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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!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Magnifique Desk Caddy

I have been wanting to create a desk caddy for work for several months.  As of right now, I use a coffee cup to hold my pens & pencils!  Well, Mondy when I return to work I will be beautifully displaying my pens & pencils in this Magnifique Desk Caddy:






Recipe for this absolutely maginicent (if I do say so myself) caddy:

CTMH Products --- Click here to shop online form my website:
My Creations Cube
Magnifique Level 2 Paper Pack
Colonial White Ribbon
Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
Lagoon Mini-Medley Buttons
Just Blooms Flower (stamped in Lagoon with Circle of Love)
Everlasting Love stamp set
Pacifica Ink Pad
Cocoa Ink Pad

Other products:
Various scripture stamps (Plain Janes from Verve)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mistletoe Collection

So I just finished the feature pages and cards that go with the Mistletoe WOTG. There are actually 2 of each card shown here.








Now if I put all this with the cute circle cards & other 4 layouts I already had done from stamp camp  ..... well this is what you get:

That's 18 cards and 6 layouts!!!!!

And this is what YOU can complete at our November 6th Christams Card / Layout Workshop. Check out the post below for more details!  By the way - I still have 3 complete B & T's left along with lots of scraps!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Mistletoe Cards & Layouts

WOW! I love our new Christmas B&T paper (Mistleto)!  Check out the cards and layouts that we made at our Stamp Camp on October 2!!!  Thanks to Melissa Robinson for helping us Palatka CTMH sisters to participate in her Stamp Camp long distance and thanks for the great instructions on these cards & layouts!



Mark your calendars now for November 6th for our 2nd Annual Christmas Card Workshop and stay tuned for more information on how you can create your own cards & layouts.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Our Trip to Tennessee

Last weekend I went to Tennessee with my two sons, daughter-in-law, my parents, my sister and her husband along with two of her children and grandchildren.  We had a wonderful time and made lots of new memories.  It had been 26 years since I had seen the fall colors and all I can say is it was breath-taking!  We visited Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, the Parkway, and played in the Pigeon River!!!! The past couple of years we have had many issues with our parents' health, so it was a real treat to be able to spend some wonderful moments together. Here are a few pictures of our trip and as soon as I get some layouts created with these pictures, I promise I will share them!

A view from Cades Cove.

My Dad, two sons, and nephew!

Jordan & Jake with their two little cousins.


One of the churches in Cades Cove.


Our cabin -- Wears Valley, TN

Me with Jordan, Jake, Tara & grandbaby!

My sister, Michelle, and me with our parents - -we love messing with our Dad!

The family (or at least the ones on the trip!)

A view from the Parkway in NC!


Us again!

Another breath-taking view from the Parkway!