Archive for January, 2017

1 Product 2 Ways – Crate Paper Heart Day Embellishments

Hi there!  Today, we are going to wrap up January’s ‘1 Product 2 Ways’ post with projects from Neela and Tessa.  Tessa’s darling daughter lights up her sweet layout below using the ‘Love Notes’ kit.


“I used almost all of the Crate Paper embellishments on a mini album (which you can see in the exclusive content .pdf if you are a subscriber!). I was left with just the prize ribbon and one button. I pulled my scraps from that same mini album and made more rosettes and prize ribbons with the Crate Paper stickers. Now my leftovers aren’t left out, and I’ve used up bits and pieces that I normally wouldn’t!”



I don’t know which is cuter, that sweet muffin or the embellishments!! 🙂  Neela uses a grid to create this gorgeous page below, keeping things light and lovely with vellum overlays!


“These hearts totally determined the subject of my layout. I don’t seem to make enough layouts with me and my husband together. So I used these hearts as an inspiration to make one with photos of the two of us. I decided to use my favorite design approach – grids. This was a perfect way to include multiple photos and highlight the hearts. The colors of our clothes were also perfect with the gorgeous colors of the hearts. I also love how well all the colors in the kit gel well together. I chose the green background as a bright contrast to the hearts and that makes them stand out more. I hope you will also use these hearts to document someone or something you dearly love.”



I love being able to count on a grid for a well organized layout design, it is so simple and yet so effective.  The black and white patterns paired with all the pink and hearts in Tessa’s page makes me want to sort through photos of my daughter at that age!  I hope our post today has filled your Tuesday with love and inspiration!  Share your creations with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook community page, Scrapbook Circle of Friends, and visit for more inspiration, challenges and sneak peeks into next month!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

January Challenge: X’s and O’s

Hello, Scrapbook Circle friends! Now that just about everyone has their January kits on hand, let’s wrap up the month with a challenge! Valentine’s Day is coming and love is in the air. Hugs and kisses, or should I say – X’s and O’s – are everywhere in the Love Notes kit. Inspired by those lovey-dovey letters, the challenge is to create a layout that features X’s and O’s. Creative team member Kelly has some fabulous inspiration for you today:

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Kelly put the Simple Stories “Sealed with a Kiss” patterned paper to work. She fussy-cut the X’s and O’s from the paper, then layered them on the dictionary page that came in the Love Notes kit.

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Because the arrangement of X’s and O’s reminded Kelly of a tic-tac-toe board, she sewed through the X’s. Love wins! Embellishments tucked into the X’s and O’s tie in with the embellishment cluster around her photo. What a pretty page!

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Ready to play along with the challenge? Here’s how:

1. Create a layout featuring X’s and O’s. The layout should be traditional or hybrid. This month’s Scrapbook Circle kit is perfect for this challenge, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, an online gallery, or social media site (be sure to tag Scrapbook Circle!). Comment on this post with a direct link to your layout.

3. For an extra entry, post your layout to our Facebook Community, Scrapbook Circle of Friends. Find the photo album titled “January Challenge – X’s and O’s” and add your layout. Feel free to tag me – @Tessa Elzea Buys – so I’m sure not to miss it!

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, 12th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on February 13th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

DT choice: our life in NUMBERS

Hey crafty friends!

Today, I’m here with a DT choice layout to share with you.  My husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary this past summer, and I thought it would be fun to document our life in numbers.  Examples of my journaling include: 12 years of marriage, 20 years together, 2 beautiful girls & one on the way, 2 dogs + lots of fishes…

The January Love Notes kit was perfect for my anniversary page!  I love all the pink and the love themed sentiments.




With a baby in the house, I’m all about simple scrapbooking lately.  This layout didn’t take too long, but I love how it turned out, and I love how the photos are the highlight of the layout.

To make my layout:

  1. I cut out a frame from a piece of white cardstock.
  2. Then I framed the Crate Paper pattern paper, and added some machine stitching.
  3. I added 2 photos that I printed to look like polaroid/instax photos.
  4. I placed my title.  I printed part of my title on an Elle’s Studio label and used alphas from the November Hot Cocoa add-on (I love those Pinkfresh Studio alphas!)
  5. I added journaling strips that I typed up on the computer.
  6. Then I embellished.  I used the pink XO project life heart, which I cute down to fit in my space.  I also used simple stories word stickers and a label sticker for my date.  The 2 flags on top are cut out from a piece of pattern paper from the Crate Paper 6×6 paper pad from the January True Love add-on.

I hope you like what I created and are inspired to get crafty!

Have a lovely day!


