Monthly Archives: July 2015

Nerd Girl Fleur’s July Projects

Creative Team @ scrapbooknerd.comI can’t believe July is almost over where has this year gone?  This month I had so much fun playing with the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy collection, seriously love the stuff that Dear Lizzy puts out.  I ended up making a ton of stuff even something for my husband for our 24th anniversary.

First up I made this fun wall hanging with the old wood veneer heart from Dear Lizzy and covered it with patterned paper and added the fun number paper clips.


My son’s friend turned 12 this month and we took her our for a Birthday Cake Frap at Starbucks.


I also used this collection to decorate my weeks in my new Happy Planner.

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On Tuesday I showed you how to make these fun cards.


I also made some more notebooks, one for the Listers Gotta List challenges and one for a friend.

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I also created this layout with lots of hearts you can watch the video on how I created it on my YouTube channel.


Lastly I made this layout with some leftover papers.


Whew so fun 🙂


Easy Watercolor background with Fleur

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Hi all, today I am going to show you how to make a super easy watercolor background for your cards or layouts. For this project you will need Distress inks, water, cardstock and a sheet of plastic.


First take the Distress Inks and press them onto the plastic.


Add some water as much or as little as you want.  The more water the lighter the color will be.


Take a piece of cardstock and turn it over on top of the distress ink and move it around.


Voila a water color background – this first one I didn’t add a lot of water for this second one I will show you what it looks like with more water.


See how much lighter the background paper is?


Then decorate as you like.  I used the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy collection for these cards.






July DT Reveal

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One of the wonderful things about being on the DT for SN are the delicious kits that the ladies prepare for us. There is so much loot it’s like Christmas every month!! They send us lots of goodies to “choose” from so we can create with abandon! So this month when Barb and Joy said we could use whatever we liked I decided to do something different and use up some of the yummy goodness I’ve gotten from previous kits. It’s a great way to crash my stash!!

For this reveal I decided to play a little more with the super yummy “Say Cheese II” line from Simple Stories. I love how versatile the patterns are…and the colours are DELISH!!

I was surprised at how nostalgic I got while scrapping this ooooold photo…So I did some journalling on the back. It reads…
“Some people are all about THE Mouse…but for me, it’s this guy!!
As a child, Fred Flintstone told me when it was time to leave for school. When I was too little to really tell time (or pay attention to a watch) I knew that once The Flintstones were over, I needed to get on my way otherwise I would be late.
Fred and his family taught me a good lesson about morals every day over my lunch. He taught me that even though things may not go the way I plan, things will work out in the end. He taught me to look for friends to share crazy adventures with. He kept me healthy with my one a day Flintstone vitamins which seemed like such a treat (until I ate almost a whole bottle of cuz they seemed like candy. I still gag when I smell them but even that was a lesson learned about moderation) He taught me to have a sense of humour…he even taught me what to look for in a husband (WOW!! I just realized that at this very moment!! I totally married Fred Flinstone-hardworking, gruff and rough around the edges, well intended even though his plans never really work out the way he wants them too, his (work) clothes kinda look ragged…LOL!!) Who would have guessed that a cartoon I’ve watched since I was a small child could have such an impact.
I even have Barney Rubble feet…but that’s a story for another layout! LOL!”

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The Say Cheese II line from Simple Stories is so versatile! Love how quickly this layout came together. I kept it simple and just let the photos and embellies do the work for me! LOL!

