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What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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This second product is 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.

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie Zoomba Collection Biggie Grandparents Collection Biggie
Brush Set: Embellish II Biggie 1 Scrap Girls A Narrative Collection ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Negative Space

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie, Brush Set: Embellish II Biggie and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Negative Space are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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* Scrap Pack Mini: Family Faces *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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* Bubblegum Collection Mini *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basic Beige Defining Moments Word Art Mini In Bloom Collection
Warmth Of Autumn Collection Assemble Your Own Cards: Cartes de Voeux Counting My Blessings Collection Mini
Law of the Harvest Collection Mini   Newborn Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basic Beige, In Bloom Collection, Counting My Blessings Collection Mini, Law of the Harvest Collection Mini and Newborn Collection are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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A Whale of a Time Nano Collection Cardstock Summer Paper Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Cardstock Summer Paper Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Golden Vanity Collection * Golden Vanity Solids Paper Mini

Commercial license versions of Golden Vanity Collection and Golden Vanity Solids Paper Mini 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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Quick Fixes to Common Photo Flaws
Friday, May 27, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 19.9% off Memorial Day Sale!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Open Call: Digital Scrapbooking Instructors
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Photography Friday: Removing Red Eye
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Using Imperfect Photos
  • 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

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

Hand-drawn cartoon by Rozanne Paxman.

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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!

Follow Ro's popular blog – RoPaxman.com
Blog-only muses and humor pieces, inside scoop of Ro's life, photo journals, and more

Follow Ro's newest blog – How Mom Did It
Food recipes, homemaking tips, gardening, quilting, and other neat stuff her mom and grandma taught her

Image: Photography Friday

How to Remove Red-Eye with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 on Windows XP

We've all taken them. Those dreaded red-eye photos that make our sweet little angels look like raging demons. What causes this instantaneous transformation and how can we get rid of it?

Red eye in photos is caused by a reflection of the flash off the subject's retina. It can be avoided by choosing a location with more light, by using the red-eye reduction mode on your camera, or by using a flash that is farther away from the lens. But if you find that you didn't do any of those things and now have a photo with lots of red-eye, don't fret. In both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, red eye is easy to fix.

First, select the Red Eye Tool. It is located in the same spot as the Healing Brush Tool. Right click on the tool to see the other options.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Location of the Red Eye Tool in Photoshop.

Zoom in to the eye area of your photo and click in the red area of the eye. Like magic, the red eye is gone! In most cases, it's that simple. If you are not satisfied with the look of the correction, undo (Ctrl+Z) and adjust the "Pupil Size" and/or the "Darken Amount" percentages in the Options bar at the top of the screen. The default setting for both options is 50%. Adjusting the "Pupil Size" percentage will increase or decrease the area affected by the Red Eye Tool. Changing the "Darken Amount" will set the darkness of the correction.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Red Eye Tool options.

In less than a minute, my photo is fixed and ready to use in a digital scrapbooking page!

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Digital scrapbook layout by April Martell

Layout by April Martell
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About a Boy Collection Mini Back to the Basics Collection Mini Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Being With You
Garden Letters Collection Legacy Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Blessings
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Basics ScrapSimple Paper Templates: On the Edge 2 Design Pack: Inked Text

Commercial license versions of Legacy Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Blessings, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: On the Edge 2 and Design Pack: Inked Text are also available.

April Martell
Article written by April Martell

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 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 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

Creating Creative Layouts Using Imperfect Photos

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Windows XP

Even if you're new to digital scrapbooking, you probably already know the basis for a great digital scrapbooking layout starts with a great photo or focal point.

So here's a question, "Is a great photo always defined by its lack of imperfection?" Depending on who you ask, you'll get different answers, but I'll always tell you that's not the case - especially pertaining to digital scrapbooking. In fact, that single question was my driving impetus for writing the Creative Solutions for Less-Than-Perfect Photos eBook for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

In a perfect world all the photos we've created and collected over the years would be free from flaws, right? However, you and I know there's no such place, and our hard drives, albums, and storage containers teem with images boasting the full gamut of imperfection.

How can we ditch a 50-year old photograph of Grandfather Otto because it's blurry? Sure, it's not the best quality, but looking beyond the blur, we recognize a story eager to be told. And why should we trash a baby photo just because our sweet little one's facial expression is anything but angelic? Stop! Don't throw away images just because they're flawed. When better versions of imperfect photo aren't available to act as substitutes, think of creative ways to overcome those flaws. Less-than-perfect images can make great focal points in a digital scrapbooking layout.

As featured in my Creative Solutions for Less-Than-Perfect Photos eBooks, imperfect photos typically fall into five categories: blur, discoloration, noise, subject is off-center, or the subject is too far away.

One of my favorite ways of drawing attention to a subject that's too far away is to use the color-blocking technique. This technique also works great for photos with busy or distracting backgrounds. Here's how to use color-blocking on your own photos:

First, open an image in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Enlarge and position the image as desired on your layout.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Place photo on layout.
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In the Layers Palette, rename the original photo layer as "Color." Duplicate the image and rename this new layer as "Black and White." Using your favorite ScrapSimple Tools product, convert the duplicate image to black and white (or sepia).

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Duplicate photo layer and convert to black-and-white.
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Place a frame around the area of the photo you'd like as the focal point of your digital scrapbooking layout.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add a frame to your photo.
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Make sure the black-and-white layer is selected in the Layers Palette. Use the Eraser Tool (Ctrl+E for PC; Cmd+E for Mac) to erase the black-and-white image area inside the frame. This will allow the color photo beneath to show through.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Erase parts of black-and-white photo that appear within the frame.
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Cluster additional frames, if desired, then add a drop shadow and slight bevel to each frame for depth and realism.

Just five easy steps to fine-tune the focal point of a busy photograph! For more design-based photo fixes, check out the Creative Solutions for Less-Than-Perfect Images eBook for Photoshop Elements or Creative Solutions for Less-Than-Perfect Images eBook for Photoshop.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Katherine Weaver

Layout by Katherine Weaver
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Creative Solutions For Less-Than-Perfect Photos eBook for Photoshop Elements Creative Solutions For Less-Than-Perfect Photos eBook for Photoshop Frame By Frame Embellishments
Frame By Frame 2 Embellishments Parisian Collection Biggie Route 19 Collection Biggie
Scenic Route Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Ticket Stub Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Classic Black and White 10301
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wrought Iron 5201  

Commercial license versions of Frame By Frame Embellishments, Frame By Frame 2 Embellishments, Scenic Route Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Ticket Stub Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Classic Black and White 10301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wrought Iron 5201 are also available.

Katherine Weaver
Article written by Katherine Weaver

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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Oh Baby! Rattle Special

Designer Freebie by Keri Schueller coordinates with her ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Oh Baby! 5201

ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Oh Baby! 5201 * Vintage Nursery Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Oh Baby! 5201 and Vintage Nursery Collection Biggie are also available.

Keri Schueller
Today's freebie designed by Keri Schueller

* 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 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!

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Life Moments Crop & Chat
Tuesday, May 31st - 7:00PM MT

Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chatroom for a Life Moments Chat on Tuesday, May 31st at 7pm MT. These chats are designed to help you start scrapbooking about yourself. A topic will be posted earlier in the day to get your creative juices flowing!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 1st - 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 June 1st, we'll do a color challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, using the color PURPLE! 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!

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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