Designer Take: Rebecca’s Number is Up!

It’s creative team member Rebecca’s turn to share her take on our current Kit-Inspired challenge – Your Number’s Up! Inspired by the “Hooray” patterned paper in the You Are My Favorite kit, the challenge is to feature numbers on a layout. Rebecca used numbers cut from the paper to create a long title:

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I love how Rebecca used numbers to tell her story. Congratulations on 12 years, by the way!

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I love how the size of the numbers balances the photos, and how the creative numbers take your eye down the page to each picture.

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Great idea, Rebecca! If you’re inspired by Rebecca’s take, or you have a creative idea of your own, be sure to join us for the Your Number’s Up! challenge. You still have two weeks to play and you can find all the details here. Have a great day!


Designer’s Choice: 8 1/2 x 11 Love

Hiya! If you’re a strictly 12×12 scrapbooker I want to challenge you: mix it up a bit and give 8 1/2 x 11 a try. I love love love this size. Nearly half of all the pages I’ve made this year are 8 1/2 x 11. There’s just something so visually appealing about this size to me, especially when paired with 3×4 photos.


Originally, I was trying to figure out one 12×12 layout for these two photos. But I scratched that and made two 8 1/2 x 11 instead! It meant I got to tell two different stories and ones beyond the obvious, that we were at a backyard party.

Here’s another nudge for you to try out 8 1/2 x 11. You can really stretch that patterned paper! The bottom layout features both the A & B sides of the Dear Lizzy Love Fest patterned paper from the You are my Favorite kit. So glad I got to pair both of these fabulous patterns together.


Trying 8 1/2 x 11 really makes for a no lose situation. If you don’t like how it looks as is, you can always mount it to a 12×12 sheet of paper!

If you try out this reduced size we’d love to see. Be sure to share it on our Scrapbook Circle Facebook group so we can leave you some love!


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Manufacturer Spotlight – Crate Paper

Welcome to a new feature on the Scrapbook Circle blog – Manufacturer Spotlight. One of the things that makes Scrapbook Circle kits special is that each kit includes products from several companies. Lisa has quite the eye for pulling from various collections to create a unique, but cohesive kit and the creative team does a wonderful job of showing how these products and brands mix and match. However, we thought it would be fun once a month to spotlight one of the contributing manufacturers, including a layout created mostly with product from that company. So who is our debut manufacturer from the July kits? Crate Paper!

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The main kit – You Are My Favorite – includes several patterned papers from Maggie Holmes’ Confetti line, as well as the Craft Market collection. The add-on kits (Let’s Do it Again and That Was Fun) are full of Crate Paper embellishments, such as Maggie Holmes ephemera, tassels, and die cut wood pieces:

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I asked creative team member Jamie to show off her favorite Crate Paper elements, and this layout is the fantastic result:


Jamie focused on the Crate Paper patterned papers in the main kit, using both A and B sides to get the colors and patterns she wanted for this adorable page.


This whole corner is my favorite part. I love how the die-cut title is backed with the Crate Paper wood fencing paper. I also love how Jamie was able to use the floral Crate Paper paper without including any pink – fantastic use of that sheet! The little bit of wood embellishment is just the right touch (and shape!).


We hope you enjoyed the first installment of Manufacturer Spotlight! We can’t wait to see what you do with all this Crate Paper goodness, as well as the rest of the main kit and add-ons. Be sure to post your layouts on our Facebook page, and feel free to tag @scrapbook_circle and @cratepaper too!

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I fell in LOVE with the mood board this month–seriously excited to be able to be challenged with it for this month:

I only used the You are My Favorite kit for my layout:Dianareunion

I was inspired by the gold, turquoise, flowers, and triangles.  here are some closeups:IMG_0792


The black and white flowers were mimicked along the bottom of the page with the strip of paper, the flowered papers are featured in the rectangle strip peaking out from underneath the heart “polka dot” paper-and finally the triangle in the rings are featured along the right side of the picture.

We would LOVE to see your takes on the mood board–feel free to share them on our Facebook page!


Watercolor with Distress Inks

Are you loving the July Scrapbook Circle kit You are My Favorite? The patterned papers are so cool! I especially loved the floral outline sheet from the Craft Market collection. I bought the paper Add On so I could have two sheets :) I kept one blank and the other I watercolored. I saw this technique on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. All you need are Tim Holtz Distress inks, a craft mat and a water brush.

