Send­ing Hugs & Kisses

CardMaker - - Contents - By Brooke Smith

Juliana Michaels be­gan her ca­reer in the pa­per-craft and scrap­book in­dus­try in 2007, but she has been cre­at­ing since she was a child. Her artis­tic tal­ent shines through in the cards she’s de­signed for

CardMaker along with her work for var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers in the in­dus­try. As a for­mer de­sign team mem­ber for the CardMaker blog, she has con­trib­uted many beau­ti­ful projects for our read­ers and con­tin­ues to in­spire with the cards she shares with us! Juliana also has her own blog, www.17tur­tles. com; you’ll want to make sure to visit and sign up for her weekly email where she shares ideas, tips and tech­niques along with free dig­i­tal cut files! We’re ex­cited to fea­ture Juliana in this is­sue and hope you’ll en­joy learn­ing more about this gifted artist!

Please tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self and

how you got started cre­at­ing cards: 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 mul­ti­tal­ented 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 15 years ago I found my true pas­sion in pa­per craft­ing and scrap­book­ing. I have been a project de­signer in the pa­per-craft/ scrap­book in­dus­try since 2007 and I’ve been for­tu­nate to work for many top man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing: Bo-Bunny, Bella BLVD, Elle’s Stu­dio, SRM Stick­ers, Provo Craft, Peb­bles Inc., Therm O Web Inc. 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 & Hobby As­so­ci­a­tion Trade Show. Most re­cently I started a new jour­ney in my cre­ative ca­reer and ful­filled a life­long dream to cre­ate graphics and prod­uct de­sign as a graphic artist for Jil­libean Soup. 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 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.

I grew up in a cre­ative house­hold lov­ing art, de­sign and mak­ing things with my hands.

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