Monday, April 20, 2015

Scrapbook Circle Take 2 - For the Love of Circles

I love circles. One of my favorite ways to design a layout is to cut out circles and place them in a grid format. I started with the Pink Fresh Studio patterned paper found in last month's kit. Some of the circles I punched out. Then I layered some punched out circles over other circles using 3 dimensional adhesive.

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I had so much filling in the circles with photos, stickers and other embellishments that I decided to do a similar layout this month.

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For this month's layout, I used April's kit Let's Do This and started with a striped piece of paper, which led to the decision of how to create my circles. I decided to cut them out with the Silhouette Cameo. I backed the cut patterned paper with black cardstock. Next I punched smaller circles from patterned paper . Then comes the fun of embellishing! Stickers and die cuts are an easy choice!

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The Heidi Swapp frames and Pink Fresh Studio die cuts from the Add On This Way, added glittery and shiny touches.IMG_2851

I decided that the design of circles went perfectly with the theme of doughnuts so I also cut a doughnut shape with the Silhouette. The sequins made perfect, yummy looking sprinkles and the mini alphas were easily places in an arc for the title.IMG_2853
Take 2 is one of my favorite blog series because I love looking at an old design with fresh eyes and coming up with a new way to use it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Scrapbook Circle - Stamping on Layouts

Does stamping on a layout give you anxiety? I used to get chills thinking about how to incorporate stamps into layouts. If you are a bit of a perfectionist, you probably understand what I am saying. ;) But then I realized that the stamping I like in other people's layouts is rarely perfect. And it is the imperfections that give the layout I fun, artistic effect. So no more white knuckle stamping! Just start finding ways to work them in.  I loved the little Elle's Studio stamp set included in this month's kit. Here is an easy way to incorporate one stamp into a layout.

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Since there was lots of white space I had plenty of room to add the You Are stamp. The mini alpha stickers fit right on top of the dotted line!

This bit of stamping from the same set was a bit trickier.

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You can see I stamped the hello stamp right over a part of the collage. Part of the word is on the background cardstock, part is on a die cut heart and part is on a 3x4 card. Honestly, I did not do a great job stamping on all the different height levels, but the bit of smudge actually adds to the collage-feel! No stress, just let it go and get inky!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Simple Stories and Becky Fleck's PageMaps

Hi everyone! Rebecca Keppel here! I had the pleasure of working with 2 of Becky Fleck's fabulous PageMaps April sketches. I love designing with Becky's sketches because she makes it really simple to pull together a well designed layout. I started with this 12x12 sketch featuring two 3x4 photos:
Since my photos had a horizontal rather than vertical orientation, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to the left and came up with this layout using Simple Stories Say Cheese II collection.

I loved layering the various patterned papers and the embellishment placement and circular title spot.
The next sketch I used had more small photos:
This time I stayed very true to the sketch.
I used Simple Stories SN@P and Enchanted collections. The Enchanted Chipboard frames were perfect to highlight all the mini photos.
If you love Simple Stories collections, you will love playing with PageMaps because Becky includes tons of fun embellishments and layers in her sketches. 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Simple Stories I Am Collection Simply or Not So Simply

Hi everyone! Rebecca Keppel here! I am here today to showcase the many facets of the beautiful I Am Collection. In my house every family member has albums dedicated solely to them. Then there are family albums that feature photos and stories of multiple people. My kids have amassed MANY albums to themselves. Sadly, my husband and I each only have a couple of albums between us. But with the I am collection I am beginning to fill up my album! The I Am collection can be very deep and introspective and let you document your most core beliefs and feelings. But it can also be playful. I found that you can use it to make very simple layouts as well as much more complex ones as well. Here is a simply layout.
Although I used many different pieces from the collection including Clips, patterned paper, stickers, Chipboard Frames, Epoxy Dots, and more, it is a relatively simple layout featuring one thing that I am...a soccer mom :)
I love how the typed stickers fit in so well with my typed journaling. The going to be heard sticker was the perfect touch since my oldest recently told me "not to cheer" lol!
The chipboard frames are fun for mini photos of course, but my favorite use for them is to house journaling or embellishments. On the flip side, here is a more complicated layout showcasing many things that I am right now...
This collection makes it so simple to tell your story, to let you define yourself in your layouts and to pass on to future generations little snippets of who you were.
Each of my small circular photos represents one piece of me and the photo is explained by a sticker title like, I am...healthy.
I love the bits of gold foil in this collection and the combination of dimension and texture available with the different embellishments like the chipboard and Bradz.
I hope many of you will also start to fill your own albums using this amazing collection! 

