Archive for March, 2016

Good bye from Jennifer Larson

This was my last month with Scrapbook Circle. I’ve enjoyed my time on the team and have been truly inspired by the products for these past 20 months. Here are some of my favorite pages from the past two years:

In the Waters by Jennifer Larson

I fell in love with all the 6×6 paper pads in the add-ons, which make it easy to add bits of color.

In Stitches by Jennifer Larson

The die cut packs make it easy to create layers under photos!

The Cat that Worshipped Poseidon by Jennifer Larson

The color schemes in the kits make it easy to create cohesive pages.

The Story of Motion by Jennifer Larson

I love making two page layouts. Plenty of supplies in the Scrapbook Circle kits to do that!

Freehouse Fun by Jennifer Larson

Dimensional accents in the kits also made it easy and fun to layer and cluster embellishments.

Summer Bucket List 2015 by Jennifer Larson

Finally, I love how even the patterned paper was fun enough to cut out and make into embellishments!

Thank you for letting me share some of my favorite pages from the past (almost) two years! Please visit me at Midwest Scrapgarden where I share my pages and other hobbies (reading, cross-stitching, and gardening). I am also around at Write Click Scrapbook and Simple Scrapper. Take care!

Good bye from Jamie Leija

Hiya! This is my last post for Scrapbook Circle. Several weeks ago, I found out I wouldn’t be returning to the team. I was sad at first but I think this was the right time. I’ve been part of the team for 20 months and in that time made so many of my favorite pages. I put together a small slideshow to share them with you all.

 

I may not be sharing here any longer but you can still find me at my blog: www.jamieleija.com and over at Elle’s Studio and Simple Scrapper. I’ve also started a new creative account on Instagram, so you can see all of my latest creations at jamie_makes. Please say hello!

It’s been fun! And I hope, in some small way, that I’ve managed to inspire you,  or prompted you to go sit at your scrap table, or write a story, or play with your photos.

I’ll leave you with one final message, delivered of course in scrapbook form 🙂

Remember friends, always…

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Cheers,
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One Item Wonder | Maggie Holmes Clear Stickers

Hi friends!  Jenni here sharing one of our last posts for March, a One Item Wonder using the Maggie Holmes clear stickers from Crate Paper.  The March kit ‘Oh Happy Day’ is full of lots of colors, but because of the theme, I decided to stick with black, white and bright pink.

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I wanted to leave a pretty large area blank because I intended to use the stickers in combination with my own writing to do the journaling.  I love the current handwriting and calligraphy trend, especially combining script and block letters.

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After creating a strip on the right side for my photo and some embellishments, I added lots of watercolor onto the seam where all the papers met.

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I knew basically what I wanted to write, and the words and phrases from the sticker package helped jump start that thought as well!  I did write it down beforehand to try to plan out how much space I would need and how many of the stickers I would be using.  The theme of the sticker sheet was obviously perfect for a page about flowers from my Valentine!

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Part of me hated not hoarding the stickers and spreading them out, but at the same time, it was fun to make a big impact!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today.  I hope this inspired you to use your stickers to help tell your story!

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March Challenge: Green with Envy

Spring has definitely sprung here in northern California. What about your part of the world? I’ve got friends with snow who are a little envious of all my green scenery. If you’re still waiting for Spring, what better way to count down to green by joining our March challenge? And if Spring is everywhere you look, celebrate by playing along! The challenge is simply to feature the color green in a layout. I asked creative team member Jamie to share with us her take on the challenge:

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Jamie started with green cardstock for her background. Tip: Use a shade of green slightly darker than the green in your photos. Doing so makes the photos pop!

1603Mar-Friends-03Jamie decided on the butterfly motif because the page is about her social butterfly and butterflies make an appearance in Spring. She used a combination of a Martha Stewart punch and a Silhouette cut file.

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Jamie loved the die-cut spirals from Pinkfresh Studio in the kit, and she used them as butterfly trails. The movement and whimsy they give her layout is so fun!

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You still have time to join us for the challenge! Find all the details for playing along here, on the original challenge blog post. Have a wonderful day!

Designer’s choice: Using lines

I am a fairly linear scrapbooker, and one way that makes it easy for me to design pages is using lines. Here’s a page where the entire layouts is built around lines:

Why Hello Water by Jennifer Larson

Here’s how I used lines on the page as I designed it:

  1. I made the patterned paper base horizontally linear, the bottom 2/3 one color, and the upper 1/3 another pattern.
  2. Around the top 1/3, I added strips of patterned paper and washi.
  3. I added the photos in a line; the embellishments lying over them are also linear.
  4. The banners are in a line too, and I stitched them down to overlap them and the photos with a line of stitches.
  5. The title is also stitched over in several lines, as is the embellishment cluster on the top.
  6. The top embellishment cluster uses a tag and word strip that are linear.
  7. Finally, the journaling strips on the bottom finish the lines.

Scrapbooking using lines from the top of the page to the bottom is an easy and visually pleasing way to create a page. I tend to use horizontal lines, but the same thing can be done with vertical lines too. Try it out!

Best Of…Jenni Calma – Looking Back!

Hi everyone and  Happy Friday!  All this month, the design team has been sharing a few of their favorite projects from the past year.  I love looking back at previous creations!  It can be so inspiring  and a great way to get some creative mojo by looking back!

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I normally don’t go for floral, leaning more towards graphic papers, but this blue and white floral paper from Crate Paper inspired my to paint them, fussy cut and make a colorful border along the large photo.

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All of the travel themed pieces from the ‘Atlas’ Pink Paislee collection were perfect for documenting our trip to Universal Studios!

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These before and after photos of my kids made me think of a clock and inspired me to make a large pie, pieced together with paper, embellishments and photos.

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The vibrant colors from Pinkfresh Studio & Elle’s Studio had to be the focus, so I printed my photo in black and white.

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I cut this bright patterned paper from Bell Blvd. into strips and added clouds I punched and painted, since it reminded me of a rainbow.

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Finally, I chose this page from December where I arranged strips of different papers into a loose tree form, thinking the numbers at the bottom like the trunk.

Well, thanks for letting my share a few of my favorites and for stopping by the Blog today!  Have an amazing weekend!

 

 

 

 

Tech Tip: Stitching titles

Sometimes I want a title in a particular color, but I don’t have any products in that color. In that case, I revert to my other hobby, cross-stitching, for help.

First, I look for a pattern: stickers, stamps, or chipboard from past kits. I trace the letters in pencil onto my page.

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Next, I take a paper piercer and poke holes about 1/4″ apart. Then I erase the lines.

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Finally, I pick a DMC color that matches the kit. Since I’m a cross-stitcher as well, I have every color. If you’re not, the skeins are pretty cheap! It’s pretty inexpensive to collect what you need.

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When I stitch on paper, I use about 3 strands. I use a backstitch to make the title letters. (You can find directions on how to backstitch here.)

Learn the Code by Jennifer Larson

And here’s my final page! It was fairly quick and easy to add some custom color and type to my page.

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I just LOVED our exclusive digital file cuts this month.  The Hey There cut really spoke to me and I was FINALLY able to scrap these pictures from 2012!DianaWheythere

Because of the fantastic pattern paper and embellishments included in this month’s kit; “Oh Happy Day” I decided to cut my title work in plain cream card stock.  I love that the lighter color just pops letting the title shine.

We would love to see your creations using our digital file cuts, and/or any Scrapbook Circle kit.  Please feel free to share them on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @scrapbook_circle!

Take Two with Rebecca

I was excited to be assigned a Take Two post this month! I love scraplifting other Scrapbook Circle designers because their layouts are amazing! Check out this one by Jamie Leija.1601Jan-HappyPlace00ONLINE

I loved the small circular photos and the big mixed font title. So here is my take on Jamie’s layout.

rk sc march-30I switched it up a little by turning the circles into hearts using my Lawn Fawn hearts dies.

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I used a mix of Thickers and the Scrapbook Circle acrylic word for my title.

rk sc march-31Thanks so much for the inspiration, Jamie! I love this layout thanks to your fabulous design!

🙂 Rebecca

 

 

Create a Quick Layout Background

Hello! Today I want to share a tip for creating a quick custom layout background using 6X6 paper. For my layout, I decided that I wanted to mix a few different patterned papers for a backdrop of my page. I hadn’t cut into any of my March Oh Happy Day 12X12 paper yet and I didn’t want to cut them into pieces in case I wanted whole sheets for other layouts. The good news was that the Beautiful Day add-on this month included a 6X6 paper pad from Elle’s Studio. I think cutting up those 6X6 papers is a perfect way to mix several patterns on one page without needing to cut those bigger 12X12 paper.

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I just flipped through the paper stack and pull out a few of my favorites. Several of the papers had a black and white color scheme and then a couple had some pops of color. Too many colors and patterns would be distracting to the page, so sticking to a bunch of black and white paper helped the background have a nice feel to it.

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After selecting the paper, I just hand cut strips with scissors and layered them together on the page. It really was a super fast way to create a fun background on the page! After the background was glued down, it was fun to layer my photo plus kit embellishments on the page. Let me know if you try creating your own custom background of out patterned paper!