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Little Magic March 22, 2017 07:00

Hello hello hello it's Cathy here and I'm back with another layout!  I don't know about you but even though it's still bitterly cold and gloomy in my region of the world I can't help but long for the beautiful colours of spring!  For my layout today I was inspired by all the fun and colourful scraps that I have in my stash.  Some are relatively new and some are from years ago, but either way I loved combining them together to make this fun image!  I used the Rosette Background 2, and originally I was using it as intended, as flowers, but once I was all done backing it I really loved how much it looked like wonky bubbles, so I decided to document my daughter's bubble blowing adventure last spring.  Backing the cut file with multiple papers was a wee bit time consuming, but I just love the end result!  Thanks so much for stopping by and if you go to my Youtube channel you can check out how I made my layout!

 

 


Follow your dreams | Geometric Background 2 |Michelle Whorwood March 16, 2017 07:00

Hi

Michelle here with a new masculine layout featuring the Geometric Background 2 cut file.   This type of background is a perfect one for layouts of the boys in our lives and I wanted to utilise the different geometric shapes in the file to make little mini pocket style elements within the grid shapes.  I also wanted to share how you can adapt the cut files once you have downloaded them in the Silhouette software to make them your own and to work with your design.   This is the original file:

As you can see the original cut file is more A4 size and I wanted to widen the windows on the right hand side so I could fit my square photo and have more space to fit my embellishments.  To do this, after I traced the file, I right hand clicked on it to ungroup (release compound path).  I then dragged the outer border to fill my 12 x 12 inch space on the Silhouette software.  I then dragged the rectangle shapes out to meet my new enlarged border.  When I was happy with their size and shape, I regrouped the cut file and proceeded to cut it out.   This is the finished layout:

I cut the file out on white cardstock and layered it back on white cardstock and filled in most of the diagonal negative spaces with patterned paper.  I added my photo to the largest rectangle shape and added some fringing to the bottom as it was a square photo and didn't actually quite fill the shape - the illusion of another line on the cut file is actually a white border on my photo and added some embellishments  to the other negative spaces.  

I then added the large title wood veneer and the little frames which hold the initials of my son, Liam's name and matched diagonal slope of the cut file and finished off with some sequin stars and small word phrases which matched the sentiment of my layout. 

I hope you have enjoyed my layout I have shared with you today?  Do you alter cut files to suit your style or to fit the type of layout you are doing?  Maybe you would like to try this technique one day if you haven't already?

Thanks Michelle xx


Me & You March 15, 2017 07:00

Hello! Donna here for my first layout the month of March.

I used the cut file Posie Swag on my layout

I deconstructed the cut file again. You will notice I do this a lot of times! For this particular design, I envisioned flowers/vines kind of hanging either at the top or the edges of the layout. 

I played around for a bit and decided to place the cut files as seen in the image

I wanted to make them appear like they're floating so I thought that keeping it white, as is, would work. Adding colors to the cut file was the last thing I did. Well, sort of second to the last thing, because the very last step to my process was slightly brushing pale peach watercolor to the edges of the white background to add a bit of interest aka make it a bit messy lol!

I was aiming for a peachy color for the flowers but I couldn't achieve the right shade. I still like how it turned out. 

I used Pretty Little Studio's Woodland collection.

I hope you liked my page!

Cut file used: Posie Swag

Thank you for dropping by and happy crafting,


123 DAB | Tarrah McLean March 14, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new boy themed scrapbook layout with you!

My 2 sons are such typical boys......the latest craze is doing a Dab wherever they are without a care in the world! I have had this photo of them doing a Dab together at the Monster Trucks show we went to last year!

Here is the cut file I used on this layout....the Visual Effects background cut file!

I cut the cut file from white cardstock and decided to back it on a darker contrasting colour behind the cut file. I used lots of Crate Paper for this layout including the Hey Boy collection and the Cool Kid collection. The dark background paper came from the Flea Market collection I think it was! I love how the dark strips contrast against the white strips too!

Machine stitching adds some texture to the layout as well as helps to adhere the cut file to the background paper. Recently I got some really fun boy themed flair buttons to add to my stash and one of those just had to be added to this layout! 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick Studio today, I hope you are inspired to try some of the amazing cut files found in the Just Nick store!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Hooray March 13, 2017 07:00

Happy Monday friends! I have a fun layout to share with you today, using Heather's Summer Vibes collection. I must say, I am officially out of this collection. I've used most of my stash so I'll need to buy some more because this is one of my favorite collections by Pretty Little Studio.



For this layout, I decided to use journaling cards for my background. I used Just Nick Studio's Doodle Daisy Background digital cut file for the bottom of the layout.

I love using sketch pens on my layout. It's so easy to do and totally fun! I used the cut-apart tags for my journaling. And to help pull the layout together, I used the flower die cut with a few buttons from Jillibean Soup. Since the buttons were initially a brown color, I used chalk ink to change the color!I added the yellow Rub-on from my stash to the journaling card to make it pop. LOVE how it looks. You can hardly tell it's a rub-on.

