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Theme week with the designers

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Hello scrappy nerds, Gisele here bringing you some fun projects the design team created following the theme/mood board. What’s a theme board, well it is something to get you motivated and inspired to create. This week’s was an awesome one and I know you are going to love it:) 

So isn’t it beautiful? I love all the colours, blues, greys, white, red and even creme. The textures are also wonderful to the bead boards on the cabinet or the scallop on the top shelf, the snow on the branch where that blue jay is, to the ribbed and cable knit blanket on the sofa. If the animals or nature  inspire you, there is a deer or 2, the blue jay, the sunset or sunrise too,   I love everything about this board. so from that, you take whatever gets your juices flowing. If you need a sketch, there is one further down this blog post by Milena.

So I have 2 projects inspired by the mood board. First up is a Happy 2018 Year card using the Pinkfresh  December Days collection. 

My next project is a 12×12 LO, using Echo Park, a Perfect Winter collection.

You will see that I have some chipboard and stickers from the collection, some Simple Stories words, and some older AC Thickers from my stash (CAR). My photo is matted with the same collection.

Isn’t that owl precious?? He is a sticker that some foam dimension was added on the back to give dimension.  Then to it, a bit of pattern paper and part of a chipboard border for him to perch on. You can also see the * which was in the AC Thickers I used in the title. A gorgeous snowflake which I added some of my favourite: NUVO Crystal Drops in white for more interest. I love the drops as you can make them the size you want and added it anywhere. They are like enamel drops but you decide what size you want.  I love that. More flexibility and also economical too!

It is a winter LO as I got my car just after Christmas, so the pictures are winter, I added a tag(from December Daily by Pinkfresh) and red floss/twine to it from my stash. More stickers from the collection, the house was backed with foam to pop it a bit and the Nuvo Drops in white was also added there as the sticker showed white specks on the roof. So I just need to follow the dots LOL.

Now, the completed LO, hope you like it 🙂 I went with the colours of the mood board and added some nature elements as well.

Our next designer, Marie Clark. One of Mari’s favorite collections for the holidays this year was the Pink Fresh Studios December Days collection. This collection was so versatile and the colors fit the color theme perfectly. Mari has used the one of her favorite collections for the holidays this year: the Pink Fresh Studios December Days collection. This collection is so versatile and the colors fit the color theme perfectly. Mari has used the Carabelle Studio stamp as part of the layout since she is documenting a celebration of fun creative accomplishments in 2017. This “artsy” stamp fits the journaling perfectly. The photo is backed with many layers of paper and tags as a mat to create more dimension and visual interest on the layout. There is also a bit of machine stitching in gold thread on the layout. This collection has so many fun die cuts, chipboard pieces and papers!! It can be used for non-holiday themed projects.

That teacup cluster is so cute!!

Lots layers and you can see that border stamp from Carabelle Studio too. 

The complete view of her LO so gorgeous. I also loved that she used a black and white photo. Great tip if your photos are in colours you would prefer were different because you want to use certain papers…

Milena Woodiwiss is up with a wonderful sketch followed by her LO. Simple but elegant. 3 cluster areas for that visual triangle, journaling and 2 photos.

The mood board made her think of winter and she loved the reds and blue in it. And then once she saw the Scrapbook Nerd ‘Winter Joy’ cut file in the shop, she knew it would be perfect for this sketch and this mood board. Milena used the cut file instead of a the angled piece at the bottom of the sketch. She filled the snowflakes and used the embellishments from Echo Park’s “A Perfect Winter” collection. She used gesso mixed with a bit of water for the splatter background and some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Moondust for the middle of the snowflakes. Now she feels like  going to go snuggle up in front of the fire with a warm cozy blanket!

You can see the Scrapbook Nerd cut file and all the layers here.

The full LO; beautiful 🙂 Love how she used the cut file and the pops of red and white, so Canadian eh?


Nathalie DeSousa is up next with a fabulous layout with a cut file background.

This page was created using Echo Park’s “A Perfect Winter” collection, and one of Paige Evans cut files (the cut file is called flower something, but it looked like snowflakes to me!). Nathalie played with the cut file to get the idea of snowflakes falling, and tied in all the color in the embellishments (all from the collection)  Layout by Nathalie DeSousa using Echo Parks, A Perfect Winter collection.

