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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.
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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!
Scrap 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.
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.
About a month ago, I went to the school to pick up the boys after school when Justin's teacher stopped me. She wanted to let me know she was concerned that he may be having problems seeing the Smart Board at school. I guess he had just recently been moved to the back row, and that day when she asked him to read something on the board, he was having a problem making out the words. She said she had kidded around with him about borrowing her glasses (you have to understand, Justin and his teacher have a love - hate relationship. They pick on each other like crazy and love every minute of it), but as soon as she realized he really couldn't see, she moved onto something else.
That night when we got home, I talked to him about it. He told me it was only the tiny words he couldn't see, and he was having problems because there was a glare on the board. So we tested him a bit at home, having him read letters from specific distances, then having his brother do the same. We quickly realized that there was an issue.
Of course, through this whole thing, all he kept telling us was he didn't want glasses. We talked some more, and I explained to him if he needed them, it would just be for distance because reading up-close was no issue for him. He would probably only have to wear them at school if that's what he wanted. He finally came around to the idea of getting his eyes checked, but only if I promised to take him out of school for a few hours and to lunch afterwards.
The first thing I did the next day was to call and make an appointment. The lady I talked to told me they had a cancellation that morning in just a few hours. Of course, I jumped on it. I didn't want him to have time to rethink it and not want to go.
As promised, I got him from school and took him to see the eye doctor. It was no surprise to find out he was near-sighted. It wasn't bad enough to be causing lots of issues, which is why we didn't notice it in everyday life. But it was enough to need glasses.
We spent the next 45 minutes trying on every pair of frames in the store, at least once and maybe twice, until he picked out the ones he liked. Then we spent the next week telling everyone how Justin now needs to get glasses - "thanks to my teacher."
When he got back to school and told his teacher that he was getting glasses, she told him that he would thank her when he tried them on for the first time, because he would see things so much better. And she was right. The next week when we went to pick them up, Justin went from someone who was only going to wear his glasses in class and when he was reading the Smart Board, to someone who hardly ever takes them off because everything looks so much better.
Favorite Product I've designed:
Everyday Moments - Planner Paper Mini
Commercial license versions of Everyday Moments - Planner Paper Mini are also available.
I love planners, so to combine a planner with digital scrapbooking layouts - what could be better? This set of planner papers is perfect as a background paper or to resize and use as an embellishment.
Online Class Round-Up
Once a month, we share with you the details of a recent digital scrapbooking class that has been held at Scrap Girls. I'd like to share with you about a popular class by Anna Mansfield called The Secret Life of Embellishments.
Online Class - The Secret Life of Embellishments
Instructor: Anna Mansfield
Every digital scrapbooker knows about the importance of embellishments within layouts. They draw the eye inward, they help to tie layout elements together into a unifying theme, but they can also be a bit intimidating (at least at first). The Secret Life of Embellishments online class was the perfect opportunity for digital scrapbookers to learn about the magical powers of embellishments and how to harness those powers for attracting attention within digital scrapbooking layouts.
Using various methods, this class taught students how to bring textures and different embellishment types together. The learning didn't stop there, though. Students went on to learn basics for forming relationships between background papers, focal points, titles, journaling, and embellishments. Weekly homework assignments tackled topics such as how to utilize negative space to balance embellishments within layouts, as well as different methods for establishing flow in compositions.
This class was held in our most popular method of two chat room class sessions. Students received class materials with step-by-step PDF instructions, including screenshots to make it easy for following along. As with all of our classes, there was a private class gallery set up for students where they could post their before-and-after work and receive feedback. There was also a private class forum for the students to ask questions and share information, which was another excellent way for students to further interact with Anna. At the end of each class session, students received a transcript of the class chat.
I've chosen two class layouts to share with you. This layout is from Anna's Week One homework assignment and is by DiannaC:
Layout by DiannaC
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie are also available.
This layout is from Anna's Week Two homework assignment and is by Bride:
Layout by Bride
Commercial license versions of Beaute Botanique Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.
The Secret Life of Embellishments class was already held; however, we do repeat classes. Be sure to keep watch on our Online Class section of the Boutique to find future class offerings to help you expand your digital scrapbooking skills.
Article written by Katherine Weaver, Scrap Girls' Education Administrator
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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:
May's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Brandy Murry
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Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Color Theory - Primary Colors
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 on a Mac
I love the artistic side of digital scrapbooking. I spent two years in college as an art major. I studied color theory and how colors relate to one another. When it comes to composing digital scrapbook layouts, I often refer to my education about color. One of the most useful lessons was about primary colors.
Three primary colors exist - red, blue, and yellow. They are called primary colors because red, blue, and yellow cannot be created by mixing other colors. Primary colors form the basis for color theory or color mixing. It is possible to achieve most other colors by mixing the primary colors. In addition, they can be combined with white or black to lighten or darken colors.
Here is an example of the primary color palette:
Mixing two primary colors together creates what is called a secondary color. Mixing blue and red creates purple; red and yellow make orange; yellow and blue make green. The exact hue of the secondary color depends on which red, blue, or yellow you use and the proportions in which you mix them.
So when do you intentionally use the primary color palette in layouts? Some of my digital scrapbook pages that use the primary color scheme include:
The layout below uses Amanda Fraijo-Tobin's Noah Collection, which originally contains yellow and blue, but no red. I used my Magic Wand Tool to select some of the circular shapes on the collage paper. I chose red for my foreground color, selected my Paint Bucket Tool, and then clicked inside the "marching ants" to paint those areas red. I also recolored the yellow paper and the number "8" from the collection to be red. Voila! A digital scrapbook layout in primary colors!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Transferred Frames and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop PSE 1801 are also available.
Article written by Julie Moberly
Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Ready to learn advanced techniques? – MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry
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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.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 25th - 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. 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!
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.)
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