In this Issue
from Team Digital –
arrived...it's time to spring forward and spring into action!!
Easter is upon us and the season is changing. What a great time to take
advantage of all the beautiful kits in the store and scrap those
photos, Easter egg hunts, family gatherings, beloved pets, and other
that this new-beginning-time-of-year brings us.
It couldn't be easier if you use the March Scraps of Style - Quick
with its myriad of choices for fast layouts. If you don't have it yet,
it now and see how convenient they are! These quick clicks also come
pre-assembled in a .psd format for Photoshop, but did you know that you
also open and use these pre-assembled pages in the most recent versions
Paint Shop Pro? Talk about easy-peasy!
The April Club Digital is all about Spring - be sure to get yours
you don't want to miss out on the beautiful page kits and elements to
with those fabulous spring photos! SO much great inspiration!!
Enjoy your time outdoors and with your families this season! Your DSP
wishes you a very happy Easter and a wonderful new season!
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 :)
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Spotlight – GrandmaCrys
This April we spotlight
another DSP star – her name is Crystal, but you will probably
know her as GrandmaCrys. Check out her gallery here.
Her eye-catching, beautiful layouts are seen in many DSP galleries,
including the Hall Of Fame, and if you are active in the forums or post
layouts in the galleries, you are sure to have had a comment from
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.
Crystal says she is a “paper-style scrapper (although I never
paper scrapped!), with a *twist*, in that I like to use blended
“For some unexplainable reason, I was left with very few
pictures from my childhood. I DO NOT want any of my grandchildren to
ever have to make that statement, so I am inspired by them to create as
many layouts as possible, not only of the *special* times, but also
their every-day moments. I am also inspired by the products DSP
designers create and those fabulous members who use them.”
Crystal says she keeps a ‘running list’ of the
photos she would like to scrap, along with their colors, but is not
adverse to changing photos to black and white, sepia or recoloring if
Crystal thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration with us at
DSP as the April Member Spotlight. You can find out more about
April’s talented DSP Member Spotlight on the Spotlight
page and visit Crystal's Gallery.
Then join the Scraplift
the Spotlight Challenge for your
chance to win a lucky draw DSP
Creating Family Treasures
The sight of my family
– daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren and well as often
the extended family paging through my scrapbooks with comments like
“Oh remember...”, “Oh Mum, I am so glad
you made a page about that, I had forgotten” fills me with so
much joy. Considering the hours (sometimes days!) I spend on pages I
have yet to hear comments like “Why didn’t you add
more elements” “Why didn’t you use a blue
background rather than boring beige?” ... No, that fact that
I have carefully nudged a flower up ten pixels and to the left five
pixels is completely irrelevant, completely unimportant what they are
looking at them for is the story as told in the photos, the journaling
and the titling.
What are some of the ways you can ensure that your scrapbook pages
become family treasures?
Number One for me is becoming more and
– journaling, simply telling the story in words! It is often
said that the photo tells the story – yes, it does but only
up to a point. If this statement were completely true there would be no
mysteries in that box of black & white photos waiting to be
sorted. So often things happen which we are sure we will never forget,
only to find in what seems like no time the details have blurred
– the date (very, very easy to get confused on!) who said
what, where it happened, what you wore, what you ate etc. Try too not
to stop here – include the emotions, relationships, the
story. It often amazes me to see a page in the gallery, beautifully
done, with wonderful detail in the description and nothing on the
actual page itself!
A few thoughts on telling the story of your page:
Consider challenging yourself to create a page or two with NO photos
– an attractive page with no photos is very possible - this
tells of the planning.
Get your children to
tell the story – if they are old enough;
get them to write the story. For the
I mention above (our 1988
trip) we fortunately had all the trip “stuff”
virtually intact – the diaries the two girls kept, their
scrapbooks, my diary, and my dear Mum kept all the letters I wrote to
them (no email, no text messages then!)
