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My Science Guy May 18, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

Marcia here today with a scrappy confession. I've been very bad about scrapping layouts of my son. He doesn't like having his picture taken. He doesn't post selfies of himself all that often. It was quite evident that his sisters get lots more attention on my scrapbook pages when I was putting my latest layouts in albums. So for a little while I thought I would concentrate on scrapping the photos I do have of him. These were from Christmas a year and a half ago.

I used this awesome background called Weird Science. When I first saw it, I thought of these pictures I had of him receiving a bartender chemistry set for Christmas. He loves math and science. He is currently working his way through college as a bartender ... so of course he needed a bartender chemistry set. 

I used the Simple Set Alphabet for my title. I like the whimsical feel to this font.

I backed the negative space with pattern papers from the Shimelle Little By Little collection. The circle patterns in the paper drew me in. I knew they would be perfect with all the circles in this background cut file, plus the primary colors are great for scrapping my science guy.

Here are the cut files I used today...

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the rest of your week.


Happy Love | Delicate Butterflies | Michelle Whorwood May 09, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick Fans!

Michelle here with a new layout to share with you all today.  I have used two cut files on my layout, firstly the gorgeous Delicate Butterflies and also the Word 4 cut files which I used to create my title. 

I new as soon as I saw this cut file I knew it would be perfect for these photos of my daughters entering the wearable arts competition at our caravan.   Yes my girls outfits are made out of paper!!  I really love the vintage vibe of this cut file which I cut out on a floral patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection.  As the name would suggest, this is a very delicate cut file - I would definitely recommend cutting it out with a sharp blade and not having a too sticky mat as it is very fine.  I really liked how the butterflies flowed down the page and I was able to tuck my photos in and around the file this helps your eye wander down the page from the first photo to my second photo too. 

Next, I wanted to add a second cut file to my layout - and the Word 4 file worked perfectly for a fun title, and adding it on the larger butterflies added an extra layer of dimension to my page too.  I first cut out the outline in some teal coloured cardstock so that it matched the colours is in the embellishments and the cut file.  Then I cut it out on white cardstock to fill in the file and make it pop off the page.  

I really enjoyed cutting out these files and using patterned paper added some interest and variance in colour to the butterflies and of course made it super easy to embellish with more of the Maggie Holmes collection.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Do you cut files with mainly cardstock or do you use patterned paper as well?

Michelle xx

 


Family Are Better Together May 06, 2017 14:00

Hello friends! Happy National Scrapbook Day. It's design team member Lee-Anne here sharing a layout I created combining two Just Nick cut files to make an entirely new design.

In Silhouette Studio, the software for Silhouette Cameo, I ungrouped or released the compound path and traced one of the heart designs (the top right heart) of the Basic Hearts cut file and enlarged it. I also traced the Borders 1 cut file, replicated it three times, one below the other, widened it slightly and placed it on top of the heart shape, grouped it and clicked "merge". This creates a heart shaped outline with the Borders 1 cut file filling the inside of the heart shape. I grouped the two design together and clicked "crop". This puts the two designs together. I cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo on white card stock and backed it with patterned papers. 

With several colors of embroidery floss, I decided to hand stitch some plus signs for texture around the layout and around the heart I hand stitched and alternated colors that coordinated with the papers.


Combining cut files into one cut file is a fun technique and you can get very creative. I encourage you to give this a try with any two cut files in the store.

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

Cut files I used on my layout:

Basic Hearts

Borders 1

 

You can grab the Borders 1 cut file for FREE using the code: BORDERFREE at checkout now, until midnight CST May 7, 2017 only!

 


Friends Become Our Chosen Family May 06, 2017 11:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends. Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Marcia here today with some scrappy inspiration and a FREE cut file! I love using circle frames around my photos. Floral Ring 2 is a new digital cut file, so I thought I would use it to showcase a photo of my besties. 

To add dimension to my layout, I layered some more flowers on top of the Floral Ring. These are from the Stems For Stephanie digital cut file.

I used one more cut file today. I just love this title, Friends Become Our Chosen Family. These wonderful women really are like family for me. They were neighbors but most have moved away, still we get together at least once a month.

Here the cut files I used today...

If you are interested in watching my process video, here it is ...


Thanks so much for stopping by. You can grab the FLORAL RING 2 cut file for free using the code: RINGFREE at checkout until midnight on May 7, 2017 only!

More free cut files are coming later today, so be sure to stop back.


Dream Today - iNSD 2017 May 06, 2017 07:00

Hello hello hello!!! It's Cathy here and I'm so excited to be participating in the celebrations here on the JustNick Blog!  We will have several different designers posting through the day and there will be a free cut file to go along with the posts!  Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page to get your code :)

So for my layout I actually used 3 different cut files!  I used the Dreamcatcher 1 cut file, the Feathers 2 cut file, and the Sweater Weather cut file.  I decided to finally get in on the dreamcatcher fad, you know, considering that it's almost over!  Well let me tell you, this turned out even better than I expected, and although I had to be patient when it came to cutting out the feathers and gluing everything down, the actual design came together super quick!  Don't forget to pop over to my YouTube channel to see my process video!

I did a little mixed media behind my dreamcatcher before I glued it down, and I love the addition of the white feathers with my patterned paper feathers.  It really brought a level of dreamy whimsy that I had wanted in my layout!  If you haven't tried a dreamcatcher yet then I suggest you grab yourself the feather and dreamcatcher cut file and get to work, you won't be disappointed!

 

 

You can grab the Dreamcatcher 1 cut file for FREE using the code: DREAM2FREE at checkout now until May 7, 2017 only!


Details | Jaclyn Rench April 27, 2017 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today. 

In my opinion, nothing screams spring more than a bounty of pretty flowers, am I right?!  So, when assigned with the task of deriving inspiration from Spring, my first stop was to scan my Just Nick library for a favorite floral design.  I quickly settled on the Floral and Fauna 1 cut file, as I was drawn to it's clean, bold and graphic nature.

I chose two of my favorite flowers from the cut file and sized them to around a 3.5" diameter before cutting them from a variety of pretty patterned papers.

I divided my page background in two, along the diagonal, and sprinkled my cut florals along that divide.  My pictures and journaling were nestled in among the top right edge and bottom left edge of the flowers, to tie all of my page elements together.

I layered some florals atop of one another and dressed up each one with buttons, enamel dots and/or pearls.  Those extra details really make the diecut designs extra special and give them quite a presence on the page.

If it's springtime in your part of the world, we'd love to see the spring inspired pages you're making with your favorite Just Nick designs.  We hope you'll share those with us on social media by tagging your creations with #Justnickstudio .

Cut file used:


Hello Spring | Tarrah McLean April 26, 2017 07:00

Hi there Just Nick friends!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you.....all week we are celebrating Spring here on the Just Nick blog by sharing our Spring themed projects using the awesome Just Nick Studio cut files

I pulled out some REALLY old Bella Blvd products for this layout...I love the pastel colours and how much they remind me of Easter as its currently not Spring in Australia...its currently Autumn!

This is the Just Nick Studio cut file I used on this layout....the Hello Spring title.

That gorgeous thin multi-coloured stripe paper was the paper I decided to cut the Hello Spring title out of....I just love how this turned out....better than expected! I added a few embellishments to the title to help decorate the layout a little bit more and add interest..  

 

My niece is an absolute bundle of gorgeous! She is SO photogenic...perfect for this scrapbooker....hopefully she will appreciate me creating these layouts for her one day!

In this photo, she was posing a new outfit that her parents had bought for her, she is only age 1 in this photo but already a pro at posing lol! As the outfit has bumblebees on it, the photo was perfect for this layout!

That bumblebee chipboard sticker had to make its way on this layout since there were bees on Amelia's outfit and its her nickname too!! I really like how this layout turned out....I literally cut the title first and then decided on a photo, added some other small bits of paper and embellishments and the layout was complete! Super quick one this time! 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! I hope you have been enjoying the Spring inspiration from us? Why not check out the Just Nick Studio store for some cut files that would suit your next project?

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Together | Michelle Whorwood April 22, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone! 

Michelle here with a new layout featuring the Butterfly Background 2 cut file.  As soon as I saw this file I wanted to use on it a layout as it is so pretty and whimsical. We recently had this family photo taken at my youngest daughters' 5th birthday party and I wanted a cut file that would frame my photo and add some background detail which the butterflies do perfectly.  Here is my layout:

I wanted to make my layout as pretty and whimsical as possible so I added a bit of mixed media to my background patterned paper by using a Shimmers Raspberry Sherbert Paste-eez texture paste applied with a credit card as well as adding some mint and gold mist.  I then added the Butterfly cut file cut out on white cardstock and then added some navy patterned paper to the larger butterflies.  I love the way the butterflies look on the textured background and how the white pops on it as well.  I then added some layers of pink, mint and yellow patterned papers and ephemera from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection and then matted the patterned paper background back onto some white cardstock and added some machine stitching to create more texture to my page. 

Close ups:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you have enjoyed my layout using this gorgeous butterflies background.

 

 


Happy Summer - Cat Martin April 21, 2017 06:00

Hello hello hello!  It's Cat here back with another layout!  I am so happy and excited with how this layout turned out so I hope you like it too!.  I used the Radiate Cut File and cut it out from a polka dot patterned paper.  I then backed it with several different types of paper, including papers that originally came from some old K & Company Smash Books that I never even came close to completing!  I kept the embellishments and the background paper simple to really show off the photo and the cut file.  My picture perfectly fit in the circle in the centre.  The Radiate Cut File is perfect for emphasizing one picture and pretty much would fit any theme! I know for many of us who scrapbook the men and boys in our lives we have a difficult time but that's what I love about having the opportunity to create for JustNick, so I can showcase different ways to use her files and hopefully help those who are not sure exactly how to scrap for our boys! I will also have a process video up on my YouTube channel if you want to see how I put it all together, including all of my struggles!

 

 


Bloom | Jaclyn Rench April 13, 2017 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn here today. This week the Design Team is zeroing in on the many words and sentiment designs available in the Just Nick store.  This was a fun challenge for me, as I love typography and making my titles stand out on a page.

Spring is in full bloom here in Ohio and even though my allergies might not agree, I am enjoying the pretty blossoms that are popping up all over my yard.  Since many of these flowers only last a short season, I can't resist capturing them on film.  These pretty pictures were inspiring me, so I went to my Just Nick library to pair with them, the perfect title.

The brushstroke style of letters featured in the Good Vibes file immediately caught my eye.  There are four different sentiments included in this cut design. I chose the word 'Bloom', as it was a perfect match to the story I wanted to tell.

As you'll note, the sentiments in this file are encompassed within a circle.  I chose to eliminate the circle portion of the design, as did so simply by 'releasing the compound path' on that portion of the file and sizing the remaining text accordingly.

I couldn't make a flowery, spring-like page without including some of my favorite Just Nick floral designs.  I cut a few different shapes and sizes of the Doodle Flowers out of neutral patterns and sprinkled them throughout my design.  Layering and embellishing each flower gives them presence but still allows the pictures and title to take center stage.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! 

Cut Files used:

Good Vibes

Doodle Flowers


Art is a Treasure April 04, 2017 08:26

Hey hey everybody, it's Cathy!!!  I'm back with another layout to help get your mojo going using Nicole's amazing cutfiles!  So this time around I wanted to do something a little bit more subdued and soft, while still being masculine.  I also wanted to cut my file using patterned paper since I've been doing a lot of cut files with white cardstock.  I cut out the Scribble Circles background file on a sweet mint and white striped patterned paper.  I then backed some of the circles with patterned paper and some I left open.  I used some ephemera from Pretty Little Studio too, which matched perfectly with the colours I was working with!  I love adding vintage touches to a more modern and minimal design.  I really kept the patterns to a minimum and left lots of white space!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!

 

 

 

 


Gamer | Jaclyn Rench March 25, 2017 07:00

Happy weekend, Just Nick friends! It's Jaclyn here to share a page I made using my very favorite digital file font, Outline Alpha.

This alpha is a necessity in your cut file arsenal, as it is super versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.  One option, is to use the inside or 'negative cuts' of the letters for a thinner, less chunky font title, or you can go for something much more delicate by simply using just the outline of each letter.

I settled on a mix of the two aforementioned styles for my page, and even took it a step further by overlapping my letters and welding it all together into one title piece.  As you'll note, I altered the size and placement of my letters to add more interest.  Once each letter was in place, I used the eraser tool to eliminate the intersecting lines between each letter, before welding.  This step took a little bit of time and some trial and error, but I think the results are definitely worth it!

Mixing up the patterns and colors that back each letter, reinforce the masculine edge to the page.

My title makes such a statement, that I was able to pull together the rest of my page by simply adding some layers, journaling and a trio of embellishment clusters. I love when a page comes together with such ease!  Awesome cut files seem to be the constant factor in that equation for me!

Let us know what Just Nick alpha files are your favorites and/or what type of font designs you like to see in an upcoming release! 

Happy crafty weekend, friends!

Cut files used:

Outline Alpha

 

 


Little Magic March 22, 2017 07:00

Hello hello hello it's Cathy here and I'm back with another layout!  I don't know about you but even though it's still bitterly cold and gloomy in my region of the world I can't help but long for the beautiful colours of spring!  For my layout today I was inspired by all the fun and colourful scraps that I have in my stash.  Some are relatively new and some are from years ago, but either way I loved combining them together to make this fun image!  I used the Rosette Background 2, and originally I was using it as intended, as flowers, but once I was all done backing it I really loved how much it looked like wonky bubbles, so I decided to document my daughter's bubble blowing adventure last spring.  Backing the cut file with multiple papers was a wee bit time consuming, but I just love the end result!  Thanks so much for stopping by and if you go to my Youtube channel you can check out how I made my layout!

 

 


Beary Brave March 10, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

 

Hey everybody it's Cathy here, back with another layout for JustNick Studio and Scrapbook Circle!  The Scrapbook Circle kit for March was loaded with bright colours and funky designs.  I really wanted to showcase all of those fun papers and colours so I chose the dreamcatcher background 1.  There were lots of awesome spaces to back with papers!  I used a small star stamp to create a fun pattern around where my cut file would rest and then popped my file up on some foam for added dimension.  Since all the  products worked so perfectly together embellishing was a piece of cake!  A big thank you to Nicole and Scrapbook Circle for this awesome team up!

 

 

 

 


Happy | Heart's a Flutter | Michelle Whorwood March 02, 2017 07:00

 Hi Just Nick Fans,

Michelle here with a new layout featuring the 'Hearts a Flutter' background.  We are showcasing different background files on the blog this week and I had been waiting for a good excuse to use this background file since it was released.  

Here is my layout

I had lots of fun creating this layout.  I cut the file out on white cardstock and added patterned paper to the negative spaces in the smaller hearts.  Filling in the negative space of cut files is an effective way to add pops of colour to your layouts which is what I do quite regularly.  This time I decided to take this one step further and add strips of washi tape stickers to two of the largest hearts in the cut file.  It is really easy to do, when you cut out your cut file, keep the negative heart shape.  I then added the washi tape directly to the shape and inserted it back into the cut file on my page.  I don't know about you but I have rolls and rolls of washi that I need to use up so I think I will definitely use this technique again!

Some close ups:

Because I wanted the cut file to be the main focus on my page I didn't want to cover it with photos, I decided to add my photo to the far left hand side of my page.  I then added some stitching and embellishments to the cut file and added a couple of strips of patterned paper to anchor my photo to the left hand side of the page.  Finished off with a pretty rub on butterfly and some wood veneer hearts 

Thanks for checking out my blog post, I hope I have inspired you to infill your negative space on your cut files with some washi tape.


Darling | Jaclyn Rench March 01, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn here!  This week the design team is focusing on backgrounds.  I made a fun, colorful and spring inspired page using the Doily Background cut file, an old favorite of mine, for sure!

This background file could certaintly be sized down to take up less real estate on a page, but I love the statement it makes when it's big and bold!  I chose to size my cut file to fill most of the width of my 8.5"X11" page and placed it in the top upper left corner.  Doing so, allows the florals to cascade down the page and allows your eye to land and rest on the page focal point - the photo!

I reached for my pile of patterned paper scraps to fill in the negative space of the doily design.  Each 'flower' has a dark, patterned center, lighter petals and a coordinating buttons sewn on top. 

I used a strip of patterned paper along the bottom border of the page that ties in all of the colors used to back the doilies.

I hope you'll share with us the creative ways you're using Just Nick backgrounds on your projects.  Hashtag your creations #jusnickstudio so we can find them!

Cut files used:

Doily Background


Love You February 21, 2017 07:00

Hello Just Nick fans! It's Lee-Anne here sharing a layout of my youngest son Clayton when he was a baby.  

For my layout I used the Love You cut file for the title and the Lace Heart that I cut out on white card stock with my Silhouette Cameo.  To add some interest, I backed some of the circles with vellum, added some sequins and added another layer of vellum to "sandwich" the sequins.  I love how vellum adds softness to this baby layout.  

I hope you enjoyed my layout. It's always fun to use cut files in a creative way.  

Have a great day!

Cut Files Used On This Layout

Lace Heart

Love You


All You Need Is a Free Love Cut File! February 18, 2017 08:00

Hey everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm showing you all my layout using the fantastic Free Love cut file that is available for free until February 19th!  Just use the code FREELOVE when you're at the checkout!  For my take I decided to get in on the bling and I backed my letters with sequins and some large glitter and an iron-on sequin edging.  I always love finding ways to incorporate unusual items and textures into my layouts and this method gave me a fantastic focal piece!  I didn't really need to do much else since I already had so much going on but I did like putting everything on the diagonal.  Just to make it a little more interesting.  I added some punched out hearts for dimension and used some chipboard from Crate Paper Heart Day.  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to get this cut file while you still can!

 

 

 

 


Free Love | Michelle Whorwood February 16, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick Fans!

Michelle here with my take on the gorgeous freebie cut file 'Free Love'.  I really loved this file and it was so easy to use, I love that it has two options - hearts for more of a simple look or hearts and florals for a bit more intricacy and delicacy.  I decided to use the hearts and flowers design.

My layout is all about my 'love' for my kids.  I printed out a recent photo of each of my kids in black and white and framed them up in the Instax frames and added them under the large cut file.  The cut file itself I wanted to do in white card stock and layer it on white again as I think it just makes the cut file look extra pretty.  I loved the blue patterned paper that I have added into the L V and E negative spaces to define these letters more. 

Once I had added the patterned papers I wanted to do something different in the O part of the cut file so I used this gorgeous butterfly rub on which I fussy cut out after adhering it to some white cardstock first.  I then added a few more embellishments to balance out my page.  I really didn't want to add to much as I wanted the photos and the cut file to be the focal point.  

Some close ups:

Don't forget, this week only (today through to February 19th) you can grab the Free Love cut file for FREE just by using the code FREELOVE at checkout.  What are you waiting for - got get it and make something special!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


XOXO and Adore February 09, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

Marcia here today. Have you ever created a layout using a digital cut file and looked at the pieces remaining on your cutting mat and say to yourself, "That is too pretty to throw away!". I did that this past week with the Blocked Hearts Background cut file. I just couldn't throw away the scraps, so I decided to make another layout, very similar to the first.

This cut file is unique in that it has this big X that dissects the cut file. I wanted to play up that X by placing pattern paper behind only a portion of the cut file so that the heart pattern really popped and yet still maintain some white space. The subtle white on white heart pattern is beautiful, but the pink paper behind the heart cut outs takes your breath away. Here is my first layout using the positive pieces of the cut file...

My second layout is very similar, but uses the negative pieces of the same cut file. It's a bit more gluing, but well worth it. Here is a tip; It helps to leave the negative pieces on your cutting mat so you know where each piece goes...

My parents are adorable! 55 years of marriage and still going strong. On both layouts, I used washi tape to emphasize the X in the cut file. It is the perfect width for washi tape!!

I also used the Love Actually digital cut file for the "Love" and "XOXO" text

Here are a few more detailed shots...

These are the cut files I used today ...

So, next time you use a cut file, take another look at the pieces remaining on your cutting mat. Just maybe, they will convince you too that they are worthy of being scrapped and not end up in your waste basket.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you are interested in the YouTube video of the XOXO layout here is a link...


All of Me Loves All of You February 03, 2017 06:00

Hey everyone!  Cathy here with a fun lovey dovey layout for you all.  I absolutely love the All of Me cut file and I knew immediately that I wanted to see it in black with gold ink splatters on it, so with that for the basis of my layout I set out to find a picture of my husband and I!  I ended up printing one that wasn't the best quality, but that I loved anyway, so I just kept it black and white and made it a very small photo, that way the title could really take centre stage.  I love the idea of adding other textures on my layouts so I used some beautiful striped ribbon to compliment my page.  I fussy cut out a cute little bird from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection.  I loved how well those Pinkfresh Studio hearts from the Indigo Hills collection matched with all my colours so I added lots of those too!  I absolutely love how well a tiny photo tucks in around my big title, it brings a feeling of cohesion and unity to all the elements going on in my layout.  Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video on my YouTube channel to see how this layout came together and to see what happens when you have a terrible accident while scrapping!

 

 

 

 


#lucky January 30, 2017 07:00

Hello everyone!

It's Donna here and I'm gonna be sharing my third layout for this month.

I used Ring around my heart and Heart is full background cut files. I used a mixture of watercolors and gelatos to add color to the layout and lots of fussy cutting using papers from an old Clique Kits.

I converted my photo to B&W since I wanted to do a very light, pastel color palette 

I resized both cut files according to my preferred size and used a blue patterned paper to mat the smallest one of the cut files.

I just love how this turned out

I hope you liked it! Thanks for dropping by!

