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Hello all. Milena here. I’m always trying to find ways to get more photos on my layout. A lot of sketches these days are for a single photo – mine included – but, while these pages are beautiful,  I often find I just can’t limit myself to one photo. Last month, I shared how I turn a single page sketch into a double page and this month I’m going to turn a single photo sketch into a multiple photo layout.

Last year, just before Christmas, we lost our family cat to cancer. It was a hard time for everyone and we didn’t want to be missing him over the holidays so we went out and got ourselves a couple of new kittens. All of my Christmas photos were of these kittens and they are so cute I just couldn’t limit myself to just one.

I started with this sketch:

January Tutorial Sketch

And created this page about our boy Shadow. You can see this sketch calls for a 5×7 photo, which is perfect to showcase this photo of the two of us but rather limiting for scrapbooking the kittens.

January Tutorial Page Shadow

January Tutorial Detail Shadow

I used Pic Collage on my iPhone and created a 5×7 collage of my favourite photos of the kittens. The free version prints a watermark on your photo but if that bothers you, you can purchase the full version and you no longer have the watermark.

January Tutorial Kittens

January Tutorial Detail Kittens

I hope you found this useful and are able to make sketches work for you and the photos you have instead of dismissing them if they don’t match the photos you have perfectly.

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Echo Park Cat – Mini Theme Kit

Photo Play Mad 4 Plaid Collection Kit

Photo Play Mad 4 Plaid Ephemera Die Cuts




Theme week with the designers

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Hello scrappy nerds, Gisele here bringing you some fun projects the design team created following the theme/mood board. What’s a theme board, well it is something to get you motivated and inspired to create. This week’s was an awesome one and I know you are going to love it:) 

So isn’t it beautiful? I love all the colours, blues, greys, white, red and even creme. The textures are also wonderful to the bead boards on the cabinet or the scallop on the top shelf, the snow on the branch where that blue jay is, to the ribbed and cable knit blanket on the sofa. If the animals or nature  inspire you, there is a deer or 2, the blue jay, the sunset or sunrise too,   I love everything about this board. so from that, you take whatever gets your juices flowing. If you need a sketch, there is one further down this blog post by Milena.

So I have 2 projects inspired by the mood board. First up is a Happy 2018 Year card using the Pinkfresh  December Days collection. 

My next project is a 12×12 LO, using Echo Park, a Perfect Winter collection.

You will see that I have some chipboard and stickers from the collection, some Simple Stories words, and some older AC Thickers from my stash (CAR). My photo is matted with the same collection.

Isn’t that owl precious?? He is a sticker that some foam dimension was added on the back to give dimension.  Then to it, a bit of pattern paper and part of a chipboard border for him to perch on. You can also see the * which was in the AC Thickers I used in the title. A gorgeous snowflake which I added some of my favourite: NUVO Crystal Drops in white for more interest. I love the drops as you can make them the size you want and added it anywhere. They are like enamel drops but you decide what size you want.  I love that. More flexibility and also economical too!

It is a winter LO as I got my car just after Christmas, so the pictures are winter, I added a tag(from December Daily by Pinkfresh) and red floss/twine to it from my stash. More stickers from the collection, the house was backed with foam to pop it a bit and the Nuvo Drops in white was also added there as the sticker showed white specks on the roof. So I just need to follow the dots LOL.

Now, the completed LO, hope you like it 🙂 I went with the colours of the mood board and added some nature elements as well.

Our next designer, Marie Clark. One of Mari’s favorite collections for the holidays this year was the Pink Fresh Studios December Days collection. This collection was so versatile and the colors fit the color theme perfectly. Mari has used the one of her favorite collections for the holidays this year: the Pink Fresh Studios December Days collection. This collection is so versatile and the colors fit the color theme perfectly. Mari has used the Carabelle Studio stamp as part of the layout since she is documenting a celebration of fun creative accomplishments in 2017. This “artsy” stamp fits the journaling perfectly. The photo is backed with many layers of paper and tags as a mat to create more dimension and visual interest on the layout. There is also a bit of machine stitching in gold thread on the layout. This collection has so many fun die cuts, chipboard pieces and papers!! It can be used for non-holiday themed projects.

That teacup cluster is so cute!!

Lots layers and you can see that border stamp from Carabelle Studio too. 

The complete view of her LO so gorgeous. I also loved that she used a black and white photo. Great tip if your photos are in colours you would prefer were different because you want to use certain papers…

Milena Woodiwiss is up with a wonderful sketch followed by her LO. Simple but elegant. 3 cluster areas for that visual triangle, journaling and 2 photos.

The mood board made her think of winter and she loved the reds and blue in it. And then once she saw the Scrapbook Nerd ‘Winter Joy’ cut file in the shop, she knew it would be perfect for this sketch and this mood board. Milena used the cut file instead of a the angled piece at the bottom of the sketch. She filled the snowflakes and used the embellishments from Echo Park’s “A Perfect Winter” collection. She used gesso mixed with a bit of water for the splatter background and some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Moondust for the middle of the snowflakes. Now she feels like  going to go snuggle up in front of the fire with a warm cozy blanket!

You can see the Scrapbook Nerd cut file and all the layers here.

The full LO; beautiful 🙂 Love how she used the cut file and the pops of red and white, so Canadian eh?

Nathalie DeSousa is up next with a fabulous layout with a cut file background.

This page was created using Echo Park’s “A Perfect Winter” collection, and one of Paige Evans cut files (the cut file is called flower something, but it looked like snowflakes to me!). Nathalie played with the cut file to get the idea of snowflakes falling, and tied in all the color in the embellishments (all from the collection)  Layout by Nathalie DeSousa using Echo Parks, A Perfect Winter collection.

Thanks, design team members for the gorgeous work from that mood board. I feel I should do another project!!
Check our store  Scrapbook Nerd as new things are popping into the store for all your scrappy needs and wants. Have a great scrapbook week everyone 🙂

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THEME WEEK at SCRAPBOOK NERD: another use for your Christmas papers… and using a mood board.

Hey all you scrappy nerds, Gisele here with some scrappy goodness. This week is theme week to get you to try a mood board as inspiration. How beautiful is this board? If you have never played with a mood board, then maybe this is your cue. You use colours, or textures, or patterns… from this picture board to inspire your LO or card.

As our tutorial this week, a have a card for you, a Happy 2018 Year card.
Choosing Christmas papers for another theme. Here I have used Pinkfresh December Days collection.

I cut a frame off this paper:

Next, used a circle punch to punch out a sentiment from the ephemera tag in this same collection.

Choosing other circles of ephemera and some I punched gold circles slightly larger than the ephemera.

Playing with placement of ephemera:

Adding some stars as another embellishment, not glued down yet.

Adding 2018 AC Thickers (Together) and some stitched holes:

Next up, stitching:

Now placement and gluing done ephemera and circles and stars. Added some dimension to the sparkle circle to make it stand out.

And voila, our finished card, forgot to mention I added a gold frame as well to compliment the alphas and the ephemera:

Another view:

Hope you were inspired by my card to try a mood board and using themed papers for other uses. Stay tuned later this week for the designers take on theme week. If you have not visited the store yet, please take a spin over there as new things are coming in. Check it out here: Scrapbook Nerd . Catch you later this week for the designer reveal and Happy 2018!


Creative Team Weekly Digest

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team

The Team is back with some more creative inspiration for you today.
We’ve got some scrapbook pages, some holiday documenting, and a home decor projects too.

Let’s start with Mari’s December documenting album.

Mari's December Memories album

Working on a December album is an annual memory keeping project for Mari.
This 8 x 6 Echo Park album is perfect for this project. Any 8×6 album could be used for a December album like this one. The Simple Stories page protectors are perfect for creating the layouts. The Crate Paper Falala collection is the primary paper and embellishment line used in this album.

Mari has combined the Falala collection with other products from collections such as Pink Fresh Studio December Days as well as bits and pieces from her stash. This is a great way to document those memories made during a special time of year!

Love those insert pages Mari, awesome.


You can watch how Mari created these pages and more on her YouTube channel…


Next let’s see what Nathalie has been up to this week.
Wild and Free layout by Nathalie DeSousa

This page was created using the  1 Canoe 2, Creekside collection. The picture of Nathalie’s littles was blown up to fit the page, Nathalie sprinkled pieces from the collection on to the photo.

The star rub ons are added to create a trail detail in the corners of the picture and
the small tag at the top hides the journal of this page. Amazing photo, right?


Next up we have some home decor projects from Joy.
This first one is a simple framed piece Joy created for a friend. This project came together quickly with a little bit of preplanning about size and placement of the sweet Llama.

You can see all about this project in Joy’s Tuesday Tutorial here.
Llama Drama home decor idea by Joy for

I think this next one is a new favourite, it doesn’t have any paper in it. The wood discs were bought a local garden centre and they were pre-stamped. So once Joy bought the glass jar, greenery, and the stones it was just a matter of assembly.

