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One Day Only! Save 50% off all Value Packs in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MDT on July 12th!

Surprise! Today only! You can get 50% off everything in the Value Pack section of the Scrap Girls Boutique. Commercial value packs are also on sale!

This is absolutely a DO-NOT-DELAY moment because this rare bird (a sale like this hasn't ever happened before!) ends tonight (July 12th) at Midnight, MDT!

Once this one is over, it is over because it will NOT be repeated in 2011!

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Today's Special of the Day!

Wanted Collection
Wanted Collection

Save 30% off this Collection 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 Jen Reed. In a short interview with Jen, she shared these comments with us...

"The Wanted Collection came out of my desire for a non-traditional Valentine collection. I used a color palette that would lend itself to scrapping boy valentine layouts - hearts without the pink. Ironically, I haven't used it much to scrap my son and instead have a ton of layouts of my girls. There are so many different patterned papers (I love patterns!) and I actually had a hard time stopping and ended up with 22 total coordinating papers. These papers are broken out over several coordinating products including the main collection and today's free paper sample."

1. What is currently playing on your iPod/radio?

Led Zeppelin

2. When designing a collection what do you start with first? Papers, embellishments, word art?

The very first thing I do when starting a collection is pick a theme and jot down ideas for the collection. From there, I'll come up with a palette and start designing a multi-color patterned paper and a multi-color stripe of some kind to check to see how my colors are working together. Lately I've been designing more random than ever before... I always start with some papers (again, the multi-color pattern and stripe come first), then I might get an idea for an alpha and I'll work on that, then do some embellishments, come back to the papers and add a few with the new embellishments, then add some solids, more embellishments, some word-art, etc. For the last few collections I've designed, I've found that my designing is flowing much better when I actually design non-linearly and hop around - design different things as the idea comes into my head instead of completing all the papers, then all the embellishments, etc.

Jen Reed
Jen Reed

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Eyelet Cloudburst Collection Mini Aloha Friday Paper
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Precious Metal 11201 Brush Set: Island Flora Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Sanded

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Eyelet, Cloudburst Collection Mini, Aloha Friday Paper, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Precious Metal 11201, Brush Set: Island Flora Biggie and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Sanded are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Value Pack: French Linen ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Curves ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Edge 6301 Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Curves and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Edge 6301 Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled and Torn Frames Curious Collection Mini Curious Paper Super Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled and Torn Frames are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cindy Rohrbough

Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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* ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Wandering Garden *

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Wandering Garden are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Coffee House Collection Biggie Homebody Collection Biggie Eclectic Collection Biggie

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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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Like a Penguin through Water
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 50% off Value Packs! (Commercial ones, too!)
  • Today's Special of the Day
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: ScrapSimple Club Craft
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

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 hello@scrapgirls.com. 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 hello@scrapgirls.com:

  • 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 challenges@scrapgirls.com. 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
Rozanne Paxman

Like a Penguin through Water

We slip in and out of this world.

Time passes so quickly, and yet

it moves too slowly for anxious, impatient souls

who long for tomorrow when things will be better,

who long for the time when all problems shall cease,

who long for the hour when discouragement is over,

who long for the time when they feel sweet release.


We slip into this world like a penguin through water -

back and through 'til at the end of our stay.

And standing between -

slipping in and back out -

is the time that we call today.

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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 hello@scrapgirls.com. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!

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Food recipes, homemaking tips, gardening, quilting, and other neat stuff her mom and grandma taught her

ScrapSimple Club

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 Sonia Payne
Layout by Sonia Payne
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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Tips From The Pros

Creating a Greeting Card

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 with Windows XP

I learned to create greeting cards long before I started scrapbooking. I used stamps with colored cardstock and would make several copies of the same cards so I always had extras on hand for last-minute occasions. Now that I make digital greeting cards, it is easy to print out another card whenever the need arises.

For this tutorial, I used items from the June ScrapSimple Club. You can create greeting cards using any digital scrapbooking supplies you may have.

To make your own card, start with a 4.25x5.5-inch image (1275x1500 pixels at 300 pixels per inch). This is a handy size that will fit in an A-2 envelope. Color the ScrapSimple papers and embellishments using techniques found in the 1 Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Instructions Handbook (Free ScrapSimple basics eBook) and add them to your card, resizing as needed. I decorated my greeting card with flowers, charms, stitching, journaling paper, and a touch of ribbon. I found that applying a style from the Design Pack: Inked Text to the ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil letters gave them a hand-stamped look. The spiral clip was made by erasing the base of a photo holder from ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes.

ScrapSimple Club Tutorial Screenshot: Apply style to alpha template letters.

When your greeting card front is complete, it is time to print it. Sometimes I just print and trim the image for the front of the card and adhere it to a folded half-sheet of cardstock; however, I like the backs of my cards to be almost as pretty as the front, so I add digital paper to the back before printing.

In order to print your card with a decorative back, you will need to expand your canvas. Go to Image> Canvas Size and double the width of your canvas for a side-fold card or double the height of your canvas for a top-fold card. In the Canvas Size pop-up, there is also an Anchor grid that allows you to choose where to add the additional canvas in relation to your existing card. Anchor a top-fold card to the bottom-center and anchor a side-fold card to the right center.

ScrapSimple Club Tutorial Screenshot: Increase Canvas Size.

After you have enlarged your canvas, duplicate the background layer(s) and move them to the blank half of the card. Now your greeting card is ready to print!

ScrapSimple Club Tutorial Screenshot: Duplicate background and move to the other half of the card.

After your card is printed, just trim and fold it. I used distressing ink on the edges to cover where I didn't cut it perfectly. You can use these basic instructions to make a greeting card for any occasion.

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Digital Scrapbooking Card by April Martell

Card by April Martell
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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.

Brush Set: Fabric Stamps ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks Assemble Your Own: Shabby Flowers Biggie
Design Pack: Inked Text Lifted Journal Paper Super Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Fabric Stamps, ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks, Assemble Your Own: Shabby Flowers Biggie, Design Pack: Inked Text and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

April Martell
Article written by April Martell

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 Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Wanted Paper Special 1

Designer Freebie by Jen Reed coordinates with her Wanted Collection,
which is on sale today only for 30% off!

* Wanted Collection *

Commercial license versions of Wanted Collection are also available.

Jen Reed
Today's freebie designed by Jen Reed

* 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

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!

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New Member Chat
Tuesday, July 12th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 7pm MT in the Live Chat room lobby. This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included. You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.

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Sketch Challenge Crop & Chat
Tuesday, July 12th - 8:00PM MDT

It's time for the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) on Tuesday, July 12 at 8pm MT in the Scrap Girls Chat Room! Enjoy getting a little creative boost for your pages? Are you needing help getting started? Then this is the challenge for you! A few hours before the chat begins, Cheri will post a link for you to download the sketch. Use it as the starting point for your page; be inspired by the basic arrangement; flip things around or scraplift the whole thing hook, line, and sinker. All interpretations of the design are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry about any deadlines... post your layout when it works with your schedule. Hope to see you there!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, July 13th - 10:00AM MDT

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 July 13th, we'll do a patterned paper challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using multiple patterned papers - at least 2 different patterns! 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 & Chat
Wednesday, July 13th - 7:00PM MDT

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 S, T, and U! We'd love to see your layouts in the Baby Book Gallery!

Games

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.

Contests

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!

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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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