Happy New Year-exclusive digital cut

By Diana Waite

December 22, 2016

I can’t believe we are almost at the end of another year!  SERIOUSLY-time has flown and a lot has happened in our household, many changes.  Graduation, college, school teams, growth…the normal stuff that happens.  I remember this night like it was yesterday-it also helps that I made a little video and shared it on Instagram-the giggling was the best, my daughter and I had the most fun with the sparklers, just she and I.  She actually came back from her bonfire early so we could celebrate the New Year together, my picture is a screen shot of that video printed out with my Instax printer:

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For the exclusive digital cut I used white card stock, I then misted with color shine; Gold and Navy Blue.  In real life it REALLY pops–I wanted to mimic the light in the picture.6g8a3687  I decided I wanted the letters to stand out a bit so I put pop dots on the back of each of the letters:6g8a3681 6g8a3683

The creative process of this layout was really a lot of fun and I am pleased with the results.  We would love to see your creations made with any Scrapbook Circle kit, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page!

Technique Tip – Editing photos

By Neela Nalam

December 21, 2016

I take tons of photos in all lights and times. I seldom create a page without editing my photo. One of my favorite applications to edit my photos is Radlab. It contains some awesome presets that just cleans up the photos and gives me what I need without me having to play around with manual editing settings. I launch Radlab either from photoshop elements or from Lightroom to edit my photos.

Here is a screenshot of the Radlab app showing me all the options I have:

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I then play around with the different presets that I have. I can also adjust the strength of the preset. I can also select multiple presets. I highly recommend getting this. It has been a life saver for me. Radlab has a sale twice a year and they mark down their prices quite a bit. Worth waiting for the sale to get your copy.

Here is the layout that I created after I edited this photo:

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The ephemera pack from illustrated faith had my heart. I used pretty much most of it on this layout. Here are some close ups:

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Do share your creations with us on the Scrapbook circle Facebook page!

1 Product 2 Ways – Jillibean Soup Label Stickers

By Jenni Calma

December 20, 2016

Hello my friends!  I have been sitting in the rain, cold weather writing blog posts and this one has been a total ray of sunshine.  Allie and I used the Jillibean Soup Label Stickers to create a couple bright colorful layouts with the December ‘Everyday Stories kit.  Below is Allie’s page with a twist on the use of the stickers!

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“For this layout, I was inspired to use the outline of the stickers! Each word was outlined in its color, so I fussy cut the words from the cardstock sticker sheet. I scattered them throughout my page, and used a craft knife to place the tiny inside pieces. I saved the actual stickers on a piece of wax paper for later use, so I was able to get two sets of stickers from the sheet!”
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I love Allie’s take on the product by finding a new way to use stickers.  I love seeing the negative shape through the bold patterns in her layout.  Next up, is my scrapbook layout using the Jillibean Soup Stickers.

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I wanted to use the stickers, almost as a banner description, for each of the photos.  I printed several photos, thoughout the day, from my son’s birthday last year.  I added a square piece of patterned paper being each photo as well as a vellum ‘banner’ that I placed the sticker onto.  I wanted to create a fairly light page, keeping the focus on the Jillibean script stickers.  I added a couple other color coordinating stickers around each photo and used the exclusive SC acrylic words for my title…’best ever.’

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It is so exciting to check out the various approaches that the Design Team comes up with, but also fun to be part of the post, using different ways to use the featured product.  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Come be a part of the community at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page and share with us, your projects, opinions or random thoughts!

Have an amazing day!

 

Telephone Game with Neela

By Neela Nalam

December 19, 2016

Did you get a chance to check out the telephone game last month. If not you can see it here. See how creatively Kelly played the game. Here is her layout:

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I really loved her creative take on the mat for the photo. I wanted to do the same. Instead of having solid mats, I decided to use die cuts instead. I die cut snowflakes in the shape of the mats that you see above as a background for my photo. Here is may take on Kelly’s layout:

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It was so much playing this game. I used a lot of the snow and cocoa and gather collection to make this layout. Even though it’s about the snow, I love that it turned out bright and colorful. I really do love making colorful layouts.

