Monthly Archives: January 2017

Mixed Media on Monday

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Hello all,

It’s time for some more mixed media inspiration and as promised I am using the papers
I made in the MMM post two weeks ago. If you want to check out that post
you can click right here.DYI art journal paper
I get so much enjoyment out of creating art journal pages, it’s so relaxing and I just put things on the page. No stressing over choices and lots of colour!
If you have any questions about any part of the process or need some clarification on the techniques I used, please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. ūüôā

Here we go.
1. I cut up the DIY paper into strips of varying widths and then adhered them to my blank art journal page
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2. Using similar colours of paint and a brayer, I rolled on some colour overtop of the entire page and then started adding some layers with stencils, paint and a sponge.Mixed media on Monday

3. After adding several different stencils, I tore some pages from a magazine and added strips to the page. The next layer I added was some stamping with black Archival inks, then some doodling with a permanent black pen.Mixed media on Monday

4. The finishing touches were added by inking the edge of the entire page with black ink, adding a quote and then adhering the red arrow. When glueing things down, I like to use a matte medium.Perfect is Overrated art journal page by Joy.
Let me know if you have any questions in your comments.
Thank you for visiting with me today, I will be back again next Monday.

Sunday card share #67

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Have you ever created a project from leftovers?

The card I’m sharing today started with things I had sitting on my desk from other projects that didn’t make the cut then but were still really great for other projects.
I had two pieces of paper, on one I had stamped an image on some woodgrain paper and the other was a foiled a piece of white cardstock. Those two papers became the layers on this card.

Sunday Card Share at - So Very Blessed stamp set by Neat & Tangled

Now because most of this card was complete because of the papers I found on my desk, the rest of it came together quickly.

I heat embossed the So Very Blessed image using Versa Mark ink and black embossing powder and trimmed down the paper to fit on top of the foiled cardstock. All that was left after that was adhering everything to the card base.

It’s great when a project comes together organically like today’s card, it doesn’t happen often for me. I will continue keeping those leftover or used papers and see if I can make some more cards or other projects.

Thank you for visiting the SN blog today.
Happy Sunday!


Joy @

Cathy’s Friday Reveal

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This week I had the pleasure of working with the Pink Paislee – Paige Evans – “Take Me Away” Collection. I especially liked the ombre water-colour like papers and found them to make great backgrounds. The chipboard stickers had a lot of variety and some gold – so pretty and great for adding a little dimension to a layout. Likewise the painted wood veneer shapes. ¬†I liked the pocket cards with their great colours, beautiful framing , super sayings and fonts.

Below is a small sample of these fantastic pocket cards.

Layout #1 – ¬†Those pocket cards love ’em! The ombre paper background, great starting place to build your layout, Chipboard (see the little gold heart) and shaped painted wood veneer.

Layout #2 – Again those pocket cards love ’em! and¬†the ombre paper background. Beautiful floral chipboard and papers.

Layout #3  Ombre paper background, paper strips from the collection, pretty chipboard heart.

Layout #4 – Paper from the collection used for Title , chipboard saying and leaves in the top corner , painted wood veneer shape embellishments.

Layout #5 – Fuzzy cut paper for the bottom border . Chipboard , painted shaped wood veneer all from this gorgeous collection! TAKE ME AWAY!

Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting !

Overlay! Underlay?

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Happy New Year!

For my 1st post for 2017 I have found myself a different way to use photo Overlays. Now normally you would use a photo overlay on top of your photo …..well I used it behind my photo and I am quite pleased with the result.

These 2 photo’s show you how a photo overlay can change the look of a photo

Working with the Pink Paislee, Paige Evans, “Take Me Away” collection. This is my layout with the overlays used behind and beside a photo. I like the way it shaded the paper in the background and yet highlighted the photo’s.

Happy Crafting!

Thanks for looking!

Cathy A

Paige’s Friday Recap

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Hello, everyone!

Hope you have all survived the weather/storms of the last week. It’s been fun to watch so many of you posting projects from the “Jumpstart Your Creativity” online crop from last weekend.

