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Creating with Vellum Tutorial

Hello Nerds!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I take a step back from my scrapbooking and ask myself, “Is there a supply I love and just haven’t been using much of lately?” When I asked that question this week, there were a couple of things that came immediately to mind: vellum, and embossing powder.

In the past I’ve used these items (with favourite stamps) to create custom embellishments that look just beautiful for relatively low cost and effort.

So, here is what you need to get started

– Sheet of plain vellum (mine was 8.5×11)
vellum sheet– Versamark Ink Pad (if using stamps) or a Versamark Pen if handwriting. I also like to sweep the sheet clean first with the powder tool. Versamark Ink– Any selection of embossing powders in a variety of colours – I particularly like to use/combine with my metallic powders.
Embossing Powders– Any stamps that appeal to you. This time, I chose a few butterfly/dragonfly stamps that are very intricate, as well as a few “word” stamps that are easy to cut or punch out.

And here is the step-by-step for creating a vellum embellishment:

  1. Choose your stamp and blot it in the versa mark ink. This ink is clear, so you just have to make sure you get enough of it on your stamp to make it sticky.
    stamping versamark
  2. Stamp it on your vellum (I put a mousepad/punchpad underneath to help with even distribution). You’ll see it as a clear/shiny stamp.
    versamark butterfly
  3. Spread one or more of the embossing powders onto the stamp.
    gold embossing powder
  4. Fold the vellum to be able to return the leftover powder to the container.
    gold butterfly
  5. Get your heat gun as hot as you can before aiming toward the stamped vellum as the hotter the air, the faster the powder will emboss and reduce the chance of warping of the vellum.
    heat gun
  6. Heat the stamped vellum (with a heat mat behind) until you see it turn shiny.
    heat versa mark
  7. Note that combining different colours can make more elaborate stamps turn out very pretty.
    many coloured powdersmany coloured butterflyembossed multicoloured butterfly
  8. Also, embossing powders work very well with intricate word designs.
    Love embossedThank You embossed
  9. I was able to use a punch to cut out the circle stamps.
  10. For the other stamps, I used small/fine scissors to fussy cut them out.
    fussy cut
  11. I was able to use one embellishment on a layout I had just finished.
    On the Mound layoutclose up vellum embellishment
  12. I chose one of the butterfly embellishments to create a card.
    Shine card
    Have fun creating with vellum and embossing powders!

Paige @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Mixed media on Monday – easy backgrounds

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Creating backgrounds in a art journal does not have to be complicated and take a lot of time to complete. It can be as simple as a few swipes of leftover paint.

All of the pages I am sharing today were created with leftovers or supplies I was using on another project and instead of just cleaning up after that project I took a few minutes add to some blank art journal pages.

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The first two pages here are not finished yet, but they are a great starting points and only need a little more work and a focal image. You can see brushstrokes, stencil work, some watery splotches of colour and even some finger painting. Quick ways to add colour to a blank page.mixed media on Monday at
Here’s one page where I colour blocked with the extra paint, then came back with some stencils, a few more paint colours and a quote to finish it off.  The result is a fun page that took only a 15 minutes or less to create because the background was ready ahead of time.mixed media on Monday at
I hope you found some inspiration in todays post and feel like you can create simple pages or projects with the leftover supplies on your workspace.

You might even consider a “use it up” journal or book to just create random backgrounds for quick creating later on.
Joy @

Sunday Card share #50 – Special Share & Win! post

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Welcome to a special Sunday card share everyone,
Today marks the fiftieth post in our SCS series, that’s almost a full year of shares!
We hope you’ve enjoyed all the card ideas and inspiration.

To celebrate this milestone post, we are offering you a chance to win a
20$ gift certificate. All you need to do to enter is to link your new card creation at the bottom of this post then share your card on your own Instagram or Facebook page. That’s it!

A winner will be chosen Sunday September 11, 2016 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be emailed their certificate code directly. We can’t wait to see what you make 😀
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I wanted to create today’s card with a lot of layers, so I chose five papers from the Maggie Holmes Bloom 6×6 paper pad. One of the things I love about working within one collection is that I don’t have to worry about the papers coordinating, that’s all been taken care of.

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Using some of the puffy stickers from the same collection, I added the hello sticker and the dear. At that point the card was looking a bit washed so I added some gesso to the bow paper and added a little pink gelato with some water. That wasn’t enough for my liking so I mounted the bottom layers to black cardstock and outlined the paper pieces. the last thing I added before adhering the layers was some black india ink splatters.

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Now it’s your turn! Link up your card using the InLinkz below.

Joy @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Project Reveal with Barb


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Hello Everyone. Welcome to Friday and my Project Reveal Post for this month.

For this month, I’ve been working with a few different collections.

Project 1: Beautiful Poppies

This layout was part of my tutorial earlier this week, on how to print your own embellishments. You can find the tutorial HERE.

For this layout I used the beautiful Attwell Collection by Fancy Pants. I fell in love with it as soon as it came into the store and couldn’t wait to use it. I love the fun, bright colours of this collection. It really is a must-have for your summer photos.


