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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 third quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, October 8th Newsletter.
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Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
Using Layer Modes with ScrapSimple Templates
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 6.0 with Windows Vista
How do I get color on my templates?
Once the color has been added, why can I no longer see the detail of the template?
These are a couple of the most common questions I get from customers, especially if they have just started digital scrapbooking and are working with ScrapSimple templates for the first time.
What I'm going to show you in this tutorial is a quick and easy method for using ScrapSimple templates. In this tutorial, I'll be using ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamy Canvas.
First, open the template you want to use. Next, create a new transparent document at 12x12 inches with resolution at 300 pixels per inch. Drag your template over to this new document.
Next, add color in one of several ways. Either drag over an already finished paper or create a new color fill layer. In this tutorial, I'm going to add a new color fill layer (Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color, then select the color you want with the color picker). As you can see by the screen shot below, your paper/color fill layer should be above your template layer.
The next step you take will depend on the type of item you are trying to add color to. If it's an embellishment or a PNG version of a paper (such as a crumpled corner or fold), use a clipping mask on the new paper/color fill layer with the PNG file. With your paper/color fill layer active, hold down the Ctrl key and press the G key. If you're using a JPG paper, such as the one in this tutorial, you can leave the new layer as is.
Below is an example of what this step looks like with a new color fill layer "clipped" to a flower from ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Flowerful.
After you do this, though, you're going to see that your paper or embellishment template has lost all of its detail. The next step is where we'll fix that. Down in the Layers Palette, next to the Opacity setting, you'll see another drop-down arrow. If you click on this arrow, you'll be able to change the Blending Mode of that layer. Changing the Blending Mode will allow all of the detail of your template to show through. There are three I usually start with: "Overlay," "Screen," or "Color Burn."
Each of the Blending Modes will give you a different look. Play around until you get one that you like. On the screen shot below, I found that the Blending Mode: "Multiply" gave me the best result in the end, but the paper was still a little dark for me. So I went to Enhance> Adjust Color> Adjust Hue/Saturation and adjusted the color of the paper layer a bit until it lightened up enough for me.
And there you have it! Your digital scrapbooking world has just been expanded through Layer Modes!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamy Canvas are also available.
Article written by Angie Briggs
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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 24th - 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 24th, we'll do a quote challenge! Create a layout using a meaningful, inspiring or funny quote. It can be in place of journaling, or use a beloved quote as a starting point for your journaling. Any quote is OK! 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!
Speed Scrap Crop
Wednesday, August 24th - 6:00PM MDT
It's time for some Speed! Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for the Speed Scrap Crop! We'll give you some tasks, spread out over an hour, and you create the layout! You can check out some of the past Crops in the Speed Scrap Gallery!
Ad Inspiration Challenge & Chat
Thursday, August 25th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Pat (PBarnes) at 7pm MT for an Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat. A few hours before the chat, a magazine, newspaper or online ad will be posted on the message board to use as inspiration for a layout. You can use whatever you want to from the ad - the colors, the shapes, the composition. There are no wrong answers!
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, August 26th - 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!
Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, August 27th - 6:00PM MDT
It's time for the Swap Crop Chat with Lei (Bride) and Carla (CRS)! We've done the swapping and created the layouts; now it's time to chat about all the gorgeous layouts! I don't know what it is, but these swaps bring out the best in everyone. This is the time to chat about the theme, the beautiful layouts and learn about the swap crop if you haven't participated before. We'll brainstorm a theme for next month, too! If you haven't done so, you can check out the layouts from past swaps in the Swap Crop 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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