Recolouring in MDS

I wanted to share with you two layouts that I created in MDS today, showing how a 'feminine' kit or suite can be altered to be used for more masculine projects.

To celebrate 20,000 likers on the My Digital Studio Facebook page, Stampin' Up! have made the Playful Polka Dots digital download ***free*** for one week only, from today until April 23rd.  It looks very girly, and I didn't want my Mums-of-boys customers to miss out, so this is a simple layout I have put together to show how the page elements can be recoloured to create a different look.

Firstly, this is the free download you can get, usually $13.95, item #126027.

And here is an 8x8" layout made with this kit only, with my two older daughters on it, dressed up as princesses for a birthday party.  The polka dot paper comes in Pumpkin Pie (orange) but you can see that even for this page I have changed the main piece to Daffodil Delight (yellow) and kept only a small piece in Pumpkin Pie.

And then I created a duplicate page, changed up the embellishment and heading style/font, switched to a neutral photo (it is actually my youngest daughter, but in the absence of any baby-boy photos, I figure naked babies are pretty gender-neutral!!) and then changed all my DSP colours to a boyish colour scheme.

So here's how its done.

When choosing your Background Paper from the Design Centre, choose a solid piece of Cardstock for your base colour, and click on OK to apply it as your background design.  I have used Daffodil Delight on the girl page, and Midnight Muse on the boy page.  Then go back to Background Paper in the Design Centre, and this time choose from the Designer Series Papers instead of Cardstock.  Select your desired paper and choose Add As Page Layer.

Doing this will allow you to move it around on the page, resize it and even zoom in on the full sheet of paper to choose which section of the page to feature.  You can do this multiple times to get as many different colour swatches on the page as you would like.

Next comes Recolouring.  Select the piece of 'paper' you want to change, you'll know its selected as the grey handlebars come up around the borders of the box.  You'll notice that the options available to you in the Design Centre change to give you some more options, one of which is Recolour.  I've got my mouse hovered over the little icon on the bottom-right of this screenshot:

A pop-up box of all the SU colours will appear for you to choose from.

You can also do this with embellishments.

I hope you've enjoyed this tip, enjoy your free download and please share with me any projects you create with it!  

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  1. Love this little tip Emily I really must have a better play of mds. You make it look so easy :-)


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