November’s Guest Designer — Chelsea Miller

Today we are welcoming our November Guest Designer, Chelsea Miller, to the team. Let’s get to know her a little bit better.

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Hey everyone! My name is Chelsea, and I am beyond thrilled that I was asked to be Guest Designer for Scrapbook Circle this month! I live way up north, in Snow Lake, Manitoba where I grew up and where I am now raising my own kids. Tayla (15), Jackson (12 this month), Makenna (9 this month) and Brayden (4).

My sister encouraged me (she basically tortured me until I said yes) to start scrapbooking in 2002 after she got into it so she would have a buddy, and then ended up leaving me to do the layouts while she stuck to card making. I mainly scrap in 12×12 but have been itching to venture into a smaller size, loving the 8.5×11 look lately… I have had the privilege of seeing my layouts in 5 issues of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine so far and I was on a Design Team here in Manitoba for about 7 years called Love is in the Details.

Here is what Chelsea has made with her November kit so far. You will see more from her throughout the month as she plays along with us.

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We also did a fun little Q&A with Chelsea, and her answers are below.

If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why?
This is a tough one, how do you choose just one? I have spent so much time online with various scrapping friends throughout the years, and have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of them, but there are two that inspire me daily with their creativity and how they juggle work and family and crafting that I have never had the chance to meet, so Melanie Blackburn and Heather Leopard, if there ever comes a chance to get together, I’ll sell one or possibly two children to make that happen.

If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would you make sure was in that line and why?
I love little die cuts. You can do so much with them and the ease of having embellishments completely matched up to the paper is always a good thing. So I guess lots of die cuts/note cards!

What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? Etc…
I will be the first to admit I don’t seem to find as much time to scrap as I WANT to. I honestly don’t know how so many of you find the time to create between working and taking care of the family, I bow to you! Nighttime is the best for me, after the littler 2 are tucked into bed. I’m a night owl so it does work out great for the most part, but I would love to find a little bit of extra time during the days to get into my happy place. I sometimes put my iPod on for music nice and low, but usually the TV is going in the background instead. I always scrap alone. We live in a very small town and nobody else here seems to want to get out of the house with their supplies, but I kind of like it that way. I try to make it down south for a big crop once/year though!

It’s been great getting to know you better, Chelsea! Welcome to the team this month and we look forward to what you’ll create with the Little Moments kit.

 

November Kit-Inspired Challenge: Polka Dots

As you flip through the patterned papers in the November kit, Little Moments, you’ll notice that many have something in common – polka dots! This basic design staple has been reinvented in cute, trendy, and beautiful ways in these papers. We love the polka dots so much that our new challenge is to feature them in a layout. Whether you use one patterned paper or a several, draw them yourself or use a stencil, we just want to see dots. Need some inspiration? Let’s take a look at creative team member Audrey’s polka dotted layout:

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Audrey was drawn to one paper in particular by Basic Grey. She used a wide strip of the paper down the center of her layout, then cut out several of the polka dots to scatter around her layout:

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I especially like how Audrey used foam adhesive to pop up the dots. The dimension it gives the page is really fun!

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Ready to play along? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout featuring polka dots. 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, November 19th, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win a $25.00 gift card to The Cut Shoppe!

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If you have an electronic die-cut machine, you definitely need to check out the digital files that The Cut Shoppe has to offer. Just think of the magic you could make with your Scrapbook Circle kits and the downloads from The Cut Shoppe! All cut files are available in PNG and SVG formats and are original designs. The Cut Shoppe also now offers Printables in PNG and PDF formats! Just remember, should you win, you will need an electronic die-cut machine to make use of the cut files.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: October Technique Challenge

I seriously want to spend the rest of the day with paint and mist and gelatos! Fantastic job, everyone, on your artist’s palette-inspired layouts! I really enjoyed your entries. The randomly chosen winner of an Elle’s Studio prize package is…

WENDI!

She created this layout with a mixed media background using her October kit:

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Congratulations! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information.

Stay tuned for the November Kit-Inspired Challenge!

 

Designer’s Choice | Colors That Shine

By Jenni Calma

November 5, 2014

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to share some of the wonderful pieces of the November ‘Little Moments’ kit.  I love the variation of colors in this month’s kit, although not just Fall themed, there are plenty of options for the season! It  was perfect for my photos, although taken in the Fall, were printed in black and white.  The monochrome pics made the lovely coral, greens and aquas in this kit stand out even more! GRATEFUL_SBC_Nov 2014 border

I love using powerful colors paired with black & white photos.  I think it brings the best of both worlds to something that might otherwise be relegated to “pretty paper.”  Especially in everyday photos like this, the black and white tells the story I want and the color of the paper and embellishments bring your eye to their beauty!

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The Heidi Swapp mistable phrases were perfect for this, even using a subtle color, the effect is still as strong against the contrasting journaling cards & embellishments. GRATEFUL_SBC_Nov 2014 (12)

I took cues from the Scrapbook Circle printables, matching the colors of ink & mist I used with the Heidi Swapp pieces.  Even though this is November and the colors I would normally think of might be completely different, these are fresh and vibrant and perfect for the photos I chose.

