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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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* My Father's Eyes Collection *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Scrap Pack: Souvenir ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Folds 5001

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Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Shabby Chic Collection Biggie Twiggy Embellishments Design Pack: Inked Text
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Bokeh 6401  

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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ScrapSimple Alpha Template: Dog Tags Golden Vanity Collection My Father's Eyes Collection

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cheri Thieleke

Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Birdies 5001 ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Branches 5001 ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Golden Memories
Well Loved Collection Biggie Well Loved Paper Super Mini Well Loved Journaling Embellishment Mini
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Folds 5001 Bold Love Collection Biggie Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Well Loved
Blossoms & Blooms - Spring Embellishment Biggie   Lettering Delights Whimsey Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Birdies 5001, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Branches 5001, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Golden Memories, Well Loved Collection Biggie, Well Loved Journaling Embellishment Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Folds 5001 and Lettering Delights Whimsey Font are also available.

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Express Yourself
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Back To The Basics: Creating a Hybrid Father's Day Card
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips From The Pros: Making 8x10 Layouts
  • 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.

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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!

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Image: Back to the Basics

Creating a Hybrid Father's Day Card

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Microsoft Vista

A hybrid scrapbooking project involves using digital scrapbooking elements along with traditional paper-crafting techniques. I used to avoid hybrid projects, convinced that it was something only for the truly crafty. Luckily, I was wrong!

The key is to let your digital supplies do most of the work for you. So if you're shaking in your hybrid boots like I used to do, don't worry! By the end of this tutorial, you'll be creating a hybrid Father's Day card that's really quite easy.

Here's a list of the supplies you'll need:

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue or other adhesive
  • Printer
  • Your digital scrapbooking stash

We're going to build our cards digitally. We'll create a front panel, an embellishment cluster, and the sentiment. Let's start with the front panel.

First, create a new document with these settings – 5.5-inch width, 4.25-inch length, 300 pixels/inch resolution, background – white.

Digital Scrapbooking Gift Tutorial Screenshot: Create a new Photoshop document.

Next, use the Rectangle Tool (U) to create a slightly smaller rectangle. You may fill this rectangle with color or use a clipping mask (Alt+Ctrl+G in Photoshop; Ctrl+G in Photoshop Elements) with a patterned paper of your choice. Ta da! You've created your front panel! That was easy, right?

Digital Scrapbooking Gift Tutorial Screenshot: Draw a rectangle using the Shape Tool.

Now it's time to create an embellishment cluster. Search through your supplies for items like journaling tags, circles, stars, etc; this will be the base of your cluster. I prefer to use simple shapes that are easy to cut out. Once you have selected your base, you can add other embellishments. This is where I like to get creative. You can add swirly brush strokes, glitter, flowers, bead scatters, or anything else you desire. No worries about fussy cutting - you'll only have to cut out the base of your cluster.

Digital Scrapbooking Gift Tutorial Screenshot: Create a cluster of embellishments within a simple shape.

Last but not least, let's focus on the sentiment. Again, we're going to use the Rectangle Tool. This time, draw a long thin box. As before, you can fill it with color or clip a paper to it. Next, select the Type Tool and click inside the box you've just created and type your sentiment in the font of your choice. Since this is a hybrid Father's Day card, I'm going to use Happy Father's Day.

Digital Scrapbooking Gift Tutorial Screenshot: Type card sentiment.

Now that we've finished building our card, it's time to prepare the card for printing. Create a new 8.5x11-inch document with a white background. If you wish to have a single layer card, save your card panel as a JPG file in order to flatten the layers. Then, place the card on your new document and print. However, if you'd like to have multiple layers, you'll need to deconstruct your digital card. You'll simply drag each layer of your card to the new document. Make sure to leave enough space around each item so you'll have room to cut.

Okay, now we're ready for the hybrid part of our project! Print and cut out the individual pieces, and then adhere the pieces to your card base.

Digital Scrapbooking Gift Tutorial Screenshot: Print and cut out each piece.

Sit back and pat yourself on the back! You have created a hybrid Father's Day card!

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Digital scrapbook card by Ashleigh Bronner

Hybrid Father's Day Card by Ashleigh Bronner
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Country Life Collection Dress Up Embellishment Mini Being With You Collection Biggie
  Petite Alphas  

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Ashleigh Bronner
Article written by Ashleigh Bronner

Scrap Girls Club

June's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin.

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

June's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

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 Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips From The Pros

Using 12x12 Digital Scrapbooking Supplies to Create 8x10 Layouts

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 and Mac OS X

Whether you currently create your layouts using a 12x12-inch format or an 8.5x11-inch format, there may be times when you would like to frame a layout for a gift or to display in your own home. You may have a standard-size frame you already own or you may have nabbed this common size frame at a great sale.

Today, I'm going to show you just how easy it is to use your 12x12-inch digital scrapbooking supplies to create an 8x10-inch layout suitable for framing.

There are several ways of accomplishing this. One way would be to change the size of each paper and element before placing it on your layout. Now, I love digital scrapbooking for many reasons. Several of these reasons include speed, the ability to make changes easily, and the cost savings. We are going to put all of these reasons to the test during this tutorial!

The first thing I do is create a 12x12-inch layout. I have found that if I do this, I can adjust the layout to any size at a later time. Follow along and create your own 12x12-inch layout or use one you have previously made. Here's mine:

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Sample of a 12-inch layout.

After you have your layout created and saved, open up a new document with an image size of 8x10 inches. Use the shortcut Ctrl+N (Cmd+N for Macs) to bring up the New Document Window. Fill in the new dimensions. If you would like, feel free to make your new layout a width of 10 inches and a height of 8 inches.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Create a new 8x10-inch document.

Now, return to your original 12x12-inch layout. In the Layers Palette, highlight all the layers except the background (or bottom) layer. If you happen to have a lot of layers, here is an easy shortcut. Choose (highlight) the top layer of your layout. Now, hold the Shift key down while clicking on the layer above your background. Voila! You will see all the layers (except the bottom layer) highlighted. Drag the layers to your blank 8x10-inch document.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Drag layout layers onto the new document.

Yikes! It doesn't fit, right? Not to worry! Now we are going to fix it "quickly and easily." Ah, some of my favorite words!

We are going to use the Transform Tool to decrease the size of all the layers at once by using the shortcut Ctrl+T (Cmd+T). Uh-oh! You can't see the edges of the layers because they extend beyond the image size, and you aren't able to use the handles to change the size.

Use the shortcut Ctrl+Minus key (Cmd+Minus key). You will see your image get smaller. Do this one more time. Next, hover your cursor over the bottom right corner of your window. You should see a double-ended arrow. Drag the window out until you see the entire Transform box showing. This is what you should see:

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Screenshot of Transform Tool handles.

Use one of the corner anchor squares to resize all the layers simultaneously. Be sure to hold down the Shift key while doing this to maintain the proportions. All of the layers should still be highlighted in the Layers Palette. Use the Move Tool to shift them into place. Play around a bit until you find what you like. Remember, you are going from a square layout to a rectangular layout. That will probably result in positioning it differently.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Move layers around to fit in the rectangle-shaped document.

Finally, go back to your 12x12-inch layout and drag your background paper (the bottom layer) onto your new 8x10-inch layout. Move it to the bottom layer and resize it to fit your layout. You're all done!

How easy and cool was that?! Now you have your original 12x12-inch digital scrapbooking layout, and you have created the same layout in another size that's perfect for gift giving. This particular layout will be great for framing and hanging on the bedroom wall of a little girl's room. What a fun and very grown-up gift for these three girlfriends to receive.

So, when you're in need of a quick gift, look back at one of your 12x12-inch layouts and make some easy changes to create an inexpensive gift for special someone.

Below is my final 8x10-inch digital scrapbooking layout. I think the girls are going to love it!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Kim Meeder

Layout by Kim Meeder
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Buds and Bunnies Collection Mini Piece Of Cake Collection Biggie Lovin' Life Collection
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Edge Them   Brush Set: Dotty Swirls Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Edge Them and Brush Set: Dotty Swirls Biggie are also available.

Kim Meeder
Article written by Kim Meeder

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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 Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Brush Set: Embellish II Biggie Special

Designer Freebie by Brandy Murry coordinates with her Brush Set: Embellish II Biggie

Brush Set: Embellish II Biggie A Summer Breeze Collection Mini A Summer Breeze Solids Paper Mini
Seascape Collection   ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Get A-Round

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Embellish II Biggie, A Summer Breeze Collection Mini and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Get A-Round are also available.

Brandy Murry
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry

* 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

East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 8th - 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 8th, we'll do a font challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using multiple fonts - at least 3 different fonts! Mix it up! 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!

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Baby Theme Crop
Wednesday, June 8th - 7:00PM MT

Join Carla (CRS) and Theresa (tiza126) for a new twist on the Baby Theme Crop at 7pm MT! This month we'll continue to work with ABC's - include something in your layout that starts with a P, Q and R! We'd love to see your layouts in the Baby Book Gallery!

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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, June 10th - 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!

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Recipe Swap Chat
Saturday, June 11th - 7:00PM MT

Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT in the chat room for our Monthly Recipe Swap Chat. Please check the Message Board the Thursday before the chat for this month's theme and the swap details!

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Use Your Stash Chat
Monday, June 13th - 5:00PM MT

Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) on Monday, June 13th at 5pm MT for this month's edition of the "Use Your Stash" chat. Meet in the chat room to talk about all the things we haven't used or maybe even unzipped yet! We will post a challenge earlier in the day to get you motivated to use something in your digital arsenal.

Games

June Message Board Game: Re-JUNE-venate!

We helped you jumpstart your January and now it's time to re-JUNE-venate your focus on scrapbooking! Join us on the Forum this month for "Re-JUNE-venate!" This is a Meassage Board game and challenge that focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have several completed layouts and will have been challenged and treated to some fun along the way... with prize opportunities thrown in as well!

A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge or task each day Monday through Saturday from June 1st - 30th. The tasks will be formatted in LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require Message Board participation, email responses or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.

Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete just the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Those who complete just the speedbumps will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates. (Those who complete all tasks will have their name entered in all three drawings!)

Join us in June for some serious scrapbooking re-JUNE-venation!

For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

Contests

June Monthly Layout Contest: Father's Day is celebrated in June in the United States, but a day set aside to honor our male parent is celebrated in many countries on different dates throughout the year. For June's layout contest, we want you to do a layout honoring your father, whether he is living or not. Post your layouts in the June Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on June 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen winners, you will receive 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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