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Nathalie’s Friday Share




I can’t believe how fast this week has passed, and now it is time to share all my September projects with you all.

This month, I drew my inspiration from different places, and played with different paper collections along the way.  Black and white photos, lots of white space and simplicity were the theme for this month’s reveals.  Here is a quick recap:

  • MY GIRL:  this layout about my teenage daughter was created using Crate Paper’s Cute Girl collection, and a Studio Calico cut file.
    MY GIRL @scrapbooknerd


  • LET’S GO:  The layout came together using some mixed media, and fussy cut elements from the last Shimelle paper collections.

LET"S GO @scrapbooknerd


  • BEST EVER :   This week’s Silhouette Savvy Series entry on this blog.   A step by step tutorial on how to stretch a cut.  The featured layout was worked with the leftover cuts from the heart cut-out on a previous layout, and lots of watercolor accents.



  • COOL RAD AWESOME DUDE :  The layout documents my son  (and how fast he is transforming into a young adult) using mixed media, Fancy Pants Designs’s Good Fellows collection, and Scrapbook Nerd’s Guy Stuff cut file

COOL RAD AWESOME DUDE @scrapbooknerd


  • ME & YOU :   A playful and simple take on a loving relationship between my baby (doggie) and I.   The layout features Doodlebug Designs’s Puppy Love Collection, and a cut file from The Cut Shoppe.

ME & YOU @scrapbooknerd


I had so much fun creating all this layouts.   It is always fun when i am surrounded by pretty paper.

Thank you for visiting the blog today.  Do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions about any of this layouts.

Til next time,

Keep Crafting!!!

Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Silhouette Savvy Series – Stretch Your Cuts –


Hello everyone!

It is been a while since my last post, that even the season has changed.

Well today, i am back with a tutorial -no video this week- on how to stretch a cut file.  I don’t know about you, but i always try to see how can i use every single piece of paper that gets to  my desk.  I especially struggle with the leftovers from any cut-out from a cut file, and many times, I find ways to work them into another layout, or as layering pieces on my projects.

For this tutorial, i will be showing you how i go about using the leftovers of a cut file into a new layout, therefore stretching my cut.

  1.   I used the checkered heart cut file from    Studio Calico by Paige Evans to create a  cut out for one of my reveal layouts.  Once i  took the cut out from the mat,  the leftover cuts still had a great design, that could be worked into another layout.

I tried to use a cut file that had large pieces (as it makes it easier to transfer the design into a new layout)


2.   I picked some watercolor paper to start my new layout.  Using removable tape, I went ahead and glued the cut-out to the  watercolor paper.   NOTE:  using removable tape is the key to transferring the design.  If you don’t have removable tape, little pieces of washi tape can be used to hold the cut-out in place.



3.  Once the cut-out is glued.  I started to transfer the pieces (just like a puzzle)  from the cutting mat to the watercolor paper.  I made sure to use permanent glue to secure all the little pieces to the mat.   It was easy to transfer the pieces using the cut-out as a guide.

This is what the page looked like after transferring all the pieces.

This is what the page looked like after transferring all the pieces.

4.  I used a pencil to draw the outline of the cut out around the transferred pieces; then carefully, i peeled the cut-out out of the mat (if you are using washi tape, just be careful not to rip the cut-out).



5.  This is what i had left on the  mat after securing the pieces (i just added a few drops of glue to the  middle of the little pieces)



6.  Once i saw the pieced heart, all i could think about was mixed media.  So i went ahead, and used color shine to create a colorful background  (I think watercolor would have worked just as well).


The penciled heart was a great addition, as I used a piercing tool to create a stitching guide to the layout

The penciled heart was a great addition, as I used a piercing tool to create a stitching guide to the layout


I did not gessoed the page, since i wanted to create texture by wetting the pieces with ink -the corners of the pieces tend to curl a bit.


