Hello March :: A Simple Sewn Folder for Letters and Notes

Letter writing has been so fun lately. It’s liberating, personal, and gives me an excuse another way to be creative. As a kid, I would write to friends and cousins. When one particular friend traveled, I would write her “letters from the future” and make up games for her to play while she was sitting in the car or flying. When I started college, pen and paper sort of went to the wayside because we were all given e-mail accounts… DOS, even. No windows-based programs yet.

I thought I  would share some pictures of a paper folder I put together for one of my favorite pen pals of all time. She received it recently, so now I can “unveil” it. 🙂 A little paper, a little sewing, some washi tape, envelopes – all things I love playing with!

Inspired by oh, hello friend


Folder front page

I love mixing paper and stickers. And I’m totally in love with my retro Dymo labeler.

Sewn binding in my paper folder reinforced with washi tape

Sewn binding in my paper folder reinforced with washi tape

I folded a 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in half, and used washi tape to strengthen the fold before sewing the other pages in place.


Envelopes and a postcard taped into place

What a fun way to use up bits of paper, postcards and little notes.


Mis-matchy embellishments make me swoon

Mini-envelopes taped into place are perfect for holding tiny treasures.

#YourTurnChallenge Blog – Day 1

No pics today. Although you can see my Monday Mugshot at the Facebook page. 🙂

I joined a community today at the Your Turn Challenge blog, and am eagerly waiting for my post to be posted. Every day for seven days there will be a prompt, and people can submit their writing at the Tumblr blog. Pretty cool to think that people from all over are trying this out for very similar, and yet very different, reasons. If you have a Twitter account you can check out the hashtag #YourTurnChallenge.

I just needed a push.

Hope to update with a link to my post soon…

UPDATE (1/20/2015)

Got a tweet from Winnie Kao. She took the time to answer my tweet despite all the posts she has to manually update… she gets a round of applause from me.

The long link to my #YourTurnChallenge post is http://yourturnchallenge.tumblr.com/post/108610578470/why-not

But if you don’t feel like going there, this is what I wrote:

Why do the Your Turn Challenge?

  • Because Winnie asked (so nicely)…
  • Because I saw it on my Seth Godin e-mail feed… (and I dig Seth’s stuff).
  • Because last year was the least I had written on my own blog and I feel like a failure…
  • Because I crave community…
  • Because I promised myself I would do more, complain less…
  • Because I want to get better at launching without being a perfectionist…
  • Because I need the push…
  • Because I gotta get over whatever block I’m feeling…
  • Because others are here and we’re doing this together…

So, why not?


2015: A New Year recap

Mugshot Monday: tea in the morning and settling in

Monday Mugshot: settling in | January 5, 2015

My family and I traveled to Seattle for Christmas and New Year’s! Such a great time with family: losing track of the days, playing late, sleeping in, eating our way through some favorite spots and checking out new places. Coming back was rough only because of the jetlag. I love coming home from a trip, and sleeping in my own bed. And now… the re-entry into our regularly scheduled life. Tough.

I wrote last November about my non-writing. I think that has a lot to do with changes in my focus, and especially with my kids involvement in school and activities. Actually, I just told someone yesterday that I think I took on two volunteer activities too many over the last year. They actually entail big projects, too, so I’m poising myself to step away from them. It’ll be good to release the ideas and work to someone else who can breathe new ideas into the work.

My focus this year will be to continue to share here when I can… showing the progress of projects, workshops and ideas. Still thinking about blog details, but that can come later.

Working on: leading an annual poster contest for our local city hall, social media and PR for my church parish women’s organization, getting my kids to write thank you notes…

Developing: a Valentine’s workshop with a friend, storefront window ideas for said friend’s store

Contributing at: geekmom.com and Monday Mugshots

Planning: a cool drawing theme for March (maybe), my daughter’s birthday

I’m happy for the new, clean slate, and hopeful for what 2015 holds. More dreaming and doing, less complaining and procrastination! Onward…

Julie Tiu | monday musghot

Monday Mugshot: time for a Moscow Mule | January 12, 2015


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12 Days of Gift Wrapping: Earrings and Brooches

Raid your jewelry box for a little bling on your presents! I have a few orphaned earrings that would make fun embellishments for the fashionistas in my life.

Dig through a stash of jewelry for single earrings or old brooches.

Dig through a stash of jewelry for single earrings or old brooches.

An old brooches can dress up a gift.

An old brooches can dress up a gift.

You don't have to throw away single earrings or old holiday pins. Put it on a gift!

You don’t have to throw away single earrings or old holiday pins. Put it on a gift!

12 Days of Gift Wrapping: Paper Medallions, Paper Bows and Pinwheels

Once in a while, I run out of gift bows (and I don’t feel like running out to the store for the bag o’ bows). I’m probably not the only one… and what’s a gift without a bow or something fun? If you need a gift topper, check out some really cool tutorials and make your own!

Gift wrapping paper scraps, papercrafting scraps, and magazines are great resources for making your own gift toppers!

Gift wrapping paper scraps, papercrafting scraps, and magazines are great resources for making your own gift toppers!

A paper bow tutorial can be found at the end of this linked post.

Rosettes, or paper medallions, are so fun too! I make mine like this paper medallion tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous.

Pinwheels are timeless… check out the pinwheel tutorial on instructables.com. I make my pinwheels with 3″ to 5″ squares, and then use a pom pom, stickers, buttons, or rhinestones in the center. Use a variety of sizes as gift toppers.

12 Days of Gift Wrapping: Scrap Fabric

Here’s how you could use some scrap fabric in gift wrapping!

Gift wrapping with fabric as ribbon

Selvedges make a cool ribbon substitute.


Instead of ribbon, maybe you have some left over selvedges (the edges of a bolt, or cut, of fabric). Or you can take scraps and sew them directly onto paper tags in the shape of a tree, star, stack of presents… anything seasonal.

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