Apr 29, 2016

Scrapbook Circle Be Real

Ok, confession time. I did not finish my 2015 Project Life album. Insert shocked gasps here. I know, I am the worst. And then I didn't start 2016 either and that's when I knew there was a problem. It had gotten to be too much and had become a chore and I wasn't enjoying it anymore. But my kids LOVE looking back at those albums. So, what to do? I decided with this assignment to re-think (once again) what Project Life or pocket page scrapbooking means to me. I decided it means getting my phone or everyday photos into an album. And I decided that album did not NEED to be 12x12. Since I am using my phone photos and most of those print well at 3x4 or 4x4, I decided a 6x8 album was best. So I grabbed a Simple Stories 6x8 album, the Scrapbook Circle kit and got to work.

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I love this page protector and will probably use it a lot for my album. I used the 6x6 paper pad from this month's Scrapbook Circle add on to fill a bunch of the squares.

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Having coordinating embellishments in the kit makes pulling these spreads together quick and fun!

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And in just a couple of pages (and in not much time at all) I was able to complete March! Some of the planner supplies like the Simple Stories clips were perfect for these spreads too!

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I used the 12x12 papers from the kit too. They were perfect for monthly dividers that I made in 6x8 sleeves. This is my "cover page." I love the exclusive Scrapbook Circle acrylic word and adhered it right to the outside of my pocket page.

This is one of the monthly dividers. I used the PinkFresh washi strips on top of the fun patterned papers.

And some of the larger embellishments were perfect on these divider pages too!IMG_7788

So if you are anything like me...before you give up on a project, think about what you like, what is making you crazy and what you could do differently that would make the project seem more do-able! There are no rules here! One thing is certain though...Scrapbook Circle kits make ANY project more fun! :)
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Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 18, 2016

How to Use Tim Holtz Distress Crayons with Scrapbook Circle's April Kit

I have  new video up on the Scrapbook Circle blog using Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and the April Scrapbook Circle kit. I used the Scrapbook Circle exclusive digital die cuts to cut white cardstock into the pie chart shape. Then I scribbled the Distress Crayons on several of the pie chart pieces.  I then used a brush and water to move the color around.

You can see the whole quick technique in this short video!

Mar 3, 2016

Best of....a Scrapbook Circle Retrospective

I have been designing for Scrapbook Circle for a while now and I love it as much as I did when I first started. Maybe owner, Lisa Andrews' taste and style is similar to mine. Maybe I just like have a mix of all the latest supplies. Whatever the case, I've always felt like Lisa designs kits exactly as I would if I knew how to design kits. But I don't know how to design kits. Coordinating embellishments and papers across brands is not my strong suit! So I am incredibly grateful each month that I've designed with Scrapbook Circle that I have this opportunity. This past year has been no different.  When I design with a kit I love, I find it easy to create layouts I love, like this one.

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That one I have hanging in my studio just because it makes me happy! This one is hanging in my studio too because how fun is that cut file and...I know I am biased, but how cute are those faces?!

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Another favorite of mine from the December kit. I tend towards a simple, clean style and I love the trendy, beautiful designs Lisa pulls together.rk sc nov-10
I love how Scrapbook Circle kits include everything from the biggest brands to small shops and everyone in between!

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The exclusive elements are so fun too! Scrapbook Circle kits have been known to include exclusive stamps, wood veneer, acrylic words, cork shapes and more!
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Plus, Scrapbook Circle often pairs up with other shops for fun elements like Cut Files, stamps or embellishments.
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It has been an amazing year at Scrapbook Circle and I am so excited to see what is to come this year! I hope you will join us!

Mar 2, 2016

Therm O Web Spring Foiled Embellishments

I am up on the Therm O Web blog with some spring projects using the latest Therm O Web Deco Foils.
It is definitely feeling like more than spring here! The weather is warming up already and Easter is just a few weeks away!
I guess I better go order the peanut free chocolate!

Feb 24, 2016

Therm O Web Foiled Shakers and Lasting Hearts Card Drive

I recently heard about the Lasting Hearts card drive on Jennifer McGuire's blog, and immediately knew that was the organization I wanted to donate handmade cards to. So many women have felt this loss and I wanted to be a part of showing some kindness and love to someone in their time of need.

I decided to create some foiled shaker cards using Therm O Web Deco Foil™ White Foam Adhesive, Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets and Zots™.

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Here is a video explanation of how I created these foiled foam shakers:

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and make a few cards for the charity of your choice!

:) Rebecca

Feb 23, 2016

Scrapbook Circle One Item Wonder

Hi Everyone! Rebecca here with this month's OIW (One Item Wonder). This month I was tasked with focusing on the exclusive Scrapbook Circle Printable. The printable is a free download that is available with your monthly kit purchase. The printable is a pdf that is designed specifically to coordinate with each month's kit. This month's kit Only You features lots of love and heart designs and the printable perfectly matches! I challenged myself to come up with a layout that featured every piece of the printable and here is what I came up with.
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The printable is perfect for creating a layout with color blocking because all the pieces perfectly match and go well with the rest of the kit.

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I love the different sizes of the cards in the printable.rk SC close ups january2016 (2 of 7)
Some I cut out individually and others I leave together as one long piece.rk SC close ups january2016 (3 of 7)
I created a little video to show how I like to use the printable.

Have you been using the printable this month? Share on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page! We would love to see!

:) Rebecca

Feb 22, 2016

Scrapbook Circle Take 2

Hey everyone! I'm here with this month's Take 2 where we scrap lift either another Scrapbook Circle designer or one of our own layouts. I have been wanting to do a version of Scrapbook Circle owner, Lisa Andrews' layout from the January 2015 kit forever! I love the 4 quadrant design and the hearts, and I heard that she uses her 6x6 pads for this type of layout because then the hearts and the squares all perfectly coordinate. I think that is genius!
Here is my take on Lisa's fun layout.
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Lisa told me that she cut her hearts by hand and used the cut out pieces of 6x6 paper as windows with her photos put behind. I decided to be lazy and use my manual die cut machine and a nested heart die. I cut the 6x6 patterned papers into 4x4 squares. Then I die cut the largest size hearts from different patterned papers. Finally I die cut my photos into the next largest size.
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I machine stitched around the squares and the hearts have faux embossed stitching.
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I layered some stickers and embellishments and used number stickers to number my squares, the first was my title and the next three clockwise around the page were my three favorite C's, camera, coffee and crafts (sometimes the order changes!).

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Whether you hand cut windows like Lisa did or manual die cut layers like I did, I highly recommend this fun grid format layout of hearts! I will definitely be doing it again!