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Today I am going to share with you how to make a fun layered background for your cards.

After doing several layouts using my heart punch I had lots of pieces of paper left over that has the heart shape punched out of them and I didn’t want to just throw them out. I decided to use them to make a fun layered background for my cards.


It’s super easy and a great way to use up those scraps. Just punch out strips of paper – it can be any shape punch.


Layer them so the colors of the next strip show through the punched out area.


Cut them to fit your card base then add a simple sentiment and voila a fun card.

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Hello everyone,
It’s Joy here this week for an installment of Scrapbook Nerd Academy.
I love to use my scrappy supplies to make cards. This week I challenged myself to limit my supplies and not use any stamps. Let’s get to it, I’ll show you how. 🙂

Cards by Joy for

For this card I started by using 1. washi tape to mask off a 1/4″ border on a white card so I could use Tattered Rose distress ink to colour the paper instead of adding a layer of paper. I used the ink pad directly on the paper. 2. After removing the washi tape I added some tissue wrap (or stamped tissue paper, if you would like) 3. Cut a wide banner approx. 3″x4″ and adhere, then choose a small banner sticker or cut one from pattern paper and adhere to the larger banner as shown. 5. Then I adhered a doily to the right side over the banners and cut the excess off on the right side. 6. Next choose a focal image (I use an ampersand), then add a sentiment. 7. Add a decorative border to the bottom of the banner under or on top of the doily.

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For card #2 – 1. choose a few stencils and ink (I used 2 colours) 2. decorate the card front with stencils and ink  3. Using a small paper bag (or cut one on your digital die cutter) layer 2 small strips of pattern paper approx. 3/4″ x 3″ & 3/4″ x 4″  4. Choose a chipboard shape to layer over the paper strips. 5. Cut a banner piece from a plain pattern paper for your sentiment, then adhere  6. embellish with a few wood or enamel dots

We are almost finished, let’s move to the last card.

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Start by choosing a pattern paper, then  2. adhere a piece of tissue wrap (or tissue paper) tear the edges for some extra texture if you wish  3. Choose a large chipboard embellishment/flower or coloured stamped image and mount in on a pattern paper  4. Ink the edges with Distress ink
5. Adhere your focal image to the card front on top of the tissue paper  6. choose a sentiment sticker or stamp one and adhere it on top of the focal image as shown.

I hope you enjoy making these three quick cards. They were quick for me because I limited my supplies, which meant most of my decisions were made. I just had to worry about the design.

Here’s a look at the full cards….

I am thankful for you card by Joy for card three card two

Have an awesome weekend everyone. Get crafty and see you next time 🙂



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Sarah Moore for Scrapbook

Hello there, my lovely Nerds! I wanted to share a super fun tutorial with you using Hero Arts Daubers. They are my new BFF! I LOVE the fun things you can do with them!

For this technique, you just need some daubers and either a craft mat or an acrylic block. I like the acrylic block because it lets you see the colours exactly as you put them down.

I chose 4 different colours for this technique, but you can really do this with as many as you’d like!

First, take your daubers and pounce them onto the acrylic block in a random way. For this one I didn’t really want the blue and the orange to blend together because it makes kind of a yucky brown, so I just made sure that they weren’t really near each other.

Then once you’re happy with the amount of colour on your block, spritz it with a little water so the colours blend

and then press it onto your paper!!

Doesn’t it look soooo cool?! I love the effect this gives!

I repeated this once more, and then created this layout with the finished technique!

Here’s some close ups:

I just love these cut files from The Cut Shoppe! Have you got yours yet? They’re free in the Scrapbook Nerd store!!

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It’s time to start up our bi-monthly blog feature once again. We will be choosing a layout that is made by one of our Scrapbook Nerd Members that has been posted in our gallery to share here.

This week, we are sharing the very cute back-to-school layout by member Gisele Julien. We love the gorgeous layers and the fun embellishments she used.

Congratulations, Gisele. You have a Scrapbook Nerd Gift Certificate coming your way.

Why not join in on the fun? Post your work in our gallery for your chance to win!


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Fleur Smith, Scrapbook Nerd Design Team

This week I’m going to show you how I created these fun project life cards using watercolours.

I decided to try my hand at some watercolor techniques I have seen in videos and make some PL 3×4 journaling cards.

This is what I used:

I tried 2 different ways. The first was using Gelato’s.

I rubbed the Gelatos over the paper and then added water and used my fingers to rub it in.

You could also use a brush but I found my fingers easier. I wanted an ombre effect so I started heavy and lightened it up as I went down the paper.

Then to finish it off I added a sticker from the Crate Paper Notes and Things collection.

For the second attempt I used an old set of watercolor paints that were my sons.

I did the same ombre technique and started heavier at the top then added more water to the color as I moved down the paper.

I really love this look and it was really easy to do. You can see the difference between the gelatos and the regular watercolors they are more shimmery.

I hope you give this a try it was really quite easy and I love the effect of the obmre which is easy to do with watercolors.



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This month, the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team is working with layers, along with the Scrapbook Nerd product. Adding layers to your projects doesn’t have to mean adding a lot of bulk, but it does add a lot of visual interest and dimension. It’s going to be a lot of fun to see all the different ways the Nerd Girls use layers on their projects.

Using the We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer collection, Michelle shows us how she created a gorgeous Fall project.

Michelle Gallant

I was so excited that this month’s challenge is layers. Perfect challenge for me. Well actually it’s no challenge at all because I layer all the time!

Today I have a quick tutorial using a scallop punch to add layering on your project.

Here is the punch I choose but any will do.

Cut out 5″-6″ strips of paper and punch out the border of each. I did 14 strips but you can do more or less. Layer the strips randomly on your background paper and stick them down.

I then scattered some sequins randomly on the strips, letting some of them go out a bit further. I used these ones:

Then I also added some wood pieces to add more dimension to my LO!

To finish I added some layered papers behind my photo and added a title.

Scrapbook Nerd + The Cut Shoppe & The Cut Shoppe

We have a big announcement for you today.
Scrapbook Nerd is partnering with The Cut Shoppe!

Ashley from The Cut Shoppe
Ashley – designer & owner of The Cut Shoppe is one talented lady. She is an avid crafter and works on several design teams. We are so excited to be able to share The Cut Shoppe designs with you, we think you’ll love ’em.
You can visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy shop here to find more awesome designs.

Every few months we will bring you new exclusive cut files, that you can download from for FREE!! The files will be available in SVG & PNG formats which will work with your digital cutters and some photo editing software if you wish to print the images.
On with the reveal!
Exclusive digi cut file.

Check out some of the ways the design team used the new digi cuts.

Fall is in the Air by Fleur for

Fall is in the air by Fleur for

Hello Autumn by Joy for

Fall Favs by Joy for
This next project was made using sticky back canvas & mists. The leaves were cut in different sizes and adhered to the canvas, creating a mask. Then 3 colours of mist in fall colours
were used to create this quick home decor project.

Fall is in the Air by Joy for

We hope you enjoy these new FREE cut files. Let us know what you think in your comments.
We are really looking forward to seeing what you make so please share your projects
with us in the Forum or on our Facebook page. 

Don’t forget to visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy store to check out more designs.