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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.


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!



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.


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!


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:

Gina Lideros Make Every Moment SBC


Here is my layout:

ahsang SC sugar 1 ahsang SC sugar 2

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!

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:

ahsang SC kinder 1

ahsang SC kinder 2

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!

Sew Your Own Garland

Do you love the current trend of sewn garlands as much as I do?  But here is my problem, I tend to be a bit of a hoarder and I get afraid to use it all up in case I won’t have it to use on the next project.

Now before you lecture me about how silly that is, I’ll save you the trouble.  I know.  I KNOW!  But still, I suffer from this sickness anyway.

However, in the area of the fabulous sewn garland, I have discovered that it is quite easy to create ones own garland.  The beautiful thing about this is that you could create a garland using any shape your heart desires and any paper your heart desires to match whatever kit you happen to be working on. What could be better?!

All you need to do is punch or die cut enough shapes to create the length of garland you want and run the shapes through the sewing machine, leaving a bit of space in between each piece. Easy peasy!

And you can make extra so you’ll be able to simply cut off how ever much you need!

Here’s how I used the garland I created with November’s Scrapbook Circle kits, Harvest Moon and Traditions.

Another little tip for you, I popped some of the garland pieces up off the page using some pop dots for added dimension.




Have you tried creating garlands from your kits contents yet?  Show us your creations on our Facebook page!

{September 09 Card Challenge Contest}…a prize is up for grabs!!!

How about a card challenge contest girls??? Do I have any players??? I know we have some fabulous card makers out there!!!

& yes, Miss Lisa has agreed to put a prize up for grabs!!! (she will be posting a photo of the prize next week) Thanks Lisa :o)

If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE working with sketches…so, I chose a PageMaps CardMap sketch from June 2009 for your inspiration:
I love this one because I could incorporate several patterned papers and the design is clean & simple!

I decided to create a “Thank You” card, as one can never have enough of them on hand! Here’s what I came up with:
I used Jillibean Soup pp’s and a journaling sprout from the August Kit here at Scrapbook Circle. As you can see, I followed the sketch VERY closely! For the contest, you can change it up however you see fit; rotate, substitute an embellishment or element, etc. The sketch is only meant to INSPIRE :o)

Here are a few closeups:

In order to create the upper left circular element of the card, I chose to cut out a circle from the Jillibean Soup patterned paper. I thought it would be fun to use as the base of my flower embellishment.

Here is the upper left corner of the card with the flower & brad layered over the Jillibean Soup circle…
The Jillibean Soup journaling sprout came with printing on the other side, but I chose to use the blank side for my “Thank You” sentiment, stamped in red.
I used an eyelet & some embroidery thread to attach the sentiment to the card & it was done! Super simple & easy…but I really like the finished project!

Supplies: June 09 CardMap White card base-unknown Jillibean Soup pp-hot water (both sides), mixed veggies (both sides) – AUG KIT, Jillibean Soup-journaling number sprout – AUG KIT, Stampin’ Up-eyelet-Night of Navy, Spare Parts by The Paper Studio-silk flower & brad, Embroidery Thread, Machine zig zag stitching, Stampin’ Up ink-Real Red

The RULES & fine print: Use the CardMap sketch above to create a card of your own with your choice of supplies. Post your creation to your blog, then post a comment to this post with a link back to your blog. Better yet, upload your creation to our Scrapbook Circle photo gallery & note “Sept 09 Card Contest” in the title of your photo upload. Either way, you will be entered into the contest which will run until September 30, 2009. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on October 1, 2009. (There’s no fine print…I was just kidding about that part!)

So, let’s get those creative juices flowing & get some fabulous cards made! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

Click here to see the prize!