Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jan. Newsletter

This is a monthly e-newsletter that gives information about Close To My Heart products, sales, and also tips and techniques to make your paper crafting time easier and to try new things.
Close To My Heart

Happy New Year!

I had a great year in 2011 and enjoyed gettign to share Close To My Heart with you. I am looking forward not just to continue being able to share these great products with you but getting to see the wonderful projects to make with them.This picture though slightly blurry is from the recent birthday celebration at my house. Due to Dec. being overly hectiv for my family there was not enough time to plan a bigger event, but for turning three Ethan was very pleased to be at home with his close friends and family.

Rock The Block


Check out my Blog to see what I did with this great kit, and follow the links in my entry to see other great ideas that people have used this kit for. The image above is a sneak peek of what i have been doing with this great set!

Here is the Stamp set that comes with the Rock The Block!

January Stamp of the month

We've made it easier for you to get the Exclusive Stamp Of The Month (SOTM). Simply spend $50 or more to purchase the D-Size Stamp at a reduced discount of just $5! That's a huge savings!

Or you can always buy the stamp at full price of $17.95. Remember the SOTMs are only available during the featured month and then go into retirement.

This stamp can be used to create calendars, reminders, accents and titles. It really is a great addition to any collection.

Product Spotlight

This month I will be focusing on making projects with the Sonoma Paper pack. This will be the paper that My paper club will be working with.

This is one of the layouts that will be made during the paper club. This paper is great for more than just weddings.. It can be used for little girls, floral pictures, heritage photos, and it can even be used for picture of boys.Keep an eye out for the layouts I am doing with this paper.

Level 2 paper pack
This comes with
6- 12"x12" B&T Duos ( 2 of each double sided designs)
6-12"x12" Cardstock Sheets: 2 bamboo, 2 smokey plum, 1 cocoa, 1 olive

Antiqued copper designer brads
12 embossed brads, 4 each of 3 different designs.
1/2" (size of brad)
Heirloom Assortment
This comes with:
6 adhesive-backed resin flowers
6 dangle jewels with brads
Dark Chocolate stripped grosgrain bulk ribbon
You get 5 yards that are 1 1/4" wide.

Sonoma My Stickease Assortment
This includes 2 sheets of Stickease that coordinate with the sonoma paper. To make scrapbooking even easier there is a layout example using the stickease on the back of each sheet. With some 3D foam tape you can make these Stickease add demension to your layout.

Studio J- Get free layouts in January!

January is free layout month for Studio J® members! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join! Go HERE to sign up now.
Here are a couple of reasons to get a Studio J membership
• Exclusive patterns
• 50% off layouts
• Free JPG files
• Free monthly shipment
• Members-only promotions like this one!

This is a layout I recently did of Aiden. I used the button stiches in the embelishment section on the star stickease to give them a sew on look.

Technique of the Month:Liquid Applique

During the card swap this month we focused on using Liquid Applique. For my card I turned liquid applique in to marshmellow fluff. To see how to do this yourself, just go to My blog, and read on how to make Paper S'mores.

Tip of the month

When going to use your liquid glass if you find the tip of it clogged up do Not use the following tools on the tip of the bottle: peircing tool and sicors. This is because the peircing tool will strech and rip the tip of the bottle making it so the liquid glass comes out too thick. Cutting it will also result in having your liquid glass come out is thick big globs. By using a thin needle you can maintain having the small tip on the liquid glass for better control over how much comes out at a time.

Cricut Corner
The craftoom is a freen download you and get to use with your cartridges on your computer. A great thing about this is it allows you a bigger screen to work with your images.
Cricut Tip: Some of the word images in cartridges such as Toy Story are not seen with the imagine even after updates. (unless this was very recently fixed.) This isn't an issue with the craft room! You can use the craftroom with your imagine to bipass this issue. It can also be gone around with a gypsy.

While Supplies Last

With the new Idea book around the corner keep an eye out on my while supplies last section of my website. Currently you can find the following items and many more at very low prices!
Creative Basics wings collection, X5812    Normally $7.95, now $3.00 thats 62% off
Sweetheart Level 2 paper pack, x7134b   Normally $12.95, now $3.00 thats 77%off

Sweetheart Stickease assortment, X7134C, normally $4.95, now $2.00 60%off


Irresistibles Miracle Chipboard Die-cuts Z1354     normally $3.95, currently $1.00 thats 75% off


All events are Linked to my google calander where you can RSVP and see more information about the event.