Thanks, design team members for the gorgeous work from that mood board. I feel I should do another project!!
Check our store  Scrapbook Nerd as new things are popping into the store for all your scrappy needs and wants. Have a great scrapbook week everyone 🙂

Gisele J - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

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THEME WEEK at SCRAPBOOK NERD: another use for your Christmas papers… and using a mood board.

Hey all you scrappy nerds, Gisele here with some scrappy goodness. This week is theme week to get you to try a mood board as inspiration. How beautiful is this board? If you have never played with a mood board, then maybe this is your cue. You use colours, or textures, or patterns… from this picture board to inspire your LO or card.

As our tutorial this week, a have a card for you, a Happy 2018 Year card.
Choosing Christmas papers for another theme. Here I have used Pinkfresh December Days collection.

I cut a frame off this paper:

Next, used a circle punch to punch out a sentiment from the ephemera tag in this same collection.

Choosing other circles of ephemera and some I punched gold circles slightly larger than the ephemera.

Playing with placement of ephemera:

Adding some stars as another embellishment, not glued down yet.

Adding 2018 AC Thickers (Together) and some stitched holes:

Next up, stitching:

Now placement and gluing done ephemera and circles and stars. Added some dimension to the sparkle circle to make it stand out.

And voila, our finished card, forgot to mention I added a gold frame as well to compliment the alphas and the ephemera:

Another view:

Hope you were inspired by my card to try a mood board and using themed papers for other uses. Stay tuned later this week for the designers take on theme week. If you have not visited the store yet, please take a spin over there as new things are coming in. Check it out here: Scrapbook Nerd . Catch you later this week for the designer reveal and Happy 2018!

 

Llama drama home decor idea

Easy LLAMA Home Decor Idea

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Hello there crafty friends,
It’s Joy here today with a quick and easy home decor project using a new favourite of mine…a cute little Alpaca!

For this project I’m thinking of this guy as a Llama so I can use a trendy quote reference.


scxrapbooknerd.com supply listOne sheet of pattern paper, one sheet of cardstock, a picture frame, a ruler, a black pen, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, and a feature creature or other image.

I will warn you, my Llama is stolen!
Yep, I stole it with permission before shipping out an order of Crate Paper Good Vibes products to team member Nathalie DeSousa. Thanks for giving me your Llama Nathalie.

First I found my sentiment/quote online. There are a few llama sayings floating around the web, SAVE THE DRAMA FOR YOUR LLAMA and NO DRAMA LLAMA which I thought were fun. But I came across a t-shirt photo with a llama in glasses and the saying ‘this llama doesn’t want your drama’.


Step 2-  was to measure my photo frame and my Llama to figure out placement.
Step 3 & 4 – I printed out my sentiment and cut down the papers to fit my frame.
I left a 1″ border around the white cardstock to show off the Cactus paper.

Step 6 – I wanted some dimension so I added a piece of craft foam to the back of the white cardstock before glueing it to the pattern paper.


Step 7 – I added some Heidi Swapp colour shine by using the nozzle and tapping it to get some splatter. 

Step 8 – I added some extra liquid adhesive to the back of the chipboard Llama to make sure it stayed in place.

Step 9 – I adhered the white cardstock to the pattern paper and put it into the fame.
That’s it, pretty easy right?

Llama Drama home decor idea by Joy for ScrapbookNerd.com

Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today, I hope you got inspired.
If you have any questions I’m just a comment away.
Joy @scrapbooknerd.com

scxrapbooknerd.com supply listOne sheet of pattern paperone sheet of cardstock, a picture frame, a ruler, a black pen, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, and a feature creature or other image.

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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 scrapbooknerd.com

 

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

 

 

 

Choose Your Angle | Mari Clarke

Hey everyone, thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  I have a fun, winter themed layout to share with you today using a sketch created by team member Milena.  I love working from a sketch and I especially love a diagonal design.  

This particular sketch suggested the creation of the angle by cutting a triangle strip for the top and bottom of the layout.  This is an easy way to establish the angle for the layout.  The middle strip of patterned paper follows that same angle and provides a “home base” for building the rest of the layout.

The sketch also suggested various strips of paper be used to frame in the photo.  I love this idea; the strips add interest and provide a way to create emphasis on the photograph.  I added some extra texture to my paper strips by running them through my Big Shot in an embossing folder.  The circle embossing matches the other circles in the clusters, which were another suggestion in the sketch.

I placed my title and journaling in the exact spot as the sketch. I really like how this turned out!

