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Be Real: Documenting a night out

It’s Jennifer Larson, and I have a confession: as a mother of two boys, I don’t get out much anymore. When my boys went away for sleepaway camp this summer, my husband and I got to make a night of it and visit some of the taprooms in North Minneapolis. I took photos all night and shared them on Facebook, and later I put them together to document the whole night. Here’s my page:

Around Town by Jennifer Larson

I decided I wanted to put 7 photos on the page, so I printed them small. I also wanted to do a lot of distressing and mixed media to fit with the warehouse-look the taprooms had, so I started by spreading gesso on the page, then put a mask on and added modeling paste, topping it with blue and brown ink when it dried. Here you can see a bit peeking from under the photos:

Around Town details 1

Around Town details 2

I adhered the photos on dimensional stickers with extra glue to make them stick on the modeling paste and added the title, journaling, and embellishments when done.

Thank you for visiting today! I hope this gives you ideas for documenting a night out and playing around to reflect the place you went. Please share any pages you made on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page!

Designer’s Choice: Designing a two-page layout

Hello! It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing some ideas for one of my favorite page designs: two-pagers.

I love taking lots of photos, and though I edit it down, I still like to put lots of pictures on my pages. As a result, I love making two-page layouts. Here are some of my hints for making a two-page design, based on one of my pages from this month:

Michigan by Jennifer Larson

1. Print photos all the same size and orientation, with one focal point photo enlargement. You can adjust this as needed, but I find it easier to design a two-page layout with the same size photos and one stand-out in a bigger size. I like printing the smaller photos 2.5×2.5 inches, 3×3 inches, or 2.5×3.5 inches, and I like printing the bigger photo in 5×7 or 8×12.

Michigan details 4

2. Stretch something across both pages. When I do this, I “jump the gutter” and make the page seem like one cohesive whole, even when I use different background papers like I did above.

3. Use a line of photos in some way. I love lines. I’m linear and can’t help it, but on a two-page layout, this can help you make the two-pages connect as well.

Michigan details 1

Michigan details 2

4. Balance elements across the two-pages. I learned this years ago when I started scrapping: if you put something on one side of the page, put it on the other in a different amount. The balance created is pleasing to the eye. In a two-page layout, this can create greater cohesion between the two pages. Here I added gold dots to both sides, added the kraft tags to both sides, and made blue star banners on each page in different sizes and amounts.

Michigan details 3

5. Use a shape and balance to create motion. This page has a strong vertical ad horizontal line, which draws the eye across the page. The end point in this shape is a wonky photo block, which ends the page emphatically. That is the way the eye travels across the page. try designing with an L shape like this, or a C shaped design, or a triangle, or a circle.

Those are a few suggestions for creating a two-page layout. If you have a lot of photos and want to try stretching them out onto two pages, post your design on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page so we can check it out. Have fun designing!


September Mood Board | Jenni Calma

Much like the September kit ‘Here + There’, the ‘Time Flies’ and ‘This Place’ Add-ons,  the accompanying Mood Board is just as fabulous!

September Mood Board

I was so very excited about getting the Mood Board as one of my September assignments.  I loved everything about it and two of the images were ones already part of my Pinterest boards!  First and foremost, the garland of circles in pinks and gold caught my eye and was the jumping off point for my layout.

Free Your Heart_SBC_Sept 2014 border

The gold glitter circle stickers were a perfect size match with one of my circle punches.  I punched paper from two different 6×6 pads both part of the Add-ons. I used the Scrapbook Circle exclusive heart stamp to add a little extra pattern to the pink circles I punched.  Finally, I sewed all the circles together into a garland inspired from the Mood Board.

Free Your Heart_SBC_Sept 2014 (8)

I clustered my photos on several other pieces of 6×6 papers and wrapped the garland around them loosely.  I then tucked lots of tags, stickers and chipboard all around that photo cluster.  The title is from the ‘Time Flies’ Add-on, a script sticker, much like the script on the Mood Board.

Free Your Heart_SBC_Sept 2014 (5)

One more favorite from the Mood Board is gold glitter dipped balloons and it inspired me to dip this tag from Crate Paper into gold glitter embossing powder.  I also used a couple arrows from Crape Paper and a strip of the arrow paper from My Mind’s Eye on the left side of the page.

Free Your Heart_SBC_Sept 2014 (12)

This kit is seriously one of my favs, and inspiring enough on its own, but the Mood Board provides great additional ideas for using the September kit!  Share your creations with us on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page or use the Mood Board to inspire one of the challenges going on this month!  Thanks for letting me share my page and have an amazing day!

Designer’s Choice: Adding Watercolors to a Background

Hi!  Gina Lideros here with one of my favorite techniques that I love to do: Adding watercolors to a background.  I created this layout using the September Here + There kit.


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a heart shaped background out of white cardstock.  Then I used my watercolors and a water brush to paint on soft colors to my die cut background.  I alternated light yellow and light pink watercolors and kept the background simple to allow the beautiful glittered garden party paper from My Mind’s Eye (included in the main kit) to show through.


I also added in some tags and chipboard buttons from the September Time Flies Add On kit.


Thank you for sharing my inspiration! If you create a project using this month’s kit, please share your layout on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook Page. I’d love to see what you create!


