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Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: More Luscious Lace * Floralicious2 Collection Biggie

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Midtown Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Midtown 6401 Biggie Uptown Collection
  Evelyn Collection  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Midtown 6401 Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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Value Pack: Zoo * ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stack Them

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stack Them are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Dynamic Brush Set: Painted 6301 On A Whim Collection Mini Happy Summer Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Painted 6301 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Loni Harris

Layout by Loni Harris
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This last 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.

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sketch Overlays Dynamic Brush Set: Sketch Floral ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Floral Frames
  Ever So Lovely Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Floral Frames are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cindy Rohrbough

Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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Rustic Alley - Leather Embellishment Mini - Trims Rustic Alley - Leather Embellishment Mini - Essentials Rustic Alley - Leather Paper

Commercial license versions of Rustic Alley - Leather Embellishment Mini - Trims, Rustic Alley - Leather Embellishment Mini - Essentials and Rustic Alley - Leather Paper are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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* All the Fun of the Fair 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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Embellishment Clusters
Thursday, July 21, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 19.9% off Hot! Hot! Hot! Sale
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Scrap Girls, Etc.
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Finding the Five Best Qualities
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Available Online Classes
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

AVAILABLE
ONLINE CLASSES

Online Class - Mastering Brushes for Photoshop
Mastering Brushes for Photoshop
Tuesdays, Aug 2 - Sept 6
7:00 PM MDT

Join Rose Ann Bright in the six session Intermediate level course, Mastering Brushes for Photoshop. This in-depth class is perfect for the digital crafter who wants to take their brushwork above and beyond the basics taught in the Secrets tutorials. Beautiful brush skills taught in this class will turn ordinary layouts into the extraordinary!

This class includes the Mastering Brushes for Photoshop eBook, six one-hour webinars, and access to a private class forum and gallery. Following each session, students will receive a video of the webinar. By following the techniques in this class, you will gain the knowledge to use the brush as a versatile tool in your digital crafting arsenal. If you have already purchased Mastering Brushes for Photoshop, please email [email protected] to receive a store credit towards the purchase of this class.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Adobe Photoshop users. Students are required to understand the basic skills taught in the Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop and MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed programs prior to starting the course. This information will not be reviewed as part of the course!

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Online Class - Mastering Brushes in PSE
Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements
Wednesdays, Aug 3 - Sept 7
7:00 PM MDT

Join Anna Mansfield in the six session Intermediate level course, Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements. This in-depth class is perfect for the digital crafter who wants to take their brushwork above and beyond the basics taught in the Secrets tutorials. Beautiful brush skills taught in this class will turn ordinary layouts into the extraordinary!

This class includes the Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements eBook, six one-hour webinars, and access to a private class forum and gallery. Following each session, students will receive a video of the webinar. By following the techniques in this class, you will gain the knowledge to use the brush as a versatile tool in your digital crafting arsenal. If you have already purchased Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements, please email [email protected] to receive a store credit towards the purchase of this class.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Adobe Photoshop Elements users. Students are required to understand the basic skills taught in the Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements and MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements programs prior to starting the course. This information will not be reviewed as part of the course!


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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.

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  • 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 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!

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Embellishment Clusters

Who's with me in thinking I got the luck of the draw here? I get to write about almost everybody's favorite digital scrapbooking supply – embellishments! Embellishments are to a layout what accessories are to a woman. That's to say, they're not strictly necessary, but make the ensemble a whole lot more eye-pleasing, not to mention fun!

Embellishments can be clean, neat, and graphic in style, or can follow one of the hottest trends and show up in amazingly beautiful clusters of several embellishments in a group. One main key to creating an effective cluster is to use variety. Vary the size, the texture, and the type of embellishments within the cluster.

When applying a shadow, keep in mind what kind of shadow a three-dimensional item would make and let that be your guide. For instance, a piece of paper casts a smaller shadow than does a thick button. This kind of thinking will make your cluster look much more realistic.

Digital scrapbooking tutorial screenshot: Example of drop shadows on embellishment cluster.

Stars are the repeating embellishment in this cluster and are present in varying sizes and colors. Some items are smooth; some are rough. There is velvety ribbon, metal fence wire, a sliver of mica, and even a sprinkle of grungy glitter.

Now pull out your stash and see what fun embellishment clusters you can create! Don't forget to share your projects in the Scrap Girls Gallery!

