Sunday, June 19, 2011

Here's an article from a blog from CTMH

kristine widfeldt1 Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

Raise your hand if you are a busy scrapbooker.

Wow, that’s a lot of hands! I know I raised mine.

I’m Kristine Widtfeldt, Close To My Heart’s Vice President of Marketing, and I’m going to tell you the secret to creating four scrapbook pages, start-to-finish, in just 30 minutes!

I love scrapbooking, but as a working mom of three, my life can get kind of hectic. That’s why I love Studio J®, Close To My Heart’s online design software.

Studio J lets me upload my photos, choose a layout and themed paper kit, and embellish my layout—all in just a few minutes. Then I place my order, and in a few days my 12″ x 12″ layouts are delivered to my door, all ready for my albums. I can do a month’s worth of scrapbooking in just a few hours, and I don’t even have to bother getting my photos printed beforehand! That means I can scrapbook my life as it happens, without falling behind.

I want to share Studio J with you, so at the end of this post I’ll tell you how you can win a free Studio J 5-pack.

 studioj layout snips Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

Now I have to let you in on a little secret: Even though I absolutely love Studio J, I never want to give up my paper and scissors. I totally dig measuring and cutting and gluing and all that good stuff.

So guess what? I do both. For me, it’s not a question of digital versus classic scrapbooking. I do some of my scrapbooking online in Studio J and some with paper and scissors. And sometimes I create my layouts online, but then add classic embellishments once I receive my layouts in the mail.

studioj layout embellished Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

That’s what I’ve done with this layout of my friend and fellow Close To My Heart VP, Monica Wihongi. I spent some extra time on this layout—it took me about 30 minutes to create online, instead of the 10 or 15 minutes I take when I’m in a hurry—and then when I got the printed version, I added some ribbon and Close To My Heart Sparkles accents and pretty silver mesh flowers. My albums are a mix of studio and classic layouts, with a few embellished studio layouts like this one sprinkled in for good measure. It’s great!

Let me take you into the studio so you can get a feel for Studio J. It’s simple for newbies to use, but offers enough creative options to keep advanced scrapbookers happy and excited! We have a Step-by-Step Basics video you can watch online, but I’ll walk you through the steps here as well.

The first step is Photos, where you upload the digital pictures you’re going to use.

studioj photos Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

Next is Kits. You select one of the 70 or so paper kits offered. Later on you’ll have a chance to change the colors of the paper, giving you tons of flexibility.

studioj kits Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

Then comes Patterns, where you choose a layout. I love how I can fit as many as 16 photos in a single layout, or I can choose to have an enormous focal photo if I really want to make it pop.

studioj patterns Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks 

The fourth step is Personalize. This step is definitely the fun part, because this is where you can let your creativity shine. You can change the preset paper selections, rotate your pages, type in a title and journaling, and add My Stickease® images or ribbons, brads, etc. There are default accents that are pre-placed and all you have to do is colorize them, or you can toggle them off and add custom embellishments to your heart’s content. Spend as much or little time here as you like.

studioj personalize Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks 

And the final step is Buy. Once you’ve purchased your layouts, they’re custom-printed on 100+ year, archival-quality paper and shipped to your door. And if you’re a Studio J member, you get 50% off custom prints plus free JPG versions of your layout to share online or print at home.

studioj buy Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks 

Ready to give Studio J a try? I bet you are! Just go to your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant’s MyCTMH® website, or hop onto and start playing. We’re sponsoring a great giveaway, too. All you have to do is go to Studio J and try it out.

Kristine Widtfeldt, Close To My Heart Vice President of Marketing

Friday, June 10, 2011

You and Me discounted kit

Many Close to my Heart Consultants have asked if there is something we could do to support those affected by recent severe weather in the US, and we’ve also had requests to extend the availability of the You & Me scrapbooking kit offered during the month of May. We’ve combined those two aims into a single campaign called You & Me: Stronger Together, to raise funds for the survivors of the severe storms that have pummeled the Midwest and Southern states.
During the month of June, order a You and Me kit for only $15 (a retail value of $34.95), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations. Simply use item number CC1012B to place your order for this sensational kit and help those in need at the same time. The You and Me Stronger Together campaign will continue until June 30 at 11:59 pm (MDT) or while supplies last.
Even if you already have a You & Me Kit, wouldn't it be great to have more of that yummy paper, and that delicious ribbon? Go to my website or email me to order your kit now.
Offer valid June 2–30, 2011, or while supplies last. No qualifying purchase required. Tax and shipping/handling charges apply. The placement of the donations is prioritized by the American Red Cross, with all money earmarked for disaster relief from the tornadoes and flooding in the midwestern and southeastern United States.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fanfare birthday card

This uses the CTMH Fanfare paper as well as the June SOTM for the flowers on the side. I found the buttons in NYC in the garment district. They are are a perfect color match.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Paper Trail June Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Trail blog hop! We are a group of Close To My Heart consultants working together to bring you cards, layouts, and other art featuring a different Close To My Heart paper packet each month. If you arrived here from Mary's blog, you are on the right trail!

This month we are featuring CTMH Lucky papers. The colors used are olive, denim blue, desert sand and sunset. I made three cards using Lucky papers. The first two are standard size while the square card is 5 1/2". The first two cards use the stamp set from the May promotion You and Me kit. The first card also uses a sentiment from the card chatter-birthday stamp set, some outdoor denim ribbon and brads.
The second card uses the mocha opaques and kraft color ready borders. Remember you can click on each picture to get a larger view of each card.

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