May 7, 2016

Hashtag Love Digital Cut File | Happy National Scrapbook Day 2016

Happy InterNational Scrapbook Day everyone! There are so many great NSD activities going on today and this weekend. I sure hope you've found something fun to do today as we celebrate this day that is so special to us scrappers. To add to your fun, I am sharing a new digital cut file called Hashtag Love. It contains 12 cut files including some fun words, titles and shapes.

I used the Hashtag Love cut file to create a layout about Lincoln and how much he loves to snuggle - especially when you are on the couch. He continues to snuggle even now at nearly 75 pounds.

XO Dog Scrapbook Page featuring Hashtag Love Free Digital Cut by Juliana Michaels and Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley

To create a fun accent piece on my layout, I cut out the XO heart and I used the same technique to back the design as I shared on my This Is All That Matters layout using the Butterfly Frenzy cut file that I created for Creative Scrappers.

Digital Cut File | Hashtag Love

Hashtag Love Free Digital Cut by Juliana Michaels

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 your own personal use. If you have questions, concerns or comments about my free cut files, please feel free to leave me a message in the comment section or contact me on Facebook.


I also included the fun little heart and XO strips as little accents as well and added a bit of machine stitching to give it some added interest.


The overall design is a standard color block pattern. I love this type of design and how it lets you use a variety of patterned papers on one page. On this layout I used 7 different patterns and from 4 different Jillibean Soup collections - Mushroom Medley, Sew Sweet, Fur Fusion and Soup Staples II. You gotta love using your stash! I also used one of the new Wood Words and Adhesive Sequins.


Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Scrapping.

Supplies:
Here is a list of all the supplies I used on this layout. Where available I use affiliate links on the products I purchase and use. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This allows me to continue creating and sharing my digital cut files with you. Thanks so much for your support!

   
  
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May 6, 2016

Butterfly Frenzy Digital Cut File Tutorial and Scrapbook Layout

Hello all and Happy Day Before InterNational Scrapbook Day! Today I'm sharing a layout I created with a new digital cut file I created especially for Creative Scrappers called Butterfly Frenzy. Creative Scrappers is a fabulous scrapbook sketch and inspiration site founded and coordinated by Kristine Davidson. I have been a fan of her sketches for a long time and I was even a sketch designer for her design team in the past. I recently learned that she was starting her site back up and I'm really looking forward to all the great sketches and inspiration that will be coming in the very near future. To help Creative Scrappers celebrate InterNational Scrapbook Day, I created the Butterfly Frenzy Digital Cut File and you can download it over on the Creative Scrappers site.

Now, read on for a tutorial on backing die cuts with patterned paper using the Butterfly Frenzy cut file.

This Is All That Matters Father Daughter Scrapbook Page featuring Butterfly Frenzy Free Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels

As you can see, I backed some of the butterflies with a variety of patterned papers. I love this look and it's a great way to dig into your paper stash. 

This Is All That Matters Father Daughter Scrapbook Page featuring Butterfly Frenzy Free Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels

Backing Die Cuts Tutorial

First cut the Butterfly Frenzy image from your desired piece of paper. Remove it from the cutting mat and lay to the side. I used simple white cardstock. Now it's time to have some fun and decide which papers to use to fill the openings. 

I don't know about you, but I'm a very visual person, so it really helps for me to see what I'm thinking about doing before I cut into my papers. To help me decide which papers to use, I used the following technique: 
1. Open the Butterfly Frenzy Cut File in the Silhouette software.
2. Right click on the image and select Release Compound Path.
(You will notice a couple of sections that are filled that that you might not want filled in. These won't impact the final cut design, but if you want to remove them here is what to do: Select those sections and the piece that is the background together, right click and then select Make Compound Path. Some of the butterflies may disappear, but they are just behind this piece. Select the image you just made, right click and select Move to Back and all the butterflies will reappear.)
3. Open the Fill Color Window or the Fill Pattern Window.
4. Select each butterfly and fill it with a color or pattern similar to the papers you are thinking about using.

Feel free to play around with the colors and patterns until you like the position of them. I used patterns and color similar to ones I thought I wanted to use that are from Elle's Studio Little Moments collection.

Butterfly Frenzy Free Digital Cut File Backing Die Cuts with Patterned Paper Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

5. Once you are happy with the colors/patterns and their positions, group each of the colors/patterns together.  Move one group of colors onto the Silhouette cutting area. Place the other groups off of the cutting area.

