Thursday, November 5, 2009

WOO HOO - Here is my first digital scrapbook layout I made using Stampin' Up's Digital Studio. It is 8.5x11" Let me know what you think. It's a very cool program that can be picked up fairly easy once you get the basics down. I love the shadowing effect you can put on things to make them look dimensional - look at the stars. The flourishes on the bottom are from one of their stamp sets. I do have to say you get a LOT with the program, but not as much as I thought. I thought it was going to be their entire catalog now digital and it's not like that at all. Here is a list of some of the things you do get:
(1) all cardstock colors including in-colors; (2) All punches (that you can make any size you want); (3) 4 different designer kits: Christmas; sunny day, Summer and birthday and all of the components that come in those kits, such as die cuts and borders; (4) buttons (not designer buttons); (5) circle brads in most colors; (6) eyelets; (7) stitching and staples; (8) grosgrain ribbon plain - no polkadots or stripes; (9) I don't know the exact number of stamp sets but I would say there are probably 30 sets available to use; (10) you can add video and/or music to your pages; (11) availability to make just about any size scrapbook page, cards, calendars and other multi media projects, such as posters. The only thing I've had time to learn is the scrapbooking and then I created a card, but I can't show it to you yet because I have to give it to Chris for her birthday since I am unable to stand for any length of time in my craft room just yet. So I'll try to post it next week; (12) background papers, quite a few, but I didn't see any designer papers, other than those in the scrapbook kits. And I'm sure there are a lot more things that I haven't even discovered yet. I went online to see if there were any digital downloads available to purchase yet and there are not. I'll keep you posted if anyone is interested in this. I would love to hold a class and teach you the versatility this program has, so if you are interested in purchasing the software, please click on the link on the right or contact me.

Also any fonts you have loaded onto you own computer you can use on your pages and any other digital elements you may have purchased from another designer can also be used. You do need quite a bit of space on your computer for it to run quicker. I downloaded the program to a new external hard drive I purchased about a month ago and I work off of that, so that helps but I also realized that you need a DVD player on your computer and we have an older computer so I only had a CD player. The good news again is that you can pick up an external DVD player for about $50. An option I could have had here was to take my CD to someone's house and my external harddrive and download it without the additional purchase of a DVD player, but ironically, we received a DVD from Peter's sister in the mail all about the Schweitzers and if we didn't have the DVD player, we wouldn't have been able to view it. So if you don't have one, it may be worth the investment to go out and get one. The external harddrive rocks. It is 1 terabite and I got it online for $100 thru Amazon. It's small, it's sleek and I feel like I have my own personal harddrive that I can put my photos and digital elements on and not have to worry about it crashing. If my main computer crashes, my hard drive does not - interesting hey.

So I've gone on long enough, I'd love to hear your thoughts about My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up. Is it something you would consider purchasing or is this something that you would never consider. We at Stampin' Up like to call it a Digital Paper Crafting Solution.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

YEAH - I'm up and running with a new and improved blog. I can't believe first of all how badly I had messed mine up, but that I actually have a working blog with ordering buttons, and a slide show and everything. How cool is that?

As most of you know, I had some foot surgery a week ago and so I am off of work trying to heal. For some reason, I'm feeling exceptionally groggy today from my medication. So I'm not going to stay on long but thought I'd just post a quick picture of my foot that I took while laying on the couch.

I have a lot of halloween and Thanksgiving cards that I made this year that I would love to post to my blog - so maybe in little increments I will be able to get to that. Until now, back to the couch for a snooze. I haven't even had a desire to get up and create anything, so I am obviously still in the early healing stages. I thought it would take a lot to keep me down, but I haven't had any problem just laying around (and having Peter wait on me - hey why not use that to my advantage in every which way I can right?)

Let me know what you think of my new and improved blog

Monday, November 2, 2009

Testing the siggy