Mochas for mommas
Date: Fri. Jan. 13th
Time: 9:30a.m.- 11:30a.m.
Location: Acid Free Studio
Price: FREE
RSVP: Jan. 10th

Open Crop
Date: Sun. Jan. 22nd
Time: 1p.m.-5p.m.
Location: Acid Free Studio
Price: FREE

Date: Thurs. Jan. 19th
Time: 9:00a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location:Acid Free Studio
Price: $10
RSVP:Jan. 12th

Unveiling of the new Idea book
Date: Sat. Jan. 28th
Time: 3p.m.-5p.m.
Location:Acid Free Studio
Price: N/A
RSVP: Jan. 24th

Paper Club- Sonoma
Date: Tues. Jan. 31st
Time: 6:30p.m- 9:30 p.m.
Location: Acid Free Studio
Price: $17 or $35
RSVP: Jan. 20th
*due to economic times hitting many people I offer a $15 if you pre-pay, or $17 on the day of the event.*

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Happy New Year

The New Year is here and for many this is a time for celebration and New Year's resolutions. I will be spending this time scrappin', playing with my boys, and in the later hours playing my online game with some friends.

New Year resolutions have also been a subject of curiosity for me, since I know that generally the resolutions made by people are given up by March. It has been very rare for me to make a resolution because of this, but I have had been watching the things I have been doing and want to make some changes for myself.

One of my resolutions is to get my blog posts to be more regular. I have already started to fix this by finding times in my weekly schedule to make posts. =) With another year of classes, my hectic lifestyle is not going to slow down soon so something had to be done!

What is your New Year's Resolutions?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Studio J Special

January is free layout month for Studio J® members! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join!
Here is a layout I recently finished on Studio J.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Card Swap

During the month of December the focus was Liquid Applique for our cards. These cards turned out wonderful, and you can see them below.

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will noticed that my card was featured in my blog. you can read more on how to make paper s'mores here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Blog Look

I have found my current cute blog look for some makes it hard to leave a comment. This is more so the case on my long entries. So I am currently looking for a new look that is scrappy but will not cause this problem. Meanwhile, I am changing it to a wintery look.

So I am going to reach out to you all and ask you to give me some template ideas. If I use the template you suggest you will get a free stamp set from the new Idea book!! You have till Jan. 14th to post suggestions, as I want the new template up on my site the morning of the 15th.

**If the winner does not get in touch with me by Jan. 17th (they will be announced here and Facebook) I will randomly pick a winner from all that participated**

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I love campfires, and nice big fires in the house. While my family doesn't have a lot of campfires through out the year yet we do have a fire place. So now every winter I look forward to hot cocoa with some S'mores during the holiday season. To take this enjoyment to the next level I decided to make a paper S'more for my layouts... and cards!
Outside of my S'mores card
Inside of my S'mores card

Below I will show you some step by step instructions on how to make the S'more, then below that I have provided the supply list of what I used to make this card. With this supply list look closely because I have also provided tips to make the cost cheaper.
To make the S'more you will need these supplies, and/or a pair of tweezers to hold the paper as you use the craft heater.The 2 lighter pieces of paper represent the graham crackers, and the darker piece is the chocolate.

Use 3d foam tape to adhere the "chocolate" piece of paper to the "graham cracker". I only put it in one corner because of how the S'more would be positioned in the card. Remember though to take the placing of your 3D foam in consideration because it will get heated/melt some from the craft heater.
Next you will take your Liquid Applique to the top of the 2 pieces of card stock. Make sure to apply a thick coat of it so it puffs up a lot.
As you can see I only applied the Liquid Applique to the areas that would been seen.
Next heat the liquid Applique once so it puffs up. Then let it and the surface it is on cool for a min. Now take the craft heater to it again, but as shown in the picture get the heater very close to it. This allows it to over heat your Liquid Applique to a point where it looks like it may melt. When this happens you will get burn marks on it. Giving it that nice fire roasted look.  As you can see in the picture I did not use tweezers to hold it down, but my piercing tool.

