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Getting The Most Out Of Your Sketches

November Sketch Tutorial Page Detail

Tutorials and creative tipsWhen I find a sketch I like or one that worked particularly well for me, I go through my photos to see if there are any others that will work with the same sketch. However, I don’t want all my pages to look the same so I try to change the sketch up a bit. To demonstrate, I’m going to use one sketch to do two pages today. I’m even going to use the same collection – Pink Fresh Studio’s Escape the Ordinary – to show exactly how different two pages can be, even using the same sketch and supplies.

I started with this single photo sketch:

November Tutorial Sketch

To create this page:

November Sketch Tutorial Page Example

November Sketch Tutorial Page Detail

You can see the page very closely follows the sketch. I had another 4×4 photo from the same trip we took to a resort in Northern Ontario and I like to use the same paper theme throughout our trips so I thought I would try using the same sketch. I started by rotating the page clockwise and shifted the photo, matting layers, title and journaling to the bottom of the page, leaving a lot of lovely white space to the top. I kept the embellishment cluster in the top right corner for balance and distributed the other clusters accordingly and came up with this basic design.

November Sketch Tutorial Rotated

And this page:

November Sketch Tutorial Rotated

You can see these pages don’t look identical even using the same paper. You could probably keep rotating this sketch and come up with many different looks if you wanted to.

The next time you find a sketch you like, you should try to do more than one page with it. You’ll be amazed at what you can come up with.

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

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Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Patterned Paper – Wander

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Patterned Paper – Chase

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary  – Patterned Paper – Transform

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary  – Patterned Paper – Explore

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Cardstock Stickers – Phrases

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Ephemera Die Cuts

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Leatherette Alpha Stickers

Pink Fresh Studio – Escape the Ordinary – Stitched Hearts

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December Daily…Traveler’s Notebook?????

Hey scrappy nerds, Gisele here with a tutorial on a Traveler’s Notebook. Now you may be wondering why I have December Daily in my title. Let me just say, December is always a very busy month and keeping up with a December Daily is sometimes challenging to find time to document. You might feel guilty that you started one and feel overwhelmed that you are falling behind.  Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun right, this might be a way to document December in a faster and easier way. It might be what a newbie would feel more comfortable with or for a seasoned scrapbooker. 

For this Traveler’s notebook, I am using the Crate paper FALALA collection that we have in the store


 Yes adding pages or inserts could be a challenge, but I added a pocket to one of my pages and put a journaling tag. 

Opening the inside of the Traveler’s Notebook, I look at it as a square page and looked at it as a layout. 

Using the papers, and embellishments from the FALALA line was fun. I wanted to add a little glitter so that lovely FALALA was the embellishment for me.

Also, I took out a mini punch and added a tree banner with some floss from my stash.  Used the hole reinforcers from a SNAP planner from Simple Stories to the tag.

It was all about getting the right tree for the theme of these pages.

I clustered the enamel shaped stickers together in a grouping

To add layers to the right page I cut the tree ephemera in half in slipped it behind other layers of the photo and papers.

To get some journaling in, I created a tag that I inserted in a glacene pocket. You could create your own with some parchment paper, or create a pocket with some of the papers in the collection. I used a circle punch to create a detail in that pocket. To attach the floss to the tag, I staple it with Tim Holtz Tiny attacher to add some more texture. Also, the floss in tag repeats from the banner as well. JOY is an ephemera piece and was ideal for the page.

Adding some enamel stars from the collection and that gorgeous enamel car sticker at the bottom repeats the colours and makes it more cohesive. The bird upper right of the left page also goes well with all the other enamel shape stickers. I repeated the gold on the right page by placing slipping in a gold star on the partial tree.

And voila, that’s my example of a Traveler’s Notebook for you. A few more layers behind the photo and some journaling word stickers…

I had a lot of fun creating this for you. I hope you like it and it brings you joy and maybe an alternative to a December Daily. Don’t forget to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for this and all scrappy needs and wants.

Gisele J - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

Hello Nerds!!!

It is finally starting to feel like Fall around here!

