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Stencils and Ink in Traveler’s Notebooks

I have been working through my Thirty of Days of Thankful album using the I am Thankful Scrapbook Circle collection. I love using the patterned paper from the kit, but I like to have a lighter less bold pattern for the opposing page.

So, I decided to use a basic stencil, some coordinating inks and an ink blending tool to create a coordinating facing page.

Since I only have one photo on the right hand page, I wouldn’t want o use a plain white page as the background, but using the bold pattern from the kit on both pages would be too overwhelming.

It only takes a few minutes to cover the page with a stencil and ink and is such an easy technique. I used Distress Oxide Ink and Dye ink and both look nice so you can use whatever type of ink you have on hand.

I also like how this formula creates consistency in my album.

After adding the bold patterned paper and the fun stenciled background, you only need a few embellishments like washi, chipboard and epoxy hearts from the kit and a bit of journaling to complete the layout.

Are you creating a November journal? We would love to see it on the Facebook page!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Gratitude Journal – Part 2

Hi there! Jenni back today to share the next few pages of my Gratitude Journal.  I continued using the “recipe” I created using, ‘Today I Am Thankful” Bundle.

I kept alternating between the coral/navy palette and the brown/ochre palette on each spread.

I used the patterned paper with the numbers on it for the photo that was taken on my birthday.

I could hardly do a project on gratitude without mentioning my love for all thing paper and planning!

The best part of this project has been the process of choosing photos and then to write story behind them. With such a small space to describe each thankful point, it really made me get to the heart of it!

So, that concludes the first half of my Gratitude Journal!  The second half will also include the cover I created.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you take a minute to think about something simple you are grateful for.

Have an a amazing day!

Gratitude Journal: A Recipe

Hey there!  Jenni here today to share the beginnings of my Gratitude Journal using the ‘Today I Am Thankful” Shipped Bundle as well as the Printable Bundle.  After looking at all the designs & graphics included, I decided to approach this journal almost like a December Daily Album.  I wrote out ideas of things I was thankful for, starting with everyday things, to the most important in my life.

I decided to make a journal page for each day leading up to Thanksgiving.  After making this decision, I prepared all the pieces in the kit I wanted to use, coming up with a “recipe” for each page in the journal.  I made a list of all the photos and topics I wanted to include.

After printing all the photos in a 2″x 2″ square, I used a stitched die to cut out pieces of the patterned paper.  I adore the rich navy, coral and ochre colors in this kit.  I decided to use one element from each of the included printable cut aparts; phrases & labels, a chipboard sticker, enamel heart stickers and some of the flowers I fussy cut.I used some small alpha stamps to add a title or subject to each page and some interest with washi or more printables.I tried to keep it simple, using one photo per page and not clutter it too much with embellishments.The complimentary colors and large scale graphics worked great with my photos.I love these paper clip layered embellishments from Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. I have planned out the entire journal and will be sharing it over the coming weeks.  I hope you enjoyed looking at the first few pages!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Check out the other team projects using this kit and come back for more ideas and info!





Tech Tip with Rebecca – 4 Ways to Watercolor Vicki Boutin Stickers

Hi Everyone! Rebecca here with this month’s Tech Tip! This month I decided to feature 4 ways to watercolor the Vicki Boutin watercolor stickers found in the Scrapbook Circle Laugh More Add on for July.

I used a bunch pf the stickers on this layout and I love how you can watercolor them on their backing sheets and then add them to your project so if you make a mistake your entire layout is not ruined! For the purple flower I used a mix of watercolor mediums.

For the alphas, I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor and for the labels I used Distress Oxide Inks.

Check out all the ways I watercolored these beautiful watercolor stickers in this video!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Same Cut File New Layout

When it comes to background cut files there are some that I have used over and over again. I especially like cut files with circles that are large enough to fill with patterned paper and embellishments. I have used this cur file on several different layouts over the last few years and each time it looks different!

If you vary the papers you use and the background and of course all the embellishmemts and photos, it won’t look anything like your older version. Usually I cut my photos into circles with this cut file, so this time I opted to use small contact photos that I tucked into the corners.

I loved the green patterned paper for the cut file and I used the kraft cardstock as the background because I had run out of white cardstock.

So take a look at your background cut files and see if you can give an old one new life by using it with the current Scrapbook Circle kit!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Tech Tip with Rebecca – Splashy Watercoloring

I love the Crate Paper Oasis outline stamps in the June Happy Life Add On. I decided to color them in with a splashy watercolor look.

I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens for the ROYGBV “June” words at the top of the page…

and Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the watercolor splashes at the bottom of the page.

