August sketch players and winners

Today we are sharing all of the great pages that were made with the August sketch.

Scroll on through some of the fun inspiration we have here today.

Wendi

Wendi

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sujin

Sujin

Stacia

Stacia

Sandra

Sandra

Rebecca

Rebecca

Janet

Janet

Giorgia

Giorgia

Esther

Esther

Andrea

Andrea

Great layouts, everyone! I am thrilled to see so many of you using the sketch.

Now for the fun part — the winners. We have a goody bag and a kit to giveaway from Pinkfresh Studio.

The goody bag winner is: Giorgia

The kit winner is: Stacia

(Winners were chosen using Random.org)

Congrats ladies! Send an email with your shipping address to Diana [at] ScrapbookCircle.com and we’ll get your prize set up for you.

Designer Take: Jamie’s Take on Layering

The August technique challenge is all about layers. Creative team member Jamie is with us today to share how she uses this technique to create a beautiful page:

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Jamie started with her photo as the focus. She built layers below her photo, as well as on the photo.

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Jamie’s pattern for layering on this layout goes like this: stitched patterned paper, stamped image, chipboard, mist.

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To keep the page from being overwhelming with all those lovely layers, Jamie kept the design to a horizontal strip across her page.

We would love to see how you incorporate layers into your pages! Find the original challenge post here to get started. Have a good day!

Designer’s Choice: Scrapbooking Old Favorites

Hello! Jennifer Larson here. I want to share a secret with you: I sometimes do the same pages again. If I love the topic, I do it again. This month I redid a page I did many years ago called Camping Lessons:

You can redo pages that you love so that they look fresh without having to reinvent the wheel. Here’s how:

1. Borrow the same design from your last layout. My last page paired an 8×12 photo with some strips of patterned paper, so I did the same here.

2. Select papers that reflect the mood or theme. I chose the map paper because it highlighted our camping trip’s location–Minnesota. The yellows and pinks gave happy colors that reflected the happy mood of the trip.

3. Journal on top of the photo. Select a photo that had a lot of white space so that you can journal and put the title on the photo itself. Your photo does not have to be as big as mine was; you can layer elements on top of a 4×6 photo as well.

4. Cut apart a journaling card to make the journaling fit where you need it. The Elle’s Studio Card from the Tiki Torch add-on was too big for the space on the left, so I cut it into strip to fit the journaling above the title, below it, and on the right side of the page.

5. Stitch to secure page elements. Journaling strips tend to come loose, so I stitched mine down on the sides of the page. I also ran a stitch through the bottom pink strip; I’d cobbled it together with pink paper from the 6×6 pad in the Bungalow add-on, and the patterns didn’t quite match, so I used the stitching to mask the irregularity.

6. Overlap the title with other page elements. You don’t have to do this, but I always think when you use different fonts and embellishments around the title that it looks good to overlap them. And so I did, layering the title word cut from my Silhouette (Mission Script if you like it) on top of the chipboard letters, both of which were layered on top of the stickers and die cuts from both the Bungalow and Tiki Torch add-ons.

Thank you for sharing my inspiration! If you decide to redo a page using this month’s kit, please share your layout on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page. I’d love to see what you create!

One Item Wonder: Printable Tips

Hello! I hope you have been enjoying the August kit, Island Paradise, this month. One of my favorite parts of this kit is the printable. If you haven’t printed yours out, you are missing out! For today’s One Item Wonder, I thought it would be fun to revisit a couple of posts about making the most of your printables.

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I usually stock my printer with smooth white paper and cardstock, but the printables look great printed on other colors and textures, too. See this post that I wrote for a comparison of papers.

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The printables are designed to be printed on an 8.5×11 sheet of cardstock, but did you know that they can be resized? See this post that Lisa wrote for the how-to.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy printing!

Free Kit Offer Ends Soon

By Lisa Andrews

August 25, 2014

Don’t forget about our free kit promotion that we are running this month!

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If you start a new subscription with our August Island Paradise kit, you get to choose any past in stock kit to ship for free along with your August kit. Past kits are $34.50, so it’s a big savings for you!

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We only have two August kits left and when they are gone, the promotion ends. So if you’ve been thinking about giving us a try, now is the perfect time.

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Our subscriptions are only a two month commitment, so what do you have to loose?

Here’s how to claim your free kit:

1. Add the August Island Adventure kit to your cart. SC_Aug14_kit3

2. Add a favorite past kit of your choice to your cart.

3. Use the promo code FREEKIT at checkout to remove the charges of the free kit.

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Our Island Adventure kit is full of exclusives that you will only find here: Our “Happy Day” Stamp Set, our “You Are Amazing” Sticker Set, our “Hello Summer” Cork set plus our custom tags and printable make this a not-to-be-missed kit.

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Lifting You — Rebecca

Today we are sharing a layout from a subscriber that was posted to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

One of the members of the creative team, Valerie, has taken this inspiring layout from subscriber Rebecca and lifted it.

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When I saw Rebecca’s layout, I loved the color combo with the grey, yellow and pops of green. Plus, the fun doodling around the edge really added something a little extra to her page.

Here is what Valerie made to lift Rebecca.

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For Valerie, the element in Rebecca’s layout that was an eye catcher for her was the circles. So, she decided to use repetitive shapes on her layout. The assortment of pattern papers was also very appealing to her — she loves to layer elements on her projects.

Great inspiration to kick our week off right, ladies!

