Friday, May 27, 2011

Everythings Amazing & Nobodys Happy

Jason shared this video with me. I have to say this is hilarious and too good to keep to myself.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Some Studio J Love

  Would you believe that I used a Halloween themed paper packet for this layout? It is true. The paper packet is called Boo and the colors of the packet were Pansy Purple, Autumn Terracotta, New England Ivy and Goldrush.  One of the biggest aw-ha moments that I brought home from Studio J bootcamp is how I look at the paper. I no longer look at the colors of the paper packet. I look at the patterns of the paper. If the pattern appeals to me and works with my pictures it is a winner because I can always change the color of the pattern paper to any of Close To My Heart's 60 exclusive colors! This makes the paper packets even that more versatile. Don't look at the Sophia paper packet and think "oh I love the polka-dots but the colors in this kit is too girly."  Just change the color of the paper. To change the color of the paper just drag and drop the B&T paper or cardstock of your choice onto your layout. Then click on the paper within your layout. The pop up menu box will have a color selection box. Click on it and you have access to all 60 of Close To My Heart's exclusive colors. Keep in mind that when you switch from a full color paper to a color of your choice it is making the paper monochromatic (Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue. The autumn terracotta, diamond b&t paper is monochromatic)
    Now here is the trick. The color of the letter stickease and star stickease from the Boo kit is Autumn Terracotta so I kept that as one of my colors in the completed layout. From there I picked 3 other colors that are not even in the original paper packet - grey wool, Indian Corn Blue and Outdoor Denim. Here are two other variations of the same layout created by my fellow Bootcamp Attendees, Karen Pedersen and Lynette Kankamp.

 What are you waiting for? Go check out Studio J and see what you can do with any of the over 70 paper packets we have to offer.

*Do you like that word puzzle on the layout that I MADE in Studio J? I teach a monthly, live online class were I teach you how to make things like that. If you would like more information please call or email me or leave a comment on this post.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Take Your Workshop On The Go Kit Even Further

Bliss Workshop Kit

Mayberry Workshop Kit
Did you know that there are additional layouts and card projects the go along with your workshop on the go kits?  You can check all the projects on my website here. There is an additional 2 page - 12x12 layout as well as 3 additional cards. You can mix and match your projects ie 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) and a layout, or 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs) or 2 layouts. Honestly there is usually enough paper that you can even do more.  I make 3 layouts for the workshop class and there is always leftover b&t paper that you could even create additional projects.

The additional projects also use the exclusive stamp set that comes only in the workshop on the go kit. Don't forget that the kit is always at a discount! You get your paper packet, accessories and stamp set for the low set price of $29.95. You can also purchase your kits on my website by clicking on the "shopping online" button from the left hand menu and then select the "workshop on the go workshop kits" or by clicking on this link.

Friday, May 20, 2011

First Live Studio J Class!

I just hosted my first Studio J club class Wednesday night! We had so much fun working together on the above layout. I can't wait to post everyone's own variation of this layout. At the class one of the techniques we focused on was photos. I can't go back and let you in on the discussion from Wednesday night but I do have a video tutorial that covers most of what we talked about in the class.

If you would like to join in on the fun next month, email or call me and I will help you get set up! You can try out Studio J for FREE by going to my website. Go ahead and create a free account. With Studio J you only pay for your layouts to be printed and the optional but totally worth it Membership. I also offer one on one creating sessions. Now is the time to get those photos out of drawers, containers, your computer and into a format that your whole family will enjoy for years to come.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Acrylix® Dreams Come True Stamp Set

Here is another great tutorial highlighting one of our new Acrylix stamp sets, Dreams Come True.  You can purchase this set as well as any of our amazing products online anytime! Don't forget to check out the "While Supplies Last" section of my online store where you will find products up to 78% off!!! Also, any order you place counts towards you qualifying to get our exclusive National Scarpbooking Month kit "You and Me"  for only $15.

Monday, May 16, 2011

National Scrapbooking Month Promotion

I know I have been talking a lot about the promotional kit "You and Me" that is available this month only in honor of National Scrapbooking Month but what can I say, the kit is FABULOUS and what kind of friend would I be if I didn't tell everyone I know about it?