I made a process video to show how I created these watercolor effects and put the rest of the layout together. You can see it here:

If you use some of these outside the line watercoloring effects on your Crate Paper Alpha stamps, we would love to see on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook Page.

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

1 Product 2 Ways – Elle’s Studio Embellishments!

Hello there!  Today, I have the pleasure to share with you projects from Jung & Rebecca!  I challenged them to use these bright vellum sentiments from Elle’s Studio, part of the June “Sunshine Days” kit in a fun, creative way.

Jung used them to decorate her planner for the month of June.  

“I loved the bright colors of the Elle’s studio vellum circles, so I thought it would be fun to put them on a summer themed project. We are officially on summer break, and are going on a family vacation in June, so I wanted to document summer in a planner spread! Vellum can be tricky to adhere, because of it’s transparent nature, so I’ve got a few tips for you: use a stapler, sew the vellum to your project, or place a little glue where it’ll be hidden under another embellishment.”

Jung created the perfect planner spread to kick off summer!  And what’s great about vellum on a planner, is that you can still see the lines of the calendar underneath.

Next, Rebecca created a scrapbook layout to showcase the Elle’s Studio embellishments.

“Here is my 1 product 2 ways. I used the entire pack of Elle’s Studio embellishments on one layout. I found that the circles fit perfectly inside the squares of the Crate Paper Spring Break paper. I also used all the buttons from Crate Paper collection to “hang” the vellum circles on my layout. And then I mimicked the circles by punching my photos into a similarly sized circular shape.”

 I adore Rebecca’s project!  All the circles contrast nicely to the geometric background of the patterned paper she used for the base of her page.

Great job girls!!  Hope you are inspired to use some of these embellishments, colors or techniques in your summer projects!  Be sure to connect with us over at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends FB community!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Take 2 – BE always blooming

Summer’s almost here friends!  Or in some places, it might already be here.  Today, I am sharing my layout for a Take 2 post, using the May “Take Note” kit.  I decided to reach way back and grab one of former design team member Neela’s pages for inspiration!  I thought it would be interesting to find something from a completely different season to take as inspiration!

Neela’s layout from the December 2016 kit “Everyday Stories” has a a single amazing photo, punched patterened paper snowflakes in a frame around the photo and her journaling around the outer edges.

Instead of punching shapes, I fussy cut lots of the flowers on the black & white patterned paper from Dear Lizzy.  I used watercolors to paint the flowers and leaves, keeping the color palette fairly subtle.

Following Neela’s page as a sketch for mine, I used 1 photo in the center and added my water colored flowers and leaves around all four sides of the photo.

I loved the way Neela wrote around the perimeter of the page, but instead decided to use it as a graphic cue and mount this piece of black and white polka dot paper behind the main layout.  I added my title using these black script font Thickers and some more die cuts and stickers.

Thank for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope this has motivated you to take a 2nd look at one of your own layouts or inspiration from another designer!  Share your creations and find more info at the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook community page.

Have an amazing week!

Use Up the Die Cuts!

Did you love all the Die Cuts that came in this month’s Scrapbook Circle Kit and Add Ons?

I really enjoy using die cuts in scrapbooking because you can use them flat or add dimension behind them with dimensional adhesive.

Since there were so many, I wanted to make a real dent in their numbers so I used this month’s kit and add ons for my Monthly Stash Bash blog hop.

A few crafters I know get together each month and hop around YouTube with process videos where we show how to bash a stash of crafting items. Lucky for me, this month was either chipboard or die cuts. You can see the process video I made using this month’s Scrapbook Circle kit here:

I would love to hear how you are using the die cuts from this month’s kit and add ons!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Take 2 with Rebecca

Take 2 is a fun series on the Scrapbook Circle blog where the design team scrap lifts an older design of theirs or of another team member. I always forget how much fun it is to lift your own older designs until I get assigned the Take 2! Here is my layout from February 2013. I actually found this layout on Facebook when Facebook re-shared it with me in my Memories.

As soon as I saw it on Facebook I thought about doing another grid layout with small circles. I found the cut file I used and cut it out of white cardstock and layered it over more white cardstock just like I had done in the original layout. This time though I cut the circles out of a 12 x 12 sheet without a border around the outside so I chose not to add the machine stitching and let it have a cleaner look.

There were so many perfect embellishments and stickers and die cuts in the Scrapbook Circle Take Note kit that fit right inside the die cut circles.

I also punched several circles out of various patterned papers from the Take Note kit. The exclusive Scrapbook Circle stickers that are…circular lol…fit right inside too.

I am very happy with how the second version of this design turned out and I love comparing the two sets of photos of my kids.

Have you ever scrap lifted yourself? We would love to see your first and second versions on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page!

🙂 Rebecca