Hi everyone, today I have a new layout to share for Just Nick Studio featuring the Cloud Background 2 cut file.  I really like using cloud cut files as they are such fun to use and they are really versatile for all occasions!!   I have used a photograph of my youngest daughter and friends lying down on the grass looking at the sky (or clouds)!  Here is my layout:

One of the things I really like about this particular cut file is that some of the clouds have vertical lines in them for interest and some texture on your page.  I have cut out the file on patterned paper which has subtle pattern on it so it isn’t a solid colour but isn’t too busy on the page either.  This cut file would look amazing backed with patterned paper too.  But I left mine natural and added some mixed media splatters on my background.

Now I am quite frugal when it comes to my supplies and like to be able to use up the left over pieces from the cut file.  This time, the cut file file produced some cool cloud negative detail.  Instead of using them as traditional clouds, I added three of these layered under my photo and they look like scallops!  This is a fun way of adding more colour but also acts as an anchor point for my photo.

Lastly, I really like how the cut file filled my page but also allowed me to add in some elements in different parts of the cut file.  As you can see below and above I have added several different areas of embellishments clustered at the top, bottom and the sides of my layout.  This design allows interest but also draws your eye into my photo or the focal point of my page.

I hope you have enjoyed my layout today!

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Mixing up Bold Patterns |Hip Kit Club | July 2017

Hi everyone, today I have a new layout to share with you for the Hip Kit Club! This was for part of the Thursday Inspiration Blog Post which was Mixing Bold Patterns.    You could say I went super bold … Continue reading

Crazy Goofballs|July 2017 Hip Kits

Hi everyone, Michelle here with a new layout  created with the July 2017 Hip Kits.  Today my inspiration comes from Color, the fun embellishments in these kits and my crazy goofy photo.  Here is my layout: I really wanted to … Continue reading

Summer | Just Nick Studio

Hi everyone! today I have a new summer filled layout to share with you for Just Nick Studio!  I really love creating summer layouts especially down here in NZ when it is actually Winter it makes me feel a lot warmer and keeps me sane until summer arrives for us again. Here is my layout using the ‘Summer‘ cut file to create my title!

As you can see below the ‘Summer‘ cut file set includes five different cuts including gorgeous sun rays and lots of fun words along the summer theme! But for me I really wanted to go large with my title and I enlarged it to fit the full width of the 12×12 cutting mat and cut it out in a subtle patterned paper by Pink Fresh Studio.  I then backed it on the soft buttery yellow cardstock as this colour just reminds me of sunny sunshine.

Once I had decided that my title would sit across the page in the lower two thirds of my page I created some interest with a mixed media background and then tucked my photo in and slightly over the two MMs of SUMMER.  As the title is so large it doesn’t matter that my photo slightly overlaps here as you can still make the the letters very easily.  I then created lots of little embellishing around my photo and also on the bottom part of the R to give it some balance with my bottom cluster, my photo cluster and then this finishes the visual triangle.

Here are some close ups:

I hope you have enjoyed my ‘summery’ layout today!

Just Nick Studio | Take me to paradise

Today I have a new layout to share with you for Just Nick Studio cut files.   My youngest daughter, Aimee recently turned 5 and had a flamingo themed party.   As soon as saw the Take me to Paradise cut file in store that featured the ‘flamingo’ and that ‘tropical style leaf’ I just knew it would be perfect to showcase the cake photo.

Here is my layout:

I started out by enlarging the ‘tropical leaf’ in this cut file and duplicated it so that I had 3 leaves to work with.  I wanted the leaves to look like they were ‘holding’ my photo and technically add a frame around it.   Next I cut out the ‘flamingo’ on pink patterned paper large enough to hug the right hand edge of my photo as well.   I love using cut files as giant embellishments on my page and it is so easy to do so.  The Take me to Paradise cut file has 6 different cut files on it which makes it a really good value for money as well.

Some close ups:

I hope you have enjoyed my latest layout today as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Fun titles | June 2017 Hip Kits

Creating an interesting and unique title with the Alphas in my kit was the aim of the game for my most recent layout featuring the June 2017 Hip Kits!  I have totally enjoyed creating this fun and happy layout! I … Continue reading

Special Love | Hip Kit Club | May 2017 kits

I love creating fun layouts with lots of interesting layers and today I have my last layout to share with you using the May 2017 Hip Kits. Using ephemera  is one of the easiest ways to layer up your embellishments … Continue reading

Hip Kit Club | Artful Clusters & Stickers | May 2017 Kits

Today, I have a layout I have created for the Hip Kit Club  showcasing ‘Artful Clusters’ and ‘Stickers’. In fact I have challenged myself to only use ‘things that stick’ and mixed media on my page so my layout has no other elements to it and I love how it turned out!

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I wanted to create two clusters on my page so I started off by adding some white gesso and mixed media work with the Prima WaterColor confections (May 2017 Color Kit) watered down to decrease their intensity. I have used the ‘grassland’ and ‘thunderstorm’ colours together to create a two toned effect as these colours matched my photos the best. I then added lots of stickers mainly from the Shimelle little by little collection sticker book from the May 2017 Project Life Kit. This book of stickers had so many options from washi to alphas to that adorable bear!! I kept my colour palette quite simple with mainly blues/greens and black and white.

Some close ups:

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Hip Kit Club | May 2017 kits | Going Whimsical

Today, I am capturing the good times with a Whimsical layout for Hip Kit Club featuring a snapchat photo, a mixed media cut file and lots of layering!

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My layout actually started with a piece of white cardstock that I had added some mixed media work with the Prima Confections watercolors from the May 2017 Color Kit which I had discarded from a previous layout as it just didn’t work.   I really loved the colours so I cut out the ‘Hot Air Balloon’ from the May Hip Kit Cut files designed by Kim Watson.  I then backed this cut file on the amazing Dear Lizzy Up & Away Ombre patterned paper and this became the basis of my layout.

Using a cut file as a central focus on your layout gives you a great platform for embellishing – I just love how fun the cut file is so I wanted to add in some fun embellishing too.  I started with fussy cutting out the ‘Capture the Good Times’ from the Pink Fresh Studio Dream on patterned paper.  I specifically chose this phrase as the photo of my daughter with a snapchat filter on was taken whilst we were recently in Hospital with her with pneumonia and she was feeling a bit better at this point so I wanted to reflect that in my title.

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I then added lots of embellishing with the ephemera from both Shimelle Little By Little collection from the May 2017 Project Life Kit and the Hip Kit Exclusive ephemera designed by Kimberly from the May 2017 Main Kit.  These two sets work so well together don’t you think!

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I hope you have enjoyed my Whimsical layout with cut files and ephemera today.

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