Archive for November, 2016

1Product 2 Ways – Elle’s Studio Washi Stickers

Hello there!  It’s our last Tuesday of November and we are full of holiday spirit!!  Diana and Claudia share their festive pages using the Washi Tape from Elle’s Studio that is part of the November ‘Wonderland’ kit.  Both designers used the washi in an overlapping block to the right of their photo cluster.

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Diana also used patterned paper at the top and bottom of the page for a defining border.  Here are her words:

“For the washi, I made a grid accent.  I actually used the white packing insert from the washi, I cut the top off right underneath the color and it was exactly the size I needed.  I added it right to the right of my picture, I then embellished on top of that.”

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Claudia used the same idea, but a little off center.  Her photo is such a nice contrast to the pinks and reds in the tape.  She describes her process below:

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“Hello everyone! It’s Claudia here and today I will show you a fun way to use the Elle’s Studio Washi Stickers that are featured in this month’s ‘Wonderland’ kit. I really love washi tape because you can use it in so many different way. For this layout I decided to use the strips to create a background. I mainly used the longer strips of washi with a pattern and tore them up so that they were thinner which allowed me to fill up more space on the layout. I used a white piece of paper to put the strips on and put that on top of my background paper, but if you have some white gesso you can also put that on your background to light it up and put the washi strips on top of it. There’s really no right or wrong way to apply these, I just randomly placed them on top of each other and I love how it turned out. You can also put the washi on top of some cardstock or patterned paper so it’s not see through anymore. I actually used the packaging from the Pretty Little Studio black label stickers to mount a sticker on. I love that the black polka dots show through in a subtle way!”

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I love both takes and admit I am ready to move on to Christmas now that Thanksgiving is officially over!  I hope these creations inspire one of your own!  I may use the washi in my planner, or sealing Christmas cards, tags or own a layout!   Endless possibilities…share your take with us on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page.

November Challenge: Jennifer’s Non-Holiday Layout

Hello, all! With the holiday season in full swing, is your paper crafting very merry? If you’ve got an excess of holiday-themed product, or you just need a break from Christmas scrapping, this month’s challenge is for you! Create a non-holiday layout with holiday-themed product. Creative team member Jennifer has some inspiration for you today, using the November Wonderland kit:

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Jennifer says, “I chose to focus on this photo of my kids and a snow-mom they made several years ago. Even though the papers and embellishments are intended for Christmas projects, I was able to use them quite easily. The most prominent change I made was to use my circle punch on the Pinkfresh “gift” sticker. Doing this made it possible to use up the kit’s holiday contents, even though my layout isn’t about Christmas.”

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What a great technique for that sticker! Instead of ribbon-wrapped boxes, you get a cool cross over a circle shape. I think I’m going to have to scraplift that idea!

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Are you as inspired as I am? You still have a couple of weeks to join in on the challenge. See the original post – and my take on the challenge – here. Have a great day!

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Today I want to talk about embracing the “mistakes” on a layout.  Or maybe another way of thinking of it is, embracing when things don’t go as planned.  Let me show you:6g8a0976

Do you see how on the left there are holes where my sewing machine “sewed”?  Well, I was merrily sewing along after my first pass only to look down and see there was no thread!  UGH!  Yes, I could’ve gone back and sewn over it with thread matching up the holes–but THIS time I decided to just go with the flow and embrace this “accident”  I’ve decided I wasn’t going to sweat it and actually am okay with it!

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I want to encourage you to “work with” the “mistakes” and just embrace how it looks–go with the FLOW!

We would love to see the creations you are making with the Scrapbook Circle kits–please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page!

Be Merry Be Bright – November Guest Ashley Horton!

Happy Thanksgiving friends!!  I am feeling especially blessed this year, and thankful for all the talented people I have gotten to know, (albeit online) including our Guest Designer this month, Ashley Horton!

I asked her a few questions to help you get a pick into her daily creative life.  Here are Ashley’s responses:

  1. How do you make time for scrapbooking with a busy schedule…do you wait until you get the creative bug, or set aside specific scrap time??
    “Since our family home schools, I can usually work on things at different times throughout the day.  While the kids are working independently, I like to work on cut file designs or update my social media, galleries and Blog.  After the kids are done with their work in the afternoon, I work on my layouts.  Sometimes I have time to finish the full layout at one time, but if not I leave it and try to finish it up before going to bed.”
  2. What do you do when you lose your mojo?  Do you have a favorite YouTube channel or Pinner that inspired you?  
    “I like to look at things on Pinterest that are not related to scrapbooking, like color schemes, geometric shapes and patterns.”
  3. In 3 words, describe your personal scrapbook style!  
    “Layered, Colorful and Happy”
    As you can see, her style is totally colorful, layered and so happy…Ashley’s layouts always make me smile!

