Everyday Memories January 21, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.  I'm excited to be back for my second term on the Just Nick design team.  I've been busy creating away with some of Nicole's newest and yet to be released files (you're going to LOVE them!), but decided to go back to one of my old favorites for this two page layout. Not only that, but I used the cut file in a unique and different way.

At first glance you might not be able to spot the Just Nick design, but take a closer look and you'll see a pretty stitched outline of the Butterfly Background.

While the effect is definitely subtle, it makes a big impact and adds lots of texture to the page, which is just the look I was going for. 

These pictures detail a visit to our local conservatory's annual butterfly show.  I wanted to convey the theme of the memory, but at the same time, not go to over the top with the butterfly image.
To create this effect, I started by sizing and cutting the butterfly background out of scrap cardstock.  I used the resulting cut as a template to trace the shape, with a pencil, onto my background paper.  I then poked holes with a paper piercing tool, about 1/4" apart along my traced lines, and backstitched through them.  It definitely took some time to stitch out this pretty design, but I think the results are well worth it!

I carried the same stitching over to the second of my two pages  to marry the design and the theme throughout the spread.  This side didn't require near as much stitching since it was filled with more photos and a large journaling block. 

Don't be fooled, while it appears that the design continues underneath my main page elements, it does not.  But by keeping my 'ends' of the stitched design hidden under my photos and journaling it creates a more fluid and cohesive look.

I hope this page reminds you to step outside the box with your cut files and to use them in a new and unique way.  If you do, we'd love for you to share with us on our facebook page or tag your design #justnickstudio on Instagram!

Supplies used:

Butterfly Background