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Hello Spring | Tarrah McLean April 26, 2017 07:00

Hi there Just Nick friends!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you.....all week we are celebrating Spring here on the Just Nick blog by sharing our Spring themed projects using the awesome Just Nick Studio cut files

I pulled out some REALLY old Bella Blvd products for this layout...I love the pastel colours and how much they remind me of Easter as its currently not Spring in Australia...its currently Autumn!

This is the Just Nick Studio cut file I used on this layout....the Hello Spring title.

That gorgeous thin multi-coloured stripe paper was the paper I decided to cut the Hello Spring title out of....I just love how this turned out....better than expected! I added a few embellishments to the title to help decorate the layout a little bit more and add interest..  

 

My niece is an absolute bundle of gorgeous! She is SO photogenic...perfect for this scrapbooker....hopefully she will appreciate me creating these layouts for her one day!

In this photo, she was posing a new outfit that her parents had bought for her, she is only age 1 in this photo but already a pro at posing lol! As the outfit has bumblebees on it, the photo was perfect for this layout!

That bumblebee chipboard sticker had to make its way on this layout since there were bees on Amelia's outfit and its her nickname too!! I really like how this layout turned out....I literally cut the title first and then decided on a photo, added some other small bits of paper and embellishments and the layout was complete! Super quick one this time! 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! I hope you have been enjoying the Spring inspiration from us? Why not check out the Just Nick Studio store for some cut files that would suit your next project?

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Hello Love April 18, 2017 07:00

Hi everybody. Nicole here with a fun mixed media layout. Every once in a while, I like to get messy and when I say messy, I really mean it. By the time I completed this layout, my fingers were stained purple and teal. What a pretty combination! 

For this layout, I used the Kaleidoscope cut file. This looks so pretty inked up.

I decided to use the digital cut file as a stencil and embellishment for my layout.

I used Clique Kit's April kit to decorate my layout once the mist was dry.

I used a few floral stamps by Altenew complete the layout. The layout looked like it needed more so I pulled out my stamps and started stamping and cutting the images from patterned paper.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a great week!


Yay | Tarrah McLean April 15, 2017 07:00

Happy Easter Just Nick friends!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! I have a new layout to share with you but believe it or not, its not Easter themed! It's a birthday themed layout I am sharing this week as we are all using words/sentiment cut files on our projects!

I combined two different cut file sets from the Just Nick store for this layout...I used the candles and the balloons included in the Birthday sentiments set below.....  

I decided to add my photos as a photo strip this time...I really like this look whenever I have a few photos I want to include as a series. The skinny photos means you can layer and tuck embellishments and cut files in and around the photos!

and the Make a Wish and Yay words from the Card sentiments 1 set.

These photos were taken at my little guy's 4th birthday a couple of years ago...he absolutely LOVES cake of any kind and that is what he gets most excited about at birthday parties! Even his own!

The Make a Wish collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio was perfect for this layout...the Just Nick cut files match with this collection perfectly!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick Studio blog today! Check out the cut files available in the Just Nick store now!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Hello Gorgeous | Michelle Whorwood April 07, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick Fans!

Michelle here with a new layout featuring some more of the gorgeous Just Nick Cut files.  I honestly just cannot get enough of them. They are so easy to use and love them for layering and adding interest to my page!

I have two of the newer cut files on my layout today.  Firstly, I have the Floral Swag which I have used to frame the photo of my two girls.  I love how this looks white on white with just a pop of colour in the floral centres.  It also complements my flowers that I have added to my layout as well.  Next I have created my title using another cut file called Hello Spring.  My gosh I love this one, BUT it isn't spring time here in NZ as we are going into Autumn but I didn't let that stop me and so I have cut the whole file out but fussy cut out the 'Spring' section and used the 'Hello' as part of my title.  I also  backed it in the same colour patterned paper that I have used for the Floral Swag.  I love how easy it is to adapt the Just Nick Cut files to work with the theme I am scrapbooking.  

Here are some close ups:

Thank you for stopping by the blog today and I hope you have enjoyed my layout with the Just Nick Cut Files today.  

Take care

T


Hey Gorgeous | Marcia Dehn-Nix April 06, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends! Marcia here today. I have a sweet layout to share using one of the newest cut files in the store. When I saw the gorgeous new Butterfly Background 2 digital cut file I could not wait to use it. I love the delicate butterflies. This cut file is perfect for Spring photos, but I thought it would also be lovely with a photo of my adventurous daughter. 

Here is a better look at those amazing butterflies...

To form my title, I combine the Hey speech bubble from the Girl Power digital cut file with a rubber charm with the word Gorgeous. This was cut pretty small. If you are having difficulties cutting items with your electronic machine try cutting it twice. I find I can get a better cut with a so so blade if I cut it twice.

Here are the cut files I used ...


If you are interested in watching my YouTube process video here you go ...


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Check out all the new cut files in the JustNick Store.


