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Digital scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell

Layout by Ang Campbell
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Assemble Your Own: Holiday Countdown Activities Christmas Carols Collection Mini JIF 6 Plus: Lucky Day

Commercial license versions of Assemble Your Own: Holiday Countdown Activities, Christmas Carols Collection Mini and JIF 6 Plus: Lucky Day are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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spacer ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11x17 Year Calendar - Set B - 2012 spacer

A commercial license version of ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11x17 Year Calendar - Set B – 2012 is also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: DateLines Jessminda Collection Biggie High Holy Days Paper Mini
Sugar Baby Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Coastal Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501
Home Canning Embellishments Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Edge 6302 Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stackers Biggie
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: DateLines, High Holy Days Paper Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Coastal Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501, Home Canning Embellishments Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter Edge 6302 Biggie, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stackers Biggie and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Studio 2 Biggie are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Printable Monogram Sample by Brandy Murry
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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Horizons 5101 Overcast Collection Biggie Horizons Collection Biggie
Valencia Collection Biggie spacer Fall Splendor Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Horizons 5101, Overcast Collection Biggie, Horizons Collection Biggie, Valencia Collection Biggie and Fall Splendor Collection Biggie are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Printable Monogram Sample by Brandy Murry
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Digital scrapbook layout by Sara Beth Peterson

Layout by Sara Beth Peterson
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Cinematique Collection Mini ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 10 Lettering Delights Sun Daze Font

Commercial license versions of Cinematique Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 10 and Lettering Delights Sun Daze Font are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Janet Ransley

Layout by Janet Ransley
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Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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Brush Set: Vintage Vol.11 American Dream Collection Biggie Signs of Winter Collection Mini

A commercial license version of Brush Set: Vintage Vol.11 is also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Lori Cook

Layout by Lori Cook
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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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Sending Layouts for Printing
Thursday, November 17, 2011


  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Scrap Girls, Etc.: Sending Layouts for Printing
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Confessions of a Scrap Addict
  • 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
Article written by Syndee Nuckles

Sending Layouts for Printing

You've created what seems like a million layouts, and while it's fun to share them via email or online galleries, wouldn't it be great to have them printed to place in scrapbooks or frame and display on the wall?

Fortunately, we are living in the digital age! Many great places have popped up which allow us to print our layouts and projects for a reasonable price. Most of the companies that offer this service have their own specifications on how they want your files sent to them.

Here are a few companies offering printing services:

If you are fortunate enough to have a Costco nearby, you can send in your layouts for printing online and then go pick them up sometimes in as little as an hour! (This will vary from store to store.) They offer both 8x8-inch and 12x12-inch scrapbook-sized prints. There is a shipping charge if you have them shipped to you, so you can save some money if you pick them up yourself.
12x12: $2.99
8x8: $1.49

Persnickety Prints
This company specializes in printing digital scrapbooking pages, so they are definitely worth checking out! They have an easy-to-navigate site which is a big plus.
12x12: $1.99
10x10: $1.89
8x8: $.99
8.5x11: $1.89
They also print all other popular photo sizes. They have a flat rate shipping of $5.00 per order, no matter how much you buy in the US and Canada, and an international flat rate of $10.00.

Shutterfly makes it easy by allowing you to simply upload your layout, drag and drop it onto their blank page layout, and then order. Their prices are higher, around $6.99 per page, but the prices go down the more you order.

Scrapbooks to Share
This site offers not only printing of your scrapbook pages, but duplication services, scanning, backup, and more. I personally have not ordered from them, but they offer a sample kit which includes your image printed on glossy or matte cardstock. You just pay the shipping, so that might be a good way to see the quality and turn-around time of your order. They require the plug-in, Microsoft Silver Light (free), and it does works with Apple Safari.
12x12: $1.50
8x8: $1.00

There are quite a few other companies that offer scrapbook page printing, so I would encourage you to ask around and see if anyone you know has ordered from them before you place an order.

With the holidays around the corner, wouldn't this be a great gift idea for family and friends?!

Happy Printing!


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 November ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Brandy Hackman and Keri Schueller.