Project 2: The Spirit Garden

While we were on vacation in Thunder Bay, Ontario, it was a real honour to sit through a First Nations demonstration and Smudging. It was so beautiful and so Spiritual. I really wanted to try and capture some of what I was feeling while I was taking these pictures.
I love this Kaiser Kraft Boho Dreams collection, in particular the Dream Catcher die cut paper. Since I wanted to keep the focus on the photos and the spirituality of it, I wanted to keep it simple. It was easy to do with the die cut paper. All I needed to do was add the feathers from the sticker sheet, and the nuvo crystal accents and I was done.


Project 3: Hiking Killbear

My third and fourth projects were done using the Pink Paislee Outfitters collection. I love this collection for all the outdoor adventures that we’ve had this summer. It’s a perfect mix of rugged, outdoor living, or just spending a day relaxing by a lake. There is just so many options with this collection!


Project 4: The Cabins

On this project I added in some embellishments from the My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper collection. I love all the embellishments of this collection and the rich, vibrant colours.


Thank you for checking out my posts this week. If you’re wanting to get those summer photos into your books, these are must-have collections!

Tutorial Tuesday


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Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Tutorial Tuesday on Scrapbook Nerd.
This week I’m sharing a very quick tutorial and a frugal tip for you.

Have you ever been working on a project, and find that you just don’t have the right embellishments for the page? Maybe it’s a subject matter that isn’t considered common enough that the manufacturers felt the need to create something for, or maybe you just can’t find the right embellishment for. This has happened to me a few times and, after searching and searching through my stash I just can’t find the what I’m looking for.

So. when that happens, I go to Google. Yes, that’s right, Google. I will type in what I’m looking for and search Google images. It’s amazing what you can find on Google.

On my sample layout, I was working on a page from our Mediterrenean trip last year. We had a stop in Athens. I was amazed at all the poppies that ere growing there. When it came time to work on the layout, I could not find the right embellishment to go along with the page and the subject matter. I was just about to resort to the Remembrance Day poppies that we Canadians wear every November 11th, when I thought I would try Google. Sure enough, I found just what I was looking for.


Here’s how easy it is:

1. Pull up Google, or another similar search engine on your computer.
2. Click on Search Images
3. Key in what you’re looking for into the search box.
4. Have fun searching through all the images that come up.
Not all images are equal. You will need to find one that is large enough so that when you resize it, it isn’t pixilated.
5. Once you find your image, you can either save it to your files and then place it into your editing software, or, as I do, copy and paste it into Word. I find this method easiest, and Word allows me to see just how big the image will be when it prints out.


6. Once it is in your editing software or Word programme, all you need to do is size it to suit your needs, and then print it. If it’s a single image, I will print it in three different sizes to use in different clusters. In my sample, I was able to find an image that had many different poppies in the image.
Make sure, when you print, that it is on the highest print setting for the best results. Usually I will just print it out on white cardstock, but on occasion I will print on photo paper.


7. Once printed, all you need to do is cut it out and place it where needed. I will then add in a few other embellishments to make a cluster. In my sample layout, I added black Nuvo Crystals to the center of the poppies to make them look more dimensional.

NOTE: many of the images have a watermark on them. Once they are printed, cut out, and on the page, I find they aren’t that noticeable, and where you do notice it, it can always be covered up with other embellishments layered over top.



Here’s another layout. I couldn’t find some good embellishments for this Japanese restaurant in my stash. I was able to find, and use, the Cherry Blossoms from a print and cut in Silhouette and then I went to Google and found the perfect Geisha Doll image!


There you have it. Next time you can’t find the right embellishment for your page, try Google!

Thanks for checking out my tutorial this week. Canadian online paper craft supply store

Mixed Media on Monday

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Welcome back!
After a break Mixed Media on Monday is now back in action.
I created a 8.5″x11″ layout for today’s project, it’s been a while since I scrapbooked so
I started with some simple supplies; a photo, a stencil, modeling paste and some distress inks.
(You can find a list of supplies at the bottom of this post.)

Mixed Media on Monday
My first step was applying the modeling paste with a palette knife in a thin layer over the Folk Art Flower stencil. I let is dry completely then applied some Distress ink to some plastic packaging, added some water and ‘smooshed’ (that’s a technical word 🙂 )over the background.

Mixed Media on Monday The washi tape panel I created is the patten paper on my layout. I simply stuck the strips of washi onto some plain cardstock and trimmed it to size…That’s it.
Mixed Media on Monday
Because of the busy background I created, I kept the embellishments simple and added some strips of journaling and called it done.

Mixed Media on Monday

Thank you for stopping by the SN blog, I hope you got inspired!

Joy @

Sunday card share #49

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Hello friends,

I have a couple of cards to share with you today. I had my Deco Foil foiling supplies out this week from another project so I decided to add some foil to my cards too.

