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Live Today - Cathy Martin August 11, 2017 07:00
Hi everyone! I can't believe we are almost halfway through August! Where oh where has the summer gone. Well I know for myself I am still going to be scrapping fun and bright layouts for just a little bit longer before I switch and start focusing on the awesomeness of autumn scrapping. With that in mind this week is circles week and we are focusing on cut files that are circular. This, for me, is seriously no problem, I LOVE all of Nicole's circular cut files!
For the layout I created I chose the Floral Ring 3 cut file, and I cut it out in a very primary, bright blue. Now here is where the challenge is because this colour of blue is not one that I would usually use, but I really wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge as well as get a chance to use up products that would match well with the blue that I chose!
After much hmming and hahing and not being able to make a decision on patterned paper I finally was able to back the cut file and choose a background paper that really went well together. I used products from Pinkfresh Studio and Pretty Little Studio to finish off the layout!
Thank you all so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video to see how it all came together! Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!
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 | Zsoka Marko July 19, 2017 07:00
Hi there Just Nick fans,
Zsoka back with you today with a new layout.
You probably don't know this about me because I mostly do boy pages, but I've been in love with flowers ever since I was a little girl. They make me happy. I love to touch them, smell them and yes, even talk to them. A while ago I decided I will not deny myself the joy of using floral patterns and flowers on my layouts just because I don't scrap girls. They cheer me up. And Nicole does the prettiest floral cut files, doesn't she?! So today again I chose a floral cut file which is quite new still. I think this is my absolute favourite one right now!
Isn't it just fabulous?!
I decided to blow it up a little and turn it around so it's at the top of my page. I picked the gorgeous Oh My Heart collection from Paige Evans. I love the purples in this collection! I chose a purple paper for my background, then backed the flowers with different patterned papers from this collection. I hand cut some leaf shapes from different purple papers, which I then layered on the cut file for a bit of extra dimension. I glued some foam adhesive under the cut file so I can tuck my picture under it.
At this point I had no idea what photo I want to use. It happens very often that I do the background and then I find a photo. Mostly one that is already printed so I don't feel like I'm wasting anything ha! But then I realized I actually have a color photo in which I'm wearing some purple floral leggings! So I went ahead and printed out that one. I think it fits perfectly.
For my title I picked the cute wood veneer word LOVE which I believe is from Ashley Horton's first collection, Oakley Avenue. I glued this on top of a circle scallop wood veneer from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection.
Other than this I only added a suede bow, a chipboard, a puffy sticker, a few buttons and some enamel dots. Generally I add more embellishments but I felt like the page was finished at this point. I didn't even add paint splatters which I do on most of my layouts!
I hope I could inspire you in one way or another! Thank you for stopping by today!
Thanks Dad! - Cathy Martin June 20, 2017 05:00
Hey everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm back creating a masculine themed layout! Fathers Day was just a few days ago and I was really happy to get some fantastic photos of daddy with the kiddos! I had been in a scrap slump, but after Sunday I had renewed energy to go and get some of those photos on a layout!
One of my favourite types of cutfile in the JustNick shop are the ones that are lots of shapes attached together. They are perfect for backing with patterned paper! I found one that I thought was fun and whimsical and would work well with my idea. I'm a sucker for circular patterns so this one worked out great! Usually I cut them using white card stock, but unfortunately I am completely out! (I know, how does that even happen right?) So I decided to use a light yellow patterned paper. Needless to say after my Silhouette was done cutting I turned the cut file over, and ended up using the other side instead! You can check out my Youtube video to see what I'm talking about and see how my idea evolved!
Have an awesome scrappy day everyone and don't forget to grab a cut file while you're here!
Happy Girl, Happy Heart - Page Maps Team Up June 07, 2017 06:00
Hey everyone!!! It's Cathy here and I'm back from my trip and I'm ready to scrap! The thing about taking a long scrappy break though, is that sometimes even though I'm raring to go I just don't have any ideas coming to mind. Well then in steps Becky Fleck and her June sketches and I'm saved! So I have been really wanting to use some of my older products as well as some of my more vintage looking products, so I thought I would challenge myself with the sketch I was given. My sketch is very modern and simple, a great jumping off point, so I decided to soften it up by replacing one of the middle layers with the Henna Heart cut file! I cut it out in pink and then sprayed it with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Cherry to get a shiny heart! I had to make a small cut so that I could have it look like it was looping around my middle paper piece. I then took her visual triangle of embellishments and just went to town! I used up lots of older chipboard and stickers and was really happy to make a dent in my stash!
So here is the sketch that I was given!
And here is the cut file that I used for my project!
And here is my finished project!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! xoxo Cat
Dream Today - iNSD 2017 May 06, 2017 07:00
Hello hello hello!!! It's Cathy here and I'm so excited to be participating in the celebrations here on the JustNick Blog! We will have several different designers posting through the day and there will be a free cut file to go along with the posts! Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page to get your code :)
So for my layout I actually used 3 different cut files! I used the Dreamcatcher 1 cut file, the Feathers 2 cut file, and the Sweater Weather cut file. I decided to finally get in on the dreamcatcher fad, you know, considering that it's almost over! Well let me tell you, this turned out even better than I expected, and although I had to be patient when it came to cutting out the feathers and gluing everything down, the actual design came together super quick! Don't forget to pop over to my YouTube channel to see my process video!
