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Documenting the Holidays
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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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
Project SG Challenge: Stay motivated to scrap your current photos! Post your 2011 layouts in the Project SG Challenge Gallery to earn one point per layout each month. You can earn up to four points per month this way! Earn a bonus point each month by attending the monthly Project SG Chat! Each point gives you an entry into a quarterly drawing for a special prize! And at the end of the year, each month that you participated in will earn you an entry into the Grand Prize drawing for a 12 X 12, 52 page Keepsakes photobook from Color, Inc! Our second quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, July 9th Newsletter.
Suggest a Challenge, Win a Prize! Have a great idea for a Gallery layout challenge? Submit it to email@example.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!
Scrap 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.
Scrap Girls is looking for qualified digital scrapbooking teachers to teach Photoshop and Photoshop Elements classes. Teachers will be required to create class PDFs that will be reviewed prior to class. Teachers have complete flexibility in scheduling classes.
Candidates must have strong skills in Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements and exhibit strong layout design skills. Knowledge of both programs is a plus. They must be warm and friendly, comfortably handle fast-paced chat room situations, and be able to easily answer questions that arise regarding their particular software area of expertise.
Candidates will be required to audition for this paid position. There will be a list of topics available from which classes can be developed; however, the teachers are encouraged to present their own ideas for approval as well.
Please contact Katherine Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. If you are interested in applying, please forward to Katherine an up-to-date resume as well as a sample tutorial you have written. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
I wish I could pray so deep and so fine
that the prayer would hurl into space
through eternity and time.
All Heaven would hear it -
they would each turn and stare
towards the voice that it came from
as it burst out through the air.
And after God heard it
He would send it right back
with a hug and kiss and a kindly reminder,
taking form in a little light smack.
That He hears every prayer, both the plain and the fine,
And He answers each one in His own wisdom's time.
God loves every prayer and He welcomes each one
And He loves my prayers simply because they are mine
And I am
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 email@example.com. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!
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What are Text Paths?
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS3 with Mac OSX
Have you ever wanted your type to flow along a certain path, something other than a straight line? Using Text Paths is your answer!
Using products that have text paths or type shapes, you can have journaling and type that flows along a variety of paths and shapes - easily and professionally - with just a few clicks. These products are for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
There are several different products with type paths in the Scrap Girls Boutique. Some of the type paths are simple line paths like ScrapSimple Type Paths: Waves 3801. Some are type paths that are included within more complex products, like ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Editable Borders. Some digital templates also come with built-in type paths. And some are actually shapes that are filled with the type paths. I'm using one of these last varieties to demonstrate the tutorial today, ScrapSimple Type Shapes: Circles 8301 Biggie.
First, open your desired PSD file. Then, activate the text layer in the Layers Palette by clicking once on the layer. Select the Text Tool in your Tools Palette. With that layer active, triple-click on the placeholder text in the file itself. All the text will be highlighted. Next, type your own journaling text. If you highlight your text again, you can easily change the font and the size of the font, as well as the spacing.
After typing your new journaling, you may find that it looks better if you justify the type (justify means to make all the text lines even along one side or both sides). On the example at left above, you can see the text is ragged on the left side. I decided I liked the look of it better in the example at the right, with the text force-justified. You can do this in the Character and Paragraph Palette which can be toggled on at the top in your Text Toolbar. Justifying the text helped maintain that curve that I was going for. This is a personal choice - you can choose what you like best for each layout.
With this particular product, the type paths come with a background shape. You can either choose to leave this background shape (and clip some paper to it) or you can just select the type itself and not use the background shape. For my layout, I have chosen to delete the background semi-circle and just keep the type itself. Let me show you how:
First, open up your layout (the destination for your type path). With both the type path file and the destination layout open side-by-side and visible on your screen, click on the type path file. Then, with the mouse still depressed, drag the mouse over to the destination file and then release the mouse button (this is typically referred to as "click and drag").