If you need inspiration for a layout, a sketch is a great place to start.  And a diagonal layout is always fun to create!!

This layout was created using the PinkFresh Studio December Days collection.  You can find these supplies in the Scrapbook Nerd shop!

Here is Milena’s awesome sketch:

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!!  Hope you have an amazing holiday season!!

xxMari

Extend Your Single Sketch

Sometimes I have a single page sketch I really like but the photos I want to work with are from a trip or at an event and I need more than a single page. An easy way to take a sketch and turn it into a double page layout is to use that single page sketch to showcase the best photos of the bunch then build out a very simple facing page using the same paper etc. In this case, I’m going use a simple grid design.

I had some photos of my daughter and I working on fixing up our front porch this summer. I wanted to include more than just before and after shots so I used this sketch:

3 Photo Sketch

to build out the first page.

3 Photo Page

Double Page

This page is simple and clean and the focus is on the photos. But I still had many more photos of the process that I also wanted to include so I came up with a simple grid format:

Grid Design

And I built out the second page.

In this case I used 3.5×3.5” photos but you could easily change this up to accommodate as many or as few photos as you would like to use.

You could pair this grid design with any single page sketch. If the number of photos you wanted on that second page didn’t correspond with the number of photos in the grid, you could replace one of the photo blocks with paper, embellishments or even journaling! This grid page could even be used as a single page too if that fit your needs.

3 Photo Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this tutorial has given you some ideas on how to get more photos on a layout and how to adapt a single page sketch to suit your needs.

Craft on, everyone.

 

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mind Your Manners by Bella Blvd. 

 

 

DISNEY MINI TUTORIAL …

 

 

Hey nerd friends, Gisele here with a tutorial on Disney autograph books I made earlier this fall for my 2 grandnieces.  I used the Say Cheese collection(stickers and papers) by Simple Stories from the store.

First was designing a cover for my mini; this picture shows the plastic I put over the album to protect it.

Here it is with the plastic cover opened and you can also see I used some polka dotted washi from my stash to go around the covers and on the pages too. The red cover is made from an old file folder.

I used some odds and ends of Project Life cards. These cards were affixed to some recipe card dividers that had a tab.

Used my We are Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile and some opened type hoops to attach all the pages together.

I also used several ribbons from my stash to embellish the album.

A friend lent me a Mickey Mouse punch so I used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher and stapled them to the tabs of the cards; one on each side. I stapled them as I did not want them to come apart.

The following are a few pages from the mini. As you can tell, I united all the pages by punching stars to add cohesiveness.

This is last page and I added a library type pouch(also from my stash) from Simple Stories in case the girls wanted to add some memorabilia in their mini.

This is the back of the album.

 

Finished album: the castle is a cut file from the Silhouette store.

I hope you were inspired by my mini autograph books. Incidentally, I made 2 of them at the same time. They are not identical but using the same materials. Even though it was time consuming I had lots of fun making these souvenir autograph books for the girls.

 

Gisele J - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

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 packIllustrated Faith – Advent collection – clips Illustrated Faith – Advent collection – Chipboard Stickers Illustrated Faith – Advent collection – 12×12 sticker pagePrima Marketing – Metallic watercolor palette 

 

Working in a Traveler’s Notebook | Mari Clarke

Memory Keeping in a Traveler’s Notebook

It’s Tutorial Tuesday on the blog today and I wanted to share a project in my Simple Stories Traveler’s Notebook.  This is such a fun format to use for memory keeping!  I love the size of this particular notebook.

The cover is gorgeous and the pages inside this particular notebook are lined. If your plan is to do some journaling on the pages, the lines are perfect!

The project I created is a double page spread using the Beautiful collection kit from Simple Stories.  This is the perfect collection for this notebook, however you could use whatever products you choose.  On the  right and left side of the notebook, I covered the pages with some patterned paper.  I used some washi tape down the spine of the journal to add some interest and detail to the center area of the layout.

I matted my photo with some black cardstock and some bits of paper from the collection.  I also layered half of a doily behind the photo.

I embellished the layout with die cuts from the collection and then added my journaling in strips to the left side.  I added a few gold sequins and some enamel dots here and there as extra bits of pizazz.  I love how this turned out!!

Try your hand at a new format if you are looking to change up from a larger layout size.  You could even use your notebook for a specific theme of memory keeping.

Here is a link to the process video.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!!

xx Mari