Thursday, October 11, 2012

Studio J tricks to add FLAIR to your layouts!


I LOVE the resources that Close To My Heart shares with us as consultants AND customers!!!

Check out their latest tips using Studio J!  This tips will add excitement and flavor to YOUR Studio J layouts!!!

Make sure you check out my NEWEST Studio J layouts that I created at the bottom of this post! :)
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Even though Studio J® is fast and easy to use, it is helpful to know some great tricks that can make customizing your layouts even more exciting. Here are some Studio J tricks straight from our professional Close To My Heart artists:

1. Customize your background and texture paper. You can change the color and intensity of the background and texture paper included in whichever kit you choose. Simply select the piece of background and texture paper, change the color in the color selection tool, and increase or decrease the intensity of the color in that same popup box.

2. Crop My Stickease® quotes, titles, and tags. The cropping feature on the My Stickease images allows you to select a section of a quote, title, or tag to use as a border or other embellishment.

3. Create a customized My Stickease image. If you have a specific image in mind to use as an embellishment on your page, you can create a customized My Stickease to fit your theme perfectly. Simply add a text box, photo hanger, ribbon, ribbon slides, and Stickease to create the little suitcase! So easy! Be sure to crop or send elements behind other elements when necessary, and add several elements together for a unique look!

4. Select more than one element at a time. If you want to move several elements of your layout at once, simply click and drag your mouse around the elements you would like to select. Let’s take buttons, for example. After the buttons have been selected, you can click the icons in the popup box to choose to align the buttons vertically or horizontally if you desire.

5. Make faux washi tape with vellum text boxes. To create the look of a piece of clear washi tape, make a small rectangular text box, filled with vellum background (this is the default color for text boxes). You can make the tape strips as large or small as you want, or even layer them for more emphasis.

6. Stretch one photo across multiple photo wells. If you have fewer photos than photo wells, instead of deleting the excess wells, try scaling the picture to a larger size and then copying the picture to other photo wells and matching the photos up until they align with an almost seamless image. This trick works best with photo wells that are adjacent to each other.

7. Create ruffled ribbon. Select “Ribbons” in the drop-down menu under the Embellishments toolset. Choose ribbon tab and rotate the tab so that it is vertical on the page. Then layer several tabs on top of one another, sending every other one to the back to create a ruffled look.

8. Create a jagged border with text boxes. You can create a jagged border simply by rotating multiple text boxes about 45 degrees and making them the same color as the background. Put these boxes on top of a long, rectangular box of another color, and you’ve got a jagged border!

9. Change the background of your layout. Sometimes you may like the photo and journal arrangement in a layout, and yet want to change the background colors. Because photos sit on top of everything else, this is easy to do. Simply pull a journaling box over the space you want for a different background and fill it with a color from the color selection tool or a patterned paper from the Papers toolset. Then, send it backwards until the photo wells are on top of your new background.

Bonus Trick! Use keyboard keys to make embellishments. Did you know that some of the best tools for creating custom embellishments are the basic keys on your keyboard? It’s as simple as typing into a journaling box with no background color. Use periods to make a polka dot pattern, angle brackets to create a trendy Chevron look, overlapping pound signs to make burlap, question marks to make rope, and so much more!

October is the perfect month to give STUDIO J a try because for every 9 layouts you create, you’ll get a 10th layout for FREE!!!

I’m also having a MYSTERY HOSTESS contest you won’t want to miss, during the month of October!!!  All qualifying Studio J layouts purchased on the Mystery Hostess link of my website -  WILL earn tickets for YOUR chance to be one of THREE Mystery Hostess’s!!! 

CLICK HERE for all the details of how to become a Mystery Hostess!
Here are a few layouts I recently Created using Studio J EXPRESS COLLECTIONS!!! I LOVE these collections!!!  Everything is colored, embellishments are set – all I NEED to do is drop in my pictures!  I can, however, change the wording of my title and add journaling anywhere I’d like on the layout…it’s THAT EASY!!!
I created these layouts from this past Close To My Heart Convention in Dallas, TX!!!  This is only about 1/2 of the layouts I created…they are so FUN and easy to create!  Click on the picture to see it larger...


Please contact me with any questions you may have OR
CLICK HERE for more info about the BEAUTIFUL layouts created with Studio J
Blessings to you!
Krista Hershberger J

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