Monthly Archives: May 2016

Catch Up Scrapbooking

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Hello it’s Cathy back to share a slightly different approach to catching up when faced with a growing amount of photo’s to be scraped.

I am way behind with my photo’s! A familiar phrase heard from my fellow scrapbookers and one I hear myself repeat way to often.  This statement is taking my enjoyment of scrapbooking away and putting me further behind. I needed a plan fast. So I have come up with several ideas and this is just one of my solutions to incorporate my joy of creating layouts and making a dent in my photo backlog .

 The Project –  Three years of Recreational Syncronized Swimming Club pictures 

The Solution – Pick the photo’s, combine the years, consolidate the journaling, all into one event

Using the Simple Stories “Life in Color” collection made this project a breeze. The beautiful patterned papers with rich bold colours are so easy to work with, and  the selection of yummy embellishments are a treat.

I began by creating one layout , almost like a Introductory or theme page for what was to come next.                

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Next I created a  journal page

Step number 3 was super easy….using pocket pages and pocket cards I could quickly insert the other photo’s I wanted to keep ……




I’m done this project and ready to tackle the next group of photo’s!

I gave myself the freedom to do something different from my norm and still be satisfied with my result. 

I hope the next time you are feeling like you are falling behind with your photo’s you will be inspired to change it up a bit , try some new ways and new products like I am doing and keep on making beautiful memories!

Happy Crafting till next time……Cathy




Mixed Media on Monday

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It’s Joy here today with a mixed media canvas. I tried something new and worked with some bright colours, which are outside of my comfort zone. This canvas is 6×6 and I started with some  a few layers of cheese cloth on top of the blank canvas.mixed media canvas at scrapbooknerd.comAfter gluing the cheese cloth to the canvas with matte medium I started to add the acrylic paint, and stamps to add interest to the background. One of my favourite ways to add stamped images to a canvas is to stamp the in black archival ink on tissue paper.

Because the canvas in uneven stamping directly to the canvas with large images is hard. I tear (not cut) the tissue paper around the stamped image then use matt medium to adhere it to the canvas. I find that when I tear the tissue paper the edges fade and blend into the background of the project as compared to cutting it which creates harsh edges around the stamped images.
I also used some stencils and watered down white paint in the background as well.
mixed media canvas at  I used acrylic paints and Faber-Castel Big Brush markers to and colour and shading to the floral images. The flowers are stamps designed by Donna Downey and I did go over the outline of the flower with a black marker to darken those lines.
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This canvas came together quickly because of all the texture that the cheese cloth
provided, I did’t spend much time adding to the background. I hope you enjoyed this installment of Mixed Media on Monday, thank you for stopping by.

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Friday Share


Paige @

Hello All!

Happy Friday! I enjoyed sharing my projects with you on the forum and social media channels this week. All of my projects showcased PinkFresh Studio’s “Felicity” collection. Loving those colours for springtime layouts. Here is a brief recap of the layouts I shared.

  1. Pump (which I realized after seems a very strange name for a dog, but it is short for Pumpkin b/c she was born near Halloween.)Pump by Paige Stirling Fox
  2. Home Phone Ringtone – used the pretty stripes paper to create a diagonal design for which there is a tutorial on Tuesday.Home Phone Ringtone by Paige Stirling Fox
  3. Girls Nite In – used the free cut file from the SN store and just adjusted one word.Girls Nite In by Paige Stirling Fox

What’s New Wednesday

It’s been a busy week of receiving new orders, here, at Scrapbook Nerd. We have had lots of re-orders – so if there was something that you were looking for that was sold out, check to see if it has been re-stocked. If not, send us an email to and we will try and bring it in for you.

We also received the long-awaited Paige Evans Fancy Free by Pink Paislee. This is flying off the shelf as we speak. A lot of this collection has been discontinued already, so get it while you can.



We are also very excited to have, for the first time, Carabelle Studio Stamps from France.


Also just arrived …

Pinkfresh Life Noted


Bella Blvd She Blooms


KaiserCraft Always & Forever


And more of the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Bloom Collection has arrived

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You can find all this, and more, in the Scrapbook Nerd Store.

Home Phone RINGTONE “Pretty Stripes” – Using a Diagonal Design


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Hello Nerds!

This month I was inspired by the lovely spring Pinkfresh Studio “Felicity” collection. Even though I did not yet have many outdoor photos, I still was craving spring and loved the bright colours in these papers.

In my last tutorial, I talked about letting the story lead. I also mentioned that sometimes my design is inspired by a photo, and other times, it is inspired by a product. This was the case in this LO, where I loved the various “pretty stripes” in this paper and decided to use a diagonal design.

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The first thing I did was cut out all of the stripes. I then placed them on a diagonal on my white cardstock background spacing them out with varied colours, lengths and distance between stripes. I made sure to leave enough room in the middle section for my two 4×4 photos.


