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Two Days Only! Save 40% off Papers in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MDT on October 6, 2011!

Two Days Only! Save 40% off all pre-finished Papers (including Commercial ones, too!) in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight, MDT on Thursday, October 6th!

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Cute Stuff

Digital scrapbook layout by Laurel Lakey

Layout by Laurel Lakey
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Spellbound Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Burned Textures 6301 Brush Set: Hocus Pocus
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Burned Textures 6301, Brush Set: Hocus Pocus and Sweet Whispers Collection are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Fresh Start Collection spacer Fresh Start Solids Add-on Paper Mini


Digital scrapbook layout by Doris Castle

Layout by Doris Castle
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Pastel Potpourri Paper Mini Phil and Jaymay Collection Biggie Altered Art Collection Biggie
Digital Stickers: Wild Passion Word Art spacer Brush Set: Wild Passion Biggie

Commercial license versions of Altered Art Collection Biggie and Brush Set: Wild Passion Biggie are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Thao Cosgrove

Layout by Thao Cosgrove
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Loving Baby Girl Collection Biggie Sisterly Collection Mini Lettering Delights Dear Diary Font

A commercial license version of Lettering Delights Dear Diary Font is also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Sheri Johnson

Layout by Sheri Johnson
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Twilight Magic Collection Biggie Enchanted Eve Collection Super Mini Mossy Collection Biggie
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Digital scrapbook layout by Amy Flanagan

Layout by Amy Flanagan
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dot Overlays Rustic Alley - Wood Paper Mini Borders Rustic Alley - Wood Embellishments
Rustic Alley - Wood Paper ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Borders Rustic Alley - Metal Embellishments - Trinkets
Rustic Alley - Metal Paper Rustic Alley - Leather Paper Wandering Garden Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Inked Edges 1801 Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Label Maker 6401
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11 spacer ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Branded 10601 - PS

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dot Overlays, Rustic Alley - Wood Paper Mini Borders, Rustic Alley - Wood Embellishments, Rustic Alley - Wood Paper, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rustic Alley - Leather Borders, Rustic Alley - Metal Embellishments - Trinkets, Rustic Alley - Metal Paper, Rustic Alley - Leather Paper, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Inked Edges 1801 Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Label Maker 6401, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11 and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Branded 10601 - PS are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Coffee House Collection Biggie Homebody Collection Biggie Kitchen Chic Collection Mini


Digital scrapbook layout by Rozanne Paxman

Layout by Rozanne Paxman
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These three 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.

Inspire Me Alpha Inspiring Collection Biggie Inspiring Frames Embellishment Mini

Commercial license versions of Inspire Me Alpha, Inspiring Collection Biggie and Inspiring Frames Embellishment Mini are also available.


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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Showing Off
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Thursday, October 6, 2011


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  • Tips from the Pros: What is a Zoom Lens?
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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.
  • 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 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!

divScrap Girls is giving away birthday gifts to our Message Board members!

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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Scrap Girls, Etc. Image

Becca Hauck
Article written by Becca Hauck

Showing Off Your Layouts in an Online Gallery

You've finished a layout that you have worked very hard on, and now you're ready to show it off to the world of your friends and family. After all, that's one of the best parts about digital scrapbooking - the ability to share your digital layout almost immediately with friends worldwide!

Where do you share it? Email works just fine, but there are a plethora of online galleries out there where you can showcase your digital scrapbooking layouts. Here are just a few of the most popular ones...

  1. Scrap Girls Gallery. (You knew I was going to say that, right?) It's free. It's a great way for all of your SG friends to see your layout and “leave some love” - commenting on how much they love it. The Scrap Girls Design Team loves to see their products at work, so you just never know which designer may comment on your layout, too. Ro's even been known to browse through the Gallery, leaving love on many layouts!

    But I think one of the best things about uploading to the SG Gallery is the ability to get constructive criticism on a layout, if you ask for it. When I first started digi-scrapping, I learned so much from other members who were honest and kind in their critiques of my layouts.

  2. Facebook. It's free, and it's one of the biggest social networks in the world. I like to upload my layouts to Facebook because it's the quickest way for all of my friends to see a layout. In the description, I like to mention that I used Scrap Girls products, and I always credit the designers whose products were used.

    The downside to uploading on Facebook is the security. You may not want everyone in the whole world to see your layouts. However, you can set your security parameters to control who sees your pictures. Check out Facebook’s privacy settings, as well as the specific privacy settings in the photo area to limit or allow particular people/groups to see your photos. If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you’re aware of how frequently Facebook changes or tweaks its settings, so regularly review your privacy settings to make sure they are what you want them to be.

    Of course, everyone you know is not on Facebook, so they will not be able to see your layouts. Fortunately, there are more options to consider.

  3. Blogs. Most blog sites are free. A few blogging sites with more options require a monthly premium. Blogging can be a great way to show off your layouts and tell a little bit more about them. Most blog interfaces allow you to set the privacy so that you can control who may see and comment on your blog. This may be a better option for those of you who aren't comfortable with the security (or lack thereof) of social networking sites.

    Here are a handful of popular blogging options:

    Of course, blogging requires some time to set up your blog site, and posting on a blog can be intimidating. Many blogging sites allow HTML coding (the language that browsers use to display web pages correctly), and that can be hard to navigate if you have no previous knowledge of it.

