Designer’s Choice | you are my SON…

By Jenni Calma

March 8, 2015

Hi there everyone!  Jenni here today to share the layout of my choice using the March “Here’s The Story” main kit and the “Tell Me” add-on.

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I just love the color combination of the mints and peach and corals that are in this month’s kit.  They made a fantastic background to make my photo pop.  I layered lots of different patterns under the photo and ran lots of random stitching through it.

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I have always loved the quote about loving you to the moon and back from the first moment I read it to my daughter.  Thinking of it gave me the idea for the title of this page, using ‘son,’ instead of ‘sun.’

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This is one of those layouts that needs no journaling…at least to me.  I could write a page about this photo and my sweet son, but decided that the title said everything I felt!

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Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  We would love to see your use of the gorgeous colors in the March kit, or any layout you might want to share on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

3×4 Cards – 3 Ways

By Rebecca Keppel

March 7, 2015

I love all the 3×4 cards manufacturers are making these days. Whether you use them for pocket page layouts or journaling on a traditional 12×12 layout, they add a nice touch. I like them so much, that I used them on 3 different layouts this month. I worked with the main March Scrapbook Circle kit (Here’s the Story) and both Add Ons, On My Way and Tell Me.

For the first layout, I used one of the exclusive Scrapbook Circle 3×4 cards in a traditional way. I used a typewriter to journal on it and then I tucked it next to my photo:

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In the next layout, I used 3 different 3×4 cards as part of the layout design. I liked that the left hand one included a sentiment, the middle card featured an image and on the right hand card I adhered a photo trimmed down so part of the 3×4 card design was peeking out.

rk sc march 4For the final layout, I used a similar approach as above, but I also wanted to create an altered background. All you need to create this type of background is a piece of patterned paper, some gesso, a large brush, a few Gelatos and a mini mister filled with water.


With the large brush, paint on gesso starting a thick application at the top of the page and gradually thinning out by the middle.


Once dry, take the Gelatos and color a thick smudge at the top of the page where the gesso is the thickest.



You can mix and match colors or use different shades of one color.

IMG_5399Then spray the Gelatos with water and allow the color to drop. This won’t work as well if you do not prime the paper with gesso first because the Gelatos will sink into the paper.

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Once my background was dry I started applying my photos and 3×4 cards. This time I mounted my cards on slightly larger pieces of patterned paper to make them really stand out.

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How are you using the 3×4 cards?

:) Rebecca




All Boy!

By Lisa Andrews

March 6, 2015

It’s been so much fun to create with this month’s Here’s the Story Kit. I decided to challenge myself to make a bold and boyish page with this kit and I’m excited with the results.


For my background, I cut the paper to 8.5 X 11 inches. With the extra paper strip left after trimming, I used it to cut the star design with my Silhouette to overlay on the background. I spread out the stars plus the neagtive space to cover the page. I didn’t place stars under the photos since I didn’t have enough and it was going to be covered up anyway.


Since the reverse side of the yellow paper is the same color with a different patterned (polka on one side and stripes on the other) it created a cool monochromatic effect with a fun variation of patterns.

To finish off the page, I used the “Good Times” tags from the printable that is included with the kit plus some paper strips (the black one is from our exclusive tag set in the kit) and a bit of stitching.

I love that this simple page tells a story about my son and something he loves. Documenting our family stories is always an awesome thing to do!

March Kit-Inspired Challenge: List Journaling

Does journaling come easy to you? Do the right words seem to come easy, or is telling the story of your page something that you struggle a bit with? For me, it depends. When I am having a hard time with the words, I turn to one of my favorite techniques – list journaling. The March kit, Here’s the Story, includes these exclusive 3×4 journaling cards perfect for list journaling:


Inspired by these cards, our March Kit-Inspired Challenge is to create a layout with list journaling. I asked creative team member Diana to share with us how she used the journaling card to tell her layout’s story:

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Diana easily included all the important stuff – what, who – and even details about the weather. Love that!

Ready to join in on the challenge? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout using list journaling. We would love to see a Scrapbook Circle kit in action – including the “this happened” card – but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, our Facebook page, or an online gallery. Copy and paste a direct link to your post into the comments on this post.

3. You have TWO WEEKS to play. Enter by 9:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, March 18th, to be eligible to win this amazing Pink Paislee Bella Rouge prize package!

SC_bellarougeprizeGood luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: February Technique Challenge

I am so glad that many of you gave rub-ons a second chance for our February Technique Challenge! And those of you who never fell out of love, I loved your takes on the challenge, too! has decided that our rub-on challenge winner is…


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Congratulations! Please email me at tessa (at) scrapbookcircle (d0t) com with your contact information and we will get that Basic Grey prize off to you.

Stay tuned, the March Kit-Inspired Challenge is coming right up!

visual triangles. a design team choice.

By Diana Waite

March 4, 2015

One of my favorite scrapbooking techniques to use is designing in triangles.  Designing your page with triangles is a subtle way of focusing your audiences eyes:Dianaourstorytoday

In this layout there are 5 different visual triangles–do you see them?

in no particular order:

-the ink splatter (totally not planned–just happened to drop that way!)

