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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Black and White Magic 6301
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Black and White Magic 6301

Take black and white up a notch with these magical digital scrapbooking styles! Add black and white Bokeh, fairy dust, lens flare, vintage, glow and lighted effects to your photos with the click of a button.

Vroom Cardstock Paper Mini   Super 7 Spread: Flower Frenzy

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Black and White Magic 6301 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Bless This Nest Collection Biggie
Bless This Nest Collection Biggie

The Bless This Nest Collection Biggie offers a whimsical look at home and family life. You get a "bird's eye" view of home and family life and the milestones we encounter - falling in love, starting a family, newborns, children growing up, leaving the nest, and all the blessings we encounter along the way.

The last product listed below is included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.

Embossed Paper Frames and Things Embellishment Mini   Life Montage Collection Biggie

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Value Pack: Lace Effect
Value Pack: Lace Effect

Torn edge digital scrapbooking paper templates with distressed lace layered on top create a delicate and unique papers. Use these templates with pre-existing papers, or create your own papers with your own color palette. Also includes distressed lace alpha brush set, and lace digital scrapbooking photo mask embellishment templates.

Midtown Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Midtown 6401 Biggie Alpha Bit Blocks Alpha Biggie
  Document Paper Super Mini  

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Lace Effect and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Midtown 6401 Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart
Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Altered Art Essentials Textures 1
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Altered Art Essentials Textures 1

Create your own gorgeous digital scrapbooking paper quickly and easily with these paper templates. The essential painted background texture which will allow you to design a range of artistic paper for your digital scrapbooking layouts as well as paper crafts and altered art projects.

Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie Memories of Green Collection Biggie Memories of Blue Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Altered Art Essentials Textures 1, Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie, Memories of Green Collection Biggie and Memories of Blue Collection Biggie 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 Forum? It's easy!

If you are a registered user of the Forum, 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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Shape Repetition
Friday, April 27, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 25.5% off Grab It and Run Sale!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique
  • Tips From The Pros
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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IMPORTANT TO KNOW

Don't forget to check out the Retirement Sale section of the Boutique. Items in this section are always on sale for 30% off. The items you will find during any particular month will be discontinued permanently on the 5th of the following month. So if you see something you like, grab it while you can!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

Suggest a Challenge, Win a Prize! Have a great idea for a Gallery layout challenge? Submit it to challenges@scrapgirls.com. 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 receive because birthday presents should alway be a surprise! Make sure your Forum email address is current and that you have the correct birthdate entered into your profile to participate.


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Need to scrap a layout in a hurry? Check out the JIF Kits/Super Spreads section of the Boutique! JIF Kits and Super Spreads all come with a layered PSD layout included! Just insert your photos, add some journaling, and your layout is complete in moments!


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Tips From The Pros

Shape Repetition

Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a Mac

One of the greatest challenges when creating an engaging layout is to connect the emotions of the original image to your visual presentation. The viewer's eye must be guided around the composition that expresses the memories and feelings of those precious pictures. Shape repetition - duplicating elements, textures, themes, or colors in a digital scrap layout - is an easy way to give your layout a compelling flow.

A shape constitutes anything from the simplest form, such as a circle, to more complex ideas found in curving lines. Shapes can also enhance the theme of your layout. By using a series of similar shapes, the subject is more clearly portrayed. Shapes can be repeated throughout clusters, along borders and as backdrops. You will find an excellent source of inspiration in the Scrap Girls Boutique by typing Shapes in the Search box or browsing through the Brush Sets section. An excellent selection of custom shapes may also be found in your Photoshop toolbox.

The layout below demonstrates rhythm and motion by repeating curving shapes across the page. The beach theme is enhanced by the suggestion of the movement of waves. Melissa Renfro's ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Calligraphy Swirls 5001 Biggie were woven with the custom shape "waves" found in the Photoshop toolbox. Here is how you can make the curving shapes:

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Wave shapes.

