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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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JIF 6: Creamy Sweet Humble Christmas 2 Collection Mini ABC Fun Collection Biggie
  Fly High Collection  

Commercial license versions of Humble Christmas 2 Collection Mini, ABC Fun Collection Biggie and Fly High Collection are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Rozanne Paxman

Layout by Ro
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Country Life Collection * Botanica Collection

Commercial license versions of Country Life Collection are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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* Easy Page Pro Album: 4x6 Finery *


Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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These first five 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 Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms Brush Set: Fabric Stamps Noteworthy Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: String Fling   Eclectic Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms, Brush Set: Fabric Stamps and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: String Fling are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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Portraits of the Past Feminine Collection Mini * Brush Set: Vintage Vol.1

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Vintage Vol.1 are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
Photos by Shauna Dubois at
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Children's Classic Collection Biggie Time Traveler Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Molly Milkshakes Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Embossed 6301  

Commercial license versions of Children's Classic Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Molly Milkshakes Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Embossed 6301 are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Sheri Johnson

Layout by Sheri Johnson
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* JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 TeaCake *


Digital scrapbook layout by Kerry Veale

Layout by Kerry Veale
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Intaglio Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Subtle Photos 7601 Biggie Always and Forever Collection
Brocadelicious Embellishment Mini Brocadelicious Collection Swirls and Pearls Embellishments
Embossed Vellum Paper   A Fairy Garden Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Intaglio Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Subtle Photos 7601 Biggie, Swirls and Pearls Embellishments and Embossed Vellum Paper 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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The Best Time You Ever Had In Your Life
Friday, July 8, 2011


  • Cute Stuff
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Using 12x12 Supplies to Make 8.5x11 Layouts
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
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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 third quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, October 8th 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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Life Muse

Rozanne Paxman
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Muse Cartoon by Rozanne Paxman

Prescription for the doldrums:

  • Do one thing you haven't done for a while each day for a week.

  • Put peanut butter on top of jam.

  • Eat lunch at breakfast time and breakfast for lunch.

  • Wear a hat.

  • Write with a crayon.

  • Draw cartoons in a notebook.

  • Sing in the shower.

  • Walk backwards.

  • Hang upside down from the couch.

  • Take a new route home.

  • Put a "thank you" note under someone's door.

  • Enter your home via a different door than usual.

  • Sit in a different chair.

  • Wear a shirt you have been ignoring.

  • Watch a new television show.

  • Eat a picnic in the living room.

  • Write a letter and mail it.

  • Make a digital scrapbooking layout about the best time you ever had in your entire life.

  • Show your layout to someone.

Dr. Ro


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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Scrap Girls Club

July's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Keri Schueller.

Exclusive content from the Scrap Girls Club.

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
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Jiffy Easy Page Album
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Color Palette

July's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Keri Schueller

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive!JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs using July's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Angie Briggs
using July's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs using July's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Angie Briggs
using July's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs using July's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Angie Briggs
using July's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips From The Pros

Using 12x12 Supplies to Make 8.5x11 Layouts

Note: Tutorial was created using Adobe Photoshop CS2 with Windows XP.

If you've ever noticed that the standard dimensions of scrapbooking paper are 12x12 inches, and not 8.5x11 inches like most standard papers, then you're not alone. I'm not positive why scrapbooking paper is set at this default length and width, but my guess is that it allows the scrapbooker (you!) to decide whether you want to use the pattern horizontally or vertically.

However, there are benefits to scrapbooking in letter size. These benefits include the ability to print layouts from home using a standard desktop printer and the wide availability of letter-size sheet protectors, photo albums, and picture frames.

In this tutorial, you'll find out how easy it is to use standard 12x12-inch digital scrapbooking supplies to make 8.5x11-inch layouts.

If you like to start a layout by using a paper from a kit as your background, open the paper in your graphics program. Here's a paper from Life's Canvas Collection Biggie.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Open a digital background paper.

Let's say you want to use this paper in a horizontal letter layout (11 inches wide and 8.5 inches in height), and you want to keep as much of the details on the edge as possible. First, you will need to reduce the width from 12 inches to 11 inches.

Go to Image on the top tool bar and select "Image Size" from the drop-down window. In the Image Size window, make sure the box for "Constrain Proportions" is checked. Then change the width from 12 inches to 11 inches. This will also change the height proportionally. (Note: You will not need to follow this step if you choose a paper with an all-over pattern or if you don't mind cropping accents off the paper's edges.)

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Open up Image Size menu.

Now you need to crop the paper's width from 11 inches to 8.5 inches. To do this, go to Image again, but this time, select "Canvas Size." In the Canvas Size window, change the height from 11 inches to 8.5 inches. Choose which part of the canvas you want to be the anchor. In this case, the top of the paper will be retained and the bottom will be cropped.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Open up Canvas Size menu.

This is what your paper looks like after it has been resized to 8.5x11 inches. It is now ready to use in your next digital scrapbooking layout!

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Paper is resized to 8.5x11 inches.

To make digital scrapbooking in letter-size even easier, you can choose backgrounds that have all-over patterns (which allows you to skip the Image Size step) or use ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates, which usually include easy-to-follow templates for both 12x12 inches and 8.5x11 inches layouts.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Thao Cosgrove

Layout by Thao Cosgrove
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Life's Canvas Collection Biggie Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 Life's Canvas Haven Collection Mini
  Orchid Collection Mini  

Thao Cosgrove
Article written by Thao Cosgrove

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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 Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Digital Stickers: Flutterbys Butterfly Special

Designer Freebie by Angela Blanchard coordinates with her Digital Stickers: Flutterbys

Digital Stickers: Flutterbys Floral Abundance Collection Country Flowers Collection Mini
  Digital Stickers: Cute Critters  

Commercial license versions of Digital Stickers: Flutterbys, Country Flowers Collection Mini and Digital Stickers: Cute Critters are also available.

Angela Blanchard
Today's freebie designed by Angela Blanchard

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

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

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!


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

Join April (April Showers) 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!


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

Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT 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!


Monday, July 11th - 7:00PM 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 us, Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT!


Use Your Stash Chat
Tuesday, July 12th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room at 6pm MT for this month's edition of "Use your Stash!" Don't just collect tons of digital goodies, use them! We will post a challenge to help you get started. 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.)


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