Archive for May, 2017

Take 2 – BE always blooming

Summer’s almost here friends!  Or in some places, it might already be here.  Today, I am sharing my layout for a Take 2 post, using the May “Take Note” kit.  I decided to reach way back and grab one of former design team member Neela’s pages for inspiration!  I thought it would be interesting to find something from a completely different season to take as inspiration!

Neela’s layout from the December 2016 kit “Everyday Stories” has a a single amazing photo, punched patterened paper snowflakes in a frame around the photo and her journaling around the outer edges.

Instead of punching shapes, I fussy cut lots of the flowers on the black & white patterned paper from Dear Lizzy.  I used watercolors to paint the flowers and leaves, keeping the color palette fairly subtle.

Following Neela’s page as a sketch for mine, I used 1 photo in the center and added my water colored flowers and leaves around all four sides of the photo.

I loved the way Neela wrote around the perimeter of the page, but instead decided to use it as a graphic cue and mount this piece of black and white polka dot paper behind the main layout.  I added my title using these black script font Thickers and some more die cuts and stickers.

Thank for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope this has motivated you to take a 2nd look at one of your own layouts or inspiration from another designer!  Share your creations and find more info at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook community page.

Have an amazing week!

May Challenge: Color Me Pretty

Inspired by the “Color Me Pretty” patterned paper in the May kit, Take Note, our next challenge is to create a layout featuring colored-in images. While this paper is perfect for the challenge, as well as the matching washi tape found in the Here We Go add-on, any image you can color in will do. You can use colored pencils, watercolors, art markers, paint…whatever medium your heart desires. The lovely Jennifer has created a gorgeous page to get the ideas flowing:

Jennifer used watercolors to paint some of the flowers on the patterned paper. She used the paper as the background on the left side of her layout…

…then fussy-cut several flowers to use as embellishments clustered around her photo:

I love how the watercolor naturally curled the cut-outs a bit, giving them texture and a bit of lift off of the page.

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

1. Create a layout featuring colored-in elements. Traditional or hybrid. This month’s Scrapbook Circle kit is perfect for this challenge, but any materials will do.

2. Post your project 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. Add your project to the photo album “May Challenge – Color Me Pretty”.

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, June 11th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on Monday, June 12th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Flowers on a teenage boy page?

Why yes, I decided to added a bit of flowers to my son’s homecoming picture page of the guys in his group-it’s actually sort of perfect! 
I loved the fact that they let me take these pictures of just the guys-they were SO funny!  For my son this was his first date, he went with one his best friends who shares the SAME exact birthday!  Anyway, I loved the mix of embellishments and textures in the Take Note, it made it easy to create interest without a lot of bulk to my page.

Here are a few closeups of the page for better detail:

We would love to see any of your creations using a Scrapbook Circle kit, please feel free to share them on our Facebook Page, Scrapbook Circle of Friends!

Pearl Earrings, DT choice

Hey guys!  I’m here today with a DT choice layout using the May Take Note kit!

We got my baby girl’s ears pierced recently, and I wanted to document this milestone.  We got her sisters’ ears pierced when they were 4 1/2 months old, and we wanted to do the same for baby girl.  She looks so sweet with her little pearl earrings!

I wanted to draw the eye directly to the photo, so I added lots of layers, and left the rest of the layout somewhat soft.  I cut down some pattern papers from the kit, and layered them under the photo.  I fussy cut those flowers from the Webster’s Pages pattern paper, and added them under and over the photo as well.  For the background behind the photo, I used a cut file and my silhouette to cut the circles/hearts from white cardstock.  I backed the hearts with the Paige Evans 08 paper, and added some hand stitching.  I wanted a subtle background, so I adhered the cut file on the soft pink watercolor patten paper from Heidi Swapp.  Then, I cut it down so it would cover 2/3 of the layout. I adhered my layered photo cluster, and added my title using the Pinkfresh Studio stickers from my April Our Story kit.

On the left 1/3 of the layout, I added my journaling, which I typed on the computer on white cardstock.  I also used the light aqua letters to spell out her name.  I framed and backed my layout with the Dear Lizzy pattern paper, and stitched everything down for added interest and texture.  To finish off my layout, I added some gold splatters, and a few tiny pearls that I had in my stash.

I hope you were inspired by my layout today, and I hope my baby’s picture made you smile!

May Guest Designer – Stephanie Buice

Hi there Friends!  Today we are looking at the second project from our May Guest Designer, the uber talented Stephanie Buice!  Before we get to her layout, let’s learn a little bit more about Stephanie.  As part of usual Guest Designer Post, 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??

Nap Time! I think it’s one of my favorite times of the day ha! When my son lays down for his nap is when I usually fit my work in. Although he’s now 5 so his naps have  become more like quiet play, but at this point in the game I’ll just take whatever I can get lol.

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

Yes! I’m a Happy Planner girl. Although it is way less decorated than it used to be, I still enjoy dressing it up a bit from time to time so it’s mainly just me chicken scratching everything in with random stickers that make me smile.

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

Ohhh, three things I couldn’t craft without, hmm… Daylight! I have no clue why but as soon as it’s dark I just can’t get anything done in here, Alphabet stickers, and some sort of die cuts. My current style is so much less fussy than it has been in the past, I’m not sure if it’s more of a style change or if its the honest truth glaring me in the face that I just don’t have as much time as I used to.

Here is Stephanie’s page using the May main kit, “Take Note” and a few pieces of the “Here We Go”  Add-On.  She also gives us some insight to her creative process below.

