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Presidents Day Sale! Save 17.76% off everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MST on February 21, 2012!

Save an extra 5% off everything in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MST on February 21, 2012!

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Today's Special of the Day!

Monsters in my Closet Collection
Monsters in my Closet Collection

Save 30% off this Collection today only!

Each week on Tuesdays, we will be spotlighting one designer and one of their favorite products. This product will be on sale for one day only at 30% off!

This week's designer spotlight is on Sara Beth Peterson. In a brief interview with Sara, she shared these comments with us...

"My oldest son loves arts & crafts. He especially enjoys drawing. We often sit down together and enjoy experimenting in art. One day we decided to draw monsters. We filled pages with all sorts of monsters, curlicues and eyes. This collection is an assortment of our best monsters from that drawing session. I have the most fun in my art when I am collaborating with my children."

1. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Mushrooms, olives, and tomatoes

2. What is the last book you read?

"Her Daughters Dream" by Francine Rivers

Sara Beth Peterson
Sara Beth Peterson

What's New

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Durin Eberhart

Digital Slideshow Layout by Durin Eberhart
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* Value Pack: Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: 8.5x11 Just Before Dawn *

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: 8.5x11 Just Before Dawn are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Kensington Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Journalers ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Layout Masks Grungy Stencils

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Journalers and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Layout Masks Grungy Stencils are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Jacqui Smith

Layout by Jacqui Smith
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* Out In The Yard Collection Biggie *

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Value Pack: Fold and Curl Noteworthy Collection Biggie Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Noteworthy
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Fold and Curl and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Wetlands Dynamic Brush Set: Crosshatch 1 Biggie Defining Moments Collection Biggie
Memories of Pink Collection Biggie   Value Pack: Gesso Paper

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Wetlands, Dynamic Brush Set: Crosshatch 1 Biggie, Defining Moments Collection Biggie, Memories of Pink Collection Biggie and Value Pack: Gesso Paper are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Value Pack: Courtship Homebody Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie are also available.

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If you have praise, comments, or questions for any of our Product Designers or Layout Artists, did you know you can send them a PM (private message) using the Message Board? It's easy!

If you are a registered user of the Message Board, just click on the "PM" box at the bottom of any of their posts to send them a message. Or, to check out more of your favorite Scrap Girls team layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section and the Scrap Girls Layout Artist Team section of the Layout Gallery.

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The Other Side of Tomorrow
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 17.76% off President's Day Sale, plus an extra 5% off Coupon!
  • Today's Special of the Day
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips From The Pros: February's Scrap Girls Club
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

Customer Muses: Would you like to share your own Life Muse with our readers? To have your own essay considered for publication as a muse in the column for our special Saturday newsletter, send your essay to hello@scrapgirls.com. If your essay is selected, you will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.

Way Cool Scrap Girl: We are so excited to have all of you meet some of the amazing people that have become Scrap Girls! If you would like to be spotlighted and win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique, send the following items to hello@scrapgirls.com:

  • 500-900 word essay about your experience with digital scrapbooking, Scrap Girls, and specific examples of how we have helped you.
  • A 600-pixel wide, 72 dpi copy of a layout you've created that uses Scrap Girls products, plus a complete list of those products.
  • A 100-pixels wide, 72 dpi picture of yourself.
  • Permission to use your statement.

Suggest a Challenge, Win a Prize! Have a great idea for a Gallery layout challenge? Submit it to challenges@scrapgirls.com. If your challenge idea is chosen, you will win a prize! Friday will be Customer Challenge Day, so keep an eye out on the Message Board calendar. It will be fun to see what YOU come up with for us to do!

divScrap Girls is giving away birthday gifts to our Message Board members!

Of course, it is a surprise what you will get because birthday presents are always surprises! But you will like it for sure because most people like money.... Anyway, make sure your Message Board email address is current and that you have the correct date entered into your profile to participate.

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Life Muse

Rozanne Paxman
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The Other Side of Tomorrow

I want to be on the other side of tomorrow.

When I get there, I want to be scar free, fancy free, and care free. I want to dance in the wind, draw on the sidewalk, and laugh so hard that my pants hurt. I want to live in a spotless house, walk on a sidewalk without cracks, and never have to comb my hair. I want perfectly behaved children, cats that do not shed black hair on the couch, and a brand new wallet.

I want to be on the other side of tomorrow.

I want to close my eyes, go to sleep, and wake in the morning in a downy bed of cloudy white. I want to say everything well, smile everything better, and smooth everything over.

