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Today's Special of the Day!

A New Me Collection
A New Me 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 Angie Briggs. In a brief interview with Angie, she shared these comments with us...

"One of the resolutions a lot of people make for the new year is taking control of their weight and becoming a healthier 'you.' I created this kit last year when I started my journey to 'A New Me,' and I hope it's something you can use to document your transformation as I have mine."

1. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

Fill my cup with water and take out the dogs.

2. What programs do you use?

Adobe Photoshop CS5, Illustrator and Lightroom 3.

Angie Briggs
Angie Briggs

What's New

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Dynamic Brush Set: Pennant Banners 6302 Amusing Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paint Textures 6301
Brush Set: Painted Basic Textured Paper Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build a Flower 6301
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Pennant Banners 6302, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paint Textures 6301, Brush Set: Painted, Basic Textured Paper Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build a Flower 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Chere Edwards

Layout by Cheré Edwards
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Basic Neutrals 2201 Paper Biggie Because Of You Collection Biggie Because Of You Embellishment Mini

Commercial license versions of Basic Neutrals 2201 Paper Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Card by Elisha Barnett

Card by Elisha Barnett
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Dynamic Brush Set: Silent Night 1261 * Silent Night Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Silent Night 1261 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Subtle Glass 6401 Perfect Day Collection Uptown Collection
Uptown Solids Paper Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Photo Corners 6401 Midtown Collection Mini
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Borders 6401 Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Subtle Glass 6401, Perfect Day Collection, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Photo Corners 6401 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Borders 6401 Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picturesque Clusters Blossom Hill Collection Mini Brush Set: Painted
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picturesque Clusters, Brush Set: Painted and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jen Reed
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jen Reed
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jen Reed

Layout by Jen Reed
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* Super Spread Plus: Santa's Helpers *

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Value Pack: 8.5X11 Black White and Neutral Paper Coastal Collection Biggie La Di Da Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Colored Pencils 5702 Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Colored Pencils 5702 Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cindy Rohrbough

Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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8.5x11 Rustic Alley Wood Paper Rustic Alley Wood Embellishments Rustic Alley Metal Embellishments Trinkets
  Rustic Alley Wood Paper  

Commercial license versions of 8.5x11 Rustic Alley Wood Paper, Rustic Alley Wood Embellishments, Rustic Alley Metal Embellishments Trinkets and Rustic Alley Wood Paper are also available.

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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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Faith in the Future
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • Today's Special of the Day!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Using Repetition to Guide Your Layout Design
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

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.

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!

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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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Rozanne Paxman
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Faith in the Future

Faith in the Future cartoon by Ro.

"My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there." – Charles F. Kettering

January is a traditional month of renewing, reflecting, refocusing, reorganizing, refreshing, reforming, refurbishing, reclaiming, reducing, refining, reconciling, and generally attempting to rework ourselves.

We look at our past and see our mistakes. We see the path we have taken and ask ourselves if we are on the correct one, and if not, we commit to changing course. We stare at ourselves in life's mirror and take stock of what we see. And then, we commit ourselves to improvement.

It is good to reflect and learn from our past. But if we are not careful, attempting to live in the past can overwhelm our present and cast a deep shadow on our future. It is easy to get stuck in bygone days – continually traveling back there with thoughts of, "I wish I hadn't done that," or "it wasn't fair that this happened to me," or "I will never forgive them for what they did," or "if that wouldn't have happened, my life would be better now."

In an article called, "The Best is Yet to Be," Jeffrey R. Holland advises, "As a new year begins and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed towards the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives."

Herb Brody wrote, "Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror."

As we turn towards the New Year, let us thank the past for lessons learned and joys received, and then let us wave goodbye and turn our faces forward so that we can march into the future with faith and hope.

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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 December ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Laura Louie and Melissa Renfro.

Exclusive content from December'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

December's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Laura Louie and Melissa Renfro

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

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


Computer scrapbook layout by Laura Louie
Layout by Laura Louie
using December's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro
Layout by Melissa Renfro
using December's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Laura Louie
Layout by Laura Louie
using December's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips from the Pros

Using Repetition to Guide Your Layout Design

Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Microsoft Vista

I love adding wonderful new collections to my digital scrapbooking supply stash, but I admit that I often get overwhelmed when I actually try to use them to create a layout. Usually, there are so many gorgeous papers and cute embellishments to use that deciding becomes a very difficult task.