This week our Scrapbook Nerd design team has been busy working on bringing you some inspiration.  Let’s see what they have been up to:

 

Barb has been working with 1Canoe2’s Creekside collection to document one of her travel adventures.   This page shows the versatility of the collection.  Don’t you just love the  soft fussy cut flowers in her background.   Just beautiful, Barb!!!

Gisele is a master of mixing colors and patterns seamlessly together.  This Fall card features the new Simple Stories’s Happy Harvest collection.  That fussy cut fox (from one of the collection’s cut apart card paper) is the star of this layout.  Perfect for the season!!!

 

This page by Milena is colorful, and the best way to document her 16th year old daughter.   She is our resident sketch maker, and she is using one of her sketches for this page.

 

All those phrases, and papers  from the Vicki Boutin collection from American Crafts along with some sequin from Studio Katia bring color and fun to this page.

 

Finally, Nathalie showed us how easily cut files and mixed media can be combined to create a unique background.   She put her own spin on Halloween, and used Distress Oxides and Pink Paislee’s Spellcast collection  to document  her daughter’s costume from a few years ago.  You can check how she created this page on this week’s Nerd Academy Post.

I hope you all are inspired by all this amazing projects.   Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store to find all the materials used in these projects, or if you need a especial order brought in.

Have a great week!!!

 

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1Canoe2 Creekside collection and embellishments

Simple Stories Happy Harvest collection

Vicki Boutin Mixed Media collection Paper pad and embellishments

Studio Katia sequin mix

Distress Oxides

Pink Paislee Spellcast collection and embellishments

A New Take on Halloween || Combining cut files and mix media

 

Hello Everyone!!!

 

Can you believe we are about to celebrate HALLOWEEN!!  I know, time has flown this year!.  With this is mind, I started to dig through my picture files to check all my Halloween memories (as my teens do not dress up anymore!) to create a layout that brings Halloween with a twist.

 

 

For this project, I wanted to combine my love for cut files and mixed media in one page, so I thought about using mixed media to back the cut file.    As you can see, cut outs can easily be brought to life with just a few simple splashes of color, and not only patterned paper.

 

 

The pumpkin cut file comes from a free file from Paper Issues, and my choice of media this time was Distress Oxides in Black Soot and Orange Marmalade.  I simply used the cut out to lightly draw the shape on the cardstock, and then tried to add the mixed media inside the image lines.

 

 

Once the background dried, the cut out was stitched on top of the mixed media, and the background for the page was then formed.

 

 

Next a few pieces of ephemera, and embellishments from Pink Paislee’s Spellcast collection complete the look of this page.  The following video can give you a more in depth look at how a bit of mixed media can be used to back a cut out in your layouts:

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the video, and that it inspires you to experiment with different ways to back cut outs other than paper.   There are so many new  mixed media products and paper lines available at the Scrapbook Nerd store, take a few minutes to check the  store out,

I am always a comment away if you have questions on how this came together.

 

See you all soon!

 

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Prima Marketing Amber Moon 12×12 paper pad

Distress Oxides – Black soot  and Spiced Marmalade

Pink Paislee – Spellcast collection – 6×6 paper pad, alphas, clear stickers, cardstock stickers, ephemera,

 

Discovering Turnabout Stamps

Tutorials and creative tips

 

Today I’m going to be working with a 4.25”w X 5.5”h Card Sketch instead of my usual 12×12 LO sketch.

I really wanted to use the new Oh Hello turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th for the background area. In order to use this stamp you need a stamp positioning tool to help keep the stamp in the same position.

Your first step is to ensure your stamp is positioned correctly on your stamp positioning tool. Very carefully line the stamp up with the image on the back of the packaging and place a small X on the stamp that corresponds with the X on the packaging.

Stamp Position

Next make yourself a template out of a scrap of 6×6 paper. Put the paper in the corner of your stamping tool and position your stamp over the template so the x’s line up and close your stamp positioner so that the stamp adheres to the cover. When making a card with this turnabout stamp, I find it easiest to use a 6×6 piece of paper and then cut the stamped image to fit the card.

Stamp Position

Place your paper in the corner of your stamp positioner where you had the template, ink up your stamp with your first colour and stamp away. Don’t be afraid to make more than one impression if your coverage isn’t perfect. That’s what makes the stamp positioner so handy.

