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Scrapbook Nerd and the Cut Shoppe

Valentine Cut Files

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Today it is a day to celebrate love and friendship!  We are so grateful to have you as part of our friendly crafty community that we also want to celebrate with you this day.   So we are releasing two new free cut files that are all about love and those special loved ones.

Click on the cut file images below to download yours today!

Word Up FREE cut file at

Crazy Love cut file FREE at


Our friends over at The Cut Shoppe have created these lovely cut files, exclusively for Scrapbook Nerd, and we love how versatile they can be when creating all those special projects.  Here are just a few samples of what some of our DT has created using the cut files:

Love layout by Joy using the FREE Crazy Love cut file

Joy’s layout combines a few of her favourite things; paint, stamping, gold splatter, and some of her own pattern paper. Joy likes to use old scrapbooking paper and gives a new life with acrylic paint, stencils and other mediums. She used that paper behind the LOVE word for a graffiti look.
Love layout by Joy using the FREE Crazy Love cut file
Using the Luck Stars dies from My Favorite Things Joy die cut the stars from some POW gold glitter paper. When cutting this paper you will need to use a shim as it does have a thin plastic backing on it. The stamping on this layout uses an old Hero Arts Music background stamp.
Love layout by Joy using the FREE Crazy Love cut file
Joy used Gold Heidi Swapp Gold Lame and some coordinating Dina Wakley Blackberry paint for the splatter on this page.


Nathalie used the Crazy Love to document a selfie gone wrong on her page:

Nathalie's Page


She welded the “XO” image a few times to create her background, and then used Pebbles’s Forever My Always collection to back the cut-out, and add some small details to the page.

Nathalie's Page Detail


She added a bit of hand stitching to each of the hearts inside the “O”s and then brought a bit more of that sparkle to the page using some Vicki Boutin Gold Glaze and an Echo Park (Beach Towel) stencil to the background.

This page is filled with small details, that complement that sweet picture of Nathalie’s baby stealing a kiss from dad!.


We hope that the free cut files and the samples our DT have provided inspire you to create a special project about or for your loved ones.   Remember to tag/link Scrapbook Nerd whenever you use this project and share it on social media;  we would love to see what you create with these files.

Stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store to pick your free copy of these files, and to check all the new goodies that are arriving daily at the store’s shelves!

Have a Wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Nathalie D - designer at


Joy’s supply list;
White cardstock
Pattern paper both a & b sides – Be yourself Basic Grey
Heidi Swapp – Gold Color Shine
POW Glitter Paper – Gold
My Favourite Things – Lucky Stars die
Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint – Ocean, Sky & Blackberry

Nathalie’s supply list;
Pebbles Always My Forever collection
Vicki Boutin Gold Glaze
Caroline Gold Foil Foam Thickers
Beach Towel stencil

Reveal Day – A New Cut file!

Scrapbook Nerd and the Cut Shoppe
Today’s the day!
Say hello to our newest cut file, Love Story. This month’s cut file is perfect for everyday moments and for your special valentine. This fun new FREE cut file was designed by Ashley Horton from over at The Cut Shoppe.

You can download your copy by clicking on the image below.

Free Love Story cut file at

Joy created a few projects with Love Story, first a simple gift tag.
The heart was cut twice so there would be a front and back side so she could hide the red pattern paper she used to fill in and highlight the LOVE. The heart on the back plain so a message can be written.

Next, Joy created a card with her husband in mind but this sentiment would be great for anyone or any current favourite. Joy used Dylusions Lond Blue spray ink on some watercolour paper to create the background for this card. Once the spray was dry, she flicked some of the spray ink for a splattered look. A simple cork heart finished off this masculine valentine.

The sweetheart die-cut was added to the inside of the card for a fun sentiment.


Next up, Nathalie created a beautiful layout by combining two of the shapes from the Love Story cut file. You can see how Nathalie welded the two cut files here in a Silhouette Savvy tutorial.

Isn’t that watercolour paper beautiful?
Nathalie also created that unique paper using Yupo paper and some
Prima Marketing Confections watercolour pans.

Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today, we hope you love using the new Love Story cut file. You can download your copy here from the SN shop.

Happy crafting!

Creative Team Weekly Digest

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team

The Team is back with some more creative inspiration for you today.
We’ve got some scrapbook pages, some holiday documenting, and a home decor projects too.

Let’s start with Mari’s December documenting album.

Mari's December Memories album

Working on a December album is an annual memory keeping project for Mari.
This 8 x 6 Echo Park album is perfect for this project. Any 8×6 album could be used for a December album like this one. The Simple Stories page protectors are perfect for creating the layouts. The Crate Paper Falala collection is the primary paper and embellishment line used in this album.

Mari has combined the Falala collection with other products from collections such as Pink Fresh Studio December Days as well as bits and pieces from her stash. This is a great way to document those memories made during a special time of year!

Love those insert pages Mari, awesome.


You can watch how Mari created these pages and more on her YouTube channel…


Next let’s see what Nathalie has been up to this week.
Wild and Free layout by Nathalie DeSousa

This page was created using the  1 Canoe 2, Creekside collection. The picture of Nathalie’s littles was blown up to fit the page, Nathalie sprinkled pieces from the collection on to the photo.

The star rub ons are added to create a trail detail in the corners of the picture and
the small tag at the top hides the journal of this page. Amazing photo, right?


Next up we have some home decor projects from Joy.
This first one is a simple framed piece Joy created for a friend. This project came together quickly with a little bit of preplanning about size and placement of the sweet Llama.

You can see all about this project in Joy’s Tuesday Tutorial here.
Llama Drama home decor idea by Joy for

I think this next one is a new favourite, it doesn’t have any paper in it. The wood discs were bought a local garden centre and they were pre-stamped. So once Joy bought the glass jar, greenery, and the stones it was just a matter of assembly.

Winter decoration for Dad create by Joy for

This home decoration is perfect to leave out all winter long and it’s a great look
for her Dad’s front porch.
The last project from this week is this pretty gold sprinkled title page for Joy’s 2018 Project Life album.

New Year's 2018 title page by Joy

This page uses the new exclusive ‘In With the New” cut file you see below.
You can still download your copy here >>> OR
by clicking on the image below.In with the New FREE cut file - designed by The Cut Shoppe

As always we would love to see what you are making with the SN cut files and we encourage you to share with us over in our private Facebook Friends page here.

We hope you enjoyed the projects and that you got inspired.
If you have any questions post them in our comments and we’ll be happy to send you an answer. Happy crafting!

Llama drama home decor idea

Easy LLAMA Home Decor Idea

Step by Step paper crafting tutorials @

Step by Step paper crafting tutorials

Hello there crafty friends,
It’s Joy here today with a quick and easy home decor project using a new favourite of mine…a cute little Alpaca!

For this project I’m thinking of this guy as a Llama so I can use a trendy quote reference. supply listOne sheet of pattern paper, one sheet of cardstock, a picture frame, a ruler, a black pen, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, and a feature creature or other image.

I will warn you, my Llama is stolen!
Yep, I stole it with permission before shipping out an order of Crate Paper Good Vibes products to team member Nathalie DeSousa. Thanks for giving me your Llama Nathalie.

First I found my sentiment/quote online. There are a few llama sayings floating around the web, SAVE THE DRAMA FOR YOUR LLAMA and NO DRAMA LLAMA which I thought were fun. But I came across a t-shirt photo with a llama in glasses and the saying ‘this llama doesn’t want your drama’.

Step 2-  was to measure my photo frame and my Llama to figure out placement.
Step 3 & 4 – I printed out my sentiment and cut down the papers to fit my frame.
I left a 1″ border around the white cardstock to show off the Cactus paper.

Step 6 – I wanted some dimension so I added a piece of craft foam to the back of the white cardstock before glueing it to the pattern paper.

Step 7 – I added some Heidi Swapp colour shine by using the nozzle and tapping it to get some splatter. 

Step 8 – I added some extra liquid adhesive to the back of the chipboard Llama to make sure it stayed in place.