Do share your creations on our Facebook page. We would love to see them!

Easy layering a design choice by Diana.

By Diana Waite

December 18, 2016

For my layout today I made this in about 30 minutes.  How?familydec  I cut a pattern piece of paper at 8.5″ x 5.5″.  I then another sheet to 3.5″ x 8.5″-I then hand cut this pieces and separated them so that the bottom sheet of pattern paper showed through.  I then sewed through the center and added embellishments.  EASY!

Have you ever created a quick page?  We would love to see them on our Facebook page!

DT Choice: Hello, Snow

Hello everyone! Claudia here and today I’m sharing another layout using this month’s kits with you. One of the things I love most about the kits this month, is the colorful papers and embellishments that were included.

 

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However, for this layout I decided to go with a more ‘simple’ color scheme. I mainly wanted to use the navy and pink embellishments for this one, because they match so well with my photo and I really like that color combination.

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I know that black and navy don’t mix well together, but I thought that adding this tab from last month’s kit would be okay. You can see all the layering I did too. I added a bit of pink thread behind the tab to create interest and an extra pop of pink.

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I love these embellishments from the ‘Be Happy’ Add On this month and made sure to include a few on this layout as well. The bow adds some nice dimension, and I love that the tip is dipped in gold glitter.

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A lot of the papers I used were from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection, so I pulled in the sticker sheet from last month’s kit and added a few sticker to give my layout more of a ‘winter’ feeling.

Even though this kit is supposed to be really colorful, I wanted to show you that you can also use it just fine if you prefer a ‘calmer’ color scheme. I’m really happy with how this layout turned out in the end.

Are you curious to see how this layout came together? You can check out the process video here;

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you will feel inspired to start creating yourself. Have a great day!

– Claudia

Be Real layout: You are loved

By Jung AhSang

December 16, 2016

Hello crafty friends!

Today, I’m back with a “be real” layout using December’s Everyday Stories kit.  Lets face it…with iPhones these days, we take lots of photos, especially when you have a brand new baby.  However, those photos rarely get printed or even put into a layout.  My camera roll is at 1,503 photos.  Having a squirmy baby, I take dozens of photos to get the right shot, plus she’s just so cute, I can’t stop!  I decided to document this with a screenshot of my camera roll on my iPhone.

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To create my layout, I stitched 2 of the Crate Paper pattern papers together.  Then, I created a multilayered mat behind my photo using various papers from the kit, and highlighting the gorgeous marbled paper by Maggie Holmes.  My title was a happy accident.  I had originally planned to have a big hand stitched title, using white thread for a subtle, muted look.  I printed out my title on the computer (the font I used was futura), and cut them out intending to trace them onto my paper.  However, once I had the letters laid out, I loved the bold look of the font in black.  So, I traced the letters on black cardstock, cut them out and glued them onto my layout.  I still wanted a little of the hand stitched element, so I added a little bit of black stitching on the letters.  To embellish my layout, I added some of the freckled fawn washi labels, enamel shapes from the reset girl, and ink splatters around my photo mat.  I also cut a few mini phrases from the Jillibean Soup pattern paper, and added them to my photo.  Then, I added a little bit of journaling to finish my layout.

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ahsang-sc-youareloved-2I love the way my layout turned out!  I especially love the happy accident of my bold title; it looks clean and graphic.

I hope I inspired you to get those photos printed and onto a layout!  Have an awesome day!

 

 

Be Happy Add-On: Best Ever

Hello Scrapbook Circle Friends! Today I am sharing a bright, cheery layout made with the December add-on, Be Happy.

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When I first opened my kit, I was immediately drawn to the adorable Crate Paper bows – especially the turquoise – and bonus, it matches my photo perfectly!

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With this project, I wanted to keep the elements mostly centered on the page, so I strayed from my usual 12 x 12 layout and cut the paper down to 8 1/2 x 11. Doing this allowed me cluster my elements without feeling as if there was too much negative space. However, I did sew strips of patterned paper on the top and bottom borders of the page to anchor everything.

