Letter from Team Digital – Lynnie, Moderator
Team Digital Bio
The Battle of Stuff
I'm not sure where this is going - but Stuff has been occupying my mind lately.
I am so overwhelmed with Stuff that I haven't had time to do anything.
You see I moved recently and learned that 30+ years worth of stuff that
packed every nook and cranny of a five bedroom house doesn't fit into a
two bedroom condo that is 1/3 the size and does not have the garage
that doubled as a massive storage unit.
So, I have had to face the reality of downsizing. I actually thought I
had done quite well in my downsizing efforts the last year I spent
living in the five-bedroom, until I actually had to unpack. Then I
learned something really amazing. I no longer owned Stuff. Stuff was
now the Alpha Dog and it OWNED ME! It has been quite a battle between
me and the Stuff, but I think I am winning.
You see, I have discovered something! Owning less stuff means it is
easier to clean house. Owning less stuff means things have places
instead of boxes. Owning less stuff means less dusting. Owning less
stuff means things don't get as untidy. All in all, owning less stuff
means I have more free time to scrap (well, I will when I have WON the
I have 20 more boxes to go before I have won completely and all things
will have their own spot. I still have loads of things, but they all
have their own little place I can send them to when I am done with them
and they are happy there and not too crowded.
So I highly recommend doing away with stuff. So you can scrap more!
Friday Feature is a new conversation every Friday! Come back each week
to see what the topic is - it will be different every time!
Each week designer, Elizabeth Weaver will throw out a new topic. All
you have to do is read it and add your friendly two cents! There will
be a variety of topics,
but they will always be a way to highlight YOUR personality or choices!
Let's learn about each other!
Conversations have been varied and entertaining. Topics for May
included, WHAT phrases did your parents use that your generation has forgotten or changed?
What the heck was I taking a picture of? If you could time travel, would you
travel to the future or the past? and What movie or books would you like to be transported into as a character?
What will be next? Comeand see! Topics will usually be started around midnight Thursday DSP time
because that way it's still Friday for our Australian and New Zealand friends! See you in the Friday Feature!
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
If you have any more questions on sharing your pages please post in our Beginner Forum or our Software Forum.
For a general overview of what is happening at DSP, including events, contests, challenges and chats, you will find everything listed in the
What's Happening at DSP thread or the Calendar.
You can find details of all the current challenges, including bonuses and when they are due in the What's Due thread. Check out some of the great challenges that are run weekly and monthly.
Chat for New Members
The Buzz for Newbees and Oldbees – Wednesdays 10pm 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 the DSP chat room!
Forum Chat for Everyone!
Welcome to the Place Thread – Everyone Welcome!
This is our place to get together and pass the time of day! Join the chatter in this thread from the silly to the simple. We look forward to getting to know you better!
Welcome to DSP! We know you will love it!
Puget Sound Area Crop is on! Saturday, July 14.
10 am to 5 pm Saturday, July 14, at the Covington Library. 27100 164th Ave. S.E.
Covington, just off Highway 18.
Check this thread for all the details:
Puget Sound Area Crop
Beautiful location inside and out. We'll see what's in bloom if we want
to do a photo walk. If we want to meet before or after the library
opens, there is a wonderful coffee shop with Internet access nearby,
Cutters Point. Lots of nearby options for lunch and dinner: Applebees,
Quiznos, Subway, several Mexican, Vietnamese and Teriyaki, etc.
If you are planning a get together post about it in the
Gathering and Support forum and check the forum for upcoming gatherings.
There is nothing like meeting DSPers in real life to learn new things, take great pictures and have a good laugh!
June Member Spotlight – Renee aka renee s
June's Member Spotlight is the amazing and talented Renee – aka renee s.
"I scrap so I can tell my family's story, through my pages," says Renee. A glance at this DET 12 and 13 Alumni's gallery will tell you that aside from layouts that are gorgeous, Renee really does have a very real passion for journaling, with the story taking pride of place in many pages.
