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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!
Follow your dreams | Geometric Background 2 |Michelle Whorwood March 16, 2017 07:00
Michelle here with a new masculine layout featuring the Geometric Background 2 cut file. This type of background is a perfect one for layouts of the boys in our lives and I wanted to utilise the different geometric shapes in the file to make little mini pocket style elements within the grid shapes. I also wanted to share how you can adapt the cut files once you have downloaded them in the Silhouette software to make them your own and to work with your design. This is the original file:
As you can see the original cut file is more A4 size and I wanted to widen the windows on the right hand side so I could fit my square photo and have more space to fit my embellishments. To do this, after I traced the file, I right hand clicked on it to ungroup (release compound path). I then dragged the outer border to fill my 12 x 12 inch space on the Silhouette software. I then dragged the rectangle shapes out to meet my new enlarged border. When I was happy with their size and shape, I regrouped the cut file and proceeded to cut it out. This is the finished layout:
I cut the file out on white cardstock and layered it back on white cardstock and filled in most of the diagonal negative spaces with patterned paper. I added my photo to the largest rectangle shape and added some fringing to the bottom as it was a square photo and didn't actually quite fill the shape - the illusion of another line on the cut file is actually a white border on my photo and added some embellishments to the other negative spaces.
I then added the large title wood veneer and the little frames which hold the initials of my son, Liam's name and matched diagonal slope of the cut file and finished off with some sequin stars and small word phrases which matched the sentiment of my layout.
I hope you have enjoyed my layout I have shared with you today? Do you alter cut files to suit your style or to fit the type of layout you are doing? Maybe you would like to try this technique one day if you haven't already?
Thanks Michelle xx
123 DAB | Tarrah McLean March 14, 2017 07:00
Hi Just Nick fans!
It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new boy themed scrapbook layout with you!
My 2 sons are such typical boys......the latest craze is doing a Dab wherever they are without a care in the world! I have had this photo of them doing a Dab together at the Monster Trucks show we went to last year!
Here is the cut file I used on this layout....the Visual Effects background cut file!
I cut the cut file from white cardstock and decided to back it on a darker contrasting colour behind the cut file. I used lots of Crate Paper for this layout including the Hey Boy collection and the Cool Kid collection. The dark background paper came from the Flea Market collection I think it was! I love how the dark strips contrast against the white strips too!
Machine stitching adds some texture to the layout as well as helps to adhere the cut file to the background paper. Recently I got some really fun boy themed flair buttons to add to my stash and one of those just had to be added to this layout!
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:
My favorite person | Laureen Wagener February 23, 2017 07:00
it's Laureen with you today and I am excited to share a new project with you!
Today I was able to use any design from the store - which tends to be a little overwhelming for me, since there are so many great ones!
I don't know about you, but I am LOVING all the new collections out there so I definetly wanted to use them for my project.
For my cut file I used the Stack Em Up Background and modified it a little, so it would only cut a portion on the top and bottom.
One of my favorite papers from the new Dear Lizzy collection is the one with the black and white florals. I fuzzy cut a bunch of them out and used Prima Marketing Water Soluble Oil Pastels to color them in and love how some of them look like they are stamps.
To make the florals and papers pop I used a black and white picture of my best friend and I and only added my title. The page was done in no time and I am absolutely loving it!
I hope I could inspire you today!
Have a great day,
Stack em up Background
XOXO | Camp Buddies | Michelle Whorwood February 01, 2017 07:00
Hi Just Nick fans!
Michelle here with a new layout - inspired by LOVE. There are so many new gorgeous cut files coming in store in February all dedicated to love this month. Here is my layout featuring two of the cut files.
Firstly, I cut out the 'XO Background 3' cut file on white cardstock and then layered patterned paper under two of the XOs for added interest. I then cut out the row of hearts from the 'Love Actually' cut file on patterned paper and layered them at the bottom of my photo. I then added lots of layers and embellishments on my page! I really wanted to document this photo of my daughter and a friend from where we have our caravan. I thought it was super sweet and a perfect candid shot of the two of them together.
