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!


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

October 31, 2014

30 Days of Thankful Mini Album

30 Days of Thankful Mini Album by Julie@JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper #americancrafts #silhouettecameo #aliedwardsdesign

Today I’m sharing my 30 Days of Thankful Mini Album.  This album documents every day in November 2013.  Each day, I shot a photo of something I was feeling thankful for that day and shared it on Instagram, along with a little more detail about my gratitude.  2013 was the second year I participated in the 30 Days of Thankful project.  I love how participating forces me to take a little time each day to think about things I’m thankful for.  Of course, we’re all thankful for things like families, kids and having a roof over our heads, but there are also so many small things that fly by buried in our busy days.  Those little things are important too.  The little things are what our everyday live are all about.  If you’re interested in participating in 30 Days of Thankful this year, I’d encourage you to hop over to Cathy Zielske’s blog and read more about it.  Cathy is one of my favorite “scrapbook gurus.”  She has an awesome, clean style and her mission is to take the ‘crap out of scrapbooking.  I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that’s a super cool mission!

30 Days of Thankful Mini Album by Julie@JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper #americancrafts #silhouettecameo #aliedwardsdesign

So, here’s my album for 2013.  Just in case you have some idea, after looking at my book, that I’m super organized, STOP RIGHT THERE!  Yes, I shot a photo every day last November, and I even uploaded almost all of them to Instagram.  But these photos have lived in my computer until very recently.  I’m a member of the Craft Warehouse Design Team and my first ever DT assignment was to create a layout with this really beautiful paper collection called Grateful from Authentique Papers.  After finishing my layout, I had a lot of scraps left and wanted to use them.  The 30 Days of Thankful photos I took last year just popped into my head.

30 Days of Thankful Mini Album by Julie@JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper #americancrafts #silhouettecameo #aliedwardsdesign

So, I took all the scraps and added a few sheets of different shades of brown and cut them randomly into pieces of varying sizes.  My “pieces range from 3″x4 1/2″ up to 7″x7″.  After cutting up the pieces, I stacked them, usually placing a piece of the brown paper in between the printed papers, but not always.  I did this quickly and just let the little album come together sort of haphazardly.

For my photos, I gathered all my November 2013 photos into one file and opened them in PhotoShop.  I placed them onto a 4″x6″” template that was divided into two 3″x4″ sections.  Once the photos were on the templates, I added brushes from a new digital collection by Ali Edwards called, Thankful for This Day.  I recolored an entire set of brushes, so that I would have a white set and a black set to use on my photos, depending on the lightness or darkness of the photo.  After adding the brush to a photo, I also added the date in my handwriting font.  I love having my handwriting in a font to add to my projects.  It’s amazing how much it looks like my handwriting.  I bought mine a few years ago, but just Googling “my handwriting font” brings up tons of resources where you can create your handwriting font and some are free.  Give it a try!  I then saved my photos as JPEG’s and uploaded them to Costco, where I printed 4″x6″ photos for 13 cents each.  I trimmed them with scissors and was ready to go.

30 Days of Thankful Mini Album by Julie@JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper #americancrafts #silhouettecameo #aliedwardsdesign

Back to creating the album, after I had a mish-mash stack of papers, I punched them one by one on an old double hole punch left over from my days at the escrow company.  I mounted the papers on small copper rings, adding a few journal cards and die cut pieces, leftover from the Grateful collection, in between my papers.  I added my photos to the pages and also added a few die cuts and stickers inside the album.  I journaled in brown pen directly on the pages or on the journal cards.

30 Days of Thankful Mini Album by Julie@JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper #americancrafts #silhouettecameo #aliedwardsdesign
This is the first project where I have ever designed the cover of my album last.  For some reason, I usually spend a huge amount of time deciding on the cover design.  This time, I used a piece of adhesive cork from American Crafts as my cover.  I cut 6″x6″ pieces of the cute polka dot cork on my Fiskars trimmer.  It’s super simple to cut.  Then, for a little extra stability, I adhered the cork to a piece of plain chipboard and placed a piece of cardstock on the other side.

30 Days of Thankful Mini Album by Julie@JulieChats.com @juliechatsblog @juliechats @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #minialbum #scrapbook #thankful #gratitude #authentiquepaper #americancrafts #silhouettecameo #aliedwardsdesign
To finish my album, I used some cut files downloaded from the Silhouette Online Store.  I love being able to download designs and quickly cut them on my Cameo.  This machine is amazing!  I cut the gratitude banner and the word THANKFUL from cut files and the “30” and “days of” from fonts on my computer.

I’m really happy with the way my 30 Days of Thankful album turned out and I’m especially glad I have it finished in time to take it on our Thanksgiving trip this year and share it with my family.  I know they will all love looking through it and catching a glimpse into our everyday lives.

I encourage you to join in the Thankful project this year!  Also, take a little time to create a simple album to share with your family. This album shows you that just a little stack of coordinating papers and a couple hinged rings can help you preserve those memories.

