Archive for December, 2016

1 Product 2 Ways – The Reset Girl Enamel Shapes & Dots

Welcome to our final post for December, a 1 Product 2 Ways using the ‘Everyday Stories!’  Claudia and Rebecca used The Reset Girl enamel sticker shapes, part of the Simple Stories Planner collection, to help embellish their scrapbook layouts.  Claudia, created this amazing eye candy below!december2

“Hi everyone! It’s Claudia here and today I’m showing you a layout which was inspired by The Reset Girl Enamel Shapes from this month’s kit. As you can see, there’s a lot of different shapes which are great for planning, project life or traditional layouts. The kit also comes with the lovely wood veneer / gold glittered chipboard shapes from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection. I used the ones that spell ‘BRR’ because it’s an outlined shape which meant I could use any patterned paper I wanted behind it. I chose a paper from the 6×6 paper pad from the Be Happy add on and then put some coordinating colors from the enamel shapes inside and between the letters to make them look more interesting. Of course these shapes are also perfect to add pops of color wherever you want, they are so versatile!”

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Rebecca and Claudia’s layout are so similar in many ways, the bright refreshing papers and embellishments from the December kit prominently used to highlight a single photo.  Rebecca used the enamel shapes in such a fun way in her layout below!

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“I decided to use the entire package on a “frame.” I cut a square frame using my Silhouette Cameo. I then started laying down the enamel shapes by placing 4 of the glasses in each center. Then I used two glasses and two stars on the corners and then I just put each shape down in the center spaces  so no two consecutive shape or color were next to each other and everything was basically evenly spaced.”

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Whether you use the embellishments clustered together or spread evenly around the page in a frame, these layouts are both amazingly inspiring!  The December kit is full of gorgeous colors and patterns that will inspire the end of your 2016 and bring you into 2017!  Check out the complete kit contents on the Home Page and the other member’s Ideas in the Idea Gallery too!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Designer’s Choice with Jennifer

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends and happy (albeit early) new year! This month’s kit had so many inspiring elements that I had no problem using every little bit. For my Designer’s Choice project I created this bright layout using a selfie my daughter posted to Instagram.

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I began by layering several patterned papers under my photo. I really loved the golden hue to the picture and tried to incorporate more of the yellow papers and embellishments into my overall design.

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Next, I used the Crate Paper wood veneer letters to create the “NOW” in my title. I followed that with several of the Jillibean Soup stickers and some machine stitching.

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With the title in place, I added some enamel dots/hearts, a few stickers, and a tiny bit of journaling. Last, I placed some strips of distressed paper along the top and bottom borders of the page.

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The finished project is bright and cheery just like its subject!

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Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page for tons of inspiration and information on current challenges.

Jennifer

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Oh Yeah Embellishment Add On

Scrapbook Circle’s December Add on kits were so fun! The Oh Yeah Embellishment Add On includes several different types of embellishments, including wood veneer by Jillibean Soup, stickers by Bella Blvd and Ephemera from Crate Paper. I love having kits of different types of embellishments on hand when I am creating a layout because it makes layering fun and simple. All the different textures add tons of interest to the page too!

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rk-sc-december-9938Do you love the embellishment add ons or do you prefer to get the paper add ons? If you are using the Oh Yeah embellishment add on for layering we would love to see in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group!

:) Rebecca

 

 

 

Tech Tip with Kelly

Hello friends! It’s Kelly here today sharing a layout made with the December kit, Everyday Stories…

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I love to find creative ways to use packaging. Included in the December kit was a SC acrylic word that came in a little glassine bag with the word ‘Hello’ on it. I decided that I wanted to make it part of my title.

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I used the Jillibean Soup Chit Chat Chowder Soup Labels and Coordinating Label Sticker Alphas to make the the title complete. I love to mix up fonts and colors in my titles, so I loved how it turned out. I did use adhesive to keep the bag in place, but I also used a sewing machine to stitch a line about an eighth  of an inch from the bottom of the bag….to keep help keep the inserted tag right where I wanted it.

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Do you need some more inspiration? Be sure to head on over to the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery for some more amazing ideas on how to use the December kit!

Thanks for stopping by today!

1 Products 2 Ways – Pinkfresh Studio Leather Alpha Stickers

  Hi there friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying some time with family, friends, or crafting!  For our last 1 Product 2 Ways post, Neela and Jennifer used the Pinkfresh Studio Alpha Stickers from the ‘Everyday Stories’ kit to create a couple pages for us.  The stickers are capital letters with a leathery feel and a lovely pastel color with black splatters.

