February 2009, Volume 6, Issue 02
In This Issue
Hey everyone! Are you all settled in for the new year?! I know this whole month
has just whipped right by like a whirlwind, for me. LOL What an amazing hobby we
have! Not only does it bring us closer to our families and friends, but
especially here at DSP, we get to know so many people that we would never have
met otherwise. Lucky us! During January, we did just that. Sands (sands_healy)
decided last year to come for a visit, since her family would be going to the
Caribbean for the holidays. (Bet you didn't know that Utah was between the
Middle East and the Caribbean. LOL) The next thing you know we are having an
official DSP crop, right in downtown Salt Lake! Yay! Margie came out and we had
so much fun. Our ladies came by planes, trains and automobiles and the amazing
thing was when you meet them for the first time it doesn't really feel like you
are "meeting them." KWIM? It is more like a reunion. We went to dinner, did a
photo walk, had a great crop, plus explored the area around Salt Lake City. When
Margie arrived, the shuttle bus driver asked her if she was one of those crazy
digital scrapbooking ladies, with chocolate. LOL Apparently her reputation
preceded her! He just left out the ploppers. :D Frannie (RV'nFrannie) even went
out recruiting! There was a baby shower going on in the room next door to our
crop, so she pops in and tells them how they really must learn to digi scrap w/
the new one on the way and to come on over! .....................and guess who
came to our crop?!!! Dear Myrtle!! For anyone who doesn't know, she does a
weekly podcast and focuses on geneology and family history. (You should have
seen Scamp, jumping up and down! One would have thought that Christmas had come
Monthly Crop – repeats first Friday of every month Troy, Ohio
Laptop Crop in Surfers Paradise - Gold Coast Australia - Saturday May 9, 2009
Laptop Crop in Auckland - New Zealand - Saturday May 16, 2009
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?
Love is in the Air with this super selection of products in this months Club Digital issue. There are 2 pagekits, one funky and freestyle and one shabby and chic to provide some great inspiration for your layouts. There is a trendy bright and bold 3 photo plopper, and you will also find some really useful circle flourish stamps. For those Valentine layouts and messages we have some love word art and an alpha featuring hearts. Have some fun with the 2 photo quick click which features a trendy bracket shape, and dont forget the exclusive font.
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Ah… February. The month of St. Valentine’s Day, on which significant others are celebrated and appreciated. But when you think about it, it’s ALL the relationships in our life that shape who we are, not just one with a special person. Not only that, it’s all the relationships of others we’ve seen over the years; they have all been examples, guiding us in how we want to be, to the special people in our life. We have all had a number of role models in this way – parents, grandparents, friends, and our children – they all teach us something, and we in return give the same back. Even our ancestors have a role in shaping our relationships, when we choose to study them through scrapping and genealogy. We learn about the dynamics between men and women and families in times and places other than our own, as well as the different demands society and law placed upon them as compared to ourselves. Culture affects our relationships, perhaps more than any other factor. I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating – I appreciate so much how DSP is a global community, with active members all over the world. We learn and grown through exposure to different places, and are open minded about each others’ cultures. We develop terrific and lasting friendships with one another, whether we be 5 or 5,000 miles apart. It’s not just techniques or experience we share; it’s sincere caring in a supportive community. And here we find more relationships to treasure, and more role models.
In honor of this, February Scrapolution at DSP focuses on relationships. If you didn’t see the Scrapolution announcement in January, check out the forum for our exciting new challenges here! Already have Scrapolution fever? Then get right to the calendar of challenges for February here!
Your goal, should you choose to accept it, will be to think about the various relationships you have come across or been a part of all through your life, and appreciate the love or learning you’ve gained from each one as you scrap them. A bonus to your layout is always heartfelt journaling. This is your legacy to those you will eventually leave behind. Tell them about your parents’ relationship, what your grandparents meant to you, say why a favorite cousin was your favorite, or write a letter to your child. Oh alright, you can scrap your spouse or significant other, too! Valentine’s Day is this month, after all, you’re allowed! But I know you’ll stop for a moment in your musings about family relationships to appreciate dear friends as well, and smile when you think of (or scrap) those right here at DSP. Together you have made this community strong and wonderful, and I’m as proud as the rest of the DSP team to count you all among my extended family and friends.
You can join in with Elizabeth's Challenges here.
sure to check the bottom of the
newsletter for a special freebie from Elizabeth to our newsletter readers!)
This former DET member is a real night owl, who can frequently be found “lurking in the hallways of DSP in the wee hours of the morning,” when Sandy says she gets most of her scrapping done!
“My inspiration comes from the kits themselves. I tend to scrap with one single kit at a time, and each kit inspires me to "paint" a different picture.” How does she achieve a gallery full of simply gorgeous layouts? Sandy says “I tend to throw everything on my page and see what sticks.” We are sure that you will agree that the result is spectacular, with layouts you are sure to fall in love with!
Congratulations Sandy. Thank you for being our member spotlight. Be inspired by Sandy’s Gallery and read more about her HERE and the Scraplift the Spotlight challenge for February.
Shop Time Inspiration by Erica
It’s time to SHOP… let’s get those baskets at the ready.
"If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden."
February, and love is in the air - St Valentine brings us the most romantic month of the year! Every February 14th many people around the world, express their love and devotion for each other with cards, chocolates, flowers and gifts. Traditional symbols of Valentine's Day include hearts, doves, Cupid and love notes; you'll find these and more in our Valentine and Love kits. Be inspired to create wonderful keepsakes for those you love this February.
Take a look at The Ready to Go! Heart Board Book, the shape of a heart is synonymous with feelings of love and what better way to show you care, or try one of our many different style Board Albums, they makes an ideal gift to give this Valentines Day or any time of year.