Last use 3D foam tape to adhere your other piece of card stock and poke holes in it with the piercing tool to give it that finished S'more look.

Supply List:
Art Philosophy Cartridge  Z1686       (this was used for the base of the card, and the Your sweet die cut.)
Dec. "Mad about you" Stamp set of the month S1112
Lvl 2 Roxy paper pack X7140B
Pin Clips Z1612
Clear Sparkles Z1104
Licorice Opaques Z1335
Bling Assortment Z1466
Neutral Embroidery Floss Z1096
Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon Z1100
Black hemp Z282
Liquid Applique Z308

Extras: This is the part of the supply list that is tools.
Craft Heater Z555
Piercing Tool Kit Z1114
Edge Distresser Z1297
Ruler Z1471 (this was used only to make the stitching be uniformed and in a straight line on the card.)
Glue 1512
#-D Foam Tape Z1151
Micro-Tip Scissors Z534
Tweezers Z1382 (as shown in the pictures above these are not needed to finish the project, but can make it easier.)
Glue dots 1772 (This was used to hold down the button.)

All the above codes work on my website, if you are interested in getting these items you can contact me, go through my website.... or if I am not your CTMH consultant then just contact your consultant so she can help you!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dec. Blog hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! This month there are 13 of us highlighting the Quick Glitz Technique as shown on page 35 in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link To Debi Barber’s page. While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Rachel's Blog, you are on the right track!

This is a two page layout I did, using the Quick Glitz Technique. Below is a closer picture of each page.
The technique as shown on page 35 of the 2011 Autumn/Winter Idea book shows using the glitz by just squeezing out a little from the bottle to "dot" on your project. This gives it a look similar to the mocha opaques only with more glitter.
As you can see to the left I used this style of the technique along my title, and photo "ribbon" borders.

 The variation of the Glitz technique is shown in this picture. I took the glitz on a brush and then spread it around on my plain blue card stock. Giving it texture, bling, and variation. Below I have provided a couple of pictures to show you how I did this on a scrap piece of paper.

First apply desired amount of Glitz to your brush.

Gently brush it along your paper as though it were paint.

Finished look. It will always have a unique look due to the glitter spreading differently.

In the picture to the left I used the glitz to accent my golden yellow leaf. To do this I used the Glitz bottle like a pen. Spreading the glitz around with the tip as I gently squeezed it out. This gave the glitz a thicker application than the paint brush did on the card stock above.

Simply squeeze out some of the glitz on the area you want to cover, keeping the tip of the bottle close to the paper.

Start moving the tip around barely touching the paper. This allows enough pressure to manipulate the glitz moving it where you want.

To make this layout I used the following Close To My Heart Supplies.

Supply List:
Dreamin' Level 2 paper pack: X7142B
Dreamin' My Stickease Assortment: X7142C
Glitz Glitter Gel Bronze: Z1483
Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems: Z1333
Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Bulk Ribbon: Z1617
Natural Hemp: Z280
Harvest Charms: Z1633

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Sheila's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Card swap time

it's that time of month again! Where you get to see a card I made that I have been holding out on and some other awesome cards by some talented ladies. It used to be that I would post pictures of my swap cards right after I finished them here, my facebook page, twitter.... you name it! But it lost it's appeal after a while because my card was the only one everyone would see before we got the slide show of them. So I decided to join in on the feeling of surprise, which means that yes even you have to wait to see it!

The focus for these cards was using the spray pen. I will actually follow this up with a how to entry on making my card.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Scrapbooking Tip

Today is a tip to help make scrapbooking easier and in a lot of ways faster.
Every month in my news letter I go over all the great things that can be done with Close To My Heart products, and with this I include tips/techniques on how to use these products.
Then if you check out my facebook business page I pull in ideas, and tips from scrapbookers/crafters from all over using various products. I find these refreshing ways to expand my ideas with what I can do with Close To My Heart products.

No matter if you are new to scrapbooking or a seasoned one this tip is a great one I am about to share. It also helps the person who has never scrapbooked because of excuses as, "it takes up too much space," or " I just don't have the time." For this person I challenge you to try Studio J. Just play on it to see how fast you can make a layout, and how nice they look.  Then if you like them do that with all your digital pictures. By the time you have accomplished this, you will be seasoned at making layouts as far as color coordination, adding accessories, and photo placement. Making it easy to then move on to traditional scrapbooking to preserve all those photos laying around in a box.

