LOAD #25

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I seriously spent too much time on this layout tonight.  It is one that I should have done on the weekend.  Even so, it was totally worth the time spent…I love this layout!  Can you believe this is Studio J?!  Guess which kit I used.


LOAD #24

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The constant meetings at school are making this LOAD project more and more difficult to do. Thank goodness for the Studio J Express Collections and the fact that I have already uploaded photos that I didn’t use during the Studio J Boot Camp. You can tell I didn’t put much time into the journaling, either, but it still gives the general idea that I love hanging out with Carol at CTMH events.  These events are my favorite part of being a consultant and I’m really excited that they are bringing back the Album Retreat this year!


LOAD #23

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This layout is from the Studio J All About Me Express Collection.  I love that the CTMH artists created these little Polaroid images for my photos.  Fits the vintage theme of a Beatles tribute band.  This was such a fun show, so I’m glad Neal took photos.  He did a great job considering how dark the theatre was and the fact that he wasn’t using a flash.  As you may be able to tell from this photo, I take every opportunity to dance that I’m given…and then some!  Seriously, life should be a musical and the norm would be breaking out into song and dance whenever the mood inspired.  🙂

On a mildly related side note:  I attended a 3 hour SMART Board training after school today.  It was in my classroom, so I didn’t have to go far!  Near the end of the workshop, the trainer encouraged us to recreate a couple of the slides he put up on the SMART Board.  He was fairly astonished when I completed the task in under 10 minutes saying that it had taken him an entire day to figure out.  I told him that I’m a digital scrapbooker, so I’m used to piecing together various shapes to form new images and working in layers!    


LOAD #22

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The LOAD prompt today asked us to scrap photos from a different perspective.  It made me think of these photos of my family walking away from me this summer.  When I started looking at the actual photos, I found it humorous that my sister was laughing and all smiles when my cousin was listening to her new heart valve, but not so much when her husband was listening to it…LOL!

This layout is from another Studio J Express Collection (Little Man).  I’m so thankful for these collections, because I’m exhausted and don’t want to stay up late.  This LO went together quickly, so now I can do some chores and go to bed early.  Woo hoo for Studio J giving me time to scrap AND live my life!


LOAD #21

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Like I said yesterday, I’m a huge fan of the exclusive True Friend kit in Studio J!  These frames are so fun.  You can watch the video tutorial below to see how I created this layout.  If you click on over to the Freebies page, I’ve even provided the layered PSD files so you can add your own photos and recreate this layout.  Be sure to save the files as PNG after you use the clipping masks for your photos.  Once you load the PNG files into the No Limits layout, they will be transparent so that you can see the background paper below.

To create the chevron paper, I drew a 12×12 text box and filled it with Chocolate.  I then copied the border 23 times.  By selecting all 23 borders holding down the Shift key while clicking, I was able to use the align and distribute tools to make sure my pattern was even.  I then selected the background paper, copied all 24 items, pasted, and dragged the newly pasted paper to the other side of the layout.  With everything still selected, I was able to send it backward beneath the actual photo.  If you do this prior to dropping in the PNG file, all you will see is the big, grey X of the No Limits “pattern.”

On a related side note:  when I showed my husband the layout, the first thing he asked me was why I didn’t do a better job lining up the chevrons where the two pages meet.  REALLY?!  That’s what he notices.

On an unrelated side note:  when we were in Micahels on Friday night, I was looking at the Smash books, and he said, “Couldn’t you just make your own smash book?”  That guy cracks me up!

I really hope you will use the free download and post the page(s) you create on my Studio Scrapping Facebook page!


LOAD #20

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I seriously can’t believe that I haven’t played with the new, True Friend, kit is Studio J until today!  It is AWESOME!!!  As soon as I saw the hybrid layout on page 12 of the new Idea Book at convention, I knew I wanted to recreate it.  Yet, I never bothered looking at the rest of the kit.  You have to log in to Studio J to check it out…I’m not even joking!  The papers are darling, but the My Stickease is even better.  I can’t wait to use the super cute frames and borders.  I have a feeling this is going to be my go to kit for awhile.  LOVE IT!


LOAD #19

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Not going to lie…there was a part of me that didn’t want to a layout tonight.  Neal and I ran errands in town and then came back to Yelm to grocery shop.  I know…exciting Friday night, right?!  It really has been a long week and I’m tired.  Yet, it’s day 19 of LOAD, and I can’t give up now!  Thank goodness for Studio J Boot Camp and the new Express Collections.  I already had these photos uploaded and ready to go for Boot Camp.  I never did get around to using them, so this was the perfect time to tell the story about my mom learning to text.  I opened a Studio J Express Collection and was done before I knew it.  The nice thing about waiting so long to scrap this memory is that I had the added perspective of my mom keeping me informed of my sister’s progress during her heart surgery through text messages.  Those brief notes made me feel like I was there.  I don’t think I relaxed a second until I got word that her heart was beating again and she was breathing on her own.

So, I just realized that I don’t have the history of those messages since I got a new phone this summer.  🙁  Does anyone know if it is possible to get them back?


LOAD #18

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I find it a little ironic that the LOAD prompt today was about sports considering I just made a sports layout yesterday.  It’s funny, because I’m not athletic at all and now I have created two sporty layouts in as many days.

These photos are from our last sea day on the cruise.  Neal and I decided to use the time to enjoy the recreational facilities on board.  I donned a pair of skates and rolled on in to the inline track.  I haven’t skated for a while so it was really fun to get back into it.  I even broke out the backward skating!  Now I want to go skating all the time!  After skating for awhile, we went up to the rock climbing wall.  I thought I was going to be a lot better at it than I was…I was terrible!  I only got 5 feet off the ground and gave up.  Neal, on the other hand, absolutely “rocked” the rock wall!  He made it up to the top so fast…I didn’t even have time to get a picture of him ringing the bell because he finished so quickly.  It was really impressive.  I think the guy on belay was also impressed; he gave Neal a big high five!  Luckily, my sister showed up in time to get photos of us together.


LOAD #17

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LOAD #17 is done…think I’ll go to bed early!


LOAD #16

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I’ve been home for less than an hour and have already scrapped the photos of my club meeting tonight!  I love how fast Studio J and the Express Collections let me record my memories.   All I had to do was drop in my photos and add some journaling.  I did add a bit of a drop shadow behind the word “life,” but that was it!  Super fast and easy.


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