After stitching around the penciled heart, I added a picture of my baby (with just a few pieces of ephemera around),  a large title, and some journal lines.  I tried to keep the page simple so that the background showed as much as the picture.



The finished layout

I love this layout,   it is simple and full of color and texture.  I hope this inspires you into taking a second look at the leftover pieces of your cut-outs.

As always let me know if you have any questions about how the layout came together.

See you soon!


Nathalie @
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Mixed media on Monday’s

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I love getting messy in my art journal, paint all over my hand and apron the whole nine yards.
This is one of my favourite things to do, just pull out some supplies and give it a go.
Today’s mixed media inspiration is an art journal page that I created with some Carabelle Studio stamps and Dina Wakley paints….I even recorded it so you could see the process.

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I hope you got inspired and give this simple foiling idea a try on your next project.

Joy @

Sunday card share #54

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Hello everyone,
I’m excited to start sharing some Crazy Dog cards with you. I got my hands on The Crazy Dogs stamp set from Tim Holtz & Stampers Anonymous a little over a week ago and I started colouring some of the images right away. This set is an instant favourite of mine and the images are so easy to colour.
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I used papers from the Fancy Pants Attwell 6×6 paper pad to help me create this little scene. I have two products that I like to watercolour with, Neocolour 2 crayons and Ranger Distress Ink products. I followed the existing shadow lines in the stamp to help guide my shading.
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My little blue dog is hand cut as I did not have the dies when I coloured Blue in. I used foam squares to bump up the dog and I used sewing thread for the balloon string.

Thank you for shopping by the SN blog, I hope you found some inspiration.

Joy @

Friday Share


This week, I used the Crate Paper “Cool Kid” collection to document life with my two boys. When I first saw the collection, I worried that it would be more appropriate for younger boys, but when I started to work with it, I realized that it works well for boys of all ages, as well as for travel related scrapbooking.

Project #1: Boys Rule

Boys Rule

Project #2: POP


Project #3: Grades 4 & 8

Grades 4 & 8

Project #4: 1 Cool Kid (with a sketch by Creative Scrappers by Kristine Davidson)

1 Cool Kid

I hope you have a boy or young man in your life because working with Cool Kid has been full of fun, ease and joy!

Paige @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Tuesday Tutorial – Cereal Box File Holders


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In the past two weeks with the kids returning to school, I have had to face two of my least favourite things: making school lunches and piles and piles of papers coming home and landing on my kitchen counter.

While I unfortunately have not found a way to tackle the lunches with paper and glue (and least not in a way that would satisfy my boys), I did decide to create some organizational aids for the papers.


  1. Gather some empty cereal boxes, or other cardboard boxes of a similar size. Cut the top flaps off. cereal box1acereal box1b
  2. Measure from the bottom of the box anywhere between 3″-7″ depending on how much of a top flap you want. Mark this evenly on both side of the box and then draw a line from the top back panel down on an angle on each side.
    cereal box2
  3. Cut down the angled sides and front flap.
    cereal box3
  4. Gather your supplies: For most cereal boxes, you will require two sheets of 12×12 paper, good adhesive (I used my ATG, but you could also use redline tape or good adhesive glue), washi tape, and any decorative labels or stickers you wish to use.Instead of measuring (I’m not a perfectionist), I started by folding approx. 1/2″ over one side of the box, and then continued to fold around the box adhering one side at a time, and cutting off the excess paper. Add washi tape to the edges of the box.
    cereal box4
  5. Add a label to the front of the box as well as any decorative items you want.
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  6. Alternately, you can use Gesso and paint to cover the box, and then decorate with stencils and paint or inks and stamps. I am going to use this box (which was thicker cardboard than the cereal boxes) to store stamps or other crafty items.cereal box7apainted box1 img_9163 img_9164
    Thanks for looking! Canadian online paper craft supply store