 
 
 
Pretty Little Studio Summer Vibes Journaling Cards/Sandy 3x4, Let's Go Outside, Vellum Tape/Festival, Cut-Aparts/Summer Labels, Wood Flags/Cut-Aparts/Summer Days, Die Cut/Fuchsia, Here Comes the Sun/Stickers/Think Positive, Wonderland/Stickers/Snow Cream, Other: Patterned paper: Studio Calico, Transparency Word: Pinkfresh Studio, Buttons: Jillibean Soup, Ru-ons: American Crafts
 
Thanks so much for visiting today!

 


Beary Brave March 10, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

 

Hey everybody it's Cathy here, back with another layout for JustNick Studio and Scrapbook Circle!  The Scrapbook Circle kit for March was loaded with bright colours and funky designs.  I really wanted to showcase all of those fun papers and colours so I chose the dreamcatcher background 1.  There were lots of awesome spaces to back with papers!  I used a small star stamp to create a fun pattern around where my cut file would rest and then popped my file up on some foam for added dimension.  Since all the  products worked so perfectly together embellishing was a piece of cake!  A big thank you to Nicole and Scrapbook Circle for this awesome team up!

 

 

 

 


Happy | Heart's a Flutter | Michelle Whorwood March 02, 2017 07:00

 Hi Just Nick Fans,

Michelle here with a new layout featuring the 'Hearts a Flutter' background.  We are showcasing different background files on the blog this week and I had been waiting for a good excuse to use this background file since it was released.  

Here is my layout

I had lots of fun creating this layout.  I cut the file out on white cardstock and added patterned paper to the negative spaces in the smaller hearts.  Filling in the negative space of cut files is an effective way to add pops of colour to your layouts which is what I do quite regularly.  This time I decided to take this one step further and add strips of washi tape stickers to two of the largest hearts in the cut file.  It is really easy to do, when you cut out your cut file, keep the negative heart shape.  I then added the washi tape directly to the shape and inserted it back into the cut file on my page.  I don't know about you but I have rolls and rolls of washi that I need to use up so I think I will definitely use this technique again!

Some close ups:

Because I wanted the cut file to be the main focus on my page I didn't want to cover it with photos, I decided to add my photo to the far left hand side of my page.  I then added some stitching and embellishments to the cut file and added a couple of strips of patterned paper to anchor my photo to the left hand side of the page.  Finished off with a pretty rub on butterfly and some wood veneer hearts 

Thanks for checking out my blog post, I hope I have inspired you to infill your negative space on your cut files with some washi tape.


You Are Awesome | Tarrah McLean February 27, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah back with you today, I am sharing a new layout that I recently created using one of the awesome background cut files in the Just Nick store!

As well as the Wheels in Motion cut file, I also used the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection....I just love this collection for slightly older boys and it goes perfectly with that cut file!

This is the cut file I used on my layout, the Wheels in Motion cut file. I cut it from a light green cardstock and then backed lots of the open circles with different patterned papers and my photo. I then used foam pop dots to pop the cut file up off the background cardstock.

I had some cute Project Life cards laying around on my desk that went perfectly with this layout so I used some to tuck underneath the cut file and one also became my title.  

I added some black thread and some black mist to add some different textures and to finish my layout. 

Thank you so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today!

Be sure to check out the Just Nick store for loads of new cut files that have been uploaded!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


All You Need Is a Free Love Cut File! February 18, 2017 08:00

Hey everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm showing you all my layout using the fantastic Free Love cut file that is available for free until February 19th!  Just use the code FREELOVE when you're at the checkout!  For my take I decided to get in on the bling and I backed my letters with sequins and some large glitter and an iron-on sequin edging.  I always love finding ways to incorporate unusual items and textures into my layouts and this method gave me a fantastic focal piece!  I didn't really need to do much else since I already had so much going on but I did like putting everything on the diagonal.  Just to make it a little more interesting.  I added some punched out hearts for dimension and used some chipboard from Crate Paper Heart Day.  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to get this cut file while you still can!

 

 

 

 


Hugs | Tarrah McLean February 06, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout created for Just Nick Studio using one of the cute new Love themed background cut files!

I used the cute Pink Paislee 'Pen Pals' collection to create this layout, one of my favourite things to do is to back cut files with all different patterned papers, this range was ideal to do this! 

The cut file that I used on this layout is the Cross My Heart Background cut file found in the Just Nick store. I cut it from white cardstock and backed different patterned papers behind it. Once I had all the papers backed, I used some foam/3D tape to adhere the cut file to the background paper. I really like the dimension and shadow effect it gives to my page. 

I scrapped a photo from last year of my 2 handsome sons! They are mostly best friends! As an added effect, I used some foam Thickers for my title and to embellish further! 

