Archive for January, 2015

Design Team Choice: Work with SBC Exclusive cut file on your layout

SBC Valerie Huang DT choice you and me

Good morning, SbC friends: Happy weekend!!
Today, Valerie is here to share how to use single image from our January Exclusive cut file for your layout.

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First, open the file with your Silhouette software.

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And then decide which image you’d like to work with without cutting all the images.

And use TRACE tool to just select the image you prefer.

And make sure the yellow part covers all the image you prefer otherwise you can adjust in the right column with HIGH PASS FILTER.

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After you successfully TRACE the image, then enlarge to the size you desire. and cut and paste them on the screen.  And then send this to CUT.


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After you cut them out, I started to lay them out on my page until I am happy with it. And then I use my sewing machine to sew them to secure them on my page.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you find this useful.

Thank you.

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January sketch challenge – winner

Thank you to everyone who played along this month with the Scrapbook Circle sketch challenge. Here are the amazing layouts to inspire you.








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Now it’s time to choose a random winner. Using… (drum roll please)… the winner is Lynn! Lynn, email me at Diana [at] and we’ll make sure you get your Aurora prize pack from Basic Grey.

Designer Take: Audrey and Amy Use the Heart Stencil

The January technique challenge is to give a stencil a try. Last week, we shared how to use mist over the stencil, and today we are using ink. Let’s take a look at how creative team member Audrey combined ink and the heart stencil from the All You Need is Love kit to create an ombre effect:

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As a contrast to the reds and grays of her page, Audrey used yellow ink and the stencil to create a background paper. To bring to life to the ombre effect, Audrey was heaviest with the ink toward the bottom of the stencil design, then used a lighter hand toward the top. It looks fantastic!


Our January guest designer, Amy Coose, also used ink with the heart stencil:

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I love how the placement of the stencil/hearts gives more emphasis to her title. Are you inspired to try ink with your stencil? There is still time to play along! See the original challenge post here for all the details. Have a great day!

Designer’s Choice – PL page

Hello everyone!

For today’s post I prepared Pl page, using january kit – “all you need is love” and addons – Hello Love and Shine Bright. I’m a big fan of Project Life,  so it was a fun for me to use all these goodies to create my page. I especially adore these letters from Pink Paislee, and I used them as a number of the week.


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Hope You are using your kits not only for scrapbook pages, but also in mini albums or PL spreads. It’s a lot of fun!


One Item Wonder: January Printable

One of my favorite kit items each month is the printable. The exclusive designs are made to coordinate with the kit contents, you can print it as many times as you need, and there are many ways to make the tags and journaling cards even more unique. I asked Jennifer to show us how she used the printable this month, and her unique take is sure to have you running to your printer:

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Jennifer’s number one piece of advice for creating with the printable: “Don’t be afraid to cut the printable to suit your needs.” I follow the lines on the printable, nicely cutting apart each element, but Jennifer cut through tags and pieces to create her stitched border and elements of her title.

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Also, Jennifer experienced a happy accident when printing a copy of the printable — when she pulled the paper from the printer, Jennifer accidentally “smooshed” a journaling tag. Instead of starting over, she embraced the “distressed” look.

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Have you used the printable this month? We’d love to see! Post your projects on the Facebook page and we’ll come take a look. Have a great day!

Lifting You — Wendi

Today we are sharing our Lifting You feature. This month, creative team member Diana W. lifted subscriber Wendi. Here is Wendi’s page.


I love those triangles cut from from the vellum and the messy inky goodness with the enamel stars added in. There is just so much for the eyes to love on this layout.

Here is what Diana W. did to lift Wendi.


Diana W. loved the design of this layout. She really liked the layers, textures and ink.  She kept her page pretty much to the design of the Wendi’s page with the title area and journaling, but made hers an 8 1/2” x 11”.  Diana W. also changed the orientation of one of the two photos, making it horizontal instead of vertical. Finally, she felt like her page needed a little more at the top, so she added two strips of paper to the top of the page.

Great work, ladies! I love sharing this feature on a Monday — it just encourages me to want to start the week off with something crafty.

Want to be considered for our Lifting You feature? Share your work using Scrapbook Circle kits on our Facebook page. You could be our next lift!

Designer’s Choice: Process Video

Hiya! This month I decided to make a process video for my Designer’s Choice post! I’ll let the video do the talking for this page about my naughty kitten. It’s no Craftsy production =) but I hope you’ll still enjoy! Full photos of the layout are below.

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Design Team Choice: Scrapbook Those Everyday Snapshots


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Hi there:

It’s Valerie here today to share my DT choice with you using the January All You Need is Love kit.

In case you haven’t checked out the idea gallery yet, it is here.

Like many of you scrapbookers out there, I love everyday snapshots. And I constantly taking pictures with my iPhone. Those little details and moments in life just give me goose bumps. Whenever I look through my pages, I also stop and look at those pages with those snapshots and they just melt my heart.

If you like to document your life but also worry there’s nothing to document about when you are not married or no children like us.

Please open your eyes for those small things, such as currents, or thing you enjoy now, the shop you like to visit now…etc.

Often times we remember big events in our life, but those small things are easy to forget and be ignored. So it’s always important to put small things in your page. Even if there’s no picture. It could just be a note written to write ourselves.

I am hoping this will inspire you to document more little details in your life and please feel free to share on our Facebook page. We’d like to see your beautiful work using those awesome kits and add-ons.

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Be Real….

I love looking through my phone photos and finding fun “selfies” of me and my kiddos!  We were on our annual fall trip, where we rented a cabin, and were sitting on the porch swing on a crisp and chilly morning, having some fun!


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I have been using a LOT of 3×4″ photos on my pages….it’s my new “go-to” size, and are frequently used in pocket style scrapping, too!

On my page, I just layered some patterned papers behind my photos, many of which are from the Basic Grey J’Adore 6×6 paper pad from this months add-on.  Because they were so bright and colorful, I went with a neutral, dark background inbrown, which I thought also went with my “cabin” theme!



I used one of the American Crafts glittered kraft tags for a journaling spot, and added a few fussy cut flowers from patterned papers.


Finally, some of the exclusive wood hearts were the were a great contrast to the gold and bright colors of my page!


Thanks for stopping by today!



January Technique Challenge: Stencil Me In

The January kit, All You Need is Love, includes an exclusive stencil. The cascading heart design is perfect for adding some love to your layouts with inks, paste, paint or mist. To encourage you to put your pretty stencil to work (or any others from your stash), our technique challenge this month is to use a stencil on a layout. I asked creative team member Mona to share with us her take on the challenge. Not only did she create a beautiful layout with the stencil, but she also shared photos of her process:

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Monika used two different techniques with the stencil. First, she used mist over the stencil to color her background paper:

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Monika also used pens to trace the stencil, filling in some hearts with stripes.

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What other techniques do you like to use when creating with a stencil? We’d love to see and have you play along! Here are the details:

1. Create a layout using a stencil. We would love to see a Scrapbook Circle kit – and the heart stencil – in action, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, our Facebook page, or an online gallery. Copy and paste a direct link to your post into the comments on this post.

3. You have TWO WEEKS to play. Enter by 9:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, February 4th, to be eligible to win this fabulous Basic Grey J’Adore prize package!


Good luck and happy scrapping!