Split Second Digital Scrapbook Page

I love scrapbooking and I love the look of dimension on my pages; but sometimes the speed and ease of digital scrapbooking is exactly what I need!  And for the last week, Stampin’ Up! has been offering some free digital downloads and so I decided to put some of my favorite pictures together in one of the designer templates they were giving away.


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The nice thing about digital templates is that everything is already laid out for you.  All I did to this was click the boxes where the photos are and picked with photos I wanted to have show up.  You can even do some cropping and minor editing of your photos once they are in the page so they layout how you like.  Add some text for your journalling and you are done!

Today is the LAST day to get your free digital downloads

– there is this scrapbook page template, a full digital kit (with stamps, designer paper, and embellishments), and a Christmas countdown set.  GET THEM HERE

You can use My Digital Studio download with any software that allows you to import images.  Or if you don’t have MDS, get the free 30 day trial to make playing with them even easier.

If you do get this download, just a tip for this journaling block:

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It may be hard to see on the screen, but the template had some sketched lines right there, so I just created a text block and set the font to 18pt and line spacing at 0.7 and it fit perfectly!  Here is how it looks in MDS:



So, grab them while you can and get some of your cute pictures off your computer and into a layout you can print and enjoy looking at for years to come! 🙂

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A Little Bit of Digital, A Little Bit of Traditional

Just a reminder – today is the last day to get 31% off a ton of digital content and print orders.  Even if you haven’t tried My Digital Studio yet, did you know that you can actually use the digital downloads in software you probably have on your computer already?

* Digital content and images can be used in any computer program that allows pictures to be imported or pasted in, including – Photoshop, Publisher, PowerPoint, Word, Paint, etc.

So, imagine you are editing your holiday letter or creating a photo holiday card, you can easily add your favorite Stampin’ Up! images to your project and really up the style factor.

Now if you are like me though, for my card and scrapbooking projects, I don’t like the 1-dimensional look of purely printed projects…even if you add back shading or highlights to the image.  However, here is a great example of how you can use digital designing to get a perfect stamped image in the size you want  and still add your dimension and hand stamped style to make a really cool card.

card designed by Linda Romer

Ok, take a moment – guess which parts of that card are digital…. 🙂

Not as easy as you would think, huh?  Well, here is a close up side view of the card to help you out:


Yup, I still have to refer back to the physical sample to check myself.  But the entire “designer series paper/stamped” Pool Party layer are digital!  Talk about a great way to mass produce a complicated card!  The digital layer is just adhered to some cardstock and the cardbase to get the card started.

Then she added a heat embossed Mixed Bunch flower that was punched out, layered, and topped with a printed designer brad.  And don’t you love how she used a Lucky Limeade Blossom punch out to create the leaves.  Cute huh?

I have to admit, I found this card really inspiring to me for a great way to use digital “scrapbooking” to create great projects in a fraction of the time and still provide a Wow! effect.

What do you think?
Would you use digital software or images to create you card or scrapbooking projects?

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Design Your Own Journal with My Digital Studio

When you think of My Digital Studio and other digital software, what projects do you think of?

Scrapbooks?  Photo books?  Cards?

Well, what about composition books/journals?  I know this was something that surprised me, but I thought it was so cool.  So, when I was at Convention last month, I was super excited to learn that I had won a drawing for a free journal!  I had seen these online but it was awesome to see one in person.  And let me say, they are really nice!  So here is what I won:


They used the digital version of Betsy’s Blossom and Floral District designer series paper for the cover along with some scripted words.  So easy to pull together quickly in My Digital Studio!  And then, I thought I’d show you that even the inside covers have a nice patterned paper to finish things out.

If you are curious to see just how easy this is to make, grab your own copy of the My Digital Studio 2 trial today!

You can play to your hearts content for free for 30 days.  If you make a project that you love, just use the built in printing option to either print out on your home printer or have it sent immediately to the professional printer that works with Stampin’ Up!


So, what do you think?  What would you want to do with My Digital Studio 2?


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Gotten Your Free My Digital Studio Trial Yet?

My Digital Studio

With the holidays having recently passed, you’ve probably either created your own digital project (from calendar to holiday card) or received a number of them in the mail.  The world of digital crafting and creating has really expanded in the last few years and I love that My Digital Studio provides a one-stop-shop for all kinds of projects!

Plus, now you can try the full program for FREE!

Stampin’ Up! has just started offering My Digital Studio Express (the downloadable version of the software) with a free 30-day trial.  So, it is easy to check it out for yourself!

Why is My Digital Studio cool?