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories I Am Collection
4500 Collection Kit
4501 Simple Basics
4502 Fundamentals Stickers
4503 Expressions Stickers
4527 Brads
4528 Chipboard
4529 Bits and Pieces
4531 Enamel Dots
4532 Stickers
4535 Washi Paper Tape
4536 Clips4538 Chipboard Frames

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Scrapbook Circle - 3x4 Cards 3 Ways!

I love all the 3x4 cards manufacturers are making these days. Whether you use them for pocket page layouts or journaling on a traditional 12x12 layout, they add a nice touch. I like them so much, that I used them on 3 different layouts this month. I worked with the main March Scrapbook Circle kit (Here's the Story) and both Add Ons, On My Way and Tell Me.

For the first layout, I used one of the exclusive Scrapbook Circle 3x4 cards in a traditional way. I used a typewriter to journal on it and then I tucked it next to my photo:

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In the next layout, I used 3 different 3x4 cards as part of the layout design. I liked that the left hand one included a sentiment, the middle card featured an image and on the right hand card I adhered a photo trimmed down so part of the 3x4 card design was peeking out.

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For the final layout, I used a similar approach as above, but I also wanted to create an altered background. All you need to create this type of background is a piece of patterned paper, some gesso, a large brush, a few Gelatos and a mini mister filled with water.

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With the large brush, paint on gesso starting a thick application at the top of the page and gradually thinning out by the middle.

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Once dry, take the Gelatos and color a thick smudge at the top of the page where the gesso is the thickest.

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You can mix and match colors or use different shades of one color.

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Then spray the Gelatos with water and allow the color to drop. This won't work as well if you do not prime the paper with gesso first because the Gelatos will sink into the paper.

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Let dry and dab with a clean paper towel.

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Once my background was dry I started applying my photos and 3x4 cards. This time I mounted my cards on slightly larger pieces of patterned paper to make them really stand out.

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How are you using the 3x4 cards?

:) Rebecca






Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Simple Stories Say Cheese II and Enchanted - 2 Sides of the Disney Coin

Last year for Spring break we went to Disneyland for the first time as a family. I still have about a billion photos that I want to scrapbook from that quick trip! I loved Simple Stories original Say Cheese collection and the latest Say Cheese II is just as awesome. 
 With the traditional red, black and white Disney colors, it was perfect for a ton of our Disney photos. The gold foiling in the die cuts from the Bits and Pieces pack is such a fabulous touch! I also adore the wingless Bradz and the glittered gold epoxy dots!
 But some photos (think princess and the castle!) require a softer color palette. Lucky for us, Simple Stories heard the call for a girly Disney-inspired line and brought us Enchanted!
Of course, Disneyland and other theme parks work well with these lines, but they are more versatile than that. Check out my layout about a photo shoot I did with my less-than-cooperative daughter.
Both of these lines are so fun and playful, feature both cute and beautiful elements and can be used for a wide variety of paper crafting projects. Besides who doesn't love having another reason to get back to Disney? ;)

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories Say Cheese II
4300 Paper Kit
4327 Bradz
4329 Bits and Pieces
4331 Enamel Dots
4332 Stickers

Simple Stories Enchanted Collection
4400 Collection Kit
4401 Simple Basics Kit
4427 Bradz
4428 Chipboard
4429 Bits and Pieces
4431 Enamel Dots
4435 Washi Paper Tape
4436 Clips
4438 Frames

Saturday, February 7, 2015

To Theme or Not to Theme with Scrapbook Circle

Valentine's Day themed papers are my favorite themed papers ahead of birthday, Halloween and even Christmas. Why? Because they are so versatile. Sure you can use them for scrapbooking Valentine's Day or even creating a Valentine's Day card. I used the Scrapbook Circle February Kit Today is Beautiful and the add on Dream Big to create this card.

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But you can also use Valentine's themed papers and embellishments to create every day general love themed layouts like I did here.

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A gold foil vellum heart could absolutely work for a Valentine, but I love it tucked behind the navy paper and stitched down.

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In fact I used several pieces from the Crate Paper ephemera kit, including several for this cluster of embellishments here.IMG_1452
Do you prefer to use themed paper for themed subjects or do you prefer to work outside of the box?