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Make a filmstrip on the scrapbook page

Oh boy, I took one of the new embellishments from this week’s digital downloads for My Digital Studio and used it to make a filmstrip on the scrapbook page!

Candid Frame filmstrip

Candid Frame filmstrip

The download set is called Candid Frames and it has six embellishments that look like various picture formats.  These are the types of film or picture images that are included:

  • a snapshot,
  • a vintage picture,
  • a slide holder,
  • a film frame,
  • an instant picture (like a Polaroid picture),
  • or a 35mm format (the one I used!).
129929 Candid Frames - Digital Download

129929 Candid Frames - Digital Download

These are so easy to dress up your page – just add the embellishment on top of the picture, and adjust the sizes.  The embellishments are clear so you can see whatever is underneath them in the middle!

For this page, I simply used one of the basic templates for a 12 x 12 scrapbook page that has three pictures and a text box underneath.  Here’s all I had to do to make this cute page:

  • I dropped in the pictures,
  • added one of the Candid Frames – 35mm embellishments on top,
  • resized it to cover the pictures,
  • copied the embellishment and pasted a second copy, then aligned them by selecting both embellishments and using the Align Image button on the top
  • I added the text into the text box and increased the font to 16, bold,
  • I added a text box for the headline across the top and changed the font to Bauhaus 93, size 64 bold.
  • I added the Open for Trade – Photo Log stamp from the prior week’s downloads to make it look more like a photograper’s proof sheet and added text boxes for the location, etc.

And that’s it!  Clean, simple, graphic and fun.  I love it!  What do you think?  You can get the downloads from my online store, and then you too can make a filmstrip on the scrapbook page!

Check This Out: new photo box punches in My Digital Studio!

Check This Out: new photo box punches in My Digital Studio!  The new digital download template called Check This Out (129921) has something I’ve been waiting for: rounded edge photo box punches!  You can use the designer layouts with the template pages, or use the punches wherever you want.  Check This Out! (literally!).

Here is a snapshot of the 6 template pages that come with the Check This Out! download:

129921 Check This Out Designer Page Template

129921 Check This Out Designer Page Template

It also includes 7 embellishments and 17 photo box punches of various sizes and shapes, with cool rounded edges.  But the greatest thing is that you can fill these cool punches with a picture!  Check out the pages I made for my Utah trip album, and I will tell you how to do it below.  Just a simple trick!

Check This Out template - basic

Check This Out template - basic

For the two pages above, I just used the first two page templates as is, changed the background to Mocha Morning DSP (129008) and dropped pictures into the photo box punches.  Wait, you say!  How do you do that?  It’s easy!

There is an option to do a “Replace Image” on a punch… but in order for the button to appear, you need to have filled it with an image before you can replace it!  Here’s what to do:

  1. Add a punch to the page, or select a punch on the template
  2. Fill it with a Designer Series Paper (any one – it doesn’t matter)
  3. Double click on the punch shape, bringing up the Punch Image Editor box
  4. Select the “Replace Image” button, bringing up the browse screen where you can select the name of the folder that has the picture you want to use
  5. Click on the picture, bringing up a preview on the right (hint: it helps to know which picture you want ahead of time!)
  6. The picture fills the punch shape in the Punch Image Editor box, and you can move the punch shape around to select the part of the picture that you want.

Cool, huh? For the next two pages in the album, I modified the template pages:

Check This Out template - custom

Check This Out template - custom

Here’s how I did it:

  • I started on the left page, using the same template from the right hand page in the first set, and filled the background paper with a Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (125610).
  • I added one of the rounded punch shapes from the Check This Out download, stretched it to cover most of the page and to extend off the right side of the page (so that the rounded corners wouldn’t show).
  • I sent it to the back layer (using the Change Object Layer icon on the top) and filled it with More Mustard to match the scenery.
  • I added the vertical shape in the middle of the pages, then stretched and positioned it off the page in the same way, and color filled it with Cajun Craze.
  • I saved the project, then went down to the bottom of the screen and right clicked on the page.  I chose “Insert Duplicate Page Mirrored”.
  • This gave me the same page, in reverse, but the best part is that the two punches that extend across the center edges of the page line up correctly!

