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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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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!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com


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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 @ scrapbooknerd.com


 

 

Nathalie’s Friday Share

 

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Hello there!

I hope you all have enjoyed a LOVE filled week.   This month i was lucky to have different collections to play with, but  i think that overall the theme for  this month’s reveal was love and simplicity.   So let me give you a quick run-through all the projects:

  •  XOXO  

The page is all about the special bond my two youngest children have for each other.   The project was created using Simple Stories’s “Love and Adore ” collection, a bit of hand stitching, and watercolor.

 

  • LOVE 16 –  Tutorial on creating Paper Rosettes.

This month’s tutorial was all about showing you a way to create paper rosettes that could be used in your projects.   My choice of project is a layout about my husband and I on the day of our 16th wedding anniversary.  To highlight the Love theme in this project, I chose to work with Simple Storie’s “Love and Adore” collection,  and Crate Paper’s “Heart Day” collection.

 

  • LOVE YOUR SELFIE

I am fascinated with taking selfies whenever i can get my hands on my nephew (trust me, he is hard to catch).   For this project I chose Pinkfresh Studio’s “Life Noted” and “The Mix #1” collections.   A hand stitched large title became the focus of this page.

 

  • DARLING

You can say, I love large bold floral designs.  I love to fussy cut the images to create layouts with them.  In this case, the large floral paper from American Crafts’s “Hazelwood” collection was perfect to document a picture of my sister and my niece.

 

 

  • SNOW CUTE

My last project of this month highlights the beautiful “Winter Wonderland” collection from Simple Stories.  A large snowflake image (created with a cut file from The Cut Shoppe.   The design of the page is simple, but with lots of details around.

 

I hope you can draw inspiration from this group of layouts for your personal projects.   Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store to check what the ladies are bringing in.

If you have any questions on how any of the pages came together, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Till next time!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

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Friday Recap

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Hello All,

December 1st! Wow. I can’t believe it is here already. And this week was my last reveal week of 2016. Here are a few things I shared:

  1. Awesome Dude: Using the free cut file from the Scrapbook Nerd store, I created a layout featuring my oldest son. Love the bright colours of the Bella Blvd. Alex collection (new to the store).Awesome scrapbook layout by Paige at scrapbooknerd.com
  2. Travel Mini-Album Tutorial: I shared some of my favourite techniques when documenting a trip or event in a 6×8 album. See further down for this tutorial.Sn@p Mini album by Paige for scrapbooknerd.com
  3. We got our new puppy two weeks ago. In this layout, I did a collage of his photos in his first 8 weeks and enlarged to a 8×8 photo.Wrigley scrapbook layout by Paige at scrapbooknerd.com
  4. Our son Liam is the reason why we decided to get a dog again after four and a half years without. This is the beginning of what we all hope will be a wonderful relationship.scrapbook layout by Paige at scrapbooknerd.com
    Thanks for looking! I am wishing you and yours all the best of this holiday season, and the fun that comes with capturing your stories.

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Travel Mini-Album Tutorial

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Hello All,

During the past month, even as I began doing holiday crafts and cards, I set a goal to start and complete an album documenting our summer trip. We have two boys, and we are all avid baseball fans, so we planned a trip to the U.S. to visit a couple of baseball stadiums and take in Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs games.

I decided on a 6×8 album, and luckily chose one with a 2″ spine as it ended up being a very thick album. I also decided to primarily use Shimelle’s recent “Go Now Go” collection for this project. Here are some things that I decided to do to organize my photos, stories and memorabilia.

  1. Used Thickers to title the album cover.
    Sn@p Mini album by Paige for scrapbooknerd.com
  2. Used two larger photos of baseball stadiums we visited and Amy Tan Thickers to create a title page.Sn@p Mini album by Paige for scrapbooknerd.com
  3. Created dividers to introduce each new city/travel day. Each divider labeled the city we were travelling to, a map, and a few embellishments, including a Thicker phrase from Shimelle’s Let’s Go Foam Stickers.
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  4. Include memorabilia directly in the album. I punched holes in menus, tickets, and brochures and inserted them together with the photos and stories of those experiences. I like my albums having different sized papers and “out of pocket” pieces, so this works for me.
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  5. Print small photos or cut larger photos to fit into 2×2 pockets.fox-mini-album10Sn@p Mini album by Paige for scrapbooknerd.com
  6. Finish the album with two large photos (6×8) that I liked best from the trip.Sn@p Mini album by Paige for scrapbooknerd.comSn@p Mini album by Paige for scrapbooknerd.com
  7. Use packaging from trip to hold other memorabilia. In my case, I had a great bag from a candy shop we went to, and I punched holes to include it at the end of the album, holding any additional tickets, menus, and brochures.Sn@p Mini album by Paige for scrapbooknerd.com

Thank you so much for looking! I hope you have fun documenting your travels. There are many great products in the SN Store to help you to do so.


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Nathalie’s Friday Share

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Hello Nerds!

