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Digital Scrapbooking News


What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?

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The following products were announced Tuesday, May 13, 2008.


Layout by Mandy Steward
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The following products were announced Wednesday, May 14, 2008.


Layout by Trish Yochum
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The following products were announced Thursday, May 15, 2008.


Layout by Valerie Randall
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The following products were announced Friday, May 16, 2008.


If you have praise, comments, or questions for any of our Product or Layout Designers, did you know you can send them a PM (private message) using the message board? It's easy!

If you are a registered user of the message board, just click on the "PM" box at the bottom of any of their posts to send them a message. Or, to check out more of your favorite designer's layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section of the Layout Gallery.

Life Muses by Ro and Other Writings

A Designer's Life: Trish Yochum

Growing up, I was never a girly girl. In preschool and kindergarten you would most likely find me playing in the mud or climbing trees in my over-alls. Through most of elementary school I spent my time playing sports, racing the neighborhood boys on my Huffy bike, playing football or shooting pop cans for target practice with my BB gun....

Life Muses by Ro: Creative Thought

I spotted this creative thinker as I was walking from the L.A. Convention center to my hotel and couldn’t resist taking a photo. Don’t want to pay parking? Get a motorcycle, park on the sidewalk behind some large parking lot signs and hope no one notices....

Life Muses by Ro: Emotionally Tied to Cameras

What happens when nine Scrap Girls meet at a restaurant? No, it's not the beginning of a joke. Read this muse to find out!

Life Muses by Ro: A Studio Glimpse

Note from Ro: Did you know that Scrap Girls has a cool new blog called Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Adventures? If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. It is full of neat posts from our design team about their lives (including our world traveler, Moss). You’ll get to know them a lot better. I just had to show you this post by Kerry Veale. She is right... I am just snoopy enough to enjoy seeing other people’s workspaces. I think it helps me understand who they are.

Life Muses by Ro: Avoiding Digital Scrapbooking Melt Downs: Part 1

Okay, so I'll admit that when you lose your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies because of a hard drive failure or complete computer tank-out, it isn't funny, but I couldn't resist this photo on Flickr by Tigerlemurguy.

I'm going to write a short series of articles about how you can back up your files to prevent disaster. I use all of them. When I was at Novell (a networking software company) we constantly talked about triple-redundancy. This simply means that you are using three different ways of backing up in case one of them fails. I'm going to teach you four ways to back up your digital files....

Customer Muse: 35mm Camera Required

I stared at the registration papers, frustrated by the fine print next to the small asterisk on the page: *35mm Camera Required. I had wanted so much to take a beginning photography class during my next school year. These three words would thwart my plans, as I did not have a 35mm camera and no way to borrow or obtain one before the next school year arrived....


Note from Ro: Would you like to earn a $20 Gift Certificate, too? Send your own muse to [email protected]. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!

Muse: To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation. Not intended to solve the world's problems, another person's problems, or to cover topics completely. One does not have to agree with musings to enjoy them just as one does not have to be the same as someone else to appreciate who they are.

Enjoy Ro's Muses? She now has a blog where she is posting some of our readers' favorites, along with blog-only topics. http://lifemuses-ro.typepad.com/life_muses_by_ro/

*New!* Ro is now spotlighting various Scrap Girls members and layouts in her blog. If you end up being spotlighted there, you'll get a little gift from her. Subscribe to her blog and see what is going on!

Ro has recently spotlighted:
Beth Lang

Note from Ro: Answer a survey question and maybe you'll win a portable hard drive!

Okay blog and Scrap Girls newsletter fans...

I'm going to do a question survey in my blog and then draw a name from the people who respond to the question to see who wins this portable external hard drive. It will be perfect to take with you when you go to crops, on vacation or even perhaps, the Scrap Girls Digital Scrap Link Convention in Salt Lake City this October! (That is, if you hurry up and get one of the remaining slots.) You can throw your photos and supplies on it you want to use while you are away from home and then transfer them back onto your bigger computer or storage media when you come back again. Awesome!

Just enter your reply at the bottom of the blog post and you'll be entered into the contest. You must give me your email address (it won't be visible to blog viewers) so that I can email you should you win. It would be best if you subscribe to my blog because I will announce the winner in it, and that will make sure you find out if you are the winner!

