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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


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.


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


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!

 

 


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


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.


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!


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.

 


Just Nick and Fancy Pants with Suzanna May 23, 2016 07:00

This week we have teamed up with Fancy Pants and are sharing projects that we created using Nicole's amazing cut files with Fancy Pants' bright, colorful Attwell collection.

While there are many more bright, cheery colors in this collection, I stuck with the blues, black and yellow to coordinate with the suits the kids are wearing. I used the yellow for a pop of color to make the picture stand out; there are plenty of elements in the Attwell collection that support that desire!

A couple of weeks ago, the Fancy Filigree background was released. It is such a versatile background! You can use it as a lattice background with the innards removed, as I have done here, or you could fill them with other patterned papers.

Or you could cut a few of the "O" innards from patterned paper and layer them with the "x" remnants of your background cut as I have done here! I love the look that it creates! I scattered a through of them through out the layout.

When it comes to digital cut files are you more of a background cutter or an embellishment cutter? I like both. The collection that I'm using really determines what files work for me more than I have a preference for one or the other.

Thanks for stopping in today! Be sure to come back every day this week as see what the other talented ladies on the team created with Just Nick cut files and Fancy Pants goodies!

 


"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!  

Pebble Background

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!

 

 

 


Always May 19, 2016 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to share with you a page featuring the XO 2 Background file.  This design is a fun and impactful piece to add to your page.  I love that the X's and O's are varied in size throughout the design, and I'm smitten with the brush script style letters that are used.

I sized my design down to fill only a portion of my 12x12 page.  I cut it first out of white cardstock, then a second time from a bright and bold pink cardstock, that coordinated well with my photos. I layered the white cut atop of the pink, slightly offsetting them, to create a fun shadowed effect and pop of color.  The cut design makes even more of a statement when layered over a red ombre paper.

I really wanted the cut file to shine on my page, so I kept the remainder of my design and embellishments to a minimum.  I love the impact this design gives to my page, while still complimenting my pictures, in both theme and colors.

At first glance, this cut file might read as a themed or Valentine design, but as you can see here, it's quite versatile.  I hope you'll share with us how you're using it!

Supplies


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!


Just Plain Awesome April 01, 2016 07:00

Hey Everyone!

Today I am sharing a page utilizing a super fun background cut file. Typically, I like to utilize the negative cut and back it with some patterned paper. But, I've been on a rainbow kick and I've also been loving texture and things not perfectly adhered down to other things. So, I busted out my watercolors and had a little fun.

Here is the page I created using a recent cut file for March:

Rainbow! ROYGBV! This cut file was perfect to execute the design I had in my head. And it was super easy to put it all together. After cutting, I simply painted each strip. After drying, I applied adhesive to only the flowery parts. The ends stick up and I kind of dig it. 

Then, I dug out my bling and enamel dots to help seal the deal with the rainbow vibe. Of course, I threw in some other elements to help ground the design and balance the colors. Neutrals are always a necessity for that kind of thing. 

In the end, I really wanted the cut file and colors to shine. 

Here are a few more close-ups:

 

Thanks for swinging by today!

Cut files used: Tiny Floral Background (Coming Soon!!!)


Chase Your Dreams March 08, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone,

Melissa here with you today and I'm sharing my page created as part of the team up with Page Maps. I was sent a sketch that had me using three photos. Two were stacked on the left and one was to the right. I chose to use two photos and title card for the other photo spot. 

I love using sketches as road maps, especially Page Maps! I've always loved how my projects turn out with Becky's sketches.

Anyway, here is the page I created:

 

I used two cut files for this page. The first one is a background circle file. I cropped it to make it more narrow. I like the look of the half circles around the edge. I also used the circle with the words 'Just Shine'. I love that sentiment with this page. (Links for cut files are found at bottom of post.)

Here are a few close ups to give more detail of what I did with this clean and simple page...

 

Cut files used: Simple Circle Background and Good Vibes

I hope you have had a chance to see what the team did with the sketches. If not, head over now and view them on the March Page Maps page.

Thanks for swinging by!

 


Hello Love February 19, 2016 07:49

Cut files and kits! Hello love! Date night with my husband! Hello love! Suzanna here today to share with you another layout that I created using the February Clique Kits kit and the exclusive cut files that accompany it, designed by Nicole from Just Nick.

There was a lot of color in this kit that has been really interesting to me to see how everybody used; people either selectively chose colors in groups of two or three or went all out and used all of them (Melissa's layout HERE comes to mind). I like to worth less color generally with the pink, yellow and black being my pick for this layout.

I mixed heart stickers and die cuts that accompanied the kit with the hearts within the cut file the "rain" down into the exclusive 4x4 Hello card. While most of the cut file is covered up, I like the foundation it created on the page in which to nestle all the fun bits and pieces.

Trios of the "xo" file can be found around the page in pops of yellow. The three form a visual triangle around the photo that lead your eye inward to the main focus of the layout.

Thanks Clique Kits for letting us experience your kits!


True Love February 01, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone,

Melissa here with you today and I'm sharing a page using my new favorite background cut file by Nicole. I am such a huge fan of background cut files and I'll tell you why. For most of my scrapbooking life, I have dubbed myself as a clean and simple scrapper. I love simple design and embellishments for my pages. Background cut files bring a whole new depth and texture to my pages that I'm just loving. Plus, they are just plain fun to cut! 

Here is the page I'm sharing with you today. It uses the Heart Burst cut file. 

Isn't that fun??? It's amazing how a simple background cut file can take my page to whole other level. Typically, I would have created some layers with the patterned paper and finished it off with the title and a few embellies. Instead, by backing the cut file shape and then using those areas as places to add other elements, it looks like a page I might have spent a lot of time on. Truth be told, this page came together very quickly.

Here are a couple of close ups:

Isn't that 'love' beautiful? That's in the shop too!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and there are some great cut files, including the ones I've used today, for all your lovey focused projects! From Valentine's cards to pages, like mine, focusing on the people you love, you will definitely find an awesome cut file to compliment your design! 

Cut files used on this project: Heart Explosion, Lots of Love


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!


Give Thanks November 19, 2015 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

Marcia here today.  Wow! Only one more week until Thanksgiving here in the USA. This year I have so much to be grateful for. I have a wonderful family including a new son-in-law. We have a beautiful spacious home that we are currently sharing with the newlyweds so they can save up some money to buy their own house. We are all relatively healthy. I decided to scrap a family photo with the Imaginisce Give Thanks collection. Since my photo was taken in the fall, I wanted to create a background of colorful leaves with the new JustNick Leaf Background digital cut file. I am thrilled at how it turned out ...

I have to share a close up of the leaves. The stitching adds a nice touch.

I cut out a few feathers using the JustNick Sweater Weather digital cut file. Aren't they fun!

 You can also see I added some texture using the JustNick Positive 2 Background digital file as a stencil and some molding paste.

 Here is a wrap up of the JustNick digital cut files used...


 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.


Make A Wish October 22, 2015 07:00

Hello JustNick friends! Marcia here today. I have a birthday layout to share with you today of my nephew. His Mom made him this awesome eyeball monster cake with cake pops. I was lucky to catch a picture of him blowing out his candle.

This week Nicole challenged us to use 4 different cut files. These are the 4 that I chose....

I like to create stencils with the background cut files so I can use inks to add interest to my background. I choose the Shattered Glass Background for this because I wanted to focus on triangular shapes throughout my layout to coordinate with the pattern papers from the PinkFresh Studios Happy Things collection. 

 Another cut file with triangles is the Basic Banner. Banners really add a festive element to the layout. These banners have such fun repeating shapes too.

To help frame my photo, I chose the Doodle Frames cut file. I cut only the outside of this frame.

Of course with a birthday layout I would need a birthday title. The Card Sentiments 1 with the "Make a Wish" caught my eye for my photo of my nephew blowing out his first birthday candle.

I hope I have inspired you today with my layout to try some JustNick cut files yourself. Thanks for stopping by.

 


Taking Some Notes September 07, 2015 07:00

Hi everyone,

Well, it's that time of year again! Back to school! I am a teacher and I absolutely love my job. I feel like the new school year comes at the perfect time - no matter how much I loved a prior class. My classroom is all sparkly clean, all the labels look new and everything is fresh and ready. I thought, since this week is all about back to school projects, I would share something for a teacher or a student - an altered composition book. And, I used the perfect cut files!

Fun, right? And it's super easy to create one of these. This is a standard, hard cover composition book. You can find them at just about every retailer that sells school or office supplies. They usually have a marbled design. I use Mod Podge to adhere the paper on the front and pack. Then, I use a strong adhesive (like my ATG or Glossy Accents) to attach everything else. 

