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Fourteen | Jen McMurtrey June 29, 2018 07:00

Hi JustNick friends!

It's Jen today with my final project as a member of the design team, which is a layout using the Age is Just a Number cut file with Lawn Fawn papers.

I began this project by creating the background paper, which was done by splattering watercolor paints on white cardstock. Once the paints had dried, I trimmed the paper 1/4 inch on each side and backed it with patterned paper.

Next, I created the title by cutting the "fourteen" with white cardstock and then shadowing that with another patterned paper. 

 

The embellishments are a hodge podge of goodies collected over the past couple of years. I tried to keep them to a minimum because I really love the bold title and wanted it (and the photo) to be the focus of the layout. The fringe was added to the bottom by chance after seeing it on the floor of my craft room. LOL!

The acrylic stars and sentiment are from Scrapbook Circle. 

Thank you so much for joining me today! It has been a wonderful year with Nicole and the other team members, and I look forward to loads of inspiration from the incoming team.

I hope you are inspired to create today!


Hello Summer | Jen McMurtrey June 05, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

With school letting out this week for my kids, it only seemed appropriate to do a project about summer. For this layout, I chose the Summer cut file and used some of my Crate Paper stash that I have been holding onto for far too long.

To begin, I isolated the "Summer" sentiment and cut it using the same flower patterned paper as the background. I then backed it with the wood grain paper and adhered it to the right side of the layout.

The puffy "hello" and chipboard border were added to complete the title.

I stuck with one photo and embellished using a bow, chipboard, die cuts, and stickers. The date was typed on a tag that I cut down to size.

Last were some paint splatter and puffy star stickers.

Thank you so much for visiting today. This fun file and many others are available in the JustNick Shop. Be sure to visit the blog daily for loads of inspiration from the design team.


Love Story | Jen McMurtrey May 21, 2018 07:00

Lately, I've noticed that so many projects focus on the perfect photo - correct lighting, in focus, etc. - yet so many of the pictures I have are the exact opposite. They are grainy, out of focus, the lens isn't open all the way . . . you get the picture (literally).

After my uncle pass away a couple of years ago, I found this photo of him and my aunt in their younger years that I had never seen. By all accounts, the photo is awful. However, all I could see was this rare glimpse of them as young newlyweds who absolutely adored one another. How could I not scrapbook it?

This week the team is focusing on background files, which happen to be my favorite. I decided on the Frilly Floral Background with this lovely vellum paper from Studio Calico.

To give the layout dimension, I used the negatives from the cut and added them to the centers of three flowers. These are held down by wood/jewel brads by Jillibean Soup.

I used a few of the tear strips from Studio Calico patterned papers and wrapped them around the photo. The paper straws were next and they are from Target.

The journaling was created in Word and then printed.

Last is the title, which uses SC chipboard letters and metal embellishment with wood Thickers.

This photo holds so many emotions for me and I felt it needed to be preserved.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please visit the JustNick Shop for this and many other wonderful cut files as well as loads of inspiration from the design team.


Smile | Jen McMurtrey May 03, 2018 07:00

Hey JustNick friends! It's Jen today sharing a fun layout I created using one cut file, some white cardstock, and watercolors!

For this project, I used the Spring Fling Ring cut file with the My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 collection (one of my favorites).

I began by cutting the Spring Fling Ring and then used Prima watercolors to paint the flowers in colors that match the embellishments from the MME collection. I then added watercolors on the background paper to match the flowers.

I adhered the dried cut file to my card stock with foam squares and then added die cuts, brads, enamel dots, and the mirrored title.

You guys! This layout took me no more than one hour!! I love how colorful it is and the file looks so pretty with the watercolors.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you love this cut file as much as I, stop by the JustNick shop and grab one for yourself!! 


Lovely | Jen McMurtrey April 25, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

We are celebrating all things "backgrounds" this week on the blog, which happen to be my favorite cut files to use. One background can have so many variations and be used in countless ways.

