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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!

Tech Tip: a little farm MOO-SIC

Hello friends!  I’m here today with a tech tip post!

I absolutely love alphabet stickers!  Along with pattern paper, it is one of my favorite scrapbook products to get!  I especially love getting a good white alpha, because it’s so easy to alter!  I used the Webster’s Pages It’s a New Day alpha stickers that’s included in May’s Take Note kit, and I colored the letters to match my layout.  I used a couple of Copic markers to create an ombre pink title.  (I loved the ombre pink look on the Pink Paislee Paige Evans page 8 paper.)  I colored them directly on the sticker sheet.  When I stuck them on wax paper, I decided I wanted to deepen the color, so I just colored the letters again.  I like putting my stickers on wax paper, so I can “try them out” on my layout without sticking them down.  It would be easy to color the alphas with any variety of mediums…ink from stamp pads, spray mists, color pencils, paint, etc.  The Copic markers worked fantastically, though, since they are alcohol based and dry quickly, so as not to warp the stickers.

This is the layout of my daughter’s 1st grade music performance.  The theme was farm “moo-sic,” and all the kiddos were so cute!  I absolutely love grid layouts, and since I got my silhouette cameo, I cut some rounded squares on a white piece of cardstock.  Then I backed each square with pattern paper and photos with foam tape.  I love the slight dimension!  (I used a few products from the March Happy Place kit.  The blue badger pattern paper, the pink hearts paper, and the “Show Time” tag were perfect for this layout and are from that kit.)

That’s it!  I hope I’ve inspired you to create and alter some of your own alpha stickers!  Have a wonderful day!

planning for April

Hello Scrapbook Circle friends!

I hope your March has been good to you, and you are enjoying the start of Spring.  I’m sure like me, your month has flown by!  I’m already planning ahead for April.  April is a busy month for us, as both my oldest daughter’s and my husband’s birthdays are in April.  Planning my month out is crucial to keeping me on schedule, and it doesn’t hurt to make it pretty!  I like to have a good month at a glance spread, and then I will get more detailed (and messy) in my weekly spreads.

I tackled my April spread with the March Happy Place kit and the March Good Stuff add-on.  The Paige Evans Pink Paislee stamp set in this kit is perfect for planners!

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I love including photos in my planner.  I put a photo of my older daughter on her birthday, and a recent photo of my husband and I on his birthday.  I also included a recent favorite photo of my girls on one of the empty days.  Next, I used my Paige Evans Pink Paislee stamp set.  I used the lines, and the bullet points on the days that I needed it with blue ink.  I also stamped a few of the other images, like the florals in the corner, and the Weekend with black ink.  Then, I cut out squares from a few of the Amy Tangerine multi-square 6×6 pages, and they fit perfectly in my calendar squares!  I especially love the Taco truck, which I put in a Tuesday square, and the succulents.  After filling my planner with important dates and to-dos, I embellished with stickers.  I also made a page marker using Amy Tangerine papers, and my planner punch tool.  Finally, I made a bow using metal dies, my die cutting machine, and Amy Tangerine papers.  I adhered the bow to a paper clip, and clipped it to my planner.

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I hope my post today has inspired you to get creative with your planners.  Happy crafting!

 

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!

To the Moon layout, featuring Just Nick Studio

Hello friends!

This month, we had the opportunity to work with cut files from Just Nick Studio.

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When I saw the To the Moon cut file, I knew it would be perfect for scrapbooking my baby girl’s birth announcement.

Here’s what I created using the March Happy Place kit:

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I really wanted the cut file and birth announcement to shine, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  Doesn’t baby girl look precious?!  I know every parent thinks their baby is beautiful, but I have to say she is one pretty baby!  (smiley face)  She’s already 4 1/2 months old…how time flies!

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To create my layout, I first cut the moon cut file from aqua cardstock.  Then I backed the stars with pink paper.  I adhered the birth announcement to a piece of white cardstock, then I adhered the cut file on top.  I used a bit of glue and thin foam squares to adhere the moon.  I trimmed the white cardstock a little, attached it to a Pink Paislee pattern paper, and added machine stitching around the edges.  I added a few journaling strips to the top right.  To finish off my layout, I added just a few elements.  I added a Love you sticker, so the title would read “Love you to the moon.”  I aded a scalloped Pink Paislee washi sticker to the right of the birth announcement.  I added the metal/enamel heart to the moon using gold thread. I added the row of hearts stickers to the very top right of the pattern paper background.  Finally, I attached the bunny circle, which I punched out of a Shimelle pattern paper to the top right of my layout.  That’s it!  Clean and simple scrapbooking!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you get some crafty time to play!  TGIF!

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!

Take 2 challenge: happy GIRL layout

Hey crafty friends!  Today, I’ve got a take 2 challenge layout for you!  I was super inspired by Jennifer McMurtry’s layout from July.  You can see her blog post here.

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I loved the white cardstock, the explosion of confetti and embellishments coming out of one corner, the stitching, and the white space in her layout!  This is not my typical style…While her layout is very organic, I often go for grids or lines in my layout.  I also tend to heavily embellish around my photo, while this layout is embellished in the white space.  I loved Jennifer’s layout so much though, I pretty much scraplifted everything, lol!

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To make my layout, I used The Weekender October Kit.  (Note: I did pull out the white Freckled Fawn hearts from the August Snapshot kit, and a few papers from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away 6×6 paper pad from the September Be You add-on kit.)  I started out with the photo cluster of my pup Emma.  I matted it with patterned paper, adhered it to the top right corner, then embellished it with various pieces from the kit.  The flowers were hand cut from the Simple Stories Reset Girl pattern paper.  I trimmed my white cardstock down, mounted it to a 12×12 pink striped pattern paper, and then added machine stitching.

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Next, I added my title.  (The G,I,R,& L are letters that I die cut from black cardstock.)  I then added embellishments all around the title starting from the bottom left hand corner.  I wanted to use different sizes and textures, so I used my hole punch to make confetti, I used other punches to punch circles, hearts and stars, I used chipboard stickers, I used sequins, I used the Pink Paislee wood veneer shapes, and I added more circles using a stencil and white texture paste.  Like Jennifer, I was able to get more texture by machine stitching some of the pieces.

I absolutely love how this layout turned out.  Again, without Jennifer’s layout as inspiration, I would never have come out up with this layout!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

 

DT Choice: Beautiful day layout

Hey guys!  Today I have a DT Choice layout for you.

I am using September’s Shine Bright kit and Be You add-on.  Also, I am absolutely loving the printable this month…I love the hexagon shapes, the colors, and the journaling spots!

Last fall, we went to the Texas State Fair, and I’m finally documenting it in a layout.  (Yum…corndogs and fresh lemonade!)  I had several photos I wanted to include in my layout, and when I have a lot of photos, I turn to my go-to grid layout.

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To create my layout, I first decided where I wanted my photos, and hexagons to be.  Once I decided on their positions, I measured, and drew a grid on my pattern paper using a pencil.  Then I hand stitched on top of the lines.  Once I was done with the stitching, I adhered my photos with low profile foam tape for just a little dimension.  Then I added the hexagons with adhesive just down the middle, and “fluffed” out the sides for even more dimension.  I embellished my layout with stickers and a butterfly punched from another pattern paper, and then I added the title.  To finish off the layout, I trimmed off a little bit of the pattern paper on each side, adhered it to another 12×12 pattern paper, and machine stitched it into place.

I love how colorful & bright my layout turned out, and I love the grid.  I hope you do too!

Have a lovely day!

 

Tech Tip: my 2 current favorite photo apps

Hello friends!

Today, I’ve got a tech tip for you; I am sharing my 2 favorite photo apps of the moment.

The first app is PicTapGo.  I have loved this app for a long time!  The second app is Baby Story, and I have loved using this app to document my #babybump, and I know I will love it when baby gets here!

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Usually, I will pull up the Baby Story app first, to add the baby bump week in fruits text to my photo.  (I did have to purchase the week in fruits text, but there are a lot of free ones…there are some for everyday, birthdays, kids, and babies.)  Once you choose the text you want (you’ll find them in the star, circled in pink), you can move it anywhere on your photo, and change the size & color.

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Without doing any other editing, I save the photo with the text, and open it up in PicTapGo.  I am just more comfortable with editing in this app.

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I love the PicTapGo app because there are a lot of filters to choose from.  (The first pic in the photo above shows my favorite filters.)  I usually lighten my photo with the lights on or bright side filter.  Then, I can move on to colored filters.  I always like to sharpen my photo a little with the Crispity filter also.  One thing I love about this app is that you can adjust the level/amount of the filter (circled in pink).  Once done editing, you can save to your camera roll, or go directly to social media.

I created a mini tag album to document my bump pics using the September Shine Bright kit and Be You add-on.  As I progress more into my pregnancy, I can add more to this mini album!

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To create this mini album, I die cut tags from pattern paper.  (Two of the papers are from the Dear Lizzy Happy Place 6×6 paper pad from the April add-on)  I glued them back to back.  Then I added my photos, which I cut to look like mini polaroids.  I finished by embellishing with stickers, stamping, and a little bit of journaling.  I just love this little album!

What are your go-to photo apps?  Do you use PicTapGo or BabyStory?

Have an awesome day!

Fall Back Friday: 5th grade layout

Hello friends!

Today I have a “fall back Friday” layout to share.  My layout is about my daughter’s first week of 5th grade.  Back-to-school always has me falling back into a routine and getting ready for fall.  We are all back on a schedule (ugh, those early mornings!), and even though it’s still 100 degree weather here in Texas and technically still summer, going back to school always signifies the beginning of fall for me.  How about you guys?  Are you ready for a pumpkin spice latte yet?

For my layout, I used the September Shine Bright kit, and the add-on Be You.  I just love all the blues in this kit…it’s my favorite color!

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To create my layout, I punched 2 hearts each out of various pattern papers from the kit and add-on.  Then, I machine stitched them onto white card stock, laying them directly on top of each other.  I “fluffed” the heart on top to create dimension.  I lined up my photos and added them in a row directly on top of the hearts.  Then, I added my title and journaling.  To add interest, I added two triangle pieces that I cut out from pattern paper to the top right and bottom left corners.  I finished embellishing my layout with stickers, some stamping, and gold ink splatters.

I hope you guys share how you get back into fall, and I hope you have a fabulous day!