Archive for September, 2012


Hi, Daniela here, sharing a layout I created using  our September kit – Talk of the Town.

For this layout I wanted to create a little banner border to the left and right side of the photo. I created my own from items in the kit. I used patterned paper, journaling tag,  and a cardstock shape. I just cut them down to size and cut the bottom into a “v” shape.  I cut a thin strip of patterned paper that I adhered over the top of them to make them unified. When I adhered them to the page, I made sure that there was no adhesive on the bottom. I curled each one at the end to give them movement.

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.

word bubbles.

Okay I have to do a bit of bragging on the WONDERFULLY talented Lisa Andrews.  She created the custom word bubbles in this month’s Talk of the Town kit!  They were totally easy to work with–and I found myself reaching for them.  I wanted to share the first layout I made with the kit:

These two handsome guys are my boys.  I wanted to give you a little background on these pictures I took with my phone.  It was a HOT evening at their sister’s soccer practice.  They brought books but decided they wanted to play on the playground–it was HOT (did I mention that?)  Anyway, they decided playing in the dry sand (in the shade) would be much more fun.  They had a BLAST tunneling and being with each other-they were truly HAPPY.  Hence the choice of the bubble.  I was HAPPY when I saw it because I knew exactly which pictures I should use–LOVE that when that happens!

We would LOVE to see your creations!  Please feel free to share them on our FACEBOOK page.


Silly Tourist

Hi, everyone! Dani Donner here today to talk a little bit about all those pictures that while you are taking them you already know you will put it in a page somehow. Well, I can’t say I plan my photos ahead, most of the time I just go with the flow. But there are certain photos that you pose your subjects or stage everything to get the look you have in your mind.

This was one such photo for me. I even had the title picked! I knew I wanted it to be vertical and that it looked like I was holding the Empire States building, so with some help of my Nikon D90 (Dear Husband didn’t want to take the photo for me, he said I looked like a silly tourist… Well, I’m silly, some times, and I was a tourist! So I had the right to take any kind of pictures! Ha!)

So with the picture AND the title already picked, I just had to work with my embellishments and papers… This page came together so quickly that I was actually scared, looking at it to see if I had forgotten something.

Sometimes, choosing the kind of picture you want to take ahead of time really speeds all the creative process. Try it! Use some props, think ahead, plan your photos… And then run to our Facebook to share with us.

I hope you have a great weekend,


Dani Donner

Designer Take: Jennifer and Emily’s Speech Bubbles

Challenge #38 is to include speech bubbles on a layout. Jennifer and our September guest designer, Emily, have two fabulous pages to inspire you with today.

Jennifer used the speech bubble patterned paper included in Talk of the Town as her background, then filled the speech bubbles with her title, journaling, and accents to support her theme. Every time I look at it, I see something new!

Emily’s kraft speech bubbles are backed with patterned papers that allow the cutout hearts to shine. Emily also added strips of journaling to her bubbles. Doesn’t that picture melt your heart?

Are you playing along with the challenge? We’ve had a great response and would love to see your take, too. You can find all of the details here. Have a great day!

From One Dimensional to 3D

The kids and I went to see Finding Nemo in 3D a couple of weekends ago and we all agreed–3D rocks! I like to apply the same concept to my embellishments. Why stick with one dimensional die cuts when you can stack them for a 3D look?

I loved the American Crafts Amy Tangerine die cuts, especially the pie charts. But what is better than one flat pie chart? 3 Pie charts stacked with dimensional adhesive of course! And popping a speech bubble up over two layered die cuts is 3D too!

Are you a big believer in 3D? Or do you prefer the slimmer look for your projects? Either way, die cuts can fit the bill!

🙂 Rebecca



One Item Wonder: September Printable

Didn’t you love the printable this month? I can tell Ursula and Diana certainly did. Let’s check out how they put the September Printable to use.

Ursula used the journaling spots as captions for her photos.

