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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!

 

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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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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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Nathalie’s April Review

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Hello everyone!

Spring is in full swing!, and i was inspired in the change of season (colors are starting to show, flowers are blooming, weather is warming up, and no more boots! -at least in my part of Canada-) to create colorful projects for my reveal week, this month.  Here is a review of what i was inspired to create:

  • PERFECT SMILE –  The beautiful triangle pattern in the Joy Parade collection -by Fancy Pants Designs- was the starting point for this layout.   The inky background, and the color combination were just a welcome compliment to a super fun picture of some of my family.

 

  • SPLASH –  Blog Post tutorial on Distress Oxides –   I love playing with different mediums to create backgrounds for my projects.  This time, I chose to use the new Ranger’s Distress Oxides to create the illusion of splashing water in a layout.  In case you missed it, there is a small video that shows how the background was created (just go to the previous post)

 

  • LOVE WHAT YOU DO –  For this layout, i chose a large hand stitched title, the new distress oxides, embellishments from Simple Stories Faith collection, and  papers from Echo Park’s Just Be You collection to document one of my favorite hobbies -photography-.

 

 

  • AMAZING –  In case you have never seen pictures of my family, we are in love with our 3rd baby, a 6 yr old Boston Terrier named Poochie.   Once I saw the doggie die cut piece in the Chit Chat Chowder collection by Jillibean Soup, I knew that i would be coming home to my desk.  Here is one of the layouts, I have created with this collection (and in case you have extra doggie die cut pieces you are not using,  I would love to add them to my stash!!!)

 

I really hope that this array of colors, textures and designs inspire you to visit the Scrapbook Nerd  store to check all the new collections that are always being added to their shelves.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on how any of these came together.

Keep on Craftin’!!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Gelatos with a stencil? Yes!

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Stencils are my scrapbooking weakness, I just cannot resist them. So rather than fight it, I look for ways to use my stencils to justify my collection, and I have stumbled on yet another medium in which to use! Gelatos! and the best part this is so easy.

Items needed:   Crafting mat, Gelatos, sponge, stencil, and some tape.

Place and tape down your stencil on your paper. Begin by colouring the Gelato directly on the stencil. Pick up the colour from your stencil with your sponge and using a circular motion add the colour to your paper.

Continue until you are satisfied with your result. With this stencil I lightly shaded the yellow with a coral to reach the colour I was looking for.

I also added a second smaller stencil with a likeness to the first stencil design and used  a different colour of gelato using the same above procedure. Now I am ready to place my photo, paper and embellishments.

Here is my finished layout, I love the intensity of the colours by using the Gelatos, I will definitely be using this technique more often (I have plenty of stencils to try 🙂 from my collection)

Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting……….Cathy

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Foiling with the Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Hello everyone. It’s another Tuesday, and time for another tutorial. We have just received a large order from Therm-o-Web with new Deco Foil products. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this order to come so I could get my hands on the new Deco Foil Transfer Gel. This transfer gel allows you to create beautiful projects by adding foil using your stencils or screens. I decided to do a tutorial this week, on just how easy it is.


For this project I’ve used the One Canoe Two Hazelwood collection.
You will also need the following:
Deco Foil transfer gel
Deco foil (or similar type foils such as the Minc)
stencil
a laminator

How to:

I pre-planned where I was going to place my patterned paper and photos in order to determine where I wanted to place my stencil.

Once you decide where you are going to place your stencil, you will spread some of the transfer gel over top of the stencil, in the same way you would with texture paste, making sure to give a good, even coat.

Once you have added the gel, carefully lift off the stencil.
Allow some time (maybe 15 minutes or so) for the gel to dry before proceeding to the next step. You will know when the gel is dry as it will turn from white to clear.

Once the gel has dried, lay your foil over top and run through your laminator as per the instructions for your laminator (using either parchment paper or the laminator folders).

Peel off the foil and see the beautiful results!

Here’s a look at my completed layout. I love the look of the foil underneath the embellishment clusters and plan on doing this more often.

Thanks for visiting the blog today and for checking out the tutorial.
I hope you have a happy, crafty week!


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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Pocket Card Layout

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Working with Crate Paper – Cute Girl

I have noticed that more and more Collections are including 1 or 2 plus,  pages of pocket cards. When I am working with a group of photo’s I will often make layouts with my favourite photo’s and add a pocket page or 2 of additional photo’s and it is really nice to have the corresponding cards that match my papers and theme. But what happens when you aren’t using pocket pages!? I am trying to work those cards into my layouts…

I have fuzzy cut them and used the words and phrases, I have cut the cards to mat or add layers to my photo’s , I have fuzzy cut the cute elements and used pop dots to create embellishments, what I haven’t done is simply use them as pocket cards without the pocket to make a layout.

On this layout I simply started with plain cardstock, added some cards and drew the pockets around them, I tried to make it look like stitching. To create some visual interest I added some stickers, paper strips, a brad, chipboard frames , and a few hand drawn lines on 2 of the pocket cards.

