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Mischief Week Sale! Save 21.9% off almost everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight, April 30th (MT).

It's finally here... MISCHIEF WEEK!!

For the uninitiated, Mischief Week is a five-day event of mayhem and madness, located in our newsletter, forum, and chat room. We have lots of games, contests, crops, and free classes for you. We give away prizes like we are losing our minds. Keep an eye on the newsletter because new silliness is announced in almost every issue!

Because we like to spoil you a little bit during Mischief Week, we're celebrating with a big sale. Almost everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique is 21.9% off! But you know how it goes; the sale will be over at Midnight, MDT on April 30th.

But WAIT... there's even more!

Zip Kit: Pixie Mischief

If you spend $10.00 or more, you'll receive the Zip Kit: Pixie Mischief without charge! This adorable kit was made for you by Syndee Nuckles and it coordinates with her Pixie Mischief Nano Collection perfectly!

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Save an extra 5% off with this coupon towards any purchase in the Scrap Girls Boutique!

Oh no... Brownies are running wild all over Scrap Girls and they tied Ro to her chair until she agreed to give you an extra 5% off of your purchase total!

The coupon code to enter when checking out: BROWNIES (all capital letters)

The Brownies are also insisting that Ro tell you that the coupon will work for absolutely everything in the Boutique - whether or not it is on sale. (Hint. Hint.)

So run straight to the Boutique right now... The Brownie magic only works for THREE days and the coupon will expire promptly at Midnight MDT on April 30th!

(*The reason that the discount doesn't add up as you might expect is because the store takes the extra discount from the sale price total.)

 

Cute Stuff

Digital scrapbook layout by Paula Wright

Layout by Paula Wright
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Time Traveler Alpha Mini - Round Time Traveler Word Art Mini - Gears Time Traveler Collection Biggie

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Super Pack: Well Traveled ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photos 6301 ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Postage
  Happy Summer Collection Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photos 6301 and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Postage are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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These first two products are 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 Embellishment Templates: Fabric Buttons ScrapSimple Paper Templates: When I Was Young Carnival Ride Collection Mini
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Micro Glitter 6401 Super Biggie Murano Collection Biggie Merry and Bright Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fabric Buttons, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: When I Was Young, Carnival Ride Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Micro Glitter 6401 Super Biggie and Merry and Bright Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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Brush Set: Meow Meow Paper Mini Day To Day Life Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sandstone 4901 Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Corner Them Molly Milkshakes Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Meow, Meow Paper Mini, Day To Day Life Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sandstone 4901 Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Corner Them and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sheri Johnson

Layout by Sheri Johnson
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Twilight Magic Midnight Paper Mini Twilight Magic Collection Biggie Autumn Harmony Collection Mini
  JIF 6 by Sheri Johnson  

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Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Sassafras Collection Biggie Just Be You Collection Biggie Pressed for Time Embellishment Biggie

Commercial license versions of Just Be You Collection Biggie and Pressed for Time Embellishment Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder

Layout by Kim Meeder
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Easy Page Pro Album: 4x6 Early Spring * Early Spring Collection

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If you have praise, comments, or questions for any of our Product Designers or Layout Artists, did you know you can send them a PM (private message) using the Message Board? It's easy!

If you are a registered user of the Message Board, just click on the "PM" box at the bottom of any of their posts to send them a message. Or, to check out more of your favorite designer's layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section of the Layout Gallery.

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Text on a Path
Friday, April 29, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:
- 21.9% off Mischief Week Sale, plus a 5% off Coupon!
- Cute Stuff
- Life Muse by Ro
- Photography Friday: Interesting Backgrounds
- Scrap Girls Club
- Special Event: Mischief Week
- Tips from the Pros: Managing Type Paths
- Designer Freebie
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- Online Classes Currently Available
- Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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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 second quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, July 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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Life Muse by Ro

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

Quote-a-mania! Here are some great, thought-provoking quotes to get your mind racing...

"Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas." - Paula Poundstone

"The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain." - Colin Wilson

"Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece." - Ralph Charell

"It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - Will of Occam

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." - Mark Twain

"An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field." - Niels Bohn

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain

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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!

Follow Ro's popular blog – RoPaxman.com
Blog-only muses and humor pieces, inside scoop of Ro's life, photo journals, and more

Follow Ro's newest blog – How Mom Did It
Food recipes, homemaking tips, gardening, quilting, and other neat stuff her mom and grandma taught her

Photography Friday

Interesting Backgrounds

I'm a photographer, and I'm always on the hunt.

