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Today's Special of the Day!

Girly Girl Collection Biggie
Girly Girl 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 Ang Campbell. In a brief interview with Ang, she shared these comments with us...

"My best friend had just finished redecorating her daughter's room and was excited to show it to me. When I walked in that girly-girl room and saw the colors and patterns in the quilt, the color of the walls, and the accent pieces my friend had chosen, I had an immediate urge to create a collection! Girly Girl Collection Biggie was an absolute delight to design and has proven to be my go-to kit for many, many of the layouts I've created featuring my own daughter."

1. When designing a collection what do you start with first? Papers, embellishments, word art?

I almost always start with the papers. The papers help me get a solid feel for what direction to take the embellishments and really help me to establish my color palette. I also tend to keep an open text file while I'm designing so that if word art phrases or words come to mind, I can jot them down so I don't forget!

2. Are you an early morning designer or do you burn the midnight candle?

I am soooooooo completely a night owl. The early bird may get the worm, but the night owl gets peace and quiet and uninterrupted work time! My kids are all sort of early risers, so getting work done in the morning is virtually impossible at my house.

Ang Campbell
Ang Campbell

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Value Pack: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: Alpha and Numbers On A Whim Collection Mini French Market Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paint Textures 6301   Defining Moments Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: Alpha and Numbers and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paint Textures 6301 are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Artsy Watercolor ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Watercolor Kraft 6401 Super Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Sparkle Trails
Watercolor Whimsy Collection Biggie Fleur Moderne Collection Biggie Vanilla Plum Pudding Collection Mini
Brush Set: Sea Glass Masks Mini   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Glitter 6401 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Artsy Watercolor, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Watercolor Kraft 6401 Super Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Sparkle Trails, Brush Set: Sea Glass Masks Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Glitter 6401 Super Biggie are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Charlene Crowder

Layout by Charlene Crowder
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Sandbox Fun Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Pop Edges for PS 2201 Lettering Delights Slender Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Pop Edges for PS 2201 and Lettering Delights Slender Font are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Cindy Rohrbough

Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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Rustic Alley - Metal Paper Mini - Overlays Rustic Alley - Metal Paper Rustic Alley - Metal Embellishments - Trinkets
Rustic Alley - Metal Embellishments - Tags and Signs Wandering Garden Collection Biggie Day Dreamin' Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Rustic Alley - Metal Paper Mini - Overlays, Rustic Alley - Metal Paper, Rustic Alley - Metal Embellishments - Trinkets and Rustic Alley - Metal Embellishments - Tags and Signs are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots Basics Collection One ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Basics Collection One All the Fun of the Fair Collection Biggie
  Floralicious1 Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots Basics Collection One and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Basics Collection One are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ripped Frames – Light ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Texture I Series - Cardboard 1 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Texture I Series - Leather 1
Wanted Collection Butterfly Kisses Collection Biggie Pirate Code Collection Biggie
  Golden Vanity Heritage Collection  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ripped Frames – Light, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Texture I Series - Cardboard 1, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Texture I Series - Leather 1, Wanted Collection, Pirate Code Collection Biggie and Golden Vanity Heritage 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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Forward or Backward?
Tuesday, August 16, 2011


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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

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Protect your files with Carbonite Online Backup.

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Life Muse

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

Forward or Backward?

Cartoon by Ro

Faith is forward. Fear is backward. There is no standing still. If you feel stuck, keep moving, have patience, and after a while, you'll receive a promised reward – the thing that is best for you.

Faith accepts a gift as rewarding, even if it is challenging.

Fear rejects every outcome other than the desired one as a signal that disaster and rejection lie ahead.

Have confidence. Be patient. Have faith and keep... moving... forward.


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 August ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Angie Briggs and Jen Reed.

Exclusive content from August'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

August's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Angie Briggs and Jen Reed

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Cheri Thieleke
Layout by Cheri Thieleke
using August's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs
Layout by Angie Briggs
using August's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
using August's ScrapSimple Club
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Scrap Girls Club Tips and Tricks

Scrap Girls Club for August 2011

The Scrap Girls Club allows you to get all of the newest looks while saving money! It is perfect for anyone who wants beautiful, coordinated digital scrapbooking supplies that are easy to use. You get all the products shown above a $40.59 value, for $9.99 or less! Plus, each month we will help you find new ways to use your club contents to the fullest with this article full of ideas, tips, and projects to get your creativity going!

Members-Only club content! Now Scrap Girls Club members receive three exclusive, members-only Club products every month! These new products include a JIFFY Easy Page Album - five layered PSD files of your favorite Club layouts designed by the professionals at Scrap Girls just for this Club, one Designer's Gift item - a product chosen by the Club's designer, and a Color Palette which you can use to coordinate your photos and ScrapSimple products with this month's Club to make it an even bigger value!

August's Scrap Girls Club's featured designer is Shalae Tippetts. Her club will make your digital scrapbooking layouts and altered projects feel like true masterpieces, no matter your subject!


