Monthly Archives: March 2015

Switch Pate Mini

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Welcome to another Tutorial Tuesday with Scrapbook Nerd. This week I’m going to show you how I made this mini album using a light switch plate cover – that’s right, a switch plate cover from the hardware store. What I love about using the switch plate covers for the cover of the mini album is that it gives the album a shadow box feel.




-Echo Park Jack and Jill Boy collection kit
-Echo Park Jack and Jill Boy Chipboard Stickers
-Echo Park Jack and Jill Boy Ephemera
-October Afternoon Daily Flash Flair
-switch plate cover with three openings
-2 binder rings


Cover the front of the switch plate cover with adhesive. I used my ATG but you could use mod podge as well. Once it is covered with adhesive, lay your chosen patterned paper on top. Sand the paper off the edges using your sanding block for a clean edge. Sand off the paper from the inside openings of the switch plate.



Adhere a piece of double sided patterned paper to the back of the switch plate cover. Pay attention to what side of the paper you want showing through the “windows” on the front of the cover.


Once the paper is adhered, poke the two outer screw holes through. These will be the holes for the binder rings.

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For the pages of my mini, I cut apart the 4×6 cards from the cut apart sheet. Punch holes to match the holes of the cover.

Attach all the pages and the cover using the binder rings.

Add pictures and embellish as desired. I used the windows on the front cover for my “Dad” title.

Here’s my finished project:








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Hello bloggers,
March was a fun month here on the Scrapbook Nerd design team. We were challenged to work with washi tape (which I don’t always reach for when I’m crafting) and I am really enjoying the Crate Paper – Craft Market collection that I got to work with. I still have more to use for the rest of my February Project Life style layouts.
(If you’re wondering about any of the products that I used for my projects this month, they are all listed at the bottom of this post)

I went a little washi tape crazy on these projects ūüôā and used just a few basic supplies to create these cards.

washi tape covered heart card,

washi tape present gift card holder,

washi covered party hat card,







I love the way this small note book turned out with the punched washi tape circles

washi tape circle covered notebookBecause of our washi tape challenge I was reminded how simple it is to use and that I really should be using it more on my project life layouts. So when I choose the products for the month I’m going to work on, choosing a few rolls of washi will become part of that process.

Project Life layout, week 6/2015


project life weekly card, scrapbooknerd.comproject life 3x4 card, Crate Paper Craft Market,

That’s it from me this month, I hope you grab a few rolls of washi tape for your next project. Have a wonderful weekend, see you next time.

Crafting with Washi Tape

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Hello crafty friends,
Welcome back for another installment of Nerd Academy. Today I’m sharing a few ideas for crafting with Washi Tape. If you are not familiar with washi tape the easiest way for me to describe it to you is to say it’s very similar to low tack masking tape. It’s easy to work with, rips easily off the roll and can be stuck to most surfaces. If you are wanting a more permanent bond using a liquid glue or multi medium will do the trick.
Here are a few supplies I used to create today’s projects: several rolls of patterned washi tape, fun foam, punches, metal dies, a plain notebook, cardstock, a pen holder, multi medium, baker’s twine and thickers (alphabet stickers).

project supplies

I chose to alter an old pen holder and a plain notebook with some washi. You can temporarily alter almost anything with washi tape and once your get tired of the colours you can simply peel in off and choose to recover it with your new favourite tape. I am loving the combination of turquoise and navy these days ūüėČ

Washi tape can be easily manipulated to take the shape of most objects so you could easily transform a large monogram letter or a picture frame for your craft room or home.

