March 4, 2015

Hello Puppy Love Scrapbook Page | New 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope your week is going along well and that your finding some crafty time in you schedule. Today, I'm sharing a new layout that I created about our new puppy Lincoln. I used one of the new 17turtles Digital Cut Files called Let's Play.

The Let's Play set contains a fun border and 4 titles. There are two great things that I love about this set. The first thing is that the border comes with 3 hearts that you can cut out separately from a different paper. This is what I did on my layout. I layered them over the border for a fun pop of color and added texture.

The second thing I love is that with the titles you can flip the arrow so that it points the way you want it to go. Once you decide on it pointing left or right you, you can then center the word of your choice in the middle. I wanted to give you this option, because I often find that when there is a word with an arrow, the arrow always seems to be pointing the wrong way to go with my design. Now that problem has been solved!!!

Hello Puppy Love Scrapbook Page featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Let's Play and Jillibean Soup

I started with a plain white cardstock background and added some splatters of color using a variety of different Heidi Swapp Colorshine Spray Inks.

Hello Puppy Love Scrapbook Page featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Let's Play and Jillibean Soup

As I mentioned, I cut the hearts from the Let's Play Cut File out of different paper. I then attached them to my layout using my sewing machine, but I think it could be fun to adhere them with a little mini stapler too.

Hello Puppy Love Scrapbook Page featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Let's Play and Jillibean Soup

Hello Puppy Love Scrapbook Page featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Let's Play and Jillibean Soup

Here's a peek at all of the new cut files that have been added to the 17turtles Shop today! Along with the Let's Play file that I used, I have also added a Heartfelt Background that comes in both an 8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12 size within the same file.

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | LET'S PLAY


Let's Play 17turtles Digital Cut File

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | HEARTFELT 12X12 BACKGROUND

This file also contains the 8.5 x 11 sized background.

Heartfelt 12x12 Background 17turtles Digital Cut File

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | HEARTFELT 8.5 X 11 BACKGROUND


Heartfelt 8.5x11 Background 17turtles Digital Cut File

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March 2, 2015

Silhouette Sketch Pens - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Hey everyone, Katrina here from Paper Scissors and Glue, on the 17turtles blog to share a tutorial on using the Silhouette Sketch Pens. I admit, I hid my Sketch Pens in the back of a drawer for quite awhile before I put them to use. I HAD to buy them, didn’t mean I had to use them, right?!

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Well, I am here to show you one way to play with your sketch pens and create a fun title on your page. I started with the “Coffee Is A Hug” cut file.

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I originally planned on making an 8.5 x 11 inch layout, but changed my mind at the end. So, I had changed my paper size in Silhouette to match my original plan! I sized the entire cut file around 4x4 inches, because I knew how that was how big my picture was and I was going to center everything.

Once, I got my title sized, then I started working on tracing my letters. The reason being is that I wanted to have smaller pattern paper letters inside the sketched letters. You will need to click on “select trace area” and then draw a box around the set of letters you are tracing. This will turn them yellow (see below).

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

If you move the high pass filter up, it will fill in the entire letter yellow and then when you hit trace it would cut out the outer edges of the letter. But, I wanted to cut out a smaller letter. To do this, I moved the “high pass filter” to a lower setting and then select trace. This will trace your letters or shape and they will look like this. This creates a letter you can cut out within the bigger letter.

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

See below, there is a smaller letter inside the bigger one. To separate these letters, you will do have to do a couple of steps.

Move your selection that you just traced. I do this so I don’t mess anything up and I can see what I am doing. Then with your letters selected, you will right click and “release compound path”. This will allow you to move that smaller letter that is inside the bigger one. I moved all my smaller letters over to one side of the mat, leaving the “extra big ones” moved over to the other side of the mat. I never moved my actual title. By tracing it, you basically create a working copy, leaving the original fine.
Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Make sure you have all your pieces and parts off the mat before you begin using your sketch pens to draw the title. The V3 software for Silhouette is a little confusing as to where the sketch pen setting is. It is in the cut settings, under Silhouette Sketch Pen. And I always select double cut, because I use textured cardstock and this ensures that I get a good solid line with my pen.

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Once you have your title sketched onto your layout, you can now begin the fun of picking out the colors for the letter that you want to fill in.

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

To save time, if you want letters the same color, cut them all out at the same time by placing them on your mat together!

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I also used the “I Love Coffee and Tea” cut file for the steam coming out of my cup!

Coffee Is A Hug In A Mug Scrapbook Page and Silhouette Sketch Pen Tracing Tutorial by Katrina Hunt featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I hope I have given you an idea for using your sketch pens! There are so many fun things you can do with them. I love to journal with them, but that is for another blog posting! I am always sharing sneaks on my social media so follow me if you want to see previews!!



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For more coffee crafting inspiration and your chance to win loads of great prizes, including a $15 Gift Certificate to the 17turtles Shop, I invite you to check out the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop! It's going on now though March 6th.

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February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Welcome to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop!!! I hope you are enjoying a cup of something yummy and warm while you are hopping along!
The Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop has 21 generous Super Sponsors that are giving away some AMAZING prizes and I'm proud to announce that one of those sponsors is 17turtles! I'm giving away a $15 GC to the 17turtles Shop!!!

Here is the full list of the all the Super Sponsors...

And because the hop runs for a full week, they will be awarding Flash prizes throughout the duration of the hop! The Flash announcements will be posted on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Facebook page on a daily basis, so if you haven't joined, I invite you to do so! 

Here is the full list of all of the Flash Sponsors...
Serendipity Stamps
Stamp Academy
Stamps and Scrapbooks
Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps
The Twinery
Waltzingmouse Stamps

For your chance to win a prize from one of the Super Sponsors or Flash Sponsors all you have to do is link up a newly created spring themed coffee, tea &/or cocoa project using the InLinkz that will be available on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. You can start entering today Friday, February 27th and it will be open until 11:55 PM pacific on Friday, March 6th.

Winners of prizes will be randomly selected from those who participate in the hop and all winners will be announce on Sunday, March 8th on the on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. 

We do ask that if you participate, please turn OFF Word Verification...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!

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And if all those chances to win is not enough for you, I'm going to give you one more chance! All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog for the chance to win this awesome little prize package from me! You have until 1:55 PM EST on Friday, March 6th to leave a comment for your chance to win my blog candy!!!

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Giveaway on 17turtles

Now let's get onto the project that I created to share with you today. I have to admit, it's been really hard to get into the spring spirit here in Cleveland. It has been so cold and we still have inches of snow on the ground. With that being said, I ended up focusing mostly on the coffee part of things!

I was inspired to create a card and gift card holder (containing a Starbuck's gift card).

With Enough Coffee Anything Is Possible Card and Starbucks Gift Card Holder by Juliana Michaels

I created the title on my card using a combination of letter stickers and a digital cut file - Coffee Possible - that you can download for FREE below! 

With Enough Coffee Anything Is Possible Card and Starbucks Gift Card Holder by Juliana Michaels

I continued the coffee theme by adding some stamping using a fun coffee stain type stamp.

With Enough Coffee Anything Is Possible Card and Starbucks Gift Card Holder by Juliana Michaels

For the gift card, I created a card using one of the cup images from the 17turtles I Love Coffee & Tea Digital Cut File. Below, I have a quick little tutorial for you on how I took that image and turned it into a card.

With Enough Coffee Anything Is Possible Card and Starbucks Gift Card Holder by Juliana Michaels

SILHOUETTE TUTORIAL | Welding A Cut File Image To Create A Card

To create the card shape, begin by opening the I Love Coffee & Tea Cut File and then separating the 2 layers. Next, select which image you want to use to create the card and delete the other one from the mat.

Welding A Digital Cut File Image To Create A Card - Silhouette Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

As you can see, I choose the solid shape. Next make a copy of the image and then flip it horizontally. Line up the images so that they are even with each other and then move one of the images until it very slightly overlaps the other image.

Welding A Digital Cut File Image To Create A Card - Silhouette Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

Once the images are lined up and slightly overlapped, select both images, right click and select weld. This will turn the two shapes into one shape that you can fold in half and use as a card. I created a small pocket on the inside of the card to hold the gift card. I did this by attaching the bottom and two sides of a small rectangular piece of cardstock to the inside of the card.

Welding A Digital Cut File Image To Create A Card - Silhouette Tutorial by Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

17TURTLES FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | COFFEE POSSIBLE

You can download this cut file for FREE right HERE.

