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Today's Special of the Day!

Scrap Pack Biggie: Stylize
Save 30% off this Scrap Pack Biggie today only!

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 Brandy Hackman. In a short interview with Brandy, she shared these comments with us...

Since about 75% of the photos I scrap are of my boys, I tend the create collections that have a bit of a masculine edge. My Stylize products reflect this tendancy. Although I admit that I almost always throw in a couple of floral and softer papers and embellis, because the girl in me can't resist! After all, I am ocassionally in a photo that is scrap-worthy, too!

1. What is currently playing on your iPod/radio?

"Angel" by Shaggy

2. When designing a collection, what do you start with first? Papers, embellishments, word art?

Definitely papers.

Brandy Hackman
Brandy Hackman

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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* Design Pack: Paper Templates A Quiet Place *

Commercial license versions of Design Pack: Paper Templates A Quiet Place are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Julie Moberly

Layout by Julie Moberly
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Brush Set: Rough It Up ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rough It Up Girly Girl Collection Biggie
Girly Girl Solids Paper Mini   ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Circles

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Rough It Up, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rough It Up, Girly Girl Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Circles are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Wanted Paper Mini Wanted Collection JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 Wanted 2

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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* JIF 6: About a Boy *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Western Rodeo * Western Rodeo Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Western Rodeo and Western Rodeo Collection Biggie 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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Blending Paper Templates
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:
- Today's Special of the Day
- What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
- Open Call: Digital Scrapbooking Instructors
- Life Muse by Ro
- Back to the Basics: Using Paper Templates and Blending Modes
- ScrapSimple Club
- Scrap Girls Club Tips & Tricks
- Designer Freebie
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- 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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Scrap Girls Is Looking For Digital Scrapbooking Instructors!

Scrap Girls is looking for qualified digital scrapbooking teachers to teach Photoshop and Photoshop Elements classes. Teachers will be required to create class PDFs that will be reviewed prior to class. Teachers have complete flexibility in scheduling classes.

Candidates must have strong skills in Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements and exhibit strong layout design skills. Knowledge of both programs is a plus. They must be warm and friendly, comfortably handle fast-paced chat room situations, and be able to easily answer questions that arise regarding their particular software area of expertise.

Candidates will be required to audition for this paid position. There will be a list of topics available from which classes can be developed; however, the teachers are encouraged to present their own ideas for approval as well.

Please contact Katherine Weaver at [email protected] for more details. If you are interested in applying, please forward to Katherine an up-to-date resume as well as a sample tutorial you have written. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Life Muse by Ro

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

A flamingo among crows, her pink velour track suit and silver, sparkly runners set her apart from her fellow travelers who were largely dressed in denim and black. She vaguely considered the contrast she added to the crowd. She briefly wondered if she looked like she was on her way to a retirement home in Florida. She even entertained the thought that perhaps there were those in the crowd that considered her off-kilter because she, quite obviously, didn't read the dress code memo of the day.

Softly smiling to herself, she realized that she liked being different. She always had. She liked singing her own songs, telling her own tales, and walking on her own line.

"Isn't it interesting," she thought, "that most people are afraid of their own voices? How many women would wear bright pink track suits to the airport - as soft, snuggly, and comfortable as pajamas - if they only dared to be a flamingo among crows?

Muse Photo: Airport travlers.

Muse Photo: Ro.

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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 the Basics

Using Paper Templates and Blending Modes

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 with Mac OS 10.5.8 - Leopard

ScrapSimple Paper Templates are incredibly versatile! This tutorial will teach you the basics of using Blending Modes to create an effect on paper with your ScrapSimple Paper Templates.

First, open the paper you want to create an effect on, such as a paper from Beautiful Garden Collection, which I have used here. Then open a ScrapSimple Paper Template from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Circus and drag it onto your paper.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Open background paper and paper template.

