September 30, 2013

For The Love of Flying Layout

This past January, I had the opportunity of a lifetime! I got to flying with my Dad!!! He got his pilot's license again and I had been waiting and hoping that I would be able to go up with him. While I was home for a visit, my dream came true. He took me up in a little 4 seater plane and we flew all around the area of Missouri where they live and where I grew up. It was so cool to see it all from the air.  Of course, while I was up there I had to take some photos of some of the different sites from the air, including my parents house. I wanted to share this layout because I love this photo of my Dad. He loves flying and I feel like this photo captures him enjoying the moment!

INSPIRATION | Unknown
I'd love to say that something special or cool inspired this layout, but it was nothing more than playing with paper that inspired this one. I had been holding on to some of these papers and embellishments, especially the transparency by Webster's Pages with the airplanes on it, to use when I finally got around to scrapping these photos.

For The Love of Flying Layout by Juliana Michaels

For The Love of Flying Layout by Juliana Michaels details

For The Love of Flying Layout by Juliana Michaels details

SUPPLIES | Webster's Pages & October Afternoon
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages, October Afternoon, Studio Calico
Stickers: Webster's Pages
Transparency: Webster's Pages
Letter Stickers: Webster's Pages, Jillibean Soup

September 26, 2013

Halloween Witch Re-Model

Halloween is coming and I am so excited! This year we are having our first annual Halloween Costume party and I am really looking forward to it. Of course, that means I get to go crazy decorating the house for the party!!! Last year I found this super cool witch at TJ Maxx. She was perfect last year because I had a mantel to sit her on.

Halloween Witch Re-Model

As you can see, she is made for sitting on a shelf or mantel. Well, I didn't have any good shelves or a mantel for her. I wasn't sure where to put her, but I knew I had to find a place for her. I mean look at that face?!

Halloween Witch Re-Model Before

So I sat her on top of these boxes. And then a light bulb went on and I thought..."What if I make her a skirt to cover the boxes and then she would look like she was standing up?"

Halloween Witch Re-Model

These boxes are being recycled from a previous project that I created for the Cricut Circle Blog.

Pumpkin Centerpiece

This was the perfect solution! All I needed to do was sew her a skirt. I dug through my fabric stash, found some black and silver fabric and did just that. I even recycled the black lace along the edge of her skirt. Here she is after her re-model!

Halloween Witch Re-Model After

She now stands proudly on the buffet in my dining room and keeps watch over the spiders in the jar next to her! ;)

Halloween Witch Re-Model Buffet

September 25, 2013

Patterned Paper Christmas Ornaments | Free Digital Cut File

Merry Christmas everyone! Ok...I know it's not Christmas yet, but I am starting to get into the Christmas gift and crafting mood after creating this pair of patterned paper Christmas ornaments using some SRM Stickers, BoBunny and a FREE digital cutting file.

Patterned Paper Christmas Ornaments by Juliana Michaels

TUTORIAL | How to create your own patterned paper Christmas ornaments
  1. Use the free Christmas Ornament digital cutting file to cut out the layers of the ornament from your choice of patterned papers. Put the small vertical shape to the side.
  2. Ink the edges of each cut piece with Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and then Walnut Stain.
  3. Layer the larger pieces and adhere with adhesive.
  4. Adhere a border sticker along the right hand edge of the rounded square shape.
  5. Attach the larger die cut shapes (The little boy and girl die cuts are part of the BoBunny Silver & Gold Noteworthy pack) with double sided foam tape.
  6. Adhere sentiment sticker to small vertical shape. 
  7. Apply gold glitter glue around edge of the die cut shape. When dry, add jewels and attach to the ornament.
  8. Cut a length of baker's twine and attach to back side of ornament and tie in a loop to create a way to hang your ornament.
Patterned Paper Christmas Ornament by Juliana Michaels - detail

SUPPLIES | SRM Stickers, BoBunny
Patterned Paper: BoBunny/ Silver & Gold Collection
Die Cuts: BoBunny/ Silver & Gold Noteworthy
Jewels: BoBunny
Stickers: SRM Stickers/ Fancy Sticker Sentiment - Christmas
Twine: The Twinery/ Gold Shimmer Baker's Twine
Glitter Glue: American Crafts
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain

DIGITAL CUTTING FILE | Decorative Labels
Feel free to download this digital cut file to create your own patterned paper Christmas ornament. It is available to download in both the .SVG and .studio formats. I just ask that if you do use it that you give me credit and link back to my blog.



