My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Today's digital offerings are an amazing value — look at the first one for example, Unknown Blessings Ensemble…templates from invitations to table décor, a huge stamp brush set, six different (but coordinating) Designer Series Paper patterns, themed embellishments and even a punch. It's a package that will take you from planning your guest list right […]

8 Tips For Great Children Photos

Whether you are a crazed-camera-toting mama or a casual-iphone-snapper, the photographs dearest to us are those of our children and grand-children. Scrapbookers may have the trendiest pages in the world, but if the photography is weak so too is the album. Hampshire photographer Elizabeth Halford wrote a great article on photo-taking strategies when snapping those […]

Marvelous Mackenzie & A Secret

Ah, she's a beauty…and so smart! Mackenzie will turn two next month and I can hardly remember life before she bounced into our world. This scrapbook page came together quickly. I started with a template in My Digital Studio from the Always Elegant Kit, item #119839. I added some flowers, the name text and a […]

Coming Attraction: My Digital Studio 2

With the new My Digital Studio software you'll be able to: Design in spreads Create with custom canvas sizes Add more than one color to a single stamp image Resize vector stamp images while keeping them crisp See color combination suggestions With more than 75 new features to make designing smoother than ever, MDS 2 […]

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Drum roll, please…today's new downloads! 129886TAKE THREE STAMP BRUSH SET28-piece   130977 SOON TO BLOOM WASHI TAPE 12-piece Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Night of Navy, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Summer Starfruit, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla   130987FAMILY FUN PHOTOBOOK TEMPLATE24-page page photobook template; 45-piece stamp […]

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine: Easy Rosettes

Have you ever attempted to cut, score and assemble a rosette by hand? Yeah…endless scoring, cramped fingers and an hour or two I'll never get back. Enter Stampin' Up!s Designer Rosette Bigz XL die (#125594) for the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. Now we have an easy and guaranteed-to-work tool for producing gorgeous rosettes! This die […]

My Digital Studio: Tuesday Downloads

Tuesday's mean new digital downloads for My Digital Studio, so here's today's great releases for digital scrapbooking, cardmaking and photo journals. Dahlias #130979 includes 50 embellishments in 50 colors (Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, […]

My Digital Studio: Baby Onboard

Guess who's going to be a grandmother? Yep, that's my granddaughter currently lodging in my youngest daughter, Katelyn. The layout is a 8" x 8" scrapbook page created in Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio software. Oh, how I love this software! What I don't love is the name "Grandma." So, what do I want the […]

My Digital Studio: May Downloads

I so look forward to the first week of each month when Stampin' Up! releases new downloads for My Digital Studio. If there's a jock — or a wannabe jock — in your family, you'll appreciate the offerings this month. Athletic Department Stamp Brush Set Digital DownloadItem #121065$7.95 The 17-piece Athletic Department Stamp Brush Set […]

Video Shares: Nashville Flooding & Scrapbook Ideas

      With the tremendous storms and flooding in the southeast, some of my best pals are in Alabama and Mississippi volunteering with the American Red Cross. It is truly a privilege to be able to serve those affected by disaster and I expect to be deployed to Tennessee myself in the next few days. Please […]

My Digital Studio: Update Available

News flash from Stampin' Up! For those of you who have purchased the My Digital Studio software, there is a free update available. To update, launch My Digital Studio and choose "Check For Updates" under the Help menu and follow the directions. Easy-peasy! Today's share is a 6" x 6" scrapbook page I created in […]

Hurricane Ida Go Away

After what seems like just a few days of rain-free Autumn days in Atlanta the wet stuff is back, courtesy of Hurricane Ida. After all the flooding in the southeast, we're just a little nervous when there are clouds in the sky, let alone a named storm moving in. Longing for drier days, I put […]

Angela Scraps

My friend and talented paper wrangler, Angela Styma, has an adorable little boy who is – of course – the object of her scrapbooking efforts. Angela used elements from Stampin’ Up!’s line of Simply Scrappin’ kits to feature her favorite young man. Joy is easy to define with a little one in the house at […]

Need A Laugh?

This has been a busy, confusing week for me and I so appreciated seeing two things that made me laugh right out loud. I thought y'all might need a giggle, too, so before we have a look at today's samples… The first humor moment was when I read an email from Cindy Marchant. Her tagline […]

Time to Scrapbook

Woohoo! Here we go for Scrapbooking Month…The stamp set used on our Stampin' Up! sample today is from the Occasions mini catalog, and is only available until the end of June. Sense of Time features the images at right, plus the large clock design used on the sample page below.   Stamps Sense of Time […]

Start Scrapbookin’

Join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator for only $75 with the limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit. The Scrapbooking Starter Kit contains: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set (valued at $42.95) Simply Scrappin' Petal Party (valued at $19.95) Earth Elements assorted Textured card stock (valued at $11.95) Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad (valued at $ 7.50) Each of […]

Stampin’ In The Mountains

Every year a group of about twenty die-hard crafters and artisans gather for a weekend in the mountains of north Georgia…no kids, no significant others, no chores. Most of us scrapbook, but we also have people who make cards, do beading or create 3D projects like jewelry and gift items. This year was a blast […]

Tips For Taking Great Holiday Photos

The stockings are hung, the house is bursting with holiday colors and smells, and there's a "photo op" at every turn. How do you capture those magical moments when you're  surrounded by twinkling lights, candlelit rooms and helpful Uncle Harry? Jessica at the Webshots blog has compiled a list of tips for capturing those lovely […]

Good Intentions

I'm already looking towards January and New Year resolutions. I know, I know — a recipe for disappointment — setting high goals and ultimately feeling badly when I don't meet them. This year, however, I am determined to keep my goals modest and attainable. One of those goals will be to complete two scrapbooks. I've […]

From Photo To Fine Art?

As we scrapbook the moments in our lives, there are times when our photos need a little help. Adobe Photoshop provides many tools for enhancing pictures but can be somewhat daunting to use. There's an easy tutorial at on using Adobe Photoshop to create a work of art — a faux painting, if you […]

Fishin’ Credit

My thanks to Kimberly Myers of Santa Rosa, CA, for her "Fishin'" scrapbook page seen in this post. Kimberly is not only an awesome scrapbooker; she is also one of the recipients  of Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Award for 2008. Congratulations, Kimberly!

Cuppa Tea, Anyone?

Reader Monica Sheldon sent in this card using a piece of Hodgepodge Hardware. Nice job, Monica! And here are some other samples using this great hardware: Hodgepodge Hardware is not just for cards — it’s perfect for scrapbook pages and 3D projects, too. Friday I’ll announce the winner of the Hodgepodge Hardware Contest. One lucky […]

Begone Ghosts & Goblins!

I am SO glad it is November 1st — for two reasons!  One, I’m done with Halloween several days before the main event. If it wasn’t for those impossibly cute witches, bats and spiders Stampin’ Up! keeps putting into rubber stamp sets I would likely ignore the whole thing. Two, there is a fabulous special […]