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Happy, Masculine Themed Scrapbooking Layout by Heather Leopard June 24, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone. Heather Leopard is here with a Make it Masculine layout. I had fun mixing and matching a few of my favorite geometric shapes to create a really fun layout.  

Scrapbooking layout by Heather Leopard @heatherleopard

To create this layout, simply supersize the TRIANGLE BACKGROUND 3 cut file so that it spans the entire 12"x12" page.  Since you're only using a little over half the page, you can either cut the entire 12"x12" page or slice / erase the part you don't plan to use.  

Next, fill about half the triangle spaces with patterned paper and fill the remaining pieces with the white cardstock pieces you just cut out, only adhering the center so that the sides lift up a bit and add dimension.

Next, add coordinating patterned paper strips in varying lengths and widths, stitching the layers over each other. Add your photo, title and any embellishments. Then find some white space to add journaling to complete the layout.


Summer Cards - Scrapbook Circle Team Up! March 06, 2017 06:00 1 Comment

Hi everyone!  Heather Leopard is here to announce a team up and giveaway with Scrapbook Circle.  

I created 2 fun summer cards using the Scrapbook Circle March Happy Place kit and the JustNick Studio Summer Cards cut file.

To create these cards, I removed the watermelon and camera images from the cut file.  Then I created a mirror image of the front of the cards, removed the words, welded them together and added a perforated cut line. Voila, we have cards!

GIVEAWAY!

Scrapbook Circle is giving you a chance to win a March Happy Place kit.  Simply leave a comment here on the blog. Then visit and comment on the Scrapbook Circle blog.  We will draw one winner from all comments each day.  Follow Scrapbook Circle on Instagram (scrapbook_circle) for another chance to win. Winner will be announced on the Scrapbook Circle blog Sunday, March 12, 2017.


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.


Snow Wonderful | NordicBackground January 19, 2017 06:00

Hi everyone.  Heather Leopard is here doing what I love most...playing with background cut files! This one in particular is the Nordic Background.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

I altered this cut file just a tad, removing the x's that are part of the cut file so that I could hand stitch them instead.  Then I enlarged it to cover the entire page, removing the lower portion since that was going to be covered by patterned paper.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

Next, I separated the cut file and traced the outline of one of the snowflakes and offset it just slightly, making it a tad bit larger than the background cut.  I cut the outlined snowflake out of different patterned papers and adhered them here and there to the back of the large cut file.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

That's just my way of using cut files (like Nordic Background) to make unique layouts.


Let It SNOW! January 05, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone, Heather Leopard is here with another version of word play this week.  I'm still working on my December Memories album, which isn't a typical album but rather a Traveler's Notebook.

Snow Traveler's Notebook by Heather Leopard

I chose to use the word "SNOW" from the Holiday Words cut file and mixed in 2 cuts of the Snowflake background as a base for my photos.

So there you have it. One single chosen word turned this mini layout into a snow lover's paradise! It sparked the idea for the snowflake background and is adorned with snowy embellishments.


Unique Christmas Tags December 22, 2016 06:00 1 Comment

Hi everyone.   I created some fun tags using the Holiday Tags file Nicole offered during the 12 days of freebies earlier this month.

Christmas Tags by Heather Leopard

I mixed and matched and trimmed and supersized to make each tag my own.  I can't wait to adorn my gifts with these custom tags.

Christmas Tags by Heather Leopard

 I layered them all with a mix of patterned paper and cardstock and I even stitched some.

Christmas Tags by Heather Leopard

I'm excited to add a little bit of personal touch to each gift this year!


12 Days of Giveaways - Day 8 Pinecone Gift Tags | Heather Leopard December 08, 2016 06:00 3 Comments

Welcome to Day 8 of the 12 Days of Giveaways.  Heather Leopard is here with a couple of gift tags, featuring the Pinecone, which you can download HERE.

Pinecone Christmas Gift Tags by Heather Leopard @heatherleopard

In addition to the pinecone, which is today's free cut file, I also used the Holiday Sentiments 2 file. 

I decided to make these similar yet different enough, one being centered with the sentiment cut out and the other a little off center and the sentiment adhered to the top.  

You can get the Pinecone cut file for FREE by using this code: PINECONEFREE

This code is valid until midnight CST, December 8, 2016. No purchase necessary!

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

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thankful for her... November 21, 2016 06:00

I'm kicking off a week of being THANKFUL here on the Just Nick Studio blog as we ramp up for Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  I have a lot to be thankful for, most of all my family and my health so I thought I'd create a layout about one particular little girl of mine who embraces all that life throws at her with such positive attitude.  

I mixed in some of the new Plaid Circle Background with other circles and flowers to create this layout.

