Sunday, October 16, 2016

September Project Round-Up

Hello! Today I am sharing the projects I created for Scrapbook Circle during the month of September. First up is this layout that documents my recent surgery to treat Hyperparathyroidism.

Next up is this fun layout that uses a large photo with clear pocket overlay.

Last is my curriculum planner for work that I decorated using the September Kit.

Please visit the Scrapbook Circle blog for more information on each of these projects. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Holy Lotta Stuff on a Layout!

Hello friends! It is time to share my Scrapbook Circle Designer's Choice layout for August.
 To begin this project, I cut the patterned paper into strips and then sewed them to the base paper.
Next, I began to layer papers behind my photo. If you look closely, you will notice that I used the triangle stencil with molding paste to create a unique background.
I also loved the number stickers but wasn't sure how to incorporate them, so I ended up cutting them into strips and layering them with the other patterned papers at the top and bottom of the photo.
And since that wasn't enough, I also used some of Scrapbook Circle's exclusive cut files to create the tags that flow across the page. The tags we attached with foam squares but do have thread going through each one, behind the title, and then through the right-hand side of the layout.
I finished with some of the puffy stickers, the leather-look badge, and a bit of journaling.
While this is one of my busiest layouts to date and is about five inches high, I think it's fun and captures the mood and setting of the photo.
As always, thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Birthday Wishes with The Cut Shoppe

A couple of weeks ago my sweet baby girl turned 21! Yes, 21!! To celebrate this milestone of a birthday, I created an over-the-top card for her using The Cut Shoppe's Party On cut file and Simple Stories Let's Party Collection.

The different elements of the cut file can be used in so many ways!

My favorite is the candles and party hat in the background, as well as the banner that I layered behind the cake ephemera.

I finished it all off with a few enamel dots and gave it to the birthday girl.

 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to create today! Remember to visit The Cut Shoppe for these and many other awesome cut files.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Be Real with Scrapbook Circle

I don't know about you, but I am totally guilty of taking tons of selfies to document everyday life. Additionally, I love using Instagram as a tool of sorts to keep track of those moments. One of my favorite subjects is my dog Mabel, and I shamelessly admit to taking more selfies with her than friends and family.


 For this month's edition of Be Real, where we focus on layouts/projects that document the every day, I decided to use this selfie of Mabel and me. The August Kit is full of papers and embellishments that can be used for many different projects.

I began by stamping the date and sentiment down the entire right side of the page. I really wasn't sure where I was going with it but liked how it looked. Next, I anchored my lighter paper onto a darker piece because it seemed too light. Finally, I layered patterned papers and vellum behind my photo and adhered it to the page. To create the title, I used the chipboard alpha stickers and my Silhouette (I simply typed "selfie" and cut it out).

My last steps were to add journaling, embellishments, and stickers. You will also see a heart and an arrow, which are Scrapbook Circle You Are Here digital cut files found in the store. I love how the project turned out and the fact that I am documenting everyday moments that might otherwise be forgotten.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are inspired to create today!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Beyond Happy Mixed Media Layout with Scrapbook Circle

Today on the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page, I am sharing this layout using a bit of mixed media.

 This layout was created with bits and pieces from April and May kits and two Scrapbook Circle digital cut files.

I first cut out "happy" with my Silhouette and then applied gesso and watercolors.

I love the added touch of stitching on my layouts, and this one is no exception. Once I had the pieces of the banner adhered to the page, I machine-stitched several of the tags and the photo.

I finished with the title, bow, and a few stickers.

Thank for stopping by and happy creating!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Cut Shoppe Getting to Know You Blog Hop Winners

Thanks to everyone who joined in our Getting To Know You Blog Hop!  Ashley has announced all of the winners on The Cut Shoppe Blog! Each winner receives a $5 Gift Certificate to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store!