Sunday card share #53

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Welcome back to another Sunday card share.
Today’s post is the last in this little series about using 12×12 cut-apart papers with 3×4,
4×4 or 4×6 cards for cardmaking. I was able to create 9 cards in total and one scrapbook
layout with the supplies listed at the bottom of this post.
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I added a few things in from my stash, like the flower you see, the little wood veneer butterfly and the kraft photo corner. I think these cut-apart papers can be pretty fabulous especially when they have foiling on them. You can use them for so many projects.Sunday Card Share @scrapbooknerd.comYou can find the other two posts with the cards in this series here – SCS #51 & SCS #52

Sunday Card Share Sunday Card Share
I thought I would share the layout with you today also, I used the same supplies.
I was left with the large square of pink paper and the smaller floral piece when I was finished making cards. I had to add-in another scrap of pattern paper for my photo mat, it was torn already so I just cut it to size. Some simple embellishing in visual triangle with the gold embellishments and then I added my journaling.
Smile scrapbook layout
I hope you found some inspiration and look at those cut-apart papers a little differently, they really are very versatile. Happy crafting and I will see you next Sunday.

Joy @

Friday Share

It was my turn, my final turn on the ScrapbookNerd Design Team to share with you my projects from this week.
Let’s recap, shall we.
1-Pawprints on My Heart
Laura DT

2-Too Cute

Laura 2cute

3-Nerd Alert

laura nerd

4-Family Recipes

laura family

laura family



There you have it, folks!

It was a great pleasure presenting my projects to you! I hope you have enjoyed them.


Tuesday Tutorial–creating wood veneer stamps


Hello Nerds!

I am here to hare with you a layout of mine, using something that I created for my background. Super easy way to make stamps!

One would think, while looking at all my stamps (and there are quite a bit!) that I would have a choice of patterns, like flowers. Honestly, I don’t.I was looking for a certain type of flower stamp. I surprised myself. lol. I had a vision for my layout, as I wanted to keep my layout very upbeat, and fun.laura Nerd stamp

I then remembered something from a while ago, that a friend of mine had shared. She ended up making her own stamps, with wood veneers. I looked through my wood veneer, and found some shapes. I also found some wine corks (sans wine, of course!), glue dots, and inks.

laura stamp

I adhered a glue dot to the wine cork, and attached the chosen wood veneer.

laura stamp

I then applied ink to the ‘stamp’.

laura stamp

You may have to press several times to cover your shape, depending on the size.

laura stamp

Once satisfied with the coverage, stamp away! As you can see, I used three (3) different types of flowers. After I am finished with my stamping, I now have 3 colored wood veneer, all ready to be used.

laura stamp

As you can see from my layout, I outlined my stamped images. I also added more color with my inks. The possibilities are endless.

laura Nerd stamp

Thank you for allowing me to share with you this little tutorial. It is super easy and fun!





Sunday card share #52

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Happy Sunday!
It’s Joy here with our card share this week. I believe that scrapbookers have all the supplies needed to create beautiful homemade cards to share with family & friends. Spread a little happiness and make a few cards this week to send out. 🙂

These cards focus on using up some leftover supplies from the My Mind’s Eye –
On Trend 2 collection.

Sunday Card Share - MME On Trend 2 collection @scrapbooknerd.comI used the same supplies in last weeks card share post Sunday card share #51 and I was able to make 9 cards and one layout. I focused on the cut-apart sheet and used the 3×4, 4×4 & 4×6 cards as the focal images on each card. The foiling on the Little Things paper is beautiful.

Sunday Card Share - MME On Trend 2 collection @scrapbooknerd.comI added an older pinwheel from Crate Paper to the Hooray card from my stash, the gold detail worked so well. I also added the cut off toothpick as a little detail.Sunday Card Share - MME On Trend 2 collection

Do you have photo corners in your stash?
I have a package of craft coloured ones that I break out every now and then and I think they work really well with this collection.
Sunday Card Share - MME On Trend 2 collection
Well crafty friends, I hope you got inspired and will try making some cards and send out a little happiness this week. See you next time. Canadian online paper craft supply store