In this Issue
from Team Digital – Lynnie
When Chris was asking
for someone to take the November slot for the Team Letter, she was
saying that it didn't have to be War & Peace and it got me to
thinking about our scrapbooks. In my strange little brain, it isn't
much of a leap from a literary masterpiece to my scrapping gallery! Let
me take you along the pathway of my thoughts and ask you how many times
you have looked through a gallery and judged the layouts on the
artistic merit, how they jump out at you from the gallery, whether
everything is in perfect harmony, if it is original, if everything is
spelled correctly, or whether the pictures were good pictures. I know I
judge my own gallery that way. I judge my layouts on how they appear to
other people, not what they mean to me, or how they embody the memories
in the pictures.
I was thinking today that it is time I stopped trying to create a
digital masterpiece that will be read by strangers and began creating
memories for my family, instead. I don't mean that I'm not planning on
doing great layouts every time, or that I won't try to create a
masterpiece every once in a while, but more than anything, I want to
create memories. When my children open up the albums that I do, I want
them to smile, laugh and say "oh, I remember that!" I don't want them
to look at pages where the memories got lost in the effort.
let's not forget the journaling! From time to time, the words don't
fit on the layout quite right, so I save the stories for the
description instead of on the pages where they belong. A hundred years
from now, people won't be looking at my gallery, reading the
descriptions, to find out what is going on in the layout. The
background story has to become a permanent part of the memory.
So, back to my roots it is. I'm traveling back in time to the days when
I couldn't scrap very well and I scrapped memories. Hopefully, they
will still be decent layouts, but the important thing is, I know
they'll be great memories.
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News and Features
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- get going on a few challenges, Ladies, there are tons of great ones :)
In the Odds and Ends
challenges, parky won a DSP gift certificate for participating in the
Word of the Week challenge and addielee was the winner of the inaugural
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Spotlight – kristievcat
are truly blessed
with talented members here at DSP, and this month’s amazing
DSP Member Spotlight is no exception, Kristie a.k.a. kristievcat is a
former New Kids On The Block winner with a gallery packed with
Kristie says she is a paper-style scrapper who prefers two page spreads
with lots of clustering and journaling.
She says she is “first and foremost” a mom, but she
adds that as her son ages she finds herself struggling to
“define myself outside of motherhood. I am creating a new
“I used to always begin my layout with photos that "spoke" to
me at the time. Then I found DSP and began doing contests and
challenges. I had to begin with the kit and then work in the photos.
I've found that since changing my focus from photos to kit, I am
getting a backlog of photos that need scrapped, but never seem to find
the right challenge. Recently, I've been trying to force myself to do a
little of both, so I can get those photos scrapped,” says
She says that she finds a lot of her inspiration from blogs.
“I enjoy seeing what others have done and take bits and
pieces to create my own LOs. I've tried scraplifting occasionally, but
it really doesn't feel natural for me.”
Thank you for sharing your talent with us Kristie. Now that you find
out more about November’s talented DSP Member Spotlight,
Gallery. Then join the Scraplift the Spotlight Challenge
chance to win a lucky draw DSP Store Voucher. Kristie, you may not have
taken to scraplifting, but I just know that scraplifting will take to
you as DSP Members find inspiration in your gallery!
Inspiration by Meg Beverly
a Beautiful Table
Holiday season is usually filled with friends, family, and food. My
favorite three F's! I don't usually decorate my whole house, never seem
to find the time; but setting a beautiful table is an easy and quick
way to add a touch of the holidays in the middle of the action.
