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Celebrate today | Laureen Wagener May 02, 2018 11:17 1 Comment

Hi you guys and welcome back to the blog!

Today it's my turn to share a new layout with you and I am totally in love with my project! I went back to the basics for this one, just to what I started with - cut files and simple backing!

I am totally crushing on the new Medallion cut file and used it for my project.
I cut it out of white cardstock at almost 12".
For my papers I decided to make a small dent in my hoarded Fancy Free stash.
I am still so loving this collection and it is still one of my all time favorites. It's so fresh and fun and just lovely!

I backed every open space of the cut file with a different pattern which was a little time consuming but so so worth it!


Then I grabbed my picture and started embellishing the entire page.
I kept my embellishments to a minimum to have the cut file plus all the colors and papers be the star of the scene!



It wouldn't be a Laureen layout without some spray mist, so I sprinkled some black Heidi Shine to finish off my layout.



I am totally going back to create these layouts more often! While scrapping I noticed how much I am missing these classic "old- school" cut file backing, playing with patterned paper layouts.

I hope you enjoyed todays post!
Have a great day,

Laureen
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Cut file used:
Medallion


Remember this moment | Laureen Wagener April 27, 2018 09:00

Hi crafty friends,

it's Laureen with you today and I am very excited to be sharing my project I made for this week focusing on backgrounds!
I decided to scraplift myself for this page and love the outcome.

I used the Grandma's wallpaper background cut file! I have been wanting to use it for forever but never got around to it, so I finally decided to cut it out of some white cardstock for my project today.

I began by cutting a circle out of my white cardstock and then also cut a circular shape out of the cut file. I simply adhered that to the patterned paper I decided to use.

Because I was too lazy using glue in all tiny spots of the cut file I used my sewing machine to add a decorative edge around the circle plus secure the cut file in place.
After that was done I attached my photo onto the design and began embellishing the page.

I used the new beautiful Noteworthy collection by Elle's Studio for this layout.
I created small clusters around the circle and my title, that I've build using elements from Elle's Studio.

To finish off my page I added black Nuvo drops and blue spray mist and called it done.
I am loving the outcome and it was so much fun scraplifting an old layout of mine!

Have a great day,
Laureen

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Products used:

Grandma's Wallpaper Background


Hello joy | Laureen Wagener April 12, 2018 07:00

Hi cut file friends,
welcome back to the blog! Today it's my turn to share a new page with you!

I had this idea of finally using a true full page 12x12 photo as my background piece for a layout. I actually had this photo printed since over a year now and am so happy to actually use it!

I wanted the focus to be on the beautiful picture and therefore didn't want to use a bold cut file to take that focus away from it.

I browsed through my library and found the Botanical Frame Background and thought it would be perfect!

The frame helps keep the focus on the center of the photo and also creates a border around the edges, so the eyes always stay on the photo.

I cut it out of some Echo Park Paper I found in my stash which really makes the black and white photo pop!
I simply added a black foam title and enamel dot clusters and called it done.

I love the simplicity of this page, yet it is so eyecatching and just makes me smile!

Have a great day,

Laureen
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Cut file used:

Botanical frame background

 


Never stop smiling | Laureen Wagener March 31, 2018 08:02

Hi cut file friends,
I hope you are doing great and will have an Easter weekend full of fun and good weather!

I have a new page to share to put you in the mood for spring to really kick in - featuring lots and lots of flowers!

I started by choosing a background paper and found a pretty old but lovely striped ledger paper. I knew I would use a larger cut file on top of it. I prepped the background with white acrylic paint and used different spray mists on top of it.

Then I cut out the Flower Power cut file out of some white cardstock and adhered vellum behind the floral openings in the middle.

I then simply added my picture and my title on top. I used floral embellishments from the Pick me Up collection by Paige Evans and scattered them around my photo and layout.

And easy as that, this page was done! Nothing too fancy here, just bright and cheerful to get over the wintery weather!

Have a happy easter and a great weekend!

Laureen
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Cut file used:

Flower Power


Lucky to have you | Laureen Wagener March 16, 2018 14:30

Hi cut file friends,

long time no see! I am so happy to be back creating using the gorgeous cut files Nicole designs and sharing some inspiration with you!

For todays layout I used the super cool Cloudy Day cut file as my main design element. Going back to the roots with this, because I simply cut it out of white cardstock and backed it with patterned paper.

I used the Elle's Studio Family Fun collection and chose rainbow colors out of the patterned papers to create a fun and bright page.

For my embellishing I went super easy - I love using the color on color technique for embellishing bright pages like these to still add embellishments but to also keep my focus on the bright colors and design.

I chose a picture of my sister and her boyfriend, as I thought it would quit nicely into the topic of this week! She will add some journaling on why she is lucky to have him as her boyfriend later on - she just didn't want this to be in the internet.

I hope you enjoyed todays post and found some inspiration in it!

Have a great crafty weekend,

Laureen
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Cut file used:

Cloudy Day


Winter Wonderland | Laureen Wagener January 03, 2018 07:00

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a few fun days and celebrated the arrival of the new year safe and sound!

Today I get to share my first layout of the new year and it is a winter themed one, that I am IN LOVE with!

I already told you about our seasonal layout frame that I create layouts for every couple month and for this seasonal frame I made a new layout.

I used the beautiful Snowflake cut files from the shop and cut them out of frosty blueish papers. I also printed a large DIN A4 photo that I took when it snowed like crazy in December.

The snowflakes cut out beautifully and make such a nice border around my picture and frame it.

I stitched around the entire photo to secure the snowflakes and give it a nice finishing touch!

Have a great day,

Laureen

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Cut files used:

Snowflakes
Snowflakes 2


'tis the season | Laureen Wagener December 26, 2017 07:00



14 Days of Giveaways - Day 9 | Laureen Wagener December 09, 2017 07:00

Hi you guys,

it's Laureen with you today on Day 9 of the 14 Days of Giveaway happening here at Just Nick Studios! Each weekday from December 1-14, 2017 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!


I was super lucky to get to create a project with the beautiful Put up the Lights cut file!
You can get this one today only! Later down in the post there is information on how to get this one for free!

As one part of our seasonly (is that even a word?) we frame a layout that matches the current season and  we didn't have one for our Christmas decor yet.
So what better way to share today's file than using it on a layout in the way I love the most - STITCHED!



I let my Cameo draw the design on a 12x12 sheet of white cardstock and then also cut out all the tiny lightbulbs out of patterned paper from Studio Calico and the Merry & Bright collection.
I then decided that having a full 12x12 background was a little too much and so I cut my strip of paper down to 6x12 inch and began piercing the holes for me to stitch.


Nothing too fancy going on with my stitching - it's just a regular backstitch in white.
After I had stitched the entire outline of the design I adhered the patterned paper in the center to create the lightbulbs.


I wanted to add even more texture and so I used tissue paper and ruffled it up and then adhered my piece of stitching onto foam squares.
Embellishing this page was hard - I didn't want to cover up the beautiful design but also didn't want it to be all naked.


So I just used two mini clusters directly next to my photo and then sprinkled my favorite embellishment all over the page - enamel dots. Don't they look like some sort of christmas candy in this layout?



And that's a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my layout and got some inspiration out of it for your project using the gorgoeus free file for today!

How do you get this file you may wonder? It's easy!

Just enter code: LIGHTSFREE2 at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on 9th December 2017
No purchase necessary.
Design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.



Stay tuned for the next free file tomorrow!

Have a great Saturday,
Laureen
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Cut file used:
Put up the lights


Best | Laureen Wagener November 27, 2017 07:00

Hi cut file friends!

Today it is my turn on the blog again and I have a bit of a different project for you!

I used one of Nic's awesome cut files but instead of cutting it, like you would normally do,
I used it as a starting off point to tell a story about me and my mom.



