[Time Sensitive] Advice for MDS Users

With the news that My Digital Studio (MDS) is being discontinued on June 2nd (date extended from May 31) and other MDS resources will be ending on June 9th, I wanted to provide a little advice on how to proceed before the deadlines. Basically, this is an overview of what I’ve done, or will do in the near future, to make sure I’m covered on all MDS fronts. This post assumes you already have MDS and plan to continue using it. *I am more than happy to help answer more specific questions about any of this process- just email me!

First, look at the downloads that you have in MDS. Is there any content that you feel like you are “missing” from  your digital stash? The software comes with quite a bit of content, but depending on how you plan to use MDS you might need more. Jot down a list of “missing” content.

Next, check out the digital downloads in the Stampin’ Up! store. Everything is 30% off until June 2nd, so you are getting a great deal! I did more shopping than I’m comfortable admitting, mainly because I’ve seen some of the other digital content available online, and the Stampin’ Up! stuff is my favorite. (Also, because of my demonstrator discount I also get an extra 20% off!) Now there is a TON of content in the online store, so my strategy was to look through it all by content “TYPE” first, then by “OCCASION.” You may only need to do one or the other, especially if you have very specific MDS needs.

Third, once you’ve gotten all the downloads you desire, enter your download manager and print/save the screen for future reference. On my PC I did this by right-clicking when I was on the download manager, selecting print, and just following my printer instructions. I also saved this as a PDF on my computer. Here’s a screenshot of what the download manager looks like:

Screenshot MDS download mgr

In addition, you will definitely want to go ahead and DOWNLOAD your purchases immediately. The download manager goes away on June 9th!

Once all of your content is downloaded into MDS, find the folder on your computer where your MDS files are saved. Back up everything onto an external hard drive or other backup location. If you need help with this process, *contact me! It’s mostly important that you backup your MDS content during this step, but it’s also a great time to back up any projects you have created as well. Here’s where the MDS files are located on my computer (a PC) and it should be similar for you. One of the main things you want to back up is the highlighted “components” folder:

Screenshot MDS file location

These are the main steps you want to take, but there are some additional/optional backup things you can do. The most important is to get content purchased and downloaded before the deadlines! Purchase by June 2nd & Download by June 9th!

As far as how I’m moving forward after these deadlines…. I’m going to continue to use MDS software until it becomes unusable. At that point I will be using the software called My Memories Suite. It’s made by the SAME COMPANY that makes MDS and it functions virtually the same way! All the content you purchase and use in MDS can be moved over to MMS seamlessly!

*if you purchased MDS from another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please contact her/him for assistance first. I’m happy to help you after that, if necessary.

[Time Sensitive] My Digital Studio Being Discontinued

My Digital Studio will be unavailable for purchase after May 31, 2015. If you are interested in purchasing the software and/or any downloads from my Stampin’ Up! Online Store then make sure you do so right away.

I will continue to support any of my customers who use this software, for as long as necessary. I plan to continue using MDS and will just find alternative ways to print my products.

I will have more information on these changes very soon, including how I plan to move forward.

Contact me with any questions!

Luck ‘O The Irish: MDS Kit of the Month

This month I’ve created some sample projects using the Luck ‘O The Irish Ensemble for My Digital Studio.

Luck 'O The Irish Digital Ensemble

To use this kit for your party, you simply open the ensemble in MDS as an 8-1/2 x 11″ portrait photo book, which is how most printables are found in MDS. Then, depending on lead time, you can send the project out to be printed or print on your home printer. How adorable are those leprechaun hats?!?!

This product photo is really just the tip of the iceberg for what you can do with this kit! It’s designed to help make your St. Paddy’s Party really shine, but I’ve used the kit to make a digital scrapbook page!

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I added some glimmer paper and some other touches, but the bulk of the page is from the Luck ‘O The Irish Ensemble! So fun!

Keep watching for more MDS Kits of the Month!

More Amore Project 2: MDS Kit of the Month

I hope you enjoyed my first two More Amore projects for my MDS Kit of the Month.

I’ve created a second scrapbook page using the same items, with a completely different look!FEB2015 Scrap-More Amore-001

For this page I used a background paper from the More Amore designer series paper. This paper actually has a quote on the bottom right corner, which is lovely, but not what I wanted for this project. So I found a way to cover it using re-colored Retro Fresh Washi Tape and an Antique Brad (included in the MDS software).

The “I love you” is a stamp brush, which I colored once and copied/pasted until I had seven lined up. I reduced the opacity on each stamp as I went down the line, to make the faded effect. The “Sweet” and “Heart” are two different stamps which I cropped to get the look I wanted. Finally, I added some embellishments in the upper right corner: More Amore hearts and a heart from Everyday Woodcuts.

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I hope you enjoy this new MDS Kit of the Month feature! See you for the next one in March!

LOCAL FRIENDS: Save the Date and plan to join me for my next “Getting Started with MDS” class on May 1st!  Not nearby? Get your free 30-day trial software from me and I’ll send you a link to get my 10 free tutorial videos to help you get started using MDS!

More Amore: MDS Kit of the Month

I’m introducing a new feature today! Each month I plan to highlight a different My Digital Studio (MDS) kit or ensemble; it might be one included in the software or one available for purchase separately.

For February 2015 I’m highlighting the More Amore ensemble and More Amore designer series paper downloads. You saw my first sample card on February 13th!

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When using digital paper, you NEVER run out! I used 3 different papers from More Amore, along with the hearts stamp, which I colored red. The overlay on the Basic Gray background comes from Natural Composition Overlays (a must have!) and the “what I love” stamp comes from the File It Fun Kit.

Watch for my next project featuring the More Amore digital goodies!

Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU!

FEB Card-More Amore-001I’ve been playing with My Digital Studio again! I found a Valentine’s Day card design I liked, and changed a few items on it to make it my own. So fun! I used the More Amore designer paper & ensemble, and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp brush set.

If you’ve been thinking about downloading the free 30-day trial of MDS… do it! I’ll send you a link to sign up for 10 tutorial videos AND I’m here to answer your questions.

RSVP Deadline for MDS Class!

The deadline is TODAY to RSVP to join me for “Getting Started with MDS!” I hope you can attend this FREE class where we’ll go over the basics of My Digital Studio so you can see just how simple it is to use.

If you cannot make the class, but still want to TRY the software for 30 days for FREE, click this link: MDS FREE 30-Day Trial

I’ll send you a link to receive my 10 video tutorials during your trial period!

I have room for a few more attendees, so email me right away so you don’t miss out!

[VIDEO] MDS Quick Tip: Change the Background on a Template

In this MDS quick tip video, I’m answering a viewer question about changing background papers on a pre-designed template. She wanted to make sure that she could change some of the background papers in this calendar template. This info applies to any pre-designed projects by Stampin’ Up! You can feel confident in purchasing a template you like, knowing you can change virtually anything you’d want to suit your needs and style!

Watch for more videos using this same calendar template! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss anything.