Archive for June, 2012

Travel Mini Album Challenge Winner

Thanks to Marie P and Natalie for giving the mini travel album challenge a go! Both albums are fabulous! has spoken and one of these lucky ladies has won the Let Freedom Ring kit:

Congratulations go to…


…who created this truly mini, absolutely fantastic album with the Field Notes and Best. Day. Ever. kits:

Whoo hoo! Marie, please email me at precociouspaper (at) yahoo (dot) com and we will get you set up with your kit. A new challenge is coming your way next week, so watch this space for some summer scrapping inspiration. Have a great day!

One Item Wonder: Postcard Paper

I love to get postcards in the mail, don’t you? Seeing pictures from far away places, reading notes from loved ones, collecting…. Postcards can be really fun, especially the blank postcards in the Field Notes kit. Nicole and Sophie have been playing with them – let’s take a look!

Sophie used the postcard paper as a vertical base for her page elements. I love the stitching!

Nicole used the postcard paper just like any other patterned paper.

The texture of the distressing is really fabulous!

What did you do with the postcard paper? We would love to see! Upload your layouts to our Facebook page and we’ll be sure to take a peek. Have a great day!

Take 2 with Sophie

Hi dear Scrapbook Circle addicts!

Today I am here to show you how you can lift yourself shamelessly and still enjoy it!!

Here is a layout I made back in March and that I loved!

I loved the large print, the clutter of hearts under the photo, the banners and the plain background!


So when I opened my June kit and add-ons and found the beautiful Studio Calico’s papers and thought I would do something similar.

I had another large print of my boy.

I used the same overall design but moved the banners to the right of the design and printed my journaling on a piece of vellum I cut into a banner.

As for the Studio Calico paper, I cut some parts of the funny chevrons and backed them with bits and pieces of matching papers.

Can you tell I lifted myself? it looks both similar and very different and it is one of my favorite layouts!

To be honest, it was so easy to create with this gorgeous kit!

Do you often lift yourself?

You do know we love to see your creations: you can upload them to our facebook page!

have a great day


Trend spotting – Negative Space

There is a trend out there now using the negative space on projects. With the Silouette Cameo making a big impact right now in the scrapping world – more and more people are creating their own images and diecuts. The negative space I am talking about is the cut out portion from a machine such as this, or if you don’t have one like me, punches!

I love the look of the cut out designs – but I just can’t afford the machine + all right now… so, I used my punches to work the same way. Here are a couple examples of how I did this on a few projects this month.

First up is this page – I initally started by punching out a bunch of the numbers off the back of the green gridded Echo Park paper – then I used that same paper in a strip on the page. See the negative space?  I punched larger circles out of another paper and added it as well.

Next up is this page – see the star that I punched out in the page above? Well, I cut around the paper with my trimmer and used the punched out part on this page here, along with more of that green circle punched paper too:

and lastly, there is this page – I punched some hearts from a kraft tag I had in my stash and then layered some papers from the kit behind them. I pop dotted the middle heart over the punched out shape.

I hope that you will give this idea a try – fancy machine or not!!

Designer Take: Leah’s Travel Mini Album

Our guest designer this month, Leah Farquharson, had a fabulous idea for a travel mini that could collect memorabilia and be educational:

Leah says, “I put together this mini with two purposes in mind – one being a fun way to flip through and review the states and capitals, and the second being a place to make notes, mark and add memorabilia as we travel to the different states. I’m sure as it expands, I’ll be replacing the binder ring with something much larger!”

Leah used a simple recipe: a rectangle of patterned paper with rounded corners, a circle of patterned paper, and a state die-cut (or in this case, the wood die-cuts from the same line as the cameras in our kit).

To see more photos, check out our Facebook page. Leah will be posting this project soon on her own blog, with a printable list of the states and capitals.

If you would like to play along with the travel mini album challenge, there is still plenty of time! You can find all of the details here. Thanks to Leah for the inspiration! We love your album. Have a great day, everyone!

Nothing Special

Hi scrappers!

Today’s post is about … nothing special. Let me explain. Here is the layout I’m going to be talking about:

Nothing special, right? Well, that’s okay. Not every layout has to be drop dead gorgeous. But, there are a few things about this layout that I wanted to point out.

