To Theme or Not to Theme

By Rebecca Keppel

February 7, 2015

Valentine’s Day themed papers are my favorite themed papers ahead of birthday, Halloween and even Christmas. Why? Because they are so versatile. Sure you can use them for scrapbooking Valentine’s Day or even creating a Valentine’s Day card. I used the Scrapbook Circle February Kit Today is Beautiful and the add on Dream Big to create this card.

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But you can also use Valentine’s themed papers and embellishments to create every day general love themed layouts like I did here.

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A gold foil vellum heart could absolutely work for a Valentine, but I love it tucked behind the navy paper and stitched down.

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In fact I used several pieces from the Crate Paper ephemera kit, including several for this cluster of embellishments here.IMG_1452Do you prefer to use themed paper for themed subjects or do you prefer to work outside of the box?

♥ Rebecca

 

February sketch challenge

Today I have for you the sketch challenge for February. Play along with this sketch using any materials you have (it doesn’t have to be a Scrapbook Circle kit) and you could win this month’s prize.

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Here are some pages from the creative team to inspire you to get crafty!

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New Year's at the Mall by Jennifer Larson

I just love what these gals made! Are you inspired yet?

For this month’s prize, we have a Dear Lizzy Serendipity/WeRMemory Keepers prize pack.

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To play along and be eligible to win this prize, link your project in the comments of this blog post or share it on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. You have until end of the day on Feb 24 and a random winner will be chosen and posted here on Feb 27.

Can’t wait to see what you make!

February Kit-Inspired Challenge: Love Triangle

Inspired by the Basic Grey “Flirt” paper in the “Today is Beautiful” kit, our next challenge combines two basic shapes in a trendy way.

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Your challenge is to create a layout that includes a heart made of triangles. You can use the Basic Grey paper or the gold glittered sticker in the Thickers pack. You can use a cut file, or you could even paper-piece your own design. Need some inspiration to get you started? I asked creative team member Rebecca to share with us her take on the challenge:

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This is a fantastic technique! Here’s how Rebecca made it happen. First, Rebecca took the pink triangles patterned paper from the kit and cut out several triangles. She then arranged those triangles into a heart on a piece of cardstock. Next, she trimmed out her pink heart and stitched it to the Basic Grey patterned paper, which she used as a background.

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I love how the ombre coloring of the pink triangle paper makes Rebecca’s heart so fun to look at.

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Ready to play along? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout that includes a heart made of triangles. 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. Copy and paste a direct link to your post into the comments on this post.

3. You have TWO WEEKS to play. Enter by 9:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, February 18th, to be eligible to win this fabulous Amy Tan and Pebbles prize package!

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Winner: January Technique Challenge

Wow, you really did a fabulous job with your entries! It was so fun to check them all out. I’m glad that random.org selects the winners of these challenges because I don’t think I could settle on just one! Ready to see who won the Stencil Me In challenge? Drumroll please….

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…created this layout (and a few others!) using a stencil and mist:

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Thanks for playing, Kat, and congratulations! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information.

Stay tuned, the February Kit-Inspired challenge is coming right up!

quilting. a design team choice

By Diana Waite

February 4, 2015

Today I would like to talk a little bit about quilting….with paper.  I come from a LONG line of quilters.  Except my quilting is done with paper–I think I feel more comfortable with paper because if I mess up with paper you can throw it away vs. your material… ANYWAY, for my layout I want to share with you today I made a very SIMPLE pattern:  DianaWforeverloveHere are the instructions:

1.  I picked 4 sheets of paper from the Today is Beautiful kit and the Dream Big add on and cut each of them to 1 1/2″ x 6″.

2. I mounted those sheets of paper on a separate piece of 6 inch square piece of paper.

3. I then mounted those 6 inch square pieces to a 12 inch square sheet. (for my layout I rotated the smaller squares to give more interest-you could leave them just how they were if you would like.)

4. I sewed around the 6 inch square pieces.

5. I then cut a heart shape with my silhouette and placed it in the center and lightly traced around it.

6. Following the tracing I sewed around the hearts.

7. After all was sewn down I added my photo and embellishments–done!

I LOVED working with the quilting concept in a different way before.  What’s really interesting with quilting it that you can take this SAME pattern and use different papers and it will TOTALLY different!

*One of tip I would like to share: my 12 inch square sheet is a color of paper I’ve never really liked–I figured I could do that because I was covering it ALL up! ;)

We would love to see your pages!  Please feel free to share them on our Facebook page.

