Christmas Cards ~ Studio J Style

Have you finished sending out your Christmas cards?  Don’t panic if you haven’t as you still have time.  I am wrapping up mine as we speak.  Last year I made over 200 cards for my husband and our personal cards.  This year the number stays the same but I turned to Studio J for the bulk of my cards.  I did still create all of the cards, but most of them were photo cards this year.  I wanted to share with you my Studio J cards as they are a fun and easy way to make cards for Holidays, Birthday invitations and Parties.

Studio J ~ Christmas Cards ~ Jingle & Mistletoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comThe way I did these is using the No Limits pattern and I designed 3 different two page layouts then just printed multiple copies.  I was able to get four of the 4 X 8″ cards on each 12×12″ layout using the Jingle paper collection.  For the Believe cards I was able to get six 4×6″ cards per layout and used the Mistletoe paper collection.

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These are both using the Believe paper collection.  I did change the blue polka-dot paper to the red and green by unchecking the full color under the pattern papers and selecting the color I wanted them to be.  I love this feature as it helps to give you more options.

I love the way I was able to design so many different cards some fun and some more traditional.

Happy Crafting!

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Calendar Gifts with Studio J Part 2

Are you ready for two more months from my 2016 Calendars?  If you missed my post from Wednesday you can check it out HERE. Every year for Christmas I design four calendars, three are gifts and one to keep.  I was so excited to see how Amy Ulen designed her calendar using Studio J at Convention this year.  I really like our new My Creations Calendar Z3184 and it works perfectly with a new In Review C1622 stamp set.

2016 Calendar July ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comAmy Ulen shared her JPGs that had the months of the year and then I designed all the 12 x 12 layouts using the Zoe Papers.  However if you notice there are two Sorbet pattern papers but in the Zoe paper pack there is only one.  2016 Calendar July top ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comIf you notice the one I used as the base is actually Slate in the true Zoe paper pack.  So you may be asking how did I get it to be Sorbet?  Take a look at this:

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.17.51 AMYou can actually change the color of the pattern papers from full color to one of the colors in the paper pack.  Pretty nifty right???

2016 Calendar Dec ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI really love the idea of using photos for Holidays and special occasions.

2016 Calender December ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI used mostly the No Limits pattern in Studio J to create my layouts but you can certainly use any of the pattern.  I am so pleased the way these turned out and look forward to designing next years.

Happy Crafting!

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Calendar Gifts with Studio J Part 1

I have another gift idea I wanted to share with you.  I have been making a calendar every year for the past 10 plus years.  I started making one for the grandparents too four years ago.  I have done kits, designed my own and also used Shutterfly/Snapfish/Vista print.  I much prefer to do them myself but as you know that can be time consuming if you are completing four.

Well my problems were solved while I was at convention this year.  Amy Ulen who is so talented with Studio J shared a calendar she created using Studio J.  Brilliant!!! Create once print 4, then assemble 4!  Amy was also kind enough to share her JPGs files for the month titles, so all I had to do was the scrapbook page for each month.  I was able to get this done over Thanksgiving and now I am assembling.  I am going to share two of my months with you today and then another two on Friday.

2016 Calendar Jan ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbookingHere is my January.  I love how big the day squares are with our My Creations Calendar Z3184.  The new Year in Review C1622 stamp set works perfectly for those numbers.

2106 Calendar January ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comSo my whole calendar is using the Zoe paper pack.  Now if you know the Zoe paper you are probably asking right now where did the two pattern papers I show here come from?  Am I right??? Well the fabulous thing when you use Studio J you can actually change the pattern papers to any of the colors in that paper pack!!! Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.17.51 AMIf you go under paper, then under the pattern paper squares you select one of the other colors instead of full color you will get new pattern papers in the color you select.  So cool right!!

2016 Calendar May ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comFor most of my layouts I used the no limits pattern so I could design everything.  I also added smaller photo with date and events.  I did most of the holidays, birthdays and anniversary.  2016 Calendar May top ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI really had a fun time creating these and it was so easy!

Stay tuned for my Part 2 of Studio J Calendars.

Happy Crafting!

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Studio J ~ ZOE collection

For those of you who love digital scrapbooking you need to check out if you have not already Close to My Hearts digital scrapbook program ~ Studio J® .  This program ROCKS!!!  There is no software to download and no commitment to try it out.  You really need to just give it a try as you will be AMAZED at how fast you can get FABULOUS layouts completed in record breaking time.

There are some changes coming to Studio J® ~  First every month Close to My Heart will release one of the new paper packs into Studio J® as an Express Collection.  What are Express Collections?  In addition to creating your own custom layouts from scratch, we have just added Express Collections. This includes six Express Collections you can use to quickly and easily create beautiful layouts. Each themed Express Collection includes 10 two-page coordinating, fully embellished layouts, plus a front and back page for your album, that are professionally designed and nearly complete — you simply drag in your photos and add your title and journaling! You can choose to create all 10 layouts plus the covers, or create just a few of the layouts in the collection.  It’s up to you. Express Collections makes getting your photos off your camera card or computer and into gorgeous layouts faster than ever! The first one being introduced is ZOE… so be sure to check it out as it will only be around until September 30, 2015.

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As part of our Close to My Hearts strategy for moving forward with Studio J®.  They are planning to retire the lower-performing content in order to improve the Studio J experience all around. The following kits are those that have been used the least in the past 12 months and will be retired on September 1, 2015:

Blue Ribbon
Boom-Di-Ada
Caboodle
Cherry-O
Daydream
Elegant Bouquet
Emporium
Everlasting
Floral Tapestry
Grace
Hooligans
Ivy Lane
Life Delights
Mischief
Moonlight
More To Adore
Notebook
Paper Garden
Scholastic
Sweet Home
Sweet Pea
That’s Amore
Topstitch
Typeset
Unforgettable
Veranda
Wishes and Fishes Girl

Also, since they will be introducing new, limited edition Express Collections each month, we have determined that the following Express Collections will also be retired September 1:

Getaway
Little Man
Little Miss
School Days
Sports
Travels
Year in Review

So be sure to give it a try soon!

