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Meet our April Guest Designer + FREEBIE time! April 14, 2017 07:00

 Meet our April Guest Designer - Annelie Maddock! 

We asked Annelie to create a few projects with whichever of our cut files she was inspired to use and look what she sent us!

Here is what Annelie had to say about her project:

On this page I used the "Sprinkle Background". I made it a bit smaller, then used it as a mask with texture paste. It's something I do often, I just LOVE the dimension it gives on the page.

  

For my title I used the word "together" from the "You Make My Heart Smile" cutfile. Adore that font so much! I cut it out on white cardstock, then used mist to make it fit in with the many colours on this page!

Cut files used:

You Make My Heart Smile

Sprinkle Background

Annelie also sent us this fun summery page!

I am totally addicted to background files! For this LO I used the "Little Black Dots" background, but as you can see on MY page it became a rainbow background!

 

Then, because it's a summery LO I used the sun & clouds from the "Sunny Days" file. To make them stand out on my page I did some faux stitching.

Cut files used:

Little Black Dots Background

Sunny Days

Great projects, right!? We would love to see what you can envision with the Little Black Dots cut file so we are giving it away this month for FREE!

Just use the code: DOTSFREE at checkout and it's all yours!

Code only valid until April 30, 2017 at midnight CST.

 

Thanks so much to Annelie Maddock for guesting for us this month!

To see more of Annelie's work, you can find her here:

Blog: http://swewi.wordpress.com/

Scrapbook gallery: http://www.scrapbook.com/galleries/483743.html/

Instagram username is: scrappinswewi (http://instagram.com/scrappinswewi

Pintrest: https://nz.pinterest.com/swewi/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/annelie.maddock

 

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for some fun stuff in the upcoming weeks!


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!

 

 

 

 


Happy Day | Free LOVE Cut File February 17, 2017 06:00

Hi there.  I'm rounding off the Love themed week today with a couple of cards using this week's Free Love cut file...

I adored the fringe look of this pattern paper so I decided to layer three strips over each other.  It's a bit hard to tell in the photo but it has some fun dimension.

Then, I layered 3 medium sized LOVE cuts over each of the three strips and added embellishments...voila!

Get the Free LOVE cut file before it's gone. You have until February 19th. Just enter the code FREELOVE at checkout.


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!


12 Days of Giveaways - Day 2 Merry & Bright | Laureen Wagener December 02, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi friends -

and happy December 2nd! It's only 22 days until Christmas - at least in Germany, you have to wait one day longer to open presents.

Today is the second day of 12 days of Giveaway - which is so exciting! Nicole has outdone herself with all the designs for this and you can keep your eyes on the lookout for some beautiful new files coming up in the next days! The girls created wonderful layouts to showcase each design.

It's my turn on the blog with the BEAUTIFUL design for day 2 - which you can snap for free today only - read on for the code to use ;)

Can you believe that the layout is the first ever Christmas page I have done?! All the years before I didn't scrapbook and therefore I had this Christmas collection from American Crafts in my stash since 2013, when I attemped - and miserably failed - a December Daily.

For the layout I started by cutting out the festive wreath and then didn't know what to do. I decided to back it with vellum and then I was stuck.

I stared at my blank page for a minimum of 20 minutes, because I didn't like the photos I've chosen at first with the papers I've chosen at first and didn't have any embellishments to use with said paper and photos.

Then I had the idea to just use paper strips from the American Crafts collection behind my wreath and use a circle punch to punch out circles to cover up the edges of the paper strips peeking through. Said and done the wreath was adhered in no time.

For added texture I sewed the wreath about 3 times to my page and then started embellishing around two new pictures, that go perfectly with this collection - I am wearing a sweater combo in the same colors from the collection - so it was meant to be!

I adhered my Thickers in a circle to match up with my wreath, used some gold Heidi shine over the page and called it done.

After I had overcome the first "Ohmygoodnessthiswillneverworkandlookanykindofgood" minutes - I am really loving this page and how it turned out.

Now onto the fun part - go and grab the FESTIVE WREATH cut file for free in the store using the code -

WREATHFREE

 

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 2, 2016.

No purchase necessary.

and you are good to go - there are endless possibilities to use this - imagine shaker pockets, or 4 wreaths for 4 pictures of each december weekend and many more!

Be sure to check the blog tomorrow for a new fun design to grab for free.