Winter decoration for Dad create by Joy for

This home decoration is perfect to leave out all winter long and it’s a great look
for her Dad’s front porch.
The last project from this week is this pretty gold sprinkled title page for Joy’s 2018 Project Life album.

New Year's 2018 title page by Joy

This page uses the new exclusive ‘In With the New” cut file you see below.
You can still download your copy here >>> OR
by clicking on the image below.In with the New FREE cut file - designed by The Cut Shoppe

As always we would love to see what you are making with the SN cut files and we encourage you to share with us over in our private Facebook Friends page here.

We hope you enjoyed the projects and that you got inspired.
If you have any questions post them in our comments and we’ll be happy to send you an answer. Happy crafting!

Llama drama home decor idea

Easy LLAMA Home Decor Idea

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Hello there crafty friends,
It’s Joy here today with a quick and easy home decor project using a new favourite of mine…a cute little Alpaca!

For this project I’m thinking of this guy as a Llama so I can use a trendy quote reference. supply listOne sheet of pattern paper, one sheet of cardstock, a picture frame, a ruler, a black pen, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, and a feature creature or other image.

I will warn you, my Llama is stolen!
Yep, I stole it with permission before shipping out an order of Crate Paper Good Vibes products to team member Nathalie DeSousa. Thanks for giving me your Llama Nathalie.

First I found my sentiment/quote online. There are a few llama sayings floating around the web, SAVE THE DRAMA FOR YOUR LLAMA and NO DRAMA LLAMA which I thought were fun. But I came across a t-shirt photo with a llama in glasses and the saying ‘this llama doesn’t want your drama’.

Step 2-  was to measure my photo frame and my Llama to figure out placement.
Step 3 & 4 – I printed out my sentiment and cut down the papers to fit my frame.
I left a 1″ border around the white cardstock to show off the Cactus paper.

Step 6 – I wanted some dimension so I added a piece of craft foam to the back of the white cardstock before glueing it to the pattern paper.

Step 7 – I added some Heidi Swapp colour shine by using the nozzle and tapping it to get some splatter. 

Step 8 – I added some extra liquid adhesive to the back of the chipboard Llama to make sure it stayed in place.

Step 9 – I adhered the white cardstock to the pattern paper and put it into the fame.
That’s it, pretty easy right?

Llama Drama home decor idea by Joy for

Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today, I hope you got inspired.
If you have any questions I’m just a comment away.
Joy supply listOne sheet of pattern paperone sheet of cardstock, a picture frame, a ruler, a black pen, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, and a feature creature or other image.

New Year, New Cut File

Scrapbook Nerd and the Cut Shoppe

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope you all had a fabulous holiday season. We’re looking forward to sharing another great year with you.

Let’s start off 2018 with a new Free cut file from The Cut Shoppe!

In with the New FREE cut file - designed by The Cut Shoppe

Joy created a title page for her new Project Life album with the new
In With The New cut file. This page is all about the gold. 😀
Joy started by flicking Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine all over some black cardstock using a heavier hand around the outside edges.
Heidi Swapp Color Shine page

Joy cut the file twice, once with textured white cardstock and the second with some Gold POW glitter paper. The inside cut of the letters with gold POW paper was glued inside the white outline cut.

The words inside the 2018 was backed with plain black cardstock before the cut file was glued down.

Joy finished off her title page with a simple white border using a Signo White Gel Pen.
New Year's 2018 title page by Joy
Head over to the SN shop to download your In With The New cut file.
Don’t forget we would love to see what you make with the SN Exclusive cut files so join in with us on our Facebook Friends page and share your projects.

Thank you for stopping by today, see you next time.

Scrapbook Nerd Girl Digest | Weekly Review


Hi there!

Even after the Christmas festivities, the Nerdy Girls have been working on sharing a few projects to give you a bit of inspiration.   Let’s just see what they have been up to:


Mari shared a set of of beautiful Christmas cards.  She has used Crate Paper’s FALALA collection to create two simple but elegant designs.   In addition, she also added the cute puppy card, created using MFT Happy Pawlidays stamp set and die.  She used a bit of Distress Inks to frame the puppy image.   So in love with her cards!




Gisele put her personal stamp on the two cards she shared this week with us.   She also played with Crate Paper’s FALALA collection, and some Nuvo drops to create these colorful and beautiful cards.


Finally, Nathalie’s Tuesday Tutorial was focused on showing us how a bit of mixed media can help us use those busy patterned papers as a base for our projects.  She combined Photoplay’s Winter Meadow with Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collections to  create this page.  You can see her video tutorial in the previous blog post.


