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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

Hi

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


You Are Awesome | Tarrah McLean February 27, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah back with you today, I am sharing a new layout that I recently created using one of the awesome background cut files in the Just Nick store!

As well as the Wheels in Motion cut file, I also used the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection....I just love this collection for slightly older boys and it goes perfectly with that cut file!

This is the cut file I used on my layout, the Wheels in Motion cut file. I cut it from a light green cardstock and then backed lots of the open circles with different patterned papers and my photo. I then used foam pop dots to pop the cut file up off the background cardstock.

I had some cute Project Life cards laying around on my desk that went perfectly with this layout so I used some to tuck underneath the cut file and one also became my title.  

I added some black thread and some black mist to add some different textures and to finish my layout. 

Thank you so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today!

Be sure to check out the Just Nick store for loads of new cut files that have been uploaded!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


My favorite person | Laureen Wagener February 23, 2017 07:00

Hi friends,

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,

Laureen
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Products used:
Stack em up Background

 

 


Love February 22, 2017 07:00

 

Hi scrappers! Today, I hope to inspire you with another layout using Just Nick Studio's Heart Background 3 digital cut file and Clique Kit's February kit. I love working with digital backgrounds and the heart background really caught my eye. I used lime cardstock to really make the cut file pop off the page. This layout was super simple to make. I just layered some patterned paper together for the base, cut the image from my Silhouette Portrait, added some mist and embellies.

 
I added some random heart stickers and chipboard to the digital cut file. The little banners were stamped images that I applied to scraps of patterned paper and hand-cut them to use as embellishments. It makes the hearts stand out much nicer than without.
 

I added some mini word stickers, butterfly rub-on and some Nuvo dots at the bottom to fill in the layout a bit.


Cut file used: Heart Background 3
Thanks for visiting today!

Hugs | Tarrah McLean February 06, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout created for Just Nick Studio using one of the cute new Love themed background cut files!

I used the cute Pink Paislee 'Pen Pals' collection to create this layout, one of my favourite things to do is to back cut files with all different patterned papers, this range was ideal to do this! 

The cut file that I used on this layout is the Cross My Heart Background cut file found in the Just Nick store. I cut it from white cardstock and backed different patterned papers behind it. Once I had all the papers backed, I used some foam/3D tape to adhere the cut file to the background paper. I really like the dimension and shadow effect it gives to my page. 

I scrapped a photo from last year of my 2 handsome sons! They are mostly best friends! As an added effect, I used some foam Thickers for my title and to embellish further! 

One of the Pen Pals chipboard frames was a perfect addition to frame my photo and draw the eye in! Puffy stickers and chipboard stickers are great embellishments to enhance layouts.

I love how this layout turned out! Check out all the gorgeous new cut files in the Just Nick store today! Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

 


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

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.


Adventure | Tarrah McLean November 28, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I have a new scrapbook layout to share using one of the amazing new background cut files called Circle to Circle. This background is brand new and has just been released so make sure you jump on the Just Nick store and add it to your cut file collection!

I teamed the Circle to Circle background cut file with the super pretty Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. I adhered the cut file in place and then machine stitched the square edge for extra security and some texture.

I decided to cut the background with white cardstock so that I could overlap onto that pretty but busy patterned paper background!

I added lots of embellishments inside some of the holes of the cut file and also framed the photo with them as well. I tried to match the colors in the papers with the embellishments that I added to the hole. 

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

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Let's Celebrate and XOXO Cards November 18, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone, 

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.

Michelle 


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


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.


XOXO by Tarrah McLean September 02, 2016 07:00

Hi there Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new scrapbook layout using one of my most favourite cut files in the Just Nick store - the XOXO background cut file!

Here is the cut file I used.....the XOXO background

I adapted this cut file a little in Silhouette Studio by taking out the 'O' inserts so that I wouldn't have to put all those pieces back in once it was cut out! I like the result without those pieces included!

I used the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Love Always' collection with this cut file....I knew the two together would look pretty.

Thanks so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today!

Happy cutting and creating!

Tarrah x


Listening Bear | Jillibean Soup | Michelle Whorwood August 27, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi everyone, Michelle here with a layout to share with you today with Jillibean Soup.

 I was lucky enough to receive the fabulous Alphabet Soup II collection to create with.  Wow ... I just love the colours in this collection.  I decided that I really wanted to create a layout using the new 'Quilted Background' cut file using the 'Mixed Veges' patterned paper and then team it up with lots of pops of colour from this collection to create this vibrant layout of my daughter.  At school, when they have been good listeners they get to bring the Listening Bear home with them for some adventures before they head back to school the next day.  