-the hearts (gold underneath Our Story, puffy sticker, and heart on the veneer happy moments)

-the circles (title our story, subtitle happy, gold heart peeking out underneath the yellow star)

-the triangle shapes (underneath the happy circle, the cork shape, the piece of paper underneath the puffy heart)

-the gold (harder to tell in this layout but the tiny heart under our story is gold, the circle under the star is gold, and the today are gold letters)

Some times I think more about this technique, some times when things don’t seem to be going well on my layout I stop and look at it and realize that I need to do some eye catching triangle designing!

We would really love to see any of your creations using a triangle technique or any other technique using our Scrapbook Circle kits–please feel free to share your pages with us on our Facebook page.

One Item Wonder: Acrylic Hello

Here’s the Story – the March kit – includes some fantastic Scrapbook Circle exclusives. The first thing to catch my eye was this Scrapbook Circle acrylic hello:


I asked creative team member Jamie to share with us how she put this wordy embellishment to work on one of her layouts:


Jamie loved how dimensional the hello is, and she knew she could do something fun and creative with the loops in the letters. Hello became her title, placed in the center of her page:


Using string, Jamie connected her photos to the hello. I love how the strings are visually appealing and meaningful in a symbolic way, too.


What will you do with your hello? We can’t wait to see! Be sure to share on the Facebook page. Have a great day!

March Circle Round Up

By Jenni Calma

March 2, 2015

Hi everyone!  Happy March!?!  How can it be March already?  Despite the time flying past me, the March Kit will make you want to slow down!  It is full of new releases from various manufactures!  My task this month was to attack the Circle Round Up and use it to inspire my layout!

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Using the piece of Pinkfresh Studio paper ‘ Rainbow Dance’ for my main background,  I used my Silhouette to cut a simple grid of 1″ circles.  I adhered the base of negative cut out circles onto white cardstock and matched cut circles re-attaching them within the pattern, but with dimensional adhesive.  I thought this would give it some texture, play off the whole idea of the Circle Round Up, and relate to the circles in the Pinkfresh patterned paper ‘Circles.’

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I used three of the Pinkfresh wood tags, stepping down from the top left corner across the page.  I also matted my photos on a piece of the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 gold polka dot paper!

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I used one of the sweet Simple Stories heart paperclips to tie the two photos together.  For the final idea from the roundup, I used the Amy Tangerine mini sticker phrases, adding them to areas of matching colors in my background.  The Round Up is like a sketch, great direction but only with little more room for interpretation!  Love it!!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Make sure you check out the Idea Gallery for all the DT members amazing projects.  Be sure to share your take of the Circle Round Up on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page, as well as any other of your pages!



Here’s the Story: Our March Kit

By Lisa Andrews

March 1, 2015

We are all about telling and documenting life’s stories around here. So this month’s kit, Here’s the Story, we designed to help you tell your big and small stories. Want to take a look at the kit?





We have a several exclusive items for you this month. These were designed by us just for this kit! We have a set of cork shapes, a Here’s the Story Tag Set, 2 kraft/black 3X4 cards, an acrylic shaped “Hello” plus our printable and digital cuts that are included with the kit. Of course, there are plenty of other goodies this month too from Pinkfresh Studios, Webster’s Pages, Simple Stories, Bella Blvd and more.

We also have two embellishment add-ons this month.

First up in our On My Way Embellishment Add-on Kit that includes favorites from Pinkfresh Studios, Bella Blvd, Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye.


Next up is our Tell Me Embellishment Add-on Kit that has one of our favorite finds from CHA, the Pinkfresh Studios Gold Foil Card Set. Seriously, you will love using these beautifully gold foiled cards. Plus there is a cool set of clips from Simple Stories, a 6X6 On Trend Paper Pad from My Mind’s Eye and 8 sheets of mini word stickers from Amy Tan.


We also have our More Patterned Paper and Cardstock add-ons available to ship along with your main kit. Remember that all add-ons ship along for free with the main kit!

Each of our monthly kits comes with a custom printable and digital cut files designed just for the kit. Here’s a look at what is coming your way this month.


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Before I go, I just wanted to share one of the pages I made with our March goodies. I kept the design simple because I wanted to leave plenty of room for journaling. I think filling a page with journaling a kind of an embellishment all of it’s own!



So what you you think? Are you excited and ready for your kit to arrive? We still have a few kits left that aren’t not reserved for current subscribers, so if you are thinking about picking this kit up, there is still time.

By Audrey Yeager

February 28, 2015

Hello there!  Happy last day of February!  I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to March and the hope of some spring like weather!  Here is my last page with the “Today is Beautiful” February kit!

I’m not the only one who’s cold….my cat ALWAYS has to be right near me and tries to snuggle to get warm.  He especially likes to sit on my lap while I’m scrapping!  :)  He’s my buddy!

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On this page, I stuck to the white and red color palette to go along with my photos.  The “you + me=always” card was a perfect sentiment for this particular situation!




I fussy cut some small triangles out from the Authentique paper and arranged them on my page in the same ombre order they were on the original sheet.  I layered some bits from the Crate Paper Kiss Kiss ephemera pack from the add-on and a few stickers from the Simple Stories sticker sheet.




My title I cut from the navy Dear Lizzy paper, and then added some navy ink splotches to pick up on that color.


Who’s helping you stay warm this winter?  :)