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Today's Special of the Day!

Evelyn Collection
Save 30% off this Collection Biggie today only!

Each week on Tuesdays, we will be spotlighting one designer and one of their favorite products. This product will be on sale for one day only at 30% off!

This week's designer spotlight is on Amanda Fraijo-Tobin. In a short interview with Amanda, she shared these comments with us...

"I'm partial to this collection because it was inspired by my daughter. But I also love that it's a great mix of old and new. Vintage papers mixed with fun-colored damasks and a little bit of glitter balance the Evelyn Collection out to make it a useable collection for everyday scrapping."

1. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Anything veggie! Spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms together is one of my favorite combos.

2. What's the last book you read?

I'm currently reading Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Andrea Trump

Layout by Andrea Trump
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* Spring is Here Collection Biggie *


Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Texture II Series – Fabric 1 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Texture I Series - Cardboard 1 Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie
  Follow Your Bliss Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Texture II Series – Fabric 1, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Texture I Series - Cardboard 1 and Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: A Whale of a Time A Whale of a Time Nano Collection Cardstock Summer Paper Mini
Summer Boy Embellishment Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Classic Black and White 10301

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: A Whale of a Time, Cardstock Summer Paper Mini, Summer Boy Embellishment Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Classic Black and White 10301 are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Design Pack Paper Templates: Texture I Series – Pack 2 Family Faces Collection Mini Vigor and Vim Collection Biggie
  Exhale Collection Mini  

Commercial license versions of Design Pack Paper Templates: Texture I Series – Pack 2 and Family Faces Collection Mini are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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Ice Cream Collection * Brush Set: Hodge Podge

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Hodge Podge 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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Using Brushes
Tuesday, May 31, 2011


  • 19.9% off Memorial Day Sale!
  • Today's Special of the Day
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Open Call: Digital Scrapbooking Instructors
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Back to the Basics: It's All in the Brushes
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Using the ScrapSimple Club
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU


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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.

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

The day was long. My mind was cluttered. I searched for words to pray, but lacking my own, I began to sing a sweet hymn written by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) whose prayerful words lifted my voice to the Heavens.

How gentle God's commands!

How kind His precepts are!

Come, cast your burden on the Lord

And trust His constant care.

"Yes, trust," I thought, as the words escaped my lips. "I'll trust His constant care. He doesn't leave me; I leave Him. If I stay, He's here. I don't have to be alone."

Beneath His watchful eye,

His Saints securely dwell;

That hand which bears all nature up

Shall guard His children well.

The hand that guards me... it is the same hand that led me through years of thick depression when faith in Him was the only light I could see. It is the same hand that guides me through challenges that would otherwise leave me perplexed. It is the same hand that plucked me from the swimming pool before I drowned, that held the truck steady during a 360-degree spin on a busy road, and that grasped mine tightly as I traveled through the veil to bring babies to this world during childbirth. Yes - oh, yes - He guards me well.

Why should this anxious load

Press down your weary mind?

Haste to your Heav'nly Father's throne

And sweet refreshment find.

I kneel at His throne twice a day, as a child speaking to her Father. I thank Him and praise Him, but then I do what most children do when they find themselves alone with their dad; I whine. "My day was hard," I remind Him, forgetting that He knows my experience exactly. "I'm confused. My legs ache. The kids are driving me crazy. I feel bad that I did - or said - or thought - that thing."

He doesn't mind my complaints and worries, but sits on His throne, patiently listening, encouraging, cheering, reaching, and waiting... waiting for the words to fall at His feet so He can lift them up and carry my burdens on His strong back. I've given Him my concerns in exchange for His lighter load of love, peace, joy, and hope.

Refreshed, I stand and sing again.

His goodness stands approved,

Unchanged from day to day;

I'll drop my burden at His feet

And bear a song away.


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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Image: Back to the Basics

It's All in the Brushes

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Windows Vista

Digital brushes are amazing tools if you know how to use them. There are so many different ways you can use a brush. In this tutorial, I'm going to help you locate your brush panel, Brush Tool bar, and the Brush Tip Shape section of the brush panel that will allow you to change the brush to fit your project's needs.

A few basics about the Brush Tool:

  • It paints with the foreground color.

  • It can easily be used by clicking and dragging.

  • To create a straight line, you simply press Shift+Click and drag while holding your mouse button down. Or you can click and move to the end of your desired line, press Shift+Click again.

You can change the brush, diameter of the tip, mode, opacity, flow, and the Air Brush Tool by simply clicking the appropriate icon in the top tool bar. You can learn more about these tools by playing around with them.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Brush Palette options in Adobe Photoshop.
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It is important to understand the difference between opacity and flow so you can use them to their full potential.

  • Opacity: When you click, hold, and move your brush around, it will stay at the opacity you have set. Only by continuing to click and brushing over the same location will it continue to build, changing the opacity until it reaches 100%.

