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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.

Free Love Story cut file at

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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,

Gisele J - designer at

Creative Team Weekly Digest

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team


Hi there!

Nathalie with you today bringing you a bit of inspiration courtesy of the amazing Scrapbook Nerd Design team.

First up is Gisele with a sweet and colorful layout about her grand-nieces.   She is a master at combining colors and designs in one page.  For this page, she is using Photoplay Paper’s “I Love Gymnastics” collection along with a few embellishments from Amy Tangerine, Bella Blvd, and JIllibean Soup.

The colors of this page are the perfect background for the picture of her adorable girls.


Next up is Mari with this gorgeous card. She created this Valentine’s card using Yupo paper and Ranger Alcohol Inks; these products are so much fun and so easy to work with. Using the Alcohol Blending Solution, Alcohol Inks and a straw, Mari created the rainbow of colors on the card front. She used a die to cut the card front out. She added the silver glitter die cut using the MFT Mandala Die. Some hearts were cut from glitter paper using a heart punch from her stash. The card front was added to an A2 white card base. A sentiment was added to the inside using the Hero Arts “You Are Loved Messages” stamp set.

This card is truly a work of art.

Be sure to watch Mari’s process video to see how she created her beautiful card.


Joy created a few projects using one of this month’s free cut files (LOVE SONG) .   First she used one of the cut file’s images to create this simple layered tag.


She then used some of the other cut file images to create this rather masculine card ( just in time for Valentine’s Day!).  Thanks Joy for sharing your projects with us.



Finally, Nathalie’s Tuesday Tutorial was a new entry to the Silhouette Savvy Series.   Her focus was on showing how easy it could be to create a one-of-a-kind background by simply welding some of the cut file images together.

She then proceeded to show us  how she put the layout together by combining some homemade marbke paper with the beautiful Simple Stories “Romance” collection.

That is all for this week!  AWESOME work ladies!!!

See you all very soon!

Nathalie D - designer at


Silhouette Savvy Series: Welding Cut Files

Tutorials and creative tips


Hi there!

Hope you are doing well!

We are heading into February (time is flying!), and that means “Valentine’s day”.    The store will be releasing a few free cut files, this month.  The Love Story cut file is available now and the rest will follow on Feb, 1st.

I wanted to show you an easy way to manipulate the cut file to create a one-of-a-kind cut out by welding some of the cut file images.  So sit back, and take notes on how to weld cut file images together:



Here is a small cheat sheet on the steps to follow:

  • Open and trace each of the images you will be using.  Make sure that the image is converted into a Compound Path (highlight the entire image -only what will be used in the cut out-, right click on the mouse, and chose “Make Compound Path”
  • Move the image so that it is intersecting?touching the other image/images that it will be welded to
  • Highlight the all the images to be weld, right click the mouse, and chose “Weld”  or chose the Modify window, and click on the “Weld”comand.

It is that simple!  Two things to  remember are:

  1. Make sure you are only selecting the image that you will be welding together  ( you can always get rid of any extra images by releasing the path, and then deleting any unwanted pieces.  Don’t forget to convert the  cleaned image back to a Compound path).
  2. The images being welded have to intersect/touch for this comand to function correctly



Now let me show you how this page came together using the cut out created in the previous video, a bit of mixed media, and the beautiful “ROMANCE” collection from Simple Stories. SO  sit and enjoy the nex few minutes:




As you see, I used a bit of watercolor and Yupo transluscent paper to create my own marble paper to back the cut file.




All the embellishments from the “Romance” collection complement the picture of my husband and I while watching tv.


I hope this inspires you to bring out your Silhouette machines, and create a one-of-a-kind cut out by simply welding some images together.

Let me know if you have questions about how this came together.

Take care!

Nathalie D - designer at

Yupo Transluscent watercolor paper pad

Prima Marketing watercolor palettes – The Classics, The Tropicals, Pastel Dreams, and Odyssey

Simple Stories  – Romance collection – kit

, stickers, chipboard stickers, die cut pieces

Simple Stories – High Style paper pad

Free Love Story cut file at

Creative Team Weekly Digest

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team

Welcome to the blog today!  The creative team at Scrapbook Nerd has been busy creating some fun projects over the last week!

