Tech Tip with Kelly

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

I often struggle with how to use small embellishments such as sequins and beads on a scrapbook layout. Occasionally, I will scatter them across my pages…but, more often then not I end up putting them all together in a pouch of some sort, or a shaker card.

I needed a large embellishment or focal point for the top right square on my grid design. So, I used a clear envelope to contain a portion of the sequins found in this month’s kit to fill the space. I just happened to have the envelope…but there are a variety of ways to make a shaker embellishment out of elements like this. Product packaging, vellum, and pocket pages are just a few.

I did also scatter a few more sequins across my page to finish the look ūüôā

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!

1 Product 2 Ways – Gold Foil Tickets

By Jenni Calma

July 11, 2017

Today we are going to feature the adorable gold foil ticket embellishments that are in the July “Smile More” kit! ¬†Jennifer is up first with this stunning work of layers.

“The gold foil tickets in the July kit are so cute, and I decided to use them in a few different ways. First, I cut several of them into an arrow shape. I had planned on using several of them on my project but ended up using only one just above the small photo and stamped the date on it. Next, I took scraps from the tickets I cut and used them as photo corners on the largest of the three pictures. Finally, the last ticket is tucked behind the small photo and looks like a tab.”

Next up, Diana shares her use of the tickets giving a great contrast to her photos and providing a separation between more patterned paper.

“I loved using these tags as an accent to my page as they helped me tell the story of what was happening!”

Such fun, sunny pages!  Thanks girls for another great Tuesday of 1 Product 2 Ways!

And thank you for stopping by the Blog today!

First Library Card – July DT Choice with Orange Gearle

Hi Orange Gearle here with a Designer’s Choice Layout using the July Smile More kit! In June, my daughter got her first library card. She was very excited — and this photo totally shows it!

I went with a black and white photo because there was a lot going on and tons of different colors and I thought the black, gray and white in the papers helped make the photo pop! I started by cutting the Pinkfresh Studio paper chevron/triangles out and added it to the black corrugated piece that came in the main kit. Then I added some black and white papers cut into triangles from the Pinkfresh Studio 6×6 pad that came in the embellishment add-on. I like how this added to the almost monochromatic look. ¬†Then the acrylic stars and ‘hooray’ word for the win.

For the title I used letters from the Vicki Bouton stickers — painting them with water colors to match the aqua strip in the patterned paper.

I added a few more stickers from the sticker pack, but left them black and white.  I used some circles and some phrase stickers.

I really like how this turned out and it was super easy to put together because these kits are so amazing!  Thanks for stopping by!

July Guest Designer – Taheerah Atchia

By Jenni Calma

July 7, 2017

It’s Friyay! ¬†And that means, I get to introduce our Guest Designer for July…the talented Taheerah Atchia! ¬†If you don’t know her work, be sure to check out her links below. ¬†Today, Taheerah shares two cards she created using the July “Smile More” kit. ¬†Read on!

Hi! I’m Taheerah. I’m a geek. And I like to make stuff.
I live in the UK with my wonderful cats, and I work in IT, building and testing software. I‚Äôm a scientist at heart (I have a degree in Astrophysics), but I‚Äôve always also been creative. I like to balance all the technical, thinking work I do in my day job with doing something with my hands, which is where crafting comes in! I love combining designs/products in think-outside-the-box ways, as well as mixing it up with a varied style and capitalizing¬†on the latest trends. I’d love it if you stopped by my blog and learned more about me! You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

I’m so thrilled to be guesting for Scrapbook Circle this month! Their kits are fabulous and I can’t wait to show it all off!

For my post today I had so much layering lots of different papers and elements from the kit! Isn’t this card so pretty?!

I started with that gorgeous Maggie Holmes paper from the kit. The floral pattern is so gorgeous! I covered my entire card front with it, then used some of the fun fringe tape to add some texture and to tone down some of the pattern beneath it.

I loved some of the more unusual items in the kit. This corrugated paper/cardstock gives such a tactile addition to the design. For some added interest I tore the strip to reveal the white core and break up the design a bit more.