This season, here's a simple trick to being a decorating quick change
Digital Scrapbook Place's
ClearView Page Frames are
displaying seasonal artwork, photos, and even messages of gratitude and
cheer. Slide your art into the open sides of the frame, prop it amongst
your decorations, and you're done! Your guests will be able to enjoy
your creativity as they sit at your table, celebrating the season
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Stamps or Fonts
For this month's
newsletter we are going to learn a cool way to make your stamps more
realistic. Look at this layout of mine. Bloom:
Pay attention to the bloom
stamp, I used on
it. One thing that is
really easy to do, when you are scrapping digitally, is to write or
stamp over multiple layers, something that you wouldn't be able to do
in real life, at least not without it looking a little different. If
you want to see what I mean, take two pieces of cardstock, put one on
top of the other but offset so you can see parts of both. Now take a
pen or a rubber stamp and write or stamp over the point where they
overlap. Do you see how there is a tiny gap? So when doing a paper
style page digitally, it is a great idea to add a little gap, for
better realism and today I am going to show you how! Typically this
looks the best with a stamped type font or element. In my example, I
used the bloom element and placed it over the pictures.
In this case, I have 2
pictures underneath the stamp, so I could either
do them both at the same time, or individually. I will do them together
but feel free to do them one at a time if it is easier for you.
Holding down the ctrl key, click on the thumbnail of the first mat to
get marching ants. Next hold the shift AND the ctrl key and click on
the thumbnail of the 2nd mat. (The shift key makes it so the next
selection is added to the first one, and you will see a small + sign
when you are ready to click on the 2nd thumbnail.) Notice how the ants
go around both mats.
Next expand the
selection, select>modify>expand. The
number of pixels will vary a little depending on how thick your mat or
object is, that you are stamping over. For just a paper mat, I expand
by 3-5 pixels. Hit OK.
Now we have a problem
because we want to delete JUST the area between
the marching ants and the edges of the mat, not the whole area inside
of the ants. We can do it! Click again on your two mats, BUT this time
hold down the ctrl AND the alt key. This subtracts the mat portion from
the selection. See the small [–] sign? Now you should have a
double row of ants around your mat.
Switch to your stamped
element and hit delete on your key board. If it
is not working correctly, make sure you have the move tool selected in
your tool bar. Notice in Figure 5, how much more depth the area has
now! Along these same lines, make sure to watch your journaling. In
real life, you cannot write over top of a ribbon that is lifted off the
page or a fabric flower or other bulky items. It is a small thing, but
it adds realism to your page and the best compliment in digital
scrapbooking, is when someone has to touch your page, to see if it is
Canvas Effect Using Photoshop Filters and Blending Modes
is a ho-hum photo
of a lighthouse that needs a little pizazz.:
first thing I'm
going to do is crop my photo so that the lighthouse
becomes the focal point. I've renamed my file "Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
- Painted Effect." Renaming my file allows me to make changes to my
photo while preserving the original. I've noticed the lighthouse is
slightly crooked, so in order to make changes to the locked background
layer, I right click on it in the layers palette, and select "Layer
From Background." I've renamed it "Layer One." Here is my cropped and
the fun begins. I've
gone to the Filter menu and selected "Artistic
> Watercolor" from the drop down menu. I take my time playing
around with the slider bars to get the painted effect I'm looking for.
Once I'm done I select "OK" which takes me back to my photo.
I duplicate my
adjusted photo twice.
I've renamed the middle layer "Colorize" and the top layer
"Saturation." I've turned off the visibility to the top layer. Working
on the middle layer, from the Image drop-down menu I've selected
"Adjustment>Hue/Saturation" (or Ctrl+U). I've checked the
"Colorize" box and set the Hue to 40. Finally, I set the blending mode
to "Overlay" and the opacity to 72%.
for the top
layer. To give my image a
little richer color, I turn the opacity to the top layer back on and
set the blending mode to "Saturation."
almost done! While
the top layer is
selected, I go to the bottom of the layers palette and click on the
"Create a new fill or adjustment layer" icon, and select "Pattern."
From the "Artists Surfaces" patterns, I've selected "Dark Coarse Weave"
and set the scale at 146%. Finally I set the blending mode to "Soft
Light." A bit of tweaking here and there and I'm finished!
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