I did a little mixed media behind my dreamcatcher before I glued it down, and I love the addition of the white feathers with my patterned paper feathers. It really brought a level of dreamy whimsy that I had wanted in my layout! If you haven't tried a dreamcatcher yet then I suggest you grab yourself the feather and dreamcatcher cut file and get to work, you won't be disappointed!
You can grab the Dreamcatcher 1 cut file for FREE using the code: DREAM2FREE at checkout now until May 7, 2017 only!
Art is a Treasure April 04, 2017 08:26
Hey hey everybody, it's Cathy!!! I'm back with another layout to help get your mojo going using Nicole's amazing cutfiles! So this time around I wanted to do something a little bit more subdued and soft, while still being masculine. I also wanted to cut my file using patterned paper since I've been doing a lot of cut files with white cardstock. I cut out the Scribble Circles background file on a sweet mint and white striped patterned paper. I then backed some of the circles with patterned paper and some I left open. I used some ephemera from Pretty Little Studio too, which matched perfectly with the colours I was working with! I love adding vintage touches to a more modern and minimal design. I really kept the patterns to a minimum and left lots of white space! Thank you so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!
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!
Love This Baby - Cathy Martin January 11, 2017 07:00
Hey hey! I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure this is my first layout of 2017 for JustNick Studio! I'm so happy to still be getting to create layouts using her amazing cut files. Now, I will be honest, when it comes to creating a layout, my hardest part is choosing a cutfile to start with. I know I will sound like a fan girl, but seriously, I really do love so many of her files that narrowing it down to which one is a tough one for me. I decided in the end that I hadn't scrapped much about my youngest yet, and I wanted to create a cute baby page with some interesting icons. I found her Up in the Air cut file and I just love hot air balloons! I am definitely not a literal scrapper, so I really don't mind using icons or images in layouts that are not about that subject. I mean, when am I ever going to have hot air balloon pictures! I decided to first back my balloons with vellum, and then patterned paper. I placed them on a cute piece of paper covered with little clouds just to keep with that sky and air theme and then I got to work embellishing! I just love how sweet this layout turned out! Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video to see the layout come together!
12 Days of Giveaways - Pine Needle Bough December 11, 2016 00:00 3 Comments
Hey everyone it's Cathy and I'm getting in on the freebie fun! For my layout today I'm using the free Pine Needle Bough cut file available in the shop! If you want to get yourself this cute little file make sure you use the code BOUGHFREE. It's only free for today though, so make sure you pop over to the shop asap. I loved this cut file and when I saw it I immediately thought of it as making a cute accent to add to a wreath, so I grabbed another JustNick cut file that I had on my computer and cut out a wreath. I then cut out my bough and sprayed it with black Heidi Swapp colour shine. I love how bold and fun it looks on my layout and the added pompoms just make it even that much more fun!
Today’s design – Pineneedle Bough - is yours for FREE today only!
Just enter code: BOUGHFREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 11th, 2016.
No purchase necessary.
The design will still be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have the Happiest of Holidays!!
Colored Leaves - Thankful November 24, 2016 07:00
Hey everyone, it's Cathy, and I'm back with another layout for you! For this week our theme was "Thankful" Now I live in Canada, so we had our Thanksgiving in October, but being thankful doesn't have a time frame, and even the simplest thing can make us feel thankful. Now that autumn is ending and winter is fast approaching I wanted to take a moment and express how thankful I am for little things, like the beautiful changing leaves of autumn. This time of year is my favorite but far. I absolutely love the colours of fall and I love all the celebrations that go on during that time. I also love gearing up for the holiday season too as I watch the nights get shorter.
So for my layout I used a phrase from the cut file Fall Y'all. I really love all the phrases from this cut file and will definitely be using the others for different layouts, but for this one I chose the "colored leaves" phrase. I enlarged it and cut it from white cardstock. I really wanted a simplistic look to this layout, with the focus being on the photo and the title. I am so happy with the minimal look that I ended up with, and as a bonus, this layout took almost no time to make, so I got to be thankful for that as well!
Let's Celebrate and XOXO Cards November 18, 2016 07:00
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.
Autumn Blessing - Simple Stories Team Up October 17, 2016 07:00
Hi everyone it's Cathy! I'm back with another layout for JustNick Studio. This time we are teaming up with Simple Stories to create some fun layouts. I received the gorgeous Hello Fall collection from Simple Stories. Now while this is a fall collection I was trying to figure out a way to use it that wouldn't be a conventional fall layout. I decided to use the lovely baby blue and floral paper from the collection for my jumping off point and that made me think about my youngest son, who was born last fall. I thought this would be a perfect subject to merge with fall inspired papers and embellishments. I cut out several of the leaf cluster file in white white cardstock and used a few of the other papers to back some of the leaves. I backed my photos with a few other of the papers and then stuck it all down. I loved all the project life cards that came with the collection so I decided to fussy cut out some of the images and sayings to add to my layout! I love how this turned out, and that I was able to use the collection for a slightly different subject!
