Close To My Heart Spring-Summer 2014 Idea Book

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Welcome to my online CTMH Spring-Summer 2014 Idea Book launch party! This video walks you through the first few pages of the new Idea Book and shows you where to look for more…including Studio J to see all the new paper up close. Visit my blog at http://amyulen.com/ to follow along with the video.

Idea Book Highlights

Close To My Heart Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book

Visit http://amyulen.ctmh.com/
to order from this Idea Book.

  • Hostess Rewards Stamps: everything from unicorns to celebrating spring holidays
  • Stamps of the Month: cute foxes in February, awesome speech bubbles in April, to an eclectic alpha in July
  • THE PAPERS!  I seriously love all of them this time.
  • Idea Book Art: the art department continues to give us samples that are artistic, right on trend, and can be duplicated easily
  • Stamp Sets:  There is something for everyone.
  • Picture My Life:  I can’t wait to scrapbook my childhood photos/memories with this system.
  • Base & Bling:  Love the idea of creating my own wearable crafts.  Plus, I’m going to use the charms on my layouts.
  • Fun Accessories:  Lagoon Zipper Ribbon, Purple & Teal Shimmer Trim, more Washi Tape, Pink Glitter Paper, Paper Fundamentals Assortment, Embossing Folders, New Albums & Divided Page Protectors
  • Sponge Dauber Value Pack:  A huge shout out to CTMH for adding this!  I requested it at album retreat and they made it happen.  I’m sure it wasn’t just me, but it makes me happy anyway.

 

 


Creating Keepsakes to Stop Publishing

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CK-Sept-Oct2013-200pxSaying Goodbye to Creating Keepsakes

As the Internet gained in popularity, the publishing industry suffered.  Many newspapers moved to an online only format and magazines closed shop.  The scrapbooking industry has been hit especially hard by this recent trend.  As sad as it may be, it really does make sense.  Companies have moved their advertising dollars online, because they can hit a wider and larger audience than print advertising.  Magazines such as Creating Keepsakes responded by decreasing the size of their print magazine and moving a lot of the content online.  This frustrated consumers, so many stopped subscribing.  Why pay for an online magazine when there are millions of layouts/ideas on Pinterest for free?!  So, Creating Keepsakes announced today that it will cease publication after the November/December issue.  Those of us who subscribe will receive two monthly issues of their new online magazine, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, for every issue left on our Creating Keepsakes subscription.   Lots of subscribers are upset and would prefer a refund.  I’m looking forward to seeing the format of the online magazine, but I know that I won’t subscribe to it.  Even though I have access to Creating Keepsakes’ online editions, I don’t use them that often.

So, here is what I’m wondering…will Creating Keepsakes continue sponsoring their conventions (CKC)?  I remember when I wouldn’t miss a CKC.  In fact, for several years, my friends and I attended the Seattle AND Portland CKCs.  Yet, again, I think the Internet is hurting business.  People expect a good deal when they go to these shows.  Yet, I often found that vendors were selling REALLY old product that was only slightly discounted.  Why would I spend my money on old product when I can buy new product online for a greater discount.  Since most online stores don’t have a brick and mortar storefront, they can afford to discount their product since they have less overhead to cover.  Convention vendors have the expense of travel and lodging on top of shipping their inventory from show to show.  I think these shows will eventually go the way of the magazines.

So, goodbye Creating Keepsakes!  It has been nice knowing you.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this news.  Are you disappointed to see the magazine go?  Will you read it online?  Do you still attend CKCs?  If not, why?


Stitching on Paper

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy! This video walks you through the different options for sewing on paper from using a sewing machine to hand stitching to faux stitching to stamping. You’ll see all four styles and get to decide which is best for your project. If you have any questions, please visit my blog at http://amyulen.com/
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To Blog Me or Not To Blog Me

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Myth Tickle by Justin ThompsonI’ve been debating the age old question “To Blog Me or Not To Blog Me” as of late.  When Studio Scrapping was over at Blogger, it made sense to keep it a scrapbooking only blog.  I was using it for my Close To My Heart business, so I wanted to keep the focus on scrapbooking.  Yet, once I made the decision to purchase the amyulen domain, something happened in my mind.  I am so much more than a Close To My Heart Consultant.  My life’s focus isn’t being a business person.  I’m a teacher.  Period.  Honestly, that’s it.  I’m a teacher!  I love teaching people about the art of memory keeping.  I love to show them fun stamping techniques.  Yet, that’s not all.  I love teaching students, teachers, and other interested adults about Shakespeare!  I love incorporating technology into everything I do.  I love teaching online and am developing a new course over at Curious.  I love talking about young adult literature, Star Trek, scrapbooking, and Shakespeare.  Oh, have I mentioned those two already?  I have a scrapbook about how much I love ShakespeareNerd alert–I also have a scrapbook about all the Star Trek stars I’ve met and experiences I’ve had!  Did you know I was on an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise?

To Blog Me

That’s my answer.  I don’t have many followers, so if you come across this post, I would love to read your thoughts about it.  I’m totally okay with talking to myself as this is going to be my one-stop-memory-keeping-spot, but it is far more fun when it is a conversation.

Coming Soon To a Blog Near You

I’m going to start a list of the things I want to update/change/add:

  • Add more categories to the blog to better represent my interests.
  • Blog more frequently about topics that interest me.
  • Update the My Story section to add information about me as a teacher, Shakespeare enthusiast, and Star Trek geek.
  • Convert Shakespeare High to a WordPress and add it to this site (I’ll still keep the Shakespeare High domain name!).
  • I’m sure I’ll think of more later, but this is plenty to get me started.  I only have a few weeks of summer left, so I better not waste time!

CTMH Studio J Tutorial #21 (True Friend Frames with Photoshop Layered Template)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video is the fourth 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 briefly show you how I created my own background paper and photo clusters using the FREE clipping mask download from my blog. 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!


CTMH Quick Tip #10 (Ordering Online & Newsletter)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video shows you how to enter my current (June 2012) mystery hostess contest by joining my online gathering, Last Call for Stampaganza! I also show you how to register for my newsletter which will go out on or near the first of each month. 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 #20 (One Photo in Multiple Wells)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video shows you how to quickly bring a focal photo to life by dropping it in multiple photo wells. I absolutely love how easy it is to enlarge photos with Studio J! Please visit my blog at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/
for more details. I enjoy seeing what you have learned from my tutorials, so I also hope you’ll post your completed Studio J layouts on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/studioscrapping.


CTMH Studio J Tutorial #19 (3D Text)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video is my application video for teaching at the Close To My Heart 2012 Extravaganza. I love Studio J and want to share all my tips and tricks with my fellow consultants at Convention. In this video, you will learn to layer three different text colors to create a highlight and shadow for your titles. Please visit my blog at http://studioscrapping.blogspot.com/.
I also hope you’ll post your completed layouts using this 3D technique on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/studioscrapping.


CTMH Studio J 5-Pack Giveaway

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Merry Christmas to the lucky winner of the FREE Studio J 5-Pack! Be sure to follow my blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed so you can enter my next giveaway.

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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.


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