More Studio J Layouts

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I completed another batch of Studio J layouts and they are waiting to be filed away into albums. I love how quick and easy each layout comes together. The quality of the photos I used on the “Love Story” layout were really bad–complete user error–but the layout still looks great. I did journal about the fact that the photos are blurry so that anyone looking at the layout will know that they were used intentionally. My favorite LO is “Enjoy” which is a CTMH scraplift!








Zippidee-Doo-Da!

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I finally had a chance to sit down and scrapbook some of my spring break photos this weekend! My sister and I took our mom to Disneyland in April, so I couldn’t wait to use the new Zippidee Workshop on the Go!








I wanted to make this a more traditional Disney layout, so I covered the Indian Corn Blue stripes with strips of black cardstock!


I also had fun layering my journaling stamps using the masking technique.


Help me enter a CTMH contest!

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Close to my Heart recently announced that they will be giving away an all expense paid Scrapbook Spa Getaway to 8 lucky Consultants. The catch is that in order to be eligible I have to have a certain amount of sales this month and attend Convention in July. I am already registered for the Convention, now I just need to make sure I get enough sales this month to qualify for the drawing. As the month is ½ over and I’m less than ½ the way to my goal, I am shamelessly asking for help. I would be soooo grateful if you might be willing to help me qualify. Here’s what you can do to help:

1. Place an order on my website for regular and discounted products.

My friend Kim is participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk and is hosting a CTMH fundraiser on Thursday, May 27. I’m donating 20% of the retail sales to her fundraising efforts! If you would like your order to be included in this fundraiser, follow this link to place your order!

2. Place a Studio J order on my website.
3. Host a catalog party that closes before May 31st. (Contact me for more details.)
4. Host a Home Gathering that closes before May 31st. (Contact me for open dates and details.)
5. Call or email me with an individual order.
6. Pass this information on to everyone you know!

I am having a special drawing of my own at the end of the month for all of my customers. So, if you place an order this month, you will be helping me reach my goal and you will be entered into my special drawing as well. It’s a win-win situation!

Thanks so much for your help and support!

Amy


A couple more You Rock layouts!

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Here are a couple of the layouts I worked on last night while scrapbooking with my friends. I have more details about the layouts on my Close To My Heart Art page.

This layout was created using the artwork on the back of the You Rock My Stickease…did you know there were pictures on the back of the Stickease?! Check it out, because this LO was fast, easy, and oh so cute!


A Library of Memories Week 1

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I’m feeling pretty good about the fact that I’m only a few days behind in my Library of Memories class; I finished week 1 yesterday! My assignment was to complete a personal page assessment and draw some conclusions based on my current pages. What I found most striking during this exercise is the fact that I really don’t have that many albums/layouts considering (1) how long I’ve been scrapbooking and (2) how many supplies I have! I’ve always known that I’m a slow scrapbooker, but this is ridiculous! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting pressure on myself to complete X amount of layouts each month or year, but I do realize that I need to step it up if I’m going to tell the stories that I want to tell before I forget them all!

During the Sticky Note Exercise, I also realized that 44% of my current layouts are travel related. I have entire albums devoted to trips to NYC, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Disneyland. I have theme albums that do contain a few layouts about the people I love, but the rest of the layouts focus on the places I’ve been. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if I had more layouts that are all about us. I’m counting the cats in my “All About Us” category, so 14% of the layouts are about us. If I take the cats out, then only 6% are about me and/or Neal. That is pathetic! I want to record our stories and the funny things that happen in our lives. It can’t all be about the places we have been…especially since most of those trips didn’t include Neal!

Finally, I discovered that I do a good job of journaling the “what” and “where” of my pages, and I usually name the “who” and “when”. My area of weakness is the “why”! Why are these moments in time so important to me? Why am I taking the time to document this memory? What was I feeling and why does it matter? Wow! These exercises really got me thinking. So, our final assignment was to create a “Least Common Layout” and mine was an “Us–Why” page.

As I am incredibly far behind in my Design Your Life class, I decided to use an asymmetry sketch from week 2. It made me feel good to complete two assignments at once. I’ve already scrapbooked our hike, so my focus for this layout was why I’m so thankful that Neal joined me in becoming more fit and how days such as these strengthen our relationship. This layout is simple with a clean design, but it says a lot in a few short words. I will complete more layouts like this in the future!

As I finished the Personal Page Assessment, I created a few goals for myself: include journaling from the heart, always answer the “why,” and showcase my relationship with Neal more often. On a product level, I have SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many stamps and embellishments, so I will include some type of embellishment on EVERY LO and will include stamping as often as possible. For this LO, I added a simple bookplate (Z1277) and stamped the sentiment from Soul Mates (D1254). I’m so excited about where this process is going to take me in developing my creativity!


Live Out Loud!

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We had such an incredible time doing this photo shoot in Seattle in July of 2006! I made poor Katie jump in front of the Space Needle over and over again until I got the perfect shot. I would have preferred if she had been slightly to the right in the photo, but I wasn’t going to make her do it again. Fun times!

Again, this is a sketch from Design Your Life at BPS and I’m using You Rock papers.


New Paper–You Rock!

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I absolutely love the new paper kit, You Rock! The colors and design are fantastic. This is my version of the You Rock Workshop on the Go. This awesome LO took less than 1 1/2 sheets of B&T, so I still have a ton of paper, cardstock and embellishments to play with this weekend!

This paper is perfect for this LO about my niece, Kate. We took these photos in Seattle and at my house in 2006. Today she is gearing up to go to New York for a job interview! I’m so proud of and excited for her! I used this LO to write a letter to her. In addition to the Just Be You exclusive stamp set that comes with the Basic WOTG kit (G1006), I used Comments (D1359) for the journaling lines. Comments is a must have stamp set!

Unfortunately, this photo is a bit blurry, but I’m sure you get the idea. For my LO, I used the “Best” option and added the Rockin’ Top Coats™ (Z1272) and White Hemp (Z281). I forgot to order the Bitty Sparkles (Z1263), so I’ll just add them later for a little bling on the page!

The Rockin’ Top Coats™ (Z1272) include 14 fun and funky, colorful overlays! They do have a plastic film covering the top so the image doesn’t get scratched. Be sure to take the film off before using the Top Coats™.

Okay, I’m off to make another LO with this kit, because You Rock rocks!


Happy New Year!

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Good news! The Spring 2010 Idea Book launched today! Click the cover and browse the book. If you want a paper copy, please let me know.


Celebrating Christmas

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I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday! I certainly did. Neal and I had a leisurely day at home with our little old fur babies. Thanks to our moms, we did have gifts to unwrap, so that was nice! My gift to Neal is doing the litter all week and cleaning up after the cats…not a pleasant job, but it’s better than the alternative of putting them down. Anyway, I’ve been using my holiday from school to catch up on photographing my club projects and uploading them to my CTMH art page. I’ll share a few of the projects here over the next couple of days. Be sure to check back on the 1st for a special announcement!


Christmas 2008 in Boise—Neal and I were snowed in at home and weren’t able to make it down for this celebration. I was so disappointed. Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas last year.


I absolutely love this photo of my mom and sister! They are looking at photos from the Disney cruise we took that summer.


Photos of the whole family…minus me and Neal. 🙁


Here are a few detail shots. I used textured cardstock so the ink coverage on the stamped packages isn’t as clear as the one below. I love the look of the textured cardstock and try to use it as often as possible.


These Twinkle Brads make me so happy…I have 3 packages of them! LOL! The other thing that I really like about this LO is the use of the Dimensional Elements On Target. The large scalloped circle is fantastic! My crop buddies make fun of me because I’m so particular about filing off the “nubbies” on the chipboard before inking. When inking, I used the back of the large gift stamp to get lots of ink on the chipboard. I let it dry and then when back with a sponge dauber to even out the ink coverage. It’s a fairly time consuming process, but I love deep, vivid color it produces. I also like that the chipboard is easy to cut so I’m able to use partial circles or make my circles cover two pages.


The WOTG directions say to stamp the title onto white cardstock and then sponge ink onto the letters. It also suggests stamping each letter with the zigzag stamp. I chose to stamp my letters onto B&T paper and adhered them using foam tape. I love this paper!


Studio J Sneak Peek

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Close To My Heart’s Studio J will launch in a few months, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone I know! Since I attended Leadership, I was given early access to Studio J but have only now had a chance to play with it. I placed my first order a few minutes ago and thought I would share my LOs here.

So, what the heck is Studio J?! It is a FREE online scrapbooking studio. It’s like digital scrapbooking, but not nearly as time consuming, expensive, or difficult to use. You’ll be able to try the full, web-based program through my CTMH website when Studio J launches in March. Until then, enjoy this little sneak peek!


Good news–if you are a digi-scrapper, you can import PNG files to drop in the photo wells like I did here with Katie Pertiet’s Postage Frame Clusters!

If you know nothing about digital scrapbooking, never fear…Studio J was designed just for you! The following LOs were designed in a flash; choosing my photos and writing my journaling was the longest part of the process.






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