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Digital scrapbook layout by Charlene Crowder

Layout by Charlene Crowder
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Heaven Sent Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Velvet Glitter 2201 Super Biggie You're the One Collection
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Golden Icicle 6401 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wires 6401 Brush Set: Go With The Flow
Lettering Delights Long Hand Font Lettering Delights Timely Font ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Vintage PSE 6502 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Velvet Glitter 2201 Super Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Golden Icicle 6401, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wires 6401, Brush Set: Go With The Flow, Lettering Delights Long Hand Font, Lettering Delights Timely Font, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Vintage PSE 6502 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook card by Syndee Nuckles

Card by Syndee Nuckles
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Brush Set: Art and Soul - Ink * Assemble Your Own Cards: Cartes de Voeux

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Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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Bursting Collection Fully Alive Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Tattered Text
Brush Set: Oodles of Doodles: Shooting Stars Dynamic Brush Set: Spray Paint 5401 ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Doodle Link Frames
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501  

Commercial license versions of Bursting Collection, Fully Alive Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Tattered Text, Brush Set: Oodles of Doodles: Shooting Stars, Dynamic Brush Set: Spray Paint 5401, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Doodle Link Frames and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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* JIF 6 by Brandy Murry *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jennifer Wight

Layout by Jennifer Wight
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JIF 6 by Rozanne Paxman Country Life Collection Celebration Station Embellishment Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Realistic Shadows - Firm Materials PSE 11302 ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Clarify 11301 Mini Lettering Delights Monique Font
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Blended 8201 Super Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Country Life Collection, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Realistic Shadows - Firm Materials PSE 11302, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Clarify 11301 Mini, Lettering Delights Monique Font and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Blended 8201 Super Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Chere Edwards

Layout by Cheré Edwards
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* Skippity Doo Dah Collection Biggie *

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The Proven Path to Becoming a Great Digital Scrapbooker
Monday, March 28, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:
- 18.3% off March Madness Sale!
- Cute Stuff
- A Designer's Life: Sheri Johnson
- Back to the Basics
- Scrap Girls Club
- Tips From The Pros
- Designer Freebie
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- Online Classes Currently Available
- Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

AVAILABLE ONLINE CLASSES

Online Class - Unmasking Layer Masks for Photoshop
Unmasking Layer Masks for Photoshop
Thursdays, March 31 & April 7
7:00PM MT

Do you want to learn more about the power of layer masks in Photoshop? This digital scrapbooking class helps take the mystery out of layer masks. Join Mary Elizabeth O'Toole for this two-session class that provides a variety of techniques for using layer masks in different ways including cropping papers, enhancing photos and modifying elements. These techniques can be combined with tools and collections found in the Scrap Girls Boutique to create even more unique uses. Layer masks have a wide range of uses. You'll love the flexibility and variety that they can bring to your pages.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Adobe Photoshop users, versions 7 and up only. Students are required to understand the basic skills taught in the Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop and MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop program prior to starting the course. This information will not be reviewed as part of the course!

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Project SG Challenge: Stay motivated to scrap your current photos! Post your 2011 layouts in the Project SG Challenge Gallery to earn one point per layout each month. You can earn up to four points per month this way! Earn a bonus point each month by attending the monthly Project SG Chat! Each point gives you an entry into a quarterly drawing for a special prize! And at the end of the year, each month that you participated in will earn you an entry into the Grand Prize drawing for a 12 X 12, 52 page Keepsakes photobook from Color, Inc! Our first quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, April 9th Newsletter.

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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A Designers Life

Sheri Johnson
Sheri Johnson

My Journey into E-Ink

Recently, I've started a new hobby. It's not anything daring or adventurous. It's a solitary thing, where you go into it with a narrow concept and come away with a new mindset. It's nothing revolutionary or new. It starts with a book.

For Christmas, I got a new eReader. I didn't know how much I would use it or how vital it would seem, but from the day I got it, I ended up using it pretty much nonstop. I started reading vampire books, moved into thrillers, dabbled in nonfiction, and ended up in classics. This was a surprise to me. My last memory of reading classics was a decade ago in English class, and I did not enjoy it very much. But that was long ago. Now these classic books represent a challenge. They are more easily understood, and I can appreciate their old world charm and elegance. What once seemed dry and slow-moving now seems laced with interesting subtle nuances.

Another positive thing about these electronic books is their portability. This resonates with me on a deep level when I think back on the day I was moving out of the country, and I had to drive my car full of books and records across three states to my parents' house for safe storage. The trip was not only costly, but I ended up stuck on the highway in a blizzard!

The best point seems to be the same reason I am drawn to digital scrapbooking: I have a love of all things digital. I am fascinated with the idea of things being instantaneously available. Gone are the days of trudging to the library or a bookstore to grab the latest books. Now I can download them instantly. There are a lot of wonderful free books available in the public domain. This also means that any of us could be the next best-selling author! Digital to me means accessibility and possibility. Fifty years ago, people would have never believed the things we can now do in Photoshop or the amazing degree of professionalism that is possible to even the most creatively challenged person when you piece together a layout using a digital scrapbooking collection. Even five years ago, I would not have believed I could do the things I can now do with practiced ease. That was the secret: Practice.

My new (renewed) passion for books has sparked a new joy in my life. There is nothing I enjoy more than learning new words and being introduced to clever witticisms and concepts. When I read, my mind is free to invent faces, scenes, backgrounds, clothing, and more to fill the words. It opens up a whole new imaginary world!

- Sheri

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sheri Johnson

Layout by Sheri Johnson
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Twilight Magic Collection Biggie Enchanted Eve Collection Super Mini Art Journal Collection Biggie
Brush Set: Distressed Halftone Circles Brush Set: Twilight Magic WordArt Biggie Mixed Media Embellishments

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Distressed Halftone Circles are also available.

Back to Basics

The Proven Path to Becoming a Great Digital Scrapbooker

I thought I'd give you some tips about using my "how to learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts" tutorial series – Software Scrapbook Secrets Revealed for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Sometimes I hear from people that they are confused about how to use my Secrets tutorials. My experience is that this confusion is caused by one of three things:

  1. The person tries to watch too many videos at once. Because there are so many videos with so many topics covered, they feel overwhelmed.

  2. The person starts watching the videos in the middle of the series. They feel confused because it seems so difficult. They don't realize that they haven't learned the basics yet. Remember learning to swim? Until you learned, you would have drowned if you had jumped in the deep end of the pool. Starting in the middle of the video series is like jumping in the deep end of the pool – don't do it until you learn the basics.

  3. The person is too hard on themselves. They feel like a failure – or that digital scrapbooking is too hard for them – if they don't "get it" after one viewing. They think that because they are an adult, they should be able to do it the first time around.

How People Learn

Photo of sisters.

I taught piano to these twin sisters. One of them played the violin, and the other played the piano. I'll tell you more about them in a moment.

Many people don't know that I was a music teacher for over 25 years. (I have a Bachelor's of Music Education in voice and strings). If a beginner wanted to learn to play the piano, I always took them through the same first steps.

First, I taught them about the piano itself – that the notes were higher on one end of the piano and lower on the other end. Then I taught them how to sit on the bench properly and how to hold their arms, wrists, hands, and fingers.

Next, I taught them some basics about rhythms – how long various notes lasted – and then, finally, they would learn to read notes on a page – not all of them – just a few notes right in the middle of the piano. Maybe they would start by learning five notes.

If I skipped the introductory information and just plopped a book full of music on the piano and said, "Okay, have at it. Play something for me, then I'll tell you what you're doing wrong," the piano student would have looked at me like I was nuts. They would have felt overwhelmed, and some of the children may have started to cry. At the very least, they would have felt that it was too hard for them and would have given up.

Sounds kind of silly – that a piano teacher would do that to a kid, right?

But guess what? That's what beginning digital scrapbookers do to themselves all the time! They expect that because they know something about the computer, they should be able to open their software – Photoshop Elements or Photoshop – and start making layouts immediately. They try to plop open their supplies and make the same kind of beautiful, intricate layouts that they see in the Scrap Girls newsletter! When they can't do that, they tell themselves that it's impossible.

They forget that the best way to learn anything – to read, to write, to play the piano, and to learn how to use software - is to learn the basics - first. They forget that it's best if they learn each skill – one at a time. And they often forget that the best way to get good at something is to practice each step until it feels easy to do.

Why Adults ‘Submarine' Their Efforts to Learn Something New

Adults are sometimes the worst learners. I saw this all the time as a music teacher. Why? Because they are too darn hard on themselves (self-critical) or are extremely impatient (I want to know this today!).