So I filled the background and punch shapes with pictures and Spice Cake DSP (125610), and added text boxes on top of some of the punch shapes. Ta da!  I really like the simple graphic layout, as it reminds me of some of the cave paintings that I saw out in the mountains.  But, more to come about that in a future post!

If you also love this template and the cool punch shapes, you can download it right now!  Go to my online store, and if you do it this week you just have to select it from the current week’s digital downloads shown on the right.  Or, simply search for Check This Out (129921)!  Add it to your cart, download, and use it right away!

Tell me what you think of this cool tip using Check This Out: new photo box punches in My Digital Studio!

How to save money as you crop and enlarge your pictures with My Digital Studio

Here’s how to save money as you crop and enlarge your pictures with My Digital Studio!  Doesn’t that sound great?

Have you ever taken a picture into the photo store to be enlarged for a scrapbook layout?  It can cost $5 or $10 just for a 5 x 7″enlargement – and that is if you are simply enlarging the whole picture.  You may need to pay extra to get them to zoom in on a particular part of the picture, cropping out the rest!

I love using My Digital Studio for my digital scrapbooking, and one of the biggest reasons is that I can crop and enlarge pictures on the fly!  No waiting, and no big expense!  Let me show you two examples:

1) Giant size pictures (LOL)

Here are two pages that I made about my trip to Utah this past summer, where I went hiking in Arches National Park.  In the Visitors Center, I took a picture  of this cool 3D topographical map, and then blew it up to giant size so I could add labels for the different areas that I hiked and visited!  I made it so big that I had to split it between two pages, so here is the left page and then the right page:

My Digital Studio photo enlargement layout - left page

My Digital Studio photo enlargement layout - left page


My Digital Studio photo enlargement layout - right page

My Digital Studio photo enlargement layout - right page

Isn’t that cool?  Just imagine how much it would have cost to make TWO 12 x 12″ enlargements of the same picture for this layout!  And, I was able to add captions right on top of the picture to match my journaling on the right.

2) Zooming in on a picture

My hubby coaches 8th grade boys lacrosse, and he played in the “Old Goat” game with a bunch of the other alumni and coaches.  Well, I got a great picture of him after the game, but you probably know how big those playing fields are… even with my good Nikon camera and a good zoom lens, I can’t zoom in on just one person from across the field!  Take a look at the difference it makes when I zoom in and crop the picture using My Digital Studio.
Basic photo:
Hubby's full picture

Hubby's full picture

And here is what the picture looks like when I zoomed in on him, cropping out the distracting stuff on the sides:

Cropped photo with triple mat

Cropped photo with triple mat

POW! my eye focuses on him (and he is indeed a handsome fellow, yes?).  I quickly added a white mat around the picture, then inserted a square punch behind it, stretched it to the right size, colored it Pacific Point blue and matted a red mat on the punched shape for a triple mat.  All in about 60 seconds!  And note – if there was not already a Stampin’ Up! color that matched his uniform, I also could have made the punched mat exactly match a color in the picture!

Can you think of some scrapbook pages you have done where this would have been useful?  I bet you’re happy that you see how to save money as you crop and enlarge your pictures with My Digital Studio!

My Digital Studio during Sale-A-Bration

This is absolutely the best time to purchase the intuitive software  My Digital Studio during Sale-A-BrationMy Digital StudioLet me show you how to maximize your savings.  As you may already know, for every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products you get an additional item from the SAB catalog for free!  Sale-A-Bration runs through March 31, 2012.

