Here's a cost comparison for you:
Studio J layout: $12.95 (I will wait until I have 10 layouts to purchase so I get free shipping and page protectors) Plus I get my commission discount too! Materials-just my laptop!
Classic Layout: If I had to buy everything that I used on this layout, whether I had to buy it new or use what I have, here's what it would look like:
Magic Moments paper pack: $12.95
Magic Moments My Stickease: $4.95 (And I resized the stickease to fit my needs-the circle sticker was larger and the just plain cute sticker was enormous! I made it smaller to fit my needs.
Colonial White mini medley accents: $4.95
Sunflower buttons: we don't sell this color button-I custom colored mine!
Cocoa photo hanger: we don't sell this color photo hanger-I custom colored this too!
Button thread/waxy flax: we don't sell cocoa waxy flax-I custom colored mine, and we don't sell cocoa thread either. But with Studio J, it doesn't matter!
Font CD: Inkling (title) is on one of our CDs-$9.95. But the journaling font (classroom) is not. Adhesive: Bonding memories $6.95 plus glue dots for the ribbons $7.50.
Photo printing: $1.75 (not that I ever only print 7 photos at a time, I would wait until I have over 100)
Total so far: $47.25, and since I don't have the right colored buttons, photo hangers, or thread, either I have to go out to the store and hope to find something that works, or use something else and be less satisfied.
The thing I love MOST about using Close to My Heart products is that everything is color coordinated and is made to work together. I don't have to go to the big box stores and hope to find something that works. CTMH makes it work for me. I realize not everyone uses only CTMH products (silly you!) but it sure works well for me! I like to scrap *Faster*Simpler*Easier* I sure get a lot done when I don't have to worry about a button not being the right color yellow, or compromising what I want something to look like.
Anyway, I'll get off my soapbox now and hope that you go to my website, create an account, and give Studio J a try! What do you have to lose? It's FREE!!!!