December Guest Designer – Elizabeth Gardner!

By Jenni Calma

December 9, 2016

Happy Friyay friends!  Today is the day we get to meet our Guest Designer, Elizabeth Gardner, and feast upon her first project using the December ‘Everyday Stories’ kit.

Here is a Elizabeth in her own words!

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“Crazy hair, crazy life. I have a super hot husband (Hottie), four kids ranging in age from 18-2 (told you I’m crazy),
and a wild animal 2yr old weimaraner (who thinks he’s a human). I am super nerdy passionate about scrapbooking…
especially in the 12×12 and Project Life sense. I’ve been documenting our wild ride for the past 3 years with pocket pages
without missing a week (told you I was nerdy). 
I enjoy slurpees, making lists, watching the housewives (it’s ok to judge me).. and play roller derby in my free time.
I also specialize in hand lettering and string art and have started to sell those in the form of commissioned pieces recently.
That’s me! Care to know more? 

Contact me at elizgardner@me.com”

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Check out this spectacular eye candy below!

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Elizabeth has the impressive ability to create a project that looks simple, but actually is very deliberate in all its elements.  I admire that talent and skill to bring together a vision and story in such a beautiful way.  Her use of the repetitive snowflake, both in negative and positive form, brings all the papers together, despite the various colors and patterns.  Using a black & white photo helps tie in her cooler color palette as well as providing a vibrant contrast.

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One of my favorite parts of this page, is Elizabeth’s hand written journaling.  Aside from being really cool, it is such a personal touch that really draws me in!
snowflakes_gdt_dec-2016-3Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!  I know you will be inspired by Elizabeth’s work style.  We want to see your creations and vision, so please share with us on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page!

Have an amazing weekend!

You Are My Heart

By Allie Stewart

December 8, 2016

Hello there! Today I’m excited to be sharing a page using the exclusive December printables from the Everyday Stories kit! I always say they are a great way to stretch the mileage of your kits, and this month is no exception.

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Today I used the printables in three ways: First, I used the pink journaling card printable as a layering piece. I typically use part of the printables as layering pieces each month. Second, I used one of the journaling cards to create my title! The red “love” in the middle is hand cut from the printables! It goes perfect with the ephemera pieces included in the Be Happy add on. Finally, I punched a yellow heart from the printable to coordinate with the heart die cut.

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To create the rest of the page, I used my favorite patterned papers in the kit. I love he gorgeous marble and beautiful woodgrain! I added some color to the background with the packaging technique, and some stitching for extra dimension. The bright colors make me so happy!

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I had so much fun using the printables this month! I hope you feel inspired to use them in a creative way!

Tech Tip – Using Photo Apps

If you’re anything like me, or most scrapbookers for that matter, we tend to house a ton of pictures on our cell phones. At last count, I had about 8,000 on mine (no judgment please), and that doesn’t count what has been backed up to an online photo housing site. For this month’s Tech Tip, I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite apps that I use to edit and add fun effects to pictures before printing them.

When it comes to photo apps, there are a ton to choose from and you just have to experiment with them until you find one or two that you like. For instance, I prefer to use Snapseed when doing basic photo edits on my phone. When I am done with those edits, I save the photo and then open it in ColorStory to add fun effects.

The following photo is an example of using a picture of my husband Dan that I had posted to Instagram and later edited in ColorStory. Notice how the second picture is much brighter and has a bokeh effect added to it, where the original is darker and has more shadow. This is due to my using the Lite Bright filter with Flare 2 Bokeh effect.

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Once the photo was edited in ColorStory, I simply printed it with my Canon Selphy directly from my phone using my home wifi connection. If you don’t have this option, you can also save the picture to your computer and print from there. Your choices really are limitless in what you can do with the apps that are available. Many of them are free; however, you can pay extra for additional options within each of the apps if you choose.

Here are a couple more examples using ColorStory with my original photo – as you can see, there is much fun to be had!

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Okay, so let’s get to the layout I made with my photo and the December kit! You will probably notice right away that this layout has a lot going on. To begin, I spread white gesso on a piece of card stock, much like frosting on a cake, and then poured glitter on it while it was still wet. This gave me a snow-like background as well as left glitter on everything in my house (it’s amazing how that stuff travels).

