Archive for May, 2012

Winner: Challenge #32 – Masking

Oh my goodness, what fabulous entries this time around! Thank  you for sharing your work on your blogs and our Facebook page. Our randomly selected winner is…


…with this fabulous layout using the “The Story” kit:

Congratulations! Please email me at precociouspaper (at) yahoo (dot) com with your contact information.

Ready for a new challenge? It’s coming, and this time we’re giving you an entire month to put together your entry. Challenge #33 will be revealed next Thursday, with amazing inspiration every week of June. Stay tuned!


One Item Wonder: This and That Stickers

The “This and That” line by Echo Park is fantastic, so I was very excited to see the alpha/sticker sheet from that line in the May kit, The Story. When I saw Nicole’s gallery and how she had used the alphas in fabulous ways, I was inspired! Let’s take a look:

In this layout, Nicole combined all three alpha styles to create a long title. I love the effect that the different sizes, fonts and colors have. I love that quote, too!

In this next layout, Nicole distressed the alpha stickers and matted them:

I love how they are adhered with dimensional adhesive for added lift:

Thanks for the inspiration, Nicole! What have you done with this sticker sheet? We would love to see! Be sure to post your layouts on our Facebook page so that we can come take a look. Have a wonderful day!

Take 2! (Can ya see it?)


I (Penny Smith) have a tendency to be a tad bit too literal at times. But I think I did a good job of “Take 2” this time around, without it being super obvious. OK, maybe you can’t tell I used the first layout at all… you decide!

This layout was one of my favorites recently! It was just crazy fun art/paper therapy for me! So when I decided to challenge myself to “Take 2” this layout, I thought to REALLY challenge myself by not misting. At all. Not one spray. And still have it work. Hmmm… I like a challenge! So here goes!



I flipped it COMPLETELY upside down (see it??) and used the above layout as a sketch. And I thought, besides the mist, one of the best parts about the first layout above was the little details. So I made sure the new layout had lots of little details! I used the date stamp images again… this time the little hearts. So little details are echoed in the second layout… AND (bonus) I used that library card (recycled from a local high school) that was given to me THAT NIGHT! I didn’t hoard it! Yay me! So… do you see the influence of the first layout on the second?

What have you used right away and not hoarded? Or have you liked the look of a layout enough to use the same “layout” again soon after?

Thanks for stopping by! Would love to see what your up to!!

Celebrating Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to all of our friends in the United States. We hope you are enjoying your day and you are able to take some time to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of those who have done so much to protect our freedom.

In honor of the holiday today, we would like to offer a 20% discount on our Let Freedom Ring kit.
This offer is valid while supplies last and will expire at midnight tonight PST on Monday, May 28, 2012.

I’ve had a bit of time to create a couple of things with the kit. First, I’d like to share a layout about our family celebrating the 4th of July last year.

Everything on the page came from the Let Freedom Ring kit. I’m loving the red washi tape and the printable!

Also, I used the canvas star album as a base for a banner. Red and blue mists were perfect for coloring some of the canvas stars.

The Bella Blvd mini flags added a perfect touch to a couple of the banner pieces.

Not only do you get the supplies to make a banner (or mini album) but you will have loads leftover to make several layouts or other decor. I’m thinking about making a star centerpiece next!

Remember the discount code freedom20 is only valid today to receive 20% off the Let Freedom Ring kit.

Happy Memorial Day to you!


Hi everyone!

Sophie here to show you how I incorporated some confetti on one of my layouts this month.

I love confetti because they bring a happy look to my layouts and also because whenever you move your layout, it looks different.

So all you need is some vellum and a small punch. I like to stitch around the little envelop I create to secure it on the page.

On this layout I created 2 confetti pockets , one over the Hambly rubbons and the other, shaped in circle , over the “O” of my title.

Here is the end result:

What do you think?

Have you tried this technique that can turn a very simple design into some fun and unique page?

Well if you haven’t , I hope you will soon , and that you will share your layouts with us on our Facebook page!

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Sketch challenge – Players reveal

Hi all! Popping in today to share with you all of the amazing pages that were made using the May sketch challenge.






Thank you to everyone who played along this month. I’ll be back next week with a new challenge for you.

Designer Take: Sophie on Challenge #32 – Masking

Sophie took the masking technique to a whole new level with her response to our current challenge. Check this out:

Not only did Sophie use the doily mask included in May’s kit, The Story, for masking, but she also cut away parts of the design to reveal patterned paper. Isn’t the effect just gorgeous? The doily makes a perfect sun, especially with the stitched sunrays.

If this isn’t enough inspiration to get you masking, I don’t know what is! Amazing layout, Sophie! If you would like to join in on the challenge, there is still plenty of time. You can find the details here. Have a wonderful day!

Inspiration is everywhere?!

Yes, it is.. at least I think so! I found some inspiration this month using the May kit – The Story

I really loved the pretty coral paper in this month’s kit by Bazzill Basics. I dug into my previous Scrapbook Circle kits and found a coral flower from Pebblies Inc. that I hadn’t used from a previous kit –  like these ones here:

My problem was that I only had 1 flower – I like to use multiples of three on a page – so I improvised and made these:

They were super easy to create too. Here is how:

1) Punch 3 circles out of your favorite paper from the Scrapbook Circle kit (I used 1.5″ circles)

2) On the back of the circle divide the paper into sections – start with an + and just keep making the + into smaller and smaller sections that resemble a V

3) Take your scissors and trim one thin V section and then leaving one. Repeat all the way around. If it doesn’t equal out exact, that is okay you won’t be able to tell once the flower is together!

4) Repeat for the other 2 circles

5) Take some foam squares/pop dots and layer in between 2 of the circles. Add a brad or button to the third circle and pop dot to the top

VOILA! You are done!! Here is my page using these flowers as accents:

You  can make the flowers in different sizes quite easily – just adjust your circle size!  The larger the circle, the larger the flower! And you can make the “petals” as thin or large as you want too – just adjust in the back of your paper when trimming!


I hope you will give this a try!

One Item Wonder: Heidi Swapp File Tab Labels

I was delighted to see more of Heidi Swapp’s new collection in the May kit, The Story. The file tab labels are oh-so-cute and just perfect for journaling spots and card sentiments. Let’s take a look at what our in-house card guru, Jennifer, did with these fun stickers.

Arranged in rows, the labels become like patterned paper. What a clever design!

This technique would look fabulous on a layout, too. Have you played with the Heidi Swapp labels yet? We would love to see! Upload your photos to our Facebook page and we will come take a peek. Have a great day!

Lifting You – Jenni

Hello! Today we are sharing DT member Elizabeth’s lift of subscriber Jenni’s layout she shared with us on Facebook.

Here is Jenni’s page. I just love the colors and the larger fun headline. Great use of pennants, too. All around a fun page!

And this is what Elizabeth made. I love how she minimized the whole concept of Jenni’s page and condensed it all. So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today to see the Lifting You feature. If you would like to be considered, please  share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on Facebook!