Archive for February, 2016

February’s Telephone Game Challenge

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, and I’m here to share the second installment of the Telephone Game Challenge. It was described last month by Jaimie Leija (you can read the whole post here), but in a nutshell, like the telephone game we played as children, we are taking the whispered “telephone call”–inspiration from the previous month’s layout–and passing the message we heard on to the next in line with a page inspired by the first. Here’s Jamie’s page from last month:

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I was inspired by the layered numbers and the mixed gold lettering in the title. We had no big numbers in this month’s kit, but there were a lot of numbers between the main and the add-ons, so I used the biggest numbers to inspire my story of my boys and their life so far as brothers. Since we had such wonderful mixes of patterned paper this month, I cut them in circles, layered them in a couple spots, and stitched them down. Finally, I used the gold dipped letters for my title. Here’s my page:

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Here are some of the details:

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You can see the layered circle and the numbered journaling that I did here, inspired by Jamie.

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And here you can see the gold in the title, again inspired by Jamie!

Thank you for visiting! Next month come back to see what the next in line for the telephone challenge, Gina Lideros, has made! And if you take inspiration from any step in the challenge, please share what you did on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page!

February Sketch Challenge Winner

Hello everyone!

Thanks to all of you who played along this month with the sketch challenge. We had some fun pages this month!

Bev

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Fiona

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Sandi

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Giorgia

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This month’s random winner is … Fiona! Fiona, send an email to Lisa [at] ScrapbookCircle.com and let her know you won the February sketch challenge. She’ll hook you up!

It is also with a heavy heart that I announce this is my last post for Scrapbook Circle. I have enjoyed working with Lisa and her creative teams for more than 6 years! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, and at the same time I can’t remember a time when Scrapbook Circle wasn’t a part of this amazing industry for me. It was the first kit club I joined. This was where I met some of my dearest and closest friends.

Keep on gettin’ crafty, ladies! I have loved seeing your pages and projects all of these years.

Best wishes!

Designer Take: Tessa’s Heart Strings

Our current technique challenge is called “Heart Strings“, inspired by the My Mind’s Eye patterned paper from the Only You kit. The challenge is to include a heart on your layout that is stitched in some way. I joined in on the fun, too:

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I copied the stitched hearts from the patterned paper by making my own – very large – stitched heart background.

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First, I drew a heart lightly in pencil. Next, I pierced holes evenly around the heart. Last, I stitched back and forth across the heart with three different shades of pink embroidery floss.

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Are you ready to play along? You can find the original challenge details here. Good luck and happy scrapping!

 

Designer’s Choice: Love List

I loved this heart paper! I love the high contrast and the imperfect hearts. I thought it would make a great backdrop for my “love list” aka my family in 2016. I did something similar in 2014 and thought, since my family has changed a bit (lost a cat, gained a dog) it’s important to document. You can’t take anyone for granted!

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I made this a bit more whimsical by cutting my photos out with a circle punch.

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And since the background was so busy, I only used a few spare embellishments.

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If you make your own love list, 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

Cheers,

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One Item Wonder – Scrapbook Circle Exclusive Printable

Hi Everyone! Rebecca here with this month’s OIW (One Item Wonder). This month I was tasked with focusing on the exclusive Scrapbook Circle Printable. The printable is a free download that is available with your monthly kit purchase. The printable is a pdf that is designed specifically to coordinate with each month’s kit. This month’s kit Only You features lots of love and heart designs and the printable perfectly matches! I challenged myself to come up with a layout that featured every piece of the printable and here is what I came up with.

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The printable is perfect for creating a layout with color blocking because all the pieces perfectly match and go well with the rest of the kit.

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I love the different sizes of the cards in the printable.rk SC close ups january2016 (2 of 7)

 

Some I cut out individually and others I leave together as one long piece.rk SC close ups january2016 (3 of 7)I created a little video to show how I like to use the printable.

Have you been using the printable this month? Share on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page! We would love to see!

:) Rebecca

Take 2 with Rebecca

Hey everyone! I’m here with this month’s Take 2 where we scrap lift either another Scrapbook Circle designer or one of our own layouts. I have been wanting to do a version of Scrapbook Circle owner, Lisa Andrews’ layout from the January 2015 kit forever! I love the 4 quadrant design and the hearts, and I heard that she uses her 6×6 pads for this type of layout because then the hearts and the squares all perfectly coordinate. I think that is genius!

