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!

Julie

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!

Julie

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!

Julie

October 16, 2016

December Daily 2016 Unboxing

Hi, it’s Julie and I’m back to share my very 1st YouTube video. Now I’ve been making and editing videos for YouTube for a couple years now. But those videos have all been for clients. This is the first video that I posted to my new YouTube channel. I plan to use the channel to share my creations and the new products that I’ll be adding to my Esty shop in the near future. (Like this week!!!)  I realize that I could have edited this video a bit more, but I’d love to get to a place where I could share a few videos each week over there and less time editing = more videos. One of my biggest issues is trying to make things perfect before I put them out. So I’m working to change that and to just put things out there! Going under the assumption that I can make a huge change like this, I hope to be sharing more videos with you really soon! I have a couple ready for editing that I think you’ll enjoy. I’d love it if you subscribed to my channel and check out my shop.

December Daily Kit Unboxing by JulieChats.com

This first video is an unboxing of my December Daily kit. I’ve long been a fan of Ali Edwards and her design style. I know a lot of people out there are considering purchasing the DD kit or parts of it. So here’s a quick look at the main kit and also the kit by Pam Garrison. Of course I bought a set of new stamps too (do we ever have enough stamps?).

Check it out & let me know what you think:

 

Thanks for stopping by!

May 22, 2016

Planner Clip Tutorial

Hi, this is Julie. I’m here today to share some quick Planner Clips I made for a recent Portland area Planner Meetup. Here’s a quick video tutorial for my clips. Keep reading for a more detailed, step by step tutorial.

These clips take just a few minutes to make and were made from my stash of scraps and a couple things we all have around the house. Deciding on which scraps to use will probably take longer than making one! I love using clips on my planners to make the sections stand out. It’s fun to have a pile of clips to choose from, so feel free to use your imagination and my simple tips to make your own clips.

IMG_0939I like to have all my tools & supplies together on my desk before I start a project. I am a very visual person and having things out in my craft room inspires me. I plan out my projects in my head and then gather my tools. For this clip, I wanted a nice solid, symmetrical shape. I’m kinda big on symmetry and being able to fold the background piece in half to hide the clip is a great way to make the process simple and quick.  The shape I chose is the Hexagon die from Technique Tuesday.

IMG_0915For the decoration on my clip, I chose another die cut piece and a little snippet of ribbon. I made about 30 of these clips for the meetup, so I wanted them to be versatile, so anyone could use it in their planner, or even in a pocket page or layout. You never really know how someone might use a product, so versatility is important. I chose the 16 from the Twenty 15-16 die set from Technique Tuesday. It’s 2016, so I figured everyone could use it in their planner.

IMG_0914IMG_0926When it came to paper and ribbon, I went straight to my scraps. I keep a big box of scraps to use in future projects. I also keep two large wire baskets filled with odds & ends of ribbon, in addition to a drawer where I’ve been hoarding $1 rolls of American Crafts ribbon.

IMG_0925Once I had everything together, making the clip went super fast. For time’s sake, I’ll share photos of the process and just a little explanation, since the steps are pretty simple.

IMG_09161) Cut the hexagon shape out of scrap paper.

IMG_0921IMG_09222) Score the shape with a scoring board or fold it in half widthwise.

IMG_0919IMG_09203) Cut the 16 shape out of coordinating scrap paper. 4) Removing delicate shapes from dies can be a little challenging. Poke a push pin through the little holes in the die to make it easier.

IMG_09235) Apply adhesive to the die cut shape.

IMG_09246) Mount the shape onto the folded base.

IMG_09277) Cut a 3″ piece of coordinating ribbon.

IMG_09328) Put a little dot of hot glue in the center of the ribbon.

IMG_09309) Fold the ribbon in half.

IMG_0934IMG_093510) Use hot glue to attach the ribbon and a large paperclip to the hexagon piece, as shown.

