Archive for March, 2017

March Exclusive Printables

Hello there! Today I’m sharing a page using the exclusive printables included with the March Happy Place kit!

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This layout was super simple to create! I found a quote in the Silhouette Store, and cut it from white cardstock. I backed each word with different patterns from the printables and paper in the kit. I traced each word with a black pen so the letters stood out. Next, I added my photo and some hearts from the kit. That’s it!! Super easy to make!

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I hope you feel inspired to use the printables!

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Hello Scrapbook Circle friends!

I hope your March has been good to you, and you are enjoying the start of Spring.  I’m sure like me, your month has flown by!  I’m already planning ahead for April.  April is a busy month for us, as both my oldest daughter’s and my husband’s birthdays are in April.  Planning my month out is crucial to keeping me on schedule, and it doesn’t hurt to make it pretty!  I like to have a good month at a glance spread, and then I will get more detailed (and messy) in my weekly spreads.

I tackled my April spread with the March Happy Place kit and the March Good Stuff add-on.  The Paige Evans Pink Paislee stamp set in this kit is perfect for planners!

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I love including photos in my planner.  I put a photo of my older daughter on her birthday, and a recent photo of my husband and I on his birthday.  I also included a recent favorite photo of my girls on one of the empty days.  Next, I used my Paige Evans Pink Paislee stamp set.  I used the lines, and the bullet points on the days that I needed it with blue ink.  I also stamped a few of the other images, like the florals in the corner, and the Weekend with black ink.  Then, I cut out squares from a few of the Amy Tangerine multi-square 6×6 pages, and they fit perfectly in my calendar squares!  I especially love the Taco truck, which I put in a Tuesday square, and the succulents.  After filling my planner with important dates and to-dos, I embellished with stickers.  I also made a page marker using Amy Tangerine papers, and my planner punch tool.  Finally, I made a bow using metal dies, my die cutting machine, and Amy Tangerine papers.  I adhered the bow to a paper clip, and clipped it to my planner.

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I hope my post today has inspired you to get creative with your planners.  Happy crafting!

 

Tech Tip with Jennifer

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends! It’s no secret to those who know me that I am a stalk-a-razzi when it comes to taking pictures of my kids. I love capturing those little moments when they are unaware of the camera, carefree, and completely genuine.

For this month’s tech tip, I want to share with you how I took an entire series of photos and created a layout showing the event from beginning to end.

To create this project, I began by using the Scrapbook Circle You Are Here digital cut file with Shimelle patterned paper. Next, I placed my photos in a circle on the white card stock and began adding shapes in between. When I am going through this process, I use photo squares to “tack” my photos and embellishments in place. This allows me to move items and stick them back down again without using permanent adhesive.

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With the first layer of embellishments in place, I machine-stitched a circle to attach them to the card stock.

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I continued this process of placing embellishments around the circle and stitching them in place, and finally stitched the photos onto the card stock.

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My final photo is larger than the others to bring more attention to the end of the series. I love these goofy girls, and these fun pictures of them dancing on our trampoline during winter break is a fun reminder of their special friendship.

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I completed the layout by adding a few of the puffy stickers and stamps from the March kit along with the title in the middle of the circle.

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Thank you for stopping by today! Don’t forget to visit the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group for more inspiration from the creative team as well as monthly challenges.

Jen

1 Product 2 Ways – Amy Tan Watercolor Resist Tags

Hello everyone!  As March comes to an end, our last weekly 1 Product 2 Ways post features one of my favorite pieces from the “Happy Place” kit.  I asked Rebecca & Claudia to use the Watercolor Resist tags from the latest Amy Tan collection, “On A Whim.”  We’ll begin with Claudia’s layout below…march02

“Hello everyone, today I’m sharing a layout where I used the Amy Tangerine Watercolor Resist Tags that came in this month’s kit. I love the look of coloring them with watercolor but I’m always afraid to mess it up and I can’t fix / undo it but I decided to try my luck on these tags. Your tags might be different from mine but I’m using the one with the camera and the floral. I added a bit of subtle color to go with the color scheme I had in mind. I also selected some papers to make tags out of (I used a few scraps of paper from last month’s kit to add some more black) and used a small hole punch so I could put some twine through it. I embellished the tags I cut out of paper with some stickers and smaller embellishments. I added some colorful splatters to finish off the layout.”

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As usual, Claudia’s color palette is comprised of lovely feminine colors framing her black & white pic.  Rebecca goes for a bolder palette in her page below, using both the paper and alphas to convey Paradise!

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As a treat, Rebecca also included this video tutorial below sharing her methods for adding color to the tags.  Just click below or HERE to find the video…

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Rebecca 3.24.17_dClaudia’s playful use of patterned paper and embellishments appropriately reminds me of the playful nature of cats!  Likewise, Rebecca’s uses the rainbow color stripe piece of paper coordinated with the alphas to further emphasize the vivid colors in the photo and the tags.

As usual, amazing ideas you gals!  Thank you for stopping by and sharing a piece of your day with us and be sure to check out Rebecca’s video too!

Have an amazing day!

Pineapple Puns – Tessa’s Take on the March Challenge

Hello, everyone! I was so inspired by Diana’s take on the March Challenge – Fruity Puns – that I decided to make some cards myself. I found a few pineapple-themed puns on Pinterest (which you can see here), and made this happy trio using the March kit and add-ons:

Tessa Buys Pineapple Puns Cards 1“I pine for you” is perfect for someone you haven’t seen in awhile. The acrylic “hi” from the main kit adds some fabulous dimension, and the pineapple and gold washi tapes make this card a quick one to put together.

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“Spiky on the outside, sweet on the inside” is a sentiment I have in mind for one of my more spunky friends. Anytime spent with her is a good time, so this card is perfect for her!

