Monday, October 31, 2011
If you haven't checked it out Studio J yet, it's FREE to use so what are you waiting for? Indulge your desire to create gorgeous, 12" * 12" layouts in minutes—it’s easy, fast, and fun with Studio J, Close to My Heart’s unique online design software. Whether you’re a first-time scrapbooker or a long-time enthusiast, you can design custom layouts you’ll want to show off again and again. Discover the creative options available on Studio J!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Do your scissors get gunked up after cutting your 3D foam tape? To avoid this cut the tape with the upper most part of the blade as opposed to the tip and close the scissor completely when cutting. Soaking the blade in our cleaner will help cut the adhesive so you can scrub off with a towel. Using a thick towel helps prevent you from being stabbed or cut by the blade when cleaning :)
Need to organize your daubers? Never feel you have enough? You can group like colors together and label your sponge daubers. You can find a case to hold up to 40 here.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Pattern: Imagine: Sweet Symphony™
Just once a year we get to dress up our little spooks for Halloween parades, parties, and trick-or-treating. This certainly calls for lots of picture taking! We want to cherish these masquerade moments forever, and Studio J® has the perfect kits for capturing these memories with ghoulish delight!
On the Studio J kits page, search for "Holiday" kits and then check out the traditional orange and black Boo! kit, available only on Studio J. Don't you love the creepy-cute "Trick or Treat" My Stickease® title on this layout? Or you may find that the Mischief kit does the trick with awesome My Stickease images of black cats, spider webs, and more. If your house is filled with little monsters, you might love the Hooligans kit that features friendly-looking ogres. Another kit that can be eerily wicked, with orange and purple hues, is the Enchanted kit—find it by searching the "Celebration" kits.
Creating layouts with Studio J digital scrapbooking is free—and so easy, it's scary! Whatever characters find their way into your home this Halloween, plan to capture their images and spirits in a Studio J layout soon!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Gift tags are a must-have year-round in every home and even more so during the holidays. Learn how to turn out classy, custom gift tags in assembly-line style in this Close To My Heart video. It's one more way to tell your gift recipient, "You're worth it!"
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Stippling: Stippling is an art technique to make a lot of tiny dots to create an image. In this case instead of making an image, she stippled the sweet leaf (green) card stock on the left page using chocolate ink. Using the CTMH stippling tool this created a distressed look. To do this you simply apply your stippling tool to your ink pad and then pat it all over your cardstock till you have the desired amount of stippling. The more you do the darker the stippling will become.
Scallop edges: The scalloped edges can be seen on the Right page on the strip of red cardstock. To do this simply take the safety cover over your corner rounder and slide the strip of paper through it, making sure to line up the edges of each curve each time you punch. Easiest way to make sure you are getting the desired effect when first trying this is get a scrap piece of paper and practice first. Have your corner rounder facing you so you can see where it is cutting (so you are looking at the bottom of the rounder, and able to see the paper go through it). This will ensure that you don't leave gaps between the scallops.
Shadow Box: The shadow box with sand in it can also be found on the right page of this layout. For this she took a piece of cardstock and cut it to my desired size. Then lined it's edges with 3D foam tape. Next take another peice of cardstock cut to the same size as the first. Measure and cut out a window hole in this piece of cardstock. You will now measure and cut out of a Flip Flap the same size as the card stock and glue dot it to the back of the cardstock with the window cut out. Now you can put your sand or any piece of nature in the cardstock box that has the 3D- foam tape. Place the windowed cardstock on top of the 3D- foam tape, and you are finished! Be careful of the amount of stuff you put in to this box and thickness, if it is bigger than the 3D foam tape it will make placing the second piece of cardstock harder, and it may not want to stick to the tape due to the item pushing against it.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Pattern: Imagine: Monologue™
Janelle used the Roxie paper kit and most of the pre-placed toggle accents, but then added several My Stickease images. Notice how the skillfully placed stars that act as photo corners, and the black polka dot photo corners help draw your eye to the pictures. The green My Stickease frame that surrounds a small photo does the same thing. Janelle also added two cute tags for some journaling and a scalloped border at the top of the left page. Nice personalization! And you'll be happy to know, all Studio J paper kits include a My Stickease coordinating alphabet so you can easily create a cute title, as did Janelle.
