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Weekly Creative Team Digest

As always, the Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team has been hard at work creating stunning projects to share with you.

Nathalie's Page

Nathalie's Page Detail

Nathalie created this layout about a selfie gone wrong using the newly released cut file, and Pebbles’ Forever My Always collection. She used some Vicki Boutin gold glaze and one of Echo Park’s stencils to bring a bit of texture to the page. But the star of the page is that sweet picture of her baby’s kiss!

Mari's Page

Mari's Page Detail

Mari created this romantic layout using a combination of collections including Simple Stories “Romance”, Vicki Boutin “All the Good Things” and Crate Paper “Good Vibes”. The base of the layout is the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Paper. Mari added some Prima water color to the background using the packaging technique. There are a few mixed media stamps on the background as well. Then the layers were built on top of the mixed media. The large floral pieces were fussy cut from a paper from the “Romance” collection. The softness of the design complements the romantic photograph.

Gisele's Page Detail

Gisele's Page

Gisele used a Silhouette file (hearts wreath) and Photoplay I Love Gymnastics, frames by Crate Paper and punched some hearts. She used a puffy sticker of a butterfly as she always has something of nature on her grandnieces pages. Unknown enamel stars. Inspired by Laura Whitaker sketch.

February Tutorial Sketch

February Tutorial Sketch Page

February Tutorial Sketch Detail

And I brought you this sketch and page where I replaced one of the sketch layers with a custom made stencil and some stitching using the Vicky Boutin All the Good Things collection.

I hope we’ve inspired you. Have a great weekend and be sure to share your projects on the Scrapbook Nerd Friends and Fans Facebook page.

Milena W - designer at


Scrapbook Nerd and the Cut Shoppe

Valentine Cut Files

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

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

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

Word Up FREE cut file at

Crazy Love cut file FREE at


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

Love layout by Joy using the FREE Crazy Love cut file

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


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

Nathalie's Page


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

Nathalie's Page Detail


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

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


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

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

Have a Wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Nathalie D - designer at


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

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

Not All Layers Need To Be Paper

Hello all! Milena here with another sketch and tutorial for you.

February Tutorial Sketch

February Tutorial Sketch Page

Sometimes you might look at a sketch and think it won’t work because you’re in the mood to get your hands dirty and incorporate a little bit of mixed media on your page. Not all the layers in a sketch need to represent paper. For the large bottom layer of this sketch, I cut a stencil out of vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo and misted through it to create a soft background layer. I used vinyl instead of paper for my stencil because I find it gives cleaner edges when using textured card stock.

I began by preparing the file within Silhouette Studio.

Silhouette Screen

I then changed my cutting material to vinyl.

Choose your Media

Then I changed my Silhouette setting to Load Media and put the vinyl straight into the Cameo.Silhouette Settings

I weeded the image and placed the Transfer Paper on top.

Preparing the vinyl

Then attached the vinyl to my page.

Place on the page

I misted through the stencil and – voila! – I had a lovely background image.


February Tutorial Sketch Page

February Tutorial Sketch Detail

Go ahead and give this a try sometime if you’re feeling the need to get your hands dirty. Mixed Media can always replace a layer in a sketch.

Silhouette Stencil Vinyl

Vicky Boutin All the Good Things 12×12 Pad

Vicky Boutin All the Good Things On the Edge Embellishments

Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz

Milena W - designer at

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

Gisele J - designer at







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


Reveal Day – A New Cut file!

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

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

Free Love Story cut file at

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

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

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


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

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

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

Happy crafting!

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!


Using Mixed Media on a Layout

Welcome back to the blog today!  I love using mixed media on my projects.  It is an opportunity to create something completely original.  There are so many amazing products to include in a mixed media project.  Today I am sharing a layout using several products from the Scrapbook Nerd store.

The first product I used is the Carta Bella Prairie Floral stencil with some of the Vicki Boutin Art Crayons.  To create the look I have used, I started with some white card stock.  I treated the card stock with Vicki Boutin Gesso and let that dry before I applied the color.

Once the gesso had dried, I scribbled some of the crayon onto a palette and then picked it up with a damp sponge.  I placed the stencil onto the card stock and then rubbed the sponge onto the patterns of the stencil.  I alternated areas on the paper with different colors.  I used pink, yellow and teal.  This creates a subtle bit of color on the background.  I also splattered the background with some blue paint from my stash that matched the color scheme.

This is a fun and easy technique that you can use with any stencil and a variety of mediums.

The rest of the layout was created using the Good Vibes collection from Crate Paper and Vicki Boutin’s All the Good Things, as well as some stitching with my sewing machine and some gold Color Shine splatters.

Don’t be afraid to try some mixed media on your layouts!  It’s a fun way to create some cool effects on your projects.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!