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Friday Review of Cathy’s Projects

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Collection Pack by Jillibean Soup – Chit Chat Chowder

With all 4 of my projects this week I tried to pick embellishment techniques that are super easy for everyone.

On project #1 the happy face has a pop dot used for added dimension. I also substituted a button for the letter O for added dimension as well as visual interest.

Project # 2 stencils with gelatos so super easy to do (see my below in the scrapbook nerd blog for more information)

Project # 3 has the look of splatter (I used a stamp!) it doesn’t get any easier.

This layout has…..paper ripped edges, sand paper edge, and inked edge. Another super easy technique is just to add pop dots or foam tape to die cuts (your own or pre packaged) as I did with the embellishments in the top left hand corner.

The papers in this collection are so easy to mix and match and suit so many occasions you really don’t have to work hard to make your photo’s stand out as special, some easy techniques are all  you will need!

Happy Crafting …….. CA

 

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One Canoe Two Hazelwood Collection with Barb

Hello everyone. I hope you’ve all had a great week where you were able to find some time to get into your crafty zone and get creative. I have, and it’s felt good. This week I’ve been playing with the fabulous One Canoe Two Hazelwood collection. This is a new collaboration between One Canoe Two and American Crafts. You know only great things could come out of these two getting together!

“The Hazelwood collection showcases the simple comforts in life and is accented by sophisticated hand lettering. Create stunning paper projects with an assortment of versatile embellishments in a pleasing palette of delightful mint, honeycomb yellow, and pale pink. ”

If you love a subtle outdoorsy feel on your papers, then this is the collection for you!

Project One: Capture the Memory

When I saw this collection it made me feel like I was in a flower-filled meadow with the butterflies gently fluttering by.  I knew I had grab some photos of a trip that my husband and I took this past summer. It was a train trip in Northern Ontario through the Agawa Canyon.  At the end of the line, we got off and spent some time walking through this serene scene.

For this layout, I was inspired by both the beautiful florals and pretty butterflies in this collection. I simply used the ephemera and the cork shapes to embellish the page.

Project Two:  Boston Love

If you visited the blog earlier in the week, you saw this layout.  It was part of the tutorial this week on using the new Therm O Web Deco Foil Transfer Gel medium as a method of adding foil to your projects.  If you haven’t seen it, be sure to look back to check it out.  If you love foiling, you will LOVE this product!

Once again, the butterflies in the Hazelwood collection inspired me to pull out these photos of a girls’ trip we took to Boston.  We stayed in this gorgeous house, with a gorgeous yard that spilled out into a bay.  I love the cork shapes that come in this collection and used one of the words as part of my title. Once again, just adding some ephemera pieces and fussy cutting some flowers from one of the papers was all it took to finish this page off.

Project Three: Hey Little Lady

I’ve had these photos of my son and his grandmother on my agenda to do for a while now. He is 6’3″ and she is maybe 5′ now!

I love this large floral paper in this collection.  I decided to just fussy cut some of the flowers and just tuck them in behind the photos.  I loved the look and decided not to add too much more, as I didn’t want to take away from the beautiful paper, or the photos. Just adding in some gold words was perfect.

Those are my three projects for this week. Thank you for checking them out. If you haven’t added any of this collection to your stash, you really must do so. It is so gorgeous! You can find it all in the Scrapbook Nerd Store!


Foiling with the Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Hello everyone. It’s another Tuesday, and time for another tutorial. We have just received a large order from Therm-o-Web with new Deco Foil products. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this order to come so I could get my hands on the new Deco Foil Transfer Gel. This transfer gel allows you to create beautiful projects by adding foil using your stencils or screens. I decided to do a tutorial this week, on just how easy it is.


For this project I’ve used the One Canoe Two Hazelwood collection.
You will also need the following:
Deco Foil transfer gel
Deco foil (or similar type foils such as the Minc)
stencil
a laminator

How to:

I pre-planned where I was going to place my patterned paper and photos in order to determine where I wanted to place my stencil.