I'd also love to see what you create! Feel free to link it up below and let's start sharing the holiday spirit!

September 24, 2013

From Illinois to Ohio Layout

As some of you know, we recently moved to Ohio. With the first day of fall upon us and cooler temperatures arriving, I am beginning to wonder "What have I done"?! LOL!!! I actually love Cleveland and already feels like home. I do know, though, that I am not looking forward to winter and I hope it stays away for a bit yet!

INSPIRATION | Patterned Paper
While we were moving here, I took a photo with my phone of the highway sign for our exit. I have been waiting for the right papers to scrap them and this particular paper by Studio Calico seemed perfect with all the images of the different states. I then had fun adding bits and pieces from my stash that coordinated to create a fun little cluster in the bottom right hand corner. This was definitely a fun layout to create and a little different for me because I used three of the same photo.

From Illinois to Ohio Layout by Juliana Michaels

From Illinois to Ohio Layout by Juliana Michaels detail

SUPPLIES | Studio Calico, Lilly Bee, Jillibean Soup, October Afternoon
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, October Afternoon
Stickers, Vellum, Flair: Studio Calico
Kraft Tags: Jillibean Soup
Letter Stickers: Jillibean Soup, Lily Bee
Border Punch: American Crafts

From Illinois to Ohio Layout by Juliana Michaels detail

Of course now, I know that Studio Calico released a new collection called That A Way that would be perfect for moving photos too and it may have to make it's way into my shopping basket! Just sayin'!!!

September 23, 2013

Just For You Card | Pebbles From Me to You

Sometimes you have a friend who needs a pick me up and a little homemade card can be the perfect thing to help. I made this card for a dear online friend who was in need of such a pick me up recently and I hope she enjoyed it!

The Pebbles From Me to You collection is perfect for card making. I simply selected a card base from the Card Making Pad and a library pocket. I then dressed it up with some washi tape, twine, stickers and Candy Dots.

Just For You Card by Juliana Michaels using Pebbles From Me to You

SUPPLIES | Pebbles
Card Making Paper Pad: Pebbles/ From Me to You

Library Pocket: Pebbles/ From Me to You
Stickers: Pebbles/ From Me to You
Washi Tape: Pebbles
Twine: American Crafts
Jewel: Pebbles Candy Dots

Other supplies:
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo

Just For You Card by Juliana Michaels using Pebbles From Me to You detail

TIP | Sticker Embellishments & Baby Powder
I loved this bouquet of flowers sticker, but I didn't want to just stick it on the front of the card. Instead, I applied baby powder to the backside of the sticker to remove the stickiness. I then slide it inside the library pocket and attached it to the card with a piece of double sided foam tape. Now it has a lot more dimension and adds a touch of fun and whimsy to the card.

Just For You Card by Juliana Michaels using Pebbles From Me to You detail

Just For You Card by Juliana Michaels using Pebbles From Me to You detail

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

September 22, 2013

Today I Was Here Layout | Paper Bakery Sketch Challenge 13

Sketch Challenge 13 is live on the Paper Bakery blog. I was inspired to create this sketch after getting a sneak peek of the contents of the September Scrapbook kit. That Glitz Design Wild & Free sticker sheet did the trick!!!

Today I Was Here Layout by Juliana Michaels

TIP | Altering stickers
A simple trick I used on this layout was to take the feather stickers and cut them so that you looked more like a real feather. To make this easier, I applied baby powder to the back side of the sticker, which removes the stickiness and then cut them with my scissors. I then attached them to my layout with double sided foam tape to give them even more dimension.  I then grouped them together with a feather charm and ribbon to make a nice little cluster.

Today I Was Here Layout by Juliana Michaels details

Today I Was Here Layout by Juliana Michaels details

Make sure you stop by the Paper Bakery blog to check out the Sketch Challenge 13 and I'd love to have you play along!  Did you know you could win a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Bakery store? They have loads of new goodies in the store including custom wood veneer, new charms, custom stencils and custom stamps. Here are a few of my new favorites...







You can see all these and more in the Paper Bakery Shop!  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my take on the current sketch!  I can't wait to see yours!!!

September 19, 2013

Be Yourself Layout | Paper Bakery September Scrapbook Kit

Today I have a layout to share with you using the Paper Bakery September Scrapbook Kit Art Fair. It is now available in the shop if you don't already have a membership! It is full of fabulous product from Bella Blvd, Glitz Design, Jillibean Soup and My Mind's Eye.  I really enjoyed creating with this month's kit and so far I have made 4 layouts and 2 cards! This layout was a joy to create because of the subject matter...my awesome SIL! These photos are from my niece's wedding in May and I have been waiting for the right paper to use with them. Besides the kit, I also used some embellishments from the Paper Bakery shop including some washi tape and resin hearts!

Be Yourself Layout by Juliana Michaels

Be Yourself Layout by Juliana Michaels detail

Be Yourself Layout by Juliana Michaels detail

SUPPLIES | Paper Bakery September Scrapbook Kit Art Fair

I also want to remind you about our current sketch challenge using Sketch 12. You can still play along as the challenge is open until September 21. On September 22, I will reveal our next sketch challenge. So stay tuned for that!

Paper Bakery Sketch Challenge 12 by Juliana Michaels

Thanks so much for stopping by and I can't wait to see how you create with this kit!

September 18, 2013

Too Cute Halloween and Sisters Forever Layouts | Bella Blvd

Today is my final day up on the Bella Blvd blog. I have had the wonderful opportunity to be one of their Ongoing Guest Designers this past year and it has been such a great experience. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity. I really love playing and creating with the Bella Blvd products and their new collections from CHA this summer has been no exception!!! 

I have two layouts to share today. This first layout was created using the new Trick or Treat collection, which is one of my new favorite collections! I layered several of the different patterns to create a fun base for my photo and journaling.  This photo is of my best friend's daughter. The last time I went to visit was during the weekend that she had her Girl Scout Halloween party and lucky me was there to get some photo of her in her costume!

Too Cute Layout by Juliana Michaels using Bella Blvd Trick or Treat

Too Cute Layout by Juliana Michaels using Bella Blvd Trick or Treat detail

SUPPLIES | Bella Blvd
Patterned Paper: Trick or Treat/ Happy Owlween, No Brainer, Leaf Storm, Borders Trick or Treat, Pick A Punkin', Daily Details; Birthday Girl/ Sugar Rush
Stickers: Trick or Treat/ Alpha+Bits Cardstock Stickers, Captions Cardstock Stickers, Tabs Cardstock Stickers, Paper Pieces

Too Cute Layout by Juliana Michaels using Bella Blvd Trick or Treat detail


My second layout here uses a mix of collections ranging from Summer 2013 CHA to Summer 2014 CHA and everything in between. I didn't realize how it drew from every release since I have been a part of their team until I was writing this post. I think it is kind of cool how I was able to do that, but it also shows how well ALL of her collections coordinate with each other!  A fun tip about this layout is that the die cut heart pieces behind my photo are "scraps" from another layout. I had saved the large scraps for some crazy reason, but I'm glad I did, because they worked perfectly to layer and place behind my photo.  The photo is of my two darling nieces and I just loved how they are being sweet with each other in this photo. It is near impossible to get a photo of the two of them hugging!

Sisters Friends Forever Layout by Juliana Michaels using Bella Blvd

Sisters Friends Forever Layout by Juliana Michaels using Bella Blvd detail

SUPPLIES | Bella Blvd
Patterned Paper: Engaged At Last/ Bachelorette Extras; Daily Chevies & Everday Bits/ Chevy Bell Pepper; Birthday Girl/ Sugar Rush; Snapshots/ Rise & Shine; All American/ American Pride
Stickers: Birthday Girl/ Alpha+Bits Cardstock Stickers; Love and Marriage/ Wedding Day Miniatures Cardstock Stickers, Alpha+Bits Cardstock Stickers; Kiss Me/ Just Write Journaling Stickers
Designer Tapes: Teal Stripe
Everyday Elements: Stars & Hearts

Sisters Friends Forever Layout by Juliana Michaels using Bella Blvd detail

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you head over to the Bella Blvd blog for more details and inspiration from the other guest designers!

September 16, 2013

Thank You Card and Twine Flower | Pebbles Basics

Hi everyone! How are you doing today? I hope you are having a great day! I have a fun little card to share with you today. This started out as me wanting to use some scraps from some of my other Pebbles projects and I think in the end, it came together quite well. The sentiment is what I trimmed off one of the journaling cards as I was creating the mat for my photos on my Gift of Love layout.  The white cardstock flower was an extra one that I cut when I created my Flower Pots using my Daisy Flower free digital cutting file. The flower was fine by itself, but I felt like it needed a little boost. That is when I remember this fabulous tutorial that I had seen by Tracey Sabella to create twine flowers. The shape of these twine flowers was perfect to mimic the shape of my digital die cut flower!

Thank You Card and Twine Flower by Juliana Michaels

I used a fabulous tutorial by Tracey Sabella to create this fun twine flower! They may look a little intimidating to make a first, but with a little patience and practice you will be making them with ease to use on your next crafting project.

Thank You Card and Twine Flower by Juliana Michaels detail

Thank You Card and Twine Flower by Juliana Michaels detail

SUPPLIES | Pebbles
Patterned Paper: Pebbles Basics Card Making Paper Pad 1
Journaling Cards: Pebbles Basics Journaling Cards
Washi Tape: Pebbles Basics in Black and Peony
Twine: American Crafts
Cardstock: American Crafts - White
Jewel: Pebbles Crystal Candy Dot - Black
Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo

     

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my card and I hope you check out Tracey's Twine Flower Tutorial!

September 12, 2013

Made With Love Thanksgiving Layout

Fall, is not quite here, but with the start of school we all know that cooler weather, colorful foliage and fresh from the oven pies are on their way! The layout I have to share today was created as a design team assignment for SRM Stickers and our focus was to be Thanksgiving. I created this as a tribute to the homemade pumpkin and pecan pies that my Mom makes every year for Thanksgiving. Besides the tradition of her making these two pies, pretty much everyone in the family will have a slice of each pie on the same plate when it's time for dessert!

Made With Love Thanksgiving Layout by Juliana Michaels

SUPPLIES | SRM Stickers, BoBunny
Patterned Paper: BoBunny/ Autumn Song Collection
Chipboard: BoBunny/ Autumn Song Collection
Brads, Trinkets: BoBunny/ Autumn Song Collection
Stickers: BoBunny/ Autumn Song Collection; SRM Stickers/ Express Yourself - Thanksgiving, Say It With Stickers - Thanksgiving, Express Yourself - Recipes
Kraft Bag: SRM Stickers/ Kraft Bag – 5 x 7.5”
Twine: The Twinery/ Mandarin Baker's Twine

Made With Love Thanksgiving Layout by Juliana Michaels - detail

TIP | Use SRM Stickers to create titles and to customize your patterned paper
To create my layout title, I added one of the SRM Stickers to a strip of mostly solid patterned paper, trimmed around it and then attached it to my layout.  
The fun part with the clear stickers however, was using them to create a word collage on my patterned paper.  I used a combination of SRM Thanksgiving stickers and placed them in random places, but still in a horizontal position, on the patterned paper. By doing this, I was able to customize the already beautiful patterned paper.

Made With Love Thanksgiving Layout by Juliana Michaels - detail

Made With Love Thanksgiving Layout by Juliana Michaels - detail

TIP | Hidden journaling using Kraft bags
I included copies of my Mom's recipes on my layout. My Mom scanned her recipes and then sent them to me. I printed them on white cardstock, attached them to a die cut tag and placed them inside one of the 5 x 7.5" SRM Stickers Kraft Bags. The bag was then used as a mat for my photo of the pies and I embellished it with some BoBunny embellishments and twine from The Twinery.

Made With Love Thanksgiving Layout by Juliana Michaels - detail

Made With Love Thanksgiving Layout by Juliana Michaels - detail

Made With Love Thanksgiving Layout by Juliana Michaels - detail

Did you notice that I placed one recipe on one side and the other on the other side? I think this is such a fun way to preserve memories and recipes. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions, memories or recipes?