One of the Pen Pals chipboard frames was a perfect addition to frame my photo and draw the eye in! Puffy stickers and chipboard stickers are great embellishments to enhance layouts.

I love how this layout turned out! Check out all the gorgeous new cut files in the Just Nick store today! Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

 


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!

 

 

 


Lots of Love January 24, 2017 07:00

Hello everyone! Today, I have a pretty layout to share with you using the "Lots of Love" cut file and January Clique Kit! I love this cut file and used it a few different ways on this layout. It's been a long time since I used a large photo on my layout so this month, I challenged myself to do just that...


I first cut the Love  words then used the naked piece of the cut to trace the word love all over the patterned paper at the top half of the layout. I used a Bic 0.7 pen so the lines would be a little darker and more visibly to the eyes.




Then I used Gluedots to add the "love" letters cut from the same cut file to the photo. I used a ruler and a fine tip pen to add faux stitching to the cut file.


Here are some close-ups:


The tags and word banners are printables from the January Clique Kit.
 


Products: January Clique Kit, Patterned Paper: Stickers: Crate Paper, Sticker Alphas: Bella Blvd., Enamel Dots: Crate Paper, Digital Cut file: Just Nick Studio, Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette of America, Ribbon: May Arts, Other: Gluedots, Pen.
 
Thanks for stopping by today! We still have some of these kits left to purchase in the Clique Kits shop! Click here if you're interest. 

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


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!

 


Naughty or Nice | Tarrah McLean January 02, 2017 07:00

Hi there Just Nick fans and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am guessing you may have lots of photos to scrapbook so today I have some inspiration for you using one of the Christmas title cut files in store called Naughty or Nice!

I used the super cute Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories together with the Naughty or Nice cut file! I love the cute elements included in this collection!

Below is the image of the cut file I used!

As there was lots of green going in on this layout I decided to cut the title from red cardstock...I feel it helps to balance out some of the colours. 

Just before Christmas, my boys and I went to a Christmas party at a good friends house. She had an awesome photo booth set up, my boys loved playing in there, so I just had to snap a few pics of course!

I hope you will get some time to create over the Christmas break? Why not check out all the cut files available in the Just Nick store? They really do help to enhance your projects!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Snow Fun December 21, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

Marcia here today. I love living in a place where I can enjoy the 4 seasons. In Minnesota, you can always count on snow and cold temps in the winter. You may think that hibernating is the best way to get through ... but there is lots of fun to be had outside still. My sister-in-law's family like to skate and play hockey on a pond in their backyard. I love this picture of them doing what they love together. When I saw the Nordic Background digital cut file I knew it would make the perfect backdrop for their family photo. It adds a cozy feeling, just like a warm sweater. Here is my layout ...

Isn't that cut file amazing! Take a closer look.

This quote I fussy cut out from a journal card ties in with the sweater theme perfectly too; ' We Go Together Like Winter and a Sweater '  ...

Here are a few more close-ups ...

Here is the Nordic Background digital cut file I used today.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful Holiday and I hope 2017 brings peace and prosperity!


Holly and Jolly | Tarrah McLean December 16, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! I have a new layout to share today that will get you into the Christmas spirit if you aren't already!!

I was lucky enough to get a few bits and pieces from the Mistletoe Kisses collection by Simple Stories recently and this is my 5th layout using it! I have sons so therefore the colours aren't what I would normally use but I have found this collection super easy to use! 

As soon as I saw this super cute photo of my nephew wearing that massively cute sweater, I knew what I wanted to do straight away with this layout! Don't you love it when that happens?!

I decided to cut the Reindeer cut file from white cardstock right in the centre so that I could then add a backing patterned paper behind it. 

I added lots of different pieces from the Mistletoe Kisses collection to embellish my layout including the chipboard stickers, 4x6 stickers, ephemera and wood veneer!

I find inspiration for my layouts all over the place but one of my favourite places to find inspiration is on clothes. I just adore that reindeer on the sweater so I just had to showcase a reindeer somehow! 

Some of the elements included in the Mistletoe Kisses collection are very cutesy which is brilliant for me having 2 young sons! 

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New year! Make sure to join us again in the New Year for more inspiration using the awesome cut files here at Just Nick Studio!

Tarrah x


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!!


12 Days of Giveaways - Day 5 Merry Christmas | Tarrah McLean December 05, 2016 07:00 5 Comments

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! 

Today is the 5th day of the 12 days of Giveaway here on the Just Nick blog - which is so exciting! Nicole has outdone herself with all the designs for this giveaway and you can keep your eyes on the lookout for some beautiful new and FREE cut files coming up in the next days! The design team have created wonderful projects to showcase each design and for inspiration. 

I am sharing the layout that I created using the free cut file for today - the Tree Trio 2 cut file

I kept my layout fairly simple for a change and I like how it turned out! I cut the three trees from 3 different patterned papers and placed them framing my photo slightly.