Journalling reads “What a crazy day this was! SOOOO much stress before we got this point. My mom had been admitted to the hospital the night before because she had had a heart attack. Which meant the girls and I spending the night at her bedside. I had planned to take Cate to get her hair and makeup done but was torn about leaving my mom. Luckily Aunt Lucie came up to sit with Mom so I could take care of you. We got your hair done…which didn’t go well and ended in tears. Luckily you are very good at doing your own hair and worked your magic. You did a beautiful job although I know you were upset about the wasted time and money. The girls at Shoppers Drug Mart did your makeup and while you were extremely nervous, it turned out AMAZING!! (Even with your Mom peeling out of the parking lot and leaving you behind because your Dad had forgotten to pick up Maegan from school and the poor kid had been sitting in the office waiting for over an hour) The day was so rushed and every step took longer than expected which just amplified all of the stress and emotion of the past 24 hours. The traffic was soooo bad that you were worried about missing the photo op and limo ride with your friends. You were ready to give up and just stay home. But you pulled it together and perked up as soon as we met up with your friends. Natalie and Charlotte looked beautiful in their dresses as did all of the girls and it was impossible to not get caught up in the excitement of the night ahead! I loved watching you laugh and hang out with your friends and couldn’t help think what a beautiful and strong girl you are…inside and out. Love you baby girl! May 2015

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Here is a close up of the embellies…the viewfinder wheel, “magic” and some of the embellies are actually gold but  have photographed black for some reason. I can’t seem to get a decent pic to share but hopefully you get the idea..



My final project for this month is one that i couldn’t wait to do! She still isn’t quite “The Mouse” but this line from Simple Stories worked perfectly for “The Pig”! LOL!!

Journalling reads…”I should know better than to EVER go into a pet store with my blue eyed girl. We still had the hamster cage, tunnels and balls so it made sense to keep lookin to find a perfect little hamster to add to our family (again) But we were having a tough time finding the “right” one. Moto was such a sweet girl that she was a hard act to follow. Bubba and Villopoto were crazy and kinda mean so Maegs was hesitant to get attached to another pet that bit. She was SUPPOSED to be looking at the hamsters…but instead my girl was down on her knees, face pressed up against the glass, cooing at THIS crazy haired little cutie. She had the weirdest fur I’ve ever seen on a guinea pig! Not only is it long but she has cowlicks all over her that make it look like a mohawk! SHe’s perfect!! lol!! And they don’t bite…So much for hamsters…

MAegan fell in love with this cute little furball as soon as she held her. Welcome to the family Ryder! Its’ a girl! April 2015

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A few close ups…Isn’t she cute???


Be Sure to check out this super versatile Say Cheese II line from Simple Stories! It RAWKS!!!

Thanks for letting me share!
Kim @

Sunday card share #13

Sunday Card Share

Hey there y’all,
I’m back with another watercolour card and I used the Chubby Chum stamp set from Paper Smooches again. I cut a 3×4 card using the stitched card die from Lawn Fawn and that die set comes with a banner and 5 little shapes, I used the stars with some glitter paper to embellish this card.

I really like using 3D foam squares to pop shapes up off the card base, it provides the perfect place to tuck little pieces to help create some depth and interest.

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I would love to see what you are making, use the link below to join in on the card share for July.

Joy @

Doing a little “skinny dipping”…Tutorial…

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For today’s tutorial I thought I would combine it with one of our camp challenges and create a layout using only cardstock. But even “naked” you wanna look good so what better way to create a little interest than add a little ink! LOL!!

You will need…
Embossing folder and die cutting tool (big shot, cuttlebug etc)
pigment ink (not dye…needs to be slow drying)

Once you have chosen your embossing folder you will need to decide which side you want to ink up…you will be able to get two patterns for each folder depending on which side you add the ink to. The raised pattern will be where the ink is applied and the recess with be the “resist” and stay the colour of your cardstock

Once you’ve added your ink just emboss with your tool….


…and add to your project!
Easy peasy!!

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Here’s a close up….

It’s a great way to stretch your scrappy supplies and create a unique background!
Mix up your embossing folders and inks for different looks!
Be sure to link back here to share your eyecandy with us!
Now it’s time to get “naked” and do a little skinny dipping!! Happy Scrapping!!

Kim @

Sunday card share #12

Sunday Card Share

It’s Christmas in July baby!!
Last card share started a bit of a watercoloring kick for me, I spent some time colouring all of my Chubby Chums 🙂 two stamp sets from Paper Smooches. I use Distress Markers and a water brush pen. I went for a different card size this week too, this one is 4.5″x4.5″.


