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Scrapbook Nerd Girl Digest | Weekly Review


Hi there!

Even after the Christmas festivities, the Nerdy Girls have been working on sharing a few projects to give you a bit of inspiration.   Let’s just see what they have been up to:


Mari shared a set of of beautiful Christmas cards.  She has used Crate Paper’s FALALA collection to create two simple but elegant designs.   In addition, she also added the cute puppy card, created using MFT Happy Pawlidays stamp set and die.  She used a bit of Distress Inks to frame the puppy image.   So in love with her cards!




Gisele put her personal stamp on the two cards she shared this week with us.   She also played with Crate Paper’s FALALA collection, and some Nuvo drops to create these colorful and beautiful cards.


Finally, Nathalie’s Tuesday Tutorial was focused on showing us how a bit of mixed media can help us use those busy patterned papers as a base for our projects.  She combined Photoplay’s Winter Meadow with Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collections to  create this page.  You can see her video tutorial in the previous blog post.


Well that is all for this week.  We hope these serve as inspiration/starting points for projects of your own.  Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd for all the materials used in the projects.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support during the past year, and to wish you only the best for the New Year.


Nathalie D - designer at


New Sketch Reveal and a Challenge

Scrapbook Sketches from

Milena our sketch designer has another fabulous multi-photo layout sketch to share with us.
Remember you can use the sketch as is or you can turn the sketch on its side or change the photo size to suit your needs. Make sure to scroll down to see three different takes on this sketch. layout sketch 41

First up, Milena created a fun layout about her daughter. She used the Dream On collection from Pinkfresh Studio. We really love the pop of navy in that collection and the layering that Milena added with pattern papers, puffy stickers and cut apart pieces from the collection.
Live layout by Milena using sketch #41 from
Next up, Nathalie created a Traveller’s Notebook spread with the sketch in mind. Nathalie flipped the sketch to the left to get a vertical row of photos. You’ll notice she was able to keep some of the layering pieces/embellishments pretty true to the original sketch.
Traveller's Note book page by Nathalie DeSousa
The last take on the sketch is from Joy.
Joy used the main section of the sketch where the photos are to inspire her card. Focusing on one portion of the sketch really helped the idea for this card come to life. The cute little-watercoloured bears are so fun!
Card based on a layout sketch

Thanks for stopping by the SN blog, if you have any questions the team is just a comment away.
We hope you got inspired and join in on the sketch challenge in our Facebook Friends page
You could win a $10.00 gift certificate for linking up your take on the sketch.
Deadline to enter your project is Sept. 30th, 2017.
You could win! supply listMilena’s layout – Pinkfresh Studio – Dream On Collection

Nathalie’s Travellers Notebook page – Fancy Pants – Dream Big collection and
Fancy Pants – Golden Days

Joy’s card – Studio Katia – Kobi Bear stamp & die set, Tim Holtz watercolour paper and
Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills pattern paper

Paige’s Friday Share


Welcome to this week’s Friday share!

Here is a recap of my week’s projects:

  1. I documented this trip to the spa with friends with papers and embellishments from Pink Paislee’s Fancy Free collection.Our Friendship is a Work of Art
  2. This layout used a cut file from our free summer cut cut file collection. It is the model for the Got Wood? challenge over on the forum, using the wood grain background paper as well as wood veneer embellishments. The paper is from the Crate Paper Wonder collection.Happy Together
  3. My next layout used Pink Paislee’s Outfitters collection to highlight my boys during a camping trip to Algonquin Park.
    Adventure Awaits
  4. My last layout of the week hosts the Summer Camp Challenge #8 – Stargazing. This challenge invites you to use stars on your project. For me, as the mother of two boys, stars are a staple in my stash. I feel that they add a feeling of action and momentum as well as visual interest and texture.Summer Memories
    Thanks for looking and have a wonderful week!


Paige @ Canadian online paper craft supply store

Twine Flowers


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Cathy @

I was looking on Pinterest for some new ways to use twine and I stumbled across these cute flowers from Michelle from “Lady of Leisure Ink “guest posting on “The Bug Bytes February 2012”.  I have made a few adjustments to suit my needs and this is what I came up with.

You don’t need any special equipment, if you have twine in your stash I am sure you can find the rest of the items. Here is what you need, Chipboard or cereal box card, or cardboard, a circle punch or something you can trace, a pencil, a ruler, adhesive, dressmaker pins,a large darning type or craft needle, and twine.

First punch or cut out your circles, take your ruler and pencil and mark the circles with 6 lines divide it up like you would for a clock face. (my circles are 2″ )



If using chipboard or cereal box card you will need to take your adhesive and stick 2 circles together, if using thicker cardboard like my example one circle is enough. Next take the pins and push the pins in about half way, in line with your pencil lines.




Next make a loop around 12 o’clock and tie off, continue taking the twine down and winding it around 6 o’clock , back up to 11 o’clock and down to 5 o’clock, and so on.


When you have been around the “loom” once, go around again – for a thicker flower take a 3rd go around, it should look something like this. Leaving a long “tail” (about 12 – 15 inches) cut off the twine and thread the end through your needle. (I found a needle threader was a tremendous help for this step)


Next you need to secure the petals by threading the needle through the back of the petal and back- stitching.


Continue until you have secured all the petals, your flower should look something like this.


Next take your needle and secure the thread by making a few stitches through the centre of the flower.


Remove your pins and your flower is ready to use.


The red and black flowers were made with 3 loops around the circle, the beige was made with 2 loops around the circle. 


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This is how I used my twine flowers.









Happy Crafting ! 

-Cathy Andreana

Scrapbook Nerd Monthly Challenge


This month, at Scrapbook Nerd, the challenge is all about stitching on our projects.

Our Design Team has been showing us ways in which we can add stitching to layouts and cards and now it’s your turn. Add stitching to your next project and link it up to our forum for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Scrapbook Nerd store.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

One-hour challenge

Have you ever participated in a one-hour challenge? The idea is that everyone logs on at a certain time, and a challenge is posted.  Then, everyone has one hour to complete the challenge and upload it to the forum. It’s a lot of fun.

We hosted another one-hour challenge at Scrapbook Nerd. It was another sketch challenge. It’s really amazing to see how everyone’s layouts turn out and what they can accomplish in an hour!

Here’s the sketch:


Here are all the completed layouts for the challenge. I think you’ll agree with me that they are all amazing!


Stay tuned for our next one-hour challenge. You don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Monthly challenge



Hello Scrapbook Nerds,

Grab your gesso, embossing powder, texture paste, embossing folders and corrugate. It’s time for another Scrapbook Nerd challenge. Visit the forum here to see more about this challenge.

Scrapbook Nerd -  June 2014 challenge

Throughout the remainder of the month we will share 3 more inspired layouts from our design team. They will share a project with added texture and the steps they took to complete them.

Here’s a layout made by Joy using molding paste to create texture on the white background paper. Stencils and ink were used behind the pattern paper strip.
The View by Joy A. for Scrapbook

We hope you can join us this month. Happy crafting!