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Old 07-16-2011, 07:35 AM   #16
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:01 AM   #17
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:04 AM   #18
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I've had little time (as in none) for scrapbooking for a while, but I always make some time to check in with the granny group.
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:45 AM   #19
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I started with NKOTB, then PQ invited me to Inspiration & Support. Then Debi told me about chats. Then Christmas in July came around!

Really, it was about the members here taking that extra step to get the newbies involved. It's about the designers and Margie being visible for all. It's about the lovely comments on layouts.

I think it would be great if everyone could take up a challenge and make sure all new layouts in the galleries get at least 5 comments. I'm going to start today!!
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:59 AM   #20
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When I joined, it was not long before the DSP's big birthday celebration. There was an all day chat full of speed scraps and lots of fun contests. I actually won a prize or 2. I think the thing I loved the most was being "befriended" by Julia (webfrau) and MandyT (who was Mandy@netlive back then). They both commented on almost every layout I did, and a couple of months later, Mandy encouraged me to submit layouts for the Scrappies. It REALLY made me feel welcomed and supported to have "friends" from the get-go, so my idea is.....

A Welcome Wagon for new members. I know we do have some info and links that go out to new members, but it would be cool to have an assigned Buddy or Big Sister who could be a newbies own personal guide around the site, answer questions they might have, invite them to specific chats that they themselves will be attending, invite them to participate in a designer challenge, and promote other cool stuff going on at DSP. Not just an email, but offer a hands-on experience for new members.

EDIT: It just occured to me that my idea is very similar to the current mentoring program, but perhaps with a bit more focus on new member orientation more than a "how to" on scrapping, etc.
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:03 PM   #21
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for me the NKOTB at first...then the inspiration and support thread. But then my LO numbers dropped drastically...somehow I found my way to the granniethread.. I love it there! so much wisdom, love, different nationalities......
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:09 PM   #22
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:10 PM   #23
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:19 PM   #24
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I have to say the chats. You meet so many nice people there.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:03 PM   #25
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:41 PM   #26
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OK I am a relative newbie, and I stumbled across this site and was quite daunted by everything it, there is Soooooooooooo MUCH great stuff wasnt sure where to start for me it was

Introducing myself - lots of great welcoming comments on that

First LO - lots of encouragement as well

NKOTB - just completed NKOTB that was sooooo informative and helpful and I got so much encouragement with this.

Scrap Swaps July - just completed this and I was just so nervous but my partner Teetopper - Tane was so supportive and friendly and so many comments on my Layout was just fabulous.

Mentor / Mentee program - I have had just the best support again from marmain - Sara and we have only just started and been corresponding... All great stuff and so welcoming and she has some great experience I am so new at this digi thing after being a paper scrapper....


I did find the site quite large and a little overwhelming but I still have found myself trying to get around it.. I would love to join in some chats but being on the different TIME zone is an issue for me and I work fulltime so night time is my only time I can get involved or weekends... So thats a challenge. Looking forward to an all day or all night chat, then I hope to jump in. BUT I am so loving my experience so far and hope to become a little more involved if I can thanks to everyone Penny Mars, and the gang at NKOTB that was my real intro to DSP couldnt have done it without those people

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Old 07-16-2011, 09:09 PM   #27
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Don't forget to take any opportunities to meet in real life. DSP organises quite a few crops at various times - and you don't need a laptop to attend! It is always great to meet face to face and chat about scrapbooking with people who share your passion. Watch out for one in your area!
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:04 AM   #28
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:44 AM   #29
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When I joined, it was not long before the DSP's big birthday celebration. There was an all day chat full of speed scraps and lots of fun contests. I actually won a prize or 2. I think the thing I loved the most was being "befriended" by Julia (webfrau) and MandyT (who was Mandy@netlive back then). They both commented on almost every layout I did, and a couple of months later, Mandy encouraged me to submit layouts for the Scrappies. It REALLY made me feel welcomed and supported to have "friends" from the get-go, so my idea is.....

A Welcome Wagon for new members. I know we do have some info and links that go out to new members, but it would be cool to have an assigned Buddy or Big Sister who could be a newbies own personal guide around the site, answer questions they might have, invite them to specific chats that they themselves will be attending, invite them to participate in a designer challenge, and promote other cool stuff going on at DSP. Not just an email, but offer a hands-on experience for new members.

EDIT: It just occured to me that my idea is very similar to the current mentoring program, but perhaps with a bit more focus on new member orientation more than a "how to" on scrapping, etc.
I love the WW idea! One challenge with the mentoring program for new members is that it runs on a 3-month cycle. We lose new members in the wait sometimes. If there was an easy way for a new member to sign up for a buddy as soon as they register we might not lose so many.
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:03 AM   #30
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I love the WW idea! One challenge with the mentoring program for new members is that it runs on a 3-month cycle. We lose new members in the wait sometimes. If there was an easy way for a new member to sign up for a buddy as soon as they register we might not lose so many.
Excellent idea....but it would need to be made crystal clear that the buddy system's function is to help new members become acclamated to the site.....if a member wants help with their layouts/editing software, they should sign up for the mentoring program.
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