Exclusive content from November'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

November's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Brandy Hackman and Keri Schueller

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

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

Computer scrapbook layout by Keri Schueller
Layout by Keri Schueller
using November's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Hackman
Layout by Brandy Hackman
using November's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Keri Schueller
Layout by Keri Schueller
using November's ScrapSimple Club
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Confessions of a Scrap Addict

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and a Mac

Do you find yourself rushing to the computer, even before your morning cup of coffee, to check the Scrap Girls Newsletter? Or do you find that the top of your to-do list includes photos to scrap today, while cleaning the house falls at the bottom? Does your camera accompany you wherever you go? Do you recognize a crack in the pavement or a weathered strip of wood as a possible object to create a brush? Do you invest in computer equipment, software programs, and scrapbooking products instead of a trip to Hawaii? Well, join the thousands of others, like me, who have fallen into the captivating world of digital scrapbooking.

Why do you suppose we are so compulsive?  I believe it’s because scrapbooking brings us joy like nothing else. We escape into our own world while providing a moment for us to really enjoy our family memories. Scrapbooking can be an incredibly creative outlet, an expression of oneself and a source of relaxation. And remember, indulging in a piece of chocolate now and then can only heighten the pleasure.

This article would not be complete if one Scrap Addict did not share a tip with another Scrap Addict. In the layout below, notice how the camera is emphasized while my face is blurred. When taking a photo, the sharpness of an object can be controlled by aperture and focal distance. The same effect can also be achieved by using just a few steps in Photoshop.

  1. Duplicate your image.
  2. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the object that will remain sharp. Hit Cmd + J (or Ctrl + J on a PC) to duplicate the layer.
  3. With the background layer highlighted, go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur and select the amount of softness that you want in the background. Click OK.
  4. Select the Eraser Tool and set the Opacity to around 30% and the flow at 100%. Keep a soft brush in the open areas and make your brush smaller and sharper the closer you get to the object, changing the Opacity as needed. Start erasing a little at a time. Keep in mind that the area directly near the object should be a little in focus also.
  5. Flatten all of your layers.

Confessions of a Scrap Addict Tutorial Screen Shot 1

This simple technique draws the eye to the subject matter and you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an elaborate camera and lens to achieve the same depth of field results. Experiment and have fun!


Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Spots and Stripes Collection Biggie Being With You Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Chocolate Candy 6301
Brush Set: Record It Biggie spacer ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Curled Up

Commercial license versions of Spots and Stripes Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Chocolate Candy 6301, Brush Set: Record It Biggie and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Curled Up are also available.


Joyce Schardt
Article written by Joyce Schardt

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 Cheri Thieleke

Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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Crackle 'N Spice Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Cindy Rohrbough coordinates with her Crackle 'N Spice Embellishments

Crackle 'N Spice Paper Mini Crackle 'N Spice Embellishments Wandering Garden Collection Biggie
Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 Spring Inspiration spacer ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift II - Circular Biggie

A commercial license version of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift II - Circular Biggie is also available.

Cindy Rohrbough
Today's freebie designed by Cindy Rohrbough

* 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

Heritage Crop & Chat
Thursday, November 17th - 6:00PM MST

Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) and Carla (CRS) at 6pm MT for the Heritage Crop and Chat! We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.


Ad Inspiration Chat
Thursday, November 17th - 7:00PM MST

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!


What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, November 18th - 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!


Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, November 19th - 6:00PM MST

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!


Calendar Chat
Monday, November 21st - 1:00PM MST

Have you thought about making a calendar for your family and friends, but just don't know where to start? Are you hoping you'll finish the one you've started in time to get it out to everyone? Are you just curious about the process? Do you need ideas on printing or binding your finished pages? Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Debbie (B&K Mom) for the Calendar Chat at 1pm MT for some encouragement, helpful hints and lots of laughter. Bring your questions, suggestions, and any pages you've already completed. We'll bring the chocolate!


Quote Challenge & Chat
Monday, November 21st - 7:00PM MST

Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 7pm MT. Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art. Here's how it will work. Early on Monday, Pat will post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and she will have a layout with a Word Art example in the gallery. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout! Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!


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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