I simply used some of the super cool looking numbers from Age is a number and arranged them in Photoshop. After I liked my placement I began typing my journaling right next to the numbers.



After that was all done, I took my photo and used a few of the colors and pulled them over to fill the words with the color, so everything would match once it is next to each other in my album.


I listed 5 reasons why my mom is the best and then just added a couple of embellishments.
With pages like these I like to keep it simple, so the focus is on the picture and the words.


I hope you enjoyed todays post and I will share something fun with you in December.

Have a great day,
Laureen
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Cut file used:
Age is a number


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!
Happy crafting!

Laureen
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Cut file used:

Leaf wreath


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?


Happy crafting,
Laureen
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Cut files used:
Card sentiments 4
Loopy Circle Background

 


I like fall most of all | Laureen Wagener October 13, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone,

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 -
Laureen
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Cut files used:
I like fall

 


Thankful for you | Laureen Wagener October 01, 2017 11:51

Hi friends and happy Sunday!

It's Laureen here and I am excited to share a new layout with you!

I love quilts - that's a fact! I love the look of them and their designs and I also love to include them onto my layouts from time to time.

For todays layout I didn't have a specific theme to work with so I decided to incorporate the look of a quilt but without all the handcutting and fun.
Nicole has that awesome Quilted Background cut file in her shop which I haven't used until now!

I shrinked it a little in size to be able to use the design twice but underneath and the deleted a couple of rows, so that th design would only be on the right side of my layout.

The new Elle's Studio Family Fun collection is probably one of my favorite collection that came out this year - so I had to use it, because I absolutely adore the colors!!



I didn't want to handcut each of the squares out of the patterned paper so I simply copied one of those quilt fields and used the Outline feature to create a slight border around it and my patterned paper fit absolutely perfect and saved me a lot of time!

For more of a quilt look I used my sewing machine and stitched one border around the entire layout and then along the small lines within the cut file and love the extra little detail and texture that gives!

Thank you so much for looking!

xo, Laureen
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Cut file used

Quilted Background


Autumn leaves and pumpkins please | Laureen Wagener September 13, 2017 07:00

Hi friends -

is it too early to scrap fall yet? I don't think so! It is never to early to bring on my favorite half of the year!



This week we are focusing on words/ sentiments over on the blog!
I didn't want to simply use a premade sentiment from Nicole, so I decided to create my own two words to use as die- cuts on my page!


That way you can easily transform your own ideas into a cool design element for your next layout.

I used the Script font cut file to create the words "autumn" and "pumpkins" to later create a title for my page. I welded the letters together and then changed the color of the outline to an orange, because orange = fall ;)


Luckily you can send designs from your Silhouette to your printer, so I printed those two words onto some smooth white cardstock and placed that cardstock piece onto my pix scan mat. I took a photo of it, loaded it into the sofware and created a larger outline for my words, and then simply cut them - and that way you can easily create your own die- cut words for your next project.

For the rest of my page I combined a bunch of fall- ish cut files and used tons of leaves and stems and a pumpkin and cut that out of patterned paper to create my cluster/ overwhelming design going on at the bottom ;)

I hope you enjoyed todays inspiration ;)

Happy crafting,

xo, Laureen

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Cut files used:
Leaves 3
Sights of fall
Simple Scrolls
Stems 2
Sweater Weather
Script font


Snapchat fun | Laureen Wagener August 28, 2017 07:00

Hi friends -

how are you doing? Did you create any fun cut file heavy projects this month?
I have one last project for August for you - time flies like crazy, right?!



When I doubt, make a wreath - you probably heard that before. And it is for sure true!
Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the cut files I have, and then I don't really know what to do and create for my project, when I don't have a specific assignment - Nicole please give me all the assignments for the future - yes? :D



I basically scrolled through my files for over an hour and couldn't decided on what to create and I ended up with the gorgoeus florals from "In bloom" and just created a baby wreath.

I cut them out of patterned paper from the Carousel collection and backed that with vellum and then simply stitched it down with my sewing machine - easy as that! Only took over an hour *sarcasmoff*


Embellishing with the Crate Paper Carousel embellishments is pretty easy - everything matches perfectly and looks stunning! Such a fun collection to work with!


That's it - onto the next time!

Happy crafting -

xo, Laureen
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Cut file used:
In Bloom

 


Yay Vacay! | Laureen Wagener August 08, 2017 11:40 5 Comments

Hi cut file fans -
I hope you are all doing good!

Maybe you've heard of the news yet - maybe not but this week it's circles week on the blog and the girls are sharing fantastic pages!



For my project I decided to go big! Instead of using one of Nicoles' many cut files that consist of a lot of small circles I made my own in the middle of the page!


I used the Fishscale background to create an eyecatching design right in the middle of my page and modified it to look like a circle to match my theme for the week ;)

I backed all of the open spaces with some fun summery papers from an old favorite - Crate Paper Poolside! And then stitched all around the circle with my sewing machine. I can never get one perfect circle so I always end up stitching around multiple times to make it look messy, yet supposed to look like that ;)


I scattered a few chipboard pieces and stickers around my sewn circle and sprinkled fun colors around and then called it done ;)



I am loving the main circle design element so so much and will definitely transform more cut files like that in the future ;)

 

Happy crafting,
Laureen
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Cut file used:

Fishscale Background


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,

xo Laureen

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Cut file used:

Basic Bloom Background


Arc de Triomphe | Laureen Wagener July 15, 2017 07:00



Meet our new Design Team! July 01, 2017 10:00 2 Comments

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

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

 

Mari Lee Clarke

Marcia Dehn-Nix

Nathalie DeSousa

Michelle Gallant

Morgan Langley

Rachel Lowe

Zsoka Marko

Cathy Martin

Jennifer McMurtrey

Maryam Perez

Jaclyn Rench

Niki Rowland

Laureen Wagener

Michelle Whorwood

Nicole Nowosad


Most favorite person | Laureen Wagener June 26, 2017 07:00

Hi there cut file friends!

It's Laureen back with you to share a new project I made!
Now, I have lately come around some changes in the way I scrapbook and see things regarding scrapbooking and have found myself absolutely enjoying to scrap in a different format from time to time.

Doesn't matter if it's 6x8 for telling my stories or 8,5x11 or 9x12.
I am just really liking the change - because scrapping in 12x12 became kind of boring and I had a feeling that all my recent layouts looked similar.

Don't get me wrong I still scrap 12x12 but will throw in some other formats for the fun of it from time to time ;)

Now what I love about cut files is the great variety - the ones from Nicole always come with a PNG version, so you can also print them. I love how Nicole Martle always does that and decided to try it out for todays project.

I used the file "My most favorite" and filled it with a pattern in Silhouette and simply send it to my printer :)

I also used the gorgeous florals from "Boho florals" and kept embellishing to a minimum, because I used a gorgoeus specility paper from the Take me Away collection as my main focus.

I hope you have a great day!

Laureen

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Cut files used:
My most favorite

Boho florals

 


Happy Life | Laureen Wagener June 01, 2017 11:15

Hi cut file fans,

it's Laureen here to share a brand new layout with you!
For this week the Just Nick Designers were each given a sketch from PageMaps and were asked to create a layout based on it - here is my sketch:

Isn't it super cool?! I loved the sketch a whole lot with all the circles and different elements. Now when it came to actually creating my page I spend hours over hours scrolling through my Just Nick  Cut files to find one I'd like to use and that was the biggest struggle I had! After I finally found one, the page didn't took long at all - here it is:

 

I used the Going in Circles Background to mimic all the circles from the sketch and am really liking the way it looks!



I cut a piece of patterned paper, stitched down the edges and then placed my cut file on top of that using foam squares for a tiny bit of dimension.