Happy Birthday Card, Sunday Card Share
I wanted to use the full sheet of banner paper from the Maggie Holmes Bloom 6×6 paper pad, so I made these odd sized cards, both are 3″x6″. I used the Deco Foil foam adhesive sheet with some word dies for the sentiments, after die cutting them I added the pink foil.
The birthday stamp is from an old Hero Arts stamp set called – It’s Your Day. I added some black ink to the edge of the card to define the edges.
Happy Birthday Card, Sunday Card Share

This next card uses the same banner paper and a ‘happy’ word die from Technique Tuesday. Just like the last card I added the foil after I die-cut the word. I mounted the word on some pop dots and cut out a circle shape as the focal point.

Happy Birthday Card, Sunday Card Share

I added some embroidery thread behind the circle for some added texture after stamping the word birthday. I also added some black ink to the edges of the circle to make it stand out from the background a little bit more.Happy Birthday Card, Sunday Card Share

Both of the foiled pieces were made without the use of a laminator or Minc machine, so if you don’t own one you can make these cards too. You simply need the foil and some of the foam adhesive.

I hope you got inspired and try out some foiling on your next project.
Joy @

P.S. If you want to see some more foiling ideas, check out the video below. Canadian online paper craft supply store

Friday share


Hello Everyone!

I cannot believe that this week is almost over! Time sure does fly by.

I am here to recap my week, by showing you my projects.

1-Time To Learn To Play

Featuring the Fancy Pants Designs ‘Attwell’ Collection

2-Surfer Gal

Created with Fancy Pants Designs ‘Attwell’ collection

3-Personalized Wall Clock, with tutorial

Using Bella Blvd. Illustrated Faith collections, ‘Whatever is Lovely’, and ‘She Blooms’.

4- Promise of a New Day

Again, using Fancy Pants designs ‘Attwell’ Collection


Using Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamps and dies, along with Jillibean Soup clear stamps

SN cats celebrate

And there you have it, folks–my week.

It has been super fun for me, and I hope you enjoyed it also!

Have a great day!



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Personalized Wall Clock Tutorial


It’s Laura here with a super easy project for you, and it is such fun.
My husband and I (well, actually, more like my husband!) are in the process of renovating our daughter’s room, to make her a big girl’s room. He is in charge of the actual construction, and we (my daughter and I) are in charge of decorating.

One of the things I saw in a website that I loved was a personalized clock. Until I saw the price. Yeah, not happening. I can make it myself; I was determined. lol With all the craft supplies I have on hand, it should not be too much of a challenge.

First, I needed a clock. I picked up a cheap one at the Dollar store.

I then gathered my craft supplies; paper, stickers, glue. For this project, I used Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith’s collections; ‘Whatever is Lovely’ and ‘She Blooms’

I then took the clock gently apart. Set aside parts.

I then took the face cover, placed on the patterned paper I chose as a background, and traced a circle. This will fit onto your clack face, therefore being your background.

Then cut out the circle.

The background circle should fit onto your clock with no issues. You may have to trim a bit here or there.

Now onto the really fun part. The decorating!

I knew I wanted to use those flowers from my page, so I fussy cut them out.

I placed them where I wanted them to be on the clock. Added a bit of glue to adhere them.

Then I turned over the paper to trim the excess papers.

I added more glue to the flowers. As you can see, I had trimmed a hole in the center for the hands. Don’t worry if it is not an actual circle, as you can masquerade it, like I did.

I then took letters and other stickers to personalize it.

Once you are finished, place your face onto the clock body.

Attach the hands, and the cover.

You make paint, or decorate however you want, the outside body of the clock. I ha asked my daughter what she thought, and she suggested some glitter. Oh boy. We compromised with some glitter

And there you have it ! A personalized wall clock, at a fraction of the price of the ones in retail. My daughter loves it, and I am quite pleased with the outcome!

Thank you for letting me share with you this lovely project!

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Nathalie’s Friday Share




It has been a rather busy week, but it has been fun sharing this month’s projects with you.   Here is a recap of what i  have been working on:

  • BEACHY KEEN –  documented my son’s first visit to the Ecuadorian beaches using mixed media, Simple Stories’ Sunshine and Happiness collection



  • ALL ROADS LEAD INTO ADVENTURE –  created with the Silhouette Savvy Tutorial on how to add a stitching pattern to a project using the Silhouette software.

All Roads Lead to Adventure - Silhouette Savvy Tutorial -


  • HELLO SUMMER, I LOVE U!  –  I used SImple Stories’ Sunshine and Happiness collection, and The Cut Shoppe’s Summertime circles cut file to document one of my favorite snapshots of our family tradition at the EX



  • WANDERLUST –  A simple layout that combines both a large picture and title.



  • ALL AROUND THE WORLD –  used the newly released, “The Wanderer”,  cut file to document my kids visit to the Equator line and monument.


As you can see this month I was inspired to document travel and summer moments.  I hope this serves as inspiration to put all your summer memories into beautiful projects.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the layouts, or the tutorial.

Enjoy the rest of the summer…


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