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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Quick Mini Album using Studio J!

Want some more Studio J inspiration? For convention last year, I wanted to incorporate some Studio J into my displays. So I chose to do a mini album. Currently, Studio J only provides 12" x 12" page layouts. You can certainly create layouts - order just the jpeg files and print them in any size you choose! However, I didn't want to be concerned about being able to read journaling when it was reproduced in a smaller size, so I decided to find 12" x 12" layouts that would divide evenly into 6" x 6" squares. Here is what I did.

I used one of our 6" x 6" My Creations Memory Showcase - accordian style display album. At only $3.95 it's a bargain for this personalized gift item!

In Studio J, I chose the Avonlea Kit - the the Primadonna pattern layout (search for it under the 10 photo layouts). I rotated the left and right pages then loaded my photos. I turned off the toggle accents under the Embellishments tab. I removed the title and journal boxes then added my own where I wanted them.

On the left page I added stickease titles "Family" and "ties". Then I added a few of the floral images for an accent. This page was framed as a gift or could be used as an album cover page.

On the right page I turned the middle 4x6 photo well into a text box and added the script B and T paper. I added some chocolate back stitching and journal boxes. I flipped the 3 photos on the bottom left side so that when I cut the page in squares they would be oriented the way I wanted them.

Here is how it looks cut and added to the front of the mini album:

Simple - huh? Now for the other side of the 6" x 6" mini album.

For the second layout I chose the Avonlea Kit and the Timeline pattern layout (search for it under 6 photo layouts). This one required minimal changes. I removed the buttons and thread on the left side by the title. Then I changed the title box to a photo well. I loaded my photos - using a single photo on the bottom that would cut down the middle without chopping off anyone's head! Then I added titles, stickease, and names on each of the photos of the kids. (LOVE this feature in Studio J!)

The right page was used as a baby layout that could be framed or used as a cover page in an album!

Here is the layout cut and added to the back side of the mini album:

After cutting the pages and putting the mini album together I added journaling pockets with a story about how the couple met - one told from his perspective and one told from her perspective! 

The finishing touch was a metal key from the Brocade Assortment.

Simply look for layouts that can be divided evenly and you too can create beautiful personalized gifts for just pennies - especially THIS month! Click here to start using Studio J today!

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