Category Archives: My Digital Studio

Convention MDS class and swaps

One of the Convention programme items I was most looking forward to, was the MDS class. Although I’ve been playing around with MDS for a while now I actually prefer to have a little structure to my learning Smile

We walked through the whole project from start to finish to make this card:


All the elements needed are in the Basic package with no need to purchase any further add-ons.

Don’t forget that you can get a FREE 30 day trial of MDS to give it a test drive.

If you’re like me and prefer a more structured approach to your learning we now also have some digital classes that you can buy online. These include both digital products to use (eg. digital papers and stamps) and also videos that take you step by step through a project or two (just like we had at Convention, all in the comfort of your own home). There are plenty of free tutorials on the internet and  you can learn so much just by playing (you really can’t break it Laughing) but I’m loving these classes.

I also received a few MDS hybrid swaps (mixing MDS and real products) whilst I was at Convention.

From Jenny McCormac, combining an MDS background and lettering with real life stamping:


From Donna Pinnock, combining an MDS background with a decoupaged tea cup stack and a little Dazzling Details:


From Debbie Goffin, combining an MDS background with punched card elements and ribbons:


I think we’ll have a lot more hybrid swaps at the next convention Smile

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx


30% off select digital products

MDS Sale

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Get 30% off select holiday downloads and products until 30 November!

Downloads include select holiday cards, kits, photobooks, tags, and framables.

Visit all month long for holiday inspiration.

Start shopping and creating now!

Sara xx

MDS is great for blog design


I hope that you like my new blog header and shopping button Smile

I used our MDS (My Digital Studio) programme to design them both.

Neither of them took that long to create, in fact I did them whilst I was watching tv. They both only use the base content of the programme – no need to purchase extra downloads.

I kept things simple by going for a monochromatic look and got a few variations in colour depth by changing the opacity of the various layers. There’s a button under the heading Resource Palette, called Page Layers (5th button along) that lets you alter the order of your layers so that I could move my text over the top of the flower stamp even though I’d created it earlier.

MDS banner

The colour scheme is Midnight Muse. Both the header and button use Number One DSP for the background. Stamps from Meant To Be, Creative Elements and Downtown Grunge were all used on the header and text was added to both.

For the header I was able to let my blog programme (WordPress) resize the image for me and then for the button I used another programme to resize it (Photoshop because that’s what I’m used to, but there are plenty of others out there that can do the job cheaper).

I should be able to update my blog style a little more often now that I have MDS Smile

Don’t forget that you can get a FREE 30 day trial of MDS to give it a test drive.

Sara xx


MDS hybrid birthday card

MDS hybrid close up

Have you tried My Digital Studio (MDS) yet? You can have a FREE 30 day trial to give it a test drive.

Here are just a few great reasons to give it a go:

  • it’s easy to use and packed with plenty of templates to get you started;
  • there are plenty of free tutorials on the internet to help you become familiar with it;
  • the base package is packed with goodies (so it takes a while to download) but you can also choose to purchase additional downloads (they start from around £0.65 or even FREE !) to expand your library;
  • you can fully personalise cards and other projects;
  • you can create single layer cards with “depth” and design – perfect for posting;
  • get the best of both worlds by combining digital and real in a hybrid project (as below);
  • you can use it to design your own blog banners, buttons and other images (my next project!);
  • and did I mention, it’s a FREE trial – so there’s nothing to lose!

Here’s my hybrid card.

MDS hybrid birthday

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pool Party. MDS was used to combine three elements from the basic package (no need to purchase any extra downloads for this card); the banners top and bottom, the cake and the party hat. Some of the items were resized (very easy) and some were recoloured (still easy) before printing out onto Whisper White card using my home printer. There are “digital” ribbons that can be added but I like “real” ribbon Smile and so I tied Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon (119253) around the card front and added a matching bow before adhering the card front centrally to the card.

Try it out for FREE and let me know what you think.

Sara xx

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Some basic scrapbook pages in MDS

I’ve been having a little play with the MDS package to create a few basic scrapbook pages.

This first one is an extremely simple page – I just used a template from within the software and dropped the photos into it. There was a “Vacation” badge on the page but as we generally talk about holidays rather than vacations, I deleted the Vacation badge and moved the Destination and Places badges around, to even up the blank space. Slight drop shadows were added to the photos. All in all it took around 10-15min to do from start to finish.

Petra scrapbook

This second one was created from scratch, using a Custom 6″ x 6″ template. I selected a background paper, then added photos with mats. Text for the convention and date, were added with drop shadows. The “Inspire” text was added as a stamp within the software, the opacity reduced and overlapped with the photo. Stitching was added top and bottom.

scrapbook convention

MDS is perfect for scrapbooking because it’s so easy to drop your photos into it but it’s also great for quick and easy cards (simply printed or hybrid) , calendars and all sorts of 3D projects. I’ll be back with more examples over the coming weeks.

To purchase the MDS software for just £13.95, or try before you buy with a 30 day FREE trial, just click on the button below, click on the Shop (top right corner), then choose My Digital Studio from the list.

Sara xx

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My Digital Studio is here

Woohoo! My Digital Studio is now available to purchase.


What is My Digital Studio?

It’s intuitive, digital design software that features Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive artwork, colours, and templates. Now you can be your own digital designer and create an array of photobooks, cards, calendars, slideshows, and more—which you can then print print out at home, e-mail, or upload to the Internet.

Here’s a very short video to give you an idea (please note that the Print Services mentioned aren’t available in the UK at this time):

There are plenty more free training videos like this to help you get started.

You can purchase the MDS software for just £13.95, or you can try before you buy with a 30 day FREE Trial!

Either way you can download your preferred option direct from my store here!

There is a huge amount of digital content included with MDS, so don’t be surprised or worried if it takes some time to download.

Once you have MDS, there’s a whole bunch of stuff you can do with the basic package. New artwork is released each week, so you can also build your digital library as you go and as you need it for particular occasions (downloads start from around £0.65 or even FREE !).

Sara xx

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