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Be Real layout: You are loved

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.



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.


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!



DT choice layout: sweet Ruby and Emma

Hello friends!

I’m back from my little break, with a layout featuring our new baby girl Ruby and our fur baby Emma.  I have loved seeing how interested our pup is in her new sister.  It is the sweetest thing, and it makes my heart happy!

ahsang-sc-rubyandemma-1To create my layout, I used December’s Everyday Stories kit.  I used my tried and true grid layout design, since I had multiple photos I wanted to use in my layout.  I cut out a few squares from various pieces of pattern paper from the kit.  I love how the colors of the papers coordinate so well together, and I absolutely love that Maggie Holmes marbled paper!  To create a little more interest, I sewed 2 different papers together in a diagonal.  I arranged the papers and photos in a 3×3 grid, and adhered everything down.  To create more depth, I adhered a photo and a few of the papers with thin foam adhesive.  To embellish my layout, I added a butterfly punched from one of the pattern papers, the word sweet from Jillibean Soup, a mini phrase cut out of the Jillibean Soup pattern paper, enamel hearts from the reset girl, and journaling strips that I printed on my computer.  I trimmed the white cardstock, and mounted the entire layout to a Dear Lizzy pattern paper, keeping the branding strip on the bottom.  I sewed around the edges and added a few ink splatters to finish my layout.



I know I have mentioned it before, but I am a huge fan of grid layouts.  I am detail oriented, and I often take lots of time with my ruler to make sure everything is straight and centered, so this layout makes me happy!

I hope you like my layout and are inspired to get your craft on!


December Mood Board

Hi there,

Gina here today to share how I used the December Mood board along with the Tell Your Story kit and The Documenter add-on  and Memory Keeper add-on to create my page.




I loved the arrows, the fun bold colors and the different fonts that were present in this month’s mood board.  I decided to use the December digital cuts to create my title for my page.  I found the title “Find Your Tribe, Love Them Hard” on social media a few months back and fell in love with it.  I knew that I wanted to use it as my title.  I cut each letter individually from different papers that were included in the main Tell Your Story kit.  Inspired by the bold colors in this month’s mood board, I chose to use a variety of colors and patterns on my page.

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I also loved the arrows in the mood board photo.  I chose several arrows from the main kit and add-on kits and added them to my page.  I even cut one out of my background before I put my page together using my Silhouette Cameo.  I added a black and white photo and a few stickers to finish off my page.  The combination of the black and white photo and black and white background paper along with all of the colorful letters and arrows make me smile.

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I hope my page motivates you to use this month’s Mood Board as inspiration in your projects!  Share them with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page so we can all see!

Designer’s Choice: Making do with a bad photo

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing some tips I have for scrapbooking lousy photos.

Here in Minnesota in the wintertime, lousy photos are all I take. We have about 7-8 hours of daylight in the winter, and it’s too cold to spend much time outdoors. As a result, I tend to make do with blurry, yellow photos. Still, I have stories to tell, so I scrap them anyway. Case in point: I wanted to record our holiday tradition of eating breakfast casserole before the boys open presents, but the photo wasn’t great, despite a lot of editing. Here’s what I did:

Do Not Open Until Breakfast by Jennifer LarsonHere’s what I did:

  1. First, I chose a background paper that contrasted the yellow in the photo. Too many warm tones would have exacerbated the color.
  2. Next, I stitched a frame around the photo to make it look quaint–but really, to distract from its ugliness.
  3. I lay the title across the photo to make the photo a part of the story but not its focus.
  4. I used the rest of the page to embellish with stitches and die cuts so that again, the eye wouldn’t stay smack dab on that unsightly photo.
  5. Finally, I covered part of the photo with embellishments. That’s right.

Here are some details in my effort to mask the ugly photo:

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Thank you for visiting! I hope you have some ideas for scrapbooking your less-than-stellar photos.

Designer’s Choice: Holiday Quilt

Hi everyone!  It’s Gina here today and I’m so excited to share with you another layout that I made this month using the December ‘We are Made of Stories’ Kit.  I was inspired by the papers in the December kit, to create my background.  I absolutely love the Elle’s Studio Holiday quilt paper!  I knew right away when I saw it, that I wanted to use it to create my background.


To create my background,  I simply cut around four small diamond shapes to create a larger diamond shape.  I then, cut other papers from the kit the same size to match and then laid them down on white cardstock to create my background.  I love that the large diamond shapes grouped together looks like a holiday quilt.  I had a fun photo of my daughter with her friends ice-skating on a recent trip to Tahoe.  I trimmed my photo the same size as the other diamond shapes to help blend in to the background


Next, I used a sewing machine to stitch a few of the pieces and embellishments in place.  I used embellishments from the kit and added a few embellishments from the December Favorite Elf Add-on.


I hope you are inspired by my layout today.  If you create a project with one of our current kits, we would love to see it.  Be sure to share it with us on Facebook.


Designer’s Choice | Christmas Joy

Hello everyone!  Jenni here today to share one of my layouts using the December ‘Made of Stories’ kit and the ‘Favorite Elf’ Add-on.

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This gold striped vellum from Crate Paper is my favorite piece of the December kit by far.  I didn’t want to take too much away from it so this was a very quick layout.  The diagonals in the vellum inspired me to divide the page in half at an angle.  I used the gold glitter phrase stickers for my title to help balance out the heaviness of the left side.

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I heat embossed the exclusive December stamp onto vellum and trimmed it out for a little cluster left of the photo.  I used one of the 6×6 papers from the Add-on as a mat under my photo and then began layering on top of it with the tag, title and a doily.

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!

Designer’s Choice: Using Holiday Products for Non-Themed pages

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson. The kit this month is gorgeous, filled with lots of holiday papers to scrap the season. I particularly like holiday products that I can use for non-themed pages, and this month’s kit is DEFINITELY filled with flexible products. Here’s a non-seasonal page I made with this month’s kit:

Captured by Jennifer Larson

The photos were from this past fall at a corn maze, which isn’t in the photos but was always in the back of my mind when I made this page. The bright blue of the tent and the stripes’ angle reminded me of this teal paper from Elle’s Studio–it’s not the same hue, but the angle and color are similar.

I set this blue on top of the wood grain from My Mind’s Eye to ground the page with hues reminiscent of the autumnal corn maze.

Next I looked for a contrast that still fit the page. The gold in the corn maze made me reach for the gold from this kit: the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper gold paper, the gold title and heart, and the gold twine. I trimmed the gold paper into a banner along with some other bits from the kit, added some dies from the Elle’s Studio bits in the add-on, and trimmed my journaling into strips (my favorite journaling technique) to lead the eye from the banner to the photos of my son covered in birds.

Even though the holiday products are gorgeous this month, don’t be afraid to spread your wings and fly out of the season to record non-seasonal memories. (Sorry for the bird joke–I couldn’t help it!) If you do, be sure to post your pages on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page to share!


Let the Glitter Fall Where It May – Tutorial

Hi there and Happy December!  This is Jenni here to share another non-photo layout I made using the December ‘We Are Made of Stories’ kit.  I also have a few tips for glittering wood veneer.  I did a project last month that I used on my mantle as part of my Fall decor and thought I might do the same for Christmas!

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to die cut the title from the center of a piece of patterned paper from Pink Pailsee.  I backed the negative spaces behind the words using more paper from Elle’s Studio and the 6×6 Pink Pailsee pad, part of the ‘Favorite Elf’ Add-On.  Inspired by all the metallics included in the kit, I knew I wanted to use glitter and embossing powder on the wood veneer!

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These are the supplies I used.  Gold and silver glitter, gold & silver embossing powder, Versamark ink, glittering glue (any white craft glue would work) and of course the wood veneer.

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I made a paste of 2 parts water to one part glue in a jar and mixed it well.  Although the glittering glue helps, it is watering it down that keeps it from clumping.

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I used a small brush to paint a thin layer of glue onto part of each snowflake and dropped it into a pile of glitter.

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Working in two batches, one for each color, I used my tweezers to hold the snowflake and tap off the excess glitter.  I kept tapping until nothing else fell off!  The tweezers are also great to hold something small when heat embossing.

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One of the best tips I ever heard was from Wilna Furstenburg who suggested a lint roller to pick up excess glitter!  It works unbelievably well!

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I had originally planned to arrange the snowflakes in a circle but decided on a heart  instead, making a bow at the top with the twine included in the kit.  I also layered gold and silver thread onto the paper before adhering the wood veneer to the background.  I matted the whole project onto another piece of the patterned paper from Pink Paislee to frame it and add stability.

I love glitter all year, but especially around the holidays.  Share how you used the wood veneer snowflakes or other parts of the December kit on our Facebook Page.  Happy Holidays!

Circle Round-Up: December

It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing some inspiration I gained from this month’s Circle Round-Up:

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The colors were a bit of a challenge for me. See the biggest circle? It’s pink. I have two boys. Still, pink is a happy color, so I went with using the Chickaniddy Caroling paper as the background for this December wrap-up page.

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The complement to the page for me was the Elle’s Studio Quilt paper. I wanted a dramatic contrast to the muted pink music paper, so I trimmed the diamond paper and made it overlap the photos on one side. For interest, I trimmed leftover diamonds and adhered them with dimensional stickers.

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Next came the grey circle. There’s loads of lovely grey in this kit, and I went with the Pink Paislee Reindeer paper, which had a grey and white stripe B-Side. I punched it with a zig-zag border punch and laid it across the two pages to draw the pages together and make a base for the title.

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Finally the add-on circle. I went with silver for this one: I’d been planning on using the silver number stickers since I saw the Circle Round-Up; The silver word stickers in the add-on were just icing. To add more color, I also added more of the colorful Chickaniddy stars across the page to tie the design together and add punches of color.

So that’s how the Circle Round-Up inspired me this month! How will it inspire you? Post your creations to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page to share your ideas!

DT Choice | Santa’s Lap

Hello SBC fans!  I had these adorable photos of my daughter sitting on Santa’s lap last year (this year she’s not quite as brave for some reason) that I wanted to scrap and this month’s kit, All Is Bright, was perfect for this layout!


I was inspired to use that beautiful gold glitter paper as my background.  I placed the Basic Grey 25th & Pine Vintage Stamps individually in sort of a grid pattern around my photos and added a few punched circles from the Elle’s Studio patterned paper and my journaling card at the bottom to finish it off.


And here’s a close-up of my journaling…


Do you have all of your gifts bought and presents wrapped yet?  I’m hoping to finish up today…wish me luck!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday!