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Today's Special of the Day!

Golden Vanity Heritage Collection
Golden Vanity Heritage Collection

Save 30% off this Collection today only!

Each week on Tuesdays, we will be spotlighting one designer and one of their favorite products. This product will be on sale for one day only at 30% off!

This week's designer spotlight is on Jen Reed. In a brief interview with Jen, she shared these comments with us...

"The first time I ever heard the song, the Golden Vanity, I was eight years old. One of my Dad's friends would play this old folksong on his guitar and sing for us. It is such a beautiful song and has stayed with me all these years. This collection reminds me of those long ago days. It has a strong heritage feel to it with a bit of nautical. I think it's perfect for scrapping those ancestry layouts although I also used it to scrap my kids too. I love the lighthouse paper so much that I have it framed as wall art in my living room."

1. Are you an early morning designer or do you burn the midnight candle?

I used to be a very late nighter... but kids kinda of changed that for me. LOL! Now, I'd consider myself an early morning person. I'm usually up at 5:30-6:00am every morning and get some work done before I start getting the kids up for school. That's a good time for me to check e-mail and do general things that might distract me during the day, like blog reading and Facebook comments. Over the years, I have developed a system where I turn off the computer at 5pm every night – unless there is a deadline of some kind or a reason I won't be online the next day – and I step away from the computer for the night. I've been working at home in some capacity since 2000, and it has always created balance issues for me. It's way too easy to be online all the time. So I try to make sure that after 5pm the computer gets turned off and stays off the rest of the night. I spend evenings with my family.

2. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Cookie Dough.

Jen Reed
Jen Reed

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Old Friends *


Digital scrapbook layout by Melanie Johnson

Slideshow Layout by Melanie Johnson
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Christmas Countdown *


Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates - All About Patterns - Stripes Project Memories - Fall Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Project Memories - Fall

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates - All About Patterns - Stripes are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Sara Beth Peterson

Layout by Sara Beth Peterson
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Monsters in my Closet *

Commercial license versions of Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Monsters in my Closet are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Calendar by Syndee Nuckles
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The last two products listed below are included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: 4x6 - Cut Out 2012 Plus Perpetual Calendar ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini Picturesque Collection Biggie
  Picturesque Word Art Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: 4x6 - Cut Out 2012 Plus Perpetual Calendar and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.


Digital slideshow layout by Shalae Tippetts

Slideshow Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Lil' One - Girl *

Commercial license versions of Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Lil' One - Girl are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Cheri Thieleke

Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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Value Pack: Harvest Dance Feeling Grateful Collection Biggie Feeling Grateful Paper Biggie Border Overlays

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Harvest Dance, Feeling Grateful Collection Biggie and Feeling Grateful Paper Biggie Border Overlays are also available.


Printable art sample by Jen Reed

Printable Art Sample by Jen Reed
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* Printable Art and Crafts: My Wish for You *


Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Halloween Memories *

Commercial license versions of Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Halloween Memories are also available.


Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Slideshow Layout by Elisha Barnett
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Bookshelf *


Printable Art Sample by Ang Campbell

Printable Art Sample by Ang Campbell
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* Printable Art and Crafts: Be Still *


Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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For Him Collection Mini Nostalgia Collection Fall-ing For You Collection Mini


Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Jessminda *


Printable art sample by Durin Eberhart

Printable Art Sample by Durin Eberhart
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* Printable Art and Crafts: Around the World - France *


Digital scrapbook slideshow layout by Jan Ransley

Slideshow Layout by Jan Ransley
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Victorian Paper Lace *


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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18 Reasons to be Thankful
Tuesday, November 22, 2011


  • Today's Special of the Day
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
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  • Tips from the Pros: Menus - Digital Scrapbook Style
  • 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

18 Reasons to be Thankful

  1. You are alive.

  2. You are breathing.

  3. You can read this article.

  4. You have a computer.

  5. You have access to the Internet.

  6. You have electricity.

  7. You have the ability to learn.

  8. You live in a safe-enough environment to be able to spend time doing something fun.

  9. You have enough of the necessities of life that you can take time to do something fun.

  10. You know how to use your email client.

  11. You had parents who gave you life.

  12. You have hands.

  13. You have eyes.

  14. You have food.

  15. You have clothing.

  16. You have a place to live.

  17. You have freedom of choice.

  18. You are a child of God, Who loves you very, very much.

* Note: I realized that the possibility exists that I have readers who are handicapped in some way. May Heavenly Father bless you in your challenges. But you can be grateful that even though you are handicapped, you have been provided with a method to experience this muse, albeit in a different manner than most.


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

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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Tips from the Pros

Menus - Digital Scrapbook Style

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4

This project is one that has been needed in my home for years because I am a disorganized cook. When 5:00 p.m. comes around, naturally I have no idea what I am going to make the family for dinner. Part of me thrives off of the challenge of creating a healthy, delicious meal in 30 minutes or less – but the rest of me wishes I were more organized. I've thought for years that I needed a menu on my wall, something that would not only inform me that I need to defrost the chicken or start the rice cooking, but would also inform the kids what they are eating for dinner... and hopefully give them a say in dinner-food selection as well.