Art is a Treasure April 04, 2017 08:26

Hey hey everybody, it's Cathy!!!  I'm back with another layout to help get your mojo going using Nicole's amazing cutfiles!  So this time around I wanted to do something a little bit more subdued and soft, while still being masculine.  I also wanted to cut my file using patterned paper since I've been doing a lot of cut files with white cardstock.  I cut out the Scribble Circles background file on a sweet mint and white striped patterned paper.  I then backed some of the circles with patterned paper and some I left open.  I used some ephemera from Pretty Little Studio too, which matched perfectly with the colours I was working with!  I love adding vintage touches to a more modern and minimal design.  I really kept the patterns to a minimum and left lots of white space!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!

 

 

 

 


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


Happy Spring | Tarrah McLean March 30, 2017 07:00

Hi there Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I have a Spring themed layout to share with you using some pretty Doodle Flowers cut files!

Doodle Flowers is the cut file I have used from the Just Nick store to cut out the flowers on this layout!

I used the Simple Stories Fresh Air collection for this layout about my niece out in the garden one day! Cutting the Doodle Flowers from different papers and at different sizes, brings in lots of variety and adds lots of interest to my page!  

A couple of whimsical wood veneer pieces really add to the garden theme I have going on here...I love the colour they bought to the layout as well as the dimension! 

A couple of resin embellishments I have had in my stash forever also made it on to this layout! I nearly always have to add a flair button and this layout is no exception! The rain cloud with the rain drops flair was perfect in colour and theme so this was the one that had to be used!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick Studio blog today! I would love to see some Spring themed projects that you have created using the Just Nick cut files? Make sure to tag @justnickstudio on social media so we can see what you are creating!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Hello Spring March 27, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends! Marcia here today kicking off a week of Spring inspiration. When I think of Spring I think of Sunshine and Flowers. Two things that after a long cold and snowy winter are like a breath of fresh air. So my layout today features sunshine and flowers ...

I started off by creating my background, using the Let It Shine Background digital cut file as a stencil to create my sun rays. Some stitching on the rays adds some definition and texture.

I add a little green to the bottom of my layout background for grass. A perfect setting for those Delicate Florals...

When it came time to choose a title, I could not resist using the new Hello Spring cut file. I backed the title with some of the same papers as I used for the flowers.

I am so happy with how this layout came together.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

If you are interested in watching my process video, here it is...

I hope I brought some sunshine to you on your Monday. Have a great week!


Gamer | Jaclyn Rench March 25, 2017 07:00

Happy weekend, Just Nick friends! It's Jaclyn here to share a page I made using my very favorite digital file font, Outline Alpha.

This alpha is a necessity in your cut file arsenal, as it is super versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.  One option, is to use the inside or 'negative cuts' of the letters for a thinner, less chunky font title, or you can go for something much more delicate by simply using just the outline of each letter.

I settled on a mix of the two aforementioned styles for my page, and even took it a step further by overlapping my letters and welding it all together into one title piece.  As you'll note, I altered the size and placement of my letters to add more interest.  Once each letter was in place, I used the eraser tool to eliminate the intersecting lines between each letter, before welding.  This step took a little bit of time and some trial and error, but I think the results are definitely worth it!

Mixing up the patterns and colors that back each letter, reinforce the masculine edge to the page.

My title makes such a statement, that I was able to pull together the rest of my page by simply adding some layers, journaling and a trio of embellishment clusters. I love when a page comes together with such ease!  Awesome cut files seem to be the constant factor in that equation for me!

Let us know what Just Nick alpha files are your favorites and/or what type of font designs you like to see in an upcoming release! 

Happy crafty weekend, friends!

Cut files used:

Outline Alpha

 

 


Little Magic March 22, 2017 07:00

Hello hello hello it's Cathy here and I'm back with another layout!  I don't know about you but even though it's still bitterly cold and gloomy in my region of the world I can't help but long for the beautiful colours of spring!  For my layout today I was inspired by all the fun and colourful scraps that I have in my stash.  Some are relatively new and some are from years ago, but either way I loved combining them together to make this fun image!  I used the Rosette Background 2, and originally I was using it as intended, as flowers, but once I was all done backing it I really loved how much it looked like wonky bubbles, so I decided to document my daughter's bubble blowing adventure last spring.  Backing the cut file with multiple papers was a wee bit time consuming, but I just love the end result!  Thanks so much for stopping by and if you go to my Youtube channel you can check out how I made my layout!

 

 


Follow your dreams | Geometric Background 2 |Michelle Whorwood March 16, 2017 07:00

Hi

Michelle here with a new masculine layout featuring the Geometric Background 2 cut file.   This type of background is a perfect one for layouts of the boys in our lives and I wanted to utilise the different geometric shapes in the file to make little mini pocket style elements within the grid shapes.  I also wanted to share how you can adapt the cut files once you have downloaded them in the Silhouette software to make them your own and to work with your design.   This is the original file:

As you can see the original cut file is more A4 size and I wanted to widen the windows on the right hand side so I could fit my square photo and have more space to fit my embellishments.  To do this, after I traced the file, I right hand clicked on it to ungroup (release compound path).  I then dragged the outer border to fill my 12 x 12 inch space on the Silhouette software.  I then dragged the rectangle shapes out to meet my new enlarged border.  When I was happy with their size and shape, I regrouped the cut file and proceeded to cut it out.   This is the finished layout:

I cut the file out on white cardstock and layered it back on white cardstock and filled in most of the diagonal negative spaces with patterned paper.  I added my photo to the largest rectangle shape and added some fringing to the bottom as it was a square photo and didn't actually quite fill the shape - the illusion of another line on the cut file is actually a white border on my photo and added some embellishments  to the other negative spaces.  