By adding some layering pieces like stickers and small embellishments I was able to add some extra interest to my page without completely covering up the tree cut files I created. A large chipboard title was begging to be used I I would have had it for like 8 years I think!!) so I finally got to use it! 

Today’s design – Tree Trio 2 - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: TRIO2FREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 5th, 2016.
No purchase necessary.
Design will be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.
Happy cutting and creating!


3 x Christmas Cards | Tarrah McLean November 19, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! All this week, we have been showcasing cards on the Just Nick blog using the awesome Just Nick cut files.

I decided to create 3 Christmas cards for this week:

The first card I created, I used the Ho Ho Ho title from the Holiday Sentiments cut file set, cutting it from white cardstock and using foam tape to pop it up a little bit!

This cut file set is so versatile, as you get all of these cute titles for your holiday/Christmas projects in the one set!

The 2nd card I created, I used the 25 frame from Holiday Overlay 1 cut file set! I cut the 25 frame from white cardstock again and backed the frame with some red Christmas themed paper. I then used foam tape to raise the whole thing on top of the green Christmas themed paper. 

Frames with images or words are great to use on cards, you can cut them from paper or cardstock for a fun look.  

The 3rd card I created, I used the Holiday Tree Background. I cut this tree and the frame that its attached to with the green Christmas paper. I adhered it to a white cardstock background and added some Holiday themed embellishments to finish off my card.

The Holiday Tree background can be used for either a scrapbook layout or for cards too, you just need to resize the image accordingly!

Hope you enjoyed looking at my Christmas cards today! Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Let's Celebrate and XOXO Cards November 18, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone, 

Michelle here with two cards to share with you for card week!  I must admit I have only just really started making cards and don't make too many of them.  I am trying to make time to make more as they are so handy to have.

My first card I created was a birthday card.  I combined two cut files - I created my own doily from the Doilies cut file set as I love using doilies on my cards and layouts.  This file is great as it gives you four different options to choose from which makes it great value for money.    I then cut out the 'celebrate' from the Birthday Sentiments cut file set and added this to my card as well.

A close up:

For my second card I have created a more generic card for a non-specific occasion which is great to have on hand for when you need a card.  I used the Stack Em Up Background file first cut on white cardstock with some patterned paper layered underneath it.   I also cut out a Dahlia Flower and when I added it to my card and layered on some embellishments it started to look a bit dream catcher like so I added some feather embellishments dangling at the bottom. I added the XOXO sentiment which really makes it a versatile card for lots of different occasions from birthdays to general thank you cards. 

A close up:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today - I hope you have enjoyed seeing all our cards this week.

Michelle 


BOO! | Laureen Wagener October 28, 2016 07:00

Boo you cut file fans -

it's Laureen with you today, finally again! I missed writing blog posts ;)

I hope you enjoyed Halloween week so far? I for sure did!

The project the girls came up with were amazing!

Unfortunately, Halloween isn't a big deal were I live in Germany and therefore no one here celebrates it - the kids get their candy anyways and we get to dress up in February/ March for carnival.
If you ask me - I truly miss it! I would love to celebrate Halloween partys, go trick or treating - yes 22 year olds want their candy too ;) - and just decorate. But oh well! Therefore I couldn't come up with a layout for my post - since I wouldn't have ONE picture to use.

I decided to wrap things up and create 3 cards - 2 traditonal regular cards and one that is a tag and can be perfectly used as invitations!

For this tag I used the Pumpkin Tags cut file and cut one of the tags with the face and one just as the outline.

I then traced the tag and cut a sheet of transparency to layer behind my pumpkin. I used Distress Inks in different yellow and orange shades to make my pumpkin look like a pumpkin and adhered some black cardstock behind.

Then I just punched a hole and set a black eyelet and this first project was done!

For the BOO card I decided to use the Web Background as a stencil and really love the effect it gives!

I simply cut it out out of some cardstock, adhered it to my card and used purple Distress Inks over it.

For the sentiment I simply cut the BOO from 31 and used Black Soot Distress Ink over it, sprinkled some black Heidi shine over it and called it done ;)

Last but not least I knew that I wanted to create a scene - now since we don't really do Halloween, I don't have any Halloween stamps - and usually I use stamps for cards all the time!

I looked at the files and found the Bare Tree one, which I cut out and used Black Soot Distress Ink over it. Then I also cut out a pupkin from Build a Jack and the ghost from 31 to use as accents for the card.

The background was made using different shades of purple Distress ink and came together easily ;)

I hope I could help inspire you to create a few cards to give away last minute or to make a quick and easy Halloween invitation!

 

Have a happy Halloween and stay safe!

Laureen

 

Cut files used:

Web Background

Bare Tree

31

Build a Jack

Pumpkin Tags


Cozy Comfy Together | Pretty Little Studio Team Up | Tarrah McLean October 13, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing my layout for the team up between Just Nick Studio and Pretty Little Studio!

