August 2008, Volume 5, Issue 08
In This Issue
From Team Digital
- Liz McCoy
Last weekend I had the AWESOME pleasure of attending the DSP Laptop Crop at Adobe Headquarters, San Jose California.
I arrived on Friday afternoon to join fellow Team Members on a tour of Adobe HQ. What an awesome experience. To see where the geniuses behind Photoshop (and other software) play…err work was so incredible. The employees have some very nice perks, like in house workout facility, outdoor patios with a basketball and bocce ball courts, and great café’s. Along with some absolutely beautiful architecture and interior design, definitely a beautiful place to work. An interesting note is that Adobe is very earth conscience and has made great strides in constructing their buildings as Green as possible. The lobbies we saw were well equipped with “tech-y” art installations.
On Friday afternoon Lauren Bavin & Kim Liddiard hosted the DSP Photowalk around San Jose staying close to our hotel and Adobe HQ. About 40+ Professional photographers, novices, amateurs, and one totally confused wannabe (that’s me) walked around snapping pictures and having a ball just getting to meet each other. I stayed right on Kim's heals bugging her with oodles of questions on how to shoot this and that and she was incredibly patient and answered all my questions!!! I finished the photo walk, beyond excited to have learned something about how to use my camera (that I've have for nearly 5 years!!!!!). We concluded Friday night with a dinner of about 20 remaining photowalkers and a few of us team members. You can see some photos and layouts from the weekend in the Adobe Laptop Crop Gallery.
Then came Saturday, CROP DAY!!! I was so excited. I have never been to a DSP Laptop Crop so I had no clue what I was in for, but I knew I should be excited DSP throws awesome online parties IRL (in real life) parties have to be AWESOME...and it was!! We had attendees lining up at the door well before 9am and we had people stay a good bit after 9pm. The Adobe conference room where the crop was held was perfect for the number of people and the set up of the tables and chairs was just right for getting to know your neighbors all around you. We had some great tutorial presentations by DSP Team Members, learning tips and techniques for all levels of scrappers. Some of the attendees were honored with their own mini tours as they were invited to participate in focus groups for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Can you imagine being able to give input directly to the people who matter!!! What an honor and I hope to see some of their suggestions in future releases!!! I had heard in the past that some of the Team Members provide great entertainment and had secretly hoped to see some table dancing...well Rene Bross, Amanda Behrmann, and Meg Beverly definitely did not disappoint with their dance number inspired by the movie Mamma Mia (check out the DSP Blog for video). I don't know of any other company that is more generous with freebies and prizes than DSP. There were some really really awesome prizes given out during the crop. There were Wacom Tablets, Photoshop CS3, Photoshop Elements 6, CD's, T-shirts, Adobe Mousepads, pens, bags. Everyone who wanted was able to get a 12 x 12 layout printed right there at the crop from the Epson 1900 Wide Format Printer. Let me tell you I sat right next to that printer and was BLOWN away buy the gorgeous layouts printed throughout the day. I couldn't believe how well that printer chugged out the FULL color pages one right after the other. I couldn't believe how fast the day went and how much fun it was!! I had hoped to get some scrapping done during the crop and I actually did, I was able to get 2 1/2 pages done the whole day (maybe not many pages for you but for me I've met my quota for 2 months!!!! HAHAHA). There were some members there getting 6+ pages done and successfully chatting and eating and dancing! Speaking of eating...DSP provided soooooo much food for the crop there was never an opportunity to be hungry the whole day. Both lunch and dinner were included in the cost of the registration as well as lots of chocolate, soda, chips, cookies, candy, etc. I couldn't believe all that came with the registration...what a treat! Let me just say one of the most surreal moments of my life was watching avatars and screen names come to life. It is so interesting to see "e-maginary friends" become real people! All the people I met were MORE AWESOME in real life than they are online. Especially those grannies, my goodness they're quite a rowdy bunch :-)
Sunday morning I headed out of town, still on a high from all the excitement. I am happy to be home and recouping all the sleep I skipped so I could hang with everyone.
am just so thankful and blessed to have been able to attend this event,
awesome and I highly encourage you to try your hardest to be at the
whenever or where ever it may be. I look forward to meeting you all
soon! (Maybe next year????)
Saturday, August 23 - Atlanta GA (and Southeast US) Scrapbook Crop more information on this event here.
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 are in
for a treat. Included are 2 fantastic kits kits - both funky
and fun but one very much all girl with pink and green tones and the
other so full of fun unique elements in soft tones . This months
plopper is a wonderful bright summery theme and the tiny black bead
alphabet will be one you will use over and over.
Also included are some great doodley floral
stamps, some family themed word art and another great quick
click. Dont forget the Exclusive font either .
Here are some sample layouts done by our designers with this month's Club Digital!
Click here to subscribe to Club Digital today!
I myself have been trying to capture every summer moment possible this year. Yes, I even took photos of the first time my husband walked our little girl out to visit with the ice cream man. I can not tell you how wonderful that tiny experience was, not only for my 3 year old and my husband but for me as well because it brought back many memories of my own childhood.
Isn't it great that we live in an age of digital cameras? I am still not over the fact that I can take a photo whenever and where ever I want. There are more pictures now of my daughter at her young age then there are of me for my entire life ...of this I am sure! To top it all off we now have digi-scrapping, a way to really capture and preserve the moment forever in time! Every time I complete a layout or page the satisfaction it brings compares to nothing else and I know that I am not alone here.
