You CAN Have it Both Ways

Monday, June 27, 2011


In my enthusiasm for the ease and simplicity of Studio J, I frequently run into resistance from traditional scrapbookers. It’s often an “us” vs. “them” mentality. I’ll call this person “Sally Stick-in-the-mud.”

Sally thinks that people are either going to make pages with paper, scissors, glitter and glue, or they’re going to create digital pages. There’s a line in the sand and there’s no crossing it.

Sally, I’d like to suggest you erase that line.

I will NEVER give up my stamps, ribbons, paints and glitter. I like layering on the embellishments and getting messy. But I also like to learn new things and try out the latest tools. The key is to find what works for you.

If you’ve never tried Studio J because you like texture and 3-D embellishments, try creating a hybrid page. Take a look at the layout above. See the ribbon and buttons along the bottom? Before you finalize your layout, just remove these elements and have the pages printed without. Then add your own REAL ribbons and buttons. You can also add brads, flowers and rhinestones easily after printing.

If you prefer hand-written journaling, leave a space to add it. If you’re brave, journal directly onto the printed page, or if you’re a big chicken like me, cut a piece of coordinating cardstock and journal onto that. Then attach to your layout. You can even add pop-dots for added dimension.

Studio J pages are designed to be placed right alongside your traditional Close to My Heart scrapbooking pages. You’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference when compared side-by-side. And even more so when you add a bit of your own personal touches after printing.

You can try out Studio J for free anytime, you’ll only need to pay when you’re ready to purchase your layout. And for the rest of this month, you can get one FREE layout in jpg form to print and share. No strings attached, nothing to purchase. Just a few days left, try it out now!

Whatever Wednesday, Dance like nobody’s watching

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For all the Real Dads

Monday, June 20, 2011

If you’re a dad, or have a dad, or are married to a dad,  I hope your Father’s day was fun! We celebrated with gifts (a Corona Beer aloha shirt), homemade cards, and New York steaks on the grill. A good day.

Things look weird?

I've wanted to give my blog a makeover for ages, and it's going to get a bit messy around here.

This year will mark 5 years of the Fabulously Artsy blog. I've built it from the ground up, one piece at a time, but it's been looking a little haphazard and I'm long overdue for a careful reconstruction. I want my readers to be able to find everything they need on my blog without having to search all over.

I've been trying to get everything ready "behind the scenes" so I could reveal this awesome new blog look. But... I'm a hands-on kind of gal and I need to see it as it's going into place. I even set up a "test blog" so I could install stuff there first. But my current blog has so many customizations that the test blog wasn't duplicating this one.

So, I'm jumping in with both feet and making the changes right here, in front of your eyes. So things are getting moved, colors are changing, and basically it's going to look like a mess before it starts looking fabulous.

First step, I've reset the width and placed a temporary new header. The new header is cute and all, but it's not staying long. I'll be replacing it with a more colorful header soon.

Hang on folks, this is going to be a bumpy ride!

Father’s Day Linky Party

Friday, June 17, 2011

Finally able to share a new piece of artwork! I know it’s been a little sporadic ‘round here on Fabulously Artsy, but I promise it’ll get better.

Since Father’s day is right around the corner, I’m throwing a last-minute Linky Party! Add your Father’s day crafty goodness to join in. Anything goes – cards, scrapbook pages, gifts, etc. It must be a craft project, and it must be related to Father’s day. That’s it!

My hubby is a born explorer, always on the go. I wanted something a bit different for a Father’s Day card, so I chose this retro/whimsical car & trailer from the Let’s Go Camping set.

The stripes are strips of cut cardstock. A gluestick is my secret weapon to get those stripes to stick without getting adhesive on the front or sides. Make the piece a little too big, then carefully trim the top and bottom off with an X-acto blade, for super tidy edges.

Now it’s your turn! Share your Father’s Day projects!

Whatever Wednesday - Daily Mug Shot

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

daily mugshot

How often do you take a picture of yourself? I just discovered Daily Mug Shot. It’s a free service that allows you to chronicle daily images of yourself, and share them (if you like) in a slideshow.

You can use your webcam, your digital camera, or your phone. They send an email reminder to make it easy.

I ran across the widget on the fabulously talented Tena Sprenger’s blog (look in the right sidebar).

I just signed up for the service, so I don’t have a slideshow to share yet, but look for it coming soon right here on my blog (which is going through a redesign at the moment, hint-hint).

I’m hoping I can get better pictures than this:


I’m obviously very vain, this is my week to post flattering pictures of myself. Not.

Feeling much better

Monday, June 13, 2011


I’ve been under the weather with a nasty bug but I think I’m finally over it. When I’m sick, you can tell just by looking at me.

You & Me: Stronger Together

Friday, June 10, 2011

you and me heart

Severe flooding, tornadoes and storms have affected the lives of thousands across the United States.


During the month of June, purchase the You & Me scrapbooking kit for only $15 (a retail value of $34.95) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross spring 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations.

With the You & Me kit, you’ll create two fully embellished two-page layouts using the included instructions,  papers, D-sized stamp set and accessories. At only $15, this kit is more than 50% off the retail price.

You’ll win by getting the kit at a phenomenal price, and those in the weather devastated regions will benefit from your charitable contribution.  Together we can make a difference, together we are stronger!

Studio J Free-For-All

Monday, June 6, 2011

studio J free for all

Free is good. Zip, nada, zero, goose egg. That’s how much you’ll pay to receive one free JPG file of your own creation using Close to My Heart’s Studio J online scrapbooking program.

There’s nothing to buy and nothing to download. The program is so easy to use, if you can send an email with photos attached, you can use Studio J. Really.

If you already have an account with Close to My Heart on my website, you can just log in and start creating. If you haven’t created an account yet, it’s quick and painless. (And don’t worry, your information is completely safe, you won’t be added to any mailing lists.)

After you’ve created your layout, you can download and save your JPG file. Post it your blog or facebook, email it to friends and family, or send it out for printing. If you have a 12x12 printer, you can print it at home.

If you’d like to have the best quality printing with 100+ year processing, order your print through Close to My Heart. That’s totally optional though, the JPG is completely free with no strings attached.

This offer is good for the entire month of June, limit one JPG per customer. To get started, visit my website!

Stuff I can’t show you

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I’m dying to show off some of the artwork I’ve been madly creating for the past three weeks. But, I can’t. I’m getting ready for Close to My Heart’s national convention in mid-July and most of the products I’m using are confidential until the new catalog releases at convention.


But I can give you this little sneak peek of one of the items I’ve recently completed. No new products, sorry. But still pretty snazzy, if I do say so myself.

CTMH enthusiasts: Can you identify what I used to create the small flower below the word “so?” Click on the photo to make it larger.