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May 1st Challenge Winners & Mixing Patterns

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Dalton by LauraYB 
Congratulations Laura! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing prizes@scrapgirls.com.
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!
WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNER
Seagull by Marie-Christine
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
Mix and match patterns for scrapbook layouts ranging from subdued to wild! 
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Tuesday, May 3rd - Mixing Patterns Challenge by Marilyn
This week, we’re exploring how to mix patterns on a page.
Weekend Challenge - Wildcard Challenge by Valerie
Mix and Match supplies.
ONGOING CHALLENGES

Complete a challenge a week to earn a special discount in our store!

Click HERE for all the info on how to join the Challenge Chase for May!

HASHTAG CHALLENGE
The hashtag for April is #sgdigimom
For more details click here
MAY GAME CHALLENGE
Join us on the Forum in May for a slow scrap, but watch out! Some of the tasks are a little crazy!

April 24th Challenge Winners & Designer Spotlight

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
1st Birthday by SkyMom
Congratulations Nicole! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing prizes@scrapgirls.com.
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!
WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNER
Memory of Sammy by LauraYB
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
Once a month, we run a feature we call “Focus on Design” where we pick just one of our talented designers and focus on a unique or awesome aspect of her design skills that we just love.  This month we focus on Jennifer Ziegler.
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Tuesday, April 26th - Designer Spotlight Challenge by Shannon
Jennifer Ziegler
Weekend Challenge - Wildcard Challenge by Carla
ScrapSimple challenge
MARCH GAME CHALLENGE
There’s still time to join us on the forum in April for a fun game of Spring Bingo!

April 17th Challenge Winners & Circle Sketch

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
 

Grampa Seborg by scrapperbess
Congratulations Betsy! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing prizes@scrapgirls.com.
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!
WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNER
Soldiers Deployed by DixieLee
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
This month’s sketch was inspired by Earth Day.
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Tuesday, April 19th - Sketch Challenge byMelanie
Circle sketch
Weekend Challenge - Wildcard Challenge by Andrea-Rose
Color and Circles
MARCH GAME CHALLENGE
Join us on the forum in April for a fun game of Spring Bingo!

Quick & Easy Cards Using the Honey Garden Club

This bright, artsy collection is perfect for making greeting cards, Artist Trading Cards or Pocket Life cards. I love to make greeting cards, so this tutorial will show you how to create several types of cards with this month’s Scrap Girls Club: Honey Garden. I chose to make my cards the 4¼ x 5½-inch size because they fit in A2 envelopes which are fairly easy to find (and I already have a huge box of them).
Let’s get started! First, open a new document 1275 by 1650 pixels. Drag in a background paper and resize it to fit your card.
I use a lot of contrasting borders on my cards. Since it can be a bit tricky to make even borders, we will go over how to create them in a bit more detail.
Note: I create borders using a layer mask to make the layer above the border paper smaller.

1. Make sure the paper you would like to make smaller is selected in the Layers panel.

2. Using the Marquis Tool, select the outside edge of your card.

3. Choose Select > Transform Selection in the top menu bar.

4. Hold down both the Shift and Alt keys while you resize, and the selection will stay centered on your page as you transform it. When you have the selection the size you’d like it, press Enter to finalize the transformation.

5. Click on the Layer Mask Icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to create the mask.

Here is the finished card with the border. You can see that I applied the layer mask to the heart paper which lets the yellow paper underneath it show at the edges.

These next two cards use the Pocket Life cards included in the club. Since they are smaller than the greeting card, you shouldn’t need to resize them. Simply hold down the Shift key as you drag it onto your page, and it will land in the center with a nice wide border. I created small borders around the Pocket Life cards using the technique we just practiced.

The next set of cards use the simple borders to incorporate several papers, a graphic or cluster from the collection, and a simple greeting.

This last card uses a collage background paper, the carrot bunch embellishment, and a border.
I copied and rotated the border embellishment to create a frame and then added a style from ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Grungalicious Distress Autumn Biggie 8501 to it.

Each of these cards went together in five minutes or less! Try using this month’s Scrap Girls Club to create a card or two for someone you love – and then share your results in the Scrap Girls Club Gallery. We’d love to see your work!

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An Amazing Deal!
If you were to buy all of the items in the club individually from the Boutique they would cost $27.64 and we offer it to you for just $9.99 a month!
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Article written by April Martell
Tutorial written using Photoshop CS6 with Windows 7
 

April 10th Challenge Winners & Pallet Signs

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
 
Creative Life by ladyscrapalot 
Congratulations Kelly! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing prizes@scrapgirls.com.
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!
WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNER
Waves by lovinthedigithing
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Tuesday, April 12th - Pallet Signs Challenge by Shannon
Layout inspired by pallet signs.
Weekend Challenge - Wildcard Challenge by Valerie
Image inspiration.
MARCH GAME CHALLENGE
Join us on the forum in April for a fun game of Spring Bingo!

