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!

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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!

[MDS Digital] Play Date Scrapbook Page

This is a really quick, but really cute, digital scrapbook page made using My Digital Studio (MDS). The hardest part will be selecting your photos! This page sketch would be just as simple to create using your favorite non-digital designer papers & some circle punches.

MDS digital scrapbook page play date


My Digital Studio (130647 disk, 130646 download 130910 30-day free trial), Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper (123138), So Typefelt stamp brush set (128884), Get It Done Kit (129924)


  1. Open a new 12 x 12 blank page in MDS
  2. Add the background paper – pattern 12 from the Big Top Birthday DSP
  3. Choose a photo layout – if you don’t have the one with the 9 circles, you can create it by making one circle photo box and copying/pasting until you have all 9. Use the “align” tool to line them all up in a square.
  4. Fill the photo boxes with photos, journaling, or other embellishments. In the sample I put the Big Top Birthday DSP in the bottom right circle – pattern 2.
  5. Add a Real Red “mat” to all 9 photo boxes.
  6. Add the “work hard play hard” stamp brush image from So Typefelt and size how you’d like it. Color each of the individual words by using your “coloring tool.” It’s the digital version of using Stampin’ Write Markers!
  7. Use a text box to add the word “play” and the date of your event. Use the stamp brush word “date” from the Get It Done kit. Layer the words until they are placed how you like. Color them to coordinate with your project.
  8. Add a “drop shadow” to all of the words & stamps on the page and you’re done!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this MDS Digital scrapbook sample. Contact me with any questions!

Buy 3, Get 1 Free – Designer Series Paper

Because we can NEVER have enough Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up! is having a special offer to save you money!buy 3 get 1 free dspWHEN: July 1-31, 2013

DETAILS: Buy three packs of select Designer Series Paper and get one for free!

  • No limits. Order six? You’ll get two for free. Nine? You’ll get three for free.

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  • To get your free DSP, enter it in your order separately from the three packs you’re paying for. For example, if you want four packs of the same type of paper, put in the three you’re paying for and enter the fourth as a separate item.

These items don’t qualify for the offer: DSP Stacks, Specialty DSP, Hostess-only DSP

Let me know if you have any questions about this offer! 

A Fun 12×12 Scrapbook Page for Your Boy!

May2013-ScrapThis simple but fun scrapbook page is perfect for any of your “boy” page needs! Simply by changing the title and journaling, you can have a great page for any event!


Paper: *Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper (retired, substitute your new favorite DSP! Or get Parker’s Patterns MDS version!), Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (119685), Crumb Cake Card Stock (120953)

Tools & Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Paper Snips (103579), *Silver Basics Designer Buttons (substitute with your favorite buttons), Natural 7/16” Trim Ribbon (129287), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)


  1. Choose which patterns from the designer series paper you wish to use. Keep one of them as a full 12×12 for the background, and cut the other 3 pieces into 6×6” squares.
  2. Place a 8-1/2” x 11” piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock onto your background with SNAIL adhesive, towards the left of the page. Layer your 3 6×6” squares over the card stock, angling them, attaching them with SNAIL adhesive.
  3. Cut Crumb Cake card stock into two pieces: a 4-1/4” x 6-1/4” photo mat & a 4-3/4” x 7” piece for the journaling. Cut a flag end on one of the “short” sides of the journaling piece. Layer your 4×6” photo on the photo mat.
  4. Tuck the Crumb Cake journaling piece under the designer series papers so the flag end reaches the end of the background paper on the right.
  5. Adhere your photo onto the left hand side of the page, over the designer series papers, with dimensionals.
  6. Cut a piece of the Natural ribbon and fold it in half. Adhere it to the page under a large silver button, attached with glue dots.
  7. Place a couple more silver buttons where desired on the page, attached with glue dots.
  8. Add your own title and journaling and you are finished!

Let me know what you think in the comments, or send me an email if you have any questions!

Happy Scrapping!

Mid-Month My Digital Studio Project

I wanted to share yet another My Digital Studio project with you today. It’s another page from my 2012 family album. My son and his Granddad (my dad) had the best time last year, planting tomatoes and cucumbers in Granddad’s garden!

Gardening with Granddad MDS scrapbook pageI knew I needed to fit a LOT of photos on this one page, so I came up with the filmstrip idea, building it with digital frames and photo boxes until I got it just right. I only had to build the first one, then copy and paste the other two!

If you want to learn more about digital crafting with MDS, then I encourage you to try the FREE 30-Day Trial! I will also sign you up for my exclusive 10 free tutorial videos to help get you started.  Visit my MDS Page or contact me with any questions!

Working Past Mistakes in Your Scrapbooking

Mistake-Filled Album

Let’s visit the late 80s! And check out the crop work on these photos! Fantastic, no?!?! I’ve moved on with the scrapbook anyway… read about it below!

Recently I wrote an article about how I finished my son’s first-year scrapbook, and I mentioned that I am currently working on an scrapbook from my high school days. More specifically, it’s the album from my two years on my school’s drill team. Go Bandoleras!

I wanted to write about THIS scrapbook specifically to talk about the mistakes I’ve made with it, and how I’m finishing it anyway!

