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August 17th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner

Pencil Drawings by Marie-Christine

Digital scrapbooking products used:
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Painterly 1
La Di Da Collection Biggie
Color Grunge Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Painterly
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Cut Leaves
JIF 6: Watercolor Wonderful
Brush Set: Woodlandia
Scrap Girls Playful Notions Collection
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: ATC Glitter Super Biggie

Congratulations Marie-Christine! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]

Newsletter Challenge Winner
Summer Sojourning 2014
Summer Sojourning 2014 by Jo (jhbren)
CONGRATULATIONS Jo! Your layout caught our eye right off the bat! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [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!

Upcoming Chats and Challenges

  • Monday, August 18th: Random Challenge by Carla (CRS)
  • Tuesday, August 19th: 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 20th: 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 Color Challenge. Use vibrant colors like turquoise, orange and yellow on your page. Any vibrant colors you choose are fine. Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop and Challenge Gallery. Hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, August 21st: Blog Inspired Challenge by Valerie (ValerieT)
  • Thursday, August 21st: Heritage Crop

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.

  • Friday, August 22nd: Freebie Challenge by Theresa (Tiza126)
  • Saturday, August 23rd: Color Challenge by Monica (Nica)

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.

 

Scrap Girls August 2014 Member of the Month – Evelyn (GrannieEv)

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CONGRATULATIONS! to our August 2014 Member of the Month Evelyn (GrannieEv)
We’re sending a big Scrap Girls Congratulations to Evelyn!
The Team has chosen Evelyn as the Member of the Month for August! Evelyn will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique and has the honor of wearing the Member of the Month blinkie!

What program do you use to digital scrapbook?
I use PSE 12.

Are you a Mac or a PC, laptop or desktop?
PC.

Tell us the make and model of digital camera that you use.
I have a Cannon Power Shot A4000 IS (that’s what’s written on the camera)

Name one thing that every beginning digital scrapbooker should know.
They have to experiment and be prepared to start over with a layout if  necessary.

If you could be transformed into a digital scrapbooking embellishment, what would you choose and why?
I would be a colorful art journal book because I love artsy pages and journals keep the stories flowing.

What time of day do you find that you do your best scrapbooking?
I’m retired and have no scheduling conflicts so I scrap whenever the mood strikes.  I do believe that mid morning is usually my most productive time period.

What is your favorite snack?
Fresh Fruit.

What is your least favorite household chore? 
Vacuuming up the cat hair!

Finish this sentence.  “I couldn’t live without…”
A library near-by and something in the house to read.

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Evelyn’s Favorite Layout: Peeking Out
Digital scrapbooking products used:
(click on the image below to be taken to it’s product page)
 

Afresh Collection Biggie

A Closer Look at Selection Tools in PSE: Magic Wand Tools

Audience: Beginners
Category: Tool Tips
Operating System: Windows 7
Software: Photoshop Elements 12

Today, we are continuing our look at the Selection Tools. Last time when we looked at Selection tools, we covered the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee Tools. Today, we will be looking at another of my favorite Selection tools – the Magic Wand tools. These are located directly BELOW the Rectangular Marquee Tool on a default version of Photoshop Elements 12.

Embedded under the Magic Wand tools button are three selection tools: the Quick Selection, Selection Brush and Magic Wand tools. All are accessible using shortcut A.

Briefly, the Selection Brush is exactly what it sounds like – wherever you paint, it selects. It is as precise as you are. Selections are automatically added to the “total” and there is an option to “mask” (the area you select is not affected by subsequent adjustments).
The Quick Selection tool is a replacement for the Selection Brush tool in many instances. It is able to sense the edges of people or items in your photo, and when used in conjunction with the Refine Edges settings, it allows for quick and accurate selections. These tools are both useful in different circumstances.

My “go-to” and most-used Selection tool in this slot is the Magic Wand tool. This tool selects pixels based on their color. It is incredibly accurate and fast, but it is not discerning. It will select pixels based upon color, not whether they are part of the object you are already selecting. For example, if you are trying to select a blue plane from a blue sky, this may not be the tool for you. However, if you are trying to select a red plane from the same blue sky, this tool will do it quickly and easily.
It is possible to adjust the sensitivity of the selection by increasing/decreasing Tolerance on the slider in the Tool’s settings panel.

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The higher the tolerance, the more range in selection you will have (i.e., the tool will select a wider range of blue, for example, than the teal you selected). Lowering the tolerance will limit you to only pixels that fall in the range of the actual pixel you selected.
It is also possible to select all of the pixels in an image that fall in the range you selected or only those directly in the area you selected. As we have seen before, the Contiguous option controls whether the selected areas are touching or not. This is very handy if, for example, you want to change the color of an entire team’s clothing or all the decorations on the Christmas tree or to be more artistic in selections.