I then added the large title wood veneer and the little frames which hold the initials of my son, Liam's name and matched diagonal slope of the cut file and finished off with some sequin stars and small word phrases which matched the sentiment of my layout. 

I hope you have enjoyed my layout I have shared with you today?  Do you alter cut files to suit your style or to fit the type of layout you are doing?  Maybe you would like to try this technique one day if you haven't already?

Thanks Michelle xx


Me & You March 15, 2017 07:00

Hello! Donna here for my first layout the month of March.

I used the cut file Posie Swag on my layout

I deconstructed the cut file again. You will notice I do this a lot of times! For this particular design, I envisioned flowers/vines kind of hanging either at the top or the edges of the layout. 

I played around for a bit and decided to place the cut files as seen in the image

I wanted to make them appear like they're floating so I thought that keeping it white, as is, would work. Adding colors to the cut file was the last thing I did. Well, sort of second to the last thing, because the very last step to my process was slightly brushing pale peach watercolor to the edges of the white background to add a bit of interest aka make it a bit messy lol!

I was aiming for a peachy color for the flowers but I couldn't achieve the right shade. I still like how it turned out. 

I used Pretty Little Studio's Woodland collection.

I hope you liked my page!

Cut file used: Posie Swag

Thank you for dropping by and happy crafting,


123 DAB | Tarrah McLean March 14, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new boy themed scrapbook layout with you!

My 2 sons are such typical boys......the latest craze is doing a Dab wherever they are without a care in the world! I have had this photo of them doing a Dab together at the Monster Trucks show we went to last year!

Here is the cut file I used on this layout....the Visual Effects background cut file!

I cut the cut file from white cardstock and decided to back it on a darker contrasting colour behind the cut file. I used lots of Crate Paper for this layout including the Hey Boy collection and the Cool Kid collection. The dark background paper came from the Flea Market collection I think it was! I love how the dark strips contrast against the white strips too!

Machine stitching adds some texture to the layout as well as helps to adhere the cut file to the background paper. Recently I got some really fun boy themed flair buttons to add to my stash and one of those just had to be added to this layout! 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick Studio today, I hope you are inspired to try some of the amazing cut files found in the Just Nick store!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Beary Brave March 10, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

 

Hey everybody it's Cathy here, back with another layout for JustNick Studio and Scrapbook Circle!  The Scrapbook Circle kit for March was loaded with bright colours and funky designs.  I really wanted to showcase all of those fun papers and colours so I chose the dreamcatcher background 1.  There were lots of awesome spaces to back with papers!  I used a small star stamp to create a fun pattern around where my cut file would rest and then popped my file up on some foam for added dimension.  Since all the  products worked so perfectly together embellishing was a piece of cake!  A big thank you to Nicole and Scrapbook Circle for this awesome team up!

 

 

 

 


Rain | Jaclyn Rench March 09, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to share with you a page I made with the March "Happy Place" kit from Scrapbook Circle and some fun Just Nick digital designs.

There are loads of fun patterned papers included in this month's Scrapbook Circle kit, but my eyes were immediately drawn to the 'Sprinkle' paper from Amy Tangerine's new 'On a Whim' collection.  The patterned rain drops had me swooning!  They immediately reminded me of a fun picture and story of my kid's dancing in the exact same raindrops that we had just narrowly escaped at the swimming pool!

I reached for Just Nick's Patterned Clouds and Sunny Days files to cut a multitude of clouds - in various shapes, sizes and patterns, to compliment the rainy background.

Stacking and layering a few of the cut designs, proved to be the perfect home for my page title. A large white cloud cut was a great spot to include my journaling - allowing it to stand out amongst the busy, colorful background. 

I overlapped the tile cloud just a small amount, on the left edge of my picture, to tie all of the page elements together.  The right side of the photo is accented with additional papers and stickers from the kit, creating a nice cohesive balance.

Stay tuned to the blog for more projects featuring this fun team-up and don't forget to check out the Scrapbook Circle blog for even more inspiration!

Cut files used:

Patterned Clouds

Sunny Days

 

 


Right Here Right Now March 08, 2017 07:00 1 Comment

Hello JustNick Studio friends! Lee-Anne here today to share a layout I created with the fabulous March Scrapbook Circle kit and JustNick Studio digital cut files. All this week you can see inspiring projects from both design teams.

The kit I received had so many wonderful papers and embellishments from Shimelle's Little By Little, Paige Evans Oh My Heart, Amy Tangerine's On A Whim, Fancy Pants Design's Joy Parade and Pretty Little Studio's Summer Vibes Collections.

Here is the layout...

I knew I wanted to use the Aztec Lace Background because I loved the funky vibe of this background cut file and I thought it would pair perfectly with the bright, colorful striped paper from Shimelle's Little By Little Collection.  I cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo and backed it with a piece of white textured cardstock.  

For the title, I cut the Right Here Right Now Cut File on my Cameo and then I cut it with some scissors to separate the title.

