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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.
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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 [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.
Last summer, our family discovered geocaching. What fun! While on vacation in a cabin in the Utah mountains, we borrowed Papa's GPS unit from his truck, found some cache locations in the surrounding woods from the Internet, hopped on the four wheelers and set off on our first treasure-seeking adventure.
The first container we found was a melted mayo jar that had the tragic misfortune of being located in a small, controlled burn area in the forest some weeks earlier. No treasure. At the second location, we found an old plastic bag with a broken flashlight and a few other random items... no real treasure. The third one, we never found.
Although we didn't have much success at finding treasure, we never heard the end of it! "Can we keep Papa's GPS unit? When can we go hunting again? How do we look up coordinates?" The boys fell in love with the hunt. So, after many long months, Dad got a GPS unit for Christmas, and a couple weeks later, we were looking up coordinates around our neighborhood, and setting off on our bikes.
I have discovered that geocaching really is about the thrill of the hunt and not particularly the treasure that you find at the end. But it sure is a fun way to spend an afternoon together as a family. Aside from the expense of the GPS unit, it provides inexpensive thrills, plus it helps burn off lots of energy that our little boys have in excess.
- Brandy Hackman
Favorite Product I've designed:
Vigor and Vim Collection Biggie
This collection is somewhat inspired by all of the vigor and vim that exists around me in the bodies of my boys. They are tirelessly full of energy, and since we live in a city, we are always looking for ways that they can burn it off. Although my boys are rough-and-tumble, audacious, and spirited, I still enjoy having a civilized existence (whenever possible). This collection attempts to combine both of those qualities - paper and embellishments that lend themselves to masculine energy, but are still calm and relaxing and pleasant to look at.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Expedition Passport Stamps Super Biggie are also available.
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June's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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using June's Scrap Girls Club
using June's Scrap Girls Club
using June's Scrap Girls Club
Using Prefinished Embellishments
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 on a PC running Windows 7.
Many people new to digital scrapbooking ask, "What are embellishments?" And I usually answer with one word, "Curtains!"
Okay, I know it sounds crazy, but they do function like curtains for three main reasons. First, curtains can help establish the color of a room by matching your couch or your bedspread. Also, curtains can help reinforce the theme of a room, like having ruffled gingham curtains in a country kitchen. Lastly, curtains can help soften a room's hard linear edges and make it seem cozy. Well, embellishments do exactly the same things! Let's take a look and see how it works.
First, create a new 12x12-inch layout at 300 dpi (dots per inch). Pull in (click and drag) a background paper and photo you want to use. I opened a paper from Angela Blanchard's Fab 5 and a photograph I took of a bird gathering nesting material.
Now comes the fun part... picking out the curtains! Choose a frame embellishment that matches a color in the photograph. I pulled a frame from the Floral Abundance Collection and made it black. This helps to establish your accent color, so now your curtains match the bedspread, so to speak!
Now look for an embellishment that reinforces your theme. I found a bird that looked like the one in the photo, but it could have been any bird, a bird's nest, or a birdhouse. This is really coming together fast!
The last hunt is for some curtains that will soften the linear lines of the room and make it warm, cozy, and full. I have used a few branches from the Feathered Friends Collection, and positioned them to break up the hard straight lines of the frame, but I could have used some flowers, swirls, or another bird to accomplish the same thing.
With just these few embellishments, you've got a great layout that really enhances the photo and the story you want to tell. If you want, add a title, some journaling or drop shadows, and your room will be ready for guests to admire. Oops! I mean your layout will be ready for friends to admire!
Article written by Angela Blanchard
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New Member Chat - Early Edition
Tuesday, June 21st - 1:00PM MT
Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, June 21st - 6:00PM MT
Join Elisha (elibar) and Lei (Bride) for a Faith Journey Chat on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. All faiths are welcome! We'll be chatting and scrapping about our individual faith walk and how we also walk together. Watch the Message Board for this month's topic of discussion, and if you like - create a layout based on the topic!
Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, June 21st - 7:00PM MT
Join Theresa (tiza126) for another Life Moments Crop! This crop focuses on you, the scrapper, creating a scrapbook one layout at a time. The theme for this chat will be posted on the Message Board on the day of the chat. Hope to see you there at 7pm MT!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 22nd - 10:00AM MT
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 June 22nd, we'll do a multiple photo challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using FIVE or more photos! 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!
Thursday, June 23rd - 6:00PM MT
Everyone has them - those projects you started but just haven't gotten around to finishing! Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and our guest this month Amy (mimes1) one of our very talented Layout Artists in the chatroom at 6pm MT to talk about all of them. Post your layouts in the Unfinished Objects Layouts Gallery before the chat so we can get Amy's input and also get help from the everyone in the Chat.
June Message Board Game: Re-JUNE-venate!
We helped you jumpstart your January and now it's time to re-JUNE-venate your focus on scrapbooking! Join us on the Forum this month for "Re-JUNE-venate!" This is a Meassage Board game and challenge that focuses on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have several completed layouts and will have been challenged and treated to some fun along the way... with prize opportunities thrown in as well!
A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge or task each day Monday through Saturday from June 1st - 30th. The tasks will be formatted in LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows. Some tasks will require Message Board participation, email responses or gallery posting. Read each daily task carefully to see what is required of you.
Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation 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!)
Join us in June for some serious scrapbooking re-JUNE-venation!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
June Monthly Layout Contest: Father's Day is celebrated in June in the United States, but a day set aside to honor our male parent is celebrated in many countries on different dates throughout the year. For June's layout contest, we want you to do a layout honoring your father, whether he is living or not. Post your layouts in the June Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on June 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. If your layout is one of the two chosen winners, you will receive 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.)
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