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Mixed media canvas project

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Hello Scrapbook Nerd friends,
I hope you had a nice Easter long weekend, I had a fun day with my family out in Port Elgin.
I’m already looking forward to the leftovers and turkey sandwiches. ūüėÄ

The mixed media share today is a 6×6 canvas board.
This canvas project has 3 layers; it starts with the script background, some¬†tissuestock¬†from Canvas Crop., some paint, and the final layer is the coffee cups & title.But First Coffee- mixed media canvas board projectI¬†like the grungy background and it really makes those cups pop off the page. The ‘table’ the cups are sitting on was created with the Ornate stencil and some umber paint. The cups were die-cut from the Atwell 6×6 paper pad and two of the cups have some light stenciling on them for some added interest. I added a hand drawn border before adhering the words, I think it helps contains things and gives it a finished look.

Mixed Media canvas

I hope you found some inspiration today. If you have any questions please post them in your comment. Happy crafting!
Joy @

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. ūüôā

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 Рbackground papers and making my own background

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Tuesday Tutorial – Combining techniques with cut files


Hello there,

I hope you all are getting ready for the upcoming Spring season. ¬†There are so many beautiful paper collections arriving at the Scrapbook Nerd store. ¬† In addition, the Nerds are offering a new beautiful cut file, designed exclusively by Ashley Horton from the Cut Shoppe, for free. ¬† Just hop to the store to get your free copy of the “Spring Things” cut file.



As you all know, I love cut files and my Cameo, so I set out to create a layout using the new Spring Things cut file and a few techniques along with it. ¬†Firstly, I ¬†used the “Bloom” image of the cut file to create the title of this layout. ¬† In addition, an offset was created around the image ( this line was perforated by the cameo, so that hand stitching could be added to the layout). ¬† ¬†Here is where i went technical in my cameo ( i promise a video tutorial in the near future), but you can achieve the similar result by using a pair of scissors, and trimming the cut file in such way that the bottom half of the letters become the edge of the background.



I recently picked Maggie Holmes’s Chasing Dreams collection from the store, and the watercolor paper in the collection was the inspiration for the mixed media in this layout, ¬†Using the packaging technique, and a few Heidi Swapp color shine sprays the mixed media background was created.



The floral image was then used to create a sort of a lace layer on top of the mixed media.  I simply sized the image so that the edges peeked out of the small picture.



The word title of the image was backed with paper from the collection.  A bit of hand stitching (using the path created with the perforated offset of the image) adds texture to the page.



To add texture besides the stitching, I added a piece of torn vellum between the cut out and the patterned paper.   Some machine stitching secures the page together, and continues the texture of the stitching on the title.



The picture of my daughter was trimmed to a 3×3 in square. ¬† Pieces of embellishments from the ¬†Chasing Dreams collection were added to frame the picture.



The mixed media, hand and machine stitching, as well as the vellum layer add texture and softness to this layout.  Here is the final layout:



Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd Store to pick up your free copy of the Spring Things cut file – it is truly a beautiful one -.

As always, i am a comment away if you have any questions on how any of this  came together.   I will be more than happy to lend you a hand.

Till next week!


Nathalie @



Mixed Media Tag

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Hi there,
Joy here with you today and I’m happy to share a gift tag that I created with the new
Studio Katia Mandala stamp.
This tag is very different for me because the colour combination is very outside my comfort zone. I had a hard time finishing it off and second-guessed myself, the colours changed and there are a lot of watercolour layers.

Mixed Media tag using Studio Katia Mandala stamp
I’m still not 100% happy with the way this turned out but it was great stepping outside my comfort zone. The Studio Katia stamp is a wonderful stamp and it’s a must have I think.

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I hope you enjoyed this little piece of inspiration. I hope you take a chance and use a colour combo that is outside your wheelhouse. Happy crafting!

Mixed Media cards

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It’s Joy here today sharing a new mixed media project with you.
We recently started a new card swap over on our Facebook Friends page and the theme for this swap is birthday cards. I decided to make a masculine card with a bit of a watercolour background and some stamps.

I created a time-lapse video for you to see how I’m creating these cards on mass for the card swap.

Sunday Card Share @ Mixed Media birthday card Sunday Card Share Sunday Card ShareLet me know what you think and if you have any questions post them in your comments.
Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today, have a great week!

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Mixed Media on Monday

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Welcome back everyone,
I’ve been art journaling for a few years now and I still feel like I’m finding my style.
Some pages are full of texture and colour, others have more white space and I only use paint. Our art journals can be anything we want them to be and that means anything goes.

My page today started with a piece of deli paper that had paint on it, I think it was a scratch paper I was cleaning my brayer on and it gave me a colour palette to work with.

The girl on this page came from a magazine, I keep a stack of images in my stash and add to it when I get some fashion mags from my sister-in-law.
I usually add a quote to my pages but I couldn’t decide on one to use for this page so for now it’s blank.Art journal page by Joy @ scrapbooknerd.commixed media art journal page
mixed media art journal page

If you have any questions please let me know in your comments.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Mixed Media on Monday

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Hello all,

It’s time for some more mixed media inspiration and as promised I am using the papers
I made in the MMM post two weeks ago. If you want to check out that post
you can click right here.DYI art journal paper
I get so much enjoyment out of creating art journal pages, it’s so relaxing and I just put things on the page. No stressing over choices and lots of colour!
If you have any questions about any part of the process or need some clarification on the techniques I used, please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. ūüôā

Here we go.
1. I cut up the DIY paper into strips of varying widths and then adhered them to my blank art journal page
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2. Using similar colours of paint and a brayer, I rolled on some colour overtop of the entire page and then started adding some layers with stencils, paint and a sponge.Mixed media on Monday

3. After adding several different stencils, I tore some pages from a magazine and added strips to the page. The next layer I added was some stamping with black Archival inks, then some doodling with a permanent black pen.Mixed media on Monday

4. The finishing touches were added by inking the edge of the entire page with black ink, adding a quote and then adhering the red arrow. When glueing things down, I like to use a matte medium.Perfect is Overrated art journal page by Joy.
Let me know if you have any questions in your comments.
Thank you for visiting with me today, I will be back again next Monday.

