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August 30th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner

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Digital scrapbooking products used:
Joy Ride Collection Mini
Junk in the Trunk Collection Biggie

Congratulations Joanne (nana jo)! You may retrieve your gift certificate by [email protected]

Want a chance to win Scrap Girls’ Weekly Layout Contest?

Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery, and if we choose yours, you’ll win a prize! To be considered, don’t forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.

Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Forum!

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Did you have a last-minute summer adventure? Or did you sneak in some time at the end of August to hit the pool, go to an outdoor festival, or grill out with friends? We want to make sure those memories don’t disappear as fast as summer itself did, so we’re challenging you to grab your favorite layout template (or two or three) and get your summer fun scrapped NOW! Add your layout to our weekly challenge and you’ll be eligible for our weekly drawing!

Last week we challenged you to ‘Use Your Words’  and as always it was hard to choose a winner! Marie-Christine created a ‘Graffiti’ style title expressing her love for the medium. She really got creative and even used the warp tool to bring more realism to her title. She even shared with us how she went about creating her own Graffiti art!

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For the Love of Graffiti by Marie-Christine

CONGRATULATIONS Marie-Christie! We love how creative you were with this challenge! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]

Upcoming Chats and Challenges

  • Monday September 1st: Random Challenge by Monica (Nica)
  • Tuesday September2nd: Newsletter Challenge hosted by Andrea (alsoarty)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • Wednesday September 3rd: High Noon Crop and Challenge 

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the High Noon Crop. This week we’re doing a Three Photo Challenge. Create a layout that uses just three photos and upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop and Challenge Gallery. Hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, September 4th: Blog Inspired Challenge by Shannon (tinkerbell11)
  • Friday September 6th: Freebie Challenge by Conda (SodScrap)
  • Saturday, September 7th: Color Challenge by Theresa (Tiza126)

September Monthly Layout Contest: Color

It’s September and the world is bursting with color! This is showcased in nature through the vivid colors of a pretty Autumn day and the gorgeous new growth and flowering beauty of Spring. Color is all around us and for the September Monthly Layout Contest we’d like to see your layout about color. This can be literal in a page all about colors, your favorite color, how colors make you feel or maybe a poem about color. We’re excited to see your scrapbook pages relating to color.

Please post your completed layouts in the September Contest Gallery before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on September 30th to be eligible for 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. Good Luck! 

 September 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 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 will be entered in a drawing for one of two $15.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.
  • Each completed layout posted in the Slow Scrap September Gallery, up to 4 per member, will be entered in a drawing for one of three $5.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.
  • Members  have until 11:59 p.m. (ET) September 30th to complete the steps and post layouts to the Slow Scrap September Gallery. For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

 

From Smartphone or Tablet to Photo Book!

Audience: Techies
Category: Mobile Device Scrapping
Hardware: Android and Apple Devices
App: Mosaic Photo Book

 

Looking for ways to get your iPhone/iPad photos and creations off your device? Maybe it’s only me, but over the last year, it feels like hundreds of smartphone pics and tablet scrapbook pages have been piling up! Recently, a friend shared her solution – a cross-platform app called Mosaic. Mosaic is available for both Android and Apple devices, and in just minutes, it creates beautiful and professional 7×7-inch photo books from your device’s camera roll and social media apps. And best of all, it’s a free app, and the photo book it creates is only $25 with shipping. The process is so simple and fast. Let me show you how to you can enjoy your pictures and scrapbook pages in a permanent form! First, search the App Store for Mosaic Photo Books by Interactive Memories, Inc.

Next, select Create a New Mosaic which opens a screen that allows users to choose photos from various albums on your device’s camera roll or from apps like Facebook or Instagram. Any 20 photos from any of these places can be added to the new Mosaic photo book.

Third, select 20 photos by tapping on them with your finger. Selected photos show up along the bottom in the order selected. To change to order of the photos in the book, hold a fingertip on the photo that needs to be moved and slide it to the position you want. The Mosaic app places one photo on each page.