When I look through the galleries at DSP I see so many stories and so many lives and think to myself what a wonderful hobby to
be into. Some layouts are filled with heartfelt journaling, while others are full of creativity and artistic flair and others are all about the photos that make those pages POP from the gallery! This hobby holds something for everyone doesn't it?
I'm wishing for a beautiful end of summer and a gorgeous fall for all of you - and many, many more photos and layouts in the
You can join in with Linda's All for One chat every other Wednesday at 9pm, ET
sure to check the bottom of the
newsletter for a special freebie from Linda to our newsletter readers!)
Read more about Carolyn HERE and see her gallery HERE.
Make sure to check out the Scraplift the Spotlight Challenge HERE!
Thank you for being our August Spotlight Member Carolyn!
It's Shop Time!
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The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family. ~ Lee Iacocca
Family is the heart and soul of a scrapbooker’s life, whether that family is made up of blood relations, a community of friends or the loving relationship of a pet, it’s what scrapbookers need to feel complete. In this months Scraps of Life - We are Family CD you’ll find some stunning designs to suite all your family scrapping needs. Your favourite DSP Designers have contributed to bring you this awesome We Are Family CD – you’ll get over 140 digital scrapbook graphics in 12 individual page kits so you’ll be able to mix and match to your hearts content. And to make your life a little easier we have just the thing, Matching Ploppers. So get those layouts uploaded into the galleries so we can all share in your wonderful family experiences.
Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~ Author Unknown
Don’t forget our August Club Digital is now in the shop, the designers at DSP are the best there are and you get an awesome deal when subscribing to Club Digital – all your favourite designers delivered direct to your inbox at the beginning of each month, can’t get much better than that.
for New and Advanced
Inspiration by Mandy Poor
Mandy is having major problems with her PC right now and
wanted to pass on her apologies as there wont be an inspirational
article from her this month. But you wont miss out because
the lovely Meg has a really great article for you this month and don't
forget to check out the Inspiration
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Mandy
Poor Mandy is having major problems with her PC right now and wanted to pass on her apologies as there wont be an inspirational article from her this month. But you wont miss out because the lovely Meg has a really great article for you this month and don't forget to check out the Inspiration Station News
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Meg
Trend Watch: Pump up your shadows!
The DSP store is filled with kits containing fabulous elements and extras. To better show them off, check out the current hot style of grouping many elements together and adding bigger than normal drop shadows.
Now, I admit, my layouts lean toward the simple and spare end of the spectrum. But here I took the plunge and used as many elements as I could handle, still leaving enough room for my journaling. I have a frame element, an oversized photo popping out of the frame, two flowers, two ribbons, two torn notepapers elements, a word tile, and the title is created with an alpha. Whew, that's a lot for me! But carefully balancing the sizes, shapes, and colors makes this grouping not overwhelm the page.
To add definition and emphasis to the individual elements, I played with drop shadows. Instead of using a universal, small drop shadow, I created a different one for each element. Pay attention to the textures and layers when you do this! A fabric or thick paper element would stand up further than a notepaper or tied ribbon.For the flower on the top layer, I created a very large, dark shadow, so that it would really pop out above the other layers. Each of the other elements had lesser shadows that varied in opacity, distance, size, and even light angle.
This technique works especially well with realistic elements like buckles, hinges, rope, or any other three-dimensional item.
Click on Image to view larger.
Check out the DET gallery for fantastic examples of this current scrapbooking trend! Here are a few to get you started:
Be inspired some more - check out the current edition of Inspiration Station News
Activities: Creating Moments into Memories
When you first join DSP you want to devour every little bit of information there is and it seems a bit overwhelming at first but the absolutley best place to visit first off is the 'What's Happening' page, it's packed with useful information to help you choose to participate in a designer run challenge or contest or make a date to be at one of our awesome chat session. To find out the daily and weekly fun at DSP check out the calendar of activities, there's never a dull moment at DSP and you're sure to find something to your taste to challenge you artistically.
The Next Step - be sure to check the forum, this starts August 11 thru August 29 - the winner(s) will be announced the week of September 1.
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.
Its hard to believe that summer is almost over. Have you taken family vacations and are looking for something to do with all of those pictures? Take our DSU classes to learn to scrap or improve your scrapping skills! There is still time to sign up for our August classes. Late registration goes through August 5th.
Here is the line up of classes for our September session. If you would like further information regarding these classes, please visit the classes page.
DSU110 – Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU160 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU151 – Photography: Taking Better Snapshots
DSU215 – Adobe Photoshop Actions and Automations ( Photoshop v.7 and above) (Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
DSU220 – Adobe Photoshop: Brushes(Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
DSU225 – Adobe Photoshop: Paths ( Photoshop v.7 and above) (Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
DSU231 – Corel/Jasc Paint Shop Pro: Creating Digital Elements for Beginners (Pre-requisite DSU130 or similar experience)
DSU261 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Creating Digital Elements for Beginners (Pre-requisite- DSU 160 or similar experience)
DSU311 – Adobe Photoshop: Creating Digital Elements for Advanced Users(Pre-requisite- DSU 211)
We would love to hear your suggestions on future classes! Send your suggestions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Desktop Calendar Plopper
A newsletter exclusive! Specially designed ploppers for your computer desktop. This month's offering is by Linda Rechtin. 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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