Monthly Archives: December 2016


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The papers are fun and I love the rich tones of blue, red and brown.  The sticker pages have 3 types of alpha’s, great borders , word titles and super cute bundled up kids so I got busy and created quite a few winter/christmas layouts/ pocket pages. Some outdoor and some indoor what a versatile collection !

For project #1 I used the WRMK Fuse Tool and created a double sided shaker layout

For project #2 I had quite a few photo’s of the kids and myself spending an afternoon at Coronation Park on the lake, so I chose to do a 2 page layout and the remainder in pocket pages.

Projects #3 & 4 Photo’s with Santa


Projects # 5 & 6 Building a Snowman and sledding

Project #7 A night out in December painting a winter scene

I really enjoyed playing with the ECHO PARK – I Love Winter Collection

as always Happy Crafting and see you in the New Year!

Cathy A



Shaker Layout

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I trust everyone had a lovely holiday with family and friends and took lots of photo’s of your memories. As I slowly recover from my Christmas food coma, I would like to share a project that was inspired by a challenge item included in my Design Team Kit . Along with the super cute Echo Park “I LOVE WINTER” Collection , I received a package of “WINTER WONDERLAND SEQUIN MIX” by Neat & Tangled. This might be my favourite creation yet using the WRMK Fuse Tool!

To start this is double sided layout. I had to design the layout with both sides in mind since the shaker layer can be seen on both sides. I designed my layout like I normally would, except that instead of layering a paper mat around my photo, I cut a hole out around my photo. Here’s a picture of what one side of the layout looked like before I put it into a page protector and added the sequin pockets.

You can see I  designed the entire layout, embellishments and all, before I added the shaker pocket, as embellishing after would be impossible.

My photo with the paper mat included is 5 x 7. I wanted a 1 inch space for the shaker border around the photo, so the hole I cut out in the middle of my paper is 6 x 8. You could make this shaker area as large as you want, but I wouldn’t recommend making it smaller than 1”, or your sequins won’t have enough space to move around.

Next, I slid it into a 12 x 12 page protector. Then, I used my Fuse Tool to seal in my photo.

Next, I sealed in 3 sides of my shaker pocket (the outer edge farthest from the photo) with the Fuse. Then, I added my sequins to the pocket. Finally, I sealed the top side of the pocket, completely sealing in the sequins.I really like the way the sequins frame the photos and give an extra festive feel to this Christmas  layout. 

Have you used the Fuse for scrapbooking yet? Please  share your creations with us at SN we would love to see them!

As Always Happy Crafting!

Cathy A.

Sunday Card share #64

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Welcome back for to another Sunday card share.
I have one more holiday card to share with you before the end of the year. This sweet little pooch is from Avery Elle and as soon as I saw him I knew I needed it. 🙂
Happy Howlidays Christmas card, Avery Elle stamp set for

You can never have too many dog stamps, can you?
I did some very simple water colouring without very much water. I was working on some heavy weight cardstock instead of watercolour paper and did not want the paper to pill.
I only coloured the dog and then added the snowflakes and sentiment from the same set with some Ranger Archival inks. I added a little bit of a grey shadow under the dog too again with a barley wet watercolour. Happy Howlidays Christmas card, Avery Elle stamp set for

This one layer card took about 10 minutes make including the colouring; this card would be great for mass production and if you swap out the holiday sentiment it’s perfect all winter long for birthdays and thank you cards too.

There will not be a Card Share next Sunday as I will be enjoying some time with my family.
May your Christmas be blessed with Peace & Joy.

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap


Hello there!

This year has surely flown by!  I still cannot believe it is December, already!

Well, for the last month of this year, I was just so inspired by the beautiful women in my life.  So I created pages to celebrate them, and of course I had to create a page about my baby!  Here is a recap of this month’s creations:


  •   #59 –  a page to celebrate my mother’s 59th birthday using the beautiful Gather collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate paper.  The lovely teal roses match the playful shaker element of the background.


  •  Happy Times – This month’s tutorial is all about creating watercolor backgrounds for your layouts.  In this case, the soft background, and Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection are perfect to document a reunion of family and friends.


  • Lovely Smile –  The negative parts of a cut-out serve as inspiration to this colorful layout about one of my younger sisters.  Once again Paige Taylor Evans’ Take Me Away collection is featured in this very colorful layout


  • Wild Heart –  My love for hand stitching, cut files, and pretty paper was combined to create this playful layout of my crazy niece flying above her bed.


  •  Happy Birthday “6” –   We love our baby, so I chose Pink Paislee’s Birthday Bash to recreate his 6th birthday cake, and celebration.


Though this month’s projects were girly, I hope you can draw inspiration to create colorful pages to document all your memories.

Before I go, let me wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, and a blessed New Year!
Thank you for  your support.  It is truly appreciate it!

I look forward to seeing you all in the next year!

Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Watercolor Backgrounds for scrapbook layouts

Hello Nerds!

I have loved watercolorus since i took art classes as a little girl.   I especially love how the watercolour dries when splatter on paper, and how it can beautifully can add color to a scrapbook background.

