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Summer memories - Johanna Valayer October 12, 2018 07:00 1 Comment

 Hello girls !
I'm here today with a new 30x30 layout. I really had a lot of fun making this layout !
 
For this layout I used the gorgeous "mermaid tail background 2" on the left side of my page. I backed up it with some papers from the simple and sweet collection. This collection matched so much my photo for me, I really love how it turned out !
I made some mixed media with the packaging technique ; I used some colors that matched my papers and I finished with some splatters. 
If you want to try out this awesome cut file, just click on it !
   
Then, I embellished around my photo ; How cute is this frame with the stitched details ? For my title I used a big white glitter word mixed to an alpha, love the result ! 
Finally I added a little bit of stamping ( as usual ahah ) and I teared a little my cardstock which I backed with a paper and I added a staple and it was done !
I hope that you have enjoyed, see you soon xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sun + fun - Johanna Valayer August 24, 2018 07:00

Hello everybody, I am back with a new TN layout !
I wanted to try to use a background cut file to cover an entire page. For this, I used the "Arrowhead background". If you love this beautiful background cut file, you can click on the image below. 
I really loved how it turned out and I didn't want to cover it with embellishments or something... So, I have decided to just place my tittle on it. For this layout I used a citrus twist kit which matches with the Wild heart collection from Crate paper. This collection was perfect for my photo. 
For the other page of my layout, I placed an horizontal piece of the same paper I used to back up the cut file. Then, I backed my photo and add some embellishments. I finished with adding some sequins (I think that was the first time I use sequins in a layout and I really loved the end result), and some stamping and that's all ! I love so much TN layout because it's so easy and fast to do it ! 
And you, do you have a TN ? How often do you make TN layouts ?
I hope that you have enjoyed, see you xxx

Wild At Heart | Marcia Dehn-Nix August 01, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

Marcia here today. One of my favorite destinations for a summer road trip is Grand Marais Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. The lake is so big it almost like seeing the ocean. It was a foggy rainy day when we were there, but that just added to it's mystic. When scrapping this favorite photo from the day, I wanted a way to convey the greatness of all that water ... Lake Superior is after all the largest of the Great Lakes. I think the Wave Background digital cut file does it justice!

I still wanted a skyline on my layout so that I could also convey what a cloudy day it was, so I erased the top portion of the background. That left room for me to include some clouds from the Sunny Days digital cut file.

I carefully added some machine stitching to emphasize the waves on the background. I love the effect.

Here are the digital cut files I used today ...

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great rest of the week.


You Wonderful Thing - Cathy Martin June 16, 2018 07:00

Hi everyone!  It's June, can you believe it?  I know some kids are already out of school, but here we still have a little ways to go, but that doesn't mean I can't break out all the fun summer colors for a layout!  For this one I decided to use the Love Background file.  I cut it from a phrase patterned paper and then backed the hearts with various patterns.  I also put some yellow ink on my background to make my cut file pop!  I grabbed a ton of different washi tapes and created a border for my layout that helped ground the layout but also give it a ton of pop and pattern!  There was already so much going on that I didn't have to do much in the way of embellishing.  I love the little metal "love" paper clip tucked into the cut file as well.  Just a little extra something to add a fun element!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an awesome day!

 

 


Accordion Mini Album! | Morgan Langley June 09, 2018 07:00



Happy Girl - Cathy Martin May 25, 2018 08:13

Hi everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm back with another layout!  So on my last blog post I used the Funky Floral Background and I cut it out of white card stock and created a stencil with it.  Now since I used white card stock I didn't want to throw away the floral background, so I kept it, and this week I'm using it as my background file for my layout!

Since it was already sprayed in a rainbow of fun shimmery colors I didn't have too much work to do.  I simply popped it up on foam and picked a funky watercolor inspired striped background.  Since my last layout featured my daughter and I, I used a photo of my husband and daughter this time.  I like the juxtaposition of using the same cut file twice to create layouts with different main subjects.   Of course since there were so many bright fun colors being used it was easy to embellish the layout, and I had no issue using whatever icons I wanted!

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look, and I hope I've inspired your creativity.  As always, have an awesome day!

 

 


Friendship | Morgan Langley May 22, 2018 07:00

Hey guys! Today I am sharing a layout that is a little different for me! I love watercoloring, but I usually keep it simple with a few splatters here and there. For this one though I cut the different stems from "Stems 2,4, and 5" (three cut files) and water colored away! I did a rainbow of coloring and mixed shades and amounts of water to get the look I wanted. While the paint was still wet I did splatters of darker/lighter colors or just water drips to make the paint spread. I love the way it turned out and it was SO fun and care free! 

I added super minimal embellishments with some corresponding sequins, flowers, little birds, ladybugs, snails, etc. Then I used mixed letter stickers to create my title!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Pick up these unique stem cut files yourself and see what you can create! It's always fun to try something new!

