July Telephone Game

Hello! It’s Kelly here today sharing July’s Telephone Game Challenge. Just like the game…we use the previous month’s challenge layout for inspiration, passing it on to another creative team member each month. Here is Jung’s page from June…

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You can see the original post HERE.

Here is how I was inspired:
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I liked the grid made from patterned paper. I decided to use a piece of 6×6 patterned paper from the embellishment add on kit that already had a grid pattern on it. I cut it in fourths,  enhanced the diagonal line on the two toned squares with stitching, and used it as a mat for my photo.

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I also loved the clusters of embellishments around Jung’s photo. So, I added a few embellishments to each square, tucking them around my picture.

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If you are inspired by this challenge, we would love to see what you come up with! Share it with us in our new Facebook Community: Scrapbook Circle of Friends. Need more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery.

Thanks for stopping by today!

SING layout, designer’s choice

Hello crafty friends!  Today, I am sharing my designer’s choice layout.  I wanted to document my daughter’s kindergarten performance.  It was so cute, and we love our school’s music program!  There are a lot of end-of-the-school-year activities that I need to catch up on, and scrap!

I have always loved machine stitching on my layouts, but lately I have especially been loving the look of hand stitching.  For my SING layout, I chose a big bold title, but used white thread for a subtle tone on tone look.  Hand stitching is very time consuming, but I just took my project to the couch and worked on it while watching tv after the girls went to bed.

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For my layout, I used the July kit Today is the Day and the July embellishment add-on You’ve Got This.  The “Live a colorful life” circle is from the Here & Now kit.

Here’s how I made my layout:

  1. 1.  I worked on my title first.  I outlined some big chipboard letters that I had in my stash with a pencil onto a 12 x 12 white cardstock.  Then along the pencil line, I took a needle and pierced evenly spaced holes.  I didn’t have any embroidery thread, so I double threaded my needle with 2 pieces of thread.  I did a simple backstitch to hand stitch my layout.
  2. 2.  I cut off 1″ off the right side of the white cardstock, and added 2 pieces of pattern paper.  I added some machine stitching for some texture.
  3. 3.  I added my 3 photos and journaling strips.
  4. 4.  To finish off my layout, I added some embellishments like a few floral elements, a wood veneer circle, puffy stickers, and ink splatters.

I love how my layout turned out!  I just love the texture my hand stitched title gives to the layout.  Have you made a layout with hand stitching?  If not, I encourage you to give it a try!  It’s a relatively easy way to make a big impact on your layouts!

Have an awesome day!

Designer’s Choice with Jennifer

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends! Jennifer here today with the first of my projects using July’s Today is the Day Kit.

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This layout has undergone many transformations and was completely ripped apart at one time (yes, we all have those moments). I finally decided to take it down a notch and keep it simple by adding elements only around the photo.

I love all of the goodies that are in this month’s kit but wanted to try to use some of the more feminine embellishments on my masculine layout.

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To do this, I used flowers from the Simple Stories Bloom and Grow embellishments and stickers. I paired that with heart flair from Pretty Little Studio Hello Heather Adventure Flair and Fancy Pants Millie & June Puffy Dot Stickers.

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Last, I added the title and a few more embellishments at the top of the photo.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Please visit the Scrapbook Circle blog each day for more inspiration from the design team and the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook Group to share your finished projects!

Jennifer

 

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Today is the Day!

Yes! Our July Kit, Today is the Day, is here! We are loving the bright and cheerful color palate and can’t wait to share inspiration using this kit all month long.

Ready to take a look at what we have this month? First up is our main Today is the Day Kit.

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In addition to all of this goodness pictured, the main kit also includes our Exclusive Content PDF Magazine, a printable plus digital cut files that will all be emailed to you. Sweet!

We have two embellishment add-ons plus a patterned paper add-on this month.

Our You’ve Got This Add-on has a great mix of embellishments including the Plan On It Stickers from the new Hello Heather line by Pretty Little Studio. We can’t wait to use those plus the little puffy stickers, 6X6 paper pad, die cuts and vellum tape!

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The Rise & Shine Add-on has puffy stickers that we love from Elle’s Studio plus 8 sheets of Simple Stories stickers, Elle’s Studio Die Cuts (can’t get enough of these!) and some fabulous flair!

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If you love patterned paper like us, you won’t want to miss the extra patterned paper that is available this month.

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We hope you are excited and ready to create with this month’s kits.

Our office is taking a vacation until July 17. All July subscriptions and orders will begin shipping on July 18. Thank you for your patience with waiting a little longer than usual for your kit. It will be worth the wait!

Tech Tip: Using Gesso

By Neela Nalam

June 29, 2016

I want to start off by saying that while making this layout, I had to push myself completely outside my comfort zone for the following reasons:

  • Using mixed media
  • Fussy cutting shapes
  • Using machine stitching
  • Using flowers on a layout with my son’s photo

But I think I had the most amount of fun making it. To begin, I wanted to use the AWESOME cardstock from PinkFresh studio. It truly is awesome and interesting. For the photo I had in mind, I wasn’t sure the pattern on the words was a great match. I wanted alter it in some way. I fussy cut out the word from the background and then applied a generous coating of gesso on it. The gesso prevents the paper from tearing when you paint it.

