MDS Blog Hop

MDS Blog Hop

Look at me – I’m a guest on the MDS Blog Hop!!  Twice a month a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators join together to share their passion for digital designing with My Digital Studio.  And my friend Cindy asked me to join them for the month of November!  How cool is that?  I’m so excited!  These ladies are all very talented and have amazing digital projects.  So come hop along and see what everyone has created.  The theme for this week is PROJECT LIFE by MDS.  Everyone will share different ways that they have combined My Digital Studio and Project Life.


If you follow my blog or even my Facebook Page you’ll know that at the end of the summer Greg and I took a trip to Alaska.  It was a wonderful trip and we were gone for almost 2 weeks!  I took well over 1000 photos!  And I wanted to create a My Digital Studio photobook that would showcase our trip and all the photos.  I love the simplicity of Project Life and wanted to use the concept in my book.  I’ve played around with a few different things and think I finally found what I wanted.

Alaska 2014-007This page is from the first morning of our trip.  We arrived the evening before in Fairbanks and checked in to our hotel and met our tour guide.  I’m going to go back and make a page for our travel day.  My plan is to stay heavy on the photos and add journaling and other details on pages that precede each days photos.  It may change as I go along but this is my current plan.

The photo book template that I used is an older one that came out before Project Life by Stampin’ Up! started but it has all the feel of Project Life and made a good base for starting – even though I removed all the elements and changed all the boxes to be photo boxes – I even did a bit of resizing for this page.  Its called – The Best Year Photobook Template.  I did use some words from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Digital Kit.  I will be using more from that kit throughout my book.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop through and see the amazing things that everyone else has done with this weeks theme.  Next in line is Amber – click on the NEXT button below to hop over to her blog.  Also make sure to come back for the next hop which will be on November 20th.  I get to hop along for that one too!  Thank you ladies for letting me join you!

1487274_10201501101681785_1819447505219309930_nCindy and I also host a monthly MDS Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook – we have a group that you can join if you would like to participate along with us.  Our next date is November 11 – that’s next week.

Have fun on the MDS Blog Hop!!


My Digital Studio Virtual Digi Crop

Did you know that once a month I have a My Digital Studio Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook?  My friend Cindy and I host a virtual crop on our Facebook Group – MDS Virtual Digi Crop.  If you’d like to join the group leave me a comment here so I know to approve you.

Last night was our Virtual Crop for August and Cindy and I each had a challenge for the group.  Everyone has until tonight to make their creations and then add them to the photo album for everyone to see.  Then we choose a Pick of the Crop and you get a fun little badge to display on your own blog or Facebook page.

For last night my challenge was to create a planner – either a monthly or weekly planner.  I created both.  My weekly planner look like this -

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I printed out my page and filled it in for this week.  I have a some changes I’m going to make and I’ll print a new one for next week.  I just use regular paper and keep it on my desk.  I’m planning to write my shopping list on the back for dinner each night.  I’m trying to do a better job planning out the meals for the week – I haven’t done that in many years.  We were just all so busy going in all different directions.  Now that Ryan is going off to college it will all be different.

And Cindy had us do a sketch challenge using one digital kit.  Here is my creation for her challenge.

2013 Family Book-024

Thanks for stopping by today.


Lots of Stars!

Lots of Stars!

Here is another Make&Take project from the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  This one was designed by Cindy and uses an e-cutter to cut the stars out of the Designer Paper and also the words

.  We created both a card and a 12×12 scrapbook page using the same basic layout and the same elements.



The gold sequins add a little sprinkle of gold throughout each project.


Stampin’ Up! meets Project Life!

Stampin’ Up! meets Project Life and Becky Higgins!  WOW!! What exciting news!

Check out this video:


A limited selection of products will be available for sale starting May 1st.  And a full collection will be in our new annual catalog starting in June.

Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. We’ve partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products.

I can’t wait to see it all!


Welcome Spring Scrapbook Layout

We are in full spring mode around here and I’m so happy!  I love spring!  For my March scrapbook class I created this Welcome Spring two-page layout.


It features the Afternoon Tea Designer Series paper – I used it for the border and the flowers. This is such a pretty pack of paper that I had kind of overlooked in the catalog.  It’s perfect for Spring and it may look a bit familiar – we had another pack in a past catalog with the same designs just a different color combination.

Let’s take a little closer look at this layout –

  • The base is Soft Suede 12×12 card stock
  • The Pear Pizzazz pieces are where your photos will go – either collage them or mat them or line them up all the way across the layout.
  • The border along the bottom is made with the Banner punch that was in the Sale-A-Bration brochure – it will be returning in our next annual catalog – so keep your eye out for it.  I punched pieces of the Afternoon Tea Designer Paper and randomly placed them along the bottom of the Pear Pizzazz pieces.  Over the top is a piece of the Burlap Ribbon – I cut mine into 4 strips.  I also added little flowers from the Punch Pack in the coordinating colors.  welcome-spring-border
  • I used the Pansy Punch was used to punch the flowers from the Designer paper and also from Pear Pizzazz card stock (those become the leaves underneath).  Curl them all a little.  Punch Soft Suede bitty flowers with the punch from the Punch Pack.  Layer the flowers – a bitty flower, designer paper flower and card stock flower then use a paper piercer to put holes in the center and add a silver mini brad to each.
  • Cut a frame with the On Film Framelits from Very Vanilla card stock for the left page.  Tie a piece of Linen Thread around the side of the frame.  I love Linen Thread.  welcome-spring-detail
  • I used the Two-Step Bird punch to make the bird and branch.  Sponge the Very Vanilla bird with Wisteria Wonder ink.  And an eye with the Soft Suede marker.  The branch is Pear Pizzazz.  I used some strands from the burlap ribbon to put under the birds beak – like he is carrying straw to build a nest.  Yeah – that’s what has been going on in my yard.
  • On the right page there is a journaling tag.  Use a 2″ strip of Very vanilla and punch with the Scallop Tag Topper punch.  Add a piece of Pear Pizzazz ribbon tied on with Linen Thread.  Add a strip of the designer paper and one of the flowers to the tag.  welcome-spring-tag
  • Add the photos and journaling to finish the page.

Now I need to print some photos to put on my layout.  I got some really good shots around the yard the last few days.


MDS using a custom background

Last week at Digi Crop nite I gave the girls a challenge to use the Custom Background feature in their project.  Here is my example –

San Francisco 2013-025

I also gave them a sketch to work off of – a sketch often helps give you a place to start.  My page follows the sketch.  And I used photos from a day trip we took to Santa Cruz – we weren’t there very long and the pictures are mostly from when we walked down the pier.

Using a custom background and selecting a photo is one of the fun things that you can do with My Digital Studio that doesn’t really work with traditional scrapbooking.  In case you haven’t tried it before here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Open your My Digital Studio Project and get to a blank page.  mds custom background
  • Open the Design Center on the right side and go to Background Papers.
  • Click on the CUSTOM option.
  • It will open up a screen for you to browse your computer and find the photo you want to use.  Add it.
  • Now create the rest of your page on top of it.

Give it a try and see what you can create.



Scrapbooking with the Sweet Sorbet Collection

I created a scrapbook layout with the Sweet Sorbet Collection from Sale-A-Bration.  I used the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series paper and the Accessory Pack along with the See Ya Later stamp set.  Here is my 2-page 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layout.


The colors included are Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  Here are some closeups of the clusters of elements….


After I took out the  cork pieces that I was using I decided to try punching out from the scraps that were left.  I was able to use the Itty Bitty Punch pack and punch extra little flowers to add on my page.  I just used a Black Marker to add a dot in the center of each flower.


There is a punched heart border across the layout with flower sprinkled in.  The flowers are from the Petite Petals stamp set and matching punch.

sweet-sorbet-3I tied bows with the colored Baker’s Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory pack and added them to my page with glue dots.  To keep the ends from unraveling I tied little knots.

Sweet-sorbet-4A couple of the In Color Boutique Details were added to the page too – Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding were part of my color scheme.  If you have been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you would have received a free gift of these in one of the last few kits – I think they came in the January kit.

The page is ready for pictures and journaling to be added.  What do you think about the layout?

Thanks for stopping by.