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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!

bath time layout, DT Choice

Hello, and welcome back to the Scrapbook Circle blog!

Today, I have a layout for you using the March Happy Place kit, and the March Good Stuff add-on.  I hope you all are enjoying your March!  My birthday is in March, and for an early birthday present, I got a Silhouette Cameo 3!  I have been wanting one for years, so I am super excited!  I still have a lot to learn, but don’t be surprised if I use a lot of cut files this month!  LOL!  Today, I am using a cut file from Just Nick Studio.

My Ruby is 4 months already, but here is a layout documenting her first tub bath at 10 days old.  She was so tiny!

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First, I cut the Heart is Full background cut file from Just Nick Studio out of white cardstock.  I chose some blue and aqua colored pattern paper from this month’s kit and add on, and backed most of the hearts on the cut file.  I then adhered the heart circle to a piece of white cardstock, and hand stitched around the circle.  (I have to admit that those 2 steps took a bit of time, but I worked on it in the living room while my husband and girls watched a movie.)  Next, I adhered the white cardstock to a background paper, and machine stitched around the edges.  I adhered my photos to aqua cardstock, then glued them to my layout.  I created a title on my Cameo, and cut it using some pattern paper.  I added some journaling and the date.  To finish my layout, I embellished with hearts that I cut out from a Pink Paislee paper, scripty flowers (which were from a Dear Lizzy paper from last month’s add-on), and small circle puffy stickers.

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I hope you like my layout, and are inspired to get crafty!  Have a great day!

Tech Tip: SIX

Hello friends!

Today I have a layout using January Love Notes kit, and the January True Love add-on.

I wanted to document my daughter turning 6 this past summer, and a few of her favorites.  She loves shopkins, playing with her dolls, and watching youtube kids.  Her favorite foods are pizza, corndogs, pasta, and chocolate.  Her bffs are Tiffany, Ava, Ava, and Lauren…sounds about right for a 6 year old, right?!  [smiley face]

I absolutely loved the papers in the Crate Paper 6×6 paper pad, so I created a heart layout using them!



For my technique tip:  adding a bit of oomph & dimension to your photo.  I don’t know if you can tell from my photos above, but my photo is 3-d; It’s 2 photos in one.  I was actually “making lemonade from lemons” with this technique.  My printer kept printing ink smudges on the photo, so I reprinted it several times.  I didn’t want to waste the photos, so I thought why don’t I create a 3-d photo.  I fussy cut out my daughter in one of the photos and attached it to another photo with my favorite thin foam dots for a subtle 3-d effect.

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It just adds a little “somethin’ somethin'” to my layout, and I love it!

To create my layout:

  1. I used a heart punch to punch out a bunch of hearts from the pattern paper in the 6×6 Crate Paper pad.
  2. I lined them up on a piece of white cardstock and added machine stitching.
  3. I added my photo with foam dots.
  4. I added the title using Pinkfresh Studio alphas from the November Hot Cocoa add-on and journaling that I typed up on the computer.
  5. I embellished with a simple stories word sticker and label sticker with my date.  I also added a fancy pants cork sticker.

That’s it!  I hope you like my layout!  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!



SING layout, designer’s choice

Hello crafty friends!  Today, I am sharing my designer’s choice layout.  I wanted to document my daughter’s kindergarten performance.  It was so cute, and we love our school’s music program!  There are a lot of end-of-the-school-year activities that I need to catch up on, and scrap!

I have always loved machine stitching on my layouts, but lately I have especially been loving the look of hand stitching.  For my SING layout, I chose a big bold title, but used white thread for a subtle tone on tone look.  Hand stitching is very time consuming, but I just took my project to the couch and worked on it while watching tv after the girls went to bed.

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For my layout, I used the July kit Today is the Day and the July embellishment add-on You’ve Got This.  The “Live a colorful life” circle is from the Here & Now kit.

Here’s how I made my layout:

  1. 1.  I worked on my title first.  I outlined some big chipboard letters that I had in my stash with a pencil onto a 12 x 12 white cardstock.  Then along the pencil line, I took a needle and pierced evenly spaced holes.  I didn’t have any embroidery thread, so I double threaded my needle with 2 pieces of thread.  I did a simple backstitch to hand stitch my layout.
  2. 2.  I cut off 1″ off the right side of the white cardstock, and added 2 pieces of pattern paper.  I added some machine stitching for some texture.
  3. 3.  I added my 3 photos and journaling strips.
  4. 4.  To finish off my layout, I added some embellishments like a few floral elements, a wood veneer circle, puffy stickers, and ink splatters.

I love how my layout turned out!  I just love the texture my hand stitched title gives to the layout.  Have you made a layout with hand stitching?  If not, I encourage you to give it a try!  It’s a relatively easy way to make a big impact on your layouts!

Have an awesome day!

Take 2 challenge: Sugar & Spice

Hey guys!  I’m super excited to be taking part of the Take 2.  For this, I was challenged to scrap lift a layout from a previous kit or Design Team member’s layout.  Since I am relatively new to the design team, I was looking around in the ideas tab on the Scrapbook Circle website.  There is so much inspiration in that tab, but when I came across Gina Lideros’s You are my Favorite ideas from July 2015, I spotted a layout that I had to scrap lift!