One Item Wonder: Thickers

The February kit – Today is Beautiful – includes a set of glittery foam Thickers. From hearts to triangles, to arrows and scripted words, the Thickers are great for titles, sentiments and embellishments. I asked creative team member Diana to share with us how she used the Thickers:

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Diana used the gold triangles to guide your eye to her sentiment. I love the added sparkle! “There” is also created with Thickers, but these alphas come in the add-on, Dream Big. Using those same Dear Lizzy alphas, Diana made this darling banner:

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So sweet! As you can see, from the add-on to the main kit, we have you covered! We would love to see how you use the Thickers from either kit. Feel free to share on our Facebook page and we’ll come take a look. Have a great day!

February’s Circle Round-Up

By Jennifer Larson

February 2, 2015

It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing a page I made inspired by this month’s Circle Round-up. Here it is:

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The colors immediately inspired me to scrap my kitten, who LOVES water. Here’s the page:

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The pink circle was the main hue because it was a nice, neutral background for my little girl.

The teal circle made me think water, of course, so I splashed those elements all around the page, including the water paper in the add-on.

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The neutral circle was tan, which wouldn’t work for me–nothing showed up against the pink if it was tan–so I mixed many neutral colors: black, white, and gold, which is the new tan. (I did, but the way, use tan stitching, just for some gentle accents.)

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For the add-on circle, two things inspired me: the puffy stickers, which I put on the top and bottom, and the Thickers. I wanted teal to match the rest of the page, so those were the only letters I used. Even though the letters are multicolored, if you want the same color title, you can do this for at least two pages. I speak from experience!

That’s how I used the Circle Round-up for inspiration! Mostly color, but a little bit of meandering to fit my subject. I hope you use the circle Round-up as inspiration for you too–and please share your creations on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page!

Hello February Kit: Today is Beautiful

By Lisa Andrews

February 1, 2015

We love celebrating the small and simple every day moments that happen in our lives. Our “Today is Beautiful” kit will help you record those moments that are most special to you and your family. We are happy to share this new kit with you today!

Ready to take a look at what is coming your way this month?

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We have an exclusive fill in the blank set of cards that we designed just for this kit. Plus we have a set of vellum cut tags, our printable, a printed set of journaling block tags and our digital cuts. Remember that our digital cuts are now included with every subscription!

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We have one embellishment add-on, Dream Big, this month that has one of our favorite set of Thickers ever, plus a great 6 X 6 paper pad, a kraft alpha sticker sheet, a set of Crate Paper Ephemera and a set of stickers from My Mind’s Eye.
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We love the patterned paper in the kit this month and hope you do too! We have an extra set of paper available for those like me who don’t like to decide which side of the paper to use. The photo shows both sides of the patterned paper so you can see all of the fabulous designs!

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We also have a cardstock add-on for those who love just a little more paper in each kit.

Finally here’s a look at the digital cut file and the printable that are included with the kit. You can also pick these up separately if you aren’t getting this month’s kit.

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Before I go, I just wanted to share a three of the layouts I’ve created with this kit. I’ve had so much fun creating with this kit and hope you do too!

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Design Team Choice: Work with SBC Exclusive cut file on your layout

By Valerie Huang

January 31, 2015

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Good morning, SbC friends: Happy weekend!!
Today, Valerie is here to share how to use single image from our January Exclusive cut file for your layout.

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First, open the file with your Silhouette software.

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And then decide which image you’d like to work with without cutting all the images.

And use TRACE tool to just select the image you prefer.

And make sure the yellow part covers all the image you prefer otherwise you can adjust in the right column with HIGH PASS FILTER.

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After you successfully TRACE the image, then enlarge to the size you desire. and cut and paste them on the screen.  And then send this to CUT.

 

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After you cut them out, I started to lay them out on my page until I am happy with it. And then I use my sewing machine to sew them to secure them on my page.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you find this useful.

Thank you.

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January sketch challenge – winner

Thank you to everyone who played along this month with the Scrapbook Circle sketch challenge. Here are the amazing layouts to inspire you.

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Ange

Fiona

Fiona

Heather

Heather

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Janet

Janet

Jen

Jen

Jo

Jo

Lynn

Lynn

Phillis

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Rebecca

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Veronica

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Now it’s time to choose a random winner. Using Random.org… (drum roll please)… the winner is Lynn! Lynn, email me at Diana [at] ScrapbookCircle.com and we’ll make sure you get your Aurora prize pack from Basic Grey.