Jul 24, 2015

Using Up the Ends of a Kit with Scrapbook Circle

What do you do at the end of your kit when you have bits and pieces left? I like to create a collage-style layout pulling together all the little odds and ends I have left. Scrapbook Circle kits are great for these type of layouts because everything coordinates so perfectly! For this one I had two 12 x 12 pieces of patterned paper left. I cut one into a background using a Cut Shoppe cut file and my Cameo and layered that cut piece onto the other patterned paper. Then I used what I had left to fill in the spaces.
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You can see the embellishments I had left and all the little stickers that work so well in this type of layout. I also recommend getting an add on, especially when a 6x6 pad is included. The smaller patterns are perfect for filling in small spaces of a 12 x 12 cut file and help add interest to a layout if you've run out of other patterned papers.

How do you use up the ends of your kits?


Jul 16, 2015

Create Magazine - July 2015

The July issue of Scrapbook Generation's Create magazine is out and chock full of inspiration!

I had fun playing with a sketch this month:
and working with the Summer theme (of course I used Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection for that!)
It is such a fun summery issue! I hope you will grab a cold drink and check it out!

Jul 5, 2015

Scrapbook Circle - Watercolor Your Crate Paper Floral Paper

Are you loving the July Scrapbook Circle kit You are My Favorite? The patterned papers are so cool! I especially loved the floral outline sheet from the Craft Market collection. I bought the paper Add On so I could have two sheets :) I kept one blank and the other I watercolored. I saw this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog. All you need are Tim Holtz Distress inks, a craft mat and a water brush.

Take a Distress ink and rub a bit of it on the craft mat.

Then take your water brush or a regular brush dipped and water and add it to the ink until it turns watery.

Then use that watery ink to watercolor your paper.

The more water you add, the more watery your end result will be.

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I went back over some flowers that were very light.

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Instead of journaling I used the Shimelle cardstock stickers.

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How did you use the Crate Paper floral paper?

Jun 30, 2015

Simple Stories So Fancy and So Rad

Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca Keppel here today to share a couple of projects I made with the latest lines - So Fancy and So Rad. Although they are technically a girl and boy line respectively, they are pretty versatile for lots of themes. But lucky me - I conveniently have a girl AND a boy! Here is a layout I made with So Fancy:
This layout combines several of my loves of Simple Stories collections. First fabulous patterned paper designs and colors. I highlighted that by die cutting a pie chart so I could feature several different patterns without overwhelming my photos. I also love how the patterned paper looks so good with machine stitching (one of my favorite techniques).
And how about the chipboard stickers? LOVE them! Perfect amount of dimension and I am loving the foiled elements too.
I also love the new Bradz. The fact that they don't have traditional brad wings that require you to poke a hole through your project makes me very happy indeed!
I went for a much simpler look for the So Rad layout:
So Rad has such a cool mix of elements like text paper with paint splatters and fabulous boy colors. I especially love the #Dude chipboard sticker. 
I am also loving the new SN@P 4x6 Binders! I couldn't resist making each kid an album of their own featuring these fabulous collections. How about a little sneak peek of the covers? My daughter's So Fancy album:
And my son's So Rad album:
My plan is to fill these with favorite photos from each year. What are you doing with the So Fancy and So Rad collections?

Supplies Used-
Simple Stories So Fancy Collection:
6400  Collection Kit
6401 Simple Basic Kit
6402 Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
6403 Expressions Cardstock Stickers
6423 SN@P Cards
6427 Bradz
6428 Chipboard
6429 Bits and Pieces
6431 Enamel Dots
6433 Photo Stickers

Simple Stories So Rad Collection:
6500 Collection Kit
6501 Simple Basics Kit
6502 Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
6503 Expressions Cardstock Stickers
6523 SN@P cards
6528 Chipboard
6531 Enamel Dots
6533 Photo Stickers

Simple Stories SN@P 4x6 Binders:
4100 Teal
4103 Black

Jun 28, 2015

Scrapbook Circle -- Watercolor Your Stickers

Watercolor is still such a hot trend and fun to add to any plain stickers.

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All you need are some plain cardstock stickers and a few Clean Color brush markers  from Kuretake and a water brush or a regular paint brush with a cup of water.

First, I added some color to the Jillibean Soup cardstock stickers from June's Kit. Next I took a waterbrush and pulled the bit of color I had added to the remainder of the sticker.
This is a quick and easy way to add the watercolor look to any plain stickers! You can see I colored the star and label with 4 flights here:
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and the "THIS" arrow here. I like the whimsical look and pop of color it adds.RK Sc June-11
:) Rebecca

Jun 15, 2015

Scrapbook Circle June Mood Board

The June Scrapbook Circle Kit, Have a Little Fun, is filled with travel-themed items and beautiful summer hues. This month Mood Board perfectly reflects both:


I am always in love with the products in the Mood Boards. So my first glance is always, what do I want out of this Mood Board lol! The necklace, the luggage, the sandals, the globe, the California sign. Well actually I usually want it ALL! So my next look is always trying to match kit items up with the different elements. I pull several options out and then get to work. Here is my layout:rk sc june3
I created a watercolor background in mint to reflect the dominant color choice of the Mood Board elements. I used Gelatos and Heidi Swapp mint Color Shine mist to create the background. First, I colored big, thick strokes with Gelatos.


Next I used a brush drenched with water and turned the Gelatos into a watercolor


Lastly. I spritzed with the mint Heidi Swapp mist. Then I die cut the stars using a Cut Shoppe cut file called Counting Stars. I used Tim Holtz blender and Hero Arts Ombre Ink to color the stars.


Starting with the lightest color on the Hero Arts ink pad I inked the stars and then as I moved towards the middle of the stars, I picked up the middle color with the blender and finally finished the bottom with the darkest color.


I used the vellum with foiled airplanes to mimic the airplane and cloud graphic. Since the letters of the California sign are vertical I wrote out the word love the same way with Thickers. The silver foil is reminiscent of the silver trim on the luggage.


The globe die cut was perfect for the globe element. All of the travel pieces in the kit like this cork word were perfect for this month's mood board. And the map paper brought to mind the necklace.


If you love the June Mood Board as much as I did and want to create with it, please share on Scrapbook Circle's Facebook page. We would love to see!

Jun 9, 2015

Therm O Web Hot Melt and iCraft Deco Foils

Adding foiling to paper crafts is a breeze with Therm O Web's Deco Foils Hot Melt Adhesive.
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The Hot Melt can be cut with a punch, electronic or manual die cut machine. I used my manual die cut machine to cut all of these shapes and words out of Hot Melt. Place the Hot Melt with the bumpy side down onto your project. Cut a piece of foil large enough to cover all the Hot Melt and place it on top of the Hot Melt with the foil color side up or facing you.  Then run through a laminator. I let mine heat up for about 20 minutes (a bit longer than it takes for the green ready light to go on, but worth it for good coverage).

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For the card above I used a carrier sheet. I folded a piece of copy paper in half and inserted the card with the Hot Melt and Foil in between. For this card I did not use a carrier sheet. You have to be more careful that the Foil doesn't rumple, but I think the coverage is best and most even without the carrier sheet.
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I love that Hot Melt can be used for fabric AND paper crafts and plan on using it to foil LOTS more projects in the future!