Happy Crafting!

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July Specials Coming to an End

Wow we have had some great deals this month and they will be coming to an end in just a couple of days so you will want to make sure you complete those orders and to take advantage of them.

First we have those exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets available to you without having to host a gathering.  Here are the details.  During the month of July, when you purchase $25 USD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 USD! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD!

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Second is the Studio J Flash sale.  All layouts are only $5!!! This is a awesome deal and one I am taking advantage of by printing my photos to scrapbook.

studio-j-flash-sale2Don’t miss out!!  Please let me know if have questions or need assistance.

Happy Crafting!

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Studio J Flash Sale

Be sure you are taking advantage of the Studio J Flash sale going on now through July 31, 2015.  This is a great time to sit down and get some layout finished.  Or you can just print photos so you can scrapbook them.  This sale does not happen but once a year so you want to take advantage of it while you can.

studio-j-flash-sale2If you have any questions about how to use Studio J please reach out to me as this program is really super easy to use.  You will be shock how fast you can hammer out layouts and they look like you spent hours. To get started just click HERE and get started!

Happy Crafting!

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More Studio J ~ #ctmhlucky#5

Happy Thanksgiving every one!!! I know the days are dwindling but you still have time!!! If you are not a Black Friday shopper like me then use tomorrow to get those projects completed in Studio J to take advantage of this great deal!

Here is another two layout I created in Studio J.

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So what are you waiting for?  Find a few minutes and get started!  Remember there are FIVE reasons this is an awesome deal as you could win in FIVE ways!!!

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1)    Throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!

2)    Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

3)    The third way to win is there are Five “golden tickets” which will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.  Don’t you love the new chevron album shown in the photo above.

4)    For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

5)    The last way to win is take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

Start uploading your photos and start designing.  Click HERE to begin.

Happy Crafting!

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Studio J fun!~ #ctmhlucky5

Be sure you take advantage of this months Studio J promotion!! Then month is almost over, but you still have a few more days to finish off some layouts and take advantage of the Lucky 5!!

1411-cc-lucky5 ~ Catscrapbooking.comHere are the ways you can win:

1)    Throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!

2)    Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

3)    The third way to win is there are Five “golden tickets” which will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.  Don’t you love the new chevron album shown in the photo above.

4)    For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

5)    The last way to win is take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

Check out this layout I created using Studio J.  It is so fast and easy, I was able to just about finish 2010 in a matter of a couple of evenings.   How is this possible, well using Studio J I can easily create 2 or 3 layouts in just over an hour.  Compared to traditional scrapbooking where it can take me three days to complete a layout.

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Don’t forget you can create your own Christmas cards too!!!  Start uploading your photos and start designing.  Click HERE to begin.

Happy Crafting!

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Lucky 5 ~ Could you be a winner??

Close to My Heart is celebrating its five years with Studio J and they are giving you five ways to win!!!

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This is a fantastic opportunity for you!  Here are the five ways you can win.

1)    Throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!

2)    Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

3)    The third way to win is there are Five “golden tickets” which will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.  Don’t you love the new chevron album shown in the photo above.

4)    For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

5)    The last way to win is take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

Isn’t this just AWESOME!!!! So what are you waiting for?? Start uploading your photos and start designing.  Click HERE to begin.

Happy Crafting!

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Using Studio J™ to Print Photos

I have been blogging lately explaining how I now use Studio J™ to print my photos for my layouts.  I was so happy when Close to My Heart came out with the Express Collection which is just photo wells in various sizes that I started to jump for joy!!  Then to make me even more elated they are offering all Studio J™ layouts for $5 for the entire month of March!!!  So do you want to learn how to use this wonderful feature??? Well here we go…

The first thing you need to do (if you haven’t already) is create an online account.  Then you will need to log on and that can be done here

Once you have logged on you will want to select create a new project.  Then you will see this screen where you will want to name you project.Studio J - creating new project

Once you name your project you will be prompted to upload your photos.

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Once you click on the start uploading photos now button it will open up a window where you can browse your computer for the photos you want to work with.  For me I do my editing in Photoshop Elements then I copy the ones I plan to scrapbook into a folder on my desktop to make uploading easier.

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It will take a couple of minutes for the photos to upload into Studio J™, but this is what you will see when it is done.

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Now that you have your photos uploaded it is time to get started.  Keep in mind you can always upload more photos later.  The next step will be to select the continue button at the bottom of the screen in the lower right corner.   You will want to select the “Start with Express Collections”

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Then select the “Photo Collections” then select continue in the lower right corner.

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You will then see the seven possible layouts from which you can choose ~ 2×2, 3×3, 3×4, 4×4, 4×6, 6×8 and 5×7.

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Choose the one you wish to use.  Then just drag the photo you want into the photo well.  Once the photo is in the well you can zoom in on the photo, rotate the photo, add a mat, or change the photo to black/white or sepia.  To move the photo so that a different part of the photo is the focus, then move your cursor over the outline of the hand move the photo.

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When you are ready to add another layout with different photos sizes, just click on the “add layout” button in the bottom right of the page.  You will want to select “keep using the same express collection”.  Then you will choose the layout you want and press continue.

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You can switch back and forth between the layouts within your project simply by clicking on the layout thumbnail at the bottom.

That is all there is to it… isn’t that easy?  I know you will have love using these photo layouts to print your photos, so what are you waiting for?  Jump in and get started.

Happy Crating!

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