Picture My Life Some Kinda Wonderful Mini-Album

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PML Challenge

A couple weeks ago, Naomi Smith challenged her Connected Hearts team to create a project using the Picture My Life cards from one of the new paper collections.  She is giving away an extra mini-album kit that CTMH created for the Pinners Conference.  As I REALLY want to win, I decided to send good vibes out into the universe by creating my own mini-album using the Some Kinda Wonderful PML cards.  Here’s hoping I’ll get lucky and she’ll draw my name!

3×4 Mini-Album Directions

Some Kinda Wonderful PML Mini-AlbumI created a 3×4 mini-album using a hidden binding system.  If you would like to create your own mini-album, you will need the following:

  • 3×5 piece of cardstock
  • scoring board
  • bone folder
  • strong adhesive
  • 10 3×4 PML cards

Some Kinda Wonderful PML Mini-AlbumScore the 3×5 cardstock at .5, .75, 1.25, 1.75, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.25, 3.75, 4.25, and 4.5.  I would use a scoring board and the narrow end of a bone folder to score your hinge as opposed to a stylus.  I found the groves made by the stylus were too big which didn’t allow my hinges to line up properly.  You will now glue the adjacent .5 inch pieces together leaving .25 inches between each hinge.

Some Kinda Wonderful PML Mini-AlbumFigure out the order and orientation of your cards, and start gluing them to the hinges.  The top card will be glued to the front side of the hinge only.  You will then glue both pages together when adding the next card to the back of the hinge.  I used Liquid Glass…you don’t need much.  Just make sure you get all the way up to the edge of the cards so they will stick together well.  After all the cards are adhered to the hinge, you can use another piece of cardstock to cover the binding.

I hope you have fun making this project!  Please post a link to your finished mini-album in the comment below or on my Facebook page.  Here are the rest of my mini-album pages.  Oh, yeah…be sure to stamp BEFORE adhering your PML cards to the hinge.  Umm…yeah…perfection is overrated, right?!

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Close To My Heart Studio J Intro

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Tool Tip Tuesday:  Studio J

If you have spent any time on my blog at all, you know that I love Studio JStudio J solves a lot of problems that people have when it comes to memory keeping.  The biggest complaint…lack of time!  Studio J has Express Collections that allow you to complete layouts in minutes by simply dropping in your photos and adding a little journaling.  It really does not get any easier than that.  The other problem that it solves is a perceived lack of creativity.  If you don’t feel creative, start with the Express Collections.  Soon you will gain confidence and move on to the regular templates which allow you to modify color choices and more.  Eventually, you will want to try your hand at the No Limits layouts and design from a blank canvas!  Studio J also saves you money.  A double-page spread (aka Layout) is only $6.95…that’s it!  You don’t pay for kits, embellishments, templates, or software.  You simply pay for the layouts you receive in the mail.  It’s an amazing savings over other forms of digital scrapbooking.

Studio J Introduction

I uploaded several of my Studio J videos on Curious and created the following video as an introduction to my course.  I’m currently creating a new course that will be exclusive to Curious, so stay tuned for more information!

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Save Money on Studio J Layouts in March!

The good news is that you can save even more money on your Studio J layouts this month…they are only $5!  The bad news is that the month is 1/2 over.  Check out the following video from CTMH for more information:

Studio J Portfolio

To really get the most out of this memory keeping tool, I invite you to view my Studio J Portfolio for more ideas.  Don’t forget to watch my other tutorials on YouTube.

 


Tool Tip Tuesday: Interactive Pages

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Tool Tip Tuesday

Welcome to my new blog series, Tool Tip Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I’ll post how I use some of my favorite tools and supplies for memory keeping and papercrafting. Have tools in your stash and need some tips on how to use them? Leave a post on my blog or Facebook page, and I’ll see what I can do to help.

Interactive Pages

sparkle-shine01There are so many ways to create really fun, interactive scrapbook pages. Close To My Heart’s how-to book, Magic, has lots of ideas to make your albums more interactive. Even when you keep your interactive layouts simple, as I’ve done in this project, you need some basic tools:

Keep It Simple with WOTG

sparkle-shine02I like to keep my purchasing habits simple by getting a Close To My Heart Workshop on the Go each month. The kits come with a full paper pack, extra cardstock, two full packs of embellishments, a D-size stamp set, and an instructional brochure. All this for only $29.95! Most kits range in value from $40-42, so these kits are a huge savings. Plus, it takes me the whole month to use the kit—that’s always my goal, anyway—since it comes with so much product.

The kits are only available for the life of the Idea Book or while supplies last, so I suggest getting your favorites early.  Also, some kits such as Sparkle & Shine (shown here), are only available for a short time when we have special mini-catalogs.  I stocked up on extra Sparkle & Shine paper packets, so I’ll be good for awhile…LOL!

Get More Photos on the Page with Flip Flaps

interactive1One of the easiest ways to make your layout interactive also helps you get more photos on the page! I use the Close To My Heart Flip Flaps to add more photos or additional journaling. In this case, I printed a bunch of 2×2 photos to remember our Christmas 2012 photo shoot. One of the hidden photos is of me being a total goof ball and another is a bit blurry. I still wanted to include it in the layout, because it tells the story of my mom, sister, and me marching around the house to Christmas music.

Tool Tip Tuesday: Flip Flaps

howTo4Flip Flaps come in a variety of sizes. I like the Small Assortment, because it comes with 4 each of 2×2, 3×3, 3×4, and 4×4. Those really are perfect sizes for adding photos to regular or pocket-page layouts. I do have a few tips for working with Flip Flaps:
1) There is additional plastic on the adhesive side of the Flip Flap. Use your paper trimmer to trim that bit off. I also use my scissors to snip the corners to get rid of additional plastic and make the adhesive a little less obvious. I forgot to do that with this project which bums me out a little.
2) When adhering the Flip Flap directly to your page protector, make sure you know exactly where you plan to place it. The adhesive is strong, so you don’t want to move it around once it has been placed. Also, really rub the adhesive strip so you don’t see as much adhesive on the page protector.
3) My preferred method is adhering the Flip Flap directly to the project and sliding it through a slit in the page protector. This is where the tools come in handy!

