In this Issue
from Team Digital – Chris
September is the time
for back to school...so what better time to talk about Digital
DSP has always offered classes and tutorials to sharpen all aspects
of digital scrapbooking. From technical information about
specific software products, to design principles and art theory, if its
about scrapping and you want to learn it, you can learn it at DSP.
DSU has added new classes recently, in Photography and Art Journaling.
And once you've taken the class, you can find continuing advice and
challenges in the DSP forums on these, and many other subjects. Look
for the 2012 schedule soon, and you might even find some new classes to
pique your interest. If you have any suggestions for class topics you
would like to see covered, feel free to send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Back to school isn't just for your kids...its for you Scrappers, too!
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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 :)
In August, there were
five winners for the IOTW random draw. They are domino44,
gram2nic, romey, Cassandy and JenniferKalafu.
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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big excitement in August at DSP was Trendsetters contest. There were a
few new twists in the rules this time around, but the quality of
layouts was just as high as ever.
place - just-pjz
2nd place - SilverHealer
3rd place - Cheryl B.
4th place - StacieMac
5th place - happybeingamom
Congratulations again everyone! It goes without saying that the judging
is always close. They were all amazing layouts.
Spotlight – Cheryl aka CherylB
is a saying that
goes: “dynamite comes in small packages”,
and I am sure you will agree that this month’s DSP Spotlight
falls on a dynamite DSP Member in CherylB
as an easy-going, positive person who enjoys encouraging people, and I
am sure many DSP members will know this first hand. She
describes herself at trying to improve her scrapbooking skills, one
layout at a time and says, “I find inspiration in the people
in my life. I am blessed with a husband who encourages me in whatever I
try to do, and children and grandkids who are available whenever an
idea pops into my head. I also find great inspiration in the lovely
kits, the artistic layouts and the caring people of DSP. They make it
easy to try new creative ideas.”
you, Cheryl, for
sharing your talent with us at DSP this September as our member
Spotlight. I am sure that you will find inspiration in Cheryl's
gallery, read more about her on the Spotlight
Page, then take part in the
Scraplift the Spotlight Challenge
thread before the end of September and you could be a random winner of
a DSP store coupon!
Consistent Scrapper Challenge
During this past year
I've run The
Consistent Scrapper Challenge
times. If you are not familiar
with the challenge here's the short version of it. My theory is that in
order to be good at something, you have to do it consistently until you
feel it is as much a part of you as getting up in the morning. "Being
good at something" can mean being good at dribbling a ball or
remembering state capitals, but it can also be being good at finding
inspiration and transfer this into your creativity. So for The
Consistent Scrapper Challenge this means taking the time to scrap every
single day of the week, even if you don't feel like you are up to it.
Now last month I
focused on getting layouts done fast because we all know that finding
time is always an issue in our everyday life. So I figured this month I
would focus a bit on getting inspired even when you feel like that
creepy sensation of scrapper's block approaching or at least one of the
ways you can do it.
It is said that Hunter
S. Thompson re-typed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms to learn about
writing great novels. Now don't worry I won't ask you to re-type The
Great Gatsby because then you will surely not have the time to scrap
this month, but the idea behind is actually quite good. If you want to
be a master, you have to start by copying the masters.
In our world that means
making a scraplift. Making a scraplift is not only a great way of
letting someone know that you admire their work but also a good
opportunity to learn some new techniques. Maybe it's a new style you
want to try out or perhaps just a certain type of photos you don't feel
you know how to display perfectly. For whatever reason you can think
of, scraplifting is a great way of fighting scrapper's block and being
more consistent in your scrapping.
So my challenge for you
this month is not only to make a layout every single day but make a
scraplift every single day the rest of September. Go out and search
through the galleries at DSP. There is so much inspiration to find
right here within our own site. Make it a close copy, use it as
inspiration, use it anyway you like but take the time to soak up in
others creativity in order to find your own.
The Story of Me
How often do you sit
down and scrap about YOU?
I know that for myself, it's not often. I scrap about my son, of
course. Events, holidays, and vacations. I tend to leave myself out of
the picture though.
Yes, I, like many of us, hate being in front of the camera, I would
much rather be the one twiddling the dials and pressing the shutter.
However, to scrap about you doesn't really mean that you need photos of
Last year I took up the challenge to do a Project:365. Not only did I
take a photo a day, but I did 52 weekly layouts. While not many of
those photos were OF me, a lot of them were ABOUT me. My favorite
things, my home, my life in general. I'm not itching to take that
challenge up again soon, but I did enjoy the results. The book I had
printed will be something that we treasure in the years to come.
Here is one of the pages from my book:
We can always scrap
about our childhood. We were anything but camera shy at that age! What
did you like best back then? Who was your best friend? What did you
think you'd grow up to be? How many of your childhood dreams came true?
Here are pages by Erica, Elizabeth & Robyn:
And speaking going back
in time, how about Heritage pages? You wouldn't be the person that you
are today without your family and heritage.
These are by Elizabeth:
Do you have a special
interest? Something that you are just obsessed with
seeing/doing/learning more about? Something you collect? Get it down in
I'm a self professed Potterphile. I love all things Harry Potter.
Here are two (of the many) pages about this interest of mine:
Elizabeth loves gators.
She's visited many gator parks and collects gator items. She also likes
to collect Barbie dolls, and loves all things England (has visited
there three times).
Hobbies anyone? I'm
certain that most of us have hobbies besides digital scrapbooking (and
photography!). For me, it's baking. I love the way my house feels
cozier when there is something homemade in the oven. The smells, the
calls I hear from the other room, “Are you baking
something?”, and of course, the finished project is nothing
to complain about either.
I enjoy baking so much,
that at the suggestion of Lauren (technically her husband suggested
it), I opened my very own baking blog, Sugar Bean Bakers at
http://sugarbeanbakers.blogspot.com last year. Here is a page that I
scrapped about baking and blogging.
There are many other way that we can express
who WE are through our
pages. Our books needn't be full of photos of ourselves just to show
the journey. A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but with your
scrapbooks you have the opportunity to choose the words it says.
What story do you have to tell?
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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
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– 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
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– a project for how YOU scrap. Check out our Project 365
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– It’s a DSP evolution, a scrapping revolution, and
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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
Wannabe, 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 –
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This is where anyone can create their own digital scrapbook kits to
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is just a
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And we have a special blinkie to place in your signature to always
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Check the end of the first post in the What's Happening thread
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