I’m back again – my second post as a guest on the MDS Blog Hop!! Twice a month a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators join together to share their passion for digital designing with My Digital Studio. My friend Cindy asked me to join them for the month of November! I’m very thankful to be joining these talented ladies for the second time this month. These ladies are all very talented and have amazing digital projects. So come hop along and see what everyone has created. The theme for this week is “What are you working on?” . Everyone will be sharing what they are currently working on in MDS.
I decided I better get started on a Christmas card if I’m going to do a digital card for this year. The past few years I have made a digital card to send out to our family that includes photos and sometimes some notes about what we have been up to this past year. Now as the boys are older and moving away it may be more important to keep long distance family posted on what they are up to. For right now I’m playing around with a 5×7 size post card. Which gives me a front and back to design. But I may change my mind before it’s all done. I also need some family photos of the 5 of us. With the boys all being here for Thanksgiving that is one of my goals for the weekend! For now this is what I have for the front – I want a photo with all of us together but for now I have the boys. Originally I didn’t have the snowflakes on there – I may decide later to delete those.
For the back side I wanted to have an individual photo of each of the boys and then Greg and I and I wanted to include the dogs too. These may not be the final photos that I use. I wrote a quick note about each of the boys and I’ll let each of them read it to see if they want to add/delete or change anything.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop through and see the amazing things that everyone else has done with this weeks theme. Next in line is Cindy – click on the NEXT button below to hop over to her blog. These ladies do this every month so join them again in December. Thank you ladies for letting me join you!
Have fun on the MDS Blog Hop!!
Look at me – I’m a guest on the MDS Blog Hop!! Twice a month a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators join together to share their passion for digital designing with My Digital Studio. And my friend Cindy asked me to join them for the month of November! How cool is that? I’m so excited! These ladies are all very talented and have amazing digital projects. So come hop along and see what everyone has created. The theme for this week is PROJECT LIFE by MDS. Everyone will share different ways that they have combined My Digital Studio and Project Life.
If you follow my blog or even my Facebook Page you’ll know that at the end of the summer Greg and I took a trip to Alaska. It was a wonderful trip and we were gone for almost 2 weeks! I took well over 1000 photos! And I wanted to create a My Digital Studio photobook that would showcase our trip and all the photos. I love the simplicity of Project Life and wanted to use the concept in my book. I’ve played around with a few different things and think I finally found what I wanted.
This page is from the first morning of our trip. We arrived the evening before in Fairbanks and checked in to our hotel and met our tour guide. I’m going to go back and make a page for our travel day. My plan is to stay heavy on the photos and add journaling and other details on pages that precede each days photos. It may change as I go along but this is my current plan.
The photo book template that I used is an older one that came out before Project Life by Stampin’ Up! started but it has all the feel of Project Life and made a good base for starting – even though I removed all the elements and changed all the boxes to be photo boxes – I even did a bit of resizing for this page. Its called – The Best Year Photobook Template. I did use some words from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Digital Kit. I will be using more from that kit throughout my book.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop through and see the amazing things that everyone else has done with this weeks theme. Next in line is Amber – click on the NEXT button below to hop over to her blog. Also make sure to come back for the next hop which will be on November 20th. I get to hop along for that one too! Thank you ladies for letting me join you!
Cindy and I also host a monthly MDS Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook – we have a group that you can join if you would like to participate along with us. Our next date is November 11 – that’s next week.
Have fun on the MDS Blog Hop!!
Did you know that once a month I have a My Digital Studio Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook? My friend Cindy and I host a virtual crop on our Facebook Group – MDS Virtual Digi Crop. If you’d like to join the group leave me a comment here so I know to approve you.
Last night was our Virtual Crop for August and Cindy and I each had a challenge for the group. Everyone has until tonight to make their creations and then add them to the photo album for everyone to see. Then we choose a Pick of the Crop and you get a fun little badge to display on your own blog or Facebook page.
For last night my challenge was to create a planner – either a monthly or weekly planner. I created both. My weekly planner look like this –
I printed out my page and filled it in for this week. I have a some changes I’m going to make and I’ll print a new one for next week. I just use regular paper and keep it on my desk. I’m planning to write my shopping list on the back for dinner each night. I’m trying to do a better job planning out the meals for the week – I haven’t done that in many years. We were just all so busy going in all different directions. Now that Ryan is going off to college it will all be different.
And Cindy had us do a sketch challenge using one digital kit. Here is my creation for her challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today.
