Monthly Archives: April 2016

Friday Share

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Hello once again!!

It has been a fun week sharing my first projects as part of the design team.  I am so blessed with this opportunity, and at the same time thrilled to be able to create hand in hand with you all.

Here is an overview of my projects using Crate Paper’s Wonder collection:

Cute girls

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Selfie Love

Selfie Love -scrapbook layout -


Smile -tutorial-

Smile -tutorial-


Welcome to Adventure

Welcome to Adveture -scrapbook layout-


It has been a pleasure sharing some of my work and creativity with you all.    Thank you all for taking the time to see my creations.

Till next time,  Happy creating!!


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Hello Everyone,

I am Nathalie, one of the new members of the design team.   I am so grateful for this opportunity as I get to share and learn from a great community.  This is my first post in this blog, and I am excited for you all to see what I have created.

For our first project kit, we all received Crate Paper’s “Wonder” collection to play with.  It is a personal favorite (I had stashed away a few pieces of the collection since it was released) for its rich colors and beautiful patterns.  But after working a few layouts with the papers, I was left with scraps -i don’t like to waste paper-, so I thought of a way to rework the scraps into a layout.  Here is how i went about creating it.

  1.  I cut the leftover paper scraps into squares of 2.75 inches per side.  I made sure to mark the center point of each side (17/8 inch)  – the size of the square depends on the effect you want to create on the page-

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2.  I marked a line, with a bone folder, from the center point of the square’s side to the following centerpoint  -as in the picture above-.   I proceeded to use the bone folder to fold the square corner about the marked line,  remember to make sure that the design is showing outside of the folded square.

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3.  I used scrap pieces from most of the papers of the collection, so I was left with a nice array of colors and patterns that worked harmoniously.  For this layout you will need about 20 folded squares (of the given dimensions),  but i only ended up using about 15 of them.

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4.  My idea was to lay the squares to form a heart in the layout.  For that i started by  penciling two lines at a 45 degree angle that intersected in the middle point of each edge of the layout’s mat.  Once the lines were drawn (they will look like a large V ), I went ahead and started laying down the folded squares -making sure that no repeating pattern was next to each other-

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I forgot to take a picture of the formation of the squares before being permanently attached to the page.   My apologies..


5.  I wanted the picture to be part of the heart, so I removed two of the center squares, and replace them with the picture.   I used a large piece of foam to mat the picture, and raise it to the same height as the folded squares.

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6.  For the title, I chose a piece that will continue the geometric pattern of the layout, but will stand out in the layout.  Part of the kit was this SMILE wood plaque, which fit perfectly in between the folded squares.  I lightly painted the plaque with white acrylic paint, once dried i used washi tape to divide the piece lengthwise.  I colored the bottom half of the plaque with the new MInc Toner Ink Marker from Heidi Swapp, layered a piece of gold foil on top, and put it through the MInc machine at its highest setting, #5.  I had to push the folder a bit until the rollers caught the plaque, and began to roll forward;  as the plaque was about to exit the rollers, I pressed the reverse button, so that the rollers will roll the opposite way.  This ensured that the plaque was pressed twice by the machine.  Note:  This technique works with the MInc machine,  I am not sure if it will work with other laminators,  check your machine’s instructions before hand.

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7.  I added a few pieced from the sicker sheet, around the squares for some added interest.

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8.  To balance the page, I created a small cluster made up of pieces from the chipboard, sticker sheet and some fussy cut elements.


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9.  Finally, I added some black and gold ink splatters and a  few lines of journal to finish the page… I hope you like it, and reconsider using your paper scrap pieces after working your projects.

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I hope this inspires you into using your paper scraps.  You can always contact me  in the forum, Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions about this layout, or just to say ‘Hello’.

See you soon…

Sunday card share #38

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Hello Nerds,
I’ve been on a bit of floral kick with the Crate Paper die-cuts, they are so great at florals. I layered several die-cuts for this card, I really like the gold accents they have.

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Similar to last weeks card, I used Tim Holtz tissue wrap on the background. I use the wrap a lot on my mixed media projects and now I know it a great product for layering on cards too. 🙂

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I love the sticker sentiment and I got out of the Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book, I will be using these sticker a lot 🙂

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Thanks for visiting and I hope you found some inspiration. See you next Sunday! Canadian online paper craft supply store

Friday Share


It’s difficult to believe that my first week on the blog as a Creative Team member is over. I had a blast sharing my projects from the April kit. Here is a recap of the week:

Welcome Chickadee Wonder

Welcome Chickadee Wonder by Paige Stirling Fox @scrapbooknerd


Brave by Paige Stirling Fox

Show Me The Money!

Show Me The Money!

And lastly, I did three cards from the Wonder Collection:

Play - card

Adventure card by Paige Stirling Fox @scrapbooknerd


 Sweet card


Thanks for looking at my projects. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Paige 🙂

Paige @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Letting Your Story Lead

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Paige here with my first blog post as a new member of the Scrapbook Nerd design team. I am thrilled to be sharing some projects with you this week from the gorgeous, playful Crate Paper ‘Wonder’ collection.

In the scrapbooking layout I am sharing today, I explore what it means to let your story lead.

There are many times when I begin thinking about my layout by looking at my photos. The photo may tell most of the story, and I choose my design, products and journalling simply to complement the photo(s). Sometimes I am inspired by a particular product and I build my layout around that.

There are however, other times when the story I want to tell is much more about the actual story and much of it is not captured in pictures. In these cases, I let the story lead.

