Welcome to Digital Scrapbooking Day 2008! This is the second year for DSD and we are thrilled you are here.
We hope you take some time today to celebrate the every growing world of digitial photography and scrapbooking. It seems that most of us own a digital camera and you don't have to be a scrapbooker to take lots of pictures. Playing with those photos and preserving the memories are what this day is all about. Learn about choosing a digital camera, using a new technique or creating something unique with your photos and enjoy DSD!
by Molly Newman, Associate Editor, Digital Scrapbooking Magazine
Is a new digital camera making an appearance on your holiday wish list this year? With so many options to choose from, it's tough to navigate the maze of competing models and find the one that's just right for you. These tips will help you focus on the right features and ask the right questions... and ensure your new camera will be a gift that keeps on giving for years to come.
Don't get tripped up by the size trap. With even entry-level digital cameras boasting resolutions of 10 MP or more, you might believe that more megapixels always means a better image. But a better indicator of image quality is the camera's sensor size. Larger sensors pick up more light, allowing you to shoot at faster speeds in lower-light situations. Plus, jumbo-sized sensors produce finer detail at any screen or print size. Check out: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Say goodbye to shake. Many new D-SLR cameras include on-board image stabilization among their features. Image stabilization banishes camera shake, meaning your shots (especially of fast-moving subjects like kids and pets) will be crisper and sharper every time. With this feature built into the camera body, there's no need to invest in pricey image-stabilized lenses. Check out: Sony Alpha D-SLR A350
Are you going retro? If you have a large collection of older SLR lenses, make sure the D-SLR you're checking out is compatible with the lenses you already have. Most manufacturers support the use of older lenses with new D-SLR bodies; Nikon is the only major manufacturer that does not.
Don't be a kit captive. D-SLRs are often sold as complete kits with a body and lens included. These lenses, though, are often low-end and too slow to be of much use. A better choice is pairing a D-SLR body with a lens that really suits your shooting needs, whether it's made by the camera body's manufacturer or a dedicated lensmaker such as Tamron or Sigma. Check out: Sigma 18-50mm 2.8 EX DC Macro HSM
The second annual Digital Scrapbooking Day (DSD) is almost here, and we at Digital Scrapbooking magazine have lots of couldn’t be more excited about the chance to celebrate this creative, cool hobby with you. You’re invited to join in any and all of the fun things we have planned for both the week leading up to and including that day, such as:
·a challenge to design our blog header with your digi skills
·guest bloggers from PC Layers, Digi Scrap 101 and more
·cool news & tips
·guest blogger Rhonna Farrer
Plus, you can show off your unique digi style with the first-ever, official Digital Scrapbooking magazine sneakers. Designed by our art director Marin Barney, these adorable shoes will help you display cool brushwork as accessories for your feet as well as your pages––just in time for DSD!
However you spend Digital Scrapbooking Day, have a wonderful time preserving your memories with fun digital techniques!
The designers and digiscrapppers at Digitals invite you to join them for the whole DSD Weekend!
Stacey Mann the owner of Digitals, told us they will have an exciting line up of events in celebration of Digital Scrapbooking Day including a sale, treasure hunt, and lots of crops Oct. 31 - Nov. 2!
Join in the DST treasure hunt where site visitors can collect pieces of a completely free mega collaboration kit with a common color palette by visiting our store and hunting for the clues, which are linked to immediate download of the kit pieces.
And there is a line-up of crops/chats where participants can enjoy the company of fellow digital scrapbookers, pick up freebies and learn more about the sites' talented designers. Digitals crops are scheduled as follows: Nov 1 Noon DSD Chat with Christine Smith 8 pm Calendar Crop with Amanda Thorderson 9 pm Surprise Crop with DeDe Smith Nov 2 9 pm Like Mother, Like Daughter Chat with Silva, Alessandra, Amanda & Tina Nov 3 9 pm Multi Photo Layouts with Shawn Walter Note: all crop times listed U.S. Eastern.
DigitalArts Cafe is joining in celebrating DSD with lots of activites on their site. Melothria who is the owner of DigitalArts Cafe, says "We are having a few games at the forum for the Digital Scrapbooking Day,"
There will be a scavenger hunt with clues, challenges and a fun jigsaw game. I am not sure how you do a jigsaw puzzle online so I might just have to pop over to find out!
And if you like to shop [who doesn't?] they will also be having a big sale at the store from Oct 31 to Nov 3.
In honor of Digital Scrapbooking Day, Scrapblog and Digital Scrapbooking Magazine invite you to participate in a Scrapblog Challenge! Scrapbook your holiday greeting and you could win 50 prints of your own custom holiday greeting card design.
The deadline to enter is November 1, 2008.
Scrapblog lets you design a card both inside and out which means you have lots of creative possibities! Don't forget to tag your card with DSD so it gets entered in the contest.
What a wonderful way to perserve and share old photos! Digital scrapbooking your heritage photos makes perfect sense - you can fix them up. add journaling and most importantly make lots of copies to share with your family.
Kate at Heritage Scrap let us know that beginning October 31st through November 4th they are having a store wide sale, to include some commercial use products. The sale will vary between 35 and 50% off.
Additionally, you can find several challenge contests at Heritage Scrap from Friday through Monday with prizes awarded for the special categories.
Thanks to Corina Nielsen of Funky Playground Designs for use of this exclusive kit, which will be featured as a free download in the Nov/Dec issue of Memory Makers magazine. Be sure to pick up a copy! DSD Logo created by Leah Riordan of Oscraps. The font is Tempus sans ITC.