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Nathalie’s Friday Share

 

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Hello there!

I hope you all have enjoyed a LOVE filled week.   This month i was lucky to have different collections to play with, but  i think that overall the theme for  this month’s reveal was love and simplicity.   So let me give you a quick run-through all the projects:

  •  XOXO  

The page is all about the special bond my two youngest children have for each other.   The project was created using Simple Stories’s “Love and Adore ” collection, a bit of hand stitching, and watercolor.

 

  • LOVE 16 –  Tutorial on creating Paper Rosettes.

This month’s tutorial was all about showing you a way to create paper rosettes that could be used in your projects.   My choice of project is a layout about my husband and I on the day of our 16th wedding anniversary.  To highlight the Love theme in this project, I chose to work with Simple Storie’s “Love and Adore” collection,  and Crate Paper’s “Heart Day” collection.

 

  • LOVE YOUR SELFIE

I am fascinated with taking selfies whenever i can get my hands on my nephew (trust me, he is hard to catch).   For this project I chose Pinkfresh Studio’s “Life Noted” and “The Mix #1” collections.   A hand stitched large title became the focus of this page.

 

  • DARLING

You can say, I love large bold floral designs.  I love to fussy cut the images to create layouts with them.  In this case, the large floral paper from American Crafts’s “Hazelwood” collection was perfect to document a picture of my sister and my niece.

 

 

  • SNOW CUTE

My last project of this month highlights the beautiful “Winter Wonderland” collection from Simple Stories.  A large snowflake image (created with a cut file from The Cut Shoppe.   The design of the page is simple, but with lots of details around.

 

I hope you can draw inspiration from this group of layouts for your personal projects.   Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store to check what the ladies are bringing in.

If you have any questions on how any of the pages came together, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Till next time!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

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Paper Rosettes for Valentine’s Day

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

We hope that you all spent time with your loved ones today <3

Since today is all about love, i set to create a project using paper rosettes.   I was inspired by the embellishments from Crate Paper’s Heart Day collection, to use rosettes in a layout.  So i am giving  my Cameo the day off, and instead pulled out some strong glue, and some knock out punches for this tutorial.

For the paper rosettes created for this project you will need paper strips of 1×12 in dimension, or if you are working with 6×6 paper pad all you have to do is glue to strips of 1x 6 in together (at about 1/4in from one of the short edges on one side only).

 

This step is optional:   To create a more embellished edge on your rosette, cut strips of about 1.5 to 2 in in width, and use a punch or knock outs to create a border.

 

 

If you have a scoring board then create scoring lines on the strip at about 1/4 in intervals.   In my case, I used my paper trimmer’s scoring attachment to create the score lines.

 

 

The strip of paper will look like an accordion after all the scoring has been completed.

 

 

Now using strong glue, or silicone glue (hot glue) simply join the edges short edges together.  In some cases you might have to tuck in one of the folds to achieve a perfect accordion circle.

 

 

You will also need a small square or circle scrap of about 3/4 in  to help keep the rosette together.   Make sure you have your choice of glue ready at this stage (i used Scotch tacky glue to keep the rosette together, until i could reach the glue gun).

 

Now using your fingers apply some pressure to the center of the accordion circle, until the accordion collapses into what resembles a circular fan.    Make sure that the small piece of paper is ready to be glued to the center of the fan.

 

Using the glue of your choice ( i would recommend silicone glue) attach the small piece of scrap paper to the close center of the rosette (preferably in the back), and hold it in place until the glue has completely dried.  You could also add the small piece of paper to the front of the rosette, in that case, make sure it is cut into a small circle or figure, as it will become the center point of the paper rosette.

 

 

To complete the rosette (this is optional), add a small piece of decorative paper, a brad, an enamel shape, stickers, buttons or what you chose to the center of the rosette.
These rosettes are super easy to create, and are easy to use in cards, layouts, and general crafts.

 

Since we are on Valentine’s Day, I used papers from Simple Stories’ “Love and Adore” collection,  and Crate Paper’s “Heart Day” & ” Snow and Cocoa” collection to build the rosettes.  I picked different papers that had a lot of pink in them.

