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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Brandy Murry

Layout by Brandy Murry
Photo by Two Chics Photography
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8.5x11 Naturally Neutral Paper Brush Set: Junk in the Trunk Brush Set: Dotty Swirls Biggie
Design Pack: Inked Text   Jubilant Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Junk in the Trunk, Brush Set: Dotty Swirls Biggie and Design Pack: Inked Text are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cindy Rohrbough

Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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8.5x11 Rustic Alley Metal Paper Mini Rustic Alley Metal Paper Mini Overlays Rustic Alley Metal Embellishments Trinkets
  Rustic Alley Wood Embellishments  

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Super 7 Spread: Winter's Child * ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Angie Briggs

Layout by Angie Briggs
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Everyday Moments Planner City Streets Collection Mini You Are Collection Biggie
Red White and BBQ Collection Mini   Batter Up Collection

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Ro

Layout by Ro
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8.5x11 Basic Neutrals 2201 Paper Biggie ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 8.5x11 Perpetual Photo Montage ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Joyous
Picturesque Embellishment Biggie Holiday Time Collection Brush Set: Stamped Dates

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles

Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Picture It Picturesque Collection Biggie Memento Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Picture It and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jan Ransley

Layout by Jan Ransley
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Midwinter Snow Buddies Collection ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks Ice Crystals

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Ro

Layout by Ro
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ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Edges 2201 8.5x11 Basic Softs 2201 Paper Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Heavenly Glitter and Foils 2201 Biggie
  Heaven Sent Embellishment Biggie  

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Adapting Digital Layout Templates
Thursday, January 5, 2012

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  • Tips from the Pros: Do the Twist!
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Adapting 12x12 ScrapSimple Digital Album Templates to 8.5x11

Do you prefer to scrap in 8.5x11-inch layouts and wish you could adapt some of your favorite 12x12-inch ScrapSimple Digital Album Templates? Would you like to be able to print out your completed layouts on your home printer?

Both are possible with our ScrapSimple Digital Album Templates. Today I am going to show you how to adapt our 12x12 templates to make 8.5x11 layouts!

Let's start out by opening up a template. I have used a template from ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11 by Angie Briggs.

ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11

Create a new, blank 8.5x11-inch document.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Open a 12x12-inch digital layout template and create a new 8.5x11-inch document.

Now we begin to drag the pieces of the template over to our newly created 8.5x11 document. Drag over the background first and then each layer that you want to include on your new template. That's one of the best things about all our template line - the ability to pick and choose which pieces you want to use. I have chosen to layer the pieces pretty much the same as Angie has on the original template, but you can arrange them any way you would like.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Drag over background layers.

I didn't need to resize anything on this template, so it was quick and easy for me to adapt it. Once you are happy with the look, hit Ctrl+T (PC) or Cmd+T (Mac) to trim the document. This gets rid of the areas of the template pieces that are extending beyond the 8.5x11 boundaries.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Use Ctrl+T to trim the layers that extend beyond the document size.

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Another fun thing is to use a calendar template for a non-calendar layout! Here I have used ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11x17 Blenders 2012 by Brandy Murry.

ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11x17 Blenders 2012
ScrapSimple Calendar Templates: 11x17 Blenders 2012

Start by opening up one of the templates and a new 8.5x11-inch document, but notice that this time it's a landscape layout so the width will be 11 inches and the height will be 8.5 inches.

Now, drag over the background layer to your newly created document and hit Ctrl+T (PC) or Cmd+T (Mac) to trim the background. Holding down the Shift+Ctrl (PC) or Shift+Cmd (Mac), drag the mask layer over to your new document. This will place the mask in the right spot. Since I am not using this as a calendar page, I won't be dragging anything else over to my new document.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Drag desired layers onto a new document.

Now the fun begins! Drag a photo over to the background layer and resize if necessary. Clip a coordinating paper to the mask by hitting Ctrl+G (PC) or Cmd+G (Mac). You can add journaling and embellishments to pretty it up even further!

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Clip a photo to the mask layer.

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For the final layout sample, I am using ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Absolutely Blended by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin.

ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Absolutely Blended
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Absolutely Blended

Start by choosing a template and opening up a new 8.5x11-inch, blank document. Drag the background layer over first and then the mask layer. Move the mask layer around until you are happy with the placement. Hit Ctrl+T (PC) or Cmd+T (Mac) to trim the background and mask layers.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Drag layout layers onto a new document.

Next, holding down Shift+Ctrl (PC) or Shift+Cmd (Mac), drag the photo mask, frame, and shadow over to the new document and position it. Remember, you can place the pieces anywhere you want and if you want more than one photo, make a duplicate of all the photo layers.

Now, select all the title and text layers in the Layers Palette, and while holding down the Shift+Ctrl (PC) or Shift+Cmd (Mac) keys, drag them over to your new layout.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Select multiple layers at once by using Shift+Ctrl in Photoshop.

I left the title alone but needed to resize the text box. Just hold down the Shift key while resizing to constrain the proportions.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Tutorial Screenshot: Example of a 12x12-inch layout template adapted to a 8.5x11-inch size.

