Monthly Archives: May 2017

Creating a Shaker Flap

I have rediscovered my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool this week. If, somehow, you have missed this tool, it is a tool that allows you to create your own pocket pages with your page protectors.
A lot of people are using them, right now, to create shakers for their cards and pages. In browsing around this week, I was inspired to create a shaker flap for a layout on my son’s graduation from University.

First, a peek at the finished layout with the shaker flap (you will have to forgive the poor photo. It is really difficult to photograph a shiny page protector.):

Here’s how it was done:

What is needed:
two page protectors – one to hold your completed layout, and one to make your flap
Products to make your layout (I used the Simple Stories Graduation Simple Set
A We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool
Items to place in your shaker – I’ve used gold thread, sequins, seed beads, small gold stars, and some old curly-cue brads that I dug out from my stash (I removed the brad part)

How to:
The first thing you will need to do is decide exactly what size you want to make your shaker. I had already completed my layout, and knew that I wanted to make my shaker three inches wide by about 9 1/2 inches long. I wanted it shorter than the layout so that I could see the patterned paper on the layout underneath.

I cut a piece of cardstock from my scraps to measure the size that I wanted the shaker to be.
I placed that piece of cardstock inside the page protector along the edge with the holes.

Using the cardstock piece as a guide, I “sealed” the bottom edge and the side edge. (the other edge is the sealed edge of the page protector.) The top edge was left open so that I could fill the shaker.

I removed the cardstock from the pocket and I used that as my guide to fill the shaker. As a base material in my shaker I used wadded up gold thread. The reason for that was so that the other “ingredients” in my shaker would not move around as much since it would be a big shaker and the flap would be opened and closed a fair bit. On top of the wadded up thread, I laid all my other shaker ingredients.

Once I had it all laid out, I carefully slid the cardstock into the pocket, being careful to keep everything in place.

The tricky part was pulling the cardstock back out in a way that would leave the ingredients intact as they were when I laid them out. I ended up getting a long bread knife which I slid into the pocket to hold everything down as I slid the cardstock out.

Once I was happy with the way the pocket looked, I sealed the final edge with the fuse tool.

Once that was done, I laid the pocket on top of my layout that was already in another page protector, matching up the holes. Then I ran the fuse tool along the edge of the page protector and pocket to fuse them together.

Here’s another look of the completed layout:

And with the flap open:

Playing around with the Fuse tool has inspired me to create more projects with it and I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do! If you have a Fuse tool, I’d love to see what you’ve done with it. Be sure to link it up here, or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial this week! I hope you have a great week!

Cardmaking with Foil Mates by Gina K

Sunday Card Share #81 – Gina K Foil Mates

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Welcome back, It’s Joy here today for the SN card share.
I love adding foil to my projects and while we were at CHA back in January we were able to see Gina K work with her new products with Deco Foil. Gina’s collection has Fancy foils, foils that match the ink and paper in her collection, cardstock, ink cubes Foil Mates, metal dies, and ribbon. You can see the full collection here.
Cardmaking with Foil Mates by Gina K

This card started with a scrap of pattern paper on my desk and that lead me to the colours of distress I used for the watercolour background I created. I believe most people call the technique I used for the background is the packaging technique or the smooshing technique.

You simply use some packaging or small plastic baggie and apply your colour medium to the plastic, add a bit of water then flip it over onto your paper and move the colour around.

Cardmaking with Foil Mates by Gina K

I used two different Gina K. Designs die sets to cut the sentiment and the pattern paper. I love that stitching detail, especially the double stitched set.

Next, I used a laminating machine to added some Silver Sequin foil to the Foil Mates Birthday sentiment. I also added foil to some wood veneer stars using the Deco Foil Liquid adhesive.
I used my fingers to apply the glue to the stars, waited for them to dry & become tacky and rubbed the foil on top. Due to the uneven surface of the wood veneers, I did have to reapply the foil in some spots. 
Foiling with Deco Foil

All I had to do after that was to glue everything down and my card was finished.
I hope you found some inspiration today and I hope you get out your foils and add some shine to your next project. Happy crafting!

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Paige’s May Friday Recap


Hello All!

I hope that you have enjoyed a lovely week.

This week, I have share a variety of different collections in my layouts. Most of these were created at the Scrapbook Nerd iNSD event earlier this month.

  1. Turkey: profiling the first time my husband tried turkey hunting last month, I used papers and embellishments from Pink Paislee’s “Outfitters” collection.
  2. Best Friends: I enjoyed using this star cut file and the amazing papers from Fancy Pant’s Family & Co. collection to document the sweet relationship that has developed between my son and our new puppy.
  3. Live More: As explained in the tutorial post earlier this week, in this layout, I wanted to tell a story about how I have tried to keep my spirits up through an injury/surgery/absence from work. This beautiful collection from Pinkfresh Studio had the perfect background paper, but after adding the photo and some embellishments, I didn’t have enough room for the journalling. I explain how I created a pocket on the back for hidden journalling on a tag.
  4. Fearless Keeper: The Simple Stories – Simple Soccer Set was perfect for telling the story of my youngest son who plays goal keeper for his soccer team.
  5. We are Family: I was keen to use more of the Family & Co. collection, as well as a set of gelatos (that I won at the crop) that matched the colours perfectly. I made four little clusters using papers and die cuts/tags from the collection with some colour from the gelatos in behind.
    Hoping that all of you are finding time for your creative pursuits even as the nicer weather takes us outside!Paige @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Hidden Journaling on a Busy Layout


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Hello Everyone!