Thanks for stopping by!  All of these supplies are available at a Craft Warehouse store near you or at your favorite online store.

September 2, 2014

Teen Girls Room Wall Organizer

This summer, we did a total room makeover for my 13 year old daughter.  I’ll be sharing parts of the room over the next couple of months.  Everyone who comes over loves all the pieces that make up this new “teen” room.  One of the first things people notice is the Teen Girls Room Wall Organizer that we updated for the new look!


Three years ago, my daughter, Delaney, was 10.  She was just at the stage where she was wanting to change her bedroom from little girl to more of a “tween” style.  So, out went the happy, yellow, floral Pottery Barn bedding she’d had ever since moving into her twin bed.  Also, gone was the AMAZING red Pottery Barn rug!  (I stole the rug for my craft studio and I still love it as much as I did when I found it on clearance for $99 when I was pregnant with my girl.)  Delaney wanted to move into more blues and purples in her room, along with some fun Bohemeian prints.

She also loved the wall organizers that covered the pages of the Pottery Barn Teen catalog at the time.  These organizers were made up of 12×12 frames, some magndata:text/mce-internal,etic, some cork and some calendars.  After I added up the different options Delaney was interested in, I was shocked to see that our options totaled about $200.  I consider $200 WAY too expensive, so this wall organizer idea stayed in my mind, until I found just what we were looking for at a MUCH BETTER price.

I was shopping at Craft Warehouse.  I’m a papercrafter, so this store has always been one of my favorites.  It’s also great for trendy home decor items at amazing prices.  I can’t remember exactly how much I paid back in 2011.  But I know that I spent way less than $100 for a set I created on my own.  I purchased four 12×12 white frames, a 12×12 chalkboard insert, two 12×12 metal (magnetic) squares and a 12×12 calendar printed on thick acetate.

Craft Warehouse Teen Girls Room Wall Organizer from JulieChats.com

Once at home, I replaced the glass in one frame with the chalkboard square.  Then I opened two of the frames and inserted pieces of scrapbook paper (We used some fun American Girl paper in colors that coordinated with Delaney’s room).  After inserting the paper, I put in the metal squares to make these frames magnetic.  My husband hung them on the wall and Delaney covered them with all sorts of very important photos, cards and other memorabilia.

Now, three years later, as we did our Teen Room Makeover, Delaney wanted to keep the pieces of the wall organizer.  She did have one request, she wanted a new acetate calendar, since there was an accident a while back with some permanent markers instead of the dry erase kind!

So, I ran down to Craft Warehouse and grabbed a fresh, clean calendar and some new, coordinating scrapbook papers: Turquoise Stripe from Bo Bunny (we used the back side, which is a super cool hexagon pattern) and Aqua Chevron from Pebbles.

We used the papers to give the wall organizer an update to match the new ombre paint treatment that Delaney created. (Yes, I’ll be sharing the details on the paint treatment including photos and instructions soon.)  The only change to the wall organizer is that Delaney said that most magnets weren’t strong enough to stick to the magnetic squares when the glass was between the magnet and the scrapbook paper.  So I removed the glass on one square and put it in the frame behind the scrapbook paper and voila, the magnets stick just fine now.  Delaney is thinking of getting a square piece of cork on our next Craft Warehouse run and making one of the squares into a cork board.  (Maybe we’ll even paint the cork to match or stamp a coordinating design onto the cork.)

Teen Wall Organizer Created by Julie @ JulieChats.com

We love the look of the “new” Teen Girls Room Wall Organizer!  I hope you grab the pieces the next time you’re at Craft Warehouse and create your own organizer to match your decor!  If you do, I’d love to see it!

August 20, 2014

Core’dinations Design Team Call

Ask me what my favorite cardstock is…Go ahead, ask!  Well, that’s easy!  I really LOVE Core’dinations Cardstock!  I love that it comes in a TON of colors!  I love that it textured!  But most of all, I LOVE THE COLOR CORE!  I can tear this paper and see a coordinating color inside.  I can also emboss and sand it too (or just sand, for a distressed look).  And I can’t forget my most favorite thing to do with Core’dinations papers is to cut them in my Silhouette Cameo digital die cut machine.  All of their beautiful papers cut like butter in the Silhouette!

