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Today's Special of the Day!

Sun Kissed Collection Biggie
Sun Kissed Collection Biggie

Save 30% off this Collection Biggie 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 Brandy Murry. In a brief interview with Brandy, she shared these comments with us...

"The colors of this collection were inspired by the colors the sun casts at sunset. One evening I was looking at my arm with a turquoise bracelet as the sun was setting. I was thinking, 'My skin looks so warm and tanned!' It's amazing how colors around you can change during the golden hours. No wonder photographers relish this time of day. With it being such a rainy and cool summer so far here in The Netherlands, this collection reminds me of the warmth of simmering summers and amazing sunsets."

1. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

Start my coffee while my computer loads up... this is taking longer and longer these days! Maybe it's time for a new one.

2. What programs do you use?

Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5 and Painter

Brandy Murry
Brandy Murry

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Digital Stickers: Farmstead Machinery Prairieland Collection Farmer's Bounty Collection
Farmstead Collection   Western Rodeo Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Digital Stickers: Farmstead Machinery, Farmstead Collection and Western Rodeo Collection Biggie are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Just One Word Biggie Painted Florals Paper Mini ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Layout Masks
  Ever So Lovely Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Just One Word Biggie, Painted Florals Paper Mini and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Layout Masks are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Brush Set: Vintage Map Fragments By the Sea Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Vintage Map Fragments and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Project Memories - 2 JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 - Project Memories Project Memories Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Project Memories Biggie 11401   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Chipboard Edge 6301

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Project Memories Biggie 11401 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Chipboard Edge 6301 are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Tools-Styles: Translucent-Pastels 13003 Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Stitch 'n Holes 8302 Running Stitch Mini So Big Collection Biggie
Scrap Girls Eternal Love Collection Mini and Brush Set ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Damask 6301 ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Witty 6302
  ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: String Fling  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools-Styles: Translucent-Pastels 13003 Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Stitch 'n Holes 8302 Running Stitch Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Damask 6301, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Witty 6302 and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: String Fling are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: Trashed 1 ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Fairy Dust In The Moment Collection Mini
  Respite Collection  

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Trashed 1, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Fairy Dust, In The Moment Collection Mini and Respite Collection are also available.


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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A Unique, Individual Creation
Tuesday, August 9, 2011


  • 17.9% off Seriously Fun Sale!
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  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Triad Color Scheme
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
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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!

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.


Adobe Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Elements 9 & Premiere Elements 9 Bundle

Flip Pal Mobile Scanner

Protect your files with Carbonite Online Backup.

Sleep better at night with Mozy Online Backup.

Life Muse

Note from Ro: Today's thought comes to you via a marvelous book – Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. It is a how-to-straighten-your-mind-out-so-you-won't-keep-beating-yourself-up-and-you-can-appreciate-what-you-have-and-are wonder.


Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

A Unique, Individual Creation

"Alas! The fearful Unbelief is unbelief in yourself." – Carlyle

"Of all the traps and pitfalls in life, self-disesteem is the deadliest, and the hardest to overcome; for it is a pit designed and dug by our own hands, summed up in the phrase, 'It's no use – I can't do it.'

"The penalty of succumbing to it is heavy - both for the individual in terms of masterful rewards lost, and for society in gains and progress achieved.

"We simply must get it through our heads that holding a low opinion of ourselves is not a virtue, but a vice. Jealousy, for example, which is a scourge of many marriages, is nearly always caused by self-doubt. The person with adequate self-esteem doesn't feel hostile towards others. He isn't out to prove anything. He can see facts more clearly, isn't as demanding in his claims on other people.

"Prescription: Stop carrying around a mental picture of yourself as a defeated, worthless person. Stop dramatizing yourself as an object of pity and injustice.... The appreciation of your own worth is not egotism unless you assume that you made yourself and should take some of the credit. Do not downgrade the product merely because you haven't used it correctly.

"The biggest secret of self-esteem is this: Begin to appreciate other people more; show respect for any human merely because he is a child of God and therefore a 'thing of value.' Stop and think when you're dealing with people that you're dealing with a unique, individual creation of the Creator of all. Practice treating other people as if they had some value – and surprisingly enough your own self-esteem will go up. For real self-esteem is not derived from the great things you've done, the things you own, the mark you've made – but an appreciation of yourself for what you are – a child of God."

Image: Psycho-Cybernetics

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Read it without charge online here.


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!

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

Triad Color Scheme

Note: Tutorial created Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Windows Vista

Recently in our Scrap Girls Newsletter, we taught you a little about Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Colors. Now that we know a little about what they are, let's talk about how to combine your colors onto your layout. Colors have relationships with one another. The way in which they are combined is called a color scheme. As you can imagine there are a number of formal color schemes. Today we are going to talk about Triad Color Schemes.