Some close ups:
Cut files used:
Thanks for stopping by the blog today - I hope you are enjoying the design teams' layouts featuring the new 'love' cut files in store.
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!
Snow Wonderful | NordicBackground January 19, 2017 06:00
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.
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.
That's just my way of using cut files (like Nordic Background) to make unique layouts.
Let's Celebrate and XOXO Cards November 18, 2016 07:00
Michelle here with two cards to share with you for card week! I must admit I have only just really started making cards and don't make too many of them. I am trying to make time to make more as they are so handy to have.
My first card I created was a birthday card. I combined two cut files - I created my own doily from the Doilies cut file set as I love using doilies on my cards and layouts. This file is great as it gives you four different options to choose from which makes it great value for money. I then cut out the 'celebrate' from the Birthday Sentiments cut file set and added this to my card as well.
A close up:
For my second card I have created a more generic card for a non-specific occasion which is great to have on hand for when you need a card. I used the Stack Em Up Background file first cut on white cardstock with some patterned paper layered underneath it. I also cut out a Dahlia Flower and when I added it to my card and layered on some embellishments it started to look a bit dream catcher like so I added some feather embellishments dangling at the bottom. I added the XOXO sentiment which really makes it a versatile card for lots of different occasions from birthdays to general thank you cards.
A close up:
Thanks for stopping by the blog today - I hope you have enjoyed seeing all our cards this week.
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!
Let's Go Play - JustNick & Jillibean Soup Team Up! August 26, 2016 07:00 5 Comments
Hey everyone it's Cathy here and I'm back with another layout, this time using the amazing JustNick Studio cut files and products from Jillibean Soup!
I love this team up and had so much fun creating a cute layout using the Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley collection and the Scallop cut file! The Mushroom Medley collection has so many cute and fun elements, it's perfect for outdoor layouts, seasonal layouts, or any type of layout actually! I loved the masculine colours in the collection and I decided I back one of Nicole's cut files with as many patterned papers as I could!
I used a fun picture of my youngest as I found it really matched well with the collection. I scoured over all the cut files in the shop and I eventually decided I wanted to do a scallop background. I know many would consider scallops to be a bit girly but I loved how they added a feeling of motion to the layout, and since that was what I was trying to get across they went perfectly! I also have a process video so don't forget to check that out to see how I made my layout!
Oh and be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win! Feel free to leave comments on the Jillibean Soup blog as well!
No Rain No Rainbows August 09, 2016 05:46
Hey everyone, it's Cathy, and I'm back with another layout! This time I decided to use two cut files for my layout, the first one is No Rain No Rainbows, and the second is the Confetti background. I wanted to created a rainfall effect on my background and the Confetti background did the job perfectly! I backed the cut file with a piece of multi-colour paper and I really love the effect. It almost looks like a shower of jellybeans! For my title I used the Rainbow cut file and painted it a variety of colours using my watercolours. I then added white and black splatters and outlined the file to really make it pop off the page! I kept the embellishments minimal since I didn't want to compete with my awesome title and rain effect! I love how bright and cheery this layout turned out and I am super excited to see what other cut file combinations I can come up with using the Just Nick files! Have an awesome day!
Here are the cut files used for this project!
Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video!
Zoo Day | Michelle Whorwood August 08, 2016 07:00
I really wanted to showcase how easy it is to create lots of texture on your layouts with cut files. Therefore, I kept my colour palette really simple and created my layout with no patterned paper. I love the tone on tone look with the white cardstock cut file on the white cardstock background. I think it works really well with my black and white photos which were also really busy in colour.
Some close ups:
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today - I hope I have inspired you to create some textural layouts with your cut files.
Motorcross August 06, 2016 07:00
Hello JustNick friends!
Marcia back today sharing a layout I created using the awesome new Broken Chevron Background cut file. I thought the chevrons would be great for some of my guy pics. It reminded me a little of tire treads and that made me think of my nephew who races motorcross. I thought it would be fun to scrap a photo of him racing his dirt bike. My nephew has been racing most of his life, traveling all over the place just to race. Here is my layout...
