Archive for May, 2016

Exclusive Content: May Sneak Peeks

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends! Did you know that as a subscriber to our kits, you receive a pdf full of exclusive content? Every month there is a mood board inspired by the main kit, a special sketch designed with kit elements in mind, and a tutorial for an extra-special project! While we aim to please here on the blog every day, the exclusive content is the cream of the crop and we’re excited to be getting such positive praise from our subscribers so far. Want a sneak peek of May’s exclusive content?

Creative team member Kelly created a fabulous layout based on the May sketch:

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Claudia’s tutorial will help you dress up everything from layouts to packaging:

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And Diana’s take on the May mood board made me want to break out my kit the moment I laid eyes on it:

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If you love what you see here on the blog and want even more – delivered directly to your inbox and printable for having right at your work space – consider subscribing. And if you’re already a subscriber, do you have an idea for a tutorial? What would you like our creative team to teach you? Let us know in the comments and have a fabulous day!

1 Product 2 Ways – Pink Paislee Fancy Free Tags

Hello everyone!  Before we start sharing June projects, we have one final ‘1 Product 2 Ways’ post to feature from the May ‘Here & Now’ kit!  This week I asked Neela and Allie to use the Pink Paislee ‘Fancy Free’ Tags by Paige Evans in a creative way for their projects.

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Neela used this gorgeous large photo and here is what she had to say about her process:

“I loved every tag in this little package. I wanted to use them all. So I decided to use a giant photo and layer all the tags to showcase all the pretty designs on top of the photo. I used one tag to type my journaling on it. Just be aware that the surface of the tags are slick. You can write on them with a slick writer or type on them. I decided to use my printer and print my journaling on the tags. My advice for you would be, after printing, let it sit for a bit and dry out completely before you handle it. I then used more of the tags at the bottom corner and top corner to draw your eye across the page. I added a few more embellishments from the May kit and that completed my layout.”

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Allie used the tags in a completely different way, giving us so much eye candy!

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Allie described her process below:

“I loved all the tags so much and wanted to use as many as possible! I used the tags to build a grid-style layout. I built my layout around the tags, adding the title and photos after the tags had been placed. I tried to do a little something different with each tag. They’re all so pretty!”

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Instead of using  a tag, as a tag or by itself, both Design Team members used these tags in bulk!  There is something satisfying about using lots of embellishments on one project, probably because it frees up your stash to buy more! 😉  Share your use of tags or check out the other posts on the Facebook Community Scrapbook Circle of Friends!

Thanks for stopping by today today and have an amazing start to your June!

Designer’s Choice: Love This

Hello there! It’s Allie here today and I have a fun layout to share using the May Here & Now kit and the Bloom & Grow embellishment add-on. As soon as I saw the Fancy Free patterned paper with the squares, I was so inspired! I knew I wanted to cut it up, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the squares. I arranged them on my paper until I was happy with the look. Here’s what I came up with!

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I sewed down the squares to look more quilt-like, then added my photo and embellishments. The layout seemed very busy to me, so I trimmed down the quilt part and placed it at an angle on a piece of white cardstock.

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Whenever I’m unhappy with a layout, I try and change perspectives. I will often move the whole thing up, down, to the side, or at an angle. It’s the littlest of changes that can make a big difference! Thanks for joining me today!

Designer’s Choice: Selfie Fun

Hello! Welcome back to the blog. It’s Claudia here with you and today I will be sharing my designer’s choice layout using this month’s Here & Now kit. I love this kit so much, everything about it is exactly my style and it’s just so fun and colorful. I’m using white cardstock for my background but I always like to add some sort of patterned paper to the background so it doesn’t look as plain. For this layout I decided on this gorgeous piece of paper from the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection that came in the kit because it adds a nice pop of color but the paper isn’t too busy. I then cut another small strip off of the same paper and used the other side to add a pop of pink.

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I’m using multiple photos on this layout, which is something I don’t do all that often. I tend to struggle a bit if my photo takes up a lot of space on the layout so I like to get my photos printed in a smaller size so I can use multiple photos without them taking up a lot of space. I use Photoshop to put my photos in a collage before I get them printed, but I’m sure there’s free software out there too that allows you to do the same thing.

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Layering is one of my favorite things so of course I had to do it on this layout too. I really like to tear off the edges of my layers, I find that it makes it look really interesting. There’s not really a way to mess that up, but if you wan’t to make sure you don’t tear off too much of your paper – you can just use a ruler to keep the tearing within ‘boundaries’.

 

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I love the thicker set that came in this month’s add on kit because it’s so colorful but I’m not really a thicker person so I always try to think of other ways to use up my thickers. On this layout I used them for layering behind my photo which on top of adding some nice dimension also adds a nice pop of color.

 

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I added a short title on top of my photos to add an extra pop of color there to make the layout look more balanced. The last thing I did was add some gold splatters using the Heidi Swapp Color Shine from my stash. I think adding splatters (of any kind) are a great way finish a project.

I also have a process video up on my Youtube channel where you can see how I created this layout from start to finish;

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope that I was able to inspire you in some way. I hope you will have a scrappy weekend! :)

Jane – Guest Designer Paige Evans

Hi there Fancy friends!   It’s Friday!  And it is time to share the second project from our May Guest Designer, Paige Evans!  She created this layout using the ‘Here & Now’  May kit, full of her collection from Pink Paislee, Fancy Free!  We have been so lucky to have Paige inspire us this month, and this layout clearly shows why she is the master of paper manipulation!