I want to be on the other side of tomorrow.

I want to be size 3, eat size 24, and exercise size 36. I want to sing in a choir without attending rehearsals. I want to paint like Van Gogh and keep both of my ears.

I want to be on the other side of tomorrow and get there without moving a muscle.

But life demands that I stand up, walk out of my door, open my mind, and think. Life will not allow me to escape this truth: Sometimes, it is necessary to force myself through tough walls of prickly people and pears. And sometimes it takes every soul thing I own to keep working harder, keep praying firmer, and to keep hanging onto the faith I believe is more durable than the crust that is holding me back today.

Effort is required if I am ever to arrive on the other side of tomorrow.

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Muse: To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation. Not intended to solve the world's problems, another person's problems, or to cover topics completely. One does not have to agree with musings to enjoy them, just as one does not have to be the same as someone else to appreciate who they are.

Would you like to earn a $20 Gift Certificate? Send your own muse to hello@scrapgirls.com. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!

ScrapSimple Club

The February ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Pebbles Jones and Shalae Tippetts.

Exclusive content from February's ScrapSimple Club

Join the ScrapSimple Monthly Club and you can enjoy the newest ScrapSimple looks while saving! (A $13.95 value for $6.99 or less!)

The new ScrapSimple Club contents are released on the 15th day of the month (or the closest business day to the 15th).

A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.

With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Template
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 2 Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Nano Collection
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! 2 Tutorials

February's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Pebbles Jones & Shalae Tippetts

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift


Computer scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones
Layout by Pebbles Jones
using February's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using February's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones
Layout by Pebbles Jones
using February's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips From The Pros

Scrap Girls Club for February 2012

The Scrap Girls Club allows you to get all of the newest looks while saving money! It is perfect for anyone who wants beautiful, coordinated digital scrapbooking supplies that are easy to use. You get all the products shown above a $40.59 value, for $9.99 or less! Plus, each month we will help you find new ways to use your club contents to the fullest with this article full of ideas, tips, and projects to get your creativity going!

Members-Only club content! Now Scrap Girls Club members receive three exclusive, members-only Club products every month! These new products include a JIFFY Easy Page Album - five layered PSD files of your favorite Club layouts designed by the professionals at Scrap Girls just for this Club, one Designer's Gift item - a product chosen by the Club's designer, and a Color Palette which you can use to coordinate your photos and ScrapSimple products with this month's Club to make it an even bigger value!

February's Scrap Girls Club's featured designer is Kim Meeder. Her club will make your digital scrapbooking layouts and altered projects feel like true masterpieces, no matter your subject!

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Creating Embellishment Clusters

Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 on a Mac

The question that I am most often asked is how do I make a cluster? When Paula Wright recently wrote an excellent article giving us an easy step-by-step recipe for creating clusters, it initiated a lot interest. Now that you are all proficiently designing clusters, I would like to suggest a few more tips that I have personally found useful!

The lovely Scrap Girls Club Collection this month, Butterfly Effect, offers a generous selection of embellishments to assemble in a variety of different ways. I have designed three types of clusters to demonstrate the versatility that can be found in this beautiful collection while suggesting a few of my favorite tips.

TIP #1: Resize and rotate elements
All of the elements on this layout are a slightly different size and have been rotated or flipped. This prevents a "cookie cutter" look.

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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TIP #2: Add realistic shadows
Note how the shadows from this cluster fall downward, suggesting that the light source is from above. Also note how they are not equidistant from the edges of the objects, which gives the illusion that the ribbons and leaves are lifting off the page. The shadows are on their own layer and can therefore be adjusted individually. Keep in mind that a little extra effort will give realistic results and your cluster will have more depth. Here's how:

  1. Duplicate layer by pressing Ctrl+C (Mac: Cmd+C).

  2. Press Alt+Shift+Backspace (Mac: Opt+Shift+Delete) to fill the layer with black.

  3. Press Ctrl+T (Mac: Cmd+T) to get a transform outline. Arrow down and over slightly.

  4. In the Menu Bar, go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur to soften the edges. Enter a radius from 2-6 pixels.

  5. Lower the Opacity of the shadow layer to around 40-50%, depending on the darkness of your background.

  6. With your Warp Tool, do some pushing and pulling to manipulate the shadow, tucking it under the areas that are close to the page and pulling it out where the element lifts off the page.