 

 

 


Love Story | Jen McMurtrey May 21, 2018 07:00

Lately, I've noticed that so many projects focus on the perfect photo - correct lighting, in focus, etc. - yet so many of the pictures I have are the exact opposite. They are grainy, out of focus, the lens isn't open all the way . . . you get the picture (literally).

After my uncle pass away a couple of years ago, I found this photo of him and my aunt in their younger years that I had never seen. By all accounts, the photo is awful. However, all I could see was this rare glimpse of them as young newlyweds who absolutely adored one another. How could I not scrapbook it?

This week the team is focusing on background files, which happen to be my favorite. I decided on the Frilly Floral Background with this lovely vellum paper from Studio Calico.

To give the layout dimension, I used the negatives from the cut and added them to the centers of three flowers. These are held down by wood/jewel brads by Jillibean Soup.

I used a few of the tear strips from Studio Calico patterned papers and wrapped them around the photo. The paper straws were next and they are from Target.

The journaling was created in Word and then printed.

Last is the title, which uses SC chipboard letters and metal embellishment with wood Thickers.

This photo holds so many emotions for me and I felt it needed to be preserved.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please visit the JustNick Shop for this and many other wonderful cut files as well as loads of inspiration from the design team.


Let's Celebrate Mothers - Cathy Martin May 12, 2018 07:00

While I find it easy to take selfies, I find it can be a bit trickier to get a good picture of me with one of my little rugrats, so when I do get a chance I take what I can get!  As much as I love documenting my children's moments, as well as my own, it always makes me smile when I can scrap a picture with us together.  I want them to remember me, and it's important for us moms to sometimes get out from behind the camera and get in those pictures too!

For my layout I decided to cut out the Funky Floral Background cut file.  I cut it out of white cardstock because I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with it, but after it was all cut out I decided to use it as a stencil.  This is another favorite technique and since I cut it with white paper I can still use the cut file on another layout!  I sprayed over it with several different color mists, creating a bit of a rainbow effect.  I'm not much of a rainbow girl, but I was soooooo happy with the end result.  In order to showcase as much of the background as possible I used a large acetate sheet as my title so that you can still see behind it!  For having no ideas when I started I am thrilled with the result! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look-see today!

 

 


Thankful for Mom | Morgan Langley May 06, 2018 07:00

Hey crafty friends! Today I am sharing a post for mom's week on the Just Nick blog using the "floral frames" cut file! 

I love ALL the beautiful floral cut feels in the shop and all of them make great spring layouts! I started by cutting my frames and backing them with patterned papers from the "Turn the Page" collection. I love how much color this adds. I also watercolored my plain white background before adhering the frames with the packaging technique and some splatters! I tried to match the paint to colors in the collection! 

Then for some embossing! I stamped some additional florals and leaves into my frames and embossed with gold glittery powder! I also embossed the "love you" and "thankful for you" sentiments and I love how this turned out! 
I fussy cut and added some additional flowers, butterflies, and adorable coffee and tea cups around my floral frame and stuck in a picture of my mom and I now, and when I was little. I created a kind of bottom and top border by using the branding strips of the 6x6 pad and then adding multiple word sentiment stickers. 
Thank you for stopping by! Stop by the shop to pick out your own floral cut files and create something for your mom this coming mother's day! 

2 Girls & 2 Trikes | Cathy Martin April 28, 2018 08:00

Hi everyone!  I'm excited to be back with another layout for JustNick and this layout is very special to me because it's the first one I have done using pictures from my childhood of my sister and I.  The picture isn't very good quality, since it's a scan from an original photo from the 80's.  Now because the picture isn't the best quality, I had to keep it small, so I needed a big, fun, bold background to take up the rest of the space!  I ended up choosing the Sunburst Circle background cut file, because it reminded me of bicycle tires.  Since the picture was so vintage I decided to go full on vintage with my paper choices and embellishments.  I absolutely adore the final layout, and I hope you like it too!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

 


Remember this moment | Laureen Wagener April 27, 2018 09:00

Hi crafty friends,

it's Laureen with you today and I am very excited to be sharing my project I made for this week focusing on backgrounds!
I decided to scraplift myself for this page and love the outcome.

I used the Grandma's wallpaper background cut file! I have been wanting to use it for forever but never got around to it, so I finally decided to cut it out of some white cardstock for my project today.

I began by cutting a circle out of my white cardstock and then also cut a circular shape out of the cut file. I simply adhered that to the patterned paper I decided to use.

Because I was too lazy using glue in all tiny spots of the cut file I used my sewing machine to add a decorative edge around the circle plus secure the cut file in place.
After that was done I attached my photo onto the design and began embellishing the page.

I used the new beautiful Noteworthy collection by Elle's Studio for this layout.
I created small clusters around the circle and my title, that I've build using elements from Elle's Studio.

To finish off my page I added black Nuvo drops and blue spray mist and called it done.
I am loving the outcome and it was so much fun scraplifting an old layout of mine!