IMG_6963Take a Distress ink and rub a bit of it on the craft mat.

IMG_6964Then take your water brush or a regular brush dipped and water and add it to the ink until it turns watery.

IMG_6965Then use that watery ink to watercolor your paper.

IMG_6966The more water you add, the more watery your end result will be.

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I went back over some flowers that were very light.

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Instead of journaling I used the Shimelle cardstock stickers.

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How did you use the Crate Paper floral paper?

:) Rebecca





DT Choice | Something Simple

Happy July!  Hard to believe, but it is here.  This is Jenni today sharing my favorite layout, like the name, made with the July ‘You Are My Favorite’ kit.


This was the one of the last pages I made and honestly my mojo was waning, but I started by watercoloring different flowers on this Craft Market paper by Crate Paper.  The paper is just cream with the flowers outlined so I decided to play and see what happened.  I had the Paper Add-On because there are so many amazing patterns in the July kit, so I thought if I didn’t like it I would still have an extra.


The paper actually warped a bit from all the water so I decided to fussy cut out the flowers.  I really couldn’t bear to cut this other paper from Crate with the all the text in rainbow order.  It actually inspired the way everything else came together.  I didn’t want to take away from the colors in the paper so I re-printed this photo in black and white and made it really large.  I aligned all the colored flowers and leaves with the text and added a couple other embellishments, puffy stickers and wood veneers from the ‘That Was Fun’ Add-On.


I really love the way this page turn out!  I didn’t have to cut up that beautiful paper, I got to play with my watercolors and the photo is still the focus.  Sometimes, I think the best way to get out of a crafting slump is just to work thru it and let the products speak to you!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and I hope my struggle has helped inspire you.  Share your pages on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page so we can all be inspired too!  Have an amazing day!

July Kit-Inspired Challenge: Your Number’s Up!

I have to admit, I had a hard time choosing one aspect of the July kit, “You are My Favorite“, to inspire our next challenge. The variety of embellishments and beautiful papers is amazing! Eventually I was drawn to one particular paper – the “Hooray” patterned paper from the Confetti collection by Crate Paper. Inspired by the mosaic of numbers, our next challenge is to create a layout featuring numbers.


I asked creative team member Jenni to share with us her take on the challenge, and this is her inspiring layout:

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Jenni cut several of the numbers from the “Hooray” patterned paper into wedges. Combined with wedge-shaped photos and embellishments from the kit, this page is full of movement and energy.

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I especially love how the numbers and the clock-like shape of the layout lends itself to the theme of the page. Kids grow up too fast!

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Is your number up? Here’s how to play along:

1. Create a layout featuring numbers. 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 THREE weeks to play. Enter by 9:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, July 22nd to be eligible to win a $10.00 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: Where in the World? Challenge

All the beautiful entries to our Where in the World? challenge are giving me wanderlust! Great pages, everyone! Our randomly selected winner of a $10.00 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store is…


…with this fantastic layout:

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Congratulations! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com to claim your credit.

A new challenge is coming right up! Stay tuned….

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Exclusive Cut Files

I asked creative team member Rebecca to share with us how she used the exclusive June cut files on a recent layout, and she went above and beyond with a great page and technique tip for us:

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To achieve this look, Rebecca enlarged the star background file to 12 x 12. She deleted the stars in the center – where she wanted to place her photo and other page elements – then cut the design out of white cardstock using her Silhouette Cameo. Next, she offset the design, then used a gold Silhouette Sketch Pen to draw around the stars


I can’t wait to try this technique! It’s easy and has such big impact on layouts. Thanks for the tip, Rebecca! Did you play with any of the exclusive cut files this month? We’d love to see! Be sure to upload your projects to our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Lifting You — Rebecca

Each month we choose a subscriber who has shared her work using a Scrapbook Circle kit on our Facebook page and then lift her layout. This month, we chose this page from Rebecca.


I love the black ink doodling on the paper pieces, the stars and the white space to the right of the photos. Such a fun page that focuses on the photos really well.

Rebecca was lifted by Audrey this month.

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Audrey turned the layout and added a bunch of circles.  She stuck to Rebecca’s banner-shaped papers and outlined them with a black pen like she did, too.

I also love Audrey’s use of the ink splotches in black — it really brings out the doodling.

Thanks for starting the week off right, ladies. I know I’m inspired to make something this week!