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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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Mixed Media cards

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Hello,
It’s Joy here today sharing a new mixed media project with you.
We recently started a new card swap over on our Facebook Friends page and the theme for this swap is birthday cards. I decided to make a masculine card with a bit of a watercolour background and some stamps.

I created a time-lapse video for you to see how I’m creating these cards on mass for the card swap.

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Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today, have a great week!

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Mixed Media on Monday

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Welcome back everyone,
I’ve been art journaling for a few years now and I still feel like I’m finding my style.
Some pages are full of texture and colour, others have more white space and I only use paint. Our art journals can be anything we want them to be and that means anything goes.

My page today started with a piece of deli paper that had paint on it, I think it was a scratch paper I was cleaning my brayer on and it gave me a colour palette to work with.

The girl on this page came from a magazine, I keep a stack of images in my stash and add to it when I get some fashion mags from my sister-in-law.
I usually add a quote to my pages but I couldn’t decide on one to use for this page so for now it’s blank.Art journal page by Joy @ scrapbooknerd.commixed media art journal page
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If you have any questions please let me know in your comments.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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Silhouette Savvy Series – Stretch Your Cuts –

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Hello everyone!

It is been a while since my last post, that even the season has changed.

Well today, i am back with a tutorial -no video this week- on how to stretch a cut file.  I don’t know about you, but i always try to see how can i use every single piece of paper that gets to  my desk.  I especially struggle with the leftovers from any cut-out from a cut file, and many times, I find ways to work them into another layout, or as layering pieces on my projects.

For this tutorial, i will be showing you how i go about using the leftovers of a cut file into a new layout, therefore stretching my cut.

  1.   I used the checkered heart cut file from    Studio Calico by Paige Evans to create a  cut out for one of my reveal layouts.  Once i  took the cut out from the mat,  the leftover cuts still had a great design, that could be worked into another layout.
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I tried to use a cut file that had large pieces (as it makes it easier to transfer the design into a new layout)

 

2.   I picked some watercolor paper to start my new layout.  Using removable tape, I went ahead and glued the cut-out to the  watercolor paper.   NOTE:  using removable tape is the key to transferring the design.  If you don’t have removable tape, little pieces of washi tape can be used to hold the cut-out in place.

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3.  Once the cut-out is glued.  I started to transfer the pieces (just like a puzzle)  from the cutting mat to the watercolor paper.  I made sure to use permanent glue to secure all the little pieces to the mat.   It was easy to transfer the pieces using the cut-out as a guide.

This is what the page looked like after transferring all the pieces.

This is what the page looked like after transferring all the pieces.

4.  I used a pencil to draw the outline of the cut out around the transferred pieces; then carefully, i peeled the cut-out out of the mat (if you are using washi tape, just be careful not to rip the cut-out).

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5.  This is what i had left on the  mat after securing the pieces (i just added a few drops of glue to the  middle of the little pieces)

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6.  Once i saw the pieced heart, all i could think about was mixed media.  So i went ahead, and used color shine to create a colorful background  (I think watercolor would have worked just as well).

 

The penciled heart was a great addition, as I used a piercing tool to create a stitching guide to the layout

The penciled heart was a great addition, as I used a piercing tool to create a stitching guide to the layout

 

I did not gessoed the page, since i wanted to create texture by wetting the pieces with ink -the corners of the pieces tend to curl a bit.

 

 
After stitching around the penciled heart, I added a picture of my baby (with just a few pieces of ephemera around),  a large title, and some journal lines.  I tried to keep the page simple so that the background showed as much as the picture.

 
 

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The finished layout

I love this layout,   it is simple and full of color and texture.  I hope this inspires you into taking a second look at the leftover pieces of your cut-outs.

As always let me know if you have any questions about how the layout came together.

See you soon!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

 

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Mixed media on Monday’s

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I love getting messy in my art journal, paint all over my hand and apron the whole nine yards.
This is one of my favourite things to do, just pull out some supplies and give it a go.
Today’s mixed media inspiration is an art journal page that I created with some Carabelle Studio stamps and Dina Wakley paints….I even recorded it so you could see the process.

