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.

Source: http://www.pinkpaislee.com/?p=33714

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.

Source: http://crate.typepad.com/cratepaper/2013/07/connect-n-create-crate-booth-presentation.html

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

Source: http://www.scrapbook.com/gallery/image/layout/3981455.html

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

Source: http://susanweinroth.typepad.com/a_little_bit_of_me/2013/06/scs-july-kit-valley-high-revealed.html

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.

Source: http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/176465-celine-navarro/1937945-little-things-make-me-happy/

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.

http://www.citrustwistkits.blogspot.com/2013/06/meet-our-june-guest-designer.html

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!

Source: http://lisadickinson.typepad.com/gettin_by/2013/08/simpl.html

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!

5 Comments

  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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

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  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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