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MDS Monday – Digital Dry Embossing Technique

Our challenge for this MDS Monday sketch was to use mostly white on white with just a pop of color. I created this scrapbook page to highlight this recent photo of our granddaughter-in-law and her three girls. They are all so lovely!

Digital scrapbook page featuring a faux dry embossing technique

This is the sketch:

MDSM82 sketch

I used a drop shadow to allow the doily to show up against the white background. I played around with overlays to see if I could get the background with a dry embossed look. By experimenting with the color of the overlay and the color, opacity, blur, and offset of the drop shadow, I was able to get a pretty good simulation of dry embossing. What do you think?

Here is what I did. I applied the Decorative Overlays stamp brush set – flourishes (129880) and changed the color to Whisper White. Then I changed the drop shadow to -40% opacity, blur 5, offset x=0, y=0 and the color to Smoky Slate. If you aren’t familiar with the drop shadow function, let me explain. Opacity is how transparent the drop shadow it, the default is -25%. Blur refers to how wide the drop shadow is. 5 is the default but you can increase the width up to full. Offset is how close to the image is. In this page, I wanted the shadow to be tight up against the image. I urge you to play around with the drop image function. It gives depth to your project. However, it can also make your elements look like they are in front of the page, not part of the page. Experimentation to see what gives you the desired effect is important.

Here’s another tip for you. I wanted to use the color picker function to recolor the satin ribbon knot to match one of the colors in the blue jacket. I first tried recoloring Whisper White ribbon but the color was too light so I went darker. I finally chose Basic Gray ribbon and got the desired depth of color.

I challenge you to create a scrapbook page or greeting card using this technique to simulate dry embossing. When you finish it, email it to me and I’ll share it on this blog.

for more detail about the supplies I used and to order them, just click on the images below.

Terrific Tuesday – World Traveler

Digital frameable wall art using World Traveler Photobook TemplateThe World Traveler Photobook Template (130066) is one of the new Weekly Deals for the week of 9-9-14. Somehow, I missed the great papers and embellishments of this download when it was first introduced and had not bought it. I’m glad it is now available at 40% off. All the components of the wall art are from the kit except for the ribbon. Check out the details of this and the other Weekly Deals by clicking on the links below and then order your favorite.

MDS Monday – Why I Love MDS

digital scrapbook page titled I Love SunsetsCan you guess from the number of posts I do that are digital samples? I do love MDS! The main reason is that I can change my mind about a color or design of designer series paper without ruining a ton of supplies. I played around with the colors on this scrapbook page for well over an hour trying out one and then another just for the backgrounds and the lettering. Then I spend more time changing the color of the mats and changing out the dsp used in the sun. Gosh…I love playing with the colors and with MDS!

This page is for the MDS Monday challenge 81. The challenge was to create a page about something I love. I thought of my kids/grandkids/great-grandkids but how could I single out pictures of just a couple of them? Then I thought about the great ladies and the fun we have at the Stampin” Up! workshops I teach. Again, how could I choose just a few? So I settled on sunsets. I love sunsets! I could never paint a sunset as stunning as those God creates and I am content to just take pictures of them.

The sketch looks like this:

MDS Monday challenge sketch 81My pictures are stunning enough so I only used designer series paper for the sun. I used the color picker to color in the rectangles in the background. Since the pictures say it all, I omitted the journaling box.  I always want texture in my backgrounds so I added the Natural Composition Overlays (130855) – 9 . This wrinkled paper overlay is one of my favorites!

If you are like me and like to try different papers, colors and shapes when creating to find just the perfect combination but don’t like to waste supplies, then you would love working with My Digital Studio! To order your copy of the program, just click on the links below. I’m only a few keystrokes away in the form of an email when you need help or ideas.


MDS Monday – Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Style

Whoosh…what a chore it was to finish this Project Life style scrapbook page! I kept getting java error messages but with perseverance I was able to work in spite of the error messages. I finally checked for page errors and found that I had a corrupt file for one of the embellishments. I had deleted the embellishment but the layer it was in didn’t delete. I finally started all over again with a new project and stayed away from that embellishment. I had no trouble the second time.

Here is the sketch:

Project Life style sketch for MDS Monday Challenge 80And here is my page:

digital scrapbook page Project Life style for MDS Monday Challenge 80Here are the downloads I used:

Click on the images to see what the downloads include and to order them. Now it is your turn to create a page following the sketch in general. Have fun and then upload it here.




MDS Monday – Map It Out

I love to play along with MDS Monday and follow their challenges. This week’s challenge is to use a map on our project. Here is the sketch

map sketch for MDSM78 challengeand here is my version

digital scrapbook page using a map as a background and incorporating 14 picturesI love that the sketch has so many photos on it. This allowed me to put a whole year worth of photos from our granddaughter’s freshman year at college. I did a screen capture of a map of the area where her college is located near Boston and saved it as a jpeg. Then I added a square punch and resized it to 12″ x 12″ and photo filled the punch. I decreased the opacity to about 70% so that the colors of the map wouldn’t conflict with the photos. The smaller photos are 2″ x 2″ square punches also filled with photos. Instead of tags on the corners of the larger photos, I added antique brads (122164) to ‘hold the photos in place’. Minimal supplies are needed to create a page like this. The square punch and arrow come with the MDS software.

