January 2009, Volume 6, Issue 01
In This Issue
In the past 5 years, DSP has experienced a tremendous amount of growth, becoming the largest digital scrapbooking website and home to more than 142,000 members! With growth comes change and we’ll be announcing a lot of exciting NEW things over the next few months!
It’s a DSP evolution, a scrapping revolution, and our New Year’s resolution: It’s a SCRAPOLUTION!
And it’s all about YOU making scrapping goals and Team Digital supporting, encouraging, and cheering you on every step of the way. More on your part after some announcements!
NEW SIZE! You asked and we listened! We recognize that some of our customers are printing in larger formats and with professional book printers that require 300 ppi images, so we are pleased to announce as of January 1, many DSP products will be available at 300ppi AND 200ppi! Read more!
NEW SENIOR DESIGNER! Congratulations to Erica Belton, who was promoted to Senior Designer!
NEW DESIGNERS! Help us welcome Claudia Watkins, Robyn Gough, and Ruby Rynne, three wonderful NEW designers
to join Team Digital.
NEW STAFF MEMBERS! We’ll be adding NEW moderators to help keep the site running smoothly, with Tara Dreier as the NEW Community Manager! A NEW events team, led by Meg Beverly, the NEW Events Manager, will help run our current and exciting NEW events throughout the year.
NEW SHARING OPTIONS! DSP is all over the web. So be our friend, pal, fan, follower, or buddy, whatever site or app you prefer! You’ll also find ways to share your latest find in the DSP Shop right on the product pages as you shop!
NEW WAYS TO GIVE! With the NEW DSP Pals, you can now send gift
certificates to your pals without asking for their emails! You can even send
NEW THEMES! To help you reach those goals, DSP will provide themes and prompts throughout the year! We'll feature a monthly theme, plus related weekly prompts, and daily suggestions to help you. By the end of 2009, you can be a master scrapper who has scrapped what YOU wanted, learned what YOU wanted, and achieved YOUR scrapping goals!
NEW PARTNERSHIP! Aw come on, we have to keep SOME secrets around here! Watch for more big news soon as we announce an exciting opportunity for DSP and YOU! New software, features, products, and services, you don't want to miss this!
NEW YEAR! We hope you’re as excited as we are about 2009 and that you have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR at DSP!
Monthly Crop – repeats first Friday of every month Troy, Ohio
Laptop Crop in Salt Lake City - Utah on January 17, 2009
Please check here for those interested in any crops that may be happening in your area.
Are you new to digital scrapbooking or new to DSP? Join Digital Elite Team (DET) members Sands and Mars for a New Member Chat.
The chat will be every Tuesday at 10 pm EST - You'll find all the information here.
Here 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, someone will be on hand to give you the answers.
Posting Your First Layout:
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!!!
That's 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 subscription 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.
Get your new years scrapbooking off to a roaring start with this super selection of products in this months Club Digital issue. There are 2 pagekits, one bright and cheerful to scrap your new years photos and one elegant and more traditional in muted blues and greens. There is a versatile single photo plopper, and you will also find some fun and bold snowflake stamps, some new year word art and a versatile gel square alphabet. Have some fun with the quick click which features a trendy bracket shape, and don't forget the exclusive font.
This months content includes:
Club Digital now comes in a choice of resolutions - Choose 200ppi or the new 300ppi version when you download.
Here is a selection of layouts created by the DSP designers using this months Club Digital Selection.
Here are some sample layouts done by our designers with this month's Club Digital!
Click here to subscribe to Club Digital today!
It's the new year again! As another year passes, we look back and remember all the events that have come to pass. Remember when your daughter lost her first tooth? Or when your son got his driver's license? Remember the family vacation you took? The lazy days of summer, and the joy of Christmas Day? What did you accomplish this year? What have you yet to achieve in the new one?
The new year is a great time to start a journal. I don't actually have a "journal" myself, but I journal on my scrapbook pages, and you know what? That counts! I do keep a notebook where I jot a few things down so I don't forget if I know I'm not going to be able to get to the page anytime soon. I also save mementos from trips, etc, in case I decide to scan and add them to my pages. This year, if you aren't a big scrapbook page journaler already, I challenge you to try and get more of your memories down. A few years from now, when you look back at only pretty pages with pictures, you'll wish you'd written something down!
Last year I did a Year In Review album for 2007. I've included the Jan/Feb page here. I used "A Good Year" Quick Click Template by Lauren Bavin. That was a lot of fun, and great to see the whole year "at a glance". This year I created an Instant Album for this very purpose. Perhaps you'll want to try a year in review for 08, I know I do!
There is so much to look forward to in a new year. So much yet to be discovered, so much to do and see. I wish you and yours a beautiful year, filled with health, happiness, adventure, and many, many wonderful memories.Tina Chambers
DSP Senior Designer
You can join in with Tina's Challenges here.
sure to check the bottom of the
newsletter for a special freebie from Tina to our newsletter readers!)
The start to a New Year should be bright, fresh, and sunny – Kathleen (kathleen08) is a perfect choice to feature as our January 2009 DSP Member Spotlight!
Always happy, with a
smile on her face, Kathleen is a popular DSP member. She
describes her style as: “mostly clean and simple, although with
bits of graphic style and more ‘cluttered’ layers and
groupings thrown in for good measure.” Kathleen loves to
“showcase a great photo”, and wants “enough photos to
tell the story, and enough embellishment to dress up a page, but not
over the edge.” She draws her inspiration from everyday
life, the things she sees around her, her daughter, funny moments, and
the day-to-day things she wants to remember.
and thank you for being our member spotlight. Be sure to check out
Kathleen’s Gallery read more about her HERE. Draw some
inspiration from Kathleen’s gallery and then check out the
Scraplift the Spotlight challenge for January 2009.
