Archive for March, 2013

Winner and some ombre

Before we get started with today’s post, I wanted to announce the winner of the gold prize pack!

“Marcy F.

Love the golden accents.

March 18th, 2013 at 9:18 am   edit

Thanks to everyone that entered! I’m glad to see you all like the gold as much as I do.

Now for today’s post I wanted to spotlight how I used an ombre effect on this layout to back the Dear Lizzy cutout card.

I really loved these cards but want to do something different than just back it with cardstock, so I used different colors to back different parts of the phrase.

Another way you could do this, is to accent one word or letter in a phrase by backing it with a different color than the rest.

How did you use these Dear Lizzy cards?

Designer Take: Holly and Feathers

Holly took on our feather challenge with two fabulous layouts. What I love most about them is that she used the soft, feather embellishment to compliment photos of soft things. First, this precious baby layout:


From the soft feathers to the soft blanket, I just want to snuggle with this layout! Next, Holly used a feather to accent this self portrait:


The soft scarf and the feather are a perfect pair. Are you playing along with the challenge? You still have time! Find all the details here. And before I go, I’d like to announce the winner of our last challenge:


Erin, please email me at precociouspaper (at) yahoo (dot) com and we will get you set up with your shop credit. Have a great day!

A Rainy Day Today

Good morning! Today I have a two-page layout to share with you using the Charmed Life kit. I love creating two-page layouts because it’s a great place to tell a story using a lot of photos. For this layout, I printed photos of a day in the rain almost a year ago. The girls had a lot of fun splashing outside until they discovered a worm.


I was able to highlight Mr. Worm on one such photo using a Maya Road wood veneer in the kit.





I also used one of the Webster’s Pages file folders to highlight one of the photos. The My Mind’s Eye stickers are great for adding little captions to photos as well.


This layout was so quick and easy to create by mixing and matching the patterns in the kit!

One Item Wonder: Wood Frames by Maya Road

Aren’t the wooden frames by Maya Road that are included in the March kit adorable? The patterns in the wood and the miniature polaroid shapes are just so cute! I asked Daniela Donner to play with them and she came up with a fabulous technique you’ll be sure to want to scraplift.


Daniela used watercolors to dye the frames these beautiful colors.


And to top it all off, she used a gold leafing pen to highlight the details. Gorgeous!

Have you played with the wood frames yet? We would love to see! Be sure to upload your layouts to our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Take 2

HI everyone! Dani Donner here today with a another Take 2 project. This time I wanted to show you how you can use the same sketch, same design concepts but by changing the color scheme you can end up with a totally different look.

So I decided to use my layout Xmas Morning as my inspiration:

Xmas Morning

So you can see I have used an Instagram picture, played with some misting and lots of layers. Now let’s take a look at my Charmed Life page:

back to school

I keep everything from the first page, BUT I completely changed the color scheme. The pages are very similar, but you get a totally different feeling from each one of them.

Once more, you can inspire yourself as well!

Have a good one!

Dani Donner

Die cut cards

Hi, Daniela here with a layout  from the March kit – Charmed Life.

I am still in love with  Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards in the kit. I did use them as a part of my layout, once, but I really like them better as a mask to mist, paint or trace.

Today by Daniela Dobson

For this layout I used one of the cards as a mask for misting. Once the mist dried, I used a black pen and traced some of the misted parts. Very easy to do. Just place the card/mask back over the area and trace.

For the rest of the layout, in addition to one strip of patterned paper,  I used Webster’s Pages/Allison Kreft Sweet Notes Mini Folder and Card Set. They are perfect for photo backgrounds and to use instead of patterned papers.

Today close by Daniela Dobson


Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you give this technique a try.   Make sure you share your projects on our Facebook page.

Song lyrics and a fun tip

Good morning! Have you already had your spring break? Or are you on it now? Spring seems to be on its way out already here in the Valley of the Sun! We are fighting not to turn on our A/C each day…

Well, here is the layout I’m going to be talking about today: jbtide

My  husband loves this group the “Zac Brown Band” and they have this song called “knee deep”. It’s a great song! Part of the chorus talks about ‘the only worry, is the tide gonna reach my chair”. When we were on a recent vacation, on an island in the Bahamas, I saw these chairs, and had to take a picture with my daughter. That day… the only worry was if the tide was gonna reach my chair!

Also, I decided to try a new way to put the title on this page. I printed the title BACKWARDS (like you’d read in a mirror) on my ink jet printer. Then, I cut out each word and slightly misted the back of the paper. Then, using the lid of a pen, I scrubbed and scratched the ink off onto my paper. According to pinterest, it should have worked better than it did, but it still came across. I ended up outlining the text so you could read it better. But, there is a cheap and easy way to put your title on!

Hope your worries amount to the tide reaching your chair today!




March sketch players

Hi there! Today I’m sharing with you all the layouts that subscribers made using the sketch for this month. I just love seeing how everyone used it!








Thanks for playing along! I’m inspired to scrap a bit today after seeing these. Such fun pages!


Challenge #49 – Feathers

Feathers are a huge trend in paper crafting these days. Bella Blvd. came out with a line of big, fluffy feathers at CHA this past January, and Scrapbook Circle scooped some up for the March kit. Your challenge is to use a feather (or a few!) to embellish a layout. For your inspiration, I have two fantastic projects from Jennifer and Daniela Dobson.

jenchapin_youllfly (1)

Jennifer used two feathers to back her photo. I love how the feathers come into play with the title about flying!

jenchapin_youllfly (2)

Daniela’s design called for a more subdued feather, so she simply trimmed her Bella Blvd. feather to size. The new shape is just as beautiful. Great tip, Daniela!

This makes me happy by Daniela Dobson

This makes me happy close by Daniela Dobson

If you’d like to play along, here is how:

1. Create a layout featuring feathers. We would love to see a Scrapbook Circle kit in action, but any materials will do.

2. Post your project to your blog, a gallery, or our Facebook page. Come back to this post and leave a comment with the direct link to your posted project.

3. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 3rd, 9:00 pm Pacific.

A $10.00 shop credit will be awarded to a randomly selected player. Good luck and happy scrapping!

rolling texture.


Today I wanted to share a real quick tip about adding a little bit of texture without a lot of bulk to your page.  I want you to look at the top of this layout that I’ve shared.  It might be a little tough to view but look at the left corners of the papers on the top–notice how they are turned up a bit?  (the other side is turned up but the angle of the photography makes it hard to see…)  I just rolled the paper a bit BEFORE I adhered them down to the page (if you do it BEFORE adhering you risk the chance of tearing your paper–UNLESS you are going for that look…)  EASY PEASY!

We would LOVE to see your pages on our Facebook page–please share!