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Some People / Leslie Berner July 19, 2018 07:00

Hello! It's Leslie on the blog today!
I hope you are all doing well and that you are scrapping those beautiful photos!
I was busy scrapping a photo of me and my hubby today.
I had this idea, and in a perfect universe the layout would look perfect and the mixed media would be perfect, and it would be perfect! But we do not live in a perfect world, and my perfect mental layout did not turn into my perfect physical layout. Okay I'm done saying perfect! 
I used the Some People cut file.
 
I cut the file out of Bazzill Marshmallow paper as I knew I wanted to do a lot of mixed media. I got a set of Distress Oxides and I couldn't wait to use them. 
I tried to create a rainbow effect with the Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides, which I only applied to the to the right hand side of the cut file.  
 
I needed the cut file to pop off the page more, so I out lined the letters with a fine tipped black pen. I then decided to add some Distress Oxide to the background. I basically just placed the ink pad face down on the paper and swiped it across. It created this really cool textured effect. I added some tiny water splatters on the background and watched as the magic of the Oxide started doing it's thing!
I adhered the cut file to the center of the page and decided to place my photo to the right of the cut file, as my husband and I are facing the camera but turned slightly towards the left, that way we were angled towards the center of the page.
I had no idea what I wanted to do next. I even felt that I wanted to give up on this layout, I didn't have a scrapbook collection in mind that I wanted to use, so I was seriously lacking in the inspiration department. 
Usually when I feel like I'm in a rut, I doodle around the outside of the page, and that gave me the idea to take my ink brush tipped pen and doodle some flowers around the page. The black of the ink added just the right amount of contrast to the colorful and bright rainbow! I also added some Heidi Swapp Black Color Shine.
Here are some close ups...
  
I hope this inspires you to not give up on your layouts. Remember, trust your creativity, and dive into it.
Here is the Process Video to this layout!
  
See you soon!!

Happy Girl - Cathy Martin May 25, 2018 08:13

Hi everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm back with another layout!  So on my last blog post I used the Funky Floral Background and I cut it out of white card stock and created a stencil with it.  Now since I used white card stock I didn't want to throw away the floral background, so I kept it, and this week I'm using it as my background file for my layout!

Since it was already sprayed in a rainbow of fun shimmery colors I didn't have too much work to do.  I simply popped it up on foam and picked a funky watercolor inspired striped background.  Since my last layout featured my daughter and I, I used a photo of my husband and daughter this time.  I like the juxtaposition of using the same cut file twice to create layouts with different main subjects.   Of course since there were so many bright fun colors being used it was easy to embellish the layout, and I had no issue using whatever icons I wanted!

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look, and I hope I've inspired your creativity.  As always, have an awesome day!

 

 


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!

 

 

 


Let's Celebrate Mothers - Cathy Martin May 12, 2018 07:00

While I find it easy to take selfies, I find it can be a bit trickier to get a good picture of me with one of my little rugrats, so when I do get a chance I take what I can get!  As much as I love documenting my children's moments, as well as my own, it always makes me smile when I can scrap a picture with us together.  I want them to remember me, and it's important for us moms to sometimes get out from behind the camera and get in those pictures too!

For my layout I decided to cut out the Funky Floral Background cut file.  I cut it out of white cardstock because I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with it, but after it was all cut out I decided to use it as a stencil.  This is another favorite technique and since I cut it with white paper I can still use the cut file on another layout!  I sprayed over it with several different color mists, creating a bit of a rainbow effect.  I'm not much of a rainbow girl, but I was soooooo happy with the end result.  In order to showcase as much of the background as possible I used a large acetate sheet as my title so that you can still see behind it!  For having no ideas when I started I am thrilled with the result! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look-see today!

 

 


Rainbows! | Morgan Langley April 15, 2018 07:00

     Hey guys! So excited to be sharing a happy spring layout today using the title "Rainbows" and the rainbow from the "Hooray for Spring" cut file! 
      First I stitched, stitched, stitched! I cut my rainbow and title on the same paper and backed them with different pieces of the same piece of multi colored paper! The stripes in the paper were vertical, while a normal rainbow is horizontal so I thought that was a neat touch! Then I found coordinating colored thread for each color in the paper and stitched the layers of the rainbow going from pink to blue! I stitched the title in all white because I already had so much color on the page! 
     Then brads, brads, brads! I don't use brads a lot, but I picked out all the color coordinating regular circle and flower brads I had and put them on my layout going up from the blues to the pinks this time. I added some felt leaves and flowers to a couple of the brads to spin. In the title, where there would usually be a cut out in the letter I added speciality brads. 
     I wrote my journalling in one arch of the rainbow and added three little pictures of our pet bunny Clover and I! I love how this fun spring layout turned out! Make sure to go to the Just Nick store to pick up this cut file pack for yourself to create your own rainbow background! 

No Rain No Rainbows August 09, 2016 05:46

Hey everyone, it's Cathy, and I'm back with another layout!  This time I decided to use two cut files for my layout, the first one is No Rain No Rainbows, and the second is the Confetti background.  I wanted to created a rainfall effect on my background and the Confetti background did the job perfectly!  I backed the cut file with a piece of multi-colour paper and I really love the effect.  It almost looks like a shower of jellybeans!  For my title I used the Rainbow cut file and painted it a variety of colours using my watercolours.  I then added white and black splatters and outlined the file to really make it pop off the page!  I kept the embellishments minimal since I didn't want to compete with my awesome title and rain effect!  I love how bright and cheery this layout turned out and I am super excited to see what other cut file combinations I can come up with using the Just Nick files!  Have an awesome day!

Here are the cut files used for this project!

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video!


Just Plain Awesome April 01, 2016 07:00

Hey Everyone!

Today I am sharing a page utilizing a super fun background cut file. Typically, I like to utilize the negative cut and back it with some patterned paper. But, I've been on a rainbow kick and I've also been loving texture and things not perfectly adhered down to other things. So, I busted out my watercolors and had a little fun.

Here is the page I created using a recent cut file for March:

Rainbow! ROYGBV! This cut file was perfect to execute the design I had in my head. And it was super easy to put it all together. After cutting, I simply painted each strip. After drying, I applied adhesive to only the flowery parts. The ends stick up and I kind of dig it. 

Then, I dug out my bling and enamel dots to help seal the deal with the rainbow vibe. Of course, I threw in some other elements to help ground the design and balance the colors. Neutrals are always a necessity for that kind of thing. 

In the end, I really wanted the cut file and colors to shine. 

Here are a few more close-ups:

 

Thanks for swinging by today!

Cut files used: Tiny Floral Background (Coming Soon!!!)