  • Create fun digital projects using your favorite Stampin’ Up! artwork, colors, and pre-designed templates
  • You can use the software on either a Mac or a PC
  • The software comes with pre-loaded stamps, punches, embellishments, papers, etc – but Stampin’ Up! is continually adding new content as they come out with new products.  So you can keep adding to your software…AND the downloads you buy can be used in any software program that can open a image file
  • Lots of options for how to print and share your projects including sending to a professional printing service straight from the program.
  • All of your digital download and printing services orders are eligible to earn “hostess” rewards!  So, you could be printing out a bunch of photo books for your family and get free stamps/paper/etc at the same time!

Check out this link to learn more about My Digital Studio including a video highlighting what you can do.


Click here to get your trial now!  Its totally free, so why not give it a whirl and see what fun things you can create!

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I’ve used MDS for a number of projects personally from cards to scrapbook pages; I’ve even used it to design my blog!  If you have any questions about how it works or what My Digital Studio can do, shoot me an email and I’d love to talk with you more.

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Like Digital Scrapbooking? Now is Your Chance to Win!

Have you had a chance to try digital scrapbooking and crafting yet? 
There have been different options out there for a while and last year Stampin’ Up! came out with their own option – My Digital Studio.  I hadn’t done much digital crafting but I loved the idea of “hybrid scrapbooking” where you create a page and them print it out and add more layers, buttons, ribbon, or whatever else you want.  So, I decided to give it a try and boy was it fun!

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This was a layout I made for their contest last year – except I submitted it an hour too late last time.  Oops!

Now it’s your chance to win!

Well, they’ve announced a new My Digital Studio contest where 6 people will win $400 in My Digital Studio downloads and another 4 people will win $100 in My Digital Studio downloads!  You have until October 15th to submit your favorite scrapbook page and card to be eligible to win.

You can check out all the contest details here and if you want to see some more samples or learn more about My Digital Studio, there is a whole site filled with inspiration and information called www.mydigitalstudio.net

So, why try My Digital Studio?

If you haven’t tried digital crafting or My Digital Studio, I thought I’d share what I like about MDS.

  • So many project options!  Cards, scrapbook pages, photo books, multimedia presentations, calendars, journals, and even export your projects for use in things like web page designs, newsletters, business cards, and any other project you can imagine! (Its what i used for my blog design and gift certificates)
  • Digital Downloads can be used in TONS of software programs including Photoshop, Microsoft Word and other Microsoft Office products, PaintShop Pro, Corel Draw, as well as My Digital Studio
  • Send to a professional printer straight from the program…PLUS the printer has been set up to perfectly match Stampin’ Up!’s color palatte.  So, if you are like me and like making hybrid pages, you know that your Old Olive ribbon at home will match the digital version of the Old Olive paper on your layout.
  • Get access to retired stamp images and paper patterns for a fraction of the price!  They keep bringing back some of our old favorites and so if you missed a stamp set, you can get a digital version of many of them.  Then print it out to use on your home projects or use it in your digital projects.
  • Digital downloads and professional print services count towards hostess benefits!!  So, if you are printing a bunch of photo calendars for gifts, you can get free digital or catalog products through the hostess rewards program!

There are a ton more reasons why I think it is cool, but I don’t want to get too long winded. :)  So, I’m going to work on getting my contest entries done early this year.  If you enter, let me know…I’d love to cheer for you too!

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Check Out These Adorable New Digital Downloads!

So, I don’t always post on my blog when Stampin’ Up! releases new digital content.  That was because I saw that they are constantly add new content and often it is a digital version of some physical stamp, paper, or embellishment available out of the main catalog.  I’ll post when there is something totally new (like when they added Journals and new styles of Calendars) but it wasn’t until last night that I realized that sometimes we get something totally new and completely exclusive to digital content!

Yesterday, Stampin’ Up! added some new digital stamps, papers, and digital kits.  I was checking them out when I saw the name “Sunset Serenade”.  Huh?  I hadn’t heard of that before.  Well, turns out it is super cute, digital only content!  Here is a sample of the paper in the digital kit that is now available:

view all of the paper patterns in the online store here

Plus, there is a matching digital stamp brush set:


I’m seriously in love with the paper!  I will probably have to download it so I can make projects with it, or just print out my own sheets of the paper to use in my physical projects.  What do you think of these new downloads? 

To see all the digital items added yesterday, click here for a PDF.

Want to see the catalog of all digital items? Check out the link in the right sidebar of my blog.  I keep that widget updated each month as they update the catalog with the latest content.

Let me know what you think of the recent digital downloads and MDS in general.  I’m curious if people are liking using My Digital Studio for your own projects.