Want to be considered for our Lifting You feature? Just share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

Designer’s Choice: Hand Cut Letters

By Jamie Leija

August 24, 2014

Hey y’all! So I have a tip for you if you’re looking for alphas to coordinate with this kit…or any Scrapbook Circle kit! Use your scraps to create a unique title customized for your page. That’s what I did for this page about my bestie’s birthday. I had fun chopping up some leftover bits and baubs and creating this funky headline.

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Here’s another page that features a big hand cut title. It was so much fun to make! So I wanted to share a quick tutorial on hand cutting letters.

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Here’s what I started out with: 26 scraps that I cut into rough rectangles.

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And here they are all cut out and lined up pretty.

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I created the whole alpha to share especially with you! And I even kept all those little scraps so you could get a rough idea of how I cut them. A few of them needed some extra attention after the fact. (I’m looking at you “G” and “S”!) It was hard to do these in just one or two cuts. But once that was done I shaved a bit off here and there, tidied them up a bit and lightly adhered them to my page.

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I ran the final layout through my sewing machine to fully adhere the letters down.

I also want to point out that I embraced the general shape of the letters and didn’t even try to cut out the “insides”. I think it makes them that much more whimsical! To compensate though, I added a few of the wood veneer sequins from the Tiki Torch Add-on in the spots where the “holes” (seriously if there’s a correct word for this comment and let me know!) in the letters should have been.

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It was fun for me to do some hand cutting again. I haven’t done this since I purchased my Silhouette and it was good to get back to the “old” way of doing things.

If you take a stab at your scraps and hand cut some letters, be sure to share it in the Scrapbook Circle Facebook group. I’d love to see it!

Cheers,

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Designer’s Choice | Extra Paper Please!

By Jenni Calma

August 23, 2014

Hi there everyone!  Jenni here to share my choice of layout, where I made the most of extra patterned paper, now offered from Scrapbook Circle along with the August-Island Paradise  kit!  I LOVE embellishments…I mean really love them, but patterned paper is the basis for our hobby!

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I love the patterns, designs and the possibilities that only paper inspires!  This paper from Alison Kreft, for Webster’s Pages is absolutely delicious…seriously, I could frame it and hang it on the wall!  However, having the extra set of the patterned paper, part of the August kit, I thought I should make the most of the subtle pattern by layering the papers over each other.  And I meant to lay them over each other to line up exactly with the pattern.

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The Elle’s Studio die cut labels match the colors of the Scrapbook Circle printables, included in the kits and they set up the color scheme of pinks, teals and creamy white.  I punched extra pieces of patterned paper,  lining them up exactly with the base layer of pattern.  It created a wonderful effect, especially with the the bokeh pattern paper!

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I wrote my journaling on a piece of the Scrapbook Circle printables.  Patterns aside, I love this color combination!  More importantly, an extra few sheets of patterned paper can be a great way to add your own embellishments and details to a layout.  Thanks so much for checking out the blog!  I hope you will participate in one of the Scrapbook Circle challenges, check them out on the BLOG!

Be Real | Instagram Contact Sheet

By Jenni Calma

August 22, 2014

Hey there Scrappers!  This is Jenni, sharing a layout featuring lots of Instagram photos from our summer vacation and the August kit – Island Paradise and Tiki-Torch & Bungalow Add-ons.  Between my husband and I, we took 848 photos on our trip to Britain!  Although some of these photos will make it to full page scrapbook layouts, the majority won’t.  This was one solution for that dilemma!

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Three things inspired this page.  First, the chipboard frames from Crate Paper, which made me want to use lots of them; Second, the Scrapbook Circle exclusive cork die cuts; Finally, the fact that I would never be able to scrap all our photos, and there were so many good ones!  I basically printed a contact sheet in Photoshop, using 36 photos.  I wanted a neutral background to mount the frames as a “mat,” and to not take away from the photos too much!

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I used the Scrapbook Circle cork labels, part of the main kit, for my journaling and other details, perfect for a trip!  As was the Scrapbook Circle stamp I heat embossed in the bottom right corner.  Obviously, the Heidi Swapp glitter sticker was fitting for the title and I tied it in by adding the Basic Grey fox patterned paper as a border.  It also helped support the heaviness of all the chipboard elements.

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I enjoy pages like this, even though a bit chaotic, because they really make you look at everything, like a small album of photos all in one layout!  Next time you have lots of photos to tell a story, why not use them all?  Thanks for stopping by the blog today and have an amazing weekend!

 

August Technique Challenge

I recently polled the creative team about their favorite, go-to, tried and tested techniques. One technique in particular kept popping up again and again in their comments. I’ll give you a hint – it’s like a sweater over a cute button-up, crisp sheets under a comfy quilt, and the iconic haircut that Jennifer Aniston made famous. You guessed it – layers! The August technique challenge is to create a layout using the technique of layering. For your inspiration, I asked creative team member Valerie and our August guest designer, Jen Chesnick, to play along:

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Valerie says, “I love layering. Layering my patterned papers and embellishments makes me super happy. I start with my foundation page and then stack more and more – like decorating a cake. This always gives my project nice 3-d dimension.”

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This layout is just as yummy as a cake, in my opinion!

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Jen Chesnick is also a big fan of layering:

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Jen puts her Silhouette Cameo to work when she wants to create layers on her layouts. Do you see how there are two layers of patterned paper on the red cardstock background? Also, Jen used two layers of cardstock to create her title.

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And the embellishments are layered in such a pretty way, too!

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I’m inspired to dress my next layout in layers. How about you? Here’s how to join the challenge:

1. Create a layout that uses the technique of layering. 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, September 3rd, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win a $15.00 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store!

Good luck and happy scrapping!