Once you decide where you are going to place your stencil, you will spread some of the transfer gel over top of the stencil, in the same way you would with texture paste, making sure to give a good, even coat.

Once you have added the gel, carefully lift off the stencil.
Allow some time (maybe 15 minutes or so) for the gel to dry before proceeding to the next step. You will know when the gel is dry as it will turn from white to clear.

Once the gel has dried, lay your foil over top and run through your laminator as per the instructions for your laminator (using either parchment paper or the laminator folders).

Peel off the foil and see the beautiful results!

Here’s a look at my completed layout. I love the look of the foil underneath the embellishment clusters and plan on doing this more often.

Thanks for visiting the blog today and for checking out the tutorial.
I hope you have a happy, crafty week!


Dear Lizzy Lovely Day with Barb

It’s my turn this week to share my projects.  I have been playing with the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection.  I fell in love with this collection the moment I laid my eyes on it.  I love the colour combination of the navy, pinks, and greens.  It’s such a fresh combination and it makes it so versatile to use on a feminine page, as well as something a little more masculine.

Project One: Enjoy the Moment

I have been using this collection with some of my travel pictures.  I love that some of the icons lend themselves to be used on travel layouts.  I’m also in love with all the rose gold accents!  On this layout I added some rose gold foil to my title using the Therm-o-Web deco foil.

Project Two:  Breakfast in Paradise

As soon as I saw the little birds in this collection, I knew I wanted to use them with some of my pictures of our tropical winter vacation.  They are so adorable!

  Project Three: Amalfi Coast

I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers for this layout.  It made it very easy just to add a few of the embellishments from the Lovey Day collection and then I was done.

Thank you for visiting the blog and checking out my projects.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out this collection, make sure you do.  You will love it!


Focus on Patterned Paper

 

Hello Crafty friends!

I hope you all are doing great, now that the weather is starting to change!

Today, I am popping here with a new tutorial (my Cameo is taking a rest this time!) that showcases the patterns in the new Pinkfresh Studio collection “DREAM ON”.      In case you haven’t seen the collection, just click here to be directed to the store (I hope there is still some of the collection left, as it is beautiful!).  The patterns on the papers are just very modern, and unique, plus the colors are just Spring”y” .

 

 

This layout took exactly 30 minutes to come together.  The inspiration for this page was the patterns on the paper, especially the large phrase paper ( Aspire ).  So i set to cut out the last sentence group on the page,  “SMILE Life is Beautiful.  REMEMBER Who Loves You”.  I used my detailing scissors, and exacto knife to fussy cut the letters.

 

 

This picture of my mom and nephew is a favorite of ours, and the perfect image to accompany the title.   Using the “Day” paper as a base (the paper has a lovely subtle grid design), I attached the picture and  laid the title (using foam tape) around the picture.  Since the title is so large, a few small pieces from the collection embellishments was all it was needed to frame the picture.

 

 

Since the picture and title are anchoring the page in the center.  I fussy cut four rows of circles from the “WISH” paper, and machine stitched them on the page along the horizontal edges of the  page.

 

 

This collection is filled with interesting patterns that repeat through the collection, so I picked a mixture of pieces that from the embellishments that resemble the triangles, and circles  in the papers’s patterns.  These were clustered at opposite corners (diagonally) on the page.

 

 

A few lines of journal complete the page.   Here is a quick video on how this page came together (please forgive the light in the video… we are working on setting a new light system that works for me!)…

 

 

Did you see the lighting issues?  My tech savvy son and hubby are working on fixing it.    Back to the layout, now!… The  patterns in the papers in this collection is what inspire this layout, as I always  build backgrounds before adding a picture to it.  Like I mentioned, the  large sentence paper is what brought this page together.  So next time, take a closer look at the patterns in your papers, you will be amazed at what they can inspire!

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

See you all soon!

 

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Paige’s March Friday Recap

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Hello All,

When I write these Friday recaps, I am aware of the passage of time. As winter has become spring (and then feels like winter again!), I notice that I am wrapping up scrapbooking my winter photos, and looking forward to the variety that comes with moving outdoors.