What does that mean, to let the story lead? Well, usually for me in involves a few things:

  1. I typically give more thought to how I wish to tell the story.
    While the photos of this LO show my son on his Grade 6 overnight trip, the main parts of this story were in the weeks leading up to the trip. My son suffers from anxiety, and he was incredibly anxious at the thought of being away from us for three days, about eating different foods, and about what he would do if he was to have a nightmare. Brave by Paige Stirling Fox

2)  Journalling: My more important stories usually contain a larger amount of journalling. I spend more time writing out my journalling in rough format. I ask myself some of the following questions:
– What do I want my audience to know about this story? (if some of the details of the story are very personal, I will do hidden journalling on a tag slipped behind paper, or into a envelope).
– What is the most important message I want to convey? If my layout is about and for someone I love, I ask myself what I want them to feel and remember about this story.
In this LO’s journalling I wanted to remind my son, not just that he was anxious before the trip, but also how he overcame this struggle and ended up enjoying the adventure. I wanted to remind him that he was strong and resilient
Brave journalling by Paige Stirling Fox

3) Title: often with an important or heartfelt story, I make the title more pronounced, and allow it to give more information about the story.
I knew as soon as I saw the gorgeous ‘Brave’ chipboard title from Wonder, that this would be the title of my LO. And then I decided that I wanted my son to know how I and others view him at this point in time. I used Amy Tangerine stitching stencils to make a line of words describing my son. Brave title by Paige Stirling Fox

4) Papers and Embellishments: while I usually spend a lot of time poring over papers and creating embellishment clusters, when the story leads, these things take more of a supportive, rather than starring role.
As you can see, I kept the layering of papers, and the embellishments to a minimum, so the focus of the page is on the title and the journalling.
Brave photo by Paige Stirling Fox

Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy telling your own stories through photos and words!

Paige @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Mixed media on Monday’s

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Hello, hello nerds.
I really like the look of watercolours but I don’t own a watercolour set so for today’s project I used distress inks and a watercolour pen. I primed the wooden sign board with gesso before getting out my modeling paste & stencil.

There’s nothing wrong with your eye’s, the words are a little askew. Sometimes things don’t work out and I decided to move on and add some colour.

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The stencil I used is from Donna Downey and it’s one of my favourites. I applied plain modelling paste with a palette knife and allowed it to dry. Using my craft mat as a palette, I pressed my ink pads onto it so I could pick up the ink with the water brush to apply it to my project. It took several layers of ink to get the bold colours you see. Mixed media on Monday's at Mixed media on Monday's at

I also used distress inks to colour the flower and attached it with matte medium. The project was missing a finishing touch so I went back in with a chicken wire stencil and more modelling paste in random spots.
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Thank you so much for visiting today!

Joy @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Sunday card share #37

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Guess what time it is?
Okay that’s a bad joke 😀 Welcome back to another Sunday card share.
Sunday card share #37 @scrapbooknerd.comI’m working my way through some ephemera packs right now and the layering pieces on this card are from Crate Paper, the Tim Holtz mixed media die and some acrylic paint.
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I’m enjoying using up my stash and playing around with the layering the different pieces while incorporating some other media, like acrylic paint.
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I’d love to see what you’ve been making, share your card creations using the link up below.
Happy Sunday friends!

Joy @

The Perfect Dress

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Cathy here , I am a brand new design team member with Scrapbooknerd and this is my first blog post !
Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.comThis is all so new to me, I was so excited to receive my first kit of pretty papers and embellishments from the Crate Paper “WONDER” Collection.

I decided to try something new that I had recently seen on a technique video using stamps and heat embossing. Of course I did not have a stamp to suit, so I figured I could improvise a bit and use my Silhouette and a sketch pen. I am so pleased with the result. I hope you enjoy my little tutorial and it inspires you to try something new too!

This embellishment was a snap to whip up.  Using a Silhouette dress sketch file, a silhouette blue sketch pen,  and vellum.

The Perfect Dress

As you can see I tested the colour on the vellum and I got so excited I forgot to take a picture of just the inked outline of the dress oops rookie mistake! In the next photo you can see the inked outline with the distress ink already applied.

I stamped the Distress Ink to the craft sheet and misted with water and used a water brush to apply to the back side of the cut out dress, this gave the dress a opaque or stained glass look.


I cut an outline of the dress in white cardstock to put behind so that the patterned papers did not show through or alter the colour of the dress. when placed on my layout.


Well that was easy!

Happy Crafting!

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Mixed media on Monday’s

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This weeks mixed media on Monday; adhesive rub-ons from Prima Marketing.
These new products from Prima & designer Christine Adolph are pretty awesome.
We were drawn to them at CHA this past January and I got excited about the possibilities. We found a great video by Christine for Prima that we are going to share with you below.

Isn’t is great that you can use both the positive and negative of some of the images, no waste.

Joy has been working with some of the rub-ons already and created a wooden home decor project and a beautiful card. She used Deco Art Foils in gold and aqua for both projects.
Worry Less wooden canvas home decor, using adhesive rub-ons for foilingWorry Less wooden canvas home decor, using adhesive rub-ons for foiling

This second idea on a card is simple and so beautiful. This card took less than 10 minutes to put together and the possibilities with these rub-ons are really endless.
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You can find the new Christine Adolph adhesive rub-ons online in our shop using the links below. Thank you for joining us here on the SN blog for some mixed media product information. Canadian online paper craft supply store