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Digital scrapbook layout by Cherise Oleson

Layout by Cherise Oleson
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ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Foliage Dynamic Brush Set: Diamonds and Argyles 8301 Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Melted Edge Petals
Twilight Magic Midnight Paper Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Stitch and Holes PSE 8302 Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Stitch 'n Holes 8302 Running Stitch Mini
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Urban Living Glitter 5501 The Bee's Knees Embellishment Mini – Clusters Earthen Vessel Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Foliage, Dynamic Brush Set: Diamonds and Argyles 8301 Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Melted Edge Petals, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Stitch and Holes PSE 8302 Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Stitch 'n Holes 8302 Running Stitch Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Urban Living Glitter 5501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Kashmir 6 Embellishment Mini Dyed Fabric 1 Paper ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dyed Fabric 5101
Kashmir 1 Embellishment Mini Kashmir 3 Embellishment Mini Kashmir 4 Embellishment Mini
  Kashmir 5 Embellishment Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Kashmir 6 Embellishment Mini, Dyed Fabric 1 Paper, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dyed Fabric 5101, Kashmir 1 Embellishment Mini, Kashmir 3 Embellishment Mini, Kashmir 4 Embellishment Mini and Kashmir 5 Embellishment Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Sok

Layout by Amanda Sok
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Gradients - His Paper Biggie Family Matters Collection ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Defined - Family
Rollicking Collection   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dreamy Canvas 6401 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Defined - Family and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dreamy Canvas 6401 Super Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sheri Johnson

Layout by Sheri Johnson
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Spring Song Embellishment Mini - Clusters Spring Song Collection Mossy Collection Biggie

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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* JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 ABC Fun 1 *

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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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Finally! Tips for Making Your Own Titles with Fonts
Friday, April 1, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:
- What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
- Life Muse by Ro
- Back to the Basics: Recording Supplies
- Scrap Girls Club
- Tips From The Pros: Using Fonts to Create Layout Titles
- Designer Freebie
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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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!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

Customer Muses: Would you like to share your own Life Muse with our readers? To have your own essay considered for publication as a muse in the column for our special Saturday newsletter, send your essay to [email protected]. If your essay is selected, you will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.

Way Cool Scrap Girl: We are so excited to have all of you meet some of the amazing people that have become Scrap Girls! If you would like to be spotlighted and win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique, send the following items to [email protected]:

- 500-900 word essay about your experience with digital scrapbooking, Scrap Girls, and specific examples of how we have helped you.
- A 600-pixel wide, 72 dpi copy of a layout you've created that uses Scrap Girls products, plus a complete list of those products.
- A 100-pixels wide, 72 dpi picture of yourself.
- Permission to use your statement.

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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Life Muse by Ro

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

Always Wear Clean Underwear

Today's message comes from Marc Gellman's book, Always Wear Clean Underwear: And other ways parents say "I love you"

"When you are told to stand up straight, your parents are really trying to teach you this: Show everyone that you believe in yourself. Standing up straight makes you feel like you have confidence. Standing up straight sends the message that no matter how many people give up on you, you won't give up on yourself."

"Slouching is your body's way of showing that you are feeling low, just like smiling is your body's way of showing that you are feeling happy. It's good to stand up straight because even on your worst days, you're still terrific."

"When nobody is saying anything nice about you here on earth, God and the angels may be talking about you in heaven. Maybe they are talking about how special you are and about all the blessings you have and that you will bring to others. Maybe when nobody is cheering for you here, everybody is cheering for you there."

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Note from me: I just love this thought and have been thinking about it a lot, as I have struggled with some challenges. Sometimes, at night – after a particularly long day – I tell myself, "Stand up straight, Rozanne. Hold your shoulders back and your head high. Act confident and you'll feel confident."

It helps. I highly recommend it as a method of combating fear.

(Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, the link to the book on Amazon is an affiliate link. This means that if you purchase it as a result of clicking on the link, I get a little referral fee.)

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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 I Wish I Knew When I Started: Recording Supplies

Have you ever completed a layout and went to post it in the Scrap Girls Gallery and realized that you didn't have a list of the products you used? Ugh! When I first started out, I did that a few times. Then I had to scramble to figure out which papers and elements came from which collections.

I found what works best for me is to make sure that each item I work with on the layout is named properly in the Layers Palette as I go along. I've been working with different versions of Photoshop Elements (PSE) over the years. If your version doesn't list the name for you in the Layers Palette when you drag or place an item or if you need to name a style, action, or font that you used, you will need to enter that information yourself.

In the Layers Palette, double-click on the name of the layer. It will be highlighted in blue and you can type in the name that you want. I enter the designer's initials and the name of the collection or item. You can see here that I typed in LDE_Slender Font in the blue area.

Layout Tutorial: Rename layers as you scrap.

When I am finished with my layouts, I like to put together the list of what I used. I usually open up Notepad, but Microsoft Word or something similar will work just as well. With PSE and Notepad opened side-by-side on my computer screen, I start at the bottom of my Layers Palette and scroll through the layers list. Each time I get to a new collection or product, I copy it by double-clicking on the layer name. When it is highlighted in blue, I right-click and choose "Copy." Once it's copied, I paste it in Notepad. If I use several items from one collection, I only list the collection one time.

After I have the full list, I want to save it in the layout's metadata. In PSE, click on File and when that expands, click on File Info. When the File Info box comes up, I enter my name, the layout name, and the supplies used. When I save my files (as PSD and JPG files), this information is saved with it.

Layout Tutorial: Add metadata to files to save products used.

When the layout is posted in the Scrap Girls Gallery, the information will show up on the right-hand side where there is a link that says "View EXIF Properties." No more scrambling to figure out what products I used!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Charlene Crowder

Layout by Charlene Crowder
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This first product is included in this month's ScrapSimple Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.

ScrapSimple Alpha Template: Hodge Podge Monsters in my Closet Collection Digital Stickers: Monsters in my Closet Mini
JIF 6 by Amanda Sok JIF 6 by Kim Meeder JIF 6 by Shalae Tippetts
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501   Lettering Delights Slender Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Alpha Template: Hodge Podge, Monsters in my Closet Collection, Digital Stickers: Monsters in my Closet Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 and Lettering Delights Slender Font are also available.

Charlene Crowder
Article written by Charlene Crowder

Scrap Girls Club

Now with exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY Club content!

The April Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Angie Briggs.

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

April's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Angie Briggs

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 - Being With You
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Fab 5: Being With You
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

and a Club Exclusive! Color Palette

Computer scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio using April's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Armi Custodio using April's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs using April's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Angie Briggs using April's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio using April's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Elisha Barnett using April's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips From The Pros

Using Computer Scrapbooking Fonts to Create Layout Titles

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS3 with Windows XP

Have you ever noticed just how much great word art is available to use on digital scrapbooking layouts? From great catch phrases and sayings to fun words and meaningful expressions, we have seemingly endless choices.

In spite of this myriad of choices, sometimes you have a title that only you can create and customize. How about using some of the fabulous fonts at Scrap Girls to make a customized title?

I love to use font combinations, and since there are so many to fonts to choose from, there's no reason not to! First, I chose EHI_Nessa Font as my main title because it is a hollow font that allows me to add color inside the letters. Then I used Lettering Delights fadoodle Font for my subheading.

Once the title is typed out the way you like, create a new empty layer underneath the text layer. Use a soft-edged paintbrush that is the approximate diameter of space inside the letters, and paint in the letters with your choice of color.

Tip: To soften the look just a bit, try reducing the Opacity of the painted layer on the sliding opacity scale.)

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Use a brush to color in empty spaces.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Hackman

Layout by Brandy Hackman
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EHI_Nessa Font Lettering Delights Fadoodle Font Mod Bungalow Collection Biggie
Abstract Expressionism Collection Biggie Brush Set: Chocolate Kisses Lips Mini ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Expedition Passport Stamps Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of EHI_Nessa Font, Lettering Delights Fadoodle Font, Brush Set: Chocolate Kisses Lips Mini and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Expedition Passport Stamps Super Biggie are also available.

Brandy Hackman
Article written by Brandy Hackman

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop

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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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Zip Kit:Cupid's Cuties Frame Special
Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates with her Zip Kit: Cupid's Cuties

Zip Kit: Cupid's Cuties Follow Your Bliss Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Zip Kit: Cupid's Cuties 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

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!

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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!

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NSBR Chat
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!

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Life Moments Chat and Crop
Tuesday, April 5th - 12:00Noon MT

Join Debbie (B&K Mom) in the chat room on April 5th at Noon MT for the Life Moments Chat and Crop. These chats are focused on building a scrapbook all about you - one layout at a time. This week we will be scrapping Family Traits: Do you have your Mom's eyes, Dad's height, Aunt Gerty's sense of humor? Do you and your sister sound exactly the same on the phone? Did your child look just like you as a baby? Let's give credit where credit is due and scrap the Family Traits you possess or have passed on. So dig through your files, write down your memories, and be sure to join us in the chat room!

Games

April Message Board Game: BINGO!

Join us for an exciting game of Springtime BINGO on the Message Board Forum in April! Pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to [email protected] with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Message Board username" by Saturday, April 2nd at Midnight MST in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Monday, April 4th. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you'll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.

Each day, a member of the Welcoming Committee will call five random words from the BINGO list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call "BINGO!" in the game thread to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards will be cleared and a new round will begin the following day.

Each winner will receive a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! We like to see lots of winners, so please remember that each person can only win one round during the month. Have fun!

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

Contests

April Monthly Layout Contest: Earth Day was started in the United States in 1970 and it went global in 1990. For April's Monthly Layout Contest, we want you to show us what Earth Day means to you or what you are doing to make our precious world a little greener. Post your layouts in the April Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on April 30th. 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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