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Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Madness!!!!!

    Happy Saturday, everyone! March is officially upon us! For me March also seems to be an exciting month; March Madness starts, Mardi Gras celebrations pop up everywhere (although I've never been, I still love all the colorful decorations), Spring Break, and of course SPRING! I cannot wait for warmer weather and outdoor activities! Although, I look at all the snow in my backyard and wonder where in the world is all of this going to go when it melts? I see dirty paws and muddy floors in my (hopefully) near future! Bring it on Spring!

   Well time to start thinking March! Let's start out with March's specials and promotions! Here it goes:

   March's SOTM is a super cute nesting doll-themed set called "Happy Place"! The font for the sentiments has a "handwritten" theme to it, and it's perfect for your everyday projects, pages, and cards! Check it out:


      You can get "Happy Place" for only $5 with any qualifying purchase of $50 or more during the month of March! Wondering how to add color to these cute Russian dolls? My favorite coloring methods utilize CTMH's Exclusive Inks Alcohol Markers or CTMH's Watercolor pencils set and blending pen! If you've never used these products, you should attend one of my upcoming workshops! We will be playing with all of these things during the months of March and April, and I promise you won't be disappointed!

   A new month also means a brand new exclusive CTMH special! During the month of March, you can purchase layouts and photo collections from Studio J for only $5! That's only $2.50/page! Studio J allows you to use digital CTMH papers, embellishments, and designs to come up with beautiful and easy layouts in just minutes! The most amazing part......you can access the Studio J software for FREE! You can start here with your CTMH log-in information or, if you don't have a log-in, sign up for FREE account on this same page!


   Studio J layouts are processed, not printed, using a silver-halide process (considered the highest standard in the photo developing industry). Unlike printed papers or images you might print from a home photo printer, the silver-halide process yields “100-year+ quality” that has long been tested and used by the top photo labs in the world. We use the same papers and equipment used by leading labs to produce long-lasting photo prints, so you know your layout will be reproduced with high fidelity and will last throughout the years. As always, JPEG files are available free with your print purchase and are available as a stand-alone item at regular price during this promotion (if you wanted to print your finished layout elsewhere or just save it as a digital file only)!   

I made this cute layout last fall using a paper pack that no longer is available in the Idea Books!! The vast amounts of digital papers, colors, and embellishments makes designing all of your pages a breeze!
    
   Did you also see the brand new Studio J Photo Express Collections* are now available? Photo Express Collections are an assortment of templates meant for photos only, allowing you to print photos on the highest quality paper for use in your layouts. There are 8 templates to choose, and your options for photos sizes are very diverse! Choose to print several small photos (2x2, 3x3) or an array of larger photos (4x6, 5x7) according to your needs. You will find this photo-sizing option especially valuable for use in your Picture My Life™ albums, where an assortment of photo sizes is needed.

Here is the 3x4 Photo Collection! It's so easy to use! All you do is upload your photos, drag and drop them into the 3x4 boxes, and you're done! During the month of March these perfectly sized 3x4 photos are only $0.20 a print! Other online archival printing sites charge as much as $0.25-$0.45 for this size! So get those photos off your phone, and start printing with Studio J!
Here is the 4x4 Photo Collection! You can move your photos around to center them, easily remove and add photos to get the perfect college of prints, and edit the photos to brightness, contrast, etc. It's so easy, and very reasonable! During the month of March, these 4x4 prints are only $0.62 each! When you compare prices on other archival printing sites, most 4x4 sizes can be as much as $0.85-$1.10! So get your small picture sizes printed for a spectacular price this month with Studio J!
On this layout, I am adding photos to the 5x7 Assortment Collection! You can see all the photo wells and their sizes by clicking on each one! Then you simply drag, drop, and re-position your photos the way you like them! This particular photo collection has five 5x7 sizes, two 5x5 sizes, two 2x3 sizes, and four 2x2 sized wells!

    This is an awesome deal, so start designing your Studio J layouts today so that you can start printing them throughout the month of March!** When you order, though, do note that each order must contain a minimum of four 2-page layouts in order to be processed. There is a flat rate shipping cost added, but it's only $5.95/box of layouts. Each box can contain up to 50 layouts at that same flat-rate shipping, so definitely take advantage of this promotion, and start working on your layouts! 

   If you have any questions about Studio J, or would like help getting started, contact me and I would love to help you start designing with this amazing program! 

    The next promotion for March is from Candid Captures, and it's the new paper pack-of-the-month (POTM) promotion that I started last month! March's POTM is Lollydoodle! This paper pack is so fun and colorful! I love it! It has me thinking Spring every time I play with it!  


  
  This also means that layout-of-the-month (LOTM) will be featuring the Lollydoodle Paper Pack! If you purchase the Lollydoodle paper pack, or either Lollydoodle WOTG kits, during the month of March you will receive all the die-cuts, stamped images, and assembly instructions needed to complete the LOTM for FREE! However, this offer is only good in the month of March, so take advantage of this amazing deal today by placing your Lollydoodle paper order with me on my online shopping site! Pictures of the LOTM and other artwork featuring the POP will be posted soon! So stay tuned! 

   The last special featured this month is the new Rediscover download from CTMH! This month's theme is "Rediscover Home", and the FREE download this month features some cute spice jar labels with a chalkboard look! 



    You can download these FREE, printable labels on my online shopping site, Candid Captures Shop! Make sure you get yours downloaded before it expires at the end of the month, though!

    I think that's everything you need to know to kick-start your March! Like always, if you have any questions or would kind assistance placing your order for any of these amazing deals, please let me know! I would love to help you get your crafty projects started this month! Until next time;

Here's to life, love, and creativity!

*Using the mat feature within the Photo Collection may cause your photos to become misaligned. For this purpose, we do not recommend using the matting feature whatsoever in these specific templates. Should you choose to do so, your layouts may print unevenly and Close To My Heart will not be liable to reprint or refund them

**Tax and shipping not included. A shipment box must contain a minimum of 4 layouts, but may hold up to 50 layouts/box for a shipping price of $5.95/box.