Thursday, February 24, 2011

Last Studio J layout that I ordered

Ronnie and I took the kids on an adventure on Sunday, trying to go see some model trains.  Of course, they were closed.  We rode some lame mall rides for a bit, then decided to go to Margate to show the kids Lucy the Elephant.  Luckily it was a bright sunny day, even though it was very cold, and they enjoyed looking at Lucy.  We took a quick walk on the beach there, because we can't be that close to a beach and not walk on it, and had some fun.  Maggie got to pet some dogs that were out walking, which made her day, and Nate got to run in tire tracks, which made his day.  This layout uses the current paper kit Miracle, which if you are a CTMH savvy scrapper, you will remember that this was a special kit some time ago.  The kit has been expanded and is gorgeous!

See the photos of Lucy the Elephant on the right page?  That is a super easy technique to use on Studio J.  SImply place the same photo in each photo well, then zoom in on them until you have a perfect overlap.  When you look at the photos, it appears as if I took a 8x6 photo and cut it in half, when I just used the same photo twice and enlarged them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Studio J, all Natey!

More than anyone else, Natey loves to look at our scrapbooks.  He especially loves to look at his layouts, of course!  At the ripe old age of four, he noticed that his sister had an overflowing album of layouts just of her, while his book was much thinner.  He likes the layouts of the two of them together, of which there are a few books, but he actually asked how come there were not more pages of just him.  Broke my heart, it did.  So I have been making a huge effort to scrap many more pages of JUST Natey to plump up his books, even though so many of my photos are of the two of them doing activities or holidays together.  So while some of these photos are older ones, they are of just my boy.

 You Rock paper
 Tinkerin' paper
 Boo!  (Studio J exclusive kit, yes, it's Halloween themed)
 Game On paper
Animal Cookies paper

With Studio J, it is amazingly easy to customize a paper pack to suit your needs.  Take the A Lesson On Brushing layout.  That paper pack is Halloween themed, but I wanted to use the oranges in the kit because of Nate's shirt.  I used the tools in Studio J to tint certain pages different colors than they would actually in the kit.  I changed some of the papers to gray to make the oranges pop, and took out all the Halloween elements.  I did use the letter Stickease that comes in the kit, because it was not overwhelmingly Halloween-ish.  You should really try it, especially since it's FREE until you decide to purchase a layout!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Studio J layouts!

This month Close to My Heart is offering a Buy 9, Get One Free deal on Studio J layouts, so of course I've been a busy bee creating with Studio J!  I have said it before, I am NOT a digital scrapper.  I like my stamps, inks, papers, and embellishments way too much.  BUT...I really enjoy playing with Studio J.  I like to try layouts that I probably would never make (the first one below being one of those-I would never in a million years make that layout traditionally).  So for me Studio J is a place to try new layouts and do things I normally wouldn't do.  Click on the link on the sidebar to check out the current Studio J offer!!  I saved over $65 because I am a Studio J member AND a consultant AND because of this deal!  Enjoy!

This first batch is all from the CTMH convention in DC last summer.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My new favorite tool!

Yes, it is the NEW 2" Scallop Circle Punch from Close to My Heart!!  I love the size it punches-just right for so many things- and I love how easy it is to use.  I also adore the fact that CTMH released new stamp sets that you can easily use with this punch.

(Artwork/images belong to CTMH)
For example, this wonderful set called Salutation Seals (item number 1461).  You can punch out as many scalloped circles as you need, then stamp them perfectly every time.  You do NOT need to stamp first, then try to line up the punch correctly, like you have to do with wood mounted stamps, or even cling-mounted rubber stamps.  Close to My Heart's CLEAR stamps and CLEAR blocks make it easy to stamp exactly where you want each and every time!  

And see those adorable half circles that were scalloped and strung to look like a banner?  Yep, that's my favorite tool again!  Punch circles, cut them in half, and use them as borders, banners, accents, the list is endless!  For $14.95, you have one hard working punch!!!  Buy it NOW!