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March 29th Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Creation by Westina
Congratulations Tina! You may claim 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; 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
Spring Cleaning by Jeannie (Scrapbooking newbie)
I love this quote, so perfect for Spring cleaning!
Congratulations Jeannie! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
Visit the Newsletter Challenge Gallery and join in the fun!
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
If you’re in need of a good chuckle or a little silliness in your life, we hope you’ll join us for this week’s challenges. We’re going to be acting funny all week long!

UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, March 30th – Random Challenge by Melanie

The last Either/Or Challenge for March is all about Collections.

Tuesday, March 31st – Silly Photo by Andrea

Help us celebrate April Fools Day by bringing out the silly!

Thursday, April 2nd – Silly Color by Carla

We are going to keep the crazy going all week with a silly color challenge

Weekend Challenge – Selfies by Conda

We’ll be wrapping up a week of silliness by scrapping selfies

April Forum Game – Scrap Girls Bingo

Join us for an exciting game of Scrap Girls BINGO! Just pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to [email protected] with a subject line that says “BINGO CARD_your Scrap Girls Forum username” by Thursday April 2nd at Midnight (ET) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Friday, April 3rd. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you’ll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.
Find out more on the Scrap Girls Forum!

Reflected Text in PSE

Audience: Everyone
Category: Creative Techniques
Operating System: Windows 8
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9

I’ve got a fun technique to share with you today – making a title that looks like it has a reflection. It’s quick and easy, and it’s the perfect way to finish so many different layouts.
First, create a new document for your layout. Type your title. Then use the shortcut Ctrl+J (Cmd+J for Mac) to duplicate the layer.
Right-click on the duplicated layer in the Layers palette. Choose Simplify Layer from the drop-down menu that appears. This changes the layer from a text-editable layer into a normal layer.

With the duplicated layer still active, go to Image > Rotate > Flip Layer Vertical. Use the arrow keys to slide the flipped title down below the original title.

Add a layer mask to the duplicated layer by clicking on the Layer Mask button in the Layers palette. This will add a white box next to the thumbnail of the duplicated layer in the Layers palette.

Make the mask active (outlined by a thin white box) by clicking on it. Then make sure the Foreground/Background Color palette (at the bottom of the Tools palette) is set to black and white.
Make the Gradient tool active in the Tools palette. Click on the Edit button that appears at the top of the screen. When the Gradient Editor window opens, choose the preset gradient named Foreground to Transparent.

Apply the gradient by clicking and dragging the mouse down. You don’t need to drag very far, only about as far as your duplicated title is tall. Play around with the gradient until you get the look that you like.

Next, soften the edges of the duplicated title by clicking Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Move the slider at the bottom of the Gaussian Blur window to make the effect more or less pronounced.

Finally, add a photo under the duplicated title layer. You may want to reduce the Opacity of the duplicated layer to help it fade into the photo even more.

You could use this technique for anything from a picture of a calm lake at sunset to a selfie snapped in a mirror. It’s lots of fun, so why not give it a try? And be sure to post your layout in the Scrap Girls Gallery – I’d love to see what you create!

Tutorial and layout by Anna Mansfield
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March 22nd Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
That’s My Boy by englishrose
Congratulations Hilary! You may claim 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; 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
Lucky Ring by BetC
This is a pretty amazing story! Thanks for sharing it with us Betty!
Congratulations Betty! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
Now it’s your turn to do a little spring cleaning. Join us in our Challenges this week and document something you’ve cleaned or cleared either literally (like your sock drawer) or figuratively (like a troublesome relationship).
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES

Monday, March 23rd – Random Challeng by Melanie
For this Either/Or challenge we will borrow some inspiration from some of the Scrap Girls designers.

Tuesday, March 24th – Spring Cleaning by Monica

It’s officially Spring so it’s time to do a little Spring Cleaning.

Thursday, March 26th – Keep it Simple by Shannon

Let’s try to create a very clean, simple layout for today’s challenge.

Weekend Challenge – Clean Out Your Stash by Conda
Use 5 items you have never used before!

Monthly Game ChallengeWorld Tour – March 2015
The Welcoming Committee have booked us on a last minute world tour. Our Captain assures us that this will be a wonderful tour. That probably means there will be chaos and mayhem, not to mention a few disasters.
Complete activities and layouts to gain stamps in the passport. Each stamp is worth one entry in the prize draw. At the end of the tour, we will do a random draw, and you could win one of five $5 Gift Certificates to use in the Scrap Girls Boutique.

March 15th Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Wish by AnnBK 
Congratulations Evelyn! You may claim 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; 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
En Pointe by Eden
Sometimes a layout really stands out and this is one of them! Eden combined creativity with beauty for a very stunning effect!
Congratulations Eden! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
Look around you right now. What do you see that makes you think you’ve hit the jackpot? Is it your family, your friends, your health, your house — or just a really great fitting pair of jeans? We hope you’ll share with us what your “little pot of gold” looks like by posting your layouts in our Challenge Gallery.
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES

Monday, March 16th – Random Challeng by Valerie

This week’s Either/Or challenge will explore white space and how to make what’s NOT in your layout really count.

Tuesday, March 17th – What do You Feel Lucky About? by Andrea

This month’s “Right Now” Challenge – with a St Patty’s day twist.

Thursday, March 19th – Accidental Luck by Carla

While the Luck o’ the Irish still in the air we’ll challenge you to come up with a time you were lucky.

Weekend Challenge – Use the Word ‘Luck’ by Conda

Use the word luck in your layout and maybe you’ll be the lucky one that wins our Layout of the Week challenge!