 Happy crafting -

xx Laureen

 

Cut files used:

Festive Wreath


October Guest Designer + Freebie time! October 14, 2016 07:00

Good morning everyone! I am super excited to have the talented Bea Valiant as our Guest Designer on the blog today!

I’m Bea Valint from Hungary, a little country in middle Europe… we have pretty hot summers, spicy foods, and a difficult history… I’m an economist and I've always been interested in numbers so right now I have FOUR kids, TWO hobbies, ONE husband and ZERO time... I always have been a creative person never stop with making home decorations, paper carfts and DIY projects. Regarding scrapbooking, everything started when my sister-in-law invited me to a workshop and I became totally ’infected’. My favorite subjects are my beautiful family that I have been blessed with. I love bright colors , little details and cheerful photos. As a paper crafter, I love to find ways to create unique embellishments using pre-made products. I love to start the day with coffee and work out, to travel and explore the world’ beauties, to have fun with friends, but you can find me often standing with crossed fingers next to the gokart racetrack pulling for my sons who are little gokart racers following them father’s passion. My craftroom is always open… I create things together with my kids, sometimes friends, but never with my husband... he just enjoys the results :)

We asked Bea to create a couple pages with any cut files she wanted from our store and check out this first lovely project using our Leaves and Sweater Weather cut files.

Autumn is my favourite season, love the beautiful golden shine and colorful leaves everywhere! I wanted to reflect this colorful world on my second layout using the 'Leaves' and the 'Sweather Weather' cut file. I cutted the leaves out of an aquarell paper and painted them with watercolor. I used white gesso on a grey cardstock, and placed the colorful leaves around my photos. I cutted some more leaves out of a Pink Paislee patterned paper and added them to my layout

Bea also sent us this gorgeous page using our Nana's Doily Background cut file:

When I first saw the Nana's doily background I already knew that I have to crate a layout with this gorgeous cut file! I enlarged the form and separate the circles with fussy cutting. I placed the round photo in the middle of the large doily circle and backed the cut file with Pink Paislee Fancy Free patterned papers around the photo  I created a cluster on the right top using Pink Paislee Take Me Away embellishments.

Don't you just love what she did with those cut files! Amazing! Now, let's get to the freebie!

We are so inspired by what Bea did with our Nana's Doily Background, we thought you would be too and we are giving that one away for FREE now, until October 31, 2016!

Just use the code: NANAFREE at checkout - no other purchase necessary!

To keep up with all of Bea's crafting adventures, please follow her:

Her Blog 

Instagram  

Facebook  

YouTube channel

Thanks SO much to Bea for guesting for us this month! Enjoy your freebie everyone!

 


Meet our September GDT + another freebie! September 16, 2016 07:00

Please help me in welcoming another talented GDT to our blog today - Meghann Andrew!

I am a 30-something, wife to a Brit, momma to a former micro-preemie, maker and excessive coffee drinker. I currently reside near Houston, Texas, but have lived in several U.S. states and the U.K. I love to travel and cook when I’m not documenting memories.

As with all our guest designers, we asked Meghann to create a few pages for our blog using whichever cut files from the store she would like! Check out this amazing page she created of her sweet, sweet daughter using our C'est La Vie cut file.

As soon as I found the C’est La Vie cut file in the JustNik shop, I knew I had to use it to document a photo from our trip to Paris in 2014. C’est la vie can mean “that’s life,” in quite a sarcastic way, but I was taking it more literal here, to record a beautiful, ordinary moment in our lives, that just happened to be in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I found a photo from our trip that had my main subject on the right side, the space that I had to the right side of “c’est,” and printed it in 8” x 8”, as my cut file was sized at 8” round. Because of it’s beautiful script flourished font, I wanted the layout to have a feminine feel, so I adhered the large photo with cut file to a floral background paper by Heidi Swapp, then surrounded the circle with fussy-cut flowers from an older Dear Lizzy patterned paper.

To give the layout a diagonal design, I added in some extra embellishment on the diagonal line, and printed my journaling on a journaling tag. Lastly, I decided that the die-cut itself needed a bit of color, so I mixed up a very pale pink watercolor to top the saying, and carefully painted it over the top of my photo! I absolutely love the way it turned out, especially the soft feeling that it conveys.