Shop Time Inspiration by Erica
It’s time to SHOP… let’s get those baskets at the ready.
Ring in New Year Excitement with DSP
One-Year Club Digital Subscription Sale for 39.80 (Savings of 20.08)*
Is your New Year's Resolution to scrap more
pages?! Club Digital can help - Monthly content delivery of Fun
We are gonna party like it's 1999!
Save 19.99% off Downloadables and CDs Until January 7th, 11:59PM EST
This month we’re taking a different slant on Shop Time!
What exactly is a review anyway?
So how do I write a review at DSP?
I posted this comment on my Blog a few weeks back but I’m
sure I speak for all DSP Designers when saying this:
Happy New Year and I hope 2009 brings you all the things you desire.
Don’t forget our January 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
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Mandy
Today is where your book begins…
The New Year always seems to generate excitement. Perhaps because there is a feeling that a New Year offers a fresh start, like a blank new page in a book that allows you to write a whole new chapter in your life. It is a time to make resolutions and decisions, a time to think about sorting, organizing and planning for the year ahead.
My starting point was to use the Family Organizer Quick Click Template. The kitchen really is the heart of our home, so it seems logical for me to print out my Family Organizer and put it on the fridge door with magnetic strips where all the family can see it. I might not always good at opening paperwork to see what I need to do that day – but I am good at hunting in the fridge for things to snack on! So you might say I am even exploiting my weakness! The other option you could use for similar effect is Letter Monthly Desk Calendar, which has a place for notes. It is also a great way to show off existing layouts.
For my resolutions and inspirational reminders, I also decided to create mini-layouts on magnetic photo paper to use as fridge magnets, which can be changed and moved around. I used Alter your Attitude Word Art for the inspirational magnets and then added a couple of fun magnets to remind me about my diet and exercise resolutions. I “squashed” a bracket so I could fit four magnets per page (approximately A4/Letter Sized). To give the magnets a cohesive look, I used same background and photo frame for all of them.
Planning ahead, I am definitely going to scrap my 2009 one month at a time at the month end. I love those Gogo Year Album Monthly Templates by Suzanne Walker and A good year Quick Click by Lauren Bavin. The beauty about Quick Click Templates is that they can be customized with kits of your choice. For the time strapped digital scrapper, there are of course the gorgeous instant albums – What a year by Rene Bross, A Year to Remember by Tina Chambers and for a simple, yet stunning gift idea, try Lauren Bavin’s 5x7 Tag Year Book Instant Album.
I love the lyrics to Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten – and my theme for 2009 is:
life with arms wide open
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Meg
Playing With Text
It's a whole new year, so let's start with some fun tricks to add extra flair to your layouts! Text, whether titles, word art, or journaling, is a huge part of every layout. So how can we bring it up a notch or two? Here are just a few techniques for you to try:
Inserting text directly into a photo helps bring the viewer's eye to your focal point and is a fun way of adding interest to your photo! You will need to extract a portion of your photo, in order to place the text behind it. Here's a close up of the overlapping word art and photo in my layout:
Extraction is taught in DSU classes 221 & 321 or you can use one of DSP's great tutorials for basic information, click here for Photoshop instructions or here for Paint Shop Pro instructions.
A very popular technique to use is inserting an image inside text. This is especially effective on titles or short greeting messages on cards. Emma Powell created a wonderful Photoshop tutorial for this. Or you can go BIG with one of Elizabeth Weaver's awesome Word 2 Page Quick Clicks!
I think one of the most effective text treatments is to place it on a path. You can bend your journaling around or along an element (Paint Shop Pro tutorial), have it wrap within a shape (Photoshop tutorial), or, as I did in the layout above, have your text flow in free-form shapes to fit your theme. Lauren Bavin's DSU classes 211 & 311 (offered in January, hurry to join in!) cover paths, as does Lisa Carter's DSU 225. There is so much design flexibility when you remove the constraints of straight lines!
Let's start 2009 off with some fun! Let your text shine as brightly as the rest of your layouts and try something new!
Be inspired some more - check out the current edition of Inspiration Station News
- Using Ploppers
Artful 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 absolutely 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.
Keep watching for other upcoming events in January...
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.
Happy 2009! I can't believe that it's already the new year! It seems like 2008 just flew by way too fast! I hope that you had a fabulous Christmas and enjoyed time with your family and friends! The New Year is bringing a few changes to DSU. Emma Powell has decided to scale back on the classes that she is teaching and now will be solely devoted to teaching the introduction classes. We have added Melissa Green to teach the intermediate and advanced PSE classes. Lori Davis is taking over the PSP classes. And Christine Gunderson is taking over the PS Brush and Montage classes. We are also adding a few additional classes with new instructors so look for more information on these developments in the coming months!
There is still time to sign up for our January classes. Late registration for our January classes will run through January 5th. You can register for January classes here.
Here is the line up for our February classes:
Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU130 – Corel Paint Shop Pro: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU190 – Layout Design (2 week class)
DSU192 – Introduction to Graphics Tablets
DSU220 – Adobe Photoshop: Brushes (Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
DSU231 – Corel/Jasc Paint Shop Pro: Creating Digital Elements for Beginners (Pre-requisite DSU130 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)
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 Tina Chambers. Download the plopper here! (Sizes: 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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