I was lucky enough to get some of Ashley Horton's new Fall collection called 'Oakley Avenue' and have used this collection on my layout!

 

I adore this photo of my parents and my siblings and myself! It was taken on my sister's 30th birthday a few years ago!

I used the Totally Tubular background for my layout today...I cut it from white cardstock and machine stitched around all the circles for added texture...

You can watch my process video below to see how I put my layout together...

The Oakley Avenue collection went perfectly with the colours in my photo...this collection is perfect for Fall, Family, Gratitude themed pages and cards too!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! Be sure to check out the Just Nick store as there are loads of new designs plus all your favourite designs are there too!

Happy creating!


Addicted Gamer | Stuck?! Sketches Team up | Tarrah McLean September 23, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah here with you and today I am excited to be sharing my layout for the team up between Just Nick Studio and Stuck?! Sketches.....my layout of course features Nicole's awesome cut files and you can see my interpretation of the fabulous sketch that Laura designed from Stuck?! Sketches!

Here are the awesome Just Nick cut files I used for my layout...the Gamer cut files...perfect for my son who LOVES to play his Playstation!

I used up some of my Simple Stories 'So Rad' collection from my stash...it goes perfectly with these cut files...I resized them a little bit to work with them into my layout....I made the headphones a bit bigger, the controller a bit smaller and the Gamer title slightly bigger too! 

Here is Laura's awesome sketch she designed! Make sure you check out the Stuck Sketches?! blog for all the inspiration using this same sketch!

Some detail photos showing how the Just Nick cut files compliment the sketch and the So Rad collection.... 

Thank you so much for joining me on the Just Nick Studio blog today! I hope you were inspired to try out the sketch using some of the amazing Just Nick cut files in store now!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


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!!  


Every summer has a story September 07, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone! Donna here for my first post this month of September. Wow.. September already?! How time flies!

It's still summer here in this part of the world and still hot as ever. Temperature ranges from 32-45 deg Celsius (sometimes higher!) and all you want to do is stay inside your home with the AC full blast! lol!

It's a good thing that there are tons of homes with private indoor pools you can rent for a day or two (or longer if you have that much money lol!). And no, you can't swim in public here, it's not allowed to be seen in public esp women without the black, long dress called Abaya.

Anyway, we already had our first summer escapade last May and it was sure a lot of fun!

I used one of the "decent" photos of my daughter running around the pool lol! She was so excited but didn't want to stay in the water because it was a bit cold. But she did a lot of running around and made her daddy so tired haha! 

For my layout, I used 3 different cut files: Summer Lovin, Summer Fun and Floral Circle Doily

To create layers, I used another doily to mat the Floral Circle Doily and tons of light pink thread under the photo, which were also matted with a couple of papers.

 Used my Promarkers to color a couple of the Summer Fun cut files

To break the colorful elements, I turned one of the photo in black and white. Also added bits of black-grayish stickers

Matting the big title was not my original plan but when I laid everything down, I thought it looked bleh over the neutral background. So I adhered it to an orange with white polka dot patterned paper and fussy cut. Would have been much better if I did the cutting using my Silhouette Cameo as well, lol!

I wrote the journaling with pencil first before writing permanently using a black pen.

I just love this limited edition Summer kit from Clique Kits and have few more projects to share in my next posts. So watch out for those :D

Cut files used:

Summer Lovin

Summer Fun

Floral Circle Doily

That is all for me today! I hope you liked my page!

Thanks for dropping by, happy crafting!


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!


No Rain No Rainbows August 09, 2016 05:46

Hey everyone, it's Cathy, and I'm back with another layout!  This time I decided to use two cut files for my layout, the first one is No Rain No Rainbows, and the second is the Confetti background.  I wanted to created a rainfall effect on my background and the Confetti background did the job perfectly!  I backed the cut file with a piece of multi-colour paper and I really love the effect.  It almost looks like a shower of jellybeans!  For my title I used the Rainbow cut file and painted it a variety of colours using my watercolours.  I then added white and black splatters and outlined the file to really make it pop off the page!  I kept the embellishments minimal since I didn't want to compete with my awesome title and rain effect!  I love how bright and cheery this layout turned out and I am super excited to see what other cut file combinations I can come up with using the Just Nick files!  Have an awesome day!

Here are the cut files used for this project!

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video!


Zoo Day | Michelle Whorwood August 08, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout to share with you featuring a background cut file called 'Funky Rectangles'.  

I really wanted to showcase how easy it is to create lots of texture on your layouts with cut files.  Therefore, I kept my colour palette really simple and created my layout with no patterned paper.   I love the tone on tone look with the white cardstock cut file on the white cardstock background.  I think it works really well with my black and white photos which were also really busy in colour. 

Some close ups:

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today - I hope I have inspired you to create some textural layouts with your cut files.


Stay Cool | Tarrah McLean August 01, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout with you using one of the many beautiful new cut files in store now!