My Stickease images are so easy to add to your Studio J layouts: simply drag and drop! You can also resize them, turn them different directions, and even "clip" the image by dragging in the edges of the image to give it a whole new look or make it appear as if it's partially tucked behind a photo or paper accent on the layout. Each time you create a Studio J layout, be sure to take a look at the many My Stickease images available for your kit. They may be just what you were searching for!
P.S. Janelle used the Imagine: Monologue pattern with the Roxie kit. For a totally different look using the same pattern, check out this post featuring the Monologue pattern with the Wings kit.
Studio J blog | Easy Digital Scrapbooking: My Stickease Galore!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Transform your Studio J® online scrapbooking sessions from solitary and silent to laughter-filled and super-social by hosting a laptop crop with fellow Studio J scrapbookers! Laptop crops, or digital crops, are usually a lot like traditional cut-and-paste paper crops—games, door prizes, music, contests—with a few differences.
First, you'll need a location with wireless Internet and plenty of electrical outlets. Have lots of extension cords and power strips on hand. Plan for two to three feet of space per scrapbooker—yes, quite a bit less than classic crops! Keep refreshments "safe" for computers and keyboards, in other words, no mess or crumbs; try popcorn, coated or wrapped candy, and covered beverages. Be sure to display your favorite Studio J layouts to inspire all your friends (and soak in all the compliments!). Grab your computer, step out of the home office, and take your Studio J creative sessions from tranquil to exciting with a laptop crop!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Note: Firmware Update to Resolve Cricut® Compatibility Issues
Provo Craft, the company that produces the Cricut® machines and cartridges, has informed us that due to a soon-to-be-resolved software glitch, some Art Philosophy cartridges are not functioning correctly with Imagine and Expression 2 machines, Gypsy devices, or Cricut® DesignStudio™ software. Provo Craft emphasizes that this is not a flaw with the cartridge itself and that the issue will be resolved by updating the firmware for these devices and software. Provo Craft will make the new firmware available shortly; we will send out an email when the new firmware is ready to be downloaded. Refer to your device or software manual to find out how to update your firmware.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Pattern: Imagine: Monologue™
Have you ever used a My Stickease® image as a template in Studio J®? It’s an easy way to get perfectly shaped clusters of embellishments! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create this gorgeous layout from start to finish, including that adorable heart made from buttons and ribbon knots using a My Stickease image as a template.
12" x 12" Mr. & Mrs. Layout
- Select Wings kit.
- Select Monologue™ pattern.
- Select kit mix 3.
PUTTING THE LAYOUT TOGETHER
- Drop photos in wells.
- Change color of dot Background and Texture (B&T) paper to Grey Wool.
- Change color of damask B&T paper to Pansy Purple.
- Change color of base pages to White Daisy.
- Add 1/8" White Daisy mat to horizontal and vertical photos. Add 1/16" Grey Wool mat to square photos.
- Delete journaling box.
- Turn off toggle accents.
- Add four My Stickease scroll borders (Borders) at 100%, cropping and rotated as desired to create border and photo tabs.
- Add My Stickease heart (Large Accents) at 100%, rotating as desired (will be used as template for buttons).
- Beginning at left side of left page, create pleated ribbon by placing two ribbon tabs overlapping each other above scroll border. Copy and paste, then position to extend pleated ribbon. Copy all four tabs and paste again to extend. Repeat to desired length. Change color to Pansy Purple. Note: To make all pleats uniform, select all the ribbon tabs and align and distribute horizontally. For a more varied, handmade look, place each tab individually.
