Winners: February and March

It was such a busy month saying goodbye to our last designers and hello to our new creative team that we didn’t get our February technique challenge winner posted. Congratulations go to…

Amelia Harris

…who created this lovely layout:

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Amelia, please email me at tessa@scrapbookcircle.com so that we can arrange your prize!

The winner of our March challenge – Green With Envy – is…

Janet

…with this very green layout:

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Janet, please email me at tessa@scrapbookcircle.com for your prize.

Thanks for playing, everyone! Our April challenge is coming right up!

Designer’s Choice:Using the cut files

By Neela Nalam

April 10, 2016

I love using circles and circular elements on my layouts. So it is perfect that the cut files that come with the one fine day kit are circles. Here is the layout I created with the cut files.

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I loved both the shapes, the outline of the circle (wheel) and the reversed image (pies). The black portion of the .png file is what will get cut out and the white portion is what stays.

Here are a few steps to convert the .png files to cut files with silhouette software:

  • Select the trace window and trace around the image. I traced each image separately.

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  • Click on trace the outer edge option.

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  • Move the .png aside and you will be left with the cut file.

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I then enlarged the pies and moved it slightly off center for visual interest. After you cut the shape out, make sure that you save what’s left on your mat. You can use these pieces to lay them on your photos in order to crop your photos and patterned paper behind the pies.  I also cut out the wheels in a much smaller size and backed them with the same patterned paper that I backed the pies with.

Once I had the circles cut out, photos printed and cut, the layout came together very easily. I wrote my journaling around the pies. I added the corrugated cardstock from fancy pants as enlarged corners. For the patterned paper I mainly used the Dear Lizzy Happy place 6×6 paper pad from the Stay Cool add on. I love the bright colors and patterns from this collection.

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I also used the cute brads from Simple Stories and the absolutely adorable puffy sequins from PinkFreshStudio. I have to say, I used the chipboard words from the Bella Blvd as the inspiration for the theme of three of my layouts this month. I love them.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and hope you will use the cut files.

 

Designer’s Choice: Hidden Journaling

By Kelly Holbrook

April 9, 2016

 

Hello everyone! I am excited to be sharing a layout today with a hidden journaling tip. I love to use grids, and even more so…I love to use 3×4 cards for grids. Here, I have popped up a 3×4 card to hide my journaling tag…

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I wanted my tag to stay in position overlapping my photo a little. I also wanted my circle embellishment to stay centered in my notch. So, I flipped them over and placed the tag where I wanted it to stay, and added some foam adhesive directly around the tag edges so it wouldn’t slide around too much.

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Just slide the tag out to read the journaling, and slip it right back into place.

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I am LOVING April’s kit…if you create anything using One Fine Day, be sure to upload it to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page so that we all can enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by today!

Guest Designer – Missy Whidden

By Jenni Calma

April 8, 2016

Hey there friends!  I am so excited to be introducing our Guest Designer for April, Missy Whidden!  I have known her for a few years, through other creative teams and online galleries.  She is the perfect example of why scrapbooking is such an amazing hobby!  She also filmed her process which can find below.  This is what Missy had to say about herself:

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Hi, everyone!  I’m Missy from Central Florida, USA.  I’ve been married to Marshall for almost 16 years and we have two beautiful little girls.  I began scrapbooking about 10 years ago, and I absolutely love it.  My style is best described as “organized chaos.”  I love using watercolors, acrylic paints, gelatos…anything mixed media on my projects.  I also love using my Silhouette Cameo to create die cuts, and machine stitching is another favorite.  I am honored to have served on many design teams over the years, and I currently design for My Mind’s Eye, Simple Stories, Hip Kit Club, Shimmerz, The Cut Shoppe, A Flair For Buttons & Citrus Twist Kits.  Thank you so much to Scrapbook Circle for having me this month!  I’m very excited to be here!

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Missy created this stunning layout using the April ‘One Fine Day’ kit and both the ‘Now or Never’ and ‘Stay Cool’ Add-ons.

You can see the video of her creative process HERE!

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Missy has a definitive style and the most amazing way of approaching a project.  She usually creates a mixed media background full of vivid, vibrant colors and patterns.  For this layout, she punched & cut circles using various patterned papers to design her own unique pattern as the foundation for her photo.  She even used some of the packaging for the photo mat.  Upcycle!