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Next, I used the November digicuts to cut several trees from 6×6 pieces of the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa patterned paper. With these cut, I used gold thread and machine-stitched them to the card stock. I love the effect of the glittery background with the shiny gold thread – it feels very Christmas-y and festive – and captures the fun vibe of the photo. With the trees sewn down, I used Prima watercolors and splattered gold, pink, and turquoise paint onto the layout.

For the title, I used the Pinkfresh alphas from the November kit along with pieces from Crate Paper and Bella Blvd., which I altered by cutting and painting.

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Next, I attached some embellishments from past kits to the top right corner of my photo.

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For my journaling, I used a strip of vellum and jotted down the story of the photo.

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Last were some clusters of enamel dots and stars from Simple Stories and Pinkfresh.

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I hope you like the finished layout and that you will experiment with some photo apps for your next project!

Jennifer

 

 

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Take 1 with Diana

By Diana Waite

December 5, 2016

I honestly love using a past layout to create another layout.  This is the layout I choose to inspire me:dianawgoseedo

This time around the elements that inspired me from the original were the black in the background and the bow–I also enjoyed recreating the wood veneer pieces with what was included in the Everyday Story kit:

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I think the thing that I enjoy the most is that even though you “lift” a layout it becomes something on it’s own because the products are different.

Have you ever lifted yourself?  We would love to see any of your creations using Scrapbook Circle kits, please feel free to share on our Facebook page!

DT Choice: Two Layouts using the Everyday Stories kit!

By Allie Stewart

December 5, 2016

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing two layouts I created using the December Everyday Stories kit. My favorite part of this kit is the versatility. I love that it can be used for winter layouts and everyday layouts! I created one of each for today’s post.

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The first layout is a Winter themed layout, and it is inspired by the Snow & Cocoa items in the kit. I loved the quilt pattern of the Snow & Cocoa “Snowflakes” paper, and so I tried to recreate it as a background. I used the 6″x6″ paper pad included in the Be Happy add-on to create squares, and then cut each square in half to make triangles. Once I had my triangles, I arranged them on the page in a design that mimicked the snowflake patterned paper. I stitched it down with gold thread, and then added the super cute Snow & Cocoa wood veneers as my title and embellishments. The Snow & Cococa stickers were from last month’s kit!

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My second layout was inspired by this gorgeous patterned paper from the Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith collection. I loved the beautiful blue background, and the fun watercolor design on the other side. I cut a square from the middle of the page so I could use both patterns. I used larger layers to cover the hole, and then added the watercolor design under my photo. I used the Jillibean Soup glassine bag as a layering piece, and the coordiating acrylic title that comes in the kit. I used spray mist to change the color of the bow (included in the Be Happy add-on) to match my page. I finished the layout by outlining all the layers in black ink to help them stand out!

These are two of my favorite pages I created from this month’s kit, and I love how different they are! I hope you feel inspired to create!

Die Cut Backgrounds and Process Video

By Rebecca Keppel

December 3, 2016

One of my favorite types of layouts to make are ones where you die cut a background from white cardstock and then fill the open spaces with lots of different patterned papers and embellishments.rk-sc-dec-4

 

I love using Scrapbook Circle kits for these types of layouts because the main kits and add ons always include lots of different types of embellishments from different companies. Scrapbook Circle is one of the few kit clubs that consistently includes WHOLE packages of embellishments in their kits and add ons too!rk-sc-december-9963

 

The other great thing about these types of layouts is that you can fit lots of little photos on them.rk-sc-december-9964

 

I’ve been creating layouts similar to this for a long time and thought it was high time to create a process video! So here is my first ever process video on how I like to create layouts with die cut backgrounds!

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca

Be Real: Best Ever

By Kelly Holbrook

December 2, 2016

Hello! It’s Kelly here today sharing a ‘Be Real’ layout created with the December kit. I have to say that I am loving that this month’s kit is so versatile, as I don’t take an abundance of seasonal photos.  Today’s project has a non-Christmas/winter theme featuring photos of everyday life at my house :)

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I really loved the contrast of colors against the wood grain patterned paper. I used the washi tape to ground my photos, and just started scattering embellishments around them.