After sharing her journaling in her beautiful layouts at DSP, you might think Renee is an extrovert, but she denies this.
"In reality, I am very shy and it takes me a long time to feel comfortable enough around a person to be able to joke with them and for them to see my inner-silliness," she says.
Renee gravitates towards paper-style layouts but admits that she does like "breaking out once in a while and doing a graphic page, just for the sheer fun and beauty of it."
Does she have a favorite? "I think my all-time favorite layout would have to be
I just love the photo of our youngest son in it, and the dreaminess of the page, and I hope to some day have it made into a canvas to hang on our wall."
Congratulations and thank you Renee for sharing you wonderful talent as our DSP Member Spotlight for June 2012.
Read more about Renee on the Spotlight Page and visit Renee's Gallery then join Scraplift the Spotlight Challenge for your chance to win a lucky draw DSP Store Voucher.
This June, take your inspiration from Renee and don’t just create a lovely
looking layout – use it to tell the story behind your photographs.
The talented DSP Designers create fabulous DSP CDs, Mega kits and Club Digital. The amazing amount of work the
designers put into these products is what keeps the site running so we can have our forums, our
store and all the wonderful things that make up DSP!
Two of the best deals on the site for your scrapping collection are the fabulous CDs/Mega Kits and Club Digital
and of course we have great challenges to go along with them.
When you buy the new monthly featured CD or Mega Kit, you can complete as many
layouts as you want for any challenge using the CD or Mega Kit and then
post a link to the layout in the CD and Mega Kit Challenge. At the end of the month, each unique layout goes into a drawing for
$3.99, so if you enter 10 layouts, you have 10 chances to WIN! Best of all, you can double up, triple up or MORE with chances at prizes in other challenges too.
Similarly when you jump into the Club Digital Challenge , you can earn a chance at a $9.99 draw. That's more than you
PAID for one month – what fantastic value for your money!
There's no end of challenges to keep you motivated at DSP – and these are a couple of great
ones. We look forward to seeing your layouts in these great challenges!
Lora Speiser, Senior Designer
Tutorial: Enhancing a Simple Shape with Dodge and Burn in PhotoShop
I am using PhotoShop CS5, but this will work in all PS versions. I hope you enjoy creating a simple shape element!
* First go to File > New > and create an image file at about 800x800 pixels at 300 ppi. A white background color is easiest to work on. This way you will be able to zoom in if you need to without much distortion.
* Select a medium green color on your Color Picker in the Foreground area.
* Above the white BG layer, make a new Transparent layer, and then select the Custom Shape Tool. I have selected a Snail shape that came with the program.
* On the new transparent layer, hold down the mouse and drag out your shape to fill the image size. Then select the pen tool.
* Right click and select the "Fill Path" option with the Foreground Color.
Then, hit enter so that the black outline goes away. You should now have a green snail shape as below, Yay!
* First we are going to create a little bit of shading on the snail with the "Burn Tool". Have the Burn Tool options set on a Soft Round brush, Midtones Range, at about 50% exposure. Now, if you have a reference photo of a snail, it will help you a
little with the shell shape and such... but if you don't have one, it's ok, you can use your imagination!
* With the burn Tool, add the bottom of the shell and the swirl inside the shell area. When you draw with the Burn Tool set at an opacity level below 100%, you want to try to do each stroke only once, otherwise your shades will overlap and become darker in the overlapped areas. The below pic shows the size of my Burn Tool Brush that I am using
compared to the Snail. (The Grey Dot). Remember, it is a soft brush though, not a hard sided brush.
Hint: If you mess up, or if you don't like one of the strokes you made, you can undo it by holding down Ctrl+Alt+Z and it will undo the last action. You can do it several times to go back several actions.
* Now, since we have our basic shapes drawn in,lets do some Shading.
