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Digital scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Value Pack: Spellbound Hex Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Fancy Brackets 6301
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Fancy Brackets 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Armi Custodio

Layout by Armi Custodio
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Digital scrapbook layout by Joyce Schardt

Layout by Joyce Schardt
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Digital scrapbook layout by Becca Hauck

Layout by Becca Hauck
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The first product is 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.

Inspiring Collection Biggie Dynamic Brush Set: Fancy Glitter 6401 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Serendipity Glitter

Commercial license versions of Inspiring Collection Biggie, Dynamic Brush Set: Fancy Glitter 6401 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Serendipity Glitter are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett

Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Hallow Moon Collection Super Mini spacer Pumpkin Head Collection

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Digital scrapbook layout by Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Commercial license versions of Dem Bones Collection Mini are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Loni Harris

Layout by Loni Harris
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These three products are included in this month's ScrapSimple 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.

Dynamic Brush Set: Burlap Naturals ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rafia Fun 10401 ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Burlap Blenders

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Burlap Naturals, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Rafia Fun 10401 and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Burlap Blenders are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
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Hallow's Eve Collection Biggie Bewitched Collection Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Ticket to Ride
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: One Yellow Paper Biggie Design Pack: Inked Text Brush Set: Sun Bursts

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: One Yellow Paper Biggie, Design Pack: Inked Text and Brush Set: Sun Bursts are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts

Layout by Shalae Tippetts
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JIF 6: Pirate Treasure spacer Pirate Code Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of JIF 6: Pirate Treasure and Pirate Code Collection 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 designer's layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section of the Layout Gallery.

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Make Your
Own Blinkie!
Thursday, October 27, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • Cute Stuff
  • Scrap Girls, Etc.: Make Your Own Blinkie!
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Adding a Style to Your Word Art
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Available Online Classes
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

AVAILABLE
ONLINE CLASSES

Online Class - Photo Fixes You Need to Know: PSE
Photo Fixes
You Need to Know:
Photoshop Elements

Wednesdays,
November 2 & 9
7:00 PM MDT

We all want our photos to take center stage on our scrapbook layouts. But sometimes, our pictures aren't up for the challenge. Learn how to really make your pictures stand out. Banish blemishes, correct colors and lighting like a pro using the tools and techniques taught in this class. Remove red eye, whiten teeth. Your pictures will become the perfect focus for all of your layouts!

Join Anna Mansfield for this two session class which teaches you photo fixing techniques using Photoshop Elements. Detailed step-by-step screenshots make it easy for you to follow along. Classes will take place via GoToWebinar. There will be a private gallery set up for students to post their altered photos and layouts and to receive feedback. There will also be a private forum for students to ask questions and share information. Following each class, students will receive a download link for the class recording.

Important: This Intermediate Level class is for Adobe Photoshop Elements users. Students are required to understand the basic skills taught in the Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements and MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Photoshop Elements programs prior to starting the course. This information will not be reviewed as part of the course!


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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.

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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Scrap Girls, Etc. Image

Syndee Nuckles
Article written by Syndee Nuckles

Make Your Own Blinkie!

The Scrap Girls Message Board is full of cute blinkies! They adorn blogs, Facebook, Tumblr, and can be seen all over the World Wide Web! Have you ever wanted to make your own? I know I have, so I thought it was time to jump in and create one!

First, start out with a 300-pixel wide by 100-pixel tall transparent document with a resolution of 72. Once you are finished, you will be resizing this down to 150-pixel wide by 50-pixel tall, but we are creating it at a larger size so that it is easier to see.

Now, it’s time to decorate your blinkie. Treat it like a scrapbook page or card. Use your cute digital scrapbooking kits to create something fun! I used Monster Mash Collection Mini.

I resized my background paper to 25 percent so the pattern wouldn’t be huge on my blinkie. You will find that you need to resize your embellishments as well, and it makes it much easier if you resize them before dragging them over to your blinkie.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 1

You can have several elements that are animated on your blinkie, just make sure they each have their own layer.