Have a great day,
Laureen

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Products used:

Grandma's Wallpaper Background


Lovely | Jen McMurtrey April 25, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

We are celebrating all things "backgrounds" this week on the blog, which happen to be my favorite cut files to use. One background can have so many variations and be used in countless ways.

For this project, I using the Under the Cherry Tree Background file with the Webster's Pages My Happy Place collection.

 

 

As usual, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with the file but knew I wanted to use it. After I cut it out using white card stock, I decided to remove the frame around the branches so the limbs are more fluid with the paper. Next, I used watercolors to paint the branches to match the colors they were laying on.

I loved the way the paper curled after it was painted, so I only tacked the branches down in a few places with glue.

The photo was printed in black and white and matted on a neutral-toned patterned paper. The pink flowers were fussy cut from another piece of patterned paper.

Last was the Thickers title and hearts to match. I kept the embellishments simple so they did not detract from the painted branches.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope you are inspired to create! Please visit the JustNick Store for this and many other fabulous files.


#backtoschool Layout | Jaclyn Rench April 24, 2018 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today to give you some more inspiration for using background designs on your next project.

Can you spot the background cut file on this page?  It's tucked among the layers on the right side. 

I've used the Retro Square Background to add some added dimension and texture to that part of my layout.  Placing it here creates more emphasis and focus on the hidden pull out photo and journaling on this part of the page.   

You'll find that I often use background cut files in a non traditional sense.  I own a Silhouette portrait machine, allowing me to cut designs only 8" in width, but I scrapbook primarily in 12x12" format.  While I could certainly piece together two halves of a cut file to achieve one 12x12 background, I instead, often like to size down those same designs to fit the dimensions of my machine and use the end result in a more creative way.  Here, I've used a piece of the background to create a fun, layered border.

Be sure to revisit the blog each day this week, for lots more inspiration for incorporating background cut designs on your next page or project!

Cut file used: 

Retro Square Background

 


Baby Violet | Michelle Whorwood | Peacock Feathers Background April 16, 2018 07:00

Hi Just Nick Fans!  Michelle Whorwood here with a new layout featuring the very cool Peacock Feathers Background file! 

I had lots of fun creating this one.  I first cut the cut file out on some pale teal cardstock and adhered it to the dark charcoal cardstock and stitched it in down.  I love how the teal pops on the dark cardstock background.   Stitching the cut file is also a really great technique for adding interest and texture but also as an adhesive to stick down the file to your page.  I then bordered this whole piece onto some pale coral patterned paper.   

I then started to build my page on top of the cut file.  I love how using background cut files adds lots of fun to your page so I wanted to keep the embellishments clustered around my photo so you can see the beautiful file - it is almost like a wall paper to your page.

Here are some close ups:

The cut file is brand new in store so check it out!!Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!  I hope I have inspired you to create beautiful pages with the Just Nick background cut files.  

Take care

Michelle 


Hoppy Easter - Cathy Martin March 28, 2018 08:00

Hey everyone!  March is winding down and with Easter only a few days away I thought I would share a hoppy layout with you.  Whenever I make a layout about Easter I always think of fun colours and florals, so I really wanted to incorporate lots of fun patterns in my page.  I used the Half Shell Background 2 and cut it out of white cardstock.  It just screamed EGGS to me!  I'm not even sure if the cut file is supposed to be eggs, but I thought it was a perfect fit, and it had lots of spaces for me to back with lovely papers.  I used a combination of papers and products from Paige Evans Turn the Page as well as lots of stuff from my stash.

 

 


Stitched Clouds | Morgan Langley March 21, 2018 07:00

Hey guys! Today I am sharing a layout I created using the "Cloudy Day" cut file! 

First I cut my file on card stock, adhered it, backed it with pattern paper from Maggie Holmes "Carousel" collection and then stitched around the clouds! Hand stitching is time consuming, but I love the look it creates! 

Then to embellish! I used stickers and pieces from the same collection and added some sequins and buttons. I liked how the kites in this collection coordinating with the airy clouds! 

Thank you for stopping by and check out the store for some new spring cut files for all your scrappy projects! 


So Sweet | Jen McMurtrey February 19, 2018 07:00

Happy Monday (Is that a thing?) Just Nick Friends!

It's Jen today continuing February's love theme using the Love Background cut file and Crate Paper's Main Squeeze Collection.

Using white card stock, I cut the Love Background file and painted it using watercolors - the same colors were used on the background paper as well.

 

With the background in place, I adhered the photo with it's patterned-paper backing using foam squares.

Embellishments were next and I used a mix of die cuts, stickers, and chipboard to give the layout a whimsical feel.

My final step was enamel dots - my embellishment staple - in a visual triangle on the project.

I love the cute factor of the finished project, which matches this sweet photo of my girls.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Just Nick Shop for this and loads of other fabulous cut files!


