Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!! What I'm grateful for!

Hello everyone!

Well, it's the day after and I'm still full!...hehe....we had an awesome dinner ...all together...sitting around the table was my husband, myself next to my  beautiful mom and then my little papa, then coming around, Anna and then Tiana!! What a great looooong day! 

The best part is that I feel sooo blessed...SO BLESSED!! I am grateful to God for my family! My Husband, my kids my entire family!! you guys! You know......in the midst of trials, problems, pain and worries....I have NEVER really felt alone....I have had faith in my heart from the moment I took my first breath! I hope you'll understand what I'm saying and sharing here with you:) I have been protected all my life..... even when it didn't feel like it, I was sitting in the palm of my God's hand!  I've not been sharing Him as openly as I should....and for that, God, I'm sorry....because you've been that lighthouse I always saw throughout my life....as I have been in some of the strongest storms in my life, you were always there! Thank you God for everything you've done, given, and haven't given!

I guess what I'm sharing is an open confession...that after all the things that have come and all the things to come, I won't ever stop believing in a God who has and will be with me for the rest of my life...and not only me, but with my husband, my kids, my family and for my friends who I try my best to keep in prayer always! I know there are those who may believe differently, it doesn't change the fact that truly care about all my YT friends...subbies, whatever and I pray for you! 

Here's something many of you don't know....I'm a singer, tried to start a demo when I was 19 but it wasn't where God wanted me at that time...and although I never sang in front of a crowd until I was 29, I'm glad that the first time was in church!! "Church" music is so much more than what was in between the covers of a hymnal...although I love hymnal music too, I was highly encouraged and influenced by many singers, but there was always something about Christian contemporary music that brought me closer in my relationship with God that was beyond anything else! I cannot pick a favorite song, but 1 that came across just recently is a song by Crystal Lewis, called "Trust Me". It's a song, of what I have felt God telling me all my life. I just wanna share a huge part of me and one reason as to why I am grateful for what is here in my life now.....honestly, I thank you God for it all!! I will trust you!



Here we are at dinner (some pics were blurry and I looked a mess)....Thanks Anna and Tiana for helping me cook!!! You both did awesome and I love you!!!! Manny (my son) I miss you so much and I wish you were here! Mom, Dad....Thank you so much for all your love and guidance and support, God Bless you both, I love you sooo much!!

Thanks YT community...oh wow!!! you guys are amazing! I don't even know what to say but Thank YOU! God Bless you guys!!


Our humble spread!
My Beautiful parents...grubbing!!

 Our Girls! Anna and Tiana! *muah* 


My handsome husband and myself in Seattle 10 days ago...he's showing off his bib!! haha,we went to The Crab Pot" at Pier 57!! Yummy!!

The girls did go with us to Seattle, it was so fun!

 Dad and the girls. We were at Pikes Place Market "Piggy Bank"...there was really money in it..I could see it through the slot!!! can you see the slit?

Just wanting to share with you all! I truly pray that you all have a very blessed Holiday Season and a great upcoming New Year!  Big hugs to you all.......

Jules:)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I am so grateful!!!

Hey guys!!

I wanted to share with you all something that happened yesterday! I was put in a "Tribute" mini album....Cindy is "Cynthialoowhoo" on Youtube....ah, wow..I still feel emotional! Cindy did a mini album of a handful of people who inspire her! Even though she mentioned that there are sooo many out there, she felt like she wanted to recognize 9 people...and put them in her album! She asked me if it was ok to include me and I was confused and wasn't sure as to why!? I even asked her if she was really wanting me to be part of it.......I said yes, but it blew me away! 

I asked her if I could share this with you guys in blogger land and she said it was ok...I am glad she did...she is a great artist, and is soooo creative!!! I mean really creative!! Love her! So here is her video of the mini she made of those people who inspire her, I can't believe I'm in it! Thank you Cindy, your awesome!!!


She's one of the sweetest people I have come to know. Cindy, Thank you once again, you rock girl, and you have a great big heart!! God Bless you! 


xoxo always, Jules:)
 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"BFF" swap groups and newbee swap video!!

Hi ladies!!

omg!!! I am so freakin excited about this swap! I have 12 ladies...and we will do 2 groups of 6!! Perfect number for me!!


Group "A"

1-Jules (yt: jannaviles) blog: www.thejulebox.com
2-Aliscia (yt: iscraphappy) blog: www.iscraphappy1.blogspot.com
3-Valerie (yt: faithfulcrafter1) blog: www.faithfulcrafter.blogspot.com
4-Martha (yt: scrapbookmartha40
5-Carlene (yt: pinkscrapper99) blog: www.pinkscrappersboutique.blogspot.com
6- Tina  blog: www.southernchicvintage.blogspot.com


Make 6 matte shapes for your group, keep one and send in the rest!!

Group "B"

1-Brook (yt: brooknrich) blog: www.creativeendings.blogspot.com 
2-Leonie (yt: scrapaliciousleo) blog: www.scrapaliciousleo.blogspot.com
3-Violet (yt:48scrappin)   :)
4-Donna Renee (yt: dkrisko4) blog: www.ddivadesigns.blogspot.com
5-Louise (yt: mamajt4)
6-Angie (yt: angieb43)  


Make 6 matte shapes for your group, keep one and send in the rest!!


*Stop by a channel or blog and check these ladies out!

Below is a video I put together for newbees doing a swap for the first time...and it will be in honor of first time swappers in this swap event!!!! yay Newbees!!!!

 
*Please make sure you have your wall shapes postmarked by Dec. 15th and the return envelope has the same amount of stamps on it for the return trip home to you! :)  If you forget something, please refer back to the last blog post with all the detail.