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Are you making cards for Christmas in July?
It’s your turn to share, use the link up below to add your card creations.
Stephanie @

Paper Smooches - Chubby Chums & Chubby Chum Pals stamp sets & matching dies
Pattern Papers - 6x6 Basic's Paper pad from Simple Stories
Distress Markers
Tim Holtz - Water brush Pen
Spellbinders Circle layering die
White cardstock
Woodgrain pattern paper

Pink Paislee Atlas

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This month I was able to spend some time playing around with the new Pink Paislee Collection – Atlas. If you haven’t had a chance to check this collection your, you really need to. It’s such a fun and versatile travel line that will work with all type of travel, whether it’s beach, road trip, or to the far ends of the Earth.

I love the colour combinations of the oranges, reds, pinks, greens, and navies. I also love all the fun icons.

My next project was featured in this week’s tutorial on how to make your own foil embossed page elements. You can find the tutorial here: Foil Embossed Page Elements

I really love all the different page elements that are in this collection, from the ephemera, to the puffy stickers, and the chipboard frames. There’s just so much to love about this collection.

Creative team member Barb

Tutorial Tuesday – Embossed Elements From Foil

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Hello everyone! Welcome to another Scrapbook Nerd Academy.

I’m loving all the foil additions to the collection these days. It seems to be all about gold. However, if you’re like me, you’re wishing there were more silver. So, last week I decided to take matters in my own hands and got out my roll off aluminum foil and started playing around. My goal was just try to emboss just the foil, but in playing around, ended up creating my own foil embossed elements.

I had cut out a background stencil on my silhouette. I was trying to just emboss the design straight into the foil by running it through my cuttlebug with my rubber mat. When it came out I really loved the look of the foil pressed into the die cut card. It had the look of the foil being embossed right into the card.

So, the lights went off and I started playing more and ended up with some gorgeous silver embossed elements for my layout. Today, I’m going to show you how you can achieve this look.

What you need:

Die cuts – either cut yourself on your die cut machine, or purchased. For this tutorial, I used single layer die cuts
Die Cut Machine such as a cuttlebug or Big Shot
Embossing Mat, or Rubber Mat – I use a rubber mat found in the plumber’s department at the hardware store
Aluminum foil



Place the rubber mat onto your cutting mat. Then place a layer of tin foil the size of your cutting mat or a little smaller – either shiny side up, or shiny side down, depending upon the look you’re after. Next. place your die cuts, face up, on top of the rubber mat. Top it with your top cutting mat.
The purpose of the rubber mat is to push the foil into the die cut, to give it the embossed look.

Put through your machine.

When it comes out, the foil may be a little wrinkly. Don’t worry about it because the foil is very forgiving and will smooth out.
You will notice that the foil adheres to the die cut quite well, so you don’t need to use adhesive.

Take your foil and die cuts off the mat. Place them on a hard surface and rub your fingers over the surface to smooth out the wrinkles.

Turn them over to the wrong side and place on the rubber mat and smooth out again, with your finger tips, pressing into the die cut as you go.

Trim foil around your die cut to fit.

And there you have it. Your silver embossed die cuts that will look amazing on your project.

Here’s my finished layout using several of the die cuts. I love the look of the embossed silver so I will be doing this again!

If you try this technique, we would love to see what you create. Be sure to share it with us on our facebook page or in our forums.

Barb @

Sunday card share #11

Sunday Card Share

Welcome back friends,

I dug deep into my stash for this weeks card share. With a old (but still fun) stamp called Swimsuit Stanley and and old embossing folder from Cuttlebug this relatively quick card came to life. The hardest part was the colouring. I am by no means a watercolour expert and yes I did colour outside the lines but little Stanley turned out pretty cute…..I think 🙂

Absolutely adore you card made by Joy at


Now it’s your turn!!
Calling all card makers – link up your new or old cards using the linkup below. I would love to see what you have been making.

Monique DT Reveal

This week I had the so much fun playing with OA Treasure Map…I love the colors and all the designs!! and the embellies are so cute!! Here are a few layouts & Pocket Pages that I created!











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