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I hope you are inspired by a little non-traditional color scheme for the season and share what you created on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page with us!  While you are on the Blog today, check out the other DT Idea Galleries. Have an amazing day!!

One Item Wonder: Book Page

Hello, November, and another round of One Item Wonder posts to highlight some of our favorite items in the November kit, Little Moments. Today, creative team member Jennifer is sharing with us how she used the book page that is included in Little Moments. Let’s take a look:

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Jennifer is an English teacher, so the book page became a symbol on her layout. Representing a page in the life of her son, Jennifer used it to create a background for this layout about her son’s “currents”.

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When adhering the book page to her layout, Jennifer experienced a happy accident. She originally adhered the book page flat to her layout, but then decided that she wanted a little more dimension. Because the book page paper is so thin, when she tried to pry it back off her layout, it tore in a few places. Liking the look, she finished by curling the loose edges.

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I’m ready to play with my book page! Are you? Be sure to share with us on Facebook! Enjoy your day.

Circle Round Up with Rebecca

By Rebecca Keppel

November 3, 2014

Hi Scrapbook Circle fans! Rebecca here with this month’s Circle Round Up.

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I love the Circle Round Up because it gives you ideas of what will work well together. I always start with the largest circle and make my way to the smallest. The largest circle used dots or circles. I used the Heidi Swapp paper for that.

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The next circle was Au Naturale or Kraft colored items. I used the Kraft cards, the Amy Tangerine die cut chipboard and the dictionary sheet which I punched into a butterfly shape.

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For the Add On Circle I used the enamel stickers and the Maggie Holmes stitched layered tags (shown in the close up above). I am really happy with how this mixed, layered layout turned out. It was pretty easy since everything in the Scrapbook Circle kits coordinate so well and the recipe really worked well!

:) Rebecca

 

November Cut Files

By Audrey Yeager

November 2, 2014

Hello everyone!  Happy fall to you!

I wanted to share with you today how I used the November cut files on my page below.

 

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As you can see, I have outlines of the leaf shapes.  However, if you look at the cut files, you will notice that they look more like leaf “cards” than the outlines.

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All I did was trace the shape in Silhouette, outline it, and then remove the outer “card” edge.  This gave me some great outline leaves that I used to decorate my page!

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I also cut some leaves from the Elle’s Studio paper, and used some of the die cut ones from the Basic Grey ephemera pack, too!

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I hope this inspires you to see the cut files in another way and try using them on your pages!

 

 

Basic Grey Stickers a Design Team Choice

By Diana Waite

November 1, 2014

Today I would like to talk about the Basic Grey Kelly Purkey stickers included in the Little Moments kit.  The sheet includes SO many fun sayings and embellishments, it’s hard to just choose one!  So instead from this sheet I chose 5:

Can you see where they are  Let me give you a hint, look down the left side:  DianaWball

The noted sticker is layered underneath of the 2nd and 3rd photos down, the teal circle is underneath the striped square and then each square is a sticker up on a pop dot.  This was a super fun challenge–see how many stickers I can use on one page from that particular sheet of stickers.

We would LOVE to see any of your creations using Scrapbook Circle kits–please feel free to share them on our Facebook page!

Celebrating Little Moments

By Lisa Andrews

November 1, 2014

Our November Kit, Little Moments, is here to help you document all of the little things in your life that are important. Together all of those little moments, are tied together to help tell the story of your life.

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We love all of the gold accents in the kit. Plus, of course, we have our Scrapbook Circle exclusives. We have our Home Sweet Home Stamp Set, our tag set, a set of 4 kraft cards and the printable. This kit is packed with goodies from Basic Grey, Amy Tangerine, Elle’s Studio and more.

We have two embellishment add-ons for you this month. The first is Sweetness.

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And the next add-on is Home Sweet Home.

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We also have a fabulous set of digi cuts for you this month. The leaf patterns cut beautifully!

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If you love paper as much as we do, you may want to check out our cardstock and patterned paper add-ons too.

Kits will be shipping by November 7, so please order any extras by November 5 so they can ship with your kit.

I’d like to share one page I’ve made with the Little Moments kit + add-ons. The 6X6 paper pad in the Sweetness add-on was a favorite for me to use on this page.

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Hope you are looking forward to this kit!

Flash Sale

By Lisa Andrews

October 31, 2014

We thought it would be fun to add a little treat to your Halloween today and we are doing a flash sale where you can get 31% off your entire order.

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This is perfect for subscribers so you can grab up a few add-ons and digi cuts to go with your kits. Plus you can order past kits too. Everything will ship for free with your monthly kit. (Shipping will be refunded if charged on extras.)

The is also the perfect time to start a subscription or just pick up a single kit if you’ve been thinking about trying us out.

The sale ends tonight at midnight EST, so don’t delay.

Shop the Sale.