I decided to use - The Floral Lace Background from the store and absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

I used the fun Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection to document this super cute photo of my niece when she was about 6 months old! My sister and her family live in England, they visited us last year and they had bought Amelia these sunglasses to protect her eyes from our harsh sun...perfect photo opportunity!

I also used a few bits and pieces left over from my June Hip Kit club kit, like those cute wood veneer sunglasses.......very appropriate for this layout! 

Thanks so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today!

Happy creating!

 


Me by Tarrah McLean July 13, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone!

Tarrah here with you today! I am super excited to be staying on the Just Nick team for another term! Huge thanks to Nicole for having me on the team once again! I absolutely LOVE cut files and include them on 90% of my layouts!

We were all asked to create a layout about ourselves...I recently changed my profile picture on Facebook to one of my favourite photos of myself (there aren't too many of those I can assure you ;)) so I decided to print it out and use that one for my page.

I'm not normally a flower person if you know me and my style but I had that gorgeous Illustrated Faith 'She Blooms' paper left over from my May Hip Kit and decided the Doily Background cut file would work perfectly with the paper! I cut it out with my Cameo and turned it around until I was happy with how it looked on my layout!

 

I added lots of different types of embellishments like, chipboard, wood veneer, puffy stickers, flair and enamel dots to help the cut file pop off the page and by using a black and white photo it makes the colour pop too! 

Thanks so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today!

Happy creating!

 


To The Moon July 12, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

I am so thrilled to be here as a part of the Just Nick design team. If there is one thing I love most about crafting, it is the ability to use cut files on my layouts. For my All About me Layout, I decided to use the To The Moon cut file. My children are my absolute world, my reason for breathing each day. After 6 long years of trying my husband and I were blessed with our miracle child., Harmony. So I decided to use this cut file to express my love for her.

I look forward to sharing my work with you throughout my time here at Just Nick and hope I can inspire you to create beautiful memories :)

 


My Favorite by Tarrah McLean June 24, 2016 07:00

Hi there Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I have a new scrapbook layout to share with you using the Free Tic Tac Toe background cut file for the month of June!

Below is the free cut file for June available for download until June 30th using the code TICTACTOEFREE at checkout!

 

There are so many possibilities with the Tic Tac Toe background cut file, I cut it out from white cardstock and then backed it with the one patterned paper for a clean look. Another idea would be to back each square with a different paper for a busier look!

I just love the Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans! I am trying not to use too much of it! I love that I can use flowers on boy pages! The black and white photo helps to make the colours pop!

Thanks so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today!


June free cut file meets CARDS June 23, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog to share another take on the June free Tic Tac Toe Background cut file.  So far this week, the design team has shown some fun ideas for using the design to fill the background of a scrapbook layout, as well as sizing and cutting apart the design to use as accent elements throughout a page.  Today, I thought I would continue to show the versatility of this design as it relates to cardmaking.

I never seem to have enough Birthday cards in my stash, so I challenged myself to make two entirely different cards using the free cut file.

My first card uses the cut file to fill the background of my design.  I sized the file to 5x5" and eliminated one row and one column of squares, before cutting it from white cardstock.  Layering the finished piece overtop of red paper highlights the intricacies of the design. 

 

The 'open' square spaces made for a fun place to stamp my sentiments.

 

You'll also note that I cut some additional patterned squares out of white cardstock, and attached them with foam adhesive over the 'blank' portions of the design.  Doing this, creates more texture and balances out the height of the stamped and colored elements on the rest of the card design.

 

For my second card, I went more clean and simple. 

Like I did in the first design, I ungrouped the file and used the plain square to cut out several of the patterned designs. I sized each individual square to 1.75" and cut them all out of white cardstock.  I backed each of the patterned squares with colored papers.  The squares were then adhered slightly overlapping and askew to the white cardstock background. 

 

A clear acrylic word makes a statement, when it's sewn through the center portion of the grid of squares.

 

The one 'plain' square made for a nice place to stamp the remainder of my greeting.

Have you grabbed your free cut file yet?  Hurry on over to the store and add it to your cart!  It's only free with code: TICTACTOEFREE until June 30th!

 

Supplies used:

Tic Tac Toe Background

 

 


Little Moments June 22, 2016 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

Marcia here today with some layout inspiration using this months Freebie cut file; the Tic Tac Toe Background. You can download this file for free until June 30th using the code TICTACTOEFREE at checkout,

This was a bit of a challenge for me, not being a grid based scrapbooker, but I love a challenge to get me out of my comfort zone and try something different. I really love how my layout turned out...

I used the Elle's Studio Little Moments collection and sized my cut file openings to 2" x 2" so that these square project life cards would fit in the openings. I like the ombre effect I achieved by backing the cut file with the ombre pink pattern paper. I filled the solid areas with my photos,  I didn't have enough photos for all the spaces so this vellum heart ephemera piece worked well to fill that last little space. 

I even placed my title over two of the squares.