I filled the negative space of the chevrons with two different colors of pattern papers, keeping the same color in my rows. I thought it would be less busy that way so the focus would stay on my photo. I used the fun Lower Case Alpha for my title, cutting the letters large so that they would fill the space across the bottom of my layout.
I wanted more black accents, so I cut some stars out using the All Boy cut file. These were scattered diagonally across my layout along with some wood veneer gears.
I love how easily this layout came together! Here is a look at the cut files I used today.
All the fabulous new August cut files were just loaded in the JustNick OnLine Store. You really need to see these. They are seriously awesome!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Creative Scrappers Team Up! July 15, 2016 09:18
All month long we have been teaming up with the folks at Creative Scrappers ! We offered up a free cut file designed to go with the sketch for this month!
Here is the cut file you can get for FREE using the code: CSFREE at checkout!
No purchase necessary
Hope you share your projects with us using this sketch and cut file! Make sure you share them to our Facebook page or tag us @justnickstudio on Instagram!
Document July 10, 2016 07:00
Happy Saturday! I'm so excited to be reintroducing myself as a member of the current Just Nick design team. It's no secret that I love Nicole's cut files and am thrilled to get to work with them again in this capacity. Thanks for having me! Nicole has got some awesome new designs lined up for you and I just know this current batch of designers will be inspiring you like crazy. So prepare your pocketbooks!
I don't always scrapbook 'about me', so having an assignment to do just that is always a welcome creative push.
I started my page with a selfie (of course!) and a pretty new pile of Photo Play papers. When I have a stack of patterns that I want to include on my project, I always scan my background cut files first, knowing that they often include a good framework for using multiple papers and designs.
I quickly decided upon the Pinwheel Background, knowing I'd want to customize it a bit to fit my page elements.
As you can see, when you purchase the background the pinwheel shapes are all evenly sized and distributed throughout. It was quick and easy to ungroup the file and move and resize the pinwheels to my liking - leaving ample space for my journaling, photo and page title.
Once the design was cut, I had fun backing each pinwheel with an assortment of pretty papers.
The centers of the pinwheels were just begging to be embellished. A combination of buttons, sequins, stickers and epoxy dots dressed them up nicely.
I also found that the straight lines of the pinwheel 'petals' made a nice home for some stamped sentiments and phrases. Stitching around a few of the petals adds nice texture and interest.
Before I sign off for today, here's a little bit about me, in case you are new to the Just Nick blog and/or my designs:
I'm a mom to three great kiddos and have been married to my husband for 15 years. I've lived in Ohio all of my life and currently reside just outside of Cincinnati. I have a degree in accounting and before becoming a stay at home mom, worked for several years at an international accounting firm. I've been scrapbooking since 1999, and while I've dabbled in other hobbies during that time, I still haven't lost my intial love and excitement for it. I would describe my papercrafting style as clean and linear but embellished. I love to experiment with and customize cut files and always, always include journaling on my pages.
Thanks for letting me share! I'm looking forward to sharing lots of fun projects with you in the coming months!
Make your own sunshine July 04, 2016 07:00
"Most Favorite"- Pebbles Background May 20, 2016 07:00
HI everyone! This week on the blog we are focusing on Background files! These are some of my favorite files to use. There are TONS to choose from in the store.
After I chose the photo I wanted to work with, I decided to go with the "Pebbles" background. The photo is of my husband and I playing mini golf, and I thought the pebbles would be symbolic of golf balls!
Here is the finished product:
And a few close ups:
You can watch how I created this page, including how I used the shape in Silhouette Studio here:
Thanks so much!
Welcome our May GDT + a freebie! May 13, 2016 07:00 1 Comment
It is my pleasure to have Raquel Bowman join us this month as our Guest Designer!
My name is Raquel and I am an Australian primary school teacher, Mummy to two kiddies (Jack 1 & Charlotte 3) and wife to Clint. I admit I am pretty obsessed with scrapbooking and love nothing more than playing with a variety of yummy papers and embellishments and making pretty stuff. I love spending time with my family, sharing coffee with friends, having creative time, a glass of wine at the end of a tough day and all things social media! I have been scrapping for around twelve years now and feel I have finally ‘found’ my style. I’m a lover of layers and clusters and enjoy adding little details while still maintaining white space, balance and a cleanliness to my layouts.