Let me demonstrate the “magical” Magic Wand tool by showing you how I used it in my layout:

The lighting from this museum exhibit gave a lovely purple tinge to my photos, which worked well with the skeleton and my green dinosaur embellishments, but I didn’t have any purple dinosaur embellishments. (I know – outrageous, huh?!)
Luckily, this is where my knowledge of the Magic Wand tool comes in handy. I love Ginny Whitcomb’s Time to RAWR Collection, and I knew I could use a lot of it with a little tweaking.
First, I decided I had to use this tag as a banner to really set my page. Fabulous, yes; purple, no.

I decided to try the easiest option and use Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation. This is what I ended up with.

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Yes, the tag is definitely purple – but my poor dinosaur looks rather odd. Unless I wanted to use this odd-colored dinosaur and adapt all my other embellishments to match, I needed to try something else.
This is where my Magic Wand Tool came into use. I selected the area where I wanted a change of color. Using a low tolerance setting, 19 in this example, I was able to quickly select all of the blue on this tag. With this area selected, I could then adjust the color as I had done before, but this time only my selected area changed color.

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My result? A perfect purple tag with a dinosaur that stayed his original green color!

I could reselect the last few blue pixels (at the top of the tag), but I decided I liked the effect they have as they show where the light hits the top of the tag.

Recoloring the ribbon has the same effect. I can adjust the color but I get a slight tinge in the white areas. Solution? Select just the white areas and adjust opacity and lightness until they are the correct white for my page. Using this same technique, I recolored each of the tags for the word art.

Then I decided I wanted to use a paper from Brandy Murry’s Menagerie Collection Biggie to add a touch of greenery to my background. However, I liked the color in Doris Castle’s Blanched Paper Mini.

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Blending modes didn’t allow me to keep the paper color I wanted and have the correct greenery. Solution? Use the Magic Wand tool to select the beige background from Brandy’s paper and delete it all. This left me with green leaves and purple flowers. While the purple matched, it wasn’t quite right for my page, so I selected out the purple flowers, deleted them, and left the remaining green leaves sitting on top of Ginny’s perfectly matched paper. This is a trick I use a lot!

My photos will cover up the finer details so I don’t need to be fussy. In less than a minute, this simple and quick method of selecting allowed me to keep the colors I want and change the background.
Using this method of selecting using the Magic Wand tool will give you the option to recolor items quickly and easily, make new papers, and even use a masking-out effect. By making a selection and using the Inverse function (Ctrl+Shift+I on a PC, Cmd+Shift+I on a Mac), you can recolor everything except your selection in no time at all.
If you haven’t discovered just how simple it is to use the Magic Wand tool for your selections yet, I encourage you to give it a go. Start with a bold pattern first with wide variance in the colors and move on to more tricky patterns and photos. You will be creating custom papers and elements from your digital scrapbooking stash in no time! Then be sure to post your new creations to the Scrap Girls Gallery and tell us what you changed so we can admire and be inspired by you.
Join me next time for the last of the Selection tools – the Lasso tools. Until then, happy selecting!

Jody West
Article written by Jody West
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Products Used:
(Click on the images below to be taken to their product page)
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Menagerie Collection Biggie
Altered Life Collection Biggie
Paper Clip Alpha
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The blended paper Jody demonstrated above reminded me of all the great collage and blended papers we have in the Scrap Girls Boutique. If you are short on time you can pick up one of these paper sets ready for you to add your photos and finishing touches!
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Sketch Tuesday – August 12th, 2014

Once a month on the Blog we create a sketch either from an existing Design Team or CT member’s layout or one of the Creative Team members creates a new original sketch. Using sketches for inspiration is a great way to put together a layout quickly and still be able to add your own unique touches! This sketch is for the Thursday Blog Challenge on the Scrap Girls Forum. Make sure to join in the fun for a chance to WIN a prize!

SKETCH

August Sketch

ORIGINAL LAYOUT

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Layout and Sketch by Anna Burrows

Sketch Layouts from the Creative Team

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Layout by Joyce Schardt
Orange Blossom Collection
Jody - Terowie
Layout by Jody West
Travel Journal Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Rustic Super Biggie
Orange Blossom Collection
Melanie - Ugly Dolls
Layout by Melanie Cockshott
Value Pack: Monsterrific
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: ATC Shadows 12601
Andrea- Growing
Layout by Andrea-Rose Hutton
Summer Cottage Collection
Basic Linens Spring Collection
Basic Linens Autumn Collection
Anna - Shoot with me
Layout by Anna Mansfield
Scuffed Collection
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Basic Shadows 6501
Shannon - Halloween
Layout by Shannon Trombley
Hallow’s Eve Collection
2014-07 Happy Camper
Layout by Monica Lebsack
Count The Ways Collection Biggie
Yours Truly Collection Biggie
Chic Instincts Nano Collection
JIF Plus: 12×12 Menagerie
For Spacious Skies Collection
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

