Archive for February, 2015

Hello there!  Happy last day of February!  I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to March and the hope of some spring like weather!  Here is my last page with the “Today is Beautiful” February kit!

I’m not the only one who’s cold….my cat ALWAYS has to be right near me and tries to snuggle to get warm.  He especially likes to sit on my lap while I’m scrapping!  🙂  He’s my buddy!

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On this page, I stuck to the white and red color palette to go along with my photos.  The “you + me=always” card was a perfect sentiment for this particular situation!

 

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I fussy cut some small triangles out from the Authentique paper and arranged them on my page in the same ombre order they were on the original sheet.  I layered some bits from the Crate Paper Kiss Kiss ephemera pack from the add-on and a few stickers from the Simple Stories sticker sheet.

 

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My title I cut from the navy Dear Lizzy paper, and then added some navy ink splotches to pick up on that color.

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Who’s helping you stay warm this winter?  🙂

February Sketch Winner

Thank you to everyone who played along with the sketch this month. Here are some inspiring pages from our players.

Wendi

Wendi

Phillis

Phillis

Phillis

Phillis

KimberlyAnn

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Kim

Kim

Katie

Katie

Kat

Kat

Karrie

Karrie

Janet

Janet

Heather

Heather

Giorgia

Giorgia

Clemencia

Clemencia

Caroline

Caroline

Wow — You all really outdid yourselves this month! I just loved going through all of your blog and Facebook posts to see these. Now… the hard part… to choose a winner. I used random.org to pick one of you to win this month’s prize: a Dear Lizzy Serendipity/WeRMemory Keepers prize pack.

The random winner is…  Kimberly Ann. Congrats! Send an email to Diana [at] ScrapbookCircle.com with your address and we’ll get your prize sent to you.

 

Designer Take: Jennifer and the Rub-on Technique Challenge

Inspired by the rub-ons included in the February kit, the February technique challenge is to put them to use. I asked creative team member Jennifer to share with us how she used rub-ons on a recent layout, and this is the fantastic result:

Hockey Hair by Jennifer Larson

Jennifer first laid down a layer of blue mist. The contrast of the white rub-ons on the blue mist is visually appealing, especially as the mist tapers off toward the right of the page. The white rub-ons blend into the white background cardstock for an interesting, gradual effect.

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I also asked Jennifer what her rub-on tool of choice was, and she said she uses her bone folder. A bone folder is a great idea – the pointed tip can be used for more detailed rub-ons, a bone folder is much easier to hold than a craft stick, and bone folder slides over the rub-on backing more easily as you are applying the rub-on.

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Have you played along with the rub-on technique challenge yet? We would love to see your take! Be sure to read the original challenge post here for all the details. Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

DT Choice: Snap shot photo prompt during winter

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Good morning!! Scrapbook Circle friends, Happy Hump Day!!

It’s Valerie here today. And some of you may remember I mentioned I just relocate to Virginia with my family from sunny Northern California.

We moved here right after new year, which is a dead winter. And luckily the town we moved to, even we are on East Coast, is right on the snow belt. So we don’t get a brutal winter like up North.

So I’ve been waiting for some snow for a while. And we get about 6 inches or so last week. Watching the snow coming down from the sky is one of the most beautiful experience since I was from a tropical island and being in California for the last 14 years.

Being a totally newbie, the winter here is so interesting and amazing. So I decide to share some winter photo prompt with you today as my Design Team Choice.

Thank you so much for looking and hope you got some inspirations for your next layout. 🙂

 

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One Item Wonder: Dear Lizzy Puffy Stickers

Did you collect puffy stickers as a kid? They were a prized possession, a special part of my sticker collection. Our February guest designer, Jen Ritchie, feels the same way! Imagine her delight when she laid eyes on the Dear Lizzy stickers in the Today is Beautiful kit. Let’s take a look at what she did:

scrapbook circle puffy stickersJen says, “My love affair with puffy stickers goes all the way back to my sticker trading days on the school playground. All my friends knew my pages of fuzzy stickers and glitter stickers were up for trading but don’t dare to touch my puffy sticker collection! Ha ha! Packs like the ones that are in this month’s kit, which have so many different elements, are great because if you are a simple scrapper like me. A few of those is all you need. After blowing up the fun cut file larger, I went to town with the puffy stickers and a black marker.”

scrapbook circle puffy stickers-2What a great page, Jen! Thank you for all the inspiration this month. Creative team member Audrey also loved using the Dear Lizzy puffy stickers, so much so that she used the whole sheet on one layout!

summer love SBCAudrey created a column to highlight her focal photo, then filled the space with the puffy stickers, as well as other stickers in the kit. The grouping of fun shapes and colors, as well as the texture of the puffy stickers, really makes the column work well at drawing your eye in. Fantastic idea, Audrey!

summer-love-2summer-love-1We would love to see what you are doing with your stickers! Be sure to share with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. Have a great day!