Still with the Burn Tool selected and the same settings, darken the
areas below the shell and around the underside of the neck, antennae
and tail. Also, darken in the swirl a bit. Think of the direction of
lighting while you shade. Most DSP elements are lit from
120°... Upper Left side. You will probably need to adjust the
brush size up and down for different parts of the shading.
Here is my shaded Snail. You should have something similar.
* Time for some Highlighting! Select the "Dodge Tool" and use the same settings as we had for the
Burn Tool. Remember your lighting would come from the Upper Left and
then start adding highlights to the shell and swirls, the upper side of
the neck and head, and the tail and antennae. You can go over it
several times in the same area to make it lighter and lighter and also
to blend with the shading parts. When done, you should have something
similar to this:
This is so cool right?!! :)
* We need some eyes! Get your Burn Tool again. Use a small size brush and draw two
The eyes can be dots for a more cutesy critter. I made a little smile too.
* Lets add some depth to our new cute element.
* Go to Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow and set it on
'Multiply' at 44 Distance, 0 Spread and 44 Size.
* Now, go to Layer Style again, Inner Shadow > Pick a bright Red... this will create a
nice Brown color when it mixes with the Green of the Snail... Set the
Inner Shadow at Multiply 75%, 0 Distance, 0 Choke and 133 Size.
* You can play with the layer styles and all the options to create some really nice effects too!
I hope you enjoyed creating a simple shape element!
* Here is my finished Snail:
Tutorial Created by Lora Speiser ©2012 – Senior Designer at Digital Scrapbook Place
It's time to SHOP... get those baskets ready!
Did You Know...
...you can send anyone the perfect gift! Gift Certificates are a wonderful way to say Thank You! Or Happy Birthday! OR I Love You! OR even Just Because!
...you can do a search for anything using the Advanced Search feature located at the top right of the store page, right above the search box. For example 'green Lauren' will return Lauren's products that have green or 'hearts Tina' will return Tina's products that have hearts. Try it, you'll like it!
...you can also check out the Shop Site Map for help navigating the store!
...you can get to the store by typing shop.dsp.me in your browser address bar. Get to the store even faster!
...you can tell others you love the product you just purchased!
Please consider doing a Review and pass the good word along. We love to hear from you!
Whatever you are celebrating this stylish mega collection will inspire you to create layouts that will showcase
those memories of that special event. Be it birthday, family reunion, wedding anniversary. A small get together or a huge party, this is the collection for you.
Great value, with 24 backgrounds, over 90 elements and word art pieces to choose from.
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June Club Digital Description:
Bold and warm with sunshine and stone tones give a unique and stylish look to Junes Club Digital Selection. The two paper styled funky and easy to use kits coordinate perfectly work so well with the trendy quick click template design. For an extra dash of style add the funkalicious sunshine overlay and title with the Stitched Denim Alphabet. Finish that summer layout with the SunTacular word art or create a simply superior layout by using the Groupies and stamps for an eye catching layout every time.
This month's content includes:
- Be Happy Page Kit
- Sunshine Days Day Kit
- Funkalicious Sunshine Overlays
- Stitched Denim Alpha
- Random Vintage Stamps
- SunTakular Word Art
- Sunshine and Shadows Groupies
- Spots a Lot 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, wordart, an element set and stamps! As a Club member, you also receive an discount coupon for the DSP Shop and can enter an Exclusive Contest just for members!
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
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 DSP Team Digital using this month's Club Digital.
Click here to find out more about Club Digital
Here's some store inspiration for this month
Scraps of Style - Quick Click CD
This CD contains 24 quick click templates to help you create layouts with ease.
Scraps of the Season - Summer Vacation
This CD contains a wonderful selection of kits that are perfect for scrapping those summer vacation layouts.
Scraps of Words - Great Outdoors
A CD of 30 quotes in 2 sizes and 2 different styles and 20 titles which are perfect for layouts of your outdoor adventures.
Creating Memories from Moments
When you first join DSP it can seem a bit overwhelming at first but the best place to visit to get an overview of all the activities is the
'What's Happening at DSP' thread. It's filled with useful information to help you find your way around, from participating in a designer challenge or contest to making a date to be at one of our fun chat sessions. To find out the daily and weekly activities at DSP check out the Calendar. There's never a dull moment at DSP and you're sure to find something to challenge you artistically.
Stay current on challenges with the
What'sDue thread to keep you up to date on all the challenges on the site.
This is a call to all dedicated DSP scrappers to 'strut your stuff' and inspire us with your creations.
Submit your layouts to any or all of the Inspiration Station Calls for the current month and you could be showcased in the Store Newsletter or the DSP Blog.
There are a few
Submission Terms so check them out and then join in the fun. View the current edition of the
Inspiration Station News
or the Previous Issues
Inspiration Station Calls for June
Contests, Challenges and Chats
– Our Designers are the best and they are really generous, if you enter one of their challenges you are more than likely to receive a posting bonus just by using their featured kit. You have everything to gain with these great challenges.
Item of the week - The IOTW is priced to sell, create a layout using the IOTW and be in a draw to win a store coupon.
Club Digital Contest - Create a layout using the current Club Digital and be entered in the monthly draw.
Elite Challenges - The DET Alumni runs a variety of great challenges.
Project 365 - A project for how YOU scrap. Check out the Project 365 store category.
The Granny Thread - If you’re a Granny or a Granny In Training (GIT) or just a Wannabe, you might like to see what other Grannies are chatting about. There is never a dull moment with this happy group of digi-scrappers. hi ed
This is just a small selection of challenges and chats at DSP but be sure to check them all out!
Celebrate June Joviality!
Themes and prompts to inspire your scrapping goals!
June is National Rose Month
June 5 – World Environment Day
June 7 – National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 8 – Best Friends Day
June 11 – Hug Holiday
June 14 – Flag Day
June 15 – Smile Power Day
June 17 – Father's Day
June 20 – Finally Summer Day
June 23 – National Pink Day
June 29 – Camera Day
Celebrate, make a memory or just have fun!
Welcome to Digital Scrapbook University!
Digital Scrapbook University offers online, self-paced classes with expert instructor guidance and feedback to help improve your digital scrapbooking skills.
CLICK HERE for more info on how DSU classes work.
– 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
CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE
(CLICK HERE to see all DSU class descriptions.)
– Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
– Corel Paint Shop Pro: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
– Taking Better Snapshots
– Delving Into Exposure
– Exploring Art Journaling
– Wacom & Creative Fun
– AdobePhotoshop: Brushes (Pre-requisite - DSU 110 or similar experience)
– Adobe Photoshop: Montage and Advanced Montage (self-paced)
– Edit Photos in Adobe Camera RAW
– Creating Digital Elements in PSE
– Corel Paint Shop Pro: Advanced Techniques (Pre-requisite - DSU 130 or similar experience)
For our newsletter readers, we have a DSP exclusive kit from a past Club Digital
Forever Now Page Kit!
Here are some specially designed ploppers for your computer desktop. These calendars were made by
Senior Designer Lora Speiser. Download the ploppers by clicking the image above.
(Sizes: 1200x800, 1024x768 and 1600x900 are included.)
Add your photo and journaling and save it as a jpg. Then update your desktop wallpaper background by browsing
to your new image! Keep up-to-date all month! Look for a new one each month in our newsletter!
We are always looking for ways to make our newsletter more interesting and useful. If you have an idea, let us know about it! 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.
Email your ideas to
(Please type "Newsletter IDEA" in the subject line of your email.) We can't wait to see your ideas!
DSP Newsletter Editor: Mars
Many thanks to the June Newsletter Team:
Chris, Kim, Lauren, Lora, Lynnie, Mandy, Margie
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