Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to our FIRST Studio J Blog Hop

Welcome to the FIRST Studio J Blog Hop!  This month we are very small but we hope to grow as big as the SOTM Blog Hop group!  It is a circular hop and if you get lost along the way, you can always come back here to find the list of participants below:

September 2014 Studio J blog Hop "Anything Goes"

1. Adeline Brill -

2. Marianne Hancock

3. Julie Sinnott -

4. Heather Plotzke -

5. Rebecca Brown -

6. Jen Patrick-

7. Traci Godbee-

If you have been hopping with us, then you have just arrived from Traci's blog here and saw her beautiful layout.

I just recently returned from a dream trip to Alaska.  We cruised out of Seattle and visited Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria, BC and stayed an extra day in Seattle.  It was awesome and we took over 800 pictures!  With that in mind I decided to start a Studio J layout before I left with a 15 photo well template.

  Here is my template below:

I did change  the title and added some journaling and the month but that is it!  I am so excited that I have at least one layout finished and on it's way!

Created in: Studio J
Kit: Timberline
Pattern:  Fab Fifteen
Kit Mix: 2

If you haven't tried Studio J, then just go to your favorite consultant's OBA and try it out. Just establish an account and try out a few layouts - they really do go together quickly! 

Check out below a screenshot of the workspace in Studio J.

Now it is time to move on to Marianne's blog here and check out her layout.  

H2H Challenge - Favorite Technique

Wow - It has been a long time since I posted anything!  But I have been on vacation and it is soooo hard to get back into the groove again!

This week's challenge on the H2H blog is our 'Favorite Technique'.  I must admit that my VERY first technique ever was "Random Stamping". Back in 2005 it was popular to create a random stamped page and then cut it up into a number of different pieces and make multiple cards from one sheet of paper a.k.a. One-Sheet Wonder.

Well, nine years later I find myself going back to this same technique more than once!  I started working on a very cute flip stand book - thanks to Justine Hovey's  great project idea here!  ( great project girl!)

This will be one of the flip pages of the book.  I will post additional photos in the upcoming weeks as I continue to add to the pages of my flip stand project.  I have had this sitting in my craft room for a long time but it took Justine's artwork to inspire me to 'get it done!'

Here is one of my pages - a random stamped page using two different stamps sets.

Stamp pad colors used were honey, sunset and black.  I sponged the page with thistle and one of our daubers to get the effects that I created on this flip page.

Then I added a photo mat and a few accents for the photo.  The strip is the zip strip from the "Scaredy Cat" paper pack and then I stamped the image twice - once with thistle and once with black.  I added dimension with foam tape and the page is now ready for this years' pics!

The stamp sets that I used today were from D1605 Halloween Greetings and the bat is from C1522 Creepy Creatures.

Please join us this month as we celebrate all of our favorites!  check out this week's blog post here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Studio J Snippet #8

Well it is almost the end of August and sadly I did not meet my Studio J Challenge of 30 layouts.  But I have used Studio J more in the last two months than I have in the last two years!  I am so pleased with how some of my layouts have turned out and I look back at some of my previous layouts and see how much I have improved!

Studio J snippet #8 - Create a totally different look by changing the colors of a paper pack and creating a matching embellishment by mixing up the My Stickease elements.

Here is a layout I did for convention in 2012 in which I altered the colors of the paper pack and created a totally different design using the My Stickease.

Here is the example I used to create the layout using the Mischief paper pack in Studio J.

I changed the color of the paper on the left from black to Lagoon and the color on the right from black to Cotton Candy.  I turned the lollipops stickers upside down and added a tag and a brad for the frosting and cherry!

I have also entered this layout in the H2H Challenge for this week "Inspired by ...Food!"  You can find the linky here.  Please join us - I am sure that you will find something to scrap about using a food theme!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Picture My Life Make-n-Take

Today I am a vendor at Scraporium's Crop in Tampa, Fl.  I told the ladies that there is a post on my blog to reference my artwork and their "Make-N-Take" project!

For their first inspiration I have posted the video from Close to My Heart showing them some of the examples of the ideas I was sharing today!


Since there are 122 cards in each collection, I knew that I had several to spare and share!

You can scrapbook 250 photos per collection - W-O-W! and there are a variety of memory protectors to choose from.

Skylark was one of the most popular paper packs from last season and so I started off with a few pieces of artwork.

Each kit comes with the following items:

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™ (various designs)

My first sample is the mini-book using 6 of the 4 x 6" card.This took no time to create and is a nice gift to share with your family and friends.

The next project is a quick photo wallet and again is perfect for a nice little gift or an ideal little memory book with all of the babies' pictures in it.

Start with an 4 1/4" x 12" strip of paper.  Then score it at 

Kudos to Julie's Carriere Orleans of Ontario, Canada!  You can find the blog post here for the great inspiration and directions!

Our project today can be either a card front or a journaling box.  We are using the Z1946 Surf's Up Picture My Life Collection BUT we are mixing it with the Z7192 NEW Seaside paper pack collection.

Here are two designs that the ladies made - they are so creative!

I would like to thank Gina Brandsetter for the terrific inspiration for today's project!  You can find her post here for this perfect memory book for your summer vacation pics!  She was a guest designer for the H2H challenge Blog and this is her artwork for the last challenge in July.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Studio J snippet #7

It just seems like the summer is flying by!  All of the  kids are back in school here in the Tampa area.  At the end of the month, my husband and I are traveling to Alaska on the Pazzles cruise

I am quite excited and I have already started my scrapbook pages for when we return home.  I have one two page layout already finished and ready for photos. You can see the post here with the featured page.  I know that I am going to use 4 - 4 " x 6" photos and 3 - 3" x 3" to finish the layout.

Studio J snippet #7 - Use Studio J to plan your  photo picture experience.

So many times, I take random pictures and I can never use them in any layouts. With this layout I am ready with 15 photo wells!

I know I will have to take vertical as well as horizontal photos.  So many times I seem to take all of my photos horizontally and then I have have a hard time trying to fit them into a layout.  Now I am all ready  to go and finish the layout quickly when I return home.  Check back in the 2nd or 3rd week of September to see  the finished layout.

Here is another post where I used Studio J to plan out a layout for my workshop.
Check it out!

Monday, August 18, 2014

H2H Challenge ...Inspired by

Inspired by a book...

I have been driving myself crazy with this theme and then I had a breakthrough!  I have been working on a Halloween table runner all week and then I realized, was not use this book title as my inspiration?!

Inspired by the book "Wicked - The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West"

The book was originally published in September of 2007, but I did not start reading it until 2008.  It was a perfect read for an airplane trip to WNY and I became absorbed into the book throughout the entire flight.

I like to read the books before I see the movie or in this case, the play.  My friend Cherie and I went to the play in 2010 at the theater in Tampa and we both loved it!  Then Elizabeth and I went again in 2013 and we had great seats - front row balcony!

I created this layout using the remainder of my Scaredy Cat paper ( I guess I have to buy some more...) and a few pics from my October 2013 workshop.

The cuts are from the Cricut "Mini Monsters" cartridge and this is the first time I have actually used this cartridge.  Normally I use the CTMH cartridges but these images were perfect for this page!

I also created this broom card because this also fits perfectly with my book theme.

Colors used are thistle, pear, black, white daisy, honey, kraft and slate.  The stamp set is D1605 Halloween Greetings.  What a fun stamp set!

Come join us this week and show us your inspiration idea from a book!  You have until August 31st to participate in the August theme "Inspired by.."

You can find the link here.