Archive for June, 2016

Tech Tip: Using Gesso

I want to start off by saying that while making this layout, I had to push myself completely outside my comfort zone for the following reasons:

  • Using mixed media
  • Fussy cutting shapes
  • Using machine stitching
  • Using flowers on a layout with my son’s photo

But I think I had the most amount of fun making it. To begin, I wanted to use the AWESOME cardstock from PinkFresh studio. It truly is awesome and interesting. For the photo I had in mind, I wasn’t sure the pattern on the words was a great match. I wanted alter it in some way. I fussy cut out the word from the background and then applied a generous coating of gesso on it. The gesso prevents the paper from tearing when you paint it.


Initially I wanted to modify it with water colors. But when I started doing that, I didn’t like the look. Instead I shifted to acrylic paint and the color is called Sea Glass from Americana. It went very well with the colors in the kit. Here is the final layout. The photo itself is that of my son during his piano recital. This was his very first one and he was pretty nervous. He still did really great. My journaling says it all :). In order to embellish the layout, I used the ephemera from illustrated faith. The flowers and the colors are so pretty. Also, I didn’t like the way the letter ‘O’ ended up looking after I fussy cut the word. So I covered it up with more ephemera and to me these are happy accidents!


Hope you enjoyed checking out this layout and do post your layouts in the Scrapbook circle of friends facebook page. We would love to check them out.

1 Product 2 Ways – Pinkfresh Studio ‘Happy Words’ paper

Hi there! Today we have the final 1 Product 2 Ways post for June with the “Now or Never” kit!  Kelly and Diana showed us how they both created         8-1/2″ x 11″ pages with this paper.

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I love how thoughtfully chosen these pieces of the patterned paper went with Kelly’s page theme.  Here are her words:

“I thought it would be fun to make some different shaped ‘tags’ from some of the phrases on the Happy Words paper. I made them different lengths and widths, tucking and layering embellishments before stitching them down.”

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Similarly, Diana used the paper as part of her background and title, trimming it to work with her composition!

Diana Waite June 2016

Here’s what Diana said:

“I loved finding creative ways to use this paper. I used the A side to back my white paper and be the anchor of my page. I actually used it for part of my title and the B side for part of my embellishments (see the turquoise paper popped up on pop dots).  To do this I cut  the strip that said You Got this.  I then cut the paper down to 8.5 x 11.  Using a craft knife I carefully cut out the center leaving an edge for the turquoise paper B side.”

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After seeing these examples, YOU GOT THIS!  And then share it with us at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB Page!  Come post your work, see other reader’s designs or join in a convo!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Take 2 challenge: Sugar & Spice

Hey guys!  I’m super excited to be taking part of the Take 2.  For this, I was challenged to scrap lift a layout from a previous kit or Design Team member’s layout.  Since I am relatively new to the design team, I was looking around in the ideas tab on the Scrapbook Circle website.  There is so much inspiration in that tab, but when I came across Gina Lideros’s You are my Favorite ideas from July 2015, I spotted a layout that I had to scrap lift!

Here is her layout:

Gina Lideros Make Every Moment SBC


Here is my layout:

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I was so inspired by the giant alpha in Gina’s layout!  Even though the letters are so huge, the small photo still manages to shine.  For my layout, I used the June Now or Never kit.  I hand cut some letters out of the Pink Fresh studio confetti hearts paper (the pink is side B of this paper).  You can see my tech tip post here on how I make & hand cut my own oversized letters without a cutting machine.  Then I created by background.  I cut down a piece of white cardstock, and mounted it to the Bella Blvd black & white floral stripes paper.  (Tip: when I use a patterned paper as a background frame under another piece of paper, I always cut out a square from the middle to save and use it on another project, since you won’t see that it’s missing.)  I sewed along the edges to give it some texture.  Next, I aligned all my letters, leaving room for my photo, on the paper.  Once I was satisfied with how everything was looking, I glued all the letters down using a T ruler to help keep everything straight.  I added my photo, embellished by layers of paper, Elle’s Studio cut out hearts, a heart from the Illustrated Faith enamel heart, and an arrow punched from the same Bella Blvd black & white floral stripes paper.  I also added 2 punched butterflies to fill in some of the negative space, and to kind of mimic the triangle stencils in Gina’s layout.

I absolutely love how this layout turned out.  I don’t think I would have ever tried such a bold title if I hadn’t seen it on Gina’s layout.  I hope you’re inspired too, to create and perhaps make your own Take 2 layout!

Have a beautiful day!

Embracing the space

Today I want to talk about white space.  White Space: In page layout, illustration and sculpture, white space is often referred to as negative space. It is the portion of a page left unmarked.  I have to be honest, white space is not necessarily comfortable in my creation process.  So I challenged myself to see if I could create a page with white space, here is my page:DianaWmothersday

I really loved how this page turned out!  LOVED that I had some great pictures to work with from Mother’s day this year–I don’t like to be in front of the camera either…  ANYWAY, the papers and embellishments in the Now or Never kit were PERFECT!

To “fill” my white space a little I added drops of yellow mist.  We would love to see your creations using any of our Scrapbook Circle kits, please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with @scrapbook_circle.

Clean and Simple – Cherish Memories Quickly

The thing I love about clean and simple scrapbooking is that layouts can be completed quickly!

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This one came together so quickly because I basically used one row of die cut rectangles,

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a mixed title (printed and stickers), typed journaling and a couple of small embellishments. sc june kit close ups-31

I love how it keeps the focus on the goofy photos, tells a story and was simple to create! Do you ever create clean and simple layouts or do you prefer more heavily embellished projects?

