This is something I have seen coming for a while, but today we got the official word that My Digital Studio is being discontinued as of May 31, 2015. This includes the software, digital downloads, and print services. If you have an online account through a demonstrator, you will have through May 31st to access your digital downloads. I would strongly suggest making a backup of your downloads since you won't be able to reinstall them from your account after that date. Honestly, I back mine up by copying the Component and Designer Templates Uninstallers folders from inside the My Digital Studio folder in the Program Files (x86) on my hard drive to an external location. Then if something happens, I reinstall the software and just copy those back in (it's much easier than reinstalling it all). At this point, I will probably make a point of backing up the entire MDS folder instead, as I am assuming I will not be able to download the various updates to the hard copy I have. I would strongly suggest that you do the same.
Personally, I will keep the software and keep using it, although I haven't used it much over the past couple of years. I used it to redo my blog and create various online pieces for my Etsy shop, Facebook pages, and other online social media accounts. I made a couple of pages while I was on the Creative Crew last year, but that is really it. I had to go back to when Wendy and I were still doing our club to pull up the page I have here. Many of those pages I have not published outside of the club, though I have always been meaning to. I will be putting them on my blog between now and May 31st. I found that without a scheduled challenge to create something, scrapbooking is something I don't have a lot of time to do, coupled with the fact that my kids are older and I take far fewer pictures of them.
As sad as I am about this, it is a business decision on Stampin' Up!'s part that reflects the fact that this program did not make enough money to support itself. Since Stampin' Up! is a business that needs to remain solvent and to make money, I support their decision, even though I am sad about it. They have instead chosen to go in a different direction (Project Life) for scrapbooking. I'm working on using that more, though I have to say I like MDS better, but that's just me.
Ingredients: Stamps - Mistyped; Paper - Number One; Punches - 1-1/4" square punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, Large Cog punch; Embellishments - Downtown Grunge frames, Number One digital tape, Downtown Grunge square stitching, Hodgepodge Hardware; Font - 2Peas Sleigh Ride.
As you can see, these photos are from 2008. I love the gritty industrial feel of the page, since the Henry Ford Museum is a really a museum about the industrial age, especially the automobile. I have been there many times, and always enjoy seeing the Douglas Auto Theatre sign, since that is the drive-in theater that my parents took me to when I was a child in Kalamazoo!
Some time this week I will be looking over the downloads I had on my wish list and those that have come out recently to make sure I get all the ones I meant to buy or that I didn't know I needed!