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Butterfly Background / Nicole Nowosad July 31, 2019 07:00

Hey there Justnick fans! Nicole here today to share a page made with our Butterfly Background. This background is a great surface to cut from patterned paper or, in this case, a mixed media background.

I used a piece of Vicki Boutin Foundations paper along with some of her Art Crayons to create a mixed media background. Once it was dry, I cut the Butterfly Background on my Silhouette.

I really love playing with mixed media but truth is - I am a total beginner. This background didn't look super great on its' own but when you cut it out on a cut file, it looks super cool. I love the soft watercolor like feel of it and it pops great on the bright pink background.

I hope you will give this a try and use a background such as this one to cut for your own project!


Without change there would be no butterflies | Monique Liedtke August 30, 2018 07:00

Hi everyone! Welcome to the JustNick blog! It's Monique here today sharing another page created with two of Nicole's one-of-a-kind cut files! I feel so blessed to be on her team, to be able to play with all the awesomeness from the store

Here's the layout I created for today's post. The photo I used is of my girl looking out over the sea and was taken during our vacation in Spain last May. I love how peaceful this photo looks. 

For this page I chose one of the butterfly cut files "Butterfly Background", which I totally adore:

And the "Valentine" cut file, from which I used the word "love": 

I used the "Brie" collection from Felicity Jane for my layout and cut the butterfly background from the pink "Gradient Grid & Stripe" sheet. I just love the ombre effect on this paper.

Before adhering the butterflies to my background, I used a Nuvo blender brush and a pink ink pad to give the white cardstock a little bit of color and I also added a few drops of pink Tattered Angels mist. 

Here are a few close-up images of my layout. Of course I had to use the chipboard circle with the saying "without change there would be no butterflies" which was perfect for my page (although I always thought the saying was the other way around "without butterflies there would be no change" ...? )

The word "love" was cut from a dotted piece of cardstock and then adhered to the photo using my tiny attacher:

I really love how this layout turned out. I hope you do too!

Thank you so much for stopping by and before you go, be sure to check out all the butterfly cut files in the shop!

Here is a link to the files I used today:
- Butterfly Background
- Valentine

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have an amazing day!
xx Monique


Meet our January GDT + freebie time! January 13, 2017 07:00

Happy New Year! It's time for a new talented Guest Designer to join us on the blog!

Today, we have the talented Aleksandra Gadji sharing her talents with us.


Hi everyone! I am Alex from Sweden. I am 35 years old, passionate software engineer, mom to two adorable kids and wife to the most wonderful man on earth. Yep, I am a lucky woman :-) I started scrapbooking when my daughter was born, 8 years ago. Over the years, scrapbooking has become so much more than just  a hobby and I am thrilled to be here and share this passion of mine with you <3

We asked Alex to share some projects with us using whichever cut files she was inspired to use from the store!

Check out what she sent us:


 I fell in love with the big "Live Simply" cut file. I adore the big cloud, the hearts and the mix of fonts. I chose to keep it large and use it in white against darker background. I backed up the "dream big" part to make it stand out. That's something I really want my children to remember: to dare to have big dreams.


I didn't want to steal too much attention from the cut file, so I kept my design simple and only played with small, cute embellishments, adding them on top and around the beautiful text.

 Cut file used: Live Simply


Butterfly and hearts. It doesn't get cuter than that! The second I saw them, I knew that I had to use them for a layout with my sweet, little girl. I played with the offset function to create three different sizes of the butterfly background and layered them on top of each other.


I cut the infinity hearts in a matching patterned paper and used it to frame my photo. To make my title stand out a little more, I used a sketch pen first before cutting it out. I love how well these cut files work together.

Cut files used: Butterfly Background, Girl Power, Infinity Hearts Frames

This month, you can grab the Butterfly Background for FREE now until midnight CST on January 31, 2016 using the code: BUTTERFREE at checkout.

Thank you so much to Alex for joining us on the blog today!

You can follow more of her work here:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agadji/

blog: http://colorsofalex.blogspot.se/

Thanks again for stopping by our blog and have a great weekend!

Fancy Pants Designs Week! May 25, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Nicole here today to share with you a page I made for our team up with the fantastic folks from Fancy Pants Designs!

I used the new Life is Beautiful collection for my page, along with a couple different cut files from the store.

 I started by cutting the Butterfly Background from a simple black & white dot paper from the collection and then cut some smaller butterflies from different papers in the 6x6 paper pad in the same collection. I added some pop dots behind the wings of the smaller butterflies and stitched the two together. 

