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Let's Go March 20, 2017 07:00

Happy Monday scrappers! Nicole here with a fun summer layout... I don't know about you, but it's been a crazy winter in Maryland! Last month, when I created this layout, it was in the 60's all weekend. On the 20th of February! Naturally, I was in the mood to scrap a summer layout. LOL.

I used three different cut files and Simple Stories' You  are here collection for this layout (Arrows 3, Summer Words, Sunny Days). I also used some of my Altenew stamps to create a fun geometric flower and a smaller flower to add to the "relax" die cut circle. 

Here are a few closer photos of my layout. I love all the layering on this layout! 

Products Used: Patterned Paper, Stickers: Chipboard Frame: Enamel Dots, Clear Stickers: Die-cuts: Simple Stories, Stamps: Altenew, Digital Cutfiles: Just Nick Studio (Arrow 3, Summer Words, Sunny Days).

Thank you for visiting today!

 


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


Holly and Jolly | Tarrah McLean December 16, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today! I have a new layout to share today that will get you into the Christmas spirit if you aren't already!!

I was lucky enough to get a few bits and pieces from the Mistletoe Kisses collection by Simple Stories recently and this is my 5th layout using it! I have sons so therefore the colours aren't what I would normally use but I have found this collection super easy to use! 

As soon as I saw this super cute photo of my nephew wearing that massively cute sweater, I knew what I wanted to do straight away with this layout! Don't you love it when that happens?!

I decided to cut the Reindeer cut file from white cardstock right in the centre so that I could then add a backing patterned paper behind it. 

I added lots of different pieces from the Mistletoe Kisses collection to embellish my layout including the chipboard stickers, 4x6 stickers, ephemera and wood veneer!

I find inspiration for my layouts all over the place but one of my favourite places to find inspiration is on clothes. I just adore that reindeer on the sweater so I just had to showcase a reindeer somehow! 

Some of the elements included in the Mistletoe Kisses collection are very cutesy which is brilliant for me having 2 young sons! 

Thank you so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today! Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New year! Make sure to join us again in the New Year for more inspiration using the awesome cut files here at Just Nick Studio!

Tarrah x


Simple Stories Team Up! October 22, 2016 16:00

Have you enjoyed our team up with Simple Stories this week?  

I am in awe of all the amazing creations from both teams using our cut files and the Hello Fall collection from Simple Stories. As the lady who creates all these cut files, it is always a treat for me to see how others use them. I am always so excited when I spot one of our cut files used on a project (and we love you sharing them with us too!)

I had a chance to play along for this team up. I could hardly wait to rip into the Hello Fall collection and get started. But what cut files to use!? There were so many fall files I wanted to add in, so had to reign myself in a bit. I actually came up with 2 projects for this swap, as I just couldn't choose!

I really love all the pretty colors in this collection, and started out by diecutting a whole heck of a lot of leaves from various papers in the mini kit. I balanced it around a diecut scribble shape that was a freebie I made for Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine (download lots of my freebies HERE). I added in a light wash of some watercolor paint to the white background... it is quite light as I am trying to get the hang of them without being too heavy handed :)

I really love how easy it was to pair the diecuts from the store along with the diecut stickers from the Simple Stories collection. Looks like it was meant to be!

Next, I created this page with the Fall Y'All cut file. I love the scripty font mixed in with some leaves. It is pretty intricate, so I do recommend you cut it a little larger than normal (or use a super new blade)

I cut the title twice and layered the orange letters over the white grid to add a small layer of dimension and pop of color too! I backed the leaf with some scraps from the collection too, so the middle leaf wasn't so stark white.

I simply added in lots of Simple Stories loveliness from here - some stickers popped up, fussy cut leaves and a journaling card from the cut apart sheet. Love those! I love a good woodgrain paper and Simple Stories has a great set that I like to keep in my "background" paper stash.

That's it for me today - and our Team Up too! I want to thank Layle and all the talented ladies from Simple Stories (and our team) for sharing all their amazing projects this week! 

