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Save 50% off Commercial products in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight ET on February 9, 2013.

Attention, artists, designers, and commercial photographers! For two days only, Scrap Girls is knocking HALF OFF the price of our Commercial License Products!

Scrap Girls has the largest collection of commercial license templates and products anywhere on the web. Our products are the highest quality and designed to make your job a little easier. We don't run this sale often, so don't miss this opportunity to load up on the supplies that will make you and your work look good! This sale starts Friday and ends Saturday at midnight.

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Pocket Life: February Special

February's Pocket Life Special!

Place an order totaling $15 or more before February 9th and receive
this Pocket Life: February Special by Elisha Barnett as a FREE gift!

 

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Angie Briggs
Layout by Angie Briggs
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Pocket Life: A New Me
Pocket Life: A New Me

This set of Pocket Life cards coordinates with the A New Me Collection. In this set you will receive 9 Pocket Life Cards. Two which are 4x6 in size and Seven 3x4.

ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Digi Pocket Page Protectors A New Me Collection Fitness Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Digi Pocket Page Protectors are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Camera Time
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Camera Time

These retro hand-drawn camera digital scrapbooking templates are sure to bring a smile to your face! The possibilities are endless with these fun retro cameras, add colors, papers or styles to create unique embellishments! Both PNG and layered PSD files are included.

Snapshot Nano Collection ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Cardstock 2 ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Film Fragments

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Camera Time, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Cardstock 2 and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Film Fragments are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Doris Castle
Layout by Doris Castle
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Pocket Life: Blessings of the Heart
Pocket Life: Blessings of the Heart

Express your appreciation of your many blessings with this Blessings of the Heart Pocket Life. These cards coordinate with the Lady Adelaide Collection. Included are 9 Pocket Life cards in the popular 3x4 or 4x6 sizes, making it easy to print and slide them into page protectors made for journaling cards, or use them in any of your digital scrapbooking projects.

Lady Adelaide Collection   ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Digi Pocket Page Protectors

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Digi Pocket Page Protectors are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart
Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tiny Critters
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tiny Critters

These little critters are sure to bring a smile to your digital projects! Create your own with this essential set of Scrap Simple embellishment templates. Simply layer your paper, make clipping masks and you'll have a zoo full of these tiny little animals! The face area measures approximately 2.5 inches. Perfect for embellishing pocket journal cards, altered art, mixed media, paper craft and digital scrapbooking layouts.

  Morning Mist Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Tiny Critters and Morning Mist Collection Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Armi Custodio
Layout by Armi Custodio
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks-Just Because
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks-Just Because

A little bit retro, a little bit modern, and a whole lot of grunge, this set of six (6) photo masks makes for a unique accent to your digital scrapbook pages. Clip your photos to it, mat your photos or simply use it as a decorative element. The download comes in PNG files and includes a bonus mini-tutorial to make the most out of your masks.

Modern Love Collection Forever Summer Collection Lettering Delights Creative Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks-Just Because and Lettering Delights Creative Font are also available.

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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 2
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Altered Art Essentials Lockets 2

This antiqued set of lockets will add old world charm to your digital scrapbooking projets. Sized at 6x4, 4x3, 3x2, 2x1.5 in both vertical and horizontal orientations to work with your Pocket Life projects. Also perfect for altered art, mixed media, paper craft and digital scrapbooking layouts.

Memories of Pink Collection Biggie   Value Pack: Fascination 2

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Altered Art Essentials Lockets 2, Memories of Pink Collection Biggie and Value Pack: Fascination 2 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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Putting a Shadow on Its Own Layer
Friday, February 8, 2013

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 50% off Commercial Products Sale!
  • February's Pocket Life Special!
  • What's New in the Boutique
  • 50¢ Friday Super Saver Specials!
  • Tips From The Pros
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls

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Scrap Girls on Google Plus Scrap Girls on Pinterest

Scrap Girls Pocket Life

Scrap Girls Bucks Rewards Program

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Debbie Cleek

While one girl's picture appears here on the Newsletter, Scrap Girls is really a community of talented designers, techy gals, thoughtful contributors and fantastic customers. We are ALL so happy to have you as part of the Scrap Girls community and we are very grateful for your support.

Debbie
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Super Saver Special by Angie Briggs
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Super Saver Special by Syndee Nuckles
Super Saver Special by Syndee Nuckles

Act fast or you'll miss this Super Saver Special!
Available Today Only!

For the super low price of 50¢, you'll receive these two papers and an embellishment cluster that coordinate with the Bittersweet Collection Mini.

This special is available for today only! Once this promotion is over, this Super Saver product will not be offered in the Boutique again.

Tips From The Pros

Putting a Shadow on Its Own Layer

Tutorial created Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista

One of the most intriguing aspects of digital scrapbooking is the ability to achieve non-traditional scrapbooking looks. Blending and heavy layering are just two examples of how we can set apart the digital from the traditional.