For this book, I did the usual patterned paper cover and then, I used one of the background cut files and the marquee alpha to complete the design. It can be a little time consuming putting on the paper, trimming it down to size, etc. but, just look at the final product!

These are such perfect gifts and can be personalized so easily. 

I love how the alpha pops on top of the burlap!

Now you have the perfect idea to give to your childs teacher this school year OR maybe surprise your little student with something just for them! And use some fabulous cut files while you're at it. 

Cut files used: Rosette background, Marquee Alpha


hey handsome July 02, 2015 07:00 1 Comment

Diana here again to share with you another layout.  I don't know about you but I think background cuts are my favorite kind of cuts.  For my layout today I used the Pebble 2 background cut from the JustNick store:

Here is my page:

I fell in love with this cut once I saw it--I knew how I was going to use it!  The cut reminded me of sand crystals on a beach and I knew I had some fantastic beach pictures from last year to scrap--serendipitous!  I want the cut to help embellish the layout without being to distracting, so I opted not to back it with other patterned paper:

I added touches of liquid glue to some of the connected circles to adhere it to my background paper.  I like that affect because it is glued to the background without being plastered, some of the edges lift up a bit to give some dimension.  I then just layered on top of it, with my photo, other pattern papers, and embellishments.

We would love to see your pages using JustNick cuts, please feel free to share them on our Facebook page or Instagram with #justnickstudio.

 


My Scraps and More June 29, 2015 07:00

A few weeks ago we had a partnership with My Scraps and More - a great online store - their design team shared some projects using our cut files.

In case you missed the inspiration, here are some of the great pages their team made with our files!

By LisaM

Cut files used: Crazy Daisy, Scribbles 3, Spring Words

By Tina

Cut files used: Fancy Floral

By Wendi

Cut files used: All Boy, Scribbles 1

By Lisa S

Cut files used: Fancy Floral

By Missy Whidden

Cut files used: Funky Rectangles, WORD, Scribbles 3

 

By Jennifer Haggerty

Cut files used: Swiss Cheese background

 

By Brianna

Cut files used: On An Adventure

And lastly, by Audrey Yeager (owner of My Scraps & More)

Cut files used: Wobbly Circles, Ink Splats

 

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to Audrey and her team for creating wonder layouts with our cut files!


Loving Life June 26, 2015 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

Marcia here today. I have a couple of layouts to share with you today because I have been having so much fun with the JustNick cut files. Did you know Nicole keeps adding more files every week! I see something new and want to create something with it right away, lol.

On this first one I used the Simple Scallop Strips above the photo. But the start of this layout is that Crazy Daisy Background cut file. I first used a black Silhouette pen on the cut file, then I went back and cut portions of it again in different pattern papers. The sketch pen marks are my guide for placing my pattern papers.

I also used the Life cut file for my title. I love the scripty writing.

This next layout I created for Cocoa Vanilla but I love it so much I wanted to share it with you here too. That XOXO background cut file is fabulous! On this layout I cut just the outside with vellum. Then the XOXO background was cut from black cardstock. This way I could layer my cuts, placing sequins underneath.

My last layout was also created for Cocoa Vanilla using the All Boy cut file.

I arranged the words where I wanted them on this layout and cut them directly out of my pattern paper. Then I cut the title again from black cardstock. I placed various pattern papers behind the cuts with the black lettering on top. It's a really eye catching title!

I hope I have inspired you to try a JustNick cut file or two :) 

Thanks for stopping by.


Way To Go June 25, 2015 06:00

Hi everyone!

Melissa here and I'm a wee bit excited about my first blog post with you all.

One of my favorite things to do with cut files and showcase how to use something meant for a layout, and use it for a card. It's lots of fun and shows the versatility of cut files.

Nicole has created some super fun background cut files and there was one in particular I was jonesing to use. It's called Funky Rectangles.

I'm loving the trend shown on layouts where a background cut file is used on solid cardstock - usually white - and then, backed with different pattern papers. SO cool! Of course I had to try it on a card!

I use the .png version of the cut files in my Silhouette Software. Using the trace feature, I create the cut lines for the shape.


After that, I release the compound path so I can crop out what I don't want to use. In this case, I cropped out the multiple columns of rectangles to just use one chunk.


Then, I resized to make it work for my card size and shape.


It's so fun to mess around with all the capabilities of my software and awesome cut files like this. Here is the finished card with some close ups:

 

 

Thanks for swinging by today! 

Cut Files Used: Funky Rectangles