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Digital Scrapbooking News

Why Not? Sale - 18.9% off almost all of our digital scrapbooking supplies and tutorials until Midnight (MDT) August 31st.

We don't even know why we're having a sale. Maybe it's because we know how much you love a bargain. This 18.9% off Why Not? Sale ends promptly at Midnight MST, August 31st. Be there or be square!

WHAT'S NEW IN THE SCRAP GIRLS BOUTIQUE?

 

Digital 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 Tuesday, August 18, 2009. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

Moving Day Collection Mini Brush Set: TGIF Frames Online Class - How to Combine ScrapSimple Photo and Paper Templates for PSE
Eternal Collection Mini Assemble Your Own: Agenda 7x10 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: School Days 6301
Dave and Raya Collection Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Innocence 5103 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: TGIF Frames, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: School Days 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Innocence 5103 Super Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder

Layout by Kim Meeder
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Wednesday, August 19, 2009. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

School Yard Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Chronicles ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Russian Dolls Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Pearl 5102 Super Biggie Design Pack: School Days Brush Set: TGIF Journal Doodles Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Vista Montana 5101 Super Biggie   End Of Summer Collection Super Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Chronicles, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Russian Dolls Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Pearl 5102 Super Biggie, Design Pack: School Days, Brush Set: TGIF Journal Doodles Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Vista Montana 5101 Super Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sarah Batdorf

Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Thursday, August 20, 2009. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Agenda 7x10 Clementine Paper Mini 2 Assemble Your Own: Rubber Bracelets
Brush Set: TGIF Doodles Charred Paper Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Innocence 5104 Super Biggie
Brush Set: School Days   Scrap Girls Tutorials & Way Cool Stuff eBook Set - 2009 2nd Quarter

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Agenda 7x10, Brush Set: TGIF Doodles, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Innocence 5104 Super Biggie and Brush Set: School Days are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cheré Edwards

Layout by Cheré Edwards
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Friday, August 21, 2009. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

Brush Set: TGIF WordArt ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates - Calendar: 4 x 6 Crafty II 2010 Assemble Your Own: Hang-ups
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Pearl 5103 Super Biggie Styles Pack: School Days Online Class - The Beauty of Blending Modes - PSE and PS
Years Gone By Collection   ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mini Ribbon Ringlets

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: TGIF WordArt, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates - Calendar: 4 x 6 Crafty II 2010, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Pearl 5103 Super Biggie, Styles Pack: School Days and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mini Ribbon Ringlets are also available.

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If you have praise, comments, or questions for any of our Product Designers or Layout Artists, 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.

Weekly Newsletter Round-Up
August 17 - 22, 2009

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:
- 18.9% off Why Not? Sale
- What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
- Life Muses by Ro and Other Writings
- Contest Reminder
- Help Wanted
- Cute Stuff
- Scrap Girls Clubs
- Tutorials and Articles
- Getting Started
- Designer Freebie
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- 2009 Digital Scrap Link Convention Information!
- Online Classes Currently Available
- Ongoing Opportunities for YOU


SCRAP GIRLS DIGITAL SCRAP LINK CONVENTION

It's that time... the Scrap Girls Convention is nearly here! Don't miss the chance to learn, meet, and make friends with other Scrap Girls from all around the world!

Scrap Girls Convention 2009

Here are the facts:

When: October 8-10th, 2009

Where: Salt Lake City, Utah

What's Included
- 4 (four) meals (two lunches and two dinners)
- A Collection Biggie, designed especially for the convention
- Other free digital scrapbooking supplies, designed for class materials
- PDFs of the class materials
- Action-packed classes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
- Crops, games, and time to hang out and make friends with other Scrap Girls
- The chance to meet in person and get help from Scrap Girls designers, layout artists, and welcoming committee members
- Memories that will last forever!

How many people may attend? Only 126 and two-thirds of the seats have been sold! Don't miss out on this opportunity - secure your place now!

Note: Convention begins at 1:00 pm - Thursday, October 8th and ends at 6 pm - Saturday, October 10th.

We hope you come because you're special to us and we are dying to meet you. Scrap Girls is all about making friends while we enjoy the hobby that allows us to save our memories in a fun way. Having you with us would be awesome!

Officer's Club
Sign up now!


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, August 26 & September 2
4:00PM ET

This in-depth digital scrapbooking 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 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 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!

New Classes Available!

Online Class - How to Combine ScrapSimple Photo and Paper Templates for PSE
How to Combine ScrapSimple Photo and Paper Templates for PSE

Tuesdays, September 1 and 8
2:00PM ET

This in-depth digital scrapbooking class on using ScrapSimple paper and photo templates is the perfect opportunity to learn about the versatility of making your own papers, and how to use ScrapSimple Templates in Adobe Photoshop Elements. This class comes with the Start to Finish eBooklet PSE - How to Combine ScrapSimple Paper and Photo Templates. If you have already bought this eBooklet, email [email protected] to receive a store credit to use towards the purchase of this class. Make papers that perfectly compliment your scrapbooking layouts and other projects!

Important: This Intermediate Level class is 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!

New Classes Available!

Online Class - How to Combine ScrapSimple Photo and Paper Templates for PS
How to Combine ScrapSimple Photo and Paper Templates for Photoshop

Thursdays, September 3 and 10
3:00PM ET

Join Mary Elizabeth O'Toole for this two-session class that provides a variety of methods and tools for using the wide selection of ScrapSimple Templates available in the Scrap Girls boutique. You will learn to create three sample papers through step-by-step, easy to follow directions. We'll also discuss additional ways to color and combine the included digital files, as well as strategies to use any ScrapSimple paper and photo templates to create your own unique variations. This class comes with the Start to Finish eBooklet PS - How to Combine ScrapSimple Paper and Photo Templates. If you have already bought this eBooklet, email [email protected] to receive a store credit to use towards the purchase of this class.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is Adobe Photoshop 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!


IMPORTANT TO KNOW

We've just opened a Retirement Sale section of the Boutique. Items in this section are always on sale for 30% off. The items you will find during any particular month will be discontinued permanently on the 5th of the following month. So if you see something you like, grab it while you can!

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OPPORTUNITES 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 the 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 or the ScrapSimple 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!

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!

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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.

LIFE MUSES BY RO and OTHER WRITINGS
A Designer's Life: Durin Eberhart

I vividly remember one night in May of 2008 when I was overcome with a sense of helplessness and despair as I realized my weight had gotten completely out of control. For many reasons, apathy, low self-esteem, laziness and gluttony, the scales had crept up fifty pounds over my ideal size on even the most generous weight charts. I hated the way I looked and hated the way I felt.

Life Muses by Ro: If You Can't Walk, Crawl

Sitting in the half-dark room, I confided in my mother and father that I felt like a failure. I couldn't measure up to the expectations life had for me.

Life Muses by Ro: The Rumors Are True

Ro shares one of her doodles. Check it out!

Best of the Scrap Girls Blog: End Of A Rainbow

Note from Ro: I found this post by Amanda McGee on the Scrap Girls Digital Adventures Blog. It made me say, "awwwww..."

Life Muses by Ro: A Webcam and Two Gift Certificates

Okay, fans... I'm having another big blog contest opportunity.

Customer Muse by Elizabeth Almonte

I've scaled back on my computer time because I thought it was consuming me... So, I picked up the vacuum cleaner and let it suck up all dirt around my house. That's what I do when I'm having one of my reflective moments. I like to drown the noise inside my head...

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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 Scraptabulous, kidsrgr8, and scrappinchar!

CONTEST REMINDER

Blog contest prize: Webcam

Just a reminder: Ro is running a contest in her blog that ends on August 25th.

  • One grand prize winner will receive a Logitech Webcam Pro 9000.

  • Two runner-up winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.

  • To enter, add a comment to the contest post in Ro's blog. It will be pinned to the top of the blog so that you can see it easily.

  • In your comment, complete this statement to enter the contest:
    If I was ruler of the world and could change at least one thing about digital scrapbooking, I would...
  • The winner will be announced in Ro's blog so you will need to check back with it to see if you won. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for either the RSS feed or the email alerts.

  • For complete details, please visit Ro's blog.
HELP WANTED

Scrap Girls is looking for qualified digital scrapbooking teachers to teach online Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements classes.

The position involves:

  • Developing interesting and creative classes
  • Creating detailed PDFs for each class using either Adobe's InDesign or Serif’s Page Plus
  • Timely interaction with students in both chat room and forum situations
  • Providing kind and constructive feedback on student gallery homework
  • Timely and consistent creation and scheduling of classes

Candidates should have the following skill sets:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements - ability to easily handle questions that arise regarding their particular software area of expertise.
  • Excellent layout design ability
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to handle fast-paced chat room situations
  • Warm and friendly personality

Applicants will be required to audition for this paid position using a class that they've developed.

Please contact Jan Hicks at [email protected] if you would like more information.

If you are interested in applying, please forward an up-to-date resume as well as a sample tutorial you have written to Jan at [email protected] and Brandie Valenzuela at [email protected]. Please include a link to your online gallery showing a sample of your layout designs.

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 17, 2009

Digital scrapbook layout by MiYon Richardson

"Life Is Good" by MiYon Richardson
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Directions for one technique I did on this layout:

I colored Erica Hite's ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: In Stitches Biggie and placed them in spots that I felt were empty and needed embellishment.

SummerTime Collection Textured Cardstock Paper Biggie: Brights Scrubbed Raw Paper Biggie
Old Photo Frames Embellishment Biggie Brush Set: Paint Stroke ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: In Stitches Biggie
  Brush Set: Stamped Dates  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Paint Stroke, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: In Stitches Biggie and Brush Set: Stamped Dates are also available.

Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS3

Name of challenge: End of Summer

Other Ingredients:

  • Font - Miaiandra

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Sok

Layout by Amanda Sok
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ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Digi Dots - Boys and Girls Biggie Hannah Solids Paper Mini Ophelia Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Masks 6401 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Scrubbed Raw ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Micro Glitter 6401 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Digi Dots - Boys and Girls Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Masks 6401, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Scrubbed Raw and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Micro Glitter 6401 Super Biggie are also available.

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If you have praise, comments, or questions for any of our Product Designers or Layout Artists, 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 CLUBS

SCRAP GIRLS CLUB

The August Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Valerie Randall.

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

Computer scrapbook layout by Valerie Randall using August's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Valerie Randall using August's Scrap Girls Club
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Created for you by Valerie Randall

If you prefer not to join a club, the Scrap Girls 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 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 CLUB

The July ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Trish Yochum and Theresa Kavouras.

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 or Word Art Template Set
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 2 Designer's Choice Items

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

Computer scrapbook layout by Cherise Oleson using August's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Cherise Oleson using August's ScrapSimple Club
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Created for you by Keri Schueller 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!

TUTORIALS and ARTICLES
Scrap Girls Club Concepts Mini Tutorial: Wax Alpha Typography

The alphabet included in the digital scrapbooking Batik Collection Biggie was inspired by the wax used in creating traditional batik fabric. It was designed to be transparent, to be overlapped and to be re-colored, if desired, to add emphasis to words.

Themed Thoughts: Photography

I know many of my friends both in real life and here at Scrap Girls think of photography as their passion. They are the archivists of their generation. Being that we are both photographers and digital scrapbookers, what more natural response could there be than for us scrapbook our passion?

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Changing the Color of a Paper

Sometimes, you will find a digital scrapbooking paper you want to use with another collection or you just want it to have a little bit of a different look. You can achieve this by changing the color.

Way Cool Stuff Digital Scrapbooking Product Review: ScrapSimple Card Templates

I love making cards. I always have. I think it is more personalized than buying a Hallmark card that someone else has created. I can't remember the last time I actually bought a card and I know that when I give a card I have made myself, it is appreciated more by the receiver as they see the effort I have gone to for them. The beauty of making my own cards is that there is such a big selection of ScrapSimple Card Templates in our very own Scrap Girls boutique - each card I make turns out to be unique.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Using ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Hand-Tinted 6301

If you are anything like me, you love all the great ScrapSimple tools at Scrap Girls! We have actions that make your photos into gallery prints, actions that let you create custom-colored plaid designs and many great actions that add unique effects to your photos and projects. One of my favorite looks is the vintage hand-tinted look and I was so happy to design a set of actions that give your photos that effect.

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, Katie Mac and dorasinger, and to July's Mid-Monthly Layout Contest Winner, Bobbie Jo! Check them out! Congratulations!

GETTING STARTED AS A DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKER

FREE STARTER KIT

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

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 all of the important questions new digital scrapbookers have. They are all here for you - in one easy to use eBook!

Bonus! Download the free "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!

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Ready to Take Off? In-depth Tutorials Help You Become a Great Digital Scrapbooker

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed!

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop CS4, CS3, CS2, CS

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop Elements 6.0 and 7.0

(*Have Photoshop Elements 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, or 5.0? We have a tutorial program that will work for you. Please visit the product details page for more information.)

Find out what tens of thousands of people have already learned: Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed is the fastest way to learn how to create digital scrapbooking layouts. And because this series covers so many topics with one purchase, it is a bargain!

In the tutorials, you'll see Ro working on her computer and hear her talking about why she is doing what she is doing. It's like having Ro come to your home and give you private scrapbooking lessons. You can create digital scrapbooking layouts today!

Download and CD versions available.

Photoshop and Photoshop Elements users receive:

  • 30-31 movie tutorials
  • Companion eBook(s)
  • Collections
  • Other supplies

Paint Shop Pro users receive 31 movie tutorials.

MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed!

MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed for Photoshop

It's time for you to stop playing catch-up in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and start having a blast creating your own digital scrapbooking supplies! You'll also learn all sorts of tricks that professionals and advanced digital scrapbookers use in their layouts. And because Ro covers so many topics in the series, it is one of the most cost-effective methods of moving your skills to a higher level. Join in with the thousands of digital scrapbookers who have chosen to learn advanced skills from Ro. You'll be happy that you did!

Note: These are NOT beginning tutorials. If you get this training and you have never used Photoshop or Photoshop Elements 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:

The Virtual Canvas eBook
The Virtual Canvas eBook

What happens when you move digital scrapbooking beyond the basic page? What happens when you allow the layout to blur the edges between keepsake and art? The Virtual Canvas: Celebrating The Art of Digital Scrapbooking eBook will provide those answers for you.

Colour (me) Creative eBook with 36 color swatches
Colour (me) Creative eBook with 36 color swatches

Scrapbooking 911 - 20 Sketches to Revitalize Your Digital Scrapbooking - Book 4
Scrapbooking 911 - 20 Sketches to Revitalize Your Digital Scrapbooking - Book 4

Scrap Girls Tutorials & Way Cool Stuff eBook Set - 2009 2nd Quarter
Scrap Girls Tutorials & Way Cool Stuff eBook Set
2009 - 2nd Quarter

Start to Finish eBooklets

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

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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TODAY'S FREEBIE

Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Hicks

Layout by Jan Hicks
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Brush Set: Floral Medley 3 Special
Designer Freebie by Jan Hicks coordinates with her Brush Set: Floral Medley 3

Brush Set: Floral Medley 3 ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Grungy Edge ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Scrubbed Raw
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Washed and Worn Curled Edges ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Curled Edges Shadows 3201 Scrubbed Raw Paper Biggie
Ophelia Paper Biggie Back Porch Embellishment Biggie Utopia Alpha Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Gilded 5101 Super Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Floral Medley 3, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Grungy Edge, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Scrubbed Raw, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Washed and Worn Curled Edges, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Curled Edges Shadows 3201 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Gilded 5101 Super Biggie 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.

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SCRAP GIRLS?

CROPS AND CHATS

Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, August 25th - 2:00PM MT

These crops are about building a scrapbook all about you, one layout at a time. Did you have a favorite teacher or someone else who made an impact on your childhood or teen years? Write down your stories, find some pictures and join Angela (angelaNussbaum) and April Showers for the Life Moments Chat and Crop on Tuesday, August 25th at 2pm Mountain Time.

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New Member Chat
Tuesday, August 25th - 7:00PM MT

Join Pat (PBarnes) and Carol Ann (Zaz) for the New Member Chat at 7pm Mountain Time 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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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 26th - 10:00AM MT

Join your guest host April Showers for the East Coast High Noon Crop every Wednesday at 10am Mountain 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 August 26th, we'll do a "Clean Lines" Challenge. Create a layout - any topic, theme or color - using clean lines! You'd be amazed what you can get done in just one hour! We hope you'll join us!

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Journaling Challenge
Wednesday, August 26th - 6:00PM MT

Join Angela (angelaNussbaum) and Becca for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!

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Desktop Challenge Crop
Thursday, August 27th - 6:00PM MT

Are you bored with the simple backgrounds that your PC or MAC came with? Want to learn more about using your Scrap Girls products to make exciting and colorful new desktop wallpapers? Join Angela (angelaNussbaum) and Becca at 6pm MT for this month's Desktop Challenge Crop. A few hours before chat time, we'll give you some details on how to get started, plus a technique challenge and a theme for an extra dose of motivation!

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Ad Inspiration Challenge
Thursday, August 27th - 7:00PM MT

Join Pat (PBarnes) at 7pm Mountain Time for an Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat. A few hours before the chat, a magazine ad will be posted on the message board to use as inspiration for a layout. You can use whatever you want to from the ad - the colors, the shapes, the composition. There are no wrong answers!

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What's New Chat
Friday, August 28th - 9:00AM MT

Join Michelle (Shelbi) and Sherry_Lynn at 9am Mountain Time on Friday mornings to chat about all the cool new things in the boutique. You never know who else is going to show up! What are you getting? What did you kaboodle? And most importantly show us the layouts or other projects you made with your new goodies! There's a thread every Thursday and now there's a chat too!

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Swap Crop Chat
Friday, August 28th - 7:00PM MT

It's time for the Swap Crop Chat! We've done the swapping, and created the layouts, now it's time to chat about all the gorgeous layouts! I don't know what it is, but these swaps bring out the best in everyone. This is the time to chat about the theme, the beautiful layouts and learn about the swap crop if you haven't participated before. Join Carla (CRS) for a fun chat at 7pm Mountain Time on Friday, August 28th!

AUGUST EVENTS

August Message Board Game: Embellishment Hunters!

Calling all adventurous souls! Join us for the August Message Board game - Embellishment Hunters! This month, we're playing an old game with a new twist and hope you'll join us for fun and of course... prizes!

Your task is simple! Imagine a dartboard with 100 targets. To find the target hiding the embellishment of the day, simply guess a number between 1 and 100. The first person to guess the correct number is the daily winner and will be showered with applause and will proudly enjoy bragging rights PLUS the possibility of prizes at the end of the month!

All daily winners will be included in a month-end drawing with prizes including one $10 gift certificate and five $5 gift certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Visit the Monthly Message Board Games Forum on the message board for specific rules and instructions about game play.

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Layout Contests:

August Monthly Layout Contest: Be cool! Since we're in the middle of summer here in the U.S., thoughts of staying cool are at the forefront. For the August Challenge, we want you to scrap your photos of your favorite ways to stay cool during the hot summer months. Create your layout and post it in the August Layout Contest Gallery before Midnight MT on August 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the details tab. If your layout is chosen, you will win a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

August Mid-Month Layout Contest: Everybody loves dogs – right? For the August Mid-month Challenge we want you to scrap photos of your dog(s) – current or past. Not a dog person? Then you can scrap your photos of your cat or any other pet. Create your layout and post it in the August Mid-Month Layout Contest Gallery by Midnight MT on September 15th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the Details tab. If your layout is chosen, you will win a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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