Celebrate with Scrap Girls for their 10th anniversary!

Everyone loves a party, right? You are now officially invited to a three-week party as Scrap Girls, one of the top digital scrapbooking sites on the web, celebrates their 10th anniversary! Starting today, October 17, through to Saturday, November 8, Scrap Girls will be having chats, free classes, challenges, and giveaways galore! And they’ve even designed a freebie just for Scrapbooking Memories, so keep reading….

When Scrap Girls started in October 2004, they weren’t just the new kid on the block, they were pretty much the only kid on the block. When they first opened their digital doors, they mainly featured digital designs that could be printed out to use in traditional scrapbooking because no one had really heard of digital scrapbooking! But after 10 years, they have taught tens of thousands of scrapbookers how easy and fun it is to create pages quickly with their computers. Now the Scrap Girls Boutique is full of thousands of products that help people explore things that can only be done in digital, like merging photos together, adding effects, or customising products to be any size or colour desired.  Plus most of their products are still printable and can be used for paper projects like the inspiring ones shown on their blog each month.

Scrap Girls is looking forward to what the next 10 years brings, as more of our everyday lives are conducted digitally. Today, some of our most important life moments happen in the form of text messages, emails, social media posts, and pictures captured on smartphones. Scrap Girls plans to continue evolving and finding more ways to help people preserve these special memories through digital scrapbooking.

For their 10th anniversary, Scrap Girls is releasing a commemorative line of products called “Create a Collection” – which features dozens of paper sets, embellishments, alphas, and lots more that you can customise to create your very own unique collection. And just for Scrapbooking Memories, they’ve created an exclusive freebie that matches the Create a Collection line.  The freebie can be used for digital scrapbooking, or printed out to make a terrific greeting card.

So dash over to Scrap Girls and grab your freebie – and be sure to sign up for their free newsletter that gives you freebies in every issue. And while you’re there, join the party as Scrap Girls celebrates all that digital scrapbooking has become in the past decade!

FREE digital technique sampler!

Fantastic news! We now have a free digital technique sampler that you can download! It’s filled with a bunch of fun techniques that you can use on your scrapbooking projects, including stamping with paints, using crepe paper, punched backgrounds and so much more. Click here to download your copy today.

You can also download a cardmaking magazine, a patchwork magazine and a homemaker magazine!

Guest post – Sarah Klass on using Stampin’ Up!’s MDS software

                                               Photo Shoot! by Sarah Klass

Take three sweet cousins, a sunny day at a newly discovered riverside park and a mummy who likes to play photographer and you get a whole afternoon of photo shoot frivolity!

I was looking forward to scrapbooking these fun pics that we took last school holidays, and since I had just taken myself shopping in the digital downloads section of my Stampin’ Up! online store, I determined that the newly acquired My Digital Studio™ This and That Epic Day Kit was the perfect accompaniment to my photographic efforts.

I started out with a basic layout consisting of six rectangular photo boxes and just built up the page from there.  With the enormous array of coordinating papers and embellishments contained within the Epic Day kit, I barely needed to stray from its confines at all – only to add some stitching and some text. Happy days!

I started out by filling the photo boxes – two with large photos, others with some of the coordinating Designer Series Papers, and I also decided to replace one of the photo boxes with an embellishment from the kit so that I could use it as a journalling block.

The fact that the journalling block embellishment wasn’t the same dimensions as the photo boxes was easily fixed by double clicking on the embellishment itself and altering the values for width and height (making sure to uncheck the “Keep Proportions” box first) so that they matched the photo box dimensions, which I had determined first by right clicking and selecting “Edit Object” from the dialogue box that popped up.

I added smaller photo boxes here and there, popping in photos, adding mats and dropping shadows as I went, thanks to the intuitive program that opens up the relevant section of the Design Centre depending on what I click on on the layout.  Gotta love a program that knows what I want before I do ;-)

After that it was simply a case of adding embellishments, which I did by selecting a huge pile of them from the Resource Palette and dropping them all on my page at once.  I was able to move them all off to the side and swap them in and out, resize and rotate them to test out how different ones looked in different places before I settled on the ones I would keep.

Some stitching between the blocks, some journalling and a title in fun fonts, and I was all done and super happy with the result :-D

I’m also super happy to be sharing my unbridled love of this amazing digital design program in a series of events in Australia and New Zealand, starting next month!  Join me and a room full of other digital enthusiasts at the Make a Statement Digital Tour in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Auckland .

The event fee is just $35 AUD / $45 NZD and includes the full version of the software (valued at $24.95 AUD / $27.95 NZD and available to download as soon as you complete your registration), plus a half day of training in different digital techniques to familiarise you with the fantastic design opportunities available within MDS.

All the event details plus registration links can be found on the dedicated My Digital Studio website.

Hope to see you there!

Sarah Klass

www.sarahklass.com

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