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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!
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.
I Love School
August is one of my favorite months of the year. Sure, the weather is warm, but it's really the anticipation of the new school year that always excites me.
First, there are new outfits. Who doesn't love shopping and getting new clothes? When I was in school, I wore a uniform for eight years, but it was still a new uniform every year, and it prompted a shopping trip with Mom. Count me in for that!
Second, there are new school supplies. I love school supplies! There is something so alluring about newly sharpened pencils, brand new markers, and blank paper. Imagine... a pencil or marker that has never left a mark, and you get to be the first person to use it to express yourself. Its creativity and learning potential are encapsulated in a wooden or plastic container... like the concept of potential energy in the study of physics. Picking up that new pencil and using it unleashes your stored creative and intellectual potential.
However, back when I was the student, the biggest thing for me was the increasing wonder that each school year held: What teacher would I have? Which friends would be in my classes? What would I learn in the year ahead? All kinds of questions swirled in my head. I wondered about the lessons and the bits of knowledge that would be woven into them. I thought about what I might discover and how it would affect the things that I knew already. What would I be able to achieve in the upcoming school year? What doors would open for me? Some questions would get answered as time moved forward, but others would linger or raise more questions.
Truly, the start of a new school year holds all the promise of what you are to become. It's the ground where the seeds of your future are sown. I approached my own school years with enthusiasm and curiosity. Now, I have the joy of sharing my kids' anticipation of their school year. As we shop for their new supplies and prepare for the first day, I find myself wondering how they will change over the year and who will they become as a result of what they have learned.
Sometimes they are the ones doing the teaching and reminding me that life is an endless learning journey. Sharing the love of learning is one of my greatest joys in being a parent.
Favorite Product I've designed:
The School Memories Collection is one of my favorites because it reminds me of shopping for school supplies, the excitement that comes before starting a new school year, and my general love of learning. I wanted this collection to be as much about discovery as it was about school. The retro colors in the palette were inspired by wistful remembrances of textbooks, school halls, and a time when my days were filled with discovery and the ultimate potential of what my future could bring.
Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)
The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).
With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:
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
Online Class Report
Once a month, we share with you the details of a recent digital scrapbooking class that has been held at Scrap Girls. I'd like to share with you about a popular class by Anna Mansfield called Intentional Design.
Online Class – Intentional Design
Instructor: Anna Mansfield
Every digital scrapbooker knows it's easy to get stumped when starting new layouts. Maybe there's a new collection you're excited to work with, or you have your heart set on scrapping particular photos, but then you draw a creative blank and aren't sure where (or how) to start. We've all been there, right? The Intentional Design online class was the perfect opportunity for computer scrapbookers to learn how to conquer white screen syndrome, and how to utilize Anna's design prompts for creating thoughtful and artful layouts.
Using various methods, this class taught students how to study photos to identify end-design goals for layouts. The learning didn't stop there, though, as students went on to learn basic design principles, tips for utilizing text, and ideas for incorporating embellishments and final touches. Weekly homework assignments tackled topics such as identifying style and mood, as well as working outside of one's comfort zone.
This class was held over two weekly chat room class sessions. Students received class materials with step-by-step PDF instructions, including screenshots to make it easy for following along. As with all our classes, there was a private class gallery set up for students where they could post their before-and-after work and receive feedback. There was also a private class forum for the students to ask questions and share information, which was another excellent way for students to further interact with Anna. At the end of each class session, students received a transcript of the chat.
I've chosen two class layouts to share with you. This layout is by Florida granny from Anna's Week #1 homework assignment:
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Pens and Pencils are also available.
This layout by butterflykisses is from Anna Mansfield's Week #2 homework assignment:
Commercial license versions of Beautiful Black Paper, Pure White Paper, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Fanciful, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Scripted, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Color Isolation 8501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Metals 8501 Biggie are also available.
The Intentional Design class was already held; however, we do repeat classes. Be sure to keep watch on our Online Class section of the Boutique to find future class offerings to help you expand your digital scrapbooking skills.
Article written by Katherine Weaver, Scrap Girls Education Administrator
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Today's freebie designed by Shalae Tippetts
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Quote Challenge Crop
Monday, August 15th - 2:00PM MDT
Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 2pm MT. Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art. Here's how it will work. Early on Monday, Pat will post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and she will have a layout with a Word Art example in the gallery. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout! Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!
Use Your Stash Chat
Monday, August 15th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) for this month's Use Your Stash Chat. We will challenge you to use something in your digital arsenal that you haven't before. Don't just collect supplies, use them! See you in the chat room on Monday at 7pm MT!
Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, August 16th - 6:00PM MDT
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, August 16th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Conda (SodScrap) in the chat room for a Life Moments Chat. These chats are meant to get you inspired to scrap about yourself. A theme will be posted earlier in the day to help you get started.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 17th - 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 17th, we'll do a multiple photo challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using TEN 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!
Hybrid Craft Chat
Wednesday, August 17th - 6:00PM MDT
Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for this month's Hybrid Craft chat! We will choose a craft to do and show you how to combine your digital supplies with fun elements to come up with a fantastic craft!
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!
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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