In this Issue
from Team Digital – Tina Chambers
2004, Shrek was the #1 movie. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was the
most watched show on Television. Usher's Confession was the top selling
album. And in April, what would soon become the largest Digital
Scrapbooking site on the web, was born.
Little did we know how quickly it would grow.
Little did we realize the bonds that would take root.
Little did we foresee the way our little piece of the web would become
such an important part of people's daily lives.
What was in store for DSP surpassed our hopes and dreams. And we are so
glad it did.
If you been with us from the beginning, or if you are a new DSPeep...
we are thrilled and honored to have you here with us to celebrate our
37,323 threads, 896,538 posts, 173,712 members, over 750,000 products
downloaded, and millions of memories.
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News and Features
Your First Layout:
about posting your first layout? There's a special first layout
challenge each month for you. Post your first layout to DSP this month
may be a random winner for a free page kit!!
You'll find all the information here.
If you need to
know what is going on, you need the What's Happening at DSP
thread or the Calendar. You
can also find out what contests and challenges are due in the What's Due
looking to find out what challenges are due when then the What’s Due
thread is the thread you need to check out. In this thread,
you can find out what contests and challenges are coming
- get going on a few challenges, Ladies, there are tons of great ones :)
Buzz for Newbees and Oldbees
Chat for new members (and old members too!)
Every Wednesday at
10 pm EST
If you are new to digital scrapbooking or new to DSP, or if you've been
around DSP for a while but love to meet and help new members, join us
DSP is a big busy site! Are you beewildered? Do you have questions? How
to get around the site? How to enter challenges? Where to start? Join
us in chat to find out more about the site and digi-scrapping! We'll
orient you to some of the features of DSP and answer questions to help
you feel more comfortable getting around and finding what you need.
to DSP! We know you will love it!
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For the next stop
Scrap the Map, DSP is heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on April
16, 2011 and YOU are
meet CEO Margie Lundy!
Check out and maybe even WIN, great products from DSP and our
sponsors Adobe Systems and Fulltime Families! And scrap away while
floating in beautiful Myrtle Beach.
other Crop news,
check out www.scrapthemap.com
and in our DSP Forums!
forget, if you are planning a get together to put it in the Gathering and Support
forum. There’s nothing like meeting DSPers in real
life to learn new things, take great pictures and have a good
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Digital Elite Team 13
March saw the scrappiest
showdown on the Web right here at DSP. Over 50 talented
members participated in the four round elimination contest, for a place
on the team that showcases the work of the DSP Designers.
congratulations, to the members of DET 13! They are: CarrieAnn,
diturpin, Fade2Pink, handkl, HeatherH, Jill W, Lynnie, Mars, mum2riley,
Noremacc, psulions21, renee s, and teetopper.
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New Kids on the Block
Kids on the
Block (NKOTB) is a contest for those who are new to digital
want to learn more based on quality feedback and constructive critiques
from experienced scrappers. It is also a chance to meet new friends,
become part of the DSP community and belong to an alumni group when
it's over. The contest begins May
but the final deadline to sign up is May
plenty of fun for those of us who have "been around the block", too. Be
sure to cruise the NKOTB
and comment on the
Constructive feedback is what its all about! Come and join in the fun
of the NKOTB
It's a fun way
to support the New Kids and make them feel welcome in the DSP
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Spotlight – Natalija aka TalyQ
and read more
about Natalija on the DSP Spotlight Page.
digital’ is one way to define this month’s DSP
Member Spotlight, who has been a DSP Member since April 2004 when it
all started. A DET 10 and 11 Alumni, her gorgeous layouts shine in the
DSP galleries – but perhaps you will know you will know
Natalija better as TalyQ.
I mostly love do is to do graphic-style layouts - those who use a lot
of blending modes, masking - layouts that look definitely digitally
made,” said Natalija. A favorite layout that displays this
quality, and one she really loves, is Precious
Child. “First the
photo has a very interesting angle and then I love the combination of
the blended/masked elements and the more realistic ones on top of it. I
also love the colors of this layout,” she said.
finds inspiration in: “Creating memories for my children and
expressing myself creatively.”
think it is
safe to say that many DSP members will find inspiration in this
talented member’s gallery. So be sure to check out
and read more about her on the DSP
Spotlight Page in April and then
take part in the Scraplift
the Spotlight Challenge.
Congratulations, Natalija, and thank you for sharing your talent with
us as the April DSP Member Spotlight.
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changing things up a bit, and going forward DSP will now feature TWO of
its Designers each month. We start our new "double team" feature with a
CarolAnn Gary and a tutorial from Nicole Young.
scrapping or for designing is an elusive thing. I suspect that we are
inspired by many different things, but some things are universally
inspirational. Seeing really good art, created by someone else, will
cause most people to feel a stirring of creativity and a desire to put
together a piece of work that they love. As a scrapper and as a
designer, I find myself struggling sometimes, to produce anything
worthwhile. At times like that, I have found that there are a few
things that will jump start me again.
first thing I do, is
away from my project - literally. I go for a walk - preferably outside.
A good brisk walk will let me mull over what I am working on and often
I will have a new way of looking at it when I return.
next choice is
usually to go shopping! This is almost always the kind of shopping that
requires no money. Just looking at pretty things in the fabric store or
craft store or even the linen department of a big store, is refreshing
to my creative soul! I love all kinds of color and texture and shape. I
have to say, however, that my favorite place to go shopping for
inspiration is a book store. I can spend a long time browsing through
magazines and taking in fresh ideas.
third choice -
the one I use most often - is to browse through the galleries at DSP.
have some amazing scrappers here! There are a few places I go pretty
often. One is the Hall of Fame gallery.
There is a terrific variety of layouts by some of the best. Another
place I hang out is the DET gallery.
This wonderful group of ladies works tirelessly to create layouts that
feature the kits of all the different DSP designers. It is a hard job
because they have to use kits that they wouldn't normally scrap with,
but they come up with really top-notch layouts. Sometimes I find a
layout I like so much that I scraplift it.
example of this is a
layout by renee s from the DET.
created the second layout from her inspiration. Mine
is not exactly like hers, but you can certainly see that she
Tutorial for PS
Start with a photo that
you want to creatively crop.
I am using a photo of my youngest sitting
on a bridge.
selection tool. Make sure you are on your photo layer in
your layer palette.
rectangular selection on your photo layer.
selection and choose “Layer via Copy.”
you click on your photo layer again in your layer palette.
Create a new
“Layer via copy.”
Repeat this for as
rectangular crops as you want.
Once all your crops
made. Turn off your full photo by selecting your original photo layer
in the layers palette and clicking on the “eye”
icon. This will make your photo layer invisible.
***to add a little
extra visual interest, crop some of the tops and bottoms of your photo
one of your photo crops (it won’t matter which
one) and choose it from
your layer palette.
We are going to add
or effect to your photo.
To do this look at
bottom of your layer
palette and choose the icon that says “fx.”
your effect window pops up choose STROKE.
Change your stroke
Choose INSIDE from
drop down menu and change the color of your
stroke to WHITE.
Once your stroke is
on your first photo
crop, RIGHT CLICK on the layer palette where it says STROKE under your
Choose COPY LAYER
from the menu.
highlight all your layers in blue.
With all the layers
selected in the
layer palette, right click in the layer palette and choose PASTE LAYER
All photo crops
now have a white stroke.
now going to
right click on each layer effect in the layer palette one by one (it
does not allow you to do more than one at once) and choose CREATE
Do this for all
Now choose one of
photo crops again. We are going to add a different effect.
Go to the
bottom of the layer palette again and choose the
This time choose
shadow to 50% opacity, 15 px s distance and 25 pixel size.
Again we are
going to right click on the effect, choose COPY LAYER STYLE.
select your photo crop layers one by one, right-click in the layer
palette and choose PASTE LAYER STYLE.
Do not select all
do this all in one step or it will add shadows to your photo frames.
You now have
photo crops with white frames!
***add some extra visual
warping the shadows. Do this by right-clicking on the shadow effect in
the layer palette. Choose CREATE LAYER. Make sure you are on your
shadow layer in the layer palette. Hit CTRL+T (this is choosing the
Transform tool). In your work area right-click to bring up your
transform menu. Choose WARP and move the corner boxes to create a
warped effect. Double click the ENTER button on your keyboard or double
click within the transforming box to apply your warp.***
Your Multi-frame Crop is
now complete!!! Add some fun elements and journaling and you are DONE!
Young for www.digitalscrapbookplace.com
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– Birthday Celebration Sale
20% - 40% off Select Products
'Em First time around?
to grab some old, but still great,
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great discount prices.
Discount varies according to the release date of
– CarolAnn Gary and Nicole Young are Featured Designers.
20% off Select Products
– Easter/Spring Sale
Humour Month (CA,
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12 – Walk on the Wild Side Day
19 – Hanging Out Day
24 – Easter Sunday
25 – Red Hat Society Day
29 – Dance Day
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you a member of the club?
has sprung in
April's issue of Club Digital.
