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Today's Special of the Day!

Story Telling Collection Mini
Story Telling Collection Mini

Save 30% off this Collection Mini today only!

Each week on Tuesdays, we will be spotlighting one designer and one of their favorite products. This product will be on sale for one day only at 30% off!

This week's designer spotlight is on Shalae Tippetts. In a brief interview with Shalae, she shared these comments with us...

"One of the things I've loved doing lately is starting to put together my family's life scrapbook. I've loved telling our everyday stories to those of great significance. I tried putting together the Story Telling Collection Mini to help record some of those incidents in a way that can be both used for either masculine or feminine layouts. Is there a story you'd like to tell?"

1. Are you an early morning designer or do you burn the midnight candle?

I am an early morning person. I get up at 4:45 in the morning, and try to get as much design time is as possible before my kids get up and I need to get them off to school. For some reason, I cannot keep my eyes open much past 9pm (probably because of getting up early), so I rarely tend to burn the midnight oil, unless I'm in the middle of a project I am really excited about and just cannot stop.

2. Soda, coffee or other?

Water. I can't get enough of the stuff. I've never been much of a pop drinker and just don't like it much. So it's either water or juice for me.

Shalae Tippetts
Shalae Tippetts

What's New

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Courtship Collection ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie Love Honor and Cherish Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Resize it Heart and Soul Collection Mini 8.5x11 Heart and Soul Paper Mini 2
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Picture It   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Resize it, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Picture It and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Vertical Love Me Do Mini Reflections of the Heart Collection Biggie Reflections of the Heart Flower Clusters Embellishment Mini
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini   ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Bent

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Vertical Love Me Do Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini and ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Bent 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: Photo Masks Mixed Months Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Layout Masks Metro Metro Collection Mini
Metro Solids Paper Mini   Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 So Basically

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks Mixed Months Biggie and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Layout Masks Metro 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 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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Customizing Drop Shadows
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 37.2% off Valentine's Day Coupon!
  • Today's Special of the Day
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips From The Pros: Customizing Drop Shadows
  • 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

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

He Sees Me

When I realized that this muse would appear on Valentine's Day, I knew that I wanted to tell you a little story about Gary.

I recently had an interesting discussion with my son-in-law. We were discussing marriages and what they can be like when he suddenly said, "Gary adores you."

I blushed and said, "Yes, I know that."

He smiled, "You can see it whenever he looks at you."

I blushed again.

He nodded and said, "The first time I met you guys, Gary was in the foyer, and you came down the stairs. When he saw you, his face lit up, and I could tell that he adores you. I said to myself, 'I want that.' I never saw that before because that's not how things were with my parents."

I replied, "I'm the peppery one in the family. We don't fight because Gary is always patient with me. If you want to know how to treat your wife, watch him. You'll have a happy marriage."

I've often thought that the Lord loves me because He sent me someone who loves me so much. Everything has been so crazy in our lives – I could tell you stories that would make your hair stand on end – but throughout it all, Gary has been there just loving me and keeping me sane.

Happy Valentine's Day, Gary. I love you.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Rozanne Paxman
Layout by Ro

* ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Gallery Prints *

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Gallery Prints 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!

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

Customizing Drop Shadows

Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 with Windows 7

One of my favorite ways to add a little dimension and put the finishing touches on my layouts is to add drop shadows. However, I remember when first starting out with digital scrapping, I was a little intimidated by drop shadows and not really sure how to use them. If you are like me (a little scared) and/or prefer to go about things the easy way, you are in luck because the Scrap Girls designers have some wonderful drop shadow products in the Boutique that make it easy for you to add them to your layouts:

What's great about these products is you can use them without any modifications and end up with a polished and realistic looking layout. Or you can easily tweak the drop shadow to make it a little more your own.

For this layout, I wanted to give a little more separation between my element and the drop shadow. I first started by adding my drop shadow style. My go-to for shadows is ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501. I use these shadows on nearly every one of my layouts. Let me show you how.

First, after running the style (and with the curser hovering over the shadow style), right-click and select "Create Layer." This will move the shadow to its own layer. Now that the element and shadow are independent of one another, we can customize the look of the shadow.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add a drop shadow and then give the shadow its own layer to customize it.

Using the Transform Tool, make the element layer just slightly smaller than the shadow layer by holding down the Shift key while bringing in the lower right side of the element layer (just a little). I think this adds more dimension to the layout.

There you go! It's as easy as that! Look to the Scrap Girls Boutique when you need some help on making perfect shadows!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Heather Messmer

Layout by Heather Messmer
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 Everyday Moments Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fantastic Frames
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: InstanTexture Biggie   PS I Love You Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501, Everyday Moments Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fantastic Frames and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: InstanTexture Biggie are also available.

Heather Messmer
Article written by Heather Messmer

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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 Scrapbook Layout by Kim Meeder

Layout by Kim Meeder
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Cupid's Arrow Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Kim Meeder coordinates with her Cupid's Arrow Collection Mini

Cupid's Arrow Collection Mini ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Target Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Being With You
  ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift II Circular Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Cupid's Arrow Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Target and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift II Circular Biggie are also available.

Kim Meeder
Today's freebie designed by Kim Meeder

* 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

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.

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 15th - 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 15th, we will be doing a ScrapSimple challenge! Create a layout using at least one ScrapSimple product. If you haven't used them before, we'll have some great ideas for you in the chat. 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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Hybrid Craft Chat
Wednesday, February 15th - 6:00PM MST

Join Carla (CRS) in the chat room at 6pm MT for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat. We will be talking about Angela Blanchard's ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Exploding Box! I'll have some tips for you and show you how easy it is to use your digital goodies along with what is already in your craft room!

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Heritage Crop and Chat
Thursday, February 16th - 6:00PM MST

Do you have boxes of old photos that you want to scrap? Is preserving a record of your family's heritage important to you? Join April (April Showers) for the Heritage Crop at 6pm MT. We'll discuss ways you can protect your old photos and share ideas for using the February Scrap Girls Club which includes the Butterfly Effect Collection Biggie to create beautiful heritage pages.

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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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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