Monthly Game ChallengeWorld Tour – March 2015
The Welcoming Committee have booked us on a last minute world tour. Our Captain assures us that this will be a wonderful tour. That probably means there will be chaos and mayhem, not to mention a few disasters.
Complete activities and layouts to gain stamps in the passport. Each stamp is worth one entry in the prize draw. At the end of the tour, we will do a random draw, and you could win one of five $5 Gift Certificates to use in the Scrap Girls Boutique.

Starting a Scrap for Hire (S4H) Business

Have you ever thought of turning a hobby you love into a way to make extra money? That’s what using your digital scrapbooking skills can do for you when you start a Scrap for Hire (S4H) business!

I’d like to share my experiences as a S4H digital scrapbook artist. I began scrapping for others in 2008 when my business partner, Wendi Corteville, and I started Treasured Albums. We spent hours choosing a name that people would remember and connect with the services and products we offered. We chose this motto: “At Treasured Albums, turning memories into treasured albums is our passion.”

In the upcoming articles, I’ll share with you ways to find clients, how to manage photos and journaling, best practices while designing for others, and how to package and deliver the final products to happy clients.

My S4H business is set up like any other business. Consider the following list when setting up your business:

  • Business Plan
  • Logo
  • Business cards
  • Email address
  • Marketing flyers, advertisements, posters, and presentations
  • IRS Tax ID number
  • Registered business name
  • Partnership operating agreement
  • Client confidentiality agreement and order forms
  • Accounting spreadsheets – assets, revenue, expenses (including mileage)
  • Bank account linked to PayPal
  • Websites – domain, shopping cart, Facebook, or blog
  • Sample photo books, scrapbook pages, and other display products
  • Laptops, software, printer, scanners, cameras, etc.

The most important thing you need to get started is a business plan. A business plan is a roadmap that keeps you focused on your goals. It’s important to jot down what products and services you want to offer, how you are going to sell your work, who is your competition and target market, and how you are going to make a profit. At Treasured Albums, we specialized in creating photo albums to preserve life’s precious moments, family heritage, love stories, and baby/children’s books. Our competition was a franchised photobook company in the area with a limited number of background designs and products. We targeted clients from church groups, mom-to-mom events, and senior centers. We posted ads on every bulletin board in town. We held workshops in community libraries and offered classes in the community education flyers.

Scrapping for others is a rewarding experience. One of the best parts of my job is taking people’s stories and photos and designing a finished product that will be cherished for years to come. In order to exceed a client’s expectations, you’ll need to use high quality and beautiful digital products. The Scrap Girl Boutique has a wide variety of S4H products available so that youcan offer designs that are right for the collection of photos. The kits and templates make it easy to quickly create finished products your clients will love. My clients love the embellishments and clusters. Using products from Scrap Girls gives you an advantage over the competition.

There are so many ways to scrap for others. You can design and deliver finished layouts as prints or JPG files. Scrapbook pages, greeting cards, invitations, canvas prints, business cards, baby and senior announcements are just a few ideas. Not many people know this, but some photobook sites allow you to upload your own backgrounds and embellishments. In other words, you can use the wonderful products at Scrap Girls and create beautiful photobooks your clients will love without using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Or you can design a layout and upload a JPG image to the photobook site. Another idea is to take ideas from crafters who are selling all sorts of things using clip art. Transferring images to wood, fabric, or clay is another way you can personalize a photo gift for a client.

At Treasured Albums, we offered a unique touch by incorporating personal memorabilia. Here’s a layout from a heritage album (below). This cute couple met at a dance hall on Belle Isle. I got lucky and found a Belle Isle dance ticket in a box of old paper my mom gave me. I removed the date from the ticket and used it as a complementary embellishment. Needless to say, the family was impressed with the thoughtful details.

Treasured Albums was my first venture into S4H. Now I have a new S4H business called Vintage Scrapbooks which allows me to combine my love of digital scrapbooking with vintage elegance.

Good luck to all who are already scrapping for others or those of you who are ready to get started! I look forward to hearing from you about your S4H adventures!

Article written by Pam Zeman
Read Pam’s previous article You Could be a Scrap for Hire Artist on the Scrap Girls Blog!

March 8th Challenge Winners & February Winners

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Wishing by GrannieEv
Congratulations Evelyn! You may claim 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; 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
Discovering the World with You by Judy (Judy in SD)
Congratulations Judy! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
We will be pushing the scrapping limits all week with a whole series of “Out of Bounds”-themed challenges that will push you, your stash, and your photos even farther.  We hope you’ll join us in the Scrap Girls Gallery!
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES

Monday, March 9th – Random Challenge by Melanie

An either/or Challenge that lets you choose your own colorful path.

Tuesday, March 10th – Out of Bounds by Monica 

Go out of bounds with this challenge to make your picture really pop.

Thursday, March 12th – Do Something Different by Shannon

Break the rules by using a kit for something other than it’s intended purpose.

Weekend Challenge - Out of Your Comfort Zone by Theresa G

Head outside of your comfort zone by trying a new-to-you technique or product.

Monthly Game ChallengeWorld Tour – March 2015

The Welcoming Committee have booked us on a last minute world tour. Our Captain assures us that this will be a wonderful tour. That probably means there will be chaos and mayhem, not to mention a few disasters.

Complete activities and layouts to gain stamps in the passport. Each stamp is worth one entry in the prize draw. At the end of the tour, we will do a random draw, and you could win one of five $5 Gift Certificates to use in the Scrap Girls Boutique.

February Lovely Slow Scrap Forum Game Winners:

Two $10.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificate winners were drawn from those who posted all 4 layouts in the Slow Scrap Gallery:

  • Marie-Christine
  •  Boatlady

Three $5.00 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate winners were drawn from those who posted layouts in the Slow Scrap Gallery with one entry per layout:

  • AggieB
  •  Scrapbooking newbie
  •  Belle

Congratulations to all the winners! You may collect your gift certificates by emailing [email protected].

 

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