Thursday, April 10, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - It's Spring!

Why hello there! Today on the blog hop we're celebrating Spring and I just have to say - thank goodness it's finally here! I'm not a fan of Winter. I am a person who needs lots and lots of sunshine.

I just did a quick page this week with a picture of my husband and son getting in some time on the swings. Whenever we go to a park we spend most of our time at the swings - it's Simon's favorite thing to do. 

I used the Watercolor Wonder paper to fill my hexagon punches. Normally I'm not a flowery person so I decided to throw in a few flowers on this page. I even used a couple of flower papers. Impressed? I am. ;)  Even though it's a "boy page" I still think the flowers work. And just for the record, I think it's perfectly ok to use pink and/or flowers on a boy page. 

Cindy is up next so while you're over at her blog make sure to give her a shout out for creating our fun new Blog Hop tags!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

So I blinked and it's almost April. When did that happen? Maybe while I was huddled under a blanket wishing for Spring...? Apparently I've been too busy to notice the weeks flying by. Maybe if these ridiculous snow storms and cold fronts would give it a rest then I could really believe that warmer weather is on the horizon.

Cold weather or not, April is nearly upon us! I looked at my computer monitor the other day and realized that I hadn't changed my desktop background since January. Which normally wouldn't be a problem, except that I'm staring at a January calendar every day. Have you ever left something in one place for so long that it just becomes a fixture and you don't even notice it anymore. Kind of like that laundry basket I keep walking past...

Anyway, it was definitely time to do a little updating. We've had some really fun downloads come out recently so it was pretty easy to put this one together. I hope you like it. But if you LOVE it then I win bonus points and you can download it for your own desktop - just click here.

I fell in love with the phone booth in the Dropping You a Line kit and I've been looking for an opportunity to use it. This seemed like a good fit for my new desktop background.

To create my background I used the Rise and Shine Pocket Cards. I increased the size of the card to fill my canvas then copied and pasted and mirrored the image. It was easy to line up the two and I love the look!

Hope you're having a great day and enjoying our blog hop today! Thanks so much for stopping by - I love being able share what I've created with you!

Next on the hop is Cindy - can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve this week. Her projects are always amazing! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Hybrid projects

This week we're focusing on hybrid or e-cutter projects. Now... I did get a Cameo for Christmas and I am so, so excited about it - but I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Do you ever feel like the more you try to simply life the busier it gets? That's where I am right now. But hey - I pulled it out of the box! Tell me that's not progress. ;)

I recently did a blog post for the MDS Design Team showing some of the cute things I made for my son Jesse's nursery. If you've already seen that post then I apologize for the repeat. This time I just wanted to show you a hybrid project I created. I've seen this idea floating around Pinterest and I'm so glad I was finally able to finish it.

I like to decorate my kids' rooms around a particular theme or idea; for Jesse I chose "Oh, the Places You'll Go." It's one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. I wanted something that would grow with him, so I purposely stayed away from things that were baby-ish. 

I remember spending hours looking at National Geographic magazines as a kid - I've always wanted to travel. There's something so magical about dreaming of far off places. Anyway, I scoured Instagram for all the coolest photos of the coolest places out there, saved them to my phone and then had them printed. I couldn't resist using MDS to bring in some fun elements. Stampin' Up has put out some pretty awesome travel downloads! 

My photos were 3x3 so I created the same size box on my page in MDS and filled it with quotes and graphics. Then all I had to do was print those designs, cut out the individual elements and put them together. I used Stampin' Dimensionals on some of those elements to bring in more depth and interest to the layers. I feel like it helped give bring more interest to the whole project. 
For a couple of these I knew exactly the look I was going for - like the 'I love NY' picture above. For others I had a basic idea but had fun just adding papers and elements as I went along. I love those moments when creativity just flows and you can enjoy the process rather than worrying about whether or not it'll look great. 

I have several more Instagram pics that I'd like to put up in Jesse's room, along with some more elements from MDS. That's where my Cameo will come into play ;)  I've got plans. Big plans! For the moment I hope Jesse enjoys looking at these 'wonders of the world'. I know I do! 

Let's continue on with the hop - Cindy is next! 

Click Here for Cindy's blog

Thursday, February 27, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

Welcome to another blog hop! So excited to have you drop by today! I've been pretty busy in MDS so I have a few fun things to show you.

First up is a letter. And not just any letter - a chain letter for a sticker club! Did you just roll your eyes? Heave a mighty sigh? I did. I always do when I get a chain letter in the mail. Especially if it's one for your kids. You know the type - a letter assuming that you've just been waiting for just such an opportunity along with this little gem: "Parents if you can't do this within 6 days then please let me know because it's not fair to the kids!" Oh, thanks. Guilt comes by mailbox now. Makes you wish there were bills to look at instead.

However, included with this letter was a note from my friend expressing her hatred of chain letters and telling me it was perfectly fine with her if we didn't want to do it. I agreed with her feelings completely kids love stickers. It could be fun right?  Long story short, after I'd looked at the letter a few times I decided it could use some sprucing up. And while I was at it, I'd rewrite the whole thing. Because, let's be honest - what's most annoying is how presumptuous it sounds.

Behold! A chain letter that people can feel good about!

I have to say, I don't mind sending these out. And it helps that I've already asked my friends if they'd like to participate so I know who's willing and who's not. Crossing my fingers that we get some awesome stickers! 

Ok, I have two more projects to show you and I'll make it quick. You didn't come here to read a novel, now did you? ;)

In my church I'm the Assistant-Secretary in the Relief Society (it's our women's group) and since people are aware of my crafty tendencies, I'm asked to put things together that are, shall we say...pretty. Oh, that I had all the time in the world. I could make everything pretty! 