Tug At My Heart - Cat Martin February 16, 2018 15:45

It's a week of love here on the JustNick blog, and I'm definitely feeling it!  I really wanted to use some older products along with some new products to finally scrap some photos that I have been setting aside for quite awhile!  I used the very cute Heart Strings background cut file, as it was the perfect one for tucking photos in!

I didn't cut it very large, because I wanted to have some room for embellishments, but since I cut it out of navy blue paper it still stands out, and it matches well with the Main Squeeze collection from Crate Paper!  I love how this layout turned out.  It's a Valentines Day layout that is slightly different than usual layouts! 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have an awesome day!

 

 


Starburst Layout! | Morgan Langley January 23, 2018 07:00

Hey crafty friends! Today I am sharing a fun layout I created using the "starburst" cut file and a sparkler picture I had from New Years! 

I turned the cut file vertical and backed it with papers from Pink Pasilee's "Turn the Page". It was easiest to use the white stars that the cameo cut out as templates for backing, cutting them a little larger and then gluing them behind. I added ephemera from the collection, splatter paints, sequins, and fussy cut stars from the 12x12 pad and the 6x6 pad. 

I love these positive speech bubbles from the 6x6 pad and thought they went perfect for this New Year's spread! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure to check out this fun cut file on the Just Nick Studios page! Follow me on instagram @morewithmorganl for more layouts! 


Snow Adorable | Marcia Dehn-Nix January 19, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends! Marcia back today with a fun winter layout to share with you. I live in Minnesota where you can always count on cold and snowy winters. When I saw the new Frostbite Background digital cut file, I couldn't wait to use it with this outdoor photo of my daughter and her dog. 

I wanted to add some of the beautiful snowflakes from the Snowflakes 2 digital cut file and create a visual triangle with them. I cut 3 of the 4 snowflakes in this cut file pretty large and arranged them so that they were partially off the page.

I like to mix fonts when creating my titles so I used the scripty "Snow" from the Holiday Words digital cut file and combined it with some Thickers from my stash.

Here are the digital cut files I used today ...

For more details on how I created my Snow Adorable scrapbook layout, I would love to have you stop by and watch my YouTube process video.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!


14 Days of Giveaways - Day 13 | Morgan Langley December 13, 2017 07:00 2 Comments

Welcome to Day 13 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-14, 2017 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

Today’s design – HOLIDAY TAGS 2 - is yours for FREE today only!
Just enter code: TAGFREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 13, 2017. 
No purchase necessary. Design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.

This cut file was SO fun to use! I cut the tags different sizes using a mix of kraft, white, and patterned card stock. Then I backed the cut outs with another scrap of paper and was ready to add some stitching accents! 

On some of the tags I used a ruler to mark straight, different sized lines with a pencil and then stitched them, some I stitched around the image, others I stitched snowflakes, and a couple I did some french knot stitches! 

I put thread or bakers twine through the hole of each tag and put adhesive so they would stay in position on my layout! 

For my background I just sewed on some scraps of Christmas paper with my sewing machine using a mix of white and red threads. I added my photo and some wood snowflakes and Christmas trees and then the layout was complete! 

Thank you for stopping by and make sure to get this file (HOLIDAY TAGS 2) today FREE with the code TAGFREE at checkout! Come back tomorrow for the 14th Day of giveaways! 


14 Days of Giveaways - Day 11 | Zsoka Marko December 11, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

Hey there crafty friends,
Welcome to Day 11 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways!  Each weekday from December 1-14, 2017 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!
Today's FREE cut file is the Ugly Sweater Background.
I always love these Nordic type backgrounds so I was happy to work with this one! I modified the cut file a little because I wanted the pattern to be smaller. I shrunk it and then multiplied it. I cut this from white textured card stock, then backed it with a red patterned paper from the Crate Paper Falala collection.
It's become a tradition in my home to take these Rudolph photos every holiday season. These are from last year, I'm yet to take new ones! I just love them! Let's see how long the kiddo plays along :D.
Last year I made a layout with a big stag on it and I wanted to do something similar here. I found the Reindeer cut file in the shop and picked that one!
I blew this up and placed it slightly off to the left so I can put my long title at the bottom right. I wanted to kind of hang my photos on a clothesline between the antlers. For this I used some red  twine. I hung my photos on this with some teeny clothespins as well as some puffy stickers. 
I glued two wood veneer birds on the twine and tucked a few wood veneer presents behind the antler. I added 3 more wood pieces from Pinkfresh Studio in different spots on my page. 

