Thursday, July 28, 2011

Masking Video Tutorial

I frequently see really cute paper scrapbook pages and think, "Dang! I wonder if I should pull out all my supplies and try using paper again." I really don't want to make a mess though, so instead I usually think, "How can I recreate this look in My Digital Studio?"

Yesterday I saw this layout by Maggie Holmes (who I adore) and I knew I had to try and create that masked butterfly look.

Here's what I came up with:

Here's how to make it:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Exciting Announcements!

I'm so excited to share some great news with you today.

The first one is that today I am a guest blogger on Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio Blog. Go check it out here! I am so excited that I got to share the birthday decorations I made for Esper's party in MDS with everyone. I also had another layout featured in the gallery (that makes three total!) and it always makes me giddy when I see that.

The main news I have to share with you is an exciting new class I am offering!


If you have ever wanted to learn digital scrapbooking but aren't sure where to start, this is the class for you!

Since I started using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio in August of last year I have made over 100 layouts! I don't think I ever came close to that number when I was paper scrapbooking or even using Photoshop to digitally scrapbook. Now I have a family album that has updated layouts and an album for my one-year-old that has quite a few layouts in it! I never would have done that without MDS. It was too much of a pain for me to get out all my supplies and make a giant mess, especially with the baby around. Now I just work on my layouts a little at a time on my laptop when the baby is playing well or napping. I love that after I design a layout I can immediately share it with all my friends online. It's instant gratification!

I will start with a beginner course, but don't worry- eventually I will do an intermediate and expert class if enough people are interested.

This class is also a good idea for other Stampin' Up! demonstrators out there who want to expand their businesses by selling MDS, but don't know how to use it yet.

So what will my class include?

You will get:
  • Access to my members-only blog which will contain: 
  • Weekly video tutorials
  • More layout ideas!
  • Tutorials showing basic techniques
  • 2 scrapbook templates each month designed by me (all you have to do is insert your own photos and journaling!)
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, there are a few things you will need:
  • My Digital Studio software (If you do not have MDS yet, go to my online store to purchase it.  Click on Shop Now>Digital Designing>My Digital Studio Software>My Digital Studio. You will see that software costs $79.99 and is the one I would recommend for this class. The three-month class membership is free if you purchase this software from me! There is also an option to purchase the Express Booster Pack for $39.99. If you purchase that one, you will still need to pay the $15.00 each month to take the class.)
  • Access to a computer with My Digital Studio installed on it.
  • Like I mentioned above, if you purchase the My Digital Studio software ($79.99) from me, your membership for three months is free!
  • If you would just like to try my class out for the first month to see if you like it, the cost is $15.00.
  • If you join my mailing list, the price is just $13.00 a month!
  • If you know for sure you would like to participate for the full three months, you can save money by paying ahead $38.00.


I will keep all of this information on the side of my blog if you decide you're interested.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Hurry! The first class starts August 1st!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I have (finally) updated the right side of my blog. You will now see links to my online store, the new catalog, and current promotions. If you don't follow me yet, make sure you do that. You can also chose to receive my blog updates by email (I'm looking at you Mom) if that's easier for you.

Also, some personal links at the bottom. One to my personal blog and a link to follow me on Pinterest (my new addiction). I frequently pin cute cards and scrapbook pages there so if you're looking for some great ideas using Stampin' Up! product, you definitely want to follow my cards board. (Let me know if you need an invitation to sign up.)

I also now have a tab at the top of the blog for my Stamps for Sale. I have a lot of retired stamps and other product I need to get rid of, so make sure you check to see if there is anything you want on my list. I will be updating it regularly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hello Again!

I'm so sorry I've been away for so long. I was busy planning a first birthday party and I also went through a bit of a creative slump for a while. Luckily I seem to have got my mojo back, though, so I am back to creating. I have some digital layouts to share with you today.

Make sure you check back later this week as I will have some fun announcements to make!

Journaling: On the 2nd day of your life you had a hearing test at the hospital and failed. I was so shocked but tried not to worry, as the stats show that a lot of babies fail their first one. I told your Grandma Julie the news on the phone and she broke down crying which made me break down. For the next two weeks, your father and I wondered if you would be deaf for the rest of your life. Even though I know a lot about the Deaf community and even some sign language, that is not something I wanted you to have to deal with. Your second test was performed by an audiologist who was born deaf and assured me that you would be okay in life if you were deaf. I didn't want to think about that. You failed that test, which only about 10% of babies fail. Your father and I were devastated but your father had faith that somehow you would be able to hear. The next step was to have you see an ENT. Dr. Child looked in your ears and immediately saw fluid. This was great news as it meant that most likely that was causing you to not hear, although we couldn't know for sure until you got tubes in your ears to drain them. Your surgery was scheduled and while we were so nervous at how you would do, you did great. That morning I couldn't give you a bottle and you didn't freak out. You even smiled big for the anesthesiologist, which made it a little easier for me to give you to her. You looked so cute in your hospital clothes. Once the fluid drained, the Dr. did another hearing test and you passed with flying colors! Your dad and I cried with happiness. We are so lucky that being deaf is not a challenge you will have to face in your life.
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