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Friday, September 28, 2012

75 New Features on My Digital Studio

 As you know I have been playing with the trial version of MDS2.  Did you know there was 75 New Features?  I  am not sure that I knew there was 75.  Want to know what they are?  Just keep reading!

75 New Features of MDS 2™—the My Digital Studio Software
Available Now
1. LAYERS PALETTE: Quickly manipulate and edit project layers
2. EDIT OBJECTS OFF-CANVAS: Rotate, resize, and manipulate items that extend beyond the canvas
3. UNLOCK INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS: Right-click object to unlock
4. CUSTOMIZABLE COLOR PALETTE: Organize colors swatches to create a customized Color Palette
5. WATERMARK OPTION: Change the color to white and opacity to 10% with just one click
6. SUGGESTED COLOR COMBOS: See expertly coordinated color combo ideas in the Color Palette
7. DESIGN IN SPREADS: Design on two pages, side-by-side
8. FULL WRAP COVER: Design photobook front/back covers and spine at the same time
9. CUSTOM CANVAS SIZE: Create a project in any size up to 24" x 24"
10. CROP STAMPS: Show off part of the stamp image and hide the rest
11. CROP EMBELLISHMENTS: Show off part of the embellishment and hide the rest
12. BRUSH TOOL: Create freehand art with different brush sizes and shapes—perfect for line art
13. LINE TOOL: Insert and manipulate lines with curves and custom paths
14. ERASER TOOL: Easily erase freehand brushes
15. VECTOR STAMP BRUSH IMAGES: Resize vector stamp while keeping its image crisp
16. GLOBAL SEARCH: Simultaneously search for all content types
17. FILL PUNCH WITH PHOTO: Easily add a photo to any punch shape
18. FILL PUNCH WITH CARD STOCK: Add card stock (and textured card stock) to punches
19. CUSTOM GROUPS: Save custom created groups to import on other projects
20. ENHANCED PAGE LAYER EDITING: Resize Designer Series Paper on the canvas and maintain pattern
21. SMART OBJECT ALIGNMENT: Align objects with mat consideration
22. CHANGE PUNCH SHAPE: Change punch to another punch shape and maintain filled pattern
23. EDIT OBJECT SHORTCUT KEY: Edit objects with a shortcut: CMD/CTRL+
24. ROUND PAPER CORNERS: Round any corner of Designer Series Paper and card stock
25. ROUND PHOTO CORNERS: Round any corner of a photo
26. PHOTO FILL GROUPED BOXES: Group photo boxes and fill with one photo
27. INTUITIVE iPHOTO INTEGRATION: Access and use photos on a Mac more easily
28. PROJECT SIZE CONVERSION: Easily change any project to a different size
29. RECOLOR EMBELLISHMENTS: Monochromatically change the color of an embellishment
30. RECOLOR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER: Monochromatically change the color of layered Designer Series Paper
31. MIRROR/FLIP GROUPS: Reverse and flip a set of grouped objects
32. MIRROR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER: Mirror and flip backgrounds and layered Designer Series Paper
33. DIGITAL STITCHING: Add stitched line—choose from several stitching styles
34. SUPPLY LIST: View a list of items used on a page
35. SMART GUIDES: Drag guides from the ruler to your project for perfect alignment
36. EXPORT TO PDF: Save your project as a PDF file
37. EXPORT TO PNG: Save your project as a PNG file
38. EXPORT TO SVG: Save your project as an SVG file for use with an e-cutter
39. TEXT IN COLUMNS: Type text in columns
40. TEXT TRACKING: Increase/decrease the horizontal space between letters
41. TEXT SHAPES: Add text to any punch shape
42. TEXT ON A PATH: Add text to any line style to create your own curvy verses
43. MIRROR TEXT: Choose a mirror text option for use on iron-on transfers
44. OPEN FONT TEXT: Enjoy open type font capabilities
45. TEXT JUSTIFICATION: Justify text left, center, right AND top, middle, bottom
46. FONT SEARCH: Find a font by typing the first few letters
47. CHANGE TEXT CASE: Quickly change text to upper or lower-case
48. CHANGE ALL TEXT IN PROJECT: Apply font settings to all text in a project
49. DESIGNER TEMPLATE SELECTION: Browse all designer templates in one location
50. ENHANCED PROFESSIONAL PRINT: Choose and preview all print options within the software
51. ENHANCED SAVE PHOTO LAYOUT: See mats, shadows, and punches in saved photo layouts
52. BACKGROUND PHOTO: Quickly add a photo as a background
53. ADD MULTIPLE ITEMS: Simultaneously add multiple elements from the Design Center
54. CALENDAR EFFECTS: Apply settings to all Design Center calendars in a project
55. CHANGE LAYER OF SELECTED OBJECTS: Move multiple selected objects forward and backward without grouping
56. RECOLOR PHOTO: Monochromatically change the color of a photo
57. STAMP IMAGE COLORING: Add more than one color to a single stamp image
58. EXPORT PROCESS: See all export options on one screen for a simplified experience
59. ENHANCED PHOTO DRAG & DROP: Drag and drop a photo onto a photo box in any layer
60. BATCH PHOTO EFFECTS: Apply photo effects on selected pages
61. DELETE PROJECT PREVIEW: Show project preview before you hit delete
62. USER INTERFACE UPDATE: Enjoy a sleek new look and feel–easy on the eyes
63. DEFAULT BLEED AREA: Use bleed area defaults that are specific to project type
64. ZOOM TOOL SHORTCUTS: Get to the zoom tool with a shortcut
65. SPLATTER TOOL: Add splatters of color in different sizes
Coming Soon: When these features are good to go, we’ll let you know on MyDigitalStudio.net so you can update your software (Help>Check for Updates).
66. INTUITIVE PRINT FROM HOME: Print from home more easily
67. QUICK PRINT TEMPLATES: Print from home "quick print" templates
68. CROP PUNCHES: Show off part of the punch and hide the rest
69. CROP ON EXPORT: Save a cropped portion of a project
70. POP-UP INSTRUCTIONS: Get pop-up instructions for specialized templates
71. PAPER RIP OPTION: Create torn edges with Designer Series Paper and card stock
72. ENHANCED THUMBNAILS: Enjoy improved thumbnail images in the Resource Palette preview
73. PHOTO ROTATION: Rotate your photos within the ―Crop Photo‖ tool
74. ARTWORK ORGANIZATION: Customize artwork organization in the Design Center
75. IMPORT FROM OTHER PROJECT: Toggle between projects to import elements onto current project
76. OVER 75 NEW FEATURES: What else can you find?

