21 May 2008

Come along to the Digital Scrapping Blog Carnival!

Blog CarnivalWelcome to the 22 May edition of the Digital Scrapbooking Blog Carnival! The carnival travels from blog host to blog host and this time it's camped right here for your enjoyment.

Theresa L. Twogood presents Daily Prayer Journal posted at OLIN e-Book e-Publishing, saying, "I truly hope you can use this. Diaries, journals and scrapbooking all have that small common ground for daily personal/spiritual growth."


Karen (aka Karooch) presents Step by Step Digital Scrapbook posted at Scraps of Mind, saying, "Step By Step Digital Scrapbook is great new website that's specifically designed for digital scrapbooking beginners. It offers lots of getting started information and videos and can even provide a hand-holding Mentoring program to take away that learning curve confusion."


Hummie presents The best links ever! - according to me posted at Katie the Scrapbook Lady, saying, "Awesome list of links to fun things!"

DreamScrapper presents Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking posted at Katie the Scrapbook Lady, saying, "Good introduction to things to know about digital scrapbooking. Lots of excellent resources are linked in this article."


Karen (aka Karooch) presents Black and White Scrapbook Layouts posted at Scraps of Mind, saying, "Black and White is a popular color scheme for scrapbook layouts. This article looks at some of the things to take into consideration when you're going for the Black and White look."


Hummie presents The Basics of Creating a New Layout in Photoshop posted at TaylorMade Designs.

DreamScrapper presents Color Theory 101 posted at Big Ideas - scrapbooking ideas from IdeaBooks4u, saying, "Great article on color theory that deals with the challenge of using a tetradic color scheme."

DreamScrapper presents Help from the Pros posted at Big Ideas - scrapbooking ideas from IdeaBooks4u, saying, "Tips on shooting a portrait, based on advice from Scott Kelby's book, "The Digital Photography Book.""

Nancy presents Video Tutorial - Digitally Tearing Paper posted at Red Leaf DigiScrapping, saying, "This tutorial will show you an easy way to realistically tear digital paper."

DreamScrapper presents Much ado about shadowing posted at Sailor and Lula Designs, saying, "Some nicely illustrated tips on using drop shadows appropriately. These tips (except the one using image warp) will work for both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements version 5 and above."

That concludes this edition! Submit your blog article to the next edition of digital scrapbooking using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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09 May 2008

It's Good Karma Friday - Introducing HOPE

25 awesome designers have worked very hard to put this great kit together for a great cause - Cancer Awareness. Almost each and every one of us have had someone close to us suffer with cancer - now it's time to do our bit. For a minimum donation of $10 to a cancer charity of YOUR choice you can get this huge kit for FREE! You can see more details of this awesome kit at Designs by Sassy, the hosting digiscrap shop.

1 Alpha
- 140 Papers - 333 Elements - 16 Quick Pages!

Here are a few sites who allow online donations, but feel free to donate to your own favorite.

Cancer Research UK
Breast Cancer Care
Macmillan Cancer Support
American Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Susan G Komen Foundation
Prostate Cancer Charity UK
Prostate Cancer Foundation

When you have completed your donation, e-mail your donation receipt to the hosting store owner, Sassy, and you will be sent a coupon to pick up this fabulous kit for

Not only do you get the great kit, but you'll also have a great feeling that you're doing your bit to help find a cure. You will also have peace of mind that your money is going directly to the charity and the hosting store receives no financial gain.

A BIG thank you to all the designers who participated!
Sassy, Scrap N Tag, qtJessie, *Amanda*, The Digi Twins, Jill D Zines, Nikki Painter, Rachel Young, Brandi White, Kari Hentzelt, Catriona MacGregor, Jennilyn , Dragonslairdigi, Crafty Bloss (christineM), Danielle Corbitt, Scrapdragon, Heavenly, creativechaos, BooBoo, ScrappinMamaof5 (Becky), Red Leaf DigiScrapping, Phoenix, JeanetteBollingerDesigns, Paperboutique, Green Elephant Designs, and Sine.

But wait! There's more!
Send me a copy of your receipt and I will send you a surprise bonus gift - a special 6 page bracket book designed by me using the kit items! I'll post a preview later on.

:> namaste

05 May 2008

Color Calibration is important and now it's easy - and FREE!

Have you ever noticed that your photos look different on your computer than they do when printed? When you post your layouts on your blog or in a gallery, do they look different when seen on another computer? You know that strawberry should be red but it sure looks orange (or yellow or green or...).

Good news - it's not your eyes or your camera! It's the color calibration of the monitor you're viewing it on. Photoshop has a color calibration utility but 90% of computer owners out there don't have PS. How can you make sure both you and the world can see Aunt Edna's favorite yellow hat in all it's original sunny glory? Color calibration is the answer.

Calibrize has developed a FREE! program to help you calibrate the colors of all your monitors. Don't worry that it's just all too technical and you can't possibly do something like this. No need to get your buddy the nerd or a local 3rd grader to come over and do it for you, Calibrize has made their program easy for everyone to use in just three simple steps. [It runs on any computer using Windows XP or Vista. There is no Mac version available at this time.]

After you calibrate all your computers, you'll want to make sure that your viewers see your images the way they're supposed to look, too. Calibrize has a wee icon
Calibrize you can place on your web pages, on your blog, or in your gallery postings so they can download their own copy and calibrate their monitors!

Disclaimer - I am not affiliated with
Calibrize and they are not paying me for this review...after all, their program is free...LOL!

01 May 2008

Hooray, Hooray! It's the first of May!

Outdoor lovin' begins today!
(You may have heard this little rhyme a wee bit differently, but you get the picture...hee hee!)

Today is
Beltane - the first day of the Celtic summer.

Last year I gave away a special Beltane mini kit. If you didn't get it back then, you're in luck...click here to go to the original article where the freebie is hiding. You might even learn a wee bit about the history of this special day!