I also diecut a border strip from the Scallop Edge Strips set and then a title and embellishments from the Life Is Beautiful collection from Fancy Pants (a new favorite of mine)

 Cut files used:

Butterfly Background

Scallop Edge Strips 

Thanks for stopping by our blog today! Now, go head over to the Fancy Pants Designs blog HERE - I have another project up over there using some NEW Fancy Pants products and more of our cut files! 

Scrappy Pals - PageMaps Inspired Layout March 15, 2016 07:00

If you are a sketch fan and a digital cut file fan then the past few blog posts have been right up your alley! Today I have another layout to share to add to the PageMaps/Just Nick collection seen here recently!

I incorporated the one of the flowers from the Basic Flowers set and the Butterfly Background file into this layout that is based on an 8.5x11 sketch from Becky. You can see the full collection of March sketches HERE; the sketch that this layout is based upon is the second from the bottom.

The butterfly background file I cut from vellum for a subtle effect of the butterflies flitting across the watercolored background. The flower is a soft peachy/pink color that stands out a tad more but is still subtle. I really wanted the picture to be the main focus of the page with the cut files melded into the background.

The main cluster of the page is more prominent and rather "adherent" to the sketch. while the cut files are more of my substitution for the half circles and banners sticking out from the top of the cluster.

Don't forget to use the code PAGEMAPSFREE at the Just Nick store from now until April 30, 2016 to grab any one design of your choice for free! Pair it up with a PageMaps sketch and be sure to share it with us on FaceBook or Instagram!

Everyday Memories January 21, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.  I'm excited to be back for my second term on the Just Nick design team.  I've been busy creating away with some of Nicole's newest and yet to be released files (you're going to LOVE them!), but decided to go back to one of my old favorites for this two page layout. Not only that, but I used the cut file in a unique and different way.

At first glance you might not be able to spot the Just Nick design, but take a closer look and you'll see a pretty stitched outline of the Butterfly Background.

While the effect is definitely subtle, it makes a big impact and adds lots of texture to the page, which is just the look I was going for. 

These pictures detail a visit to our local conservatory's annual butterfly show.  I wanted to convey the theme of the memory, but at the same time, not go to over the top with the butterfly image.
To create this effect, I started by sizing and cutting the butterfly background out of scrap cardstock.  I used the resulting cut as a template to trace the shape, with a pencil, onto my background paper.  I then poked holes with a paper piercing tool, about 1/4" apart along my traced lines, and backstitched through them.  It definitely took some time to stitch out this pretty design, but I think the results are well worth it!

I carried the same stitching over to the second of my two pages  to marry the design and the theme throughout the spread.  This side didn't require near as much stitching since it was filled with more photos and a large journaling block. 

Don't be fooled, while it appears that the design continues underneath my main page elements, it does not.  But by keeping my 'ends' of the stitched design hidden under my photos and journaling it creates a more fluid and cohesive look.

I hope this page reminds you to step outside the box with your cut files and to use them in a new and unique way.  If you do, we'd love for you to share with us on our facebook page or tag your design #justnickstudio on Instagram!

Supplies used:

Butterfly Background

September Guest Designer + freebie time! September 18, 2015 07:00 3 Comments

I would like to welcome our September Guest Designer, Heather Leopard!


 Learn more about Heather:

I have enjoyed capturing and documenting memories as far back as I can remember but it was the birth of my children and my desire to capture candid photos & stories for them that reignited my passion for scrapbooking. I love to scrap the little details and daily adventures of my children and strive to capture the essence of whatever it is they are doing in a particular moment in time. My signature style includes lots of pattern mixing, matching, and layering in fun and unique ways. I design for American Crafts, Bella Blvd and Gossamer Blue and manage social media for Scrapbook Circle kit club. 

I was born and raised in the Lone Star State and currently live in Cypress, Texas with my family – hubby, 2 daughters, 1 bonus son, and 2 rescue dogs. I also lead marketing initiatives for a major computer company.

Heather dove into the store and chose some cut files and check out what she made for us!


Here is what Heather had to say about this project:

I love butterflies on a scrapbook page so when I saw this butterfly cut file I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  My little girl recently cut about 10” of hair to donate and I really wanted to document this incredibly sweet act of kindness.  It just so happened that she was wearing a butterfly dress and it just so happened that the new Pinkfresh Happy Things coordinated so well and Nicole’s butterfly file was just begging to be used. 


 To create this layout, I cut the file out of white cardstock. I hand stitched the background to the pattern paper and then I cut the file again offsetting it so it would cut the butterflies smaller than the original. I wanted to be able to see the pattern paper around the butterflies. I used watercolors around the stitched edges to accentuate the colors in the background paper. Once dried, I adhered the butterflies to the page, added my photo, title and embellishments.  I will journal her story later this week once I get my thoughts together on what I think of her generosity.

