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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.

Sunday card share - Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Sunday card share #80 – Deco Foil Transfer gel

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Happy Sunday!
Today’s share is all about foiling mixed with some product information. If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know the Nerds love Deco Foil. 😀

Thermoweb released a new product call Transfer Gel and it recently hit our shelves and my crafting desk,  I’ve created a video and a few cards to share how the Transfer Gel works and you can see a list of my supplies at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a closer look at the cards I created. Card Share - Deco Foil Transfer Gel - Happy Birthday card

Happy Birthday card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Thinking of you card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Thinking of you card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

It's Your Bithday card with Deco Foil Transfer Gel

If you have any questions about the Deco Foil Transfer Gel or the projects created, please comment on this post and we will be happy to help.

Happy crafting!

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Nathalie’s Friday Recap

 

Hello Crafty Friends,

Can you believe we are at the end of my reveal week?!!.   This month’s projects were all inspired by the saying, ” April Showers bring May’s Flowers”, and boy!  did I  use flowers for all of this week’s projects.   Let me show you what i was inspired to create:

  • You Are My Bright Side.  The beautiful May cut file from Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine was the starting point for this page.  The fussy cut elements from the the Oh My Heart collection complete this page all about my little niece

 

  • 14!    This month’s Silhouette Savvy Series entry focuses on altering one cut file to obtain multiple looks and projects.   Once again the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine cut file was used, and the samples were created using Dear Lizzy’s Lovely Day collection, and Simple Stories Faith collection.

 

 

  • Thumbs Up.    Continuing with the floral inspiration for the month,  this project features one of the paper cut outs that is included in the 12×12 paper pads from Pink Paislee’s Oh My Heart collection, a few french knots, and a colorful mixed media background.

 

  • MOM.   May is  the month to celebrate Moms!   For  this project, i created the cut file -which is available for free at the Scrapbook Nerd Store – and the gorgeous Kaisercraft Wildflower collection to document a sweet embrace between my mom and the littlest.

 

I hope these all serve as inspiration for your own projects.   Flowers never go out of style, and the paper kind last forever.

Remember to stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store to pick up the free cut file ( I would love to see what you create with it!), and to check all the materials used in these projects.  There is a lot of beautiful floral papers available in the store’s shelves.

I am a comment away if you have any questions on how any of these projects came together.

 

Take care!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

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Silhouette Savvy Series – One cut file, multiple ideas –


Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying the beautiful colors that are popping here and there after all those April showers (even though our part of Canada has been hit with lots of rain in May, also!).

This month I wanted to show you how versatile cut files can be, and how you can use the cut file  in different projects just by altering it a bit.    For this post, I am using the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine free May 2017 cut file.

Scrapbook and Cards Magazine free May 2017 cut file

 

  • I was blessed to be this month’s SCT guest cut file designer, and got the opportunity to play with the cut file, so the first layout created features the cut file as  it was designed.

 

By simply rotating the original image, I was able to frame a large picture of my sister and her little  ( i used Simple Stories Faith collection for this layout)

 

 

  • The second layout created with this cut file features the flower ring as part of the layout’s mat, here is how I altered the cut file:

After highlighting the entire image, click on the modify window, and chose ” RELEASE PATH”. This is how the image will look like after the command was been activated.

Click,and delete all the images that are attached to the outer ring of the cut file. Make sure that the rest of the image remains unchanged. I have moved to the side all the pieces that were deleted from the image

Once again, highlight (drag the mouse over) the entire image; make sure all the small images are included in the highlighted square. This is how the image would look like after the highlight

After highlighting the image, click on the “MAKE COMPOUND PATH” on the Modify window, or right click menu. The image will look like the original cut file without the outer edge of the ring.

Here is the layout created with this altered cut file.   I chose to balance the page by adding fussy cut flowers to match the ones in the ring, and  a large picture that fit inside the flower ring.

 

  • For the last alteration, I decided to create an entire ring of flowers within the layout’s mat.  Here is how the cut file was altered:

Copy and paste an image of the cut file ( as used in the second layout). Make sure that each ring is a Compound path.

Rotate the ring until the entire inside perimeter of the ring is covered with flowers. It is important that you make sure each flower ring is a COMPOUND path (on its own). The ending leaves of each side of the ring will overlap.

 

After lining the two floral rings so that the perimeters overlap completely; highlight both images, click on the Modify window, and pick the INTERSECT option. The image will look like the picture -each little segment will be individually highlighted –

Highlight the entire image, and using the Modify window, click on the MAKE Compound path command to create the floral ring

 

For this project, the image was cut, and then all the cut outs were backed with papers from the Lovely Day collection.  The entire ring was then backed with vellum, and a light green paper from my stash.

 

 

A bit of hand stitching adds texture to the page, but also secures the layers together.   A bit of foam adhesive under the flowers, helps to add dimension to this page, also.   I added a small picture of my daughter to the background, and took advantage of the rings empty middle space to add embellishments,  Here is the final layout:

 

So there you go!  Cut files are so versatile, just a few little alterations are enough to change the look of the original cut.   There are still so many more opportunities with the cut file,    Next time you want to use  a cut file in a page,  consider altering a bit of the image, this will give you a truly one of a kind page.

I look forward to see how you can alter a cut file.  Remember I am a comment away, if you need assistance with any of the steps shown,

See you all soon!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

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A mini-album with tags, flaps and pull-outs!

