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Time to Scrap Sale! Save 18.7% off almost everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MDT on September 13, 2011!

Woo hoo! The kids are back in school and it's time to scrap
all of those fun summer pictures you took. Time to shop!

Sale ends promptly at Midnight, MDT on Tuesday, September 13th.

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Cute Stuff

Digital scrapbook layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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Magic Movie Collection Biggie Magic Vacation Collection New York City Collection
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A commercial license version of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Metals 5001 is also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Lori Cook

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Texture Set: Numbers Adult His and Hers Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Framed White 1801 Mini
Dreamer Collection spacer ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of Texture Set: Numbers Adult, His and Hers Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Framed White 1801 Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Paula Wright

Layout by Paula Wright
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These four products are included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They
are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for
those individuals who would rather not join a club.

Memory Lane Embellishment Cluster Mini Memory Lane Collection Biggie Assemble Your Own Zoom Kit: Memory Lane
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Digital scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Scrap Girls Tutorials & Way Cool Stuff eBook Set - 2010 2nd Quarter Brush Set: Collage Shapes Authentic Collection Mini
Authentic Paper Super Mini Framed Treasures Embellishment Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini
November Sky Collection spacer Brush Set: Photo Transfer Edges

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Collage Shapes, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini and Brush Set: Photo Transfer Edges are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Homebody Collection Biggie spacer Jardin De Fleur Collection Mini

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Digital scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro

Layout by Melissa Renfro
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Bubble Wrap Paper Super Mini Laughter and Sunshine Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001

Commercial license versions of Laughter and Sunshine Collection Biggie ande ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Lore Shattuck

Layout by Lore Shattuck
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A View of the Glass Half-Full
Monday, September 12, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 18.7% off Time to Scrap Sale!
  • Cute Stuff
  • A Designer's Life: Sara Beth Peterson - A View of the Glass Half-Full
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Outlining Embellishments
  • 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.

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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.

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A Designer's Life Image

Sara Beth Peterson
Article written by Sara Beth Peterson

A View of the Glass Half-Full

I consider myself a very positive person. You could say that I am a glass half-full type of person. As a teenager, one of my favorite compliments that I ever received was, “You are so bubbly.” This was from a boy I really liked, and I have always kept that memory close.

In actuality, there are days when I don’t feel like being bubbly or seeing the glass half-full. It is on those days that I have to try hard to look for the positive. But I believe that happiness is a choice. I want to spend my life here on earth looking for the positive. A recent journal entry shows this in the last paragraph. I made sure to list the positives to help me see the glass half-full.

We had the trailer packed and on the road, on our way to our annual family camping trip. We were leaving a week early because we had to make an extra stop. Delvin was going to defend his final exam and dissertation and, if he passed, receive his PhD.

After an hour on the road, we stopped at our usual stop for gas and food, in the middle of nowhere. We could smell it immediately. It smelled like burnt rubber. There was a lot of smoke coming from our tire on the trailer. We thought the trailer brakes were locked on somehow. So we ate dinner while it cooled off. We figured we could fix the pad, adjust the brakes, and be on our way. When it finally stopped smoking, we could see that it was definitely not the trailer brakes. The bearing for the left rear tire was completely burned off, and the assembly was missing.

Well, it was soon apparent that we were not leaving immediately, so we called our roadside assistance. I am so thankful that we pay for RV roadside assistance. It has saved us before when our trailer had two flats in one trip. After hours of phone calls sitting on the road beside the gas station, we could not find a local tow truck with a flatbed large enough to tow our 28-foot trailer.

Finally, as a last attempt to help, our RV roadside service gave us the number for the local police station. After several tries, we contacted the local dispatcher who sent an officer to us straight away. He called several local shops and found a tire shop only seven miles away. They thought the axle was broken, and they were fairly sure they could fix it. The only catch was we had to get it there, and they were currently closed. The officer suggested we sleep on the side street near the dead end. He promised to drive by often and keep an eye on us during the night.

So we moved the trailer and slept on the road. The next morning we got up and limped seven miles to the tire shop. We unloaded our clothes and food and drove home. That afternoon the tire shop called to tell us the axle was definitely broken, and it would take a week and a half to get the part from their supplier, if they had the part.

Well, Delvin had to rent a car and drive down to defend his final exam, while the kids and I stayed home. I work at the camp we go to every year and was obligated to be there. When we found out the tire shop had the axle, I arranged a rush order on it, because this was cheaper than renting a trailer for two weeks.

Delvin passed the presentation, but he has to do some rewrites to his thesis. So the boys and I are finally on our way to go camping, minus Daddy. We still get to see our family and friends while camping, and we will be arriving on time. I feel safe knowing that the bearings have all been repacked, and I am caravanning with some friends, in case of another mishap.

