Jun 28, 2013

Scrapbook Circle and Conveying Motion

Sometimes a layout really needs to convey a sense of motion. There are lots of ways to do that and in this layout I used a few because the theme of my layout was riding a bike.

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There are a few elements that I think really convey a sense of motion on this layout. First, the Basic Grey radio waves paper, you can almost see it moving across the page.

Arrows are also great for directing a viewer's eye.


And of course the visual triangle (here made with the Bella Blvd washi tape) moves the eye around the page creating movement.


Finally, multiple pictures from different perspectives (in some photos the bike is close and others it is further away) also creates a sense of motion. If the theme of your layout is motion or your focus is on people who are on the go, how do you portray that on a page?

:) Rebecca

Jun 26, 2013

Therm O Web Kids Crafts

As a scrapbooker, I have a lot of supplies in my stash. But there are two supplies that I tend to have heaps of and don't mind sharing if it means keeping the kids busy for a while. Buttons and ribbons. Kids can do lots with both!

And what is the one thing that makes playing with my supplies a mess free venture? Therm O Web Adhesives of course!

Gone are the days of white drippy craft glue stuck on the table or carpet. Bring on some Therm O Web Zots™ and Sticky Lines and the kids can adhere buttons and trim to just about anything! Here my daughter made a BFF frame with a button and ribbon collage on it:

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We started with a blank wood frame, Therm O Web Zots™ in Medium, pieces of trim the width of the frame and an assortment of buttons.
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I helped her cut the Sticky Lines down to the width of the frame with non stick scissors and then she started laying them down on the frame.
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Once she had the frame covered with Sticky Lines, she removed the cover of the adhesive and started laying down ribbons.
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After all the Sticky Lines were covered, it was time to fill in the gaps with buttons. She placed the buttons on Zots™...
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and stuck them down on the frame.
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When the frame was covered with buttons, she adhered the chipboard letter stickers.
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Since the letter stickers were pretty old, she used some Small Therm O Web Zots™ to make sure they stayed put!
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The nice thing about a project like this is that it doesnt require a lot of planning or design work to make it look cute. The randomness and sheer quantity of buttons makes this frame a fun addition to her room!
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:) Rebecca

Jun 19, 2013

Scrapbook Circle - Be Real

Scrapbook Circle has started a monthly item on the blog called Be Real where the designers do either a pocket page type layout or a traditional layout documenting everyday moments. This is my first year jumping into a project life - type album. I didnt want this new commitment to stress me out. I did not want to feel like a failure if I didnt take a picture every day or do a spread every week. So I am doing a very relaxed form of project life where I do as many spreads and scrap as many pictures as I feel like. So far so good. I have also become an i Phone and Instagram addict so those are the photos I am mainly using for this project. For this month's Be Real I used a mix of Scrapbook Circle's Main, Add On and Party kit for the month of June. And this is what I came up with.

I used Simple Stories Pocket Pages (they will be available soon!!) and printed all the photos on my Selphy (LOVE it). Here is the left side up close:
The mix of Fancy Pants from the Party Kit and Basic Grey from the Main and Add On totally works, dontcha think?
And here is the right side:
I had fun putting some elements right on the photos. And I added LOTS of handwritten journaling. Have you been using kits for Project Life spreads?
Have a great night!
♥ Rebecca