Thanks for stopping by today! Check out all the fabulous new designs in the JustNick Studios on-line store.


Hello love June 17, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone! 
This month, Just Nick Studio teamed up with Clique Kits. You can check out my first page for the team up here

I made a second page to share with you all today

Donna Espiritu JustNick CliqueKits EllesStudio La Dolce Vita layout

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.

Donna Espiritu, Just Nick Studio, Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup, layout 01a

Used Gelatos on the background

Donna Espiritu, Just Nick Studio, Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup, layout 01b

I clustered several pieces of the cut files under the photo and layered bits and pieces of embellishments as well

Donna Espiritu, Just Nick Studio, Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup, layout 01c

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! 

Happy crafting,


Happy May 10, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a new layout with you using the brand new and amazing Bits and Pieces Heart Background! This cut file would have to be one of my all time favourites from the awesome range of Just Nick cut files!

The Bits and Pieces Heart cut file is so effective no matter how you choose to use it, whether you choose to back each individual piece with different patterned papers or you could back it with the one patterned paper like I have done! 

I used one of the busy patterned papers from the Pinkfresh Studio 'Up in the Clouds' collection to back the heart with. I love how the busy paper is broken up with the different size pieces from the heart cut file. 

I added lots of extra Pinkfresh Studio goodies to this layout also including some of those awesome acetate words from the Life Noted collection and the rubber charms also from the Life Noted collection! I machine stitched through the acetate words to help hold them to the page! 

Thanks so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today! Check out the Just Nick store for loads new cut files Nicole has just uploaded plus all your favourites already in store too!

Happy cutting and creating!


Going Places April 20, 2016 07:00

Hey there friends!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am excited to be bringing you a new layout that I created using some of the brand new cut files in the Just Nick Store!

I created a travel layout as soon as I saw the 'Around the World' cut file..... it went perfectly with the Starshine collection from Shimelle! I only used the plane from this set and cut it out on vellum.....

I absolutely love this Striped Alpha Cut file set! It looks great with a paper backed behind it for some extra pop of colour! 

I added some embellishments, machine stitching and some splats of mist to finish off! 

Thank you so much for joining me today! Be sure to check out the Just Nick store for all the awesome new cut files.........new ones are added all the time so check them out!

Happy cutting and creating!

Tarrah x


Lil Monster April 19, 2016 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends! It's Lee-Anne here on the blog today and I was totally inspired by the Happy Little Monsters and the Striped Alphabet cut files that I had to create this layout of this high energy little girl.  She is so funny.

I normally don't scrapbook with a black card stock background, but I wanted the Striped Alphabet, which are cut on my digital die cutting machine on white card stock, and the Happy Little Monsters cut files, which I cut on bright patterned papers, to really pop. The black card stock make it appear that it is the evening and to make the monsters appear a little more scary. 

Striped Alphabet

I hope you enjoyed your visit and be sure to check out both these and many more cut files in the Just Nick shop.


Sk8er Dude April 09, 2016 07:00 9 Comments

Hello Just Nick followers! It's Lee-Anne here today bringing you a layout of this adorable guy Quinn who is a friend of the family's little boy.

For this masculine layout of Quinn, I used the new Sk8er cut files to create the title above the "skateboard ramp".  

and also the person cut file. I also name these "washroom people". LOL.

 

Be sure to check out this and hundreds more cut files in the Just Nick shop. 

Have a lovely day!


Be You April 08, 2016 07:00 23 Comments

Hi friends!

It's Tarrah here with you and today I am sharing a scrapbook layout for the Pinkfresh Studio and Just Nick team up!

I love the Heart Background 2 cut file found in the Just Nick store! It goes perfectly with the heart paper from the Pinkfresh Studio Life Noted collection!

I mostly used the Pinkfresh Studio Life Noted collection but I also added in some items from the Happy Things and the Up in the Clouds collections too!

Be sure to check out both the Pinkfresh Studio blog and our Just Nick Studio blog for loads of inspiration and giveaways too! 

Don't forget, all week long we will be hopping with the team from Pinkfresh Studios! Leave a comment HERE and you could win a goodie bag from Pinkfresh Studios - head over to the Pinkfresh Studio blog and leave a comment for a chance to win  $25 gift certificate to the JustNick Store!

Please stop by the Pinkfresh Studio blog HERE to check out Carson's projects using our cut files!

Both winners will be drawn on Monday April 11, 2016. Good luck!

Thanks so much for joining me!


Baby Chino March 28, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing a recent layout that I have created using one of the new background cut files in store...its called the Stone Lace background

The awesome Stone Lace background is in store now!

One of my favourite techniques is to back the Just Nick cut files with patterned paper to make the cut stand out!

I used the True Stories collection by Shimelle/American Crafts for this layout! 

Thanks so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today....be sure to check out all the new cut files in the Just Nick Studio store right now and all of the past ones are always available too!

Happy cutting and creating!!

