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Scanning Dimensional Objects with the Flip-Pal PLUS Summer FREEBIE!

Back in November 2013, we ran a contest on our blog where we gave away a Flip-Pal mobile scanner. To enter the contest, we asked you to tell us your fun and creative idea for using the Flip-Pal. We got over 75 terrific ideas from our readers, making it hard to pick just one winner.

Ultimately, we picked Pam Zeman of Michigan as the winner. Pam has a love for all things vintage and could imagine the Flip-Pal being useful for scanning her vintage button collection.

We will be checking in with Pam during the year to see what she has been doing with her Flip-Pal. Today’s tutorial is written by Pam and features her Filp-Pal. If you are inspired by what you see, remember that you can get your own Flip-Pal by ordering straight from the Scrap Girls Boutique here!

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I fell in love with vintage buttons a couple of years ago when I ran into a button dealer at a flea market. There were hundreds of large, old, coat buttons, so I bought a few dozen. After that, I was hooked, and I’m always on the lookout for unique buttons. I soon discovered that collecting buttons is serious business, and there is even a National Button Society. Serious collectors exhibit buttons by carefully arranging them in patterns and mounting them on cards.

Buttons are my go-to embellishment. There are so many different colors and shapes of buttons that I will surely find one that meets my needs. I put the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to the test when I scanned some of my old coat buttons. There was some depth to the buttons so I wasn’t sure how the images would turn out. Most of the buttons are at least 1/8-inch thick and have a loop shank on the back. I worked on the carpet and laid the buttons, one at a time, on a piece of white paper towel. I took off the lid of the scanner, laid the scanner on the button, pressed the button into the carpet and hit the scan button.

I was pleasantly surprised that the images are clear – and now I’ve found a way to scan objects that don’t have a flat surface! Next, I’m going to scan skeleton keys. I like using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner better than my camera because the scanner is so easy to use, and it will scan just about anything. Owning a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner definitely allows me to personalize scrapbook layouts on a whole new level!


Digital scrapbooking products used:
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Framed Calendars 2011
Article written by Pam Zeman
Want to add vintage buttons to your layout or project, but don’t own a button collection? Here are some fabulous vintage button products great for adding that finishing touch!
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Summer Bundle

July 27th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner

Rainbow Warrior by Jane in N.Z.

Digital scrapbooking products used:
Under The Boardwalk Collection Biggie
Naturescape Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders 5
Brush Set: Markers Biggie 8501
By the Sea Collection Mini
Brush Set: Sketchy Alpha Biggie
The View Collection

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, and 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.

Congratulations Jane (Jan in N.Z.)! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]

Newsletter Challenge

CapturingSummer-Forum

So what feelings do you have when you think about summer? Can pull all those feelings together into a perfect summer layout? We want to challenge you to try! (Our apologies to everyone in the Southern Hemisphere – but maybe just thinking about summer will make you feel warmer?)

Newsletter Challenge Winner

Hello Manatee! by roocmc

Upcoming Chats and Challenges

  • Monday, July 28th: Random Challenge by Andrea (alsoarty)

It’s Amanda Fraijo-Tobin’s 8th Scrap Girls anniversary!  To celebrate this milestone everything in her store is 20% off today, plus you get a FREE MINI KIT with the purchase of anything from her store. Thank you Amanda!

  • Tuesday, July 29th: Newsletter Challenge hosted by Shannon (tinkerbell11)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • Wednesday, July 30th: High Noon Crop and Challenge 

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the High Noon Crop. This week we’re doing  a font challenge. Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors – using multiple fonts – at least 3 different fonts! Mix it up! Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop and Challenge Gallery. You’ll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you. Hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, July 31st: Blog Inspired Challenge by Conda (SodScrap)
  • Friday, August 1st: Freebie Challenge by Theresa (Tiza126)
  • Saturday, August 2nd: Color Challenge by Monica (Nica)

 July Monthly Layout Contest – Commitment

July is here and in the USA, Summer and wedding season is in full swing! Couples commit themselves to each other, but that’s only one of the many different commitments in our lives. Commitments are a part of all of our lives no matter which part of the world we live in.  We dedicate ourselves to causes, activities, people or even our country!  So for the July Monthly Contest we’d like to share in your commitments. Whatever kind of commitment you choose to feature on your page, we’d love to see it.

Post your completed layouts in the July Contest Gallery by 11:59 p.m.( ET) on July 31st.  List the product credits in either the description area or the EXIF properties. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.

July Forum Game:  The Scrap Girls World Tour

Join us on the forum for the inaugural Scrap Girls World Tour!

The Welcoming Committee invites you to join them on a tour around the World, Scrap Girls style.  There will be chaos, mayhem, disaster and lots of fun.

Complete activities and layouts to gain stamps on 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 the Scrap Girls Boutique.

Check out the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum for complete details.

Check the forum on August 1st for the new Monthly Layout Contest and Forum Game details!

 

Using the Dodge and Burn Tools to Add Depth and Dimension

Audience: Beginners
Category: Photoshop Elements Tips
Operating System: Windows 7
Software: Photoshop Elements 9

Even though I am 100% a digital scrapbooker, I love to make my pages look as realistic as possible. I am always looking for little details I can add to make things look three-dimensional. One trick I like to use is to add shadows and highlights to embellishments using the Dodge and Burn tools, making them look like there is something beneath them.

A ribbon woven through some wire word art is a great way to learn this trick. Here’s how you do it.

First, sandwich a piece of ribbon between two copies of the word art. Apply your drop shadow to the top copy. Erase the parts of the word art from the top copy that you want to appear behind the ribbon. Sometimes the drop shadows end abruptly and look funny when you erase parts of the top layer, so use a soft edged brush with a lowered opacity to gradually blend the top layer into the bottom beyond the edge of the ribbon.

Next, make a direct selection to the bottom copy by Ctrl+clicking on its thumbnail picture. This will apply marching ants all around the word art.

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Make the ribbon layer active by clicking on (highlighting) that layer. Use the shortcut Ctrl+J to copy the selected portions of ribbon onto their own layer. Add a bevel to the ribbon pieces on this new layer. Reduce Opacity to about 30%.

Make the ribbon layer active again. Use the Burn tool (nested with the Sponge and Dodge tools) to add some shadows along the beveled pieces, to more fully outline the word art beneath. Use a soft-edged round brush, set to Shadows, at about 50% opacity. Make sure to match the drop shadow settings that you have used in other places on the page – for example, the shadows on the word art are on the right, so I used the Burn tool on the right of the bevel. Staying on the ribbon layer, use the Dodge tool to add highlights on the other side of the bevel.

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Link all of the word art and ribbon layers together, just so you don’t accidently move anything, and you are done!

Now, look at the two ribbons side by side. Doesn’t the one where you can see the word art beneath look so much better, so much more realistic?

This is just one way to use the Burn and Dodge tools to add shadows and highlights. I can’t wait to see how you use them on your layouts, so be sure to upload them to the Scrap Girls gallery!

 Products used:
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ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Basic Shadows 6501
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Metals 5001
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stapled Ribbon

 

Tutorial written by Anna Mansfield
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Use Anna’s Dodge and Burn technique on these fun templates to take them up a notch!
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July 20th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner


Honeymooning In France  by scrapperbess

Digital scrapbooking products used:
Well Traveled Collection
Well Traveled Paper Mini
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Artful Photo Mask s 2
Brush Set: Vintage Map Fragments
Because Of You Embellishment Mini
Parisian Collection Biggie
Parisian Clusters Embellishment Mini
French Market Collection Biggie
JIF 6: Adventure
Brush Set: 4×6 Collage

Congratulations Betsy (scrapperbess)! You may retrieve 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, and 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

SSEmb-Forum

Now it’s your turn to apply a color palette to a ScrapSimple template. You can use one of our ideas for finding a palette or one of your own, then apply those colors to your template to create something that is uniquely yours! If you post your finished layout in our weekly Newsletter Challenge Gallery, you could be eligible for a prize!

Newsletter Challenge Winner

Congratulations Hilary (englishrose)!

Upcoming Chats and Challenges

  • Monday, July 21st: Random Challenge by Theresa (teecee)
  • Tuesday, July 22nd: Newsletter Challenge hosted by Shannon (tinkerbell11)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • Wednesday, July 23rd: High Noon Crop and Challenge

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the High Noon Crop. This week your challenge is to “Use Your Stash!” We all have those collections, embellishments and templates we couldn’t resist, but we just haven’t used them yet. Now is the time! Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop and Challenge Gallery. You’ll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, July 24th: Blog Inspired Challenge by Conda (SodScrap)
  • Friday, July 25th: Freebie Challenge by Marilyn (MariJ)
  • Saturday, July 26th: Color Challenge by Monica (Nica)
  • Saturday, July 26th: Swap Crop Chat

The Swap Crop Chat is back! Join Carla (crs) at 8 p.m. (ET) for the Swap Crop Reveal. This is the time to chat about the beautiful layouts in the gallery, learn what the swap crop is all about and find out the theme for next month! It’s sure to be a great time!

