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February 1st Weekly Layout Winner & Challenge Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Art Is by Kelly (ladyscrapalot)
Products Used:
JIF 6: Watercolor Wonderful
Watercolor Wonderful Paper Mini
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Torn Paper Masks 2
Congratulations Kelly (landyscrapalot)! 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
Sleepover Reading by Debbie (Boatlady)
Congratulations Debby! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
We are headed off to a trip to Paris France this week!

Monday, February 2nd: Random Challenge: by Andrea 

Today’s Challenge is inspired by all the great Parisian artists.

Tuesday, February 3rd Challenge: Paris & Love by Carla

Paris is the City of Love so today we will use the city to inspire a romantic layout.

Thursday, February 5th Challenge: Eiffel Tower by Conda

The Eiffel Tower is the most famous landmark in Paris and today we will build a layout just like the tower – from the foundation up!

Weekend Challenge: by Marilyn

No trip to Paris would be complete without food, so this weekend will be a culinary themed challenge.

FEBRUARY FORUM GAME: Lovely Slow Scrap
This month’s Scrap Girls Forum game, Lovely Slow Scrap, 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 February, Monday through Saturday, a Welcoming Committee member will post a daily layout step in the game thread; each week will have 6 steps. 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 and post all 4 layouts in the Lovely Slow Scrap Gallery will be entered in a drawing for one of two $10.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.

Each completed layout posted in the Slow Scrap February Gallery, up to 4 per member, will be entered in a drawing for one of three $5.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.

You have until 11:59pm ET on February 28th to complete the steps and post your layouts to the Lovely Slow Scrap Gallery.  There are no daily time limits.

Personalizing JIFFY Easy Page Album Pages

Audience: Everyone
Category: Digital Scrapbooking
Operating System: Windows 8
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

The Scrap Girls Boutique abounds with wonderful digital scrapbooking supplies, and our shoppers are familiar with the gorgeous collections and versatile templates. But hidden among these gems are an often overlooked category of Easy Pages which can be found within the Fast and Easy category. JIFFY Easy Page Albums are a busy scrapper’s best friend. They are pre-assembled layouts made by our talented designers and sold in a group of 5-6 coordinating pages. All JIFFY Easy Page Albums come with the PNG file, making it easy to drag your photos into the layout and simply save it as a new file. The hardest aspect of assembling an Easy Page is just deciding which photos to use! Some JIFFY Easy Page Albums have the additional versatility of coming with the layered PSD file. The benefit of having the PSD file is that you can rearrange the layout, tweaking it until it’s exactly what you need. Let’s take a look at an Easy Page layout from Jan Ransley’s JIFFY Easy Page Album: Parterre.

easy page album
Adorable, right? The problem is that I want to use two photos, not just one. By simply copying the frame and moving a few things around, I am able to fit both of my photos on the page and keep the composition of the layout intact.

Finally, I grabbed some word art off another layout, and I was done! If you’re pressed for time or you’re looking for a quick and easy way to put an album together, give Easy Page Albums a try. Come share your album pages with us today in the Scrap Girls Gallery!

personalized-jiffy-page
PRODUCTS USED:
Tutorial Written by Melanie Cockshott

Light Source in Digital Scrapbooking

Audience: Everyone
Category: Digital Scrapbooking
Operating System: Windows Vista
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

Slight changes can make a big difference in how our digital scrapbook pages look. For example, the more we develop as digital scrappers, the more we realize how important shadows are in presenting a realistic page. Where we place our shadows and the type of shadows we use can make subtle but important differences in our pages.

In the real world, shadows are cast by light. In order to make decisions about our digital shadows, then we must also notice – or decide upon – the source of the light. From what direction or directions is the light coming? If the light is coming from the upper left, for example, our shadows should be cast to the lower right.

It’s easy to agree on the above. Now for the hard part: How do we determine the light source? I’m glad you asked! Here are some guidelines.

  1. Some of our Scrap Girls designers have established a light source and they show it in their embellishments. Notice the brighter and darker sides of the kumquat from the Orange Blossom Collection and the bright spot at the top of the Flair button from the Strawberry Fields Collection Mini as two examples.

2.  Sometimes, a designer will include two versions of her embellishments, one with and one without shadows. Here’s an example from the Classic Cluster Borders Embellishment Mini. In these situations, you would look at the direction of the shadows and use that as a guide for the rest of your layout.

 3. Often a designer leaves the light source up to us. In the case of embellishments without any noticeable light source, you can just pick a direction and, as long as you stick with it for the whole page, it will look fine

So, how do we adjust the direction of a shadow? After adding a drop shadow, double click on the fx icon on the right side of the layer you want to adjust. A dialog box will open. You’ll see a Lighting Angle circle with the current degree number of the light source labeled. Just click inside the circle and move the pointer or, alternatively, in the box next to the circle, type in the desired degree angle of the light source.

Deciding upon the light source and keeping shadows consistent will result in a more natural-looking digital scrapbooking page. The next time you make a layout, pay attention to the light source, then show us your results by uploading your layout to the Scrap Girls Gallery and let us admire your work!