I knew that I would want to sew the stripes down, so I didn’t want to adhere them with too much glue (which gums up the sewing needle) so I placed only two or three small glue dots per strip on the outer edges. I used white thread to sew a line down through the centre of each stripe.


To add dimension, I removed all the glue dots and pulled up the edges of all the stripes.


Next, I added my photos, with some tags as layers for stamping and journalling. I used a large Thicker for my title as it was the punchline of the joke of this LO. I only added a few small embellishments (the painted wood veneer asterisks, and a number line die cut) because for me the stripes provided most of the embellishing and design.



I would love to see what you do to create a diagonal design on your layouts. Canadian online paper craft supply store

Mixed Media on Monday

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Hello crafty friends,
Today on Mixed Media on Monday we’re sharing some product information on Finnabair gels.
Anna Dabrowski works with Prima Marketing to produced a collection of products under the name Finnabair, the products they create together are a favourite for all kinds of paper crafters.

In this video we found on YouTube, Anna Dabrowski shares a few projects and information on the soft gels.

If you have any questions about Finnabair products, please feel free to post in your comments and we’ll find an answer for you.

Happy Victoria Day to all our Canadian friends!! Canadian online paper craft supply store

Friday Share


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WOW-This week has flown by!! It was a pleasure to show my projects with you!

Here is quick recap of my projects I posted on the forum and on the social media channels.

1:–Sweet Princess sweet princess


2: –Be You–Inked background tutorial be you Laura

3:- Thankful thankful

4:- Morning Start morning start

5:- Thank you and Hello thank you hello

I had such fun creating projects for my week presenting to you!

Thank you for allowing me to share!

Until next time!


Be You—Background Tutuorial


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Hello Nerds!

I apologize for the tardiness for the late blog post. This should have been posted yesterday.

I am here to show you all how I did my background for my layout. It is actually very easy, and very fun! be you Laura

Here is what you will need stencil, blending tool, inks of choice, and washi/masking tape.

I used Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks..all colors. But any ink would work.

Also, for the stencil, this is the one I used, but again, any stencil will work. 🙂 stencil

I positioned my stencil over my cardstock, and secured it with bits of washi tape, so it wil not move as I am blending over the stencil.

Like so: stencil washi

I loaded up one of my tools with desired colored ink, and in a very gentle circular motion, but firm, pressed down on the stencil.

What I like about the Distress Inks is that they blend together so nicely.

I dd not want the entire background covered, so I did about 3/4 of it, some areas darker than others. background tut

After you have acquired the desired effect, place your pictures and papers onto inked background.

Finish as you would normally do your layout, and there you have it. be you Laura

I used Heidi Swapp’s September Skies papers behind my photo, as are the stickers from the same collection also.

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial today. It is super fun, and really easy!

Thank you for letting me share!

Have a great day!


Mixed Media on Monday

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Joy @

This mixed media on Monday is connected to our online crop Let Your Creativity Bloom.
You can still join in on the challenges & everyone will have until Friday May 20th at midnight to post all your challenge projects. You can check out the challenges on our Facebook Friends page or on our forum.
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I created this canvas with some very basic supplies for the Put a Flower on it challenge.
I covered the blank canvas with some old book paper, then using some plain tissue paper I covered the book paper. The tissue paper was purposefully wrinkled when I was glueing it down to add lots of texture. Mixed media canvas found on

Once it was dry I created the sky and grass with acrylic paints, then added the flowers with stencils. I like using makeup sponges to apply paint over the stencils.
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Still using acrylic paint I used different tones of green and blue to add
interest in the background. The last few steps to finishing off this canvas project were to add some stamping with some archival ink and using a sharpie pen (the paint must be
completely dry before starting this step) I defined the flowers and some of the
stems with some very sketchy pen lines.
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Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today.

I hope you can join in on the challenges this week, join in on one or all of the challenges and you have a change to win some store gift certificates.

Sunday card share #39

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Joy @
Hi there!
It’s the last day of the week (in my world the week starts on Monday 😀 ) so I’m back with a card share for you today. My card this week is inspired by one of the challenges the Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team posted for this weekends online crop. See here for more details

Team member Paige Sterling Fox created this May mood-board, which in my inspiration.
I chose to focus on some of the colours and the floral images. mood board May 2016

Sunday Card Share #39
I painted a white doily then layered it over a plain white one before adhering it to the card front. Then I added some light molding paste for some texture using a chicken wire stencil.
Sunday Card Share #39
The hello sentiment and watering can chipboard piece are from the Simple Stories
‘We Are Family’ collection.
Sunday Card Share #39

Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today. I hope you are inspired to join in on the online crop, we’d love to see what you create.

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