For this project, I using the Under the Cherry Tree Background file with the Webster's Pages My Happy Place collection.

 

 

As usual, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with the file but knew I wanted to use it. After I cut it out using white card stock, I decided to remove the frame around the branches so the limbs are more fluid with the paper. Next, I used watercolors to paint the branches to match the colors they were laying on.

I loved the way the paper curled after it was painted, so I only tacked the branches down in a few places with glue.

The photo was printed in black and white and matted on a neutral-toned patterned paper. The pink flowers were fussy cut from another piece of patterned paper.

Last was the Thickers title and hearts to match. I kept the embellishments simple so they did not detract from the painted branches.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope you are inspired to create! Please visit the JustNick Store for this and many other fabulous files.


Happy Birthday | Jen McMurtrey April 05, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

It's all about celebrations on the blog this week, so naturally I had to create a birthday-themed layout!

For this project I used the Banner Essentials and Let's Party cut files with the Pink Paislee Confetti Wishes collection.

I began by using the pink patterned paper and splattering gold, black, and white paint on it.

While the paint was drying, I used the Let's Party file to create the clusters of balloons in various sizes. Each of the balloons was backed with patterned paper from Confetti Wishes. Additionally, I used the numbers from Banner Essentials to cut 1-5, which I welded prior to cutting. I enlarged the number three and cut it out using patterned paper to make it more prominent.

Because there are so many patterns and colors on the layout, I stuck with a black and white photo so it wouldn't clash.

I clustered several die cuts and chipboard embellishments around the photo for added color and dimension.

Last was the gold Thickers title with gold circles and hearts throughout the project.

In the bottom-right corner I added Abby's initials and the date followed by a doodled border around the layout.

The finished layout is bright and cheery and captures the fun we had that day.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are inspired to create. Be sure to visit the JustNick store for these and many other wonderful designs!!


Craft a Life You Love | Jen McMurtrey March 26, 2018 07:00

Hey JustNick friends! 

Spring has sprung and we are focusing on flowers this week on the JustNick blog! For this project I paired the Echo Park I'd Rather Be Crafting collection with the Flower Power and In the Rose Garden Background files.

Admittedly, this layout is much busier than I had originally planned. However, I decided to just roll with what I had.

To begin, I cut the In the Rose Garden Background file using the pink paper and adhered it to the polka dot patterned paper.

Next, I layered different patterned papers on top of the rose background and used machine stitching to keep them in place.

The photos were next, to which I then added chipboard accents.

Next, I used wood Thickers for my title above and below the photos.

After I had the majority of embellishments down, I decided the layout needed some anchoring. This is where the Flower Power file comes into play. I cut it using the turquoise paper, cut that in half, and then placed each half at the top and bottom of the layout. 

As previously stated, the layout is very busy but it seems to work. Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the JustNick shop for these and many other fabulous cut files!!


Come on Down | Jen McMurtrey March 07, 2018 07:00

My oldest daughter has had some grand adventures at only 22 years old, and I love being able to capture many of those moments for her. Just last week, she and her girlfriends flew to Los Angeles for a few days and were able to sit through a taping of the Price is Right. How awesome is that?!

Naturally, I had to put a page together as soon as she was posting pictures on social media. I used the new Doodle Daisies 2 file from the JustNick shop to create a fun layout.

This year is all about stash busting so I used a Hip Kit from July for this project. To begin, I welded the daisies together and then duplicated the file so it took up most of the 12 x 12 cutting mat. I cut the file on a watercolor patterned paper from the Hip Kit. After it was cut, I adhered it to the pink patterned paper, decided I wanted it smaller, and cut the entire thing down to 8.5 x 11.

Next, I matted the photo on more patterned paper and began embellishing.

The paper ephemera and wood stars and arrows added just the right amount of color.

Next was the title, which consists of puffy letter stickers and a sentiment from the kit, followed by a bit of journaling along the right side of the page.

 

I love how quickly this project came together and the overall fun vibe! Be sure to pick up this month's new files in the shop, as well as visit the blog daily for loads of inspiration from the design team.


So Sweet | Jen McMurtrey February 19, 2018 07:00

Happy Monday (Is that a thing?) Just Nick Friends!

It's Jen today continuing February's love theme using the Love Background cut file and Crate Paper's Main Squeeze Collection.

Using white card stock, I cut the Love Background file and painted it using watercolors - the same colors were used on the background paper as well.

 

With the background in place, I adhered the photo with it's patterned-paper backing using foam squares.

Embellishments were next and I used a mix of die cuts, stickers, and chipboard to give the layout a whimsical feel.

My final step was enamel dots - my embellishment staple - in a visual triangle on the project.

I love the cute factor of the finished project, which matches this sweet photo of my girls.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Just Nick Shop for this and loads of other fabulous cut files!


Three Times the Love | Jen McMurtrey February 03, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick friends! It is crazy that we are already welcoming February and since Valentine's Day is just over a week away, I decided to create a project using the fabulous Loads of Love file from the JustNick shop.

For the base, I used a mint green patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection that I painted with white gesso. Once that dried, I splattered it with various watercolors that match the colors in the rest of the layout.

After cutting out the Loads of Love on white card stock, I backed each letter with a different patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy Star Gazer collection. 

My black and white photo was cut down to fit behind the "O" in the largest part of the cut file.

I kept this layout very simple and only added a few die cuts around the photo and at the top of the page along with chipboard stars in a visual triangle above and below the cut file.

 

This is a great project to try when you are pressed for time - I was able to complete it in just over an hour one evening after work.

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!


You & Me | Jen McMurtrey January 27, 2018 07:00

Hello JustNick friends! 

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and JustNick has loads of wonderful cut files for your projects. However, today I am sharing a non-Valentine themed project using the new Heart Cluster file.

The project began with my duplicating the file in several sizes and cascading it down the page. I cut it on white card stock, backed it with a floral-patterned paper (Paige Evans' Turn the Page collection), and splattered it with ink.

I continued with the same file and used the offset feature on my Silhouette to create the next set of hearts. Once this was cut, I used several of the patterned papers and backed the heart clusters in a rainbow-like color scheme. This piece was adhered to the white card stock over the previously cut hearts with foam squares.

My photo was next and it was backed with patterned paper and placed on top of the hearts. Since the layout was already very bright, I printed the photo in black and white.

Embellishments were next and I clustered several of the floral die cuts from the same Paige Evans collection around the photo. I placed my title next and also added some bunches of white thread for more texture. 

I journaled a bit below the photo and placed puffy flower stickers and enamel dots on the page.

At the last minute, I added the gold washi tape down the left side to anchor everything.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are inspired to create! Be sure to visit the JustNick shop for this and many other files for your projects.


Cool Dude | Jen McMurtrey January 08, 2018 07:00

Happy 2018! I hope everyone had a great holiday and that the new year is off to a fantastic start!

Today I'm going back to my love of mixed media with a fun boy-themed layout using the Doodle Frames and All Boy cut files from JustNick.

This project began with a photo of my son from 2004 when he was just three years old. When I showed my husband the picture, he suggested I get a current shot and use both. It is so funny because after 14 years he still has the same smirk and I was able to capture it perfectly.

One of my goals for 2018 is to destash my stash - I have so many wonderful collections of papers and embellishments that need to be used - so I pulled out the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection for this project.

First, I used molding paste and gesso with a paint brush and applied them both to the black and white patterned paper. Once that was dry I splattered it with blue, orange, and yellow watercolor paints because I knew I would be using those three colors.

The yellow frame was created using the Doodle Frames file with the sketch and cut feature on the Silhouette. I used white card stock and a black sketch pen to create the frame and then painted it with the same yellow watercolor from the paint splatters. I used foam squares to adhere the frame so it pops off the page. The photos were then placed using my ATG for the left picture and more foam squares for the one on the right. I love giving my pages lots of dimension.

Next are the title and stars, which were cut using the All Boy file. These were again cut using white card stock and then painted with the orange and blue watercolors from the background. These were adhered with a combination of glue and foam squares depending on where they fell on the layout.

The stars were clustered around both photos with numbers pulled from the embellishments in the CP collection to indicate Caleb's age at the time the pictures were taken.

I added a few more embellishments above and below the title as well as the hand-written dates. This is one of my favorite projects in a while and I hope you are inspired to create today.

Be sure to visit the JustNick shop today for these and many other awesome cut files!!


Snow Day | Jen McMurtrey December 23, 2017 07:00

Hey everyone! I hope you are all gearing up for a lovely holiday season with family and friends. I can hardly believe we are two days away from Christmas and almost to the end of 2017! 

Today I am sharing a layout using the beautiful new Snowflakes 2 file along with the Snowflake Background file from the JustNick shop.

It seems my scrappy mojo has left the building these past few weeks, so I have really been struggling with creating projects lately. For this layout, I decided to keep it simple and just go with whatever came to mind without overthinking it.

To make things easy, I stuck with one collection (Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa) and limited myself to snowflake cut files.

To begin, I cut the patterned paper down to 8 1/2 x 11 and placed a second piece along the bottom third. Next, I used white card stock and the Snowflake Background file as the base under my photo. I then layered gold die cuts from the collection along with pink snowflakes cut using the Snowflakes 2 file.

Next, I adhered the photo with foam squares that I doubled in thickness on top of more die cuts from the collection.

The "snowday" sentiment, snowflake, and flag were added to the right side of the photo to anchor everything and a few puffy stickers were placed around the cluster. Last, I added a few drops of black ink for dimension.

Again, this is a layout I put together in hopes of getting my creativity kick started since it has seemingly disappeared. Sometimes the only way to get it going again is to simply make something whether you love it or hate it. 

Remember that these and many other wonderful cut files are available in the JustNick shop!!

Have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year!


So Very Thankful for You | Jen McMurtrey November 21, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick friends! It is almost Thanksgiving in the U.S., and the team is featuring projects about thankfulness this week. It is a rare occasion when my son will allow me to take a picture with him. Not only am I thankful for him, but I'm equally thankful for this picture of us that was taken during our vacation to Disneyland in June.

To create this 8 1/2 x 11 project, I used the Card Sentiments 3 and the Hearts 2 files from the JustNick shop along with the Elle's Studio Family Fun collection.

I began by cutting the sentiment using wood grain and blue patterned papers. I layered several more patterned papers behind my photo and adhered them all to the white card stock. The sentiment cascades from the top of the paper to the bottom with the photo falling between. I used a bit of Tombow Mono glue and followed that with machine stitching to add texture. 

With the sentiment in place, I used the Hearts 2 file to create a border along the bottom of the photo. This was also sewn in place for added texture.

Next, I sewed several strips of paper to the top and bottom of the project to anchor everything.

To complete my layout, I used die cuts, puffy stickers, and acrylic shapes from Elle's studio in addition to black Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the JustNick shop for these and many other fantastic cut files for all of your projects!


Our Sweet Girl | Jen McMurtrey November 08, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick friends! This week on the blog we are featuring projects with leaves, which I love! Rather than use a fall-themed photo, I decided to use this beautiful picture of my daughter with the Fall Frame cut file and the Carta Bella Welcome Home collection.

To begin the project, I printed the Fall Frame in a 12x12 size and layered it on top of the wood grain patterned paper that I splattered with black paint. 

Next, I cut another of the Fall Frame in off white patterned paper and layered it behind the original frame - because I do everything backwards - giving it tons of dimension.

Next, I matted the photo with orange patterned paper and adhered it to the layout with foam squares. I followed this with several of the die cuts and stickers included with the collection. For the title I used foam Thickers with letter stickers from Carta Bella.

A border sticker and more embellishments were added along the top of the layout.

A few enamel dots, heart stickers, and journaling completed the project.

This picture is one that I felt needed a beautiful backdrop, and I think the layout is just that. The leaves are so dainty and frame the picture perfectly.

Thank you for stopping by today - be sure to visit the JustNick shop for more beautiful cut files and inspiration from the design team.


Scary Cute Halloween Cards | Jen McMurtrey October 25, 2017 07:00

This week on the JustNick blog the design team is featuring Halloween projects using the many adorable files available in the shop.

Rather than sticking with my usual layout, I decided to branch out of my comfort zone a bit and create a few cards instead. 

First up is the Trick or Treat card - I began with a white card and layered black AC card stock with patterned paper from Fairytale Club's This is Halloween collection (used for all of the cards). For the sentiment, I used AC glitter card stock with the 31 cut file and offset it with patterned paper. To give it dimension, I adhered it to the card with foam squares. To finish the card, I added a candy die cut (The Fairytale Club) and purple glitter enamel dots from Doodlebug.

Next up is the Boo card, which uses the 31 cut file with Spiderweb 2 and Spooky Stuff.

I began with black card stock for the base and added a piece of patterned paper cut slightly smaller. The spider web was sized down to fit the card and then placed in the lower left corner of the card. The Boo sentiment was next and adhered with foam squares for dimension. For the spider, I added hand stitching to make it appear as if it is coming down from the top of the card. I used a Spectrum Noir glitter pen to give it a bit of shine and attached it with foam. To complete the card, I added the purple heart die cut and more of the Doodlebug enamel dot.

The third and last card is my favorite. It began with a white card, which has black card stock and patterned paper adhered to the front. I machine stitched a strip of patterned paper down the right side of the card and focused all of my embellishments here.

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The web was leftover from the Boo card and fit perfectly onto the strip of patterned paper. I adhered the 31 sentiment over the web and attached the Boo die cut along the bottom. The spider was cut from polka dot paper and adhered with a foam square. I finished it all with more of the glitter enamel dots from Doodlebug.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to create today!


Thankful | Jen McMurtrey October 07, 2017 07:00

Happy fall, ya'll!!

It's my favorite time of year, and there is no shame in my game when it comes to letting anyone and everyone know. Today's project features a photo of a bunch of small pumpkins that my neighbor brought over last week . . . because she knows I love this time of year.

This layout uses the Card Sentiments 3, Leaf Cluster 2, and Stems 5 cut files that are available in the JustNick Shop.

To begin, I used a piece of transparency paper to print a copy of the photo used on the layout. I love using different types of paper/mediums when creating with cut files.

There is a bit of trial and error involved with printing and cutting with transparencies, and You Tube is a great resource for finding tutorials. I ended up using washi tape to attach the transparency to a piece of copy paper so my printer would feed properly.

The finished photo was about 8 x 8, which was the perfect size for my title and stems.

The base of the layout is white card stock that I first prepped with Vicki Boutin matte acrylic gel. Once dry, I used Prima metallic watercolors to paint the card stock and add splatters

Next, I used patterned papers from Jen Hadfield's Warm and Cozy collection to cut several of the leaf clusters and stems. These were layered under my photo using Mono adhesive and foam squares for added dimension.

 

At the top of the layout I used more stems and leaf clusters to create a visual line across the page. I added a die cut from the same Jen Hadfield collection, Echo Park enamel dots, and white thread.

I also added the same white thread and more embellishments around the photo along with additional enamel dots.

The title was last and I added an arrow sticker beneath it to give it more weight.

The finished layout has so, so much dimension and I love the unique aspect of the transparency paper.

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the JustNick shop for these and many other beautiful cut files.


You Are Pretty Much My Most Favorite | Jennifer McMurtrey September 14, 2017 07:00

It's words and sentiments week on the JustNick blog and the design team has created some beautiful projects.

Today I'm sharing a layout that uses the My Most Favorite and Lattice Flower Background files with a photo I pulled from my oldest daughter's Instagram account (that's where I get some of my best material). 

