Friday, June 15, 2012

In Honour of Father's Day

Since this weekend is Father's Day I thought I would share a layout I just finished for the Close to my Heart convention in Dallas next month.  Each consultant that is attending was given a free five pack of Studio J layouts to use, along with very detailed instructions that covered a lot of different techniques.  It was a bit of a struggle at times to get it to work, but when it all clicked together it was amazing what all you could do with this software.  Trying to think of which photos to use for the layouts was interesting too, challenged the thinking cap of different themes etc.

I remembered having these old photos scanned and that I had not used them yet, so what better way to scrap and remember them than by Studio J.  This way if any of my siblings would like their own copy of the layout, I can just order it, instead of having to recreate it.  Another great reason to use Studio J, especially when you are doing heritage photos that other family members may like too.
For this layout we were instructed to use the Lucky paper pack with the Portrait Collection layout.  I choose to rotate the right hand page and made up photo collections with two photos in each photo spot.  This works well for older photos that may not have the resolution you would like for larger prints.
I really enjoyed this mini course in using Studio J, it helped me  to learn and understand the different and varied options you can use the program for.  If you are just starting out digital scrapbooking you can try it for free, go to and click on start creating,then upload some photos, pick your paper, layout and it will step you through the finished layout.  If you want more of a creative challenge you can play with changing the paper, accents, colours, embellishments, stitching... lots of fun things to learn and do.  Of course if you purchase a membership you get access to even more paper packs and layouts, plus a cheaper price for printing your finished layouts.  The layouts are printed in beautiful colour on heavy weight photo paper and shipped with page protectors, so all you have to do is slip  then into your albums.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Studio J

Hi all, I have not shared lately my love with Studio J, Close to my Hearts digital scrapbooking.  I just finished another 6 layouts that will be printed for me and shipped to my home with page protectors included for free.  The layout I will share is the last one for my Cuba album.

I used the online scrapbooking, you upload your photos, choose your paper and layout then finish.  You can add as much as you want or as little as you would like.   The embellishments of all kinds are available for you to choose and re-size if needed.  For this kit I used the new Cruisin' paper pack to focus on the many vehicles still on the road in Cuba.

Cards for the men in your lives

Last week I hosted a Cards for the Men in you life, card workshop.  This is the last card that we made that day:
I used the Cruisin paperpack from CTMH and the Enjoy life stamp set, this set is so versatile.  Stamping is done in Black and Twilight, the grey cardstock was embossed in my cuttlebug.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dotty for you round two

Hi, here is another card with the dots and stripes of the exclusive CTMH Dotty for you paper pack, from my cards for the men in your life workshop.

I have been really liking the colour combination of yellow and grey and thought I would try this for this card.  As mentioned I used the paper pack from CTMH Dotty for you and the A perfect Day stamp set in Grey wool, then wrapped in the bakers twine.