In this Issue
from Team Digital – Heidi
In just five short weeks
we hit a big milestone in our family. Our youngest,
Deakon, will be going to all day Kindergarten. But for now these
thoughts & emotions keep dancing in my head...YAY, No more kids
at home! Eight
hours of peace & quiet all to myself! Just think of all that
designing I can do in a whole day. No more laundry piling up. My house
be spotless. And lastly, I will no longer have that excuse to find the
to exercise ever again! So does that mean with all this time that I
rich, have a clean house AND skinny? I can dream, can't I.
But wait, where is my
little buddy that goes shopping with me, takes the
dogs for a walk, eats lunch with, snuggles & watches movies
with on a rainy
day? Oh that's right, he is my big boy now off at school with his
So then my thoughts turn to him at school... Is he having fun? Is he
Is he making friends? Is he getting in trouble (after all he is a boy)?
he missing me? I'll sure be missing him!
I really don't remember
thinking so much when his two sisters left for
kindergarten. But everyone says it is different when your last one
for school. I think my feelings were different with each one of them.
oldest, Raya, went off to kindergarten seven years ago. Wow! Seven
years goes by
fast! I think I was mostly excited for her. I know I wasn't worried at
she wasn't either. It was like she was going on an adventure. And I
wait to hear all about it when she got home. And I sure did as she is
Three years later our
middle one, Bria, was off to Kindergarten. It was a
different story with her. She is our shy one. She likes to stick close
& doesn't like big crowds. So I knew it was gonna be hard for
her. And it
was. There were tears shed on several occasions. I even shed a couple
But she had some awesome teachers & made some wonderful
friends. She still
doesn't like big crowds but LOVES seeing her friends at school. She has
a long way!
So when September 1st
comes, we'll all be ready to send our big boy on his
journey. And my bittersweet thoughts will all be sorted out. I really
nothing to worry about. He is my independent one. And pretty excited to
that bus with his big sister. Sure I will miss that little ball of
but I'm sure he will save some snuggle time in the evenings just for
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News and Features
Your First Layout:
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 :)
Beginning this month,
this section will highlight some of the talented DSP members
who participate in the numerous
contests and challenges at DSP every month. The winning
participants in some of the larger, less frequent contests, like New
Kids on the Block, the Scrappies, and Trendsetters (going on now!) will
In July, the winner of
Club Digital Contest
who used the July Club for her layout and wins a previous month's
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 Las Vegas for a slumber party
September 9, 2011 and YOU are
We'll have the luxurious
2000 sq. ft. Media Suite at Mandalay Bay for the night. Come
meet CEO Margie Lundy!
Check out and maybe even WIN, great products from DSP and our
sponsors Adobe Systems and Fulltime Families! Space is
limited, so register early!
For locations, dates and
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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2011 Christmas in July
– Elizabeth Weaver
Our Christmas in July
Party was a smash; hope you didn't miss a bit of
it! We hosted some terrific challenges, super sales, and a twenty four
hour CHAT! That's right; we were in the chat room for twenty four hours
straight from Friday midnight to Saturday midnight on the 30th July!
Each hour was filled with fun, games, scrapping, and sometimes a visit
from Santa Claus who brought his bag of gifts, which contained CDs,
coupons, and digital downloads! Those who received CD awards were: Dani
B, Ograma, MaryRiley, Just-pjz, nekobus, Sammawow, Lauri, LKB, and
Even more exciting, we
had some great Adobe prizes to give away, including a brand new Adobe
Photoshop CS5 and an Adobe
Photoshop Elements 9!
Our winners for those
Winner of Adobe
Elaine aka my2cats
Winner of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9:
Be sure and congratulate
them when you see them around the site!
Hope you had a VERY Merry CIJ; we are already looking forward to next
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Spotlight – ebears, a.k.a, Joan
DSP Member Spotlight is ebears.
as “An easy going person who is happy to take things as they
come.” A philosophy that clearly works well for her, as she
carries it through to her digi-scrapping saying: “There is no
planning in my LOs - I just do what feels right at the time. It
usually takes a couple of hours to do.” I think you will
agree that “no planning” has never looked so
good… as a glance at her inspirational gallery will show!
inspiration comes from looking at other layouts in the gallery, and she
mostly finds her starting point with a photograph and then looks for a
kit that will match.
With regards to her favorite layout, Joan says: “All my LOs
are favourites while I am doing them. But the one that stands out is
off my grandson titled
I Am Legend.”
you Joan for
sharing your talent with DSP Members as the August 2011 DSP Member
Spotlight. Once you have visited Joan’s
Gallery and been inspired, join
the DSP Spotlight Challenge for
your chance to win a lucky draw DSP Store Voucher.
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a sketch effect!
