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Suggest a Challenge, Win a Prize! Have a great idea for a Gallery layout challenge? Submit it to email@example.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!
Scrap 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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Right after Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3), we will be doing some maintenance to the database that runs our storefront (Boutique). This database is where all the Scrap Girls customer order histories are stored. We have been informed that after nearly eight years in business, this database has become unwieldy, and it is recommended that we take some actions to clean it up. Therefore, we will be deleting records older than June 1, 2007.
This update will affect you in several ways:
In the past, we have always been able to help you if you had a tragedy, like losing your hard drive. After this maintenance is complete, we will only be able to look back five years to help you reconstruct what you had. Therefore, if you have products purchased before June 1, 2007, we strongly encourage you to spend some time this weekend backing up your product files.
After this update is complete, you will only be able to see your order history for orders dated June 1, 2007, to the present. If you would like to keep your pre-June 1, 2007, order history, now is the time to copy/paste that history to another document or to print off any of those records. Once the maintenance is complete, Scrap Girls will have no access to these old order histories whatsoever.
Additionally, as a result of the maintenance, any products remaining in your shopping cart will be cleared. All shopping carts will be emptied. If you like to store a bunch of digital scrapbooking products in your cart to remind yourself to buy them in the future, now is the time to make a list of those products - or better yet, just go ahead and check out and bring those products home!
In case you hadn't noticed, we are running a terrific sale right now to encourage you to clear out your shopping cart and bring those great products home!
Remember, before Labor Day (Sept. 3) is over:
Scrap Girls, Etc. is a column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!
Article written using Adobe Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7
What is “scraplifting” and why am I writing an article about it? It sounds illegal!
Scraplifting is essentially copying a layout or being "heavily inspired" by another layout. There are many degrees of scraplifting, from the “hook, line, and sinker” version down to the "I got this tiny little idea from So-and-So's page" version.
There is nothing shameful about scraplifting. Even seasoned scrapbookers like layout artists will scraplift sometimes! When I want to finish pages quickly, I pull out my collection of JIF 6's, Assemble Your Own Zoom pages, and similar products. When my mojo has flown the coop, and I just don't feel creative, I pull out some of my favorite pages that other people have made. And yes, I even do the "hook, line, and sinker" variety of scraplifting sometimes.
The neat thing about scraplifting is that I often learn something or teach myself something in the process. In fact, in the past I have purposefully scraplifted a portion of a layout specifically to learn how to do a technique I hadn't yet tried.
A while back, I filed away Brandy Murry's page:
Layout by Brandy Murry
When I saw this layout, I knew I wanted to do something similar in the future. This assignment, plus our recent trip to California, was just the push I needed.
From Brandy's page, I took the idea of a large shape and journaling within, plus the large photo clipped to a mask. In Photoshop Elements, the way to type within a shape is to drag out a text box from the left/top to the right/bottom of the irregular shape, then fit the journaling within by carefully tabbing and spacing over in each line. In Photoshop, there are more sophisticated ways to go about this, however, that would be a class in and of itself! There are many products in the Scrap Girls Boutique with type paths already created for you that will work in both PSE and PS. Just insert "type paths" (including the quotation marks) into the Search box in the Boutique to browse these products.
We often hold a scraplift chat/challenge as well, so join in next time! One last bit of advice though, and this is very important. If you scraplift, when you upload your page to the Gallery, make sure to credit the person whose ideas you have benefitted from.
So until the next official chat/challenge, I am personally challenging you to scraplift a Scrap Girl whose work you admire and to post your page in the Gallery. I'd love to see your scraplifted pages!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Title It Beach, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Continental US Super Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Grungalicious Scratched Super Biggie 8501 and Brush Set: Sketchbook Dotted Biggie are also available.
Article written by Cheri Thieleke
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:
August's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Jan Ransley
August's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
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:
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Artist Trading Cards are also available.
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.
Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, September 4th - 8:00PM EDT
Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm ET. Can't wait to see you there!
High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 5th - 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 September 5th, we'll do a Travel Challenge! Create a layout about your recent or even your not so recent travels.
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!
August's Forum Game: BINGO
Join us for an exciting game of August BINGO on the Scrap Girls Forum!! Pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Forum username" by Wednesday August 1st (Midnight EDT) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Thursday, August 2nd. 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 (Monday through Saturday), 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 Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
August Monthly Layout Contest: Summer vacation time! We'd love to see your layouts featuring your summer vacations! Have you gone on the trip of a lifetime? Or an annual trip with family or friends? Have you had a fun staycation right in your own town? We'd love to get a glimpse into how you spend your vacation and why you chose spend your time that way! Post your layouts in the August Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight EDT on August 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!
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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