Moving to Digital
Like a lot of you, I was once a paper scrapbooker. I started in junior high (oh-so-many years ago!) with a few basic colors of acid-free paper, some cutesy rubber stamps, and Lisa Frank stickers, but really got serious in the mid-90s when paper scrapbooking as an industry started taking off. Then I was full-blown into it. You name it, I had it. I worked at scrapbook stores, taught scrapbooking classes, and worked for magazines to create layouts for their issues.
So why did I make the switch to digital scrapbooking? Well, a few things convinced me. First, I would be able to manipulate my photos to look exactly how I wanted without needing to go into debt at my local photo processing shop. Next, I loved the versatility of digital - how I could change sizes and colors of elements and papers to match my photos perfectly. Storage space was a big seller, too, since I would only need a computer and an external hard drive (or four!) to hold my supplies as opposed to the half-basement full of paper scrapbooking stuff I still have downstairs right now gathering dust. Last, I was excited about the prospect of being more earth-friendly and ecologically-minded.
If you're thinking of making the switch, here are some things to keep in mind.
You're already halfway there! You are most likely taking photos with a digital camera. That means you've already got one foot in the digital world.
Everything you've learned as a paper scrapbooker will translate to digital. When I did paper, I learned a lot about design techniques, photography, color usage, etc. Similarly, all those things you've learned are still relevant to your digital pages; you're simply using a new medium to express yourself.
Just try it! You can download a free trial of Adobe's Photoshop Elements and work with it for free for 30 days. That's a pretty good chunk of time to try out a few techniques and get a feel for how things can go.
To start out with your first digital page, I'd suggest using an Easy Page. Ro, Scrap Girls' CEO, has made a series of wonderful videos showing you exactly how to create your first digital Easy Page. You can find those on our home page. Find a favorite photo, download an Easy Page to try, and get to it!
Don't feel discouraged if it doesn't come as easily as you'd like at first – remember that this is an entirely new (and exciting) field you're exploring. Come to our Forum and ask for help. We're super friendly and love to help newcomers. As we're fond of saying, we all have to start at the beginning, and having one person ask a question out loud is usually asking it for ten people who are wondering the same thing in silence!
Remember, to learn this new skill will take time and practice. But it really is fun, and it's so worth it!
Enjoy this new version of an old hobby!
P.S. Here's my first digital scrapbook page. Note that there are no fancy papers, alphas, embellishments, shadows, or anything - just a simple background fill and a black font for a title. Nothing I'd submit to a magazine, but it was somewhere to start!
Layout by Heidi Dillon
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Journaling an "All About Me" Scrapbook Page
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7.
No doubt, journaling plays an important role in digital scrapbooking. It supports your photos and helps tell the story behind them. Yet many of us set aside this important step until the page is done. Journaling doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. It can be as simple as listing the "who, what, where, and when" of the photo - who is in the photo, what the event was, where the photo was taken, and when it occurred. It can be a just a phrase or two detailing your thoughts about your photo – or a paragraph or two giving the fuller story. Plus, you can also use famous quotes, song lyrics, or poems to capture the sentiment of your scrapbook page.
There are many creative ways to tell your story. One quick and easy way to journal is to use lists. This technique is especially effective for an "all about me" type of scrapbooking page, but can be used for just about any type of page, such as your son's favorite books, your daughter's endearing qualities, a gratitude list, etc.
In this layout, I wanted to share a few fun facts about me. Here is my title and journaling. I have yet to decide on an appropriate font, font color, and its final placement in my layout.
Next, I chose a photo of myself and dragged it into the document. There aren't many to choose from so that didn't take long! I also turned off the visibility of my text layers so I could work on my page embellishments and papers. Clicking on the Eye icon in the Layers Palette hides the layer, and clicking it again reveals it.
Time to decorate my page! I looked through my Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking stash and found the perfect embellishment for my layout, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Book Accents. The lined notebook paper was exactly what I needed for my list type of journaling and the photo placement was already thought out for me!
To make the white notebook paper stand out, I used a paper template from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Ex-Libris Biggie and colored it black using the Hue and Saturation sliders. (To do this, go to Image> Adjustments> Hue and Saturation.)
