Studio J – April Love Your Layout

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n this video, you will learn some fun and trendy techniques in Studio J including adding stitching to My Stickease® images, accenting with background and texture “tape,” and creating a slanted border for a lovely layout in the For Always kit. I love this kit in person and on Studio J!

Studio J Techniques

  • Stitching ~ Place cropped and resized stitching over My Stickease®.
  • Faux Washi Tape ~ I love that we carry Washi tape now!  To add the same look to your Studio J layouts, simply crop a text box into the size of a piece of tape, rotate it slightly, and place it on top of the seam you are “taping” together.  Don’t for get that you can always add some real Washi tape to your printed layouts.  I have it on good authority that we are getting more colors of Washi tape in the new Idea Book!
  • Paper Strips ~ Use text boxes to create the look of strips of paper running off the edges of your layout.  My challenge to you is to use text boxes in Studio J just like you would with regular paper in classic scrapbooking.  You can add texture, distressing, layers, and more.  The only thing I haven’t figured out how to do is tear the paper, but CTMH has given us several Studio J templates with torn paper, so all is well!

Please leave a comment with a link to your completed layout!  I can’t wait to see how you use these techniques.

Earn 4 Free SOTM!

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April2013-CC-JoinMyTeamIf you have been thinking about joining my team, April is the month to do it. As a new consultant, you will receive all of the remaining stamps of the month for this Idea Book for FREE! That’s a $71.80 value plus shipping and tax are FREE! So, a $49 kit will get you over $200 in product…plus, you can order anything else you want at a 22% discount. Can you see why I love this company?!

Join My Team

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For only $49, this essentials kit provides everything to meet your crafting and career needs.

For only $49, this essentials kit provides everything to meet your crafting and career needs.

I love Close To My Heart, and I love Team Studio Scrapping! Whether you are a hobbyist that wants to earn a discount on fantastic product or are a serious business builder, Close To My Heart has something for everyone.

It has never been easier to join the CTMH family. Did you know that the Essentials New Consultant Kit is only $49 for nearly $155 in retail value?  Even better than that, the Master New Consultant Kit is only $99 and includes 5 Studio J layouts plus nearly $335 in retail value!  Either way, you are getting a fantastic deal.

Close To My Heart provides all consultants a free, online Training Academy!  These classes include everything from business and art to personal growth and development.

There is so much more that I love about being a consultant, so, if you are interested, please contact me right away.  If you are ready right now, sign up today!

Stamp of the Month

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April: My Sunshine (available April 1-30, 2013)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (regularly $17.95).


This stamp set also coordinates with images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge!


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Celebrate your creativity by reading the Close To My Heart newsletter each month!

Digital Delights!

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Feb2013-StudioJFebruary is sure to be a month of digital delights because you can purchase any Studio J layout for only $5—that’s a savings of $1.95 per layout!  This is a great opportunity to try Studio J for the first time or to join my Studio J club!

When you join my Studio J Club, you’ll earn 2x the rewards!

Studio J has something for everyone.  If you are new to digital scrapbooking or short on time, the Express Collections allow you to drop in your photos, add some journaling, and you are done!  If you have a little more time but still want Studio J to do most of the work, you can choose a regular layout with pre-placed embellishments.  If you really want to flex your creative muscles, you can start with a clean page and embellish to your heart’s content.  If you prefer hybrid layouts, you can leave the embellishments off all together and add them with your classic supplies once you receive your printed layout.  If you are a seasoned digital scrapbooker, you can drop your layouts or PNGs into the “No Limits” layout and use CTMH’s embellishments/papers to finish your artwork.

So, regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, the Studio J Club is for you!  When you sign up for the club, you will earn two different types of rewards:

1)      After you purchase your first 10 layouts, I will give you a FREE layout!

2)      When you place an order through the “Studio J Club” link each month, I will keep track of your retail purchases (includes both Studio J and regular product orders). Once you hit $150 in retail purchases (excludes shipping and tax), you will earn $25 in FREE select product credit (SPC).  SPC can be redeemed for Studio J layouts ($6.95/ea) and Studio J 5-packs ($39.95) in addition to a wide range of classic products.

In addition to the great rewards listed above, Studio J Club members are invited to attend free training sessions with me both in person and online.

Although my rewards program is fantastic, memory keeping with Studio J is the real prize!  Studio J is the most cost effective and quickest way to scrapbook.

1)      There is no software to purchase.  As long as you have a computer with an Internet connection, you can use Studio J for free!

2)      There are no templates or kits to purchase.  Studio J has 70 double-page templates and 108 kits…this is a savings of $2000+ depending on where you buy your digital supplies.

You only pay for your printed layouts!  A layout consists of 2 pages for $6.95.  During February, 2013, layouts are only $5, so this is a perfect time to try Studio J!

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13 in 13 Day 6

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When I first saw this artwork on page 48 of the 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book at Convention last summer, I fell in love!  It wasn’t the paper or the colors, it was truly the design of the wall hangings.  I knew that I had to create that for my home.  I instantly thought about the empty space above the TV and knew it would be perfect there.  In retrospect, it won’t look as cute as the display in this photo, but at least I’ll get to admire it every time I’m watching TV!

