Archive for November, 2015

Lifting You — Jamie


For this month’s Lifting You feature, creative team member Diana W. lifted another creative team member, Jamie.

I love the way Jamie’s layout has a very obvious top and bottom with photos that serve to divide the page.


Diana W. followed Jamie’s layout identically. Even choosing a similar color scheme. I like how she added the frame around the center picture, too. The stitching around the edge adds a nice touch, too.

Thanks for stopping by here today!

November Sketch Winner

Thank you to everyone who found a moment to play along this month with our sketch challenge. Here are some inspiring pages from our players.









Each month we choose one random winner from the month’s players to get a prize. This month’s prize is from Jillibean Soup. The random winner in Cynthia. Congrats! Email diana [at] with your mailing address to claim your Jillibean Soup prize.

Designer Take: Tessa’s Layout Scraps Card

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m looking forward to good food, and good leftovers tomorrow! Speaking of leftovers, have you been saving the leftovers from your layouts? Our current technique challenge is to create a card with scraps from your layout projects. I pulled a few strips of paper from my Good Cheer scrap pile and made this striped sweater-inspired card:

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I always seem to have strips leftover, and by simply layering and distressing them, you can have a great card with interesting patterns and texture. My favorite part is the sentiment. I cut the name of the star paper by Elle’s Studio out of the selvedge edge and used it as my greeting. If that’s not using up your scraps, I don’t know what is!

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From all of us at Scrapbook Circle we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating, and a wonderful day if you’re not. One way or the other, be sure to check out our amazing sales this weekend! And find all the details on entering our challenge here. Have a great day!

Designer’s Choice: Double Page Layouts

Hiya! I love European Christmas markets. They are such magical places that really just encapsulate the spirit of the season. Last year, I visited the one in Basel, Switzerland. I took so many photos and wanted to get them all into one layout. So I harkened back to (what feels like) the old days of double page layouts.


I included 8 photos on this spread and an enlarged photo of the crown jewel of this particular Christmas market.


I loved how well the Good Cheer kit worked for these photos. And adding just two pieces of blue cardstock to the mix, made it that much more compatible.


I documented this trip via Instagram, so thinking of the page design in squares made it easier to figure out the configuration: a grid!


The embellishing was sprinkled in and around the page. Between the Good Cheer kit and the Count on It add-on, there were just so many great little embellishments to choose from. I love love loved those sheer snowflakes from Heidi Swapp.


And the Pinkfresh die cut pack had these great little slides which were the perfect way to frame out my journaling.


I’m so excited about how this page turned out! I really feel like it captures the colors and the mood of the Christmas market. Love it when a kit and photos match up so well!

If you make a double page layout, be sure to share it with us! Either in the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Group or on Instagram. Just tag @scrapbook_circle or include the hashtag #scrapbookcircle


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Take 2 with Jamie (and Gina!)

Hiya! This month I was assigned our Take 2 Challenge. Every month, we take an older layout from a team member and re-do our own or scrap lift someone else’s page. This month, I chose one of Gina’s pages from her Make it Happen gallery.


I loved getting to play with all of the patterned paper in the Good Cheer kit. There was such a great mix of both traditional Christmas colors and fun aqua blues and pinks.


As in Gina’s orignial page, I used my scraps to form a circle around my focal photo. And then I stitched everything down and embellished over top of it.


There were plenty of great little embellishments in the kit to add some texture and dimension to the page. The acrylic stars are always my favorites!


If you haven’t been look there already, there’s a ton of great inspiration in our Ideas Gallery. Every month we post up our layouts to show how we’ve worked with the kit. I’m constantly checking it and referring back to my favorites. Feel free to Pin any of the pages there.

Also, if you make a page using inspiration for the gallery, be sure to share it with us! Either in the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Group or on Instagram. Just tag @scrapbook_circle or include the hashtag #scrapbookcircle


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Designer’s Choice: Making do with a bad photo

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing some tips I have for scrapbooking lousy photos.