Cut files used:

Ring Around My Heart Background

Heart Is Full Background

Happy crafting,


Follow Your Heart it Knows the Way January 27, 2017 07:00

Hey everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm back with another layout!  This time I'm using the fantastic Going My Way background cut file.  I mean, who doesn't love arrows!  I love how these arrows are all intersecting, it's such a funky looking cut file!  I cut it out of white cardstock and put it over a woodgrain background.  I just love the look of a white cut file over top of woodgrain paper :)  I can't get enough of it, and these arrows fit perfectly with my theme!  I also used lots of the older Crate Paper Journey collection as well to really accent my theme!  Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to pop over to my YouTube channel to see how I made this layout!

 

 

 


Summer Days | Sunny Days | Michelle Whorwood January 25, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone 

Michelle here with a new layout to share with you today.  It is summer time here in NZ so I have been away on holiday creating family memories at our caravan.  Today, I am sharing a layout with 3 photos  of my girls taking part in some camp ground activities.

To create the circles on my layout I actually had kept some of the negative cut out circles from the Wheels in Motion Cut file from a previous layout I had created.  I usually like to keep anything I can and reuse them - especially circles as they are so handy to add to layouts.  

Ive added lots of layering elements to my page and to add to the embellishments on my page, the elements in the Sunny Days  cut file set was perfect for summer photos. I cut them out on white cardstock and then tucked them in and around my photos to create some interest and texture on my page.  They stand out really well against my misting on my background too.  

Some close ups:

I hope you have enjoyed my layout share! Til next time ...


Snow Wonderful | NordicBackground January 19, 2017 06:00

Hi everyone.  Heather Leopard is here doing what I love most...playing with background cut files! This one in particular is the Nordic Background.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

I altered this cut file just a tad, removing the x's that are part of the cut file so that I could hand stitch them instead.  Then I enlarged it to cover the entire page, removing the lower portion since that was going to be covered by patterned paper.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

Next, I separated the cut file and traced the outline of one of the snowflakes and offset it just slightly, making it a tad bit larger than the background cut.  I cut the outlined snowflake out of different patterned papers and adhered them here and there to the back of the large cut file.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

That's just my way of using cut files (like Nordic Background) to make unique layouts.


Happy Aussie Day 2016 | Tarrah McLean January 17, 2017 07:00

Hi there Just Nick friends!


It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring one of my favourite background cut files found under 'Our Cut Files'!  It's Australia Day here in Oz next week so I decided to document one of last year's photos from that day of my youngest holding our flag before we hung it on our balcony. 

The Bits and Pieces star background was a perfect background cut file to use as a base for this layout. I tried to slightly replicate our flag in the papers I backed the cut file with and I am happy with how it turned out.

I used lots of different Thickers that I have had in my stash forever to make up my title! I also used other bits and pieces from my stash to embellish my layout as well. I love to use up stuff I have been hoarding forever...it feels great to finally find a home for it!   

Those chipboard stars are from Pink Paislee and the flair and washi tape are from a small embellishment store in Australia. I included some hidden journalling on my layout this time, its on the tag tucked into that little bag.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! Do you have a celebration coming up that you want to document? I am sure there would be an awesome cut file or 2 in the Just Nick store that would suit your theme perfectly! Check them out, they are gorgeous! 

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Love This Baby - Cathy Martin January 11, 2017 07:00

Hey hey!  I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure this is my first layout of 2017 for JustNick Studio!  I'm so happy to still be getting to create layouts using her amazing cut files.   Now, I will be honest, when it comes to creating a layout, my hardest part is choosing a cutfile to start with.  I know I will sound like a fan girl, but seriously, I really do love so many of her files that narrowing it down to which one is a tough one for me.  I decided in the end that I hadn't scrapped much about my youngest yet, and I wanted to create a cute baby page with some interesting icons.  I found her Up in the Air cut file and I just love hot air balloons!  I am definitely not a literal scrapper, so I really don't mind using icons or images in layouts that are not about that subject.  I mean, when am I ever going to have hot air balloon pictures!  I decided to first back my balloons with vellum, and then patterned paper.  I placed them on a cute piece of paper covered with little clouds just to keep with that sky and air theme and then I got to work embellishing!  I just love how sweet this layout turned out!  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video to see the layout come together!

 


Captured | Word Cut Files | Michelle Whorwood January 07, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone,

Michelle here with a new layout to share with you.  This week some of the design team have all been sharing layouts featuring 'words'.  For my layout I decided I wanted to combine several word cut files and create a wall paper effect down the right handside of my page. I did this by setting out the cut files I wanted to use on my Silhouette template as this gave me the perfect spacing for my page.

I really like using lots of words on my layout to convey the theme or feeling I have about my photo.  I first used the Marquee Alpha cut file to create the 'HELLO' and then combined it with the Girl Power cut file.   I really liked the mix of fonts and flowers on this set  so I ungrouped the file and rearranged it on my page.  I then cut it out on wood grain patterned paper and added it to my page in the negative spaces I added some embellishments to my page. I then added my photo to the left of the word wallpaper and added some more embellishments as well. 

Some close ups

Thanks for visiting the Just Nick blog today!  I hope you have enjoyed my layout showcasing some of the word cut files in the shop - we are super lucky to have so many amazing word cut files to choose from here. 

 


Naughty or Nice | Tarrah McLean January 02, 2017 07:00

Hi there Just Nick fans and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am guessing you may have lots of photos to scrapbook so today I have some inspiration for you using one of the Christmas title cut files in store called Naughty or Nice!

I used the super cute Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories together with the Naughty or Nice cut file! I love the cute elements included in this collection!

Below is the image of the cut file I used!

