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Frozen | Jaclyn Rench June 22, 2018 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to share a recent scrapbook page.

I love finding untraditional and/or unexpected uses for my digital die cut designs.  It's not a technique I always search out, but certainly one that fell in my lap for this page.  In the process of cleaning up and reorganizing my digital files, I ran across Just Nick's gorgeous Frosted Windowpanes design.  Knowing that I had not yet had the opportunity to use it and also knowing that I had been holding onto these photos of my daughter dressed up as Elsa, from the Disney movie Frozen - a perfectly paired page was born! 

I initially cut the design from white cardstock, but a backing layer of shimmery, sugar coated white cardstock, really makes it special.  The entire piece was attached to my page with foam adhesive, which creates lots of dimension and shadowing on my page.  I finished off the design with a scattering of blue, clear and white sequins for another bit of interest and sparkle.

The Frosted Windowpane design, with two straight sides, nestles nicely into the upper corner of my title and journaling block.  It reinforces my 'Frozen' theme, while framing out and leading the viewers eye to the story and photos on the page.

 

Thank so much for joining me today!  I hope you've been inspired to get crafty with your favorite Just Nick designs!

Cut file used: 

Frosted Windowpanes


Home Decor Plank | Jaclyn Rench May 18, 2018 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to share a super sweet and simple home décor project that makes a big statement!

Now that my daughter is six, she has requested that we update her bedroom a bit.  While I'd be just fine keeping the sweet nursery theme around for a bit longer, she is ready to ditch some of the baby décor.  So, we have compromised by sticking with the same color palette and slowly adding in some more sophisticated elements.

I love to repurpose my papercrafting supplies for this very purposes and that's just what I've done with today's project.  I combined a rustic, 6x6" wood plank with some cardstock, felt, buttons and a gorgeous Just Nick cut design to craft this sweet piece.

I used the Doily 2 cut file and some textured pink cardstock as the base of my design.  I love the beautiful, intricate details this cut file provides and am enamored with the statement it makes against the distressed wood backdrop.

I cut two of the doilies, layering them atop one another for added interest. The larger of the two designs, I sized to around 5.25" square while the smaller one is just shy of 3.75" square.  This sizing fits nicely on top of the 6x6" wood plank, leaving an even border along all four sides.

 

I separated and adhered each layer of cut cardstock with extra thick foam adhesive.  This adds lots of dimension and shadows to the finished piece.  The feminine doily design is finished off with a pretty felt flower and a coordinating, sewn button.

This pretty piece took no time at all to create, but really shines among her bedroom décor. 

I hope this post has inspired you to 'look beyond the page' with your favorite Just Nick designs.  Happy Crafting!

Cut file used:

Doily 2

 


Happiness is being a Mom | Jaclyn Rench May 10, 2018 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn on the blog today to share a Mother's Day themed page in celebration of the 'Mom' theme this week.

My kid's preschool puts on the sweetest Mother's Day Tea program each year, and it's one of my very favorite activities from the school year.  I had not yet scrapped the pictures of the first time my daughter and I participated in this event, so this was as good a reason as any!

I used the pretty floral accented Mom cut design to begin building my page.

 

I cut the design from a shiny, metallic rose gold paper to really make it the focus of the page.  I pulled patterned papers, in colors that coordinated with my floral background, to back the design for an added pop!  Small adhesive pearls were just the right touch, to finish off the centers of the flowers that are tucked among the word Mom.

I just happened to have the perfect rose gold letter stickers in my stash, allowing me to build out and complete the remainder of my title.  Here's another look at the shine and shimmer this diecut element brings to the page.

I finished off framing out my photo with layers and feminine details, to round out the design.  But the star of the page is most certainly that gorgeous cut file!

Thanks for joining me on the blog.  I hope you've been gathering lots of inspiration this week, to document your own upcoming Mother's Day stories and memories!

Cut file used: 

Mom


#backtoschool Layout | Jaclyn Rench April 24, 2018 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today to give you some more inspiration for using background designs on your next project.

Can you spot the background cut file on this page?  It's tucked among the layers on the right side. 

I've used the Retro Square Background to add some added dimension and texture to that part of my layout.  Placing it here creates more emphasis and focus on the hidden pull out photo and journaling on this part of the page.   

You'll find that I often use background cut files in a non traditional sense.  I own a Silhouette portrait machine, allowing me to cut designs only 8" in width, but I scrapbook primarily in 12x12" format.  While I could certainly piece together two halves of a cut file to achieve one 12x12 background, I instead, often like to size down those same designs to fit the dimensions of my machine and use the end result in a more creative way.  Here, I've used a piece of the background to create a fun, layered border.

Be sure to revisit the blog each day this week, for lots more inspiration for incorporating background cut designs on your next page or project!

Cut file used: 

Retro Square Background

 


December Daily Red Cup | Jaclyn Rench December 15, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn here to share with you another page from my 2017 December Daily album.  I hope you've followed along the last couple of weeks to download your FREE copies of the holiday cut designs that we've been featuring. No worries, if you missed out on one of your favorites, they are now in the store for purchase.

The Modern Tree  from Day 5, has been calling my name.  I love the simple graphic nature of this design and anything in a trio is just that much cuter!  I used this cut file in not just one, but two ways on my day 11 spread.

 

I first used the trio of trees as a printable to accent my 3x4 journaling card.  I colored my images within the silhouette software, and sized them down to fit just below my text.  Once printed, I added an extra layer of stamping and a tiny die cut heart embellishment.

On the second part of the spread I  used the cut file in the traditional sense, by sizing the polka dotted tree to fit atop my Starbucks bag. I backed it with a lighter colored cardstock and attached the two with foam adhesive for a fun dimensional look.  The tree was then accented with stamping, stickers and a pretty paper clip bow, to finish off it's festive appearance.

Here's a close look at both of those elements outside of the page.

I've had so much fun incorporating these designs into my December Daily album this year.  We'd love to see if you are doing the same.  If so, please tag us on Instagram under the hashtag #justnickstudio so we can check them out!

Cut files used:

Modern Trees


Sunday Funday | Jaclyn Rench November 15, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today to share a new sports themed page I've made using a couple of older digital designs from the store.  Nicole regularly releases so many new designs -  I simply can't keep up!  While it's fun to use the latest and greatest, I have to remind myself to search my library for some of those amazing files that haven't yet found a home in my scrapbooks.

You can't go wrong using stars on a sports page, and there is no shortage of star themed designs in the cut shop.  I chose the Star Background, ultimately sizing it down substantially, to fit among the grid of 3x4" elements I was building.  It makes a nice backdrop for the bold and blue number '3' and really pops against the green patterned paper background.  Plus is adds a bit of fun and loads of texture!