For years I have kept thinking
about typing all this precious information out to preserve it, in what
will be a beautiful printed memory. At last I have made the start on
what will is a huge task... I am typing the diaries as written,
spelling, punctuation errors included.
part of journaling is dating your page,
DON’T skip it – you think you will never get
confused but it happens all too easily – lots of lovely
DATING PRODUCTS to make sure it is stylishly done.
printed matter, not intended to be retained or preserved.
Consider taking a leaf from paper scrappers books - scan paper napkins,
menus, tickets, postcards, letters, greeting cards, diary pages, maps,
all of these give a wonderfully personal feel to your pages AND makes
it totally unique and helps to tell the whole story.
I have a set of
QuickClicks which will help you get a great jump start on a project
like this – Layered Story QuickClick Collection.
Then, don’t let your family treasures become buried treasure
– pages which are only in folders somewhere your hard
drive(s) (however well organized!) are buried treasure. I had always
talked about printing my pages “one day” and then
searching for something I came across a misfiled, lovely page, one I
had forgotten I had even ever done. It struck me then – if I
have forgotten who else has remembered?? Right away, I set to looking
around at printing sites (there are a number of excellent ones) I used
Artscow – cost effective once I found their specials, and I
was so thrilled with the result that I have done several more.
the reasons I kept putting off getting pages printed was I think a
fairly common one – I didn’t know how to make up
the album, which pages to include. DON’T let this put you off
– you family don’t mind if the pages are what you
would consider “out of order” date wise, facing
pages wise, all they want to do is to page through your albums and be
able to say “Oh yes, remember.........”
Magnetic Bookmark - Great Gift Idea!
Start by opening an
8.5x11 inch canvas in your editing program. I am using Photoshop but
you should be able to follow along in your chosen program.
vertical layer guides 2inches apart, or if you prefer to use the whole
page width, guides at 25%, 50%, and 75%.
Next create a horizontal layer guide at 50% to divide the page in half.
This is where the fold will be. Since I have left an edge on my initial
template, I can put a mark where the fold will be in the margin.
Once you have your page and guides
created, create a new layer. Create
a box in the first column and fill to use as a clipping mask. Clip your
paper layer to the box to ensure it fits the area. Using a clipping
mask enables you to move the paper around to optimum position.
embellishments, and journaling
or a favourite quote.
Repeat on the remaining columns. Any writing on the top part of the
column will need to be upside down to appear right way up when folded.
You can make each bookmark entirely different, or just make slight
changes like I have.
Now they are ready to print. Simply print on cardstock or photo paper
and cut into strips along bookmark
Fold down the middle and place
adhesive magnets at the bottom of each end of the bookmark.
Once the bookmark is complete, the magnetic ends of the bookmark will
stick through pages and will no longer fall out of your books.
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the air and its displayed with elegance in April’s Club
Digital Selection. With 2 softly toned page kits and the coordinating
backpack you will be able to create an album full of gorgeous spring
layouts. Use the funky frame Stamps and cute Swirly Twirl Alphabet to
accentuate those layouts, or for a simple multi photo layout use the 8
photo Promise of Spring Plopper. Additionally the Whats the Word Word
art and You’re My World Quick Click round out a great set of
offerings to keep you scrapping all April.
month's content includes
- Pampered Spring Page
- Pretty Spring Day Page
- Promises of Spring
- Swirly Twirly Alpha
- Frame Game Stamps
- What's the Word Word
- Barely Spring Backpack
- You're My World Quick
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is a selection of layouts created by the DSP Team Digital using this
month's Club Digital Selection.
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Product – Scrap of Life: Birthday CD
This CD contains 12
complete page kits to scrap every birthday for years. With kits to suit
everyone from Children to Grandparents, feminine to masculine, this is
your go to CD for all birthday layouts.
month's content includes
- A Little Happy
- Birthday Deluxe
- Birthday Party
- Birthday Wishes
- Happy BDay
- Let Them Eat
- Party Pomp
- Your Special
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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.
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