#cute | Just Nick Studio | Feathers 3

Hi Just Nick Fans!

Today I have a new DT  layout with one of the new Just Nick cut files called Feather 3.  This one is a super pretty set of 3 feathers which could be added to lots of different layouts both masculine and feminine.

Here is my layout:

I was initially looking at using this cut file with 3 different photos so I cut all three feathers with white cardstock.  When I was looking for photos to use on my layout, I however, found 2 photos that I really liked so I decided to instead use 2 feather shapes on my page.  You may notice that on the “right hand” feather is actually the middle blank feather on the cut file with the one on the outline feather layered on top.  This works perfectly and adds dimension and texture in a subtle way.

I also really liked the first feather with the ‘swirl’ shapes which is quite a similar shape to a ‘Koru’ here in New Zealand.  I don’t often use feathers on my scrapbooking pages so I really enjoyed challenging myself to create this one.  I liked the symmetry of having the two photos side by side layered up on both the feathers.  To connect them, I added in some embellishments down the centre of both of my photos and then added in some chevrons that I fussy-cutted out from PinkFresh patterned paper to lead you into the rest of my page and anchor my title.

Here are some close ups:

I hope you have enjoyed my layout I have shared today.  Do you like to use feathers on your pages?

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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.

Together | Just Nick Studio

Hi everyone!

Today I have a new DT layout for Just Nick Studio featuring one of the new cut files in store  Butterfly Background 2 cut file.  As soon as I saw this file I wanted to use on it a layout as it is so pretty and whimsical. We recently had this family photo taken at my youngest daughters’ 5th birthday party and I wanted a cut file that would frame my photo and add some background detail which the butterflies do perfectly.  Here is my layout:

I have used the papers and embellishments from February 2017 kits and the created my mixed media background using the March 2017 Color Kit from the Hip Kit Club.  I wanted to make my layout as pretty and whimsical as possible so I added a bit of mixed media to my background patterned paper by using a Shimmers Raspberry Sherbert Paste-eez texture paste applied with a credit card as well as adding some mint and gold mist.  I then added the Butterfly cut file cut out on white cardstock and then added some navy patterned paper to the larger butterflies.  I love the way the butterflies look on the textured background and how the white pops on it as well.  I then added some layers of pink, mint and yellow patterned papers and ephemera from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection and then matted the patterned paper background back onto some white cardstock and added some machine stitching to create more texture to my page.

Close ups:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope you have enjoyed my layout using this gorgeous butterflies background.

Just Nick Studio | Geometric Background 2

Today I have a new layout to share for Just Nick Studio 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

Just Nick Studio | September 2016

Hi everyone,

Today, I am sharing two layouts I have done for Just Nick Studio in September.  Gosh I love love love love the Just Nick Cut files.  They are just AMAZING.  Anyway.  My first layout is a collaboration with Stuck Sketches.  If you want to play along with the sketch then you might just win a $25 voucher to the Just Nick store!!   This is the sketch:

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And this is my take on the sketch:

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 I had been eyeing up the fabulous Summer Fun and Summer Lovin’ cut files and enjoyed using the icons from the Summer Fun set as embellishments on my page – there are lots of elements that are perfect for beachy photos in this set.  I then created my title   ‘Make A Splash’ from the Summer Lovin’ cut file set.   Don’t be afraid to split up the cut files to make them work on your layouts as I have done on my title here to frame my bottom photo.

