Category: Scrapbooking

Stampin’ Up! Digital Scrapbooking Update

family reunion beach vacation

Stampin’ Up!’s digital scrapbooking solution, My Digital Studio 2, is HERE with 75 updates of the original software!   And the 30-day trial is still available.  My Digital Studio 2 can help you preserve memories and/or create unique home decor and personalized greeting cards.

But first, the picture above is from my family reunion vacation at St. Augustine Beach in Florida.  What a wonderful week we had with family hanging out at the beach and the pool and playing games.  I love these low-key vacations that provide lots of time for catching up with aunts and uncles and cousins and getting to know the kids and the new babies in the family.  It’s been five years since the last DeLoach reunion and there were over 60 people that came and added to the fun!  I’m so glad so many made it a priority to reunite this year.  What a blessing family is!

Unfortunately, I did not have the internet connection that I expected to have while I was there so keeping connected with you was more of a challenge.  I hope you didn’t miss me too much.  🙂

And to add to my internet frustration, MDS 2 launched while I was gone!  I was finally able to download the update to my computer late on Saturday and it is fabulous!  I’ll get home later today and I’m looking forward to playing with it more, but I love the updates.  With the new program you can round paper and photo corners, crop and recolor digital stamp brushes and embellishments, easily fill punches with photos, recolor designer series paper, add a splatter image, etc. etc. etc.!!!

Stampin' Up! Digital Design and Scrapbooking Software

Not only is this wonderful new software available, but during the month of August you can get 31% off on 31 digital downloads and most printing options!  What will you create with My Digital Studio 2 (MDS2)?  Scrapbooks highlighting your summer vacation, your favorite people and places, a child’s school year, a extraordinary accomplishment, your ancestors’ stories, a special occasion.  The possibilities are endless.  MDS2 makes it incredibly easy to do all this in very little time.

A couple of years ago I used My Digital Studio for the very first time and created a 20-page wedding sign-in photobook in one morning!  Yes, that’s right, one morning.  In fact, I had agreed to take someone to the hospital that day for an out-patient procedure and I took a laptop to a McDonald’s around the corner from the hospital and created the book while I waited for her to be released so I could take her home. True story – It’s really that easy!

Digital Downloads and Printing Discounts Download your free trial today, create your projects and print them for 31% off!  All with the Stampin’ Up!’s new and improved digital designing software.

Enjoy!  Julie

craft room storage and organization

Craft Room Storage & Organization

craft room storage and organization

When it comes to craft & stamping room organization, I am ALL about having things at my finger tips.  I don’t want to waste time digging around trying to find what I need or filing through complicated systems getting my supplies out for a project.  Keeping things accessible makes it easier to clean up also.  (The picture above is of the right side of my U-shaped crafting area, the center of which is my desk.)

Everyone has a little different philosophy.  Some people need everything out of sight, but I’m in my happy place if my crafty stuff is visible and organized.  On my Stamping Julie facebook page I’ve been posting specific pictures with storage solutions, so I won’t duplicate that here, but I do want to talk about strategies.

stamping office

Last year I moved from my home in Texas with this great office (see all my stamp sets in the cabinets!) to Kentucky.  We have an office in our KY home also, but my husband is using it for his work, so I’ve taken over a room in the basement with a beautiful view of the rolling hills in our neighborhood!

The challenge was to move from having built-in cabinets to setting up a similar storage solution without them.  I decided I would use what I have, shelves, dressers, etc. and eventually I would install some cabinetry in my new space.

So here’s my organization strategy:

  1. Determine what you use all the time:  ink, paper, stamps, adhesive, etc., and place those things on your desk or right next to you in your primary space.
  2. Determine what you use second most often: favorite embellishments and tools, and place those in your secondary space, close, but not as close as your primary space.  Shelves or drawers or containers nearby.
  3. Determine what you use least, other embellishments, extra supplies and tools.  These item can go in less accessible storage areas.  Top or bottom drawers or shelves.
  4. Determine what you don’t use at all and eliminate it!!!  No, seriously, if you haven’t used it in six months give it or sell it to someone who will use it.  Keep only the stuff you need, use or love!!!
  5. Contain everything!  Everything should have a place and be contained in a box, on a shelf, in a drawer, in a container.
  6. Every few months reassess!  Take a good look at the items in your primary and secondary spaces and determine if they still deserve their place.

