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A Cure for Scrapper's Block
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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.
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Getting Acquainted with the Navigator Panel
Have you discovered the handy tool in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements called the Navigator panel? If not, then today you will! The Navigator panel will look different in Photoshop Elements (PSE), but it works essentially the same.
** Please note: I am only certain that the Navigator Panel is available in PSE versions 8 and 9.
You can open your Navigator panel by selecting Window> Navigator.
Notice that there is a mirror image of my layout in the Navigator window.
You can zoom in or out using the sliders at the bottom right of the Navigator panel. I believe the slider is on the top of the Navigator panel in PSE.
You can move the red square outline in the Navigator to zoom in on a specific area of your layout or project. This is particularly nice when working with smaller embellishments, elements, or text.
This handy little tool has really sped up my scrapbooking, and I hope it does the same for you!
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A Cure for Scrapper's Block
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Microsoft Windows Vista
It happens to all of us at one time or another. Finally, you have some distraction-free time to create a layout, but when you open up Photoshop (or your program of choice), your creative energy vanishes. Whenever I experience the dreaded "scrapper's block," I challenge myself to find one product in my stash and use it in a different way than it was originally intended to be used. This simple exercise will get you out of the "photos + papers+ embellishments" rut in no time! Let's take a look at how I used ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mask Clusters – Natural in various ways on my layout.
Normally, I'd use only one of the six templates available, but this time, I combined the mask layers from two separate templates and layered them over each other to create a larger mask. You could merge the layers or leave them separate as I did.
Now my creative energy really started flowing. I decided I really liked the edging on each mask so I decided to use them as a border treatment for my layout. I chose three of the templates and dragged them to the edges of my layout canvas until I was satisfied with the placement. You could also rotate, resize, and even play with Opacity and Blending Modes until you get the desired result.
At this point, I was ready to add my papers and photos and embellishments. The layout came together really quickly after doing this exercise. I successfully worked through my scrapper's block – and you can, too! Sometimes, a change in perspective is all that's needed to release your inner creative energy!
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Article written by Ashleigh Bronner
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Use Your Stash Chat
Thursday, December 8th - 6:00PM MST
Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for this month's Use Your Stash Chat. We will challenge you to use something in your digital supply arsenal that you haven't before. Don't just collect supplies, use them! See you in the chat room.
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, December 9th - 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!
Monday, December 12th - 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!
Quote Challenge Crop
Monday, December 12th - 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 Pat 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!
Hybrid ATC Swap Crop
Tuesday, December 13th - 6:00PM MST
Please join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Lei (Bride) on December 13th at 6pm MT as we host the chat for another round of our Hybrid ATC Swap. Didn't participate this round? Not sure what it is? Come join us to find out all of the particulars!!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, December 13th - 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.
December Message Board Game: BINGO!
Join us for an exciting game of BINGO on the Scrap Girls Forum during the month of December!! Pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to [email protected] with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Message Board username" by Friday December 2 (Midnight MST) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Saturday, December 3rd. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you'll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.
Each day (Monday through Saturday), a member of the Welcoming Committee will call five random words from the BINGO list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call "BINGO!" in the game thread to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards will be cleared and a new round will begin the following day.
Each winner will receive a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! We like to see lots of winners, so please remember that each person can only win one round during the month. Have fun!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
December Monthly Layout Contest: For the December Monthly Layout Contest, it's all about the gifts! Scrap a layout about a gift that was extra special, either one you gave or received. Or you can scrap about something or someone you consider to be a gift in your life. Share with us what makes that gift special! Post your layouts in the December Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on December 31st. 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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