  1. Love You: This photo, taken at an outdoor winter carnival, was too busy initially with a lot of colour and background distraction. But when I cropped it and made it black and white, it was a great photo of my son that I wanted to use to express how I feel about him at this time.
  2. Roll all of your Windows Down: This layout was inspired by my favourite TV show, This is Us, and the advice of a character that I took to heart. I detailed the use of long titles in this layout and the next in my Tuesday Tutorial.

    Long Titles

  3. Love by Any Other Name: Another title-focussed layout, I used the cut file to frame all the nicknames my son has given our new dog.
  4. Let it Snow: I chose to use white, gold and black to document this winter hike. I also played with some mixed media as a background layer.
  5. Throwback Snowman Silliness: In this layout, I was inspired by the snowman paper in Snow and Cocoa, and reached back for a photo from years ago with my boys making a snowman.
    Well, I am looking forward to the next month of sharing layouts which will feature the new, fresh feel and colours of spring.
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Focus on Long Titles

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Hello Nerds!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get stumped by trying to come up with a title for my layout. And yet, for me, it is important to have a title on each of my layouts because I find that when I share them with people, most look only at the photos and the title. If they are not taking the time to read my journaling, then a title becomes even more important.

Then there are the times that a title almost becomes the focal point, or the inspiration for my layout.

For the past six months, I have been a devoted fan of the new TV show, This is Us. I watch each week, laughing and crying in equal proportion and falling more and more in love with the characters and their stories. One recent show touched millions of viewers and the next day, I followed the advice of one of the characters to “Roll all of your windows down. Crank up the music!” After a particularly difficult few months, this really did lift my spirits.

So I wanted to capture the moment and the feeling by making the title long, colourful and vibrant. I like to use all different fonts, sizes and forms of alpha stickers.

Long Titles

In this next layout, the inspiration was the story: how my son has created and used more than a dozen nicknames for our new puppy Wrigley. These two just adore one another, and the silliness of the names demonstrates Liam’s creativity and the playfulness they share.

I knew I would list all the crazy names and loved using the heart cut file to contain them. Then it took a while to come up with the title. At first, I was thinking “The many names of love”, but realized that was a phrase many faces of love. It took a bit, but finally the phrase “Love by any other name” came up – I think that it is from a book.

Again, I framed the photo with the title, and used the different colours of Thickers that occur in the papers backing the hearts.

Do you enjoy coming up with titles? I’d love to see some of your projects where you incorporate long titles.

Happy Scrapping!

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Nathalie’s March Friday Recap

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Hello there friends!

Can you believe that Spring is just around the corner?  But it seems winter just does not want to leave us yet!   I think we are ready for a new season, so all my good thoughts and vibes were channeled to this month’s projects, and my biggest source of inspiration was color.

Here is a quick look at what i created this month:

  •  “4”   The happy, colorful and super cheery “Joy Parade” collection from Fancy Pants Designs was perfect to document my little’s 4th birthday picture.   The  large confetti shaker element as a background just enhances the celebration feeling of this page.

 

  •  “HELLO FUN”   The layout was created as a companion to the Silhouette Savvy Series entry abut combining cut files.   The layout uses the free “Ho Ho Holidays”  cut file -designed by the Cut Shoppe for Scrapbook Nerd- and the new Paige Evans’s “Oh My Heart” collection to document my niece’s idea of fun, jumping on the bed.

 

  • “YOU”    I love florals, and the ones in the “Oh My Heart” collection from Pink Paislee are just so beautiful.   A bit of hand stitching to the fussy cut images was perfect to enhance the images details, and bring texture to this page.   A simple mixed media background complements the picture of my teenage daughter.

 

  •  “LIVE FOR THE MOMENT”   One of the new Pinkfresh Studio releases, “Dream On” was a dream to work with.  The patterns in the papers, and the beautiful color combination on the papers along with the Cut Shoppe’s cut  file added plenty of interest to this page all about my teenage son.