She also sent in this super fun and colorful page using our Live Love cut file:

I must have had circles on the brain, because I was immediately drawn to the Live Love cut file in the shop, and knew instantly that I wanted to document this beautiful photo of my daughter, and record a really hard day in my life, and what it taught me. I cut the circle designs out in white and backed them with bright, striped patterned paper, really making the words stand out. I wanted to keep the circle design going throughout the layout, so I also cut my photo at 4” round, and added in more punched patterned paper circles.

To bring in more color, I added a strip of patterned paper along the left side, then to offset the weight of that, I added my typed journaling and extra embellishment to the right side of the page. The white background with bright pops of color fit so well with this photo, and with my scrapbooking style! 

Don't you just love those projects!

We would like to offer the Live Love cut file for FREE until September 30, 2016 to you too! Just use the code: LIVEFREE at checkout and it is all yours

To follow more of Meghann's work, please look for her here:

Blog: www.meghannandrew.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/meghannandrew

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk8FKo32wXSBWxYg1_tScnQ

Designing for: Elle’s Studio, Jot Magazine

 

Thanks again Meghann for joining us today and sharing your talent! Enjoy your weekend!

 

 


Meet our August Guest Designer + a freebie! August 12, 2016 07:00

We are super excited to have Tracy Banks aka MercyTiara as our guest on the blog today!

Hi there, I’m Tracy Banks, known on YouTube as Mercy Tiara.  I’m a scrappy YouTuber who makes scrapbooking process videos when I’m not being a clinical psychologist, or taking care of my 2 school-aged daughters.  I’m also on the design team at the Scraptastic Kit Club, and I’m Video Contributing Editor for Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.

We asked Tracy to shop the store and choose some designs to use in her projects for today and here is her first project!

For this layout I used the Lower Case Outline Alpha to spell out my title: Oh Canada!  I had to split up the letters, by selecting “release the compound path” and then selecting all the parts of each letter in my title, and hitting the “group” button to make them into individual letters.  If that sounds complicated, trust me, if I can do it, anyone can do it!  It’s no secret that I’m easily confused by my Silhouette!  Once I had all my individual letters ready. I just dragged them onto my cutting space, copied and pasted the necessary a’s and sent it to cut.  

 
I was originally going to use the outlines of the letters to spell out my title, but I liked the negative space so much that I decided to use that as my background paper and my title.  I had a feeling I might want to do that, so I purposely arranged the letters on my cutting mat so I would have that option.  I love how this casual font really plays on the casual nature of our “car selfie” as we drove to the Canada Day festivities.
If you’d like to see how this page came together, check out the video below:

https://youtu.be/52l6-shQbPc

Check out this pretty second page that Tracy made with our Doodle Flower Background:

As soon as I saw the Doodle Flower Background 2, I knew I had to use it!  If you watch the process video below, you’ll see that I started with the idea of using different pieces of patterned paper to fill in the flower petals, but I quickly changed my mind and decided to use a single paper for all the petals.  
 
I guess I was feeling confident in my Silhouette skills from the success I had in separating the letters in the layout above, so I decided to cut another version of the cut file, but omitting the flower petals, so I’d have a the flower shapes but with all the petals filled in.  I wanted to slip this shaped piece of patterned paper behind the outlined one. Although I wasn’t sure if this would work, it actually did work perfectly, and the result is a pieced look that took only a fraction of the time.  If you’re not confident with the software of your cutting machine, you could easily get this look by simply cutting out each flower, as I had been doing before I changed my mind.  It takes a bit longer, but it’s quite easy. The process video below shows both approaches to filling the flower petals.
Here is the process video that shows how I created this layout:
https://youtu.be/XKs1NkdPPxU
Cut files used:
Since Tracy had so much fun with these files - we decided to give one of them away for FREE until August 31, 2016! You can grab the Lower Case Outline Alpha for FREE using the code ALPHAFREE at checkout NOW until August 31, 2016!
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Tracy for guesting for us this month!
To follow more of Tracy's work, please check her out on Social Media:

Welcome our May GDT + a freebie! May 13, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

It is my pleasure to have Raquel Bowman join us this month as our Guest Designer!