After that, it was time to pile on the pretty! The Chipboard Thickers and watercolour heart stickers got some love from me, but my favourite little layer is that line of giant gold sequins. What a fun detail!
 The little ticket embellishments, with their foiling, were a gorgeous finishing touch. I used the Alpha Stickers to complete my sentiment, then I was all done!
I can’t help but go back to stare at this card over and over! All the elements in the kit really worked so well together to bring the design to life!
 This kit might be full of pretty items, but it took just two elements from it for me to create a great masculine card!
I used the gorgeous Pink Paislee paper from the kit to act as a gorgeous night sky! It works so well for this! 
 
The acrylic stars were one of those items that I just wanted to hoard hoard hoard, but I made myself use up several of them to create this awesome constellation look! I adhered them in place then used a white gel pen to ‘join them up’ to finish my design!
How awesome are Taheerah’s projects?? ¬†I think this constellation card¬†design is SO¬†clever! ¬†I am anxious to see what she shares with us next! ¬†Check out other projects and info on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. ¬†Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing weekend!

destination = July ‘Smile More’ Printables

Hello there! ¬†Jenni here today to contribute to this month’s posts using the exclusive Printables that are part of the July kit. ¬†The printables are perfect for documenting a vacation or trip and the colors work perfectly with all the greens, lavenders and blues in the¬†‘Smile More’¬†kit.

After printing the sheet on plain white cardstock, I used a couple tag dies to cut a few of the pieces into tags for layering.  The kit included a large white shipping tag, which is what inspired the tag idea.  I also added some Distress ink to the tag and to the journaling block.

I trimmed this piece of wavy pattern and added to each side of the photos to anchor them and add some movement to the harder edges. ¬†I also used a circle die to cut out the ‘oh happy day’ script as another layer on top of the tags.

There are so many available possibilities to use the Printables to create any type pf project!  I hope my use of them inspires you to try it out!  Be sure to keep up with more new projects and info at the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

a mini album & a Tech Tip!

Hello friends!  Today, I have a tech tip and a mini album to share with you.  For my tech tip, I thought I would give you a few tips for fussy cutting.  I like to fussy cut stamped images, and pieces from pattern paper, like florals or in this case, the cute Pink Paislee Paige Evans birds.  They are perfect to use as embellishments.

Here are some of my fussy cutting tips:

  1. 1. Make sure your scissors are sharp, and get a pair of small scissors as well.  I got a pair of embroidery scissors a few years ago, and it is perfect for getting into small spaces!  
  2. 2. Cut out the area around the object you want to cut for easier handling.  
  3. 3. Move the paper, not the scissors. ¬†I’m right handed, so I hold the scissors in my right hand. ¬†Besides closing and opening the blades, I keep my right hand still. ¬†My left hand is holding the paper and moving the paper around the blades. ¬†This tip¬†is a little hard to show or explain, but I hope you understood what I was trying to say.
  4. 4. You can fussy cut your images right up to the “line” or image, or you can leave a little border. ¬†If you decide to cut with a border, try to keep the border as even as possible around your image for a cleaner look. ¬†
  5. 5. Try not to close the blades all the way. ¬†I notice that when you close the blades all the way, it always tears the paper a tiny bit; when you’re cutting a really tiny image, it can be obvious.

Now, on to my mini album. ¬†I take photos of my baby girl in a white onesie and a month sticker every month. ¬†I thought it’d be fun to document that in a little mini album. ¬†I only have up to month 7 so far, but I’ll add in the rest of the months when I’m done with the project at 12 months. ¬†I think it’s so fun to see how much babies grow and change in their first year of life. ¬†I cannot believe my baby girl is already 8 months old!

For my project, I used the July Smile More kit, and the July Laugh More add-on. ¬†I cut up a few pattern papers into 3×4 pieces, and started embellishing with items from the kit. ¬†I really love those Dear Lizzy roll tags. ¬†Confession…I didn’t realize they were stickers, and just treated them as tags. ¬†LOL! ¬†That’s ok though, because I often like to have the tags hang off the side, or add stitching for a little dimension. ¬†I loved the Pink Paislee Paige Evans bird pattern paper, and the pink floral paper by Crate Paper. ¬†I also really love to repurpose¬†the glassine bags, and incorporate them into my projects; I love the dimension and texture it adds. ¬†Hopefully you can see a few of my fussy cut images in the mini!