I asked Heather what her favorite types of cut files were and she said backgrounds! She mentioned that she had some mermaid photos to scrapbook, so I created this cut file for her to use:


Here is what Heather made with it!


 It’s inevitable every year that we go to the beach, Little Miss asks to be buried in the sand so she can pretend she’s a mermaid.  She often makes little ocean friends, like crabs and turtle out of sand to pretend with. When Nicole asked said she’d design a free cut file of my choice I knew it had to be ocean themed and the scales were PERFECTION.  I chose to use the background for 2/3 of my page, leaving the top 1/3 more simple to help balance the page. 


I chose a more labor intensive design for this page but the great thing about background cut files is that you can back it with one or many patterns. I used papers from a 6”x6” paper pad with smaller patterns to fill in the scales.  I simply laid the paper behind the background cut file, traced around the outer cut, hand cut each piece and then adhered it to the back. Then I added photos, embellishments, the title and a cute little quote about being a mermaid.

Would you like this cut file!!! How about for FREE??

Just use the code: SCALEFREE at checkout to get this design for free until midnight CST on September 30, 2015!

No purchase required.

Thanks so much to Heather for joining us today!! To follow Heather and all her scrappy adventures go to:

Instagram: @heatherleopard

Blog: heatherleopard.blogspot.com

Pinterest: @heatherleopard


Pinterest inspired cards September 16, 2015 08:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to share with you a couple of cards I made inspired by two very different, yet inspiring images I found on pinterest!

Aside from scrapbooking and papercrafting, I also claim cookie decorating as one of my most enjoyed hobbies.  Therefore, I'm often perusing pinterest for creative images and ideas for my next baking project.  I ran across this beautiful array of rainbow colored butterfly cookies on pinterest and fell in love!  I knew this particular cookie design was way beyond my skill set, but since it looked just like the watercolor designs we're often seeing in cardmaking, I saved it.  I just knew it would be the perfect inspiration piece for my next card design.

Ali Bee's Bake Shop: From the vault: Colorful Butterflies:

There was no question that I would use the Butterfly Background cut file, as a starting point for my card.  I ended up sizing the file to 4"x5" and cutting it from Tim Holtz watercolor paper, knowing that I'd want to do a watercolor treatment, as inspired by the original image.  I used a water pen and a stack of my favorite ink pads to create a gradient rainbow effect, from the bottom to the top of my butterfly cut. 


Once cut and watercolored, the butterfly piece makes a bold statement all on it's own.  Therefore, I knew I'd want to keep the rest of the card pretty sleek and simple to let the butterflies shine.  I used a white background and added some subtle details including machine stitching and a scattering of bling, again, all in white, to keep the focus on the butterflies.  A bold, black, stamped sentiment ties in the theme of the card and draws your focus to the center.


My next inspiration piece was one I discovered as I was searching for wedding themed inspiration.  My cousin will be married next month, and since I can't attend the wedding, I wanted to make an extra special card to send along with her gift.  This papercrafted boutineire caught my eye immediately and brought to mind the Stems for Stephanie cut file in the Just Nick shop.

Accessorize your significant other on your #wedding day with a custom boutonniere. #DIY:

I significantly sized down and cut the Stems for Stephanie florals from a bookprint paper, as inspired by the pinterest image. Layering the florals and topping them each with decorative button centers, make them the star of the card design. 


The Stems leaf file is a perfect match to these pretty flowers, too.  I cut the leaves out of varying green papers and tucked them under the edges of the floral cluster.


Finally, I looked to the Card Sentiments 1 cut file for the perfect congratulatory greeting.  Cutting the sentiment from gold glittery paper finishes off the sophisticated and elegant feel of this design.


The next time you're stuck for inspiration, pinterest is a good place to start and the Just Nick cut file store is sure to have the perfect design to match your inspiration piece!

Cut files used:

Butterfly Background

Stems for Stephanie


Card Sentiments 1

This Happened August 11, 2015 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

Marcia here today with a layout to share with you. Recently my husband and I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and were delighted to find that Lego sculpture artist Sean Kenney had numerous works on display. The nature sculptures were all integrated into the beautiful gardens at the Arboretum. When Nicole released the Butterfly Background digital cut file, I knew it would be perfect to go along with the Monarch on a Milkweed Lego sculpture. This week Nicole challenged us to use three different cut files. Here is my layout...

I elongated my butterfly cut file a bit to suit my layout. Aren't those butterflies gorgeous! Here is a closer look...

I also used the Simple Circle Background. It reminded me of Legos, so I knew it would be perfect to add some interest to the background.

My title "This Happened" is from the WORD cut file.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back often as Nicole is constantly adding awesome new files to the store.

New Designs! August 2, 2015 14:00

Check out the new designs loaded into the store today!




Hope you like them!