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BESTIES by Sophie Delorme September 23, 2020 07:00
Hello everyone and happy fall !
It's Sophie here and I am sharing a beautiful autumnal layout about my little girl and our dog.
The assignment today was to create a page using a cut file like a stencil. When I saw the gorgeous Mandalla 3 that just arrived in the store, I NEW I had to use it in some way !!!
I cut it on white cardstock, put it on water-colour paper and applied white textured paste delicately on it with a palette knife. I removed the cut file and let my background dry completely before adding water-colours that matched my color scheme. I used the beautiful "Forever Fall" collection from Simple Stories.
I placed my photo on the right lower corner of my layout, to really make the mandala stand out from the page. I layered tissue paper, adhesive foam and a few patterned papers behind it.
I embellished around my photo with stickers and fussy cut flowers from the same Simple Stories collection. I also teared a strip of patterned paper for the bottom edge of the page.
I used a Simple Stories foam sticker for my title, and adhered it so that it starts right in the centre of the beautiful mandala.
I handwrote my journaling directly on the background and added plenty of blue, white and pink Nuvo Cristal Drops as the finishing touch.
Oh how I like the end-result ! This Mandalla cut file is just fabulous !!! Using cut files like a stencil is another beautiful way to get creative and it gives a completely different look to them !
Here are more close-ups:
I hope you felt inspired to use this Mandalla cut file and get your creativity going !
Until next time,
Fall | Anna Blades September 17, 2020 00:00
Hey JustNick friends!
It's Anna here with you today. Fall is knocking on the door, so for today's project, I've created a layout totally inspired by the colors and textures of autumn.
First, I started with my background, using the Fall Leaves Outline cut file. I cut a bunch of leaves from white cardstock, and then I glued them onto another white cardstock. By doing it, I created a cool textured background.
I covered the page with clear gesso and used pigment powders to color it. I also made some splatters with watercolors and gold Colorshine from Heidi Swapp.
For my title, I cut four times (from white smooth cardstock) the word "fall" from the TN Fall cut file, and stacked them all together.
I used the distress oxide inks to make this color gradient look. I placed it vertically, overlapping the picture. I love how the left side of the title is "floating". The texture is very important in this layout, so I put this kind of fishnet behind my photo and glued it to the page with foam to give it more dimension.
To embellish the page, I only used a couple of stickers, die-cut leaves, and a gold foil heart. Finally, I framed my layout with a wood grain patterned paper. (I would have liked to make a machine stitching, but my sewing machine was broken...)
And that's it! I hope that this layout inspires you some fall projects. I don't know about you, but this page takes me to the mountain, sitting next to a fire with a hot drink in my hands.
Don't forget to check out the new cut files every week. Have a great day!
See you soon!
Pumpkin Spice is Back | Patricia September 15, 2020 06:00
Hello JustNick Friends! I have a post to share today to show you how to combine two stencils, using pattern paper, and embellishments in your traveler's notebook. The first stencil I am using is the Grid Stencil.
And then I will layer the Floral Cluster 2 over it.
The stenciling is concentrated on the right side onto white textured cardstock. The left side is one sold piece of pattern paper with very two colors and a basic small pattern. To make the contrast of the pattern paper side and stenciled side work, I concentrated the Grid Stencil in the center of the textured cardstock using black ink and a makeup blending brush.
I kept it just enough to not be in the forefront of the design. I love this basic technique because it gives an airbrushed effect. Next, I used the swirl flowers from the Floral Cluster 2 with colored pencils! The pencils give me more precision, and I want that textured look from the textured cardstock. I tried this on plain, and it isn't the same. The textured cardstock with the stenciling with pencils really makes this.
I moved the flowers and leaves around where I wanted them. Once my background was complete, I took inspiration from a collage you would see at Starbucks, and used my die cuts and letters in different directions across my page, with my photo in the middle.
Keeping the yellow pattern paper side simple, I just added a strip of pattern paper along the spine of my notebook for added color and to create a triangle with the oranges from the right side, added some stickers, stamping and journaling to finish.
So many ways to use cut files as stencils. This is a wonderful subtle but also colorful way to add texture and pattern to your background while still using your stash of pattern paper and alphabet stickers! Happy creating!!
Stories Can Be Beautiful | Patricia Roebuck August 18, 2020 06:00
Hello Everyone! I'm excited to be back this month to share a fun way to use the JustNick cut files as a stencil. I'm using it in my traveler's notebook, but this could apply to a larger scrapbook layout or even cards. I'm using this awesome new Circular Motion Background.
As soon as I saw it, I loved the circular patterns and noticed a gap between the clusters as well as the larger circles. After cutting it, it inspired me to pull out my watercolors, and fill in the larger gaps with black watercoloring. I removed the inner circles and applied more watercolors to the main design still attached to my cut file.
I used a rounded medium size brush and was liberal in coloring, but also made sure I had enough water mixed in so that the colors would be a little softer. I kept some of the inner circle pieces that cut all the way out from the design, to re-attach, and then added messy black machine stitching. With using this as a stencil, I've created a wonderful, unique first layer, so I continue my layers with added splatters from the watercolors.
My final layer to add before adding my pattern paper and photos, is using the cut file again as a stencil with a fine tip black pen through some of the openings. I add my stamping, fussy cut flowers from pattern paper, and photos.
I used more of those inner loose circles from the cut file, to machine stitch across the right page, added a larger fussy cut file, and created a cluster of layers.
My journaling corresponds to the photos on the left, so after typing and adhering the labels, I used numbers for the photos and labels. My pre-teen daughter will catch that mindcraft mistake ;)
Hope this inspires you to not just use the cut files as is, but as stencils using either a spray mist, ink and blender, or try this watercolor look and then add some details with a black pen. Happy Creating!!!
Summer Ride | Patricia Roebuck August 4, 2020 06:00
Hello Friends!! I love all things related to summer, but one favorite is bike riding. I used the new Summer cut file with the retro look to document one of the photos on the longer bike rides I take with my husband.
I cut the file from textured peach colored cardstock, resizing it to fit on one side of my notebook. The cut file is great as is, but to add even more texture to it, I machine stitched in white across the bottom, and then added the rest of my title to it. It is a perfect way to add on to your title, or get more creative with adding colors to the cut file.
Before adhering my title, I typed and stamped on the bottom for my journaling, and then adhered everything into place.
I wanted the right side to focus on a photo spot my husband and I stopped at along our route. I loved the bridge and road, but also the '20' on the post. I used that for the year, then added embellishments to my large photo to finish.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you grab this Summer cut file and get creative with it for your summer memories!
Make Waves | Patricia July 20, 2020 07:00
Hi Everyone! I'm back with the second half of the TN Make Waves cut file in my Traveler's Notebook today! You can see the first post here of how I used the right side of this cut file. Today, I'm using the left side of the cut file with the 'Make Waves' as the title.
Similar to the first TN spread, I cut the left side using pattern paper. My pattern paper is bolder, but with only black and white, I can easily back those letters with a lighter pattern paper to help them stand out. And to help them stand out more, I loved the look of the backside of this black and white pattern (the pink). So I flipped my cut out letters from the cut file, foam adhered, and offset them a bit to create a shadow look on just a few of them.
I added the puffy butterfly sticker in the black and white to create a break in the pattern. I didn't want to take away from the pattern paper, and I wanted the large photo and it's details to stand out on the right, so I typed my journaling with the typewriter on a separate cardstock, added black machine stitching, and then trimmed and adhered. Doing this gives a little bit more visual of the background.
For my large photo on the right, I just added puffy heart stickers, and die cuts to finish...cascading down along the waves on the shore.
To add a little more dimension to this page, I foam adhered a couple of the die cuts.
Very easy TN spread to put together. Two uses from the same cut file, and also using the cut out letters within my design. Happy creating!!
BEST FURRIENDS LAYOUT | Sophie Delorme June 26, 2020 07:00
Hello crafty friends !
It's Sophie here today and I am sharing a cute layout highlighting the special bond between my little Sabrina and our dog, and I found the PERFECT JustNick Cut file for that !
I used the Cut file named "Paws to my Heart Background" that you can find in the store right here.
I've got so many photos of our dog... that as soon as I saw this in the shop, I new I had to use it !
So I started with a white cardstock background, adding just a few watercolor splatters on it in a rainbow order. I cut the cut file on white cardstock twice, to get a second layer of hearts. I backed the cut file with the beautiful paper no 06 from the Paige Evans Bloom Street collection. Then, I painted my second layer of hearts with watercolor to mimic the rainbow scheme of the patterned paper, and adhered it a little offset from the white hearts underneath. I love the result ! It's like having new embellishments, made out of the cut file..!
I added adhesive foam behind the cut file and sticked it down to my page.
I backed my photo with some tissue paper and a pink layer of another Bloom Street patterned paper and arranged it on the upper left side of the layout.
I embellished my page with other goodies from that same collection, and used a Flutter Phrase Thicker for my title.
Isn't this cut file adorable ?? I am very happy with the end result ! I hope you like it too ! Check out the JustNick store to see more amazing cut files. Trust me, you will get inspired on the spot !
Here are a ton of close-ups. Feel free to comment or ask any questions !
I wish you all a great crafty day !
Best Birthday Ever | Patricia June 25, 2020 07:00
Hello Friends! I'm excited to see the Traveler's Notebook cut files JustNick Studio has in the shop! For today I'm sharing this project using the TN Best Day Ever cut file.
I did enlarge the cut file a little bit more to just be a tad smaller than my notebook. Since I used pattern paper to cut this file out, I decided to use the 'best day ever' letters as part of my title and not use the negative cut file (page). I used another white piece of cardstock, fussy cut pattern paper, and then foam adhered my letters to it. Another way I changed the use of the cut file, was instead of using 'day,' I used 'birthday.'
I used the background cut file for my right side. I didn't want a big contrast and love how the letters from 'best ever' flow with the same pattern paper I used her on the right. I also love the greens from the fussy cutting pattern paper, so I used a tight pattern paper paper with some of the same greens found in the fussy cut leaves to back the majority of this cut file.
And then for the larger ornate cut outs, I used a simple grid with similar colors to flow nicely with my left side. I love how this came out giving me the beautiful texture, soft colors, and layers.
This cut file captured this special birthday perfectly! Whether you had amazing vacation, celebration, time with others, the TN cut files are a great way to get started. Hope this inspires you to tweak the cut titles, and don't be afraid to use the pattern paper as the cut out and then layer with more pattern papers!
Black Beauty | Patricia June 9, 2020 07:00
Hello JustNick Studio Friends! I am using the brand new TN Beauty cut file for my project today and completely intended on using it for what I usually scrapbook about, my family. But as a scrapbooker and a creative person, and more so lately, I tend to be influenced by what is going on around me. So today's post is influenced by so much sadness and seeing toxic behaviors, but also bringing in my spiritual beliefs and faith into them with paper and this gorgeous cut file.
With those feelings and influences, I immediately thought 'black beauty.' So I built that cut file page around it by backing it with a rich beautiful woodgrain pattern paper and then added my title and embellishments around it. Gorgeous against that black!
I tinkered a bit with adding something else to that left side, but decided to focus on a lot of white space in the design, and add a big pop of contrast and color to the right along with my typed journaling. I used a scrap piece of cardstock with dried watercolors on it to type my scripture and add to the right side.
I used the same woodgrain pattern paper on the back of this cut file page, and then used the reverse of it with the floral and leaf patterns to back my leaves and flowers. I did concentrate on backing the leaves first with most of the green from the pattern.
And then concentrated the large floral patterns to back the floral cut file parts of this file. It came out even better than I imagined, looking like stained glass.
I hope this inspires you as well to use your gifts and talents to process through these difficult times. It helps us to be the best we can for others that we influence in our lives. Happy creating!!
Good Times | Patricia May 14, 2020 07:00
Hello Everyone! I hope you have taken advantage of the NSD sale last week. JustNick Studio Cut Files always get me inspired. Today I'm using the Spring Wreath 2 in my Traveler's Notebook.
I cut the file in the size it opened to in my Silhouette Studio Software. I intended to use the positive cut file only, but I loved the look of the negative, that I used both! First I printed my photo large enough to fill the inside, trimmed and adhered to my notebook. Then I took the negative from the cut file, trimmed the cardstock to fit my album, folded it in middle, and adhered.
Then I just fit the positive cut file inside it. I made my photo Black and White because it was so busy with the green grass. I also love the contrast of the black and white photo with the white from the cut file. To add a striking contrast, I added die cuts in florals and leaves that matched the cut file, tucking them here and there and foam adhering a few. My title is a wood veneer piece and adds a nice subtle contrast to the photo.
I didn't need a lot of journaling for this, so I just stamped and fussy cut for my date, then added puffy stickers to add my year. To add a little more pop of color, I lined and tucked labels in the same colors as the die cuts under the negative cut file to finish.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying these gorgeous cut files!
Give Yourself to the Gifts | Patricia May 12, 2020 07:00
Hello JustNick Friends! I have a soft layout to share today inspired by the Floral Butterfly cut file! I used this cut file for my 6x8 layout, so I sized it down to fit before cutting it.
I chose pattern papers with no pattern just color, this gives my butterfly a nice soft look.
I used the same colors from the pattern paper to stamp out my title. Once everything was in place, I fussy cut flowers from pattern papers that coordinated with the papers I used for the butterfly. Then added the wood veneer leaf under the butterfly.
The fussy cut pattern paper florals and wood veneer leaf adds to the color and builds up that floral side of the butterfly and overall design of the layout.
I wanted to add some journaling, and the vellum pocket matting my photo holds a tag where I typed my journaling.
Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and hope this inspires you in ways to use this gorgeous cut file!!
Berry Sweet | Patricia April 17, 2020 06:00
Hello Everyone! I'm sharing a story in my Traveler's Notebook that usually would go differently. We love to go pick strawberries, but with the virus, this year, we couldn't. But thankfully, they were selling flats near us. To tell this story, I used the new Berry Sweet cut file!
I cut the strawberries twice with two different pattern papers. On the left side, I used the two pattern paper cuts together, but on the right I used just the outside of the cut file. For my title, I used the 'berry sweet' in the same two pattern papers. I stamped the flowers and leaves before adhering the 'berry'. I added machine stitching to the pink pattern paper and tucked 'sweet' partially under. I love the stamped and the tucked under look because they both give an illusion as being within the design.
I used the Flowers cut file to accent the 'berry' and used them a lot more on the right side.
I penciled in and typed my journaling with my typewriter. To bring in some of the bold black stamping on the left, I used a small strip of black cardstock under my photo, and then framed with the berry outline and flowers cut files.
I left some white space on this side since so much color and texture on the left. But did add a die cut, another flower and a little stamping at the top to finish it.
Thanks so much, everyone, for letting me share and for stopping by! Please document during this time. You don't feel like it now, but you will want to look back. Also, creating is good therapy!!
Spring Windowframe | Patricia April 2, 2020 06:00
Hello JustNick friends! We are in some crazy times, but I'm so thankful to have a creative outlet in scrapbooking. If you are like me and a non-essential employee and staying home these days, I hope you take advantage of the 40% off with the code STAYHOME40. It ends tomorrow, April 3rd.
The JustNick team has been sharing Springtime projects using Spring cut files, and I'm excited to bring another Spring inspired project for today's post using the new Spring Windowframe cut file!
I left the cut file size as is, but used the knife tool to cut it down the middle to use in my Traveler's Notebook. I wanted to give some bounce, color, airiness, and texture, so I picked a 12x12 piece of pattern paper with a white background and large colorful circles. This created some white space, but with some pops of colors peeking through the window frame.
For the flowers in the cut file, I used two colors of solid cardstock to complement my background pattern paper I chose. The orange is a textured cardstock while pale yellow is more smooth. I love the contrast, even though it is subtle.
This cut file is a PERFECT way to add small photos behind some of the frames! I chose to leave my photos in color instead of black and white, to show that we were outside with everything green and flowers blooming. The cut file with the frame, helps to break up the business of the photos. I also added machine stitching around the frame to add more definition. For my journaling, I used labels to coordinate with the colors of my pattern paper to send through my typewriter. To add more dimension, I placed three on the left, with one foam adhered and one on the right foam adhered. Tucking a label under the cut file is a great way to add to the dimension.
I worked within the cut file and the photos to add pre-made die cuts and my title.
So may ways you can use this cut file! I really love it with including photos, using a patterned paper behind it, and two colors and textures of cardstock. But this would be so great reversing it with cardstock behind it, and then pattern paper for the flowers too! Hope this gives you some ideas to take some time to get lost in your own creations right now!
Japan | Patricia March 19, 2020 07:00
It's Time for Fun | Patricia March 3, 2020 07:00
Happy March everyone! Even though I live in the South and our Winters are not harsh, I am very ready for warmer weather! I have a spread in my Life Crafted Album that pulls some beautiful, fresh colors using the JustNick Divided Florals and Spring Florals.
This particular memory is not a Spring memory. In addition to that, they are taken at night with my iPhone and poor quality. The cut files and the colors I chose to work with help bring some brightness and fun to capture this memory. I first chose one of the two Divided Florals to use vertically in my Life Crafted Traveler's Notebook. I love green, and this is also a Mardi Gras parade. I didn't want my colors to be too busy like Mardi Gras (purple, green, gold), but a subtle variation of the holiday with more of a Spring feel.
I backed just the flower part of the cut file with a solid piece of pale lavender cardstock. My photos don't have too much color to draw from being so dark taken at night, but the parade's color theme is usually blue. Blue goes perfectly with my color selections and Spring feel. So I stamped and accented with embellishments in blue, as well as pulling in accents of the gold.
The right side, with the white cardstock background really helps that cut file and blue accents to pop as well as a great place for my journaling. I used that same pattern paper for the Divided Floral, but the reverse of it for a different texture over more pattern paper on the left to balance the two sides. Then cut the beautiful Spring Florals and used the same embellishment accents to again balance each side. I absolutely LOVE the large florals to draw the eye and make my photos look better than they are!
I think this is my most favorite Mardi Gras themed spread because it isn't overly themey, has the colors of the holiday, but has the Spring feel with the cut files! Hope this gives you inspiration on using your poor quality photos with the colors and cut files to really help make a beautiful spread for your next project!
Home | Patricia Roebuck February 21, 2020 07:00
Hello everyone! I love all of the mandala's that JustNick Studio is coming out with. I used one of the new ones called Decorative Mandala to document in my traveler's notebook.
I think my new favorite font of JustNick Studio is the Script Alpha 2, which I used for my title by merging the letters I needed together to cut one piece.
I cut the mandala with a black and grey pattern paper and then backed the piece with black cardstock. I wanted a striking but neutral effect with the cut file.
I trimmed it in half to fit across the top of my page. Then then added my 'home' title under it.
Once these were in place, I printed a large photo to go across the page, trimming it to fit, and added my sub-title, journaling, and embellishments.
With my Decorative Mandala and Script Alpha 2 font as my title in black, white and grey, I brought out pops of aqua, yellow and grey to complement it. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you are inspired to use your JustNick cut files to document about you in your traveler's notebook!
This Year | Bullet Journaling | Patricia Roebuck January 8, 2020 07:00
Happy New Year JustNick Studio Friends!! I want to share with you new pages I created in my Canva Bullet Journal. I might have been late in finishing my gratitude journal I did in November, but I finished it, and you can see the last page here.
For today's post, I used the new cut file 'this year' with watercolors and stamps to created a title page.
To help the pattern paper stand out more against the white page, I added shading with the watercolors around it and also used a pen to outline it. I did resize the cut file just a bit to fit my page.
The next page was a full 2-page. I was going to use the new Funky Mandala cut out in the blue pattern paper, but I decided to continue the inky background but instead of using watercolors as I did on the first page, I used ink pads and a brush.
I first started by using the negative from the pattern paper to brush on color to my background, then I used the positive (the actual cut file) with inks to create more layers. I used two shades of ink in the lavender tones, but then pulled in a touch of orange. Also used it with my stenciled on speech bubbles.
I used the new Script Alpha 2 to merge my Word for 2020 "Surrender" in a darker shade of blue pattern paper to stretch across the bottom of both pages, trimming it where needed.
I added my journaling on the far left and right, and filled in the speech bubbles with stickers to finish.
There is no limit to how you can create bullet journaling, and having the cut files gives you stencils, masks, and the cut file to add to them!
Thank you for stopping by!! I Hope this gives you some idea how to get creative in 2020! I'll be back to share a Traveler's Notebook spread using that same Funky Mandala!
Gratitude Bullet Journaling | Patricia November 4, 2019 07:00
Hello Everyone! I am posting on the blog today to share an idea for my gratitude journaling for the month of November in my Canvo Notebook.
I used a combination of JustNick Cut Files along with other stencils and stamps to get my journaling started. I first used the TN Fall 2 negative from the leaf design to create my background.
I added more stenciling, and then stamping to my background to build layers. For the focus, I used the Thankful Cut File and backed it with pattern paper and vellum for the hearts so there would be a little see-through.
I created a layered, colorful start to my gratitude journal on the left side. On the right, I will start journaling, but also love to create or extend the theme. I used the Leaf Grid Background as a stencil in the center of my page, then added Photo Tabs 1 at the top. I plan on using a Photo Tab and the Leaves 5 on each page.
I won't journal something everyday. I like the idea of doing it weekly. That way I don't create this as a mandatory to-do, but to reflect during the week and identify things to be thankful for: big or small, really anything!
So my journal is off to a good start and I think it is doable, keeping it to a weekly gratitude journal rather than daily. Using the cut files as is, as masks or stencils really helped create layers to my journal while keeping it relatively flat too. I will be back later this month to show how I have progressed!
Cozy Fall | TN with Patricia October 22, 2019 07:00
Hello Everyone! My post today uses the same cut files I used for my project earlier this month. You can find that post here. I had created several Fall Apple Cider Treats to give out to friends. For those cards, I used the Fall Foliage Background with pink and grey paint to stencil onto woodgrain cards. I rarely like to throw out anything, and loved all that wonderful paint on my Fall Foliage cut file.
I backed some of the leaves with black or a sage green cardstock. I wanted to also copy the same colors I used for my Fall Treats. Instead of using the entire cut file in my Traveler's Notebook, I trimmed it and adhered it to the right.
I printed my photos small, and then foam adhered one of the photos over the other to create a pretty layered look over the leaves. Then added die cuts and a wood veneer to finish that side. I also used the black clothespin and twine from my original treats.
For the left side, I used that same 'fall' image from the I Like Fall cut file.
But then backed it with the painted, stenciled woodgrain card. Love the look of the paint on the woodgrain peeking through.
I used a 3x4 trimmed down card to add my journaling and then finished this side with date stamping and an acrylic word that tied in with my cut file and also had a similar script font.
A few things I loved about using the same cut files I had used from the treats are:
- it gave me my color scheme, which I would not have thought of for Fall.
- I had a unique look to the Fall Foliage background from using it with paint.
- no creative block or overthinking since I already had the inspiration from the original project.
Hope this reminds you to not throw out the leftover cut files, but instead use that color or inspiration to create another project with them! Happy creating!
Fall Apple Cider Treats | Patricia Roebuck October 2, 2019 07:00
Hello JustNick Friends!! We aren't quite enjoying Fall weather, but this time of the year, I love to create, and especially like to give something I made to friends and family. For today, I have Fall Apple Cider treats that I created for scrapbook friends for a recent crop. I used a pre-made 3x4 wood grain card as my base. Then I used the new Fall Foliage Background with grey and pink paint as a stencil to create my background onto the card. These colors are inspired by the tea bag.
Once all of my cards were dry, I attached the tea bag and the Fall die cut in a contrasting color that is also picking up the green from the tea bag.
Even though I used paint, these came together quickly. I created 24 of them! Perfect little gifts to make someone's day, but with giving these to crafters, they are able to re-use the cut file and the painted card.
I have a few leftovers and I still have the Fall Foliage Background, so I plan on using these to create another project I will share here on the JustNick blog later this month! Happy creating!
Bible Journaling | Words | Patricia Roebuck | Video September 12, 2019 07:00
Hello Everyone! This is Patricia to share a project using JustNick Word cut files. This inspired me to use the cut files for Bible Journaling! Since the pages are thin and I don't have too much wiggle room for bulky embellishments, word and, in this case, alphas as well, create the color, texture, and even dimension while keeping the entry relatively flat.
Combining my thoughts on this first chapter in Daniel, I started building my idea by choosing phrases JustNick had available that would work with this entry. I used 'Captured' from the Hashtags 1 cut file.
The Word 'heart' from the Love List Cut File.