My name is Raquel and I am an Australian primary school teacher, Mummy to two kiddies (Jack 1 & Charlotte 3) and wife to Clint. I admit I am pretty obsessed with scrapbooking and love nothing more than playing with a variety of yummy papers and embellishments and making pretty stuff. I love spending time with my family, sharing coffee with friends, having creative time, a glass of wine at the end of a tough day and all things social media! I have been scrapping for around twelve years now and feel I have finally ‘found’ my style. I’m a lover of layers and clusters and enjoy adding little details while still maintaining white space, balance and a cleanliness to my layouts. 

You can find me designing for online publication Jot Magazine, Hip Kit Club and manufacturers Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Pink Paislee.

We asked Raquel to create a page using any of our cut files she liked and this is what she created!

Cut files used: Around the World
I decided to go big for this layout! I super sized the 'lets go' tag, the globe and the plane and made them a key element to my page. I coordinated these cut files with the Journey Collection by Crate Paper which complimented them well. 
We also created a fun background cut file for Raquel to use and be prepared to be WOW'd at what she created with it!
I loved the floral design of this cut file and played around with a few ideas using it. In the end I decided to mat it onto some gorgeous 'Wonder' Crate Paper and cut it into a circle shape. This really softened the edges of the cut file and allowed me to continue with the floral and circular theme when embellishing. 
Amazing and inspiring right!
Thank you SO much to Raquel for guest designing for us today on our blog!
Make sure you keep up with all her scrappiness here:
Now, if you would like the Floral Frenzy Background for FREE  just use the code: FRENZYFREE  at checkout from today through May 31, 2016 and it is all yours!
Thanks for stopping by our blog today! Have a creative weekend!

 


SCT magazine turns 10 years old! March 22, 2016 00:00

... and we are happy to be celebrating with them!

We have created a wonderful and FREE cut file to share to help Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine celebrate their 10th birthday!

I made a quick banner using this file - check it out:

Now, just use the code SCT10 to get this for FREE during the period of March 21-30, 2016 only, over at JustNick.myshopify.com


14 Days of Holidays - Day 13! December 17, 2015 00:00 1 Comment

Welcome back to another day of our 14 days of holidays FREE cut file giveaways! Marcia here today and I am excited to be sharing a fun 2 page layout using today's free design - Merry Wishes!

Here is what today's freebie looks like:

I take so many pictures at Christmas that I decided to make a 2 page layout. The first page has some snapshots I took of the kiddos while we were waiting to see Santa. The second page captures the visit with Santa.

I repeated the "MERRY" text down the whole side of my layout and backed each one with a different pattern paper from the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Tis The Season collection. I layered more words from the Merry Wishes cut file on top.

Here is the second page...

I used 2 more JustNick cut files here; the Naughty or Nice and the Tree Trio.

To grab the Merry Wishes for FREE - just use the code: WISHESFREE from now until midnight CST on Dec 17, 2015 and it's all yours!

No purchase necessary

Thanks so much for stopping by. 


14 days of Holidays - Day 11! December 15, 2015 00:00 1 Comment

Welcome back to another day of our 14 days of holidays FREE cut file giveaways! I am excited to be sharing a fun page using today's free design - Merry Merry Background!

Here is what today's freebie looks like:

It is a super fun one and I couldn't wait to use it on this project.

I enlarged the design quite a bit as the MERRYMERRY is quite thin otherwise. I backed the words with different papers, leaving some areas open with white space!

I added in a few other cut files available in the store - Holly Berries and Holiday Words.. here are a few sneaks of those

     

To grab the Merry Merry Background for FREE - just use the code: MERRYFREE from now until midnight CST on Dec 15, 2015 and it's all yours!

No purchase necessary

Designs used:

Merry Merry Background

Holly Berries

Holiday Words

Thanks so much for stopping by- I truly hope you are enjoying all our freebies this month! This is our FINAL WEEK of freebies, but don't forget that we always have a monthly freebie mid-month that you can snag for FREE!

 


14 Days of Holidays Day 9 December 11, 2015 07:00

Welcome to Day 9 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-18, 2015 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

 

Guiseppa here to share with you my Free Cut File!  I love playing with titles and I will for sure being using this cut file for more than one project!  The awesome Nicole Nowosad came up with this file for me and you get to have it for FREE...yay!

 This cut file is called Merry & Bright:!  

I know you have seen nothing but layouts from me, but this month I have been so busy creating gift boxes, treat, bags and gift items to share with friends and family, that I decided to use my free cut file to adorn these cut gift boxes.

