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A Unique, Individual Creation
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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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Note from Ro: Today's thought comes to you via a marvelous book – Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. It is a how-to-straighten-your-mind-out-so-you-won't-keep-beating-yourself-up-and-you-can-appreciate-what-you-have-and-are wonder.
A Unique, Individual Creation
"Alas! The fearful Unbelief is unbelief in yourself." – Carlyle
"Of all the traps and pitfalls in life, self-disesteem is the deadliest, and the hardest to overcome; for it is a pit designed and dug by our own hands, summed up in the phrase, 'It's no use – I can't do it.'
"The penalty of succumbing to it is heavy - both for the individual in terms of masterful rewards lost, and for society in gains and progress achieved.
"We simply must get it through our heads that holding a low opinion of ourselves is not a virtue, but a vice. Jealousy, for example, which is a scourge of many marriages, is nearly always caused by self-doubt. The person with adequate self-esteem doesn't feel hostile towards others. He isn't out to prove anything. He can see facts more clearly, isn't as demanding in his claims on other people.
"Prescription: Stop carrying around a mental picture of yourself as a defeated, worthless person. Stop dramatizing yourself as an object of pity and injustice.... The appreciation of your own worth is not egotism unless you assume that you made yourself and should take some of the credit. Do not downgrade the product merely because you haven't used it correctly.
"The biggest secret of self-esteem is this: Begin to appreciate other people more; show respect for any human merely because he is a child of God and therefore a 'thing of value.' Stop and think when you're dealing with people that you're dealing with a unique, individual creation of the Creator of all. Practice treating other people as if they had some value – and surprisingly enough your own self-esteem will go up. For real self-esteem is not derived from the great things you've done, the things you own, the mark you've made – but an appreciation of yourself for what you are – a child of God."
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Triad Color Scheme
Note: Tutorial created Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Windows Vista
Recently in our Scrap Girls Newsletter, we taught you a little about Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Colors. Now that we know a little about what they are, let's talk about how to combine your colors onto your layout. Colors have relationships with one another. The way in which they are combined is called a color scheme. As you can imagine there are a number of formal color schemes. Today we are going to talk about Triad Color Schemes.
First, I'd like to give you a little anecdote. When I started digital scrapbooking, I didn't know very much about color theory. I knew what I liked and what "felt good" on a page. I also knew that I tend to use neutrals and brights, and I stay away from pastels. Sometimes when combining color, I hit the mark; other times I wound up with a designer disaster!
One day, a Scrap Girls friend suggested I get a color wheel. I ran to my local craft store and picked up a color wheel for less than $5.00. That was money well spent. Having the wheel at my desk has improved my digital scrapbooking as much as anything has! At this point, it is well worn and well loved, like a favorite book with frayed and worn edges. I refer to it almost every day. With the color wheel in hand, all the discussions - about color theory, about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors and how to use them - didn't seem so confusing. My layouts have improved, and I'm not so afraid of pastels because I've learned about color schemes.
A Triad Color Scheme, in simple terms, states that any three colors from the color wheel, which are equal distance from one another, work well together. It sounds confusing, doesn't it? But it really isn't. Colors that "look good together" will tend to have some sort of formal relationship with each other. In a triad color scheme, that relationship is the distance between them on the wheel. Let's look at some examples and see how instinctively we know this without realizing we know this!
The primary colors make up the first set of triad colors. Think layouts about boys, elementary school years, toys and playgrounds, and the circus. The color relationship is pleasing, but it has a little bit of tension and an element of energy - perfect for busy little boys playing ball, building Lego® creations, or climbing ladders.
The secondary colors also make up a triad color scheme. Think Halloween, summer gardens, and luaus. The colors naturally "go together," which is more evidence of their formal relationship with one another.
The last two sets of triads on the color wheel come from the tertiary colors. Set #3 (on the left) makes me think of summer beach layouts, Easter eggs, and spring dresses. Set #4 (on the right) makes me think of fall layouts, pumpkins, and corn stalks, rich, deep flower blossoms, and leaves changing colors. The triad color scheme will also apply to any of the tints, tones, and shades of the pure color, which opens up endless opportunities to use triad color schemes in your digital scrapbooking layouts.
In my layout below, I focused on Triad Color Scheme Set #1 using the primary colors. The yellow became the predominant color in the layout because of the yellow roses in the photo. The blue balances the yellow, and the pop of red gives it a little tension and pizzazz. Since the three colors make up the triad color scheme, the layout works and feels energetic, yet balanced.
I hope you can see and feel how the colors in these triad sets belong together. Do you get the sense that you know this without knowing it? The colors that instinctually look good together work because of their color relationship.
Now, go have fun playing with the Triad Color Scheme in your digital scrapbooking layouts!
Article written by Amy Flanagan
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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.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 10th - 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 August 10th, we'll do a Recent Photo Challenge. Create a page using favorite photos from your latest camera upload. 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 and Chat
Wednesday, August 10th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Carla (CRS) and April (April Showers) 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 V, W, and X! We'd love to see your layouts in the Baby Book Gallery!
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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