Once all the photos are selected, click Next in the upper right of the photo selection screen. A screen will open that provides a preview of the cover and pages of the mosaic. The cover of a Mosaic Photo Book looks like a mosaic of pictures from the album created, but the coolest feature is you can switch the order of the mosaic on the cover by choosing Shuffle Cover at the top of the screen. I shuffled the cover at least a dozen times to get the one I preferred, so it appears that there is not a limit to the number of times the cover can be shuffled to create the mosaic cover you like.

Once finished, choose Place Order at the top. In June, my brother got married, and I had at least 50 pictures and tablet scrapbook pages I made of the wedding that weekend. I created my first Mosaic Photo Book with these pages and photos to give as a gift to my mom. The album was beautifully packaged and arrived in about four days after I submitted my order.

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The color of my pages and pictures were spot-on, and it printed the beauty of both my photos and my Scrap Girls digital scrapbook pages perfectly. So if you’re looking for a quick way to tangibly share your mobile device creations, try the Mosaic app. Then take a picture of your creation and post it to the Scrap Girls Gallery. We’d love to see the beautiful Mosaic photo books you make!

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Tip: If you’d like to learn more about scrapbooking and photo editing on a mobile device, search Angie Durr in the Scrap Girls Blog. I have written a series of tutorials on tablet scrapbooking and how to use your Scrap Girls products on your tablet.

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August 24th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

 Weekly Layout Contest Winner

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Act Natural by makib

Digital scrapbooking products used:
Glitzy Christmas 2 Collection Mini Digital
Naturally Neutral Paper
ScrapSimple Tools – Actions: Mirror Reflect ions Mini 8501
ScrapSimple Tools – Actions: Comical 8301 Mini
ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Editable Text
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Want a chance to win Scrap Girls’ Weekly Layout Contest?
Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery, and if we choose yours, you’ll win a prize! To be considered, don’t forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.
Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Forum!

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Now it’s your turn to give it a try. Like moms tell their toddlers all the time – “Use your words” – we’re challenging you to use your words to show us something fabulous! Create a layout with words as the focal point and add it to our Newsletter Challenge Gallery

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No challenge for last week. Make sure to join in this weeks challenge!
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Upcoming Chats and Challenges

  • Monday, August 25th: Random Challenge by Carla (CRS)
  • Tuesday, August 26th: Newsletter Challenge hosted by Theresa (teecee)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • Wednesday, August 27th: High Noon Crop and Challenge 

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the High Noon Crop. This week we’re doing a Nature Challenge! Create a layout that shows nature in some way. It could be flowers, fall color, wildlife, camping– anything that highlights nature. Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop and Challenge Gallery. Hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, August 28th: Blog Inspired Challenge by Valerie (ValerieT)
  • Friday, August 29th: Freebie Challenge by Theresa (Tiza126)
  • Saturday, August 30th: Color Challenge by Monica (Nica)
  • Saturday, August 30th: Swap Crop Reveal Chat – 8 p.m. (ET)

The Swap Crop Chat is back! Join Carla (crs) on August 30th, Swap Crop Reveal Day, at 8 p.m. (ET). This is the time to chat about the beautiful layouts in the gallery, learn what the swap crop is all about and find out the theme for next month! It’s sure to be a great time!

August Monthly Layout Contest: Endings
It’s a wonder that we are already into August – the eighth month of the year! The end of August also brings the close of Summer in the north and the ending of winter in the southern hemisphere. In one part of the world we are readying for Autumn and the ending of growth, while the other is finishing a season of rest and looking forward to the new growth of spring. For the August Monthly Layout Contest we are focusing on endings. What does the word “endings” evoke in you, where does it lead you – what can you scrap?

Please post your completed layouts in the August Contest Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) August 31st to be eligible to 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. Good Luck! 

August Forum Game:  Bingo!
Join us for an exciting game of Scrap Girls BINGO! It isn’t too late to join the fun.

Visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum for complete details.

Making Paper Ribbons With the Marquee Tool

Audience: Beginners
Category: PSE Tool Techniques
Operating System: Windows 7
Software: Photoshop Elements 9

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It’s no secret that I love all of the patterned papers included in the wonderful digital scrapbooking collections our designers create here at Scrap Girls. I like to use as many as possible on my pages, but if I’m not careful, the patterns can be overwhelming. One of my favorite tricks is to use small bits of the patterns. Like throw pillows on a solid colored couch, the little bits of pattern on a neutral background all work together to create an interesting look without being too busy.

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One easy way to cut the digital papers is with the Marquee and Polygonal Lasso Tools. By using both tools together, you can easily create interesting, hand-cut-looking paper “ribbons”.
Step 1- Create a new 12 x 12 inch document in Photoshop Elements. Choose a collection that you want to use for the bulk of your layout. All of the papers in a collection are designed to work together, so by sticking to one collection, you can be sure that all of the patterns will work well together. Open a couple solid papers and a bunch of patterned ones, and place them all on your new document. I would recommend 8 – 10 papers total. Pick one solid paper (or one with a light pattern or texture) to be the background, and move it to the bottom of the Layers Palette.
Step 2- Now it’s time to cut some ribbons. Make the top layer active in the Layers Palette. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (keyboard shortcut M), draw a rectangle that is about 1 inch wide by 6 inches long. This isn’t an exact thing, just eyeball it. When you have the rectangle drawn (it will be outlined with “marching ants”), everything inside the rectangle is selected. Since you want to get rid of everything outside the rectangle, you need to select the Inverse (opposite). Go Select > Inverse, or use the shortcut Shift+CTRL+I. Now you will see the rectangle is still outlined with marching ants, and the edge of the layout is also outlined. Everything in between is selected.
Press Delete and all of the excess paper is cut away. Select > Deselect (or use the shortcut CTRL+D) to get rid of the marching ants. Repeat these steps for each paper except the bottom one. Vary the widths and heights of each rectangle, to give it a hand-cut look.

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Step 3- Arrange the papers in a row, so that they are slightly overlapping each other. Place a picture on top of all of the papers.

Step 4- Now switch to the Polygonal Lasso Tool (keyboard shortcut L – it’s nested with several other lasso tools, so press L repeatedly to toggle between them). Use the lasso tool to draw a triangle at one end of the paper ribbon, press Delete, and repeat on the other end. Do this for each ribbon, again, making the triangles irregular, just to keep things interesting.

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Step 5- Slightly rotate some of the ribbons just to keep things from looking too perfect. Add a drop shadow to each ribbon, add some embellishments, a title, and some journaling, and you’re finished!

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Tutorial Written by Anna Mansfield

Behind the Scenes: Sarah Batdorf’s August Club!

Each month we get a glimpse behind the scenes of our Scrap Girls Club designers, and this month’s designer is Sarah Batdorf!

Click here to check out Sarah’s August club at a great price!

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When you started working on your club, what was the first thing you did? 

When I was first asked to do the August club for 2014 it was August 2013 and I was on vacation. I immediately got busy brain storming a theme for the club, and I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration. We stay in a tiny Victorian cottage when on vacation, and it is filled with charm –  like hardbound books. The old fashioned hardbound covers that are a light jade green in color are beautiful with their texture, and the promise of adventure in their pages. I knew I wanted to have some type of book cover in the club.

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Photo credits: Books, Bracelet, Chair/wallpaper, Stamps, Library love

In the next few months I started putting together a folder of ideas, images, and word art. It quickly looked like I was going in a light and pretty, modern & organic, theme. I wanted books, but not to be overly bookish, but more like a memory keeper book album collected look.

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Kindered Club color swatch

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Where did you find the inspiration for this club?