Zsoka's Blog - Anne
Zinia's Blog - Kelly Barron
Mandy's Blog - Beth Soler
Monique's Blog - Stacie D
Wendy's Blog - Janelle Shultz
Flóra's Blog - Angela Stamps
Irit's Blog - Sandy Lewis
Enza's Blog - Adrienne Hogan
Kelly's Blog- Bunny Dobbie
Nathalie's Blog - Carolyn Johnson
Jennifer's Blog - Adrienne Hogan
Melissa's Blog - Stacie D
Eunyoung's Blog - Janet Zeppa
Michelle's Blog - Carolyn Johnson
Candace's Blog- Sylvia
Allie's Blog - bretom
The Cut Shoppe Blog - Angela Stamps
Congrats everyone!! Please email Ashley at for more information on your Gift Certificate!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Getting to Know You Blog Hop with The Cut Shoppe

Hello crafty friends! The Cut Shoppe 2016 - 2017 Design Team is hosting a blog hop to introduce the current designers and let you get to know each of us a little better.

To begin, I want to share with you a recent project I created using the lovely Rosey Posey cut file from The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store (get it here) and the new Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness Collection.

I love anything flowery and this file is a perfect fit with my photo, the paper, and the embellishments. 

Now, a little bit about me.
1. How many times in a week do you work on something scrapbook related? 
The amount of time that I get to spend scrapbooking varies depending on the time of year. Since I am a high school teacher, I do get to craft quite a bit during the summer and various breaks from school. However, during the school year I try to get out to my craft room 3-4 times each week - sometimes not at all. This may only be for 30 minutes or less at a time, but it is still time I enjoy. 
2. What’s your favorite subject to scrapbook?
The majority of my layouts focus on the everyday moments in our lives, and the funnier they are the better! My kids are my favorite subjects and the dogs are a close second. Having a camera on my cell phone has completely changed my scrapbooking because it is with me and ready to go at all times! My kids will tell you they are scarred for life due to some of the layouts I have done, and there are many that I have had to pinky swear I won't put online.

3. What is your favorite color to use on your layouts/projects? What is your least favorite color?
I don't know if I have a favorite color, but I can tell you that I am not a fan of pink or purple. Using either one is a struggle for me. Like seriously. My favorites would have to be bright colors, black, white, and gold. Most of my layouts begin with a piece of white cardstock and go from there.

4. Why do you like using cut files on your layouts/projects?
Using cut files on projects really gives them extra oomph and takes them to another level. Taking a piece of flat, square paper and turning it into something completely different is really what I love. Cut files give me the ability to create original, one-of-a-kind projects and I love that artistic freedom.

5. What are some of your other favorite hobbies? If you were not a scrapbooker, what other hobby do you think would consume most of your time?
Before I was introduced to scrapbooking, I did quite a bit of sewing but nothing much other than that. In the past few years, I have been creating mixed media canvases and I could see myself doing more of that. Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without my paper. I have always had an affinity for it- the feel, texture, smell - okay, that was a bit weird, but you get the picture. 
6. Tell us five things we don’t know about you!

1) My husband and I have the same birthday and red hair
2) I love 90's grunge/alternative bands but also love to listen to big band music
3) I am a major WWII buff and watch documentaries when I am scrapbooking
4) I was the associate dean of education at a college before teaching high school
5) One of my first pets was a pot-bellied pig that rode in my car and walked on a leash.

Now, let's get hopping! Leave a comment below to be entered to win a $5 gift certificate to The Cut Shoppe Etsy store. Each designer on the Hop will also be giving away a $5 gift certificate, so make sure you visit all of the blogs and leave a comment. A random winner will be selected from each blog and all winners will be announced on The Cut Shoppe Blog on Wednesday, July 13th! You will need to check the blog to see if you are a winner. Comments will be open until Sunday, July 10th.

Now it's time to head over and get to know more about Designer Irit Landgraf! Here's a look at the complete blog hop order for you to follow.

Have fun hopping your way through the blogs and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $5 gift certificate to The Cutte Shoppe Etsy Store.