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Save 40% off ScrapSimple Paper Templates in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MST on February 24, 2012!

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What's New

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Ashleigh Bronner

Layout by Ashleigh Bronner
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Dangling Hearts Biggie * Modern Love Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Dangling Hearts Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
Photos by Two Chics Photography
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Frame Groups Embellishments Kensington Collection Biggie Kensington Golf Embellishment Mini
Well Loved Collection Biggie   ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie

Commercial license versions of Well Loved Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Wetlands Dynamic Brush Set: Crosshatch 1 Biggie Valencia Collection Biggie
Valencia Solid Paper Biggie Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie Value Pack: Bohemian Elegance
  Value Pack: Gesso Paper  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Wetlands, Dynamic Brush Set: Crosshatch 1 Biggie, Valencia Collection Biggie, Valencia Solid Paper Biggie, Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie, Value Pack: Bohemian Elegance and Value Pack: Gesso Paper are also available.

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Blends ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heart and Soul Authentic Collection Mini
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Blends, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heart and Soul 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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* Value Pack: Realms of Glory *

Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Realms of Glory are also available.

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Who Ate The Cookies?
Friday, February 24, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • Final Day! 40% off ScrapSimple Paper Templates!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips From The Pros: Using ScrapSimple Paper Templates to Create Unique Background Paper
  • 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!

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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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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!

Scrap Girls Club Image

February's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Kim Meeder.

Exclusive content from the Scrap Girls Club.

Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)

The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).

With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:

  • 1 Collection Biggie
  • 1 Paper Super Mini
  • 1 Word Art Mini
  • 1 Embellishment Mini
  • 1 Assemble Your Own Page Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Jiffy Easy Page Album
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Color Palette

February's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Kim Meeder


JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album


Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Kim Meeder using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips From The Pros

Using ScrapSimple Paper Templates to Create Unique Background Paper

Tutorial created using Photoshop CS2 with Windows XP

Scrap Girls offers many products that allow the digital scrapbooking artist to create unique digital elements. ScrapSimple Paper Templates helps you create digital paper in the color and style you want. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use ScrapSimple Paper Templates to quickly create digital paper.

First, create a 12x12-inch, 300 dpi transparent document in your graphics program. Next, open a ScrapSimple Paper Template file. For this tutorial, a paper template from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory 2 Biggie will be used. The template chosen is #9, which has a nice, all-over pattern with a bit of distressing.

Duplicate the paper template file onto the 12x12 transparent document. Close the original paper template file.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Duplicate paper template layer.
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Under "Image," go to "Duplicate" to make a copy of this image. Duplicate this image several times. There are many different methods for using paper templates to make paper, and this tutorial will show you several basic methods. Once you learn these techniques, you will be able to combine them and use them with other Scrap Girls products to create unique digital paper.

Prepare the first document for experimentation by coloring the bottom transparent layer. With the Paint Bucket Tool selected, choose a color (such as magenta, as shown in this tutorial), activate the bottom layer, and "pour" the paint over that empty, transparent layer.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add color to the blank layer below the paper template.
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The first and easiest method for using paper templates is to use Blending Modes. In the Layers Palette, click on the top layer which contains the paper template. This activates this layer. Just above this layer, you will find a drop down menu that should by default display the word "Normal." This menu controls the Blending Mode option for that layer. Change this option from "Normal" to "Soft Light." Automatically, the black template changes to a slightly darker shade of your background color, creating a very simple digital background.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change Blending Mode of paper template.
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Now, change the Blending Mode of the paper template back to "Normal." Go to Image> Adjustments> Brightness/Contrast and increase the brightness all the way, dragging the control to the far right. Now change the Blending Mode to "Linear Dodge" and watch the paper change to magenta with a lighter pink design.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Change Blending Mode to Linear Dodge.
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Try changing the Blending Modes to see what happens. Adjust the brightness, up or down, and experiment with the Blending Modes again. Get to know what each of the Blending Modes can do, and you will be able to create very simple, but unique digital scrapbooking paper.

Prepare another document for experimentation by filling the bottom transparent layer with a color, such as gold. For this second method, you will be creating a clipping mask. Next, activate the template layer and add another transparent layer above it. Activate the new layer and fill it with a blue. With the top blue layer still active, right-click and choose "Create Clipping Mask," or alternately choose that option from the top menu under "Layer." Creating a clipping mask conforms the top layer to the template layer; think of it as wrapping it around that layer. You can then change the color of the top layer as your layout requires.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Clip a background paper to the paper template.
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Yet another method for using paper templates is to apply a layer style to the paper template. Prepare another of the documents by filling the bottom transparent layer with color, such as aqua. Next, activate the template layer. Now make sure your Color/Swatches/Styles palette is visible, and click on the Styles tab. You may already have styles loaded in this palette that you would like to use. In this tutorial, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Old Metal 5101 Super Biggie will be used. If needed, load the styles of your choice. With the template layer activated, choose a style and click on it to apply the style to this layer. You can click on other styles to change the look. This makes creating paper very fast, easy, and fun.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial: Add a layer style to the paper template layer.
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The three methods discussed here are just a few ways to use paper templates to create your own digital scrapbooking paper. As you learn more about your graphics program, you will be able to combine these methods as well as learn other ways in which you can manipulate ScrapSimple paper templates. The important thing is to experiment and try new things. You never know what beautiful creations await!

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Digital Scrapbook Layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory 2 Biggie Fade to Gray Collection Biggie Fall Splendor Collection Biggie
  Autumn Elegance Collection Biggie  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Realms of Glory 2 Biggie, Fade to Gray Collection Biggie, Fall Splendor Collection Biggie and Autumn Elegance Collection Biggie are also available.

Durin Eberhart
Article written by Durin Eberhart

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 Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picturesque Clusters Word Art Special

Designer Freebie by Syndee Nuckles coordinates with
her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picturesque Clusters

Picturesque Collection Biggie Brush Set: Painted ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Painted and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

Syndee Nuckles
Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles

* 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

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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