As usual, the Creative Team here at Scrapbook Nerd have been hard at work creating some beautiful projects. It’s that time of year here in Canada when staying indoors and creating is easy to do. As I write this the snow is falling outside my window. I’m wishing for a white Christmas!!

First up is Gisele with this lovely fall themed layout. Her layering is always stunning and this layout makes me want to hibernate in a cabin somewhere. She uses the Simple Stories Cabin Fever collection, along with a maple leaf Sihouette cut file, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in navy, a Jillibean enamel shape, some  wood veneer, navy enamel dots, a flair button and some twine. All this comes together beautifully in her layout.

Gisele Full

Gisele Detail

Next up is Mari using the December free cut file from the shop and the Oh What Fun collection from MME. The cut file was cut from white card stock and used as a mat behind the photo (4×6). Papers from the MME 6×6 pad were used to mat the photo. The word “Joy” is backed with papers from the 6×6 pad as well. Various die cuts from the Oh What Fun ephemera pack and bits from the chipboard sheet have been used to embellish the layout. Love this collection! There are so many fun pieces and the color palette is perfect! I love the black and white photo paired with the bold red background. Just gorgeous. I need to download this file and put it to use.

Mari Full

Mari Detail

Nathalie created this layout about her sister on her 40th bday using a bit of mixed media (all Heidi Swapp colorshine) and Maggie Holmes Carousel collection. The title comes from the 12×12 paper pad, and was carefully fussy cut. I love the large title on this page with the mixed media peeking out from underneath.

Nathalie Full

Nathalie Detail

I brought you a 3 photo sketch and a layout using the Bella Blvd Mind Your Manners collection. I love the bright fun colours in this collection. I found them to be very versatile and they go with so many of my summer photos. In my tutorial earlier this week I also included a second sketch designed to help you extend those single page sketches into a double page if you have too many photos for a single page.

3 Photo Sketch

Milena Full Milena Detail


The holiday season is almost upon us. I’m looking forward to a bit of time off and the opportunity to do some creating over the holidays. See you all again in 2018!!



Milena W - designer at




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








Mind Your Manners by Bella Blvd. 




Gisele here showing off what the creative team has been working for you again. Lots of great projects to give you inspiration.

First up is Mari with this beautiful winter themed layout. She have used the adorable “Cabin Fever” collection from Carta Bella. With the gorgeous textured papers and fun embellishments in this collection, there are so many fun layouts to be created. This single photo layout includes several layered cluster areas using the die cuts, chipboard, cardstock stickers and enamel stickers. A fun winter memory is documented using this wonderful winter themed collection.

Loved how Mari used a black and white photo. Brings back memories of sliding as a child.


Next up is Nathalie : This is the last selfie of her family last year. she wanted the picture to stand out (the N was an oversight), so she  kept the pages very neutral, using a few cut files from the Cut Shoppe, SImple Stories WInter WOnderland (one of her favorites) and Crate Paper’s Snow and Cocoa collection

Such a sweet family photo, great winter memories captured in this lovely LO.

I am in love with those alpha cut files 🙂


Milena had this great sketch :

This is what she did using the Echo Park “A Perfect Winter” collection. Love Echo Park! Such a warm winter LO.

Earlier this week I had this tutorial using Simple Stories Say Cheese. So check earlier post this week. It’s an autograph Disney mini book.

Who doesn’t love a Christmas banner? I made this one using Simple Stories Cabin Fever.

The dollie is Stampin’Up. The clothes pin found at my local dollar store, what luck!

(some Simple Stories enamel dots)

The deer is a cut file from Silhouette.

Hope you loved our projects and that they got you inspired.  We had fun creating for you. Check out the Scrapbook Nerd store, lots of scrappy goodness there. Until next scrappy time, have a great week.

Gisele J - designer at






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

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest


Hello Everyone!

Can you believe it is December already!!!  Time has flown by, and now we are heading towards Christmas and a new year.

As usual, the Creative team has been active this week, bringing lots of inspiration and beautiful projects.  Here is a recap of what the Nerdy girls have been up to.

First up is GIsele;  she is already in the Christmas mood with this beautiful layout that features  her little nieces in some cute poses.



Gisele is using Crate Paper’s FA LA LA collection (the acrylic stars come from her stash) to document those adorable pictures…   Just beautiful and festive, Gisele!


Mari is up next with this beautiful Fall inspired pocket page.   She has combined papers and cut-apart cards from Carta Bella’s Hello Fall collection to document some of her family’s Fall activities.


Just love how she has combined the papers and embellishments from the Hello Fall collection in this lovely page.  Always inspiring to see pocket pages!



This week’s tutorial was a new, and updated version of an old Silhouette Savvy Series.  Nathalie showed us in her video tutorial how to create the stitching guide of her layout using the new Silhouette software version.



She opted to handstitch and water color the title to match all the colorful papers and embellishments from Bella Blvd’s Advent collection.   Remember to check the  previous blog post to see how you can add stitching to your pages, too!


Finally, it is the first of the month, that means a new free cut file is available at the store.   The JOY cut file is perfect to document your Holiday season, and/or all those especial winter memories.



Nathalie has created this layout using My Mind’s Eye “Oh What Fun” collection, and Simple Stories Winter Wonderland paper (as the base for the layout).    Her little niece just shines in this page.   Don’t forget to stop by the store to pick up your free cut file download.


