September 12, 2014

Creating Cards with a 6x6 Paper Pad, Paper Scraps and a Digital Cut File | Tutorial

When I create cards, I rarely create just one. I have a thing for scraps and I love to use them to create a second card. How about you? Do what do you use scraps for?

Creating Cards With a 6x6 Paper Pad, Paper Scraps and a Digital Cut File


Today, I'm sharing a quick tutorial on how I created two cards using 2 sheets of paper from a 6x6 paper pad, paper scraps and a digital cut file. The patterned paper is from the new BoBunny Madeleine collection. Isn't it just gorgeous?

Creating Cards With Paper Scraps & A Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Madeleine

I used my Happy Circles Card Digital Cut File to cut out the image from a piece of 6x6 paper. This cut file is sized to be cut at 3.75 x 5" so that it will fit nicely centered on a standard A2 size card (4.25 x 5.5").

You can DOWNLOAD it for FREE - HAPPY CIRCLES CARD


Happy Circles Card FREE Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com

I placed the paper on my cutting mat in the upper right hand corner of the mat. I then positioned the cut file image to cut in the middle of the paper. This allowed me to easily trim the scraps to create my second card.

Position on Silhouette Mat of Happy Circles Card FREE Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com

Here is a look at my first card using the cut file. I centered the cut image in the middle of the A2 size card.

Happy Days Card by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Madeleine

The butterflies are punched from the scrap cardstock and then misted with BoBunny Gold Glimmer Spray. The border is punched from the second sheet of 6x6 paper.

Happy Days Card by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Madeleine

After I finished my first card, I used the scraps to create my second card. I again punched butterflies from scrap cardstock and added another punched border strip to the edge of the card.

Happy Days Card by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Madeleine

Happy Days Card by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny Madeleine

SUPPLIES: BoBunny Madeleine 6x6 Paper Pad, BoBunny Glimmer Spray in Gold, BoBunny Jewels, BoBunny Captured and Stitches Stamp Set, BoBunny Ink Pad in Licorice and Pink Punch

September 10, 2014

Elle's Studio September Reveal

I hope your September is off to a great start! I really can't believe September is already here and that it's time again for Elle's Studio September Exclusive Kit and DT Gallery Reveal.

The layout that I'm sharing today is near and dear to my heart. It is one of my favorite photos of my sweet Milo, who I miss so very much. I used the Elle's Studio Shine collection papers along with the new September Exclusive Kit, September Cut Files, My Favorites Stamp Set, and Miscellaneous Cork Bits. Pretty much all of the elements I used on this layout are some of my favorite new Elle's Studio products.

Because I Love You Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Shine collection and September 2014 Exclusive Kit

Because I Love You Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Shine collection and September 2014 Exclusive Kit

Because I Love You Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Shine collection and September 2014 Exclusive Kit

I'm especially in love with the new Miscellaneous Cork Bits and the My Favorites Stamp Set. I used it with grey ink to stamp the circle and hearts that you see on my layout.


Because I Love You Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Shine collection and September 2014 Exclusive Kit


Here are the links you need to find ALL of the new Elle's Studio September Exclusives! Happy shopping!!!

September 9, 2014

17turtles New Digital Cut Files | Everyday Collection

I've added loads of new digital cut files to my 17turtles Etsy Shop and I'm so happy to be able to share a few of them with you here today! This is a set of four digital cut files that are part of my Everyday Collection and they were designed to be used for a variety of projects including scrapbooking, Project Life or pocket scrapbooking, card making and even day planners. They are now available in my 17turtles Etsy Shop!

September 8, 2014

Using Layered Cut Files | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Thankful Pumpkins Digital Cut File Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Happy Monday all! I hope you had a great weekend. Fall is coming. At least that is what the calendar says. However, the temperature outside right now says it's still summer. Either way, I thought it would be fun to share a quick tutorial with you about how to use one of my layered digital cut files called Thankful Pumpkins, available in my 17turtles Etsy Shop. These fun layered pumpkins should certainly help get you in the mood for cooler weather, pumpkin spice latte's and falling leaves.

USING LAYERED CUT FILES

When you first open Thankful Pumpkins Digital Cut File in your Silhouette software this is the image you will see. This file contains 3 titles and 3 layered pumpkins with stems and vines.

Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Select the titles and move them off of the main cutting mat area. Did you know that if you move something off of the central cutting mat, that your machine will not cut it?

Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Select the stems and vines and move them out of the way as well.

Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Now begin separating the layers of each pumpkin. You will see that each of the pumpkins has four layers that can be separated and cut from different colors and patterns.

Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Once all of the layers are separated, you can then select which pieces you want to cut from whatever colors and patterns you choose. Group the pieces together that you want to cut from the same thing and keep them on your mat to cut. 

Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

WELDING LAYERED CUT FILES 

Another option for you, if you don't want to do layers, is to Weld them. There are 2 ways to do this. One is to use your mouse to select all of the layers for that pumpkin.

Welding Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Right click on the image with your mouse and select Weld from the list of options.

Welding Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles
 

The second option is to remove the top 3 layers and move them out of the way.

Welding Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

 Select both the stem and the bottom layer with your mouse. Then right click and select Weld.

Welding Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Repeat the welding process with all 3 pumpkins using whichever method you prefer.

Welding Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

BACKGROUNDS


One final use that I want to share is how to create die cut backgrounds. I also shared this same technique last week on my Four Ways to Use Leaves & Acorn Digital Cut File Tutorial. Begin by positioning all of the welded images in a group. Select all of the images and resize them as a group to a smaller size. Right click with your mouse and select Copy and then Paste.

Welded Backgrounds Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Move this copied image into a different location on the mat. Repeat until the mat is filled and then rotate and move the images around until you like the placement of them.

Welded Backgrounds Layered Digital Cut Files Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

So there you have it. Some fun new ways to use a layered digital cut file. Does this make you stop and look at your digital cut files a little differently now? I sure hope it inspires you to play with them and use them more too.  And don't forget to visit the 17turtles Etsy Shop to check out my latest new cut files.

If you are looking for a sample of my Thankful Pumpkins Digital Cut File in action, check out this Fall layout by the talented Katrina Hunt from Paper, Scissors & Glue.


17turtles Etsy Shop - Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

September 3, 2014

Elle's Studio + PageMaps September

I'm happy to share that Elle's Studio has teamed up with PageMaps for their September Newsletter. For those of you who don't know, PageMaps is a free sketch resource for scrapbookers and card makers. They release a monthly newsletter with new sketches and ideas on how to use the sketches to create layouts and cards.

For the September PageMaps, I created a 12 x12 layout using one of Becky's awesome sketches. I really enjoyed working with it to create my "Hello" layout. I hope you will check out the newsletter for more inspiration from the PageMaps Design Team as well as from my fellow Elle's Studio Design Team members.

Hello Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for PageMaps September featuring Elle's Studio

I used a combination of Elle's Studio Shine and 2014 collections to create this layout. I also used one of my new DIGITAL CUT FILES - CLOUDS, which you can find in my 17turtles Etsy Shop. You have to look closely for them, because I cut them from vellum. I really love the subtle touch of fun and texture they add to the page without being distracting.

Digital Cut File Clouds by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

Hello Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for PageMaps September featuring Elle's Studio

Hello Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for PageMaps September featuring Elle's Studio

DESIGNER TIP | I colored the wood veneer heart using a Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Pink Madder.

Hello Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for PageMaps September featuring Elle's Studio

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I also want to thank everyone who has visited my 17turtles Etsy Shop. If there is something in particular that you are looking for and don't see, please feel free to contact me and let me know. I'd be happy to custom design something for you!