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What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro
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Digital scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro
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Digital scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro

Layout by Melissa Renfro
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* Super 7 Spread by Melissa Renfro *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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* JIF 6: Trick or Treat *

Commercial license versions of JIF 6: Trick or Treat are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne
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Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne
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Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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Super 7 Spread by Jo Corne ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett
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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett
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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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* Super 7 Spread by Elisha Barnett *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Fall Splendor Collection Biggie Realms of Glory Collection Biggie Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Fall Splendor Collection Biggie, Realms of Glory Collection Biggie and Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Ransley
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Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Ransley
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Digital scrapbook layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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* Super 7 Spread by Jan Ransley *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Cherise Oleson
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Digital scrapbook layout by Cherise Oleson
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Digital scrapbook layout by Cherise Oleson

Layout by Cherise Oleson
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* Super 7 Spread by Cherise Oleson *

Commercial license versions of Super 7 Spread by Cherise Oleson 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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The Colors of Fall
Monday, October 24, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 27.7% off Anniversary Sale!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • A Designer's Life: Melissa Renfro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Special Event: Scrap Girls' 7th Anniversary Party!
  • Back to Basics: JIF 6 Kits
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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IMPORTANT TO KNOW

Don't forget to check out the Retirement Sale section of the Boutique. Items in this section are always on sale for 30% off. The items you will find during any particular month will be discontinued permanently on the 5th of the following month. So if you see something you like, grab it while you can!

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 fourth quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, January 7th 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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A Designer's Life Image

Melissa Renfro
Melisaa Renfro

Fall Colors

There are a few things that signify that fall has arrived in New Mexico - the leaves of the cottonwoods in the Bosque start to turn pale yellow, the smell of roasting green chili peppers permeates the air, and the sight of hot air balloons filling the clear blue morning sky.

Every year, Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosts the International Balloon Fiesta. This year, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta again set the world record for the most balloons launched in one hour, sending 345 hot air balloons into the sky from Balloon Fiesta Park during the opening day of Balloon Fiesta. We were there! I think the total number of balloons that went up was over 600!

This is one of the most unique things about Albuquerque that I look forward to every year. If you have never been to a balloon festival or rally, you might not realize just how BIG these balloons are. They absolutely tower over you. It is quite a sight.

To catch the best part of the balloon launch, it requires getting up very early. Balloon Fiesta is one of the only occasions throughout the year where you will actually see me up at 5:00 in the morning. This year the temperatures were mild, so we didn't have to bundle up quite as much as usual. Armed with my camera and my coffee, we were on our way.

I always say that the kids love to go, but I honestly think I enjoy it a lot more than they do. I love taking pictures of the crisp fall morning with colors everywhere. It's like a rainbow exploded and dripped everywhere you look. The sky is filled with balloons of all shapes and colors drifting quietly by. In the dim light of early dawn, their burners light up the balloons like lanterns.

This year was the 40th anniversary of the Balloon Fiesta, and the weather was beautiful, so the crowds were out in full force. We weren't really as mobile as I thought we would be for taking pictures. I insisted on bringing a wagon - with extra coffee and cinnamon rolls - as a place to toss our jackets as it got warmer, as well as a way to cart around little boys who got tired of walking. The only thing was there were so many people there that we almost couldn't get to the balloons we wanted to see. It wasn't the best idea after all, although it was nice to refill my coffee.

I still was able to see some of my favorite balloons go up. One is shaped like a butterfly and stands several stories high. The colors are just amazing and bright, and it really is a neat balloon. The kids' favorite was SpiderPig. That's right - a Spiderman®-looking balloon in the shape of a pig. We got right under that one as it went up, only the winds picked up a bit, and it barely skimmed over our heads on the way. Everyone ducked as it went over; it was that close!

Inspiration is in no short supply at an event like the Balloon Fiesta, so it didn't take long for me to scrap my memories of this year's beautiful extravaganza of color!

- Melissa

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Favorite Product I've designed:

Up Up Up Collection
Up Up Up Collection
Commercial license versions of Up Up Up Collection are also available.

I love the bright colors of the balloons, and I tried to capture that feeling here with the papers and embellishments. I also enjoyed making the denim-stitched clouds. Those are just plain fun!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro

Layout by Melissa Renfro
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Up Up Up Collection Dynamic Brush Set: Inky 5001 Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Up Up Up Collection, Dynamic Brush Set: Inky 5001 and Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie are also available.

Scrap Girls Club

October's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Cherise Oleson.

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 JIF 6 Plus 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

October's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Cherise Oleson


JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album


Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs using October's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Angie Briggs
using October's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts using October's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using October's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Rozanne Paxman using October's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Rozanne Paxman
using October's Scrap Girls Club
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Special Event

Scrap Girls' 7th Anniversary Party!

Celebrate Scrap Girls' 7th Anniversary by collecting our special edition, professionally designed, two-page digital scrapbooking kits. We call them Super 7 Spread kits! With each Super 7 Spread, you will receive two layered PSD* files - the left-side and the right-side of the double-page layout. Just open the files, insert your photos, add your journaling, and you're ready to go! Each kit also includes the seven files used to create the layout separately so that you can create even more looks!