I made these boxes up and then simply sized and cut out my Merry & Bright cut file.  I love how they turned out and I hope that someone will enjoy these as much as I did creating them.

What will you create with your free cut file!  There is still more to come with the 14 Days of Holidays and free cut files!  So, go grab this one!

Today’s design – Merry & Bright - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code:  BRIGHTFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 11th, 2015.

No purchase necessary.

Design will be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.


14 Days of Holidays - Day 6! December 08, 2015 07:00 4 Comments

Welcome to Day 6 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-18, 2015 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today to show your how I've used the snowflake background design, to create not one but two festive holiday cards.

I sized the file to about 6.5" by 7.5".  Doing so allowed me to cut a piece that was big enough to use for both of my card designs, with only one pass of the diecutting machine.

 

For this first card, I layered a portion of the background onto a piece of patterned paper that was trimmed to fit my card front.  I trimmed off the excess portion of the diecut design and set it aside for my next card.

 

I used Versamark ink and glitter embossing powder to add a whole lot of sparkle to my diecut design.  Not only does it allow the snowflakes to stand out against the patterned background, but it's just plain pretty!  Adorning the centers of several of the snowflakes with gems and rhinestones is a fun finishing touch.

 

As noted, my next card design utilizes the leftovers from the first card - a great way to stretch your diecuts and save on time!  I simply trimmed out two of the remaining snowflake designs, layered them onto one another, and stitched on a pretty coordinated button. 

 

This dimensional, layered snowflake makes for a perfect centerpiece to the design.

 

Today’s design – Snowflake Background - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: SNOWFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 8, 2015.

No purchase necessary.

Design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.


November GDT + freebie time! November 20, 2015 07:00 4 Comments

 

We would like to welcome our guest designer for November, Kristine Davidson.

Kristine Davidson lives on the East Coast of Canada with her husband of 14 years and their two tabby cats Archie and Willie. She works full time as a Customer Sales and Service agent for an airline company and loves to spend her spare time playing with paper. She also loves city skylines, sunsets, and a big bowl of ice cream while she watches reality television!

 Kristine has been an avid scrapbooker since 2006 with a complete addiction to pop dots, diecuts and pattern paper. She is the founder of a scrapbook sketch site called Creative Scrappers, and currently a design team member for Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup and Simple Stories. She is thrilled to be our guest designer this month and looking forward to providing you with some inspiration to create using our cut files.

We sent Kristine a few files that are hitting the store in December and here are some cards she made with them.

I really loved this cut file and wanted to create a layout with it but after i looked at it a bit more i thought a card would be perfect! I sized the background to measure 4"x4" and cut another tree to layer it. Adding a few embellishments such as stickers and enamel dots helped me create this cute card!

Here is another example of using a background file to your advantage! I cut this file using green patterned paper and kept the JOY part to create my card. It measures less than 6" wide and it was perfect to create a great holiday card!
We also sent Kristine this file:
Here is the layout she created with it!
Cut Files used : LEAVES and GRATITUDE 
It's fall and all the leaves here on the east coast have pretty much fallen off the trees but adding them to a layout is a great way to add dimension and details to a layout!
I cut up the leaves and added them with pop dots under other embellishments to create a focal point. I also used the word THANKFUL from the Gratitude collection for my title. The possibility with these leaves are endless; such as a background, adding pattern papers to the empty spaces, watercolor and so much more! 
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Nicole's Cut Files this month and I hope you find the time to cut a few patterns and add them to your cards or pages!
Thanks Kristine for joining us today! The Leaves cut file Kristine used is our FREEBIE for November!
To get this file for FREE - just add this file to your cart and use the code LEAVESFREE at checkout and it's all yours!
This offer is valid until November 30, 2015 at midnight.
Stay tuned for some EXCITING FREEBIES coming to the blog in December!!!

Meet our Guest Designer Sarah Moore + a freebie! October 16, 2015 07:00 1 Comment

It's that time of the month - where we ask a talented designer to join us on the blog using our cut files!

Help me welcome Sarah Moore this month to JustNick!

