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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.

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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New Art Journal – Decorating the Cover

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Hi ya!
I’m starting a new art journal and I actually decorated the cover for once. Most of my journal covers are still blank with some messy paint splatter on them. This Journal is the new Vicki Boutin Junque Journal and I’m excited to start using it.

Decorating the cover of your art journal

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I created a quick time-lapse video to share the process, I hope it gives you some ideas to try.

decorating my art journal coverMy goal was to get some of my favourite paint colours on the cover and play with some new stencils. It’s messy and I like it. 🙂

If you have any questions, let me know in your comments.
Happy crafting!

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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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Nathalie’s March Friday Recap

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Hello there friends!

Can you believe that Spring is just around the corner?  But it seems winter just does not want to leave us yet!   I think we are ready for a new season, so all my good thoughts and vibes were channeled to this month’s projects, and my biggest source of inspiration was color.

Here is a quick look at what i created this month:

  •  “4”   The happy, colorful and super cheery “Joy Parade” collection from Fancy Pants Designs was perfect to document my little’s 4th birthday picture.   The  large confetti shaker element as a background just enhances the celebration feeling of this page.

 

  •  “HELLO FUN”   The layout was created as a companion to the Silhouette Savvy Series entry abut combining cut files.   The layout uses the free “Ho Ho Holidays”  cut file -designed by the Cut Shoppe for Scrapbook Nerd- and the new Paige Evans’s “Oh My Heart” collection to document my niece’s idea of fun, jumping on the bed.

 

  • “YOU”    I love florals, and the ones in the “Oh My Heart” collection from Pink Paislee are just so beautiful.   A bit of hand stitching to the fussy cut images was perfect to enhance the images details, and bring texture to this page.   A simple mixed media background complements the picture of my teenage daughter.

 

  •  “LIVE FOR THE MOMENT”   One of the new Pinkfresh Studio releases, “Dream On” was a dream to work with.  The patterns in the papers, and the beautiful color combination on the papers along with the Cut Shoppe’s cut  file added plenty of interest to this page all about my teenage son.

 

  • “FOREVER”   I just had to create this page,  since we have a lot of winter/snow pictures this year, I wanted to document one of my favorites in a non-wintery way.  So i picked this beautiful pink background from the “Oh My Heart” collection, added  this soft cut out -created from the Winter Lace cut file from the Silhouette Store-, and a bit of hand stitching to highlight the picture of my husband and I on one of our walks.

I hope this set of projects have served as inspiration to pull some color into your work, trust me is an excellent way to beat the winter blahs!

Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store to check what the ladies are bringing to the shelves, there are so many new products available.

I am always a comment away, if you need assistance with anything related to this projects or the blog tutorials.

Take care!


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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


 

 

Watercolor Backgrounds for scrapbook layouts

Hello Nerds!

I have loved watercolorus since i took art classes as a little girl.   I especially love how the watercolour dries when splatter on paper, and how it can beautifully can add color to a scrapbook background.

On my last month reveal, I used a watercolor background on one of the layouts, and was asked on how to recreate the look. So i decided to give my Cameo a break for this month, and instead create a video to illustrate one of the ways i create a watercolor background.  Enjoy the video:

My apologies on not adding a voice over on the video, but it was shot a few weeks back while i was battling a bad cold, so i went with captions, instead!

Here are few notes to keep in mind when creating a watercolor background:

  • This particular background was created on heavy cardstock  (i love the Bazzill 12x12in Marshmallow card stock available at the store.  It can handle a large amount of mixed media without buckling or disintegrating) or water color paper that was not gessoed.   It is my personal choice to not gessoed these types of paper, as they can handle water nicely, and i like how watercolor dries on the paper.
  • If you are using regular cardstock or patterned paper as the background, then I will recommend you use gesso on the paper.  Try to use clear gesso, as it won’t dull the colors.  However the look of the background will be different, as the water and color will flood through the area, and the drying time is longer.
  • If possible use different brushes to create the background, this will help avoid muddling the colors.  Watercolor brushes work better for this, as they are softer than acrylic and oil brushes.
  • If you are using one color only, you can always play with the intensity of the color by controlling the amount of water used on the paper.
  • When using multiple colors, let some drying time in between colors, and chose to apply the lightest color at the end.  This will ensure that it does not get lost in the paint layers
  • When creating this background, always  start with water droplets on the page.  You can always change to alternating water and color on the next color layers.
  • Finally, if you are splattering color on a page, the size of the brush will determine the size of the splatters on the page.  A bigger brush will produce larger splatters.
  • Always remember watercolors lose their intensity as they dry, so add extra color if you want a more intense background.  Here is a picture of the fresh background, and you can see the dried background on the  layout.

 

I usually create backgrounds, and then finish the layouts, so i will give you some close ups on how i used the background, and Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection to document a picture of some of the women in my life.

i stitched the title using a free cut file from Juliana Michaels -Besties- after the watercolor had completely dried.

 

 

Here is the final layout:

I really hope this encourages you to pick up some watercolors when creating a background for your next layout.  You can always check the selection of palettes the Nerds have stocked in the store shelves ( i am trying the Prima Marketing collections, and loving them!).

As always, let me know if you have any questions.
See you all soon!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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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

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Welcome back!
After a break Mixed Media on Monday is now back in action.
I created a 8.5″x11″ layout for today’s project, it’s been a while since I scrapbooked so
I started with some simple supplies; a photo, a stencil, modeling paste and some distress inks.
(You can find a list of supplies at the bottom of this post.)

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My first step was applying the modeling paste with a palette knife in a thin layer over the Folk Art Flower stencil. I let is dry completely then applied some Distress ink to some plastic packaging, added some water and ‘smooshed’ (that’s a technical word 🙂 )over the background.

Mixed Media on Monday @scrapbooknerd.com The washi tape panel I created is the patten paper on my layout. I simply stuck the strips of washi onto some plain cardstock and trimmed it to size…That’s it.
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Because of the busy background I created, I kept the embellishments simple and added some strips of journaling and called it done.

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Thank you for stopping by the SN blog, I hope you got inspired!

Joy @ 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!

 

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