CTMH Studio J Tutorial #18 (Photoshop Layered Template)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video is the third 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 show you how to resize your photos and create a clipping mask in Photoshop Elements using the FREE downloads. I hope you’ll post your completed layouts on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/studioscrapping.
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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #26–Creativity

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I’ve talked about how amazing Studio J is when you are short on time or new to scrapbooking.  It really can be as easy as dropping in photos, coloring embellishments, adding a title and journaling.  Yet, Studio J also lets our creativity shine when we have more time to spend.  For instance, last night I decided that I wanted to learn how to make graph paper in Photoshop, so I did!  I used the RGB codes for a Colonial White background and Chocolate grid to create my custom graph paper that will match the CTMH papers in Studio J.  As I look at it now, I wish I would have added a little distressing, but luckily I can do that in Studio J.

So, after creating the paper, I thought about a layout I had seen on page 24 of the November/December 2011 edition of Creating Keepsakes.  I loved the circles that were cut out of the paper.  I did the same on my graph paper and put a little drop shadow behind the circles.  I figured out which photos I wanted to use and created my photo mats.  You can download the layered Photoshop file under my Freebies tab and watch this video to see how to add your own photos.

I really want to see what you create with this file (and my other Freebies!), so please post your completed layout to my Facebook page!

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #25—Layers

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Like our classic layouts, Studio J lets us layer papers and embellishments to create clusters that enhance the visual impact of our layouts.  The key to successful layering is the right-click button on your mouse!  Right clicking allows you to send items to the front or back of your layout.  You may also send items forward or backward one layer at a time.  It often takes many right-clicks to send items forward or backward, so it does take a bit of patience.  This video tutorial gives you a quick example of layering in Studio J.
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CTMH Studio J Quick Tip #8 (Layers)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This quick tip video shows you how to create layers of paper and embellishments in Studio J by sending items forward and backward. As always, you’ll find more information on my blog at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/.
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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #24–Everyday Life

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I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your families and friends!  I spent a fantastic day with my husband and our dear friends, Jan and Eric.  These are the moments that fill my albums–holidays, vacations, and special events.  I rarely took the time to scrapbook everyday life until Studio J.  Now I feel free to tell the stories that matter the most.  I hope you will take some time to scrapbook about your everyday life.

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #23–Studio J Art Department

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I’m really thankful that Close To My Heart has such amazingly creative people working in their Art Department.  I so look forward to scraplifting the layouts they post on the Studio J blog, Studio J splash page and in the Idea Book.  The Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book includes a Studio J layout for every paper pack…I love that!

By scraplifting these darling layouts, I not only get great pages for my albums, I often learn a new tip or technique.  Here is one of my favorite scraplifts from page 11 of the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book.

Today, they posted the “An Attitude of Gratitude” layout on the Studio J blog, and I can’t wait to scraplift it this weekend!  I have been wanting to try the Honeycomb pattern, so this is a perfect time to create an awesome layout celebrating all the blessings in my life.

Notice the cute ribbon technique?  I’ll share a video tutorial on that later this weekend.

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CTMH Studio J Quick Tip #7 (Photo Distressing in Studio J)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This quick tip video shows you how to distress photos and create your own background paper in Studio J. As always, you’ll find more information on my blog at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/.
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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #22–Photo Distressing

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Have you ever wished you could distress the edges of your photos in Studio J?  Through the magic of text boxes, you can!  Simply add an empty text box on top of your photo and drop in the distressing.  You can give your photos a subtle border or age them by applying sanding or stubble.  At the Close To My Heart Studio J Boot Camp, the fantastic teachers taught us how to create our own background paper by placing My Stickease on cardstock and then layering a text box with stubble distressing on top to blend the two. This is one of my favorite techniques, so here is a quick tip video to help you start distressing your photos today!

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #21 ~ Fun with Ribbon

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It’s so easy to create flowers out of ribbon tabs in Studio J.

Simply click on the Ribbons menu under Embellishments and choose your favorite color.

Scroll down to the flat knot and drag onto your project.

Drag another flat knot onto the first and rotate it slightly.

Continue this process until you have a flower!

You can place a My Stickease on top to finish off the look like I did here or add other embellishments such as buttons or brads.

As you can see, this is a quick and easy way to add a lot of impact to your Studio J layouts.

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #20–Customizing Patterns

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I love the 63 patterns that are currently available to us in Studio J.  Some of the patterns can be found in Jeanette Lynton‘s How-To books, but some are exclusive to Studio J.  We can sort the patterns based on the number of photos we have and rotate or swap the patterns to get a variety of looks.  Yet, through the magic of text boxes, we can customize our patterns even more!  Watch this quick tip video to see how you can give a “busy” layout a linear look.

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