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I’ve always loved creating fun titles for my layouts…and usually the bigger the better!  I thought it would be fun to use one of the title cut files from The Cut Shoppe in the background of my second layout, using the Wonderland Kit.  I cut the words “Be Merry Be Bright” from the Crate Paper and Illustrated Faith papers included in the Kit.  Once they were cut, I arranged them in a diagonal on the layout and machine stitched through each of the words for added texture.

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I printed my photo in Black & White, so it would contrast with the patterned paper background and stand out from the pattern and the large title.  I decided to keep the embellishing more low key on this layout, because I really liked the look of the large title and didn’t want to cover it up with too many layers.  The Pinkfresh Studio Acetate Die Cuts, were perfect on the layout, because of the clear look.  And I used my tiny attacher to adhere them to the layout…quick and easy!  I finished with a few Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa stickers, because you can never have too many stickers…especially when they are this cute!

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Adding a large title is a great way to cut down on your time at the craft table…it does a lot of the work for you.  And this is a great time-saver if you want to spend time crafting during the holiday season, but are short on time.

Thanks so much to Scrapbook Circle for inviting to Guest Design this month!  I had so much fun creating with the Wonderland Kit, and if you’re following me on social media, you’ll see more layouts using the Kit, during the holiday season!

Digicuts Decor with Jennifer

Happy Thanksgiving Scrapbook Circle friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day full of family, love, and laughter!

Today I am sharing a project created with the exclusive Scrapbook Circle digital cut files included with the November kit, Wonderland.

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When I am not scrapbooking, I enjoy making mixed media canvases. This project began as such but turned into something completely different than what I had in mind (Isn’t that how it usually works?).

To begin, I covered a 12×12 blank canvas with white gesso. Doing this prevents other materials from soaking through the canvas with applying different mediums.

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Once the gesso was dry, I used Mod Podge to adhere a piece of the Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa to the canvas and then applied a coat on top. This was followed with a piece of white tissue paper and another layer of Mod Podge.

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My next step was to use the exclusive Scrapbook Circle November cut file to create trees. To do this I enlarged the cut file and then select two trees to cut, which I then offset to create slightly larger shapes for layering. With the trees cut, I then used Silhouette to cut a circle in the middle of a piece of 12×12 white card stock. This was placed on the canvas using more foam squares than I care to admit.

Now that I had the base for my project complete, I added a piece of pink patterned paper on top of the white and begin placing embellishments. After a while I decided that what I was making was beginning to look like a snow globe, so I went with it.

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I used the Crate Paper puff balls to create snow and to add more dimension to the canvas.

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To complete the canvas, I created a banner with the second exclusive cut file included with the November kit.

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While this is not my usual type of project, I love how it turned out and plan to use it for years to come.

Thank you for stopping by today and don’t forget to visit the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page for this and other project ideas!

Jennifer

 

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Technique Tip – Modifying your cut file

Hi everyone, this is Neela with a Tech Tip. Isn’t it awesome that we get cut files along with our kits every month. I loved the Christmas tree background cut file and wanted to use it. But instead of using it as is, I decided to modify it. It is very easy to play around and modify your cut files. Try to experiment, it is a lot of fun. I wanted to use only one large tree in the background instead of multiple little trees. So here are the steps I followed, to modify the file:

  • Open Silhouette software and open the .png file. Then convert it to the cut file. This is your unmodified cut file.

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  • Select the cut file and click on Object/Release Compound Path from the menu.

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  • This will let you select the individual components of the cut file. As you can see, after selecting ‘Release Compound Path’, you will see the individual selections highlighted.

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  • Then delete all the components you don’t need. In this example, pretty much every Christmas tree except one.

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  • You are then left with one lone Christmas Tree.

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  • Now select the object and enlarge it and place it where you want it to cut from your cardstock.

