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Our trip to Italy this summer was so fantastic!  This was the first time that my husband and I got to travel alone with my sister and brother-in-law.  We had some great experiences on our vacation, but the best part of the trip was spending time together!  We celebrated my sister’s birthday in Athens and my brother-in-laws birthday in Rome.  As Neal and I called this our honeymoon, we also celebrated our 22 anniversary…even though we were married in May…LOL!  All good things come to those who wait…right?

As you know, I’m doing the LOAD Challenge this month, and today’s prompt took us to this color combination on The Play Date Cafe.  I really like that the Studio J Express Kits allow me to substitute color in the paper and other embellishments, because I was able to add a bit of Barn Red to my layout.  I think the muted version of these colors really make my photos pop off the page.  It makes me so happy!

I can’t wait to get these layouts printed and into my albums.  I want to share the excitement with you, too, so watch my blog for more details on how you can win a free Studio J 5-pack (including shipping and page protectors)!


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Can’t believe how easy the layout was today!  I worked on it while listening to the Project Life Webinar with Jennifer Woodbury and hosted by Lain Ehmann from Layout a Day .  You can watch the replay for a week, so be sure to check it out. My friend, Mimi, is doing PL and loving it, so I’ve been wanting to give it a try.  I’m really inspired since completing a Smash Book during our trip to Italy this summer! It was such a joy to scrap daily and collect the little bits and pieces of life along the way.  It is also making it so easy to create a LOAD about the trip, because my journaling is done.  The longest part of my process is finding/editing the photos.  Have I mentioned that I love the Express Collections?  I seriously L. O. V. E. them!

LOAD #2 is about our long trip starting with standing in security at Sea-Tac to calling mom to thank her for the Euros to meeting our driver in Rome.  We decided against getting a car while we were there which was a wise decision…those drivers are crazy!  Even so, they clearly know what they are doing, because I don’t think we saw an accident the entire time we were there.  Thanks to LOAD and Studio J, I’m going to have this entire vacation scrapbooked by month’s end!

Jeanette is giving away 20 of these stars on her website today, so be sure to leave a comment.


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Welcome to CreteHappy October! Now that I have a month of school under my belt and no travel plans in the near future, I’m ready to get back to my creative endeavors.  I’m challenging myself to create a layout a day with the ScrapHappy community.  The only time I actually completed the challenge was my first time six years ago, so I’m really determined to make it happen this time.  Luckily, it also coincides with CTMH’s Studio J special, so I’m going to create most of my layouts using Studio J to save time and money since it is buy 9, get 1 free this month.

I used layout #8 from the Travels Express Kit.  Seriously, the most time consuming part of this layout was narrowing 150 photos from our tour of Crete down to 5!  I love that these Express Kits allow me to drop in my photos and journaling without any additional fuss.  Honestly, I don’t usually use quick pages because I don’t like the lack of customization.  With this page, I was able to customize the title, add a shadow to Crete, and add a cocoa frame around the focal photo.  I’ll further bling it out when I get the final print by adding bitty sparkles…they are my not-so-secret addiction!

Watch this quick video to learn more about the Studio J Express Collections.

Last Day for a Perfect Project Life Stamp

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I can’t believe that it is already the end of September.  I’ve neglected my blog–and creative endeavors–for far too long.  On October 1st, I’m righting this wrong by participating in the ScrapHappy members-only LOAD (layout a day) Challenge.  Yet, there is still one more day to take advantage of CTMH’s It’s Your Day special.

This stamp is perfect for card making and scrapbooking…especially if you are involved in #projectlife !  I love using our photo storage pages and Flip Flaps to create my own #projectlife style layouts.  So, if this is a must have stamp set for you, be sure to click on the image and place your order TODAY!  Sale ends at 11:59pm MT.

A Blast from the Past

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So, I was listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable while scrapbooking last night.  It is my go-to podcast for scrapbooking, by the way, so I encourage you to check it out!  Anyway, May Flaum was one of the guest hosts and she was talking about her tattoo.  It reminded me of the layout I did about Kate’s first tattoo.  You can read the original post on my old blog, but here are the photos of the layout.

I think it is a little hysterical that I had my camera poised in the hope that she would cry.  Of course, she is far too tough to cry over a little tattoo.  LOL…I really am not a mean aunt!  

Making My Own Patterned Paper

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I am a huge fan of making my own patterned paper using my scrapbooking supplies.  The quickest way to create a pattern is using stamps and ink, but I also like to layer strips of paper (either cardstock or patterned) to create a unique and colorful background.  To make this striped paper, I…

1)  Cut cardstock into 1/4″x12″ strips.
2)  Ran an 8.5″x12″ piece of cardstock through the Xyron to create a large sticker.
3)  Removed a little bit of the backing at a time to lay down my strips of paper in a random pattern.
4)  Cut off the excess cardstock by turning the piece over and cutting along the edge of both sides of the base.

I now have a fun piece of striped paper that will give my next project a pop of color!

Now, I’ve been using this technique for years with my paper supplies, but it’s also a perfect technique for customizing your Studio J layouts!  The technique is very similar in Studio J…you simply use text boxes to create your strips and then fill them with a solid color or patterned paper.