I sized it down to 1 3/4"x1 3/4" circles so they would fit inside the  2"x2" circles that I had cut from pattern paper. I then stitched them to the background paper.

I scattered 3 - 4 around the page, some by themselves and others as clusters with other circles and flowers.  Then I added lots of layers of pattern paper, chiboard, fussy cut flowers and buttons. And last but not least, a title and journaling about why I am thankful for her!


It's Fall, Y'all Scrapbooking Layout November 03, 2016 06:30

Hi friends, Heather Leopard is here and I'm super sizing it today but in a really simple way, with a photo, a die cut and just a couple of embellishments.

Happy Fall Y'all Scrapbooking Layout by Heather Leopard

I want this page to be a dominant page of my album for the year it was taken so I printed it 12" x 12".  I have to admit that the photo is a bit dull for my liking but it works for what I am trying to accomplish.  A main photo for a series of photos we took on this particular day.

Fall happens for about 1 week here in Texas so when we found this park with all these leaves, we had a hay day. We piled them up, we threw them at each other like it was a competition.  Okay, it was a competition.  But once we got the leaf jumping, playfulness out of our systems we sat down for a few photos in the middle of all the leaves.

If you look closely at the two images above you can see little details, like gold rub-on leaves and thin cut wood veneer.  And let's just say, we Texans consider it fall y'all as soon as it cools down to the high 80's / low 90's.


Autumn Blessings October 19, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone.  I'm happy to be a part of the JustNick + Simple Stories team up this week.  

I created a layout of die cuts really.  It's a combo of different leaves I cut with my cameo and flowers that I fussy cut. Although I spent a bit of time cutting those flowers, it came together fast and easy.

The cut files I used are Leaves and Leaves 2. I love the variety these files offer and the leaves are just plain fun.

Since the flowers were so colorful, I decided to cut the leaves out of white cardstock and leave them plain. I did this so that the leaves and flowers would compliment each other instead of compete against each other.

I hope you are enjoying this week's team up.  Make sure to visit the Simple Stories blog for even more inspiration.


Away We Go October 07, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone.  Heather Leopard is here today with another collab with Pretty Little Studio.  I absolutely adore the Here Comes the Sun collection so I couldn't wait to play with it and the JustNick Studio Up in the Air cut file.

To create this layout, I supersized one of the hot air balloons. It's much taller than the 12" height so I cut it at a diagonal to keep it as one piece.  

I kept the pieces that were cut and used them as guides to cut the pattern paper.  Then I glued it to the back of the large hot air balloon.

Once each section was filled in, I adhered it to a 2nd piece of cardstock, added the photo, embellishments and title.  Now I just have to journal and how it to my girls for their stamp of approval. 


Happy Together Scrapbook Layout by Heather Leopard September 28, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone.  Heather Leopard is here today with a layout using the new Graphic Chevron Background 2.  I love a great background cut file and this one did not disappoint.

I modified this file just slightly by removing 5 of the graphic chevrons - 2 were completely removed and 3 were replaced with a cut out for the photos.

I added pattern paper to the back side of the cardstock in a very random order, filling some diamond chevron shapes completely while leaving so many others blank. I added my photos as well before adhering it all to a 2nd white cardstock background. I added my title and just a few embellishments to complete the layout.

Get this cut file here - Graphic Chevron Background 2


Hello Sweet Girl September 08, 2016 07:00

Hello, my friends.  Heather Leopard is back again today to show you how I used 3 fabulous cut files for today's layout.

I have this photo of my precious littlest girl playing dress up with a bouquet of flowers, mostly white dress and a veil so I was quite inspired to keep a lot of white for this particular layout.

I used white cardstock to cut a white wreath of flowers using the Floral Wreath cut file and a white doily, from the Nana's Doily Background cut file.

I added a pop of color with the embellishments around the wreath. I used a mix of cut file alphas and an embellishment to create my title, cutting the word "sweet" out white cardstock, using the Simple Set Alphabet cut file.


Live Wild, Flower Child Scrapbooking Layout August 16, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone, Heather Leopard is here with and I have been having so much fun playing with the new Compressed Chevron Background file.

What I love about this file is that you can use it to cut a really fun chevron design from your background paper and then back it with whatever you want - another sheet of cardstock, a pattern paper, whatever you please.

That said, I ungrouped the file and cut individual chevron strips from pattern papers, spaced them out in groups of three and then stitched them to white cardstock.  

A little twist to the original cut file and now it resembles a bit more of my style.  Don't be afraid to play around with the files. The possibilities are endless.


Fabulous & Lovely Scrapbooking Layout August 05, 2016 07:00

Heather Leopard here today to show you how I use JustNick Studio background cut files to create eye catching layouts.