Well that is all for this week.  We hope these serve as inspiration/starting points for projects of your own.  Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd for all the materials used in the projects.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support during the past year, and to wish you only the best for the New Year.


Nathalie D - designer at


Using Mixed Media to Mute your Backgrounds


Hi there!


Hope you all had a blessed and peaceful Christmas!  Now, we start the countdown to the end of the year.  Wow, time has flown by!

Today, I wanted to share with you a small idea on how to mute busy backgrounds using a bit of mixed media.  I found it that many times I love the patterned paper i  want to use as a background, but it becomes too busy when I start adding on to it.  One of my solutions for this is to mute the background using gesso or white acrylic paste.  The following video will show you how I go about it.




As you saw in the video,  backgrounds can easily be muted/toned down by adding a bit of mixed media to it.  In this particular page, white acrylic paint was used for this, however white gesso will also work to create a very similar result.



The key for this technique is to use an acrylic paint brush.   These types of brushes have a harder/sturdier bristle (either plastic or nylon) which helps when stippling/stretching the paint on the page.



A dry brush was used to spread a very little amount of paint on the background sparingly.   Though it seems the paint covers the background, once it dries it becomes translucent, hence toning down the intensity of the background.



The background paper from the Winter Meadow collection from Photoplay is quite busy, but the technique makes it possible to add a cut out  -created with a Just Nick Studio cutfile- seamlessly.



Once the cut out is put in place, the page comes together easily by adding some embellishments from the collection, as well as Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collection.   Here is the completed layout:


This technique will easily let you use those busy background papers  seamlessly in your next layout.   Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the materials used in this page.   There are so many new things arriving at the store.

Let me know if you have questions on how this came together,  I would love to   help you!


Have a Happy New Year!


Nathalie D - designer at


Photoplay – Winter Meadow collection – 12×12 kit

Photoplay – WInter Meadow collection – ephemera pack




Scrapbook Nerd Girl Digest | Week in Review

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by the Scrapbook Nerd blog today!  Hopefully you are finding some normalcy in all of the holiday chaos!  The Nerd Girls are still busy creating and having fun with all of our goodies from the shop.  We have lots of inspiration for you this week

Let’s start with this amazing layout by Nathalie. This layout was created using one of Paige Evans’ cut files and a bit of cross stitching. Nathalie used Crate Paper’s “FA LA LA” collection, and some stickers from MME’s “Oh Joy”collection. All the colorful colors matched the picture of Nathalie’s littles in front of the Christmas tree

There are so many fun details on this layout, including some stamping and journaling.

The cross stitching on this layout is absolutely sublime.

Next we have some adorable cards by Gisèle Julien. These cards are made with the Crate Paper “FALALA” collection as well, and some Nuvo Drops in white. You can see some added stitching with white floss.  Love that detail!

Mixing it up with some pocket scrapbooking, we have team member Milena. Milena is catching up on summer layouts!! This page uses the Bella Blvd. “Mind Your Manners” collection. This is a clean, simple sketch designed for quick scrapping while getting many photos on the page.

Milena did some journaling by typing on her layout.  This adds a nice clean touch to the layout!

This is the sketch that Milena used for her layout.

Be sure to check out all of the amazing products in the shop!!

We hope you were inspired this week by our Nerd Girls!  We wish you a wonderful holiday season!  Take lots of photos!!


Choose Your Angle | Mari Clarke

Hey everyone, thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  I have a fun, winter themed layout to share with you today using a sketch created by team member Milena.  I love working from a sketch and I especially love a diagonal design.  

This particular sketch suggested the creation of the angle by cutting a triangle strip for the top and bottom of the layout.  This is an easy way to establish the angle for the layout.  The middle strip of patterned paper follows that same angle and provides a “home base” for building the rest of the layout.

The sketch also suggested various strips of paper be used to frame in the photo.  I love this idea; the strips add interest and provide a way to create emphasis on the photograph.  I added some extra texture to my paper strips by running them through my Big Shot in an embossing folder.  The circle embossing matches the other circles in the clusters, which were another suggestion in the sketch.

I placed my title and journaling in the exact spot as the sketch. I really like how this turned out!

If you need inspiration for a layout, a sketch is a great place to start.  And a diagonal layout is always fun to create!!

This layout was created using the PinkFresh Studio December Days collection.  You can find these supplies in the Scrapbook Nerd shop!

Here is Milena’s awesome sketch:

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!!  Hope you have an amazing holiday season!!