October 2017 General Conference Sketchnotes

Many people have asked for links to my conference notes over the years and I am always happy to provide them the files.

I take these notes for my own personal study and reference as I listen to the conference sessions. They are sometimes messy and I'm sure I pull different things out of what the speaker is saying than others do, but taking these kinds of notes helps me concentrate and visualize the concepts while they are delivering them. Any mistakes or misrepresentations of the speakers' topic are all my own and have nothing to do with the original source.

Please listen to the source of these notes here...

And here is a link to the pdf file full of 16 pages of my notes. (it may take a while to download so be patient.)
 general conference notes
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April 2017 General Conference Sketchnotes

here is a PDF file of my sketchnotes from conference this spring. Use for personal study and personal use only. Please do not republish digitally or in any other format without my consent. I'd love to keep offering these for free but cannot if people feel the need to abuse the gift. Love you all! Enjoy!

Link to download PDF file of sketchnotes for all April 2017 general conference sessions

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Mother's Day Parade Portrait Sale! 10% off Plus Bonus Deal

Have you been looking for the perfect mother's day gift for your wife? For yourself? For your own mother? Well you're in luck!

For the first time ever, I'm offering a sale on commissioned Parade Portraits just in time for Mother's Day.

There's one catch...
THERE ARE ONLY 5 AVAILABLE ! (Only 2 spots left as of 4/18/17)

And one more...
You must place your order by April 20th 
to guarantee a May 13th delivery

What is a Parade Portrait?
     An 11x14 (or longer depending on number of people portrayed) hand drawn and hand painted depiction of children or an entire family which actually will look like the person. Optional free inclusions: Family name or motto banner, items of interest for each person, specific items of clothing depicted. 

So what is the deal anyway?
     You will get 10% off the base price of a custom created Parade Portrait, and 30% off each additional person added to the portrait. The base price is usually $350 for up to 4 people depicted, with extra persons costing $50 each.  So you will instantly save $35 off of the 4 people.

the 30% off each additional person added. So instead of $50 per additional person, the price will only be $35 per person and $20 per pet. 

The so that makes the sale price...
ONLY $315 
for a custom, one of a kind, commissioned work of art
How do you order?
  1. email:  jujubeeillustrations (at) gmail  with PARADE PORTRAIT REQUEST in the subject line
  2. subject of email: include names and ages of people to be depicted and hobby or interest or pose you'd like shown, and any special bonds/connections between people to be depicted (so I can place those people interacting with each other more. In addition, include your mailing or drop off address for delivery.
  3. attachments to email: send 2 photos of each person, one of their head and neck only with a smile on their face, in profile, and the other of a side profile view their full body frozen in a walking position if possible (in particular clothing if you want that depicted). Send any pictures of items you'd like included.
  4. I will respond with a paypal invoice and confirmation message 
  5. I will draw paint and deliver your custom work of art by May 13th!


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''Charlotte the Scientist is Squished" book review

 Happy happy book birthday to Charlotte the Scientist is Squished, written by Camille Andros and illustrated by Brianne Farley.  I have been waiting for this book to come out since last year when I got a sneak peek at the manuscript and a few sketches.  I met the author, Camille, at a conference and as soon as she told me about her book, I was intrigued.   I begged to see the manuscript and she showed me a little sketched out dummy with the beautiful initial sketches  Brianne had done.  I fell in love with the book immediately and connected with it on a very personal level.

The book is about a "serious scientist"  bunny named Charlotte who has a problem and uses the
scientific method to solve it.  Her problem?  Not enough space. As you can imagine, a bunny hovel would get quite crowded  as they are known to have large families.  Charlotte's bunny family is no different.  She has 13 brothers and sisters and two parents who share everything from the dinner table to the bathtub to the bathroom.  So to prevent further breakage of her beakers, and spelling of her specimens, Charlotte uses the steps of the scientific method to get more space. Step one: ask a question. Step two: form a hypothesis.  Step three: test the hypothesis.  Step four: Make and record observations.  And finally, step five: form a conclusion. Adorable, relatable Charlotte doesn't solve her problem right away, but eventually figures out a great solution and comes to the perfect  conclusion.

My own little chalkboard doodle

Growing up in a large family myself, with six brothers and two sisters and two parents,  I often felt like Charlotte. But I know even amongst my own four children,  finding themselves and their own personal space in a busy family can be a challenge.  The use of the scientific method to solve Charlotte's problem in this book does not seem the least bit forced or remotely like an added hook to sell a book.  It fits perfectly and  necessarily into the plotline, which makes it even more  magical while still being 100% fun and educational along the way.
Much like the dinner table when I was growing up.

 The illustrations are imaginative, well designed, and full of fun things to look at.  Brianne never forgot to include all 13 siblings in the family scenes (Believe me, we illustrators sometimes accidentally leave a detailed out here or there  in the course of illustrating 32 pages).  The color palette is bright and engaging without being distracting. Her designs on the end papers are utter genius  and the mark of a truly great illustrator.  The fun she must of had illustrating this book clearly shows through in every spread.
end papers (each one is different)

I wish I had had this book to teach me about the scientific method before I ever started all the science fairs growing up or before I helped all of my own children through years of science projects.  I would've appreciated the method 10 million times more  and I think we would have all gotten much more out of our experience.

 So whether you're looking for a fun Easter book, and educational add on, or an adorable story for your collection, this is the book for you. Buy your copy HERE today or at your local bookseller.
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New Valentine Printables 2017

I finally created the valentines for you all for this year. I made one for those of you who are more in favor of the day, and one card for those of you who could do without but acquiesce for the sake of someone who DOES care. I hope you enjoy!

If these aren't to your liking or don't suit your needs, I have valentines from past years available under the printables tab above. OR CLICK HERE

Click on the image below and print on 8.5x11 cardstock, cut in half on dotted line and then fold and fill out the interior. Enjoy!!!

(for personal or classroom use only. not for resale or repurpose.)

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Writing for Charity

The Writing for Charity conference is like non-other. At this conference, all of the proceeds go directly to a charitable cause or organization. Each year, we try to choose a cause that helps promote literacy in some way. Literacy is the gateway to knowledge and to a better life and so many in this world do not have the means or resources to get through that gate.

All of the authors and presenters have donated their time and resources to present at this conference at a great inconvenience to themselves because they believe in the good the proceeds from this conference can do. It's a win win for you and for those in need. So read on and at least make a donation, even if you do not wish to register. Let's make the world a better place together.

Here's an official description of the conference...
WRITING FOR CHARITY is a day-long conference and workshop for writers of picture book, middle grade, or young adult manuscripts. Founded by New York Times best-selling author and Newbery Honor recipient Shannon Hale, the conference is coordinated by professional authors in Utah who want to give back to their community and their world.
The conference includes a day's worth of writing and publishing industry instruction, live manuscript critiques by published authors,a silent auction of everything from signed books to lunches with your favorite writers from Utah; and the knowledge that your dollars are going to get books into the hands of needy kids


March 11, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

815 College Dr. Orem, UT 84058

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I'm a freelance illustrator working in the children's book industry. I love kids and raising my own 4 children. They are the inspiration and the passion behind all I do in art and in life. See my website at JulieOlsonbooks.com

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