other online magazines, I have worked as a designer on sketch and kit teams and currently own a color challenge site.

Three crazy facts about me: 1) I am a slow scrapper, I find it difficult to just wing it. I definitely always need to measure and plan. 2) I have never thrown out, purged, or disassembled a scrapbook kit since 2007, unless I killed the kit. 3) I have never used Gesso, gelatos, or a sewing machine on my projects. Isn’t that crazy?

Here is the first of many projects from Janet using the October kit, On This Day.




We also asked Janet to answer a few questions so we could get to know her a little better.

If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why?
Oh wow, just one person? Tough question, how do you choose? It would be so many different people for so many different reasons. I would love to sit with Jimmy Fallon, just because he is a total riot and we’d spend the whole day laughing. Then again, I have met and worked with so many wonderfully talented, beautiful people online and I think it would be really nice to finally meet them. I would also really love to sit with crafters like Janna Werner, Stephanie Bryan, Magda Mizera, Karola Witczak, or Lea Lawson and Debby Hughes — I admire their work tremendously and learning a thing or two from them would be awesome.

If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would you make sure was in that line and why?
Hmmm. Well, I make more cards than layouts with my kits, so I tend to think “cards.” So, I’d make sure the line would include a die cut packet filled with sentiments, images and sayings just for card making. Yeah, that’d be cool.

What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? Etc…
I work from home, so a perfect day for me is of course, without interruptions — no phones, fax machines, paperwork, errands, chores…nada. But in my house, that’s almost impossible. So I usually come down to my studio at night, after the kids go to bed. If it’s too quiet, I think too much and if the TV is on, then I’m distracted. Both slow down my creative process, so for me, Pandora is best. I’m usually alone, never done the crop scene — though cropping on Skype sounds like fun. Recently, my daughter began taking an interest in card making, YAY! I reorganized my studio and gave her some space. She’s gets so excited to create with me, and I’m just as thrilled with her!



Thanks for joining us this month, Janet!

Leave her some love in the comments section and welcome her to the team this month.

October Kit-Inspired Challenge

As we enter the fall season – and open this month’s kits – nothing says October more than the color orange. From earlier sunsets to changing leaves to pumpkins, orange is my personal favorite color of autumn. You’ll find several beautiful shades of orange in our October kit, On this Day, and this month’s Kit-Inspired Challenge is to use the color orange on a layout. Let’s take a look at what creative team member, Valerie, did with orange when she joined in on the challenge:


Valerie created a gorgeous leaf garland out of punched leaves and sewing. The pretty shades of orange are the perfect compliment to her fall photo.


I love how Valerie used a white background so that the color of the leaves took center stage. So very pretty! I’m inspired to play – are you?

Here’s how:

1. Create a layout that features the color orange. 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, October 15th, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win this fabulous collection of goods from the Elle’s Studio Sycamore Lane line.


Good luck and happy scrapping!