And just scroll down to Mandy's and Meg's Inspirational themes for more great ideas this St Valetines day.
greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are
joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in
silent unspeakable memories."
Don’t forget our February 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
Little Boxes of Love
Valentines day, love it or hate it, this day is coming your way. I recently saw an article where people were interviewed on their favorite possession, and one person wrote that their favorite possession was a homemade Valentine Card that they have carried with them for years… So there is no time like the present to make that future “favorite possession” for a loved one in your life.
If you are not a red and white, hearts and roses, kind of person; remember that the Modern Romantic décor style has lots of pastels with cool blues and grays teamed with crisp whites, and softened with feathers, lace, ribbon, pearls and white flowers. For effect, introduce a few splashes of deeper colour and use a simple template or white space layout structure.
Aside from a card, give a homemade Valentine gift. Layout ideas can go from the traditional reasons why you love someone, using poetry or lyrics, or even sharing a piece of your heart – revealing a little piece of yourself to them.
This year I have gone all out on boxes for Valentines day… I drew up a simple box template, with a heart fastening top that can be customized with DSP kits and printed out on cardboard for my children’s teachers and grandparents. These can be filled with chocolate, candy, or trinkets. A small message can be included as a little note or message can be written inside the box. Another idea would be to use the Cube Calendar Template for the first half of the year to make your box – leaving one side open for treats and a Valentine Message saying that this box is filled with love…
Cube Calendar Template by Lauren Bavin and Kim Liddiard
Evenings Page Kit, Camille Page Kit, Romance in Pink and Papillon Page Kit By Claudia Watkins
Heart topped boxes:
Cherish Mee Too Page Kit and Splatter Dottee Red Set1 by Marcee Duggar
Cupids Bow Page Kit by Robyn Gough
Retro Jive Girl Page Kit by Nicole Young
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Meg
February Article: Spread the Love!
The month of February is all about relationships here at DSP and I want to help you include your loved ones in your hobby. Of course there are many styles of layouts you can do, celebrating your friends and family; but what about giving them a personal reminder of your love? To get you started, check out these projects I've created and shared with my family.
Rear View Mirror Hanging Thingie (yes, that's the technical term):
My husband lives apart from us during the week, as he works a couple of hours away. I stuck this into his car early one morning before he headed out. Just a simple note to show him I'm thinking about him on the drive and throughout the week.
Using Elizabeth Weaver's Warm & Wonderful page kit and Tina Chamber's Long Distance Love Word Art, it's a simple layout that I printed and stitched to a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper. I inked the edges to hide the bits that didn't line up perfectly, lightly stuffed it, and added the ribbon & button. All together, it took less than an hour to put together and now it lives in my husband's truck, reminding him of his family back home.
Shrinky Dink Love Notes:
If you're over the age of 30, you probably remember the magical Shrinky Dinks cartoon characters. (I say "over 30" because I spent a wrinkle-causing half hour in the office supply store with a lovely 20-something who was trying to help me find a package of Shrinky Dinks ink jet printer paper, and repeatedly asked me, "but what ARE they?") If you want to relive the non-sensical fun of Shrinky Dinks with this project, they can be found in most scrapbook stores or online at www.shrinkydinks.com.
I used Nicole Young's Love Potion Title Set and flowers from Elizabeth Weaver's Raspberry Currant Add On Pack and Cool Summer Porch page kit. The product suggests using light colored photos, but by lightening my photo almost to the point of washing it out, I was able to use a photo with darker colors fairly successfully.
I created the little love note for my daughter and plan to slip it into her lunch box sometime this month. She loves finding surprise notes and I know she'll love this little trinket with our picture. The entire image started out at approximately 7" wide by 6" high, and shrunk down to 3" x 2".
Since I had extra room on the paper, I printed out an extra title to use as a keychain. The trick to this project is to punch the hole before you shrink everything in the oven. I love the end result and have already attached it to my mother's keychain. The image was 5.5" wide by 2" high before shrinking. Now it's about half that size, almost exactly the size of the keys!
In one afternoon, I created three fun hybrid projects that I am sharing with three members of my family. What a great way to celebrate the special relationships in my life! Have fun with your own creations, your family and friends will love them!
Be inspired some more - check out the current edition of Inspiration Station News
- Adding Signature Lines, Flair Cards and Images
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 February...
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.
Is it really February already? It seems that January just flew by! I hope that you have enjoyed the first month in 2009! Are you ready to step up your scrapbooking skills? DSU has the perfect tools to help you accomplish this! If you didn't get signed up for our February classes, there is still time to register. Late registration will be from February 1st - 5th. Registration is also open for our March classes.
Here is the line up of classes for March!
DSU130 – Corel Paint Shop Pro: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU151 – Photography: Taking Better Snapshots
DSU160 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU211 – Adobe Photoshop: Creating Digital Elements for Beginners(Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
DSU215 – Adobe Photoshop: Actions and Automations ( Photoshop v.7 and above) (Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
DSU221 – Adobe Photoshop: Montage (Pre-requisites: DSU 110/160 , DSU 220/270)
DSU225 – Adobe Photoshop: Paths ( Photoshop v.7 and above) (Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
DSU270 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Brushes (Pre-requisite- DSU 160 or similar experience)
DSU290 – Exploring Digital Design Styles
DSU331 – Corel/Jasc Paint Shop Pro: Creating Digital Elements for Advanced Users (Pre-requisite DSU231 or similar experience
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Desktop Calendar Plopper
A newsletter exclusive! Specially designed ploppers for your computer desktop. This month's offering is by Elizabeth Weaver. 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
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