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August 30th Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
My Breakfast by Laura YB
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!
NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE WINNER!
Check back to find out who won!
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
Strap on your running shoes and get ready to scrap your summer photos fast!
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, August 31st –  August Club Challenge by Melanie
 Using your August Club before the month is over.
Tuesday, September 1st– One Template + One Kit Challenge by Melanie
Summer has zipped by, which means it’s time to scrap those summer photos – now!
Thursday, September 3rd–  Fast & Easy Challenge by Monica
Let’s get some layouts done FAST!
Weekend Challenge - Early Life Chalenge by Shannon
Finish pages quickly with layout templates.
SEPTEMBER FORUM GAME: 
All month we will be taking a walk down memory lane to help you create a book of your early life.

August 23rd Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Meringue by Marie-Christine
Congratulations Marie-Christine! 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!
NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE WINNER!
Today is the First Day… by jhbren
You may claim your gift certificate by emailing prizes@scrapgirls.com.
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
We’ve created a week of challenges that will help you grab these products or search your stash for products that are about to retire, and put them on your pages – pronto! 
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, August 24th –  Summer Memory Challenge by Melanie
This week we say goodbye to summer.
Tuesday, August 25th Saying Goodbye Challenge by Andrea
We’ll be saying goodbye to retiring products.
Thursday, August 27th–  Search Your Stash Challenge by Carla
Search your stash – something old is new again.
Weekend Challenge - Three Items Chalenge by Theresa G.
It’s your last chance to get these classic collections.
AUGUST FORUM GAME: 
In August, we’ll be playing BINGO, Scrap Girls-style, on the Forum!

August 16th Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Our House by Doris R
Congratulations Doris! 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!
NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE WINNER!
Day in Antarctica by Joyce (PrincessRunningFingers)
You may claim your gift certificate by emailing prizes@scrapgirls.com.
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
Do you have the music in you? We want to help you let it out with a whole week of music-inspired challenges! Don’t forget to dance your way over to our Gallery and post your pages.
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, August 17th –  ScrapSimple Inspired Challenge by Melanie
We’ll be celebrating the release of a new ScrapSimple Club with a ScrapSimple inspired challenge.
Tuesday, August 18th In Your Head Challenge by Monica
Do you have a song stuck in your head right now?
Thursday, August 20th–  Favorite Artist Challenge by Shannon
Got a musical artist or band are you loving on lately?
Weekend Challenge - Lyrics Chalenge by Conda
We’ll put music on the page with a lyrics challenge.
AUGUST FORUM GAME: 
In August, we’ll be playing BINGO, Scrap Girls-style, on the Forum!

August 9th Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Cherished Son by copycath
Congratulations copycath! 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!
NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE WINNER!
Sandcastles by Bonnie D
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
This week’s challenges will present you with three different ways to use a map in your layout. If you try out one, don’t get lost on your way to the Scrap Girls Gallery – we want to see what you’ve come up with!
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, August 10th –  Color Challenge by Valerie
We are packing up to hit the road and it’s the inspiration for this fun color challenge!
Tuesday, August 11th Road Map Challenge by Andrea
A road trip just wouldn’t be possible without a road map.
Thursday, August 13th–  Embellishment Challenge by Carla
We are going to focus in on all the cool parts of a map for this embellishment challenge.
Weekend Challenge - Maps as Backgrounds by Theresa G
Maps have been at the forefront of our challenges this week, but they also make great backgrounds, too!
AUGUST FORUM GAME: 
In August, we’ll be playing BINGO, Scrap Girls-style, on the Forum!

Customizing Layout Templates

Templates. Some people love them and some people hate them. The reason for the latter, I believe, is that some scrapbookers find templates rigid – rigid in that they don’t meet the scrapbooker’s needs and rigid in that they stifle creativity. People who love templates have discovered what I’m going to share with you today. Templates are merely a guide. They are not set in stone and they are changeable! I wrote an article about this exact subject here. If you want to use the template as is, then please do! If it isn’t quite right for you, then change it!

If you have a template with four picture places and you have five photos, add a space. If you have six picture places and only five photos, remove one. If the page faces the wrong way for your photos, flip it. If the photo spaces are landscape and you need portrait, rotate the template. The rules for templates are just like in the movie “Fight Club”: Rule 1 – There are no rules.

Here are some examples of ways that I modified the templates in the July ScrapSimple Club.

Example 1: Template 1

In my version, I rotated the template 90 degrees and then flipped it horizontally. This gave me the bigger photo space at the bottom and allowed the smaller frames to run horizontally rather than vertically.

Example 2: Template 2

For this example, I adjusted the photo spaces to suit my needs:

I had one large photo to use and three supporting smaller ones, so by adjusting the template, I was able to make my larger photo a focus and bring the smaller photos up a little.

Example 3: Template 3
My final example involves a substitution for the two larger photos with the larger one from Template 2 and a simple rotation.

Swapping pieces from one template to another gives you extra scope and variation in the number of photos you can use. You could easily copy the other multi-photo frame from Template 2 to have a personalized eight-space template. This is a great trick to remember when you need a different size or shape template than the one you are adjusting – it’s easy to pull in one from a different template.

Not only are photo spaces able to be swapped and whole page rotated and flipped, individual pieces can also be adjusted in this way. For instance, you could use the background from one page and add the photo spaces from another. It’s easy to add extra paper pieces and adjust them as needed.

Another way to make templates work for you rather than against you is to switch things up a little – photo frames do not have to hold photos. They can hold embellishments or papers or be completely substituted with a large title or another embellishment. Blended paper pieces can be used for photos. Remember the first rule of templates? There are no rules!

It would be super easy to make a quick album following these ideas. I find multi-photo templates are wonderful if I’m making a travel album and want to keep my pages similar but not identical. With a simple rotation or flip, I have a cohesive album with little fuss! This is a great hint for granny’s brag albums, too!

On a final note, don’t limit yourself to just single pages either. Double pagers are easily customized by adding two singles together and adjusting as required.

In these examples I didn’t add or remove anything, just rotated and flipped until the pages were balanced and I had space for journaling and a title. These could be a great starting place for next year’s Project 52!

The July ScrapSimple Club contains three layout templates as PSD files. By using these simple tips, you can quickly and easily create personalized templates that suit your style and requirements. I did a quick calculation and without swapping a thing, I came up with 24 different templates! Once you start swapping frames and paper pieces, the combinations are mind boggling!

Have some fun! Mix things up a bit! Embrace templates and let them unleash your creativity, not fight it. And if you get stuck, refer back to Rule 1.

jody west
Tutorial written by Jody West
Tutorial written using Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 with Windows 7

August 2nd Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Curious by Liz (ewaechter)
Congratulations Liz! 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!
NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE WINNER!
Journey’s End by Marie-Christine
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
We have a week of challenges that are focused on journaling to help you get creative with how and where you place it on your photos. Give this fun trend a try and be sure to upload your creations to our Gallery.
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, August 3rd –  Watermelon Day by Melanie
Celebrate National Watermelon Day with us!
Tuesday, August 4th Latest Trend by Monica
Get Inspired and try the latest trend – journaling on top of your photos.
Thursday, August 6th–  Journaling by Shannon
The journaling comes first with this challenge.
Weekend Challenge - Fonts by Conda
We are focusing on journaling, so what could be better than a Font Challenge?
AUGUST FORUM GAME: 
In August, we’ll be playing BINGO, Scrap Girls-style, on the Forum!
JULY FORUM GAME WINNERS
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Scrap Girls July Retreat Forum Game. Each completed layout earned a drawing entry for one of five $5.00 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Design Shop.

The winners are:

Nanscraps
englishrose
princessrunningfingers
Belle
Marie-Christine

 

 

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