Archive for the ‘Scrapbooking’ Category

I mentioned a few posts ago how fun it was to be able to take My Digtal Studio with anywhere since it is on my laptop. Not only that, but I can even begin to scrapbook things before the trip is over! You have to love digital technology! I used this week’s Saturday Sketch Challenge from Stamping 411 to create a scrapbook page while I am still at the American Association of School Librarians conference! This week’s sketch:


Right across from the Convention Center in Charlotte is a beautiful green, with these amazing statues of books. My friend and colleague, Elisabeth and I wanted a picture in front of this. Luckily a kindly librarian passing by took a picture of us together.


It is amazing to me that I can still be at an event, and be actively creating a scrapbook about it. Every time I use My Digital Studio, I like it more and more!


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I found yet another great plus to using Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio. You can take it anywhere! I am currently in Charlotte, North Carolina for the American Association of School Librarians conference. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have brought any stamping stuff with me, because it is too hard to figure out what I want to do, and how much to bring, and what if I don’t have time, etc, etc. But not this time! Nope! I simply loaded My Digital Studio on my laptop, and I can relax in the evenings by playing with it and creating a few pages! (I love that when you purchase MDS you are licensed to install it on two computers in the same home, so I can install it on both my desktop and laptop computer without a problem.)

I had some spare time this morning before I have to head out to the conference sessions, so I put together a scrapbook page for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge. The colors are:


I used some pictures from last December, of my Dad and Eve building a hot air balloon out of her Mega Fort Builder set. I substituted Tempting Turquoise for the Taken with Teal, because the background paper I wanted to use was not available in Taken with Teal.  I’m very happy with the way it came out, and I may use it as one of the pages of the calender I am making for my parents for Hanukkah. (Another great feature of MDS — you can import pages from one project to another! It saves time and effort, no duplicating work!)


Happy Stampin’, whether it is real or virtual!

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I am so fortunate to be working with a wonderful woman in the library this year! She is amazing, and really went above and beyond to make the library a festive place for Halloween. The students loved it all month, and yesterday was a fantastic Halloween celebration. I used My Digital Studio to whip a quick scrapbook page commemorating how great it was. If you look closely at the top right hand corner of the picture, you can see some of the 100 witches’ hats that were hanging from the ceiling.


I’m going to print this out and give it to her on Monday. Have I mentioned how much I’m loving My Digital Studio? Don’t worry, I’ll keep telling you!

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Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts first ever Blog Carnival! It features Stampin’ Up’s new digital crafting software, My Digital Studio. Because this is a blog carnival, you can choose any of the participants to go to next! A full list is at the bottom of this post, or you can visit Stampin’ Addicts for more information.

There are many things that I love about My Digital Studio. First, I love that it is on my own computer, and not stored on the Internet somewhere, so I don’t need Internet access to use it. Second, I love that it works on both PCs and Macs. Third, I love that it comes licensed to install on two computers in the same home, which means that I can legally put it on both my laptop and my desktop computer. Fourth, I love that it comes with pre-made templates by Stampin’ Up’s fabulous designers that are easy to use and easy to modify as well. Today I’m going to show you two projects where I easily modified pre-made templates.

I have been working on putting together a scrapbook of my daughter Eve’s year in kindergarten. I let her pick which designer kit she wanted, and she chose to use Sunny Day. It’s beautiful and versatile, and has been working out great! Here is a page I did of her working in woodshop. I did not modify the page at all, other than to insert the two pictures and add the journaling.


For Halloween I started with that exact same layout, since I wanted the Pumpkin Pie background paper. As you can see, however, I removed quite a few stamps and embellishments, changed colors of other parts, and added in new embellishments and stamps. But I stuck with the same basic colors (other than black) that are in the whole album. And it was so easy!


Next, I wanted to try a card. Yesterday was my in-laws anniversary, but they are on vacation so I couldn’t mail them a traditional card. I wanted to make a digital card that I could email them. There are quite a few pre-made cards to choose from, so I picked this Christmas card because I liked the layout and the colors.


I deleted the holly and used the oval punch to cover up the Christmas greeting in the middle. Then I used a stamp from Together Forever in the oval, and Baroque Motifs on the bottom half. I finished it with a little red heart punch. I am so pleased with how it came out!