 

I chose to put the neutral (black and white rosettes) at the bottom of the cut-out heart shape on the layout, and added the pink rosettes on top of the black and white ones.   In addition, I chose to just add centers to the rosettes that will be more prominent on the layout.

 

 

I only filled one half of the heart with rosettes, and used the other half to document a picture of my hubby and I on our 16th wedding anniversary.  Here is the final layout:

 

 

The rosettes bring a festive look to the page, and add lots of dimension to a project  (this layout fits tightly inside a page protector).  I hope you give it a try, and use up those paper scraps.   Like i mentioned they are perfect to create cards, and other projects.

As always don’t forget to contact me if you have any questions.

See you all soon!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap

 

Hello there!

First of all let me wish you all a Happy New Year!   May 2017 be filled with love, happiness, health, and lots of crafty time!

For this month’s projects, I chose to work with different techniques, media, and collections.   All the pretty patterned papers, and cut files are what inspired me to  create backgrounds where i can preserve my memories.   Here is a recap of all this month’s projects:

  • DREAM GIRL  –   This project combines some mixed media, a cut file ( The Cut Shoppe’s  Happy Clouds cut file), and the beautiful Crate Paper’s Cute Girl collection to document a sweet moment between my niece and our baby when they were both just toddlers.

 

 

  • ‘TIS THE SEASON TO SPARKLE  –  Silhouette Savvy Series tutorial blog post –  For this month’s entry to  the Silhouette Savvy series, I created a small tutorial showing  how to use the Silhouette  Cameo to create a stand-out title.    The title, along with Pinkfresh Studio’s “Oh Joy” collection were perfect to document  my favorite Christmas picture.

 

 

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU.   Life is about little moments, and i was able to capture one of them while trying to get a picture of the 4 cousins.   For this projects, I chose to create a watercolor background, and use Simple Stories’ ‘Whatever” collection to   create a large title using the new Happy 2017  cut file, available for free at Scrapbook Nerd’s  store.

 

  • AMAZING & TIMELESS.   This project changed direction as it was being created. but the end result is just perfect.  Once again, I chose a cut file form The Cut Shoppe and watercolors to bring the background to live.  A few fussy cut flowers, and  embelishments from Pink Paislee’s Take me Away and Moonstruck collections.

 

 

I hope this projects inspire you to get creative with memory documenting.   Remember to always put a little piece of you in each project you create.

If you have any questions on how any of these came together, please do not hesitate to contact  me.

Thanks for visiting, today!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

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Silhouette Savvy Series: Stand-out stitched title #2

 

Hello there!

Happy New Year to you all!  May 2017  be filled with lots of health, love, happiness, and crafting time, of course!

I am back with a new entry for the Silhouette Savvy Series.  In a previous entry (click here to be taken to the entry)  i showed you how to use the pencil attachment to draw a design in the Silhouette Cameo.  This time, we will explore the same concept, but just using the regular blade on the machine.     For this entry, I am using the  ” ‘Tis the Season” cut file from the Cut Shoppe to create  the stitched title used in the project.

  • First, isolate and trace the image you want  to use ( you can find the tutorial on how to select and trace an image by clicking here).  Make sure that  you highlight the entire image, and create a compound path to the image.

 

  • Since, we will be hand-stitching the title, first we need to create a stitching guide along the perimeter of the image.  For this simply go to the Cut Settings window of the Silhouette, and select to perforate the edge of the cut file.  Here is what the image will look like after choosing this function.

 

  • Do not send the image to cut in the machine.  Instead go to the Offset window on the silhouette software, and click on create an external offset around the image.   You can chose how much space you will like around the stitched image.  Do not worry if the perforated line disappears in this stage.  Here is what your screen would look like at this stage.

 

  • Once again go to the Cut Settings window in the Silhouette software, and chose the command Cut Edge.  This will only create a cutting line around the edge of the offset of the image.  Now you will see the perforated lines of the image, and a solid line around the offset just created.  Here is what the image will look like before cutting:

 

Now all that is left to do is click on Sent to Silhouette for the machine to cut the image.  If you don’t see this image, just back track a few steps.  Usually this happens when the original image was not set to a compound path. So just undo the last few steps, make sure you create a compound path of the image, and follow the steps as highlighted in this tutorial.

