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.


LOAD #15

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Today’s LOAD prompt asked us to incorporate frames on our page.  I immediately thought of the photo of Kelly and I at the CTMH Convention in DC.  This is one of my all-time favorite convention photos!  Yesterday, I mentioned that there are many reasons I love being a consultant, and seeing my friends at convention and other events is top on that list!  I’ve spent so many fantastic moments with Carol & Kelly over the years.  I can’t wait to share a convention experience with my own team!

This layout comes from the Schools Day Express Collection in Studio J.  I added my photos, changed one word in the title, and wrote some brief journaling…that was it!  Now I have time to break out my paper crafting supplies since this was so quick and easy!


LOAD #14

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I love that Studio J allows me to tell stories as they happen.  This layout documents the adventures in sewing my crop buddies and I had last night!  Since I’m so enamored with the technique of sewing on pages right now, I added a lot of digital stitching to my Studio J layout.  Plus, how perfect is this Stella kit for telling a story related to sewing?!  I will admit that the stitching around the center die cut was very fussy as I had to lay each one individually, but it is totally worth it.

Karen wanted to recreate the treat bags on page 57. This is a close up shot I took of it at the CTMH convention.  There are so many great reasons to become a consultant, but convention is by far the best!  Not only do we get fantastic training (both lecture and hands on), we get to inspect the Idea Book artwork in person.  I’m already signed up to attend convention at Disney World next summer!

Now that I look at my detailed shot, I am realizing that they used purple thread.  It looked black in the Idea Book.

The LOAD prompt was all about using black and white on the page.  I opted for sepia photos which I feel is close enough to BW!  🙂


LOAD #13

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I usually do my layouts at night, but I’m scrapbooking with some friends this afternoon and imagine we will go late into the night. I used an All Boy Studio J Express Collection for this layout.  I added the purple and don’t think it really works.  I was trying to draw out colors from my brother-in-laws shirts.  Oh, well, it is what it is and I’m not messing with it.  We can’t love them all, right?!  I’m just glad I got to tell the story of how he saved the day for me TWICE on our trip!

Now, I’m off to get ready for a day of paper crafting!


LOAD #12

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It’s Friday night, so I decided to celebrate the 12 on 12 in 12 Project by using a template and building most of the LO in Photoshop.  I brought it into the “No Limits” LO in Studio J to add the background paper, title, and a few small embellishments.  I love that the “No Limits” LO lets me use all my other digital scrapping supplies right alongside my CTMH products.  I didn’t add much else to this LO because I’m going to use bitty sparkles on the final print.

The journaling talks about “My Mundane Life,” but I actually have some fun memories of the day.  Who knew?!  I also couldn’t narrow my photos down to 12, so I used 15 on this page!


LOAD #11

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I’ve already scrapped a layout about the kids graduating, so this time my focus was on the things that change and those that remain the same.  I miss Tumwater, but I still have my friends and I visit the school once a month for scrapbooking!  I could write so much about my time at THS, but this layout does a great job of summing up this bittersweet moment.


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