DT Choice with Kelly

By Kelly Holbrook

November 12, 2016

 

Hello! It’s Kelly here today sharing with you a layout using the November kit, Wonderland. The whole kit is amazing, but my favorite part was the red corrugated cardstock…which I chose to use as my layout base.  I just love how it gives the background interest, while also keeping it simple.
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I really liked how the Pebbles Christmas Plaid patterned paper looked with the background, and had fun layering different elements from the kit to make the colors pop.

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I also used the Pink Fresh chipboard alphas found in the Hot Cocoa Add-On for my title. They were perfect against the plain red background.

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…And of course, stitching is a great final touch for any layout!

If you need some more inspiration, be sure to check out the Scrapbook Circle Idea Gallery for more fabulous projects featuring this month’s kit!

Thanks for stopping by today!

November Guest Designer – Ashley Horton

By Jenni Calma

November 11, 2016

Hi there everyone!  Happy Friday to all of you lovely crafty friends!

I have the privilege of introducing our November Guest Designer, Ashley Horton!  Ashley is one of the most proficient designers I know, from the many creative teams she contributes to as well as her own shop, feasting her digital designs, she is an amazing artist.

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I asked Ashley to describe herself and her first project using the November “Wonderland” kit; here is what she said.

My name is Ashley Horton, and I live in the Southern US with my husband Tyler and our 3 children, Madison, Emma and Reese.  I have been a traditional scrapbooker for over 10 years now, and it’s an everyday part of my life.  I love creating layouts that focus on photos of our family, and the kids provide plenty of photo opportunities!  Currently, I am designing for Pink Paislee, Crate Paper and A Flair for Buttons.  I also own an Etsy shop, The Cut Shoppe, where I sell Digital Cut Files and Printables.  Some of my favorite products to work with are my Silhouette Cameo, patterned paper, wood veneers, enamel dots and Color Shine.  Some of my other favorite hobbies include cooking and reading (currently re-reading the Twilight series for about the 20th time…it’s an addiction!!).  You can find more of my work and my social media links by visiting my Blog, Ashley Horton Designs.

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When it comes to Christmas layouts, I usually like to take a walk on the non-traditional side.  I love working with the colors Pink and Teal, so I was excited to see those colors in the November Wonderland Kit.  And it’s almost impossible for me to create a layout, without using a cut file, so it was pretty obvious that I just had to use one of the Scrapbook Circle cut files on my layout.  I used the Tree background cut file and enlarged it just a bit in Silhouette Studio.  Then I cut the negative shapes of the trees, so I could back them with various patterned papers included in the kit.  I also “drew” a tree on each row with my Silhouette Sketch pens and created a string art look on each one, with coordinating embroidery floss.

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Once the background look was created, I enlarged another tree to almost the full size of my 12×12 background.  Then I used the offset tool in Silhouette Studio to create an outline of the tree.  I cut it from the Crate Paper Gather patterned paper and placed it over the background.  I loved the look of the larger, open Christmas tree layered over the smaller trees in the background.  This also gave me the perfect spot to add my photo and title.  I used a few Elle’s Studio and Crate Paper embellishments from the kit, around my photo area.  I always like to cluster elements around my photo, when I create a background design like this, to keep from covering all of the background work.

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I hope you’ve found some inspiration for working with the Wonderland Kit!  It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit!!​​

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I love the large scale tree outline Ashley cut,  the warm colors she chose to use and her attention to detail that all helps her compose this fun, dynamic layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Make sure you come back in a couple weeks for more about Ashley and her inspiring work.

November Printables

By Allie Stewart

November 10, 2016

Hello there! Today I have a page to share using the November exclusive printables! The printables are a great way to get extra mileage out of your kit. I usually use them as extra layers, and this month was no exception. I did, however, put a twist on it by using a border punch.

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I cut blocks of patterns from the printable sheet, focusing on the ones that didn’t have words or phrases on them. They ended up being various different sizes, so I staggered them on the page after using a scallop border punch. I liked the different patterns stacked on top of each other, so I continued by adding strips of patterned paper and the Elle’s Studio washi tape including in the kit. I stitched through random strips to complete the look! I had so much fun adding bits and pieces from the Pinkfresh Studio die cuts and Bella Blvd tabs!