IMG_093611) Use a finger to smooth and press the hexagon shape together. Hot glue dries quickly, so the clip should be cooled and ready to use in less than 30 seconds.

IMG_0938Your planner clip is all ready to go!

2016-04-09 17.44.00Make a pile to share with friends, or add a little variety to your clips when you cut a stack of bases and decorate with other small die cut shapes.

If you’re a planner girl in the Portland area, check out the Oregon Planner Society on Facebook. It’s a private group, but they accept all planners from the area.

February 12, 2015

Valentine Candy Pockets

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

Last year, the kids and I made some fun, Lego Valentines for his class. All the kids loved them and it was great to have a non-candy alternative. This year, Jake wants to include candy with his Valentines, so when I started thinking of what we could make, I kept that in mind. I always think of my Silhouette Cameo first when I have projects like this. I wonder what I can design & cut to add a little fun to my projects. Right away, I thought of making these little Valentine Candy Pockets to hold the candy. So, decoration was my next step. I just love the new License Plate collection from Technique Tuesday’s CHA 2015 release. There is a License Plate Frame steel die and two coordinating stamp sets, a License Plate Alphabet and the Rock Star set that includes a license plate frame and cute, abbreviated sayings like you might find on a custom license plate. Being a seven year old boy who loves cars, I knew Jake would flip over these tiny license plates.  I was right, when he saw the stamps, he went crazy thinking of what else we could put them on. And, being new to reading, he loved sounding out the fun sentiments and figuring out what they meant.  So, I knew we had a hit on our hands. I went to work creating a quick die cut pocket design that’s about 3″x4″ and can be cut two to a page on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. (Since I have almost a ream of red cardstock leftover from my invitation design days.)

I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are some photos of how we created these Valentine Candy Pockets:

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

 

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

 

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

 

Here’s a fun video of all the pockets stamped and ready to be folded and put together: Valentine Candy Pockets

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

 

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

 

 

Valentine Candy Pockets by Julie @JulieChats.com

December 6, 2014

Project Life Senior Year Album

Hi there! I really have been meaning to get some blog posts ready for you. But my business/work plans have really taken off since October. I’m very excited and working SUPER HARD right now! This year my One Little Word has been THRIVE. I’ve been horrible at keeping up with my OLW album. I’m thinking of keeping this word next year and going back and doing the prompts each month. After my dad passed away in February, I was lost and not thinking creatively for a while. But after the kids got back to school in the fall, a lot of my plans started falling into place. I’ll get more into detail on all I’m up to soon, I promise!

But one of the projects I took on, around the time my dad passed away, was a Senior Year Project Life Album. I haven’t made a Project Life album for anyone else before, but I knew this was the perfect way to approach this album for a friend and past co-worker of mine. She wanted me to create an album for her son’s senior year and we decided that the Project Life/Pocket Scrapping approach would be perfect. The album is for her son and I’m using the Midnight Project Life core kit, as well as lots of paper and embellishments she purchased, thinking she would have time to do a traditional album herself. Well, life gets in the way, so I’m working on her album for her, using her supplies, the high school “Life Cards” I have designed and my trusty Silhouette Cameo.

Here’s a look at the project!  Let me know if you have any questions or would like me to design a set of custom Life Cards in your high school colors. With the all the time involved in designing each set of cards, printing & cutting them, I’m thinking of selling them as digital files now, so you can print as many as you need.

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Album created by @juliechats

Project Life Senior Year Album created by @juliechatsCheck back soon!  I have some fun project being featured in a Technique Tuesday video and some project for Plus Corp’s CHA booth to share!

