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Today's Special of the Day!

Fresh Air Collection Biggie
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Each week on Tuesdays, we will be spotlighting one designer and one of their favorite products. This product will be on sale for one day only at 30% off!

This week's designer spotlight is on Cherise Oleson. In a short interview with Cherise, she shared these comments with us...

While visiting some out-of-town family for Easter, I saw a couple of little girls with adorable matching dresses in bright turquoise and green. It was such a breath of fresh air to see these vibrant colors among the sea of pinks, yellows and other more traditional Easter dress colors.As soon as I got home, I started designing this collection and named it "Fresh Air" in honor of that feeling I had when I saw those dresses!

1. What programs do you use?

Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop CS3

2. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate with chunks of chocolate and stuff in it.

Cherise Oleson
Cherise Oleson

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie * JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 Here Comes the Sun

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Digital scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Lots of Shots 3 * Arts N Crafty Kids Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Lots of Shots 3 and Arts N Crafty Kids Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fold and Curl Camille's Garden Collection Mini Camille's Garden Paper Mini 2
La Bonne Vie Collection Mini Dearest Mum Collection Mini Winter's Wish Nano Collection
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fold and Curl, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Super Pack: Take Wing * Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Take Wing

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sarah Batdorf

Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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Juliet Collection Mini JIF 6: Juliet Beaute Botanique Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501  

Commercial license versions of Juliet Collection Mini, JIF 6: Juliet, Beaute Botanique Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Laurel Lakey

Layout by Laurel Lakey
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Brush Set: Butterfly Meadow Being With You Collection Biggie Chic Embroidery Collection
Everyday Moments Collection Biggie Tell The Story Collection Love Struck Collection
  Follow Your Bliss Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Butterfly Meadow, Chic Embroidery Collection, Everyday Moments Collection Biggie and Tell The Story Collection are also available.

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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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Layouts About Mom
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:
- What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
- Life Muse by Ro
- Back to the Basics: What Are Convention Classes?
- ScrapSimple Club
- Tips from the Pros: Layouts about Mom
- Designer Freebie
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- Online Classes Currently Available
- Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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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!

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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

If you edit your creativity too much...

  • You lose track of your idea before you can express it.

  • You become hyper-aware of what you are doing, and the creative process will cease.

  • You never finish your first draft.

  • You won't experiment with new things.

  • Everything you do becomes too "precious," and you will be overly connected with what has happened instead of looking ahead for the next idea.

  • You lose your sense of your voice as you attempt to express what you think others want to hear instead of using the voice that God gave you.

  • You get stuck looking for missing periods and stray commas instead of trying to locate the point you hope to express.

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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

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Food recipes, homemaking tips, gardening, quilting, and other neat stuff her mom and grandma taught her

Back to the Basics

What Are Convention Classes?

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS2 with Windows XP

In the past few years, Scrap Girls has held two Digital Scrap Link Conventions in Salt Lake City, Utah. These have been incredible events for all who attended. Not only were you able to meet the Scrap Girls team in real life, you were able to meet and get to know other women who have a love for digital scrapbooking.

Part of the convention was dedicated to learning new digital scrapbooking skills. Teachers were selected from the design and layout teams, and those attending were able to learn firsthand from the combined talents and skills of the instructors. I had the opportunity to teach both years and loved sharing my first love of fine art and painting in the digital world.

Scrap Girls 2009 Digital Scrap Link Class: Creating a Painting With Styles
Scrap Girls 2009 Digital Scrap Link Class: Creating a Painting With Styles

Each conference session had limited seating, but we knew many would want to learn the skills taught at the convention, so Scrap Girls added these Digital Scrap Link Classes as a downloadable eBook for purchase. This makes it easy for you to take classes one at a time and learn the same techniques that the participants experienced at the convention.

Scrap Girls Ebooks come in convenient PDF format.

Each eBook comes in a simple PDF format with step-by-step instructions and screenshots to make it easy for you to learn the techniques and follow along. It can easily be viewed via your computer screen or printed out to have on hand as you work through the class individually.

