Sunday, December 14, 2014

I love playing with enlarged photos and use about one a month with my Scrapbook Circle kits. This month's kit We are Made of Stories and the Add Ons Favorite Elf and Freckled Fawn Embellishment kit were perfect for my enlarged snow photo.

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I created a die cut snowflake and layered it over the pretty blue Elle's Studio patterned paper. Smaller photos, journaling, title and the embellishments all get layered right over the photo.

I love using a photo with lots of white space or just with lots of scenery for this type of layout. Do you use enlarged photos for scrapbooking?

:) Rebecca

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Simple Stories DIY Christmas

Hi Simple Stories fans, Rebecca here with some DIY Christmas projects for the holidays season.I loved the original Simple Stories DIY line so I was pretty excited about the DIY Christmas collection and it does not disappoint! The mix of chalkboard black, Kraft and graphic designs is a different twist on a holiday collection so everything you create with this line will look fresh and trendy. I used DIY Christmas to get my December Daily started.
The Card Foundations, Layers, and Advent Bits and Pieces make putting together a daily album quick and easy.
For you layout makers there are plenty of beautiful 12x12 patterned papers too!
But let's not forget the cardmakers! DIY Christmas includes a 6x6 pads and fun embellishments like chipboard stickers, epoxy dots and brads that make creating handmade cards a breeze.
Last, but not least, how about a home decor project? I created these Christmas pinwheels with DIY Christmas papers, brads and chipboard stickers.
There are a million more uses for DIY Christmas including gifts, treat wrappers, banners and more! What are you DIY-ing with DIY Christmas this season? Here's to hoping all your projects are magical and your holidays are happy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Simple Stories - Life Documented

Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca here today to share my latest absolute favorite Simple Stories Collection - Life Documented. Life Documented is one of those incredibly versatile collections that once you see it, you will want to use it on everything in your life. Layouts, cards, SN@P albums, planners, pocket page spreads and more! Today I am here to share 2 layouts, but believe me, I will be back soon with many more projects featuring this fabulous collection. It has everything you need in one all encompassing collection.
 Seriously! Rainbows, grids, floral, hearts, arrows, stripes, ampersands. And the colors?! Navy and white, cream and wood grain as the neutrals, with pops of brights. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection. Of course the bits and pieces are always a personal favorite of mine, but new to Simple Stories for Life Documented are clips. Perfect for planners or layouts!
 The clear stickers in white or black layer well over photos or over die cuts.
 Chipboard stickers and epoxy dots are perfection in this collection.
 I couldn't stop at one layout. The large numbers are from a 12x12 patterned paper. I mounted them on white cardstock and cut around for a large die cut piece in the middle of this layout.
 Another new favorite? Bradz! They are self adhesive and you dont have to wrestle with wings anymore! I used to cut my wings off and adhere to my layouts, so having the work done for me is awesome!
 I love combining all the fun embellishments like on this die cut tag with a Bradz and chipboard sticker.
 And I can't get over the cuteness of the clips. I hope I don't use them all up on layouts, because I wanted to save some for my planner!
I can't say it enough! I love every little bit and piece of this amazing collection! Happy documenting!

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories Life Documented Collection
12x12 paper Kit 7001
Bradz 7027
Chipboard 7028
Bits and Pieces 7029
Photo Stickers 7036
Icon Stickers 7040
Photography Credit for 1st layout: Jessica Harrington Photography

Monday, November 3, 2014

Scrapbook Circle - November Circle Round Up

Hi Scrapbook Circle fans! Rebecca here with this month's Circle Round Up.

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I love the Circle Round Up because it gives you ideas of what will work well together. I always start with the largest circle and make my way to the smallest. The largest circle used dots or circles. I used the Heidi Swapp paper for that.

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The next size circle was Fall or foliage. I used the feather and Heidi Swapp Alpine Rose paper.


The next circle was Au Naturale or Kraft colored items. I used the Kraft cards, the Amy Tangerine die cut chipboard and the dictionary sheet which I punched into a butterfly shape.


