Top 10 Blog Hop | 2014

Welcome to the Top 10 Blog Hop! Now, before we get started, I am going to warn you. I have more than a top 10. I have chosen my top 17! I didn't plan on 17, but when I started writing this post and then went back to count how many I had, there were 17. And ,since this is "17turtles", I decided why not have 17?! Don't you agree???

I must say, 2014 has been a great year! A year full of so many awesome opportunities and new adventures for me. I was blessed to design for some amazing manufacturers including Elle's Studio, Pebbles Inc, SRM Stickers, BoBunny, and 3 Birds Design.

(Keep going. There is a AWESOME GIVEAWAY at the end!!!)

I started off in January of 2014 as a new member of the Design Team for Elle's Studio. One of my favorite projects that I created for Elle's Studio was this one about being grateful for my husband! He is ALWAYS there for me and no words can fully describe how grateful and blessed I am that he is my husband and best friend!

GRATEFUL SCRAPBOOK PAGE

Grateful Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels for Elle's Studio

Here are a couple more of my favorite Elle's Studio projects:


Love Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio and Gossamer Blue


Merry Christmas Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio

I was also selected to be a part of the first ever 3 Birds Studio Design Team as well as their Design Team and Social Media Coordinator. I really enjoyed working with everyone in "the nest" at 3 Birds as well as the awesome designers on the team! Here are a few of my favorite 3 Birds projects.

I ADORE YOU - FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE

I Adore You Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 3 Birds Design

One thing that 3 Birds introduced me to, that I have fallen in love with, is quilling! These are a couple of my favorite quilled projects.

QUILLED AND ALTERED WOODEN LETTER

Quilled and Altered Wooden Letter by Juliana Michaels featuring 3 Birds Design

QUILLED MOTHER'S DAY GIFT FRAME - FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE

Quilled Mother's Day Gift Frame by Juliana Michaels featuring 3 Birds Design

I was also a member of the SRM Stickers Design Team and one of the new products that they introduced in 2014 was adhesive vinyl. I love stickers, so this was really just one more way for me to play with them!  I created several projects for SRM Stickers using their adhesive vinyl and my Silhouette Camhere are a few of my favorites:


Adhesive Vinyl Paw Prints Dog Bowl Set by Juliana Michaels using SRM Stickers Vinyl and Paw Prints Digital Cut File

WEDDING FAVORS - FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE

Wedding Favors by Juliana Michaels featuring SRM Stickers Adhesive Vinyl

WALL DECOR USING DOLLAR TREE TRAYS - FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE & TUTORIAL

Dollar Tree Trays Wall Decor by Juliana Michaels featuring SRM Stickers Adhesive Vinyl

I started with Pebbles Inc Design Team in 2013 and our term continued into 2014. I absolutely loved creating with their products. Here are a few of my favorite projects:


Hello Spring Wall Decor by Juliana Michaels featuring Pebbles Inc

SWEET 16 BIRTHDAY CARD - FREE DIGITAL CUT FILE


HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCRAPBOOK PAGE


Last, but not least, I was blessed with another year designing for the most fabulous BoBunny! This year they released some of my favorite collections including Happy Tails. Here a few of my favorite BoBunny creations from 2014:

BORN TO BE WILD SCRAPBOOK PAGE




PAW PRINTS ON MY HEART | DOG SCRAPBOOK PAGE

Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring BoBunny

In August 2014, I launched the 17turtles Digital Cut Files Shop.  In the shop, I sell a wide variety of custom digital cut files that you can use with all electronic cutting machines. The response has been wonderful and I have lots of fun things planned for 2015 with 17turtles, so make sure you stay tuned for all of the details! Here are a couple of my favorite 17turtles projects:


Best Day Ever New Puppy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels

 SANTA GIFT TAGS - Santa No. 1, Santa No. 2 and Santa No. 3 Digital Cut Files

Santa Gift Tags by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

So, if you have stuck with me this far, then you deserve a treat! Don't you think??? How about the chance to win a little prize package???

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!


To be entered for your chance to win this awesome prize package (pictured below), 
along with your choice of $10 in 17turtles Digital Cut Files
leave a comment below by January 4th at 11:55 PM EST. 
I will then choose one lucky winner!!!

Top 10 Blog Hop 2014 Giveaway Juliana Michaels 17turtles

Also, by leaving a comment below you have the chance to win 
the Top 10 Blog Hop Grand Prize... 

Make sure you leave a comment on each blog to increase your chance of winning the Grand Prize! You have until January 4th to leave your comment! A random winner will be selected and announced on January 5th.

Top 10 Blog Hop List:

Juliana Michaels  <<<< You are here!


Thank you so much for stopping by and may all of you have a blessed, happy, crafty and creative 2015!!!!

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs

Yes, I usually post a little earlier in the day, but with Christmas coming in just 2 days, my schedule got a little off course! Last year was our first, and sadly last, Christmas with Milo the Golden Retriever that we rescued in October of 2013. As our first dog and indoor house pet, he definitely added a load of merry to our Christmas. I still struggle with missing him, but it was so helpful to relive those wonderful memories as I created these scrapbook pages.

We had taken Milo to the groomer a couple days before Christmas and he looked so handsome, with his little red scarf, as he posed in front of the Christmas tree! I realize I could have easily put both of these photos together onto one page, but the process of spending time to create a separate page for each of these photos really puts the focus on how much sweet Milo meant to me and Danny! 

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Good Cheer

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Good Cheer

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Good Cheer

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Good Cheer

I used Elle's Studio Good Cheer collection to scrap these photos. This collection was by far one of my favorite Christmas collections this year. It has a nice mix of traditional and non-traditional colors which makes if fun and festive to create with.  I was even inspired to create a sequin shaker pocket on this page using a transparency and some gold star sequins!

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Good Cheer

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Good Cheer

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Good Cheer

Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas for Dogs by Juliana Michaels featuring Elle's Studio Good Cheer

This year, we will be celebrating another first Christmas with our new puppy Lincoln and I'm looking forward to creating and recording all the wonderful memories with him!

Lincoln's First Christmas

Merry Christmas and may your hearts be filled with love and joy this holiday season!!!


Christmas Scrapbook Page Ideas | Mary Ann Jenkins 17turtles Guest Designer

Hello everyone! It's Mary Ann Jenkins here today and I am so excited to be guest designing for Juliana and her 17turtles Etsy Shop!

Christmas Scrapbook Page by Mary Ann Jenkins featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Since Christmas is just a few days away, I chose the cute Merry Merry design. I love that it has so many different pieces to play with!


Merry Merry 17turtles Digital Cut File

I started with the tree, and cut the border and inside section from two different coordinating pieces of patterned paper.

Christmas Scrapbook Page by Mary Ann Jenkins featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Next, I added my photo and the word Christmas from the cut file along with sticker words to complete my title.

Christmas Scrapbook Page by Mary Ann Jenkins featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

To finish off my layout, I cut two pieces of the holly branches and added them in with a few chipboard pieces and red sequins.

Thank you so much Juliana for letting me play with your darling cut files!

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Thank you Mary Ann for sharing this delightful Christmas scrapbook page! I invite you to visit Mary Ann's blog - I Rock Paper & Scissors - to see even more inspiring paper crafting and scrapbook projects.

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17turtles Digital Cut Files

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

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

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!!!