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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lace Effect Sweet Whispers Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pulled Stitches
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Stitching 6401 Mini Nostalgia Collection The Good Life Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Lace Effect, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pulled Stitches and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Stitching 6401 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory * Value Pack: Just Before Dawn

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory and Value Pack: Just Before Dawn are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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Love Me Do Embellishment Mini: Clusters Super 7 Spread: Love Me Do Parisian Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Product Sample by Melanie Johnson

Sample by Melanie Johnson
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* ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Photo Book 3 *

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Photo Book 3 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Mandy Steward

Layout by Mandy Steward
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Undaunted Paper ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop Magical 1801 Brush Set: Stamped Dates
Vulnerable Paper Fully Alive Collection Biggie Modern Love Collection
Heart and Soul Collection Mini   Heart and Soul Paper Mini 2

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop Magical 1801 and Brush Set: Stamped Dates are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Office Punch * Loving Spring Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Office Punch are also available.

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Software Review - Photoshop Elements 10
Thursday, March 1, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

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  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips From The Pros: Using a Product's Packaging for Inspiration
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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Software Review - Adobe Photoshop Elements 10

Tutorial written in Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 on a Mac running OS X Lion

It can be hard to keep up with Adobe and all their new versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Personally, I don't use PSE very often; mostly, I just test products to make sure they are compatible. But recently I downloaded PSE 10 and was pleasantly surprised at all the fun, new effects there are available. (Version 7 is the most current version I own.) I was so impressed with how easy it is to add really cool effects to my photos. While I don't see myself using PSE for layouts or designing, I can see myself using it a lot to give my photos that WOW factor!

Let's look at some of the fun things you can do with your photos! Once you have opened up Photoshop Elements 10, you will see the Edit menu on the right side of your PSE window. There are three tabs: Full, Quick, and Guided. Click on the Guided tab to be taken to the Guided Menu pane. The great thing about the Guided Menu functions is that you are actually "guided" step-by-step through each edit or effect; it's like a mini tutorial right there in PSE!

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Click on the Guided tab.

You will see that there are a ton of edits and effects that you can use on your photos. I really could have spent hours playing!

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Photo editing tools in Photoshop Elements 10.

The first effect I tried was the Line Drawing, which creates a pencil sketch of your photo. I couldn't believe how easy this was!

I just opened up a photo and selected "Line Drawing" from the Guided Pane, and then clicked the "Pencil Sketch" button. You will notice that it takes you step-by-step through the steps, and there are only three!

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Step-by-step instructions.

After creating the sketch, you have the option to add a little color back into the photo by clicking on "Adjust Layer Opacity." I thought this looked pretty cool, and then finally in Step 3, I increased the contrast in the photo by clicking the "Levels" button.

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Adjust layer opacity and levels.

Next, I added a vintage look to my photo by selecting the "Old Fashioned Photo" effect in the Guided menu pane. After I followed the four steps, I got a really nice, aged photo effect, complete with grain!

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Old Fashioned Photo example.

Then I added a great Lomo camera effect, again the step-by-step instructions make it so easy!

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Lomo camera effect sample.

And who doesn't love some Pop Art? Such a fun effect and a great way to add some bright color to your layout - or even a card!

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Pop art photo sample.

One of the coolest effects is the ability to add a Reflection to a photo, object, or word! I used the candelabra from my Kitchen Chic Collection Mini – and, wow, that was a fun effect to play around with.

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Add a reflection to a photo or element.

What's NEW in Photoshop 10:
To the best of my knowledge, the above effects are also available in Photoshop Elements 9, but below are a few effects only available in PSE 10.

Depth of Field
This is so cool! You can adjust or add Depth of Field to your photos! Following their step-by-step instructions, you have the option of doing a basic depth of field application or a manual application, which lets you choose exactly what is in focus and what's blurred.

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Depth of Field example.

You can also add the popular Orton Effect to your photos!

Digital Scrapbooking Software Review: Add an Orton Effect to your photos.