Decorating a Mirror Frame

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista

When I received this assignment for making a hybrid craft for the August Scrap Girls Club, I was pretty nervous. I don't consider myself a very crafty person. In the old days, I sewed valences and hair bows; all that was required was a straight line. When my kids were little, we did lots of artsy-crafty things. It was always enjoyable, but I never considered my creations to be all that creative. The craft was something to fill the time and keep the kids engaged, something tactile that would allow them to get messy and be uninhibited. The craft activity was more about the process than the end result.

When I thought about my end result for this assignment, I was pretty intimidated! So why am I telling you this? Because I learned that with Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking supplies, I can take what I know about design, apply it to the craft arena, and create something really special! And if I can do it, you can, too!

Today, I am going to show you how I made a pretty frame for a mirror for my 14-year-old daughter. Every 14-year-old girl needs to wake up and feel loved and pretty when she looks in the mirror so she can start the day feeling good about herself. The August Scrap Girls Club, Joyous Collection Biggie, is the perfect collection for this craft!

For starters, a trip to the local craft store was in order. I found an unfinished mirror for $1 - perfect for making a digital scrapbooking hybrid project. I had craft paint and sealer glue already on hand.

Digital Scrapbook Club Tutorial: Mirror frame and craft supplies needed.

To start the project, a new file was opened in my computer software program to the exact outer dimensions of my frame. I created a new background layer with a pretty paper from Joyous Collection Biggie. Using the Rectangle Tool (one of the Custom Shape Tools) and the layout guides, I drew a box to the exact measurements of the interior portion of the frame, which would represent the mirror. This shape was drawn on its own layer so it could be turned on and off.

Next, I pressed Ctrl+Click on the thumbnail of the rectangle shape so that the "dancing ants" (or maybe you call them "marching ants" – I always think they look like they’re dancing!) were showing around the rectangle that was just drawn. Then, highlighting my background layer, I simply hit Delete. Now, the background layer is a frame, and the "canvas" that I'll be working on for this project is ready!

Digital Scrapbook Club Tutorial: Select background paper from frame shape.

Digital Scrapbook Club Tutorial: Delete background paper from frame opening.

Now, I can decorate this "frame" as though it is a regular digital scrapbooking layout. I can add embellishments, papers, word art, and text just as though I'm going to print it and put it in an album. Here is my final layout that will be applied to the mirror frame.

Digital Scrapbook Club Tutorial: Decorate frame with digital elements.

Now that the layout is finished, I have a better idea as to what colors will look good on the edges of the wooden frame. For this project, I am selecting orange and pink paints. These colors were chosen due to the bright, happy feel of the layout, and I would like to pull out the orange from the word art a little bit more and emphasize the pink from the flowers. Carefully, I have painted the edges of the wooden frame in pink and the top face of the frame in orange. There are three coats of paint in each color, and I have set it aside to dry.

Now it's time to print a high-quality print of my layout using good photo paper. After the print comes out, I set it aside for a while so that it gets good and dry. Carefully, the edges of the print are trimmed, and the interior portion that represents where the mirror will be was carefully cut away with an X-acto® knife. In addition, a second copy of the flower on the left was printed so that it could be layered to give additional dimension to the project. It also served to hide potential errors due to the delicate nature of the stamens on the flower.

The trimmed layout was placed carefully on top of the painted frame and glued down. The entire top of the frame was generously coated with two coats of Mod Podge®. This seals the layout onto the frame, as well as preserves the color of the print. After the second coat had a few minutes to dry, a third coat was applied and textured with a paint brush.

Lastly, the cut pieces of the flower were painted with Mod Podge® and set aside to dry. This will give more stiffness to the dimensional part of the flower. The flower pieces, when dry, were placed on the frame using dimensional foam squares.

The end result is a bright, happy, feminine, encouraging affirmation mirror. Not only was it fun, but I surprised myself with how easy it was. The digital scrapbooking supplies make it look more clean and neat than I ever thought myself capable of crafting! There is no reason to be intimidated by digital scrapbooking hybrid crafts! If I can do it, then so can you!


Digital Scrapbooking Project by Amy Flanagan

Mirror Frame Project by Amy Flanagan
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Joyous Collection Biggie * Joyous Embellishment Mini

Amy Flanagan
Article written by Amy Flanagan

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Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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Squeaky Clean Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Armi Custodio coordinates with her Squeaky Clean Collection Biggie

* Squeaky Clean Collection Biggie *

Armi Custodio
Today's freebie designed by Armi Custodio

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

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.


East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 17th - 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 17th, we'll do a multiple photo challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using TEN or more photos! 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!


Hybrid Craft Chat
Wednesday, August 17th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for this month's Hybrid Craft chat! We will choose a craft to do and show you how to combine your digital supplies with fun elements to come up with a fantastic craft!


NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, August 18th - 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!


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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