Monthly Archives: October 2014

A little bit Halloween with some Shimelle mixed in


Happy Halloween everyone šŸ™‚

Joy here on this happy Friday (it’s Halloween, how could I not be happy) with some quick Halloween project cards, a Project Us spread and a few cards.

First these Hallowed themed 3×4 cards which were super easy to make using the mini placemats by Jillibean Soup. I added some washi tape, POW glitter paper and a few scraps of pattern paper. Quick, easy and called it done. Now for some pics then I’ll add them to this weeks pocket page spread.
3x4 cads for Project Life or other projects  @
It was fun to use the Shimelle collection for my Project Us spread this week. It’s got some great generic pattern papers, some awesome cork embellishments and die cut pack. I think I will be using this for an entire month šŸ˜‰

Project Us layout week 21 by Joy A.
I stitched the hello on my weekly title card using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy template, I Ā really enjoy the look of stitching on my projects.
Weekly project life card
My final share today is a few cards I made. These cards feature some cork pieces from the Teresa Collins Life Emporium collection and some shapes that I die cut using the Paper Smooches die set called Cardbooking (all supplies are listed below)

Cards made by Joy using the Shimelle collection.

Thanks for stopping by the Nerd blog today. I hope you head over to the forum to link up your project to the October Challenge thread. You still have a change to win the $20.00 store coupon. Good Luck!

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We have gone into the card-kit business. Our Nerdy friend, Janet, has agreed to make up some card samples for us and then we, in turn, will turn these samples into kits.

The first cards she has designed for us are these adorable Christmas cards.

You will get everything you need to make all 8 cards!

Get them in the SCRAPBOOK NERD STORE today.

Jillibean, Cool as a Cucumber

This month I worked with the Jillibean collection – Cool as a Cucumber. What a fun collection this is. It’s perfect for boys – big and small! I love all the little icons that are included in this collection.

College Boy

My first project is of when my youngest moved into his college dorm. I love that this collection is young enough for smaller boys, but is old enough for the college-age boys. I love the pea pod parts – the die cuts. The price point is awesome and you get a lot in the package.

Since our theme this month is stitching, I pulled out my sewing machine and decided to make a zig-zag border on the edge of the paper strips. After one pass, I decided it wasn’t enough, and didn’t “add” what I was going for on the layout, so I made several more passes. The result was this “messy” look, which fits in so well with my youngest son’s personality.

My Boys
This one isn’t much of a reveal. I posted it last week in a tutorial showing how I created the stitched border.



Little Buddy

To continue on with the stitching theme for this month, I pulled out my sewing machine and created a grid. I really love the look.

I went to my picture files for this layout. I pulled out some photos from a few years ago. I took these pictures of my youngest for a photo shoot for a photography class I was taking at our local college.

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A Mixed Media Layout Tutorial!

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Step by Step paper crafting tutorials

Hey Hey My fellow Nerds!!! It’s Sarah here and I ALMOST forgot to post my tutorial today!! It’s 11:55pm here right now, so I’m technically still getting this out on Tuesday!! HA! I do apologize for my tardiness! This will be worth the wait I promise!!

I wanted to share with you how I made this gorgeous layout! I have to admit, I think it’s my favourite so far! I just love all the beautiful colours and the die cut title!

If you want to make a background like this, it’s actually pretty easy! You just need either a stencil, or in this case I die cut a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and I taped it onto my white cardstock with washi tape first.



Then I used a spatula and some clear embossing paste by Wendy Vecchi and spread a thin layer all over the die cut to get that masked effect. Now there’s a couple things I learned when I did this.

1. this dries very fast, so when I went to take off the “mask” it had already dried onto the white paper a bit, so using pink paper wasn’t the best idea.
2. I think (but don’t quote me for sure) that using a light layer of gesso on the paper that you are using as a mask (on the underside) might help it to not stick to the base paper before using it!

Ok! Onto the next step…this one is the fun one! Once it’s all dried, you paint over it! You can use a ton of different mediums for this, but I love the watercolor effect! I love the muted colors and just the way it runs on the paper! So fun!

I chose 3 different colors and just painted on my layout in strips. I used a decent amount of water too, which is why I backed my cardstock with a sheet of patterned paper…plus I like the way it looks too! šŸ˜‰


You might notice that this picture of the finished background looks a little different than the actual finished picture. Once I was done with the watercolors and they dried, I wasn’t crazy about the pink…so I took some pink acrylic paint and mixed it with a little water and just swished it over the watercolor pink and it just made all the difference in the world!

So there you have it! A gorgeous mixed media background that is really quite easy!

Thanks for stopping by!


Nerd Girl, Sarah, Meets Crate Paper, Notes & Things

Sarah Moore for Scrapbook

I was so happy that I got to use Crate Paper’s Notes & Things collection this month! I absolutely love it! I admit it is a little girly for a mama of four boys, but you’ve probably already figured out from seeing my layouts that I don’t care about using pink or flowers on a boys layout!

Coffee & Colossians
I love that the ephemera pack in this collection actually comes with some wood veneers! How cool is that?! Totally loved the ampersand and knew I wanted to use it on this layout!

I really love layering and that cute chipboard banner was a perfect piece to layer on top to give my layout a little more dimension!

I am OBSESSED with butterflies and I LOVE the gorgeous stitched butterflies that are in this collection! They also go along with this month’s stitching challenge! I’m pretty sure you can “cheat” and use pre-sewn goodies!! lol I knew I had to use it on this layout too because God and I have a special butterfly thing going on.

Colour My Life Beautiful

For this layout I channeled my inner Wilna Furstenberg! lol I have definitely been in an inky mood lately and I love the way this layout turned out!

I’m going to post a tutorial on how I did this background next week, so be sure to check in there to check it out!

The cut file is a free one from I heart studio. She has some beautiful cut files there with the scripty fonts and all sorts of goodness!

So Lovely

My last layout this month was a picture taken of my youngest sister’s 15th birthday. It’s funny that she’s getting so old now because I remember when she was born (I was 17) and I said, “when she’s 17, I’ll be 34” seems like that was just yesterday!!

I stitched around the outside of the layout and also on the die cut feather with my sewing machine.

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Welcome to another week of the Scrapbook Nerd Academy. This week I’m going to share with you how I created a stitched border.

    • The first step, of course, is gathering your supplies. For my layout I used the Jillibean Cool as a Cucumber collection. My background is Kraft Cardstock. For my title I used Jillibean Alphabean letter stickers. For the stitching, I used embroidery floss from my stash.
    • For the background, I cut four different patterned papers from the Jillibean Cool as a Cucumber.Ā  Three of them are approximately 2 x 5.5 and and oneĀ  5.75 x 5.5. TheseĀ are positioned about 2.5 inches from the bottom of the page.


  • I used the Jillibean Chevron die cut paper for a template for the stitching. Cut a strip off the die cut paper and lay just above the patterned paper.
  • Using a pencil, lightly trace all the lines.
  • Once the linesĀ are traced, youĀ will need to move the strip down and trace a couple of more chevrons on the end to line up with theĀ patterned paper.


  • Using the embroidery floss and a needle, sew over the pencil lines, alternating colours.



  • Once the stitching is done, the layout is ready for the photos, title and embellishment.



Now it’s your turn. Why not join us at Scrapbook Nerd for our stitching challenge and your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.