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I hope you got inspired and give this simple foiling idea a try on your next project.

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Sunday card share #49

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Hello friends,

I have a couple of cards to share with you today. I had my Deco Foil foiling supplies out this week from another project so I decided to add some foil to my cards too.

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I wanted to use the full sheet of banner paper from the Maggie Holmes Bloom 6×6 paper pad, so I made these odd sized cards, both are 3″x6″. I used the Deco Foil foam adhesive sheet with some word dies for the sentiments, after die cutting them I added the pink foil.
The birthday stamp is from an old Hero Arts stamp set called – It’s Your Day. I added some black ink to the edge of the card to define the edges.
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This next card uses the same banner paper and a ‘happy’ word die from Technique Tuesday. Just like the last card I added the foil after I die-cut the word. I mounted the word on some pop dots and cut out a circle shape as the focal point.

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I added some embroidery thread behind the circle for some added texture after stamping the word birthday. I also added some black ink to the edges of the circle to make it stand out from the background a little bit more.Happy Birthday Card, scrapbooknerd.com Sunday Card Share

Both of the foiled pieces were made without the use of a laminator or Minc machine, so if you don’t own one you can make these cards too. You simply need the foil and some of the foam adhesive.

I hope you got inspired and try out some foiling on your next project.
Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com

P.S. If you want to see some more foiling ideas, check out the video below.

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Nathalie’s Friday Share

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Hello!

It has been a rather busy week, but it has been fun sharing this month’s projects with you.   Here is a recap of what i  have been working on:

  • BEACHY KEEN –  documented my son’s first visit to the Ecuadorian beaches using mixed media, Simple Stories’ Sunshine and Happiness collection

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  • ALL ROADS LEAD INTO ADVENTURE –  created with the Silhouette Savvy Tutorial on how to add a stitching pattern to a project using the Silhouette software.

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  • HELLO SUMMER, I LOVE U!  –  I used SImple Stories’ Sunshine and Happiness collection, and The Cut Shoppe’s Summertime circles cut file to document one of my favorite snapshots of our family tradition at the EX

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  • WANDERLUST –  A simple layout that combines both a large picture and title.

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  • ALL AROUND THE WORLD –  used the newly released, “The Wanderer”,  cut file to document my kids visit to the Equator line and monument.

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As you can see this month I was inspired to document travel and summer moments.  I hope this serves as inspiration to put all your summer memories into beautiful projects.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the layouts, or the tutorial.

Enjoy the rest of the summer…

 

See you all next month!!Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 
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Silhouette Savvy – Creating stitching patterns.

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Hello everyone!,

I hope you all are enjoying the last half of summer;  it is amazing how fast this year is moving.

Today, I am back with a new installment of the Silhouette Savvy Series.   This time we will be looking on how the Silhouette software can be used to create a simple stitching pattern on a layout, like in this layout that serves as the sample of the tutorial.

 

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I love to add texture to my pages, and usually use hand stitching and embroidery to accomplish it.   There are many ways to add stitching to a layout, and some don’t involve a Cameo ( I will make a tutorial on them in the near future).   However, when there is a lot of stitching involved, it is easier to have the Silhouette software do some of the tedious work.  Please enjoy the video (and forgive my Spanish accent) on how to create a stitching pattern:


As you can see the video highlights how easy it is to create a stitching pattern on any project.  Here is a close up to the finished title after using back hand stitching to complete the pattern created:

 

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In case you missed any steps , here is a quick written list of the steps-by-step on how to create a pattern:

  • Select the image you want to use
  • Open the Trace window
  • Click : Select Trace Area
  • Highlight the area of the image you want to use
  • Unclick High Pass filter,  all the image will be brightly highlighted in yellow
  • Press Trace,  and move or delete the  traced  image .
  • Once you have the cut lines showing on the grid,  right click on the mouse to verify that the entire image is a compound path.
  • Position the image where it will be cut.
  • Go to the cutting settings window
  • Select Perforate Edge, and the type of paper being used
  • Click Sent to Silhouette

The machine will create little slits along the edge of the image chosen.   Use these as a guide to embroider, and add stitching to your layout.