The fun part was embellishing the layout.  I tried to use as many elements from the kit as I could so I added some stickers, stamps, mini alpha stickers and the fabulous puffy stickers and dots to accent the background.  Finally I added my personal handwriting around the edge of the white cardstock background.

It was a lot of fun to create this layout.  

Here are the cut files I used for this project...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check back tomorrow for more inspiration using the March Scrapbook Circle kit.

 

 


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


Happy | Heart's a Flutter | Michelle Whorwood March 02, 2017 07:00

 Hi Just Nick Fans,

Michelle here with a new layout featuring the 'Hearts a Flutter' background.  We are showcasing different background files on the blog this week and I had been waiting for a good excuse to use this background file since it was released.  

Here is my layout

I had lots of fun creating this layout.  I cut the file out on white cardstock and added patterned paper to the negative spaces in the smaller hearts.  Filling in the negative space of cut files is an effective way to add pops of colour to your layouts which is what I do quite regularly.  This time I decided to take this one step further and add strips of washi tape stickers to two of the largest hearts in the cut file.  It is really easy to do, when you cut out your cut file, keep the negative heart shape.  I then added the washi tape directly to the shape and inserted it back into the cut file on my page.  I don't know about you but I have rolls and rolls of washi that I need to use up so I think I will definitely use this technique again!

Some close ups:

Because I wanted the cut file to be the main focus on my page I didn't want to cover it with photos, I decided to add my photo to the far left hand side of my page.  I then added some stitching and embellishments to the cut file and added a couple of strips of patterned paper to anchor my photo to the left hand side of the page.  Finished off with a pretty rub on butterfly and some wood veneer hearts 

Thanks for checking out my blog post, I hope I have inspired you to infill your negative space on your cut files with some washi tape.


Darling | Jaclyn Rench March 01, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends, it's Jaclyn here!  This week the design team is focusing on backgrounds.  I made a fun, colorful and spring inspired page using the Doily Background cut file, an old favorite of mine, for sure!

This background file could certaintly be sized down to take up less real estate on a page, but I love the statement it makes when it's big and bold!  I chose to size my cut file to fill most of the width of my 8.5"X11" page and placed it in the top upper left corner.  Doing so, allows the florals to cascade down the page and allows your eye to land and rest on the page focal point - the photo!

I reached for my pile of patterned paper scraps to fill in the negative space of the doily design.  Each 'flower' has a dark, patterned center, lighter petals and a coordinating buttons sewn on top. 

I used a strip of patterned paper along the bottom border of the page that ties in all of the colors used to back the doilies.

I hope you'll share with us the creative ways you're using Just Nick backgrounds on your projects.  Hashtag your creations #jusnickstudio so we can find them!

Cut files used:

Doily Background


You Are Awesome | Tarrah McLean February 27, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah back with you today, I am sharing a new layout that I recently created using one of the awesome background cut files in the Just Nick store!

As well as the Wheels in Motion cut file, I also used the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection....I just love this collection for slightly older boys and it goes perfectly with that cut file!

This is the cut file I used on my layout, the Wheels in Motion cut file. I cut it from a light green cardstock and then backed lots of the open circles with different patterned papers and my photo. I then used foam pop dots to pop the cut file up off the background cardstock.

I had some cute Project Life cards laying around on my desk that went perfectly with this layout so I used some to tuck underneath the cut file and one also became my title.  

I added some black thread and some black mist to add some different textures and to finish my layout. 

Thank you so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today!

Be sure to check out the Just Nick store for loads of new cut files that have been uploaded!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Free Love | Michelle Whorwood February 16, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick Fans!

Michelle here with my take on the gorgeous freebie cut file 'Free Love'.  I really loved this file and it was so easy to use, I love that it has two options - hearts for more of a simple look or hearts and florals for a bit more intricacy and delicacy.  I decided to use the hearts and flowers design.

My layout is all about my 'love' for my kids.  I printed out a recent photo of each of my kids in black and white and framed them up in the Instax frames and added them under the large cut file.  The cut file itself I wanted to do in white card stock and layer it on white again as I think it just makes the cut file look extra pretty.  I loved the blue patterned paper that I have added into the L V and E negative spaces to define these letters more. 

Once I had added the patterned papers I wanted to do something different in the O part of the cut file so I used this gorgeous butterfly rub on which I fussy cut out after adhering it to some white cardstock first.  I then added a few more embellishments to balance out my page.  I really didn't want to add to much as I wanted the photos and the cut file to be the focal point.  

Some close ups:

Don't forget, this week only (today through to February 19th) you can grab the Free Love cut file for FREE just by using the code FREELOVE at checkout.  What are you waiting for - got get it and make something special!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


My Love List | Jaclyn Rench February 14, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here to share another take on using this week's free cut file, Free Love.

Being that today is Valentine's Day, you might think I'd default to making something holiday themed with this pretty design.  While that is certainly a great option, the cut file actually inspired me to create 'an all about me' style page, documenting my current list of loves.

I chose the cut file word that was flanked by hearts on both sides.  I knew it would add to and reinforce the theme of my page and well, I pretty much always love to include hearts anywhere and everywhere that I can! 

I wanted my title piece to really stand out on my page, so I made it a bit more substantial by using the offset feature in the Silhouette Studio software, to thicken up the lines before cutting.

