Volume 9, February 2012


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In this Issue

Artful Activities
Club Digital
Crops and Events
Desktop Calendar
DSU Information
Featured Designers – Lauren Bavin and Marcee Duggar
Featured Product – Country Style Mega Kit
Inspiration Station

It's Shop Time!
Letter from Team Digital – Marcee Duggar
Member Spotlight – Sharon Lynn
New to DSP
Useful Links
Newsletter Challenge
Newsletter Freebie
Site News and Features
Store News

Letter from Team Digital & Featured Designer – Marcee Duggar

    It's that time of year where all major holidays are behind us and where we find ourselves settling back into our normal routines of life. Finding more time to work on our favorite hobby Scrapbooking. I am sure there are still lots of pictures to scrap and moments to be remembered in our pages. DSP has a kit for almost every occasion and more being added to the store every week.

    I hope that you can find time to check out all the classes and challenges we have here at DSP, you will never run out of ideas and inspiration here. DSP is not only a place for digital scrapbooking but a place to make good friends and share your lives, I know I have.

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Site News and Features

New to DSP?

    Posting Your First Layout:

    Are you thinking about posting your first layout? There's a special first layout challenge each month 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.

    What’s Going On

    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 thread.

    What's DUE

    If you are 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 up. So - get going on a few challenges, Ladies, there are tons of great ones :)

    The Buzz for Newbees and Oldbees Chat for new members (and old members too!)
    Every Wednesday at 10 pm EST
    Everyone Welcome!

    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 in chat!

    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.

    Welcome to DSP! We know you will love it!

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The 2012 Scrappy Awards Winners! 

    Thank you to all who participated in the 2012 Scrappy Awards.  The judges had difficult decisions to make with all the gorgeous layouts that were entered.

    The Scrappies reward the previous year’s greatest digital scrapbooking achievements as determined by some of the world’s most accomplished digital designers.

    Congratulations to the winners of all 18 categories.


And especially to our BEST OVERALL winner, Teetopper for this gorgeous Graphic Style Layout!


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Member Spotlight – Sharon Lynn


    DSP Member Spotlight for February is Sharon a.k.a. Sharon Lyn

    Check out her gallery here

    February is Valentine’s month, and our Spotlight has a gallery with layouts you are sure to fall in love with. She says she found herself pulled into digital scrapping by her sister, and loves the no mess, portability of digital scrapbooking.

    She finds inspiration in the galleries of her sister (Caro), PQ and Mars, saying that if she was “half as creative I would never want for anything”.

    While Sharon doesn’t feel she has a particular style, she says her starting point is always a kit and then she finds a photograph to fit. Sharon also doesn’t have a favorite layout, she says: “I enjoy all my pages and my favorite thing is I am going to be leaving behind a legacy that I never had plenty of memories.”

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us Sharon. Now that you find out more about February’s talented DSP Member Spotlight, visit Sharon’s Gallery. Then join the Scraplift the Spotlight Challenge for your chance to win a lucky draw DSP Store Voucher.

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DSP Photography Challenge is Back!

    Dust off those cameras and lenses!

    Here's how it works:

    On the first day of each month, a new challenge will be announced in the Photography Challenge Forum.

    You will have until the 15th of each month to post your photo in the Photography Challenge Gallery.  (Please do not frame or add anything to your photos.  You may "fix" photos in editing programs.  Address any question to the Photography Challenge Forum.) 

    Around the 18th of each month, the voting poll will open, where all DSP members will have a chance to vote on their favorite image.  Voting will close on the 26th of each  month, and winners will be announced around the 27th.  Please come to the Photography Challenge Forum and give us your ideas for future themes.  

    Our first place winners will receive a $3.99 voucher for the DSP store!

    Our first challenge will be "Out My Front Door or Down the Block".  Show us your best shot of where you live - it doesn't have to be in your neighborhood, just somewhere near your home.

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Featured Designer – Lauren Bavin

    Creating a Blended Photo Background for Your Layout 

    1 This very simple technique is a very useful way of creating a layout that combines both graphic and paper styles in one layout. It also allows you to use and feature a photo that might not be as sharp as would be ideal.

