Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another Favorite thing: Nights like tonight

Jeff and I have been intentionally planning weekends with nothing on the calendar.  It seems like we have struggled with that for a long time but it is finally becoming a reality and I am loving it.  This is what it looks like tonight.  Alli, the bookworm, pounds through page after page of anything she can get her eyes on and then wants to watch a "chick flick" with me.  Marissa the socialite needs to do something with someone so we make paper Christmas ornaments together.  She makes a plan to take orders to make and sell them so she can donate the money to World Vision Christmas project she is doing with her Sunday School class.  Then off to her second birthday party of the day.  Did I mention she is a socialite?  Jeff putters.  Those are his words.  He paid bills, winterized the sprinkler system, made fun of our "chick flick", and then putters some more.  Me, well I start getting creative.  I of course took out my list of crafts I wanted to try (most included some paper ornaments I had seen) and created with Marissa.  Then I pulled out some really old horse stamps and started making cards for Alli's horse trainer and our barn carpool partner.  All in all, I love nights like tonight where you can let your being wander into whatever feels right.  I will show you the photo of the horse notecards but will wait for the paper ornaments.  I am planning a 12 days of ornaments blog series...don't want to spoil it for you. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

One of my favorite things: Stars!

Full confession:  I spend too much time browsing blogs.  But, I do find some really cool things like an oragami pattern to make these stars!  I did these stars starting with a 12 x 12 paper so they are fairly large.  They are great smaller as well and can be used as a tree ornament.  Here's the link to the tutorial I followed.  The papers I used are from the Mistletoe paper packet and inked with a chocolate brown distressing ink.  I then put a deorative brad from the Mistletoe embellishments in the middle.  Give it a try and see what you think?  I plan to make some smaller ones and will try to make a step by step tutorial to go with it so you have more than just the drawing shown on the link.  Don't you think it would make a nice garland, strung together?  May have to try that too!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Studio J vs. Classic scrapbooking: what will I choose?

Both of course!  I love the feel of paper and embellishments, cutting, trimming, cropping and arranging my photos to create that perfect layout.  I won't give that up!  But I also love the fast, easy, no mess, scrapbook anywhere option of Studio J.  I will definitely be a dual scrapbooker.

Here is another one of my layouts from my East Coast Trip.  I was able to narrow down to a few firework shots and create this fun layout (for members only) on Studio J.


You can have a Studio J membership with fabulous benefits!

Becoming a Studio J member is the perfect way to catch up on all of your scrapbooking while also getting access to exclusive content that will give you even more creative options and flexibility. On top of that, members get our best pricing of 50% off retail—that works out to be $3.25 per page! Compare that price with other 12” x 12” printing services. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better deal!

One of the best reasons to become a Studio J member is your exclusive access to high-resolution printable JPG files as well as low-res files perfect for emailing or posting on blogs or Facebook. Members also get free Memory Protectors® for every custom-printed two-page layout ordered, as well as free shipping and handling on one monthly order.  Minimum 4 and maximum 20 layouts qualify for free shipping.

In addition, Studio J members also have access to exclusive, members-only kits and patterns, allowing for even more creativity. With all of that, members still get exclusive promotions and deals throughout their membership!
What are your membership options for Studio J?

There are three different purchase options, all with great benefits.

12 Month Membership for $99
3 Month Membership for $30
5 layout pack for $55

What is the difference between a 3-month and a 12-month membership and the 5 pack?

Both 3-month and 12-month members enjoy the same benefits; however, the pricing structure for membership differs. A 3-month membership is priced at $30 and automatically renews at $10 each month after the initial 3 months. A 12-month membership is priced at $99 and automatically renews for a 12-month term at the end of each year.  (You can cancel the renewal before the expiration.) 
A Studio J® 5-pack, priced at $55 US, includes 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors®, and free shipping and handling. It’s the perfect way to try out Studio J for the first time, and it makes a great gift!

More layout samples to show in future posts. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Studio J - The Best! Should you be a member?

We traveled to the East Coast this summer for about 10 days and between my daughter and I, we took about 2000 photos.  Now 1000 of those were of the fireworks on the Fourth of July in NYC so I only have a few more to scrapbook!  How do I scrapbook all this photos of the great places we got to explore together as a family?

Studio J to the rescue!  So much fun too!  Here is one of the layouts I just received in my October order.

Although this photo just doesn't do it justice, it is absolutely gorgeous in person!  And here are some really cool things you should know about Studio J!

•It's TOTALLY FREE to play with Studio J. Just go to my website (, click on Studio J, create an account and PLAY! You don't have to pay for anything unless you decide to order. So log on and play around. Check out all of the awesome features, upload some of your own photos and check out how fast and easy it is to make your own FABULOUS Studio J layouts.
•Studio J boasts great photo editing options, in addition to all kinds of great kits, layout patterns, embellishments, distressing tools and MORE!.

 •With Studio J there is no need to pay for kits, embellishments, papers, etc, etc. It's all part of Studio J. You just pay the same low membership or per layout price no matter what embellishments you add.

I will show you more layouts on my next post and share the membership options and savings.  If you can't wait, then click here to read more about it. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The rest of the story!

I have continued to experiment with the Level One Kits and was inspired by Nona and Christine to create the additional pages and cards.  My November 1st post shows the 6x6 album I made using the level one kit and other supplies.  The following are photos of additional artwork made from the rest of the kit!  I was able to scrapbook a 12x12 double page layout and create 9 cards.  (Showing 6 of the nine here with one close up).  I added one additional product to the mix and that was the Glitz Glitter Gel to give some simple sparkle to the details at an affordable price of $2.95 per bottle. 

I used the glitter gel to make the dots around the card.  Fun and easy with lots of pizazz!

Monday, November 1, 2010

What can you get from a Level One Kit?

I just love the CTMH Level 1 Scrapbooking Kits. These are great for those who are just getting started in scrapbooking or those with limited time to scrapbook.  They are also a fun challenge who for those who like to create something out of the "intended" box.  How can you resist the beautiful paper, themed stickease, and extra cardstock for creating?  This idea is not new to the CTMH community but is often overlooked by the seasoned scrapbooker!  With my inspiration from Christine A., I created this 6x6 mini album to use for the holiday highlights this year.  Stay tuned for the scrapbook pages, cards and tags I will be creating from the rest of the kit.

Products used:

Mistletoe Level 1 Kit $9.95
6x6 My Creations Memory Showcase $3.95
Mistletoe Level 2 Assortment $4.95