June 2008, Volume 5, Issue 06
In This Issue
It is June again!
June is quite possibly one of
the busiest months of the year for many people. There are
in the making with many families celebrating weddings, summer vacation,
day, warm weather, summer jobs for teens, outdoor recreation and
graduation. These are typical events in the
This year, our family is experiencing great change as our oldest will graduate from High School in just a few days. She already is enrolled in the Fall courses for college. Time has passed so quickly and it has been hard to remember all the wonderful events we have had the privilege of sharing with her as she grew up. (We knew it would happen, just didn't know it would go so fast!) If it weren't for the precious photos we took, the memories might be a little distant in our minds.
The photos from this time of our life range from little 110s and 35mm snapshots to digital JPGs. Over the years, we learned a lot about photos and with digital, well, there was no excuse. We learned a lot more because the "cost of the photo" was so much cheaper that our skills could improve. Give a girl a camera, the world is amazing through the viewfinder!
The photos and memories you take time to preserve today can be shared for a lifetime. The digital format lends itself to many opportunities whether you are using strictly photos or embellishing your favorite memories with digital page kits and products. You can make your photos large or small… include a series or just one… Have a look at this layout. Using several of the photos along side a focal photo gives a sense of personality to your layout.
Here is my challenge to you. Expand your photo taking capabilities by following along in a fun chat called "Get it off Auto" by Lauren Bavin and Jennifer Hutchison. They have lots of tips to help you get into the creative zone when taking your photos. Through simple exercises you will gain insight on how to use different settings on your camera. It is worth the time you spend!
As you take your treasured snapshots, remember to turn them into scrapbook pages for all to enjoy! If you don't have the time to immediately get a page done, here is a nifty little hint from me. You can always open a notepad in Windows, journal or jot down the memory. Save the text file with the same name/number as your photo and place it in the same directory with your photos to find it easily.
As you hop into Summer--Winter if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, I hope you are inspired to get more scrapbook pages ("layouts") done and photos taken! Maybe set a goal to complete a few scrapbook layouts a week or month. Through small goals a lot can be accomplished! The memories you preserve are your treasured memories... create layouts so others may share in them with you.
May you have many memories this June!
P.S. I offer a class on Lightroom which is Adobe's photo development software. Adobe Lightroom is a powerful image processing software and asset manager and can help digital scrapbookers manage growing photos collections. Check it out
Thursday, June 5 - Sunday June 8 - Dallas, Blessed Memories Scrapbooking Retreat. Meet and learn from Emma.
Thursday, June 19- Sunday, June 22 - Indianapolis, Blessed Memories Scrapbooking Retreat. Meet Margie and learn digital.
Saturday, July 12 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Saturday, July 26 Adobe Headquarters, San Jose California
Saturday, September 20 - Beaver, Pennsylvania
– repeats first Friday of every
month Troy, Ohio
It is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions about DSP and digital scrapbooking. Whether it’s a question about navigating the site or how to get started, the girls are on hand to give you some answers. And everyone who attends the chat will get a link to a free kit! Trying out digital scrapbooking for the first time? Use your free kit and try your hand at a layout . . . we know you will love it!! More details here including how to use the chat room!
Are you thinking about posting your first layout? There's a special first layout challenge for you. Post your first layout to DSP this month and you may be a random winner for a free page kit!!
to DSP! We know you will love it!
Are you a member of the club?
Each month you receive a wonderful selection of scrapbooking products . Something to suit every style and level of digital scrapper.
You will always receive 2 complete page kits, one plopper or an overlay and an alphabet, some great word art and more - a font and a set of png "stamps" for your scrapping pleasure, and dont forget the quick click template included in each club digital pack. Now club digital subscribers get an extra gift of an exclusive coupon for use on future purchases in the store
All this for the incredible price of $5.99 or even less!!! Thats well over $23 value for such a great price - The longer you subscribe - the cheaper it becomes and the better value for you!!!!!
Buy a 3 month subscription and go into the draw to be upgraded to a 6 month subscription, by a 6 month and you might win an upgrade to a 12 month subscription, and all those who buy a 12 month sub will go into the draw for a $30 coupon for the DSP store.
In addition every month there is an exclusive contest for club digital subscribers with great prizes.
This month you will find a super variety of great products to stimulate your inspiration. Included are 2 very different kits - one elegant and romantic in gold and brown tones and the other is modern and cool in blues and browns with chrome accents . You will also find a very great plopper to scrap those photos of your mother or of you and your children and some super journaling prompt stamps to place on your layout all ready for your words of wisdom. Also included in this months Club Digital is a silver and gold alphabet, a great adaptable quick click to scrap your friends and some word art all ready for your Father's Day layouts. Dont forget the exclusive Club font as well.
Here are some sample layouts done by our designers with this month's Club Digital!
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DSP has given this married stay at home mom life again. It gives me creative wings and the members give me a voice. Having a place like DSP has helped me realize that just because I am a mom doesn't mean the buck stops there. I can still be an individual with personal goals that don't involve family, my own creative design goals. It becomes very easy to allow oneself to be consumed with the day to day and then you lose yourself and your self worth.
DSP has awakened my soul and shown me that while being a wife and mother comes first, I have a responsibility to myself (and to others) to "deposit into the bank of Kerri."
So please remember, while family comes first DON'T forget about you! Make sure you don't continuously make "withdrawals from the bank of YOU," be sure you also "deposit" (it helps if others do as well) so that you can balance your personal well being. Trust me those around you will be much happier and so will you if you take some time for YOU!
