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New Year, New Cut File

Scrapbook Nerd and the Cut Shoppe

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope you all had a fabulous holiday season. We’re looking forward to sharing another great year with you.

Let’s start off 2018 with a new Free cut file from The Cut Shoppe!

In with the New FREE cut file - designed by The Cut Shoppe

Joy created a title page for her new Project Life album with the new
In With The New cut file. This page is all about the gold. ūüėÄ
Joy started by flicking Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine all over some black cardstock using a heavier hand around the outside edges.
Heidi Swapp Color Shine page

Joy cut the file twice, once with textured white cardstock and the second with some Gold POW glitter paper. The inside cut of the letters with gold POW paper was glued inside the white outline cut.

The words inside the 2018 was backed with plain black cardstock before the cut file was glued down.

Joy finished off her title page with a simple white border using a Signo White Gel Pen.
New Year's 2018 title page by Joy
Head over to the SN shop to download your In With The New cut file.
Don’t forget we would love to see what you make with the SN Exclusive cut files so join in with us on our Facebook Friends page and share your projects.

Thank you for stopping by today, see you next time.

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Using Mixed Media to Mute your Backgrounds

 

Hi there!

 

Hope you all had a blessed and peaceful Christmas!  Now, we start the countdown to the end of the year.  Wow, time has flown by!

Today, I wanted to share with you a small idea on how to mute busy backgrounds using a bit of mixed media.  I found it that many times I love the patterned paper i  want to use as a background, but it becomes too busy when I start adding on to it.  One of my solutions for this is to mute the background using gesso or white acrylic paste.  The following video will show you how I go about it.

 

 

 

As you saw in the video,  backgrounds can easily be muted/toned down by adding a bit of mixed media to it.  In this particular page, white acrylic paint was used for this, however white gesso will also work to create a very similar result.

 

 

The key for this technique is to use an acrylic paint brush.   These types of brushes have a harder/sturdier bristle (either plastic or nylon) which helps when stippling/stretching the paint on the page.

 

 

A dry brush was used to spread a very little amount of paint on the background sparingly.   Though it seems the paint covers the background, once it dries it becomes translucent, hence toning down the intensity of the background.

 

 

The background paper from the Winter Meadow collection from Photoplay is quite busy, but the technique makes it possible to add a cut out  -created with a Just Nick Studio cutfile- seamlessly.

 

 

Once the cut out is put in place, the page comes together easily by adding some embellishments from the collection, as well as Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collection.¬† ¬†Here is the completed layout:

 

This technique will easily let you use those busy background papers  seamlessly in your next layout.   Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the materials used in this page.   There are so many new things arriving at the store.

Let me know if you have questions on how this came together,  I would love to   help you!

 

Have a Happy New Year!

 

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

Photoplay – Winter Meadow collection – 12×12 kit

Photoplay – WInter Meadow collection – ephemera pack

 

 

 

Free Cut File | JOY – scrapbook layout and cards

Hello everyone!

It is the first of the month, that means Free Cut file time here at Scrapbook Nerd; YAY!!!.   This month we wanted to offer you a file that could be used to document your Holiday memories and/or Winter memories, too.
Joy Free Cut File @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

Nathalie has designed the JOY cut file (available at the store now!)  so that it can be used as a background on a page, but you will also find the individual shapes so that you can create your own unique designs.

 

For her project, Nathalie is using a paper from Simple Stories Winter Wonderland as a base for the project.

 

To bring the festive colors to the page, she is using My Mind’s Eye “Oh What Fun” collection to add details and back the title of her page.¬† Here is her final project:

 

We just loved how the picture pops from the soft snowflake background.¬† Remember to stop by the store to pick your free copy of the download.¬† Now it is Joy’s turn to show you what the cut file inspired her to create.

Joy used the extra pieces included in the Holiday Joy cut file to create her card. Joy welded 2 of the snowflakes to the JOY sentiment and cut some extra snowflakes. Using some watercolour paper and some Dylusions spray mist, Joy made the blue background and misted the interior cuts of the JOY sentiment pink.