 July Monthly Layout Contest – Commitment

July is here and in the USA, Summer and wedding season is in full swing! Couples commit themselves to each other, but that’s only one of the many different commitments in our lives. Commitments are a part of all of our lives no matter which part of the world we live in.  We dedicate ourselves to causes, activities, people or even our country!  So for the July Monthly Contest we’d like to share in your commitments. Whatever kind of commitment you choose to feature on your page, we’d love to see it.

Post your completed layouts in the July Contest Gallery by 11:59 p.m.( ET) on July 31st.  List the product credits in either the description area or the EXIF properties. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.

July Forum Game:  The Scrap Girls World Tour

Join us on the forum for the inaugural Scrap Girls World Tour!

The Welcoming Committee invites you to join them on a tour around the World, Scrap Girls style.  There will be chaos, mayhem, disaster and lots of fun.

Complete activities and layouts to gain stamps on 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 the Scrap Girls Boutique.

Check out the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum for complete details.

 

Behind the Scenes: Jo Corne’s July Club!

Each month we get a glimpse behind the scenes of our Scrap Girls Club designers, and this month’s designer is Jo Corne!
Click here to check out Jo’s July club at a great price!

What inspired the colors in your club?

I researched what the zodiac sign colors are and used those, with some tweaking of course.

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Where did you find the inspiration for this club?

I usually spend a fair bit of time looking around the internet to see if there are other collections with the same theme as mine. I love seeing what they have done and if their ideas are in line with mine. I spend a fair bit of time looking at websites, photosites and of course, Pinterest. I save all the ideas that catch my eye into a folder on my computer within the Club folder and call it… of all things… ideas!

From this ‘ideas’ folder I then make notes on the ideas I would like to include in my collection and keep them in front of me the whole design process. I then tend to tick them off as I create and complete them. Makes me feel like I am making progress.

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The club includes several products. Did you start and complete each one before moving on to the next?

For a collection, I usually start with my papers and then move onto the embellishments, and finally the word art. I did this with the Solstice Collection Biggie, but with the full knowledge that once I had created the other products relating to the club I may well have to go back and redo, change out, or disregard certain elements of the main collection.

 What was your favorite thing to design?

Hmmm, this is a hard one as I enjoyed it all but if I had to name one it would have to be the Equinox Papers. The clean white background with the color coordinated Zodiac names, getting the names to fit and work with each other…loved putting them together.

About how long did it take you to design this club?

Now that is a bit of a trick question for me, lol, as I knew we were going to be away for three weeks in April of this year so I knew that I had to have a good solid start on the club before we left home. So if I add it all up, it took me about 6 months (!) to design the club, tweaking, correcting and all.

How did you come up with the name of your club?

Calling the club by one of the Zodiac names was too narrow and the word Solstice felt to me that it encapsulated the whole Zodiac/Horoscope/StarSign concept.

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Scrap Girls July 2014 Member of the Month – Carol H (Lorac)

Carol H (Lorac)
CONGRATULATIONS! to our July 2014 Member of the Month Carol H (Lorac)
We’re sending a big Scrap Girls Congratulations to Carol H (Lorac)!
The Team has chosen Carol as the Member of the Month for July! Carol will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique and has the honor of wearing the Member of the Month blinkie!

What program do you use to digital scrapbook?
I use PSE12.

Are you a Mac or a PC, laptop or desktop?
I am a PC user on a desktop.  I also have a laptop.

Do you use a mouse, tablet or something else to scrap with?
I use a mouse.  And my cats love it.

Tell us the make and model of digital camera that you use and your favorite subject to photograph.
I have three cameras:  Olympus E600 with two lenses’ Canon Power Shot A1300 that I carry in my handbag and the last one is a Kodak Pixpro with a zoom lens 34x Wide 24-864mm
My favorite subject is landscape and flowers.

What one new photography or scrapping skill have you recently mastered or would like to master?
I’m still trying to master SS Paper Templates.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Nurse.

What color shoes are you wearing?
As usual, I’m barefooted.

What is your favorite season and why?
Autumn is my favorite season because of the beautiful leaves as they change color and the air is crisp and cool.

Were you named after anyone?
My first name is CarolMae, the Mae for my Aunt Filomena.

What is your favorite part about being a Scrap Girl?
Hmm!  I have no favorite part.  I just love everything about being a Scrap Girl.

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Carol’s favorite layout: Spooks

Digital scrapbooking products used:

Eventide Collection 
Trunk or Treat Collection
Bootiful Collection 
Wicked Collection Mini

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