Here is a little video walk through about the kit so you know exactly what you are getting or what you will be missing out on if you don't get your hands on one of these kits. Head on over to my website or call or email me (435.787.0125 and I can help you order your kit today.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Love Your Layout: May 2011

Close To My Heart has a new series of how to video for Studio J. It is called Love Your Layout. Here is the first one. If you want to get more one on one instructions then join my Studio J group. Each month I will teach an online live Studio J class.  Together we will walk through creating a layout, possibly 2 based on time, and then I will help you personalize it.  One of the many great things about Studio J is that no matter what paper packet we start with you can customize the color palette to work for your pictures. Before the live class I will email you some details about the layout including how many photos and what direction the photo are, the layout template we will be using and colors of the paper. For example we will be using Outdoor Denim, Olive and Sunset or color of your choice.  You will want to log in to Studio J, create a project ie May Studio J order and upload your pictures before the class begins. I will also email you a session ID number. You will need that to log on to the live class. Now you are ready to sit in your comfy cloths at your computer in your own home and create with me.

How is this possible? Through the magic of Mikogo! I have found a free software that will allow you to see my desktop screen and I yours. I will also set up a skype call so that we can all discuss and I can answer questions as we work and or we will have a live chat available. In order for me to see your desktop you will need to download the full organizer version and install it on your computer. Then during our classes as we are creating the layout together if you have a question I can view your desktop and see exactly what you are seeing to better answer your questions.

Now for the group benefit. There are several!
  • You will create 1-2 layouts with instructions each month.
  • You will learn new tips and tricks to truly maximize the power of Studio J
  • You will be preserving your memories and doing something that you have been wanting to do for years!
  • You will be spending time, sharing and learning from people who also love Studio J.
  • The class is FREE!!!
At the Studio J bootcamp we created 10 layouts.  We all started with the same template, paper packet and kit mix but looking at the completed layouts you would be amazed how unique and personal everyone's layouts turned out. I think seeing each others' work will not only inspire but give each other new ideas and be FUN. So after we each put in our monthly Studio J order with a minimum of 4 layouts to take advantage of the free shipping and have downloaded our free jpg files (you must have membership to get these exclusive benefits) I would like to post your layouts on my blog so we can all see what we each came up with. I would also love to see you post your layouts on your facebook accounts and your blogs as well and then link them back to our class post on my blog.

Some of you may be concerned about the technical aspects of participating, posting ect.  Don't worry. I am your tech support. I will help you set up your Mikogo account and help you with any questions you have. So are you ready to begin documenting your family story? Comment, email or call me today and lets get you set up are ready to go!

The first Studio J online class is scheduled for 
Wednesday, May 18th at 8:30. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring Flooding in Millville

This is my second blog post today. Be sure to check out the very cute cards in the previous post using the You and Me National Scrapbooking kit.

I have had a few people ask if we are being affected by Blacksmith Fork river flooding. Although the river is just at the end of my block (about 4 houses away) it is down hill from our home and we are high and dry. That said it is pretty impressive how much water is flowing down and over the banks of the river. I took a few pictures on Saturday and then again this morning.

 This first picture is from Saturday. Notice the white rocks at the bottom of the hill.

This picture is from today. No more rocks. Normally all the land that is now under water is dry.

These two pictures (above) are both from Saturday. The Cache County employee that has been cleaning out branches and logs that was hitting the bridge said that there is 7 times the normal water flow. They were working on the bridge when I went to take pictures so I don't have a today shot of the bridge.

 These last two pictures are from today. The river is suppose to be running along the tree line at the top of the photos but is pouring over the bank into a field. Thankfully it is filling up the fields that are adjacent to the river and not people's homes. Although I wonder if the people who live in these homes realize that they were buying lakeside property when then moved in?

National Stamping Month - With the scraps

  Today I wanted to share some cards that my friend and fellow Close To My Heart consultant Tiffanie Jackson made with her scraps and the stamp set that comes in the National Scrapbooking Kit - You and Me.  Aren't these cards GORGEOUS!!! Tiffanie said she used every stamp in the set. Thank you Tiffanie for letting me share your cards! You can see the two layouts that the instruction guide helps you create here.

  The kit includes:

  • D-size stamp set
  • 1 sheet of colonial white cardstock
  • 6 sheets of 12x12 B&T duo papers that are CARDSTOCK-WEIGHT
  • 6x9 "You & Me Irresistibles chipboard die-cut sheet
  • 1 yard of Chocolate stripe ribbon
  • 1 package of opaques Mocha adhesive gems
  • An instruction guide.
Oh and to make the deal even sweeter you can get it at a discount or even for FREE!!!  There are three great ways to get your hands on this to die for kit!
  1. Buy the kit for $34.95 plus shipping and tax
  2. Get the kit for just $15.00 with a $50 Close To My Heart order (either online or through me)
  3. Get the kit for FREE when you sign up as a Close To My Heart consultant. To make the deal even more tempting for the month of may you can get your consultant kit for HALF PRICE!!!!
   Head on over to my website or call or email me (435.787.0125 and I can help you order your kit today.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Studio J®: Personalize Your Layouts

  I am off to Studio J boot camp today with two of my amazing friends and fellow consultants. I am so excited about all the great things I will learn and be able to share with you when I get back. While I am gone I want you to first watch this video about personalizing your Studio J layouts and then log on to Studio J and get familiar with the interface so that when I get back you will be ready for all the new information I will have to share. I am so VERY EXCITED!!!