To create my title piece, I used the Marquee Alphabet, which is an old favorite of mine.  Upon first glance, you may not recognize it because I haven't used it in it's intended form.  Rather, I've merely used the outline of each letter, leaving the signature marquee (dotted) design aside for this page.  I stacked my title to fit atop of a 3x4" card and once cut out, adhered it with foam adhesive and embellished with stamps and enamel shapes.

I hope this page has inspired you to dig into your library of 'older' Just Nick designs and pair some of them with your next round of photos and stories!  It was certainly a fun creative exercise for me, and definitely sparked my interest in a few more designs that will likely be gracing the blog in the near future.

Cut files used: 

Star Background

Marquee Alpha


'Peace' Holiday gift bag | Jaclyn Rench November 3, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.  I realize that the calendar just turned over to November but I'm already thinking about (and doing some) crafting for the holidays!  It's never to early to work on gifts and/or gift packaging, in my opinion.

After Christmas last year, I scored a bunch of cute linen gift bags on clearance, for only pennies a piece.  I set them aside, knowing that their blank canvas would be fun to decorate and customize with my paper crafting supplies, as the next year's holiday season approached.  To make this festive project, I simply added to my supplies: a scrap of glitter gold heat transfer vinyl, a shipping tag and some Just Nick holiday cut files.

The first step was to cut a seasonal sentiment from the Holiday Sentiments digital cut design.  There are a variety of words and phrases to choose from in this file, but I chose 'peace', knowing that the simple font would be easily legible cut from glittery gold. I made sure to cut a mirror image of my design, so that when ironed onto my canvas tote, it would read correctly.

I thought the Layered Poinsettia design would make a nice dimensional accent on my bag and allow me to incorporate some more color.  I cut the poinsettia from red cardstock, green tone on tone patterned paper, and even threw in a layer of glittery red paper for an added pop of sparkle and shine.  I finished off the flower with a gold sequined center and adhered it to my bag with hot glue, centered above my iron on.

I needed a place to add who the gift was 'to' and 'from' so that's where the shipping tag came in.  I, again, chose to dress it up with a Just Nick file but not in the traditional sense.  Rather than cut the 'warm wishes' sentiment, I used my silhouette software to fill the design with color, add additional text and print it all onto my blank tag.  It makes a nice finishing piece to the packaging.

Here's one more look at the finished design.  I'll definitely be duplicating this idea over and over again to have a stash of pretty packaging for my Christmas gift giving this year!  I hope this post inspires you to do the same!

Cut files used: 

Holiday Sentiments

Layered Poinsettia


Free Spirit | Jaclyn Rench October 23, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn here today to kick off Halloween week on the blog!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I was eager to dig through my library of spooky cut designs.  As you will soon see, I had a hard time narrowing down my choices and ended up uses elements from four different cut files to create my bewitching page.

 

Using a witch hat was a no brainer, as I dug into my library of Just Nick files.  I chose the one from Spooky Stuff because I loved the band and buckle that accompanied it, and the opportunity it allowed for me to add a splash of color.  This crooked hat is a fun added accent to my page title. 

Speaking of the title, doesn't that scripty font look spectacular when cut from glitter cardstock?  The Free Spirit text was likely intended for other purposes, but I think it's a fun play on words when paired with my photos. 

I also pulled in the number '31' from the 31 cut design, and adhered it atop of a black circular label.  This little vignette of designs creates a fun focal point on my page.

I simply couldn't stop there, knowing a spider web would make a fun addition to the overall design.  Just Nick has several web designs to choose from, but I quickly settle on the Hey Spidey Background because I loved the quirky feel of it.  I cut the design from vellum to layer in the upper right corner of my page and secured it with several lines of machine stitching.

I snuck one final spooky element from Spooky Stuff onto my page.  I sized down a couple of the bats and placed them just beyond the folded edge of my patterned paper background.  Adhering the bats only in the middle and allowing their wings to lift, reinforces the idea that they are indeed flying off the page.

We hope you'll stick around the blog all week long for lots more Halloween inspiration from the design team!

Cut files used: 

Hey Spidey Background

31

Spooky Stuff

Free Spirit 


Leaf Circle Background 2 Ways | Jaclyn Rench September 23, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to close out 'background' week on the blog.  You've seen several stunning pages featuring backgrounds from the design team, but I thought I'd mix things up a bit and size down my background file of choice to fit atop a card front (or two!).

Nicole has released a bevy of beautiful new leaf themed designs in the shop.  The Leaf Circle Background is a new favorite of mine and the one that I chose to adorn my card fronts.

Once sized to fit a standard 4.25" by 5.5" card front, the open circles of the design were a perfect place to hold little critters.  I stamped and colored a cute trio of animals from a Mama Elephant stamp set and positioned them to look as if they were peeking out from the open spaces in the design. The remaining leaf-filled circles were backed with colorful papers, that tie in the coloring from the stamped designs.

I went a totally different direction on my next card, and decided to stick closer to the cut file's theme and feel by using a fall color palette.  I backed each of the leaf circles with a fall colored patterned paper, and filled the big open circled with a stamped and embossed greeting.

With two circles left, I wanted to do something special and fun!  So I created mini shakers out of those circles, filled them with coordinating seed beads and backed them with white cardstock.  It's a fun and unexpected element that adds a little something special to my card.

I hope this post has inspired you to look at your library of background cut files in a different way.  Specifically I hope it's allowed you to consider using those backgrounds in a much smaller size, that is conducive to card making.

Happy crafting!

Cut file used:

Leaf Circle Background

 


Hero | Jaclyn Rench August 12, 2017 07:00

Hello, Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today as we round out the week inspired by everything circles!  I dug deep in my stash for a Just Nick background file with circles at the center of the design.  I loved the top row of joined circles within the Bubbles Background. and chose to isolate that portion of the file for my page design. 

I cut several rows of the joined circle border from a wide striped patterned paper.  Grouping like colors of the border design and stacking them vertically on my page background creates a fun effect.  I adhered each piece with a bit of temporary adhesive, later securing them more permanently with machine stitching.  This also allowed me to fold each border along it's sewn seam to create lots of interest and dimension on my background.

I topped each diecut rows of circles with a variety of matching monochromatic embellishments, sprinkled throughout.
I found the perfect title for my page in the Dad digital cut design.  I gave it more presence by cutting four white cardstock versions of the same design, and mounting them beneath the patterned word.

There are a huge variety of circle inspired designs in the Just Nick store.  I hope you've been inspired you this week, to use one (or several!) of those designs to create your next page or project!

