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Five Tips for Creative Journaling
Wednesday, June 19, 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

Layout and Contest Winners on the Scrap Girls Blog

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WHAT'S NEW IN THE BOUTIQUE

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Valerie Tuffrey
Layout by Valerie Tuffrey
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Monster Truck Embellishment Mini
Monster Truck Embellishment Mini

These embellishments are perfect for cards, invitations and other crafts in addition to complementing any digital scrapbook page. PNG files created at 300 dpi.

Gesso 2 Paper Lettering Delights Pookie Brush Set: Erosion Biggie

Commercial license versions of Lettering Delights Pookie and Brush Set: Erosion Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Value Pack: Suddenly Summer
Value Pack: Suddenly Summer

Value Pack: Suddenly Summer includes 3 coordinating products packed together to save you money! It's packed with fun, summery embellishments and energetic patterns. Perfect for layouts about the pool, beach, picnics, vacations, or any summer leisure activities.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Value Pack: Fatherly
Value Pack: Fatherly

This Fathers Day digital scrapbooking collection includes detailed and textured papers in a great color palette suited for males. Shelving Embellishments with unique sign wordart, doors, aged chicken wire, dog tags, and more. Not only is this collection great for Fathers Day, but for any day of the year to scrap your favorite guy.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Angie Briggs
Layout by Angie Briggs
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Basic: Collage 2 Paper Mini
Basic: Collage 2 Paper Mini

You'll find yourself grabbing for this digital scrapbooking paper pack over and over again. This paper pack includes 6 collage style papers in a fun, vibrant color scheme. With both masculine and feminine patterns, these papers will be the perfect addition to all your digital scrapbook pages.

La Di Da Collection Biggie Chambray Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Silhouettes

Commercial license versions of Basic: Collage 2 Paper Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Silhouettes are also available.

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

Tyres, balloons and hinges... Make layouts quickly and easily with the digiDoer Everyday: June Collection. The digiDoer cards come in five sizes, in both 12x12 and 8.5x11, to fit the pageGrid templates (sold separately), no resizing or layer clipping necessary. Also included are the popular 3x4 and 6x4 card sizes to work with other memory keeping projects.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Laurel Lakey
Layout by Laurel Lakey
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Golfing Collection Mini
Golfing Collection Mini

Mommy Love Solids Paper Mini   JIF Plus: 12x12 The Story

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Color Me Summer Collection Mini
Color Me Summer Collection Mini

Celebrate summer with this vibrant and artsy digital scrapbooking kit. The Color Me Summer Collection Mini is filled with a whimsical mix of pretty yet playful elements that are perfect for all of your summertime or anytime pages. Includes six 12x12 300 dpi backgrounds in JPG format, one sheet of word art in PNG format, and one embellishment sheet packed full with 31 elements in PNG format.

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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.

TIPS FROM THE PROS

Joyce Schardt
Joyce Schardt

Five Tips for Creative Journaling

Article written using Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a Mac

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon. The sun played peek-a-boo behind the clouds. My daughter, Syvonne, had prepared a gourmet picnic meal with apparent ease. The guests were arriving and being ushered to the picnic area by my two little grandsons, Nicholas and Nathan. I was a beaming mother and grandmother, savoring the moment.

Earlier in the week, my daughter's family had driven for two days, arriving unannounced, just to surprise me for my birthday. When I saw two little boys standing at the front door, I thought to myself, "They certainly do look like Nick and Nate. Hmmm, I wonder where they live." It wasn't until they exclaimed, "Surprise, Grandma!" that I fully comprehended who they were! From that moment on, the week was filled with cherished memories.

While I am a planner and a detail person, my daughter is spontaneous. She suggested that we have a party. "Oh, it will be fun, Mom, and we can have a picnic outside by the lake!" Since I had advertised a two-day garage sale, I was reluctant to take on another activity. Not to be deterred, she insisted that she would take care of everything and instructed me to enjoy spending time with my grandsons.

