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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frozen 6401
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frozen 6401

Create instant snowy, icicle, and glass type treatments on your pages with these digital scrapbooking Photoshop styles.

Gratitude Collection Brush Set: Sketchy Butterflies Holiday Sparkle Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Frozen 6401 and Brush Set: Sketchy Butterflies are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart
Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Bling-A-Ling 1 Alpha Mini
Bling-A-Ling 1 Alpha Mini

Add a little bling to your digital scrapbooking layouts with this set of diamond letters and numbers. Perfect for festive or girly altered art projects, mixed media, paper craft and digital artwork.

Winter Blue Collection Mini A Little Bit of Holly Collection Mini Moss Side Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Bling-A-Ling 1 Alpha Mini, Winter Blue Collection Mini, A Little Bit of Holly Collection Mini and Moss Side Collection Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Ro Paxman
Layout by Marlene Peacock
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Week 52 Collection Biggie
Week 52 Collection Biggie

Week 52 is perfect for scrapbooking your project 52 or project 365 layouts. The soft tones and neutral colours are accented with a pop of colour to make any layout stand out.

One Yellow Paper Collection Biggie Silent Night Collection Biggie Brush Set: Record It Biggie

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Record It Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Flea Market
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Flea Market

Create your own flea market style papers and backgrounds with these pretty digital scrapbooking paper templates! Use blending modes and gradients to achieve beautiful results. Coordinates with my Flea Market line of products.

Butterfly Dream Collection Because Of You Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Blendability
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Flea Market, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Blendability and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amy Flanagan
Layout by Amy Flanagan
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Brush Set: Pocket Life Journaling Guides
Brush Set: Pocket Life Journaling Guides

Brush Set: Pocket Life Journaling Guides was made with Pocket Life projects in mind. Add lines to any of your favorite papers and journal to your hearts content, or use to enhance any of your favorite papers with a little lines flair.

Crazy Retro Christmas Day Collection Super Mini Pocket Life: January Snowflakes Mini Kit ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Digi Pocket Page Protectors

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Pocket Life Journaling Guides and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Digi Pocket Page Protectors are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Ro Paxman
Layout by Ro Paxman
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Ro Paxman Tall Print Font
Ro Paxman Tall Print Font

This funky print font by Ro lets you add the perfect touch to your journaling on all your digital scrapbooking layouts and crafts.Includes complete upper and lower case alphabets, punctuation marks, and characters. This font will show up in your font list as Ro Paxman Tall Print.

Spring Garden Paper Mini 8.5x11 Basic Neutrals 2201 Paper Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heavenly Glitter and Foils 2201 Biggie

Commercial license versions of 8.5x11 Basic Neutrals 2201 Paper Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heavenly Glitter and Foils 2201 Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Sarah Batdorf
Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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Pocket Life: Juliet
Pocket Life: Juliet

Scrap daily moments with these quick and easy Pocket Life cards. These cards coordinate with Juliet Collection Mini.

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wild Horses 6501   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wild Horses 6501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Value Pack: Sugar Plum Styles
Value Pack: Sugar Plum Styles

Three style sets packed together for one low price! Includes Sugar Plum Frosting, Sugar Plum Foil, and Sugar Plum Gumdrop - all designed to coordinate with Sugar Plum Collection Biggie (sold separately).

Brush Set: Sugar Plum   Sugar Plum Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Sugar Plum Styles, Brush Set: Sugar Plum and Sugar Plum Collection Biggie are also available.

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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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Painting with Layer Styles
Thursday, January 17, 2013

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Boutique
  • Tips From The Pros
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Scrap Girls on Facebook Scrap Girls on Facebook

Scrap Girls on Google Plus Scrap Girls on Pinterest

Scrap Girls Pocket Life

Scrap Girls Bucks Rewards Program

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Tips From The Pros

Painting with Layer Styles

Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7

Layer styles are so much fun to use when digitally scrapbooking. A fun technique to get custom looks from layer styles is painting with them. I'll show you how to take an ordinary shape and customize it with layer styles to make it something that is uniquely you!

So let's get started:

Open a new 12x12-inch, 300-dpi transparent document. Select the Custom Shape Tool from the Tools Palette and choose a shape. (I am using a slide from ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6302 by Syndee Nuckles.) Hold down the Shift key while you drag your mouse across your document. I am making my shape very large so what I'm doing can be seen easily in this tutorial, but you will want to create your shape at the size you intend to use it on your layout or other project.

I need to rasterize my shape before continuing to work with it. To do this, go to Layer> Rasterize> Shape, or right-click on the layer and choose "Rasterize Layer." (In Photoshop Elements, choose Layer> Simplify Layer.)

