Oct 14, 2019


Hi there!

Nathalie with you today with a few layouts of my Life Crafted album using the beautiful AT MY TABLE kit.   I love paper, but i think i equally love digital files, having the chance to build and customize my pages always comes in handy when you do daily documenting.   Every month CTK subscribers get a lot of perks that can easily stretch your kit and help you create one-of-a-kind pages.  Let me show you...

For  my first page, i chose to work with the cut files (available for free to subscribers) to help me create my spread.   First of, i wanted to add lots of journaling  - all about my son and his tree- so, i used the Digital TN paper  as the base for my 3x8 insert.

I created the 3x8 insert in Photoshop, then added the Digital TN paper, followed by my lines of journal.    For my title, i used one the  sentiment from the Picture Perfect cut file by simply using the PNG format of the cut file and sizing the title to fit on my page.   After printing it, i backed the insert with a paper from the Life Crafted kit and slipped in the pocket.  A small chipboard sticker was then added atop the pocket at the bottom of the page.

For the picture side of the spread, i enlarged the picture to fit to the page, then cut one of the Life Crafted screens from white cardstock.  I backed the screen with the picture and used a black fine liner to emphasize the writing on the cut.   A small cluster of ephemera complete this page.   This was easy and really time effective when putting together.

Let me show you another idea:

As soon as i saw this floral pattern in the kit, i  had this idea for one of my spreads.  So i used the Digital PL cards to create the two sides of the page.   For the right side, i enlarged the 4x6  digital PL card to fit to the page, while the left side of the spread was built using the 3x4 digital  PL card.  I enlarged two of the 3x4 cards, and rotated one so that i could complete the left side border with the patterned -if you see up close, you could see where i joined the cards-.

To build my page, i decided to cut a panel of vellum to fit inside the page, and cut one of the 4x6 cards from the Life Crafted kit.  The picture was then glued to the card and a small cluster of ephemera and puffy stickers complete this page.

For my lines of journal, i simply typed them when i was building my pages, so i can print them all at once, but chose to add my title by mixing the puffy stickers from the At My Table kit with some stamping using the Typewriter font stamp set from CTK.  Once again, completely in love with how this turned out.

Remember to check the Digital Shop to find the files used to create these layouts.  As always consider subscribing to Citrus Twist Kits as you will have access to so many perks that will stretch your kit each month.

AS always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!


hi there!
Today, Pinkfresh Studio is celebrating their new Ink Pad release!  These new inks are amazing!!  they are crisp, saturated and most importantly coordinate with their liquid watercolor collection.  Pinkfresh Studio has developed the ink pads so that they formed a color family which is perfect for all your stamping needs.   But let's better see the inks in action so you can see how amazing they are...

For my first project, i used the new inks to create a Christmas card.  I started by embossing the Season's Greetings stamp  with gold onto heavy cardstock.  I used the new Olive, Evergreeen, Candy Apple and Berrilicious  to details the image ( i simply stamped the ink onto a block, diluted  it  with a bit of water and used it as watercolor for this image)

To create my card panel, i chose to use a brush to add color to the background.  Having the color family  -Island Oasis set - made this so easy to fade the colors toward the center of the card.   Here i heat embossed a sentiment from the Season's Greetings card.

To finish, i clear embossed the Sparkle with Magic frame around the color panel,  and then used some foam adhesive to attach the wreath to the card.   I love how easy this came together, but I think it is time to show you how these inks can enhance your next Scrapbook layout.

The new inks pads are so versatile, and i couldn't resist using them to create a layout.  For this page, i wanted to featured lots of the new ink pad colors in one page.

I used the Urban Raincoat  mini cube ink set to add a bit of mixed media to the background so that it brings up all the details of the elements placed on it.

While the background dried, i used the Lovely Blossoms stamp and die set along with the Indian Summer, Heartbeat, Rise and Shine, and Soul of Provence ink sets to create the florals .  All those reach tones of the flowers make the perfect embellishments for the page.

In addition, i pulled the new Kelly Uppercase alphabet to cut the title for this page, and then used foam adhesive to attach it to the .   All the floral images were then added around the title and picture.

The new ink pads are so crisp and vibrant, just look at the detail and color in the flowers in the clusters.  These  groupings of floral images bring so much color to the page that all i needed to do was add a few embellishments around the clusters and create a small journal corner at the bottom of the page.

 You want to make sure to check these new ink pads, they are the perfect not just for cards but also scrapbooking layouts.  You are going to love them!

Now it comes the fun part of this blog hop, GIVEAWAY

  • Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full sized ink pad release on the Pinkfresh blog, and the full mini cube release on our IG feed.
  • Each designer will be giving away a $25 gift card on each of our blog post to one lucky comment.

A list of all winners will be posted on Monday, Oct 21st on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page.  You will have two weeks to claim your prize.

To insure that you can get these inks to you, Pinkfresh Studio is having a special sale ..

