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! 🙂
Posted on November 5, 2011
My favorite quote of the day came from my sister who is recovering from open-heart surgery. She stated emphatically, “no one in their right mind should have their chest cracked open.” You think?! Speaking of things that need to be stitched–how do you like that transition–I’m thankful for the stitching tools in Studio J.
Prior to the stitching tools, we had to use the threads from the button embellishments toolbar to lay down stitches one at a time. It was such a long process that I added the Creating Stitched Patterns on Cardstock tutorial to my Fussy Techniquesplaylist. Several days after I posted the tutorial, Close To My Heart released the stitching toolbar under embellishments! I couldn’t even be upset that I had wasted time creating the video, because I was so happy to have stitches in Studio J.
Now we can easily add several types of straight stitches (cross, zig-zag, back, running, blanket, and scallop) to our layouts. We also have pennants (banner, triangle, and scallop) and specialty shapes, such as stars, hearts, posy flowers, blossom flowers, squares, and circles, in a variety of sizes.
By clicking on the layout of my sister in Hawaii last summer, you will see a variety of the stitches in action.
Don’t forget to leave a comment on the giveaway blog post to have a chance at winning a FREE Studio J 5-Pack (includes 5 layouts, page protectors, and shipping)!
Posted on June 12, 2011
The Close To My Heart Art Department created this darling layout to advertise the June Free-for-All special and lots of people want to recreate the look. This video shows you how to use My Stickease as a guide for stitching a pattern, crop/resize borders to get a perfect scallop edge, add extra matting to a focal photo, modify the intensity of patterned paper by changing the color (even though the color is the same as the original paper!), create a bow and “wrap” ribbon around paper, and place My Stickease across two pages. I hope you will let me know what you think by leaving a comment here or on my YouTube channel.