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!


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

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