Now we are back to the fun part! Layer the template pieces with papers and photos, add some embellishments and journaling, and viola! A completed, printable layout ready to print on your home printer!

Happy Scrapping!

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles

ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Absolutely Blended Basic Textured Paper Mini Picturesque Paper Mini 2
  PS I Love You Collection Biggie  

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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!

ScrapSimple Club

The December ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Laura Louie and Melissa Renfro.

Exclusive content from December'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

December's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Laura Louie and Melissa Renfro

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

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


Computer scrapbook layout by Laura Louie
Layout by Laura Louie
using December's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro
Layout by Melissa Renfro
using December's ScrapSimple Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Laura Louie
Layout by Laura Louie
using December's ScrapSimple Club
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Tips from the Pros

Do the Twist!

Tutorial created using Photoshop Elements 7.0 with Windows XP

Scrap Girls' JIFFY Easy Page Albums are designed so that you can achieve customized, designer-quality digital scrapbook layout pages in a "jiffy"! These albums are super special because our fabulous designers have done all the hard work for you. You receive an album's worth of finished layouts, complete with PSD layered files! All you have to do is drop in your pictures, and you're done!

A further advantage of the JIFFY Easy Page Albums is that you can alter and twist your layout around any way that you like. The PSD layered files allow you to adjust, move, delete, rotate, twist, recolor, or duplicate any portion of the layout that you like! (This is different from the Easy Pages as those are flattened JPGs and are not able to be edited.)

Here is an example to show you how easy it is to twist up a page from a JIFFY Easy Page Album. I have started with layout 5 from JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 ABC Fun 1.

Digital Scrapbook Tutorial Screenshot: Sample of a JIFFY Album layout.

First, I rotated the entire layout 90-degrees clockwise. Then, I placed a large picture in what was intended to be a journaling block. I adjusted the position of the title and subtitles to better suit my photo placement. Then, on the scallop border at the top, I duplicated the layer and adjusted the border positions so that a solid scallop border was across the top of the page.

In the small portion at the lower left corner of the original layout is a piece of decorative paper. I chose to make this a photo mask instead. Then I clipped a duplicate copy of the background paper to the large circle, which became my journaling block instead of a photo. I left the small photo spot unchanged from the original layout with a photo.

The bows were rotated and adjusted slightly to better suit my journaling and small photo. One small arrow was made with the Shape Tool in Photoshop, which I colored and added a shadow. Shadows were placed on the title and subtitle, and my layout is complete.

By twisting up the layouts that you receive in your Scrap Girls JIFFY Easy Page Album, you can create even more layouts with only the components that you receive with the album! That makes these albums an even better deal for your scrapbooking budget.

Plus, JIFFY Easy Page Albums are a great starting place for your own designing creativity!

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Digital scrapbook layout by Amy Flanagan

Layout by Amy Flanagan
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* JIFFY Easy Page Album: 12x12 ABC Fun 1 *

Amy Flanagan
Article written by Amy Flanagan

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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 Scrapbooking Layout by Laura Louie

Layout by Laura Louie
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ScrapSimple Signs of the Times Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Laura Louie coordinates with
her ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Signs of Times,
part of this month's ScrapSimple Club offering!

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Signs of Times ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Calendar Cubes Christmas Wishes Collection

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Signs of Times and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Calendar Cubes are also available.

Laura Louie
Today's freebie designed by Laura Louie

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

Use Your Stash Chat
Thursday, January 5th - 6:00PM MST

Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for this month's Use Your Stash Chat. We will challenge you to use something in your digital supply arsenal that you haven't used before. Don't just collect supplies, use them! See you in the chat room.

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Journaling Chat
Monday, January 9th - 6:00PM MST

Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT on the second Monday of each month. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!

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Quote Challenge Chat
Monday, January 9th - 7:00PM MST

Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 7pm MT. Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art. Here's how it will work. Early on Monday, Pat will post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and she will have a layout with a Word Art example in the gallery. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout! Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!

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Project SG Chat
Tuesday, January 10th - 6:00PM MST

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room Tuesday, January 10th at 6pm MT for the first Project SG Chat of 2012! Come learn the details of this year-long challenge. You can even win fantastic prizes for joining in!

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New Member Chat
Tuesday, January 10th - 7:00PM MST

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 will need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.

Games

January Message Board Game: Jumpstart January!

It's time to kick off the new year with fun and focus on scrapbooking! And a few prizes thrown in never hurt, right? Join us on the message board this month for "Jumpstart January!" This is a message board game and challenge to start your year with fun and focus on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have completed several layouts and been challenged and treated to some fun along the way.

A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge/task every Monday through Saturday during January. Some tasks will require message board participation, email responses, or gallery posting. Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation by 11:59pm MT on January 31st 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!)

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

Contests

January Monthly Layout Contest: With the beginning of a new year, many people set aside some time to set goals. It might be an exercise plan or establishing better eating habits. It might be getting your life more organized. Or maybe you set goals for your digital scrapbooking output for the year. Post your layouts in the January Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on January 31st. 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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