Today marks the customer release of Studio J! I have had so much fun with this online service (yes, online-meaning free to use, no downloading, no upgrading, no sidestepping) and I'm positve you will, too.
Yes, even those of you saying, "Nay, nay! Scrapbooks must be paper and ink and doo-dads and texture and blood and sweat and tears!"
Let me tell you a little secret: Even if you prefer to scrapbook the classic way, Studio J will still be an invaluable tool to you. And let me explain why. When you pull out your paper and pictures and inks and tools and doo-dads, do you know how you're going to start? Do you know how your finished layouts will look like? Have you ever started a project, cut the paper, laid it all out, then realized those two patterns side-by-side make you want to...well and you shouldn't have put those brads where you did? But it's too late. You don't have enough of that pattern paper left and you can't move the brads because it will leave the holes showing in your paper, you printed your pictures the wrong size and now you've cut off the top of Uncle Henry's head.
Sorry, got carried away for a moment there. But I'm sure more than one of you have had some experience like the one I just described...right?
So how can Studio J come to the aid of the classic scrapbooker? By using it, you can totally plan your layout before you cut even one sheet of paper, plan where you want those brads and other doo-dads to go, make sure your patterns aren't at war with one another.
Now what will studio scrapbooking offer the everyday crafter who is not sure about all this digital hocus pocus? Let me show you...
Imagine if you will, a house full of kids needing your constant attention. Wanting to "help" you with all your inking and stamping and cutting. Oops, it's getting close to dinner time. You just got out all your papers and inks and stamps and tools. Now you have to put it all away again so you can get the food started. You're yelling at everyone because they're moving too slow, you just want to get dinner over with so you can get back to some
Did I just share too much?
Okay, honestly now. I created 10 layouts in one evening. That is unheard of in my house! I didn't have to get all my supplies out, shoo the kids away, and work for 14 hours on them.
You upload your pictures, choose your paper kit (which automatically loads all the coordinating embellishments), choose your layout design and that's it!
You can switch papers around to your heart's delight, distress them if you desire, rotate them if you want the pattern to go a different direction, rotate the entire layout if you want an entirely different look, put some brads or buttons where ever you want, ugh not there, put them over there instead, wait I wanted a different color-click-different color...need I go on?
Here is one of those 10 layouts I did in one night. This is from our trip to NYC (obviously) last September. Let me tell you, none of the other pictures are even close to being scrapped...with this exception.
Studio J: Blue Ribbon Reflections Kit
Now I can take pictures and do a layout immediately.
Tomorrow I'll be back with more information on Studio J, but for now you can check it out for yourself!