March 27, 2015

Practical Scrappers Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop + Giveaway

Happy Friday and welcome to the Practical Scrappers Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop! You may have arrived here from Majken Pullin's blog, but if not, make sure you head over there to check out what she has to share with you today too.

The Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop is a group of scrappers who are using up their scrappy stash and sharing some inspiration along the way! Today, I'm sharing a scrapbook page that I created about my my sweet Milo who passed away last May.  I miss him so much, but scrapping these photos helped me focus on all of the happy memories I have of him!

Memories Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Paw Prints & Hearts and BoBunny Happy Tails

For my stash busting, I used BoBunny's Happy Tails collection along with some wood veneer that I have been hoarding from various companies including Maya Road, American Crafts and Lawn Fawn.
Memories Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Paw Prints & Hearts and BoBunny Happy Tails

Of course, I couldn't resist throwing in a 17turtles Digital Cut Files. I used the Paw Prints & Hearts Background to add some interest to the background and to further focus on the dog theme of my layout!

Memories Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Paw Prints & Hearts and BoBunny Happy Tails

Now, to help me bust even more of my stash, I'm having a
MYSTERY PRIZE PACKAGE GIVEAWAY!


So, if you are OK with winning a MYSTERY PRIZE PACKAGE, leave me comment below and let me know what is your favorite scrapbook product. You have until Monday, March 30 at 12 midnight EST to leave your comment. I will then pick one lucky person to win a fabulous mystery surprise package. And I promise, you will not be disappointed!

As I mentioned, if you just started on my blog, make sure to Majken Pullin's blog. There is tons of inspiration on each and every blog and I know there are quite a few giveaways going on as well. Happy Hopping!

March 25, 2015

Paper Issues Online Crop | Stencil Challenge

Hello friends and welcome! Today I'm sharing another scrapbook page that I created for the Paper Issues Online Crop from this past weekend. This layout was created for DeeDee's UmWow Studio Stencil Challenge.

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

Before I started playing with my stencil, I applied a coat of clear gesso to the front and back side of my background paper. The gesso helps minimize some of the warping that can occur when you start adding mixed media products to scrapbooking paper.

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

Once the background paper was dry, I placed the Jillibean Soup "Happy" Stencil on the paper and then used a palette knife to apply a layer of molding paste. I then gently lifted the stencil off the paper and repeated this process several more times. I then put the paper to the side to let the paste dry. Don't forget to wash your stencil as soon as you are finished working with the molding paste. It's much easier to remove when it's not dry!

After the molding paste was dry, I sprayed over the stenciled words with Heidi Swapp Colorshine Spray Ink. This added a large area of bold color and helped the stenciled words stand out more.

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

Here you can get a good look at the texture and interest the molding paste added to my layout. Other than the drying time, it was a super quick and easy technique.

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

To complete the background, I added some splatters of various other Heidi Swapp Colorshine Spray Ink colors, some stamping and a little bit of hand lettering. Can you read it? 

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the Stencil challenge. Have you ever used stencils on your scrapbook pages? If you'd like to join in the fun, you can find out more about this challenge and all the other challenges on the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Page. There are tons of great challenges and prizes, including one sponsored by 17turtles where you have the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the 17turtles Shop! 

What are you waiting for? I invite you to head on over to the Paper Issues Facebook Page and get scrapping!

March 23, 2015

Paper Issues Online Crop | 17turtles Cut File Challenge

This weekend Paper Issues hosted an Online Crop on their Facebook Page (Paper Issues Friends & Fans) with loads of great challenges and prizes, including one sponsored by 17turtles. The 17turtles Altered Cut File Challenge is for you to use a digital cut file on your project and to add some color to it by either cutting the image from colored cardstock or patterned paper OR you can add color with paint, ink, sprays, etc. By playing along with my challenge you have the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the 17turtles Shop! All of the challenges are open until March 29, so you still have plenty of time to join in the fun and enter for your chance to win some amazing prizes!

Here is the layout that I created for the Cut File Challenge using some photos of Danny giving Woody a bath!

This Happened Horse Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Dancing Circles and created for the Paper Issues Online Crop 17turtles Cut File Challenge

For my take on the challenge, I used a new 17turtles Cut File called Dancing Circles.  I cut the image from white cardstock and then added color to it using a combination of watercolors and gelatos.


