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April Showers

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2016 Cookie Recipe Card Exchange

23 November 2016 - 07:36 PM


It's time for our 11th Annual Cookie Recipe Card Exchange and you're invited! We have a special, free recipe card template to help you get started. We love cookies, and we love getting new cookie recipes to try, so all participants will receive a sweet little ScrapGirls Boutique gift just for joining in.

Here's how to join in the fun:

  • Design a 4x6-inch recipe card (300 pixels per inch) using mostly Scrap Girls products. Use one of your favorite holiday cookie, candy, or sweet treat recipes - something "tried and true" is preferred.
  • All skill levels are encouraged to participate! If this is your very first time to try your hand at digital scrapbooking or if you’re a pro, please join in the fun!
  • When you design your card, avoid putting any text within ¼ inch of the edges. Anything close to the edges can get cut off when the card is printed.
  • Place your name or Scrap Girls Forum username somewhere on the recipe card (small text is fine).
  • Save your design as a JPG file, with a file name that includes your name or ScrapGirls Forum user name (for example, my file might be called aprilshowers_gingercrinkles.jpg.) We want to know who made what!
  • Attach your card to an email and send it to cookieexchange@scrapgirls.com. Please include your first and last name in the body of your email. A confirmation will be emailed to each person who sends a recipe card so they know their card was received. Please allow 48 hours for confirmation.
  • Cards MUST be received by Midnight (ET) on Sunday, December 12th.
  • Unfortunately, if you don't send in a recipe card, you will not be able to get a copy of all the cards. No exceptions. Your recipe card is your ticket to all the fun!
  • We ask that you not post your recipe card in your Gallery, Facebook, or anywhere else until the swap is over. This way, we can all be surprised by the cards we get! You can post your own card in the Gallery or anywhere else anytime after December 13th.
  • Please don’t sell or give away any of the finished cards on blogs, emails, etc. You may print some or all of the recipe cards as a gift for someone you know personally, but wide-scale distribution or sale is not allowed, as per our commercial use terms, which can be read in full here.
  • You can submit more than one card, if you wish - the more the merrier!
  • On December 14th, each participant will receive the links (via email - the same way that links come when you buy Scrap Girls products) to download the recipe card files.Participants will need to include their First Name, Last Name and email address for us to send them the recipes.

Tuesday Challenge - 22 November 2016

22 November 2016 - 11:36 AM

I'm posting this challenge for Theresa, so credit for a great challenge goes to her!

If you could keep Theresa in your thoughts and prayers, I'm sure she's appreciate it.


This week those of us in the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving, when we traditionally give thanks for the blessings we’ve received. It’s also a day we like to spend with family.  This week’s Tuesday Challenge is to complete a family themed layout. You may use any family photos, from anyone’s family you choose. You may want to create your layout about the family of a friend or neighbor. You could even use a family of animals such as dogs, cats, birds, etc.  Have fun with it and remember to upload your completed pages to the Weekly Newsletter Challenge Gallery.


If you need some help, here are a few great family themed products

Family Matters Collection

Cherished Family Collection Mini

Beautiful Family Collection Super Mini

ScrapSimple Double Up Chat - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

05 November 2016 - 08:59 AM

1:00 p.m. (EDT) – ScrapSimple Double Up

Join me (April Showers) at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (Noon Central Time, 11 a.m. Mountain and 10 a.m. Pacific Time) in the chat room for a Double-up Challenge!

I'll go over some tips for using ScrapSimple templates and tools and then show several ways to combine two templates into one great page. Hope to see you in the chat room! We have a special freebie we'll be giving out only in the chat.


(If this is the middle of the night for you, you can PM me for the link).


Your challenge is to use a ScrapSimple Template (doesn't need to be the freebie) with another ScrapSimple Template or a ScrapSimple tool. For example, you could color the different layers of a paper template using styles, or you could add texture using styles or another paper template. You could add the design of a paper template to a SS Embellishment or you could use styles to color different layers of a SS Embellishment template. You can do any combination you'd like, just explain a bit of it in the description if it isn't obvious. :)


Post links to your layouts in this thread so I don't miss them.


Tips from the chat:


We talked about coloring layered templates with styles. Scaling the style is a trick that helps them look better on smaller things. Here is a tutorial on it: Adjusting the Pattern Size of Styles in Photoshop Elements.


We also talked about using Levels Adjustment layers to help lighten or darken templates so you can get the colors you want.


Here is my page: Addy at Play

Digital Scrapbook Day Chat Schedule - November 5th

27 October 2016 - 01:11 PM



Join us Saturday November 5th for a full day of fun chats and challenges focused around our Digital Scrapbooking Day theme this year - Double Dip! We are celebrating DSD twice this year (see below the Chat schedule for the whole story) so we want to make sure you double up on the fun. Plus every chat on November 5th will include a freebie download that will only be given out only to the chat attendees!! 


We’ll have two prize drawings:

One prize drawing from those who finish all 7 layouts by midnight (Pacific Time) Sunday, November 6th

One prize drawing where every finished layout you post to our Gallery counts as an entry!


Chat Schedule


9:00 a.m. (ET) – Double Take

Join Conda (SodScrap) in the chat room where we will use your photo and Do a Double Take to create a special layout.


11:00 a.m. (ET) – Double Feature

Join Melanie (mbc72) in the chat room for a Double Feature chat!  We will discuss featuring two very different collections on one layout.


1:00 p.m. (ET) – ScrapSimple Double Up

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room for a Double-up Challenge where we'll share some tips for using ScrapSimple templates and show several ways to combine two templates into one great page.


3:00 p.m. (ET) – Double Play

Join Valerie (ValerieT) in the chat room, where we will talk about using your supplies in different and unusual ways. We also have a little challenge to help you use your supplies in more than one way.


5:00 p.m. (ET) – Double Page Spreads

Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room to learn more about double page spreads. Double pages are so fun, because they allow you to create twice as many pages at a time! We will discuss how to get started and keys to a successful 2 page layout.


7:00 p.m. (ET) – Double Trouble

Do gradients scare you? Sometimes they look so difficult, you could call them a "Double Dose of Trouble!" Fear not! Join Anna in the chat room for a mini class using gradients in some fun, non-troublesome ways.


9:00 p.m. (ET) – Double Time Speed Scrap

Join Carla (crs) in the chat room for a Double Time Speed Scrap where we'll get a layout done super fast! We will give out 6 tasks over the course of an hour. After the last task is given, you'll have one hour to post your layouts to the gallery. We'll get you scrapping Double Time!

Why are we celebrating DSD twice this year?

For the past nine years, we've looked forward in anticipation to the first Saturday in November to celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day! Every year we've celebrated with a day of fun that included a full day of digital scrapbooking themed chats and challenges on our Forum. 


This year, Digital Scrapbooking Day got moved up a whole month to the first Saturday in October! We were worried that our customers didn't get the news in time and their calendars would already be too full in October to join us for our chats and other shenanigans. Since everyone loves a party we decided to celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day TWICE this year! 


We called October 1st "DSD Sneak Peek Day." Now it's time to get ready for our full DSD celebration on November 5th! And if you like to plan ahead make a note in your calendar for the first Saturday in October 2017, when the official DSD celebration will be happening industry wide.

What's New in the Boutique? 7-29

30 July 2016 - 10:50 AM

Lots of new pretties in the boutique this week, plus there is a fabulous 35% off sale!


From Syndee: Summer Sweet

From Melissa: Plan Perfect - August Mini Planner Kit
I'll be back in a bit to post more links. What are your favorites this week?