Our Relief Society President asked me to take our goals for the year and make something cute that could be displayed each week at church. Here's what I came up with: 

I hope the chalkboard trend never leaves us, because I love it. Love, love, love it! 

One of my other responsibilities in the Relief Society is the monthly calendar. Lucky for me MDS has a cool calendar feature! Makes my life sooo much easier! We email it out to everyone each month and the way I see it, if you're going to be this busy you might as well have a cute calendar to look at, right? 

So... that's what I've been up to. Hope this gave you some great ideas to use MDS. You don't have to be a scrapbooker to love it! 

Click here to go to Cindy's blog next - can't wait to see what she's been working on!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Happy {Heart} Day!

Good Morning! It's a lovely snow day for us here in Virginia. I like snow while it's falling and for the few hours that it's beautiful, white and untouched. Then I'm over it and ready for the sun to come out, warm things up and melt it all away. Whether it's snowy or wonderfully warm and sunny where you are, I hope you're settled in front of your computer enjoying the blog hop with us! We love our blog followers!

This week the theme (if you haven't already figured it out) is Valentine's Day. So...anything about love fits the bill. I couldn't resist creating a page telling my boys some of the things I love about them. It was pretty hard to narrow it down - there's just so much to love! I'll just have to make it into a two page spread I guess... or maybe an extra page for each of them :)

Ok, time to hop along and see what Cindy has for us today. Hope you've been inspired to create in My Digital Studio!

Blogger is being weird again and I can't add the link to the graphic above, so please
 CLICK HERE to get to Cindy's blog. 

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you get to spend it with those you love the most!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

Hi! Did you just come from Aly's blog?  Bet she's got something adorable up for the blog hop today!

I don't have any special projects to share this time, just working on some scrapbooking.  I take about zillion pictures in a week so it's inevitable - I'm behind.  But I've decided that I'll never be finished, and I've made peace with that.  In fact, I embrace it! If I ever reach the point that I am 'caught up' then I need to get out more. Live a little. Take more pictures! :)  

I don't really have a method to my madness; I simply scrapbook what I feel like at the moment.  My creativity flows better that way.  Sometimes I even start working on a page before I know what photo I'm going to use.  It just depends.  This time around I knew what picture I wanted - one of my sweet little Jesse that I snapped a few weeks ago.  He finished his bottle and passed right out - and it was the most adorable thing I'd ever seen.  You should have seen me holding my phone at all kinds of crazy angles trying to get a great picture! My antics were worth it though. This is one of my favorite shots of him. 

I mostly used Hello Perfection and Finest Simplicity but the background paper is from Life Celebrated and set at 40% opacity.  

To help with the placement of my circles, I opened a circle punch, expanded it to the size I wanted and used it as a template for the smaller circles. Once I had them where I wanted, I deleted the large circle.  Easy Peasy!

I hope you're having fun and feeling inspired on today's blog hop! Your next stop is Cindy who always has a treat in store for us! :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Desktop Wallpaper!

Well, hello there!  It's been awhile. Hope you had a lovely Christmas break!  We'd like to welcome you back to the hop with some cute wallpaper ideas for your desktop.  I've been asked before to create a video tutorial showing how I create these but I just haven't found the time to do that yet. We can blame Little Man. The pregnancy was full of complications and now he won't sleep during the day for longer than 30 minutes at a time.  So, yeah. . . it's all his fault.  I have absolutely no responsibility in this at all.  The upside is that he's ridiculously cute!  ;) Seriously though, I'll make it a priority to do a tutorial since I promised it to a few people FOREVER ago.

Wallpapers are actually very simple to make.  Create a new project in MDS and choose the Custom option.  Set your page size to 2560 x 1600 pixels and start creating!  Once you're done, save the file (I prefer to save it as a png to get a good quality pic - jpegs are compressed files), then pull up the file, right click on it and select 'Set Desktop Picture'.  Voila!

I do have one hint for you: the objects will be larger than you think once they're on your desktop, so it's actually better to size things down a bit.  You can double check how things will look by exporting the file and setting it as your desktop picture.  It's better to see what it looks like while you're still in the process of creating.  If you wait until you're completely finished and you don't like it then you'll have to go back and change everything.  Well, maybe not everything - but enough to be annoying.  There you go.  That was actually two hints by the way. What can I say?  I'm feeling generous. ;)

I just got several of the pocket card downloads and they are cute, cute, cute!  I opened them to see what everything looked like and before I knew it I had several ideas for wallpapers.  I had to add a cute pink bike - it reminds me of the one I had growing up.  Gotta love the coloring tool!  I like that this design is fun, bright and simple.   Just what I need for such a bitterly cold January.  Spring, please come soon!

If you'd like, you can download this wallpaper here.  See - I am feeling generous!  ;)  

You can find the downloads I used here: 

Cindy is next up on the Hop - can't wait to see what she created for us this week!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

MDS Blog Hop - What are you working on?

So. . . Christmas is only 6 days away!  Can I get a what what?  Christmas is the same date every year and still it sneaks up on me.  One of these days I'm really going to have things ready in November so that I can sit back and enjoy the fun holiday activities rather make December a mad dash to get it all done.  I still haven't delivered my neighbor gifts and my Christmas cards are sitting here on my desk, waiting to be addressed and mailed.  Lucky for me, I have MDS because it makes these tasks so much simpler. And faster!

For my neighbor gifts I found some adorable boxes to fill with delicious treats on Pick Your Plum. The only thing missing is an adorable tag.  Enter MDS.  It didn't take long to create this and now all I have to do is print a bunch, tie them on and I'm good to go!



I'll be sure to take pictures and post them so you can see how it all turned out.  Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop and that you enjoy a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!