Meet Sarah:

Hi my name is Sarah Moore. I'm a crazy busy mama to 4 boys ages 9, 6, 5 and 2 and I've been married to my super supportive husband for 11 years! I am a (very part time hairdresser), but mostly a Stay At Home (Hockey) Mom and a Beachbody Coach! I pretty much run hair straight back all day, but I love it! I've been scrapbooking now for 11 years. I started just after I got married, so I could make a wedding album (shhhhh!! don't tell anyone that I still haven't finished that album!! HA!) I LOVE playing with my Cameo and finding different ways to stretch your cut files and use them in unique ways! I also love getting messy and inky with mixed media! I'm sad to say that my scrapbooking has taken a back seat to my busy life lately, but I was super happy to get a chance to be a Guest Designer for Just Nick and stretch my creative muscles! 

We let Sarah grab some cut files from the store to create a project and this is what she created!

Sarah says this about her project:

For this layout I knew I wanted to use the words in the All Boy cut file to create a fun background, so I ungrouped the file, (make sure you group the individual words back together before you move them or else all the little lines will stay when you move it!) Then I resized the words to the size I wanted, and arranged them all together on my page. Some of them were coming off the page (and that's ok!). Once I had them all arranged, I created a compound path of the whole thing by using the "select" or arrow function on the top left hand side of the sillhouette studio software, and selecting the entire arrangement, right click over the arrangement and click "create compound path". Once that's done, select the box function on the sidebar, and draw a box INSIDE the cut mat (this will be where your cut file will be cropped). After that box is drawn, go back to the select function and go over the entire file again. On the top right tool bar, click on your modify tab, then click on "crop" it will crop everything that is outside of the box you drew so that you have a closed line on your paper once it's cut and so it doesn't just keep cutting away the edges of your paper!
Once I had that part cut out, I used papers from Crate Paper's Open Road collection to back the words. After they were backed, I went back and glued the insides of the words down too. This takes quite a bit of time! I actually sat in front of the tv with my husband and watched a show while I did this because it's quite tedious (but definitely worth it!).
After the background was finished, the rest of the layout came together quite quickly! I layered some papers, vellum and some chipboard under my photo and I also used the Geometric Cards to add another layer under my photo! I'm not gonna lie, I totally used the Open Road collection because I NEEDED to use those sunglasses on this layout! HA! I finished it off with a little Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I love that you can use a cut file in so many different ways! This technique takes quite a bit of time, but the end result is so cool, it's definitely worth it!
We asked Sarah what her favorite type of cut files were and she told us that she loves backgrounds and since she has boys in her house, that something masculine would be great! We came up with Going In Circles Background for her to use.
Check out the beautiful project she made with this file!
I wanted to use the big circles in the Going in Circles cut file as a home for my photos, so I released the compound path of the cut file and removed the inner circles so it would leave me with a solid circle for my photos to go on. Before I placed down the cut file, I applied a light layer of gesso with an old credit card to give the background a little more interest.  
I also layered the photos with a few patterned papers that I cut with my good old manual die cutting machine! I backed the other circles with various patterned papers from Elle's Studio. Once they were all backed, I stitched around the circles with my sewing machine. It helps to keep the papers in place and also gives it some added texture! I love this cut file because there's so many different areas to embellish!
Now, wouldn't you love to get this cut file for FREE?? Just add the Going In Circles Background to your cart and use the code: CIRCLESFREE at checkout and it's all yours!
To check out more of Sarah's work make sure to follow her on her blog:
Or you can check out her Gallery over at Scrapbook.com http://www.scrapbook.com/profiles/426721.htm
Thanks so much to Sarah for joining us today!! Thanks for all the inspiration and enjoy your FREEBIE for this month!

Tag a friend and WIN! August 28, 2015 07:00

 

Head over to our Instagram account - follow us @justnickstudio and tag a friend! Both of you could win a $10 gift certifcate to the JustNick store! (one friend per tag please, but tag as many times as you want)

Contest closes August 30, 2015 at midnight CST - we will post the winners on Instagram on August 31, 2015!

Good luck and happy tagging :)


Meet our August Guest Designer - Rory Villancourt August 14, 2015 07:00 2 Comments

I came across our August Guest Designer's work on YouTube and fell in love! Please welcome our August Guest Designer - Rory Villancourt
Hello I am Rory a Family first, scrapbook addicted, dog loving, bike pedaling, photo clicking, nature lovin', simple things enjoying, Canadian Girl.
We gave Rory some bucks to spend in our store and make a few projects - check out this first project that she created!
Here is what Rory had to say about her page:
​​​I had all kinds of fun using the Sunny Days cut files for this 8.5 by 11 layout.  The cut shapes layer so nicely together.  I outlined all the files with white cardstock so they would stand out and clustered them around the page.  A few embellishments was all it took to finish it off.  This layout is the first selfie of my daughter and I in her new place.
 