Close upLuckily, because I attended Convention, I was able to look at the artwork up close and personal!  That is one of the many perks to being a Close To My Heart Consultant.  We’re allowed to take as many photos as we like which has helped me tremendously as I recreate some of the gorgeous artwork from the Idea Books.  Close To My Heart also provides us with recipes for each Idea Book.  Did you know that you can download the recipes from my website?!

The recipe let me know that I was going to cut out a bunch of hearts from the Art Philosophy Cricut® cartridge and also gave me the cutting sizes!  That part of it could not have been any easier.  At this point, I can’t remember how many hearts I cut out, but it is a LOT.

Now the fun part…scoring, folding, and inking the edges of all those little hearts!  That’s what I did today for a very extended 13-minutes while we watched the Seahawks game.  This is probably the most time consuming  project I’ve ever done.  I didn’t even come close to finishing today, and this project has been sitting on my table for a month!

This is my version using Avonlea!

This is my version using Avonlea!

So, the good news is that I finished up the left side of the layout with my club last month.  The bad news is that the right side still has a bunch of hearts to fold, but everything has been inked.  The depressing news is that the middle section hasn’t been touched…do you see all the hearts on that page?!  The good news is that my club comes back in a week, so I have to finish it by then!  So, guess what I’m spending 13-minutes a day on for the rest of this week?!

13 in 13 Day 5

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UFOsI only spent 13 minutes gathering all my UFOs…unfinished objects!  But I did take a little more time organizing them.  I have them broken down by completed layouts that only need photos and journaling, by layout bases without any embellishments, and by layout kits.  The kits will come with me to crops this year and I’ll spend 13 minutes a day on the other two categories until they are finished!  What that really means is that I need to do a better job of organizing my photos so that I can quickly find what I need to finish these layouts.  I’m going to spend any free moment I have revisiting the Library of Memories and Finding Photo Freedom classes I took from Stacy Julian at Big Picture Classes.

If you aren’t yet a member of BPC, use this link to sign up for your free account.  We will both earn 10% off our next class once you have purchased your first class!  I’m glad I brought this up today, because I have a 10% discount set to expire in a few days.  Hmmm…which class should I take?!  I’ve been looking at Photo Finish with Elisha Snow, so I guess it was meant to be!  I HIGHLY recommend Stacy’s Finding Photo Freedom.  You can register for it now, but the class doesn’t start until 2/7.  Leave a comment below letting me know which class you take.

13 in 13 Day 4

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The weekend approaches…you know what that means?  I’m spending more than 13 minutes a day on my memory keeping activities!  So, my goal tonight is to gather the supplies I need in one spot so I’m ready to go tomorrow.  I’m breaking my list down into the types of projects I plan on creating this year.  I’m primarily a scrapbooker, but you can select what you need based on your form of memory keeping.

Journaling:  OhLife & decorated journal

Inspiration:  Pinterest & Smash book for holding other bits of inspiration

Organization:  CTMH Medium Organizer, Small Organizer, foam inserts, and craft boxes.

Project Life:  CTMH vertical & horizontal photo storage pages, a variety of Flip Flaps, stamps, paper/cardstock, and coordinating embellishments.

Studio J:  This is my online scrapping studio where I will be creating most of my layouts this year.  Be sure to visit my Studio J page to learn more and sign up for a FREE account!

UFOs:  I’m keeping a stack of unfinished objects to work on this year.  In 13 minutes a day, I can add the finishing touches and put these pages into albums!

Cameras:  Cell Phone & DSLR

13 in 13 Day 3

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day3_01“If you clean it, he will sit!”

Absolutely love the fact that my husband hung out with me in my office for a little bit today.  I tell you, 13 minutes of my time cleaning off a spot for him was totally worth it!

I don’t feel good today.  I’m on day 3 of the Master Cleanse and it really did a number on me this evening.  So, I decided to organize my thoughts for 13 minutes instead of my craft room.

I believe the most important part of memory keeping is the journaling. Period. We can take really cute photos and pair them with trendy products, but it won’t mean much to us when we are old if we can’t remember who the people are, what was going on in the photos, or–more important–how it made us feel. So, regardless of the form of memory keeping (scrapbook layout, Facebook/blog post, Project Life, Smash book, diary, video, Etc.), we need to take a few minutes each day to jot down our thoughts and feelings. If we do this consistently, it will become a habit and the pile of unfinished layouts just waiting for journaling will disappear…but maybe that’s just me.  😉

I use a free website called OhLife to record my daily journaling.  They send me an email each day asking “How’d your day go?”  I simply hit reply and type.  When I hit send, it is posted to my private, online journal.  You can tell it what time you want to receive the email.  So, if you like to type your journaling and want to keep it private, this is the site for you.  Others of you may prefer to keep it public and use a blog, Facebook, or Twitter.  Some of you may prefer to write it in a journal/diary by hand.  Whatever your method…just write!

So, set the stopwatch for 13 minutes, sign up for OhLife or pull out your journal, and organize your thoughts.

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