December 19, 2014

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas with Digital Cut Files | Monique Liedtke 17turtles Guest Designer

Hi everyone! It's Monique Liedtke today sharing a layout I created with some of Juliana’s super fun digital cut files from her 17turtles Etsy Shop! I’m a huge fan of Juliana’s cut files and have loads of them! I use them on a lot of my pages! Here’s my latest page:

Merry Christmas Scrapbook Page by Monique Liedtke using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

For this Merry Christmas scrapbook layout I used the following 17turtles Digital Cut Files:


Pepperming Parade Digital Cut File by 17turtles - Juliana Michaels


Under The Tree Digital Cut File by 17turtles - Juliana Michaels


Very Merry Digital Cut File by 17turtles - Juliana Michaels

I really adore these cut files and had a hard time choosing which files I would use on my layout.

My favorite cut file is the background cut file, “Peppermint Parade”. I love that this file consists of 2 parts: not only the main (top) cut file, but also one to adhere behind it.

Merry Christmas Scrapbook Page by Monique Liedtke using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

What I love about the tree cut file is the diagonal stripes; these make this tree just a bit different from all those other trees out there.

Merry Christmas Scrapbook Page by Monique Liedtke using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

And what I love about the “Very Merry” cut file (apart from the font) is that you can use it both for layout titles and for Christmas cards!

Merry Christmas Scrapbook Page by Monique Liedtke using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Thanks Juliana for having me here today! I’ve had a great time creating this page!

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Thank you Monique for sharing this awesome scrapbook page! I love how you mixed images from several of my Christmas cut files on this one layout!

Make sure you stop by and visit Monique's blog - Creating {Non}Sense, to see even more inspiring paper crafting and scrapbook projects such as this fabulous Christmas Card that she created using some of my other digital cut files.

Sneak Peek Christmas Card by Monique Liedtke for 17turtles Digital Cut Files

And this Christmas scrapbook page that she recently created for Creative Scrapper's Sketch 284.

Monique Liedkte for Creative Scrappers and using 17turtles Digital Cut Files

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17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

December 17, 2014

3 Birds Design & Therm O Web Creative Team Up

I'm just popping in quickly today to share that I'm up on the 3 Birds Design blog today with a Christmas card and coordinating tag that I created using the 3 Birds Holiday Season Quilled Cardmaking Kit and some awesome Therm O Web Adhesives! 3 Birds and Therm O Web have teamed up for a week of paper crafting inspiration and giveaways! Visit the 3 Birds blog for all of the details!

3 Birds Design Sneak by Juliana Michaels

As I mentioned, we are having a giveaway and you can enter for you chance to win a prize package that includes a variety of Therm O Web Adhesives and a 3 Birds Touch of Glimmer Kit! All you have to do is click on the link below to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway on our 3 Birds Facebook page. You will have the option to enter the contest multiple times and the more times you enter, the more chances you have to win!

Click here to enter the GIVEAWAY: http://is.gd/Ashwxt

3 Birds Design and Therm O Web Creative Team Up

December 16, 2014

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Tags with Digital Cut Files | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Yes, I know Christmas is next week, but some of us are running just a little behind on Christmas cards and tags. At least I hope I'm not the only one! If you are with me, then the card and tag tutorial that I'm sharing today, using your Silhouette Cameo and the Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut File by 17turtles, is just for you!

Here are just two of the Christmas cards and tags that I created.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Tags using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut File by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Tags using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut File by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards and Tags using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut File by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

A SILHOUETTE CAMEO TUTORIAL | QUICK & EASY CHRISTMAS CARDS AND TAGS


Begin by opening up the Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Cut File in your Silhouette software. Of course, you don't have to use this exact image to create cards. Any simple frame shape will work!

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Select the image you want to use for your card front and copy it.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Select one of the copied images, right click on it and select Release Compound Path.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

When you look at the image closely you will see that it has filled in the blank spaces.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Click on the image, selecting the outside of the shape (which will be a solid square) and move it down on the screen. This will separate the images as you see below. Select the image with the words and delete it. You do not need this piece any more. The solid square piece is going to become the back of your card.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Before we do anything else, let's create the piece that will be placed behind the card front (this is the patterned paper piece that you see in the card examples). Select the square image and copy it. And move it to the side.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Now, let's go back to creating the card. Take the solid square and place it above the piece that is the front of the card, making sure to line them up.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

With the solid square image selected, move it down a few clicks to overlap it onto the front of the card. Select both images, right click and select Weld. If the images are not overlapped enough, the images will not weld, so make the red line between the images disappears..