For my journaling I used a die cut from the Pinkfresh Studio December Days collection and tucked it behind the cut file as well.
I mixed and matched my title, I used 3 different alpha thickers. The candy cane design ones were sort of lost in the background so I drew the outlines with a black pen.
Today's design, the Ugly Sweater Background, is yours for FREE today only! Just enter the code: UGLYFREE at checkout to get this design for free. This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 11, 2017. No purchase necessary.
Design will be available in the Just Nick store for purchase after the discount code expire.
That's it for today guys, I hope I could inspire you in any which way!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Till next time,
X
 

Small Joys - Cathy Martin November 20, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone!  It's Cathy here and I'm up on the Just Nick blog today with a layout about being grateful for the small joys in life.  Sometimes when everything is getting overwhelming it's nice to take a step back and think about all the small simple things that can be enjoyed.  Whether it's the crisp smell of the cool air, laying down in a beautiful pile of leaves, or wrapping up in your favorite cozy sweater, these little things that sometimes seem so silly can be a huge help in keeping you grounded.

For my layout I chose the Leaf Circle Background cut file.  I loved how it could be interpreted as a leaf, or a petal, or even a feather.  I cut it out of teal cardstock just for a bit of a change-up from my usual white cardstock.  I backed it with paper starting from the center ring and going outwards. so that it was the same paper on each ring all the way around.  I used a mixture of old and new papers to back the cut file and then it was time to decide what to do for a background paper.  Originally I wanted to use a patterned paper, but after trying to decide for over an hour I gave up.  I ended up finding this dark wood grain and I really liked how it paired well with the dark colors in the photo.  To add a little extra detail I painted tiny white dots in acrylic paint around the outer perimeter of the cut file.

For embellishing I primarily used products from the Turn The Page collection.  It paired well with the colors I was using and many of the phrases were perfect for the mood I was trying to set.  I also used some wood veneers to add an earthiness to the layout and I found some older burlap embellishments from the Craft Market collection from Crate Paper to top it off.  I added some Heidi Swapp color shine in two different pinks to break up the large space between clusters.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my project today!  I think it's important for us as memory keepers to not only document family and events, but to document our lives and our ups and downs as we go through life!

 

 

 

 

 


Colorful Watercolor Polygon! | Morgan Langley November 16, 2017 07:00

     Hey crafty friends! Today I am sharing a colorful layout I created using the "Shattered Polygon" cut file! This cut file can be used in so many different ways so it is perfect! 
      I cut the file from a piece of paper from the "Oh my Heart" Pink Paislee collection and backed it onto a piece of white card stock. Then I used the negatives from the file and cut pieces of paper paper to fill in the polygon. 
     I wanted to make my background to be fun, so I extended some of the sections into the background by choosing a coordinating color and water coloring an extension of that section going off the page. Once it dried, I went in with that same color and did some splatters for added texture. On the sections I didn't water color in, I added splatters with the coordinating color. 
    To add even more texture I used some light blue vellum, cut three of the different shapes inside the cut file, added in seed beads and sequins, and then sewed it onto the layout. 
     I also added some stamping onto different sections of the polygon. I did some different fonts of ampersands, little V's for Violet's name, numbers, and some flowers.
     I love how this layout turned out and how colorful it is! Make sure to follow Just Nick and myself @morewithmorganl on Instagram for more crafty posts! Thank you for stopping by! 

Hey Spidey! - Cathy Martin October 27, 2017 06:00

Hey everyone!  It's almost Halloween!  I love this holiday, and I love the versatility of making layouts for it, because you don't just have to go with traditional colors and icons.  For instance in the layout I created using the Hey Spidey cut file, I went with blues, reds, black and lots of other colors to create a Spiderman themed layout.  I had a 12 x 12 paper that had various comic book panels and I used it to back some of the cut file, as well as a few other papers from my stash.  I didn't over-embellish my layout either, since it really didn't need it, there is already so much going on that a minimal approach worked well.  You could, in fact, use any cut file to create a Halloween themed layout!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have an awesome day!

 

 

 

 

 


Hello Fall! | Morgan Langley October 02, 2017 07:00

     Hello crafty friends, Morgan here! I can not believe it is already October! For my layout today I used the "Bare Tree" cut file and made the tree not so bare by using the leaves included in the file and adding them onto my tree! 

     For my background I added some light pink, yellow, and orange watercolor splatters and cut my leaves from different colored card stock. Some of the leaves have more intricate pieces so I used the "double cut" feature on my Silhouette Cameo to get clean lines. Then I backed them onto white card stock to make them thicker and more durable for stitching. I stitched around them using corresponding thread colors. I love what paper embroidery adds to the layout! 

     For my photo cluster I used various Dear Lizzy ephemera and some of the cut file leaves that I hadn't yet stitched behind my photo. I also added in some floral pieces I had and a cute flair button with a wood grain background. I love how cute that little bunny piece is and thought it went in nicely! 

    Thank you for reading! Make sure to check out Just Nick on Instagram to see more fun posts using the fall cut files and follow me on Instagram @morewithmorganl for all my crafty updates! Also make sure to go to the Just Nick store to get some of these beautiful files! 