Indeed, my biggest challenge when I took on an adult beginner was to overcome their impatience. They wanted to be able to play hard songs now! And if they couldn't do that, they believed this meant that something was wrong with them (they should give up) or that something was wrong with me (they should find a new teacher).

The truth? They didn't want to take the time to practice. Some part of them thought that being an adult meant that they didn't need to.

Now, add this impatience with practicing to the maddening tendency that most adults have to be too critical of themselves. The result? Adults miss out on a lot of fun stuff that they could participate in if they just gave themselves a chance to learn how to do it!

Kids don't have this problem. They expect to practice. They know they must repeat their spelling words to get them down. They understand they have to do lots of long-division problems before the process becomes natural. They know they will burn a few cookies as they learn to bake.

How This Applies to Learning about Digital Scrapbooking

Now let's look at the Secrets tutorial series and how these tutorials should be used in order to get the most out of them.

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed comes with the following things:

  • Short tutorial videos, each containing a small set of skills to learn and practice.

  • An eBook, containing the scripts for the tutorial videos. Some people like to read and learn. Following along with the script in hand as the video plays can speed up the process for these learners.

  • An outline of the tutorial series that shows which skills are taught in each video. This makes it easy to find the video containing any given skill that needs to be reviewed.

  • The supplies needed to make the first layout which is demonstrated in the tutorial. This allows you to follow along with the video exactly.

Screenshot: Unzipping files.

For instance, the first Photoshop Elements training video (named 1_Unzip_OpeningFiles) covers these things:

  • How to unzip files
  • How to open files in Photoshop Elements

If you already know how to do these things, then you can skip that video. But if you are unsure of these things, you can watch the video and then practice opening your files in Photoshop Elements until it feels easy. You should practice opening files using the supplies provided with your purchase as you will use them to you create your first layout.

Screenshot: How to create a new document.

The second video is named 2_CreatingNewDocument. This video covers:

  • Creating New Documents in Photoshop Elements (You'll learn all about the different elements of creating a new document and what each means.)
  • Saving the document as a layered PSD file (You'll learn what a PSD file is in the process.)

After watching video 2 (which is only two minutes long!), you will practice creating a new document and then saving it. If you need to create multiple new documents until it all makes sense, then do it! The need to practice as you go along doesn't mean that something is wrong with you or that it's too hard to do; it just means that this is completely new information to you and your mind is still in the "figuring it out" stage.

You'll get it. I promise!

Screenshot: Opening files.

Next, you will go onto the third video named 3_LayeredFiles_PhotoBin_NamingLayers_MoveTool. This video is where you finally start assembling part of your layout. You'll start to feel like a scrapbooker as you do it!

In video 3, you'll learn these things:

  • What the Photo Bin is and how you use it.
  • What the Layers Palette is and why it will be important to you as you create your layouts.
  • What the Move Tool is and how you use it to move your supplies onto your new document. This is one of the most important things you will learn to do because making layouts consists largely of sliding supplies from place to place.
  • How to hold the Shift key down as you drag-and-drop supplies into your layout document and why it will make your scrapbooking life easier.
  • How to name the layers in the Layers Palette to help keep things straight.

Wow! There's a lot of brand new information in that little two-and-a-half-minute video, right? It's likely that you will need to practice each skill multiple times because this information is completely new to most people. But because the video is so short, you can click around in it and find any piece of information that you need to review. And that's what you should do... review each step until you completely understand it. Don't go on to video 4 until you understand these skills.

Screenshot: A beginner's digital scrapbook layout.

Here's how your layout will look after you have completed video 4.

Screenshot: Learn to scrapbook with your computer.

Here's how your layout will look after you have completed video 5.

Screenshot: Improve your skills as a digital scrapbooker.

This is how your layout will look after you complete video 6.

Screenshot: Adding embellishments to a computer scrapbook layout.

This is how your layout will look after you have watched video 7. Along the way, you will have learned to do some important things such as adding embellishments to files, rotating and resizing photos, how to "cut out" a piece of paper to add an accent, adding stitches to your layout, and wrapping ribbons around a photo frame.

Screenshot: Add text and drop shadows to a layout.

By the time you have started video 11, you will have added text to your layout, rotated it, learned how to add a paper clip to the layout, how to add drop shadows, and more. You will be ready to learn how to save your layout so you can print it out or share it over the Internet.

And then – finally – you will be able to start creating layouts using other supplies.

(As a side note: The Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed tutorial series teaches you a lot more than how to make your first layout. By the time you are through it, assuming you are practicing, you'll feel like a full-fledged digital scrapbooker!)

Remember: My video tutorials teach you these skills one step at a time, and you can do these things – as long as you are willing to practice as you go along!

Maybe you are someone who learns how to use software very quickly. If you do, then you have a talent for it – just like some of my piano students who learned how to read music unusually fast. But if you don't learn this kind of information super-fast, that's perfectly okay.

It doesn't matter how much you must practice to learn any given thing; it only matters that you do practice when you need to!

A Story of Two Sisters

Now let me explain that picture of the adorable sisters by telling you a little story. These two girls – twin sisters - were my piano students. One of them, Lori, was a whiz-kid. She learned everything extremely quickly. She progressed fast, and it was exciting to teach her because I was always having to think ahead to keep her interested.

Her sister, Amy, didn't learn as quickly. She had to work harder at everything. It took her longer to learn songs and acquire skills. But she was doggedly determined to do it, and I could always count on her to practice her assignments.

Guess which one ended up being a band teacher? Amy!

It turns out that Amy's determination to learn the piano (and the clarinet) made the difference between the two sisters. It wasn't the speed of how she learned that mattered. It was her desire to learn. She graduated from a very strenuous music teaching program at Brigham Young University and has done very well for herself.

When I heard that she had finished this big accomplishment, I was so proud of her that I practically popped the buttons off my shirt with pride. In the beginning, I merely gave her the tools to learn, but she was the one who practiced, practiced, practiced, and believed in herself enough to try.

Doodle by Ro: Keep trying.

Moving Forward

I hope you have fun as you learn – because digital scrapbooking is fun! Tens of thousands of people have learned to become a great digital scrapbooker with the Secrets tutorial videos, and you can, too – as long as you are kind to yourself along the way... and practice, of course!

And please... if you get completely stuck or if any given thing is kind of confusing to you, fire an email to [email protected] or post a question on the Scrap Girls Message Board and someone will help you right away. We are simply delighted to help you out, because sometimes a little boost over a bump makes all the difference!

Rozanne Paxman
Article written by Rozanne Paxman

Scrap Girls Club

Now with exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY Club content!

The March Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Ariadna Wiczling.

Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 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 Word Art Mini
  • 1 Embellishment Mini
  • 1 Assemble Your Own Zoom Page Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item

March's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Ariadna Wiczling

Exclusive content from the Scrap Girls Club.

But that's not all! Club members now receive these three exclusive, club-only items!

JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 - Miracles
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

JIF 6: Miracles
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

and a Club Exclusive! Color Palette

Computer scrapbook layout by Ariadna Wiczling using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Ariadna Wiczling using March's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Thao Cosgrove using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Thao Cosgrove using March's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Ariadna Wiczling using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Ariadna Wiczling using March's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips From The Pros

White Space

Do you know what white space is? No, I'm not talking about the inane chatter of the sports broadcaster that your husband listens to during football on Monday night -- that's white noise. I'm talking about white space, which is a term to describe the areas on layouts that are around a focal point, the areas that allow a place for your eye to rest. And they don't even have to be white!

Still fuzzy? Let me show you what I mean.

This layout is a bad example of white space.

Digital Scrapbooking Tips: Poor example of white space on a layout.
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Because there are elements (meaning photos, embellishments, and letters) on every section of the page, your eye has nowhere to rest when it's looking at the layout. And that makes for a busy, confusing layout, which isn't pleasing to the eye.

This is a common mistake that can happen when you first start digital scrapbooking, and it's one that can easily be fixed. Instead of filling each spot on the page with an embellishment, a photo, or journaling, try to leave some areas.

Here is an example of the same basic elements of the previous layout, re-designed to allow for lots of white space, and a much more pleasing look.

Digital Scrapbooking Tips: Layout example by Laurel Lakey.

Layout by Laurel Lakey
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bead Spill ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - 4x6 Canvas Dandy Collection Mini
Brush Set: Textile 1501 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Classic Quatrefoil ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Paper Rosettes
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Extra - Masking Tape Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heavenly Glitter and Foils 2201 Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bead Spill, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - 4x6 Canvas, Brush Set: Textile 1501, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Classic Quatrefoil, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Paper Rosettes, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Extra - Masking Tape Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heavenly Glitter and Foils 2201 Biggie are also available.

This layout uses the same exact elements as the previous one; however, you can see there is a lot more 'white space' on the layout. Because the elements and photos are clustered together more, they create a focal point that balances out the remaining white space, and your eye can take in the whole cluster as one element.

Also, notice how bringing in the quatrefoil background paper allows for more space around the edges. That helps to draw the eye's focus into the middle of the layout, where the photos and embellishments are. When the quatrefoil paper is left to cover the entire background area, as in the first layout, it looks too busy and distracts from the overall look.

So here's the re-cap: when you want to have a more pleasing look to your layout, make sure to include some white space around your focal points, as these areas give the eye somewhere to rest and make for a more balanced, comfortable layout.

Laurel Lakey
Article written by Laurel Lakey

Today's Freebie

Digital scrapbook layout by Becca Hauck

Layout by Becca Hauck
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Miracles Paper Special
Designer Freebie by Ariadna Wiczling coordinates with her Miracles Collection Biggie,
part of this month's Scrap Girls Club offering

Miracles Collection Biggie Matchsticks Embellishment Mini Paper Piercing Alpha Mini
Everyday Miracles Paper Super Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Lomo Effects PS 8201 Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Fabric Fill - Basics 8202
Dynamic Brush Set: Frayed 5401 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Edges ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Edge It 5001
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Clarify 11301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Lomo Effects PS 8201 Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Fabric Fill - Basics 8202, Dynamic Brush Set: Frayed 5401, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Edges, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Edge It 5001 and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Clarify 11301 Mini are also available.

Ariadna Wiczling
Today's freebie designed by Ariadna Wiczling

* 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 Crop & Chat
Tuesday, March 29th - 6:00PM MT

Join Theresa (tiza126) in the chat room March 29th at 6pm MT for the Life Moments Chat and Crop. These chats are focused on building a scrapbook all about you, one layout at a time. So dig through your files, write down your memories, and be sure to join us in the chat room!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, March 30th - 10:00AM MT

Join April (April Showers) this Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! 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 March 30th, we'll have a Single Photo Challenge. Create a layout using a single, large, wonderful photo! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!

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ScrapSimple Use It! Chat
Friday, April 1st - 8:00AM MT

Strengthening your abilities in scrapbooking is essential to becoming a better scrapbooker and learning to utilize the ScrapSimple product line available here at Scrap Girls will give you so many more unique and fun options with your layouts! Join Angela (angelaNussbaum) and Elisha (elibar) for this monthly chat on Friday, April 1st at 8am MT as we focus on using one of these versatile products!

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What's New in the Boutique Chat
Friday, April 1st - 9:00AM MT

Join April (April Showers) at 9am MT Friday morning to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work. You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday and now there's a chat, too!

Games

March Message Board Game: Going on a Boutique Hunt!

Remember as a child when you played the game that started like this: "I am going on a ___ hunt and bringing..." then you listed an item with the first letter of your name or a specific letter? We are playing a similar game on the Message Board during the month of March. Each day, a new theme and starting letter will be posted in the Game thread. Members will search the Boutique for something that fits the theme and post a link to it in the Game thread. Only one product per letter per round will be counted, and products cannot be used more than once. Collections and their individual parts are one product, and time stamps will be used to determine which post came first in case of more than one post per letter. Entries are to follow the alphabet, starting with the letter posted with the theme each day. There's a limit of three posts per person each day, and there must be another player's post before posting again.

PRIZES: Members' names will be added to a drawing based on the number of qualified product links which they post in the thread. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month and winners will be announced in the April 2nd Newsletter. Gift certificates will be awarded as follows: First prize - $15 Gift Certificate; second prize - $10 Gift Certificate, and third prize - $5 Gift Certificate.

For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Message Board.

Contests

March Monthly Layout Contest: Do you have a good luck charm? Do you have something in your life that you consider lucky? For the March Layout Contest, scrap it! We'd love for you to share you luck! Post your layouts in the March Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on March 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen, you will win a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

Club Concepts Layout Contest: 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. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 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 Mountain Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-Utah-Salt Lake City' as the location for the Mountain time zone.)

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Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to [email protected] and we'll get it out to you right away!

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