Mixed Media on Monday

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Welcome friends,

I wanted to share the process of making some background papers with you this week. I’m going to use & share the projects I create with these homemade papers upcoming posts. Making your own backgrounds can work for a lot of your projects including, collage, cardmaking and scrapbook layouts.

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I started with some old pattern papers from my stash, gesso, and an old door key. I added a very thin layer of gesso to both pages, you can see in the photo below how thin the layer of gesso is.Making your own background paper @

I grabbed my paintbox and got to work. I added some colour with my hands on one paper, I used the old door card again on the other sheet.Making your own background paper @
Below you can see the first couple of layers of paint I added. I got out some stencils, a brayer, molding paste, and some other tools to create some texture.Making your own background paper @

You can now see in the photo below the depth on the pages. In some areas, I used the same colour of paint on top of each other with different stencils.
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I created one page with warmer colours and the other page with cooler colours.
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Below you can see both of the complete papers. In real life, you can still see the original pattern on the paper and on the page on the right the pattern was almost completely covered.
Stayed tuned for some projects using these papers on January 30th.

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Next week I will be sharing some of the amazing projects I know I will be seeing at the Creativation Show. Have a great week everyone. ūüôā¬†Joy @

Mixed Media on Monday

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Welcome to another first for 2017, today is the first Mixed Media on Monday post of the year.
I’ve been a bit void of my usual creative mojo, so getting back into a regular schedule after the holiday’s is good. Do you feel the same after the holiday’s?

I went into this page with two things in mind; fireworks and the new year.

I started with some papers that were lying around on my desk, just to use them up. I ripped up the piece of white cardstock that I embossed for a card but never used and I adhered the papers with Soft Gel Matte. (a list of supplies can be found at the bottom of this post)

I then painted over the page with black gesso in a very messy way leaving some of the white paper exposed for the texture it added. Next I added the stars you see in the photo below with some light modeling paste mixed with gold metallic paint.

After the stars dried I started to mix up Dina Wakley’s heavy bodied paints with water, I wanted them to run on the page. ¬†I dripped some of the watered down paint on to my page then used a straw to blow the paint around. One big breath splattered the paint out and then I could lightly blow in the straw to move the paint some more.

This easy technique creates organic shapes that worked as the fireworks for this art journal page. I added on more colours in the same fashion before adding my sentiment, you can see the finished page below. 
Mixed Media on Monday New Year 2017 art journal page

I hope you enjoyed today’s page and found some inspiration.

I can see myself using this idea for a scrapbook layout too. Just remember if you try this yourself, use some gesso on the page before you start adding the colour so it won’t soak into your paper before you get a chance to move the colour around with a straw.

Happy crafting!

Joy @

Watercolor Backgrounds for scrapbook layouts

Hello Nerds!

I have loved watercolorus since i took art classes as a little girl.   I especially love how the watercolour dries when splatter on paper, and how it can beautifully can add color to a scrapbook background.

On my last month reveal, I used a watercolor background on one of the layouts, and was asked on how to recreate the look. So i decided to give my Cameo a break for this month, and instead create a video to illustrate one of the ways i create a watercolor background.  Enjoy the video:

My apologies on not adding a voice over on the video, but it was shot a few weeks back while i was battling a bad cold, so i went with captions, instead!

Here are few notes to keep in mind when creating a watercolor background:

  • This particular background was created on heavy cardstock ¬†(i love the Bazzill 12x12in Marshmallow card stock available at the store. ¬†It can handle a large amount of mixed media without buckling or disintegrating) or water color paper that was not gessoed. ¬† It is my personal choice to not gessoed these types of paper, as they can handle water nicely, and i like how watercolor dries on the paper.
  • If you are using regular cardstock or patterned paper as the background, then I will recommend you use gesso on the paper. ¬†Try to use clear gesso, as it won’t dull the colors. ¬†However the look of the background will be different, as the water and color will flood through the area, and the drying time is longer.
  • If possible use different brushes to create the background, this will help avoid muddling the colors. ¬†Watercolor brushes work better for this, as they are softer than acrylic and oil brushes.
  • If you are using one color only, you can always play with the intensity of the color by controlling the amount of water used on the paper.
  • When using multiple colors, let some drying time in between colors, and chose to apply the lightest color at the end. ¬†This will ensure that it does not get lost in the paint layers
  • When creating this background, always ¬†start with water droplets on the page. ¬†You can always change to alternating water and color on the next color layers.
  • Finally, if you are splattering color on a page, the size of the brush will determine the size of the splatters on the page. ¬†A bigger brush will produce larger splatters.
  • Always remember watercolors lose their intensity as they dry, so add extra color if you want a more intense background. ¬†Here is a picture of the fresh background, and you can see the dried background on the ¬†layout.


I usually create backgrounds, and then finish the layouts, so i will give you some close ups on how i used the background, and Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection to document a picture of some of the women in my life.

i stitched the title using a free cut file from Juliana Michaels -Besties- after the watercolor had completely dried.



Here is the final layout:

I really hope this encourages you to pick up some watercolors when creating a background for your next layout.  You can always check the selection of palettes the Nerds have stocked in the store shelves ( i am trying the Prima Marketing collections, and loving them!).

As always, let me know if you have any questions.
See you all soon!

Nathalie @ Canadian online paper craft supply store