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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tidbits & Facts about Studio J

The following comments are taken from an article at Craft Critique:

***The Studio J interface is completely web-based, and there is no software to buy or install. This means that anywhere you have an internet connection with the Adobe flash-player plug-in installed, you can access Studio J and work on your layouts - even from a public access computer! The software is extremely intuitive and easy to use (even if you've never scrapbooked digitally before); there is also a built-in online help area to assist you if you get stuck and a dedicated Studio J support email address if you need help beyond that.

***For the current and retired kits, all of the same patterned papers and My Stickease stickers that are/were available in the classic paper versions of the kits are available within the corresponding kit in Studio J. One big bonus though, is that with the Studio papers, you have the option of changing the colour of the paper to any colour in the CTMH 60-colour palette. Now that's flexibility! These means that you customize your papers to match your photos - something that can't be done with paper.

***Probably one of the coolest features of Studio J is the way that you can add distressing to your pages.  I personally love the look of distressed art and almost always incorporate it in some form when I am classic scrapbooking.  In Studio J, it only takes a click or two and you can sand & stipple and even apply digital 'ink' direct to your patterned paper and cardstock.

***Pricing with a Studio J Membership:

•Layout printing: $6.50 US / $7.50 CAN for a 2-page layout (includes free JPEG files for archiving & sharing) that equates to $3.25 US / $3.75 CAN per page.
•JPG Files purchased separately: $3.00 US / $3.50 CAN for a 2-page layout
•Free shipping on one minimum order per month (minimum is 4 layouts in US and 7 for Canada)
•Free Memory Protectors so your layouts are album ready

***Is Studio J worth trying?  Yes.  There is a ton of functionality built into this online interface that will have you creating layouts unthinkably fast.  The layout possibilities are countless and even if you use the same layout pattern or kit again and again you can make each layout unique.  With membership, print pricing is competitive.  Locally, I can print 12x12 pages at Costco for $2.99 per page.  Studio J Members pay $3.75 per printed page ($7.50 for a 2-page layout).  The way I see it, for the extra $0.76 over Costco, Studio J gives me great value considering that I did not have to invest in software or digital elements, and I am receiving free Memory Protectors with my order.  The quality of the Studio J print is stellar, and I have been more than satisfied to date.  I have not yet had opportunity to purchase the JPGs so cannot comment as to their resolution etc., but CTMH advertises that they are high resolution suitable for printing.

OK so what are you waiting for --- check out the layouts I have created with Studio J!  Go to my website and give it a try!

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