July 28, 2014

Christmas In July - Christmas Titles, Fonts & A Free Digital Cut File

Recently I had a bit of a dream come true. I was given the super cool opportunity of designing some Christmas themed scrapbook products. Yes, papers, embellishments, etc! I have always loved graphic design, but I didn't really know what it was when I went to college and so I became a physical therapist. Being a PT has been great, but now that I no longer work full time, I have had more time to do something that I've always wanted to do...learn more about graphic design and how to use Illustrator. Part of this learning process has lead to the many free digital cut files that I've been sharing on my blog this past year. I really hope to continue learning, creating and sharing with you.

So now, you are probably wondering what this has to do with what I'm sharing today. Well, during the process of creating the Christmas themed products, I started putting together titles and fonts that I liked to help during my designing process. Today, I am sharing some of what I put together. Below you will find the link to the fonts I used. Some of them are free, some of them are not free. But I love them so much that I wanted to share them regardless. Now, if you don't want to buy the fonts, never fear. I've got you covered! I have shared a four free fonts that are very similar to the ones I used AND I have also created a FREE Digital Cut File with these same titles and fonts that you can download and use with your electronic cutting machine. See, I told you I had you covered!

Christmas Titles and Fonts Juliana Michaels 17turtles

FREE FONTS

SORRY, THESE AREN'T FREE

BUT THESE ARE GOOD SUBSTITUTES FOR THE ONES THAT AREN'T FREE


FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | CHRISTMAS TITLES


This free cut file can be used with a variety of electronic digital cutting machines to create a full range of projects, including cards, gift wrap, tags, home decor, scrapbook pages and more. The only limit to what you can create using this cut file 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:  CHRISTMAS TITLES


Christmas Titles Free Digital Cutting File by Juliana Micheals 17turtles

I hope you enjoy this Christmas titles and font share, as well as the free download. Merry Christmas in July!!!


If you are looking for more Christmas digital cutting files, this is another one that I created that you can download for FREE as well.

MERRY & BRIGHT




July 25, 2014

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards | Pebbles Birthday Wishes Collection

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards Pebbles Birthday Wishes Collection Juliana Michaels
Hello and Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I prefer to give handmade birthday cards. In fact, if I don't have time to make one, I will usually just not even give the person a card. This is terrible! To help me remedy this problem, I recently created a set of quick and easy birthday cards that I'm sharing with you today. I created them using the Pebbles Birthday Wishes collection. I just love how quickly this set of cards came together using the Journaling Cards and Cardmaking Pad. On some of the cards, I simply layered the journaling cards with scraps of patterned paper from other projects that I've created using this collection. On others, I added some of the coordinating die cuts embellishments. I then adhered them to the card base. So super quick and easy!

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards Pebbles Birthday Wishes Collection Juliana Michaels

Along with keeping them quick and easy, I also wanted the cards to be easy to mail. With that in mind, I purposely avoided bulky embellishments. I didn't let this make the cards boring though! I used a Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen to add a touch of bling to the journaling cards by coloring in some of the designs. It added such a nice touch of sparkle without the mess of glitter. It is a little difficult to photograph, but easily enjoyed in person!

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards Pebbles Birthday Wishes Collection Juliana Michaels

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards Pebbles Birthday Wishes Collection Juliana Michaels
Quick and Easy Birthday Cards Pebbles Birthday Wishes Collection Juliana Michaels
Quick and Easy Birthday Cards Pebbles Birthday Wishes Collection Juliana Michaels

Along with this set of quick and easy birthday cards, I also created a Birthday Calendar and Card Organizer that you can see on the Pebbles blog today. The organizer has fun pockets that I created using the Birthday Wishes Gift Bags. They easily hold several cards, so that I am always ready when I need a handmade birthday card for a friend or family member. I hope you'll take a minute to stop over and visit the Pebbles blog to check out my project!

So, do you make your birthday cards or do you buy them? Inquiring minds want to know!

SUPPLIES

Journaling Cards: Pebbles | Birthday Wishes Journaling Cards
Card Base: Pebbles | Birthday Wishes Cardmaking Pad
Patterned Paper: Pebbles | Birthday Wishes 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Die Cuts: Pebbles | Birthday Wishes Die Cuts
Cardstock: American Crafts | White and Black
Pen: Sakura | Gelly Roll Stardust Glitter Pen Clear

July 23, 2014

Free Digital Cut File | Star Fun

Star Fun FREE Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

I have a new FREE digital cut file to share with you today. I was inspired to create Star Fun to use for a scrapbook page I was creating with a photo of my husband's four legged best friend Woody. I think stars go perfectly with masculine pages and the topic definitely inspired me to created this trio of stars. For my layout, I cut the star from white cardstock at a rather large size. I even let some of the star hang over the edge of page and then trimmed off the excess. It adds a subtle bit of texture and interest to the upper part of the page without being distracting.

FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | STAR FUN

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 using this cut file 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: STAR FUN

Right Here Scrapbook Page using Star Fun FREE Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Right Here Scrapbook Page using Star Fun FREE Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Right Here Scrapbook Page using Star Fun FREE Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Right Here Scrapbook Page using Star Fun FREE Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels 17turtles

SUPPLIES

Patterned Paper: Elle's Studio | Shine Collection, Penelope Collection, Everyday Moments Collection
Die Cuts: Elle's Studio | Everyday Moments Bits & Pieces, Everyday Moments Cutouts, Everyday Moments Lil' Snippets, Shine Extra Tidbits
Letter Stickers: Elle's Studio - Kraft
Wood Veneer: Elle's Studio | Everyday Moments
Cardstock: American Crafts - White
Digital Cut File: Star Fun - Juliana Michaels | 17turtles
Electronic Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo

Don't forget to share the projects you create with me using my FREE Digital Cut Files! I always enjoy seeing how other people create with and use them.

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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