Saturday, April 16, 2022

Coco Chanel inspired Baby Shower project and see how I accented with foil!!

Part #1 


Part #2 

Hello guys!

Today's post is long overdue but it's ok, it's finally done and ready to share!

These videos are a vlog style project share. I wanted it to be different, different than how I used to make videos so I hope you enjoy this style. They are a little long but there's a months worth of clips.

I'm excited about this project because it is by far my very favorite to date, well maybe second to Anna's wedding! I've made birthday and shower invitations over the last 10+ years but none like this. I'll share more about this later but let's start talking about this one yeah?!

I created an ensemble or a set of Coco Chanel inspired Baby Shower invitations and to go along with these invites I also created a Menu card to be placed on top of the service setting, table labels for the deserts and drinks. I was going to make placemats but I talk more about that in my 2nd video. I did come up with a 4th element that I was SUPER excited about making and I didn't reveal it until my 2nd video! I hope you like and enjoy this 2 part series as I go through a month of fun, creativity and stress!! 

One of the techniques I had to teach myself was how to accent labels and stickers with foil. Now because I could not find any tutorials out there that had a good explanation it took me a while to figure out how to split my images and how to print them or to even do that in the first place. It took me quite a while to learn and even though I share what I do in these 2 videos I was still learning from my mistakes as you watched. You should have heard me telling my past me in the video, "NO, you have to do this first", "I can't believe I didn't know this then" or "Remember the layer order", things like that! It was so much fun and now that I've got the hang of it I'm having a blast. I will be making a tutorial strictly on foil accenting soon so SUBSCRIBE and stay tuned!

Although I had some issues arise I was able to get through it all happily and gift my niece Alissa with this Coco Chanel inspired ensemble for her baby shower which had an unexpected early delivery! Niyah was born 5 weeks premature. She was due July 6 or so and Alissa had some early signs of pre-eclampsia. Buggie just couldn't stay in. It was a little rough for both of them but we're all thankful things worked out and they're both ok! She was born on May 24th 2021. 

Here's Alissa, Brandon and Niyah a few days after she was born!


Isn't she a doll!?

So yeah, this event was last year but as you may remember my Dad was ill in 2020 and 2021 and passed away in September 19, 2021. I documented a "Last Moments" video at my vlog channel. After another
baby shower in October 2021 (I'll be sharing that project here in a bit) I brought mama home with me to spend some time until December 2021. My hubby and I vacationed through the New Year of 2022...much needed time away... and I've been home for a few months, so now finally, this project.

Talking about Alissa's baby shower, it was a whole other level of stress for Lisa and I! I did record most of the event and will have that video ready over at my vlog channel "At Jules House" soon. The only footage of that I could not get was when we were cooking and prepping that morning, well, most of that morning. The house was in serious motion with people and servers and kids running around...I'm still recovering!! Head over there and subscribe with notifications so you can catch it when it's released, I would love to have you over!

Remember in Part 2 when I didn't use the 1 1/2" ribbon that I was SO in love with?? Well let me tell ya what happened. I knew when I bought those 2 rolls at Joann in Walla Walla that the packaging was different but the shade looked the same as what I had and at that time I SHOULD'VE compared those with the 7/8" ribbon rolls I had in that bag! Rookie mistake darnit!!! Anywhoo....the shades on all but 3 rolls were different (I had like 9-10 rolls) and the 3 just wasn't enough for all 70 fans so luckily I had TONS of the 7/8" rolls so I used those! Things like this happen, gotta just roll with I did!

I've got all kinds of links and pictures of my project for you below! I hope you enjoyed my project share today. Please follow for more and sub to my channels, links above in the Nav Bar! 

This next element was my surprise!! Now I know it's just a paper fan but I've never seen one at any party I've been at, only at some Baptist churches I've visited! LOL...seriously! Also, I've never thought of making them for any party and it just hit me. I gotta tell you guys though, it made my heart sing when I saw everyone use them at the shower! Again, I'll share that vide over "At Jules House" soon! 

Anyways, here's my paper hand fan I made! 😍

I'm so in LOVE with these and I hope you are too! TY for peeking!

