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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Sarah Batdorf

Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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My Pretty Paper Super Mini My Pretty Collection Mini Rollicking Collection
A Fairy Story Collection Casual Romance Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of My Pretty Paper Super Mini, My Pretty Collection Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cindy Rohrbough

Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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* Easy Page Pro: Happy Hearts Love *

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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Snow Friends Paper Super Mini Snow Friends Collection Mini Snow Spatter Embellishment Mini

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Andrea Trump

Layout by Andrea Trump
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Around It Mini 1 ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Magazine 12702 Mini ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Magazine 12701
8.5x11 Cupid's Arrow Collection Mini Christmas Whimsy 2 Collection Mini 8.5x11 Life Keeping Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift III Linear Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Around It Mini 1, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Magazine 12702 Mini, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Magazine 12701, 8.5x11 Cupid's Arrow Collection Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift III Linear Biggie 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 2 *

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Photo Book 2 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 A Year In The Life * Making Waves Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 A Year In The Life are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Winter Magic Mask Clusters Winter Magic 2 Collection Super Mini Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Watercolor Whimsy
Warm Embrace Collection Biggie   Evelyn Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Winter Magic Mask Clusters are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Mandy Steward

Layout by Mandy Steward
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Vulnerable Paper ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop BandW 1801 Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop Magical 1801
Brush Set: Stamped Dates Enveloped Paper Mini Urban Gazette Collection
Broom Ride Collection Biggie   Figgy Plum Pudding Collection Mini

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

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Julie White

Layout by Julie White
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8.5x11 Snow Friends Collection Mini Winter Wonderland Collection Snow Spatter Embellishment Mini

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Making A Desktop Wallpaper, Part 2
Thursday, February 2, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

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  • Scrap Girls, Etc.
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips From The Pros: Using the Same Photo Three Different Ways
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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Make a Desktop Wallpaper Using Picasa and Digital Scrapbook Paper

Last week, we learned how to make a desktop photo collage using Picasa, and this week, I'm going to show you how to use your photos and digital scrapbooking papers to make a desktop wallpaper!

If you haven't yet downloaded Picasa, I would highly recommend it, and best of all, it's FREE! Download the latest version here: http://picasa.google.com/

Let's begin by opening up Picasa. Select a background paper for your desktop wallpaper and make sure it shows up in the photo bin at the bottom left of your Picasa window. Now hit the "Collage" button on the bottom right of your window.

Digital Desktop Wallpaper Tutorial: Select a background paper to start a collage.

You are now in the Collage window, and you will see your digital scrapbook paper. Select the paper and the hit "Set As A Background" button at the top right.

Digital Desktop Wallpaper Tutorial: Resize the digital paper to fit your desktop.

This will resize your paper to fit the desktop. You may see the smaller version of the paper still stacked on top of the larger background, so just select the small version and hit the "Delete" button.

Digital Desktop Wallpaper Tutorial: Delete the smaller version of the background paper.

To make sure you have the correct size for your computer screen, select "Current Display" out of the drop-down menu in the Settings pane on the left side of your Collage window.

Digital Desktop Wallpaper Tutorial: Select current display size.

Now it's time to select some photos to add to your wallpaper. Select one or more photos by holding down Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (PC). You will see the photos you have selected in the photo bin at the bottom left of the Picasa window.

Then hit the "Collage" button on the bottom right.

Digital Desktop Wallpaper Tutorial: Select photos for your desktop collage.

You will now be in the Collage window and your photos will be in a scattered collage. On the bottom of the window, you will see two buttons - "Scramble Collage" and "Shuffle Pictures." You can play with those two effects to see if you like the results or you can move each photo around singly. When you click on a picture, a rotation tool appears and will allow you to rotate the photo.

Digital Desktop Wallpaper Tutorial: Collage Scramble and Shuffle options in Picasa.

Once you are happy with the placement of your photos, you can add a frame by choosing "Instant Camera" or "White Border." Just click on one of the three square buttons under "Picture Borders."

