Archive for October, 2016

Today layout

Hello friends!  Today, I’ve got my DT choice layout to share with you.

This summer, my family and I visited an under ground cave, and we had our photo taken by the tour guide.  Being a scrapbooker, I bought the over-priced, low quality photo.  I’m glad I bought the photo though, because the caves were dark, and flash photography wasn’t allowed, so I don’t have any other good pictures.  Here’s my little nugget of wisdom for you: buy the photo!  LOL!  They are the best souvenirs, in my opinion.

On to the layout:





To make my layout, I used the October The Weekender kit.  I matted my photo with a few layers of pattern paper, then adhered it the the middle of my 12×12 white cardstock.  I also added a piece of pattern paper that I cut into a triangle, creating a large photo corner.  I added 2 big strips of patterned paper, cut on a slight angle, to the top and bottom of my cardstock.  I added some machine stitching, and roughed up the edges a bit for some texture.  Then, I added the today title, and embellished around my photo.  I added gold ink splatters, sequins, and hand drawn lines and stars to create an artsy sketchy vibe to my layout.

I love the way my layout turned out.  I like how all the embellishments compliment and highlight the photo.  I hope you were inspired to get scrappy!

Have an awesome day.

Be Real: All the Feels

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends! It’s time for another Be Real post where team members share projects about everyday, ordinary life. How better to be real than to create a layout using a picture from an Instagram post?


For this project, I used the exclusive Scrapbook Circle cut file that is available with The Weekender kit and my Silhouette Cameo. I loved the yellow paper and wanted to use it as a base to give my layout a pop of color, so I used it to back the white cardstock that I cut. To give the layout more dimension, I alternately folded the triangles over to give the appearance of each row “pointing” a certain direction.


Next, I pierced two holes in each of the folded cuts and tacked them in place with yellow and pink embroidery floss.


With my background complete, I began layering various papers under my photo and added embellishments. I loved the yellow striped bag so much that I used it to hold my journaling. The puffy Thicker alphabet stickers are my favorite part and go so well with the papers in the kit. The finishing touch was the scattering of sequins on throughout the page.


This layout came together in a little over an hour, which is a miracle for me. It was fun to sit down and let the papers and photo dictate how I put this together.


Thank you so much for visiting today, and I hope you are inspired to create.







October Digital Cut Files

Hello there!  I am sharing my own creation today, focusing on the Digital Cut File for October’s kit ‘The Weekender’.  The cut file this month is a repeating pattern of ‘V’s facing or opposing each other.  I chose to orient mine vertically and cut this yellow stripe patterned paper from Amy Tangerine.


I also enlarged the pattern a little, but centered it to keep a border around the  outside.  One of the things I find so fun about cut files, is the versatility they provide.  You can create an endless combination by changing scale, direction, tracing only parts of the pattern, copying and overlapping…endless!


I thought about enlarging this pattern so much that it created an interactive element, where you could flip up a tab for a hidden surprise!  However, I chose to fold random pieces of paper under, over and some not at all, allowing a peek at the pattern underneath.  I wanted to highlight the black & white patterned paper from WRMemory Keepers and play off my photograph.  I also wanted to use a warm color palette of peach, orange, yellow and pink, for Fall.


I watercolored part of this beautiful black and white graphic leaf paper from Amy Tangerine in the colors I wanted to incorporate.  I colored the clear acrylic script phrase pieces from Scrapbook Circle using a Copic marker.  Layering all the pieces together with more embellishments, I finish up the page with some gold ink splatters.

give-thanks_sbc_oct-2016-9I loved trying to combine all these different patterns and tying it all together with the watercolored piece.  Hopefully, this gave you some ideas to use a Digital Cut file in a creative way!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Stop by our Facebook community page, Scrapbook Circle of Friends to follow, get inspired, share your creations and be part of our Circle!  Have an awesome day and great weekend!

Tech Tip: More Uses Out Of Patterned Paper

Hello! Thank you for visiting the blog. It’s Claudia here with you and today I’m sharing a quick tip that could hopefully be useful. We all love to use patterned paper on our layouts, whether it’s for layering, cutting through them with our Silhouette, or just placing strips of it in the background – we use it all the time. But I personally really like to take a more in depth look at my papers and see what else I can use them for. There’s always the really obvious papers that are good to cut up like florals, basic shapes, etc but there’s a lot more you could do.

