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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!


Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com



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Cathy’s Friday Reveal

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This week I had the pleasure of working with the Pink Paislee – Paige Evans – “Take Me Away” Collection. I especially liked the ombre water-colour like papers and found them to make great backgrounds. The chipboard stickers had a lot of variety and some gold – so pretty and great for adding a little dimension to a layout. Likewise the painted wood veneer shapes.  I liked the pocket cards with their great colours, beautiful framing , super sayings and fonts.

Below is a small sample of these fantastic pocket cards.

Layout #1 –  Those pocket cards love ’em! The ombre paper background, great starting place to build your layout, Chipboard (see the little gold heart) and shaped painted wood veneer.

Layout #2 – Again those pocket cards love ’em! and the ombre paper background. Beautiful floral chipboard and papers.

Layout #3  Ombre paper background, paper strips from the collection, pretty chipboard heart.

Layout #4 – Paper from the collection used for Title , chipboard saying and leaves in the top corner , painted wood veneer shape embellishments.

Layout #5 – Fuzzy cut paper for the bottom border . Chipboard , painted shaped wood veneer all from this gorgeous collection! TAKE ME AWAY!

Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting !


Overlay! Underlay?

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Happy New Year!

For my 1st post for 2017 I have found myself a different way to use photo Overlays. Now normally you would use a photo overlay on top of your photo …..well I used it behind my photo and I am quite pleased with the result.

These 2 photo’s show you how a photo overlay can change the look of a photo

Working with the Pink Paislee, Paige Evans, “Take Me Away” collection. This is my layout with the overlays used behind and beside a photo. I like the way it shaded the paper in the background and yet highlighted the photo’s.

Happy Crafting!

Thanks for looking!

Cathy A


Crate Paper – Cool Kid – with Barb

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Well, it’s the end of the first week on 2017!  How has your week been?  Has it been a creative one?  It has been for me.  I have found my creative sweet spot right now and have been setting aside some time each day to do something creative.  Now, if I can just keep that up!

This week I’ve been playing around with the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection. It’s been in the store for a little while now, but I’ve only now been able to sit down and play with it.  My boys are young adults now, and since this collection works better for younger boys, I went to my niece and begged for some pictures of her two boys. It was so much fun working with her pictures, and working with kiddie pictures again!

I’ve really enjoyed this collection and all the fun embellishments that come along with it.

Project One: Boys Rule

This layout was my feature layout for the tutorial earlier this week.  The tutorial was on stacking to create depth to a project.  You can find that tutorial in the last blog post. I loved playing around with this technique and can’t wait to try it again.

Project Two: Oh, Boys!

This was such a fun layout to work on. Those pictures just kept cracking me up!

O love how quickly these layouts all came together.  This collection makes it so easy to layer embellishments. There are so many embellishment options!


Project Three: Cool Kids

I love the colour combination of this collection – the fun, bold colours are perfect for boys … not to mention the fun patterns!

Thanks for checking out my projects this week.  I hope you have time to get creative with the photos of your own “cool kids”.


Nathalie’s Friday Share


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Hello Nerds!

I can believe Christmas is just around the corner, and I am still working on documenting my Fall pictures.  I find that every time i see a new paper collection, it inspires me to create.  This month was the perfect example of being inspired by pretty paper.  Here is an overview of my projects:


  1. HEART EYES  – The new Maggie Holmes collection, “Gather” along with some mixed media were ideal to document a fun memory of my niece on Thanksgiving



2.   BE GRATEFUL BE THANKFUL BE BLESSED –  The page was created using Fancy Pants Design’s “Golden Days” collection and a large stitched title.  It highlights my sister and her kids with the beautiful fall colors in the background



3.  FAMILY -You Are Completely Adorable –    This was this month’s Silhouette Savvy entry.  It is all about layering digital die cuts to create dimension in a project.



4.  LISTEN!   My favourite November layout is all about my son.  The design is simple,  but striking due to the papers in the new Bella Blvd.  Alex collection.



5.  HAPPY CAMPER  –  once again the Golden Days collection serves as the background for the beautiful picture of my baby on our Fall walks.



I have enjoyed working in each of these projects, and I hope they inspire you to visit the store and check all the new products the Nerds are stocking in their shelves.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting!

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Simple Stories The Reset Girl Collection with Barb

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We are at the end of another week. Can you believe it? Where does the time go?
I’m back today to share my projects for this week. I’ve been having a lot of fun with the Simple Stories The Reset Girl Collection. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this collection, you really must. It is so fun. The collection is feminine, but not so much so that it made it difficult for this mother of only boys to be able to use. I’m usually out of my comfort zone when working with girlie products, but this one was easy!

Project One – Award of Excellence
If you feel like you’ve seen this before, you have. It was used in my tutorial, earlier this week, on how to make embellishment clusters. You can find the tutorial HERE.


The crafting/planner side of this collection lended themselves perfectly to this layout of my Teacher sister who received an award for her accomplishments in the classroom.

Project Two – The Nerd Girls

Once I saw the Nerd glasses in this collection, I knew that I had to do a layout of Joy and I (The Nerd Girls). I have found the embellishments in this collection so easy to work with and so versatile for so many different themes.


Project Three – Hello Girl

I fell in love with the retro ladies in this collection the moment I saw them. My original plan was to do a layout about my mother, but changed my mind when I saw how perfectly they worked with photos from 2016. They are adorable!


I have had so much fun working with this collection and am thrilled that I still have so much of it left over that I will be able to make several more projects with it.

Thanks for checking out the blog today. If you haven’t seen this collection, get over to the store and check it out. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!

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.
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  • 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.

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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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Friday Share


This week, I used the Crate Paper “Cool Kid” collection to document life with my two boys. When I first saw the collection, I worried that it would be more appropriate for younger boys, but when I started to work with it, I realized that it works well for boys of all ages, as well as for travel related scrapbooking.

Project #1: Boys Rule

Boys Rule

Project #2: POP


Project #3: Grades 4 & 8

Grades 4 & 8

Project #4: 1 Cool Kid (with a sketch by Creative Scrappers by Kristine Davidson)

1 Cool Kid

I hope you have a boy or young man in your life because working with Cool Kid has been full of fun, ease and joy!

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Cathy’s Friday Share

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This past week I worked with the My Mind’s Eye – Happy Camper Collection, and funny enough I only made one layout that involved camping. The colours and patterns while completely suitable for camping were leading me down a slightly different path.

Project #1  A Christmas Break day trip to Crawford Lake Provincial Park

crawford lake

Project #2  Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Project #3  Dog Sledding

dog sledding

Project #4 “Home is Where You Park It”  A layout about camping!


I really enjoyed working with these products and found them very versatile for scrapbooking a varied group of activities as well as camping. Thanks for visiting my Friday Share and as always Happy Crafting!    -Cathy


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!

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