April 18, 2014

Pocket Style Scrapbooking and 3 Birds Studio

Joy Pocket Page Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using 3 Birds Studio Graceful Season Collection

Pocket Style Scrapbooking has become more and more popular. I have to admit, I was not too keen on the whole thing at first. In fact it has taken me until now to finally create my first pocket style 12 x 12 layout. Seriously, this is my first time!

I have always really enjoyed the process of creating on a 12 x 12 piece of paper, so I didn't see the need or feel the desire to do anything different. However, after having a bunch of photos printed recently, I realized as I was looking through them all, that I didn't really want to scrap them all and create a 12 x 12 page for all of them. Some of the photos just didn't seem to go together enough to all be on one page. That's when the idea of doing a pocket style page came to mind.  I decided to create a regular 12 x 12 page with the photos that were extra special and to then take the rest of them and do a pocket page.

The extra special photos are of my great niece being baptized I they are on a 12 x 12 scrapbook page that is up on the 3 Birds Studio Blog today. I hope you'll take the time to check it out and then you'll be able to see how the two pages coordinate perfectly with the help of the Graceful Season collection!

Joy Pocket Page Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using 3 Birds Studio Graceful Season Collection detail

Joy Pocket Page Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using 3 Birds Studio Graceful Season Collection detail

TIP |  HOW TO USE 3D EMBELLISHMENTS IN POCKET PAGES

I used quite a few of the Graceful Season 3D Embellishment Kit stickers on my pages. They are called 3D for a reason. Most of these stickers have 2-3 layers of double sided foam tape to make them dimensional. When I first put them into the pockets, I didn't like how bulky they were, so I removed them with Undu and then took off the bottom layer of foam tape using Undu again. This made them a lot less bulky. On a couple of the stickers, I also did the same thing on some of the top layers. In the end, all of the stickers ended up with only one layer of the foam tape. This still gives them a little bit of dimension, but they aren't so bulky that they won't fit well into the pockets.

Joy Pocket Page Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using 3 Birds Studio Graceful Season Collection detail

Joy Pocket Page Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using 3 Birds Studio Graceful Season Collection detail
I really do love the way my pocket page turned out and I am hooked on using pocket pages in the future for all of my photos that don't really need their own page. I really like the ease it gives me in keeping these photos together to tell the full story. Yes, these pictures are special too, but it's hard to make a page for every photo and when they don't all seem to fit well together, it is a great way to get them scrapped and into my album. My plan is place the 12 x 12 layout and the pocket page next to each other in my album.

SUPPLIES | JOY POCKET STYLE SCRAPBOOK PAGE

Chipboard: Graceful Season Sticky Sparkly Glitter and Foil Kit
Pocket Page: American Crafts | Becky Higgins Project Life Photo Pocket Pages - Big Variety Pack 1
Pen: American Crafts | Precision Pen 03

April 16, 2014

He Has Risen - Happy Easter

He Has Risen card by Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio April Kit
Happy Easter! Well, almost anyway! I recently created a couple of Easter cards using the Elle's Studio exclusive April Kit and I wanted to share them with you here today. They are both super simple to create. In fact, I have found the Elle's 3x4 and 4x6 die cuts to be perfect for creating cards. I know they are made for the pocket style scrapbooking, but they have become one of my go-to items when want to make a card!

He Has Risen card by Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio April Kit detail
For the He Has Risen card, I began by layering the 3x4 card with some patterned papers. I then added one of my favorite embellies...Elle's wood veneers and some machine stitching around the outside edge for added interest.

Happy Easter card by Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio April Kit
The Happy Easter card was created by trimming the Happy Easter 4x6 card to fit on the front of a standard size card base. I then layered some patterned paper scraps from my Elle's scrap draw to create the banners. The final touch was to add a bit of glitter glue to the hearts for a subtle touch of sparkle and shine.


Happy Easter card by Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio April Kit detail
I hope you don't find these card to be too plain and simple. After I finished them, I thought they might be, but I guess that puts them in the clean and simple category and that's not all bad!

Here are some other cards I've made recently using Elle's Studio die cuts if you're looking for more inspiration on how to use them on cards:

Happy Happy Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio

Kisses Valentine Card by Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio


SUPPLIES | HE HAS RISEN AND HAPPY EASTER CARDS

Patterned Paper: Elle's Studio | 2014 - May and June, March and April; Everyday Moments - Today's Story, Good Life; Love You More - Ever After, Kisses, Doily Love; Penelope - All Smiles
Wood Veneer: Elle's Studio | Love You More Wood Veneers
Die Cuts: Elle's Studio | April 2014 Kit

April 14, 2014

3 Dimensional Die Cut Flower Tutorial

3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Happy Monday everyone! Easter is less than a week away, so I thought I would share a quick tutorial with you today on how to create 3 Dimensional Flowers using die cuts that you can use to dress up your Easter decorations or baskets. These flowers are part of a set of Easter Treat Cones that I have up on the Pebbles blog today. You get just a little peek of them here, so I hope you'll stop by the Pebbles blog to check out the full project. For this tutorial and project, I am using products from the Pebbles Garden Party collection.

TUTORIAL | 3 DIMENSIONAL DIE CUT CARDSTOCK FLOWERS

Supplies for 3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Gather your supplies: Die cuts, heat gun, water bottle and double sided foam adhesive.