When I'm out and about doing my regular errands or out shopping or meeting up with friends, I always have my eye out, quietly searching for something great. There are no guarantees that I'll find what I'm looking for or that I'll even have access to what I want – it's usually hit or miss.

What am I searching for? It's not a screaming deal or a perfect pair of shoes. It's not even a celebrity sighting. No, it's a background. It's a scene. Or even just a patch of graffiti on an abandoned wall. I'm looking for anything interesting or eye-catching that I can use in my photography - for clients, friends, or family.

The type of background that I tend to search for is a wall with texture or dimension, such as this amazing brick wall that I found in the downtown area of my city.

Digital Photography Tutorial: Urban brick wall.

I mean, sure, it doesn't look like much when you see it as a blank wall with a stroller sitting in front of it. But trust me, this is a great spot! Not only does it have the texture and detail that I'm looking for, but it also creates a great open shade area that can produce a really soft, pretty light for portraits. (Want to know more about lighting for your photography, including open shade? Check out the Scrap Girls 2009 Digital Scrap Link Class: Let There Be Light.)

Here is an example of a cute little subject in front of what was a plain-looking wall:

Digital Photography Tutorial: Portrait of a child.

Isn't he just adorable? And young! This photo was taken exactly two years ago today.

But I digress. What I want you to pay attention to is the visual interest that this brick wall brings to the photo. Instead of just having this image seem like a snapshot, it has more artistic presence because of the background. And I love the way the bricks in the wall play off the stripes in my son's shirt.

Here's another example of a portrait in front of another brick wall. This time the wall is more out of focus, which draws attention to the subject in the photo, but still adds interest because of the pattern of the brick.

Digital Photography Tutorial: Portrait taken in front of brick wall.

You don't just have to use brick walls either! Here is an example of a great portrait with some soft green foliage growing on the side of a hill that served as a good background.

Digital Photography Tutorial: Portrait taken with a foliage background.

I can't go on without showing you one of my favorite background spots. I found it quite by accident while heading out to the store one day. It's this gorgeous walkway with vine-covered trellises that are beautifully green in the winter (our Southern California winter, if you can call it that), and they explode with blossoms in the spring.

Digital Photography Tutorial: Example of a trellis background.

What you can't immediately tell in this photograph is that this walkway is right in the middle of the parking lot, so just outside the frame of my photo are a bunch of cars, the names of some of the stores, and other random things. Of course, with some creative positioning and cropping, you'd never know. But that just goes to show you that you can find great photo backgrounds in unexpected places.

There's nothing like finding that new favorite spot that I know will be great for my next photo shoot or personal photos. And you can never tell where it will be. So get out there, open your eyes, take a page out of my book and start looking for your own fun and interesting backgrounds just waiting to be used in your next photo.

Because, you see, I'm a photographer, and I'm always on the hunt. Won't you join me?

- Laurel

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Digital scrapbook layout by Laurel Lakey

Layout by Laurel Lakey
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Scrap Girls 2009 Digital Scrap Link Class: Let There Be Light JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 Promise Vigor and Vim Collection Biggie
  Zoo Collection Mini  

Commercial license versions of Zoo Collection Mini are also available.

Laurel Lakey
Article by Laurel Lakey

Scrap Girls Club

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 Brandy Murry using April's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry 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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Scrap Girls Special Event

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!

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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..."

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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!

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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!

Digital recipe card by Katherine Weaver

Recipe Card by Katherine Weaver
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Click HERE to download the high-resolution version of this card.

B. Sweet Collection Biggie High School Edge Collection Biggie Make a Wish Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 4x6 Cook It  

Commercial license versions of Make a Wish Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 4x6 Cook It are also available.

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Digital recipe card by Brandy Murry

Recipe Card by Brandy Murry
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Click HERE to download the high-resolution version of this card.

Pure White Paper Brush Set: Bon Appetit Biggie Design Pack: Inked Text
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dirty Press Calm 5401 Biggie   Dynamic Brush Set: Spray Paint 5401

Commercial license versions of Pure White Paper, Brush Set: Bon Appetit Biggie, Design Pack: Inked Text, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dirty Press Calm 5401 Biggie and Dynamic Brush Set: Spray Paint 5401 are also available.

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Mischief Week Chat Schedule

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
    Join Debbie (B&K Mom) and Carla (CRS) for a special Mischief Week Color Challenge Chat. Watch the Message Board for the Color Challenge, then come to the chat and find out what mischief we'll be adding to the challenge. Don't expect this week's Color Challenge to go by without a twist! See you in the Chat Room at 10am MT!

  • 2:00PM MT - Sketch Challenge Chat
    Join us for a special Mischief Week edition of the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) and Theresa (tiza126) on Saturday, April 30 at 2pm MT in the Scrap Girls Chat Room! Enjoy getting a little creative boost for your pages? Do you need help getting started? Then this is the challenge for you! A few hours before the chat begins, I'll post a link for you to download the sketch. Use it as the starting point for your page; be inspired by the basic arrangement; flip things around or scraplift the whole thing hook, line, and sinker.

  • 6:00PM MT - Swap Crop Chat
    It's time for the Silly 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! 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!

  • 7:00PM MT - Cram the Chatroom!
    Let's do it! Let's cram the chat room! Join Theresa (tiza126) and Cheri (Cheri T) on Saturday, April 30th at 7pm MT in the chat room lobby as we fill it up. We'll have tons of fun and lots of mischief! Hope to see everyone there!

  • 8:00PM MT - PJ Party Chat
    What Mischief Week would be complete without a PJ party? Not this one! Join Theresa (tiza126) and Angela (angelaNussbaum) on Saturday, April 30th at 8pm MT for one last hurrah. Though this is the last Mischief Week chat, it's still loaded with fun games, prizes and more! You won't want to miss this one, so throw on some PJ's, get some ice cream and come join us!

* Schedule is subject to change... stay tuned to the Newsletter and Forum for the latest Mischief Week happenings!

Tips From The Pros

How to Manage Type Paths in ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 7 with Windows Vista

Where and how you add journaling to your layouts can be just as important as adding embellishments. Not only does it help tell the story behind the photo or memory you're sharing by creating your page, it also helps in adding those finishing touches.

That's why a favorite product of mine is ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates that contain type paths. The base of your layout is set up for you, and you only have to add your photos and embellishments. Your journaling spots are already there, too, and all you have to do is add your own story.

Today, I'm going to show you how quick and easy it is to add your text to these paths. First, open your ScrapSimple Digital Layout Template. For this tutorial, I'm using ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 10, and I'm using template 4.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial: Digital layout template shows were text will go.

You will see on your layout template that there is a sample text. That shows you how the text will be laid out once you have finished adding your journaling. In the template I chose, the journaling block is set to be the same size as the photo underneath it. All templates are not the same; for example, template 2 in the same series is set up to journal around a photo, as you can see below:

Digital Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial: Example of text around a photo.

Once you choose your template, adding the journaling is the easy part. First, find your text layer in the Layers Palette, and then click once on this layer to make it the active layer. Next, click once on Text Tool in the Tools Palette to make the Text Tool active.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial: Edit text using the Text Tool.

Place your mouse cursor in front of the first letter in the type on your layout, hold down the left mouse button and drag your mouse down to highlight all the text. Release your left mouse button. This will make your text path active by selecting it, and you are ready to start typing.

As you type, you will notice that Photoshop or Photoshop Elements will automatically space your words so that they fit within that box. That means that as you type, you don't have to worry about getting close to the end of your line and when to click your Enter key (to move to the next line). Just keep typing, and your program will take care of all that for you!

You also don’t have to keep your text in one paragraph. If you are working with a long and narrow text path, such as I did in this template, and you want to start a new paragraph, just hit the Enter key on your keyboard twice to start a new paragraph and you’ll be ready to keep typing.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial: New paragraph within text path.

Once you have completed your journaling, you can go back and change the color, font, and font size. To do this, highlight the text again: Place the mouse cursor near first letter of the first word, click the left mouse button, and drag your mouse down to highlight all your text. Make sure your Text Tool is active in the Tools Palette. Go to the control panel at the top of your screen and choose your font, font size, and color.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial: Change font.

Working with text paths within ScrapSimple Digital Layout templates is really as simple as typing your journaling and customizing your final outcome. Text paths make it easier for you to tell your stories!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 10 Splash Of Color Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Realistic Shadows - Basic 11301

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 10, Splash Of Color Collection and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Realistic Shadows - Basic 11301 are also available.

Angie Briggs
Article written by Angie Briggs

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements

MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements

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 Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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Irish Blessings Paper Mini Special
Designer Freebie by Julie White coordinates with her Irish Blessings Paper Super Mini

Irish Blessings Collection Mini * Irish Blessings Embellishment Mini

Julie White
Today's freebie designed by Julie White

* 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

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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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