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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: Frolic ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Negative Space Value Pack: Dyed Fabric Paper 1
Value Pack: Kashmir 1   Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie

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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Bookshelf Solids Paper Mini Bookshelf Collection Biggie Coffee House Collection Biggie
La Di Da Collection Biggie   Fanciful Collection Mini

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: Plastic 5100 Value Pack: Innocence She Sells Sea Shells Collection

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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* Making Waves Collection Biggie *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: Lace Letters Alpha ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Just One Word Biggie Value Pack: Pink Rose
  Realms of Glory Collection Biggie  

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Alphabetica Paper Mini Alphabetica Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Torn and Stapled
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: Dynamic Brush Sketched Borders 1 ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Negative Space She Sells Sea Shells Collection
Value Pack: Pearl 5100   Value Pack: Innocence

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: Pink Rose ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Just One Word Biggie B. Sweet Collection Biggie
  Ever So Lovely Collection Biggie  

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3 Easy Steps to Having Fun While Scrapbooking
Friday, September 2, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Designer Do-Over
  • 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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3 Easy Steps to Having Fun While Scrapbooking

  1. Look at some layouts on the Internet. Study them and notice what you like and don't like. Ask yourself questions such as, "How has the artist used colors? What about shadowing? What arrangements do I like best? How have they placed the photos? Which titles and journaling styles do I like most?"

    At this stage, you are just doing research - filling your unconscious mind with material it can draw from. (Hint: You can find some great layouts here and here. And, of course, you have lots of great layouts arriving in your inbox six days a week!)

  2. Imagine yourself making layouts. Don't actually make them at this point. In your mind, watch yourself quietly dragging and dropping supplies onto the canvas, typing in text, sliding photos around, and stamping on a pattern with a brush. Imagine yourself feeling happy as you look at the final layouts.

  3. Make a layout with no expectations that it will be "good." Let yourself play around as you enjoy the feeling of free experimentation. Your goal is to merely feel satisfied that you have made a layout.

As you practice this three-step program, you will find that not only will you enjoy the creation process more, your layouts will improve.

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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

September's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Paula Wright.

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

September's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Paula Wright


JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album


Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Paula Wright using September's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Paula Wright
using September's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Paula Wright using September's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Paula Wright
using September's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Paula Wright using September's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Paula Wright
using September's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips from the Pros

Designer Do-Over

Looking back at my layouts that I created when I first started in digital scrapbooking, I notice that all of them include very few embellishments. I even remember creating those first layouts and how I was scared to use embellishments, but I loved mixing and matching pattern papers, and I used a lot of alphas. I also notice that most of my layouts include one large photo placed in the middle of my layout and very bad shadows.

Now, it's not that those first layouts I did are bad layouts. I still look at them and really like them, but it's fun to see how my style has evolved.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Makeover: Before Layout.
Layout by Angie Briggs

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The Do-Over

Now I find most of my layouts I create tend to have the photos placed off center, a lot of white space, and the embellishments are more clustered to showcase the photos.

To re-do this old layout, I opened a new document, then pulled over a piece of white paper and placed the photo in the lower left corner.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Place photo onto layout.

Since my photo was a little dark, I duplicated that layer and then changed the Blending Mode of the top layer to "Screen." This helps lighten it up, and from there, I could change the Opacity/Fill of that layer if I wanted to.

Next, I went ahead and added pattern paper cut-out in circles behind the photo. I took the stitching from the Splash Of Color Collection and put it around the cut-out circles. Then I added the stars and remaining embellishments to showcase the photo.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Add embellishments.

Finally, I added a little touch of journaling, something I hardly ever did when I was creating my first layouts.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Add journaling.

I really like how this turned out. The colors really made the photo pop, and the youthful feel of the patterns captured their innocence.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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Basic: White Paper Mini Splash Of Color Collection Boy Joy Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Basic: White Paper Mini and Splash Of Color Collection are also available.

Angie Briggs
Article written by Angie Briggs

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 Scrapbooking Layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Digital Stickers: Farmstead Machinery Wagon Special

Designer Freebie by Angela Blanchard coordinates with her Digital Stickers: Farmstead Machinery

Western Rodeo Collection Biggie Cowboy Up! Collection Biggie Prairieland Collection
Farmstead Collection Farmer's Bounty Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Vintage Photo Frames
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stackers Biggie Autumn Treasures Collection Mini Holy Night Collection

Commercial license versions of Western Rodeo Collection Biggie, Farmstead Collection, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Vintage Photo Frames, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stackers Biggie, Autumn Treasures Collection Mini and Holy Night Collection are also available.

Angela Blanchard
Today's freebie designed by Angela Blanchard

* 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, September 2nd - 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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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, September 6th - 6:00PM MDT

Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. Can't wait to see you there!

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ScrapSimple Club Chat
Tuesday, September 6th - 7:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) on Tuesday, September 6th at 7pm MT for a chat and challenge using this month's ScrapSimple Club. Did you know that every time you create a layout with the ScrapSimple Club and upload it into the ScrapSimple Club Gallery that you could be chosen to be featured in the Newsletter and receive a prize? Join us for the chat so we can encourage and inspire you and help with any questions that you may have. Let's get those ScrapSimple Club layouts done and uploaded!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 7th - 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 September 7th, we'll do a photo manipulation challenge! Create a layout using a photo you have manipulated in some way - change it to black and white or sepia, remove a distraction, cut out the subject - anything goes! 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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ATC Swap Crop Chat
Wednesday, September 7th - 6:00PM MDT

Please join Lei (Bride) and Elisha (elibar) in the chatroom for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap Crop/Chat on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm MT. Come see what everyone has created and we'll talk about next month's topic. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Games

September Message Board Game: Posting Contest!

It's that time again - Posting Contest time! This is where you are rewarded for your flying fingers and chattiness. The Contest will run from September 1st when we post the thread to September 30th at 12:00 Midnight (MST).

To enter the Message Board Posting Challenge, you MUST reply in the game thread with your CURRENT post count. This is the number under your Avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: Do not post the number found on your profile; it is a different number that is calculated differently.) During the month, chat your fingers off! At Midnight on September 30th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the original thread.

Members with Message Board posts over 50 will be put in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 200 will be put in a drawing for both the $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate and a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 400 will be put in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate, as well as the $5 and $10 Gift Certificates.

For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

Contests

September Monthly Layout Contest: The children are headed back to school, and there is a sense of learning in the air! For the September Layout Contest, share your layouts about learning a new skill! We'd love to see the stories about someone in your life learning and growing. Remember when your little one learned to ride a bicycle or your teenager learned to drive a car? Or how about when you learned to use your digital scrapbooking software? Share those layouts in the September Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on September 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card 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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