Pen holder altered with washi tape, scrapbooknerd.comNow if you have a stash of punches or metal dies you can easily produce your own custom embellishments or decorative elements for any project. I’m a list maker and I have several notebooks on the go, I had a few plain kraft coloured ones that needed a punch of colour.
I stuck strips of washi tape side by side on a scrap piece of white cardtstock and used a circle punch to create these simple two toned circles.
punched washi tape circles

I did use multi medium to attached these circles because this notebook will be handled often and I wanted a more permanent bond on the cover. I also applied a coat of matte medium to seal everything on.use multi medium for a more permanent bondI used thickers & an alligator clip to dress up the front and the clip will come in handy for keeping the note book closed when I toss it in my purse or to hold the page where I wrote my last note.washi tape circle covered notebook,

The last projects use some very basic supplies and shapes. I cut a heart, square & a triangle from the craft foam (pictured at the top of this post) then stuck strips of washi tape to the foam. I did find it easier when working with the heart that the washi tape was applied BEFORE I went to cut the out the heart shape.

cover foam with strips of washitrace or draw shape on the back of foam piecewashi tape covered heart card,

I had so much fun with the craft foam and washi tape that I made these cards too

party hat card, washi covered party hat card,

washi tape present gift card holder, scrapbooknerd.comdetail of present birthday cardI hope these ideas inspire you to use your washi tape stash and add some simple homemade touches to some of your crafty projects. Thanks for stopping by, see you next time.

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(click the image below to find your new favourite washi tape) ūüėČWashi tape sale,

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NerdGirl Fleur’s March Projects


I had so much fun playing with the Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection.¬† Here are the projects I made using the 6×6 paper pad, puffy stickers and Thickers.

On Tuesday I showed you how to make these cute Gift Card Holders.


My second project was a layout – I challenged myself to use cardstock for the background which is something I don’t usually do.¬† I also love the trend of hand cutting the letters from patterned paper so I cut the title myself.


My second layout is a photo of my son and I – we share the same birthday and we always take a selfie (or should I say usie) every year.


I am loving playing inmy planner.¬† If you haven’t gotten one of these Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planners yet you should!¬† They are so pretty and I am having so much fun decorating them.


Last but not least I made a little mini of my favorite quotes.  There are so many great quotes on Pinterest and I pin them all the time but I wanted to be able to look at them more so I made this cute litte book of quotes.


I had so much fun this month with the Dear Lizzy collection.  You can find it in the store.

NerdGirl Fleur Smith – Gift Card Holders

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Today I am sharing my March Tutorial – Gift Card Holders. ¬†These are so simple to make and so cute! ¬†First up you will need a 6×6 paper pad (I am using Dear Lizzy Serendipity), a bone folder and some embellishments. ¬†That’s it!


Take a 6×6 piece of patterned paper and fist score in half at 3″.


Rotate the paper and score again at 4″.


Fold the paper up along the 4″ score line.


Then fold in half along the 3″ score line and voil√† a little gift card holder. ¬†I use double sided thin tape to secure the edges closed.


Tear off the paper strips at the top of the 6×6 paper pad and attach them along the bottom of the front.



Then add a cute saying from the cut apart sheet.  I also added some fun Washi tape to my gift card holders.


Add an embellishment to finish it off and a gift card to the inside. 


 Products in my kit:

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Hey Nerds!!

Friday is finally here!! Woohoo!¬† Its the weekend, and that means it’s crop time with the Nerds!¬† Come on in and join us the fun has started and there are lots and lots of challenges and games!

This week, I played with some awesome products, and here is what I have created so far, to see the rest you’ll have to join us in the forum.


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Print Screen Tutorial

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Good Morning Fellow Nerds….

I have decided to try out my print screen, I purchased this a few months ago and have not even taken it out of the package as of yet…so today I decided to give it a try.

As you can see all I did was use Ink and my Inking tool.

I peeled it off the backing.  If you have never seen a print screen, it has a sticky back and is very easy to apply, and also does not tear paper when stuck down.



The second stet was just adding my ink to the screen, it is very easy, I love that the screen does not move around like a stencil.  Also you can use any type of medium on these screens.  I have seen some use paint, and just drag the paint down the screen with a plastic card or you can paint it on.





