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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
Customer Muses: Would you like to share your own Life Muse with our readers? To have your own essay considered for publication as a muse in the column for our special Saturday newsletter, send your essay to [email protected]. If your essay is selected, you will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.
Way Cool Scrap Girl: We are so excited to have all of you meet some of the amazing people that have become Scrap Girls! If you would like to be spotlighted and win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique, send the following items to [email protected]:
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 [email protected]. 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!
Scrap Girls is giving away birthday gifts to our Message Board members!
Of course, it is a surprise what you will get because birthday presents are always surprises! But you will like it for sure because most people like money.... Anyway, make sure your Message Board email address is current and that you have the correct date entered into your profile to participate.
Scrap Girls is looking for qualified digital scrapbooking teachers to teach Photoshop and Photoshop Elements classes. Teachers will be required to create class PDFs that will be reviewed prior to class. Teachers have complete flexibility in scheduling classes.
Candidates must have strong skills in Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements and exhibit strong layout design skills. Knowledge of both programs is a plus. They must be warm and friendly, comfortably handle fast-paced chat room situations, and be able to easily answer questions that arise regarding their particular software area of expertise.
Candidates will be required to audition for this paid position. There will be a list of topics available from which classes can be developed; however, the teachers are encouraged to present their own ideas for approval as well.
Please contact Katherine Weaver at [email protected] for more details. If you are interested in applying, please forward to Katherine an up-to-date resume as well as a sample tutorial you have written. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
Procrastination probably means...
That you really don't want to do it.
That you are afraid to do it.
That you perhaps are not supposed to do it.
That someone else wants you to do it and you are afraid to tell them no.
That you don’t want to start the good thing because then the good thing will soon be over and the bad thing will be back.
When procrastination waves its white flag at you, do you attempt to negotiate a cease-fire or do you burn the fort down?
Procrastination means something. Don't ignore it. It may be that you need to change your life so that you don't continue to procrastinate your way through it.
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.
Would you like to earn a $20 Gift Certificate? Send your own muse to [email protected]. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!
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Low Light Photography - Increase the ISO
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3
Are you happy with your photos taken in low light? Or do they constantly come back blurry and unrecognizable? Luckily in this age of digital photography, it is easier than ever to improve your low light photos. Let me show you one way today.
Increase your camera's sensitivity to light by increasing the ISO number. ISO stands for International Standards Organization and refers to the image sensor's sensitivity to light. The trickiest part is finding your camera manual (check online if you've lost yours) to find out how to change the ISO on your camera.
In many situations, you will want to increase the ISO to the highest setting your camera allows. One thing you do need to keep in mind is digital noise or grain. Noise is the digital equivalent of grain on high ISO film photos. Noise can look like grain, though more often it is tiny speckles or color artifacts. The higher the ISO you use, the more noise in your image, and vice versa. Let me show you a high grain example from our church's Christmas pageant:
This photo was taken with an ISO rating of 3200. I knew I needed a very high rating because I was sitting back in the audience and the people on stage were constantly moving. I don't mind the graininess because the tradeoff would have been blurry images. As you practice taking photos in low light situations, you'll come to know when you can "get away" with an ISO of 800 and when you may need to pull out the huge ISO of 3200.
Don't despair if you have a point-and-shoot camera with limited abilities to change settings! Simply choose the Sports Mode, and it will automatically increase the ISO for you.
Article written by Cheri Thieleke
Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)
The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).
With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:
May's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Brandy Murry
But that's not all! Scrap Girls Club members now receive these exclusive, club-only items!
and a Club Exclusive Color Palette
Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Ashleigh Bronner using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Murry using May's Scrap Girls Club
Baby Album in Two Hours
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS3 with Macintosh OS X
Baby albums are some of the most joyful albums to create – and for a variety of reasons, they never get finished. Today, I am going to show you how easy it is to make a 4x6 Baby Album in about two hours – that's right, two hours!
I recently became a grandmother. Ryder Pearson was born right after Christmas this last year. I know how busy new mothers can be, so to be able to make a digital scrapbooking album quickly and easily can be a blessing.
The best way to make sure an album takes the least amount of time is by limiting your digital scrapbooking supplies. It's best to use just one or two coordinating products, so everything will mix-and-match without much effort. I started with my Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: 4x6 Watercolor Baby Boy and also my Watercolor Baby Boy Collection. All of the papers and embellishments provided in both kits match and coordinate with each other.
My album has just six pages, but yours could have a few more or less. Start with a first page with his/her name, a frame, and a couple of embellishments.
For the second page, add some pictures, an embellishment, and the birth date. You'll notice I am adding only a single word art embellishment. This keeps things simple.
The third page can have all the birth statistics, like the time of birth, weight, and length. Using collections with frames is an easy way to spotlight your photo with very little effort.
A cute photo placed in a frame with a few of the little baby clothes pinned to the line can be used for the fourth page. The Watercolor Baby Girl Collection has the same kind of embellishments.
Ryder has the best smiles and is so expressive. The plaid background gives a perfect three-square layout for cute close-ups for the fifth page.
And finally for the last page, I added a precious photo that captures a special moment.
I had such fun doing this album. Now I have my own Grandma Brag Book, and I did it so quickly! Have fun creating and mixing and matching different embellishments in endless combinations.
Article written by Jacelen Deinema
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What's New in the Boutique Chat
Friday, May 20th - 9:00AM MT
Join April (April Showers) 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!
Back-Up Party and Chat
Friday, May 20th - 8:00PM MT
Need a little extra motivation to back-up your layouts and stash? Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 8pm MT for the Back-Up Party and Chat. The goal of these chats is to make sure our back-ups are current. Come chat while you back up your files. We'll also go over several different ways to safeguard your files and even give you some tips on organizing your supplies. Grab some chocolate and we'll see you in the chat room!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, May 24th - 7:00PM MT
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 do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.
May Message Board Game: Spotlight on the Boutique!
Each day during May (with the exceptions of Sundays), a member of the Welcoming Committee will post a layout in the official game thread. The layout will correspond with a product in the Scrap Girls Boutique and will be either the only layout or directly to the right of the product image on the product details page. A spotlight circle will show a portion of the layout you are to search for. If the layout is not identified by the following morning, a second spotlight circle will be added to the layout. This will be repeated until the product is identified.
To participate, search the Boutique for the layout and post a link to the product page in the official game thread. One guess per member per day. The winner will be drawn from all members who correctly identify a product throughout the month. The winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Message Board.
May Monthly Layout Contest: What's blooming in your yard, garden, or neighborhood right now? For those in the northern hemisphere, it would be spring flowers. For those in the southern hemisphere, it would be flowers of the fall variety. For May's layout contest, show us what's blooming in your neck of the woods or show us photos of your favorite flowers. Post your layouts in the May Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on May 31st. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen, you will 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!
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.)
Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to [email protected] and we'll get it out to you right away!
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