Friday, May 7, 2010

Digital Scrapbook Artist2 Review & Giveaway

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Do you digi-scrap?
I love digi-scrapping! I got into it 2 years ago which was right before Ethan was born. I got a cheap scrapbooking software and made up a few birth announcements (for both genders since we didn't find out before birth) ready to add stats and a picture. I was hooked after that. Since then I have digi-scrapped all of his baby photos starting from pregnancy to 1 year old. I also have scrapped several birthday invites, party invites, shower invites, my blog header and many more items. Digi-scrapping is easier & cheaper than traditional scrapbooking not to mention super eco-friendly (think of all the paper you aren't using!). I was thrilled when Serif sent me the Digital Scrapbook Artist2 to review. This program has many, many more options than my other software had.

About Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist2!
*Click on the photos to enlarge to see more detail*
Digital Scrapbook Artist2 is a super simple scrapbooking software that makes it easy to make scrapbooks, cards and any other type of digital creation you are wanting. This software has a great selection of craft tools, photo editing that lets you create some amazing projects. Digital Scrapbook Artist2 uses 300dpi high quality scraps and includes 5 full kits. Each software program comes with an additional $15 gift voucher to DaisyTrail add more kits to your selection. Membership to DaisyTrail is free and also includes numerous kits for free and for purchase. DaisyTrail lets you upload your projects on the site to share with others. 



Features of Digital Scrapbook Artist2!

New! Blending

Create stunning effects with professional blend modes. You’ll be able to seamlessly blend objects to take on the appearance of any material to give you fabulous results.

Stencils

New! Stencils

Put the perfect finishing touch onto your scrapbook with stencils. Use one of the many included stencils, or easily create your own from any object or embellishment.
Cutting & punching

Cutting & punching

Cut up your material using fancy scissor edges for extra creative detail, or punch out shapes to make gorgeous decorations for your scrapbook.
Edge effects

Edge effects

Give your materials and objects photo-realistic frayed edges by applying one of the many fantastic edge effects, like Hessian and Carpet, for a lifelike look.
Brushes and stitching

Brushes and stitching

Use brushes to paint on sparkling glitter, decorative beads, fancy stitches and much more. Brushes can be easily customised to achieve the look you want.
Layers

Layers

Layers are a great way to stack the objects in your designs and makes arranging them, applying effects, and editing complicated projects super-easy.
Text

Text

Add decorative text and beautiful lettering to your designs in Digital Scrapbook Artist 2! You can even write along editable paths so your text can flow around objects
Filter effects

Filter effects

Your designs will be jumping off the page after using effects like shadows, glows, bevels, embossing and more. These realistic effects are sure to impress everyone.

New! PhotoLab

Give your photos a weather-beaten look, turn them into oil painting masterpieces, make funky pop art or combine and customise over 70 effects for amazing photos every time.
You can even edit images to get rid of red eye, remove spots and blemishes, adjust colour, change the contrast, and lots more. Make your photos picture-perfect every time and become a photo editing expert in seconds.
PhotoLab

Image Cutout Studio

Use the Image Cutout Studio to remove items from their background or to cut out keepsakes and other items you’ve scanned in.
It’s a fantastic tool if you want to place items on a different background, create a pop out effect, or give an object total focus, plus it’s quick and easy to use so you can be ultra-creative with your design projects.
PhotoLab











My Digital Scrapbook Artist2 Experience!
I was really excited when I received the Digital Scrapbook Artist2 in the mail. I couldn't wait to see what this program would do compared to the other one I had. It was easy to install on my computer and it only took a few minutes to get it going. Being familiar with a scrapbooking program I looked through all the craft tools and photo editing quickly. Wow, I could not believe how much the Digital Scrapbook Artist2 had on it!

There are so many features on here I instantly fell in love with. I'm amazed with all of the photo editing that is available like the Image Cutout Studio and PhotoLab. I do not have Photo Shop so I have never been able to cut images out. The Image Cutout Studio was easy to use, but it did take me a few tries to get the hang of it. I used the Image Cutout Studio on one of my pages here. The PhotoLab has been awesome as well. There is no need for me to edit it in another program and then add to my scrapbook page I'm working on. All I do is add the photo then I can click on it to make changes. Right away I can see how it looks on my scrapbook page and can change it to a different effect if I choose with no problems.

Some of the other features that I love about Digital Scrapbook Artist2 is the Edge Effects & Text. The Edge Effects you can turn any photo or paper into a different look by changing the edge of that item. There are several different ways you can place Text on the page as well with different angles and shapes. I enjoy having this feature because it gives your page character.

