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Nerd Girl Friday Digest

It’s Friday, where did the week go? This week’s creative team projects…

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team

Hello all you wonderful scrappy Nerds, it’s Gisele here to bring you this week’s all things scrappy from our creative team.  We have some wonderful Valentine themed projects for you, so let’s get started. 

I had a tutorial earlier this week, where I made this card. I used Crate Paper Main Squeeze collection. You can check Monday’s post to check out the tutorial. 

I also added a little bonus treat bag using same collection and a Silhouette cut file.

We have a super card sketch my Milena.

Milena used Prismacolor Pencil Crayons with some Gamsol for blending on the Otterly Love You stamp set by Lawn Fawn and the sentiment stamp from the same collection to make this Valentine’s Day card. The background is a blend of Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks. It’s finished off with a die cut heart and some waterdrop embellishments to give the card a watery feel.

Such a sweet card, “otterly delicious” card 🙂


My LO this week was using some Christmas pictures but using them for a Valentine LO instead. I used the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection. I loved the pompom frames, one is cut in half to frame the top left photo so as to draw your eye to the right bottom framed picture. I also used a Silhouette file and when cut, used the opposite side of that paper to bring in more patterned paper. Some enamel dots for the visual triangle, chipboard heart and stickers added as well. A few layers under the bottom left and also some tags with floss attached to them. Heart stickers and word phrases are from Crate Paper Main Squeeze, and a few drops of Heidi Swapp gold colour shine to finish it up. 

First photo looks at the title Squeeze Fun, using a chipboard piece and an ephemera.

The cut file of welded hearts is by Silhouette. I used the reverse side of the cut hearts to fill some. To tie in the gold on the frames, i splattered Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in gold and matted my LO with pink to tie in the pink of the layout itself.

Mari created this amazing TN (Traveler’s Notebook) spread using the Simple Stories inserts. A variety of products from the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection were used in the spread to embellish. The right side of the layout has some Vicki Boutin Gold Glaze applied through the Carta Bella Prairie Floral stencil. Some loose text was added with a fine black gel pen to add detail and of course, the journaling.


Nathalie created this stunning page to show her love for her family. She started by adding some Prima Watercolor confections in Pastel Dreams to the background. Then used a Felicity Jane cut file and Crate Paper’s Main Squeeze collection to complete the title. Nathalie also combined a JustNick studio cut file, floral motifs from Crate Paper’s Heart Day collection, and a few embellishments from Crate Paper’s Main Squeeze collection to frame the picture of her family.

Title work…

Full layout…

Thank you so much for joining us on our themed week: Valentine’s. We hope you were inspired by the team’s projects and hope you create some Valentine themed projects of your own. Until next time, check out our store as lots of new things are arriving for all your scrappy projects and needs. Love you all. 

PS: In case you need something new for your project we have an exclusive free cut file in our store too. Check it out.

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Hey scrappy Nerds, Gisele here to bring you a Valentine card tutorial and a little bonus… a small treat bag.

Some of the materials used: American Crafts Thickers: Together, Rose and Sweetest. Also from Crate Paper: Main Squeeze 6×6 paper pad, stickers. I used a bow punch too, Tim Holtz ruler for measuring, Tim Holtz tiny attacher and some red and white twine.

Started off with some pink cardstock which I cut to size for the card. Then using my Tim Holtz ruler to make some lines to form a tic tac toe grid.

In this picture you can see my lines in pencil and I temporarily positioned my letters and heart to see if they would actually fit before continuing the card. Being careful to leave space under the tic tac toe to add my bow for embellishment.

Now to poke some holes along the lines, which will become the back of the card. This way, no erasing of the lines and you have the perfect guide to hand stitch on your page. I used red and white twine and my needle is blunt at the end so I do not poke my fingers. It is likely a darning needle. I did remove the letters and heart before proceeding to stitch.

When the stitching was complete, I added some foam to the back before attaching it to my card base to give it some dimension, I used some score tape for that.  Have I told you, I love dimension ??

Next up is making a bow. I am using a bow punch, Tim Holtz tiny attacher and my Zig 2 way glue. I love my tiny attacher!! In the second picture you can see I have made the left and right side of the bow. Now I also use my Martha Stewart bone flower to soften the Crate Paper Main Squeeze paper to make the bow more 3D and look more natural. This is done by holding the paper between your fingers and running the bone folder in a swirling motion. This breaks the fibres in the paper so it is not as rigid. Each side of the bow is glued together with the Zig pen.

I used the tiny attacher to join together both left and right sides of the bow with the tiny attacher. It keeps the bow parts better together. The tiny attacher staple is just the right size to do this! This will not show in the end as it is covered by a small rectangle piece, you can see that in the finished card.

