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Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

This week the creative team has been having fun creating an interesting assortment of fun and cool projects.

Up first we have Nathalie. Nathalie loves to document stories about her children; the focus of this layout is her son!

Nathalie used papers and embellishments from the new Pinkfresh Studio’s “Boy Fort” collection which is perfect for documenting this story. The gorgeous mixed media was created with the Decadent Pies palette from Prima Marketing.

The title comes from the Pinkfresh Studio The Mix1 puffy stickers combo.

Next we have Gisele’s fun project.

Gisele created a 12×12 layout using the 6×6 paper pad and ephemera from Pink Paislee “Spellcast”.

She also used some Little B washi feather tape, a web shaped cut file from the Silhouette online shop, a leaf punch (used on “Creekside” from One Canoe Two).  The bats were a Dollarama find!

The fun details to this layout are so awesome!!  The photos are precious…such a fun story to document!

Mari created a tutorial project earlier this week, demonstrating ways to mix up the size of layouts in scrapbooking albums.  This is a 9×12 layout. This size can be mixed in with other layouts in the 12×12 album.

This project was created using papers and embellishments from Pink Pailee “Turn the Page”.  A patterned paper vertical strip on the left and then a perpendicular horizontal strip attached creates a place for the photo, journaling, and title to sit. The title “Latte” was created with Pink Fresh Studio puffy alphas.

This collection has so many fun pieces, including die cuts and phrase pieces to create fun clusters on projects.  This is a simple and easy design to create…especially for the times when perhaps simple and easy is what fits into the plan.

Next, Nathalie created this wonderful layout using the free cut file Stellar Shapes new to the shop this week. This layout is absolutely stunning!! Click here for the cut file.

The mixed media behind the cut file and photo adds so much interest to this layout!

The addition of the handwritten journaling in white is perfect beside the photo!

Mari created a fun little card project using the MFT Happy Pawliday and Handwritten Holiday stamp sets and the Knit Picky 6×6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!!

Free Cut File | 12×12 Layout and Cards – FALL Faves

We love Fall, we love cut files, and we love FREEBIES!  We love them so much that we have combined all three and are providing you with a new Fall cut file designed by Ashley at The Cut Shoppe.

This gorgeous new cut file will be the perfect addition to your projects this season.  All you have to do is follow this link over to the Scrapbook Nerd Store where you can download your free cut file.

Nathalie is showing us how she has used this file in this gorgeous project that she created.
She combined the cut file with the new Faith Illustrated collection, “Gratitude Documented” to highlight a picture of some of her family during an Autumn walk.

Fall love 12x12 layout by Nathalie DeSousa using Fall Favs FREE cut file

She even shared a quick process video on how this page came together, as follows:


For all you card makers out there, Joy has also used the same cut file for a few cards below.
Cards made with Fall Favs exclusive FREE cut file

We hope you enjoy this cut file.  Be sure to share your finished projects with us on our social media pages, by tagging the store (@scrapbooknerdca), and using the hashtag #scrapbooknerdca.  We would love to see what you do with the cut file.

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Free Cut File | 12×12 layout – SWEET CHARM –

Hello there!

Nathalie, with you today,  bringing you a bit of inspiration using the newly released  “X to my O” cut file.   This new file was designed by the Cut Shoppe exclusively for Scrapbook Nerd, and you can find it in the store for free.

I played a bit with the original design, and separated the files, so that i can cut the outer circle out of patterned paper, while choosing to create a stitching guide for the xo pattern.

 

For this page, I reached for MME’s On Trend 2 collection, so the stitching was completed with the colors of the papers in the collection.

 

Once the stitching was done, I cut the circle from one of  the papers in the collection, and used a bit of foam tape to attach it to the stitched mat.

 

The picture of my niece on her 8th birthday was then placed inside the bottom corner of the circle, and then I used various embellies from the collection to create a cluster at the bottom corner of the picture.

A simple title at the opposite corner of the cluster complete the layout.   I just love the texture and dimension on this page, and it all was created based on the new “X to O” cut file.   So stop by the Scrapbook Nerd Store to pick up your free copy of the cut file.   Remember to tag @scrapbooknerdca whenever you share your finished projects using this cut file onto social media.   We love to see how you use the files!!

As always, I am a comment away if you need assistance or have a question on how this came together.

See you soon!

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

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MME On Trend 2 collection – 12×12 paper kit, 6×6 paper pad, cardstock and chipboard stickers, ephemera pack, and enamel dots

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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 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


 

 

Silhouette Savvy Series: Stand-out stitched title #2

 

Hello there!

Happy New Year to you all!  May 2017  be filled with lots of health, love, happiness, and crafting time, of course!

I am back with a new entry for the Silhouette Savvy Series.  In a previous entry (click here to be taken to the entry)  i showed you how to use the pencil attachment to draw a design in the Silhouette Cameo.  This time, we will explore the same concept, but just using the regular blade on the machine.     For this entry, I am using the  ” ‘Tis the Season” cut file from the Cut Shoppe to create  the stitched title used in the project.

  • First, isolate and trace the image you want  to use ( you can find the tutorial on how to select and trace an image by clicking here).  Make sure that  you highlight the entire image, and create a compound path to the image.

 

  • Since, we will be hand-stitching the title, first we need to create a stitching guide along the perimeter of the image.  For this simply go to the Cut Settings window of the Silhouette, and select to perforate the edge of the cut file.  Here is what the image will look like after choosing this function.

 

  • Do not send the image to cut in the machine.  Instead go to the Offset window on the silhouette software, and click on create an external offset around the image.   You can chose how much space you will like around the stitched image.  Do not worry if the perforated line disappears in this stage.  Here is what your screen would look like at this stage.

 

  • Once again go to the Cut Settings window in the Silhouette software, and chose the command Cut Edge.  This will only create a cutting line around the edge of the offset of the image.  Now you will see the perforated lines of the image, and a solid line around the offset just created.  Here is what the image will look like before cutting:

 

Now all that is left to do is click on Sent to Silhouette for the machine to cut the image.  If you don’t see this image, just back track a few steps.  Usually this happens when the original image was not set to a compound path. So just undo the last few steps, make sure you create a compound path of the image, and follow the steps as highlighted in this tutorial.

Once the image is cut, I chose to use metallic watercolors to color inside the perforated line, and then spent a few hours watching Netflix, and stitching the  image.  Here is the final product:

 

 

 

I loved this picture of my kids playing with the lights of the Christmas tree, and this title was the perfect complement to this picture and layout.   The beautiful, Pinkfresh’s “Oh Joy” collection was ideal to document this lovely moment.  Here are some more close ups of the project, and the final layout.

 

 

 

 

As always, let me know if you have any questions on the tutorial.   I would love to see what you create with this technique, so don’t forget to tag Scrapbook Nerd when you share your project on social media.

 

Thanks for visiting today!

 

Nathalie @ scrapbooknerd.com

 

 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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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Nathalie’s Friday Share

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Hello!

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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