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Silhouette Savvy Series: Welding Cut Files

Tutorials and creative tips


Hi there!

Hope you are doing well!

We are heading into February (time is flying!), and that means “Valentine’s day”.    The store will be releasing a few free cut files, this month.  The Love Story cut file is available now and the rest will follow on Feb, 1st.

I wanted to show you an easy way to manipulate the cut file to create a one-of-a-kind cut out by welding some of the cut file images.  So sit back, and take notes on how to weld cut file images together:



Here is a small cheat sheet on the steps to follow:

  • Open and trace each of the images you will be using.  Make sure that the image is converted into a Compound Path (highlight the entire image -only what will be used in the cut out-, right click on the mouse, and chose “Make Compound Path”
  • Move the image so that it is intersecting?touching the other image/images that it will be welded to
  • Highlight the all the images to be weld, right click the mouse, and chose “Weld”  or chose the Modify window, and click on the “Weld”comand.

It is that simple!  Two things to  remember are:

  1. Make sure you are only selecting the image that you will be welding together  ( you can always get rid of any extra images by releasing the path, and then deleting any unwanted pieces.  Don’t forget to convert the  cleaned image back to a Compound path).
  2. The images being welded have to intersect/touch for this comand to function correctly



Now let me show you how this page came together using the cut out created in the previous video, a bit of mixed media, and the beautiful “ROMANCE” collection from Simple Stories. SO  sit and enjoy the nex few minutes:




As you see, I used a bit of watercolor and Yupo transluscent paper to create my own marble paper to back the cut file.




All the embellishments from the “Romance” collection complement the picture of my husband and I while watching tv.


I hope this inspires you to bring out your Silhouette machines, and create a one-of-a-kind cut out by simply welding some images together.

Let me know if you have questions about how this came together.

Take care!

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

Yupo Transluscent watercolor paper pad

Prima Marketing watercolor palettes – The Classics, The Tropicals, Pastel Dreams, and Odyssey

Simple Stories  – Romance collection – kit

, stickers, chipboard stickers, die cut pieces

Simple Stories – High Style paper pad

Free Love Story cut file at scrapbooknerd.com


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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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.



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.



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.




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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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!


Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com



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Creating a Background


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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!




Nathalie’s Friday Share.



Hello, and welcome to this week’s project share!!

It has been a lot of fun sharing my projects with you all this week; here is a recap of all the projects:


This layout used Simple Stories’ Sunshine and Happiness collection to document my daughter’s first zip-lining adventure.

HELLO LIFE - @scrapbookNerd.com -



This layout was created as a sample for the SIlhouette Savvy series (Tuesday Tutorial),

CREATE - Silhouette Savvy tutorial @ScrapbookNerd.com

the completed layout



This layout documents my son’s adventures at his 9 grade retreat.  It is inspired on his ideas and stories.

THESE BOYS RULE - @ScrapbookNerd.com -



I wanted to capture and document my niece’s passion for reading, and climbing to the top bunk of my son’s bed.  So I created a stack of books using Crate Paper’s Bloom Collection.

READING QUEEN - @ScrapbookNerd.com -


I hope this serve as inspiration for your own projects.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the projects, or just to say Hello!.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting!!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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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.

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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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July DT Reveal

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One of the wonderful things about being on the DT for SN are the delicious kits that the ladies prepare for us. There is so much loot it’s like Christmas every month!! They send us lots of goodies to “choose” from so we can create with abandon! So this month when Barb and Joy said we could use whatever we liked I decided to do something different and use up some of the yummy goodness I’ve gotten from previous kits. It’s a great way to crash my stash!!

For this reveal I decided to play a little more with the super yummy “Say Cheese II” line from Simple Stories. I love how versatile the patterns are…and the colours are DELISH!!

I was surprised at how nostalgic I got while scrapping this ooooold photo…So I did some journalling on the back. It reads…
“Some people are all about THE Mouse…but for me, it’s this guy!!
As a child, Fred Flintstone told me when it was time to leave for school. When I was too little to really tell time (or pay attention to a watch) I knew that once The Flintstones were over, I needed to get on my way otherwise I would be late.
Fred and his family taught me a good lesson about morals every day over my lunch. He taught me that even though things may not go the way I plan, things will work out in the end. He taught me to look for friends to share crazy adventures with. He kept me healthy with my one a day Flintstone vitamins which seemed like such a treat (until I ate almost a whole bottle of cuz they seemed like candy. I still gag when I smell them but even that was a lesson learned about moderation) He taught me to have a sense of humour…he even taught me what to look for in a husband (WOW!! I just realized that at this very moment!! I totally married Fred Flinstone-hardworking, gruff and rough around the edges, well intended even though his plans never really work out the way he wants them too, his (work) clothes kinda look ragged…LOL!!) Who would have guessed that a cartoon I’ve watched since I was a small child could have such an impact.
I even have Barney Rubble feet…but that’s a story for another layout! LOL!”