Make A Splash | Stuck Sketches | Michelle Whorwood September 21, 2016 07:00 2 Comments
Hi Everyone, Michelle here with a layout to share as part of the Stuck Sketches collaboration. I really couldn't wait to do a multi-photo layout of our recent holiday to Fiji and the sketch Laura designed was a perfect one for it !!
I couldn't resist adding my photos on the angle and the rest of my layout flowed from there. I had been eyeing up the fabulous Summer Fun and Summer Lovin' cut files and enjoyed using the icons from the Summer Fun set as embellishments on my page - there are lots of elements that are perfect for beachy photos in this set. I then created my title 'Make A Splash' from the Summer Lovin' cut file set. Don't be afraid to split up the cut files to make them work on your layouts as I have done on my title here to frame my bottom photo.
Some close ups:
Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! I hope you play along with this sketch as there is an opportunity to win a $25 store voucher to the cut file store!!
Enjoy the Little Things September 05, 2016 07:26
Hi everyone it's Cathy and I'm back with another layout! This time I'm clocking in with a whopping 3 cut files on one layout! I started by using the Funky Piechart cut file and the Live Simply cut file. I resized them so that I would have circles of various sizes to create a fun playful effect on my page. I backed my cut files with scraps that were just hanging around in my craft room, keeping in mind the colours in the photo. I decided to go with a white on white look so I used white cardstock for my background as well. With so many bold circles going on I didn't really need to do much embellishing so I only used a few chipboard stickers to create a little cluster. I also used a cut file for my title and decided to cut it in a bold red paper. When I cut a shape or image like the title, that has lots of thin parts I like to use either a solid paper or a very subtle, small pattern so that I don't lose the readability of my title. I propped my circles up on foam and then added some black mist and my layout was complete! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!
Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out my YouTube channel for my process video for this layout!
Hello love June 17, 2016 07:00
I made a second page to share with you all today
I used one of the exclusive cut files created by Just Nick Studio for the June Kit "La Dolce Vita" featuring Elle's Studio Little Moments.
Used Gelatos on the background
I clustered several pieces of the cut files under the photo and layered bits and pieces of embellishments as well
After writing a bit of journaling using a waterproof pen, I used my brush to flicker tiny bits of diluted gelatos and let it totally dry.
You can still join the hop and start right on the Clique Kits blog.
I hope you liked my page!
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.
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.
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
I used one of the tags to line up straight the little sticker alphas
After adhering everything, I splattered some mists/inks to the layout. Then I wrote my journaling after the ink/mist splatters dried.
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
Crafting off the Page with Cut Files May 18, 2016 10:00 1 Comment
Hello everyone. I wanted to show you a project I created with my daughters. They hold a lemonade / bake sale every year and we always dress it up with all sorts of crafty elements so when this year rolled around, I knew exactly which JustNick cut files to use.
Can you spot the three cut files I used? It's a bit of an I-Spy game so let me walk you through it and show you a tutorial.
This entire decor of the lemonade stand was inspired by this paper flower garland I wanted to create. I hand cut some of the flowers from the Paige Evans' Fancy Free collection for Pink Paislee.
Then I chose two flowers from the Lazy Daisies cut file and added circles for holes in the middle of them so I could string them on the twine.
Next I downloaded the Stems 2 cut file created a hole for the twine to go through the leaf of the stem. To do this, I created a small circle nested in a large circle. I then stacked it on top of the stem and welded it together.
I then strung them on the twine and hung them from the top of the lemonade stand.
Next I created a little sign for the stand inviting people to try the lemonade. I chose the Lemon Slice cut file and then I typed "pucker up" and cut it out of coordinating paper.
I created several other elements using my Silhouette. You can find the details for those on my blog.
Hello Little Miss Charmer May 17, 2016 07:00
Hi everyone! Donna here to share with you my newest page using Just Nick Studio cut files
First thing I did was brush several shades of purple, lavender and blue on the background (gelatos). After the surface has dried, I brushed gel medium all over the background. I placed the Fancy Filigree background cut file to the wet gel medium and brushed some more gel medium on the cut file
For more texture, I used a stencil and whipped spackle after the gel medium dried. Using the shapes from the cut file as template, I traced this over different patterned papers and placed them in random spaces.
Before placing the photo, I gathered lots of light pink thread and adhered it under the photo. Then clustered little bits of ephemera pieces to the right side of the photo
I used different shades of Faber Castell PITT pastel pencils to darken spaces of the cut file background and doodled around the pieces of patterned papers with black pen to make it stand out.
I had a lot of fun making this page. Would you try this kind of background technique on your next layout? Let me know when you do!
I used Clique Kits May kit "Northern Lights" featuring Atwell collection by Fancy Pants Designs
Cut file used: Fancy Filigree Background
Thanks for dropping by!