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Digital Scrapbooking News
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?

Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Tuesday, August 26, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Decorative Ribbon Life's Canvas Collection Biggie Brush Set - 4x6: Sincerely Yours
Online Class - 10 Basic Design Principles ScrapSimple Transparency Overlays: Op Art 1 Writing Paper Mini
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Decorative Ribbon, Brush Set - 4x6: Sincerely Yours and ScrapSimple Transparency Overlays: Op Art 1 are also available.

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Computer scrapbook layout by Amanda Sok

Layout by Amanda Sok
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Wednesday, August 27, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Euphoria ScrapSimple Paper Templates: School Edge ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Writing
ScrapSimple Embellishment Template: 1898 Photo Frames 1   Plum Passion Collection
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Euphoria, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: School Edge, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Writing and ScrapSimple Embellishment Template: 1898 Photo Frames 1 are also available.

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Computer scrapbook layout by Debbie Layden

Layout by Debbie Layden
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Thursday, August 28, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fleur Brush Set: Swirly Frames ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Edgings 4901
Altered Past Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Template: 1898 Photo Frames 2 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Transparency 4901
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fleur, Brush Set: Swirly Frames, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Edgings 4901, ScrapSimple Embellishment Template: 1898 Photo Frames 2 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Transparency 4901 are also available.

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Computer scrapbook layout by Mandy Steward

Layout by Mandy Steward
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Friday, August 29, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

Wild West Collection ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Construction 1 ScrapSimple Transparency Overlays: Op Art 2
Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages - 4x6: School Days ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates - Layered: 12x12 Double Spread 2 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Artsy - OilPastel
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Construction 1, ScrapSimple Transparency Overlays: Op Art 2, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates - Layered: 12x12 Double Spread 2 and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Artsy - OilPastel are also available.

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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: Marnie Adams

One thing I’ve learned in life: sometimes, the most effective route between two places requires taking the long way around.

During the last few months, we have been in the process of transferring from Hawaii to California. While it sounds easy enough, there has been a major detour in Oklahoma in between - not only to visit our families and take a vacation, but also to get our daughter settled into college. For those of you with a map handy, Oklahoma is no where along the path to “The Golden State” from the islands. But, after living in the middle of the Pacific for three and a half years, it was time to make an appearance in the land of our birth....

Life Muses by Angela: Coke

Becoming a native to Louisiana happens in many different ways. Mainly, you have to change how you speak. First, you have to learn that “LSU” is not spoken in separate letters. Instead, you have to sound it out, “elleshoou.” Next, New Orleans is pronounced “Naw Olins.” If you want to shout “GO Tigers!” you have to shout “Geaux Tigers!” The biggest change, however, is something that has nothing to do with being Cajun or French, but is quite important when being invited to a huge family crawfish boil....

Life Muses by Kelly: I Still Miss You

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m not a “writer.” It’s not something I do on a regular basis. I woke up one night about a month or so ago from a dream about my grandmother. She recently passed away so I decided I’d write her a letter (we used to do that when I was little) just to feel her again. I decided to share my letter with you.

Life Muses by Ro: Paradise in the Backyard

Note from Heidi: Cherise Oleson’s post on the Scrap Girls blog made me so jealous! I love Hawaii and the amazing beauty of everything there. It gets harder and harder to not go back every time I see a lovely layout like this. Mahalo for sharing!

Life Muses by Shari: Not Gonna Do It!

I have always sworn up one side and down the other that I wouldn’t do it... EVER! If someone asked me, my response was so emphatic that it was almost scary. No way! Nope! Not gonna do it! I’m just not the type, you see. I’m not very good at keeping a schedule and staying on track. I get distracted. I’m not very patient in these types of situations. It drives me crazy when other people just “don’t get it” when it seems so simple to me. I wouldn’t have a clue where to start anyway. Besides, I’d rather be scrapping or chatting on the Scrap Girls website.

Customer Muse: Marriage

I just returned home from my son's wedding. My 6'5" baby married his longtime girlfriend/fiancée in a beautiful ceremony in the midst of a weekend full of activities. Now, after all of the planning, paying, preparing, wishing and hoping are over, I've got the time to muse over the event, the people and, mostly, this young couples' future.

 

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.

Note from Ro: Would you like to earn a $20 Gift Certificate? 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!