On my last month reveal, I used a watercolor background on one of the layouts, and was asked on how to recreate the look. So i decided to give my Cameo a break for this month, and instead create a video to illustrate one of the ways i create a watercolor background.  Enjoy the video:

My apologies on not adding a voice over on the video, but it was shot a few weeks back while i was battling a bad cold, so i went with captions, instead!

Here are few notes to keep in mind when creating a watercolor background:

  • This particular background was created on heavy cardstock  (i love the Bazzill 12x12in Marshmallow card stock available at the store.  It can handle a large amount of mixed media without buckling or disintegrating) or water color paper that was not gessoed.   It is my personal choice to not gessoed these types of paper, as they can handle water nicely, and i like how watercolor dries on the paper.
  • If you are using regular cardstock or patterned paper as the background, then I will recommend you use gesso on the paper.  Try to use clear gesso, as it won’t dull the colors.  However the look of the background will be different, as the water and color will flood through the area, and the drying time is longer.
  • If possible use different brushes to create the background, this will help avoid muddling the colors.  Watercolor brushes work better for this, as they are softer than acrylic and oil brushes.
  • If you are using one color only, you can always play with the intensity of the color by controlling the amount of water used on the paper.
  • When using multiple colors, let some drying time in between colors, and chose to apply the lightest color at the end.  This will ensure that it does not get lost in the paint layers
  • When creating this background, always  start with water droplets on the page.  You can always change to alternating water and color on the next color layers.
  • Finally, if you are splattering color on a page, the size of the brush will determine the size of the splatters on the page.  A bigger brush will produce larger splatters.
  • Always remember watercolors lose their intensity as they dry, so add extra color if you want a more intense background.  Here is a picture of the fresh background, and you can see the dried background on the  layout.


I usually create backgrounds, and then finish the layouts, so i will give you some close ups on how i used the background, and Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection to document a picture of some of the women in my life.

i stitched the title using a free cut file from Juliana Michaels -Besties- after the watercolor had completely dried.



Here is the final layout:

I really hope this encourages you to pick up some watercolors when creating a background for your next layout.  You can always check the selection of palettes the Nerds have stocked in the store shelves ( i am trying the Prima Marketing collections, and loving them!).

As always, let me know if you have any questions.
See you all soon!

Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Sunday Card Share #63

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Hello Nerdy friends!
I hope you all are doing well, and getting ready to enjoy the upcoming holidays.

Trust me December is a month full of celebrations in our household, not only do we have Christmas, and New Year’s, but also four birthdays in between.  With all the time being used on preparation for the holidays, I sometimes leave the birthday cards to the last minute.  So i thought I will share with you a quick card that i made last week for my soccer-niece.

  • My favorite thing to use (when making quick cards) is  my Silhouette cameo.  For this card, i used one of the Silhouette files to create the cut out of this 5×5 in card on  Grapefruit color card stock.

  • While the machine was cutting the image, I pulled glitter paper from my stash and cut a 5×5 in square.   I also cut some smooth white card stock to create the base of  the card ( I made sure the card front could fit to the 5×5 in cut out.

  • I lined up the two pieces of paper, and punched two parallel holes  along the upper side of the square.  Then using foam dots, I attached the cut-out to the glitter paper ( i  like the  cut out shadow that this space creates on the glitter paper).

  • A small piece of ribbon, about 10-12 in, was thread through the holes punched on the card front, and tied to create a bow at the top of the card.

  • Before finishing the card, I used my We R Memory keepers envelope and bow puncher to create a envelope for the card.

  • After making sure the card fit in the envelope, I simply glued a small wood veneer word (this serves as my card’s sentiment) onto the bottom corner of the card front.  Here is the finished card:

The process of creating this card took very little time, and I love the simplicity of the card.  My little niece loved the card, too. So if you are pressed for time, using a die cutting machine can help you create cards  in   no time.

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

See you all soon!Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Jillibean Soup – Hardy Hodgepodge – With Barb

This week I’ve been playing around with the Jillibean Soup Hardy Hodgepodge collection.  Ever since I laid my eyes on this, I was itching to get my hands on it and play.  I wasn’t disappointed!  It is such a fun collection! It’s hard to find a collection that will work for a feminine page, and then turn around and work well for a masculine page – but this certainly fits the bill!  I love the fresh colour combination as well as the fun mix of patterned papers.

Project One – Sweet Kitty

This layout was featured in this week’s tutorial on how to take preprinted embellishments and make them into an epoxy embellishments.  This layout ended up being a quick layout to throw together. I love that the Jillibean collectins have just the right amount of embellishments to make quick pages.

Project Two – Laugh Everyday

I always struggle finding collections that work well for my Guys.  I think the colour combination in this collection make it so versatile for so many different projects.

Project Three – He is my Awesome

I always seem to struggle using the pocket page cut apart sheet when there is a quote block, but I loved this quote and thought it would work well with this picture. I love the wood veneer pieces that come with this collection. They are so cute!


Thank you for visiting and checking out my Jillibean Hardy Hodgepodge projects.  I really think this collection needs to find it’s way into everyone’s stash!!  You’ll love it.

