As Yogi said '"Deja Vu all over again"
I did the same as you a few years ago. Was very excited when the Nicot arrived, but was quickly disappointed with the directions. The first year I tried to "go it alone" based upon what I could find on the good ole internet. I had no luck getting the bees to accept the eggs/cells in the cell builder. The following year I bought David Eyre's video and learned a lot. I found his method of installing the cell cup holder without the excluder 24 hours before introducing the queen to solve my problems.
I have had very good results with my modified method from the video and Ohio queen breeders which you can read about here -> http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/beekeeping/queen-rearing/