Here's a product list of what I used for this project:

\\\ Techy Equipment and Software /// ↓

πŸŽ€ All of my gear
Cricut Maker in Champagne
Heidi Swapp Minc Foiling Machine
OfficeJet Pro HP 8028 Series printer (Inkjet) from Costco
Brother Laser HL2300D (printer for foiling)
iPhone 11 for video and photos
PicMonkey for graphics
☺ iMovie for video editing
iPad (6th generation)
Apple pencil (1st generation)
Procreate (for Apple only)
Canon M50 mirrorless camera for videos and photos
Cricut Design Space
☺ Google Images and Pinterest for Inspo
☺ Fonts used: Couture, Signatria and Hero
\\\ Supplies /// ↓

πŸŽ€ Tour of my Craft Studio "The Jule Box Studios"!
πŸ“Œ 3" x 18" acrylic ruler
πŸ“Œ 45 mm Rotary cutter by Fiskars
πŸ“Œ Tim Holtz clear 12in ruler
πŸ“Œ Large 24"x36" self healing mat
πŸ“Œ Crafter's glue and residue eraser
πŸ“Œ Heidi Swap Minc Foil (silver)
πŸ“Œ Heidi Swap Minc Transfer folders
πŸ“Œ Cricut cutting mats Standard and Light grip
πŸ“Œ Cricut basic tool set
πŸ“Œ Pen Gear White Cardstock 8 1/2"x11" from Walmart used to be (Georgia Pacific)
πŸ“Œ Black Cardstock 12"x12" from Hobby Lobby
πŸ“Œ Black Cardstock 8 1/2" x 11" by Recollections from Michaels
πŸ“Œ Blush Pink Ribbon 7/8" from Joann
πŸ“Œ Pink ATG adhesive gun
πŸ“Œ Score Tape double sided adhesive (I used 2in1 in - .5in and .25 in)
πŸ“Œ Foam tape from Hobby Lobby
πŸ“Œ Stylus set similar to my set
πŸ“Œ WRMK mini score board
πŸ“Œ Guillotine paper cutter similar to mine
πŸ“Œ Small guillotine paper cutter by Fiskars
πŸ“Œ Rhinestones 2 mm and 4 mm (1/8") from Hobby Lobby
πŸ“Œ Wooden handles 8" for fans

\\\ Personal items featured /// ↓

πŸŽ€ (Just in case you were wondering)
😍 Organic Green Tea Matcha powder
😍 14 oz Light Teal Yeti mug
😍 Milk frother for cold and hot (similar to mine) LOVE this thing!

You guys are awesome! Thanks for your support and for stopping by!

Keep making pretty crafty things!
xo, Jules


Some links are affiliate links in which I do receive a small commission. It would be such a huge support to me and my family that we would very much appreciate if you decide to purchase those items with the links provided! 

This post and this project is not sponsored. This project is for personal, educational and entertaining purposes only.

I do not own any part of the Coco Chanel logo used and I have no affiliation with Coco Chanel. Some images, quotes and logos were found on Pinterest and Google images and were used to create my project for complete personal use. 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Making candles at HOME using recycled candle jars!! Talking calculations of wax and fragrance oil!

Hey guys!

Today is a different share. I've never shared my little obsession with candles so today was the day!

I've been wanting to make candles again....I say again because the last time I made candles was over a year ago. So, I took a day a made 9 of them using some old candle jars I saved! I knew they would come in handy for when I was ready to make some.

This has become something I've really enjoyed doing.  Especially since I went into business with my sister-in-law and niece. Before this I had never made a candle but oh how I love it! Mixing scents and pouring wax into a was just so satisfying! 

BTW! I've learned so much from a very talented candlemaker on Youtube, her name is Erica at "Memory Box Co" . The fragrance oil ratio with the wax was hard for me to figure out but when I saw her video on the calculations HERE, my light bulb turned on! It's a must see!

My niece Alissa and sister in law Lisa started a company called "Know Label". We make skincare and aromatherapy products. I make our candles and wax melts and Lisa my sister-in-law formulated the body butter and deodorant. We came up with 4 scents for now for each product and make them in small batches. They are "Black Amber and Lavender", "Vanilla Oak", "Pineapple Coconut" and Coco Butter Cashmere"!  We hope to bring in a couple of more scents sometime this year and some Seasonal ones at some point. If you'd like to follow us on Instagram you can find us HERE  Now, we aren't the best at posting but we're tryingπŸ˜‰. We are out of Los Angeles and we aren't shipping just yet but when we do we will announce it there.

Just in case you have some questions about candle making I jotted down some important info below. Or you can leave a comment below. 😁

There are just a few things I want to mention about candle making. While some of us are a little carefree when creating, I do understand that there are some facts about the behavior of candle making elements that are without a doubt sometimes better to pay attention to. All of the elements involved really react to each other differently until you find the right combination that works for you and what outcome you want in your candles. 

Combinations of wax to fragrance oil and/or essential oils to cotton wicks or wooden wicks will take some research. I worked for a little over a year or so trying different wax samples and many different wooden wicks with several different %'s of fragrance loads to see what worked for us. Keep in mind that each wax already burns differently from each other and brands of oil from each other that you do have to be responsible and test. ESPECIALLY if you're going to sell your candles. It's up to you to make it safe for whom you sell them to.

