Archive for March, 2014

Designer Take: Tessa’s Happy Day

Our current challenge is inspired by the exclusive stamp in the Portobello Road kit that reads, “Today is a HAPPY day.” How is your entry coming along? If you need a little more inspiration, or some tips for using that stamp, I hope I can help today.

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First of all, yay for a little girl to scrapbook! Any day I get to be creative with photos of my new Adlyn is a happy day!


The journaling talks about how I couldn’t resist buying a cute pair of kiddie sunglasses, even though they were still too big for her, and posing her with them while playing at the park one day. It was a gorgeous day, and hanging out with my little girl while the big boys played was really a happy day.


I just had to use the stamp from March’s kit, but the format wasn’t quite working for my design. My solution? Scissors!

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One of my favorite things to do with clear phrase stamps is to cut the stamp apart to recreate the flow of words to suit my project. Be careful, and use sharp scissors.


I also used the small string of diamonds from the stamp to fill in spaces between my patterned paper chevrons. I love adding custom touches like that to my layouts.

Have you shared your happy day layout with us yet? A $15.00 credit to the shop could be yours, just for playing along. Find all the details here. Thanks for stopping by today!

Mixing Photo Types

Hello! Today I’m excited to share a layout I created with the March Portobello Road kit. I decided to try mixing a black and white photo with a color photo on this page.


With the photos right next to each other, I felt like having one B & W and one color actually helped them to both stand off on the page. What do you think? Have you tried mixing photo types on a page?


For my title “Love Vincent” I used the text and alphas from our two March embellishment add-ons. I love the effect of the mixed fonts on the page.

Hoping by now many of you have your March kits and you’ve been busy creating with them. Be sure to stop by our Facebook page and share what you have been creating!

This totally Happened.

oh yes…yes it did.

Back a few months ago, my family ventured out to one of my favorite places to hang out
in downtown Fort Worth, Texas (Sundance Square) for some family photos.

as the time was dwindling down, the family was literally done with me and the photos.
you can’t tell that by my picture here, right? I caught each person doing something different, wishing they
were somewhere else other than RIGHT there at THAT moment. My son Shaypher is showing his witty side by looking away.
Savannah’s wondering what time her date is picking her up and my dear husband Alan…he’s probably dreaming of his bike ride
and how many miles he’s about to ride. (at least that’s MY interpretation of this photo of my precious family)
Not one member knew I was snapping photos at this point. So this is priceless to me.

The Amy Tan “Plus One” Thickers in this months’ kit are PERFECT for this.
This truly happened. My sweet family is EVERYTHING I could ever hope for, dream of, have.
I’m one blessed girl with this group.

I put this layout together so easily with tearing and layering patterned papers, as well as layering 3 different patterns as my background.
My favorite parts of this layout are the limited stamp, limited flair & the awesome triangle brads.

Have fun with your Portobello kit today!

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Exclusive Cut Files

Have you tried the digital cut files designed to coordinate with the kits each month? You can find the March file here. I love them, and so does creative team member Jenni. Let’s take a look at how she used them to create this fantastic layout:

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Jenni cut the images she wanted to use, then colored them for a fun effect.

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At $1.50 for the set, you can’t go wrong snagging these cute files from the shop!

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Have you put them to use on your projects this month? We would love to see! Be sure to upload your creations to our Facebook page so we can come take a peek. Have a great day!

Lifting You — Fiona

Today we are lifting Fiona’s lovely page seen below. She is being lifted by creative team member, Sara.


When I saw Fiona’s page, I was drawn in by the color initially. As I looked closer, I loved the large space for journaling and how the “i love…” was added between each point. And the triangles are perfect for getting your eyes from the text to the image. Great layout!

Here is what Sara made to lift Fiona.

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Here’s what Sara had to say about her lift:

“When looking at this layout I was drawn to keeping keeping my photo and embellishments in a cluster close to the bottom right side of the page. I wanted to included more than one photo without spacing them out so I included photos inside these flip flaps and that allowed me to do just that!”

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You can see in these close-up pictures, how the photos are stacked in the little sleeves.

