Studio J–Start to Finish

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I was planning to make an overview video on the basics of getting started with Studio J, but Close to My Heart beat me to it. And I couldn’t have done a better job. Step by step, start to finish. Perfectly simple!

A couple of my layouts…..


Interested? Try it out for free on my website!

Watch my contest entry video for Studio J.

Online Scrapbooking with Studio J

Monday, March 28, 2011

Double click on the video for a larger screen.

If you haven’t tried online scrapbooking, you need to check out Studio J. It’s not a replacement for traditional scrapbooking, you don’t need to give up your glitter and glue. It’s just another tool to add to your bag of tricks to tell your story.

It’s designed so that you can begin scrapbooking in minutes, even if you’ve never created a digital page in your life. You can scrapbook anywhere you have internet connection. There’s even an app for your iphone!

There is no commitment, nothing to purchase or download. You don’t even need to sign up to begin using the program. Play all you want, it’s completely free to use! You only pay when you want to purchase your final pages.

You can create multiple scrapbooks for family members by ordering duplicate copies… how easy is that?

Studio J layouts are printed with the same silver halide process and 100-year+ paper used by top photo printing companies, so your prints will last for generations.

If you’re loving Studio J, you can save even more money by purchasing a 5-pack or a membership for discounts up to 50% off! Contact me for more details.

What are you waiting for?
 Try it out for free now!

This video is my submission to a contest by Close to My Heart. I’m hoping to get as many views as possible by April 27th. Want to help me out? It’s easy - watch the video and send the link to your friends!

While Supplies Last!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Love a bargain? Check out my Close to My Heart shopping site, right now! Fabulous deals for a limited time. Prices as low as $1! Hurry, these won’t last long!

Shop now!

Matchy Matchy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The perfect shade… is that too much to ask? If you have ever tried to match an inkpad from one company to a piece of cardstock from another brand, you probably had to take two Tylenol and lie down for a bit.

I love Close to My Heart’s color palettes. Takes the guesswork out of everything. And guess what? I love Lindy’s Stamp Gang products too. Their dye sprays and stains are amazing.

As a design team member for LSG, I’ve got access to quite a few of their products, and I love mixing them with my CTMH products. But sometimes it took me a while to find a great match between these two brands.

Well… my guessing days are over. I can’t tell you the squeals of joy and the jumping up and down when I saw THIS…..

CTMH LSG color chart

Quit yer squinting… I’m sharing the entire thing right HERE and HERE. (There are two PDF’s, make sure you get them both). You can view and print these little beauties to help feed your addiction to stamp AND spray.

Super Sale alert! Everything is 20% off Lindy’s Stamp Gang products for Saint Patrick’s Day only. Coupon code: POTOGOLD at checkout.

Spritz on, my fine friends.

Hosting a Scrapbooking Crop

I’m pleased as punch to share a new website called Swaps, Crops and Shops. Misty and Tracey, the co-owners of the site asked little ol’ me to write a guest blog post for their Scraps &  Snacks feature, and share some ideas about connecting with other scrapbookers. What better way than a crop?

So let’s get this party started….

Men hunt and women gather, as the saying goes. Nowadays, modern women don't need to wander the forests for grain and berries, but we do love to gather together socially. When you can get together with other women and accomplish something, well, that's even better. Generations ago (and even today), the quilting bee brought women together to sew and socialize.

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If you are a scrapbooker, you may be looking for a way to connect with others who share similar interests. Hosting your own crop can offer you fellowship with other scrapbookers, and it's much more fun than working on your pages alone.  You may be looking to invite a few friends over, or host a much larger event with dozens of attendees. Read on for more tips and ideas to help you plan a successful crop, whatever the size!

Read the remainder of this article here.

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fast food folk song by one of my fave youtube filmmakers, Rhett & Link.

Spring is in the Air! Card Workshop

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

sophia ws

It’s been a long winter, I’m ready for spring. How ‘bout you?

In my part of the country we’re still experiencing grey, drizzly skies and chilly weather. There’s a lone snow pile still left in my yard that just refuses to disappear.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t experience a little color and cheer in my studio! The cards above are created from the Sophia Workshop kit, which includes the Sophia paper pack and an exclusive stamp set only available in the kit.

The Workshop kits all include a full color brochure with cutting guide and instructions to create both layouts and cards. I decided to make my own designs, just to be different. Attendees at my workshop can choose to create from my designs or the ones in their workshop kit. I’m all about versatility!

Live in the Spokane, Washington area and want to attend? There are still spots available but they won’t be around for long. Click here for information and to register.

Cheater Bows

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sometimes it’s okay to be a cheater. My newest FASTTT video.

If you have ever struggled to make the perfect bow, and just can’t get those tails to lie flat or get the bow to sit just right, you’ll never have that problem when you cheat.

Whatever Wednesday–The Proxy Birthday Card

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

richards card

My youngest just turned eight and we had a little family celebration on her birthday, with a kid party on the weekend. She had several presents and cards from family members to open at her family party. When she was finished, she brought out a card and said “Oh look, I have one from Richard”.

This was a complete surprise, since her older brother isn’t really into the whole little-sister thing. You know how that goes. Check out his expression above.  Plus the writing on the envelope didn’t seem to match my son’s handwriting.

Turns out Jessica decided to make a card for herself, since her brother wasn’t going to be having any of that. She drew a picture of a boat (his favorite subject) and wrote:

Dear Jessica, I love you just the way your are. Eight was my favorite year. From Richard.

When she’s married, I suppose she’ll just send herself flowers and chocolates on Valentines day, save her husband the trouble and actually get what she wants. 

A Video Triple Feature

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I’ve been a busy girl! In one day, I uploaded three videos to youtube. (they took longer to make than one day, but still….)

The fact that I hadn’t been making an many youtube videos was weighing heavily on my mind, so I’m adding a special feature to my channel, FASTTT videos.

What’s the difference? Let me tell you…

Watch FASTTT….

No pies were harmed in the making of this video.

Want to know a secret? I shot the video for the FASTTT video, and started working on it, and ended up creating a regular ol’ Fabulously Artsy video. I had all the stuff… the talking head intro, the voice-overs, the captions, the music. Hmmmm… this wasn’t really what I had in mind. So I FORCED myself to make another one, that stuck with the FASTTT plan. That’s why the two are similar. In the future, there will be lots of FASTTT videos that don’t match up with a FAB video. But I think it’s a good idea to explain the difference, and it gave me a good reason to make three videos and release them in one day. My previous three videos? Over a six month timespan. That’s a long time to wait for your Fabulously Artsy fix!

So now… let’s get Fabulously Artsy!

Whatever Wednesday… in slow motion

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The right camera and the right filmographer can make even the most ordinary subjects into a work of art.

Something new… FASTTT Videos

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

If you are a youtube fan, you may have noticed I have been reeeeeaaaalllly slow about making new videos lately. I’m hoping that I can fix that with this new feature, FASTTT videos.

I love making my full-feature videos, but they are super-duper time consuming to shoot and edit, up to 30+ hours per video. At the most, I can expect one per month, unless I somehow win the lottery and can hire a full-time production staff. But I still have a blast making them and will continue as often as I can.

The FASTTT videos will let me get in, get out and get on with crafting more fabulous goodness for my classes, my blog, my ustream and more. The focus is on learning techniques and short tips for better crafting.

A special thanks to my awesome ustream regulars, who have shown me that I can be “just me” and people will still want to watch the show and learn new things.