And then used a combination of alpha cut files to form the rest of the journaling, using the Outline Alpha for the 'BUT.'
The Script Alpha for 'a.'
And the Type It Alpha for 'god.'
Working in the Silhouette Studio software allowed me the option to resize and make sure the cut files would fit within the margins.
I wanted to draw attention to 'captured' first, cutting it from black cardstock and fitting it in an area with more space was perfect. I also emphasized it with using gelatos layered under it.
As I cut my phrases and letters, I focused on bold, contrasting colors. The black is always wonderful for this, and I still used a little bit for the outline of the 'but,' but then brought in some bold pattern papers to cut from.
To prime my page, I first used Clear Gesso, then used more gelatos to create a pattern along the margin before adhering the stickers, phrases, and words.
Using cut files for your Bible journaling is a great way to create a bold entry without the bulk, you use up your cardstock and pattern papers in ways you may not have thought before.
I have a process video you can watch below, or in HD on my YouTube channel here showing how this came together. Thank you for stopping by and hope this inspires you to use your cut files for any project!
What I've loved in 2019 - Johanna Valayer January 5, 2019 07:00
Moments I Love | Majken Pullin July 24, 2018 07:00
Hello JustNick creatives - Majken here! I'm happy to be joining you today with a layout showcasing two cut files. Just over two years ago, my husband and I took the kids with us on our first trip to Canada, to what we think is the most stunning place: Banff, Alberta. We just fell in love with the welcoming people and the gorgeous views, and that's why I chose the Free Love cut file to create a large title for this layout.
One of my favorite techniques is to back the cut file with different patterned papers from a collection, then add in some ephemera, stickers, and enamel dots. All the different depths form a perfect contrasting interest to the cut file!
I wanted to tie the floral look with the butterflies with some clouds, so I chose the Fluffy Cloud Background cut file to cut a couple of the clouds (I used the inside of two) and popped one up for even more "fluff"!
Large titles are very "in", and the Free Love cut file was perfect. Go grab a cut file to create your own large title and don't overlook using the insides of cut files for your projects like I did with the clouds.
Cut files used:
Have a fun week!
Laugh More, Live Simply, Dream Big | Majken Pullin July 6, 2018 07:00 2 Comments
Hello, hello JustNick fans. I'm so very excited to join you today with my very first layout on the JustNick Design Team!! I downloaded my first JustNick cutfile two days after Nicole created her store a little over 3 years ago. I had been a fan of her free designs for awhile, so I was thrilled to see her open her shop, and I can't wait to share projects with you all.
Our first share is an About Me page, so I'll start with a quick intro. I've been crafty all my life! I started using stamps around 1989 and scrapbooking in 1999, so I've seen a lot of trends and changes in the industry, including my own style. My day job is marketing for a software company, and besides papercrafting, I adore chocolate, reading, and watching movies and the Houston Astros. I live in Katy, Texas with my husband, Tim, two kiddos, and kitty Oreo.
Okay, on to the layout!
I used the Live Love cutfile to cut three 3" circles using Simple Stories I Am. I used white gesso to prep my cardstock before swirling Distress Oxide ink slightly larger than my circles and spritzing different inks. I added stitching after it dried then popped up my cut circles with foam tape.
I also used the Borders 1 cutfile to create a little interest on the right side of my photo.
I typed out five things about me currently for my journaling.
I love the feel a little mixed media gave my cut files and page, and I hope you are inspired to stop by the JustNick store for these cut files and many others!
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Have a crafty weekend!
Friendship | Morgan Langley May 22, 2018 07:00
Hey guys! Today I am sharing a layout that is a little different for me! I love watercoloring, but I usually keep it simple with a few splatters here and there. For this one though I cut the different stems from "Stems 2,4, and 5" (three cut files) and water colored away! I did a rainbow of coloring and mixed shades and amounts of water to get the look I wanted. While the paint was still wet I did splatters of darker/lighter colors or just water drips to make the paint spread. I love the way it turned out and it was SO fun and care free!
I added super minimal embellishments with some corresponding sequins, flowers, little birds, ladybugs, snails, etc. Then I used mixed letter stickers to create my title!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Pick up these unique stem cut files yourself and see what you can create! It's always fun to try something new!
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.
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!
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!
#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?