As there was lots of green going in on this layout I decided to cut the title from red cardstock...I feel it helps to balance out some of the colours. 

Just before Christmas, my boys and I went to a Christmas party at a good friends house. She had an awesome photo booth set up, my boys loved playing in there, so I just had to snap a few pics of course!

I hope you will get some time to create over the Christmas break? Why not check out all the cut files available in the Just Nick store? They really do help to enhance your projects!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Snippets of our Lives | Holly Ring | Michelle Whorwood December 28, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi Michelle here with a new layout featuring the Holly Ring cut file.  Even though this shape is technically Christmas inspired I decided it would work for a non-chrirstmas themed layout as well.

I cut the Holly Ring out on some green patterned paper to match in with the colours of the school uniform in my photo and tucked my photo into the middle making sure some of the cut file layered on and under it.  I then added some embellishments in a visual triangle for interest and balance on my page.  I really enjoyed using the circular shape to frame my photo and it allowed me the space to have several embellishment clusters around my page.  

Some close ups:

I hope you have enjoyed my layout share today!


12 Days of Giveaways - Pine Needle Bough December 11, 2016 00:00 3 Comments

Hey everyone it's Cathy and I'm getting in on the freebie fun!  For my layout today I'm using the free Pine Needle Bough cut file available in the shop!  If you want to get yourself this cute little file make sure you use the code BOUGHFREE.  It's only free for today though, so make sure you pop over to the shop asap.  I loved this cut file and when I saw it I immediately thought of it as making a cute accent to add to a wreath, so I grabbed another JustNick cut file that I had on my computer and cut out a wreath.  I then cut out my bough and sprayed it with black Heidi Swapp colour shine.  I love how bold and fun it looks on my layout and the added pompoms just make it even that much more fun!

 

 

Today’s design – Pineneedle Bough - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: BOUGHFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 11th, 2016.

No purchase necessary.

The design will still be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have the Happiest of Holidays!!


Colored Leaves - Thankful November 24, 2016 07:00

Hey everyone, it's Cathy, and I'm back with another layout for you!  For this week our theme was "Thankful"  Now I live in Canada, so we had our Thanksgiving in October, but being thankful doesn't have a time frame, and even the simplest thing can make us feel thankful.  Now that autumn is ending and winter is fast approaching I wanted to take a moment and express how thankful I am for little things, like the beautiful changing leaves of autumn.  This time of year is my favorite but far.  I absolutely love the colours of fall and I love all the celebrations that go on during that time.  I also love gearing up for the holiday season too as I watch the nights get shorter.

So for my layout I used a phrase from the cut file Fall Y'all.  I really love all the phrases from this cut file and will definitely be using the others for different layouts, but for this one I chose the "colored leaves" phrase.  I enlarged it and cut it from white cardstock.  I really wanted a simplistic look to this layout, with the focus being on the photo and the title.  I am so happy with the minimal look that I ended up with, and as a bonus, this layout took almost no time to make, so I got to be thankful for that as well!

 

 

 

 


Grateful... Thankful November 23, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone! Donna here to share with you my take on this week's theme.

My page is about my family. I am thankful for them for all the joy, happiness, the craziness, the love. Though my daughter just turned two last October, she has grown beautifully, smart and very active lol! I am so thankful I have a husband like my husband. He puts up with me no matter how crazy I am at times (most of the time haha!). Our family is not perfect. But we care, love and believe in each other. We take the good and the bad, that's what make our family beautiful.

And here is what I created

I converted the photo into B/W to avoid clashing with the soft colors of I used on my layout. Originally, color Red is dominant in the photo.

I wanted to create an airy feeling so I just used light/soft color. I painted the leaves, stems and the words "grateful" and "thankful" with just hints of watercolor

I love how the mixing of papers and embellishments from different manufacturers turned out too! 

This part is one of my fave in this page. I just tucked the leaves and stems under the strips of papers, adding texture and dimension to the page.

I hope you liked it!

Thanks for dropping by!

Cut files used: Many Thanks, Leaves 3 and Stems 2.

 


Thankful for her... November 21, 2016 06:00

I'm kicking off a week of being THANKFUL here on the Just Nick Studio blog as we ramp up for Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  I have a lot to be thankful for, most of all my family and my health so I thought I'd create a layout about one particular little girl of mine who embraces all that life throws at her with such positive attitude.  

I mixed in some of the new Plaid Circle Background with other circles and flowers to create this layout.

I sized it down to 1 3/4"x1 3/4" circles so they would fit inside the  2"x2" circles that I had cut from pattern paper. I then stitched them to the background paper.

I scattered 3 - 4 around the page, some by themselves and others as clusters with other circles and flowers.  Then I added lots of layers of pattern paper, chiboard, fussy cut flowers and buttons. And last but not least, a title and journaling about why I am thankful for her!


It's Fall, Y'all Scrapbooking Layout November 03, 2016 06:30

Hi friends, Heather Leopard is here and I'm super sizing it today but in a really simple way, with a photo, a die cut and just a couple of embellishments.

Happy Fall Y'all Scrapbooking Layout by Heather Leopard

I want this page to be a dominant page of my album for the year it was taken so I printed it 12" x 12".  I have to admit that the photo is a bit dull for my liking but it works for what I am trying to accomplish.  A main photo for a series of photos we took on this particular day.

Fall happens for about 1 week here in Texas so when we found this park with all these leaves, we had a hay day. We piled them up, we threw them at each other like it was a competition.  Okay, it was a competition.  But once we got the leaf jumping, playfulness out of our systems we sat down for a few photos in the middle of all the leaves.