One way to make the decision making process easier is to focus on a design principle, letting it guide you as you create your layout. Today, I've chosen to use repetition to guide me through creating a visually pleasing layout. Repetition is one of the easier principles to master. Simply choose something and use it again and again. It's best to use groups of three or five or other odd numbers because odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye.

So, let's begin. I tend to start my layouts with photos in mind. One way to use repetition with photos is to repeat the same photo. In this case, I'm using three different photos so I decided to repeat the same basic white rectangular frame on all of them.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Use an odd number of photos.

Now it's time to choose the papers, and I'll do so by looking for papers that have the same colors that appear in the photo. The colors of the stickers in the photos remind me of the bright, happy colors in the Come One, Come All Collection Biggie. I've chosen a patterned paper that includes red, yellow, and blue, which is a repetition of the colors in the photos. Now it's easy to choose solid papers to coordinate with the patterned paper. Already, the principle of repetition has helped me by guiding my color choices.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Repeat colors in background paper choices.

With my papers chosen, I can start building the layout. I don't want to use a large amount of the patterned paper because it's so bold that it will overwhelm my photos. I decided to use the paper in rectangular strips. I chose the rectangle instead of circles or squares in this instance because I wanted to repeat the rectangular shape of the framed photos.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Repeat the shape of paper strips.

Now, all that's left is to choose embellishments. I like to use buttons or brads or bows or other small embellishments that naturally look great when used in groups. In my layout, I repeated the star stickers and the tickets. The other embellishments are not repetitions of number, but they do repeat the color scheme that I chose in the beginning of my process.

Now that you've seen how the use of repetition can make design decisions easier, go ahead and try it yourself!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Ashleigh Bronner

Layout by Ashleigh Bronner
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Come One, Come All Collection Biggie Come One, Come All Add On Alpha Biggie Come One, Come All Add On Solids Paper Mini
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Here Comes the Sun Edges   Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Here Comes the Sun Edges and Lettering Delights Scrap Casual Font are also available.

Ashleigh Bronner
Article written by Ashleigh Bronner

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 Scrapbooking Layout by Laura Louie

Layout by Laura Louie
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ScrapSimple Calendar Cubes Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Laura Louie coordinates with
her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Calendar Cubes,
part of this month's ScrapSimple Club offering!

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Calendar Cubes * Christmas Wishes Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Calendar Cubes are also available.

Laura Louie
Today's freebie designed by Laura Louie

* 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

Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, January 3rd - 6:00PM MST

Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi-stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and join April (April Showers) and Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. Can't wait to see you there!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, January 4th - 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 January 4th, we'll we'll do an Embellishment Challenge. Create a layout using at least three different types of embellishments - flowers, buttons, brads, staples, tags, ribbons, whatever works with your page! 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!

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ATC Swap Crop & Chat
Wednesday, January 4th - 6:00PM MST

Please join Lei (Bride) and Elisha (elibar) in the chatroom for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap Crop/Chat on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm MT. Come see what everyone has created and we'll talk about next month's topic. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

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Use Your Stash Chat
Thursday, January 5th - 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 used before. Don't just collect supplies, use them! See you in the chat room.

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Journaling Chat
Monday, January 9th - 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!

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Quote Challenge Chat
Monday, January 9th - 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!

Games

January Message Board Game: Jumpstart January!

It's time to kick off the new year with fun and focus on scrapbooking! And a few prizes thrown in never hurt, right? Join us on the message board this month for "Jumpstart January!" This is a message board game and challenge to start your year with fun and focus on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have completed several layouts and been challenged and treated to some fun along the way.

A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge/task every Monday through Saturday during January. Some tasks will require message board participation, email responses, or gallery posting. Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation by 11:59pm MT on January 31st will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete just the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Those who complete just the speedbumps will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates. (Those who complete all tasks will have their name entered in all three drawings!)

For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

Contests

January Monthly Layout Contest: With the beginning of a new year, many people set aside some time to set goals. It might be an exercise plan or establishing better eating habits. It might be getting your life more organized. Or maybe you set goals for your digital scrapbooking output for the year. Post your layouts in the January Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on January 31st. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate 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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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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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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