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Like a Penguin through Water
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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 third quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, October 8th 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.
Like a Penguin through Water
We slip in and out of this world.
Time passes so quickly, and yet
it moves too slowly for anxious, impatient souls
who long for tomorrow when things will be better,
who long for the time when all problems shall cease,
who long for the hour when discouragement is over,
who long for the time when they feel sweet release.
We slip into this world like a penguin through water -
back and through 'til at the end of our stay.
And standing between -
slipping in and back out -
is the time that we call today.
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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Join the ScrapSimple Monthly Club and you can enjoy the newest ScrapSimple looks while saving! (A $13.95 value for $6.99 or less!)
The new ScrapSimple Club contents are released on the 15th day of the month (or the closest business day to the 15th).
A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.
With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:
Layout by Ashleigh Bronner
using June's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Sonia Payne
using June's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Brandy Murry
using June's ScrapSimple Club
Creating a Greeting Card
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 with Windows XP
I learned to create greeting cards long before I started scrapbooking. I used stamps with colored cardstock and would make several copies of the same cards so I always had extras on hand for last-minute occasions. Now that I make digital greeting cards, it is easy to print out another card whenever the need arises.
For this tutorial, I used items from the June ScrapSimple Club. You can create greeting cards using any digital scrapbooking supplies you may have.
To make your own card, start with a 4.25x5.5-inch image (1275x1500 pixels at 300 pixels per inch). This is a handy size that will fit in an A-2 envelope. Color the ScrapSimple papers and embellishments using techniques found in the 1 Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Instructions Handbook (Free ScrapSimple basics eBook) and add them to your card, resizing as needed. I decorated my greeting card with flowers, charms, stitching, journaling paper, and a touch of ribbon. I found that applying a style from the Design Pack: Inked Text to the ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil letters gave them a hand-stamped look. The spiral clip was made by erasing the base of a photo holder from ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes.
When your greeting card front is complete, it is time to print it. Sometimes I just print and trim the image for the front of the card and adhere it to a folded half-sheet of cardstock; however, I like the backs of my cards to be almost as pretty as the front, so I add digital paper to the back before printing.
In order to print your card with a decorative back, you will need to expand your canvas. Go to Image> Canvas Size and double the width of your canvas for a side-fold card or double the height of your canvas for a top-fold card. In the Canvas Size pop-up, there is also an Anchor grid that allows you to choose where to add the additional canvas in relation to your existing card. Anchor a top-fold card to the bottom-center and anchor a side-fold card to the right center.
After you have enlarged your canvas, duplicate the background layer(s) and move them to the blank half of the card. Now your greeting card is ready to print!
After your card is printed, just trim and fold it. I used distressing ink on the edges to cover where I didn't cut it perfectly. You can use these basic instructions to make a greeting card for any occasion.
These first five products are included in this month's ScrapSimple Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.
Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Fabric Stamps, ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Painted Stencil, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Handmade Boxes, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fabric Stacks, Assemble Your Own: Shabby Flowers Biggie, Design Pack: Inked Text and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.
Article written by April Martell
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Commercial license versions of Wanted Collection are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Jen Reed
* There is a "free download" button on the details page for each gift. You don't need to put them in your shopping cart unless you are shopping for other items. Also note that if you are slow reading your newsletter, you may find this freebie has already been retired, as the freebies are only available as gifts for about two newsletter cycles.
Use Your Stash Chat
Tuesday, July 12th - 6:00PM MDT
Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room at 6pm MT for this month's edition of "Use your Stash!" Don't just collect tons of digital goodies, use them! We will post a challenge to help you get started. See you there!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, July 12th - 7:00PM MDT
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.
Sketch Challenge Crop & Chat
Tuesday, July 12th - 8:00PM MDT
It's time for the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) on Tuesday, July 12 at 8pm MT in the Scrap Girls Chat Room! Enjoy getting a little creative boost for your pages? Are you needing help getting started? Then this is the challenge for you! A few hours before the chat begins, Cheri will post a link for you to download the sketch. Use it as the starting point for your page; be inspired by the basic arrangement; flip things around or scraplift the whole thing hook, line, and sinker. All interpretations of the design are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry about any deadlines... post your layout when it works with your schedule. Hope to see you there!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, July 13th - 10:00AM MDT
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 July 13th, we'll do a patterned paper challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using multiple patterned papers - at least 2 different patterns! Mix it up! 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!
Baby Theme Crop & Chat
Wednesday, July 13th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Carla (CRS) and Theresa (tiza126) for a new twist on the Baby Theme Crop at 7pm MT! This month we'll continue to work with ABC's. Include something in your layout that starts with a S, T, and U! We'd love to see your layouts in the Baby Book Gallery!
July Message Board Game: Summer Scavenger Hunt!
Dust off those thinking caps and hunting boots! We're having a Summer Scavenger Hunt, and you're invited! Join us for the July Message Board Game, where each Monday through Saturday during the month of July, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post a clue in the official game thread. The clue will describe a product from the Scrap Girls Boutique. To participate, search the Boutique for the product and post a link to the product page in the official game thread.
But wait, there's more! In a new twist to the scavenger hunt game, on certain days you will be sent to the Scrap Girls Gallery to look for layouts using specific products or collections, and then post a link to your layout comment in the official game thread.
Three winners will be drawn from all the members who correctly identify a product or find Gallery layouts throughout the month. Each winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Good luck in your search!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
July Monthly Layout Contest: As the United States celebrates its independence this month, we'd love to see some examples of how you've gained independence! For July's Monthly Layout Contest, show us your layouts featuring someone displaying independence! It could be a toddler learning independence or a young person out on their own for the first time. You could even scrap about a time you displayed some independence! Be sure to include some journaling to support your photos. Post your layouts in the July Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on July 31st. 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.)
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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