Backgrounds are some of my most favorite things to design with. You can use them over and over again with vastly different looks depending on what you use to back them. Sometimes I like to cut it out of white cardstock and layer white on white, other times, I cut it out of white cardstock and lay it over pattern paper but mostly I do what I did today - white background cut over white cardstock filled with various patterns that coordinate. The possibilities really are endless and the results look completely different each time.

I used the Spirograph Background 1 cut file for this layout. I liked that it resembled flowers. My process included cutting the background file out of white cardstock. Then I released the compound path / ungrouped everything and cut the inside petals and leaves out of pattern paper. This made it super easy to get the perfect cut. I glued them in place and then stitched circles over the center of the spirograph flowers.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Me, Myself & I July 07, 2016 07:00

I am thrilled to be returning to the JustNick Studio design team.  I absolutely LOVE working with Nicole's cut files.  Thanks for having me back!

I love using quilt-inspired designs on my projects so my first instinct when I saw the new July files was to use the Quilted Background.  

This layout you see here was not my original plan.  Let me walk you through the thought process of how one thing led to another...

I decided that I wanted to use the file to piece together a background, instead of cutting it out of one piece and using it as an overlay so I cut 4"x4" squares and placed them next to each other across and down the CAMEO mat.  I cut each piece out and as I was pulling it all off the mat, I was really digging the leftover 4"x4" pieces so, onto the paper they went. I kept the other pieces and I am sure you'll be seeing them on another layout VERY soon.

Next, I laid the squares down, overlapping each other and angled just a bit.  The rest was easy - I added some layers behind and above my photo, added embellishments and mist splatters and then added my title.  

About me: I was born and raised in the Lone Star State and live in Cypress, Texas with my family – hubby, 2 daughters, 1 bonus son, and 2 rescue dogs. I lead marketing and thought leadership initiatives for a major tech company but my real passion is playing with paper, glue and scissors. I love to scrap the daily adventures of my family and I aim to capture the essence of whatever it is they are doing. It’s those little details that I love! My signature style includes lots of pattern mixing, matching, and layering in fun and interesting ways. I also design for Shimelle.com and Gossamer Blue.


The Good Life June 21, 2016 06:00

Hi everyone, Heather here with another take on this month's Tic Tac Toe Background freebie cut file.  

I chose to break the background elements apart to use as accents for the page instead of a background.  This is easily done by Releasing the Compound Path and/or Ungrouping.  Once everything was ungrouped, I scaled the elements to the size I wanted. Then I cut some out of the background paper and some out of complimentary pattern papers to layer on top.

I added some stitching around the squares that I cut out and added as an embellishment as well as around the lines that I cut out of the background paper so it could have definition to it.

In the end, this background file is a great take on the classic grid design! Get the Tic Tac Toe Background for free until June 30, 2016!


Dare to Dream June 09, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone.  I love a good challenge and this one is no exception.  If you've been following along this week, you know that Nicole challenged a few of us to use 4 or more cut files for our project.  She makes that easy peasy with her amazing designs.

Cut Files used: Dreamcatcher 1PolaroidsShattered AlphaScript FontSweater Weather

How to: Use the Dreamcatcher 1 file as a guide to create a stitching path. Stitch the Dreamcatcher with embroidery floss.  Add stitched lines for the hanging feathers. Cut feathers and adhere to the page. Create the title using a combination of the Script Font and Shattered Alpha font. I welded the script font together. Cut a polaroid frame. Add layers and your photo.


So Happy May 21, 2016 07:00

I'm doing another twist on backgrounds.today.  I decided to create a page using just the negative cuts from the Doodle Flower Background cut file.  Take a look...

To create this page, I enlarged the cut file so that the larger middle circles measured approximately 2". I did that so the flower petals would be large enough for my 2x2 photos and my 1.5x1.5 photo.

 

I then ungrouped the file and removed elements that I didn't want to cut, only keeping a few of the circles and petals and arranged them so that they were in rows next to each other so that I could cut enough petals. 

Once I had them all cut, I arranged them in the same placement as the enlarged cut file, moving them around to ensure all the petals fit.  Then I stitched around the base of the petals and inside the middles.  And there you have it! A layout created using the negative elements of the cut file.


Crafting off the Page with Cut Files May 18, 2016 10:00 1 Comment

Hello everyone.  I wanted to show you a project I created with my daughters.  They hold a lemonade / bake sale every year and we always dress it up with all sorts of crafty elements so when this year rolled around, I knew exactly which JustNick cut files to use.

Can you spot the three cut files I used? It's a bit of an I-Spy game so let me walk you through it and show you a tutorial.

This entire decor of the lemonade stand was inspired by this paper flower garland I wanted to create.  I hand cut some of the flowers from the Paige Evans' Fancy Free collection for Pink Paislee.