Bright & Bold Holiday Joy cardThe misted background has some ink splatter in the same colour mist for some added interest.close up, winter joy cut file

We hope you find some inspiration in today’s post, head over to the SN shop top download your FREE copy of the Holiday Joy cut file.

Happy crafting!!

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Silhouette Savvy Series – Stitching Guides

Hello Nerds, and friends!

It is time for a new entry of the Silhouette Savvy Series.   This is  a tutorial, that had been shown before, but since then the Silhouette software has been updated, and the new version does not perform all the commands from the previous version, so I want  to show you an updated version of the same tutorial.   So sit back, and enjoy the following video that will show you how to create the stitching guide followed by the completion of the layout:

 

 

As you can see in the video, the Silhouette software does not have a perforate edge command anymore, instead you have to tell the machine what to do by choosing the type of line you want it to create on the layout.

 

 

 

I used the cut-line to add the stitching that forms the background/title for this page.¬† ¬†This is a way to shorten the tedious work of poking holes along the entire perimeter of the design.¬† ¬†This title took a bit of time to stitch (6 strands of embroidery floss use), but the texture and look it brings is worth the time… Just put on some music or a movie on, and start stitching away.

 

 

Once all the stitching was completed, I accented all the details with some Shimmer watercolor (Prima Marketing Metallics Palette), and some embellishments from the Illustrated Faith Advent collection.

 

 

I kept the stitching as the second focal point of the page, and chose a b/w picture so that it pops from the layout,  A few paper layers and embellishments complete this page.

 

 

I hope you try this new and updated way to create a stitching guide using the Silhouette Cameo.  Remember I am a comment away if you have questions on how this came together.

 

See you all soon!

 

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

Illustrated Faith-Advent collection – Clear Stickers;¬† Illustrated Faith – Advent collection – 12×12 paper kit;¬† Illustrated Faith – Advent collection – Ephemera pack;¬† Illustrated Faith – Advent collection – clips;¬† Illustrated Faith – Advent collection – Chipboard Stickers;¬† Illustrated Faith – Advent collection – 12×12 sticker page;¬† Prima Marketing – Metallic watercolor palette¬†

 

Free Cut file | 12×12 Layout and cards – Stellar Shapes

Hello Nerds!

It is the beginning of the month, which means it is time for a new free cut file… YAY!!!¬† This new file designed by Ashley Horton from The Cut Shoppe is filled with some amazing designs with infinite possibilities.

This cut file is a must in your digital library, and you can obtain your free digital copy by visiting the Scrapbook Nerd Store.¬† But before you head to our store, let’s see the cut file in action.

Nathalie is first with her take on one of the images of the Stellar Shapes file and Paige Evans’s “Turn The Page” collection.

She was inspired to create this page filled with color that documents one of her favorite picture of her kids first year together.

She used one of the images in the Stellar Shapes cut file to cut it from papers in the Turn the page collection (different papers, and sizes), and then used a bit of mixed media, and machine stitching to create a fun background for the page.

 

She even used some of the shapes as layer pieces behind the picture, but let’s see a more in-depth look at how this page came together in the following video:

We hope you enjoyed the video!¬† Isn’t the background just colorful and fun!¬† We love how she used the image on her page.¬† Now let’s see Joy’s take on the Stellar Shapes cut file.

 

Joy used one of the Steller Shapes to create a mask to use with some mist to make a simple
Holiday card. She used some temporary adhesive to stick the Stellar shape onto 4×5.25 kraft coloured¬†card front.Stellar Shapes Holiday card After the mist dried Joy add a sentiment and some Nuvo Crystal Drops for a bit of embellishment.¬†
I think these Stellar Shapes can be used in so many ways.