I hope that all of you who live in Canada enjoyed the long Victoria Day weekend!

This month, I received the Pinkfresh Studio’s “Live More” collection. Like many of their collections, this one has a few papers that make it easy to complete a layout, with the background including most of what you need, including a title. I wanted to use this page, because it was perfect with the sentiments on the page that I wanted to write about in my journalling.

However, by the time I added some layers behind my photo, and a few select embellishments, the page seemed full to me. And since the story I wanted to tell with this layout was definitely more important than the photo, I had to get creative.

Sometimes I include hidden journalling by putting it on a tag and inserting the tag behind the photo. But I had already adhered the photo down and didn’t know where a tag would fit well behind it anyway.

So, I decided that I would build a pocket on the back of the page that a large tag could slip into. I made sure to cut the scrap white cardstock at least an inch larger than the width of the tag, and used redline tape to secure it down on the bottom and sides.

Then I measured the front of the tag and created my journalling on my computer that was slightly less wide and long than the tag. I printed the journalling out on Avery® Easy Peel® Clear Glossy Laser/Inkjet Shipping Labels (a trick I learned from Barb). Then I had room to adhere the journalling strip as well as a chipboard sticker and a puffy sticker to the tag.

Then I stuck the tag into the pocket, and added a few triangle puffy stickers to point out where the journalling is.

I was pleased with the way that this turned out – although much of the page is filled, I was able to preserve a little bit of white space by putting the journalling on the back.

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Friday Wrap Up with Cathy

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I have really enjoyed this past week working with the Jellybean Soup –  Hardy HodgePodge Collection. The colours, patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, words, phrases, all in one package made it so easy .

For project #1 . The patterned papers are from the collection, as well as the word sticker “family”, the die cut frame with stars and camera is from the Silhouette Studio.

For Project #2 …the patterned papers are from the collection, as well as the letter stickers and word stickers. The stencil “Skyline’ is from the Scrapbook Nerd store. Please see the blog post below for  information as to how the stencil was used in this layout to achieve the watercolour look.


Project # 3 – The triangles were fussy cut from patterned paper in the collection. Don’t you just love those die-cut words used for the title (also part of the collection) ! Sticker words and hearts.


Project #4 These 2 bold patterns work great together to pop this happy Family photo!

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy Crafting! – Cathy

Watercolor Look with Stencils

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Today I have a simple way to use your inks and stencils to achieve a watercolour effect on your layouts or cards. I will be using the Jillibean Soup – Hardy Hodge Podge Collection for this tutorial.

To start gather together some ink pads, paper towels, craft mat, a stencil, and a water bottle mister.

Stamp ink pads on stencil , when happy with amount, colour, and placement , add the water spray directly to the ink and stencil.

Place the ink side down on your paper, and lightly press down on the stencil to adhere the ink.

Set aside to air dry now is a good time to clean your stencil, use a baby wipe or simply place under the tap and run water till clean.

When dry add your photo, papers, embellishments etc.

This technique looks more like watercolour than stamped ink and gives you a less defined image.

If you are looking for a new way to use a stencil give this a try !

Happy Crafting !   – Cathy A

Mixed Media art journal page

Art Journal page

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Hello crafty friends,
Last week in our mixed media post I shared how I decorated my new junque journal cover.
This week I’m sharing the first page in this journal.
Decorating the cover of your art journalAs you can see I used a lot of the same colours, they’re some of my favourites from the Dina Wakley heavy bodied paints and I even used some of the same stencils. This kraft colour, folded art page is from the refill pack from the Vicki Boutin Junque Journal.

I thought a little bit about how the interior page went with the folded flap but tried not to over think and just used the same paint colours.  Using some torn tissue pieces I created a visual triangle to help lead the eye. One of the pieces is folded over the crease so it peeks out when the page is closed.
I just had fun with several different stencils to create this page. Quick and easy.
I really like how some of the pages in this journal are already folded, it’s something so simple, but I just don’t think about doing that.

Mixed media art journal, junque journal page What have you been working on lately?

I hope you found some inspiration for your own art journal pages. If you have any questions let me know in your comments. Happy crafting!

