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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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* JIF 6: Magical *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Artful ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: All Torn Up By the Sea Collection Mini
Well Traveled Collection Seascape Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Artful, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: All Torn Up and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Family Faces Solids Paper Super Mini * Family Faces Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Family Faces Solids Paper Super Mini and Family Faces Collection Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sonia Payne

Layout by Sonia Payne
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Action Pack: Mega Lift PSE Blessed Be Collection Biggie Love Honor and Cherish Collection Biggie
The Bee's Knees Collection Biggie Scattered Gold Embellishments Assemble Your Own: Alpha Strings Biggie - Black
  A Gardener's Diary Collection  

Commercial license versions of Action Pack: Mega Lift PSE, Scattered Gold Embellishments and Assemble Your Own: Alpha Strings Biggie - Black are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Foundations Vol.5 * Easy Page Album: 12x12 Love Honor and Cherish

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Foundations Vol.5 and Easy Page Album: 12x12 Love Honor and Cherish are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shari Payne

Layout by Shari Payne
Photos by Shari Payne Photography
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basic Paper Textures Brush Set: Rough It Up Girly Girl Collection Biggie
Being With You Collection Biggie Brush Set: Fanciful Bits Laurels Embellishment Mini
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Background Blenders - Masks ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bent Frames Vanilla Sky Nano Collection
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501   Lettering Delights Becca Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basic Paper Textures, Brush Set: Rough It Up, Girly Girl Collection Biggie, Brush Set: Fanciful Bits, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Background Blenders - Masks, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bent Frames, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 and Lettering Delights Becca Font are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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Scrap Girls Tutorials & Way Cool Stuff eBook Set - 2010 3rd Quarter Easy Page Pro Album: 12x12 Blush Blush Collection Mini
Garden View Collection Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Edge 6301 Biggie
ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Bent   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Edge 6301 Biggie, ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Bent and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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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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Finding Inspiration
Thursday, May 26, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Open Call: Digital Scrapbooking Instructors
  • Scrap Girls, Etc.: Inspiration
  • Story Time: Just Part of the Experience
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros
  • 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.

Image: Scrap Girls, Etc.

Angie Briggs
Angie Briggs

Inspiration

It's a scrapbooker’s dream... you have a quiet evening at home all to yourself. You're caught up with the dishes, laundry has been done, and this is all "you" time. You start up your laptop, turn on Photoshop Elements, and then it happens...

You sit there, staring at your screen for the next two hours in complete "scrappers block." And the next thing you know, your family walks back in the door. It's time to start getting the kids ready for bed... and you never even got your layout started.

I don't know if the above situation has ever happened to you, but it has happened to me many, many times. It always seems that when I have time to scrap, I have no inspiration, or when the inspiration hits me, it's in the middle of the day when I don't have free time.

What I started doing a long time ago was keeping a notebook and also a folder on my computer for inspiration. I keep both of these handy so that when I have those free moments, I can go back to them and have a starting point for a layout.

You might be asking yourself exactly where do you find this inspiration the next time you need it. Inspiration can be found in almost any daily life activity. What I look for are things that catch my eye. I've been inspired by:

Product labels
I love looking at the different types of typography on labels. Those are always great inspiration for titles on my scrapbook pages.

Advertisements
Ads are a great source of fresh ideas for photo placement and page layouts. Sometimes you can get ideas for photo composition, too. Think how much money a company pours into its advertising department to design ads that will grab our attention and make us notice their product. Take their basic layout and substitute your own theme, photos, and digital scrapbooking papers and embellishments.

Artwork
I love looking at different pieces of artwork and getting shape combination ideas. Children's artwork is a great place to get ideas on how to combine different pattern papers and textures.

Family and friends
By listening to their conversations or watching them interact, you can get a lot of ideas for layout topics.

Color combinations
I love to observe how colors work together, and I take note of the ones that catch my eye. These can be found everywhere you look. From walking down the street and seeing flowers planted outside of a house to shopping for new bathroom towels. I'm always on the lookout for combinations I may not have thought of on my own or ones that I find pleasing to the eye.

The next time you're looking through that old magazine one last time before you throw it out, if you run across something that grabs your eye, tear it out. Or if you're browsing the Internet and see an advertisement you really like, right-click on it and save it. Tape it to a notebook page or move it into a folder on your computer. Then when you need a little inspiration to get started on your next page, you'll have it right there at your fingertips.

- Angie

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Scrap Girls, Etc. is a weekly column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!

Image: Story Time

Just Part of the Experience

Our family spends summer vacations camping. Sometimes that will include canoeing, sometimes a portage, usually fishing, and most often, bugs. One thing it always includes is an adventure.