However, what about making a digital layout look realistic like a traditional scrapbooking page? How do we make a two-dimensional layout look touchable and three dimensional? The answer is in the shadows.

A shadow is really nothing more than a style added to your layer. By creating a shadow for your embellishment layers, your embellishments look more three dimensional and add depth and realism to your layout. Shadows can be deep or shallow, wide or narrow, and you can adjust the opacity and color of your shadow.

One trick to mastering your shadows is to place your shadow on its own layer. One easy way to accomplish this is with ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie. This action automates putting your shadow on its own layer and offers several options as to the depth of the shadow as well as the angle of the shadow. In the screenshot below, you can see the embellishment (renamed by the action) on the top layer and the new shadow layer on the bottom layer.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Photoshop action applies a drop shadow layer style and creates it a new layer.

As a result of the shadow being on its own layer, you now have infinite options for how you can place your shadow. You can move the shadow layer any number of ways to make your item look realistic. Simply use your Move Tool to adjust and position the shadow anywhere you like. You can bend or offset your shadow layer under your object to make a corner of it appear lifted. You can pull it out to make your embellishment look higher off the page. You can pull it in closer to make it look closer to your page. The options are endless as you explore with the effects of how the shadow looks depending on where it is placed under your embellishment.

The layout below has a nice ribbon placed on the layout with no shadow at all. See how one dimensional and flat it looks? The ribbon looks incomplete on the layout.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Ribbon embellishment has no shadow.

On the next sample, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie has been run. The layers are unchanged from the way the action ran, but you can see there is more realism to the ribbon now.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Run a Photoshop Drop Shadow action on the ribbon embellishment.

On this sample, I rotated the shadow layer from lower right toward the upper right. This gives the effect that the ribbon is closer to the page at the top left of the ribbon and higher off the page toward the bottom right, much like a paper scrapbooking layout where the ribbon is attached to the paper at the point where the ribbon crosses over on itself. This sample looks the most realistic - and touchable. Nothing changed except the position of the shadow.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Rotate the shadow layer for a realistic look.

After I have decided where I wanted my shadow to lay, I locked the shadow layer and the object layer together by highlighting both layers and clicking on the link icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette. While building a layout, I use this process on each embellishment that needs a shadow, locking each shadow to its object.

By adding shadows to their own layers, you can make your layouts look super realistic and emulate a paper scrapbooking page - yet another example of the diversity in creativity that digital scrapbooking affords to the modern memory keeper!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amy Flanagan
Layout by Amy Flanagan
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ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie Because Of You Collection Biggie Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Because Of You
Basic: Black Paper Mini   ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Favorites 2

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Favorites 2 are also available.

Amy Flanagan
Article written by Amy Flanagan

 

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Ang Campbell
Layout by Ang Campbell
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Potty Party Collection Mini Special

Designer Freebie by Ang Campbell coordinates
with her Potty Party Collection Mini

  Potty Party Collection Mini  

Commercial license versions of Potty Party Collection Mini are also available.

Ang Campbell
Today's freebie designed by Ang Campbell

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

Journaling Chat
Monday, February 11th - 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 Art Journaling and how to use it on your layouts using Kim Meeder's ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Watercolor Resist - Art. Hope to see you in the chat room!

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New Member Chat
Tuesday, February 12th - 9:00 p.m. ET

Join Pat (PBarnes) for the New Member Chat at 9 PM 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.

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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 13th - 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 February 13th, we'll do a "Hearts" challenge! Create a layout using at least one heart!

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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February's Forum Game: Leaving Love Posting Challenge

Join us on the Scrap Girls Forum for a Leaving Love Posting Challenge! You can earn a chance to win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply leaving love (comments) on layouts in the Scrap Girls Gallery. Only gallery comments will count toward your total. This contest runs from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28th.

To enter the Scrap Girls Leaving Love Posting Challenge, you MUST reply in the Leaving Love Posting Contest Thread with your current GALLERY post count. You can find your current gallery post count on the Gallery Tab of your profile. You must post in the thread for us to be able to tally your posts at the end of the month.

PRIZES:

  • Those with 20-49 new gallery posts will be entered in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 50-149 new gallery posts will be entered in a drawing for a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 150 or more new gallery posts will be entered in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • The person with the most new gallery posts will receive a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.

For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

Contests

February Monthly Layout Contest: February is here! Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow on Groundhog's Day? Will there be six more weeks of winter? Whether Phil sees his shadow or not, we'd love to see your layouts featuring sunlight and/or shadows for the February Monthly Layout Contest! Please post your layouts using mostly Scrap Girls products in the February Monthly Layout Gallery by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28th 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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