Lynnette’s Monster Party!

One of our very talented forum members, chryslergreen, took our Monster Kit and made it into the theme for her sons Birthday Party! I am SO impressed with the way it turned out and how creative this girl is. She always inspires me with her scrapbook layouts and photography. If you want to ask her how she created these cute party ideas or want to see what everyone is saying about it, check out our message board! Not a member? Don’t worry its free to join and start sharing your own pages and creative ideas with the rest of the community!

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A few more layouts and our first article!

Okay, so all of you know how obsessed with Digital Scrapbooking I am. Today at the Roots Tech show, Linda, who is the official Blogger for the Roots Tech blog asked if she could post the photos and an article on the blog about our booth and products. The day before she had come and bought a few products from our booth and because she loves digital scrapbooking as much as I do, she wanted to not only share it on the Roots Tech Blog, but also on her personal blog. This is the first time that I have ever been talked about on another persons website for a business. It is a little exhilarating and very special to me. This isn’t a massive corporation but it is a first, and we all know how special “first’s” are to me.

Even though this is a three day show, with one more day to go, I am sad to think about it being over. I have met so many amazing people and shared so many stories with members and vendors that I feel like it’s more than just business, I have managed to build some friendships. How cool is that? I even had one of our members come by to see our booth and catch up with me, Diana. She is one of the MANY people on our message board that are so supportive of DSM and all we represent and do that I am really thankful. :)

So here is the first article on Linda’s blog that she wanted to share with me. I am also really excited to see what she writes about on the Roots Tech website!

Here are a few layouts that I managed to get in the last few days. Most of the elements and papers are from the new Young Love Kit, which I cannot seem to get enough of.

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New layout with the new kit!

I was so busy making all the quick pages and getting ready for this upcoming Roots Tech show that I totally spaced something that I really wanted to do!!! SCRAP WITH THE NEW KIT! I have so many photos that will work with this kit but I did want to share my first few layouts I made with it (in the second layout there are a few elements from the Timeless Kit)! I will add more as I get them done but if you want to see what the girls are making with the kit, Young Love, click here.

These are just friends of mine who are actually best friends to each other so I figured they might like a layout of their friendship. :)

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Dots Per Inch

Have you ever wondered about DPI (dots per inch, or pixels per inch) and how it affects your digital scrapbook layouts?  DPI is a measurement of spatial printing (dot) or video (pixel) density within a span of 1 inch. Or just simply, the amount of dots within a 1 inch square that make up your photo or layout.

Our main concern with DPI settings is directly related to the quality of print we will obtain when a page layout is printed.  We will only focus on the effects of dpi while printing for now because according to many out there, this subject is a giant can of worms and can become controversial.

When you are creating a new page, it is suggested that you start with 300 dpi to get the best print quality possible while keeping your file sizes somewhat manageable.  This is also because the human eye can generally not detect a difference in detail beyond 300 dpi, which makes it the optimum resolution for printing.

But then we add more confusion. Viewing higher resolution images on the computer screen usually appear to be huge in size. We have to zoom out in order to see the full layout or picture.  If you haven’t noticed the large size of the photos, check and see how far out you are zoomed next time you open a photo in your image editor.  This is because the image resolution is actually higher than that which the monitor is displaying, which translates to a large dimensional image on screen.  The actual print dimensions of the image are unchanged, so as long as you remain working with the image in its original resolution.

For a visual comparison, both of the images below are 1 inch x 1 inch. If printed, they will both print out 1″x1″. The 300 DPI (right) image will print out crisp and clear, the 72 DPI (left) image will print out pixelated and blurry.

If we zoom into the left image to match the on screen dimension of the right image, we can start to understand why the left image will provide a poor quality print.

So back to the basics.  300 dpi (when used with right pixel dimensions) will always provide a much higher quality print than images with a lower dpi with the same printable dimensions.  The best way to really start understanding dpi and pixel count is to just play around with your images and try different things.

Just don’t save over your originals with lower resolution images!  Have fun!

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Sneak Peek!

Here is a little teaser of our upcoming kit!! Stay tuned for more. :D

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