….and here is a closer look at how it turns out…..


I love the finished look, and can’t wait to show you what the layout will look like when it is complete!!

Join us in the forum for some more reveals and lots of inpiration!!

Kim’s March DT Reveal

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Good morning Nerds!

Do you ever look at your papers and know exactly which photos will work and then have your page just come together with no frustration and second guessing? Well, that’s what happened to me with these yummy Cloud 9 papers and embellies! I opened my pizza box and a couple of hours later…three projects that I’m happy to share! These papers and embellies are so fun and colourful…the perfect break from the blustery cold that’s outside!!

Here is my first layout…a quick one using more of those delish MFT dies…this time straight to my heart and love. I love being able to use theme related products other than the theme that they are intended for!¬†Here is Island Love…photos of my daughter at Centre Island, a favourite annual tradition.


My second project went together even quicker than the first one!¬†The colours of these Cloud 9 papers really inspired me…so much so I even got a little dirty!¬†Love this line…it really is “good stuff”!

Here are my girls being sweet and sassy in Port Elgin…


I have been having a blast playing with these delish papers from Chic tags…the colours are so fun and vibrant!! Perfect for some aquatic adventures in paradise!! LOL!!

I was so inpsired by a pinterest layout I posted last month that had diecut clouds out of its background that I decided to give it a go…I was too nervous to bust out my cameo to cut a full 12×12 sheet so I trimmed my papers down to 3.75″ so they would fit through my big shot. This was supposed to be my practice sheet but before I knew it , I had it put together and stuck down!! LOL!! Did strips of paper and washi tape behind the cut outs…super quick and easy peasey!!

Maegan couldn’t wait to get in the water and play with the dolphins at the Moon Palace Resort. She was beaming from ear to ear that entire day and she kept coming up to me afterwards and just whispering…’Mom…that was the best day ever”. Love making this kid’s dreams come true…Cancun 2015

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I had to print some photos from our adventure in Mexico…and when I realized how fun the papers from the Cloud 9 celebrate line worked with them…I got busy!! And even a little inky!!! LOL!! Had this great quote stencil so I sprayed my background before diecutting some accordian flowers…even added some washi tape…which FYI…if you’ve ever tried to cut and futz them together you know they are pretty finicky and come apart easily. I added the washi tape after I cut them out and the tape helped to keep the flowers from ripping apart AND added a fun design to the centers!! WAAHHHOOOOO!!! I’m learning to love washi tape for more than it’s good looks!! LOL!!

Here is a pic of Maegan standing and RIDING Jon Paul and Carlo…
We were all excited for our ultimate dolphin experience but Maegan was almost vibrating with excitement! She absolutely LOVES dolpins and it has been on her bucket list for most of her 11 years. She was nervous and a little worried that they may attack her but from the moment she got in the water with them it was instant love. She couldn’t have had a bigger smile while doing the foot push across the enclosure…and to have done this adventure with her Godfather truly made it THE Ultimate dolphin experience. Cancun – January 2015
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Since it is washi awareness month here at Scrapbook Nerds I thought I’d play a little. I don’t usually do the altered kinda stuff but my daughter needed a little something extra for her girlfriend’s birthday gift so I thought this would work!

I covered the wood clipboard with washi tape and embellished with some of my Chic Tag paper scraps…It was a big hit and she loved it! Best of all…it was super easy!! It started out as a photo frame…I covered white cs with washi tape and die cut the “C” and the leaves…scrapbook 2015 002Kim project strip

But then my daughter realized she didn’t have a photo she could put in it…so it became a note pad holder and card! LOL!!

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And finally the gold embossed papers in this line demanded some attention of their own…so here is the cute little purse shaped mini album I created with them….easy peasy!!

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Ready for a little spring? Need to brighten your day? Pick up some of these Cloud 9 designs and get creating! Be sure to link your project back here to share with the rest of us! Thanks for letting me share!! WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!