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You Make My Heart Smile - Cathy Martin February 25, 2018 07:00
Hey all, it's Cathy and I'm back with another layout to share with you! This time I decided to use a cut file as a mask and use some spray mist to spray over it. This isn't really a new or different technique, but it's one that I've used several times before and I love the end results.
So for my layout I used the You Make My Heart Smile cut file. This file actually comes with several different phrases and I cut 3 of them out, though I only used 2 for my page, but I just tucked the other one aside for another time! I used a spare piece of cardstock that I had laying around, since I wasn't worried about keeping the file after I had sprayed it, though you could cut if from white cardstock and then keep the altered file for another project, kind of a two for one deal!
Since my spray title took up one side of my layout I used a bunch of patterned paper strips to fill the other side. I dug into my stash and scraps and used up some older papers that I had been wanting to use for a while. This was a great way to really use up lots of papers that are just laying around. I didn't need much in the way of embellishments since the title and papers were already so bold!
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look, and don't forget to check out the shop for lots of amazing designs!
Tug At My Heart - Cat Martin February 16, 2018 15:45
It's a week of love here on the JustNick blog, and I'm definitely feeling it! I really wanted to use some older products along with some new products to finally scrap some photos that I have been setting aside for quite awhile! I used the very cute Heart Strings background cut file, as it was the perfect one for tucking photos in!
I didn't cut it very large, because I wanted to have some room for embellishments, but since I cut it out of navy blue paper it still stands out, and it matches well with the Main Squeeze collection from Crate Paper! I love how this layout turned out. It's a Valentines Day layout that is slightly different than usual layouts!
Thank you so much for stopping by, and have an awesome day!
Hearts a Flutter | Michelle Whorwood February 12, 2018 07:00
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!
Hooray | Heart Background 4 | Michelle Whorwood January 31, 2018 07:00
Hi Just Nick Fans!
Michelle Whorwood here with my second layout for this month! I have been totally inspired by all the 'love' themed cut files in store. I wanted to use the Heart Background 4 for my background as it is a fun and eclectic mix of different sized and shaped hearts.
Here is my layout:
I cut the file out on dark charcoal cardstock to create a bold effect and added some pops of pink and yellow into several of the negative spaces. By using a darker cardstock it creates graphic statement which makes a striking contrast against my white background. I then added my photo and layering embellishments in and around it. I love how the pops of colour mixed in with the bold black cut file create a balanced yet fun page!
Some close ups:
Cut file used:
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Starburst Layout! | Morgan Langley January 23, 2018 07:00
Hey crafty friends! Today I am sharing a fun layout I created using the "starburst" cut file and a sparkler picture I had from New Years!
I turned the cut file vertical and backed it with papers from Pink Pasilee's "Turn the Page". It was easiest to use the white stars that the cameo cut out as templates for backing, cutting them a little larger and then gluing them behind. I added ephemera from the collection, splatter paints, sequins, and fussy cut stars from the 12x12 pad and the 6x6 pad.
I love these positive speech bubbles from the 6x6 pad and thought they went perfect for this New Year's spread!
Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure to check out this fun cut file on the Just Nick Studios page! Follow me on instagram @morewithmorganl for more layouts!
Love Love Love - Cathy Martin January 12, 2018 07:00
Hey everyone!!! It's my first layout and blog post for 2018 for JustNick! I swear, she's going to have to kick me to the curb to get me to leave! Where I live, it's cold, the wind hurts my face, and there is slush and snow everywhere, so I decided I needed to channel a little sunshine into my page!
I used the Loads of Love cut file, and I cut it out of a pinky-peach ombre paper. I was originally going to cut it out of white cardstock, but decided to use up some of the neglected solid papers in my stash. At this point I had no clue where I was going with it, only that I knew I wanted to put a picture in the largest O. I used a SnapChat pic of my daughter and I, since I needed a small one, and the quality of the photo wasn't the greatest, so it was better to keep it small. I then chose various fun patterned papers from my paper scraps stash. I always love stash busting with Nicole's cut files!
I wasn't sure what background paper to use, but in the end I couldn't resist using the bright and friendly clouds! My daughter also helped influence my background paper choice. I only did a minimal amount of embellishing, since the page was already brimming with fun! I am so happy with how seriously cute this page turned out!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an awesome day!
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!
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!!
Twas The Night Before Christmas - Marcia Dehn-Nix January 04, 2018 07:00
Hello JustNick Studio friends!
Marcia here today. I am having a hard time packing up my Christmas papers so I decided to do one more layout. I hate to see the holidays ending ... that means I have to go back to work. Anyway, I really wanted to scrap this photo of the extended Nix family taken on Christmas Eve. I normally snap candid shots at family gatherings, but my niece brought out a tripod so we gave a group shot a try. I think it turned out great! I decide to go for a BIG title for impact. I used my favorite Outline Alphas and backed them with a variety of different pattern papers.
You can see the FA LA LA LA LA tree tucked in behind the photo. I couldn't resist adding that since we are posing in front of the tree.
I stepped out of my comfort zone and used a piece of dark green pattern paper for my background. I really love how that title just pops against the green.
Here are the cut files I used today ...
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!
Let it Snow - Cathy Martin December 27, 2017 07:00
Hey everybody! It's Cathy here and I'm back with a layout inspired by a winter scene. I used the Frosted Windowpane cut file and created a layout about the lovely calmness of a winter morning. This cut file is just lovely and I cut it out of white cardstock. I decided to just back it with one colour of paper, but it could be backed with a multitude of papers as well to create an amazing ombre effect!
Since this cut file goes in the corner of a layout it was easy to figure out how to design my page! I just cut another paper on a diagonal and placed it in the opposite corner. I also cut out a paper frame to encase my entire layout. Overall I love the fun and whimsical scene created using this file along with embellishments that emphasized my theme! Thank you so much for stopping by!
#Brrrr | Modern Trees | Michelle Whorwood December 16, 2017 14:59 1 Comment
One of the main things I love about the Just Nick cut files is just their versatility! Today, I have used the tree file on a wintery layout (as here in NZ we have a summery christmas) and created a little scene of winter fun in my background. I cut my trees out on some jade green cardstock in a variety of different sizes and then for some fun detail I added some stitching down the centres of them all. I then added in some cute layering with lots of stickers and some chipboard framing around my photo. Lastly I added in some cute little snow flakes around and on the trees!
Here are some close ups:
Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick Blog today!
14 Days of Giveaways - Day 13 | Morgan Langley December 13, 2017 07:00 2 Comments
Welcome to Day 13 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-14, 2017 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!
This cut file was SO fun to use! I cut the tags different sizes using a mix of kraft, white, and patterned card stock. Then I backed the cut outs with another scrap of paper and was ready to add some stitching accents!
On some of the tags I used a ruler to mark straight, different sized lines with a pencil and then stitched them, some I stitched around the image, others I stitched snowflakes, and a couple I did some french knot stitches!
I put thread or bakers twine through the hole of each tag and put adhesive so they would stay in position on my layout!
For my background I just sewed on some scraps of Christmas paper with my sewing machine using a mix of white and red threads. I added my photo and some wood snowflakes and Christmas trees and then the layout was complete!
Thank you for stopping by and make sure to get this file (HOLIDAY TAGS 2) today FREE with the code TAGFREE at checkout! Come back tomorrow for the 14th Day of giveaways!
14 Days of Giveaways - Day 7 - Cathy Martin December 07, 2017 07:05 2 Comments
Hi everyone I'm up on the blog today and I'm using this gorgeous Joyful cut file! Just for today you can get this cut file for free by using the code JOYFREE2 This really is a very lovely cut file, and even though it's part of Nicole's Christmas giveaway I decided to use it for a slightly different layout. I used it for a winter layout, with a picture that was taken at the end of January. Even the word Joy can be versatile, and if there is something that I cannot say enough about Nicole's cut files it is that they can be used in soooooo many ways!
For my layout I used a combination of products from the Snow and Cocoa collection as well as the Turn the Page collection. It might seem like a bit of a strange pairing but there were some overlapping color schemes that helped me bring in more colors than just pink and teal. I used the offset feature in Silhouette Studio to create an outline for the cut file. I then used patterned paper to cut out the outline and white paper for the middle. Propping it all up with foam gave just the right amount of dimension and interest! I am so happy with the simplicity and sense of wonder and joy that comes across through all the elements.
Thank you for joining me today and I hope you go and grab your free cut file, and don't forget to stop by each day for the next 7 days for more cut files and inspiration!
Today | Star Cluster | Michelle Whorwood November 25, 2017 07:00
Hi Just Nick Fans, Michelle W here with a new layout for 'Thankful' week on the blog. Today, I have gone a little less traditional by not using a specific thankful cut file but instead creating a masculine fun layout with a thankful theme. I hope you like it!
I used the 'Star Cluster' cut file as it is a super fun one to use for 'boy pages' and I've cut it out on white cardstock as I wanted to make a play on white on white with a cool colourful background.
I thought I would also share a small tip, my mat and my blade are starting to getting a bit dull so my cut isn't actually perfect on this file. I'm actually waiting for a new blade to turn up but instead of just throwing out the cut as it wasn't perfect, I've added a few adhesive stars in the places were the cut was a bit damaged and you wouldn't even know that this was the case at all on my final page!
Here are some close ups:
I hope you have been enjoying our week of gratitude this week and that you have been inspired by all the design teams' creations!!
Take care xx
Small Joys - Cathy Martin November 20, 2017 07:00
Hi everyone! It's Cathy here and I'm up on the Just Nick blog today with a layout about being grateful for the small joys in life. Sometimes when everything is getting overwhelming it's nice to take a step back and think about all the small simple things that can be enjoyed. Whether it's the crisp smell of the cool air, laying down in a beautiful pile of leaves, or wrapping up in your favorite cozy sweater, these little things that sometimes seem so silly can be a huge help in keeping you grounded.
For my layout I chose the Leaf Circle Background cut file. I loved how it could be interpreted as a leaf, or a petal, or even a feather. I cut it out of teal cardstock just for a bit of a change-up from my usual white cardstock. I backed it with paper starting from the center ring and going outwards. so that it was the same paper on each ring all the way around. I used a mixture of old and new papers to back the cut file and then it was time to decide what to do for a background paper. Originally I wanted to use a patterned paper, but after trying to decide for over an hour I gave up. I ended up finding this dark wood grain and I really liked how it paired well with the dark colors in the photo. To add a little extra detail I painted tiny white dots in acrylic paint around the outer perimeter of the cut file.
For embellishing I primarily used products from the Turn The Page collection. It paired well with the colors I was using and many of the phrases were perfect for the mood I was trying to set. I also used some wood veneers to add an earthiness to the layout and I found some older burlap embellishments from the Craft Market collection from Crate Paper to top it off. I added some Heidi Swapp color shine in two different pinks to break up the large space between clusters.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my project today! I think it's important for us as memory keepers to not only document family and events, but to document our lives and our ups and downs as we go through life!
Colorful Watercolor Polygon! | Morgan Langley November 16, 2017 07:00
#Cute | Feather 3 | Michelle Whorwood November 13, 2017 07:00
Hi Just Nick Fans!
Michelle W here today with a new layout with one of the new cut files in store called Feather 3. This one is a super pretty set of 3 feathers which could be added to lots of different layouts both masculine and feminine.
Here is my layout:
I was initially looking at using this cut file with 3 different photos so I cut all three feathers with white cardstock. When I was looking for photos to use on my layout, I however, found 2 photos that I really liked so I decided to instead use 2 feather shapes on my page. You may notice that on the "right hand" feather is actually the middle blank feather on the cut file with the one on the outline feather layered on top. This works perfectly and adds dimension and texture in a subtle way.
I also really liked the first feather with the 'swirl' shapes which is quite a similar shape to a 'Koru' here in New Zealand. I don't often use feathers on my scrapbooking pages so I really enjoyed challenging myself to create this one. I liked the symmetry of having the two photos side by side layered up on both the feathers. To connect them, I added in some embellishments down the centre of both of my photos and then added in some chevrons that I fussy-cutted out from PinkFresh patterned paper to lead you into the rest of my page and anchor my title.
Here are some close ups:
I hope you have enjoyed my layout I have shared today. Do you like to use feathers on your pages?
Us | Laureen Wagener November 02, 2017 11:24
Hi friends -
Laureen here and I am excited to be back to share a new layout with you!
I am still in complete fall mode and decided to scrap a picture from my first vacation last year after my therapy. We are laying on the beach but it was fall, so the cut file I chose works - because leaves and fall always work - right?!
I recently received the gorgoeus Gypsy Moon Scrapbook kit from Studio Calico and haven't had the guts to cut into the beautiful papers. So I decided to be strong and let my Silhouette cut into one of the papers - because the Leaf wreath cut file is just so gorgoeus and totally works great with the paper!
My main focus for this layout is the big journaling block in the middle. I don't have a wide format printer, so I needed to make it work and printed on A4 paper, then cut it out and stitched it down on my 12x12 piece of cardstock.
The wreath fits perfectly around it and still gives little peaks of the stitching details from underneath.
I also used a couple of the embellishments from the Gypsy Moon kit, like the die cut leaves, the word phrase stickers and the cork arrows.
I hope you enjoyed todays post!
Cut file used:
Sights of Fall! | Morgan Langley November 01, 2017 07:00
Hey Spidey! - Cathy Martin October 27, 2017 06:00
Hey everyone! It's almost Halloween! I love this holiday, and I love the versatility of making layouts for it, because you don't just have to go with traditional colors and icons. For instance in the layout I created using the Hey Spidey cut file, I went with blues, reds, black and lots of other colors to create a Spiderman themed layout. I had a 12 x 12 paper that had various comic book panels and I used it to back some of the cut file, as well as a few other papers from my stash. I didn't over-embellish my layout either, since it really didn't need it, there is already so much going on that a minimal approach worked well. You could, in fact, use any cut file to create a Halloween themed layout! Thank you so much for stopping by, and have an awesome day!
So very thankful for you | Laureen Wagener October 21, 2017 08:01
Hey cut file friends -
it's Laureen here and I am back to share a new layout I created.
I love the look of self made die- cut titles for my pages, like I did for my
pumpkin/ fall layout last month!
So I decided I would use that same technique and create my own title again.
I used the Card Sentiments 4 cut file and created my title that consists of the words
so, very, for, you and the large thankful.
I arranged them and send them straight from my Silhouette to my printer.
After they were printed out I took a picture of them attached to my Pix Scan Mat and then just created
a large outline for it to create a border around the title.
Now, just the using the title as my cut file for this project was just not enough for me.
I searched through new cut files and fell in love with the Loopy Circle Background and so I just cut that out of some patterned paper and backed the circles with some vellum.
I love the softened look that gives!
I wanted to add some texture so I used my sewing machine to stitch around a couple of the circles and also added different embellishments around my two pictures!
Now, why don't you create your own die- cuts out of cut files?
Everyday Moments | In Bloom | Michelle Whorwood October 18, 2017 07:00
When I was searching through the store for inspiration for this post, this particular cut file stood out to me as one that I could really work for a layout based around two clusters. Sometimes, when I create my layouts I use my photo as the starting point but this time I really wanted my layout to flow from the cut file itself.
My design is quite a simple one, but I first cut out the In Bloom cut file in white cardstock and chose a grey patterned paper as my background which I think makes the 'white' pop out against. Then I decided that I was going to make this layout with two photos and add the cut file behind them to basically anchor them to the page and give my layout some structure to worth with. I really loved the teal with the grey so I backed two of the florals in the cut file designs with the teal and navy patterned paper and again this pops off the grey background as well. Lastly I added in some more floral embellishments and clusters of stars to my design.
Some close ups:
I hope you have enjoyed my layout share today and that I have inspired you to use a cut file to anchor your photos and embellishments on your pages.
Take care xx
I like fall most of all | Laureen Wagener October 13, 2017 07:00
it's Laureen here!
Have you enjoyed fall themed week so far? I have had a blast looking at all the gorgoeus projects!
Today it is my turn and I used the "I like fall" cut file - because it is just the most gorgeous ever!
I decided to finally stitch again - and so I did cut the words out of patterned paper, adhered them down and then stitched around them!
I really kept this page super simple except for the stitching, because it was just already such a big statement that I couldn't overpower that with more embellishments.
Instead I just used a couple of small pictures of pumpkins and created a banner on the top and then just used a few embellishments
like a flair and acetate pieces!
I hope you enjoyed todays layout!
Happy crafting -
Cut files used:
I like fall
Dumplings | Leaf Background 2 | Michelle Whorwood October 11, 2017 07:00
Hey Just Nick Fans!! Michelle W here with a new layout featuring 'fall' designs which is the theme this week. I really am enjoying some of the very cool fall backgrounds and I really like cutting out leaves on my silhouette. Leaves are so easy to use for both feminine or masculine layouts, my layout is about my daughter eating out a local market which has a cool autumnal vibe too it I think.
Here is my layout:
I really wanted to keep it simple with a soft mixed media background in autumnal colours of peachy oranges and pale mustard - and then add my cut file over the top of that to create some texture but still keeping my colour palette soft and understated. The cut file I used is called Leaf Background 2. I really liked these cute little leaves which aren't quite your usual leaf design.
Here are some close ups:
I decided to have a central design on my layout which is a bit different for me as usually I put my photo off centre but this gave me an idea to add my embellishments right around the edges of my photo which allowed me still have focus on the cut file which frames my photo really nicely but still meant I could add some fun embellishing too. I really like how cut files just add to my layouts and takes them to the next level.
I hope you have enjoyed my fall layout today and that you have been inspired by this week's designers showcasing fall designs that can be found in store.
Take A Hike - Cathy Martin October 09, 2017 07:00
Hi everyone! Right now here in Canada it's our Thanksgiving, so it seemed only fitting to do a Fall inspired layout with one of Nicole's amazing Autumnal cut files! I decided to go with her file Leaf Cluster, which is one of my favorites!!! I could seriously use this file over and over again and have a different looking layout each time! I decided to go with some not so traditional fall colours that matched my photos to back my file. I didn't need to do much in the way of embellishing because the photo and cut file were definitely centre stage! I am so happy with how sweet this layout turned out, and thank you all so much for stopping by!
Hello Fall! | Morgan Langley October 02, 2017 07:00
Hello crafty friends, Morgan here! I can not believe it is already October! For my layout today I used the "Bare Tree" cut file and made the tree not so bare by using the leaves included in the file and adding them onto my tree!
For my background I added some light pink, yellow, and orange watercolor splatters and cut my leaves from different colored card stock. Some of the leaves have more intricate pieces so I used the "double cut" feature on my Silhouette Cameo to get clean lines. Then I backed them onto white card stock to make them thicker and more durable for stitching. I stitched around them using corresponding thread colors. I love what paper embroidery adds to the layout!
For my photo cluster I used various Dear Lizzy ephemera and some of the cut file leaves that I hadn't yet stitched behind my photo. I also added in some floral pieces I had and a cute flair button with a wood grain background. I love how cute that little bunny piece is and thought it went in nicely!
Thank you for reading! Make sure to check out Just Nick on Instagram to see more fun posts using the fall cut files and follow me on Instagram @morewithmorganl for all my crafty updates! Also make sure to go to the Just Nick store to get some of these beautiful files!
Awesome Girl - Cathy Martin September 25, 2017 07:00
Hi everyone, it's my turn up on the blog today and I'm continuing to work with the All Boy cut file! On my last blog post I used several of the words that came with the cut file, but so as to not waste a single bit of paper I added the word "awesome" before I sent the file through my Silhouette. I didn't know what I would end up doing with it, but I knew that since it was something I could use for almost any layout I decided to cut it. I'm so glad I did, because I used it for this layout! A layout that is definitely All Girl :)
I backed the cut file with bright, bold and fun papers from my stash ( I have some drawers of papers that I keep specifically for the purpose of backing cut files) and then I chopped the word in half so it would fit on my page better, since the background paper I had chosen had an illustration in the lower left hand side. I decided to go for a funky, whimsical, and slightly minimalistic feel, and I experimented with my photo by cutting out my daughter from the background. This is a new technique for me, though I know it's been around for quite awhile. I am super happy with the results!
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look-see today! You can also check out my Youtube channel to see my process video too!
Foliage Background | Michelle Whorwood September 22, 2017 07:00 1 Comment
Hi Just Nick Fans! Michelle Whorwood here with a new layout featuring one of the newer background files in store the 'Foliage Background'. I was immediately drawn to this particular file as I felt it fit my photo really well of my two daughters in Fiji last weekend. I really like the tropical vibe of the flower shape which reminds me of a frangipani.
I really wanted to keep my layout simple, fun, summery and happy. So I cut out the cut file on some pale yellow cardstock and adhered it to some white cardstock as my background. I then layered on some project life cards in tropical colours under my photo and embellished with lots of embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Carousel collection too.
I really loved how this layout came together. The focus on the cut file with the white space of the border around it really draws your eye into the photo so I wanted to keep this space relatively clear and only added a few stars to the cut file and in the corners.
Here are some close ups:
Cut file used:
Happy Days | Marcia Dehn-Nix September 18, 2017 07:00
Hello JustNick friends!
Marcia back today. I hope you all had a great weekend! All week at JustNick Studios we are going to showcase background cut files. I am kicking it off with the Hit Play Background. This cut file is so perfect for all your active subjects. I love how the triangles give the feeling of movement for my layout. Just what I needed for this shot of my son and one of our dogs crossing the Mississippi River at its source; Itasca.
I backed the triangle negative spaces with a variety of different pattern papers, then to make the triangle shape more definite, I outlined the edges with a black marker.
Here are some more detail pictures.
Here is the cut file I used today.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Enjoy your week!
Follow your Dreams | Zsoka Marko September 15, 2017 07:00
Hey there friends,
Zsoka back with you today sharing my newest layout for Just Nick!
This week we are showcasing words/sentiments cut files and I chose the Follow your dreams sentiment from the Dream Big cut file set.
Here's how my layout turned out:
I blew up the cut file and also stretched it because I wanted to have taller letters and cut it out from white card stock.
I picked one of the last Fancy Pants collections for this layout, Dream Big, which fits my title and my theme. The background paper is a very old Theresa Collins paper I believe. I love grid papers for backgrounds! They are subtle but still not just plain card stock.
As usual, I backed the letters with different patterned papers. This is actually one of the reasons I love cut files, one can showcase many colors and patterns without them being too busy or overpowering. I then added foam adhesive to all the letters and tucked my photo in at the bottom of the cut file.
About the photo I chose...We visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, because my son is crazy about animals. He loves sea creatures especially. He always wanted to work with animals when he grows up, his latest dream is to be a marine biologist. I just wrote about how I'm sure this is going to change a million times and of course that is OK, he has plenty of time to decide! I adore how much he knows about every single animal! I honestly have no idea how he keeps all that information in his head. Kids' brains are fantastic! They just remember absolutely everything. Well other than how to clean up their rooms of course :D.
I typed up my journaling and cut it into strips, adding them in the spaces on both sides of the photo. I normally just write my journaling with a pen but I thought this would stand out more.
To embellish my layout I chose a few items from the same collection, die cuts, puffy and cork stickers and a clip. I added foam adhesive to some of them to create a bit of depth.
I wanted to add a bit more red to the layout (red, my least favorite color no less!) so I tore off a strip from one of the patterned papers and adhered it to the bottom.
To finish off my layout I added a few navy blue ink splatters.
I hope you like this layout and are inspired to document your children's dreams!
Thank you for stopping by today!
Till next time,
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.
Dream Big | Michelle Whorwood September 12, 2017 07:00 1 Comment
Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout using 'Words' as inspiration for all the Just Nick Designers this week. Here is my layout:
I had lots of fun creating my layout and have used three different cut files. I really loved the new 'Leaf Circle Background' file and cut this out on white cardstock to create the basis of my layout and included my photo of my girls into one of the negative spaces of the cut file. I also added in some patterned paper to a couple of the other circles for a bit of added interest.
I also really wanted to add word to my page in a form of a title going down one side of my page. So I used the 'Script Alpha 2' Cut file and welded together some of the letters to create 'be you' and cut this out on some white cardstock. I then added some Shimmerz Mist 'Pretty in Pink' to give it a soft pale pink colour and stitched through the words for some added texture! I then added the 'Dream Big' cut from the Dream Big Cut File set also just on some white cardstock. I love the freshness of the white on white look and adding pops of colour with patterned paper and embellishments to finish off my page!
The cut files I have used:
I hope you have enjoyed my layout today and that you have been inspired to try out some cut titles on your pages!
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.
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!
HEY THERE September 03, 2017 07:00
Nathalie here with a new layout that is all about my teenage son!. I love my kids, but i find that it is easier to document my daughter, so this time, I chose to create a page that combines the Positive One and Positive 3 Backgrounds to document my boy!
I wanted something that will bring the eye to the picture, and at the same time will be graphic and simple. The Positive One and Positive Three backgrounds were perfect for what i had in mind, even when the design changed a bit along the way.
Firstly, I isolated a single cross from both the files. Then used the cross from the Positive One file to sketch some crosses on half of the page, and used the same design (in three different sizes) to cut some crosses from vellum. I proceeded to poke holes in the sketched designs, and used thread to back stitch the designs.
Next i used the Positive 3 cut file's isolated cross to cut some designs out of the papers from the Boys Front collection from Pinkfresh Studio. Once everything was cut, then a bit of foam adhesive was used to attach the crosses just to half of the page, as if they all were leading to the picture.
After the graphic background, just a few more details around the picture complete the page. I love the final look of the page, along with the contrast in dimension, and it all was created by using the simple designs of the two cut files. That is why i love cut files!!!
Remember to check the JustNick store for these, and all the rest of cut files available. All the designs are so versatile, and you can easily create unique pages with them. I am always a comment away, if you have a question on how this came together.
See you all around!
Play Together | Cloud Background 2 | Michelle Whorwood August 30, 2017 07:00
Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout to share with you featuring the Cloud Background 2 cut file. I really like using cloud cut files as they are such fun to use and they are really versatile for all occasions!! I have used a photograph of my youngest daughter and friends lying down on the grass looking at the sky (or clouds)! Here is my layout:
One of the things I really like about this particular cut file is that some of the clouds have vertical lines in them for interest and some texture on your page. I have cut out the file on patterned paper which has subtle pattern on it so it isn't a solid colour but isn't too busy on the page either. This cut file would look amazing backed with patterned paper too. But I left mine natural and added some mixed media splatters on my background.
Now I am quite frugal when it comes to my supplies and like to be able to use up the left over pieces from the cut file. This time, the cut file file produced some cool cloud negative detail. Instead of using them as traditional clouds, I added three of these layered under my photo and they look like scallops! This is a fun way of adding more colour but also acts as an anchor point for my photo.
Lastly, I really like how the cut file filled my page but also allowed me to add in some elements in different parts of the cut file. As you can see below and above I have added several different areas of embellishments clustered at the top, bottom and the sides of my layout. This design allows interest but also draws your eye into my photo or the focal point of my page.
I hope you have enjoyed my layout today!
Explore | Zsoka Marko August 29, 2017 07:00
Hi there crafty friends,
I'm not sure if you can tell, but I modified the cut file a little bit. When you blow it up as big as I did, the outlines will be much thicker. I wanted them thinner so more patterned paper shows through once I back the rays. I released the compound path, deleted the original outline, made the circle thinner, then I made a compound path on the two circles. I moved the circle out of the way and added outlines to the rays, made compound path and moved them into the circle so that the rounded ends disappeared. As a last step I welded the circles and the rays together. I hope it makes sense?
A while back I received the Simple Stories Summer Days collection kit from the awesome SCT magazine and haven't had the chance to use it yet. So I decided to use it for this layout. I also used bits and pieces from Freckled Fawn (like that awesome acrylic word, the flip flops and wood veneer) and the wood grain paper is from Jen Hadfield I believe.
First I printed my photo in a big size and glued the cut file on top. Then I backed the rays with different patterned papers, but only glued them down where they touch the circle. This way the white card stock can be lifted up a bit to create a nice dimension.
I used the acrylic word for my title and created a little cluster at the bottom of the page with it. I really like the look of this.
I didn't feel like this page needed a lot of embellishments. I just added a few bradz, wood veneers and some cloud stickers. Oh and a mini clothespin I got at Michaels!
I hope you like how this one turned out! Thanks for stopping by! Till next time,
Let's Go | Marcia Dehn-Nix August 25, 2017 07:00
Hello JustNick Studio friends!
Marcia here today with more Back To School inspiration. I swear, I have the cutest, happiest nephew! Here he is showing off his new backpack.
I used 5 digital cut files to create this layout. The Broken Mirror Background cut file allowed me to use up some scraps filling in the negative space with different pattern papers.
To create movement on my layout, I wanted my title to go up one side of my photo and across the top. To connect the two, I modified the arrow from the All Boy digital cut file, making it much longer. This allowed me to fold it to fit around my photo. I used two different fonts for my title, the Type It Font and the OutLine Alphas. I love mixing fonts to create more interest in my titles.
To finish framing my photo, I tucked the Today File Folder underneath my photo
Here are the cut files I used today ...
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a fabulous weekend!
Fun Stitched Ink Splats! | Morgan Langley August 24, 2017 07:00
Rock On! | Jennifer McMurtrey August 16, 2017 07:00
Hello JustNick friends!
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!!
Live Today - Cathy Martin August 11, 2017 07:00
Hi everyone! I can't believe we are almost halfway through August! Where oh where has the summer gone. Well I know for myself I am still going to be scrapping fun and bright layouts for just a little bit longer before I switch and start focusing on the awesomeness of autumn scrapping. With that in mind this week is circles week and we are focusing on cut files that are circular. This, for me, is seriously no problem, I LOVE all of Nicole's circular cut files!
For the layout I created I chose the Floral Ring 3 cut file, and I cut it out in a very primary, bright blue. Now here is where the challenge is because this colour of blue is not one that I would usually use, but I really wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge as well as get a chance to use up products that would match well with the blue that I chose!
After much hmming and hahing and not being able to make a decision on patterned paper I finally was able to back the cut file and choose a background paper that really went well together. I used products from Pinkfresh Studio and Pretty Little Studio to finish off the layout!
Thank you all so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video to see how it all came together! Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!
Happiness in Circles! | Morgan Langley August 06, 2017 07:00
Hello friends! Today I am kicking off circles week on the Just Nick blog using the "Dreamcatcher Background 1". I love the sections in this file and I knew I wanted to add some hand stitching!
I started by backing the cut file with papers from the new Maggie Holmes collection "Carousel". Then I stitched some of the sections using corresponding colors and some using plain white embroidery floss.
I embellished using the puffy stickers from the collection as well as those gold glitter stars from the chipboard sticker sheet. I fussy cut two kites from the collection and layered them with some tangled thread. My title came from the ephemera pack and I love how it all came together!
I added some light pink splatters and added the border with my sewing machine! I used light blue thread and set my machine to do a scallop stitch!
This layout was so fun to make and I love the look of the different sections with the Dreamcatcher Background file! Thank you for stopping by!
Dino Friends by Niki Rowland August 02, 2017 07:00
Love this life | Laureen Wagener July 31, 2017 07:00
Hi cut file fans -
It's Laureen with you to share a new page made with one of the new files loaded to the store - the beautiful Basic Bloom Background!
Now I can never get enough of floral cut files, especially the beautiful ones Nicole always creates! So of course I had to use one for this page. The tricky part is that when always using florals cut files pages tend to look the same - so I decided to create something a little - only a little - different.
