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80s, Take 2

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!

April’s Telephone Challenge

Hello there, Allie here today sharing the April installment of the Telephone Game Challenge! This challenge works exactly like the telephone game we played as kids: We are using the previous month’s layout as the whispered “telephone” call, and passing it to a new creative team member each month. Here is Gina’s page from March:




I was inspired by the cascading shapes at the top, with the photo anchored at the bottom. I mimicked this same effect, but with butterflies instead of circles. Here’s my layout:


Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut different sized butterflies out out of different pattern papers from the One Fine Day Kit and the Stay Cool Add-On.  I mixed and matched them, then scatterd them throughout the page. I gave each butterfly dimension by sewing it down the middle and bending them a bit so they looked like they were fluttering.


For my title, I painted the chipboard included in the main kit with acrylic yellow paint. I love the white chipboard because it’s so versatile!


Thank you for stopping by today! Come back next month to see someone interpret my layout. If this challenge inspires you in any way, I hope you’ll share what you create on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page!

February’s Telephone Game Challenge

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, and I’m here to share the second installment of the Telephone Game Challenge. It was described last month by Jaimie Leija (you can read the whole post here), but in a nutshell, like the telephone game we played as children, we are taking the whispered “telephone call”–inspiration from the previous month’s layout–and passing the message we heard on to the next in line with a page inspired by the first. Here’s Jamie’s page from last month:


I was inspired by the layered numbers and the mixed gold lettering in the title. We had no big numbers in this month’s kit, but there were a lot of numbers between the main and the add-ons, so I used the biggest numbers to inspire my story of my boys and their life so far as brothers. Since we had such wonderful mixes of patterned paper this month, I cut them in circles, layered them in a couple spots, and stitched them down. Finally, I used the gold dipped letters for my title. Here’s my page:

Bros by Numbers by Jennifer Larson

Here are some of the details:

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You can see the layered circle and the numbered journaling that I did here, inspired by Jamie.

Bros by Numbers details 2

And here you can see the gold in the title, again inspired by Jamie!

Thank you for visiting! Next month come back to see what the next in line for the telephone challenge, Gina Lideros, has made! And if you take inspiration from any step in the challenge, please share what you did on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page!

Inspired by Triangles

Was anyone besides me doubly inspired by the triangles challenge this month?  I couldn’t stop with only one project and simply had to continue playing with the amazingly versatile shape in the layout below.  I created my own ‘background paper’ by choosing some of my favorite pieces and sewing them together to create my base. (and would anyone mind me saying that this months kits ROCKED?!  Thanks for allowing me to let it out!)

You’ll notice that I cut the Dear Lizzy paper at the top to create a triangle border that points the viewer down into the layout.  In addition, I cut a variety of yellow and cream colored papers from this months amazing Newsflash, Bulletin and Happening Now kits into triangles and used them to create a base for my page.

I used my sewing machine to stitch down each of the triangles and then left some thread tales to become a tangle underneath the photo.  (kinda mimics the conversations of us girls that go in all directions don’t you think?)

I couldn’t have had much more fun than this!  So, have you taken the Triangle challenge yet?

Toning it down. (Kinda.)

Leave it to me to look for a way to tone it down in THIS kit!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bright day glo color. But I also noticed the fabulous neutrals in the kit too! I am in LOVE with chevron right now! Hate to be a trend follower, but this the, can’t help it! The envelope included in this kit is too awesome!

I naturally thought to hide journaling in there… or save it for a trip-to stuff a brochure or tickets-all FABULOUS ideas for this envelope. OR just use it as a background! I kept is simple… (This time, I sprayed ink on the background, then put a paper towel down on it to soak it up where it lay, and the “clay” colored Mister Huey looks kinda like water staining, doesn’t it?)

The letters you can stray to be ANY color?? Hello awesomeness!! I went a bit “manly” here with some teal.

And don’t ya love those little label stickers in the kit? Cut off some ends to make them stand alone embellishment!

So go have some fun with the colors, but don’t be afraid to tone it down to! And do NOT let all the fabulous ideas regarding that envelope pass you by!!

Thanks for stoppin’!!


Weekend Warm-up 9.10

Happy Friday!  Let’s warm-up this weekend by getting grungy!  I am a happy mama to three boys – three very much, 100%, no doubt about it boys.  As I oohed and ahhed over the pretty florals in the September kit, I wondered if I would be able to scrap any of my little men using those delicious designs.  I looked over to see the black Chalkboard Mist I ordered as an add-on and said to myself, “I know how to man-up this pretty paper – grunge!”

To grunge up the floral Sassafras paper, I sprayed some mist.  Then I unscrewed the lid and let a few fat splatters fall onto my layout.  Then I flicked the sprayer with my finger for some dots of color.  I penciled in where my photo was going, then using a small paintbrush, I dipped into my bottle of mist and painted out a frame.  Three effects with one product – you’ve gotta love that!

So whether you have boys you’d like to scrap, or you’re looking for an artsy way to approach a page, try grunging it up a bit this weekend with some mist.  Have fun!

Weekend Warm-up 8.27

Happy Friday! I’ve got another weekend warm-up for you to enjoy this afternoon, and one you will hopefully have a chance to play with this weekend sometime.

I love paint.  When I need just a splash of color or just a little artsy flair on my layout, I go with paint, which is just what I did when I sat down with August’s kit.  In this layout, I used paint to frame my photo, and to highlight the color of my little guy’s onesie.

In this layout, I used paint to create a background for my title.

Oh, and if you’re messy like I am, I suggest wearing an apron or old clothes :).  Have fun creating!

Weekend Warm-up 8.20

Yay for Friday! That means it’s time for another Weekend Warm-up! 

I love to make wearable art from my scrapbook supplies.  When I saw the beautiful, hand-dyed doilies in the August Scrapbook Circle kit, I knew I wanted to save them for something special.  I made a brooch with fabric flowers, then added the doilies to each rosette with a bit of glue.

Now I have a summery piece of jewelry to wear, all thanks to my scrapbooking supplies.  This weekend, I challenge you to think off of the page and about accessories.  How cute would these doilies be as hair clips?  Added to a piece of chain, the doilies could make a pretty necklace, too.  The possibilities are endless!  Have fun!

Weekend Warm-up 8.6

Hello!  Tessa here with the debut installment of the Scrapbook Circle “Weekend Warm-up”!  I thought it would be fun, every Friday afternoon, to offer a prompt or challenge that sparks your creativity and inspires some scrapbooking mojo for the weekend ahead.  Ready?  Here goes the first Weekend Warm-up!

The August kit just beams summery sunshine.  With such a fantastic array of summertime goodies, plan to create a “Best of Summer” layout!  Take some time to pull your summer photos off of your camera, back up those pictures, and choose several snapshots from different occasions to print in a mini size.   Using the number paper by Jillibean Soup, cut out numbers 1 through 10 (or however many memories you’d like to document).  Arrange them on your page in a grid, along with your supporting photos.  Journal in the white space on each number and add your title.

Not ready to scrapbook summer?  As you can see in my layout, the theme isn’t summer, but the Top Ten reasons that I love my son.  For added interest, I adhered several of the numbers with pop dots for dimension, and punched little hearts to enhance my theme and embellish the number blocks.

I’m planning future Weekend Warm-ups, so please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions or requests!  Have a fantastic weekend!

Challenge #1 for September!!

Okay, so you’ve been asking and here are your challenges (yes, there is going to be more than one!) I want to see some hand stitching and doodling on those pages! Here is my example:

**remember when uploading to the photos, put in the tag area September 2008 challenge**