Archive for July, 2016

Exclusive Content July Sneak Peek!

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends! In case you haven’t heard, I wanted to let you know about our monthly exclusive content for subscribers. Every month we put together something special for subscribers, emailed directly to your inbox. In this month’s edition, our talented creative team share ideas for bringing a Scrapbook Circle exclusive sketch to life…

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…how to use a mood board to jump start creativity…

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…and a fantastic technique tutorial that will take your embellishments up a notch:

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These projects cannot be found on the blog, in our Facebook group, or on social media, so be sure to subscribe to take advantage of this exclusive content. I can tell you that the August email is going to be amazing! Have a great day, everyone!

Be Real with Rebecca

 

Welcome to this month’s addition of Be Real where we talk about Project Life, pocket page and everyday moment scrapbooking. I am still plugging along in my 6×8 album this year and having a blast with it! I used this month’s Scrapbook Circle kit to document almost the entire month of July. I started here with a simple title page.rk sc july be real-15

I mixed 3×4 and 4×6 pockets. The 6×6 paper pad from the add on was perfect to create cards for both of those sizes.rk sc july be real-16

The combination of stickers in this month’s kit from Elle’s Studio, Fancy Pants and more!rk sc july be real-17

There were plenty of fun die cuts to use this month too!rk sc july be real-18

I like to use the 12×12 papers from the main kit when I make a 6×8 page. Here I used a light pattern and printed journaling over it.rk sc july be real-19

And on the next page I used the back side of the 6×8 to matte a 4×6 photo.rk sc july be real-20

The transparency sheet was fun because you can see the next or previous pages’ photos through it.rk sc july be real-21

I love adding dimensional embellishments since the basic format tends to be very flat in this album. The flair fit the bill here!rk sc july be real-22

 

Have you been using your Scrapbook Circle kits to do Project Life or pocket page scrapbooking? We would love to see! Be sure to upload to our Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook Group!

Exclusive Scrapbook Circle Digital Cuts

The digital cuts included in the Today is the Day kit are fantastic!  I LOVED working with the tags:DianaWadreamcometrue

For my page I used two different cuts, the dream tag and the adventure tag:6G8A8939

I cut the digital cuts out of white card stock.  I then colored each piece with Pigment Ink.  One was with silver ink the other with red.  Because this ink is wet for a white I had to set each piece aside and let it dry.

I assembled the rest of the page by arranging the elements so that they would line up with the picture.  I love how the red pops off the page and also matches the title of the bakery.

Because I didn’t want the sayings on the tags getting lost on the page, I backed each with a different piece of pattern paper included in the kit.

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

 

Tech Tip – Foiled Again!

Hello Scrapbook Circle Friends! Today I want to share with you how you can take your printables to the next level and create some really fabulous projects!

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I recently had a birthday and my husband surprised me with a Minc, which applies foil to projects much like a laminator. I have used foil before but only with special glue and sticker paper. Skip to the fun part – I discovered that when you print with a laser printer, not ink jet, the foil will stick to the toner when fed through the laminator! Upon learning that, I started trying to put foil on everything but the kitchen sink!

To begin, I used my laser printer and printed the July printable in black and white.

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After cutting the printable into separate pieces, I fed it through the laminator and got the following results.

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Soon afterward, I was trying to foil anything and everything. This was truly a process of trial and error – I never knew what the foil would or would not adhere to. I was pleasantly surprised to find that some of the paper and embellishments from Elle’s Studio would take the foil as well as the printables. One tip I can give you is that the foil sticks much better to the darker images than the lighter ones.

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Once I had foiled to my heart’s delight, I created an anchor for my photo with the papers and added embellishments from the July Add-on Kits.

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to create!

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1 Product 2 Ways – Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Stickers

Hello Scrappy Friends!!  July is winding down and everyone is getting ready for school to start again, but we have room for a few more summer pages!  Today, the Heidi Swapp’s Label Stickers from the July ‘Today is the Day’ kit, are the focus of our 1 Product 2 Ways post.  I asked Kelly and Rebecca to create something inspiring and here is what they came up with!

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One of my personal favorite parts of the July kit is all the wood grain patterned paper.  It just begs to be part of a summer scene!  Kelly uses the stickers all around the page, adding descriptive words to other labels….here are her thoughts:

“I really like the color scheme of the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Stickers.  I started by pulling out all of the items from the kit that I felt matched the best.  I also wanted to emphasize the story behind the pictures, so I chose the elements with words like:  ‘Today’, ‘Remember’, and ‘Important’.  When putting it all together, I tried to layer the stickers in a way that draws the eye to the photos.”

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Rebecca uses both sides of the same paper, a light woodgrain pattern on one side and the gradient stripes on the opposite.  I love her addition of the label stickers in the white space of the striped pattern.  It reminds me of a Table of Contents and these look like awesome chapters!

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Rebecca says:

“I used them in several different ways on my layout.

 1. As an embellishment. I used dimensional adhesive to pop one up and use it in a cluster of die cuts and other stickers.

2. As a tab at the top of the layout

3. As a design element along the white stripes on the strip of patterned paper on the right hand edge.”

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Great pages girls, thanks for sharing!  I love the variety in approach to the labels and uses on each layout.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check out more at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page and share your use of labels too.

