Welcome to the second Texas port of the Catty Cruise blog hop. If you just joined me from Angie Tieman's site, Schwooo, isn't she amazing? She put me in such a great mood for Christmas with her Just BeClause projects. We're heading from East to West and back again to 11 ports of call, all highlighting the latest Stampin' Up! mini catalog. If you lose you're way, you can always rejoin us at the Catty Cruise Home Port.
I get to show off the new Stampin' Up! digital scrapbooking program, My Digital Studio (MDS), available October 1. My very first project is – this blog. Of course, I couldn't stop there, so I also redesigned my Twitter page (link to the side). Yep – It's all Stampin' Up! – how cool is that. The MDS software comes with some great ideas and templates for making cards but I wanted to make a "hybrid" card (a combination of digital and non-digital). I challenged myself to see if I could "CASE" one of the prettiest cards in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery, Heather T's "Simply White" card. It was amazingly easy not only to make the card, but to switch out the colors.
Can you see my new watermark? Yep – made with components of the MDS. I opened the MDS stamp, Certified, in Photoshop, erased the word "Certified" and replaced it with my name. Here's the before and after. Very clever, no? Here's the before and after. Very clever, no?
Because MDS is a digital medium, you can also turn your digital scrapbooks into an on-line video. Using the pre-designed scrapbook kits in MDS is so freakin' easy, I made this 19-page scrapbook in one evening – with one eye on the Dallas Cowboy football game. (Thank goodness the Cowboys won. Who knows what the pages would have looked like.)
I have a confession. The MDS does have an option to export your scrapbook into a movie, but when I tried it, I got a fuzzy result. No worries – you can export all your scrapbook pages into .jpg files. Using the .jpg files, I was able to make my movie with the Windows Movie Maker. The MDS software package is so versatile, you can use it with whatever other programs you like, such as Photoshop, Smilebox, Flickr . . . the options are mind boggling.
Blog and Twitter Page:
- MDS Background: Crushed Curry Designer Series, Soft Flower
- MDS Stamps: Garden Whimsey and Frames with a Flourish
- Font: TPDoodle. (My Digital Scrapbook does not come with fonts, it uses the fonts in your computer)
Garden Whimsey Hybrid Cards
- MDS Background: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Rich Razzzleberry Designer Series and Cardstock; Whisper White Cardstock
- Cardstock: Whisper White; Bermuda Bay, crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry
- Fibers: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
Happy Graduation Caitlin Scrapbook
- MDS Summer Home Designer Template
- MDS Stamp Set: Certified
- Font: Mistral
I just opened the box to My Digital Scrapbook last week – that's how easy this program is to learn. And guess what, I'm not the only one on the cruise whose been having fun with the program . . . so it's time to send you onward and Westward to North Dakota where you can visit LeeAnn Greff's Flowerbug's Inkspot. Lee Ann's highlighting the Delightful Decorations stamp set and Ornament punch – you're in for a huge treat.