#CIJ Party 2015 – CIJ Member Blogs

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Christmas in July Team is celebrating Christmas In July 2015 and we want to celebrate our members who have their own blogs!

We wanted to know what our team members blog about,what started them blogging and so much more.

Megha Silvano of byTheArtBug states:

I have a blog: theartbug


is a glimpse about my blog

Make it Monday (Weekly) – DIYs- Sewing, Crafts, Art, Recycling, Recipes

Trendy Tuesday (Weekly) – Home, Fashion and Gifting Trends

What’s Up Wednesday (Weekly) – Find out what I have been Up to Lately

Thursday Talk-Fest (Monthly) – Get to know wonderful Etsy Sellers/ Bloggers. You could be next one featured! Just fill up this simple form: theartbug.blogspot.sg/p/get-featured-on-art-bug-blog.html

Freebie Friday (Weekly)- Lots of Freebies Every Week!

Weekend – Snapshot/ Cartoon of the Week


Globetrotting Diaries: Having lived in three Countries and traveled to 8 (So Far), I have tons of travel adventures to share. Read my “Globetrotting Diaries” to know more about the places we have Explored.

Check out the Downloads to Grab all the “Freebies” till date.

Sign Up for the Monthly Newsletter for the latest action and freebies.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to send me a message through the “Contact Form”.


Ildi Garay of PitzicatVintage says:

I have a blog: Ildi Garay

That is my blog I started it after my cancer operation. It made the days easier as my mind was focused on something else.

After I felt better I stopped the blog and started on Etsy!

Still on Etsy and I love it .


Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns explains:

I have a blog: DawnWhitehead

My blog has been going since September 2011, and includes lots of different stuff about me

– my general art practice

– work in progress

– exhibitions

– different making processes

– my Etsy shop

– my travel and photography

I began the blog as a means to have a solid base to refer people to – potential collectors, customers, curators – so that they could see a broad and diverse collection of my work and what I am “about”.


Carolyn Eady of SproutsPressDesigns said:

I have a blog: SproutsPress

I’m in the midst of a 365 blogging project. It’s all about bookbinding, paper arts, being a creative entrepreneur and me sharing tips on using your hand bound journals!!

While I have a couple of posts that always run on certain days of the week (ie. Studio Sunday, Wordless Wednesday) I fill the rest of the week with goings-on in the studio, my inspirations, upcoming shows and workshops, etc.

I’m still fairly new to blogging and it’s always so fantastic when people leave a comment and start a discussion about book arts – so awesome!!


Jennifer Loftfield of CaffeinatedPapercuts states:

I have a blog: CaffeinatedPaperCuts

I can honestly say that I don’t blog to the schedule others do around here (which I’m greatly impressed by!) but I do love sharing my card creations, tutorials, and video tutorials over on my blog: www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com


Have you thought about starting a blog?

You could learn a thing or two from these Christmas In July team member blogs!


For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

Getting Ready for the Holidays! Part 1 – Your Workspace

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Hi there! I’m Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts here to start a new mini-series on the blog; Getting Ready for the Holidays!

As shop owners, we need our store, merchandise, and workspace in tip-top shape long before the holidays roll around. This week we’re going to focus on where the creativity flows – your workspace!

All of us have a creative space, supplies, and shipping supplies that we use on a daily basis. I reached out to my fellow CIJ team members and we all have the same idea when it comes to making sure our workspace is ready for the holidays:

I’m stocking up like a mad man. Tape, bubble wrap, printer ink, and more. It’s essential to have the basics, so you’re not running to the store every other day. That can get costly!  ~Britnee Dockins from ApachesWife 


Speaking as someone who HAS done the last-minute dash to the post office because I was out of flat-rate boxes, trust me when I say Britnee is so right! Order your flat-rate mailers now from USPS, make sure you have extra paper, labels, bubble wrap, packaging tape, ink, etc. Planning on wrapping your items with tissue paper this season? Make sure you have extra of that, too!

Besides your shipping needs, there’s also the need to have enough supplies to make all of your items. For me, that means making sure I have plenty of extra adhesives, paper, and envelopes on hand. Offering something new this holiday season? Make sure you know where you’re going to put it! Several members are giving their space a general tidy up, taking inventory, and figuring out where to store their new items. There’s nothing worse than not being able to find an item for a customer.

While you have your hands on your current and new inventory, get your camera out and update those pictures! You’re going to need them next week when we make sure our shops are ready for the holidays!

What are you doing to make sure you’re ready for the holiday season? Leave me a comment below and let us know!