July Challenge: Diana is On Deck!

Hello friends! How has your July been? Have you had a chance to play along with our latest challenge, On Deck? Inspired by the many wood elements in the July kit, the challenge is to create a layout that features wood. It could be patterned paper, wood veneer embellishments, etc. I asked creative team member Diana to share her take on the challenge with us and I just love her page:

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Diana used one of the lighter wood patterned papers as her background and the darkest wood patterned paper for her title. I love the contrast!

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The Elle’s Studio wood veneer embellishments are a great finish. The natural colors of the wood elements blends with the natural colors in Diana’s photo easily.

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I love how striking the blue is against the natural finish of the wood. What a great combination!

If you’d like to join us for the challenge, there’s still time! Check out the original challenge post here for all the details. Have fun creating!

Designer’s Choice with Kelly

Hello everyone! It’s Kelly here today sharing my favorite page made with the July ‘Today is the Day’ kit.

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I also used the July Embellishment Add-On Kit ‘You’ve got This’. I was inspired by the sun ray paper found in the Elle’s Studio 6×6 paper pad…and immediately popped up the sun found in the Simple Stories Bits and Pieces in the top right corner.

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I decided to cut the ray paper in half diagonally, stitch it to my background..and arrange my photos along with a few tags down the center.
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The lower half of the ray paper was the perfect spot to ground my title…and I finished it off with a few more embellishments.
Thanks for stopping by today! Need some more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery.

Guest Designer Nancy Damiano

Hello Circle of Friends!  Our July Guest Designer, Nancy Damiano, is back using the ‘Today is the Day’ kit and doing an amazing job!  We are huge fans of hers and she has not disappointed today!

Check out her layouts and descriptions below!

“I decided to challenge myself this time around and create two layouts with one element in common. I chose a die cut and the beautiful July Scrapbook circle kit to create this super feminine layout.”

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“The die cut here frames out the photo and leads the eye to the journaling. Some yellow patterned paper and sun veneer add a fun touch to one of the flowers in the die cut.”

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“In the next layout you can see how versatile the July kit is. It couldn’t be more different than the first very pink and girly page. I love when kits are versatile like that.”

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“Multiple photos and a focus on the green and blue pieces from the kit gives a totally different look. Although the die cut and technique is the same, it doesn’t look repetitive.”

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Thanks so much for having me guest this month Scrapbook Circle! It’s been a great experience to be able to play with all the beautiful pieces you put together!

 

Wow!!  Not only am I totally motivated to use more white on white designs, I am loving the clean, pristine look of her pages!  Also, notice the small details, like an arch in each of the main photos of the layouts.  I have been thinking about pages that sit side by side, in an album, but are not a 2 page spread.  This is a fantastic answer to that question!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing Nancy’s timeless work as much as we have!

 

Want to get busy with some white on white pages now…?  Share your projects on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page!
  Thanks for stopping by and we hope you have an amazing day!

You’ve Got This Add-on

When I saw that one of the July add-ons was a kit called “You’ve Got This“, I couldn’t help but think of how to use it in my planner. Who doesn’t need a little encouragement like that to get life organized? It only took a few minutes and a little bit of everything from the add-on to put together this week’s pages:

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The Here + There planner stickers are perfectly sized for Erin Condren planners, but I use a personal Color Crush by Webster’s Pages. No worries, the stickers still look great! I used a large box sticker (just breathe) on a day that I planned to recover from a recent trip. I love when stickers overlap into other boxes – otherwise it’s just too neat and orderly for me.

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I cut out a few phrases from the Elle’s Studio patterned paper with all the typed word strips. Because I didn’t need a lot of space for writing (it’s a fun, kind of chill week), I chose a few phrases that applied to the days and adhered them to my pages. I’m going to use the same technique on a layout, I’m sure!

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I love using stickers as bullet points. These Fancy Pants puffy stickers are great, and I love all the sizes on one sheet! I also love using die-cuts to dress up empty corners. These Simple Stories flowers were the perfect addition.

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I think this took all of five minutes to decorate, another few minutes to add my pen, and I’m organized for the week! How have you put your add-on to use? Share in our Facebook group and I’ll be sure to check it out. Have a great day and remember – You’ve Got This!

Tech Tip | Using Shaped Punches

Hello there! Today I’m sharing a tip on how to create a background using shaped punches! Punches are a great tool and they have so much versatility. Whenever I’m having a hard time combining patterns and colors, I break them down into smaller pieces so they seem less intimidating. So pull out your punches, and I’ll show you how I created this layout!

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The first thing I would recommend is to pull out all the papers you want to use. I chose a hexagon punch for this layout, but nearly any shape would work. Next, get punching!!! I created a small pile of several different colors and patterns. Once you have your shapes, you’re ready to create your layout!

I like to start with a neutral background, and then I scatter the punches across the page. I place my photo, then move the punched shapes around until I’m happy with the result. Seriously, that’s it!! It turns out different each time, and I love the abstract look!

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Some variations include: having more shapes on one end and decreasing them as they go across, making rows, using different sizes of the same shapes, placing the shapes at an angle (if possible), and more! There are so many possibilities! Thanks for joining me today, I hope you felt inspired to pull out your punches!