First, we have this beautiful project by Nathalie! Nathalie created this page using the new Vicki Boutin “All the Good Things” collection. She used Prima Marketing’s Odyssey watercolor palette to create the background, and a Silhouette cut file (backed with vellum to add softness to the page). She kept the design simple, so that the background and picture are the focus of the page.

The mixed media details, cut file and embellishing are perfect complements for this lovely photo!

Next is this fun layout by Gisele.  Gisele has used the Crate Paper “December Days” papers, ephemera, stickers, and enamel dots. She has also included bows by Bella Blvd,
felt pompoms by Amy Tangerine, and AC Thickers by Dear Lizzy.
Gisele has included EK Success tree border punch and Shimelle date stamp.

The placement of the embellishment clusters and title are perfect accents for this cute holiday photo documenting a fun memory.


Circles, circles, circles!! The week’s sketch is all about the circles. For the background, instead of adhering circles, Milena used the altenew Pattern Play Circle Stamp.

She stamped and embossed the image, then used distress inks on the white and kraft background, and distress oxides on the black background.

She then used the Hero Arts Nested Circles die to cut out the larger circle and blended oxide inks over it to be sure it matched the colours in the stamped background. She stamped some quick sentiments (by lawn fawn) and added some Studio Katia sequins and the cards were done. Cards are quick and fun to make and great for trying out new techniques.


Next we have a mixed media layout by Mari.  This layout was featured earlier this week as part of the Nerd Girl Tutorial Tuesday post.  The details for the layout can be found in that post!

This layout includes some mixed media including Vicki Boutin Art Crayons and embellishments from Vicki’s “All the Good Things” and Crate Paper’s “Good Vibes”.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


Creative Team Weekly Digest

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Hello my crafty friends! I’m back to share with you all the fantastic projects the Creative Team has been creating for you.

First up is Mari with this gorgeous 12×12 layout.  I love the stitching coming in from each corner. It really draws your eye in toward the photo.

Mari has used the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection to create this layout. The base of the layout is white card stock. Mari did some gold stitching with her sewing machine from corner to corner to create a focal point for the layout. She then applied some Ranger Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio in the center of the paper. Some drops of water were added to the inked area to create a water droplet effect. The photo layers were created using the 6×6 paper pad and a pom pom chipboard frame. Bits of paper, stickers, enamel dots and embellishments were used from the collection to finish up the layout.

Mari's Page Mari's Page Detail

Mari's Page Detail

Next we have Nathalie’s page. I love the layering of the flowers on this page. Fussy cutting can be time consuming but the final result is definitely worth it.

Nathalie created this page using Jillibean’s Farmhouse Stew collection. She wanted to use the flower motif of the collection, so there was a lot of fussy cutting. The direction of the title complements the flower explosion of the page that is all about her little cousins in Ecuador!

Nathalie's Page

Nathalie's Page Detail Nathalie's Page Detail

Gisele’s page captures her busy in the kitchen! The snowflake right next to the photo is a beautiful complement to the theme of the page and really grabs your attention.

Gisele used the Simple Stories Very Merry collection. The page also includes some Simple Stories enamel dots, a snowflake fussy cut from the papers, Crystal Nuvo drops in white blizzard over the wood veneer snowflake, words, stickers and chipboard from the collection, deer and twine unknown, alphas are Jillibean and the date stamp is by Shimelle.

And I brought you 2 pages and a sketch designed to demonstrate how easy it is to get more photos on a page using a collage app with a single photo sketch if you need to fit more on a page.

January Tutorial Sketch

For this page I used the Echo Park Cat Mini Theme Collection, wood veneer by Jillibean and some Thickers.

January Tutorial Page Shadow

January Tutorial Detail Shadow

This page came together easily with the Mad 4 Plaid collection kit and ephemera die cuts by Photo Play and some Thickers.

January Tutorial Kittens

January Tutorial Detail Kittens

Milena's Page Detail

I hope we were able to provide you with some inspiration and I look forward to seeing you all on the Facebook page for this weekend’s online crop.

Happy crafting everyone.

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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!


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

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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.