Once the image is cut, I chose to use metallic watercolors to color inside the perforated line, and then spent a few hours watching Netflix, and stitching the  image.  Here is the final product:

 

 

 

I loved this picture of my kids playing with the lights of the Christmas tree, and this title was the perfect complement to this picture and layout.   The beautiful, Pinkfresh’s “Oh Joy” collection was ideal to document this lovely moment.  Here are some more close ups of the project, and the final layout.

 

 

 

 

As always, let me know if you have any questions on the tutorial.   I would love to see what you create with this technique, so don’t forget to tag Scrapbook Nerd when you share your project on social media.

 

Thanks for visiting today!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap

 

Hello there!

This year has surely flown by!  I still cannot believe it is December, already!

Well, for the last month of this year, I was just so inspired by the beautiful women in my life.  So I created pages to celebrate them, and of course I had to create a page about my baby!  Here is a recap of this month’s creations:

 

  •   #59 –  a page to celebrate my mother’s 59th birthday using the beautiful Gather collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate paper.  The lovely teal roses match the playful shaker element of the background.

 

  •  Happy Times – This month’s tutorial is all about creating watercolor backgrounds for your layouts.  In this case, the soft background, and Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection are perfect to document a reunion of family and friends.

 

  • Lovely Smile –  The negative parts of a cut-out serve as inspiration to this colorful layout about one of my younger sisters.  Once again Paige Taylor Evans’ Take Me Away collection is featured in this very colorful layout

 

  • Wild Heart –  My love for hand stitching, cut files, and pretty paper was combined to create this playful layout of my crazy niece flying above her bed.

 

  •  Happy Birthday “6” –   We love our baby, so I chose Pink Paislee’s Birthday Bash to recreate his 6th birthday cake, and celebration.

 

Though this month’s projects were girly, I hope you can draw inspiration to create colorful pages to document all your memories.

Before I go, let me wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, and a blessed New Year!
Thank you for  your support.  It is truly appreciate it!

I look forward to seeing you all in the next year!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 


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Watercolor Backgrounds for scrapbook layouts

Hello Nerds!

I have loved watercolorus since i took art classes as a little girl.   I especially love how the watercolour dries when splatter on paper, and how it can beautifully can add color to a scrapbook background.

On my last month reveal, I used a watercolor background on one of the layouts, and was asked on how to recreate the look. So i decided to give my Cameo a break for this month, and instead create a video to illustrate one of the ways i create a watercolor background.  Enjoy the video:

My apologies on not adding a voice over on the video, but it was shot a few weeks back while i was battling a bad cold, so i went with captions, instead!

Here are few notes to keep in mind when creating a watercolor background:

  • This particular background was created on heavy cardstock  (i love the Bazzill 12x12in Marshmallow card stock available at the store.  It can handle a large amount of mixed media without buckling or disintegrating) or water color paper that was not gessoed.   It is my personal choice to not gessoed these types of paper, as they can handle water nicely, and i like how watercolor dries on the paper.
  • If you are using regular cardstock or patterned paper as the background, then I will recommend you use gesso on the paper.  Try to use clear gesso, as it won’t dull the colors.  However the look of the background will be different, as the water and color will flood through the area, and the drying time is longer.
  • If possible use different brushes to create the background, this will help avoid muddling the colors.  Watercolor brushes work better for this, as they are softer than acrylic and oil brushes.
  • If you are using one color only, you can always play with the intensity of the color by controlling the amount of water used on the paper.
  • When using multiple colors, let some drying time in between colors, and chose to apply the lightest color at the end.  This will ensure that it does not get lost in the paint layers
  • When creating this background, always  start with water droplets on the page.  You can always change to alternating water and color on the next color layers.
  • Finally, if you are splattering color on a page, the size of the brush will determine the size of the splatters on the page.  A bigger brush will produce larger splatters.
  • Always remember watercolors lose their intensity as they dry, so add extra color if you want a more intense background.  Here is a picture of the fresh background, and you can see the dried background on the  layout.