Cut files used:

Bubbles Background

Dad


You | Jaclyn Rench July 28, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you today to share a pink and girly page featuring the equally feminine Floral Swag 2 digital design.

Oftentimes when I cut a digital file on my silhouette I will default to using white cardstock.  I do this because, white allows for the ability to add color through inks or paints and provides a nice contrast against bold and busy patterns papers. However, when I decided to use the Floral Swag 2 design, I knew that cutting it from plain white just wouldn't do - so I opted for a simple patterned paper instead.  Cutting it from a subtle polka dot pattern with splashes of pink, feels a bit unexpected and kicks up the design a notch, I think!

This pretty cut file nestles nicely in between my rows of photos.  It's placement is strategic, as it draws your eyes to the photos, page title and journaling, seamlessly.

I used a few additional Just Nick designs to embellish my floral swag.  I pulled the brush script 'you' from the Simple Sentiments file to create my page title.  Cutting this pretty word design from black really allows it to pop off the page.

I also cut some additional pink florals from the Stems for Stephanie file to layer atop the swag, creating even more depth and dimension. A sprinkle of ephemera diecuts and three dimensional embellishments really make this piece special.

I loved the challenge of mixing a brand new design with some of Nicole's older and well loved files in my digital cut library.  I hope it's a challenge you will try too!

Cut files used:

Floral Swag 

Simple Sentiments

Stems for Stephanie

 


Furever Love | Jaclyn Rench July 12, 2017 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.  Have you checked out some of the new animal themed cut files in the store?  With a new(ish) puppy in our home I've been crushing hard on the dog designs.  I couldn't wait to use the In the Doghouse file to document the story of how we found our furry new family member.

I fell in love with the 'furever love' design - it was a no brainer to use it as my page title.  To mix things up a bit, I separated the 'furever' word from the rest of the design and subbed in some other letters and embellishment to complete my title.

Aside from the text, there are several fun icons included within the cut file.  I used the paw prints, in both negative and positive, to sprinkle in the top right corner of my page.  It adds some subtle embellishment and reinforces the theme.

In addition, I couldn't resist sneaking in a dog bone shaped tag that overlaps my focal photo - isn't it the cutest?! A small bit of patterned paper was used to fill in the negative space and ensure that the x's and o's stood out.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out all of the other animal themed designs in the shop.  There are plenty of fun ones to use to scrap your family pet or even a trip to the zoo.

 Cut files used:

In the Doghouse


Meet our new Design Team! July 1, 2017 10:00 2 Comments

Today is a bittersweet day - we say goodbye to a few of our DT members who have been with us, but say hello and welcome to some new members of our team!

Help me welcome our new Design Team! I am sure they will inspire you over the next 12 months!

 

Mari Lee Clarke

Marcia Dehn-Nix

Nathalie DeSousa

Michelle Gallant

Morgan Langley

Rachel Lowe

Zsoka Marko

Cathy Martin

Jennifer McMurtrey

Maryam Perez

Jaclyn Rench

Niki Rowland

Laureen Wagener

Michelle Whorwood

Nicole Nowosad


Trio of Cards | Jaclyn Rench June 27, 2017 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.  I'm sharing a trio of cards I've made featuring some of my favorite new designs in the cut shop!

The first card features the Bring on Summer cut file, most specifically that yummy little ice cream cone that's included.  A single dip simply wouldn't allow for much color for the focal point of my card, so I duplicated the 'ice cream scoop' portion of the design to create a whopping four dip cone - cutting each dip from a different color of paper! 

I used a few sweet embellishments to really make my ice cream cone special.  To finish off the card, I paired the cute cone with a thank you sentiment, but this design would also work well with a sweet birthday greeting. 

My next card uses three of the cactus designs from the Cactus Jack file. These quirky cacti look so cute when sized down to fit a card front and cut from subtle patterned papers.  I offset the solid portion of my cut design to enhance the funky feel of these little guys and dressed them up with a few diecut flowers.  I didn't have a stamped sentiment that I liked for this card, so I simply printed my own on a tiny little jewelry tag - I love the playful feel it adds!

My final card uses the beautiful Boho Floral file.  These pretty flowers are a gorgeous compliment to a encouragement and/or sympathy greeting.  I used three different shades of pink patterned papers to back the flower portion of the design, and a pretty minty green for the leaves.  I sized and cut a label from Labels One to house my stamped sentiment and adhered it with foam adhesive to make stand out against the florals.

 I had so much fun making this cute trio. Thanks for joining me and Happy Crafting!

Cut files used:

Cactus Jack

Bring on Summer

Boho Florals

Labels One


Young and Brave | Jaclyn Rench June 13, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here to share a page I made featuring one of the fun new designs for June, Starburst

I could use stars on just about every page I make, but I especially love them when I'm designing pages for my boys.  The starburst design was a nice compliment to this memory of a day spent at the local amusement park with my little guy.

As you'll note, a large portion of my page is filled with photos (five!), journaling and a thick and chunky title.  All of those elements together create a lot of visual weight to the left side of my page.  By filling the right side with the Starburst design, the page is nicely balanced.

I really like the mix of solid and open stars in this cut file.  Having a mix of both styles adds a lot of movement to the design.  Backing some of the open stars with a range of patterned papers and embellishments, creates even more interest and movement, working to tie the whole page together.

This cut file is so very versatile.  I can see myself using it over and over again!

Cut file used:

Starburst


Hoop Dreams | Jaclyn Rench May 25, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn here to share a page I made combining two fun circular designs from the Just Nick store, Totally Tubular Background and 2016.

I sometimes struggle when creating layouts of my oldest son. I don't want to make his pages too theme-y or cutesy and luckily Just Nick has cut files to fit just about any need or style.

My boy is a HUGE basketball fan, so for his 11th birthday we surprised him with preseason tickets to see a Clevland Cavaliers game.  I had lots of pictures and journaling from this special memory but still wanted to make sure I had room for the fun stuff on the page.

I chose a couple of cut files with circles as a theme.  I knew this would be a fun way to reinforce the basketball idea, in a way that was both subtle but fun and effective.

I sized the Totally Tubular Background to around 6 inches square and cut it out two times from gray cardstock.  To kick the cut file up a notch, I selected a couple of designs from the 2016 file and sized them to fit within some of the circles on my background piece.

I didn't do any fancy welding or cutting within my silhouette software to mesh the two designs.  I simply sized them accordingly, cut them out separately and layered the designed circles atop of the matching background circle.  Using the same color cardstock tricks your eye and makes the whole design appear as if it is just one piece. 

We'd loved to see how you are designing with and combining your Just Nick files.  We hope you'll share with us on social media, using the #justnickstudio hashtag!