For many years, I crafted without a dedicated space.   I kept my supplies in covered tubs and when I was ready to create, I transported the crate from my closet to the dining room table.

I wish I had a picture of my 17 yo son’s room.  I’ve tried to teach him space and organization principles to no avail.  He has a game wheel, that he has had for two years and he has NEVER used, that sits on the floor in his otherwise clean room in a box!  I say, “Get rid of it.  You don’t use it, you don’t need it! And it is taking up prime space!  At the very least put it on the very top shelf of the closet.”  Of course, after my little lesson in organization and space planning, the game wheel has been moved to the top of his closet – NOT!

Visit Stamping Julie on Facebook and let me know about your craft spaces and organization problems and solutions.  Here’s to your success with organizing your craft and stamping space!!

Enjoy, Julie

Stampin’ Up! Reason to Smile – Going, Going, Gone

The fabulous Reason to Smile Stamp Set is only available during the month of July, so if you blink, you’ll miss it!

Featured StampingJulie Reason To Smile Samples:  (Click on the picture to go to the original post with supply lists and project descriptions.)

1. Butterfly Thank You Card

reason to smile thank you card with butterfly

2. Thank You Bling Flower Card

reason to smile thank you card

3. Birthday Wish Tag Card

reason to smile birthday card

4. Butterfly Art Friendship Card

Reason to Smile Butterfly Art Card

5. Simple Greeting Card

reason to smile you're the best practice card

Samples from Stampin’ Up!:

1. Scrapbook Page

stampin' up! reason to smile scrapbook page

2. Birthday Gift  Bag

reason to smile happy birthday gift bag

3.  Dream Card

reason to smile dream card

Order your Reason To Smile Stamp Set today while it’s still available.  Only $5 with a $50 product purchase.

Reason To Smile $5 stamp set - July 2012 ONLY!

Order your Reason to Smile Stamp Set today and start creating!

Enjoy!  Julie

Check This Out rafting trip album page

Happy Sunday And Give Back!

Check This Out rafting trip album page

In May we visited my husband’s family in North Carolina and took James, Kristin and Joel (Kristin’s husband)  white water rafting on the Ocoee River.  This was the first time Joel had been to NC and rafted with us.  It’s such a blast and even though it’s a little rougher than some of the other rivers, you go down with a guide so it feels a little safer to me.

This page was created with the Check This Out album pages in My Digital Studio.  During the month of August Stampin’ Up! is offering discounts on card and album printing, so this is the time to get your projects done.

I’ve been reading and enjoying the DIY projects on the Pretty Handy Girl blog for some time.  Today she featured a post about her friend Colleen.  You can read Colleen’s story here and if you think you can help, click on the picture below.

Colleen fundraiser button

Stampin’ Up! Reason to Smile Scrapbook Page

stampin' up! reason to smile scrapbook page

This sweet Stampin’ Up! scrapbook page was created with the Reason to Smile Stamp Set and beautiful colors – Island Indigo, Baha Breeze and Wild Wasabi.   For other supply details, click on the picture above.

Order your Reason to Smile Stamp Set today for only $5 with a $50 product purchase.  Add your order to the shopping cart, then add #131274 for the wood-mount or #131275 for the clear-mount Reason to Smile stamp set.  Offer ends Tuesday.

Also, during the month of July, place a hostess or customer order of $450 or more and receive an additional $50 in free product that can be used to order anything in the catalog or select specially-priced Stampin’ Rewards products.

This lovely Stampin’ Up! scrapbook page would be easy to duplicate and will be a fabulous addition to your scrapbook.

Enjoy!  Julie