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Digital scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro

Layout by Melissa Renfro
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Bubble Wrap Paper Super Mini Laughter and Sunshine Collection Biggie Shabby Chic Collection Biggie
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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: Chinoiserie ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album: Favorites 2 Value Pack: Gesso Paper
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Digital scrapbook layout by Loni Harris

Layout by Loni Harris
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Vintage Pretties Collection Mini spacer Dynamic Brush Set: Sketch Floral


Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Tools-Styles: Translucent-Brights 13001 Biggie Squeaky Clean Collection Biggie Basic: Black Paper Mini
Molly Milkshakes Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Postage 6301 Petite Alphas

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: iTech Denim Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501
Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Well Loved spacer Lovely You Paper Super Mini

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Using Analogous Colors
Thursday, August 11, 2011


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Color Theory – Using Analogous Colors

Note: Tutorial created using PSCS5 with Windows Vista

Have you ever used analogous colors in your digital scrapbook pages? Are you wondering what analogous colors are? I'll share with you what I've learned about them, and I bet you'll want to give them a try.

Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side on a 12-part color wheel. You'll find numerous combinations such as green, yellow-green, and yellow. Let me show you a 12-part color wheel and some of the analogous combinations.

Analogous Colors Tutorial Color Wheel

There are more combinations of analogous colors than what I showed. Just remember that they are any three that are side-by-side on the color wheel.

Now for the million-dollar question: Why you would use analogous colors on your digital scrapbook layout? Because there is a pleasing quality to these low-contrast color combinations. Analogous color schemes are harmonious and can often be found in nature. Think of the colors during the fall season, including yellow, gold, and orange. An evening sky of blue, blue-violet, and violet shows another combination. Such harmonious colors are very attractive to the eye.

A tip to keep in mind is that you would want to choose one color to dominate, a second color to support, and a third color as an accent. When I was looking at the photos I wanted to include on my digital scrapbook layout, I chose the blue, blue-green, green combination. As a visual for myself, I used a circle brush in Photoshop on a blank white background to decide which color I wanted to be the dominant one, which one to support, and which one to use as an accent. Here's what that looked like:

Analogous Colors Tutorial Dominant, Support, Accent Color Image

Once I had my color scheme decided, I was able to choose papers and embellishments from my supplies that worked well together. The color wheel is a valuable tool for your digital scrapbook layouts. Try using an analogous color scheme in one of your layouts - and I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Charlene Crowder

Layout by Charlene Crowder
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A Whale of a Time Nano Collection Cardstock Summer Paper Mini Zoomba Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Ragamuffin Glitter 8501 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Messy Mix - Borders
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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).

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With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
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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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Using Repetition in Your Layout - Color

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

Repetition is a basic design principle and can be used in a variety of different ways in a digital scrapbooking layout, such as through shapes, elements, textures, themes, and our topic today, color. By repeating color, it helps guide the viewer's eye around the composition. Today I am going to show you a quick and sure way to create rhythm and balance in your layout using this design principle.

Consider making a color palette by selecting colors from your photograph that will reinforce the imagery or the subject.

Using Color Repetition Tutorial Pallet

TIP: To add tints and shades to your color scheme, open the Color Picker, then click the L radio button. The L represents lightness, and you will be able to change the slider without changing the purity.

Using Color Repetition Tutorial Screen Shot

You will be pleasantly surprised to discover how quickly your page will come together and begin to flow with the aid of the color palette and Color Picker. Scrap Girls designers often include a color palette with their collections, which can be very useful when echoing a color theme. In my example layout, I have referred to my color palette repeatedly for better continuity when choosing the colors for the alpha and the fabric swatches.

Use a color palette to make your digital scrapbooking layouts come together beautifully!


Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks Dazzle Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie
Spring Song Collection Potpourri Collection Biggie Nuts and Berries Collection Mini
Zoomba Collection Biggie spacer Knitting Basket - Florals Embellishments

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Joyce Schardt
Article written by Joyce Schardt

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Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
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Today's Freebie

Digital scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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Young At Heart Cluster Special

Designer Freebie by Angie Briggs coordinates with her Young At Heart Collection Biggie

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Today's freebie designed by Angie Briggs

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, August 12th - 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!


Recipe Swap Chat
Saturday, August 13th - 7:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT in the chat room for our Monthly Recipe Swap Chat. Please check the message board the Thursday before the chat for this month's theme and the swap details!


Quote Challenge Crop
Monday, August 15th - 2:00PM MDT

Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 2pm MT. 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, Pat will 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 she 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!


Use Your Stash Chat
Monday, August 15th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) for this month's Use Your Stash Chat. We will challenge you to use something in your digital arsenal that you haven't before. Don't just collect supplies, use them! See you in the chat room on Monday at 7pm MT!


Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, August 16th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Elisha (elibar) and Lei (Bride) for a Faith Journey Chat on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. All faiths are welcome! We'll be chatting and scrapping about our individual faith walk and how we also walk together. Watch the message board for this month's topic of discussion, and if you like - create a layout based on the topic!


Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, August 16th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Conda (SodScrap) in the chat room for a Life Moments Chat. These chats are meant to get you inspired to scrap about yourself. A theme will be posted earlier in the day to help you get started.


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!


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