Next, and this is important – you rotate your piece of paper. You can go either clockwise or counter clockwise but just be sure to rotate it in the same direction every time. You are going to stamp a total of 4 times with a different colour each time, being sure to ALWAYS rotate in the same direction between impressions.

4 rotations

Isn’t that pretty?

Now to assemble the card. First I cut a piece of coordinating green card stock to 4″w x 5.5″h and adhered it in the middle of the front of the card. I then cut the stamped background piece to 3.75″w x 5.5″h and adhered it in the middle of the green card stock. I used my Big Shot to die cut a heart and a banner piece. I inked up my sentiments with Versarmark ink and heat embossed with white and adhered to the side of the card, cutting off any excess that hung over the edge and mounting with dimensional adhesive. I finished the card off with some Morning Dew Crystal Nuovo drops and let it dry.

Oct 17 Card

 

I love that these stamps give you a multi coloured background that lines up perfectly. The sentiments come with the Turnabout Stamp and are the perfect fit.

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

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Oh Hello Turnabout Stamp

Gina K Inks

Gina K Paper

Versamark Ink

White Embossing Powder

Stamp Platform (mine is discontinued)

TUESDAY TUTORIAL: ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES


Hi, Gisèle here with a card tutorial.

When working on a scrapbook LO or a card, think outside the box. Look at your scrappy materials and see if you can alter them by changing how it is given to you. Example: inking, hand or machine stitching, fussy cutting, making it 3D, using a punch, stamping, adding an embellishment to the item can change your whole perspective. Think of it as an opportunity to be a scrappy designer.

I am using the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings to create this card.

1- I have altered my card by choosing 2 cut apart cards. The heart one has been pierced ready for stitching and will be placed on the pink card. I will use foam on the back of the heart to give it a 3D dimension.

 

2- Adding some hand stitching to the heart and choosing a coordinating coloured floss. 

3- Then, not stopping there, I took my Stampin’up bow punch and punched a bow using coordinating pattern paper to repeat the paper scheme. 

4- Before calling it quits, I added an enamel dot to the bow in a coordinating colour.

5- All mounted and popped up for a 3D on the other pink cut apart card as I wanted a pink border to go with the heart.

6- Repeating the enamel dot from the bow as well helps the flow of the card. Also adding the sentiment and ribbon to the finish the card.

So my completed card changed a lot, by altering and embellishing the items that were in its original form. 

I would love to see what you create, so please show us in our Facebook group.
Thanks for dropping by and have a great scrappy day. 🤓

Gisele J - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

Sewing with the We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy

Tutorials and creative tips

Hello Nerds!

Welcome back to another Scrapbook Nerd Academy!

When I saw the We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy at CHA in January, I was so excited!!  I couldn’t wait until it hit the market and I could get my hands on it.  When they came in, I was dying because it sat there for a while, just looking at me, but I couldn’t find any time to sit and play with it.  Well, the past couple of weeks I’ve made some time and have been having lots of fun with it.

The Stitch Happy is a sewing machine that has been designed for us paper crafters.  It sews through paper and other mixed media type projects.

I knew that on my first project with this machine, I wanted to create a stitched shape right onto my background paper. So, here’s a look at how it all looked when I was finished:

I used the Stitch Happy Sewing Machine to stitch some trees. For this project I have used the One Canoe Two Creekside Collection, which I’m in love with!!

The first thing I did was to search some tree images in the silhouette store.  Once I found ones that matched what I was looking for, I resized them and then cut them out. I then positioned them onto my background page where I was wanting them.

I traced them with my pencil, and them removed the tree die cuts from the page.

Using the We R Memory Keepers mint green baker’s twine, I sewed over all my pencil lines with the machine.

Once I was done, I had to go back and erase some of the showing pencil lines. (it looks like I missed some of them so I will need to go back and touch it up.)

Once that was done, all I needed to do was put my page together.

I really love how it looks and how it adds so much texture to my page.  I can’t wait to create more projects with my machine!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our tutorial today.  I hope you have a creative week!

Barb @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Art Journal Process video

Tutorials and creative tips

Hey there nerds!
As I sit here writing this blog post it was anything but fall-like outside here today, temperatures were in the 30’s in Ontario. Hot enough to kick on the A/C unit at my house and extend flipflop season a little longer.