“The patterned papers in this kit were some of my favorites I’ve seen in a while, I think they were pretty versatile. Some were playful and colorful, but some were still soft enough to keep things simple. The first thing I did for this one was cut out the word “LOVE”. At first I thought my title was going to be “LOVE YOU”, but I later decided against that and just added the You Make Me Happy underneath of it.”

“Every Sunday while we wait a few minutes before heading into church my son likes to take what he calls our “Sunday Selfies”. They’re usually blurry from him jumping around the car next to  me or awkward ones of him kissing my cheek (those are usually my favorites ha!). Anyways, I wanted to scrap a few to remember how much he enjoys taking them because it’s just a simple thing that makes us happy.”

“I mixed in a few of the die cuts and added more of the floral washi along the bottom.  All in all a simple page, but I like all the color I was still able to fit in. Thanks again for having me as the May guest designer, and I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects!”

Stephanie has such a great eye for combining color and pattern.  She always knows exactly how much to add without overwhelming the photos and the story.  Looking at her work always leaves a smile on my face…her style is just in a word…happy!! 🙂

Thank you so much sweet Stephanie, for sharing a piece of yourself and your creative formula with us!  And thank you for sharing some of your day time with us.  You can find Stephanie at the links listed below.  Have a great (Memorial Day, for the U.S.) weekend!

Links: WebsiteInstagram / Facebook /  Pinterest

 

Cut file: a trio of cards

Hey guys!  I hope you all are having an amazing week so far!  Today, I have a trio of cards to share with you using this month’s cut file.  As soon as I saw the cut files, I knew they would be perfect on handmade cards.  I thought the bold sentiments would look great on a colored background.  I also used the May Take Note kit.

I enlarged the sentiment so that they would fit boldly on an A2 sized card.  Then, I cut the sentiments 3 times each.  I glued the sentiments on top of each other creating a chipboard effect, which I talked about in this Tech Tip post last year.  I created my background with watercolors; I used one color on each card, but I started out with the watercolor extremely watered down, and got more pigmented as I worked my way down.  I was actually inspired by a cardmaker, Kristina Werner, to try this technique.  Once the watercolor pieces were dry, I trimmed them down, and adhered them to a card base with foam tape to add dimension.

For my “mothers day” card, I used a teal watercolor.  I used some Distress inks and an ink blending tool to add color to the sentiment.  I think it really pops agains the background.  I fussy cut the poppy flowers from the Webster’s pages pattern paper.  I added a few pearls from my stash to complete the card.

For my “celebrate you” card, I used a purple watercolor.  I fussy cut the flowers from the Dear Lizzy pattern paper (my fave!).  My younger sister is graduating college, so I made this card keeping her in mind.

For my “happy day” card, I used a pinkish-red watercolor.  I added a few sequins from my stash.

I absolutely love how bold and graphic my cards look!  I can’t wait to hand these out.  I hope you are inspired to get crafty!  Even though I used the cut files for cards, I think they would make great titles on layouts as well!

 

 

Let the Pattern paper do the talking. A Tech tip by Diana.

Hello!  Diana here today sharing with you a quick tech tip using the May kit; Take Note.

For this layout I really wanted the beautiful background pattern paper do the talking, and let the picture stand out.

My goal was not to cover to much of the paper up but give some dimension to the page but layering up pattern paper and embellishments.

I’m really happy with the results; here are a few closeups:

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1 Product 2 Ways – Scrapbook Circle Cork Embellishments

This Tuesday we are going to feature a Scrapbook Circle Exclusive embellishment that is part of the May “Take Note” kit.  The cork heart pieces are used as a singular focus in the title of Dona’s layout below.

“When I first got the kit, I laid it out all over my table to take it all in and one of the ”love” cork hearts landed by the word “story” and immediately I thought of using one heart as part of my title. So, I highlighted the cork heart embellishments by using it as part of a title with this layout about my daughter’s love of nature.”

Kelly uses her cork hearts to make more af a pattern on her page…check out her layout and description below:

“I love to use like embellishments in groups of three! After lining the first three hearts along the left side of the page, I thought it would be a unique touch to add the remaining three to the edge of the right side. I trimmed off the over hang, and the result added some much needed balance.”

What beautiful creations girls!  I love the cork addition to Dona’s title which brings out the subject of her photo, not to mention her stitching and watercolor lettering.  And Kelly’s offset composition is such a wonderful balance of color and an inspiring study in composition!

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DT Choice with Kelly

Hello everyone! It’s Kelly here today sharing a page created with the May kit, Take Note.

I couldn’t let the month of May pass by without creating a layout about my cute kiddos in honor of Mother’s Day.

I love, love all of the tickets from this month’s kit, and thought they were the perfect size to use as a mat for wallet sized photos. I usually like to work in layers with stitching on most of my projects. Here, I forgot that I wanted to stitch over the tag with the zig zag…so, I simply went back over it with a straight stitch.

Stitching is such a fun way to ground your elements, and it gives a more ‘finished’ look to any project.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Need some more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery for more amazing ideas on how to use this month’s kit!

Use Up the Die Cuts!

Did you love all the Die Cuts that came in this month’s Scrapbook Circle Kit and Add Ons?

I really enjoy using die cuts in scrapbooking because you can use them flat or add dimension behind them with dimensional adhesive.

Since there were so many, I wanted to make a real dent in their numbers so I used this month’s kit and add ons for my Monthly Stash Bash blog hop.

A few crafters I know get together each month and hop around YouTube with process videos where we show how to bash a stash of crafting items. Lucky for me, this month was either chipboard or die cuts. You can see the process video I made using this month’s Scrapbook Circle kit here:

I would love to hear how you are using the die cuts from this month’s kit and add ons!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca