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Dream Big | Laureen Wagener April 12, 2017 07:00

Hi cut file fans -

today it's Laureen back on the blog featuring a new layout using a gorgeous cut file from the store - Dream Big.

It was my task to finish up a project focusing on word art or phrases from the store - which belong to my favorites!!

I just got some new Altenew stamps and wanted to incorporate them into my new layout, they were the perfect little add-on to my minimal layout. I just am loving how this one came together and turned out!

I let my Silhouette draw the design for me and then pierced holes all around - and then same procedure as always - just stitch with white thread and your needle.

The design stitching was rather quick and easy and then it was time to embellish.
As I already said, I wanted to keep it to a minimum to really focus on my stitching and the word art, so I just stamped three flowers, stems and black and white accents and arranged them in a triangle - which finished off my page.

I hope you enjoyed this and like the layout -
I will be back on the blog later this month!

Happy crafting -

Laureen
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Cut files used:

Dream Big


XOXO | Laureen Wagener April 01, 2017 07:00

Hi friends!
I'm back with a new post to finish up "Spring themed" week ;)

I decided to use the gorgoeus Henna background and back it with my favorite paper from the Oh my Heart collection by Pink Paislee and Paige Evans - Paper 24.

After I had backed it it was way too light to simply be placed on a white background - so I did something super unusual. I used a patterned paper for my background! Whaaaaaat?!
Yes and I super love the way it matches my page.

I simply adhered it with foam squares for added dimension and clustered embellishments from the Oh my Heart collection around my photo.

Now, I hope your weekend will be lovely and filled with crafty fun!

Have a great day,

xo Laureen

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Cut file used:

Henna Background


Love | Laureen Wagener March 03, 2017 07:00

Hi friends!

I am up on the blog sharing a new quick and easy project with you!
I was assigned to create a project using a Background - last time I did a ton of stitching, so I decided to just back a cut file this time!


I used the Visual Effects background and delted two of the triangle portions and backed the open space with a wooden paper and my cut file work was done!!

The Shimelle paper with the flowers on it is just so beautiful, so I defintely needed to cut those out. I arranged them in a diagonal to cover up the edge of the cut file.

Seriously, this page came together in no time and I am loving it! The simplicity of it really makes me giddy for more quick and easy layouts.

What about you?
Have a great day,

Laureen

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Cut file used:

Visual Effects Background


My favorite person | Laureen Wagener February 23, 2017 07:00

Hi friends,

it's Laureen with you today and I am excited to share a new project with you!

Today I was able to use any design from the store - which tends to be a little overwhelming for me, since there are so many great ones!

I don't know about you, but I am LOVING all the new collections out there so I definetly wanted to use them for my project.


For my cut file I used the Stack Em Up Background and modified it a little, so it would only cut a portion on the top and bottom.

One of my favorite papers from the new Dear Lizzy collection is the one with the black and white florals. I fuzzy cut a bunch of them out and used Prima Marketing Water Soluble Oil Pastels to color them in and love how some of them look like they are stamps.

To make the florals and papers pop I used a black and white picture of my best friend and I and only added my title. The page was done in no time and I am absolutely loving it!

I hope I could inspire you today!


Have a great day,

Laureen
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Products used:
Stack em up Background

 

 


So happy together | Laureen Wagener February 11, 2017 07:00

Hi friends!

Welcome back to a new post and new inspiration for "Love" week. Now, this week wasn't a week to design for me - I don't have a loved one and also am not loving the Valentines Collections with all the hearts and pinks and love themed phrases.

Because of that, I though I'd bring you some inspiration for a "love" themed page without being to themey or valentines related, if that makes sense. Plus I didn't use a Valentines collection - I used the new Chasing Dreams collection by Crate Paper and Maggie Holmes.

I asked my best friend to send me a picture of her together with her boyfriend and their two cats - they are a couple since 7 years this summer and I thought I would just create a page for her to hang in their appartement.

The new Henna Heart cut file is the most beautiful cut file ever! I knew I had to use it and so I started by backing the flower bits and leaves from the file with a patterned paper and later adhered the entire heart onto some vellum.

At first I thought I would use it as is but then decided to place a patterned paper with black tiny hearts on it behind the vellum for a softened look.

I embellished around my picture and the title and then create two mini clusters. That way my page isn't overloaded with too many embellishments and the cut files still stands out beautifully.

I hope I could inspire you with a "couple in love" themed page without using a colection specifially designed for that purpose. The Chasing Dreams collections still has some beautiful elements like hearts and soft colors to use for a love themed page!

 

Have a great weekend,

Laureen

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Cut file used:

Henna Heart


Some people | Laureen Wagener January 26, 2017 07:00

Hi friends -

it's Laureen back with you and I am excited to share my layout for today.

For my layout I used the "Some people" cut file which I had in my library for ages but never got around to use it - until now.

I used my Silhouette to draw it out for me shifted to the left edge and then began piercing holes - a whole lot of tiny holes. After that I used my watercolor pencils in orange, yellow and a nude to fill in the cut file.

Then I searched for thread in matching colors to go along with the colors.

I wanted to trash this a MILLION times during stitching - all those itty bitty spots and it didn't look like anything I had imagined.

After I finished all the stitching I acutally began liking it - this layout really grew on me. Before I started I already knew I would use a big picture on the right and create some sort of border in the middle to cover up the edge of the picture.

I fuzzy cut a lot of florals from the Felicity Jane Maggie kit and layered them in the middle of my page.

At first I thought I would use other embellishments from the kit as well but nothing really felt right so I didn't use any extra embellishments - but I think because of the large amount of stitching and the big picture no embellishments were needed.

 

I truly hope you enjoyed todays inspiration and bring out your needle -

have a great day!

Laureen

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Cut files used:

Some people

 


Fall Memories | Laureen Wagener January 16, 2017 07:00

Hi friends -

long time no see, right?! I am really happy to be back on the blog today with a new project for Background week.

I was assigned to create a project using any background file - so the search began.

I have a ridiculous amount of cut files and over half of them are background ones - but you can never have too many - right?! So after searching for a rather long time I thought I had found one - I worked on the page and it came out not really looking good.

New search, new cut file and this page was created - I used the new Going my way background and simply cut it out of a patterned paper from Take me away by Pink Paislee and Paige Evans.

I turned it at a diagonal and created layers and layers behind my picture using the Outfitters collection by Pink Paislee.

My title is made up out of small letter stickers and a die-cut. Because I kept my embellishing around my photo with all the layers, the cut file still stands out.

To finish up the page I adhered my white cardstock to the backside of the same patterned paper I cut my arrows out of. By then I had already adhered everything and couldn't use my sewing machine around the edges, so I simply handstitched a border around.

 

That's it for my post today,

enjoy Background week - there are amazing projects coming your way!

xo, Laureen

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Cut file used:

Going my way Background


Joy | Laureen Wagener December 27, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hi friends -

I hope you had a GREAT christmas! Can you believe that the year has almost come to an end?! I for sure can't! Time flies when you're having fun - or are in the hospital for the first half of the year.

I had a great time this year in the amazing Just Nick Team and can't wait to see what next year brings and what great cut files Nicole comes up with - I bet you are as excited as I am!

Today I have a Holiday project for you - I was able to use any design from the store and decided to go festive and scrap a picture of me and my mom at a christmas market.

I just got in the Merry and Bright collection from Fancypants when I started this project and knew I would use it for my layout.

Looking through the cut files I saw the amazing Holiday Tree design. I wasn't quit sure what do with it, but started by cutting it out of regular cardstock.

Then I had the idea to color the design with watercolors and did that - absolutely love the look! I popped everything up on some foam squares and adhered it down to a patterned paper from the collection.

A little embellishing around my picture, some ink splatters and this page was done!

I hope you enjoyed todays post and I will catch up with you in the New Year!

Stay safe,

Laureen

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Cut files used:

Holiday Tree


12 Days of Giveaways - Day 2 Merry & Bright | Laureen Wagener December 02, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi friends -

and happy December 2nd! It's only 22 days until Christmas - at least in Germany, you have to wait one day longer to open presents.

Today is the second day of 12 days of Giveaway - which is so exciting! Nicole has outdone herself with all the designs for this and you can keep your eyes on the lookout for some beautiful new files coming up in the next days! The girls created wonderful layouts to showcase each design.

It's my turn on the blog with the BEAUTIFUL design for day 2 - which you can snap for free today only - read on for the code to use ;)

Can you believe that the layout is the first ever Christmas page I have done?! All the years before I didn't scrapbook and therefore I had this Christmas collection from American Crafts in my stash since 2013, when I attemped - and miserably failed - a December Daily.

For the layout I started by cutting out the festive wreath and then didn't know what to do. I decided to back it with vellum and then I was stuck.

I stared at my blank page for a minimum of 20 minutes, because I didn't like the photos I've chosen at first with the papers I've chosen at first and didn't have any embellishments to use with said paper and photos.

Then I had the idea to just use paper strips from the American Crafts collection behind my wreath and use a circle punch to punch out circles to cover up the edges of the paper strips peeking through. Said and done the wreath was adhered in no time.

For added texture I sewed the wreath about 3 times to my page and then started embellishing around two new pictures, that go perfectly with this collection - I am wearing a sweater combo in the same colors from the collection - so it was meant to be!

I adhered my Thickers in a circle to match up with my wreath, used some gold Heidi shine over the page and called it done.

After I had overcome the first "Ohmygoodnessthiswillneverworkandlookanykindofgood" minutes - I am really loving this page and how it turned out.

Now onto the fun part - go and grab the FESTIVE WREATH cut file for free in the store using the code -

WREATHFREE

 

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 2, 2016.

No purchase necessary.

and you are good to go - there are endless possibilities to use this - imagine shaker pockets, or 4 wreaths for 4 pictures of each december weekend and many more!

Be sure to check the blog tomorrow for a new fun design to grab for free.

 Happy crafting -

xx Laureen

 

Cut files used:

Festive Wreath


Love & Happiness | Laureen Wagener November 29, 2016 07:00

Hi friends -

I hope you had an amazing month of November! I can't even believe that we are that close to December and therefore my favorite month of the year.


For todays layout I still have non- christmas colors going on and you better prepare yourself for a ton of stitching!
I was able to use any of the new November designs for my layout, so I looked through them again and fell in love with the Tapestry background.


I didn't want to just cut it out and back it with different papers, like I love to do, don't get me wrong, I just wanted something else.
My other favorite thing to do with cut files is to stitch them!


I drew the design with my Sketch pen onto cardstock, had my Silhouette cut out different pieces of patterned paper to fill in some of the spaces and then had fun for two days and eight (!!!!) episodes of Desperate Housewives while stitching the entire background design.


For some reason it didn't feel long at all to stitch it, the Doily Background I once stitched took way longer.
I used the Felicity Jane Maggie kit, because some of the colors feel very autumnal to me, even though it was the August kit.


The embellishing for this page was held to a minimun, as I truly wanted the background to shine!
Therefore I only used a few florals and a flair button around my photo and build my title using two of the rubber charms and a wood ampersand.


I hope you enjoyed this post and that you will have a great start into the last month of the year!

xx Laureen

Cut files used:
Tapestry Background


Choose Happy | Laureen Wagener November 10, 2016 07:00

Hi cut file fans - 

I hope you had a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend and some crafty time - hopefully!

Today my task was to use any design from the store - not that hard right?! You think!

When you have access to all these amazingly beautiful files you have a hard time choosing, believe me. Then, once I found the design I wanted to use, the next question was to just cut it and back it or stitch it.

In the end I defintely wanted to use my Felicity Jane Emeline kit to go along with my picture and knew I would just back my cut file with all the different papers from the kit.

I just love the look of Quilts on layouts and why not use a cut file to achieve that look whitout all the cutting of fiedly tiedly small itty bitty pieces and then all the sewing.

The Quilted Circle Background was just perfect and easy - I modified it in the way, that it didn't cut my entire background, because if you know my crafting you may also be aware that I like my white space ;) Therefore I only let two rows of the Quilt and backed those with all the papers :)

First I started with the inner pieces of the circle and worked my way out. All there was left to do was to embellish around my picture and this layout was done!


Easy peasy - so go ahead and try to achieve a Quilt look for your next layout using a cut file ;)

Have a great day and onto the next time -

xx Laureen

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Cut files used:

Quilted Circle Background

 


BOO! | Laureen Wagener October 28, 2016 07:00

Boo you cut file fans -

it's Laureen with you today, finally again! I missed writing blog posts ;)

I hope you enjoyed Halloween week so far? I for sure did!

The project the girls came up with were amazing!

Unfortunately, Halloween isn't a big deal were I live in Germany and therefore no one here celebrates it - the kids get their candy anyways and we get to dress up in February/ March for carnival.
If you ask me - I truly miss it! I would love to celebrate Halloween partys, go trick or treating - yes 22 year olds want their candy too ;) - and just decorate. But oh well! Therefore I couldn't come up with a layout for my post - since I wouldn't have ONE picture to use.

I decided to wrap things up and create 3 cards - 2 traditonal regular cards and one that is a tag and can be perfectly used as invitations!

For this tag I used the Pumpkin Tags cut file and cut one of the tags with the face and one just as the outline.

I then traced the tag and cut a sheet of transparency to layer behind my pumpkin. I used Distress Inks in different yellow and orange shades to make my pumpkin look like a pumpkin and adhered some black cardstock behind.

Then I just punched a hole and set a black eyelet and this first project was done!

For the BOO card I decided to use the Web Background as a stencil and really love the effect it gives!

I simply cut it out out of some cardstock, adhered it to my card and used purple Distress Inks over it.

For the sentiment I simply cut the BOO from 31 and used Black Soot Distress Ink over it, sprinkled some black Heidi shine over it and called it done ;)

Last but not least I knew that I wanted to create a scene - now since we don't really do Halloween, I don't have any Halloween stamps - and usually I use stamps for cards all the time!

I looked at the files and found the Bare Tree one, which I cut out and used Black Soot Distress Ink over it. Then I also cut out a pupkin from Build a Jack and the ghost from 31 to use as accents for the card.

The background was made using different shades of purple Distress ink and came together easily ;)

I hope I could help inspire you to create a few cards to give away last minute or to make a quick and easy Halloween invitation!

 

Have a happy Halloween and stay safe!

Laureen

 

Cut files used:

Web Background

Bare Tree

31

Build a Jack

Pumpkin Tags


Love you | Pretty Little Studio Team Up October 11, 2016 07:00

Hi cut files fans -

Laureen here with you today for something VERY fun!
The Just Nick team is having a fun team- up with the amazing team from Pretty Little Studios!

I decided to splurge on the gorgeous HANDDRAWN collection "Here comes the Sun" by my sweet friend Marie ;)

As soon as I got my hands on the collection and ripped open the die- cuts I asked Nicole for a Hot Air Balloon cut file and she came up with the gorgeous Up in the Air file that I defintely had to use for my page!

Now I ordered enough product to create at least 15 more layouts, so you better prepare yourself for sunshiney layouts in the winter ;)

 

I used one of the ballons, enlarged it and placed Patterned Paper behind it and popped it all up on some foam squares. My background is blended with Distress Inks and them I just added some die- cuts here and there and this page came together super quick!

Here are some close- ups for you.

That's it for todays post - I'll be back at the end of the month with a few projects off the page ;) See you then and have a great week full of amazing inspiration!

Laureen

Cut file used:
Up in the Air

 


Fall details | Stuck?! Sketches Team Up September 19, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hi cut file fans,

Laureen here with you today to share my layout created for the Stuck?! Sketches Team up.

If you decide to play along with the Sketch you get a chance to win a $25 gift certificate - who doesn't love that extra money to spend on some great cut files right?!

Here is the awesome sketch Laura created for us -

 

 

Now - I am not to good using multiple pictures on one page, and so I only used one larger picture and paper instead of two additional photos. After I finished my page I noticed it looks quite similar to Nicoles one - she was a great inspiration ;)

I used the new Leafy Circle Doily and modified it, so I'd have a wreath to layer my picture and papers into. I also added a tiny circle to the bottom right corner to indicate the circle graphic in the sketch.

For added detail I die- cut branches from Stems and Sweater Weather out of patterned paper and vellum and layered those around the page.

 

Here are a few close-ups:

Come back tomorrow to see a different take on the Sketch!

Have a great day,

Laureen

 

Cut files used:

Leafy Circle Doily

Sweater Weather

Stems

 


Autumn came September 10, 2016 07:00

Hi cut file fans -

it's Laureen here with you today and I have a fall layout.

I don't mind it still being 30 degrees here in Germany - that won't stop me starting the crafting for my favorite season - fall! You better prepare yourself for tons of fall layouts, cards and other projects coming your way from my posts for Just Nick.

As you probably already know, us girls were challenged to use at least 3 cut files for out page this week. I managed to use not only 3 but 7 different files. But to be fair - I combined most of them into my selfmade title! I loved the look of the title I made for my Lucky Stars layout - which you can find HERE - and decided to make a title again.

Here is the page I made.

I searched Pinterest for fall quotes and found this one I really liked - Autumn comes with wind & gold - perfect match for my picture of gold fall leaves.

