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Spring Girl - Create a Custom Title | Majken Pullin April 7, 2020 07:00

Hello cut file friends!  Majken here with you today, and I hope you are staying healthy and calm during these uncertain times.  I am so thankful for papercrafting during this global stress.  I especially like immersing myself in all the pretty papers and colors of spring, and today's layout is no exception.  Let's take a peek!

Spring Girl

Last fall I created a layout with the Autumn Windowpanes, so when I saw the new Spring Windowframe cut file (link coming soon!), I knew I would use it right away.  So I sized it to about 10" x 10" and cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo.  JustNick Studio cut files can be used on just about any electronic cutting machine too.

I took another sheet of white textured cardstock and opened my Prima Tropicals watercolors to make droplets of color on the background.  While that dried, I backed most of the flowers in the Windowframe cut file with the Simple Stories Hip Hop Hooray papers - such vibrant and pretty colors!

I layered the photo of my daughter using several patterned papers, and then adhered the Spring Windowframe to my background, then added my layered photo on top.  I used chipboard stickers, ephemera, stickers, and enamel dots to frame the bottom right corner of my layout as well as sprinkled some more around the windowframe.

For my title, I combined two cut files to create a banner.  It's easy to mix and match a font with another cut file to create a custom title!  First, pull your background shape for as many letters as you need - I used the pennant banner from Banner Essentials.  Then choose your alpha cut file (I used Type It Font Alpha) and copy the letters into the file.  I changed the color of the alphas from black to yellow so I could see exactly where I wanted them.  Next, choose each banner and letter together, right click, and choose "Make Compound Path".  You can do this technique with an infinite number of cut files and alphas for custom titles!

Once I cut the banner, I backed them with white cardstock.  I pulled "girl" from the Girl Flower cut file, cut it from white textured cardstock, and adhered it to the banner.

Here are the cut files I used for today's layout.

Spring Windowframes

I hope this spring-y layout inspires you to create today, and to create your own custom titles!

Have a good and calm week.

Majken

 


This Year 2020 | Majken Pullin January 1, 2020 07:00

Hello to you all, and a very happy new year to you!  Majken here to share the very first JustNick Studio project of 2020, and I have a different take on a scrapbook layout.  In fact, it's a bit of a combination of a layout and a bullet journal.  I decided to create a layout where I will keep track of new things I do throughout this new year.  So rather than traditional journaling, I'll be adding new things I try or do during 2020.  Let's take a closer look.

I used three different cut files.  I first used Silhouette Studio to roughly lay out my cut files to see how I was going to approach the page. I started with the brand new "This Year", added numbers from the "Banner Essentials" to create the year, and added "Polaroids" to see how I'd add my sections.  You can see I didn't follow it exactly, but it helps to see how to size the cut files before cutting and decide what papers I'll use for the cuts.

I decided to use the Simple Stories Oh Happy Day collection because of the great color!  After cutting all of the cut files, I layed them out on white cardstock and decided I needed some water color behind the 2020 for some mixed media interest.  I used Distress Inks, water colors, and Lindy's shimmer spritz for some shine.

Cutting "this year" in black cardstock really helps it pop!  I also used a Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen to help those polka dots in the year sparkle, and I outlined the numbers with a black pen.

Even though this isn't a "typical" layout, I added a recent photo of myself and added in some stickers, enamel dots, and ephemera for some additional interest.

I backed the negative space in the Polaroid cuts with black cardstock so they'd stand out.

I'm going to capture new restaurants, new books, new movies, and events I attend (like concerts, sports events, etc.) in 2020.  This helps me look forward to the new year!  :)

Here are the cut files used:

This Year

Banner Essentials

Polaroids

I'm so glad you joined me on this New Year's Day.  I hope you're inspired to create something to track your fun in 2020, too.  May your year be happy, healthy, and full of love.

Majken


Happy Birthday | Jen McMurtrey April 5, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

It's all about celebrations on the blog this week, so naturally I had to create a birthday-themed layout!

For this project I used the Banner Essentials and Let's Party cut files with the Pink Paislee Confetti Wishes collection.

I began by using the pink patterned paper and splattering gold, black, and white paint on it.

While the paint was drying, I used the Let's Party file to create the clusters of balloons in various sizes. Each of the balloons was backed with patterned paper from Confetti Wishes. Additionally, I used the numbers from Banner Essentials to cut 1-5, which I welded prior to cutting. I enlarged the number three and cut it out using patterned paper to make it more prominent.

