October Guest Designer — Janet Perafan-Babar

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

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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.


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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!

Blog: www.janetperafanbabar.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/janet.perafanbabar
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/janetbabar/
Instagram: instagram.com/janetperafanbabar

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:

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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.

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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.

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: September Technique Challenge

Thanks for joining in on our sewing/stitching challenge! You all have me dying to buy a sewing machine! Random.org has done the work of choosing a winner for me and that lucky lady is:

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…with this fantastic layout made with her Scrapbook Circle kit:

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Congratulations! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information. Stay tuned, a new Kit-Inspired Challenge is coming right up!

Meet Our October Kit: On This Day

By Lisa Andrews

October 1, 2014

Can you believe that it is already October? We can’t, but we are excited that with the new month, we have a new kit to share with you! Our October Kit, On This Day, is now live on our site.

Ready to take a look? We love the cheerful color palette mixed with pops of neutral black and white. What’s your favorite embellishment in this month’s kit?

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We also have two add-ons for you this month! First is the Good Times add-on. We love the beautiful fall colors in this add-on. It’s a perfect accent to the main kit with a bit of a fall focus.

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Our second add-on, Right Now, is a fun mix of paper, chipboard, epoxy stars and die cuts.

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We also have our patterned paper and cardstock add-ons.

One last thing…our October Digi Cuts!

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Kits are shipping out on October 3rd this month, so if you are a current subscriber please order your add-ons by tonight. Thanks for your support every month. We appreciate that you trust us to curate the best combo of products every month.

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Exclusives

Each month the kit includes a variety of exclusives by Scrapbook Circle. These printables, tags, stamps, cut files, and embellishments coordinate perfectly with the kit and help you created one-of-a-kind layouts and projects. I asked creative team member Gina to share with us how she used the September stamps, cut file and printable. Let’s take a look:

Gina_Lideros_YouAmazeMe_SBC-917x1024Gina used an exclusive stamp in the top left corner. I just adore those triangles and am sure this stamp will get a lot of use for months to come! Gina also used the grid cut file as a layer behind her photo. She enlarged the design, then cut the file from white cardstock and used watercolors to add color. The subtle coloring and the grid design add a lot of interest to her layout.

GinaLideros_YouAmazeMe_SneakGina put the printable to use for her title and sub-title. Don’t they look great with the patterned paper?

GinaLideros_YouAmazeMe_sneak2How have you used the Scrapbook Circle exclusives this month? We would love to see! Be sure to share with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. Have a great day!

Freckled Fawn Very Merry Embellishment Kit

By Lisa Andrews

September 29, 2014

We are very excited to be offering a special “Very Merry” add-on kit from Freckled Fawn for you while supplies last. This kit is packed with exclusive items that you will only find in the kit that were created just for this kit.

Bonus! Subscribers can take $5 off of this kit when it ships with their monthly kit! Just use code VERYMERRY at checkout to receive the discount.

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Each item is packed with possibilities. My favorite might be the wood number tags, but I also love the set of silver papers clips and the cork shapes. Oh, and those gold labels and two rolls of washi tape are pretty great too. Who am I kidding? I love it all!

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We have a limited number of these kits, so order now if you are interested. We know you will love it!

Lifting You — Wendi

Today we are sharing Gina’s lift of subscriber Wendi’s layout. Wendi shared this layout with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

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I instantly loved that triangle in the background of her page with the cluster of stitched circles. The letters in the lower corner are a great addition to the page, too.

Here is what Gina made to lift Wendi.

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Gina kept her ‘lift’ pretty similar to the original but added journaling to lefthand side. She also shifted her large chevron over to the lefthand side and added watercolor paints to her title.

Gina’s Tip: To add sparkle to my layout, I cut strips of gold glitter from the My Mind’s Eye Just Sayin’ Glittered Garden Party (included in the main kit).

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Gina used the September Time Flies add on and the This Place add on.

Thanks for the inspiration, girls!

To be considered for our Lifting You feature, just share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on the Facebook page. You could be our next lift!

 

Designer’s Choice: Folding Paper

By Jamie Leija

September 28, 2014

I love a good grid. They’re such a great go to design. For this page, I added a bit of twist on your traditional grid. I folded my background paper. I love the instant depth that it added! And the fun dimension.

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Once the edges were folded, I sanded them a bit to add some texture. I also used a dauber to add some distress ink. There’s  just something so pleasing about those squares. Don’t you think?1409Sept-Travel02 1409Sept-Travel03

Folding was so quick and simple. And it added just the big of oomph I felt that background needed. I love how this turned out!

Be sure to share your folder paper projects on the Facebook Group.

Cheers,

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Designer Choice: 5 minue layout idea and it’s all about me!!

By Valerie Huang

September 27, 2014

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Hi all:

Happy weekend and thank you for stopping by!! It’s Valerie here today to share some quick ideas with the September Here + There kit, so hopefully this is helpful to get your weekend mojo going!!

I have a Question of The Day for you before we started. Do you often scrap about yourself? or when was the last time you took a selfie and scrap about yourself.

Often times, we are surrounded by events and a lot of love ones, and we forget about ourselves. It’s as important to document the then and now for our self as for our love ones.

So today is the time that we can spend a few minutes to just focus on ME!!

When I receive the beautiful September kit, I really love the Rub on in the main kit and Notes and Things 6X6 paper pads in the add on. So I knew right away I’s like to share a quick layout idea with these two of my favorite items.

So since this layout is all about ME! It makes perfect sense to use my favorite items.

 

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This is my base page. I just use the whole 2 sheets of the rub on on the white cardstock. And I cut out some papers from the Notes and Thing 6X6 paper pad and sew them together on the bottom.

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I added some of the left over embellishments from the kit and decorate my page accordingly.

Here are some more close ups. I hope you like my sharings and also please feel free to share your simple all about me page on our Facebook Page. We’d love to see them.

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Sketch players and a winner

Thank you to all of you who played along with this month’s sketch challenge. Here are some amazing layouts for you to be inspired by from our players.

Heather

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Janet

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Jessica

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Karrie

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Lorraine

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Rebecca

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Slyvia

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Wendi

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Aren’t these all amazing?

Now the hard part — to choose a winner for the Pink Paislee Solstice prize. We use Random.org to choose the winner from those that played along and followed the sketch.

This month’s winner is… Janet!

Congrats, Janet! Please send an email to Diana [at] ScrapbookCircle.com and we’ll make sure that yummy Solstice prize makes its way to you.