A few other features in PSE 10:

  1. You can paint effects or patterns right on your photo; effects include Pencil Sketch, Oil Pastel, and 100 more!

  2. Break up your photo into a fun collage of snapshots.

  3. Object Search, which automatically finds your photos based on what's in them.

  4. Crop guides, use Rule or Thirds, or the Golden Ration options to create the best composition for your photos and layouts.

I hope this has given you some more fun ideas to bring your photos up a notch!

Until next time, Happy Scrappin'!

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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 February ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Pebbles Jones and Shalae Tippetts.

Exclusive content from February'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

February's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Pebbles Jones & Shalae Tippetts

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

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


Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using February's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones
Layout by Pebbles Jones
using February's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using February's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips From The Pros

Using a Product's Packaging for Inspiration

Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 5.0 with Windows Vista

Are you short on inspiration? Have you lost a little bit of that scrapbooking mojo you once had? Are you just plain out of fresh ideas when it comes to designing a page layout? Well, you're not alone.

We all suffer from that blank canvas syndrome once in a while. But here is a little tip that might get your wheels turning and your inspiration following.

"Slow down and look around."

That sounds pretty easy, but you'll be surprised at what you see if you just look! Inspiration is everywhere, from the color of your favorite shoes to the pattern in your blouse. Open your pantry and take a look at your boxes and cans. You can find color plates, title arrangements, and even photo cluster ideas.

Once you take a moment to really look and study the things around you, the supermarket will not only bring you meal ideas, but you will find yourself racing from the checkout line to your computer.

Take a look at my pantry inspiration from an ordinary box of pasta:

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Layout inspiration from a box of pasta.

I loved the idea of placing a photo vertically down the edge of my page. The name of pasta across the box reminded me of a ribbon and the theme of the food brought back memories of my trip to Rome. I knew I still had lots of photos to document from that trip so I set to work and this is what I came up with.

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Jennifer Wight

Layout by Jennifer Wight
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You'll be surprised by what inspires you, just by slowing down and really taking a good look around your environment. Now get out there and be inspired! The supermarket will never look the same again.

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The layout shown above uses the following products...

Wine Country Paper Mini November Sky Collection Cilla Collection Mini

Jennifer Wight
Article written by Jennifer Wight

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 Scrapbook Layout by Sarah Batdorf

Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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Juliet Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Sarah Batdorf coordinates with her Juliet Collection Mini

Juliet Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wild Horses 6501 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of Juliet Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wild Horses 6501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

Sarah Batdorf
Today's freebie designed by Sarah Batdorf

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

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

Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi-stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and join Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. This month, we'll be using Assemble Your Own Cards: Greeting Cards - Keep In Touch to make cards with a nice springtime feel. Can't wait to see you there!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, March 7th - 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 March 7th, we'll do a Circle Challenge. Create a page using at least one circle. It can be a circular embellishment, polka-dots, brads. It's your choice! 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

March's Message Board Game: Simple Steps to Super Scrapping

This month's Scrap Girls Forum game, Simple Steps to Super Scrapping, is designed to help you get more scrapbook pages done with a series of simple steps that add up to a finished page at the end of each week.

Throughout March, Monday through Saturday, a team member will post a daily layout step in the Simple Steps to Super Scrapping game thread; the first week has 9 steps, and the remaining three weeks have 6 steps each. These steps will be posted in large purple font so they will be easy to spot.

Members who complete the steps required in the game thread and post all 4 layouts in the Simple Steps to Super Scrapping Gallery will be entered in a drawing for one of two $15.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.

Each completed layout posted in the Simple Steps to Super Scrapping Gallery, up to 4 per member, will be entered in a drawing for one of three $5.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.

You have until 11:59pm MDT on March 31, 2012 to complete the steps and post your layouts to the Simple Steps to Super Scrapping Gallery.

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

Contests

March Monthly Layout Contest: The month of March brings the beginning of spring here in the northern hemisphere. With the coming of spring, we think of renewal. For March's contest, we would like to see your layouts with the theme of renewal or rebirth - be it personal, professional, family, or from nature. Post your layouts in the March Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MDT on March 31st. Be sure to tell us by title, word art or journaling how this layout fits the theme and 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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