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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Just Before Dawn Value Pack: Just Before Dawn Value Pack: Gesso Paper
  Value Pack: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Just Before Dawn  

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Just Before Dawn, Value Pack: Just Before Dawn, Value Pack: Gesso Paper and Value Pack: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Just Before Dawn are also available.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Katherine Weaver

Layout by Katherine Weaver
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossed Velvet Back Porch Collection Biggie Birdsong Collection
Naturalist's Journal Collection Biggie   Remembrance Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossed Velvet, Back Porch Collection Biggie and Birdsong Collection are also available.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart

Digital Presentation Layout by Durin Eberhart
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: 8.5x11 Horizons *


Digital Scrapbook Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Aged Curled and Torn Frames By the Sea Collection Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Blendability
Life's Canvas Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Seashells ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo FX 6301 Mini
Coastal Collection Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Aged Curled and Torn Frames, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Blendability, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Seashells, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo FX 6301 Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.


Digital Scrapbook Layout by Kathleen Szatmary

Layout by Kathleen Szatmary
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This second product listed below - 1 Scrap Girls A Narrative Collection - is available free of charge in the Scrap Girls Boutique! This digital scrapbooking kit is so perfect for every occasion! Share the story of your loved ones with this collection in neutral shades of colors and patterns.

Brush Set: Roses N Scrolls 1 Scrap Girls A Narrative Collection ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Blendability

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Converting a Photo to Black-and-White
Thursday, March 8, 2012


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Converting a Color Photo to Black-and-White
Using a Black-and-White Adjustment Layer

Tutorial written in Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a Mac running OS X Lion

Adjustments layers are great because they leave your photo in its original state and apply the effects to a separate layer. You can always delete an adjustment layer and your photo remains untouched! There are adjustment layers for Exposure, Color Balance, Hue and Saturation, Vibrance, and many more. Today, I am going to show you how you can convert a color photo into a black-and-white using the Black and White Adjustment Layer.

Let's start by opening up a photo.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Open a photo in Photoshop.

Next, let's add a Black and White Adjustment Layer by going to the top of our screen and selecting "Layer" from our menu. Scroll down to "New Adjustment Layer" and then scroll to "Black and White."

Digital Photo Tutorial: Add a Black and White adjustment layer.

An Adjustment Panel will pop up, and you will see the adjustment layer added to your Layers Palette above your photo. Look how nice the photo looks already! Sometimes the default Black and White is all you need, but we are going to tweak it a bit.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Photo with default Black and White adjustment layer.

Now, let's click on the Inside Photo button on the top left of the Adjustments pane. This allows us to click inside the actual photo and drag either left (darker) or right (lighter) to adjust the photo!

Digital Photo Tutorial: Adjustments for a Black and White photo.

Now, click on your actual photo and drag to the left or right and notice the changes, also move your cursor to different locations on the photo and drag from left to right. You will notice that the sliders in the Adjustment pane will move as you move your cursor.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Experiment with adjustment sliders to change the effect on your photo.

There are several Black and White presets available. Click the arrow next to the Default drop-down at the top of your Adjustment pane. A drop-down will appear with several different presets you can try out on your photo. I tried the "Infrared" preset below and got an interesting effect.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Infrared preset in the Black and White adjustments panel.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Photo sample using the Infrared preset in Photoshop.

Next, let's check the Tint box; the default is a sepia tone. This is a great way to add an aged look to your photo. If you click on the little color box next to "Tint," it will bring up your Color Picker.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Change the Tint of your photo.

You can then adjust the color of your tint; usually the tints are a bit strong so you can adjust to your liking.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Adjust the Tint of your photo.

Next, let's add a Vignette to our photo by using a Gradient Overlay. Click on the fx button at the bottom of your Layers Palette. Scroll down and choose "Gradient Overlay."

Digital Photo Tutorial: Add a Gradient Overlay adjustment layer.

Choose "Black to Transparent" in the Gradient type drop-down and choose "Radial" in the Style box.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Gradient Overlay options in Photoshop.

Increase the "Scale," check the "Reverse" box, and adjust the Opacity until you are happy with the results.

Digital Photo Tutorial: Adjust settings of the Gradient layer.

Finished photo!

Digital Photo Tutorial: Color photo converted to black and white using Photoshop.

Until next time, Happy photo editing!


Scrap Girls, Etc. is a column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned 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 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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Computer scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones
Layout by Pebbles Jones
using February's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips From The Pros

Family Bake-off Competition

Tutorial written using Photoshop CS5 on Windows 7

Does your family do anything fun together that is scrap-worthy? As the memory-keepers of our families, we sometimes forget to scrap the events in our lives that weave the fabric of our family.

