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

By Allie Stewart

March 25, 2017

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!



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.


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

By Lisa Andrews

March 23, 2017

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:


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.


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.


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.


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″.


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.


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;


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.



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


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

By Jenni Calma

March 21, 2017

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!!


“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.”


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!


“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.”


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!

80s, Take 2

By Jung AhSang

March 20, 2017

Hello friends!

Today, I’m here with another installment of the take 2 challenge.  This month, I was inspired by Allie’s layout that she created last March.  I absolutely love the large circle, the scalloped pattern paper strips, and the single photo in her layout.  _MG_6366


Here is what I created using the March Happy Place kit and the March Good Stuff add-on:

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My husband and I recently went to a 1980s theme party, and we went all out!  Don’t we look so glamorous?!  Haha!  We had a great time, and it was fun getting dressed up.  I think 80s fashion is making a comeback; neon colored clothes are everywhere, and I can’t believe I found jelly shoes!

To create my layout, I first cut out a large circle from white cardstock using my silhouette cameo.  (You could also hand cut a circle.)  Next, I cut up some of the pattern paper into strips.  I used some of my border punches on a few of the pattern paper strips, but I hand cut a few scallops from some of the strips as well.  I attached the strips to another piece of white cardstock, and added machine stitching.  Next I trimmed the cardstock with the large circle and adhered it on top of the cardstock with the pattern paper strips, and added machine stitching.  Since I trimmed the circle cardstock, I created a tone on tone frame.  Next I added my photo, which I mounted on a piece of ombre pink paper.  I embellished my photo with stickers (the blue “Love This” is from an Amy Tangerine paper).  To finish my layout, I added my typed journaling and the 80’s title.

I hope you are inspired by both Allie’s and my layout.  Happy crafting!

DT Choice: Amazing Life

Hello everyone, it’s Claudia here and today I’m sharing another layout I created with the gorgeous March kits. I’m in love with all the fun colors that are included in them and wanted to make a colorful layout.

I love all the papers that come in the kit, but my favorite one is the one from the Pink Paislee/Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection that has all the hearts. When I started on the layout I was planning on just using a strip of that paper, but once I got going I added in a few more papers and it created this really fun background with different patterns;


I also really liked the paper with the scalloped borders and cut out a few of them to add some pops of color and interest to my layout. It took a little while to cut these but I think it was definitely worth it.


Remember the beautiful wooden buttons that came in last month’s kit? I still had a few left so I decided to add one because the colors work really well with this month’s kit too. I added some black thread underneath it for an extra pop of black and a different texture on the layout.


I love the puffy stickers that came in this month’s ‘Have Fun’ add on so I knew I wanted to add on of the floral ones. I also added a few smaller ones to the left side of my layout where the raindrop paper is to add interest and color.


For my title I added some of the pretty puffy stickers from the Fancy Pants Joy Parade collection to spell out ‘Amazing’ – you can never go wrong with a bit of pink on your layout. 😉

I finished off the layout by adding some gold splatters using the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine from my stash.

There is a process video on my youtube channel which you can check out below;

Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you are inspired to start creating. Have a great day!

– Claudia

Designer’s Choice – Whitespace

By Neela Nalam

March 18, 2017

Hi everyone, this is Neela here. It is not often that I use white space on my layouts. I end up filling every bit of it. If there is any whitespace in the design, I don’t fill satisfied until I fill it up with some sort embellishments. But for this layout I decided to hold back and leave the white space. My photo is in bottom right of the page and the rest of the layout is pretty much empty.  I added few little embellishments in the top left corner of the layout. Here is the layout:

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I love the statement these papers with bold patterns and colors from the kit this month make. They do completely remind me of Hawaii. The photo that I used for this layout is from our vacation in Maui last summer. It is a photo of my son and me and was taken at a Luau. I used an Amy Tan On a Whim cardstock as a border for the background. I love the bright pattern peeking through. I also did some layering with a bunch of bright and colorful patterned card stock behind the photo. I added a layer of vellum so that it softens the look a little bit. I then added some puffy stickers from Paige Evans Oh my heart collection which is available in one of the March Add Ons.

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I also did a little bit of stamping above the photo with the stamp in the Main kit and wrote  my journaling.

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But majority of the layout is whitespace and somehow that is quite appealing and goes well with the bold colors. What do you think?

Spring Forward

Hello everyone! It’s Kelly here today sharing a spring themed layout using the March kit ‘Happy Place’.
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I live in Michigan…and we usually have blizzards right up until just about the first day of Summer :) So, my  post doesn’t include spring flowers or showers….I have created a page documenting the most exciting thing that happened last spring, which was the opening of my favorite coffee shop on my most traveled route!

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This page is a lot busier than my usual projects. I have mixed a lot of patterns…but have off-set it by using mostly white in my grid design. I have used part of the packaging from the Pretty Little Studio 3×4 journaling cards for my journaling, and dressed it up with a few embellishments. I also used one of the cards,  a piece of the notepaper from the Pink Paislee stamp set, and my photo to complete my layered grid.

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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!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Have Fun Add On – XOXO

Hello everyone! Claudia here with you and today I’m sharing a layout I created with (mostly) the ‘Have Fun’ add on for this month. I love all the items that are included, but I absolutely love all the washi rolls from the new Amy Tangerine On A Whim collection that come in it (one can never have enough washi, right?). I knew I wanted to create a layout using these washi rolls and ended up going with an uneven grid box type of design (how amazing does that thick floral washi look?);


After I made the background I started working on my layers behind the photo. I selected some of my favorite papers from this month’s kit and used some of the journaling stickers from the Shimelle sticker book that came in the Main kit for some additional layering;



I adore puffy stickers and the ones from the Oh My Heart collection by Pink Paislee/Paige Evans that come in this add on so of course I had to add a few of those on this layout to embellish it a bit more;


I filled in every single ‘grid’ with a little something to make the layout look interesting. The last thing I did, as almost always, was add some gold splatters by using the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine from my stash.

Thank you for joining me, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you feel inspired to have a play later on. Have a wonderful day!

– Claudia