Archive for August, 2012

Our September Kit Reveal: Talk of the Town

We have combined many of our favorite new release items from summer CHA in our September Kit, Talk of the Town.

In fact, some of the product is so new that it just arrived via overnight mail this week. Our design team will be sharing kit inspiration soon, but while we wait, I thought we could at least enjoy some pictures of the September kit.

The paper in this kit comes from Lily Bee Persnickity, Glitz Designs Cashmere Dame and American Crafts’ Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go lines. We love the colors and patterns on all of these papers.

We filled the kit with embellishments from Maya Road, Bella Blvd, Elle’s Studio, Freckled Fawn and more! The gold airmail washi tape is one of my favorite items this month. I have a feeling I going to be adding bits of the tape to all of my projects.

This month we also have an exclusive set of six quote bubbles cut from premium cardstock. The bubbles have words, shapes and there are a couple of blank pieces where you can ad your own journaling.

We also have a coordinating embellishment add-on, Say It Like It Is, filled with more favorites from the Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go line plus a fantastic set of Lily Bee journaling cards.

There is also a coordinating cardstock add-on with seven sheets of cardstock selected to match the kit.

So what do you think about the Talk of the Town kit? Are you as excited to create as we are?

Kits will start shipping by September 7. Hope you are looking forward to your kit!

Triangles and chevrons

Hi, Daniela here, sharing a layout I created using our August kit – True Stories.

I created this fun chevron stripe by die cutting triangles from three different patterned papers. I used a Sizzix triangle die and my Big Shot. I adhered two of the same triangles together to form a line and then altered the patterns. I stitched around the edges using my sewing machine. If you don’t have a triangle die, you can use a square and cut it in half, diagonally, to create a triangle. This was really fun and now I want to experiment with different size triangles.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will give this technique a try. If you do, please share your project on our Facebook page.


Designer Take: Nicole’s Gallery Lift

Challenge #37 is called Gallery Lift. Simply find a layout in the idea gallery that sparks your creativity and scrap your own version. Today, I’m showcasing a layout by Nicole that I know I would love to lift:

From the trendy triangles to the stitching to the doily, there are so many liftable details here! Thanks for the inspiration, Nicole!

If you would like to play along with Challenge #37, you can find how to play here. Have a fabulous day!


The Ombre Effect

If we take a look at all the new trends out there I guess the “Ombre” is my favorite (OK, it is a tie between Ombre and Chevron, I’ll admit). I have been dying to try it out so when I saw the AC fabric alpha on August’s add-on it hit me: that’s my chance!

That means I had to take a totally different approach to this page, I started with my title and my picture! Then I built the rest of the page around them. Another odd thing is that it is a double page! I don’t usually do double pages, but I have to admit, I’ve got carried away playing with my water colors… 🙂

Basically what I do is add a drop of paint in the base of the letter (or the cardstock, the pink “feathers” were also painted with watercolors), dip my brush into water and carry the color to the top, letting it fade on it’s way. Simple and lovely.

So now roll up your sleeves and get messy with your watercolors!And don’t forget to share your work with us on Facebook.


Thanks for stopping by!


Dani Donner

One Item Wonder: Neptune Patterned Paper

One of my favorite papers in the True Stories kit is the sheet called Neptune by American Crafts. One side is bright and sunny, and the other side is wavy and cool. I challenged three designers to incorporate it into a layout in a creative way and they did not disappoint! First, let’s take a look at Ursula’s layout:

Ursula created a spinner using the sunburst side of the paper, adding triangles of other patterned papers and  photos.

The paper’s design gives you easy guidelines to follow. Ursula’s stitching is a great detail, too.

Jennifer Chapin was also inspired by the sun rays. She removed the center of the paper and backed it with another patterned paper. She also incorporated stitching to bring out the design.

Penny decided to use the flip side of the paper for her layout. As a tone-on-tone design, Penny put it to work as a fabulous background:

What a great example of using white space, but instead of white – a great pattern! Thanks to Ursula, Jennifer and Penny for the great inspiration! Did you use this piece of paper yet? We would love to see! Post your layouts to the Facebook page and we will come take a look! Have a great day!

