Archive for April, 2012

Captured Moment, creating a page with a large photo

I’ve ALWAYS admired when people scrap large photos and make it AMAZING.  I’ve been holding on to this picture for a long time trying to get it right–you see I LOVE this picture for many reasons.  The kids running away carefree (notice the lost shoe in the foreground), the fact that this was taken in literally a second!  I told them to run away, I turned and shot this…  I also was a little frustrated at the grate/drain thing in the background.  What to do?

The Story kit was perfect for colors, so I decided to give it a go!  I decided to cover up the grate a little with a sub title–I’m liking the affect.  You still see it but it doesn’t really draw your eye into that direction.

We would LOVE to see your layouts with larger photos, please feel free to share them on our facebook page!

NO photo : no panic!

HI !Sophie here to share with you one of the new things I tried this month:

a no photo layout!

I almost never do this sort of layouts and it was really fun.

 In the Daydreamer kit , I was inspired by the bright colors and the Heidi Swapp stickers which are very much internet orientated.

So I decided to document my addiction for Pinterest.

 I just printed my computer screen on my old printer and had so much fun scrapping it!

For this layout I mostly used the Amy Tangerine paper pad from the add on.

I recently have become addicted to these smaller sizes sheets of paper.

I feel less guilty cutting through them and the good thing is you get each pattern at least twice. Which means it is ok to try things out and to go wrong.

In a no photo layout the  journaling becomes more important so I created something a bit different to hold my journaling: folders.

I used the Jenni Bowlin tab punch I adore and I printed my journaling on one of the paper pad sheets.

I am so happy with the result !

Do you ever scrap no photo layouts?

Come on: give it a go, it will encourage you to explore your creativity and you might be surprised by the end result !

Have a great day


April Sketch Challenge – Players

Thank you to everyone who played along with the sketch challenge this April. We’ll have another one for you all in May, so if you didn’t get to it this month, you’ll have another chance very soon.

Here are the amazing layouts that subscribers shared with us this month using the sketch.






Julie Bonner






Thanks for playing along with the sketch! Everyone did an amazing job. 

Designer Take: Tessa with Challenge #30 – Framed

I was so inspired by fellow designer Jennie that I just had to scraplift this layout for Challenge #30. Inspired by the “Paige’s Portraits” paper in the April kit, the challenge is to use a frame on your layout. Jennie used the frames as journaling spaces for a list of her current addictions. I decided to follow her cue and use the frames for journaling, but I chose to do an A to Z theme:

I colored the Heidi Swapp color magic alphas to match the colors in the Amy Tangerine paper, all the way from A to Z.

I filled a few of the frames with patterned paper for visual interest, but the rest is just simple writing. I think I’ll do a second page with a photo and lots of white space to make this a two-page spread, but for now, I love the busy look of the filled frames by themselves.

Thanks for the inspiration, Jennie! If you’d like to play along with the Framed challenge, or even the Neon challenge, there is still one week left to get your entries in! You can find the details here and here. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stitched Journaling Lines

I do a lot of machine stitching on my layouts, but usually I just put a simple border around the edge. For this layout I decided I wanted to stitch journaling lines.

All I did was pencil in some lines, stitch over them and erase the pencil marks. Quick and easy, but it gives a different look.

Of course once I started stitching I couldnt stop 😉 so I added some messy stitches to the Heidi Swapp Instagram frame and even a few hadndrawn stitches on the little Maya Road kraft flag:

If you are like me and need journaling lines before ever attempting to journal directly on your layout, give stitched ones a try!

🙂 Rebecca


One Item Wonder: Color Magic Banner Delights

Do you love getting messy with paints, mists, chalks and inks? If so, the Color Magic products by Heidi Swapp are made just for you! Included in the April kit are Heidi’s Banner Delights. You add your own color and the color-resist designs show through for custom, fabulous accents. Let’s take a look at how Nicole and Sophie put them to use on their layouts:

Nicole added color to her banner rainbow style. I love how one color fades into another. Beautiful! And the stitching detail is great, too!

Sophie used the scallop banner to create a border on top of her photos.

For the confetti down the center of her page, she cut other banners into pieces and stitched them down randomly. I love all the different colors – so pretty and fun!

Have you played with the Banner Delights yet? We would love to see! Upload your pages to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page and we will come take a look. Have a fabulous day!

PS – If you are interested in learning more about the Color Magic products, Heidi Swapp is doing a live webshow all about them soon! You can get more details here.

Take 2 : Nicole

hello everyone! nicole here to share my Take 2 assignment for April!

This month, I chose a page that I did using the march kit – I wanted to re-create it in a more bold way – and what better way than the bright and fun April Daydreamer kit!

Here was my original page:

Last month, there was a soft chevrony (is that even a word) paper in the kit…and this month, there are so many fun prints, I couldn’t help myself- I decided to recreate the chevron on this page:

As you can see, I stuck pretty close to the design..I added a few more papers. All I did to create the chevrons was cut 1 scrap piece of paper at an angle. Then, I used that same piece of paper and held it up to my scraps.. and trimmed away. To get the opposite angle, I just flipped the paper! I  love the fun, bright effect the Amy Tangerine papers in the kit made on the page!

Hope you are inspired to give this chevron treatment a try  !:)



Hey again its Elizabeth here to chat at ya about being square.

Does anyone remember Square Pegs? I watched it all the time, yep I’m gettin’ old! But it was a cute show for its time. Anyway, the square in the peg is what I want to talk about. I have decided I’m a shape person. There is something about shapes that I write about almost every month huh? But I love them! I know you do too, cause I see them on almost everyone’s work out there!

Normally its circles.. I know, I know. But this time that little 6×6 sketchbook from Amy Tangerine and American Crafts really drew me in. I love those little pads of paper, perfect for just about anything! Only I didn’t do anything amazing with mine, I just like them! LOL. See..

If your really wondering if you have to do something flashy, cool, exciting, and out there with those sketchpads don’t. Just plop them on your page like I did and let the paper do the talkin’!

Go be square!


When I saw this fun photo framed paper, I decided to ‘frame’ a layout with ten of my addictions right now. So, you might notice, there are NO pictures on this page. I do this occasionally. Just have a layout with words. Here it is:

Do you have fun things you are addicted to? What about doing a layout to capture that moment in time. I’m sure in a few years, I’ll look back on this page and say, “remember when I was so into that?”.

Scrapbooking isn’t just for pictures, right?


Scrapping those pictures that don’t “match”!

I’ve truthfully held off on scrapping these particular pictures because there isn’t a common theme (color, action, etc…)but they were all at the same event.  I decided to get over myself and just scrap these pictures, because it doesn’t matter whether or not the pictures match–it’s about the event that happened!  Do you EVER catch yourself doing that?

It was actually a creative challenge to make something that would make everything flow….I was inspired by my layout from last month entitled fotoshoot, (if you click on the link you can see it in our idea gallery) I used the Jenni Bowlin tab punch, you can find it in the shop HERE.  Anyway, I punched a WHOLE bunch of tabs and just placed them on the paper no rhyme or reason.  Remember I was “letting” myself create trying to do so without any rules.  I loved that the Daydreamer kit has a whimsical feel, it helped me to create differently–the process was truly a fun! 

Challenge yourself to create with those pictures that don’t “match”, we would LOVE to see your creations on our Facebook page.