Feb 14, 2020

BEAUTIFUL US - JustNIck Studio

Happy Valentine's Day JustNick Studio friends!
Nathalie with you today with a new layout all about love.   My husband and I have been married for 20yrs which means this will be our 20th Valentine's day!  So, i wanted to document last year picture using some of the new cut files available at the  JustNIck Studio shop!

Who says Valentine's has to be all about red and pink?  Well, my choice was to bring a combination of soft and bold colors along with flowers and dynamic design.

To build my cut hear cut out, i used the outline heart from the FLORAL HEART cut file ( i separated the paths, so that i can only use the outside edge of the heart) and added an inside off set to create the small heart frame.  I backed the heart with vellum and a paper from the Just A Little Lovely collection from Pinkfresh Stiudio.

I used papers from the new My Favorite Story (Pinkfresh Studio) to create the background for this page.  I set the heart on the background  so that it sits on a bit of an offset at the center of the page.

I cut two of the bottom floral from the DIVIDED FLORAL Cut file and laid them along the right side of the heart.  This created a soft cascade of white floral images along the bold side of the background.

I kept the left side of the heart pretty simple.  This time i use  BUTTERFLY cut file to create the one that sits next to the title.  I cut it from white cardstock, and then use vellum to cut a simple silhouette of the same butterfly so i can layered them together.

I added just a few more embellishments from the collection and then a few lines of journal complete my page.  I LOVE how this turned out, simple and bold just like my hunny and I.

Remember to stop by the JUSTNICK Studio blog to check all the cut files used in this page,


Feb 13, 2020

Altenew February 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Cutting Mat/Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

hi there!

Welcome to the ALTENEW FEBRUARY 2020 STAMP/DIE/STENCIL/CUTTING MAT/ARTIST WATERCOLOR 24 PAN SET RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY.  You are arriving from Altenew Scrapbook Blog ( A list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post).

With so many beautiful products, it is always so hard to chose a favorite!  However the new 24 Artist Watercolor Palette is probably one of my most beloved of the Altenew products.  With that being said, let me show you what i have created:

Of course i am starting with a layout  created using the new 24 Artist Watercolor palette.   Just look at the vivid colors of the palette and the soft finish on the page.  Just amazing!  For this page, i created circles on the background using Black Obsidian ink, and then fill each circle with watercolor as to bring a rainbow to the page.

A bit of black watercolor surrounding the circles, just make the colors pop.    I added a bit of embossing paste through the Feeling Dotty stencil to add texture to the page, then continued the circle design with the pictures and embellishments  ( Live your Dream collection).  The following  video will show you how it all came together:

Just love this amazing palette, a must have for sure!  Of course i love the stamp/dies and stencils,  all the beautiful designs are just perfect to create cards.

The New Beginnings stamp set is filled with beautiful and delicate designs which you can color with your favorite medium ( or challenge yourself!).  I chose to create a CAS card using a few of the images and my Artist Markers.

Once i stamped the images on white cardstock with Obsidian Ink, i pulled my Artist Marker set D & E and detailed the leaves and flowers.   I cut the circle frame from white cardstock using the Halftone Circle die, and set it all on pink cardstock.

I Finished my card by using the Winter Wishes stamp set and the Label stamp set and Jet Black Crisp Ink.  A few glitter drops complete the design.  I love how this turned out!

Of course, i always return to using Altenew goodies on my memory keeping, so i decided to create a few layouts for my Family album (Citrus Twist Kits).   For the first one, i used the new Watercolor Roses stamp set and Spring Bouquet mini INk Cubes for it

I used the stamp to create my own embellished tag.  I placed the images so that they filled the tag, however to make sure the picture becomes the center of the page, i cut a second tag from vellum, and layered it on top, so that the translucency of the paper shows the stamped background, but on a softer light.

To finish my page, i went ahead and created  my Title pocket card  using stamped die cut flowers and a simple word sticker.    I kept the second card very simple so that your eye can rest from the color of the flowers.

This stamp set is simple to use and can yield versatile looks on your projects by varying your stamping techniques.   Now let's look at another layout created with the new Exotic Garden Stamp set

Once again, i am creating a page for my Family album.  This time i chose to show case the simple beauty of this floral stamp cluster.

To make my Goddaughter's pictures stand out, i stamped the image with Black Obsidian ink just at the edges of the page, so that it frames the pictures.  Then backed the panel with wood grain paper to continue the color from the pictures.

I stamped the image one more time on white cardstock and trimmed two 3x4 cards from it.  One holds the lines of journal, and the second one forms the title card.  Here i loosely color the images to match the pictures using the Altenew 36 Pan Watercolor palette. 

Just love the delicate design of the Exotic Garden Stamp set.   Whether you color it or simply stamp it in your project, it will sure stand out.  Now let's look at my last project of the day!

I always love good background stamps, there is something about creating your own patterned paper that makes you love your projects.    The new Dotted Diamond stamp set is one that will fast become a new favorite in your collection.

I used the stamp set to create my background by heat embossing it one Platinum Embossing powder onto pink cardstock.  Once the first embossing was done, i followed be heat embossing the background stamp with Crisp White embossing powder.  This time i slightly shift the stamp set so that it creates a more intricate pattern on the background. 

I also stamped a piece of the same cardstock with Black Obsidian ink and used the Fine Alpha die set to create the title.  Then embellished the page with florals from the Calming Bouquet Washi Tape.  The following video will show you how easy this page came together..

I had so much fun creating all these projects, and i hope they inspire you to check the stamps, dies, stencils and the lovely watercolor palette. 

Now it is time for the fun part of this blog 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 2/18/2020 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 2/21/2020. 

Good Luck everyone!

This is all for me, and it is time to continue hopping along, your next stop is ISHA .  Remember you can always come back here to complete the loop, or hop onto the Altenew Card Blog or Altenew Scrapbook Blog to start the hop.  A list of all the participants is available here for your convenience

Nathalie DeSousa <<< YOU ARE HERE

Thank you so much for visiting!!!

Feb 10, 2020


Hi there!
 Nathalie with you today bringing a  few ideas on Everyday Documenting with the new SUPER COOL and NOTEWORTHY collections.   The new Pinkfresh Studio collections are colorful, fresh and so versatile that they can easily help you document all your special moments as well as the up and downs of daily life...

The beautiful designs in the Noteworthy collection are just so perfect to document your everyday, that i decided to share with you a few layouts of my Daily Family Album (Citrus Twist Kits Life Crafted Album).   The inspiration for this layout was the design of the Happy Thoughts paper, the geometric pattern was just perfect for the background.

I fussy cut  a few of the rhomboids and set them as  the background/focal point for the page.  With so many beautiful embellishments, it is easy to combined them to complete the page.

One of my favorite elements of the Noteworthy collection is the Stationery set. All the pockets, envelopes and tags are the perfect size to keep memories, etc on your pages and/or albums.   This time, i chose the larger pocket to help me hold the story and extra pictures about the day.

This time, i created the perforation on the pocket so i can use it in the album, and then created the tags with the Enchanted Blooms paper, one has the journal and the other extra photos of the day.  I use the same paper to ground the layout on the left side of the page, and then added a few more embellishments to finish the layout.

 Since the pocket is not attached to a page, i was able to use the back of it to create a new layout on my album. This time,  i chose a pocket page style layout for the entry.  Once again, i reached for the stationery set for the little ticket card and set it on the back of the envelope along with the large ephemera floral piece.

I used the b side of  the Right now paper to create the title card.  I slipped the card inside the insert, and added the embellishments outside of the page protector.  The yellow puffy frame was perfect to center the ephemera and sentiment in the pocket.  The following video will show you how it all came together:

The pages came together so easily with the Noteworthy collection, now let me show you a new scrapbook layout using the colorful SUPER COOL Collection

The inspiration for the page was the Choir paper, all the musical  designs match perfect the picture of my daughter and her beloved guitar.

The foundation of the page is the large title created by heat embossing the words on the background.  The Adore Alpha stamp set has the perfect graphic look to create a bold title.    To have the title stand out on the page, i used a bit of Licorice liquid watercolor to make the title stand out.

I played with paper and all the embellishments of the collection to create the cluster behind the picture and also the small cluster at the bottom of the page. I can use all the guitar ephemera in my life!  Let me show you how the page was put together in the following video:

 I just love how this turned out.  The new Pinkfresh Studio collections are just the beautiful and perfect for all types of documenting, make sure to check them out!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Feb 9, 2020


Hi there!
It is my turn to share some inspiration for Scrapbook Nerd.   I chose to create a cute and fast layout using a combination of Vicki Boutin and Simple Stories.

I started with one of the premade mixed media pages from  VIcki Boutin's Color Kaleidoscope collection.  First, i added two strips of papers from Simple Stories Hey Crafty Girl collection followed by a bit of white paint - this tones down the color of the background, and also helps to create a white canvas for the page-.  Once the paint dried, i used a bit of Archival Ink to stamp the background using this Stampendous stamp set.

I backed the picture with one of the cut apart cards,and placed in the center of the page followed by the large scallop border to the left of the picture.   There are so many cute embellishments in this collection, it is easy to create clusters around the picture.

Since the picture and strips are in a vertical line, i chose to add a line of embellishments on a horizontal line so that they intercept the picture in the middle.  Starting with the title and continuing with a line of embellishments

All the crafty icons are the perfect size to create the large cluster at the bottom of the picture.   All that was left to do was add my lines of journal and a few gold drops.

I hope you stop by the Scrapbook Nerd shop to check all the materials that i used in this page.  There is always new products arriving at the shop.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Feb 5, 2020

SWEET YOU - Citrus Twist Kits

Hi there!

This month's add-on kit is the perfect combination of color, design and sentiment which is the key to enhancing your memory keeping.   I wanted something soft and dreamy to document a recent picture of one of our Goddaughter's first day of dance school, so  i pulled some watercolor and just played with papers to create this page.

I wanted a background that was going to make everything else stand out, so i pulled a bit of Licorice liquid watercolor from Pinkfresh Studio ( available at the CTK shop) and using a large brush just added a few strokes on the page.   I followed this  with a bit of texture paste and a simple circle stencil, and set it aside to dry.

I pulled all the Pinkfresh Studio - My Favorite Story collection- papers, in the add-on kit, and vellum to create all the butterflies using a metal die.   I layered the vellum atop the paper butterflies to create the soft look on the images.  All the negative pieces of papers were then used to create the layers behind the picture.

Once i set the picture on the background, i used the butterflies to create three clusters surrounding the page.  I added a bit stamped sentiments around the clusters using the Traveler's Notebook  and  Life Crafted: Possibilities stamp sets, as well as some enamel dots from the add-on kit.

To make the color of my baby's tutu stand out, i simple folded the background and added small pieces of the Beauty of Simplicity paper and a few fussy cut flowers from the Bloom and Grow paper  -both from PinkFresh Studio-.  With so many beautiful embellishments, it was so easy to add a title and embellish the page.

I hope you stop by the  CTK shop to check this gorgeous add-on kit ( kits start shipping today)!  There is so many possibilities in this little bundle of paper and embellishments that it will sure enhance your stories.


Feb 1, 2020


Hi there!
Welcome to the ALTENEW BUILD-A-FLOWER: BEGONIA RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY.  You are arriving from Laura Jane's blog ( a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post for your convenience).

I love the first day of each month -not just for the fresh start- as it is time for a new BAF set; and this time is all about the BEGONIA  (which is one of the first stamps i got from Altenew).  This set is so versatile, and super easy to layer that it took no time to create this page for my Family album:

I started by creating a mask of the flower and leaf using the die set.   Then used Black Obsidian Ink to stamp the flowers around the edges of the page.  Once i stamped a few flowers as a basis, i used the masks to help me build the cluster of flowers on the edges.

To add a bit of detail to the outline flowers, I used Limestone Crisp ink and stamped the last detailed image onto them; this just bring a bit of accent to each of the petals and creates a soft depth on the flowers.

The trifold pamphlet that comes with the stamp set is always my starting point/inspiration.  This time, i chose the color of the Begonia's from the layering guide example. So i used Golden Sunset and Sea Shore mini ink cube sets to create a few color Begonias for the page.

Once i set the picture on the right side of the page, i balance the layout by adding a large title on opposite positions.  I combined the sentiments in the BAF: Begonia stamp set with  the word "you" -made from black metallic cardstock cut with the bold alpha die set".

The finishing touch was adding the colored Begonias on a soft diagonal design across the layout.  Just love how this turned out!   The delicate design of the flower and the color of the ink just bring this every day memory to live.

Now the part that you all have been waiting for: GIVEAWAY
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 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 02/09/2020.
Good luck everyone!

Before you continue onto the next designer consider signing up for the BUILD-A-FLOWER Monthly Subscription program.     This is a monthly subscription plan for our Build-A-Flower set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in our monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99)

It is now time to visit the next designer, the talented  Vicky Papaioannou and be inspired by her work.  Remember to can visit the Altenew Card blog or Scrapbook blog to start the hop, or come back here to complete the loop.  Here is the list of all the participants:

Altenew Card Blog
Nathalie DeSousa <<< you are here
Vicky Papaioannou
Maryam Perez
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Laurie Willison
Mindy Eggen
Virginia Lu
Nicole Watt
Therese Calvird
Kelly Griglione

thank you so much for joining me today!