At this point, I had a good idea where to put my journaling. I turned the visibility of the text layers back on (by clicking on the Eye icons again) and positioned the text layers. As for the font appearance, I chose two types of fonts - a typewriter-style font and a cursive-type font. The contrast in font style and colors gives added visual interest.
A few more embellishments and title work - and my page is done!
I hope this tutorial has given you some ideas on how to be creative in your journaling in terms of writing style, appearance, and placement. And no matter what your journaling style is, always remember that any journaling is better than no journaling at all!
Layout by Armi Custodio
Article written by Armi Custodio
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Mischief Week is Here!
For those of you who haven't been with us for the past several years, Mischief Week is a week that's full of general madness and mayhem. We have lots of crazy chats, classes, games, prizes, and other random events just in time to usher us into the wonderful world of spring.
We've got a schedule full of events that the Scrap Girls Team are hosting, plus our Mischief Week Sale, games, freebies, contests, prizes and fun! Clear your calendars - you won't want to miss this!
Mischief Week's Never-Ending Story
Woo hoo! It's time for the Never-Ending Story game on the Scrap Girls Forum! If you haven't participated in one before, here's how it works:
A Scrap Girls Welcoming Committee team member starts the story on the Forum here.
You add something to the story by adding a post to the thread.
You must wait for someone else to add another piece of the story before you may post again.
You cannot add two posts in a row. If you do, it will be counted as one post. It won't help you pick up any more chances to win the game.
For each addition to the story that follows the guidelines set above, you will recieve one entry in the drawing to win the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Here is the beginning of the story:
"Toffey, get down from there right now!"
The impish brownie glanced from his tree perch at his twin sister on the ground below. "But KaraMel, I'm not doing anything... yet!"
"You already dumped thousands of bouncy balls through the aisles of the Scrap Girls boutique!" KaraMel scolded.
"I wanted to help the customers bounce to the checkout," Toffey said with a shrug.
"And then you changed the Scrap Girls website from their lovely purple to shades of brown!"
"It's a much more suitable shade for brownies. Purple is too girl-y."
"Not to mention the havoc you caused when you dyed poor Huckleberry Monkey's fur that awful shade of green!! Everyone thought he had come down with something horrible."
Toffey laughed. "You need to lighten up, KaraMel. It was only a joke!"
"That's all you do day after day; joke around and cause mischief! Why do I always have to be the responsible twin? What are you doing up in that tree, anyway?"
"Just doing what I do best! More mischief, of course. I was getting ready to..."
Brownies Mischief Game
Ready to play a game?
We are baking a special batch of brownies for Mischief Week and have cooked up a little story game to celebrate. There are 50 underlined words in the story. For each underlined item in the story, list the item and a link to a product in the Scrap Girls Boutique that contains the underlined item. Products can only be used once, although some underlined items may be repeated, which means that there is another product containing the same item.
To enter the game, send an email to [email protected] with the subject line "Brownie Story." For each item guessed, you must include BOTH the product name and a link to where you can find it in the Scrap Girls Boutique. You have until Saturday, April 30th at Midnight (MDT) to enter.
Now don't panic! You don't have to find them all to play the game!
For all players:
If you get 25 or more correct answers, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate!
If you get 10-24 correct answers, you will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Gift Certificate!
If you get 5-9 correct answers, you will be entered into a drawing for a $5 Gift Certificate!
The Day I Made Brownies
The Family Reunion was getting close, and I still hadn't decided what to bring for dessert. Since chocolate is always a big hit with my family tree, brownies came to mind. I checked my cook book, and found my pantry was lacking some ingredients. So I hopped into my truck like a bunny rabbit and headed to the grocery store. I put my favorite cassette tape in the player and turned it up loud. On the way, I passed the barnyard where the cows were out grazing and the farmer was busy planting some corn. As I reached town, I noticed that the statue of Lady Liberty was coming along nicely.