1) When I was splattering the mist, I accidentally rubbed it before it was dry, causing a giant smear right in the middle of the splatters. (Well, I had two smears, but one was HUGE) See it? Well, not really. I covered it up with a misted camera. So, oops! Cover up. You can too!

2) I ran out of the letter N for the title “UNDEFEATED”. So, I used a V and added a little extra line. I’m sure you can see it now that I’ve pointed it out. Sometimes, you just need to make do with what you have.

3) Instead of using a pen and writing on the tag “Please Identify Yourself”, I used the small letters that came in the kit! Something different! Try it!

So, while this layout and this post is about nothing special, it is also my way of saying, “I make mistakes, I make do, and I try something new!”

Sometimes the result is extra special! You just never know!

One Item Wonder: June Printable

Have you printed out the June Printable yet? If not, you’re missing out on some really fabulous journaling cards, tags and accents. Elizabeth and our guest designer, Leah, put the Printable to use on these fantastic layouts:

Elizabeth filled the polaroid frames of this patterned paper with pieces of the printable.

Leah lined up elements from the printable with her photo to create a top-heavy, white space layout. The little camera in the bottom – that cutie is on the Printable, too. Credit for the gorgeous photo goes to Ana Bowkis.

See how easy it is to create unique pages with Scrapbook Circle printables? Thanks, Leah and Elizabeth, for the inspiration! I’m loading my printer with cardstock right now!

Lifting You – Jenni

Hello! Today we are sharing DT member Diana W.’s take on Jenni’s layout.

Jenni shared this layout with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. When I saw this page, I immediately loved the photo strips as well as the pennants on the side of the page. The colors added in with all of the amazing layering makes this page candy for the eyes! Just love it!

And here is Diana W.’s lift on Jenni’s page. I love how Diana W. layered and tilted her photos to get the same effect and motion as the photo strips on Jenni’s page. The die cuts and the strips are the perfect accents for highlighting the pictures. And I love the three little cameras layered all together like that. Fabulous!

If you would like to be lifted by one of the ladies on the design team, share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on the Facebook page. You never know when you may be featured here!

Even More uses for Heidi Swapp File Folders

Aren’t the Heidi Swapp file folders in this month’s Scrapbook Circle Add On awesome?! Some design team members have been making cool travel albums out of them. Elizabeth cut hers in half and used it as a die cut piece of patterned paper. I have one more use to share with you. I stiched up the sides and bottom of patterned paper and turned it into a giant pocket. Then I trimmed down the sides of the file folder and slipped it inside to hold my large journaling.

I love having the journaling hidden because once I laid my page out there really wasn’t any room for it with the design I had chosen 😉

Since the folders are resist I used some yellow and gray paint on the top and wiped it off to reveal the resist pattern.

And since the journaling is hidden, I could fit quite a lot inside my file folder:

Do you have any other ideas for the file folders we haven’t touched on yet? We’d love to see them! Load them up to the Scrapbook Circle facebook page!

🙂 Rebecca

Meet June GDT – Leah Farquharson

For June, Scrapbook Circle is excited to have Leah Farquharson as our guest designer. Let’s get to know her a bit better.

I’m a wife to my soul mate and mommy to our two awesome boys. A handmade business owner. I love photography, reading, and anything creative. I crave family time, the beach, and  moments to chill. I think you might find Starbucks coffee in my veins. I’m a tough, woman of faith, and I believe that love always wins. My husband says I accomplish more in one day than the average person expects to do in a week. I am always growing and embracing life.

What did you like best about the June kit? I loved the great mix of colors and patterns in this kit! The printable was lots of fun, too.

Where do you do your crafting? I have a studio space that I’ve carved out of our great room/living area that I craft/work/scrapbook in.

Who/What is your favorite person/thing to document in your layouts? Myself and my family, and our everyday life.

What do you like to do best when you aren’t scrapbooking? So many things. I love photography, designing, and sewing to name just a few! I never, ever bored.

Here are two amazing pages that Leah’s made using the June kit, Field Notes.

Thanks for spending this month with us, Leah! I just adore your work!