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Have a super sunny day, “you FINEapple, you!” I used orange and yellow watercolors to dye the Amy Tangerine Tag and match the “inflatable” pineapple embellishment. I wish I had a dozen of those! This card is for anyone who might need some cheering up.

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Have you had a chance to play along with our challenge yet? If not, there’s still a couple weeks left to get your entry in. See the original challenge post with all the details here. Happy creating!

Two Ways to Add Journaling

I am not one of those people who ONLY uses computer journaling or ONLY uses handwritten journaling. I see the benefits of each of them and use them for different purposes and to add different effects. For this first layout, I wanted to add a bunch of the Shimelle stickers to the layout and loved the little journaling spots.

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Everything about this layout is fun and whimsical and I thought those journaling spots really kept with that look. Plus, I love the fact that they had journaling lines because I really struggle with my handwriting, especially when there are no lines. Since I only had a short “story” to tell, the journaling spots lent adequate space to say what I wanted to say.

For this layout, I had much more to say. These photos were taken at the beginning of the school year and seeing them, I began to reflect on how much has changed this year between my kids. Watching their relationship grow and develop has been the penultimate part of the 2016/2017 school year.

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I find it much easier to write a longer “story” when I use computer or typewritten journaling. I also like to use a longer journaling piece as a design element. For this layout, that meant including a magazine-type column of text off to the right of the photos.

 

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And just in case you were wondering, you do not have to spend a lot of money to get a typewriter that fits 12×12 paper! Check Craigslist or local yard sales. I got this one on Craigslist for $40!

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What is your favorite way to add journaling to your layout? We’d love to see examples in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page!

🙂 Rebecca

 

DT Choice: Happy and Amazing

Hello friends! Today I have two layouts to share with you using the March Happy Place kit!

My first layout was inspired  by the scalloped paper in the kit. I hand cut the scallops, and sewed them down on my page at an angle. I love the background it created!

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I also fussy cut some lowers from the Amy Tangerine paper. I added my embellishments, including the beautiful rose gold foil tag! Super cute! I love how it turned out.

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For my next layout, I create my own embellishments! I used a paper punch to create two paper rosettes to highlight the bunny and fox in the Shimelle pattern paper. I created the background using patterned paper and washi tape from the sticker book. I cut out circles from the Shimelle patterned paper, and mixed them in with circles from the Fancy Pants stickers. I love all the fun colors and patterns!

I loved creating this layout, and playing with this kit! Thanks for joining me!

March Exclusive Digital Cut File

Did you know that in addition to all of the fabulous physical product you receive with each of our kits that you also receive an email that contains a printable, digital cut file and exclusive inspirational content?

Today I’m going to feature the cut file that is included with your March Happy Place Kit. Here’s a look at the cut file:

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This is a fun file because both the negative and positive spaces could be used on projects. I decided to use the background of the file on my page and weave and tuck some of the photos and embellishments under the lines.

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To fill in the spaces behind the cut cardstock, I stacked a few strips of patterned paper from the kit. It was a fun way to bring in a few patterns and colors.

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Be sure to watch your email if you’ve ordered the March Kit so that you can download all of your exclusive digital goodies!

Tech Tip: Fun With Squares

Hello! It’s Claudia here with you and today I’m sharing a quick tip on how to create some fun backgrounds with squares. This is a great way to use up scraps of paper once you get towards the end of your kit or if you feel like you lost your mojo. I personally feel like it’s a lot easier to embellish a layout if there are a lot of patterns/colors in the background.

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For the purpose of this tutorial I am using a paper from the 6×6 paper pad that came in this month’s ‘Have Fun’ add on but you can easily use the papers that are included in this month’s kit. The squares I’m using are a little bit over 1″.

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The first thing I did was cut up the strips from the 6×6 papers I chose. Even this would make a fun and interesting background but I wanted to show you multiple options so we’re not going to leave it like this.

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Now we cut them into individual squares and placed them in a grid position. If you choose to go with single squares, there are also a ton of different looks you can go with – just play with it until you are happy with how it’s looking.

I wanted to make it look even more interesting so I cut some of the squares in half and positioned them on my layout like this;

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If you wanted you could cut them all in half and make a layout like that, squares are really fun to play around with and allow you to create a lot of different backgrounds without even having to use a cameo.

 

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I hope you found this quick tip useful and that you will try it out. Here is my final layout;

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Thank you so much for joining me, I hope you have a wonderful day.

– Claudia

1 Product 2 Ways – Fancy Pants Shapes & Dot Puffy Shapes

Hello and welcome to Tuesday!!  I am sharing some seriously colorful projects today featuring the Shapes & Dot Puffy Stickers from Fancy Pants that are part of the March ‘Happy Place’ kit.  Jennifer’s bold splash of flowers and black and white stripes make me keep coming back to this LO for more!!

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“I love the Fancy Pants Designs puffy stickers in the March kit and they match the flowers on the Amy Tangerine paper perfectly. For this project, I fussy cut several of the flowers and positioned them in bouquet of sorts behind my photo. From there, I used the puffy stickers to add dimension to the flowers as well create a title that cascades down the page at an angle.”

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Next up is Kelly with an equally colorful page that makes me anxious for summer time!  Kelly uses clusters of the puffy stickers to point to her photo and title…I love the way she used the ‘weekend’ list stamp too!

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“I kept my background simple, and scattered the Puffy Stickers throughout my page. I started by placing the colorful triangles kind of strategically, then went back and filled in with a few of the black dots. I added hearts and x’s in sets of three, and really liked how the word ‘Happy’ blended into the 6×6 paper.”

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Great ideas girls!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today.  Check out the Scrapbook Circle of Friends community page on Facebook for updates, inspiration and challenges!!

Have an amazing week!