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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 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!
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The bushes ahead shook. I knew that the occupant was large and loud, and I did not want to meet him. But my feet were frozen to the ground - literally. Somehow, my feet, ankles, and calves were encased in a block of ice. I was stuck on the path in the forest, a tasty frozen treat for whatever beast waited in the vegetation.
I looked around frantically for something to remove the ice, but nothing was in reach. I didn't have a cell phone with me. I didn't carry anything more dangerous than a ballpoint pen.
"I'll have to surrender to my fate," I sadly thought.
Suddenly, someone was standing with me on the path. "You look like you are in trouble."
"Uh... yes. Yes, I am in trouble."
"Have you asked for help?"
I looked around and then back at my companion. "There is no one to ask. Everyone is too far away. Besides, I can manage the situation myself."
He looked at my ice-cube feet and smiled. "Here, take this," he said as he held out the bag he carried. "I recommend that you use it when you get stuck. Don't worry about the unknown. Don't be concerned about things you can't control."
Curious, I reached into the bag. As I withdrew the item, I heard a loud blast in my ear. I had been given a bull horn.
My eyes popped open. The sound of the horn blast was still ringing in my head as I forced myself out of the dream. I knew that the time had arrived for me to take a problem I had been avoiding "by the bull horn." Inertia was not solving it, but a good blast of thought, attention, and decision-making might. Until I began to move, my problem would remain in the bushes, growling and looming much larger in my mind than it would likely turn out to be.
So, let's grab our bull horns, fill the air with blasts of sound, and see what shakes out of the trees. Who knows? We might like the results very much!
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.
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August's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Shalae Tippetts
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Shalae Tippetts
using August's Scrap Girls Club
Have you ever had a digital scrapbooking layout that you later looked at and said, "What was I thinking?!"
This is an example of just such a layout. I would like to say it was one of my first attempts at digital scrapbooking, but I'll swallow all pride and admit it was completed almost a year into my digital scrapbooking journey. I had hidden it away and forgotten all about it.
The original layout features a photo taken during a bridal shoot just before leaving for the wedding chapel. In the photo, my daughter, Kristi, appears pensive and thoughtful. In my artistic-induced fervor, I thought I could create a dramatic statement by using this photograph. LOL! However, reflecting back on that day, Kristi was not pensive or deep in thought. She was joyful, filled with anticipation, and radiant. I'd like to start again and give an accurate portrayal of this moment and my daughter's emotions. Here is my original layout.
Layout by Kim Meeder
First, let's identify some problems with this layout. We'll just concentrate on a few for this do-over. First, I thought that a single, large photo placed in a prominent frame would create a strong focal point. Instead, it results in a heavy and overpowering feel. The photograph itself is too dark, and the wedding dress has a gray cast.
When choosing the photo or photos you will be including in your project, pick ones that truly convey the atmosphere and mood. Choose a different photo, if necessary, and bring it into your photo editing software to make any adjustments before placing it in your digital scrapbooking layout. I've decided to switch this photo for another that honestly expresses the moment. I've also decided to use additional close-up photos to accentuate her mood.
When using multiple photographs, I love to use a digital layout template. Today, I am using a template from ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Tilted. It will save me time and ensure a visually appealing design, but will still allow me to personalize it.
To further emphasize the happy atmosphere, I have chosen to use a light and airy digital scrapbooking background paper from May Day Collection Biggie.
Next, I'm going to add the remaining papers. I've decided to include a photo of Michael, my son-in-law, but one that does not pull the viewer's attention away from my subject. I don't think I want any more photos on this layout. I'll simply turn off the template layers I don't want to use. Yes, it's okay to do that!
This digital scrapbooking layout is very angular in design. For my wedding theme, I would like an overall gentle feel. By adding some curves, I will be able to create some softness and flow.
I've positioned a scalloped doily behind the photo cluster. I've repeated this scallop design by using crocheted elements and a leaf border. I think it looks much better already.
Next, I'll add some embellishments. Again, I'll add soft and gentle touches that continue to bolster the mood and theme I am trying to create. I'll also add drop shadows to give my layout dimension and depth.
In my first layout, I neglected to journal. I'm going to be sure to include the story this time around. I want those who see this to know the happiness and excitement Kristi felt on her wedding day. I'll be sure to add the date as well as a title. Below is my final layout. (She was a beautiful bride, wasn't she?)
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Article written by Kim Meeder
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Today's freebie designed by Angela Blanchard
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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, August 5th - 9:00AM MDT
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!
ScrapSimple Club Chat
Monday, August 8th - 5:00PM MDT
Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) on Monday, August 8th at 5pm MT for a chat and challenge using this month's ScrapSimple Club. Did you know that every time you create a layout with the ScrapSimple Club and upload it into the ScrapSimple Club Gallery you could be chosen to be featured in the Newsletter and receive a prize? Join us for the chat so we can encourage and inspire you and help with any questions that you may have. Let's get those ScrapSimple Club layouts done and uploaded!
Journaling Challenge Chat
Monday, August 8th - 6:00PM MDT
Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT on the second Monday of each month. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!
Sketch Challenge Crop
Tuesday, August 9th - 4:00PM MDT
It's time for the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) on Tuesday, August 9 at 4pm 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, I'll 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!
Hybrid ATC Chat
Tuesday, August 9th - 6:00PM MDT
Please join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Lei (Bride) as we host the chat for another round of our Hybrid ATC Swap. Didn't participate this round? Not sure what it is? Come join us to find out all of the particulars on Tuesday, August 9th at 6pm MT!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, August 9th - 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.
August Message Board Game: BINGO!
Join us for an exciting game of August BINGO on the Scrap Girls Forum!! Pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to [email protected] with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Message Board username" by Monday August 1st (Midnight MDT) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Tuesday, August 2nd. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you'll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.
Each day (Monday through Saturday), a member of the Welcoming Committee will call five random words from the BINGO list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call "BINGO!" in the game thread to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards will be cleared and a new round will begin the following day.
Each winner will receive a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! We like to see lots of winners, so please remember that each person can only win one round during the month. Have fun!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
August Monthly Layout Contest: The temperatures are hot, and staying cool is a must! Water is a priority in the summer heat! For the August Layout Contest, we'd love to see your layouts featuring water! Dig out those photos of the kids in the pool, the family on a boat ride, or even a waterfall! Journaling about what water means to you will help make this layout more meaningful to you in the future. Post your layouts in the August Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on August 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!
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