This Happened Horse Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Dancing Circles and created for the Paper Issues Online Crop 17turtles Cut File Challenge

To help prevent the cut image from warping, I applied a coat of clear gesso to both sides of it. Once the gesso was dry, I then added the watercolor and gelatos.

This Happened Horse Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Dancing Circles and created for the Paper Issues Online Crop 17turtles Cut File Challenge

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILES | DANCING CIRCLES

17turtles Digital Cut File Dancing Circles

I hope you will join in and play along with some of the great challenges for the Paper Issues Crop! You're invited to stop back by tomorrow to see my take DeeDee's UmWow Studio Stencil.

March 18, 2015

CREATE Magazine | March 2015

If you are looking for a great source of scrapbooking and card making inspiration, then I invite you to check out Scrapbook Generation's Create. The March 2015 issue of Scrapbook Generation's Create magazine is LIVE and you can check out the new issue HERE.

Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine March 2015

I have several projects in this issue as one of their Design Team Members and here are some sneak peeks to entice you...

Sneak Peek Hello Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup for Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine March 2015

Sneak Peek Hello Tag by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup for Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine March 2015

I used the new Jillibean Soup Summer Red Raspberry Soup collection on all three of my projects. This collection is so perfect for spring related projects with it's soft pastels and beautiful watercolor style.

Sneak Peek Live Love Laugh Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup for Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine March 2015

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and check out the March 2015 CREATE!

March 17, 2015

Happy Hoppy Easter | The Evolution Of A Scrapbook Page

Hi there! Suzanna here to share with you the evolution of a layout created using 17turtles Digital Cut Files! The end result, as seen here, and the end result as conceptualized are far from the same. That's okay, I am pleased as can be with the outcome.  It just wasn't what I had set out to do. A happy accident, shall we say?

Hoppy Easter Scrapbook Page Layout by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Happy Hoppy Easter

This layout was always going to have a grid format and it was always going to be an 8.5x11 sized page. It was also always going to incorporate those particular patterned papers. What evolved was how I ended up using the cut files. My original plan had been to weld the title words of the cut files together, as I did. I then wanted to cut the words individually from four different patterned papers and insert them into the negative (or background) which I would cut into a 4x6 rectangle.

Welding with the Silhouette Cameo using 17turtles Digital Cut File Happy Hoppy Easter

The welding was easy. All you have to do is ungroup the set and move things around as you want them lined up then click on the "modify" button on the top, right hand side of your screen. Next click on "weld" in the window that appears. See, I told you it was easy. Now, if you knew what you were doing ahead of time, I would recommend that you duplicate/copy these words at this size before you click weld and then move them off your printable area so that you have the correct size "inserts" to insert into the negative space. You would then cut the four words from four different patterned papers. However, I didn't like that! I couldn't see the words distinct and it was too busy…

Hoppy Easter Scrapbook Page Layout by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Happy Hoppy Easter

I decided to try and use my sketch pens and outline the negative, or background, on the pastel yellow cardstock, then use the same four patterned paper cut words to insert, hoping that this would fix the busy and make things more distinct. That plan didn't turn out as expected. But it did leave me with the foundation of what I have on the final page. The welded words, once cut, had some of the sketch pen on them and I really liked that shadowed look. SO, I scrapped the patterned paper words and the sketch pen background and decided to offset for an additional layer of color.

Hoppy Easter Scrapbook Page Layout by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Happy Hoppy Easter

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the step by step behind the scenes process of what ended up on the page!

I used two NEW 17turtles Cut Files on my layout that are now available in the 17turtles Shop!

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILES | EGGCELLENT ADVENTURE

17turtles Digital Cut Files Eggcellent Adventure

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILES | HAPPY HOPPY EASTER

17turtles Digital Cut Files Happy Hoppy Easter

For even more scrapbook page inspiration from Suzanna check out this adorable St. Patrick's Day layout that she created using an image from a Christmas Cut File called Plaid Plaid Christmas! She also shares a great Silhouette Cameo Welding tip that you'll love as well!

Lucky You St. Patrick's Day Scrapbook Page by Suzana Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

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