Designer Choice

Good Morning!

This is Melissa here with you today and I am sharing one of my layouts I made using the September “Photo Goes here” kit and add on.

Pcola Beach Border


I really loved the Basic Grey Captured Transparencies from the “Snapshot” add on. I used one on each of my small photos in the above layout. I stitched them to each picture using my sewing machine. I layered these across the middle of my layout and then slipped other small embellishments around them and tucked some underneath to create some more layers. I then used the Jenni Bowlin gold speech bubble rub-on’s and transferred them to a white card stock. I cut them out and used foam dots to adhere to my layout. Some chipboard buttons and my title were added. I love how the picture transparencies added a little color to the layout but still allowed the photos to shine through!





I hope you have enjoyed your September kits! If you don’t subscribe, you can still pick one up from the store here!!

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Hi everyone! Allison here today to share a bit of my thought process on probably my favorite scrapbooking “technique” layering! I layer in some sense on probably 95% of my layouts. I do have a few “rules” for myself that I tend to follow when placing my layers. For the most part they are thrown in here and there but I do tend to have some personal guidelines and I’d like to share one of them with you today. Let’s look at my Talk of the Town Photobooth layout as an example!

This layout came together very quickly for me this month but was probably my favorite! If you take a look at my layers here (or on most layouts) you’ll notice that there are more layers towards the bottom of the page. I call this the “weight” or the anchor. I don’t like my layouts to look top heavy so there will most likely always be more layers (or darker layers) towards the bottom of the page. The heart sort of anchors the photo/paper cluster at just the right spot. Along the same lines you’ll notice I have a little banner on the top, weighted with a label/tape cluster at the bottom on the opposite side. Taking out the bottom label would cause this layout to look a tad top heavy making me feel like something is missing.

Do you have any “guidelines” you like to follow when scrapbooking? If you try out this one I’d love to see your take on it!

A Few Remarks

I just love the Amy Tangerine Remarks that are included in this month’s kit., The Good Life.  They are great for layering on your layouts but what I really love is how quick and easy they make card-making.  The whole kit is just so fun and playful.  Here’s a simple but fun little card I made.  Make sure to check out the Idea gallery to see how the rest of the design team used them.


Thanks for stopping by and please make sure to share your layouts, cards and altered projects with us on our Facebook page.

tip of the day–September 20, 2010

When was the last time you used black cardstock to back a layout?  Truthfully it’s been a LONG time for me.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how much it made the colors from the Echo Park & Cosmo Cricket paper just pop.  Not only did it make the paper pop but it also helped my pictures to stand out a bit.  So if you don’t know which cardstock (if you use cardstock as background for your layouts) try black!

I can’t leave this post without mentioning those birds–I LOVE them!  Aren’t they adorable?  Wouldn’t they be fun on a card too?

I would love to see your creations with black cardstock and those birdies on our Facebook page! 🙂

Weekend Warm-up 9.10

Happy Friday!  Let’s warm-up this weekend by getting grungy!  I am a happy mama to three boys – three very much, 100%, no doubt about it boys.  As I oohed and ahhed over the pretty florals in the September kit, I wondered if I would be able to scrap any of my little men using those delicious designs.  I looked over to see the black Chalkboard Mist I ordered as an add-on and said to myself, “I know how to man-up this pretty paper – grunge!”

To grunge up the floral Sassafras paper, I sprayed some mist.  Then I unscrewed the lid and let a few fat splatters fall onto my layout.  Then I flicked the sprayer with my finger for some dots of color.  I penciled in where my photo was going, then using a small paintbrush, I dipped into my bottle of mist and painted out a frame.  Three effects with one product – you’ve gotta love that!

So whether you have boys you’d like to scrap, or you’re looking for an artsy way to approach a page, try grunging it up a bit this weekend with some mist.  Have fun!

tip of the day September 6, 2010

Today I want to talk about a few of things I did on this layout.  1st off I want to talk about the mist on this layout.  Did you know that you can buy it as an add on under supplies AND it ships free with your kit?!  Go HERE to see all the FANTASTIC colors.  The chalkboard mist has better coverage than regular mist–don’t get me wrong I love all kinds of mist but the chalkboard is my NEW favorite.  I happened to use banana pudding and charcoal for this layout.  I sprayed the mist on the paper then I took the lid off of the mist and held it over my paper and tapped my hand to get drops.

Secondly, I wanted to talk about the circle.  After my mist dried I took out a large bowl I then traced the circle.  I then sewed over the line–on my sewing machine there is a centering line right on the foot– I just put the line right on it and sewed.  After sewing the complete circle I then adjusted my needle to sew left of the circle–finishing that all the way I adjusted it to sew right.  This whole time I kept the center line center on my foot and made the needle do all the work.  I hadn’t done that before and really liked how it turned out.

Lastly I wanted to talk about my string (from my stash) I took a paper piercing tool and pierced the paper making it wide enough to run the string through twice.  I actually tied the string to the paper!  (So if you turn the paper over you see two lines of the string.)

If you want to see a closeup of this layout just click on the picture.  The colors in this kit are SO tasty–I’m telling you Lisa knocked it out of the park with this one!