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Create a Custom Page Background

One of my favorite things we offered this month is the the acetate die cut words from Pinkfresh in our Be You Embellishment Add-on.


As I was starting a layout with some recent favorite photos, I spread the acetate words on my desk to decide which one would be best for the page. Seeing all of the word spread across my table gave me an idea to try spreading a bunch of them across the background of my layout. I love the results!


Adding a bunch of the words was a fast way to create a playful background design on my page. Since the package came with so many words, I still have plenty leftover for another project.


Combining the Pinkfressh words with paper and other bits and pieces from our June Now or Never Kit was a perfect way to document one of my favorite stories from our recent spring break trip. Hope this inspires you to try creating a custom background on your next page!

loLa – Designer’s Choice

Happy Friday everyone!  I am happy to share this layout I made using the June ‘Now or Never’ kit.

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I had planned to use a different photo, in color, when choosing the products and papers I wanted to us for this page.  But, these black and white photos of our dog, Lola, popped so well with the color palette I changed my mind. Starting with this heart confetti paper from Pinkfresh Studio as my background paper, I layered 2 other papers towards the top of the page.

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After adding dimensional adhesive on my photos, I tucked lots of stickers and die cuts around the pictures creating layers and interest.  I used a gold foil kraft tag from Jillibean Soup on the right side and tucked it under the photo until it read ‘joy,’ instead of ‘enjoy.’   I placed the heart die cut to point towards the title at the bottom of the page.

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This was a fun layout to create and just play!  Thanks for stopping by the blog today and have a wonderful weekend!

Taking the Crown Kit: Planner Style

Hello, Scrapbook Circle friends! Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you the Taking the Crown planner add-on kit, which I used in my yellow Color Crush personal size planner:


I adore the C’est La Vie collection by Pink Paislee, so when I saw that the washi booklet was included in this kit, I was very happy! I love having a variety of washi strips to work with – no pressure to try to use a whole roll, and the expense is minimal for so many designs. I used the washi strips to section off the days of the week on my planner spread.

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Another kit item I love is the American Crafts sticky notes. I am a BIG list maker. I only have so much real estate on a planner page and appointments and (let’s be honest) pretty stuff just can’t be displaced by all my list-making. Rather than fill my planner pages with lists, I write out some of my task lists on sticky notes. I can attach the sticky note to the day that I plan to take care of that list. If I need to put the list on my computer monitor or in another planner, that’s easy to do, too. And the kit comes with so many sticky notes that I am set for awhile!

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And that pen! I love a good crown pen, and this one is darling! So fun and bright! Did you order the Taking the Crown kit? Have you used it in your planner? I’d love to see pictures! Share with us in our Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group and I’ll be sure to check it out. Have a great day!

1 Product 2 Ways – Exclusive Wood Veneer Words

Hello friends!  The June kit ‘Now or Never’ is full of wonderful colors, patterns and inspiration to document your summer memories!  This sunset paper from Webster’s Pages is one of my favorites.  Rebecca used it to feature this week’s 1 Product, the Scrapbook Circle Exclusive wood veneers.

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Rebecca’s description of her page:

“Here is my 1 product 2 ways using the exclusive SBC wood veneer words. I loved that there were two unique fonts on the Webster’s Pages sticker sheet so i thought it would be fun to combine those with the wood veneer and create a long title/journaling phrase using all three. I love the mix of colors, textures and dimension that using all three together adds!”

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I love the balance she achieves with photos on the left and her journaling on the right, not to mention the stunning photos!

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Claudia used her layout to showcase the 2nd “way” in our 1 Product 2 Ways post.  Her light, lovely layout and description are below.


“For this installment of the 1 Product 2 Ways ‘series’ I was challenged to use the SBC Wood Veneers words. The way the looked kind of remind me of tiny word stickers which are really popular at the moment so I wanted to use a lot of them on my layout.  I thought it might be a good idea to do a sort of circular design and then place the wood veneer pieces on the outlining. To give me some indication of the circled shape I just scribbled a circle with a pencil. On top of guiding me as to where to place the wood veneer words – it also gives a nice subtle effect in the background. Of course if you’d want this to be more obvious you could also use a black fine liner or anything you think would look nice. After that I just placed my wood veneer words and started embellishing the rest of my layout. You could also color these wood veneers with acrylic paint or gelatos if you want to add a pop of color to your layout.”


Her contrast in colored embellishments and the black and white photo is such a draw for the eye and the wood veneers create a charming orbit around her photo cluster.


Fabulous work ladies!  I know you’re inspired by their creations!  Share your work with us on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Community on Facebook!

Have an amazing day!

June Challenge: Jennifer’s Awesome Layout

Hello friends! The June Challenge – Everything is Awesome – is in full swing! The challenge is super easy – use the word “awesome” – as seen in the Pinkfresh Studio patterned paper included in June’s kit – as a jumping off point for a layout. We’d love to see that paper in action, but you could also use other materials. I asked creative team member Jennifer to share with us her take on the challenge and she did an AWESOME job:

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Jennifer fussy-cut the word “awesome” from the patterned paper. She cut it apart in such a way that she could orient the letters to suit her page (she didn’t leave them connected as they are on the patterned paper). I absolutely love how the word stretches across her photo! Your eye focuses on Jennifer’s sweet girl in mid air, which is what the page is all about.

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Awesome 1If you haven’t had a chance to play along yet, there’s still plenty of time! Get all the details for entering on the original challenge post here. We’d love to see your entry in the June Challenge photo album in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group, too! Have a great day!