April 24, 2015

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 Christine'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 our new puppy Lincoln. My husband was so excited to teach him how to fetch that he had him outside with a ball on his second day home with us!

Play Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, Freckled Fawn, Fancy Pants and 17turtles Cut Files

I used a mix of both old and new products to create my layout. For my stash busting, I used some products from Studio Calico, American Crafts Shimelle and Lawn Fawn - all goodies that I've been hoarding forever!

Play Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, Freckled Fawn, Fancy Pants and 17turtles Cut Files

I also included some newer stuff from Fancy Pants and Jillibean Soup. I love when you can mix and match stuff from your stash!!! 

And of course, I used a couple 17turtles Cut Files including Cosmic Swirl and Let's Play.

Play Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, Freckled Fawn, Fancy Pants and 17turtles Cut Files

Play Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, Freckled Fawn, Fancy Pants and 17turtles Cut Files

Now, it's your turn to help me bust my stash! And to do this, 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 your favorite color is. You have until Monday, April 27 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 visit Christine'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.

You can check out the full hop list below:

Happy Hopping!

April 23, 2015

So Happy Because Of A Puppy Named Lincoln

Hello scrappy friends! Today I'm sharing a fun layout that I created using the Simple Stories Life Documented Scrapbook collection that I recently ordered from Paper Issues. This was my first time to purchase and play with Simple Stories products and I'm in love! Quite honestly, I have no idea why I've never used their products before, but better late than never I guess! LOL!  I'm  also sharing a quick and easy technique on how to fill the negative space of a large cut file image. 

Life Documented was perfect to scrap this photo of Danny with Lincoln as a puppy. This page really captures the true happiness he had in bringing our Lincoln home.

So Happy Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Heartfelt Background and Simple Stories

I used the 17turtles Digital Cut File Heartfelt Background as my background. I cut it from white cardstock. To fill the negative space of the cut file, I used a quick and simple technique that I'm sharing with you below.

17turtles Digital Cut File Heartfelt Background by Juliana Michaels

Releasing A Compound Path | Filling Negative Space With Patterned Paper
Begin by opening the image in Silhouette.

Releasing a compound path on a digital cut file to be able to fill the negative space with patterned paper.

Select the entire image and right click on it. Select Release Compound Path.

Releasing a compound path on a digital cut file to be able to fill the negative space with patterned paper.

As you can see, everything fills with black. Select the entire image again, right click and select Weld. This will join all of the sections together.

Welding an image after releasing the compound path of the digital cut file to be able to fill the negative space with patterned paper.

Now the image is one large piece and ready to cut with your choice of patterned paper.

Welding an image after releasing the compound path of the digital cut file to be able to fill the negative space with patterned paper.

Here are a few close ups of my page. To dress up the white background paper, I added some ink splatters using my fave Heidi Swapp Colorshine Mist.

So Happy Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Heartfelt Background and Simple Stories

I also dressed up a piece of Dusty Attic chipboard (the arrow) that I've had in my stash forever, with some gold embossing powder.

So Happy Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Heartfelt Background and Simple Stories

SUPPLIES
Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Stickers, Phrase Stickers, Enamel Dots: Simple Stories
Cardstock: American Crafts - White
Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard, Sweet Cherry, Tropicana Teal, and Citron
Die Cut (Best Day Ever): Jillibean Soup
Chipboard Arrow: Dusty Attic
Chipboard Stars: Studio Calico
Gold Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up!
Ink: Versamark
Sewing Machine: Kenmore
Electronic Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo

So Happy Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Heartfelt Background and Simple Stories

So have your tried releasing a compound path? It can open up so many new ways to use your cut files! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

April 20, 2015

Hi Love Library Pockets

Hey there 17turtles fans! Suzanna here today to share with you another layout. Today's layout uses the Hi Love Library Pockets Digital Cut File. This file is so versatile and can be used for a variety of themes.

Love Scrapbook Page by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Hi Love Library Pocket

17turtle files arrive with layers that are colored, making it convenient for you to move them and re-size them as needed. Orginally, the "love" and "xoxo" were words that came layered on top of other files. I removed the bottom layers enabling me to cut out the words alone.

Love Scrapbook Page by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Hi Love Library Pocket

The "hi" pocket can be cut one of two ways; either using the "hi" with the same cut as the pocket, as I did, or you can remove the word from your first cut, thus just leaving you a pocket, then cut "hi" from another patterned paper which you would then glue on top of the constructed pocket. As the reverse side of my patterned paper didn't coordinate with my layout, I backed the hole, or negative space, with a complimentary patterned paper before constructing the pocket.

Love Scrapbook Page by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Hi Love Library Pocket

Feel inspired? Need to create a pocket? Here's the Hi Love Library Pockets Digital Cut File which I used:

17turtles Digital Cut File Hi Love Library Pocket

Thanks for stopping in today!

Suzanna

April 17, 2015

Free Cut File Friday | Numbers Fest

I have some happy news to share with you today! It's time for FREE Cut File Friday! I know I haven't shared a free cut file in ages, but I can promise you this they will be returning very, very soon!

The Yawn Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup and 17turtles Free Cut File Numbers Fest

Today I'm sharing a new file I created that is all about the numbers! This series of photos of our puppy Lincoln yawning and getting ready for a nap inspired me to create this cut file. It's hard to believe he was so tiny and that he could fit under the chairs! He can't even dream of doing this now at 10 months old and nearly 68 lbs!

FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | NUMBERS FEST

This free cut file can be used for a full range of projects, including cards, home decor, scrapbook pages and more. This digital file is available in SVG, PNG, DXF and Studio formats and you may download this digital cut file for FREE for your own personal use. Please refer to my terms of use for more information if you wish to use these for more than your own personal projects.

Click on this Link to download: NUMBERS FEST

17turtles Free Digital Cut File Numbers Fest

I originally created this file to be used as a background image for a 12x12 scrapbook page, but of course, you can do so much more with it! I hope you enjoy using this fun new free cut file on your projects and I would absolutely love to see what you create with them!

To create this layout, I used patterned paper from Jillibean Soup and a simple black cardstock as the background. I then matted my photos horizontally on off white cardstock and added a few stickers and the chipboard letters to create my title. Overall, this is a very simple layout, but I just love the simplicity allows the focus to remain on the photos of my sweet little Lincoln!

The Yawn Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup and 17turtles Free Cut File Numbers Fest

SUPPLIES

Cardstock: American Crafts Black and Cream
Patterned Paper, Chipboard Letters, Stickers, Enamel Stars: Jillibean Soup
Electronic Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo

If you are looking for more of my FREE digital cut files, visit my Digital Cut Files Page, where you will find a complete list of all of my current cut files.

April 15, 2015

Jillibean Soup | Family In Bloom

I'm back today sharing another layout that I created for Jillibean Soup using their new Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup collection. I have had these photos of Danny and his family when everyone got together to celebrate his Mom's birthday for nearly 2 years and I have been waiting for the right stuff to use with them. As soon as I saw the Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup collection, I knew I had finally found exactly what I was looking for and the colors matched perfectly!

Family Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup

I began with a simple black cardstock background as the base for my page. I wanted to use all three photos on the same page and so I decided to position them in a vertical column down the center of the page. I then layered strips of patterned paper on each side of the photos and then tucked in some of the white photo frames.

Family Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup

The wire word "family" was of course perfect for the title and I was super brave and stitched over it with my sewing machine. 

Family Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup

The final touch was to layer some of the Pea Pod die cuts and add some more machine stitching. The layout has a rather bold look to it, but I really like how the black seems to make the photos pop!