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
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
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.
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.
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!
Stop by Studio J® and try your hand at some of these techniques!
In October, when one purchases nine Studio J® layouts, they get the 10th one FREE! In this special promotion, you will receive a free custom-printed layout
when you buy 9 custom-printed Studio J® layouts. To receive the
discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a
discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take
advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1
free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. Up to 4 free layouts!
It’s a great time to use any Member Bonus layouts you may have. If you
haven’t tried Studio J® yet, now is the time to start! For more information, view the flyer.