Monday, March 28, 2011

Teresa Collins Design Team - Getting to know Julie Jacob

Funny Girl Julie Jacob is up today on the blog and we're excited for you to get to know her, We asked Julie a few questions and here's what she had to say:

--What is your scrapbooking style?
This is a tough one for me.  I don't think I'm any one thing in particular.  I definitely lean more towards vintagey, layers, and lots of goodies...but then there's times where I like clean and simple too.  So I guess I'm eclectic, leaning towards vintage with some sparkle. :)

--How did you start scrapbooking?
I think my earliest books start with being pregnant with my oldest, who is now 16.  Back then it was pretty much paper and stickers.  I loved both.

--What influences your designs?
Mostly the photo(s) and what I want to say about them.  I usually start with them.  But every once in awhile, there will be a certain line that I love and am determined to use...and I will hunt for pictures to go with the papers. :)

--How long do you spend working on a layout?
Oh, sometimes hours...days!  There are times that layouts are painful for me.  Not kidding!  I am primarily a mini-book girl.  Most times I can do a mini book quicker than a layout. But every once in awhile, a layout will just seem to put itself together and it's done in an hour.  Not very often though. 

--What does your work area look like while you are working on a project?
I like to start clean.  A nice (semi) empty work space.  I always have one of those big rip-off calendars on my know the kind you can get at the dollar store?  Don't laugh...I have some from 1993.  I like those because you can get them all, adhesive, glitter, whatever...and then you can just rip the top sheet off, and you're clean and new again. So I always have to start with a clean paper on my desk. lol  It's usually a mess by the time I'm done, but that's ok.

--What is your favorite color combination?
I am liking gray and yellow lately.  But again, it depends on the pictures...that doesn't work so well if my son is wearing blue and orange.  Then again, that's why we have black and white photos, right?  I also love red.  And kraft cardstock.

--Do you have any other hobbies?
I am a reader (love my Nook!), I play the to play duets with Shelby on her flute.  Mostly my time is spent going to kids activities and that a hobby?


“Be a Good Sport” layout

by Julie Jacob

Products Used:

SE2309 Sports Edition II “Sport” - back
SE2307 Sports Edition II “Circle Tags” - back
SE2306 Sports Edition II “Tags” - front
SE2310 Sports Edition II Die-Cuts
SE2311 Sports Edition II Red Stars Transparency
SE2317 Sports Edition II Trims
BL1901 Blingage “Ty’s Stars”
White & red cardstock
White chipboard/foam letters
1-5x7 photo

Instructions for making:

1.  Use a 12x12 piece of white cardstock for the base of your layout.
2.  Mat your photo with red cardstock.
3.  Punch out ‘Play Hard’ piece from die-cut sheet and adhere to top left corner of photo.
4.  Cut 3-2x2 squares from the stars side of the “Circle Tags” paper.
5.  Cut 4-2x2 squares from the type side of the “Sport” paper.
6.  Cut 2-2x2 sqaures from the “Red Stars” transparency.  My third “square” was a little more like just depends on the space you have to fit it in to.
7.  Cut the ‘ pain, no gain’ piece from the “Tags” paper.
8.  Now for the fun part.  Arrange your squares on your white cardstock.  You may have to play around with it a little.  Once you have them in place where you like them, adhere the squares and photo mat.
9.  Add ‘Be a good sport’ in white letters.  I used foam Thickers from American Crafts.
10.  Adhere 3 “Ty’s Stars” to 3 different stars on the transparency squares.  Glossy Accents works well for this.
11.  Cut a 12” piece of red ribbon from the trims and adhere on the right side of your layout.


“80” Sports canvas
By Julie Jacob

Products used

SE2306 Sports Edition II “Tags” – back
SE2303 Sports Edition II “Red Stars” – front
SE2309 Sports Edition II “Sport” - back
SE 2310 Sports Edition II Die-Cuts
SE2314 Sports Edition II Chipboard Elements
BL1924 Blingage “Ali’s Pins”
BL1925 Blingage “Shelley’s Stars”
BL1901 Blingage “Ty’s Stars”
BL1922 Blingage Alphabet
Teresa Collins Stampmaker
Black & White Cardstock
Tim Holtz digits grungeboard
3- Winsor & Newton Artist’s Canvas (12x12)
1-Winsor & Newton Artist’s Canvas (6x12)
3-12x12 photos
Black Acrylic Paint
Narrow black ribbon & small hole punch
Red marker
Black ink pad
3D Foam Squares – thermoweb
Quick Grip Adhesive (liquid)

