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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Remember This Brush Set: Record It Biggie ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Paper Clip
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Shelving 6401 Biggie   Puppy Breath Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Remember This, Brush Set: Record It Biggie, ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Paper Clip, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Shelving 6401 Biggie and Puppy Breath Collection are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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8.5x11 Picturesque Paper Biggie Dynamic Brush Set: Painted 6301 Brush Set: Junk in the Trunk
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Frame It! Edgy 1 ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo FX 6301 Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Painted 6301, Brush Set: Junk in the Trunk, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Frame It! Edgy 1, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo FX 6301 Mini 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 Softs 2201 Paper Biggie * Because Of You Collection Biggie

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

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by April Martell

Layout by April Martell
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Tidings Journaling Block Embellishments Value Pack: Christmas Trio Lettering Delights Letterpress Inverted Font

Commercial license versions of Tidings Journaling Block Embellishments and Lettering Delights Letterpress Inverted Font are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Fragmented Bird Legs Collection Mini Bird Legs Paper Mini 2
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Picture It Mini   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Fragmented, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Picture It Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Charlene Crowder

Layout by Charlene Crowder
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8.5x11 Firefighter Collection Biggie * Lettering Delights Slender Font

Commercial license versions of 8.5x11 Firefighter Collection Biggie and Lettering Delights Slender Font are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Katherine Weaver

Layout by Katherine Weaver
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Textables Dogs Embellishment Super Mini All I Want for Christmas Paper Mini Back Porch Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Negative Space   ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Tack Sharp 10301

Commercial license versions of Back Porch Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Negative Space and ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Tack Sharp 10301 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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8.5x11 Beautiful Black Paper Junk in the Trunk Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Photographic
  Dynamic Brush Set: Bokeh 8501  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Photographic and Dynamic Brush Set: Bokeh 8501 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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Take Off That Coat
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: How to Recolor ScrapSimple Bows
  • 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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Life Muse

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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!

Scrap Girls Club Image

January's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Jen Reed.

Exclusive content from the Scrap Girls Club.

Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)

The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).

With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:

  • 1 Collection Biggie
  • 1 Paper Super Mini
  • 1 Word Art Mini
  • 1 Embellishment Mini
  • 1 JIF 6 Plus Page Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Jiffy Easy Page Album
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Color Palette

January's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Jen Reed


JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album


Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Jen Reed using January's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Jen Reed
using January's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Jen Reed using January's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Jen Reed
using January's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Jen Reed using January's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Jen Reed
using January's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips from the Pros

How to Recolor ScrapSimple Bows

Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 7.0 with Windows XP

One of the best parts of digital scrapbooking is the ability to create your own digital embellishments. Scrap Girls has made this easy for you do with their ScrapSimple line of digital scrapbooking products. One of these ScrapSimple products is embellishment templates. They are easy to recolor, combine with others, and create your own customized embellishments.

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Extra Bows
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Extra Bows

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Extra Bows lets you create a variety of bows by simply recoloring them or applying patterned paper. The possibilities are endless. Let me show you how easy it is to create your own.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Open bow embellishment template.

First, open the bow you would like to recolor for your digital scrapbooking layout. You will see that it will be in grayscale, making it easy for you to customize it to your preference.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Adjust color of bow using Color Variations.

To change the color of the bow, simply go to Enhance> Adjust Color> Color Variations. (In Photoshop, go to Image> Adjustments> Variations.)

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Select color.

The Color Variation menu will appear. Begin by simply clicking on the color options to create the color you would like your bow to be. When you have the perfect color, select OK.

Now you have a custom-colored bow that perfectly coordinates with your other papers, embellishments, or photos. Recoloring is a great way to customize embellishments when your digital scrapbooking kit doesn't have the color you need.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Clip paper to bow.

Another way to recolor any ScrapSimple embellishment is to "clip" a patterned paper to the embellishment to make it even more unique or to match the papers found in a collection.

Let's add a clipping mask to our original grayscale bow. To do this, open up the patterned paper and place it on the layer directly above your grayscale bow.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Use a clipping mask to color the bow.

Make sure the colored paper layer is selected in your Layers Palette and hold down Ctrl+G for Photoshop Elements (Ctrl+Alt+G for Photoshop). This will create a clipping mask. Now you can see how the patterned paper takes on the shape of the bow below it.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Change Blend Mode as desired.

Next, let's give the bow a little dimension by adding a Blending Mode. First, make sure your clipped paper layer is highlighted. Go to the top of your Layers Palette and click on the drop-down menu box at the top left (the word "Normal" will appear in this box if you haven't applied any Blending Modes yet). Go through the list of Blending Mode options and try several, but look for one that works well with the patterned paper you've chosen. Remember, you can apply one, and if you don't like it, simply click the Undo button on the top menu bar. For my example, I chose "Linear Burn" because it allowed the shape and shadowing of the bow to show through.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Adjust Levels.

I felt the bow was a tad dark, but that was easily corrected by selecting the grayscale bow and going to Enhance> Adjust Lighting> Levels. By adjusting the lights and darks, I lightened up the entire bow and gave it the right amount of depth.

We're almost done. Make sure you save your recolored bow under a new file name and as a PNG if you want to save it for future use.

You are now finished! You have a unique bow that will be the perfect match for your digital layout. Now go have fun creating your own unique digital bows!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Extra Bows Structures Paper Respite Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Extra Bows, Structures Paper and Respite Collection are also available.

Shalae Tippetts
Article written by Shalae Tippetts

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 Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Glitzy Blue Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin coordinates with her Glitzy Blue Collection Mini

Glitzy Blue Collection Mini Winter Magic Collection Mini Winter Magic 2 Collection Super Mini
Bewitched Collection   Dynamic Brush Set: Snow and Glitter 6401

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Snow and Glitter 6401 are also available.

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Today's freebie designed by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

* 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

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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