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I love the black stitching that provides a powerful contrast and texture.  It also helps tie in her black and white photo, which stands out beautifully against all the colors.

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Missy’s projects really convey her passion for creating and you can really feel that she has fun conceiving and designing her pages.  Missy will be with us all month with a couple more projects and a little Q&A, so come back to learn more about her!  She definitely inspires me to have fun getting messy and her process video is great motivation!

Thanks for stopping by today and have an amazing weekend!

 

Planner Kit: Tessa’s April Pages

Have you heard?! As if the main kit, add-ons and digital content weren’t enough to make this paper crafter happy, Scrapbook Circle has a planner kit this month – Plan on It! I love all the planner product out there, but to have a kit filled with specially curated stickers, paper clips, washi tape, charms and even a cute pen from all my favorite scrapbooking companies (that just also happens to coordinate with the kit I’m making layouts with) is a dream come true!

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This is my Webster’s Pages personal size Color Crush planner. I use this planner for personal/family use. I used the April planner kit to decorate my monthly spread, as well as the first two weeks (so far!) of April.

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Three adorable tassels are included in the kit. I added them to the existing planner charm by adding a split jump ring to each one, then slipping them onto the ball chain. Easy-peasy and oh-so-cute!

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I loved mixing the Maggie Holmes washi tape stickers with the Simple Stories stickers. Using the smaller stickers as bullet points for lists was fun with the huge variety of shapes and colors.

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After doing three spreads, I still have plenty of washi tape and stickers to decorate the rest of the month, although I might start borrowing a thing or two from the scrapbooking kits to shake things up a bit. In fact, I already did! See that glittery bow clip in the pocket to the left? I borrowed the bow from the main kit and added it to a paper clip.

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If you’re looking to get organized, but in a colorful and pretty way, head on over to the Scrapbook Circle shop and pick up your own planner kit! Planning has never been more fun! Thanks for stopping by today and have a good one!

Tech Tip: Making your own oversized alphas.

By Jung AhSang

April 6, 2016

Oversized alphas have been all the rage recently, and I love them!  However, you don’t always have the right color or you run out of certain letters too soon.  In those instances, I like to make my own.  Sometimes, I go for a more carefree, hand cut look.  This time, I decided to go for a more structured, even look.

Here’s how:

1.  Decide on a title.  Then, I get on the computer and in a word document, I type out the title.  I mess around with fonts and sizes, until I find something I like.  Note:  You will have to go pretty high on the font size…this is at 325 pt.

2.  Print it (I use the economy setting to save on ink) on regular copy paper, and cut it out.

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3.  Pick the pattern paper(s) that you want to use.  I decided to use the corrugated mint cardstock.  FLIP the paper over, and flip the letters over, so that the back of the paper and the back of the letters are facing you, and trace using a pencil.  You could easily trace the letters right side up on the front of the pattern paper, but I like to flip the paper and the letters over, so I don’t have to worry about erasing pencil lines later.

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4.  Carefully cut out the letters!  It helps to have small sharp scissors!

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Now, you have oversized alphas in the exact color and style you want, and you can attach it with whatever adhesive you choose!  I used low profile foam squares.

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And here is my final project:

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I hope you enjoyed my tech tip today, and I hope you’ll give it a try!  Have a great day!

1 Product 2 Ways – Exclusive Wood Veneers

By Jenni Calma

April 5, 2016

Happy April everyone!  Spring is the perfect time for welcoming change!  I am excited to be a part of some fresh new changes we are debuting this month.  We have several new talented Design Team members as well as new challenges and post topics.  I asked veteran Design Team member Diana and newbie Kelly Holbrook to take on one of these challenges.  They both used the Exclusive Scrapbook Circle wood veneers that are part of the April kit, ‘One Fine Day.’

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Diana created this striking layout about her silly self!  She used 4 of the wood veneers in a row as a sort of subtitle to her page.  Layering the wood on top of the corrugated paper provides great contrast and really makes them pop.

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Although her page is very colorful and full of various patterns, the wood veneers don’t get lost and complement her skin tone perfectly.  I love to see scrappers document themselves…I think it is really important to include YOURSELF in your stories!

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The second team member to use the wood veneers is one of our new additions, Kelly Holbrook.  She has an amazing style that she accentuates with lots of lovely stitching.  She decided to use all of the veneers in an block in the middle of her 8-1/2 x 11 page.  Using them all together, she created quite an impact.   She aligned them in a loose grid with her photo and title.