I found a parking spot at the end of the row near the stop sign. I hiked into the store and found the baking aisle. I picked up some cocoa powder, eggs and sugar. The check out lanes weren't busy, so I couldn't stop and look at the magazine covers. I made my purchase and headed home. I picked up my mail, and noticed a postcard from a Scrap Girls' friend!
Once home, I was greeted by my dog and the phone was ringing. As I chatted on the phone with my friend who just got home from a trip to Las Vegas, I set up my stand mixer and preheated the oven. I added all the ingredients and poured the batter into the cookie sheet. Into the oven, it went. As a reward, I licked the spatula!
I had just sat down in my comfortable chair in front of my computer, with my hand on the mouse, when the doorbell rang. My neighbor came over to talk about forming a car pool for the soccer games this summer. We stepped outside to look at the daffodils and tulips in my garden. As we talked about planting our vegetable gardens, I noticed that there was smoke coming out of the window! As I ran inside to the kitchen, my neighbor called the fire department on her cell phone. I grabbed an oven mitt and removed the burned sheet of brownies from the oven as a fire truck pulled up in front of my house!
Once the firemen realized everything was under control, they went on their way. I thanked my lucky stars! I started the baking process over again, making sure I set the timer and put it on the table next to me. While working on a layout and relaxing, the timer rang and the brownies were done. I didn't burn them this time! After adding some sprinkles to the top, I went back to my layout and added a ribbon, a green button and some stitching and considered it finished! Since the sun was still shining, I went outside to sit under the shade of a tree and write in my journal. As I sat there, the school bus came and dropped the girls off. I took them inside and told them about all the excitement. What a Thursday!
Brownie Recipe Cards
Mischief Week wouldn't be the same without chocolate, right? Our Scrap Girls Design Team has cooked up their favorite brownies and created recipe cards just for you! Check out the Newsletter each day for high-resolution downloads of these designer-crafted goodies – a high energy, no carb treat that's sure to please everyone!
Recipe Card by Lore Shattuck
Click HERE to download the high-resolution version of this card.
Recipe Card by Kim Meeder
Click HERE to download the high-resolution version of this card.
Mischief Week Chat Schedule
Thursday, April 28, 2011
- 2:00PM MT - Thursday Challenge Chat
Join Pat (PBarnes) for the Mischief Week Thursday Challenge Chat at 2pm MT. The challenge will be posted first thing in the morning as always and then we'll meet at in the Chat Room for some mischievous fun and games.
- 4:00PM MT - Out of the Box Challenge Chat
Get out of that box! Angela (angelaNussbaum) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) will be challenging you to do something fun and different on your layout in this mischievous chat scheduled at 4pm MT.
- 6:00PM MT - ScrapSimple - Use It! Chat
Amy (mimes1) and Angela (angelaNussbaum) are hosting a ScrapSimple - Use It! chat at 6pm MT. Join us in this special edition chat for Mischief Week! We will focus on a challenge and learn to use some fun ScrapSimple products!
- 7:00PM MT - Brownie Recipe Swap Chat
Is there anything better than a warm brownie from the oven? Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for a Brownie Recipe Swap. Create a recipe card to share with a fun brownie recipe, then come and discuss the gooey chocolate goodness!
Friday, April 29, 2011
- 9:00AM MT - What's New (or Old) Chat
Join April (April Showers) at 9am MT on 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! In a mischievous twist, we'll also talk about some older products too. What are your favorites? Come ready to share.
- 12:00Noon MT - Customer Submitted Challenge Crop
Join Lei (Bride) and Debbie (B&K mom) for the Mischief Week Friday Customer Challenge Chat at 12 Noon MT. I will post the Customer submitted challenge in the morning as always and then we'll meet at in the Chat Room for some mischief and mayhem! Please bring a sack lunch!
- 3:00PM MT - Mischievous Siggy Challenge Chat
Join Lei (Bride) and Angela (angelaNussbaum) at 3pm MT for a special edition of Mischievous Signature Challenge/Chat. This is sure to be a fun time of pure silliness!
- 5:00PM MT - Scraplifting Challenge Chat
It's Mischief Week! Join Angela (angelaNussbaum) in the chat room at 5pm MT for a crop and chat about scraplifting! Scraplifting can be a huge source of inspiration to you and your layouts, and it's a lot of fun for the person who inspired you. Come and join in the fun we will be having!
- 6:00PM MT - Speed Scrap Chat
Are you ready for some speed - Mischief Week style? Join Carla (CRS) and Angela (angelaNussbaum) in the chat room at 6pm MT and we'll give you six tasks, spread out over an hour, to include in your layouts. It's a challenge because you never know what will be required next!
- 8:00PM MT - Late Night Scrappers' Chat
Are you a night owl? Do you stay up until the wee hours of the morning scrapping? Join Cheri (Cheri T) and Ashleigh (caprimom) in the chat room at 8pm MT for some late night scrapping and fun.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
- 10:00AM MT - Saturday Color Challenge Chat - Debbie & Carla
- 2:00PM MT - Sketch Challenge Chat - Cheri & Theresa
- 6:00PM MT - Swap Crop - Angela & Carla
- 7:00PM MT - Cram the Chat Room - Theresa & Cheri
- 8:00PM MT - PJ Party Chat - Angela & Theresa
* Schedule is subject to change... stay tuned to the Newsletter and Forum for the latest Mischief Week happenings!
One Technique I Used on This Layout: Clustering Embellishments
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 with Windows 7
When you create a layout, do you ever look at it and think that it just doesn't look finished? That something isn't balanced, or something isn’t "right" about your layout? I am going to share a simple technique today that I use to help me give a finished and balanced feeling to a layout - especially when I'm struggling with it flowing.
Often, it's not so much that you have the wrong elements in your layout - it's just that you need to position them just a little bit differently on your page. It's mostly about that "feeling" that your layout is finally balanced and finally flowing together. Sometimes it's hard to explain just why it feels off or unbalanced, but trust those instincts that say your layout isn't all it could be. Generally, if you just move something around a bit and play with your layout, you'll figure it out - and suddenly, your layout will feel finished and balanced.
Let me demonstrate what I mean. In this first layout of my daughters' fuzzy boots, I have decided on the elements I want to use. I've placed them in my layout, but it just feels "off" to me. I love the colors of my elements and my papers, but my layout just doesn't seem to flow like I want it to.
So, I am going to turn to my old standby - doing something that I really like to do when my layout isn't coming together: Create clusters or groupings of elements. When elements touch each other, you create a way for the eye to flow from one element to the next. This gives your layout a finished feeling without a whole lot of work involved.
I moved some elements around and came up with the layout below.
I moved the word fuzzy so it's just over the circle framing the boots, and I moved the brads up, so they are touching both the word fuzzy and the frame element. I tucked my flower in behind the O on boots, and I moved the photo of my daughter over the T - which I ended up really liking, because it echoes the O for boots. (Bonus tip: Did you notice how I used the circle frame as an O?) I think that by making those simple changes, this layout is finished!
Layout by Joann Brown
Article written by Joann Brown
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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!
Layout by Cherise Oleson
Designer Freebie by Cherise Oleson coordinates with her Brownie Collection Mini
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What's New Chat
Friday, April 29th - 9:00AM MT
Join April (April Showers) at 9am MT on 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!
Scraplifting Challenge Chat
Friday, April 29th - 5:00PM MT
Are you in a rut? Do you need some inspiration? Join Angela (angelaNussbaum) in the chat room at 5pm MT for a crop and chat about scraplifting! Scraplifting can be a huge source of inspiration to you and your layouts, and it's a lot of fun for the person who inspired you. Come and see what fun we will be having!
Speed Scrap Chat
Friday, April 29th - 6:00PM MT
Ready for some speed? We'll give you six tasks, spread out over an hour, to include in your layouts. It's a challenge because you never know what will be required next!! Join Carla (CRS) and Angela (angelaNussbaum) at 6pm MT!
Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, April 30th - 6:00PM MT
It's time for the Swap Crop Chat with Angela (angelaNussbaum) and Carla (CRS)! 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. We'll brainstorm a theme for next month, too!
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.
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!
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.)
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!