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Pocket Life - January Special

Introducing Pocket Life!

Scrap Girls is launching a new line of products to help you get your scrapbooking done faster! Place an order totaling $15 or more before January 12th and receive
this Pocket Life - January Special as a FREE gift!

 

Image: What's New

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Brandy Murry
Layout by Brandy Murry
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Pocket Life: Countryside
Pocket Life: Countryside

Scrap daily moments with these quick and easy Pocket Life cards.

Countryside Collection Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Grungalicious Scratched Super Biggie 8501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Grungalicious Scratched Super Biggie 8501 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Melissa Renfro
Layout by Melissa Renfro
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Pocket Life: Sunshine and Laughter Cards
Pocket Life: Sunshine and Laughter Cards

This set of Pocket Life cards coordinates with Sunshine and Laughter Collection Biggie. This set includes six 3x4in cards and three 4x6in cards.

Laughter and Sunshine Collection Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Corner Rounder 5001 Mini

Commercial license versions of Laughter and Sunshine Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Corner Rounder 5001 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jo Corne
Layout by Jo Corne
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 On Target
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 On Target

When you are on a deadline and you need to get your layouts done asap these ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates 12x12: On Target will get you there and 'on target' in no time at all. Offering layouts in both .psd and .png form you will be able to create beautiful and memorable layouts in no time at all.

Funky Hanukkah Collection Purim Shpeel Collection Super Mini A Happy Haunting Collection Biggie
  Lettering Delights Monique Font  

Commercial license versions of Funky Hanukkah Collection and Purim Shpeel Collection Super Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Shalae Tippetts
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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Pocket Life: Missionary Cards
Pocket Life: Missionary Cards

Scrap those special moments preparing for your missionary's full-time service with these quick and easy Pocket Life cards.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sugar Plum Foil
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sugar Plum Foil

Make your embellishments, brush layers, shapes, text, or word art look like shiny foil! A set of six foil styles in 5 colors and a gold beveled "lead" outline. Coordinate with Sugar Plum Collection Biggie (sold separately).

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sugar Plum Gumdrops Brush Set: Sugar Plum Sugar Plum Collection Biggie
Sugar Plum Gingham Paper Mini   ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Photos - Doubles Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sugar Plum Foil, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Sugar Plum Gumdrops, Brush Set: Sugar Plum, Sugar Plum Collection Biggie, Sugar Plum Gingham Paper Mini and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Photos - Doubles Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Pocket Life: Calendar Cards
Pocket Life: Calendar Cards

These fun digital scrapbooking journal cards are perfect for your Pocket Life pages, both digital and hybrid!

Flea Market Collection Biggie JIF Plus: Flea Market ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Soft Color 6301
  ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pocket Life 6301  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Soft Color 6301 and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pocket Life 6301 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart
Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Quiet Beauty Collection Mini
Quiet Beauty Collection Mini

Set the scene for your digital scrapbooking layouts with this enchanting set of natural backgrounds, embellishments and antique word art. Perfect for fantasy altered art, mixed media, paper craft and digital scrapbooking layouts.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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Pocket Life: Rustic Charm Cards
Pocket Life: Rustic Charm Cards

This worn and rustic kit of digital scrapbooking Pocket Life Cards are the perfect way to add a touch of charm to your layouts. The Pocket Life Cards come in the popular 3x4 and 4x6 sizes so they can slide into page protectors made for journaling cards. When you download your product you will receive both the digital version of each card and a 8.5x11 sized sheets with all the cards at full size that can easily be printed to use in projects. We've designed Pocket Life to be completely versatile so you can choose to use your cards for digital scrapbooking, printable projects or both! (300dpi, jpg and png files).

Rustic Charm Collection Mini   ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Digi Pocket Page Protectors

Commercial license versions of Pocket Life: Rustic Charm Cards, Rustic Charm Collection Mini and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Digi Pocket Page Protectors are also available.

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GIMP vs. Photoshop Elements
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • Pocket Life: January Special - Free with $15 Purchase!
  • What's New in the 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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Tips From The Pros

Comparing GIMP with Photoshop Elements

Article written using GIMP and Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 with Vista

A layer program is a must for digital scrapbooking. Most often, Scrap Girls articles present tutorials based on Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Today, I’d like to take you on a journey of comparisons between the Photoshop family of software and GIMP, a program you may not be familiar with. Each has their pluses, and if you have knowledge of both programs, you can make the choice that’s right for you and your digital scrapbooking needs.

Let’s talk about our wallets first, because cost can be one of the hindrances to getting into digital scrapbooking in the first place. If the expense of Photoshop Elements or Photoshop is a hindrance to you, then take a look at GIMP.

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It’s a free download (available at http://www.gimp.org/), it’s constantly being improved, and anyone can download updates for free, too! When I first discovered digital scrapbooking in 2008, I wanted to try it first as cheaply as possible to see if I liked it. Using only GIMP and freebies, I dipped my toe into the world of digital scrapbooking and quickly found I loved it!

After six months of using just GIMP, I realized editing photos would be easier and more successful in Photoshop Elements (PSE), so I took the plunge and bought PSE 6. I found I really liked PSE 6 for photo editing, styles, and brushes. Four years later, I am still using both GIMP and PSE 6. Why do I still use GIMP?

