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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 36% off Staycation Sale!
  • What's New in the Boutique
  • Special Event: Staycation
  • Tips From The Pros
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Staycation Digital Scrapbooking Online Event at Scrap Girls

Layout and Contest Winners on the Scrap Girls Blog

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Staycation Sale! Save 36% off almost everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight ET on July 31, 2013.
ENDS TONIGHT!

Road Trip! Whoo hoo, it's the Scrap Girls annual Staycation – and this year we are packing up the suitcase, unfolding the map, and pointing the car towards whatever is out there! So, kick off your shoes, crank up the tunes, and look out the windows at the sights rolling by. Speaking of rolling, we're rolling back the prices in the Boutique with 36% off until July 31st at Midnight (ET). So come on, join us for summer fun at Scrap Girls Staycation!

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Vanity Plate Embellishment Mini

Staycation Bonus!

Place an order totaling $10 or more before July 31st and receive
this Vanity Plate Embellishment Mini by Angie Briggs as a FREE gift!

WHAT'S NEW IN THE BOUTIQUE

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Photo Walk Collection Mini
Photo Walk Collection Mini

Photowalking: the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting. Been on one? Want to go on one? Here is a little collection that will help you document your walk and your photos, with word art specific to this fun hobby!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Andrea Hutton
Layout by Andrea Hutton
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Mom 'n Pop's Diner Paper Super Mini
Mom 'n Pop's Diner Paper Super Mini

The Mom 'n Pop's Diner Paper Super Mini brings an added bonus to the Mom 'n Pop's Diner collection of products. Highlighting more colors in those products these papers, coming in grey, white and yellow, can be used as part of your 1950's layouts or in any other layout of your choice.

  Mom 'n Pop's Diner Collection Mini  

Commercial license versions of Mom 'n Pop's Diner Paper Super Mini and Mom 'n Pop's Diner 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.

SPECIAL EVENT - STAYCATION 2013

Staycation – Road Trip!

July means that it's the Scrap Girls annual Staycation – and this year we are heading out on a Road Trip! Is there any better feeling than packing up the car, unfolding the map, and pointing your car towards whatever is out there? It's the ultimate feeling of freedom. It's time for you to kick off your shoes, crank up the tunes, and look out the windows at the sights rolling by.

Most road trips revolve around getting to a certain destination. But we all know that it's the stuff that lies between you and your destination that really makes the trip magical. It's the unexpected things that are truly memorable -- where you get to soak in some local culture, eat something amazing, or discover a little corner of the world that is totally new to you. On this road trip, we will be celebrating the "in-between." It's a trip with no particular destination but lots of great stops along the way. Make sure you've got your camera charged up, because this trip is going to include a lot of great photos and scrapping.

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Road Signs Embellishment Mini

Staycation Super Saver Special!

Today Only! Save 50% off the Road Signs Embellishment Mini by Shalae Tippetts!

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Staycation - Day 5

History Surrounds Us

Today, we're going to get out and stretch our legs as we take a walk down Main Street... you know, the street in the heart of town where all the funky old buildings are with the historic street signs and faded old murals on the brick walls. Maybe we'll stop and get a drink in an artsy cafe or poke around in a used bookstore for a while.

It never fails that the best part of any town is the historic downtown. It's where the buildings all have "character" and streets were designed for pedestrians and horses instead of cars. It's the place you go to learn and dream. You can imagine all the people in the past who entered a building before you – and to think, they are long gone, yet that beautiful old door knob in your hand lives on. Tomorrow, you'll be gone, too – back out on the road – and someone else will be walking through that door.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Melanie Cockshott
Layout by Melanie Cockshott
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Antique Signs Rough Hewn Collection Biggie Rough Hewn Word Art Mini

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Shalae Tippetts
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Structures Just Be You Collection Biggie Old Friends Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Structures are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Melanie Cockshott
Layout by Melanie Cockshott
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Signage Embellishment Mini Faithful Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Grunge

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Melissa Renfro
Layout by Melissa Renfro
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Well Loved Hardware Embellishment Mini Well Loved Collection Biggie Lifted Photos: Weathered and Worn Embellishment Biggie

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Valerie Tuffrey
Layout by Valerie Tuffrey
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: City Slick Skylines ScrapSimple Paper Templates: City Slick ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: City Slick Drip

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: City Slick Skylines, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: City Slick and ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: City Slick Drip are also available.

