May 21, 2019

#1 DAD - Simple Stories

hi there !  Nathalie with you today with a new project fit for the upcoming Father's Day weekend, and what better way to celebrate and document those sweet memories than to use the new Dad Life collection from Simple Stories.

To start this page, i used cut file design # 249913 from Paige Evans - Silhouette Store- and cut the Star wreath out of white cardstock.

The stars in the die cut were back with papers from the Dad Life collection.  A few of the stars were kept blank so that they create a few breaks from all the patterned paper stars and to help create a dimensional look for the  page

Once the wreath was ready, it was glued it to the background (Say Cheese 4 basics paper) so that it sit a bit off the layout.   Carefully, i trimmed the excess and then glued it to other side of the page, so that  it reads as a link of circles.

The picture was backed and layered with papers from the collection and then glued onto the layout.  Using stickers and fussy cut images from collection, clusters were created around the picture and layout.   One of the large stickers was then propped with foam adhesive so that it serves as the title for  the page.

I hope this has inspired you to check the new DAD LIFE collection from Simple Stories.   It is the perfect collection to document your Father's day celebrations or daily life.

As always please do not hesitate me with any questions.


Materials Used:

Simple Stories - Dad Life Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit Simple Stories - Dad Life Collection - Cardstock Stickers Simple Stories - Dad Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - My Hero Simple Stories - Dad Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Number 1 Dad Simple Stories - Dad Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 Elements Simple Stories - Say Cheese 4 Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Yellow Altenew - Ink Spray - Pure White

May 20, 2019

FABULOUS GIRL - Scrapbook Nerd

Hi there!
It is sketch week at Scrapbook Nerd, which means the entire DT will be inspired on the same sketch to create a project of their choice.  But first let me show you the sketch:

Right away, i knew that i wanted to replace the circle with a cut file, so I pulled a heart wreath cut file from Handipaper and cut it from white cardstock, at the same  time i created all the butterflies that will replace the small circles of the sketch.

I backed the cut out with papers from the Pinkfresh Studio's Joyful collection, and the butterflies with papers from the Simple and Sweet collection.

I followed the sketch to where the placement of the title and embellishments, in this case the butterflies.  The large puffy words from the Joyful collection work nicely to set the title of the page.

Just like in the sketch, i added strips of paper to the top and bottom of the page, and used some of the butterflies to create a visual triangle that guides your eye through the entire layout.  A few lines of journal in a tag, and some gold  ink complete this page.

Remember to check Scrapbook Nerd for all the materials used in this layout, you can download a copy of the sketch here, or in the ScrapbookNerd Fans page on Facebook.  As usual, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Materials Used ( these are affiliate links to

  Pinkfresh Studio - Joyful Day Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pack Pinkfresh Studio - Joyful Day Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pack Pinkfresh Studio - Joyful Day Collection - Puffy Stickers Pinkfresh Studio - Joyful Day Collection - Puffy Stickers - Phrases Pinkfresh Studio - Joyful Day Collection - Puffy Stickers - Mini - Alpha Pinkfresh Studio - Joyful Day Collection - Ephemera Pack with Foil Accents Pinkfresh Studio - Simple and Sweet Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pack Pinkfresh Studio - Simple and Sweet Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pack

May 19, 2019

SKETCH SUNDAY - Citrus Twist Kits

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with this week's Sunday Sketch.  I am always amazed at how easy it is to complete a layout when you use a sketch as inspiration, and this week's sketch is sure to be one that can be adapted in many ways.  But before i showed you what i created, let me show you what my inspiration is:

It is such a fun and layered design that i used to create 2 layouts one for my Life Crafted album, and this layout:

I love the double picture feature of the sketch, so i pulled a few pictures of my weird daughter's selfie poses and created a page using this month's Add-on kit.

It all started with a bit of mixed media on the background using Pinkfresh Studio watercolors that you can find in the CTK shop.  I picked colors that would match the papers in the kit.  While the background dried, i worked on the paper layers by following the sketch.

To embellish the page, i pulled pieces from the add-on kit  -love all the Crate Paper's "All Heart" collection goodies included in the kit"- cut apart elements and pieces from the Excursions kit.  