I like backing the negative space of diecuts with color, patterns and prints, which is what I did for the letters L, V, and E in the title. For something a little different and unexpected, I filled in the 'O' with a variety of sizes and shades of enamel dots.  Not only does this balance out the color throughout my page, but it also really adds something special to the design.  It is a fun technique and one I'll definitely be trying again.

Don't forget, this week only (today throught February 19th) you can grab the Free Love cut file for FREE just by using the code FREELOVE at checkout.  What are you waiting for - got get it and make something special!

Cut file used:

Free Love

 

 

 


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


XOXO and Adore February 09, 2017 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

Marcia here today. Have you ever created a layout using a digital cut file and looked at the pieces remaining on your cutting mat and say to yourself, "That is too pretty to throw away!". I did that this past week with the Blocked Hearts Background cut file. I just couldn't throw away the scraps, so I decided to make another layout, very similar to the first.

This cut file is unique in that it has this big X that dissects the cut file. I wanted to play up that X by placing pattern paper behind only a portion of the cut file so that the heart pattern really popped and yet still maintain some white space. The subtle white on white heart pattern is beautiful, but the pink paper behind the heart cut outs takes your breath away. Here is my first layout using the positive pieces of the cut file...

My second layout is very similar, but uses the negative pieces of the same cut file. It's a bit more gluing, but well worth it. Here is a tip; It helps to leave the negative pieces on your cutting mat so you know where each piece goes...

My parents are adorable! 55 years of marriage and still going strong. On both layouts, I used washi tape to emphasize the X in the cut file. It is the perfect width for washi tape!!

I also used the Love Actually digital cut file for the "Love" and "XOXO" text

Here are a few more detailed shots...

These are the cut files I used today ...

So, next time you use a cut file, take another look at the pieces remaining on your cutting mat. Just maybe, they will convince you too that they are worthy of being scrapped and not end up in your waste basket.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you are interested in the YouTube video of the XOXO layout here is a link...


Hello love, XOXO February 08, 2017 11:50

Hello!!
Donna here and I'm gonna be sharing my first layout for the month of February... didn't we just say hello to 2017?? Wow.. time flies surely fast. 

For my page, I went to use the remaining set of photos I printed recently for a previous project (as in the last one I posted for Just Nick as well lol!). I didn't want the photos go to waste, so why not make another layout :)

I used the negative of the white cardstock as you can see here. Different patterned paper  underneath made the cuts stand out. To make it more visible, I used a black pen to write inside the cut outs.

I cut the edges of the white cardstock approximately half an inch and used another paper as a mat or base to the whole layout.

I used one of the past Clique kits I have and some other Crate paper and Maggie Holmes in my stash

Cut file used: Love Actually

Thanks for dropping by! 

Happy crafting,


Hugs | Tarrah McLean February 06, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout created for Just Nick Studio using one of the cute new Love themed background cut files!

I used the cute Pink Paislee 'Pen Pals' collection to create this layout, one of my favourite things to do is to back cut files with all different patterned papers, this range was ideal to do this! 

The cut file that I used on this layout is the Cross My Heart Background cut file found in the Just Nick store. I cut it from white cardstock and backed different patterned papers behind it. Once I had all the papers backed, I used some foam/3D tape to adhere the cut file to the background paper. I really like the dimension and shadow effect it gives to my page. 

I scrapped a photo from last year of my 2 handsome sons! They are mostly best friends! As an added effect, I used some foam Thickers for my title and to embellish further! 

One of the Pen Pals chipboard frames was a perfect addition to frame my photo and draw the eye in! Puffy stickers and chipboard stickers are great embellishments to enhance layouts.

I love how this layout turned out! Check out all the gorgeous new cut files in the Just Nick store today! Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x

 


All of Me Loves All of You February 03, 2017 06:00

Hey everyone!  Cathy here with a fun lovey dovey layout for you all.  I absolutely love the All of Me cut file and I knew immediately that I wanted to see it in black with gold ink splatters on it, so with that for the basis of my layout I set out to find a picture of my husband and I!  I ended up printing one that wasn't the best quality, but that I loved anyway, so I just kept it black and white and made it a very small photo, that way the title could really take centre stage.  I love the idea of adding other textures on my layouts so I used some beautiful striped ribbon to compliment my page.  I fussy cut out a cute little bird from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection.  I loved how well those Pinkfresh Studio hearts from the Indigo Hills collection matched with all my colours so I added lots of those too!  I absolutely love how well a tiny photo tucks in around my big title, it brings a feeling of cohesion and unity to all the elements going on in my layout.  Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my process video on my YouTube channel to see how this layout came together and to see what happens when you have a terrible accident while scrapping!

 

 

 

 


XOXO | Camp Buddies | Michelle Whorwood February 01, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans! 

Michelle here with a new layout - inspired by LOVE.  There are so many new gorgeous cut files coming in store in February all dedicated to love this month.  Here is my layout featuring two of the cut files.

Firstly, I cut out the 'XO Background 3' cut file on white cardstock and then layered patterned paper under two of the XOs for added interest.  I then cut out the row of hearts from the 'Love Actually' cut file on patterned paper and layered them at the bottom of my photo.  I then added lots of layers and embellishments on my page!  I really wanted to document this photo of my daughter and a friend from where we have our caravan. I thought it was super sweet and a perfect candid shot of the two of them together.  