My intention this week was to use my Cameo Silhouette more, and to leave more white space on my layouts. Here is a recap of the projects I shared this week:

  1. Fantastic Smile: This simple layout used a sketch from Creative Scrappers to document my son’s joy at visiting Wrigley Field.
  2. Let it Snow: I used this cut file and papers and embellishments from Crate Paper’s Snow & Cocoa collection to tell the story of my son’s first time tubing.
  3. Boys Will Be Awesome: I used a pie chart and backed with papers from the Cool Kid collection. I raised the 4×4 black and white photo of my son and his best friend with dimensional tape.Thanks for looking and have a great weekend! Canadian online paper craft supply store

Sharing my December Daily 2016 Album

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. We are all now getting back into the swing of our regular routines, but I wanted to take time to share the December Daily album I recently finished. I have done this project for several years and am always pleased to have done it.

I purchased the album and one of the mini-kits from Ali Edwards, and then supplemented with materials from my stash. I love the thick 2.5″ spine on the album which allows all my pages to be contained.

I started the album with a page outlining the reasons why I do it.

I loved using a large 6×8 photo to capture a new tradition we created this year, and then I used a glassine bag to put all the slips with our random acts of kindness.

Most years, I take time to write about the blessings in my life. This year I chose 5 (on day 5) and put them in a pocket envelope.

Inspired by Jen Schow, I decided to include the cut from our tree. So fun!

Do you ever want to document a story, but you don’t have any photos? This happened to me when shenanigans erupted while we were all in the hottub. So I used a “not shown” stamp and documented the story in writing.

This year, I really enjoyed using the 2×2 pockets. On our anniversary, I went back through years of photos, and chose ones documenting milestones of our marriage.














I decided to do a recap of the month in the end, choosing highlights of our December.





If you are interested in watching a flip-through of my entire album, you can view it here: Canadian online paper craft supply store




Mixed Media on Monday

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Welcome friends,

I wanted to share the process of making some background papers with you this week. I’m going to use & share the projects I create with these homemade papers upcoming posts. Making your own backgrounds can work for a lot of your projects including, collage, cardmaking and scrapbook layouts.

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I started with some old pattern papers from my stash, gesso, and an old door key. I added a very thin layer of gesso to both pages, you can see in the photo below how thin the layer of gesso is.Making your own background paper @

I grabbed my paintbox and got to work. I added some colour with my hands on one paper, I used the old door card again on the other sheet.Making your own background paper @
Below you can see the first couple of layers of paint I added. I got out some stencils, a brayer, molding paste, and some other tools to create some texture.Making your own background paper @

You can now see in the photo below the depth on the pages. In some areas, I used the same colour of paint on top of each other with different stencils.
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I created one page with warmer colours and the other page with cooler colours.
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Below you can see both of the complete papers. In real life, you can still see the original pattern on the paper and on the page on the right the pattern was almost completely covered.
Stayed tuned for some projects using these papers on January 30th.

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Next week I will be sharing some of the amazing projects I know I will be seeing at the Creativation Show. Have a great week everyone. ūüôā¬†Joy @

Sunday card share #66

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Happy Sunday everyone,
It’s Joy here with another card share and today’s share uses distress inks to create a blended background. Whenever I use distress ink in this way I always like the results and, I like to use some water for that splatter effect you see.
Sunday Card Share at - Hello There stamp set by Avery Elle

I used the same distress ink, Salty Ocean, to watercolour the bear’s hat and scarf after stamping the image with Archival Ink. ¬†Now because I was colouring directly on my card base this time I kept my water brush from getting too wet by dabbing off on some paper towel. This helped me to prevent the card base¬†from warping.

My final step was to heat emboss the Hello sentiment using some black Zing! embossing powder, I love the look of the embossed sentiment. In real life, it’s got a shine to it and just pops off the card.

Thank you for visiting the SN blog today, I hope you found some inspiration.

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap


Hello there!

First of all let me wish you all a Happy New Year!   May 2017 be filled with love, happiness, health, and lots of crafty time!