Today's tip is about that photo box! Let's get it organized to save us even more time. No matter where the pictures are they can be organized. Typically there are 2 types or organizing as far as where you will put them.
A organizer box
Photo albums. These are the albums with sleeves for your pictures.

From deciding that you should then sort all the photos. That way when it comes time for them to be scrap booked the pictures from the same event/time are together.  While you can pick any number of ways to organize them, here are some popular subjects used to sort those pictures:
  • Chronologically
  • By Theme
  • By Person or Group
  • By Portrait
  • By Event
  • Place
The following video is of Jill Davis, Founder, explain her photo storage methods.

I would like to thank for their scrapbooking lessons. I had recently decided to sign up for a set to come to my inbox so I could get ideas from. It is from these that this entry was inspired. While I have talked about organizing photos in my newsletters, I can say I have not gone in to this much detail. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas is comming

So December is here and it's time to get festive. For many this is a time for traditions and family togetherness. For my family this is no exception, and I like how slowly year after year me or my husband add in something that was done during our childhood while also making new ones.

This weekend it was decorate the house and put up the tree! Unfortunately my husband had a migraine so the outside of the house didn't get decorated, but a family friend is going to help with that tomorrow.

For us the inside consisted of putting up the tree and decorating it, Putting Santa's town up on the mantle with hooks for the stockings, window  lights and lights garland through out the house. This activity however wouldn't be complete with out a family movie, hot cocoa and a fire going. So we watched gnomeo & Juliet, but the house was too warm to add a fire to it, so we opted out of that.

Now for the crafty part of this story! I knew we would be doing this soon, so to keep on top of some of our holiday activities I made a layout ahead of time, knowing I could use Flip Flaps if I needed more room for pictures.

To give this layout as much fun as it is to participate in this tradition I decided to use my Cricut and my art philosophy cartridge.

To get the shimmer on the Tree I used garden green re-inker mixed with alcohol, and the Create-a -shade pearl paint in the spray pen.

For the "ornaments" I used the cricut to cut a plain round tag at 4" and then strung hemp through the hole. Placing them at different levels of the paper, giving it a Christmas tree feel.

This layout was fun, simple and didn't require a lot of paper or products. The only thing I plan to add to it now, is some of the Glitz glitter to the ornaments.

Friday, December 2, 2011

December Newsletter

Christmas is swiftly approaching! Get your orders in by Dec. 12th to get them in time for now.
Rock The Block!
Starting December 19th thru January we will be celebrating National Paper Craft Month! SO JOIN THE CRAZE! When you place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get TWO new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set. That’s a retail savings of almost $30! You're going to love the Collage Cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set, which work together for interactive, 3-D fun. Start Shopping :)

BONUS: On December 19th I'll be participating in a Blog Hop where you can see a variety of projects using this stamp set and block kit by different CTMH consultants. So check it out on my blog at: Also check out the video at the bottom of this email.

Stamp of the Month
December: Mad About You

We've made it easier for you to get the Exclusive Stamp Of The Month (SOTM). Simply spend $50 or more to purchase the D-Size Stamp at a reduced discount of just $5! That's a huge savings!

Or you can always buy the stamp at full price of $17.95. Remember the SOTMs are only available during the featured month and then go into retirement.

This versatile stamp can be used to create cards, tags, gifts like calendars, accents for layouts, and more. It really is a great addition to any collection. Buy Now

Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1686).
Here is a card I made using retired Close to my heart paper,and this stamp set.

Product HighlightRed Glitz Gel
Red Glitter Glitz Gel

Add Glitz™ to projects to make them sparkle! Comes in 3 other colors as well. 0.8 fl. oz. bottle for $2.75 Buy Glitter Glitz Gel

This layout was accessorized using the bronze glitz glue. I will be apart of a blog hop showing different ways to use the glitz glue. To know more about how I accessorized this, and other great ways to use the glitz glue check out the blog hop on Dec. 15th at my blog.

