Monthly Archives: January 2015

Oh Sn@p! Simple Stories

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Hi bloggers,

I’ve really enjoyed this months focus here at SN, we all got to work with Simple Stories Sn@p! products. I chose to work with Sn@p! Dogs, how could I choose anything else 😀
I did challenge myself to use this dog friendly collection on a non four-legged layout that you will see shortly.

Just a reminder the Sn@p! products & pocket page style page protectors are all on sale right now in the SN store. Grab some while you can! Visit the store here to see more.

I love these 3×4 cards, simple to make and perfect to include in my 2015 Life Documented album. You can see a tutorial on how to makes these and the quick techniques I used here to add a bit of personality to plain cards.
DIY 3x4 journaling cards for project life style albums @
My next project is a little mini album. I used 4×4 pocket pages from We R Memory Keepers and just slid in the 2×2 bits & pieces from the Sn@p! collection. This album was so fast and the album is big enough for me to add pages. Cute mini album about her dogs by Joy @

Cute mini album about her dogs by Joy @
My last project uses the same Sn@p! Dog products but without the dog theme.
It was a bit of a challenge when it came to embellishing this page because most of the stickers, paper die cuts & cards all had dog related images. I was able to use some of the label stickers and paper scraps.

I headed into my stash of stamps and manual dies to create some embellishment for this layout. I stamped the dots in the upper right, the bicycle and the enjoy the ride in the lower right. The other die cuts were made using my BigShot and metal dies, the chevron at the bottom of the title card, the banner to the left of the bike and the label sticking out below the grey pattern paper.
Cyclists layout made by Joy for using Simple Stories Sn@p! Dog collection
Thanks for checking out my January projects. I would love to see what you are making, so join us over in the forum and link up some of your projects. 
Have an awesome weekend!

Joy @


Create your own 3×4 journaling & filler cards


Step by Step paper crafting tutorials @

Step by Step paper crafting tutorials

Hi there, it’s Joy here, today I would like to share with you a few simple techniques to help you create your own 3×4 journaling & filler cards for pocket style scrapbooking or for your more traditional layouts.

Add some flair to your projects & journaling cards with a few simple techniques

Creat your own 3×4 journaling or filler cards for pocket scrapbooking with Simple Stories Sn@p! products

for the projects today Simple Stories Sn@p! Dog bits & pieces, 3×4 cards, stickers and washi tape (a full list of supplies is at the bottom of this post)

Making your own 3x4 journaling & filler cards

inks, stencils, stamps, metals dies and pre punched 3×4 cards.Making your own 3x4 journaling & filler cards

For the first card I used a background stamp & metal dies as a mask.
You can do this with any die or stencil,  you may find clear stamps easier to work with.
TIP: Working with a background stamp for this can be tricky so you may want to mask off the areas you don’t want ink on.

1. Place you metal dies onto your 3×4 card as desired. Ink up your stamp,
then press the down over the metal die
2. Continue stamping over the metal dies until you like the look, your metal dies will clean up easily with a baby wipe. (using Staz-on ink will premaritally mark your dies)
3. Replace the metal dies over your stamped images and trace around the interior edge of the die with a marker or pen
4. Remove metal dies and reveal you very own designer creation

making your own 3x4 journaling cards scrapbooknerd.comfinish the card off with a few embellishments and your done!

make your own 3x4 journaling & filler cards for project life

The next card using the same idea but instead of a metal die I use a stencil.

1. Select your stencil, ink and stamp. Use a black 3×4 card
2.  Stamp over the stencil with your stamp until you are happy with the design. I wanted an uneven look for this card, some of the stars do not show as a full image
3.  Select another stencil for tracing, I used a star stencil to repeat the pattern and used a black fine tipped marker
4. Use a few simple embellishments to finish off your card, I use a sticker and a piece of washi

creating your own 3x4 journaling card at

creating your own 3×4 journaling card with stamps & stencils

The last two cards are very simple and use the stickers from the Sn@p! dog products, foam squares for some dimension and a powder tool to take away the stickiness of the sticker.


I hope you will try out some of these ideas on your next project, it’s fun to personalize these cards for your own projects using a few simple tools & ideas.
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Design Team Reveal – Simple Stories Sn@p Travel Set

It has been so much fun to work with the Simple Stories Sn@p Travel Set this month.  I was able to get my pages done so quickly and easily … and I still have so much of it left over for more of my travel pages.

I love how quickly these pages came together using the Sn@p products.
I’m not a pocket page scrapper. I usually find working with pocket pages more difficult than traditional pages, so for the most part, I’ve used the Sn@p products on my traditional pages.

This first  layout was quick and easy. Other than the background, I didn’t use any other paper – just the Sn@p cards and then embellished with the cards and the embellishment pack. Soooo easy!


I have a lot of travel photos and I’m so behind on them.   I love that the pocket pages, along with the Sn@p Products, make pages so quick. So, I’ve been combining my traditional page with the pocket page for my two-page travel layouts. I feel that it gives me the best of both worlds – I can get creative with a single page layout, but then get all the additional photos into my books.

sndtjan2My last layout is another traditional layout that I had a lot of fun doing. I just started layering all the cards in this set.  I love how it turned out.


If you haven’t tried out any of the Simple Stories Sn@p Sets, you really need to. They make for fun and fast layouts, whether you’re a pocket page scrapper or a traditional scrapper.  You can check them out in the Scrapbook Nerd Store.


Tutorial Tuesday

Step by Step paper crafting projects

It’s Tuesday, once again, and time for another Tutorial Tuesday here at the Scrapbook Nerd Academy.

The Scrapbook Nerd Design Team has been playing with the Simple Stories Sn@p Sets all month. This week, I’m sharing what I’ve created using the Simple Stories Sn@p Travel Set.