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Once the weld is complete, your card is ready to cut. Before we continue farther though, let's go back to the copied square image that we created earlier. (I have now made it green for you to be able to see it better.)


Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

Select that green square and click on the Scale Tool located at the top of the Toolbar. Using the Custom Scale option, adjust it to 95.0%.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

As you can see, this makes the green square just slightly smaller than the card front so that you don't have to worry about any paper overlapping or showing when you go to layer the papers.

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards with 17turtles Digital Cut Files - A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Juliana Michaels

You are now ready to cut and assemble your cards. Just remember to move the green square off of the cutting mat area while you cut the card base. As you can see, I used plain white cardstock to create the card base and then used a mostly solid patterned paper so that the image would show up nicely. I used this same technique to create a couple of gift tags as well.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you find it useful during these last few fun and festive, but definitely hectic, days before Christmas!

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One last thing before I go...the winner of the my blog candy for the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop is Lynda! Congratulations!!! Please message me on Facebook with your mailing address.


Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and visited during the hop!!!

December 15, 2014

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas with Digital Cut Files | Sherri Funk 17turtles Guest Designer

Happy Monday everyone! My name is Sherri Funk, and I am so pleased to be able to share with you how I used a few of the brand new Christmas cut files, recently added to the 17 Turtles Etsy shop.

Being a sucker for polaroid frames, I asked her if she would be willing to design some Christmas and/or Winter themed frames for me to work with. Of course she whipped up something fun, and I am happy to show a few of them off for you today.

Christmas Scrapbook Page by Sherri Funk using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes and Merry Merry Digital Cut Files by 17turtles

The holly she created as part of the Merry Merry cut file was so gorgeous I just had to increase it's size and use it as the focal point of this layout featuring my youngest with our poor Poodle Wilson sporting a Christmas pony tail.

Christmas Scrapbook Page by Sherri Funk using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes and Merry Merry Digital Cut Files by 17turtles

I just love the look of the machine stitching in the centers giving them some dimension and depth. And look at how beautifully her cut file worked on the gold foil paper - it cut like a charm on a depth of 3 and speed of 5.


 Merry Merry Digital Cut Files by 17turtles Juliana Michaels


The Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Cut File have these great 2x2 size polaroid frames that were perfect to use on this multiple photo collage depicting what the start of the Christmas season looks like around our home.

Christmas Scrapbook Page by Sherri Funk using Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut Files by 17turtles


Once again I pulled out the sewing machine, I love the look of the stitching on these sweet mini frames.  I also added a few enamel dots to replicate berries on the holly.


A few more enamel dots, and a couple pieces of flair, and my layout is complete.


Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes Digital Cut Files by 17turtles Juliana Michaels

With so many different designs in one package, these cut files are a great deal.  You can get your hands on the Christmas Cheer & Winter Wishes and the Merry Merry Cut Files in the 17 Turtles Etsy shop.

This was a real treat, I want to thank Juliana so much for having me, and for creating such fun cuts for me to work with.  You can find me, and more of my work around the web on my blog, and on Instagram.

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Thanks so much Sherri! I love how you used each of these Christmas cut files on your layouts and the machine stitching adds a lovely bit of detail and texture that I just adore!

I invite you to visit Sherri's blog, for more inspiring paper crafting and scrapbook projects!

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17turtles Digital Cut Files by Juliana Michaels

December 14, 2014

Creative Scrappers & 17turtles

Happy Sunday everyone! I just wanted to remind you that 17turtles has teamed up with the amazing designers at Creative Scrappers this month! I invite you to check out the scrapbook pages created using Sketch 284 and my 17turtles Digital Cut Files! They make a great combination if you ask me!
17turtles is the sponsor for Creative Scrappers during the month of December and I am giving away a $20 gift certificate to the 17turtles Etsy Shop to one lucky person who plays along with Sketch 283 and/or 284. All of the details can be found on the Creative Scrappers Blog.

And don't forget that you can use coupon code CS17TURTLES25 to save 25% off any order from the 17turtles Shop between now and December 31, 2014! 

I can't wait to see what you create & share!!!