Lifting You – Jen

Today we are lifting Jen’s layout that she shared with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

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When I saw this page, I just loved the grid design and fun placement of the hearts and words. The monotone colors for the photos is a great touch, too.

Jen was lifted by creative team member, Monika.

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Monika was inspired by all these photos on Jen’s page. She took a different approach with one big photo, and cut it for 4 pieces — 1 big and 3 small ones.

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Monika added a couple of paper strips and tags, sewed a little, added a couple of splashes and then a handwritten title. She (and we do, too!) loves how this layout turned out!

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

Designer’s Choice | SHE WAS A SHOWGIRL.

Hi there!  Jenni here today sharing a page I did using the February ‘Today is Beautiful’ kit and ‘Dream Big’ Add-on.  This was one of my favorite layouts this month, mostly because I had fun putting it together!

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I always enjoy being creative, but I love a page that just comes together quickly, simply because I just relax and play!  The only thing I knew I wanted to do on this page was use this photo of our sweet Lola.

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She is a great subject for scrapping because her color always lends powerful contrast to a page.  Her coat looked blue/black in this picture, so I used lots of navy to bring that out. After choosing the Dear Lizzy Thickers for my title, I used them as inspiration for the remaining color palette.  The pink was a great contrast to the navy.

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The pack of Maggie Holmes ephemera has so many great pieces for layering.  These elements made it really easy to bring out the rest of the colors in my title.  Navy, pink, mint and gold…so lovely together!

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Show us how you used the gorgeous colors in the February kit by sharing your pages to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.  Have an amazing day!

 

Be Real

For this month’s Be Real post, I chose a photo from my phone that represents something I enjoy doing every day – having quiet “me” time with a cup of coffee.  I think most moms can relate to looking forward to a little bit of quiet time, when they can get it.

Gina Lideros Hello Quiet Time

To frame my photo, I chose papers from the Today is Beautiful kit that closely matched the colors in my photo.  I also cut apart some of the paper strips from the February printable (included with the Today Is Beautiful kit).

To add interest to my title, I used the Scrapbook Circle exclusive vellum “hello” die cut card and then spelled out the words “quiet time” using the Authentique petite type crush alpha stickers.

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To embellish my layout I chose the Crate Kiss Kiss Thickers in Gold, Serendipity puffy sticker, and ephemera pieces from the Dream Big add-on.  I also added some simple machine stitching and splashes of white paint.

 Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post!

February Technique Challenge: Rub-ons

One of my favorite items in the Today is Beautiful kit is the package of rub-ons by My Mind’s Eye. Now, when it comes to rub-ons, it seems like scrapbookers either love them or hate them. Which side of that fence are you on? To encourage you to give them a second chance, or to give you a chance to show off your experience and skills, our February technique challenge is to use rub-ons. I asked our February guest designer, Jen Ritchie, and creative team member Valerie to share with us their take on the challenge.

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In Jen’s own words, “Confession….normally I am not a rub on user, so when the team asked me to do a project focusing on rub-ons, I can honestly say I had a wee bit of anxiety. Rub-ons have come along way since the ones I used way back when and working with these amazing My Mind’s Eye rub-ons in the kit, I realized they have become more stickerish and so less likely for me to make a huge mess. They go on like butter and can even be layered over other layers without getting cracks.”

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“I love that these ones in particular are a bit transparent. I played around with that idea, printing my photo on vellum and then layering the vellum heart (I was so tempted to hoard this) with the rub-ons.  I loved that this set had some big words which ended up great for my title.”

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“A fun tip – when the rub on may not have been designed exactly how you would want it for your layout don’t be afraid to cut and paste. The set comes with the big word hello and the phrase lovin’ it. I couldn’t quite make a title that I felt was appropriate for my layout, so I ended up cutting the lovi from the lovin’ it and chopped off the bottom of the curly in the word play, flipped it and rubbed it on to make an e and crafted the word love instead! Worked like a charm! With rub ons this strong don’t be afraid to experiment.”

Great idea, Jen! Now, if you’re still a little wary of rub-ons or need a refresher, this tutorial from Valerie should put you at ease:

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Trim out the image/word you’d like to use.

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Apply by rubbing the image/word with a craft stick.

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Gently lift the plastic sheet away from the rub-on, making sure that everything adhered properly.

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The rub-ons lend a beautiful softness to Valerie’s layout. So pretty!

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Okay, ready to play? Here’s how to join in on the challenge:

1. Create a layout using the technique of applying rub-ons. 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. 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, March 4th, to be eligible to win this fabulous Basic Grey Vivienne prize package!

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: February Kit-Inspired Challenge

Thank you to those who played along with our Love Triangle challenge! We loved seeing how you created hearts out of trendy triangles. Random.org has chosen a winner of the Amy Tan/Pebbles prize package, and that lovely scrapper is…

KARRIE

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Congratulations, Karrie! Please email me at tessabuys (at) yahoo (dot) com with your contact information and we will get your prize to you as soon as we can.

Stay tuned, the February technique challenge is coming right up!