 

I usually create backgrounds, and then finish the layouts, so i will give you some close ups on how i used the background, and Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection to document a picture of some of the women in my life.

i stitched the title using a free cut file from Juliana Michaels -Besties- after the watercolor had completely dried.

 

 

Here is the final layout:

I really hope this encourages you to pick up some watercolors when creating a background for your next layout.  You can always check the selection of palettes the Nerds have stocked in the store shelves ( i am trying the Prima Marketing collections, and loving them!).

As always, let me know if you have any questions.
See you all soon!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Sunday Card Share #63

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Hello Nerdy friends!
I hope you all are doing well, and getting ready to enjoy the upcoming holidays.

Trust me December is a month full of celebrations in our household, not only do we have Christmas, and New Year’s, but also four birthdays in between.  With all the time being used on preparation for the holidays, I sometimes leave the birthday cards to the last minute.  So i thought I will share with you a quick card that i made last week for my soccer-niece.

  • My favorite thing to use (when making quick cards) is  my Silhouette cameo.  For this card, i used one of the Silhouette files to create the cut out of this 5×5 in card on  Grapefruit color card stock.

  • While the machine was cutting the image, I pulled glitter paper from my stash and cut a 5×5 in square.   I also cut some smooth white card stock to create the base of  the card ( I made sure the card front could fit to the 5×5 in cut out.

  • I lined up the two pieces of paper, and punched two parallel holes  along the upper side of the square.  Then using foam dots, I attached the cut-out to the glitter paper ( i  like the  cut out shadow that this space creates on the glitter paper).

  • A small piece of ribbon, about 10-12 in, was thread through the holes punched on the card front, and tied to create a bow at the top of the card.

  • Before finishing the card, I used my We R Memory keepers envelope and bow puncher to create a envelope for the card.

  • After making sure the card fit in the envelope, I simply glued a small wood veneer word (this serves as my card’s sentiment) onto the bottom corner of the card front.  Here is the finished card:

The process of creating this card took very little time, and I love the simplicity of the card.  My little niece loved the card, too. So if you are pressed for time, using a die cutting machine can help you create cards  in   no time.

As always let me know if you have any questions about how this came together.

See you all soon!Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com


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Sunday Card Share # 62

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Hello Everyone!

It is starting to look a lot like the Holidays, every where you look.  So why not add some holiday inspiration to our Sunday Card Share space ( I will be bringing you some inspiration to this space for a few weeks).

This week i wanted to bring you some ideas on how to highlight  cut-outs (cut files) by using foiled backgrounds.

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These cards were created in a short amount of time with the help of the Silhouette Cameo,and a foiling machine. The cut files come from the Silhouette Store;  for both cards, I used white card stock to create the cut-out for  the cards.  While the Cameo was cutting the image, I used foil to cover a sheet of  toner  rich paper ( I simply print an entire sheet black in a laser printer, making sure that i set the  printer’s toner to maximum).

 

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The foiled paper was then cut to within the edges of the cut-out card stock piece.   Both pieces of paper were attached together by using some strong tape adhesive.  Finally, this piece is attached to a card base of choice ( I am using a card base made of patterned paper, in this card).

 

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Since the cut-outs in the cards are nicely highlighted by the foiled backgrounds,  the sentiment was kept simple.  I chose to attach some phrase stickers using foam adhesive, this not only adds dimension to the card, but brings some emphasis to the sentiment.

 

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The last step to complete these  cards is to create envelopes to contain them.   These envelopes were created from pattern paper using an envelope punch, but you could use a Silhouette cut file, or simply find a pattern on the internet.
These cards came together in a very short time with the aid of the cutting and foiling machine. The combination of both cut outs and foiled backgrounds  do create a very striking look on the cards.

I hope this serves as inspiration to use either or both die cut and foiling machine when creating cards.  They do save a lot of time, and there is a large source of designs available.

As always, let me know if you have any questions on  how these came together.
See you all soon!Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com


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Nathalie’s Friday Share

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Hello Nerds!