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Initially I wanted to modify it with water colors. But when I started doing that, I didn’t like the look. Instead I shifted to acrylic paint and the color is called Sea Glass from Americana. It went very well with the colors in the kit. Here is the final layout. The photo itself is that of my son during his piano recital. This was his very first one and he was pretty nervous. He still did really great. My journaling says it all :). In order to embellish the layout, I used the ephemera from illustrated faith. The flowers and the colors are so pretty. Also, I didn’t like the way the letter ‘O’ ended up looking after I fussy cut the word. So I covered it up with more ephemera and to me these are happy accidents!

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Hope you enjoyed checking out this layout and do post your layouts in the Scrapbook circle of friends facebook page. We would love to check them out.

1 Product 2 Ways – Pinkfresh Studio ‘Happy Words’ paper

By Jenni Calma

June 28, 2016

Hi there! Today we have the final 1 Product 2 Ways post for June with the “Now or Never” kit!  Kelly and Diana showed us how they both created         8-1/2″ x 11″ pages with this paper.

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I love how thoughtfully chosen these pieces of the patterned paper went with Kelly’s page theme.  Here are her words:

“I thought it would be fun to make some different shaped ‘tags’ from some of the phrases on the Happy Words paper. I made them different lengths and widths, tucking and layering embellishments before stitching them down.”

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Similarly, Diana used the paper as part of her background and title, trimming it to work with her composition!

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Here’s what Diana said:

“I loved finding creative ways to use this paper. I used the A side to back my white paper and be the anchor of my page. I actually used it for part of my title and the B side for part of my embellishments (see the turquoise paper popped up on pop dots).  To do this I cut  the strip that said You Got this.  I then cut the paper down to 8.5 x 11.  Using a craft knife I carefully cut out the center leaving an edge for the turquoise paper B side.”

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After seeing these examples, YOU GOT THIS!  And then share it with us at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB Page!  Come post your work, see other reader’s designs or join in a convo!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Take 2 challenge: Sugar & Spice

By Jung AhSang

June 27, 2016

Hey guys!  I’m super excited to be taking part of the Take 2.  For this, I was challenged to scrap lift a layout from a previous kit or Design Team member’s layout.  Since I am relatively new to the design team, I was looking around in the ideas tab on the Scrapbook Circle website.  There is so much inspiration in that tab, but when I came across Gina Lideros’s You are my Favorite ideas from July 2015, I spotted a layout that I had to scrap lift!

Here is her layout:

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Here is my layout:

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I was so inspired by the giant alpha in Gina’s layout!  Even though the letters are so huge, the small photo still manages to shine.  For my layout, I used the June Now or Never kit.  I hand cut some letters out of the Pink Fresh studio confetti hearts paper (the pink is side B of this paper).  You can see my tech tip post here on how I make & hand cut my own oversized letters without a cutting machine.  Then I created by background.  I cut down a piece of white cardstock, and mounted it to the Bella Blvd black & white floral stripes paper.  (Tip: when I use a patterned paper as a background frame under another piece of paper, I always cut out a square from the middle to save and use it on another project, since you won’t see that it’s missing.)  I sewed along the edges to give it some texture.  Next, I aligned all my letters, leaving room for my photo, on the paper.  Once I was satisfied with how everything was looking, I glued all the letters down using a T ruler to help keep everything straight.  I added my photo, embellished by layers of paper, Elle’s Studio cut out hearts, a heart from the Illustrated Faith enamel heart, and an arrow punched from the same Bella Blvd black & white floral stripes paper.  I also added 2 punched butterflies to fill in some of the negative space, and to kind of mimic the triangle stencils in Gina’s layout.

I absolutely love how this layout turned out.  I don’t think I would have ever tried such a bold title if I hadn’t seen it on Gina’s layout.  I hope you’re inspired too, to create and perhaps make your own Take 2 layout!

Have a beautiful day!

Embracing the space

By Diana Waite

June 26, 2016

Today I want to talk about white space.  White Space: In page layout, illustration and sculpture, white space is often referred to as negative space. It is the portion of a page left unmarked.  I have to be honest, white space is not necessarily comfortable in my creation process.  So I challenged myself to see if I could create a page with white space, here is my page:DianaWmothersday

I really loved how this page turned out!  LOVED that I had some great pictures to work with from Mother’s day this year–I don’t like to be in front of the camera either…  ANYWAY, the papers and embellishments in the Now or Never kit were PERFECT!

To “fill” my white space a little I added drops of yellow mist.  We would love to see your creations using any of our Scrapbook Circle kits, please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @scrapbook_circle.

Clean and Simple – Cherish Memories Quickly

By Rebecca Keppel

June 25, 2016

The thing I love about clean and simple scrapbooking is that layouts can be completed quickly!

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This one came together so quickly because I basically used one row of die cut rectangles,

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a mixed title (printed and stickers), typed journaling and a couple of small embellishments. sc june kit close ups-31

I love how it keeps the focus on the goofy photos, tells a story and was simple to create! Do you ever create clean and simple layouts or do you prefer more heavily embellished projects?

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca

Create a Custom Page Background

One of my favorite things we offered this month is the the acetate die cut words from Pinkfresh in our Be You Embellishment Add-on.

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As I was starting a layout with some recent favorite photos, I spread the acetate words on my desk to decide which one would be best for the page. Seeing all of the word spread across my table gave me an idea to try spreading a bunch of them across the background of my layout. I love the results!

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Adding a bunch of the words was a fast way to create a playful background design on my page. Since the package came with so many words, I still have plenty leftover for another project.

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Combining the Pinkfressh words with paper and other bits and pieces from our June Now or Never Kit was a perfect way to document one of my favorite stories from our recent spring break trip. Hope this inspires you to try creating a custom background on your next page!