  • all orders $100+, they will receive free shipping within the United States without a code. The shipping will be discounted automatically, they just have to select the correct shipping method upon checkout.

This is all for me today!  it is now time to visit Nichol Spohr and check her amazing creations.  A list of all the participants is available for your convenience...

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Thank you so much for visiting, and please do not forget to contact me with any questions on how these came together.


LIFE IS LOVELY - Scrapbook Nerd

Hi there!

It is time for some inspiration for Scrapbook Nerd.   This week is a pretty busy one for me, so i wanted to share with you how to create a quick and sweet layout using the new Maggie Holmes Heritage collection.

Once i chose the background for my page (the stripe paper from the collection), i used an edge punch to create the scallop border on two of the collection papers.   These were trimmed to just fit on the top part of the paper and then attached to the background.

The beautiful specialty paper from this collection is the perfect layer behind the picture.   Since there is lots of white space on the top part of the picture, i chose to create an embellishment cluster using ephemera, clear stickers and puffy stickers .

I added a few cut outs (created with cut files from Handipaper) to the left side of the page, and under the paper scallops to stretch the design.  The large chipboard sticker was perfect to create the title of my page.

To finish the page, I added a small cluster of embellishments at the bottom of the page, and then followed it with my lines of journal.   A few splatters of gold ink complete this page...

i love how this came together in a short amount of time, i have created a small video that will show you how this was built:

As always, please check SCRAPBOOK NERD for all the materials used in this page, and make sure to leave a comment if you have questions on how this came together.


Oct 11, 2019


Hi there!
Welcome to the ALTENEW OCTOBER 2019 STAMP/DIE/STENCIL RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY.   You are arriving from Jennifer McGuire's blog ( a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post), and i hope inspired by her creations.

Today, Altenew is releasing a new set of stamps, dies and stencils and what can i say, they are outstanding, versatile and just gorgeous.   Of course i had to dive in and work a few projects with them, so let's get started....

As soon as i saw the new Dot Botanical Stamp and Die Set the idea for this layout formed in my head.  I quickly reached for the new Watercolor Brush Refills (rouge, paper bag, citron, moss, warm sunshine, crimson)and some  mixed media paper to create the background for all the leaves. 

Once the background dried, i used Altenew's Black Obsidian ink to stamp some of the images, and then used the coordinating die to cut them out, and also cut some of the leftover paper. 

I used glue and foam adhesive to secure them to the page, and then added sentiments from the Dot Botanicals  and Delicate Tiles stamp set to complete the title and subtitle of the page.  A  bit of Antique gold Ink spray splatters completes this layout.  You can see how this came together in the following video:

With so many beautiful products to chose from in this release, it was so hard to say no to them, the next layout on my Family Album was created using the new Rose Blossom Stamp set...

My idea was to highlight the colors of my Goddaughter's skirt on the page, so i kept the background very neutral by stamping the small branches of the Rose Blossom Stamp set with  inks from the Warm Gray set around the page.

I then created masks for the images, and used the Lapis Lazuli mini cube set to details the Rose Blossom stamp set on the page.   I also stamped a full image and fussy cut it to use as part of the cluster of embellishments on the picture cluster.

I used the Delicate Tiles stamp set to add one of the sentiments as the title for this page, and then created a pocket behind the picture to house my lines of journal.   Just love how this turned out, and kept on working on this format for my next project.

The new Delicate Tiles stamp set was another of my favorites from this release.   I love the delicate details and linear application of the stamp.     I always look at the trifold pamphlet of each stamp set, and this time the colors in the sample were a perfect match to the colors in my cousins' bathing suits so it made it so easy to build this page.

I used the Warm Sunset and Glacier Caves mini ink cubes to create the border column of tiles using the stamp set, then added the lines of journal, and title on the left of the page using the Delicate Tiles stamp set and Obsidian Black ink.    Then used the right side of the layout to add my picture and  embellishment clusters. You can see how this page came together in the following video:

Though I love using Altenew's products for memory keeping, this time i used a few of the new releases to create cards, let me show you...

I kept my cards simple this time around,  for the first two cards, i used the Creative Edges: Lace die to create the paper lace strips of the cards.    I glued the strips to the card so that they add texture and movement to the background.

The beautiful Grateful Heart Stamp and Die set and the Spring Bouquet mini cube set  were used to create the floral image of this card.   The image was attached with foam adhesive to the card followed by a sentiment from the Precious Peony stamp set .

Once again, i chose to use the Lace Die to create the front panel of this card, but chose to add color to the card base.  Then used the Rosy Outlook Stamp, Die and Stencil along with the Rose Petal mini ink cube set to create the floral image for the card.

I opted for  a sentiment from the Precious Peony stamp set for this card,and set it at the edge of the strips and opposite direction to the flower.  Just love how these two cards are so similar yet so different.

And now onto the last project, I love the new  Winter Wishes stamp set' sentiments are they are perfect for  the upcoming Christmas project.   For this card, i used the Wonderful Wreath stencil, Frayed Leaf and Evergreen to create the first layer of the wreath, then used a mix of the ink and glazes to create the second impression on the panel.

I used the Winter Wishes stamp set to gold embossed the card sentiment  to the center of the wreath, and then finished the card using a few gems.  Take a look at how the card came together in the next video:

I hope these have inspired you to check the new released products from Altenew.   I am sure you are going to find  a new favorite in the collection.   But now it is time for the fun part of this hop... GIVEAWAY....

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 10/16/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 10/20/2019.

That is all for me today, it is time for you to visit Kelly Griglione's blog to see her beautiful projects.  If you missed a stop you can come back here, or stop at the Altenew Card Blog who is hosting this blog hop, or the Altenew Scrapbook blog;  a list of all the participants is available for your convenience...

Nathalie DeSousa <<< YOU ARE HERE

Thank you so much for joining me today!


Oct 9, 2019


hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a few projects that combine the beautiful Office Hours and Just  A Little Lovely collection.  I thought it was time to mix and match the leftover pieces of these collections on a few layouts.   Though the collections are so different, they can easily be combined with a bit of help from cut files, dies and mixed media, let  me show you...

My starting point for this page was the Highlight paper from the Just A Little Lovely collection. The soft watercolor marks in the paper gave me the idea of bringing a rainbow to the page; so, i pulled the Rainbow with Splatters washi tape adhere to white cardstock and then used the Essential: Basic Label Frames Die set to  cut the cardstock into different size hexagons.

The washi hexagons were then attached to the  background using foam adhesive and following the colors marked on the paper.  This created an ideal placement for the picture and title for this page.

For the title, i used a the Lovely Square cut file to cut the title for this page from the Possibility paper from the Just A Little Lovely paper, and set it above an offset of the word, then used alphas from the same collection to complete  it.

To finish the page, i fussy cut floral elements from the One Fine Day paper and attached them around some of the hexagon clusters.  A few other embellishments from the same collection -Just A Little Lovely-  were  also added throughout the page, and then i finished the layout with a few splatters of Liquid Watercolor  in coordinating colors.  You can see how this page came together in the following video:

Love how this came together, and now let's look at other project created with  a mix of the collections...

For this page, i started with a bit of mixed media on the background, as i wanted to make all the elements on this page stand out.  The Licorice Liquid Watercolor was the perfect color to create a clear canvas for this page. 

I chose the Floral Tag cut file  for this page, as I love the combination of the soft florals and the functional tag, so i used a combination of both collections to back the cut out, and even used a bit of liquid watercolor to create patterned paper for the areas were i had run out of paper already.

To build the page, i set the tag on the mixed media background, started clustering  embellishments around the picture ( i also cut a second set of the florals, so that it could be used as an embellishment on the page) from both Just A Little Lovely and Office Hours collection.   

For the title, i used  a combination of alphas from the Office Hours collection (just love that script alpha!) and  then added my lines of journal to complete this page.  The following video will show a more detailed look on how this page came together

i hope these have inspired you to mix your Pinkfresh Studio collections and use all the leftover pieces to create your next project.  As always, if you have questions  on how these came together, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Happy Crafting everyone!

Oct 8, 2019

CHRISTMAS CHEER - Simple Stories

Hi there!

Nathalie with you today with a new layout that is all about those magical Christmas days.  I wanted to use the new Holly Jolly collection to document this happy memory of my nephew enjoying Christmas carols.   This new collection is just amazing, the colors, designs were ideal to document this happy memory.

My idea was to bring a colorful background that will use the beautiful designs of the collection, so i picked a cut file from Handipaper to create a cluster of Christmas trees on the page.

To add dimension to the page, i cut the trees three times from white cardstock and stacked them together, then backed each one of the trees with the beautiful papers from the collection.  I just love the colors and designs in the papers.

The papers in the  Simple Basics Kit are perfect to create backgrounds, so i picked the soft Blush/Dots serve as the frame for my page.   Once, i glued the trees to the page, i used the Journaling Bits and Pieces to add the stars at the top of the tallest trees.

  Then backed the picture with the Home for the Holidays paper , nestled it in the background, and then added a cluster of stickers to  frame the picture.

To create the title of the page, first i added an extra Christmas tree (to help frame the title) and then used the alphas on the sticker tablet and a piece of ephemera to complete the title of the layout.

I created a small cluster of embellishments using stickers from the Sticker tablet and sticker combo sheet as well as ephemera from the journal bits and pieces.   To finish the page, i added a few lines of journal and enamel dots.


The new Simple Stories Holly Jolly collection is so beautiful and filled with amazing designs that it makes is so easy to document your memories.  Be sure to check it out.  You are going to love this new collection.