After I had placed that the embellishing was easy peasy - just using some stickers, Thickers and florals from the Shimelle Little by Little Collection.

Now - I hope you feel inspired by the sketch and create something with it, there are so many possibilities. Imagine using a floral ring cut file and cutting that several times and then create your grid - PERFECT!



Happy crafting and have a great day!
Laureen

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Cut files used:

Going in Circles Background


Hello Good times | Laureen Wagener May 22, 2017 07:00

Hi friends -

it's Laureen up on the blog. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and maybe even got some crafting done?
I did - I finished up todays layout and am loving the summery vibe it gives!

I pulled out the awesome Poolside collection from Crate Paper - still one of my favorites ever!

I wanted to get a bubbly effect, because it kind of reminds me of water and bubbles and lightness and the beach and summer and all that good stuff - so I used the Totally Tubular Cut file along with the leaves and flowers from the new Take me to paradise set.

I simply cut the Totally Tubular Background out of white cardstock, backed it with a few papers from the collection and started layering up my pieces together.

The leaves and flowers were cut from white cardstock and then colored with watercolors to match the collection.

After all - this page came together so quick! Cut files just make it easy to create with - they are so fun to use!

 

I hope I inspired you a little and will catch you next month ;)
Happy crafting,

Laureen
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Cut files used:

Take me to paradise

Totally tubular


Making memories with you | Laureen Wagener May 04, 2017 07:00

Hi friends -

today I have a fun layout to share using one of my favorite scrapbook collections and a super fun cut file!



One of my favorite collections still is the Fancy Free collection from Paige Evans and Pink Paislee that came out last year!
Now ever since then Paige's collections include at least one paper that consists of a bunch of squares and different patterns.
For my layout today I decided to use that paper and create a huge title with it!

Paige always creates super cute layouts using one of the papers and forming a title - by cutting a letter out of each square. Missy Whidden also shared a lovely page recently, so I had to create a layout like that.

I wanted to use a cut file I have never used from Just Nick, so I cut my title using the Handcut letters 2 cut file. Such a fun and beautiful font!
Searching pinterest for quotes is always a great idea - that's how I found my title quote

Making memories with you is my favorite thing to do

Now, not all the words would fit onto my page, so I used some white foam letter thickers for a few words.
Because the page was filled with my title I only used a few wood veneers and layered one behind each of my three photos.

 

Now go and grab your favorite Alphabet cut file from Just Nick and create a bold, vibrant title!

Happy crafting,

Laureen

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Cut file used:
Handcut letters 2


Best Mom | Laureen Wagener April 25, 2017 07:00

Hi friends - Laureen back on the blog!

Today I was assigned to create a project inspired by Spring and I immediatly knew which photo to scrap.


It was my birthday on the 16th of April and we went to the zoo where they had beautiful trees in full bloom all over the place and my mom and I took a few pictures standing by one of the trees. So of course it had to be one of those pictures - because trees in bloom are always screaming: IT'S SPRING!


I scrolled through my cut files from Just Nick and found the beautiful Floral Swag cut file and noticed I had never used it before.
I wanted to make this the focal element of my page so I enlarged it as much as possible and cut it out of the beautiful Pink Paislee Oh my Heart paper.



The open space in the cut file was backed with vellum, as I like the softened effect that gives. Now I've been a bad girl and just noticed as I am writing this post, that I used a few additional cut files that aren't for sale yet. You will be able to snag them next month ;)


I adhered a strip of a wooden paper, because the page looked super naked without it. On top I stuck down my cut file element on some foam squares. I really like the effect that gives - as if the picture is peeking out of the florals.



I embellished with a few chipboard flowers and scattered tons of enamel dots around my page. I am really loving that look lately and may be doing that for several new layouts.

I hope you like todays inspiration!

Onto the next time - happy crafting!

xo, Laureen
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Cut files used:
Floral Swag
Stems 4 ( coming your way next month - so be on the lookout for that)

 


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