Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Yesterday, I completed 10 layouts!

Yesterday, I completed 10 layouts --- yes that's 20 completed scrapbook pages in just one day! How long do you think I worked on them? 8 hours? 10? 15? Actually, I spent a total of around 3 hours, including organizing the pictures and journaling. 

Want to know my secret? It's Studio J, Close To My Heart's online digital scrapbooking program. It really does make scrapbooking quick and easy. A big bonus is that the layouts turn out beautiful! Here's one of the layouts I made:

Did you know Studio J is free to try? You pay nothing until you are ready to order prints!

You can also complete layouts from your digital images in just 5 easy steps:

1 - Upload your pictures into your online Studio J account.

2 - Choose your paper kit. This may be the hardest type since there are now 140 to pick from! 

3 - Choose your layout pattern. You can narrow down the 86 choices by selecting the number of pictures from the drop down box. Don't worry, you can add or remove photo wells later so don't stress if you are not sure exactly how many you will end up with.

4 - Choose a "kit mix". The program will show you a few thumbnails of the papers combined with the layout you selected. Again, don't stress this decision too much -- you can change it later. 

Here's the three kit mix choices I was given when I picked the Snowhaven Paper with the Photo Shoot layout. I chose the one on the right.

5 - Personalize your layout. You can change the papers, add/remove photo wells, add a title and journaling. You can also add embellishments and stickers. How much you do at this point is up to you. 

Here's a close of view of my final pages:

Once you are happy with your layouts, you simply add them to your cart to order the printed layouts. The prints will be delivered directly to your door!

Start creating in Studio J now>>>

I'm so glad that we have Studio J to speed up the scrapbooking process. I will put these pages in my 12" albums along with my traditional paper pages.

Over the next few weeks, I'll share with you more of my layouts including some of the tricks that I've learned over the years of using this program. In the mean time, please let me know if you have questions or need help using Studio J to convert your digital pictures to beautiful scrapbook pages.

Keep creating,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happiness = Ice Cream Layout

I've been playing with the June Stamp of the Month again. The result is this bright cheerful layout.

The yellow chevrons and pink hears of the fundamental whimsy papers give this project instant pop. If you look closely, you will also see the glitter of white shimmer trim. It shows up much more in person. 

The "black board" message was created with white pigment ink on black cardstock. To balance the blackboard, I stamped the images in black also with pigment ink. Then I colored them with the watercolor pencils and spread the color around with the blending pen.

I hope you enjoy this project --- it was a fun one to make. If you'd like to recreate it, be sure to order your stamp set before the end of June.

Have a wonderfully happy day,

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ice Cream Dream Greetings

Today, I had fun making this cute card using the June Stamp of the Month, Ice Cream Dream.

This card layout is Center Squares on p. 36 of the Originals How To Book.  Here's a peek at the inside.

The combination of the Seaside paper and the ice cream stamps team really says "summer" to me. To complete the weathered look, I sanded the edges a bit and then sponged with desert sand ink.

To get this look, I stamped the images with Chocolate Pigment inks. Then I colored the desserts with watercolor pencils. Then I used the blending pen to erase the pencil lines.

After trimming the images, I attached them to the card with 3D foam tape. A few oceanside sequins finish off card.

Thanks for checking out my card. I hope it inspires to make your own sweet card! Of course, you can order all of these supplies on my CTMH website. The stamp set is only available in June and you can add it to your qualifying order for just $5.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Start your Summer Crush!

In June you are invited to get your Crush on Close To My Heart style!  When you order a My Crush book and the matching assortments, you a FREE stamp set!

These books are so much fun with heavy cardstock pages that are ready for your pictures, journaling, stickers and memorabilia.

Sample pages from the In the Pink Book

Sample pages from the Wildwood Book

The Holiday Happening book mixes it up a little with vellum and photo pages.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ice Cream Dream -- June Stamp of the Month for just $5!

This month's stamp set is A-DOR-A-BLE!!! Seriously, ice cream & puppies --- what can be better. Plus there are a couple fun "chalk board" style sentiments.

This set is perfect for so many projects. Here's a couple ideas from the fabulous artists at Close To My Heart to get you started:

What will you do with this set?