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Layering the wood on the white part of her background provides the same contrast Diana created.  Her colors are so subtle, you almost miss the fact that the page is really complex, adding angles and layers with dimension.  Not to mention her stitching is just as delightful as her family!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and be sure to check out all the ideas from the Creative Team in our Idea Gallery.  There is such a diverse collection of talent sure to inspire!  Have an amazing day!

April’s Telephone Challenge

By Allie Stewart

April 4, 2016

Hello there, Allie here today sharing the April installment of the Telephone Game Challenge! This challenge works exactly like the telephone game we played as kids: We are using the previous month’s layout as the whispered “telephone” call, and passing it to a new creative team member each month. Here is Gina’s page from March:

 

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I was inspired by the cascading shapes at the top, with the photo anchored at the bottom. I mimicked this same effect, but with butterflies instead of circles. Here’s my layout:

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Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut different sized butterflies out out of different pattern papers from the One Fine Day Kit and the Stay Cool Add-On.  I mixed and matched them, then scatterd them throughout the page. I gave each butterfly dimension by sewing it down the middle and bending them a bit so they looked like they were fluttering.

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For my title, I painted the chipboard included in the main kit with acrylic yellow paint. I love the white chipboard because it’s so versatile!

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Thank you for stopping by today! Come back next month to see someone interpret my layout. If this challenge inspires you in any way, I hope you’ll share what you create on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page!

Designer’s Choice: You Are My Happy

Hello! It’s Claudia here and today I’m sharing a layout I made using the gorgeous April ‘One Fine Day’ kit and the ‘Stay Cool’ Add On. Did I mention how gorgeous the kits are? It was hard deciding what colors to use because they are all so pretty. I finally decided on what I wanted to create and went for a color scheme that, in my opinion, is perfect for spring; yellow, green and pink.

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I’m a huge fan of split page designs where one half is white and the other half is covered with patterned paper; I find that this is especially useful for papers that would be a bit too busy to use as a full background. On this particular paper I didn’t cut off the branding strip because the shade of pink was perfect for the color scheme I wanted to use.

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I added some of the Pinkfresh Felicity Adhesive Puff Sequins to create a little cluster. They are also perfect to add a pop of color.

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I love the Maggie Holmes Bloom Fringed Hearts that came with the ‘Stay Cool’ add on – they are a great way to add some interest and dimension to your layouts. I added a sticker from the Dear Lizzy Happy Place Mini phrase sticker sheet that came with the kit and an ephemera piece from the Elle’s Studio Little Moments Bits and Pieces pack to decorate the heart.

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I always like to do a lot of layering on my layouts, so I selected some papers from the kit that matched my color scheme. After that I started placing some embellishments between the layers to make them stand out a bit more. One of those pieces was the grey tag and I added some twine to it because I think it’s always great to have a lot of different textures/materials on your layout.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope that I was able to inspire you in some kind of way. Have a wonderful day!

One Fine Day: Our April Kit!

Hello April! We are excited to have this fresh month here where we can share our One Fine Day Kit with you.

We have several NEW things that we are so excited to share with you this month.

1. NEW Design Team ladies. Our new team started their creations with our April kit. We hope you love their ideas and inspiration as much as we do.

2. NEW Planner Kit! Yippee. Yes, we have joined the planner craze and we couldn’t be more excited. We are offering a planner kit that works perfectly as a stand alone kit or as a lovely complement to our main April Kit.

3. NEW exclusive subscriber content! This month we are rolling out a magazine style PDF full of exclusive ideas just for our subscribers. Watch your inbox for this to arrive mid-month. We hope you love the extra content!

Okay, now are you ready to take a look at our new kits?

One Fine Day is our main April Kit and it it filled with everything you will need to document your adventures.

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Our Planner Kit, Plan On It, will help you have the prettiest and most organized planner in town.

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Next up is our first embellishment add-on, Now or Never. Those Thickers are one of our absolute favorite designs ever and we can’t wait to use them on a bunch of layouts!

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Our other embellishment add-on, Stay Cool, contains a fabulous set of fringe hearts plus other favorites.

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If you’d like any of the extras to ship with your kit, please order by April 5 so they will be included in your shipment.

Be sure to stop by our Instagram account tomorrow, April 2, where our team will be doing an Insta Hop sharing April Kit inspiration and a chance to win prizes!

Wishing you a fabulous month of April!