When creating small strips using text boxes in Studio J, you may see a warning symbol.  A couple ways to minimize the warning symbols is to reduce the font size in the text box and hit the space bar so the text is replaced with a blank space.  If you still see the warning symbol, never fear…it won’t print on your final layout.

On this example, I used small strips of blue paper to cover up a color that did not go well with my photos.  I love that Studio J allows us to be as flexible with our layouts as our classic supplies do.

Below you will find a video tutorial that shows you how I created this layout in Studio J.  It also gives a couple more examples of how I used strips of paper to mask or add colors using my classic supplies.

Last Call for Stampaganza & Mystery Hostess Rewards!

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Can you believe that we only have a week left in June?  Seriously!  I just got out of school, how is it that summer is 1/3 over?
When June ends, Stampaganza ends, as well.  I don’t want you to miss out on your chance to load up on FREE stamp sets!  So, I’m hosting an online gathering and everyone who places an order will be in the running for Mystery Hostess!  If your name is drawn, you will earn $25+ in FREE hostess rewards.  To make sure you are entered into the drawing, watch this quick tip video:

As you browse the online Idea Book or my online store, keep in mind that the stamps from the previous Idea Book that aren’t in the current book are fair game for retirement.  Since this is Stampaganza (buy 2, get 1 free), I would make sure you get any of these that you absolutely love since they may go away on August 1st:
A Flitter A1108
A Game A1113
A Holiday A1115
A Little Thanks D1444 <== I love this set and hope it doesn't retire!
A Sip A1109
A Timber A1110
A Twinkle A1107
Adorn-able D1446
All Decked Out D1308
All Hallows Eve C1462
Always Remember A1095
Angel Sent A1099
Authentic D1401
Backdrop – Charmed D1490
Baroque Alphabet E1006
Bundled Buddies C1472
Captured Moments C1423
Card Chatter – Christmas D1388
Childhood Portrait D1373
Christmas Cheer D1494
Christmas Love D1492
Countdown B1390
December 25th C1469
Everlasting Life D1440
Father Chrismaas D1449
Fill in the Blank – Holiday D1493
Friendship Alphabet Large E1016
Friendship Alphabet Small C1401
Fright Night B1359
Giggle Caps D1136
Giggle Lowercase D1137
Glory to God D1483
Gnome Garden C1470
Happy Clusters C1471
Harvest Happiness C1463
Harvest Home C1419
Headline Alphabet Large E1011
Holiday Cheer B1381
Holiday Commentary C1379
Holiday Commentary – French C1383
Holiday Commentary – Spanish C1382
I Believe C1427
Instant Memories C1466
John 3:16 B1394
Joyful Jar B1393
Live Inspired C1408
Live Your Style D1499
Made With Love D1387
Month by Month C1425
Nature’s Gift C1424
Party Animal D1437
Party Pennants C1429
Rustic Alphabet E1002
Rustic Numbers D1267
Save the Date D1386
Save the Date – French D1397
Save the Date – Spanish D1398
Say it in Style D1283 <== I use this set all the time and hope it doesn't retire!
School Rocks B1396
Snow Days C1420
Snow Flurries D1384
Snowflakes D1480
So Grateful B1395
St. Nick B1356
Sweet Moments C1467
Tag the Occasion B1362
Tannenbaum B1361
Thanksgiving C1426
The Present D1436
Treasure Life D1306
Unscripted C1465
Winter Joy C1468

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.

Create Pleated Ribbon in Studio J

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I finally finished my Studio J layouts for convention yesterday.  I love that CTMH provides us with instructions but then encourages us to do our own thing.  I definitely did my own thing on this layout.  Yet, what I learned from the instructions is fantastic!

Take a look at the pleated ribbon at the top of the page.  This is created by overlapping ribbon tabs rotated 90 degrees.  Every other tab is brought forward to make it look like pleated ribbon.  How cute is that?!  I thought it was the perfect anchor for my photo pennants.

I created the photo pennants in Photoshop and will upload them to my freebie page if there is any interest.  Leave a comment to let me know.

Remembering & Grab Bag Giveaway

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Memorial Day reminds us to take pause and give thanks for the men and women who serve our country.  Many of my family members have served and are still serving today.  This layout commemorates my most recent visit to my father’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery.  
I’m spending my day scrapbooking the memories that matter most, and I want to share this amazing hobby with you.  Starting today through the 31st, if you place an order on my website, you will receive a grab bag of CTMH goodies from me! 
  • Spend $10-24.99 and earn a $5 grab bag of embellishments.
  • Spend $25-49.99 and earn a $10 grab bag of embellishments.
  • Spend $50+ and earn a $50 grab bag of embellishments, papers, and stamps!
I’m cleaning up the craft room and making way for new product, so this is good news for you!  Also, don’t forget that when you spend $35 from the current Idea Book, you may purchase the Dotty for You kit for $5.  Spend $50 and purchase the SOTM for $5.
This Memorial Day Grab Bag Giveaway will end at 11:59pm MST on May 31st, so visit my website today! I’ll send your grab bag goodies on June 1st.
Speaking of June 1st, that is the start of the CTMH Stampaganza…buy 2 stamps and get 1 FREE!  I suggest you purchase paper, inks, embellishments, albums, page protectors, tools, Etc. this month and wait to purchase your stamps next month for the special deal!

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