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I’m so happy that spring is here finally, despite the rainy days. With spring, I have been enjoying using collections with lovely spring colours and icons. Hazelwood by OneCanoeTwo fits the bill and even after using it on many layouts, I still had a lot of papers and embellishments to work with.

I hadn’t done a mini-album in quite a long time and thought it would make a nice gift for my sister. I asked her to send me photos of things she is grateful for. Luckily for me, she also decided to send me some journalling for each photo. There were both landscape and portrait photos, so I cropped most of them into 4×4 photos. That helped me decide to make the album 6×6.

Inside cover: Celebrate this lovely life.

I cut six papers at 6×12 for the inside pages and scored at 1″, 6″ and 11″, and folded each paper in half. For the outside cover, again cut at 6×12, I scored at 5″, 6″ and 7″, and folded at the 6″ mark. So that each of the inside papers were just slightly smaller than the cover, I trimmed each by 1/8″.

I decided on the order of the pages and then lined up the scored 1″ parts within the spine of the cover. Once they were all lined up, I punched three holes through all the papers. I chose a ribbon and placed the ends down through the two outer holes and up through the middle one, tying a bow.

I wanted to use a lot of tags in this album, to hold the journalling, additional photos, or embellishments. On most pages, I used the photos as pockets to tuck tags in behind.

tucking in tags

hidden journalling on tags

Also, while I sealed the bottom of the pages, I left the tops open. This allowed me to create inserts which hold additional photos. I really enjoyed pairing current photos with much older ones to show how my sister’s family had changed, but not changed all that much.

Traditions through the years

A family that travels together

I made different types of flaps/pull up for the inserts. For this one, the flap covered most of the photo and allowed for a lot of embellishment and then lifted to reveal both the photo and journalling as well as lifting up to another photo.

right side, flap insert

 

flap lifted

insert pulled out

I like that I was able to start the album with my sister and her husband early in their marriage, and end it with him more recently, going to the top of a mountain top for her.

a true love story

This was such an easy collection to use for this project, as everything coordinates but also allows for a diversity of colours and photo types.

Do you enjoy creating min-albums?

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Nathalie’s April Review

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Hello everyone!

Spring is in full swing!, and i was inspired in the change of season (colors are starting to show, flowers are blooming, weather is warming up, and no more boots! -at least in my part of Canada-) to create colorful projects for my reveal week, this month.  Here is a review of what i was inspired to create:

  • PERFECT SMILE –  The beautiful triangle pattern in the Joy Parade collection -by Fancy Pants Designs- was the starting point for this layout.   The inky background, and the color combination were just a welcome compliment to a super fun picture of some of my family.

 

  • SPLASH –  Blog Post tutorial on Distress Oxides –   I love playing with different mediums to create backgrounds for my projects.  This time, I chose to use the new Ranger’s Distress Oxides to create the illusion of splashing water in a layout.  In case you missed it, there is a small video that shows how the background was created (just go to the previous post)

 

  • LOVE WHAT YOU DO –  For this layout, i chose a large hand stitched title, the new distress oxides, embellishments from Simple Stories Faith collection, and  papers from Echo Park’s Just Be You collection to document one of my favorite hobbies -photography-.

 

 

  • AMAZING –  In case you have never seen pictures of my family, we are in love with our 3rd baby, a 6 yr old Boston Terrier named Poochie.   Once I saw the doggie die cut piece in the Chit Chat Chowder collection by Jillibean Soup, I knew that i would be coming home to my desk.  Here is one of the layouts, I have created with this collection (and in case you have extra doggie die cut pieces you are not using,  I would love to add them to my stash!!!)

 

I really hope that this array of colors, textures and designs inspire you to visit the Scrapbook Nerd  store to check all the new collections that are always being added to their shelves.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on how any of these came together.

Keep on Craftin’!!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Creating a background with Distress Oxides

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Hello there!

It finally looks like we have passed our Winter season!   Trees are starting to bloom, and soon everything will be once again full of light and color.

In fact this month’s reveals are inspired by color, and for this week’s tutorial, I want to invite you to discover Distress Oxides,

This new medium is so easy to work with, as it combines dye and pigment inks in one simple package.  The combination of the two creates a matte effect (due to the pigment) on the paper but allows the colors to shine on their own, and not to become muddled when mixed together.

Here is a small video on how the layout and background came together, so grab a seat, and ENJOY!

 

As you can see in the video,  I used a combination of Faded Jeans, and Cracked Pistachio  Distress Oxides to recreate the color of the water in the picture.   The colors, when layered, did not fade into a dark teal -which would have happened- had I used another medium.   I have played with some of the other hues and can say that you can create a multi-color background without muddling the effect by allowing the colors to dry a bit in between.  I will work a layout to show you in the near future.

Here are a few close-ups of the effect the Distress Oxides  look like once dried:

I love how the background looks like splattered water behind the picture and large title, and it was perfect to frame this picture of my daughter and niece enjoying our backyard pool. The colourful, and beautiful Bella Blvd. “Secrets of the Sea” collection was the ideal to complete this page.

Here is the final layout:

 

I hope you feel inspired to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the new colours of  Distress Oxides, as well as all the new collections available there.   You can always leave a comment if you have a question on how this came together.

See you all soon!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com


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Gelatos with a stencil? Yes!

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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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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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