ISSUE #6 MAY 2011
Hello iScrapbook fans! This month we are featuring the artistic work of DeDe Smith, from DesignZ by DeDe!! I adore DeDe's attention to what a "real mom's" needs are in kits! From scrapping the hobbies of your boys (you have to check out her Lego collection) to those magical days at Disneyworld, she has a kit for you. Her pages are full of texture and movement, while her embellishments are detailed, unique, and full of expression. How does she express so much in the face of a teddy bear? Download this month's free kit and you will consider her a favorite too!! Thanks DeDe!


You'll find the following in this issue:
Please enjoy this month's newsletter!
     
     
From The Editor
I just thrill at receiving the graduation announcements in the mail that are showing up about now. High School or college, there is something about the completion of schooling years that signals a "real life" is beginning. It's almost as good as birth announcements! There are so many choices being made that reveal ones authentic self, I get goosebumps. The fun in watching, cheering, and moving on, gets to me. It is certainly a moment in life to catch in the pages of a scrapbook! Happy scrapping!
     
     
Quick Quotes
  • "The tassel's worth the hassle!'" — Unknown
  • "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." — Unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin
  • "Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues." — Unknown
  • "The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse." Edward Koch
  • "Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed." Erma Bombeck
  • "You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world." Tom Brokaw
     
     
  Sensational Colors
Keeping with the graduation and commencement theme, I thought it would be appropriate to help you use those school colors. Since I cannot create a color scheme around every university and college's colors, I I thought sticking with the basics would work. Simply add your school colors in and viola!
     
     
Artists' Corner
We are thrilled to give you a chance to get to know DeDe Smith this month. She has kindly provided a freebie for your enjoyment. The freebie will give you a feel for DeDe's detailed and fun style. You'll love this freebie because it contains all of the papers and embellishments (including a great frame) you need to create several complete scrapbook pages! See DeDe's products

Words from DeDe: "Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be featured in the newsletter this month! I am a wife to Joey (coming up on 12 years) and mom to JJ (9) and Beth (6). I have a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communications (Graphic Design) and have always loved scrapping. So in 2006, when I discovered digital scrapbooking, it was the perfect fit for me and I have not looked back since! I also love reading, watching movies, and being with my family. I take pride in carving a little niche for myself in the digital scrapbooking world and I hope you will enjoy my products!" Learn more about DeDe

 
     
     
  Fantastic Freebie
This month's freebie is Spring DreamZ Freebie. This kit is perfect for scrapping early spring anticpation! This cute kit is fully searchable by image name, image type, tags, and primary/secondary colors because it comes in iScrapKit format.



If you enjoy this month's freebie kit, you can purchase DeDe's complete Spring DreamZ kit which features more wonderful embellishments, papers, and alphabet letters!
     
     
Awe-Inspiring Layouts
Last month was the first time we included some layout ideas in the newsletter. Judging from the response, "layout block" (similar to "writer's block") must be quite common in our little world, because you loved it! So, here is another sampling of layouts that caught my eye. Again, all these were created using the iScrapbook software and stunning kits from DeDe Smith. Layout Block be gone!! See DeDe's products

     
     
Make iScrapbook Faster
Working with high-resolution (300 dpi) photos and artwork can really slow down iScrapbook even on the fastest of computers. This is especially true if your scrapbook page contains lots of these high resolution graphics AND if you've chosen to have them drawn on the screen at their full resolution.

Fortunately, you can speed up things significantly by simply letting the software draw the graphics on your screen at a lower resolution (like 150 dpi). The graphics will still look great on your screen unless you zoom in at which point they might get a little pixelated (blurry). Of course, if this happens, you can simply choose a higher resolution when you're zoomed in.
 

NOTE: changing the resolution that images are drawn at on the screen does not affect the resolution used when printing pages.

Here's how to change the image display quality (resolution):

1) Launch iScrapbook.
2) Choose iScrapbook > Preferences.
3) Select the Appearance preference pane
4) Choose your desired resolution from the Image Display Quality pop-up menu.

The latest version of iScrapbook also contains a NEW and QUICKER way to change the image display quality. Here's how:

1) Locate the Image Display Quality pop-up menu button below the Canvas:



2) Choose a new resolution from the Image Display Quality pop-up menu button:


     
 
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