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Discovering Turnabout Stamps

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Today I’m going to be working with a 4.25”w X 5.5”h Card Sketch instead of my usual 12×12 LO sketch.

I really wanted to use the new Oh Hello turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th for the background area. In order to use this stamp you need a stamp positioning tool to help keep the stamp in the same position.

Your first step is to ensure your stamp is positioned correctly on your stamp positioning tool. Very carefully line the stamp up with the image on the back of the packaging and place a small X on the stamp that corresponds with the X on the packaging.

Stamp Position

Next make yourself a template out of a scrap of 6×6 paper. Put the paper in the corner of your stamping tool and position your stamp over the template so the x’s line up and close your stamp positioner so that the stamp adheres to the cover. When making a card with this turnabout stamp, I find it easiest to use a 6×6 piece of paper and then cut the stamped image to fit the card.

Stamp Position

Place your paper in the corner of your stamp positioner where you had the template, ink up your stamp with your first colour and stamp away. Don’t be afraid to make more than one impression if your coverage isn’t perfect. That’s what makes the stamp positioner so handy.

Next, and this is important – you rotate your piece of paper. You can go either clockwise or counter clockwise but just be sure to rotate it in the same direction every time. You are going to stamp a total of 4 times with a different colour each time, being sure to ALWAYS rotate in the same direction between impressions.

4 rotations

Isn’t that pretty?

Now to assemble the card. First I cut a piece of coordinating green card stock to 4″w x 5.5″h and adhered it in the middle of the front of the card. I then cut the stamped background piece to 3.75″w x 5.5″h and adhered it in the middle of the green card stock. I used my Big Shot to die cut a heart and a banner piece. I inked up my sentiments with Versarmark ink and heat embossed with white and adhered to the side of the card, cutting off any excess that hung over the edge and mounting with dimensional adhesive. I finished the card off with some Morning Dew Crystal Nuovo drops and let it dry.

Oct 17 Card


I love that these stamps give you a multi coloured background that lines up perfectly. The sentiments come with the Turnabout Stamp and are the perfect fit.

Milena W - designer at scrapbooknerd.com


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Oh Hello Turnabout Stamp

Gina K Inks

Gina K Paper

Versamark Ink

White Embossing Powder

Stamp Platform (mine is discontinued)

Shaker Layout

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Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.com

I trust everyone had a lovely holiday with family and friends and took lots of photo’s of your memories. As I slowly recover from my Christmas food coma, I would like to share a project that was inspired by a challenge item included in my Design Team Kit . Along with the super cute Echo Park “I LOVE WINTER” Collection , I received a package of “WINTER WONDERLAND SEQUIN MIX” by Neat & Tangled. This might be my favourite creation yet using the WRMK Fuse Tool!

To start this is double sided layout. I had to design the layout with both sides in mind since the shaker layer can be seen on both sides. I designed my layout like I normally would, except that instead of layering a paper mat around my photo, I cut a hole out around my photo. Here’s a picture of what one side of the layout looked like before I put it into a page protector and added the sequin pockets.

You can see I  designed the entire layout, embellishments and all, before I added the shaker pocket, as embellishing after would be impossible.

My photo with the paper mat included is 5 x 7. I wanted a 1 inch space for the shaker border around the photo, so the hole I cut out in the middle of my paper is 6 x 8. You could make this shaker area as large as you want, but I wouldn’t recommend making it smaller than 1”, or your sequins won’t have enough space to move around.

Next, I slid it into a 12 x 12 page protector. Then, I used my Fuse Tool to seal in my photo.

Next, I sealed in 3 sides of my shaker pocket (the outer edge farthest from the photo) with the Fuse. Then, I added my sequins to the pocket. Finally, I sealed the top side of the pocket, completely sealing in the sequins.I really like the way the sequins frame the photos and give an extra festive feel to this Christmas  layout. 

Have you used the Fuse for scrapbooking yet? Please  share your creations with us at SN we would love to see them!

As Always Happy Crafting!

Cathy A.


Quick and Easy Candleholders


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Fall inspired candle holders. To make these quick and easy candle holders you will need 6″ x 12″ Washi Tape sheets, jars, and scissors, punches, die cut machine and/or dies.

