Thursday, January 4, 2018

Twas The Night Before Christmas - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am having a hard time packing up my Christmas papers so I decided to do one more layout for JustNick Studios. I hate to see the holidays ending ... that means I have to go back to work. Anyway, I really wanted to scrap this photo of the extended Nix family taken on Christmas Eve. I normally snap candid shots at family gatherings, but my niece brought out a tripod so we gave a group shot a try. I think it turned out great! My kids are actually smiling!!  I decide to go for a BIG title for impact. I used my favorite Outline Alphas and backed them with a variety of different pattern papers. I used the Simple Stories Claus & Co collection except for that dark green background paper. That is from the Carta Bella Christmas Delivery collection. I've been doing some very much needed Christmas stash busting.

You can see the FA LA LA LA LA tree tucked in behind the photo. I couldn't resist adding that since we are posing in front of the tree.

I stepped out of my comfort zone and used a piece of dark green pattern paper for my background. I really love how that title just pops against the green.

Here are the cut files I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top 10 Scrapbook Layouts of 2017 + a GIVEAWAY

Hello blogging friends!

I am so excited to be sharing my Top 10 scrapbook layouts with you again this year! If you are hopping along, you would have arrived from Suzanna Lee's blog. If not, no worries, you can start hopping at the end of this post. I have 2 Giveaways going on ... details are also at the end of this post.

1. Capturing Joy - The highlight of my year was being asked to design a cover for Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine Summer Issue! a COVER!!!  They ask 3 designers to create a layout with their supplied photo, title,  and journaling and choose one for the cover. Unfortunately, mine did not make the cover, but was still showcased inside! So 2017 was the year I was almost ... almost a cover girl. Here is my take. I used the Simple Stories Say Cheese III collection. It's totally cover worthy, right?

2. Winter Wonderland - I had a blast designing for JustNick Studios and Simple Stories! This layout I created with the Winter Wonderland collection and the Nordic Background 2 digital cut file.

3.  Sweet, I Love Your Face - Here is another JustNick Studios and Simple Stories layout using the Love & Adore collection and the Ring Around My Heart digital cut file. What could be cuter than selfies with your dog, lol. 

4.  Mermaid Hair Don't Care -  Mid Year I started designing for Paper Issues. This layout was created with the electrifying Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection and FREE cut files from Paper Issues.

5.  Bring On Summer - Some fellow designers and I started doing a Stash Bash YouTube series a while back. Every month we pick an item in our stash and then create YouTube videos using that item from our stash. For July, it was washi tape. I love my washi tape! On this layout, I used loads of washi tape all down one side of a sheet of 8.5x11 cardstock. The only pattern paper used was the 12x12 background paper which was also Pink Paislee Summer Lights. The title and Sun were created using JustNick Studio digital cut files.

6.  Love You - This is another layout I created for Paper Issues using the beautiful Crate Paper Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes. It was prefect for my Myrtle Beach ferris wheel pic. I love the soft colors combined with the pop of black and white stripes ... and those gold thickers are amazing.

7. Life Is Amazing - I could not wait to get my hands on the awesome PinkFresh Studio's Escape the Ordinary collecton. There are some layouts that just come together so easily. This was one of them. Clearly I was having a short love affair with triangles this year! How could you not with amazing pattern papers like this one. I love the photo cropped in a triangle. Machine stitching emphasizes all  the triangles, then dimension was added with some Creative Embellishments triangle chipboard pieces that I found in my stash. Even more triangles were placed along the bottom using the Compressed Chevron digital cut file from JustNick Studios. The Life Is Amazing title is also from JustNick Studios.

8. Dream Big - This was another layout created for the Stash Bash YouTube series. In November, we challenged ourselves to use our spray mists. I used the plastic packaging smoosh technique to add splashes of color to my background after using a Silhouette sketch pen to draw this awesome dream catcher. It is a digital cut file in the JustNick Studios on-line store. I really wanted to do some hand stitching on the dream catcher ... ok a LOT of hand stitching! It took forever, but I love the end result. The feathers were also colored using the same ink as I used on my background. I embellished it with the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Bohemian Dream collection. This is another collection I could not wait to get my hands on! so GORGEOUS.

9. Poogan's Porch - I scrapped lots of photos from our vacation to South Carolina this year. Poogan's Porch was a favorite place we had lunch in Charleston. People, the food was AMAZING! I used the Pebbles Simple Life collection and a JustNick Studios digital cut file to create the background. I wanted to create the look of beautiful tin ceilings that you find in old houses.

10.  So Very Blessed - My last layout is another using the Crate Paper Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes and even more JustNick Studios digital cut files. I love this photo I captured of my niece's family. I printed it in black and white so as not to detract from the colors in the Carousel collection. The fabric black and white striped bows are stunning. I used some flair from Pretty Little Studios to add some whimsy.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

My first GiveAway is a $20 gift card to the Paper Issues on-line store. You must enter this giveaway on my YouTube Channel. I would love to have you stop by and become a new subscriber. A winner will be selected on January 7th. You can get the details here...

My second GiveAway is also on my YouTube channel. If you are a cardmaker, you will want to check this one out. On this video, I am showcasing most of my Christmas cards I created this year. This GiveAway ends on Dec 31.

Here is the blog hop list ... So many of these awesome designers are also having giveaways! Be sure to check them out.  Next up is Laura Cox .

Marcia Dehn-Nix  <----- You are here.
Laura Cox <--------- Go here next


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Cards | JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends! 

I am here today with some Holiday card ideas (in case you are like me and still making cards to mail). The Holiday Cards 2 JustNick Studio digital cut file makes cardmaking a breeze. Add a couple stickers and some twine or sequins and they are good to go. These first 2 cards were made with  PhotoPlay Paper's Mad For Plaid Christmas collection. I just adore this Santa.

Using some Kraft cardstock on this one gives it a masculine feel. It's perfect for my  brother.

Making cards is a great way to use up some of that stash you've been hoarding too. Aren't these penguins from Doodlebug the cutest! I used some self adhesive sequins from Jillibean Soup to add some bling.

Here is the cut file I used today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your Holiday with friends and family!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

DIY Holiday Shirt - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

Did you know JustNick Studios is giving away a FREE digital cut file every day for 14 days? They are FREE for one day only, so be sure to download the files every day.
I am here today for Day 10 of our 14 day FREE digital cut file giveaway! It's like Christmas (or Hanukkah, or maybe just Happy Holidays for you) everyday!

Today's FREE cut file is the Ho Ho Ho Strip and I thought it would be perfect to cut from heat transfer (iron-on) vinyl and create a festive holiday shirt for myself.

If you have never cut vinyl, you should definitely try it. The results are fabulous!! Don't worry, I will walk you through it.

Vinyl is cut with the right side facing down on the mat. (The back side is facing up.) That means, if you are cutting words, you need to flip them to their mirror image. Right click on the image and select Flip Horozontal. Resize your image to fit the shirt you want to apply it to. I sized mine so that it was 9" wide for a size L ladies t-shirt.

In the cutting window, select Cut and for material, select Vinyl (or Heat Transfer Material, or Reflective Heat Transfer). I used DecoSPARKLE Heat Transfer Holographic Vinyl. It is much thicker than regular iron on vinyl, so I increased my blade depth to 5. You want to cut through the vinyl but not the clear layer that is protecting the top of the vinyl. This is called a Kiss Cut. Play around with a small piece before cutting a large image. It helps to use a new blade and double cut.

Now we need to weed the unwanted parts away, leaving only the image cut on the protective plastic. Place the image on your shirt, centering it, and heat up your iron to the cotton setting. Different vinyl might recommend using a different setting. Be careful about your shirt selection! You do not want to use a shirt that will melt when you apply heat. When the iron is hot enough, apply even pressure on top of your image, moving the iron to make sure you are applying heat to the entire image. Let it cool for a minute, then try to peel the clear top layer away. If it is not peeling easily, replace the clear top layer, and iron some more.

Wash inside out and hang to dry to extend the life of your garment. I hope you give it a try.
Remember that Today's design - Ho Ho Ho Strip - is yours for FREE today only!
Just enter code: HOSTFREE  at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 10, 2017.  No purchase necessary, today only!  This design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.
Check back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 24, 2017

So Very Blessed - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends! For those in the USA, I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving. Did you know that JustNick is having a Black Friday Sale going on now through Monday at the JustNick Studios online store? Everything is 50% off! That is an amazing sale!! Be sure to check it out and use the coupon code BF2017
Today I have a November gratitude layout to share with you. Sometimes we need to step back and reflect on all the things we are so blessed to have, especially our loved ones. The Card Sentiment 3 digital cut file is great for creating a scrapbook title that says just that. Here is my layout...

I thought it would be fun to use the Cloud Background 2 digital cut file since my nephew seems to have his head in the clouds, lol. I saved the negative space clouds and used one on top of my photo to keep the cloud repetition going...

I felt like I still needed something to the right of my photo to balance out the clouds. I had a stem from the Stems digital cut file that I had previously cut out and it was just what I needed.

I love the mixed fonts in this cut file. They make this scrapbook title look so much more interesting.

Here are the digital cut files I used today...

Here is my process video if you are interested in watching ...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dream Big - Stash Bash Youtube Hop

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today for another Stash Bash Youtube Hop. This month my friends and I chose to use the spray mist from our stash. I love using mist on my backgrounds with digital cut files! Today I am using the new JustNick Studios Dream Maker cut file in a little bit different of a way. I used a Silhouette sketch pen to draw it onto my background so I could stitch it. But first, I went a little crazy with my spray mist, using the plastic packaging smoosh technique. Once my dream catcher was all stitched, I embellished my layout with the gorgeous new Cocoa Vanilla Studios Bohemian Dream collection.  Here is how it turned out...

It was a crazy amount of stitching!!! But I was home sick for a few days and wanted something to do while being a couch potato and catching up on some TV shows. Sorry for the photo overload that is about to happen ... I just love how this layout turned out!

Here is the link to my process video ...

You need to check out everyone else's Youtube videos too, they are amazing! 
Have a great week and if you are in the USA, a wonderful Thanksgiving.