    Choose the background paper you wish to use.

    In my example I have used a lighter coloured background with some texture which adds interest when the photo is blended.

    Drag your photo or paste your photo as a new layer above the paper and resize so it fill the entire canvas.

    With your photo layer active click on the mask button at the base of the layers panel. (Looks like a shaded rectangle with a circle in it.)

    This will apply a mask to your photo layer.

    In the layers panel this is shown as a white box to the right of the thumbnail of your photo layer.

    Note how the mask box is shown with black corner lines – this means when you paint you are actively painting on the mask not on the actual photo layer.

    Your foreground and background colours should also revert to black and white at this point.

    To blend the photo seamlessly into the background go to the gradient tool.  Choose the Black to White gradient from the drop down box beside the gradient sample in the tool options bar, and the first option to the right of that which is linear gradient.

    Now place your cursor at the bottom of the photo and drag up approximately 2/3 of the way to the top. When you release the cursor a gradient will have been applied to your mask and this will hide that portion of the photo which is darker. The darker the part of the gradient the less visible the photo is.



    Click now on the photo thumnail so the dark corner lines show on that and not on the mask layer. Any editing you do now will be to the photo and not the mask. Now you can experiment changing the blend mode of the photo until you get the result you like. Each photo/paper combination will have a completely unique look. In the first example I have used the lighter greyish paper and an Overlay blend mode and in the second example I have used a darker blue background and the photo is in Screen Blend mode.

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    There is no right or wrong combination, the best way to find your favourite combination is to experiment. Now you can go ahead and complete the rest of your layout by adding more photos and embellishments.


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Some Useful Links

nwblogger1 blogger     nwfacebook1 facebook     nwflickr1 flickr      nwtwitter1 twitter

New Products Club Digital • Freebies Mentoring Contact Us
Forum SearchFAQSite MapTeam DigitalDSP BlogTutorialsDSP CalendarDSP Terms of UseThe Shop
Product InformationShop Site MapStore SearchWhat's Happening at DSPChallenges and Contests
Scrap the Map • DSP Scrap the Map Forum

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Store News

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**************** Sales *****************

13-14 – Valentines Day Sale

16-19 – Featured Designer Marcee & Lauren

25 – Christmas Day

23-24 – Product Showcase

**************** February Fancies *****************

11 – Make A Friend Day
12 – Abe Lincoln's Birthday
14 – Valentines Day
15 – Presidents Day
17 – Ash Wednesday
11 – Washington's Birthday (Obs)
26 – Tell A Fairy Tale Day

Be sure you are signed up for the store newsletter to receive notice of other sales! Make sure you are logged in to your store account to access the store newsletter info.

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Club Digital

    Are you a member of the club?


    Blues abound in February's Club Digital selection.  From cute and funky to elegant and pretty to practical and useful there is something to suit all your preferences. The two Kits contain elements that can easily be mixed and matched along with the versatile groupies. Use the elegant Plopper for a beautiful layout in seconds. The Quick Click template will allow you to create a layout with up to 6 photos, and just for the love birds there is some sweet Valentine Word Art. Added to that the Mixed Emotions Stamps and useful Blue Chrome button type Alphabet and you have a set of products you will return to again and again.

    This month's content includes

    • Bluebirds Word Page Kit
    • Beat the Blues Page Kit
    • Softly Blue Plopper
    • Blue Chrome Alphabet
    • Mixed Emotions Stamps
    • Valentine Word Art
    • Cloudy Flurries Groupies
    • This N That Quick Click

    Club Digital is the hottest club in town! Get your monthly fix of the best digital scrapbook products for an incredible price! Something to suit every style and level of digital scrapper!

    Every issue of Club Digital includes two page kits, one plopper or overlay, a quick click template, an alphabet, some wordart, a font, and png stamps! As a Club member, you also receive an exclusive coupon for the DSP Shop and can enter an exclusive contest just for members (with great prizes)!

    Over $27 in value for the incredible price of only $5.99/month! (Or as low as $4.99 with longer subscriptions!)
    Club Digital is just $17.97 for three months ($5.99/month), $33.00 for six months ($5.50/month), or $59.88 for a full year ($4.99/month)!

