May is National Scrapbooking Month
Where's your happy face?

MDS Fun!

I'm feeling a bit under the weather, so my posts may be a little sporadic until I start feeling better.  On the bright side, we took Bella to her GI specialist yesterday and she is doing very well.  She has grown 2 inches since January, so we are thrilled!  She will have to have a colonoscopy and endoscopy in 2 weeks to check her levels of inflammation.  We are very hopeful that the inside looks as good as her outward appearance.  Fingers & toes crossed!

Every year, Stampin' Up has an Artisan Award contest.  I entered the first year (didn't win) and I swore I would never, ever enter again.  It was a lot of work and I put so much pressure on myself.  Stampin' Up must have liked my work, though.....all of my contest entries were displayed at convention that year.

So even though I swore I wouldn't enter again, I have succumed to the lure of winning FREE stamps.  To enter, you must submit 3 scrapbook pages, 2 3-d items, and 5 cards.  It doesn't sound like much, but these really need to be the best of the best.  Therefore, as the creative process is moving along, I'll be sharing some of my "rejects" with you.  Sometimes, things just don't work out the way you plan and sometimes you create something better.  This is a project that I rejected because it was very similar to another project and I liked the other one better.

I also thought it would be a great project to enter into this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  Sandra Farrell has another wonderful layout made with the same digital kit, so be sure to check it out!


This page features the On the Go Kit (Item #129360 $9.95) and the Hexagon punch.  I added multiple punches and filled the punches with the various cute papers and the adorable picture of my nephew, Colin.  He's a cutie, isn't he?

MDS Tip:  To add a photo to punched shape, start by filling the punch with any paper pattern.  Double-clicking on the punch will then bring up a new window.  Click on the "replace image" button and select the picture file from your computer.  Your photo will be placed within the punch.  Click OK when finished.

OnthegodigitalYou can use the downloads in My Digital Studio or many other photo editing software programs.  If you don't own My Digital Studio, you can try it out for FREE for 30 days.  Here is how:

  1. Click here to go to my Stampin' Up! webiste and click on the SHOP NOW button.
  2. You'll see the FREE trial in the upper right corner of the shop.  Click on it and add the FREE trial to your bag.
  3. Check out, then immediately download your FREE trial.
  4. Visit for more inspiring layouts, tutorials, and a fabulous forum with lots of helpful tips for getting started.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  I'm happy to help!

Happy Stampin'



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