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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Tuesday, September 2, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

School Zone Collection Biggie Digital Stickers: Egypt Biggie Online Class - Kitchen Kreations with Wacom Bamboo
Brush Set Tomboys Rule ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates - Layered: Film Negatives Brush Set: Collage Alphabet Biggie
Commercial license versions of Brush Set Tomboys Rule, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates - Layered: Film Negatives and Brush Set: Collage Alphabet Biggie 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 Wednesday, September 3, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

ScrapSimple Digital Album Templates - Layered: 12x12 Alphabet Brush Set - 4X6: Grungings ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Hats Biggie
Bows To Go Embellishment Biggie   Falling Collection Mini
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Album Templates - Layered: 12x12 Alphabet, Brush Set - 4X6: Grungings and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Hats Biggie are also available.

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Computer scrapbook layout by Trish Yochum

Layout by Trish Yochum
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Friday, September 5, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

Witch's Brew Collection Make a Wish Collection Biggie Brush Set - 4x6: Wordsmith
Brush Set – 4x6: Colors   Assemble Your Own: Hats Biggie
Commercial license versions of Brush Set - 4x6: Wordsmith and Brush Set – 4x6: Color 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: Melissa Renfro

As I sit here tonight, my life is in transition. For the most part of this year, we have been working at selling our house and finding a new home for our family. We just felt like this was the right time to be able to spread out a little bit and have some more room for us, our ministry activities and our five boys....

Life Muses by Kara: Times of Trial

As a child, one of my favorite birthday gifts was a diary, complete with a lock and key. I loved recording my thoughts and dreams in it. As I grew older, I filled notebook after notebook with musings about life, lists of boys I liked and typical teenage angst. Today, my scrapbook pages serve as a journal of sorts and I hope that one day down the road they will help my children understand what was important to me and how I lived my life....

Life Muses by Christy: Future Scrap Girls Member of the Month

If Christy's five-year-old daughter, Regan, were to fill out a Scrap Girls Member of the Month questionnaire, what would her answers be?

Life Muses by Ro: Aim for Progress, Not Perfection

Note from Heidi: Gillian Hurst wrote this great post on the Scrap Girls blog a few weeks ago. Everybody seems to struggle with the idea of perfection at one time or another and this reminder is one we can all take to he“art.”

Life Muses by Cherise: Service is Contagious

My kids taught me a great lesson today: service is contagious. There was some work that needed to be done today and I asked the kids to help me out. The boys had some clothes that needed to be sorted and a closet that needed some rearranging to make room for the sorted clothes. There was laundry in the dryer that needed to be folded and put away. I started helping Mason sort through and rearrange his clothes and asked Aaron to help Bailey put the dryer clothes in the clean clothes hamper for folding....

Customer Muse: Listen

I love the hum of my bike tires on the concrete path as I zip along. The sound lets me know that I am outside, doing something that is good for me, getting fresh air and exercise. I love to hear how the pitch of the hum rises as I go faster along a flat section of trail or down a slope and lowers as I slow on an incline.

 

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, September 1, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder

“04.22.07” layout by Kim Meeder
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Directions for one technique I did on this layout:

Don’t be afraid to play with your drop shadows. To create the drop shadow on the swirl, I highlighted the swirl layer in my Layers Palette. Next, I brought the Layer Style window up by double clicking on the words “drop shadow.”  You could also choose Layer> Layer Style> Drop Shadow. I selected the following settings: Opacity: 51%, Angle: 120 degrees, Distance: 21 px, Spread: 0%, Size: 7 px.  Finally, I clicked “Okay.”

Art of Love Collection Blossoms & Blooms - Spring Embellishment Biggie Cherish Collection Biggie
Naturescape Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Photos Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Straight Edge
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Brights Super Biggie 4101   Urban Living Collection
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Photos Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Straight Edge and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Brights Super Biggie 4101 are also available.

Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS3

Name of challenge: Numbers

Other Ingredients:

  • Font - Dirty Ego
  • Photo Credit - Brandon Kidd

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro
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Computer scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro
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Computer scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro

Layouts by Melissa Renfro
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This product is included in this month's Scrap Girls 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.

* Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Well Loved *

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro

Layout by Melissa Renfro
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These first two 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: Tie Backs ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Tuscany ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Grunged Metals Super Biggie 4101
ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 Brush Set: Downtown Abstract Expressionism Collection Biggie
Beautiful Spring Collection   Lettering Delights Grunge Font
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tie Backs, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Tuscany, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Grunged Metals Super Biggie 4101, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001, Brush Set: Downtown and Lettering Delights Grunge Font 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
ScrapSimple Club Concepts

August’s Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Club’s featured designers are Melissa Renfro and Trish Yochum. Their club is full of fun products that can help you document your photos and get creative in amazing ways. Our entire Scrap Girls staff has put their heads together and come up with some ideas to help you get the most out of your fun, new digital scrapbooking toys!

Designer Do-Over: Trish Yochum

I grew up around farming area and out in the country, so when Valerie suggested that I create a collection about the farm I was happy to oblige.

The layout that I have chosen to do over is one of the layouts that I created for my Farmer Joe Collection. I absolutely love this picture of my son and I like the basic feel that I had going for this layout, but it has always struck me as being unfinished.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: “Alcohol Resist” Technique

One technique that is used in the paper scrapbooking world is an alcohol resist technique. Recently, we had some members on the board post the challenge of trying to create this same look in digital scrapbooking. I thought I would share one way of creating this look in my own digital scrapbooking.

Way Cool Stuff Product Review: Embellishments

I can’t imagine scrapbooking without embellishments – can you? Even in my old paper scrapbooking days I was all about the embellishments. I just can’t seem to get enough of them. Pretty ribbons... flowers in all shapes, colors and sizes... frames... staples, brads, jewels.... I could go on and on. Luckily, here at Scrap Girls, we have no shortage of embellishments to keep even the greediest of embellishment collectors happy!

Tutorial: Scrap Girls Message Board Features

Many new and lasting friendships are forged at the Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking message board. The message board is oodles of fun and a great way to connect with people from around the globe. With over 40 forums, including Meet and Greet, Announcements, Challenges, and Real Life, I was a little overwhelmed with how to keep up with all of the activity. Not to worry!

University Updates

Recently, we celebrated some of the every day moments of our lives with a 30-day challenge called A Month of Memories: Remembering the Moments. Participants took the challenge to take a picture a day and to scrap it in a 4x6 layout, which they used to create a mini-album or to combine for larger pages. Each day, I sent an email with daily photo challenges and tips. Some challenges identified a subject like a sunset, while others, like “strength,” invited more imagination. This was not a technique class, so layouts and pictures reflected a wide range of styles. It was amazing – and inspiring - to see the many interpretations posted in the class gallery each day.

Layout and Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Weekly Layout Winners, sheriL and ~Karen~! Also, the August Layout Contest Winner, Ngaire, has some outstanding photography. 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!

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!

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Recipe Swap Crop
Thursday, September 11th - 8:00PM ET

Join AprilShowers in the Chat Room Thursday, September 11 at 8 PM ET for our monthly Recipe Challenge Chat.

Check the message board on Thursday morning for this month's theme and Recipe Swap details. Hope to see you there!

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Scraplift Chat
Sunday, September 14th - 5:00PM ET

Join TysMommy and angelaNussbaum for a Scraplifting Crop.

A few hours before the crop we will tell you the name of a Scrap Girls Team Member, and you will be able to choose one of their layouts to be your inspiration. During the crop we will also help explain about scraplifting, how to use a layout as inspiration, and the importance of giving credit.

Scraplifting is a lot of fun! So come join us, you're sure to enjoy it!

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Get Published Chat
Tuesday, September 16th - 8:00PM ET

Join Angela (angelaNussbaum), Amy (tysMommy) and Christy (christyVW) for the Get Published Chat on September 16th at 8 PM EST.

Do you want to see your layouts in magazines, but you are not quite sure how? Do you need a little more confidence with your layouts? During the Get Published Chat, we will talk about current calls, give constructive criticism on requested layouts, and we will answer your questions about submitting to magazines.

As with most of our chats, there will also be a challenge. To help you further your chances of being published, we will select a magazine, and challenge you to do a layout with one of their calls!

Be sure you come to this informative Monthly chat, you will be glad you did!

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New Classes Available!

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Life Moments Crop
Tuesday, September 16th - 9:00PM ET

Join Carla (crs) 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 be revisiting our childhoods, specifically, extra-curricular activities! Was anyone else a Scout or belong to 4H? How about gymnastics or ballet classes? I hope to see you on Tuesday, September 16th, at 9 PM ET in the chat room!

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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 17th - 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 Sept. 17, we'll do a Back to School challenge! Create a layout about going back to school - whether it's your child's first day of kndergarten, you going back to college after a break, your favorite school day memories, whatever! Have an academic-oriented 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!

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Ad Inspiration Crop
Wednesday, September 17th - 9:00PM ET

Join Pat & Launa for an Ad Inspiration Chat and Crop in the Scrap Girls Chat Room Wednesday, September 17th, at 9:00 ET.

We will use a magazine ad to inspire a layout, there is no wrong answer!! Come join the fun! The Ad will be posted a couple of hours before the challenge. Come join us for some chattin', croppin', and FUN!

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NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, September 18th - 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 18th, at 1 PM ET, in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!

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 Jan Hicks

Layout by Jan Hicks
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Lace Embellishments Set 3 - Special
Designer Freebie by Jan Hicks coordinates with her Lace Embellishments Set 3

Birthday Wishes Solids Paper Mini Chic Embroidery Collection ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Downtown
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Grungy Diamonds ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Sew Doodly Shapes ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Downtown
ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Artsy Ampersand Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Unique 5101 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Inked Edges Basics 4101
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sew Doodly Biggie 3201  
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Downtown, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Grungy Diamonds, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Sew Doodly Shapes, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Downtown, ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Artsy Ampersand Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Unique 5101, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Inked Edges Basics 4101 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sew Doodly Biggie 3201 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.

Weekly Newsletter Round-Up
September 1 - 6, 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 - 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!

New Classes Available!

Online Class - Digital Photography Simplified
Digital Photography Simplified

Mondays, September 15 through October 20 - 9:00PM ET

Are you ready to take your photography to a new level? Have you admired the pictures in gallery layouts and wondered how you could recreate them? Improve your photos by learning more about how your digital camera works, then applying the theory through weekly photo assignments. Discover new ways to frame and present your subject and create more dynamic pictures. This digital scrapbooking class helps you to improve your layouts through better pictures. Create photos and layouts that make a powerful impact on the viewer.

Important: This is an intermediate level digital photography techniques class. It is NOT a scrapping technique class and, therefore, not associated with any one scrapping software program.

New Classes Available!

Online Class - Selection Magic: Beyond the Basics for PSE
Selection Magic: Beyond the Basics for PSE

September 16 and 23 - 9:30PM ET

Learn to do scrapbooking magic using Photoshop Elements' selection tools. Create custom word art and papers, alter colors, and make selections with one flick of your wand. This digital scrapbooking class will teach you how.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Adobe Photoshop Elements users 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!


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 commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple club is also available here.

Computer scrapbook layout by Trish Yochum using August's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Trish Yochum using August's ScrapSimple Club
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Created for you by Melissa Renfro and Trish Yochum

Alert! Alert! SUNDAY is the last day you can sign up for the ScrapSimple club and still get this great group of tools at this amazing price. Don't delay... sign up now!

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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