 

  • “FOREVER”   I just had to create this page,  since we have a lot of winter/snow pictures this year, I wanted to document one of my favorites in a non-wintery way.  So i picked this beautiful pink background from the “Oh My Heart” collection, added  this soft cut out -created from the Winter Lace cut file from the Silhouette Store-, and a bit of hand stitching to highlight the picture of my husband and I on one of our walks.

I hope this set of projects have served as inspiration to pull some color into your work, trust me is an excellent way to beat the winter blahs!

Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store to check what the ladies are bringing to the shelves, there are so many new products available.

I am always a comment away, if you need assistance with anything related to this projects or the blog tutorials.

Take care!


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Silhouette Savvy Series : Combining Cut Files

Hello there!

I hope that you all are keeping safe from the snow, and hopefully ready to welcome Spring (let’s hope it arrives soon!!!)

It is time for a new entry for the Silhouette Savvy Series.  This time I wanted to refresh a past tutorial, and maybe give you a new way to create a new image by combining cut files.

 

This time, I will use the HO HO Holidays cut file (It is a Christmas cut file!) to create a newer image.  So let’s get started:

  • i chose to work with the star shape, and the flower/firework image of the cut file.  After tracing and isolating the images (just click here to be taken to the tutorial that will show you how to trace and isolate an image);  the flower/firework was copied a few times, the images were then placed so that it resembled a star full of this image.
  • Once the images are in place, proceed to weld the image together (click here to be taken to the tutorial that shows how to weld images on the Silhouette software).

 

  • Now using the outer edge of the star shape on the cut file, simply size it to fit over the welded flower/firework images.
  • Use the mouse to highlight both images.
  • Go to the modify window, and chose the command “CROP”.  Remember to make sure the welded image has been converted into a “compound path” – this can be achieved by simply highlighting the entire image, right click on the mouse, and choosing “Compound Path”

This is what the new image will look like after the two cut files were combined by using the crop function.

  • Highlight the image, right click, and chose create a compound path of this image.  This is what the Silhouette will cut – a star made up of the flower/firework image-.

 

  • For this project, i added the outline of the star a second time.  Simply enlarge the image (just click on the image, and dragged your mouse until your liking), then highlight both images, go to the Nest window, and chose center.  Both images will be centered to each other.

Now you are ready to cut the images.   Just chose your medium, and send to the Silhouette to cut.   Here is few highlights of how this cut out was used:

Before welding the images, I copied them onto a new file in the silhouette software, and use the flower/firework image to cut the outline in various papers from the Oh My Heart collection.

This project transformed as it was being formed, and i chose to back the image with a light green paper from the Take Me Away collection, a bit of machine stitching secures the pieces together.

I had already scrapped the first picture of this series of my niece jumping on her bed for my album.  This layout is going in her album!  To frame the picture, I picked pieces from the Oh My Heart and TaKe me Away collections to frame the picture.

To balance, and ground the page, a strip of paper from the collection was added to the bottom of the page, and a small cluster was then created at one of the corners of the collection.  All the journal was added around the star edge.  Here is the final layout:

I love the colour in this page, and even though the initial cut out image was covered with the colour shapes, it can still be seen as a shadow of the shapes.

As always let me know if you have any questions on how this came together.  I am always a comment away.

See you all soon!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com


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Mixed Media Favourites

Welcome back friends,
I’m back to share some projects that I created using some of my favourite things.
1. Making my own background papers
2. Paint!
3. Dina Wakley stamps

Mixed Media cards using Dina Wakley paints & stamps
I started with a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper that I created with paint, stamps and stencils. Then cut it down into several pieces including one tag.  
Mixed Media cards using Dina Wakley paints & stamps
All of the focal images have been stamped, cut out, and popped up with foam tape. I added a few details to some of the cards with paint, stamps and the tube from a paper towel roll.

Mixed Media cards using Dina Wakley Media paints & stamps
Mixed Media tag using Dina Wakley paints & stamps
Some of the sentiments are from the Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book. Another favourite product of mine. 🙂

Mixed Media cards using Dina Wakley paints & stampsThank you for stopping by the SN blog.  Check out some of our previous posts about creating your own backgrounds – background papers and making my own background

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