Cut files used:

2016

Totally Tubular


Pinterest Inspired Mother's Day Cards | Jaclyn Rench May 8, 2017 07:00

Happy Monday, Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.  I'm excited to kick off the week as the design team shares projects with you that have been inspired by Pinterest. 
As I anticipated this assignment, I knew I'd want to look at my pinterest boards to gather inspiration for Mother's Day cards.
I found this image that I had pinned and immediately knew I could recreate this same type of floral heart with the Stems for Stephanie cut file.
To ensure that my finished design would fit on a standard sized card front, I sized my florals down dramatically, cutting several versions of the file from a pile of scraps of pretty pink patterned papers.  I had fun layering the different shapes and sizes of flowers and love the dimension and texture it adds to my card.
Black enamel dots and a sprinkling of clear sequins add a special finishing touch to the card design.

My second card was inspired by an entirely different piece.  I have long had a thing for wreaths, both in home décor and paper crafting, so it was no surprise that I came across a wreath related image while perusing my boards

When I spotted this image in particular, I knew I could create a similar look by using the inside of the wreath to frame out my sentiment.

I sized the Wreath and Floral Wreaths cut files to fit atop a 5" square card, and printed out a favorite quote on a white cardstock circle to fit inside the layered pieces.

Again, adding a sprinkling of enamel dots, this time in the same color family, creates extra texture and interest.

This was a fun creative challenge and one I'll certainly revisit again.  I hope you'll stick with us on the blog, all week long, to see how each designer interprets this pinterest inspired challenge!

 Supplies used:

Stems for Stephanie

Wreath

Floral Wreaths


Details | Jaclyn Rench April 27, 2017 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today. 

In my opinion, nothing screams spring more than a bounty of pretty flowers, am I right?!  So, when assigned with the task of deriving inspiration from Spring, my first stop was to scan my Just Nick library for a favorite floral design.  I quickly settled on the Floral and Fauna 1 cut file, as I was drawn to it's clean, bold and graphic nature.

I chose two of my favorite flowers from the cut file and sized them to around a 3.5" diameter before cutting them from a variety of pretty patterned papers.

I divided my page background in two, along the diagonal, and sprinkled my cut florals along that divide.  My pictures and journaling were nestled in among the top right edge and bottom left edge of the flowers, to tie all of my page elements together.

I layered some florals atop of one another and dressed up each one with buttons, enamel dots and/or pearls.  Those extra details really make the diecut designs extra special and give them quite a presence on the page.

If it's springtime in your part of the world, we'd love to see the spring inspired pages you're making with your favorite Just Nick designs.  We hope you'll share those with us on social media by tagging your creations with #Justnickstudio .

Cut file used:


Bloom | Jaclyn Rench April 13, 2017 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn here today. This week the Design Team is zeroing in on the many words and sentiment designs available in the Just Nick store.  This was a fun challenge for me, as I love typography and making my titles stand out on a page.

Spring is in full bloom here in Ohio and even though my allergies might not agree, I am enjoying the pretty blossoms that are popping up all over my yard.  Since many of these flowers only last a short season, I can't resist capturing them on film.  These pretty pictures were inspiring me, so I went to my Just Nick library to pair with them, the perfect title.

The brushstroke style of letters featured in the Good Vibes file immediately caught my eye.  There are four different sentiments included in this cut design. I chose the word 'Bloom', as it was a perfect match to the story I wanted to tell.

As you'll note, the sentiments in this file are encompassed within a circle.  I chose to eliminate the circle portion of the design, as did so simply by 'releasing the compound path' on that portion of the file and sizing the remaining text accordingly.

I couldn't make a flowery, spring-like page without including some of my favorite Just Nick floral designs.  I cut a few different shapes and sizes of the Doodle Flowers out of neutral patterns and sprinkled them throughout my design.  Layering and embellishing each flower gives them presence but still allows the pictures and title to take center stage.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! 

Cut Files used:

Good Vibes

Doodle Flowers


Gamer | Jaclyn Rench March 25, 2017 07:00

Happy weekend, Just Nick friends! It's Jaclyn here to share a page I made using my very favorite digital file font, Outline Alpha.

This alpha is a necessity in your cut file arsenal, as it is super versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.  One option, is to use the inside or 'negative cuts' of the letters for a thinner, less chunky font title, or you can go for something much more delicate by simply using just the outline of each letter.

I settled on a mix of the two aforementioned styles for my page, and even took it a step further by overlapping my letters and welding it all together into one title piece.  As you'll note, I altered the size and placement of my letters to add more interest.  Once each letter was in place, I used the eraser tool to eliminate the intersecting lines between each letter, before welding.  This step took a little bit of time and some trial and error, but I think the results are definitely worth it!

Mixing up the patterns and colors that back each letter, reinforce the masculine edge to the page.

My title makes such a statement, that I was able to pull together the rest of my page by simply adding some layers, journaling and a trio of embellishment clusters. I love when a page comes together with such ease!  Awesome cut files seem to be the constant factor in that equation for me!

Let us know what Just Nick alpha files are your favorites and/or what type of font designs you like to see in an upcoming release! 

Happy crafty weekend, friends!

Cut files used:

Outline Alpha

 

 


Rain | Jaclyn Rench March 9, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to share with you a page I made with the March "Happy Place" kit from Scrapbook Circle and some fun Just Nick digital designs.

There are loads of fun patterned papers included in this month's Scrapbook Circle kit, but my eyes were immediately drawn to the 'Sprinkle' paper from Amy Tangerine's new 'On a Whim' collection.  The patterned rain drops had me swooning!  They immediately reminded me of a fun picture and story of my kid's dancing in the exact same raindrops that we had just narrowly escaped at the swimming pool!

I reached for Just Nick's Patterned Clouds and Sunny Days files to cut a multitude of clouds - in various shapes, sizes and patterns, to compliment the rainy background.

Stacking and layering a few of the cut designs, proved to be the perfect home for my page title. A large white cloud cut was a great spot to include my journaling - allowing it to stand out amongst the busy, colorful background. 

I overlapped the tile cloud just a small amount, on the left edge of my picture, to tie all of the page elements together.  The right side of the photo is accented with additional papers and stickers from the kit, creating a nice cohesive balance.

Stay tuned to the blog for more projects featuring this fun team-up and don't forget to check out the Scrapbook Circle blog for even more inspiration!

Cut files used:

Patterned Clouds

Sunny Days

 

 


Darling | Jaclyn Rench March 1, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn here!  This week the design team is focusing on backgrounds.  I made a fun, colorful and spring inspired page using the Doily Background cut file, an old favorite of mine, for sure!

