Nov 18, 2015

Bokeh Christmas Lights Tips and Tricks!

Last year I finally figured out how to take a photo of my Christmas tree with all the pretty bokeh lights. If you've ever wondered how to get the lights to show up like this let me tell you! You need a digital SLR to take this photo. And you have to turn off auto focus. Once you have the camera set to manual focus just adjust the lens until it blurs as much as you want and take your photo! This is my favorite photo from last year and Scrapbook Circle's Good Cheer collection was perfect to document it.
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I loved combining the clear stickers, sequins, tags, and exclusive Scrapbook Circle stars.

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I'll definitely be taking bokeh shots again this year! If you give it a try, share on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page! We would love to see!

Nov 11, 2015

Scrapbook Circle November Kit - Both Sides of Basic Grey

Sometimes I fall so in love with one side of a patterned paper that I forget to see how perfectly the other side coordinates with the first. In this layout I challenged myself to use both Basic Grey papers in the Scrapbook Circle Good Cheer kit. I cut two 5" squares from each paper and created a grid using both sides of each sheet.

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I machine stitched on all four squares to tie them together. Two squares hold my title,
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one holds my photo...
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and the final square has my journaling and embellishing.  

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This is a very easy way to build a grid and to get all the main elements of a layout on your page!

Nov 4, 2015

Pumpkin Spice - 30 Days of Thankful

Hi Simple Stories Fans! Rebecca here today to share my favorite part of documenting fall! 
For the past few years I have followed along with Cathy Zielske's 30 Days of Thankful and created mini albums documenting a photo a day in November. Last year, I used a Simple Stories 6x8 Album and the Life Documented Collection. And the year before I used a Simple Stories 6x8 Album and the Daily Grind Collection. Thus year I decided to use a Simple Stories 4x6 album. I have to say there is a lot less pressure in the smaller format album! I am also using the Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice collection this year. There are so many grateful-themed sentiments in this collection and the colors are perfectly fall-themed too! I love starting with the cover because you get to be creative and have fun.
To prep the inside of my album I cut up all my 3x4, 4x4 and 4x6 cards from patterned paper. I filled all of the page protectors that came with the album with my favorites.
I included the 4x6 transparency in one of the 4x6 pockets. I will keep it in mind to take at least one horizontal photo with lots of white space at the bottom!
 I even cut apart all my 2x2 squares. Some of these will end up being covered by photos.
I kept a few of the divider pages that are included with the album. I may use the backs of these for longer typewritten journaling.
I backed two of the smaller chipboard frames and added enamel dots to the outside of the page protector...just for fun!

I am so excited to have the bones of my album completed so that during the month of November I can just slip in photos and add journaling! Be sure to stay tuned to the Simple Stories blog because later in the month I will be back to share the progress of this fun album!

Supplies Used (Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice Collection)
4600 Collection Kit
4601 Basics Kit
4602 Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
4603 Expressions Cardstock Stickers
4610 3x4 Journaling Card Elements
4611 Horizontal Journaling Card Elements
4613 4x4 Elements
4614 2x2 Elements
4631 Enamel Dots
4638 Chipboard Frames

Oct 27, 2015

Soon to be Released...Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planners!!

Want to get an insider's peek at the new Simple Stories Carpe Diem planners before they are in stores? Check out this video I did showing everything that comes in the box AND all the extra items that will be available for purchase in November!

Oct 22, 2015

Scrapbook Circle - Black and White Photo Challenge

My layout take on this month's Scrapbook Circle challenge to use a black and white photo is up on the Scrapbook Circle blog today! Check it out and take part in the challenge!

Oct 19, 2015

Scrapbook Circle Circle Round Up

This month's Circle Round looks like this:

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I decided to start with the Illustrated Faith Admirable  and Praiseworthy papers for my background since Bright and Colorful is the main element of this Round Up.

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The next largest circle (Get Sticky With It) references stickers. I used the Evalicious puffy stickers in diagonal corners on my page. Some of the stickers also worked for Burst of Black like the Lucky sticker and #memories sticker. For the smallest circle I used the Dear Lizzy Wood Button in my title.rk sc october-14
Have you tried out the Scrapbook Circle October Round Up? What did you use for each of the elements? Share on Facebook-we'd love to see!

Oct 10, 2015

Scrapbook Circle Color on the Edge

Sometimes I like to add some color to the edge of my layout. In the past, I used Cat's Eye Chalk Edgers to do this, but my current way of adding color to the edge is so fun and creates a nice blended effect.
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 I use Tim Holtz Distress Inks and his Mini Ink Blending tool. I lay a piece of scratch paper or a craft mat underneath my project and move in a circular motion from the scratch paper towards the edge of my project.
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You can see when I move my patterned paper that I really do lay a lot of ink down on the scratch paper as I am moving towards my patterned paper.rk sc october-17
I think this results in a nice blended look.
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I really like the way the orange ink coordinated with the orange in my photo!
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