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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

So Sweet with JustNick

Happy Monday (Is that a thing?) friends!
It's Jen today continuing February's love theme using the Love Background cut file and Crate Paper's Main Squeeze Collection.
Using white card stock, I cut the Love Background file and painted it using watercolors - the same colors were used on the background paper as well.
With the background in place, I adhered the photo with it's patterned-paper backing using foam squares.
Embellishments were next and I used a mix of die cuts, stickers, and chipboard to give the layout a whimsical feel.
My final step was enamel dots - my embellishment staple - in a visual triangle on the project.
I love the cute factor of the finished project, which matches this sweet photo of my girls.
Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Just Nick Shop for this and loads of other fabulous cut files!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Three Times the Love with JustNick

Hello! It is crazy that we are already welcoming February and since Valentine's Day is just over a week away, I decided to create a project using the fabulous Loads of Love file from the JustNick shop.
For the base, I used a mint green patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection that I painted with white gesso. Once that dried, I splattered it with various watercolors that match the colors in the rest of the layout.
After cutting out the Loads of Love on white card stock, I backed each letter with a different patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy Star Gazer collection. 
My black and white photo was cut down to fit behind the "O" in the largest part of the cut file.
I kept this layout very simple and only added a few die cuts around the photo and at the top of the page along with chipboard stars in a visual triangle above and below the cut file.
This is a great project to try when you are pressed for time - I was able to complete it in just over an hour one evening after work.
Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

You & Me with JustNick

Hello friends! 
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and JustNick has loads of wonderful cut files for your projects. However, today I am sharing a non-Valentine themed project using the new Heart Cluster file.
The project began with my duplicating the file in several sizes and cascading it down the page. I cut it on white card stock, backed it with a floral-patterned paper (Paige Evans' Turn the Page collection), and splattered it with ink.
I continued with the same file and used the offset feature on my Silhouette to create the next set of hearts. Once this was cut, I used several of the patterned papers and backed the heart clusters in a rainbow-like color scheme. This piece was adhered to the white card stock over the previously cut hearts with foam squares.
My photo was next and it was backed with patterned paper and placed on top of the hearts. Since the layout was already very bright, I printed the photo in black and white.
Embellishments were next and I clustered several of the floral die cuts from the same Paige Evans collection around the photo. I placed my title next and also added some bunches of white thread for more texture. 
I journaled a bit below the photo and placed puffy flower stickers and enamel dots on the page.
At the last minute, I added the gold washi tape down the left side to anchor everything.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are inspired to create! Be sure to visit the JustNick shop for this and many other files for your projects.