Today I am so excited to be bringing you are February Designer in the Spotlight! This month our kit featured the Shine collection by Maggie Holmes with exclusive cut files designed by Just Nick. Just Nick is a digital cut file shop that offers unique and fun cut files that can be used on varies digital cutting machines. Nicole Nowosad is the owner and designer behind all these fabulous cut files. This month she created exclusive designs for our February kit Hot Mess and they have been extremely popular!
We are very thankful that Nicole took some time out of her day to answer our Q&A for February Designer in the Spotlight. Please say hello to Nicole!
1. Tell us a little bit about your creative process and what inspires you?
I am really inspired by graphic design and colour/pattern. I really start a page or design with a shape in mind and go from there. I like to keep things fairly simple, but layered.
2. Where and when are you most creative?
Definitely in the evening and I usually scrap better when gathered with other scrappy friends.
3. What are some of your must have supplies?
Well, I can’t live without patterned paper. That and my digital die cut machine. Most embellishments and titles can be made with just those two things!
4. Have you always had a love for design?
I have loved to tinker on computers and draw on them. It is much easier for me than actually physically drawing on my own 🙂
5. 3 things people probably do not know about you.
I am pretty much an open book, but for sure one thing is that I am quite shy in person. I like to talk A LOT once I get to know someone, but at first, super shy. Hmm, what else.
I worked 18 years for a pizza fast food chain and believe it or not, although I hated it at the time, I miss the job quite often.
I was a drum major for the high school marching band. I know, I was a band geek 🙂
● Book – Outlander series
● Movie – Pitch Perfect
● Candy – Hot Lips or Swedish Berries
● Drink – Slurpees
● Music – Maroon 5, Adele, anything mainstream
● Color – Aqua/Teal and Mint Green
● TV Show – Days of our Lives. I have watched it since the 6th grade 🙂
● Smells – Cinnamon, vanilla. Anything with a yummy spice
7. How did you get started with scrapbooking and designing cut files?
I started scrapbooking at a home party about 17 years ago. Cut files came much later obviously, but as soon as I came across the Silhouette, I was hooked. Like I mentioned earlier, I have always liked to tinker on the computer. I took a desktop publishing course in college and so maneuvering the software came easily to me. It was a natural fit and I love it!
8. A piece of advice you would give your younger self.
Definitely take more risks earlier. Travel before settling down. Stay in college. Live alone for a while.
9. What advice would you give someone who is a new cut file user?
Start slow. Take a basics class. Learn a few favorite tricks like welding and tracing. Try to edit shapes on your own to create your own unique things yourself! And, of course take advantage of all the great freebies out there!
10. If you could visit any manufacturer who would it be (any industry)
Honestly, I think I would like to check out a fabric manufacturer. I would love to dive into the patterns and color!
Thank you so much Nicole! It is always so fun to learn a little bit about the designers we love! If you are not already following Just Nick or Nicole on social media please take a minute and visit the links below! If you are new to cut files or have been afraid to get started now is the time! They are so fun to use and once you get the hang of cutting you will be hooked! Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderful day! To get your hands on the February kit please CLICK HERE before they are gone!
social media links:
Instagram: @nicolenowosad & @justnickstudio
JustNick digital cut files: http://www.justnick.myshopify.com
My personal blog: http://www.justnicks.blogspot.com
JustNick = https://www.facebook.com/JustNickstudio/
Nicole Nowosad = https://www.facebook.com/Nicole-Nowosad-783962564983273/