At the top of the Layers Palette are the Blending Modes. It's a pull-down menu box that says "Normal." Click on "Normal" and a menu of Blending Mode options will appear. Select an option and see what it looks like. The example below uses "Color Burn." All of the gray and black areas of the ScrapSimple template have now turned into shades of green as it has "blended" with the background paper.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Select Blending Mode.

Selecting a Blending Mode isn't the only thing you can do. Just to the right of the Blending Modes menu are boxes for Opacity and Fill. The percent values in these boxes determine how much blending occurs and in what fashion. Lowering the Opacity percentage also alters all effects added to a layer, like shadows and strokes, etc. Lowering the Fill percentage does not alter these effects. Changing these percentages will give you different results, based on the specific qualities of the layers being blended and the chosen Blending Mode.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change Fill and Opacity.

Below are two more samples of Blending Modes using the exact same layers. The "Overlay" mode gives a more washed-out effect, while the "Luminosity" mode maintains the light and dark nature of the original ScrapSimple template.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Sample of Blending Modes.

Combining Blending Modes and ScrapSimple Paper Templates is a simple way to create a myriad of effects in digital scrapbooking. Play around and have fun creating one-of-a-kind designs with Blending Modes and ScrapSimple Templates!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Circus Beautiful Garden Collection Strawberry Jubilee Collection
New York City Collection   Brush Set: Time Traveler - Clouds Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Circus and Brush Set: Time Traveler - Clouds Biggie are also available.

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Other Products You May Enjoy...

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: School Memories * ScrapSimple Paper Templates: New York City

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: School Memories and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: New York City are also available.

Julie White
Article written by Julie White

ScrapSimple Club

The May ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Kim Meeder and Rozanne Paxman.

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.

May's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Kim Meeder and Rozanne Paxman

Exclusive content from May'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 Ro
Layout by Ro using May's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Jennifer Wight
Layout by Jennifer Wight using May's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder
Layout by Kim Meeder using May's ScrapSimple Club
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Scrap Girls Clubs: Tips and Tricks

Scrap Girls Club for May 2011

The Scrap Girls Monthly Club allows you to get all of the newest looks while saving money! It is perfect for anyone who wants beautiful, coordinated digital scrapbooking supplies that are easy to use. You get all the products shown above a $40.59 value, for $9.99 or less! Plus, each month we will help you find new ways to use your club contents to the fullest with this article full of ideas, tips, and projects to get your creativity going!

NEW! Members-Only club content! Now Scrap Girls Club members receive three exclusive, members-only Club products every month! These new products include a JIFFY Easy Page Album - five layered PSD files of your favorite Club layouts designed by the professionals at Scrap Girls just for this Club, one Designer's Gift item - a product chosen by the Club's designer, and a Color Palette which you can use to coordinate your photos and ScrapSimple products with this month's Club to make it an even bigger value!

May's Scrap Girls Club's featured designer is Brandy Murry. Her club will make your digital scrapbooking layouts and altered projects feel like true masterpieces, no matter your subject!

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A Summertime Banner Craft

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Windows 7

I have really been into banners this month, because I'm in charge of a craft at church (which is... you guessed it - a banner!).

You've probably seen what I'm talking about – the pendant-type banners are all the rage around the Internet. They are hung for whatever purpose or reason - Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's Day, Easter - and they are so festive and fun! I'm smitten with banners.

So it comes as no surprise that when I saw Brandy Murry's Scrap Girls Club for May, the first thing that came to my mind was the thought that this Club selection would make a fantastic banner! And it did....

My banner was so absolutely easy to create in Photoshop and so easy to assemble. This is the perfect craft-in-a-jiffy for any crafter-on-the-go. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want. The sky is truly the limit here.

The first step to creating the banner is to decide on the size of your triangular pendant pieces. I wanted to stick with a size that I could print on 8.5x11-inch paper.

First, find a triangle shape in Photoshop and draw it on a layer. (Check out the Shapes Palette for all sorts of fabulous Photoshop shapes.)