I can believe Christmas is just around the corner, and I am still working on documenting my Fall pictures.  I find that every time i see a new paper collection, it inspires me to create.  This month was the perfect example of being inspired by pretty paper.  Here is an overview of my projects:

 

  1. HEART EYES  – The new Maggie Holmes collection, “Gather” along with some mixed media were ideal to document a fun memory of my niece on Thanksgiving

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2.   BE GRATEFUL BE THANKFUL BE BLESSED –  The page was created using Fancy Pants Design’s “Golden Days” collection and a large stitched title.  It highlights my sister and her kids with the beautiful fall colors in the background

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3.  FAMILY -You Are Completely Adorable –    This was this month’s Silhouette Savvy entry.  It is all about layering digital die cuts to create dimension in a project.

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4.  LISTEN!   My favourite November layout is all about my son.  The design is simple,  but striking due to the papers in the new Bella Blvd.  Alex collection.

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5.  HAPPY CAMPER  –  once again the Golden Days collection serves as the background for the beautiful picture of my baby on our Fall walks.

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I have enjoyed working in each of these projects, and I hope they inspire you to visit the store and check all the new products the Nerds are stocking in their shelves.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting!


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Silhouette Savvy Series – Layering Cut-files

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Hello there!

One of my favorite things to see in a layout is dimension.  It can come from layering papers, embelishments, etc,  This time i will show you how to add dimension to a project by using cut files, and the best part is that it does not add bulk to the layout.  So let’s get started with a step by step picture tutorial:

 

  • I start by creating the mat cut-out.  For this I am using two separate cut files.  As you can see on the picture, I played with the word placement until i was satisfied with its position.

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  • I made sure that each cut file was a “compound path” before highlighting both images, and welding them together (you can go back a few tutorials back on this series to see the video on how to weld images together).

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  •  Once the image was welded, I created an offset to the entire image (just refer to the previous Silhouette Savvy tutorial to learn how to create offsets in the Silhouette software).  This will help when backing the cut file as it will provide the small pieces to highlight the small cuts in the word.

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  • This step is optional.  I wanted to add some texture (through hand stitching in the layout), so I decided to have the offset line of the cut-out perforated (so i can follow the perforations with the needle and floss).  I set the machine to  cut the original welded image, and perforate the offset.  All you have to do is click on each of the paths and select the options you like on the cutting window.

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  • Do not delete the original welded image, but make a copy of it (simply highlighted it all and click copy on the edit option).  Transfer the copied version onto a cut file that you want to use as layering piece.
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the original welded cut file is the one in the black lines.

 

  • Move the welded image along the layering cut file until you are satisfied with the image.  Do not move the welded image.  Using the trace function (please refer to the first Silhouette Savvy series entry), and select just the area of the cut file that is behind the welded image (leave about an inch extra cut file on each side of the image).  And have just that piece cut in the machine.

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The machine will not cut the entire cut file, just what you have traced.   Now i will show you how I used two of the newest Simple Stories collections (Posh, and The Reset Girl), to complete the layered looked of this layout.

 

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Here is the page after i hand stitched along the offset line created -you can call it the negative part of the cut-out-.  I saved the cut-out for another layout.

 

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The star background was backed with papers from the Simple Stories collections, and glued to a patterned paper from the Reset Girl basic paper pack.

 

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I used some fun foam to layer the stitched mat, and lots of strong tape to attached it on top of the mat with the star background on it.

 

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I used a different paper to back the word family, this way it gets highlighted.  I simply used a pencil to mark little dots on where the word will be setting (before gluing it to the backing mat), and cut a small piece of paper to match the markings.

 

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Since there is a lot going on in the background, i kept the embelishments around the picture very simple.  Here is the final layout:

 

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As you can see, the shadow that forms form the different levels in the cut outs creates this lovely dimension to the layout.   Give it a try in one of your layouts!  As always let me know if you have any questions about any of the steps on the tutorial.

Don’t forget to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the products used in this page, or the Cut Shoppe for the background cut-files.

Thanks for visiting, today!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

 

 

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