Monthly Archives: February 2017

Photo Play’s – Cooper & Friends with Cathy

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This week I am sharing the layouts I created using Photo Plays – Cooper & Friends Collection. This collection has fun papers that reflect life with a furry 4 legged family member. My furry buddy is Nevada, we adopted her about 10 years ago from the Humane Society, and she is a constant companion in pretty much all we do. Along with the colourful papers there is stickers and die cuts that show the funny moments and love that a dog adds to your life. Be sure to pick up this great collection to showcase your 4 legged family member .

Project #1 Love Paw from the silhouette store, cards, tag, sticker from the collection.

Project #2 Little strips of words are a card from the collection I cut up, die cuts and paper from collection, striped brown paper from my stash

Project #3 Patterned paper from the collection. Tag is explained in my tutorial on this blog.

Project #4 Patterned paper and die cuts from the collection.

Project #5 Patterned paper and word die cuts from the collection, white bubbles from the silhouette store,  alpha’s, cardstock, vellum paper backing can be found in the Scrapbook Nerd online store.

Project #6 Patterned Paper, stickers, die cuts from the collection, cardstock, alpha’s from the Scrapbook Nerd online store.

Thanks for looking

Happy Crafting!


Stitching Card Pattern on a Tag

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Photo Play – Cooper & Friends Collection 

I enjoyed pulling out my silly dog photo’s and using the Cooper & Friends collection to document some of Nevada’s antic’s. Our little furry girl is a big part of our family and she has her share of photo’s to be scrapbooked! These papers are the perfect addition to showcase  your precious photo’s of your furry buddy!

I love the look of sewing on a project, and I had a cute, easy, pattern of a dog that I have used on  cards before, so I put it on a tag to add to this layout.

The products you will need, the pattern with instructions, embroidery needle, thread, scissors, tape, foam board and a tag.

Line up the pattern over the tag and punch the holes.  if you are using ink or mist etc do now and let dry before you start to sew. Follow the pattern instructions , for this one basically it is ….. with about 18 inches of thread in the needle start  from the back and thread up through, tape the end of the thread to the back, across in a straight line pull needle down and through, one hole to the left up and across down, one hole to the left up and across down, continue until you have completed the circle, tape thread end to back and cut thread. Be sure to pull the thread tight but not so tight that you bend the tag.

Continue with the pattern instuctions, upon completion the back will look like this.

For the eyes you could use threaded beads, or you could colour in the eyes. I chose to use very small black rhinestones .

Add any embellishments and add to your project!

I have made cards with this technique, but never before thought to add to a layout. Take a look at what you do when you make a card is there something that could be used for a layout? Pinterest has tons of free patterns for this super easy stitching to be used for cards or layouts .  Why not give it a try?

Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting!

Mixed Media on Monday

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Welcome back everyone,
I’ve been art journaling for a few years now and I still feel like I’m finding my style.
Some pages are full of texture and colour, others have more white space and I only use paint. Our art journals can be anything we want them to be and that means anything goes.

My page today started with a piece of deli paper that had paint on it, I think it was a scratch paper I was cleaning my brayer on and it gave me a colour palette to work with.

The girl on this page came from a magazine, I keep a stack of images in my stash and add to it when I get some fashion mags from my sister-in-law.
I usually add a quote to my pages but I couldn’t decide on one to use for this page so for now it’s blank.Art journal page by Joy @ scrapbooknerd.commixed media art journal page
mixed media art journal page

If you have any questions please let me know in your comments.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Sunday card share #68

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Hello everyone,
I sometimes forget how nice heat embossing looks and the little jars sit in a drawer and don’t get used. The sentiment in the stamp set that I used for this weeks card made me want to emboss the heart stamp in gold and I love the way it turned out.

Sunday Card Share at - Heart of Gold stamp set by Neat & Tangled

I think I will be keeping my heat embossing powders out over the next couple of weeks to see what I can add them to. 🙂

After heat embossing the heart, I watercoloured the inside. The melted embossing powder helps keep the watercolour inside the lines so it makes for a quick and easy way to add colour.

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Thank you for stopping by here on the SN blog, we hope you found some inspiration.
Happy crafting!

Simple Stories Life in Color – with Barb

Hello everyone.  It’s the end of another Design Team week, here, on Scrapbook Nerd, and I’m here to share my projects for this month.  I was working with the very colourful Simple Stories Life in Color collection.  This collection has been out for a few months now, but every time I look at it I fall in love with it all over again.  I’m a colour junkie and I love the bright, fun colours in this collection.  It’s a fun collection for summer, but it works well for all seasons.  I really love how it’s geared to the everyday life pictures which we all have so many of!


Project 1: Life is Never Dull

I love traveling in the car with my kids, who are no longer kids anymore!  It’s never dull! I had snapped these pictures a year ago and they have been sitting on my phone since then.  I new that this collection would be perfect to showcase them and capture an everyday event!