Reminder: Pick 1 shape for your matte, all 6 must be identical. The Fall side the same, the Winter side the same. Use whatever paper collection you want  but challenge yourself to use items you've never used! I plan to try and use miniature acorns on my Fall side...so try something new! It can be happy grungy or bright and cheery. Make sure you leave room for the eyelet for the top and bottom part...leaving 1/4" to 1/2".....there are extra large eyelets out there that may be used. Have fun!!! Have your info somewhere on your project!!

**Please email me at jannaviles@gmail.com...so I can have your email and send you my address!


"What's a Swap? video:



Thanks for your participation!
xoxo Jules


***Added Nov 18th, 2010***


Saturday, November 13, 2010

**Closed**"Blessings of Friends and Family" (BFF) Wall Hanging Swap details and Sign-ups!!

Hello everyone!

I want to share some details and info on a swap I am going to host. It will be my first and I am so excited to do one...finally, actually I am overdue!! I want this to be a great experience for all involved, so, here are the details!


"BFF" is for "Blessings of Family and Friends". I will divide everyone into groups as to not have too big of a group and so that each person won't have to do 14-15 pieces....I want to keep it realistically in creative quantity, like 5-7 pieces! I will list the groups after the swap is closed and re-post the list of groups at the end of this post. If you've done one of these, you know the drill, newbees, there is a section of details below....keep reading:)

Each shape must be able to hold a picture and a title spot, yet still big enough to journal something small, it can be in a pocket if you want! Make sure you add your name and personal info on a ticket or little tag. Your matte shape must be no smaller than 4"x4" and no bigger than "6x6", any shape you want is fine. One side must be a "Fall/Autumn" themed (not Halloween but Thanksgiving) and the other, Christmas!


At the end of this swap, you must realize that you may get all your matte shapes at the very end of the year. So if you have your heart set on displaying it for Christmas, it may not happen....so please think about that if you really want to participate or not. You can save it for next year!


***My biggest fear is having people sign up who are going to drop out last minute. You must know that if you sign up for my swap, you must fulfill your commitment. If you neglectfully drop out without notice, I will display and mention your name for any other hostesses to see and not allow you to sign up in their future swaps. I totally understand if an emergency comes up and you just can't fulfill this commitment (I really do )...but you must notify me ASAP so I can find an Angel swapper to fill your place (I do prefer a few days at least...please.   Please don't sign up if there is a slight chance you won't do it. Please don't let fear and or intimidation keep you from this swap. This is how you will grow and become more confident for the next swap you join!!! They really are fun! Talk to me if you need some encouragement or ideas:) Remember...it's just a swap...nothing to fear really, just have fun.....let's play!!

Newbees: Basically, while in a group...ie: 6 people, you will make 6 matte shapes ALL THE SAME (by this I mean all your shapes should be identical on both sides) for each one for the Fall themed and ALL THE SAME for the Winter side. Don't punch any holes, let the recipient do that. Once your done, keep one for your self and send in the others, rules on that is indicated in the "shipping" section below. Message me on YouTube if you have questions! :)


~Challenge: none required from me, but challenge yourself, use fabric, paint, buttons, glitter, miniature items......whateva!! Embellish away and be creative!! :)

~Theme: 1 side Fall/Autumn (Thanksgiving) and the other Winter (Christmas)!!


~Materials:Must be medium weight chipboard...other than that...anything you want that will be strong enough to hold 5-7 vertical matte shapes! Use your imagination! Leave 1/4"-1/2" from the top and bottom leaving room for eyelet holes.


~Shipping: MUST be postmarked by December 15th 2010. Mail in a big enough envelope to house all the shapes and wrap them in tissue or bubble wrap to protect them and place shapes in a plastic bag like a ziploc to protect from water. Add a self addressed stamped envelope so I can return each of the participant's matte shapes back to you in that envelope. If you don't include that, you won't get your matte shapes. I do work with paypal, so if you forget to add the postage and let me know, I can have you send me that postage via Paypal. Delivery confirmation depends on you..but I will message you that I got your package! I will add delivery confirmation if you send $1 in with your package, cash is fine,no biggie for me:)


If you have any questions please message me through You Tube!


I can't wait to start...If you want to join, please leave a comment saying:    "Sign me up" at this post and then leave me your email addy and your YouTube name (on here or through a PM on YT!!!!) If you want to be an Angel Swapper, please indicate that!

~Definition of an Angel swapper: To take on the responsibility as a full sign up participant. Everything a participant does, an "Angel" swapper will have to do. If 7 shapes needed for 1 group, the "Angel" will have to make ALL 7 matte shapes back and front. An "Angel steps in and takes the spot of the dropped out participant so that a group or groups will not have their shape returned! Thanks to those who want to do this, it means a lot :) !


**Swap open to US and International scrappers!!!**


Thanks so much you guys for stopping by to see what's going on and or signing up!!!


xoxo Jules:)




Sign Ups below!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Halloween In Wonderland tiny mini!

Hello everyone! 

I want to share my mini album I made as a birthday gift for a sweet friend I met a few months ago on YouTube. Her name is Shauniece and she just turned 15! She is an amazing cook and just adorable! 

On one of my videos of a project, she left me a message saying that her birthday wish was to have something handmade from me! I was sooo flattered! So how can I say no! Here is her gift and the video to follow!!  Happy Birthday Shauniece!!

(Click on the pics to view them enlarged!)














Here is the video:



There is 6 pages plus an envelope page that I just had to add in the very middle....so it is a chunky mini! I really love it, I think I will have to make one for my girls!! Well, gonna pack this up and send it off to Ms Shauniece, I hope she loves it too!!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, I love reading your comments!! Have a fabulous week!! 

xoxo Jules:)