Some close ups:

Cut files used:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today - I hope you are enjoying the design teams' layouts featuring the new 'love' cut files in store. 


#lucky January 30, 2017 07:00

Hello everyone!

It's Donna here and I'm gonna be sharing my third layout for this month.

I used Ring around my heart and Heart is full background cut files. I used a mixture of watercolors and gelatos to add color to the layout and lots of fussy cutting using papers from an old Clique Kits.

I converted my photo to B&W since I wanted to do a very light, pastel color palette 

I resized both cut files according to my preferred size and used a blue patterned paper to mat the smallest one of the cut files.

I just love how this turned out

I hope you liked it! Thanks for dropping by!

Cut files used:

Ring Around My Heart Background

Heart Is Full Background

Happy crafting,


Follow Your Heart it Knows the Way January 27, 2017 07:00

Hey everyone, it's Cathy here and I'm back with another layout!  This time I'm using the fantastic Going My Way background cut file.  I mean, who doesn't love arrows!  I love how these arrows are all intersecting, it's such a funky looking cut file!  I cut it out of white cardstock and put it over a woodgrain background.  I just love the look of a white cut file over top of woodgrain paper :)  I can't get enough of it, and these arrows fit perfectly with my theme!  I also used lots of the older Crate Paper Journey collection as well to really accent my theme!  Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to pop over to my YouTube channel to see how I made this layout!

 

 

 


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

 


Summer Days | Sunny Days | Michelle Whorwood January 25, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone 

Michelle here with a new layout to share with you today.  It is summer time here in NZ so I have been away on holiday creating family memories at our caravan.  Today, I am sharing a layout with 3 photos  of my girls taking part in some camp ground activities.

To create the circles on my layout I actually had kept some of the negative cut out circles from the Wheels in Motion Cut file from a previous layout I had created.  I usually like to keep anything I can and reuse them - especially circles as they are so handy to add to layouts.  

Ive added lots of layering elements to my page and to add to the embellishments on my page, the elements in the Sunny Days  cut file set was perfect for summer photos. I cut them out on white cardstock and then tucked them in and around my photos to create some interest and texture on my page.  They stand out really well against my misting on my background too.  

Some close ups:

I hope you have enjoyed my layout share! Til next time ...


Snow Wonderful | NordicBackground January 19, 2017 06:00

Hi everyone.  Heather Leopard is here doing what I love most...playing with background cut files! This one in particular is the Nordic Background.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

I altered this cut file just a tad, removing the x's that are part of the cut file so that I could hand stitch them instead.  Then I enlarged it to cover the entire page, removing the lower portion since that was going to be covered by patterned paper.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

Next, I separated the cut file and traced the outline of one of the snowflakes and offset it just slightly, making it a tad bit larger than the background cut.  I cut the outlined snowflake out of different patterned papers and adhered them here and there to the back of the large cut file.

Snow Wonderful Nordic Background Scrapbooking layout by @heatherleopard

That's just my way of using cut files (like Nordic Background) to make unique layouts.


Happy Aussie Day 2016 | Tarrah McLean January 17, 2017 07:00

Hi there Just Nick friends!


It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring one of my favourite background cut files found under 'Our Cut Files'!  It's Australia Day here in Oz next week so I decided to document one of last year's photos from that day of my youngest holding our flag before we hung it on our balcony. 

The Bits and Pieces star background was a perfect background cut file to use as a base for this layout. I tried to slightly replicate our flag in the papers I backed the cut file with and I am happy with how it turned out.

I used lots of different Thickers that I have had in my stash forever to make up my title! I also used other bits and pieces from my stash to embellish my layout as well. I love to use up stuff I have been hoarding forever...it feels great to finally find a home for it!   

Those chipboard stars are from Pink Paislee and the flair and washi tape are from a small embellishment store in Australia. I included some hidden journalling on my layout this time, its on the tag tucked into that little bag.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! Do you have a celebration coming up that you want to document? I am sure there would be an awesome cut file or 2 in the Just Nick store that would suit your theme perfectly! Check them out, they are gorgeous! 

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Naughty or Nice | Tarrah McLean January 02, 2017 07:00

Hi there Just Nick fans and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am guessing you may have lots of photos to scrapbook so today I have some inspiration for you using one of the Christmas title cut files in store called Naughty or Nice!

I used the super cute Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories together with the Naughty or Nice cut file! I love the cute elements included in this collection!

Below is the image of the cut file I used!

As there was lots of green going in on this layout I decided to cut the title from red cardstock...I feel it helps to balance out some of the colours. 

Just before Christmas, my boys and I went to a Christmas party at a good friends house. She had an awesome photo booth set up, my boys loved playing in there, so I just had to snap a few pics of course!

