On June 1, Stampin' Up! made the following announcement on its MyDigitalStudio.net Blog:
"Now is your last chance to get Stampin’ Up! downloads and print products at the discounted prices. Everything in the My Digital Studio product line is available for 30 percent off until the end of day on June 2. See the spreadsheets of retiring MDS products here:
As a general reminder:
June 2 is the last day to buy downloads or place print orders with the 30 percent discount. After June 2, Stampin’ Up! will no longer sell anything related to the My Digital Studio product line.
On June 2, all Online Store categories will be replaced with new categories in support of the 2015-2016 annual catalog. The new categories will contain new and carryover items in the 2015-2016 annual catalog. All other items, including the MDS software and digital downloads, will be searchable and orderable, but not categorized.
June 9 is the last day that Stampin’ Up! will support the My Digital Studio product line. After June 9, all of the MDS websites will be taken down. That list includes MyDigitalStudio.net, related content on the stampinup.com demonstrator website, the download manager, YouTube videos, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Make sure that you download and back up your digital downloads and software before June 9. For help with backing up files, see MyDigitalStudio.net/backup.
The MDS playlist of YouTube videos on the Stampin’ Up! channel will be available (for the foreseeable future) via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB85C76B5B74DB19A
Download Availability and Alternatives:
Stampin' Up! has extended the availability date for MyDigitalStudio.net, the digital download manager, and its MDS YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages through midnight, June 9, 2015. Demonstrators and customers may call Demonstrator Support for assistance with MDS until Demonstrator Support closes at 7:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, June 9.
After the Stampin' Up! digital store closes, Stampin' Up! indicated that for the foreseeable future, all Digital Project Life card collections will be made available through the ProjectLife.com store. (There are both Project Life by Stampin' Up! and Project Life digital downloads at that site.)
If you've never ordered a non-Stampin' Up! digital download before, here are a few tips I learned after ordering one from the Project Life store above. The download comes in a zip file. (Mine downloaded straight to my Downloads Folder.) Right click on the zip file and select Extract All. This will open a separate folder with the PNG or SVG files. Then, drag that folder into the appropriate folder in your Components Folder. So, for example, if you purchased Project Life cards and embellishments (both considered embellishments), drag the folder with the PNG or SVG files into c:/Program Files (x86)/My Digital Studio/Components/Embellishments/_Designer Kits. Once you do that, you should be able to open My Digital Studio and see the downloaded items just like normal.
Backing Up My Digital Studio:
This is Tami. After June 2, 2015 (originally, it was May 31, but Stampin' Up! changed the date), you will no longer have the ability to access your downloads (including downloadable software) or current updates on the Stampin' Up! websites. Therefore, I created a document HERE to help you back up your My Digital Studio software, updates, downloads, and projects. It is necessary to back up all four in order to completely restore everything in the event of a computer crash, or if you simply want to load MDS software onto a new computer. I also created three videos.
I forgot to mention one really important thing in the videos. Make sure to back up your Product Code to activate your software! Add it to a Word document and back it up with your software so you have it readily available when/if you need to restore the software.
To find your Product Key if you didn't already save it somewhere, open your MDS software, and open any project. Then go to HELP and About MDS. Click on the Support Tab - Take a screen shot and save this file or print it or write it down somewhere. If your computer crashes you won't be able to see this later to reinstall the software. Here is a sample of what the screen looks like:
Additional Back Up Advice:
There are several ways that you can download items to your computer from the Stampin' Up! website, including 1) to MDS for Windows, 2) to MDS for Mac, and 3) Other Applications. If you choose to download to MDS (either Windows or Mac), the routine automatically puts the downloads into your MDS Components folder as JPEG or SVG files. When you back up your Components folder, you end up backing up all your downloads. I heard advice that it would also be a good idea to download everything to your computer selecting the Other Applications (3rd choice), and then back that up. This basically downloads everything as JPEG or SVG files to your Downloads Folder, so you have the ability to add the items to any application using any platform. However, I later heard other advice saying that's not really necessary, that it's duplicating work. It's really your choice regarding how careful you want to be.
Note: After I made these videos, Stampin' Up! changed the end date from May 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015.
MDS Back Up - Projects and Components:
MDS Back Up - Software and Updates:
MDS Back Up - Restoring My Digitial Studio from a Back Up:
Linking Your Projects to MDS Monday:
Having trouble linking your project to our website? Learn how to save your project as a JPEG or PNG file, upload it to mydigitalstudio.net, and link it to MDS Monday here:
Here you will find a list of techniques, tips, tricks and tutorials for My Digital Studio.
All videos can be found on mydigitalstudio.net, but we have linked a few of them here to get you started!
|BACKGROUND PHOTO||Quickly add a photo as a background|
|CROP EMBELLISHMENTS||Show off part of the embellishment and hide the rest|
|CROP STAMPS||Show off part of the stamp image and hide the rest|
|EDIT OBJECTS OFF-CANVAS||Rotate, resize, and manipulate items that extend beyond the canvas|
|FONT SEARCH||Find a font by typing the first few letters|
|SUPPLY LIST||View a list of items used on a page|
|UNLOCK INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS||Right-click object to unlock|