The sketch calls for strips of paper to be stitched to the top and bottom of the page, i kept the bottom as in the sketch, but chose to rip a bit of the top to create a small slit in the layout, and bring some extra paper from the add-on kit to the page.   To finish, i added my lines of journal and  some extra stamping using the add-on stamp set.  The following video will show you how it all came together:

Love all the color and distress of the page, but now i want to show you how i used the sketch to create a page on my Family album:

For this page, i flipped the sketch so that it would fit the album.    To start, i decided to replace the stitched paper strips with a detailed edging  (i used an Altenew border die for this), and to use one of the TN Digital papers for the one side of the page -this way i can have my lines of journal printed along with the paper-.

I used pieces from the EXCURSIONS kit to create my title and the small cluster you see on the top right corner of the sketch.  To create the small cork chevron, i cut one of the cork stickers from the Excursions kit and add it as a marker on the page.

I kept the layers and position of the pictures as it is marked on the sketch.   Love having all those colorful papers in the Excursions kit that mix and match easily on this page.  To embellish, i pulled repetitive elements to that they create a visual triangle with the title.  A few drops of black ink (even on my album!)  complete the page.

I hope this inspires you to pick up a copy of the sketch and create a project of your own in your favorite memory keeping format.  Remember to share with us what you create, we love to be inspire by you.


May 17, 2019


Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a new layout fit for our "word" challenge.  I love large titles, so this theme fits right up my alley, and with so many cut files available in the JustNick Studio store, this was just a dream to put together.

To start this page, i pulled together the Word 3, Love List and Word 2 cut files to create the title of the page, "ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS".   I simply pick a word of each file and weld them together so that they naturally create a space for the picture.


Once the words were welded, they were cut twice from white cardstock and once from a paper from the Pinkfresh Studio's Everyday Musings collection.   The white cut outs were glued together, and then the patterned paper cut out was attached to the white ones with a small offset so that it creates the illusion of dimension.

To add color to the background a bit of liquid watercolor (Pinkfresh Studio) was added so that it covered all the area where the word and picture would sit.  While the background dried, i pulled the new Butterfly cut file to cut a few outlines  and the shapes from white cardstock and patterned paper.

To assemble the page, first the title  was glued to the background, and then using a black fineliner  the outline was traced - this emphasizes the title-.  The butterflies were glued together, and then they were clustered on the layout based on the respective color in the background.

A few stickers and embellishments from the Everyday Musings collection were added around the layout.  A few lines of journal and gold ink splatters completes this page.
I hope this inspires you to check all the word files and other designs in the JustNick shop, the choices are infinite when it comes to mixing and matching designs to create a one-of-a-kind cut out for your project.  


May 14, 2019


Hi there!

Hello there!
Welcome to the May 2019 Release blog hop for Technique Tuesday.   You must be arriving from Norine's blog - you can always go back to the Technique Tuesday blog to start the hop, or come back here to start the loop-.  Here is a list of all the participants for your convenience:

Nathalie DeSousa   <<< you are here

I was so excited to receive the new Beautiful Butterflies Stamp set, as i love butterflies. So, i pulled my family album (Citrus Twist Kits exclusive) and decided to create a layout about my newest baby cousin.

To bring the colors in the picture forward, i started with adding a bit of color to the background. For this i used a compass to draw a circle on the layout, and then used Vicki Boutin art crayons and stenciling brush to add the blush pigment to the inside of the circle.  Next, using a paper piercer, a stitching guide was created around the circle.  Before hand stitching the entire circumference, i used the Threaded Crafting Dies to create a border around the entire edge of the layout.

The three butterfly images from the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp set was then used to create a series of embossed pieces on vellum.   I used clear, white and rose gold embossing powder to create the butterflies,  but used color ink to stamp the outlines, so that when the wings are folded up, a different color will show at the bottom of each butterfly.

Once all the butterflies were fussy cut, i started building the layout.  Once the picture was put in place, i used clear glue dots to adhere the butterflies around the circle.  The colors and sizes of the butterflies alternate so that there is movement in the page.

 To balance the layout, the title was placed at a diagonal position from the picture.   This was created by stamping one of  the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set sentiments on a tag -created with the Essential Stitched Labels Die.    A few more embellishments ( Blush collection from My Mind's Eye) and a few lines of journal complete this page:

I love how this turned out, and how easy it was to put together using the Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set.   I hope this inspires you to check this and all the new releases at the Technnique Tuesday Shop.

Now it is time to join Seeka at her blog to be inspired by her beautiful projects!

Thanks for stopping by, remember you can always contact me with any questions.