The Pea Pod Parts Die Cuts were the perfect embellishments for my layout - I just love using the word sentiments in die cuts to help portray how I feel about my photo and I ended up using them instead of doing lots of journalling on my layout.  They are perfect for layering and I have done so in a visual triangle to balance out my page.  

Some close ups:

Thanks so much for visiting the blog today - I hope you are enjoying our design team collaboration with Jillibean Soup! Now for the fun stuff! Leave a comment here on this post, or over on the Jillibean Soup blog (or on our @justnickstudio instagram) and have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to our store!


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!

https://youtu.be/YrkDBbxp74o

 

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!

 


Live Wild, Flower Child Scrapbooking Layout August 16, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone, Heather Leopard is here with and I have been having so much fun playing with the new Compressed Chevron Background file.

What I love about this file is that you can use it to cut a really fun chevron design from your background paper and then back it with whatever you want - another sheet of cardstock, a pattern paper, whatever you please.

That said, I ungrouped the file and cut individual chevron strips from pattern papers, spaced them out in groups of three and then stitched them to white cardstock.  

A little twist to the original cut file and now it resembles a bit more of my style.  Don't be afraid to play around with the files. The possibilities are endless.


Love You Bunches and Hello Cards August 15, 2016 07:00

Hello there!

I'm so happy to be sharing a couple of cards with you all today! Most cut files seem to be scaled for layouts... and I say, "Not so!" Shrink those cut files! And as Tim Gunn from Project Runway always says, "Make it work!" 

First, I have this lovely to share...

I used two cut files for this card. First, I sliced and shrunk the Quilted Circle background and used it as a layer for the base. I saw the flowers in the Floral and Fauna cut file collection and knew I wanted to use a couple to layer.

I think it worked perfectly! Also, sequins are not my go to but, how easy and fun they were to cluster at the center of that flower!

Here is the next card...

Before I forget, I'm using the Happy Place collection from Fancy Pants Designs. So fun!

Okay, for this next card I utilized another background cut file. I went white on white and layered a piece of patterned paper between. I like how the paper peeks just a little bit behind the cut file. It creates a fun movement for this card and doesn't take away from the overall design.

And that's a wrap!

Thanks for swinging by today! Now, go shrink those cut files and make some cards!

Cut files used: Quilted Circle Background, Floral and Fauna 1 and Ride the Wave Background


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

Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout to share with you featuring a background cut file called 'Funky Rectangles'.  

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!


Make your own sunshine July 04, 2016 07:00



Begin Each Day With A Little Sun And Make Your Own Sunshine July 02, 2016 07:00

Hello friends! It's Lee-Anne here and I'm so excited to be back for a third term at Just Nick Digital Cut Files. I love Nicole's designs!

A little about me....I live in Alberta, Canada near the beautiful rocky mountains with my husband Rick, a son Clayton and a very spoiled kitty named Sheldon.  I also have two grown up children, a daughter Shannon and a son Brandon.  They are both married and live a few hundred miles away. 

Scrapbooking is my favorite hobby not just for the memory keeping, but it's so therapeutic to spend time in my studio playing with pretty paper.  

For my layout, I used the Doodle Daisy Background.  Daisies are some of my favorite flowers.  

 

For my layout, I cut the Doodle Daisy Background with my Cameo on white card stock and backed some of the flower shapes with plaid patterned paper.  For the white card stock background, I scribbled some Gelatos, which are sticks of pigmented color that remind me of the shape of a lipstick, and diluted them with water and a paintbrush and painted the background.  When the background was dry, I added some blue splatters.

For the solid flower shapes, I scribbled some Gelato on the shapes and used my finger to smudge the color.  There is no need to add water when doing the smudge technique. Finally, I added some enamel dots, flair buttons and chipboard embellishments to the middle of the flowers.

I hope you are inspired to try a background with some Gelatos.  They are so much fun! Have a great day!

Supply List

Doodle Daisy Background

 

 

 

 

 


Cool Kid June 28, 2016 07:00

Hey there,

Melissa here with you today and I'm sharing a faaaabulous background cut file. These kinds of cut files are my favorite to use when creating pages. I think it's because it's a simple way to add some va-va-voom to a page! You like that word? It's the best I could come up with.

For this page, I'm using on of my friends' lovely photos. Ya see that picker in the photo? I think it's pretty awesome.