- Add two 5/16" Black buttons with Grey Wool thread to left page.
- Place one 5/16" Black button and Grey Wool thread on edge of heart image. Holding down shift key, select button and thread. Copy and paste, then position along edge of heart. Paste again and position along edge of heart. Repeat, placing buttons in regular intervals along entire perimeter of heart. Note: Turn snapping off for easier button placement.
- Delete My Stickease heart image.
- Delete one button and thread pair and replace with two ribbon flat knots at 100% in Pansy Purple, rotating as desired.
- Create title as follows:
- “Mr.” in 83 pt. Times New Roman font, no background, Black text
- “&” in 48 pt. Times New Roman font, no background, Black text
- “Mrs.” in 83 pt. Times New Roman font, no background, Black text
- “Herman” in 81 pt. Fountain Pen font, no background, Pansy Purple text
- “from here... to eternity” in 21 pt. Times New Roman font, no background, Black text
- Create journaling in 19 pt. Aristocrat font, no background, Black text.
- Create date on photo in 20 pt. Fountain Pen font, no background, text color as desired.
- Distress Grey Wool cardstock and both B&T papers with sponge in Black, adjusting intensity to 100%. Distress White Daisy cardstock with sponge in Grey Wool, leaving intensity at default 50%.
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Monday, October 17, 2011
For the Mummy I used strips of white paper that were ink distressed and then glued down. Googly eyes were added. The second card is a Cricut cut die shape card that is stamped in Colonial White pigment ink. The spider was stamped in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation to appear as though he is moving. The 3rd & 4th card was shaded using the blending pen and water brush. The 5th card was stamped and then the pumpkin was colored in with the water base markers and lastly the 6th card was stamped and then I made a paper ruffle with a strip of orange B&T paper.
Below is another version of the last 3 cards that were created but with non-Halloween stamps.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! If you are coming from Judy Faye's Place, you are on the right track!
This month there are 12 of us highlighting the “Masking with Milepost Shapes” Technique as shown on page 15 in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit SHIRLEY ROSS' PAGE. While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. Let’s get started!
So I have to admit that I totally cheated this month and mostly copied the ideas straight from the idea book. This month has been crazy busy and my creative brain must of went on the fritz. So here is the artwork I re-created. As well as a few other images at the bottom using the Milepost Shapes.
Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Ronda Horstman's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!
In this layout I masked a star shape using the scrap from a cricut cut out and added the glitter gel to the star shape. I did this several times to get the shinny stars. I inked the milepost shapes on the raised area. I used one of the milepost shapes under the pewter frame. (Click on the image to zoom in).
And the final project again is from our Regional Celebration where I made two cards. I inked the circle milepost shape and stuck it under a brad and ribbon slide as a accent clustard.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Midnight Felt Shapes
These 10 laser-cut felt shapes with adhesive backs will really allow your Halloween projects to pop this year. They come in siloutte Black and are $5.95 for the whole sheet. Buy Midnight Felt Shapes
Honey Mini Medley
Many of you know I can't do without my mini medleys. This Honey one is no exception. Complete with title frame, ribbon, buttons, and brads. This makes such a great add ons to any card or layout. Get the whole set for only $4.95. Buy Mini Medley
Electric Alphabet Stamp Set
4" X 5" My Acrylix® Block
More affordable than our 4 x 6.5 block and a better size to hold in your hand. This new block will handle those large stamps perfectly. $15.95! Buy 4 x 5 Block
While Supplies Last
Monday, October 10, 2011
I was so honored to find I had received a blog award from a fellow blogger, thank you Shirley Ross. Click here to see what Shirley shares with her readers.
I've copied the "rules" directly from Shirley's blog:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Pattern: Super Star™
It's true what Art Linkletter said: "Kids say the darndest things!" A kid's perspective is so fresh, honest, and innocent. And if you've got little kidlins, it's a wonderful idea to capture that candid perspective in scrapbook pages before it fades into teenage-hood.