All these reasons came to mind when I saw that Core’dinations is having a Design Team Call!  I was recently chosen to be a part of the Craft Warehouse Design Team and I think that being a part of the Core’dinations team would be the perfect match for me.  I use Core’dinations papers on almost all my scrapbook layouts and papercrafting projects.  I can’t imagine a project that wouldn’t look a little nicer with some textured cardstock that has a fun colored core!
So, here I go…Core’dinations asked to see three projects featuring their amazing papers.  These projects are  some that I think show you lots of options for using Core’dinations papers and ones I think you’ll enjoy seeing.  As always, I use a lot of color in my projects, along with some fun cuts from my Silhouette.  I hope you like them!
For this layout, the kids jumping in the pool reminded me of a clothesline.
I found the Loads of Fun die cut shape from Samantha Walker and altered it to fit my vision.
I added the flower & number 12 to the shirts and then I wanted to find a fun girls’ swimsuit for
my clothesline, I found the Bikini by Sarah Bailey.  It was perfect with the addition of tiny holes for polka dots.  I love the way the Silhouette Cameo cuts such intricate shapes into the
Core’dinations papers!  Next, I used some tiny sanding tools to add a little texture to
my die cuts.  Distressing my little clothes lets you see the coordinating color inside the textured
cardstock and gives this layout that extra ‘something’!
Here are some close ups of this fun summer layout:
Next, I want to share a card I made this week with my favorite collection from Core’dinations,
the Vintage Collection.  I LOVE the Vintage Collection because you can see both colors of the paper in the texture without tearing or embossing it!  The Vintage papers give every layout an added color and texture without me doing a thing! My most favorite of all the hundreds of Core’dinations papers is Kisses from the Vintage Collection.  Kisses is the most perfect red for all my projects and, of course, its texture and colors give my projects and added depth I can’t get with any other cardstock.
But back to my project!
I found this rainbow quote and the design of this card just popped right into my mind.
I used my Silhouette Software to design my own rainbow.
(I can explain how I did this, just let me know if you’re interested in a post on it in the comments!)
I cut the entire rainbow out of each of the six yummy sheets of Core’dinations Vintage Collection papers.
Then I chose one of each color (in different sizes) and laid them together on my embossing folder.
This one is from Lifestyle Crafts.
After embossing the pieces, I used a sander to sand over the textured sections.  In this photo, the red and purple pieces have been completely sanded, while the blue piece has only been sanded on the right half.
You can see how much the design ‘jumps’ out of the Core’dinations papers when they are sanded
to reveal the inside core color of the paper.
I found this banner in my Silhouette library.  I used a Silhouette Sketch Pen and my own handwriting font to print the quote onto my banner.  Then, I cut the center of the banner.  The paper for the center of the banner is from the Core’dinations Whitewash Collection, and is called Washboard.
I cut the ends of the banner from metallic gold paper to symbolize the gold at the end of the rainbow.
I was very happy with the way the Silhouette Sketch Pens worked perfectly with the textured
Core’dinations paper!
For my last project, I want to share a double page spread layout I created to showcase
my daughter’s birthday photos.
On this layout, I tore and sanded to reveal the coordinating bright colors inside the cardstock.
I love the way this paper adds just a little extra flair to my page!
 Here are some close ups of the Core’dinations papers at work!
I hope you enjoyed my projects featuring Core’dinations papers!
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August 8, 2014

Announcement: Craft Warehouse Design Team

Hi everyone!

I’m SO EXCITED to announce that I’ve been chosen to be a part of the Craft Warehouse 2014 Design Team!  I’ll be sharing my scrapbook creations soon on the Craft Warehouse Blog.  I have all sorts of project photos that I’ve been waiting to post because I’m also moving my blog to JulieChats.com.  If you visit me at JulieChats.com, you’ll be redirected here for the time being.  I’m still figuring out all this website stuff. 🙂

But for now, I wanted to share my news and say YIPPEE!  I am SO HAPPY to be a part of such a great group and get a chance to share my creations with all of you!  I’ll be back next week with some fun projects!  Please let me know if you have any specific questions or things you’d like to learn about scrapbooking and papercrafting.  I’d be happy to return your comments and/or create a post to answer your questions.

Here’s a little about me:

I’ve been creating scrapbooks for 21 years.  (Not including my pseudo-SMASH books from the 80’s!)  I worked for my local scrapbook store for 8 years, doing marketing, social media, designing samples and make & takes and teaching at workshops and events.  It was such a great time and I love all the wonderful, crafty friends I’ve made over the years.

Now, I’m ready to put my designs and creations out to a larger audience.  And I’m really excited that you are a part of my new chapter.  I hope you join me here on my blog (you might want to bookmark JulieChats.com) over on my Instagram, where I’ve met tons of super creative people from all over the world, I’m @juliechatsblog over there.  My blog also has a Facebook page.  OH, and if you’re looking for more creative inspiration, head over and check out my Pinterest boards.  I can’t say enough about how much fun it is to find papercrafting projects and share them with you on Pinterest.  I have 132 boards over there, but you’ll probably be most interested in my Scrapbooking, Card Design Ideas, Project Life & Pocket Style Scrapbooking boards.  But you might also enjoy my Craft Studio Ideas, Craft Ideas & Silhouette boards too!  Just look around & see which boards inspire you!

It’s SO NICE to meet you!  I’m excited to share my projects with you and to see what you’ve been making too!

I can’t wait to see what fun, crafty things are in store this year, as I join the Craft Warehouse Design Team!

I’ll be posting my projects and answering your questions here on my blog and over on my JulieChats Facebook page!

As soon as I finish last year’s December Daily (Yep!  10 days left!) I’ll share it!  It’s one of my favorite mini albums ever! 

See you soon on the Craft Warehouse Blog!
🙂 Julie

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