Now for some design notes... when using a background file, especially this particular one, I find using a calm pattern paper is perfect. I found this ombre and polka dotted one in my stash and then did some layering on top. I think the way the rays flair out, they bring your eye to that awesome photo. Seriously... no shame for those kiddos. 

One other note... you may notice on the full page that my background is off-center. The original file is not. I simply used my slice tool, in the Silhouette software, to cut off the two edges and then, moved it to the corner. Super easy and it just shows how versatile these cut files can be. Especially within your digital cutting software!

 

I love layering! I love the dimension and texture it brings. 

Is it bulky? Yep. But, it still fits into a page protector with a little finesse. :)

These background cut files make life so easy when I want to add a giant splash of something special on my pages! I hope you get a chance to grab some of your own background cut files. There are so many awesome ones to choose from - Nicole basically rocks with these and I know you will find the perfect one for whatever your project is!

Cut file used: Starburst Flower Background


Remember What Matters Most June 27, 2016 07:00

Hello friends! It's Lee-Anne here today sharing a layout of my daughter and son and their spouses.  I created this layout with the Botanical Beauty Background cut file and some papers and embellishments from the June kit from Clique Kits that I designed with for the Just Nick/Clique Kits team up earlier this month.  

For my layout, I cut out the Botanical Beauty Background cut file on a sheet of 12 X 12 white cardstock with my Cameo and backed it with the aqua corrugated paper and also several coordinating patterned papers.  I wanted to add more depth to my project by adding dimensional foam squares underneath the white cardstock before adhering the patterned papers.

Here is the lovely cut file I used for my layout:

Botanical Beauty Background

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the fabulous cut files in the Just Nick shop here.


Beachcombing with Friends June 06, 2016 07:00



Cherish today June 02, 2016 07:00

Hello! It's Donna here to share my first layout for June on Just Nick's blog.

For my page, I used the Flowers in Bloom background cut file.

Donna Espiritu, Just Nick Studio, Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup, layout 01

Let me give you a little rundown on how I made my layout

First, I brushed water on the cut file background before brushing yellow gelato. To add a touch of pink, I used Vintage pink chalk edger diluted in a bit of water as well. After it has dried, I adhered it to the patterned paper as you see in the image.

Donna Espiritu, Just Nick Studio, Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup, layout 01a

Then I bunched up some light pink thread underneath the photo. Added a bit of layering and clustering of ephemera in the right edge of the photo

Donna Espiritu, Just Nick Studio, Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup, layout 0b

I used one of the tags to line up straight the little sticker alphas 

Donna Espiritu, Just Nick Studio, Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup, layout 01c

After adhering everything, I splattered some mists/inks to the layout. Then I wrote my journaling after the ink/mist splatters dried.

Donna Espiritu, Just Nick Studio, Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup, layout 01d

I used CK's June 2016 kit, "La Dolce Vita" on my layout

I hope you liked my page!

Cut file used: Flowers in bloom background

Just Nick Studio - Flowers in bloom background

 

Happy crafting,

Donna Espiritu


Honor May 30, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Happy Memorial Day JustNick friends ... well at least if you are in the USA. Marcia here today with a patriotic layout using the new Bits and Pieces Star background cut file. You are getting a sneak peek today ... This file is hitting the JustNick store on Friday ... so please check back then. I was a little too enthusiastic to use it on a Memorial Day layout.

This layout features my husband. He is a former Marine and now volunteers his time with fellow police officers from the Minneapolis St Paul Airport Police Department on their Honor Guard. They attend funerals of police officers around the state, but they also volunteer to stand guard over our fallen soldiers coming back from overseas to their final resting place.

Instead of backing each of those tiny squares with different pattern papers, I opted to selectively fill portions of the negative space to mimic our American flag ... with the colors reversed as that is what I had for patriotic pattern paper. I used the Simple Stories Hero Collection Simple Set with a few embellishments thrown in from other collections. Then I added some stars with modeling paste painted with acrylic paint.

I love the overall look. I didn't want to ruin the star focus, so my journaling was done around the edge of the die cuts.

Here is the cut file I used today. Stop back on June 4th to purchase from the store.

Thanks for stopping by today! Stop by the JustNick store to check out all the awesome digital cut files.

 


So Happy May 21, 2016 07:00

I'm doing another twist on backgrounds.today.  I decided to create a page using just the negative cuts from the Doodle Flower Background cut file.  Take a look...