This background file could certaintly be sized down to take up less real estate on a page, but I love the statement it makes when it's big and bold!  I chose to size my cut file to fill most of the width of my 8.5"X11" page and placed it in the top upper left corner.  Doing so, allows the florals to cascade down the page and allows your eye to land and rest on the page focal point - the photo!

I reached for my pile of patterned paper scraps to fill in the negative space of the doily design.  Each 'flower' has a dark, patterned center, lighter petals and a coordinating buttons sewn on top. 

I used a strip of patterned paper along the bottom border of the page that ties in all of the colors used to back the doilies.

I hope you'll share with us the creative ways you're using Just Nick backgrounds on your projects.  Hashtag your creations #jusnickstudio so we can find them!

Cut files used:

Doily Background


My Love List | Jaclyn Rench February 14, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here to share another take on using this week's free cut file, Free Love.

Being that today is Valentine's Day, you might think I'd default to making something holiday themed with this pretty design.  While that is certainly a great option, the cut file actually inspired me to create 'an all about me' style page, documenting my current list of loves.

I chose the cut file word that was flanked by hearts on both sides.  I knew it would add to and reinforce the theme of my page and well, I pretty much always love to include hearts anywhere and everywhere that I can! 

I wanted my title piece to really stand out on my page, so I made it a bit more substantial by using the offset feature in the Silhouette Studio software, to thicken up the lines before cutting.

I like backing the negative space of diecuts with color, patterns and prints, which is what I did for the letters L, V, and E in the title. For something a little different and unexpected, I filled in the 'O' with a variety of sizes and shades of enamel dots.  Not only does this balance out the color throughout my page, but it also really adds something special to the design.  It is a fun technique and one I'll definitely be trying again.

Don't forget, this week only (today throught February 19th) you can grab the Free Love cut file for FREE just by using the code FREELOVE at checkout.  What are you waiting for - got get it and make something special!

Cut file used:

Free Love

 

 

 


This Glow September 30, 2016 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  I've got a fun layout to share with you today using the Up in the Air cut file, that is new in the shop for September.

At times I can be quite a literal scrapper.  Typically each item I include or design choice I make, needs to have a purpose on my page.  I like for my elements to tie into the theme of the photos or story I'm trying to tell.  With that said, the adorable hot air balloons from the Up in the Air file, reminded me that I had yet to scrapbook pictures from a balloon glow festival my family and I attended.

I initially wanted to include all of the adorable balloon designs included in the file, but settled on three, as I find more balance in using an odd number of elements.

I sized each of the balloons at a decreasing size, so when placed on the page they might look as if they were at different depths in the sky. 

Each balloon was cut from white cardstock and backed with a multitude of patterns and colors. This ensures that my customized page pieces coordinate with the hot air balloons in my photos and provide nice contrast against the sky scene background paper.

While I used this cut file in a very literal sense, I can see so many more uses for this design.  I think my next project with it, might involve turning some of those balloons into shaker elements.

Thanks for joining me on the blog today!  Hope you make some time this weekend to get crafty!

Supplies used:

Up in the Air

 

 


Summer Fun Cards August 31, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here to share with you some summery greetings I've made with my very favorite of the August released cut files: Summer Fun.

The citrus pieces first caught my eye.  They could be used for so many things but my first thought was to use them in accompaniment with a sweet thank you note. I pulled the pretty script 'thank you' sentiment from the Simple Card Sentiments file.

I cut the citrus pieces from patterned paper to mimic a lime, lemon and orange slice.  Each one was then backed with a coordinating solid and white cardstock.  A few strategically placed sequins finish off the card in an eye-catching manner.

The sunglass icon was another fun design that stood out to me upon first glance.  Cutting the eyewear pieces out of bright patterned papers makes for a fun and energetic birthday greeting.

 

Have you ever explored the cut files Nicole has designed specific to card making?  The Card Sentiments 1 file included the word 'happy' which proved to be a fun typographic element amongst the diecut icons and stamped birthday greeting.

The Summer Fun cut file is must have for bright and festive greeting cards and/or for scrapping your favorite summer memories!

Cut files used:

Summer Fun

Card Sentiments 1

Simple Card Sentiments

 

 


This dude August 20, 2016 07:00

Happy Saturday, Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here to share my latest scrapbook page featuring a bevy of Just Nick designs.

For some reason, the sticky summer heat has me digging into to my winter photos.  I guess I'm looking to escape the humidity and hot temperatures, even in my craft room! 

As I pull out these pictures, I'm naturally digging into Just Nick's holiday and winter themed cut files from last year, to create the perfect pairing.  It's been fun to rediscover many of these wintery designs.

The snowflakes cut file has always been a favorite of mine.  I love that it includes a combination of basic, graphic designs alongside frilly and intricate snowflakes.  I varied the sizes of the flakes and cut them all out from an ombre blue patterned paper.  Adorning the centers of the snowflakes with sequins and epoxy dots provides the perfect finishing touch.

 

I also snuck in the snowflake background along the left edge of the page.  I sized it to 12" tall and cut it out of white cardstock.  Laying it atop of a white background creates a subtle reinforcement of the page theme, in addition to some added texture.

My page would not be complete without scanning the Just Nick word and alpha cut files for just the right typography and title.  I combined the word 'dude' from sk8er and 'this' from summer cards to finish off my page.

 

Cut files used:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope this weekend finds you buried in cut files and craftiness.

 


Today we celebrat YOU: Creative Scrappers Team-up July 26, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here to share my take on the Creative Scrappers team up.  As you can see from my layout, I chose to use the negative cuts from the cut file to layer atop of my base patterned paper.

I wanted some of the patterns I chose to be more noticeable on the design, while others might have been more bold and required less surface area.  To acheive this look, I ungrouped the file and changed the sizing on each 'chopstick', adjusting the widths as seen below...

 One extra wide strip, provided for nice placement of my title and journaling.

I also chose to stitch on many of the strips for added dimension and texture.  It's a quick and easy solution for dressing up your cut files!

You can get the Chopsticks Background cut file for FREE this month! Just use the code CSFREE at checkout!

I hope you'll create something, and if you do, be sure to share it on the Creative Scrappers blog so you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Just Nick shop!

Cut files used:

Chopsticks Background


Creative Scrappers Team Up! July 15, 2016 09:18

All month long we have been teaming up with the folks at Creative Scrappers ! We offered up a free cut file designed to go with the sketch for this month!

Cathy Martin

Donna Espiritu

Jaclyn Rench

Lee-Anne Thornton

Marcia Dehn-Nix

Melissa Elsner

Michele Whorwood

Nicole Martel

Nicole Nowosad

Tarrah McLean

Tiffani Nelson

 

Here is the cut file you can get for FREE using the code: CSFREE at checkout!

