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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 🙂

Gisele J - designer at

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!


Scrapbook Nerd Girl Digest | Weekly Review


Hi there!

Even after the Christmas festivities, the Nerdy Girls have been working on sharing a few projects to give you a bit of inspiration.   Let’s just see what they have been up to:


Mari shared a set of of beautiful Christmas cards.  She has used Crate Paper’s FALALA collection to create two simple but elegant designs.   In addition, she also added the cute puppy card, created using MFT Happy Pawlidays stamp set and die.  She used a bit of Distress Inks to frame the puppy image.   So in love with her cards!




Gisele put her personal stamp on the two cards she shared this week with us.   She also played with Crate Paper’s FALALA collection, and some Nuvo drops to create these colorful and beautiful cards.


Finally, Nathalie’s Tuesday Tutorial was focused on showing us how a bit of mixed media can help us use those busy patterned papers as a base for our projects.  She combined Photoplay’s Winter Meadow with Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collections to  create this page.  You can see her video tutorial in the previous blog post.


Well that is all for this week.  We hope these serve as inspiration/starting points for projects of your own.  Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd for all the materials used in the projects.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support during the past year, and to wish you only the best for the New Year.


Nathalie D - designer at


Scrapbook Nerd Girl Digest | Week in Review

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by the Scrapbook Nerd blog today!  Hopefully you are finding some normalcy in all of the holiday chaos!  The Nerd Girls are still busy creating and having fun with all of our goodies from the shop.  We have lots of inspiration for you this week

Let’s start with this amazing layout by Nathalie. This layout was created using one of Paige Evans’ cut files and a bit of cross stitching. Nathalie used Crate Paper’s “FA LA LA” collection, and some stickers from MME’s “Oh Joy”collection. All the colorful colors matched the picture of Nathalie’s littles in front of the Christmas tree

There are so many fun details on this layout, including some stamping and journaling.

The cross stitching on this layout is absolutely sublime.

Next we have some adorable cards by Gisèle Julien. These cards are made with the Crate Paper “FALALA” collection as well, and some Nuvo Drops in white. You can see some added stitching with white floss.  Love that detail!

Mixing it up with some pocket scrapbooking, we have team member Milena. Milena is catching up on summer layouts!! This page uses the Bella Blvd. “Mind Your Manners” collection. This is a clean, simple sketch designed for quick scrapping while getting many photos on the page.

Milena did some journaling by typing on her layout.  This adds a nice clean touch to the layout!

This is the sketch that Milena used for her layout.

Be sure to check out all of the amazing products in the shop!!

We hope you were inspired this week by our Nerd Girls!  We wish you a wonderful holiday season!  Take lots of photos!!


Choose Your Angle | Mari Clarke

Hey everyone, thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  I have a fun, winter themed layout to share with you today using a sketch created by team member Milena.  I love working from a sketch and I especially love a diagonal design.  

This particular sketch suggested the creation of the angle by cutting a triangle strip for the top and bottom of the layout.  This is an easy way to establish the angle for the layout.  The middle strip of patterned paper follows that same angle and provides a “home base” for building the rest of the layout.

The sketch also suggested various strips of paper be used to frame in the photo.  I love this idea; the strips add interest and provide a way to create emphasis on the photograph.  I added some extra texture to my paper strips by running them through my Big Shot in an embossing folder.  The circle embossing matches the other circles in the clusters, which were another suggestion in the sketch.

I placed my title and journaling in the exact spot as the sketch. I really like how this turned out!

If you need inspiration for a layout, a sketch is a great place to start.  And a diagonal layout is always fun to create!!

This layout was created using the PinkFresh Studio December Days collection.  You can find these supplies in the Scrapbook Nerd shop!

Here is Milena’s awesome sketch:

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!!  Hope you have an amazing holiday season!!



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

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

Gisele Full

Gisele Detail

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

Mari Full

Mari Detail

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

Nathalie Full

Nathalie Detail

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

3 Photo Sketch

Milena Full Milena Detail


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



Milena W - designer at




Extend Your Single Sketch

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

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

3 Photo Sketch

to build out the first page.

3 Photo Page

Double Page

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

Grid Design

And I built out the second page.

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

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

3 Photo Page







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

Craft on, everyone.


Milena W - designer at








Mind Your Manners by Bella Blvd. 




Gisele here showing off what the creative team has been working for you again. Lots of great projects to give you inspiration.

