Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tuesday Tutorial | Scrapbooking Alternate Page Sizes

Hey everyone, it’s Mari here!  I am excited to be doing my first blog post for the Scrapbook Nerd Blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are inspired today to do something creative in your craft space!

It seems that periodically I am struck with a lack of mojo…this comes and goes, thank goodness!  But something that really helps me get through this is to switch things up a bit in my scrapbooking format.  Moving to a different size of page helps me to get back in the creative groove.

Working on 9×12 or 8 1/2×11 can be refreshing after working on 12×12 for a long period.  Today I am sharing a 9×12 layout that I recently created.

I used the gorgeous “Turn the Page” collection designed by Paige Taylor Evans for Pink Paislee.

I started my layout with paper 23 from the collection.  I sized the paper down by three inches on one side.  I used a vertical strip of paper 5 on the left side of the layout.  Then I cut a thin strip of a 6×6 paper in green and placed that adjacent to the vertical strip; this creates the perfect resting place for a photo, title, journaling and/or embellishments.

Creating the horizontonal “shelf” slightly lower than half way down the page, allows the design to have space above for the bulk of the content and leaves an area below to create some interest as well.  I chose to create a “non-photo” layout for my story with this project.  Sometimes documenting is more about the story than a photo…this was the case for my layout.

With the 9×12 size, there is plently of space to include the focal journaling/photo as well as fun embellishing.  I added this embellishment cluster in the lower right corner of the layout just by layering some of the die cuts and stickers from “Turn the Page”.  The beautiful thing about the 9×12 size is that you can still include all of the elements without trying to create the larger design.

Here is a list of supplies I used on the project:

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!!  We appreciate it so much!  Have a wonderful day, and happy crafting!!

xxMari

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

Hello Nerds!!!

It is finally starting to feel like Fall around here!

This week our Scrapbook Nerd design team has been busy working on bringing you some inspiration.  Let’s see what they have been up to:

 

Barb has been working with 1Canoe2’s Creekside collection to document one of her travel adventures.   This page shows the versatility of the collection.  Don’t you just love the  soft fussy cut flowers in her background.   Just beautiful, Barb!!!

Gisele is a master of mixing colors and patterns seamlessly together.  This Fall card features the new Simple Stories’s Happy Harvest collection.  That fussy cut fox (from one of the collection’s cut apart card paper) is the star of this layout.  Perfect for the season!!!

 

This page by Milena is colorful, and the best way to document her 16th year old daughter.   She is our resident sketch maker, and she is using one of her sketches for this page.

 

All those phrases, and papers  from the Vicki Boutin collection from American Crafts along with some sequin from Studio Katia bring color and fun to this page.

 

Finally, Nathalie showed us how easily cut files and mixed media can be combined to create a unique background.   She put her own spin on Halloween, and used Distress Oxides and Pink Paislee’s Spellcast collection  to document  her daughter’s costume from a few years ago.  You can check how she created this page on this week’s Nerd Academy Post.

I hope you all are inspired by all this amazing projects.   Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store to find all the materials used in these projects, or if you need a especial order brought in.

Have a great week!!!

 

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

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1Canoe2 Creekside collection and embellishments

Simple Stories Happy Harvest collection

Vicki Boutin Mixed Media collection Paper pad and embellishments

Studio Katia sequin mix

Distress Oxides

Pink Paislee Spellcast collection and embellishments

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A New Take on Halloween || Combining cut files and mix media

 

Hello Everyone!!!

 

Can you believe we are about to celebrate HALLOWEEN!!  I know, time has flown this year!.  With this is mind, I started to dig through my picture files to check all my Halloween memories (as my teens do not dress up anymore!) to create a layout that brings Halloween with a twist.

 

 

For this project, I wanted to combine my love for cut files and mixed media in one page, so I thought about using mixed media to back the cut file.    As you can see, cut outs can easily be brought to life with just a few simple splashes of color, and not only patterned paper.

 

 

The pumpkin cut file comes from a free file from Paper Issues, and my choice of media this time was Distress Oxides in Black Soot and Orange Marmalade.  I simply used the cut out to lightly draw the shape on the cardstock, and then tried to add the mixed media inside the image lines.

 

 

Once the background dried, the cut out was stitched on top of the mixed media, and the background for the page was then formed.

 

 

Next a few pieces of ephemera, and embellishments from Pink Paislee’s Spellcast collection complete the look of this page.  The following video can give you a more in depth look at how a bit of mixed media can be used to back a cut out in your layouts:

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the video, and that it inspires you to experiment with different ways to back cut outs other than paper.   There are so many new  mixed media products and paper lines available at the Scrapbook Nerd store, take a few minutes to check the  store out,

I am always a comment away if you have questions on how this came together.

 

See you all soon!

