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Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Type Paths: Christmas Gingerbread Christmas Collection Mini Gingerbread Kisses Collection
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled Frames ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Candy Cane 6301 Dynamic Brush Set: Unusual Stitching

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Type Paths: Christmas, Gingerbread Christmas Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled Frames, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Candy Cane 6301 and Dynamic Brush Set: Unusual Stitching are also available.


Printable Art by Melissa Renfro

Printable Art by Melissa Renfro
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Digital scrapbook layout by Andrea Trump

Layout by Andrea Trump
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Brush Set: Kitty Cat Super Biggie Christmas Lane Collection Biggie Nearing Christmas Collection Mini

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


Printable Art by Sarah Batdorf

Printable Art by Sarah Batdorf
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Digital scrapbook layout by Andrea Trump

Layout by Andrea Trump
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ScrapSimple Card Templates: 4x6 Printable Cards 1 spacer Boyful Christmas Collection


Digital scrapbook layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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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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Sharing and Storing Layouts
Thursday, November 10, 2011


  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Scrap Girls, Etc.: Sharing and Storing Layouts and Photos with Picasa
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: One Technique I Used on this Layout
  • 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 second quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, July 9th 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.


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Syndee Nuckles
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Sharing and Storing Layouts and Photos with Picasa

I don’t know about you but I love Google! Every time I turn around, they have something new for me to play with, and it’s usually always free! Gotta love that! Google has a great photo organization program called Picasa - you may have heard of it and maybe even use it. It’s a great place to upload photos and layouts to share and have as back-up copies in case of computer failure. You can download and find out more information about it here:

About Picasa 3.8 & Picasa Web Albums

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Some of the features:

Web Albums - You can view your photos in slideshows, on a global map, and more!

Make People the Focus - Put the focus on the important people in your life by adding name tags to your photos. This makes it easy to look them up later by name.

Get Organized Fast - Once you install Picasa, it will automatically find all the photos on your computer and organize them for you.

Get Creative - Create your own video slideshows, photo collages, and screensavers.

Sharing - Publish your photos and layouts to share online with ease. Create albums to share privately with family and friends or make it a public album for all to enjoy.

Photo Editing - Picasa offers one-click fixes for red-eye, color adjustment, and lighting.

Geo-Tags - You can easily add geo-tags to your photos or layouts so you can remember where you took them using Google Maps.

1 GB of Free Storage - This service comes with 1 GB of free storage, which is equivalent to 4,000 wallpaper size photos. You can also purchase more storage starting at $5.00 a year for 20 GB (about 10,000 photos from a 5 MP camera).

Once you sign up for a free account and download the software, you can easily upload photos right from your computer within the Picasa application or directly into your online account.

Here, I have signed into my online account and hit the Upload Button. Then all I had to do was start dragging photos or layouts into the upload window. Once I was done, I hit the OK button at the bottom right of the screen.

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Now I can view photos or layouts full screen or in a slideshow and add captions.

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Below is the slideshow view; I really like the black background. It really makes the layout pop!

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You can also share your photos or layouts via email or other options such as direct links, embedded slideshows, and RSS feed.

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There is so much more you can do with this application, and Google has really made it easy to use and with such a nice, clean interface. What a great way to share your photos and layouts with family and friends and keep organized at the same time!

Happy Sharing!


Scrap Girls, Etc. is a weekly column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!

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The October ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Loni Harris and Chere Edwards.

Exclusive content from October's ScrapSimple Club

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:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Template
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 2 Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Nano Collection
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! 2 Tutorials

October's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Loni Harris and Cheré Edwards

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Loni Harris
Layout by Loni Harris
using October's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Chere Edwards
Layout by Cheré Edwards
using October's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Loni Harris
Layout by Loni Harris
using October's ScrapSimple Club
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One Technique I Used on this Layout

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with a PC

We digital scrapbookers don't need ruled paper to achieve straight journaling lines, but it's fun to play with school supplies! Any time I use ruled paper, it brings back memories of a brand new notebook just waiting to be filled with notes, homework, or diary entries.

However, digital journaling on notebook paper can be a bit tricky unless you are “in the know.” I'm going to give you a tip or two to make it nearly foolproof. The beginner's method is to start a brand new line of journaling on each line of the ruled paper. This works well if you don't have very many lines to fill.

If you intend to fill up a whole sheet of ruled paper with text, try this instead: Make a text box by clicking and dragging out your desired shape with the Type Tool. A cursor will automatically appear inside the box once you've let go of the mouse button. Then, you can choose your font, size, and leading (pronounced ledd-ing - for those who want to really be in the know!).

The leading determines how much space is between each line of text. I find it easiest to write out all my journaling with the leading set to Auto, then select all (Ctrl+A) my journaling words and change the leading until it is perfectly spaced for the ruled paper.

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Don't be afraid to pull that ruled digital paper out of your stash – now you know how to use it like a pro!


Digital scrapbook layout by Cheri Thieleke

Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Prairieland Farmstead Machinery Embellishment Mini My Father's Eyes Collection
My Father's Eyes Solids Paper Mini Lettering Delights Antique Poster Font Serendipity Collection Biggie
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Prairieland, Farmstead Machinery Embellishment Mini, My Father's Eyes Collection, My Father's Eyes Solids Paper Mini, Lettering Delights Antique Poster Font and Brush Set: Edging 2 Funk are also available.


Cheri Thieleke
Article written by Cheri Thieleke

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 scrapbook layout by Cheré Kaye Edwards

Layout by Cheré Kaye Edwards
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Skidamarink Embellishment SPECIAL

Designer Freebie by Cheré Kaye Edwards coordinates with her Skidamarink Collection Biggie

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Cheré Kaye Edwards
Today's freebie designed by Cheré Kaye Edwards

* 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

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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