 No purchase necessary

Hope you share your projects with us using this sketch and cut file! Make sure you share them to our Facebook page or tag us @justnickstudio on Instagram!


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

 

 


Love You June 8, 2016 07:00

Hello, it's Jaclyn joining you today.  If you've been following along the blog this week, you know that some of the designers have been challenged to use four or more Just Nick cut files on one page or project.  I've loved seeing each designers take on this task and am excited to share my results with you today.

I'm going to be honest, my design aesthetic is pretty clean and linear, so it's often a special exception for me to use more than one or two cut files on a page.  With that being said, I was certainly up for the challenge and the creative push it gave me to try something new.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 15 year anniversary in the fall and I've had it on my page ideas list to do a 'then and now' style page to commemorate this milestone. The story I wanted to tell was of all the changes and challenges we've been through in that time and ultimately how our love has helped us survive it all.  I started the page by searching my Just Nick cut file library for anything and everything love/heart related.  I first landed on the Simple Card Sentiments file - knowing that the script 'love you' phrase would be a perfect title.

I cut the sentiment from white cardstock and adhered it with foam adhesive to create added depth and shadows.

 

Next, I landed on the Patterned Hearts cut file.  This one's a favorite of mine and I've been waiting for just the right project to use it on.  I still had my white cardstock loaded into my silhouette machine, so I sized and cut three out of the four incluced hearts for my page.  Each heart was then backed with a scrap of paper to coordinate with it's placement on the page.

 

You might have spied another Just Nick cut design in the previous close up photo.  The Infinity Heart Frame design makes several appearances on my page as well.  I cut three of the circle design to accompany each of the patterned hearts on my page.  Again, I cut the design from white cardstock, this time backing each circular frame with a coordinating patterned paper.

I snuck in one more detail and cut file on my design.  I used the numbers from Banner Essentials to include the number 15 within one of the infinity heart circles.  Doing so was easy, by simply placing and sizing the numbers inside the rings and welding everything together.  It makes for a cohesive trio of elements throughout my design as well as, giving me the opportunity to build this 15 year milestone into the overall asthetic.

Here's a closer look at each of the files I've used on today's page.  We hope you'll give this challenge a try too - the possibilities and combinations are endless!

Supplies used:

Simple Card Sentiments:

Patterned Hearts:

Banner Essentials:

Infinity Hearts:

 

 

 


Always May 19, 2016 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to share with you a page featuring the XO 2 Background file.  This design is a fun and impactful piece to add to your page.  I love that the X's and O's are varied in size throughout the design, and I'm smitten with the brush script style letters that are used.

I sized my design down to fill only a portion of my 12x12 page.  I cut it first out of white cardstock, then a second time from a bright and bold pink cardstock, that coordinated well with my photos. I layered the white cut atop of the pink, slightly offsetting them, to create a fun shadowed effect and pop of color.  The cut design makes even more of a statement when layered over a red ombre paper.

I really wanted the cut file to shine on my page, so I kept the remainder of my design and embellishments to a minimum.  I love the impact this design gives to my page, while still complimenting my pictures, in both theme and colors.

At first glance, this cut file might read as a themed or Valentine design, but as you can see here, it's quite versatile.  I hope you'll share with us how you're using it!

Supplies


Mother's Day gift May 2, 2016 07:00

Hello and happy Monday!  Jaclyn here to kick off a week of projects inspired by some of the most amazing women in our lives...MOMS! 

I'm always looking for a unique and special gift each Mother's Day to convey to my own Mom just how much she is loved and appreciated.  While just the right store bought gift could certainly do the trick, I knew something handmade would be most cherished and appreciated.  I reached for my crafting supplies and Just Nick cut files to create a pretty and meaningful shadowbox that my Mom can display in her home.

 

The Doodle Flowers cut file is quite fun and whimsical.  However, when it is cut from white cardstock and layered atop a coordinating background, it takes on a much more elegant and sophisticated vibe.

Accenting some of the flowers with buttons creates lots of pretty texture and added dimension, while still keeping the focus on the intricate cut designs. 

I printed my quote on the background cardstock, but wanted to place emphasis on the word 'Mother'.  I used the Outline Alpha to cut out the letters I needed, once in white and another time from a soft metallic lavender cardstock.  The lavender letters are adhered below the white, slightly offset, to create a shadowed effect.  I used my favorite floral from the Doodle Flowers to represent my 'O' in the word mother.  Backing this design with color and pattern allows it and the remainder of the title piece to pop - ultimately becoming the focus of the entire design.

With limited supplies and pretty cut files, a special Mother's Day gift comes together quite quickly and beautifully!

Don't forget to come back by all week long for more inspiring posts and projects celebrating Moms!

Cut files used:

Doodle Flowers

Outline Alpha


Sweet as a donut April 29, 2016 07:00

It's Friday!  If that's not reason enough to celebrate, than how about a look at a page full of donuts, pink and Just Nick cut files?! Those are three of my favorite things and that's just what I'm sharing with you today!

I've had this sweet picture of my little girl in my 'to scrap' pile for quite sometime, but hadn't found the right inspiration piece to encourage me to get it on a page.  Until, that is, I spotted the Round and Round cut file.  I knew that file would be a great compliment to my donut themed page. C'mon I can't be the only one that is reminded of donuts by any and everything round, can I?!

 

I cut the Round and Round cut file a couple times from white cardstock, layering the ends underneath the left side of my photo.  It creates and fun and funky photo mat and breaks up the strong vertical lines of the background papers.

 

There are so many fun words in the Just Nick store.  Before searching through my stash of letter stickers, I often peruse my inventory of files for the perfect word/words to act as my page title. I used the scripty 'sweet' from the Girl Power file and completed my phrase with a bold font from my computer.  I cut the word four times from white cardstock, adhering each one atop of the next to create a sturdy, almost chipboard-like element.  Doing so, creates dimension and allows the title to stand out against the white background.

 

I hope this page inspires you to look to your stash of cut files for inspiration for some of your pictures and stories that need documented.  And if nothing else, it's certainly got you craving donuts, right?! ;)

Supplies used:

Round and Round

Girl Power

 


Happy Story April 7, 2016 07:00 18 Comments

Hello! It's Jaclyn joining you for the fourth day of the PinkFresh team up!

I paired some recent beach photos, that I snapped on Spring Break, with the Pink Fresh Life Noted collection and two complimentary Just Nick cut files.

The result is this fun and bright page, with lots of text and loads of personality!

I started with the Totally Tubular cut file, sizing it to approximately 7.75"x7.5", to fill a good portion of my page background.  I then pulled in three of the sentiments from the Live Love file, to fill in a scattering of the circles.