Take A Hike - Cathy Martin October 9, 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!
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!
Fun Stitched Ink Splats! | Morgan Langley August 24, 2017 07:00
Good Life | Jennifer McMurtrey August 5, 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.
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!
Learn To Fly - Cathy Martin July 13, 2017 07:00
Hello everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm back with another fun layout for Just Nick! For this layout I really loved the Butterfly Background 2 cut file and I had been wanting to do a layout that was very vintage chic inspired. This cut file would look very cute cut out with white cardstock and backed with patterned paper but it also looks great just cut out of cardstock or patterned paper. I chose to go with a pink paper with small polka dots and I loved it against the fun yellow background. It immediately made me think of this soft dreamy picture I had of my daughter.
Once I had my papers picked I knew exactly which embellishments I wanted to use to keep going with that vintage feel. Once it all came together I was so happy with it. This picture is one that I have scrapped before, but I wanted to take another try at it and I am so happy with how this one came out! This soft, sweet cut file can really add a beautiful layer to any layout, so don't forget to check it out in the shop!
Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking a look, and if you have a moment you can go and check out my process video to see how I put it all together!
Best Day Ever | Morgan Langley July 4, 2017 07:00
Hello crafty friends! My name is Morgan and I am so excited to be sharing my first layout I created for Just Nick!
For my layout I used the "Graphic Chevron Background" first as a guideline for my paper embroidery. Rather than cutting the file I used a grey Silhouette Sketch pen on white card stock.
After sketching the cut file, I poked my holes and starting stitching with shades of blue and pink thread. For the larger sections not filled with lines, I stitched around the outside and then added pieces of scrap paper I had from the Crate Paper Oasis collection. I also used the branding strips of the 6x6 Oasis pad to machine stitch around the outer edges of the layout.
For my title I used the "Best Day Ever" cut file, cutting it on hot pink cardstock and then cutting three pictures from my family vacation to Mexico to fit into the word DAY.
I also typed my title with my typewriter on white paper and added it in the center of the layout under the A. I stamped my date in the right hand corner by stamping the year and then layering the date again using a roller stamp. I love this technique for really making the date stand out.
Clustered around "DAY" are palm branches from the cut file "Take me to Paradise". I love these leaves and use them on almost every summery project I make! I also clustered some word stickers, sequins, puffy stickers, and embellishments.
I splatter painted my background with light and dark pink watercolors, added sequins, and I love how it turned out! Thank you so much for reading about my crafty process and I hope you will try and make your own projects using these beautiful cut files!
Thanks Dad! - Cathy Martin June 20, 2017 05:00
Hey everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm back creating a masculine themed layout! Fathers Day was just a few days ago and I was really happy to get some fantastic photos of daddy with the kiddos! I had been in a scrap slump, but after Sunday I had renewed energy to go and get some of those photos on a layout!
One of my favourite types of cutfile in the JustNick shop are the ones that are lots of shapes attached together. They are perfect for backing with patterned paper! I found one that I thought was fun and whimsical and would work well with my idea. I'm a sucker for circular patterns so this one worked out great! Usually I cut them using white card stock, but unfortunately I am completely out! (I know, how does that even happen right?) So I decided to use a light yellow patterned paper. Needless to say after my Silhouette was done cutting I turned the cut file over, and ended up using the other side instead! You can check out my Youtube video to see what I'm talking about and see how my idea evolved!
Have an awesome scrappy day everyone and don't forget to grab a cut file while you're here!
PageMaps round up! June 12, 2017 07:00
Did you have a chance to see all the projects our team created for our team up with PageMaps the past few weeks?
I had a chance to play along too and created this page using our File Folders, and Lowe Case Alphas cut files.
Cut files don't have to overtake your project. Yes, they can be the total focus of your page, but I wanted to use some cut files in a more minimal way on my project. I cut the file folders from a 6x6 paper pad and layered them behind my photo.
It adds a paper layer but with a little fun too right! I also added some co-ordinating paper strips around the edge of my page, I could have cut some stars on my digi machine, but went with glittery pre-made ones instead.
I finished the page off with the Lower Case Alphas cut file for my title on a quick diecut word bubble.
If you haven't already, check out the June PageMaps for all the sketches and takes our team did with them!
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