Saturday, November 28, 2009

Small things can make you smile

I'm so happy. I just made a discovery. Remember I said recently that our computer crashed? Well, we were unable to fix it, but were were really lucky that my best friend Deb was able to retrieve our photos and document files before we erased everything. Just about everything else was lost, though, including all the links in my favorites.
I just got a little bit of happy news when I went to bookmark something a few minutes ago. All of my Google bookmarks are still there! I originally thought they might be, since they are saved online, but then someone told me they probably wouldn't be since they are accessed through my computer and saved that way.

Well anyway- they are still there! The big bummer is that the large majority of my favorites were saved to my computer, not Google. Guess what I'll be using from now on? (not to mention backing up my photos and files from now on. Yep, that is a big Duh, but it seems I usually have to learn the hard way.)

SO... since Debbie was able to rescue all of my photos, I'll have a picture for you tomorrow. I don't have anything recent uploaded yet, so I'll look for something I haven't yet posted. Maybe I'll be brave and attempt a digital scrapbook page!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Playing with My Digital Studio

This is so much fun! No way this would ever replace traditional hands on stamping or scrap booking for me, but I am having a ball playing with my new toy software.
Look what I did today:

Look familiar?
This was so easy to do. All I did was was make a copy of the card I made yesterday by clicking "save as" under the File menu in MDS. Then I opened the copy (keeping my original nice & safe in it's file). I then edited the copy by deleting the sentiment rub-on, adding the picture of Tippy, fussed with the Not Quite Navy layer behind the photo of Tippy for about a second or two so that it fit behind the photo better, and moved the snowflakes around a little. I deleted one of the original snowflakes, and then made a copy of the smaller one by right clicking it and then choosing copy from the drop down box.

At this point I could have been done, but I decided I wanted to change the red color on my card from the original Riding Hood Red to the brighter Real Red. For the scallop square layer all I had to do was click on it and then change the color. For the ribbon, the ribbon knot, and the brads, I did have to delete them off the card and then re-choose the embellishments in Real Red, but it went really fast. Especially since I had already created the same design, I knew exactly what I wanted to add, and where I wanted to add it, so it only took another minute or two.

I am particularly tickled about the fact that I can create a card, and then go back and change it up just a little without having to re-create an entirely new card.
** I do want to mention that I did not lock anything in on my original card, and if I had, I'm not sure if I would have been able to do this. I am still learning, but as I do, I will share with you what I learn.

Have a great day!



My Digital Studio

My first card made with Stampin' Up!s awesome new digital stamping and scrap booking program, My Digital Studio (click the pic for a better view):

Nothing fabulous, to be sure, but I had fun playing around & creating it. Honestly, I was so excited to finally be able to play with this program that I just jumped right in & started creating without really learning about the program first. I was just too impatient to wait any longer- our computer crashed the day before my MDS arrived, so here I was with a fun new program and couldn't play with it. :(
I guess it's a good thing that it is so easy to use, but going forward I plan to actually learn something about the program so I don't mess anything up. Especially before I send an album off to be printed. (such as the background paper that is messed up on this card- yep, I saw that, but decided not to try to fix it as I really had no idea how it got like that-lol).
I definitely plan to get certified if SU! offers the certification again. I wasn't able to do it this time due to the computer crash, but I intend to become thoroughly familiar with this program very quickly so I can answer any questions you may have about it.

So, I'm sure you'll be seeing a new blog header before long- just as soon as I figure out how to create one in MDS!

BTW, I wanted to mention that the snowflakes and sentiment on the front of this card are rub-ons! how cool is that? It was really very simple to resize them and make them what color I wanted- so much fun!

Now that the computer is up & running, I'll be back soon.

Thanks for stopping by!