ABOUT

17turtles is the go-to place for paper crafting enthusiasts who want to learn more about card making, mixed media, and all things paper crafting.


17turtles began in 2008 as a way for me to share my scrapbooking and paper crafting projects. I have continued to do this over the years along with sharing inspiration, tips, tutorials, sketches, and free digital cut files. I believe everyone has a story to share and an inner artist waiting to be set free. Scrapbooking is not only about preserving memories, it's also a creative outlet that can help reduce stress and provides tons of joy and happiness. This is what scrapbooking and paper crafting do for me and I want to help you feel the same way about creating!


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SO WHO IS THE CREATIVE BEHIND 17TURTLES?

I'm so happy you asked! 17turtles was founded by me, Juliana Michaels. I grew up in a creative household loving art, design, and making things with my hands. I give all the credit for my creativity to my multi-talented Mom who loved to paint, sew and draw. My Mom also photographed our daily lives and kept all of these photos stored and displayed in photo albums. Nearly 20 years ago I found my true passion in paper crafting and scrapbooking.

I've been a project designer in the paper craft/scrapbook industry since 2007 and I've been fortunate to work for many top scrapbooking manufacturers including: BoBunny, Bella Blvd, Elle's Studio, SRM Stickers, Provocraft, Pebbles, Therm O Web and Jillibean Soup. My projects have been published in a variety of magazines and idea books and I've had projects displayed at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. You can view my full, detailed resume here.

In 2015,  I started a new journey in my creative career and fulfilled a life long dream to create graphics and product design as a graphic artist for Jillibean Soup. When I'm not creating for work, I love to create cards, home decor and other craft projects.

Over the years, my style has evolved and my interests in different types of paper crafting have changed. I initially began as a scrapbooker and then several years ago transitioned into card making. Most recently, I've fallen in love with a more mixed media and even grungy, vintage style that really feels like home to me. As someone who easily becomes bored with the same thing all the time, I will continue to share a mix of products and styles with you. I realize this may be confusing to many people, but I love to create and sometimes I love clean and simple and cute little critters and other times I love getting my hands messy with some grunge and distress. I truly love just creating and sharing what I create with others!

Bless You Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Honey Bee Designs Stamps. This card can by found in the Summer 2017 issue of CardMaker Magazine.

On the personal side, I'm married to Danny, my best friend and the love of my life. I'm also mom to two Golden Retrievers named Lincoln and Shirley and an American Paint Horse named Woody. I have a fondness for coffee, Mexican food, turtles, Halloween and antiquing. In my spare time I love crafting, card making, scrapbooking, playing with Lincoln and Shirley, enjoying the outdoors, and reading science and historical fiction.


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