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Add a custom shape and rasterize or simplify the shape layer.

Now I am going to fill my slide with patterned paper. Open the digital paper of your choice. I am using a paper from Super 7 Spread: Sweet Life by Syndee Nuckles. Drag it on top of the document your shape is in. In the Layers Palette, make sure that your paper layer is above your shape layer and that your paper layer is selected.

Next, we will create a clipping mask. If you are unsure of the shortcut for creating a clipping mask for your program and version, you can go to Layer> Create Clipping Mask, and this will show you the shortcut you can use in the future when using clipping mask. Your shape should now be filled with your paper. You can move the paper around to get the pattern where you want it and you can even resize if you need to.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Add a background paper to clip to your shape layer.

We are almost ready to start "painting" with our Styles. I'm going to show you several different Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Tools Styles for this tutorial so you can see some of the possibilities. Each new style that I want to use will require me to create a new layer.

So, the first thing I will do now is go to the Layers Palette and make sure my paper layer is selected, then click on the "Create New Layer" icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Create a new layer on your layout.

I'm going to name this layer Puff Paint. To do this, double-click on the name next to the layer, and type in the new name and then hit Enter.

Now comes the fun part - you get to start painting on your styles. First, I chose a basic round brush - the size 32 brush, but the size you choose will depend on the size of your project. On the Puff Paint layer, I painted with the brush where I wanted to apply my style.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Using a round brush, paint over the area of your shape layer.

Now, simply go to your Styles and apply a new style to this layer; for this example, I chose Puff Paint 2, the white color.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Add a layer style to the brush layer.

I wanted to add more to my flower, so I added a touch of glitter. (Who doesn't love glitter?!) Again, you will create a new layer and rename it, so you'll remember what is on that layer. I named mine "glitter."

Grab your brush again and paint on where you want to apply your style. Keep in mind, these lines do not have to be perfect. After I painted on my lines, I used Amanda Fraijo-Tobin's ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters His 6401 Biggie to add a green glitter to the leaves.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Add a glitter layer style to parts of your shape.

Once you have applied your style, you may decide that you want to adjust your painted area some or add more to it. To do this very simply, choose the layer for the style you want to adjust, make that the active layer, and take your brush and continue painting. As you do this, you'll see instead of the basic black strokes of the brush, your glitter will now start appearing, and you can now add more to your shape or even thicken up your original lines.

After you have finished painting on your styles and are happy with it, I suggest to first save your files as a PSD file. That way, you can go back and make changes in the future. You will also want to save the file as a PNG so you can use it on your layout.

Following these basic steps and just playing around with styles you have, you'll find there's an endless amount of possibilities that you can create to get custom embellishments.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Angie Briggs
Layout by Angie Briggs
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ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6302 Value Pack: Life Is Sweet ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Puffy Paint Biggie 12001
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters His 6401 Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters Hers 6401 Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Build A Flower 6302, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters His 6401 Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters Hers 6401 Biggie are also available.

Angie Briggs
Article written by Angie Briggs

 

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

January's Scrap Girls Club,
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
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Jiffy Easy Page Album
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Color Palette

ScrapSimple Club for January 2013, designed by Durin Eberhart.

January's ScrapSimple Club,
designed by Durin Eberhart

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).

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

A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Marlene Peacock
Layout by Marlene Peacock
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Dated Destinations Paper Mini Special 1

Designer Freebie by Marlene Peacock coordinates
with her Dated Destinations Paper Mini

Dated Destinations Paper Mini   Dated Destinations Collection Biggie

Marlene Peacock
Today's freebie designed by Marlene Peacock

* 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

Heritage Chat
Thursday, January 17th - 9:00 p.m. ET

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 Carla (CRS) at 9 PM ET for the Heritage Crop and Chat and learn ways to use ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Jot It Down Biggie to dress up your journaling for heritage pages. We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.

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ScrapSimple Club Chat
Monday, January 21st - 8:00 p.m. ET

Stop in to chat about this month's ScrapSimple Club, you don't have to be a club member to chat. Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and discuss the month's club and how to use ScrapSimple products in general. These products are fun and versatile items to have in your digital arsenal!

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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, January 23rd - 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 23rd 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!

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Project SG 2013 Chat
Thursday, January 24th - 8:00 p.m. ET

Join Shannon in the chat room for the "Kick Off" Chat of 2013. Get all the details on this year long project to stay up to date with your scrapbooking. You will want stop in to hear about the fantastic prize you have the chance to win by taking part!

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!

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 Forum calendar. It will be fun to see what YOU come up with for us to do!

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