March 2009, Volume 6, Issue 03
In This Issue
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams
Spring has always been a special time for me, celebrating my birthday at the beginning
of April and being born in the UK but now living in New Zealand has
turned what used to be for me burgeoning Spring in the Northern
Hemisphere to the end of Summer lazy days in the Southern Hemisphere -
Wikipedia says, "According to the astronomical definition, spring
begins on the Vernal Equinox (usually March 21 in the Northern
Hemisphere, and September 21 in the Southern Hemisphere".
What will Spring bring for you this year, a
hope for better times in our economy, a renewal of faith in ourselves?
Whatever Spring has in store for you take note of what the
international calendar is reminding us to celebrate.
DSP Senior Designer
Monthly Crop – repeats first Friday of every month Troy, Ohio
Laptop Crop in Surfers Paradise - Gold Coast Australia - Saturday May 9, 2009
Laptop Crop in Auckland - New Zealand - Saturday May 16, 2009
Are you new to digital scrapbooking or new to DSP? Join Digital Elite Team (DET) members Sands and Mars for a New Member Chat.
The chat will be every Tuesday at 10 pm EST - You'll find all the information here.
Here is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions about DSP and digital scrapbooking. Whether it’s a question about navigating the site or how to get started, someone will be on hand to give you the answers.
Posting Your First Layout:
Are you thinking about posting your first layout? There's a special first layout challenge each months 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
to DSP! We know you will love it!
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You can feel spring is on the way in the super selection of products in this months Club Digital issue. There are 2 page kits, one is modern and bright with a hint of Irish green about it, and one elegant and versatile to provide some great inspiration for your layouts. There is a very useful and easy to use 9 photo plopper, and you will also find some grungy overlay stamps to add texture to your photos and backgrounds. We have a useful cracked wood style alphabet and some word art to showcase those ones with a little bit more luck. Don't forget that each month we also bring you a useful quick click and an exclusive font .
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About this time every year, I NEED some hope, I NEED to know that spring is coming, I NEED to see the first green shoots from my tulips popping out of the ground. Unfortunately those shoots are probably still a few weeks away, for me. Luckily, however, through the magic of the internet and your layouts, I can bask in the sunshine, even in the dead of winter. I also find that scrapping sunny pictures or designing outdoors-y type kits, give me the fix I need until we can be outside, without four layers of clothing. LOL
I made this layout of my daughter enjoying the beautiful flowers in our backyard, using my The Zing of Spring and The Zing of Spring Again page kits, which are the featured kit and the posting bonus for this week. Even though the flowers are gorgeous, her awesome smile is even better. Come on over and give my challenge a try. I actually do things in two parts. The Goodies with Gundi challenge which is a standard "use the featured kit and get a bonus" type challenge. The second part is where you can even have more fun, you can help me "Build A Goodie (BAG)", so you get some say in what will be in the bonus. Plus one lucky person who makes suggestions, will be chosen in a random draw, to send me a picture or pictures and I will create a layout for them, using a kit created specifically for those pictures. Talk about having things match! LOL
So whether you are getting ready to switch to spring or autumn, I hope you take the time to try something new. That is one of the fabulous things about DSP, with such a huge site, there is always something new and exciting to learn, great tutorials in the campus to try out, classes to take, friends to make and memories to record.
You can join in with Christine's Challenges here.
sure to check the bottom of the
newsletter for a special freebie from Christine to our newsletter readers!)
For someone who says she cannot type, paint or draw, her layouts are pure works of art. Katie says she likes softer style layouts with lighter colors, and loves fantasy layouts, which she finds “easier to create than a more traditional style layouts.”
“The fantasy layouts allow me to paint a picture but since I can not paint or draw I use the kits elements” she says.
Her inspiration comes from the photos she uses in her layouts. “Scrapping, to me, has always been about displaying my photos and making them look as beautiful as possible. Other than that basically anything that has a soft, light, airy feeling to it inspires me.”
Congratulations Katie. Thank you for being our member spotlight. Be inspired by Katie’s Gallery and read more about her HERE and the Scraplift the Spotlight challenge for March.
Shop Time Inspiration by Erica
It’s time to SHOP… let’s get those baskets at the ready.
are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when
they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.” ~James
Have you checked out the theme gallery lately, you’ll find lots more kits plus some awesome word art, ploppers, alphas and wow – loads more ideas.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!
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for New and Advanced
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Mandy
Putting on your Mask
Masks are hot property at the moment – no, not like Halloween masks (they are definitely not scary) and not gorgeous Venetian Masked ball masks (although these can be used for beautiful effect). No, I am talking about one of those wonderful little tools that make Digital Scrapbooking so fantastic. Where you can become your own creative special effects expert with a simple click of your mouse!
I am talking about the Clipping Mask, which has to be one of the most effective, yet deceptively simple tools, available for use in most photo imaging software toolboxes.
Simply put, a clipping mask hides (it’s a mask remember) and reveals information on your working layer. Why a mask? A mask hides information, it is not deleted. The image can be moved or altered or released from the clipping mask with very little fuss.
The dramatic effect of a mask on a photograph is clearly demonstrated in the layout Beautiful by Mandy (Scrapping4Him) using a mask from the Maskee Large QuickBits Set 2 by Marcee Duggar. Mandy says she put together this stunning layout in about 10 minutes!
I used one of Lauren Bavin’s Messy Quick Bits Masks to mimic the effect of pink paint behind my photograph in my layout The Pink Feather Boa. Papers that work well behind a clipping mask are papers with a painted look, glitter look, or textured effect. An old fashioned painted postcard used with a mask in Talktopam’s layout Painted Autumn shows just how effective a mask can be.
They are wonderful for melding a photograph into a paper as Jeanet did for her layout Fun in the snow.
If you haven’t tried one of these, have a look at a couple of these layouts from the DET and DET Alumni for inspiration:
Believe in Love by HeatherH
Waiting for Christmas by Jeanet
Loving the Tongue Shot by Scrapping4Him
My Inspiration by HeatherH
The DSP Store has a section dedicated to these gorgeous masks – called QuickBit Templates they are well worth a look.
Digi-Scrapper Inspiration by Meg
Simple Treatments for Mixing Graphic & Paper Styles
I am always in awe of the graphic style layouts I find in the DSP gallery. The intricate blending work, unique photo treatments, and "out of the box" style planning that goes into them is incredible. But my brain doesn't seem to work that way. I am a paper style scrapper. Give me realistic elements and drop shadows, and I'm a happy girl. Looking at the gallery, I'd say a lot of you feel the same way. So how can we create a graphic style layout like the ones that inspire us, and yet stay in our comfort zone?
Start with a photo you love, enlarge it to fill the canvas (either horizontally or vertically, depending on your photo's orientation), and place it on a background that coordinates with the color and texture of your photo along the other edges.
Using a layer mask (PS / PSE / PSP), blend just the open edges of the photo into that background. Leave the rest of the photo untouched at full opacity.
Now here's where we cheat a bit and let our software programs do the work for us! Choose another background paper that has an interesting design or texture. Add it to your canvas as the top layer. In your layers palette, choose the blending mode that looks best to you. (I used Hard Light, but Overlay and Soft Light looked great, too!) Look at that, you just created a very graphic style layout! Now, let's finish it off.
Add your journaling, title, and just a few elements (don't forget your drop shadows) to create a layout with a wonderful mix of paper and graphic styles. Beautiful! Enjoy adding a new look to your album!
Be inspired some more - check out the current edition of Inspiration Station News
- Computer Crafts - Creating a Hybrid Card
With Mothers Day (for some) and Easter just around the corner we have a quick tutorial on creating special cards for these occasions.
Tutorials for creating an Easter Card
Artful Activities: Creating Moments into Memories
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 session. 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.
Keep watching for other upcoming events in March...
March 1 - New DET (Digital Elite Team) Contest begins - Sign Up here.
Contests, Challenges and Chats
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.
Spring is almost here and I am so excited! I love spring time in Texas when the weather is gorgeous and the roadsides are painted with beautiful wildflowers! It is a great opportunity for me to get my family outside to get rid of the winter blah's. I'm looking forward to all of the pictures and memories that will need to be recorded through my scrapbook pages. If you are looking for a way to record your special pictures and memories and need to further your scrapbooking skills then you have come to the right place! There is still time to register for our March classes! Late registration will run from March 1st - March 5th and will incur a $10 late fee.
Registration is also open for our April classes! Make plans to take one of these classes now!
DSU110 – Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU160 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
DSU311 – Adobe Photoshop: Creating Digital Elements for Advanced Users (Pre-requisite- DSU 211)
DSU321 – Adobe Photoshop: Advanced Montage (Pre-requisite: DSU 221)
DSU332 – Jasc/Corel Paint Shop Pro: Advanced Techniques (Pre-requisite DSU 331 or similar experience)
DSU350 – Photography: Creating a Home Photography Studio (Pre-requisite DSU151)
DSU361 – Adobe Photoshop Elements: Creating Digital Elements for Advanced Users (Pre-requisite- DSU 261)
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Desktop Calendar Plopper
A newsletter exclusive! Specially designed ploppers for your computer desktop. This month's offering is by Christine Gundersen. Download the plopper here! (Sizes: 1680x1050, 1024x768 and 800x600 are included.)
just like any of our ploppers, put your photos
on a layer underneath the desktop plopper. Angle and size them 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
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