Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Studio J Layout - It feels good!

For the Close To My Heart convention, they gave us some Studio J (Close To My Heart's digital/online scrapbooking program) layouts to create.  I didn't follow the directions (oops) and did my own thing...

I loved that I could pick out and create with RETIRED paper packs for my layouts.  The pages I created were from our 2008 Close To My Heart Mediterranean Cruise.  It was really fun to make the pages (I'm always a little surprised by that, since I'm usually an EXTREMELY slow scrapbooker)...yes, these pictures were taken four years ago.

You can click on the pictures to make them bigger

The page on the left is MALTA (so beautiful!) and the right page is POMPEII.  I was planning on combining the Pompeii page I made (above) with the other two I made, below:

I'm very linear, so I love boxes and straight lines.  (But I think there's a way to arrange your pictures at an angle, if that's what you like.) One of the things I liked best was that I could change text boxes to photo wells, and vise versa (because I just had one more picture to add...) I also like the fake stickers and embellishments.  As much as I love to make bumpy cards, I HATE bumpy scrapbook pages.  Call me weird.

Did you know you can play with Studio J for free? Click here to start!  Create an account, log in and make some scrapbook pages!  If you like what you made, you can buy it (and/or buy a membership and get the layouts for 1/2 price).  If you don't like it, they'll just fade away into the sunset (eventually).  It's all good!  Try it, you might like it!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Magic Fish

I LOVE this card by my friend, Melanie Murry!  It's just magical.  Check it out!

This is what it looks like - closed.

Then you pull the little tab on the right hand side, and you get this...

Keep pulling...
ooh--a colored fish!

This is the card - open!

Isn't it amazing?  The fish is photocopied onto a piece of clear transparency and also stamped onto a piece of white paper (you color the one on the paper).  Then in between the two fish layers, you put a piece of white card stock, so when you pull the tab out, the fish "appears" in color! SOOOO cool!

You can find the instructions here at  It's called Magic Card, under Resources, if you're ever looking for it again, or the link is gone.

Supplies Used:
Under The Sea (C1500)
Footloose Paper Pack (X7151B)
Inks:  Lagoon, New England Ivy, Archival Black
Papers:  Sweet Leaf, Lagoon, Creme Brulee, Sorbet,White Daisy
Embellishments: Colored Pencil, Sponge Dauber, Foam Mounting Tape
Other:  Transparency Film, Tab Punch