Then I chose two flowers from the Lazy Daisies cut file and added circles for holes in the middle of them so I could string them on the twine.

Next I downloaded the Stems 2 cut file created a hole for the twine to go through the leaf of the stem.  To do this, I created a small circle nested in a large circle.  I then stacked it on top of the stem and welded it together.

I then strung them on the twine and hung them from the top of the lemonade stand.  

Next I created a little sign for the stand inviting people to try the lemonade.  I chose the Lemon Slice cut file and then I typed "pucker up" and cut it out of coordinating paper.  

I created several other elements using my Silhouette. You can find the details for those on my blog.


Dandelion WISHES April 28, 2016 07:00

Happy Friday eve everyone.  Heather Leopard is here to put a little SPRING in your step...

Once I selected the photos I wanted, I designed the rest of the layout around the title. Usually my title is one of the last things I think about but for this, it was the first. 

I created the word "dandelion" in Silhouette Studio using a free font I downloaded from the Internet called Modesty. For the larger WISHES word, I used the Shattered Alpha cut file and then backed it with coordinating papers.

With such a large, bold title, I decided to keep the rest of the layout a little more siple than I usually do, adding a few frames, rub-ons, chipboard and a little splatter mist.

Thanks for stopping by today.  How do you feel about bold title?


Capture Beauty April 11, 2016 07:00 11 Comments

Hello friends!  Heather Leopard is here kicking off a few more days of the Pinkfresh / JustNick team-up.  I absolutely adore Pinkfresh's flair for design so I was elated to get to work with the Life Noted collection.

I love the pre-printed divided page design on this paper.  It took care of my background design work.

And yay for the lovely spring colors. I decided to mix the spring-like patterns with the Delicate Florals cut file, backing with fun designs from the collection.

I hope you are enjoying this team-up as much as we are.  Make sure to head over to the Pinkfresh blog to see how her creative team integrated JustNick's files into their creative process.

 


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.

 

 

 


You + Me February 10, 2016 07:00

Hi there.  Heather is here today to talk about expressing your love through a scrapbook page.  Love is most definitely in the air this week and I'm here to show you how I used hearts to repeat a pattern and make a fun background for my layout.

 

For today's layout, I used this new Patterned Hearts cut file.  I opened up my Silhouette Studio and placed all 4 hearts from the collection across the page as well as down the page and made them so that they would line up evenly and fill up the page. Doing this in the software helps ensure everything will fit on the page and also gives me an idea of what it will look like.  Then I cut them all out and saved all the hearts as well as the cardstock I cut them out of.

 

I decided to only use 3 of the heart designs and leave the 4th space blank to incorporate coordinating papers and my photo.  I backed the 3 designs with 4 different types of papers and set them aside.  Next, I stitched the negative sheet of cardstock to a black and white pattern paper so that the pattern paper would peek out from under some of the hearts.  I stitched around each of the hearts, leaving  3 of them blank. I in turn added the coordinating pattern papers to the back using foam adhesive.

 

Lastly, I stitched some hearts down the middle and  attached other hearts on top using the adhesive dots.  I like the varied dimension of having some popped behind, others popped above and the way the others that are stitched lift up on the sides. I finished the page by adding embellishments, some gold mist splatters and a little bit of watercolors.


Meet Heather Leopard ! January 09, 2016 07:00

Heather was one of our guest designers this past year and we loved her projects so much! Happy to have Heather on the team this year!

 

Hi! I was born and raised in the Lone Star State and live in Cypress, Texas with my family – hubby, 2 daughters, 1 bonus son, and 2 rescue dogs. I lead marketing initiatives for a major computer company but my real passion is playing with paper, glue and scissors.  I started scrapbooking WAY back in middle school and scrapped here and there through college. I got REALLY into it when I got married in 2002 and then I became OBSESSED with it when I had my babies, who aren't really babies anymore. I love to scrap the little details and daily adventures of my family and I aim to capture the essence of whatever it is they are doing. My signature style includes lots of pattern mixing, matching, and layering in fun and unique ways. I also design for Gossamer Blue and Bella Blvd. You can follow the daily adventures of my family and see what I'm up to with my scrapbooking on Instagram (@heatherleopard).

Heather created this fun page using a bunch of our cut files!

 

Cut files used: Card SentimentsCard Sentiments 2, Polaroids, Right Now, Scribble HeartsScribbles 3, Today

Come back on Monday for another week of DT intros :)


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

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

 

 Learn more about Heather:

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

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

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

 

Here is what Heather had to say about this project:

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

 

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

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

 

Here is what Heather made with it!

 

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

 

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

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

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

No purchase required.

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

Instagram: @heatherleopard

Blog: heatherleopard.blogspot.com

Pinterest: @heatherleopard