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We all want our photos to take center stage on our scrapbook layouts. But sometimes, our pictures aren't up for the challenge. Learn how to really make your pictures stand out. Banish blemishes, correct colors and lighting like a pro using the tools and techniques taught in this class. Remove red eye, whiten teeth. Your pictures will become the perfect focus for all of your layouts!
Join Anna Mansfield for this two session class which teaches you photo fixing techniques using Photoshop Elements. Detailed step-by-step screenshots make it easy for you to follow along. Classes will take place via GoToWebinar. There will be a private gallery set up for students to post their altered photos and layouts and to receive feedback. There will also be a private forum for students to ask questions and share information. Following each class, students will receive a download link for the class recording.
Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Adobe Photoshop Elements users. Students are required to understand the basic skills taught in the Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements and MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements programs prior to starting the course. This information will not be reviewed as part of the course!
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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]:
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!
Scrap 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.
In or Out?
Random thoughts on being "In:"
It's not being left out that matters. It's jumping in.
So you were left out at some point in your life... you can come inside now.
If everyone who ever felt left out looked up from their sadness, they would see that they are surrounded by a large group of people who feel the same way.
It's not necessary to push someone out so that you can be in.
Being "in" is a state of mind rather than your GPS position.
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!
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:
Layout by Loni Harris
using October's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Cheré Edwards
using October's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Loni Harris
using October's ScrapSimple Club
Positive and Negative Space
Have you ever heard people talking about negative space? Or maybe someone has mentioned "white space" when talking about a certain layout, and you have no idea what they are talking about because the layout being discussed has absolutely no white on it whatsoever!
Well, I'm here to put that problem to rest and to explain to you the differences between positive and negative space, also known as white space.
It's really pretty simple. Basically, positive space is the focal point. Negative (or white) space is the background or unoccupied space.
Having a layout that is composed of mostly positive space isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it will usually feel busy. That's perfectly okay if that's the feeling you are going for with the layout.
Take this layout below, for instance. I have been training for a half marathon, and I keep a log of my workouts. I use a plain, black-and-white composition book that costs less than a dollar. It's ugly, and I wanted to jazz it up. Since my journal is all about working out and getting busy, I actually wanted to have a busy and energetic feel to my cover. You'll notice that almost every part of this cover has something to look at, and it is full of inspirational words, a title, swirls, a silhouette of a runner, halftone background, embellishments, and a photo of me at the finish of my first half marathon to remind me that, yes, I really can do it again. Design-wise, there is nothing wrong with this layout, and it completely conveys the feelings I want to have when I work out – excitement and energy.
Now, most of my layouts are very different from this. I want my photos to be the focal point of my layouts and my journaling to be secondary, and I also don't want my viewers to get overwhelmed when they are flipping through my scrapbooks. In order to accomplish this, I need to give my viewers a place for their eyes to "rest."
Take a look at the two layouts below. Again, I have a couple of composition books that I use to journal my kids' school years. I don't want them to be ugly so I decided to cover them as well, and you can see those covers below. You'll notice that there really isn't any "white" background at all, yet there is a lot of "white space" on both of these layouts. On my daughter's journal, I even went so far as to blend a photo of her into the purple background paper. The photo of her and her teacher is the main focal point, yet my favorite photo of her on her first day of first grade is still beautifully represented. The blended photo doesn't take away from my "white space" or the place for eyes to rest.
The layout of my son also doesn't actually have any space that is the color white, yet there is a section that is fairly blank, and that is my negative/white space. My son is a goofball, and I wanted to show that with his silly, first-day-of-school photos, but I didn't want the whole cover to look goofy, either.
I love the way these covers turned out, and I think they will be fun for my kids to look back on when they are older.
The next time you find yourself in the middle of a conversation about "white space," feel free to chime in, because now you too are in the know!
Commercial license versions of Cloudburst Collection Mini, Dynamic Brush Set: Background Blenders, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: Moments, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Curled and Torn, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Sketch It PS 8501 Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.
Article written by Shari Payne
Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Burlap Blenders, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pathed Frames 10401 and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rafia Fun 10401 are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Loni Harris
* 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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