Now it’s your turn. Visit the MDS Monday website for the details of the challenge and get to creating. Then upload your project to their site. If you do, please leave me a message so I will be sure to check it out.

MDS Monday – MDSM75 Challenge

MDSM Sketch 75Welcome to MDS Monday! We have a new sketch to play with. Here is what I did with it.MDSM75 Challenge digital scrapbook page of a family reunion

Our 50th anniversary is August 28 but we wanted all the family to gather for a group picture and this past weekend was the only time we could gather them all together. It was a wonderful day with everyone there except for a grandson and his wife who in the military and didn’t have time off.

Supplies:MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Background – Downtown Grunge Photobook Template (126056)- designer series paper – 4
Fan Fair Photobook Template (127202) – embellishments/Fan Fair – stitching black 1
Flag Punch (125785) Fill Color = 153,220,229 and Summer Smoockes Kit (129601) designer series paper – 3

To order these supplies, visit my online store or click on the links. Thanks!

MDS Monday – Alaska 2014

digital scrapbook page of our Alaska trip using Summer Splash stamp brush setOn this MDS Monday, we are enjoying a pleasant evening in our fifth-wheel trailer in a campground in Williams Lake, BC, on our way home from a month in Craig, AK. What a great time we had and I wanted to scrap some of the pictures we took to preserve those memories. I did take along a selection of stamps and stamping supplies but would not have pulled them out to create this scrapbook page. MDS to the rescue!!! What a wonderful way to spend the evening playing with my digital pictures and stamping supplies!

Have you given MDS and digital scrapbooking Stampin’ Up! style a try yet? If not, I urge you to do so. You can even try it for 30 days for FREE and I am here to help you get started. Just click on the links below to order MDS and the Summer Splash stamp brush set. Let me know when you are ready to install your purchase and I can walk you through it if you have any problems.

Terrific Tuesday – Weely Deals

Hey, it’s Terrific Tuesday! The weather here in Craig, AK, is not that terrific. We have had several days/weeks??? of overcast skies and rain. Makes us remember one reason why we moved to Mount Vernon, WA. They have been having hot, sunny weather.

Digital scrapbook page using the Sweet Shop digital download

There are no new digital downloads for MDS but the Sweet Shop Kit (129339) digital download is on sale for 60% off in the new Weekly Deals for this week. I created this scrapbook page with the Sweet Shop kit and the Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower stamp brush set (123197). Check out the deals and click on the links for more information and to order the ones you want. Do this right away. The sale prices go away after next Monday.

Terrific Tuesday – Throughout the Years

Throughout the Years Photobook Template pg 2 Throughout the Years Photobook Template pg 3






It’s Terrific Tuesday with new MDS digital downloads and new Weekly Deals for us. Before I share them with you, I want to share this first 2-page spread of Ron and my Throughout the Years 8″ x 8″ book I am creating for our 50th wedding anniversary celebration the end of July. Two weeks ago I shared a card with you that I had created using this photobook template. You can see the card here and here are pages 2 and 3 of the photobook. The only changes I made to the designer pages were to change the colors to my wedding colors and to add journaling and a couple extra photos to pg 3.

Using MDS to create scrapbooks is so much faster and cleaner than traditional scrapbooking! I can change colors without wasting any paper, change the size of photos without destroying any photos, and….there is no clean-up afterwards! Triple score!!! Give it a try for yourself. I am here to help you learn and discover the pleasure of digital scrapbooking. Click on one of the links for MDS below to get started!

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910), Throughout the Years Photobook Template (137902)

Now on to the new Weekly Deals. Here they are. Click on the links to order them.

MDS Monday Sketch 61- Using Rounded Photo Corners

Using rounded corners on photoDon’t those two smiling faces warm your heart? They are two of our great-granddaughters and I had to use their photos on this scrapbook page for the MDSM61 sketch challenge. We were to round the corners of the photos in this challenge. Did you know that you can round them with just a click of your mouse? Right click on the photo which brings up a menu with several options, one of which is rounded corners. When you click on that, another screen comes up allowing you to deselect any corners you don’t want rounded. How cool is that?! Then click OK and you are done!

I wanted the title to resemble the colors in the dandelions so I used the color picker to choose one of the colors in the dandelions for the text. Then I changed the drop shadow to Old Olive and increased the opacity to 100% to get the soft green shadow.

I didn’t wander too far from the sketch. Well….maybe!

MDS Monday Sketch 61 - using rounded corners Dandelions are one of the first flowers??? to bloom in SE Alaska and are a sure sign that spring has arrived. What flowers signify spring to you? Create a scrapbook page or card with your answer and I’ll share it here on my blog.

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)Background
Card Stock/Soft Sky
Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Be Yourself May Kit (133426) – Be Yourself Designer Series Paper – paper 4
Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Photo of dandelions