**This giveaway is now closed.**

It’s no secret that we love digital scrapbooking here at The Crafting Chicks. It can be frustrating as a beginner to learn how to use different software, however; there definitely can be a learning curve when it comes to designing layouts from scratch in Photoshop. So we are excited to introduce one of our new sponsors {along with a giveaway!} that can help you create beautiful digital scrapbook layouts quickly and easily—Studio J!

Studio J® is free online scrapbooking design software brought to you by Close To My Heart. Studio J helps you easily create two-page layouts using their scrapbook templates or patterns, exclusive color palette, and themed designs all delivered in 12″ × 12″ custom prints ready for your albums. Timeless patterns and artistically placed default accents allow you to finish a page in minutes, while customization options give you the flexibility to make your layouts unique. Their software is free and online, but to purchase or save layouts you will need to create an online account. In order to print your layouts, you can purchase them a la carte or you can become a Studio J member with lots of exclusive benefits. You can order professionally developed archival prints that will last 100+ years–delivered right to your door. Click HERE for more information about that. They also have a blog with great tips and examples for you–and check out their videos!

Studio J let us create an account to we could try it out for ourselves. I had lots of fun creating some layouts using their software. I uploaded my photos, chose a template design, chose some coordinating papers, and then it was as easy as dragging and dropping! You can drag your photos, resize them, add borders and mats, etc.  It even gives you the option to “plug in” the papers into the design template for you (see the first picture above) and lets you choose the paper combinations to save even more time! But it still allows total customization which is key in my opinion.

It was easy to click through to see cute coordinating papers and embellishments, including tags, buttons, stitching, etc. You can change their sizes and colors, as well as rotate them and place them anywhere on the layout. There were also a variety of fun fonts available as well as the option to distress the papers! How cool!

And here is my finished two-page layout of my Halloween cuties from last year. Feels good to get a scrapbook page done, and it really took me less than 30 minutes!

{click on image to enlarge}

Granted, I’ve been digital scrapbooking for over 6 years and am very comfortable using Photoshop, but this program really took out a lot of the guesswork and frustration and time of trying to come up with a great scrapbooking layout design–having coordinating “kits” and colors and pre-designed “drag and drop” templates right at my fingertips was so great. It would especially be dreamy for a newbie digiscrapper who doesn’t want to learn a more complicated software.

Now, onto the giveaway!

Studio J is giving a 5-Pack and a 12×12 faux leather album to one of our readers (must be US or Canada resident)!!

{A 5-pack includes 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors®, and free shipping and handling.}

To enter you must be a public follower of The Crafting Chicks and leave a comment on this post.

For optional extra entries you may do any of the following and leave separate comments for each:

 This giveaway will end Sunday night, October 23, 2011 at midnight MST. We will announce the winner on our Facebook page Monday morning 10/24/11.

**This giveaway is now closed.**


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  1. Meredith O'Bannion Says: October 20, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I love scrapbooking, but just don’t have the time. I have a 15 month old and a 7 year old. I love Photoshop, but this looks much easier. Cannot wait to use it. I really want to make digital scrapbooks and order hard copies. I would love the first one to be free.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. love the mario costume and the digital layout!

  3. I loving following you guys, such great ideas!

  4. i am a facebook fan!

  5. Also, became a fan of your facebook page.

  6. Also became a fan of Studio J’s facebook page!

  7. Michelle T. Says: October 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I’m pretty new to digital scrapbooking, this looks so easy- maybe I would actually get some layouts done.
    (I am a follower of your blog)

  8. This would be fantastic! I love scrapbooking, but have not tried digital!

  9. Studio J is totally for me!!! I have been wanting to get started in digital scrapbooking and have looked into a few programs but get scared away because sometimes new things are hard to figure out. This one looks lots easier than some of the others!
    I am a follower of your blog!

  10. I like you on FB

  11. I like Studio J on FB

  12. I follow your blog and would love to win this!

  13. Nicole L. Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Great Halloween layout! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Teresa Shultz Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I love scrapbooking. I have 4 albums for my daughter already – and she’s only 4! I’ve never tried the digital scrapbooking though.

  15. Susan Lawrence Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I’m a new follower, LOVE scrapbooking and would also LOVE to win!

  16. Meagan Davenport Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I heart Studio J! I’m practically scrapping exclusively at SJ and think it’s just fantastic. I follow your blog thru Google Reader, liked “Crafting Chicks” on Facebook, and will be following you on Twitter when it’s not over capacity (I’m @cularien).

  17. Brooke – Your layout is ADORABLE! It’s so easy isn’t it? I’ve been using StudioJ for awhile now as a CTMH Consultant and I love how fast I can get caught up on my scrapbooking. Highly recommend it!

  18. I love Studio J!

  19. Bonnie Jones Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for sharing, I will have to check out Studio J. :)

  20. Christine Ross Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Love CTMH and getting into Studio J and how it works. Happy to be introduced to you site.

  21. Chris Mead Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Would love to win this. Would also like to learn more about digital scrapbooking.

  22. I follow your blog and love it!

    http://www.sunshineandpolkadots.com

  23. Laurie Jean Dudley Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I love scrapbooking. Sometimes I just don’t have the time… or no ideas come to me… would love to win something to help …thank you

  24. I’m a new fan of yours on fb.

  25. I have two young boys heavily involved in sports. While we take tons of pictures, I never have the time to actually put them into scrapbook pages. This will definitely make it much faster and easier to get my pages done!

  26. I follow studio J on fb.

  27. Korie Austin Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I am excited to have found this page. I love new and exciting blogs about scrapbooking. i would love to win studio j! i am excited to use it!

  28. I love studio j its so quick and easy!!!! I can add embellishments for extra Wow when its delivered!!

  29. Jennifer Kramer Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    would love to win!

  30. Ronda Hintermeister Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Love Studio J!

  31. I am new to your site, but I will be back again and again! I tried Studio J earlier this summer when they let you do a 2 page layout for free and it was lots of fun. I’m a traditional scrapper, but every now and then the digital stuff is easier when I have a bunch of photos and I don’t want to have to cut them down or wait to order them in specialty sizes from an online place (too impatient to wait for the mail :) ). Thanks for a chance to win!

  32. I am fan! Looking forward to creating my 1st studio J project.

  33. woo hoo … I have an album full of Studio J layouts but do I want to get some more free? Yes indeedy!! I just became a blog follower and a facebook fan of you Crafty Chicks. I didn’t even know about you before this CTMH connection.

    http://www.just1piece-shelly.blogger.com

  34. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I love CTMH.

  35. I am now a follower.. excited to check this all out.

  36. I am new to digital scrapbooking and have played around some on Studio J. So far I have found it really easy to use. I have 3 kids under 6 years old so finding time to scrapbook is really hard and I think to stay current on the kids books digital is the way I am going to have to go.

  37. Ryan Sincebaugh Says: October 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

    love, Love, LOVE Studio J! When I’m pressed for time and want a beautiful layout with photos I haven’t printed yet, Studio J it is!! I’d love this giveaway to use ASAP! Thanks Crafting Chicks and Studio J for the opportunity!

  38. I so need to check out Studio J! I have Photoshop but have been frustrated at how hard it is to learn that I haven’t done anything with it. Studio J sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  39. I am now a facebook follower, thanks for contest op!

  40. I am now a facebook follower of studio j as well.
    thanks!

  41. I love Studio J and I’m using it to make some great Christmas presents. I would love to win some free layouts and an album!

    Donna

  42. Would LOVE to win this — Studio J is amazing — just learned how to use it last week and would love to be able to do more :) Am a follower – Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. I love to scrapbook! Digital scrapbooking looks like a HUGE timesaver and puts so much more useful tools at my fingertips!

  44. Leslie Lott Says: October 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I used to sell CTMH and I love their products. I had no idea about this new digital scrapbooking tool Looks fantastic!

  45. Barb Pfister Says: October 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I think this would be a great introduction to digital scrapbooking for us novices.

  46. I have been wanting to start digital scrapbooking, this looks great!

  47. I am a follower!!! :-)

  48. Chandel Woody Says: October 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I love all of the great inspiration that you bring us! And Studio J seems so easy and beautiful!

  49. I followed The Crafting Chicks on facebook :)

  50. Chandel Woody Says: October 20, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I also like you and Studio J on Facebook!

  51. I followed Studio J on facebook :)

  52. I followed the Crafting Chicks on Twitter. :)

  53. Thanks for the info! I will have to try Studio J since I love CTMH stamps and I just started playing around w digital scrapbooking. Love your site!

  54. I followed CTMH/Studio J on Twitter. :)

  55. Lynn Davison Says: October 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Close to My Heart products rock, especially Studio J. Thanks for the chance to win.

  56. Would love to give digital scrapbooking a try and this looks perfect!

  57. I love Studio J! It is so fast & easy. Thanks for giving this away! I hope to win :)

  58. Great promotion! Love Studio J!

  59. I liked Studio J & Crafting Chicks on FB !

  60. Tara Hodge Says: October 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

    What a fantastic contest. I absolutely love how easy Studio J is to use and could definitely put this prize to great use :)

  61. Love to do traditional scrapbooking but with 4 kids and lots of pics I don’t always have time. I’m not great with computer programs but I tried studio J and loved how easy it was

  62. Amy N in MO Says: October 20, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I follow the Crafting Chicks and Studio J on facebook. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  63. I <3 the Studio J products!
    Your page is awesome too. I bookmarked it as well!
    Xoxo

  64. Thanks for sharing! It would be great to win this giveaway!

  65. Amy Bultena Says: October 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Would be sweet to win this! God bless!