Here is her layout:

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Here is my layout:

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I was so inspired by the giant alpha in Gina’s layout!  Even though the letters are so huge, the small photo still manages to shine.  For my layout, I used the June Now or Never kit.  I hand cut some letters out of the Pink Fresh studio confetti hearts paper (the pink is side B of this paper).  You can see my tech tip post here on how I make & hand cut my own oversized letters without a cutting machine.  Then I created by background.  I cut down a piece of white cardstock, and mounted it to the Bella Blvd black & white floral stripes paper.  (Tip: when I use a patterned paper as a background frame under another piece of paper, I always cut out a square from the middle to save and use it on another project, since you won’t see that it’s missing.)  I sewed along the edges to give it some texture.  Next, I aligned all my letters, leaving room for my photo, on the paper.  Once I was satisfied with how everything was looking, I glued all the letters down using a T ruler to help keep everything straight.  I added my photo, embellished by layers of paper, Elle’s Studio cut out hearts, a heart from the Illustrated Faith enamel heart, and an arrow punched from the same Bella Blvd black & white floral stripes paper.  I also added 2 punched butterflies to fill in some of the negative space, and to kind of mimic the triangle stencils in Gina’s layout.

I absolutely love how this layout turned out.  I don’t think I would have ever tried such a bold title if I hadn’t seen it on Gina’s layout.  I hope you’re inspired too, to create and perhaps make your own Take 2 layout!

Have a beautiful day!

DT choice- go to grid layout

Hello friends!  My oldest daughter turned 10 recently, and to celebrate, we invited some school friends for manis & pedis, and pizza and ice cream cake.  I wanted to document this big milestone in a layout, which is what scrapbooking is all about for me.  I want to be able to look back on all the big moments of my kids’ lives…I want them to be able to look back as well, and remember all the fun we have had!

Today I’m here with my DT choice layout using the June kit Now or Never.  Do you have a go to layout?  When I have multiple photos, the grid layout is my go to design.

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For this layout, I wanted the focus to be on the photos.  I printed 4 square photos with a white border.  I cut 2 pieces of patterned paper in the same size as the photos.  Then, I adhered the square photos and paper in a grid in the middle of a piece of 12 x 12 white card stock.  I embellished the squares with stickers, labels from the kit, and added stitching for some detail.  (On a side note, how awesome & perfect is the Webster’s Pages Make a Wish sticker sheet for my birthday layout?!!!)  To balance off some of the white space, I added 2 big strips of patterned paper to the top (the bird paper is from the May Here & Now kit).  I also added a patterned strip to the bottom, along with an Elle’s Studio cutout, and another sticker from Webster’s pages.  I added some pink ink sprinkles, and I drew tiny circles with a black pen as well.

I love how this layout turned out, and I hope you were inspired the create as well!

Have a lovely day!

June Telephone game, kindergarten graduate layout

Hello everyone!  It’s my turn at the telephone game challenge, and I’m so excited to share with you my layout.  Just like the game, I am taking the layout of the previous month’s telephone game challenge, which you can find here, and making my own layout inspired by the last team member.

Here is last month’s layout by Neela:


…and here is what I created inspired by her layout:

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I was inspired by the squares and the grid on Neela’s layout.  Her layout is actually one of my go-to sketches when I have a lot of photos, but I wanted to do something a little different this time, so I decided to interpret the squares and grid to the background.  I cut up one of the Amy Tan pattern papers from June’s Now or Never kit into squares, and adhered it to my white card stock.  I wanted to add more interest and texture, so I used my sewing machine to create a quilted look.  Then, I added my mounted photo, and created interest to the photo by embellishing it around the negative space.  (The twine is from April’s One Fine Day kit.)

I love how this layout turned out: my photo is the star of the layout, and the embellishments compliment it perfectly.  The pattern paper is awesome since our school colors are red & yellow.  Also, my little one is a kindergarten grad, and my older will be in 5th grade in the fall…how did that happen?!!!

I hope I’ve inspired you to create, and I can’t wait to see what the next team member makes next month for the telephone game challenge!

Have a wonderful day!

Take 2 | You Are Amazing

I’m always amazed at how my Take 2 layouts turn out.  I love using my older layouts to inspire new ones. Here’s a look at the original layout I used for this challenge…


And here’s what I came up with…


For this layout, I used strips of patterned paper and some of the October Afternoon Daily Flash Bubble Chips from this months kit, “This Life”, in the same way as I did on the original page.  Instead of black and white photos, I printed my pictures in color because they coordinated so well with the bright, happy colors in the kit.


I also cut pieces of patterned paper and the lovely heart vellum paper that is included in this month’s Add-on, “Love This”, into a pie chart and layered them under my photo to represent the circle in my original layout.


I challenge you to dig up an old layout and use it as inspiration to recreate a new one!  I just know you’ll love the results.

Thanks for stopping by and happy Monday!

Mommy, I want a kit too!

My 6 1/2 year old daughter saw our February kit and fell in love! It is full of pinks, reds, sparkles and shimmers – that’s my Miri to a “t”. She asked how much it was to buy one and then promptly got all the money she could (and asked Dad for his change jar) so she could purchase it.
The first night Miri just “oohed” over all the papers, purse and embellishments. Then she decided she wanted to make the purse first, so she picked out which papers she wanted to go on each part of the purse. I cut it out for her while she was at school; we assembled it together when she got home.
I used a set of Bazzill magnets for the closure, which she thought was so cool. We put the letter “M” from the ScrapWorks alphabet on the front. She showed everyone her new purse; even took it to the school pancake breakfast.
Both Lisa and Jennie have daughters Miri’s age (6 1/2) and they love to scrapbook too, just like their moms. Miri commented that it is so fun that all the daughters (who are really close friends) love to scrapbook just like the moms (who are really close friends)! I’m grateful scrapbooking is helping to be build a stronger connection with my dear daughter! How totally cool is that!!