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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

 

 

 

Free Cut file | 12×12 Layout and cards – Stellar Shapes

Hello Nerds!

It is the beginning of the month, which means it is time for a new free cut file… YAY!!!  This new file designed by Ashley Horton from The Cut Shoppe is filled with some amazing designs with infinite possibilities.

This cut file is a must in your digital library, and you can obtain your free digital copy by visiting the Scrapbook Nerd Store.  But before you head to our store, let’s see the cut file in action.

Nathalie is first with her take on one of the images of the Stellar Shapes file and Paige Evans’s “Turn The Page” collection.

She was inspired to create this page filled with color that documents one of her favorite picture of her kids first year together.

She used one of the images in the Stellar Shapes cut file to cut it from papers in the Turn the page collection (different papers, and sizes), and then used a bit of mixed media, and machine stitching to create a fun background for the page.

 

She even used some of the shapes as layer pieces behind the picture, but let’s see a more in-depth look at how this page came together in the following video:

We hope you enjoyed the video!  Isn’t the background just colorful and fun!  We love how she used the image on her page.  Now let’s see Joy’s take on the Stellar Shapes cut file.

 

Joy used one of the Steller Shapes to create a mask to use with some mist to make a simple
Holiday card. She used some temporary adhesive to stick the Stellar shape onto 4×5.25 kraft coloured card front.Stellar Shapes Holiday card After the mist dried Joy add a sentiment and some Nuvo Crystal Drops for a bit of embellishment. 
I think these Stellar Shapes can be used in so many ways.

Head over to the SN shop to download your Stellar Shapes today.
Happy crafting!

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Stellar Shapes cut file, Turn the Page collection – 12×12 paper pad, ephemera, clips, wood venner, sticker book,  Gansai-Tambi -Starry Nights water color palette,  Nuvo drops in gold,  American Crafts cardstock – Sapphire

 

November 2017 Creative Weekend Retreat

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Join us for a fabulous weekend of creative fun at the Red Pine Inn & Convention Center.

Friday, November 24, 2017, at 3:00 pm to Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 4:00 pm.
You can register for this event here

Enjoy your weekend with friends and other creatives with your own 6-foot working space in the bright and open Convention Center, with an on-site store, deluxe rooms with flat screen TV’s, mini fridge, and free WIFI throughout the hotel. The Red Pine Inn has an exercise area for those who wish to work out during their stay and they also have a salt water pool if you wish to go for a swim. All your meals (*5 in total) are served buffet style or in the adjacent on-site restaurant*.

* We do recommend the Red Pine Inn restaurant in for your Friday night dinner which is not included in this weekend retreat but there are also several restaurants within a short driving distance.

Single occupancy (1 adult) in room = $392.00
Double occupancy (2 adults) in room = $269.00
Triple occupancy (3 adults) in room = $236.00
Quadruple occupancy (4 adults) in room = $219.00

If you wish to attend the retreat but do not need accommodations, please contact us for pricing and availability. info@scrapbooknerd.com

A $150.00 non-refundable deposit is due at registration, you can register online in our shop here. Your remaining balance is due on October 1, 2017. We will send an email reminder at that time and you can request a PayPal invoice or send an e-transfer to info@scrapbooknerd.com.

Please Note; If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, your deposit will ONLY be refunded if you have found a friend to take your place. We will try to help if a replacement is needed IF we have a waiting list for this event.

You can register for this event here

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by
phone: 289-813-2104 OR by email: info@scrapbooknerd.com

We look forward to seeing you there and to sharing the weekend with
all of our crafty friends!

Red Pine Inn and Conference Center

You can visit the Red Pine Inn site for more information about their facilities


Red Pine Inn and Conference Centre
497 Victoria Street E.
Alliston, Ontario
L9R 1T9
Map to Red Pine Inn

 

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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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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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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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Free Cut Files

Our summer camp is still running and we are having lots of fun with all the challenges! You can check them out HERE in our forums, or HERE on our Friends and Fans Facebook Page.  We know that you will feel inspired to get busy.

As part of our camp, Nathalie has created some awesome cut files that we are offering FREE to all of you.

The first one you can see here, on her layout “Together”.

togethercutfile

The second one is this great file, and perfect for your summer vacation photos.

vacationfile

You can find them both in the Scrapbook Nerd Store.

We would love to see what you create using these cut files, so be sure to link it up in our gallery or on our Facebook page.

What’s New Wednesday

It’s been a busy week of receiving new orders, here, at Scrapbook Nerd. We have had lots of re-orders – so if there was something that you were looking for that was sold out, check to see if it has been re-stocked. If not, send us an email to info@scrapbooknerd.com and we will try and bring it in for you.

We also received the long-awaited Paige Evans Fancy Free by Pink Paislee. This is flying off the shelf as we speak. A lot of this collection has been discontinued already, so get it while you can.

fancyfree

 

We are also very excited to have, for the first time, Carabelle Studio Stamps from France.

carabelle

Also just arrived …

Pinkfresh Life Noted

lifenoted

Bella Blvd She Blooms

sheblooms

KaiserCraft Always & Forever

kcalways

And more of the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Bloom Collection has arrived

mhbloom (2)

You can find all this, and more, in the Scrapbook Nerd Store.