Holiday Pockets
Holiday Felt Pockets & Tags

Add them to presents as tags or the tree as ornaments or use them in your scrapbooks and cards. They are a perfect way to dress up any project for more fun! 3 felt pockets each with a printed chipboard tag, 4" × 2 1/2" for $4.95 Buy Holiday Pockets

Green Designer Ribbon

Designer Ribbon Green Collection

Perfect for those Holiday cards. This green collection includes 1 yard each of 4 ribbons; Topiary, Juniper, Olive, Sweet Leaf for only $5.95. Buy Designer Ribbon Red Collection

While Supplies Last
While Supplies Last

ITEMS AS LOW AS $1.00! Get these Holiday Photo Cards on sale for only $5 complete with sparkles and stickease! Check out the while supplies lasts from the clearance section on my website! There are 39 items there now and ONLY available for purchase on my website with up to 78% off! You'll find some of the Acrylix Blocks there so get it before it is gone. These items go fast!

Techniques & Tips
Cricut Bug
Here are some Cricut Tips: Want to save paper when using your cricut? Check out the new Cricut Craft Room. It is free to use and you can re-size your cuts to any size and dimension making borders an ease to cut at 12" now. Also you can rotate images and move them on the mat which will minimize the scrap you are left with ultimately maximizing your savings :) The program allows you to cut from your computer to your cricut. You can also use the online site to design and save to cut later. If you have questions on how to use the craft room I am happy to answer them.

If you haven't got our Art Philosophy Cartridge yet, check it out here and see all 700 cuts for our exclusive cartridge and stamp collection!

Note: If you are having problems with your cricut try updating the filmware by syncing your machine:

Scrapbooking Tip: I would like to thank my Upline Rachel Ventura for sharing this great tip. While i did the baby powder to get the dementional effect with our stickease, I hadn't saved the end of my foam tape. Which just the other day I was trying to figure out a way to use it!

So when you get down to the last piece of foam tape don't just throw it away because it is only sticky on one side, you can either add adhesive to the side with the paper covering or save it for your Stickease projects like I do.

I remove a small piece of tape and attach the paper side to the stickease and leave the covering on the other side of the foam tape.

I then apply baby powder to the rest of the stickease to remove the adhesive.

Shake off excess. Finally I remove the cover from the 3D foam tape and apply to my project. This allows me to use up the last bit of foam tape while also popping up my stickease for a more dimensional look.

During my card swap this month we had to use a spray pen. For my card I used 2 different re-inkers, so when I started my project I prepped 2 spray pens.

To achieve this look with the tree I ghosted/ masked that part of the card. Below are some quick step by steps on how I did that with the spray pen. Also to get the slight glitter within the sprayed area I added our create-a-shade- pearl paint in with the re-inker, and alcohol. (using alcohol instead of water keeps the paper from curling/warping.)

First I took Versamark to stamp the image on to the piece of cardstock. Then put clear detail embossing powder on the versamark and heated it. This gave the following image. I used the circle seen in the picture to make it so the entire image was not sprayed.

This is how it looked while I was spraying the image.

After removing the circle the image would look like this. I took a paper towel to pat off the ink on the versamarked tree. Then I took my iron with a piece of scrap paper in between the iron and this piece of paper to remove the embossing. After this was done, I took the paper the Circle was cut out of to cover up all of the tree that was in the red spread area. Taking the tree stamp and my New England Ivy ink pad, I second generation stamped the tree in the area where the circle kept the paper spray free.

Here is the card my Upline Rachel Ventura did for the swap, with instructions!

  • For this month's team technique swap we had to use the spray pen. I used a total of 4 re-inker colors so I used 4 spray pens to make it easier. Hey they are cheap, so why not :)
  • To obtain the image above I first stamped my images in versamark ink and then embossed clear on them. (The same technique of ghosting we learned last month).
  • Next I sprayed my paper with 4 colors starting in this order: Desert Sand, Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf, Holiday Red.
  • Next I placed a piece of compute paper over the image and set a hot iron. This lifted the embossing away from the project leaving a "ghosting" effect.
  • I sprayed my Flutters butterfly the same way and attached with 3D foam tape.
  • I toped the card off with 3 clear sparkles.
4 x 8 Dreamin' B&T
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 Goldrush C.S.
3 x 3 Col White C.S.
1 Flutter
3 Sparkles

Upcoming Events
Please note that the RSVP links take you to facebook, if you do NOT have facebook please go HERE so you can RSVP via my google calendar!

