July 2008, Volume 5, Issue 07
In This Issue
the 90 degree heat hits my face and the humidity washes across my skin,
I sigh, and say, "It's July, welcome to Ohio!". I will fully admit that
summer is not my favorite season in this great state. I love fall, I
love the spring. In summer, we rarely get days that are beautiful. The
nights are close & muggy, but they do allow us a glorious visage
across the sky. I love to sit on the hammock in front of my house with
my son and try to point out Cassiopeia, Perseus, and Orion shining
bright in the sky.
Saturday, July 12 - Salt Lake City, Utah Please check with the organisors to confirm this event.
Saturday, July 26 Adobe Headquarters, San Jose California
Saturday, September 20 - Beaver, Pennsylvania
– repeats first Friday of every
month Troy, Ohio
Please check here for those interested in any crops that may be happening in your area.
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 each months for you. Post your first layout to DSP this month and you may be a random winner for a free page kit!! You'll find all the information here
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 don't 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 bring some fun to
your summer scrapbooks. Included are 2 very different kits - both funky and
fun but one very much all girl with pink and floral tones and the other quite
unisex with its dark beige and teal backgrounds and funky glitter elements .
This months plopper will make a super 2 photo layout and the grungy alpha will
be one you will use over and over.
Here are some sample layouts done by our designers with this month's Club Digital!
Click here to subscribe to Club Digital today!
Most of us take lots of photos while on vacation, which of course need to be scrapped when we return home! If you're like me, your photos are usually of the cool places you go and the neat things you see, scenery, etc. While it's easy to get mesmerized by that stunning sunset, don't forget to snap plenty of shots of the people you are on vacation with. These make for such memorable additions to your scrapbook pages, yet they are the easiest to overlook. Most of my vacations are spent with my family, and I can tell you it is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of being together and doing things and simply forget (or put off!) taking those special photos.
So, I encourage you, make a note if you have to, but by all means be sure to capture those near and dear to your heart while on vacation. Because chances are, if they mean enough to you to take a vacation with them, you're going to want to cherish those memories forever. Enjoy your summers!
You can join in Becky's Bi-Weekly Trivia Chat every other Tuesday at 9:30 PM chat.
sure to check the bottom of the
newsletter for a special freebie from Becky to our newsletter readers!)
Read more about Margery here and view her stunning gallery here.
Make sure to check out the Scraplift the Spotlight Challenge HERE!
Thank you for being our July Spotlight Member Margery!
It’s time to SHOP… let’s get those baskets at the ready.You asked for them - so here they are... Blog Headers and more
Are you a blogger, do you have a Blog or would like to have a Blog but thought it was just too hard to do the design work? Well! Here's a treat for you. Fun ready made blog headers, templates and ready made blog sets with a place for your photos and co-ordinating buttons. Now it couldn't be easier to get your very own Blog up and running in no time...
month we have the exciting Summer Fling Mega Kit with lots of delicious
summer colours and snappy elements. DSP Designers have really gone
overboard in a BIG way with these mouthwatering designs. Check it
Inspiration for New and Advanced
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by
Mandy Working with patterned papers – A LITTLE GOES A LONG
WAY Ever seen beautiful patterned papers in a kit and thought
– ‘lovely, but too bold for me!’ or ‘what would I do with those
patterns?’ Stop wondering. There really is a WHOLE LOT that can be
done with patterned papers. Try teaming up swirls, circles, flowers and stripes,
and you will be amazed at the results!
If you find that the colors in your photographs clash
with the papers, or become lost, try turning them into black and white, or run
them through a filter, or apply and effect. If something in the photograph
matches a color in the papers, try masking to bring that color out of a black
and white, or desaturated photo, to give it a more dramatic
effect. The idea is to focus on the contrasts – the plain and the
patterned, the colors and the shapes, the size of patterns and textures. If the
colors in the photo are too similar, or as busy as the papers, they will be
lost. Contrast is what will give the layout
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Mandy
Working with patterned papers – A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY
Ever seen beautiful patterned papers in a kit and thought – ‘lovely, but too bold for me!’ or ‘what would I do with those patterns?’
Stop wondering. There really is a WHOLE LOT that can be done with patterned papers. Try teaming up swirls, circles, flowers and stripes, and you will be amazed at the results!
If you find that the colors in your photographs clash with the papers, or become lost, try turning them into black and white, or run them through a filter, or apply and effect. If something in the photograph matches a color in the papers, try masking to bring that color out of a black and white, or desaturated photo, to give it a more dramatic effect.
The idea is to focus on the contrasts – the plain and the patterned, the colors and the shapes, the size of patterns and textures. If the colors in the photo are too similar, or as busy as the papers, they will be lost. Contrast is what will give the layout impact.
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Meg
Having fun with bright, summer kits!
Every summer we see an influx of color and playful elements in the DSP store. Figuring out how to use these kits without overwhelming our photos can be a challenge, so I've put together a few examples to get you started.
The final technique could be considered the opposite of the previous one. I loved every paper and element in Lauren Bavin's Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Page Kit, so I needed to neutralize my photo instead. I had a photo of my daughter sitting in the sun in a bright pink nightgown, playing with multi-colored dolls. All those colors, though similar to the kit colors, would compete with and distract from it. So I desaturated my photo a bit, creating a slightly sepia tone. Putting the altered photo with Lauren's kit worked perfectly and all the warm tones created a wonderful effect.
Have fun playing with this summer's new kits and don't be afraid to try some new combinations!
Be inspired some more - check out the current edition of Inspiration Station News
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.
Celebrate Independence Day by scrapping your 4th of July photos.
Fireworks, family picnics and parades!! The Fourth of July is the bright spot of the year.
We encourage our friends all around the world we encourage you to preserve your country's traditions and events in your scrapbook pages, too!
Make sure when you are done taking your photos you preserve those memories!
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.
Summer is in full force here in Texas! I really hate the heat and try to find any excuse to stay inside! Beat the heat and come inside and take our DSU classes! There is still time to sign up for our July classes. Late registration goes through July 5th.
Here is the line up of classes for our August session. If you would like further information regarding these classes, please visit the classes page.
DSU120 – Adobe Lightroom 1.3: Creative Photo Editing and Organization
– Corel Paint Shop Pro: Introduction to Digital
DSU160 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU192– Introduction to Graphics Tablets
DSU221– Adobe Photoshop/Photoshop Elements: Montage (Pre-requisites: DSU 110/160 , DSU 220/270)
DSU290– Exploring Digital Design Styles
DSU361– Adobe Photoshop Elements: Creating Digital Elements for Advanced Users (Pre-requisite- DSU 261)
We would love to hear your suggestions on future classes! Send your suggestions and comments to me at email@example.com.
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Desktop Calendar Plopper
A newsletter exclusive! Specially designed ploppers for your computer desktop. This month's offering is by Becky Soto. 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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