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Inspire Your Heart with Art Sale! Save 33% off almost everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight ET on January 31, 2013.

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Since January 31 is officially "Inspire Your Heart with Art Day," we encourage you to find yourself - and lose yourself - in the joy and creativity that digital scrapbooking brings to life! To make it even more fun, we're having a sale - 33% off nearly EVERYTHING in the Boutique! And while you're at it, visit an art gallery for inspiration - our Scrap Girls Gallery - where there's no admission charge, you're free to stay as long as you want, and there are literally thousands of beautiful layouts to see!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jacqui Smith
Layout by Jacqui Smith
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digiDoer Everyday: January Collection
digiDoer Everyday: January Collection

With digiDoer Everyday: January collection, makes recording everyday moments quick and fun. Be inspired to capture life's everyday moments easily and have more time to enjoy living them. Coordinate with other digiDo•er products and make recording life digiDone!

  ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: digiDoer pageGrids 02  

Commercial license versions of digiDoer Everyday: January Collection and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: digiDoer pageGrids 02 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Value Pack: 8.5x11 Life Keeping 2
Value Pack: 8.5x11 Life Keeping 2

This Value Pack includes: 8.5x11 Life Keeping 2 Collection, 8.5x11 Pocket Life Spaces Paper Mini, and Pocket Life: Life Keeping.

  8.5x11 Life Keeping Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: 8.5x11 Life Keeping 2 and 8.5x11 Life Keeping Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Brush Set: Fancy Frames and Mattes
Brush Set: Fancy Frames and Mattes

Unforgettable Collection Mini Assemble Your Own Cards: Greeting Cards Love ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Fancy Frames and Mattes and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Card by Jennifer Ziegler
Card by Jennifer Ziegler
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Brush Set: Unbroken
Brush Set: Unbroken

If your projects need some winged accents, this brush set is perfect!

  Unbroken Collection Biggie  

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Love Bug Collection Mini
Love Bug Collection Mini

A sweet digital scrapbooking valentines collection for any little (or big!) love bug in your life.

Love Bug Alphas Love Bug Solids Paper Super Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Borders 6401 Biggie

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart
Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Altered Art Essentials Lockets
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Altered Art Essentials Lockets

This antiqued set of lockets will add old world charm to your digital scrapbooking projets. Perfect for altered art, mixed media, paper craft and digital scrapbooking layouts.

Quiet Beauty Paper Mini   Quiet Beauty Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Altered Art Essentials Lockets, Quiet Beauty Paper Mini and Quiet Beauty Collection Mini are also available.

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If you have praise, comments, or questions for any of our Product Designers or Layout Artists, did you know you can send them a PM (private message) using the Forum? It's easy!

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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Tips On Embossing
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

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

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Tips From The Pros

Tips On Embossing

Article written using Photoshop CS5 on a Mac

I chose Angela Blanchard's Subtropical Collection, with its brilliantly colored insects and flowers, to demonstrate a technique that I have found to be quite useful. Because the praying mantis on Nick's shoulder is so small, I decided to enlarge the photograph in order to capture that delightful moment of tenderness. Not wanting to distract from the photo, I felt I needed to minimize the title. An embossed title, using the Horizontal Type Mask Tool, was just the answer. In five easy steps, you too can create an elevated title that will rise off the paper as if embossed.

First, duplicate the paper that you want to emboss. Then with the top layer selected, go to the Type Tool button and select the Horizontal Type Mask Tool (a hollow T with dotted lines). Use a bold or chunky font such as Cooper Std.

Next, type the word you want embossed in the final position in the layout. It will appear hollow. Go to Select> Inverse and press Delete. Only the word will remain on the top layer.

Open the Layer Style Dialogue Box and create a bevel. Experiment with the different options, adjusting the size and depth of the bevel. Remember to change the shadow color to suit the colors you are using.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Add a layer style to emboss a title.

If you look closely, you will see that I have used this technique on the photograph as well. The raised circle gives the illusion of a magnifying glass while drawing the eye, every so subtly, to the praying mantis.

Embossing is such a simple technique and yet seldom utilized. I hope this tutorial will give you incentive to experiment with the different effects that can be achieved while using this tip. And as always, remember to share your results in the Scrap Girls Gallery!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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  Subtropical Collection  

Commercial license versions of Subtropical Collection are also available.

Joyce Schardt
Article written by Joyce Schardt

 

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 Jacqui Smith
Layout by Jacqui Smith
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digiDoer Planner - Special

Designer Freebie by Jacqui Smith coordinates
with her digiDoer Planner Collection Biggie

digiDoer Planner Collection Biggie   digiDoer Stationery Silver Embellishment Mini

Commercial license versions of digiDoer Planner Collection Biggie and digiDoer Stationery Silver Embellishment Mini are also available.

Jacqui Smith
Today's freebie designed by Jacqui Smith

* 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 30th - 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 30th, we'll do a Photo Manipulation Challenge! Create a layout using a photo you have manipulated in some way - change it to black and white or sepia, remove a distraction, cut out the subject - anything goes!

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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Speed Scrap Crop
Wednesday, January 30th - 8:00 p.m. ET

It's time for some Speed! Join Carla (CRS) at 8 pm et for the Speed Scrap Crop! We'll give you 6 tasks, spread out over an hour. You'll then have an hour to get it finished and posted in the gallery!

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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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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