Take 2 from 2 years ago….

I LOVE it when I can do a remake of one of my layouts.  This time I decided to go back in time a bit and feature this layout:

I remember feeling great about FINALLY scrapping these photos.  (I’m about 21 in these pictures)  I LOVED these jeans, I liked the design and they were comfy.  This is about the time I met my hubby and he DID NOT like these jeans for WHATEVER reason.  Funny!  So I decided to feature that in the story I told about these pictures.  I wanted this layout to feel like this home in the background-it’s where I grew up. When I  think of  this home I think quilts and patterns.  My mom was always designing and because of lack of space she would place the pieces up on the curtain in our dining room.  I wanted to capture that feel…I “quilt” but on paper! 🙂

Okay, fast forward two years and a couple of months.  I still wanted to capture that “home” feeling and decided to repeat this design.  I decided on my take 2 layout to sew more!  I actually love that extra sewing AND I also decided to pop my pictures out just a touch so that they were more center stage:

I’m really happy with how the second layout turned out!  It gave me the opportunity to try a few things that before I was nervous to try!

Challenge yourself!  You would be surprised about the result!  Feel free to share your creations with us on our Facebook page.


I decided to make a new layout for today’s blog post. As I was looking through what was left of my August kit (and there wasn’t much) I noticed a large amount of yellow/orange still left. I thought it would be fun to do a monochromatic layout.

I used a this sweet photo of my niece I took on a family visit a few weeks ago. My sister doesn’t scrapbook, so I often make pages of her kiddos for her.

I used Photoshop Elements to crop the photo in a circle, using the cookie cutter tool. To add a little more color to the background, I used Studio Calico’s Mister Huey’s in Sunshine and Buttercup. After that, I added my cardstock strips and embellishments.

The August kit has plenty of variety to do several different monochromatic layouts. I think I might have enough pieces left to do a blue page too! Have you ever done a monochromatic layout? I would love to see them, link them up in the comments if you have one to share.

Trend spotting – Triangles!

Hello there! It’s Nicole today sharing my last post as a DT member for Scrapbook Circle! I wanted to talk again about trends – and this time – TRIANGLES!

I love the fun and funky look that I have seen on other’s pages and thought I would give it a try.

Triangles are popping up everywhere, so I thought I would do a page with my scraps and some triangles.

Here is the result:

I cut a basic triangle shape to start and then used it as a template for the rest of the triangles…added some to the page and then stitched over them:

Then I added some of the MME brads in the kit to a few of the shapes and made a few little flags from other scraps of paper I had left over from the kit:

I hope you are inspired to give triangles a try on your pages! Thanks for checking in with me on my posts here on the blog 🙂

August sketch – Players reveal

Thanks to everyone who played along with this month’s sketch challenge. Here are the wonderful layouts that were shared with us on Facebook or here on the blog.














I love the variety in the layouts this month! Wonderful colors and patterns all from the same sketch. I’ll be back in September with another challenge for you. Can’t wait to see what you’ll make with that one!

Challenge #37: Gallery Lift

Our next challenge requires a bit of lifting, but no heavy weights are necessary. It’s a gallery lift! Simply find a layout by one of the Scrapbook Circle designers in the idea gallery here and scrapbook your own version. I asked Holly to be your first source of inspiration with this challenge in mind. Here is her easily scrapliftable layout:

Grid designs are classic and simple to recreate. If you’re more into white space or layering, there are fabulous examples of those styles in the gallery, too. Just peruse and enjoy – you’re sure to find one that sparks your creativity!

And once you do, here is how to play along:

1. Create a layout based on a layout in the idea gallery. We would love to see a Scrapbook Circle kit in action, but any materials will do.

2. Post your album to your blog, a gallery, or our Facebook page. Please be sure to give credit to your inspiration source, even displaying her layout alongside yours. Come back to this post and leave a comment with the direct link to your posted project.

3. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, September 5th, 9:00 pm Pacific. That means you have three lovely weeks to play along.

A randomly chosen entry will win a $10.00 credit to the shop. So get to lifting – what are you waiting for?!