Designer’s Choice – Moonstruck

I love the MoonStruck collection in January Love Notes kit. Specifically those butterflies. These butterflies totally reminded me of the photo of my son and his friend playing in the park in the zoo chasing butterflies. Oh my god! How much he has grown since then. He was only 4 in this photo and is 12 now. I love going back in time and recording the memories that I can remember.


For this layout, I mainly stuck to the moonstruck collection in the January Love Notes Kit. It is so pretty. I split the layout in half with the black and white paper. I then straddled my photo across the two halves for interest. I then backed the photo with some pieces from the moonstruck ephemera. I added my title – ‘amazing’ and then added my butterflies. The Noted tag is from the project life Ephemera.

Here is another look:


Hope you are inspired and will share your creations on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page.

Getting to Know Allison Waken – January Guest Designer

Hello there lovelies!  Today we are looking at the second project from our Guest Designer, Allison Waken.  Before we get to her layout, let’s learn a little bit more about Allison.  I asked her to answer a few of the questions I am always curious about other designers.


1. When do you do your scrapbooking…do you set specific time aside or wait until you are feeling creative??

A little bit of both! Usually it’s just when I feel like being crafty but sometimes if I notice that I haven’t scrapped in a while I’ll set aside time (usually in the evening) to get some memories down.

2. Do you keep a Planner or Memory Keeper? Or both??

I keep both, but I’m more of a “sometimes” planner person and always memory keeping person.

3. Name 3 things you couldn’t craft without!!

Let’s see, I don’t think I’d like to sit down and craft without my stapler, scissors and some new patterned paper!

Here is Allison’s page using the January main kit, “Love Notes” and a few pieces of both the “Hot Stuff” and “True Love”  Add-Ons.  She also describes her creative process below.


“I have been loving my traveler’s notebook this last year. The portability just makes it so easy for me to get memories down quickly and/or on the go. For this little spread I printed 6 2″x2″ photos on 4″x6″ photo paper. I knew that by keeping so many photos in a compact size, that it would fit great in the notebook without being too crowded. I always lay out my photos and play a bit with embellishments before committing anything to adhesive. I wanted to use some of the cute embellishments from the kit so I kept the paper to a minimum so that it wouldn’t be too super thick in my album.”


“I love when embellishments come on clear backing because I just cut out the backing and can move them around on the spread without having to worry about sticking them down until I’m sure of where I want it! I kept finding strips of paper for the right side and was glad I didn’t adhere anything until the end. A quick title, date and note about what we were singing in our seats and the spread was finished!”


“I love simple, memorable moments like this in my traveler’s notebook. I carry it around with me often so it’s fun to pull out and show friends or family as an alternative to just using my phone. Sometimes it’s fun to flip through a physical book – even if you’re sitting at a restaurant!”

Allison’s take on memory keeping in general is an inspiration.  I think as scrapbookers, we crave a tactile, physical product in our hands and with technology today, the idea of pulling that our of your bag, instead of a phone in so appealing.  I love the convenience and unbelievable reach of social media as much as the next crafter, but I do love the feel of paper and embellishments!

Thank you so much Allison, for sharing a piece of yourself and your formula for reflection with us!  And thank you to our readers and subscribers for sharing your valuable time with us.  You can find Allison at the links listed below.  Have a great weekend!

Links: Website / YouTube / Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

Scrapbook Circle Digi Cuts with Rebecca

Do you love the exclusive digital die cuts that Scrapbook Circle creates each month to coordinate with their kits? January’s kit Love Notes has a really fun 12 x 12 border of x’s and o’s and I was dying to use it on a layout.

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I love backing die cuts with patterned paper, but it was even more fun to back this border with the corrugated cardstock sheet. The corrugated paper added a pop of color and dimension!

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Of course my favorite part of creating with die cut backgrounds is filling the open spaces with goodies. So for the O’s I punched out 3/4 inch circles and popped them up on dimensional adhesive. On several O’s I placed flair too. I popped up some of the other elements on my page too and I love all the dimension it has.

If you’ve been using the exclusive Scrapbook Circle digital dies cuts we would love to see. Please share in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends facebook page.

🙂 Rebecca

Tech Tip: SIX

Hello friends!

Today I have a layout using January Love Notes kit, and the January True Love add-on.

I wanted to document my daughter turning 6 this past summer, and a few of her favorites.  She loves shopkins, playing with her dolls, and watching youtube kids.  Her favorite foods are pizza, corndogs, pasta, and chocolate.  Her bffs are Tiffany, Ava, Ava, and Lauren…sounds about right for a 6 year old, right?!  [smiley face]

I absolutely loved the papers in the Crate Paper 6×6 paper pad, so I created a heart layout using them!



