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Creating Recipe Cards with Digital Scrapbook Supplies
Friday, September 13, 2013

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 30% off Harvest Sale!
  • September's Pocket Life Special!
  • What's New in the Boutique
  • Tips From The Pros
  • 50/50 Friday Super Saver Specials
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls

September's Pocket Life Special

Layout and Contest Winners on the Scrap Girls Blog

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Harvest Sale! Save 30% off almost everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight ET on September 14, 2013.

As we watch the leaves turn red, gold, purple, and all shades of brown, it puts us in the mood for celebrating the harvest, a rite that every culture throughout time has marked. We're marking it with a three-day sale on everything in our Boutique! Take 30% off all those yummy digital scrapbooking products that are just waiting to reap a bountiful harvest for your scrapbook albums and hybrid crafts. Our sale ends on Sept. 14th at Midnight (ET), so jump on your tractor or grab a wheelbarrow, and come take a look at our bumper crop!

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Pocket Life: September Special

September's Pocket Life Special!

Place an order totaling $15 or more before September 14th and receive
this Pocket Life: September Special by Ang Campbell as a FREE gift!

WHAT'S NEW IN THE BOUTIQUE

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Sarah Batdorf
Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Breathtaking
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Breathtaking

10 templates that can be recolored to match any of your digital scrapbooking layouts! These templates coordinate with other Breathtaking products.

JIF Plus: 12x12 Gasp Breathtaking Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter 6501 Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Breathtaking and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Glitter 6501 Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Faded Vignettes
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Faded Vignettes

These faded vignette digital scrapbooking paper templates help you create blended borders, darkened edges, paper fade effects and more. Combine prexsisting papers and photos, or use as overlays to add depth to layouts and papers.

Value Pack: Fall Fantasy Brush Set: Essential Light Grunge ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Paper Borders 6401 Biggie

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Essential Light Grunge are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Altered Life
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Altered Life

Create painted art journal stye paper and backgrounds with this painterly set of digital paper templates! Designs include: honeycomb, painted, diamond paint, textured paint, painted chevron, and collage! Layer the papers to get a wide variety of unique looks!

Altered Life Collection Biggie Altered Life Embellishment Mini Altered Life Paper Super Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Altered Life 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.

TIPS FROM THE PROS

April Martell
April Martell

Creating Recipe Cards with Digital Scrapbook Supplies

Article written using Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Windows 7

If you like to cook and share your recipes, you can use your stash of digital scrapbook supplies to create beautiful cards that showcase your favorite recipes. In this tutorial, I'll give you some tips for creating usable recipe cards.

First, decide on the format you would like to use. You can create recipe cards or pages for a cookbook in whatever size suits you. We use 4x6-inch cards in our monthly Recipe Swap on the Scrap Girls Forum because they can be printed easily and inexpensively.

Next, consider your font choices. Decorative fonts are best-suited for titles, but for the body of the recipe, use a very readable font. When working on a recipe card, it is easy to make the font too small because your monitor can display your card larger than its printed size. While it does depend on the specific font, a 10-12 point font is readable for most people. When you have a recipe with a long list of ingredients or detailed directions, create a second card for the instructions.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Examples of recipe cards.

When I was making the second card, an entire paragraph of the text didn't fit on my page. First, I simplified the wording, but there were still a few lines of text that wouldn't fit. To solve this, I opened the Character Panel and reduced the spacing between the lines (leading), and then I decreased the spacing between the letters (tracking). Just remember that there is a limit to how much you can squeeze your text using these tools!

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Change the spacing of your text to fit within the space on your layout.

Another thing to consider when creating your recipe cards is the trim line. Printers have a hard time printing exactly to the edge of a page, so they will extend the image slightly beyond the edge. The trimmed amount varies, but as a general rule, keep important things like text at least 1/4-inch from the edges. I often add a border slightly wider than 1/4-inch when I'm creating my cards.

After you've printed your cards, you can store them in an inexpensive 4x6-inch photo album. The plastic sleeves protect them from cooking spills, and you can switch up the order as you print more recipes with your digital scrapbook goodies. Try creating recipe cards with some of your favorite recipes. For even more fun, participate in our monthly recipe swaps on the Scrap Girls Forum!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by April Martell
Layout by April Martell
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Bon Vivant Collection Biggie Perfect Day Collection Brush Set: Altered Pages
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Stitching   Blue Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Altered Pages and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Basically Bordered Stitching are also available.

 

50/50 FRIDAY SUPER SAVER SPECIALS

Super Saver Special by Cindy Rohrbough
Super Saver Special by Cindy Rohrbough

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 a frame.

But that's not all! For today only, you can also purchase the coordinating Sea Life's Beauty Collection Mini for 50% off!

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

Super Saver Special by Angela Blanchard
Super Saver Special by Angela Blanchard

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.

But that's not all! For today only, you can also purchase the coordinating Home Canning Embellishments Biggie for 50% off!

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

TODAY'S FREEBIE

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Laura Louie
Layout by Laura Louie
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Stay Neutral Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Laura Louie coordinates
with her Stay Neutral Collection Biggie

Stay Neutral Collection Biggie   Stay Neutral Solid Paper

Laura Louie
Today's freebie designed by Laura Louie

* 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

Art Journaling Chat
Monday, September 16th - 9:00 p.m. ET

Are you interested in learning digital Art Journaling? Excited about the layouts you've already created and anxious to make more? Join Marilyn (MariJ) and Jody (Jode2771) in the chat room on Monday, September 16 at 9 PM for an Art Journaling Chat and Challenge. We will discuss the basics of Art Journaling, provide a prompt (or two!) for starting a page and Jody is available for layout tips and questions. During the chat we will be referring to Durin Eberhart's Art Journal Inspirations eBook: About Me and talking about places to find ideas and inspiration.

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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 18th - 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 September 18th, we will be doing a Scrap Simple Embellishment challenge! Create a layout using at least one ScrapSimple embellishment. If you haven't used them before, we'll have some great ideas for you in the chat.

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Heritage Crop
Thursday, September 19th - 8:00 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 April (April Showers) at 8 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. Not all heritage pages need to be scrapped in sepia tones. This month we'll talk about how to choose a color scheme for your page and show how you can add more color to your heritage pages using products like Durin's Lilac Dream Collection Biggie. Hope to see you there!

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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

September's Forum Game: Slow Scrap September

This month's Scrap Girls Forum game, Slow Scrap September, is designed to help you get more scrapbook pages done with a series of simple steps that add up to a finished page at the end of each week. When the month is over, you'll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way.

Throughout September, Monday through Saturday, a Welcoming Committee member will post a daily layout step in the game thread; The first three weeks will have 6 steps, the last week will have 7 steps. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows.

Members who complete the steps required in the game thread and post all 4 layouts in the Slow Scrap September Gallery by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30th will be entered in a drawing for one of two $10.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.

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

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CONTESTS

September Monthly Layout Contest: In September, we're focusing on gardening. While many of our North American gardens are currently in full bloom, in the Southern Hemisphere they are just getting started! For the September Monthly Layout Contest, we'd love to see your layouts featuring gardening. How does your garden grow? It can be flowers, vegetables, your own garden, a friend's or neighbor's, or even a famous garden you once visited! Maybe you have a story about your Grandpa's garden or remember your mom teaching you to sow seeds...

Please share your layouts in the September Monthly Layout Gallery by September 30th 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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