Slicing Your Page Protector

I don’t recommend this technique on cheap, flimsy page protectors. The Close To My Heart page protectors are very sturdy and don’t rip or tear easily. Even so, you can minimize ripping by following these instructions:

1) Place your layout in the page protector.

howTo12) Mark the start and end points of your Flip Flaps with a stylus or bone folder.
3) Remove the layout and insert a small, self-healing mat.
howTo24) Use an eyelet tool to punch a small hole on the spots you marked.
5) Using your craft knife and ruler, cut a slit between the holes on top of the self-healing mat. You only want to do this on one side of the page protector, so make sure it is facing the right direction and that you have a mat inside the pocket.
howTo36) Repeat as often as needed. I did this three times for my little Flip Flaps.
7) Place the layout back into the page protector and gently feed the Flip Flap through the slit. If using large Flip Flaps (e.g. 4×6 or 6×6), it is better to add the photos/journaling AFTER feeding the Flip Flap through the slit. The really large Flip Flaps (e.g. 6×12, 4×12 & 8×12) work better on the outside of the page protector.

Make Any Page Interactive with Hidden Journaling

interactive2One of my go-to techniques simply requires a bit of 3-D Foam Tape. Create a pocket by mounting a photo with foam tape on three sides only. Put another photo or journaling on a piece of cardstock and slide it into the pocket. I cut a small pull tab with the Artiste Cricut cartridge (page 37) so my reader will know there is something hidden behind the photo. I decided not to put a slit in the page protector since it is so close to the top of the page.

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Leave a Comment!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope will leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see on Tool Tip Tuesday. Also, let me know how you make your pages interactive. I would love to see your creation posted on my Facebook page.

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Close To My Heart Spring-Summer 2014 Idea Book

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Welcome to my online CTMH Spring-Summer 2014 Idea Book launch party! This video walks you through the first few pages of the new Idea Book and shows you where to look for more…including Studio J to see all the new paper up close. Visit my blog at http://amyulen.com/ to follow along with the video.

Idea Book Highlights

Close To My Heart Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book

Visit http://amyulen.ctmh.com/
to order from this Idea Book.

  • Hostess Rewards Stamps: everything from unicorns to celebrating spring holidays
  • Stamps of the Month: cute foxes in February, awesome speech bubbles in April, to an eclectic alpha in July
  • THE PAPERS!  I seriously love all of them this time.
  • Idea Book Art: the art department continues to give us samples that are artistic, right on trend, and can be duplicated easily
  • Stamp Sets:  There is something for everyone.
  • Picture My Life:  I can’t wait to scrapbook my childhood photos/memories with this system.
  • Base & Bling:  Love the idea of creating my own wearable crafts.  Plus, I’m going to use the charms on my layouts.
  • Fun Accessories:  Lagoon Zipper Ribbon, Purple & Teal Shimmer Trim, more Washi Tape, Pink Glitter Paper, Paper Fundamentals Assortment, Embossing Folders, New Albums & Divided Page Protectors
  • Sponge Dauber Value Pack:  A huge shout out to CTMH for adding this!  I requested it at album retreat and they made it happen.  I’m sure it wasn’t just me, but it makes me happy anyway.

 

 


Cricut Craft Room CTMH Display Tray

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy! This video shows you how to create a Close To My Heart Display Tray in the Cricut Craft Room. Visit my blog at http://amyulen.com/
and click on the Freebies link to download the CCR file for this project.


Stitching on Paper

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy! This video walks you through the different options for sewing on paper from using a sewing machine to hand stitching to faux stitching to stamping. You’ll see all four styles and get to decide which is best for your project. If you have any questions, please visit my blog at http://amyulen.com/
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CTMH Studio J Tutorial #21 (True Friend Frames with Photoshop Layered Template)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video is the fourth in my Photoshop series and comes with FREE downloads! You’ll find the downloads under the Freebies tab at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/.
I hope you will follow my blog while you are there. In this video, I briefly show you how I created my own background paper and photo clusters using the FREE clipping mask download from my blog. I hope you’ll post your completed layouts on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/studioscrapping.
Leave a comment here with some love to let me know how you like the download. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/createwithamy
and become a subscriber so that you don’t miss any of the videos in my Photoshop series or the free downloads!


CTMH Quick Tip #10 (Ordering Online & Newsletter)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video shows you how to enter my current (June 2012) mystery hostess contest by joining my online gathering, Last Call for Stampaganza! I also show you how to register for my newsletter which will go out on or near the first of each month. As always, you’ll find more information on my blog at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/.
I hope you will follow my blog while you are there.


CTMH Studio J Tutorial #20 (One Photo in Multiple Wells)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video shows you how to quickly bring a focal photo to life by dropping it in multiple photo wells. I absolutely love how easy it is to enlarge photos with Studio J! Please visit my blog at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/
for more details. I enjoy seeing what you have learned from my tutorials, so I also hope you’ll post your completed Studio J layouts on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/studioscrapping.


CTMH Studio J Tutorial #19 (3D Text)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video is my application video for teaching at the Close To My Heart 2012 Extravaganza. I love Studio J and want to share all my tips and tricks with my fellow consultants at Convention. In this video, you will learn to layer three different text colors to create a highlight and shadow for your titles. Please visit my blog at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/.
I also hope you’ll post your completed layouts using this 3D technique on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/studioscrapping.


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