To create this page, I enlarged the cut file so that the larger middle circles measured approximately 2". I did that so the flower petals would be large enough for my 2x2 photos and my 1.5x1.5 photo.

 

I then ungrouped the file and removed elements that I didn't want to cut, only keeping a few of the circles and petals and arranged them so that they were in rows next to each other so that I could cut enough petals. 

Once I had them all cut, I arranged them in the same placement as the enlarged cut file, moving them around to ensure all the petals fit.  Then I stitched around the base of the petals and inside the middles.  And there you have it! A layout created using the negative elements of the cut file.


This Makes Me Happy April 21, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone,

Melissa here with a page that has one of the most adorable photos ever. My friend, Kirsten, lets me scrap all her adorable family photos and share them on the interwebs. What a privilege it is to have these awesome photos and I love sending the finished pages to her. Thankfully, we have similar styles so, I get to scrap them any way I want. :)

Anyway, let's move on to chatting about the cut files I used and how this baby came together!

Look at that squishy baby face!!! 

Okay, focus on the cut files Melissa.

I absolutely LOVE Nicole's modern style cut files and this Graphic Background immediately caught my attention. I knew I wanted to do something with it straight away, on a page. I chose to use a subtle yellow paper and gradually utilize color to bring the focus on that adorable photo. Seriously. Adorable. I want to kiss that smooshy face, too.

Ack. Focus! 

With this page, I committed to placing the background down right away. I usually don't do that as I like to test out layering and such first. But this one, I knew it was what I wanted so, I did it and there was no turning back!

When I layer, I like to alternate calm/muted and bold colors. That way, I can create some dimension, my title work will stand out more and the focus lands on the photo. 

I incorporated a frame, from the Card Sentiments 3, file as part of the title. I trimmed a part of the word away from the frame so I could tuck the photo under it a little bit. It's those little details that can really compliment the page. Also, I've had that metal clip in my stash forEVER. Finally got to use it and stitch it down to anchor the frame.

Then, the rest of the page just came together. A little cluster here and a little cluster there. I always like to leave a little bit of room for my friend to journal on her pages as she sees fit. I think there is the perfect little space under the blue frame to add a little note about her cutie, squishy, adorable family.

Here are a few more close ups before I leave you today.

Love the cut files I used today! Go grab them in the shop!

Cut files used: Graphic Background, Card Sentiments 3

Have a creative day!


Cards A Plenty September 24, 2015 07:00 1 Comment

Hello everyone,

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!

Cut files used: Clover Lace Background, Pretty Pattern Background, Arrow Set 1, Card Sentiments 1


Thanks! Now, Make a Wish! August 24, 2015 07:01

Hi everyone,

Melissa here with a couple of cards, showcasing some of the latest cut files released this month. I was so excited when Nicole created some card sentiments! Yay! So, the two I have here today are combining a couple of background shapes with the sentiments.

Background cut files are my new go to for card bases. I love how one simple thing can add so much texture, rhythm, interest, etc., etc., etc. There isn't much else needed except for some embellishments and, in the cards case, some color. The background is a soft gray and I knew I wanted to throw in some color.

The next card is my faaaaaaaaaaaavorite! I love, love, LOVE how this one turned out and... it's all because of the fabulous background cut file! Whoa baby!

How fun is that??? I absolute love that background file. Probably my favorite at the moment. Thanks to a pattern paper that had multiple colors, it really took on a life of it's own. I love the movement it creates and brings your eye to the sentiment in the middle. SO fun!

Have you used the cut files for your card projects yet??? You should! And make sure you go check out all the fabulous new designs that are constantly loaded into the shop. I'll link you up with the files I used below. 

Thanks for swinging by today!

Cut Files Used: Loop Background, Card Sentiments, Twilight Zone 1 


True Love {Heart Background} July 08, 2015 07:00 1 Comment

Hi everyone!

Melissa here with a layout showcasing one of the awesome background cut files in the shop.

I love using background cut files because it adds interest and rhythm to a page. They are especially fun for a clean and simple scrapper - which is what I use to label myself. Now, I just love to experiment and one of those ways of experimentation, is utilizing these cut files to their full potential. 

Here is the page I created:

 

I really love this heart background! I chose to use the .png version and traced it. After releasing the compound path, I left some of the hearts filled. Then, with the negative part cut out, I used gelatos to create a watercolor effect and layered them. On top of the color, I added some stencil work using modeling paste and other embellishments. I felt so artsy! And, the best part, it was super easy.

 

Thanks for swinging by today! 

Cut File Used: Heart Background

 


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.