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Thank you for joining me today!

tech tip by Diana

By Diana Waite

November 9, 2016

Today I would like to talk about getting the most out of your pattern paper; with a focus on using both sides, pop dots, and computer journaling.  There are many different ways to go about tackling that idea-I decided to cut my paper into two different sized strips to add interest to my back ground.

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1. I cut 21 pieces at 1.5″ x .5″ and 15 pieces at 3″ x 3/4″, these were all cut from the same sheet of paper from the Wonderland Kit.

2. I then lined them up to see how I wanted the pieces to look on my background:one

3. I then adhered them lightly so that I could sew them down with my sewing machine.five

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4. To add dimension to my picture I added pop dots.  I do five because if the picture is too big it doesn’t have support in the middle:6g8a0957

5. I also added an embellishment BEFORE I added my picture:  6g8a0956

6. The last thing I wanted to mention is my journaling.  I decided that I wanted it to be underneath my picture so I measured how big a space I needed to fill with my journaling and I typed it up on my computer with the ruler on in my word processing program.  I then printed it and slid it right under my picture: 6g8a0958

And finally here is my layout:dianawsnow

We would love to see what you are creating with your kits, please feel free to share on our Facebook page!

1 Product 2 Ways – Pinkfresh Studio Patterned Paper

By Jenni Calma

November 8, 2016

Welcome to the first 1 Product 2 Ways post for November, using the new “Wonderland” kit!  I am so pumped about this kit; it is fantastic and makes me so eager to get crafting!  In anticipation of the Holidays, I asked Jennifer and Allie to create a LO using this patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio from their “Oh Joy” collection.  Jennifer made this striking page below!

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Using the graphics of a house work perfectly with a layout about a gingerbread house!  Here is Jennifer’s description:

“For this project I was challenged to use the PinkFresh Studio ‘Advent Love’ paper for something other than a calendar. I have had these photos of my kiddo for several years and the numbers on the paper are perfect for showing how the scenario played out. First, I cut the paper into strips and then adhered them to the Bella Blvd. paper. The tricky part of the layout was to cover the number on each of the squares so I added embellishments to do just that.”

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Next up is Allie’s page, using lots of contrast too, but with a predominately white background.

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Here is Allie’s description:

“This layout was created by a happy accident! I cut the trees from white cardstock using the monthly cut file, and had planned on using it on another page. Somehow it landed on top of the Pinkfresh patterned paper, and I loved the way it looked! I decided to use the patterned paper to back the cut file. The different colored squares look great behind the trees!”

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I am constantly in awe of the contrasting takes from different creative team members.  Using the black background, Jennifer did what would not be an obvious choice to me, but it makes everything else pop so well, it makes all the difference!  Allie’s page is chocked full of detail and an effortless ability to combine pieces together to make them all belong!  I love that speech bubble from Pinkfresh Studio…can’t wait to use it myself!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you are starting to get as excited as we are about the November kit!  We have had great participation on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page…come join the convo and share your creations with us all!

 

 

Take 2 – LIGHT

By Jenni Calma

November 7, 2016

Hello friends!  Happy November!  I can’t believe it is here and more than that, the Holidays are around the corner!  The thing I do like this is the time of year, is that I can look back at previous holiday celebrations and start to get into the spirit for the coming season!

Today, I am using Creative Team member Jung’s LO from the Spring, in honor of her being on maternity leave with her sweet new baby girl!  This is my page below, using the new November “Wonderland” kit and highlighting some Instagram pics of our decor.
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Jung’s layout below is so fresh and bright and is a great inspiration for any page.  I love the subtle alignment she creates between the edges of her photos and the title and embellishments.  It may look random at first glance, but it is beautifully deliberate.

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I thought the wood grain background with tiny snowflakes would make a nice contrast to the white cardstock.  Jung punched a lot of her shapes and embellishments that bridge the background and photo cluster.  I used stickers, and shapes from Pinkfresh Studio & Crate Paper to create the same effect.

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I used a snowflake punch and snowflake die cut to create some additional pieces using the Pinkfresh Studio 6×6 pad that is part of the “Hot Cocoa” Add-On.  I also used an acetate square from Pinkfresh instead of a 4th photo in my grid.

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 I love this LO because it is a bridge of fun embellishments over photos that tell a story.  The perfect Take 2, and 3!  Thanks for the inspiration Jung!