There are three things I especially like about GIMP: free upgrades, guidelines, and a measuring tool.

Free Upgrades

Experts are continually improving GIMP, and all these upgrades are free, unlike upgrades for PSE or Photoshop. Just a few weeks after I purchased PSE 6 in 2008, PSE 7 came out. Bummer! I wish PSE had free upgrades. So from a financial standpoint, GIMP gets my vote!

Guidelines

As a former math teacher, I like to precisely cut and place papers and elements on my pages, so guidelines are extremely helpful. GIMP has guidelines that I really like and I use guidelines for almost every layout I create. Let me show you how I create guidelines for a layout in GIMP.

First, I start by creating a gridwork of horizontal and vertical lines spaced at 1200 pixels and 2400 pixels on a 3600-pixel page. This divides my page into thirds, which is important for design.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Using GIMP to create a grid.

These guidelines automatically show the four places on your page to which your eyes are automatically drawn, the spots that are one-third from two edges. You could mentally divide your page into thirds and find these four spots, but I like the precision of guidelines.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Grids help with Rule of Thirds placement.

One way to design a page is to place important parts of your layout at one of these four spots. For example, here I placed my baby's face where two guidelines meet.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Important elements of your layout should be placed using the Rule of Thirds.

Another way to use guidelines is to line up papers or elements along them. Since an element automatically "sticks" to the guideline, either on the element's side or in the middle, it is easy to create a straight line of elements across a page. I added a line of squares along the top of my layout. Notice I placed the square with my baby's photo on one of the four key spots where the guidelines meet.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Line up other elements using the Rule of Thirds grid.

Thus, using guidelines alone, I developed the basic design of my page. I use guidelines in other ways, too, but this gives you an idea of their versatility.

Later versions of PSE have a guideline function, so if you have PSE, have you checked to see if you have them turned on? Go to View> Grid to toggle them on. If you want to change/set guidelines at specific intervals, go to Edit> Preferences> Guides & Grids.

Measuring Tool

As a stickler for precision and accuracy, I like to measure things on my pages. A measuring tool makes this very easy, but Photoshop Elements 6 does not have a measuring tool. However, GIMP does. On the page above, I wanted to check that the squares were a set distance from each other and the side of the page. You could eyeball this to make corrections, but a few quick measurements made the job easier. It was a snap to place the squares 30 pixels apart. The screen shot below is highly magnified to make it easier to see.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Use a measuring tool to determine spacing on your layout.

So when you want precision, GIMP works well, but in almost every other way, Photoshop Elements is better for digital scrapbooking. GIMP was developed by geeks, with a user's guide full of technical terms that are difficult to understand. Photoshop Elements was especially developed to be user friendly, and the help provided online through guides and tutorials makes it much easier to use than GIMP. GIMP is slower than Photoshop Elements, especially when you load a lot of brushes. When there are too many brushes added, GIMP can crash, destroying your unsaved work. Photo editing is much easier in Photoshop Elements than GIMP, and produces better results, too. Finally, GIMP doesn't have styles, while Photoshop Elements does.

It all comes down to choice. Which layer program is right for you? Whichever program you use, share your beautiful pages by uploading them into the Scrap Girls Gallery for everyone to enjoy! Happy Scrapping!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Sue Maravelas
Layout by Sue Maravelas
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Value Pack: Teal Zeal Count The Ways Collection Biggie Antique Edges Paper Biggie
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders   Lettering Delights Carefree Black

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders and Lettering Delights Carefree Black are also available.

Sue Maravelas
Article written by Sue Maravelas

Scrap Girls Club Image

Scrap Girls Club for January 2013, designed by Jen Reed.

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 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

January's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Jen Reed

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Jen Reed using the Scrap Girls Club for January 2013
Layout by Jen Reed

ScrapSimple Club

ScrapSimple Club for December 2012, designed by Elisha Barnett.

December's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Elisha Barnett

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! Tutorial

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Recipe Card Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Visionary Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin coordinates
with her Visionary Collection Biggie

Visionary Collection Biggie   Shabby Bakery Recipe Cards Embellishment Biggie

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Today's freebie designed by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

* 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, January 9th - 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 January 9th we'll do a Circle Challenge. Create a page using at least one circle. It can be a circular embellishment, polka-dots, brads- it is your choice!

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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Journaling Chat
Monday, January 14th - 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 pm et that is sure to help you get journaling! This month we'll talk about using Amanda's ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Notebook Journal Mats. It's a great template set to help make your journaling part of your layout and not an after thought!

Games

January's Forum Game: Jumpstart January!

It's time to kick off the new year with some fun and a focus on scrapbooking! Join us on Scrap Girls Forum for "Jumpstart January!" 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 January 1-31. 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 message board 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 11:59 pm (ET) January 31st 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

January Monthly Layout Contest: Our scrapbooks are full of the holidays, birthdays and special events. But what about those little, everyday moments? For the January Layout Contest, we'd love to see your layouts featuring everyday moments or habitual tasks that would otherwise go undocumented. Please post your layouts in the January Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight ET on January 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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