In my video I shared a wax from Shay and Co that I thought would be very similar to what I already use from The Wooden Wick Co because the name was the same, "Coconut Soy".... not true. The blends are very different in terms of how they melt, cool, burn and even look. The reason I was also testing is because I didn't know which wick would burn the wax well enough. I mean yes it will burn it but will it burn it and create a lot of soot? There's a chance the wick is too thin and burns out. Will it burn only in the center where the wick is and not around the glass leaving a lot of wax? or will it burn too hot and explode your jar?!   Then it's a safety issue!! Will you need 1 wick or 2 or 3? This is why I feel I need to be responsible and share what I know.

Each company/online shop that sells wax may or may not make their own blends but nonetheless should always have the precautionary guidelines of each wax they sell and have it posted in the wax description so you'll understand the behavior of that wax. The first time I bought the Shay and Co wax their description was a little vague and so I went with the little info they had on their site and what I've done before and it didn't work well because the wax was very different. The 11% fragrance load I used back then held ok but the melting process and the cooling process was off. I should have done my due diligence and called for more info but I was busy with my dad during that time and I didn't make candles at home again until now. The website was updated with more clear instructions on how to melt the wax and it has improved the look of the wax tops. Maybe the coconut oil I added helped too!

Each kind of wax also holds a different amount of fragrance oil. I did go over the amount suggested on their site using 14%. I'm just being a little carefree with that but again, I'm testing but I'm also being watchful with these candles because I feel I need to study the reactions they'll have.

All of this to say, read the instructions, read the limitations and do some testing. Trust me, you'll learn a lot in the process and you'll have some fun!!

Just gonna share a few pics!

Well, there it is! I hope I've shared all of what I know so far for this testing phase. If you have a question at all please leave me a comment below, I would love to help!!

↓↓ All the links to products, specific scents, online shops and my gear below ↓↓

//Candle making supplies:
 πŸ•― Wax I used in this video is from Shay & Co.  Soy wax blend
 πŸ•― Wooden Wicks and Wick Clips from Wooden Wick Co
 πŸ•― Fragrance oils from Brambleberry
 πŸ•― Fragrance oils sample bottles from Candle Science
 πŸ•― Coconut oil (unrefined) at Costco or Amazon
 πŸ•― Digital Thermometer like mine
 πŸ•― Tin cups
 πŸ•― Candle jars: I recycled my used jars but you can use canning jars or jars from any candle supply shop, even jars at thrift shops and Goodwills.  You can find tons on Amazon
 πŸ•― Food Scale similar to mine

//These are all of the scents I used in my video:
✔ "Coco Butter" & "Sensual Sandlewood" from Brambleberry
✔ "Eucalyptus & Cotton"  "Meyer Lemon" from Brambleberry
✔ "Ginger Patchouli" & "Grapefruit Glow" from Brambleberry
✔ "Sea Salt and Lily" & "Pink Peony" from Brambleberry
✔ "Apricot Freesia" & "Crisp Cotton" from Brambleberry
✔ "Orange Peel" & ---Dumb me didn't write it down 😩 buuuut,  it's possible it's the only solo.
✔ "Spiced Honey and Tonka" & "Very Vanilla" from Candle Science.

//Some Candle supply companies (for your reference)

❤ Canon EOS M50 HERE iMovie on MacBookPro and iMac 
 iPhone 11 for pics and some video footage
Movo VXR10 "dead cat" mic HERE UBeesize Tripod HERE
PicMonkey for all graphics and thumbnails Linco Photography Studio Lights HERE for my tabletop.
OneOdio Headphones HERE Music 🎢 Youtube Creator Studio Music Library
❤ Blue Yeti Pro Microphone HERE in Silver
 Laptop stand in silver HERE
Cell Phone Stand HERE
❤ Headphone stand HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by and hanging out! Have a great weekend!
xo, Jules

Disclaimer: There may be affiliate links in which I will gain a small commission if you decide to use those links to make a purchase. Your support is very much appreciated and we thank you! 

Disclaimer: Everything I've shared in this video is my own personal experience and is meant only for educational and informational purposes. I am not liable for any injuries or safety issues made by anyone who recreates my candles. Thank you!

Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Final Tour!! HUGE Studio Tour // Part 3 of 3

Hey friends! 😁

Well I finally have this tour ready to share! Why did it take me 5 months to post though.......

Some of you already know where I've been but if you don't, my Dad passed away on September 19, 2021 and I was in LA caring for him then for my mom. I brought her back to Washington with me for a couple of months so she could get away and stay pre-occupied with other things. Giving her some time to mourn a bit ya' know. I was able to do a documentary type of video of our experience during Dad's last days and moments, his burial and just remembering him. I'll link that video for you HERE if you would like to watch. 

It's been so hard and busy for me and I've been wanting to share this tour way earlier than now but under the circumstances we needed some family time, I hope you understand. TY! You can see my Dad's blog post HERE with photos of his Memorial card I made.