The ability that you can search for particular items (paper, layouts, embellishments, etc) by theme and color is very helpful. My old program did not offer a feature like this one at all and I can't tell you how much time I have spent looking through individual kits looking for the right color of an embellishment. This is a huge time saver and very convenient.

I opened my free DaisyTrail account and spent my $15 voucher to receive some new digi kits. They are super cute! DaisyTrail is a must if you have Digital Scrapbook Artist2 because you can not only purchase additional kits that are compatible with the program, but also get lots of digi freebies to add to your collection as well. There are many advantages to having the free DaisyTrail account. You can go here to see the scrapbook pages I made.

I admit it will take me a few weeks to experience all the craft tools and photo editing effects that Digital Scrapbook Artist2 offers, there is a lot! However, I am so happy with this program. It is very easy to use and navigate. Considering the inexpensive price of the program the Digital Scrapbook Artist2 is a great deal! This program is so much cheaper than PhotoShop and it is made to do scrapbooking so I think it is more user friendly for that purpose. I highly recommend this to anyone looking at starting digi scrapping or looking for a more advanced program than their current scrapbooking program.


BUY IT! You can purchase Digital Scrapbook Artist2 directly from Serif. This week at DaisyTrail they are offering digital scrapbooking giveaways and discounts. Go check it out!


WIN IT! Serif is giving away 1 copy of Digital Scrapbook Artist2 to a Take Time to Smell the Rose reader!


You have the chance to enter several entries by the doing the following. Each one counts as 1 entry unless otherwise specified. I am now making it a requirement to follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect to enter my giveaways.
  • MANDATORY ENTRY(You also must be following my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect)-counts as 1: Go to DaisyTrail and look around. Tell me what digi-kits you would like to purchase with your $15 voucher if you win.
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                      Win a copy of  Digital Scrapbook Artist2 program from @DaisyTrail and @Smell_the_Rose. Ends 05/17. http://tiny.cc/DigitalScrapbookArtist2

                      **Leave your email on each comment. You must do this in order to win!**

                      Giveaway ends Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9:00 p.m.(CST) Winner will be drawn by the random number generator at Random.org and will be notified by email. Winner will also be announced on this blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

                      This giveaway is open to USA residents ONLY . Must be 18 years old or older to win.

                      Thank you to Serif who provided me with the product mentioned in the review to experience. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received to conduct this review & giveaway.
                       
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                      68 comments:

                      BUSY BEE said...

                      I am a google follower...

                      I would choose the Euro Tourist Digi Kit to capture my next trip to Rome!

                      Perfect!!

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                      BUSY BEE said...

                      I follow Daisy Trail on Twitter (BSYB)

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                      Mysharona said...

                      DaisyTrail Digikit Collection 4

                      skgaff said...

                      follow you publicly and I would get happy day out, nursery rhyme and sweet dreams kits
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                      skgaff said...

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                      skgaff said...

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                      skgaff said...

                      signed up for serif's newsletter
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                      skgaff said...

                      follow you on twitter and tweeted:
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                      Katie said...

                      I follow your blog publicly, and I would choose the Swirling Memories, the Comic Book and the Champions Digikits. I love sports and I think the comic book would be so cute for my little man's photos.

                      katiekstewart@gmail.com

                      Katie said...

                      I subscribe to your blog via email with Feedburner

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                      Katie said...

                      I grabbed your Take Time to Smell the Rose button

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                      Katie said...

                      I grabbed your Take Time to Share Your Giveaway Sunday button

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                      Katie said...

                      I commented on your DaisyTrail scrapbook page #1

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                      Katie said...

                      I commented on your DaisyTrail scrapbook page #2

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                      Katie said...

                      I commented on your DaisyTrail scrapbook page #3

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                      Katie said...

                      I commented on your DaisyTrail scrapbook page #4

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                      Katie said...

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                      Natalie D said...

                      oh wow - this looks really cool. I do it all by hand. I want to do my announcements this time, but I'm using photoshop. the idea of software for it sounds like a great idea.

                      Sarah said...

                      I follow your blog, and I would choose the Rustic Charm, My Keepsake, and Vintage Summer digikits.

                      girottih@yahoo.com

                      Sarah said...

                      I subscribe by email.

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                      mverno said...

                      the Euro Tourist Digi Kit mverno@roadrunner.com

                      Anonymous said...

                      Euro Tourist Digi Kit and the Swirling Memories would be my two choices-
                      Diane Baum
                      esldiane@gmail.com

                      Jenn S. said...

                      I would choose the Back to School Digikit.

                      Carolina Girl Mommy said...

                      I like painted backyard from the DaisyTrail collection

                      Desiree
                      weeshareblog@gmail.com

                      Carolina Girl Mommy said...

                      email subscriber to drgdlgletterboxers@yahoo.com

                      Desiree
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                      Carolina Girl Mommy said...

                      follow DaisyTrail on twitter- WeeShare

                      Desiree
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                      Carolina Girl Mommy said...

                      http://twitter.com/WeeShare/status/13817749638

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                      dannyscotland said...

                      I follow you publicly, and I love Citrus Delight, Solitude, Moonlight Forest, and Spring in Your Step. The embellishments are really great!

                      dannyscotland said...

                      I subscribe thru feedburner

                      dannyscotland said...

                      I have your button on my blog at www.daydreamingofclothdiapers.blogspot.com

                      dannyscotland said...

                      I follow you on twitter, and I tweeted at http://twitter.com/dannyscotland/status/13860567237

                      dannyscotland said...

                      following daisytrail on twitter, and I'm @dannyscotland

                      Anonymous said...

                      OOOO! This is so cool, I have never heard of this until now, If I dont win I will def. have to buy.

                      cutie_pie252@hotmail.com

                      Dan and Karissa said...

                      I am a GFC follower
                      karissaweiner at gmail dot com
                      DaisyTrail kit: Moonlight Forest

                      Dan and Karissa said...

                      Take Time to Smell the Rose button

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                      Dan and Karissa said...

                      Follow DaisyTrail on Twitter.

                      Kate said...

                      I follow publicly and I would get the Moonlight Forest, Camping, and Family Tree!

                      strycker@slu.edu

                      terri142 said...

                      I would choose the Family Garden and the Memories Kits!

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                      terri142 said...

                      I subscribe to your blog by email!

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                      terri142 said...

                      I follow Smell_the_Rose on twitter(terri142)and tweeted!

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                      terri142 said...

                      I follow DaisyTrail on twitter.(terri142)

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                      Rebekah said...

                      I would choose the spring in your step kit

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                      Rebekah said...

                      I follow Smell_The_Rose on twitter and tweeted

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                      Rebekah said...

                      I follow DaisyTrail on twitter.

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                      Connie said...

                      I follow Daisy Trail on twitter

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                      Connie said...

                      I love the Cupid collection

                      I also added you to my web page
                      http://peanutbutterandwhine.blogspot.com
                      CGruning

                      flychild7 said...

                      follow public, I would choose the indie chic

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                      flychild7 said...

                      subscribe by email
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                      flychild7 said...

                      follow DaisyTrail on twitter @flychild7

                      Victoria said...

                      I would choose the Blustery Spring digikit. So cute!

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                      kerri69 said...

                      I am a follower
                      I would choose the moonlite forest very pretty

                      kerri69 said...

                      email subscriber

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                      kerri69 said...

                      following daisytrail on twitter kerri69

                      CarrieAnn13 said...

                      I like the berry pie kit & the sweet dreams kit

                      CarrieAnn13 said...

                      email subscriber

                      CarrieAnn13 said...

                      I commented on your daisytrail scrapbook page as CarrieAnn13

                      CarrieAnn13 said...

                      #2 I commented on your daisytrail scrapbook page as CarrieAnn13

                      CarrieAnn13 said...

                      #3 I commented on your daisytrail scrapbook page as CarrieAnn13

                      CarrieAnn13 said...

                      #4 I commented on your daisytrail scrapbook page as CarrieAnn13

                      CarrieAnn13 said...

                      #5 I commented on your daisytrail scrapbook page as CarrieAnn13

                      makesense10 said...

                      Hi, I'm new here! But long time digiscrap wanna be!

                      I follow ur blog on google frnd connect.

                      If I win I would like to get the Garden Chic and Citrus Delight...so spring-ish! :)

                      makesense10 said...

                      I follow Smell_the_Rose
                      @MakeSense10

                      http://twitter.com/MakeSense10/status/14190299150

                      makesense10 said...

                      I follow Daisy_Trail
                      @MakeSense10

                      http://twitter.com/MakeSense10/status/14190299150

                      makesense10 said...

                      I subscribe thru feedburner

                      (I didn't enter my email in the previous entries bcuz I though since I was using my goggle account that would be all)

                      But, just in case....

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                      purango said...

                      I would like to purchase the Friendly Garden and the Moonlight Forest Kits. garrettsambo@aol.com

                      lilyk said...

                      I follow your blog. The Friendly Garden kit looks very nice!

                      lilyk@mail2world.com

                      lilyk said...

                      I subscribed by email.

                      lilyk@mail2world.com

                      lilyk said...

                      I signed up for Serif's newsletter.

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