November 28, 2011

Circles of fun

Lately, when I search the galleries on various scrapbooking websites, I notice that several scrappers are using circles on their layouts. This seems to be a trend that’s been around for awhile but scrappers never get tired of using and I can see why! Circles can create a fun, energetic appearance to your layouts and can also draw your attention to specific details on a layout. With the right templates and punches, scrapbookers can create a variety of circles in a variety of sizes for their layouts.

Take a look at my layout, “Autumn.” I love using patterned paper but sometimes it's too much so I decided to use a white background with several punched circles. I used black and white photos to help make the photos pop off the page. The black and white photos really stand out with the brighter colors in the background. This is an effective way to use circles to help pull the viewer’s attention to the photos while maintaining a fun and interesting layout.

This month, I challenge you to try something new. Have fun using your circle punches and circle templates and enjoy the process of scrapping around and around the circle!


White Shimmer Cardstock
Autumn 12X12 Addition
Dual-Tip Pen (Black, Blue)
Circle Punch
12 Inch Rotary Trimmer
All-Purpose Scissors
Foam Squares
Tape Runner

Here's how you can make this layout!

Use the White Shimmer Cardstock as your base.
Using your Black Dual-Tip Pen and a ruler, draw a ½” border around the White Shimmer Cardstock.
Using your Circle Punch, Punch 30 1-1/2” circles from the Autumn 12X12 Addition Papers and adhere them as shown.
Using your Rotary Trimmer, cut a piece of the yellow patterned paper down to 6-1/2”X4-1/2”.
Use a Blue Dual-Tip Pen to trace a ¼” border around the yellow mat and adhere it to the layout as shown.
Mat 3 2”X3” photos on White Shimmer Cardstock and adhere it to the yellow mat.
Adhere the mat as shown.
Adhere the stickers using Foam Squares and your Tape Runner as shown.
Use your Black Dual-Tip pen to handwrite your journaling in one of the punched circles as shown.


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