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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.
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Great Quotes about Your Possibilities
"You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are." – Tom Rath (Strengths Finder 2.0)
"Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong... and yet, a person can only perform from strength." – Business guru, Peter Drucker
"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." – Joseph Campbell
"As the sculptor of your own life, you must systematically chisel away all the extra 'marble' that obscures who you really are." Unique Ability – Creating the Life You Want
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little cloud of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." – George Bernard Shaw
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be - brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a Child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson, in A Return to Love (Quoted by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech)
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.
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What Are Layer Your Own Brushes?
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 7.0 with Windows XP.
One of the best parts of digital scrapbooking is the ability to create your own digital embellishments. Scrap Girls has made this easy for you with the ScrapSimple line of digital scrapbooking products. One of these ScrapSimple products is Layer Your Own Brushes. These brushes are different from regular brushes. Each brush in a set is created to be layered on top of each other to create a finished digital scrapbooking embellishment. They are so easy to use and give you the ability to create a new look and style every time!
The ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Ticket Stub Biggie lets you create a variety of ticket stubs by simply choosing which brushes you would like to layer on top of each other. To use them, simply install the brushes into your chosen software using the brush instructions found in the 1 Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Instructions Handbook (Free ScrapSimple basics eBook).
Once your brush is installed, select the base of the embellishment from your brush set. Select the color you would like the base to be. Resize it to the correct size and stamp it on a new layer.
Next, pick and choose which of the other layers you would like to add to your embellishment. Make sure that each new layer you stamp is on its own separate layer in the Layers Palette. This allows you to move, resize, recolor, or add filters or styles to the separate layers for additional effects. Slowly continue to build up your embellishment as much as you would like.
Once you get all the layers added to your embellishment, you can add digital scrapbooking papers to any layer. Here I used a clipping mask to clip a brown worn paper to the base layer. To create a clipping mask, put your digital paper above the layer you want it to clip to, then type Ctrl+G (or Ctrl+Alt+G in Photoshop). I also clipped a green paper to the solid area on the ticket. This gives the ticket more dimension and variation. You can also change the Blending Mode of any layer to create further effects.
Before you know it, you have created your own embellishment to be used on your digital scrapbooking layouts. These brushes are so easy to use and can be varied to create that unique embellishment you need for your digital layout.
Check out all the various types of Layer Your Own Brushes. I can guarantee you will find one that you can use endlessly in your digital scrapbooking layouts.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Ticket Stub Biggie, Biker Collection, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: US Maps and Fly High Collection are also available.
Other Products You May Enjoy...
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Index Card, ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Journal Block and ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Distressed Folders are also available.
Article written by Shalae Tippetts
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 Kim Meeder using May's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Ro using May's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Kim Meeder using May's ScrapSimple Club
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!
Using Scrap Girls Club Products to Create a Paper Bag Album
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 on Windows Vista
Making gifts for friends is one of the best (and most fun) benefits of digital scrapbooking. There's just something awesome about creating a personalized gift that we know will be cherished by good friends and remind them of the fun times we spend together.
One of these great gifts is a personalized Paper Bag Album! And it's so easy to do - let me show you how!
First, gather your supplies:
I am using the guidelines from Amanda Fraijo-Tobin's ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: Paper Bag Album 4.7 x 4.5 for my tutorial, as well as this month's Scrap Girls Club selection to create my layouts about a recent camping trip with my friends. I love how versatile the Jubilant Collection is. It lends itself to so many different subjects and works perfectly with my photos.
Start by printing out your layouts from your home computer, or having them printed at your favorite printing shop. Make sure the final sizes of the layouts are 4.75 x 4.5 inches so that they'll fit on the paper bags.
Hint: You can fit two of the 4.75 x 4.5-inch layouts onto one 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper (I used photo paper) to make printing at home easier.
Once your layouts are printed and cut out, it's time to assemble your paper bags. Included in Amanda's craft template are instructions on how to put the album together. They're super-easy to follow! Just open the paper bags, laying them flat on your work surface, and attach them together at the spine. Either hole-punch them and bind them together, or sew them together at the spine using a sewing machine, which is what I did.
After binding the pages together, you simply glue or tape the layouts to their respective pages. It's always a good idea to coordinate the facing pages so that the album feels more cohesive. Of course, when you're mainly using one digital scrapbooking collection, the coordination tends to happen naturally.
Then attach a ribbon to close the album - and you're done! Check out my mini album. I'm pretty excited to give it to my friend. I'm sure she's going to love it!
Oh, I almost forgot – if you're still not sure about tackling this hybrid craft (even though it's super easy!) and want to stick with all digital, you should definitely check out Sarah Batdorf's Paper Bag Album Paper Mini!
These first four products are included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Wire and Mesh Biggie are also available.
Article written by Laurel Lakey
Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Ready to learn advanced techniques? – MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Designer Freebie by Ro coordinates with her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stamps and Stuff,
part of this month's ScrapSimple Club offering!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stamps and Stuff, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Stamps and Stuff, Country Life Collection, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Sketch It PSE 8501 Mini, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pens and Pencils, Lettering Delights Modern Print Font and Lettering Delights Mother's Typewriter Font are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Rozanne Paxman
* 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.
New Member Chat
Tuesday, June 14th - 6:00PM MT
Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 6pm 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.
Hybrid ATC Chat
Tuesday, June 14th - 7:00PM MT
Please join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Lei (Bride) on Tuesday, June 14th at 7pm MT as we host the chat for another round of our Hybrid ATC Swap. Didn't participate this round? Not sure what it is? Come join us to find out all of the particulars!
Sketch Challenge Crop & Chat
Tuesday, June 14th - 8:00PM MT
It's time for the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) on Tuesday, June 14 at 8pm 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! 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!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 15th - 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 June 15th, we'll do a stripes challenge. Create a layout on any theme, any topic and any colors using stripes! Use a paper, create your own - 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!
Hybrid Craft Chat
Wednesday, June 15th - 7:00PM MT
Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat! Not sure what a hybrid craft is? Come and join us on Wednesday, June 15th at 7pm MT and we will let you in a the secret!
June Message Board Game: Re-JUNE-venate!
We helped you jumpstart your January and now it's time to re-JUNE-venate your focus on scrapbooking! Join us on the Forum this month for "Re-JUNE-venate!" This is a Meassage Board game and challenge that focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have several completed layouts and will have been challenged and treated to some fun along the way... with prize opportunities thrown in as well!
A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge or task each day Monday through Saturday from June 1st - 30th. The tasks will be formatted in LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require Message Board participation, email responses or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.
Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete just the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Those who complete just the speedbumps will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates. (Those who complete all tasks will have their name entered in all three drawings!)
Join us in June for some serious scrapbooking re-JUNE-venation!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
June Monthly Layout Contest: Father's Day is celebrated in June in the United States, but a day set aside to honor our male parent is celebrated in many countries on different dates throughout the year. For June's layout contest, we want you to do a layout honoring your father, whether he is living or not. Post your layouts in the June Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on June 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen winners, you will receive 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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