You can join in Kerri’s 2 Crazy Chicks chat Every Other Monday at 11pm Eastern.
sure to check the bottom of the
newsletter for a special freebie from Kerri to our newsletter readers!)
here and her stunning gallery here.
Thank you for being our June Spotlight Member Fran!
It’s time to SHOP… let’s get those baskets at the ready.
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"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape, lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
comes summer, knocking at our door.
This is the time we start making plans for our Summer Vacation,
will we go this year, what will we do, what sights will we see, you can
literally feel the buzz of excitement in the air!
Whatever hemisphere you live in this wonderful CD
thoughts of summer rushing to the fore, with winter approaching in the
hemisphere it’s the perfect way to get rid of those winter
blues, so pull out
all those past summer vacation photos and start scrapping,
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time". John Lubbock
just a peek at some of the kits you get on
the Summer Vaction CD.
Inspiration for New and Advanced
Inspiration by Mandy
Take a different perspective for your father’s day layout this year and journal the ‘child’s voice’ to capture the dynamics of ‘Daddy in 2008’.
You have chosen your kit, your photograph(s)* and are ready to add the journaling to your Father’s Day layout. My suggestion is to ‘journal Daddy in 2008’ through the eyes and voice of your children.
I have read some lovely ‘letters’ children have written about their mothers; as well as the funny ones that say they love their Mom because: she buys great toys, lets them stay up late, or gives them chocolate when they are sad. There may be some great Dad ‘letters’ lurking in your children, waiting for you to turn into a layout that will be treasured for many years to come.
do you journal in your child’s voice?
My Dad is…
Ideally you don’t want to lead them too much, or put your words into their mouths, however, if the children are struggling to answer the open-ended questions, you may need to narrow the questions or guide them a little bit. You are, after all, hoping to get at least a few sentences from each child reflecting who their Dad is, what he is like, and their relationship with him at this moment in time.
If that is not working out well (some children are just not comfortable articulating feelings in sentences, or may find it soppy – “Aww Mom!”) ask them to make a list for the layout. They can list five or 10 things about their Dad - words that describe him, or list things they have done, and places they have been over the past year.
Ask children who are capable of writing, to write their answers in their own handwriting. These can be written on archival quality paper, or scanned, photographed, or laminated; to be included in, or saved with the layout. Alternatively, you can choose a simple font and journal their answers onto notepaper, journaling strips or blocks within the layout itself. Very articulate children may want to write a Fathers Day letter to Daddy about why they love him, or what makes him special to them.
For some children, Father’s Day may be a sad day. If Daddy is absent, deceased, or not retuning home, perhaps your child might want to write a letter saying what they miss, or write him a letter about what they can remember, or even about their sadness or loss. They may want to ignore the day, or focus on someone else instead.
The idea is to give your children the opportunity to talk about their Dad or other role model, and capture the relationship through their eyes, and in their voice.
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Meg
My first choice is always to go towards the neutral end of the color spectrum. The following page uses Elizabeth Weaver's Art of Life page kit, which has some great craft paper backgrounds and fun elements. I kept the page very simple, letting the photos take center stage.
(Everything by designer Lauren Bavin: Eclectic Stylings page kit, Made for Memories page kit, Gold Edged Acrylic Alphabet)
Meryl's Swirly Girl page kit is aimed at girls, but has a great mix of colors and elements that really can be used in many ways.Don't be afraid to use ALL your kits as you make your Father's Day layouts this month or anytime you are creating a more masculine page. And join me in a special challenge this month: take more photos of the special men in your life! My poor husband is the least represented person in our family scrapbooks. I'm going to try to fix that situation, starting NOW!
Activities: Creating Moments into Memories
When I first joined DSP I just wanted to devour every little bit of information I could; what’s happening at DSP I wondered? This is the first place I looked and I was blown away, this page is packed full of information and from here you can check out the Daily, Weekly or Monthly activities and all the challenges that DSP has going on.
Contests, Challenges and Chats
This is just a small selection of popular challenges that DSP currently has running but be sure to check all of them out here. And we have a special blinkie to place in your signature to always remind you where to find the best scrapbooking challenges on the web. Check the end of the first post in the What's Happening thread for the blinkie code.
School is out and summer is finally here! Vacations, family time, fun in the sun and tons of photos! If you have been thinking about taking our classes to increase your scrapping skills now is the time! We have classes for beginners, seasoned veterans, and those in between. Be confident in knowing that you will be able to preserve your special memories by taking classes at DSU! There is still time to sign up for our June classes. Late registration goes through June 5th.
Here is the line up of classes for our July session. If you would like further information regarding these classes, please visit the classes page.
DSU110 – Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU130 – Corel Paint Shop Pro: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU220– Adobe Photoshop: Brushes(Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
DSU270– Adobe Photoshop Elements: Brushes Pre-requisite- DSU 160 or similar experience)
DSU312– Adobe Photoshop: Creating Digital Elements for Advanced Users 2 (Pre-requisite DSU211)
DSU332– Jasc/Corel Paint Shop Pro: Advanced Techniques (Pre-requisite DSU 331 or similar experience)
We would love to hear your suggestions on future classes! Send your suggestions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Desktop Calendar Plopper
A newsletter exclusive! Specially designed ploppers for your computer desktop. This month's offering is by Kerri Erickson. Download the plopper here! (Both 1024x768 and 800x600 are included.)
just like any of our ploppers, put your photos
on a layer underneath the desktop plopper. Angle and size them as you
please, add journaling, and save it as a jpg. Then update your desktop
wallpaper background by browsing to your new image! Voilà!
Favorite photos matched with this month's calendar to help keep you
up-to-date all month! Look for a new one each month in our newsletter!
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