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.

Hello Gorgeous | Just Nick Studio

Hi everyone,

Today I have a DT layout to share for Just Nick Studio of one of my girls kindy photos.   I don’t usually tend to scrap the more formal ‘school’ photos but this one of my two girls were so adorable – it worked perfectly nestled into the cut files on my page.

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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.

Some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Mxx

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

Design Principles | Hip Kit Club

As I am still waiting on my first design team kit, I thought I would share a few of my favourite design principles that I use to when I create my layouts. I have a quite balanced scrapbooking style where I find myself drawn to basic design principles when I create.

The Visual Triangle 
Firstly, I often using the visual triangle (placing elements in three different points to create a triangle on my layout) where I cluster embellishments to create interest on my page. I also tend to repeat my elements/or even colours in these spaces. For example, If I place a butterfly embellishment in one space then I add another butterfly embellishment to the other points of the triangle as this makes a nice visual arrangement in my page. As you can see in my ‘Love This’ layout, I have created a visual triangle of embellishments with the pink butterfly, the double hearts and the wood veneer ‘this’. I have also repeated the butterflies on my layout as described above (top right of my photo, bottom left hand side of my layout and also under the wood veneer ‘this’. Often you can create several different triangles on the one page!

Visual Triangle layout

Close ups:

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The Rule of Thirds
Another design concept I use on my scrapbooking layouts is a spacing design principle called the “rule of thirds” . When I use the rule of thirds I divide the 12 x 12 space on my page into 3s and place my focal point on one of these points it draws you eye into your photo or embellishment cluster rather than putting your main focus on the centre of your page. On my ‘Rocking Hunting’ layout , I have split my layout into thirds and placed my photo off to the right hand side and more to the bottom left and then used the butterfly cut file to draw you to that bottom third of my layout and ultimately into my photo. I have also added my title in the far left hand (third) of my layout which adds further balance to my layout. You might have noticed I have created a ‘visual triangle’ on this page as well.

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Some close ups:

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today xx M

Just Nick Studio | A hearts a Flutter

Hi

On the Just Nick Studio blog the design team have been showcasing different background files this week and I had been waiting for a good excuse to use the A hearts a Flutter  background file since it was released.

Here is my layout

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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:

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Products used: January 2017 Hip Kit Club, HKC exclusive Frolic washi tape stickers, Amy Tangerine Heart Enamel Dots, Pink Paislee Moonlight Ephemera, Pink Paislee Moonlight Puffy Stickers, HKC Exclusive – Wood Veneer Phrases & Shapes, American Crafts – 1 Canoe 2 – Hazelwood – Butterfly Rub-Ons

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I hope I have inspired you to dig into your Washi Tape and add it to the negative space in your cut files.

Mxx

Just Nick Studio – October Layouts

Hi everyone,

I haven’t been doing a lot of creating lately but today I am going to share my design team layouts for Just Nick Studio for October.

My first layout features Pretty Little Studio’s – Here Come’s The Sun collection.  How amazingly adorable is this collection – I couldn’t resist buying lots of it to create my layout.   I have used two different Just Nick Cut Files on my layout:  Heart Explosion Background and the Simple Scallop Strips and I loved using the bright pops of colour from the  this collection behind both of the cut files on my page.

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Close ups:
pretty-little-studio-detail-1 pretty-little-studio-detail-2 pretty-little-studio-detailMy second layout is a Halloween inspired layout and I went all out girly pretty Halloween style for this one!  I love creating texture with cut files so I cut out the  Hey Spidey Background cut file in white cardstock and then layered it back onto white again.  I added pops of mint green patterned paper under some of the sections of web and added the puffy stickers and enamel dots to the points and negative spaces of the web as well.  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.
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That’s all I have for today, I hope you have enjoyed my layouts with the fabulous cut files from the Just Nick Store!

Mxx

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

Just Nick Studio | Jillibean Soup Collaboration

Hi everyone,

This month I was lucky enough to be part of the Just Nick Studio and Jillibean Soup collaboration!!  How wicked is that.   I was lucky enough to receive the fabulous Alphabet Soup II collection to create with.  Wow … I just love the colours in this collection.  I decided that I really wanted to create a layout using the new ‘Quilted Background’ cut file using the ‘Mixed Veges‘ patterned paper and then team it up with lots of pops of colour from this collection to create this vibrant layout of my daughter.  At school, when they have been good listeners they get to bring the Listening Bear home with them for some adventures before they head back to school the next day.    Taylor gets to bring home Listening Bear quite a lot – she must be a very good listener!!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today – don’t you just love the bright fun colours in this collection!  I have created another layout and some cards with it that I will be able to share with you soon xx M

XO | Love Always | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

Today, I have a layout to share using the absolutely stunning new collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio called Love Always!  As you might expect this collection is all about LOVE!  So I decided to do a layout of my hubby and I on our wedding day.

Our Wedding album mostly sits in the cupboard as it is so big and large that we don’t really get it out very often so it is really nice to grab some of my favs from the album and create a layout with them.  We don’t really have access to our photos electronically that easily so lucky in this day and age I was able to take a few photos (of the photos) with my trusty iPhone and change them from sepia to black and white!  I use an app called PicFrame to create a college and then edit them in PicTapGo and print on my Canon Selphy all from the comfort of my own home!

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Gosh where do I start, this collection is just amazingly beautiful.. all about LOVE and full of goodies!  I loved the striped patterned paper so I was drawn to that first and love using stripes on my layouts and of course I couldn’t resist some fringing for added texture as well.  I jut love the different types of embellishments in the collection from chipboard, ephemera, vellum, stickers and more – there is just something for everyone.  I love how this layout came together and for me the colours are so pretty and happy how can you not enjoy scrapping with them!

Some close ups:

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Today, I have used a cut file called XO 2 from Just Nick Studio white on white cardstock to create some interesting textural and the XOXO works really well with the theme of my layout.

Have you got your hands on this new collection yet?

Mxx

More layouts!

Having done lots of creating but not too much sharing on my blog – here is a wrap up of some of the layouts I have created recently!  Most of these I have created solely using products from recent Hip Kit Club kits and cut files from Just Nick Studio.

Let Your Dreams Soar

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She Loves To Dance!She loves to danceShe loves to dance detail 1She loves to dance detail 2She loves to dance detail 3She loves to dance detailSuch Great TimesBlack and White with oneBlack and White with one detailBlack and White with one detail2

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest scrapbooking layouts!

Til next time xx