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Save 40% off finished Papers and Embellishments in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MST on March 10, 2012!

Two Days Only! Save 40% off all finished Papers and Embellishments (Commercial Papers and Embellishments included) in the Scrap Girls Boutique! This sale ends tomorrow at Midnight, MST!

What's New

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Kim Meeder

Layout by Kim Meeder
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8.5x11 Magnetic Album Paper Mini Glitterati Embellishment Mini Buttercup Collection
JIF 6: 12x12 Printemps   The Bee's Knees Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of 8.5x11 Magnetic Album Paper Mini are also available.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Value Pack: ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Realms of Glory 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: Realms of Glory, 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 Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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* Subtropical Collection *

Commercial license versions of Subtropical Collection are also available.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart

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


Digital Scrapbook Layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Value Pack: Curled Tattered and Torn ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Blendability On A Whim Collection Mini
Noteworthy Collection Biggie Picturesque Collection Biggie Heart and Soul Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Curled Tattered and Torn, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Blendability, 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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How to Digitally Sketch a Portrait
Friday, March 9, 2012


  • 40% off Finished Papers and Embellishments Sale!
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  • Life Muse by Ro
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  • Tips From The Pros: Sketching a Portrait
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for 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!

divScrap Girls is giving away birthday gifts to our Message Board members!

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

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Hand-drawn cartoon by Rozanne Paxman


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.

Scrap Girls Club Image

March's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Brandy Hackman.

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

March's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Brandy Hackman

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive!JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Hackman using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Hackman
using March's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Hackman using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Hackman
using March's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Hackman using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Hackman
using March's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips From The Pros

Sketching a Portrait

Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 with Windows 7

Today we will be learning about how to sketch a portrait using Photoshop Elements 10 and the Action Pack: Ultimate Artist. Before we begin sketching, we need to get our photo ready by cropping and adjusting the lighting to get the best result.

This is our original photo. Since we are doing a portrait, we want to focus in on our subject. We will do that by cropping the photo.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Open a photo.

Here is our photo cropped so we get a nice close-up view without any distractions.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Crop the photo.

Next, we want to adjust the lighting to get rid of some of the shadows on her face. To do that we will use the Shadow and Highlights feature in Photoshop Elements.

Go to Enhance> Adjust Lighting> Shadows and Highlights.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Adjust Shadows and Highlights using Photoshop Elements.

Using the sliders, adjust the photo so that you can clearly see all facial features.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Move sliders to remove shadows on your photo.

This is the photo after this adjustment.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Shadows have been removed from the photo.

Next, we want to really make our photo stand out by adjusting the levels. Click on the half black-and-white circle under your Layers Palette.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Add a Levels adjustment layer.

Move the left black slider to the right for more contrast, while moving the center gray slider to the left for more light.

Here is the result of our adjustments! Now it's time to get sketching!

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Before and after photos of a Levels adjustment.

Go ahead and flatten your image. This will merge all of the adjustments into one background layer so that you can begin using the action. Right-click anywhere inside your Layers Palette and choose "Flatten Image."

Next, run the action. For this tutorial, we will be using the Color Action and the Sketch Brush. Begin Scribbling in the mask area.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Run the Sketch action on the photo.

The key to getting a realistic sketch is to not fill in the whole photo. Make sure you focus on the eyes and get those dark to really stand out by going over those areas a few times with your brush.

Use the Outline guide to show you where you should scribble, but turn this layer off and on periodically to see how your portrait is coming along.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Emphasize the eyes in your portrait sketch.

And this is our finished sketch, ready to frame! I added an extra layer and used the sketch brush to add my signature. For more details on using Action Pack: Ultimate Artist, see the PDF and Video Instructions that come with this set.

Digital Scrapbooking Sketch by Brandy Murry

Digital Sketch by Brandy Murry
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Action Pack: Ultimate Artist * ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Artsy Borders 3

Commercial license versions of Action Pack: Ultimate Artist and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Artsy Borders 3 are also available.

Brandy Murry
Article written by Brandy Murry

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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My Pretty Special Wire Flower

Designer Freebie by Sarah Batdorf coordinates with her 8.5x11 My Pretty Collection Mini

8.5x11 My Pretty Collection Mini 8.5x11 My Pretty Paper Super Mini Organica Collection
Passage Embellishment Mini   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of 8.5x11 My Pretty Collection Mini, 8.5x11 My Pretty Paper Super Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

Sarah Batdorf
Today's freebie designed by Sarah Batdorf

* 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

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!


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.)


Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to [email protected] and we'll get it out to you right away!

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