Don't forget to check out yesterday's post with the National Scrapbooking Month kit, a new stamp of the month and how you can join my team and get your consultant kit for HALF PRICE!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blog Candy winner!

Congrats to "jenlee" for winning my blog candy drawing! You won the April stamp of the month "Blessed"  Please email me your mailing address and I will get your prize in the mail asap!  Thank you everyone who signed up to be a follower of my blog.

 While you are here be sure to check out my last 3 posts.  I have posted the May promotional kit, May stamp of the month, Workshop class layouts and the crafty club night project.  Lots of fun scrapbooking in honor of national scrapbooking month!!!

Mayberry - May Workshop

  It may not look or feel like spring but it is MAY!!! Which means it is the perfect month to use the Mayberry paper packet. I am also very excited that we will be using the oh so adorable canvas buttons. I will be teaching you how to make the fan flowers on the second layout as well.  We will be creating 3 - 2 page 12x12 layouts.

  I have posted the shopping list below.  If you have never attended one of my workshops, this is the month to try it out. I am starting a new rotation for hostess rewards plus I am giving you and a friend added incentive. If you both commit for the 6 months then on your hostess month I will pay for your basic kit!  That is a $29.95 value!!! Give me a call or email me and will send you the brochure with all the details.  You have until the 5th to place your workshop order so don't delay!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Crafty Club Night - Birthday Banner

  This month we are celebrating my son Brock's birthday as well as MY BIRTHDAY!!! I might have mentioned that in a previous post. :)  You can't have a birthday without a BIRTHDAY BANNER!!! So just in time for these 2 somewhat equally important birthdays, we will be making a birthday banner at Crafty Club Night.  Your birthday banner kit includes:
You will need to bring:
  • paper trimmer
  • scoring blade
  • scissors
  • adhesive - I would recommend the Bonding Memories glue (item number 1512) for this project
I will provide:
  • stamp sets
  • ink pads
  • tacky glue
  • instructions
The class will be held on Thursday, May 26th at 7:00. The cost of the class is $25.  You can get $5 off your kit price with a $25 order. Plus don't forget about the other great May promotions including the "You and Me" National Scrapbooking month kit and the May stamp of the month "Chairs to You."  Please sign up for the class by Thursday, May 19th.

May - The BEST Month of the YEAR!!!

  Why is May the best month of the year? Well because this month is my BIRTHDAY!!! Oh and it is National Scrapbooking Month!!!! That is pretty cool too. To celebrate my birthday (ok really national scrapbooking month) Close To My Heart has an amazing, gorgeous, fabulous kit just for ME and really for you!!! With this gorgeous kit you will receive a grundle of supplies to complete 2 gorgeous and very different layouts. One is masculine and the other more feminine and both are to die for! Alright maybe dyeing for a layout is a little extreme but we scrapbookers tend to be a little extreme.

The kit includes:
  • D-size stamp set
  • 1 sheet of colonial white cardstock
  • 6 sheets of 12x12 B&T duo papers that are CARDSTOCK-WEIGHT
  • 6x9 "You & Me Irresistibles chipboard die-cut sheet
  • 1 yard of Chocolate stripe ribbon
  • 1 package of opaques Mocha adhesive gems
  • An instruction guide.
Oh and to make the deal even sweeter you can get it at a discount or even for FREE!!!  There are three great ways to get your hands on this to die for kit!
  1. Buy the kit for $34.95 plus shipping and tax
  2. Get the kit for just $15.00 with a $50 Close To My Heart order (either online or through me)
  3. Get the kit for FREE when you sign up as a Close To My Heart consultant. To make the deal even more tempting for the month of may you can get your consultant kit for HALF PRICE!!!!
 This promotional kit is available through May 31st or while supplies last.  Call (435.787.0125) or email me today to order your National Scrapbooking kit or you can order anytime online.

  One more thing. With each new month brings a new stamp of the month.  This month you can also get your hands on this fun chair set for only $22.95, at a discount or even for FREE!!! In fact if you place a $50 order you would get both the You and Me National Scrapbooking kit for $15.00 and the stamp of the month for half price!!! Now that is a bargain worth grabbing!
  How fun are all those chairs? They would be great for layouts about family, new homes or the one of a kind people in your life. You could also make cards for welcoming people to the neighborhood, friends or celebrating someone's accomplishment.