First, I'd like to give you a little anecdote. When I started digital scrapbooking, I didn't know very much about color theory. I knew what I liked and what "felt good" on a page. I also knew that I tend to use neutrals and brights, and I stay away from pastels. Sometimes when combining color, I hit the mark; other times I wound up with a designer disaster!

One day, a Scrap Girls friend suggested I get a color wheel. I ran to my local craft store and picked up a color wheel for less than $5.00. That was money well spent. Having the wheel at my desk has improved my digital scrapbooking as much as anything has! At this point, it is well worn and well loved, like a favorite book with frayed and worn edges. I refer to it almost every day. With the color wheel in hand, all the discussions - about color theory, about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors and how to use them - didn't seem so confusing. My layouts have improved, and I'm not so afraid of pastels because I've learned about color schemes.

A Triad Color Scheme, in simple terms, states that any three colors from the color wheel, which are equal distance from one another, work well together. It sounds confusing, doesn't it? But it really isn't. Colors that "look good together" will tend to have some sort of formal relationship with each other. In a triad color scheme, that relationship is the distance between them on the wheel. Let's look at some examples and see how instinctively we know this without realizing we know this!

Digital scrapbooking tutorial screenshot: Example of a primary color scheme.
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The primary colors make up the first set of triad colors. Think layouts about boys, elementary school years, toys and playgrounds, and the circus. The color relationship is pleasing, but it has a little bit of tension and an element of energy - perfect for busy little boys playing ball, building Lego® creations, or climbing ladders.

Digital scrapbooking tutorial screenshot: Example of a secondary color scheme.
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The secondary colors also make up a triad color scheme. Think Halloween, summer gardens, and luaus. The colors naturally "go together," which is more evidence of their formal relationship with one another.

Digital scrapbooking tutorial screenshot: Example of a tertiary color scheme.
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The last two sets of triads on the color wheel come from the tertiary colors. Set #3 (on the left) makes me think of summer beach layouts, Easter eggs, and spring dresses. Set #4 (on the right) makes me think of fall layouts, pumpkins, and corn stalks, rich, deep flower blossoms, and leaves changing colors. The triad color scheme will also apply to any of the tints, tones, and shades of the pure color, which opens up endless opportunities to use triad color schemes in your digital scrapbooking layouts.

In my layout below, I focused on Triad Color Scheme Set #1 using the primary colors. The yellow became the predominant color in the layout because of the yellow roses in the photo. The blue balances the yellow, and the pop of red gives it a little tension and pizzazz. Since the three colors make up the triad color scheme, the layout works and feels energetic, yet balanced.

I hope you can see and feel how the colors in these triad sets belong together. Do you get the sense that you know this without knowing it? The colors that instinctually look good together work because of their color relationship.

Now, go have fun playing with the Triad Color Scheme in your digital scrapbooking layouts!


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amy Flanagan

Layout by Amy Flanagan
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Simple Pleasures Collection Summer Romance Collection Mini ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Tiny Tales
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Swatch 6301  

Commercial license versions of Summer Romance Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Tiny Tales and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Swatch 6301 are also available.

Amy Flanagan
Article written by Amy Flanagan

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 Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lace It Up Special

Designer Freebie by Ang Campbell coordinates with her ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lace It Up,
part of this month's ScrapSimple Club offering!

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lace It Up ScrapSimple Embellishment Template: Stitching Studio Alpha Brush Set: Frayed Edges
Brush Set: Rough It Up JIF 6 Plus: Lucky Day Rough and Tumble Collection
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lace It Up, ScrapSimple Embellishment Template: Stitching Studio Alpha, Brush Set: Frayed Edges, Brush Set: Rough It Up, JIF 6 Plus: Lucky Day, Rough and Tumble Collection and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 are also available.

Ang Campbell
Today's freebie designed by Ang Campbell

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

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!


Hybrid ATC Chat
Tuesday, August 9th - 6:00PM MDT

Please join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Lei (Bride) as we host the chat for another round of our Hybrid ATC Swap. Didn't participate this round? Not sure what it is? Come join us to find out all of the particulars on Tuesday, August 9th at 6pm MT!


New Member Chat
Tuesday, August 9th - 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.


East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 10th - 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 August 10th, we'll do a Recent Photo Challenge. Create a page using favorite photos from your latest camera upload. 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!


Baby Theme Crop and Chat
Wednesday, August 10th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Carla (CRS) and April (April Showers) 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 V, W, and X! We'd love to see your layouts in the Baby Book Gallery!


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.


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!


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.)


Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to [email protected] and we'll get it out to you right away!

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