My Digital Studio by Stampin’ Up!

Bring out the digital designer in you and discover My Digital Studio™ from Stampin’ Up!

MDS™ intuitive digital design software features Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive artwork, colours and templates. Be your own digital designer and create an array of photobooks, cards, calendars, slideshows and more. Check out what three of our digital scrapbookers created with the MDS software and kits, then see below for details on how you can receive the MDS software for free (!) at an MDS training day.

The MDS software is so easy to use, whether you’re new to digi scrapping or are a pro at it. Below is Kelly Herron’s simple yet stylish layout ‘Kite flying’.

Materials: Kit – New Heights by Stampin’ Up!; Template – Travel Log (comes with software); Font – Desyrel; Software – My Digital Studio.

Kelly’s tips: One of the many great features in My Digital Studio is the Freeform Tool. When adding a new curved line to a project, you can use pre-form squiggle/curved lines and adjust the anchor points to your liking before placing on your project. This way, you get the perfect shaped wave or zig-zag line. Select the Freeform panel on the far right side, add a line, then click on the little box beside starter lines to select various squiggles/curved lines.

Then after creating a freeform line, text can be added to the line (also known as Text on a path). This can be done by creating both a freeform line as well as a new text box on your project. To attach the text to the line, select the text box, hold the shift key and then select the freeform line box. Once both boxes are selected, right click and from drop down options, choose attach to shape. To adjust the text and move it around, double click on the text and make adjustments. If you are not happy with the text, you can right click on the box again and select detach from shape. Then you can adjust your font tracking, font colour and even the opacity of the text before reattaching to the freeform line again.
Another great feature is the ability to crop any embellishment, punch or stamp exactly to the size needed. For example, one of the many free bonus kits that come with the MDS program includes word art. By using the crop tool for the word art embellishments, you can reduce the amount of words on a word art to suit your specific project.
Oh and another awesome thing is the ability to add an embellishment to the favourite embellishments section. Say you have a favourite stitching embellishment that you love to use all the time, you can click on the ‘add to favourite’ button and it will be saved into your favourites section making it much easier to find special elements that are used often.
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Next up is Ellie Schouten, who created a bright, gorgeous layout with a text background called ‘Today’,
Materials: Kit – Hello There by Stampin’ Up!; Punches –  MDS software; Font – Ali Edwards; Software – My Digital Studio.

Ellie’s tips: - Watch online MDS YouTube videos for tutorials. They are very helpful!- To match elements, stamps and papers to your photos perfectly, go to the Color Change menu on the right. Then select the ‘picker’ tab. There you can pick any colour from your layout to match. This has to be my favorite feature. It made colour coordination so simple and fast.

- Adding dimension/shadows to your layout is so easy and simple to use. Just click the drop shadow button and adjust if desired.

- The resource palette made it so simple in selecting photos, embellishments, punches stamps etc.

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And lastly we have a pretty layout from Angela Bailey, showing some more advanced techniques, called ‘Infinity and beyond’.

Materials: Kit – Attic Boutique by Stampin’ Up!; Punches – Two-step punches from MDS software; Stamps – Creative Elements by Stampin’ Up!.

Angela’s review: Being a self taught digital scrapper for almost four years now using Adobe software, I thought nothing could compare, but I was mistaken!

The MDS software is so easy to use. The design centre allows you to access all page areas with ease.  It allows you to experiment and discard your elements if you decide on something else to add to your layout. The step-by-step guide also helps you to understand things you may not know, making it a versatile software package for beginners or even the advanced digi scrapper.

The best thing I liked about the software was that I was able to access my project materials list for my layout and print it off, a fantastic idea for those who teach digital scrapping!

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Register for the Make a Statement Digital Tour, Stampin’ Up!’s MDS training events and receive MDS free!

At the events learn how My Digital Studio can fit in with your life and your style to help you become your own digital designer—creating layouts, cards, invitations, photobooks, party décor, recipe books, home décor, calendars and more! Being creative couldn’t be easier!

For only $35 AUD/ $45 NZD, discover a range of inspirational projects, ideas and techniques through project displays and engaging presentations. Just bring your laptop and digital images and follow along in our classes to create your own designer photobook— capturing your own cherished memories! You’ll go home with several complete pageswhich you can then print, email or upload. Classes are designed for beginners, to provide you with a basic understanding of My Digital Studio software.

Make a Statement Digital Tour 2013 dates:
Melbourne 3 August
Sydney 10 August
Brisbane 17 August
Perth 24 August
Auckland 7 September

Click here for more information about the events.

To see a short video on just how easy this software is to use, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6aXKHxe7bo

The 2013 Masters competition!

Can you believe that it’s that time of year again? Yes we have made our call-out for the 2013 Masters competition! Grab a copy of Vol 15 No 10 to check out this year’s tasks. Have a go and you could not only win the coveted title of Master, but you could also win amazing prizes from these awesome sponsors!

Make sure you give it a go – in the last couple of years we’ve had a few newbies become Masters, along with some regular contributors – you’re always in with a chance!