Friday, June 29, 2018

Fourteen with JustNick

Hi JustNick friends!
It's Jen today with my final project as a member of the design team, which is a layout using the Age is Just a Number cut file with Lawn Fawn papers.
I began this project by creating the background paper, which was done by splattering watercolor paints on white cardstock. Once the paints had dried, I trimmed the paper 1/4 inch on each side and backed it with patterned paper.
Next, I created the title by cutting the "fourteen" with white cardstock and then shadowing that with another patterned paper. 
The embellishments are a hodge podge of goodies collected over the past couple of years. I tried to keep them to a minimum because I really love the bold title and wanted it (and the photo) to be the focus of the layout. The fringe was added to the bottom by chance after seeing it on the floor of my craft room. LOL!
The acrylic stars and sentiment are from Scrapbook Circle. 
Thank you so much for joining me today! It has been a wonderful year with Nicole and the other team members, and I look forward to loads of inspiration from the incoming team.
I hope you are inspired to create today!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dads Are Rad with Paper Issues

Hey friends! 

Today we celebrate the special men in our lives - it may be dad, stepdad, uncle, brother, son, or a good friend . . . whoever it is, today is his day.

To honor the special man in my life - my husband - I created a layout for the June Dads Are Rad challenge using Carta Bella's The Great Outdoors collection and letter stickers from October Afternoon (my OA obsession is a story for another day).

This layout was super easy to make and only took an hour. I used a patterned paper with strips and cut it into pieces to create the background. These were placed with a bit of ATG adhesive and then machine-stitched.

The photo was next and it is held in place with foam squares that are doubled up to lift it above the strips of paper. I did back the photo with a couple of pieces of patterned paper and they are held together with a couple of staples.

I used a few stickers from the collection to embellish one corner of the photo. The squirrel is an inside joke and refers to our daughters, who we call squirrels instead of girls. Looking back, I probably bought this collection just for that squirrel sticker. LOL!

Last was the title, which was created using October Afternoon stickers from my stash. These were stitched in place to match the background and keep them in place. A few enamel dots were thrown down and I called it good.

I love this picture of my husband and youngest daughter. There isn't any journaling on this project because I feel the photo speaks for itself.

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Remember that you can use code MCJEN for a 20% discount on your entire order in the Paper Issues Store!!

Be sure to enter this and the other June challenges by 
July 1 for your chance to win a gift card to the PI Store!! For all of the details, visit the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group (here).

Have a great day!!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Love Story with JustNick

Lately, I've noticed that so many projects focus on the perfect photo - correct lighting, in focus, etc. - yet so many of the pictures I have are the exact opposite. They are grainy, out of focus, the lens isn't open all the way . . . you get the picture (literally).
After my uncle pass away a couple of years ago, I found this photo of him and my aunt in their younger years that I had never seen. By all accounts, the photo is awful. However, all I could see was this rare glimpse of them as young newlyweds who absolutely adored one another. How could I not scrapbook it?
This week the team is focusing on background files, which happen to be my favorite. I decided on the Frilly Floral Background with this lovely vellum paper from Studio Calico.
To give the layout dimension, I used the negatives from the cut and added them to the centers of three flowers. These are held down by wood/jewel brads by Jillibean Soup.
I used a few of the tear strips from Studio Calico patterned papers and wrapped them around the photo. The paper straws were next and they are from Target.
The journaling was created in Word and then printed.
Last is the title, which uses SC chipboard letters and metal embellishment with wood Thickers.
This photo holds so many emotions for me and I felt it needed to be preserved.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please visit the JustNick Shop for this and many other wonderful cut files as well as loads of inspiration from the design team.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Smile with JustNick

Hey friends! Today I'm sharing a fun layout I created using one cut file, some white cardstock, and watercolors!
For this project, I used the Spring Fling Ring cut file with the My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 collection (one of my favorites).
I began by cutting the Spring Fling Ring and then used Prima watercolors to paint the flowers in colors that match the embellishments from the MME collection. I then added watercolors on the background paper to match the flowers.
I adhered the dried cut file to my card stock with foam squares and then added die cuts, brads, enamel dots, and the mirrored title.
You guys! This layout took me no more than one hour!! I love how colorful it is and the file looks so pretty with the watercolors.
Thank you for stopping by today! If you love this cut file as much as I, stop by the JustNick shop and grab one for yourself!! 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Paper Issues Spring Round Up

Hey there! I haven't posted in a little bit and thought I'd share a few of my projects for Paper Issues' April Challenges.

This is my favorite for the Get Messy Challenge and uses the Elle's Studio Noteworthy collection. It is also the LOTW at Studio Calico (see it here).

No Cardstock Challenge

Opening Day Challenge

Thanks for stopping by! If you see anything you like, visit the Paper Issues Store and use code MCJEN for a 20% discount.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Oh Snap! Mini Album with Paper Issues

Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing a fun mini album I created using the March Swag Bag from Paper Issues. If you are unfamiliar with Swag Bags, they are little bits of awesomeness sent out monthly that are perfect for any project. I love the fun combinations of papers and embellishments that Cassie puts together.

I loved all of the bright colors and decided to use everything to make a quick mini album of the photos my daughter and I send back and forth on Snap Chat.

The cover was created using the Lowercase Open Alpha free cut file from the PI Shop. Rather than cut the letters, I printed them on a piece of transparency paper and cut it down to size. Next, I typed the year using my WRMK typewriter and attached it with the Tiny Attacher.


The body of the album was next, and I really just quickly threw everything together. There are quite a few pages, despite only using one side of each of the 3 x 4 cards to keep the project simpler and easier to complete.


The frame and heavier embellishments are attached with e6000 glue, which will hold anything in place.


Keep scrolling . . .


Keep going  . . . 


Almost there . . . 


Finally, the last two pages . . .


Thanks for sticking with me this far, and I hope you are inspired today to create. Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues Store and use code McJen at checkout for a 20% off your entire order!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Come on Down with JustNick

My oldest daughter has had some grand adventures at only 22 years old, and I love being able to capture many of those moments for her. Just last week, she and her girlfriends flew to Los Angeles for a few days and were able to sit through a taping of the Price is Right. How awesome is that?!
Naturally, I had to put a page together as soon as she was posting pictures on social media. I used the new Doodle Daisies 2 file from the JustNick shop to create a fun layout.
This year is all about stash busting so I used a Hip Kit from July for this project. To begin, I welded the daisies together and then duplicated the file so it took up most of the 12 x 12 cutting mat. I cut the file on a watercolor patterned paper from the Hip Kit. After it was cut, I adhered it to the pink patterned paper, decided I wanted it smaller, and cut the entire thing down to 8.5 x 11.
Next, I matted the photo on more patterned paper and began embellishing.
The paper ephemera and wood stars and arrows added just the right amount of color.
Next was the title, which consists of puffy letter stickers and a sentiment from the kit, followed by a bit of journaling along the right side of the page.
I love how quickly this project came together and the overall fun vibe! Be sure to pick up this month's new files in the shop, as well as visit the blog daily for loads of inspiration from the design team.