Saturday, September 29, 2007

Call for submissions for April/May issue

It's that time again... time to share the best of your work with us! And if you've always dreamed of being a "cover girl," check it out: we're looking for reader photos and layouts to feature front and center on the April/May 2008 issue of Digital Scrapbooking.

So get cracking... or clicking... and start submitting the coolest all-digital or digital/paper hybrid stuff you have! Deadline for all submissions is Monday, October 22nd.

Photo Feature: It's the Little Things
From Grandma's vintage sewing machine to the iPod you got for your birthday, your son's Matchbox car collection to your sister's ever-growing T-shirt wardrobe, life is filled with objects that carry a special meaning. We're looking for layouts featuring beautiful photographs of the material things that make up your world. We'd also love to get your tips on successfully photographing objects from sparkling diamonds to black leather jackets. Submit images saved as high-quality JPEGs, measuring 6" on longest side, no later than Monday, October 22.

T3: Tips, Tricks, Tutorials
You've spoken up... and we've listened! Digital Scrapbooking will now be offering more step-by-step instructions and immediately usable tips than ever before. Look for our info-packed new column, "T3," appearing for the first time in our April/May 2008 issue. You'll find both cutting-edge techniques from our Creative Team and tips and tutorials from our talented readers.

Here's what we're looking for:

  • Tips. Have you found a great way to use layer blending modes? A quick fix for less-than-perfect photos? Send us your tips of 50 words or fewer on any digital scrapbooking subject, along with a layout or project that illustrates the tip in action.

  • Tricks. Busy scrapbookers are always looking for ways to make scrapbooking quicker and easier. Send us your time- and stress-saving tricks, along with a layout or project that shows how you've used them to create.

  • Tutorials. Send us your projects featuring intermediate- to advanced-level techniques, along with complete instructions for achieving the look. (Check out the step-by-step tutorials in our "Kick It Up" column for an idea of what we're looking for.)

Send us your images and instructions no later than Monday, October 22.

Are You Cover Material?
We're looking for simply amazing reader layouts to feature on our cover. For consideration, layout should have a single gorgeous photo--preferably of one person, though a well-composed twosome could work as well--and feature "only with digital" techniques paired with a clean overall design. Photo should reflect the season in which the issue will appear; for this call, we'll be looking for late spring themes and colors. Please submit no more than three layouts to this call. Submissions are due no later than Monday, October 22.

We can't wait to see what you have to share!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Feeling creative? Here's a contest for you!

Epson--makers of some of our favorite scrapbooking goodies--has just announced the CreativeZone Holiday Craft Contest, open from now until October 31.

They're looking for entries in the following categories:
  • winter holiday greeting cards
  • winter holiday scrapbook pages
  • holiday paper craft creations
Each entry must include at least one patterned page from the free downloadable content at Epson's CreativeZone Web site. Check out the papers, coordinating accents, word art and more.

Entries will be judged by a team including Rhonna Farrer, Jessica Sprague and Digital Scrapbooking's own Renee Pearson. First prize in each category is an Epson Stylus Photo R1800 printer--the big daddy that can print borderless 12x12 layouts!--and second prize is an Epson PictureMate Dash printer for on-the-go photo projects. All winning entries will also be featured on the CreativeZone site during the holiday season.

Here's how to enter.

Submit an e-mail to and include the following:

  • at least one photograph or scan of the completed winter holiday-themed greeting card, scrapbook page or paper craft
  • a detailed list of supplies; step-by-step instructions explaining how the project was created (including any specific techniques used)
  • project dimensions.

E-mail attachment files must be in JPEG or TIFF format and 300-500KB in size. Entries must also include the contestant’s full name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. All submissions must be received by October 31, 2007.

Contest submissions must not have been previously published or submitted for other contests or publications. Selected finalists will be required to mail Epson their original projects for final judging; submitted projects will become property of Epson and will not be returned to their owners. Contestants may want to consider creating two of each entry: one to keep, and one to send.

Check out complete details and contest rules here (PDF file--requires Acrobat Reader). Good luck, and happy creating!