So the bow is attached to card using glue dots. I add a phrase sticker and some gold stickers from the sticker sheets. By using gold it becomes the sparkle of the card, it  gives it uniformity. The flow is much better, and that’s a great hint, to keep your embellishments or other using repeated colours.

Now comes the time to add more Thickers.
I also used some enamel dots from Shimelle and  a sentiment from jillibean.

And voila, the finished card. It is mounted on a white card base and also is matted with some paper from the 6×6 Crate Paper pad. Almost forgot, I added a small bird and arrow from my stash of wood veneers and here’s a hint: they are coloured using a gold Sharpie pen to tie in with the other gold in the card. The arrow was cut in half and inserted behind the heart Thicker sticker and the word love on top of the heart.

A little bonus for you today too, a small valentine treat bag I found as a cut file on my Silhouette. It was made from Crate Paper Main Squeeze and Falala collections. The hearts are are doubled so you can put twine between them to hang from a small pin as an embellishment to your bag. The wooden heart and pin are Recollections.

And there you have it! Wishing you a Happy Valentines and check out our shop as they will be soon receiving some of the new and the latest from Creativation in Phoenix.
All for now,

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Theme week with the designers

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team

Hello scrappy nerds, Gisele here bringing you some fun projects the design team created following the theme/mood board. What’s a theme board, well it is something to get you motivated and inspired to create. This week’s was an awesome one and I know you are going to love it:) 

So isn’t it beautiful? I love all the colours, blues, greys, white, red and even creme. The textures are also wonderful to the bead boards on the cabinet or the scallop on the top shelf, the snow on the branch where that blue jay is, to the ribbed and cable knit blanket on the sofa. If the animals or nature  inspire you, there is a deer or 2, the blue jay, the sunset or sunrise too,   I love everything about this board. so from that, you take whatever gets your juices flowing. If you need a sketch, there is one further down this blog post by Milena.

So I have 2 projects inspired by the mood board. First up is a Happy 2018 Year card using the Pinkfresh  December Days collection. 

My next project is a 12×12 LO, using Echo Park, a Perfect Winter collection.

You will see that I have some chipboard and stickers from the collection, some Simple Stories words, and some older AC Thickers from my stash (CAR). My photo is matted with the same collection.

Isn’t that owl precious?? He is a sticker that some foam dimension was added on the back to give dimension.  Then to it, a bit of pattern paper and part of a chipboard border for him to perch on. You can also see the * which was in the AC Thickers I used in the title. A gorgeous snowflake which I added some of my favourite: NUVO Crystal Drops in white for more interest. I love the drops as you can make them the size you want and added it anywhere. They are like enamel drops but you decide what size you want.  I love that. More flexibility and also economical too!

It is a winter LO as I got my car just after Christmas, so the pictures are winter, I added a tag(from December Daily by Pinkfresh) and red floss/twine to it from my stash. More stickers from the collection, the house was backed with foam to pop it a bit and the Nuvo Drops in white was also added there as the sticker showed white specks on the roof. So I just need to follow the dots LOL.

Now, the completed LO, hope you like it 🙂 I went with the colours of the mood board and added some nature elements as well.

Our next designer, Marie Clark. One of Mari’s favorite collections for the holidays this year was the Pink Fresh Studios December Days collection. This collection was so versatile and the colors fit the color theme perfectly. Mari has used the one of her favorite collections for the holidays this year: the Pink Fresh Studios December Days collection. This collection is so versatile and the colors fit the color theme perfectly. Mari has used the Carabelle Studio stamp as part of the layout since she is documenting a celebration of fun creative accomplishments in 2017. This “artsy” stamp fits the journaling perfectly. The photo is backed with many layers of paper and tags as a mat to create more dimension and visual interest on the layout. There is also a bit of machine stitching in gold thread on the layout. This collection has so many fun die cuts, chipboard pieces and papers!! It can be used for non-holiday themed projects.

That teacup cluster is so cute!!

Lots layers and you can see that border stamp from Carabelle Studio too. 

The complete view of her LO so gorgeous. I also loved that she used a black and white photo. Great tip if your photos are in colours you would prefer were different because you want to use certain papers…

Milena Woodiwiss is up with a wonderful sketch followed by her LO. Simple but elegant. 3 cluster areas for that visual triangle, journaling and 2 photos.

The mood board made her think of winter and she loved the reds and blue in it. And then once she saw the Scrapbook Nerd ‘Winter Joy’ cut file in the shop, she knew it would be perfect for this sketch and this mood board. Milena used the cut file instead of a the angled piece at the bottom of the sketch. She filled the snowflakes and used the embellishments from Echo Park’s “A Perfect Winter” collection. She used gesso mixed with a bit of water for the splatter background and some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Moondust for the middle of the snowflakes. Now she feels like  going to go snuggle up in front of the fire with a warm cozy blanket!