First up is Mari with this beautiful winter themed layout. She have used the adorable “Cabin Fever” collection from Carta Bella. With the gorgeous textured papers and fun embellishments in this collection, there are so many fun layouts to be created. This single photo layout includes several layered cluster areas using the die cuts, chipboard, cardstock stickers and enamel stickers. A fun winter memory is documented using this wonderful winter themed collection.

Loved how Mari used a black and white photo. Brings back memories of sliding as a child.


Next up is Nathalie : This is the last selfie of her family last year. she wanted the picture to stand out (the N was an oversight), so she  kept the pages very neutral, using a few cut files from the Cut Shoppe, SImple Stories WInter WOnderland (one of her favorites) and Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collection

Such a sweet family photo, great winter memories captured in this lovely LO.

I am in love with those alpha cut files 🙂


Milena had this great sketch :

This is what she did using the Echo Park “A Perfect Winter” collection. Love Echo Park! Such a warm winter LO.

Earlier this week I had this tutorial using Simple Stories Say Cheese. So check earlier post this week. It’s an autograph Disney mini book.

Who doesn’t love a Christmas banner? I made this one using Simple Stories Cabin Fever.

The dollie is Stampin’Up. The clothes pin found at my local dollar store, what luck!

(some Simple Stories enamel dots)

The deer is a cut file from Silhouette.

Hope you loved our projects and that they got you inspired.  We had fun creating for you. Check out the Scrapbook Nerd store, lots of scrappy goodness there. Until next scrappy time, have a great week.

Gisele J - designer at






Hey nerd friends, Gisele here with a tutorial on Disney autograph books I made earlier this fall for my 2 grandnieces.  I used the Say Cheese collection(stickers and papers) by Simple Stories from the store.

First was designing a cover for my mini; this picture shows the plastic I put over the album to protect it.

Here it is with the plastic cover opened and you can also see I used some polka dotted washi from my stash to go around the covers and on the pages too. The red cover is made from an old file folder.

I used some odds and ends of Project Life cards. These cards were affixed to some recipe card dividers that had a tab.

Used my We are Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile and some opened type hoops to attach all the pages together.

I also used several ribbons from my stash to embellish the album.

A friend lent me a Mickey Mouse punch so I used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher and stapled them to the tabs of the cards; one on each side. I stapled them as I did not want them to come apart.

The following are a few pages from the mini. As you can tell, I united all the pages by punching stars to add cohesiveness.

This is last page and I added a library type pouch(also from my stash) from Simple Stories in case the girls wanted to add some memorabilia in their mini.

This is the back of the album.


Finished album: the castle is a cut file from the Silhouette store.

I hope you were inspired by my mini autograph books. Incidentally, I made 2 of them at the same time. They are not identical but using the same materials. Even though it was time consuming I had lots of fun making these souvenir autograph books for the girls.


Gisele J - designer at

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest


Hello Everyone!

Can you believe it is December already!!!  Time has flown by, and now we are heading towards Christmas and a new year.

As usual, the Creative team has been active this week, bringing lots of inspiration and beautiful projects.  Here is a recap of what the Nerdy girls have been up to.

First up is GIsele;  she is already in the Christmas mood with this beautiful layout that features  her little nieces in some cute poses.



Gisele is using Crate Paper’s FA LA LA collection (the acrylic stars come from her stash) to document those adorable pictures…   Just beautiful and festive, Gisele!


Mari is up next with this beautiful Fall inspired pocket page.   She has combined papers and cut-apart cards from Carta Bella’s Hello Fall collection to document some of her family’s Fall activities.


Just love how she has combined the papers and embellishments from the Hello Fall collection in this lovely page.  Always inspiring to see pocket pages!



This week’s tutorial was a new, and updated version of an old Silhouette Savvy Series.  Nathalie showed us in her video tutorial how to create the stitching guide of her layout using the new Silhouette software version.



She opted to handstitch and water color the title to match all the colorful papers and embellishments from Bella Blvd’s Advent collection.   Remember to check the  previous blog post to see how you can add stitching to your pages, too!


Finally, it is the first of the month, that means a new free cut file is available at the store.   The JOY cut file is perfect to document your Holiday season, and/or all those especial winter memories.



Nathalie has created this layout using My Mind’s Eye “Oh What Fun” collection, and Simple Stories Winter Wonderland paper (as the base for the layout).    Her little niece just shines in this page.   Don’t forget to stop by the store to pick up your free cut file download.


Thank you all for joining us today.   Now to start our Holiday season!!!

Nathalie D - designer at