Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mojo Monday 377

I was finishing up some layouts from CTMH Brushed Workshop on the Go this weekend and was wondering what to do with all the leftover cardstock.

I came across the Mojo Monday blog and liked the sketch for this week so I thought I would give it a shot and use up some of that Brushed cardstock and I was also looking for something that would go with the December Stamp of the Month - Cutie Pie.

Love how this turned out - although the picture makes the Canary cardstock look quite harsh. It is actually a softer pretty shade of yellow.  I need to remember to take my camera out to my craftroom so I'm not always using my cell phone for pictures.

I used my Cricut with the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the circle at 2"  & scalloped circle at 2.5".  I coloured the cupcake with chalks, added some glitter and added a ribbon under the scalloped circle to finish it off.

CTMH products used:

Brushed Paper Packet  (x7190b) $10.95
Cutie Pie - December Stamp of the Month (s1412)  $19.75 or just $5.00 with your $50 purchase during December 2014
Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (z2105) $6.50
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Collection (z1686) $109.00

From my stash:
Glitter, Chalks & Ribbon

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Craft Fair of 2014

I did my last craft fair for 2014 last weekend at the Murrayville Hall, just down the street from my house.  I had some handmade items available for sale this time. The first fair that I did there was in November and my tendinitis had flared up so I wasn't able to make much beforehand.

Love the ideas I see on Pinterest.  I was able to make up some bottle toppers and gift card holders to sell along with some cards that I had made before the craft fair I attended at the end of November.

Bottle toppers:

CTMH products used:

Champagne, New England Ivy and Ruby Cardstock &
Patterned paper from Yuletide Carol Paper Pack  X7187B  $10.95

Desert Sand (z2118) & Ruby  (z2170) Exclusive Ink $6.50

Stamps Sets:
Be Jolly (Hostess Set) B1455
Merriest Christmas B1468  $10.95
Yuletide Carol WOTG Stamp Set  g1084

Quatrefoil Embossing Folder z1926  $9.75

Poinsettia cut with CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection  z1790  $109.00

Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder - really cute. One of my favourites, the lid pulls up and a gift card sticks to the inner card.

CTMH products used:
October Stamp of the Month - Home for the Holidays s1410
Kraft Cardstock z1375 $10.50
Snowhaven WOTG Stamp Set (clear embossed snowflakes) g1085

Glacier (z2641) & Cranberry (z2116) Exclusive Ink

My table at the Murrayville Christmas Craft Fair.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My Memories Freebies - December 1 - 7, 2014

My Memories Freebies

My Memories is another scrapbooking software that I have been using for years.  I'm an affiliate with them - check the link in the right column to go to their website and you can save $10 on the purchase of the software when you enter the code  STMMM3762

Here are a couple of freebies from them available this week only:

Click here to get Autumn Dance Cluster freebie

Click here to get Merry Merry freebie

Here are a couple of pages that I have just uploaded to Studio J for printing.  I made these in My Memories and exported them as jpgs to my desktop.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the software.   There is also a trial version available on the website if you want to try before you buy.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Studio J Layouts

I placed an order at the end of November to take advantage of the $5 Layout Special pricing.

I did a cost comparison in a previous blog post comparing the regular Studio J pricing to what I paid at my local Costco for 12x12 layouts.

With the November Special I ordered 12 Studio J layouts, which is the equivalent of 24 pages from Costco.

Costco price:  24 x 4.99 = $119.76

My Studio J order total with my Consultant Discount of 22% plus s&h and tax = 69.63

Savings of $2.09 per 12x12 layout!

In Studio J you can choose from 3 types of layouts - in these I choose a photo template & a paper kit then dragged my photos into the photo wells, added my titles & journalling and embellishments and coloured the existing embellishments (ribbons & buttons).  You can also delete anything that you don't want, you can resize and add more pictures with this type of layout.  There are 130 kits to choose from.  There is also a Studio J app for iPhone that shows all the kits.  I find it handy to look at so I don't have to go back and forth in the program. 

In this next set I chose from pre-done layouts. 
These were really fast I just added my photos and personalized with my own titles and journalling.
With this type of layout you can't make as many changes but it is fast and great if you don't have a lot of experience.  Great way to learn how to use the software and then move on to the other types of layouts when you are more comfortable with how the program works.  And since there is no charge to use Studio J you can make an unlimited amount of pages while you learn the program.  

And finally I choose a No Limits layout.  
You can do anything with the No Limits. 
I added a page that I had created in My Memories scrapbook software to the left side and a page I created with the Project Life iPhone app on the right.  

You can also fill the page with different sizes of photos. 
Great way to save on photo finishing when you use odd sizes (like 2x2 or 2x3 or 6x8) in traditional scrapbooking or pocket scrapbooking. 

You can create as many layouts as you want and won't be charged anything until you purchase your prints.  The software is web-based so you need an internet connection to use it.
I often upload my pictures into different projects from my desktop and then login from a laptop or even from my iPhone (with Puffin web browser).  

Layouts are saved in the software for 90 days which gets extended once you make a purchase.  I created over 50 layouts but only purchased 12 - the expiry date was extended after I ordered.  I created many of the layouts back in July when I was first off work for my tendinitis and very limited to how I could use my left hand.  

Digital scrapbooking was the perfect option to be able to work on my scrapbooking without having to do any cutting or stamping and hurt myself more. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Studio J.  There are also many video tutorials on the Studio J site. 

If you live in the Langley, BC area and would like to see how it works I will be doing tutorials in the New Year.   Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of upcoming dates.  

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