Monday, June 1, 2015

Thank You!

Because Stampin' Up! made the decision to stop supporting My Digital Studio, the MDS Monday Design Team has decided to stop our weekly challenges.  However, we know there are lots of you out there who still have My Digital Studio software on your computers and want to continue using it!  Therefore, we'll keep this site up so you can use it for inspiration.  There are 115 weeks of challenges on this site, including many great sketches, and examples from the Design Team and our talented participants.  To easily see all the MDS Monday sketches, go to Heidi's Pinterest Board.

Speaking of which, I would like to thank Holly and Tara for starting this great site, as well as all the designers that have contributed to the weekly challenges, including Heidi, Beth, Rochelle, Joan, Cindy, Yapha, Jeanna, and Anita!  You're all amazingly talented, and I feel so lucky to have been selected to be part of the group and to call you my friends.  For continued inspiration by the Design Team, click on our photos on the side bar to go to our individual blogs.

If you are looking for alternative software to MDS, click on the Software Options tab above.  We also have information on Printing Options on another tab.

Additionally, don't forget to back up your MDS information before Stampin' Up! shuts down its digital sites on June 9, 2015.  Click on the Videos / How To tab above to see critical cut off dates and written and video instructions on backing up.

Finally, if you're looking for ongoing community support or inspiration for using digital software in the future, there are several great FaceBook Groups you might consider, including Simply My Digital Studio Challenge and PLxSU Trio Challenge. ~ Tami

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Weekly Winners MDSM115

Thanks to everyone who participated in "Our Favorite Things" challenge!  It was so fun to see everyone's favorite downloads, especially because a lot of them were my favorites too!  Looking at your pages was like traveling down memory lane.  In addition, the quality of pages this week was outstanding!!!  I've never had such a hard time picking winners.  In fact, you're all winners in my book!  Thank you again for creating with us and sharing your inspirational pages.  I have enjoyed making so many virtual digi-friends from this site!  Love, Tami

 Here are this week's picks:


Wendie Waldman
Wendie's page really touched me.  I remember reading Gone With the Wind as a teenager and going to a re-release of the movie with my sister; and this page brought back all those wonderful memories.  I love that Wendie included pictures from the movie, as well as a picture of Margaret Mitchell on her page, and I adore the vintage color scheme.  Outstanding job Wendie! ~ Tami




Sharon Maranich
Sharon's Inkie Fingers
This page is simply gorgeous, from the background photo, to the soft colors, and the beautiful leaf swirls that Sharon used to frame the page.  This just goes to show that simple pages can be absolutely stunning!  ~ Tami

I love the page my mom designed this week as well!  The purple and white background she created, with the subtle flowers and watercolor wash, makes the colors pop in these gorgeous photos.  She's been my most avid (and favorite) student from day one, and I'm so incredibly proud of how accomplished she's become (at age 78!)  This is just another lovely, lovely page.  ~ Tami

Thanks to everyone who participated! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

MDSM 115 - Our Favorite Things!

This is our last weekly challenge for MDS Monday!  It's SO hard to even type those words.  All of the designers here at MDS Monday want to thank everyone who's participated in our challenges.  We've enjoyed seeing your wonderful, creative designs.  It's been so much fun to play with you each week.  However, because Stampin' Up! will no longer be supporting My Digital Studio after June 9, 2015, we will no longer be posting challenges after this week.

The Stampin' Up! digital store will close on June 2, so you only have a little more than a week to peruse all the great downloads and buy any last minute items.  Therefore, for our last challenge, I thought it would be fun to have an open challenge to create a page sharing your favorite download(s).  Be sure to tell us which download you featured and why it's your favorite.

Note:  We added two great resource pages to the MDS Monday site.  They include Software Options and Printing Options.  Also, I've been adding information to the Videos / How To tab about backing up MDS as I've learned more tips.


