Archive for October, 2011

A little humor for your day…







Happy Friday!

In addition to posting about a layout, I thought I’d share a few fun things I’ve stumbled across lately — mainly on pinterest. Are you all on that site yet? Have you made it over your initial addiction to a healthy appetite yet? After indulging somewhat grotesquely the first week I discovered it, I have now managed to spend just a few minutes here and there, enjoying the eye candy. Here are some things to make you smile as you prepare for the upcoming Halloween weekend…




This is one of my favorites: Here is a Do-It-Yourself we can all laugh about: How to turn your PC laptop into a Mac book:

Alright… onto scrapbooking! I loved working with the October kit. I, like many of you, have fallen head over heels for the Chevron patterns we see everywhere. I loved the paper included and had to find a way to use it on this layout. The color of blue was perfect for matching my daughter’s dress. How did you use your Chevron paper?


Well, I hope you all have a wonderful day and laugh! It burns more calories than frowning and it’s a good ab workout!

Sewing on Paper

Hello! I “sew” enjoy going through your entries for the latest challenge, “In Stitches”, as they pop into my inbox. Your takes on sewing on a layout are fabulous! I thought I would stop by today with links to a couple of sewing on paper tutorials to inspire those of you who haven’t played along yet.

I found both of these tutorials via Pinterest and have added them to the Scrapbook Circle board Crafty Tips, Tricks and Tutorials. First up, a tutorial for using your handwriting as a template for embroidery (like I did in my sample layout last week):

The tips that Leigh-Ann from the Freckled Nest offers are really great. You’ll have the confidence to sew your next title once you’ve perused her lovely photos and easy-to-follow how-to.  Next up, how to get even, professional looking stitches:

I won’t give it away, but this idea from New House Project is so simple, it just kills me that I didn’t think of it first.

I hope you’re inspired to give sewing on your next layout a go! Don’t forget to link up your layout to the challenge post by Wednesday, November 2nd for a chance to win the Hallow’s Eve kit.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy stitching!

Make someone’s day

There are tons of fun patterns in this month’s Fresh Picked kit . I was particularly drawn to the Pebbles Inc. paper – I happen to love a nice double sided patterned paper and this one even has a lovely embossed texture to it too!

I couldn’t resist using this paper in a few ways – and to make a few cards for a few friends and hopefully make someone’s day out of a few scraps of paper.

This card shows the lovely patterns on one of the Pebbles papers – the rich blue and cool pink on the opposite side.

You can really see the debossed texture on the pink side. The Studio Calico journalling spots are perfect for adding a “spot” to cards for a sentiment or journalling.

For this card, I used the same paper – and even the strip along the bottom edge of the paper – you know where most companies these days add the “name” of the paper? I trimmed it off and added the colorful and floral pattern in with the blue/pink combo from before..

I used one of the journalling cards from the kit to layer on the card and add the sentiment I had stamped:

I hope you will use some of your Fresh Picked scraps to create a few cards to make someone’s day!

Please link us up on our Facebook page so we can see how you used the Fresh Picked kit!


One Item Wonder: Pebbles Masking Tape Stickers

At first glance, these stickers are just plain adorable. Ideas for sub-titles and accents started buzzing in my head when I saw them in the October kit. But then – I touched them. They are textured! The little wrinkles you see are actually embossed! Genius. Let’s take a look at how Nicole incorporated them into a layout.

Nicole made the stickers all her own by distressing them and stitching over them.

The words on the stickers set the tone for her page.

Gorgeous work, Nicole! Have you played with these stickers yet? Be sure to share what you have done on our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Lifting You – Stephanie

Hi there! Hope you had a nice weekend. Today we are lifting Stephanie. She shared her page on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

I love her side-by-side photos and the title tucked into the lower corner. Great colors, too!

Stephanie was lifted by DT member, Jennie. She used the same title and even put it in the corner as well. I love the motion she has with the baker’s twine!

Great job, ladies, using the Scrapbook Circle kits! If you would like to be considered for a Lifting You feature, share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on the Facebook page.

