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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Captivating Coral Collection Mini
Captivating Coral Collection Mini

In the Captivating Coral Collection Mini, you'll find richly textured and papers in vibrant to soft coral tones and a touch of complimentary teal and green hues. It's filled with glittery embellishments and versatile word art. Designed to compliment the Teal Zeal Collection.

Teal Zeal Collection   Coastal Collection Biggie

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jen Reed
Layout by Jen Reed
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Value Pack: Come One Come All
Value Pack: Come One Come All

SAVE with the VALUE PACK Bundle! 3 Products... one low price! This bundle includes three "Come One, Come All" products.

The Messenger Collection Biggie   Flip Alpha Mini

Commercial license versions of Flip Alpha Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jan Ransley
Layout by Jan Ransley
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ink Splat
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ink Splat

Five large and grungy embellishment templates with the appearance of mucky ink blots. Re-color them, add a style, bevel and emboss them, clip your photos to them - the possibilities are endless!

Parterre Collection Biggie Parterre Embellishment Mini Kraft Paper Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ink Splat 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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Adding Realistic Drop Shadows
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique
  • Product Design Team Call
  • 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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Debbie Cleek

While one girl's picture appears here on the Newsletter, Scrap Girls is really a community of talented designers, techy gals, thoughtful contributors and fantastic customers. We are ALL so happy to have you as part of the Scrap Girls community and we are very grateful for your support.

Debbie
President
Scrap Girls, Inc.

RETIREMENT SALE

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!

divScrap Girls sends a birthday gift to each of our Forum members!

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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Ever wish that you could be a Product Designer for Scrap Girls?

Well, now's your chance to apply!

If you are interested, please forward the following items to [email protected].

The subject line must read: Product Designer Application.

  1. 3 color palettes that you might use as a basis for designing collections.
  2. A sample collection mini, consisting of 6 background papers, 1 "sheet" of embellishments, and 1 "sheet" of word art.

    A "sheet" consists of a grouping of items that will fit on an 8.5x11 document. Take care to make sure that the collection mini's color set is well balanced and that it has an idea that ties it together. It should contain enough embellishments and word art to be useful to someone who wishes to make several layouts from it. Also, take care that the embellishments are not a grouping of a small number of items that have just been re-colored. This is your opportunity to show your versatility and skill level.

  3. At least one sample layout using the collection mini.
  4. A sample brush set with 3 brushes.
  5. A sample paper template set (like our ScrapSimple Paper Templates) with 2 papers.
  6. A sample embellishment template set (like our ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates) with 3 embellishments.

    Examples of all of these products can be found in our Boutique.

Also, please answer the following questions in the body of your application email:

  1. Approximately how much would you like to earn each month?
  2. Approximately how many hours do you have to dedicate to design work each week?
  3. What are your goals as it pertains to design work?
  4. Why are you interested in working with Scrap Girls?
  5. What software do you use?
  6. Include any other information that you think would be helpful as we make our decision.

Other instructions: Save your files as 600px wide, 72 dpi. Place them in one zipped folder and forward with your application email.

DEADLINE: Friday, July 13, 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Notifications of results will be sent to all applicants by Friday, July 20.

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What is Scrap Girls looking for in a new designer?

  1. Talent
  2. Desire to work with Scrap Girls and be a committed, active member of our team
  3. Work ethic
  4. Software and designing skills

If a talented person comes along whose skills are not quite what they might be, but we feel they would be a super-committed, dynamic member of our team if given a little help, we may choose to put them through an apprentice program.

We look forward to seeing your application!

Tips From The Pros

How to Use "ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Drop Shadows 11701 Super Biggie"

Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with a PC

When I have a spare moment to scrapbook, the last thing I want to do is fiddle with drop shadows. Thank goodness our designers have taken the guesswork out for us! Today, let's focus on ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Drop Shadows 11701 Super Biggie and see all it has to offer.

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Drop Shadows 11701 Super Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Drop Shadows 11701 Super Biggie

As its marketing description states, this handy style set includes drop shadows in four different directions. Designer Jen Reed named them handily with their degree number (e.g., the usual shadow below and to the right of each object is a 120-degree shadow). I just remember them as down/right, down/left, up, and down. Within each direction, there are varying sizes of shadows.

