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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]:
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!
Scrap 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.
Random Facts About Me
Throughout my life, I've had different hobbies and interests. Some of them I still do, and some of them are now pieces of what make me who I am today. Unfortunately, I don't have photos from all those different life experiences, but I wanted to do a digital scrapbook layout that would capture some of those moments. I had a lot of material to choose from:
There were my days after college when I kept taking classes like Singing for the Vocally Challenged, Cartooning, Guitar, Astronomy, and Paper Making.
There were the years of boxing and the bloody noses that came with it. Sometimes I had flute lessons right afterwards and had to play with a split lip.
I worked with Filipinos for 15 years and got pretty good at speaking Tagalog, although that is now fading with time.
Maybe I could talk about how my mom and I decided to learn how to use power tools and made a cedar-strip canoe. Then, I went on to build my own coffee table and entertainment center, too.
I'm still fascinated with bugs and like to mount them in displays... maybe that's why I have a bog garden with several types of carnivorous plants.
I guess I'm just interested in everything that comes my way and have found such joy and happiness in experiencing each new endeavor. I hope I never stop learning and trying new things.
Favorite Product I've designed:
I think that this collection is eclectic - just like all my interests and experiences!
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January's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Jen Reed
Layout by Jen Reed
using January's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Jen Reed
using January's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Jen Reed
using January's Scrap Girls Club
Applying Styles and Coloring ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates
Tutorial created using Abobe Photoshop CS4 with Mac OSX 10.6
The Scrap Girls Boutique has a ton of great ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates, but have you ever wondered if you are getting the best use out of them, or if there are any other ways to use them that you haven't thought of yet? Well, in today's tutorial, I'm going to show you two ways you can use these incredibly versatile templates:
Here is my layout with the ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Nature Frames, ready to jazz-up.
First, I applied a layer style to the vine layer. As you can see, I have my Styles Palette opened up in the upper right corner of Photoshop. I also have ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frippery 6401 Super Biggie loaded into my Styles Palette. To apply the style to the vine, I simply made sure that the vine layer was selected on my Layers Palette and then clicked on the style I wanted to apply to it. It was that simple!
I liked this style, but I didn't think that it popped off the background paper enough. So, I decided I wanted to apply some coloring on top of the vine layer. To do this, I created a new layer right above the vine layer. Then I pressed Cmd+Click on the vine layer to select just the area over the vine. Next, I took a soft, round brush from the Brush Palette and colored lightly over the vine in green and purple.
I adjusted the Blending Mode to "Color" on the colored-on layer so that I could still see the layer behind.
I used similar techniques on the three box frames and flower petals, and the layout is ready to go!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frippery 6401 Super Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Nature Frames and Sending My Love Collection are also available.
Article written by Loni Harris
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Sketch Challenge Crop
Tuesday, January 24th - 7:00PM MST
It's time for the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) on Tuesday, January 24 at 7pm MT in the Scrap Girls Chat Room! Enjoy getting a little creative boost for your pages? Are you needing help getting started? Then this is the challenge for you! A few hours before the chat begins, Cheri will post a link for you to download the sketch. Use it as the starting point for your page; be inspired by the basic arrangement; flip things around or scraplift the whole thing. All interpretations of the design are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry about any deadlines... post your layout when it works with your schedule. Hope to see you there!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, January 25th - 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 25th, we'll be doing a Brush Challenge. Try to use at least two brushes in your layout. 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!
Speed Scrap Crop
Wednesday, January 25th - 6:00PM MST
It's time for some Speed! Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for the Speed Scrap Crop! We'll give you six tasks, spread out over an hour. You'll then have the hour to get your layout finished and posted in the Gallery!
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.
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!
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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