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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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Silhouette Savvy Series – One cut file, multiple ideas –


Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying the beautiful colors that are popping here and there after all those April showers (even though our part of Canada has been hit with lots of rain in May, also!).

This month I wanted to show you how versatile cut files can be, and how you can use the cut file  in different projects just by altering it a bit.    For this post, I am using the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine free May 2017 cut file.

Scrapbook and Cards Magazine free May 2017 cut file

 

  • I was blessed to be this month’s SCT guest cut file designer, and got the opportunity to play with the cut file, so the first layout created features the cut file as  it was designed.

 

By simply rotating the original image, I was able to frame a large picture of my sister and her little  ( i used Simple Stories Faith collection for this layout)

 

 

  • The second layout created with this cut file features the flower ring as part of the layout’s mat, here is how I altered the cut file:

After highlighting the entire image, click on the modify window, and chose ” RELEASE PATH”. This is how the image will look like after the command was been activated.

Click,and delete all the images that are attached to the outer ring of the cut file. Make sure that the rest of the image remains unchanged. I have moved to the side all the pieces that were deleted from the image

Once again, highlight (drag the mouse over) the entire image; make sure all the small images are included in the highlighted square. This is how the image would look like after the highlight

After highlighting the image, click on the “MAKE COMPOUND PATH” on the Modify window, or right click menu. The image will look like the original cut file without the outer edge of the ring.

Here is the layout created with this altered cut file.   I chose to balance the page by adding fussy cut flowers to match the ones in the ring, and  a large picture that fit inside the flower ring.

 

  • For the last alteration, I decided to create an entire ring of flowers within the layout’s mat.  Here is how the cut file was altered:

Copy and paste an image of the cut file ( as used in the second layout). Make sure that each ring is a Compound path.

Rotate the ring until the entire inside perimeter of the ring is covered with flowers. It is important that you make sure each flower ring is a COMPOUND path (on its own). The ending leaves of each side of the ring will overlap.

 

After lining the two floral rings so that the perimeters overlap completely; highlight both images, click on the Modify window, and pick the INTERSECT option. The image will look like the picture -each little segment will be individually highlighted –

Highlight the entire image, and using the Modify window, click on the MAKE Compound path command to create the floral ring

 

For this project, the image was cut, and then all the cut outs were backed with papers from the Lovely Day collection.  The entire ring was then backed with vellum, and a light green paper from my stash.

 

 

A bit of hand stitching adds texture to the page, but also secures the layers together.   A bit of foam adhesive under the flowers, helps to add dimension to this page, also.   I added a small picture of my daughter to the background, and took advantage of the rings empty middle space to add embellishments,  Here is the final layout:

 

So there you go!  Cut files are so versatile, just a few little alterations are enough to change the look of the original cut.   There are still so many more opportunities with the cut file,    Next time you want to use  a cut file in a page,  consider altering a bit of the image, this will give you a truly one of a kind page.

I look forward to see how you can alter a cut file.  Remember I am a comment away, if you need assistance with any of the steps shown,

See you all soon!

 

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Nathalie’s April Review

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Hello everyone!

Spring is in full swing!, and i was inspired in the change of season (colors are starting to show, flowers are blooming, weather is warming up, and no more boots! -at least in my part of Canada-) to create colorful projects for my reveal week, this month.  Here is a review of what i was inspired to create:

  • PERFECT SMILE –  The beautiful triangle pattern in the Joy Parade collection -by Fancy Pants Designs- was the starting point for this layout.   The inky background, and the color combination were just a welcome compliment to a super fun picture of some of my family.

 

  • SPLASH –  Blog Post tutorial on Distress Oxides –   I love playing with different mediums to create backgrounds for my projects.  This time, I chose to use the new Ranger’s Distress Oxides to create the illusion of splashing water in a layout.  In case you missed it, there is a small video that shows how the background was created (just go to the previous post)

 

  • LOVE WHAT YOU DO –  For this layout, i chose a large hand stitched title, the new distress oxides, embellishments from Simple Stories Faith collection, and  papers from Echo Park’s Just Be You collection to document one of my favorite hobbies -photography-.

 

 

  • AMAZING –  In case you have never seen pictures of my family, we are in love with our 3rd baby, a 6 yr old Boston Terrier named Poochie.   Once I saw the doggie die cut piece in the Chit Chat Chowder collection by Jillibean Soup, I knew that i would be coming home to my desk.  Here is one of the layouts, I have created with this collection (and in case you have extra doggie die cut pieces you are not using,  I would love to add them to my stash!!!)

 

I really hope that this array of colors, textures and designs inspire you to visit the Scrapbook Nerd  store to check all the new collections that are always being added to their shelves.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on how any of these came together.

Keep on Craftin’!!

 

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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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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!

 

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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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Silhouette Savvy Series : Combining Cut Files

Hello there!

I hope that you all are keeping safe from the snow, and hopefully ready to welcome Spring (let’s hope it arrives soon!!!)

It is time for a new entry for the Silhouette Savvy Series.  This time I wanted to refresh a past tutorial, and maybe give you a new way to create a new image by combining cut files.

