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Digital scrapbook calendar layout by Pebbles Jones

Calendar Layout by Pebbles Jones
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* Easy page Pro: Project Memories 8.5x11 Portrait 2012 Calendar *


Digital scrapbook layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Camouflage Mini 10800 Army Collection American City Collection


Printable art by Sarah Batdorf

Printable Art by Sarah Batdorf
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* Printable Art and Crafts: I Samuel 1:27 *


Digital scrapbook layout by Andrea Trump

Layout by Andrea Trump
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Brush Set: Kitty Cat Words Super Biggie Brush Set: Kitty Cat Super Biggie Project Memories - Fall Paper Biggie

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Kitty Cat Words Super Biggie and Brush Set: Kitty Cat Super Biggie are also available.


Printable Art by Lori Cook

Printable Art by Lori Cook
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* Printable Art and Crafts: Textables - Laying Cat *


Printable art by Syndee Nuckles

Printable Art by Syndee Nuckles
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* Printable Art and Crafts: Thankful 6301 *


Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dated Months Biggie Coastal Collection Biggie Seascape Embellishments
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Coastal Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dated Months Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Coastal Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 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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Did You Know You Could Do This?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011


  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Coloring Grayscale Journaling Papers
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU


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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 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!

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.


Adobe Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Elements 9 & Premiere Elements 9 Bundle

Flip Pal Mobile Scanner

Protect your files with Carbonite Online Backup.

Sleep better at night with Mozy Online Backup.

Life Muse

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

Did You Know You Could Do This?

If you've been around for awhile, you know that I have a little homemaking blog named How Mom Did It. The purpose of this blog is to share what my mother and grandmother taught me about homemaking, cooking, sewing, gardening, being thrifty and such. I took a little hiatus from this blog during 2011, but have recently started working on it again because it's fun to have a change of topic sometimes.

In October, I met this cool couple named Dick and Mary Melvin. I quickly realized that Dick and Mary are living a very interesting lifestyle - much like the lifestyle that my grandmother lived - and so I've given them a regular, weekly column in the How Mom Did It blog. They have sent me a list of article ideas that knocked my socks off, and I can't wait for people to read these articles (me, too!).

This is what Dick and Mary said about themselves:

We are living a tightwad existence on our 160-acre place in northeastern Missouri. Our meat includes chickens that we raise. We plan on including pond-raised catfish in our diet in the near future. We plant a large garden each year. Plus, we battle squirrels and birds for wild nuts and berries. The wildlife often beats us to this free fruit, but they need to live, too. We do unique things like make our own laundry soap on the cheap, create dog toys out of worn out denim from jeans, generate our own garden fertilizer with lawn clippings and water our trees and the herb garden with waste water from the washing machine. We also have raised two children, with whom Mary stayed at home. One is in the U.S. Navy, and the other is an undergraduate college student. We understand running a home on a tight budget while trying to live the good life.

Today, I thought that I'd point you over to the amazing article they wrote about how to make your own laundry soap to save money. Did you know you could do this? It was news to me!

Muse Photo: Ingredients for homemade laundry soap.

Have you seen the price of name-brand laundry soap lately? You can easily spend over $20 on a large box of powdered detergent. It's enough to make you scream. That might make you popular in a Halloween haunted house, but it doesn't solve your laundry issues. Have you ever asked yourself, "How can I make soap?"

Muse Photo: Using homemade laundry soap.

Here's a low-cost alternative on homemade laundry soap, how to make it using old-fashioned ingredients, a half-hour of your time, a little elbow grease, and a lot less money. Read more here.


Follow Ro's homemaking blog – How Mom Did It

Food recipes, homemaking tips, gardening, quilting, and other neat stuff her mom and grandma taught her

75 Ways to Survive and Thrive During Hard Times

Find out how you can receive this free report. It contains all sorts of information I learned from my mom and grandma that I wanted to share. It was fun to write, and it brings back lots of great memories!


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

Coloring Grayscale Journaling Papers

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 6 and Windows 7

Journaling in your digital scrapbook layouts is easy because you can type in exactly what you want and then edit it later. Having a large selection of journaling papers at your fingertips can give you the perfect opportunity to preserve a few words, or they can act as a design element all by themselves. This tutorial will show you a quick trick to recolor ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Journal Paper Super Biggie and a new idea for how to use them on a layout.

First, select a journaling paper file and open it in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Make sure the layer you wish to color is selected.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change Color Variations.

In Photoshop Elements, you can get a perfect aged-paper shade by going to Enhance> Adjust Color> Color Variations.

When you receive your ScrapSimple items, they will be in grayscale and have no color to them, while natural paper or aged paper has a brown, warm look. To get the color to look right, we need to add a bit of red and a bit of yellow. You can do this with the options for color variations. It is as easy as clicking two boxes.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Paper now has a natural, aged look.

Click once on the "Increase Red" button and once on the "Decrease Blue" box. I know you are thinking, What? She just said we need to add red and yellow! So why are we messing with the blue box? It helps when you are re-coloring items in PSE to know how Photoshop sees colors. It is easier to see this in Photoshop, so I will share a little window with you to demonstrate.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Color Balance menu in Photoshop.
(In Photoshop, you reach this menu by going to Image> Adjustments> Color Balance.)

Here you can see that yellow is the opposite of blue, cyan is the opposite of red, and magenta is the opposite of green. So in PSE, you have the quick-click buttons to do this, so by decreasing the blue, you are increasing the yellow.

This will work for aged frames or any paper that needs a warm, aged look.

Now that you know how to recolor ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Journal Paper Super Biggie at the speed of light, don't think that journaling papers are just for journaling! Now that you can quickly recolor your ScrapSimple Templates, you can fill up a whole page with journaling embellishments for a cool layered look.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Melissa Renfro

Layout by Melissa Renfro
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Journal Paper Super Biggie Memories of Orange Paper Biggie Project Memories - Fall Collection Biggie
  La Di Da Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Journal Paper Super Biggie are also available.

Melissa Renfro
Article written by Melissa Renfro

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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 Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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Army Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Julie White coordinates with her Army Collection

* Army Collection *

Julie White
Today's freebie designed by Julie White

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, November 9th - 10:00AM MST

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 9th, we'll do a font challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using multiple fonts - at least 3 different fonts! Mix it up! 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!


NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, November 10th - 2:00PM 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 Pat (PBarnes) at 2pm MT in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!


What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, November 11th - 9:00AM MST

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!


Recipe Swap Chat
Saturday, November 12th - 7:00PM MST

Join April (April Showers) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT 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!


Journaling Chat
Monday, November 14th - 6:00PM MST

Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT on the second Monday of each month. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!


Hybrid Card Swap Chat
Monday, November 14th - 7:00PM MST

Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for the Hybrid Card Swap Chat. Come talk about the cards you received and learn more about using your digital supplies to create your own beautiful Hybrid Cards!


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.


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!


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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