Western Digital WDXMS1200TN Passport 120 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive

QUESTION: How did you find Scrap Girls?

You have until Friday, May 30th, 5PM MDT to enter the contest.

Enjoy an eBook collection of Ro's popular Life Muses from the first half of 2006 in an easy way to print, save, or purchase as a gift for someone you love.

Cute Stuff

Want to see more cute layouts? Go to the bottom left of our Home Page and check out our newsletter links.

Monday, May 12, 2008

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Name of designer: Jo Corne

Name of layout: Thongs

Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS3

Name of challenge: Artistic Photos

Directions for one technique I did on this layout:

To create my background paper, I overlayed a Paper Template from Durin’s ScrapSimple Papers Studio 2 on top of her "Beach House Paper Mini_Deck". I then changed the Paper Template’s Blend Mode to "Overlay" and reduced its Opacity to 75%.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Layout by Valerie Randall
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Tutorials and Articles

Scrap Girls Club Concepts

May’s Scrap Girls Club’s featured designer is Erica Hite. Her club collection, Up at the Villa, is full of amazingly-colored and strong products that can help you get creative in unique ways. Let’s look a little closer and see what ideas we can come up with for this club.

Designer Do-Over: Amy Lemaniak

This was one of my very first layouts. At first, I was hesitant to do a “Do-Over” of it. It holds a special place in my heart, since it was one of my first layouts. There are certain aspects of this layout that I like, such as the word art. I was so proud that I had figured out how to get a torn paper look, so I wanted to try to carry some of that over to my new layout.

Tutorial: Whimsical Diorama

Do you remember making little dioramas or scenes in shoeboxes when you were in elementary school? I like to think of a digital scrapbooking layout as a sort of virtual diorama - aiming for a three-dimensional, realistic scene.

Today, we're going to look at how to use realistic embellishments in various layers to give the illusion of depth in your layouts. By placing embellishments slightly behind the photo and overlapping the front of the photo with other embellishments, we enhance the photo and create a whimsical layout with depth and interest.

Way Cool Stuff Product Review: Embellishments

If there is one product I cannot scrap without, it is definitely embellishments. Embellishments are truly what make our layouts our own. Without them, our layouts would not seem complete. The possibilities that exist with embellishments are truly endless. I could write pages and pages about how to use embellishments, but my favorite way to use them is just how I do on an everyday basis.

Tutorial: Setting Up a Scrap Girls Blog

Have you ever wanted to blog but were afraid to start? Why not start one right at Scrap Girls! You can. It can be viewed by anyone, but comments can only be made by registered members of Scrap Girls. Still, it is a fun way to share your thoughts with friends and family. Getting started could not be simpler.

Scrap Girls Member of the Month: Sherry D.

Meet our Scrap Girls Member of the Month for May, Sherry D.! Sherry_Lynn shares more about herself through a questionnaire, photo and favorite layouts.

Layout and Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Weekly Layout Winners, enjoyingtheartofit and erincassell! We also have the winner for our Mid-April Layout Gallery Contest, scrappinchar! You have got to see these great layouts! Congratulations, ladies!

Online Classes Available

Slice It Up! Fun Ways With Mosaics
May 27 and June 3 - 1:00PM ET

This in-depth class on creating mosaics is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to add a little spice to your digital scrapbooking layouts, slicing specific areas or the whole image. This step by step instruction will show you how to use techniques such as Layer via Copy, the Slice Tool and Layer Masks to achieve this effect. We will add Layer Styles including drop shadows and strokes to the slices to make our slices stand out.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Adobe Photoshop users, versions CS and up only. Students are required to understand the basic skills taught in the Scrapbook Secrets Revealed and MORE Scrapbook Secrets Revealed program prior to starting the course. This information will not be reviewed as part of the course!

Enrolling in this course without understanding these basic skills may cause you to feel lost and frustrated when you attend the classes. We want you to have a great experience. So please, if you are uncertain that you have enough skills to take this course, use the Scrapbook Secrets Revealed program to build an adequate foundation prior to the classes starting. Thanks!

New Class Offering!