Tutorial by Diane Lardieri
PRODUCTS USED:
(Click on the images below to be taken to their product page)

January 25th Weekly Layout Winner & Challenge Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
The Sweetest Face  by judy in SD
Congratulations Judy! 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
Project Weekend by Jiranda
Congratulations Jiranda! You may claim your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]

THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES

Monday, January 26th: Random Challenge by Shannon
You’ll be challenged to dig to the bottom of your stash and use some products that are “new to you”.

Tuesday, January 27th Challenge: Book/Reading Related Layout by Theresa G.

Join us as we celebrate our favorite winter pastime – Curling up with a good book.

Thursday, January 28th Challenge: Tell a Story by Marilyn

A good book always includes a great story and today is your turn to write a mini-book on your page.

Weekend Challenge: Book Cover Inspiration  by Melanie

Every good book needs a great cover. We will be using our favorite book covers to inspire a terrific layout.

FINAL WEEK!
JANUARY FORUM GAME: JUMPSTART JANUARY
It’s time to kick off the new year with some fun and a focus on scrapbooking! Join us on Scrap Girls Forum for “Jumpstart January!” This game and challenge focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little “speedbumps” of life. When the month is over you’ll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way.
A Welcoming Committee Member will post a task each Monday through Saturday from January 1-31. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require message board participation or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.
Those who complete and upload all the layouts by 11:59 pm (ET) January 31st will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Each person who completes a layout will be entered – once for each completed challenge page – into a drawing for one of three $3 gift certificates.

Scrap Over My Shoulder: Monica Lebsack

Creative Team Member Monica Lebsack shared her creative process with us as she put together a layout using January’s Scrap Girls Club!

Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?

I belong to several scrapbooking groups on Facebook and follow several scrapbooking boards on Pintrest, along with the Scrap Girls Gallery and the inspirations that come with each product.

What is the first thing you do when beginning a layout?

After I choose a photo, or set of photos, I focus on a frame, cluster or embellishment I’m drawn to from a collection that has a color palette that matches the photos well.

Would you say that you have a ’system’ or do your layouts seem to fall into place as you go? 

I tend to experiment with different things until I find what I like. Eventually, things fall into place, but sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to get moving in the right direction.

Is there a product or tool/technique that you use on most layouts?

I’m a templates girl. The layout may not look like the original template when I’m done, and I might pull various pieces from several templates, but there’s almost always one under there somewhere.

What is the one piece of advice you can give our readers?

Post your layouts somewhere that you can get feedback, preferably the Scrap Girls Gallery…just saying.  Having people point out what is good about your layout is just the confidence boost a person needs to keep their “mojo.” It’s also a great way to learn what works and what doesn’t.

Monica’s layout step by step:

This layout was made for the 01-03-2015 Weekend Challenge. We were asked to sift through our photos from 2014 and scrap our 5 favorite memories of the year.

In this particular case, I knew I had the perfect template in my stash, so I started with that and my photos. From there, I chose the embellishments that I wanted to use.

After that came a lot of experimenting.  I knew that I wanted the cluster with the title and I wanted the Stitches and Scraps embellishment on the right side under the photos, but did I want the journalling to stay where it was? What colors should the background papers be? After a bit of playing around, I decided on a dark blue background with a white mat to match the frames on the photos and to leave the journalling where it was.

From there, I added in my journalling and the subtitles. In the Club, Melissa provided the perfect alpha for the dots in the subtitle, so I put those in as well.

Next, I started trying to balance things out.  I had all of those green numbers, but that was really the only bright green on the layout. So, keeping in mind triangles and groups of three, I added two more areas with green (the numbers along the pictures and the number 5 in the title).

And there you have it. My thought process, and a little bit of the experimentation, that went into making a layout. You can find lots more inspiration in the Scrap Girls Gallery and, if you have questions about a particular layout, feel free to ask.  There’s always someone willing to help you figure out how something was done.

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Article written by Monica Lebsack

Sketch Challenge – January 19th

Once a month on the Blog we create a sketch either from an existing Design Team or CT member’s layout or 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 January 19th Random Challenge on the Scrap Girls Forum. Make sure to join in the fun for a chance to WIN a prize!

The Creative Team had a great time using Andrea’s Sketch as inspiration!
Layout by Jody West
Value Pack: Manmade
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Shadow Me
Layout by Pam Zeman
Cottage Rose Collection Biggie
Layout by Valerie Tuffrey
Travel Journal Collection Biggie 
Layout by Andrea-Rose Hutton
Autumn Spice Collection Mini
Refreshed Collection
Dad’s Suitcase Collection
Layout by Anna Burrows
Hello Baby Collection
Hello Baby 5×7 Shower Invitations
Rustic Wedding Embellishment Biggie
Kensington Embellishment Biggie
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Shadowed Frame Clusters
Layout by Joyce Schardt
Value Pack: Altered Life 
Layout by Melanie Cockshott
Sunshine Bouquet Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools – Actions: Mega Lift I Squared Biggie
Value Pack: Everyday Glitters
Dandelion Dreams Embellishment Mini
Layout by Shannon Trombley

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