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Monday, September 24, 2012

More MDS2

I told you the other day I was going to try to do a scrapbook page with the free trial of My Digital Studio 2.  Here it is!  This was a template and all I had to do was drag the photos to the box.  My father in law received a bunch of pool toys for his summer vacation from his coworkers.  Instantly, my daughter had to see what was in the bag and play with it!  She was such a goof ball showing off that day-especially since she lost THREE teeth within days of each other and had a giant, gaping hole in the front of her mouth.

The second one was a little more time consuming.  Not hard, just time consuming.  The dotted paper is a filled punch that had been stretched out.  I tried to get the paper design to imitate the beach ball somewhat.  It was only a matter of tilting the punch in the correct direction.  Eventually I got the page to look the way I wanted.  What do you think?  Are you going to try MDS2 for FREE?

Until next time,

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Monster Munchies

Monster Munchies Clear-Mount Stamp Set 
Have you seen this set in the Holiday catalog?  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted it for my daughter and my best friend.  Both are in second grade.  My friend is the teacher-not a student.  The second grade class hosts a Halloween party every year.  It never has junk food, It's all healthy food with gross names.  They have things like Swamp Soup (a green vegetable soup).  As soon as I saw the stamp that says "Spider Cider"  I knew I wanted that for apple juice boxes.  I made some very basic ones to show my friend.  (I made them very basic because second graders do not appreciate the fact you took time to cover their little juice boxes.)  A second choice is using the top note die as a bag topper.


Hi Stampers.  School has started and it is getting cooler out.  It is only part way through September and I am just getting ready for Halloween .





I do have  family members who do appreciate home made items. Grandparents!  Grandparents love home made items. No, I won't be giving the grandparents prune juice boxes!  My daughter has pretty young and hip grandparents.  My father in law is a celiac-which means he cannot have anything with gluten (wheat products).  This limits his diet quite a bit.  Not only does it mean he cannot have bread, most cereals etc.  It limits his adult beverages too.  Recently we have found a hard cider that is gluten free and he loves it.  Yep CIDER.  He is getting ADULT SPIDER CIDER as a gift this Halloween.
It isn't only the children who can enjoy Halloween parties/events.

Until next time,

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Monday, September 17, 2012

My Digital Studio 2

Ok so you have probably heard people talking about My Digital Studio, then My Digital Studio 2 (MDS2).  Well, I bought MDS way back when they first released it.  I was going to be a scrapbooker.  Yep, still waiting for that to happen.  Now there is MDS2.  Better & easier they said.  I wasn't really sure it was something I wanted to invest in.  I like the feel of paper, touching it, etc.  I have made a few pages when I have been really challenged to do it.