Three Tips for Working with Digital Gesso

Hello, ScrapSimple Club members and curious types! By now, you’ve seen Syndee Nuckles’ clever and creative ScrapSimple Club and you probably fall into one of two main categories: Delighted with the gesso and texture it gives – or cautiously concerned (e.g., “What do I DO with THAT?”).

Fear not, I have three great ways to help you use those gesso pages, and they are all fun and easy! Trust me!

The pages I am mainly referring to are shown below. Some are already masked for you to use, but I wanted to start at the basics and give you three great techniques so you can branch out on your own.

1. Gesso as a Border/Frame

The first technique is the easiest. We are going to use the gesso as a border or frame for our photos. Let’s start by looking at the first two templates shown above. These have the perfect locations already mapped out.

I am going to simplify things a little more and use a Rule of Thirds template I created using the ruler functions to show the places where the eye rests, so photo placement is easier.

See how Syndee has already left these perfect photo spots available to you? Let’s see how it looks when I add some photos in. This is my third kitty; he adopted us and now he thinks he runs the house. Boys!

See how great this page looks already? The photos are perfect and the next thing I need to do is highlight the texture.

There are two ways I like to do this, depending on how it looks after I do each step. The first is to use the Vellum shadow from ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Shadow Me 6301. This is how it looks when I apply the vellum shadow to the gesso on this page:


It is very subtle and perhaps the other option would be better. Let’s try a bevel.


I tend to use the Simple inner bevel the most as I am not good at bevelling and it appears subtler to me. I even tweak the amount, too; this time taking it down to just 6 pixels. Can you see the subtle lift it gives? To access the option to tweak the level of the bevel, just double-click the italic fx on the gesso line in the Layers panel.

Using two layers of black over my background gives me just enough contrast to show off my photos. The upper black layer is set to Soft Light while the one beneath is set on Overlay. I like the way the central section is darker and draws the eye.

Next, I’ll do a little mix-and-match. I want to add some word art and also frame my pics of the little guy. I’ll use Syndee’s Breathings template and just take what I need.


After adding the frames and the word art, I turned off the Rule of Thirds template.

I think it needs a little more, though. Let’s try some painty-type hearts.

I used ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Gold 8501 on the hearts and quote, just to add a little visual interest without distracting from the black and white. Simplifying the layers and using the Darken Blending mode allowed them to appear more a part of the texture than just sitting on top of the gesso.

So this is layout 1 where we used the gesso as a frame:

2. Coloring the Gesso

With technique 2, I am going to show you my favorite way to color the gesso itself. If you were going to use real gesso on a real paper page, you might use a pigment, so I am going to do a similar effect here. Again, I am using Brandy’s Gold Style as I love the ombre it gives, but you could try using a gradient for a similar effect.

I tried adding the style directly to my PNG, but it didn’t give me the option to use the Blending modes I wanted. So instead, I added a blank layer and went to Edit along the top of my screen. From there, I selected Fill Layer and went with 50% gray. I added my style to this page (a blank page has no pigment so a style cannot work on it; you need the 50% gray) and simplified it. Then I played with all the Blending modes until I found I liked Pin Light best. Next, I simplified it all. Now I have this lovely trio of colors to play with!

Using Syndee’s word art, I triplicated it and turned all three to Overlay to get this fresco-type effect.

3. Imprint Your Photo on Gesso

Finally, let’s look at a way to use the gesso as a place to imprint your photo. The image I used took many variations of Overlay and Darken Blending modes at varying opacities to get the look I was after. Every photo will be different, so I will save you an explanation of all the intricate steps I took for my photo. Just jump in and start experimenting!

What I do want to point out here was the use of both the JPG file and the Overlay file. To get the layered effect, I placed the Overlay file directly over the JPG file and used it for extra depth. After getting my photos right, I simply added a colored layer over the entire JPG file. My overlays hid where the color went underneath them. This technique works best for artsy-style images, especially travel prints where you are going for a feel rather than detail. Gesso really needs the Blending modes to show its texture, and this style is best for photos where your use of photos isn’t dependent on showing a lot of detail.

I hope this tutorial has answered a few of your questions about how to use these gesso textures in your next layout!

An Amazing Deal!
If you were to buy all of the items in the club individually from the Boutique they would cost $19.15 and we offer it to you for just $6.99 a month!
MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION
Want to save even more? Consider a 6 month or 12 month subscription. 
On the Club Product page in the Details section, choose your preferred subscription in the drop-down menu. Then click on the orange Add to Cart button.
jody west
Tutorial written by Jody West
Tutorial written using Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 with Windows 7

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