Rory decided to use the Best Day Ever cut file to create this wonderful page!
Here is what she had to say about this page:
My second layout is all about the title.  It really was the Best Day Ever!  I took this photo just minutes after my daughter got the keys to her new home.  That's why I chose this cut file.  It's big and bold on the page.  I also love the look of a cursive font mixed with a blocky one.  I outlined the title cut file with white cardstock so I could pop it up on the page.  I like the shadows and that way could keep the dimension of the cut.  I love the skinny font of the words best and ever.
I had some Serious fun Guest Designing and making  layouts with these Just Nick cut files 
Thanks Rory! We enjoyed having you!!! Rory also created a YouTube process video for this page... check it out on here You Tube channel here - https://youtu.be/Tz3FqjXMRo4
Check out more of Rory's great work on Instagram or YouTube - @Kateroar or over on the Scraptastic Kit Club 
We also asked Rory what sort of cut files were her favorite and she said:
words, cameras, polaroids, geometric backgrounds, speech bubbles...
We created this FREEBIE cut file for you!
Like last month, just load this design into your cart and use the code: WORDBUBBLES at checkout and get this design for FREE until August 31, 2015.
(Starting September 1, 2015, this design will no longer be free, but will still be available for purchase in the store)

 

Thanks again for stopping by our blog!


Guest Designer Audrey Yeager + a freebie! July 17, 2015 07:00 4 Comments

We welcome Audrey Yeager to the blog today as our Guest Designer for July!

We knew we had to ask Audrey to GDT for us when we saw her great projects at My Scraps and More!

Meet Audrey:

I am a thirty something stay-at-home mom to my kindergartener and pre-schooler. I started scrapbooking around 2005, although I have been “crafty” my entire life, dabbling in different crafts here and there. In 2007 I discovered the online world of scrapbooking, which totally changed the way I scrapbook. Since then, I’ve been on several teams for kit clubs, manufacturers, and challenge blogs. In January of 2014, I took over ownership of an online retail scrapbook store called My Scraps & More. I have an entire store in my basement, and it allows me the best of both worlds to work part time from home in the store and spend time with my kids, too! (Not to mention I get to scrap with ALL THE THINGS!)


I love to scrap about our everyday moments and try to record all those little things that are said and done. I’m also so glad that we live in a place like upstate NY where we experience every season because I love being able to change up my products and inspiration from one season to the next!


I love how scrapbooking can remove me from anything else I may have on my mind, and just take me to a place where all I think about are colors, patterns, and the memories behind this photo. I also love the social part of it, too, in going to crops and retreats, and the online support and camaraderie!


In addition to scrapbooking, I love to quilt and sew, garden, play volleyball, and watch movies and sci-fi TV series!

We asked Audrey to create a few projects using our cut files and look at what she sent us!

I used the  Brushstrokes cut file from the store and  cut different "strokes" from different colored papers.  I layered the stoke cuts in a vertical line behind my photo.   I cut the Simple Scalloped Strips file from white cardstock and added small bits to the top and bottom of my photo as a little border.

    

 

We also asked Audrey what type of file she would like to use and she asked for a lake inspired cut file! This is what we sent her:

Check out what Audrey did with this file:

I used the waves from the freebie file and cut them in different sizes.  I cut them from apiece of paper that had an ombre pattern to it so that the bigger waves were on darker paper, and the smaller waves were on lighter paper.  For the title, I cut the words "fishing" and "lake" from white paper and inked it with navy ink to add a bit more contrast.

   

 

Thanks for sharing your great projects with us Audrey!

To follow Audrey and check out more of her work, here is where you can find her:

Blog: http://audreysreflection.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myscrapsandmore
Instagram: https://instagram.com/audreykit1/ or http://instagram.com/myscrapsandmore/

If you like the Lake Life Freebie - you can download it in the store for a limited time!

Just add the item to your cart and use the code: lakelife at checkout until midnight July 31, 2015 to get this file for free!

After July, the file will still be available in the store, it just won't be free :)

ENJOY!