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For All You Do Digital Card

I ordered My Digital Studio way back when it first came out; see, I was all excited about it after seeing what it could do at Convention and then they went and offered a special promotion for Convention attendees (got to love a deal!).  After I got it home, I found I’ve been using it more for non-traditional purposes like creating my blog header, gift certificates, my watermark for my photos, printing out stamp images for sets I don’t have so I can use them in my paper projects, etc.  Its actually pretty cool the fun things you can do with MDS.

Anyway, Stampin’ Up! did a design contest a little while back and I managed to miss the deadline by 15 minutes but still submitted anyway.  Of course I didn’t win, but I still really like some of the more traditional items I created for it.  And today I thought I’d share one of them.

For All You Do Digital Card

I was playing with opacity of cardstock and drop shadows to try to get the effect of having Vellum in my digital project.  I actually really like how this card turned out and think I may have to CASE it and make it into a physical card as well!

If you haven’t seen all the cool current and retired products that are now available in digital form, check out this catalog to see the many fun items you can play with in MDS or really any software that can accept an image file.  View the My Digital Studio Catty.

Have MDS questions?  Shoot me an email and I’ll get them answered!


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Yay! A My Digital Studio Digital Downloads Catalog!

I love that Stampin’ Up! has gotten into digital scrapbooking/crafting and that they are so committed to it that they are releasing new downloads pretty much every week.  The thing that hasn’t been so great is that you had to sift through old and new download images in the online store to try to see what all the downloads looked like.

Well no more! Yay! I’m so excited about this!

Ta Da!

My Digital Studio Catalog

Now there is a PDF catalog showing all the available downloads!

This is so much easier to browse through and see what everything looks like and what all is included in each download.  And because they are adding new downloads as often as weekly, each month they will be updating the catalog as well.  I’ve added a link to the catalog on the right side of my blog and I’ll be sure to keep updating that link as they refresh the catalog.  Or, you can check it out on MyDigitalStudio.net.

If you haven’t visited MyDigitalStudio.net yet and you do digital crafting or are thinking of dabbling in digital crafting, you should totally check it out.  They have lots of tutorials and samples both from pros and everyday users like yourself!  It’s a great resource.

Then, once you’ve figured out which digital stamps, embellishments, and/or kits are perfect for your projects, then you can hop on over to the online store, purchase them, and download them on the spot!  Talk about instant gratification. Smile

So check out the catalog and I’d love to hear what your favorite downloads are!

Cute New My Digital Studio Downloads and Projects

It seems like Stampin’ Up! has started rolling out My Digital Studio downloads like crazy!  But I have to say, I love all the new stuff coming out because I keep seeing so many cute things to do with My Digital Studio.  Here are some pictures of the latest downloads that have come out – some new photo cards and a calendar kit.

The calendar kit is what really caught my eye as its filled with TONS of brand new papers, predesigned layouts, and brush sets.  Plus, I didn’t realize you could get these calendars that come on an easel like in the picture above.  Its too cute!  Plus at only $19.95 to print one of those calendars, I think that is way better than those calendars of kittens or beaches that you get at Target or Office Depot right now!

Did you Know?
You can not only print cards, calendars, photo books, and scrapbook pages through the professional printing service, but you can do custom JOURNALS!  Like I said, so much has been coming out I totally missed this option!  I’ve altered journal books before, but I like the idea of the custom covers, especially for gifts.  Guess I have some playing to do with My Digital Studio now!

Check out all the latest downloads for My Digital Studio here.

Curious about professional printing services?
Well, if you own My Digital Studio, you have the option right from the program.


You can select the type of printing format you want, select how many pages of your project you want to print, how many copies you want, and then send them off to the printer!  You don’t have to worry about saving the file in the right format, getting uploaded onto another website or taking it in to the store.  However, you can do that too! 

One nice thing of the professional printing, aside from the ease of printing, is that they have worked with Stampin’ Up! to ensure the colors on the printers exactly match Stampin’ Up’s colors.  So, if you are going to add paper, ribbon, buttons, etc to your project, you will be sure that the colors will match wonderfully!

Want to see all the different printing options and pricing?  Check them all out here.

Ready to get started on your own project?
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Happy Thanksgiving!!

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for my family, friends, and the wonderful community of crafters I have had the privilege of becoming a part of since discovering stamping and Stampin’ Up!

And I am thankful for all of YOU!  Your comments, encouragement, and visits to my blog really bring joy to my life.  So thank you.!

So, as you enjoy a meal with family and friends today, I wish you the best and remind you to enjoy and be thankful for all the people and wonderful little things in life. 🙂

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