Bakers Twine and Staples

I love bakers twine. I use it on a LOT of my projects. So when I saw the beautiful aqua bakers twine included in the October Kit (Fresh Picked) I was thrilled. There are so many uses for twine. Use it in buttons, tie it around large alphas or small embellishments, even wrap it around an entire layout. Since I use bakers twine all the time I was looking for a new way to use it and I found one that I like so much I used it multiple times this month :0) I stretched one length of the twine as long as I needed and then looped it around to double it up. Then I stapled the ends to the layout, which left me with a loop on one side and open ends on the other:

Like I said, I loved the look so much, I did it again here:

Did you come up with any fun uses for the bakers twine this month? I would love  to see!

🙂 Rebecca

The tag says it all.

I don’t know about you, but having pre-made items really tickle me! It makes my job a lot easier when it comes to scrapbooking! I am one of those girls that would much rather buy it than make it! Let someone else do the creating, I don’t mind opening my purse and spending on the cute things out there!

This month in our kits we got the cute tags from Elle’s Studio!

Totally cute huh?

And of course since they were designed with printed words on them, I let them speak for themselves!!!

These tags can be used for just about anything! Try them and see!

Thank you Elle’s Studio for making scrapbooking easy, fun, and cute all rolled into one!


Note to Self: Time Flies and the Ink Didn’t Dry

My daughter just turned 8 and when I was looking back at these photos I took during an impromptu photo shoot in the front yard, I made a mental note to myself that the old saying is true – they grow up too fast.  I realize she still has a lot of growing and learning to do but it just really hit me that time is flying by and if 8 years went by this fast, imagine how quick the next 8 will go. 

I just love the Fancy Pants No. 2 Pencils paper in the Fresh Picked kit. The backside has these incredible journaling spots which were perfect for writing my thoughts about her that day.

I also used the Wood Shop alphas that are absolutely TDF.  I really wanted them to tie into my daughter’s dress so I inked them in bright red and then once I thought they were dry I used various stamp designs inked in blue. 

A word of warning if you try this at home…make sure the alphas are completely dry before you add them to yout layout.  Let them sit overnight or use a heat gun or something.  If you don’t, you’ll end up with a big mess like the one you can read about on my blog. Hint: The layout you see above was my 2nd try!!!

Challenge #18 – In Stitches

Have you seen this photo on Pinterest? source

Gorgeous, right? I had just pinned it before my October kit arrived. Imagine my delight when I opened the kit to find this patterned paper:

And then this sampler-inspired one by Crate Paper:

Love! These two sewing-themed papers have inspired our next challenge, In Stitches. All you have to do is add stitching or sewing to your layout. Whether you use a machine or a needle and thread, incorporate some kind of stitching on your page. Here’s my take:

I fussy cut the spools as accents and used the sampler paper as my background.

I stitched my title by hand, and although it took a little while, it was fairly simple. First, I drew my title in pencil. Second, I poked holes about 1/8th to 1/5th of an inch apart along my pencil lines. Last, I stitched my way back and forth across the title with embroidery floss.

The banner rub-ons and alpha stickers are from previous Scrapbook Circle kits, but everything else is from Fresh Picked. Ready to play? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout satisfying the challenge. We would love to see a Scrapbook Circle kit in action, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, a gallery, or our Facebook page. Come back to this post and leave a comment with the direct link to your posted page.

3. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 2nd, 9:00 pm Pacific.

One randomly selected participant will win…

Hallow’s Eve – the Halloween Kit! Good luck and happy scrapping!

Challenge #17 Winner

I asked you to “get wordy” for Challenge #17 and you delivered! I loved all of your takes on adding journaling to your pages. Ready to see who won the Halloween Kit, Hallow’s Eve?


And here’s her page, created with the October kit, Fresh Picked:

Congratulations, Andrea! I just love how you filled the rectangles with patterned paper, photos, and journaling! Please send me an email at precociouspaper (at) yahoo (dot) com with your mailing address.

Our next challenge, also inspired by papers from the Fresh Picked kit, is coming up soon! Stay tuned.