Studio J JPGs Meet the Memory Game!

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As a Studio J member, I receive free JPG images of all my purchased layouts.  I’ve had lots of people ask me what I do with those JPG images, so here are a few ideas:

1)  One of the best things you can do with the JPGs is burn them onto a CD or DVD and place in a fireproof safe to archive your photos/layouts.

2)  Facebook, blog, tweet or email the web friendly JPG image to share with your friends and family.

3)  Make additional copies of your JPGs at your local photo developer or drop the image back into Studio J’s “No Limits” layout.  This is good for those layouts that are older than a year since CTMH only archives them for a year.

4)  My favorite use of the JPGs is creating mini-albums and 3-D gift items!

Here is an example of one of my recent projects using the My Creations Memory Game.  To decorate the outside of the box, I inked the edges with Bamboo and cut the Footloose paper to size.  I used Bonding Memories Glue to adhere the paper making sure I got right up to the edges.

Decorating this box was so much fun!  I brought images from the Art Philosophy Collection into the Cricut Craft Room to weld my 2011 together, modify the shapes of the stars to look like starfish, and create the little circles to be used with the Vintage Type stamp set.  I used 3-D Foam Tape to add a little dimension and Liquid Glass to make sure my Wooden Designer Buttons and Baker’s Twine didn’t move.  This little box seriously makes me happy, but then I open it up and it gets even better!

Since it will be easier to demonstrate this technique using Photoshop, I’ll upload a video later.  In short, I resized my JPGs to fit the 3×3 coasters in the game box.  I also stamped the backs of the coasters with the Universal Backgrounds stamp in Creme Brulee and used the My Legacy Writers to add journaling about each layout.


Studio J Tutorial #19–3D Text

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Although I’ve been encouraged by my awesome upline, Carol Thompson, to apply to teach at Close To My Heart’s Extravaganza at Convention, I’ve never had the courage to do it.  I didn’t feel I had anything to offer since I have always been a scraplifter.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally okay with that and don’t feel bad at all about my lack of creativity.  In fact, that is one of the things I love the most about Close To My Heart.  They make it so easy for us all to look amazingly creative to our friends and family.  In the greater scheme of our lives, that’s all that really matters.

Yet, then I fell in love with Studio J and started making training videos.  This prompted CTMH to invite me to teach at the Studio J Boot Camp!  It was such an amazing experience and finally gave me the confidence to apply for Extravaganza this year.  Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share my projects along with some video tutorials.  I love my projects so much that it was really hard to say good-bye to them.  I have to wait until July to get them back if I’m not selected to teach…I think the waiting will be more of a disappointment than not being selected.  LOL!

I’m really sorry this isn’t a better photo, because this layout looks fantastic in person.  I had been thinking about this layout ever since I took these photos of my husband and his friend playing Combat Commander.  It is a hybrid layout that I designed in Studio J.

I had always planned to add the word Combat later, so I designed the rest in Studio J.  This is what the original file looked like.  I then removed the brads and changed the stitching to match the background paper since my plan was to add my own stitching and embellishments.

I did order both copies of the layout, because I knew that I was cutting out an image and adding stitching.  I wanted a backup, just in case!  Once I received this plain copy, I set to work!

I also had fun discovering a new 3D title technique that I share in the video tutorial above.

I cut the map out and added a 4×6 Flip Flap to make room for more journaling.  It makes me happy that I can tell the story I want to tell without worrying about taking up too much room on the page.  
Flip Flaps Rock! 
I cut “Combat” out using Art Philosophy and easily mounted the letters to dimensional elements.  Love how easy our Cricut cartridge and coordinating dimensional elements make creating titles and other embellishments.
My husband gave me a few game pieces from Advanced Squad Leader to embellish the page!  He was worried that people would notice that the markers are from two different games…really?!  LOL…I just wanted colors that would match the layout!
I added stitching, brads, and game pieces to give the page dimension.  