Thank you all for joining us today.   Now to start our Holiday season!!!

Nathalie D - designer at


Free Cut File | JOY – scrapbook layout and cards

Hello everyone!

It is the first of the month, that means Free Cut file time here at Scrapbook Nerd; YAY!!!.   This month we wanted to offer you a file that could be used to document your Holiday memories and/or Winter memories, too.
Joy Free Cut File @


Nathalie has designed the JOY cut file (available at the store now!)  so that it can be used as a background on a page, but you will also find the individual shapes so that you can create your own unique designs.


For her project, Nathalie is using a paper from Simple Stories Winter Wonderland as a base for the project.


To bring the festive colors to the page, she is using My Mind’s Eye “Oh What Fun” collection to add details and back the title of her page.  Here is her final project:


We just loved how the picture pops from the soft snowflake background.  Remember to stop by the store to pick your free copy of the download.  Now it is Joy’s turn to show you what the cut file inspired her to create.

Joy used the extra pieces included in the Holiday Joy cut file to create her card. Joy welded 2 of the snowflakes to the JOY sentiment and cut some extra snowflakes. Using some watercolour paper and some Dylusions spray mist, Joy made the blue background and misted the interior cuts of the JOY sentiment pink.

Bright & Bold Holiday Joy cardThe misted background has some ink splatter in the same colour mist for some added interest.close up, winter joy cut file

We hope you find some inspiration in today’s post, head over to the SN shop top download your FREE copy of the Holiday Joy cut file.

Happy crafting!!

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


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 


Nerd Girl Inspiration This Week

We have had a week of fun inspiration and have lots to share with you that we have been working on!

This first project was created by Creative Team Member Milena Woodiwiss!

Milena’s layout is based on this week’s sketch. With the use of patterned paper and embellishments, Milena has turned the sketch into a simple, fun and fast page. Milena has used
the Pink Fresh Studio’s Escape the Ordinary collection. It’s been perfect for her pages
this month of her family’s trip to northern Ontario.simple sketch by Milena for

Next, we have another beautiful layout from Creative Team Member Nathalie DeSousa.

This layout was created with the Dream Big collection from Fancy Pants Designs and includes a little bit of stitching (plus a Silhouette cut file), and a bit of watercolor. This is one of Nathalie’s favorite pictures of her daughter on their last vacation, as they experienced some of the most beautiful skies while flying on route to Ecuador

This next layout was created by Creative Team Member Gisele Julien.

Gisele has created Project Life type pages(2) depicting an afternoon at the apple orchard using Echo Park A Perfect Autumn papers, some apples punched with a small punch, wood veneer apples, enamel dots and chipboard, plus some word chipboard.

Lastly, Creative Team Member Mari Clarke’s project is in a Traveler’s Notebook.

Mari created this layout using the Simple Stories Beautiful collection and Simple Stories traveler’s notebook.  The collection has so many coordinating pieces, including die cuts, stickers, 12×12 papers, and a 6×8 paper pad.  There are so many possibilities to use this in a fun and creative way.

We hope you are inspired to do some scrapbooking this weekend!  Pop over to the shop and check out all of the scrappy goodness that will help you craft some layouts and document your memories!

Have an awesome, scrappy weekend!


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

Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

The Creative Team has been busy this week creating many beautiful and awe inspiring projects.

We start off with Mari who created a lovely assortment of holiday cards to share. She makes me realize the holiday season is just around the corner!

Weekly Round Up - Mari's Cards

On this one she used the Lawn Fawn Village Border die, the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages sentiments stamp and the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders on this card. The sentiment is heat embossed using Versamark Ink.

Mari's Cards

This card was created using the Lawn Fawn Winter Village stamps and dies, Lawn Fawn rectangle stackable die, Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6×6 pad, Distress Oxide Ink in Salty Ocean, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Wink of Stella, Nuvo Drops in glossy white, Glossy Accents, Versamark Ink and black embossing powder.

Mari's Cards

This card was created using the My Mind’s Eye Oh What Fun collection. She used the 6×6 paper pad, the Mixed Bag ephemera pack and a puffy sticker to create the card.

The colour and detail in these cards is just gorgeous.

Gisele was busy this week making another fabulous fall themed layout.Gisele Julian Layout I love all her layering on this one. She used a Silhouette cut file pumpkin and the collection from Simple Stories simple set “Happy Haunting”. She thinks the fox, is from Pink Paislee. Leaves are from Recollection (from her stash). Alphas are AC thickers “Wonder”. She also added Nuvo drops in Ripened Pumpkin and hand stitching with green floss.

Nathalie’s use of mixed media brings out all the details in the papers from Pinkfresh Studio’s Escape the Ordinary collection. The triangles are perfect to recreate a mountain scene, just like in the picture of her daughter and cousin at about 4100m above sea level in Ecuador .

Nathalie DeSousa Layout

Nathalie DeSousa Layout

As always her use of mixed media is stunning.

And I brought you yet another new sketch and, hopefully, a creative way to get the most out of your sketches.

November Tutorial Sketch

November Sketch Tutorial Page Example

November Sketch Tutorial Page Detail

Thanks for checking in everyone. I hope you all have a fantastic and creative weekend.

Milena W - designer at