I have been away for a short while spending time with family but I’m back now. Last Wednesday Kyle flew home so he could come with us to a family wedding. Thursday we left and drove to the mountains up in the very north east corner of Georgia. Greg’s first cousins’ daughter was getting married on Saturday and the weekend was full of family time. Thursday night a Bar-b-que at the lake house, Friday night a party at a marina on the lake, and then Saturday was the wedding and reception at one of the country clubs overlooking the lakes. The views everywhere were just beautiful! We spent lots of time with cousins, aunts, uncles, more cousins, second cousins, grandparents, etc. Plus we met the grooms family – with what seemed like an equal amount of cousins… And then Sunday driving back home we stopped and spent the afternoon with my family – my parents, brother, niece and nephew. Monday I took Kyle back to the airport to fly back to San Francisco. I think he had a worthwhile trip seeing almost every relative in one quick trip home!
There was a little Stampin’ Up! included in the weekend. First off I went up to the lake house and spent a day with Jan a few weeks ago – we made Hospitality/welcome bags that would be in all the guest rooms when they arrived for the weekend.
We cut tags from Very Vanilla card stock using the Chalk Talk framelits and stamped “welcome” from a retired stamp set on each tag using Early Espresso ink. Then tied Gold Baker’s Twine on each tag. We cut the Early Espresso scalloped tulle (on the clearance rack) to tie on the handle – then the welcome tag was tied on to it.
On the front of each bag I created a name and date piece in My Digital Studio and then printed it on Very Vanilla card stock. Each piece was cut to size and the top was cut with one of the edgelits and the Big Shot. Those were all glued to a piece of Old Olive card stock and then glued to the front of each bag.
I also made a sign to sit by the guest book – I used My Digital Studio and printed it on Very Vanilla card stock. I used the Fast Fuse adhesive and attached it to a think piece of card board so that it would stand up on the plate stand. I tied a piece of the Early Espresso Tulle to the stand.
And here are a few other photos I thought I would share –
the bride and groom
the next generation – the kids from Greg and his first cousins that were at the wedding lined up in age order
Kyle, Tyler, me, Greg and Ryan
my 3 boys and my niece and nephew
Thanks for stopping by today!
Here is another Make&Take project from the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat. This one was designed by Cindy and uses an e-cutter to cut the stars out of the Designer Paper and also the words
. We created both a card and a 12×12 scrapbook page using the same basic layout and the same elements.
The gold sequins add a little sprinkle of gold throughout each project.
Well Monday turned out to be a busy day! Right after I finished my blog post yesterday I left the house – met my friend Diane – and then headed to lunch with a few other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators to be part of a Focus Group. We were treated to a delicious lunch – family style at Maggianno’s – and discussed our topic. I think when it was all said and done we were there for about 3 hours. Diane and I walked around the mall – the restaurant is attached to the mall. And slowly made our way over to the pizza place were we were meeting 23 other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators for dinner. That was fun!
Following dinner we headed to the movie theater and waited patiently for the Stampin’ Up! Catalog Premiere! I believe there were about 150 of us in this theater but total across the country there were over 7600 demonstrators. We were all ready to watch a live-streaming video of the new annual catalog premiere. I thought it was a great event and an exciting way to introduce the Stampin’ Up! catalog. I sure hope that Stampin’ Up! does this again.
We were there for 2-1/2 hours as the Stampin’ Up! staff showed us the new catalog, new stamp sets and products and made us laugh. They were live in California. As we left we got our brand new 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog!! Plus a brand new stamp set! And a few people even won prize patrols. One of my downline Cindy won the first prize patrol – so exciting! And I can show you the front of the catalog! Are you ready?
You might just be able to find some new things shown on the cover…… and you might really want to be part of my Stamper’s Club and come to my house for the meeting this weekend – Friday night or Saturday morning – just sayin’!
So I didn’t have time to list all the supplies for my frog card yesterday – so I’m going now to update that post – so be sure to go back and check it out again.
A few other Tuesday updates for you:
- New Paper Pumpkin Kit and Refill Kits: As a special perk for Paper Pumpkin subscribers, Stampin’ Up! offers a selection of past kits and refill kits for purchase, while supplies last. We just added four new kits to the offering. Visit www.mypaperpumpkin.com/pastkits to get all the details.
- New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in my online store – holiday items from last years Holiday Catalog if you want to get a head start!
- Don’t forget the RETIRED LIST – things are selling out so don’t wait to order something that you wanted. Check in my online store under Retired List to see what is still available – once it is gone, its gone!
- New Weekly Deals 4/29 – 5/5– This weeks deals….
- New My Digital Studio Downloads – a new online class!
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