This layout came together super fast and I am thrilled with my result. How do you use pocket cards?

Thanks for looking,

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Nathalie’s March Friday Recap

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Hello there friends!

Can you believe that Spring is just around the corner?  But it seems winter just does not want to leave us yet!   I think we are ready for a new season, so all my good thoughts and vibes were channeled to this month’s projects, and my biggest source of inspiration was color.

Here is a quick look at what i created this month:

  •  “4”   The happy, colorful and super cheery “Joy Parade” collection from Fancy Pants Designs was perfect to document my little’s 4th birthday picture.   The  large confetti shaker element as a background just enhances the celebration feeling of this page.

 

  •  “HELLO FUN”   The layout was created as a companion to the Silhouette Savvy Series entry abut combining cut files.   The layout uses the free “Ho Ho Holidays”  cut file -designed by the Cut Shoppe for Scrapbook Nerd- and the new Paige Evans’s “Oh My Heart” collection to document my niece’s idea of fun, jumping on the bed.

 

  • “YOU”    I love florals, and the ones in the “Oh My Heart” collection from Pink Paislee are just so beautiful.   A bit of hand stitching to the fussy cut images was perfect to enhance the images details, and bring texture to this page.   A simple mixed media background complements the picture of my teenage daughter.

 

  •  “LIVE FOR THE MOMENT”   One of the new Pinkfresh Studio releases, “Dream On” was a dream to work with.  The patterns in the papers, and the beautiful color combination on the papers along with the Cut Shoppe’s cut  file added plenty of interest to this page all about my teenage son.

 

  • “FOREVER”   I just had to create this page,  since we have a lot of winter/snow pictures this year, I wanted to document one of my favorites in a non-wintery way.  So i picked this beautiful pink background from the “Oh My Heart” collection, added  this soft cut out -created from the Winter Lace cut file from the Silhouette Store-, and a bit of hand stitching to highlight the picture of my husband and I on one of our walks.

I hope this set of projects have served as inspiration to pull some color into your work, trust me is an excellent way to beat the winter blahs!

Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store to check what the ladies are bringing to the shelves, there are so many new products available.

I am always a comment away, if you need assistance with anything related to this projects or the blog tutorials.

Take care!


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Silhouette Savvy Series : Combining Cut Files

Hello there!

I hope that you all are keeping safe from the snow, and hopefully ready to welcome Spring (let’s hope it arrives soon!!!)

It is time for a new entry for the Silhouette Savvy Series.  This time I wanted to refresh a past tutorial, and maybe give you a new way to create a new image by combining cut files.

 

This time, I will use the HO HO Holidays cut file (It is a Christmas cut file!) to create a newer image.  So let’s get started:

  • i chose to work with the star shape, and the flower/firework image of the cut file.  After tracing and isolating the images (just click here to be taken to the tutorial that will show you how to trace and isolate an image);  the flower/firework was copied a few times, the images were then placed so that it resembled a star full of this image.
  • Once the images are in place, proceed to weld the image together (click here to be taken to the tutorial that shows how to weld images on the Silhouette software).

 

  • Now using the outer edge of the star shape on the cut file, simply size it to fit over the welded flower/firework images.
  • Use the mouse to highlight both images.
  • Go to the modify window, and chose the command “CROP”.  Remember to make sure the welded image has been converted into a “compound path” – this can be achieved by simply highlighting the entire image, right click on the mouse, and choosing “Compound Path”

This is what the new image will look like after the two cut files were combined by using the crop function.

  • Highlight the image, right click, and chose create a compound path of this image.  This is what the Silhouette will cut – a star made up of the flower/firework image-.

 

  • For this project, i added the outline of the star a second time.  Simply enlarge the image (just click on the image, and dragged your mouse until your liking), then highlight both images, go to the Nest window, and chose center.  Both images will be centered to each other.

Now you are ready to cut the images.   Just chose your medium, and send to the Silhouette to cut.   Here is few highlights of how this cut out was used:

Before welding the images, I copied them onto a new file in the silhouette software, and use the flower/firework image to cut the outline in various papers from the Oh My Heart collection.

This project transformed as it was being formed, and i chose to back the image with a light green paper from the Take Me Away collection, a bit of machine stitching secures the pieces together.

I had already scrapped the first picture of this series of my niece jumping on her bed for my album.  This layout is going in her album!  To frame the picture, I picked pieces from the Oh My Heart and TaKe me Away collections to frame the picture.

To balance, and ground the page, a strip of paper from the collection was added to the bottom of the page, and a small cluster was then created at one of the corners of the collection.  All the journal was added around the star edge.  Here is the final layout:

I love the colour in this page, and even though the initial cut out image was covered with the colour shapes, it can still be seen as a shadow of the shapes.

As always let me know if you have any questions on how this came together.  I am always a comment away.

See you all soon!

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