I used two Alphabets to build my title - Simple Set Alphabet and Script Alpha 2 - and started my building my quote. After that was done it was missing some bits and so I pulled one leaf from Leaves 2, the solid stem from Stems and the outline of one leaf from Leaf it to me and added those into the mix. Just weld it all together and you are good to go.

For this layout the new fall collection Warm and Cozy from Jen Hedfield and Pebbles is perfect! I cut my title out of one of the woodgrain papers and Autumn Ring from a different  white woodgrain paper.

Autumn Ring may be one of my new favorite cut files for fall themed layouts - I used a patterned paper behind it and to soften the look of it, added a sheet of vellum on top.

I also cut a few extra stems from Stems and Stems 2 as accents and added those around my page - and easy as that my cut file work was done!

 

Here are a few close-up shots:

Thank you so much for checking out the layout - I truly hope you like it!

Onto the next time -

Laureen

 

Cut files used:

Autumn Ring
Leaf it to me
Leaves 2
Stems
Stems 2
Script Alpha 2
Simple Set Alpha

 


You make my heart smile August 30, 2016 07:00

Hi cut file fans - Laureen here with you today to share a new layout at the end of the month!

I was assigned to use any of the August cut files - which was easy, because I absolutely loved all the new files that Nicole made for August!

They are just awesome right?! Keep an eye out for September, because they are going to be just as good!

I already used quite a few of the new files for projects for a different Design Team - massive love for all the floral ones. Therefore I didn't want to use them again and decided to go with two other beautiful designs!

I love to use cut files as a big background element and either back backgrounds with patterned paper or use the cut file to cut out my patterned paper.

That is what I did for this layout - I used a Dear Lizzy Paper and cut the Compressed Chevron Background.

For me personally, it was missing something just regularly adhered to the page, so I took my beloved sewing machine and sewed the entire design down. Took some time, because my machine didn't want to stitch the way I wanted it to, but I managed to make it work.

Now for my title I absolutely love the new "You make my heart smile" cut file with great phrases in it. The title matched the picture of my sister and her boyfriend from her graduation perfectly.

 

Here are some close-ups for you.

 

 

Okay that is it for todays post -

I really hope you enjoyed it and I will catch you guys next time!

 

Cut files used:

Compressed Chevron Background

You make my heart smile


I thank my lucky stars for you August 11, 2016 07:00 4 Comments

Hi cut file fans - Laureen here with you today to share a new page with you!

I was assigned to use any background from the store and so I made a page using the Star Background 2.

Okay - this page was a pain to create! It took ages, I originally used a modified version of the Quilted Background and already backed that with Crate Paper Poolside and then I was stuck. I didn't like the embellishments to use alongside the paper and then wanted to use some of the Shimelle Starshine collection - didn't match at all but for whatever reason I adhered everything down. I was telling myself - and Elsie also did - that I might like it the day after - not the case! So I tried to take it all off, didn't work, because I had to use the strongest glue I had - duuh! I cut the entire middle cluster out and just decided to leave it and go back to it a different time.

Said done, probably two weeks later I desperatly wanted to finish the page and found the blue star constellation by Dear Lizzy in my stash and knew it was perfect for my Starshine cluster. I then cut the Star Background 2 out of plain white cardstock and originally wanted to back it with the paper which - again - I didn't like.

I then used it as a stencil with embossing paste and really like the texture it gives!

For my title I wanted to use the quote or song or whatever it is saying: I thank my lucky stars for you but didn't find anything like that in the store. I then grabbed the Simple Set Alphabet and Script Alpha 2 and made my own sentiment using a combination of the letters and a few accent stars.

Here are a few detail shots for you:

 

Cut files used:

Script Alpha 2

Simple Set Alphabet

Star Background 2

All boy

 

Thank you so much for reading along with me -

have a great day!


Goofballs July 31, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hi cut file fans - Laureen here with you today to share a layout I made with one of the new cut files that has just been added to the shop yesterday!

They are all so lovely and I had a hard time choosing one! As you may know, I absolutely love to back cut files with patterned paper and that's what I did for this layout as well.

I used the Spacey Circle Background 2 and cropped it diagonally so the background would not be too busy - so I just had a long strip on the top and bottom to frame my page.

Here is the page using lots of yellow - which is my absolute favorite color!

 

And here are a few close- ups of the new file and the details of the page.

 

Cut files used:

Spacey Circle Background 2

Floral Wreaths

 


Make your own sunshine July 04, 2016 07:00