Cricut Holiday

More Info & To RSVP

Create as many boxes as you like. Bring your own paper or buy sheets from me as needed. I'll have snacks and drinks as well.(see picture of boxes at the RSVP link)
Date: Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Acid Free Studio
Street: 302 Hillside ct.
City: Kingsland, Ga, 31548
Price FREE

Believe Workshop: More Info & To RSVP
Date: Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Acid Free Studio
Street: 302 Hillside ct.
City: Kingsland, GA
Price: $35

Open Crop: More Info & To RSVP
Perfect for finishing those layouts or card
Date: Friday, December 9th, 2011
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Acid Free Studio
Street: 302 Hillside ct.
City: Kingsland, GA, 31548
Price FREE

Party in Your Home
Would you like to earn FREE products from Close To My Heart just by having your friends over for an afternoon or evening of fun? By doing so, you all will have the opportunity to use some of our newest products while learning a fun new technique or two - and these events are FREE! You can elect to have a theme based party or provide a light snack if you choose...otherwise, leave the rest up to me!Want to host a catalog or online party? Now you can from anywhere in the USA!!! Be a hostess for your friends or a Party of One!
Also when orders reach $150 or more you can be your own host and earn rewards.

Studio J
Timesaving Gift


The gift-giving season can be an uplifting time of merriment and joy... but it can also feel a bit hectic. It’s nice to know you can count on Studio J® to help you give meaningful gifts that don’t require a lot of time or money. Here are a few ideas to simplify your life and save time for both the giver and the receiver.

  • Make one family layout and print multiple copies for everyone. (Time: 15–45 minutes) With Studio J, printing extra copies of a layout is as simple as changing the quantity on the checkout screen. Or, if you prefer, create one layout, then copy it into a new project as many times as you like and customize it for each recipient.
  • Give a Studio J 5-pack along with a Quick Pic™ album. (Time: 5 minutes) Since a 5-pack includes free layouts, free shipping, and free Memory Protectors®, it’s everything they’ll need to create a finished album!
  • Present a loved one with a 3-month Studio J membership. (Time: 5 minutes) A 3-month membership costs just $30 US / $33 CAN and is the perfect way to help someone “get their feet wet” with Studio J and give them complete access to a product you love. Combine it with a 5-pack to make it an extra-special stocking stuffer!
  • Give a gift certificate for one-on-one Studio J training. (Time: 35 minutes) With Studio J, you can create two 2-page layouts in just 30 minutes. Give a gift certificate for a 30-minute session of one-one-one training where you help them create two layouts. Once you’ve shown them how fast and easy it is to scrapbook the Studio J way, they’ll be excited to create more pages on their own!
So put on the holiday music, pour yourself some eggnog, and pull out your holiday gift list. Studio J is a great way to help you give the gift of memories—without
taking much time!

Step By Step
Studio J Project

Love Your Layout: November 2011

Dreamin' Kit: Layering My Stickease®. Make sure to capture your autumn memories with this star-studded layout in just 30 minutes or less. We'll walk you through each step in our Love Your Layout episode; then you can log in to Studio J® and create your own!

Studio JIf you haven't checked it out Studio J yet, it's FREE to use so what are you waiting for? Indulge your desire to create gorgeous, 12" * 12" layouts in minutes—it’s easy, fast, and fun with Studio J, Close to My Heart’s unique online design software. Whether you’re a first-time scrapbooker or a long-time enthusiast, you can design custom layouts you’ll want to show off again and again. Discover the creative options available on Studio J!

Have a Merry Christmas
And A Happy New Year!

I want to wish you each a Happy Holiday Season. May your celebrations bring you closer together and sprinkle laughter throughout this winter. Make lots of memories and cherish the time you have together. I will see you Next Year!

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter. I look forward to you participating in upcoming events or specials. Be sure to visit my blog on a regular basis or better yet..."follow it" and receive instant updates when I post something new! Remember, if you don't have time to scrapbook the old-fashioned 'hands-on' way, catch up using Studio J. You can always shop 24/7 at

If you haven't received an idea book and would like a physical copy please email me and I can let you know how you can get one for free. You can also view
it online here: Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book