Thank you all for stopping by and checking out our blog, Facebook page and Instagram! We appreciate all your support!


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.


A Perfect Autumn Day - Simple Stories Team Up October 18, 2016 07:00

Hello friends! It's Lee-Anne here and today I am sharing a layout for the team up with Simple Stories that is happening now until October 22.  Be sure to check out the Just Nick and Simple Stories blogs daily and see what some of the designers have created for the collaboration and prepare to be inspired.

I love everything autumn and since I have a new addition to my family this Fall, I thought my puppy Syd would be the perfect subject for this layout that I created with the new Hello Fall collection by Simple Stories and the Leaves 3 cut file from Just Nick.

I really like to use the cut files in a unique way so I arranged the leaves, duplicated, rotated and spaced them apart in Silhouette Studio and then cut it out on the brown wood grain background paper.  After the background paper was cut, I added dimensional foam squares to the backside of the brown wood grain paper and then I backed it with several papers in different colors for the leaves.  I love this technique because it give the layout lots of depth.

 

I hope you enjoyed your visit and be sure to check out all the cut files in the Just Nick shop.  Have a great day!

Leaves 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 


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! 

 


Addicted Gamer | Stuck?! Sketches Team up | Tarrah McLean September 23, 2016 07:00 2 Comments

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah here with you and today I am excited to be sharing my layout for the team up between Just Nick Studio and Stuck?! Sketches.....my layout of course features Nicole's awesome cut files and you can see my interpretation of the fabulous sketch that Laura designed from Stuck?! Sketches!

Here are the awesome Just Nick cut files I used for my layout...the Gamer cut files...perfect for my son who LOVES to play his Playstation!

I used up some of my Simple Stories 'So Rad' collection from my stash...it goes perfectly with these cut files...I resized them a little bit to work with them into my layout....I made the headphones a bit bigger, the controller a bit smaller and the Gamer title slightly bigger too! 

Here is Laura's awesome sketch she designed! Make sure you check out the Stuck Sketches?! blog for all the inspiration using this same sketch!

Some detail photos showing how the Just Nick cut files compliment the sketch and the So Rad collection.... 

Thank you so much for joining me on the Just Nick Studio blog today! I hope you were inspired to try out the sketch using some of the amazing Just Nick cut files in store now!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x


Stuck?! Sketches team up! September 18, 2016 09:00 1 Comment

Good morning everyone! Nicole here to let you know all about a team up that we will be sharing, starting tomorrow, on our blog with the team of Stuck?! Sketches!

Laura has created a great sketch for some of our teams to both use, and we have combined some of our JustNick cut files with that same sketch for some fun results!

I played along with the sketch too and thought I would share a preview of that today. A sketch can truly do wonders for my mojo, and adding in some cut files, make a page come together quite easily too!

I used the new Rustic Leaf Frame cut file for this page, and you can see it makes a large impact on the page. Once I die cut it from the patterned paper, I simply added a few pieces of green behind the leaves and voila!

I added in some popped up diecut stickers and enamel dots around the frame area. I love combining the die cut frame with products I can easily get from a manufacturer!

I also die cut the same leaves and stems out of vellum in a slightly smaller size and tucked those in around the frame to add some softness to the ring area.

Cut files used:

Leaves 2

Stems 2

Rustic Leaf Frame

Now, I am sure you will be able to do wonders with this same sketch! Come back tomorrow to see the sketch and what Laureen did with it! Plus, you will get a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to our store too! A win -win I think!

Have a creative Sunday!


Every summer has a story September 07, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone! Donna here for my first post this month of September. Wow.. September already?! How time flies!

It's still summer here in this part of the world and still hot as ever. Temperature ranges from 32-45 deg Celsius (sometimes higher!) and all you want to do is stay inside your home with the AC full blast! lol!

It's a good thing that there are tons of homes with private indoor pools you can rent for a day or two (or longer if you have that much money lol!). And no, you can't swim in public here, it's not allowed to be seen in public esp women without the black, long dress called Abaya.

Anyway, we already had our first summer escapade last May and it was sure a lot of fun!

