Frequently Asked Questions about 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 our foundational scrapbook patterns, exclusive color palette, and themed designs all delivered in 12" × 12" custom prints ready for your albums. Here are some answers to questions frequently asked about Studio J. If you don’t find your answer here, feel free to contact us for more information.
- What makes scrapbooking with Studio J unique?
Studio J uses the same great papers, patterns, colors, and embellishments as classic Close To My Heart scrapbooking, making studio scrapbooking extremely intuitive and super fun! 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. All the layout patterns are created by Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close To My Heart—you may recognize some of them from her classic how-to books. These patterns make scrapbooking faster, simpler, and easier than ever before. You’ll be amazed how effortlessly and beautifully you preserve your memories with Studio J!
If you are also interested in our classic products such as My Acrylix® stamps, B&T Duos® paper, or embellishments, or in learning more about our scrapbooking and stamping philosophy, please visit the Close To My Heart website..
- Do I need to download any software to my computer to use Studio J?
Not at all! You only need a web browser that supports Adobe Flash (how do I download Flash?) and an Internet connection, and then you simply log in to your Consultant’s MyCTMH® website or studioj.com to get started. Feel free to design to your heart’s content—you are not required to buy anything or provide any personal information to get started! To purchase or save layouts, however, you will need to create an online account.
- Once I create an account on Studio J, can I share it with my friends and family?
No. For your protection, your account cannot be accessed at the same time by two different machines, nor can two separate accounts be open on the same computer at the same time. Since creating a Studio J account is free of charge, all users may create their own accounts so each can create in Studio J at his or her convenience.
- Can I save what I am working on and come back to it later?
You bet! You can create a customer account that allows you to save and return to a project in progress at a later time. Your active projects will be saved for up to 90 days, giving you plenty of time to work on them. You extend that timeline for your active projects by 90 days each time you make a purchase, and your purchased projects will remain archived for one full year after purchase. We’ll email you when your active projects are set to expire so you can be sure to purchase them before they are deleted. You can upgrade the storage time of your active projects by becoming a Studio J member; see Products & Pricing for more details.
- How can I find out more about the products and purchasing options available on Studio J?
Studio J offers a range of purchasing options to fit your needs. Become a Studio J member to get our best pricing and tons of exclusive perks, purchase a 5-pack to try out Studio J for the first time and receive great savings, or order custom prints a la carte at full retail price. To find out more about Studio J products and pricing, go to.
- Do I need a Consultant in order to use Studio J?
When you create an account, you will be asked to select a Consultant, but you can also choose to shop anonymously. In this case, you will receive a Consultant’s contact information in case you need customer service, but the Consultant will not receive any of your personal information.
- Do I need a printer that can print 12" × 12" pages to use Studio J?
No. Your Studio J layouts are not available for you to print from a home computer unless you decide to become a Studio J member. In fact, we take care of the printing for you. When you purchase your designed layouts, we print and ship them quickly and directly to you using only top-quality silver-halide processing and archival papers.
- What kind of printing or processing is used when I purchase Studio J layouts?
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.
- Can I order classic products and Studio J layouts and have it ship to me in one shipment?
Studio J orders cannot be combined with any other type of order. Studio J layouts are processed and shipped separately from all other Close To My Heart products, with the exception of Memory Protectors® included with certain qualifying orders.
- What kind of receipt do I receive when I place my order?
When you place your order, you will be directed to a printable receipt page. You will not receive an email receipt at this time; however, if you are shipping to the continental United States or Canada, you will receive an email notification sent from FedEx or Landmark when the order is shipped.
- What if I don’t like my layouts when I receive them?
All Studio J products are backed by the Close To My Heart guarantee, but user error is not covered by this guarantee. When you are ready to purchase your layouts, you will be asked to look at them again and give final approval. Projects that print as shown on the approval screen will not be eligible for returns. When there is a manufacturer’s defect, however, we will be happy to replace your layout. See the Studio J terms and conditions for more information on our return policy.
- What benefits do I receive if I sign up for a Studio J membership?
Becoming a Studio J member is the perfect way to catch up on all of your scrapbooking while also getting access to exclusive content that will give you even more artistic options and flexibility. Studio J members have access to exclusive, members-only kits and patterns, allowing for even more creativity. On top of that, members get our best pricing of 50% off retail price—that works out to be just $3.25 US / $3.75 CAN per page. It’s one of the best deals around!
One of the best reasons to become a Studio J member is your exclusive access to high-resolution printable JPG files as well as low-res files perfect for emailing or posting on blogs or Facebook. Members also get free Memory Protectors® for each custom-printed two-page layout, as well as free shipping and handling on their monthly order (4 to 20 layouts in the continental US, 7 to 20 layouts in the non-continental US and Canada). With all of that, members still get exclusive promotions and deals throughout their membership!
To sum up, when you become a Studio J member you receive:
- 50% off retail price for custom prints
- JPG files available free or for purchase
- Free Memory Protectors®
- Free shipping
- Exclusive kits and patterns
- Special deals and promotions
- What is the difference between a 3-month and a 12-month membership?
Both 3-month and 12-month members enjoy the same benefits; however, the pricing structure for membership differs:
- A 3-month membership is priced at $30 / $35 and automatically renews at $10 / $11.50 each month after the initial 3 months.
- A 12-month membership is priced at $99 / $115 and automatically renews for a 12-month term at the end of each year.
- How do I manage renewal of my membership?
Automatic renewal can be canceled upon request, but the initial membership fee cannot be canceled or refunded once the order has been submitted. Members may cancel auto renewal by going to the Billing tab in their online account and electing to cancel upcoming renewals.
- What do I do if I lost my email with the 16-digit membership code?
Your Consultant can look up your purchase in Order History and print a receipt that will show your full order, including your 16-digit membership code.
- Is my payment profile automatically updated with the same information I used to purchase my membership?
No. In the process of redeeming your membership on Studio J, you will be required to enter a payment profile by going to My Account > Membership & Offers.
- Why am I required to enter a payment profile when I redeem my membership?
Payment profiles are required so memberships can continue to renew without you having to manually re-enter payment information every time your membership expires. Cancel auto renewal by going to the Billing tab in your online account and electing to cancel upcoming renewals.
- What do I get when I purchase a 5-pack?
A 5-pack includes 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors®, and free shipping and handling. It’s the perfect way to try out Studio J for the first time, and it makes a great gift!
- How can I get a 5-pack?
5-packs are available at Gatherings, via EZ Invite® online shopping, on MyCTMH® Tier II websites, or through the Idea Book. They are not available on StudioJ.com. To find out more about purchasing a 5-pack, call your Close To My Heart Consultant.
- How can I redeem my 5-pack?
You will receive a 16-digit code in your order confirmation email. If your Consultant gave you a 5-pack card, the code in the email will be the same as the one printed on your card. After creating and approving your layouts, enter the code at checkout.
- How many times can one 5-pack be used?
The 5-pack code may only be redeemed once and may not be split across multiple orders. If you orders fewer than 5 two-page layouts, remaining layouts are forfeited. If you order more than 5 two-page layouts, shipping and handling remains free of charge for up to 20 layouts; however, additional layouts over 5 are charged at the lowest price you are eligible for. Additional layouts over 20 are subject to shipping and handling fees.
- When do 5-packs expire?
5-packs do not expire.
So what are you waiting for? Enroll in a Studio J membership today! Enter the studio now to find out all the details.