Joy @

Sunday card share - Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Sunday card share #80 – Deco Foil Transfer gel

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Happy Sunday!
Today’s share is all about foiling mixed with some product information. If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know the Nerds love Deco Foil. 😀

Thermoweb released a new product call Transfer Gel and it recently hit our shelves and my crafting desk,  I’ve created a video and a few cards to share how the Transfer Gel works and you can see a list of my supplies at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a closer look at the cards I created. Card Share - Deco Foil Transfer Gel - Happy Birthday card

Happy Birthday card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Thinking of you card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Thinking of you card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

It's Your Bithday card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

If you have any questions about the Deco Foil Transfer Gel or the projects created, please comment on this post and we will be happy to help.

Happy crafting!

Joy @

Nathalie’s Friday Recap


Hello Crafty Friends,

Can you believe we are at the end of my reveal week?!!.   This month’s projects were all inspired by the saying, ” April Showers bring May’s Flowers”, and boy!  did I  use flowers for all of this week’s projects.   Let me show you what i was inspired to create:

  • You Are My Bright Side.  The beautiful May cut file from Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine was the starting point for this page.  The fussy cut elements from the the Oh My Heart collection complete this page all about my little niece


  • 14!    This month’s Silhouette Savvy Series entry focuses on altering one cut file to obtain multiple looks and projects.   Once again the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine cut file was used, and the samples were created using Dear Lizzy’s Lovely Day collection, and Simple Stories Faith collection.



  • Thumbs Up.    Continuing with the floral inspiration for the month,  this project features one of the paper cut outs that is included in the 12×12 paper pads from Pink Paislee’s Oh My Heart collection, a few french knots, and a colorful mixed media background.


  • MOM.   May is  the month to celebrate Moms!   For  this project, i created the cut file -which is available for free at the Scrapbook Nerd Store – and the gorgeous Kaisercraft Wildflower collection to document a sweet embrace between my mom and the littlest.


I hope these all serve as inspiration for your own projects.   Flowers never go out of style, and the paper kind last forever.

Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store to pick up the free cut file ( I would love to see what you create with it!), and to check all the materials used in these projects.  There is a lot of beautiful floral papers available in the store’s shelves.

I am a comment away if you have any questions on how any of these projects came together.


Take care!


Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Silhouette Savvy Series – One cut file, multiple ideas –

Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying the beautiful colors that are popping here and there after all those April showers (even though our part of Canada has been hit with lots of rain in May, also!).

This month I wanted to show you how versatile cut files can be, and how you can use the cut file  in different projects just by altering it a bit.    For this post, I am using the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine free May 2017 cut file.

Scrapbook and Cards Magazine free May 2017 cut file


  • I was blessed to be this month’s SCT guest cut file designer, and got the opportunity to play with the cut file, so the first layout created features the cut file as  it was designed.


By simply rotating the original image, I was able to frame a large picture of my sister and her little  ( i used Simple Stories Faith collection for this layout)



  • The second layout created with this cut file features the flower ring as part of the layout’s mat, here is how I altered the cut file:

After highlighting the entire image, click on the modify window, and chose ” RELEASE PATH”. This is how the image will look like after the command was been activated.

Click,and delete all the images that are attached to the outer ring of the cut file. Make sure that the rest of the image remains unchanged. I have moved to the side all the pieces that were deleted from the image

Once again, highlight (drag the mouse over) the entire image; make sure all the small images are included in the highlighted square. This is how the image would look like after the highlight

After highlighting the image, click on the “MAKE COMPOUND PATH” on the Modify window, or right click menu. The image will look like the original cut file without the outer edge of the ring.

Here is the layout created with this altered cut file.   I chose to balance the page by adding fussy cut flowers to match the ones in the ring, and  a large picture that fit inside the flower ring.


  • For the last alteration, I decided to create an entire ring of flowers within the layout’s mat.  Here is how the cut file was altered:

Copy and paste an image of the cut file ( as used in the second layout). Make sure that each ring is a Compound path.

Rotate the ring until the entire inside perimeter of the ring is covered with flowers. It is important that you make sure each flower ring is a COMPOUND path (on its own). The ending leaves of each side of the ring will overlap.


After lining the two floral rings so that the perimeters overlap completely; highlight both images, click on the Modify window, and pick the INTERSECT option. The image will look like the picture -each little segment will be individually highlighted –

Highlight the entire image, and using the Modify window, click on the MAKE Compound path command to create the floral ring


For this project, the image was cut, and then all the cut outs were backed with papers from the Lovely Day collection.  The entire ring was then backed with vellum, and a light green paper from my stash.



A bit of hand stitching adds texture to the page, but also secures the layers together.   A bit of foam adhesive under the flowers, helps to add dimension to this page, also.   I added a small picture of my daughter to the background, and took advantage of the rings empty middle space to add embellishments,  Here is the final layout:


So there you go!  Cut files are so versatile, just a few little alterations are enough to change the look of the original cut.   There are still so many more opportunities with the cut file,    Next time you want to use  a cut file in a page,  consider altering a bit of the image, this will give you a truly one of a kind page.

I look forward to see how you can alter a cut file.  Remember I am a comment away, if you need assistance with any of the steps shown,

See you all soon!


Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store