And thank you for stopping by the Blog today.  Are you getting ready for Christmas or still focused on current events??  Share it all with us on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB page!

Designer’s Choice: Oh So Cold

By Allie Stewart

November 6, 2016

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing a page inspired by the pom poms and Snow & Cocoa items in the November Wonderland kit!

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I had never considered using pom poms on a layout before, so I challenged myself to use them on this page. I used a needle and embroidery floss to create a garland of the pom poms, making sure to alternate colors. Once I had my garland, I matched the rest of the layout to the pom pom colors! I primarily used the Crate Paper items in the kit. I broke up the wood grain and  plaid papers into blocks, and stitched them with a sewing machine. Next, I added LOTS of stickers!

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I can never get enough of word stickers. I created two stacks of phrases on each side of my page, and added a few snowflake stickers on the page for good measure. I adhered my garland using a tiny attacher, and quick dry glue on a few select pom poms. I love it!

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How are you using the pom poms in this month’s kit? Thank you for joining me!

DT Choice

By Neela Nalam

November 5, 2016

Hi everyone! This is Neela here with my DT choice with the Wonderland Kit. It is such an awesome kit for Christmas and cold weather. It never snows where we live and I didn’t grow up where it snows either. So when we see snow, it is very special for us. My family along with a bunch of our friends and families like to go on an annual ski trip. We make it some years and some some years we are not so successful. The photo I selected is that of my son on one of these trip. The ‘Crate Paper Snow And Cocoa’ stickers are my absolute favorite from this month. I wanted to showcase them on this layout. I used a large photo as the background and typed my journaling on the photo before printing it. I then went to town with the absolutely cute stickers. I also used the label and phrase stickers all along the border. I love how well they go with the photo.

Here is my layout:

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Here are some close ups:

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Can’t wait to see what you create with the gorgeous Wonderland Kit! It has so many different dimensions to it with respect to colors, patterns and embellishments. Share you creations on the ScrapbookCircle Facebook Page.

 

 

Prepping A December Album

By Rebecca Keppel

November 4, 2016

When I saw the Scrapbook Circle November Kit, Wonderland, I knew I wanted it to be a part of my December album. Plus, if I start prepping my December album now, I am more likely to actually get it done in December! I grabbed a 6×8 album and got to work.

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The cover is always the most fun, don’t you think! I loved using the PinkFresh alphas, Elle’s Studio tags and Pebbles patterned paper. I die cut a circle of patterned paper from the 6×6 PinkFresh pad and created the snow by die cutting a circle of the same size from cardstock and then die cutting the border on top. I used some Aleen’s Glitter snow paste to create the faux snow!

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Next I worked on the tab dividers. I created one tab for food.

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One for gift ideas and lists.

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And the last tab will be my traditional December album including photos and journaling.

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To get ready for this section, I cut down the PinkFresh patterned paper into each numbered piece and added them into various page protectors.

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Yes, it is very bare bones at this point, but at least I know I started it and will be able to add to it as the month goes on and I start making my lists. My goal is to actually take a picture each day in December and print it out each night, but we’ll see if that happens!

Do you create a December album every year? When do you start creating?

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Rebecca

Tech Tip: Altering Alphas

By Allie Stewart

November 2, 2016

Hello there! I’m excited to be sharing another month of projects with you, this time using the Wonderland Kit! Today we’re talking about altering letters. I usually have lots of alphas left over from each month’s kit, and they don’t always match my project. I wanted to mix fonts for my title in this layout, so I brought in an alpha from a previous kit. I altered the letters to make them gold and sparkly. Now they match perfectly!

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To create my sparkly letters, all I did was choose a bottle of Stickles! That’s it! You can also do this with another brand of glitter glue, or use liquid glue and loose glitter.

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Since my alpha sheet was partially empty, I founded it easiest to leave the letters directly on the plastic. However, if you need more space to work, a piece of wax paper words perfectly. I coated each letter in the word with a generous coating of the Stickles glitter. I made sure every bit of the yellow was covered.

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After the letters dry, simple peel them off the plastic. Trim any excess, and your newly altered alphas are ready to go!

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It’s a very simple technique, and I know it’s one I forget about often. Altering is a great way to stretch your stash! Thanks for stopping by!