So let’s see how that can work for you.  If you purchase My Digital Studio for $79.95, you will get one free item!  There are great stamp sets, paper, and fabric selections… Or, if you want to stick with digital design you can choose from two different sets of digital content on a CD for My Digital Studio:

Digital Option #1: One Big Sale-A-Bration CD (127220)

Select item 127220 as your free SAB product and you will receive a CD with ALL of the new, exclusive SAB content in digital format!  You get:

  • 5 stamp brush sets
  • 12 Designer Series Paper Patterns
  • 6 ribbons
  • 5 brads

Digital Option #2: Piece of Cake Ensemble CD (127222)

This is a CD with an entire digital kit for hosting a party, including invitation, greeting card, tag and various decor elements.  You get:

  • 72 embellishments
  • 1 punch
  • 37-piece stamp brush set

    MDS SAB Piece of Cake Ensemble CD

    MDS SAB Piece of Cake Ensemble CD

You can get either of these digital CDs free when you purchase My Digital Studio before March 31, 2012.

Ah, now I can hear you thinking… if I get ONE free SAB product for every $50 I spend… and My Digital Studio costs $79.99… simple math tells me that I can spend only an additional $20.01 and get BOTH digital CDs for free!

Let’s look at how you can do that.  You can of course purchase ANYTHING in the Stampin’ Up! product line of rubber stamps, papers, ink pads, die cuts, embossing folders, embellishments, albums, and so on… but let’s assume you are on a roll here with the digital design mode.  What are some options?

From the Occasions Mini Catalog, you can order the:

  • 125615  Twitterpated Swatchbook Designer Template for $12.95.  You get the template for a 26-page swatchbook where you simply drop in your photos… and then you can print multiple books!

    125615L Twitterpated Swatchbook Designer Template

    125615L Twitterpated Swatchbook Designer Template

  •  125617 Sweet Shop Trifold Card Designer Template for $1.95.  You get the layout for a colorful trifold double-sided birthday card, ready to create multiple cards in a flash! and you can customize the colors and elements.  It coordinates with other Sweet Shop series products.

    125617S Sweet Shop trifold card template

    125617S Sweet Shop trifold card template

  • 125590 Scented Stampin’ Emboss Powder is not a digital product, but something fun you can use with the trifold card to make a delightful hybrid card… make the cupcake frosting on the card smell like vanilla!  $5.95.

So there you have it: My Digital Software for $79.95, plus $20.85 for the above items, gives you a total of  $100.80 and you get BOTH free SAB digital CDs!

And if you either purchase My Digital Studio from my online store, or try the free 30 day trial of My Digital Studio Express, you can sign up for my free 30 day support classes showing you how to get started!  Click here for more details.

To purchase My Digital Studio, visit my store here or click on “Shop Now” on the top right.  Woo hoo – let the digital designing begin with My Digital Studio during Sale-a-Bration!


Journaling as part of scrapbook design

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Journal post,Sunday Journal where we’re going to look at an example of using journaling as part of scrapbook design.

I made the cute page below in My Digital Studio, incorporating the journaling around the edges of the page in order to frame the pictures in the middle.

Square journaling example

Square journaling example

I created a wide, short text box in My Digital Studio, and typed in the words across the top.  Then I adjusted the font, font size, and text color to be the way I wanted them, and copied it.  I pasted it on the page three times, changed the words in each text box and rotated them 90, 180 and -180 degrees to make them read correctly as I placed them around the outside of the page.

Do you like the way the journaling makes a frame around it?

There’s a couple other things I would like to share about the page:

  • No, Munchie the cat did NOT chase a mouse on Christmas Eve, but I really liked the picture of him sitting in the wrapping paper and thought this would be an amusing way to bring him into the page!
  • I particularly like how his darling pink ears and nose match the pink bow and wanted to emphasize it, so I used the Color Match feature in My Digital Studio to make the mat around his picture match the color of his ears!  I simply selected the mat, clicked on Color Match, and then the screen shows the objects on the page in pixellated format.  I moved the cursor to select the pixel with the exact shade of pink that I wanted to feature, and clicked to select the color.  Voila! pink mat!
  • We all know that using Stampin’ Up! gives us scrappers a great benefit because the colors match all across the product line.  Well, I did the same thing on my page by making the outside mat the same pink color!  When I was Color Matching Munchie’s photo mat, I simply saved the pink color as a “favorite,” then selected the Background Paper of the page and changed it to my new “favorite” color: pink kitty ears!
  • I made this page 8 x 8″ so it would show up well on the blog, but I can easily turn it into a hybrid 12 x 12″ scrapbook page by printing it and mounting it on a 12 x 12″ sheet of card stock.  And that additional layer would give it even more dimension, and add to the frame effect!