Foliage Background | Michelle Whorwood September 22, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

Hi Just Nick Fans!  Michelle Whorwood here with a new layout featuring one of the newer background files in store the 'Foliage Background'.  I was immediately drawn to this particular file as I felt it fit my photo really well of my two daughters in Fiji last weekend.  I really like the tropical vibe of the flower shape which reminds me of a frangipani.  

I really wanted to keep my layout simple, fun, summery and happy.  So I cut out the cut file on some pale yellow cardstock and adhered it to some white cardstock as my background. I then layered on some project life cards in tropical colours under my photo and embellished with lots of embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Carousel collection too.  

I really loved how this layout came together.  The focus on the cut file with the white space of the border around it really draws your eye into the photo so I wanted to keep this space relatively clear and only added a few stars to the cut file and in the corners.  

Here are some close ups:

Cut file used: 


Celebrate This! | Morgan Langley September 21, 2017 07:00

     Hey crafty friends! Today I am continuing with our weekly theme of backgrounds! For my layout I used the "Brick Circle Background" and I love how easy it was to work with! This file is so versatile and can be used to document any photo with any collection! I love backing cut files with patterned papers because it makes the page so colorful and fun! For this layout I used Maggie Holmes Carousel collection to do so! 
      I cut my file on white card stock and then went to cutting the pieces to back it. A trick I have learned with backing cut files is to save the negatives of the file on your cut mat and then use those pieces as a template to cut your patterned paper around (leaving a little extra space for adhering)! Then I can just cut the amount of patterned paper that I need! 
     Then I embellished! The fun part! I fussy cut some of the florals from the collection and used the chipboard sticker sheet, puffy stickers, and ephemera pack. I love the zebra and bunny carousel pieces! So cute! I added a chipboard "celebrate this" banner sticker for my title.
     I loved how this adorable bunny matched the bunny in my photo! I hope you go check out all the fun backgrounds in the Just Nick shop and all the other wonderful blog posts this week! Thank you for stopping by! 

Happy Days | Marcia Dehn-Nix September 18, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

Marcia back today. I hope you all had a great weekend! All week at JustNick Studios we are going to showcase background cut files. I am kicking it off with the Hit Play Background. This cut file is so perfect for all your active subjects. I love how the triangles give the feeling of movement for my layout. Just what I needed for this shot of my son and one of our dogs crossing the Mississippi River at its source; Itasca.

I backed the triangle negative spaces with a variety of different pattern papers, then to make the triangle shape more definite, I outlined the edges with a black marker.

Here are some more detail pictures.

Here is the cut file I used today.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Enjoy your week!


You Are Pretty Much My Most Favorite | Jennifer McMurtrey September 14, 2017 07:00

It's words and sentiments week on the JustNick blog and the design team has created some beautiful projects.

Today I'm sharing a layout that uses the My Most Favorite and Lattice Flower Background files with a photo I pulled from my oldest daughter's Instagram account (that's where I get some of my best material). 

This project began with the wood grain background paper and yellow paper from Felicity Jane. I cut the large Lattice Flower Background and adhered it to the background paper using Tombow Mono glue. Next, I pierced the paper within the negative spaces of the flower and then hand stitched with white, pink, and turquoise embroidery floss. With the large yellow flower and stitching complete, I added the smaller pink and blue flowers to the center. These were cut using WRMK patterned papers.

 

Once the stitching was complete, I printed my photo and backed it with more patterned paper from Felicity Jane. Prior to adhering the photo to the page, I created a banner with white string, tags,  and tassel a embellishment (all from Felicity Jane) and stapled it all in place with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

I cut the sentiment next and have to admit that I did so three different times before I finally settled on the black card stock. For some reason, I just couldn't get the look I wanted and stuck with black to tie in with the black and white photo.

I followed the banner with several stickers and die cuts from Maggie Holmes that I clustered on the top and bottom right corners of the photo.

Last, I created a visual triangle with the gold stars to complete the project.

While my scrappy mojo has escaped me as of late, I am pleased with how this turned out and hope to keep the creativity flowing.

Please be sure to visit the JustNick shop for these and many other awesome cut files.


Play Together | Cloud Background 2 | Michelle Whorwood August 30, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout to share with you featuring the Cloud Background 2 cut file.  I really like using cloud cut files as they are such fun to use and they are really versatile for all occasions!!   I have used a photograph of my youngest daughter and friends lying down on the grass looking at the sky (or clouds)!  Here is my layout:

One of the things I really like about this particular cut file is that some of the clouds have vertical lines in them for interest and some texture on your page.  I have cut out the file on patterned paper which has subtle pattern on it so it isn't a solid colour but isn't too busy on the page either.  This cut file would look amazing backed with patterned paper too.  But I left mine natural and added some mixed media splatters on my background.

Now I am quite frugal when it comes to my supplies and like to be able to use up the left over pieces from the cut file.  This time, the cut file file produced some cool cloud negative detail.  Instead of using them as traditional clouds, I added three of these layered under my photo and they look like scallops!  This is a fun way of adding more colour but also acts as an anchor point for my photo.