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Sara, what a fun way to follow the lift while still getting all of your photos into the layout. Brilliant!

Great inspiration to kick off the week, ladies!  Thanks to Fiona for sharing her layout with us.

If you want to be considered for our Lifting You feature, share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on our Facebook page.

Designer’s Choice | BOY TOY

Hi everyone!!  Today is my turn to share a layout using the Portobello Road main kit and the Street Market add-on.  It actually turned out to be one of my favorites from the March kit.  I love lots of layers, getting loose and artsy, but the Virgo in me sometimes craves a neat, orderly page design.

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The journaling cards in the kit from Crate Paper are such a great way to stretch your supplies and use in lots of different ways.  I didn’t use any on this LO for actual journaling.

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I used them for the title and as patterned paper.  I trimmed them down and rounded all the corners.  I cut some of the other papers down to the same size as the journaling cards and used them as photo mats.

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The circular Element stickers from BasicGrey, part of the add-on, were perfect to highlight the photo and break up the grid.  I used dimensional adhesive to pop up random pieces, like the Scrapbook Circle stamp in the middle.

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The main kit with these fantastic papers and the set of 20 journaling cards is still available!  Check it out HERE and the other items included in the March kit.  Be sure to hop over to the Idea Gallery too and see all the DT member’s pages!  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great one!

DT Choice | Color Wonder

Hello everyone!  It’s Adrienne here today with a layout I created using this month’s kit, Portabello Road, along with the Street Market Add-on.


I was so inspired by the amazing Crate Paper Boys Rule Plastic Letters and the Racetrack patterned paper that I decided I wanted to create an alphabet design following the circular lines of the patterned paper.


I lined the plastic letters up around my page adhering each one individually before I sewed through them a couple times with my sewing machine using black and white thread.  I placed three black and white photos of my two youngest kiddos coloring with a brand new box of crayons.


I used one of the American Crafts Plus One Thicker Twins as part of my title and placed several of the Crate Paper Styleboard Triangular Studs around my page along with a few fussy cut triangle shapes.


I finished off my layout with three of the exclusive SBC flair buttons and added a bit of black ink splotches.

Make sure you stop by the shop and pick your March kit up today!

Thanks for stopping by!

March sketch players and a winner

Hello! We are so happy to have so many of you play along with this month’s sketch. Below are those of you that played along!













Pretty inspiring stuff, right?! Great job with your kits and the sketch. As you may know, I use to choose the winner of this month’s $15 shop credit to My Scraps and More online store. 

This month’s winner is… Victoria! Congrats! Send an email to me confirming you know you won, and I’ll forward your address along to Audrey to contact you about your prize.

Thanks again to everyone who played!

Challenge #71: Today is a Happy Day

I just love the exclusive Scrapbook Circle stamps that arrive in my kit each month. The Portobello Road kit includes one that reads “Today is a Happy Day”. Have you had a really great day lately? What made it so happy? We’d love to know, and we’d especially love to see it in a layout. I asked creative team member Melissa to get us started with some inspiration and this is her take on the challenge:

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Melissa’s grid design layout features the Today is a Happy Day stamp in several squares. I love the triangles of patterned paper, the fabulous die cut title, and the great photo. I think Melissa’s happy day was captured perfectly, don’t you?


Would you like to share your happy day with us? Here’s how to play along:

1. Create a layout based on the phrase “Today is a Happy Day.” We would love to see a Scrapbook Circle kit in action, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, our Facebook page, or an online gallery. Come back to this post and leave a direct link to your layout in the comments.

3. Enter by Wednesday, April 2nd, 9:00 p.m. Pacific to be eligible for the prize, which is…

A $15.00 Gift Certificate to the Scrapbook Circle shop!

Grab an add-on, some of the great digital downloads, or put it towards a kit. Free scrapbooking supplies would certainly make my day happier! Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: Challenge #70

Thanks to all who played along with our Captured Candid challenge! Our lucky winner of the American Crafts Basics kit is…


…with this precious layout:


Congratulations! Please email me at tessa(at)scrapbookcircle(dot)com with your contact information and we will get your prize to you. A new challenge is coming right up, so stay tuned!