A few examples of the brand new Super 7 Spread kits...

Super 7 Spread by Sarah Batdorf Super 7 Spread by Jo Corne Super 7 Spread by Paula Wright
Super 7 Spread by Sara Beth Peterson Super 7 Spread by Brandy Murry Super 7 Spread by Syndee Nuckles

Commercial license versions of Super 7 Spread by Sarah Batdorf are also available.

*Note: PSD files are layered files used in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro and certain other software packages. If your particular software title does not use the PSD file type to create layouts, don't worry! We have also included individual JPG and PNG files, which are accepted by most software titles commonly used by digital scrapbookers.

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Embellishment Boutique Hunt!

Your challenge is to find these sixteen embellishments in the image below in the Scrap Girls Boutique. Those who correctly identify all 16 items will be entered into a drawing to win a $27.77 Gift Certificate! Those who correctly identify 15 or less will be entered into a drawing for two $7.77 Gift Certificates.

Boutique Embellishment Hunt Game Board
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How to play...

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Chat Schedule

Monday, October 24, 2011

  • 10:00 AM MDT – Word Art Challenge Chat
    On Monday, October 24 at 10am MT, join Gayle (Smiles) and Ashleigh (caprimom) for a special Anniversary Week Word Art Challenge chat. One of our wonderful designers will create a special piece of Word Art just for this event. Stay tuned to find out which designer will wow us with her creativity! Who knows? There may even be a prize! Hope to see you there!

  • 1:00 PM MDT - Calendar Chat
    If you love the idea of a personalized calendar but are not sure where to start, get to the chat room for tons of ideas on how to get started, organized and printing ideas, too. Join Debbie (B&K Mom) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 1pm MT on Monday.

  • 3:00 PM MDT - U.F.O. Chat
    Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Joyce (Joyce Schardt) for a UFO Chat. Joyce will help you finish up those layouts that are giving you a hard time. Learn great design tips from one of our talented Scrap Girls layout designers and finish those unfinished objects at the same time!

  • 6:00 PM MDT - University Chat
    Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) as we explore the Scrap Girls University. We will post a link to the university tutorial we're going to cover on Monday morning. Come to the chat room at 6pm MT and we'll help you try out a new technique! As always there will be fun, games and a chance for a prize.

  • 7:00 PM MDT - Speed Scrap Chat
    Let's finish off the Anniversary celebration with a Speed Scrap! Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Carla (CRS) for an hour full of speed and challenges! We'll give you several tasks to include in your layouts and a time limit to get it posted. Don't miss out on the fun!

* Schedule is subject to change... stay tuned to the Newsletter and Forum for the latest happenings!

Back to the Basics

What are JIF Kits?

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 and Windows Vista

JIF stand for "Just Insert Foto." These easy-to-use kits were created to help you create designer-quality layouts fast, but still retain the flexibility that Easy Pages are not able to provide. JIF kits include preassembled layouts in PSD form as well as PNG form. Having both of these file options mean that you can move pieces around your layout with ease. It also means that you can use the individual pieces provided with other coordinating kits!

I am using JIF 6: Eventide. If you have editing software that is capable of reading PSDs, creating a layout is as simple as opening your PSD and adding your photo using the provided layer mask.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial screenshot: Place photo above mask layer.

First, place your photo layer above the Photo Mask layer. Next, clip it to the mask (Ctrl+Alt+G). Finally, add journaling using the provided text path.

That's it! Your layout is complete.

(Note: If your editing software isn't capable of opening PSD files, no worries! We included the individual PNGs in each JIF 6 kit as well.)

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial screenshot: Completed layout.
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Since all the items included in the JIF 6 Kits are separate pieces, you can move things around, add more photos, etc. In the layout below, I took the same elements and just rearranged things a bit, as well as adding another picture.

JIF 6 kits really are time-savers!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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* JIF 6: Eventide *

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Article written by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

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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 Rozanne Paxman

Layout by Ro
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Inspiring Paper Blue-green Special

Designer Freebie by Cherise Oleson coordinates with her Inspiring Collection Biggie,
part of this month's Scrap Girls Club offering!

Inspiring Collection Biggie * Inspire Me Alpha

Cherise Oleson
Today's freebie designed by Cherise Oleson

* 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

Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, October 25th - 3:00PM MDT

Join Theresa (teecee) 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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ScrapSimple Club Chat
Tuesday, October 25th - 6:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) on Tuesday, October 25th at 6 pm 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 your page 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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New Member Chat
Tuesday, October 25th - 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, October 26th - 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 October 26th, we will be doing a ScrapSimple challenge! Create a layout using at least one ScrapSimple product. If you haven’t used them before, we’ll have some great ideas for you in the chat. 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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Ad Inspiration Chat
Thursday, October 27th - 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 Forum 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!

Games

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.

Contests

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!

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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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