Whether you feel like designing from scratch, using a template, or somewhere in between, My Digital Studio truly is your digital papercrafting solution!

Thanks for visiting this part of the Blog Carnival. Be sure and take a look at these other fabulous blogs:

DMDezigns/Dawnmarie: My Digital Studio – The Birdseye Overview
HowManyCats?!/Comeka: Digitize Your Sketch Library with MDS
Willysgirl/Sarah: MDS Xmas and Extras
Hollylogic/Holly: MDS as a Design Tool (or How Not to Slice Up All Your Brushed Gold)
Lyssa: Playing with Stamps You Don’t Own
Lilysinkpad/Sara: Simply Scrappin’ Kits Go Digi
JulieA/Julie: Wanna Little Music with Your Slideshow?
lovetostampandscrap/Cheryl: Creating a Calendar to Beat All Calendars
Melina Stamps!/Melina: Man-Scrapping with MDS
BroncoMom/Joyce: Build Your Own DSP
Britiney: Clever Album Covers – A Piece of (Cup)Cake
S1itcher46/Kim: Hybridizing and Cataloging Collections
Kelli: Side-by-Side Test: Is it Actual or Is It MDS?
Scrapbookmama/Ellie: Keeping the Spotlight on Your (Adorable!) Subjects

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Once in a while you meet someone who you totally click with. That’s how it was for Eve and Heather. Even though they weren’t in the same kindergarten class, they hit it off right away. They knew their friendship was meant to be when they showed up wearing the same shirt!

I’ve been working on Eve’s Kindergarten Album, using Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio. It’s not Digital Scrapbooking software, it’s a digital papercrafting tool! You can make cards and calendars and flyers and more! But I’ve mostly been using it for scrapbooking so far. Eve picked the Sunny Delights Designer Kit as the theme for her album. It’s got great colors in it for kindergarten, and it very much reflects her personality! I tweaked a few things on this page so it would match their shirts better.

Eve Kindergarten-003

Every time I use My Digital Studio, I am more and more impressed with the ease of use, the ease of customization, and the array of tools that it has! Contact me for more information about how to order your own copy.

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Great Danes

Great Danes? What do Great Danes have to do with rubber stamping? Well, when you are going over to meet another scrapbooker’s Great Danes, they have everything to do with rubber stamping! My husband Steve has been thinking about Great Danes a lot lately, and is exploring the idea of getting one. Norri, a fabulous scrapbooking friend of mine, invited us over to meet her Great Dane Stanley and his sister Annie. Wow! They are beautiful dogs! I didn’t want to go over there empty handed, so I made her a clear envelope brag book for pictures of the gorgeous Stanley. He is a fawn colored Great Dane, so I chose colors to match. Neither of the dog stamp sets show a Great Dane, so I chose to use paws and a quote instead.


Stamps: D is for Dog, P is for Paw wheel
Ink: Creamy Caramel
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Jumbo Eyelets, Basic Black 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Crop-a-Dile, Clear Translucent Envelopes (inside)

It will hold ten 4″ x 5 1/2″ pictures. (You can get 4″ x 6″ pictures and crop them.) And since I know you want to see this gorgeous dog, I’ll leave you with a picture of Steve and Stanley.


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Thank you so much to all of you went on the Parade of Papers blog hop this past weekend! I know I had a fabulous time looking at all of the amazing projects and ideas, I hope you did too!

As promised, I have tutorials for two of my projects to share with you. The first one is for the mini fold out scrapbook.

I found this wonderful tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers, in their resources section. I made a couple of modifications, though. The only coasters that I had were 3.5″ so I made my first piece of card stock and designer series paper were 9″ by 3.5″ instead of 4″ x 10″. I followed the rest of the instructions that they had.

The second project I promised a tutorial for is this super cute stationary bag.

I found this tutorial on Kimberley Morris’s blog. I made a few modifications to this as well, since I was using the textured cardstock to make it, not one 8.5″ x 11″. My front and back pieces were still 8.5″ x 4.5″ but the two side pieces I changed to 2.5′” x 4.5″ and scored them at 0.5″ from each of the three sides. I just wanted a little more room to work with. The piece of designer series paper on the front measures 6.75″ x 3.75″. I love these little totes and will definately be making packs of cards in them for all of Eve’s end of the year teacher gifts!

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