 A pile of light jade hardbound book covers. I was drawn to modern prints mixed with vintage documents and old fashioned script handwriting. But instead of doing the dark and worn library look I went with clean texture, pretty & light color set, and modern prints with some pressed petals thrown in.  As scrapbookers, we are memory keepers so I wanted a book theme that was more about adventure and family photo albums then a full-on library theme.

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The club includes several products. Did you start and complete each one before moving on to the next?

I started on the collection biggie first, but no, I did not complete each product before moving on to the next. I did some rough work on some of the word art; moved on to the paper biggie, threw together some embellishments, and then finished the paper biggie. I started working on some layouts at this point to help figure out what other embellishments and word art to add.

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Kindred Collection Biggie

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What was your favorite thing to design?

I enjoyed designing the stones with the plants fossilized into them. My inspiration came from plant impressions that were in clay. These stones remind me of found treasures, or things that we like to collect.

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Kindred Embellishment Mini

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If you could pick only one word to describe your club, what would that word be?

Organic!

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About how long did it take you to design this club? 

I started working on it in March. I did take some breaks to work on other products for the Scrap Girls Boutique. The Club is usually done long before it goes live so that we have time to check, check, and recheck it. I appreciate the Scrap Girls design team! We all jump in and help each other check the clubs. There are a lot of eyes looking for things that need to be changed before it goes live.

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How did you come up with the name of your club?

I picked the word Kindred because it means “belonging to.”  I think it embodies the theme of family photo albums, relatives, relationships, and the connections we have with our family, friends, and pets.

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Kindred Word Art Mini

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Inspiration From the Creative Team: Retiring Favorites

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Only THREE days left to SAVE 50% on our retiring products! From Alphabets to Value Packs and everything in-between, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Don’t miss out on this once a year event – when these products are gone, they are gone for good!
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LAYOUT INSPIRATION FROM THE CREATIVE TEAM
The other day I was searching through my supplies, when I came across Brandy’s Calendar Blenders 2012.  I had used them that year to make a beautiful calendar depicting my son’s second year and had then promptly forgotten about them.  As I looked back through them, it struck me that such wonderful blending masks didn’t just have to be used on a calendar – if I stretched them slightly they could be used as masks on ANY layout.  So I started playing, and ended up combining the masks from 3 different months of the calendar to make one 12×12 layout.  I love this layout, but more importantly, now I’ve got another use for those gorgeous calendar masks! - Anna B.

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Featured Product:
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ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11x17 Blenders 2012
Supplies:
ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11×17 Blenders 2012
Rustic Wedding Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Rustic Super Biggie
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Layout by Joyce Schardt
Featured Product:
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Supplies:
Spring In Bloom Collection Mini
Color Me Summer Collection Mini
Tropic Delight Collection
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I love versatile products, so the coordinating commercial brush sets Leafy Green and Leafy Green 2 have made it to the top of my “go-to” stash. Leaves fit all moods and add a beautiful natural touch. For this greeting card, I used the brush to stamp some of the leaves onto the background papers, then blended them in. For the clusters, I used a color fill and also clipped papers to the png version of the brushes. If you ever use commercial products, my advice is to snap up these useful brushes while they are on sale and before they are retired for good! - Diane Lardieri

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Featured Product:
(Commercial Use versions ONLY – PU sets will still be available after the sale)
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Supplies:
Brush Set: Leafy Green – Commercial License
Brush Set: Leafy Green 2 – Commercial License
Back Porch Collection Biggie
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I loved the subtle peach in the background paper from the La Bonne Vie Scrap Pack, as it looked a little ‘sun-kissed’, so I treated my photo to achieve a similar feel.  To maintain this sunny, outside feel I added some flowers, but by keeping them blue and white I feel they work well for a boy.  Using a chalk layer style on the doilies and a vintage paper frame I have a modern, male page. – Jody 

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Featured Product:
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Supplies:
Scrap Pack Mini: La Bonne Vie
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Collage Frames Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Chalkboard

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