Archive for July, 2017

Take 2 with Diana Waite

Hello Diana here!  I love taking a second shot on a layout that I have created.  There are a few reasons why I love to do that one-I get to recreate a page that I already love and another reason it takes the “think” out of the creative part of the layout! 😉   For my inspiration I went with this layout from February of this year, as you will notice.  My layout is about the same son:

And here is my lift of the same layout: I loved the ability to use 4 small photographs-and these poses are seriously almost identical WITHOUT prompting-he cracks me up honesty!

one of the points that I really liked about the original layout was the journaling with the letter stickers:

I really like how the little phrases help to describe the layout.

If you have any pages that you have lifted of yourself using any Scrapbook Circle kit we would love to have you share them on our Facebook page Scrapbook Circle of Friends.

Be Real with Kelly

Hello! It’s Kelly here today sharing a Project Life style layout made with the July kit, Smile More.

I adhered my Instagram photos to patterned paper trimmed down to 3.5×5, and then cut them in half to fit in my 8.5×11 pocket page.

I used the middle pocket for some sequins and acrylic stars, and then stitched it closed to keep them in place.

I love using pocket pages to document little everyday moments. I snapped these pictures after my husband stopped the car to get a turtle from the middle of the road. The kids oohed and aahed, and ‘pet’ it’s shell before he set it down in the ditch. I love capturing these little moments.

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

Thanks for stopping by today!

2 cards featuring the July Laugh More add-on

Hey crafty friends!

Today, I’m sharing 2 cards that I made using the July Laugh More add-on.  I am a 6×6 paper pad addict, and I love me a good alpha sticker, so I had to jump on this month’s add-on!  I also used the Pinkfresh Studio rubber charms from the July Smile More kit.

For my first card, I started by cutting out the sentiment piece from one of the 6×6 Pinkfresh Studio papers.  I picked the flower charm that matched the colors of the sentiment.

I picked out the fun black and white paper from the 6×6 paper pad, and die cut it into a rectangle.  I selectively colored in some of the images with matching Copic marker colors.  I added a machine stitched border around the sentiment piece, and added some foam tape behind it.  I got some gold thread and added some to the back of the adhesive before I attached it to the card base.  I added some gold splatters and the adhered the rubber charm.  I cut out and folded a light pink card base.  To create more interest, I inked up the bottom of the card base with a similar toned distress ink to create an ombre look.  I then adhered the card piece with foam tape onto the card base.

For my second card, I started with the SHINE sentiment I wanted to create using the thickers.

I chose a pattern paper from the 6×6 pad and die cut a rectangle.  Next, I picked one of the washi sentiments from the Pinkfresh Studio washi stickers.  Then I added the thickers.  I wanted to add a rubber charm to this card as well, and I thought the rainbow and stars would be good with the sentiment.  I thought that the diamond shape looked like a kite, so I got a piece of thread and attached it to the back.  To make it look even more like a kite, I cut tiny little bows from a paper from the 6×6 pad and glued them onto the string.  (I used my craft tweezers.)  To finish off the card, I added some foam tape to the back and attached it to a light pink card base that I made.  (It’s the same cardstock I used in my first card.)

I already have in mind who I’m giving the first card to.  I have a friend battling breast cancer right now, and I want her to know how brave and strong she is.

That’s it for me today!  I hope you like my cards, and I hope you’re feeling crafty!


matting your photos tech tip by Diana

Hello! Diana here I wanted to share with you one of my go to favorite tech tips!  I enjoy photos that pop off the page even when the background is pretty busy like this page:

To help those photos stand on their own I like to matte them with white cardstock.  Simple and easy-to create straight edges I use my paper trimmer and eye ball the edge and try to match that.

Here’s a better closeup of the pictures:

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

One Embellishment Inspiration – DIY Party Fringe

Hello there friends!  Hope you are all having a wonderful week and enjoying the summer weather wherever you are!  This last Tuesday of the July, Jung is sharing the most lovely scrapbook page!  Her focus was to use the Fringe Paper in the July kit Smile More from the American Crafts DIY collection.

“When I saw the DIY fringe, I knew I wanted to use them in long strips across my page. I wanted to make my own fringe with pattern paper and include it as well. My layout was looking pretty monochromatic, so I decided to color one strip of fringe a bright magenta pink to match my daughter’s glasses. I used some distress ink and an ink blending tool to dab the ink onto the fringe. I added more layers of ink to deepen the color.”

“I used some distress ink and an ink blending tool to dab the ink onto the fringe. I added more layers of ink to deepen the color.”

“I love the way the green and white fringe kind of echo the florals behind my daughter in the photo, and the tiny flowers that I fussy cut emphasize that even more.”

I have so many things I want to say about Jung’s layout, but she literally said it all…

I love her subtle color associations and her simple yet powerful, dynamic design.  Thank you Jung for sharing pieces of your family and for ALL your inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and we hope you have an amazing day!

Big Titles = Big Impact

Hello, Scrapbook Circle friends! Creative team member Dona has created a really fun page that I just know is going to have you running to your work space to scraplift:

Using the July kit, Smile More, Dona die cut most of her title from a piece of patterned paper. Then, she adhered the paper to the navy corrugated cardstock from the kit. The letters have a fun texture and depth to them, don’t you think?