Gearing Up for Emerald City Comicon 2012

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I’m the first to admit that I’m a big geek and one of my passions is Star Trek.  I attend as many conventions as possible and am determined to get my photo taken with all my favorite actors.  As you may imagine, I have a LOT of scrapbook pages devoted to Star Trek; so much so that my friends call me a techno-scrapper!    
I was inspired to create this layout because the 2012 Emerald City Comicon is one month from today, and, yes, I already have my ticket.  I took these photos of Jonathan Frakes & Brent Spiner at last year’s ECCC. The Superhero paper is a perfect fit for Comicon, and I matted all my photos with white daisy cardstock to mimic the look of comic frames. I used the Showtime pattern from Magic and swapped the pages to create the EC*Comicon 2011 title.

 It has been awhile since I embossed anything, so I pulled out the craft heater, black embossing powder, and the Hero Alphabet to create my title.  I also used the Art Philosophy cartridge and Dimensional Elements Numbers to create the date.  I really appreciate that CTMH prints the size to set the Cricut directly on the packaging for the dimensional elements (and stamp sets).  It makes it so easy to cut the perfect size every time!


I popped up the photos and journaling block and wrapped our new Baker’s Twine around them…I love this stuff! I had fun finishing off the look with a couple of the Comic Badge Buttons.

I’m applying to teach at Convention this year, and I almost didn’t want to send this layout because I wanted to keep looking at it.  I will get it back, but, if I don’t get selected, I won’t see it again until July!  I wish these photos were better.  Oh well.

Here is my journaling:

Every time I look at this photo from the 2011 Emerald City Comicon, I’m struck by the similarities in our features.  This could be a photo of us posing with our favorite uncles.  Yet, here we are with Jonathan Frakes & Brent Spiner.  I’ve met them both at previous cons, but this was the first time I paid for a photoit was totally worth it.  After the picture was shot, I turned to Brent and said, “The first time we met, you shook my hand; may I have a hug this time?”  He responded, “I thought that’s what we just did.”  I grinned and said I wanted a real one and moved in for a full frontal hug.  He looked at Neal over my shoulder and said, “She gets what she wants, doesn’t she?”  Yes, I do!


Seriously, doesn’t it look like they could be our uncles?!

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.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on the giveaway blog postto have a chance at winning a FREE Studio J 5-Pack (includes 5 layouts, page protectors, and shipping).


Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #9—Fits into a Busy Life

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The number one complaint I hear from people who would like to scrapbook is that they simply don’t have time. That makes perfect sense…most of us are busy living our lives and creating the memories we want to scrapbook. This is yet another reason why I’m so thankful for Studio J! It saves me time in that I don’t have to figure out sizes or get my photos printed ahead of time, I don’t have to lug out my scrapbook supplies, and I don’t need hours at a time to create one layout. In fact, by simply devoting 5-15 minutes a day, I can complete a few layouts in a week!

Here is my process:

  1. On the weekend when I have a little more time, I go through my photos from the week and decide which stories I want to tell. I then create a new project in Studio J for that story and upload the photos. If I’m not inspired or don’t have many photos from the week, I’ll take a look at some of my older digital photos. 
  2. The next step is to record the memory I want to keep. I open a Word file and type my story. I save it in a Journal folder using the same name as my Studio J project name. 
  3. Those two steps are the “hard” part; with them out of the way, I can start creating my layouts! 
  4. If I’m really short on time, I simply place a project or two in my cart and go through the approval process. If I decide I need to come back to it later, I remove it from the cart. My approved layouts simply hang out in the cart until I’m ready to purchase them at the end of the month. 

Again, with nothing to put away, I can spend 5 minutes on a layout, log off, and come back to it the next day. I don’t lose my train of thought, because the journaling was completed on a different day in one sitting. By completing each task on a different day, I’m able to get my daily scrapbooking fix without devoting a lot of time I don’t have. So, no more excuses about not having time, Studio J fits in to even the busiest schedule!

As I’m exhausted from my busy week and 8 hour drive home today, I decided to focus on journaling. I was reminded of the time my tire had a blowout on the way to Portland and wanted to tell that story. I’ll share the next step of the process with you tomorrow.

Don’t forget to visit the 30 Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Studio J + a Giveaway blog post to enter my giveaway for a FREE Studio J 5-pack! There are several ways to enter but you must post on that blog post to win. The drawing will be held on November 30, 2011.


Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #8—Journaling

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Okay, raise your hand if any of this applies to you:

  1. You hate your own handwriting, so you don’t journal.
  2. You hate your own handwriting but don’t have time to type up your memories, so you don’t journal.
  3. You eventually plan on typing up your journaling, so you have a pile of partially completed layouts waiting for that finishing touch.
  4. You figure a picture is worth a thousand words, so why bother journaling!

Well, I’ll tell you why…our photos only tell part of the story. If we are really amazing photographers, they may be able to get the emotion of the story across, but they usually need the help of our unique points of view.

I scrapbook to remember. It really is as simple as that. I don’t want to forget my life when I’m old, so I’m documenting the things that are important to me now. They may not be important to me then, but I will see how my life has progressed through both photos and words.

That is yet another reason why I love Studio J. Prior to purchasing my layouts, I must complete my journaling. No longer do I have piles of layouts waiting for journaling (well, not entirely true, I still have the piles from my pre-Studio J days!), Studio J helps me record my memories now. I can write as much or as little as I want thanks to the ability to add text boxes or convert text boxes to photo wells.

In this layout, I added text boxes to create strips of cardstock that I adhered to the layout using stitching, staples, and brads in the same way I would a classic layout.

Journaling can help us work though loss, and Studio J made it so easy to tell this story about the final great adventure of my cat, Kit.

My wish for you is that you share the stories of your life by embracing all the journaling options Studio J has to offer. I’m also looking forward to giving away a free Studio J 5-pack, so visit the 30 Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Studio J + a Giveaway blog post to enter! There are several ways to enter but you must post on that blog post to win. The drawing will be held on November 30, 2011.


CTMH Studio J Tutorial #14 (Modifying Striped Paper)

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Modifying Striped Paper in Studio J & Classic Scrapbooking!
Welcome to Amy’s Creative Corner! In this video, I demonstrate how easy it is to modify striped paper in both Studio and Classic scrapbooking using strips of “cardstock.” Let your imagination run wild and soon you will be creating your own striped background paper the Studio J way! Please visit http://www.youtube.com/createwithamy
and become a subscriber. Also, leave a comment and let me know what you think and/or what you would like to see in upcoming tutorials.


CTMH Studio J Tutorial #14 (Modifying Striped Paper)

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Modifying Striped Paper in Studio J & Classic Scrapbooking!
Welcome to Amy’s Creative Corner! In this video, I demonstrate how easy it is to modify striped paper in both Studio and Classic scrapbooking using strips of “cardstock.” Let your imagination run wild and soon you will be creating your own striped background paper the Studio J way! Please visit http://www.youtube.com/createwithamy
and become a subscriber. Also, leave a comment and let me know what you think and/or what you would like to see in upcoming tutorials.


CTMH Studio J Tutorial #13 (Confessions of a Scraplifter)

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Confessions of a Studio J Scraplifter!
Welcome to Amy’s Creative Corner! In this video, I admit my deep, dark secret…I’m a scraplifter! I’ll show you how Close To My Heart makes me look creative when I’m really not! I walk you through viewing the Idea Book online. We take a look at the Studio J splash page and copy that layout with the addition of photo mats. I also show you what I learned through the act of scraplifting: clustering embellishments, creating a visual triangle, and cropping/resizing My Stickease. We also revisit an old Studio J scraplift, and I show you how I learned to create my own patterned paper using textboxes! Please visit http://www.youtube.com/createwithamy
and become a subscriber. Also, leave a comment and let me know what you think and/or what you would like to see in upcoming tutorials.


CTMH Studio J Tutorial #12 Part 1 (Creating Titles in Photoshop)

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Photoshop Title Tutorial Part 1
Welcome to Amy’s Creative Corner! This video is the first part of my tutorial on creating titles in Photoshop for use in Studio J. Because it is longer than 15 minutes, I had to break it into two parts. I show you a couple examples of titles created in Photoshop, how to convert a title or text box into a photo well, how to download a free font, and how to create a title in Photoshop. I’m using Photoshop Elements 8 in this tutorial, but I usually use Photoshop CS5. Leave a comment and let me know which version of Photoshop you use. 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…free downloads will be provided!


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