The bold blocky font from the Live Love cut file, looks great when backed with various Pink Fresh patterned papers.

I filled in and backed some of the remaining open circle cuts, with the Pink Fresh gold foiled chipboard and  pieces from the 3x4" printed cards.  The colorful rubber charms and a scattering of sequins were the perfect finishing touch for my design.

Pink Fresh's die cut acetate words make for a quick and cute title.  I love that they can be overlapped for a fun, layered look.  In addition, I was even able to attach them and layer them with a Life Noted washi tape sticker.

Cut files used:

Totally Tubular

Live Love

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 Veera's project using our cut files!

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


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 You - PageMaps March 14, 2016 07:00

Hello!  I hope you've been enjoying a closer look at all of the pages the design team has been sharing from the PageMaps team up.  It's Jaclyn here today to share the page I made combining a one page PageMaps sketch and two of my favorite Just Nick cut files.

Becky's sketches are some of my favorites!  They take the guess work out of where to place the elements on my page, and truly just allow me to have fun with the design, embellishment and story telling.  Here's a look at the sketch I was given to work with:

And here's my take:

As you can see, I stuck pretty close to the design.  Why mess with a good thing, right?!  In the sketch a large block of pattern paper is depicted below the photo arrangement.  I knew this would be a nice spot to highlight the Crazy Daisy cut file. I cut the file out of white cardstock and trimmed it down to 4" tall by 6" wide.  I used bits of pattern paper and solid cardstock to fill in the empty spaces behind each daisy, for a fun and colorful look.

As I often do, I turned to pinterest for my title.  I found a nautical quote that would work well with my page and chose to highlight a portion of the quote to serve as my page title.  I cut the 'I Love You' out of navy cardstock using the Outline Alpha cut file.  I chose to discard the outline portion of the cut for a more clean and simple design.

Don't forget, from now until April 30, 2016 you can grab any design of your choice in the Just Nick store by using the code PAGEMAPSFREE at checkout.  Pair that file with one of the PageMaps sketches and you've got a fun project in the making!

Cut files used:

Crazy Daisy

Outline Alpha


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!


My Greatest Adventure & Ten: Clique Kits Team up February 15, 2016 07:00 3 Comments

Hello and happy Monday!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.  Did you follow along on the Just Nick/Clique kits blog hop over the weekend?  If you missed it, you'll definitely want to check it out for loads of inspiration and a chance at the giveaway! Check out this post here for a link to all of the participating blogs.

For this team up each designer used the Hot Mess kit from Clique kits and these exclusive Just Nick cut files....

CK_Feb16-CutFiles2

This pairing was a perfect match!  In fact, I found the contents of the kit and the exclusive files so inspiring that I made several projects with them, two of which I get to share with you today! Here is the page I shared during the hop...

The lined heart filled square file was my favorite, of the exclusive designs.  I knew at first glance that it would make the perfect 'memo board' background for my page. The original design was square, but by using the erase and weld functions in the silhouette software, I was able to join two squares atop of one another resulting in a taller design and more surface to my 'memo board'. 

It's hard to tell from the photos, but I actually cut the file four times, and adhered each atop of the other to create more dimension and a sturdier appearance to my 'memo board'.

All of the Maggie Holmes Shine collection ephemera and stickers, included in the Clique Kit were a great companion to this idea and design.  They allowed me to create a pretty collage of elements that I clipped to my background and used to accent my pictures.

The wood veneer heart outline, just so happened to fit perfectly atop of one of the diecut hearts, and the various heart stickers included in the kit were a fun and complementary accent.

Tags are a natural element on any memo board, and there were certainly many to choose from in this kit.  I also loved that I could clip a couple of the transparent diecut tabs onto the horizontal lines of my diecut background.

My next page features the heart banner design.  I enlarged the file to approximately 7.75"x1.5", eliminating the bannered edges and opting for a straight finished edge.  I cut out five of the designs to cover a large majority of the background on my page, and slightly overlapped them on top of each other and underneath my photo.

The open hearts provided the perfect canvas for filling in with bits of pattern and color from the Crate Shine collection.  I even filled a couple of the hearts with the sequins included in the kit, for a little added detail and shine.

I used several of the stickers and a wood veneer piece to further accent and decorate my design.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  We hope you'll let us know how this team up has inspired you!


Everyday Memories January 21, 2016 07:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supplies used:

Butterfly Background


Welcome back Jaclyn Rench! January 4, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Let's kick off our meet the DT session with a returning DT member - help me welcome back Jaclyn Rench!

 

Hi, my name is Jaclyn Rench and I'm very excited to be back for a second term with Just Nick!  I am a stay-at-home mommy to three awesome kids and wife of over 14 years to a super supportive husband.  By day I spend my hours kissing boo-boos, refereeing squabbles, planning playdates, packing lunches, shuffling children from here to there, and trying to figure out what in the heck to fix for dinner that is healthy AND something my kids will eat!  Once my kids are tucked into bed, however, you can find me at my crafting desk into the wee hours of the night and early morning, documenting the stories and memories that come out of those non-stop busy days.  I hope someday my scrapbooks will give my children a good reminder of the memories of their childhood and a sense of just how much they are loved. 

Jaclyn made this fantastic page using some of our cut files:

 Cut files used:

Capture This

Heart Background

Lots more introductions this week, come back tomorrow for another welcome back!


14 Days of Holidays - Day 6! December 8, 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.


I'll love you today, forever & always November 26, 2015 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.

I'm sure I don't need to remind you that each and every week Nicole is releasing four brand new cut files to the shop!  And each time she does, I have a new favorite that I can't wait to use.  The Today Forever Always file has been on my 'must use' list since the moment I spotted it.  It didn't take long for me to locate a picture of my kids that would pair just perfectly with this file, and make for a fun and eye catching page.

 

That tile makes a statement, doesn't it?  Since it's rather bold, layering it next to and on top of my photo, ties the two parts together and directs the viewers eye to the main elements on the page.

 

The open spaces in the letters on this file could certainly be left open for a fun and delicate title effect.  To me, however, those empty spaces were begging to be filled with an array of pretty patterns and colors.  I reached for my stack of 6x6 patterned paper pads and selected a myriad of designs to compliment my photo. This resulted in an eclectic patchwork style title, that still remains very legible due to the outline and block style lettering.

 

As is typical for me, I couldn't stop at using just one cut file design on my page.  I cut various sizes and styles of leaves from Leaf it to me and Sweater Weather to add some texture and to round out my design.

 

I chose to cut my leaves from neutral papers.  Doing so, ensures that they don't compete with the main elements of my page, and instead work to compliment and enhance the theme.

