Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Family Calendar with MDS

I can’t believe it’s already December 1st!  I’ve been preparing for a Stampin’ Up Open House this weekend.  I created a card style invitation in My Digital Studio (MDS).  I emailed my JPEG files to an office supply store and had my “cards” printed.  Then I folded the cards, attached ribbon, and distributed almost 300 invitations in my neighborhood.  I’ll display the invitation at the bottom of this post.  If you’re in the area, I’d love for you to come.

I’ve also been working on a family calendar in MDS.  My parents are older; they have lots of appointments, plus keeping track of their kids' and grandkids' activities.  They live by their calendar. J  Therefore, I thought a personalized calendar would be the perfect gift for my parents.  I decided not to use the delivered “calendar” layout.  My mom wants plenty of space to write everything on the calendar.  So I made my own layout allotting as much space to each day as possible.  Then I worked on a corresponding “family page” for each month.  I thought it looked great on my computer.

Well, I just got my printed calendars (wow, that was quick turnaround!).  I don’t have the words to describe how fabulous these look.  As I said, an office supply store printed my Open House invitations, and I was very pleased with how great they looked.  My calendars truly look like something you’d buy from Barnes and Noble except it's my family.  Let’s just say, this will be a gift to make my mom cry – in a good way!

Here are a couple months from the calendar.  (I’ll show more throughout the week.)

And here’s the invitation.  The first picture is the front and back cover of the card.  The second picture is the inside of the card, with all the details.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for stopping by!


danado said...

Hi Gwen! I am a brand new SUP! demonstrator and I choice to get the digital starter kit. I am excited about the MDS. What do you think of it? Is it user-friendly? I love your calendar. How expensive was it to print these? They would make great gifts!


Gwen said...

Hi Dana -- MDS was fairly simple to figure out. I found several tutorials on various blogs to learn a few tricks. The calendar is $24.95 (with tax and shipping around $30). Please feel free to email me if you have specific questions.

Thank you for your comment!


Samantha said...

Beautiful Calendar, I'm currently working on one as well (a little late) but how did you do the bigger calendar page? My mom lives by her calendar too, and I just don't like the calendar they MDS provides! Any suggestion would be great!


Gwen said...

Hi Samantha -- I started with the vertical lines from the MDS calendar template. (That vertical line is simply a Square Punch that been re-sized into a line.) I copied that over and over many times. Then rotated some of them to get the horizontal lines. Then I copied that page for each month, and changed the "days" text boxes to match the month.


Dale Morin said...

Gwen, Just read your comment above and wondered if you would explain how you did the boxes. I see you said it was simply a square punch that had been resized. Could you explain how you did that? Guess I a bit thick. sorry. Would appreciate any help you could give me.


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