You can see the Scrapbook Nerd cut file and all the layers here.

The full LO; beautiful 🙂 Love how she used the cut file and the pops of red and white, so Canadian eh?

Nathalie DeSousa is up next with a fabulous layout with a cut file background.

This page was created using Echo Park’s “A Perfect Winter” collection, and one of Paige Evans cut files (the cut file is called flower something, but it looked like snowflakes to me!). Nathalie played with the cut file to get the idea of snowflakes falling, and tied in all the color in the embellishments (all from the collection)  Layout by Nathalie DeSousa using Echo Parks, A Perfect Winter collection.

Thanks, design team members for the gorgeous work from that mood board. I feel I should do another project!!
Check our store  Scrapbook Nerd as new things are popping into the store for all your scrappy needs and wants. Have a great scrapbook week everyone 🙂

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THEME WEEK at SCRAPBOOK NERD: another use for your Christmas papers… and using a mood board.

Hey all you scrappy nerds, Gisele here with some scrappy goodness. This week is theme week to get you to try a mood board as inspiration. How beautiful is this board? If you have never played with a mood board, then maybe this is your cue. You use colours, or textures, or patterns… from this picture board to inspire your LO or card.

As our tutorial this week, a have a card for you, a Happy 2018 Year card.
Choosing Christmas papers for another theme. Here I have used Pinkfresh December Days collection.

I cut a frame off this paper:

Next, used a circle punch to punch out a sentiment from the ephemera tag in this same collection.

Choosing other circles of ephemera and some I punched gold circles slightly larger than the ephemera.

Playing with placement of ephemera:

Adding some stars as another embellishment, not glued down yet.

Adding 2018 AC Thickers (Together) and some stitched holes:

Next up, stitching:

Now placement and gluing done ephemera and circles and stars. Added some dimension to the sparkle circle to make it stand out.

And voila, our finished card, forgot to mention I added a gold frame as well to compliment the alphas and the ephemera:

Another view:

Hope you were inspired by my card to try a mood board and using themed papers for other uses. Stay tuned later this week for the designers take on theme week. If you have not visited the store yet, please take a spin over there as new things are coming in. Check it out here: Scrapbook Nerd . Catch you later this week for the designer reveal and Happy 2018!



Gisele here showing off what the creative team has been working for you again. Lots of great projects to give you inspiration.

First up is Mari with this beautiful winter themed layout. She have used the adorable “Cabin Fever” collection from Carta Bella. With the gorgeous textured papers and fun embellishments in this collection, there are so many fun layouts to be created. This single photo layout includes several layered cluster areas using the die cuts, chipboard, cardstock stickers and enamel stickers. A fun winter memory is documented using this wonderful winter themed collection.

Loved how Mari used a black and white photo. Brings back memories of sliding as a child.


Next up is Nathalie : This is the last selfie of her family last year. she wanted the picture to stand out (the N was an oversight), so she  kept the pages very neutral, using a few cut files from the Cut Shoppe, SImple Stories WInter WOnderland (one of her favorites) and Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collection

Such a sweet family photo, great winter memories captured in this lovely LO.

I am in love with those alpha cut files 🙂


Milena had this great sketch :

This is what she did using the Echo Park “A Perfect Winter” collection. Love Echo Park! Such a warm winter LO.

Earlier this week I had this tutorial using Simple Stories Say Cheese. So check earlier post this week. It’s an autograph Disney mini book.

Who doesn’t love a Christmas banner? I made this one using Simple Stories Cabin Fever.

The dollie is Stampin’Up. The clothes pin found at my local dollar store, what luck!

(some Simple Stories enamel dots)

The deer is a cut file from Silhouette.

Hope you loved our projects and that they got you inspired.  We had fun creating for you. Check out the Scrapbook Nerd store, lots of scrappy goodness there. Until next scrappy time, have a great week.

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Hey nerd friends, Gisele here with a tutorial on Disney autograph books I made earlier this fall for my 2 grandnieces.  I used the Say Cheese collection(stickers and papers) by Simple Stories from the store.

First was designing a cover for my mini; this picture shows the plastic I put over the album to protect it.

Here it is with the plastic cover opened and you can also see I used some polka dotted washi from my stash to go around the covers and on the pages too. The red cover is made from an old file folder.

I used some odds and ends of Project Life cards. These cards were affixed to some recipe card dividers that had a tab.

Used my We are Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile and some opened type hoops to attach all the pages together.

I also used several ribbons from my stash to embellish the album.

A friend lent me a Mickey Mouse punch so I used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher and stapled them to the tabs of the cards; one on each side. I stapled them as I did not want them to come apart.

The following are a few pages from the mini. As you can tell, I united all the pages by punching stars to add cohesiveness.

This is last page and I added a library type pouch(also from my stash) from Simple Stories in case the girls wanted to add some memorabilia in their mini.

This is the back of the album.


Finished album: the castle is a cut file from the Silhouette store.

I hope you were inspired by my mini autograph books. Incidentally, I made 2 of them at the same time. They are not identical but using the same materials. Even though it was time consuming I had lots of fun making these souvenir autograph books for the girls.


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Hello scrappy nerds, Gisele here to show you our design team scrappy projects. We have some wonderful creations for you again this week.

Starting off with my Traveler’s Notebook take instead of a December Daily using Crate Paper FALALA collection.

Next up is Mari Clarke with her layout that include products from Turn the Page as well as Distress Oxide Ink in Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber. She has also sprinkled some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine on the background. This layout includes products from a favorite creator, Paige Taylor Evans. This collection from Pink Paislee is gorgeous!!

Milena Woodiwiss is up with this fabulous card. Who would’t want to received this on their birthday?

There are so many of her favourites represented in this card. She used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks for all the backgrounds. She loves these inks! They blend together so beautifully and when you spray a bit of water on them and the result is so lovely. The sprinkle background and cupcake is done using the Concord & 9th Sprinkles Turnabout Stamp. And sprinkles. She loves sprinkles on almost anything!!

Nathalie DeSousa has stunned us with this flutter of butterflies. How amazing are they??

She loves paper, so chosing a favorite was hard. But she was  totally in love with the Paige Evans Turn the Page collection. So she used a bit of mixed media, and fussy cut all the butterflies from the 12×12 paper pad to create this page about her daughter (she is not a baby anymore ;( )
She loved all the quotes included in the embellishments in the collection

I also had fun with this next layout using some Simple Stories. So much so that I have almost nothing left of this collection happy Harvest.

This one is entitled Hello Fall using the Simple Stories happy Harvest and Nuvo Drops Ripened Pumpkin, Nuvo Drops Caribbean Ocean, Nuvo Drops Emerald City. Flair from my stash and using a pumpkin punch by EK Success.

I hope you have enjoyed the design team’s projects this week and hope it gives you inspiration. We certainly had fun playing with paper. We just can’t help it 🙂

Please visit our Scrapbook Nerd  store for anything scrappy on your wish list. Lots of goodies have come in. Christmas is not that far away, anything scrappy on your list?

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December Daily…Traveler’s Notebook?????

Hey scrappy nerds, Gisele here with a tutorial on a Traveler’s Notebook. Now you may be wondering why I have December Daily in my title. Let me just say, December is always a very busy month and keeping up with a December Daily is sometimes challenging to find time to document. You might feel guilty that you started one and feel overwhelmed that you are falling behind.  Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun right, this might be a way to document December in a faster and easier way. It might be what a newbie would feel more comfortable with or for a seasoned scrapbooker. 

For this Traveler’s notebook, I am using the Crate paper FALALA collection that we have in the store

 Yes adding pages or inserts could be a challenge, but I added a pocket to one of my pages and put a journaling tag. 

Opening the inside of the Traveler’s Notebook, I look at it as a square page and looked at it as a layout. 

Using the papers, and embellishments from the FALALA line was fun. I wanted to add a little glitter so that lovely FALALA was the embellishment for me.

Also, I took out a mini punch and added a tree banner with some floss from my stash.  Used the hole reinforcers from a SNAP planner from Simple Stories to the tag.

It was all about getting the right tree for the theme of these pages.

I clustered the enamel shaped stickers together in a grouping

To add layers to the right page I cut the tree ephemera in half in slipped it behind other layers of the photo and papers.

To get some journaling in, I created a tag that I inserted in a glacene pocket. You could create your own with some parchment paper, or create a pocket with some of the papers in the collection. I used a circle punch to create a detail in that pocket. To attach the floss to the tag, I staple it with Tim Holtz Tiny attacher to add some more texture. Also, the floss in tag repeats from the banner as well. JOY is an ephemera piece and was ideal for the page.

Adding some enamel stars from the collection and that gorgeous enamel car sticker at the bottom repeats the colours and makes it more cohesive. The bird upper right of the left page also goes well with all the other enamel shape stickers. I repeated the gold on the right page by placing slipping in a gold star on the partial tree.

And voila, that’s my example of a Traveler’s Notebook for you. A few more layers behind the photo and some journaling word stickers…

I had a lot of fun creating this for you. I hope you like it and it brings you joy and maybe an alternative to a December Daily. Don’t forget to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for this and all scrappy needs and wants.

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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 🙂 


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. 🤓

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