For this month’s projects, I chose to work with different techniques, media, and collections. ¬† All the pretty patterned papers, and cut files are what inspired me to ¬†create backgrounds where i can preserve my memories. ¬† Here is a recap of all this month’s projects:

  • DREAM GIRL ¬†– ¬† This project combines some mixed media, a cut file ( The Cut Shoppe’s ¬†Happy Clouds cut file), and the beautiful Crate Paper’s Cute Girl collection to document a sweet moment between my niece and our baby when they were both just toddlers.



  • ‘TIS THE SEASON TO SPARKLE ¬†– ¬†Silhouette Savvy Series tutorial blog post – ¬†For this month’s entry to ¬†the Silhouette Savvy series, I created a small tutorial showing ¬†how to use the Silhouette ¬†Cameo to create a stand-out title. ¬† ¬†The title, along with Pinkfresh Studio’s “Oh Joy” collection were perfect to document ¬†my favorite Christmas picture.



  • HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU. ¬† Life is about little moments, and i was able to capture one of them while trying to get a picture of the 4 cousins. ¬† For this projects, I chose to create a watercolor background, and use Simple Stories’ ‘Whatever” collection to ¬† create a large title using the new Happy 2017 ¬†cut file, available for free at Scrapbook Nerd’s ¬†store.


  • AMAZING & TIMELESS.¬† ¬†This project changed direction as it was being created. but the end result is just perfect. ¬†Once again, I chose a cut file form The Cut Shoppe and watercolors to bring the background to live. ¬†A few fussy cut flowers, and ¬†embelishments from Pink Paislee’s Take me Away and Moonstruck collections.



I hope this projects inspire you to get creative with memory documenting.   Remember to always put a little piece of you in each project you create.

If you have any questions on how any of these came together, please do not hesitate to contact  me.

Thanks for visiting, today!


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Silhouette Savvy Series: Stand-out stitched title #2


Hello there!

Happy New Year to you all!  May 2017  be filled with lots of health, love, happiness, and crafting time, of course!

I am back with a new entry for the Silhouette Savvy Series. ¬†In a previous entry (click here to be taken to the entry)¬† i showed you how to use the pencil attachment to draw a design in the Silhouette Cameo. ¬†This time, we will explore the same concept, but just using the regular blade on the machine. ¬† ¬† For this entry, I am using the ¬†” ‘Tis the Season” cut file from the Cut Shoppe to create ¬†the stitched title used in the project.

  • First, isolate and trace the image you want ¬†to use ( you can find the tutorial on how to select and trace an image by clicking here). ¬†Make sure that ¬†you highlight the entire image, and create a compound path to the image.


  • Since, we will be hand-stitching the title, first we need to create a stitching guide along the perimeter of the image. ¬†For this simply go to the Cut Settings window of the Silhouette, and select to perforate the edge of the cut file. ¬†Here is what the image will look like after choosing this function.


  • Do not send the image to cut in the machine. ¬†Instead go to the Offset window on the silhouette software, and click on create an external offset around the image. ¬† You can chose how much space you will like around the stitched image. ¬†Do not worry if the perforated line disappears in this stage. ¬†Here is what your screen would look like at this stage.


  • Once again go to the Cut Settings window in the Silhouette software, and chose the command Cut Edge. ¬†This will only create a cutting line around the edge of the offset of the image. ¬†Now you will see the perforated lines of the image, and a solid line around the offset just created. ¬†Here is what the image will look like before cutting:


Now all that is left to do is click on Sent to Silhouette for the machine to cut the image. ¬†If you don’t see this image, just back track a few steps. ¬†Usually this happens when the original image was not set to a compound path. So just undo the last few steps, make sure you create a compound path of the image, and follow the steps as highlighted in this tutorial.

Once the image is cut, I chose to use metallic watercolors to color inside the perforated line, and then spent a few hours watching Netflix, and stitching the  image.  Here is the final product:




I loved this picture of my kids playing with the lights of the Christmas tree, and this title was the perfect complement to this picture and layout. ¬† The beautiful, Pinkfresh’s “Oh Joy” collection was ideal to document this lovely moment. ¬†Here are some more close ups of the project, and the final layout.





As always, let me know if you have any questions on the tutorial. ¬† I would love to see what you create with this technique, so don’t forget to tag Scrapbook Nerd when you share your project on social media.


Thanks for visiting today!


Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store