Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Digital Studio


I have to be totally honest.  I am not a huge fan of digital scrapbook pages.  I have seen them around for a couple years, and they always feel so FLAT to me and I don’t really like the way the ribbon and other embellishments look fake.  BUT I ordered the new My Digital Studio (MDS) software from Stampin’ Up! and I believe I have had a true conversion. 

MDS offers all of the great products that many other photo printing services offer – bound photo books, greeting cards, calendars, etc., but the ADVANTAGE is that you get to use templates, layouts, or a blank canvas with exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, artwork, patterned paper and embellishments!  Plus, since all of the embellishments and stamps are true to size, you can do “hybrid” scrapbooking, by printing your MDS page, and then mounting it onto regular cardstock or adding real ribbon, buttons, brads, or whatever to give it dimension so it is not so FLAT! 

The first thing I tried when I opened MDS was the Christmas Jingle Designer Template for a 12 x 12 photo book.  Literally in a matter of minutes, I had 12 pages done!  Here are a couple:

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So all I had to do with these pages is drag and drop the photos from my December 2008 photo folder and type some journaling.  It was so EASY and FAST!!!!

Here’s an example of a card I made using the software:

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I got the layout idea from Jaydee at her blog.  It also only took me a couple minutes, and I started with a blank canvas for this one.  After I messed around with this, I figured I would try and make it with real cardstock and stamps.  So that is what I’ll be working on today.

If you are interested in getting more information about My Digital Studio, I’ll be having an open house in early November, date TBA.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Holiday Banner Class

So it turns out I am a lazy blogger. But I am having a class next week that I wanted to tell you about:

Halloween is fast approaching! Do you need a fresh update on your decorations? Come and make this spooky little hanging banner for your haunted house. Or get a leg up on Christmas and sign up for the Merry banner. Why not make them both!!! Details below. I copied this great banner idea from Sandy Hancock's blog Thanks Sandy!

Spooky and/or Merry Banner Class or Kit:

Tuesday, October 13th 7:30 pm

Cost: $14 (make a 2nd banner for an additional $12)

Please indicate how many of which banner you would like to make

Banner is ~3 feet long. Class includes pre-cut paper supplies, ribbon, and “jump ring” to hang banner on hook. Halloween and Christmas patterns will vary. There is no stamping on this project so I can offer it as a “long distance” kit. If you can’t attend on the class date, want to make it sooner, or live too far away to attend, you can order the class as a kit to go. Kit will include everything listed for class, plus instruction sheet on how to assemble. You will need to provide your own adhesive for both class and kit. A glue stick and/or glue pen would work great for this project.

Classes fill up quickly, so call or email to reserve your seat. Stamp classes will be held at my home (see address listed below). No refunds on cancellations. Payment by cash or check payable to me.

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You might notice the empty square at the bottom of the Merry Banner. Oops. I got interrupted while I was making the banner and didn’t get a chance to “embellish” that last square before I needed to take pictures of it. I have lots of Christmas stamps and die cuts that will go well there, so when you come to class you will have some choices or if you order the kit, I will include a couple options for you as well.