  66. I am a proud Studio J user! Awesome give-a-way, sign me up!! :)

  67. I followed crafty chicks and studio j on FB.

  68. As a new mom I’m finding less and less time to complete my layouts. I would love to win this! It looks so quick and easy!

  69. Kelly Laux Says: October 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

    A 5-pack would be awesome to win!!!

  70. I’m a new follower to the Crafting Chicks!

  71. Cheryl Byers Says: October 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I am a new follower. Studio J looks so awesome. The layouts are beautiful!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  72. I’ve always loved scrapbooking but now that I’m a new mom, I’m even more excited about it. I haven’t tried digital scrapbooking yet but I’d like to! :)

  73. Love Studio J!! Would love to win! I’m a follower here at the Crafty Chicks!

  74. I follow Studio J on Facebook!

  75. I follow Close to My Heart on Twitter!

  76. I follow the Crafting Chicks on Twitter!

  77. I’m a fan of the Crafting Chicks facebook page!

  78. I’ve tried Studio J and I like them. I’ll probably be a hybrid scrapbooker because I still like the paper products too much!

  79. Studio J is my favorite. I am a follower and a fan on facebook. Please pick me!!!!!

  80. Michelle Swiger Says: October 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I absolutely love to scrapbook, paper is my passion. I have been wanting to try digital scrapbooking and Studio J would be a great place to start. I am always looking for new ideas and am excited to follow The Crafting Chicks.

  81. Love love LOVE that you’re showing off our wonderful Studio J — I think the Halloween layout is wonderful!!

    It’s honestly a great program and so SOOO easy to use to produce great layouts really really quickly and easily!!!! I love my hands-on scrapping, but I gladly use Studio J as well!!

  82. I’ve always enjoyed CTMH products, but haven’t ever tried the Studio J. Thanks for such an informative article! Now that I found your site, I look forward to exploring/learning more from all the information you have available!

  83. Jamie Sutch Says: October 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Would LOVE to win this :)

  84. I want to start digital scrapbooking, this looks awesome!

  85. I love scrapbooking- I followed you both on twitter and facebook! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Melissa

  86. I LOVE Studio J! It’s so easy, and every layout looks great, thanks to CTMH’s wonderful coordinating products and fabulous designs. It’s especially good for new scrapbookers who don’t want to invest a lot of money up front in hands-on supplies.

  87. Beverly W Says: October 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I LOVE using Studio J!! And your layout is very cute!

  88. Lori Lewis Says: October 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    This would be a great start to the senior scrapbook I need to get done before spring!

  89. Would love a chance to win this awesome prize from CTMH!!

  90. I’m very excited to find your blog! Thanks so much for a chance to win a Studio J 5-pack. It is so easy and fun to use! I am getting way more scrapping done, and my family and I love it!

  91. I’m a FB fan now too. 😉

  92. Marilyn Moore Says: October 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love using Studio J. It’s a quick way to make beautiful scrapbook pages. I already ‘like’ Studio J and Close To My Heart. I am now a follower and fan of The Crafting Chicks. I love Close To My Heart paper designs and many of the past designs are available in Studio J!

  93. Studio J is great. Would love to win this set. Thanks for the opportunity!!!
    I combine my hybrid scrapbooking with my digital. Since I am making two books for sisters, Some pages I do as digital so I can get two of the same pages and then the books also have their individual hybrid pages. The girls get the best of both and it is cheaper to do the Studio J when I need two of the same pages. It really saves on the paper and embellishments. I sometimes add items to my Studio J’s when I receive them…just because I love getting my fingers into the real stuff. LOL!
    Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~S`andra V.
    http://ohmyscraps2u.blogspot.com

  94. So excited for this drawing! I recently purchased my very first CTMH stamps and the Cricut cartridge! Haven’t tried Studio J yet but would love to very soon! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  95. Rema Grenet Says: October 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I haven’t tried the Studio J yet because I love playing with the paper! I do want to start though because I love how easy it would be to make duplicate scrapbooks for my family members!!!

  96. Studio J is such a phenomenal product. Everyone I have had the privilege to show has just flipped over how simple and beautiful it is. Not only that, you can do so much and use it in so many cool applications!
    Try it – you’ll love it!

  97. Dena Cunningham Says: October 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I love scrapbooking and have always wanted to try digital. Thanks for the opportunity and for your site, love it!

  98. Pam Harris Says: October 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I liked studio J on facebook

  99. Pam Harris Says: October 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I follow the craft chicks. I love your blog!!!