So I came up with a plan. I needed a menu that would solve (some of) my problems. I have a whole hard drive full of digital scrapbooking supplies, so of course I'm going to digitally scrapbook my menu. I chose Thao Cosgrove's Beautiful Life Collection Biggie - which ended up being an awesome choice, because she creates such great papers that have a lot of artistic elements. I literally pulled in one (one!) paper from her collection, and I had an extremely awesome background in seconds.

I could have just left my background paper alone and it still would have been awesome. But I wanted to jazz it up a little more - because this is how I am – so I brought in some more elements:

  • I wanted a title ("The Menu [is subject to change]" was my choice of words, so my OCD children wouldn't freak out when I made a change if I was either not in the mood to cook that particular item, or I hadn't made it to the grocery store to buy a particular item for that menu. I absolutely needed an escape clause for my menu.)

  • I needed a pocket for my basic 15-ish dinner options (written on a piece of paper – I needed this to be something that could update quickly and easily). (Incidentally, I also have a slip of paper that says "Mom's choice" on it, which I won't hesitate to use.)

  • I wanted a spot where I could attach sticky notes for my shopping list (so I can keep OCD meltdowns to a minimum, despite my escape clause).

And of course I wanted to be able to post the menu for all to see, in a visible place in my kitchen where there wasn't already something taking up the limited wall space.

This is what I came up with:

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Menu layout example.

And this is the envelope pocket template I created and used:

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Example of an envelope pocket.

I created this template with coordinating papers and elements from Thao's Beautiful Life Collection Biggie. I drew a few rectangles in Photoshop (dimensions were 6x3 inches), and then eyeballed how I wanted the flaps to be. Scrap Girls sells envelope templates if you don't want to create your own. You can find some great envelope templates here:

I also attached a pad of sticky notes and created a magnet piece for each day of the week.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Magnets for each day of the week.

I attached my day-of-the-week pieces to large round 1 1/2-inch flat glass pieces - you know, the kind that you use in floral arrangements? They look like smooth, flat-on-one-side, glass rocks. I attached them with Mod Podge® then hot-glued a magnet on the back.

I printed my entire creation on poster-sized paper at a local store (Sam's Club). First, I opened up a new file in Photoshop sized at 16x20-inches, and placed my menu, the envelope, and all of my magnet pieces onto the poster-sized document. Then I saved the document as a JPG, and uploaded it to the online photo site, and printed it as a 16x20-inch poster.

When I got it home, I cut everything out, folded my envelope on the lines, and glued it onto the menu.

I cut out pieces of paper, wrote my basic meal ideas on them, then slipped them into the envelope pocket. I chose our meals for the week and put them in place on the board with my magnets. I had an unused magnet board that I had been storing away for a project, so I dug it out of my stash and used magnets to attach my menu onto the board.

There are spots in the frame for photos, but I decided to use coordinating paper, print it out (on my home printer), and use it as a background for little whiteboard notes. Dry erase markers work great on glass!

I used Velcro® to attach the entire board to the door in my kitchen, which solved my lack of wall-space issue.

Now we all know what I am making for dinner, and I can remember to defrost the chicken in advance... if I look at the menu, that is. I wonder if I should stick a note into my Google Calendar to remind me to look at my menu board....


Digital Scrapbooking Project by Joann Brown

Menu Board Project by Joann Brown
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Beautiful Life Collection Biggie * Brush Set: Artistic

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Artistic are also available.

Joann Brown
Article written by Joann Brown

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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 Loni Harris

Layout by Loni Harris
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You're The Man Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Loni Harris coordinates with her You're The Man Collection Biggie

You're The Man Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Frame Kits ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frippery 6401 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of You're The Man Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Frame Kits and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frippery 6401 Super Biggie are also available.

Loni Harris
Today's freebie designed by Loni Harris

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

ScrapSimple Club Chat
Tuesday, November 22nd - 6:00PM MST

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) on Tuesday, November 22nd at 6pm MT for a chat and challenge using this month's ScrapSimple Club. Did you know that every time you create a layout with the ScrapSimple Club and upload it into the ScrapSimple Club Gallery that your page could be chosen to be featured in the Newsletter and receive a prize? Join us for the chat so we can encourage and inspire you and help with any questions that you may have. Let's get those ScrapSimple Club layouts done and uploaded!


New Member Chat
Tuesday, November 22nd - 7:00PM MST

Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 7pm MT in the Live Chat room lobby. This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included. You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.


Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, November 22nd - 8:00PM MST

Join Theresa (tiza126) in the chat room for a Life Moments Chat at 8pm MT. These chats are meant to get you inspired to scrap about yourself. A theme will be posted earlier in the day to help you get started.


East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, November 23rd - 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 23rd, we'll do a Flower Challenge. You can use photos of flowers that are in bloom, use a floral paper, or embellish your page with lots of beautiful flowers. It is up to you! 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!


What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, November 25th - 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!


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.)


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