For my technique tip:  adding a bit of oomph & dimension to your photo.  I don’t know if you can tell from my photos above, but my photo is 3-d; It’s 2 photos in one.  I was actually “making lemonade from lemons” with this technique.  My printer kept printing ink smudges on the photo, so I reprinted it several times.  I didn’t want to waste the photos, so I thought why don’t I create a 3-d photo.  I fussy cut out my daughter in one of the photos and attached it to another photo with my favorite thin foam dots for a subtle 3-d effect.

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It just adds a little “somethin’ somethin'” to my layout, and I love it!

To create my layout:

  1. I used a heart punch to punch out a bunch of hearts from the pattern paper in the 6×6 Crate Paper pad.
  2. I lined them up on a piece of white cardstock and added machine stitching.
  3. I added my photo with foam dots.
  4. I added the title using Pinkfresh Studio alphas from the November Hot Cocoa add-on and journaling that I typed up on the computer.
  5. I embellished with a simple stories word sticker and label sticker with my date.  I also added a fancy pants cork sticker.

That’s it!  I hope you like my layout!  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!



1 Product 2 Ways – Scrapbook Circle Exclusive ‘xoxo’ Acrylic

Happy Tuesday friends!!  I just got back from CHA/Creativation in Phoenix and I can tell you that the new releases are super exciting and inspiring…lots of freshness for the Spring!

In preparation for Valentine’s or just because “Love is All You Need…”  Diana and Allie are sharing with us their lovely projects using the current “Love Notes” kit.


Diana, appropriately for the season, created a card, describing what she did below!

“When I first saw this xoxo piece in my January kit- I KNEW that I had to create a card with it!  My favorite way to adhere it to my paper is with 3M quick dry adhesive!”


I love the contrasting papers she chose, making the acrylic piece really pop!

Next up, Allie shares her scrapbook layout, using the Simple Stories ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ paper and our exclusive acrylic!


“When using the acrylic word, I noticed that there were several other “XOXO” elements throughout the kit! I decided to make that the focus of my layout. I hand cut the Xs and Os from the Simple Stories paper in the kit, and laid them out on my page in rows. I used the acrylic word in the middle of them so it would stand out as the title. I love how the acrylic word helped me use the patterned paper in a unique way!”


I love Allie’s use of the black and white photo, her unique reinterpretation of the paper and clearly, all the love!  Diana’s project, although smaller, is no less packed full of details and thought!

Thanks for sharing the love with us Diana and Allie!  And thank YOU for stopping by today to check out the blog…I am feeling particularly thankful for this past weekend, full of innovative minds; a passion for creating (regardless of medium) and to quote one of my favorite movies, “you’ll find that love actually IS all around…”

Please check out our FB community page, Scrapbook Circle of Friends, for more ideas, updates and all that community stuff!

Have an awesome day!

Take 2 – My Layout From Last Month’s Kit

Hello! Welcome back to the blog. It’s Claudia here with you and today I’m sharing my ‘Take 2’ on a layout I made with last month’s kit. This is the layout I worked off of;


This layout is probably my favorite I’ve made in a while because I love the color combination of navy with the soft pink and who doesn’t love a good snow photo?

I first selected some patterned papers from the kit that I wanted to use. I’m mainly using the ephemera from the Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection which came in the Hot Stuff add on because I just love it so much. The branding strip on the right inspired my color scheme. The original layout doesn’t have a branding strip but I just really loved how it looked next to the pink heart with black dots paper.



My favorite paper in this month’s kit is the one with all the different squares on it. I cut out this pink butterfly from one of those squares.




I love tiny word stickers so I just had to use a few on this layout as well.



Thank you so much for joining me, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout. Do you ever do a take 2 on any of your layouts? We’d love to see!


– Claudia

Designer’s Choice: Amazing Little Moments

Hello there! Allie here today, sharing a layout using the January Love Notes kit. I loved the beautiful Pink Paislee Moonstruck squares paper, and couldn’t wait to use it on my page!


I wanted the square patterned paper to be my background, so I cut the individual squares out using my paper trimmer. I laid them out on a white piece of cardstock, angling them in different directions for an imperfect look. Once I glued all the squares down, I stitchd a sheet of vellum over the top to further tone down the business. I adhered the vellum using adhesive in a few random spots before I sewed it down. You can see the adhesive, but I’m okay with that. It’s perfectly imperfect! Next, I used a doily and the B side of the squares paper as layers to my photo. I added some ephemera pieces included in the main kit and in the Hot Stuff add on.I stitched down my title, and the layout was complete!


I had so much fun using that gorgeous patterned paper to create my layout! Using vellum over a busy pattern is one of my favorite background techniques. I hope you feel inspired to use a busy paper as a background!