Step 1 - 3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Step 1.  Lightly mist each die cut shape with water.

Step 2 - 3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Step 2.  Wrinkle and fold the die cut with your fingers, working to bring the center to a point with the petals folded inward.

Step 3 - 3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Step 3.  Repeat this on each of the flowers.

Step 4 - 3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Step 4.  Use a heat gut to dry them. I have also found that this stiffens the paper just a little.

Step 5 - 3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Step 5.  Adhere a foam dot to the center of the bottom and middle flower layers.

Step 6 - 3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Step 6.  Position the die cuts from largest on the bottom to smallest on the top, remove the backing from the adhesive and adhere the layers together.

Step 7 - 3 Dimensional Die Cut Cardstock Flowers Tutorial by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com
Step 7.  Repeat the layering and use of adhesive foam dots on all of the flowers.

Now your 3D flowers are ready to dress up your Easter Treat Cones. They would make great embellishments for other Easter or Spring related projects such as baskets, home decor items or even cards. This same concept would also work with flower shapes cut out using an electronic cutting machine or metal dies. The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity, so remember to have fun and do something creative like this today!

SUPPLIES | 3 DIMENSIONAL DIE CUT CARDSTOCK FLOWERS

Heat Gun
Water Bottle
Double Sided Foam Adhesive


April 11, 2014

Elle's Studio and Therm-O-Web Blog Hop

Elle's Studio Wood Veneers and Therm-O-Web Sticky Dots

Happy Friday everyone! You may or may not know this, but Elle's Studio and Therm-O-Web have been teaming up to feature projects created by combining products from both of these amazing companies. I feel very fortunate that I was given the opportunity to be involved in this team up and combine Therm-O-Web adhesives with my favorite Elle's Studio products. I have used Therm-O-Web products in the past, but I have never had the opportunity to use such a wide variety of their products. I was delighted with each one that I used including their Sticky Tab Mini Runner. One of the products that Therm-O-Web sent us to work with that really caught my attention though was their Sticky Dots.

Adhering Elle's Studio Wood Veneers with Therm-O-Web Sticky Dots
I wasn't too sure what to do with them at first, but then I wondered how they'd work to adhere Elle's Studio Wood Veneer. Well, in my opinion, this is a match made in adhesive heaven! All you have to do is lay the wood veneer on the Sticky Dot paper, remove it and then apply it to where ever you want. It sticks wonderfully!

Adhering Elle's Studio Wood Veneers with Therm-O-Web Sticky Dots
In the past, I have used liquid glue to adhere wood veneers and I have always disliked having to worry putting too much glue on it and having it squish out when I stuck it to my project. That worry is gone with Therm-O-Web Sticky Dots! I am a huge fan of these and I plan to use them from now on with all my wood veneers!

Sneak Peak Elle's Studio and Therm-O-Web Scrapbook Page
This is a peak of them on a scrapbook page I created using Elle's Studio Love You More collection and Therm-O-Web adhesives. To see the full layout, I'd love for you to head on over to the Elle's Studio Blog. For even more Elle's Studio and Therm-O-Web inspiration, make sure you check out what the other designers have been sharing. Then, head on over to the Therm-O-Web Blog to see what their designers have been creating and while you are there, make sure you enter their giveaway for a chance to win a fantastic prize package of Elle's Studio and  Therm-O-Web goodies!!!

April 10, 2014

Elle's Studio April Kit and Scrapbook Page

Noteworthy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using Elle's Studio April 2014 Kit
It's that time of the month again! Time for Elle's Studio April Kit and Inspiration Gallery Reveal! Every month, on the 10th of the month, Elle's releases an exclusive die cut and tags kit as well as other coordinating products such as digital cutting files, wood veneer and stamps!

Noteworthy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using Elle's Studio April 2014 Kit
For this scrapbook page, I used a combination of the die cuts, tags, wood veneer, stamps and digital cutting file! I guess, I used a little bit of everything! The "noteworthy" pocket shape from the digital cut file caught my eye and I decided to enlarge it and create a background/frame for this darling photo of my nieces. This photo is truly noteworthy, in that it is nearly impossible to get a good photo of the two of them together. Even though they certainly love each other, I always struggle to capture those moments with my camera!

Noteworthy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using Elle's Studio April 2014 Kit
I added some machine stitching to the edge of the pocket to give it a more realistic look and to add some textural interest. Then I layered on the die cuts and wood veneer. Finally I stamped a visual triangle with a few sentiments from the stamp set.

Noteworthy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels using Elle's Studio April 2014 Kit
This is a full look at the April Kit, as well as the stamps, wood veneers and digital cut files. To check out more details and to purchase these items, head on over to the Elle's Studio Shop and click on the following links:

Elle's Studio April 2014 Kit

And if you are looking for more Elle's Studio inspiration, then head over to the Elle's Studio Blog and check out the Design Team Inspiration Gallery!

SUPPLIES | NOTEWORTHY SCRAPBOOK PAGE


  

Stamps: April Noteworthy Exclusive Stamps
Digital Cut Files:  April Digital Cut File
Chipboard: Studio Calico
Electronic Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo
Sewing Machine: Kenmore