Friday, August 30, 2013

Scrappy Creation Classes for 2013-2014 School Year Starts Soon!

It is that time of year again!  Time for school to start and time to get back into a regular routine.  It is also time for my monthly Scrappy Creations Classes to start back up.  We will be meeting the 2nd Thursday of the month with a few extra or additional classes added in here and there.  
Our 1st Class of the school year will be 
Thursday, September 12 at 7PM.
We will start the year off by creating 2 sassy and very trendy scrapbook layouts using CTMH's Laughing Lola Paper Pack.  The bright purples, greens and blues really make this paper pop with the black.  Add some orange cardstock and these papers also make great Halloween layouts.   

Here are some of the supplies you may chose from to create your pages.  

As always, you may choose from one of 3 kits to order for class.  Make your choice and RSVP to me no later than Tuesday, September 3rd.   
Kit 1.  Laughing Lola Paper Pack + 2 sheets of black and 2 sheets of whisper card stock  $14.00
Kit 2.   Laughing Lola Paper Pack + 2 sheets of black and 2 sheets of whisper card stock  + Laughing Lola Assortment $20.00
Kit 3.  Laughing Lola Paper Pack + 2 sheets of black and 2 sheets of whisper card stock  + Laughing Lola Assortment + Black Hemp

If you can't make it to the workshop you may want to order the Laughing Lola Workshop on the Go.  It comes with everything you need to create the layouts, including the coordinating stamp set.  Purchase this all included workshop on my website and I will send you a complete guide with a cutting guide and instructions to complete the 2nd layout.  You my also need CTMH Black and Lagoon ink pads.  Want a deeper black.  Use Archival Black Ink.  It's permanent and stains your stamps, but looks great.   
**Remember** RSVP for class no later than Tuesday, September 3th.  

Friday, August 9, 2013

Just a Few Reasons Love Studio J.....

Have I told you before that I love Studio J?!?   Okay, I know I have, but I do.  Close to My Heart's online scrapbook program Studio J is the best and so user friendly.   

Recently I created a series of layouts for our family reunion celebrating my Grandparent's 70th Wedding Anniversary. We created a scrapbook of memories, stories and pictures from everyone in the family.  Here are the layouts I created for our family with several reason why I chose Studio J over all other digital scrapbooking programs.  Please click on each photo if you wish to see the layout more closely.   

1. First of all, Studio J has a huge selection of current and retired CTMH papers to choose from.  As well as exclusive papers you can only find on Studio J.  I used the retired Mayberry papers to create our pages.  
2. Studio J is not just for current photos taken with digital cameras.  It accepted and printed beautifully all the old photos I had.  I love how nice the old picture of my Grandparents on the 1st pages looks.  In addition to old photos, you could also scan children's drawings/artwork and add jpegs from the internet. 
 3.  I love the additional "Stickese" embellishments Studio J has to spruce up any layout.  How about that simple stitch around the boarder as well?   
 4.  It was easy to make sure each page coordinates with next using Studio J.  When creating an album with the same paper, Studio J allows you to have several layouts in a file where you can view individual thumbnails at the bottom of the screen.  Try it out to see what I mean.  
 5. Studio J now allows to you to add additional photo wells to your layouts.  That way you can add all the photos you need and personalize your layout just the way you want.  I added an extra photo to the layout below to make it just right.  Can you tell which one was added?  
 6.  I love the "Quick Title Tool"  that allows me to create titles specific to each layout.  I used the quick title tool to write Grandma and combined it with some journaling to create the perfect title.  
 7.  As well as photos, Studio J also allows you to add as many jounaling boxes as you need.  When trying to incorporate 70 memories, this came in very handy.

 8.  I love using the toggle embellishments that are automatically added to each layout you create.  You can turn them off, or use them.  I like to see them as use them as a guide for my stickease and embellishments.  
 9. Have I told you about the stickease stickers?  I know I talk about them a lot, but they are great and can easily be edited and manipulated.  See the balloon in the layout below.  I made it using the bottom of a pear and added some banners to make it look realistic. 
 10.  As you can see you can create beautiful pages using Studio J, but what makes it even better is that you can make more than one copy of each layout.  If I would have made these pages traditionally, my Grandparents would have gotten the only copy.  Using Studio J, each one my siblings can now have a copy of the layouts and the snippet of memories we put together to honor our grandparents.  Recreating these pages traditionally would take hours, with Studio J it takes just a few clicks of the mouse to order more copies.    
Studio J is every bit as rewarding as traditional scrapbooking.  Give it a try here.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

Scrappy Creations Run Down

 As many of you know, the CTMH 2013-2014 Autumn/Winter Idea Book came out yesterday.  I have been busy thumbing through the catalog to make preparations for our upcoming Scrappy Creations class starting back up in September.  Here is a sneak peak of what we will be up to this fall.  Mark your calendars today to ensure that you can attend the class you want.  
Thursday, Sept. 12.-Lolita Workshop on the Go
Thursday, October 17- Huntington Workshop on the Go
Thursday, November 14-Christmas Card Workshop on the Go (May also provide weekend class if there is enough interest.)
Thursday, December 12-Fabric Necklace (Don't usually offer a class in December, but thought this might be a fun project to try.)  
Thursday, January 9-Frosted Workshop on the Go  
Looking forward to playing with all the products in the new Idea Book.  What is your favorite new item now available?  I like the Design Decor Colonial White Frame.