I am not saying I will every be a scrapbooker.  I am just a scrapbooker wannabe. However, when I went to a training in Rhode Island, I was VERY impressed with demonstration of the new things that could be done with MDS2.  Things like changing the color of words or letters in a verse stamp.  Check out this video.

Is that cool or what??  So I decided I was going to try the FREE 30 DAY TRIAL VERSION.  I did download it.  I did make the card you see above.  I wish I remembered which stamp sets I used.  Unfortunately, I kept clicking on different stamp sets.  At one point the card had butterflies on it, it said Hello.  It was purple, then blue.  You get the idea.  But the cool part was, I could change all those things without cutting more paper!  Finally, I decided to leave it basically the original colors and I only changed the opacity. I decided I really liked this design.  I used it for the cover photo on my facebook page. Maybe I will have to try a few scrapbook pages. 

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Shake Your Booty!

The stamp club season has started. And I actually think I know where most of my stamping supplies are.  A few small boxes of old misc. items left but for now they can stay there.

The Bucksport Stamp Club, as they are called, had a Wicked Good Time. (Yes, I know for you southerners that doesn't make any sense at all...) Originally, I had to beg borrow and steal to get enough members to join the group.  When all was said and done, not only was there ladies from the stamp club but four guests as well! Plus, sweet adorable young lady who was sent by her mom to make the projects (mom wasn't home in time LOL). 

Here is the card project we made.  I just love the witches boot from the Bootiful Occasions stamp set. Of course this card also used the Big Shot.  (If you don't own one, I highly recommend telling Santa you want one for Christmas.)  We embossed the black card base with the spider web folder and highlighted it with the glimmer watermark ink pad from the Holiday Catalog.

The boot is embossed with Gumball Green embossing powder. Colored it with markers.  A little designer series paper and dotted ribbon....There you have it!  Isn't it just adorable??  I think I will make some more of these for my witchy friends.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to Spool & Howl-o-ween Kit Still Available.

Well,here we are, it is that time of year again when we get back to routines and getting school kids up for the day.  We have moved recently (that's why there is a lack of any type of posting.)  I started a new job, my daughter has started a new school, etc.  Hopefully it won't take long to get back into routines ourselves.

There is nothing like a little motivation to get us back into the routine of things.  Stampin Up has supplied me with lots of motivation to hurry up and finish the last of the unpacking.  They are offering FREE RIBBON.  This ribbon is awesome and you can receive all five colors free if you want.

If you want more than just ribbon why not become the next member of my team. Not only do you get to custom make your starter kit ($125 of product for $99 plus all the printed material you will need to get started) you will also get this limited edition paper tray with all the supplies to decorate it, including stamps, rhinestones, papers, etc. ($60 value).


Fact: there is ABSOLUTELY NO obligation to ever sell SU – purchase the kit and give
the product away as Christmas gifts if you want!
Fact: you are MORE than welcome to attend any of my stamping events – and then
go home and purchase what you want from YOURSELF at a 20% discount!


Other perks of joining Stampin' Up!:
    YOU CHOOSE: for $99 you receive $125 worth of YOU CHOICE of ANY current
product in the Stampin' UP! Catalog.
    Free Shipping: the order ships to you FREE, another 10% savings
    Tools of the trade: you'll receive 8 of the new catalogs as part of your kit.  Share with friends, customers or keep one in every room!  The catalog is THAT good
with it's clean simple design, pretty samples and oodles of stamps!
    Take that TEST DRIVE!: Test our demonstrator discounts and benefits from the time you purchase your kit through the end of your first FULL Quarter.
    Fill your wish list: enjoy a 1 time benefit of 30% off your first product order of
$150 or more (placed within 45 days of joining).  Stock up on the redesigned foam ink pads, stamps and coordinating accessories.
    Every day discount: You'll receive a 20% discount on anything you purchase while
you remain active by putting in $300 a quarter in sales.  $400 a month in sales and
Stampin' Up! Will pay YOU an additional percentage above your 20%!
    Do it your way: Participate as a hobby demo (just purchase for yourself or your family/friends) or build a business!  Offer online classes, in home classes, workshops, stamp a stacks and more!  With just $300 a quarter in sales to stay active, you can host just one party a quarter or $100 a month in sales!


There's no risk, no obligation to purchase anything further and no penalty to drop!

...but why would you want to!

Perhaps the best part about purchasing the kit is having access to so many helpful paper crafting resources.   The Stampin' Up! demonstrator website is loaded with videos, tips and ideas.   You can participate conveniently at any level you want.

READY TO GET STARTED?    http://stacycoombs.stampinup.net  to  order  your  kit  on-line  and become part of my team and the Stampin' Up! family.

Please email me  stampinstace@gmail.com if you have any questions. I'm here to help!

Until next time,
 

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