Monday, September 23, 2013

"My Day" Engraver Mini Album!

Hello everyone!

My older brother Danny had a birthday in April and of course we celebrated by doing "the family out to dinner" thing....twice! We had fun just hanging out, eating and laughing about stuff and of course, I took pictures, but this time I grabbed my little Fujifilm Instax 25 with me and snapped a few pictures! These little Poloroids are the size of business cards!! So adorable, but best of all, they are a perfect size for mini album making! I had all of these by the end of our first dinner!

Of course I didn't have enough for the album, so I took more when hubby and I took my brother to have a lobster dinner at one of Oregon's finest Casino's! LOL! Then, finally, enough pictures!! yay!

So I created this "My Day" mini album for him and decided to design some kits! So if you're interested, you can find them at TJB Shop Kits listing!

The Prima "Engraver" collection had the look I wanted! Although I wanted to make it masculine, I couldn't not add Prima flowers! I loved that you can go both ways with this collection....masculine or not....and too, you can go shabby or grungy! Perfectly versatile!

So, here's the album pages! I used 5" Accucut die cuts, little, but it packed a cool punch together with the collection! Warning, this post is photo heavy! :)

On the back page I added a Maya Road envelope to insert the extra pics and also used it to create a pocket for a couple of journaling cards and they fit great!

I wanted to add some mixed media to the pages. For some, I used Prima and other's Crafter's Workshop stencils/masks and added those images with some fiber paste! Fiber paste has something in it...I don't know what it is, but you can see it in the right in the tub and when it's applied and then the mask lifted off, it makes these pokey peeks, looks soo cool! But it's pokey, so I would touch the peeks with the tips of my finger to calm it a little and still leaving the integrity of the design. I also added some color using Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays by unscrewing the nozzle and then drizzling it from the straw....just giving those drippy marks! I only used Yellow Jasmine Gold for the album. For the cover, I used some unsweetened tea and dripped it on. I'll share the video tutorial as soon as I can:)

Here are some close-ups to share!!

The End......LoL....well, not really!

Here's my video tutorial as I put the album together. I really had so much fun with it! Please stay a bit to watch:)

The Jule Box Shop Products used: 
(Just click on the links and you'll be directed to that post, thanks!)
1~ Accucut die cuts 5" cirlces
2~ Tim Holtz Alterations Die cuts
"Picture Wheel" & "Word Play"
3~ Adhesives:
*Surebonder glue gun sticks
*Beacon 3 in 1 liquid adhesive
*Scor-Tape 1/2" roll
*Glossy Accents
*Black Acrylic paint
(You can use the "Pitch Black" paint dabber 
for easier application it can be found at TJBS in the glues and mediums post!)
3~ Surebonder Detail Tip Glue Gun
4~ "Heat It" Heat Tool by Ranger
5~ We R Memory Keeper Eyelets
6~ Maya Road small square envelope, vintage key and stick pins
7~Cheesecloth from TJBS

Other Products:
1~Prima "Engraver" 6x6 paper collection
2~Prima "Engraver" chipboard die cuts and wood buttons
3~Prima "Engraver" paper flowers
4~Prima "Engraver" Fabric flowers and sprays
5~Gesso and Fiber Paste
6~Blue Fern Studio Flourish die cuts
7~Pink Paislee
"Artisian Chipboard" 
arrows and stars
8~American Craft Cardstock
9~Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
10~Making Memories Vintage Garment Pins
11~Prima distress tools
12~Jenni Bowlin Bingo Cards
13~Tim Holtz Ideology:
Clock faces, brads, memo pins, mini paper clips, game spinner
14~Cork Board contact paper
15~ Patsy's Vintage Seam Binding at Prairie Bird Boutique on ETSY!

I had fun with this mini, and as I said, I think it was more so because I had some cool pics to play with! You can search for the Instax 25 on Amazon...that's where I got mine! Thanks to my friend Andrea for the Camera tip and sharing a pic with me!!

Thank you everyone for peeking in! I hope you enjoyed my mini album post and will watch the video tutorial! 

Have an incredibly blessed day all!

XO, Jules

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Well my friends!   

Another long day for me....I've been working on this paypal button issue I've had for weeks over at and thanks to my awesome blog designer Karen! I think the issue is now resolved! But please let me know if you have any issues. It helps so much when you all let me know you've run into a snag, thanks so much!!

I can move on to the next few things I've need to post....some Tim Holtz embellishments and some kits....ahhh...I feel so relieved now! Thanks Karen! :)

So, now it's just as easy to place your order! Please come by and have a peek into the new laces and trims if you haven't already! Here's the link!

Ok, I'm gonna sleep in a little tomorrow......or's almost 4am here in Oregon....and I'm spent!

See ya in a little bit my friends!

xo, Jules

Monday, September 9, 2013

Welcome to My New Shop!!

Hello everyone!

Today is just an announcement!!:) But it's exciting to me and I have to share it!

A few weeks ago I wanted to make it easier for people to find my products that I sell and after giving it a lot of thought, I realized that what I needed to do is to open up a whole other blog but make it my SHOP!! SO, I did! I contacted the best blog designer in the world, Ms Karen Valentine of! She is amazing! She's who created the design for "The Jule Box"! Karen thank you so much for all your help with both of my beautiful blogs!! When I hear from people, "I just love your blog, it's so welcoming" or "your blog is so beautiful and so warm"! It makes me happy!! I love it when I'm able to share a post on here, it totally compliments my projects and daily life posts and is much more organized and easier to find things!  So, Karen, again, Thank you so so much!!

