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Paige’s May Friday Recap

 

Hello All!

I hope that you have enjoyed a lovely week.

This week, I have share a variety of different collections in my layouts. Most of these were created at the Scrapbook Nerd iNSD event earlier this month.

  1. Turkey: profiling the first time my husband tried turkey hunting last month, I used papers and embellishments from Pink Paislee’s “Outfitters” collection.
  2. Best Friends: I enjoyed using this star cut file and the amazing papers from Fancy Pant’s Family & Co. collection to document the sweet relationship that has developed between my son and our new puppy.
  3. Live More: As explained in the tutorial post earlier this week, in this layout, I wanted to tell a story about how I have tried to keep my spirits up through an injury/surgery/absence from work. This beautiful collection from Pinkfresh Studio had the perfect background paper, but after adding the photo and some embellishments, I didn’t have enough room for the journalling. I explain how I created a pocket on the back for hidden journalling on a tag.
  4. Fearless Keeper: The Simple Stories – Simple Soccer Set was perfect for telling the story of my youngest son who plays goal keeper for his soccer team.
  5. We are Family: I was keen to use more of the Family & Co. collection, as well as a set of gelatos (that I won at the crop) that matched the colours perfectly. I made four little clusters using papers and die cuts/tags from the collection with some colour from the gelatos in behind.
    Hoping that all of you are finding time for your creative pursuits even as the nicer weather takes us outside!Paige @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap

 

Hello Crafty Friends,

Can you believe we are at the end of my reveal week?!!.   This month’s projects were all inspired by the saying, ” April Showers bring May’s Flowers”, and boy!  did I  use flowers for all of this week’s projects.   Let me show you what i was inspired to create:

  • You Are My Bright Side.  The beautiful May cut file from Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine was the starting point for this page.  The fussy cut elements from the the Oh My Heart collection complete this page all about my little niece

 

  • 14!    This month’s Silhouette Savvy Series entry focuses on altering one cut file to obtain multiple looks and projects.   Once again the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine cut file was used, and the samples were created using Dear Lizzy’s Lovely Day collection, and Simple Stories Faith collection.

 

 

  • Thumbs Up.    Continuing with the floral inspiration for the month,  this project features one of the paper cut outs that is included in the 12×12 paper pads from Pink Paislee’s Oh My Heart collection, a few french knots, and a colorful mixed media background.

 

  • MOM.   May is  the month to celebrate Moms!   For  this project, i created the cut file -which is available for free at the Scrapbook Nerd Store – and the gorgeous Kaisercraft Wildflower collection to document a sweet embrace between my mom and the littlest.

 

I hope these all serve as inspiration for your own projects.   Flowers never go out of style, and the paper kind last forever.

Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store to pick up the free cut file ( I would love to see what you create with it!), and to check all the materials used in these projects.  There is a lot of beautiful floral papers available in the store’s shelves.

I am a comment away if you have any questions on how any of these projects came together.

 

Take care!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

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A mini-album with tags, flaps and pull-outs!

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I’m so happy that spring is here finally, despite the rainy days. With spring, I have been enjoying using collections with lovely spring colours and icons. Hazelwood by OneCanoeTwo fits the bill and even after using it on many layouts, I still had a lot of papers and embellishments to work with.

I hadn’t done a mini-album in quite a long time and thought it would make a nice gift for my sister. I asked her to send me photos of things she is grateful for. Luckily for me, she also decided to send me some journalling for each photo. There were both landscape and portrait photos, so I cropped most of them into 4×4 photos. That helped me decide to make the album 6×6.

Inside cover: Celebrate this lovely life.

I cut six papers at 6×12 for the inside pages and scored at 1″, 6″ and 11″, and folded each paper in half. For the outside cover, again cut at 6×12, I scored at 5″, 6″ and 7″, and folded at the 6″ mark. So that each of the inside papers were just slightly smaller than the cover, I trimmed each by 1/8″.

I decided on the order of the pages and then lined up the scored 1″ parts within the spine of the cover. Once they were all lined up, I punched three holes through all the papers. I chose a ribbon and placed the ends down through the two outer holes and up through the middle one, tying a bow.

I wanted to use a lot of tags in this album, to hold the journalling, additional photos, or embellishments. On most pages, I used the photos as pockets to tuck tags in behind.

tucking in tags

hidden journalling on tags

Also, while I sealed the bottom of the pages, I left the tops open. This allowed me to create inserts which hold additional photos. I really enjoyed pairing current photos with much older ones to show how my sister’s family had changed, but not changed all that much.

Traditions through the years

A family that travels together

I made different types of flaps/pull up for the inserts. For this one, the flap covered most of the photo and allowed for a lot of embellishment and then lifted to reveal both the photo and journalling as well as lifting up to another photo.

right side, flap insert

 

flap lifted

insert pulled out

I like that I was able to start the album with my sister and her husband early in their marriage, and end it with him more recently, going to the top of a mountain top for her.

a true love story

This was such an easy collection to use for this project, as everything coordinates but also allows for a diversity of colours and photo types.

Do you enjoy creating min-albums?

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Creating a background with Distress Oxides

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Hello there!

It finally looks like we have passed our Winter season!   Trees are starting to bloom, and soon everything will be once again full of light and color.

In fact this month’s reveals are inspired by color, and for this week’s tutorial, I want to invite you to discover Distress Oxides,

This new medium is so easy to work with, as it combines dye and pigment inks in one simple package.  The combination of the two creates a matte effect (due to the pigment) on the paper but allows the colors to shine on their own, and not to become muddled when mixed together.

Here is a small video on how the layout and background came together, so grab a seat, and ENJOY!

 

As you can see in the video,  I used a combination of Faded Jeans, and Cracked Pistachio  Distress Oxides to recreate the color of the water in the picture.   The colors, when layered, did not fade into a dark teal -which would have happened- had I used another medium.   I have played with some of the other hues and can say that you can create a multi-color background without muddling the effect by allowing the colors to dry a bit in between.  I will work a layout to show you in the near future.

Here are a few close-ups of the effect the Distress Oxides  look like once dried:

I love how the background looks like splattered water behind the picture and large title, and it was perfect to frame this picture of my daughter and niece enjoying our backyard pool. The colourful, and beautiful Bella Blvd. “Secrets of the Sea” collection was the ideal to complete this page.

Here is the final layout:

 

I hope you feel inspired to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the new colours of  Distress Oxides, as well as all the new collections available there.   You can always leave a comment if you have a question on how this came together.

See you all soon!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com


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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!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

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Paper Rosettes for Valentine’s Day

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

See you all soon!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap

 

Hello there!

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

Thanks for visiting, today!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

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Silhouette Savvy Series: Stand-out stitched title #2

 

Hello there!

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Thanks for visiting today!

 

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap

 

Hello there!

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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Sunday Card Share #63

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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