Using Photoshop CS3 and
a photo of our choice I’m going to show you how to create a
sketch effect of the photo, we’ll create two versions, a
watercolour and pencil sketch. Using this technique can be a perfect
way to make use of blurred or so so photos so you end up with
– Open your selected photo in Photoshop, I’m using
a photo of an old forge from our trip to the Bay Of Islands. Then
create a new
document to the same
dimensions as your photo, this should
have a white background and be 300ppi. I have named and saved this new
document as Sketch Effects Tutorial, you can name it anything you want.
Select your photo by using Ctrl A
and Copy then Paste into
document, the photo should be the top layer. Next Duplicate
by right clicking on it and selecting Duplicate
Layer from the drop
Select the copy of the photo, this should be the one caller Layer 2
copy. Next we are going to Desaturate
the photo by selecting Image
Adjustments / Desaturate (Shift + Ctrl + U).
Desaturated Layer (layer 2
copy) and invert the image, to do
this go to Image
/ Adjustments / Invert (Ctrl + I).
Your image should
look like this.
– Make sure you still having the layer 2 copy selected and
Dodge from the drop down menu
of the Layer
Blend Modes palette.
– Next choose Gaussian Blur
from the Filter
Drop Down Menu. Filter
/ Gaussian Blur, adjust this
until you are satisfied with the result. I
used 20.0 pixels Radius to achieve this watercolour sketch effect.
To create a Pencil
Sketch. Simply select your
original photo image
(Layer 2) and change the Blend Mode to Luminosity.
Experiment by adjusting
Brightness / Contrast.
I hope you enjoy
using this tutorial.
NEWS! A New
Category in the store – HOME DECOR!
Digital Scrapbook Place
now offers even more ways for you to put fine art on your walls!
Add DSP's fabulous Wall Word Art to the walls of your home, office, or
vehicle! The Vinyl Wall Art is pre-pasted, pre-spaced, individually cut
letters that press on your wall or any flat surface. The letters arrive
on a sheet of paper which adheres to your wall. After pressing the
sheet to your wall, you pull it back and only the lettering remains.
The letters are a thin vinyl - equivalent to about 2-3 coats of paint,
so they give you the look of hand-painted stenciling without the time
DSP's Vinyl Wall Art works well for both renters and homeowners because
it comes off when you are ready for it to. The lettering arrives as a
single roll of text which you can apply all at once, or you can cut the
sheet of lettering in any increment you choose and place them in a
creative layout. The possibilities are limitless!
Print and frame your last name or any sentiment with the Wall-Worthy
Alphabets - Mix 1
and Mix 2!
Each greyscale letter is a full 4"� x
6"� in size. In your digital editing program,
string the characters together and print at home or send to a photolab,
then FRAME! You may also change the color to suit. These make perfect
gifts for baby, wedding, teacher, anniversary, family reunion, and
more! Check out the ready-made word prints as well, which currently
include DREAM, JOY, LOVE,
Look for other fantastic
products in the new Home Decor category soon!
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YOU KNOW? The DSP
store offers a wonderful REWARDS Program!
DSP Rewards Program -
Now, the more you shop - the more you save! No need to sign up! If you
are a registered customer at the DSP store, and meet the listed
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As our way of saying thank you for being a loyal customer, DSP will
reward you at the end of each month based on the following purchase
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colours of red, white and blue dominate this month's club digital.
Included this month, as usual, are two useful and very versatile kits,
one funky and modern and one traditional and feminine. These
can be accessorised with some celebratory groupies and funky half tone
stamps as well as the swirly alphabet and useful word art. Added to
that you will find a useful swirly overlay and don't forget the great
postcard style quick click that will be perfect for scrapping those
summer vacation snapshots.
now comes in a choice of resolutions - Choose 200ppi
or 300ppi version when you download.
month's content includes
Pomp Page Kit
and Bright Page
of Spots Stamps
Digital is the hottest club in town!
your monthly fix of the best digital scrapbook products for an
incredible price! Something to suit every style and level of digital
issue of Club
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member, you also receive an exclusive
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Purchase a six month subscription and you're entered to win a free
upgrade to a twelve month subscription!
Purchase a twelve month subscription and you're entered to win a $30
coupon for the DSP store!
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 – Photographers Essentials Mega Kit
For photographers of all
levels from amateur to professional this set of creative tools will be
your go to product for display and enhancement. Use this product alone
on your photographs in conjunction with scrapbook graphics to complete
a layout which allows your photographs to shine.
This set includes:
- 28 Textured Backgrounds
- 14 Borders and Overlays
Available in 200ppi
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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
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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.
desktop. These calendars were made by Senior Designer Erica Belton.
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and 1680x1050 are included.)
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to your new image! Voilà! Favorite photos matched
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