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You’ve come a long way, baby! Hard to believe 10 years has gone by that I’ve been scrapbooking for Donna Pepper and her One Week Boutique kid’s consignment sale. From a tiny little space and about 5 small racks of clothing to what now could probably span a football field (and DOES fill an entire big-box storefront)…definitely has been 10 years to celebrate!
I found this old photo from an early sale (maybe the first?):
Like I said, definitely a lot of change, as here is what a recent sale looked like at the old Best Buy building in Champaign:
It has been fun to see the sale grow, and to have the chance to help capture it in a scrapbook. The original book is pretty much bursting at the seams. Perhaps it’s time to put the 2nd 10 years into a new volume? One Week Boutique: Volume 2?
What things in your life would you like to capture in a scrapbook? What stories would you like to tell or watch blossom over the years?
I’d be happy to help you get started, either digitally (I offer free digital scrapping classes every month) or on paper with traditional supplies (I’ll have a scapbook-in-a-day class coming up this spring).
Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter below or drop me an email now to let me know if you are interested:
And if you want to shop, get ready! You can find the One Week Boutique on their Facebook page, and get all the details on shopping times. If you have kids, know kids or like kids, this is THE PLACE to shop for them and pick up some fantastic items at fantastic prices!
Really? Who takes pictures in the emergency room so that she’ll be able to scrapbook her broken leg?? Okay, it was me. Last Monday I took my daughter ice skating and managed to fall and break my leg and destroy my ankle.
So I might as well get a few fun scrapbooking pages out of it, right? This page was created from the Downtown Grunge Photobook Template (see it online – 126056) for My Digital Studio. (learn more about MDS)
All I did was move around a few photo frames (love that tape look with the frames) and add text boxes in a variety of fun fonts:
- Warning – Bauhaus 93
- ICE SKATING – Impact
- can be hazardous to your health -Futura
- (and to your favorite jeans) – Gabriola
And the scissors are from the Keep This Memory Designer Kit (129879 – see it online). They add a nice touch and a fitting farewell to my favorite jeans! Who knew that you wouldn’t be able to get jeans off once you had a cast put on?? Darn scissors…
Never fear, me and my crutches will be hobbling around for the next several weeks, but my fingers can still blog and my arms have a long reach at my craft table!
Supplies for 4 projects — ready to stamp, delivered to your front door.
This week I held my monthly Laptops & Lattes class for My Digital Studio–a free evening of coffee (optional) and lessons on digital crafting with MDS2.
Usually when we meet I teach the steps to creating a digital page. We find the page in Stampin’ Success (the monthly demonstrator magazine) or a current catalog, and we CASE it.
If you’re not familiar with CASE, it’s a stamping term that means Copy And Share Everything. It’s flattering to have your work copied (with proper credit, of course This layout is copied from the Snowflake Season Simply Scrappin Layout Kit (see it online).
When I’m teaching MDS2 classes, I especially like designing from layouts that I CASE. That way we can focus on learning to use the tool, and let the design elements come from something ready-to-go.
Here’s a link to my most recent MDS2 posts. I’m in love!
What a fabulous problem to have… I saw so many inspiring projects on stage and on display boards and in the swap cards I received. Now I don’t know where to begin! Should I make a few scrapbook pages first? Or maybe some sweet cards?
Here are a few of the inspiring projects that were shared at Convention 2012. Click on the photos to see bigger images:
Good luck picking out your own upcoming projects — and think about whether you’d like to join me at Convention next year! There’s a fun new Demonstrator Kit Special coming up on August 1st (with a fabulous project INCLUDED!). So no need to stress about picking a project — there will be one ready for you with your kit! Let me know if you’d like some details (email Meg).
Happy 100th Birthday to the Girl Scouts of the USA! The Girl Scouts began in 1912 and they’re celebrating 100 years in 2012. Pretty exciting! Here’s a fun digital scrapbook page with My Digital Studio that I put together for an event my daughter and I attended this year. The layout is actually from the Twitterpated Kit Digital Download (see it online).
Thinking Day is a celebration of Girl Scouting around the world, and I remember attending Thinking Day events when I was a kid in Girl Scouts, and my mom was my troop leader. I’m happy to be able to share Girl Scouting with my daughter now, as her Brownie Troop leader.
This isn’t my first time to scrapbook our Girl Scout adventures with My Digital Studio. Here are a couple of other MDS blog entries:
Happy Stamping, and Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!
Do you have favorite photos that are just screaming to be featured on a scrapbook page? While I applaud scrappers who can ‘keep up’ with their family photos, that’s just not going to be me. Instead, my scrapbook strategy is to enjoy the time I have to scrapbook by picking and choosing my favorite photos. I don’t worry about whether I’ve finished a baby book before I go on to a picture from last month.
For me, I find it’s a much more enjoyable (aka less stressful) way to catalog our family memories. Here’s a page that I put together last month for Vickie’s Workshop, using the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper and the Fresh Vintage stamp set (both from the Sale-A-Bration Mini Catalog – download it now – and can be selected for free with a $50 order until March 31).
Look familiar? It should! The layout is the same as the My Digital Studio page I shared yesterday — the one I patterned after a layout in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.
Still trying to decide which Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and selections you want to earn for free before March 31st? Here are some of the projects I’ve shared on my blog:
- Fresh Vintage stamp set
- Triple Treat Flower stamp
- Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
- Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brads Bundle
- Elementary Elegance stamp set
- Sprinkled Expressions stamp set
- Outlined Occasions stamp set
Last night was my monthly Laptops & Lattes class for My Digital Studio. If you’re in central Illinois, I’d love to have you join us! (check my events calendar) We meet the first Wednesday evening of every month, and the class is free. Just bring your coffee and your computer with your copy of My Digital Studio loaded (you can even do the free 30 day trial). I’ll walk us through a sample page, and then answer all your questions.
Here’s the fun page we created last evening. I used the On The Go Digital Download (see it online) which includes:
- 20-piece stamp brush set
- 12 Designer Series Paper patterns
- 21 embellishments
- One-page 12″ x 12″ designer template
I didn’t use the page template, but I did use a sample from the Stampin’ Up! catalog for my pattern! If you have your catalog handy, check out page 111 for the layout I used. That’s one of my favorite MDS tricks — instead of designing completely from scratch, pick a layout to copy. When you’re learning how to use the program, it’s much easier to have the layout ‘done for you’ and just focus on the tools.
One minute, it’s “cats & dogs” around here. The next minute, I’m astounded by the caring and sharing that goes on between our kids. It’s clear though, that when it comes to looking out for each other, Abby and Tucker have each other’s backs. On Abby’s class field trip earlier this week, Abby made Tucker welcome and comfortable among her classmates. Here’s the My Digital Studio page I created to remember the day.
And guess how long this page took me? About 5 minutes. Yup, I like that kind of scrapbooking! The page uses the Delight in the Day Photobook Template (see it online) for My Digital Studio (try it free for 30 days!). Here’s all I did:
- Purchase & download the Delight in the Day Digital Template through my online store (click here to see it)
- Open and click the auto-installer for the template. The template & papers & stamps will automatically be available to you in MDS.
- Start a new document, pick scrapbook album, then 11 x 8 1/2″ album. Select the 2 page Delight in the Day Template.
- Add photos to the photo boxes, resize if necessary. Add text.
- Under “share project” at the right side of the MDS screen, choose your method of sharing. You can export it as a jpg to email to friends (or post on your blog ) or you could print it at home and place it in a picture frame!
Really, it took me longer to blog about this than it did to make the page! I also used the full Delight in the Day Photobook Template to create a quick 30 page soft-cover printed album to share with my daughter’s class. That project took a little bit longer — about 3 hours to make & edit the album just the way I wanted it, upload it for purchase from Stampin’ Up! Professional Print Services, and finish my order.
Cost was about $35 plus shipping/tax. Pretty nice for 3 hours of work, especially when I could easily print 2 copies — one for home and one for Abby’s class. There’s no way I could have made 1 traditional album, let alone 2, in 3 hours flat for $35 each. I still love traditional scrapbooking, but have I mentioned how much I LOVE My Digital Studio?
Have you tried it yet? What are you waiting for?! I even have a series of Free MDS with Meg Video Tutorials to help you get started on your first album. Click here to download MDS Express free for 30 days, and then click here to get started with MDS with Meg Video Tutorials!
Photo credit: Heather Wanninger Photography
Chapter 3: Photo Collages with Sepia Tones
Are you enjoying your digital design with My Digital Studio? I’m having fun creating my Favorite Moments 2011 photobook alongside yours! Here’s the next installment in my Sweet Details Photobook Tutorial Video series: (learn more about my challenge & the free trial)
In Lesson 3, you will learn:
- how to create a photo collage
- how to align photo boxes and elements
- tips for using the Sepia Photo Effect
Note: click the arrows at the bottom right of the video screen to watch the video in full-size mode
Don’t forget to download your free 30 Day Trial of My Digital Studio Express from my online ordering website!
And be sure to check the other chapters in my Sweet Details Photobook Tutorial! Get started with my MDS with Meg Video Tutorials!
Happy (digital) Stamping!
Good news, Stampin’ Up! fans!! Starting today our friends, family, neighbors—anyone and everyone—can download a free 30-day trial of My Digital Studio Express.
This was news to us at the Leadership Conference in San Antonio last month, and I’ve been SO excited about sharing it! As you may know, I am a HUGE fan of MDS (My Digital Studio). So be sure to keep an eye out on my blog for the next 2 weeks, as I share my progress (and tips) on building your first project in MDS.
My Digital Studio Express 30-Day Trial:
With the FREE trial, you’ll get:
- Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
- Full design functionality.
- Exclusive artwork that comes with My Digital Studio Express. See included content here.
- Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets–and everything in between.
- Access to our professional print services.
Once your trial period expires, simply log onto my online store again if you want to purchase the downloadable or disc version of the software to continue enjoying My Digital Studio.
- Is MDS just for scrapbooking? — No way! You can make greeting cards, calendars, tags, pretty much anything you want to do with digital design.
- Can I print at home during the trial? — Yes! You can print both at home or by using the Stampin’ Up! Professional Printing.
- What happens to my work after the trial? – Your copy of MDS will still be on your computer, but you’ll need to purchase the Express Software ($39.95) or the Full Software ($79.95) to access your projects in the MDS program. Anything you saved as a jpg will still be yours.
- What should I do during my 30 day trial? — My advice? Work on an 11 x 8.5″ Sweet Details Photobook. The template is all ready for you in MDS, and I’ll be stepping you through the ‘what to do’ over the next 2 weeks. At the end of your work you’ll have a photobook, ready to send for Professional Printing. The cost is $29.95 for a softcover photo book, and you’re going to be ‘wow’d’ by what you’ve created with the help of MDS.
Hope you’re as excited about this as I am! Got more questions? Here are the answers. And when you’re ready to download, here’s the link to download. Be sure my name is at the top right of your screen, so you know you’re shopping with me.
When you have MDS installed (it’s easy!), get started using it with my MDS with Meg Video Tutorials!
Happy (digital) Stamping!