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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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Tutorial – December Daily by NerdGirl Fleur

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Are you thinking about doing a December Daily? Here is a video where I walk you through how I made the first few pages of this years December Daily.

I am using a 6×8 Simple Stories binder and their multi pack of inserts.  I usually start the day deciding which insert to use depending on how many photos I have and what I want to include. For this one I picked the 2 – 3×4 pockets and 1 – 4×6 pocket.  I made a shaker pocket out of one and added a journaling card to the other 3×4 pocket then added my photo to the 4×6 along with some embellishments.

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I print all my December Daily photos at home you can see a tutorial on how I print them on my YouTube channel as well.  I usually print them to 2.75 x 2.75 inches so they fit in the 3×4 pockets.  The backside has 2 photos and also a note from our Elf Nick.


For December 2nd I knew I had a 4×6 photo I wanted to use so I used the same design insert as December 1st.  I added some journaling  in one pocket a smaller photo in the 2nd pocket and my 4×6 photo.  I kept the embellishments to a few stickers.


December 3rd is the back side of December 2nd so I added my photos and made it work. I had one more photo I wanted to add but that would have left no room for journaling so I made a litle flip book in the bottom pocket.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my process and I would love if you shared your December Daily projects in the forum with us.