Archive for the ‘Scrapbook Kit’ Category

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

Journaling & Photos — Documenting Gratitude

I’ve done a gratitude album or thirty days of thankful album for November for the past few years and love it every time. Of course there are obvious things to document–your family, your friends etc. But it can be more telling to think about some of the smaller things you are thankful for. Like a hot cup of coffee in the morning or going to the gym. Whether you are documenting the big things or small, your journaling and photos can help tell the story.

I was outside with my dogs the other night and the sky was beautiful as was the weather. And where we live, we get excited when the weather is lower than 80 at night lol! So I was sure to include that in my notebook, but I didn’t really need to journal more than the tag where I could fill in the “I am thankful for” line.

On the other hand, when I created a page about my daughter, I wanted to say more so I journaled some of her awesome qualities right on the page.

Even though the photo wasn’t taken on November 4th, it was a photo of the two of us together and the journaling wasn’t about something that happened on the 4th, but it says a lot about why I am so proud of her. Your days, photos and journaling can be fluid, especially if you forget to take a photo on one day and take more than one on another!

For this spread I decided to include two photos to showcase how thankful I am that we have our pups. These smaller, contact size photos work great in traveler’s notebooks if you decide to include more than one photo for each day!

How has your attitude of gratitude documenting been going? I admit, I have forgotten to take a photo here and there, but I always make up for it by taking several the next day! The idea is NOT to stress and to enjoy the process!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

How to Add Distressed Gold Foil to Traveler’s Notebooks

Adding a distressed gold foil edge to your traveler’s notebook is easy and adds a unique look.

Plus, if you have the Today I Am Thankful bundle, a distressed gold foil edge will coordinate nicely with the embellishments in the kit.

You can add as much or as little foiling as you like. I tend to like clean and simple pages, so for me, a little distressing goes a long way!

Check out this video, where I share how I achieved this look!

I hope you will give this technique a try! Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Perfect Day at the Zoo

Hey there Scrapbook Circle friends!  I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Today, I have my DT choice layout to share with you.  I am finally getting around to scrapbooking a trip to our favorite zoo a few years ago.  It feels so good to have the layout done and ready to put in our album.

I am using the July Smile More kit and the July Laugh More add-on.  To start, I die cut my photos and some of the Bella Blvd paper into diamonds.  (I cut out a big square in the middle of the pattern paper so I can use the outside as a frame for my layout.)  I arranged the diamonds on a piece of white cardstock that I trimmed a little.  I left some spots blank, and I hand stitched some diamonds as well to create visual interest and texture.  The layout is relatively easy to put together…it’s just the perfectionist in me that wanted all the diamonds to line up straight and evenly that took the most time.

I attached the cardstock to the Bella Blvd paper, and added machine stitching.  I typed up my journaling on the computer, then added them to the right side of the layout in strips.  I added the title using the thickers from this month’s add-on, and the blue Webster’s pages stickers from the May Here We Go add-on, and that cute “Perfect Day” bear sticker from Shimelle that was in the March Happy Place kit.  I’ve been saving that sticker for the perfect layout, and if it’s not perfect for a zoo layout, I don’t know what is!  To finish off my layout, I added a few embellishments and the rubber camera charm from Pinkfresh Studio.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my layout!  I hope you like my graphic minimalist style and layout!

Happy crafting!

July Guest Designer – Taheerah Atchia

Hi there Friends! Today we are looking at the second project from our July Guest Designer, the ever inventive artist Taheerah Atchia!  Before we get to her project, let’s learn a little bit more about Taheerah. As part of usual Guest Designer Post, I asked her to answer a few of the questions I am always curious about other designers.

1. When do you do your cardmaking…do you set specific time aside or wait until you are feeling creative??

“My creative time is largely dictated by DT deadlines nowadays – though I’m trying to set aside more time to create just for me too! At the moment my weekends are set aside to create, with the occasional card being made during a weekday evening. When I’m creating for me it tends to be a bit less structured than that and I’ll go with the flow!”

