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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Dynamic Brush Set: Lacey 6301 Dearest Mum Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Creased Frames 6301
* ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini *

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Lacey 6301, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Creased Frames 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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Brush Set: Musical Grunge - Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All About Edges Vol.2 JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 Noteworthy
  Noteworthy Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Musical Grunge - Biggie and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All About Edges Vol.2 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Pirate Code Typewriter Alpha Keys Mini Pirate Code Collection Biggie Pirate Code Solids Paper Mini

Commercial license versions of Pirate Code Typewriter Alpha Keys Mini, Pirate Code Collection Biggie and Pirate Code Solids Paper Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Taped  Damask Friends and Family Collection Brush Set: So Basically Word Art
So Basically Collection Mini   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Borders 6401 Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Taped Damask, Brush Set: So Basically Word Art and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Borders 6401 Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cherise Oleson

Layout by Cherise Oleson
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ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Tags 8301 Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Tags 8302 Biggie Fresh Air Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Fibers 4901 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Textures 4901 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Paper 5201
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Burned Paper 5201 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Tags 8301 Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Tags 8302 Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Fibers 4901, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Textures 4901, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Paper 5201 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Burned Paper 5201 Mini 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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Dad Was Right
Friday, June 17, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 40% off Brush Sets! Two Days Only!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Photography Friday: Midday Shadows
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips From The Pros: Ways to use ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All about Edges
  • 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.
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  • 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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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: Photography Friday

Midday Shadows

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Windows 7

When you think about using shadows as an element in photography, you might immediately think about those beautiful artsy photos with long shadows and soft light. You know, those photos taken during the "magic hours" around sunrise and sunset.

Shooting photos during the middle part of the day can pose some challenges - I've even heard photographers call midday the "ugly hours." The light can be harsh and cause a lot of contrast. But you can use this to your advantage and get some interesting photos in the middle of the day too! Check out these examples.

This photo, taken in the noonday sun, makes an ordinary wood post looks very interesting. The sun casts shadows directly beneath the splinters, highly accentuating them.

Digital Photography Tutorial: Example of deep shadows.

And in this photo, the sun is directly above the arbor. See how it casts a lovely latticework of shadows on the floor. The contrast of light and dark is visually striking.

Digital Photography Tutorial: Example of using shadows for contrast.

At lunchtime recently, I went to our local community park for a photo walk, looking for shadows. It's spring, so the sun is not at its zenith, but it was shining brightly. I was particularly fascinated by the shadows cast on a bridge. I composed my shot by getting low to the ground. Then I moved to the side because I wanted the shot to be a bit asymmetrical. With just the automatic settings on my camera, I took my shot.

I encourage you to notice shadows, even in the middle of the day. You're sure to find some photo magic, too!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Zoomba Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Bursting Offset Uptown Solids Paper Mini
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photo Edges 6301  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Bursting Offset and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photo Edges 6301 are also available.

Elisha Barnett
Article written by Elisha Barnett

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

Ways to use ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All about Edges

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Windows Vista

This tutorial is to show you some different ways you can use ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All About Edges. I have added edges to a couple of different layouts applying textures, brushes, blending modes and using clipping masks to add a variety of looks to your layouts.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Open pre-designed layout to use.
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Here is a layout from Syndee Nuckles' JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 Memento. I love the layout, but want to add my own touches, so I chose to use my ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All About Edges Vol. 2. Use the Eyedropper Tool to choose a color in the layout. Create a new layer in your Layers Palette and clip it to the edges (Ctrl+G for Photoshop Elements; Ctrl+Alt+G for Photoshop).

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change Blend Mode of edge layer.
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Now you can use your Blending Modes to achieve a variety of looks. I changed the Blending Mode to "Darken" and reduced the Opacity to 60%. Feel free to play with the Blending Modes until you reach your desired look. Then I selected the "Bevel and Emboss" layer style and added a texture to give it even more dimension.

Here is the finished layout:

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All About Edges Vol.2 * JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 Memento

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All About Edges Vol.2 are also available.

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Now, to take it even a step further, we are going to use a brush to add even more to your edges. Do all of the above steps and then select your Brush Tool. Choose the brushes you would like to use. I have selected to use one of my brushes from Brush Set: Musical Grunge - Biggie. Create a new layer in the Layers Palette and begin stamping it around the edges. Once you are finished, clip your layer to your edges layers. From here, you can adjust the Opacity and play with the levels to see if there is one that may work better for your background. Feel free to duplicate the layers and continue adjusting Blending Modes. Once you have reached the desired look, merge the layers together.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Stamp a brush around the edge layer.
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Your imagination is your only limitation, so have fun!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All About Edges Vol.2 Brush Set: Musical Grunge - Biggie JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 Noteworthy

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: All About Edges Vol.2 and Brush Set: Musical Grunge - Biggie are also available.

Pebbles Jones
Article written by Pebbles Jones

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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 Card by Jen Reed

Card by Jen Reed
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My Father's Eyes Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Jen Reed coordinates with her My Father's Eyes Collection

My Father's Eyes Collection * My Father's Eyes Solids Paper Mini

Commercial license versions of My Father's Eyes Collection and My Father's Eyes Solids Paper Mini are also available.

Jen Reed
Today's freebie designed by Jen Reed

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, June 17th - 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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Back-Up Party and Chat
Friday, June 17th - 8:00PM MT

Need a little extra motivation to back-up your layouts and stash? Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 8pm MT for the Back-up Party and Chat. The goal of these chats is to make sure our back-ups are current. Come chat while you back up your files. We'll also go over several different ways to safeguard your files and even give you some tips on organizing your supplies. Grab some chocolate and we'll see you in the chat room!

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New Member Chat - Early Edition
Tuesday, June 21st - 1:00PM MT

Join Debbie (B&K Mom) at 1pm MT for a fun chat to get to know our newest members. We will discuss the Message Board, Gallery, chocolate and so much more! Everyone is welcome, new or not-so-new! Not sure how to get there? Just click here for the Scrap Girls Chat Room. You will need Javascript enabled to access the Chat Room.

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Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, June 21st - 6:00PM MT

Join Elisha (elibar) and Lei (Bride) for a Faith Journey Chat on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. All faiths are welcome! We'll be chatting and scrapping about our individual faith walk and how we also walk together. Watch the Message Board for this month's topic of discussion, and if you like - create a layout based on the topic!

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Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, June 21st - 7:00PM MT

Join Theresa (tiza126) for another Life Moments Crop! This crop focuses on you, the scrapper, creating a scrapbook one layout at a time. The theme for this chat will be posted on the Message Board on the day of the chat. Hope to see you there at 7pm MT!

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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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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