Because there are so many patterns and colors on the layout, I stuck with a black and white photo so it wouldn't clash.

I clustered several die cuts and chipboard embellishments around the photo for added color and dimension.

Last was the gold Thickers title with gold circles and hearts throughout the project.

In the bottom-right corner I added Abby's initials and the date followed by a doodled border around the layout.

The finished layout is bright and cheery and captures the fun we had that day.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are inspired to create. Be sure to visit the JustNick store for these and many other wonderful designs!!


Travellers Notebook - 2018 by Rachel Lowe: January 6, 2018 07:00

 

Happy 2018 to you all!

January always inspires me to plan, create goals and dream a little about how I would like my year to unfold!

So today I have a Travellers Notebook spread for you focusing on my 2018!

I have used Dear Lizzy Star Gazer collection.

I have used four cut files over these three pages.

I used the Banner Essentials to cut my numbers to create 2018. I wanted to use a patterned paper that co ordinated with my other papers on the first page, so cut file numbers are always a must have in my library.

I cut from white card stock my first page and typed my first piece if journaling. I created a corner pocket so I could tuck a journal card in . I have machine sewn before attaching to the TN page. Later I will journal my 2018 goals but in my handwriting (which is important I feel in the years to come). I embellished the journal card and page. I love the quote Be You!

 

I wanted to frame my photo to it didn't get lost on the patterned paper so I used the Ring Around My Heart cut file, sizing it to work with my photo. I also used foam tape to attach it over my photo. My photo is symbolic as in the doors and me being able to choose which doors I walk through and which doors I close.

 To add interest to my second TN page I created a notebook page and tore the bottom and added some of the blue to tie it all together colour wise. I foam taped a sticker from the collection and again chose one that tied in with my theme.

On my third page I minimised the wonderful Floral Corner cut file to create a feature. My tribe did a bit hard in 2017 for various reasons and hence why I chose 'this will be our year' from the New Year Words cut file. Again I have added some machine sewing to add texture and kept my embellishments to a minimum so my page did not become too busy.

Here are some close up photos for you!

I love how you can use multiple cut files on TN pages, they add so much interest in a unique way.

Thank you for stopping by today and I do hope 2018 brings you lots of time and space to create xxx

 


Love You June 8, 2016 07:00

Hello, it's Jaclyn joining you today.  If you've been following along the blog this week, you know that some of the designers have been challenged to use four or more Just Nick cut files on one page or project.  I've loved seeing each designers take on this task and am excited to share my results with you today.

I'm going to be honest, my design aesthetic is pretty clean and linear, so it's often a special exception for me to use more than one or two cut files on a page.  With that being said, I was certainly up for the challenge and the creative push it gave me to try something new.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 15 year anniversary in the fall and I've had it on my page ideas list to do a 'then and now' style page to commemorate this milestone. The story I wanted to tell was of all the changes and challenges we've been through in that time and ultimately how our love has helped us survive it all.  I started the page by searching my Just Nick cut file library for anything and everything love/heart related.  I first landed on the Simple Card Sentiments file - knowing that the script 'love you' phrase would be a perfect title.

I cut the sentiment from white cardstock and adhered it with foam adhesive to create added depth and shadows.

 

Next, I landed on the Patterned Hearts cut file.  This one's a favorite of mine and I've been waiting for just the right project to use it on.  I still had my white cardstock loaded into my silhouette machine, so I sized and cut three out of the four incluced hearts for my page.  Each heart was then backed with a scrap of paper to coordinate with it's placement on the page.

 

You might have spied another Just Nick cut design in the previous close up photo.  The Infinity Heart Frame design makes several appearances on my page as well.  I cut three of the circle design to accompany each of the patterned hearts on my page.  Again, I cut the design from white cardstock, this time backing each circular frame with a coordinating patterned paper.

I snuck in one more detail and cut file on my design.  I used the numbers from Banner Essentials to include the number 15 within one of the infinity heart circles.  Doing so was easy, by simply placing and sizing the numbers inside the rings and welding everything together.  It makes for a cohesive trio of elements throughout my design as well as, giving me the opportunity to build this 15 year milestone into the overall asthetic.

Here's a closer look at each of the files I've used on today's page.  We hope you'll give this challenge a try too - the possibilities and combinations are endless!

Supplies used:

Simple Card Sentiments:

Patterned Hearts:

Banner Essentials:

Infinity Hearts: