Apr 18, 2018


Scrapbook Layout created for JustNick Studio  - TOGETHER -

Hello Friends and Fans!
It is Background week here at the Just Nick Studio blog! There are so many beautiful designs to chose from, but i think every layout that i have created lately are my creative wish for Spring, which means, I used a lot of bright colors to create this page using a kind of "fallish" background.

For this page, I shrunk the 12x12 Leaf background to fit at about 6x12 in.  I simply moved the limits of the lines so that the entire cut file fit the new size, and then cut it out of white cardstock.

While the cut file was being cut, I created the background using some VIcki Boutin acrylic paints and crayons.  But then decided to bring life to the white cardstock, and chose to apply a combination of gold and iridescent paste on top of the leaves.

To bring more of Spring to the page, i chose Maggie Holmes Flourish collection, and added a few of the IN BLOOM die cut images to back some of the large floral ephemera pieces.   A bit of vellum was used to back these florals which add to the softness of the page.

All the florals encase a picture of my sisters with my kids and my niece and nephew.   I just added a few embellishments and a title to this page, and call it done!

Just loved the final look of the page.   The die cuts are nicely accented by the colorful background and ephemera pieces.   Now if only Spring would show up!!
Remember to stop  by the JustNick Studio store to check these and the many new cut files available,
As always let me know if you have questions on how this came together.
See you all soon!

Apr 17, 2018

Good Times Ahead -TN

Traveler's Notebook layout created for Citrus Twist Kits  - GOOD TIMES AHEAD -

Hello friends!!!

Nathalie with you today.  Have you visited the new website already?  Well, besides being fresh and user friendly, now the shop also offers digital copies of the PL cards.  These cards do not only increase the number of options for pocket pages, but can also be used to create your own patterned paper, ephemera, and so much more.   So today, I want to show you how i combined the new digital journaling cards with the beautiful Savannah main kit in my Traveler's Notebook.

This month's Savannah Scrapbook kit includes a 8.5x11 sheet of vellum (i am kind of addicted to vellum, and import it monthly to my stash!!) which is perfect for creating an insert or tip in for my Traveler's Notebook.

For this "insert", i used Photoshop to create my own patterned paper using one of the digital card images.   I am not a master at Photoshop, but this process (which is the one used to add digital stamps to photographs) is simple,  easy to follow, and pretty much foolproof.   As a daily journaler,  the option of going hybrid for some of my entries helps to reduce the bulk added to the inserts.  Plus this way, i get to transform my beloved vellum into this beautiful translucent paper that can add that special touch to my pages.

Now, if you have seen my work before, then you know i like adding inserts/tip-ins in my books. This time i used the printed vellum as a means to add my title, and offer a peak of what the next page encases, thus tying all the pages together.

The new page is more of a traditional TN entry, and uses this month's Savannah scrapbook  and embellishment kits (the grid paper is the packaging from the Pinkfresh Studio cardstock stickers!) as well as the This is Life "Detours" stamp set.  Here are a few more close ups of the spread:

This entry came together in no time once I had the printed vellum.  Honestly, I devote 20 minutes a day for my daily TN entries, and going hybrid is a good way to speed your daily documenting.  The following video, will show you how easy is to create this vellum insert/tip-in for your notebook:

Well that's it for me today.  Remember to stop by the new Citrus Twist  Kits store to check not just the kits but also all the new digital files available for purchase, and lots of free new ones (trust me there are a lot more coming your way!).  As always let me know if you have any questions.  I cannot wait to see how you use the new digitals in your documenting processes.



Apr 16, 2018

Sweet Moments

Scrapbook Layout created for Vicki Boutin DT  -  SWEET MOMENTS -

Hello lovelies!   How was your weekend?!

Nathalie with you today ( I am taking Jana’s schedule for this week!) to bring you a  bit of inspiration using Vicki’s All The Good Things collection and some of her new releases in one very Spring inspired page. For this entire month, we are partnering with JustNick Studio, so most of our projects will be featuring some of their awesome cut files.  

This page started planned with a totally different idea on mind, but changed a bit along the way.  Based on my first set up, I started adding some of the starburst circle images –from Vicki’s latest stamp release –to a gessoed foundation paper. 

I wanted to create “dandelions” on the background, so my choice was to use embossing ink, and frost white embossing powder to create these images.

Actually using embossing on top of the gessoed surface does not affect the background, and if you are going to add mixed media after embossing, then remember to gesso your page first.

To add color to the background, I pulled Vicki’s watercolor set and watercolor brushes.   If you have swatched your paints following the order of the box, then #8, #12, #13 were the colors combined to create the background on this page.

I started by adding a light color wash with lots of water, and raising the paper, so that the watercolor will flow around the stamp images.  Then using the finest brush, added splatter and some details at the edge of the background

The watercolor brings the detail of the embossed circles in the background nicely, so that they look like “dandelions”.

Here is where the layout took a change, as I decided to add the Floral Background 2 as part of the background.   This time, I welded the background so that it created this floral wave on the background.  The flowers were backed using the pink tone papers from Vicki’s All the Good Things collection, and some white vellum.

The flowers were attached to the background with some foam adhesive, and then a few of the watercolor sticker leaves were scattered around some of them, so that they add to the flowers definition.

The picture of my mom and nice were tucked under the cut file, and a few details were used to the picture.  The cardstock stickers, along with some of the watercolor stickers are plenty to decorate this picture.

To add a bit more of a break in between the flowers, a bit of watercolor was added to all the leaf stickers, and the large watercolor sticker butterfly.  The cool palette on these contrasts and complements the rich warm tones in the flowers.

To finish the page, I trimmed the top edge of the page a bit, and added a large strip of “The Little Things” paper to the bottom edge.  Here I created a smaller cluster with some cardstock stickers and enamel dots –all from the collection-.   The title was created with a combination of the collection’s thickers. 

A few splatters of water-down rose gold just complete the page.    I am very happy with what the page, even when it took a major change as it was being created.  The following video will show you a more in depth look on how the page came together.

Remember to check Vicki’s All The Good Things collection and all her mixed Media goodies, they are all awesome.  Also if you are not part of the Vicki Boutin’s Mixed Media community on Facebook, come join us.  There is so much inspiration and fun happening there, plus there is a color challenge for the month (and this layout was inspired in those colors!)
That is all for me!

Materials Used:
Mixed Media:
Foundation Paper
Watercolor set
Watercolor Brush set
Water brush set
Rose Gold Glaze

All The Good Things collection:
12x12 paper pad
7x10 paper pad
Finishing embellishments
Cardstock stickers
Watercolor stickers
The Little Things 12x12 paper
Circle stamp set
Foam phrase Thickers
Chipboard alpha Thickers

Apr 15, 2018

Hello Spring

Scrapbook Layout created for Vicki Boutin DT  - HELLO SPRING -

Hi there!  Nathalie with you today to bring you a bit of Spring on a page using the always fun Vicki Boutin mixed media and All The Good Things collection, and a few cut files from  Just Nick Studio (which I happen to also be part of their DT)

Now, let me start by saying that this layout took a few days to put together, and it changed along the way (I was very sick at the time and heavy doses of medication happen during filming).  So it took a while to go through the footage to see what I created – no joke!!!-.

It all started with a gessoed foundation paper.  Next I combined Iced Daiquiri and Blue Hawaiian acrylic paints and water-so that the paint took the consistency of watercolor- and used a brayer to create a watercolor look on the background of the page.

I added a few splatters of the paint on the page, and then used a baby wipe to dry them up.  The end result was that of small little bleached droplets in the paper.   Totally loving this!

Next, I used one of Vicki’s latest stencil releases (Scribbled Circles) to create a bit of texture and interest on the background. The same paint that was used on the background was added using a water brush on top of a stencil, and then a baby wipe was used to clean a bit of the excess paint thus achieving the stenciled look on the page.

I let the background dry for a bit, and worked on backing the Hello Spring cut file from Just Nick studio with a rainbow of colors from Vicki’s All the Good Things collection.  At the same time I used some of the papers to add a few simple layers behind the picture.

Once the background was dry, I wanted to add more interest to the background, and worked on a layered effect.  To add more to the floral motifs at the corner of the cut out, I pulled the flower stencil from Vicki’s latest release, and used different shades of yellow and green crayons to add this layer on the background.

It is so simple to obtain this ‘inked’ look on the page by simply using Vicki’s Stencil brushes, a craft mat, her Art Crayons, and a stencil.  Simply scribble some crayon on a craft mat, and then use the stencil brush to pick up the pigment from the mat, and transfer it to the page –on top of the stencil- in a circular motion.  This time, I chose to lightly rub the stencil crayon with a baby wipe to activate the pigment in the page, thus creating a more vibrant look to the flowers.

Then using some foam adhesive both picture and title was added to the page.    The contrast in colors and textures just pops everything nicely on the page. 

Now it was time to embellish, which meant adding to the floral motif on the title.  So I chose to add a few paper clips (just cut the clip part) as part of clusters at the corners of the picture.   A few stem cut outs, created using Just Nick Studio “Stems 4” cut file, were also added to the clusters and to each flower motif on the title.

To add a bit more color, and shine on the page, a bit of rose gold glaze was diluted with some water, and used to color the cut out stems in the clusters.   Also a few drops of the paint were then added to complete the page.

After a few lines of journal and some stamped sentiments (using Vicki’s rotary stamp, and rose gold glaze) the page was finished. 

Just love all the layers of Vicki Magic on the background!   They are the perfect backdrop for the colorful title of this page.  You can see more of how this page came together in the following video:

That is all for me!   I hope you try some of the techniques in this page, and also come join us in the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media community on Facebook.  There is so much inspiration and fun happening there!
Till next time!

Materials Used:
All The Good Things Collection:
12x12 paper pad,
7x10 paper pad,
Finishing Embellishments
On the Edge Embellishments
Watercolor Stickers
Rotary stamp
Mixed Media collection:
Foundation Paper
Rose Gold CreativFX glaze
Water brushes
Art Crayon – Cool, warm and neutral sets
Stencil set – scribbled circles and flowers
Mister bottle
Acrylic pop Paints in Iced Daiquiri and Blue Hawaiian
Stencil Brushes

Apr 11, 2018

Not Today!!!

Scrapbook Layout created for Scrapbook Nerd - NOT TODAY!!! -

Hi there!

It is Product Spotlight at Scrapbook Nerd, and this month is all about Pinkfresh Studio.  So the DTs will be creating projects using their collections to create a project of their own.   Once I saw the new The Case of the Blahs collection, I knew that it would work with my every day life pictures, just like the one documented of my constant fight with losing my eyeglasses,  just to find them atop of my head.

For this i took advantage of the papers of the collection to create a paper pieced background.  The "Akward" paper was cut on a diagonal, then one of the new triangles was flipped to the b side, and hand stitched together.  To compensate for the angle of the cut, a strip of paper was also hand stitched to the top and bottom of the layout.

To create the large title, one of Paige Evans font cut file was used.  The title letters were welded together, and cut from white cardstock.  Each empty space was then backed with a different paper from the 6x6 paper pad.

To bring more intererst to the title, the exclamation marks were backed with some phrases that are recurring in the paper designs.   The title was then attached to the layout using a bit of foam adhesive.

A few of the collection embellishments, and a few pieces from the Mix 2 were used to create a few clusters around the picture.  A few lines of journal and some ink splatters (not my best splattering effort) complete this page.

Let's just i totally love how this turned out, and the reality of the picture and the story behind it. If you haven't seen the new Pinkfresh collections, they are all available at Scrapbook Nerd, along with lots of the latest releases from other manufacturers, too!

As always let me know if you have questions on how this turned out.

See you all soon!