Archive for June, 2013

Hello, July Kit!

Are you ready for a new month with brand new kit? We are excited to share our Let’s Chat kit with you.

First up, we’d like to share the patterned paper that is in the kit. We have a selection of paper from Elle’s Studio, Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants and Crate Paper.


We have filled the kit with many of our favorite embellishments including Scrapbook Circle Exclusives. We have a sticker set, tags and a printable that can only be found in this kit.






Here’s a look at our custom tags that are included in the July kit. We just love that these can be cut apart and used on cards, layouts or pocket pages.


Each month our kits come with a custom printable created just for the kit. One of the great things about the printable is that you can print as many as you need and you won’t run out of elements. The images on the printable as designed with the idea of sizing them so you can use them on your traditional scrapbook layouts, but also work perfectly in pocket pages too.


We hope you are as excited about this kit as we are!

***We have a special running for all new subscriptions that start with out July Let’s Chat Kit. Just sign up for a new subscription and get a bonus FREE Let’s Celebrate kit – it’s a $21.50 value! This is valid on all new subscriptions starting on or after June 30 and will run as long as we have Let’s Celebrate kits.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a new subscription, now is the perfect time to pick up a beautiful July kit and get a fun party kit for free.

We do have a fun embellishment add-on and cardstock add-on also available this month.


Kits begin shipping July 2, so please order any extras by July 1.

Wishing you a wonderful month filled with fantastic memories!

Using the June kit for girls too!

I absolutely LOVE how the First Avenue kit is geared towards more boy photos — as I needed it to catch up on lots of photos of my boy. But, I also used it for a fun layout of my little princess! There were some fun reds, oranges, and even pinks that I used to bring out the more girlie aspects! Here’s a look:


Let’s Chat: July Kit Video

This month we want to introduce our upcoming July kit to you with a fabulous video put together by creative team member Jen Chapin.

Take a look and see what is coming your way in July!

July Kit Let’s Chat

July Embellishment Add-on

*Just one note on the video. It says that cardstock comes with the kit, but it is not included. If you want cardstock though, we do have a July cardstock add-on.

How to Convey Movement

Sometimes a layout really needs to convey a sense of motion. There are lots of ways to do that and in this layout I used a few because the theme of my layout was riding a bike.

rk sc look momThere are a few elements that I think really convey a sense of motion on this layout. First, the Basic Grey radio waves paper, you can almost see it moving across the page.


Arrows are also great for directing a viewer’s eye.


And of course the visual triangle (here made with the Bella Blvd washi tape) moves the eye around the page creating movement.


Finally, multiple pictures from different perspectives (in some photos the bike is close and others it is further away) also creates a sense of motion. If the theme of your layout is motion or your focus is on people who are on the go, how do you portray that on a page?

🙂 Rebecca


Designer Take: Diana’s Hipster Layout

Our current challenge is to create a layout with a “hipster” vibe. Diana Waite took on the challenge and created this page about her brother’s dog:


Diana says this cool pup loves to chill and be part of the crowd. Very hipster, indeed.

If you’ve got a hipster-style layout up your sleeve, you still have a week to enter! Find all the details here. Remember – there is a Swagger prize pack from Fancy Pants Designs up for grabs! Also, our Daddy Dearest challenge ends next week, too. If you want a chance at winning a Hipster prize pack from Basic Grey, find the details here!

Living History Farms

For my two-page layout this month, I used the printable a second time (something I definitely love about this exclusive). An annual event for us in the fall is to visit Living History Farms. Our visit last fall focused on the three locations that we had to hike to and I printed a variety of sizes of photos – two 4x6s for the left-hand page and 7 2x3s (wallet size) for the right-hand page).


This time I just cut out the 4-piece block from the printable and left it as is. I machine stitched along the edges and added journaling details and a Scrapbook Circle exclusive flair.


Loving the embellishments this month – the envelopes add a lot of texture and the rub-ons are a fun pop of color.


And as always, I love to mix and match alphabets to make a fun title!


One Item Wonder: June Printable

The printables each month just keep getting better and better! I asked Daniela Dobson to put her favorite elements from the June Printable together on a layout, and this is the fantastic result:

Chasing bubbles_SBC_Daniela Dobson

All of the arrows stacked above her photo are trimmed from the printable. I love the back and forth of the arrows, and that they serve as great subtitles to her page.

Chasing bubbles close_SBC_Daniela Dobson

Thanks for the inspiration, Daniela! Have you used your June Printable yet? We’d love to see! Be sure to post your layouts on our Facebook page here. Have a great day!

Project Life – Catching Up

Hi everyone! Dani Donner here today for a confession: as much as I tried avoiding Project Life, with all the amazing inspiration I’ve seen here I caved in… Yep, I’m the newest member on the Project Life wagon! I can’t say how grateful I am right now, my family already loves the project and they keep bringing me little mementos from their lives. It’s been awesome!

I can’t say I am OCD, but I couldn’t, for the life in me, start this project mid-year. So, what did I do? A quick catch up from all the months I missed! Yes, monthly spreads, with whatever pictures I had and major events.


This system is working so well! I took away the weekly spread pressure and am enjoying the freedom. I divide my spreads by month, with a card stating which month we are talking about and allow myself ill up as many pages as I need for that month, just add dates if needed and keep moving forward.


I can add daily routines or major events alike, no pressure, just pieces of our lives at the moment. I’m so so glad I caved in, it is an amazing project. Are you on the wagon with me?

Thanks or stopping by,

Dani Donner

Use What You Have

What has been going on in your life lately?  Did you get to be there? Or is it a story told to you by family members who went on their own?
I am a picture taking fiend.  I take photos with the pages I will later create in mind.  I take details and panoramas and individual and group shots.  If there are signs, I take shots of those too.  But in the case of the event I scrapped below, I had to make due with the images my non-picture taking hubby supplied me.
He and our son, along with some other guys from our church, went to a recent Promise Keepers event.  They had a great time and two pretty full days of events.  I believe I was given about 5 or 6 total photos, 2/3 of which were blurry.
So, I used what I had and made the page work to tell the story using journaling and the great products found in the June kits, First Avenue and Going Downtown.
In the end, I am really happy with the result.  The photos don’t show the detail I would have captured, but evidently, this is what seemed important to the guys that were there and so that becomes what is important on my page.



  1. One of the unique features of this page is that I wanted to use the ABC stickers included in the kit to spell the word ‘NOT’ in my title, but I wanted it to be Orange to match the fun Basic Grey Rubons.  Not to worry, I used my Versamark ink to ink the letter stickers and then embossed them using an Orange tinted embossing powder.

I framed on of the rub-ons with a mini chipboard polaroid frame which I inked the edges of to make it stand out. I also like the texture provided by the canvas trim included in the kit.
Have you got some examples of ‘making it work’ from your own scrapbooks?  Please share them on our Facebook page!

Free Shipping Weekend!

Have you been thinking about trying out one of our kits? This weekend we are offering FREE SHIPPING for the first time ever. This could be a perfect time to try us out and get a great discount.


We have just a few of our First Avenue June kits left in stock as well as the June add-on and our Let’s Celebrate Party Kit.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!