Next, click-and-drag papers and embellishments to use on your pendant. Use clipping masks (Ctrl+G in Photoshop Elements; Ctrl+Shift+G in Photoshop) to "clip" your papers and embellishments to the triangle shape.

Make a different document for each triangular pendant. Also, make sure you don't create two pendants right next to each other in the same colors – be sure to vary them for interest.

That's it! That's really all the thought it takes. For my banner, I used some of Brandy Murry's pre-finished digital scrapbooking pages – the exclusive Members-Only JIFFY Easy Page Album - 12x12: Zoomba. You can't get easier than using a product that's already finished!

After designing your banner, you will print out each page separately and cut out each. I simply used a paper cutter. Then I used miniature clothespins (from the scrapbooking section of a local store) to attach the pendants to a length of ribbon. I love the clothespins because my banner pendants become interchangeable. As the mood strikes, I can create endless pendants to hang over my fireplace.

The colors and style of this Club collection were absolutely perfect for a summertime pendant – so that is exactly what I used it for. I think I used practically every piece in the entire collection at least once (if not more than once). Everything is so fun and coordinated – which is what I absolutely love about the Scrap Girls Club collections. You just can't beat the value for the money – and the ease of putting a layout (or a craft) together is unsurpassed.

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Digital scrapbook project by Joann Brown

Digital scrapbook project by Joann Brown

Digital scrapbook project by Joann Brown

Project by Joann Brown

These four products are included in this month's Scrap Girls 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.

Zoomba Collection Biggie Zoomba Alpha Beads Zoomba Embellishment Mini - Clusters
  Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Zoomba  

Joann Brown
Tutorial written by Joann Brown

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We hope this article gives you some ideas to get you scrapping! We'd love to see what you come up with. 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 winner in the Newsletter and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

Today's Freebie

Digital scrapbook layout by Paula Wright

Layout by Paula Wright
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Love Struck Embellishment Special
Designer Freebie by Paula Wright coordinates with her Love Struck Collection

Love Struck Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: 1898 Lace Borders ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Burned

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: 1898 Lace Borders and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Burned are also available.

Paula Wright
Today's freebie designed by Paula Wright

* 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

New Member Chat - Early Edition
Tuesday, May 17th - 1:00PM MT

Join Debbie (B&K Mom) at 1pm MT for a fun chat to get to know our newest members. We will discuss the message board, gallery, chocolate and so much more! Everyone is welcome, new or not so new! Not sure how to get there? Just click the "chat room" button at the top of this newsletter; you will need Javascript enabled to access the chat room.

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Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, May 17th - 6:00PM MT

Join Elisha (elibar) and Lei (Bride) for a Faith Journey Chat on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. All faiths are welcome! We'll be chatting and scrapping about our individual faith walk and how we also walk together. Watch the message board for this month's topic of discussion, and if you like - create a layout based on the topic!

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Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, May 17th - 7:00PM MT

Join Lei (Bride) for the May installment of Life Moments chat. Our topic will be Outdoor Fun! With the weather finally turning nicer here in Michigan, my hubby and I are chomping at the bit to get our camping gear out and start planning some trips. So I thought it would be fun to scrap "Outdoor Fun!" Does your family love to camp, go to the beach or lake, hike, fish or have big family barbecues? Whatever your idea of "outdoor fun," let's scrap about it!!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 18th - 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 18th, we'll do a 3 Photo Challenge. Create a layout using 3 photos - no more, no less. 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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Use Your Stash Chat
Wednesday, May 18th - 6:00PM MT

Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Theresa (tiza126) in the chatroom to talk about your digital stash and all the things you haven't used, organized or maybe even unzipped! They will post a thread earlier in the day with a challenge to get you moving to use that stash!

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Hybrid Craft Chat
Wednesday, May 18th - 7:00PM MT

Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chatroom to talk about Hybrid Crafts! Not sure what hybrid means? Stop by to learn more. We will have a fun project idea posted that day.

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Heritage Crop & Chat
Thursday, May 19th - 6:00PM MT

Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for the Heritage Crop and Chat! We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.

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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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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