2. Do you keep a Planner or Memory Keeper? Or both??

“I have something like 3 planners and two Traveler’s Notebooks. I’ve used a grand total of zero of them… LOL! I do actually need to plan my work and creative commitments more though so I really should put one of those planners to good use!”

3. Name 3 things you couldn’t craft without!!

“Oh goodness me, just three?! Does mojo count as one of them? That’s the most important one. *wink*

If we’re talking supplies, then I can’t do without a good, thick quality white cardstock, stamps, and ink. Everything else is icing on the cake – and I really like cake, so I have a lot of icing in my stash, ha!”

Here is Taheerah’s card using the July main kit, “Smile More.” She also gives us some insight to her creative process below.

“I’m so excited to be back here today to show off the July Kit again! I’ve had so much fun creating beautiful cards with it!  Today, I decided to play with a few of the different patterned papers, as well as some of the awesome embellishments!

I cut several of the papers and layered them onto my card base, with the largest covering the entire base. I enjoy cutting the papers unevenly and arranging them in a more uneven fashion – it adds way more interest than straight forward matting!”

“The July Kit comes with a great assortment of elements! I pulled out the cork hexagons – these each feature a different pattern printed on them, so fun! I adhered the patterned hexagons in a formation, and cut one of the other designs in half and adhered them upside down to use as plain halves. I think we sometimes forget that we can customise ready-made embellishments but it really opens up the possibilities for them if you do!”

“I really love the large scale chipboard word embellishments and used one to add a bold sentiment to my card. It adds additional dimension and texture to the design. And of course I couldn’t put down those giant gold sequins – a healthy scattering of them finished off my design perfectly!

I actually have a bonus card up on my own blog showcasing some other ways to customize embellishments in the kit for you to get a double dose of inspiration! Please do hop over and check it out here!

I’ve had a ball guest designing for Scrapbook Circle this month! I hope you’ve enjoyed my visit and I’d love it if you continued to follow my crafty adventures on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest! Thanks for stopping by!”

Taheerah has such a wonderful ability to our together the unexpected pieces and combine them in a unique way!

Thank you so much Taheerah for sharing your time and creative formula with us! And thank you for sharing some of your day today with us. Have an awesome weekend!




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

Summer, a take 2 layout

Hey friends!  I’m here today with a take 2 layout using June’s Sunshine Days kit.

Spoiler alert…I was inspired by myself, LOL!  I tried a new-to-me technique last month, and I just love the way it turned out, so I wanted to recreate it.  I love how you can see all the ephemera, there’s really no layering…I love the stitching, and I love how graphic it all looks.

Here is the layout:

and here is my new layout:

To create my layout, I first added the strips of pattern paper along the top and bottom of my white cardstock.  Then, I just pushed around my photos and the Crate Paper ephemera, until things fit right.  I cut down some of the pieces to fit where I wanted them to go, and I made a few pieces myself.  I used a metal die for the pink star, a tab punch for the tab on the top left, and I made a tag for my journaling out of one of the pattern papers.  Once I liked the positioning of everything, I added a little bit of adhesive on the pieces, and sewed each piece down.  I adhered my photos with foam tape for a bit of pop, and I curled up the edges of the ephemera for added dimension.

The Crate Paper Oasis ephemera pack was absolutely perfect for this layout!  My daughter is such a ham!  The journaling says:  This girl here: just putting on a swimsuit fashion show in a Target fitting room!  Love her tons!!!”

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I inspired you to create (x2, LOL!).

Using the Planner Add On and More

I love when Scrapbook Circle offers a Planner Add On because I get to add new items perfectly coordinated to that month in my planner.

But, I also use many items from the Main kit or other embellishment add ons. In my June spread, I had several free calendar boxes at the top of the month that perfectly fit the vellum Exclusive Scrapbook Circle word Summer.

Of course all the items like the washi strips, clear gold foiled stickers and clips from the Planner Add On are perfect for planner spreads, but I also used some Thickers, acrylic hearts, Shimelle epoxy stars and PinkFresh die cuts from the other kits!

Do you use all your kits for planning? We would love to see on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page!

🙂 Rebecca