 

We'd love to see what you are doing with each new release!  Link us up on Facebook and/or make sure to tag your designs #justnickstudio when sharing on Instagram.  Happy creating!

Supplies used:

Today Forever & Always

Leaf it to me

Sweater Weather


I always want to remember... November 13, 2015 07:00

Good Friday morning! It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.

Has our theme this week got you walking down memory lane? It has me!  I've been digging through pictures of my kiddos from 3-4 years back and knew they would be the perfect subject to scrap for the 'Remember' theme.

Once my pictures were selected, I moved onto the title portion of my page. I'm often lacking in the creativity department when it comes to page titles, so as I usually do, I went for the obvious choice on this page.  Lucky for me, Nicole's got several cut files that include the word remember.  I chose the version from Word Tabs because I loved that the tabbed portion below the word, gave me place to add my subtitle.

That wasn't the only cut file I used on my page either.  The plus signs that were present in one of my chosen patterned papers, reminded me of the number of positives cut files in the store that I've been wanting to use.  I used the negative cuts from the Postive 3 Background file to accent my page and subtly fill in some of the white space areas.

I love how the plus signs look with a messy strand of stitching through their centers. Cutting them out of a similar toned paper as the background gives them a more subtle appearance.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today!  Make sure you stop back by tomorrow, as Nicole reveals the next new batch of cut files to go live in the store.  You're going to love them!

 

Supplies used:

Word Tabs
Positive 3 Background


#Funtimes Layout October 13, 2015 07:00

Good morning, Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today. Did you happen to catch a peek of the Going in Circles cut file that was featured on Leanne's page yesterday? Isn't it fun?!  Not only is this new design awesome, but it's also the FREE download for October.  Yep, you read that right it's FREE, starting Friday! 

All week long the design team will be sharing projects with you, featuring this versatile cut file.  I couldn't wait to use this design, accompanied by a favorite photo of my daughter from over the summer.  One quick look at the page and you can easily see why this design coordinated so perfectly with the snap of my little girl in a polka dotted inner tube!

I sized the file down, and cut it out of the same white cardstock that I used for the base of my page. 

Those open circles were just begging to be filled with snippets of fun and colorful papers, don't you think?!  A few strategically placed sequins and embellishments find a nice home among the circles, too!

I knew I'd need a bold font for my title, to prevent it from being overshadowed by the circle design on the top half of my page.  I turned to the Hashtags 1 cut file, knowing that the strong type and fun sentiments would be a great match.  I selected '#funtimes' - cutting it once from the same textured white cardstock and again from a subtle blue grid patterned paper. Using the blue diecut title as a shadow, creates interest and separation from the white background, while still maintaining cohesion. 

I'm certain by the end of this week, your brain will be 'going in circles' over all of the ideas you will have accumulated for using this freebie cut file! 

Come back tomorrow for another designer's interpretation of the file.  See you then!

Supplies used:

Going in Circles

Hashtags 1


Always Legos Layout September 30, 2015 07:00

 

Happy Wednesday Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn joining you on the blog today.  I was super excited to be on the schedule for 'Boys 2 Men' themed week.  With two sons, I have plenty of rough and tumble pages to scrapbook.

It has been awhile since I made a page for my oldest son's album.  Now that he's 10 the picture opportunities with him are fewer and farther between.  Fortunately, I had managed to capture this recent picture of him with one of his latest lego creations.  Since this is such a big part of him and what he enjoys, I knew it deserved to be highlighted in his scrapbook.

I used the Open Triangle cut file to fill the background of my page.  I cut various sizes of the triangles out of white cardstock and used a combination of both the positive and negative cuts.

Filling the insides of the open triangles with varying patterned papers provides a fun way to add color and embellishment to the page.

Thanks for joining me on the blog today!  Make sure you stop back by the blog the rest of the week to see what the other amazing designers have created for 'Boys 2 Men' week.

Supplies used:

Open Triangles

 


Pinterest inspired cards September 16, 2015 08:00

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cut files used:

Butterfly Background

Stems for Stephanie

Stems

Card Sentiments 1


First Day Photos September 11, 2015 07:00

Hello!  It's Jaclyn here today bringing you one final project for Back to School week.  My littlest one starts her first day of preschool next week.  She's been watching her older brothers head off to school for over a month now, so she's very anxious for her own turn.  In preparation for her first day, we've been talking a lot about her first year at preschool which made me realize I still had yet to scrapbook those pictures!

I always take lots of photos on the first day, so I knew this page would be rather picture heavy and may not lend itself to lots of embellishing.  Lucky for me, Nicole has a wide range of files to fit just about any theme or project parameters.  I used the Hashtags 1 file to make a bold statement with my title.

I selected the word 'photos' from the cut file and sized it fit in the white space of my focal point photo. I popped the diecut piece up on foam adhesive to draw even more attention to it. 

I love that the font used in the text for this file, leaves no openings/spaces on the letters that would normally require it.  That left a fun opportunity for me to embellish those parts of the letters.  I simply selected a couple of coordinating heart die cuts to staple into the center of each 'O'.

Thanks to 'Back to School' week on the blog and Nicole's awesome cut files, I'm glad to finally have this  memory recorded! 

We hope you'll share with us all the ways you are adorning your school themed projects with the Just Nick cut files! Leave us a link in the comments, post to our Facebook page, or tag your Instagram photos with #justnickstudio.


YAY! School starts today August 18, 2015 07:00

Hello Just Nick friends and fans, it's Jaclyn here today.  In my part of the world everywhere you go is filled with signs of back to school.  All of the store shelves are stocked with supplies, alarms are set for earlier mornings and the kid's are all heading off with new clothes and backpacks, to new school year adventures.  Being surrounded by everything school related, was just the push I needed to work on some first day of school pictures from the 2014-15 school year.

Can you spot which Just Nick cut files I used on my back to school page?  I combined the Word Bubbles and Card Sentiments 1 files  to create my title.  Combining the two files was easy.  I sized the word bubble to fit within the spot I wanted it to sit, on my page and then layered the "YAY!" portion of the card sentiments file overtop of it. 

To give the word a little more 'pop', I backed the cut file with some red cardstock and used tiny letter stickers to complete my subtitle.

I couldn't stop myself at using only one word bubble - there are, in fact, several designs and styles included within the file.  Some sized down versions of the round bubble made the perfect home for a grouping of embellishments and even for some added text.

I even enlarged one of the rectangular bubbles to just over 6" long - making it an ideal spot for my journaling.

If you missed the post from last week, you might not know that Word Bubble file is available to you for FREE, but only until August 31st!  Hurry on over and add the Word Bubble file to your cart and use the code: WORDBUBBLES at checkout to snag this cute design at no charge to you!