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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Life is Sweet 6301
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Life is Sweet 6301

This set of brightly colored and patterned digital scrapbooking styles are as easy to use as the click of a button! Add to embellishments, templates, shapes, alphas and more. These styles are designed for items 6" and less in diameter but the scale can be adjusted to fit larger items. Coordinates with Syndee's Super 7 Spread: Life is Sweet.

Super 7 Spread: Life Is Sweet Dynamic Brush Set: Life Is Sweet 6301 ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6303
Witty Font Brush Set: Collage Shapes ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Life is Sweet 6301, Dynamic Brush Set: Life Is Sweet 6301, ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6303, Witty Font, Brush Set: Collage Shapes and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Teal Zeal Fragments Embellishment Mini
Teal Zeal Fragments Embellishment Mini

The Teal Zeal Fragments Embellishment Mini includes fragments of glitter and velvet damask, paint splotches and lace. Coordinates with the Teal Zeal Collection.

  Teal Zeal Collection  

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Brush Set: Messy Paint Alpha
Brush Set: Messy Paint Alpha

Add a messy paint alpha to any layout for a bit of whimsical fun.

Come One, Come All Collection Biggie Come One, Come All Add On Solids Paper Mini Family Faces Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Family Faces Collection Mini are also available.

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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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The 3 B's of Bokeh
Friday, June 8, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 40% off Actions, Shapes & Styles!
  • 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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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 [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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Tips From The Pros

The 3 B's of Bokeh

Tutorial created using: Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7

Today we will be learning about how to use the Dynamic Brush Set: Bokeh 8501 effectively in your digital scrapbooking layouts. There are three steps I like to call the "3 B's" - Brush, Blur, and Blend.

Here's the photograph I am starting with. I added the diffuse glow filter in Photoshop to get it dreamy.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Photo used for example.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Use Photoshop's diffuse glow filter.

You can find this filter by going to Filter> Distort> Diffuse Glow. You want the darkest color in your photo as the foreground color and the light color as your background. In this case, I used Dark Brown and Creamy White.

Now it's time to add some magic!

So let's just get started with the first step... BRUSH! To begin, let’s reduce the size of the brush and choose a color found in the photograph.

I made my brush size 300 and picked a creamy white found in the photo. Then I just brushed across the page from the bottom right diagonally to the top left.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Add brush strokes using a color found in the photo.

The next step is to BLUR the Bokeh. I just like to blur mine a little, but you can play around with what suits your taste. To Blur the Bokeh, select that layer then go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur. I moved the slider to 4.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Blur the Bokeh brush layer.

Now we have added a soft blur to the Bokeh layer.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Brush layer has a soft blur to it.

I added two more layers. One layer in Blue and one in the Dark Pink using the same method as above with the white. I blurred both layers (the blue slightly more).

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Add more brush layers and add a blur to them.

When using any color other than white, it is necessary to blend those in using the Blending Modes in your Layers Palette. For the blue layer, I set to 100% Opacity, and I changed the Blending Mode to "Vivid Light." For the pink layer, I set the Opacity to 76% and changed the Blending Mode to "Overlay."

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Change the Blending Mode of brush layers.

This is the result of the 3 B's: Brushing, Blurring, and Blending!

I used the same technique as above in my layout on the background papers to get an overall magical feel.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Brandy Murry
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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Brandy Murry
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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Brandy Murry
Layout by Brandy Murry
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Dynamic Brush Set: Bokeh 8501 B. Sweet Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Absolutely Blended Cottage Christmas Collection Biggie Shabby Chic Collection Biggie
  Design Pack: Inked Text  

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Bokeh 8501, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Absolutely Blended and Design Pack: Inked Text are also available.

Brandy Murry
Article written by Brandy Murry

 

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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!

Scrap Girls Club Image

June's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Brandy Murry.

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 JIF 6 Plus 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

June's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Brandy Murry

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry using June's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry
using June's Scrap Girls Club

ScrapSimple Club

The May ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Laura Louie and Ang Campbell.

May's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Laura Louie & Ang Campbell

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 Laura Louie
Layout by Laura Louie
using May's ScrapSimple Club

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cherise Oleson
Layout by Cherise Oleson
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Spring Beauty Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Cherise Oleson coordinates with her Spring Beauty Collection Mini

  Spring Beauty Collection Mini  

Cherise Oleson
Today's freebie designed by Cherise Oleson

* 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, June 12th - 8:00PM EDT

Join Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat on June 12th at 8pm ET 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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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 13th - 12 Noon EDT

Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon EDT for the 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 June 13th, we'll do a Photo Manipulation Challenge. Create a layout using a photo you have manipulated in some way - change it to black and white or sepia, remove a distraction, cut out the subject - anything goes!

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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Speed Scrap Crop
Thursday, June 14th - 8:00PM EDT

It's time for some Speed! Join Carla (CRS) at 8pm EDT for the Speed Scrap Crop! She will give you six tasks, spread out over an hour. You'll then have one hour to get a layout finished and posted in the Gallery!

Games

June's Forum Game: Re-JUNE-venate!

We helped you jumpstart your January and now it's time to re-JUNE-venate your focus on scrapbooking! Join us on the Scrap Girls Forum for "Re-JUNE-venate!" This is a game and challenge that focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little "speedbumps" of life. When the month is over you'll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way.

A Welcoming Committee Member will post a task each Monday through Saturday from June 1-30. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require Forum participation, email responses or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.

Those who complete all the required tasks and submit or post required participation by 11:59pm EDT on June 30th will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete all the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Each person who completes a layout will be entered – once for each completed challenge page- into a drawing for one of three $3 Gift Certificates.

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

Contests

June Monthly Layout Contest: June is full of weddings and graduations – a time of pomp and circumstance. For June's contest, we want to see your wedding, graduation or other special occasion layouts. Post your layouts in the June Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight EDT on June 30th and you could one of the two people who will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Please be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties.

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 Forum calendar if you have any questions about what is happening at Scrap Girls. All event times are given in the Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-New York-New York' as the location for the Eastern time zone.)

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