So, thanks for being so patientπŸ’•

Don't forget to subscribe and follow me on all my Social Media links HERE including my new Vlog channel called "At Jules House" where I share a lot of life events. Come on over, it'll be fun!

This final tour isn't really final though...*wink wink**. If you craft or have a hobby space at all you probably already know that we like to change things around all the time or are adding something new in. So, since I recorded this video I've already changed a couple of things.... I'll share a little later though, so stay tuned!

To see the part #1 video "The Pre-tour", click HERE
To see the part #2 video "Cleaning, Purging and Organizing", click HERE

There are TONS of links for some of my furniture, my de-stash products and products I use and mention including my gear. I've decide to link everything in THIS final post (so there will only be UPDATED links here). 

☺All de-stash videos of what I have for sale can be found HERE
☺ OR, I have all my de-stash posts under one LABEL HERE (Note, some items are sold out)


☺I get all my clear bags HERE You can also find them on Amazon
☺Singer multi foot press kit HERE  
☺IKEA white utility cart on Amazon HERE
☺IKEA Black (does come in white) utility cart at IKEA HERE
☺Cricut Maker3 in Champagne HERE
☺Cricut Maker3 at CRICUT
☺Compact Brother laser printer HERE
☺HP Inkjet 8200 series color printer at COSTCO unavailable but Sam's Club carries the HP printer (at the time of this post) so does Amazon HERE
☺Heidi Swapp Minc Laminator HERE
☺Online Label paper I use for making our product labels HERE
☺Clear vinyl laminate HERE
☺Foils I like, there are 2. Smaller rolls HERE Bulk rolls HERE
☺Cricut die cutting machine dust cover HERE
☺My old Canon Selphy is a CP910 and no longer being sold. The newest is the CP 1300. HERE is a starter kit bundle I found that you might like at Best Buy.
☺Soft carrying case for Selphy printer HERE
☺12x12 paper holders I store my paper packs in HERE 
☺Sizzix Big Shot in Gray HERE
☺My main work tables are 2 IKEA Norden tables no longer available but check their other tables and work stations!
☺Brown and black baskets from Michaels
☺Metal shelf (Cricut and printing station) from Target HERE
☺ Plastic liners for metal shelf HERE
☺IKEA white KUGGIS storage containers HERE
☺Llama plant holders on Amazon HERE there's a list of cute ones!!
☺ART Bin 12x12 storage containers (unavailable at Craft Warehouse) with handle at Amazon HERE
☺Darice plastic boxes for wood stamps unavailable online at Craft Warehouse and Amazon
☺White and clear plastic shoeboxes from "The Dollar Tree" HERE
☺Large 24x36" gray/mint self healing mat (wait for the 50% off sale for $17.49) from Hobby Lobby
☺IKEA Lazy Susan and a similar one to it on Amazon
☺IKEA small wood drawer unit different style "MOPPE"
☺Brother P-Touch label machine unavailable at Costco but here's a list of some on Amazon
Singer (similar to mine) and Brother (similar to mine) sewing machines from Walmart
☺WRMK typecast typewriter HERE or HERE  ((These are hard to find))
☺Plastic shelf liners from Walmart HERE
☺Surge Protectors/ 10ft power strips HERE


😍 Coffee filter ball (filmed over 10 yrs ago!)
😍 Prima Mixed Media grungy tag (on my vintage mail sorter)
😍 "LOVE" word, altered project with @teresacollins paper (on my vintage mail sorter)
😍 Shabby Chic floral card made with @PionDesigns paper (on my vintage mail sorter)
😍 Birthday card for my Dad made with Maja Designs paper (on my vintage mail sorter)

There are so many projects I've made throughout the years and shared on my Youtube channel, check them out!

πŸ’« Accucut
πŸ’« Sizzix
πŸ’« Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy
πŸ’« Echo Park
πŸ’« Webster's Pages
πŸ’« My Mind's Eye
πŸ’« Maya Road
πŸ’« Becky Higgins "Project Life"
πŸ’« American Crafts
πŸ’« Melissa Frances

❤ Canon EOS M50 HERE iMovie on MacBookPro and iMac 
 iPhone 11 for pics and some video footage
Movo VXR10 "dead cat" mic HERE UBeesize Tripod HERE
PicMonkey for all graphics and thumbnails Linco Photography Studio Lights HERE for my tabletop.
OneOdio Headphones HERE Music 🎢 Youtube Creator Studio Music Library
❤ Blue Yeti Pro Microphone HERE in Silver
 Laptop stand in silver HERE
Cell Phone Stand HERE
❤ Headphone stand HERE

Here are some pics of some of my stations! WARNING, this is photo heavy!! 

Whew! Done! TY for stopping by!!

xo, Jules

Please be aware that some links are affiliate links which helps me gain a small commission but there is no additional charge to you. This helps me create free content for you. Thanks for your support!