July 21, 2014

Altered Wood Letter With Patterned Paper & Quilling

Altered Wood Letter With Patterned Paper & Quilling by Juliana Michaels for 3 Birds Design

I love creating home decor pieces, especially when I am making them as a gift for someone. Today, I'm sharing this altered wood letter that I made as a birthday gift for my niece. She loves anything pink and flowers, so I knew that decorating the letter with quilled flowers would make her happy! I created many of the quilled shapes on this project using the new 3 Birds Quill Ease Quilling Tool. For more details on how I created this piece, you can visit the 3 Birds Blog. If you are interested in purchasing the Quill Ease Quilling Tool you can find it on HSN.com. Also, if you have any questions about this tool or this project, leave me a comment below and I be happy to reply.

I also want to share with you that I am up on the 3 Birds Studio blog today with another Altered Wood Letter. This week we are sharing projects that we created using Xyron adhesives and 3 Birds Design products. Our friends at Xyron generously donated 9" Creative Stations and 3" Sticker Makers to each of the design team members. These are fabulous tools for turning just about anything into a sticker! For my project, I am sharing a tutorial on how I used the Xyron Creative Station to help me cover the wood letter with patterned paper. I created a letter "C" this time and it is going to be a birthday present for a new friend of mine. I sure hope she likes it!!! 

I'd love for you to stop by and visit the blog to see my tutorial. And while you are there, you can enter to WIN one of two awesome prize packages from Xyron and 3 Birds Design!

Altered Wood Letter With Patterned Paper & Quilling by Juliana Michaels for 3 Birds Design

Altered Wood Letter With Patterned Paper & Quilling by Juliana Michaels for 3 Birds Design

Altered Wood Letter With Patterned Paper & Quilling by Juliana Michaels for 3 Birds Design

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this project. Then I can come and visit your blog too!

July 16, 2014

Using Fabric Samples To Recover A Chair Seat

After - Using Fabric Samples to Recover A Chair Seat by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

About a year ago a friend of mine who works in interior design gave me a ton of fabric samples. She offered them to me because she knew I liked doing crafts and she really didn't want to throw them away. I told her I would take them and I have been sitting on these treasures for months wondering what to do with them.

Using Fabric Samples to Recover A Chair Seat by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

Well, I finally decided to try using one of the scraps for something around the house. I thought some of the pieces might be big enough to recover a chair seat. I bought this chair several years ago and paid about $10 for it. As you can see, the seat cushion is in need of a re-do. It was super ugly and dirty. I went through the boxes and pulled some pieces that were large enough and decided on this beautiful golden floral pattern to match my spare bedroom decor. 

Before - Using Fabric Samples to Recover A Chair Seat by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

I unscrewed the seat cushion and removed a couple of the old layers. I was surprised to find that it had been recovered at least 4 times. Next, I trimmed the fabric sample piece to be large enough to wrap around the sides and bottom of the cushion. Then the fun began...I got to use a staple gun for the first time ever!

Using Fabric Samples to Recover A Chair Seat by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

It was super easy to pull the fabric tight and staple it into place. I now have plans to recover another chair that I have in my craft room. I'm still trying to decide on what fabric to use, but I will share it with you too once it's complete!

Using Fabric Samples to Recover A Chair Seat by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

What do you think about how it turned out? Have you ever tried doing anything like this? I can promise you that I will be doing more of it very soon!

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July 15, 2014

Free Cut File | Abstract Circles Background

Abstract Circles Background Digital Cut File Detail from Best Summer Ever Scrapbook Page by Juliana MIchaels using BoBunny Lemonade Stand collection
I'm up on the BoBunny blog today with a scrapbook page entitled Best Summer Ever and on it, I've used a new digital cut file that I have created. To see the full layout, make sure you visit the BoBunny blog. Before you go though, make sure you download my Abstract Circles Background below to use on your next crafting project!

FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | ABSTRACT CIRCLES BACKGROUND

The Abstract Circles Background Digital Cutting File comes with two layers. The first layer is the die cut image containing the open circles. The second layer is the silhouette of the full image. This allows you to cut the solid shape of the full image with out having to release the compound path yourself. You can cut both layers from different papers for added color and interest or you can cut only one of the layers to use on your project. The choice is yours to make!

This free cut file can be used with a variety of electronic digital cutting machines to create a full range of projects, including cards, home decor, scrapbook pages and more. The only limit to what you can create is your own imagination. 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. If you have questions, concerns or comments about my free cut files, please feel free to leave me a message in the comment section.

