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Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Weekly Round-Up Newsletter

Today's Special of the Day!

Creative Solutions For Less-Than-Perfect Photos eBook for Photoshop Elements
Save 30% off this eBook today only!

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 Katherine Weaver. In a short interview with Katherine, she shared these comments with us...

"At one time or another, each digital scrapbooker runs into difficulty when they want to scrap with particular photos but feel the images are too flawed. The Creative Solutions eBook is the perfect go-to design-based manual for working around flaws and scrapping with those photos successfully."

1. Are you an early morning designer or do you burn the midnight candle?

Definitely both!

2. Soda, coffee, or other?

Coca-Cola Classic all the way. However I need to kick that habit to the curve, so when I have the willpower, I substitute with Tazo's Organic Green Tea with Lemongrass & Spearmint.

Katherine Weaver
Katherine Weaver

What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The following individual NEW products were also announced in that newsletter.

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Western Rodeo JIF 6: About a Boy Wanted Paper Mini
Brush Set: Rough It Up spacer Design Pack: Paper Templates A Quiet Place

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks - Western Rodeo, Brush Set: Rough It Up and Design Pack: Paper Templates A Quiet Place are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The following individual NEW products were also announced in that newsletter.

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fleur Moderne JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 Noteworthy ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rough It Up
Design Pack: Paper Templates Texture Pack 1 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Western Rodeo JIF 6: Country

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fleur Modern, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Rough It Up, Design Pack: Paper Templates Texture Pack 1 and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Western Rodeo are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Friday, May 20, 2011. The following individual NEW products were also announced in that newsletter.

Brush Set: Collage Shapes 2 A Quiet Place Paper Mini JIF 6: Memorable
Western Rodeo Clusters Embellishment Mini ScrapSimple Type Paths: Brackets JIF 6: Lemon Drop Drizzle

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Collage Shapes 2, Western Rodeo Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Type Paths: Brackets are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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The products used to create this layout are shown as usual in the newsletter for Saturday, May 21, 2011. The following individual NEW products were also announced in that newsletter.

Scrap Pack Mini: About a Boy <b>JIF 6 Plus<br>A Quiet Place</b> Design Pack : Paper Templates Here Comes the Sun
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Graceful Gradients Western Rodeo Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Sanded

Commercial license versions of Design Pack: Paper Templates Here Comes the Sun, Western Rodeo Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Sanded 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

May 16 - 21, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • Today's Special of the Day!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Scrap Girls Is Looking For Digital Scrapbooking Instructors
  • Life Muses by Ro and Other Writings
  • Back to the Basics
  • Cute Stuff
  • Scrap Girls Clubs
  • Tips from the Pros: Tutorials & Articles
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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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 second quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, July 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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Scrap Girls Is Looking For Digital Scrapbooking Instructors!

Scrap Girls is looking for qualified digital scrapbooking teachers to teach Photoshop and Photoshop Elements classes. Teachers will be required to create class PDFs that will be reviewed prior to class. Teachers have complete flexibility in scheduling classes.

Candidates must have strong skills in Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements and exhibit strong layout design skills. Knowledge of both programs is a plus. They must be warm and friendly, comfortably handle fast-paced chat room situations, and be able to easily answer questions that arise regarding their particular software area of expertise.

Candidates will be required to audition for this paid position. There will be a list of topics available from which classes can be developed; however, the teachers are encouraged to present their own ideas for approval as well.

Please contact Katherine Weaver at [email protected] for more details. If you are interested in applying, please forward to Katherine an up-to-date resume as well as a sample tutorial you have written. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

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A Designer's Life: Just A Name

Some of you may have noticed my name change in the Boutique. It's me - Amanda Sok - just with a more complicated, hyphenated last name. Fraijo-Tobin has actually been my legal name for five years. When I first started at Scrap Girls, my legal name was still Sok. Shortly after, I was remarried, and my name changed. I decided to keep Sok for my Scrap Girls ventures for a few reasons. It's short, people were already familiar with the name attached to my designs, and my new married last name is a whopper!

Life Muse by Ro

A flamingo among crows, her pink velour track suit and silver, sparkly runners set her apart from her fellow travelers who were largely dressed in denim and black. She vaguely considered the contrast she added to the crowd. She briefly wondered if she looked like she was on her way to a retirement home in Florida. She even entertained the thought that perhaps there were those in the crowd that considered her off-kilter because she, quite obviously, didn't read the dress code memo of the day.

Life Muse by Ro

Ro shares one of her cartoons! Check it out!

Scrap Girls Etc.: Shortcuts to Success

So, you're working along in Photoshop on a layout, and for the fifth time today you've created a new layer by clicking Layer> New> Layer. Then the thought hits you, "I wish there was a quicker way to do this."

Life Muse by Ro

Procrastination probably means...

Customer Muse: Nothing is Wasted

Over the past few years, my health has deteriorated so that I am mainly at home all the time. This change has left me with challenges on what I do with my limited energy and limitless time. One dismal day, I was looking at the magazines in the news agency, and I found one on digital scrapbooking.

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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!

Back to Basics

How to Sign Up For Your Birthday Coupon

Who doesn't love getting a birthday gift?! We know we do, and we know you do, too!

Using Paper Templates and Blending Modes

ScrapSimple Paper Templates are incredibly versatile! This tutorial will teach you the basics of using Blending Modes to create an effect on paper with your ScrapSimple Paper Templates.

Covering Shapes with Trim

Adobe defines a "clipping mask" this way:

A clipping mask lets you use the content of a layer to mask the layers above it. The masking is determined by the content of the bottom or base layer. The non-transparent content of the base layer clips (reveals) the content of the layers above it in the clipping mask. All other content in the clipped layers is masked out.

Story Time: Siblings

If you are like me, and I'm sure you are, then you have plenty of family stories that you want to digitally scrapbook. My twin sons have a birthday coming up soon, and it has me thinking about a funny conversation that comes up every now and then between them. Well, it might not be funny to them, but it is to me. I wanted an interesting way to document the conversation.

Photography Friday: Low Light Photography - Increase the ISO

Are you happy with your photos taken in low light? Or do they constantly come back blurry and unrecognizable? Luckily in this age of digital photography, it is easier than ever to improve your low light photos. Let me show you one way today.

Technology Saturday: Tagging in Windows Live

Last week, I talked about tagging your photos in Picasa, and this week, we're going to talk about tagging in Windows Live. Like Picasa, Windows Live is another free program which makes it a great option to use.

Cute Stuff

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

Monday, May 16, 2011

Digital scrapbook layout by Janine Buckles

Layout by Janine Buckles
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Families Are Forever Collection Love at Home Collection Mini His and Hers Collection Biggie
Lettering Delights Artistic Font Ponder Collection Scenic Route Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Mini Clusters ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Vintage PSE 6502 Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of Families Are Forever Collection, His and Hers Collection Biggie, Lettering Delights Artistic Font, Scenic Route Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Mini Clusters, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Vintage PSE 6502 Mini and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Digital scrapbook layout by ________________

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Children's Classic Embellishment Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Folds 5001 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Embossed 6301

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Folds 5001 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Embossed 6301 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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The May ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Kim Meeder and Rozanne Paxman.

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.

May's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Kim Meeder and Rozanne Paxman

Exclusive content from May's ScrapSimple Club

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

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

and two Club Exclusive tutorials!

Computer scrapbook layout by Ro
Layout by Ro using May's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Jennifer Wight
Layout by Jennifer Wight using May's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder
Layout by Kim Meeder using May's ScrapSimple Club
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ScrapSimple Club Image

May's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Brandy Murry.

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

May's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Brandy Murry

Exclusive content from the Scrap Girls Club.