This project began with the wood grain background paper and yellow paper from Felicity Jane. I cut the large Lattice Flower Background and adhered it to the background paper using Tombow Mono glue. Next, I pierced the paper within the negative spaces of the flower and then hand stitched with white, pink, and turquoise embroidery floss. With the large yellow flower and stitching complete, I added the smaller pink and blue flowers to the center. These were cut using WRMK patterned papers.

 

Once the stitching was complete, I printed my photo and backed it with more patterned paper from Felicity Jane. Prior to adhering the photo to the page, I created a banner with white string, tags,  and tassel a embellishment (all from Felicity Jane) and stapled it all in place with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

I cut the sentiment next and have to admit that I did so three different times before I finally settled on the black card stock. For some reason, I just couldn't get the look I wanted and stuck with black to tie in with the black and white photo.

I followed the banner with several stickers and die cuts from Maggie Holmes that I clustered on the top and bottom right corners of the photo.

Last, I created a visual triangle with the gold stars to complete the project.

While my scrappy mojo has escaped me as of late, I am pleased with how this turned out and hope to keep the creativity flowing.

Please be sure to visit the JustNick shop for these and many other awesome cut files.


Rooting for Our Home Team | Jennifer McMurtrey September 05, 2017 07:00

Hey everyone! It's Jen today sharing one last summer layout before I go into full-on fall mode - you've been warned! LOL!

The story behind this layout is kind of funny because we live in Washington state and have never been to a Mariners game. While we were in California in June we had tickets to see the Angels and they just so happened to be playing the Mariners. Because it was only a few days until the Fourth of July, the stadium was handing out these fun hats to everyone as they came in the doors. My son Caleb had several on his head at once and I snapped this cute photo of him.

To create this project, I first used the Starburst cut file from the JustNick shop.

I cut the file using patterned paper from the Paige Evans Turn the Page collection and used the negative as a stencil of sorts for my watercolors. I adhered white cardstock to a piece of patterned paper and then painted the main focal area of the layout.

Once the watercolors had dried, I placed the stars over the top and adhered with foam dots. Next, I used some of the negative star cuts and placed them within the larger stars.

With the stars in place, I laid my photo over them and again used foam dots to adhered it to the page.

Next, I used a tag, chipboard stars and die cuts from the same Paige Evans collection. My final step was to add a puffy sticker, enamel dots, and the title using items from Pinkfresh Studio along with a bit of journaling.

I love being able to use cut files to personalize my projects, and I love the fun element they add to the layout! Be sure to visit the JustNick shop for this and many other great cut files!

Thank you for stopping by!


Rock On! | Jennifer McMurtrey August 16, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick friends!

It's Jennifer today with a quick and colorful layout created with the awesome Missing Mesh Background and Blip on the Radar cut files.

Last week my husband and I took our son to see one of his favorite bands - Metallica - at Century Link Field in Seattle. It was such a fun experience and a little surreal as they are one of my favorite bands from my high school days as well.

I started with the Missing Mesh Background file and a piece of black cardstock that I placed on top of patterned paper from Amy Tangerine. This was followed by a piece of hot pink paper (again from Amy Tangerine) and the Blip on the Radar cut file.

Next, I began layering my photos and ticket stubs. I also included the container from the earplugs I wore during the concert (my son will never let me live that down). 

The "Rock On!" title was created using white foam Thickers.

Last were more embellishments from Amy Tangerine that include foam stars and puffy heart stickers. There are also a few stickers from Pinkfresh Studio at the bottom of the layout.

Next . . . the finished project!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create. Be sure to visit the JustNick Studio shop for these and many other fantastic cut files!!


Good Life | Jennifer McMurtrey August 05, 2017 07:00

Hey JustNick friends! It's new file day and I'm sharing a layout with the just-released Boho Florals 2.

My youngest daughter is a Pinterest-loving girl and she is constantly holed up in her room creating projects that she has pinned. A while back she made marbled paper by combining shaving cream with food coloring and the effect was amazing. Naturally, I took it so I could use it on a layout.

