Expand the Possibilities in Studio J

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From the very beginning of my love affair with Studio J, I knew I was getting a screaming deal on photo enlargements.  I very rarely made enlargements in my classic scrapbooking due to the need to pre-plan my layouts and the time/money involved in actually obtaining the enlargements.  Studio J makes it so easy to really showcase my favorite photos.  I simply drop the photo into a well and it automatically resizes; it seriously doesn’t get easier than that!  I can even rotate the page and the photo will automatically rotate along with it.  That in and of itself gives me so many layout options.  Yet,  Studio J allows me to expand the possibilities even more by dropping one photo into multiple wells to create super sized photos.  I wrote about it in my Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #28 post and added photos, but I think this video tutorial does much more justice to this awesome technique.


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.  

Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #28 ~ Photo in Multiple Wells

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Studio J gives us lots of ways to create visual impact with our favorite photos.  A fun technique involves placing the same photo in multiple photo wells to create an enlargement of the photo.  In the Grill Masters layout, I love the focal photo of my husband showing off pans of freshly seasoned beef.  Yet, the story is really about how he and my brother-in-law were in a grilling cook off.  I wanted their photo to carry almost equal weight as the focal photo, so I placed it in four different photo wells to create an “enlargement.”  The steps to accomplish this are really easy:

1)  Select the photo you want to “enlarge” and drop into one of the photo wells.
2)  Increase the scale until the “ghost” image covers all four photo wells.  My photos are at 220%.
3)  Move the first photo into place and repeat.
4)  Once all four photos have been resized, you are able to move them around by grabbing the hand/move icon in the middle of the photo.  A “ghost” image will appear that will allow you to line up all four photos.  It helps to zoom way in so that you can really see what you are doing.

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #27—Changing Paper Colors

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Like I showed you yesterday, Studio J gives me lots of creative control.  In classic scrapbooking, if my photos don’t match the paper, I have to turn my photos black and white or sepia.  Not so with Studio J!  In Studio J, I can change my background paper to fit the color of my photos!  I have the entire Close To My Heart color palette to play with…that’s 60 colors!  Now, the only limitation is that we can’t change the color of My Stickease, but with so many other embellishments available to us, I don’t see this as a problem at all.  I would love to see the layouts you create on my Facebook page, so be sure to upload your favorites and show me how you changed the color of the paper on your layout!

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #25—Layers

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Like our classic layouts, Studio J lets us layer papers and embellishments to create clusters that enhance the visual impact of our layouts.  The key to successful layering is the right-click button on your mouse!  Right clicking allows you to send items to the front or back of your layout.  You may also send items forward or backward one layer at a time.  It often takes many right-clicks to send items forward or backward, so it does take a bit of patience.  This video tutorial gives you a quick example of layering in Studio J.
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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #22–Photo Distressing

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Have you ever wished you could distress the edges of your photos in Studio J?  Through the magic of text boxes, you can!  Simply add an empty text box on top of your photo and drop in the distressing.  You can give your photos a subtle border or age them by applying sanding or stubble.  At the Close To My Heart Studio J Boot Camp, the fantastic teachers taught us how to create our own background paper by placing My Stickease on cardstock and then layering a text box with stubble distressing on top to blend the two. This is one of my favorite techniques, so here is a quick tip video to help you start distressing your photos today!

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #21 ~ Fun with Ribbon

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It’s so easy to create flowers out of ribbon tabs in Studio J.

Simply click on the Ribbons menu under Embellishments and choose your favorite color.

Scroll down to the flat knot and drag onto your project.

Drag another flat knot onto the first and rotate it slightly.

Continue this process until you have a flower!

You can place a My Stickease on top to finish off the look like I did here or add other embellishments such as buttons or brads.

As you can see, this is a quick and easy way to add a lot of impact to your Studio J layouts.

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #20–Customizing Patterns

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I love the 63 patterns that are currently available to us in Studio J.  Some of the patterns can be found in Jeanette Lynton‘s How-To books, but some are exclusive to Studio J.  We can sort the patterns based on the number of photos we have and rotate or swap the patterns to get a variety of looks.  Yet, through the magic of text boxes, we can customize our patterns even more!  Watch this quick tip video to see how you can give a “busy” layout a linear look.

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #11–Unlimited My Stickease

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In honor of Veterans Day, I’m using this layout I created after visiting Arlington National Cemetery in the summer of 2010.  My father is buried there as is my niece’s other grandfather.  My sister and I were able to visit both graves, as well as, take the bus tour.

I love the following quick tip because it shows you one of the many uses of My Stickease within Studio J!  You can rotate it, crop it, cluster it, resize it, and more. This is another money saving advantage of Studio J, because you have unlimited access to My Stickease.  There is no worrying about running out with Studio J!

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Why I’m Thankful for Studio J #6–My Stickease as Templates

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I’ll share a few more tips about how you can use My Stickease this month, but one of my favorites is to use it as a template for creating other shapes with embellishments.  Prior to Close To My Heart releasing the stitching embellishments, I used a heart My Stickease to create a stitched heart.  Watch CTMH Studio J Tutorial #7 (A Few Quick Tips) to see an example of how it was done. 
I also used a large My Stickease to create a heart out of buttons on the High School Graduate layout.  The steps are very simple:
  1. Choose the My Stickease image you want to use as a template and place it on your layout.  Remember that you can grab the rotate button in the upper left corner of the image to rotate the My Stickease.
  2. Select Buttons from the embellishments toolbar and start placing your buttons around the outside edges of the My Stickease image.  Speed up the process by placing the thread in your button, select both the thread and button, copy, and paste.  Both the new thread and button will be selected, so move them into place together.  Don’t forget that you can use your arrow keys to nudge items into place! 
  3. Once your buttons are in place, delete the My Stickease image.  You are left with a perfect heart of buttons.  Add a little more flair to your button heart by replacing a button with a couple flat knot ribbons.
  4. If you want to make sure that all of your buttons are evenly spaced, simply pull a brad onto your layout and use it as a spacing guide between buttons!
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