Making Your Own Epoxy Embellishments


Hello everyone. Welcome back to another issue of our Scrapbook Nerd Academy. Today I have a very quick and easy tutorial for you – making any of your pre-made embellishments into epoxy embellishments. I saw this tutorial on the Pebbles Blog and it has changed the look of my pages right now. I love the effect.

What you need:
Pre-made embellishments – this also works great with die cut pieces and words
Clear Embossing Powder (I used UTEE – Ultra Thick Embossing Powder so save myself from having to repeat the process several times – but other embossing powder will work too – you will just need to repeat a few times)
Versamark Stamp Pad
Heat Gun
Powder Tool (if using stickers)

Here’s how easy it is:


1. Choose the piece that you want to make into an epoxy. I used a few of the Jillibean Hardy Hodgepodge Pea Pod Parts, and the matching Soup Labels. In this tutorial, I’m demonstrating how I did the “Sweet” word sticker from the Soup Labels.


2. If you’re using a sticker, like I did in the tutorial, you will want to take your powder tool and adhere the powder to the backside of the sticker. The reason for this is that you don’t want to have the embossing powder sticking to the back of the sticker. If you don’t have a powder tool, you can achieve the same effect by placing the sticker on your shirt several times to pick up the lint off your shirt, until it is no longer sticky.



3. Apply versamark to the front of the diecut or sticker that you are using. This gives the embossing powder something to adhere too.


4. Pour your clear embossing powder onto your versamarked piece. I poured some versamark into a dish so that I could just dip it in.


5. Take your heat gun and apply heat to the front of your piece, melting the embossing powder. If you’ve used UTEE, then you may be happy with just one coat. If you want to apply a second coat, or if using regular embossing powder you will want to apply a few coats, then re-apply the embossing powder and apply heat again. You will want to repeat this process while your embossing powder is still melted so you will want to work quickly. If it has hardened already, simply apply the heat to melt it again.

6. That’s all there is too it. If you end up with wandering epoxy, where it has wandered off your piece while it was being heated, simply heat again and take a tooth pick, or similar tool, and clean up the edges.

I really love the added visual interest of the epoxy pieces, as well as the added dimension. I’m going to be using this a lot more on my pages.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial. If you break out your heat gun and embossing powder, I’d love to see the finished results, so be sure to come back and share.






Sunday Card Share # 62

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Hello Everyone!

It is starting to look a lot like the Holidays, every where you look.  So why not add some holiday inspiration to our Sunday Card Share space ( I will be bringing you some inspiration to this space for a few weeks).

This week i wanted to bring you some ideas on how to highlight  cut-outs (cut files) by using foiled backgrounds.



These cards were created in a short amount of time with the help of the Silhouette Cameo,and a foiling machine. The cut files come from the Silhouette Store;  for both cards, I used white card stock to create the cut-out for  the cards.  While the Cameo was cutting the image, I used foil to cover a sheet of  toner  rich paper ( I simply print an entire sheet black in a laser printer, making sure that i set the  printer’s toner to maximum).




The foiled paper was then cut to within the edges of the cut-out card stock piece.   Both pieces of paper were attached together by using some strong tape adhesive.  Finally, this piece is attached to a card base of choice ( I am using a card base made of patterned paper, in this card).




Since the cut-outs in the cards are nicely highlighted by the foiled backgrounds,  the sentiment was kept simple.  I chose to attach some phrase stickers using foam adhesive, this not only adds dimension to the card, but brings some emphasis to the sentiment.




The last step to complete these  cards is to create envelopes to contain them.   These envelopes were created from pattern paper using an envelope punch, but you could use a Silhouette cut file, or simply find a pattern on the internet.
These cards came together in a very short time with the aid of the cutting and foiling machine. The combination of both cut outs and foiled backgrounds  do create a very striking look on the cards.

I hope this serves as inspiration to use either or both die cut and foiling machine when creating cards.  They do save a lot of time, and there is a large source of designs available.

As always, let me know if you have any questions on  how these came together.
See you all soon!Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Friday Recap


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Hello All,

December 1st! Wow. I can’t believe it is here already. And this week was my last reveal week of 2016. Here are a few things I shared:

  1. Awesome Dude: Using the free cut file from the Scrapbook Nerd store, I created a layout featuring my oldest son. Love the bright colours of the Bella Blvd. Alex collection (new to the store).Awesome scrapbook layout by Paige at
  2. Travel Mini-Album Tutorial: I shared some of my favourite techniques when documenting a trip or event in a 6×8 album. See further down for this tutorial.Sn@p Mini album by Paige for
  3. We got our new puppy two weeks ago. In this layout, I did a collage of his photos in his first 8 weeks and enlarged to a 8×8 photo.Wrigley scrapbook layout by Paige at
  4. Our son Liam is the reason why we decided to get a dog again after four and a half years without. This is the beginning of what we all hope will be a wonderful relationship.scrapbook layout by Paige at
    Thanks for looking! I am wishing you and yours all the best of this holiday season, and the fun that comes with capturing your stories. Canadian online paper craft supply store