Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A New Way To Play!

I recently discovered "Studio" scrapbooking.  Now, this has been out for a while, but I thought it was not for me as I'm not really into the digi thing.  BUT (and it's a big but) I discovered I was really wrong!  First, everything is done online, so there's no software to download (or pay for!).  The only downside is if you still have dial-up it's very slow.  But even on my "standard" DSL it's pretty fast - and since hubby's looking into the next higher level for full video streaming capability, I can't wait to see how quickly it goes.  Also, this is so much SIMPLER than regular digital scrapbooking.  To me, these are more like the photo books that you can make at Walgreen's or wherever - they are GREAT for the non-scrapper to make!  And they are much sturdier than those books, because they go in a regular scrapbook with PROTECTORS.  No more dirty little fingers leaving marks on the pages or paper tearing because it was handled roughly.

My goal for this post is to show you how fast & easy this new product is.  I certainly don't see myself using it for everything; I am a die-hard hands-on scrapper and I like to get my fingers inky.  But I see great possibilities for grandparent gifts, times when I need more than one copy of the same layout, and when I'm trying to play "catch-up".  Hey, I have three kids, and even though I try to scrap stuff for all of them, I still have a lot of baby pictures of all 3 that haven't made it into a scrapbook yet.   Of course, I can't use my old film photos in Studio scrapbooking, but I can use any of my digital photos, which gives me time to scrap the prints the classic way.

OK, so let me say that this software will allow you to play for FREE.  You can upload & create all you want and not have to pay unless you choose to print.  So follow along step-by-step, and try it out!

First, you need to create an account.  Don't worry, there's no funny stuff going on; there just has to be a way to save your photos and layouts for you to come back to.   Click here to create an account, and try out Studio J!  There's not much needed to create an account.  Here's a shot of the form:

Once you save your account, you can enter Studio J and get started!  You will want to start by creating a new project.  It's very simple from there; there are only 5 steps needed to complete a layout:
  1. Upload photos. 
  2. Choose the desired themed kit. 
  3. Select an exclusive layout pattern.
  4. Add photos, embellishments, title, and journaling. 
  5. Purchase custom-printed layouts ready for a cherished album. 

The hardest part for me is always step 1 - well, actually step 0.  I always have to decide which group of pictures to use, make sure they're all rotated and edited, and then decide which make the cut to be included.  Nice thing is I can upload whatever I want (up to 20 at a time) and I don't have to use all of them.  For this layout, I have chosen 12 pictures from my son's preschool graduation this Spring.  The more you upload at once, the longer it takes, of course. (The size of the files also affects the time.)

Once the photos are uploaded, you click the Continue button.  There are several kits to choose from.  There are some kits that are only for those people who purchase a membership.  (I will discuss memberships later, as they are NOT required.)  I am choosing "Rough n Tumble" for it's bright colors and fun designs.  Once your kit is chosen, you again click the Continue button. 

This takes you to the available patterns.  You can choose from all available patterns (again, there are some only for members), or you can decrease the number of patterns by choosing how many pictures you want to use.  You may also want to check out the patterns for one or two fewer or more photos than you have, as you are able to change things around some; feel free to play as you can always back up and change things later.  I'm choosing the pattern available for 12 photos, called Conclusion Combo.  Here's an example of the thumbnail sketch for this pattern:

Choose your pattern by clicking on it, then click the Continue button.  This takes you to a pop-up screen where you choose a paper mix for your kit.  You WILL be able to change the colors in a later step if you desite, so just concentrate on the B&T (pattern) paper sections.  Click on your selection and again click on the Continue button.  Here's what my selected pattern and paper mix looks like:
I will be changing at least one paper color to better match my photos, but this is the stock option.  At this point, you can rotate or swap the pages, add your photos, and add color to or remove the suggested embellishments on the layout.  After that, you can add titles, journaling, MyStickease elements, and distressing techniques by using the menu on the left side of the page.  The first time you click on a heading, it will take a moment for the items in that section to load.

There are a ton of options you can use (or not use), like adding distressing, extra embellishments, journaling, etc. so I won't walk through them step-by-step.  The best thing to do is play with the options yourself, and you can always call or email me if you have questions.  Both phone # and email are available on my website.  OK, I've played around a little, and here is my final layout:
It took me about 45 minutes, with a couple of interruptions from phone calls, and I've only made a couple of these layouts before today.  It will get faster every time as I get to know the system better, but it's already much faster than the classic way I usually work.

Now, to touch on the memberships I mentioned.  If you become a member (monthly or annually), you get some added benefits.  Members get additional choices for paper kits and layout patterns.  Members also get their first ten layouts each month for half-price: that's $6.50 for each 2-page layout.  In addition, members receive free Memory Protectors with their layouts, free shipping, JPG files of each layout free with purchase or purchase separately, and special deals and promotions.  For more information on Studio J, including some Frequently Asked Questions, just click here.  You are also welcome to call or email me with any questions you might have, and if I don't know the answer I will get it for you!

If you like it as much as I do, I would LOVE to have your business!  I truly appreciate every customer I have.  And don't forget to share this terrific product with your non-scrappy friends!  I think they'll like it too.

p.s. Coming October 1st are Online Gatherings - now you can host a party without the work, all online.  There are no hands-on projects, but there are plenty of ideas on my website and here on my blog.  Reap the rewards without the work!  And the best news is that Studio J memberships and layout 5-packs DO count toward sales totals for Hostess Rewards.  Contact me for full details!


  1. I'll have to check this out. I've not done anything like this scrapbooking online before. Sometimes, it's all so overwhelming to me. Thanks for introducing this online way and I'll check it out!

  2. Very nice, but I love my paper. LOL I love the way it feels, it looks, the way it cuts and tears. I know it is a sickness. LOL

    But I do like how the LO turned out. Thank you so much for sharing.


  3. This sounds cool. I'm pretty hooked on my paper though! :D


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