Archive for May, 2013

Designer Take: Sara’s Pattern Mix-up

We are so excited to have Sara Zenger as part of our creative team here at Scrapbook Circle! I asked her to play along with our latest challenge (mixing patterns) because I knew you would love her take:

SC Floral & Strip LO

Sara mixed stripes and florals like an expert! The strips of varying patterns are beautiful all stacked together. Great page, Sara! If you are interested in playing along with our challenge, you have until this Wednesday night to enter. You can find all of the details here. Have a great day!

One Item Wonder: Tutu Ribbon

How lovely is the Maya Road tutu ribbon included in May’s kit, My Favorite? I love the wispy feel of it. I asked Jennie to create a layout showing off this pretty trim, and this is the beautiful result:


Jennie created a swooping, curling border with the trim, adhering a bow at the end. I love how Jennie also added the Heidi Swapp tags along the ribbon. What a cute detail!


How have you used the tutu ribbon? We would love to see! Please share on our Facebook page and we’ll come take a look. Have a great day!

Take 2: Keeping it simple

I tend to scrap simpler than most folks. But, when I got assigned the Take 2 task (which means I go back and lift myself), I immediately chose to lift a very simple layout that I did a few months ago. It turned out to be one of my favorites, so I thought — let’s do it again! I don’t necessarily like my lift all that much. I thought about scrapping the whole project and starting over…. but then I thought I better keep it real!

Here’s my first layout:



Here is my lift. I chose less bright colors this time. Perhaps that is why I don’t like it as much. Oh well.


Not everything is better the second time around! But, it did make for an easy layout! Not a lot of thinking involved! Try lift yourself!



{because they make my life happy}

Hi there! today I’m sharing a layout made with this month’s kit – My Favorite. I loved the striped patterned paper in the kit and decided to use it as my background.

I also loved the Maggie Holmes handwriting paper from the addon and used that for my title.

Lots of layering, stitching and punched accents. The fabric frames are perfect too!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Benefits of the Grid

The grid is a design I go back to again and again. It is fast and easy, it is fun to add lots of pictures, and then it allows you to get creative filling the non photo spaces. Also, it is a good way to use up scraps. Finally, it is an easy way to incorporate lots of patterns without overwhelming your photos. Here is my recent grid layout using the Scrapbook Circle May Kit My Favorite:

rk sc bits of usProbably using 9 different patterned papers would overwhelm a layout if you used too much of each, but here in itty bitty squares they still let the photos do the talking. Once I have all my squares laid out the way I want, the fun begins and I get to play around with what other goodies I want to include, like the Maggie Holmes bow:

rk bits of us cu4Or bits of the title, or a popped up Lily Bee sticker:

rk bits of us cu1You can break out of the structure of the grid a bit to include some journaling strips from the Scrapbook Circle printable:

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And frame the whole thing with another piece of the printable stitched to the bottom and some torn washi at the top:

rk bits of us cu2So, do you love a good grid or do you find them too structured? Inquiring minds want to know!

🙂 Rebecca

May Sketch – Players and a winner!

Thank you to all of you that played along with the May Sketch we shared with you. Here are some of the amazing pages that were created with the sketch.









Diana W.

Diana W.











Orange Gearle

Orange Gearle

Those that played along and used a Scrapbook Circle kit were eligible for the Lily Bee Destination Collection prize. That randomly drawn winner is… Andrea!

Congrats, Andrea! Send an email to [email protected] and I’ll forward along your name and address to the folks at Lily Bee to send you your prize.

Have a great weekend!

Designer Take: Diana’s Pattern Mix-Up

Diana has taken on Challenge #53, which is to mix patterns on a layout. Diana has come up with a pretty incredible design that allows for all kinds of prints to live harmoniously on a page without overwhelming the subject:


The uniform shapes – circles – and the stitching make everything work together. Great design, Diana!


If you would like to play along, the challenge is still open for two more weeks. You can find all of the details here. Have a great day!

Get out from behind the Camera



I’ve recently, only in the last year or so, started trusting my daughter, who is almost 5 with my SLR camera. She loves taking pictures and I’m hoping to eventually get her, her own camera. But I love the photos she takes. It  gives me a chance to see the world through her eyes. She snapped this picture of me while we were outside playing soccer. It’s a little blurry and blown out in spots, but I love it anyway.

Now with timers and two way cell phone cameras it’s not hard to get in a photo, I just think sometimes we forget. So my challenge for you is to step out from behind the camera and let someone else snap a shot or two.

One Item Wonder: May Printable

I really love the May Printable! From the colors – aqua, yellow, black and white, a touch of pink – to the designs – triangles, stripes, polka dots, stars – this printable is packed with fabulous tags, borders and journaling spaces. Daniela Donner has been playing with these fun elements and has created a cute card and fantastic layout:


Here Daniela used the “she is…” label from the printable. There is also a “he is…” label if you want to follow Daniela’s lead for a guy version.


For this layout, Daniela cut patterned paper and journaling cards from the printable into triangle shapes. She pieced them together as a large background block for her photo. I love how seamlessly the printable and the patterned papers from the kit work together. And I love those trendy triangles!


Have you played with the May Printable yet? Be sure to share your projects on our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Lifting You – Wendy

Hello! Thank you for joining us today for another Lifting You feature. Today subscriber Wendy is being lifted by DT member Ursula.

Here is what Wendy made. I love the criss-cross of the patterned papers as well as the fun splatters and embellishments that frame the photo. Such a great color combo, too, to compliment the Easter picture.


Below is what Ursula made to lift Wendy.


Ursula really liked the appearance of the chevron in Wendy’s layout and wanted to mimic that look by creating a smaller number of chevron patterns that were independant of one another. She used the Maggie Holmes washi paper to achieve the look as well as a bit of patterned paper to repeat. Small punched circles mimic the mist drops in Wendy’s page and you can see that the basic design layout is the same.

Thanks Wendy, for some great inspiration! And thanks Ursula for your lift!

Do you want to be considered for our Lifting You feature? All you have to do is share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on our Facebook page.