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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.
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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!!

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Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

Hello Nerds!!!

It is finally starting to feel like Fall around here!

This week our Scrapbook Nerd design team has been busy working on bringing you some inspiration.  Let’s see what they have been up to:

 

Barb has been working with 1Canoe2’s Creekside collection to document one of her travel adventures.   This page shows the versatility of the collection.  Don’t you just love the  soft fussy cut flowers in her background.   Just beautiful, Barb!!!

Gisele is a master of mixing colors and patterns seamlessly together.  This Fall card features the new Simple Stories’s Happy Harvest collection.  That fussy cut fox (from one of the collection’s cut apart card paper) is the star of this layout.  Perfect for the season!!!

 

This page by Milena is colorful, and the best way to document her 16th year old daughter.   She is our resident sketch maker, and she is using one of her sketches for this page.

 

All those phrases, and papers  from the Vicki Boutin collection from American Crafts along with some sequin from Studio Katia bring color and fun to this page.

 

Finally, Nathalie showed us how easily cut files and mixed media can be combined to create a unique background.   She put her own spin on Halloween, and used Distress Oxides and Pink Paislee’s Spellcast collection  to document  her daughter’s costume from a few years ago.  You can check how she created this page on this week’s Nerd Academy Post.

I hope you all are inspired by all this amazing projects.   Remember to check the Scrapbook Nerd store to find all the materials used in these projects, or if you need a especial order brought in.

Have a great week!!!

 

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

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1Canoe2 Creekside collection and embellishments

Simple Stories Happy Harvest collection

Vicki Boutin Mixed Media collection Paper pad and embellishments

Studio Katia sequin mix

Distress Oxides

Pink Paislee Spellcast collection and embellishments

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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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 – Layering Cut-files

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Hello there!

One of my favorite things to see in a layout is dimension.  It can come from layering papers, embelishments, etc,  This time i will show you how to add dimension to a project by using cut files, and the best part is that it does not add bulk to the layout.  So let’s get started with a step by step picture tutorial:

 

  • I start by creating the mat cut-out.  For this I am using two separate cut files.  As you can see on the picture, I played with the word placement until i was satisfied with its position.

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  • I made sure that each cut file was a “compound path” before highlighting both images, and welding them together (you can go back a few tutorials back on this series to see the video on how to weld images together).

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  •  Once the image was welded, I created an offset to the entire image (just refer to the previous Silhouette Savvy tutorial to learn how to create offsets in the Silhouette software).  This will help when backing the cut file as it will provide the small pieces to highlight the small cuts in the word.

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  • This step is optional.  I wanted to add some texture (through hand stitching in the layout), so I decided to have the offset line of the cut-out perforated (so i can follow the perforations with the needle and floss).  I set the machine to  cut the original welded image, and perforate the offset.  All you have to do is click on each of the paths and select the options you like on the cutting window.

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  • Do not delete the original welded image, but make a copy of it (simply highlighted it all and click copy on the edit option).  Transfer the copied version onto a cut file that you want to use as layering piece.
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the original welded cut file is the one in the black lines.

 

  • Move the welded image along the layering cut file until you are satisfied with the image.  Do not move the welded image.  Using the trace function (please refer to the first Silhouette Savvy series entry), and select just the area of the cut file that is behind the welded image (leave about an inch extra cut file on each side of the image).  And have just that piece cut in the machine.

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The machine will not cut the entire cut file, just what you have traced.   Now i will show you how I used two of the newest Simple Stories collections (Posh, and The Reset Girl), to complete the layered looked of this layout.

 

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Here is the page after i hand stitched along the offset line created -you can call it the negative part of the cut-out-.  I saved the cut-out for another layout.

 

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The star background was backed with papers from the Simple Stories collections, and glued to a patterned paper from the Reset Girl basic paper pack.

 

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I used some fun foam to layer the stitched mat, and lots of strong tape to attached it on top of the mat with the star background on it.

 

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I used a different paper to back the word family, this way it gets highlighted.  I simply used a pencil to mark little dots on where the word will be setting (before gluing it to the backing mat), and cut a small piece of paper to match the markings.

 

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Since there is a lot going on in the background, i kept the embelishments around the picture very simple.  Here is the final layout:

 

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As you can see, the shadow that forms form the different levels in the cut outs creates this lovely dimension to the layout.   Give it a try in one of your layouts!  As always let me know if you have any questions about any of the steps on the tutorial.

Don’t forget to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the products used in this page, or the Cut Shoppe for the background cut-files.

Thanks for visiting, today!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

 

 

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