Hi, my name is Martha Inchley and I'm addicted to My Digital Studio! So, you can imagine my excitement when I received an e-mail asking me to be a guest blogger! I've been using MDS since it first came out and my favorite thing to do is to find new ways to use it.

I was asked to share a hybrid project and scrapbook page with you, featuring some of the newer downloads. Well I couldn't resist the This and That Retro Fresh downloads—I love the images and color combination.

First, here's my scrapbook page.



The next project I'm sharing with you is a custom made keychain. Do you remember when you were a child drawing on plastic and then watching it shrink in the oven? Well, did you know that it is still available AND that there is one you can use in your ink jet printer? As soon as I discovered this, I just knew I had to use it with My Digital Studio.

When designing with Shrink Plastic, you need to make your images large. Your finished project will shrink three times smaller in the oven.
This is how I laid out all of my elements in MDS (with enough to create two keychains). Once you have arranged all your elements, select everything and change the opacity to 50%. Don't worry, when they shrink the color with turn darker.

You can actually print on both sides of the shrink plastic. Here are the steps I took to line it up exactly. (The "Insert Duplicate Page Mirrored" is a great function, but not precise enough for this.)

First, save your original layout and export it as a JPEG.

Add a new page and insert your JPEG as a background image. Add photos (if desired) and change their opacity to 50% as well.
Add another new page and insert your JPEG once again as a background, but this time, click on the "mirror" icon. This will flip your background image.

In my example, you will now notice that my 'love" embellishment is backwards and I can't change it, because it's a picture.

To fix this, I went back to my original page and copied and pasted the love embellishment. It will be the same size and see through, so line it up and place it over the backwards one. Then I simply added a white square punch and placed it under the new embellishment to hide the background. I also used a white square punch to hide anything I didn't want printed on both sides.Then I exported both pages and printed them on one sheet. I don't have a printer that prints on both sides, so I had to manually flip my page and set it to print on the other side.

Once you have it printed, cut out your embellishments. Make sure to punch any holes needed and round your corners, they turn out sharp! I used a 1/8" hole punch and the 3/16" Corner Punch. I used the Small Heart and Full Heart Punches to punch out the hearts.

Next, all you need to do is follow the shrinking instructions in the package. You'll probably notice that my "washi" tape has a little curve to it. Well, after your creation shrinks and is ready to come out of the oven, you have a few seconds to manipulate it, so I simply curved it over my fingers. I attached everything with super glue and added some Rhinestones Basic Jewels to the camera for some sparkle.

Thank you for checking out my projects today and I hope you enjoyed seeing MDS in a new way. I can't wait to see what you create.  

–Martha Inchley, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Family Fun Photobook
(item 130987)
(NA, EU, SP)

This And That Retro Fresh
(item 136770)
(NA, EU, SP)

Burlap Ribbon
(item 135246)
(NA, EU, SP)

Extreme Elements Stamp Brush Set
(item 119099)
(NA, EU, SP)

Comfort Café Designer Series Paper 
(item 127203)
(NA, EU, SP)

3/16" Corner Punch
(item 119871)
(NA, EU, SP)

Full Heart Punch
(item 119883)
(NA, EU, SP)

Small Heart Punch
(item 117193)
(NA, EU, SP)

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Tags: Family Fun, Guest Blogger, Martha Inchley, Retro Fresh, Scrapbooking, shrink plastic


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Comment by Casey Tabolt on March 16, 2014 at 7:55pm
Is there a brand of shrink plastic you recommend? Also did you do anything special to seal the charms? Thank you.
Comment by Cyndi on February 27, 2014 at 5:43pm

WOW!  VERY impressive.  What a great new way to use MDS

Comment by Wendie Waldman on February 24, 2014 at 3:22pm

Thank you Martha.  I just downloaded the font and look forward to using it with my "dirty boys"!  Your shadow technique is great.

Comment by Martha Inchley on February 24, 2014 at 3:15pm

Omigoodness! Thank you everyone for your nice comments.
Wendie the "DIRT" is actually type... The font I used is called Artistamp Medium.
To get the shadow or depth look, I used 2 text boxes with same word. One coloured - Bake Brown Sugar and the other - Early Espresso then I simply offset them a bit. I hope that helps! Cheers!

Comment by Anita Krul on February 24, 2014 at 2:26pm

Wow... Martha!  That keychain is seriously amazing!  You are VERY creative!  And I just love your scrap page too.  With three girls I don't get many chances to use 'dirt' on my pages... they usually run screaming!  Your little guy is adorable!

Comment by Elizabeth Rush on February 24, 2014 at 2:20pm

absolutely amazing Martha!  You outdid yourself,  and for you that is pretty tough!

Comment by Wendie Waldman on February 24, 2014 at 12:20pm

Martha, thank you for sharing these great projects!  Where can I find the "DIRT" image?  With 3 grandsons I need it!  And your key chain project - just tooooo cute!

Comment by Lindsey Hortin on February 24, 2014 at 10:50am

I LOVE this, Martha! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea. I've seen one of these (the hot air balloon) in person and it is absolutely amazing. Thank you for the in-depth instructions and the video. You are so creative!

Comment by Holly VanDyne on February 24, 2014 at 10:18am

OH MY GOSH, Martha!!!! Seriously this could not be cuter! I need to make some key chains!!!! :)

Comment by Carol Hickman on February 24, 2014 at 10:07am
So cool!! Thanks for sharing and giving us such a detailed tutorial :)

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