  1. On a new document, with the foreground color black, draw out the custom shape from the toolbox called "waves."

  2. Rasterize the shape (Layer> Rasterize> Shape) and then erase two of the three lines.

  3. Using the Transform Tool, with the arrows placed on the end center square, push to create deeper curves.

  4. Duplicate the layer and join the two layers by overlapping at the center and merge.

  5. Again, with the Transform Tool, pull upward on the top center square to make even deeper curves. (The original layer has been duplicated several times for this example.)

  6. By adding a stroke to the shape (Edit> Stroke), the size may be increased dramatically. Push and pull until you are happy with your shape. Now you have templates to transfer to your layout.

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Calligraphy Swirls 5001 Biggie Action Pack: Ultimate Artist ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled Frames
Coastal Collection Biggie Seascape Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: US States Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Calligraphy Swirls 5001 Biggie, Action Pack: Ultimate Artist, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled Frames and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: US States Super Biggie are also available.

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When you envision a roly poly bug (sometimes called a pill bug or potato bug), what comes to mind? Little round balls, lots and lots of little round balls! To demonstrate how to develop a theme using shapes, here is a second layout around those strange Armadillidiidaes.

Note the repetition of round shapes from Brush Set: Circles Couture Biggie (by Thao Cosgrove) placed in the background, an alpha from On A Whim Collection Mini (by Syndee Nuckles) and circle frames from two products ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Sliced and Lifted Photo Frames and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Doodle Link Frames (both by Kim Meeder).

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Brush Set: Circles Couture Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Doodle Link Frames ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Sliced and Lifted Photo Frames
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Layout Masks Metro Coastal Collection Biggie On A Whim Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Circles Couture Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Doodle Link Frames, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Sliced and Lifted Photo Frames and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Layout Masks Metro are also available.

Joyce Schardt
Article written by Joyce Schardt

 

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!

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April's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin.

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

April's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using April's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
using April's Scrap Girls Club

ScrapSimple Club

The April ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Armi Custodio and Syndee Nuckles.

April's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Armi Custodio & Syndee Nuckles

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

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

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

Computer scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
using April's ScrapSimple Club

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Angela Blanchard
Layout by Brandy Murry
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General Hospital Special

Designer Freebie by Brandy Murry coordinates with her General Hospital Collection Biggie

General Hospital Collection Biggie General Hospital Paper 2 Parisian Collection Biggie
  French Country Collection with English WordArt  

Brandy Murry
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry

* 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, May 1st - 6:00PM MDT

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 on Tuesday, May 1st at 6 pm MT for our monthly Creative Cards Chat. This month we'll use Assemble Your Own Cards: A Mother's Touch to make quick and easy cards for Mother's Day or any occasion. Can't wait to see you there!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 2nd - 10:00AM MDT

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 May 2nd, we'll do a Stripes Challenge. Create a layout on any theme, any topic and any colors using stripes! The stripes can be from paper, paper strips or in your photo. It is up to you.

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

April's Forum Game: BINGO!

Join us for an exciting game of Springtime BINGO on the Message Board Forum in April! Pick 25 words from the list provided in the forum game thread and send them in an email to games@scrapgirls.com with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Message Board username" by Tuesday, April 3rd at Midnight MDT in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Wednesday, April 4th. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you'll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.

Each day, a member of the Welcoming Committee will call five random words from the BINGO list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call "BINGO!" in the game thread to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards will be cleared and a new round will begin the following day.

Each winner will receive a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! We like to see lots of winners, so please remember that each person can only win one round during the month. Have fun!

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

Contests

April Monthly Layout Contest: Life is full of surprises! Here in the United States, we have April Fools' Day on April 1st. Have you ever been surprised by someone playing an April Fools' joke on you? Or, you can scrap about another surprise that has happened in your life. You don't have to have photos. It could be a journaling page. Post your layouts in the April Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MDT on April 30th. 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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