Ro is now spotlighting various Scrap Girls members, showing layouts, and running contests in her blog. If you end up being spotlighted in it, you'll get a little gift from her. Subscribe to her blog so you don't miss what is going on!

Ro has recently spotlighted Pireps, CharleneJ and Soozlou.

Cute Stuff

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

Monday, August 25, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Pat Bowman

“First Grandson” layout by Pat Bowman
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Directions for one technique I did on this layout:

Marnie’s Hugs & Kisses Word Art 1 Brushes are perfect for hand coloring. I started by stamping the Word Art in white. Then I created a new layer for each color that I wanted to use. Then, using the Magic Wand Tool, I selected inside the lines to select the area I wanted to color. Once I made the selection, I made sure I moved to the new layer I planned to use for the color, then I chose the color I wanted to use and filled in the selection with the Paint Bucket Tool. I continued until I had all of the areas I wanted to color filled in. Finally, I merged the layers together.

Hugs & Kisses Collection Assemble Your Own: Hanging Frames Basic: Black Paper Mini
Brush Set: Hugs & Kisses Word Art 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Borderline Brush Set: Mixed Months Super Biggie
Brush Set: Mixed Years 2000-2010 Super Biggie Brush Set: Pretty Primavera ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop B&W 1801 Mini
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Vellum 5401   AMC_Quirky Font
Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Hugs & Kisses Word Art 1, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Borderline, Brush Set: Mixed Months Super Biggie, Brush Set: Mixed Years 2000-2010 Super Biggie, Brush Set: Pretty Primavera, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop B&W 1801 Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Vellum 5401 and AMC_Quirky Font are also available.

Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS3

Name of challenge: Favorite Memory from 2008 (So Far!)

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Trish Yochum

Layout by Trish Yochum
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The first five products are included in this month's ScrapSimple Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tuscan Menu ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Tuscany ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Tuscan Label
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tie Backs Brush Set: Grapevines Stylize Embellishment Biggie
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tuscan Menu, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Tuscany, ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Tuscan Label, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tie Backs and Brush Set: Grapevines are also available.

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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.

Tutorials and Articles
Scrap Girls Club Concepts

August’s Scrap Girls Club’s featured designer is Angie Briggs. This club is another in the long tradition of Angie's winners! She has a gender-neutral palette and fun and funky, yet totally useful embellishments. Let’s look a little closer and see what ideas we can come up with for this club.

Best of the Message Board

I feel kind of dumb asking this, but I just don't get it. What is the difference between “merging” the layers and “flattening” the layers? Is doing either of them permanent? Do you HAVE to do it in order to print your layout?

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Expand Canvas Size

When I saw the ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Clusters 2 by Syndee Nuckles, I loved them and had to use them in a layout. For this tutorial, I am using the “SNU_SSEmb_PhotoClusters2-3_PSD.psd” file and I am going to show you a quick way to get all of the layers of this file onto your layout workspace.

Way Cool Stuff Product Review: ScrapSimple Tools – Shapes

We’ve all experienced this... you have a “vision” for a layout you’re working on, but you’re missing a couple of key elements that would really pull your finished project together. This is the thing I love most about digital scrapbooking - its versatility. Not only are there pre-made collections that have variety that boggles the mind, but there are so many tools available that allow us to create custom elements for our projects. One of my favorite tools to use is the ScrapSimple Tools – Shapes line. From labels to flourishes, and everything in between, this group of products contains hi-resolution images that are easy to resize to fit your needs.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial: Other Uses for Brushes

There are many ways that we can use digital scrapbooking supplies. Often, we think of printing them out and using them for paper craft projects and doing paper layouts. They can extend even beyond this as they are extremely versatile.

What Customers Are Saying...

Read what our great customers have to say about Scrap Girls, its products, newsletter, customer service and more!

Layout and Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Weekly Layout Winners, mtorres_usa and knudl! You must see these layouts! Congratulations!

What's Happening at Scrap Girls?

If you have never been to the Scrap Girls Chat Room before or have questions about it, this tutorial, Chat Basics, will provide lots of helpful information.

Crops and Chats

New Classes Available!

Life Moments Chat and Crop
Tuesday, September 2nd - 9:00PM ET

Join Pat (PBarnes) for our next Life Moments Crop and Chat. These Crops are about building a scrapbook all about you, one layout at a time.

This week we will do a layout about our first car. It doesn't matter if you don't have a photo. You can see if you can find an image on the Internet or just do a journaling layout. Hope to see you there!

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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 3rd - 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 September 3, we'll do a monochromatic challenge! Create a layout using shades of yellow! No other colors except black and white allowed!

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!

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NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, September 4th - 1:00PM ET

What is NSBR? It’s a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything, including some scrapbooking and usually chocolate. It’s a great chance to meet new friends, catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax! If you have a problem, we’ll lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Have some great news to share? We’d love to celebrate with you.

So, join me, Shari (PV Mom of 2), on September 4th, at 1 PM ET, in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!

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New Member Chat
Thursday, September 4th - 9:00PM ET

Join Pat (PBarnes) and Carol Ann (Zaz) for the New Member Chat at 9 PM ET in the Live Chat room lobby.

This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included.

You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.

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New Classes Available!

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Quote Chat & Challenge
Sunday, September 7th - Time TBA

Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop! Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art.

Here's how it will work. On Sunday, I'll post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and I will even have a layout with a Word Art example. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout!

We'll post the time on Sunday, as the time changes around each time to allow participation by our international folks. Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!

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Aussie Colour Chat and Challenge
Monday, September 8th - 8:30PM *Australian Eastern Standard Time*

Join Karen (Kazbar73) and Jo (ScrappingJo) for a Aussie Colour Chat and Challenge. Watch the boards on Monday for the colour, then complete a layout and join us in the Live Chat Lobby at 8.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Hope to see you there.

PS - For all you American Girls, who are more than welcome to join our chats, it will be on Monday, 8 September, at 6.30am New York time.

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NSBR Chat
Monday, September 8th - 9:00PM ET

What is NSBR? It’s a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything, including some scrapbooking and usually chocolate. It’s a great chance to meet new friends, catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax! If you have a problem, we’ll lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Have some great news to share? We’d love to celebrate with you. So join me, Carla (crs) at 9 pm et in the chat room!

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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 10th - 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 September 10, we'll do a geometric challenge! Create a layout using at leat one triangle somewhere on your page!

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!

New Classes Available!

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September Events

September Board Game: Guess that Scrap Girl!

It's Back-to-School time and with it come memories of our own childhood. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you dream big? This month, join us on the Message Board for a game of "Guess that ScrapGirl!" and find out what our ScrapGirls team members dreamed of becoming when they were little girls.

Every day during the month of September, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post a school-aged photo of one of the ScrapGirls team members. Identify the team member and then create and keep an ongoing list with your answers on it, and send your completed list to [email protected] no later than midnight October 2nd. (You can find current photos of all team members in the About Us section of the ScrapGirls home page.)

Everyone who correctly identifies all 30 team members will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 Gift Certificates! Correctly identify 20+ team members and be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 Gift Certificates! Identify 10+ and be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates!

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Layout Contests:

September Layout Contest: All too often we get caught up in the things that bring us down in life. We sometimes take for granted all of the fun and wonderful things that happen on a daily basis. Here’s your chance to stop, smell the roses and appreciate the good things you have in your life right now. It might be the warm smile of a child each morning, or seeing your best friend on a fall afternoon to reconnect. Let’s pay tribute to the good things in our lives. We want to see your layouts about something positive in your life right now uploaded to the September Gallery. If your layout is chosen, you will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the boutique!

August Mid-Month Layout Contest: The story of your life is unwritten. We’d love to see a layout that has a story of something in your life most people don’t know about you. Do you have a hidden talent to share, a special award you received, or maybe an embarrassing moment? Upload your layouts to the August Mid-month Layout Gallery by September 15th at midnight and you will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique if your layout is chosen!

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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.)

Today's Freebie

Computer scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Altered Past Envelope Special
Designer Freebie by Angela Blanchard coordinates with her Altered Past Collection

Altered Past Collection Afterglow Collection Biggie Heraldic Crest Collection Biggie
  Kingdom Collection Biggie  

* 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.

Weekly Newsletter Round-Up
August 25 - 30, 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?
- Designer Freebie
- Scrap Girls Convention - Digital Scrap Link Information!
- Getting Started
- Expand Your Skills
- Online Classes Currently Available
- Scrap Girls Clubs
- Ongoing Opportunities for YOU


Note from Ro
Ro Paxman

The Scrap Girls newsletter is created for you by a virtual army of Scrap Girls team members. Without them, we couldn't possibly share these resources with you, and I'm very grateful for their ongoing help and support.

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

Ro
CEO - Scrap Girls, LLC

P.S. Your email address is safe with us. We never share, rent, sell, or loan our list with anyone!

P.P.S. If you ever need any assistance, please email [email protected] or call
866-598-3444 and we'll help you as quickly as possible!

Better Business Bureau Reliability Program

Scrap Girls is Having a Convention!
Scrap Girls Digital Scrap Link 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 6 openings are still available!

We're starting our final countdown now; don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! Space is selling out quickly so don't delay.

Where: Salt Lake City, Utah

Officer's Club
Sign up now!


Getting Started

15 Things You NEED to Know to become a GREAT digital scrapbooker

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!

Scrap Girls Refresh Collection Biggie

Would you like a chance to try digital scrapbooking yourself?

Scrap Girls' Refresh Collection Biggie offers you free 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!

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

Do you wish you could learn how to scrapbook digitally, but feel kind of intimated? Well, here's the solution for you. 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!

Start to Finish eBooklets

How to Make a Birthday Scrapbook Page
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!

More Titles Available


Expand Your Skills

MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed!

MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop

*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 importantto 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.

eBooks!

Scrap Girls offers a large catalog of eBooks covering topics that will expand your digital scrapbooking abilities to new heights. Here are just a few samples:

Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements
Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements
(Photoshop version also available!)

Digital Photography Simplified
Digital Photography Simplified

Ten Basic Design Principles eBook
Ten Basic Design Principles

Scrapbooking 911 - 20 Sketches to Revitalize Your  Digital Scrapbooking - Book 2 eBook
Scrapbooking 911 - 20 Sketches to Revialize Your Digital Scrapbooking - Book 2

See more titles


Available Online Classes

New Classes Available!

Online Class - 10 Basic Design Principles
10 Basic Design Principles

September 4 and 11 - 3:00PM ET

Do you ever find yourself struggling with a layout, feeling like something is off, but not sure what? There are some simple rules that can help. This digital scrapbooking class is the place to learn the basics of layout design. Discover how to make a visually balanced layout, using a grid. Learn simple rules and guidelines to make layout design a snap. Study real examples, and see how applying the rules can improve your layouts.

Important: This class is for all digital scrapbookers who want to learn basic layout principles.

New Classes Available!

Online Class - Kitchen Kreations with Wacom Bamboo
Kitchen Kreations with Wacom Bamboo

September 10 and 17 - 1:00PM ET

This in-depth digital scrapbooking class on Wacom Bamboo is the perfect opportunity to learn various ways to best utilize your graphics tablet. Discuss tips for customizing your graphics tablet, making it more “you-friendly.” Then experiment with several techniques for enhancing layouts with pressure-sensitive settings and the new dynamic brush sets.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet users, who also use Adobe Photoshop Elements, versions 4 and up and/or Adobe Photoshop, versions 7 and up. 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!


Scrap Girls Monthly Club

The September Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Melissa Renfro.

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

Digital scrapbooking layout by Melissa Renfro using September's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Melissa Renfro using September's Scrap Girls Club
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Created for you by Melissa Renfro

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

The August ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Melissa Renfro and Trish Yochum

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.

Computer scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro using August's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Melissa Renfro using August's ScrapSimple Club
larger view

Created for you by Melissa Renfro and Trish Yochum

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!


Opportunities for You!

Customer Muses: Would you like to share your own Life Muse with our readers? 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, plus a complete list of those products.
- A 100-pixels wide, 72 dpi picture of yourself. (How fun to see who you are!)
- Permission to use your statement.

Club Concepts: We hope you are enjoying one of our newest articles, Club Concepts. Each Monday, we give you ideas on how to use your current club selections in many different ways. Well, we have realized that in creating these articles, we were leaving out one of the most important voices in our club... yours! So, we would like to announce that we will be looking for your help in creating these articles.

How can you get involved, you may ask? Simply post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls club or the ScrapSimple club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used, as well as a short (1-2 sentence) description of the unique idea or theme your layout shows off. If your layout and its corresponding tip is chosen, they will be showcased in our Club Concepts article, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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. 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!

divScrap 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 to participate.


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