July Contest Winners & Upcoming Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner
 Queen of Africa White Lace Flowers by lorac
Queen of Africa White Lace Flowers by lorac
Digital scrapbooking products used:
JIF 6: Watercolor Wonderful
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Opal escent Glass 6401 Biggie
Watercolor Wonderland Paper Mini
Scrap Girls Spring Collection Biggie
Congratulations Carol! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [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!

 Newsletter Challenge Winner

Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

 Keep Calm and Carry Yarn by roomc

There were a lot of great layouts for this challenge it was so hard to pick just one! But this one had me laughing out loud! Congratulations Ann you made my day!!

You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]

Upcoming Chats and Challenges

  • Monday, August 11th: Random Challenge by Carla (CRS)
  • Tuesday, August 12th: 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 13th: 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 Travel Challenge! Create a layout about your recent or even your not so recent travels. Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop and Challenge Gallery. Hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, August 14th: Blog Inspired Challenge by Valerie (ValerieT)
  • Friday, August 15th: Freebie Challenge by Carla (CRS)
  • Saturday, August 16th: Color Challenge by Monica (Nica)

 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!

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July Layout Contest Winner

Commitment by princessrunningfingers

Commitment by princessrunningfingers

Congratulations to princessrunningfingers, the winner of the July Layout Contest! Her layout was the perfect example of our theme, Commitment.  Joyce will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique for her  effort.

Digital scrapbooking products used:
Count The Ways Collection Biggie
Cherished Family Collection Mini
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Basic Shadows 6501
July Forum Game Winners
Thanks to everyone who joined us on the Scrap Girls World Tour forum game! Congratulations to the following members who each won a $5.00 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls boutique.
Westina
nanna jo
GrannieEv
Stage Manager K8
Belle

ScrapSimple Club Tutorial: How to Wear Your Flip-Flops

Audience: Beginners
Category: Template Techniques
Operating System: Windows 8.1
Software: Photoshop Elements 11

The fun summery embellishments available in Summer Essentials Template set inspired me to try different ways to color them, and I’d like to share a couple of them along with some tips.

1. Color Fill:  The Summer Essentials embellishment files come in layers so each part can be given its own color. Easy! Just choose your color with the color picker (keyboard shortcut I) then use keyboard shortcut Alt+Shift+Backspace to fill the layer.

Tip: Since being faced with a totally grayscale page might be intimidating, here are my favorite ways to choose a color scheme:

  • Use the palettes in Scrap Girls kits. This is probably my favorite source for color schemes and the one I use the most.
  •  Choose colors from the photo itself.
  •  Get inspiration from the Internet. Design-Seeds, Kuler, and Pinterest are all wonderful sources of color inspiration. I used “Sugared Tones” from Design-Seeds for my sample flip flops.

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2. Styles: Adding styles to the embellishment layers also adds color.

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Tip: We Photoshop Elements users don’t have quite the versatility that the users of full Photoshop have when it comes to using styles. Therefore, my favorite styles tip is to color the layer first. Then duplicate the layer add the style just to the duplicate layer. That way you can lower the opacity of the duplicate layer if the effect is too strong. You can also click on the little fx button in the layers palette. This opens the style effects menu where you can make other adjustments such as changing the size of the style’s drop shadow or eliminating it.

Extra tip: I often like to add a style, usually glitter or metal, just to the outline of a layer. Here’s a way to do that. Using a contrasting color, add a stroke to the layer in the size you’ll want for your style. I picked black because there is no black in my colored flip flops.

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Select the outline with the magic wand (keyboard shortcut A) then put the selection onto its own layer (Layer>Duplicate Layer). Now you are able to add the style just to the outline layer. I added a Fairy Dust glitter style. As you’ll see from my photo at the end of this article, I also added the same glitter style to parts of the Starfish from Summer Essentials and decorated my finished flip flops with them.

If you purchase this month’s ScrapSimple Club, designer Armi Custodio has included Bonus suggestions for coloring and using the papers included in the club. I hope you’ll give some of these tips a try. When you do, show us what you’ve made with this delightful summer collection by uploading them to the Scrap Girls gallery.

(click on the images below to be taken to their product page)

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Summer EssentialsScrapSimple Paper Templates: Summer Frenzy

ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Translucent Brights 13001 Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Resin 6401 Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Fairy Dust

 Tutorial written by Diane Lardieri

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