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Here is the layout I created with this technique:

I backed the cut out tree with various patterned paper from the Main kit and add ons from this month. I just love how well all the different collections work so well together. I stitched around the tree for a little more texture and used a photo of my boys for this layout.

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And here are some close ups:

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Hope you will try this technique out and share your creations on the ScrapbookCircle Facebook page. We would love to see your creations.

1 Product 2 Ways – Pinkfresh Studio Acetate Die Cuts

Hello!  I hope you are all getting ready for the holiday or enjoying some Fall weather!  It has finally started to get cold here in the South, and more of an inspiration to use the November “Wonderland” kit!  Today, our focus is to use the Acetate Die Cuts from Pinkfresh Studio’s new “Oh Joy” collection.  Kelly and Rebecca are getting us in the spirit of the season with their use of these embellishments.  First up, Kelly!

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Kelly describes her use of the die cuts below:

“I really liked the different fonts of the words in the Acetate Die Cuts, and decided to mix them up in my title.  I also loved the snowflakes, and layered them with other snowflake elements from the kit as part of my title cluster.  I was able to add a couple more of the die cuts as embellishments throughout the rest of the layout.”

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 Seeing that much snow is something so foreign to me, living in the South!  It looks like so much fun…and chilly!
Rebecca used the die cuts in a less layered way with her page and this awesome bokeh photo of her Christmas tree.

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“I really had fun with last month’s one product by using a bunch of the Thickers on one layout, so I decided to do something similar this month with the acrylic shapes.  This time I created a layout background with a bunch of the acrylic shapes. I adhered them with Therm O Web’s vellum adhesive and then used some Stickles to accent the snowflake. I used my new favorite Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gold to add little dots on others.”

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I adore the combination of all the different fonts and colors of the words and phrases in the die cuts, and how the team members worked them into these fun layouts!  I really like the look of the embellishments layered onto the woodgrain paper and the gold dots are the perfect complement to the bokeh lights!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are inspired to create something documenting winters past and present and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and for our non-US readers a wonderful last week of November!

 

 

 

The Telephone Game with Kelly

Hello!  It’s time for the November edition of the Telephone Game.  Just like the name would suggest…it’s similar to the game we played as kids. Each month, the current challenge designer takes the previous month’s challenge project…and interprets it as her own. Today’s inspiration is Diana’s layout from October….

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Isn’t it lovely? I love the soft pastels against the black background. For my page, I was inspired by her two bottom squares. See how the top halves of the squares come to a point at the bottom? So, instead of four small squares, I layer two large ones…mimicking the design of those bottom two squares….

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This way, I was able to change it up a little…while still incorporating the diagonal lines and awesome stitching.

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I used my layered squares as a mat for my 4×6 photo. I moved the title/subtitle to the bottom right of the page inspired by Diana’s cascading leaf.

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For more awesome ideas using the November kit, be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Quick and Easy Window Cards

I love clean and simple cards, but when you can add an unexpected element they are even more fun! A window card adds a unique touch to an otherwise simple card. The PinkFresh Acrylic shapes found in the Scrapbook Circle November Kit, Wonderland, make it very easy to add windows to cards. rk-sc-november-cards-1

 

By punching the same shape through a card panel and base, you can sandwich the acrylic shape in between and create a window. Check out this quick video to see how I made this card with this simple technique!

Have you started making holiday cards yet? Are you using the Wonderland kit? Be sure to share in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends group, we would love to see them!

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Designer’s Choice: Merry Christmas

Hello! Welcome back to the blog. It’s Claudia here with you again and today I’m sharing my designer’s choice layout with you. The Wonderland kit is mostly a Christmas themed kit so I wanted to do a Christmas layout for a change. It’s something that I don’t do all that often because I’m not the biggest fan of the traditional Christmas colors, but sometimes it’s good to challenge yourself.

I don’t really have a lot of Christmas themed photos because I don’t take many photos during the Christmas season, but I found this photo of a Christmas ball that I thought was quite nice so I decided to go with that. For my design I wanted to use a lot of different patterns so I cut out a lot of squares and tilted them.

I then decorated each of the squares with some stickers and ephemera pieces to add more interest to the layout.

The layout is quite simple in its design, but sometimes less is more and if you’re not really sure on what to create, making a layout with a lot of different patterns is usually a good way to go because a lot of the embellishments will work with it.

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Thank you for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you feel inspired to create a project with your own kit. Have a great day!

– Claudia