Dona also used spray paint to color the acrylic “happy”, changing it from white to a bright and cheery orange.

If you’re still working your way through the July kit, give Dona’s big title technique a go. You’re sure to love the result!



Winner: June Challenge

Congratulations go to…

Rebecca K

…who created this beautiful page using her Scrapbook Circle kit.

Please email me at [email protected] and we will get you set up with your shop credit.


Perfect Day at the Zoo

Hey there Scrapbook Circle friends!  I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Today, I have my DT choice layout to share with you.  I am finally getting around to scrapbooking a trip to our favorite zoo a few years ago.  It feels so good to have the layout done and ready to put in our album.

I am using the July Smile More kit and the July Laugh More add-on.  To start, I die cut my photos and some of the Bella Blvd paper into diamonds.  (I cut out a big square in the middle of the pattern paper so I can use the outside as a frame for my layout.)  I arranged the diamonds on a piece of white cardstock that I trimmed a little.  I left some spots blank, and I hand stitched some diamonds as well to create visual interest and texture.  The layout is relatively easy to put together…it’s just the perfectionist in me that wanted all the diamonds to line up straight and evenly that took the most time.

I attached the cardstock to the Bella Blvd paper, and added machine stitching.  I typed up my journaling on the computer, then added them to the right side of the layout in strips.  I added the title using the thickers from this month’s add-on, and the blue Webster’s pages stickers from the May Here We Go add-on, and that cute “Perfect Day” bear sticker from Shimelle that was in the March Happy Place kit.  I’ve been saving that sticker for the perfect layout, and if it’s not perfect for a zoo layout, I don’t know what is!  To finish off my layout, I added a few embellishments and the rubber camera charm from Pinkfresh Studio.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout!  I hope you like my graphic minimalist style and layout!

Happy crafting!

July Guest Designer – Taheerah Atchia

Hi there Friends! Today we are looking at the second project from our July Guest Designer, the ever inventive artist Taheerah Atchia!  Before we get to her project, let’s learn a little bit more about Taheerah. 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 cardmaking…do you set specific time aside or wait until you are feeling creative??

“My creative time is largely dictated by DT deadlines nowadays – though I’m trying to set aside more time to create just for me too! At the moment my weekends are set aside to create, with the occasional card being made during a weekday evening. When I’m creating for me it tends to be a bit less structured than that and I’ll go with the flow!”

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

“I have something like 3 planners and two Traveler’s Notebooks. I’ve used a grand total of zero of them… LOL! I do actually need to plan my work and creative commitments more though so I really should put one of those planners to good use!”

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

“Oh goodness me, just three?! Does mojo count as one of them? That’s the most important one. *wink*

If we’re talking supplies, then I can’t do without a good, thick quality white cardstock, stamps, and ink. Everything else is icing on the cake – and I really like cake, so I have a lot of icing in my stash, ha!”

Here is Taheerah’s card using the July main kit, “Smile More.” She also gives us some insight to her creative process below.

“I’m so excited to be back here today to show off the July Kit again! I’ve had so much fun creating beautiful cards with it!  Today, I decided to play with a few of the different patterned papers, as well as some of the awesome embellishments!

I cut several of the papers and layered them onto my card base, with the largest covering the entire base. I enjoy cutting the papers unevenly and arranging them in a more uneven fashion – it adds way more interest than straight forward matting!”

“The July Kit comes with a great assortment of elements! I pulled out the cork hexagons – these each feature a different pattern printed on them, so fun! I adhered the patterned hexagons in a formation, and cut one of the other designs in half and adhered them upside down to use as plain halves. I think we sometimes forget that we can customise ready-made embellishments but it really opens up the possibilities for them if you do!”

“I really love the large scale chipboard word embellishments and used one to add a bold sentiment to my card. It adds additional dimension and texture to the design. And of course I couldn’t put down those giant gold sequins – a healthy scattering of them finished off my design perfectly!

I actually have a bonus card up on my own blog showcasing some other ways to customize embellishments in the kit for you to get a double dose of inspiration! Please do hop over and check it out here!

I’ve had a ball guest designing for Scrapbook Circle this month! I hope you’ve enjoyed my visit and I’d love it if you continued to follow my crafty adventures on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest! Thanks for stopping by!”

Taheerah has such a wonderful ability to our together the unexpected pieces and combine them in a unique way!

Thank you so much Taheerah for sharing your time and creative formula with us! And thank you for sharing some of your day today with us. Have an awesome weekend!




Monthly Kits Are Ending

Hello to our wonderful subscribers, past customers and followers. We want to let you know that the July Kit will be our last regular monthly scrapbooking kit. But, not to worry, other projects are in the works!

We have absolutely loved creating kits every month for the past 11 years and we feel that now is a time to make a change.

If you have a current subscription, your auto-pay will be canceled and you will not be charged for any future kits.

We are working on new ideas and hope to be able to share them with you soon!

We love and appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you for all of your support over the past many years and we look forward to staying connected with you in the years to come.

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