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Digital scrapbook layout by Lore Shattuck

Layout by Lore Shattuck
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Digital scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Lots of Shots 3 Cloudburst Collection Mini Lovely Little Thankfuls Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Precious Metal 11201 spacer ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frosted Glass 6401

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Lots of Shots 3, Cloudburst Collection Mini, Lovely Little Thankfuls Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Precious Metal 11201 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frosted Glass 6401 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Brush Set: Memento By the Sea Collection Mini Memento Collection Biggie
Beautiful Life Collection Biggie Having Hope Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photos 6301
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini spacer Nostalgia Collection

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Memento, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photos 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Keri Schueller

Layout by Keri Schueller
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This product is 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.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Paula Wright

Layout by Paula Wright
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Buttoned Papers Buttoned Embellishments Love Struck Collection
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Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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American Dream Collection Biggie spacer ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12  Life in Action Vol.1

A commercial license version of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Life in Action Vol.1 is also available.

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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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Long Journaling
Thursday, July 14, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • Cute Stuff
  • Scrap Girls, Etc.: Armi Custodio - Long Journaling
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Borrowing Word Art Letters
  • 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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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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Armi Custodio
Article written by Armi Custodio

Long Journaling

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop Creative Suite 5 with Windows 7

Long journaling doesn’t come easily to me so I’ve had to think of ways to jumpstart the process. One of the tricks I use is to write my journaling in the form of a letter. Somehow, when I write a letter, my thoughts just flow naturally and results in heartfelt and very personal journaling. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. Just keep writing! After all, there is always spell check and grammar check in most word processing software. Before you know it, you will have written a long piece.

The other consideration in long journaling is placement. For this dilemma, there are many products in the Scrap Girls Boutique that can help. One such product is ScrapSimple Type Shapes: Journaling Around Squares. This one is specifically geared for long journaling because the type paths measure between 7 to 9 inches in both width and height. What I also like about this product is that aside from journaling placement, photo placement is already thought out for me!

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If you haven’t used type shapes or type paths before, type shapes/paths allow your journaling or text to flow along a path or shape. They work in both Adobe Photoshop CS and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 and up. (Refer to the PDF included in the product download for specific instructions on how to use type paths/shapes.)

On my layout below, you can see my letter to my twins, expressing my memories of when I was pregnant with them. I hope someday they will enjoy reading bits and pieces of that memorable and important time in my life. I initially aimed for at least 100 words, but ended up with 200!

So the next time you create a scrapbook layout, try writing a letter for your journaling - and let those words, thoughts, and feelings just flow.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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Anticipation Collection Biggie May Day Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picture Book
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picture Book, ScrapSimple Type Shapes: Journaling Around Squares and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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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 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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Borrowing Word Art Letters

Note: Tutorial created using PSCS5 with Windows Vista

Have you ever loved a word art set in your digital scrapbook supplies, but wished it included a particular word? I have! Occasionally, you can find the letters you need in the existing word art. If so, you can borrow the letters from the existing words to make the word that you need. Let me show you how.

I had already incorporated some of the word art choices from Squirt Collection Biggie into my digital scrapbook layout. I wanted to use the word birthday but it wasn’t included in the set. All of the letters could be found in some of the other words, so I brought four of the words to my open document in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 (PSCS5).

To borrow the letter B from the word art Big Squirt, activate that layer by clicking on the layer in the Layers Palette. You know the layer is active because it is highlighted in blue. Next, make sure the Rectangular Marquee Tool is selected. Click near the letter B and drag the mouse so that you have a “marching ants” box around the letter. You can do this step over, if need be, to get the box just right. Then right-click and choose Layer via Copy. This will put your selection on its own layer.

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Continue this selection process for each letter that you need. Just remember to activate the proper word art layer each time. Once you have all of the letters selected and copied, you can hide the word art layers by clicking on the little eye icon in the Layers Palette for those particular layers. If you find that any of your selections grabbed a spot of an adjoining letter, you can just erase that with the Eraser Tool. Now you can bring your individual letters together and arrange them with the Move Tool.

Borrowing Word Art Letters Tutorial Screen Shot 1

I was thrilled to have the word birthday match the other words on my digital scrapbook layout. I also used the same technique to make the word LEGO! The next time you need a word to match the existing word art, see if the letters you need are available and give this technique a try.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Charlene Crowder

Layout by Charlene Crowder
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Squirt Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Borderline 2 Zoomba Collection Biggie
Splash Of Color Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Ragamuffin Glitter 8501 ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows  6501  PSE and PS Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Borderline 2, Splash Of Color Collection, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Ragamuffin Glitter 8501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie are also available.

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Charlene Crowder
Article written by Charlene Crowder

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 Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes Heart Special

Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates with her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes

These three 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 Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

Syndee Nuckles
Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles

* 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

What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, July 15th - 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!

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Back-Up Party and Chat
Friday, July 15th - 8:00PM MDT

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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Hybrid Craft Chat
Monday, July 18th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat. We will be doing mini albums. Learn how you can combine your digital scrapbook supplies with paper supplies to create unique crafts.

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Quote Challenge and Chat
Monday, July 18th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 7 PM MT (6 PM Pacific, 8 PM Central, 9 PM Eastern.) Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art.

Here's how it will work. Early on Monday, I'll post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and I will have a layout with a Word Art example in the gallery. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout!

Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!

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Life Moments Chat and Crop
Tuesday, July 19th - 1:00PM MDT

Join Theresa (teecee) 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 1 PM MT (12 Noon Pacific, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern)

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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