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July 5th Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
First Fair by Carol (Ande43)
Congratulations Carol! 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!
Hungerford Tea Shop by Jane in N.Z. 
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, July 6th–  Photo Mask by Monica

Using a shape as a photo mask.

Tuesday, July 7th– Custom Shapes by Shannon

Using the customer shape tool.

Thursday, July 9thd–  Repetitive Shapes by Conda

Using repetitive shapes.

Weekend Challenge - Crop a Photo by Marilyn

Using a shape to crop a photo.

June “Touch of Nature Slow Scrap” Forum Game Winners

Two $10.00 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate winners were randomly drawn from those who completed all the required steps for the monthly game. Congratulations to Nanscraps and lorac!

Three $3.00 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate winners were drawn from all those who posted layouts for the challenge.
Congratulations to jhbren, kivi5 and englishrose!

July Monthly Game Challenge:

Join us on the forum in July for a Retreat, Scrap Girls style.

 

Super-Size Your Title!

I have to be honest: I’ve been in a rut when it comes to my scrapbooking lately. Life is so busy that I haven’t been tapping into my creativity at all, and all of my pages are starting to look the same. That’s why I was so excited to be given the challenge to create a layout that is basically just a title. One gigantic title. That’s about it. One big word filling a whole page using the new Brush Set: XL Stamped Alpha by Brandy Murry from this month’s ScrapSimple Club.

I am normally a pretty traditional scrapbooker. I start with a few photos and papers, and then I build from there. My titles are often almost an afterthought, so this challenge was a little out of my comfort zone. But I am thrilled with the results!

I learned a few tricks as I was experimenting with this challenge. Maybe these tips will help you, too!

1.  Pick a word that’s fairly easy to read. 

Most words aren’t going to fit on one line, straight across the page, so you’ll have to break up your title. Think about logical places to switch lines – between syllables is a good place to start.

2.  When using brushes like these, put each letter on its own layer. 

Trust me – it makes everything easier. With each one on a different layer, it’s easy to recolor, rearrange the spacing, have different letters overlapping, etc. It’s a little more work to begin with, but it will save you time in the long run.

3.  Dress it up a little with pictures or embellishments.

Once you’ve got your title in place, it’s fun to get creative! But try and find the balance between boring and too much stuff that could distract from the title.

4.  Think outside the box.

This project doesn’t have to be limited to a scrapbooking layout. It could be a fun card, computer desktop, wall-hanging, etc.

If you’re feeling a little blah, I challenge you to give this layout style a try. You might be pleasantly surprised by how fun it feels to super-size a single element on your layout! Be sure to post your efforts in the Scrap Girls Gallery! I’d love to see them!

JUNE 2015 SCRAPSIMPLE CLUB
Article written by Anna Mansfield
Using  Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 with Windows 8

June 28th Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Playing with Food by Betty  (Bet C)
Congratulations Betty! 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!
Sandy Toenails by Lou Ann (Cropalot)
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
This week, we want you to push the limits of your scrapping freedom. We will encourage you to try some techniques and products that will really let you explore what can be done in digital.
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, June 29th– Number challenge by Shannon

A pick-a-number challenge.

Tuesday, June 30th– Freedom by Theresa G

 Celebrate freedom the digital scrapbooking way.

Thursday, July 2nd – Freedom of Choice by Theresa G

Today we give you the freedom of choice.

Weekend Challenge - Templates by Theresa R

Using templates to allow freedom of color.

June Monthly Game Challenge:

Join us for a nature themed slow scrap all month long.

July Monthly Game Challenge:

Join us on the forum in July for a Retreat, Scrap Girls style.

June 21st Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

Orchids by TaraD
Congratulations TaraD! 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!
Fishing by Laraine (Scrapgran)
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
Things will be looking down all week as we get inspired by toes, shoes, and nail polish for this week’s layout challenges. We hope you and your ten little piggies will join us!

UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, June 22nd– Random Challenge by Carla

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning has to end.