I hope you will get some time to create over the Christmas break? Why not check out all the cut files available in the Just Nick store? They really do help to enhance your projects!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Ho Ho Ho - Cat Martin December 29, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday celebration, and cheers to us fast approaching a new year!  I don't know about you guys but I will definitely be glad to see 2016 go in some respects, but in others I was so happy for many of the experiences gained during the year.  I am loving my time here on the JustNick design team and I adore her files, so I'm so glad to share another one with you all today!  So even though Christmas is done, that just means for me that it's time to get scrapping all of those wonderful photos and memories while it's still wintery white outside.  I absolutely adored the Holiday Tree cut file when she put it up in the shop and I knew I needed to use it asap so I decided not to wait until next Christmas and to use it for a holiday photo now!  My original plan for this layout was to use a picture of my son and to use a gray/brown wood grain paper as my background, but after stumbling on this funky turquoise Websters Pages paper I changed up my game plan and used a picture of my daughter instead.  I love the funky, eclectic look of the layout and all the bright fun pops of colour and bling throughout!

 

 


12 Days of Giveaways - Day 5 Merry Christmas | Tarrah McLean December 05, 2016 07:00 5 Comments

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! 

Today is the 5th day of the 12 days of Giveaway here on the Just Nick blog - which is so exciting! Nicole has outdone herself with all the designs for this giveaway and you can keep your eyes on the lookout for some beautiful new and FREE cut files coming up in the next days! The design team have created wonderful projects to showcase each design and for inspiration. 

I am sharing the layout that I created using the free cut file for today - the Tree Trio 2 cut file

I kept my layout fairly simple for a change and I like how it turned out! I cut the three trees from 3 different patterned papers and placed them framing my photo slightly.

By adding some layering pieces like stickers and small embellishments I was able to add some extra interest to my page without completely covering up the tree cut files I created. A large chipboard title was begging to be used I I would have had it for like 8 years I think!!) so I finally got to use it! 

Today’s design – Tree Trio 2 - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: TRIO2FREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 5th, 2016.
No purchase necessary.
Design will be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.
Happy cutting and creating!


Adventure | Tarrah McLean November 28, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I have a new scrapbook layout to share using one of the amazing new background cut files called Circle to Circle. This background is brand new and has just been released so make sure you jump on the Just Nick store and add it to your cut file collection!

I teamed the Circle to Circle background cut file with the super pretty Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. I adhered the cut file in place and then machine stitched the square edge for extra security and some texture.

I decided to cut the background with white cardstock so that I could overlap onto that pretty but busy patterned paper background!

I added lots of embellishments inside some of the holes of the cut file and also framed the photo with them as well. I tried to match the colors in the papers with the embellishments that I added to the hole. 

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! 

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Totally thankful | Michelle Whorwood November 26, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone,

Michelle here, today I am sharing a layout in the theme of 'Thankful'.  I have so many things to be thankful for in life I sometimes forget to celebrate the little things like heading to the beach after school to hang out with my kids in the glorious sunshine.  I am lucky here in New Zealand to live only 5 mins drive from a stunning beach so my layout is of my youngest playing in the sand the other day. 

I have used one of the new background cut files in store called Feather background and cut this out on some white cardstock.  I then added a piece of patterned paper behind the feather design to create a wall paper like effect on my page. 

Some close ups:

What have you got to be thankful for?  Will you play along with us this week and create a layout about something you are thankful?

Michelle 


Painted Cut Files and Being Thankful! November 25, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone!  This week we are focusing on everything that we are thankful for.  I am thankful that I get to be a part of this amazing team and use all these incredible cut files!  :)

 

Today I am sharing a page about family using the Mandala Background 1 and Many Thanks cut files:

Many Thanks

Mandala Background 1

 

And here is my page. Along with the cut files, I used lots of papers and bit from the Pink Paislee Cedar Lane and Memorandum collections.

 

I thought that the Mandala patterns looked like cabbages or artichokes, so I painted them a plum color in the center and a greyish green around the edges.

 

I also used the Leaves 3 cut file to cut some leaves out of moss green paper and I stitched down the middle of each leaf.

Leaves 3

 

For my embellishment clusters, I added in some mustard yellow, teal, and a dark azure to compliment the plum and moss colors.  I tried to make sure that each of my clusters had all the colors.

Finally, I used a dark woodgrain paper for a layer behind my photo and for the "Be Thankful" title.

Hope you have an Thanksgiving weekend!


Colored Leaves - Thankful November 24, 2016 07:00

Hey everyone, it's Cathy, and I'm back with another layout for you!  For this week our theme was "Thankful"  Now I live in Canada, so we had our Thanksgiving in October, but being thankful doesn't have a time frame, and even the simplest thing can make us feel thankful.  Now that autumn is ending and winter is fast approaching I wanted to take a moment and express how thankful I am for little things, like the beautiful changing leaves of autumn.  This time of year is my favorite but far.  I absolutely love the colours of fall and I love all the celebrations that go on during that time.  I also love gearing up for the holiday season too as I watch the nights get shorter.

So for my layout I used a phrase from the cut file Fall Y'all.  I really love all the phrases from this cut file and will definitely be using the others for different layouts, but for this one I chose the "colored leaves" phrase.  I enlarged it and cut it from white cardstock.  I really wanted a simplistic look to this layout, with the focus being on the photo and the title.  I am so happy with the minimal look that I ended up with, and as a bonus, this layout took almost no time to make, so I got to be thankful for that as well!