The first thing I do is go through the papers I have available to me and select the ones that I think have the most useful elements to cut up, out of this month’s papers I chose these ones;


The florals, hearts and leafs might seem really obvious but at a closer look I also found that for example the branding strip on one of the papers had a really cool looking arrow and I cut out some words from the typewriter background in the floral paper. Something I normally wouldn’t have done, but I like how it’s adding something a little bit different to the layout I will create;


I am a bit lazy when it comes to fussy cutting so for the purpose of this tip I only cut out the ones I thought were most useful to point out, but of course you could for example cut out a bunch of arrows and place them in a circular position pointing towards the center where your photo would be. There’s so many ways to use paper.

I kept my layout quite simple, but sometimes less is more;

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Thank you for joining me today, I hope this inspires you to take a look at your papers (and even your branding strips!) and see if there’s anything you can cut up to use on your layouts. Have a great day! 🙂

1 Product 2 Ways – Crate Paper Chipboard Phrase Thickers

Hey there lovelies!  Today we are featuring one of my personal favs from ‘The Weekender’ October kit, the Crate Paper Chipboard Thickers.  I love the colors and patterns and honestly,  I don’t think there is a bad way to combine them, but as usual, Jennifer & Rebecca have made the most of them!!

Jennifer is up first!


“For this layout I wanted to use the Crate Paper Thickers differently than I ever have before. Because I have a terrible habit of hoarding them and not using them, I decided to use as many as possible on one layout. I started with white cardstock and began placing Thickers in the upper left corner as well as down the right side. Additionally, I used a small photo that fits well with the embellishments. The completed layout is simple, but I really like the visual impact of the Thickers.”


Next up, we have Rebecca!  I love how many pieces and words each designer used!  They really got the most out of their kits!


“Rather than use the big words as titles for different layouts, I stacked them all vertically down the center of my layout.  I really liked fitting them all together.  I loved this set of Thickers because there were also lots of little bits & pieces that could fit into some of the open spaces between the words.”


How awesome are these layouts??  I love Jennifer’s offset composition and Rebecca’s combination of the stamp and the Thicker exclamation point!

Want to share your embellished pages with us??  Add your pages to the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook community so we can all appreciate them!

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

October Challenge: Neela’s Autumn Leaves

Hello, Scrapbook Circle friends! I love the entries already coming in for our October challenge, Autumn Leaves. Beautiful pages! If you need a little push to get your creativity going, you’re going to find Neela’s take on the challenge inspiring!


Here’s what Neela had to say about her approach to the challenge: “The colors in the October kit are so beautiful. The unexpected color in this kit is blue and I love this color mixed in with all the other fall colors. I loved the autumn leaves on Shimelle’s paper. I used these leaves as the inspiration for the entire layout. So I decided to color the leaves on Amy Tan’s paper to match the colors of the leaves on Shimelle’s paper with color pencils.”


“I also painted my background cardstock blue and orange with my water colors to go with the color scheme. I used this paper as giant photo corners for my layout. I love this photo of my friend’s daughter and the clothes she was wearing went with the colors so well too. And then to finish the layout I fussy cut the leaves from Shimelle’s paper and added them to my page.”


Fabulous layout, Neela! If you’re inspired to play along, you can find all the details here. There’s a $20 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle up for grabs! Happy creating!

Designer’s Choice : Happy Heart

Hello everyone! I’t’s Claudia here with you and today I’m sharing my designer’s choice layout using the gorgeous October kit. The layouts I’ve created so far were quite similar in terms of the color scheme I used so for this one I wanted to make something really girly and femine.


The kit and the #goals add on comes with a few items from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection (which I love) , so I pulled out the products from that collection and started cutting out tiny squares.  Cutting out little shapes of patterned paper is a great way to add interest to your background with it being too busy. It took me forever to decide how to place these but in the end I came up with something I wanted to commit to. I then pulled out the lovely buttons from the #goals add on to add some pops of color and some dimension to the layout.

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I was originally making my layout on a white piece of paper until I decided that it would look really good on top of that gorgeous watercolor brush stroke paper from the main kit. I loved that the colors matched the colors that were already on my layout.


