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a mini album & a Tech Tip!

Hello friends!  Today, I have a tech tip and a mini album to share with you.  For my tech tip, I thought I would give you a few tips for fussy cutting.  I like to fussy cut stamped images, and pieces from pattern paper, like florals or in this case, the cute Pink Paislee Paige Evans birds.  They are perfect to use as embellishments.

Here are some of my fussy cutting tips:

  1. 1. Make sure your scissors are sharp, and get a pair of small scissors as well.  I got a pair of embroidery scissors a few years ago, and it is perfect for getting into small spaces!  
  2. 2. Cut out the area around the object you want to cut for easier handling.  
  3. 3. Move the paper, not the scissors.  I’m right handed, so I hold the scissors in my right hand.  Besides closing and opening the blades, I keep my right hand still.  My left hand is holding the paper and moving the paper around the blades.  This tip is a little hard to show or explain, but I hope you understood what I was trying to say.
  4. 4. You can fussy cut your images right up to the “line” or image, or you can leave a little border.  If you decide to cut with a border, try to keep the border as even as possible around your image for a cleaner look.  
  5. 5. Try not to close the blades all the way.  I notice that when you close the blades all the way, it always tears the paper a tiny bit; when you’re cutting a really tiny image, it can be obvious.

Now, on to my mini album.  I take photos of my baby girl in a white onesie and a month sticker every month.  I thought it’d be fun to document that in a little mini album.  I only have up to month 7 so far, but I’ll add in the rest of the months when I’m done with the project at 12 months.  I think it’s so fun to see how much babies grow and change in their first year of life.  I cannot believe my baby girl is already 8 months old!

For my project, I used the July Smile More kit, and the July Laugh More add-on.  I cut up a few pattern papers into 3×4 pieces, and started embellishing with items from the kit.  I really love those Dear Lizzy roll tags.  Confession…I didn’t realize they were stickers, and just treated them as tags.  LOL!  That’s ok though, because I often like to have the tags hang off the side, or add stitching for a little dimension.  I loved the Pink Paislee Paige Evans bird pattern paper, and the pink floral paper by Crate Paper.  I also really love to repurpose the glassine bags, and incorporate them into my projects; I love the dimension and texture it adds.  Hopefully you can see a few of my fussy cut images in the mini!

By the way, this project would be perfect to use up some of your scraps and leftovers!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

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

Cardmaking Tip with Rebecca

Hey Scrapbook Circle fans! Rebecca here with a cardmaking tip! Very often, the Scrapbook Circle add ons include one or more 6×6 patterned paper pads. But, this month there was an embellishment add on and a planner add on and neither had the 6×6 pad. I loved the planner add on so I wasn’t that concerned about not having a 6×6 pad this month. Usually I use the smaller format papers to create cards and I did want to create a card with this month’s kit, so what to do? My tip is to find a patterned paper with a small design like the triangles here:

Those little triangles are so tiny they look like they could have come from a 6×6 pad! And that’s the idea! To find a design which is not to big or overwhelming for a card front. I added some stitching on the patterned paper circles that I cut out, lots of die cuts and a few phrase stickers and that was it! So next time you are trying to make a card without a 6×6 pad think about what papers you DO have with those smaller designs!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

1 Product 2 Ways – Shimelle Stickers

Hello there and happy Tuesday!  Today the DT girls, Allie & Diana are using the Shimelle ‘Little by Little’ sticker book that is part of the March kit, “Happy Place.”  First up, Allie creates the page below bursting with colors and patterns surrounding a black & white photo.  Check out her description:IMG_0016

“There are so many awesome stickers to choose from in the Shimelle Sticker book, it was hard to pick! I decided to focus on my title and use the letter stickers with the ampersand. I also used stickers as embellishments and layering pieces. The best part is I still have tons and tons left over!”

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I love the combination of the bright primary colors with the pinks!  Next is Diana, with layers and layers of stickers and her thoughts on her design.

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“These stickers were SO fun to work with! I really liked how they were so versatile–from popping them up with a pop dot, to a journal spot, to an embellishment, they were FUN!”

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I just love that bear!  One thing I love best is how Diana described the stickers as versatile…even though the designs and colors could be associated with little kids or babies, both gals used them with a different outcome!  Great job!

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Tech Tip with Rebecca

Hi everyone! Rebecca here! This month the Scrapbook Circle Tech Tip lands to me! I am excited to share with you the technique of creating a “spotlight” on a card front to draw lots of attention to a really special embellishment. I used the Maggie Holmes Puffy Heart stickers from the Scrapbook Circle Record It Embellishment Add On and really wanted all eyes on that heart!