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

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

and a Club Exclusive Color Palette

Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Ashleigh Bronner using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Ashleigh Bronner using May's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
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Color Theory: Blue-based vs. Yellow-based Colors

Did you know it's not a good idea to mix blue-based and yellow-based colors in your digital scrapbooking layouts? But wait, you say, doesn't that make green? Green is a good color, right? Right!

A Summertime Banner Craft

I have really been into banners this month, because I'm in charge of a craft at church (which is... you guessed it - a banner!).

Make Your Own Button Embellishments

Today I am going to show you how fun and easy it is to create your own digital scrapbooking buttons using ScrapSimple Tools!

One Technique: Running an Action

Have you ever had a photo opportunity where the shot you wound up with just didn't quite meet your expectations? Maybe the cropping was wrong or the light quality or white balance didn't measure up?

Baby Album in Two Hours

Baby albums are some of the most joyful albums to create – and for a variety of reasons, they never get finished. Today, I am going to show you how easy it is to make a 4x6 Baby Album in about two hours – that's right, two hours!

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Paint Shop Pro (PSP) X Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop

Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Find out how easy it can be to learn how to create digital scrapbook layouts, edit photos, use and make brushes, recolor papers and embellishments, make your own simple backgrounds and embellishments, save and share your layouts and much more!

Ready to learn advanced techniques? – MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Learn to use paper templates, embellishment templates, custom shapes, styles, and brushes to make your own supplies. Learn advanced clipping mask and lighting blend techniques. Learn to make and use patterns. Learn to make brushes from your own doodles. Learn to extract images from photos. Learn work flow techniques that will speed up the layout creation process and advanced photo editing skills and much, much more!

Today's Freebie

Digital scrapbook layout by Paula Wright

Layout by Paula Wright
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Freebie designed by Paula Wright

Designer Freebie by Paula Wright coordinates with her Buttoned Papers

Buttoned Papers Buttoned Embellishments Love Struck Collection
Pinned Tags Embellishment Mini Attic Treasures Collection Zip Kit: Whitewashed

Paula Wright
Today's freebie designed by Paula Wright

* 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

New Member Chat
Tuesday, May 24th - 7:00PM MT

Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 7pm MT 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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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 25th - 10:00AM MT

Join April (April Showers) each 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. 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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Hybrid Card Chat
Thursday, May 26th - 6:00PM MT

Join Carla and Shannon in the chatroom to talk about the beautiful set of Hybrid cards you recieved from your swap partner, and what topic we will choose for the next Swap! Not sure what Hybrid Cards are come and join us we will let you in on the details!

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Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat
Thursday, May 26th - 7:00PM MT

Join Pat (PBarnes) at 7 PM MT (6 PM Pacific, 8 PM Central, 9 PM Eastern) for an Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat. A few hours before the chat, a magazine, newspaper or online ad will be posted on the message board to use as inspiration for a layout. You can use whatever you want to from the ad - the colors, the shapes, the composition. There are no wrong answers!

Games

May Message Board Game: Spotlight on the Boutique!

Each day during May (with the exceptions of Sundays), a member of the Welcoming Committee will post a layout in the official game thread. The layout will correspond with a product in the Scrap Girls Boutique and will be either the only layout or directly to the right of the product image on the product details page. A spotlight circle will show a portion of the layout you are to search for. If the layout is not identified by the following morning, a second spotlight circle will be added to the layout. This will be repeated until the product is identified.

To participate, search the Boutique for the layout and post a link to the product page in the official game thread. One guess per member per day. The winner will be drawn from all members who correctly identify a product throughout the month. The winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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

Contests

May Monthly Layout Contest: What's blooming in your yard, garden, or neighborhood right now? For those in the northern hemisphere, it would be spring flowers. For those in the southern hemisphere, it would be flowers of the fall variety. For May's layout contest, show us what's blooming in your neck of the woods or show us photos of your favorite flowers. Post your layouts in the May Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on May 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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Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to [email protected] and we'll get it out to you right away!

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