When you look at real-life objects sitting on a surface, thicker items leave a larger shadow. In the example below, the key and the cardboard are thicker items and thus have larger shadows than the title letters, which mimic stickers or die cuts.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Example of thicker items have a larger drop shadow.

Sometimes you might want to play around with the sizes a little bit and fine-tune them to your liking. That doesn't mean you have to create your own drop shadow. Apply one of these styles; then, as shown in the screen capture, double-click on the layer in the Layers Palette to bring up the Styles box. Click on Drop Shadow and use the sliders to increase or decrease the shadow size and distance.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Adjust Layer Style settings.
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The default drop shadow for the vast majority of us is 120 degrees (down/right). But what about those layouts where the light source is obvious and would not naturally create 120-degree shadows? Look at the sun in the card below - it is placed in the upper right corner.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change the direction of your drop shadow to reflect the position of lighting on your layout.

The blue arrow shows the direction of the light from the sun. As in real life, this sun should light up the upper right corner of each object and cast a shadow down and to the left of each object (45-degree shadows).

Digital Scrapbook Card by Cheri Thieleke
Card by Cheri Thieleke
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Drop Shadows 11701 Super Biggie Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie Puppy Breath Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Drop Shadows 11701 Super Biggie and Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie are also available.

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One last rule of drop shadows is that, in general, the bottom layers in a stack or cluster would cast smaller shadows than those objects on top. In the layout below, the gray paper casts a small shadow on the striped paper. The thick corrugated cardboard is the next layer up, though, so it needs to cast a fairly large shadow.

And finally, feel free to take some liberties - I layered coins underneath the frames. In real life, that would lift the frame up higher and it should cast a larger shadow as a result. However, these gorgeous, grungy frames came with their own halftone pattern, and it just didn't look right with a big shadow. In some respects, I am a perfectionist, but for this, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, "It looks cool the way it is!"

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Cheri Thieleke
Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Drop Shadows 11701 Super Biggie Pirate Code Collection Biggie Pirate Code Solids Paper Mini
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ripped Cardboard ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tattered Photo Masks Inspiring Dates Word Art Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Drop Shadows 11701 Super Biggie, Pirate Code Collection Biggie, Pirate Code Solids Paper Mini, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Ripped Cardboard, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tattered Photo Masks and Inspiring Dates Word Art Mini are also available.

Cheri Thieleke
Article written by Cheri Thieleke

Scrap Girls Club Image

July's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Durin Eberhart.

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 Zoom 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

July's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Durin Eberhart

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart using June's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Durin Eberhart
using July's Scrap Girls Club

ScrapSimple Club

The June ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Cindy Rohrbough and Cherise Oleson.

June's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Cindy Rohrbough & Cherise Oleson

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 Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
using June's ScrapSimple Club

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Elephants Fly Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Elisha Barnett coordinates
with her Elephants Fly Collection Biggie

Find out what inspired Elisha to create her Elephants Fly Collection Biggie!
Check out the Scrap Girls Blog here!

  Elephants Fly Collection Biggie  

Elisha Barnett
Today's freebie designed by Elisha Barnett

* 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

High Noon Crop
Wednesday, July 11th - 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 July 11th, we'll do a Texture Challenge! Create a layout using textures - either a richly detailed photograph, a textured paper, embellishments, whatever! Add some texture!

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

July's Forum Game: Spotlight on the Boutique

Each day of July (with the exception of Sundays), a member of the Welcoming Committee will post an image spotlighting a small circle of the layout you are to search for in the Scrap Girls Boutique. If the layout is not identified by the following morning, a second spotlight circle will be added to the layout; this will be repeated until the product is identified.

All you have to do to participate is search the boutique for the layout and post a link to the product page in the official game thread. Only one guess per member per day is allowed. You can find more specific details in the forum game thread.

Three $10 gift certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique will be awarded. The winners will be randomly chosen from all the members that correctly identify a product throughout the month.

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

Contests

July Monthly Layout Contest: Hot! Hot! Hot! In the northern hemisphere, July is generally a month of very warm temperatures. For July's layout contest, we want you to scrap about what you do to stay cool – whether it'is in July or December. Post your layouts in the July Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight EDT on July 31st 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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