Jun 12, 2013

Simple Stories Life Documented with I {Heart} Summer and Maya Road

Hi Simple Stories fans! Rebecca here to share a Life Documented project with you using both Maya Road and the Simple Stories line I {Heart} Summer. I think the greatest element of Life Documented and using Simple Stories products is that they lend themselves both to the simplest form of scrapbooking as well as the most complex. I have major time constraints like all of you and often I want to just get my photos scrapped. Enter the simple side of Life Documented (the Pocket Pages and SN@P cards that slip right in).  And then sometimes I just want to play with paper and embellishments and get creative and have fun. Enter ALL the other Simple Stories elements that are available. And sometimes I want a little of both! So for my Life Documented spread this month I decided to do a 2 page spread with one 12 x 12 layout as the first page and one Pocket Page as the second.
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Like I mentioned I made a traditional 12x12 layout on the left side:
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I included lots of fun Maya Road goodies that compliemented the Simple Stories I {Heart} Summer line perfectly! Like the linen star decorated with twine cording:
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And the cool canvas flower. You will notice that even this very dimensional flower fit easily into the Simple Stories 12 x 12 Pocket Page--they are very generous indeed!
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And the Fabric Tape was loads of fun! I used it as a border and to create little flags:
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And finally, I used the Mini Chipboard Heart Confetti stapled with some more Twine Cording to make this little embellishment:
On the right hand side of the spread I made a Pocket Page. I love the square pockets for Instagram photos!
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And again, I embellished with lots of I {Heart} Summer and Maya Road! I cut the 4x4 journaling card from a larger 4x6 SN@P card, used my typewriter to journal on it and added a Maya Road mini Chipboard Say Cheese Camera.  I loved how you could take the pieces of the camera apart so they could easily be painted different colors!
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I also layered a Maya Road flower over patterned paper, a border sticker and a brad element:

But my favorite pocket was this one, where I layered Simple Stories SN@P! Cuts over a piece of patterend paper from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad. Then added a Maya Road Butterfly flag. I faux stitched around the Kraft butterfly with a white gel pen and tied it with some twine cording which I unrolled to look a bit like a bow. Next I added a mini polaroid from the Maya Road Mini Chipboard Set Say Cheese which I painted white. I covered the bottom of the Polaroid with Maya Road Fabric tape and added a Simple Stories Chipboard heart to the center of the frame! PHEW! Lots of work, but like I said it is my favorite!
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Like I mentioned, I used a traditional 12 x 12 Pocket Page for the left hand side of my page. I love the Simple Stories 12 x 12 Pocket Pages because they are so generous even fitting layouts with lots of dimension.
12 x 12 pocket pageAnd on the right side of my spread I used the Simple Stories Pocket Pages Design 10:
Design 10 Pocket PageSince I already have traditional scrapbook albums, my Life Documented albums tend to include lots of phone photos, so I LOVE the 4x4 pockets for all my phone and Instagram photos. I also love how the Pocket Pages are matte enough that they dont cause a huge glare, but clear enough that they don't look foggy. Just right! I hope you are enjoying our Life Documented series and see that whether you like to keep it simple or get a little more complicated Simple Stories has what you need to document your life!
Other Supplies Used:
Simple Stories I {Heart Summer} Products Used:
Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
Expressions Cardstock Stickers
6x6 Paper Pad
Chipboard Stickers
Decorative Brads
Layered Stickers Flair Icons
Hello Summer Paper
Yellow Boardwalk Paper
SN@P! Cuts
SN@P! Cards
Maya Road:
Twine Cording
Fabric Tape
Butterfly Flags
Mini Chipboard Sets Heart Confetti and Say Cheese
Linen Star
Canvas Flower
Trim Flower


Jun 2, 2013

Scrapbook Circle's First Avenue.... and My Big BIrthday

Scrapbook Circle's June kit First Avenue features a bunch of the fabulous Basic Grey Collection Hipster. I LOVE this collection.

But it is truly the way the kit incorporates other elements that makes it AMAZING to work with. Like the Farmhouse paper.And the Jillibean Soup alphas. I also got the Add On this month. And that only makes the whole experience even more perfect.

Add in the Bella Blvd washi. And the Fancy Pants envelopes. SIGH. LOVE LOVE LOVE. It was one of those sit down and delve in and get lost in all the goodness kind of kits.
Yeah, so I turn the big 4-0 this month. Not super thrilled. But I think for the most part I am handling it ok. Pretty much ignoring it for the most part (with a side of denial to round it out). But it wouldnt be a big birthday without a big celebration. So I am collecting fun scrappy goodness for a nice big box to send someone. Keep on the lookout. Anywho back to the kit.... HOLY cuteness, how awesome are the Basic Grey chipboard shapes? And see the Rock On circle? THAT my friends is from the Scrapbook Circle printable. It used it a TON this month! OH and the flair???!!! Made exclusively for this Scrapbook Circle Kit and PUUUURFECT designs and colors.
And the stickers? A whole sheet of Basic Grey elements stickers. And that cool border on the journaling was the Fancy Pants Swagger border stickers. I am telling you, SUCH a cool combination of product.
I kind of have a feeling these kits are going to sell out, so run over and snap one up now if you are interested.