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What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots Delicate Collection ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Delicate Collection Floralicious2 Collection Biggie
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots Delicate Collection and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Delicate Collection are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cindy Rohrbough

Layout by April Martell
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Essentials ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Trims ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Biggie
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Patterns The Bee's Knees Collection Biggie Brush Set: Stamped Dates
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Stucco 6401 Biggie
Take Wing Collection Biggie spacer Lettering Delights Aloha Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Essentials, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Trims, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Biggie, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Patterns, Brush Set: Stamped Dates, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Stucco 6401 Biggie and Lettering Delights Aloha Font are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Cutting Garden Collection JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12 x 12 Cutting Garden Keys to Happiness Collection Biggie
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Commercial license versions of Cutting Garden Collection, Keys to Happiness Collection Biggie and Golden Vanity Heritage Collection are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Tree Alphabetica Collection Blossom Hill Collection Mini
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wire and Wood 6301 Cinnamon Suede Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Tree, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wire and Wood 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Ripped Note Cards Embellishment Mini My Father's Eyes Collection Family Faces Collection Mini
Pirate Code Collection Biggie Butterfly Kisses Collection Biggie JIF 6 Plus: A Quiet Place

Commercial license versions of Ripped Note Cards Embellishment Mini, My Father's Eyes Collection, Family Faces Collection Mini and Pirate Code Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory Biggie Realms of Glory Collection Biggie Realms of Glory Paper Mini
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory Biggie, Realms of Glory Collection Biggie, Realms of Glory Paper Mini and Keys to Happiness Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Loni Harris

Layout by Loni Harris
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Dynamic Brush Set: School JIF 6: Cherished Moments Sending My Love Collection

A commercial license version of Sending My Love Collection is also available.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 18.9% off Save A Wad Sale!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Scrap Girls, Etc.: Online Backup Services
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Tips for Taking Photos of Fireworks
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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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.
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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 second quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, July 9th 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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Syndee Nuckles
Article written by Syndee Nuckles

Online Backup Services

My heart sank, and I felt the sting of tears streaming down my face as I realized all my files were gone! I frantically searched my computer looking for any sign of hope, shaking my head trying to wake up out of what had to be a nightmare.

Sound familiar? Have you ever experienced that sinking feeling when you realized that your hard drive or External Hard Drive (EHD) had crashed? Were you one of the lucky ones who had backups of all your files on another EHD or on DVDs. Or was it on your to-do list? It can't be stressed enough how important it is to backup your files, but it can be such a time-consuming and daunting task. It's easy to put it off and say you will get to it tomorrow or the next day. Like so many of you, I am stretched to the limits of available time, so after trying a myriad of different strategies for backing up, I finally hit upon something that really works for me.

I know Ro, our fearless Scrap Girls CEO, has stressed the importance of a “triple threat,” not just having a single backup copy, but two, so that you have three copies of all your important files.

For instance, I have the following:

  1. Original files: All my business files, like documents, are usually kept on my computer's built-in hard drive. My original design files are kept on my main External Hard Drive.
  2. Backup 1: I try to make copies of all my important files as I create them to a second EHD that I keep hooked up to my computer. At the least, I back up to this every week.
  3. Backup 2: This is where the online backup service comes in. I love this! I use Backblaze, which just runs in the background whenever my computer is on, saving all my files for me! My files are backed up to a secure offsite server so if something were to happen to my computer, I can still get to my files from another computer!

Let's talk about a few online backup services:

Backblaze
http://www.backblaze.com/
Features:

  1. Unlimited storage
  2. Backsup your External Hard Drives
  3. Military-grade encryption
  4. Free web restore
  5. Free customer support
  6. Continuous Backup – By default, Backblaze backs up all the time so you don't have to remember to do it, but you can schedule backups, if you wish.
  7. Automatically finds all your photos, music, documents, and other irreplaceable files and compresses, encrypts, and backs them up
  8. Supports Intel-based Mac OSX 10.4 and newer, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-and 64-bit, Windows 7 32-and 64-bit
  9. Access to your files from any web browser anywhere
  10. $5.00 a month or purchase a full year for $50
  11. Free Trial

This service was easy to install and was backing up my files in minutes! One of the best things about this company is that it features unlimited storage. I was using Mozy before, and they changed their pricing structure so much that it priced them right out of my budget. I have been so happy with this service, I totally forget it's running on my computer!