Once you are done, hit the "Desktop Background" button in the Settings pane on the left side, and Picasa will save a JPG of your desktop wallpaper in a folder called "Collages."

Digital Desktop Wallpaper Tutorial: Add frames around your photos.

Now it's time to place your wallpaper on your desktop!

Digital Desktop Wallpaper Tutorial: Set collage as desktop wallpaper image.

For Mac users:
Find your newly created image in your finder window, right-click on it and scroll down to "Set Desktop Picture."

For PC users:
Find your newly created image in your Windows Manager window, right-click on it and scroll down to "Set as Desktop Background."

You can always create a desktop wallpaper using your digital scrapbooking supplies in your image editing software and then use the method above to add it as your desktop. I created one for February which I am giving away FREE - just scroll down to Today's Freebie section in this Newsletter. Enjoy!

I hope to see lots of desktop wallpapers showing up in the Scrap Girls Gallery. I would love to see yours!

Happy desktops!

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Scrap Girls, Etc. is a weekly column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!

ScrapSimple Club

The January ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Elisha Barnett and Amanda Fraijo-Tobin.

Exclusive content from January'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

January's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Elisha Barnett & Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

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


Computer scrapbook layout by Amy Flanagan
Layout by Amy Flanagan
using January's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
using January's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
using January's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips From The Pros

Using the Same Photo Three Different Ways

Tutorial created Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista

One of the wonderful draws about digital scrapbooking is that the photos, papers, and elements can be altered in fantastic ways - more than once! Your scrapbooking supplies can be used over and over, and so can your photos.

In the Scrap Girls Boutique, there are many styles and actions available that can help you use your photos on your layouts in different ways. I am going to show you how some of these actions work on your photos and how you can then use them all on one layout.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Pick a photo to use.

Here is my original photograph. I like the direct eye contact and the bright, saturated colors in the photo. The side light also gives this photo a softer, magical feeling.

Here is the same photo after running ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Sketch It PS 8501 Mini.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Run a sketch action on your photo.

The results of this action can be personalized in many different ways by following the prompts that are provided within the action. It's easy and fun to explore all the different effects that are created with this action.

The next example is the same photo after running ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Isolation 8501. This action removes selected colors from your photo.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Run a color isolation action on your original photo.

Here, the pinks and reds were selected to remain while all the other colors are changed to hues of black and white. The advantages of this are found when you want to make a highly artistic or graphic layout or to remove that annoying "off" color that just doesn't quite match anything else in your layout. Again, the changes here can be subtle or dramatic. You have total control. Explore! Create! You can do it!

The result on the following photo was achieved by running ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001. This action will turn your photo into Black and White, Sepia, or Chocolate Classics.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Make your photo black-and-white by using a Photoshop action.

This action, like the others, allows total creative control. This action also gives options to leave just a hint of color, if desired. The crowning glory on this action, though, is the "Smart Glow" portion of the action. This softens and highlights the photo in totally magical ways. You can also run the "Smart Glow" part of the action independently of any other color change, if desired, to add just the softening effect to your photo.

It's no wonder that digital scrapbooking is so addicting! Having the ability to alter photos in unimaginable, unlimited, artistic ways to emphasize your theme is one of its huge attractive benefits. The Scrap Girls Boutique is loaded with many more fun and creative actions that will allow you to reveal creative photographic effects that will make your photos and your layouts really shine!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amy Flanagan

Layout by Amy Flanagan
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ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Sketch It PS 8501 Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Isolation 8501 ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001
  Zoomba Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Sketch It PS 8501 Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Isolation 8501, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 and Zoomba Collection Biggie are also available.

Amy Flanagan
Article written by Amy Flanagan

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 Desktop Wallpaper Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Unforgettable Desktop Wallpaper Special

Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates with her Unforgettable Collection Mini

Unforgettable Collection Mini * ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

Syndee Nuckles
Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles

* 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, 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!

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New Member Chat
Tuesday, February 14th - 6:00PM MST

Join Debbie (B&K Mom) for the New Member Chat at February 14th at 6pm MT in the Live Chat room lobby. This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included. You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.

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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