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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Coffee House Coffee House Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders II Biggie
Golden Vanity Heritage Collection   Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Noteworthy

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders II Biggie and Golden Vanity Heritage Collection are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Vellum 11201 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Eyelet Girly Girl Collection Biggie
Winsome Collection Young At Heart Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Precious Metal 11201
ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build a Flower 6301   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Creased Paper 6301

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Vellum 11201, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Eyelet, Girly Girl Collection Biggie, Winsome Collection, Young At Heart Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Precious Metal 11201, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build a Flower 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Creased Paper 6301 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Katherine Weaver

Layout by Katherine Weaver
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Value Pack: Photo Finishes for Lightroom ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Dripping Photo Masks ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Postage Stamps
So Basically White Paper Mini Zoomba Collection Biggie Zoomba Paper Super Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Dripping Photo Masks and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Postage Stamps are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Anna Mansfield

Layout by Anna Mansfield
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Online Class - Mastering Brushes in PSE Brush Set: Hoo Loves Ya Patternologie Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Hoo Loves Ya, Patternologie Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paint Textures 6301 Curious Collection Mini ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Spring Clusters
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paint Textures 6301, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Spring Clusters and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cindy Rohrbough

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

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

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Freedom Dynamic Brush Set: Garlands 4901 Art Journal Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Transparency 4901  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Freedom, Dynamic Brush Set: Garlands 4901 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Transparency 4901 are 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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Curb Jumping
Friday, July 22, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Titles with Pizazz
  • 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.

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!

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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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Photo by Ro

You don't have to take dangerous leaps off cliffs. All that is required is that you step off curbs from time to time.

A brave life consists of small, courageous actions.

You can do it. You can become a courageous curb-jumper.

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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 [email protected]. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!

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 Keri Schueller using July's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Keri Schueller
using July's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Keri Schueller using July's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Keri Schueller
using July's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips from the Pros

Titles with Pizazz

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 7 with Windows 7

Sometimes, while I am looking through my photos, I find one of those pictures. You know, the kind that just yells its title at you. These are my favorite photos to make into digital scrapbooking layouts. When a title is just yelling at me from the photo, it often doesn't match any pre-made word art already in my stash. That's when I turn to my selection of fonts to create an amazing title with pizazz. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a title with pizazz.

First, find a photo that's yelling its title to you. My title for this layout will be "You Are My Sunshine." Select a word to emphasize by choosing a bold, thick font that looks good in all caps. I want to emphasize the word sunshine in my title. If your title is a single word, then emphasize that word and skip the next step. Next, choose a handwriting font for the other part of your title. Then size the two parts of the title and place them in your layout. When lining up multiple words, it helps to "hug them together" and place them so that nothing is cut off in a funny way. Notice how I placed the tails of the y (in you and my) in the spaces of the word below.

Digital scrapbook layout tutorial screenshot: Space words carefully within a title.

After you have your title sized and placed where you want it, duplicate the text layers and simplify them. You do this by right-clicking on the layer in the Layers Palette and selecting "Simplify Layer" (if you are using a version of Photoshop CS, this command is called "Rasterize Layer.") Turn off the original type layers by pressing the little eye icon next to the thumbnail in the Layers Palette. If you mess up in the next step, you can use this layer to start again.

Digital scrapbook layout tutorial screenshot: Simplify text layers.

Now, it's time for the fun to begin! First, take a good look at your title and see if there is anything that could be substituted for a letter. For my title, I realized that I could pun on the word SUN and make it SON, since the layout is about my son. But instead of just changing it to an O, I thought I might substitute something round that reminds me of a sun.

So now I need to remove the letter U. To remove a letter, use the Magnetic Lasso Tool in your tool bar and draw around the letter. You should have "marching ants" around the letter. If your marching ants don't surround the letter properly, hit Ctrl+D on your keyboard and try again. Make sure your marching ants don't contain any other letters on that layer. Now hit the Delete key on your keyboard.

Digital scrapbook layout tutorial screenshot: Draw a selection around a letter to delete it.

The next step is to add your pizazz. Whenever I alter a title, I turn to my handy-dandy layer styles. They provide instant pizazz without the work! I wanted something with glitter for my main word.

Now, it's your turn to add some pizazz. Use a layer style to add some glitter to your title. If you have more than one part, use a different layer style to give it some dimension.

Digital scrapbook layout tutorial screenshot: Add a layer style to your title.

Next, it's time to add the finishing touches. Find the object to replace your letter and maybe some other embellishments to cluster around your title. I used a felt sunflower for the O and added a rhinestone brad on top for some sparkle. Then I found some glittery notes and added them to remind me of the song that my title comes from. Use other embellishments to help your title tell the story. You have now created a title with pizazz!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Sara Beth Peterson

Layout by Sara Beth Peterson
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Monsters in my Closet Collection Monsters in my Closet Solids Paper Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Cardboard Glitter 6301 Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Metals 5001 Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Altered Canvas
School Zone Collection Biggie Dandy Collection Mini Xcelsis Deo Collection Mini
Brush Set: Stamped Dates Lettering Delights Artistic Font Lettering Delights Underwood Pica Font

Commercial license versions of Monsters in my Closet Collection, Monsters in my Closet Solids Paper Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Cardboard Glitter 6301 Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Metals 5001, Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Altered Canvas, Xcelsis Deo Collection Mini, Brush Set: Stamped Dates, Lettering Delights Artistic Font and Lettering Delights Underwood Pica Font are also available.

Sara Beth Peterson
Article written by Sara Beth Peterson

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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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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Western Rodeo Mask Special

Designer Freebie by Angela Blanchard coordinates with her
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Western Rodeo

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Western Rodeo * Western Rodeo Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Western Rodeo and Western Rodeo Collection Biggie are also available.

Angela Blanchard
Today's freebie designed by Angela Blanchard

* 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 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!

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New Member Chat
Tuesday, July 26th - 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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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, July 27th - 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. This week we're doing a circle challenge. Create a page using at least one circle. It can be a circular embellishment, polka-dots, brads - it is your choice! 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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Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat
Thursday, July 28th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Pat (PBarnes) at 7pm MT for an Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat. A few hours before the chat, a magazine, newspaper or online ad will be posted on the message board to use as inspiration for a layout. You can use whatever you want to from the ad - the colors, the shapes, the composition. There are no wrong answers!

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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