Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Classic Scrapbooking versus Studio J online Scrapbooking

Here are some layouts that I have completed using our Mayberry kit and pictures from our recent cruise. These are classic scrapbooking...meaning I cut, glued and stamped. This first layout is using our Cherish How to Book and the layout is Echos. This is us in St. Maarten kayaking. It was beautiful.

The next layout is in St. Thomas when we went to the beautiful Trunk Bay. WOW! If you have a chance to go, do so! The sand is the second best sand I have ever been on. The first is on Seven Mile Beach in the Grand Caymans. But this was beautiful! This layout was using our Imagine How to Book and the layout is Powerful Trio.

So, you have heard me talk in the past about our Studio J online scrapbooking. Well, now I am going to show you some layouts I recently made.

At the end of February we went on our Eastern Caribbean cruise...now it is important to remind you that I have 5 past cruises that I have not completed the my scrapbooking.

My son Cody and his girlfriend Brooke went with us. For Brooke's birthday I promised her to scrapbook the trip for her. Now did you remember when I said I am 5 cruises behind (not to mention this one now so that makes 6 and regular pictures do...need I go on? LOL) So I knew the ONLY way I was going to get Brooke's scrapbook done is if I scrapbooked it using Studio J.

These 3 layouts were created on Studio J. I am so excited to say that I am about 1/2 way FINISHED with Brooke's album! And I am happier to say I have invested about 4 hours doing them. WOW! I have also loaded all the rest of the pictures and layouts into Studio J...now all I have to do is put the pictures on the layouts, journal and put the finishing touches on them. This should take me about another 4 -6 hours. And just in case you think I have only done a page per day...nope. The ice bar pictures alone I did 3 - 2 page layouts. Her scrapbook will be fun...and it will be finished SOON!

So if you have a project that you need to get done like past cruises/trips, baby books, graduation books etc, then we need to talk about Studio J. This is the answer for getting it done! I am not going to do ALL my pages using Studio J (for my album...because I really do LOVE the craft of it and don't think I can ever trade in my trimmer, stamps and adhesive) but I will have some Studio J pages in my albums. You can mix the two!

One more thing...this last layout of them in the Ice Bar...well we didn't go in there, just they did, I wasn't keen on 17 degree weather for $20 each. I can get that at home for free so I stayed in the 80 degree weather! LOL So I did't have any pictures of my own. So I made Brooke's 3 - 2 page layouts. I journaled them as if she was journaling. BUT, I wanted one of the layouts...so I hit "duplicate" on the computer, it duplicated the layout, I went in and changed the journaling to my words and tada DONE! You just can't make a duplicate that fast unless you are using Studio J!

Friday, March 25, 2011

GIve to Japan

I don't know about you, but my heart just aches for all those people who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I feel hopeless...until now. Our owner and founder Jeanette Lynton has created this stamp set to help!
Our A size stamp sets (which is what this is) are normally $7.95, but you can get this stamp set for JUST $5 and 100% of the proceeds go to the relief efforts in Japan.
Starting NOW until the end of April, you can get this awesome stamp set and help those in Japan. AND, here's the cool thing, you can purchase as many as you like. These will make great gifts while helping others!

If you would like one (or more) of these stamp set, please email me or go to my website and order online.

I don't know about you, but I have been looking for a way to help. I have been watching for a local business to have something where I can put money in it. But I am very excited that our own company Close to my Heart is helping! And now so can I. This is a GREAT way to help those affected by this horrible tragedy. This special is ONLY available until the end of April.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Workshops on the Go - Miracle kit

Have you tried our workshops on the go kits? They rock...watch this video to learn more.

I will be featuring this kit at my April monthly groups. If you would like to make these pages (ok, so mine are a little different...and I think cuter! Mine are Easter Layouts, but you can make them whatever you wish and I put stems on the pinwheels and made the look like flowers) just give me a call or email and I will be happy to let you know when my next group meets and you can come as a guest and make 4 pages. Here is a sample of what mine look like...without pictures. I am waiting for Easter...I need to get some pictures! lol

Friday, March 18, 2011

Caribbean Cruise

We just got back from another AMAZING cruise that I earned through my Close to my Heart business! This time it was to the Eastern Caribbean (we have been on this one before, but it still was fun).

Here is a picture of my front page for my album. I just finished it yesterday and had to post it! It is using our Mayberry kit. The layout is from our Magic How to Book..."Now You See it" layout.

I just love these colors. I didn't think they would work for a Caribbean Cruise but when Close to my Heart sent us our goodie pack with this kit and our special set of stamps...I knew it would work.

Oh, and just in case you missed it...check out our clothes! It's almost like I planned it! LOL That is my son Cody & his girlfriend Brooke, they were lucky enough to have joined us on the cruise.

So, if you have been on (or will be on) a Caribbean Cruise in the near future...remember our Mayberry kit to scrapbook all your layouts!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fast Easter Basket

Need some cute and easy Easter baskets to make? And, you can use your scrap paper too! Here it is!

First you take your cardstock for your basket...6 x 6. Score at 2 inches all the way around. Snip so you can fold it into a box. Then just decorate the sides and put a handle on. EASY!

For the scallop circles, I took our new 2 inch scallop punch...and punched out 2 per treat, decorate accordingly. Between these scallops are a York Peppermint patty. They stack in the basket perfectly. Perfect gift for a teacher, co-worker or even neighbors.

So it's time to get out that scrap paper and start making these cute baskets!

Friday, March 11, 2011

March Close to my Heart Special

March is the time to stock up on your stamps..and take advantage of our special! This month when you order $25 in stamps, you will get a 3 x 3 ($8.50) or 2 x 6 1/2 ($9.95) inch block FREE!

So check out your wish list and get those stamps you have been wanting to purchase AND get a free block!

You must order in the month of March to qualify for this special!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

You Tube Video - Designer Pink Ribbon

Here is another great video from Close to my Heart. This time it is using our Designer Pink Ribbon (Z1384 $7.95). It is a real short video and gives you some great ideas on how to use our NEW designer ribbon. Even if you are not a girly girl (like me) this is pretty cool ribbon!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mexican Riviera Layouts using Studio J

As promised here are some of my layouts that I created using Studio J for our Mexican Riviera Cruise. I used our Splash Zone kit. It is a members only kit...you really need to look into becoming a member!! The first layout is when we went horseback riding in Zihuatanejo Mexico. It was so much fun.

Then the next layout is in Acapulco of the cliff divers. Boy are those guys crazy! lol And the last layout is of us on our balcony of our cabin. Close to my Heart spoils us with cabins that all have balconies! It is awesome to have room service deliver breakfast (one of our favorite things to do) and have breakfast out on the balcony! Ahhh...talk about total relaxation. If I could only get that at home too! LOL

I really love how these layouts turned out and I am so glad this cruise is scrapbooked! DONE!
I also wanted to share one more thing about Studio J...there is an App for that! YES, Studio J has an app. Just go to the app store and search Studio J...it's free. You can view all our our kits and any layouts that you purchase will be in your app so you can share them with your family and friends. All you need is an iPhone or iTouch. How cool is that!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March Stamp of the Month

Here is our March stamp of the month. It is called Sensational Season. It has these adorable bunnies in them! I created these cards and a cute Easter layout.

I used our Miracle kit for the scrapbook page and the card on the left and our Mayberry kit for the card on the right.

If you would like this set, make sure you get it in the month of March! Not only will it be not be available after March, but you will be able to create some cute stuff before Easter!

Easter is in late April this year, so you will have plenty of time to start creating!