Diana used one too, as well as one of the cute circle cut outs:

This is a printable I will definitely keep on hand for journaling prompts and simple circle accents. And did you happen to notice the awesome speech bubbles when you printed yours out? You could use those on the current challenge – hint, hint, wink, wink! Thanks for stopping by today!

Lifting You – Elizabeth

Hi! Today we are sharing DT member Holly’s lift of subscriber Elizabeth’s layout. Here is the page that Elizabeth shared on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

I love the mix of patterns and colors she used and the tilt to the photo. Such a fun use of font, too, on the title. So fun!

This is the page that Holly made, inspired by Elizabeth’s.

Holly used similar mixes of papers and patterns — shifting them horizontally for her page. Her layout also has a fun font mix to the title and also adds in photos as part of her paper strips. Such a fun design!

Great work, ladies — so much inspiration here!

Want to be considered for a Lifting You feature? Share your work with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page! You could be next!


Hi everyone! Allison here today to share a bit of my thought process on probably my favorite scrapbooking “technique” layering! I layer in some sense on probably 95% of my layouts. I do have a few “rules” for myself that I tend to follow when placing my layers. For the most part they are thrown in here and there but I do tend to have some personal guidelines and I’d like to share one of them with you today. Let’s look at my Talk of the Town Photobooth layout as an example!

This layout came together very quickly for me this month but was probably my favorite! If you take a look at my layers here (or on most layouts) you’ll notice that there are more layers towards the bottom of the page. I call this the “weight” or the anchor. I don’t like my layouts to look top heavy so there will most likely always be more layers (or darker layers) towards the bottom of the page. The heart sort of anchors the photo/paper cluster at just the right spot. Along the same lines you’ll notice I have a little banner on the top, weighted with a label/tape cluster at the bottom on the opposite side. Taking out the bottom label would cause this layout to look a tad top heavy making me feel like something is missing.

Do you have any “guidelines” you like to follow when scrapbooking? If you try out this one I’d love to see your take on it!

You & Me — A process

Hello friends, it’s Ursula joining you today to share some inspiration.How do you decide what you are going to do for a layout?  Where do you start? How do you select photos, papers and embellishments?

The answers to those questions can vary quite a bit from one project to the next, but one of my favorite ways to begin is with a kit.  It’s not that I can’t select a ‘kit’ from my stash, but when someone else selects it for me, it takes me outside the box in which I’d normally be tempted to fence myself.

For the project I’m sharing today, I used the September Scrapbook Circle kits, both Talk of the Town and the add-on, Say It Like It Is.  I always need all the add-ons as I enjoy as many options to work with as I can get.

By the time I’d reached this point in my kits, I had used up quite a lot of it.  This was the last project I created.  I chose the photo and got busy.

Next, the Glitz Dame Honeycomb paper called to me, but I knew I didn’t want to use it as a full sheet. Using my hexagon punch I fussy cut just the hexagon pieces from the paper.

With my Silhouette, I cut a honeycomb shape from white card-stock,  glued that down and filled in with the hexies I’d punched and a few of the Studio Calico hexie stickers.  I added several heart shapes to the hexies to mix things up.  Don’t be too predictable, adding something unexpected gives the viewer something to notice.

I tried fitting that adorable love tag from the AC die cuts on as a whole piece, but the LOVE wanted to stand alone and make it’s OWN statement, so I trimmed off one word and built the banner from there.

In your kits, look for opportunities to create embellishments from the papers.  I ended up doing a fair bit of fussy cutting for this project, hand cutting the speech bubble, ‘Meet Me in the Sunshine’ tag and the love tag.

Favorite Technique Tip: Cover some copy paper with  Washi tape, then punch shapes out of that.



So how about it?  Share with us today what your favorite method is for creating your projects.


September sketch challenge – players reveal

Hi all! We had a wonderful turn out for this month’s sketch challenge. Here are the amazing layouts using Scrapbook Circle kits and the Sept. sketch.













Diana W.








Amazing work from everyone this month! I’ll be back in October with a new challenge for you. Thanks for playing along with us!