I used one of the "decent" photos of my daughter running around the pool lol! She was so excited but didn't want to stay in the water because it was a bit cold. But she did a lot of running around and made her daddy so tired haha! 

For my layout, I used 3 different cut files: Summer Lovin, Summer Fun and Floral Circle Doily

To create layers, I used another doily to mat the Floral Circle Doily and tons of light pink thread under the photo, which were also matted with a couple of papers.

 Used my Promarkers to color a couple of the Summer Fun cut files

To break the colorful elements, I turned one of the photo in black and white. Also added bits of black-grayish stickers

Matting the big title was not my original plan but when I laid everything down, I thought it looked bleh over the neutral background. So I adhered it to an orange with white polka dot patterned paper and fussy cut. Would have been much better if I did the cutting using my Silhouette Cameo as well, lol!

I wrote the journaling with pencil first before writing permanently using a black pen.

I just love this limited edition Summer kit from Clique Kits and have few more projects to share in my next posts. So watch out for those :D

Cut files used:

Summer Lovin

Summer Fun

Floral Circle Doily

That is all for me today! I hope you liked my page!

Thanks for dropping by, happy crafting!


Bloom & Grow by Tarrah McLean August 19, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout...its almost Spring (yay!) here in Australia so my layout for Just Nick was inspired by the flowers that are starting to bloom around here! I am usually not a flower lover but since I have a niece now I have an excuse to use them and I actually love it!

This is the cut file I used on my layout...the floral stripe background....I cut it from a floral patterned paper and adhered it horizontally to mimic the floral design on the background paper!

I added some black lines using a black journaling pen, in between the cut lines to also mimic the design already printed on the background paper...

I added lots of floral embellishments like some wood veneers, ephemera and rubber shapes. I also added a few different phrase stickers to tie the theme all together.

 

This layout is about my niece who I ADORE! She is the funniest little girl! She is so gorgeous and I just LOVE having a little girl to scrap now! 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Just Nick blog today!

Happy cutting and creating!


Lazy days of summer August 18, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone! Donna here to share my page using one of the new cut files in the Just Nick Studio store.

Here is my page using the Summer Lovin wordart set of cut files.

Donna Espiritu - Lazy Days of Summer - Just Nick - Simple Stories

I turned the photo into black and white because my daughter's swimsuit is actually red and navy blue. I kept the title white with just a hint of color.  I used a combination of blue and pink watercolor and lightly brushed it on the title. 

My layout is really quite straightforward design-wise. I adhered the doily in the center of the page first and then the frame and stack of photos. From there, I placed the different embellishments of my choosing. After everything is in place, I splattered a bit of light pink watercolor all over the page while covering the photo with a piece of plastic sheet.

I hope you liked my page! Thanks for dropping by!

I used the August kit from Clique Kits featuring Simple Stories - You are here collection.

Cut file used: Summer Lovin

Happy crafting,


Stay Cool | Tarrah McLean August 01, 2016 07:00

Hi Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah back with you today to share a new scrapbook layout with you using one of the many beautiful new cut files in store now!

I decided to use - The Floral Lace Background from the store and absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

I used the fun Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection to document this super cute photo of my niece when she was about 6 months old! My sister and her family live in England, they visited us last year and they had bought Amelia these sunglasses to protect her eyes from our harsh sun...perfect photo opportunity!

I also used a few bits and pieces left over from my June Hip Kit club kit, like those cute wood veneer sunglasses.......very appropriate for this layout! 

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

Happy creating!

 


Single Digits on the Double Spread June 25, 2016 07:00

Hey there Just Nick fans! Suzanna dropping in for the last time today to share my version of the free digital file this month. I cut it out twice, each on a full sheet of paper and used the grid background to document my youngest's single digit birthdays with some Simple Stories.

Both pages are backed with an aqua card stock which really emphasizes the digital cut file. I then set about fitting all nine birthday pictures in and lots of embellies to celebrate! I chose to fill most of the cut away squares and used the "open" uncut spaces for my photos.

