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Gelatos with a stencil? Yes!

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Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.com

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!


Pocket Card Layout

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Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.com

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,

Cathy

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Focus on Long Titles

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Hello Nerds!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get stumped by trying to come up with a title for my layout. And yet, for me, it is important to have a title on each of my layouts because I find that when I share them with people, most look only at the photos and the title. If they are not taking the time to read my journaling, then a title becomes even more important.

Then there are the times that a title almost becomes the focal point, or the inspiration for my layout.

For the past six months, I have been a devoted fan of the new TV show, This is Us. I watch each week, laughing and crying in equal proportion and falling more and more in love with the characters and their stories. One recent show touched millions of viewers and the next day, I followed the advice of one of the characters to “Roll all of your windows down. Crank up the music!” After a particularly difficult few months, this really did lift my spirits.

So I wanted to capture the moment and the feeling by making the title long, colourful and vibrant. I like to use all different fonts, sizes and forms of alpha stickers.

Long Titles

In this next layout, the inspiration was the story: how my son has created and used more than a dozen nicknames for our new puppy Wrigley. These two just adore one another, and the silliness of the names demonstrates Liam’s creativity and the playfulness they share.

I knew I would list all the crazy names and loved using the heart cut file to contain them. Then it took a while to come up with the title. At first, I was thinking “The many names of love”, but realized that was a phrase many faces of love. It took a bit, but finally the phrase “Love by any other name” came up – I think that it is from a book.

Again, I framed the photo with the title, and used the different colours of Thickers that occur in the papers backing the hearts.

Do you enjoy coming up with titles? I’d love to see some of your projects where you incorporate long titles.

Happy Scrapping!

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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


 

 

Tuesday Tutorial – A Quick and Easy Layout

Hello all you Nerds!  Welcome back to another Tutorial Tuesday on Scrapbook Nerd.

This week I’ve been playing around with Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life patterned papers, and some various embellishments from the Scrapbook Nerd Store. For this tutorial I decided to pull out my Heidi Swapp Screen Inks, as well.

For my tutorial, I’m sharing this quick, and easy layout that can be created in under an hour.

Here’s a peak of the layout:

What you will need:

  • Patterned papers (three different papers – I used the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life collection)
  • embellishments – journaling/title block from cut-apart paper, other bits of ephemera (I just cut pieces from patterned paper for my embellishments)
  • word thickers of your choice (I used the Amy Tangerine Grace Phrase thickers)
  • Heidi Swapp Art Screen and inks (you can easy substitute stencils and inks)
  • Two sheets of white cardstock
  • Your photos

Step one:

On a piece of white cardstock, lay down your art screen and apply the ink.  Do a fairly large area so you have enough to work with. When I first started out, I knew that I wanted to use the art screen and ink, but in my head it looked different. I was wanting just a large area as a background behind my patterned paper, but I couldn’t get it to look right, so I tore it into a smaller piece to place behind my photo.  Go ahead and tear your stenciled image large enough so that it will peak out from behind your photo. Adhere the photo to the stenciled piece.

 

Step Two: Cut two strips from two different patterned papers. One will be one inch and the other 1/2 inch.  Lay both these strips at the bottom of the second piece of white cardstock. Cut your third piece of patterned paper into a square (ish) large enough so that your photo and your stenciled image to fit onto.  Adhere to your layout on the right side.

Step Three: Place a Journal/title square on the lower left side of your photo(s) On the lower right side of the journal square place a word from your thicker sheet.

Step Four: Place embellishments in the upper left corner, and the upper right corner of your photos.  I cut my embellishments from some of the patterned paper from the Amy Tangerine collection.  Layer smaller embellishment pieces in, as needed. Add another word thicker to your embellishment cluster on the upper right corner of the photo.

Step Five: Add journaling, if desired, and enjoy your layout.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today and checking out my tutorial.  We’d love to see your finished project so be sure to share it with us on our social media pages.


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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Paper Rosettes for Valentine’s Day

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

We hope that you all spent time with your loved ones today <3

Since today is all about love, i set to create a project using paper rosettes.   I was inspired by the embellishments from Crate Paper’s Heart Day collection, to use rosettes in a layout.  So i am giving  my Cameo the day off, and instead pulled out some strong glue, and some knock out punches for this tutorial.

For the paper rosettes created for this project you will need paper strips of 1×12 in dimension, or if you are working with 6×6 paper pad all you have to do is glue to strips of 1x 6 in together (at about 1/4in from one of the short edges on one side only).

 

This step is optional:   To create a more embellished edge on your rosette, cut strips of about 1.5 to 2 in in width, and use a punch or knock outs to create a border.

 

 

If you have a scoring board then create scoring lines on the strip at about 1/4 in intervals.   In my case, I used my paper trimmer’s scoring attachment to create the score lines.

 

 

The strip of paper will look like an accordion after all the scoring has been completed.

 

 

Now using strong glue, or silicone glue (hot glue) simply join the edges short edges together.  In some cases you might have to tuck in one of the folds to achieve a perfect accordion circle.

 

 

You will also need a small square or circle scrap of about 3/4 in  to help keep the rosette together.   Make sure you have your choice of glue ready at this stage (i used Scotch tacky glue to keep the rosette together, until i could reach the glue gun).

 

Now using your fingers apply some pressure to the center of the accordion circle, until the accordion collapses into what resembles a circular fan.    Make sure that the small piece of paper is ready to be glued to the center of the fan.

 

Using the glue of your choice ( i would recommend silicone glue) attach the small piece of scrap paper to the close center of the rosette (preferably in the back), and hold it in place until the glue has completely dried.  You could also add the small piece of paper to the front of the rosette, in that case, make sure it is cut into a small circle or figure, as it will become the center point of the paper rosette.

 

 

To complete the rosette (this is optional), add a small piece of decorative paper, a brad, an enamel shape, stickers, buttons or what you chose to the center of the rosette.
These rosettes are super easy to create, and are easy to use in cards, layouts, and general crafts.

 

Since we are on Valentine’s Day, I used papers from Simple Stories’ “Love and Adore” collection,  and Crate Paper’s “Heart Day” & ” Snow and Cocoa” collection to build the rosettes.  I picked different papers that had a lot of pink in them.

 

I chose to put the neutral (black and white rosettes) at the bottom of the cut-out heart shape on the layout, and added the pink rosettes on top of the black and white ones.   In addition, I chose to just add centers to the rosettes that will be more prominent on the layout.

 

 

I only filled one half of the heart with rosettes, and used the other half to document a picture of my hubby and I on our 16th wedding anniversary.  Here is the final layout:

 

 

The rosettes bring a festive look to the page, and add lots of dimension to a project  (this layout fits tightly inside a page protector).  I hope you give it a try, and use up those paper scraps.   Like i mentioned they are perfect to create cards, and other projects.

As always don’t forget to contact me if you have any questions.

See you all soon!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

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