 

This time, I will use the HO HO Holidays cut file (It is a Christmas cut file!) to create a newer image.  So let’s get started:

  • i chose to work with the star shape, and the flower/firework image of the cut file.  After tracing and isolating the images (just click here to be taken to the tutorial that will show you how to trace and isolate an image);  the flower/firework was copied a few times, the images were then placed so that it resembled a star full of this image.
  • Once the images are in place, proceed to weld the image together (click here to be taken to the tutorial that shows how to weld images on the Silhouette software).

 

  • Now using the outer edge of the star shape on the cut file, simply size it to fit over the welded flower/firework images.
  • Use the mouse to highlight both images.
  • Go to the modify window, and chose the command “CROP”.  Remember to make sure the welded image has been converted into a “compound path” – this can be achieved by simply highlighting the entire image, right click on the mouse, and choosing “Compound Path”

This is what the new image will look like after the two cut files were combined by using the crop function.

  • Highlight the image, right click, and chose create a compound path of this image.  This is what the Silhouette will cut – a star made up of the flower/firework image-.

 

  • For this project, i added the outline of the star a second time.  Simply enlarge the image (just click on the image, and dragged your mouse until your liking), then highlight both images, go to the Nest window, and chose center.  Both images will be centered to each other.

Now you are ready to cut the images.   Just chose your medium, and send to the Silhouette to cut.   Here is few highlights of how this cut out was used:

Before welding the images, I copied them onto a new file in the silhouette software, and use the flower/firework image to cut the outline in various papers from the Oh My Heart collection.

This project transformed as it was being formed, and i chose to back the image with a light green paper from the Take Me Away collection, a bit of machine stitching secures the pieces together.

I had already scrapped the first picture of this series of my niece jumping on her bed for my album.  This layout is going in her album!  To frame the picture, I picked pieces from the Oh My Heart and TaKe me Away collections to frame the picture.

To balance, and ground the page, a strip of paper from the collection was added to the bottom of the page, and a small cluster was then created at one of the corners of the collection.  All the journal was added around the star edge.  Here is the final layout:

I love the colour in this page, and even though the initial cut out image was covered with the colour shapes, it can still be seen as a shadow of the shapes.

As always let me know if you have any questions on how this came together.  I am always a comment away.

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!

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Paper Rosettes for Valentine’s Day

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

We hope that you all spent time with your loved ones today <3

Since today is all about love, i set to create a project using paper rosettes.   I was inspired by the embellishments from Crate Paper’s Heart Day collection, to use rosettes in a layout.  So i am giving  my Cameo the day off, and instead pulled out some strong glue, and some knock out punches for this tutorial.

For the paper rosettes created for this project you will need paper strips of 1×12 in dimension, or if you are working with 6×6 paper pad all you have to do is glue to strips of 1x 6 in together (at about 1/4in from one of the short edges on one side only).

 

This step is optional:   To create a more embellished edge on your rosette, cut strips of about 1.5 to 2 in in width, and use a punch or knock outs to create a border.

 

 

If you have a scoring board then create scoring lines on the strip at about 1/4 in intervals.   In my case, I used my paper trimmer’s scoring attachment to create the score lines.

 

 

The strip of paper will look like an accordion after all the scoring has been completed.

 

 

Now using strong glue, or silicone glue (hot glue) simply join the edges short edges together.  In some cases you might have to tuck in one of the folds to achieve a perfect accordion circle.

 

 

You will also need a small square or circle scrap of about 3/4 in  to help keep the rosette together.   Make sure you have your choice of glue ready at this stage (i used Scotch tacky glue to keep the rosette together, until i could reach the glue gun).

 

Now using your fingers apply some pressure to the center of the accordion circle, until the accordion collapses into what resembles a circular fan.    Make sure that the small piece of paper is ready to be glued to the center of the fan.

 

Using the glue of your choice ( i would recommend silicone glue) attach the small piece of scrap paper to the close center of the rosette (preferably in the back), and hold it in place until the glue has completely dried.  You could also add the small piece of paper to the front of the rosette, in that case, make sure it is cut into a small circle or figure, as it will become the center point of the paper rosette.

 

 

To complete the rosette (this is optional), add a small piece of decorative paper, a brad, an enamel shape, stickers, buttons or what you chose to the center of the rosette.
These rosettes are super easy to create, and are easy to use in cards, layouts, and general crafts.

 

Since we are on Valentine’s Day, I used papers from Simple Stories’ “Love and Adore” collection,  and Crate Paper’s “Heart Day” & ” Snow and Cocoa” collection to build the rosettes.  I picked different papers that had a lot of pink in them.

 

I chose to put the neutral (black and white rosettes) at the bottom of the cut-out heart shape on the layout, and added the pink rosettes on top of the black and white ones.   In addition, I chose to just add centers to the rosettes that will be more prominent on the layout.

 

 

I only filled one half of the heart with rosettes, and used the other half to document a picture of my hubby and I on our 16th wedding anniversary.  Here is the final layout:

 

 

The rosettes bring a festive look to the page, and add lots of dimension to a project  (this layout fits tightly inside a page protector).  I hope you give it a try, and use up those paper scraps.   Like i mentioned they are perfect to create cards, and other projects.

As always don’t forget to contact me if you have any questions.

See you all soon!

 

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