Ten months later, I have just completed the first digital scrapbook page documenting my favorite summer memory. Fortunately, I had written down my thoughts and observations which will serve as a treasure trove of inspiration as I design layouts using the remaining photos taken during the week.

If you neglect to jot down notes during your upcoming summer adventures, you may have difficulty recalling the details to include with the photographs when you finally sit down to scrap them. So here are my creative journaling tips for you to put into practice this summer:

  1. Don't stress over taking copious notes while enjoying the occasion. Take "mental notes" and observations.

  2. When you have a quiet moment, maybe at the end of the day after everyone has gone to bed, simply write down a few words describing some standout moments: snippets of conversation, your impressions of the place or the event, etc.

  3. An easy way to prompt yourself toward creative journaling is to aim for the five senses: what did you see, hear, taste, touch, or smell. These triggers will move you past the basic facts of the event. Often, scrappers fill their journal entries with just the facts—who, what, where, and when. That's a good start, but it's so easy to add just a bit more detail and really bring the layout to life.

  4. Journaling blocks are amazing venues to document your feelings, your observations, and endearing conversations. Quips from children make for amazing journal material. On the layout below, I chose to use a series of photos of Nick sipping his cranberry juice "margarita," while carrying on a very serious adult conversation with a family friend. The pictures alone are cute, but the added journaling invites you into the scene and provides the humor that makes the photos even more memorable.

  5. Finally, if you need some additional help in a journaling block, then employ quotes, song lyrics, or poems to describe your summer adventures. You can find an endless supply of options if you search the Internet for quotes, lyrics, or poetry along with your topic (such as summer, swimming, camping, etc.).

As you are taking pictures and making notes about your summer activities, keep in mind the things that will help preserve your memories in the most interesting and creative way. Remember to let your friends at Scrap Girls have a look at your summer fun, too! Upload your digital scrapbook layouts to the Gallery so we can share the joys of summer with you.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Joyce Schardt
Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Value Pack: Reinvent   Brush Set: Erosion Biggie

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

 

SCRAP GIRLS CLUBS

Scrap Girls Club for June 2013, designed by Ang Campbell.

June's Scrap Girls Club,
designed by Ang Campbell

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 June 2013, designed by Melissa Renfro.

June's ScrapSimple Club,
designed by Melissa Renfro

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 Jan Ransley
Layout by Jan Ransley
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Sweet Graffitti Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Jan Ransley coordinates
with her Sweet Graffitti Collection

  Sweet Graffitti Collection  

Jan Ransley
Today's freebie designed by Jan Ransley

* 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

CHATS & CROPS

High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 19th - 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 June 19th, we'll do a Quote Challenge! Create a layout using a meaningful, inspiring or funny quote. It can be in place of journaling, or use a beloved quote as a starting point for your journaling. Any quote is OK!

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Heritage Crop
Thursday, June 20th - 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. We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy. I'll show you how versatile the Merrick Collection Biggie is when scrapping Heritage Layouts!

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Speed Scrap Crop
Tuesday, June 25th - 8:00 p.m. ET

It's time for some Speed! Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 8pm ET for the Speed Scrap Crop! I'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! This is a great way to get a layout done FAST!!!

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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.)

GAMES

June's Forum Game: Re-JUNE-venate

IT'S BACK! It's time to re-JUNE-venate your focus on scrapbooking! 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 June 1-29. 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 Forum participation or a Gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.

Those who complete all the required tasks and post required participation by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, June 30, 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.

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CONTESTS

June Monthly Layout Contest: It's June! And that means 2013 is almost half over - and it means half of the world has had a birthday this year. For the June Monthly Layout Contest, we'd love to see your layouts featuring birthday parties. They can be current, from previous years, or even a heritage one. Maybe someone you know celebrated a special birthday this year or you've planned a "different" kind of birthday celebration for a pet, or your child had a birthday party for a favorite toy or doll. Please post your layouts in the June Monthly Layout Gallery by June 30 before midnight (ET) and you could win a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Be sure to add your product credits to the description area or in the EXIF properties in order to be eligible for the prize. Good luck!

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