In this Issue
from Team Digital – Beth (Corgi Lover)
It is already March
2012. Where has the time gone? If you find it, let me know so I can try
to catch up! I must say I am excited that it is March as springtime is
just about here. The sun is so warm when it hits your face and the
birds just sound happy, it really puts a smile on my face. I love to go
outside in the sun and just listen to the nature that surrounds me. I
would like to share a fun quote with you below:
is nature's way
of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams
It is a time of
rejuvenation, rebirth, fresh beginnings and it really
does make me feel like having a party. I definitely get an antsy
feeling of spring fever. When this happens I usually become very
productive in almost anything I tackle. Even in my scrapping world, I
tend to scrap a lot during this time. How does springtime affect you? I
hope to see you scrapping in the galleries and sharing your favorite
parts of springtime. I will be on the watch for your layouts on what
springtime is like for you or what it inspires in your life. Share your
stories and record these memories for generations to come! Happy Spring
and happy scrapping!
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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 :)
Buzz for Newbees and Oldbees
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Every Wednesday at
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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
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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.
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Member Spotlight -
March's DSP Member Spotlight is the hugely talented evergreen100 or "Just Plain Jill".
Check out her gallery here.
Jill says she is: a paper style scrapper (even though I have
never paper scrapped). I love lots of layers and elements. I try to
achieve a 'touchable' style with realistic depth
using layers, shadows, 3D elements. I love to look at and play at
graphic LOs but am not comfortable in that style. I would love to
become proficient at it though. In contradiction to my fetish for
heavily layered pages, I also love white space layouts.
Describing herself as quite shy, very under confident, very indecisive,
she points out that on the upside, she is a dedicated wife, mother,
grandmother and friend.
With many Hall Of Fame layouts to her credit, Jill says she mostly
starts with the photos. "Then search for the kit...and here is an
example of my indecisiveness as it takes forever for me to decide which
kit to use. I rarely mix and match kits for that very reason.”
Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Jill. Now that you find out more about March's talented DSP Member
Spotlight, visit the Spotlight page.
Then join the Scraplift the Spotlight Challenge for your chance to win a lucky draw DSP Store Voucher.
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Way of Getting Organized
We all know that once
the honeymoon phase is over the hard work begins. It's really no
different with digital scrapbooking. When you've just discovered it,
you buy and create, buy and create and then you buy and create some
more until your hard drives are filled. This is your honeymoon phase!
Once it's over it is time to ask yourself an important question. To tag
or not to tag? Tagging your supplies can be a daunting task especially
since most of us don't realize we need to until we've got a crazy
amount of stuff that needs to be sorted.
The whole tagging process has been covered in earlier articles so for
this time I'm going to let you in on how I organize my kits because I
am not a tagger. I've tried! I've tried several times thinking it was
the right thing to do or I would never be able to find anything. I
spend hour after hour tagging just to realize that not once did I
actually perform a search. I never know what I want to use next. If you
are a tagger just ignore me but if you are still not sure how to
organize your supplies and know you won't be able to keep your system
up to date then read along.
My system is actually pretty simple. Whenever I download a new product
it ends up in a 'New Products' folder. Whenever I buy a new product I
know I'll be using it a lot for a while so I might as well keep it
handy. Once its time to move on I move it to a main folder sorted by
the designer's name. In each main folder I have five sub folders named
after the four seasons and an extra for all the stuff that isn't kits
So basically my folders would look like this
So how do I decide which folder the kit should go in? Well, the themed
kits are easy but for the rest of them it is all about the colors.
Pastels belong in Spring, strong, bright colors in summer, muted browns
and greens in fall and everything white and black in the winter folder.
And that's it! That's all there is to the system but I've used it for
years now and it still works. I rename the preview files to Folder.jpg
so I can see everything with a quick glance.
When I scrap, the photo decides which season (colors) would be good to
compliment it, the theme decides which designer I want to use products
from and a quick look in that particular folder almost always inspires
me to start creating.
So my advice for you is to stop tagging and start sorting instead. It
is much faster and will leave you with plenty of time and inspiration
to scrap (and shop).
“Cut-Up” Photo Effects
Using CS3, I am going
to show you how to create a unique and fun "cut-up" photo effect! I
love this effect for large photos where I want to center in on one
To start Open Photoshop CS3 or the editing program of your choice (some
options may not be available on other programs). Open up a background
paper from DSP to work on top of and a photo of your choice. Then let's
Start with your photo on a layer above your background. Select your Rectangular
Make a selection on your photo with your Rectangular Selection Tool. I
usually start with the part that I want to highlight.
Right click on your selection (inside the rectangular marquee) and
choose Layer via Copy.
Repeat this step to make selections on the Photo layer (not your new
copy layer) and make a number of different sized selections.
You can have as many layers or as little as you want! BE CREATIVE!!!
Once you are done making your selections. Turn off (click on the
eyeball on your layers palette) for your original photo layer.
In your Layer Style Palette, choose Drop Shadow and the following
Also choose Inner Glow, change the color to White and the following
Click OK to apply settings. Your top photo layer should have a small
highlighted edge and a shadow. While hovering over your layers palette,
right click above the effects on your top most photo layer. And choose Copy
Right Click in your layers palette on your photo copies and choose Paste
Once all your layer styles are pasted, you can be done. Your photo has
been chopped up in a creative manner! But if you want to take it a step
further, rotate some of the outer photo copies at a slight angle, move
the shadows with your liquify tool or use your other creative ideas to
make this tutorial your own!!!
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The elegant tones of
March’s Club Digital selection hints at coming spring with
cool greys and hints of peachy pink and gold. With 2 coordinating
pagekits and a backpack you will be able to create an album full of
gorgeous layouts. Add in the family word art, Brushed on Months for
additional style. The Everyday Magic layout just begs to have a title
made with the Journally Goodness Alphabet and the funky random Spots
quick click template will allow you to scrap up to 7 photos in a modern
month's content includes
- Beautiful World Page
- Daisy Green Page Kit
- Everyday Magic Plopper
- Journally Goodness
- Brushed on Months Stamps
- Family Phrases Word
- Pretty Charming Backpack
- Random Spots Quick
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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 – Scrap of Style: Quick Clicks 2 CD
This CD contains a
varied selection of 24 quick click templates to help you create layouts
What is a QuickClick?
A quick click is an interactive template. Fill the layers with photos
and or background papers to create your own unique layout where the
hard work of layout design is done for you.
Quick Click templates come in both stacked psd files, and also separate
png layer files for added versatility, and are able to be used in any
application that supports layers, transparency and the ability to make
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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 Merry Christmas! Or Happy Birthday...or 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.
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
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.
- 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 –
Saturday Night Live –
This is where anyone can create their own digital scrapbook kits to
share with other SNLers, from elements and papers to word
- 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.
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
for your computer desktop. These calendars were made by Senior Designer Jeanet
Almhøj. Download the ploppers by clicking on the image above (Sizes: 1024x768 and 800x600 are
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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Mars, Nicole and Chris.
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