You can find me designing for online publication Jot Magazine, Hip Kit Club and manufacturers Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Pink Paislee.
We asked Raquel to create a page using any of our cut files she liked and this is what she created!
Digital Down Time April 23, 2016 08:00
Are your kids digitally plugged in and addicted? I have a 13 and 9 year old who both have their own iPad minis and are thrilled when they are allowed to play on them. Time is limited with all the swimming and school work but when there is down time, they like to have their games. This layout shares my sons love of the mini while sharing my love for digital cut files!
What better way to share the digital love than with this digital cut file from the store called Graphic Chevron Background? It has a techy feel to it and is just perfect for the digital theme of the layout.
The white background cardstock was cut using the background file and I used patterned papers behind the main background to add the color and visual interest to the layout. The header and footer of the page are various pieces of scrap patterned paper, washi and stickers that accompany the Simple Stories collection.
Thanks for stopping into the Just Nick blog today! If you use this cut file or any other, be sure to tag #JustNickStudio and share your creations with us!
My Greatest Adventure & Ten: Clique Kits Team up February 15, 2016 07:00 3 Comments
Hello and happy Monday! It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today. Did you follow along on the Just Nick/Clique kits blog hop over the weekend? If you missed it, you'll definitely want to check it out for loads of inspiration and a chance at the giveaway! Check out this post here for a link to all of the participating blogs.
For this team up each designer used the Hot Mess kit from Clique kits and these exclusive Just Nick cut files....
This pairing was a perfect match! In fact, I found the contents of the kit and the exclusive files so inspiring that I made several projects with them, two of which I get to share with you today! Here is the page I shared during the hop...
The lined heart filled square file was my favorite, of the exclusive designs. I knew at first glance that it would make the perfect 'memo board' background for my page. The original design was square, but by using the erase and weld functions in the silhouette software, I was able to join two squares atop of one another resulting in a taller design and more surface to my 'memo board'.
It's hard to tell from the photos, but I actually cut the file four times, and adhered each atop of the other to create more dimension and a sturdier appearance to my 'memo board'.
All of the Maggie Holmes Shine collection ephemera and stickers, included in the Clique Kit were a great companion to this idea and design. They allowed me to create a pretty collage of elements that I clipped to my background and used to accent my pictures.
The wood veneer heart outline, just so happened to fit perfectly atop of one of the diecut hearts, and the various heart stickers included in the kit were a fun and complementary accent.
Tags are a natural element on any memo board, and there were certainly many to choose from in this kit. I also loved that I could clip a couple of the transparent diecut tabs onto the horizontal lines of my diecut background.
My next page features the heart banner design. I enlarged the file to approximately 7.75"x1.5", eliminating the bannered edges and opting for a straight finished edge. I cut out five of the designs to cover a large majority of the background on my page, and slightly overlapped them on top of each other and underneath my photo.
The open hearts provided the perfect canvas for filling in with bits of pattern and color from the Crate Shine collection. I even filled a couple of the hearts with the sequins included in the kit, for a little added detail and shine.
I used several of the stickers and a wood veneer piece to further accent and decorate my design.
Thanks so much for stopping by! We hope you'll let us know how this team up has inspired you!
You Shine January 29, 2016 07:00
Hi friends! It's Heather here. I love creating backgrounds that make a statement. Sometimes it's piecing together large bold backgrounds and sometimes it's repeating a pattern. Today, I'm showing you how to create a fun background using approximately twenty "+" cuts. Let's take a look.
I used the Positive 1 background file to cut the 20 positive signs and a 6x6 paper pad. I chose 6 papers that I loved and then I arranged 4 of them on my cutting mat so I could cut 4 papers at the same time. Once I had all the files cut, I lightly adhered them to the page, alternating patterns all over. Once complete, I stitched over them. The stitching was a but exhausting but the more finished look made it worth my time.