Step 9 – I adhered the white cardstock to the pattern paper and put it into the fame.
That’s it, pretty easy right?

Llama Drama home decor idea by Joy for

Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today, I hope you got inspired.
If you have any questions I’m just a comment away.
Joy supply listOne sheet of pattern paperone sheet of cardstock, a picture frame, a ruler, a black pen, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, and a feature creature or other image.

New Year, New Cut File

Scrapbook Nerd and the Cut Shoppe

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope you all had a fabulous holiday season. We’re looking forward to sharing another great year with you.

Let’s start off 2018 with a new Free cut file from The Cut Shoppe!

In with the New FREE cut file - designed by The Cut Shoppe

Joy created a title page for her new Project Life album with the new
In With The New cut file. This page is all about the gold. 😀
Joy started by flicking Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine all over some black cardstock using a heavier hand around the outside edges.
Heidi Swapp Color Shine page

Joy cut the file twice, once with textured white cardstock and the second with some Gold POW glitter paper. The inside cut of the letters with gold POW paper was glued inside the white outline cut.

The words inside the 2018 was backed with plain black cardstock before the cut file was glued down.

Joy finished off her title page with a simple white border using a Signo White Gel Pen.
New Year's 2018 title page by Joy
Head over to the SN shop to download your In With The New cut file.
Don’t forget we would love to see what you make with the SN Exclusive cut files so join in with us on our Facebook Friends page and share your projects.

Thank you for stopping by today, see you next time.

Join Us!


Join us from 10 am to 10 pm on Sunday, November 19, 2017
Where: Badenoch Community Center,
4217 Watson Road South, Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0
Cost: $50
What’s included:
Lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks.
4-foot crafting space
swag goodies
Make & take project
Chance to win a door prizes
Spaces are selling fast so get your ticket before they are all gone.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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 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.


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 @ supply list


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 @ supply list

Meet Our New Creative Team


Introducing Mari Lee Clarke

We are thrilled to have Mari Clarke join the Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team.

Mari is a very busy lady, wearing many hats.  By day she is a high school teacher and counsellor, which keeps her very busy when school is in.  During her free time, Mari is a lover of all things creative and crafty.  She has been a painter and crafter for decades and that now translates into her love of mixed media on her paper crafting projects.

Mari is currently on the JustNick Design Team and is also an avid YouTuber with her own YouTube channel where she showcases her process videos, scrapbooking, Project Life, mixed media, art journaling and haul videos.  You can find her YouTube channel HERE.

Mari lives in Arborfield, SK, and her favourite place to be is anywhere her family is.  She is the mother of two adult children who are still the inspiration for many of her projects.

When not crafting you may see Mari meeting new people and hearing their stories over a cup of Tim’s.

Welcome to the Scrapbook Nerd Team, Mari.  We look forward to being inspired by you over the next few months!

Art Journal Process video

Tutorials and creative tips

Hey there nerds!
As I sit here writing this blog post it was anything but fall-like outside here today, temperatures were in the 30’s in Ontario. Hot enough to kick on the A/C unit at my house and extend flipflop season a little longer.

Today’s art journal page is all about my mum. Fall was definitely her season and even though the temperature is abnormally high, we still have leaves changing colour and falling to the ground. I hope you enjoy today’s video and I hope you get inspired.

The pages in the Vicki Boutin Junque Journal can be mixed up together depending on the inserts you purchase. I like mixing some of that kraft papers randomly into my journal.

I found it a bit challenging to work with the folded page on the left, but I think I got it worked out. I had to keep reminding myself that the page did not have to match the page on the front.

fall art journal page fall art journal page fall art journal page

In the end, I think the page came together when I added the Umber paint using a circle stencil and paint splatter. Before that point to my eye, it just didn’t look right.

If you have any questions please let me know in your comment.
Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today.
Joy @ supply list

Vicki Boutin Junque Journal
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint
Circle Stencil
Echo Park – Modern Dot stencil
Prima – Amber Moon – Pumpkin Season pattern paper
Simple Stories – Vintage Birds washi tape
Tim Holtz – Small Talk phrase stickers
Silhouette Cameo