Monthly Archives: October 2012

I LOVE Halloween!

So I know I have been MIA for a week or so but it is because I truly throw myself all in for Halloween.  Parties, festivals, Hay rides, trunk or treats you name it we love it.  That doesn’t leave much extra space plus with me consciously trying to enjoy every minute there has been no computer time really.  Which I think is a good thing for the most part.  I wanted to show you some of my fun Halloween projects though.

I just loved our Halloween paper this year and was finally able to catch up all my Halloween pictures!

And this is one of my favorite new products in our catalog.  I have made several of this as gifts and have one for each holiday hanging in my house.

These are great for displaying your favorite photos and for decorating fairly inexpensively.  This Display Tray came together using basically scraps and took about an hour for me to make.  I will be hosting a Christmas display tray class.  Email me to let me know if you are interested. or you can order yours here.

Catching the Halloween Moments.

This year I was able to go to CTMH’s National convention and I had a ton of fun.  The Speaker this year was Stacey Julian who I have always admired.  She was an excellent speaker but one of the things she said that stuck with me the most was don’t be so focused on catching the memory that you miss the memory.  I cant tell you how many times I have tried to stage an event or catch the perfect swing only to have missed the fun of running the bases.  Halloween/fall is when I am at my worst taking the kids to the pumpkin patch and posing them in their perfect outfits for the perfect picture for my perfect scrapbook page!  SO this year I have resolved myself to sit back and enjoy the memory and yes take some pictures but don’t forget to experience the fun of the day.

Studio J tips and Tricks.

So in going with my last post I wont to give you some of the tips and tricks CTMH recently released for Studio J.

Even though Studio J® is fast and easy to use, it is helpful to know some great tricks that can make customizing your layouts even more exciting. Here are some Studio J tricks straight from our professional Close To My Heart artists:
1. Customize your background and texture paper. You can change the color and intensity of the background and texture paper included in whichever kit you choose. Simply select the piece of background and texture paper, change the color in the color selection tool, and increase or decrease the intensity of the color in that same popup box.

2. Crop My Stickease® quotes, titles, and tags. The cropping feature on the My Stickease images allows you to select a section of a quote, title, or tag to use as a border or other embellishment.

3. Create a customized My Stickease image. If you have a specific image in mind to use as an embellishment on your page, you can create a customized My Stickease to fit your theme perfectly. Simply add a text box, photo hanger, ribbon, ribbon slides, and Stickease to create the little suitcase! So easy! Be sure to crop or send elements behind other elements when necessary, and add several elements together for a unique look

4. Select more than one element at a time. If you want to move several elements of your layout at once, simply click and drag your mouse around the elements you would like to select. Let’s take buttons, for example. After the buttons have been selected, you can click the icons in the popup box to choose to align the buttons vertically or horizontally if you desire.

5. Make faux washi tape with vellum text boxes. To create the look of a piece of clear washi tape, make a small rectangular text box, filled with vellum background (this is the default color for text boxes). You can make the tape strips as large or small as you want, or even layer them for more emphasis.

6. Stretch one photo across multiple photo wells. If you have fewer photos than photo wells, instead of deleting the excess wells, try scaling the picture to a larger size and then copying the picture to other photo wells and matching the photos up until they align with an almost seamless image. This trick works best with photo wells that are adjacent to each other.

7. Create ruffled ribbon. Select “Ribbons” in the drop-down menu under the Embellishments toolset. Choose ribbon tab and rotate the tab so that it is vertical on the page. Then layer several tabs on top of one another, sending every other one to the back to create a ruffled look.

8. Create a jagged border with text boxes. You can create a jagged border simply by rotating multiple text boxes about 45 degrees and making them the same color as the background. Put these boxes on top of a long, rectangular box of another color, and you’ve got a jagged border!

9.  Change the background of your layout. Sometimes you may like the photo and journal arrangement in a layout, and yet want to change the background colors. Because photos sit on top of everything else, this is easy to do. Simply pull a journaling box over the space you want for a different background and fill it with a color from the color selection tool or a patterned paper from the Papers toolset. Then, send it backwards until the photo wells are on top of your new background.

Bonus Trick! Use keyboard keys to make embellishments. Did you know that some of the best tools for creating custom embellishments are the basic keys on your keyboard? It’s as simple as typing into a journaling box with no background color. Use periods to make a polka dot pattern, angle brackets to create a trendy Chevron look, overlapping pound signs to make burlap, question marks to make rope, and so much more!

Studio J is my SECRET! SHHH!

So I have had several people recently ask me how I stay caught up or how do I have time to scrapbook everything that I take pictures of.  Well like any true “SUPERHERO” I to have a secret!  Studio J, no its not my alter ego it is just CTMH’s digital scrapbooking that fits right in with my traditional pages.


I made my Aunt a family album last year for Christmas and it was so easy I just had everyone email me the pictures and I threw it all together. Studio J now offers Express collections and all you have to do is pick a theme and drag and drop your pictures. Displaying your memories has never been easier!

For the month of October CTMH has a special going on. You will receive a free custom-printed layout when you buy 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. Up to 4 free layouts! If you haven’t tried Studio J yet, now is the time to start!

So Now that you know my secret hero power why don’t you give it a try!