 

 

 

 


Too cute to spook | Michelle Whorwood October 27, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick Fans!  Michelle here with a Halloween layout of a different kind!  The cut files in store make it super easy to create spooky fun layouts for Halloween and there are lots of different ones to choose from.

For my layout I wanted to create a spiderweb background so I cut the Hey Spidey Background file but to keep it soft and sweet still just like the sweet girls in my photo,  I cut it out on white cardstock and filled in sections of it with some patterned paper.  I then added a border of patterned paper to frame the web cut file.

I loved the 'Too cute to spook' title from the 31 cut file set was just perfect for the sentiment that I wanted to portray. I cut this out on black cardstock pop dotted it to add some dimension to my page and used this as my title.

Some close ups:

One of the things I loved about the Hey Spidey Background file is the texture that the lined bits of the cut file creates on my layout. 

Lastly, I added some heart and star stickers to the points of the web and scattered some enamel dots into the negative spaces.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog - are you creating any Halloween layouts this year?

Cheers

Michelle


Trick or Treat | Tarrah McLean October 24, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah joining you and today I am sharing my very first Halloween themed layout for this year!

Obviously I had to use photos from last years Halloween, we don't actually really celebrate Halloween in Australia but my son's love dressing up and joining in on the Trick or Treat fun! Luckily because it is getting popular over here now, the shops are starting to carry costumes and things to decorate your home with!

I just HAD to use this amazing Spider Web background when I saw that Nicole had designed it, I was busting to create a layout using it!

I used lots of bits and pieces of Halloween themed craft things that I have had for some time now...there is a bit of Crate Paper After Dark and some pieces from a really old brand called Little Yellow Bicycle!

I used the Trick or Treat from the 31 cut file set for my title and I love how it turned out cut on orange cardstock!  

Last Halloween I had a zombie and a skeleton! How cute are they?!! I also added some Halloween wood veneer bits that I have had for a few years! 

I love how the chipboard spider fits in the corner of the letter 'R'....it was the perfect spot for him to go!

Thanks so much for joining me on the Just Nick blog today! I hope I have inspired you to get your Halloween crafting started!

Happy creating and Happy Halloween!

Tarrah x

 


Autumn Splender October 21, 2016 07:00

Hello JustNick Studio friends!

Marcia here today. All week we have been showcasing our awesome JustNick Studio digital cut files with the beautiful Simple Stories Hello Fall collection. My layout uses two of the new cut files for autumn; Fall Y'all, and Leaf Cluster. I love how well these two cut files coordinate with eachother. I cut both of them from a Simple Stories dark woodgrain paper, then I filled the negative space behind the leaves with  different pattern papers from the Hello Fall collection. With the gorgeous leaf cluster, my layout doesn't need a lot of other embellishments

Here are some close-up detail pictures. I just love how adorable this fox is. He is a chipboard sticker from the Hello Fall collection.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend.


Autumn Blessings October 19, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone.  I'm happy to be a part of the JustNick + Simple Stories team up this week.  

I created a layout of die cuts really.  It's a combo of different leaves I cut with my cameo and flowers that I fussy cut. Although I spent a bit of time cutting those flowers, it came together fast and easy.

The cut files I used are Leaves and Leaves 2. I love the variety these files offer and the leaves are just plain fun.

Since the flowers were so colorful, I decided to cut the leaves out of white cardstock and leave them plain. I did this so that the leaves and flowers would compliment each other instead of compete against each other.

I hope you are enjoying this week's team up.  Make sure to visit the Simple Stories blog for even more inspiration.


Autumn Blessing - Simple Stories Team Up October 17, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone it's Cathy!  I'm back with another layout for JustNick Studio.  This time we are teaming up with Simple Stories to create some fun layouts.  I received the gorgeous Hello Fall collection from Simple Stories.  Now while this is a fall collection I was trying to figure out a way to use it that wouldn't be a conventional fall layout.  I decided to use the lovely baby blue and floral paper from the collection for my jumping off point and that made me think about my youngest son, who was born last fall.  I thought this would be a perfect subject to merge with fall inspired papers and embellishments.  I cut out several of the leaf cluster file in white white cardstock and used a few of the other papers to back some of the leaves.  I backed my photos with a few other of the papers and then stuck it all down.  I loved all the project life cards that came with the collection so I decided to fussy cut out some of the images and sayings to add to my layout!  I love how this turned out, and that I was able to use the collection for a slightly different subject! 

 


Cozy Comfy Together | Pretty Little Studio Team Up | Tarrah McLean October 13, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah back with you and today I am sharing my layout for the team up between Just Nick Studio and Pretty Little Studio!

I was lucky enough to get some of Ashley Horton's new Fall collection called 'Oakley Avenue' and have used this collection on my layout!

 

I adore this photo of my parents and my siblings and myself! It was taken on my sister's 30th birthday a few years ago!

I used the Totally Tubular background for my layout today...I cut it from white cardstock and machine stitched around all the circles for added texture...

You can watch my process video below to see how I put my layout together...

The Oakley Avenue collection went perfectly with the colours in my photo...this collection is perfect for Fall, Family, Gratitude themed pages and cards too!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! Be sure to check out the Just Nick store as there are loads of new designs plus all your favourite designs are there too!

Happy creating!