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Souvenir Hunt

Your challenge is to find these sixteen embellishments in the Scrap Girls Boutique. Those who correctly identify all 16 items will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate! Those who correctly identify 15 or less will be entered into a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.

Scrap Girls Staycation Souvenir Hunt Game
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  • Hunt for the embellishments in the Scrap Girls Boutique.

  • Write down the name of the product containing the embellishment and a link to its product page in the Scrap Girls Boutique for each of the 16 items.*

  • When you have finished searching, send an email with the products names and links to games@scrapgirls.com with the subject line, "Embellishment Hunt." Please include your Forum username in your email.

  • Emails must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, July 31st.

* You can use the link to a Value Pack, Collection, or any other product containing the specific embellishment.

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Staycation Chat Schedule

Wednesday, July 31st

  • 12:00 Noon - High Noon Crop & Challenge
    Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon ET for the High Noon Crop. 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 July 31st, we'll have a SWEET challenge. Interpret this challenge any way that works for you. You could showcase your favorite treat, an adorable baby photo or some of your sweetest memories.

  • 8:00 p.m. - Historic Downtown Chat and Challenge
    What's more quaint than a stroll down Historic Main Street? Join Marilyn (MariJ) for a chat about the "center of town". We'll talk about different places you've visited and maybe ones you've wanted to or even a fond childhood memory. So bring your photos and get ready for a fun layout challenge - with a little added twist!

* All Chat times are shown in Eastern Time.
Schedule is subject to change... stay tuned to the Newsletter and Forum for the latest happenings!

 

TIPS FROM THE PROS

Jan Walker
Jan Walker

Sepia: The Great Equalizer

Article written using Adobe Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7

Don't you just love weddings? I do, too. The excitement... the anticipation... the romance. And, of course, the photo opps!

When you’re planning a digital scrapbook wedding page, you want something memorable, something polished... maybe even elegant. But sometimes that's a challenge, especially when you're dealing with competing color palettes. Do the tones in your photos coordinate with the tones of the background paper and elements you want to use? Not always. And that's where pages can start to go awry, especially if you're using more than one photo on the page.

Multiple photos mean multiple colors, backgrounds, variations in lighting, skin tones, etc. Add that mix to the colors you've chosen for your layout and things can get really busy, really fast. See what I mean? The eye is drawn here and there, all over the page, all at the same time.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Layout uses color photos which make the layout look too busy.

In this digital scrapbook layout, the bright colors are just too much for the neutral paper and elements, and the images actually interfere with the elegant, contemporary look I want to achieve. That's when I turn to one of my favorite techniques — converting the photos to sepia. I call it The Great Equalizer. Sepia levels the playing field and brings a harmonious balance to a multi-photo layout.

Now I don't like just any sepia. Most photo editing programs contain automated tools for creating sepia conversions, but those built-in options are just too brown or too orangey for me — and very flat-looking. I like a rich, deep, dark sepia... just a few shades shy of black-and-white, with a nice boost of contrast.

Take a look at these two examples and you'll see what I mean. The one on the left is the "ordinary" sepia that you can achieve by just manipulating the Hue and Saturation in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, or using the "Old Fashioned Photo" option in Photoshop Elements 11. (Zzzzzzzz....)

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Example of sepia photos using default settings in Photoshop Elements.

The one on the right looks much more dynamic with great contrast and detail. So here's how to achieve that rich, coffee-toned sepia I love.

There are a couple of ways to do this, but this way is quick and easy in either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

First, open the image you want to convert. Duplicate the original image by pressing Ctrl+J in Windows (Mac: Cmd+J). You'll be working on the copy, which will leave the original image intact.

In the Layers Panel, click on the Adjustment Layer icon (the round icon that's half black and half white) and choose Hue/Saturation. Move the Saturation slider all the way to the left to make your image black and white.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

Next, go to the Blending Mode menu and select "Overlay." You'll notice that your image has some color again, along with a nice jolt of contrast. With the Adjustment Layer still selected, press Ctrl+E (Mac: Cmd+E) to merge the layer with the one just below it.

With the top layer still selected, go back to the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation again. First, click the box next to Colorize, then set your Hue slider almost all the way to the left. As I said, I like a nice, coffee-toned sepia, so I've set my Hue slider to 36, and my Saturation slider to 18. You won't need to mess with the Lightness slider at all.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Click Colorize to add coffee-toned sepia to your photo.

In the Layers Panel, with that sepia Adjustment Layer selected, press Ctrl+E (Mac: Cmd+E) to merge the layer down.

That's all there is to it! Save your converted sepia photo with a new name (to preserve your color original), and it's ready to go on your page. You may want to play with the Hue and Saturation settings a little to achieve a different tone of sepia if you like. Make a note of your settings, though, so that you can use the same ones for any additional photos you'll be using on your page.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Layout uses sepia photos.

See how much more polished and pulled together this digital scrapbook page looks with the sepia images instead of the color ones? Gotta love The Great Equalizer!

Give it a whirl, and let's see your results in the Scrap Girls Gallery. If you run into any snags or have any questions, feel free to PM me there.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jan Walker
Layout by Jan Walker
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Being With You Collection Biggie   Petals Collection Biggie

 

SCRAP GIRLS CLUBS

Scrap Girls Club for July 2013, designed by Sarah Batdorf.

July's Scrap Girls Club,
designed by Sarah Batdorf

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 July 2013, designed by Katherine Weaver.

July's ScrapSimple Club,
designed by Katherine Weaver

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 Laurel Lakey
Layout by Laurel Lakey
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Brightly Collection Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Laurel Lakey coordinates
with her Brightly Collection

Brightly Collection   Brush Set: Watercolor Splash

Laurel Lakey
Today's freebie designed by Laurel Lakey

* 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, July 31st - 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 July 31st, we'll have a SWEET challenge. Interpret this challenge any way that works for you. You could showcase your favorite treat, an adorable baby photo or some of your sweetest memories.

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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, August 6th - 8:00 p.m. ET

Do you use your Digi-supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and Join April (April Showers) for the once a month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 8 PM Eastern Time. This month we'll show how you can use cluster embellishments to make gorgeous cards that are a snap to create. Can't wait to see you there!

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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 7th - 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 August 7th we'll do a Travel Challenge! Create a layout about your recent or even your not so recent travels.

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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

July's Forum Game: Posting Contest

July is Posting Contest time on the Scrap Girls Forums! You can earn a chance to win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply being chatty in the Scrap Girls Forums and Gallery. This contest will run from July1st when we post the thread until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on July 31st.

To enter the Scrap Girls Forum Posting Challenge, you MUST reply in the Posting Contest Thread with your CURRENT post count. Your post count is the number under your Avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: The number found on your profile is a different number and is calculated differently.)

During the month, post your fingers off! At Midnight on July 31st, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the game thread.

PRIZES:

  • Those with 50-99 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 100-249 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 250-399 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 400-600 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $20 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 600 or more posts will automatically win a $5 gift certificate and will be entered in all four drawings!

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

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CONTESTS

July Monthly Layout Contest: July is here and with it are the picnics, parties, and fun times. At these events, one thing is always present... Sweet Things! For the July Monthly Layout Contest, we'd love to see your layouts featuring the Sweet Things in your life. Maybe there is a sweet dessert that Granny always makes or a sweet little niece that just lights up your day with her smile. Please share your layouts in the July Monthly Layout Gallery by July 31st 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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