Family History Projects

MDS Hybrid Project: Family History Printers Tray

I picked up this printers' tray at a craft show years ago and it has been sitting in my 'must do something with that one day' pile.  I really enjoyed finally getting it out and using it to display some family wedding photos.  Ours, my parents, grandparents and some great grandparents.


I made all the little photo panels using MDS and printed them on my home printer.  Scroll down for a video tutorial on how to make one of those custom size projects in My Digital Studio.


I also used some Designer Series Patterned paper, clay flowers coloured to match the project and coated with CrystaL Effects and some of the lovely lace paper doilies. 

Funny story - I put this project together for the recent MDS tour and had a deadline to meet.  One of the last panels I did was that one there next to John and I.  I found the wedding photo in my old photos folder on the computer but wasn't sure who they were.  Was quite happy to find our from mum later that yes - they are my great grandparents, not just some random couple who ended up in my photo collection. 


The Hearts A Flutter framelits set was handy for this section.  I had a mix of black and white and sepia toned photos so I included a panel of Smoky Slate core'dinations cardstock embossed and sanded, plus some of the lovely Naturals Composition paper to tie in with the different coloured old photos.

Natural composition

Here's a closer look at two of the parts created using MDS. This is my mum's parents - my grandma and grandpa.  I love love love old wedding photos.


I've used Venetian Romance DSP for this project -the digital version plus the paper version.  I added some script stamps using MDS and the medallion stamp - both with the opacity turned down to make them a little more subtle.  The 'Remember When' is from the Word Play set.  (The digital version in MDS.)

This one is my dad's parents - my nana and pa.  Such an elegant era. 


For this one I used the Music Notes stamp - love that for backgrounds.  The Mr and Mrs is from Meant To Be digital stamp set.  I've added some digital tape under it to subtly highlight the words.

MDS is very clever.  It comes with a ton of included content.  Then if you do purchase additional downloads - they install in the right spots.  There are handy search functions too if you're looking for something and are not sure what you have. 

The Music Notes digital stamp is just $1.50 and you can use it over and over.  Very handy. 

Like to know a bit more about how to create your own custom sized MDS projects.  I've put together a video tutorial showing how I made something like this.  Don't mind my crazy mouse - I'm still slightly hyperactive with my mouse movements - will try to work on that for the next video! 

Here it is - complete with hiccups, blank moments and mischievous mouse!   Includes creating a custom sized project, adding background paper, shape punches, photo fill technique, adding and recolouring stamps, and using digital tape.  Hope something there is handy for you. 


For more fabulous MDS videos, blog, projects and tips - visit the MDS website. There are loads there.

Here's the MDS downloads section of my online store if you'd like to browse through all the lovely digital papers, stamps and embellishments, or pop over to this section if you would like to download the free trial or the full version of MDS.  Terrific program - I love it.

Have a great day.

Cheers, Sue