Carbonite
http://www.carbonite.com/en/
Features:

  • Unlimited storage
  • Encrypted files
  • Easily restore files
  • Access to your files anywhere
  • Backsup photos, documents, music and most user-generated content, compresses and encrypts files
  • Free customer support
  • Supports Windows 7, XP, Vista, Intel-based Macs with OS X 10.5 or 10.6
  • $59 a year for the Home/Home Office plan
  • Free Trial

I have heard good things about Carbonite. The biggest drawback is that they do not offer backups of your EHDs, which is something I can't live without. But if you don't have any EHDs, they are worth looking into.

Mozy
http://mozy.com/
Features:

  • Backup any files you like
  • Backsup EHDs
  • Military-grade encryption
  • Restore just a few files or all (MozyHome users are limited to one restore in the queue at a time)
  • Backsup automatically in the background while you work
  • Supports Windows 7, 2000, XP (32-and 64-bit), and Vista (32-and 64-bit), as well as Mac OS X 10.6, 10.5, and 10.4
  • Submit tickets or chat live with Mozy Support

Pricing and information for the MozyHome Plan:

  • $5.99 a month for 50 GB
  • $9.99 a month for 125 GB
  • Add an additional 20 GB for $2 a month

I had trouble installing Mozy on my Mac when I switched over from a PC, and when I contacted customer support and followed the instructions they gave me, it still did not work. It was around that time that they changed the pricing structure, so I cancelled my account and signed up with Backblaze.

Keep in mind that these online backup services are not meant to be an additional storage system. My point is, if you delete the files off your computer, these companies will delete those same files after 30 days.

You might want to try out the free trials from these companies and get a feel for each one before deciding. I just love the peace of mind having an online backup service affords me!

Happy Backups!

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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 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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Tips for Taking Photos of Fireworks

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Windows 7

Labor Day is just around the corner, and communities around the country are planning fireworks displays. Is your idea of photographing fireworks simply pointing the camera to the sky, clicking the shutter, and hoping for the best? That was my plan for many years. However, this method only got me blurry photos and photos of a blank sky with the best shots being merely mediocre.

I have a point-and-shoot camera. This year, I am determined to get some good fireworks photos even if I don't have an expensive DSLR. I did a little research and found a few tips.

Bring your supplies. You'll need a light to see your camera, maybe some extra batteries and memory card, and bug spray!

Go early. Scope out a location with a good view, free from obstructions, and preferably upwind from the launch site. You want a spot where the fireworks will be in front of you, not overhead.

Use the Fireworks Scene mode. Most point-and-shoot cameras have this option. This mode is preset for the best aperture (depth of field) and shutter speed to capture fireworks. If your camera doesn't have a fireworks mode, put it in Landscape mode. This will keep both near and far objects in focus. Be sure to turn off the flash. Turning your flash off will let the camera know that it only has available light to take a picture. The camera will then keep the shutter open long enough to capture the fireworks.

Use a tripod. The longer the shutter is open, the more susceptible your photo is to motion blur. Using a tripod will ensure there’s no movement.

Compose your shots. Portrait orientation is best for vertical displays, although you may want to switch to landscape for the finale. Practice a few shots during daylight, checking to be sure your horizon is level. Look for landmarks that you may or may not want to include.

Take your shot. Listen for the sound of the shells going up, and gently press the shutter release just before they burst. If you have one, use a remote release to prevent camera shake.

With a bit of planning and a bit of know-how, you can take great fireworks photos with a point-and-shoot camera. In the layout below, you can see how this technique worked well at the Fourth of July celebration. Now that I know how to ensure good fireworks photos, I’m ready for Labor Day!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Cathedral Glass 6401 Biggie Heartland Collection Biggie American City Collection
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Cathedral Glass 6401 Biggie, Heartland Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Bursting are also available.

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Elisha Barnett
Article written by Elisha Barnett

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Paint Shop Pro (PSP) X Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop

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 scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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Project Memories Word Art Special

Designer Freebie by Pebbles Jones coordinates with her Project Memories Collection Biggie

ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Project Memories Project Memories Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Project Memories Biggie 11401

A commercial license version of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Project Memories Biggie 11401 is also available.

Pebbles Jones
Today's freebie designed by Pebbles Jones

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

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!

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Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, August 30th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Theresa (tiza126) in the chat room at 7pm MT 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.

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 31st - 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 31st, we'll do a surprise color challenge! Create a layout predominantly using a color to be chosen by the group at the beginning of the crop! 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!

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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