A tradition that we have in our family is Family Home Evening. It is held each Monday evening. Together, we sing, pray, learn about the Scriptures, maybe play a game, and we always have treats.

A few weeks ago, I came up with the idea of a family bake-off competition – you know, like the competitions that are on TV, where there are teams, required ingredients that must be used in a recipe, and a time limit. Well, using my mom-intuition, I compiled the teams (I admit – it was carefully crafted so that my team players would work best together and be able to complete the assignment). I scribbled out several strips of paper with a different ingredient on each piece. My ingredients included:

  • Chocolate (of course)
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut
  • Lime or Lemon
  • Marshmallows
  • Strawberry

(Note: I only included items I had on hand. This is rather important, unless you have really nice neighbors... or if you think about this event in advance and make a grocery shopping trip.) This was not a premeditated event (unless you call coming up with the brilliant plan approximately five minutes before it began as premeditated).

Each team chose three ingredients and got to work. I allowed them to use the Internet to come up with their recipes. (Hooray for ingredient searches!)

Team 1 chose coconut, marshmallows, and nuts as their main ingredients. They made this delicious, coconut-filled chocolate cake, topped with an almondy-chocolate glaze. (I must sit here for a minute while I dream about the chocolatey deliciousness that this cake was.) It was truly amazing. If you love Almond Joy candy bars –this cake is absolutely for you.

Coconut Chocolate Cake (from

1 (18.25 ounces) package chocolate cake mix with pudding
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
24 large marshmallows
1 (14 ounces) package coconut

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped almonds

1. Mix cake according to package directions. Grease two 13x9x2-inch baking pans. Line bottom and sides of one pan with waxed paper; spray with nonstick cooking spray. Divide batter among pans. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Cool.

2. In a saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and stir in marshmallows until smooth. Add coconut. Spread over cake in pan without waxed paper. Using paper to hold, remove second cake from pan, carefully turn over and place on top of filling; remove paper.

3. In another saucepan, bring sugar, milk, and butter to a boil. Remove from heat; add chips and stir until smooth. Add nuts. Pour over cake; cool to room temperature. Chill overnight.

Team 2 chose cinnamon, peanut butter, and chocolate as their main ingredients. Channeling her hours of watching Cupcake Wars, my daughter created a cinnamon-swirl cupcake with peanut butter chocolate frosting. Yum! Completely delicious.

Cinnamon Swirl Cake (from

1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup water
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2 tablespoons cinnamon
6 tablespoons brown sugar

Mix first four ingredients. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well with electric mixer. Pour half the batter in bundt cake pan. Meanwhile, mix 2 tablespoons cinnamon and 6 tablespoons brown sugar. Sprinkle half the mixture over half the batter in pan. Add rest of cake dough, sprinkle rest of sugar mixture on top, swirl the dough with a knife. Put in 350-degree Fahrenheit oven. Bake 45 minutes. Do not open the door until 45 minutes is up. (It took 60 minutes baking time).

(Cupcakes were baked for approximately 18 minutes)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cream or evaporated milk

Cream together peanut butter and cocoa. Add powdered sugar, salt, vanilla. Add enough cream to spread.

As the judge, I found it impossible to judge between the two teams. Luckily, the competition ended in a tie – and we all had two amazingly delicious desserts to eat that evening.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joann Brown
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joann Brown
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joann Brown

Layout by Joann Brown
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Patternologie Collection Biggie B. Sweet Collection Biggie Sweet Shoppe Collection

Commercial license versions of Sweet Shoppe Collection are also available.

Joann Brown
Article written by Joann Brown

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Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
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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 Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Heart and Soul Word Art Special

Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates with her 8.5x11 Heart and Soul Collection Mini

8.5x11 Heart and Soul Collection Mini Brush Set: Bubble Wrap Brush Set: Artful
Witty Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picturesque Clusters ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heart and Soul
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

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Syndee Nuckles
Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

Journaling Chat
Monday, March 12th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Carla (CRS) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT on Monday, March 12th. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Carla will be talking about how easy Brandy Murry's ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Journalers are to use! And of course, there will be a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more!


New Member Chat
Tuesday, March 13th - 6:00PM MDT

Join Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat on March 13th 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 will need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.


East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, March 14th - 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 14th, we'll do a Quote Challenge! Create a layout using a meaningful, inspiring or funny quote. It can be in place of journaling, or use a beloved quote as a starting point for your journaling. Any quote is OK! 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!


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.


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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