Thursday, 20 October 2011

Studio J IS Real Scrapbooking!

Sure, I admit it, when Close To My Heart first announced Studio J as an option for digital scrapbooking, I thought, "That's great. It will be great for those other people that don't really scrapbook." I was a little bit biased that "scrapbooking" had to mean hands-on with paper and photos and words and maybe embellishments. But after I thought about it, and I made some layouts with Studio J, I realized that Studio J IS real scrapbooking. It's paper and photos and words and maybe embellishments. It's preserving memories and sharing them. Plus it gives me a cool digital file I can share online by email or posting on Social Media sites like Facebook. It's incredible that I can resize or change the colour of photos instantly with a click of a mouse right in the program and if I don't like the results, just as easily change it back. Options have never been easier or more fun with my photos.

Close To My Heart offers Studio J in such a way that you can't help but fall in love with it. Printed in glorious 12x12 format, and featuring the papers, the layouts, the embellishments that you love about traditional CTMH scrapbooking, the results are gorgeous and easy to acheive.  Plus with Studio J, you can customize the papers and embellishments in ways that you just can't "in real life". Change embellishment sizes, colours, alter, overlap, and use as many as you like to create the layout in just the way you want. Love a print from the new Dreamin' My Reflections Kit but wish it came in shades of purple? With Studio J and the click of your can! I love that I can make truly unique layouts that are unlimited by the printed paper that I have "on hand", and with Studio J, it's all "on hand" and ready to go whenever or whereever I am.

Last January, I scrapbooked my entire family reunion album in 2 days during a snowstorm. I didn't have to worry about running out of supplies. I just needed my internet connection. I received the printed layouts back from CTMH in about 10 days and it was a sunny reminder of my family's love during those cold, dark winter days.

What I love best about Studio J is that you can try it for FREE!!! Yes, FREE!!! Nothing to download. No prepayments or kits to buy. Access it all and then only order and pay for the layouts you want. How awesome is that? Buy a membership and save on your layout purchases as an extra bonus. What's not to love?

My children also love that they can help make layouts about themselves and they look so professionally done or that I may do layouts just for them. Here is one I did for my daughter Grace wearing her silly 3D glasses with the lenses punched out. She looked so adorable that I couldn't help but create a special layout just for her. I could make the photos just the right size, cropping or enlarging as needed within the program. So easy!!! Embellishments were fun and guilt free... I think I added about 50+ brads to this layout - all for the one low layout price. Awesome!

What memories could you preserve and share with Studio J today? Whether it's traditional or's still real scrapbooking! Click the Studio J link badge at the right of my page to give it a try.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Join my Close To My Heart team ....

as a Consultant this month and reap the rewards.
Campaign Basics
  1. What are the campaign details?
    Dates: October 1 (9:00 am, MDT)–October 31, 2011 (11:59 pm, MDT)
    Featured Products: New Consultant add-on collections: Roxie, Elemental, and Studio J®
    For New Consultants: New Consultants who sign up for $99 (US&CAN) with Close To My Heart between October 1–31 will receive one New Consultant Kit add-on collection of their choice FREE! Each collection is priced at $40 (US&CAN) and has a retail value of $80 US /$85 CAN–$130 US/$140 CAN, making this an incredible deal!

Campaign Item Information
  1. What is included in the add-on collections?
    Check out the three add-on collections in the Idea Book on page 5 for a complete listing of what is included in the Roxie, Elemental, and Studio J® collections.

Ordering, Shipping & Tax
  1. Will tax be charged on this promotion?
    Tax is assessed on the $99 New Consultant Kit. In the US, tax is also assessed on the retail price of any add-on collection added to the order, regardless of whether it is free or paid, which is $40. No tax is charged for free items in Canada, but new Consultants will be assessed tax if they add and pay for additional collections as part of their enrollment.
  2. Will shipping/handling be charged on this promotion?
    Shipping/handling is charged on the New Consultant Kit, but no shipping is charged on any add-on collections, free or paid for, that the Consultants adds.
  3. How many add-on collections can each new Consultant receive?
    Each new Consultant may select a limit of one add-on collection for free but may purchase one or both of the other two collections for $40 (US&CAN) each. Purchasing all three add-on collections does not qualify new Consultants for another free add-on collection.
  4. How does a new Consultant order their free add-on collection?
    During online enrollment, new Consultants will be able to select the add-on collection they would like for free. They will also have the chance to add the other collections to their order for $40 (US&CAN) each.

  1. If a new Consultant already signed up but did not add their free collection, can they order it after the fact?
    No. The free add-on collection is only available during enrollment.
Check out my website to sign up directly. This offer available to residents of Canada. If you are a US resident, please check out the consultant locator on the main CTMH web page to find someone close to you.

Welcome and Congratulations!

Hello and a big welcome to all of my scrappy and stampy friends. And a big congratulations to me for tackling the Blog-demon and figuring out the Blogging world enough to get this baby started. Utilizing social media can be somewhat of a challenge but once I get the hang of it, I am in! Please be patient for however long it takes for me to get the bugs out. Thanks.
This Blog will be my way of sharing my work and the work of others, designed to inspire, delight and educate you in my role as a Close To My Heart Senior Director and papercrafting artist as well as share my life and loves through stories, photos and artwork.
The artwork above is just one of my latest card creations. It's a 4x4 card featuring paper from the Typeset My Reflections kit from CTMH, stamps that co-ordinate with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, and beautiful inks and accessories. I'm enjoying it today as a little "Congrats" to myself for a job well done. Have you congratulated someone recently? An easy but beautiful card such as this could be just the ticket....
Wishing you all well,