February 10, 2017

DIY Birthday Shrine: Celebrate that special day in style

DIY Birthday Shrine from JulieChats.com Do you decorate your mantel for holidays? Seasons? Special occasions? How about birthdays? They’re special days too, right?

A few years ago, I got an idea. This idea was borne out of guilt, I have to say. It’s the guilt I felt when I didn’t really feel in the birthday spirit when it was time for my little guy’s birthday. Now his birthday is in January, so I bet many of you can relate…. The house was finally free of Christmas hoopla and actually clean for the first time since Thanksgiving. (Come on, you don’t really dust UNDER the Christmas decorations, do you?

Back to my dilemma, Jake’s birthday was coming. We weren’t having a huge party. Having done all those crazy huge parties with my daughter (who is 7 years older than her brother), I realized with Jake, that a celebration with just a few family and friends was all he needed for his day special day. Plus the fact that with a daughter in 1st grade when he was born and being in business for myself didn’t leave me a lot of time for playgroups with my second born, so there weren’t a lot of little kid/little kid parents to please.

The day was coming and I started feeling bad that I didn’t have a big party planned. The thought of  “streamer-ing” my whole house crossed my mind and then left very quickly with the thought of clean up. So I looked at the mantel and thought, HEY, I can make a little “Jake Shrine” up there and he’ll be really excited!DIY Birthday Shrine by juliechats.comSo I grabbed all the photos of him I could find. Some in frames, some not, a few printed out of those machines at Chuck E Cheese. I arranged them on the mantel and added a garland of kitchen string and snapshots held onto it with mini clothes pins from IKEA.

Little did I know that I was starting the annual tradition of the “Birthday Shrine.” Delaney loved it so much, she insisted she have one for her birthday too. Who can deny the girl who spent 7 years (minus 7 weeks) as an only child, only to be excited and then shocked by the arrival of this attention grabbing boy?DIY Birthday Shrine by juliechats.com

After that first shrine, I started checking out the Target Dollar Spot, searching for inexpensive, bright, cheerful birthday decor that would work for boys or girls. I found garlands and lights that grab our attention. This year I added a few Heidi Swapp Marquee letter and shape lights, filled with glitter paper. Jake started asking about his shrine as soon as the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve. His birthday is January 31st, so I made him wait a few weeks. (I needed a chance to put away Christmas and remove the 6 inches of dust from the mantel.) I always put up the shrine when the kids aren’t home, just so I can see their faces when they get home from school to find their smiling faces plastered all over the mantel.

Another fun idea for celebrating special occasions is using the Heidi Swapp lightbox to put someone’s “name in lights.” The kids love changing out the letters and phrases for holidays, birthdays and any other special days they can think of.

DIY Birthday Shrine by juliechats.com

DIY Birthday Shrine by juliechats.com

I hadn’t really thought about posting about the shrine on my blog, until a couple friends commented what a great idea it was and that they’d never seen anything quite like it. So here’s our traditional Birthday Shrine in all it’s glory. I love this idea because it’s inexpensive and shows my special people that they’re loved for a few weeks every year. Yes, Jake’s shrine is still up. I’m debating taking it down and putting up a few Valentine decorations, but I’m also sort of lazy and the thought of putting up Valentine decor and taking it down before I put up Delaney’s shrine is tiring. 🙂 So we’ll see!DIY Birthday Shrine by juliechats.com

I hope you enjoy the shrine! If you like it too, leave me a comment and let me know your favorite way to celebrate the special people in your life. Thanks for stopping by!DIY Birthday Shrine by juliechats.com

DIY Birthday Shrine from JulieChats.com

DIY Birthday Shrine by juliechats.com

January 31, 2017

Uboxing Arrivals from the Planner Boss Collective Sale – Studio L2E

The January Sale from the Planner Boss Collective was amazing! Around 100 shops joined in the fun offering discounts and sale prices on all sorts of planner merchandise. From stickers to stamps, dashboards and accessories, there was something for everyone! I put in three orders this time and I’m really excited to see everything in person. My first order to arrive was from Studio L2E! Being just across town from them cut down on travel time, I’m sure! Today I’m sharing the stamps I ordered during the sale and giving a few tips and suggestions for using them in planners and papercraft projects.

Shop vicariously through me today and see what’s in my order!

January 30, 2017

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Unboxing Video

I’m excited to be sharing the very first Seasonal Surprise Box from Erin Condren! When this little gem of Happy Mail arrived, I couldn’t wait to shoot a video and share it with you! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered this box. The theme is Winter of Wonder and I think it lived up to its name. The box is packed with colorful goodies that will help make the long, dark winter just a little brighter this year. I figured there would be stickers in the box. I wasn’t disappointed! And I was pleasantly surprised at all the other fun and useful things I found. I’m really excited to see what’s inside the next Seasonal Surprise Box! Watch my video and comment below letting me know which is your favorite surprise product!

And if you’re a planner sticker fan, click “Planner Shop” at the top of this page to see what’s new in my Etsy shop too.

As always, I’ll be sharing my favorite planner pages over on my planner Instagram account, so see you over there!

January 9, 2017

January 2017 Week 1 Erin Condren Life Planner Setup

It’s here! January has arrived! And for the first week of the year, I chose my new stickers from The Planner Society December Sticker Kit to help me kick off the New Year. Erin Condren Life Planner Week 1 2017 decorated with stickers from The Planner Society Sticker Kit, stamps from CZ Design by Cathy Zielske and inks from Ali Edwards Design Maker: Julie@JulieChats.com

I’m in LOVE with the colors in this month’s kit! vibrant reds, blues, yellows and aquas. Right up my alley as far as color goes. Then there’s the plaid! Not being a super floral-y girl, this is definitely my favorite kit so far!Erin Condren Life Planner Week 1 2017 decorated with stickers from The Planner Society Sticker Kit, stamps from CZ Design by Cathy Zielske and inks from Ali Edwards Design Maker: Julie@JulieChats.com

For this week’s setup, I covered the days of the week and date numbers with patterned flags and added the colored day stickers below them. Then I used my favorite number stamps from Cathy Zielske to stamp the date numbers. Cathy releases some really cool stamps, but supplies are limited, so I’m not sure if she’ll be releasing this one again, but I hope she does, it’s really great! Check Cathy’s shop to see what she’s offering right now.

Erin Condren Life Planner Week 1 2017 decorated with stickers from The Planner Society Sticker Kit, stamps from CZ Design by Cathy Zielske and inks from Ali Edwards Design Maker: Julie@JulieChats.com

I put appointments in the center section this week using icons and the little patterned stickers with blanks in the center. In the bottom section, I used the heart flag stickers to make short to-do lists for each day. I’m not sure if I’ll keep up this format all year. I took a break from the Erin Condren Life Planner last year, but I ended up missing the simple vertical setup where I can see the whole week at once, so I thought I’d give it another try. I’m looking forward to getting into a rhythm using my Life Planner for my personal and family planning this year.

Erin Condren Life Planner Week 1 2017 decorated with stickers from The Planner Society Sticker Kit, stamps from CZ Design by Cathy Zielske and inks from Ali Edwards Design Maker: Julie@JulieChats.com

I’m late getting my setup for this week posted. But hopefully I will have my post ready earlier for the upcoming week. I hope you’re enjoying January so far and that your planning is helping you to enjoy life and relax every chance you get. See you soon!
Erin Condren Life Planner Week 1 2017 decorated with stickers from The Planner Society Sticker Kit, stamps from CZ Design by Cathy Zielske and inks from Ali Edwards Design Maker: Julie@JulieChats.com

PS – I had a chance to list my first two collections of planner stickers in my Etsy shop this weekend! I’m really excited to share them with you and I’ll have a post ready in the next few days. Visit my Etsy Shop: JulieChatsPlans to see what I’ve been working on!

