Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Newsletter

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart
Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Altered Art Essentials 3 Super Biggie 5101
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Altered Art Essentials 3 Super Biggie 5101

This set of beautifully colored textured colored pencil Photoshop layer styles provides the perfect accent for your digital scrapbooking layouts or alterd art projects. Combines beautifully with our line of ScrapSimple Paper Templates.

Autumn Elegance Collection Biggie   Valencia Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Altered Art Essentials 3 Super Biggie 5101, Autumn Elegance Collection Biggie and Valencia Collection Biggie are also available.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Value Pack: Curled Photos
Value Pack: Curled Photos

Frame your photos in unique ways with this great curled photo frame value pack! Three complete products are included in this great value pack: ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled Negatives, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Freeze Frame and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Curled Postage.

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Blendability Isabella Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Shadow Decor
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: On Edge Damask ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sepia Magic 6301 Assemble Your Own Cards: A Mother's Touch
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Curled Photos, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Blendability, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Shadow Decor, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: On Edge Damask, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sepia Magic 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.


Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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8.5x11 Visionary Collection Biggie
8.5x11 Visionary Collection Biggie

Creative to the core. Celebrate your inner vision with this art inspired letter sized digital scrapbooking kit. Bright colors with layers of artistic detailed papers, as well as patterned papers. A splash of bold colors mixed with neutrals for a unisex year round palette great for digital art journal projects and more.

Jubilant Collection Biggie Evelyn Collection Knick Knack Frame Embellishments
  Beachcomber Collection Mini  


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Coloring ScrapSimple Paper Templates in Photoshop Elements
Wednesday, July 18, 2012


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Syndee Nuckles
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Three Ways to Color Paper Templates in Photoshop Elements

Tutorial written in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop Elements 10 on a Mac running OS X Lion

Our ScrapSimple line at Scrap Girls is one of the first products I was drawn to, and I think it's safe to say that it's the type of product I design most often! I love the limitless possibilities that ScrapSimple templates offer, and it's amazing how easy they are to use once you get the hang of it!

Today, I am going to show you three different ways to color your paper templates in Photoshop Elements (PSE).

Let's get started by opening up a paper template; I am using one called Ornate from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Picturesque. Make a duplicate copy and close the original. This is a good practice anytime you use any kind of template so that you always keep your original intact.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Make a duplicate of the paper template you will be working with.

Click on the "Create New Layer" icon at the bottom of your Layers Palette.

Now, double-click on the Color Picker in your Tools Menu and select a color for your paper.

Next, select the Paint Bucket in your Tools Menu and fill your blank layer with your chosen color.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Create a new layer and fill with solid color.

Now, we want to "clip" the color layer to the template layer using a "clipping mask." Go up to your Layer menu at the top of your screen and scroll down to "Create Clipping Mask." Or you can hit Cmd+G (Mac) or Ctrl+G( PC).

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Clip the solid fill layer to the paper template layer.

Now, to have the texture of the paper template show through we need to play with our Blending Modes. Click on the little down arrow as shown below and scroll down through your Blending Modes until you like the results. I have chosen the "Overlay" mode for my paper. I use "Overlay" and "Multiply" most often.

Look how pretty that looks and how few steps that took!

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change the Blending Mode of the solid fill layer.

This is an example of the effect that the "Multiply" mode has; it's a richer color with more subtle detail.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Example using the Blending Mode Multiply.

Now, let's move on to the second technique for coloring your paper templates.

Open up a paper template and make a duplicate like we did for the first technique. I am using the same template as before.

Click on the "Enhance" menu bottom at the top of your PSE screen and scroll down to "Adjust Color" and then select "Adjust Hue/Saturation."

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Adjust Hue/Saturation of paper template layer.

Next, the Hue/Saturation dialog box will open up. Click on the "Colorize" box on the bottom right. Now for the fun part! You can adjust the color using the sliders in the Hue/Saturation dialog box. You can come up with some great colors just by playing!

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Play with Hue/Saturation options to colorize the paper template layer.

Let's move on to our third and final technique. This time I am using a template from Durin Eberhart's ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory 2 Biggie. This paper template is transparent so the background layer will show through.

Open up your template and make a duplicate copy.

Next, click on your Layer menu at the top of your screen and scroll down to "New Fill Layer" and select "Solid Color."

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Select Fill layer with Solid Color.

The color picker dialog box will pop open, so choose a color for your background. You will now have a new color fill layer; make sure this new layer is under your template layer.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Select a color using the Color Picker.

Now, we want to create another fill layer like we did above and then choose a complimentary color. Make sure this layer is above your template layer. Notice how the green background color shows through the paper template?

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add another Color Fill layer above the paper template.

One of the reasons I like using the New Fill Layer method is the ease of changing colors. Just click on the little color thumbnail and the Color Picker dialog box will pop up and you can choose a new color.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Easy options to change the color.

I hope this has shown you how easy and fun it can be to color your paper templates in Photoshop Elements!

Happy paper creating!

- Syndee

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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 July 2012 ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Melissa Renfro.

July's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Melissa Renfro

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 Melissa Renfro
Layout by Melissa Renfro
using July's ScrapSimple Club

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Paperdolls Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates
with her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Paperdolls

Brush Set: Bubble Wrap 8.5x11 Heart and Soul Collection Mini 8.5x11 Heart and Soul Paper Mini 2

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Bubble Wrap are also available.

Syndee Nuckles
Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

High Noon Crop
Wednesday, July 18th - 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 18th, we will be doing a ScrapSimple challenge! Create a layout using at least one ScrapSimple product. If you haven't used them before, we'll have some great ideas for you in the chat.

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!


Heritage Crop
Thursday, July 19th - 8PM EDT

Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) and Carla (CRS) at 8pm EDT for the Heritage Crop and Chat! We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.


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.


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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