Project 2: This is our Life

I was able to make all my projects using the Life In Color Paper Pad, wood veneer, and brads. That’s it!. There are so many cut-apart papers that I was able to cut them up and embellish all my layouts very easily.  I love collections like this!

For this layout, I simple used two of the strips from a cut apart sheet and then added a few other bits.  It came together so quickly!

Project 3: Creativation

As many of you already know, Joy and I just spent a week at the CHA Creativation Show in Phoenix.  It was an amazing experience, and one that is hard to capture in a layout.  However, the fun colours, and everyday embellishments were able to help capture the joy and fun that we were experiencing while we were there.

Thanks for checking out my projects this week.  If you haven’t had the chance to check out this fun collection, you need to do so, before it’s gone.  You will be so happy you did!


Lightbox Play – With Barb


Hello everyone!  Welcome to another Scrapbook Nerd Academy with Scrapbook Nerd.

For any of you out there who have seen my Instagram account, or those who know me personally, you know that I am completely addicted to my Heidi Swapp Lightbox!  I love to change it up and leave different messages, or to celebrate a special occasion.  Sometimes, however, what I want to share just isn’t in the premade tiles or strips. Sometimes I just want a pretty background for a message.  On those occasions I head for my computer and print off what I’m looking for.  In this tutorial, I will share just how easy that is.

First, here’s a look at the light box sign I created for this tutorial. I have used the Heidi Swapp original light box, and two of the different Heidi Swapp letter sets.

In order to customize your signs, or to add your own backgrounds or images, you will need inkjet transparencies.  You can find these at any office supply store.

The first thing I do, when looking to add a background image, is head to google images and just start searching for an image related to what I plan on saying on my message. When looking for an image, you want to make sure that the size is large enough. If the image is only 500 pixels x 500 pixels, then it will become very pixelated once you try and make it bigger. An image like this would be fine if you just wanted to print out a small icon, but not for a background.

HINT – in order to see how big the image is, just hover your curser over the image and the dimensions should pop up.  If not, once you save the photo, you can check the size in the image properties. If you’re having problems seeing the size, you should be able to tell if it’s going to look pixelated once you put it into your editing programme and make it larger.)

Once you find your image, save the image, or copy and paste it right into your publishing programme.  When I’m doing my light box sign images, I find it easiest to just copy the image and paste it right into my word programme.

Then I just drag and make my image the size I want.

If you are doing a full-sized background image, like I did on my sign, you will want your image to be no more than 9 inches tall.

Print your photo onto the transparency according to the package instructions. The inkjet transparencies have a coating on the printing side. If you wish to have the smooth side facing out, you will need to mirror your image.  I find that it doesn’t matter when its placed in the lightbox, as you can’t tell, so I print it as it is. However, there are times when I do want the shiny side out, so I will mirror the image.

Once the image is printed you will need to cut the image into three to be able to slide in into the tracks on the lighbox. This is where it can get tricky.

Each track measures about 2 7/8ths high. So, you will need to cut each strip to measure 2 7/8″ high. However, between each track, there is a 1/4″ gap. The photo below shows the side of the lightbox where you can see the gap between each track.

You need to account for the tracks when making your cuts.  If you just cut your image, without taking out the 1/4″ strip between the tracks, your image will look stretched out.  For some images, this won’t matter, but in the case of a photo

To make your cuts:

  1. Make your first cut straight across at the top of your image with your trimmer.
  2. From your first cut measure 2 7/8″ down and cut straight across with your trimmer. That strip should slide right into the top track. It its slightly too big, just trim a little off until it slides in easily.
  3. For the second strip, you will need to cut a 1/4″ off the top of the remaining image piece to account for the 1/4″ track.  (the photo below, which is actually my bottom strip, show me cutting off the 1/4″ to account for the track. without doing this, your image will look stretched out once placed into the lightbox.)
  4. Then you will cut your 2 7/8″ strip for the middle piece. Trim, slightly, if needed, to make it fit.
  5. For the third strip, you will need to cut a 1/4″ off the top of the remaining image piece to account for the 1/4″ track.
  6. Then you will cut your 2 7/8″ strip for the third piece. Trim, slightly, if needed, to make it fit.

Once your image is cut and in place, you can add your message.

Here are some other signs I’ve done by printing my own backgrounds or photos:

This photo, below, would have looked very odd, if I hadn’t taken out the 1/4″ to account for the gap between each track.

This full-sized photo was done in the landscape mode which is smaller than the light box, and so there is a gap at the top, as you can see. I also added text right to the photo as I didn’t want to cover the photo with the letter tiles.

If you don’t have a light box, you need to get one. They are so much fun to play with and there’s so much you can do with them. They are available at Scrapbook Nerd. (they are out of stock right now – but contact us and we will re-order them for you.) We also have many of the accessories that go along with these.

Join us, later this week, for a Facebook Live where we will be demonstrating this, and the new We R Memory Keepers Photo Lights live.  Watch our facebook page for that.

Thanks for checking out the tutorial this week.