Author Archives: Milena Woodiwiss

CREATIVE TEAM DIGEST

As usual, the Creative Team here at Scrapbook Nerd have been hard at work creating some beautiful projects. It’s that time of year here in Canada when staying indoors and creating is easy to do. As I write this the snow is falling outside my window. I’m wishing for a white Christmas!!

First up is Gisele with this lovely fall themed layout. Her layering is always stunning and this layout makes me want to hibernate in a cabin somewhere. She uses the Simple Stories Cabin Fever collection, along with a maple leaf Sihouette cut file, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in navy, a Jillibean enamel shape, some  wood veneer, navy enamel dots, a flair button and some twine. All this comes together beautifully in her layout.

Gisele Full

Gisele Detail

Next up is Mari using the December free cut file from the shop and the Oh What Fun collection from MME. The cut file was cut from white card stock and used as a mat behind the photo (4×6). Papers from the MME 6×6 pad were used to mat the photo. The word “Joy” is backed with papers from the 6×6 pad as well. Various die cuts from the Oh What Fun ephemera pack and bits from the chipboard sheet have been used to embellish the layout. Love this collection! There are so many fun pieces and the color palette is perfect! I love the black and white photo paired with the bold red background. Just gorgeous. I need to download this file and put it to use.

Mari Full

Mari Detail

Nathalie created this layout about her sister on her 40th bday using a bit of mixed media (all Heidi Swapp colorshine) and Maggie Holmes Carousel collection. The title comes from the 12×12 paper pad, and was carefully fussy cut. I love the large title on this page with the mixed media peeking out from underneath.

Nathalie Full

Nathalie Detail

I brought you a 3 photo sketch and a layout using the Bella Blvd Mind Your Manners collection. I love the bright fun colours in this collection. I found them to be very versatile and they go with so many of my summer photos. In my tutorial earlier this week I also included a second sketch designed to help you extend those single page sketches into a double page if you have too many photos for a single page.

3 Photo Sketch

Milena Full Milena Detail

 

The holiday season is almost upon us. I’m looking forward to a bit of time off and the opportunity to do some creating over the holidays. See you all again in 2018!!

 

 

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

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Extend Your Single Sketch

Sometimes I have a single page sketch I really like but the photos I want to work with are from a trip or at an event and I need more than a single page. An easy way to take a sketch and turn it into a double page layout is to use that single page sketch to showcase the best photos of the bunch then build out a very simple facing page using the same paper etc. In this case, I’m going use a simple grid design.

I had some photos of my daughter and I working on fixing up our front porch this summer. I wanted to include more than just before and after shots so I used this sketch:

3 Photo Sketch

to build out the first page.

3 Photo Page

Double Page

This page is simple and clean and the focus is on the photos. But I still had many more photos of the process that I also wanted to include so I came up with a simple grid format:

Grid Design

And I built out the second page.

In this case I used 3.5×3.5” photos but you could easily change this up to accommodate as many or as few photos as you would like to use.

You could pair this grid design with any single page sketch. If the number of photos you wanted on that second page didn’t correspond with the number of photos in the grid, you could replace one of the photo blocks with paper, embellishments or even journaling! This grid page could even be used as a single page too if that fit your needs.

3 Photo Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this tutorial has given you some ideas on how to get more photos on a layout and how to adapt a single page sketch to suit your needs.

Craft on, everyone.

 

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mind Your Manners by Bella Blvd. 

 

 

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

The Creative Team has been busy this week creating many beautiful and awe inspiring projects.

We start off with Mari who created a lovely assortment of holiday cards to share. She makes me realize the holiday season is just around the corner!

Weekly Round Up - Mari's Cards

On this one she used the Lawn Fawn Village Border die, the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages sentiments stamp and the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders on this card. The sentiment is heat embossed using Versamark Ink.

Mari's Cards

This card was created using the Lawn Fawn Winter Village stamps and dies, Lawn Fawn rectangle stackable die, Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6×6 pad, Distress Oxide Ink in Salty Ocean, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Wink of Stella, Nuvo Drops in glossy white, Glossy Accents, Versamark Ink and black embossing powder.

Mari's Cards

This card was created using the My Mind’s Eye Oh What Fun collection. She used the 6×6 paper pad, the Mixed Bag ephemera pack and a puffy sticker to create the card.

The colour and detail in these cards is just gorgeous.

Gisele was busy this week making another fabulous fall themed layout.Gisele Julian Layout I love all her layering on this one. She used a Silhouette cut file pumpkin and the collection from Simple Stories simple set “Happy Haunting”. She thinks the fox, is from Pink Paislee. Leaves are from Recollection (from her stash). Alphas are AC thickers “Wonder”. She also added Nuvo drops in Ripened Pumpkin and hand stitching with green floss.

Nathalie’s use of mixed media brings out all the details in the papers from Pinkfresh Studio’s Escape the Ordinary collection. The triangles are perfect to recreate a mountain scene, just like in the picture of her daughter and cousin at about 4100m above sea level in Ecuador .

Nathalie DeSousa Layout

Nathalie DeSousa Layout

As always her use of mixed media is stunning.

And I brought you yet another new sketch and, hopefully, a creative way to get the most out of your sketches.

November Tutorial Sketch

November Sketch Tutorial Page Example

November Sketch Tutorial Page Detail

Thanks for checking in everyone. I hope you all have a fantastic and creative weekend.

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Sketches

November Sketch Tutorial Page Detail

Tutorials and creative tipsWhen I find a sketch I like or one that worked particularly well for me, I go through my photos to see if there are any others that will work with the same sketch. However, I don’t want all my pages to look the same so I try to change the sketch up a bit. To demonstrate, I’m going to use one sketch to do two pages today. I’m even going to use the same collection – Pink Fresh Studio’s Escape the Ordinary – to show exactly how different two pages can be, even using the same sketch and supplies.

I started with this single photo sketch:

November Tutorial Sketch

To create this page:

November Sketch Tutorial Page Example

November Sketch Tutorial Page Detail

You can see the page very closely follows the sketch. I had another 4×4 photo from the same trip we took to a resort in Northern Ontario and I like to use the same paper theme throughout our trips so I thought I would try using the same sketch. I started by rotating the page clockwise and shifted the photo, matting layers, title and journaling to the bottom of the page, leaving a lot of lovely white space to the top. I kept the embellishment cluster in the top right corner for balance and distributed the other clusters accordingly and came up with this basic design.

November Sketch Tutorial Rotated

And this page:

November Sketch Tutorial Rotated

You can see these pages don’t look identical even using the same paper. You could probably keep rotating this sketch and come up with many different looks if you wanted to.

The next time you find a sketch you like, you should try to do more than one page with it. You’ll be amazed at what you can come up with.

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

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Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Patterned Paper – Wander

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Patterned Paper – Chase

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary  – Patterned Paper – Transform

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary  – Patterned Paper – Explore

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Cardstock Stickers – Phrases

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Ephemera Die Cuts

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Leatherette Alpha Stickers

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Stitched Hearts

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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)