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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cindy Rohrbough

Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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* Easy Page Pro: Happy Hearts Be Mine *

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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Snow Friends Frame Clusters Embellishments * Snow Friends Collection Mini

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 A Year In The Life * Winter Roses Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 A Year In The Life are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Mandy Steward

Layout by Mandy Steward
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8.5x11 Vulnerable Paper ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop Magical 1801 Brush Set: Stamped Dates
Urban Gazette Collection Broom Ride Collection Biggie Come One, Come All Collection Biggie
  Fade to Gray Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop Magical 1801, Brush Set: Stamped Dates, Broom Ride Collection Biggie and Fade to Gray Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heart and Soul Heart and Soul Collection Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Painted 2
Brush Set: Painted   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heart and Soul, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Painted 2, Brush Set: Painted and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Card Templates: 4x6 Valentine Postcards Mini Rollicking Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Life Papers 6401
Year In Retrospect Collection Mini Tints and Tatters Collection Biggie Laurels Embellishment Mini
Brush Set: Ultimate Grunge   ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Card Templates: 4x6 Valentine Postcards Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Life Papers 6401, Brush Set: Ultimate Grunge and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Sarah Batdorf

Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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My Pretty Collection Mini Years Gone By Collection Noteworthy Collection Biggie
Zoo Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of My Pretty Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Melanie Johnson

Layout by Melanie Johnson
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* ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Photo Book 1 *

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Photo Book 1 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Andrea Trump

Layout by Andrea Trump
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Magazine 12702 Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Around It Mini 1 8.5x11 Life Keeping Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift III Linear Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Magazine 12702 Mini, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Around It Mini 1 and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift III Linear Biggie are also available.

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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 Scrap Girls team layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section and the Scrap Girls Layout Artist Team section of the Layout Gallery.

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Make Time for Your Family with Game Nights
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips From The Pros: Digital Scrapbooking Glowing Stars
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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  • 500-900 word essay about your experience with digital scrapbooking, Scrap Girls, and specific examples of how we have helped you.
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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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Make Time for Your Family with Game Nights

In today's world, nothing is more important than family and family relationships. And what is better for building those relationships than to spend some fun time together.

Dick and Mary recently wrote a great post about family game nights on Scrap Girls homemaking blog – HowMomDidIt.com - called Old-Fashioned Family Game Night. It reminded me of all of the years I've spent with my family, gathered around the dining room playing board games and cards, and it made me want to resurrect some of those traditions with my own family.

When I was a kid, I used to play a game with my brother and friends which we called Donkey, though it is a variant of Spoons. There are a lot of variations of this game, but this is how we played it.

The objects of the game: To capture a spoon with each round played so that you can be the last player standing. You will also want to make sure that you end up with a spoon at the end of each round so that you don't have to be the donkey.

The set up:

  • In the center of the table, place enough spoons (with handles facing out) for everyone who is playing, minus one. (If five people are playing the game, you will have four spoons in the center of the table.)

  • The dealer gives everyone four cards.

To Play the Game:

  • During each round, the players are all trying to complete a book – a set of four cards of the same number. (Example: Four 6's.)

  • The dealer starts drawing cards from the deck of cards. If the card won't help complete their book, they pass the card to the left. Then they immediately draw another card from the deck. If it doesn't help them, they pass that card to the left. They continue doing this over and over again until the round ends.

  • The person to the left looks at the card they have been passed. If it doesn't help complete their book, they pass it to the left. Then they take the next card (and so on and so on).

  • The cards can be passed as quickly as possible and it isn't unusual to see them pile up by the side of someone who is moving slower.

  • The first person to complete their book grabs a spoon from the center of the table.

  • Everyone else grabs a spoon. Because there is one less spoon than people at the table, someone will end up without a spoon.

  • If you are playing Donkey as we played it, this spoon-less person will run around the room or the table saying, "Hee-haw! Hee-haw!" Then that person will be out. If you are playing regular Spoons, that person will just be out (with no running around and braying required).

  • The game then continues until there is only one person remaining - and that person wins the game.

If you're like me, it's easier to learn how to play a game by watching it played. Here's a fun YouTube video in which the rules of Spoons are demonstrated very well.

People playing Spoons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka8d-05aQB4

Dick and Mary have given some great suggestions for getting your own family game night going. You'll want to check out their fun article here!

REMEMBER TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR FAMILY GAME NIGHTS!

Over the years, my family has spent hundreds of hours playing games together, particularly at holidays. Sadly, we don't have a single photo of any of these happy times. Don't let that happen to you. Take photos and then tell the stories on layouts. You'll be so glad you did some day!

Here are some neat products from the Scrap Girls Boutique that can help you make layouts about family game nights:

Fun And Games Collection ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Gameboard ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Playing Cards Biggie
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Game Cards ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bingo Cards ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Playing Cards
AcesHigh Collection Biggie Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: 8.5x11 AcesHigh Kingdom Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Fun And Games Collection, ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Gameboard, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Playing Cards Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Game Cards, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bingo Cards and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Playing Cards are also available.

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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

February's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Kim Meeder.

