Dissecting Design – Circles

Hey!! It’s Lisa with you today for a little design chat.

I have a love of circles when it comes to Scrapbooking.

It’s a design that I use over and over again in various ways. I thought I would show you some of my favourite ways that I like to use them on my work.

Let’s start with a stitched circle. I have some circle templates that get used alot. They come in 3 sizes. I love how by adding a circle like this it really draws your attention to the subject of your layout. I have drawn around the circle template lightly in pencil and used a paper piercer for the holes and then sat and stitched. I often do this part in front of the tv as sometimes it can take a while.

I used smaller circles on this layout here and stitched around them too.

I recently did a similar technique to the first layout for a ‘olw’ challenge but using inktense pencils instead. I kept moving the template to overlap the circles and then brushed over the penciled lines with a thin wet paintbrush. I love this effect.

It also looks good with just using a regular pencil like here.


I also find that using circles helps with adding journaling to the page. How often do you create a page and then think…”so where does the journaling go now?” I do that so often.  You can journal around your circle.

Or add circles to your LO and add your journaling to these.

I also enjoy journaling inside a larger circle. I’ve used my circle cutter here to make a ring and have added a journal tag along side the photo.

I used a whole circle for my journaling in this layout. I didn’t have a template large enough so drew around a dinner plate.

There are various ways of adding circles to your layouts. I’ve already mentioned using templates to draw around and using circle cutters.  You can use the obvious like punches. I have a few different sizes and use these regular. I like sticking these in place sometimes and using a second circle of the same size to draw around several times. You can also use bottle tops dipped in paint. All of these techniques have been used on this layout here.

And here. I used ink on the lids of Stickles for this layout. They make great circle stamps actually. You can use one side for  the larger circles and the very tip of the lid to get the teeny circles.

Misted circles for a background is another ‘go to’ of mine. I don’t use an actual mask for this, but have a piece of 12×12 die cut paper that I’ve had for years and use this as a mask. It would be easy to make though by punching out small holes on a piece of cardstock and misting over.

So, as you can see there are many many ways of using circles on your pages. These are just some of my favourite ways.

Thanks for stopping by today.


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  1. Laura C - Michigan

    Lisa, you ROCK circles!

  2. AnnaB

    Awesome Lisa! So much inspiration!

  3. Ashley

    These are all great! I especially like the way you use circles to frame the photos!

  4. Giselle

    I love circles too! Thanks for the ideas, lots to try 🙂

  5. SuzMannecke

    Great ideas here Lisa! Thanks for the circle inspo!

  6. Taunya Butler

    Each of these layouts are so clever, creative and very distinctive!!

  7. sherry c

    Gorgeous, gorgeous layouts! So many fab ways to incorporate circles, thanks for sharing!


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