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Digital scrapbook layout by Thao Cosgrove

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Loving Baby Girl Collection Biggie Ever So Lovely Collection Biggie PS I Love You Collection Biggie
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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Learning Curve Learning Curve Collection Yesterday's Child Collection
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Learning Curve, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Clusters 4, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Burned Corrugated Cardboard 6301, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie and Lettering Delights Underwood Pica Font are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Janet Ransley

Layout by Janet Ransley
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Digital scrapbook layout by NEW_DESIGNER

Layout by Charlene Crowder
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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Swim Like A Fish 11701 Super Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Swim Like a Fish Swim Like A Fish Biggie Collection

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Photography Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, August 4, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Scrap Girls, Etc.: Tips for Taking a Child's Photo in a Natural Setting
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Photography Scavenger Hunt
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for 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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Joyce Schardt
Article written by Joyce Schardt

Tips for Taking a Child's Photo in a Natural Setting

Note: Article written using using Photoshop CS5 on a Mac

How many times have you taken the perfect shot, only to discover after viewing it closer that it's not so perfect after all, and by then, your photo opportunity has vanished?

By following these three key elements to a successful photo... composition, location, and lighting... you will most certainly be rewarded with a pleasing shot that has captured a magical moment.

Composition

Exhibit a certain mood or idea: Taking a picture of a child in a natural setting doing what he loves to do, such as playing in the sand or with his toys, etc., you are then capturing a more natural side of his personality.

Fill the frame: A child tends to get lost in the background if a photo is taken from too far a distance.

Use different angles: Children often photograph better when you get down low and look up at them. Your shot will be more candid, and you will capture their facial expressions better.

Location

Select uncluttered backdrops: By taking a child's photo in a natural setting outdoors, you avoid having to maneuver around home décor, which can be quite distracting. The soft green shades provided by trees or a lawn or the pleasing neutral tones of a beach offer an uncluttered backdrop. Your local park, the front porch, an old building, a field of wildflowers, or a fence provide the opportunity for complimentary settings as well. However, do remember that you will want to focus on the child, not the surroundings.

Lighting

Avoid high-contrast situations: Bright areas are quite distracting and often take attention away from the child. This is easily remedied by repositioning the child so he is either in the shade or in mild sunlight and then recompose the shot.

The layout below provides you with examples of the three elements discussed in this article. Nick's playful personality is exhibited as he discovers the thrill of tossing sand. The background is subtle and filled with non-distracting neutral tones. Smooth shadows are the result of taking this photo in the late afternoon, thus avoiding the hard shadows that are created by midday sun. A pleasing digital scrapbook page begins with a great photo, so why not give it your best "shot"?

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Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Exhale Collection Mini ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Lots of Shots 3 Paper Pack Mini: Collagery
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Textured Paint 2 Noteworthy Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Seashells

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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 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 Paula Wright
Layout by Paula Wright
using July's ScrapSimple Club
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Photography Scavenger Hunt

Note: Article written using PSCS4 with Windows 7

Are your kids bored? Looking for something to do to fill those last days of summer? Here’s a fun activity to try – a photography scavenger hunt. I recently did this with my kids – and we had a ton of fun. It was a great way to spend an afternoon, and we kept cool at the local mall. We killed a few birds with one stone, entertained all the kids, and I got some fun photos.

First, you need to make sure your kids have access to a digital camera. You also need to decide where you are going to do your scavenger hunt. Make a list of items they will need to photograph themselves in front of. (A fun variation of this would be to have a few groups of kids doing this – each group with their own digital camera.)

Next, give them a time limit to find all the items on their list. Get the kids on location, and set them free, assuming they are old enough to supervise themselves. (You are absolutely welcome to tag along – adult supervision could be a very good thing – especially when younger kids are doing this project.) Tell them the rules to the game, such as they must photograph themselves in front of/beside/in the items that are on the list. You can specify whether they all need to be in each photo or if a photo can have just one or two of them in it. It's your game – you can make the rules!

That's all there is to it! Once they've photographed themselves with their items and all the groups have met back at the predetermined meeting spot (if you are doing more than one group), take your memory card to a place that will develop your photos in an hour or less. Keep the kids entertained while the photos are printed. Grab your finished photos, and compare their lists to the photos – then be prepared for some giggles and laughs as everyone enjoys the photos from this very fun afternoon!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Joann Brown

Layout by Joann Brown
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Digital scrapbook layout by Joann Brown

Layout by Joann Brown
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Digital scrapbook layout by Joann Brown

Layout by Joann Brown
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On A Whim Collection Mini School Memories Collection Bray and Evie Collection

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Joann Brown
Article written by Joann Brown

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 Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mirror Reflections Special

Designer Freebie by Brandy Murry is an example of her ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mirror Reflections Mini 8501

Ballard Collection Biggie From the Desk Of Word Art Mini Yesteryear Collection Biggie
From the Desk Of Collection Biggie Holiday In Lights Collection Biggie La Vie En Rose Collection

A commercial license version of From the Desk Of Word Art Mini is also available.

Brandy Murry
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

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NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, August 4th - 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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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, August 5th - 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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ScrapSimple Club Chat
Monday, August 8th - 5:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) on Monday, August 8th at 5pm MT for a chat and challenge using this month's ScrapSimple Club. Did you know that every time you create a layout with the ScrapSimple Club and upload it into the ScrapSimple Club Gallery you could be chosen to be featured in the Newsletter and receive a prize? Join us for the chat so we can encourage and inspire you and help with any questions that you may have. Let's get those ScrapSimple Club layouts done and uploaded!

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Journaling Challenge Chat
Monday, August 8th - 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!

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Sketch Challenge Crop
Tuesday, August 9th - 4:00PM MDT

It's time for the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) on Tuesday, August 9 at 4pm 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, I'll 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!

Games

August Message Board Game: BINGO!

Join us for an exciting game of August BINGO on the Scrap Girls Forum!! Pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to [email protected] with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Message Board username" by Monday August 1st (Midnight MDT) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Tuesday, August 2nd. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you'll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.

Each day (Monday through Saturday), a member of the Welcoming Committee will call five random words from the BINGO list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call "BINGO!" in the game thread to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards will be cleared and a new round will begin the following day.

Each winner will receive a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! We like to see lots of winners, so please remember that each person can only win one round during the month. Have fun!

For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

Contests

August Monthly Layout Contest: The temperatures are hot, and staying cool is a must! Water is a priority in the summer heat! For the August Layout Contest, we'd love to see your layouts featuring water! Dig out those photos of the kids in the pool, the family on a boat ride, or even a waterfall! Journaling about what water means to you will help make this layout more meaningful to you in the future. Post your layouts in the August Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on August 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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