Challenge Guidelines:

  • Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
  • Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the challenge graphic above within your post.
  • Link directly to your post or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
  • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
  • The Challenge will end on Saturday May 30th  @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun! 
_______________________

Tami Hewlett
Swimming In Stamps
Favorite - Love Story Project Life
  


Heidi Baks
 RunningwScissorsStamper
Favorite - My Sweet Pea Digital Kit

Beth Rush
Beth's Digital Cuts
Favorite - Finest Simplicity kit

Yapha Mason
Favorite - Fifty Nifty

Cindy Schuster
Favorite - Glimmer Kit

Anita Krul
My Paper Chronicles
Favourite - Love This



Jeanna Bohanon
Favorite - Downtown Grunge

We can't wait to see your favorites this week!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Weekly Winners MDSM114

Thank you to everyone that participated in our final sketch challenge this week! You all did a wonderful job and I am amazed at how MDS continues to help you document your lives. It has been my privilege to spark your creativity with these sketches and I hope you continue to use them in your memory keeping adventures! Hugs, Cindy


 Here are this week's picks:


Wendie Waldman
Her Link HERE
Life is a Daring Adventure - MDSM114

What a great page! The vintage image of the plane to the colors to the photo placement to the title selected to the typewriter font on the journaling to the background image of writing...I could go on and on. You are simply amazing, my friend Wendie! You nailed it! ~ Cindy



Diane Malcor
My Diane Designs


This is just a beautiful page! I love the monochromatic look to this and it makes those gorgeous photos pop off the page. Great job my friend! You inspired me! ~ Cindy


Thanks to everyone who participated! 
Be sure to come back tomorrow for our final challenge!

Monday, May 18, 2015

MDSM 114 - An Amazing Ride!

Hello everyone! It's Cindy here. Life has been super crazy and this roller coaster called life continues. I wanted to share a page that I made two years ago that changed my creative life. I made a similar page for the Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Application. I knew that My Digital Studio HAD to be part of my application and this page is probably the one I am most proud of. So I made a sketch layout of it for you. Use it as you like. Add more to it. Change the background or use a different stamp as the focal point. Make photo boxes with mat. Just have fun creating in MDS! The end is near and I find myself sad and yet thankful for this amazing ride with MDS after all these years. Thank you Stampin' UP for making a great digital program!

Challenge Guidelines:

  • Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
  • Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the challenge graphic above within your post.
  • Link directly to your post or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
  • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
  • The Challenge will end on Saturday May 23rd @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun! 
_______________________

Cindy Schuster

Heidi Baks
 RunningwScissorsStamper

Tami Hewlett
Swimming In Stamps

Anita Krul
My Paper Chronicles

Beth Rush
Beth's Digital Cuts

Yapha Mason

Thanks for joining us this week!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekly Winners MDSM113

A big thank you to everyone for participating in our challenge this week!  I loved to see all the different ways we came up with to add some visual interest to our pages and it really helps me see all the different options we have in our stamps and embellishments!  I really enjoyed seeing everyone's take on the sketch and challenge!  I hope you were all inspired by each other as well!

 Here are this week's picks:


Tanya Harvey
Tanya's Stamps & Things
I really love the wonderful family photos on Tanya's page and how they are really made special on her page.  The colors are soft and pretty and the background is just lovely, the scattering of flowers in the corner are a fine touch. 



Wendie Waldman

I really like the starburst image behind the photos on Wendie's page.  It really draws the eye to the photos and adds some fun visual interest to the whole page!

Thanks to everyone who participated! 
Be sure to come back tomorrow for our new challenge!