Even though it took me a really long time to create this layout, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you feel inspired to start creating with your kit. Thank you for joining me! 🙂

Small Photos & Favorite Meals

I usually save my phone photos for my pocket page scrapbooking, but occasionally I have a story that I want to include in my layouts and I only have phone photos to go with it. That was the case for this layout.


Recently I started actually meal planning and trying out new recipes. Each time we liked a recipe I took a picture so I could remember to include it in the next month’s plan. I never pulled out my big camera for this task and most of the photos were taken in limited light so the quality was not great, but I still really wanted to include them on a layout. So I created collages of mini photos using the Contact Sheet option in Adobe Elements Library.


I used a couple of strips of Amy Tangerine paper to make a long “table” for all the meals to sit on.


I printed a quote using a large format printer across 12 x 12 white cardstock and then embellished with Thickers and a small button and that was it! And now I have documented some of our favorite meals all in one layout!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Christin Gronnslett – October Guest Designer

Happy Friday friends!  I am happy to share another layout by our amazing Guest Designer for October, Christin Gronnslett…I am always inspired by her creative combinations and custom style, and I know you will be too!  Using the current October “The Weekender” kit, Christin made this beautiful Fall page…here are her photos and descriptions:

“Hello everyone. Christin here again with another layout with the lovely October kit. I was inspired by the October challenged and went all in with different kinds of leaves. I have stenciled leaves, big cut out leaves and lots of combined leaves and some fussy cutting and some gold Thickers from the kit and most of all – lots of leaves …”

christingronnslettscrapbookcircleoct21st-009“For my last layout I went with soft colors and a touch of pink and more feminine. For this layout I went a little bolder with the colors to match the darker colors in the photo and I could add more contrast. Instead of a process video I am giving you lots of photos of my process.  Each photo in the background process represents 1-2 layers and I used a heat gun in between.”


“I don’t use that many colors in the first layer, just making a base and mixing in a few colors.”


When the first layers have dried I can add contrast colors and I drop a few different colors of mist.”


“Since this is going to be a more masculine page I added distress ink with a stencil, that way the contrast is still somewhat subtle compared to spraying a mist and most important – you have much more control.”


“Then it’s time for some heavy gesso and a stencil with leaves, this adds some more texture.”


“A few more drops of mists on top of the white gesso.”


“I recently got a Cameo3 and this is my first attempt at cutting out the title on my background paper.  I also cut out some combined leaves and sprayed them with gold mist.”


“For my last layer before starting with the patterned paper I stapled some cut out leaves with the gold leaves. My stapler doesn’t like thick layers so I have to take a few papers at a time.”




 “This is the finished layout. I layered all the papers and tried to avoid the same colors in layers on top of each other.  This means no white on white or blue on blue. I do however like to use lots of paper in the same colors – I just keep them apart.


I would like to say thanks for this opportunity, I had a great time with the kit.”

Thank you SO much Christin for all your inspiration and hard work this month…I think this might have been the best month to focus on your watercolor styled background and the patterns of Fall.  Also the few pieces of black & white patterned paper in the kit are the perfect compliment.  Your ability to combine so much into one project truly baffles me and I strive to achieve the same balance!!  Thanks again!

I hope you all have enjoyed our GDT this month…it is only getting better, so make sure you come back, share your projects on our FB community page and go make an amazing Fall background for your memories!! 🙂



Add On : #Goals

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the blog, it’s Claudia here with you and today I’m sharing a layout that was mostly created using the #Goals add on from this month. This add on kit comes with some really lovely products, so it was easy to create a layout focused on it. I always like getting a few extra bits and pieces, because they extend the kit so well and who doesn’t like having some extra goodies to play with?

The #Goals add on kit comes with a sheet of cut aparts from the Pretty Little Studio Oakley Avenue collection and I knew I wanted to use a few of those on the layout. You can either cut these up or use a 1,5″ punch if you have one.


I cut out some hearts from the 8×8 paper from the main kit and folded the sides up a bit to create a little bit of dimension to the layout. The #goals add on comes with these really cute buttons from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection and I placed some fo these on top of the hearts;


From that same collection there’s also a sheet of foam thickers in white and gold. You could color the white ones in whatever color you would want but I decided to just leave them white (mainly because I don’t have any paint haha, but I still like how it looks).


I love the floral papers from the main kit so I just had to fussy cut some of those out to use on this layout;


Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout. Have a great day! 🙂