Instructions for making

1.  Decide how you want your canvases to be assembled.  I wanted mine in kind of staggered pattern.
2.  Using a foam brush, paint the edges of the canvases black.  A quick second coat is a good idea.  Let dry.
3.  Adhere the 12x12 photos to the 12x12 canvases with Quick Grip.  If there’s any extra picture hanging over the edge, trim with an Xacto knife.  Sand the edges, if desired.
4.  Next I ‘scrapped’ the 6x12 canvas.  Cut a 6x12 piece of “Tags” paper…using the back ‘grid’ side.  This will eventually be adhered to the canvas.  BUT…I strongly suggest doing all the work, and adhering it as your very last thing.
5.  Adhere a 2 1/2x12 piece of black cardstock towards the bottom of your grid paper.  
6.  Center & adhere a 1 1/2x12 piece of “Sport” paper (the type print side) on the black cardstock.
7.  Detach the black ‘Sport’ die cut border from the bottom of the Die Cut sheet.  Sand edges, if desired and adhere in the center of the type paper.  
8.  Adhere the red ‘All Star’ die cut ticket with 3D foam squares towards the right side of the layered strip you just made.
9.  Stick an “Ali’s Pin” through the foam square, so you can see the pretty clear end sticking out of your ticket.
10.  Stamp ‘Go Luke’ (well, probably your child’s name :)) as well as an extra L (or your letter) on white cardstock, color in letters with a red marker, and cut out.  Adhere to black cardstock (just a gluestick works great) and cut out again.  Adhere above the red ticket.
Now you can adhere the whole piece to the 6x12 canvas.
11.  Punch out ‘All Star’ chipboard piece and sand edges, if you like.
Adhere stamped monogram letter.
12.  Punch a small hole at the bottom of the ‘All Star’ piece.  Thread a silver star on black ribbon through the hole.  Adhere piece to canvas with 3D foam squares.
13.  For the next part, I custom made a stamp (No. 80 Touchdown!) for my project with the TC Stampmaker.  I stamped the image on white cardstock, inked the edges, and adhered it to a piece of the same type print paper (The back of the “Sport” paper) using 3D foam squares.  Then I matted the whole thing with black cardstock.
14.  Adhere (I used Glossy Accents) a ‘Ty’s Star’ to the stamped piece, and adhere the whole thing to the canvas.
15.  Adhere the “Red Stars” paper to the front of the grungeboard  (you can also use chipboard…whatever you have on hand) numbers.  Turn over and trim excess paper with an Xacto knife.  Sand edges.
16.  Screw the canvases together in your desired pattern.
17.  Adhere the numbers to the canvas (very tricky if you do this step before screwing the canvases together!)
Ta-da!  Enjoy! :)


“Team” layout
by Julie Jacob

Products Used:
SE2307 Sports Edition II “Circle Tags” - both sides
SE2306 Sports Edition II “Tags” - both sides
SE2317 Sports Edition II Trims
SE2313 Sports Edition II Decorative Brads
Black cardstock
3 photos
Chipboard letters
Red acrylic craft paint & foam paint brush
Small alphabet stickers
Sewing machine
3D foam squares - Thermoweb

Instructions for making:

1.  Use your 12x12 black cardstock for the base of the layout.
2.  Cut a 5 1/4x10 ½ piece of “Circle Tags” - the black star side.  Sand the edges if you like.
3.  Adhere on the right side of the black cardstock, leaving approx. 1” at the bottom and right sides.
4.  Cut a 4x8 ¾ piece of “Tags” paper...the back (grid) side.
5.  Adhere to the left of the star paper...towards the top, staggering a bit.
6.  Adhere photos...I trimmed mine down a little.  I started with 1-5x7 and 2-4x6’s.  Arrange in a staggered pattern.  (I experimented a lot before I stuck mine down.)
7.  Sew around one of the photos...or all of them. :)
8.  Cut a 12” piece of net trim.  Adhere it to the star paper where it will be hidden beneath the ‘Team’ piece.  Staple twice at each end.
9.  Cut out the ‘Team’ piece from the “Tags” paper and adhere with 3D foam squares.
10.  Add the decorative brads of your choice.  I used three.
11.  Cut out the ‘coach’ circle from the “Circle Tags” paper and adhere at the top of the larger photo.
12.  Using a foam brush, paint ‘TEAM’ chipboard letters with red paint.  Adhere under larger photo.
13.  Stick ‘Together Everyone Achieves More!’ in little stickers underneath chipboard letters.
14.  Sew a line over sticker letters.

Thank you Julie! Love her layouts and altered Canvas project. To see more inspiration from Julie click {HERE}.


  1. all that and, she's the best friend a girl can have. :)
    i really, really LOVE the canvas project!
    you are so fortunate to have julie's amazing talent on your team! LOVE HER!

  2. I am always amazed by Julie's never-ending creativity... She is an inspiration!

  3. Julie is awesome and we LOVE her! Great projects, Julie! I have some canvases like that on my to do list now :)

  4. You're so cute!! I love everything you create and your personality just shines right through it all!!

  5. Love your projects Julie, you rocked them like always! Woot Woot!!

  6. you always have the most awesome sports photos! I love it that you tell a story with them and do such a gorgeous job at it!

  7. Amazing work Julie! You always knock it out of the park with your projects.


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