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Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team Weekly Digest

 

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe it is December already!!!  Time has flown by, and now we are heading towards Christmas and a new year.

As usual, the Creative team has been active this week, bringing lots of inspiration and beautiful projects.  Here is a recap of what the Nerdy girls have been up to.

First up is GIsele;  she is already in the Christmas mood with this beautiful layout that features  her little nieces in some cute poses.

 

 

Gisele is using Crate Paper’s FA LA LA collection (the acrylic stars come from her stash) to document those adorable pictures…   Just beautiful and festive, Gisele!

 

Mari is up next with this beautiful Fall inspired pocket page.   She has combined papers and cut-apart cards from Carta Bella’s Hello Fall collection to document some of her family’s Fall activities.

 


Just love how she has combined the papers and embellishments from the Hello Fall collection in this lovely page.  Always inspiring to see pocket pages!

 

 

This week’s tutorial was a new, and updated version of an old Silhouette Savvy Series.  Nathalie showed us in her video tutorial how to create the stitching guide of her layout using the new Silhouette software version.

 

 

She opted to handstitch and water color the title to match all the colorful papers and embellishments from Bella Blvd’s Advent collection.   Remember to check the  previous blog post to see how you can add stitching to your pages, too!

 


Finally, it is the first of the month, that means a new free cut file is available at the store.   The JOY cut file is perfect to document your Holiday season, and/or all those especial winter memories.

 

 

Nathalie has created this layout using My Mind’s Eye “Oh What Fun” collection, and Simple Stories Winter Wonderland paper (as the base for the layout).    Her little niece just shines in this page.   Don’t forget to stop by the store to pick up your free cut file download.

 

Thank you all for joining us today.   Now to start our Holiday season!!!

Nathalie D - designer at scrapbooknerd.com

 

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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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!

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

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  • 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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Nathalie’s Friday Share.

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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:

  •  HELLO LIFE

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

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  • CREATE

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

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the completed layout

 

  • THESE BOYS RULE

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

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  • READING QUEEN

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.

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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

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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.

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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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Canvas Banner Embellishment Tutorial

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Hi, It’s Paige here, back with a week of reveals and today’s tutorial.

This year I got the Pink Paislee’s Outfitters Collection to document summer excursions and camping trips. I really liked the new canvas banners they included in the collection. I notice that the new Crate Paper Cool Kid kit just coming out also includes canvas banners in their collection.

I have a very adventurous, outdoorsy husband and two active boys, so I’m always pleased to find masculine themes and embellishments, and these definitely fit the bill.
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Once I had these canvas banners, I wanted to be able to make more and customize the sayings. Also I thought that these could make nice gifts to other scrapbookers and card-makers.

So, I started by cutting a row of plain canvas at a height of 3.25 inches. Then, I cut rectangles ranging from 2-3″ wide. The width varied based on the shape I was planning to make as well as to accommodate various widths of the stamps I planned to use.
canvas banners 2Next, I selected the stamps that I wanted to use, mostly sticking with a travel theme. I began by using a few of the Stazon inks, thinking that they would hold up best. I used black, red and gold.canvas banners 3

I had some scrap fabrics that matched the red and gold inks and I decided to back or trim some of the banners with these fabrics.canvas banners 5

I also experimented with the Hero Arts blue ink, and while it isn’t as bold as the others, I like how it turned out.

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Next, I chose some thin (3/16″) dowels (I found them at the Dollar Store) and cut them with strong scissors to fit just a bit beyond the canvas.

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I then folded the top of the canvas over the dowel to see where I needed to sew. I used my sewing machine (though hand stitching would work too) to stitch a row, forming a small pocket for the dowel.canvas banners sew

Lastly, I took some plain white baker’s twine to wind around each side of the dowel.

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For very little expense and a short amount of time, you too can make customized canvas banners to suit your layouts or cards.

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Happy Creating! Enjoy your week.

 

Paige @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Using the Heidi Swapp Reactive Screen Inks

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Hello everyone! Welcome back for another Tutorial Tuesday here on Scrapbook Nerd. I’m so happy to be back on the blog sharing this tutorial with you.

I’m sharing another foiling tutorial with you today. This time, it is with the Heidi Swapp Reactive Screen Inks. I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this ink to come into the store and it was well worth the wait!

If you’re not familiar with the art screens and inks, you really need to check them out. Art screens are exactly want they sound like – small screens. They are like a stencil, but because they are screens you can get much finer detail than you can with a stencil. The inks are designed to work specifically with the screens and once applied it leaves a beautiful image behind. You can find more information here.

Now, Heidi Swapp has come out with the Reactive Ink. What this is, is an ink that you use with the art screens and then put through your laminator/minc machine, along with the foil, and the result is gorgeous!!!! I am so happy with the result that now I think I have a new obsession.

The tutorial this week is a video tutorial on how I used the Reactive ink followed by a process video for the layout below.

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Here’s a look at the finished layout and a close-up of the art screen ink: instalovecloseup

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You can find art screens, the regular screen inks, and the Reactive Screen Ink in the Scrapbook Nerd store, along with all the other foiling products.

 

Thanks for checking out my tutorial today.  I hope you feel inspired to add some foil to your next project through this beautiful medium.


The Perfect Dress

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Hello!
Cathy here , I am a brand new design team member with Scrapbooknerd and this is my first blog post !
Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.comThis is all so new to me, I was so excited to receive my first kit of pretty papers and embellishments from the Crate Paper “WONDER” Collection.

I decided to try something new that I had recently seen on a technique video using stamps and heat embossing. Of course I did not have a stamp to suit, so I figured I could improvise a bit and use my Silhouette and a sketch pen. I am so pleased with the result. I hope you enjoy my little tutorial and it inspires you to try something new too!

This embellishment was a snap to whip up.  Using a Silhouette dress sketch file, a silhouette blue sketch pen,  and vellum.

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As you can see I tested the colour on the vellum and I got so excited I forgot to take a picture of just the inked outline of the dress oops rookie mistake! In the next photo you can see the inked outline with the distress ink already applied.

I stamped the Distress Ink to the craft sheet and misted with water and used a water brush to apply to the back side of the cut out dress, this gave the dress a opaque or stained glass look.

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I cut an outline of the dress in white cardstock to put behind so that the patterned papers did not show through or alter the colour of the dress. when placed on my layout.

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Well that was easy!

Happy Crafting!

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Nerd Girl Fleur’s August Tutorial – Back to School Cool

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I love back to school, not for the early mornings, making lunches and constant rushing around lol but for all the amazing back to school supplies that come out.  I usually buy more for me than I do for the kids 🙂

This year I thought it would be fun to make some Back to School supplies even cuter with my stash of scrapbook stuff.  Most of these are super easy but so cute! You will need some notebooks, paper clips and pencils.

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First take some plain old pencils, paint them with acrylic paint and add stickers, washi tape, write sayings, decorate how ever you want.  These were so easy and I love how they turned out.

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Second I made some cute paper clips just by simply adding the Crate Paper Poolside buttons to the top of some gold paper clips.  Again super easy and super cute.

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Last but not least I decorated some notebooks using the Crate Paper Poolside collection and gluing some patterned paper to the front and adding some fun embellishments.  Just make sure you use a really strong glue for this project as it will be handled a lot.

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Do you decorate your supplies?  Please share with us if you do.

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