Butterfly Frenzy Free Digital Cut File Backing Die Cuts with Patterned Paper Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

6. Select the group, right click and select Offset from the drop down menu. The Offset Window will open.


7. With the objects still selected, click on Offset. Set the distance to 0.1 Round. Click on Apply.


8. Select the images and their offset, right click and select Weld. This will make each butterfly just slight larger and the perfect size for backing each of the openings.


9. Send the images through the Silhouette and cut them out of your desired paper.
10. Repeat steps 6 - 9 with each group of colors/patterns.


This is the back side of the cut file with the offset images in place. As you can see, the offset images perfectly fit to fill the openings. I know a lot of people hand cut their papers to fill the openings, but to me, this process is much faster and easier.


Here is a view of the cut file from the front. I really do love how the butterflies look filled with the different papers. I even decided to leave some of the butterflies empty and let the background paper show through.


Happy Eve of International Scrapbook Day! I hope you'll stop back by tomorrow for another fabulous digital cut file created just for you.

Silhouette Supplies:
Where available I use affiliate links on the products I purchase and use. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This allows me to continue creating and sharing my digital cut files with you for free. Thanks so much for your support!
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May 2, 2016

Watercolored Flower Birthday Card

Hello all and Happy Monday! Did you do anything crafty this past weekend? I actually worked on some Mother's Day cards. I will be sharing a Mother's Day Card with DecoFoil on the Therm O Web blog later this week and I will be posting the other one here this week. I hope you'll stop by to check them out!

Watercolor Flower Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and CC Designs Himalayan Poppy Stamp

Last weekend I also did a little card crafting and created this Watercolored Flower Birthday Card for my mother in law who just turned 89! She loved the card just as much as I loved creating it for her. I used my new favorite Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Distress Ink and a stamp from CC Designs called Himalayan Poppy. For a detailed list of the supplies I used, please see the supply list below.


I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then colored in the flower using the Zig Clean Color.  After I was finsihed with the coloring, I used a sponge dauber to apply some Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers around the outside edge of the card. I also distressed it using the back side of my X-acto knife and added some faux stitching using a paper piercer. 


The final touch was the Happy wood veneer from Jillibean Soup Today Wood Veneer Words.


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Supplies:
You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below. Where available I use affiliate links on the products I purchase and use. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks so much!



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April 29, 2016

Scrapping Our Stash April Blog Hop | Digital Cut File Included

Hello and welcome to the Scrapping Our Stash April Blog Hop! The Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop is a group of scrappers who are trying their best to make a dent in their scrapbook supply stash. Hopefully you'll be inspired to scrap some of your own stash after seeing all the great inspiration along the way! You can check out the full list of those participating this month below.

I'm sharing a new layout I made using the Simple Stories Life In Color Collection. Yes, it was just released this winter, but I have it in my stash and so it needs to be used! I've been really good lately with limiting my purchases and I want to make sure I'm using all the new goodies.

For this layout, I created a digital cut file that you can download below. The Always Digital Cut File is a simple set of just 2 cut files, but I think it has a lot of fun possibilities.  I cut the words from white cardstock and layered them behind my photo as a design element on the page. They could also be using individually as a title for a layout. Another fun option would be to cut them out of one paper and then back the opening they leave behind with some fun patterned papers.

Always Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Always Free Digital Cut File and Simple Stories Life In Color

FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE | ALWAYS

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 your own personal use. If you have questions, concerns or comments about my free cut files, please feel free to leave me a message in the comment section or contact me on Facebook.

Always Free Digital Cut File by Juliana Michaels www.17turtles.com

If you are looking for more digital cut files to use with your electronic cutting machines, such as the Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore, make sure you visit my Digital Cut File Page.

Always Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Always Free Digital Cut File and Simple Stories Life In Color

Along with the fabulous patterned papers in the collection, I also loved the die cuts, enamel dots and wood veneer. These are always my go-to embellishments!

Always Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Always Free Digital Cut File and Simple Stories Life In Color

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop. Make sure to hop on over to Katrina's Blog - Paper Scissors and Glue to continue!

Supplies:
You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below. Where available I use affiliate links on the products I purchase and use. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This allows me to continue sharing my digital cut files with you for free. Thanks so much!


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