Lastly, I really like how the cut file filled my page but also allowed me to add in some elements in different parts of the cut file.  As you can see below and above I have added several different areas of embellishments clustered at the top, bottom and the sides of my layout.  This design allows interest but also draws your eye into my photo or the focal point of my page.

I hope you have enjoyed my layout today!


Explore | Zsoka Marko August 29, 2017 07:00

Hi there crafty friends,

Zsoka here with you today with a new layout. I chose the Sunburst Background 2 cut file for this, I just love it!

 

I'm not sure if you can tell, but I modified the cut file a little bit. When you blow it up as big as I did, the outlines will be much thicker. I wanted them thinner so more patterned paper shows through once I back the rays. I released the compound path, deleted the original outline, made the circle thinner, then I made a compound path on the two circles. I moved the circle out of the way and added outlines to the rays, made compound path and moved them into the circle so that the rounded ends disappeared. As a last step I welded the circles and the rays together. I hope it makes sense?

 

A while back I received the Simple Stories Summer Days collection kit from the awesome SCT magazine and haven't had the chance to use it yet. So I decided to use it for this layout. I also used bits and pieces from Freckled Fawn (like that awesome acrylic word, the flip flops and wood veneer) and the wood grain paper is from Jen Hadfield I believe.

First I printed my photo in a big size and glued the cut file on top. Then I backed the rays with different patterned papers, but only glued them down where they touch the circle. This way the white card stock can be lifted up a bit to create a nice dimension.

I used the acrylic word for my title and created a little cluster at the bottom of the page with it. I really like the look of this. 

I didn't feel like this page needed a lot of embellishments. I just added a few bradz, wood veneers and some cloud stickers. Oh and a mini clothespin I got at Michaels!

 I hope you like how this one turned out! Thanks for stopping by! Till next time,

X

 


Fun Stitched Ink Splats! | Morgan Langley August 24, 2017 07:00

     Hey crafty friends! Back to school season is happening and for my layout this week I was inspired by these fun ink splats that just bring me back to elementary school art class! I used all paint chips for this layout which was a super fun challenge! 
     I cut all my ink splats on white card stock and then backed them with the paint chips. I tried to use bright fun colors! For added texture I went back and stitched with corresponding colors, even switching shades of thread on each ink splat. 
     I cut fun mixed semi circles with my left over paint chips and then put different colors together with different colored thread behind them to add to the page. 
     I cut my title on light pink card stock and added some sentiment stickers and gold chipboard glitter stars! This layout was different for me, but I love how it turned out! Thank you for reading and make sure to check out all our back to school posts and cut files! 

Summer Lovin | Marcia Dehn-Nix August 09, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

Marcia here today. It's circles week and since I actually had a beach vacation this year, I am showcasing the Beach Umbrella Background. When I think of beach umbrellas I think red and white. I used red cardstock when cutting out the beach umbrella background cut file and then cut circles out of white cardstock that were sized for the umbrellas in the background. I placed the whole thing on top of this cool water pattern paper. 

I wanted to use 2 photos on my layout, but I didn't want to cover up too much of that awesome background cut file. I decided to create a flip book with washi tape, so the top photo can be flipped up to reveal my second photo.

That awesome title is from the Summer Lovin digital cut file. This cut file has lots of fun Summer titles.

To emphasize the circle patterns, I stitched around each circle. I love the texture that the machine stitching adds. The pattern paper I used came from the Carta Bella Beach Boardwalk collection. It's an older collection, but I love the primary colors and its vintage vibe. Since I only had a sticker sheet from the collection for embellishing, I pulled some wood veneer pieces and flair from the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Hello Sunshine collection and added some Simple Stories brads and phrase stickers.

Here are the cut files I used today ...


I would love to have you watch my YouTube video if you are interested in seeing my process in creating this layout.


 Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great rest of the week.

 


Happiness in Circles! | Morgan Langley August 06, 2017 07:00

Hello friends! Today I am kicking off circles week on the Just Nick blog using the "Dreamcatcher Background 1". I love the sections in this file and I knew I wanted to add some hand stitching!

I started by backing the cut file with papers from the new Maggie Holmes collection "Carousel". Then I stitched some of the sections using corresponding colors and some using plain white embroidery floss. 

I embellished using the puffy stickers from the collection as well as those gold glitter stars from the chipboard sticker sheet. I fussy cut two kites from the collection and layered them with some tangled thread. My title came from the ephemera pack and I love how it all came together!

I added some light pink splatters and added the border with my sewing machine! I used light blue thread and set my machine to do a scallop stitch! 

This layout was so fun to make and I love the look of the different sections with the Dreamcatcher Background file! Thank you for stopping by! 