Tarrah x


Cards featuring March cut files March 23, 2016 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today. 

In my little part of the world, the weather is beginning to warm and the trees are starting to bloom. That fact has me itching to infuse everything floral and springy into my crafting projects.  Lucky for me, Nicole has released lots of fun and pretty cut files this month that fulfill these requirements. 

I used two of the recent March released cut files to put together this fun and pretty duo of cards.

The basic flowers were just asking to be layered. I sized down the file to fit within the constraints of my standard sized card front.  Cutting the flowers from a variety of colors and patterns and adjusting their size to layer atop one another, creates a fun and textural design.  Sequins, buttons and enamel buttons make perfect flower centers when the cut file is sized down like this.

My next card uses a mini version of the Floral Burst Background.  I cut three identical cuts of this file out of white cardstock and layered them atop of one another to give my diecut piece more substance and dimension.  Layering a variety of pretty patterned papers behind the cut file, makes the petals shine and the flower come alive.

Be sure to stop by the blog again on Saturday for some more great spring inspired designs that will be loaded to the store.  I'm pretty certain, you're going to love them!

Cut files used:

Basic Flowers

Floral Burst Background


I love cookies March 17, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hello everyone!! It's my turn to share my page today on the blog.

My page is about my DD's photo eating a huge cookie! I just love this photo of her which was taken late last year.

I used Floral Burst Background cut file which I resized a bit bigger, about 2 inches bigger than the original size. I used a coral mist and brushed it like burst of rays complementing the petals of the flower cut file

I layered my photo and some strips of paper to cover the edge of the file since the flower isn't whole. I used several different but coordinating patterns and placed underneath for a fun and interesting design

That's it for me today, I hope you liked my page!

Thanks for dropping by!

Cut file used:

Happy crafting,

 


Happy 12! March 02, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone.  It's Heather and I don't know about you but I love designing with sketches, especially PageMaps sketches.  I use them as a general guide to my design as evidenced below.

The sketch called for one large portrait photo, as shown above plus 2 smaller portrait photos above, where you see the tags. The rest of the design follows the sketch fairly close. 

I used the Birthday Sentiments cut file and the heart from the exclusive files Nicole created for the Clique Kits team up in February.  You can use the Broken Heart cut file to achieve the same effect.

I added layers of papers, ephemera, stickers, banners, etc to give the page a celebratory effect.

Thanks for stopping by today. Come back tomorrow for more great PageMaps inspiration.

 

 

 


PageMaps Team Up! March 01, 2016 07:51

Good morning!

This month, we are partnering with Becky Fleck at PageMaps ! Head over to the PageMaps site to see how the DT used our cut files combined with Becky's great sketches in the March 2016 PageMaps!

Here is a sneak of our DT projects :)

 

And something FUN! Use the code PAGEMAPSFREE to get ANY one design from the store until April 30, 2016!

Our talented team will be sharing all their projects on our blog soon, so stay tuned !

 


My Story February 29, 2016 07:00

Hello and happy Monday!  It's Jaclyn joining you today. If you've been following along on the blog during the month of February, you've seen the posts and projects featuring our team up with Clique Kits.  I have post a here showing two pages I created with the Hot Mess kit and the exclusive Just Nick cut files.  This pairing, of the kit and cut files, has been so inspiring though, I just can't stop creating with it!  So, I've got one more page to share with you today, using the exclusive zebra background.

CK_Feb16-CutFiles

I have a silhouette portrait machine, which if you're familiar, limits me to cutting files that are only eight inches wide.  Because of this, I sometimes avoid using background cuts, but this one was to good to shy away from.  Being unable to use a background in the traditional sense, that would cover both the width and length of my 12x12 canvas, often encourages me to get more creative, as I've done on this page.

At first glance, you'll see that I sized the file down to about 6.5"x7.75" inches and cut it from solid black cardstock.  I then backed it on a white background piece to mimic traditional zebra coloring.  It acts as an oversized matting to my photo and home to my title and collage of embellishments.

Upon further inspection, you might notice the 'real life' tab that sits directly under my title.  The tab is used to alert the reader that there is much more to this page. 

In fact, the tab lifts to reveal a whole slew of journaling hidden under the zebra print cut design.  This was a great way for me to have fun with the design and embellishments of the page but still find a way to include the whole of my story.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope this post inspires you to utilize your background files in new and creative ways.  If so, we hope you'll share them with us!


Enjoy the moment February 26, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hello everyone!

It's Donna here today to share another page I created using one of Just Nick Studio's awesome cut files.

Today's page is quite simple. I used the cut file Enjoy the moment as my page title. 

I layered two of the same sized cut file to add a bit of interest to my title since I only used plain white cardstock. I still wanted it to stand out against the soft pastel colors on the background.

I used "Hot Mess" February kit by Clique Kits

Hope you liked my page today!

Thanks for dropping by!

Cut file used:

Enjoy the moment

Happy crafting,