July Guest Designer — Becky Williams

This month we have the amazing and talented Becky Williams joining us on the Scrapbook Circle team. Let’s get to know her a little bit better.
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My name is Becky Williams and I am thrilled to guest design for Scrapbook Circle this month. I am a physical therapist assistant-turned mother of four girls aged 3, 6, 8 and almost-10. I love that I am able to spend so much time with my husband, kids and our basset hound, Bella at our home in a little west Texas town outside of Lubbock. My family and our adventures are the inspiration for my scrapping. I have been scrapbooking since I was a teen and love the way that it helps me to unwind and to do something creative. I have had the opportunity to design for a variety of kit clubs and manufacturers and have had projects published in both digital and print magazines. I currently design for Pebbles Inc. and BasicGrey and you can see some of my work on my blog.
Here is the first layout Becky made with the July kit. I just love it!
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We also asked Becky a few getting-to-know-you questions. Here are her fab answers.
If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why? I don’t know if I could pick just one person but I would really like to meet some of my online scrappy friends. I don’t know how much actual scrapping we would get done but I think that would be ok. Meeting some of these people who have become good friends of mine would be such a wonderful thing for me!
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If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would you make sure was in that line and why? Gold is quite the trendy color in scrapbooking as well as in fashion, home decor, etc. right now. I love it!  If I were to design a scrapbook collection I would include large die cut words in a script font in a beautiful gold foil.  I think they would be loved right now and something that would be quite versatile. 
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What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? Etc… My perfect day of scrapbooking would be a day without the distraction of my four sweet kids. As much as I love them I don’t get a whole lot of scrapping done when they are at home! I like for it to be quiet but with music or a movie in the background. Too much quiet isn’t always a good thing for me. Also, I really like to get together with friends to scrap but I either don’t get as much done because I am chatting too much. If I need to get some projects completed I prefer to work on my own.
It’s been great to get to know you a little bit better, Becky. Welcome to the Scrapbook Circle family for the month of July! Leave a little love in the comments for Becky to welcome her.

Challenge #78: Nice Ride

Inspired by the “open road” theme of several items in the July kit, Our Adventure, our next challenge is to create a layout with the theme of traveling by road. For example: a road trip, a first car layout, or just a selfie behind the wheel while running errands (Parked! Not driving!). I asked Diana to get us started with an inspiration page and she scrapbooked a great story for this theme:

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We’ve been watching Diana’s daughter grow up through scrapbook pages for years here at Scrapbook Circle. She’s driving?! When did that happen?! I especially love Diana’s use of the large alpha patterned paper. She said it reminded her of the vision test that the DMV makes you take before getting your permit. Perfect!

Do you have an open road story to tell? Here’s how to play along!

1. Create a layout with a “Nice Ride” theme. 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, July 16th, 9 pm Pacific, to be eligible for a $15.00 store credit! Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: Challenge #77 Hot Stuff

We have a winner for our “Hot Stuff” challenge! Congratulations go to…

SABINA!

Sabina entered this lovely layout:

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Love the layers and, of course, the warm colors! Sabina, please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (dot) com with your contact information and we will get that AMy Tan prize off to you.

A new challenge is coming right up! Stay tuned!

July Kit >>> Our Adventure

Hello, hello! Are you ready for a fabulous new month? We are! We have put together carefully selected papers and embellishments for you in our kits this month. Ready to take a look?

Our Adventure is our main July Kit that is filled with products with will help you document your adventures close to home or in far away places.

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We love the eclectic color combo in this kit and mix of patterns and hope you do too! We have several Scrapbook Circle exclusives for you in this kit: our “Celebrate Today” stamp set, July Tags, plus our fabulous printable. Don’t forget about other favorites from Crate Paper, Elle’s Studio, Pinkfresh Studio, Echo Park and more!

Love the patterned paper in the kit and want an extra set? We have you covered with our patterned paper add-on.

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We have two embellishment add-ons for you this month. The first is Away We Go that includes Simple Stories Insta Squares, Studio Calico Plastic Stars, Crate Paper Cardstock Stickers and Echo Park/Allison Kreft Element Stickers.

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Our second embellishment add-on, Happy Day, includes one of our all time favorite Thicker sticker sheets, Simple Stories 6X6 Paper Pad, Heidi Swapp Word Jumble Stickers, Pink Paislee Label Stickers and Elle’s Studio Label Tags. It’s a perfect compliment to our main kit!