If you look closely at the two images above you can see little details, like gold rub-on leaves and thin cut wood veneer.  And let's just say, we Texans consider it fall y'all as soon as it cools down to the high 80's / low 90's.


She's A Hoot! October 29, 2016 07:00

Hey everybody, it's Cathy and I'm back with another layout!  This time I'm focusing on Halloween, and I don't know about any of you, but sometimes traditional Halloween icons and colours don't really match what I'm doing.  For my daughter's second Halloween she was a cute pink owl.  When it came time to scrap the picture I knew I wanted to go in a different direction, but that doesn't mean I can't use an awesome cut file to emphasize my theme!  I picked the lovely feather background and cut it from white cardstock.  I backed my cutfile with some Pink Paislee Fancy Free paper and then backed the entire thing on some polka dot paper.  Since I had such a busy background I decided to keep my layering and embellishing to a minimum.  I used a white doily behind the pictures to add a little bit of visual interest and I splatters some bright pink colour shine to top it off!  I love the simple sweetness of this layout, the femininity and softness of it compliments the photos perfectly, and the feather background creates such an interesting look.  So remember, when you're scrapping your Halloween photos don't just stop at the Halloween cutfiles, there are lots that you can easily work into whatever theme you are going with!

 

 


Too cute to spook | Michelle Whorwood October 27, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick Fans!  Michelle here with a Halloween layout of a different kind!  The cut files in store make it super easy to create spooky fun layouts for Halloween and there are lots of different ones to choose from.

For my layout I wanted to create a spiderweb background so I cut the Hey Spidey Background file but to keep it soft and sweet still just like the sweet girls in my photo,  I cut it out on white cardstock and filled in sections of it with some patterned paper.  I then added a border of patterned paper to frame the web cut file.

I loved the 'Too cute to spook' title from the 31 cut file set was just perfect for the sentiment that I wanted to portray. I cut this out on black cardstock pop dotted it to add some dimension to my page and used this as my title.

Some close ups:

One of the things I loved about the Hey Spidey Background file is the texture that the lined bits of the cut file creates on my layout. 

Lastly, I added some heart and star stickers to the points of the web and scattered some enamel dots into the negative spaces.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog - are you creating any Halloween layouts this year?

Cheers

Michelle


Autumn Blessings October 19, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone.  I'm happy to be a part of the JustNick + Simple Stories team up this week.  

I created a layout of die cuts really.  It's a combo of different leaves I cut with my cameo and flowers that I fussy cut. Although I spent a bit of time cutting those flowers, it came together fast and easy.

The cut files I used are Leaves and Leaves 2. I love the variety these files offer and the leaves are just plain fun.

Since the flowers were so colorful, I decided to cut the leaves out of white cardstock and leave them plain. I did this so that the leaves and flowers would compliment each other instead of compete against each other.

I hope you are enjoying this week's team up.  Make sure to visit the Simple Stories blog for even more inspiration.


Autumn Blessing - Simple Stories Team Up October 17, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone it's Cathy!  I'm back with another layout for JustNick Studio.  This time we are teaming up with Simple Stories to create some fun layouts.  I received the gorgeous Hello Fall collection from Simple Stories.  Now while this is a fall collection I was trying to figure out a way to use it that wouldn't be a conventional fall layout.  I decided to use the lovely baby blue and floral paper from the collection for my jumping off point and that made me think about my youngest son, who was born last fall.  I thought this would be a perfect subject to merge with fall inspired papers and embellishments.  I cut out several of the leaf cluster file in white white cardstock and used a few of the other papers to back some of the leaves.  I backed my photos with a few other of the papers and then stuck it all down.  I loved all the project life cards that came with the collection so I decided to fussy cut out some of the images and sayings to add to my layout!  I love how this turned out, and that I was able to use the collection for a slightly different subject! 

 


Remember Together | Pretty Little Studio October 08, 2016 07:00

 Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout featuring the gorgeous products from Pretty Little Studio in combination with the amazing Just Nick cut files of course!

My layout features lots of the 'Here Comes The Sun' collection as I just loved the whimsical nature of the die cuts and the pretty patterned papers.  The papers on my layout all came from the  Up in the Air  6"x6" paper pack which was just perfect to add behind the cut files on my layout.  I was inspired to use a piece of soft yellow cardstock and I cut out the Heart Explosion Background and added a piece of the Colorful Dots patterned paper behind the large heart.  I then added lots of layers of the different die cuts and labels around my photos from the collection.  To give my layout a bit more interest I added some scallops from the Simple Scallop Strips cut file that I cut out in white cardstock in layers under my photo and also added a strip at the bottom of my layout that I filled with more of the patterned papers.  

 Some close ups: 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I hope you are enjoying our collaboration with Pretty Little Studio.


Away We Go October 07, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone.  Heather Leopard is here today with another collab with Pretty Little Studio.  I absolutely adore the Here Comes the Sun collection so I couldn't wait to play with it and the JustNick Studio Up in the Air cut file.

To create this layout, I supersized one of the hot air balloons. It's much taller than the 12" height so I cut it at a diagonal to keep it as one piece.  

I kept the pieces that were cut and used them as guides to cut the pattern paper.  Then I glued it to the back of the large hot air balloon.

Once each section was filled in, I adhered it to a 2nd piece of cardstock, added the photo, embellishments and title.  Now I just have to journal and how it to my girls for their stamp of approval. 


This Glow September 30, 2016 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  I've got a fun layout to share with you today using the Up in the Air cut file, that is new in the shop for September.