One year, my poor husband slammed the van door on his finger. Another year, he put his back out. Three years ago, our son, Evan, sliced his thumb with a knife, and we had to come home early. One summer, we were nearly eaten alive by black flies. Another year, I swallowed a moth, and last year, I had a flat tire on the van only 20 minutes into our drive. Fortunately, Dave was just ahead of us in the truck, and I had my trusty phone to call him. He pulled over to answer and then turned around to rescue us. Naturally, I recorded the action and shared it via Facebook!

After reading Becca Hauck's article, "Printing Cell Phone Photos," in the Scrap Girls Newsletter on Saturday, April 16, I decided I needed to create a digital scrapbook layout so that I would have a permanent record of the event!

Choosing a title for a layout is, for me, almost as important as the photos themselves. For this layout, I wanted to use one of my husband's favorite sayings, "It's all just part of the experience." I like to use part of my journaling as my title, and since his saying was already the last line of my journaling, it was the perfect choice for the title.

Next time, you create a layout that uses journaling, try choosing a few words from your story to use as a title. It can really set the tone for your digital scrapbook layout!

- Janine

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Digital scrapbook layout by Janine Buckles

Layout by Janine Buckles
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Junk in the Trunk Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Mini Clusters ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Squares
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Eclectic Biggie 9401 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 Lettering Delights Birthday Bash Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Mini Clusters, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Squares, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Eclectic Biggie 9401, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 and Lettering Delights Birthday Bash Font are also available.

Janine Buckles
Article written by Janine Buckles

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 Kim Meeder using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder using May's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Rozanne Paxman
Layout by Ro 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

One Technique

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 with a PC

Want an easy formula for placing embellishments or clusters (groups) of embellishments on your layouts? I know I do!

One formula is to add embellishments in a triangle shape on your page. Clear as mud? Let me show you an example with the triangle actually drawn on for emphasis.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Example of visual triangle.

For the layout shown, I really wanted to add some small pops of red-colored embellishments. I knew that would add visual interest and help keep the eye moving around on the page. Though there are musical notes scattered around the page in more than just the three places, the eye subconsciously reads the three bright pops of red flowers as a triangle. A very pleasing arrangement and simple to remember!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cheri Thieleke

Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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Classical Music Collection Biggie Marching Band and Color Guard Embellishment Super Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Velvet Glitter 2201 Super Biggie
Old Friends Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Transparency Overlays: Urban Living From the Desk Of Collection Biggie
City Park Collection Biggie Holiday In Lights Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Artful Photo Masks 2
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lovely Lace   Lettering Delights Painter's Hand Font

Commercial license versions of Classical Music Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Velvet Glitter 2201 Super Biggie, Old Friends Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Transparency Overlays: Urban Living, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Artful Photo Masks 2, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lovely Lace and Lettering Delights Painter's Hand Font are also available.

Cheri Thieleke
Article written by Cheri Thieleke

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 Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rough It Up - Special

Designer Freebie by Ang Campbell coordinates with her ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rough It Up

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rough It Up ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Sanded ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Circles 2
Lovely Little Thankfuls Collection Biggie Rough and Tumble Collection Young At Heart Collection Biggie
  Garden Letters Collection  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rough It Up, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Sanded, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Circles 2, Lovely Little Thankfuls Collection Biggie, Rough and Tumble Collection and Young At Heart Collection Biggie are also available.

Ang Campbell
Today's freebie designed by Ang Campbell

* 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

Hybrid Card Chat
Thursday, May 26th - 6:00PM MT

Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chatroom to talk about the beautiful set of Hybrid cards you recieved from your swap partner and what topic we will choose for the next Swap! Not sure what Hybrid Cards are come? Join us we will let you in on the details!

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Ad Inspiration Challenge & Chat
Thursday, May 26th - 7:00PM MT

Join Pat (PBarnes) at 7pm MT for an Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat. A few hours before the chat, a magazine, newspaper or online ad will be posted on the message board to use as inspiration for a layout. You can use whatever you want to from the ad - the colors, the shapes, the composition. There are no wrong answers!

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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, May 27th - 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!

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Speed Scrap Crop & Chat
Friday, May 27th - 6:00PM MT

It's time for some Speed! Join Angela (angelaNussbaum) and Carla (CRS) at 6pm MT for the Speed Scrap Crop! We'll give you some tasks, spread out over an hour, and you create the layout! Join us in the chat room!

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Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, May 28th - 6:00PM MT

It's time for the Swap Crop Chat with Angela (angelaNussbaum) and Carla (CRS)! We've done the swapping and created the layouts; now it's time to chat about all the gorgeous layouts! I don't know what it is, but these swaps bring out the best in everyone. This is the time to chat about the theme, the beautiful layouts and learn about the swap crop if you haven't participated before. We'll brainstorm a theme for next month, too!

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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