This week at MDS Monday, Yapha designed a great sketch for one central photo. I was just waiting for a sketch like this, because I had the perfect idea and picture!!! I love it when that happens.
Shannon recently turned 17, and a few weeks before her birthday, she mentioned that she had been waiting her whole life to turn 17. I was a little puzzled and asked why? She looked at me and said, “You know … 17, Dancing Queen.” Ah, the old Abba song! Well, guess where she spent her 17th birthday? At the Hollywood Vibe dance competition, and this photo was taken on the day she really became 17, the Dancing Queen. Too perfect for words!!!
This photo had some really bright background colors that didn’t match any Stampin’ Up! colors very well. I played around with a lot of different combinations before I was finally happy. The square behind the photo is Soft Sky. But for the square below and background, I ended up using the Color Picker Tool to fill square punches with blues from the photo. I decided to keep the background fairly simple with plain colors versus designer papers so my page wasn’t too busy. I knew I wanted to add a lot of words, with the title, sections from the song, and journaling. So, that was my main focus along with the photo. I just added a few subtle background stamps and the silver embellishments to go with the Silver Glimmer Paper.
Another big decision on my page were the fonts. For the title, I used Janda Celebration Script (Dancing) and Janda Cheerful Script (Queen). I wanted something elegant and swirly, depicting movement. Unfortunately, the word “Queen” was hard to read with Janda Celebration Script, so I had to pick another. All the rest of the words use Always In My Heart font. I think it looks really good when you use a different font for the title versus the journaling, or more insignificant words. It draws your attention to the words of importance.
Here’s Yapha’s sketch for this week:
Downloads used on my page:
Update on Project Life Downloads:
Last week, I mentioned that I would try buying the Let’s Get Away Project Life digital downloads from the Project Life Store, and report back how it worked with My Digital Studio. I have to admit that up until now, I haven’t been very adventurous … I’ve only bought and imported Stampin’ Up! digital downloads into my MDS program. So, this was a new experience for me. I had a couple little hiccups, but I was able to figure it out!
I ended up buying four digital downloads from the Project Life Store. I got Let’s Get Away, another called Lucky Charms (because it included items that looked like embellishments and I wanted to test it out), and two free ones – Inspirational Notes (card collection) and a photo template. When I downloaded them, they were all in zip files and went straight into my Downloads Folder. (I could not import them into My Digital Studio like the Stampin’ Up! ones.) To unlock the zip files, I right clicked on the zip folders and selected Extract All. This created new folders with all the PNG files in them. I discovered that all my current MDS embellishments are also PNG files. So, I tried dragging the folders into my Components/Embellishments/Designer Kits folder, and it worked!!! When I opened MDS, the embellishments were all there and worked like normal. As an added bonus, I also decided to save these downloads in My Pictures folder. That way, I can also drag the cards (which are photos in PNG format) into photo boxes.
Bottom line is that the Project Life Store is an alternative source for digital downloads when Stampin’ Up! closes down. It just takes a little more work to integrate them into the MDS program.
I mentioned above that I tried downloading a free photo template from the Project Life Store. However, the photo template only comes in a PSD version, which is for Adobe Photoshop Elements. I have Photoshop, and the template appears in multiple layers so you can place Project Life cards on each layer. I have never used Photoshop for digital scrapbooking, so I really can’t see myself using this template much. It’s way more complicated than MDS. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing the photo templates from the Project Life Store unless you’re well versed in Photoshop. (FYI, I did try to flatten the Photoshop file, save it as a PNG, and import it into MDS, and it didn’t work.) My best recommendation for Project Life photo templates is a Stampin’ Up download called Simply Life Photo Templates (#135245.) It basically has all the Project Life layouts.
Be sure to check out all the designers’ pages at MDS Monday this week! Come join us and let us see what you design using Yapha’s sketch.