LOAD #21

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Like I said yesterday, I’m a huge fan of the exclusive True Friend kit in Studio J!  These frames are so fun.  You can watch the video tutorial below to see how I created this layout.  If you click on over to the Freebies page, I’ve even provided the layered PSD files so you can add your own photos and recreate this layout.  Be sure to save the files as PNG after you use the clipping masks for your photos.  Once you load the PNG files into the No Limits layout, they will be transparent so that you can see the background paper below.

To create the chevron paper, I drew a 12×12 text box and filled it with Chocolate.  I then copied the border 23 times.  By selecting all 23 borders holding down the Shift key while clicking, I was able to use the align and distribute tools to make sure my pattern was even.  I then selected the background paper, copied all 24 items, pasted, and dragged the newly pasted paper to the other side of the layout.  With everything still selected, I was able to send it backward beneath the actual photo.  If you do this prior to dropping in the PNG file, all you will see is the big, grey X of the No Limits “pattern.”

On a related side note:  when I showed my husband the layout, the first thing he asked me was why I didn’t do a better job lining up the chevrons where the two pages meet.  REALLY?!  That’s what he notices.

On an unrelated side note:  when we were in Micahels on Friday night, I was looking at the Smash books, and he said, “Couldn’t you just make your own smash book?”  That guy cracks me up!

I really hope you will use the free download and post the page(s) you create on my Studio Scrapping Facebook page!


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!


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.


CTMH Studio J Quick Tip #9 (Changing Paper Colors)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video shows you how to harness the power of Close To My Heart’s color palette by changing the color and intensity of patterned paper in Studio J. As always, you’ll find more information on my blog at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/.
I hope you will follow my blog while you are there.


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.
Leave a comment here with some love to let me know how you like the download. 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 or the free downloads!


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!

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).

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/.
I hope you will follow my blog & “Like” my Facebook page while you are there.


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/.
I hope you will follow my blog & “Like” my Facebook page while you are there.


Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #10—PNG Files

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Did you know that Studio J accepts transparent PNG files?  This is so fantastic for those of us who download or purchase digital products online. When you drop a PNG file in a photo well, the background paper shows through.  Here is an example using Katie Pertiet’s Postage Frame Clusters
I’ve had so much fun playing with these transparent files that I decided to create my own and offer them as a freebie on my blog.  I hope you will download the file, watch the video, and make your own creation.  Please post it on my Facebook page to share with the Studio Scrapping community!
Learning how to use PNG files will also help you get the most out of the No Limits layout as I did in these layouts about Hawaii.
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 #4–Free JPGs

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There is so much to love about my Studio J membership.  From the 1/2 price layouts to exclusive content to free shipping, what’s not to love?  But my favorite part of the membership is the fact that I get free JPGs of every layout.  Within roughly 20 minutes (depending on how backed up the servers are) of ordering my layouts, I’m able to log into my account and download the free JPGs.  I’m then able to instantly upload the web-ready version to my blog and Facebook pages.  I can also easily email my layouts to friends and family to share memories with them.

Yet, it gets even better as Close To My Heart also sends me high-resolution JPGs of each side of the layout.  If my mom wants a copy of this layout, I can simply send her the high-resolution JPGs which she can drop in the No Limits layout on her Studio J membership and order her own copy.  We can also upload the JPGs to her photo frame so the whole family can share in the fun!

I also enjoy making 6×6 gift books using our board book and reducing the JPGs to 6×6 images in Photoshop.  I’m able to get 8 pages of the mini-album on one layout to drop into No Limits for printing.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of membership, be sure to watch the following:


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)!

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