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Flag Waving Sale! Save 18.9% off almost everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MDT on July 7th!

Hip, hip hooray! It's a 4th of July celebration! But just like fireworks, it's going to be over in a flash. Sale ends promptly at Midnight, MDT on July 7th.

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Cute Stuff

Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Hackman

Layout by Brandy Hackman
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Digital scrapbook layout by Keri Schueller

Layout by Keri Schueller
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The three products below are 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.

Lovely You Paper Super Mini Ever So Lovely Collection Biggie Ever So Lovely Clusters Embellishment Mini


Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Easy Page Pro Album: 12x12 - Favorites 2 spacer You Are Collection Biggie

Photo Credit: Shauna DuBois
Commercial license versions of Easy Page Pro Album: 12x12 – Favorites 2
are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder

Layout by Kim Meeder
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Defining Moments Cluster Embellishment Mini Defining Moments Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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Digital scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Commercial license versions of Western Rodeo Collection Biggie are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Brush Set: Very Vintage November Sky Collection Memento Collection Biggie
Beautiful Life Collection Biggie spacer ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Very Vintage and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini 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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Fun with Flickr
Thursday, July 7, 2011


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  • Scrap Girls, Etc.: Fun with Flickr
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  • Tips from the Pros: Taking Your Picture in a Mirror
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  • 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.


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Scrap Girls, Etc. Image

Syndee Nuckles
Article written by Syndee Nuckles

Fun with Flickr

Many of you may have heard of Flickr ( or even have your own Flickr account. It's a great way to share photos and layouts and a wonderful place to be inspired by others!

Here are some basic things you can do with Flickr:

Share your photos - You decide who sees your photos - designate friends and family or make them public for everyone to see. You can also share photos privately with others who don't have a Flickr account by using Flickr's Guest Pass.

Tell a story with your photos - Add notes right on your photos!

Add tags - Place your photos into categories and help keep them organized. Use the "Organizer" to drag and drop photos into sets and collections.

Favorite photos - You can keep track of inspiring photos or ones you want to remember by making it a "Favorite."

Easily connect your Flickr account – Connect to Facebook and Twitter or post photos from Flickr right to your blog!

Add a Flickr Badge - To your blog or website to display your Flickr photos.

Embed a Slideshow - On your site or blog.

Upload photos - From your computer, email, browser or cell phone. There are several apps for uploading directly to Flickr from iPhoto, Picasa, Windows Live Gallery, and more!

Once you have uploaded your photos and organized them into sets and collections, you can do some fun things like create a mosaic!

This is a mosaic I created a few years ago when my husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary.

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The Mosaic Maker is a snap to use - it guides you through choosing how many rows and columns you want and what photo sets or collections to use. This is a fun thing to share with family and friends and add to your blog!

You can also create a letter-size calendar or even a CD jewel case calendar to print out or send to family and friends.

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The Calendar application guides you easily through the process of creating a calendar, plus having your photos uploaded on Flickr makes it easy to pick and choose the photos for your calendar.

Adding frames and interesting effects with the Framer application is something else you can do with Flickr.

I used the Canvas Panels frame on the photo below.

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Using the frame application you can also create your own To Do list like the one below.

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There are so many fun things you can do with your photos on Flickr and what I love the most is how easy it is to upload my photos and play with these fun applications!

You can sign up for your free account here:

Until next time!

- Syndee


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!

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The June ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Brandy Murry and Syndee Nuckles.

Exclusive content from June's ScrapSimple Club

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).

A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.

With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Template
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 2 Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Nano Collection
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! 2 Tutorials

June's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Brandy Murry and Syndee Nuckles

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Ashleigh Bronner
Layout by Ashleigh Bronner using June's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry
Layout by Brandy Murry using June's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio
Layout by Armi Custodio using June's ScrapSimple Club
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Taking Your Picture in a Mirror

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Windows Vista

So often in our photography efforts, we are the ones behind the camera. As the family memory makers, it's hard to get images of ourselves. Efforts to be included in the photos often result in blurred images, poor cropping, bad lighting, or cut-off portions. Frustrating, huh?!

Have you ever considered taking a picture of yourself in a mirror? It's not as tricky as you think. If you are shooting indoors, you can set the white balance on your camera to reflect the lighting that you have in your bathroom or hallway. You can shoot with the camera up to your face in a picture-shooting position, or hold your camera off to the side so your full face is in the picture. These kinds of shots tell a little about you and your interest in photography.

Don't be limited by the just the mirrors in your home. Remember the other mirrors in your world that would give you creative images of yourself - the car mirrors, the mirror section in the department store, the mirror wall at the local kids' museum.

You can shoot straight into the mirror for just an image of you. If you shoot off center, you can get all kinds of interesting things in the background. These kinds of creative shots can tell more about you than you think. What does the background you capture with you say about you? What if you held a hand mirror with your back to a wall mirror and shot into the hand mirror? How do the angles increase the creativity in your image taking? Taking a picture in a mirror can be very fun and creative. Give it a try, and explore your mirrors in your world around you. You may be surprised how many new creative reflections you find!


Digital scrapbook layout by Amy Flanagan

Layout by Amy Flannagan
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Paint Sheers Embellishments spacer Zoomba Collection Biggie


Charlene Crowder
Article written by Amy Flannagan

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 scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by
Joyce Schardt

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks Special

Designer Freebie by Brandy Murry coordinates with her ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks

The first five products below 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: Fabric Stacks Brush Set: Fabric Stamps ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms
ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes Ragamuffin Collection Biggie
Yesteryear Collection Biggie spacer Shabby Chic Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks, Brush Set: Fabric Stamps, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms, ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes 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

NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, July 7th - 2:00PM MDT

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 MDT in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!


Project SG Chat
Thursday, July 7th - 7:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) to hear all the details about Project SG! You can win prizes by taking part in this year-long Challenge. It is never too late to start! See you in the chatroom at 7pm MDT.


What's New in the Boutique Chat
Friday, July 8th - 9:00AM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MDT Friday morning to chat about all the wonderful new products in the ScrapGirls 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!


Recipe Swap Chat
Saturday, July 9th - 7:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Lei (Bride) at 7PM MDT 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!


Journaling Chat
Monday, July 11th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Carla (CRS) and Lei(Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MDT on the second Monday of each month. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!


July Message Board Game: Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Dust off those thinking caps and hunting boots! We're having a Summer Scavenger Hunt, and you're invited! Join us for the July Message Board Game, where each Monday through Saturday during the month of July, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post a clue in the official game thread. The clue will describe a product from the Scrap Girls Boutique. To participate, search the Boutique for the product and post a link to the product page in the official game thread.

But wait, there's more! In a new twist to the scavenger hunt game, on certain days you will be sent to the Scrap Girls Gallery to look for layouts using specific products or collections, and then post a link to your layout comment in the official game thread.

Three winners will be drawn from all the members who correctly identify a product or find Gallery layouts throughout the month. Each winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Good luck in your search!

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


July Monthly Layout Contest: As the United States celebrates its independence this month, we'd love to see some examples of how you've gained independence! For July's Monthly Layout Contest, show us your layouts featuring someone displaying independence! It could be a toddler learning independence or a young person out on their own for the first time. You could even scrap about a time you displayed some independence! Be sure to include some journaling to support your photos. Post your layouts in the July Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on July 31st. 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!


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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