Coffee Possible Free 17turtles Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | I LOVE COFFEE & TEA

I Love Coffee & Tea is available in the 17turtles Shop!

I Love Coffee & Tea 17turtles Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you totally enjoy this fun blog hop! I invite you to play along by creating your own spring themed coffee, tea and/or cocoa project and linking it up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

February 23, 2015

Multiple Ways To Use The Same Digital Cut File | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Happy Monday 17turtles Fans! I hope you had a great weekend. I had a wonderful weekend despite the cold weather and snow here in Cleveland. This kind of weather is perfect for staying inside and scrapbooking!

Today, I'm sharing a new layout using a new 17turtles Cut File Y Yes No. 1, that just became available in the 17turtles Shop. I'm also sharing some fun options on how to use this cut file beside how I used it on this layout.

Love Anniversary Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files Love Always and Y Yes No. 1 Background

I created Y Yes No. 1 so that it could be used in multiple ways to create a fun design for the background of a scrapbook page.  I love the idea of filling in shapes with different colors and patterns. It makes me feel like I'm using more of my stash of papers and in my book, that is always a good thing!

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | Y YES NO. 1

17turtles Digital Cut Files Y Yes 1 Background

As you can see from the image of the cut file above, there are 2 different colors. With ALL 17turtles Cut Files, different colors indicate that there are separate layers. This file has 2 different layers! On the layout that I created, I opened the file in Silhouette and then moved the top layer off to the side so that it would not be cut.

Different colors and different layers with 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I then cut the bottom layer darker from a piece of kraft cardstock and used the cut shapes on my layout. To help me position the shapes on my background paper, I used the large negative piece as a template.

For the next step, I switched the layers and placed the top layer onto the mat. I then selected the layer, right clicked and then ungrouped the shapes.

Ungrouping images with 17turtles Digital Cut Files

By ungrouping the shapes, I was then able to use the Fill Color option to play around and help me decide which pieces I wanted to cut from what color of patterned paper. Once I was happy with things,  I deleted the rest of the shapes that I did not want to cut.

Using the Fill Color Option with 17turtles Digital Cut Files

I then grouped each of the same colored shapes together and placed them in different corners of the mat. To help save paper, I cut pieces of paper that are just slightly larger than the grouped areas and place the paper onto the mat for cutting in that area. That way, I can cut all of the different colors at the same time.

Grouping and Cutting with 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Now, another fun option for this cut file is to use only the bottom layer and throw away the inside cut pieces (or save them for another project). You can then back the openings with different colors and patterns.

17turtles Digital Cut File Y Yes No. 1 Option 1

Another option would be to only use the top layer as a background. You could again, not the inside pieces or you could fill the openings. The cut file really has so many wonderful options!

17turtles Digital Cut File Y Yes No. 1 Option 2

The other cut file that I used on this layout is called Love Always and I used it to create my title.

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | LOVE ALWAYS

17turtles Digital Cut Files Love Always

I simply cut the words from white cardstock and then attached them to my layout.

Love Anniversary Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files Love Always and Y Yes No. 1 Background

Love Anniversary Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files Love Always and Y Yes No. 1 Background

So which way would you use the Y Yes No. 1 Cut File? Let me know in the comments below and I'll pick one lucky reader to win the Y Yes No. 1 Cut File!

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And speaking of winning, the winner of the $20 Gift Certificate to My Scraps & More is Rebecca Daly!  Congratulations Rebecca!!!! Please contact me on Facebook so that I can get your contact information.
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February 17, 2015

17turtles + My Scraps & More Giveaway

As you know, 17turtles has teamed up with My Scraps & More this week! I hope you have been visiting the My Scraps & More blog to check out the amazing layouts created by their Design Team using 17turtles Cut Files and I hope that you are leaving a comment each day for your chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the 17turtles Shop! Today, I have another awesome GIVEAWAY for you!


MY SCRAPS & MORE GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the My Scraps & More Online Scrapbook Shop?
If your answer is YES, then leave me a comment below telling me what you would buy from the My Scraps & More Shop!
You have until Saturday, February 21 at 12 PM Midnight EST to enter. I will then select one lucky comment to win this amazing prize!

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with the code 17TURTLES25
 and you can save 25% off any order 
with the code MYSCRAPS25!

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