Archive for November, 2014

Designer’s Choice: Manipulating grids

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, building off of something Gina wrote about earlier this month: designing with grids.

If I have a lot of photos and no focal point photo, I tend to use a grid. Here’s the page where I did this:

Hey Pepper by Jennifer Larson

And here’s some suggestions for how to make a grid look different every time you use it. (The first few suggestions I used on this page.)

1. Smoosh the photos together instead of leaving white space around them.
2. Sew between the photos in the grid, either by hand or like I did by machine.
3. Push the grid to one side to make it asymmetrical.
4. Swap out one or more spots on the grid for embellishments.
5. Use different shapes.
6. Replace one or more spots with journaling.
7. Raise some of the photos with dimensional stickers, or use your die cutter to punch a hole in the background to put the photo under the page..
8. Divide the grid: put the title or journaling in between a couple rows in the grid.
9. Overlap embellishments or journaling or title on top of some of the photos.

I hope this gives you some ideas for playing around with grids! When you do, post them on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page to share.


Designer’s Choice – Matching colors

Hello everyone,

Today I’m here with my layout made with November Kit “little Moments”, but I used photos taken during our vacation.

I want you to try match colors on the photo, with colors of your supplies. On my photo there is yellow, salmon and orange,  so I was searching for matching goodies in my november’s kits, and I found them!

I also decided to add dark colour, so I added cut square from Heidi Swapp’s patterned paper, and one scrap of patternet paper (which is no matching to colors on my photo) from Basic Grey’s collection. Look, like the photo popped out thanks to these tricks.

Mona LO


IMG_3750det IMG_3755det IMG_3759det IMG_3760det


Thank you for looking, and I hope you will try made layouts with colors matching with photo.

Have a nice day.


November sketch winner

Thank you to those of you who played along with the sketch this month.

Here are some of the fabulous players we had participate.









The random winner of this month’s Heidi Swapp prize pack is … Janet!

Congrats, Janet. Send an email to Diana [at] and we’ll make sure to get your prize sent to you.

Thank you again to those of you who played along! We’ll be back in December with a new sketch.


Hello everyone! I’m one of those people who like to scrap with the season.  It’s hard for me to do a summer page in the fall and vice versa.  So it’s almost time to switch from my fall scrapping to my winter and Christmas pages!  But I still have a few more fall layouts to share.


For this page, I tried to chose some not-so-traditional fall colors, and I think Navy is a perfect accent,

falling SBC



I took the Amy Tan chipboard piece (the polaroid frame with the heart) and trimmed the edges of a bit to  make it smaller.  I layered on a Bella Blvd sticker and some punched paper leaves.  Behind it I added some twine, and leaves from the Basic Grey die cuts.


falling 1

I wanted to add some texture to the page, and one of my favorite things to use for fall pages is plain twine or burlap.  So I just added some rolled piles of twine under my embellishment clusters.

falling 2



I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!!!

One Item Wonder: Scrapbook Circle Exclusives

The November kit, Little Moments, includes a fabulous range of exclusives. I asked creative team member, Monika, and our November guest designer, Chelsea Miller, to share with us how they used the Scrapbook Circle special items on their layouts. Let’s take a look:

Mona_OIW_nov (1)

Here, Monika focused on the November printable and the stamps.

Mona_OIW_nov_det2 (1)

Monika framed her photo with cards cut from the printable. I love how the subtle colors of the cards make the colors of her photograph look so vibrant.

Mona_OIW_nov_det (1)

Monika also used the arrow stamp. She added interest by stamping in two different colors.

Mona_OIW_nov_det3 (1)

Chelsea focused on the exclusive kraft cards. The perfect size for pocket scrapbooking, these cards also make great accents to full-size layouts.

IMG_9996 (1)

Chelsea flipped one card over and stamped a different image onto it so that it fit the theme of her page.

IMG_9999 (1)

Chelsea says she especially loves the kraft because it goes with everything.

Have you played with the Scrapbook Circle exclusives yet? We’d love to see! Be sure to upload your layouts to our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Lifting You — Rebecca


Today we are sharing a Lifting You feature. Today’s lifted page is from Rebecca. She shared this page with us on Facebook.

I liked the layers of the pattern paper to anchor the fanned-out pictures and the strip of embellishments along the bottom edge to hold them all together.

Rebecca is being lifted by creative team member Gina.


Gine used the November main kit and the Sweetness add-on. Instead of using paper strips of various lengths behind her photo, like in the original, she used feathers. Gina also grouped embellishments around her photo and added a border around the layout.


I love how she added stitching to the feathers! What a fun idea!

Thanks for starting our week of with such fun inspiration, ladies!

Do you want to be considered for our Lifting You feature? Just share a page you made using a Scrapbook Circle kit on our Facebook page and you could be next!

Design Team Choice: November Exclusive Cut File Tutorial

SBC Valerie Huang Thankful layout

Good morning, SBC friends. It’s Valerie here today to share an idea of using the November Exclusive Cut File.

SBC November cut file

Aren’t they just darling and they are available HERE. And if you are a subscriber you get these for FREE.

Fall is absolutely my favorite season, and I just obsessed with GOLD. So as you can in my layout, I include a piece of gold cut file into my project.

Wonder how I did that? Here is how.

SBC cut file tutorial-1

I always make sure I keep a couple of boxes from Scrapbook Circle when Lisa shipped me the kit. They are perfect for working with sprays and embossing without making a huge mess on your desk. I love them.

Then I gathered some of the tools from my stash, like Heat gum, Embossing powder, Versa Mark Watermark ink pad.

SBC cut file tutorial-2

I apply the Versa Mark ink pad onto my Cut File after I cutted them out with my Cameo. I also make sure they are evenly on the cut file.

