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A Story of a Family Breakfast
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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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 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.
A Story of a Family Breakfast
It's Sunday morning, and everything is still,
except the sound coming from the kitchen below.
His and her voices speaking in soft, murmuring tones.
The baby yelling as she demands food.
A soft tap, tap, tapping as mother stirs food in the pan.
The ring of a plate hitting wood.
Then mother softly laughing as father says something to her
and the baby pounds baby hands on the high chair tray.
Then the tiny, high-pitched tinkle of the baby's sister floats up,
Followed by father's reply, "Time to eat."
After a break, the sound of plates hitting plates,
forks hitting forks,
glasses hitting glasses,
and the dishwasher's door is shut.
And then, the voices of a family descending down the stairs to their apartment in Grandma's home.
It's Sunday morning and everything is still,
and life is sweet.
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!
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October's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Cherise Oleson
Layout by Angie Briggs
using October's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using October's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Rozanne Paxman
using October's Scrap Girls Club
How to Add Stitching to Your Layouts
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS2 with Windows 7
One of the best things about digital scrapbooking is the ability to create the look of various scrapbooking techniques without all the mess and effort. One example is the ability to create the looking of sewing stitches. It can be created easily without the hassle of pulling out the old sewing machine, threading it, and then actually sewing on your layout.
Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Basic Stitching 4901 Biggie are also available.
The Dynamic Brush Set: Basic Stitching 4901 Biggie allows you to easily create digital stitching. Just like a sewing machine, it has a variety of stitching options that can create unique looks on your digital scrapbooking layouts. Install the dynamic brushes just like your regular brushes.
Once your brush is installed, simply select the stitch style you would like to use. Then select the color you want your stitching to be from the foreground color. You can also adjust the size of your stitching in the brush options found at the top of your screen when the Brush Tool is selected.
Once you've selected your color and size, make sure the Opacity of your brush is at 100%. Now, begin to digitally sew to your heart's content on your layout. Make sure to create a new layer in your Layers Palette for your digital stitching. By simply holding down the mouse key and dragging, you can begin to digitally sew onto your layout. If you would like to have a nice smooth, even line of stitching, hold down the Shift key before you begin dragging the mouse.
You can also do freehand stitching by simply drawing curved lines, circles, and random shapes by dragging your mouse. Here I created a curvy zigzag line on my layout. This can take a bit of practice to get all of the stitches looking aligned. The faster you move your mouse, the smoother the line tends to be.
After you have created your stitching, give it some dimension by applying a stitching style like the ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Stitch – 1801. This gives it a slight shadow and some additional texture to the stitches, creating a more realistic look of thread on your digital layout.
Check out the various stitching brushes, tools, and actions that are available for you to digitally sew on your layouts! Even if, in real life, you can't sew for the life of you, you can easily become an expert digital seamstress!
Other Products You May Enjoy...
Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Decorative Stitching 4901 Biggie, Dynamic Brush Set: Freehand Stitching 4901 and Dynamic Brush Set: Embroidered Stitches 4901 are also available.
Article written by Shalae Tippetts
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Torn Shapes are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Paula Wright
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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, October 28th - 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!
Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, October 29th - 6:00PM MDT
It's time for the Swap Crop Chat with Lei (Bride) and Carla (CRS)! We've done the swapping and created the layouts; now it's time to chat about all the gorgeous layouts! I don't know what it is, but these swaps bring out the best in everyone. This is the time to chat about the theme, the beautiful layouts and learn about the swap crop if you haven't participated before. We'll brainstorm a theme for next month, too! If you haven't done so, you can check out past swaps in the Swap Crop Gallery!
Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, November 1st - 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!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, November 2nd - 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 November 2nd, we'll do a color challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, using the colors orange and blue! 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!
ATC Swap Crop Chat
Wednesday, November 2nd - 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.
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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