from Team Digital & Featured Designer – Marcee Duggar
that time of year
where all major holidays are behind us and where we find ourselves
settling back into our normal routines of life.
Finding more time to work on our favorite hobby Scrapbooking. I am sure
there are still lots of pictures to scrap and moments to be
remembered in our pages. DSP has a kit for almost every occasion and
more being added to the store every week.
I hope that you can find time to check out all the classes and
challenges we have here at DSP, you will never run out of ideas and
DSP is not only a place for digital scrapbooking but a place to make
good friends and share your lives, I know I have.
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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.
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
Chat for new members (and old members too!)
Every Wednesday at
10 pm EST
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
DSP is a big busy site! Are you beewildered? Do you have questions? How
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.
to DSP! We know you will love it!
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2012 Scrappy Awards Winners!
you to all who
participated in the 2012 Scrappy Awards. The judges had
difficult decisions to make with all the gorgeous layouts that were
The Scrappies reward the previous year’s greatest digital
scrapbooking achievements as determined by some of the
world’s most accomplished digital designers.
Congratulations to the winners of all
especially to our
BEST OVERALL winner, Teetopper for this gorgeous
Graphic Style Layout!
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Spotlight – Sharon Lynn
DSP Member Spotlight
for February is Sharon a.k.a. Sharon Lyn
Check out her gallery here
February is Valentine’s month, and our Spotlight has a
gallery with layouts you are sure to fall in love with. She says she
found herself pulled into digital scrapping by her sister, and loves
the no mess, portability of digital scrapbooking.
She finds inspiration in the galleries of her sister (Caro), PQ and
Mars, saying that if she was “half as creative I would never
want for anything”.
While Sharon doesn’t feel she has a particular style, she
says her starting point is always a kit and then she finds a photograph
to fit. Sharon also doesn’t have a favorite layout, she says:
“I enjoy all my pages and my favorite thing is I am going to
be leaving behind a legacy that I never had plenty of
Thank you for sharing your talent with us Sharon. Now that you find out
more about February’s talented DSP Member Spotlight, visit Sharon’s Gallery.
Then join the Scraplift the Spotlight Challenge
for your chance to win
a lucky draw DSP Store Voucher.
Challenge is Back!
Dust off those
Here's how it works:
On the first day of each
month, a new challenge will be announced in the Photography Challenge
You will have until the
15th of each month to post your photo in the Photography Challenge
Gallery. (Please do
or add anything to your photos.
You may "fix" photos in editing programs. Address
any question to the Photography Challenge
Around the 18th of each
month, the voting poll will open, where all DSP members will have a
chance to vote on their favorite image. Voting will close on
the 26th of each month, and winners will be announced around
the 27th. Please come to the Photography Challenge
give us your ideas for future themes.
Our first place winners
will receive a $3.99 voucher for the DSP store!
Our first challenge will
be "Out My Front Door or Down the Block". Show us your best
shot of where you live - it doesn't have to be in your neighborhood,
just somewhere near your home.
Designer – Lauren Bavin
a Blended Photo Background for Your Layout
very simple technique is a very
useful way of creating a layout that combines both graphic and paper
styles in one layout. It also allows you to use and feature a photo
that might not be as sharp as would be ideal.
Choose the background paper you wish to use.
In my example I have used a lighter coloured background with some
texture which adds interest when the photo is blended.
Drag your photo or paste your photo as a new layer above the paper and
resize so it fill the entire canvas.
With your photo layer active click on the mask button at the base of
the layers panel. (Looks like a shaded rectangle with a circle in it.)
This will apply a mask to your photo layer.
In the layers panel this is shown as a white box to the right of the
thumbnail of your photo layer.
Note how the mask box is shown with black corner lines – this
means when you paint you are actively painting on the mask not on the
actual photo layer.
Your foreground and background colours should also revert to black and
white at this point.
blend the photo seamlessly into the
background go to the gradient tool. Choose the Black to White
from the drop down box beside the gradient sample in the tool options
bar, and the first option to the right of that which is linear
Now place your
the bottom of the photo and drag up approximately 2/3 of the way to the
top. When you release the
cursor a gradient will have been applied to
your mask and this will hide that portion of the photo which is darker.
The darker the part of the gradient the less visible the photo is.
now on the photo
thumnail so the dark corner lines show on that and not on the mask
layer. Any editing you do now will be to the photo and not the mask.
Now you can experiment changing the blend mode of the photo until you
get the result you like.
Each photo/paper combination will have a completely unique look.
In the first example I have used the lighter greyish paper and an
Overlay blend mode and in the second example I have used a darker blue
background and the photo is in Screen Blend mode.
is no right or wrong combination, the best way to find your favourite
combination is to experiment.
Now you can go ahead and complete the rest of your layout by adding
more photos and embellishments.
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– Featured Designer Marcee & Lauren
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February Fancies *****************
– Make A
12 – Abe Lincoln's Birthday
14 – Valentines Day
15 – Presidents Day
17 – Ash Wednesday
11 – Washington's Birthday (Obs)
26 – Tell A Fairy Tale Day
sure you are signed up for the store newsletter
to receive notice of
other sales! Make sure you are logged in to your store account to
access the store newsletter info.
you a member of the club?
February's Club Digital selection. From cute and funky to
elegant and pretty to practical and useful there is something to suit
all your preferences. The two Kits contain elements that can easily be
mixed and matched along with the versatile groupies. Use the elegant
Plopper for a beautiful layout in seconds. The Quick Click template
will allow you to create a layout with up to 6 photos, and just for the
love birds there is some sweet Valentine Word Art. Added to that the
Mixed Emotions Stamps and useful Blue Chrome button type Alphabet and
you have a set of products you will return to again and again.
month's content includes
- Beat the
Blues Page Kit
- This N
Digital is the hottest club in town!
your monthly fix of the best digital scrapbook products for an
incredible price! Something to suit every style and level of digital
issue of Club
Digital includes two page kits, one plopper or overlay, a quick click
template, an alphabet, some wordart, a font, and png stamps! As a Club
member, you also receive an exclusive
coupon for the DSP Shop and can
enter an exclusive contest
just for members (with great prizes)!
$27 in value for the incredible price of only $5.99/month! (Or
as low as $4.99 with longer subscriptions!)
just $17.97 for three months ($5.99/month), $33.00 for six months
($5.50/month), or $59.88 for a full year ($4.99/month)!
Club members can WIN!
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!
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 – Country Style Mega Kit
Go back to the down home
country life with the simple and universally usable backgrounds and
elements of the Country Style Mega Kit. The charming colours
and home-sweet-home elements can be used again and again in a wide
range of styles from childhood to heritage. This Mega Kit with its 28
backgrounds, over 70 elements and two alphas is a steal at the
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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!
product you just purchased and want to tell others? Please consider
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.
desktop. These calendars were made by Head Designer Lauren Bavin.
by clicking on the image above (Sizes: 1024x768, 1280x800 and 1600x900
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!
striving to make our newsletter more interesting and useful. If you
have an idea, let us know about it! If it's an article idea, a feature,
even something you'd like to write, shout it out to us. So, 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. Then email
it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please type "Newsletter IDEA" in the subject line of your email.) We
can't wait to see your ideas!
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our newsletter readers, Senior Designer Marcee Duggar has
created this adorable collection of Valentine Bling!
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thanks to the newsletter Team:
Kim, Lauren, Lynnette, Mandy, Marcee, Margie,
Mars, Meg and
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