 

October 31, 2014

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

After I made this fun fall layout, I thought I’d share a tutorial with you on how to create a script chipboard word using the Silhouette Cameo.  You can see more details of the whole layout over on the Craft Warehouse Blog, where I’m a Design Team Member.  I don’t know about you, but I love the look of the chipboard letters, like THICKERS, on all my papercrafting projects.  But for this project, I wanted to use as many of the beautiful patterns as possible.  My Design Team assignment was to create a layout using the new Grateful collection from Authentique Papers.  The collection features a variety of patterns and colors that are perfect for fall.  For my title, I used two different alphabet sticker fonts from the collection, but I wanted the word “leaves” to have a little more oomph. So, I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo digital die cut machine and the Silhouette chipboard to add some dimension to my title.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

I created the design for my layout in the Silhouette Studio Software, so I opened that file and chose a script font (Mistral) from the font list and typed my word approximately where it would appear on the layout.  I sized my word on the layout for this project, but I could have, just as easily, measured the space available on my paper layout and sized my word according to that.  As you can see, there are small lines between the letters of my word.  These lines are breaks in the word.  In order to weld your letters together and create a true script shape, there are a few more steps to follow before we can cut.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

It is necessary to Ungroup your word in order to move the letters closer together, so they overlap.  I Ungroup my words by holding down CTRL and the “U” key.   You can also find Ungroup in the lower left hand corner of the software. (It’s in the far left box, the first icon is Group and the second is Ungroup.  You’ll see Ungroup has already been selected in this screen shot.)  You can tell that a shape is Ungrouped by looking for the thin boxes around each letter, as shown above.  The word “leaves” has already been Ungrouped in this shot.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

Next, click outside the area of your word, to deselect it.  Then click each letter, one at a time and nudge them toward the left.  I typically select the second letter and nudge it so that it barely overlaps the first letter and then do this with each subsequent letter. (You can move or nudge a selected item by using the arrow keys on your keyboard.)

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

Here is what the word looks like after all of the letters have been moved so that they overlap the previous letter.  Notice the tiny amount of overlap between each letter.  This overlap is necessary for the WELD command to work.  As long as your letter, or shape, is overlapped, it can be welded together.  In this shot, all of the individual letters have been selected and are ready to be welded together.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

With all your letters selected, choose the OBJECT drop-down menu, then MODIFY and WELD.  As you can see in this photo, the letters have been welded together.  There are no red lines (cut lines) between the letters.  Now the word is a true script word and is ready to be cut on the machine.  I wanted to give my word quite a bit of dimension, so I decided to cut the word three times out of the Silhouette chipboard.  Instead inserting the mat into the machine and cutting three separate times, I used the REPLICATE feature.  With the word selected, choose the OBJECT drop-down menu again, then REPLICATE and COLUMN OF THREE.  You now have three copies of your object.  You can leave them as they are or move them closer together to save paper.  I cut one word out of my printed paper and three words out of the Silhouette chipboard, using the settings provided by the software.  I find that my machine usually cuts perfectly according to the software settings.  But, when it seems to be having a hard time cutting through my material, I lower the blade one more notch than is recommended and that usually works fine.  If I’m still having problems, it’s probably time to replace my mat and blade.  I replace mats and blades every six months, but I use my machine frequently to create designs for clients, so you may have to replace yours less often.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

After cutting out the chipboard and patterned paper words, I was very impressed with how easily the machine cut the thin chipboard.  This was my first time using it and I can’t wait to try it on other projects.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

I love the simplicity of my Xyron for projects like this.  I insert my paper and chipboard pieces in one end, crank the handle and my shapes come out the other side as adhesive stickers.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

Next, I carefully stacked all three chipboard words on top of each other, one at a time.  As the last step, I applied the patterned paper word to the top of the stack.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

You can see how the layers of chipboard give an added dimension to the word.  Time to add it to my page.

Chipboard Word Silhouette Tutorial by Julie @JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper  #silhouettecameo

I hope this tutorial has been easy to understand and follow.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this process in the comments.  Thanks so much for stopping by and following along.  I post updates and sneak peeks of my projects over on my Facebook Page.  I’d love it if you’d follow me over there or on other forms of social media.  Check the buttons at the top of the right hand column to see where I hang out.  Thanks again, Julie

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