Check back next weekend for the next Sunday Journal post, when I will share another way to get words on your page and use journaling as part of scrapbook design!

My Digital Studio for travel

I’ve been posting about all the problems you may have with scrapbooking that can be solved by using My Digital Studio, and here are a couple more reasons why I love my Digital Studio for travel!

Problem #7

I need a hobby that is portable – I travel a lot for business and have lots of time in the hotel with nothing to do.


Put My Digital Studio on a laptop and GO!  Of course, if you use a laptop from work, be sure to ask whether you can add outside software to it.

And if you travel on vacation but have little kids who go to bed early, bring your own laptop from home and scrapbook your vacation pictures at the end of the day, while the little ones are sleeping!  That’s what I did during my solo trip to Utah for Convention this summer, since it was TOO HOT to be outside in the afternoon… I took a little My Digital Studio break!  See my previous post here.

Upcoming paper crafting classes for Winter 2012!

I am excited to share the schedule of upcoming paper crafting classes for
Winter 2012!

The first event is a free demonstration of My Digital Studio, the intuitive digital software from Stampin’ Up! for making cards, scrapbooks, slide shows and more!  I will have samples of items that have been made with the software, and will show a quick demonstration of how fast & easy it is to use on the big screen. No squinting!  Coffee! Wednesday, 1/18/12 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.

Note – if you are interested in purchasing My Digital Studio, let me know and I can help you get it set up on your computer if you can bring your laptop to Ridgewood, or over the phone if you are far away!

Each month I will be running two different types of classes.  You must register and pay in advance so I can have materials ready for you!

1)    Technique class – we will make two different cards and a third item, which may be a 3D item or another… interesting thing!  We will use at least two different techniques on the projects, and you will be able to make a little reference card with a sample of each technique and directions on the back.  Keep these technique cards on a ring and refer back to them when you are looking for some inspiration!  Dates: Thursday 1/19 at 11:00am (note changed time!), and Thursdays on 2/9 and 3/15 at 1:00pm. Fee $20.

Technique ring

Technique Ring

2)     Scrapbook class – we will alternate a hands-on, paper scrapbook layout class one month with a My Digital Studio scrapbook/technique class the next month.

  • For the hands-on layout class, I will give you everything you need to create a layout with blank spots for the pictures, and you can take it home and add your photos. Thursday 2/10 at 1pm. Fee $20.
  • For the MDS class, bring your laptop with My Digital Studio loaded on it.  I’ll have the big screen set up so everyone can see the demonstration, and then we can work through one or two cool techniques while creating a project.  Thursdays on 1/26 and 3/22 at 10am for beginners and 1pm for experienced users. Fee $20.

Classes are held at my home studio in Ridgewood.  Contact me for more details or to sign up!  And for those who are not in the local, northern NJ area… I
plan to add some online classes in the second half of the year!

I hope to see you at one of the upcoming paper crafting classes for
Winter 2012!

Journaling on my scrapbook pages

I have a confession about the journaling on my scrapbook pages that I hinted on Wednesday that I was going to share… I don’t like my handwriting!

Here’s the picture from the last post that started this off… it shows my friend Pat, who sat next to me at the last NJ Crop Weekend.

My friend Pat at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

My friend Pat at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

And do you see the scrapbook page about San Antonio that was in progress
at the foreground of the picture?  I was working on our Texas vacation pictures
that weekend.  Here’s how the following set of the finished pages turned out:

San Antonio pages

San Antonio pages

I used a variety of the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper, since the  colors really seemed to match the subject – and of course they are all color coordinated with each other and with the Stampin’ Up! cardstock and ink colors, making life really easy for me to piece together this quilt style scrapping!  I added strips of the 3/8″ Quilted Satin Ribbon to separate the rectangles on the page.  I love how it came out!