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Here is what Paige had to say about her design process:

“I love the corrugated white paper and decided to use it as the background of my layout! I started by die cutting a large “J” for “Jane” outline from Fancy Free paper #6 (the one with all the little patterned squares) and then stitched it to the center of the background. Next I hand cut a bunch of the faux washi tape crosses from the Bloom collection “Blossom” paper and adhered them along with sequins inside the “J”. Then I created two embellishment clusters – one on the bottom right with a photo and journaling in the white space, and the other cluster on the top left. To finish I dropped watercolors over the clusters to break up the even lines and draw the eye all around the page.”
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It would never occur to me to use patterned paper in this way, not to mention her amazing sewing skills!  Her pages are truly works of paper art that have solidified her style in the scrapbooking world!

Thank you Paige for hanging with us this month and good luck with your collection!  Thanks to all of you for stopping by the Blog today.  Make sure you pop over tho the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Community page on Facebook and share your projects and comments with us!  Have an amazing weekend!

 

Quick and Simple Project Life Pages – Add On 2

I love using Scrapbook Circle kits for my Project Life pages because everything coordinates so well. The second Add On was perfect for this because of all the 4×6 and 3×4 journaling cards and smaller elements included. I am still enjoying the 6×8 format that I chose for this year. Check out my previous blog post HERE to see why I moved to 6×8. We had a fun trip last month and I had a blast popping in photos along with Scrapbook Circle papers and embellishments to document it.

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Layered to create your own unique 3×4 elements is so fun!rk sc pl 2

Just like last month, I used the 12 x 12 papers in the kit to create 6×8 monthly title pages.rk sc pl 3

 

The mini Heidi Swapp stickers are perfect for card titles or journaling.rk sc pl 4 jpeg

The Elle’s Studio Cards are perfect for Project Life.

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There were some 3×4 shaped die cuts in the Pink Paislee ephemera pack too. I was sure to make the most of those for some handwritten journaling!rk sc pl 6

 

Project Life is just one way to use the second add on for May’s Scrapbook Circle Kit. How do you use your add ons?

:) Rebecca

Tech Tip: no commitment stickers

Hey friends!  As my title suggests, today, I have a tech tip: no commitment stickers to share with you.  I don’t know about you, but my scrapbook process is basically pushing paper and embellishments around until I like where it lands.  I’m also indecisive and change my mind often, so I try things out in different locations, take pictures on my iPhone, and then decide which I like best.  Glueing is the very last step of my process!  Unfortunately, stickers kind of hinder that process since they already have adhesive on them.

I’ve got a few tricks that can help:

1.  Remove the tackiness on stickers using powder tools, or anti static bags.  I have 2 different kinds.  One is a small cloth bag filled with powder (this tool dispenses the most powder), and the other is a powder brush tool by EK success.  You can also DIY your own powder tool by cutting a piece of an old pair of opaque stockings, filling it with baby powder, and tying the ends in a tight knot!

You just rub the back of your stickers with the tool to remove the stickiness.  Then you can move your stickers around on your layout!  Once you decide on a perfect spot, just add a bit of your favorite adhesive and stick it down!

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2.  My second trick, the one I prefer, especially for alpha stickers, is to use a piece of wax paper.  I place my stickers onto the wax paper, and move it around on my layout.  The wax paper is transparent enough to see through, and I don’t loose the adhesive on the sticker.  Wax paper is inexpensive, and I find it in my grocery store by the foil & saran wrap.  I keep a roll in my desk drawer specifically for scrapbooking!

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I hope these tricks help you out!  I know it was a game changer for me!

Here is the layout I created using May’s Here & Now kit, and May’s embellishment add-on You & Me.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

Take 2 Inspired by Claudia

Happy Monday! It’s Jennifer here sharing a layout that was inspired by the uber-talented Claudia Van Rooijen.

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When I saw this layout that Claudia created in April, I knew I wanted do something similar.

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I love the simplicity of the design and that the photo is front and center. The lines are clean and the overall effect is stunning.

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The Here & Now kit came with so many fun embellishments that it was difficult not to use more on my project. I love the bright colors of the patterned papers with the stark contrast of the black accents.

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This design is one that will work with any of your projects and the May kit is jam-packed with goodies galore to keep you creating. If you need more inspiration, be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery or the Scrapbook Circle of Friends group on Facebook!

Happy creating!

DT Choice: NSD Sketch

 

Hello! It’s Kelly here today sharing a layout made with the sketch for the National Scrapbooking Day challenge posted on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page on May 6th. I really liked the fact that the sketch includes a spot for 3 photos.

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Here is what I came up with:

 

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I love getting creative with ways to use 12×12 sketches for my prefered 8.5×11 pages.  To make this sketch work, I used the top photo area for my title, and one of the bottom photo spaces for my journaling.

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I still used a couple of acrylic words as embellishments for the allotted title spot. I added a little white paint to the back of them so they would pop out a little more…but not too much.
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I will probably use this sketch a few more times with different numbers of photos. It’s amazing how many different looks you can get with one sketch! Need more inspiration? Check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea gallery to get you started.

Thanks for stopping by today!

How to Create Shaped Cards with Partial Die Cutting

I love breaking out the manual die cutting machine to make little shaped cards. Using the partial die cutting technique and the May Scrapbook Circle kit and add on, I made several several shaped cards like this flower shaped card…

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I made a quick video to show how I used the partial die cutting technique to create these shaped cards.

Do you use your Scrapbook Circle kits for layouts alone or do you make the occasional card too? We’d love to see any of your projects in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group! Stop by and share!

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca