Happy NSD Scrapbook and Cards Today readers! It's Nicole and I am very excited to be on the blog to wrap up this special day while sharing share one of my tips for creating a layout.  Keeping in mind my love for patterned paper, my tip for you today is all about paper! With some patterned paper and a few punches or your trimmer, you can create lots of of layers and dimension easily – and quickly! I often pull out my punches when I am short of time, or want to make a simple and quick layout like this one:

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Supplies: Patterned Paper, Chipboard, Alphas (Crate Paper), Epoxy Dots (My Mind’s Eye), Vellum (American Crafts), Pin (Maya Road), Mist (Heidi Swapp)

I have several different sizes of circle punches. If you don’t the same effect can be done with just trimming squares or rectangles on your paper trimmer!

I like to grab a base paper and then a 6×6 paper pad and go crazy cutting/punching different patterns to layer on my page. Using the paper pad takes all the work out of hunting for coordinating papers – I like to punch 2-4 different sizes of shapes from one sheet of paper and layer together in a grid of sorts on my page. The grid helps keep things from getting too busy. 

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To add a little interest, I add in some vellum, glitter paper and machine stitch the whole thing down to add a little texture, using my Janome sewing machine. The same effect could be done with hand stitching, although it would not be as quick 🙂

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Once you layer your paper on, don’t stop there – many companies have great pre-cut diecut circles/squares that you can add easily to your layered shapes. Think journaling spots, chipboard buttons, and more!

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I absolutely cannot live without paper and lately I have been collecting 6×6 paper pads and realize just how versatile they are! Happy {inter} National Scrapbook Day…and I have a little extra surprise for you too.  Keep reading!

~ Nicole Nowosad

8:00 PM GIVEAWAY!!!

We have a few incredible prizes to wrap up our {inter} National Scrapbook Day celebrations!  First, design team member Nicole Nowosad created this amazing free cut file for you!

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Download HERE!

In addition, you can visit Nicole's new website "Just Nick" HERE and choose an additional cut file for FREE!  Use coupon code  SCTNSD2015 when checking out!  Congrats on the new site Nicole!

Our next prize is from our sweet friends at May Arts ribbon! They have offered a prize package of ribbon worth over $150! Look at these sweet adhesive backed gingham hearts…in EVERY colour! You'll be the envy of all your friends and then a hero when you share bit with them too!

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Our last prize today is a BIG one!  How would you like to win a one year subscription to Freckled Fawn's OHDEARME kits?  Yes, you heard us correctly, ONE FULL YEAR!!!  An amazing prize from an amazing company.  Here is a peek at their latest kit that today's winner will start with…

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"Hello Lovelies, happy Scrapbooking Day! Freckled Fawn is offering a one year subscription to their monthly OHDEERME embellishment kit club as a prize! The winner will receive an adorable zipper pouch full of coordinating embellishments every month for a full year starting with the March 2015 kit. Happy creating!" ~ Freckled Fawn

Amazing prizes, amazing companies, an amazing day! For an opportunity to WIN these prizes, please leave a comment below by Saturday, May 9th! All winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 13th! For one final time, good luck!!!

To thank these wonderful partners, please click on over to their facebook pages!

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May Arts Ribbon

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A huge thank you to the SCT design team for all their wonderful inspiration that was full of tips and tricks along the way today.  We always say we have the best design team and again they proved that today.  Thank you team!  A big round of applause for you!

We would also like to thank all of today's sponsors.  Like our team, we always say we have the best partner's in the industry.  Without them SCT does not happen and without them, days like today are not quite as exciting.  A special thank you to all our partners for sharing such wonderful and thoughtful prizes today!  A round of applause for them too!

And, a round of applause for YOU!  If you joined us each hour, if you checked in here and there or if you're just joining us now, we appreciate you.  We appreciate all your sweet comments, the time you have taken today to publicly thank our partners today and for being the best readers out there!  We love to inspire you and we love that you inspire us.  Each and every day!

We hope you've enjoyed {inter} National Scrapbook Day wth us and we hope you'll leave us inspired in some way.  Now go create 🙂

~  Catherine

Publisher, Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine