Paper Issues Eggs-cellent Add-ventures Linky Party Sponsored by 17turtles Digital Cut Files

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Hello 17turtles Fans! Do you have issues? Paper Issues that is?  I'm thrilled to share with you today that 17turtles is sponsoring the latest issue at Paper Issues called Eggs-cellent Add-ventures. If you are not familiar with what an "issue" is, let me explain! About twice a month, Paper Issues shares a new "issue" or theme with a fun play on words. They give you tons of examples on how you can use that issue to inspire a scrapbook page. You then create a page based on that "issue" and upload it to their linky party for a chance to win a fabulous prize. The prize this month is a $20 gift certificate to the 17turtles Digital Cut Files Shop!

For this issue, I created three brand new cut files (check them out below) that are related to the Eggs-cellent Add-ventures issue and sent them to six of the Paper Issues Design Team Members. Below is a little sneak peek of the projects they created. 

I invite you to head over to the Paper Issues blog to see the full reveal of the designers projects (they are amazing!!!) AND to get all of the details about the Eggs-cellent Add-ventures Issue!

Sneak Peek of the Paper Issues
sponsored by 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Sneak Peek of Paper Issues Eggs-cellent Add-ventures Linky Party Sponsored by 17turtles Digital Cut Files

Here are the three brand new 17turtles Digital Cut Files that were created especially for the Paper Issues Eggs-cellent Add-ventures Linky Party. They are now available in the 17turtles Digital Cut File Shop!


17turtles Digital Cut Files created for the Paper Issues Eggs-cellent Add-ventures Linky Party Sponsored by 17turtles Digital Cut Files

If you are interested in using these new cut files on your project for the Eggs-cellent Add-ventures Issue you can save 25% by using the code:

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(This code is good for 25% off any order March 30 - April 12, 2015.)


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So, what have you decided? Do you have issues??? I sure hope so and that you will join us in all the fun over on the Paper Issues blog! Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Practical Scrappers Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop + Giveaway

Happy Friday and welcome to the Practical Scrappers Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop! You may have arrived here from Majken Pullin's blog, but if not, make sure you head over there to check out what she has to share with you today too.

The Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop is a group of scrappers who are using up their scrappy stash and sharing some inspiration along the way! Today, I'm sharing a scrapbook page that I created about my my sweet Milo who passed away last May.  I miss him so much, but scrapping these photos helped me focus on all of the happy memories I have of him!

Memories Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Paw Prints & Hearts and BoBunny Happy Tails

For my stash busting, I used BoBunny's Happy Tails collection along with some wood veneer that I have been hoarding from various companies including Maya Road, American Crafts and Lawn Fawn.
Memories Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Paw Prints & Hearts and BoBunny Happy Tails

Of course, I couldn't resist throwing in a 17turtles Digital Cut Files. I used the Paw Prints & Hearts Background to add some interest to the background and to further focus on the dog theme of my layout!

Memories Dog Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Paw Prints & Hearts and BoBunny Happy Tails

Now, to help me bust even more of my stash, I'm having a
MYSTERY PRIZE PACKAGE GIVEAWAY!


So, if you are OK with winning a MYSTERY PRIZE PACKAGE, leave me comment below and let me know what is your favorite scrapbook product. You have until Monday, March 30 at 12 midnight EST to leave your comment. I will then pick one lucky person to win a fabulous mystery surprise package. And I promise, you will not be disappointed!

As I mentioned, if you just started on my blog, make sure to Majken Pullin's blog. There is tons of inspiration on each and every blog and I know there are quite a few giveaways going on as well. Happy Hopping!

Paper Issues Online Crop | Stencil Challenge

Hello friends and welcome! Today I'm sharing another scrapbook page that I created for the Paper Issues Online Crop from this past weekend. This layout was created for DeeDee's UmWow Studio Stencil Challenge.

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

Before I started playing with my stencil, I applied a coat of clear gesso to the front and back side of my background paper. The gesso helps minimize some of the warping that can occur when you start adding mixed media products to scrapbooking paper.

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

Once the background paper was dry, I placed the Jillibean Soup "Happy" Stencil on the paper and then used a palette knife to apply a layer of molding paste. I then gently lifted the stencil off the paper and repeated this process several more times. I then put the paper to the side to let the paste dry. Don't forget to wash your stencil as soon as you are finished working with the molding paste. It's much easier to remove when it's not dry!

After the molding paste was dry, I sprayed over the stenciled words with Heidi Swapp Colorshine Spray Ink. This added a large area of bold color and helped the stenciled words stand out more.

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

Here you can get a good look at the texture and interest the molding paste added to my layout. Other than the drying time, it was a super quick and easy technique.

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

To complete the background, I added some splatters of various other Heidi Swapp Colorshine Spray Ink colors, some stamping and a little bit of hand lettering. Can you read it? 