 

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Prima Marketing Amber Moon 12×12 paper pad

Distress Oxides – Black soot  and Spiced Marmalade

Pink Paislee – Spellcast collection – 6×6 paper pad, alphas, clear stickers, cardstock stickers, ephemera,

 

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

Creative Team Projects

The Creative Team has been hard at work this week creating some beautiful projects to share.

Gisele created this gorgeous fall page using Simple Stories Vintage papers and embellishments;
American Crafts thickers, Daiquari, Simple Stories alphas (station) and a tag by 7 Gypsies
(unknown: bling shapes, “IN” alphas, flair button).

Fall - Gisele Julien

Gisele Julien - fall layout close up

 

Nathalie created this stunning page that was inspired by the “Observed” paper from Pinkfresh Studio’s Escape the Ordinary collection. It features a cut file from the Cut Shoppe, and her babies while on vacation in Ecuador (This is one of the pictures she took while hanging off the bridge!)

Nathalie DeSousa - Adventure

Nathalie DeSousa - Adventure Close Up

 

Barbara has been enjoying the One Canoe Two this month. On this card she used some of the cut-apart paper and then added a cork butterfly from the One Canoe Two Hazzlewood collection.

Barb Clayton - Prayers Card

Barb Clayton - Prayers Card Close Up

 

And, lastly, I created a tutorial and card sketch using the new Concord & 9th Oh Hello Turnabout Stamps with some Gina K card stock and coordinating inks.

Milena - Turnabout Card

Milena - Turnabout Card Sketch

 

I hope you’ve had a wonderfully crafty week and that we were able to inspire you in some way.

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

Discovering Turnabout Stamps

Tutorials and creative tips

 

Today I’m going to be working with a 4.25”w X 5.5”h Card Sketch instead of my usual 12×12 LO sketch.

I really wanted to use the new Oh Hello turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th for the background area. In order to use this stamp you need a stamp positioning tool to help keep the stamp in the same position.

Your first step is to ensure your stamp is positioned correctly on your stamp positioning tool. Very carefully line the stamp up with the image on the back of the packaging and place a small X on the stamp that corresponds with the X on the packaging.

Stamp Position

Next make yourself a template out of a scrap of 6×6 paper. Put the paper in the corner of your stamping tool and position your stamp over the template so the x’s line up and close your stamp positioner so that the stamp adheres to the cover. When making a card with this turnabout stamp, I find it easiest to use a 6×6 piece of paper and then cut the stamped image to fit the card.

Stamp Position

Place your paper in the corner of your stamp positioner where you had the template, ink up your stamp with your first colour and stamp away. Don’t be afraid to make more than one impression if your coverage isn’t perfect. That’s what makes the stamp positioner so handy.

Next, and this is important – you rotate your piece of paper. You can go either clockwise or counter clockwise but just be sure to rotate it in the same direction every time. You are going to stamp a total of 4 times with a different colour each time, being sure to ALWAYS rotate in the same direction between impressions.

4 rotations

Isn’t that pretty?

Now to assemble the card. First I cut a piece of coordinating green card stock to 4″w x 5.5″h and adhered it in the middle of the front of the card. I then cut the stamped background piece to 3.75″w x 5.5″h and adhered it in the middle of the green card stock. I used my Big Shot to die cut a heart and a banner piece. I inked up my sentiments with Versarmark ink and heat embossed with white and adhered to the side of the card, cutting off any excess that hung over the edge and mounting with dimensional adhesive. I finished the card off with some Morning Dew Crystal Nuovo drops and let it dry.

Oct 17 Card

 

I love that these stamps give you a multi coloured background that lines up perfectly. The sentiments come with the Turnabout Stamp and are the perfect fit.

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

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Oh Hello Turnabout Stamp

Gina K Inks

Gina K Paper

Versamark Ink

White Embossing Powder

Stamp Platform (mine is discontinued)

Nerd Girl Weekly Project Digest

Hello scrappy nerds, it’s Friday, Gisele here to give you a wrap-up of our  Scrapbook Nerd week. It was Canada’s Thanksgiving here on Monday, so a short week for those working. 

Lots to talk about: I posted a tutorial on Tuesday about a card I designed: Endless Possibilities.

Here’s the card:

I used the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings to create the card. It was designed to push yourself to alter or add to your project, the possibilities are endless.

The other design team members have also been busy designing some amazing work for you with the following.

First off was Nathalie DeSousa creating this gem:

This layout was created using the Family & Co. collection from Fancy Pants Designs, and the Trendy Trellis cut file from the Cut Shoppe. It was her ode to Fall and all its colours.

Next up, Milena Woodiwiss was grateful for fall with this LO and sketch:

The background paper is Chic Tags. Cardstock is American Crafts. All other paper and embellishments are Amber Moon by Prima. Fonts are American Typewriter and Bebas.