Cheri

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cheri Thieleke

Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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Evelyn Collection Chainlink Embellishments Hearth Embellishment Mini
Dirt Road Embellishment Mini Well Loved Hardware Embellishment Mini Ribbons To Go Embellishment Biggie
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mica Tiles Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 Mischief Maker Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font

Commercial license versions of Chainlink Embellishments, Dirt Road Embellishment Mini, Well Loved Hardware Embellishment Mini, Ribbons To Go Embellishment Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mica Tiles and Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font are also available.

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Scrap Girls, Etc. is a weekly column focusing on all sorts of topics from all over the digital scrapbooking world. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, product reviews, and much more!

ScrapSimple Club

The July ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Ang Campbell and Paula Wright.

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

July's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Ang Campbell and Paula Wright

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

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

Computer scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell
Layout by Ang Campbell
using July's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Paula Wright
Layout by Paula Wright
using July's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell
Layout by Ang Campbell
using July's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips from the Pros

Finding the Five Best Qualities

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 with Windows XP

Do you have a great photo without a story to accompany it? Or maybe you have a series of photos that you want to use in a scrapbook page, but don't feel you have enough information or space on your layout to write meaningful journaling. Making a short list of your subject's best qualities and using that list instead of traditional journaling can be a quick and thoughtful way to tell a story.

I found a series of photos of me with my siblings when I was one year old. While my parents didn't take very many photos of us as children, my mother did take the time to write things down and save them in our scrapbooks. While I was looking through my childhood scrapbooks, I found a page my family wrote listing my best qualities as a baby. The date on the page is just a few months earlier than those on the photos, so I decided the list would work well with them on a digital scrapbook page.

I wanted to include my mother's handwriting, so I scanned the list and used the Marquis and Move Tools to digitally cut strips from the image to use on my page. Let me show you how to do this.

After scanning your image, make a selection around the journaling with the Marquis Tool. Then switch to the Move Tool and drag the selected area into your page. Repeat the process for each line.

Digital scrapbook layout tutorial screenshot: Use the Marquis Tool to select portions of a scanned document.

When you add drop shadows, it makes the strips look like they are cut out of the paper, but the entire page is still firmly pasted in the original scrapbook.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by April Martell

Layout by April Martell
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Back Porch Collection Biggie Design Pack: Inked Text Lifted Journal Paper Super Biggie
Shabby Chic Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Get A-Round ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: So Basically 6401
The Bee's Knees Collection Biggie Watercolor Baby Girl Collection Lettering Delights Underwood Pica Font
  Lettering Delights Warm Heart Font  

Commercial license versions of Design Pack: Inked Text, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Get A-Round, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: So Basically 6401, Lettering Delights Underwood Pica Font and Lettering Delights Warm Heart Font are also available.

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My mother did similar list-making activities several times during my childhood, and now it's fun to read how the lists changed over the years. Yesterday, I coerced my family into making a current list of my best qualities. Creating pages about me is usually a difficult task, but this technique made it a lot easier.

Try using a list of your subject's best qualities to add a different perspective to your next digital scrapbook page!


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by April Martell

Layout by April Martell
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Serendipity Collection Biggie Serendipity Paper Mini - Solids ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Serendipity Glitter
Grandparents Collection Biggie Day To Day Life Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Photos Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stackers Biggie Lettering Delights Antique Poster Font
  Lettering Delights Underwood Pica Font  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Serendipity Glitter, Day To Day Life Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Photos Biggie, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stackers Biggie, Lettering Delights Antique Poster Font and Lettering Delights Underwood Pica Font 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 Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: All Torn Up Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates with her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: All Torn Up

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: All Torn Up Dearest Mum Collection Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Cardstock 2
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: All Torn Up, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Cardstock 2, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501 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

NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, July 21st - 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 MT in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!

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Heritage Crop and Chat
Thursday, July 21st - 6:00PM MDT

Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) and Carla (CRS) at 6pm MT for the Heritage Crop and Chat! We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.

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Speed Scrap Crop
Thursday, July 21st - 7:00PM MDT

It's time for some Speed! Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 7pm MT for the Speed Scrap Crop! We'll give you some tasks, spread out over an hour, and you create the layout! You can check out some of the past Crops in the Speed Scrap Gallery!

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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, July 22nd - 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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Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, July 23rd - 6:00PM MDT

It's time for the Swap Crop Chat with Lei (Bride) and Carla (CRS)! We've done the swapping, and created the layouts, now it's time to chat about all the gorgeous layouts! I don't know what it is, but these swaps bring out the best in everyone. This is the time to chat about the theme, the beautiful layouts and learn about the swap crop if you haven't participated before. We'll brainstorm a theme for next month, too! If you haven't done so, you can check out past swaps in the Swap Crop 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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