Be You Happy Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels created for the Paper Issues Online Crop using stencils, mixed media and Jillibean Soup.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the Stencil challenge. Have you ever used stencils on your scrapbook pages? If you'd like to join in the fun, you can find out more about this challenge and all the other challenges on the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Page. There are tons of great challenges and prizes, including one sponsored by 17turtles where you have the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the 17turtles Shop! 

What are you waiting for? I invite you to head on over to the Paper Issues Facebook Page and get scrapping!

Paper Issues Online Crop | 17turtles Cut File Challenge

This weekend Paper Issues hosted an Online Crop on their Facebook Page (Paper Issues Friends & Fans) with loads of great challenges and prizes, including one sponsored by 17turtles. The 17turtles Altered Cut File Challenge is for you to use a digital cut file on your project and to add some color to it by either cutting the image from colored cardstock or patterned paper OR you can add color with paint, ink, sprays, etc. By playing along with my challenge you have the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the 17turtles Shop! All of the challenges are open until March 29, so you still have plenty of time to join in the fun and enter for your chance to win some amazing prizes!

Here is the layout that I created for the Cut File Challenge using some photos of Danny giving Woody a bath!

This Happened Horse Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Dancing Circles and created for the Paper Issues Online Crop 17turtles Cut File Challenge

For my take on the challenge, I used a new 17turtles Cut File called Dancing Circles.  I cut the image from white cardstock and then added color to it using a combination of watercolors and gelatos.


This Happened Horse Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Dancing Circles and created for the Paper Issues Online Crop 17turtles Cut File Challenge

To help prevent the cut image from warping, I applied a coat of clear gesso to both sides of it. Once the gesso was dry, I then added the watercolor and gelatos.

This Happened Horse Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Dancing Circles and created for the Paper Issues Online Crop 17turtles Cut File Challenge

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILES | DANCING CIRCLES

17turtles Digital Cut File Dancing Circles

I hope you will join in and play along with some of the great challenges for the Paper Issues Crop! You're invited to stop back by tomorrow to see my take DeeDee's UmWow Studio Stencil.

CREATE Magazine | March 2015

If you are looking for a great source of scrapbooking and card making inspiration, then I invite you to check out Scrapbook Generation's Create. The March 2015 issue of Scrapbook Generation's Create magazine is LIVE and you can check out the new issue HERE.

Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine March 2015

I have several projects in this issue as one of their Design Team Members and here are some sneak peeks to entice you...

Sneak Peek Hello Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup for Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine March 2015

Sneak Peek Hello Tag by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup for Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine March 2015

I used the new Jillibean Soup Summer Red Raspberry Soup collection on all three of my projects. This collection is so perfect for spring related projects with it's soft pastels and beautiful watercolor style.

Sneak Peek Live Love Laugh Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup for Scrapbook Generation's Create Magazine March 2015

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and check out the March 2015 CREATE!

Happy Hoppy Easter | The Evolution Of A Scrapbook Page

Hi there! Suzanna here to share with you the evolution of a layout created using 17turtles Digital Cut Files! The end result, as seen here, and the end result as conceptualized are far from the same. That's okay, I am pleased as can be with the outcome.  It just wasn't what I had set out to do. A happy accident, shall we say?

Hoppy Easter Scrapbook Page Layout by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Happy Hoppy Easter

This layout was always going to have a grid format and it was always going to be an 8.5x11 sized page. It was also always going to incorporate those particular patterned papers. What evolved was how I ended up using the cut files. My original plan had been to weld the title words of the cut files together, as I did. I then wanted to cut the words individually from four different patterned papers and insert them into the negative (or background) which I would cut into a 4x6 rectangle.

Welding with the Silhouette Cameo using 17turtles Digital Cut File Happy Hoppy Easter

The welding was easy. All you have to do is ungroup the set and move things around as you want them lined up then click on the "modify" button on the top, right hand side of your screen. Next click on "weld" in the window that appears. See, I told you it was easy. Now, if you knew what you were doing ahead of time, I would recommend that you duplicate/copy these words at this size before you click weld and then move them off your printable area so that you have the correct size "inserts" to insert into the negative space. You would then cut the four words from four different patterned papers. However, I didn't like that! I couldn't see the words distinct and it was too busy…

Hoppy Easter Scrapbook Page Layout by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Happy Hoppy Easter

I decided to try and use my sketch pens and outline the negative, or background, on the pastel yellow cardstock, then use the same four patterned paper cut words to insert, hoping that this would fix the busy and make things more distinct. That plan didn't turn out as expected. But it did leave me with the foundation of what I have on the final page. The welded words, once cut, had some of the sketch pen on them and I really liked that shadowed look. SO, I scrapped the patterned paper words and the sketch pen background and decided to offset for an additional layer of color.

Hoppy Easter Scrapbook Page Layout by Suzanna Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut File Happy Hoppy Easter

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the step by step behind the scenes process of what ended up on the page!

I used two NEW 17turtles Cut Files on my layout that are now available in the 17turtles Shop!

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILES | EGGCELLENT ADVENTURE

17turtles Digital Cut Files Eggcellent Adventure

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILES | HAPPY HOPPY EASTER

17turtles Digital Cut Files Happy Hoppy Easter

For even more scrapbook page inspiration from Suzanna check out this adorable St. Patrick's Day layout that she created using an image from a Christmas Cut File called Plaid Plaid Christmas! She also shares a great Silhouette Cameo Welding tip that you'll love as well!

Lucky You St. Patrick's Day Scrapbook Page by Suzana Lee featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files

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Hoppy Easter | A SRM Stickers & 17turtles Sneak Peek

Happy Monday 17turtles Fans! Today I am thrilled to share with you a sneak peek of a project that I created for SRM Stickers! You can visit their blog to see the full project and all the details. It is a cute Easter Treat Container and Easter Card that I created to kick start 2 weeks of 17turtles and SRM Stickers inspiration and fun on the SRM Stickers blog. Starting today and then every day over the next 2 weeks I invite you to visit the SRM blog to check out a wide variety of projects created by the SRM Stickers Design Team and enter for your chance to win one of two $15 gift certificates to the 17turtles Shop!

Hoppy Easter Treat Container by Juliana Michaels featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files and SRM Stickers Adhesive Vinyl and Stamps

My SRM Stickers project features Happy Hoppy Easter. This is just one of three new 17turtles Digital Cut Files that are now available in the 17turtles Shop. All three of them are perfect for all your Easter crafting and egg hunting adventures! 


To celebrate this special team up even more, I am offering a special discount code for SRM Stickers and 17turtles fans - 17TURTLES25SRM

You can use this code any time, between now and March 31, to save 25% on any order in the 17turtles Shop!

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17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | HAPPY HOPPY EASTER


17turtles Digital Cut File Hoppy Easter

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | EGGSCELLENT ADVENTURE


17turtles Digital Cut File Eggcellent Adventure

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILE | EASTER CHICKS


17turtles Digital Cut File Easter Chicks

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How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial

Hi everyone! Happy Monday to you! Hope you've had some time to scrap this weekend! Today it's Monique with a fun tutorial using the Silhouette Cameo Sketch Pens with one of the 17turtles Digital Cut Files called This Is Magic.

I made this layout about our tradition to celebrate the start of the summer holidays with our favorite pastry. For the background I used the 17turtles Circle Grid Digital Cut File and for the title I used one of the words from the This Is Magic cut file, but instead of only cutting my title, I used my sketch pen first. Here’s what I created:

Memories Scrapbook Page by Monique Liedtke featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files Circle Grid and This Is Magic

And here's how I did it. I opened the cut file in my Silhouette software.

How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Monique Liedtke

I chose the words I thought I wanted to use for my layout and deleted the other words.

How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Monique Liedtke

I resized them and because I wasn't sure of the size I wanted I also copied one. Next I clicked "send to Silhouette", "adjust cut settings", chose "cardstock" and then chose "Sketch Pen" (which you'll find under the drop down arrow next to "Ratchet Blade"). Remove you Silhouette blade and replace with a Silhouette sketch pen and click cut.

How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Monique Liedtke

It's very important that you leave the cutting mat and the images in place when the Silhouette has finished sketching your title! Do NOT remove the mat from the machine!!!

Next select your shapes and click on "offset your selected shapes" (it's the circles icon at the bottom of your screen) and if you wish you can adjust the offset distance on the right side of your screen.

How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Monique Liedtke

Once you've done that you have to remove the black shapes before you start cutting.

How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Monique Liedtke

So when you start cutting it looks like this: don't forget to replace your Silhouette Sketch Pen with the Silhouette blade and to select the cardstock option in the settings window on the right side of your screen.

How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Monique Liedtke

And when you're done your title will look like this.

How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens | A Silhouette Cameo Tutorial by Monique Liedtke

Very easy, right? Next a few close-ups of my page.

Memories Scrapbook Page by Monique Liedtke featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files Circle Grid and This Is Magic

Memories Scrapbook Page by Monique Liedtke featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files Circle Grid and This Is Magic

Memories Scrapbook Page by Monique Liedtke featuring 17turtles Digital Cut Files Circle Grid and This Is Magic


This was my layout & tutorial for the 17turtles blog today, hope you like it! And these are the 17turtles Digital Cut Files I used for my layout. They are available now in the 17turtles Shop!

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILES | THIS IS MAGIC

17turtles Digital Cut Files This Is Magic www.17turtles.com

17TURTLES DIGITAL CUT FILES | CIRCLE GRID

17turtles Digital Cut Files Circle Grid www.17turtles.com

Thank you so much for visiting the 17turtles blog today!
Xoxo Monique

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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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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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