Update 10/21: UPS just delivered the hard bound copy of the MDS sampler album I created. I am very happy with it. A word of advice, watch your margins.
Stampin' Up! sent this notice out on the 20th:
When creating personalized hardcover albums, you will need to leave a 5/8" margin/bleed area on all sides of the front and back covers (your first and last pages) to ensure that your designs aren't cut off at the edges when your book is printed. For all other pages, leave 1/4" on the top and bottom of the pages and 1/2" on the sides. An update to all guides will be included in a software patch, expected in the coming weeks.
All personalized hardcover albums will have a barcode printed directly on the back of the book. While the actual barcode is only 1-3/4" x 1/4" (1.75" x .25"), there is a 2-7/8" x 1-1/8" (2.875" x 1.125") window where the barcode could be placed. The edge of the window is 7/8" (.875") from the spine and 3/8" (.375") from the bottom of the book. Please see visual above.
If there is a designed image/background anywhere in this window it could be covered by a permanent barcode with a white background box that is 1-3/4" x 1/4" (1.75" x .25").
I have a couple pages that could be centered better and are too close to the spine. But on the whole, I am very pleased.
Thank you to Patty Bennett and Patti Scanlan for their inspiration!
My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! is available for purchase today! This is the coolest digital paper crafting software. Here is my first attempt at a scrapbook page. I put together this simple design in a matter of minutes.
I am not a scrapbooker. In fact, I find scrapbooking frustrating. I've been working on a traditional scrapbook for a woman's group I belong to for close to a year now. I have all the pages complete except for the journaling and embellishments. It is like I have hit a brick wall. My creativity has left me, so the scrapbook sits and sits, collecting dust, waiting to be finished.
Well, if I had had MDS last October when I started the scrapbook, it would have been finished and sent off to be professionally printed in a hard bound book right after our end of the year dinner in May!
My Digital Studio is not just for scrapbooking though. You can create other projects like calendars, cards, fliers and invitations. You can even create videos. Or use it as a design tool. No need to pull out all the stamps, paper and embellishments to work on a design you've got in your head. Instead, first design and tweak it in MDS!