Scrapbooking It Old School With Circles

Have you noticed the re-emergence of circles in scrapbook design lately?

Ali Edwards created a really interesting layout in her Hello Story workshop at Big Picture Classes a few weeks back. She punched four photos into circles and spread them out across the page and further embellished it with more circles. It was stunning and I tried to remember the last layout I created using a circle shaped photo.

But it’s been so long, I don’t remember the last time I did it.

I do remember rocking the circle Coluzzle back in the day. (Bonus points for anyone who remembers that contraption. I still have a few templates in my stash somewhere…) I cut my own photos into circles on many of my early layouts. But somewhere along the line, I left the shapes and embraced square and rectangle photos.

It did make me wonder over the status of the circle so I pulled up my Pinterest feed. Once I really started looking for them, I saw circles all over the place. I was quite shocked by just how many layouts are dominated by the circle. Here are just a few layouts with circles that I’ve pinned recently:

1. In this layout from Stephanie Bryan for Pink Paislee, the subtle inked circle serves as a background element and the perfect spot to place her photo. More circles are repeated all across the page.


2. In this layout from Katie Ehmann for Crate Paper, the circles soften all of the sharp angles and rectangles in the wood grain parquet background paper.


3. In this fun layout from Steph Richy, the circles span the length of the page and bridge the two background pattern papers.


4. In her layout for Studio Calico, Susan Weinroth sewed down a variety of circles to create a fun grid background.


5. In her layout for 2 Peas, Celine Navarro used a large circle in the background and created a fun pie chart that also serves as the journaling space. It’s a very clever and effective design element.


6. Here is another layout from Katie Ehmann from the Citrus Twist blog. The circles in this layout are a dominate design feature, sharing space but also directing the eye towards the photo.

7. Lastly, I was very drawn to this red and white layout from Lisa Dickinson for 2 Peas. I see stamps and pattern papers and bits of twine. So many fun things to look at here!


All of these circle layouts have me wanting to give it a try myself!

Do you have big plans for the upcoming weekend? I am so happy it’s a holiday weekend and that I’ll have an extra day of catch up. I spent the entire month of August — except for weekends — down in South Florida training. My office in Orlando is just about ready for me so I won’t have to live out of a hotel four days a week anymore. While I have tried to scrapbook in my room in the evenings, it didn’t go well.  So I’m going to make up for lost time this weekend and finish up some projects I have waiting on my desk — including a little something with circles!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. What an awesome collection of layouts! Circles will never go out of style; they are way too versatile and useful. Glad your training is coming to an end, here’s to moving on!

  2. That’s a great round-up Tammy, but I’m especially partial to Lisa D’s. I too am looking forward to the weekend, I need to catch-up on some crafting reading. Hopefully I can start September off in a crafty flurry.

  3. Great examples! I need to pin a few of those. Especially the second one. I just recently used circles on a layout because of a sketch. And I do remember the Coluzzle. I didn’t own one but used it a few times at classes and crops 🙂
    Hope you have a great crafty weekend!

  4. Scrapbooking on the road would be hard. I love the circle layouts.

  5. What great layouts! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Hope you’ve been enjoying this long weekend!



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