I’m not sure exactly when I started scrapbooking my drill team album (maybe about 1998? maybe earlier?), but it started as just that… an album rather than a true scrapbook. It was also only my 2nd year/Senior Year pictures. I took my photos, cut them into strange shapes with super-cute (at the time) scissors, and placed them in a magnetic photo album. In addition, I had used a word document for journaling every detail – places, names of everyone in the pictures; which came in handy later, actually!

Sometime around 2001 or 2002, I learned that the type of photo album (magnetic) I had used was NOT great for photos, so I set about to “rescue” all these photos and move them into a true scrapbook. However, I only had these chopped up photos to use. UGH! Well, I moved forward anyway! I decided on a consistent layout for the entire album, rather than something different on each page. Consistency would also make it easier to get the pages done more quickly. I also think it sort of hides the hideousness of the chopped up photos.

My previous journaling on the word document was fantastic and VERY HELPFUL! I used to have a terrific memory, but I’ll admit to not remembering everyone’s name in every photo.  Sorry, friends!

Just a few weeks ago, I finished my Senior Year pages for the scrapbook, and I’m moving on to the first year. None of my Junior Year drill team photos are chopped into the hideous shapes (yay) but I also have a lot fewer photos from my first year (boo) and they are not great pictures (double-boo) because of the camera used, I’m guessing. It seems that my mom, who was the primary photographer for all of my drill team photos, got a new camera between my Junior & Senior years in high school. Mystery solved, I think!

I have decided to carry on with my consistent page layout with the entire album — I had once considered having the two years look different from one another. However, now I am in “get it done” mode, so keeping the layout the same will help me with that!

I’ve started with my photos (see my post on the Four Steps to a Finished Scrapbook) and sorted them into different events. I haven’t listed each page in a Google document this time, because there are only going to be about 10-12 pages. My supplies were already collected, so I can skip that step. Now I can just quickly scrapbook each page, in whatever order I’d like, to get it done. Unfortunately for this set of photos from my Junior year, I don’t have all the terrific journaling, but I think I can work through that with a little help from my twin sister and some of my close high school friends.

My final step for my finished drill team album will be a title page – but I am saving that for the very end!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my scrapbooking world. I encourage you to work through any mistakes you’ve made and get your projects done! I could have let a few mangled photos set me WAY back on this project, but I chose to move forward. After all, it’s the memories that are important to share, rather than striving for perfection!

Let me know how you’ve worked past mistakes in your projects by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear from you, and to know I’m not the only one who used the super-cute scissors to attack my photos!

Happy Scrapbooking, Friends!

Four Steps to a Finished Scrapbook

I am really excited to announce that I recently finished my son’s first-year scrapbook! (He’s four!) Those of us who truly enjoy our scrapbooking hobby know that “finishing” an album is a rare thing. Many times we might have several scrapbooks “in progress” and sometimes we just don’t feel like working on a specific scrapbook, so it’s fun to be able to switch around between multiple projects. I really had to decide that finishing his “baby” book was a priority — and I am so happy that I did!

I wanted to share a few steps that really helped me get it done, without feeling like I was forgetting something!

  1. First, everything starts with your photos. Mine were primarily on my computer to begin with, so I went through ALL of them from his first year (and some from before he was born) and made a list of what I had to work with, in chronological order. Some photos fit neatly into an event or theme, and some were just daily life. I listed it ALL. It helped me to keep this list on my Google Drive, but a handwritten document could work for you.
  2. Second, I had my photos printed. ALL of them from his first year, whether I thought they might be included in the scrapbook or not. This way I would still have all of them either sorted in labeled boxes or in his scrapbook. It gave me some flexibility towards the end of my project when I decided to include a 12-month retrospective (2-page spread) using one photo from each month that I hadn’t previously used in the book.
  3. Third, I pulled ALL the designer papers (patterned scrapbooking papers) that I might use for his scrapbook into ONE container. This made it more simple for me to go to ONLY that one spot to find paper for each layout, rather than digging through my entire stash of paper each time. Also, you may decide to tie all your scrapbook album pages to a certain design or theme — so keeping all of that together makes more sense. I didn’t include solid card stock in this project stash, because with my craft room layout it is easy enough to pull pages as I needed them. You could also include embellishments in this step, but I tended to make or use embellishments as I went, so I didn’t need to collect them all at once.
  4. Finally, I simply got started making pages. With my handy list of photos, organized by month, then by event, I could make a page and cross it off my list. I didn’t have to necessarily scrapbook each page in order, so jumping around within the album made me feel a little more inclined to scrapbook because I didn’t HAVE to work on a specific page. For example, one of the first layouts I completed was Liam’s first birthday! Some of the last pages I completed were from right before he was born!

So, I hope reading a little about my process might help you get your scrapbooking done, or at least help you get a little more organized. Everyone has to do what works for them, and this truly helped me get my son’s first-year scrapbook completed before he left for college! Now I am working on a scrapbook from my high school days (almost 25 years ago!) and I’m more motivated to get it done, now that I know that it’s possible to finish a scrapbook!

I’d love to hear the steps that work for YOU when scrapbooking. Share them in the comments below! And please contact me if you have any questions!