So, please let me share my new shop.... "TheJuleBoxShop".com! If you head over there you'll see a similar blog to "The Jule Box" but there will be products and posts of projects made with my products! Location is the only thing that has changed, I have all the same items and will have new listings coming very soon I hope! :)

I have a FB page for "The Jule Box Shop" and will share whole new product listings, new items added to an existing listing, giveaways and some challenges hopefully! You'll find a link to the shop above in the navigation bar and then a link to "TJBS" FB over there on the right side at the very top! Please come over and "Like" my page, I would so very much appreciate it!

I CAN'T wait to start sharing more with you guys! Thanks for peeking in and thank you so much for all the support!

p.s.....I've had issues with my paypal buttons for my laces....I've had a whole new shipment come in and it's all posted but some of the "buy" buttons won't work. So, if you get an error code please don't worry, just jot down the selections you want and email me for an invoice with a quantity of what you'd like (haven't found issues with any other product buttons as of yet...crossing fingers)!!  Where there's a will there's a way! Right?! :) Thanks for your patience and always for your support! 


God Bless you guys!! xo, Jules:)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A 2013 Triple Graduation in the Aviles House!!


I've been wanting to share this post for a while! Just had to wait til it was all said and done, and now that it is......I'm excited to post pics and things!

If you've followed me on FB this year you'll know that one of the highlights for this family were all the graduates! My Honey and our two kids shared 2013 as graduates!!
My daughter from High School! 
My oldest, my son from college with a Bachelor's in 
Telecommunications Information Technology and my sweet honey 
with a Bachelor's in Business Administration! 
I am so beyond proud of all 3!

Here's a quick slideshow!
So, let me share Anna's! 
She was the first one to graduate this year from 
High School on May 31st! My baby! She's SO smart and SO beautiful, it was an awesome 
start to this eventful year!! She had already 17 college credits under her belt and graduated with honors! Hence, the yellow cord around her neck!! Go baby Girl!!

Anna, I am so overwhelmed at what a HUGE blessing you are to me! I always prayed for 1 son and 1 daughter and I'm grateful that God granted me you. You are the best and I couldn't have asked for anyone better! It's a priveledge to be your mom and I am so proud of you!!
I LOVE you baby girl!

One of the best moments of my life was that I was given the 
honor of singing
The National Anthem 
for the opening commencement at her graduation!
Thanks to IHS Graduating Seniors for giving me this awesome opportunity!
I haven't been on any stage for about 7 years, so 
I was very nervous but grateful for the opportunity:)
I'm so beyond blessed! and so very proud that my husband of 23 years went back to school part time. What would take a normal student 4 years to get their degree, took him almost 8 yrs! 
Not easy when you have a young family and a full time job...... oh and me, lol! 
It was such a great example that he set for our kids that you can do it, although we've always stressed to them that they should do the school thing before the family thing, it's much easier, so far, that tip is sticking, keeping my fingers crossed! LoL!!

He graduated next, the ceremony was outdoors, a beautiful SUNNY day!! 
His graduating class was almost 1000!
I had a pretty good farmer's tan for the rest of the Summer! LoL

Manuel Sr. graduated on June 15th from 
Eastern Oregon University!!
I LOVE you babe! I am so proud of you!

You go Honey!!!!! Woot Woot!!
 What a hot but memorable day!!
It wasn't easy honey I know! But you have to know how so very proud I am of you! 
Not every guy would stick it out the way you did. I'll always remember you
telling me that you'll go back to school and get your degree for the kids!
I know who I married! Your the man I always knew you'd be and I am beyond proud to have walked this chapter of your journey with you! I LOVE you!!! and you ROCK to the moon and back babe! Onto the next chapter!!

My boy is both handsome and smart, sometimes for his own good!!
 It's been 4 years since we dropped him off in 
LA to stay with my brother so he could go to school. 
I really am so very grateful to my brother and his wife  for taking him in!!
Thanks Tony and Lisa!!! I LOVE you!

So Manuel Jr went and got himself a bachelor's degree in 
Telecommunications Information Technology
from Mt Sierra College! 
Now, it's on for the job hunt!!!! :)
Congrats son!! I LOVE you!

The School held the Commencement at a church, it was beautiful!

They did their rehearsal an hour before it started, I caught Manny as he walked off for that!

 Ah, my son! Manny, you're such a cool kid....well, young man now! 
You changed my life the moment I heard you cry. Though a kid myself when I had you, I knew our relationship would always be a special one! You and Daddy will always have my heart and as long as I breath I will always be so very proud of you! Remember the guidance of your mother! 
She'll always be there to tell it to you straight! And the ONLY woman 
who will forever have your back!!
I LOVE you boy! Do me proud! :)

I have to say again, I'm a proud wife and mom! It was so super exciting to see this happen!
All 3 of them graduating, what an! 
It's done and now onto the next chapter of our lives! 
I'm sure I'll keep you all posted on what goes on in our lives. 
I LOVE sharing all the blessings God rains down on this family! 
I will be sharing all about our celebratory trip to San Diego soon too! 
That was so much fun!!

If you want to follow me on FaceBook, you can do so by friend requesting me, 
I tend to share a bunch of stuff on there to. 
There is a link to my page above in the navigation bar above! 
Thanks again for being part of my life here on blogger! 
See you soon! 

xo, Jules:)