At times I can be quite a literal scrapper.  Typically each item I include or design choice I make, needs to have a purpose on my page.  I like for my elements to tie into the theme of the photos or story I'm trying to tell.  With that said, the adorable hot air balloons from the Up in the Air file, reminded me that I had yet to scrapbook pictures from a balloon glow festival my family and I attended.

I initially wanted to include all of the adorable balloon designs included in the file, but settled on three, as I find more balance in using an odd number of elements.

I sized each of the balloons at a decreasing size, so when placed on the page they might look as if they were at different depths in the sky. 

Each balloon was cut from white cardstock and backed with a multitude of patterns and colors. This ensures that my customized page pieces coordinate with the hot air balloons in my photos and provide nice contrast against the sky scene background paper.

While I used this cut file in a very literal sense, I can see so many more uses for this design.  I think my next project with it, might involve turning some of those balloons into shaker elements.

Thanks for joining me on the blog today!  Hope you make some time this weekend to get crafty!

Supplies used:

Up in the Air

 

 


Happy Together Scrapbook Layout by Heather Leopard September 28, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone.  Heather Leopard is here today with a layout using the new Graphic Chevron Background 2.  I love a great background cut file and this one did not disappoint.

I modified this file just slightly by removing 5 of the graphic chevrons - 2 were completely removed and 3 were replaced with a cut out for the photos.

I added pattern paper to the back side of the cardstock in a very random order, filling some diamond chevron shapes completely while leaving so many others blank. I added my photos as well before adhering it all to a 2nd white cardstock background. I added my title and just a few embellishments to complete the layout.

Get this cut file here - Graphic Chevron Background 2


Girl of Autumn - Stuck?! Sketches Team Up September 24, 2016 07:00

Hello hello hello everyone!  It's Cathy and I'm back with another layout to share with you!  This time I'm getting ready for my favourite season, and what better way to get in the mood for Fall than to scrap about it!  I used 2 cut files from Just Nick this time.  I used her Floral Wreaths cut file as well as her new Leaves 2 cut file!  I just love the look of the stark white leaves and wreath against the wood grain of the back ground paper.  The leaves would look amazing backed with beautiful patterned paper as well but for this layout I love them on their own.  I tend to be a scrapper who only scraps one or two photos per layout so I altered the sketch a bit to suit the picture that I wanted to use.  I also changed the title position, since I decided to go with such large chipboard letters!  Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to pop over to the Stuck?!Sketches blog, because if you play along with the sketch you have a change to win a prize from Just Nick!  

P.S. Don't forget to take a look and be sure to take a peek at my process video for this layout!

 

 

 


Make A Splash | Stuck Sketches | Michelle Whorwood September 21, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi Everyone, Michelle here with a layout to share as part of the Stuck Sketches collaboration.  I really couldn't wait to do a multi-photo layout of our recent holiday to Fiji  and the sketch Laura designed was a perfect one for it !!  

I couldn't resist adding my photos on the angle and the rest of my layout flowed from there.  I had been eyeing up the fabulous Summer Fun and Summer Lovin' cut files and enjoyed using the icons from the Summer Fun set as embellishments on my page - there are lots of elements that are perfect for beachy photos in this set.  I then created my title   'Make A Splash' from the Summer Lovin' cut file set.   Don't be afraid to split up the cut files to make them work on your layouts as I have done on my title here to frame my bottom photo.  

Some close ups:

Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today!  I hope you play along with this sketch as there is an opportunity to win a $25 store voucher to the cut file store!!  


Be brave | Stuck? Sketches Team Up September 20, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hello everyone!

Donna here to share my take on the Stuck? sketches and Just Nick Studio team up.

Here is the sketch provided

A sketch is meant to be an inspiration, a starting point. I think you don't have to follow it as is, it is a way to get creative. Just like I did on my page. 

Since I had my photos printed prior to the sketch, I needed to improvise. Instead of using 3 photos, I used a couple of frames and tucked them under my photo. 

To make the cut file stand out, I painted it with brown watercolor And because I love flowers/florals, I had fun fussy cutting one of the papers in the kit ("Moon Child" by Clique Kits)

Cut file used: Rustic leaf frame

Thanks for dropping by!

Don't forget if you decide to play along with the Sketch you get a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

Happy crafting,


ABC Layout September 15, 2016 07:00

Hello friends! It's Lee-Anne here on the blog today sharing a school themed layout.

I really like using my Silhouette Cameo with the sketch pens so I thought I would use the Outline Alphas Cut File and my black sketch pen and draw the alphabet design onto white card stock.  It needed some color so I inked inside each letter with some distress inks.  

Cut Files Used On This Layout

Outline Alphas

 

 


Fifth: Stencil Alphabet September 14, 2016 07:00

Hi there, Just Nick friends and fans!  It's Jaclyn joining you today, to share a page featuring the newest alphabet cut file in the shop: Stencil Alphabet.
I used the cut file to create a big bold title for my page documenting my oldest son's first day of school this year.  The alpha pairs well with a school themed design and makes quite a statement when it's sized to fit the width of the page.
I adjusted the sizing of each letter to just over 2.5"x 1.75", and cut them all out of kraft cardstock.  I backed each one, filling the negative space of the cut, with a different 'school themed' patterned paper.  Doing this not only reinforces the theme of my design but it also gives the title plenty of interest and presence.
A couple of the letters are mounted to the page with foam adhesive and they were all embellished with stamping, stickers and/or other bits and pieces.
This was a fun an easy cut file to work with.  I can see myself using it time and time again, simply by varying up the sizing and papers used, to create an entirely different design.  I hope you'll give it try and share with us your results!  Load it up to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #justnickstudio.
Cut files used: