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March Madness! 18.3% off almost everything in the Boutique until Midnight, March 31th (MST).

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Today's Special of the Day!

Potpourri Collection Biggie
Save 30% off this Collection Biggie today only!

Introducing a new feature! Each week on Tuesdays, we will be spotlighting one designer and one of their favorite products. This product will be on sale for one day only at 30% off!

This week's designer spotlight is on Brandy Murry. In a short interview with Brandy, she shared these comments with us...

At the time of the making of this collection I was inspired by Southern France. I wanted to see the lavender fields so badly. When Jeroen and I went in 2007, it wasn't the right time of year. Hopefully this year we can go and see them in full bloom. I can almost smell them!

1. Soda, coffee or other?

Coffee, Diet Coke and Flavored Water

2. What's the last book you read?

I am currently reading a book called Flutter by Amanda Hocking.

Brandy Murry
Brandy Murry

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Keri Schueller

Layout by Keri Schueller
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Tuesday, March 22, 2011. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

Birthday Girl Collection Mini Spring Wings Collection Mini Brush Set: Frolic 1
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Easter Tree Irish Blessings Collection Mini Frolic 2 Embellishment Mini
  Design Pack Biggie: Shelving  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Frolic 1, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Easter Tree, Frolic 2 Embellishment Mini and Design Pack Biggie: Shelving are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Wednesday, March 23, 2011. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dyed Fabric 5107 Spring Song Collection ScrapSimple Type Paths: Flourishes and Swirls
Dandy Collection Mini Frolic 1 Embellishment Mini Irish Blessings Embellishment Mini

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dyed Fabric 5107, ScrapSimple Type Paths: Flourishes and Swirls and Frolic 1 Embellishment Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sheri Johnson

Layout by Sheri Johnson
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Friday, March 25, 2011. The following individual products were also announced in that newsletter.

Easy Page Album: 12x12 Spring Song Brush Set: Frolic 2 Irish Blessings Paper Super Mini
Zip Kit: Sunday's Child   Frolic 3 Embellishment Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Frolic 2, Zip Kit: Sunday's Child and Frolic 3 Embellishment 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 Message Board? It's easy!

If you are a registered user of the Message Board, 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 designer's layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section of the Layout Gallery.

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Weekly Newsletter Round-Up
March 21 - 26, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:
- 18.3% off March Madness Sale!
- Today's Special of the Day!
- What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
- Life Muses by Ro and Other Writings
- Cute Stuff
- Scrap Girls Clubs
- Tips from the Pros: Tutorials & Articles
- Designer Freebie
- What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
- Online Classes Currently Available
- Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

AVAILABLE ONLINE CLASSES

Online Class - Unmasking Layer Masks for Photoshop
Unmasking Layer Masks for Photoshop
Thursdays, March 31 & April 7
7:00PM MT

Do you want to learn more about the power of layer masks in Photoshop? This digital scrapbooking class helps take the mystery out of layer masks. Join Mary Elizabeth O'Toole for this two-session class that provides a variety of techniques for using layer masks in different ways including cropping papers, enhancing photos and modifying elements. These techniques can be combined with tools and collections found in the Scrap Girls Boutique to create even more unique uses. Layer masks have a wide range of uses. You'll love the flexibility and variety that they can bring to your pages.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Adobe Photoshop users, versions 7 and up only. Students are required to understand the basic skills taught in the Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop and MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop program prior to starting the course. This information will not be reviewed as part of the course!

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Some things - like V-neck sweaters, wood flooring, Hershey's Kisses, and ice water with lemon - are such classics that they never go out of style. Sometimes, things are so good that they shouldn't be missed. Our All Star designs are that way, too! Each one of these top-selling products is too good to be missed. This month's All Stars are on sale for 30% off until the 5th of each month! So head to the All-Stars section of the Boutique today and pick up a steal-of-a-deal on a digital scrapbooking classic while you can!

And don't forget to check out the Retirement Sale section of the Boutique. Items in this section are always on sale for 30% off. The items you will find during any particular month will be discontinued permanently on the 5th of the following month. So if you see something you like, grab it while you can!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

Customer Muses: Would you like to share your own Life Muse with our readers? To have your own essay considered for publication as a muse in the column for our special Saturday newsletter, send your essay to [email protected]. If your essay is selected, you will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.

Way Cool Scrap Girl: We are so excited to have all of you meet some of the amazing people that have become Scrap Girls! If you would like to be spotlighted and win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique, send the following items to [email protected]:

- 500-900 word essay about your experience with digital scrapbooking, Scrap Girls, and specific examples of how we have helped you.
- A 600-pixel wide, 72 dpi copy of a layout you've created that uses Scrap Girls products, plus a complete list of those products.
- A 100-pixels wide, 72 dpi picture of yourself.
- Permission to use your statement.

Project SG Challenge: Stay motivated to scrap your current photos! Post your 2011 layouts in the Project SG Challenge Gallery to earn one point per layout each month. You can earn up to four points per month this way! Earn a bonus point each month by attending the monthly Project SG Chat! Each point gives you an entry into a quarterly drawing for a special prize! And at the end of the year, each month that you participated in will earn you an entry into the Grand Prize drawing for a 12 X 12, 52 page Keepsakes photobook from Color, Inc! Our first quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, April 9th Newsletter.

Suggest a Challenge, Win a Prize! Have a great idea for a Gallery layout challenge? Submit it to [email protected]. If your challenge idea is chosen, you will win a prize! Friday will be Customer Challenge Day, so keep an eye out on the Message Board calendar. It will be fun to see what YOU come up with for us to do!

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Of course, it is a surprise what you will get because birthday presents are always surprises! But you will like it for sure because most people like money.... Anyway, make sure your Message Board email address is current and that you have the correct date entered into your profile to participate.

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Muses and Other Writings

A Designer's Life: Shalae Tippetts

I had never been on a motorbike until a month after I was engaged. My father-in-law declared that if I was going to marry into the family, I needed to know how to ride a bike. He had me climb on the front of a dirt bike, then he sat down behind me and told me to give it some gas. I drove him straight into a fence. He's never had me try to learn again.

Life Muses by Ro: Stress Relief

Ro shares one of her cartoons. Check it out!

Life Muses by Ro: It Takes Courage

When I opened the door, I saw two 12-year-old boys holding a tiny black cat that looked like it had been through the dishwasher.

"Is this your kitten?" one of them asked.

Scrap Girls, Etc.

Note from Heidi: The flu has hit our house this week - and hard. So Ro's subbed in for me and has another cartoon to share with everyone this week!

Life Muses by Ro: Quotes

I love quotes. I adore them. I fill notebooks with them, illustrate them with cartoons, and say them out loud to myself in failed attempts to keep them in the front of my brain. Here are a few of the ones I've collected recently.

Customer Muse by Dodie

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, we are part of the Baby Boomer generation. Money was tight back then, but Mom was very creative. There wasn't anything she couldn't do....

What Customers Are Saying...

Read what our great customers have to say about Scrap Girls, its products, newsletter, customer service and more!

Layout and Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Weekly Layout Winners and March's Scrap Girls Club Concepts Layout Winners! Check them out! Congratulations!

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Muse: To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation. Not intended to solve the world's problems, another person's problems, or to cover topics completely. One does not have to agree with musings to enjoy them, just as one does not have to be the same as someone else to appreciate who they are.

Would you like to earn a $20 Gift Certificate? Send your own muse to [email protected]. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!

Follow Ro's popular blog – RoPaxman.com
Blog-only muses and humor pieces, inside scoop of Ro's life, photo journals, and more

Follow Ro's newest blog – How Mom Did It
Food recipes, homemaking tips, gardening, quilting, and other neat stuff her mom and grandma taught her

Cute Stuff

Want to see more cute layouts? Go to the bottom right of our Home Page and check out our newsletter links.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

"Boys" by Armi Custodio
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Directions for one technique I did on this layout:

I wanted to brighten my background paper a bit to better match my sunlit photos. I tried using the Levels sliders, but I didn't get the effect I was after. So I experimented and layered three different ScrapSimple Paper Templates over the background paper. First, I placed template 6 from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamtime 1 (uncolored, Soft Light, 75% Opacity), which brightened my background considerably and added some subtle texture. Next, I put the Soft Canvas template from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Day at the Beach (recolored green, Pinlight, 60% Opacity), which amplified the green color of my son's shirt. Last, I placed template 2 from ScrapSimple Paper Template: Edgy, THIN (recolored green, Normal, 55% Opacity) to add a little more green to the edges.

Rusty Treasures Collection Rusty Treasures Clusters Embellishment Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Day at the Beach
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamtime 1 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Happy Grunge 5102 Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Vintage Valentine
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgy, THIN   Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Well Loved

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Day at the Beach, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Dreamtime 1, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Happy Grunge 5102 Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Vintage Valentine and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgy, THIN are also available.

Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS5

Name of challenge: Create a layout using at least three ScrapSimple Paper templates.

Other Ingredients:

  • Font - Cheapskate Fill
  • Font - Mesquite Std

Journaling: You and your cousins. All boys and all under the age of 6. Each one with a mischievous look in their eyes. It is sure to be noisy, rowdy, and messy when you three are together, but it is wonderful seeing you all grow up together as well.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Country Blue Collection Brush Set: Herbal Alpha Super Biggie Brush Set: Paint Stroke
  Back Porch Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Paint Stroke are also available.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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Brush Set: Grungy Text ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: ABC's of YOU ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Vintage Folio
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Vintage Folio ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Vintage Folio Murano Collection Biggie
Ragamuffin Collection Biggie Noteworthy Collection Biggie Promise Collection Biggie
  Having Hope Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Grungy Text, ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: ABC's of YOU, ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Vintage Folio, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Vintage Folio, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Vintage Folio and Promise Collection Biggie 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 Message Board? It's easy!

If you are a registered user of the Message Board, 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 designer's layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section of the Layout Gallery.

Scrap Girls Club

Now with exclusive MEMBERS-ONLY Club content!

The March Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Ariadna Wiczling.

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 Assemble Your Own Zoom Page Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item

March's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Ariadna Wiczling

Exclusive content from the Scrap Girls Club.

But that's not all! Club members now receive these three exclusive, club-only items!

JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 - Miracles
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

JIF 6: Miracles
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

and a Club Exclusive! Color Palette

Computer scrapbook layout by Ariadna Wiczling using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Ariadna Wiczling using March's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Thao Cosgrove using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Thao Cosgrove using March's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Ariadna Wiczling using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Ariadna Wiczling using March's Scrap Girls Club
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ScrapSimple Club

The March ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Julie White and Amanda Sok.

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

A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.

March's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Julie White and Amanda Sok

Computer scrapbook layout by Amanda Sok using March's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Amanda Sok using March's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Julie White using March's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Julie White using March's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Amanda Sok using March's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Amanda Sok using March's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips From The Pros

Scrap Girls Club Concepts Tutorial: Altering Notebooks with Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

Altering notebooks is inexpensive and lets you create something beautiful and useful at the same time. It's also a lot of fun! These notebooks are great gifts, too. Let this article inspire you to make something pretty for yourself, your family, and friends.

Best of the Message Board

See how our message board members are helping each other with questions about uploading layouts to the Message Board Gallery, keeping track of layout supplies, and more!

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Creating a Double-Page Digital Scrapbooking Layout

Have you ever wanted to create a double-page layout, but just wasn't sure where to start? How do you create two pages so that they look like they belong together? Today I'm going to show you how quickly and easily you can pull two pages together using a ScrapSimple Digital Layout template and a single photo on both pages.

Way Cool Stuff - Digital Scrapbooking Product Review: Brushes

This year must be "The Year of the Brush" for me! I took Katherine Weaver's class based on the ebook by Shalae Tippetts, Mastering Brushes for Photoshop. Then I was assigned this article and a separate challenge, both due the same day, both using brushes.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial: Creating Worn Text with Grungy Digital Brushes

Sometimes you want your journaling in your scrapbook layout to have a worn-in look. But computer fonts can be too pristine and clean looking. The great news is that digital scrapbookers have easy ways to give any font a worn, grungy style with the use of digital scrapbooking brushes.

Today's Freebie

Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Molly Milkshakes Word Art Special
Designer Freebie by Brandy Murry coordinates with her Molly Milkshakes Collection Biggie

Molly Milkshakes Collection Biggie Always and Forever Collection Watercolor Whimsy Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Junk Love Biggie   Assemble Your Own: Alpha Strings Biggie - Black

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Junk Love Biggie and Assemble Your Own: Alpha Strings Biggie - Black are also available.

Brandy Murry
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry

* 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

Life Moments Crop & Chat
Tuesday, March 29th - 6:00PM MT

Join Theresa (tiza126) in the chat room March 29th at 6pm MT for the Life Moments Chat and Crop. These chats are focused on building a scrapbook all about you, one layout at a time. So dig through your files, write down your memories, and be sure to join us in the chat room!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, March 30th - 10:00AM MT

Join April (April Showers) this Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast 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 March 30th, we'll have a Single Photo Challenge. Create a layout using a single, large, wonderful photo! 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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ScrapSimple Use It! Chat
Friday, April 1st - 8:00AM MT

Strengthening your abilities in scrapbooking is essential to becoming a better scrapbooker and learning to utilize the ScrapSimple product line available here at Scrap Girls will give you so many more unique and fun options with your layouts! Join Angela (angelaNussbaum) and Elisha (elibar) for this monthly chat on Friday, April 1st at 8am MT as we focus on using one of these versatile products!

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What's New in the Boutique Chat
Friday, April 1st - 9:00AM MT

Join April (April Showers) at 9am MT Friday morning to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work. You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday and now there's a chat, too!

Games

March Message Board Game: Going on a Boutique Hunt!

Remember as a child when you played the game that started like this: "I am going on a ___ hunt and bringing..." then you listed an item with the first letter of your name or a specific letter? We are playing a similar game on the Message Board during the month of March. Each day, a new theme and starting letter will be posted in the Game thread. Members will search the Boutique for something that fits the theme and post a link to it in the Game thread. Only one product per letter per round will be counted, and products cannot be used more than once. Collections and their individual parts are one product, and time stamps will be used to determine which post came first in case of more than one post per letter. Entries are to follow the alphabet, starting with the letter posted with the theme each day. There's a limit of three posts per person each day, and there must be another player's post before posting again.

PRIZES: Members' names will be added to a drawing based on the number of qualified product links which they post in the thread. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month and winners will be announced in the April 2nd Newsletter. Gift certificates will be awarded as follows: First prize - $15 Gift Certificate; second prize - $10 Gift Certificate, and third prize - $5 Gift Certificate.

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

Contests

March Monthly Layout Contest: Do you have a good luck charm? Do you have something in your life that you consider lucky? For the March Layout Contest, scrap it! We'd love for you to share you luck! Post your layouts in the March Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on March 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen, you will win a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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 message board calendar if you have any questions about what is happening at Scrap Girls. All event times are given in Mountain Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-Utah-Salt Lake City' as the location for the Mountain time zone.)

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