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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

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

1 Product 2 Ways – Dear Lizzy Thickers

Happy 4th of July to everyone in the USA and Happy July to all our friends elsewhere!  Summer is in full swing and the new July “Smile More” kit is a perfect way to help document your summer memories!

Diving right into our first 1 Product 2 Ways of the month, Dona and Rebecca share their layouts using the Dear Lizzy ‘Lovely Day’ Thickers.  Check out this eye candy!!

“I usually use Thickers like this as part of a title. Instead, I decided to use them for everything EXCEPT my title! In fact, I used nearly the whole package on this one layout.  My title is “Be a fruit loop in a world of cheerios” and I used the Thickers and Vicki Boutin phrases as little reminders of how to do that.”

Rebecca created a layout using the same gorgeous ombré paper for her page base and packed in the pics!!

“I used a bunch of the Dear Lizzy Thickers as the focus of my layout. I wanted to include the gold rimmed thinkers too but felt like they looked too different. So I decided to add touches of gold foiling to some of the Dear Lizzy Thickers so that they would coordinate better. I used Therm O Web’s Deco Foil liquid adhesive to place some dots and details on a few of the Thickers and once dry, I rubbed the foil on top.”

I love the addition of the gold foiling Rebecca used on her Thickers and the way she organized her photos as bookends for the large title.  Dona’s grid layout is one of my favorites for scrapbook layout and each embellished square makes me want to inspect every inch!

Great way to kick off the month girls!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and wishing you all a happy and safe holiday!!

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

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

April Challenge – Using Metallics

The gorgeous April kit features just enough sparkle to really catch your eye, which inspired the April challenge:

Use metallics on a layout. Our creative team member Neela created this page for your inspiration:

This kit is filled with metallics in gold and copper. I decided to use some of the gold elements in this kit for this layout.

Neela Challenge 1

“I love the words in the Heidi Swapp pack. I wanted to use one of the words as the title for my layout. ‘Authentic’ seemed perfect for this photo and the story I wanted to tell. I then used the 3×4 cards with gold elements from Pretty Little Studio to form a grid along with the photo. I also used more gold words from the Heidi Swapp word pack. And how awesome are those gold mirror stickers from Pink Fresh Studio.”

Neela Challenge 3

“I added the hearts in a visual triangle. I then wrote my journaling in the bottom.  After all the gold, I wanted to add more color to the layout. With the background, fussy cut feathers from Shimelle’s little by little patterned paper and the bits and pieces from the Paige Evan’s Oh My Heart ephemera pack, I got the needed color and patterns to complete the layout.”

Neela Challenge 2

“Hope you will enjoy using the metallics from the Main kit and add ons this month.”


Ready to play along? Here’s how:

1. Create a project (cards, layout, mini album, pocket page, etc.) featuring at least one metallic. Traditional or hybrid. This month’s Scrapbook Circle kit is perfect for this challenge, but any materials will do.

2. Post your project to your blog, an online gallery, or social media site (be sure to tag Scrapbook Circle!). Comment on this post with a direct link to your layout.

3. For an extra entry, post your layout to our Facebook Community, Scrapbook Circle of Friends. Find the photo album titled “April Challenge – Metallics” and add your project.

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, May 8th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on Monday, May 9th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!

If you can, set up the photo album with Neela’s page, or I can do that when I get back.

Scrapbook Circle Digi Cuts with Rebecca

Hey all! I love digital die cuts! Especially background cuts! And this month’s file is a really fun background cut. Here is the layout I made with this month’s file plus the April Kit Our Story and Add Ons.

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I’ll be honest! I love the artsy Maggie Holmes paper and wanted to use it, but wasn’t sure how. Laying the die cut white cardstock over it really helped me tone it down a bit. The other thing I like about background cuts is that they help create the flow or design of the page. It had been a long time since I did an angled page, but it totally made sense to make the entire layout go along with the lines of the die cut.

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The other thing I love about background die cuts is the embellishing. Once the die cut is backed with patterned paper, then comes the fun of adding flair, stickers and more. I had a blast using everything from the Our Story kit and add ons to embellish this layout.rk sc april -9515Do you love background die cuts as much as I do? We would love to see how you are using this one in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page!

🙂 Rebecca


1 Product 2 Ways – Pinkfresh Studio Puffy Alphas

Happy April!!  So glad that you are here today!  For the first Tuesday using the new “Our Story” kit, we are featuring the gorgeous Copper Puffy Alphas from Pinkfresh Studio.  I challenged Neela and Rebecca to take these fabulous stickers and share their inspiration!  Neela’s clever LO and her description is below:


“Since the product I am highlighting is alphabet stickers, I decided to use a photo of all the books I read since January and I am pretty proud of this as I hadn’t been reading much till then.
I decided to use the awesome puffy stickers which have a copper finish as a background for the layout.  To begin with, I created a division to create interest by adding patterned paper to the bottom half of the white cardstock. I added some stitching to the border which may not show through easily in the photo. I then added my photo and placed the title – Books And More Books from the Paige Evan’s ‘Oh My Heart’ ephemera pack which coordinates so well with the puffy stickers.I also backed the title with more cards from this pack which contained copper tones. I placed my photo and title on a piece of vellum onto which I wrote my journaling. I then added the copper letters randomly all over the background. The best part is that there are also stars along with alphabets in this sticker pack and you can never have enough of them. Hope you will totally enjoy using these puffy stickers just like I did.”



Rebecca used the Alphas in a more traditional way, but like Neela, also made them into part of a patterned background.  Check out her project below…

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“I loved the Pink Fresh Alpha but since they were very delicate and I was looking for a bolder look, I placed them over circles punched out of the Crate Paper “Coastal” patterned paper. Then I popped up every other letter on dimensional adhesive. I punched smaller circles out of the flips side of the “Coastal” patterned paper and placed some of the Pink Fresh stars on those.”

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Love the vibrant, rich hues in Rebecca’s LO and in complete contrast, all the white space in Neela’s page.  Great projects girls!  Want to share something too, post it on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook community page, Scrapbook Circle of Friends, and visit for more inspiration, challenges and creations using the April kit!