 

Here is how the stitched title looks on my layout.  I chose Pink Paislee’s Outfitters collection, a new cutfile designed by The Cut Shoppe for Scrapbook Nerd  -The Wanderer- some mixed media, and distressed elements to document a picture of my kids at the “Marker of the World” – a popular post/signal in my native town down in Ecuador.  Here is the final layout

 

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As always let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial or any of the previous tutorials in this series.   I hope this inspires you to use your Silhouette beyond creating cut-outs for your projects.

 

Till next time,

See you around!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Nathalie’s Friday Share.

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Hello, and welcome to this week’s project share!!

It has been a lot of fun sharing my projects with you all this week; here is a recap of all the projects:

  •  HELLO LIFE

This layout used Simple Stories’ Sunshine and Happiness collection to document my daughter’s first zip-lining adventure.

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  • CREATE

This layout was created as a sample for the SIlhouette Savvy series (Tuesday Tutorial),

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the completed layout

 

  • THESE BOYS RULE

This layout documents my son’s adventures at his 9 grade retreat.  It is inspired on his ideas and stories.

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  • READING QUEEN

I wanted to capture and document my niece’s passion for reading, and climbing to the top bunk of my son’s bed.  So I created a stack of books using Crate Paper’s Bloom Collection.

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I hope this serve as inspiration for your own projects.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the projects, or just to say Hello!.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting!!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Silhouette Savvy – Creating compound designs

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Hello everyone!,

Nathalie here, I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful weather, and using the extra daylight to create beautiful projects.

For this tutorial – and continuing with the Silhouette Savvy series -, we will be exploring how to create a compound design by welding shapes together using the Silhouette Studio program.   For this project we will be using the new cut file, “Camp Glamp”, designed by the Cut Shoppe, and available for free at the Scrapbook Nerd store.

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Many times when we look at a cut file, most of us only think on how the single image would fit into a project.  However, by following a few steps, the single image can be transformed to fit your project’s needs, and create a new unique cut file.

The heart image of  the cut file was multiplied two times  to create a new cut-file of three linked hearts.  Here is a small video on how the cut-out was created on Silhouette Studio by welding images together (this process can be applied to any cut file shape):

I hope you enjoyed the video; just in case you missed a step, I am adding a small point form list of the procedure steps:

  1. Trace the shape / shapes that will be used on the project  (for more information on how to trace an image, please refer to the previous Silhouette Savvy tutorial).  Make sure that each shape is traced individually.
  2. Select each individual image, highlight the individual image, select modify (or right button click on the mouse), then select Make Compound Path
  3. Repeat step 2 for each  shape that will be joined/ welded on the design.
  4. Arrange the images, to your liking, making sure that the edges that will be welded together either overlap, or are touching together.  Images will be welded, only if they are touching.
  5. Select all the shapes that will be welded (they will all be highlighted), select modify (or right button click on the mouse), then select Weld.
  6. Now the image is ready to be cut.

By following these steps, you will be able to create new cut files from your existing images and cut files, like the one i have created for this project.

I chose to back the cut out with some vellum (just behind the word Create), and color the letter space with gold paint.  To create the mat behind the cut-out, i used watercolor on a gessoed yellow cardstock.   Once i glued the background, I used different embroidery thread to hand stitch the edge of the cut-out.

a close up to the details in the heart cut-out..

Finally I added my picture, ephemera, and a few butterfly cut-outs all around the page.  Here is the final layout created with this welded image.

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the completed layout

I hope this serves as inspiration to use cut-files in a new way.   Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the “Camp Glamp” cut file,  it is available for free at the store.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about the layout, or if you are having issues with the welding process on your Silhouette program.   Also let me know if there is something you will like to learn about your Silhouette and its software.

See you soon!!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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