Archive for the ‘Scrapbooking’ Category

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!

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!).

Scrapbook Circle June Printable with Rebecca

This month the printable has a couple of long strips of patterns that I thought would fit perfectly inside a traveller’s notebook. So, I figured it was finally time to bust mine out and get started! I had an idea to make one for our first year with our puppies. The strips were perfect for matting a strip of contact photos, which are my favorite size these days.

I put their names on the cover of the Webster’s Pages using the PinkFresh alphas.

The printable also included a few 3×4 cards. The Oh Happy Day card was perfect for the first day we brought the puppies home.

The A Favorite Memory card has lines for journaling.

There are also two labels in the printable. I used the Location label to document how much the boys love the backyard. I added two more contact sized photos on the blue frame from the printable.

I was very happy with how many pages I was able to complete using the printable and the rest of the June Scrapbook Circle kits!

How do you use the Scrapbook Circle Printable? We would love to see in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page!

🙂 Rebecca

Have Courage and Be Kind, a Tech Tip layout

Hello friends!

Today, I am on the blog with a layout using June’s Sunshine Days kit.

My youngest sister just graduated college, and of course I wanted to document it!

For my Tech Tip: repeat a shape to create visual interest.  It can be in a pattern or random, like the circles are in my layout.  You can use all sorts of shapes…I’ve used circles, squares, rectangles, diamonds, triangles, and hearts.  You can make your shapes all one size, or vary the sizes, like my layout.  If you vary your sizes though, try to have at least 3 different sizes.  Adhere your shapes to create depth.  In my layout, I glued some circles straight to the page, and I’ve attached other circles to the layout using foam tape to create interest.  Also notice that I have overlapped some of my circles.  I have hand cut shapes, I’ve used paper punches and metal dies, and now that I have a silhouette cameo, I use that as well.

To create my layout, first I cut the circle frames on my silhouette cameo.  I then backed those frames with photos and pattern paper from the Crate Paper Oasis collection.  I left one circle open.  I attached the cut file to a piece of white cardstock using foam tape to create dimension.  I attached the Elle’s Studio vellum circle (my title) to the white cardstock in the empty circle frame.  I punched out a few smaller sized circles and adhered them to my layout.  (The cork colored circles is from last month’s planner kit.)  I die cut the 2017 using some number dies in my stash.  I cut the numbers with white cardstock and the Crate Paper pattern paper.  I glued them on top of each other, with the pattern paper on top, creating my own chipboard numbers, which I talked about in this post.  I added my journaling that I typed on the computer.  Next, I trimmed a little of the white cardstock, and adhered it to the blue Crate Paper pattern paper, and added machine stitching.  To finish off my layout, I added some ink splatters.

That’s it for me!  Hope I’ve inspired to get your punches out and get crafty!

“How Far I’ll Go,” a DT choice layout

Hello friends!

I’m here today with a layout using June’s Sunshine Days kit.

My daughter and her friend decided to sing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana in their school’s talent show.  The sweet girls learned the lyrics, practiced singing together, and decided on their coordinating hair and outfits.  They did a fabulous job, and I am so proud!  Lets just say I know all the words to this song now as well, lol!  (It’s the 2017 “Let It Go,” ha!)

I wanted a bold title that matched my layout, so I DIYed my own.  I created the title and then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out of white cardstock.  I cut it out twice, so I could glue them on top of each other to give it some thickness, like I mentioned in this post.  Using an ink blending tool, and 2 different pink distress inks, I added color to the title, creating an ombre effect.  I set aside my title to dry, and got to work on my layout.

The Crate Paper Oasis collection is perfect for a Moana themed layout!  I added a piece of the pink pattern paper to the top of white cardstock, and added some machine stitching.  I adhered 3 photos to the blue Amy Tangerine paper (from a previous kit).  I layered a few tags from the Crate Paper ephemera pack behind the layered photos.  Next, I added my title and the journaling that I typed on the computer.  I used some more ephemera to embellish the top left of my layout.  I added more machine stitching and I also used my tiny stapler.  I used my punches to punch some hearts and stars to add a few more touches.  I added some gold spray ink, and my layout is finished!

I love how this layout turned out…I hope I inspired you to get crafty as well!