Washi Tape 6 X 12

Measure the height and circumference of your jar . Choose a pattern with little to no detail and cut out your shape/s.


Next take the outline and slowly by peeling the background attach to your jar.


You now have a decorative candle holder, at this point you could add ribbon, twine, a charm etc. Make your own personal masterpiece!#3


Add candles and a few more decorated jars etc

These looked great on the Thanksgiving Table and followed us out to the living room for after dinner coffee.


Happy Crafting!

-Cathy A

Nathalie’s Friday Share




I can’t believe how fast this week has passed, and now it is time to share all my September projects with you all.

This month, I drew my inspiration from different places, and played with different paper collections along the way.  Black and white photos, lots of white space and simplicity were the theme for this month’s reveals.  Here is a quick recap:

  • MY GIRL:  this layout about my teenage daughter was created using Crate Paper’s Cute Girl collection, and a Studio Calico cut file.
    MY GIRL @scrapbooknerd


  • LET’S GO:  The layout came together using some mixed media, and fussy cut elements from the last Shimelle paper collections.

LET"S GO @scrapbooknerd


  • BEST EVER :   This week’s Silhouette Savvy Series entry on this blog.   A step by step tutorial on how to stretch a cut.  The featured layout was worked with the leftover cuts from the heart cut-out on a previous layout, and lots of watercolor accents.

BEST EVER @scrapbooknerd.com


  • COOL RAD AWESOME DUDE :  The layout documents my son  (and how fast he is transforming into a young adult) using mixed media, Fancy Pants Designs’s Good Fellows collection, and Scrapbook Nerd’s Guy Stuff cut file

COOL RAD AWESOME DUDE @scrapbooknerd


  • ME & YOU :   A playful and simple take on a loving relationship between my baby (doggie) and I.   The layout features Doodlebug Designs’s Puppy Love Collection, and a cut file from The Cut Shoppe.

ME & YOU @scrapbooknerd


I had so much fun creating all this layouts.   It is always fun when i am surrounded by pretty paper.

Thank you for visiting the blog today.  Do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions about any of this layouts.

Til next time,

Keep Crafting!!!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com


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Gelatos and Stamps

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Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.com

This week I am working with the My Mind’s Eye – Happy Camper Collection Papers and Embellishments and continuing with my Gelato obsession . For this layout I decided to try a more subtle background, more of a water-colour look so I could later add word stamps. Supplies needed : Gelatos, stamps, water mister, paper towels, cardstock, and a craft sheet.


Start by colouring with the Gelatos directly on the stamp, be generous , use a light mist sprayed directly on the coloured stamp and place on your cardstock.


Continue coloring , misting and stamping , until you are pleased with the outcome. You may want to clean your stamps between colours as they tend to mix if using more than one at a time, or just continue layering your colours on.


I was looking for subtle shades and colours, so I used colours that would suit that as well as a bit more water spray, for brighter more vibrant colours pick those shades , and use less water spray.


I then arranged my papers and picture , and added the word stamps etc to finish my layout.

Rock Climbing

How do you use your Gelatos?

Thank you for visiting today and as always Happy Crafting!    -Cathy

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Creating a Background


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Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.com

This week I will be sharing the projects I have been working on using the Simple Stories – So Fancy Collection.  For this project I decided to create my own background, I wanted something Bold and Colourful to pop my photo of some really great girlfriends of mine!

Gathering the supplies needed – Gelatos, Mini Mister, Texture Effect, scrappers, craft sheet, stencil, paper towels, white cardstock ,and baby wipes.

I began in one corner and coloured large stripes across the paper, spraying with the mister and blending the colour in a light circular motion with my finger into the paper.


I continued across the page colouring and blending until I was pleased with the effect, and then set it aside to dry .


Next I applied a small amount of white texture effect to my craft sheet and added some acrylic paint to it and kept mixing and adding until I reached my desired tone of colour.three

I placed my stencil on the dried gelatos coloured cardstock and lightly spread the paste


I also moved the stencil and added some paste to 2 of the corners, then left it to dry, ( at this time I cleaned the stencil, craft sheet and tools with soapy water and a soft brush )


When everything was dry I assembled my layout . This is my page celebrating two special friends that I am so thankful for, and fortunate to have in my life!


Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!




Silhouette Savvy – Creating compound designs


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.

Free digital cut File available at ScrapbookNerd.com

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.

CREATE - Silhouette Savvy tutorial @ScrapbookNerd.com

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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Twine Flowers


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Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.com

I was looking on Pinterest for some new ways to use twine and I stumbled across these cute flowers from Michelle from “Lady of Leisure Ink “guest posting on “The Bug Bytes February 2012”.  I have made a few adjustments to suit my needs and this is what I came up with.

You don’t need any special equipment, if you have twine in your stash I am sure you can find the rest of the items. Here is what you need, Chipboard or cereal box card, or cardboard, a circle punch or something you can trace, a pencil, a ruler, adhesive, dressmaker pins,a large darning type or craft needle, and twine.

First punch or cut out your circles, take your ruler and pencil and mark the circles with 6 lines divide it up like you would for a clock face. (my circles are 2″ )



If using chipboard or cereal box card you will need to take your adhesive and stick 2 circles together, if using thicker cardboard like my example one circle is enough. Next take the pins and push the pins in about half way, in line with your pencil lines.




Next make a loop around 12 o’clock and tie off, continue taking the twine down and winding it around 6 o’clock , back up to 11 o’clock and down to 5 o’clock, and so on.


When you have been around the “loom” once, go around again – for a thicker flower take a 3rd go around, it should look something like this. Leaving a long “tail” (about 12 – 15 inches) cut off the twine and thread the end through your needle. (I found a needle threader was a tremendous help for this step)


Next you need to secure the petals by threading the needle through the back of the petal and back- stitching.


Continue until you have secured all the petals, your flower should look something like this.


Next take your needle and secure the thread by making a few stitches through the centre of the flower.


Remove your pins and your flower is ready to use.


The red and black flowers were made with 3 loops around the circle, the beige was made with 2 loops around the circle. 


july 5






This is how I used my twine flowers.









Happy Crafting ! 

-Cathy Andreana 


Home Phone RINGTONE “Pretty Stripes” – Using a Diagonal Design


Paige @ scrapbooknerd.com

Hello Nerds!

This month I was inspired by the lovely spring Pinkfresh Studio “Felicity” collection. Even though I did not yet have many outdoor photos, I still was craving spring and loved the bright colours in these papers.

In my last tutorial, I talked about letting the story lead. I also mentioned that sometimes my design is inspired by a photo, and other times, it is inspired by a product. This was the case in this LO, where I loved the various “pretty stripes” in this paper and decided to use a diagonal design.

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The first thing I did was cut out all of the stripes. I then placed them on a diagonal on my white cardstock background spacing them out with varied colours, lengths and distance between stripes. I made sure to leave enough room in the middle section for my two 4×4 photos.


I knew that I would want to sew the stripes down, so I didn’t want to adhere them with too much glue (which gums up the sewing needle) so I placed only two or three small glue dots per strip on the outer edges. I used white thread to sew a line down through the centre of each stripe.


To add dimension, I removed all the glue dots and pulled up the edges of all the stripes.


Next, I added my photos, with some tags as layers for stamping and journalling. I used a large Thicker for my title as it was the punchline of the joke of this LO. I only added a few small embellishments (the painted wood veneer asterisks, and a number line die cut) because for me the stripes provided most of the embellishing and design.



I would love to see what you do to create a diagonal design on your layouts.


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Tutorial Tuesday

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Hello everyone. Welcome to another Tutorial Tuesday – on Wednesday this week, thanks to the fact that I’m away right now and my computer decided to give me lots of grief.

As our new Design Team won’t actually be starting until next week we will be filling the gap with different things this month.

One of our new DT members, Nathalie, has posted a tutorial on her blog this week. She has very graciously agreed to let us share that tutorial here.

In this tutorial she shares how she uses her silhouette to perforate and then stitch the edges of her title. It’s such a great effect!


You can find her tutorial on her blog here. While you’re there be sure to check out the rest if her blog. There is lots of wonderful inspiration there. Be sure to leave a comment to let her know that you were there.