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Neela chose to use as many letters as she could in this appropriately themed LO about her son and his love of having people read to him.  Her execution is almost as brilliant as her idea!  Here is her description:

“My favorite part about these alpha stickers is the color variations. No two alphabets have the same color but they are so cohesive together. I have been wanting to document the story about my son being obsessed about learning all about presidents of United States. He makes everyone read to him about them. In the photo on my layout, my mother-in-law is reading to him about George Washington. So I decided to make my title ‘Read’. I cut it out with silhouette and filled the negative with these alphabet stickers. I don’t think I have ever used all the alphas from one sticker sheet all at once on one layout. I love the effect. Hope you will try to use the alphas in fun different ways and share them with us on the Facebook page.”

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Next up is Jennifer’s bright colorful page.  Her idea for the product is more practical, but no less effective!  Jennifer describes her process below…

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When working on December’s 1 Product 2 Ways, I wanted very much to use the Pinkfresh Studio leather alphas in some profound manner. However, when it came down to it, they ended up being a very small part of my layout and if you blink you may actually miss them! The Pinkfresh alpha negative became a subtle layer behind my photo and gives just the smallest amount of texture while I used the alphas for the title. This layout has a lot going on with the stars and stitching, so understated was much needed!

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As usual, the ladies created beautiful pieces to inspire!  Neela’s ingenuity and consistent use of her large scale photos are so engaging.  Jennifer’s stitching is such a lovely contrast and her use of deconstructing the Crate Paper embellishment is so clever.

Thanks ladies for your gorgeous contributions!  Thank you all for stopping by the Blog today and for all your support through the the year!  Stop by the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page to be part of the community!

Design Team Choice with Kelly

Hello everyone!! It’s Kelly here today sharing a boy page made with the December kit, Everyday Stories. I love how easily aqua and yellow can be made into a masculine theme…
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I started by choosing the the black triangle (Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa – Snowflakes) and painted dot(Crate Paper Gather – Sunshine) patterned papers…and that is what helped me to decide my color scheme. So, I pulled out all of the embellishments to match those colors.

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I also used a piece of paper from the Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa 6×6 paper pad found in the Be Happy Add – On, to ground my photo and title….. Can I just pause here and  say that  love that arrow shaper clip? Also – the enamel check marks make me happy on the inside. Ok, moving on…

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I actually used the Thickers from the November Hot Cocoa Add-On for my title – they matched perfectly. This has to be hands down one of my favorite color combos – making this my new favorite layout.

Need some more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery for more awesome ideas on how to use the December kit.

Thanks for stopping by today!

wonderland – Guest Designer December 2016

Hello!! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Eve Eve!  Ready of not, Christmas is almost here.  I may not be ready yet, but it looks like our Guest Designer, Elizabeth Gardner is!  Her second LO below, using the December ‘Everyday Stories’ kit uses a non-traditional color palette.  We also learn a little more about Elizabeth with a fun Q&A!

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Elizabeth creates an interesting  background that reminds me of the sand on a beach.  The wood grain paper she uses provides direction and flow to her colorful punched snowflakes.  The colors are a wonderful complement to the photographs, which are a combination of black & white and color.  The black and white photo is the perfect place for her title to dance across, without taking away from the photo.  And personally, anything with this gold glittered WONDERLAND banner from Crate Paper, looks amazing!

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I asked Elizabeth some fun questions and I adore her answers…

1.  What is your creative process like?? 

For me it usually starts with a photo. I typically edit it on my phone and print straight from there when I’m ready to scrap. I gather supplies and just start pushing things around until something sparks…  I try not to force a design to happen. I let the photos and supplies speak to me and go from there.
Do you sit down to create or wait until you feel creative?
Both. I feel like if I waited to “feel creative” I wouldn’t scrap as often as I do. I like to sit down with some inspirational items (a new product I’m excited about or a special snapshot) and try to tap into a creative flow. Sometimes I can pump out the projects and other times nothing comes to me so I get up and try again at another time. I’m a former commercial artist so I’m used to working under deadline but some days it just doesn’t happen. I’ve learned to go with the flow.
2.  Where to you turn for creative inspiration??
I am truly inspired by products. Sometimes its a brand new line that I can’t wait to get my hands on and then the ideas just fly out of me. Sometimes it’s an old item that I find stowed away and I have to find a way to use it immediately. I’m a real nerd for this stuff, so for me the designs on these scrapbook products are a great starting place for projects.
3.  Pick one: 
Twitter or Instagram?
  Instagram all the way
Scissors or Paper Trimmer?
  Scissors. (because somehow I can never find the trimmer)
Early Bird or Night Owl?
   Middle of the day Canary?
Real tree or Artificial?
   Real. Little full, lotta sap.
Coffee or Soda?
   You can not make me pick one because I love them both.. as long as the coffee has so much cream in it it’s no longer coffee.
Peanut M&M or Plain?
   Peanut. Although I don’t really like chocolate. (I know, don’t hate me!!)

