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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Homebody Solids Paper Mini Homebody Collection Biggie Peaceful Collection Biggie
Dynamic Brush Set: Unusual Stitching   Pure Collection

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Absolutely Blended Super 7 Spread by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin Fleur Moderne Collection Biggie
Fleur Moderne Solids Paper Mini   Fall-ing For You Collection Mini

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Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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* JIF 6: Fright Night *

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Fade to Gray 5101 Defining Moments Collection Biggie Memories of Green Collection Biggie
Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie Memories of Pink Collection Biggie Realms of Glory Collection Biggie

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Digital scrapbook recipe card by Becca Hauck

Recipe Card by Becca Hauck
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Kitchen Chic Gingerbread Kisses Collection ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 4x6 Cook It

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Digital scrapbook layout by Charlene Crowder

Layout by Charlene Crowder
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* JIF 6: Pumpkin Fun *

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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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Sing in the Shower
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Weaving Christmas Lights into Your Titles
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Available Online Classes
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

AVAILABLE
ONLINE CLASSES

Online Class - Photo Fixes You Need to Know: PSE
Photo Fixes You Need to Know:
Photoshop Elements

Wednesdays, November 2 & 9
7:00 PM MDT

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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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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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!

ScrapSimple Club Image

November's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Syndee Nuckles.

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

November's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Syndee Nuckles


JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album


Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles using November's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
using November's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Chere Kaye Edwards using November's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Cheré Kaye Edwards
using November's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles using November's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Syndee Nuckles using November's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips from the Pros

Weaving Christmas Lights into Your Titles

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS3 with Windows 7

Weaving an embellishment into the words of a title isn't as hard as it might sound. It is a simple technique that adds great detail to your digital scrapbooking layouts.

One of the best things about digital scrapbooking is that you can create the illusion of something for effect that would be impossible to do in real life. Take, for example, adding electric Christmas lights to a paper layout; it might be a little bit difficult to achieve the look of a title wrapped in Christmas lights, but with a digital layout, it just takes a little technique that I will show you.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Place the Lights on Top of Your Title.

Place the Lights on Top of Your Title

Start with your title. You can use a title that you create, or for simplicity, you can use a word art piece from your favorite collection. It helps to have a bit of a chunky title so that you can really see where it wraps around. The title I am using is a word art from the Joyful Morning Collection Mini.

Next, I picked out a string of electric Christmas lights from Assemble Your Own: Christmas Garland Biggie. This set includes PNG files of Christmas garland and colored and white Christmas lights that will snap into place in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

First, open the layers for the solid string and either the colored lights or the white lights. Next, drag the lights into the frame with the string while holding down the Shift key. The lights should snap into place on the string.

Now merge those two layers and drag the string of lights into your layout.

Place the string of lights on top of your word art and adjust the placement where you want it.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Select the letters of the word art.

Make a Direct Selection

Next, you are going to make a direct selection of your word art by holding down the Ctrl key while you click on the thumbnail for the word art layer. This should give you a selection of your word art with the "marching ants" around the outside of the letters. Now, click on the layer for your string of lights. The marching ants should still be marching, but the lights layer is now editable.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Erase parts of the embellishment to produce the illusion of wrapping around the title.

Erase to Produce the Illusion

Choose the Eraser Tool and select a Hard Round Brush. Here is where it gets fun! Look at your title and decide where you want the string of lights to go behind your word art. Run the eraser over that part of the word art, and it will erase the string of lights only where it crosses the word art. Continue looking at your word art and weaving the lights in and out. If you want the string in front of the word art, do nothing; if you want it to go behind, erase that part. Now, if you do all of this with the "marching ants" of the selection, you will be making a perfect illusion, and you won't have to be precise with your erasing.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Erased parts create illusion of weaving around the title.

By selectively erasing the string of lights, you create the illusion that the string is winding in front of and behind the words. By using the direct selection, you make the erasing match up perfectly with the words for a seamless look.

Now you can add Christmas lights to all of your digital scrapbooking layouts this season!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Melissa Renfro

Layout by Melissa Renfro
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Assemble Your Own: Christmas Garland Joyful Morning Collection Mini Golden Memories Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001  

Commercial license versions of Assemble Your Own: Christmas Garland, Golden Memories Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 are also available.

Melissa Renfro
Article written by Melissa Renfro

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 Scrapbooking Layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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Broom Ride Black Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Shalae Tippetts coordinates with her Broom Ride Collection Biggie

* Broom Ride Collection Biggie *

Commercial license versions of Broom Ride Collection Biggie are also available.

Shalae Tippetts
Today's freebie designed by Shalae Tippetts

* 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

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!

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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.

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Project SG Chat
Thursday, November 3rd - 6:00PM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for the monthly Project SG Chat. If you aren't sure what Project SG is, then join us to find out the details. You can even win fantastic prizes for joining in!

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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, November 4th - 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!

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NSBR Chat
Monday, November 7th - 7:00PM MST

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!

Games

November Message Board Game: Thankfulness Game!

It's time to give thanks for all the large and small blessings in our life! Each day during November, with the exception of Sundays, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of an item for which we are thankful in the official game thread. To participate in the game, you will search the Scrap Girls Boutique and Gallery for layouts including that item, and then post a link to either the product or gallery page in the game thread.

Each member who links to a Boutique product layout will be entered into a drawing for one of three $3 Gift Certificates. Each member who links to a gallery layout (and leaves love on the layout) will be entered in a drawing for one of five $5 Gift Certificates!

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

Contests

November Monthly Layout Contest: This November, let's be a tourist in your own town! Show us around and tell us what makes the area you live in so special! Why do you live there? You can scrap about your town, city, county, or state. Share those layouts in the November Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on November 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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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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