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Digital Scrapbooking News

Scrap Girls 4th Anniversary Sale! 22.4% off of almost everything in the Boutique, good until Midnight, October 22nd (MT).

What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?

Computer scrapbook samples by Thao Cosgrove

Samples by Thao Cosgrove
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Tuesday, October 14, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

Assemble Your Own: Spiral Bound Old Friends Collection Biggie Online Class - The Beauty of Blending Modes -PSE and PS
Design Pack: Butterfly Dream Digital Stickers: Moss the English Bulldog Design Pack: Christmas Whimsy
  The View Collection  
Commercial license versions of Design Pack: Butterfly Dream and Design Pack: Christmas Whimsy are also available.

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Computer scrapbook layout by Cherise Oleson

Layout by Cherise Oleson
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Wednesday, October 15, 2008. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

Make Every Moment Count Nano Collection Awakening Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sisal 8201 Super Biggie
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates - Layered: 12x12 Photo Book 2 ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Old Photos 6301 Scrap Pack Biggie: Endearing You
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sisal 8201 Super Biggie, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates - Layered: 12x12 Photo Book 2 and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Old Photos 6301 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.

Scrap Girls Event - 4th Anniversary Week!

Scrap Girls is turning FOUR years old! Yippee! We are having a party to celebrate... and YOU get the presents! Join us for a week of fun-filled classes, crops, challenges, games, and events. We've got prizes galore to hand out, so check out some of these great events!

Some of the games our team has planned for you are Trivial Pursuit, Boutique Bingo, Scrap Girls Word Search, Scrap Girls 20 Questions, The Never-Ending Story, and more!

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Whack-a-Witch (a Whack with a Twist!)

Whack-a-Witch
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Want to make a fun Halloween layout? Or make a silly page with one of your Scrap Girls friends? Well we have the event for you! The game is called, “Whack-A-Witch.” It is very simple.

Just download this goofy picture of either witch and do whatever you want with it in a layout. This is very similar to the Whack-a-Ro contests we’ve had in the past... but this time you get to pick who you would like to star in the role of the witch. As long as you don't do anything obscene or something which would offend Ro’s morals (she’s fairly conservative, so remember that), you'll be okay. She has a great sense of humor so silly is good.

In fact, silly is very good.

When you have completed your layout, upload it to the special gallery we have set up: Scrap Girls 2008 Anniversary Party Gallery. Also, post the link to your layout in the thread found in the Scrap Girls Anniversary Party 2008 Forum, Major Event: Whack-a-Witch. Deadline to post your layout is Midnight MST Wednesday, October 22nd.

The person that makes the funniest layout will win the prize, which will be a $33.33 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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MAJOR EVENT:  ScrapGirls Feud

34 ScrapGirls team members have been surveyed and the top answers are “on the board,” as Richard Dawson would say! Try to match the most popular answers as given by our SG team and you will win big! You'll earn 3 points for matching the number one answer and 1 point for matching any of the other top five answers. The player who scores the highest points will win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Boutique!

Please email your guesses to [email protected] with a subject line “ScrapGirls Feud - your username.” Number your guesses to correspond with the survey questions, please. Emails must be received no later than midnight MST on October 22, 2008.

  1. On average, how many hours do ScrapGirls spend at their computers in a day?
  2. Name something ScrapGirls do when they visit the ScrapGirls community.
  3. Name a product theme that you think is most popular among ScrapGirls.
  4. On average, how many photos do ScrapGirls each take in a week?
  5. Name a way of sharing your digitally created layouts.
  6. On average, how many layouts do ScrapGirls each create in a week?
  7. Name a ScrapGirl's favorite day of the week.
  8. Name a designer whose work is easily identifiable.
  9. Name a product type that you think is most popular among ScrapGirls.
  10. Name a weekly challenge that you think is most popular among ScrapGirls.
  11. Name a monthly crop/chat that you think is most popular among ScrapGirls.
  12. Name an embellishment that you think is most popular among ScrapGirls.
  13. On average, how many times a day do you think most ScrapGirls “check the board?”
  14. Name something you can do to a photo to alter it.
  15. Name a message board emoticon (smilie) that you think is most popular among ScrapGirls.
  16. Name something that ScrapGirls let slide in their day-to-day lives when there's an event going on in the ScrapGirls community.
  17. Name something you can do digitally to a layout that you can't do in traditional paper scrapbooking.
  18. Name a ScrapGirls favorite treat.
  19. Name the total number of “ABC's of....” type games you think are being played in the Games folder of the message board.
  20. Name one advantage of digital scrapbooking over traditional paper scrapbooking.

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Here is the schedule for the week:

Tuesday, October 21st

  • 1:00PM ET - Critique Session - Theresa
    Are you looking for some constructive criticism on a layout that you feel isn't "quite right"? Join me for an hour of layout critiques starting at 1pm ET. Be sure to have the layout posted in the gallery and have the link to it handy. We will have you pick a number to decide who gets their layout critiqued first.

  • 3:00PM ET – New Member Chat - April
    Join April (April Showers) at 3:00 PM ET for a fun chat to get to know our newest members. We will discuss the message board, gallery, chocolate and so much more! Everyone is welcome, new or not so new! Not sure how to get there? Just click the “chat room” button at the top of this newsletter; you will need JavaScript enabled to access the chat room.

  • 4:00PM ET - Life Moments Crop and Chat - April
    Join April (April Showers) And Michelle (Shelbi) 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 focus on Fall traditions! Did your family go pick apples every year, did you have a favorite place to get perfect pumpkins? Were costumes more important than candy at Halloween? Dig out your photos, write down your memories and join us Tuesday, October 21st, for a fun Fall Chat!

  • 8:00PM ET - Zaz & Shari's Sensational Scrap Girls Adventure - Carol Ann & Shari
    We would like to invite you all to join Shari-PV_Mom and me (Zaz) to Zaz and Shari’s Sensational ScrapGirls Adventure on Tuesday, October 23, at 8 pm Eastern in the chatroom. I’m not going to tell you what we will be doing exactly, but let’s just say that it will be kind of like a treasure hunt. It will go best for those of you who can open two windows on your monitor at the same time. It is NOT a competition. It’s an adventure. And everyone can enjoy the “treasure.” Will there be a prize? Oh, yes. Will you have to type fast to get it? Not really. Just come and find out.

  • 9:00PM ET - Get Published Chat - Ang, Amy & Christy
    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!

Wednesday, October 22nd

  • 11:00AM ET - Build Your Own Anniversary Cake Chat and Crop - Michelle and April
    Join Michelle (Shelbi) and April (April Showers) for the “Build Your Own Anniversary Cake” Chat and Crop. We'll give you a list of ingredients, you choose how you would like YOUR anniversary cake to look, and then create a layout!!

  • 8:00PM ET - University Chat - Shari and April
    Are you like me? Do you spend so much time playing on the message board that you don’t utilize all of the resources available here at Scrap Girls? If you are, then you also want to change that! Join me Shari – PV Mom and April Showers at the first ever “University Chat!” We’ll give you a tutorial at the chat and you’ll be challenged to use your new skill in a layout! I know I’m excited! I hope you are too! I hope to see you in the chat room on October 22nd at 8 PM Eastern!

  • 9:00PM ET - Digital Scrapbooking Jeopardy! (with a Scrap Girls Twist) - Marnie
    Think you know everything there is to know about digital scrapbooking? Want to test your knowledge against other experts? Feel like winning a prize? Join me, sprinklz, aka Marnie, at the Digital Scrapbooking Jeopardy Chat, Wednesday, October 22nd at 9pm ET. And don't forget to give your responses in the form of a question!

Note: While every effort will be made to adhere to this schedule, details are subject to change.

Life Muses by Ro and Other Writings
A Designer’s Life: Brandy Hackman

I am a perfectionist, although, admittedly, far from being perfect. I like things to be “right” and I also want to accomplish all that I see done so wonderfully around me....

Life Muses by Ro: Measuring Life

How do you measure your life?

Life Muses by Ro: The Simple Joy Project: Beyond the Stare

When we look at other people, we often guess what is going on in their minds. However, we don’t know....

Best of the Scrap Girls Blog: Theresa's Birds

Note from Ro: How could I possibly resist this one? I love birds, as you probably know by now. You’ve read a lot of my bird conversations in the past. Here’s Theresa’s!

Life Muses by Ro: What is Happiness?

Note from Ro: I found this little essay on my blog today. I completely forgot about it. It made me smile. I thought I’d share it with you.

Customer Muse: A Pair of Princesses

Have you ever had your living room ransacked by a pair of brunette princesses? I have....

 

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, October 13, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

“Winter Cuddles” by Jo Corne
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Directions for one technique I did on this layout:

To thread the wire ‘through’ the bookplate, I gave the wire layer a layer mask and reduced the opacity of the wire so I could see what I needed to erase. I then chose my paintbrush, making sure the foreground colour was black and sized my paintbrush accordingly. I then carefully erased the area that I wanted so as to make it look like the wire was threaded through the holes either side of the bookplate. Once I was happy with the result, I returned the opacity of the wire layer to 100%.

Out of the Box Collection Twigs And Twine Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Burned
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Unique 5104 Biggie
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Burned, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Unique 5104 Biggie are also available.

Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS3

Name of challenge: Scraplift a Member - jonjonsmom's “Swinging”

Other Ingredients:

  • Font - Bickley Script
  • Font - FG Christine
Journaling: Sitting on a bench at Dayelsford Lake was the perfect setting for a warm winter cuddle. I hate winter and any opportunity to get warm, I will take it! Pity you don't like it when I put my cold feet on yours to warm them up, LOL!!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Gillian Hurst

Layout by Gillian Hurst
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Plum Passion Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Torn Edges 2 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Entangle
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Paper Tears 5001  
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Torn Edges 2, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Entangle and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Paper Tears 5001 are also available.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Amy Lemaniak

“My Little Pumpkin” by Amy Lemaniak
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Directions for one technique I did on this layout:

I took a frame from Syndee Nuckles’ Abracadabra Collection Mini and put it on the layer above my photo. With the frame layer active, I selected my Magnetic Lasso Tool and went around the inner portion of the frame to select the area inside the frame. I then inverted my selection and selected my photo layer. Finally, I deleted my selection and the frame fit perfectly around my photo.

Bump in the Night Collection Bump in the Night 2 Collection Mini Abracadabra Collection Mini
Dynamic Brush Set: Halloween Hijinks ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Brights Super Biggie 4101 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Sparks 6401 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Halloween Hijinks, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Brights Super Biggie 4101 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Sparks 6401 Super Biggie are also available.

Software used: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0

Name of challenge: Halloween

Other Ingredients:

  • Font - Constantia

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Computer scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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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.

* Hearth Collection Biggie *

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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

September’s Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Club’s featured designers are Brandie Valenzuela and Durin Eberhart. 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!

Best of the Message Board

See how our message board members are helping each other with questions about ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates, extracting photos, retouching, layer styles, and more!

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Combining Layer Styles

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles are a great and easy way to add interest to your layout with just a click of a button. You can customize alphas, make your own embellishments and a lot more. You can combine and layer your digital scrapbooking styles to create different looks. The following examples are on text, but try it on embellishments, brushes, anything!

Way Cool Stuff Digital Scrapbooking Product Review: Layer Your Own Brushes

OK, don’t tell anyone, but I never really liked the Layer Your Own Brushes! Gasp! That is, until I took the time to learn my software and the shortcuts that make “Layer Your Own” so much easier and much more fun!

Here are some important tools for Photoshop users...

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial: Create Your Own Alpha by Recoloring ScrapSimple Alpha Templates

It’s really easy to create your own alpha characters by recoloring the ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Varsity Letters.

In this particular digital scrapbooking alpha template, there are several options to create the layered letters. Since I will be using several letters, I have chosen to layer the sheets of letters. Another option is to open each individual PSD file. It just depends on your personal preference and desired outcome.

Scrap Girls Member of the Month: Kim

Learn more about our Scrap Girls Member of the Month, Kim (KBT), as she shares answers to a questionnaire and favorite layout!

Layout and Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Weekly Layout Winners, cot10girl and ritzbits! We also have our September Mid-Month Layout Contest Winner, Joyce Schardt. 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!

New Member Chat **Early Edition**
Tuesday, October 21st - 3:00PM ET

Join April (April Showers) at 3:00 PM ET for a fun chat to get to know our newest members. We will discuss the message board, gallery, chocolate and so much more! Everyone is welcome, new or not so new!

Not sure how to get there? Just click the "chat room" button at the top of this newsletter; you will need JavaScript enabled to access the chat room.

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Life Moments Crop and Chat
Tuesday, October 21st - 4:00PM ET

Join April (April Showers) 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 focus on Fall traditions! Did your family go pick apples every year, did you have a favorite place to get perfect pumpkins? Were costumes more important than candy at Halloween? Dig out your photos, write down your memories and join us Tuesday October 21st for a fun Fall Chat!

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Getting Published Chat
Tuesday, October 21st - 9:00PM ET

Join Angela (angelaNussbaum), Amy (tysMommy) and Christy (christyVW) for the Get Published Chat on October 21st at 9 PM ET.

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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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, October 22nd - 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 October 22nd, we'll do a brown challenge! Create a layout using brown as a dominant color!

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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New Classes Available!

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Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat
Thursday, October 23rd - 9:00PM ET

Join Pat (PBarnes) for an Ad Inspiration Chat and Crop in the Scrap Girls Chat Room Thursday, October 23, at 9:00 ET.

We will use a magazine ad to inspire a LO, 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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Recipe Challenge Chat
Saturday, October 25th - 8:00PM ET

Join April Showers in the Chat Room Saturday, October 25th, at 8 PM ET for our monthly Recipe Challenge Chat where we'll share and scrap our favorite recipes. 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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ATC Swap Crop
Sunday, October 26th - 7:00PM ET

Please join me, Pat Bowman, in the chat room for our October ATC Swap Chat at 7PM ET. The theme for this month's swap will be “Make Believe.”

1. Create your ATC with your interpretation of the theme. Your original ATC file should be 3.5 inches x 2.5 inches or 1050 pixels x 750 pixels(can be portrait or landscape orientation) at 300 pixels per inch. Be sure to sign and date your ATC - real name and user name (unless they're the same, of course!) Post your ATC to the gallery here, as well, to share with all of our members.
2. Email the full res, flattened JPG version and a text file with the ingredients to me by November 15th. ([email protected]). Please include your initials at the beginning of the filename to help me keep track of everyone's ATCs.
3. I will zip them all together and provide a download link on YouSendIt for everyone to download the file. I will email the link to everyone, and will try to do this by the 20th of that month. Have fun exploring your creative genius!

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Aussie Recipe Chat
Monday, 27 October - 9:00PM *Australian Eastern Daylight Time*

Please join Jo (scrappingJo) and Karen (kazbar73) for our next Aussie Chat. This week, we will create layouts with our favourite Summer recipes. If you would like to swap recipe layouts, the easiest way to do this is to create 4x6 layouts, that way everyone can print them out from home.

We will meet in the chat room at 9pm Australian Eastern Time. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

PS - For all our international ladies, we will be in the chat room on Monday, 27 October at 6am New York time.

New Classes Available!

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October Events

October Board Game: Posting Contest!

Have you ever been described as “garrulous?”  How about “loquacious?” Or “voluble?” If so, then this is the game for you!

It's time to put your chatty nature to the test and get posting! We want to see you post the most! The top 10 posters this month will each win a gift certificate to the boutique! (Top 1-3 will each get a $10 GC, 4-6 will each get a $5 GC, and 7-10 will each get a $3 GC!) We've got a system to keep track of your posts. If you want to keep your own tally, feel free to note your post count before you start posting on Wednesday October 1st. Contest ends on Friday October 31st at Midnight MT!

So go on with your gabby girl self! This is the month for you!

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Layout Contests:

October Layout Contest: Has someone ever done something for you that you will never forget or maybe gone above and beyond for you? This month’s contest is the perfect opportunity to document it or thank them for it. We want to see your layouts commemorating those that have made a difference in your life, no matter how big or small. Post your layouts to the October Gallery by Midnight ET on October 31st. If your layout is chosen you will win a $10 gift certificate to the boutique! Be sure to include the credits for products used in the description or under the Details button.

October Mid-Month Layout Contest: Do you enjoy volunteering or helping out in your community? Whether it is at your local church or you are the founder of a non-profit, giving of your time and efforts really can make a difference to those around you. So, let’s see your layouts about how you help those around you or volunteer your time and what it means to you. Post your layouts to the October Mid-month Gallery and if your layout is chosen, you will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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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 Theresa Kavouras

Layout by Theresa Kavouras
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My First Communion Crosses Paper Special
Designer Freebie by Theresa Kavouras coordinates with her Communion Collection Mini

My First Communion Collection Mini Legacy Collection Biggie Reawakening Embellishment Biggie
  AfternoonTea Collection  

* 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
October 13 - 18, 2008

Scrap Girls Guarantee


In This Issue:

- 22.4% Off Scrap Girls 4th Anniversary Sale!
- What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
- Scrap Girls Event - 4th Anniversary Week!
- Life Muses by Ro and Other Writings
- Cute Stuff
- Tutorials and Articles
- Online Classes Currently Available
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- Designer Freebie
- 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

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 and 7.0

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop Elements 6.0 and 7.0

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!

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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 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.

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

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Available Online Classes

New Classes Available!

Online Class - The Beauty of Blending Modes - PSE and PS
The Beauty of Blending Modes - PSE and PS

Wednesdays, October 23 and 30 - 4:00PM ET

This in-depth class on Blending Modes is the perfect opportunity to learn about the power and beauty of blending modes and how to use them in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. This class comes with the Start 2 Finish eBooklet PSE - The Beauty of Blending Modes: How to use them with ScrapSimple Products as well as the Start 2 Finish eBooklet PS - The Beauty of Blending Modes: How to use them with ScrapSimple Products. If you have already bought either of these eBooklets, email [email protected] to receive a store credit to use towards the purchase of this class. Make your layouts shine with the beauty and depth blending modes can bring!

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for both Adobe Photoshop users, versions 7 and up, and Photoshop Element users, version 3 and higher. 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 October Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Shalae Tippetts.

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 Shalae Tippetts using October's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts using October's Scrap Girls Club
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Created for you by Shalae Tippetts

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 October ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Amanda McGee and Cherise Oleson

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 Cherise Oleseon using October's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Cherise Oleson using October's ScrapSimple Club
larger view

Created for you by Amanda McGee and Cherise Oleson

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! 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.
- Permission to use your statement.

Club Concepts: We would like to announce that we will be looking for your help in creating these Club Concepts articles. 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: If you are interested in sharing your freebie creations with your Scrap Girls friends, 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! 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... 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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