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I love asking quick questions like that…but, not like chocolate?!?

We have so enjoyed having Elizabeth as a Guest this month.  Her free and fun personality shine through her projects and always make me smile.  They are simple, yet clearly, thoughtfully organized!  One of my favorite parts of her pages is her handwriting.  Another simple, personal touch that adds so much!

Thanks Elizabeth for sharing your crafty energy with us during this hectic time of year!  We wish you a very Happy Holiday and all the best for 2017!!

And Thank YOU for stopping by the Blog today.  Any crafty energy you want to share with us, go over the the Facebook Scrapbook Circle of Friends page and load it up!

I hope you have an amazing day!

Happy New Year-exclusive digital cut

I can’t believe we are almost at the end of another year!  SERIOUSLY-time has flown and a lot has happened in our household, many changes.  Graduation, college, school teams, growth…the normal stuff that happens.  I remember this night like it was yesterday-it also helps that I made a little video and shared it on Instagram-the giggling was the best, my daughter and I had the most fun with the sparklers, just she and I.  She actually came back from her bonfire early so we could celebrate the New Year together, my picture is a screen shot of that video printed out with my Instax printer:

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For the exclusive digital cut I used white card stock, I then misted with color shine; Gold and Navy Blue.  In real life it REALLY pops–I wanted to mimic the light in the picture.6g8a3687  I decided I wanted the letters to stand out a bit so I put pop dots on the back of each of the letters:6g8a3681 6g8a3683

The creative process of this layout was really a lot of fun and I am pleased with the results.  We would love to see your creations made with any Scrapbook Circle kit, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page!

Technique Tip – Editing photos

I take tons of photos in all lights and times. I seldom create a page without editing my photo. One of my favorite applications to edit my photos is Radlab. It contains some awesome presets that just cleans up the photos and gives me what I need without me having to play around with manual editing settings. I launch Radlab either from photoshop elements or from Lightroom to edit my photos.

Here is a screenshot of the Radlab app showing me all the options I have:

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I then play around with the different presets that I have. I can also adjust the strength of the preset. I can also select multiple presets. I highly recommend getting this. It has been a life saver for me. Radlab has a sale twice a year and they mark down their prices quite a bit. Worth waiting for the sale to get your copy.

Here is the layout that I created after I edited this photo:

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The ephemera pack from illustrated faith had my heart. I used pretty much most of it on this layout. Here are some close ups:

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Do share your creations with us on the Scrapbook circle Facebook page!

1 Product 2 Ways – Jillibean Soup Label Stickers

Hello my friends!  I have been sitting in the rain, cold weather writing blog posts and this one has been a total ray of sunshine.  Allie and I used the Jillibean Soup Label Stickers to create a couple bright colorful layouts with the December ‘Everyday Stories kit.  Below is Allie’s page with a twist on the use of the stickers!

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“For this layout, I was inspired to use the outline of the stickers! Each word was outlined in its color, so I fussy cut the words from the cardstock sticker sheet. I scattered them throughout my page, and used a craft knife to place the tiny inside pieces. I saved the actual stickers on a piece of wax paper for later use, so I was able to get two sets of stickers from the sheet!”
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I love Allie’s take on the product by finding a new way to use stickers.  I love seeing the negative shape through the bold patterns in her layout.  Next up, is my scrapbook layout using the Jillibean Soup Stickers.

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I wanted to use the stickers, almost as a banner description, for each of the photos.  I printed several photos, thoughout the day, from my son’s birthday last year.  I added a square piece of patterned paper being each photo as well as a vellum ‘banner’ that I placed the sticker onto.  I wanted to create a fairly light page, keeping the focus on the Jillibean script stickers.  I added a couple other color coordinating stickers around each photo and used the exclusive SC acrylic words for my title…’best ever.’

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It is so exciting to check out the various approaches that the Design Team comes up with, but also fun to be part of the post, using different ways to use the featured product.  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Come be a part of the community at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page and share with us, your projects, opinions or random thoughts!

Have an amazing day!