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Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Hackman

Layout by Brandy Hackman
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* JIF 6: Lemon Drop Drizzle *


Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Type Paths: Brackets A Collage Unleashed Collection Biggie Unforgettable Collection Mini
Lettering Delights Long Hand Font ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 Brush Set: Stamped Dates

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Type Paths: Brackets, Lettering Delights Long Hand Font, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 and Brush Set: Stamped Dates are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Western Rodeo Clusters Embellishment Mini * Western Rodeo Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Western Rodeo Collection Biggie are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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* JIF 6: Memorable *


Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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A Quiet Place Paper Mini * JIF 6 Plus: A Quiet Place


Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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Brush Set: Collage Shapes 2 Citrus Splash Collection Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Citrus Splash
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Creased ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Fun Lettering Delights Long Hand Font

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Collage Shapes 2, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Citrus Splash, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Creased, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Fun and Lettering Delights Long Hand Font are also available.


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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Friday, May 20, 2011


  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Open Call: Digital Scrapbooking Instructors
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Photography Friday: Low Light Photography
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Baby Album in Two Hours
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • 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!


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.


Adobe Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Elements 9 & Premiere Elements 9 Bundle

Flip Pal Mobile Scanner

Protect your files with Carbonite Online Backup.

Sleep better at night with Mozy Online Backup.

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

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

Procrastination probably means...

  • That you really don't want to do it.

  • That you are afraid to do it.

  • That you perhaps are not supposed to do it.

  • That someone else wants you to do it and you are afraid to tell them no.

  • That you don’t want to start the good thing because then the good thing will soon be over and the bad thing will be back.

When procrastination waves its white flag at you, do you attempt to negotiate a cease-fire or do you burn the fort down?

Procrastination means something. Don't ignore it. It may be that you need to change your life so that you don't continue to procrastinate your way through it.


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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Photography Friday

Low Light Photography - Increase the ISO

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3

Are you happy with your photos taken in low light? Or do they constantly come back blurry and unrecognizable? Luckily in this age of digital photography, it is easier than ever to improve your low light photos. Let me show you one way today.

Increase your camera's sensitivity to light by increasing the ISO number. ISO stands for International Standards Organization and refers to the image sensor's sensitivity to light. The trickiest part is finding your camera manual (check online if you've lost yours) to find out how to change the ISO on your camera.

Digital Photography Tutorial: Change ISO on camera.

In many situations, you will want to increase the ISO to the highest setting your camera allows. One thing you do need to keep in mind is digital noise or grain. Noise is the digital equivalent of grain on high ISO film photos. Noise can look like grain, though more often it is tiny speckles or color artifacts. The higher the ISO you use, the more noise in your image, and vice versa. Let me show you a high grain example from our church's Christmas pageant:

Digital Photography Tutorial: Example of low light photo.

This photo was taken with an ISO rating of 3200. I knew I needed a very high rating because I was sitting back in the audience and the people on stage were constantly moving. I don't mind the graininess because the tradeoff would have been blurry images. As you practice taking photos in low light situations, you'll come to know when you can "get away" with an ISO of 800 and when you may need to pull out the huge ISO of 3200.

Don't despair if you have a point-and-shoot camera with limited abilities to change settings! Simply choose the Sports Mode, and it will automatically increase the ISO for you.


Digital scrapbook layout by Cheri Thieleke

Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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Fall-ing For You Collection Mini Romantic Picnic Collection Mini Design Pack: Inked Text
  Lettering Delights Nuptials Font  

Commercial license versions of Design Pack: Inked Text and Lettering Delights Nuptials Font are also available.

Cheri Thieleke
Article written by Cheri Thieleke

Scrap Girls Club

May's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Brandy Murry.

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

May's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Brandy Murry

Exclusive content from the Scrap Girls Club.

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

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

and a Club Exclusive Color Palette

Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Ashleigh Bronner using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Ashleigh Bronner using May's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips From The Pros

Baby Album in Two Hours

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS3 with Macintosh OS X

Baby albums are some of the most joyful albums to create – and for a variety of reasons, they never get finished. Today, I am going to show you how easy it is to make a 4x6 Baby Album in about two hours – that's right, two hours!

I recently became a grandmother. Ryder Pearson was born right after Christmas this last year. I know how busy new mothers can be, so to be able to make a digital scrapbooking album quickly and easily can be a blessing.

The best way to make sure an album takes the least amount of time is by limiting your digital scrapbooking supplies. It's best to use just one or two coordinating products, so everything will mix-and-match without much effort. I started with my Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 Watercolor Baby Boy and also my Watercolor Baby Boy Collection. All of the papers and embellishments provided in both kits match and coordinate with each other.

My album has just six pages, but yours could have a few more or less. Start with a first page with his/her name, a frame, and a couple of embellishments.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacelen Deinema
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If your bundle of joy is a girl, look to my Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 Watercolor Girl and Watercolor Baby Girl Collection.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacelen Deinema
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For the second page, add some pictures, an embellishment, and the birth date. You'll notice I am adding only a single word art embellishment. This keeps things simple.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacelen Deinema
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The third page can have all the birth statistics, like the time of birth, weight, and length. Using collections with frames is an easy way to spotlight your photo with very little effort.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacelen Deinema
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A cute photo placed in a frame with a few of the little baby clothes pinned to the line can be used for the fourth page. The Watercolor Baby Girl Collection has the same kind of embellishments.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacelen Deinema
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacelen Deinema
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Ryder has the best smiles and is so expressive. The plaid background gives a perfect three-square layout for cute close-ups for the fifth page.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacelen Deinema
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And finally for the last page, I added a precious photo that captures a special moment.

I had such fun doing this album. Now I have my own Grandma Brag Book, and I did it so quickly! Have fun creating and mixing and matching different embellishments in endless combinations.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacelen Deinema

Baby Album by Jacelen Deinema
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Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 Watercolor Baby Boy Watercolor Baby Boy Collection Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 Watercolor Baby Girl
  Watercolor Baby Girl Collection  

Jacelen Deinema
Article written by Jacelen Deinema

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 Scrapbooking Layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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Zay and Janae Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Angie Briggs coordinates with her Zay and Janae Collection

* Zay and Janae Collection *

Commercial license versions of Zay and Janae Collection are also available.

Angie Briggs
Today's freebie designed by Angie Briggs

* 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 in the Boutique Chat
Friday, May 20th - 9:00AM MT

Join April (April Showers) at 9am MT on Friday mornings 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!


Back-Up Party and Chat
Friday, May 20th - 8:00PM MT

Need a little extra motivation to back-up your layouts and stash? Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 8pm MT for the Back-Up Party and Chat. The goal of these chats is to make sure our back-ups are current. Come chat while you back up your files. We'll also go over several different ways to safeguard your files and even give you some tips on organizing your supplies. Grab some chocolate and we'll see you in the chat room!


New Member Chat
Tuesday, May 24th - 7:00PM MT

Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 7pm MT in the Live Chat room lobby. This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included. You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.


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.


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!


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!

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