Mar 16, 2018

Shine On

Scrapbook Layout created for Vicki Boutin DT -  SHINE ON  -

Hello everyone!  Nathalie with you today bringing you a new project using some of Vicki’s new products.  As soon as the new watercolor set and the watercolor paint brushes arrived at my doorstep, I knew they will be featured in my next project.   I love watercolors, and these are just like a rainbow of possibilities.

One of the best ways to showcase how easy it is to work with watercolor is to use them to color a cut file.  This particular cut file is available for free at Scrapbook Nerd; and I wanted to use the watercolors to add and detail each of the flowers in the cut out.

If you have never used this type of watercolor (gouache) then you are in for a treat.  These little tubes are highly pigmented color, so a little bit of color will go a long way.   I love using a palette whenever I work with this type of watercolor, since you can contain the color in one spot, and when the color dries, it is easier to reconstitute with a few drops of water.

I chose to play with a variation of different shades of pink to color the flowers in the cut out.   I started with some of the red, and added a few sprinkles of yellow, brown, white to get the colors used in the flowers.  Then worked the stems and leaves in a similar pattern

The new brush set is perfect to color and detail your projects.   I chose to use the finest one to add color to the smallest buds at the end of the stems in the cut out, and to detail a few of the lines at the end of the leaves, and stems. 

Once I lay the colored cut outs on white cardstock, and realized they formed a nice curve when joined together.  The idea of creating a break on the page quickly formed, and I chose to use one of the foundation papers to create the background where the picture would be place.   I used a bit of art crayons in light green to add a soft watercolor look to the top corner of the page.  Once it dried, I used the flower stencil, the new stencil brushes to add a bit of detail to the watercolor background.   I love this technique!  It is one of the easiest ways to add mixed media to a background.

Using a pencil, I lightly drew the curve that the flowers formed on the B side of the Shine Brightly paper, and cut it out.    Then used different papers from the 12x12 paper pad to back some of the flowers and leaves.   Some vellum was also used to back a few of the flowers, so that it softens the look of the cut out.

Once the cut Shine Brightly paper was glued to the foundation paper, a bit of foam adhesive was used to attach the cut out to the page so that it adds dimension.   Just a few small details – butterflies- from the die cuts and paper clips were used to add a bit more interest to the cut out.  Since there is so much detail in the flowers, a small cluster was also created at one of the corners of the picture.   The stickers in the collection are perfect to add lots of sentiment to a page.  Just love the stickers in the All The Good Things collection.

The glitter of the word foam thickers are the ideal way to bring some shine to the page.    I love how these thickers bring enough shine to the page while conveying the sentiment of the layout.
I love how this page turned out.   The new watercolor set and paintbrushes are just a new medium that will soon have you looking for ways to use them in all your projects.   I hope this project serves as inspiration, here a small video that showcases how the page came together:

That is all for me, as always do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, and don’t forget to check out Vicki’s new releases, they are to die for!


Materials Used:
All The Good Things Collection:
12x12 paper pad
Shine Brightly paper
On the Edge Paper Embellishments
Ephemera – Icons
Cardstock Stickers
Finishing Embellishments
Foam word Glitter Thickers
Rotary Stamp
Watercolor stickers

Mixed Media Mediums:
Art Crayon set – cool, neutral and warm set
Stencil set #2
Stencil Brushes
Watercolor set
Paint Brush set
Spritz bottle
Water brushes

Mar 14, 2018


Hello everyone!

Between dealing with teenagers full time at home (we are in March Break here in Toronto!), I totally forgot to load my entries for week 10.... OMG! we are in week 11!  As usual, i have kept my daily journal up to date (thankfully) and here are the entries:

I have used mostly Citrus Twist Kits scrapbook and PL kits as well as their stamps,  but also included some entries using some Studio Calico kits, and the new Documented Main Kit.

Most stamps used in this entries come from Citrus Twist Kits  main, Pl, This is Life series and their TN series.

created with this month's Studio Calico Documented Main kit

I hope you are also taking some time daily to capture and document your days.  It is important to record your story on your way, and words.

Next week, you will not see this post, as the week will be featured in a special post for CTK.

See you all soon!


Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd   - #RELAX -

Hi There!

It has been a rather quiet week for me... Well it happens to be March Break/Spring Break here in Toronto, so I am enjoying the time with my kids (they are both home), and it happens that my schedule was free at the same time, a win win situation.   But i couldn't go with out sharing a few projects scheduled for this week.

This page was  created for Scrapbook Nerd, and it features Crate Paper's  Good Vibes collection, and a bit of Vicki Boutin magic.   For this page, I started with some Vicki Boutin crayon and a stencil brush to add that golden shadow in the background.

Next, i used a cut file from the Silhouette Store to create the large floral cut outs for this page.    All the colorful papers from the collection were then used to back the cut outs,

A bit of foam adhesive props the cut outs from the page.   The picture was then attached to the page surrounded by the cut outs.  Just a few details were needed to finish this page (all come from  the collection).  I am a stamp fanatic, and the one that comes in this collection is perfect to add some sentiments (with gold ink) around the clusters in this page.   Here is the final layout:

I love how this page turned out.   The soft art crayon background creates that soft glow behind the colorful pictures, which are the perfect complement to a picture of my daughter and niece just chilling on the couch!.

Remember to stop by Scrapbook Nerd to check all the materials used in this page.  There are so many new goodies arriving daily, so check them out. 

I am always a comment away if you have questions on how this came together!