And some close ups:

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My second layout is also a photo from Fiji of Gary and myself.  I also used the Summer Fun set on this layout.  This is such a fun set to use with lots of cute icons for summer.   I ungrouped and enlarged the ‘anchor’ and cut it out on patterned paper and placed it under my photo to ‘anchor’ my photo so to speak!  I also used the play on the word anchor in my title ‘You Anchor Me’ which is a fun way of linking my photo to the cut file as well.   I also cut out the pineapple and the watermelon shape from the cut files and added them as embellishments

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Some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Mxx

Rope Swing | Cocoa Vanilla Studio | Life is Beautiful

Hi everyone,

Catching up on blogging today after a fun filled but a bit crazy school holidays here in NZ.  I have a layout using Life is Beautiful collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The photo is one I took of Taylor over the Easter holidays at Sandspit Holiday Park.  There is rope swing down at the beach which the kids loved playing on, loved this photo even though her eyes are mostly closed.  Shows the stunning scenery behind her as well – we are having a great long summer and we have definitely taken advantage of the hot sunny weather. Rope swingSome close ups:
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Rope swing detail 2 Rope swing detailThanks for stopping by, have you seen that Cocoa Vanilla Studio now has exclusive cut files for the Cameo Silhouette, check them out here

Michelle xx

Epic Runner | Cocoa Vanilla Studio |Totally Rad

Today I have a layout to share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio which I have created with the Totally Rad collection.

Epic RunnerI started my layout with an idea that I needed to get some use out of my Cameo Silohuette and create a layout using a cut file as its base.  The cut file is called ‘Totally Tubular Background‘ by Just Nick Digital Cut Files. I am really drawn to using patterned paper within the negative space of the cut file which is really easy to do.  I used the left over pieces of the circles from the inside of my cute file and cut around the edge of them (just so you see a small amount of patterned paper) and then slipped them under the cut file.  Then, the fun part!  Adding a photo and embellishments!

Epic Runner detail 1When I embellish my scrap pages (actually even when using colours and patterned paper) I try and balance the colours and shapes using the ‘visual triangle’ I find this technique helps my layout design and is really pleasing to the eye.  On this page, you can see I have done this with the wood veneers, the stars, and even the colour palette (with the black circles).Epic Runner detail 2When I add embellishments to my layouts, i try to layer them not straight on top of each other but more off to the side so that it creates interest and depth to my layering. The Totally Rad Ephemera, flair and stickers are great ways of adding layers to your layout. Epic Runner detailLastly, I added some of the little star enamel dots and some sequins from the bits and pieces pack in the top left and top bottom corners.  Again, this creates flow on the page and balance as well.

I hope I have inspired you to use ‘the visual triangle’ on your scrapbooking pages.  It is really an easy but super clever way of creating interesting yet balanced pages.

Thanks for stopping by xx…

Love You | Hip Kit Club | October Kits

Hi everyone,

It is my first layout share for Hip Kit Club using their October kits today.  The colours in this kit are to die for… and so versatile.  I have used the coral, blacks and teals on my layout of Aimee.  This photo is a recent one from our zoo trip after a chocolate ice-cream experience!

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I just adore striped patterned paper and my eye was immediately drawn to the  two papers  “Brush Strokes” and “Ribbon Stripe” which I added to the length of my page.  I then added the ‘hello’ washi from Jen Hadfield washi strip papers and then added the feather card from the Project Life kit.  On my layout I have used the exclusive subscriber October cut files designed by Nicole Nowosad – the leaf branch which I cut out on my Cameo Silhouette and then added a pen outline.  I finished my layout with lots of Ephemera and Stickers in lots of layers to create a fun and balanced page.

Some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Michelle xx

Cocoa Vanilla Studio – In (LOVE) with Sugar & Spice

Hi everyone,

On the weekend I shared this layout on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog featuring the gorgeous Sugar & Spice collection!

Here I have used a cut file which I have outlined in black pen from The Cut Shoppe to create a cute background for my photo.  I love adding pieces of patterned paper underneath the cut file to add interest and it is a great way of using up your left over scraps of paper too.  How cute are those banners wood veneer – they have to be one of my favourite products from the whole collection.

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Some close ups:

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Sugar & Spice Collection – Dot to DotCandy StripesJournal CardsWood Veneer Shapes,  Accessory Stickers,

Flying High Collection: Cork StarsWood veneer shapesSky High

Have a scrappy day!

 Michelle xx