December 16, 2016

Christmas Snowflake Gift Tag

Hi! We’re deep in the middle of December and here, in the Portland area, we’re also snowed in again. No, most of you won’t think that 2-3 inches qualifies as being snowed in. But, if you’ve ever been to Portland in the middle of a “snow event,” you’ll understand. All sorts of factors combine in a sort of “Perfect Storm” scenerio to cause just a little bit of snow to keep people in their homes for the duration. All the white outside got me thinking about using the wintery stamps and dies I recently received from Technique Tuesday. And this time of year is the perfect time to whip up a few tags for all those gifts that need wrapping. So I gathered a few supplies and made a tag I think you’ll love. I really like how it turned out using a couple easy techniques and supplies I had in my craft room. I’ll be writing the “To” and “From” in silver Sharpie on the back, in case you’re wondering.

Snowflake Tag by Julie at www.juliechats.com

I filmed a video, so you can see how easy it was to create this tag. Follow along and let me know if you have any questions! I hope you enjoy my project and the Christmas music too!

I used the Being Unique stamp set and Sparkle and Shine dies from Technique Tuesday. All the other products are listed in the video description.


November 10, 2016

Paper Issues Christmas Unboxing Video: I’ve Got Happy Mail

Hi all! Today I’m sharing my Happy Mail from Paper Issues. I won a gift certificate recently and used it to grab some inspiring Christmas papers and embellishments. Of course, I grabbed a few other things too!

Paper Issues Christmas Unboxing Video

I’m so excited to make some Christmas projects now! If you’re shopping for supplies for your holiday projects, be sure to check out Paper Issues for a huge selection of the newest, coolest paper crafting supplies.

November 8, 2016

Get to Work Book Planner Setup Video

Today I’m sharing a spread from my Get to Work Book planner. I use this planner to keep track of my business To Do lists and projects. The Get to Work Book is the perfect tool to help entrepreneurs with goal setting and project management. Check out my new video and I’ll show you all the useful features of this great planner.

Get to Work Book Planner Setup Video

If you’re interested in the Get to Work Book, stop over and check them out at gettoworkbook.com.

November 5, 2016

Halloween Week Planner Setup with The Planner Society Stickers

Hi! I hope you’ve been having a great week. I’ve been finishing up an online entrepreneur workshop, so it’s been a really nice week. I’ve learned a ton and met a lot of very nice people. I made a quick video to share featuring my spread for this week in my Carpe Diem planner. Check it out & let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 29, 2016

Planner Setup with The Planner Society October Sticker Kit

I love the color scheme of the October Kit from The Planner Society! I subscribe to the sticker kit and it’s really great this month, filled with green, yellow, navy, copper and shades of green. I was excited to use it for this week’s spread in my Carpe Diem planner. To coordinate with the kit, I choose some of the Studio Calico Color Theory Inks. I show how I chose them and a couple that didn’t work with the stickers. To keep myself more organized and my planner pages looking neat, I use a bunch of sets of Studio L2E planner stamps. I really love their boxes and icons to add style and stand out in my layout and catch my attention, since that’s what planning in a paper planner is about to me: Get your To-Do’s out there on paper, just stamping & writing will help you process what you’ve got going on each week.

I’m going to try and share a setup video each week. Since this is my first, I think it’s a bit too long. So I’ll work on timing in future videos. I’ll also work on getting the videos published quicker. The editing on this one took longer than I wanted. But I really like how my spread turned out and I think you will too! Click on the video to visit my YouTube page and watch more videos. Be sure to subscribe to my channel and you’ll get a notification when my next videos are posted.

October Planner Society Sticker Kit Setup

I hope you enjoy the video! Let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!


October 21, 2016

Organize Those Planner Supplies

A week or so ago, I finally put together the 4 tier spinner that I picked up at Harbor Freight this summer. I kept seeing people use them in their craft rooms and I just can’t say no to yet another way to organize my overflowing abundance of supplies. This spinner seemed like a good answer to my problem of always having to dig out my box of planner supplies. Yet another reason I haven’t been as good as I’d like keeping up on my planner…or at least that’s what I tell myself.

Organize Your Planner Supplies

Here’s the video, so you can see how I organized the spinner. I did speed up the organization part, so it doesn’t take the entire 20 minutes it took in real life.

I’d love to hear your organizing tips and how you stay motivated to keep up with your planner!

I’ll be back soon sharing a planner process video and a few other organizing projects from my studio.

Thanks for stopping by!


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