Today’s art journal page is all about my mum. Fall was definitely her season and even though the temperature is abnormally high, we still have leaves changing colour and falling to the ground. I hope you enjoy today’s video and I hope you get inspired.

The pages in the Vicki Boutin Junque Journal can be mixed up together depending on the inserts you purchase. I like mixing some of that kraft papers randomly into my journal.

I found it a bit challenging to work with the folded page on the left, but I think I got it worked out. I had to keep reminding myself that the page did not have to match the page on the front.

fall art journal page fall art journal page fall art journal page

In the end, I think the page came together when I added the Umber paint using a circle stencil and paint splatter. Before that point to my eye, it just didn’t look right.

If you have any questions please let me know in your comment.
Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today.
Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Vicki Boutin Junque Journal
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint
Circle Stencil
Echo Park – Modern Dot stencil
Prima – Amber Moon – Pumpkin Season pattern paper
Simple Stories – Vintage Birds washi tape
Tim Holtz – Small Talk phrase stickers
Silhouette Cameo
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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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Silhouette Savvy Series – One cut file, multiple ideas –


Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying the beautiful colors that are popping here and there after all those April showers (even though our part of Canada has been hit with lots of rain in May, also!).

This month I wanted to show you how versatile cut files can be, and how you can use the cut file  in different projects just by altering it a bit.    For this post, I am using the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine free May 2017 cut file.

Scrapbook and Cards Magazine free May 2017 cut file

 

  • I was blessed to be this month’s SCT guest cut file designer, and got the opportunity to play with the cut file, so the first layout created features the cut file as  it was designed.

 

By simply rotating the original image, I was able to frame a large picture of my sister and her little  ( i used Simple Stories Faith collection for this layout)

 

 

  • The second layout created with this cut file features the flower ring as part of the layout’s mat, here is how I altered the cut file:

After highlighting the entire image, click on the modify window, and chose ” RELEASE PATH”. This is how the image will look like after the command was been activated.

Click,and delete all the images that are attached to the outer ring of the cut file. Make sure that the rest of the image remains unchanged. I have moved to the side all the pieces that were deleted from the image

Once again, highlight (drag the mouse over) the entire image; make sure all the small images are included in the highlighted square. This is how the image would look like after the highlight

After highlighting the image, click on the “MAKE COMPOUND PATH” on the Modify window, or right click menu. The image will look like the original cut file without the outer edge of the ring.

Here is the layout created with this altered cut file.   I chose to balance the page by adding fussy cut flowers to match the ones in the ring, and  a large picture that fit inside the flower ring.

 

  • For the last alteration, I decided to create an entire ring of flowers within the layout’s mat.  Here is how the cut file was altered:

Copy and paste an image of the cut file ( as used in the second layout). Make sure that each ring is a Compound path.

Rotate the ring until the entire inside perimeter of the ring is covered with flowers. It is important that you make sure each flower ring is a COMPOUND path (on its own). The ending leaves of each side of the ring will overlap.

 

After lining the two floral rings so that the perimeters overlap completely; highlight both images, click on the Modify window, and pick the INTERSECT option. The image will look like the picture -each little segment will be individually highlighted –

Highlight the entire image, and using the Modify window, click on the MAKE Compound path command to create the floral ring

 

For this project, the image was cut, and then all the cut outs were backed with papers from the Lovely Day collection.  The entire ring was then backed with vellum, and a light green paper from my stash.

 

 

A bit of hand stitching adds texture to the page, but also secures the layers together.   A bit of foam adhesive under the flowers, helps to add dimension to this page, also.   I added a small picture of my daughter to the background, and took advantage of the rings empty middle space to add embellishments,  Here is the final layout:

 

So there you go!  Cut files are so versatile, just a few little alterations are enough to change the look of the original cut.   There are still so many more opportunities with the cut file,    Next time you want to use  a cut file in a page,  consider altering a bit of the image, this will give you a truly one of a kind page.

I look forward to see how you can alter a cut file.  Remember I am a comment away, if you need assistance with any of the steps shown,

See you all soon!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

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