My first craft project of the year was to design my background for this blog. First I had to do some research. I looked at http://leeloublogs.blogspot.com/2008/12/tutorials.html and http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/blog-secrets.html because they offer some tips and tutorials for free. After my research I used a new software from Stampin' Up! called My Digital Studio. This is a fabulous software that I have been certified by Stampin' Up! to use. Since I am a demonstrator I can use it to design my blogs. After I worked with My Digital Studio choosing my pages, colors and embellishments, I pulled up Publisher and then designed my page to the correct size and saved it as a jpeg. I then used Photobucket to upload the large file to get an url to use in the html code I got from Leelou Blogs. I then followed the directions to add a background that LeeLou blogs recommends. It did take some time as I am a novice at all this. I had to tweek it and tried to work out some of the kinks. It is not perfect, but it is my layout and design and so I like it for now. I will probably continue to work with this so that maybe eventually I will write my own html for my own background. I actually really enjoyed doing it. I also designed the background on my Losing It blog page. As well as a couple of buttons on that blog.
I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator because of My Digital Studio. I just love it. I have made a couple of scrapbooks with it already. The really neat part about it is if you have your creations printed through Stampin' Up!, all the colors will match the papers and embellishments we sell. You can then add to your digital creations making them three dimensional. This new software is very easy to use and comes with premade templates to make your designs quick and easy. Or you can design you very own creations. The possibilities are endless as Stampin' Up! will continue to add to the product line with downloadable digital products and updates. Making this software something that will keep up with current trends. It is can be used in coordination with other design programs because everything in it can be used as a jpeg file. I have found it very versatile. I have made cards, fliers, books, blog pages, and scrapbooks. If you would like to learn more about My Digital Studio or any of the Stampin' Up! products, just contact me. Or you can visit my online store by clicking on the icon on the right. I plan to upload some pictures of my recent creations soon.