Thursday, October 8, 2009

Studio J and a Few Last Tidbits from Regionals

While at Regionals, Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close To My Heart shared information about the digital scrapbooking program that will be released in the near future. Yes, CTMH is developing a digital scrapbooking program! From what I learned, it promises to be a quite a wonderful new way to scrapbook.

Did you know that on average only 55% of all photos taken are actually printed? Think about it. How many times to you go to a birthday party, wedding, picnic, take pictures and they never even get downloaded to the computer. How great it would be to have an opportunity to come home, complete a layout to share with everyone in just a few days! I took 82 pictures at Regionals and have not printed one. I have downloaded them and shared them here and on my Facebook page, but done nothing else with them. How I wish I had the ability to complete a wonderful layout to share with you rather than just the shots. In just a few short months I will have the chance!

Studio J is the answer! It is an Internet program that consists of the wonderful CTMH papers and embellishments. It is written to allow for editing and correcting to your hearts content. Think how great to have a yearly traditional scrapbook and be able to maintain continuity with Studio J pages for those special moments. CTMH is referring to paper scrapbooking as "Classic Scrapbooking" and computer scrapbooking as "Studio Scrapbooking." Digital scrapbooking will never replace the fun and feel of working with paper, but it sure will add dimension to our treasured hobby.

If 55% of all photos taken ever get printed, the amount that get scrapbooked is even less. Only 1/3 to 1/2 of those treasured memories are ever placed on the page. The rest wind up in a shoe box or on a lost computer disc. "Real Life, Real Scrapbooks, Real Time" is a phrase that was repeated over and over again at Regionals and it makes great sense. Having the opportunity to quickly work with photos that might never get scrapbooked is a wonderful thing. The cost makes sense too. There are no computer programs to buy. Just log on to the computer and go to work! When you are done, hit print and your artwork is delivered to your door in a few days. There will be special incentives for printing multiple pages also.

It is promised that the program will be released to Consultants shortly and then to Customers soon after that. I guarantee you that I will be playing as soon as I get the word....and will be sharing everything with you!

Just a few more tidbits from Regionals that I thought was interesting....The most popular paper pack this year has been Emporium. It is followed closely in popularity by Bella. You can check what this papers look like on my website. The most popular selling embellishment under $10 was our pewter brads. I bought them, did you? :o)

I haven't had the opportunity to share any of my recent artwork so I thought I would post a card I made on Monday.

I used two My Acrylix Stamp Sets we received at Regionals...Delightful Things and Thank You. The images were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Cocoa powder. The background was brayered using Sweet Leaf, Olive and New England Ivy inks. The mat is New England Ivy.

For Now, Happy Crafting!


Sheila Bennett said...

What a beautiful card! I really like how that 'corner' stamp looks with the Cocoa embossing surrounded by the green inks.

Lisa Phillippi said...

I havent stopped by in a while, and you have been busy! I saw alot of fantastic projects! The convention sounds like it was great too!

Debsg said...

What a gorgeous card. Simple, but lovely.