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So I used Distress Inks and a foam blender and three colors of ink to create a spotlight for the heart. I created a little video to walk you through the whole technique from start to finish! Check it out here:

And be sure to grab the Scrapbook Circle February Main kit (So This Happened) before it sells out. There are lots of brand NEW goodies in it just released at CHA! You’ll also want the add ons Tell It and Record It!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Tech Tip: Creating Fringe

Hello there! Today I have a tip to share on how to create a fringe background or layering piece. The January Love Notes kit has a gorgeous fringe patterned paper that I couldn’t wait to use! I wanted to cut it up and create actual fringe from the printed fringe design. I started by cutting pieces from the patterned paper.

 

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I cut strips from the fringe. Each strip was one full bit of fringe, and then about 1/2″ above it. Clear as mud? The point was to have some room above the strip once the fringe is cut so that you can adhere it to something.img_9499

Once I had the strips of fringe cut, I adhered them to one another using the bit of each strip that didn’t get trimmed. Here is what I ended up with:

 

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And here is the layout I created using my fringe piece!

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I hope you feel inspired to create some fringe. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Tech Tip with Rebecca — Handmade Snowflakes

Do you remember making handmade snowflakes in grade school? It was one of my favorite winter crafts and oh-so-easy! I think this little technique is the perfect compliment to all the snowy themed papers and embellishments in December’s Scrapbook Circle Kit, Everyday Stories.

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We used to use copy paper or white construction paper to make snowflakes, but I think it is fun to use the patterned paper from the kit, especially the Crate Paper 6×6 pad from the add on, Be Happy!

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It is also fun to start out with a punched shape like a large circle or a medium scalloped circle so that the outside of the snowflake is uniform.

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If you don’t remember how to make hand cut snowflake, or [GASP] you never did this as a child, it is very simple. Simply fold your paper in half and then in half again.

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At this point, I like to start with a tiny hole punch because you can add these shapes to the interior of the fold.

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Next I use micro tipped scissors to cut out mini triangles, hearts, half circles, etc. Just be careful to leave plenty of the fold intact so that your snowflake doesn’t fall apart!

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Once you are done, unfold your snowflake and you have a pretty and unique emebllishment to add to your layouts or cards!

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Do you have fond memories of creating snowflakes as a child! Be sure to revisit this fun technique for your next wintery project!

🙂 Rebecca

Prepping A December Album

When I saw the Scrapbook Circle November Kit, Wonderland, I knew I wanted it to be a part of my December album. Plus, if I start prepping my December album now, I am more likely to actually get it done in December! I grabbed a 6×8 album and got to work.

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The cover is always the most fun, don’t you think! I loved using the PinkFresh alphas, Elle’s Studio tags and Pebbles patterned paper. I die cut a circle of patterned paper from the 6×6 PinkFresh pad and created the snow by die cutting a circle of the same size from cardstock and then die cutting the border on top. I used some Aleen’s Glitter snow paste to create the faux snow!

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Next I worked on the tab dividers. I created one tab for food.

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One for gift ideas and lists.

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And the last tab will be my traditional December album including photos and journaling.

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To get ready for this section, I cut down the PinkFresh patterned paper into each numbered piece and added them into various page protectors.

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Yes, it is very bare bones at this point, but at least I know I started it and will be able to add to it as the month goes on and I start making my lists. My goal is to actually take a picture each day in December and print it out each night, but we’ll see if that happens!

Do you create a December album every year? When do you start creating?

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Tech Tip: Altering Alphas

Hello there! I’m excited to be sharing another month of projects with you, this time using the Wonderland Kit! Today we’re talking about altering letters. I usually have lots of alphas left over from each month’s kit, and they don’t always match my project. I wanted to mix fonts for my title in this layout, so I brought in an alpha from a previous kit. I altered the letters to make them gold and sparkly. Now they match perfectly!

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To create my sparkly letters, all I did was choose a bottle of Stickles! That’s it! You can also do this with another brand of glitter glue, or use liquid glue and loose glitter.

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Since my alpha sheet was partially empty, I founded it easiest to leave the letters directly on the plastic. However, if you need more space to work, a piece of wax paper words perfectly. I coated each letter in the word with a generous coating of the Stickles glitter. I made sure every bit of the yellow was covered.

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After the letters dry, simple peel them off the plastic. Trim any excess, and your newly altered alphas are ready to go!

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It’s a very simple technique, and I know it’s one I forget about often. Altering is a great way to stretch your stash! Thanks for stopping by!

Tech Tip with Rebecca

Hey everyone! Rebecca here with this month’s tech tip! This month I am sharing 5 ways to modify the already beautiful Pink Paislee wood veneer.

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The simplest way to create unqiue embellishments from the already adorable dipped wood veneer is to layer them with other elements from the kit. I use chipboard stickers, buttons, twine and Thickers to modify my wood veneer.

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Next, I used Staz On Ink and the Reset Girl Roller Stamp from the kit. I also used Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen and Therm O Web foiling. You can see all the techniques I used in this quick video:

If you try any of these techniques, please share in the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page! We would love to see!

🙂 Rebecca