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Thursday Challenge 5/28

27 May 2015 - 10:47 PM

I am posting this a bit early, since we are busy packing and Matthew has a dentist appointment tomorrow.


No one earns a diploma without lots of studying, and while we don't hand out diplomas here at ScrapGirls for scrapping, we do have lots of opportunities for you to study scrapbooking. 


You can find tutorials and lessons in several places:

Blog (You can do a topic search in the box on the right hand side of the blog)

Blog Tutorials

You Tube

ScrapSimple Instructions Handbook


For your challenge today I would like you to find a tutorial or article using a new to you technique and try it on your layout.  Please give us the link to the tutorial you use, so we can all check it out.

When your layout is finished, please post it to the Thursday Challenge Gallery and post a link back in this thread.

Thursday Challenge 5/14/15

14 May 2015 - 06:15 AM

Gradients are a wonderful method of recoloring Scrap Simple Templates.  We have a great set of instructions for using this method on pages (Pg. 31 PS/Pg. 26 PSE) of the new Scrap Simple Handbook


Your challenge today is to recolor any ScrapSimple Template using a gradient.  You can use papers, embellishments, brushes, alphas- the choice is up to you.

If you have any questions on using gradients feel free to post them in this thread.  Once your layout is finished, upload it to the Thursday Challenge Gallery.

Insd Style File Chat Today At 6Pm (Et)

02 May 2015 - 03:41 PM

Come join Shannon and I in the chat room at 6pm (ET)  as we discuss three popular scrapping styles: Pocket Scrapping, White Space and Clusters.


Can't wait to see you there!


Some tips and links from the chat:


Pocket Style Scrapping

Blog Help:

Creating Custom Journaling Cards



  • Pocket Style scrapping works because it is laid out on a grid
  • Easy, organized, can accommodate lots of photos without clutter
  • Symmetry and balance are natural to this foundation
  • Can be any size or shape, squares, circles, rectangles; can be full page or resized smaller
  • Acts as a good foundation, but can be easily customized to different looks
  • “Pockets” can hold photos, journaling or embellishments

INSD JIF Plus Challenge


Just the Beginning

Stitched Frame




White Space

Blog Help:

Rule of Thirds



“Active white space is carefully considered emptiness” Alex White

  • Doesn’t have to be white, just refers to empty space on a layout
  • Gives the eye a chance to rest
  • Keep in mind the Rule of Thirds when deciding on placement
  • Don’t trap white space between photos or embellishments

Natural Beauty

Bright Christmas

Memory Collector

A Simple Hello




  • Variety is key when building clusters
  • Variety in size, shape and textures
  • Using a strong horizontal element as well a vertical one adds flow and movement from one end of your cluster to the other
  • Ribbons, string and scatters can add fun swirl and movement
  • Think in groups of 3 or 5 when building clusters- color and shape
  • Photos, letters, paper strips can all be part of your cluster. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box for things to add.
  • Pay attention to shadowing details when building clusters

Loom Love

Holiday Cookies



Newsletter Challenge- Back To Basics

28 April 2015 - 07:19 AM

In the newsletter today our layout artists shared three of their Back to Basics tips with us.   The attention to these little details really adds some pizazz to our pages.  So, for your challenge today I would like you use all three of those tips to create a spectacular layout!

 You layouts should focus on:
1. Using the Rule of Thirds
2. Focusing on journaling and getting your font and typography just right.
3. Paying close attention to your shadowing details.


Don't feel like you have to use the tutorials the way the layout artists did, they are just to give you some help, if you need it.

Once you have finished your layout upload it to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery.



Tips For Navigating The New Store

16 April 2015 - 10:18 AM

Our new and improved ScrapGirls Design Shop is open for business!  There have been some great new updates that we wanted to share with you, so let’s take a stroll through the aisles together…


This is the home page of the new shop.  To log in, click on the “My Account” tab and you will see a drop down menu with your options.  You can still use your previous boutique log in information, no need to re-register.



Once you have logged into your account you have several options:




Now that we logged in, let’s shop! 

The sorting options have all been combined into one drop down menu.





You now have a “View All” option on the per page drop down menu- no more flipping through pages.





An awesome new feature is the “Already purchased” warning on the product pages.





Want to add something to your wish list?  It’s super easy, just click the heart button. Your Wish List can be found under the “My Account” drop down menu once you are logged in.




If you are looking for something specific, you have 2 options: the regular search feature or the Advanced Search option.





On each Product Page, you have several options:




So you have found what you were shopping for and now it’s time to check out.  To view what is in your cart, click the shopping cart icon.  While viewing the items in your cart, you may notice an “Edit Options” button.  This is where you can change the License Type of your item if you are a Scrap 4 Hire customer.




Let’s check out!  Once you click on the “Check Out” button you will see that you need to choose a payment method, and add any coupon codes you may be using.




After successfully checking out you will get an email with your download keys.  One big difference from the previous system is that you will receive a receipt from each designer that you have ordered from.





Your account will reflect this, as well.



The download keys will bring you to the product download page where you can download the files you purchased from that designer.



Another great feature I found was that I did not have to wait 10 seconds between each download-woot!

So that’s our new store in a nutshell.  If you have any other questions, feel free to post them on the message boards and we will be happy to answer them for you.