Included this month as usual are 2 delightful fun and funky kits, Which
can be accessorised with some easter word art, a great backpack and
some great stamps. This month's Club also contains a useful alphabet
and a spring themed
plopper as well as a funky angled panorama quick click.
now comes in a choice of resolutions - Choose 200ppi
or 300ppi version when you download.
month's content includes
Now Page Kit
- Time to Play Page Kit
- Heart of Spring Plopper
- Cool Blue Alphabet
- Fly Free and Fancy Stamps
- Easter Fun Word
- Masked Pano Quick Click
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member, you also receive an exclusive
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is a selection of layouts created by the DSP Team Digital using this
month's Club Digital Selection.
find out more about Club Digital
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Product – Scraps of Fun: Sports CD
what you need to
scrap those photos of the athlete in your family, and create some
layouts with sporting style.
Kits included on this
Set and Match
- Iron Man
- Lets Go Cheer
- Making a Splash
- Softball League
- The Beautiful Game
- Vintage Grid Iron
- Need for Speed
to see all products on the CD.
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time to SHOP… let’s get those baskets at the
do a search for anything using the advanced search feature
located at the top right of your store page, right above the search
box. For example ‘green Lauren’ will just
return Lauren’s kits that have green in them,
‘hearts tina’ will return Tina’s kits
with hearts in them. Try it, you’ll like
it!! You can also check out the Site Map
for some fabulous links.
Send anyone the perfect gift!! Gift Certificates are a
wonderful way to
say - Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, I Love You, or even
...you can get to the store by typing shop.dsp.me in your browser URL
bar? Get to the store even faster!
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doing a review
... pass the good word along! We love to hear from you.
Here's some store
inspiration for this month.
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Activities – Creating Memories from Moments
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 sessions. 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
Challenges and Chats
current on challenges with the What’s Due thread,
which will keep you up to date on all the challenges on the site and
when they are due.
- Designer Exclusives
Our Designers are the best there are and they are really generous, if
you enter one of their challenges you’re more than likely to
receive a chat and/or posting bonus just by using their nominated kit
for the challenge. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain
– like more stash for less bucks with these great challenges.
- Inspiration Station (IS News)
This is a call to all dedicated DSP scrappers to ‘strut your
stuff’ and inspire us with your creations. Just choose any or
all of the calls for layouts the current month and you could be
showcased in our Newsletter or Blog. We have a few rules so check them
out and then join in the fun. Check out the current edition of Inspiration Station News or
here for Previous Issues
- Project 365
– a project for how YOU scrap. Check out our Project 365
and the Project 365 store category.
– It’s a DSP evolution, a scrapping revolution, and
our New Year’s resolution:
It's a SCRAPOLUTION!!
It’s all about YOU, our members, our friends, making
scrapping goals and Team Digital supporting, guiding, encouraging,
joining, and cheering you on every step of the way. Check out the
current themes and prompts.
- Scrap with the DET
– Digital Elite Team and DET Alumni
Our past and current Elite group of scrappers have some great
challenges going at the moment and you’re sure to get well
chosen CC should you need it – learn from the best
- Elite Challenges –
be sure to check out the challenges run by our DET Alumni and DET.
- The Grannies If
you’re a Granny or a Granny In Training (GIT) or just a
Wannabee, you might like to see what other Grannies are up to, what
challenges they have going. There is never a dull moment when you join
this happy band of digi-scrappers.
- IOTW – Item of the week
The Item Of The Week is priced to sell, so create a LO using the IOTW
and be in a draw to win a free kit.
- SNL –
Saturday Night Live –
CherylB & Renee S
This is where anyone can create their own digital scrapbook kits to
share with other SNLers, from elements and papers to word
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.
Specially designed ploppers
desktop. These calendars were made by CarolAnn Gary, Senior Designer.
by clicking on the image above (Sizes: 800x600,
1280x768, 1440x900, and 1650x1080
pictures, 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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have an idea, let us know about it! If it's an article idea, a feature,
even something you'd like to write, shout it out to us. So, put your
thinking caps on and come up with some new features, article ideas, or
something fun you'd like to see in our monthly newsletter. Then email
it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please type "Newsletter IDEA" in the subject line of your email.) We
can't wait to see your ideas!
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our newsletter readers, Senior Designer, Nicole Young has created
this adorable Quick Click. Choose
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thanks to the newsletter Team:
CarolAnn, Kim, Lauren, Lynnette, Mandy, Margie,
Mars, Nicole and
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