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Digital scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell

Layout by Shari Payne
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Sanded Rough and Tumble Collection Assemble Your Own: Alpha Strings Biggie Black
Assemble Your Own: Alpha Strings Biggie White Lettering Delights Becca Font ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album: Favorites 2
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wires 6401 So Elementary Collection Biggie The Bee's Knees Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Sanded, Rough and Tumble Collection, Assemble Your Own: Alpha Strings Biggie - Black, Assemble Your Own: Alpha Strings Biggie - White, Lettering Delights Becca Font, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album: Favorites 2 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wires 6401 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

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

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

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Graceful Gradients The Good Life Collection ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamy Canvas
Just Be You Cluster Embellishment Mini Bray and Evie Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Antique Effects 6401
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamy Canvas, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Antique Effects 6401 and Brush Set: Ultimate Grunge are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Design Pack : Paper Templates Here Comes the Sun <b>Here Comes the Sun<br>Alpha Biggie</b> <b>Here Comes the Sun <br>Alpha / Word Art Biggie</b>
     

Commercial license versions of Design Pack: Paper Templates Here Comes the Sun are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Scrap Pack Mini: About a Boy spacer Dachshund Thru the Snow

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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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Nothing is Wasted
Saturday, May 21, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Scrap Girls Is Looking For Digital Scrapbooking Instructors
  • Technology Saturday:
    Tagging in Windows Live
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Member of the Month: Theresa G
  • Just Because It's Fun
  • 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.

Tips From The Pros

Nothing is Wasted

Over the past few years, my health has deteriorated so that I am mainly at home all the time. This change has left me with challenges on what I do with my limited energy and limitless time. One dismal day, I was looking at the magazines in the news agency, and I found one on digital scrapbooking.

I had tried paper scrapbooking, and I didn't have the money or skills necessary. Though I gagged at the hefty price of the imported magazine and debated on whether to buy it, I thought, why not? Maybe the computer version of scrapbooking would be better than battling paper crafting with my shaky hands. Regardless, reading the magazine would keep me occupied for an afternoon.

It not only kept me occupied for an afternoon, it has kept me productive ever since. Finally, something enjoyable to do! I could afford the digital embellishments and papers. I could adapt them to the colors I wanted. I could reuse them as many times as I needed. My computer skills blossomed, and I loved being able to do new things with my photos. My digital pages have become my screensaver, and I enjoy them every day. When I joined Scrap Girls, it gave me the opportunity to show my work in the Gallery and encourage others on the Message Board. It was the most loving Internet community I had ever come across. No one was critical, and no one spammed.

But being me, nothing is ever easy! I have a traumatic family background, and as much as I wanted to be able to scrapbook my earlier life, I was worried about the pain it would bring back. I looked at other people's layouts of laughing children and happy families, and I felt cheated that I wasn't doing those. I just don't have those kinds of photos.

Sometimes, forced bravery is the only option! I had to decide not to let my past continue to rob me. I scanned in my neglected family photos and did what I could to emphasize the positive memories I did have. I was amazed. It was not as hurtful as I had expected it to be. Admittedly, some photos do sting, but the ones that I find hard to look at are put away in another directory on my computer so I don't see them in my screensaver. The process has helped me regain a balance which I had lost, and many precious memories of friends and blessings have resurfaced.

The Holy Spirit really did lead me to that magazine. Thank you to everyone at Scrap Girls for their warmth and encouragement. Thank You, Lord. Time spent tired and sick can be useful and enjoyable. That's something I really love about God - nothing is ever wasted.

Cate Russell-Cole

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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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Tips From The Pros

Angie Briggs
Article written by Angie Briggs

Tagging in Windows Live

Last week, I talked about tagging your photos in Picasa, and this week, we're going to talk about tagging in Windows Live. Like Picasa, Windows Live is another free program which makes it a great option to use.

The first thing I did once I installed Windows Live was to bring in my scrapbooking supplies. In the upper left-hand corner, I chose the drop-down arrow and selected Include Folder.

Tagging in Windows Live Screen Shot 1

Then, I chose Add, searched for my folder that was on my desktop, selected Include Folder, then OK.

Tagging in Windows Live Screen Shot 2

As you see now, in my gallery I have a scrapbooking folder which includes my supplies. When selected, you'll see your supplies start to show up in the main window.

Tagging in Windows Live Screen Shot 3

Once you have your items imported, the basic tagging is pretty simple. You can either click on an individual element/paper or select multiple items at a time by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the items. Once you have the items selected, you can choose Add descriptive tags on your right-hand side, then type in your tag description.

Tagging in Windows Live Screen Shot 4

To search for your tagged items, simply choose the text search option at the top. A new box will open, then type in the term you'd like to search for, and Windows Live Photo will pull up those items.

Tagging in Windows Live Screen Shot 5

To open in your Adobe program, simply right-click on the item and choose Open With> and then your program.

Tagging in Windows Live Screen Shot 6

Now you know the basics of tagging in Windows Live Photo Gallery! I know I have so much more to learn about this program, but right now I'm having fun playing!