The layout above records a sweet conversation between two friends:
Abby: Let's play "best friends."
Emma: How do we play that?
Abby: We pretend that we are best friends.
Emma: But we are best friends!
Abby: I know we are in real life, but this is pretend life. Come on, let's go outside and jump rope.
These tender moments are fleeting, but by capturing them in a scrapbook layout, we're able to keep them forever. (And pull them out during life's difficult times to remember how innocent and sweet our children once were!)
Here are some ideas for creating a layout to preserve your child's unique outlook:
- Have a notebook handy to write down the funny or unusual things your kids say right away. You'll use their exact quotes for journaling on your layouts.
- Grab your camera, kneel down, and take some pictures of your child or of things that illustrate their cute comments. Be sure the photos are at their eye-level.
- Sometimes kids create the darndest things. Scan pictures or Mother's Day cards they've made, report cards, or certificates they've received to include in your digital scrapbook layouts.
- Take photos of their favorite things, again at their eye-level: stuffed animals stacked in the bedroom corner, sports equipment on the floor of their closet, their favorite blankie on their bed, etc. These will be fun memories for you and them when they're older and the special items have long-since disappeared.
So, grab a notebook and your camera and get ready to fashion a layout from your kids' perspective!
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Friday, October 7, 2011
Check out the article below on more great reasons to join Close To My Heart and be apart of my team, The Happy Scrappin' Squad!
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10 Reasons You Should Get the Starter Kit!
By Rachel Ventura
1. Make more quality friends. I thought it was cheesy the first time I heard someone say this but it is so true. In the last few years I have made some of my closest friends both in my customers, team, and other consultants. As an adult meeting new people is tough and making new friends even harder but CTMH makes it easy to meet people like you who love what you love too.
2. Unlimited training and ideas. I don't know about you but I can always use more ideas. CTMH has a vast library of calls and training tools not to mention the monthly videos, tips, and projects they give us. The networking with other consultants has really opened my eyes to new possibilities with our products and now I just need more time to do it all!
3. Convention! I love the annual convention that CTMH puts on. It's like a giant sleep over with friends where you can create and socialize all day and party at night. The whole time you are learning how to make your business or hobby better too. It is what I look forward to all year.
4. Get Free Stuff. As a consultant and team member there are lots of ways to get free product. From giveaways to contests to just doing a great job. You'll be surprised at all the freebies you can receive by just doing what you love.
5. Receive a discount on the products you love. Whether you are a business builder or hobbyist enjoy a discount on all CTMH products.
6. The kit only costs $99 and you get over $350 in product. There isn't a better discount out there. Not even Michaels or Hobbylobby can give you a coupon for that much off!
7. Have a creative outlet. There is nothing more I enjoy after a bad day than to sit down and craft. It takes my worries away while giving me that "Me Time" I so desperately needed. Now you can have an excuse to build that time into your schedule on a regular basis.
8. Bring home more money. Whether you are trying to just make a little bit more cash or create a career that pays the bills this opportunity allows you to make as much as you can dream. There are few things in life that offer that type of opportunity. I am excited to share this one with you and show you exactly how you can make your dreams come true.
9. Earn incentive trips around the world. Join me next year on the cruise of the Carribean's! I would love to share a free trip with you from CTMH. It's an exciting way to celebrate the best job you'll ever have.
10. Be proud to own your own successful business. To me nothing is more important that self worth. YOU ARE WORTH IT! You are smart, creative, and a go getter. You deserve to be happy and live the life you want. Your first step starts here, check it out.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Here is a quick cutting guide too :)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Check out the technique swap I participate in with my team. This month we used something from nature. Here are the five cards created by Aimee Nortier, Patricia McReynolds, Rachel Ventura, Susie Zakrezewski, and Tabbi Fritz. Stay tuned later this month with the instructions on how to create this card!