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Here is my take on Lisa’s fun layout.

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Lisa told me that she cut her hearts by hand and used the cut out pieces of 6×6 paper as windows with her photos put behind. I decided to be lazy and use my manual die cut machine and a nested heart die. I cut the 6×6 patterned papers into 4×4 squares. Then I die cut the largest size hearts from different patterned papers. Finally I die cut my photos into the next largest size.

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I machine stitched around the squares and the hearts have faux embossed stitching.

 

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I layered some stickers and embellishments and used number stickers to number my squares, the first was my title and the next three clockwise around the page were my three favorite C’s, camera, coffee and crafts (sometimes the order changes!).
rk SC close ups january2016 (7 of 7)Whether you hand cut windows like Lisa did or manual die cut layers like I did, I highly recommend this fun grid format layout of hearts! I will definitely be doing it again!

:) Rebecca

 

sparkly pink on a masculine page? a design team choice.

When I was designing this page about my Father’s birthday I didn’t think twice about adding pops of pink and sparkle–I LOVE how it turned out actually:

DianaWbirthdayboyAnd to be truthful, I honestly think he wouldn’t care! 😉  I personally know for me sometimes I just need to get over what I think is “correct” or “kosher” and just go with the mood of creation.  I felt liberated actually on completion of this page–it was FUN!  That is part of the beauty of scrapbooking–get over the phobia of what is “correct” and just create–it’s a memory you are trying to preserve!

We would LOVE to see any creations that you have made using any of our Scrapbook Circle kits–please feel free to share your creations on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram @scrapbook_circle.

Be Real – MOON DANCE

Hi there stargazers!  This is Jenni here sharing my Be Real layout using the February ‘Only You’ Main kit and the ‘Date Night’ Add-on.

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Inspired by this amazing green marbled paper from Crate Paper, I created a page that turned out to be my favorite from the month!  These Instagram photos are from a night we were looked at the moon through the telescope and were the other reason I chose this pattern.  I loved the paper, but thought it was almost too powerful as a full sheet, but I still wanted to use it all around the page.

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Using a range of circle punches from 2.5″ to a confetti punch, I punched lots of various pieces from the paper.  I arranged them into a very loose large circle that I traced onto a piece of plain cardstock.  I added these amazing iridescent Foil Alpha stickers from Studio Calico that looked perfect for a layout about stargazing, or moon gazing!

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I added a strip of paper under my photos and a couple of the puffy stickers from Heidi Swapp.  Finally I scattered some other glitter stickers and a couple metal clips from We R Memory Keepers around and stitched through all of it in a very loose circle.  I had two photos from the night, but the second photo wasn’t very good, except for the moon, so layering them on top of each other let that part show and gave it some dimension and interest.

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I hope this inspired you to use a patterned paper in a creative way!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and have an amazing weekend!

 

February Technique Challenge: Heart Strings

The Only You kit includes a patterned paper by My Mind’s Eye called “Heart Strings”.

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Inspired by this patterned paper, the technique challenge this month is to create a layout featuring a stitched heart. Hand stitching, machine stitching, big hearts, little hearts, or even just “faux” stitching by using the patterned paper – these are all great ways to add some “heart strings” to your next layout. For your inspiration, I asked creative team member Jenni to share with us her take on the challenge:

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Jenni used the “Heart Strings” patterned paper like a frame on her layout.

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What makes this layout really special, though, is how Jenni strung strings across her background. The thread gives the page amazing texture!

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Are you ready to play along? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout featuring stitched hearts. The Only You kit is perfect for the challenge, but any materials will do. Traditional and hybrid layouts only, please.

2. Post your layout to your blog, a gallery, or our Facebook page.

3. Comment below with a direct link to your post.

4. Enter by Wednesday, March 2nd, 9:00 pm Pacific time. The randomly selected winner will be posted on Thursday, March 3rd.

5. If you are a subscriber and/or in the United States, you could win this Simple Stories Life Documented kit! International friends are welcome to play along for a $20.00 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store.

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Good luck and happy scrapping!

Winner: February Trend Challenge

I marveled at your marble layouts! Thank you for joining our trend challenge this month! A random player was selected and the winner of the autographed Dear Lizzy tote from CHA is…

JANET

…with a layout she created using her own stash:

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Congratulations, Janet! Please email me at tessa@scrapbookcircle.com with your contact information.

Stay tuned! The February technique challenge is on its way and you’re going to LOVE it!