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What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: School 6301 Learning Curve Collection Learning Curve Nano Collection
Action Pack: Mega Lift PS   ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Brackets

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: School 6301, Action Pack: Mega Lift PS and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Brackets are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Tools-Styles: Translucent-Muted 13002 Biggie Squeaky Clean Collection Biggie Coastal Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Happy Summer ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Silly Sea ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Summer

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools-Styles: Translucent-Muted 13002 Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Happy Summer, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Silly Sea and ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Summer are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Watercolor Kraft Paper Biggie Just Be You Collection Biggie Artistry Collection Mini
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Artful Mix 6401 Super Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Tattered Text ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mask Clusters - Fancy Rust
  Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 So Basically  

Commercial license versions of Just Be You Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Artful Mix 6401 Super Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Tattered Text and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mask Clusters - Fancy Rust are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: New Romance ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Chronicles Gesso 3 Paper
Homebody Clusters Embellishment Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Manuscript Keys to Happiness Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: New Romance, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Chronicles, Gesso 3 Paper, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Manuscript and Keys to Happiness Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 - Project Memories * Project Memories Collection Biggie

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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Butterfly Kisses Solids Add-on Paper Mini * Butterfly Kisses Collection Biggie

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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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Recalling Brave Moments
Friday, August 12, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 17.9% off Seriously Fun Sale!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Negative Relief
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

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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Cartoon by Ro

"Recalling brave moments is a very sound way to restore belief in yourself; too many people are prone to let one or two failures blot out all good memories. If we will systematically relive our brave moments in memory, we will be surprised to see that we had more courage than we thought.... The practice of vividly remembering our past successes and brave moments [is] an invaluable aid whenever self-confidence is shaken."
- Dr. Winfred Overholser

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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

August's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Shalae Tippetts.

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

August's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Shalae Tippetts


JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album


Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts using August's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts using August's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts using August's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips from the Pros

Negative Relief

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 with Windows XP

What is negative relief anyway, and how can we create it? Negative relief is an art technique that takes an outline (called a positive) of an image and reverses it into an internal image of a secondary element.

I wanted to add a skeleton leaf to the background of a layout - but with an interesting twist. Rather than simply placing the leaf image on my background, I want it to appear that the skeleton leaf was placed on the background, painted over and then removed, leaving the negative relief of the leaf inside the painted area.

First, I opened my background paper and skeleton leaf. Then I dragged the leaf image onto the paper. I resized, rotated, and placed the leaf in the desired location on the page.

Digital scrapbooking tutorial screenshot: Drag embellishment onto digital layout.

Next, I opened several paint strokes and dragged them under the leaf. The stroke images can be layered, skewed, rotated and sized to "frame" the leaf image appropriately.

Digital scrapbooking tutorial screenshot: Add paint strokes underneath embellishment layer.

Then, under the Image> Layer Adjustments tab on the top menu bar, use the "Curves," "Brightness and Contrast," "Color Balance," and "Hue/Saturation" functions to adjust the paint strokes to your chosen hue.

Digital scrapbooking tutorial screenshot: Use layer adjustments to adjust color to desired hue.

Now, click back onto the leaf layer and select the image by clicking on the Select tab and choosing "Load Selection." With the leaf area selected, click onto the background paper layer and hit "Copy" and "Paste." Click and hold onto the new layer that was created on your Layers Palette, which is directly above the background paper, and drag it up above the original leaf layer.

Then, turn off the visibility of the original leaf by clicking on the eye icon, found on the left side of the layer in the Layers Palette. Once the eye icon turns off, the visibility of the original leaf will turn off and you will be left with the leaf image that is the exact copy of the background layer. This will make it "appear" that the leaf has been extracted from the paint strokes leaving a negative relief of the leaf.

Digital scrapbooking tutorial screenshot: Turn off the visibility of the embellishment layer.

Finally, add all remaining elements and finishing touches to complete the look of the layout!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Brandy Hackman

Layout by Brandy Hackman
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Brush Set: Skeleton Leaves Mini Brush Set: Paint Strokes 11001 Biggie Camp Trip Collection Mini
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Transferred Blossoms & Blooms - Fall Embellishment Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Expedition Passport Stamps Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Skeleton Leaves Mini, Brush Set: Paint Strokes 11001 Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Transferred and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Expedition Passport Stamps Super Biggie are also available.

Brandy Hackman
Article written by Brandy Hackman

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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 Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Homebody Clusters Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Elisha Barnett coordinates with her Homebody Clusters Embellishment Mini

Homebody Clusters Embellishment Mini Homebody Collection Biggie Pure Collection

Commercial license versions of Pure Collection are also available.

Elisha Barnett
Today's freebie designed by Elisha Barnett

* 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, 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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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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