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Cute Stuff

Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Autumn Joy Collection Biggie Autumn Joy Clusters Embellishment Mini Bookshelf Collection Biggie
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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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These four products are included in this month's ScrapSimple 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.

Dynamic Brush Set: Decorative Tape 12601 ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Life Stories ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Life Stories
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Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Decorative Tape 12601, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Life Stories, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Life Stories and ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Life Moments are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 5.25x8 Life in Action Planner 2012 Project Memories Collection Biggie JIF 6: 12x12 Project Memories
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 5.25x8 Life in Action Planner 2012 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Project Memories Biggie 11401 are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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These three products 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.

Reflections of the Heart Collection Biggie Reflections of the Heart Word Art Mini Reflections of the Heart Flower Clusters Embellishment Mini

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Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 4x6 2012 Calendar School Is Cool Collection Halloween Memories Collection Mini
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A commercial license version of ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 4x6 2012 Calendar is also available.

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Reflections
Monday, January 30, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 22.9% off National Hobby Month Sale, plus an extra 10% off Coupon!
  • Cute Stuff
  • A Designer's Life: Angie Briggs
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Back To The Basics: How to Resize 12x12 Papers with 8.5x11 ScrapSimple Paper Templates
  • 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.
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  • 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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A Designer's Life Image

Angie Briggs
Angie Briggs

Reflections

This year I turn 41. Okay, who am I kidding? Tomorrow I turn 41. To me, age has always just been a number. I was never one to freak out when I hit the big "30" or even "40." I have always said you are as young as you feel.

Something is a little different this year, though. Over the last year, I've taken steps to change myself both physically and mentally. So, with another birthday just around the corner, I thought I would take the time to reflect on what I've done and accomplished over the last 41 years.

At the age of 20, I was living on my own, six-and-a-half hours away from home. I took the opportunity with a company that I worked for over the summer to move to Minneapolis and help start up an office there. There were a total of three of us who moved up there, so I wasn't totally alone. But it was a big change to go from little Lawson, Missouri, to downtown Minneapolis.

By 22, I was promoted and relocated to Nebraska. This time I was all on my own, and I walked into an office where I knew no one. It was a big transition... but I loved it. A couple of years later, I moved to Kansas with the same company.

When I was 25, I met this guy online. Who would have thought that within a few months, we would have talked, flown across the country to meet face-to-face a few times, or that I would pack up and move to California to live with him?

Four years later at 29, we were married, and a year later, we had our twin boys.

Within a year, we knew that we couldn't afford to raise the boys in California, plus we didn't have family close. We made the decision to move back to Missouri.

The next 10 years is where life got really crazy. We moved in with my parents and made the decision that I would stay home with the boys while my husband worked. I found this little hobby called digital scrapbooking to help me keep my sanity during the day, while watching my boys plus a few other children for whom I babysat. I slowly got better at digital scrapbooking, which led to a few layout teams – and ultimately to Scrap Girls. I started with Scrap Girls in 2005, and within a short period of time, I started helping Ro with customer service and doing some designing. The boys started school, which kept me busy enough, but then factor in the after-school activities and sports (especially within the last two years). We also bought our own house... which is a never-ending project.

In the last 10 years, I made new friends, reconnected with old friends I never thought I would keep in touch with, and drifted apart from others. I regained my confidence which I had somehow lost over time, and I found strength within that I never thought or knew was there.

Looking back, I see these last 41 years have been great and full of change. I can't wait to see what the next 41 bring to me!

- Angie

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Favorite Product I've designed:

Everyday Moments Collection Biggie
Everyday Moments Collection Biggie

I just love the clean style of this kit and the colors in it. The combination just screams "my style" and with such a wide variety of items, it's easily a go-to collection for any subject.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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Everyday Moments Collection Biggie * Everyday Moments Stacked Paper Super Mini

Commercial license versions of Everyday Moments Collection Biggie and Everyday Moments Stacked Paper Super Mini are also available.

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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Back To The Basics

How to Resize 12x12 Papers with 8.5x11 ScrapSimple Paper Templates

Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 on Mac OS X

I have a rather large stash of 12x12-inch digital scrapbooking papers, and many of them are heavily patterned, which means that sometimes resizing them down to 8.5x11 inches just doesn't work. The papers end up looking odd.

But you can fix this problem with some of our 8.5x11 ScrapSimple Paper Templates!

In this tutorial, I am using my ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Fragmented which have very distinctive edges.

First, create a new 8.5x11-inch blank document, then open up a digital scrapbook paper and drag it over to your blank document.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Open a background paper.

Notice the bounding box extends out past your document. Grab one of the handles and while holding down the Shift key, resize the paper so that the bounding box doesn't extend quite so far.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Resize the paper.

Now, choose one of the paper templates and drag that over on top of the paper layer. Move the paper around under the template until you are happy with how it looks peeking out from under the template.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add a paper template.

Next, layer another paper over the template and clip it using Option+Cmd+G (Mac) or Ctrl+Alt+G (PC).

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Clip another paper to the paper template.

Or for a different look, try using a ScrapSimple Tools - Styles or a color overlay.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add a layer style or a color overlay.

Play with your Blending Modes in your Layers Palette until you are happy with the results.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change Blending Mode.

Continue building your layout with photos, embellishments, and journaling.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Blossom Hill Collection Mini JIF 6: 12x12 La Bonne Vie La Bonne Vie Collection Mini
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Fragmented ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Blendability ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Hand-Tinted 6301 PSE
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Fragmented, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Blendability, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Hand-Tinted 6301 PSE and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

Syndee Nuckles
Article written by Syndee Nuckles

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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 April Martell

Layout by April Martell
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Cinematique Collection Mini Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Sara Beth Peterson coordinates with her Cinematique Collection Mini

Cinematique Collection Mini Cinematique Solids Paper Mini Dynamic Brush Set: Loose Stitches 10701
Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Life Binder Cherries Jubilee Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Edge It 5001
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Jubilant 6401 Super Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Cinematique Collection Mini, Cinematique Solids Paper Mini, Dynamic Brush Set: Loose Stitches 10701, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Edge It 5001 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Jubilant 6401 Super Biggie are also available.

Sara Beth Peterson
Today's freebie designed by Sara Beth Peterson

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 1st - 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 February 1st, we'll do a Patterned Paper Challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using multiple patterned papers - at least 2 different patterns! Mix it up! 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!

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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