A Month of Memories
June 6 and 27 - 4:00PM ET

This digital scrapbooking class offers you a personal challenge to take a picture a day for one month. Catch the everyday moments that define the patterns of your life. For our class project, we will create a 4x6 layout for each day and combine them to create a mini album to keep or give as a gift.

Important: This is not a technique class, and therefore, not associated with any computer scrapbooking program.

To complete the class project, it is recommended that you purchase an Assemble-Your-Own Zoom 4x6 kit, sold separately in the Scrap Girls Boutique.

What's Happening at Scrap Girls?

You asked for it. You begged for it. You demanded it. And now, we are pleased to announce that yes, it is finally going to happen... Scrap Girls is having a digital scrapbooking convention!

Here are the facts:

When: October 9-11th, 2008

  • Note: Convention begins at 1:00 pm - Thursday, October 9th and ends at 6 pm - Saturday, October 11th.

How many people may attend?

  • Only 36 openings are still available (as of 5/16/08). Space is limited and we are selling out fast. (The seats are already 3/4 taken and we've only had the sign-ups open for a week!!) If you are thinking about coming, you better sign up right now. Besides, you better get your airline tickets before the prices go up. That's a reality. Get crackin'!

Where: Salt Lake City, Utah

Location: To-die-for historic building called the "Officer's Club", located at historic Fort Douglas

UPDATE: Lynda Angelastro and April Anderton from Digital Scrapbook Magazine have volunteered to come! They are going to teach a class about how to get published, and they are bringing goodies for our treat bags!

For more information, or to sign up, please visit our Scrap Girls Convention page in the Boutique!

Did you know that you can subscribe to Scrap Girls RSS feeds? Look for this icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the message board forum listing. We have two feeds:
  1. Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Message Board (See the latest chatter on the board.)
  2. Scrap Girls Radio Digital Scrapbooking Podcast (This is a sound broadcast with tips and tricks, inside news and dirt, chat/crop updates and more. Ro is your show host.)

New! Subscribe to our Podcast through iTunes! Learn how on our forum.

You can listen to the podcast with QuickTime, Windows Media Player, iTunes, or even your iPod - if you load the mp3 file it on it. Just download the mp3 file to your computer and away you go... or simply click on the podcast link and the podcast will start right in your browser. You can also access the podcast through the Scrap Girls Radio forum on the message board.

New Member Chat
Tuesday, May 20th - 8:00PM ET

Join Welcoming Committee Members PBarnes (Pat) & ruralscrapper (Patti) for an evening of chatting and fun, at the New Members Chat, Tuesday, May 20th, at 8 pm ET!

We will be there to answer any questions you may have about digital scrapbooking or Scrap Girls in general.

This chat is a great way to meet other digi scrappers and ask any questions that you may have. And, there is bound to be lots of laughs and a few noises too! We welcome our more experienced members also to join the party too.

To join, just come to the Scrap Girls Chat Room by clicking on the “Live Chat” link from either the Message Board or the Scrap Girls home page.

Life Moments Crop
Tuesday, May 20th - 9:00PM ET

It’s time for another Life Moments Crop me, Carla (crs). Life Moments Crops are about building a scrapbook all about you, one layout at a time.

This week’s topic is about becoming a mother. What are your thoughts, memories or worries about becoming a mother? Or, what were your mother’s feelings about your own arrival? It’s time to get those things scrapped. Join me in the Live Chat, Room #1 on Tuesday, May 20th at 9 PM ET! Hope to see you there!

High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 21st - 12:00Noon ET

Join your host, Betsy, for the High Noon Crop every Wednesday at Noon eastern time. These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal, and a fun, new challenge each week!

On May 21, we'll do a color challenge! Create a layout using the color ORANGE! Yep, that's right! Orange! This is an often overlooked color that is great for spring and summer pictures, and adds pop to any layout!

You'll have one hour to create a layout and upload to the special High Noon Crop gallery. You'd be amazed what you can get done in just one hour! Meet new friends and have fun in the chat room! We hope you'll join us!

Thursday, May 22nd - 1:00PM ET

What is NSBR? It’s a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything! It’s a great way to meet new people and get to know everyone. Catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax! If you have any questions, we'll try to answer them. So, join me, Launa, for some fun on May 22nd, at 1 PM EST, in the Chat Room! Hope to see you there!