Instead of backing the cut file I duplicated it, welded the two pieces together so I would have one long 12 inch pieces and then cut them into a square at the top and the two sides to make them fit perfectly into the top space of my paper and make it look like a flowing flower garland - if you know what I mean ;D
I layered some vellum behind the file to soften up the background paper and to make the cut file stand out and then all I did for embellishing was fuzzy cutting bits from different patterned papers ;)
All adhered down and the page was done in a breeze!
Until the next time and happy crafting,
Cut file used:
Celebrate You | Take Me to Paradise | Michelle Whorwood July 27, 2017 07:00
Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout to share with you! My youngest daughter recently turned 5 and had a flamingo themed party. As soon as saw the Take me to Paradise cut file in store that featured the 'flamingo' and that 'tropical style leaf' I just knew it would be perfect to showcase the cake photo.
Here is my layout:
I started out by enlarging the 'tropical leaf' in this cut file and duplicated it so that I had 3 leaves to work with. I wanted the leaves to look like they were 'holding' my photo and technically add a frame around it. Next I cut out the 'flamingo' on pink patterned paper large enough to hug the right hand edge of my photo as well. I love using cut files as giant embellishments on my page and it is so easy to do so. The Take me to Paradise cut file has 6 different cut files on it which makes it a really good value for money as well.
Some close ups:
I hope you have enjoyed my latest layout today as much as I enjoyed creating it.
It Won't Rain All The Time - Cathy Martin July 26, 2017 06:00
Hello hello hello! It's Cathy and I'm back showcasing another layout featuring one of Nicole's amazing cut files! I find that the trend of plus signs seems to come and go, but I for one am a big fan! I really loved all the Positive cut files in the shop, so I chose the Positive One file. I did a little revamping with the file while I was in the Silhouette software. I duplicated the file so that I could shrink it down and have lots of plus signs. I then deleted random signs here and there, just to add a bit of visual interest.
My next step was to back my pluses with lots of different patterned papers from my stash as well as some from 6x6 paper pads. I used a combo of newer papers from the Little by Little collection along with some papers that have been floating around my stash pile. I left some of the pluses blank and then put another piece of white card stock behind the whole thing. I added some details around the white ones with some ticking and then got to embellishing!
I am so flippin' happy with how this layout turned out. The story behind my layout is about my son and his dealings with expressing and recognizing his emotions, and I just love the juxtaposition of the happy plus signs with the overall story of the layout!
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look today!
Rainbow Row | Marcia Dehn-Nix July 25, 2017 07:00
Hello JustNick Studio friends!
Marcia here today. I've been working my way through some vacation photos from a trip to South Carolina this past May. If you love gardens and/or food, Charleston is a gem. Their are gorgeous homes with extensive gardens, window box planters, and flowering baskets and Charleston is a culinary hub. Oh my, did we eat some amazing meals there! After one such amazing meal, we needed to do some walking and headed toward Rainbow Row. These houses, each painted a different color, are one of the most photographed in the city.
On this layout, I combined the Outline Alphas and the Script Font to create a dramatic title. I wanted the letters to be tall, like these buildings, so I stretched the cut file. Then I backed the letters with some gorgeous multi-color floral paper from a Maggie Holmes Crate paper line.
I added a travel tag from the Around the World digital cut file and tucked it under the main photo.
Here are a few more detailed shots ...
Here are the cut files I used today ...
I hope I have inspired you today to create a big title with lots of impact! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week.
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.
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.
Two more pages follow that use more patterned papers, stickers, and die cuts with stitching.
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.
Summer Circle Background Layout! | Morgan Langley July 18, 2017 07:00
Hello friends! It is Morgan here and I am excited to be sharing my layout I created using the "In the deep end background". This file was so easy and fun to work with!
I cut the file on white card stock first and then taking papers from the 6x6 "Oh My Heart" collection I cut small pieces to fit into the squares around each circle as well as the middle piece. I grouped all the pink patterns together, all the greens together, etc. Then I laid out the file on my page and marked where each colored circle was for my splatter paint. I matched the splatter paint with the color of circle that would be on top.
Next I fussy cut the larger flowers from the 12x12 "Oh my Heart" paper pad and layered them behind the circles still matching the colors. I added smaller flowers with bunched thread and sequins into the center of some of the smaller circles.
I cut three photos into circles to fit inside the cut file and love how they flow into the layout. I used my type writer for my journaling about this summer day at my grandparents house in Ohio.
Thank you for reading about my crafty process! I hope you try and incorporate this file into one of your own beautiful creations!
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