Do you love a Challenge? Or should we say lots of Challenges? Then you should join our monthly Challenge Chase. To participate, just complete a Challenge a week for one month, and submit a layout for our Monthly #Hashtag challenge. Every month you complete The Chase, you will be rewarded with a one-time coupon for 25% off that you can use in our store the next month.
Click HERE for all the info you need to know to join our Challenge Chase!
We love it when we see you share your lovely layouts with your family and friends. Now we want to reward you for it too! At the beginning of each month we will issue a #Hashtag challenge to all our readers. Post your layout on any social media channel (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc) or our Forum marked with the special #hashtag of the month to be entered to win our monthly prize!
We don’t have a lot of fussy rules or requirements for this challenge. You may tag any layout you think fits our monthly theme and upload it to any social media channel. And you may enter our challenge each month with as many layouts as you’d like. All we ask is that you use at least one Scrap Girls product in your layout.
What’s a heck’s a #Hashtag?
#Hashtags are used on most social media channels to sort or organize content. The idea was started with Twitter and has been expanded to most other social media platforms. If a post, picture or video is marked with a specific hashtag that denotes what it is about it makes it searchable. So for example, if I mark a picture of my dog playing fetch on the beach and tag it with the hashtag #tennisballobsession, I can search on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest for all photos posted by anyone else who thinks their dog is equally tennis ball obsessed.
How to participate?
We want to keep these challenges really open ended to inspire your creativity. Each month our hashtag will be a short word or phrase and it will be up to you to decide where you want to go with it. We will announce our #Hashtag challenge (and the specific phrase you should use on your layouts) at the beginning of the month in our Newsletter and in our weekly winners blog post. Each month we will pick one winner of the #Hashtag challenge to nab a great monthly prize package.
To make sure your layout gets included in the monthly drawing be sure to use the hashtag phrase exactly as it’s written (with no capital letters or spaces) and be sure to include the # symbol at the front of the phrase.
If you’re using a layout you posted on the Forum to qualify for our #Hashtag Challenge be sure to put your hashtag in the layout description (not in the tag or comments). You can post your layout to any gallery on our Forum and as long as your hashtag is written correctly and in the right place we will find it.
The winner of the final quarterly drawing for a Digital Layout Template from the boutique was scrapgran! Please email Angie at email@example.com and let her know your choice.
The Grand Prize winner of a $20 gift certificate to the boutique is Becster! Congratulations Becky, email Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you were the winner.
Congratulations to all those who finished at least one layout a month for the entire year.
Please email Angie at email@example.com to claim your participation prize:
- Jane in N.Z.
- Scrapin Pat
- Carla Shute
Project Life 2016 is happening now! Come on over and join us!
Good news! Photoshop tools come to our rescue! Today, I’ll show you a way to easily improve your almost-perfect photos using the Dodge and Burn tools to “paint” that lighter or darker area into your photos.
You’ll find these tools in the Enhance section of the Tools panel. The Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools are nested together in the Tools panel. In this tutorial, we will be working with Dodge and Burn tools; we’ll save the Sponge tool for another day.
After selecting which tool you need to use, select a brush from the drop-down menu in the Tool Options bar and adjust the size according to the size of the area you are going to “paint.” I find that a soft round brush usually works best.
Shadows – if you want to lighten or darken a dark area in your photo
Midtones – if you want to lighten or darken an average-toned area in your photo
Highlights – if you want to lighten or darken a light area in your photo
Finally, use the slider to adjust the exposure percentage. The exposure is the strength of the brush stroke – you could also think of it as opacity.
In my first example, the original photo of the bird looks okay, but I think she is just a little too dark. I want to emphasize her and bring her out of the background a little. Because I want to lighten her, I’m choosing the Dodge tool and a large soft round brush. Since the bird is primarily gray, I select Midtones from the Range drop-down, setting the exposure to 35%. Keep in mind you may need to experiment with exposure percentages until you get the right amount of exposure for the photo you are working on.
This time, I am using a large soft round brush, and because I want to darken a dark area of the photo, I select Shadows from the Range drop-down with the exposure at 50%.
Here are the results:
First, select the Polygonal Lasso tool in the Tools panel and use it to draw out the shape you want for your text.
My shape is angled along the side of a photo. Another option is to create a shape to avoid journaling over a cluster or another embellishment.
Note: If you wish to journal inside a Custom Shape, create your shape with “Path” selected in the top menu bar and follow the tutorial from here.
Select the Horizontal Type tool and hold the pointer inside the path. When the Type tool is surrounded by dashed parentheses click to insert text.
Note: While this tutorial will not work in Photoshop Elements (PSE), you can add text inside a Custom Shape in later versions of PSE by clicking on the shape with the Text tool. PSE does not have the same tools for justifying the text, you can use the PS shortcuts in PSE! Ctrl+A will select all of your text and Ctrl+Shift+J will justify the selected text.
An even easier option is to simply use one of the ScrapSimple Text Path products in the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Try mixing up the journaling on your next layout by typing it within a shape. We’d love to see your completed pages in the Scrap Girls Gallery!