ATC Swap Crop
Sunday, May 25th - 7:00PM ET

Please join me, Pat Bowman, in the chat room for our monthly ATC Swap Crop and Chat at 7:00 PM. This month's theme will be VINTAGE. You can interpret that theme in any way you see fit! You can be serious or quirky - whatever you decide!! If you are a beginner and don't think you can play because you don't know how - think again. We welcome newcomers and will be glad to show you the ropes. Remember, the only real rules for ATCs are that they must be sized 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Let's have some fun!

Aussie Art/Ad Inspired Chat
Monday, May 26th - 9:00PM Australian Eastern Time

Join Jo (ScrappingJo) and Karen (kazbar73) for an Art/Ad Inspired Chat at 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time in the Live Chat Lobby. Watch the boards on Monday as Jo will post the Art/Ad for your inspiration then come along at 9PM for a chat. For all American girls, the chat will be on at 7AM New York time on Monday, 26 May. Hope to see you there.

Desktop Crop
Monday, May 26th - 9:00PM ET

Please come join Angela (angelaNussbaum) @ 9PM EST for the Desktop Challenge Crop. Tired of your desktop being some graphic that you would've liked to make? Tired of a solid background? Did you know with your digital scrapbooking skills you can make a fabulous background for your enjoyment? A few hours before the chat, we will provide you with a source of inspiration, so stay tuned.

High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 28th - 12:00Noon ET

Join your host, Betsy, for the High Noon Crop every Wednesday at Noon eastern time. These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal, and a fun, new challenge each week!

On May 28, we'll do an embellishment challenge! Create a layout using all of these elements: patterned paper, photo corners and a brush! Use any brush you'd like, and embellishments from any collection!

You'll have one hour to create a layout and upload to the special High Noon Crop gallery. You'd be amazed what you can get done in just one hour! Meet new friends and have fun in the chat room! We hope you'll join us!

May Events

May Board Game: Bingo

It's that time again! Join us for an exciting game of BINGO on the Message Board Forum in May! Pick 25 words from the list provided in the forum and send them in an e-mail to [email protected] with a subject line saying "BINGO CARD" and including your message board user name by Sunday, May 4th in order to play in the first round, which will begin Monday May 5th. Each day, members of the Welcoming Committee will call 5 random words from the Bingo list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call bingo in the forum to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards can be cleared and a new round will begin the following day. All winners win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Boutique! We like to see lots of winners, so please remember that each person can only win one round during the month. Have fun!

If you miss the first round cutoff date, you can still play! Just send in your Bingo card at any time during the month and you'll be eligible to begin playing when a new round starts. Everyone who sends in a Bingo card will receive a confirmation email that their card has been received. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please re-send your list of words. We cannot be held responsible for misdirected emails.

May Layout Contests:

Layout Contest: Life is short and passes us by in a flash. Scrapbooking helps us remember the good times, and the not-so-good times, too. We've all experienced loss in our lives, but have you scrapped about that loss? For the May Layout Contest, create a layout about someone or something you've lost and remember the good times. Upload your layout to the May Layout Contest Gallery and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the boutique! The contest runs until May 31st, at midnight EST!

Mid-May Layout Contest: In this crazy, busy world we live in, it's hard to find time for ourselves. Between work, family and other obligations, life gets hectic. We all deserve to make time to relax and concentrate on
ourselves! What do you do to spoil yourself? What is your guilty pleasure? Create a layout about how you spoil yourself, your guilty pleasure, and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Boutique! Just upload your layout to the Mid-May Layout Contest Gallery before June 14th at Midnight EST, and you could win!

Ongoing Opportunities

Customer Muses: It occurred to us recently that it might be wonderful for our readers to share with each other their own versions of Ro's Life Muses. To have your own essay considered for publication as a muse in the column for our special Saturday newsletter, send your essay to [email protected]. If your essay is selected, you will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.

Way Cool Scrap Girl: We are so excited to have all of you meet some of the amazing people that have become Scrap Girls! We'd love to introduce you to our readers, too! If you would like to be spotlighted and win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique, send the following items to [email protected]:

- 500-900 word essay about your experience with digital scrapbooking, Scrap Girls, and specific examples of how we have helped you.
- A 600-pixel wide, 72 dpi copy of a layout you've created that uses Scrap Girls products.
- A complete list of any and all supplies used on the layout.
- A 100-pixels wide, 72 dpi picture of yourself. (How fun to see who you are!)
- Permission to use your statement.

Customer Freebies: We get a lot of requests from you asking if you could share a freebie with your Scrap Girls friends, and we have come up with a way to do it. On Saturdays we will be sharing freebies created by you, if they are available. If you are interested in participating, download this PDF with the specifications and you'll be on your way.Please note that if you choose to use any Scrap Girls tools or templates in your submission, commercial licenses for those products are required. (Even our own designers must purchase commercial licenses for any items they wish to use in a non-personal manner!) If your freebie is chosen, you will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

Suggest a Challenge, Win a Prize! Have a great idea for a gallery layout challenge? Submit it to [email protected]. If your challenge idea is chosen, you will win a prize (such as a brush set, paper set, embellishment set, etc.). The prize will be a surprise, but you'll be sure to like it because you will get to pick out the one you like best from your category! Friday will be Customer Challenge Day, so keep an eye out on the message board calendar. It will be fun to see what YOU come up with for us to do!

Note from Ro: Scrap Girls is giving away birthday gifts to our message board members! Of course, it is a surprise what you will get because birthday presents are always surprises! But you will like it for sure because most people like money... Oops! Did I say that? No. You did NOT hear me say that.

Anyway, make sure your message board email address is current and that you have the correct date entered into your profile or you'll miss out! (You will only be entering the month and the date, so don't be shy. We won't know how old you actually are!)

Check our message board calendar if you have any questions about what is happening at Scrap Girls. All event times are given in Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-New York' as the location for the Eastern time zone.)

Designer Freebie

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Designer Freebie by Ariadna Wiczling coordinates with her Brush Set: My Descriptions, part of this month's ScrapSimple Club offering!

Note: Commercial license versions of Brush Set: My Descriptions and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Clips are also available.

* There is a "free download" button on the details page for each gift. You don't need to put them in your shopping cart unless you are shopping for other items. Also note that if you are slow reading your newsletter, you may find this freebie has already been retired, as the freebies are only available as gifts for about two newsletter cycles.

Free Digital Scrapbooking Starter Kit

The free digital scrapbooking stater kit section is a standard newsletter feature for the benefit of the large number of new subscribers that join our list every day.

Would you like a chance to try digital scrapbooking yourself?

Scrap Girls Refresh Collection Biggie offers you samples of some of our most popular product types. Try making a layout, your own paper with a ScrapSimple Paper Template, a fast layout with a ScrapSimple Digital Layout Template, or experiment with a brush.

We know you'll love digital scrapbooking as much as we do, and we have thousands of products to feed your new addiction!

If you read nothing else, read this!

15 Things You NEED to Know to Become a GREAT Digital Scrapbooker. It's so addictive; it ought to come with a warning label!

Free eBook "starter kit" turns your dreams of digital scrapbooking into reality today!

This dynamite eBook is 65 pages - packed full of the information, ideas and help people need when they are about to dive into this great hobby. It answers questions about digital scrapbooking that Ro is asked all day long, every day of the week, and each day of the year. You don't have to wonder about important questions like how to back up your files, whether you need a 12x12 printer to scrapbook digitally (and which one to buy), or what type of computer software is required to create digital scrapbooking layouts. The answers are all here for you - in one easy to use eBook!

Bonus! Download the fun "Warning" Label, too. It was created for you by Valerie Randall as a little bit of extra fun!

* There is a "free download" button on the details page for each gift. You don't need to put them in your shopping cart unless you are shopping for other items.

Weekly Newsletter

May 12 - 17, 2008
Scrap Girls Guarantee


In this issue:

- What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
- Life Muses by Ro and Other Writings
- Cute Stuff
- Tutorials and Articles
- Online Classes Currently Available
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- Scrap Girls Convention - Digital Scrap Link Information!
- Contests
- Ongoing Opportunities
- Designer Freebie
- Free Digital Scrapbooking Starter Kit
- Scrap Girls Clubs
- Educational Products



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I hope you enjoy today's issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

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Scrap Girls Clubs
Scrap Girls Monthly Club

Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $27.94 value for $9.99 or less!)

The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).

With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:

  • 1 Collection Biggie
  • 1 Paper Super Mini
  • 1 8.5x11 Sheet of Word Art
  • 1 Embellishment Set
  • 1 Assemble Your Own Zoom Page Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item

Layout by Laurel Lakey using May's Scrap Girls Club
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Created for you by Erica Hite

Remember, these items are available separately in the Boutique at regular prices for those who would rather not join a club.

(Note: The Scrap Girls Club contents are always available for sale elsewhere in the Boutique at their regular prices once the associated club month is released. But all club contents are totally brand new, never seen before product releases for each month!)


ScrapSimple Monthly Club

Join the ScrapSimple Monthly Club and you can enjoy the newest ScrapSimple looks while saving! (A $13.95 value for $6.99 or less!)

The new ScrapSimple Club contents are released on the 15th day of the month (or the closest business day to the 15th).

With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Template Set
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brush Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item

A Commercial Licensed version of the ScrapSimple club is also available here.

Layout by Ariadna Wiczling using May's ScrapSimple Club
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Created for you by Ariadna Wiczling and Syndee Nuckles

If you prefer not to join a club, the ScrapSimple club contents are available at regular prices in the Boutique. You can easily find them right now by checking the What's New? section of the Boutique.

(Note: The ScrapSimple Club contents are always available for sale in the Boutique at regular prices once the associated club month is released. But all club contents are totally brand new, never-seen-before product releases for each month!)


Educational Products
MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed!

*NEW!* MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed! for Adobe Photoshop (Versions 6, 7, CS, CS2, CS3)

MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed! for Adobe Photoshop Elements versions 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 & 6.0

It's time for you to stop playing catch-up in Photoshop and start having a blast doing the more advanced tricks that you see other people and professional digital scrapbookers doing.

  • Take the world's easiest shortcuts to creating your own backgrounds, embellishments, and alphas.
  • Make sure that you don't make the biggest mistakes that digital scrapbookers make when they create layouts.
  • Learn fantastic tricks for using Scrap Girls ScrapSimple products.
  • Dip your digital scrapbooking self into some of those "other" cool tools that are sitting there waiting in your software for you to use such as paths, masks, the drawing pen, and more.
  • See how easy it is to install and manage new Custom Shapes and Styles in Photoshop so that you can make things that are creative and unique.
  • Learn advanced tricks for using tools that you already know and love.
  • Watch me make some beautiful papers and get a chance to peek inside of my layers. (Oh dear... That is the last frontier and I might be out of my mind to let you do it... NOBODY likes people to see inside of their layers. It is like having visitors peek inside of your dresser drawers. Very private stuff.)
  • See a new way for coloring doodles. (I'm betting that it will surprise you what tool I've used to do that with, too...)
  • Get "IN" on creating your own brush sets. (You do NOT have to have those impossibly long brush sets frustrating you anymore. In fact, when you learn this trick, you will wonder why you haven't been using it all along.)
  • Find out why Custom Shapes are so important to you. (Bet you didn't know...)
  • Learn how to cut out a title from a background or a photo.
  • And even more...

Note: These are NOT beginning tutorials. If you get this training and you have never used Photoshop before or if you aren't pretty sure of yourself in the software, you are going to be lost. You simply have to understand layers, where things are located, and all of the basic, important skills that Ro teaches in her Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed series before you try to use it.


Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed!

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop Elements 6.0

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop Elements 6.0

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop Elements 5.0

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop Elements 4.0

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop Elements 3.0

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed (Photoshop 7, CS, CS2 and CS3)

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Paint Shop Pro (PSP) X

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Paint Shop Pro (PSP) 9

Are you wishing you could learn how to scrapbook digitally, but feeling kind of intimated by it? These tutorials allow you to actually watch Ro scrapbook. You'll see her working on her computer and hear her talking about why she is doing what she is doing. It's easy to watch the short, one-topic movies over and over again until you have it down. It's like having Ro come to your home and give you private scrapbooking lessons. You could be digitally scrapbooking today!

After you watch the Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed movies, you will...

  • Create your own digital scrapbook layouts using the latest, most popular techniques
  • Manage all of the important basics that digital scrapbook enthusiasts need to know to get started
  • Understand how to save your files for printing or sharing them with your friends and family over the internet
  • Make your own textured brush
  • Learn how to install and use purchased brushes
  • Make your own simple backgrounds
  • See how easy it is to manage transparent embellishment files that allow digital scrapbooking layouts to look like they are "real"
  • Become a pro at managing the drop-shadowing techniques
  • Learn about transparency and lighting effects
  • Make your own digital torn paper edges
  • Be able to isolate a single item in an embellishment or alpha and be able to change the color to suit your fancy
  • Become a pro at repairing damaged photos
  • Know the secret of putting text on a curve or in a circle
  • Laugh at how simple it is to make rounded edges on your photos
  • Use keyboard and tool shortcuts that make digital scrapbooking a breeze
  • Be able to place digital embellishments on your digital scrapbook layout with ease
  • Unlock the mystery of how to clip a digital paper clip onto your layout so that it looks real
  • Learn how to install and use purchased textures
  • Understand some advanced techniques such as how to keep blue eyes blue on a black and white photo
  • Learn how to adjust black and white photos to sepia
  • And lots more!

Mastering Brushes

Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements
This ebook was created from the popular online class Creative Brushwork. It is perfect for the scrapbooker who wants to go above and beyond the basic brushing techniques taught in Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop Elements. Make your layouts shine with the polish that advanced brushwork can bring!

Photoshop version also available!


The Beginners Guide to Filters and Plug-ins

If you're at all curious about filters and plug-ins, then The Beginners Guide to Filters and Plug-ins for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements (Windows) is what you need! This 70 page ebook contains everything you need to know to get started - what they are, what they do, how to set up your computer, where to find them, how to get them into your software, and more.

Paint Shop Pro (PSP) version also available!


Digital Photography Simplified

Digital Photography Simplified eBook: This eBook (full of easy to understand information and photographic examples) is tailored to the beginning digital photographer who wants to take better photos. More advanced photographers will also benefit from this eBook with the sections that get you out of your comfort zone.

So get ready to turn that dial away from AUTO and start taking extraordinary photos!


Ten Beginner Tips on Type

If you're creating a digital scrapbooking layout, it's almost guaranteed that you'll be using type on your pages somewhere. But did you know that type can make or break your page? What typeface will you use? What size font? Where will you place it on your page?

If you want to take some beginner steps towards improving the type on your layouts, and thereby improving the overall look of your layouts, then this eBook is perfect for you. It's written in a very simple style, focusing on one digitally scrapbooked layout while walking you through ten tips that take type from mundane and awkward to eye-catching and cohesive.


Scrapbook Secrets for Microsoft Word

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for MS Word

Look here to see all of the things that you will learn with Scrapbook Secrets for Microsoft Word, as it has a different set of benefits.


Start to Finish eBooklets

Start to Finish eBooklet - PSE: How to Make a Birthday Scrapbook Page

Nothing could be simpler than learning to scrapbook digitally with Scrap Girls Start to Finish eBooklets. Step by step written guidelines and detailed screenshots will help you learn new digital scrapbooking skills. Included with the eBooklet are the actual digital files you need to create a finished project!

Start to Finish eBooklet - PS: How to Combine ScrapSimple Paper & Photo Templates also available!

Start to Finish eBooklet - PS: How to use ScrapSimple Tools: Custom Shapes & Patterns also available!

Start to Finish eBooklet - PS: The Beauty of Blending Modes: Using them with ScrapSimple Products also available!

Start to Finish eBooklet - PSE: How to Emboss & Texturize with ScrapSimple Templates also available!

Start to Finish eBooklet - PSE: Making a Just Because Card Using ScrapSimple Card Templates also available!

Start to Finish eBooklet - PSE: How to Combine ScrapSimple Paper & Photo Templates also available!

Start to Finish eBooklet - PSE: The Beauty of Blending Modes: Using them with ScrapSimple Products also available!




Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for MS Word

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