Click on this link to download: ABSTRACT CIRCLES BACKGROUND


Abstract Circles Background FREE Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

July 14, 2014

Make A Wish Birthday Scrapbook Page | Pebbles

Make A Wish Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for Pebbles Inc using Birthday Wishes

INSPIRATION | PAPER SCRAPS

I warned you, I would be sharing more birthday projects and today that is exactly what I am doing. Do you remember my recent Happy Birthday scrapbook page with the huge pink star? Well, I saved the scraps from when I cut that star out. As I was starting to pull things together to create my Make A Wish page I found that scrap and I thought "hmmm, this might be a cool background" and so that is what I used it for. I simply backed the opening with the Hip Hip Hooray striped paper and then added my photos, embellishments and journaling on top of it. 

The Pebbles Birthday Wishes collection really makes creating birthday scrapbook pages a breeze. Everything coordinates so well. I had fun using one of the elements in an unexpected way though. This collection comes with a pack of Cardstock Sticker Envelope Seals that are shiny gold and embossed with "Happy Birthday". I thought they added a perfect touch, along with one of the Birthday Wishes Buttons, to the center of the rosette stickers from the Birthday Wishes Cardstock Stickers.

Make A Wish Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for Pebbles Inc using Birthday Wishes
I also used one of their Happy Birthday Rub Ons. They go on like butter!

Make A Wish Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for Pebbles Inc using Birthday Wishes

Make A Wish Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for Pebbles Inc using Birthday Wishes

So are you creating with the Birthday Wishes collection? Do you like to scrapbook birthdays? I'd love to know! If you are looking for more Birthday inspiration here are a few recent projects that I've created and shared:


Happy Birthday Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for Pebbles Inc using Birthday Wishes Collection


Celebrate Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels using Pebbles Inc Birthday Wishes

Sweet 16 Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels using Pebbles Inc Birthday Wishes



SUPPLIES | PEBBLES INC - BIRTHDAY WISHES COLLECTION

Patterned Paper, Cardstock Stickers, Thickers, Buttons, Gold Envelope Seals, Rub Ons, Cardstock Die Cuts

   

July 10, 2014

Releasing A Compound Path in Silhouette and Elle's Studio July Kit Reveal

Adventure Is Out There Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio July 2014 Exclusive Kit and Cut Files #ellesstudio #scrapbookpage
Hello and welcome! Today, I'm sharing a new scrapbook page as part of the Elle's Studio July Kit and Design Team Gallery Inspiration Reveal! I created my Adventure Is Out There layout using some tags from the July 2014 Exclusive Kit and the July Cut Files. I combined it with papers, tags and wood veneer from the Shine and Everyday Moments collections. I also used the new Washi Tape stamps!

TUTORIAL | RELEASING A COMPOUND PATH IN SILHOUETTE


I'm also sharing how to release a compound path using your Silhouette Cameo Software. I used this technique to create the border pieces behind my photo.
Begin by opening the Elle's Studio Box Border Cut File from the July Cut Files.  Cut it from white cardstock. 

How to Release a A Compound Path using Silhouette Cameo Software
Next, select the image and right click on it. A pop down list will appear. Click on Release Compound Path.

How to Release a A Compound Path using Silhouette Cameo Software
The image will become filled with black. The red lets you know where the cut lines are. 

How to Release a A Compound Path using Silhouette Cameo Software
Click inside to select each piece and then hit delete to remove these cut lines. Continue clicking and deleting until there are no more red boxes (cut lines) inside the shape. You will only have the red outline of the entire shape left.

How to Release a A Compound Path using Silhouette Cameo Software

Now you are ready to cut out the image with your choice of patterned paper.

How to Release a A Compound Path using Silhouette Cameo Software
Layer this "released" image with the original image to create the layered border pieces like the ones I used on my layout.  Here is a close up of the pieces I cut. The white is the original cut file image. The patterned paper behind it is the image after I released the compound path and deleted the interior cut lines.

Adventure Is Out There Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels #ellesstudio

Adventure Is Out There Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels #ellesstudio

Adventure Is Out There Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels #ellesstudio
I hope you enjoyed this short Silhouette Tutorial on how to Release a Compound Path. It can really open up a whole new way of using cut files when you use this feature!

Elle's Studio July 2014 Limited Edition and Exclusive Kit

ELLE'S STUDIO JULY 2014 EXCLUSIVE KIT

Life is Good Stamp
July Cut File
Summer Sale