Thursday, April 29, 2010

Using Veranda for BOYS ?!?

Hi gals!  I just want you to know I'm typing with a HUGE smile on my face after all the requests to see this layout closer up-- I'm flattered that everyone took the time to leave me some love and comments on the group.
What would I do without you gals?   I just don't know!  So, here it is - just for you :)
Veranda Layout
Close-Ups of lace wrapping Frames -- Dimensional Elements Round Frames and Square Frames by CTMH
Chipboard flowers and foam/beaded dragonflies:
I tried several times to get the dragonflies wings and all the glitter to show up , but I guess you can see it on the flowers, so you get the idea.  The dragonflies were easy to cut out of foam sheeting.  You just fold the foam in half and then cut out the one symmetrical side of the dragonfly so that when you unfold it it has both sides - I cut out 2 sets of wings and layered them to make them "more bugg-y" and less flat.  All of my customers who are oggling the stamped chipboard flowers right now will have to wait... the stamp set is the Stamp of the Month set for  Who says Veranda is too pretty for boy pages !?!?

On the other end of the spectrum - here is the pages I did last night of my daughter Raven -- her self portraits are better than the pics I torture myself trying to take of her :)  I used lots of various things on these two pages -- truthfully I was "venting" after just having an argument with her.... *ugh* teenagers!  If you'd like to know about any of the supplies I used please feel free to ask :)   and as always, Thanks for stopping by !

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Miracle Kit Acrylic Album and Studio J Contest!!


YAHOOO!!  Now all of you have the opportunity to see what it is I've been so excited about for months! 

 As a special celebration, I'm making this offer to all the blog followers and anyone who you forward this information to:  I WILL BE GIVING AWAY A FREE PAPER PACK TO THE FIRST CUSTOMER 

who creates an account and PLACES A STUDIO J ORDER OF AT LEAST 5 LAYOUTS !!!! 

Are you ready to play and WIN !?!?!?

And secondly, I though I'd let you see a few pages of the acrylic  album I've created using the Miracle Kit from CTMH that all the participants at my 3 day crop May 14-16th will be playing with :) Also, I'd like to give a big hug and shout-out to Vicki W who came up with this project originally and I just kinda "tweaked it" a bit to do an acrylic album instead of her 6x6 accordion album.  LOVE YOU WIZ!!

 Enjoy!  More Miracle Kit projects to come soon -- I'm experimenting with a set of cards, a chipboard album, and the original 6x6 mini !

HUGZ!  Angel

Well, its almost here !  Studio J is due to go LIVE for all customers on April 27th -- Do you know about Studio J?  Do you know what a fabulous tool this could be for traditional and digital scrapbookers ??

Here are just a few reasons why I LOVE Studio J and I hope you will come over to my website and try it out for yourself --  Where else can you PLAY for FREE with a wonderful program and NEVER download a thing?  All your projects are saved for you for 90 days or until you're ready to order them.

If you'd like to know more, PLEASE READ ON !

  My Top 5 reasons to LOVE Studio J !

(1) It allows me to make fantastic layouts that match the existing ones I have already made and finish those "unfinished projects" -- I can do them while I'm watching tv or when I'm on the go!  All you need is your computer!  Recently, I flew to Iowa as some of you know and I could not even take scissors with me!  UGH!  That is real torture for a scrapper to be without her, I had Studio J and finished several layouts while traveling !  How else could you scrapbook in the airport ?  While you're camping? Or anywhere else you can think of!

(2)  NO MESS!  I have to admit I am a very hands-on scrapbooker and I love my techniques and making a big mess in general for those special layouts -- but this allows me to make the rest of the pages that typically would not get done -- and nothing to clean up afterwards! YAY

(3)  No downloads to buy -- EVER!  Nothing is stored on my computer except my bookmark to the site!  There are embellishments, ribbons, text boxes, resizing options, whole paper packs, stickease, and everything else I need on the site -- no nickel here dime there for "add-ons" like traditional digital programs.....   LOVE LOVE LOVE!

(4) The creation of the layout can be as easy or as difficult as I want to make it:  change the papers a hundred times, rotate the layouts, change pictures, as many times as I want!  All of this at a click of a button -- I can even leave off all the embellishments and embellish them when they arrive -- giving them a GREAT 3D effect!  Leave a text box blank; no problem!  Just grab a photo marker and journal away!   Close to My Heart will save the projects for me until I've completed them and purchased them (for up to 90 days)!

(5) My final reason:  THE LAYOUTS!  OMG!!  I wish you could see how wonderful these are!  I am so pleased with the definition of the pictures, the crispness of the papers, and the quality of the photo processing.   If you start, you'll love it as much as me!

HUGZ!   Angel
Studio J FAQs

  • What is Studio J™ Design Software?
    Studio J™ is free online scrapbooking design software brought to you by Close To My Heart. Studio J helps you easily create custom-printed two-page layouts using our foundational scrapbook patterns, exclusive color palette, and themed designs all delivered in 12" × 12" custom prints ready for your albums. It's a snap!
  • Is Studio J easy to use?
    Studio J software is extremely intuitive and easy to use. The program walks you through five steps that include:
    1. uploading your photos;
    2. choosing your desired themed kit;
    3. selecting an exclusive layout pattern;
    4. adding photos, embellishments, titles, and journaling;
    5. and purchasing custom-printed layouts ready for a cherished album.
    It's super simple and extremely fun to use!
  • I love Close To My Heart products. Will Studio J use the same great papers, patterns, colors, and embellishments?
    Of course! If you love Close To My Heart's scrapbooking philosophy, then you will love Studio J.
  • Do I need to download any software to my computer to use Studio J?
    Not at all! You only need an Internet connection, and then you simply log in to your Consultant's MyCTMH website: to get started. Feel free to design to your heart's content-you are not required to buy anything or provide any personal information to get started!
  • Can I save what I am working on and come back to it later?
    You bet! You can create a customer profile that allows you to save and return to a project in progress at a later time. Your active projects will be saved for up to 90 days, giving you plenty of time to work on them. You extend that timeline for your active projects by 90 days each time you make a purchase, and your purchased projects will remain archived for one full year after purchase.
  • Do I need a printer that can print 12" × 12" pages to use Studio J?
    No. Your Studio J layouts are not available for you to print from a home computer. In fact, we take care of the printing for you. When you purchase your designed layouts, we print and ship them quickly and directly to you using only top quality printing technology and archival-quality papers.
  • What is the price?
    You are not charged a thing until you order your custom prints. The price per printed two-page layout is $12.95 US / $14.95 CAN. We also offer some fantastic rewards for larger orders. You can receive FREE Memory Protectors® to protect your layouts in your albums, and FREE shipping/handling based on the number of layout prints you purchase in a single order as follows:
    • For 5-9 layout purchases: You'll receive a pack of 5 Memory Protectors FREE!
    • For 10-20 layout purchases: You'll receive FREE shipping/handling PLUS a FREE pack of 5 Memory Protectors for every 5 layouts in your single order.




Thursday, April 22, 2010

Breaking NEWS!!

Close to My Heart  BREAKING NEWS!


Just a "quickie"  FYI for all my gals out there! 

 My Close to My Heart website
 has just been updated today and some of your favorite products
 have been moved to the Discounted  Products category -


-- most are 20 to 50% OFF !!

You'll want to check out the great savings on these pages !!

If you need help navigating or help with your order, please call me :) I can help!

~~Angel Sawyer  (478) 308-0546

**NOTE**- Just a few questions have come in so maybe this will help everyone !

1. ~~ If you want to come to May crop and do the Miracle Kit you can get your kit sent to you with an order from the website and bring it with you to crop !!

Order $40 from the website and Miracle Kit is $10 -- plus you can get the April Stamp of the Month discounted and added to your order as well!

Order $60 from the website and Miracle Kit is $5 ~!!!! PLUS you can also get the April Stamp of the Month discounted and added to your order !

2. ~~ Anyone who wishes to have me order the Miracle Kit for them or place an order is still certainly welcome to do so - just email :)

3.~~ Crop spaces are filling up as I type this email!! Please call or email me to reserve your spot before you miss out !! All $ due can be charged by Propay, or you can send a check in the mail until April 28th - I must have everyone's reservations by the 30th to prepare for all the fun!

Hope this answers some of the questions -- but if you have another feel free to contact me with them :)


~~ Angel

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter !

Some reminders from the Easter Bunny:

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.
Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
May the joy of the season fill your heart.
Happy Easter!

 HUGZ to Everyone and Have a Truly BLESSED EASTER ~ Angel

What R u doing this weekend??

April Bunny Hop Crop Featured Projects
Card Class  - Veranda
Card workshop this month will be a little different than in the past; 
each card is in a separate kit (precut) and all are $2 each ~ 
choose as many of your favorite one that you want ~
I have posted these to My Art on my CTMH website -
so you can click HERE to go see larger pictures.

***Layout and card Kits are first come - first serve
- the day of the crop ~so if you really like one email me
to reserve your kit choices beforehand.

Cards (from Left to right) (1)Mother's Day, (2)Elegance, 
(3)In My Heart,and (4)Sunshine

 Layout Choices - You Rock

Layout #1  Here Comes the Sun - $12

Layout #2  Celebrate - $12

Layout #3 Water Wars - $8

Enjoy working with unbleached twill mats and 

your choice of embellishment packs.
(There are 3) The Cricut will be available to you
to make your own titles during class.

Virtual Crop Guests - Order your layout either unstamped

or prestamped with your choice of embellishments by email.
  I will send you a Propay invoice once I have calculated
shipping for your entire order.

Other Local Events : 

Garden Of Memories - Warner Robbins
May 1st and 2nd

All information and to register for crop space or classes
 is on their site:  Class space is limited so register early!

I'll be teaching a layout class there on Saturday -May 1st

 Let me teach you how to make your own
embellishments and flowers using paper, reinkers, and fabric! 

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