Archive for August, 2009

Cosmo Cricket Card

I made this card using the August kit. Fifteen minutes from start to finish. I wanted the title to really pop, so I used the reverse side of a JilliBean Soup journaling card; the white is a good contrast to the papers. A few matching letter stickers, a punched border and a strip of stripe paper was all the was needed for the front.

As for inside the card, well, easy-breezy:

I think it’s a good masculine card, don’t you?

All supplies from the August kit except for the mini letters (red and orange) and the medium letters (red).


tip of the day….

ever have trouble journaling? I know I do! Take out the stress and let someone else in your family help you such as your children or spouse. Get them involved, not only will the layout be complete but it will have been a group effort and more meaningful.

* when going on a trip I often take a notebook with me and at the end of the day I ask everyone what they remember most about what we did that day. Later on when I scrapping I can transfer the information.
* take the journaling off your blog, the journaling is done use it!

Organized Chaos

So, I was trying to follow a cool layout for this page, but either the colors or the pictures just weren’t looking right. So, after affixing all the above papers and pictures about three times in various patterns, I pulled it all off yet again in frustration. I held all the pieces in my hand and just threw them in the air! This is how they fell down! Okay, so I had to move the pictures on top of the paper and work with the layering — but literally — this is how I made this layout! (I added the buttons later)

So, the next time you are frustrated with a layout — try the ‘organized chaos’ approach. Throw it all in the air and see how it lands! 🙂 Happy Scrapping!

A Peek at Our September Kit

Even though it’s still well over 100 degrees here, we are hoping that this upcoming September kit, “Vintage Harvest,” will help us feel a little closer to cooler fall weather.We love the fabulous color combo brought to us from the Lily Bee Vintage Poppy Line and Pink Paislee Amber Road Line.

We have a lot of brand new CHA embellishments planned in this kit too!

Still creating….

The monthly kits here at Scrapbook Circle continue to amaze me! I thought the June kit was wonderful…then came the July kit with all of its Cosmo Cricket Early Bird goodness…now I am totally IN LOVE with the Boyfriend in the August kit! (Okay, there wasn’t a real boyfriend in the kit, but the Cosmo Cricket line is love at first sight for me!!!)

So why am I going on & on about these kits??? Because I’m still pulling items from these kits & creating layouts, that’s why!

Here’s a layout that I recently created for the PageMaps blog contest. The layout had to have a summer theme, so I immediately pulled out the June kit and started playing!

Here’s the sketch:
and here’s what I came up with “Soak up the Sun”

I used supplies from the June, July & August kits! I’m sure that I have said this before, but you just gotta LOVE that!!!

Here’s a close up of a fun new technique that I have used several times recently:
It adds so much dimension to the layout & is really pretty easy, as long as you have a little bit of patience :0) If you are interested, there is a great tutorial over at 52Sketches52Weeks in their forum.

& finally, a close up of the fabulous little October Afternoon Road Map label stickers from the August kit:
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a great weekend…& SOAK UP THE SUN!!!!

Take care! Stacy

Mixed Fonts

I have recently noticed this trend of mixing fonts when creating titles. I really love this trend. It’s fun and adds character to a layout. I think when mixing fonts it’s always good to have 2 sizes of fonts and fonts that coordinate well with each other. For the layout below I used for a smaller font Basic Grey chipboard letters and broke up my title by using a larger font sticker by Jenni Bowlin. I think this really put emphasis on my title. I hope that you will try out this new trend as well!

Happy scrappin!


Don’t be afraid to cut!

On the following layout, made with the awesome August kit, I used some of the papers as a title and as embellishments. The title was made from a strip of a Cosmo Cricket paper that I then cut up in 3 parts. The traffic lights were part of the October Afternoon journal cards. I simply took my time and cut it out.

There you have it: don’t be afraid to use your scissors!


tip of the day….

today I want to talk about image storage. Do you ever just play with your stamps or punches? I don’t like to throw some of these masterpieces away so I store them in this:

it used to have Christmas yogurt covered pretzels, I recycled it! What’s fun about storing stamped images is that my kiddos can also go through these and use them on their crafting projects!

Want to Win a Free August Kit?

We have started a Facebook Fan page and to celebrate we are giving away an August kit to one lucky winner who joins the fan page.If you have a Facebook account, all you have to do is GO HERE and click the fan button. You are then entered to win the kit.

All fans who join by midnight on Monday, August 10, will be entered a random drawing to win the kit.

(If you already have the August kit, you can have your September kit for free if you are the winner!)

Starting School

My kids start school on Monday. I know Lisa’s kids are already back in — and most of you still have a few weeks. Are you ready? I still have to make one last trip to Target… and make their lunches tomorrow night…

I’m glad my kids are still young enough to be excited about going back to school. I have a 4th grader and a 2nd grader and a pre-schooler. So, we’ve chosen out their outfits for the first day. Now, my question to you is… any unique picture ideas? Have you seen any layouts or pictures that were different than the typical ‘stand by the door with your backpack on’ pictures? One year, I took a picture of my kids from behind as they walked across the park to school. I liked that.
I’m looking for fun ideas! I promise to try them out and then scrapbook them with the August kit. This one is perfect for school!