Once you are finished designing, go up to your Menu bar and select Window> Animation.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 2

The Animation window will pop up at the bottom of your Photoshop window, and you will see the first frame of your blinkie. If you see bars instead, make sure to select your background or Layer 1 in your Layers Palette.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 3

In your Layers Palette, turn off any of the layers that you don’t want to show up in the first frame by clicking on the Eye icon next to it. Notice that I turned off the Happy Halloween layer in my first frame.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 4

Now, click on the Duplicate Selected Frames icon at the bottom of the Animation window (see image below). This will create a duplicate of the frame you just completed. Now, making sure the new frame is selected, turn off any layers you don’t want to show up in the frame.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 5

Continue duplicating frames and turning on and off layers until your frames are complete.

Next, set the animation to play continuously by selecting Forever at the bottom of the Animation window.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 6

Next, set the frame delay for each frame. If you want a fast-blinking action, select No Delay or 0.1; for text, it’s best to set it at a longer delay, say 1.0 or 1.5, depending on the length of your text.

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Now’s the fun part! Time to play the animation! Click on the Play button at the bottom of the Animation window to preview your new blinkie. This will give you an idea if you need to adjust the Delay.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 8

Click on Stop when you are done; the Stop command is located where the Play button was.

Now, it’s time to save your blinkie! Go to the Menu bar at the top of your Photoshop window. Select File> Save for Web & Devices. A window will pop up. Make sure to select GIF and change the size at the bottom to 150 wide by 50 high. Click Save.

Next, click Preview at the bottom of the window.

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Another window will pop up, and you will see a preview of your saved blinkie. How cool is that?! 

One last step: Your blinkie needs to be hosted somewhere like Photobucket. It’s free and easy to use. Sign in and press the Upload Now button.

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Next, click on the Select Photos and Videos button, then find your blinkie on your computer. Click Open.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 11

After your image finishes uploading, you will be able to view your blinkie and multiple linking options. To add your blinkie to a Message Board or Forum, use the IMG code.

Make Your Own Blinkie! Tutorial Screen Shot 12

Copy and paste this code into your Signature in your Profile settings. 

Congratulations! You have created your first blinkie! Just think of all the fun you can have! How cool would it be to have a new blinkie for each season?

I hope to see some new blinkies in the Scrap Girls Forum soon!

Happy blinkie creating!

Halloween blinkie by Syndee Nuckles using digital scrapbooking products
Blinkie by Syndee Nuckles

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Scrap Girls, Etc. is a weekly column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!

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The October ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Loni Harris and Chere Edwards.

Exclusive content from October'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

October's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by Loni Harris and Cheré Edwards

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

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


Computer scrapbook layout by Loni Harris
Layout by Loni Harris
using October's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Chere Edwards
Layout by Cheré Edwards
using October's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Loni Harris
Layout by Loni Harris
using October's ScrapSimple Club
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Adding a Style to Your Word Art

Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista

Scrap Girls has an amazing array of beautiful and creative word art ready to use. Word art is available as part of collections or can be purchased alone. The wonderful thing about word art is that it can be used as it is, or you can make adjustments to it to suit your specific layout.

Let me show you one very simple thing you can do to word art to make it extra unique for your special digital scrapbooking layout.

I love the clean simple Word Art from Cherise Oleson’s Trunk or Treat Collection. I have decided, though, that I wanted a little bit more of an emphasis on the word Halloween. I’m going to add a style to just the word Halloween to make it stand out. Here is my layout prior to adding a style to the wordart.

Adding a Style to Your Word Art Tutorial Screen Shot 1

Layout by Amy Flanagan
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The process is really very simple. First, get out your Magic Wand Tool. In your Tool Palette, this tool is near the top and looks like, well, a magic wand! Then, make the word art layer in your Layers Palette active by clicking on it.