SBC cut file tutorial-3

Then I pour the Embossing powder all over the cut file. I used a piece of waxing paper (Smooth side) for the Embossing Powder because all I have to do is roll it up and pour it back to the bottle after I am finished. Nice and easy.

SBC cut file tutorial-4

Then use the heat gun to melt the Embossing powder on the cut file. You know it’s done when you see the rough metallic finish on the cut file.

SBC cut file tutorial-5

Here is the finish look. Then I include it in my project. I just love how they turn out to be and goes so well with the other embellishments from the November: Little Moments kit too.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you like this idea too!!

SBC Valerie Huang Thankful close up-2

SBC Valerie Huang Thankful close up-3

SBC Valerie Huang Thankful close up-1

Designer’s Choice: 6×6 Paper Pads

Hiya! Let’s talk mini paper pads shall we? I love these wee things. I love the scaled down patterns and the pleasing square shape, a tiny curated mix of designs that will work perfectly paired together. Lisa does an awesome job picking out some truly great ones, like the Heidi Swapp September Skies one in this month’s Sweetness Add-on. I wanted to use every last one of the patterns and think I managed to on these pages.

So today I wanted to share a few strategies for using up those paper pads.


I’m noticing a personal design trend here. I like pushing things right to the edge (I posted about it on the blog a few weeks back). And for this page I balanced my design off two corners. It made me think of a baseball infield once I pasted the papers in place. I used 4 sheets layered on top of each other and threw a stripe in to each cluster. It was a lot of pattern, but I paired busier patterns with softer patterns to make sure it wasn’t too overwhelming.


And for this second page, I created a tiered look down the side. Layering patterns on top of each other but with a bit of a twist. Each sheet lifts up to reveal more photos and journaling.


I’ve had this page theme in my head for a bit and I’m so happy it came together, all thanks to the paper pad really.

I sketched out this idea for a page before I cut into anything. I didn’t have the theme in mind, just thinking about how I could incorporate a lot of these paper pad sheets on one layout. And in that process I thought it would be awesome to have the panels lift up! The idea of featuring all of my different social media profiles went so perfectly with that concept. Scroll down to see what’s under each tab.

1411Nov-SocialMedia03 1411Nov-SocialMedia04 1411Nov-SocialMedia06

With the help of layering, I managed to use nearly every pattern on the pad. And I still have a whole set left since there’s two of each design in there. I really liked that I put the majority of it to use.

If you haven’t nabbed the Sweetness Add-on yet, I suggest you do. Paired with the main kit, it was so inspirational for me to use! If you used the paper pad, we’d love to see what you did. Share it over on the Facebook page. I’ve just been scrolling back through to see everyone’s recent pages. I love leaving comments on your pages!


SC Signature


Freckled Fawn Very Merry Kit


Don’t miss out on getting the Freckled Fawn Very Merry Embellishment kit with your next Scrapbook Circle order! This kit is packed with shimmery goodness for your holidays pages, books and cards.

Some of the creative team couldn’t wait for the holidays and already got to work creating with the kit.

Valerie made this layout. I just love how she used the tape along the top and the threaded sequins in the lower corner.

Make it merry SBC Valerie Huang-using FF

Mona is my hero and has already started the base pages for her December documented album. She has a lot of great ideas here for using the wooden numbers.





I make holiday cards and send them along with gifts for my family. I start this endeavor in July (no joke!), so I was thrilled to start using the Freckled Fawn kit to make more cards. This card is one of my favorites. I love the pink matched with the shimmery blue snowflakes and green tree.


Jenni made this fabulous cover for her December album. I love the ornament hanging from the bow and that vellum!

SBC_FF Dec Daily 2014_Dec 2014 border

SBC_FF Dec Daily 2014_Dec 2014 detail border

There is a lot of bling and sparkle in this kit, so if you love that sort of thing for your holiday projects, make sure to scoop one of these up and have it sent out with your December kit!

We can’t wait to see what you make with it! Remember to share your work with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

November Technique Challenge: Embossing

One of my favorite items from the Little Moments kit is the gold sheet of stickers with embossed sentiments. In fact, these pretty stickers are the inspiration for our November Technique Challenge – Embossing! Your challenge is to use embossing of any kind on a layout. You could use embossing powder over a stamped image (like our exclusive Home Sweet Home stamp), you could use embossing folders and an embossing machine, or you could even do letterpress. I encourage you to create your embossing effect (after all, this is a technique challenge), but you are also welcome to use pre-embossed elements on your page.

I asked our November guest designer, Chelsea Miller, to start us off with some inspiration using the Little Moments kit:


It was all about the texture for Chelsea: “I used my trusty Sizzix Big Shot and some embossing folders to add some depth and dimension to my layout.  I normally will just use these on cards, but I thought it would look great to have my papers from the 6×6 pad in the add on kit have a little more oomph!  I ran the patterned papers through after I already distressed the edges, because from experience it tends to tear a little more than I like if the paper has been embossed before distressing.  I used my ink pad to dirty up the edges and ran it gently across the tops of the papers as well to make the embossing more detailed.  For good measure I also ran through 2 other papers through the Sizzix, and used my punches to cut out a circle and star to throw on the page. Texture is good.  I think it adds something to the page without adding too much bulk, and there are so many fun patterns out there to choose from!”

I love that tip about distressing embossed paper – good to know! Well, are you ready to dust off those embossing folders or find your embossing powder? Here’s how to join in on the challenge:

1. Create a layout using the technique of embossing. 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. You have TWO weeks to play. Enter by Wednesday, December 3rd, 9 pm Pacific to be eligible to win this fabulous Chickaniddy Crafts prize!


Good luck and happy scrapping!