For the Add On Circle I used the enamel stickers and the Maggie Holmes stitched layered tags (shown in the close up above). I am really happy with how this mixed, layered layout turned out. It was pretty easy since everything in the Scrapbook Circle kits coordinate so well and the recipe really worked well!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Playing with Paste

When I say "Playing with Paste," I am not talking your typical Elmers glue. Although that can be plenty fun too! No, I am talking about modeling paste. My latest obsession. Playing with modeling paste is such an easy technique that results in a real wow factor. Just check out this layout I made with the Scrapbook Circle October Kit On This Day.

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See the card on the left? The Yesterday Today Tomorrow one? I created that raised effect with modelling paste! Here is what you will need to create your own fun three dimensional element. Modeling Paste, a pallette knife, paper and a stencil or template.

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Simply lay your stencil over your paper. If you are working with a large stencil you may want a bit of repositionable adhesive to hold it still, but for this small size I was able to hold it still myself. Start applying the paste on the open areas of the stencil.

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Decide how much of the image you want to include. I decided to used the entire thing, but I could have easily left off the border if I chose to. Use a thick covering like frosting a cookie. I dont mind a little texture in the strokes, but I like to make sure there is full coverage.

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Then carefully pull up the stencil.

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And let dry! I trimmed around my card and adhered to my layout. Just look at that dimension and texture!

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it is dry you could mist or add paints, but I liked the plain white. Ever played with paste before?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Simple Stories Frankie and Friends SN@P Album - Halloweens Past!

Hi Simple Stories fans, Rebecca here! I've always liked Halloween, but once I had little kids who loved to dress up, I started to really enjoy it! A few years ago, the whole family started dressing up and that made it even more fun. I thought it would be great to have a mini album and add our Halloween photos in each year. I think I've mentioned before that I am not much of a mini album master? And then Simple Stories SN@P entered my life and now I am a mini album fiend! So of course I turned to a black faux-leather SN@P album and Simple Stories Frankie and Friends Collection to document our Halloweens past.
 The album came with several different varieties of page protectors like this full 6x8 pocket that holds the title page.
 After the introduction on the left, I started with last year's photos. Since the album is a two-ring binder I can just open and add new pages here each year!
 I love chopping a 4x6 photo in half to fill two side by side 3x4 pockets like I did on the bottom left. On the right, the 12x12 Collection kit includes a sheet of 3x4 journaling cards for telling each year's story.
 I was sure to date each journaling card so I could remember what year the following photos were from.
 The Frankie and Friends collection also includes a sheet of paper with cards that cut down into the 2x2 square size.
 The nice thing about all the cards and papers is they are double sided so when the backs show they are equally as cute!
 It is so fun to flip through the pages and watch as time reverses and the kids get smaller lol!
 For each year I included one open journaling card to jot down a few memories.
 I even printed some 4x4 photos for the right side here. I cut a long strip of lined paper to journal on and decided to mix my handwriting in here since typing one or two words on every line sounded too tedious!
 The Frankie and Friends collection kit also includes a sheet with 4x4 cards which I included here.
 And last but not least - my oldest's first Halloween.
And all this was done in one weekend! Eight years worth of Halloween all documented and plenty more room to add future Halloweens!

Supplies Used:Frankie and Friends Collection5500 Collection Kit5502 Comno Sticker5504 Oct. 315508 Monster Mash5510-5515 Elements5528 Chipboard Stickers5529 Bits and Pieces5531 Enamel Dots

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Scrapbook Circle One Item Wonder

My One Item Wonder for the Scrapbook Circle October Kit was the Cork Shapes by Elle's Studio. I love the little cork arrows, stars and other shapes. They were not self adhesive so I decided to have fun attaching them with staples. I used my Tim Holtz Mini Attacher and combined elements from the Scrapbook Circle Main Kit  On This Day as well as the add on Good Times and add on Right Now.
I love adding staples to embellishments for boy layouts and the combination of colors of the staples and cork worked perfectly here.
The combination of textures is fun too.

Be sure and check out the October kit soon because it is selling fast!