  100. sally penning Says: October 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I love digital scrapping

  101. I’d love to give Studio J a try. I used to be a Close to My Heart Consultant and loved all the products but they didn’t have Studio J back then.

  102. I LOVE studio J…I am a CTMH Consultant and never thought I’d get into digi scrapping, but Studio J makes it fun and easy. I’d love to win a 5-pack :)

  103. I Liked your facebook page

  104. I’m following you on twitter.

  105. I already liked Studio J on FB!

  106. I already follow CTMH/Studio J on twitter!
    http://www.JaymaMalme.com

  107. I’m a new follower, by email. I have seen completed Studio J layouts and they are gorgeous! I haven’t tried digital scrapbooking yet but maybe it’s time for me to do that. Would love to win this prize pack!

  108. I love Studio J! It is a great way to get a lot of beautiful pages done quickly.

  109. Great page Brooke! Would love to win!

  110. So excited that CTMH has teamed up with the Crafting Chicks to promote Studio J! I absolutely love it and invite you all to visit my blog, Studio Scrapping, where I provide Studio J tutorials and freebies to use in your layouts.

  111. I love Studio J!!!! I just might get caught up on my scrapbooking:) So easy & unbelievablely beautiful!! My Studie J layouts look the same as my classic scrapbooking in my album:)

  112. I love your blog and have been a follower for some time :) Imagine my joy when I saw this post as I love Close To My Heart (so much I became an independent consultant in May) and their Studio J program!

  113. Have been a fan of Studio J facebook page since the beginning :)

  114. Love your facebook page :)

  115. I have been looking at the Studio J for a while now….your tips are inspiring me to take the leap!

  116. Studio J is so easy to use, you can create wonderful layouts in no time & the print quality is excellent! I also love that there is no software to buy or take up space on your computer :)

  117. Mary Beth Kitchen Says: October 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I am a new fan on your page in FB

  118. Studio J Rocks….it has so helped me get current in my books. I am a new follower of your site and a fan of Studio J!

  119. Dawn Rowley Says: October 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I have been wanting to try digital scrapbooking. It can be intimidating but this program looks very helpful.

  120. StudioJ is awesome! Love how it really looks like traditionalscrappin!

  121. katherine Says: October 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    i follow via rss and would love to win! :)

  122. Donna Elkins Craddock Says: October 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I love Studio J! It is so quick and easy, but most important = FUN!

  123. I’m a fan of your FB page! Thanks for getting people excited about Studio J!

  124. I am a follower via rss feed, and tried to join the gfc,but the button isn’t working… I will check back later and try again

  125. I am a fan of your Facebook page

  126. I Follow The Crafting Chicks on Twitter

  127. I Became a fan of the Studio J Facebook page

  128. I Follow Close to My Heart/Studio J on Twitter

  129. Looks like just the tool I need to start digiscrapping!

  130. I would love to get into digital scrapbooking!

  131. Fan on FB

  132. Natalie B. Says: October 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I would love this! I’m new to digital scrapbooking and now totally addicted. I’m a follower!

  133. Lovin’ all of the fabulous new Sudio J layouts I got and techniques I have learned with this Regional Celebrations!

  134. I would love to win your giveaway, I’ve been thinking that it’s time to step into the digitial world of papercrafting…

  135. I’m now a “friend” on FB! Thanks for the opportunity!

  136. Love it! Hope I win!

  137. Would <3 this!! I <3 CTMH!!!

  138. Now following you on FB! Mandy Groves Squier

  139. Following Studio J on FB!

  140. Loves Studio J and digital scrapbooking!!

  141. Michelle Morrissey Says: October 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Studio J ROCKS!! I would LOVE to have an extra 5-Pack to scrap with!

  142. I’m also following you on Twitter! Thanks for the chance to win a Studio J 5-pack.

    • I’m a newbie!! I need all the help I can get. This is overwhelming….almost as much as extreme couponing! LoL!

  143. Became a facebook fan!

  144. A fan of studio J on facebook!

  145. Became a follower of your site.

  146. Thanks for offering this! I am just getting into digital scrapbooking and I love all of the possibilities! Thanks again!

  147. Love CTMH, Love Studio J and LOVE crafting chicks :)

    http://www.facebook.com/YouCanCreate

    Julia

  148. Thank goodness for digital scrapbooking, othwrwise i don’t think i would ever be able to scrap with my twin toddlers.

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  150. […] with another Studio J giveaway! Brooke has written before how great their software is to use (in this post and this one). But I tried it out for myself one afternoon and quickly created these two layouts […]

  151. […] you want to know more of my thoughts about it, check out my detailed review from a previous giveaway. Think of what beautiful gifts you could make for Mother’s Day! A completed scrapbook album […]

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