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Technology Saturday is a weekly column focusing on all sorts of gear, gadgets, and software from the digital scrapbooking world. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girl Team Members bring you software reviews, organizing tips, printing and scanning techniques, and much more!

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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Tips From The Pros

Member of the Month: ___________

Theresa G
Scrap Girls' Member of the Month - May 2011
Member Name: Teecee

1. What program do you use to do your digital scrapbooking?

PSE7 and PSE9

2. Are you a Mac or a PC?

PC – I've never had any dealings with a MAC, though I think I would like to take a test run with MAC some day.

3. Tell us the make and model of digital camera that you use.

I have two that I use regularly – a Canon Rebel XSi and a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, which is my "take-along" camera and I try to keep it with me at all times.

4. Name one thing that every beginning digital scrapbooker should know.

Take one step and a time, slowly, and NEVER give up.

5. If you could be transformed into a digital scrapbooking embellishment, what would you choose and why?

I think I would want to be some type of glitter. I love bling.

6. What time of day do you find that you do your best scrapbooking?

I usually do my best sometime between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am. I have no idea why – it just seems that's the best time for things to just fall into place for me.

7. What is your favorite snack?

I have two: M&Ms (plain) and Goldfish Crackers. Love them!

8. What is your least favorite household chore?

All of them. I don't like household chores of any kind.

9. Finish this sentence. "I couldn't live without..."

My family and my faith in God.

10. What's your current favorite layout that you've done?

Digital scrapbook layout by ________________

Layout by Teecee
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Winsome Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals Biggie Sun Kissed Collection Biggie
Felicity Collection Watercolor Florals Collection ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Fragments
ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Edge It PSE 5001 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 Noteworthy Collection Biggie
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Commercial license versions of Winsome Collection, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals 8501 Biggie, ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Fragments, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Edge It PSE 5001 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Today's Freebie

Saturday Newsletter Challenge

Every third Saturday of the month, Ro will have a Newsletter-exclusive layout challenge for you! Post your layouts in this Gallery by the following Wednesday at 11pm MT (don't forget to list the supplies you've used!), and if your layout is chosen to appear in next Saturday's Newsletter, you will be awarded a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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Weekly Layout Winners

Digital scrapbook layout by TeeCee

Layout by TeeCee
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Bootiful Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Spring Clusters Fall Watercolors Solid Paper

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Spring Clusters are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by luckyladybug

Layout by luckyladybug
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sanded Edge Black 6302 Naturalist's Journal Collection Biggie Remembrance Collection Biggie
Being With You Collection Biggie Keys to Happiness Collection Biggie Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages - 4x6: Dear Mom
1 Scrap Girls Divenire Collection Biggie Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Noteworthy Brush Set: Meow
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ribbon Initials spacer Boughs of Holly Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Meow and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ribbon Initials are also available.

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Scrap Girls Club Concepts Layout Winner

Digital scrapbook layout by mbc72

Layout by mbc72
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Zoomba Collection Biggie Zoomba Embellishment Mini - Clusters Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Zoomba
Paint Sheers Embellishments ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glittered Gelly 6401 Super Biggie Dynamic Brush Set: Machine Stitch 5001
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stackers Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift I-Squared Biggie crapSimple Tools - Actions: Edge It 5001 - Commercial License
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Dangles spacer ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ribbon Initials

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glittered Gelly 6401 Super Biggie, Dynamic Brush Set: Machine Stitch 5001 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: stackers Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift I-Squared Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Edge It 5001, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Dangles, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ribbon Initials are also available.

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Want to see your layouts make an appearance in the Scrap Girls newsletter?

Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery, and if we choose your layout to be featured in the newsletter, you'll win a prize! To be considered, don't forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.

Congratulations to this week's selectees. Please email [email protected] to receive your gift!

Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners gallery on our message board here!

Today's Freebie

Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Freebie designed by Jen Reed

Designer Freebie by Jen Reed coordinates with her Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie

<b>Here Comes the Sun<br>Collection Biggie</b> Here Comes the Sun Solids Paper Mini This layout is included in JIFFY Easy Page Album : 12x12 Here Comes the Sun

Jen Reed
Today's freebie designed by Jen Reed

* 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

IMPORTANT UPDATE

The last couple of months, our forum and gallery experienced the effects of becoming very large, causing tables in the database to crash over and over. Because different tables were affected each day, it took quite a while to determine the cause of the issue. Finally - after a good deal of work - the super-sleuth geniuses on our support team determined that our server was underpowered and simply couldn't handle a daily process that ran each morning at 4 a.m. Naturally, the resolution of the issue required that we move the forum and gallery to a bigger, better server.

As you read this, the move is underway. Because our forum/gallery is so large, support had to take it off-line during the move. It will take a couple of days for the data to be moved. All scheduled crops and chats occurring during this time are cancelled.

We appreciate your patience during the move and hope you'll celebrate with us once we have the chance to enjoy the new, faster environment.

NOTE: Only our forum and galleries are being moved. The rest of the website - ScrapGirls.com and the Scrap Girls Boutique - are on different servers, hosted by different companies - are are operating as usual.

So while you wait, let the scrapping commence. Can't wait to see your layouts once the gallery is back up!

Crops and Chats

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.

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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