Here's a better look at just the right hand page;

And the left hand side (or the odd numbered birthdays, I just realized);

And a close up;

What a great week it's been seeing all the different ways to use this FREE (did you hear me?, FREE!!) digital cut file. Be sure to grab it!

Thanks for popping in over the past 6 months to see my work here. Be sure to swing on over to my blog http://lifestrivialities.typepad.com/ in the future. Thanks Nicole for creating some great files and the opportunity to work with this talented group of ladies!


Meet Me in Tahoe and Sketch Pens! May 11, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone!

Melissa here with you today and I've got a page that utilizes sketch pens and a cut file from Just Nick! I've had my Cameo for over 5 years now and have always wanted to try out the sketch pens but, just never got around to getting some. Now that I have them, it's one of those moments that has me constantly saying, "why didn't I get these sooner???"

Nicole has created several cut files that I think work so perfect for the sketch pens! One of those is the Delicate Florals file. Let me tell you, it was fascinating watching the sketch pens go to work. Because I hadn't used them before, nor had I viewed any tutorials (I like to fly by the seat of my pants and try things out on my own!) I wasn't sure how the pens would interpret the lines and overall design of the cut file. 

It created a beautiful outline of the flowers for me to color in. Fun!

Before I go much further, I want to let you know that I created a process video for the page I'm sharing with you today. It's less than 10 minutes and you get to see my entire process of coloring and building the page around the florals. If that's something you like to view, you can check it out here:

If watching a video isn't the way for you, no worries! I'll still show you a few details of my page. Here it is in its full glory:

 

You can see how I utilized the florals to help balance out the page. I also pulled some florals from the Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection used, to help bring the floral element together. 

When I'm creating, I do a lot of pushing around with papers and figuring out how different patterns and colors look when layering. It's a fun, and sometimes exhausting, process. If you choose to watch the video, you'll see that in its full glory. 

To color in the florals, I used my Pitt Artist Pens from Faber Castell. I love these pens. They are india ink so, they give a really cool stained look and are easy to blend.

Here are some close up shots of my page:

I used one other cut file - the geotag and right here phrase are from the Around the World cut file group. So cute and fun for those vacation and travel pages. 

Do you have sketch pens? Get them out and have some fun! They really do help stretch the use of your cut files!

Cut files used: Delicate Florals, Around the World


Digital Down Time April 23, 2016 08:00

Are your kids digitally plugged in and addicted? I have a 13 and 9 year old who both have their own iPad minis and are thrilled when they are allowed to play on them. Time is limited with all the swimming and school work but when there is down time, they like to have their games. This layout shares my sons love of the mini while sharing my love for digital cut files!

What better way to share the digital love than with this digital cut file from the store called Graphic Chevron Background? It has a techy feel to it and is just perfect for the digital theme of the layout.

The patterned papers and embellishments from Simple Stories' "Life in Color" collection are a perfect compliment to the cut file as the bright colors really stand out and make the cut file pop.

The white background cardstock was cut using the background file and I used patterned papers behind the main background to add the color and visual interest to the layout. The header and footer of the page are various pieces of scrap patterned paper, washi and stickers that accompany the Simple Stories collection.

Thanks for stopping into the Just Nick blog today! If you use this cut file or any other, be sure to tag #JustNickStudio and share your creations with us!

 

 


Simply Me March 07, 2016 07:00

Hi there Just Nick fans!

It's Tarrah back with you today and I am excited to be sharing my layout that I created for the team up with PageMaps

Becky Fleck designs some amazing sketches so go and find some inspiration there if you are ever stuck! This was the beautiful sketch I was given to work with...

  

I used the pretty Simple Stories 'I Am' collection to create my layout 

and I used the square and the circle frame cut files from the Infinity Heart Frames cut file in the Just Nick store

A close up of my layout and the cut file I used..

From now until April 30, 2016 you can grab any design of your choice by using the code PAGEMAPSFREE at checkout and while you are there, be sure to check out all the cut files in the Just Nick shop.   Thanks for stopping by. Happy creating!