Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Summer 2011

Summer always passes too quickly in Michigan. I do like several things about fall - football, apples, cider, hayrides and the beautiful colors, but I don't look forward to the grey in November.  In August we spent a beautiful week up in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area.  It was wonderful!  I have hundreds of photos but have managed to capture a few in these two layouts via Studio J.

I used one of the kits from the new fall catalog: Elemental.  This is a super versatile paper pack and think I will use it a lot.  The family layout was copied from the suggested layout shown in the idea book.   See here: Studio J Elemental

You can try Studio J with no obligation - just create an account, upload photos and get started!  If you like what you can see you can then order. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer in Michigan remembered in Studio J

 Winter is long here in Michigan but the summer usually makes it worth the wait!  This is a layout I created in Studio J from a day at the beach in 2010. I chose the Majestic Blue paper kit for my layout.   The weather so far in July has been picture perfect and we are anxious to get to Lake Michigan again.  On our only trip in June the water was still very cold.  This past weekend we spent some time at a friend's cottage on Gun Lake and time at the pool.  We enjoyed the sun and water and trying to stay cool!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

One year ago...

Remembering Rome...  I created several layouts in Studio J using the Passages kit.  This paper is a perfect mix of vintage/travel which worked great for our trip to Italy.

 Hanna really enjoyed visiting the Colosseum because she had seen some movies that were set here and so it was somewhat familiar.  We saw a lot of other sites and on the feast day of St. Peter and Paul (which is June 29) we attended the Papal Mass.  This was a wonderful trip full of several once in a lifetime opportunities and I hope we never forget it.  The scrapbook will help us remember!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

June cards

I went to an open house for a friend's daughter this past weekend and actually made a card!  This is inspired by the Lucky Layers pattern in the Wishes book.  I used Miracle papers and the You Did It stamp set.  For more information on the Miracle Reflections kit click here: Miracle  and for more information on the stamp set click here:  You Did It My Acrylix

When you place an order in June you can buy the stamp of the month set Jubilation at a discount or even earn it Free!

Here are a few simple 3x3 cards I created with the Miracle papers and Jubilation

This set includes images and sentiments for almost every occasion in the year!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Free Studio J jpeg in June

If you have been curious about Studio J, Close to my Heart's online, digital scrapbooking, now is the perfect time.  Until June 30, 2011 you can create an account, create a layout and receive a jpeg image of your layout absolutely FREE - no purchase required, no catch.

With this digital jpeg you can share your layout with friends on facebook, print out at home on a color computer (probably smaller than the 12x12 print you would get from CTMH) or order a 12x12 print from another retailer such as Costco.  This is a great way to give a layout as a gift - perhaps you have a large family photo from Christmas that you would like to share with multiple family members.

I decided to create two separate layouts in one from Mother's Day.  I am going to print the left side for my husband's family and the right side for my mom and sister-in-law. 
I think I will frame them and give them as gifts.  Grandmas always like personalized gift items!

To get started on your own Studio J layout and to get a free jpeg visit:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Layout with Wings

I have to admit I have not done much scrapbooking since fall 2010.  In November I started working out regularly and being very particular about food.  That has had a good effect - I lost 24 pounds between Nov 1 and March 8 (more to go but I am stalled a bit right now!)   Anyways last week I got my scrapping mojo back big time.  I have completed several layouts and started many more.  Here is one completely done - embellished, journaled etc. 
I used the "Wings" paper kit from the new Spring/Summer catalog.  You can see and order the product line here: Wings My Reflections products

I will be working on more layouts and posting them as I finish them.  I used the Fanfare kit as shown here: Fanfare for several layouts for my nephew's 5th Birthday.  I also used the Sweetheart Kit for photos from Hanna's Valentine's Dance.  Check back soon, I will be sharing them when they are finished!