Your type path or type shape portion of your layout is now complete! You can finish up your layout by adding embellishments and a title. Now you have a great layout with a unique type treatment to showcase your journaling!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Type Shapes: Circles 8301 Biggie are also available.
Other Products You May Enjoy...
Article written by Cherise Oleson
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).
With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:
A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.
But that's not all! ScrapSimple Club members now receive these exclusive, club-only items!
and two Club Exclusive tutorials!
Layout by Ro using May's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Jennifer Wight using May's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Kim Meeder using May's ScrapSimple Club
Memorial Day – Documenting the Holiday
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7
How do you celebrate Memorial Day? For some, it might mean going to a local veterans' cemetery or hospital and paying your respects. For others, maybe it's making sure you bring out those photos of soldiers in your family tree and retelling stories of them to your children. Or maybe you go camping or have a big barbeque (it is the beginning of summer, after all). Do you hang your American flag on your house to proudly display your patriotism?
However you celebrate, I strongly suggest you get out that camera, document the day, and create a layout, because the way you celebrate it today might not be the same way you celebrate it a few years down the road. It's always fun to look back on years past to see how your life has changed.
Do you need some help finding the right products to fit the way you celebrate? Here are some ideas for you!
For the patriotic feel, you might want to try:
How about the camping, cooking, or barbeque pages?
Or maybe this day gives you a good reason to remember and celebrate a lost loved one. That person might be a friend or a relative or a child.
No matter how your family celebrates this Memorial Day, I hope you'll create a layout and share it with us in our Scrap Girls Gallery! We'd love to see it!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Bent, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fantastic Frames, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: String Fling, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Beautiful Distress, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mirror Reflections Mini 8501, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Urban Living Glitter 5501 and Lettering Delights Long Hand Font are also available.
Article written by Shari Payne
Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Ready to learn advanced techniques? – MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stamps and Stuff, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stamps and Stuff, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Picture Book, Brush Set: Our Life and Bows To Go Embellishment Biggie are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Rozanne Paxman
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New Member Chat
Tuesday, May 24th - 7:00PM MT
Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 7pm MT in the Live Chat room lobby. This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included. You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 25th - 10:00AM MT
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 May 25th, we'll do a quote challenge! Create a layout using a meaningful, inspiring or funny quote. It can be in place of journaling, or use a beloved quote as a starting point for your journaling. Any quote is OK! 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!
Hybrid Card Chat
Thursday, May 26th - 6:00PM MT
Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chatroom to talk about the beautiful set of Hybrid cards you recieved from your swap partner and what topic we will choose for the next Swap! Not sure what Hybrid Cards are come? Join us we will let you in on the details!
Ad Inspiration Challenge & Chat
Thursday, May 26th - 7:00PM MT
Join Pat (PBarnes) at 7pm MT for an Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat. A few hours before the chat, a magazine, newspaper or online ad will be posted on the message board to use as inspiration for a layout. You can use whatever you want to from the ad - the colors, the shapes, the composition. There are no wrong answers!
May Message Board Game: Spotlight on the Boutique!
Each day during May (with the exceptions of Sundays), a member of the Welcoming Committee will post a layout in the official game thread. The layout will correspond with a product in the Scrap Girls Boutique and will be either the only layout or directly to the right of the product image on the product details page. A spotlight circle will show a portion of the layout you are to search for. If the layout is not identified by the following morning, a second spotlight circle will be added to the layout. This will be repeated until the product is identified.
To participate, search the Boutique for the layout and post a link to the product page in the official game thread. One guess per member per day. The winner will be drawn from all members who correctly identify a product throughout the month. The winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Message Board.
May Monthly Layout Contest: What's blooming in your yard, garden, or neighborhood right now? For those in the northern hemisphere, it would be spring flowers. For those in the southern hemisphere, it would be flowers of the fall variety. For May's layout contest, show us what's blooming in your neck of the woods or show us photos of your favorite flowers. Post your layouts in the May Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on May 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen, you will 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!
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.)
Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get it out to you right away!
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