Love this life | Laureen Wagener July 31, 2017 07:00

Hi cut file fans -

It's Laureen with you to share a new page made with one of the new files loaded to the store - the beautiful Basic Bloom Background!

Now I can never get enough of floral cut files, especially the beautiful ones Nicole always creates! So of course I had to use one for this page. The tricky part is that when always using florals cut files pages tend to look the same - so I decided to create something a little - only a little - different.

Instead of backing the cut file I duplicated it, welded the two pieces together so I would have one long 12 inch pieces and then cut them into a square at the top and the two sides to make them fit perfectly into the top space of my paper and make it look like a flowing flower garland - if you know what I mean ;D



I layered some vellum behind the file to soften up the background paper and to make the cut file stand out and then all I did for embellishing was fuzzy cutting bits from different patterned papers ;)



All adhered down and the page was done in a breeze!

Until the next time and happy crafting,

xo Laureen

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Cut file used:

Basic Bloom Background


It Won't Rain All The Time - Cathy Martin July 26, 2017 06:00

Hello hello hello!  It's Cathy and I'm back showcasing another layout featuring one of Nicole's amazing cut files!  I find that the trend of plus signs seems to come and go, but I for one am a big fan!  I really loved all the Positive cut files in the shop, so I chose the Positive One file.  I did a little revamping with the file while I was in the Silhouette software.  I duplicated the file so that I could shrink it down and have lots of plus signs.  I then deleted random signs here and there, just to add a bit of visual interest.

My next step was to back my pluses with lots of different patterned papers from my stash as well as some from 6x6 paper pads.  I used a combo of newer papers from the Little by Little collection along with some papers that have been floating around my stash pile.  I left some of the pluses blank and then put another piece of white card stock behind the whole thing.  I added some details around the white ones with some ticking and then got to embellishing!

I am so flippin' happy with how this layout turned out.  The story behind my layout is about my son and his dealings with expressing and recognizing his emotions, and I just love the juxtaposition of the happy plus signs with the overall story of the layout!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look today!

 

 


Summer Circle Background Layout! | Morgan Langley July 18, 2017 07:00

     Hello friends! It is Morgan here and I am excited to be sharing my layout I created using the "In the deep end background". This file was so easy and fun to work with!  

     I cut the file on white card stock first and then taking papers from the 6x6 "Oh My Heart" collection I cut small pieces to fit into the squares around each circle as well as the middle piece. I grouped all the pink patterns together, all the greens together, etc. Then I laid out the file on my page and marked where each colored circle was for my splatter paint. I matched the splatter paint with the color of circle that would be on top.

 

     Next I fussy cut the larger flowers from the 12x12 "Oh my Heart" paper pad and layered them behind the circles still matching the colors. I added smaller flowers with bunched thread and sequins into the center of some of the smaller circles. 

     I cut three photos into circles to fit inside the cut file and love how they flow into the layout. I used my type writer for my journaling about this summer day at my grandparents house in Ohio. 

     Thank you for reading about my crafty process! I hope you try and incorporate this file into one of your own beautiful creations! 


Learn To Fly - Cathy Martin July 13, 2017 07:00

Hello everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm back with another fun layout for Just Nick!  For this layout I really loved the Butterfly Background 2 cut file and I had been wanting to do a layout that was very vintage chic inspired.  This cut file would look very cute cut out with white cardstock and backed with patterned paper but it also looks great just cut out of cardstock or patterned paper.  I chose to go with a pink paper with small polka dots and I loved it against the fun yellow background.  It immediately made me think of this soft dreamy picture I had of my daughter.

Once I had my papers picked I knew exactly which embellishments I wanted to use to keep going with that vintage feel.  Once it all came together I was so happy with it.  This picture is one that I have scrapped before, but I wanted to take another try at it and I am so happy with how this one came out!  This soft, sweet cut file can really add a beautiful layer to any layout, so don't forget to check it out in the shop!

Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking a look, and if you have a moment you can go and check out my process video to see how I put it all together!

 

 


Happy, Masculine Themed Scrapbooking Layout by Heather Leopard June 24, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone. Heather Leopard is here with a Make it Masculine layout. I had fun mixing and matching a few of my favorite geometric shapes to create a really fun layout.  

Scrapbooking layout by Heather Leopard @heatherleopard

To create this layout, simply supersize the TRIANGLE BACKGROUND 3 cut file so that it spans the entire 12"x12" page.  Since you're only using a little over half the page, you can either cut the entire 12"x12" page or slice / erase the part you don't plan to use.  

Next, fill about half the triangle spaces with patterned paper and fill the remaining pieces with the white cardstock pieces you just cut out, only adhering the center so that the sides lift up a bit and add dimension.

Next, add coordinating patterned paper strips in varying lengths and widths, stitching the layers over each other. Add your photo, title and any embellishments. Then find some white space to add journaling to complete the layout.


My Science Guy May 18, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

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

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

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

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

Here are the cut files I used today...

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


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