Monday, May 11, 2015

MDSM 113 - Visual Interest

Hello Everyone!  Beth here with this week's sketch.  Today I would like you to think of something you can add to your page to add some visual interest, but do not use splatter.  I love splatter, but I think I forget about the other stamps that I have that could also create that visual interest.  I challenge you to find stamps that you don't normally use, such as the triangles I used in my page.  Look for things such as mini flowers, small shapes, hearts, raindrops, or any small scattering of stamps.  I can't wait to see what you find!  Hopefully we will find lots of different things so we can all get some great ideas!   
                                                 

Challenge Guidelines:

  • Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
  • Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the challenge graphic above within your post.
  • Link directly to your post or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
  • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
  • The Challenge will end on Saturday May 16th @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun! 
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                                                                           Beth Rush
                                                                     Beth's Digital Cuts

Jeanna Bohanon

Anita Krul

Heidi Baks
 RunningwScissorsStamper

 Tami Hewlett
Swimming In Stamps

Yapha Mason

Thanks for joining us this week!



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Weekly Winners MDSM112

Hello!  I want to give a big thank you to all of you who played along with my challenge this week!  We're nearing the end here (sniff sniff), and I was super happy to check out so many wonderful layouts!  You guys seriously make it so hard to choose winners, but choose I must, so without further ado...

 ...here are this week's picks:


Cori Kozak



Today being Mother's Day made Cori's photo of her and her mom extra special to me.  My mom lives across the country, so I know these moments together are so precious!  The colours of DSP and embellishments in this download she used are soft and pretty and complement her photo perfectly!  Congrats Cori!



Wendie Waldman
Let's Go Play - MDSM112

I loved that Wendie used a picture of her "home on wheels"!  What a fun idea!  Camping is near and dear to me, and something we do very often as a family, so it really spoke to me!  I especially loved the cards that Wendie used for her layout, along with that map and the grunge stamp in the background!  It looks like a tire track!  Cool!  Congrats Wendie!

Thanks to everyone who participated! 
Be sure to come back tomorrow for our new challenge!

Monday, May 4, 2015

MDSM 112 - One Special Picture

Hello and welcome to another MDS Monday!  It's Anita, and it's my turn to host the challenge this week.  I want you to keep your layout simple and focus on one special picture.  For the other blocks, feel free to use some Designer Series Paper or cardstock or even some Project Life cards!  I can't seem to get enough of layouts made with PL (hilariously enough, I ended up not using PL cards for this, but made up my own!)... here's the sketch for this week!


Challenge Guidelines:

  • Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
  • Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the challenge graphic above within your post.
  • Link directly to your post or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
  • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
  • The Challenge will end on Saturday May 9th @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun! 
_______________________

Anita Krul

Beth Rush
Beth's Digital Cuts

Tami Hewlett
Swimming In Stamps

Heidi Baks
 RunningwScissorsStamper

Yapha Mason

Jeanna Bohanon


Thanks for joining us this week!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Weekly Winners MDSM111

I loved seeing everyone's pages this week. I hope that the sketch inspired you, and was a good reminder that sometimes quick and simple just works with the right layout and supplies!!!

 Here are this week's picks:


Cori Kozak
Creative Chat


I loved Cori's clean and simple style while keeping it light and fun!!!! 


Diane Malcor
My Diane Designs


I love that Diane used a PL card for the background and the strong pairing of the bright colors with the black really makes her page POP!

Thanks to everyone who participated! 
Be sure to come back tomorrow for our new challenge!

Monday, April 27, 2015

MDSM 111 - Cute & Done!

Hi everyone, it's Jeanna here with this week's MDS Monday sketch challenge for you!  I chose a fun, simple, versatile sketch this week.  I know sometimes I go a little overboard in MDS, but lately life has been crazy busy - so right now, I just need cute and DONE!  To make this page go even faster, use one of your fave Project Life by Stampin' Up! downloads. The 3"x4" cards are the perfect size for this border


Challenge Guidelines:

  • Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
  • Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the challenge graphic above within your post.
  • Link directly to your post or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
  • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
  • The Challenge will end on Saturday May 2nd @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun! 
_______________________

Jeanna Bohanon


Heidi Baks
 RunningwScissorsStamper

Tami Hewlett
Swimming In Stamps

Anita Krul
My Paper Chronicles

Beth Rush
Beth's Digital Cuts

Yapha

Thanks for joining us this week!