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The Say Cheese II line from Simple Stories is so versatile! Love how quickly this layout came together. I kept it simple and just let the photos and embellies do the work for me! LOL!

Journalling reads “What a crazy day this was! SOOOO much stress before we got this point. My mom had been admitted to the hospital the night before because she had had a heart attack. Which meant the girls and I spending the night at her bedside. I had planned to take Cate to get her hair and makeup done but was torn about leaving my mom. Luckily Aunt Lucie came up to sit with Mom so I could take care of you. We got your hair done…which didn’t go well and ended in tears. Luckily you are very good at doing your own hair and worked your magic. You did a beautiful job although I know you were upset about the wasted time and money. The girls at Shoppers Drug Mart did your makeup and while you were extremely nervous, it turned out AMAZING!! (Even with your Mom peeling out of the parking lot and leaving you behind because your Dad had forgotten to pick up Maegan from school and the poor kid had been sitting in the office waiting for over an hour) The day was so rushed and every step took longer than expected which just amplified all of the stress and emotion of the past 24 hours. The traffic was soooo bad that you were worried about missing the photo op and limo ride with your friends. You were ready to give up and just stay home. But you pulled it together and perked up as soon as we met up with your friends. Natalie and Charlotte looked beautiful in their dresses as did all of the girls and it was impossible to not get caught up in the excitement of the night ahead! I loved watching you laugh and hang out with your friends and couldn’t help think what a beautiful and strong girl you are…inside and out. Love you baby girl! May 2015

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Here is a close up of the embellies…the viewfinder wheel, “magic” and some of the embellies are actually gold but  have photographed black for some reason. I can’t seem to get a decent pic to share but hopefully you get the idea..



My final project for this month is one that i couldn’t wait to do! She still isn’t quite “The Mouse” but this line from Simple Stories worked perfectly for “The Pig”! LOL!!

Journalling reads…”I should know better than to EVER go into a pet store with my blue eyed girl. We still had the hamster cage, tunnels and balls so it made sense to keep lookin to find a perfect little hamster to add to our family (again) But we were having a tough time finding the “right” one. Moto was such a sweet girl that she was a hard act to follow. Bubba and Villopoto were crazy and kinda mean so Maegs was hesitant to get attached to another pet that bit. She was SUPPOSED to be looking at the hamsters…but instead my girl was down on her knees, face pressed up against the glass, cooing at THIS crazy haired little cutie. She had the weirdest fur I’ve ever seen on a guinea pig! Not only is it long but she has cowlicks all over her that make it look like a mohawk! SHe’s perfect!! lol!! And they don’t bite…So much for hamsters…

MAegan fell in love with this cute little furball as soon as she held her. Welcome to the family Ryder! Its’ a girl! April 2015

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A few close ups…Isn’t she cute???


Be Sure to check out this super versatile Say Cheese II line from Simple Stories! It RAWKS!!!

Thanks for letting me share!
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Oh Sn@p! Simple Stories

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Hi bloggers,

I’ve really enjoyed this months focus here at SN, we all got to work with Simple Stories Sn@p! products. I chose to work with Sn@p! Dogs, how could I choose anything else 😀
I did challenge myself to use this dog friendly collection on a non four-legged layout that you will see shortly.

Just a reminder the Sn@p! products & pocket page style page protectors are all on sale right now in the SN store. Grab some while you can! Visit the store here to see more.

I love these 3×4 cards, simple to make and perfect to include in my 2015 Life Documented album. You can see a tutorial on how to makes these and the quick techniques I used here to add a bit of personality to plain cards.
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My next project is a little mini album. I used 4×4 pocket pages from We R Memory Keepers and just slid in the 2×2 bits & pieces from the Sn@p! collection. This album was so fast and the album is big enough for me to add pages. Cute mini album about her dogs by Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com

Cute mini album about her dogs by Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com
My last project uses the same Sn@p! Dog products but without the dog theme.
It was a bit of a challenge when it came to embellishing this page because most of the stickers, paper die cuts & cards all had dog related images. I was able to use some of the label stickers and paper scraps.

I headed into my stash of stamps and manual dies to create some embellishment for this layout. I stamped the dots in the upper right, the bicycle and the enjoy the ride in the lower right. The other die cuts were made using my BigShot and metal dies, the chevron at the bottom of the title card, the banner to the left of the bike and the label sticking out below the grey pattern paper.
Cyclists layout made by Joy for Scrapbooknerd.com using Simple Stories Sn@p! Dog collection
Thanks for checking out my January projects. I would love to see what you are making, so join us over in the forum and link up some of your projects. 
Have an awesome weekend!

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com