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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!


What is Sale-A-Bration?

One of my customers asked me yesterday what Sale-A-Bration is, and I would like to share with all of you that Sale-A-Bration is one of the best times to book a workshop, or simply to place an order!

From January 24 through March 31, Stampin’ Up! runs a special promotion where you receive free product items from the Sale-A-Bration catalog based upon your order.  Here are the ways you can benefit!

  • You’ll receive a free item of your choice from the SAB product for every $50 you spend online, at a workshop, or by contacting me directly to place your order
  • If you host a workshop during SAB and the workshop orders total $150 or more, you will receive a free Stampin’ Up! tote in addition to your regular hostess benefits! *
  • If your SAB workshop orders total $400 or more, you get a special hostess bundle of products: the Fresh Vintage Stamp Set, the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack (see pp. 6 & 7 in the SAB catalog!)
  • Have you ever thought of doing what I do?  Sign up as a demonstrator on my team during SAB, and you will get a discount on the cost of your Starter Kit – over $350 of product for only $125, plus you will receive your choice of a free paper pack or digital download every month during the next year when you place a demonstrator order that month.  Contact me and find out how much fun we can have as you build your business!

* A workshop is a fun, free demonstration that I can run at your house.  You invite your friends, and I bring some fun items to demonstrate and a hands-on project that you and your friends can make!  Think about how much fun it would be to get some more of your friends involved in our favorite hobby!  We can orient it towards card-making or scrapbooking – whichever you prefer.

And, if you’d like to know more about SAB and/or booking a workshop, or if you haven’t received an SAB catalog yet, call me or drop me an email at carol@carolGpapercrafts.com !

Sale-A-Bration Catalog 2012

Sale-A-Bration Catalog 2012

Bargains at the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!

Get your bargains at the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!  It’s the end of the year and a great time to advantage of some fantastic savings!

Clearance Rack Blitz Dec 15-Jan 3

Clearance Rack Blitz Dec 15-Jan 5

Dates: December 15, 2011-January 5, 2012

Nearly 200 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail–while supplies last!

  • Online orders qualify for this promotion. Orders can include non-Clearance Rack items, as well.  Or contact me if you need help placing an order!
  • The Clearance Rack Blitz includes old-body style punches.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards if your total purchase is $150 or more.
  • Following the Clearance Rack Blitz sales period, some blitz items may remain in the clearance rack; others may be removed and reappear at an undesignated time in the future.
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last. There are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.
  • Click here to view Clearance Rack Blitz items in my Online Store.
  • Deadlines:
    • Phone: Thursday, January 5, 2012; 8:50 PM (EST)
    • Online Store: Thursday, January 5, 2012; 1:50 PM (EST)

SO… be sure to get your bargains at the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!