Here in Minnesota in the wintertime, lousy photos are all I take. We have about 7-8 hours of daylight in the winter, and it’s too cold to spend much time outdoors. As a result, I tend to make do with blurry, yellow photos. Still, I have stories to tell, so I scrap them anyway. Case in point: I wanted to record our holiday tradition of eating breakfast casserole before the boys open presents, but the photo wasn’t great, despite a lot of editing. Here’s what I did:

Do Not Open Until Breakfast by Jennifer LarsonHere’s what I did:

  1. First, I chose a background paper that contrasted the yellow in the photo. Too many warm tones would have exacerbated the color.
  2. Next, I stitched a frame around the photo to make it look quaint–but really, to distract from its ugliness.
  3. I lay the title across the photo to make the photo a part of the story but not its focus.
  4. I used the rest of the page to embellish with stitches and die cuts so that again, the eye wouldn’t stay smack dab on that unsightly photo.
  5. Finally, I covered part of the photo with embellishments. That’s right.

Here are some details in my effort to mask the ugly photo:

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Thank you for visiting! I hope you have some ideas for scrapbooking your less-than-stellar photos.

Designer Take: Jamie’s Holiday Card

The November technique challenge is to use your layout scraps for a holiday card. I asked creative team member Jamie to share with us her take on the challenge, and this is her gorgeous card:


A November cut file is the star of this show! Jamie filled the open spaces with scraps from her layouts.


Jamie also added a printable circle behind her sentiment. Way to use the digital elements of the Good Cheer kit, Jamie!

Are you ready to play along with the challenge? You still have a couple of weeks to make those layouts, scoop up your scraps and create some cards. Check out the original challenge post here for all the details. Have a great day!

Favorite December Photos – How to Get that Bokeh Shot

Last year I finally figured out how to take a photo of my Christmas tree with all the pretty bokeh lights. If you’ve ever wondered how to get the lights to show up like this let me tell you! You need a digital SLR to take this photo. And you have to turn off auto focus. Once you have the camera set to manual focus just adjust the lens until it blurs as much as you want and take your photo! This is my favorite photo from last year and Scrapbook Circle’s Good Cheer collection was perfect to document it.rk sc nov-10

I loved combining the clear stickers, sequins, tags, and exclusive Scrapbook Circle stars.

rk sc nov -40I’ll definitely be taking bokeh shots again this year! If you give it a try, share on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page! We would love to see!

🙂 Rebecca


Manufacturer Spotlight: Basic Grey

Scrapbook Circle kits always include a variety of manufacturers, and this month Good Cheer includes a bit of Basic Grey that we knew you’d love. I asked creative team member Rebecca to share with us how she used Basic Grey in the main kit to create a layout, and I joined in the Basic Grey love with a holiday card. But first, Rebecca’s fun layout (controversy-free!).

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Rebecca cut four 5×5 squares from Basic Grey patterned papers and created this cute grid. Two squares for the title, one for the journaling, and one for a photo. Easy-peasy! The machine stitching gives it great texture and added detail. And don’t those papers look great with the red cup?

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These gold glitter dipped tags are also Basic Grey. Perfect for journaling or gifts!

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In the Count on It add-on, there is a package of Basic Grey Juniper Berry embellishments – washi tape, jingle bells, cording and twine, plus sequins. I used a little bit of everything to create this Christmas card:

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I used the gold twine to string jingle bells across my card front. If you tilt the card side to side, they slide back and forth and make a sweet tinkling sound!

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If you haven’t yet, take a tour of the creative team gallery to find more Basic Grey goodness in this month’s projects. And be sure to share with us what you’ve been up to on our Facebook page. Have a great day!

Circle Round-up: Holiday spirit

This month’s Circle Round-up provides fabulous inspiration for the holiday products in the November kit. Here’s it is:


And here’s my page, a two-page layout about our last holiday visitor, and Australian Shepherd named Reggie:

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Like the circle inspiration, the red paper captures the most attention. The green strip in the middle and a wee strip on the right ground the brightness of the red a bit more. The shimmer is here and there–the WOOF sparkles, as do the stars and tiny sequin. For the add-on, I trimemd the tops off the Seven holiday journaling cards to anchor the photo strip. Here’s some details:

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Thank you for visiting today! I hope you have some ideas to use this inspirational Circle Round-up. Please share what you create on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.