My husband, Delvin, had to stay home and finish rewriting his paper. That would have been hard to do if we had all gone to see him present with our only car and the trailer. Because of our broken axle, he did that part of the trip on his own, and I was able to take the kids camping anyway.

What have you done lately to help you see your life in a positive light? Are there challenges in your life that you feel you can’t get through? I challenge you to start listing the positives in your life right now. Don’t forget to be grateful for those mishaps that bring your family closer together or challenge you to grow. Don’t forget to be grateful for the positive outcomes to those challenges.

- Sara Beth Peterson

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Favorite Product I've designed:
This and That Collection Mini

This and That Collection Mini
Commercial license versions of This and That Collection Mini are also available.

I wanted a collection that included the basics of most traditional scrapbook pages. I made sure to include lots of brads, staples, frames, and what-not. I was inspired by a paper bag one day and just started scanning it at different angles. Then I drew some damask-like designs. I chose a primary color scheme and some fun grunge and then enjoyed mixing it all up. The word art is a list of words that I consider basic to scrapping. I've already started pulling parts of this collection into many layouts.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sara Beth Peterson

Layout by Sara Beth Peterson
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This and That Collection Mini Route 19 Collection Biggie Time Traveler Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Antique Effects 6401 Life Journals Paper Mini Brush Set: RV Vacation Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Borders 6401 Biggie spacer Brush Set: Stained Edges

Commercial license versions of This and That Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Antique Effects 6401, Brush Set: RV Vacation Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Borders 6401 Biggie and Brush Set: Stained Edges are also available.

ScrapSimple Club Image

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 Image

Outlining Embellishments

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 5.0 with Windows Vista

Have you ever placed embellishments on your digital scrapbooking layout and they seemed to blend into the page too much? Sometimes this is frustrating because you like the embellishment, you like the placement, but there just isn’t any dimension or depth. What’s a digital scrapbooker to do?

Well, here’s a tip I use when I run into this problem. I simply outline it and add a subtle drop shadow. Let me show you how this is done with a few very easy and basic steps.

Outlining Embellishments tutorial screen shot 1

As you can see in this layout, the yellow ribbon on the gift blends into the yellow frame and the number "2" is lost in the background as well. My first step is to add an outline.

First, I use my Eyedropper Tool to select the brown color from the circle dots on the page. Next, I make sure my blue and yellow gift layer is selected. Now, with my foreground color set as brown and my layer selected, I go to Edit> Stroke (outline) Selection. This action will open a dialog box.

Outlining Embellishments tutorial screen shot 2

I can now select an outline size, change the color, the location of the outline, and add a Blending Mode to it if I wish. I want a thin outline, so I set my width to 4 pixels. You can easily play with these options to choose a look you like best. (Note: Once a selection is made, it is permanently connected with your layer. If you don’t like it, simply press Ctrl+Z to undo it. It is best to decide if you like the look or not before you move on or you will be doing a lot of undoing to remove the outline.)

After I complete my outlining options, I clicked OK and then applied a shadow layer from ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Shadow Layer 6501 PSE to the gift layer as well.

Outlining Embellishments tutorial screen shot 3

Doesn't this look better? The outline and shadow add more depth and contrast between the two yellows. Now, I'll add the same outline to the remainder of my embellishments to complete my layout.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jennifer Wight

Layout by Jennifer Wight
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Birthday Boy Collection Mini ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 6x6 Bracket 1 ScrapSimple Type Paths: Shape Up
Lettering Delights Hunkaspunk Font spacer ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Shadow Layer 6501 PSE

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Type Paths: Shape Up, Lettering Delights Hunkaspunk Font and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Shadow Layer 6501 PSE are also available.

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Jennifer Wight
Article written by Jennifer Wight

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 Paula Wright

Layout by Paula Wright
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Memory Lane Paper Special 1

Designer Freebie by Paula Wright coordinates with her Memory Lane Collection Biggie.

These two products are included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a
substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the
Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.

Memory Lane Collection Biggie spacer Memory Lane Cardboard Alpha

Paula Wright
Today's freebie designed by Paula Wright

* 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

Journaling Chat
Monday, September 12th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT on the second Monday of each month. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!

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NSBR Chat
Monday, September 12th - 7:00PM 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 us, Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT!

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Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, September 13th - 3:00PM MDT

Join Conda (SodScrap) in the chat room at 3pm 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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Hybrid Card Chat
Tuesday, September 13th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT in the Scrap Girls Chat room to discuss Hybrid Cards. We will discuss our next swap, the beauties you recieved from your partner and printing tips, too!

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New Member Chat
Tuesday, September 13th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 7pm MT in the Live Chat room lobby. This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included. You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 14th - 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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Baby Theme Crop
Wednesday, September 14th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Carla (crs) and Theresa (Tiza126) for a new twist on the Baby Theme Crop at 7pm MDT! This month we'll finish working with ABC's. Include something in your layout that starts with an Y and Z! We'd love to see your layouts in the Baby Book Gallery!

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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