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Nerd Girl Inspiration This Week

We have had a week of fun inspiration and have lots to share with you that we have been working on!

This first project was created by Creative Team Member Milena Woodiwiss!

Milena’s layout is based on this week’s sketch. With the use of patterned paper and embellishments, Milena has turned the sketch into a simple, fun and fast page. Milena has used
the Pink Fresh Studio’s Escape the Ordinary collection. It’s been perfect for her pages
this month of her family’s trip to northern Ontario.simple sketch by Milena for

Next, we have another beautiful layout from Creative Team Member Nathalie DeSousa.

This layout was created with the Dream Big collection from Fancy Pants Designs and includes a little bit of stitching (plus a Silhouette cut file), and a bit of watercolor. This is one of Nathalie’s favorite pictures of her daughter on their last vacation, as they experienced some of the most beautiful skies while flying on route to Ecuador

This next layout was created by Creative Team Member Gisele Julien.

Gisele has created Project Life type pages(2) depicting an afternoon at the apple orchard using Echo Park A Perfect Autumn papers, some apples punched with a small punch, wood veneer apples, enamel dots and chipboard, plus some word chipboard.

Lastly, Creative Team Member Mari Clarke’s project is in a Traveler’s Notebook.

Mari created this layout using the Simple Stories Beautiful collection and Simple Stories traveler’s notebook.  The collection has so many coordinating pieces, including die cuts, stickers, 12×12 papers, and a 6×8 paper pad.  There are so many possibilities to use this in a fun and creative way.

We hope you are inspired to do some scrapbooking this weekend!  Pop over to the shop and check out all of the scrappy goodness that will help you craft some layouts and document your memories!

Have an awesome, scrappy weekend!


Working in a Traveler’s Notebook | Mari Clarke

Memory Keeping in a Traveler’s Notebook

It’s Tutorial Tuesday on the blog today and I wanted to share a project in my Simple Stories Traveler’s Notebook.  This is such a fun format to use for memory keeping!  I love the size of this particular notebook.

The cover is gorgeous and the pages inside this particular notebook are lined. If your plan is to do some journaling on the pages, the lines are perfect!

The project I created is a double page spread using the Beautiful collection kit from Simple Stories.  This is the perfect collection for this notebook, however you could use whatever products you choose.  On the  right and left side of the notebook, I covered the pages with some patterned paper.  I used some washi tape down the spine of the journal to add some interest and detail to the center area of the layout.

I matted my photo with some black cardstock and some bits of paper from the collection.  I also layered half of a doily behind the photo.

I embellished the layout with die cuts from the collection and then added my journaling in strips to the left side.  I added a few gold sequins and some enamel dots here and there as extra bits of pizazz.  I love how this turned out!!

Try your hand at a new format if you are looking to change up from a larger layout size.  You could even use your notebook for a specific theme of memory keeping.

Here is a link to the process video.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!!

xx Mari

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

This week the creative team has been having fun creating an interesting assortment of fun and cool projects.

Up first we have Nathalie. Nathalie loves to document stories about her children; the focus of this layout is her son!

Nathalie used papers and embellishments from the new Pinkfresh Studio’s “Boy Fort” collection which is perfect for documenting this story. The gorgeous mixed media was created with the Decadent Pies palette from Prima Marketing.

The title comes from the Pinkfresh Studio The Mix1 puffy stickers combo.

Next we have Gisele’s fun project.

Gisele created a 12×12 layout using the 6×6 paper pad and ephemera from Pink Paislee “Spellcast”.

She also used some Little B washi feather tape, a web shaped cut file from the Silhouette online shop, a leaf punch (used on “Creekside” from One Canoe Two).  The bats were a Dollarama find!

The fun details to this layout are so awesome!!  The photos are precious…such a fun story to document!

Mari created a tutorial project earlier this week, demonstrating ways to mix up the size of layouts in scrapbooking albums.  This is a 9×12 layout. This size can be mixed in with other layouts in the 12×12 album.

This project was created using papers and embellishments from Pink Pailee “Turn the Page”.  A patterned paper vertical strip on the left and then a perpendicular horizontal strip attached creates a place for the photo, journaling, and title to sit. The title “Latte” was created with Pink Fresh Studio puffy alphas.

This collection has so many fun pieces, including die cuts and phrase pieces to create fun clusters on projects.  This is a simple and easy design to create…especially for the times when perhaps simple and easy is what fits into the plan.

Next, Nathalie created this wonderful layout using the free cut file Stellar Shapes new to the shop this week. This layout is absolutely stunning!! Click here for the cut file.

The mixed media behind the cut file and photo adds so much interest to this layout!

The addition of the handwritten journaling in white is perfect beside the photo!

Mari created a fun little card project using the MFT Happy Pawliday and Handwritten Holiday stamp sets and the Knit Picky 6×6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!!

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!!