Next, I added layers and layers of papers, labels, stickers, etc around my photo and placed it on the lower right side of the page.
Lastly came the title. I used a bold title acrylic element to make it stand out. I tucked a tag behind some of the photo layers and added my journaling there.
Thanks for stopping by today. Happy scrapping!
Remember 2015 December 29, 2015 07:00
As I write my last post for JustNick it seems perfect to be sharing a layout about Remembering! As we enter into a new year in a few days - I wanted to document some special pictures of my kiddos. I also wanted to a post that highlighted some of my favorite things about JustNick's files - I loved working with her background files, I loved working with her word files, and I definitely loved her circles! This layout incorporates all three!
Just Nick has so many great background files and I always enjoyed trying to find a unique twist on them. One of my favorite layouts was one where I did string art - that was a massive undertaking. This time I decided to do string art again with the Scribble Circle Background but on a much smaller scale. Just a little in between the middle scribble circles.
I also really enjoyed working with all the word/text files that JustNick has to offer - so there was no better choice for my big bold title than the Remember word set!
Thanks for the wonderful ride here at JustNick! I know you are going to love the new team and enjoy their creations!
Grateful for my Son November 18, 2015 07:00
I have four kids and between the two little boys who are at a cute and very scrappable age and my daughter, my oldest son often gets neglected in layouts. This wasn't always the case but as he's aged, good pictures and topics are less easy to come by. So for this week's topic of gratitude I thought I would focus my layout on him. Christine joining you today with a layout about my wonderful 11 year old son!
I love words and love to incorporate a lot of them onto layouts. I thought the Everyday Words file contained some words that were perfect for showing how grateful I am for him as well as some of the things I think of him. I was also really excited to use the file as a base for my whole layout and slide pictures in accordingly!
In order to get my pictures on there I had to cover up some of the words. I also tried to keep the pictures placed so it was visually pleasing and not too crazy of a design. I backed each of the words with a patterned paper in different fall colors and patterns and then did some outlining with my brown pen.
I also made use of some enamel dots cascading down the page to try and keep the eyes moving downward and reading. JustNick has so many great word files - you can find one to fill the need you have for your current layout and more!
All Boy Layout October 12, 2015 07:00
Hello friends! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day if you live in Canada! It's Lee-Anne here and today I am sharing a layout I created with the Going In Circles Background Cut File which can be downloaded free this Friday, October 16.
I love circles and creating layouts of circles. I cut this cut file with my Silhouette Cameo and backed it with patterned paper. To add more shadows and dimension to the layout, I added some dimensional squares to the back of the circle background. I love the look it gives.
Here is more of a closeup:
I added some alphabet stickers for a title, some flair buttons, word veneers, word stickers and enamel dots to finish the layout.
Be sure and check out the store and see all the designs and be sure and come back on October 16 to download your free Going In Circles Cut File.
Thanks for stopping by!
This is Awesome. October 01, 2015 07:00
Hello, Diana here to share with you a masculine layout. This is my son who plays Lacrosse. These pictures were taken during last year's season--I love that I can capture him doing the thing he LOVES.
On my layout I used 3 different cuts:
Retro Square Background, which I resized, so it's more like rectangles than squares;
Arrow Set 1 in the title work;
All boy for my title and embellishments.
here is a closeup of my personal challenge to use cuts to create a title:
We would really love to see your creations using the JustNick Studio cuts! Please feel free to share them on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram with @justnickstudio. Thank you for taking the time to visit today!
Cards A Plenty September 24, 2015 07:00 1 Comment
Melissa here with two cards that showcase some background cut files. These are so fun to use with cards! I've also included a card sentiment and a fun arrow with a word, that can also be found in the shop.
For these cards, I utilized white cardstock and then inked to make them my own and match with the color scheme of the design.
For this Congrats card, I relied on my comfort zone style, clean and simple. By utilizing the colors and patterns of this paper collection and the business of the background design, there wasn't much I had to do. That's one of the beauties of using background cut files for cards. If you need to whip up something the night before... hmm... I've never had to do that before... cough cough... it is awesome to let the cut file do the work!