But here’s the confession that I want to point out about pages – notice the journaling that I hand wrote on the bottom right.  I have to tell you that I really, really do not like my own handwriting.  This is not an issue when I do a lot of my scrapbooking in My Digital Studio and just type my journaling messages.  But, when I do paper scrapping, I make myself hand write it – for many reasons:

  1. I find that I can wind up spending TOO much time on a set of pages
    if I get too crazy making the journaling look perfect.  I get involved with creating a document to type the journaling, then worry about the size and shape it will wind up to be, the font size, alignment and so on…
  2. Focusing on the appearance of the journaling makes me lose track of what I am actually saying – kind of a form over function thing, I guess!
  3. I also think it is really important to make the pages more “organic” and accessible by including the personal touch of my own handwriting.
  4. Our writing changes over time, and years from now it will be great to look back on these pages and see what it looked like now!

Now don’t get me wrong – there are some times when I am doing a hand made page, and I will go to My Digital Studio and print out a title in the correct matching color for the page… but I no longer go out of my way to omit my handwriting from journaling on my scrapbook pages!


NJ Crop Weekend coming up in February!

I am so excited because there is already another NJ Crop Weekend coming up in February!  That’s when I get together with a bunch of creative and interesting people, and we head out to the beautiful Dolce Hotel & Convention Center in Basking Ridge, NJ to work on our favorite paper crafts.  Everyone gets a large, dedicated work space to spread out and do their projects.  Here are some pictures of the latest Fall Crop Weekend!

Crop room at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

Crop room at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

Folks had lots of room to get their stuff done. Some people do scrapbooking, others make greeting cards… and some make use of the dedicated time, with none of the usual interruptions that we have at home, to do really unique things!  Check out this picture of my friend, Pat and look at the big tote bag she is holding in her lap.

My friend Pat at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

My friend Pat at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

Do you know all those papers and treasures that the kids bring home from school?  Well, Pat has been saving them in a bunch of bags, boxes & totes.  She brought EVERYTHING to the crop weekend, and happily sat there going through it all.  Some stuff was not very special, or was a duplicate, but she took all the stuff she wanted to save and put it into a Stampin’ Up! album for each of her children.  The pocket style of the album allowed her to tuck the various papers into the top of each page, and the kids can pull them out if they want to see them up close!  In one day, she reduced the stuff in a bunch of those totes into a nice thick album for each kid.  Woo Hoo for organization!

[Hint: do you see the scrapbook pages about San Antonio that are in progress in the foreground?  I’ll share how they came out in an upcoming post!]

Now that you see what the NJ Crop Weekends look like in the crop room, I hope you will consider joining us for the Winter 2012 Crop Weekend on February 24-26, 2012.  Click here for more info, or contact me at!

I’m back! Did you miss me?

Well, the last time I posted was when I was returning from the Stampin’ Up! convention in Utah.  I took a little time with the family, and then got sucked right into marching band stuff with my daughter!  I chaperoned band camp, which occured during Hurricane Irene, leaving us stuck at camp with 89 teenagers and no power for three days.  The kids were terrific, the staff and fellow chaperones were terrific, but boy was I glad to get home and get a shower!

Then upon arrival home I got busy helping to sew flags for the marching band color guard.  The show this year is Tommy, and we made three different flags… all with difficult circles and silver lame fabric.  The eleven flags that I made had nine appliques EACH and took a ton of time to sew.  Truly a labor of love!  Check out the Pinball flags below.

Pinball flags

Here are the eleven Pinball Wizard flags I made!

So, suffice it to say, I have been a bit distracted from scrapbooking and card-making… but gee, I have about two thousand pictures from the trip to Utah, and marching band so far, that are calling to be scrapbooked!  I’ll keep you posted! and share some fun stuff as I go along.