Archive for April, 2016

all my heart – April Add-On

Hi there crafty friends!  This year, I have moved into a new position within our Design Team, as Blog Coordinator and not as a designer.  However, I am still documenting our family’s story and every once in a while, will contribute the the Blog posts.  Today, I am sharing a layout I made using the ‘Stay Cool’ Add-on, which is so yummy, it should be edible!

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The beautiful fringe hearts from Maggie Holmes & Crate Paper are one of my favorite embellishments in a long while!  It took every bit of my self restraint to NOT hoard these lovelies and use them all on one layout.  I started with a light wash using color shine onto the white paper with tiny black dots.  I didn’t trim off the hot pink branding strip, instead keeping it as a border between 2 patterned papers.

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The mint corrugated paper that is part of the main kit is a perfect accompaniment to the texture in the hearts.  I cut tiny slits along the corrugated lines to add even more texture.  I also added a few pieces of washi from Pinkfresh Studio, also part of the Add-on under each of the hearts.  These adhesive brads from Simple Stories made a perfect accent with black, white and a hot pink heart.

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I hope you are lucky enough to snag this Add-on…it is chock full of goodies!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope you have an amazing day!

Be Real with Rebecca

Ok, confession time. I did not finish my 2015 Project Life album. Insert shocked gasps here. I know, I am the worst. And then I didn’t start 2016 either and that’s when I knew there was a problem. It had gotten to be too much and had become a chore and I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. But my kids LOVE looking back at those albums. So, what to do? I decided with this assignment to re-think (once again) what Project Life or pocket page scrapbooking means to me. I decided it means getting my phone or everyday photos into an album. And I decided that album did not NEED to be 12×12. Since I am using my phone photos and most of those print well at 3×4 or 4×4, I decided a 6×8 album was best. So I grabbed a Simple Stories 6×8 album, the Scrapbook Circle kit and got to work.

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I love this page protector and will probably use it a lot for my album. I used the 6×6 paper pad from this month’s Scrapbook Circle add on to fill a bunch of the squares.

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Having coordinating embellishments in the kit makes pulling these spreads together quick and fun!

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And in just a couple of pages (and in not much time at all) I was able to complete March! Some of the planner supplies like the Simple Stories clips were perfect for these spreads too!

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I used the 12×12 papers from the kit too. They were perfect for monthly dividers that I made in 6×8 sleeves. This is my “cover page.” I love the exclusive Scrapbook Circle acrylic word and adhered it right to the outside of my pocket page.

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This is one of the monthly dividers. I used the PinkFresh washi strips on top of the fun patterned papers.

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And some of the larger embellishments were perfect on these divider pages too!IMG_7788

So if you are anything like me…before you give up on a project, think about what you like, what is making you crazy and what you could do differently that would make the project seem more do-able! There are no rules here! One thing is certain though…Scrapbook Circle kits make ANY project more fun! 🙂rk sc april 3Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Tech Tip: Fringe Heart

Hi everyone, Gina here today to share a new tech tip with you!  Inspired by the Crate paper fringe hearts in the Stay Cool add-on kit this month, I decided to create my own fringe heart using the beautiful patterned papers from the One Fine Day kit.  To create my fringe heart, I first opened Silhouette Studio and downloaded a file from their store called 4 Seamless Fringe Borders by Lori Whitlock.  Next, I chose my favorite fringe design from the set and placed it on my design page.

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Next, I chose different papers from the kit and cut them out one by one.  If you don’t have a die cut machine, you can create your own fringe pieces by using fringe scissors, a paper trimmer or regular scissors. Note: the corrugated paper included in the kit was too thick to put through my machine, so I hand cut that one myself.

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Next, open up your favorite heart design or shape of your choice, resize it to your liking.

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Cut out your design on a scrap piece of cardstock paper.  Carefully layer your fringe paper strips one by one until your cut out shape is filled and adhere down.  Use scissors to cut off excess pieces.

 

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Next, use a sewing machine to stitch any loose fringe layers down and adhere to your layout.  Embellish with your favorite stickers and pieces. I loved the colorful papers and “Live Colorfully” die cut word so much that I decided to paint my background paper with watercolors.

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We would LOVE to see any of your creations using our Scrapbook Circle kits, please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @scrapbook_circle.

 

1 Product 2 Ways – Fancy Pants Corrugated Paper

Hello everyone!  Another week, another Product for us to feature with two talented designers.  I asked Rebecca and Allie to find a creative way to use the mint Corrugated Paper from Fancy Pants in the April ‘One Fine Day’ kit.

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Rebecca created this layout full of eye candy, grounded with the corrugated paper.  This is what she had to say about her project:

“I cut it into squares to create a grid background.  I had the lines of the corrugation running in two different directions for interest.
I added photos and embellishments on top.  I put a tiny bit of adhesive on a corner of each of the squares and then stitched them into place.”

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I love the pieces of paper that Rebecca chose to punch from the various patterned papers.  The way she cropped each pattern, is an embellishment in itself.

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 Allie’e page also used the corrugated paper in smaller doses, using hearts instead of squares.  Here is what Allie said:

“Normally I would use the corrugated paper as a layering piece to add dimension behind my photo. Instead, I decided to highlight the corrugated paper throughout my page by using it as an embellishment. I used a heart punch to create several hearts, then placed them randomly throughout the layout.  I used a sewing machine and zigzag stitch to adhere them to the page. Next, I curled the hearts up around the stitching for added dimension.  Instead of hiding behind a group of layers, the corrugated paper pops off the page!”

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Both designers used similar embellishments and titles, and of course their use of the corrugated paper is somewhat similar, but the outcomes are so different.  They are both full of detail, color and HAPPYness! 🙂

I know these beautiful projects will inspire some creations of your own.  Share them with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog and have an amazing day!

April Challenge: No Pocket? No Problem!

The challenge this month is to create a traditional layout (not a pocket page) using 3×4 or 4×6 pocket cards. Inspired by the “Sending You Love” patterned paper in the main kit, One Fine Day, I cut out one of each size and created this layout:

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The “today” card became part of my title (Today Bows). It was my favorite card on the entire sheet of paper, so I that’s where I started when I began pulling items from the main kit and add-ons to make my page.

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I used a 4×6 card like background patterned paper. The yellow bokeh print was just the burst of color I needed.

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Are you a fan of pocket cards? Ready to add one or two (or more!) to a traditional layout? There’s still time to play along for a $20 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store. Find all the details for entering on the original challenge post here. Good luck and happy scrapping!

Designer’s Choice: Lucky

Hi everyone, Allie here today sharing a layout I created using a circle punch and the fun patterns from the April One Fine Day Kit and the Stay Cool Add-On kit!

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Creating this layout was eay easier than it looks! I cut a circle out from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I traced the circle onto a scratch piece of paper, then covered it with adhesive from a tape runner. I punched circles from as many papers as I could, and adhered them to the paper, making sure the entire circle was covered. I wasn’t super careful about making them perfectly straight and even. Once the circle was covered, I placed the white cardstock with the negative of the circle over it, creating a fun background to work with.

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I added my photo to the middle of the paper, along with the acrylic title and phrase stickers. I didn’t want to add very much because I loved the way the scallops looked and didn’t want to cover them up.

This was a great way to use the fun patterns included in this kit, and using a shape punch made it quick and easy. I hope you were inspired by this technique! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Designer’s choice: using punches

Hey guys!  I hope you’re having a lovely day!  Today, I’ve got a layout to share with you utilizing a lot of my paper punches.  I used to love paper punches, and used them on every layout…but when I reorganized my craft room almost a year ago, I moved them to a bottom drawer and kind of forgot about them.  I’m so glad I dug them out again, because I have fallen in love with them all over again!

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Heres how I created my layout:

1.  I adhered my photo square and my journaling onto a piece of white cardstock that I had already trimmed down to about 11 x 11.

2.  I adhered and sewed the white cardstock to a piece of striped pattern paper.

3.  Using my punches, I punched out bits and pieces of patterned paper from the dear lizzy 6×6 paper pad.

4.  I embellished my layout in a diagonal pattern from bottom left to upper right.

5.  I added the HAPPY title.

6.  I embellished the layout a bit further using decorative brads, puffy sequin stickers, the happiness found flag, and a date stamp.

Do you have scrapbooking supplies that you’ve forgotten about?  Are you/ were you as punch obsessed as I was?  If so, dig them all out, and give them some love on your next layout!

I hope you like my layout!  Have a wonderful day!

LIVE colorfully – Guest Designer Missy Whidden

Hello everyone!  Our April Guest Designer Missy Whidden has outdone herself with this layout!  I absolutely love her style, which is so much more loose and artsy and everything that comes harder for me, and Missy makes look easy and intuitive!  She truly makes the simplest techniques look amazing using the April ‘One Fine Day’ main kit, the ‘Stay Cool’ Add-on, and the Now or Never’ Add-on.

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Missy made another video of her creative process and you can click HERE to see it!

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Here is what Missy had to say about her layout:

“I wanted to create a bright and fun layout, so I decided to create a fun frame with all the pretty Pinkfresh Studio washi tape.  I cut apart the Webster’s Pages sheet and used a few of the 3×4 cards to add to the right side of the layout.  The Dear Lizzy die cut phrase was the perfect title.  The colors all coordinate and work so well together!  I added some clear gesso to my background and came in with some watercolors.  I used a lot of blue on the background to balance out all the pinks.  I added lots of machine stitching, one of those gorgeous Crate Paper stitched hearts, and some Elle’s Studio Bits & Pieces.  I finished it off with a few of the Dear Lizzy sentiment stickers and a few of the Simple Stories Bradz.”

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Here is a little Q&A with Missy about her style and process:

 

1.  In three words, describe your scrapbooking style…?

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2.  Do you set aside time to scrapbook, or do you get creative when the feeling strikes?

      I usually have time set aside each day to work on projects.  If I’m filming for a process video, I try to work during the day.  If the creative bug strikes, I’ll stay up late to finish a project, but I prefer to work when I have lots of natural light in my craft room.

3.  What is the one thing you do when you feel lacking in creativity??

     When I’m in a creative slump, I will surf Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration.  There are so many amazing scrappers out there, and I almost always find someone else’s work that inspires me.  I also look back through my own layouts and try to scraplift myself.

 

We are SO thankful to Missy for sharing her innovative techniques and talent with us the month!  Make sure you catch her process video!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog and have an amazing day!

Planner Kit: Gina’s April Pages

Did you get a chance to check out the new planner kit this month – Plan on It!

I love the mix of manufacturers and products in this kit!

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For this spread I am using my Heidi Swapp planner.  I like to use this planner for work and personal use.  I used the April planner kit along with pieces from the main kit and the Stay Cool and Now or Never add-on kits to embellish my pages.

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I created an insert pocket by taking paper from the main kit, folding it in half, cutting it down to size and then using a hole punch to punch four holes on the left hand side.  The top of the pocket is open and I used it to place a tag inside.

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On the backside of my pocket, I embellished it by adding a Crate paper fringe heart and  washi tape embellishments and brad sticker.

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On the right hand side of my spread, I added washi tape pieces, stickers, journaling and suede tassels.  Adding cute tassels and bows and paperclips to my planner is always part of my pages.  I love having lots of cute pieces peeking out.

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Head on over to the Scrapbook Circle shop to pick up your planner kit today!

Tech tip, bakers twine.

In the One Fine Day kit there is a bit of Baker’s twine, I used to think Baker’s twine was tricky to include on pages.  I decided I was going to make it work!  For this layout I added a “wadded up” bunch to the edge of my page:DianaWHappyTogether

here is a closeup of how I attached my twine:

As you can see I used my tiny attacher and just stapled the twine to my page, easy peasy!

We would LOVE to see any of your creations using our Scrapbook Circle kits, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @scrapbook_circle.