That congrats sentiment is a beauty too! I love being able to resize the files however I need them.
The next card, I still used white cardstock but did some inking! I attempted an ombre look for the background. It shows up nicely, in person, and I hope it shows up enough in this photo.
I think I've said it before with a past project, I just love how a background cut file can add nice texture to the background of a card. What could have been left as white space, looks so much more filled out and pretty with that background. And how fun to use that word arrow, right??? By adding the letter stickers, it was easy to turn that into a complete sentiment.
I hope you get a chance to grab some of these awesome background cut files and get to creating this week! There is such a great selection in the shop!
Jamaica September 23, 2015 07:00
Hello JustNick friends!
Marcia here today to share my latest layout using some fabulous JustNick background cut files. Did you know you can use the cut files to create a stencil so you can apply paints or ink to your layout or card. I created a stencil with the Funky Rectangles Background.
With the stencil in place, I first applied a coat of gesso and let it dry. Then I applied some blue acrylic paint over the gesso. I love the added interest and texture the paint adds. Here is my layout...
The flowers I saved from cutting the Fancy Floral background. Don't be so quick to throw those scraps away!
Want a closer look?
golden scholar. September 21, 2015 07:00
Hello--Diana here today talking to you about some of the backgrounds found in the shop! I REALLY love to use backgrounds--think they are my favorite, not only can they be a background for layouts but also cards. When you resize they can also be an embellishment. Today on my layout I have two layouts featured:
I used the Simple Circles background and simple circle background 2.
I took each background and sized them up to 11.75" x 11.75" and they stacked perfectly one on top of each other. PRETTY cool huh? If you changed the paper up a bit it would give it a totally different look. If you try this technique or any of our other cuts please feel free to share them on our Facebook page or tag us on @justnickstudio on Instagram!
Pinterest inspired cards September 16, 2015 08:00
Hello Just Nick friends! It's Jaclyn here today to share with you a couple of cards I made inspired by two very different, yet inspiring images I found on pinterest!
Aside from scrapbooking and papercrafting, I also claim cookie decorating as one of my most enjoyed hobbies. Therefore, I'm often perusing pinterest for creative images and ideas for my next baking project. I ran across this beautiful array of rainbow colored butterfly cookies on pinterest and fell in love! I knew this particular cookie design was way beyond my skill set, but since it looked just like the watercolor designs we're often seeing in cardmaking, I saved it. I just knew it would be the perfect inspiration piece for my next card design.
There was no question that I would use the Butterfly Background cut file, as a starting point for my card. I ended up sizing the file to 4"x5" and cutting it from Tim Holtz watercolor paper, knowing that I'd want to do a watercolor treatment, as inspired by the original image. I used a water pen and a stack of my favorite ink pads to create a gradient rainbow effect, from the bottom to the top of my butterfly cut.
Once cut and watercolored, the butterfly piece makes a bold statement all on it's own. Therefore, I knew I'd want to keep the rest of the card pretty sleek and simple to let the butterflies shine. I used a white background and added some subtle details including machine stitching and a scattering of bling, again, all in white, to keep the focus on the butterflies. A bold, black, stamped sentiment ties in the theme of the card and draws your focus to the center.
My next inspiration piece was one I discovered as I was searching for wedding themed inspiration. My cousin will be married next month, and since I can't attend the wedding, I wanted to make an extra special card to send along with her gift. This papercrafted boutineire caught my eye immediately and brought to mind the Stems for Stephanie cut file in the Just Nick shop.
I significantly sized down and cut the Stems for Stephanie florals from a bookprint paper, as inspired by the pinterest image. Layering the florals and topping them each with decorative button centers, make them the star of the card design.
The Stems leaf file is a perfect match to these pretty flowers, too. I cut the leaves out of varying green papers and tucked them under the edges of the floral cluster.
Finally, I looked to the Card Sentiments 1 cut file for the perfect congratulatory greeting. Cutting the sentiment from gold glittery paper finishes off the sophisticated and elegant feel of this design.
