Thursday, June 21, 2012

New skills and retiring stamps

The time is flying by until the CTMH convention and in the process I've learned a ton.  One of the newest things I've experienced is Studio J. 

What is Studio J you ask?  Studio J is the online scrapbooking program by CTMH. When I started I swore (up and down) I would not start online scrapbooking but as part of our business classes for convention CTMH sent us directions for 5 layouts.  I started the project with the intention of completing the assignment, submitting my pages and walking away to never use Studio J again-  little did I know I would walk away addicted to it.  So addicted I'm pretty sure I won't really pick up a paper cutter and pictures to do a traditional scrapbook page this doesn't mean I'm going to abandon paper crafting all together but the biggest thing I learned while doing these Studio J layouts was I could have a scrapbook page done in 45 mins (or less), something I could never do with traditional scrapbooking.  Corporate sent us directions for 5 layouts, which were beautiful, but didn't fit with the pictures I had on hand so I worked thru the directions to learn the techniques they wanted us to know and then took that knowledge and made 5 more of my very own layouts.  Here's just a sampling of what you can do in Studio J.

This month is Stampaganza with Close To My Heart-you'll find the flyer below with details...just in time for the retirement of stamps at the end of July.  The new Idea Book comes out the begining of August and with that the stamps on the retirement list will no longer be available so it's a great time to stock up on the ones you want and take advanage of the buy 2 get one free special this month.

Now (thanks to one of my Uplines-Jen) here's the list of all of the stamp sets due to retire.  You can check out pictures of them and/or purchase them on my website at  Don't forget to join the "June Mystery Hostess" gathering to be entered into a drawing for all of the hostess rewards for this month.  With no further ado here's the retirement list:

These are the stamp sets that will be retiring at the end of July 2012! The ones with an * coordinate with Art Philosophy.

Here we go:
Instant Memories
Harvest Happiness*
Sweet Moments*

All Hallows Eve*
Christmas Cheer*
Winter Joy
Harvest Home
So Grateful
Captured Moments
Fright Night
Party Animal
A Sip
Nature's Gift
Snow Days
Bundled Buddies
Snow Flurries
All Decked Out
A Holiday*
Holiday Cheer*
A Twinkle
Fill in the Blank - Holiday*
I Believe
Father Christmas
A Timber
St. Nick
Glory to God
Angel Sent
John 3:16
The Present
A Flitter
Treasure Life
Party Pennants
Always Remember
Tag The Occasion
Happy Clusters
Joyful Jar
Month by Month
Gnome Garden
A Game
School Rocks
Live Inspired
Childhood Portrait
Christmas Love
December 25*
Card Chatter-Christmas
Everlasting Life
Holiday Commentary
Holiday Commentary-Spanish
Holiday Commentary - French
Say it in Style
A Little Thanks
Made With Love
Live Your Style
Save the Date
Save the Date - French
Save the Date - Spanish
Baroque Alphabet
Friendship Alphabet Small
Friendship Alphabet Large

Giggle Caps
Giggle Lowercase
Rustic Numbers
Rustic Alphabet

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