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When creating clusters of embellishments, I tried to use mainly circle-shaped elements to keep everything consistent. I love all of the goodies in the Be Happy Add-On because everything matches so well!

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With all of my embellishments in place, I created a title with the acrylic sentiment and added a small bit of journaling below it. My final touch was to add a few splatters of paint and some of the Reset Girl enamel dots. What I love most about this layout is that the photo is quite old, yet it has a modern feel because of the fun papers and embellishments!

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Thank you for stopping by today! Don’t forget to visit the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook group to see other projects as well as details on this month’s challenge.

Jennifer

 

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Tech Tip with Rebecca — Handmade Snowflakes

By Rebecca Keppel

December 14, 2016

Do you remember making handmade snowflakes in grade school? It was one of my favorite winter crafts and oh-so-easy! I think this little technique is the perfect compliment to all the snowy themed papers and embellishments in December’s Scrapbook Circle Kit, Everyday Stories.

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We used to use copy paper or white construction paper to make snowflakes, but I think it is fun to use the patterned paper from the kit, especially the Crate Paper 6×6 pad from the add on, Be Happy!

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It is also fun to start out with a punched shape like a large circle or a medium scalloped circle so that the outside of the snowflake is uniform.

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If you don’t remember how to make hand cut snowflake, or [GASP] you never did this as a child, it is very simple. Simply fold your paper in half and then in half again.

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At this point, I like to start with a tiny hole punch because you can add these shapes to the interior of the fold.

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Next I use micro tipped scissors to cut out mini triangles, hearts, half circles, etc. Just be careful to leave plenty of the fold intact so that your snowflake doesn’t fall apart!

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Once you are done, unfold your snowflake and you have a pretty and unique emebllishment to add to your layouts or cards!

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Do you have fond memories of creating snowflakes as a child! Be sure to revisit this fun technique for your next wintery project!

:) Rebecca

1 Product 2 Ways – Die Cut Embellishments

By Jenni Calma

December 13, 2016

Hello my friends!  The December kit ‘Everyday Stories’ is full of fantastic and versatile embellishments…so we decided to not limit this week’s Product post to just one!  Diana and Kelly are using any and all embellishments to create layouts with two very different looks!

Diana’s bright layout is a welcome slice of sunshine from the shorter days of winter.  I absolutely adore her photos, they are casual, but carefully planned.  Her daughter transforming from forward facing clarity to her facing her back to the camera in a blur.  Okay, enough camera talk, let’s look at her embellishments! loveddec

Here is how Diana approached her piece:

“Because I live in AZ I don’t have a lot of pictures of people in snow- I decided to layer the cut pieces up to create a eye catching title piece.”

Diana used a variety of pieces from Crate Paper and Jillibean Soup die cuts paired with washi and enamel pieces from Freckled Fawn.
Her title is the perfect combination of small medium and large text and brings in all the colors from her patterned paper.  Speaking of which, the paper is a great match to the organic style and feel of her photos!

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Let’s change gears with a different color scheme and layout theme!  Kelly used a lots of different embellishments layered for high impact as well, concentrating on the Crate Paper wood die cuts.  Her description is below:

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“I chose to use the die cuts as part of my long title. I altered each one to suit my purpose. I cut the ‘s’ off of snowflakes, and added glitter to the other two pieces so that all major parts of the title had gold accents. When applying the gold to the ‘cold’ die cut, I kept with the script, but chose to blend in the glitter on the ‘BRR’ die cut….So that even though they all have the gold theme, they are still all a little bit different.”

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The texture Kelly adds to the wood is perfect and the tiny touch of pink is a lovely complement!  Sometimes, more is better!!  Especially is that ‘more’ involves cute embellishments!  They are a scrapbooker’s accessories!

Thanks for stopping by today and hoping these pages inspire you to add your layers…with embellishments! 😉
Share your stuff with us on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page and check out the December challenge while you’re there.
Have an amazing day!