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March Madness! 18.3% off almost everything in the Boutique until Midnight, March 31th (MST).


What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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* JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12 x12 - Easterly *


Digital scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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* Cloudburst Collection Mini *

Commercial license versions of Cloudburst Collection Mini are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Sheri Johnson

Layout by Sheri Johnson
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Basics Spring Song Collection Twilight Magic Collection Biggie
Enchanted Eve Collection Super Mini   Fanciful Collection Mini


Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Brush Set: Frolic 3 Biggie Frolic 4 Embellishment Biggie Faded Hearts Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Frolic 3 Biggie, Frolic 4 Embellishment Biggie and Faded Hearts Collection Mini are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Blissful Follow Your Bliss Collection Biggie On A Whim Collection Mini
Barefoot Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift II - Circular Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Vellum 5401

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Blissful, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift II - Circular Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Vellum 5401 are also available.


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.

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5 Ways to Use Brushes
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

- 18.3% off March Madness Sale!
- What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
- Life Muse by Ro
- Back to the Basics: What is a Chat?
- Scrap Girls Club
- Tips From The Pros: Five Different Uses for Digital Photoshop Brushes
- Designer Freebie
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- Online Classes Currently Available
- Ongoing Opportunities for YOU


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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Some things - like V-neck sweaters, wood flooring, Hershey's Kisses, and ice water with lemon - are such classics that they never go out of style. Sometimes, things are so good that they shouldn't be missed. Our All Star designs are that way, too! Each one of these top-selling products is too good to be missed. This month's All Stars are on sale for 30% off until the 5th of each month! So head to the All-Stars section of the Boutique today and pick up a steal-of-a-deal on a digital scrapbooking classic while you can!

And don't forget to check out the 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!


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.

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!

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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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.

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!

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Back to Basics

What is a Chat?

The first time I saw chats and crops announced in the Scrap Girls Newsletter, I was confused. As a former paper scrapper, I knew all about crops but had no idea how it was done in an online format. It's really quite simple - and a lot easier than toting crates of supplies around!

The upcoming chats are listed at the end of each Scrap Girls Newsletter. They are also listed under Upcoming Events at the bottom of the Forum tab of the Message Board. You can find them under the Calendar tab of the Message Board as well. All chat times are listed in Mountain Time.

You've chosen a chat you would like to attend, so how do you get into the Chat Room?

First, make sure you have Java installed on your computer as the Chat Room requires it. Next, click on the Chat tab of the Message Board which will take you to the Chat Room. It may take several seconds for the room to load.

Message Board Screenshot: Click on the Chat link.

You can join the conversation by simply typing in the box at the bottom of the window. If there are a lot of people in the Chat Room, the text can move along a little bit fast. There are a few tricks to make it easier to read. You can "float" or open the chat in a new window by clicking on the black outward-facing arrows. You will then be able to expand the chat window, making it easier to follow the chat.

Message Board Screenshot: Click arrows to float chat window.

You can also improve the readability of the chat by selecting "Double Space" and "Insert Separator" under the Chat Room's Options tab. Many members find either or both of these helpful. When selected, the separator adds a line between different members' chat comments. Play with the controls and find what works best for you.

Message Board Tutorial Screenshot: Chat room options.

Most Scrap Girls Chats have a theme and a challenge. For example, today there is a High Noon Crop on the schedule. The challenge is to create a layout using one photo. You may work on your layout before, during, or after the chat. For those who are familiar with traditional crops, some people socialize more than they scrap, others have everything ready to go before they come, while some focus on their work and participate less in the conversation. Digital crops are often very similar! Your chat host(s) will be available the entire time to answer any scrapping or Message Board questions you may have while you participate at your own comfort level. Chats are an easy way to make friends on the Scrap Girls Message Board. If you haven't been to a Scrap Girls Chat yet, come visit us in the Chat Room - we'd love to meet you!

April Martell
Article written by April Martell

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

Five Different Uses for Digital Photoshop Brushes

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with Windows Vista.

Brushes are one of the most versatile tools in Photoshop because we can do so many things with them. To get a little more out of your brushes, I'm going to give you five different ways to use them.

  • Use a Grunge Brush as a Photo Mask

  • Use a Brush as an Accent Behind a Photo or Photo Cluster

  • Use a Brush in Erase Mode

  • Use a Brush as a Journaling Mat

  • Use a Brush as an Embellishment

1. Use a Grunge Brush as a Photo Mask

What is a photo mask? A photo mask is a ready-to-use shape that you can add to a photo or paper or style. Scrap Girls has many photo masks, and some brushes can also be used to create photo masks. (This sample uses Brush Set: Junk in the Trunk.)

First, place your photo in a new layer on top of your background.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Place photo and stamp mask over photo layer.

Next, add a new layer on top of your photo. Using the brush of your choice, start stamping until you have covered the part of your photo you want to show.

Move the brush layer under your photo layer.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Clip photo to mask layer.

Clip your photo to the brush layer by holding down the Control key and pressing G in Photoshop Elements (Ctrl+G) or Alt+G for Photoshop. Or hover your cursor on the photo layer in your Layers Palette, right-click and choose "Create Clipping Mask."

Note: Make sure the edges of your photo extend beyond the photo mask's edges so you can't see the photo's straight edge peeking through. You can resize the mask or the photo or use the Clone Stamp Tool to fill in the gaps.

2. Use a Brush as an Accent Behind Your Photo

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Use a brush to add accents of color.

Using a decorative or accent brush in a color, add some accents behind your photo and maybe a few on top. This sample above uses Dynamic Brush Set: Spray Paint 5401.

3. Use a Brush to Erase or Delete Part of an Image

Did you know you can use your brush in the eraser mode? You can! Here's how you do it:

First, select the Eraser Tool from your Tools Palette.

Next, at the top of your screen, you will see a brush shape with a number below it and a drop-down arrow to the side. Click the drop-down arrow to bring up your brush window. Choose or load the brush you want to use.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Use a brush to erase parts of a mask layer.

Select the brush layer you have your photo clipped to. Using the eraser brush you just selected, stamp it on the part of the mask you want to erase. Parts of your paper are now showing through! (This sample above uses Brush Set: French Linen.)

4. Use a Brush for a Journaling Mat

Now it's time to add some text about our layout. Using a brush is a great way to highlight an area where we can add some journaling.

Choose a brush that has a good shape. Add your text on top. (This sample below uses Brush Set: Paint Stroke.)

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Use a brush to add a journaling spot.

5. Use a Brush as an Embellishment

You can use a brush as an embellishment by adding a style or clipping a paper to it using the technique we used in #1. For this example, I will add a style to my brush.

First, stamp your brush on your layout and adjust the placement.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Before and after using grungy brush effects.

Next, add a style to the brush to make it stand out. Finish up your layout by adding your other accents and embellishments! (This sample uses ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Intaglio Biggie 7601)

For an in-depth look into using Brushes and using them like a pro, check out these eBooks by Shalae Tippetts, Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements and Mastering Brushes for Photoshop.


Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Brush Set: Junk in the Trunk Brush Set: French Linen Brush Set: Paint Stroke
Dynamic Brush Set: Spray Paint 5401 ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Isolation 8501 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie
French Linen Collection Biggie B. Sweet Collection Biggie Molly Milkshakes Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Intaglio Biggie 7601  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Junk in the Trunk, Brush Set: French Linen, Brush Set: Paint Stroke, Dynamic Brush Set: Spray Paint 5401, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Isolation 8501, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Intaglio Biggie 7601 are also available.

Brandy Murry
Tutorial written by Brandy Murry

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Paint Shop Pro (PSP)

Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Find out how easy it can be to learn how to create digital scrapbook layouts, edit photos, use and make brushes, recolor papers and embellishments, make your own simple backgrounds and embellishments, save and share your layouts and much more!

Ready to learn advanced techniques? – MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Learn to use paper templates, embellishment templates, custom shapes, styles, and brushes to make your own supplies. Learn advanced clipping mask and lighting blend techniques. Learn to make and use patterns. Learn to make brushes from your own doodles. Learn to extract images from photos. Learn work flow techniques that will speed up the layout creation process and advanced photo editing skills and much, much more!

Today's Freebie

Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Design Pack: Lovely Lace Rose Special
Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates with her Design Pack: Lovely Lace

Design Pack: Lovely Lace Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Memento Blissful Word Art Mini
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of Design Pack: Lovely Lace and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

Syndee Nuckles
Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles

* 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

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!


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!


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!


ScrapSimple Clubbers Chat
Monday, April 4th - 5:00PM MT

Join April (April Showers) and Angela (angelaNussbaum) on Monday, April 4th at 5pm MT for a chat and challenge using this month's ScrapSimple Club. Did you know that every time you create a layout with the ScrapSimple Club and upload it into the ScrapSimple Club Gallery that you could be chosen to be featured in the Newsletter and receive a prize? Well, join us for the chat so we can encourage and inspire you and help with any questions that you may have. Let's get those ScrapSimple Club layouts done and uploaded!


Monday, April 4th - 7:00PM MT

What is NSBR? It's a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything, including some scrapbooking and usually chocolate. It's a great chance to meet new friends, catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax. If you have a problem, we'll lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Have some great news to share? We'd love to celebrate with you. So join us, Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT!


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.


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!


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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