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We also have a super fun set of digital cuts that you can download. We love the triangle designs and hope you love using them.

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Last, but not least, we have a cardstock add-on that includes a piece of silver cardstock plus other coordinating sheets of cardstock.

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Here’s a look at a layout I’ve created with the kit. I loved working with and mixing such fun patterns and colors in this month’s kit.

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Kits begin shipping on July 7, so please be sure to order any extras (remember that add-ons ship for free with your main kit!) by July 5.

June sketch players

Thank you to those of you that found some time in this busy month of June to play along with our sketch challenge for the month.

Here are the fun and colorful layouts we have from those of you that played along.

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This month’s random winner of the Maggie Holmes prize pack from American Crafts is Heather! Heather send an email to Diana [at] scrapbookcircle [dot] com with your shipping address and we’ll get that prize sent off to you.

We’ll be back in July with another sketch challenge for subscribers looking to maximize their kits!

Designer Take: Tessa’s Hot Stuff

Hello! Tessa here. Do you have the warm colors of the Hello There kit heating up your craft space? I did this week, and this layout is my take on our current challenge, Hot Stuff:

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I used the Studio Calico patterned paper as my background, then several Basic Grey die-cuts as embellishments. I loved that the die-cuts included the color black so that my photo coordinated even better.

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My favorite thing to work with from this kit has been the exclusive stamps. Those hashtags and the heart are just too cute! And the stamps are of fabulous quality, making them oh-so-easy to use.

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Pinks, yellows, oranges and reds = one warm and fun layout! I can’t wait to see what you create for the challenge. See this post for the details on how to enter. You still have a week to show off your hot stuff. Good luck and happy scrapping!

Revisiting an old technique…

 

I have to admit I don’t use a lot of flowers on my layouts, especially 3 dimensional ones.  But the theme of my page was about a tea party, which of course brings to mind flowers, doilies, and everything frilly and fancy.  So I went back to my flower making technique arsenal and decided to do some accordion fold flowers.

 

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I simply cut strips of patterned paper and then punched one long edge with a punch.  Then I folded back and forth the create the pleats and secured with a big glue dot.  I topped each with another punched shape and a brad. I used patterned paper that had an ombre print on it, and I love how the pattern turned out once the flowers were folded.

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I used a large doily on the background (from my stash) and a few punched circles of other patterns.  The title I cut with my Cameo using a font called The Lost Paintings.

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How perfect is the tea cup sticker in the kit from Chickaniddy ! ?!!!

 

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Why don’t you go back and think about a technique that you used to love but haven’t done in a while and try it on your next page!

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Exclusives

Have you played with our exclusive printable, cut files, tags or wood veneer this month? Erin Stewart, our guest designer for June, enjoyed working with these exclusive items designed specifically for the Hello There kit. Here is a beautiful page she created with the exclusive printable:

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Other than the background patterned paper, Erin added all the pattern and color she needed with elements from the printable. And the result is gorgeous!

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We would love to see what you are doing with the printable, and all the other exclusives in the Hello There kit. Be sure to upload your pages to the Facebook page and we’ll come take a look! Have a great day!

Announcing our 2014 -2015 Creative Team

By Lisa Andrews

June 23, 2014

A huge thank you to all of the talented people who applied to join our creative team. We are thankful to everyone who took time to share their talent with us!

We are excited to announce the new team for our August 2014 – July 2015 term.

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We are looking forward to another creative year here at Scrapbook Circle!

Lifting You — Chelsea

Today we are sharing our Lifting You feature. This is when one of the Creative Team members takes a layout that was shared on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page and lifts it.

This month’s lift is from subscriber Chelsea. We love her whimsical approach to this layout. The smaller cluster of pictures is fun to look at and the splatters of ink go really well with the egg-coloring theme for her page.

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Chelsea was lifted by Jenni. Jenni loved that Chelsea’s layout used several small photos.  Her use of paint splatters lead your eye around the title and down to the photos. It is simple but powerful.

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 She took cues from Chelsea’s page by using the same number and arrangement of photos. Jenni also used one of the Heidi Swapp watercolor die cuts in the top left corner and splattered India ink around the clustered photos and embellishments.

Thanks, ladies! These pages are fun and colorful — just what we need to start off another week of creativity!

If you want to be considered for our Lifting You feature, share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on our Facebook page.