Style set included with Convention eBook purchase.

Some classes even come with extra products or supplies to make it easy for you to follow right along with the teacher. For my class, Scrap Girls 2009 Digital Scrap Link Class: Creating a Painting With Styles, you receive a free style set that gives you the ability to create the texture and effects of canvas, oil paint, and watercolor on your photos.

Digital Scrapbook Ebook Tutorial: Sample of photo.

In my specific class, I show you how to take a simple photo like this one of my son...

Digital Scrapbook Ebook Tutorial: Photo edited with eBook techinique.

...and turn it into a textured painting on canvas with basic styles and layers. There are so many fun ways to use this technique, and before you know it, you'll be turning all your photos into paintings!

The great thing about the convention classes is that there are so many unique classes - from photography to designing to layout construction and more - that you can easily find a class that will interest you and help you take your skills to the next level. Why don't you go check them out for yourself? I'm sure you'll find something that you'd like to learn how to do!

One thing I love about digitally scrapping these paintings is trying to find a way to frame it or display it on my layout so that it feels like you could reach out and touch it in the frame and feel the texture of the canvas and paint. That part is just as fun as creating the painting itself!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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Scrap Girls 2009 Digital Scrap Link Class: Creating a Painting With Styles Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: From the Desk Of JIF 6: Needed
  Fall Watercolors Collection Mini  

Commercial license versions of Fall Watercolors Collection Mini are also available.

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Other Products You May Enjoy...

Scrap Girls 2008 Digital Scrap Link Class: A Fine Art Touch to Your Layouts Scrap Girls 2009 Digital Scrap Link Class: Let There Be Light Scrap Girls 2009 Digital Scrap Link Class: Combining ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates

Shalae Tippetts
Article written by Shalae Tippetts

ScrapSimple Club

The April ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Durin Eberhart and Shalae Tippetts.

Join the ScrapSimple Monthly Club and you can enjoy the newest ScrapSimple looks while saving! (A $13.95 value for $6.99 or less!)

The new ScrapSimple Club contents are released on the 15th day of the month (or the closest business day to the 15th).

With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Template
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 2 Designer's Choice Item

A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.

April's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Durin Eberhart and Shalae Tippetts

Exclusive content from April's ScrapSimple Club

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

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

and two Club Exclusive tutorials!

Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts using April's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts using April's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio using April's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Armi Custodio using April's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts using April's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts using April's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips From The Pros

Layouts about Mom

Our snow has finally melted, Easter eggs have been hidden and found, and the chocolate bunny has been devoured. Spring is in full swing and now it's time to turn our attention to Mother's Day!

How do you put everything your mom means to you in one layout? Maybe it's not possible... maybe you need an entire digital scrapbooking album to express how you feel about your mom, what she means to you, or to describe her personality. Maybe you can't even decide where to begin!

Here are some tips that may help you get started:

  • Your mom was a little girl once. If she is still with you, ask her what she was like as a child or have her tell you a childhood story. Then use old photos, if you have them, and add journaling to create a digital scrapbook layout from her perspective.

  • Ask her some questions like: What is your favorite movie, song, or book? What is your favorite part of being a mom? What is your pet peeve? What is your favorite flower? You get the idea!

  • Write out a list of words that describe your mom and then create a page about her character, her qualities, and/or her personality traits. Many of our designers have included descriptive word art in their digital scrapbooking collections. I bet you could find most of the words you come up with right there in your digital stash!

  • Use journaling to describe a memory or a funny story about your mom.

  • Ask yourself some questions about your mom. What is your favorite thing about her? What do you think is her pet peeve? What is that one thing she says all the time, the one thing that you just know she's going to say in a certain circumstance? What did you think about her when you were a teenager, and how has your perception changed now that you are older?

  • Is there a famous quote that describes your mother perfectly? Use it and create your own word art using different fonts and alphas.

For my layout, I wanted to use some silly pictures that were taken at my mom's 70th birthday dinner. Then I decided to use three simple words that describe my mom (loving, honest, fun), along with one sentence - "I am a mom, and I take my job very seriously!" I used the first four words to create a catchy title and then placed the rest of the sentence on a journal mat.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Janine Buckles

Layout by Janine Buckles
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His and Hers Collection Biggie Out of the Box Collection Prayer and Praise Collection Mini
Upcycle Collection Urban Gazette Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie
  Lettering Delights Eyeliner Font  

Commercial license versions of His and Hers Collection Biggie, Urban Gazette Collection, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie and Lettering Delights Eyeliner Font are also available.

Janine Buckles
Article written by Janine Buckles

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Paint Shop Pro (PSP) X

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop

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 Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fabric Button Special
Designer Freebie by Shalae Tippetts coordinates with her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fabric Buttons, part of this month's ScrapSimple Club offering!

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fabric Buttons ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Woodland Applique ScrapSimple Paper Templates: When I Was Young
Humble Christmas 2 Collection Mini   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Micro Glitter 6401 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fabric Buttons, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Woodland Applique, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: When I Was Young, Humble Christmas 2 Collection Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Micro Glitter 6401 Super Biggie are also available.

Shalae Tippetts
Today's freebie designed by Shalae Tippetts

* There is a "free download" button on the details page for each gift. You don't need to put them in your shopping cart unless you are shopping for other items. Also note that if you are slow reading your newsletter, you may find this freebie has already been retired, as the freebies are only available as gifts for about two newsletter cycles.

What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

Life Moments Crop
Tuesday, May 3rd - 12:00Noon MT

Join Carla (CRS) for another Life Moments Crop! This crop focuses on you, the scrapper, creating a scrapbook one layout at a time. The theme for this crop will "What have you done for yourself lately?". Hope to see you there!

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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, May 3rd - 6:00PM MT

Do you use your digi-supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card you can save money and have fun making cards with your digital stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and join April (April Showers) and Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. Can't wait to see you there!

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Project SG Chat
Tuesday, May 3rd - 7:00PM MT

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) to hear all the details about Project SG! You can win prizes for taking part in this Challenge. It is never too late to start. See you in the chatroom at 7pm MT!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 4th - 10:00AM MT

Join April (April Showers) each 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 May 4th, we'll do a Flower Challenge. You can use photos of flowers that are in bloom, use a floral paper, or embellish your page with lots of beautiful flowers. It is up to you! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!

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ATC Swap Crop and Chat
Wednesday, May 4th - 6:00PM MT

Please join Lei (Bride) and Elisha (elibar) in the chatroom for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap Crop/Chat on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm MT. Come see what everyone has created and we'll talk about next month's topic. We're looking forward to seeing you there.

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NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, May 5th - 2:00PM 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 Pat (PBarnes) at 2pm MT in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!

Games

May Message Board Game: Spotlight on the Boutique!

Each day during May (with the exceptions of Sundays), a member of the Welcoming Committee will post a layout in the official game thread. The layout will correspond with a product in the Scrap Girls Boutique and will be either the only layout or directly to the right of the product image on the product details page. A spotlight circle will show a portion of the layout you are to search for. If the layout is not identified by the following morning, a second spotlight circle will be added to the layout. This will be repeated until the product is identified.

To participate, search the Boutique for the layout and post a link to the product page in the official game thread. One guess per member per day. The winner will be drawn from all members who correctly identify a product throughout the month. The winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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

Contests

May Monthly Layout Contest: What's blooming in your yard, garden, or neighborhood right now? For those in the northern hemisphere, it would be spring flowers. For those in the southern hemisphere, it would be flowers of the fall variety. For May's layout contest, show us what's blooming in your neck of the woods or show us photos of your favorite flowers. Post your layouts in the May Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on May 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen, you will win a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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Check our message board calendar if you have any questions about what is happening at Scrap Girls. All event times are given in Mountain Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-Utah-Salt Lake City' as the location for the Mountain time zone.)

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