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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!
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.
Are you crazy for all things crafty?
Do you LOVE combining digital and traditional craft products
and sharing your creativity with others?
Then Scrap Girls is looking for you!
• 1 hybrid project a month, which would include a tutorial to be posted on our blog.
Additional products are always welcome but not required.
• Being crafty and having fun!
• Free products from Scrap Girls
• $5 a month to cover cost of glue, printer paper, etc.
• Being part of an awesome community!
To apply, email the following to [email protected]
• Photos of 2 hybrid projects (can be crafts, cards, or layouts)
• Tell us why you would like to join our team.
• Send in your applications by November 21st.
2013 Calendar - Easy, Colorful, Customizable!
Article written using Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 with Windows 7
Can you believe it - 2013 is just around the corner! Are you ready? One way I like to get ready for the New Year is with a new calendar. This is one of my favorite projects to create. I have been making calendars for myself as well as gifts for my mother and mother-in-law each Christmas. I love the way Scrap Girls allows me to create such beautiful and unique personalized calendars. The possibilities are indeed endless. Let me show you how easy it really is to make these one-of-a-kind calendars.
First, select a size and template. I am using Sarah Batdorf's ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 12x24 Perpetual. This particular template comes with several layer grids that can be used again and again over a span of many years.
Once my files were opened, I layered all the template layers into a 12x24-inch blank canvas.
Note: Most of the calendar templates designed for a particular year already have this step completed for you. However, the perpetual templates need a little combining. I searched "2013 calendar" to make sure I got my days right.
Next, I found the picture(s) I wanted to use. I usually highlight my favorite photos or favorite family highlight from the previous year to correspond with the month I am working on. Some months I highlight an individual whose birthday is that month. A couple of my past calendars were themed, such as our Disneyland calendar which highlighted our family's Disney trip.
After I selected my photos, I found a digital scrapbooking collection of papers, embellishments, and word art that complemented them. (If you're following along and completing these steps with me, now the real fun begins!) This was the best part of the task – creating colorful layouts with a click of my mouse. And because we're digitally scrapbooking, undoing mistakes is super easy – just click that Undo icon!
Because I worked with a layered template, clipping papers to each layer easily made my calendar come alive. (To clip papers to a template layer, click Ctrl+G in Photoshop Elements; Ctrl+Alt+G in Photoshop.) Next, I added digital embellishments to spice up the page.
Finally, I included all those important dates, holidays, birthdays, and upcoming trips. My page was now complete!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 12x24 Perpetual and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Shadow Layer 6501 PSE are also available.
Another idea for a fast-and-easy calendar is to use a layout you have already designed for something else. For example, I selected a favorite layout that you may have already seen in my Scrap Girls Gallery entitled South Thailand.
Using the same collection and Ang Campbell's ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 8.5x11 Perpetual, I was able to quickly create a calendar spread.
Once all my pages are done, including a cover, I will be ready to print. Calendars can be printed from an array of sources, such as your home printer or a local print shop. There are also a number of online printing resources who will print fully customizable calendars. This month, Scrap Girls is partnering with MyPicTales to offer a special coupon (see above) for a great deal on getting your 2013 calendar printed!
So what are you waiting for? Let's get our 2013 calendars created and printed. Be sure to first share your design in our Gallery so we can "ooh and ahh" over them!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 8.5x11 Perpetual are also available.
Article written by Jennifer Wight
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:
November's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Shalae Tippetts
October'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 Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Sarah Batdorf
* 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.
High Noon Crop
Wednesday, November 7th - 12 Noon ET
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon ET 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 November 7th, we'll have a Color Challenge! Create a layout using the rich warm tones of autumn.
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!
Journaling Challenge Chat
Monday, November 12th - 8:00 p.m. ET
Do you struggle to get your words on your layouts? This is the crop for you! Join Carla (CRS) in the Chat Room for a Journaling Crop at 8 p.m. ET that is sure to help you get journaling! This month, we'll talk about Shalae's ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Matchbooklet!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, November 13th - 9:00 p.m. ET
Join Pat (PBarnes) for the New Member Chat at 9 p.m. 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.
November's Forum Game: Products Picks Game
This November, we are playing the Products Picks game where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping.
Each Monday through Saturday in November, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in this Product Picks game thread. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique and navigate to that particular designer's product pages. Choose any of their products (your favorite product, one you like, or one you wish you owned), then head over to the Product Picks game thread and share the product name, boutique link, and a brief explanation of why you chose that product.
At the end of the month, members who haves posted links to 41 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 Gift Certificates. Members who have posted links to 16-40 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 Gift Certificates. And members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
November Monthly Layout Contest: What are you thankful for? Have you thought about your blessing lately? For the November Layout Contest, we'd love to flood the Gallery with layouts showcasing what you are thankful for! Post your layouts in the November Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight ET on November 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!
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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