To celebrate the release of our Summer 2020 issue this Friday, we’re hosting a fun Challenge week to get you inspired to create, and get your crafty space ready for summer projects! Today we’re kicking things off with a fresh, new mood board and a beautiful layout to go with it from Lisa Dickinson. Take a look at what she created below, then find out how you can join in on all of the fun, and possibly win a subscription to SCT Magazine!


Hello SCT friends! It’s Lisa Dickinson here today, and I am excited to share a layout inspired by our beautiful summer mood board! The happy colors, bold images, and summery feel were just what I needed to get inspired to create:

SCT-Magazine-Summer-Challenge-Week-Mood-Board Source: Make + Tell

I love the vibrant color palette of this mood board—how can a mix of orange, aqua and yellow be anything but happy?! I also loved both the circles and whimsical images that appear. Using those as my inspiration starting point, I created this fun page:


Supplies  |  CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics; DIE CUTS & ALPHABET, WOOD BUTTONS, ENAMEL DOTS: Pinkfresh Studio; BRADS: Echo Park Paper, American Crafts;  STAMPS: SCT Delivered; PAPER CLIPS:  American Crafts; SEQUINS:  Lilac Lane; CUT FILE: Blue Star Design; ELECTRONIC CUTTING MACHINE:  Silhouette Cameo; ADHESIVE:  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I started with a simple circle cut file (available in my etsy shop) that created the perfect focal point for my photos. (And yes, I might have been subconsciously inspired by the Target bullseye logo!) Positioning my photos and title in the center of the circles is an easy way to make them a focal point because the eye is automatically drawn there!


I opted to have my journaling curve along the outer edge of the circle die cut to keep the clean lines of the design without a blocky square of text. Most word processing programs have a feature that allows you to type text along a shape. There’s a great tutorial for creating text on a curve in Microsoft Word here. 


Then comes the fun part—adding embellishments! Using a variety of brads, chipboard, buttons, ephemera, sequins, and jewels, I sprinkled them throughout the circles to look like they were floating amongst the rings. This is a great way to use up the last few pieces from an embellishment set! With the exception of a few die cut stars and stamps, I chose all circular embellishments to add a fun motion and energy to the page.


So what does our summer mood board inspire you to create? Whether it’s a summer-hued page, a layout about ice cream, or a design filled with circles, we’d love to see your projects! Happy scrapping!



Are you ready to kick off our challenge week off as Lisa did by being inspired by our gorgeous mood board image? 

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. Create a layout, card or project based on this mood board;
  2. Submit an image to us (must be under 2mb!) at
  3. Put “Summer Issue Mood Board Challenge” in your reference line;
  4. Submit your entry by July 2, 2020 at midnight ET. Winners will be announced here on the blog on the 10th of July.

Want to know what you’re creating for?


Let’s start this week off big with a one-year subscription to SCT Magazine (and a few goodies!), starting with our summer 2020 issue! We know you’ll love having this issue in print to inspire you.

We can’t wait to see what you create with our first challenge of the week!