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I thought the little glasses were perfect, since they kind of resembled our masks….and I always feel like putting the date by ‘Today’ embellishments just makes sense :)

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So many fun embellishments to play with! If you need some inspiration to help you get started with this month’s kit…be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery. Thanks for stopping by today!

Tell Your Everyday Stories

By Lisa Andrews

December 1, 2016

Hello, December! Today is the day we get to introduce our December Kit, Everyday Stories, to you. We hope you love it as much as we do.

With bright and fresh colors, this kit will be a perfect match for many of the stories you want to documnet. Ready to take a look?

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So pretty, right?

We also have a couple of embellishment add-on that will complement the kit perfectly. First is our Be Happy Add-on.

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Next up is the Oh Yeah Add-on.

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Which is your favorite add-on? It’s hard to decide!

We also have a More Patterned Paper Add-on if you are looking to have an extra set of the lovely papers from the kit.

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Head on over to our shop to pick up a few supplies for yourself or a friend! Wishing you a month filled with beautiful memories you are excited to document.

1Product 2 Ways – Elle’s Studio Washi Stickers

By Jenni Calma

November 29, 2016

Hello there!  It’s our last Tuesday of November and we are full of holiday spirit!!  Diana and Claudia share their festive pages using the Washi Tape from Elle’s Studio that is part of the November ‘Wonderland’ kit.  Both designers used the washi in an overlapping block to the right of their photo cluster.

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Diana also used patterned paper at the top and bottom of the page for a defining border.  Here are her words:

“For the washi, I made a grid accent.  I actually used the white packing insert from the washi, I cut the top off right underneath the color and it was exactly the size I needed.  I added it right to the right of my picture, I then embellished on top of that.”

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Claudia used the same idea, but a little off center.  Her photo is such a nice contrast to the pinks and reds in the tape.  She describes her process below:

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“Hello everyone! It’s Claudia here and today I will show you a fun way to use the Elle’s Studio Washi Stickers that are featured in this month’s ‘Wonderland’ kit. I really love washi tape because you can use it in so many different way. For this layout I decided to use the strips to create a background. I mainly used the longer strips of washi with a pattern and tore them up so that they were thinner which allowed me to fill up more space on the layout. I used a white piece of paper to put the strips on and put that on top of my background paper, but if you have some white gesso you can also put that on your background to light it up and put the washi strips on top of it. There’s really no right or wrong way to apply these, I just randomly placed them on top of each other and I love how it turned out. You can also put the washi on top of some cardstock or patterned paper so it’s not see through anymore. I actually used the packaging from the Pretty Little Studio black label stickers to mount a sticker on. I love that the black polka dots show through in a subtle way!”

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I love both takes and admit I am ready to move on to Christmas now that Thanksgiving is officially over!  I hope these creations inspire one of your own!  I may use the washi in my planner, or sealing Christmas cards, tags or own a layout!   Endless possibilities…share your take with us on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page.

November Challenge: Jennifer’s Non-Holiday Layout

Hello, all! With the holiday season in full swing, is your paper crafting very merry? If you’ve got an excess of holiday-themed product, or you just need a break from Christmas scrapping, this month’s challenge is for you! Create a non-holiday layout with holiday-themed product. Creative team member Jennifer has some inspiration for you today, using the November Wonderland kit:

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Jennifer says, “I chose to focus on this photo of my kids and a snow-mom they made several years ago. Even though the papers and embellishments are intended for Christmas projects, I was able to use them quite easily. The most prominent change I made was to use my circle punch on the Pinkfresh “gift” sticker. Doing this made it possible to use up the kit’s holiday contents, even though my layout isn’t about Christmas.”

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What a great technique for that sticker! Instead of ribbon-wrapped boxes, you get a cool cross over a circle shape. I think I’m going to have to scraplift that idea!

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Are you as inspired as I am? You still have a couple of weeks to join in on the challenge. See the original post – and my take on the challenge – here. Have a great day!