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 Assemble Your Own 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

February's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Kim Meeder


JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album


Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips From The Pros

Digital Scrapbooking Glowing Stars

Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 and Windows 7

Some "star quality" photos seem to need stars around them, like photos of your daughter in her dance recital, your son making a touchdown, your daughter on the soccer field, your children at their music recitals, your mother on her birthday. For this particular layout, I wanted to capture the joy that I share with my beautiful daughter and also to highlight her first tattoo which she chose to commemorate her grandmother. It is so easy for you to make digital scrapbooking glowing stars with my Brush Set: Starburst Biggie and the two layer styles I created for them: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst White 7601 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst Pastels 7602.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Create a layout.

First, create your new layout and add your word art to it. Use the "joyful" word art from Amanda Fraijo-Tobin's Euphoria Collection with a rich dark purple background paper from my Intaglio Collection Biggie. Duplicate the "joyful" word art layer, then on the lower layer, add style 5 from ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst White 7601 to put a nice, white glow around the word art and make it show up better on the purple background. It will look great with digital scrapbooking glowing stars! Embellish the layout with music from my Victorian Garden Collection Biggie and a brush from Amanda's Brush Set: Princess, adding the metallic teal ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Time Traveler 7602 Biggie to each. You can add depth to the photos with frames from my Violetta Collection Mini. If your photos could use some enhancing, use one of the ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Subtle Photos 7601 Biggie on your photos.

Now, let's make sure you are ready to make some glowing stars! When you downloaded the Brush Set: Starburst Biggie and the styles needed for this tutorial, you received instructions on how to load them into your digital scrapbooking program. Let's check to make sure you are ready to go!

First, check your Styles Palette to make sure you have loaded the ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst White 7601 and the ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst Pastels 7602. Here is how the Styles Palette will look with both sets of the styles loaded and ready for you to use.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Load glowing styles set.

Next, go to your Brushes Palette and make sure that the Brush Set: Starburst Biggie is loaded. There are nine star brushes, as you can see below. Click on the brush I have circled, make sure your foreground color is set to white in your toolbox, and change the Master Diameter of the brush to 100. You may use the slider to change the diameter or just type 100 in the Master Diameter box.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Select a brush.

Now, go to your Layers Palette Menu and select the command "New Layer." You may put as many starbursts as you like on one layer, but you may only apply one style per layer. Click where you want a star; it's just like using a rubber stamp. Remember, you can hit Ctrl+Z if you want to undo anything.

Here's the fun part! Just stamp a bunch of stars around the photos and embellishments in your layout. Then, click on the stars layer in your Layers Palette so you know it is selected, and then click on the yellow ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst Pastels 7602 style in your Style Palette. It is easy to see the different looks you can get by clicking on the different styles. I like the yellow on the purple background, and it picks up the yellow in the flower in the word art.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Add a style to the brush layer.

Try stamping the stars right over empty spaces in your photos, too, for a different look. Of course, you may add another layer of digital scrapbooking glowing stars with a different starburst brush and a different colored style, if you like.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Kerry Veale

Layout by Kerry Veale
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Brush Set: Starburst Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst White 7601 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst Pastels 7602
Victorian Garden Collection Biggie Intaglio Collection Biggie Violetta Collection Mini
Brush Set: Princess ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Time Traveler 7602 Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Subtle Photos 7601 Biggie

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Starburst Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst White 7601, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Starburst Pastels 7602, Intaglio Collection Biggie, Brush Set: Princess, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Time Traveler 7602 Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Subtle Photos 7601 Biggie are also available.

Kerry Veale
Article written by Kerry Veale

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 Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Brush Set: Alphabetica Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates with her Brush Set: Alphabetica

Brush Set: Alphabetica Alphabetica Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build a Flower 6301
ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6302   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Alphabetica, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build a Flower 6301, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6302 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

Syndee Nuckles
Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles

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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!

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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, February 7th - 6:00PM MST

Would you like to use your digital scrapbooking supplies to make greeting cards? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digital stash! Join April (April Showers) in the chat room Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm MT for our monthly Creative Cards Chat. This month we'll use Scrapsimple Layout Templates: Love Story to make quick and easy Valentine Cards. Can't wait to see you there!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 8th - 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 8th, we'll do a Color Challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, using the colors red and white! 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

February's Message Board Game: Posting Contest!

February is Posting Contest time on the Scrap Girls Forums! You can win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply being chatty in the Scrap Girls Forums and Gallery. This contest will run from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59pm MT on February 29th.

To enter the Scrap Girls Forum Posting Contest, you MUST reply in the Posting Contest Thread with your CURRENT post count. Your post count is the number under your avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: The number found on your profile is a number which is calculated differently.) During the month, post your fingers off! At Midnight on February 29th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the game thread.

PRIZES:

  • Those with 50-99 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 100-249 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 250-399 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 400 or more posts will automatically win a $5 gift certificate and will be entered in a drawing for a $20 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate!

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

Contests

February Monthly Layout Contest: This February we have a Leap Year Day. For this month's contest, we want you to scrap about what makes you "Leap for Joy." Let us know in your journaling why you leap for joy. Post your layouts in the February Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on February 29th. 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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