Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Big News for My Digital Studio & spool cards!

My Digital Studio is undergoing some changes, so I wanted to give you a heads up.  We are switching to a new print vendor in June, so ordering will be shut off on May 30 for about 2 weeks.  I'll post when it's back up and running.  Because of the switch, a few products will be retiring or changing.  Are are the discontinued items:

 Item Size Reasoning
 Linen Photobooks11" x 8-1/2"Our new printer doesn't currently offer linen photobooks, and we've had low order quantities in the past.
 Leather Photobooks5" x 5"
8" x 8"
11" x 8-1/2"
8-1/2" x 11"
12" x 12"
We've had low order quantities and would have incurred significant price increases to keep these.
 Hard Cover Photobooks5" x 5"We would have incurred significant price increases to keep these. We will continue to offer a 5" x 5" Soft Cover Photobook at a competitive price.
 Board Books*8" x 8"Our new printer doesn't currently offer these, and we've had low order quantities in the past.
 Hard Cover Journals*6-1/4" x 8-1/4"We would have incurred significant price increases to keep these. Instead, we decided to move to a Soft Cover Journal with two binding options.
 Tags*3-1/4" x 3-1/4"
2-1/2" x 4-1/4"
We would have incurred significant price increases to keep these. We suggest using new Project Life cards (see below) for tags.

*As you know, we have a variety of digital downloads with these specific project type templates. We are working on a fix in the software so that your previous projects will convert to a new project offering. For example, a  6-1/4" x 8-1/4" Hard Cover Journal project would convert to the new Soft Cover Journal. We're working on fixes for the other discontinued project types.

Changes to Carryover Print Products
We worked with our new vendor where possible in order to keep costs low. Unfortunately, we need to make some small price and option changes to several of our carryover items. Watch for more information with all the new prices soon.

 Item Size Reasoning
All Hard Cover PhotobooksBlack and white endsheet options onlyOur new printer does not offer the same variety of endsheet options. We examined ordering trends and found that the majority of the books ordered had black or white endsheets, so we've decided to continue forward with those two options.
 White fly sheet, same as our Soft Cover PhotobooksThe vellum fly sheet would have caused an additional increase in the cost per book.
All Photobooks and Additional PagesPrice increasesThere are increased manufacturing costs.
Individual PagesPrice increasesThere are increased manufacturing costs.
 Minimum order quantity  of 10The majority of orders exceeded our previous minimum of five. Our prices would have increased even further if we kept the minimum at five, so we felt this was a good compromise.
CalendarsPrice increasesThere are increased manufacturing costs.
CardsPrinted on heavier weight cardstock Our new printer offers higher quality cardstock at a comparable price.

New Print Products
We are excited to introduce the following items soon:

 Item Size
Perfect Bound Soft Cover Journals5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 80 double-sided lined pages
Spiral Bound Soft Cover Journals5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 80 double-sided lined pages
Project Life Cards**3" x 4" and 4" x 3"
4" x 4"
4" x 6" and 6" x 4"

**Optional rounded corners for additional cost

Print Ordering Downtime
Watch for more information, prices, and pictures for these new items in the coming days and weeks. As you can imagine, this shift will require some work on the back end before we roll out the new products. We need to make changes in the software and get everything set up with our new printer which will require us to turn off print ordering. We anticipate that the changes will take us about two weeks, starting on May 31. Again, if you are working on any discontinuing project types or will need an order during the downtime, please place your orders before 11:59 PM (MT) on May 30.

Here are our newest MDS Downloads.  For more details click here.

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards I demonstrated in our Envelope Punch Board Part 2 class.  These are so stinking cute, I can't stand it.  I think those of you who sew will agree (and probably those who don't will too). 
I made a full size card and a smaller gift card.  They both open from the bottom.  

Both cards were made using Baked Brown Sugar card stock.  I used the White Chalk Marker to draw a solid line around the spool shape.  Some retired DSP, retiring ribbon and accessories finish off the front of the card.  The card stock was cut at 3-3/4" x 11", folded in half and then punched with the Envelope Punch Board through the double thickness.  I punched from all 4 corners along the long sides at 1-3/8" then cut out the center pieces.

The words are from our new Alphabet Rotary Stamp found on page 191 in the new catalog.  

This cute mini card was cut at 2-1/2" x 6", then folded in half.  I punched from all 4 corners on the longer sides with the EPB at 1", then trimmed out the center pieces.  I used the chalk marker to make the border.

A little more retiring/retired products to finish off the card.  If you have old pattern pieces, this would be a great use for them!!!  I used the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set for the words.  

Supplies used:

Baked Brown Sugar and Whisper White CS, retired DSP
Alphabet Rotary Stamp and Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
White Chalk Marker and Envelope Punch Board
Misc. retired/retiring accessories

Envelope Punch Board

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Envelope Punch Board includes:
* An easy-to-use chart to create up to 66 different envelope sizes (including standard sizes). The measurements are provided both in inches and centimeters.
* A scoring tool in a convenient storage slot.
* Two punches designed right into the tool itself: one to make the envelope and one to round its corners.

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