Barbara Clayton created 2 cards:

1st card: She used some of her left-over bits and created some Fall cards. Using the One Canoe Two Creekside collection, I’ve fussy-cut some of the images from the patterned papers and used them to accent this gorgeous tag!

2nd card: For this card, she pulled out her Stitch Happy sewing machine, from We R Memory Keepers, and sewed around the edges of the card. Then she did some more fussy-cutting to add some embellishments.

Hope we have inspired your week and that you create some great scrappy projects. Until next time, have a great scrappy day 🙂 

TUESDAY TUTORIAL: ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES


Hi, Gisèle here with a card tutorial.

When working on a scrapbook LO or a card, think outside the box. Look at your scrappy materials and see if you can alter them by changing how it is given to you. Example: inking, hand or machine stitching, fussy cutting, making it 3D, using a punch, stamping, adding an embellishment to the item can change your whole perspective. Think of it as an opportunity to be a scrappy designer.

I am using the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings to create this card.

1- I have altered my card by choosing 2 cut apart cards. The heart one has been pierced ready for stitching and will be placed on the pink card. I will use foam on the back of the heart to give it a 3D dimension.

 

2- Adding some hand stitching to the heart and choosing a coordinating coloured floss. 

3- Then, not stopping there, I took my Stampin’up bow punch and punched a bow using coordinating pattern paper to repeat the paper scheme. 

4- Before calling it quits, I added an enamel dot to the bow in a coordinating colour.

5- All mounted and popped up for a 3D on the other pink cut apart card as I wanted a pink border to go with the heart.

6- Repeating the enamel dot from the bow as well helps the flow of the card. Also adding the sentiment and ribbon to the finish the card.

So my completed card changed a lot, by altering and embellishing the items that were in its original form. 

I would love to see what you create, so please show us in our Facebook group.
Thanks for dropping by and have a great scrappy day. 🤓

Gisele J - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

Hello all you Nerds!  We are at the end of our kick-off week for the new Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team. We hope that you’ve been inspired so far.

Gisèle Julien

Gisèle has been playing with the Echo Park Go.See.Explore collection and created this fabulous layout of her travels from this past summer when she took an Alaskan Cruise. She is not afraid of colour and the result is this eye-catching layout!

For this project she used Echo Park GO.SEE.EXPLORE 6X6 paper pad and enamel shapes, Simple Stories (SNAP) stickers, jellybean word sticker (Wednesday), American Crafts Thickers (Subway), CTMY cardstock (outdoor denim) unknown background paper, enamel dots, chipboard, twine, re and yellow tags.

Nathalie

Nathalie is also documenting her travels from this past summer when she took a trip to her native Ecuador.  She stepped out of her comfort zone to hand from the edge of a bridge – just to get this amazing photograph!

This page was created using American Crafts 1Canoe2 collection – Creekside -, and an alphabet cut file from the Silhouette Store.

 Barbara

I have also used the 1Canoe2 Creekside collection for my layout this week, which was featured in the tutorial from earlier this week. I have to say that I am in LOVE with this collection.  It is great for outdoors, travel, Fall, everyday – you name it!

I also got to play with my We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy sewing machine to create the trees on this layout.

products used 1Canoe2 Creekside, We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy, Pink Paislee Outfitters

Thanks for  visiting the blog today and for checking out some of our Creative Team’s projects. I hope you’ve been inspired to get crafty!

Barb @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Sewing with the We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy

Tutorials and creative tips

Hello Nerds!

Welcome back to another Scrapbook Nerd Academy!

When I saw the We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy at CHA in January, I was so excited!!  I couldn’t wait until it hit the market and I could get my hands on it.  When they came in, I was dying because it sat there for a while, just looking at me, but I couldn’t find any time to sit and play with it.  Well, the past couple of weeks I’ve made some time and have been having lots of fun with it.

The Stitch Happy is a sewing machine that has been designed for us paper crafters.  It sews through paper and other mixed media type projects.

I knew that on my first project with this machine, I wanted to create a stitched shape right onto my background paper. So, here’s a look at how it all looked when I was finished:

I used the Stitch Happy Sewing Machine to stitch some trees. For this project I have used the One Canoe Two Creekside Collection, which I’m in love with!!

The first thing I did was to search some tree images in the silhouette store.  Once I found ones that matched what I was looking for, I resized them and then cut them out. I then positioned them onto my background page where I was wanting them.

I traced them with my pencil, and them removed the tree die cuts from the page.

Using the We R Memory Keepers mint green baker’s twine, I sewed over all my pencil lines with the machine.

Once I was done, I had to go back and erase some of the showing pencil lines. (it looks like I missed some of them so I will need to go back and touch it up.)

Once that was done, all I needed to do was put my page together.

I really love how it looks and how it adds so much texture to my page.  I can’t wait to create more projects with my machine!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our tutorial today.  I hope you have a creative week!

Barb @ scrapbooknerd.com

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