  4. Flickr. This free online photo gallery from Yahoo is another good option. It allows you to organize your photos, tag your friends, and share your photos. You may use your Yahoo ID to sign in and create a Flickr account, and within moments, you can start uploading your layouts here.

  5. Picasa. Picasa is Google's free photo editing and organization software, but with Picasa, you can also upload photos to an online gallery called Picasa Web Albums. Picasa gives you one gigabyte of free online photo storage. You can share a lot of layouts this way!

  6. SmugMug. This option is not free, but it can also be used as an online backup of your photos. SmugMug offers advanced privacy options and watermarking to prevent anyone from snagging your photos or layouts as their own. The interface is sleek, customizable, and easy to use. I find that SmugMug is one of the few online galleries that doesn't seem to compromise the online appearance of my layouts. They appear in their full HD (high definition) glory on this site. There is a free 14-day trial for this service before you buy it.

    If you are a scrap-for-hire digital scrapbooker, I encourage you to look into SmugMug. It can be a great resource for you to showcase your talents for future clients!

The list above is far from complete, but I hope it gives you some fresh ideas on how to share your favorite layouts with friends and family!


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!

ScrapSimple Club Image

The September ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Brandy Murry and Cherise Oleson.

Exclusive content from September'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

September's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Brandy Murry and Cherise Oleson

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Cherise Oleson
Layout by Cherise Oleson
using September's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry
Layout by Brandy Murry
using September's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry
Layout by Brandy Murry
using September's ScrapSimple Club
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Photography Focus: What is a Zoom Lens?

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 on Windows XP

Zoom lenses have focal lengths that can be easily changed. The optics let the photographer change smoothly from a long shot to a close up. Each zoom lens has a specific range of focal lengths. The focal length of a lens is the distance in millimeters from the image sensor (or film, if you’re still using it) to the end of the lens. A shorter lens (under 50mm) has a wide angle of view and can capture more of what is in front of the camera. A longer lens (over 50mm) enlarges the subject and has a narrower angle of view.

One advantage of a zoom lens is that you don’t need to get closer to your subject to get tighter framing. Recently, my husband and I hiked to a local waterfall. It was several miles to the falls, and I wasn’t interested in toting along extra camera gear, so we used the 18-105mm lens that came with our camera. With this zoom lens, we were able to capture the setting of the falls with a wide angle focal length and also get a closer look with a telephoto focal length.

As you can see in the examples below, I would have needed to be up to my waist in the river in order to get the photo on the right. I’m not one to take risks like that with my camera, so the zoom lens was just what I needed.

Photography Focus: What is a Zoom Lens Tutorial Image

I find it helpful to have a variety of photos to choose from when I create digital scrapbooking layouts. The next time you are taking photos, try using a zoom lens to take close-up shots of details, as well as wider shots that show the setting. This way, your photos can tell more of the story in your scrapbook pages.


Digital scrapbook layout by April Martell

Layout by April Martell
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All About Marriage Collection Biggie Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Scenic Route Blossoms & Blooms - Spring Embellishment Biggie
Camping Out Collection Biggie La Di Da Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals II 8501 Biggie spacer ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals III Rust 8501 Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals II 8501 Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals III Rust 8501 Biggie are also available.


April Martell
Article written by April Martell

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 Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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Sweet N Sassy Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Angie Briggs coordinates with her Sweet N Sassy Collection

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A commercial license version of Sweet N Sassy Collection is also available.

Angie Briggs
Today's freebie designed by Angie Briggs

* 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

Project SG Chat
Thursday, October 6th - 7:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) to hear all the details about Project SG! You can be eligible to win prizes simply by taking part in this year-long Challenge. It is never too late to start! We hope to see you in the chat room on October 6th at 7pm MDT!


What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, October 7th - 9:00AM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MDT 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!


Recipe Swap Chat
Saturday, October 8th - 7:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MDT in the chat room for our monthly Recipe Swap Chat. Please check the message board the Thursday before the chat for this month's theme and the swap details!


ScrapSimple Club Chat
Monday, October 10th - 7:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and and Shannon (tinkerbell11) on Monday, October 10th at 7 pm MDT 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 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!


Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, October 11th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for a Life Moments Chat. These chats are meant to get you started on layouts about your self. Earlier in the day a layout idea will be posted for you to get a jump start.


New Member Chat
Tuesday, October 11th - 7:00PM MDT

Join Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (Tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 7 PM MDT (6 PM Pacific, 8PM Central, 9 PM Eastern) 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.


October Message Board Game: Product Picks

Join us for a new game in October, where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping!

Each Monday through Saturday in October, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in the Product Picks game thread. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique and navigate to that particular designer's product pages. Choose any of their products (your favorite product, one you like, or one you wish you owned), then head over to the Product Picks game thread and share the product name, Boutique link, and a brief explanation of why you chose that product.

At the end of the month, members who haves posted links to 42 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 Gift Certificates. Members who have posted links to 16-41 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 Gift Certificates. And members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates.

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


October Monthly Layout Contest: October is all about color! Show us those fabulous fall colors or spring colors for our Southern Hemisphere members! Maybe you have a favorite color you'd like to showcase or a very colorful photo to scrap. Remember, it's all about colors! Share those layouts in the October Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on October 31st. 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!


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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