By the way, this project would be perfect to use up some of your scraps and leftovers!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

1 Product 2 Ways – Dear Lizzy Thickers

Happy 4th of July to everyone in the USA and Happy July to all our friends elsewhere! ¬†Summer is in full swing and the new July “Smile More” kit is a perfect way to help document your summer memories!

Diving right into our first 1 Product 2 Ways of the month, Dona and Rebecca share their layouts using the Dear Lizzy ‘Lovely Day’ Thickers. ¬†Check out this eye candy!!

“I usually use Thickers like this as part of a title. Instead, I decided to use them for everything EXCEPT my title! In fact, I used nearly the whole package on this one layout. ¬†My title is ‚ÄúBe a fruit loop in a world of cheerios‚ÄĚ and I used the Thickers and Vicki Boutin phrases as little reminders of how to do that.”

Rebecca created a layout using the same gorgeous ombré paper for her page base and packed in the pics!!

“I used a bunch of the Dear Lizzy Thickers as the focus of my layout. I wanted to include the gold rimmed thinkers too but felt like they looked too different. So I decided to add touches of gold foiling to some of the Dear Lizzy Thickers so that they would coordinate better. I used Therm O Web‚Äôs Deco Foil liquid adhesive to place some dots and details on a few of the Thickers and once dry, I rubbed the foil on top.”

I love the addition of the gold foiling Rebecca used on her Thickers and the way she organized her photos as bookends for the large title. ¬†Dona’s grid layout is one of my favorites for scrapbook layout and each embellished¬†square makes me want to inspect every inch!

Great way to kick off the month girls!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and wishing you all a happy and safe holiday!!

It’s All Good – Take 2 with Jennifer

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends!

It’s Jennifer today sharing one of this month’s Take 2 projects, and I am emulating the amazing Lisa Andrews. The project I chose is one that caught my attention not only because of the awesome design but for the subject matter. I love that Lisa created a project based on books she has/is/was reading rather than the normal photo of family and friends. Her photos prompted me to use a screen shot of a text string between my son and me that took place last month.

 

This project began with a piece of white card stock that I splattered with blue watercolor paint. Once the paint was dry, I began layering my photos and embellishments.

I used the blue watercolor to paint the Vicki Boutin stickers as well as the Thickers to keep the color scheme consistent and give the all-white embellishments a pop of color. I also painted the strips of patterned paper along the top and bottom of the layout.

For the embellishments, I used the PinkFresh washi tape and rubber pieces along with the puffy stickers by Jillibean Soup. Along the right side of the photos I stamped the date with the AC DIY roller stamp. To set off the meme, I used the PinkFresh banner and a piece of the WRMK paper fringe.

The finished layout is fun and documents what I consider a hilarious story that my son will someday find humorous.

Thank you for visiting today!

Jennifer

Same Cut File New Layout

When it comes to background cut files there are some that I have used over and over again. I especially like cut files with circles that are large enough to fill with patterned paper and embellishments. I have used this cur file on several different layouts over the last few years and each time it looks different!

If you vary the papers you use and the background and of course all the embellishmemts and photos, it won’t look anything like your older version. Usually I cut my photos into circles with this cut file, so this time I opted to use small contact photos that I tucked into the corners.

I loved the green patterned paper for the cut file and I used the kraft cardstock as the background because I had run out of white cardstock.

So take a look at your background cut files and see if you can give an old one new life by using it with the current Scrapbook Circle kit!

Thanks for stopping by!

ūüôā Rebecca

Say Hello to Smile More, Our July Kit

It’s July! We are excited to share our Smile More Kit with you today.It’s filled with Scrapbook Circle exclusives plus lots of favorites from other companies too. Let’s take a look.

We also have two fun embellishment add-ons for you this month. The first, Hug More, has items that would be perfect for all of our planner loving people. Although, we think it’s perfect for using on layouts and travelers notebooks too.

Our Laugh More Add-on has a favorite set of alpha thickers, 3 sheets of washi stickers, a Pinkfresh 6X6 paper pad plus 8 sheets of watercolor stickers. It’s a perfect complement to our main kit.

We also have an extra set of the patterned paper from the kit!

Kits will begin shipping on July 5, so please order extras by July 4th to be sure that everything ships together.