Sunday, December 26, 2010

Convention 2010 and Studio J

This years Close To My Heart Convention was in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Hotel.  In usual CTMH style, we spent in the week in luxury and beauty.  My CTMH girl friends, Tina, Allison, Lori, Gina, Athena and Joanne went together and all had a blast.  I preserved these precious memories using CTMH's online design software, Studio J.  You’ll love your Studio J layouts, perfect for your cherished albums and here's why:
• Every layout is custom printed using the highest quality photo processing paper and technology. Your layouts will last a lifetime!

• Choose from dozens of themed kits to suit any event or occasion, with coordinating embellishments, stickers, and fonts to customize your look.

• Select just the right pattern, accommodating from two to 15 photos per layout—great versatility.

• The software is free! Create an account to start designing complete layouts in just minutes.

You can get our best pricing plus fabulous member-only benefits when you purchase a Studio J membership.  It's the perfect way to stay up to date on your scrapbooks without breaking the bank, even if you lead a busy life like me.  Your artsy side will be inspired by the members-only content, your thrifty side will love the savings, and the over-achiever in you will be thrilled at how much scrapbooking you get done! 

Get the ultimate Studio J experience and save big.  Member pricing is just $6.50 per custom-printed layout - that's only $3.25 a page!  Membership benefits include:
     1 - Free hi-res JPG files for every custom-printed layout purchased.
     2 - Hi-res, printable JPG files also available separately for just $3.00.
     3 - Special members-only patterns and kits.
     4 - Free shipping and handling on your monthly order.
     5 - Free Memory Protectors.
     6 - Exclusive campaigns and deals throughout your membership.

Purchase a 12-month membership for the best value, or get your feet wet with a 3 - month membership and upgrade when you're ready.  Either way, you'll love being a member at Studio J!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bling, Bling!

I added lots of bling to this layout of my beautiful daughter's 8th grade picture.  She has always been a bling kind of girl so the Clear Sparkles (1104), Mocha Opaques (Z1333), Designer Shimmer Brads (Z1349) and Foundry Bookplates Metal Accessories (Z1147) added just the bling I wanted.  I used a stamp set that was part of CTMH's monthly specials (D1418) for the flowers and bird.  You can catch a great monthly special on my website, from now until the end of the month.  If you purchase $20 in product, you will receive a D-size acrylix stamp set ($22.95 value) for FREE!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Magic's Final Act

I hope you're not tiring of school pictures of Amanda and Jeffrey because I have lots more to go and I never tire of their pictures.  These layouts are from Magic and use the left side of the Final Act layout.  I covered the Dimensional Element Stars (Z1312) using Sunflower cardstock (1242) and sponged that color on the Color Ready Oxford Alphabet (X5749).  The perfect stamp sets for any school layouts are Good Work (D1385) and School Rules (C1434).  I am getting so many of these layouts done because Close To My Heart's layouts are truly Faster, Easier, and Simpler.  You can pick up any of these items on my site: and take advantage of the December special for a FREE D size stamp!

Friday, December 17, 2010

On With The Show using Magic!

If you haven't gotten your very own copy of CTMH's Magic Scrapbook Program, you should order one today.  I can't say enough how awesome these layouts are!  You can bring Magic to your scrapbook layouts using clever interactive techniques.  You'll add hands on excitement and dramatically increase your photo and journal space using pop-ups, pullouts, cascades, and more!  Magic also includes 35 gorgeous 12" x 12" layout patterns that can be used on their own or with the interactive techniques.  A DVD is also included. 

For these layouts, I used the left side of the On With The Show layout.  The stamped images are from the sets, School Rules (C1434), Good Work (D1385), and Classmate Alphabet (D1303).    I was having a difficult time deciding what layout to use with these pictures because I had cut them in ovals for oval picture frames years ago.  I think the On With the Show layout from Magic worked perfectly and am super pleased with the results.  I love catching up on these school pictures of my children and making such fun layouts.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Well you have seen most of my family pictures from Christmas 1987 - These level 1 packs have made an easy task of catching up on this Christmas!  I am now working on school pictures - can't wait to show you what is coming next with my children and my new granddaughter's tear bear pictures!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Stardust and Paper Piecing for School

I used CTMH's Stardust level 2 paper pack and textured cardstock to create this fun school page of Jeffrey.  The letters are CTMHs Ready to Color Oxford (X5750) and Irresistibles Lots of Dots.  You can just sponge ink on these letters to have the exact color you need for your layout but white worked for me on this one.  The "2" is CTMH Dimensional Elements Simple Number (Z1115).  You can order these items on my website and if you do it in December, you can take advantage of the "Plenty for $20" special and get a FREE D size stamp.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas 1987 Was Wonderful...Just look and see...

I'm still catching up on my family's Christmas pictures and am so thankful that CTMH gave me this totally beautiful level 2 paper pack and Stickease for this project. This layout pattern is right on the back of the Stickease so making these layouts was really "Faster, Simpler, Easier".  This paper pack will retire with our next catalog, so if you want to make sure you get one, order it today on my website, and for the month of December receive a BONUS - with a $20.00 purchase you will receive a D size stamp, a $22.95 value, for FREE.  I am all about FREE stuff - are you???

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Little Mistletoe Anyone?

Well Mistletoe is exactly what I need to do these Christmas pictures of my children.  This is a level 2 kit which is the level 2 Mistletoe paper pack (X7130B) and the level 2 Stickease (X7130C).  I am working on pictures from Christmas past but am excited the CTMH gave me such great paper to accomplish the job!  I love this year's paper pack - how about you?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Look At This Level 1 Mistletoe...

Oh my ... these pictures from Christmas 1987 bring back so many memories!!  Isn't that what scrapbooking is all about. With CTMH we teach you how to preserve your family memories.  And,  with this level 1 Mistletoe paper pack (X7130A) you can accomplish your layouts in a snap!  My husband loves to see what I am working on because we love remembering these special family times.  What family memories do you have stored in a photo box that are waiting to be set free and enjoyed??

Just a little more fun with Acrylic Cards...

Did I say that I have fallen in LOVE with CTMH's Acrylix cards? I was really pleased with this card.  The paper is Perfect Day with Tulip cardstock.  I colored the Magnolia stamp with my fav markers, COPIC!  Still learning copic and still loving about you?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Have you seen???

Have you seen our Acrylic cards??? I have to admit, I had a pack of acrylic cars since we went to convention last summer.  But...I didn't do anything with them  until I pulled them out to make some Christmas cards ... can I say ... WOW!  These cards are totally awesome and your friends and family will be so impressed with the cards you make.  I have several of these cards to show you because I just could not stop...someone stop me please!!! It is a Magnolia stamp with CTMH barn red cardstock and a touch of Mistletoe paper.  I love the outcome of my Acrylic Card adventure .... what do you think???

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Plenty For $20!!

PLACE AN ORDER OF $20 OR MORE* ON MY MyCTMH website from December 1–31, 2010, and we’ll reward you with a popular, retired D-size stamp set for FREE! Talk about getting more for your money—the free stamp set is valued at

$22.95 US/$26.95 CAN! We’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the set we pick out for you. We’re also giving you FREE shipping/handling and tax on your free stamp set. That’s a lot of Plenty for your Twenty!

Grab Plenty for Twenty in December by visiting MY MyCTMH website and making a qualifying purchase today!

Plenty for Twenty Spend $20 or more in December and receive a FREE D-size stamp set!

*Excluding tax and shipping/handling. Qualifying purchases must include shippable products (Studio J® layout purchases excluded, Studio J memberships and 5-packs will count toward a qualifying order only if shippable items are also ordered).
Go to my website NOW to get your free stamp!