Adding a Style to Your Word Art Tutorial Screen Shot 2

Next, select the color you wish to emphasize in the word art, and click on it with the Magic Wand Tool. In this case, I am selecting for the color black. "Contiguous" is not checked. The word Halloween is now within the “marching ants.”

While still on the word art layer and with the marching ants active, simply hit the key command Ctrl + J. Everything within the marching ants is now on a new layer directly above the word art layer.

Adding a Style to Your Word Art Tutorial Screen Shot 3

Now that the word Halloween is on its own layer, simply add a style to make it really stand out. Here, I added Amanda Fraijo-Tobin’s ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Label Maker 6401. You can choose any style you like! You can add glitter, texture, gloss, or any one of many styles available to suit your whim. As you can see, it’s very easy to add a style to your digital scrapbooking word art to make it extra special and unique.

Have fun playing with your word art and styles!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amy Flanagan

Layout by Amy Flanagan
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Trunk or Treat Collection Bootiful Collection Bray and Evie Collection
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wires 6401 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Label Maker 6401
Lettering Delights Scratchy Pen Font Lettering Delights Long Hand Font ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Mixed Metals 6401 Biggie

Commercial license versions of Trunk or Treat Collection, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wires 6401, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Label Maker 6401, Lettering Delights Scratchy Pen Font, Lettering Delights Long Hand Font and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Mixed Metals 6401 Biggie are also available.

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Charlene Crowder
Article written by Amy Flannagan

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 Angela Blanchard

Layout by Angela Blanchard
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Dem Bones Raven Special

Designer Freebie by Angela Blanchard coordinates with her Dem Bones Collection Mini

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A commercial license version of Dem Bones Collection Mini is also available.

Angela Blanchard
Today's freebie designed by Angela Blanchard

* 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

Ad Inspiration Chat
Thursday, October 27th - 7:00PM MDT

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 Forum 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!

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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, October 28th - 9:00AM MDT

Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MT on Friday mornings to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work! You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday, and now there's a chat too!

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Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, October 29th - 6:00PM MDT

It's time for the Swap Crop Chat with Lei (Bride) and Carla (CRS)! We've done the swapping and created the layouts; now it's time to chat about all the gorgeous layouts! I don't know what it is, but these swaps bring out the best in everyone. This is the time to chat about the theme, the beautiful layouts and learn about the swap crop if you haven't participated before. We'll brainstorm a theme for next month, too! If you haven't done so, you can check out past swaps in the Swap Crop Gallery!

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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, November 1st - 6:00PM MDT

Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi-stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. Can't wait to see you there!

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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, November 2nd - 10:00AM MDT

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 November 2nd, we'll do a color challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, using the colors ORANGE and BLUE! 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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ATC Crop/Swap Chat
Wednesday, November 2nd - 6:00PM MDT

Please join Lei (Bride) & Elisha (elibar) in the chatroom for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap Crop/Chat on Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:00 PM MDT (5:00 Pacific, 7:00 Central & 8:00 Eastern). Come see what everyone has created and we'll talk about next month's topic. We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Games

October Message Board Game: Product Picks

Join us for a new game in October, where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping!

Each Monday through Saturday in October, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in the Product Picks game thread. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique and navigate to that particular designer's product pages. Choose any of their products (your favorite product, one you like, or one you wish you owned), then head over to the Product Picks game thread and share the product name, Boutique link, and a brief explanation of why you chose that product.

At the end of the month, members who haves posted links to 42 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 Gift Certificates. Members who have posted links to 16-41 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 Gift Certificates. And members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates.

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

Contests

October Monthly Layout Contest: October is all about color! Show us those fabulous fall colors or spring colors for our Southern Hemisphere members! Maybe you have a favorite color you'd like to showcase or a very colorful photo to scrap. Remember, it's all about colors! Share those layouts in the October Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on October 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card 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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