This was my first venture into My Digital Studio. I've been taking some classes and learned a number of things since I did these classes, most notably the use of photo boxes and using the shadow effect so that the images would like more like 3-D.
All non photo images and embellishments are Stampin' Up!
One of the things I've learned from looking at other people's scrapbooking is to take pictures and scrapbook the everyday things. That is my objective. I've just got to learn to take more pictures - there are a couple of times I've come home and wished I had taken pictures. I am carrying the camera in my pocketbook now, so I am almost there. Just gotta get it out of the pocketbook! One of the people I took a lesson from does a scrapbook page just about every day - like before she goes to bed at night. Of the little everyday things her kids do -- like one page was about the way her 3 year old pronounced different words or cute little things he said. With My Digital Studio one doesn't have to get out supplies and adhesive, etc. and one doesn't have the storage challenges with all the scrapbooking supplies! And if you wished, you could make multiple copies of a scrapbook page. Like I printed all these pages off for me. I could go back and print Trey/Inga's for them and Candi/Mark's for them. Or say I wanted to bring them into a photo album or calendar I was doing later for them - I could just import these project pages into the new project.
I made my own borders around these pictures on Trey and Candi's birthdays. Pages below - some I used the photo mat -- and you can determine size and color of mat, and some I did not mat at all.
http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/ . The snowflakes are Stampin' Up! stamp images which I selected one of the Stampin' Up! colors. One can also do a color match and match a color within one of the photos on the page. The program uses whatever fonts you have on your computer when you type int he Text boxes. I only have the standard fonts in Word and Wordperfect -- must go find some other fonts!
And that's my first 20 digital scrapbooking pages! Now to get inspired and do some more!
The satin ribbon/knot on the top picture is a digital download I bought and added to the program. (There are a lot of elements (stamps, embellishments, designer paper, etc.) that come with the basic program and then one can buy add-on downloads of stamps, embellishments, designer paper, etc. at very reasonable costs.) The heart above on the right side is the same punch used earlier, just used smaller.
A great difference between My Digital Studio and making photo albums with other digital photo album programs is that one can use the stamps and embellishments (ribbon, buttons, hardware, eyelets, brads, etc.) to make the presentation more scrapbook like.
One can also prepare the project in Multi-Media -- then you could have it printed as a bound photo album or as in my case, scrapbook 12 x 12" pages. In Multi-Media you could also have your project look like a photo album and one could "flip" the pages, but you could add narration, background music, and video and burn it to a DVD and share it that way. (Must have separate DVD Video Authoring Software to create a DVD video from individual movie files.) I haven't played with the MultiMedia part yet -- I'm still learning the program - but I'm also looking back at some of my notes.
I can also save the scrapbook pages I did above (which I created in the photo album section) as jpeg photos and share them that way. I sent Inga and Candi emails and attached the pictures of their wedding pages. And that is how I was able to upload them to this blog.
There are four sections -- photo albums (or scrapbook pages if you prefer to have them printed that way), cards, calendars, and multi-media. There are five different sizes of photo albums from which to choose, 5 different sizes of cards, and 2 sizes of calendars.
All these pages came together pretty quickly. I started on Friday morning and finished them and sent them to be printed at noon on Monday. And I did not work on them Friday night nor Saturday night nor Sunday morning. I set all these layouts up from scratch. The program does have already designed templates - complete templates with all the designer paper, embellishments, etc. or just plain photo layouts. So if one is not into designing from scratch, one can use the already set up designs. You can tell the program to place all the pictures in a project -- or you can determine where each picture goes. Also -- if I particularly like some of the photo layouts I've done (if I use photo boxes which I've now learned to do), I can save the layouts I've done also as a template.