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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TIP #3: Re-invent a product to fit your needs
I wanted a curving line, so I highlighted the edge of a border from the Butterfly Effect Collection Biggie. Then using the Magic Wand Tool, I copied, pasted, and enlarged the bracket shape. Another slightly altered product is the delicate "ornament" embellishment from the Butterfly Effect Collection Biggie. I was able to create more mass to anchor the top and bottom of the edge cluster by adding a sizable stroke.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add a bracket to an embellishment to give it more weight on the page.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Each of the three layouts above use...

* Butterfly Effect Collection Biggie *

Joyce Schardt
Article written by Joyce Schardt

Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Paint Shop Pro (PSP) X Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop

Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Find out how easy it can be to learn how to create digital scrapbook layouts, edit photos, use and make brushes, recolor papers and embellishments, make your own simple backgrounds and embellishments, save and share your layouts and much more!

Ready to learn advanced techniques? – MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Learn to use paper templates, embellishment templates, custom shapes, styles, and brushes to make your own supplies. Learn advanced clipping mask and lighting blend techniques. Learn to make and use patterns. Learn to make brushes from your own doodles. Learn to extract images from photos. Learn work flow techniques that will speed up the layout creation process and advanced photo editing skills and much, much more!

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Sara Beth Peterson

Layout by Sara Beth Peterson
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Monsters in my Closet Frame Special

Designer Freebie by Sara Beth Peterson coordinates with
her Monsters in my Closet Collection which is on sale today only for 30% off!

Monsters in my Closet Collection * Brush Set: Labeled Dates Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of Monsters in my Closet Collection and Brush Set: Labeled Dates Super Biggie are also available.

Sara Beth Peterson
Today's freebie designed by Sara Beth Peterson

* There is a "free download" button on the details page for each gift. You don't need to put them in your shopping cart unless you are shopping for other items. Also note that if you are slow reading your newsletter, you may find this freebie has already been retired, as the freebies are only available as gifts for about two newsletter cycles.

What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 22nd - 10:00AM MST

Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On February 22nd, we'll do a White Space Challenge! Create a layout using white space. This "negative" or blank space guides the eye to the important areas of your page. Remember, it certainly doesn't have to be the color white! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop 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!

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Sketch Challenge Chat
Tuesday, February 28th - 7:00PM MST

It's time for the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) on Tuesday, February 28 at 7pm MT in the Scrap Girls Chat Room! Enjoy getting a little creative boost for your pages? Are you needing help getting started? Then this is the challenge for you! A few hours before the chat begins, Cheri will post a link for you to download the sketch. Use it as the starting point for your page; be inspired by the basic arrangement; flip things around or scraplift the whole thing hook, line, and sinker;) This month our inspiration piece is ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks Vintage Valentine from Amanda Fraijo-Tobin. All interpretations of the design are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry about any deadlines... post your layout when it works with your schedule. Hope to see you there!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 29th - 10:00AM MST

Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On February 29th, we'll have a "Change it Up Challenge." Reverse a template, rotate a frame, change the color of an embellishment or paper - it is up to you! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop 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!

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Speed Scrap Crop
Wednesday, February 29th - 6:00PM MST

It's time for some Speed! Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for the Speed Scrap Crop! She will give you six tasks, spread out over an hour. Then, you will have an hour to get it finished and posted in the Forum Gallery!

Games

February's Message Board Game: Posting Contest!

February is Posting Contest time on the Scrap Girls Forums! You can win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply being chatty in the Scrap Girls Forums and Gallery. This contest will run from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59pm MT on February 29th.

To enter the Scrap Girls Forum Posting Contest, you MUST reply in the Posting Contest Thread with your CURRENT post count. Your post count is the number under your avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: The number found on your profile is a number which is calculated differently.) During the month, post your fingers off! At Midnight on February 29th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the game thread.

PRIZES:

  • Those with 50-99 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 100-249 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 250-399 posts will be entered in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate.
  • Those with 400 or more posts will automatically win a $5 gift certificate and will be entered in a drawing for a $20 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate!

For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

Contests

February Monthly Layout Contest: This February we have a Leap Year Day. For this month's contest, we want you to scrap about what makes you "Leap for Joy." Let us know in your journaling why you leap for joy. Post your layouts in the February Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on February 29th. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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Check our message board calendar if you have any questions about what is happening at Scrap Girls. All event times are given in Mountain Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-Utah-Salt Lake City' as the location for the Mountain time zone.)

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Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to prizes@scrapgirls.com and we'll get it out to you right away!

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