Catty Cruisin’ with My Digital Studio

0925lighthouse_200 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.

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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?

 

Certified watermark

 

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 made this scrapbook to honor my daughter's college graduation in August. If you don't want to take the time now to see the whole video (do come back later), here's my favorite page. Happy Graduation Caitlin-013

 

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. 

 

Recipe

 

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

Watermark Photobucket

  • 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. 

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  1. OMG – you are a digital wizard!! WOW! I will be coming back here and trying to absorb more of this when I have time! Thanks, Linda!
    Kay

  2. Linda,
    You Rock! Your digital scrapbook is FAB!

  3. OHMYWORD Amazing Linda!! Absolutely wonderful MDS projects and LOVE the watermark!
    Becky

  4. OK You are Killing Me… I can hardly wait I ordered “My Digital Studio” yesterday… I am itchin’ to play soooo bad… You are so clever chicka.. I love the watermark sheer genius… Your scrapbook pages are soo beautiful What a handsome family… I can wait to make a few…. I mean a ton of pages… You are the coolest Captain ever! We love and appreciate all your hard work.. Thanks for having my on board what a honor to sail with you..

    Hugs
    Brooke

  5. Lorrie Simons says:

    Hey Linda! Love what you have created with MDS! I am so addicted to it already, can’t get enough. I wanted to try to use some of the images for my blog background, but could not figure out how to change it to get the size correct on my blog. Do you have any special tips or pointers? I would greatly appreciate it!! Thanks for all the inspiring projects!
    ~Lorrie

    • Lorrie – Thanks for the sweet words. I used Artisteer program to create my WordPress blog design. I had the same problem getting my background big enough to cover the whole screen. that is, until I figured out I could select “tile” – it copies the background enough times to cover the screen. Hope this helps.

  6. I haven’t had a chance to do much with my MDS yet, but you’ve just lit the fire! Wow this is all so exciting Linda! You Rock.

  7. I love it Mom!! Great work! Glad I could serve as your muse : ) Also glad Pillow got her very own page…what a ham.

    Love you!

  8. I like what you did with the watermark.

  9. YOU are amazing! MDS is amazing! This scrapbook is amazing!! Wow, thanks so much for sharing!

  10. WOW! Love what you have done with MDS! I have been debating on getting this, but seeing what you have done has made up my mind! The scrapbook is beautiful…and it only took you an evening? I’m in! I love to scrap, but am so slow. Fab waterwark too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Linda, your projects are fabulous! I keep saying that to everyone but they all are! Love what you did with the MDS! I can’t wait to get more time to play with it! What part of the card is digital? Great job!

  12. Oh, my, Linda! You make it all look so easy! Haven’t had a chance to play with MDS yet and you’ve made me even more excited to learn all the possibilities. What a clever post choice for our cruise!

  13. Love what you’ve done with your blog and MDS … I have to figure out how to do this!

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. Linda,
    Love the watermark, the card and the scrapbook. I was on the fence with MDS as I am not too good at the computer, but you are convincing me. Your work is great!

  15. Linda, I just love the projects you created with the MDS, I am not a scrapper, but the more I see, the more I want it!!!!

  16. WOW, Linda! Your MDS projects are AMAZING!!!! Although I couldn’t participate this time, I really appreciate your time, friendship, and creativeness in coordinating this Catty Cruise! You are one amazing woman!!!

  17. How cool is THAT! Thanks for sharing, Linda! You rock!

    hugs,
    Brandi

  18. Wow Linda,

    Thanks for sharing the terrific MDS projects. And for featuring a movie type presentation. Very cool! Congrats to your lovely daughter to (and of course to the parents :D) Disappointing to hear about the movie function but wonderful that its so transferable. Can’t wait to get my hands on the software itself. Good to see the watermark works so well too. Though I’m wondering if there are copyright issues involved in editing the original image?

    You crusiers are awesome. One of the best tours I’ve seen and nary a hitch. No walking the plank for any of you!

    Hugs – Jean

  19. Thanks for sharing this resource!

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