This hobby I love isn't just about making cards, is it. It's about giving a little piece of ourselves to brighten someone's day...it's about the friends we make along the way...it's the joy of creating...it's connecting with others who share our love of creating. The other day one of my stampers (HI Cheryl!) left a gift on my porch for me, I will be sharing it during show and share at stamp camp. I can't begin to tell you how happy it made me feel! I have gotten lots of gifts, cards, (even jams and goodies) from my stamping friends. They really know how to put a smile on my face. I am a hands on learner...and stamping is my creative outlet. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to "get into" the new digital program Stampin' Up! put out. Let me warn you, I am hooked! I am currently working on a project that is in calendar form, called "traditions" inside are my families long held and cherished traditions. Here is one of the pages:
These photos are from quite a few years back (maybe 5?) One of the problems I have come across when I started to scrapbook is that none of my photos are in order, or even dated. By doing this traditions project the year doesn't matter, Jill could be 9 on this page and on the next 14, and on the one after that 3...they are traditions that we have done every year of my kid's lives...a great way to look back at pumpkin carving, Christmas cookie making, camping, berry picking, all of those things that mark the seasons for us.
It is so quick and easy to use My digital Studio, and it is so much more than just a digital scrapbook program! I have had a couple of the cards I created printed. Here is one of them:
I love it, inside and out! The ornaments seem to float off the card,The ribbon looks real, the bow pops but really it is all just one layer. I am going to alter this and the other card a bit, adding touches to bring it to life and to make it more of a 3D card...but it would be beautiful just as it is. I can't wait to make hybrid 12 x 12 scrapbook pages, adding my touches of embellishments to my finished printed pages to make them even more my own. Yes, I love the "hands on" of crafting, and if I choose to add more to the printed finished projects I can, and will! I will also be able to sit back, look at the beautiful finished projects that arrive in my mail box, and be happy that it is perfect just the way it is!
Here are some of the examples that Stampin' Up! has shared:
You get to use the same great artwork, colors, and accessory images found in our current product line to create personalized projects. The options are endless: create assorted photo albums, calendars, and greeting cards using My Digital Studio. Once you've created your personalized gift or heirloom, have it printed in our high-quality print facility and delivered to your door. A great idea for those hard to shop for family members...create one book and print out 3...one for your parents, one for his parents, and one for you to keep...or one for each child so they can keep their cherished memories close at hand. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to purchase My Digital Studio just send me an email and I can help you! I will be creating gifts for my friends and family using this program, and using stamps/inks/ribbons and other awesome Stampin' Up! toys this holiday season...and through the year. I am sure they will bring a smile to my family's faces, and I know your friends and family would love them too!