Monday, April 26, 2010

Studio J Is Almost Here!!

REMINDER: Tuesday, APRIL 27 - 9:00 am central time

I am here to FINALLY announce the customer release date of Close To My Heart's new digital scrapbooking program, STUDIO J.

The layouts (from our Princess Cruise in March) you see here were made by me during our consultant testing period. Trust me, you're going to LOVE this!!

Our tagline is: Real life. Real scrapbooks. Real time.

You are going to want to carefully read this whole post. It will be worth every juicy little tidbit!!

To answer a few commonly asked questions:

Q: When IS the release date?
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010 - 8:00 am MDT. Just go to my website (, and there will be a tab added that day for Studio J. Click there, and you can begin playing...for FREE!! You pay NOTHING unless you order some layouts. Putting them together is TOTALLY FREE!! I love free!! In the meantime, if you haven't watched the Studio J introductory video yet, go to to learn more.

Q: What is Studio J?
Studio J™ is free online design software that allows you to create custom-printed two-page layouts you put in your albums. There is no software to purchase and install; instead, simply log in to my website on April 27 to explore all the possibilities. This is a great first introduction to Close To My Heart for new customers because it requires no purchase or tools—other than an Internet-connected computer—to get started. Studio layouts can be created quickly for the time-challenged, yet with many flexible options for artists who want a custom look. Plus, Studio J makes it easy and affordable to have multiple prints of the same layout created, perfect for gift-giving to friends and family.

Q: I LOVE traditional scrapbooking. Will Studio J take away from that?
Absolutely NOT!! There is room for both in your life. I am living proof. I love them both for totally different reasons. I love the artistic feel of hands on paper and embellishments. I Studio J™ is free online design software that allows you and your customers to create custom-printed two-page layouts you put in your albums. There is no software to purchase and install; instead, simply log in to Studio J and start designing your layouts! You can create love the speed and ease and professional look of Studio J. I would probably never have gotten to work on our cruise album had it not been for Studio J. It takes no time at all to put together professional looking layouts in a very short amount of time. Plus, you can always order Studio layouts and then add a few 'lumpy bumpies' of your own once they come if you have a serious need to do the tactile thing.

Q: I am not a traditional kind of scrapbooker. I have been scrapbooking digitally for years. Is Studio J something that I will like?
No doubt about it!! I have looked at and tried several different digital offerings out there, and in my opinion, NOTHING can compete with Studio J in quality, concept, cost or beauty!!

Q: So seriously, how much does it cost?
There is NO COST to use the program. You have no software or hardware to purchase or download. Unless you make a layout (defined as a two page 12 x 12 layout) and decide to purchase it, there is absolutely no cost. Once you decide to purchase, each 2 page layout is introductory priced at $12.95. That is WAY below the industry average!! And, if you purchase 5-9 two-page layouts at a time, CTMH will throw in 5 free page protectors. 10 or more and you get FREE SHIPPING, as well as a package of 5 page protectors for every 5 layouts in the order. Once ordered, Close To My Heart prints your layouts on high quality photo paper (I wish you could see the quality of my photographed layouts above in person) and sends them to you. Mine arrived within days of when I ordered them.

Q: What if I make a layout and want to save it and purchase it with a group of layouts at a later date?
No worries!! That is actually the smart way to do it anyway. CTMH will save your projects for 90 days. And, every time you make a purchase your 90 days start over. So, say you make several layouts and then purchase them on day 80. Your 90 day clock starts over. They are saved again. On top of all of that, CTMH even emails you periodically to remind you where your project clock is.

Q: In a nutshell, how does this "Studio J" thing work?
These are the steps to creating an amazing 2-page layout:

* Upload some of your favorite photos
* Choose from one of the 54 awesome kits (including most of your faves from our Idea Books plus some that are exclusive to Studio J).
* Choose a layout pattern. There are MANY to choose from. They are like the patterns you'll find in our wonderful "how to" books like Cherish, Imagine, Reflections. The possibilities are endless because all the patterns you can choose from can be rotated 3 ways and flip flopped.
* Now personalize! You get to drop your photos in, add text, choose cardstock and background and texture papers from the kit, add accessories (just about every accessory item you can imagine!), distressing, titling, MyStickease, and so much more.
* Save and/or buy your layout(s).

Q: If I'm not the techiest of techies, or even techie at all, will I be able to do this?
YES!! This program is great for techies and non-techies alike. The program is VERY intuitive.

I am SOOO EXCITED about this program. I know you are going to love it. So mark Tuesday, April 27 at 9 am Central on your calendar. You won't want to miss it!!

If you have any questions, I am MORE than happy to answer them. Email me at

If you have lots of friends who love digital, you might even want to consider signing up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant with your own website so that you can make money (cha-ching) while they fall in love with Studio J!! You can do that right now while you are waiting for Tuesday.

Go to, then on "Your Opportunities" and then follow the prompts. You can become a Close To My Heart Consultant for as little as $99!! Consultants new to Studio J will also have the opportunity to purchase their initial preview order that includes the first 10 layouts for $9.95.

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