Tuesday, June 23rd– What’s on Your Feet Challenge by Conda

Celebrate summer with a Right Now challenge focused on your feet.

Thursday, June 25th – Favorite Shoe by Marilyn

Do you have a favorite shoe?

Weekend Challenge - Polish Inspiration by Melanie

A color challenge inspired by your toes!

June Monthly Game Challenge:

Join us for a nature themed slow scrap all month long.

5 Creative Uses for Brushes

Brushes are one of those things that most digital scrapbookers either love or hate. There are very few people who don’t have a definite opinion on brushes. My aim today is to support the brush-lovers and to hopefully, sway a few of you brush-haters over to our side.

No matter what you wish to do in digital scrapbooking, you can probably use a brush to help complete it. For every use you can find for a brush, there is a suitable brush available to do it. Let me show you what I mean:

1. Using a brush as a brush.

Huh? Has she lost her mind? No! When I say “as a brush,” I mean in a traditional way: Using a brush with a color on it as you would use a traditional brush. Using brushes in this way allows you to use paint to add color and interest to a page.

Examples of brushes fit for this purpose include:

This layout uses both ScrapSimple Brush Set: Watercolor Strokes and ScrapSimple Brush Set: Markers Biggie just as you would use a regular brush.

2. Using a brush as an eraser.

This is exactly like using a brush as a brush, but in reverse. You select a brush pattern you like, but you use it as an eraser. Examples of brushes used in this way include:

This layout uses the Dynamic Brush Set: Background Blenders as an eraser.

3. Using brushes to add texture.

Brushes not only add color to a page, but they also allow the digital scrapbooker to add some texture to our otherwise flat pages. They give dimension and depth. Examples of brushes that can be used in this way include:

This layout uses the Brush Set: Essentials – Canvas to add texture. I have also added a slight bevel to enhance the effect.

As an extension to this idea, we can use brushes to distress and age an item.
Certain brushes can be used to give that grunged-up effect to a photo or page, or even to add age. Examples of brushes used for this purpose include:

4. Using brushes as a design element.

By this, I mean as a photo mat, a clipping mask, a frame, a stamp, word art, border, etc. Brushes can be used to take the place of other items in many cases. Examples of brushes that are suitable for this purpose include:

This layout features the Brush Set: Paperazzi Biggie 1 as a design element.

5. Using brushes to create an artistic effect.

Certain brushes recreate the look of an artist’s brush. These can be used to create an artistic effect. Examples of brushes used in this way include:

This layout features the Dynamic Brush Set: Ultimate Artist 2  to achieve the sketched effect. I combined it with the Brush Set: Framed Right Now Biggie as a design feature. Brushes combine wonderfully!

These are just five examples of ways in which we can use brushes. Make a point of trying to use a brush in a different way today and be sure to post your layout (and how you used the brush) to the Scrap Girls Gallery.

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

June 14th Challenge Winners & Forum Schedule

WEEKLY LAYOUT WINNER
Dahlias by scrapgarden
Congratulations Scrapgarden! 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!
Lovely Lorelei by Doris R
THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER CHALLENGE
Do your dad proud by scrapping a layout about his favorites – like hobbies, sports teams, food – you name it. It’s a great way to show him you love and appreciate him on this Father’s Day.
UPCOMING CHATS & CHALLENGES
Monday, June 15th– Fast Pages using Clusters Challenge by Shannon

 This challenge using clusters will help you finish your page in a snap.

Tuesday, June 16th– Father’s Favorites Challenge by Theresa G

What’s your Father’s favorites? This challenge is all about celebrating Dad.

Thursday, June 18th – PL Shape Challenge by Theresa R

Do you have a favorite lesson you learned from your dad?

Weekend Challenge - Father’s Favorite Colors  by Valerie

Get ready for Father’s Day by using your Father’s favorite colors in a layout.

June Monthly Game Challenge:

Join us for a nature themed slow scrap all month long.

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