I can believe Christmas is just around the corner, and I am still working on documenting my Fall pictures.  I find that every time i see a new paper collection, it inspires me to create.  This month was the perfect example of being inspired by pretty paper.  Here is an overview of my projects:

 

  1. HEART EYES  – The new Maggie Holmes collection, “Gather” along with some mixed media were ideal to document a fun memory of my niece on Thanksgiving

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2.   BE GRATEFUL BE THANKFUL BE BLESSED –  The page was created using Fancy Pants Design’s “Golden Days” collection and a large stitched title.  It highlights my sister and her kids with the beautiful fall colors in the background

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3.  FAMILY -You Are Completely Adorable –    This was this month’s Silhouette Savvy entry.  It is all about layering digital die cuts to create dimension in a project.

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4.  LISTEN!   My favourite November layout is all about my son.  The design is simple,  but striking due to the papers in the new Bella Blvd.  Alex collection.

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5.  HAPPY CAMPER  –  once again the Golden Days collection serves as the background for the beautiful picture of my baby on our Fall walks.

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I have enjoyed working in each of these projects, and I hope they inspire you to visit the store and check all the new products the Nerds are stocking in their shelves.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting!


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Silhouette Savvy Series – Layering Cut-files

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Hello there!

One of my favorite things to see in a layout is dimension.  It can come from layering papers, embelishments, etc,  This time i will show you how to add dimension to a project by using cut files, and the best part is that it does not add bulk to the layout.  So let’s get started with a step by step picture tutorial:

 

  • I start by creating the mat cut-out.  For this I am using two separate cut files.  As you can see on the picture, I played with the word placement until i was satisfied with its position.

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  • I made sure that each cut file was a “compound path” before highlighting both images, and welding them together (you can go back a few tutorials back on this series to see the video on how to weld images together).

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  •  Once the image was welded, I created an offset to the entire image (just refer to the previous Silhouette Savvy tutorial to learn how to create offsets in the Silhouette software).  This will help when backing the cut file as it will provide the small pieces to highlight the small cuts in the word.

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  • This step is optional.  I wanted to add some texture (through hand stitching in the layout), so I decided to have the offset line of the cut-out perforated (so i can follow the perforations with the needle and floss).  I set the machine to  cut the original welded image, and perforate the offset.  All you have to do is click on each of the paths and select the options you like on the cutting window.

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  • Do not delete the original welded image, but make a copy of it (simply highlighted it all and click copy on the edit option).  Transfer the copied version onto a cut file that you want to use as layering piece.
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the original welded cut file is the one in the black lines.

 

  • Move the welded image along the layering cut file until you are satisfied with the image.  Do not move the welded image.  Using the trace function (please refer to the first Silhouette Savvy series entry), and select just the area of the cut file that is behind the welded image (leave about an inch extra cut file on each side of the image).  And have just that piece cut in the machine.

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The machine will not cut the entire cut file, just what you have traced.   Now i will show you how I used two of the newest Simple Stories collections (Posh, and The Reset Girl), to complete the layered looked of this layout.

 

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Here is the page after i hand stitched along the offset line created -you can call it the negative part of the cut-out-.  I saved the cut-out for another layout.

 

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The star background was backed with papers from the Simple Stories collections, and glued to a patterned paper from the Reset Girl basic paper pack.

 

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I used some fun foam to layer the stitched mat, and lots of strong tape to attached it on top of the mat with the star background on it.

 

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I used a different paper to back the word family, this way it gets highlighted.  I simply used a pencil to mark little dots on where the word will be setting (before gluing it to the backing mat), and cut a small piece of paper to match the markings.

 

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Since there is a lot going on in the background, i kept the embelishments around the picture very simple.  Here is the final layout:

 

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As you can see, the shadow that forms form the different levels in the cut outs creates this lovely dimension to the layout.   Give it a try in one of your layouts!  As always let me know if you have any questions about any of the steps on the tutorial.

Don’t forget to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the products used in this page, or the Cut Shoppe for the background cut-files.

Thanks for visiting, today!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

 

 

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Nathalie’s Friday Share

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Hello!

I can’t believe how fast this week has passed, and now it is time to share all my September projects with you all.

This month, I drew my inspiration from different places, and played with different paper collections along the way.  Black and white photos, lots of white space and simplicity were the theme for this month’s reveals.  Here is a quick recap:

  • MY GIRL:  this layout about my teenage daughter was created using Crate Paper’s Cute Girl collection, and a Studio Calico cut file.
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  • LET’S GO:  The layout came together using some mixed media, and fussy cut elements from the last Shimelle paper collections.

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  • BEST EVER :   This week’s Silhouette Savvy Series entry on this blog.   A step by step tutorial on how to stretch a cut.  The featured layout was worked with the leftover cuts from the heart cut-out on a previous layout, and lots of watercolor accents.

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  • COOL RAD AWESOME DUDE :  The layout documents my son  (and how fast he is transforming into a young adult) using mixed media, Fancy Pants Designs’s Good Fellows collection, and Scrapbook Nerd’s Guy Stuff cut file

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  • ME & YOU :   A playful and simple take on a loving relationship between my baby (doggie) and I.   The layout features Doodlebug Designs’s Puppy Love Collection, and a cut file from The Cut Shoppe.

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I had so much fun creating all this layouts.   It is always fun when i am surrounded by pretty paper.

Thank you for visiting the blog today.  Do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions about any of this layouts.

Til next time,

Keep Crafting!!!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 


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