Head over to the SN shop to download your Stellar Shapes today.
Happy crafting!

scxrapbooknerd.com supply list

Stellar Shapes cut file, Turn the Page collection – 12×12 paper pad, ephemera, clips, wood venner, sticker book,¬† Gansai-Tambi -Starry Nights water color palette,¬† Nuvo drops in gold,¬† American Crafts cardstock – Sapphire

 

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!!!

 

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

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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 РBlack soot  and Spiced Marmalade

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

 

Free Cut File | 12×12 layout – SWEET CHARM –

Hello there!

Nathalie, with you today, ¬†bringing you a bit of inspiration using the newly released ¬†“X to my O” cut file. ¬† This new file was designed by the Cut Shoppe exclusively for Scrapbook Nerd, and you can find it in the store for free.

I played a bit with the original design, and separated the files, so that i can cut the outer circle out of patterned paper, while choosing to create a stitching guide for the xo pattern.

 

For this page, I reached for MME’s On Trend 2 collection, so the stitching was completed with the colors of the papers in the collection.

 

Once the stitching was done, I cut the circle from one of  the papers in the collection, and used a bit of foam tape to attach it to the stitched mat.

 

The picture of my niece on her 8th birthday was then placed inside the bottom corner of the circle, and then I used various embellies from the collection to create a cluster at the bottom corner of the picture.

A simple title at the opposite corner of the cluster complete the layout. ¬† I just love the texture and dimension on this page, and it all was created based on the new “X to O” cut file. ¬† So stop by the Scrapbook Nerd Store to pick up your free copy of the cut file. ¬† Remember to tag @scrapbooknerdca whenever you share your finished projects using this cut file onto social media. ¬† We love to see how you use the files!!

As always, I am a comment away if you need assistance or have a question on how this came together.

See you soon!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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MME On Trend 2 collection – 12×12 paper kit, 6×6 paper pad, cardstock and chipboard stickers, ephemera pack, and enamel dots

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Free Cut File | 12×12 Layout – H2O PLAY –

Hi there!

Nathalie with you today -it has been a while since my last post!-, bringing you some inspiration using the “All Angles” cut file. ¬† This new cut file was designed by Ashley Horton from the Cut Shoppe exclusively for Scrapbook Nerd, and it is now available for free at the store.

 

 

This cut file is great to document all types of memories.  Since we have had a super packed summer season, there are plenty of pictures to document, so I chose to put a Summer/water spin to the cut file.

 

 

First, I used Distress Oxides to create a watercolor background effect on white cardstock.   While that dried, i created the cut out for the page, by adding an offset to the image, and then just cutting about half of it only.

 

 

I backed every other one of the triangles with papers from Bella Blvd.’s Secrets of the Sea collections, but opted to also glue some of the negative triangle cut outs as open flaps here and there -a bit of foam adhesive was used to create dimension on the page-.

 

 

Once the background was completely dried,  it was trimmed by about 1/4 of an inch on each side, and then it was completely glued  to one of the papers from the Secrets of the Sea girls collectlion.  The cut out was then attached  on an angle on the page.

 

 

To bring the colors of the water to life, the palette on the clusters and titles for this page were kept to blue, yellow and s few green spots.    Since I wanted the picture and background to stand out, I kept the clusters small, and just to the negative spaces on the page.  Here is the final layout:

 

 

The combination of the mixed media, and the angular cut out are just perfect to document this summer/pool memory.  Now that you have seen the cut file in action, it is time to stop by the store to pick up your free copy of the file.   I cannot wait to see what you create with it.  Remember to tag @Scrapbooknerdca on any of the social media outlets whenever you share your creations!

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

 

Take care!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

Material used:

AC white cardstock; Bella Blvd. Secrets of the Sea collection (boy and girl); Bella Blvd. Secrets of the Sea collection puffy stickers (girls): Secrets of the Sea collection (boys) die cuts; Bella Blvd. Secrets of the Sea (girls) 6×8 paper pad; Bella Blvd. Acrylic word -Play-; Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Broken China; Pinfresh Studio IN the Mix 1 collection – layered chipboard stickers.

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 РSimple 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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