The next time you're stuck for inspiration, pinterest is a good place to start and the Just Nick cut file store is sure to have the perfect design to match your inspiration piece!
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Captured...Summer Fun July 10, 2015 07:00
I opted to use the background design a bit untraditionally. Rather than using it to fill the background of my page completely, I sized it down to around 8"x5". At this size, the circle background acts more as a photo mat, making a home for both my photo and journaling block and a bit of extra embellishing.
When I first laid the circle background directly onto my striped patterned paper, it was hardly visible and completely overshadowed by the paper's color and design. To make the cut file stand out and become more of a focal point, I backed it with an oversized matting of vellum and used foam adhesive to attach the diecut piece to my page. Doing so, creates an extra layer of dimension and interest, and keeps the cool circle design from blending into the striped paper background.
While the right side of the diecut piece is mostly hidden, a touch of it peeks out above the journaling block and underneath the page title. This design choice not only creates lots of fun and interesting layers, but also grounds the entire design and creates a cohesive balance throughout both sides of the page.
Thanks for joining us this week, as the design team has focused on a sampling of Just Nick's background files. We hope we've inspired you to purchase a new background or two and try out something new on your next page or project! If you do, we'd love for you to share it with us on our Facebook page or tag your photo #justnickstudio on Instagram.
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I Love You to the Moon Layout July 06, 2015 07:00 2 Comments
Hello there, I hope you all had a great weekend.
Something I love to do on a layout is create texture on my background by using tone on tone. That way there is some texture there, but it doesn't take away from my overall design and photos.
My favorite way to do this is create a tone on tone background with all white. Just like I did in this layout I am sharing with you today.
I took my textured white cardstock and from another piece of the same I cut out a background using the FILIGREE BACKGROUND 1. I used adhesive backed cardstock, so once it was cut it was so easy to just add it to my first sheet of cardstock without having to mess with any other adhesives.
Once the background design was in place it is now time to focus on the main design of my layout. I then used corrugated paper in kraft color to cut out the moon file. It is called TO THE MOON. But in my cut file program I cut the moon away from the words, because I knew they would get covered up by my photos.
Once I was done with cutting out the moon, I printed my photos in black and white. I love to print my photos in black and white when I really want them to stand out with the rest of the design, especially when they don't match the colors I am using on the layout. I added my photos to my layout, grouping them with the moon so it has a cohesive feel to it. I adhered some vellum behind the open stars on the moon to give it an almost cloud like feel.
I then used the word moon from the cut file and added I love you to the from one of my favorite fonts and cut that from adhesive foil in silver. I added this to the layout right above the photos. I also cut the date from the same material. I added the date to a tag I had on hand in pink.
I printed my journaling on some pink cardstock, and decided to cut it into strips before I adhered it to the layout. Then I used the SUNNY DAYS CUT FILE and just used one of the clouds to cut three different sized clouds from vellum to add to the layout. I didn't wan't the clouds to be white because they would have been very noticeable and I wanted them to be more of an accent element. I think besides the story and photos itself, my favorite thing are the vellum clouds. They just add such a fun surprise element to the layout, almost like there is a real cloud sitting on it.
For the final finishing touches I added some corrugated kraft stars and some pink stars I cut from the same cardstock I printed the journaling on. Then I added some enamel dots and some rhinestones for that little bit of bling.
Thank you for stopping by to check out my layout. You can always find me over on my blog at RANDOM RAMBLINGS.
XOXO June 30, 2015 07:00
Good morning!! It is my first post here on the blog with a project, and I couldn't help but NOT cut one of the cut files and use it as a sketched image instead.
I did this in my Silhouette Cameo and filled the XOXO background design with watercolor paints to create this page:
Once the design was sketched out and painted, the whole thing came together quickly!
I also had some white scribbles from Scribbles 1 precut and ran them through my typewriter to add some text. Once I finished that, I painted some gold mist on them in a few different spots. I really love how that turned out! It looks like a premade diecut shape!
I did a process video for this project - you can check it out on my YouTube channel HERE:
Well, that is it for me today! More to come on the blog this week as we share projects made with lots of backgrounds available in the store!