  • Flow: With flow, you continue to build up the layers of paint over the top of your previous strokes no matter how many times you click until you reach 100%.

With your Brush Tool selected, you can access your panel a few different ways. From the menu bar across the top, go to Windows> Brushes. A couple of shortcuts are simply by pressing F5, and located just above your working area is a toggle switch that can be seen when your Brush Tool is selected.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Shortcut to activate Brush Tool.
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From your brush panel, you can change the way your brush is going to stamp in many different ways. Playing around in this area will help you gain some understanding about how powerful the Brush Tool actually is.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Screenshot of Brush Panel in Photoshop.
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One of the features that I often use is Spacing, which can be located in the Brush Tip Shape section of the brush panel. You can use the slider to move the brush images as far apart or as close together as you would like. This is perfect if you want to stamp a line with several images of the brush. With some brushes, you can change the hardness, the angle, and the rotation.

Hopefully, you've caught a glimpse of how great the brush panel can be. This is a hands-on feature of Photoshop, so the more you play, the more you learn!


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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Dynamic Brush Set: Twinkling Dynamic Brush Set: Stars 5001 Brush Set: Swirlicious Biggie
  I Believe in Angels Nano Collection  

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Twinkling, Dynamic Brush Set: Stars 5001 and Brush Set: Swirlicious Biggie are also available.

Pebbles Jones
Article written by Pebbles Jones

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

Using the ScrapSimple Club

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 with Windows 7

Have you seen this month's ScrapSimple Club? It's chock full of stamps, grungy torn papers, corrugated cardboard, stitching, and so much more of the collage-y type elements that are so popular in digital scrapbooking these days.

If you're a member of the ScrapSimple Club, you know what a value and convenience it is - you get all of the newest looks in our popular ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking line while saving money, and it's delivered right to your inbox every month. If you're not a member - well, you don't know what you're missing!

Don't think that it's difficult to use these types of products. (Remember, it's the ScrapSimple Club!) When I created this layout using the club, I used just one simple technique to get the look I was after: Recoloring.

Many of the ScrapSimple products included in this month's club are layered files, so you can color each layer separately. I chose Solid Color Adjustment Layers to color mine. First, I built my layout with the supplies and my photo, and then I started to recolor the layers.

Here's how you can do it: Using your Eye Dropper Tool, pick a color from your layout or photo - one that you want to use to recolor your element. This will become your Foreground Color. Now click on the layer you want to recolor. This activates the layer. At the bottom of your Layers Palette, click on the "Create New Fill" or Adjustment Layer icon (it's the little icon that looks like a circle - half white, half gray). Click on "Solid Color" from the menu. The color you picked will fill the screen and a dialog box will appear. You can adjust your color here with the slider if you like. Click "OK."

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Create a solid color fill layer.

Now you have a Solid Color Adjustment layer above the layer you wanted to color. "Clip" the new layer to the layer below it by hitting Ctrl+G on your keyboard.

Your next step is to change the Blend Mode. In all of the layers in the template I used from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stamps and Stuff, I used the Blend Mode: "Color." I've indicated in the screenshot below where to go in Photoshop Elements to change the Blend Mode. Click the arrow on the icon bar and chose "Color."

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change Blend Mode.

And that's it! Have fun using your ScrapSimple Club supplies!


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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These first four products are included in this month's ScrapSimple 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 Paper Templates: Stamps and Stuff ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stamps and Stuff ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Tabbed Cards
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picture Book Waters Edge Collection Laurels Embellishment Mini
Assemble Your Own Cards: Cartes de Voeux ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stamps and Stuff, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stamps and Stuff, ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Tabbed Cards, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picture Book, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

Elisha Barnett
Article written by Elisha Barnett

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 Kim Meeder

Layout by Kim Meeder
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Picture Book Embellishment Template Special - Frame

Designer Freebie by Kim Meeder coordinates with her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picture Book,
part of this month's ScrapSimple Club offering!

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picture Book Brush Set: Our Life ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stamps and Stuff
  Finery 2 Collection Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picture Book, Brush Set: Our Life and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stamps and Stuff are also available.

Kim Meeder
Today's freebie designed by Kim Meeder

* 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

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!


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!


ATC Swap Crop & Chat
Wednesday, June 1st - 6:00PM MT

Please join Lei (Bride) and Elisha (elibar) in the chatroom for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap Crop/Chat on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm MT. Come see what everyone has created and we'll talk about next month's topic. We're looking forward to seeing you there.


NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, June 2nd - 2:00PM MT

What is NSBR? It's a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything, including some scrapbooking and usually chocolate. It's a great chance to meet new friends, catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax! If you have a problem, we'll lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Have some great news to share? We'd love to celebrate with you. So join Pat (PBarnes) at 2pm MT in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!


What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, June 3rd - 9:00AM MT

Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) 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!


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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