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Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Value Pack: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: All Torn Up French Market Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: All Torn Up and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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La Di Da Clusters La Di Da Collection Biggie Design Pack: Inked Text
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms   Coffee House Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Design Pack: Inked Text and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by April Martell

Layout by April Martell
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Patterns ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Essentials
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Trims Rustic Alley - Metal Embellishments - Trinkets American Dream Collection Biggie
Durango Collection Biggie Jubilant Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Patterns, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Essentials, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Trims, Rustic Alley - Metal Embellishments - Trinkets and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Jersey Alpha Butterfly Kisses Collection Biggie Eat Cake Birthday Girl Collection Biggie
You Are Collection Biggie   Dirt Road Embellishment Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Jersey Alpha, Eat Cake Birthday Girl Collection Biggie and Dirt Road Embellishment Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Realms of Glory Paper Mini Realms of Glory Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory Biggie
  Respite Collection  

Commercial license versions of Realms of Glory Paper Mini, Realms of Glory Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory Biggie and Respite Collection are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro

Layout by Melissa Renfro
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Doodled Frames Laughter and Sunshine Collection Biggie Sun Kissed Collection Biggie
  Brush Set: Splatter  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Doodled Frames, Laughter and Sunshine Collection Biggie and Brush Set: Splatter are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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AcesHigh Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini   Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini and Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font are also available.

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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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Turn On Your Light
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Using Layer Modes with ScrapSimple Templates
  • 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

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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

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.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add a Color Fill 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.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Color fill layer is clipped to embellishment template.

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."

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Paper clipped to flower element.

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.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change Blending Mode.

And there you have it! Your digital scrapbooking world has just been expanded through Layer Modes!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamy Canvas Squeaky Clean Clusters Embellishment Mini Squeaky Clean Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamy Canvas are also available.

Angie Briggs
Article written by Angie Briggs

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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 Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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All the Fun of the Fair Special

Designer Freebie by Jan Ransley coordinates with her All the Fun of the Fair Collection Biggie

* All the Fun of the Fair Collection Biggie *

* 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

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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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