    Plus, Club members can WIN!
    Purchase a three month subscription and you're entered to win a free upgrade to a six month subscription!
    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!

Here is a selection of layouts created by the DSP Team Digital using this month's Club Digital Selection.


Click here to find out more about Club Digital

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It's Shop Time! 

Featured Product – Country Style Mega Kit

Country Style

    Go back to the down home country life with the simple and universally usable backgrounds and elements of the Country Style Mega Kit. The charming colours and home-sweet-home elements can be used again and again in a wide range of styles from childhood to heritage. This Mega Kit with its 28 backgrounds, over 70 elements and two alphas is a steal at the price. 

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Shop Time Inspiration

    It’s time to SHOP… let’s get those baskets at the ready.

    You know you can 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.

    Gift Certificates.  Send anyone the perfect gift!! Gift Certificates are a wonderful way to say Merry Christmas!  Or Happy Birthday...or I Love You... or even Just Because!

    Did You Know...
    ...you can get to the store by typing shop.dsp.me in your browser URL bar? Get to the store even faster!

    Do you love the product you just purchased and want to tell others? Please consider doing a review... pass the good word along! We love to hear from you.

    Here's some store inspiration for this month.


    Happy shopping!

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Artful Activities – Creating Memories from Moments

    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 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 you artistically. 

    Contests, Challenges and Chats

    Stay 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 chats and the Project 365 store category.
    • 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 – Abby
      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 – Renee S
      This is where anyone can create their own digital scrapbook kits to share with other SNLers, from elements and papers to word art.
    • Odds and Ends – Mars and nekobus
      There's always something a little different going on in the Odds and Ends forum. With a variety of challenges and a little bit of off the wall fun, there's something for everyone.

    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.

    Happy Scrapping!

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DSU Information  

    Start here! This free class is an online article that walks you through digital scrapbooking step-by-step and explains all the basics from software and graphics to printing and sharing. It is always available from this page and www.digitalscrapbooking101.com!

    CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE (Click here to see all DSU class descriptions)

    April Classes

    DSU110Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking 
    Taking Better Snapshots 
    Delving into Exposure 
    DSU195 Wacom & Creative Fun
    DSU211/311Adobe Photoshop: Creating Digital Elements for Beginners and Advanced Users (self-paced) 
    DSU220 Adobe Photoshop: Intro to Brushes 
    DSU261 –  Adobe Photoshop Elements: Creating Digital Elements for Beginners (Pre-requisite - DSU 160 or similar experience)

    March Classes

    DSU110Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking  
    DSU130 – Corel Paint Shop Pro: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
    DSU151 – Taking Better Snapshots
    DSU152 – Delving Into Exposure
    DSU160 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking 
    DSU194 – Exploring Art Journaling
    DSU195 – Wacom & Creative Fun
    DSU198 – Storytelling
    DSU220 – Adobe Photoshop: Brushes(Pre-requisite- DSU 110 or similar experience)
    DSU221/321 – Adobe Photoshop: Montage and Advanced Montage (self-paced)
    DSU270 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Brushes

    Be sure to visit DSU for information regarding these and our other great classes! 

    We would love to hear your suggestions on future classes too.  Send your ideas to dsu@digitalscrapbookplace.com.

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Desktop Calendar Plopper 

February 2012


    Specially designed ploppers for your computer desktop. These calendars were made by Head Designer Lauren Bavin. Download the ploppers by clicking on the image above (Sizes: 1024x768, 1280x800 and 1600x900 are included.)
    Add your picture, angle and size 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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Newsletter Challenge

    We are always striving to make our newsletter more interesting and useful. If you 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 comments@dsplace.com. (Please type "Newsletter IDEA" in the subject line of your email.) We can't wait to see your ideas!

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Newsletter Freebie

Valentine Bling

    For our newsletter readers, Senior Designer Marcee Duggar has created this adorable collection of Valentine Bling!

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Many thanks to the newsletter Team:
Kim, Lauren, Lynnette, Mandy, Marcee, Margie, Mars, Meg and Chris.

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