I have a lot of travel photos and I’m so behind on them. I’m not a pocket page scrapbooker and prefer to work on more traditional pages. However, I love that the pocket pages, along with the Sn@p Products, make pages so quick.  So, I’ve been combining my traditional page with the pocket page for my two-page travel layouts.  I feel that it gives me the best of both worlds – I can get creative with a single page layout, but then get all the additional photos into my books.

My tutorial is how to make that work for you.

The first thing I do is focus on my first page.  This page I created quickly, using the Sn@ap 3×4 cards. I simply positioned them in a block fashion on my page. This will become the background for my photos.



Once that was done I added my title.


Then I quickly embellished the page using the Sn@p Travel Set. I used some of the images on the cards, which I simply cut out, as well as some of the die cuts and the stickers. It was very fast and very simple.


Then I went to the pocket page. I chose a pocket page that had 6 4×6 slots as that best suited my photos. Using the 4×6 Sn@p Cards from the Travel Set, I cropped my photos enough to keep some of the cards showing as I wanted my page to have lots of colour on it. Two of the photos I cut smaller so that I could use one of them for my journaling, and the other so as to reveal the image.


Then I just slipped them into the pockets. Once they are in the pockets, I like to add a few embellishments on the outside, just to help tie it into the first page, and to make it more “touchable.”


That is my process on how I combine regular pages, and pockets together to allow me to quickly, and easily, get my pages done.


Scrapbook Sketch Challenge

Welcome to another Sketch Challenge at Scrapbook Nerd. Milena has created another great sketch for us to be inspired by. Let this sketch inspire your next project. Don’t forget to share what you’ve created with it. Add a link to your comment here, share it on our Facebook Page, or in our gallery and forums.  We want to see your projects!


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Design Team January Reveal

Kim @

Good morning Nerds! Our challenge this month was to use the pocket pages from Sn@p. I had a great time with them and loved the versatility especially because I don’t use the divided page protectors…yet …so I thought I would use them instead to make my “patterned paper”.

In my first project, I used the assorted sizes on a diagonal to try to create some visual interest. They are also double sided which made designing this layout quick and easy!!
It really was a “sn@p”!! Cousins…

Cousins layout by Kim @


Here I raised some of the squares to add some dimension and cut the words into strips to use as embellishments…Cherished Memories

Cherish layout by Kim for

You don’t have to use them just as a square or rectangle…try die cutting them like I did here…Our Family DocumentedFamily layout by Kim for


I was having so much fun with all of the yummy goodies I received…I used the patterned papers in a more traditional way here…Love You

Love You layout by Kim for

I was also given a sheet of wood veneer to play with…oh my gosh! I LOVED it! It’s great to die cut and adds texture and polish to your projects…Hello Doc

Hello Doc layout by Kim for


If you haven’t had a chance to play with the Sn@p pocket pages yet, be sure to check them out! Super fun!!! Happy Scrapping!! WAAAHHHHOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Whoooooooo loves a tutorial?

Step by Step paper crafting projects

Kim @

Good Morning Nerds!
I’m Kim and this is my first blog post over at Scrapbook Nerds.
I’m super stoked to share a cute little project tutorial with y’all!
I don’t know about you but I love corrugated cardboard!
You can paint it, punch it out, even use it as a stamp…its so yummy to play with!!

Today I thought I’d use it to create this cute little guy.
I think this would be great fun to do with kids…

tutorial by Kim @

You will need…
Corrugated cardboard
Liquid adhesive
Small heart punch (optional)
Hole punch
Leaf punch (optional)
Bakers twine or thin ribbon

Use your trimmer to cut 6 strips of corrugated cardboard (12″x 0.5″) I found that cutting it backside up made things much easier and didn’t crush the paper. Roll 2 of the strips with corrugated side out. You will use these to make the eyes.

tutorial by Kim @

Next roll the 4 strips with corrugated side out…one after another to create a larger roll for the body. I used liquid adhesive as I was rolling to keep roll tight. You can use an elastic to hold until the glue sets or just hold in your hand.

Glue the eyes to the top of the body.
Next I cut a small square and hole punched the middle. Then attach to the back of your owl so that the hole is accessible. Thread bakers twine or ribbon through hole to hang your owl.
tutorial by Kim @

Cut eyebrows of your owl. I cut them freehand but you could use a
mustache die or punch as well.

tutorial by Kim @

Next using a leaf punch punch cut the leaves from corrugated paper. You could also cut them freehand. Attach to the front of the ‘body’.

tutorial by Kim @

Punch small heart and add as nose.
Add bling as eyes. You could also use googly eyes! So cute!
Add him to a tag or gift and enjoy!!

tutorial by Kim @


tutorial by Kim @

Thanks for letting me share!
Be sure to share your owls by linking them back here. I’d love to see them!!

NerdGirl Monique’s January Projects

Hey Nerds, today is my first post with the DT team, and I am so excited to be part of this awesome team again!!  I have had so much fun creating with the products I received this month.  I was able to create 6 projects, which is much more than I have done in a long while.

I can’t believe the second week of January is already coming to an end, so far the new year has had its ups and downs, but I think it will turn out to be a great year!

Here’s 4 pocket pages I was able to create with Simple Stories products, and I do love them!  I was able to complete my son’s kindergarten & 1st grade pics of his first days at school.  Enjoy!






I also made a card…a Gift Card Holder card, this was fun!

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And finally, I was able to create a layout, which I haven’t done a quite some time, and I am so happy to have had the time to get scrappy & messy!
Come join us in the forum for some fun and inspiration!  You won’t regret it at all!  I can’t wait to play again, and share with you more projects!!