The materials for this project were all pulled from the July Hip Kit. First, I used several of the patterned papers along with some packaging and layered them behind this fun photo of me and my friend Mary. Next, I used Abby's marbled paper and cut several pieces from the Boho Florals 2 file. 

With the photo in place, I loosely adhered the cut flowers around the photo so they have a lot of dimension and pop off of the page.

I followed that with the title and embellishments from the kit along with strips of patterned paper on the top and bottom of the layout. Last, I sprinkled several of the negative cuts from the floral cuts above and below the photo for added color.

The finished project is bright and colorful and captures the fun vibe of the photo.

Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to visit the JustNick shop for these and many other fantastic cut files.


Hello Summer Mini Album | Jennifer McMurtrey July 22, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick friends! It's Jen today sharing a 4 x 6 summer-themed mini album created using several - okay, make that a lot of - designs from the Just Nick Cut File Store and a mix of collections from Simple Stories.

First is the cover - this was created using a photo overlay with alphabet stickers stitched on for the title. For a bit of texture and color, I added a strip of t-shirt and a piece of ribbon from my stash. 

The second page is one of my favorites - it uses the Sunray Background cut file, which I sized down before cutting on my Silhouette.

Prior to cutting the Sunray Background in half, I machine stitched each of the rays and around the sun. Next, cut the sun in half, put both sides together, and sewed along the edge to create a pocket. I then used a journaling card to jot down some memories and placed it inside the pocket.

The next page uses the Summer Words and Beach Umbrella Background cut files that are attached to a 4 x 6 piece of patterned paper.

Up next are a couple of smaller photos on one page with more stitched cut files on the opposite side using the Summer, Summer Fun, and Beach Umbrella Background files. It is hard to see in the photo, but I cut a palm tree using another acetate photo overlay and it is behind the sun.

My idea for this album began with the File Folders cut file which this page uses. Here, I have added several more photos with die cuts, stickers, and the beach ball from Summer Fun.

Two more pages follow that use more patterned papers, stickers, and die cuts with stitching.

 

Here is another photo and several cuts from Summer Words, Summer Fun, and the File Folders cut files.

Thanks for making it this far . . . we are almost to the end.

This page has more machine stitching with stickers and die cuts the "fun" from Summer tucked behind the photo.

Here is another photo on the left with the On an Adventure cut file stitched to a piece of vellum. 

Here I machine stitched a portion of the Wave Border 2 file on a 4 x 4 piece of patterned paper.

Just inside the back cover I used more of the Wave Border 2 behind my photo, which is attached to another 4 x 6 folder from File Folders.

Last is the back cover, which uses a 4 x 6 patterned paper and a photo overlay for added protection.

Thank you for sticking with me to end of this very long post. Please be sure to visit the JustNick blog daily for tons of inspiration from the design team.


Wild Heart | Jennifer McMurtrey July 06, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick friends! It's Jennifer today with my first post as a member of the 2017-2018 JustNick Design Team and I am excited to get started!

Today's project features two of July's new files - Behold Beauty and Blossom Blooms - which I paired with papers and embellishments from the Pebbles Girl Squad collection.

To begin the project, I machine stitched around the perimeter of the black and white patterned paper to frame the layout. Next, I used the pink gingham patterned paper with the Behold Beauty cut file. I cut two sizes of the same file, and I cut two of each in order to layer them on top of one another using foam squares for dimension.

With the gingham flowers in place, I backed my photo with patterned paper and adhered it to the page. At this point, I decided I needed to add a little more oomph to the project and cut several of the Blossom Blooms file with white cardstock. These were placed diagonally in the negative space to the left and right of the photo.

Last, I added the title using Thickers from Paige Evans and a few stickers from Pebbles. I love all of the dimension  of the project and the cut files are gorgeous!

Thank you for visiting today! I look forward to the next year of working with and being inspired by the talented designers on the JustNick team.

 


Meet our new Design Team! July 01, 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