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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.
Our society is obsessed with health and fitness. We think about it. We watch television shows about it. We spend vast amounts of money, trying to come up with quick fixes to achieve it.
We look at fit people and wonder what they are doing right. We look at unfit people and wonder what they are doing wrong. If we are not fit, we worry that the fit people are judging us.
Ever felt that way? I do all the time. In fact, I'm one of those sorry people who watch The Biggest Loser while eating a bowl of ice cream. (Don't tell Bob and Jillian.)
My doctor recently asked me if I was exercising regularly. I said, "No."
She laughed and said, "You are probably one of the most honest people I have met recently. Most people tell me that they are exercising, but they aren't exercising at all."
I laughed, relieved that she wasn't going to yell at me for my bad habits. Instead, she gave me some do-able suggestions and asked me to try to walk at least 15 minutes a day to start out. Because I have fibromyalgia, she recommended that I increase my walking time very slowly – only two minutes more each day per week.
I can't tell you what a relief it was to have someone understand how I felt and that my fibromyalgia causes real issues with exercising. (If I overdo it, I get sick, and it is a long time before I can try again.)
Meanwhile – while I am trying to get a handle on how to exercise without making me ill, I have come up with some wacky suggestions for appearing responsible.
Wear exercise clothing constantly.
Stock my freezer with frozen veggies, skinless chicken breasts, and sugar-free popsicles.
Stuff my shelves with exercise DVDs.
Casually place hand weights on the flat furniture surfaces of my living room.
Hang my defunct gym pass on my key ring.
Drink water from sports bottles.
Leave a gym bag in my car.
Keep a food journal in my purse.
Have an easy-to-do sports hairdo.
Make monthly blog entries about how psyched I am about my program.
Put an exercise goal sheet on my wall.
Keep my former personal trainer's number on my cell phone speed dial list.
Hide my chocolate stash in my filing cabinet.
You see, if the people I meet and the people I live with think I am trying to do something to become fit, they leave me alone to enjoy my ice cream with abandon. I am free to enjoy myself as I am, and – ironically – that makes me feel more like exercising and eating right.
I am in the middle of trying to become fit. Whether or not I am actually going to become fit will be a complete surprise to all of us.
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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Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin using June's Scrap Girls Club
Adding Great Shadows with a Single Click
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 with Windows XP
Have you ever wanted a great drop shadow on your digital scrapbooking layout, but didn't want to do all of the work that is involved in making one? Well, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie is an action set that can give you great shadows with a single click of your mouse.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie are also available.
Actions are a fantastic tool that will take a series of complicated steps and turn it into one easy step for you. Click on the play button, and in the blink of an eye, have multiple tasks performed to create an amazing effect. In this case, you'll get a lovely drop shadow.
These samples show the four different directions you can choose your shadow to go in (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right). This also shows that you can have a small, a medium, or a large sized shadow. Say you have a leaf or a flower that is angled to point to the top right corner of your digital scrapbooking layout. You may want to choose the shadow that also points to the top right corner of your page. You can experiment with the direction of the shadow to come up with some great results.
You can download instructions here in 1 Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Instructions Handbook (Free ScrapSimple basics eBook) that will take you step-by-step through how to install your actions.
Once you have installed ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie into your program this is what the Action Palette looks like. Choose the direction and the size that you want your shadow to go in – then click on it. When the action is highlighted, that means it is chosen. In the screenshot above, the top left-sized small shadow is chosen.
You are ready to play the action through. Click on the arrow icon to push play, and in a matter of seconds, you will have a great drop shadow on your embellishment. This action does all the work for you! I use this action because it is such a time saver.
The drop shadow will be on its own layer. If you change your mind, it is easy to delete the shadow and start over. You can move and change the shadow to your liking.
With the click of a button, you can get great Deep Shadows for your digital scrapbooking embellishments. I like to apply these shadows to foliage, leaves, stems, flowers, branches, twigs, twine, ribbon, butterflies, swirls, tags, string, etc. You can add Deep Shadows to your embellishments to "lift" them off the page.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Deep Shadows 6501 PSE and PS Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501, His and Hers Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Crepe Paper are also available.
Article written by Sarah Batdorf
Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
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Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Letter Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals III Rust 8501 Biggie are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry
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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, June 24th - 9:00AM MT
Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) 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!
Swap Crop Chat
Saturday, June 25th - 6:00PM MT
It's time for the Swap Crop Chat with Lei (Bride) and Carla (CRS)! We've done the swapping and created the layouts, now it's time to chat about all the gorgeous layouts! I don't know what it is, but these swaps bring out the best in everyone. This is the time to chat about the theme, the beautiful layouts and learn about the swap crop if you haven't participated before. We'll brainstorm a theme for next month, too! If you haven't done so, you can check out past swaps in the Swap Crop Gallery!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, June 28th - 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.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, June 29th - 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 29th, we'll do a Stars Challenge! Create a layout using at least one star. It can be embellishments like brads, buttons, and stitching, brushes, or even a layout template. There are so many possibilities - have fun with it! 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!
Speed Scrap Crop & Chat
Thursday, June 30th - 6:00PM MT
It's time for some Speed! Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for the Speed Scrap Crop! We'll give you some tasks, spread out over an hour, and you create the layout! You can check out some of the past Crops in the Speed Scrap Gallery!
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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