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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.
Forward or Backward?
Faith is forward. Fear is backward. There is no standing still. If you feel stuck, keep moving, have patience, and after a while, you'll receive a promised reward – the thing that is best for you.
Faith accepts a gift as rewarding, even if it is challenging.
Fear rejects every outcome other than the desired one as a signal that disaster and rejection lie ahead.
Have confidence. Be patient. Have faith and keep... moving... forward.
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!
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 Cheri Thieleke
using August's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Angie Briggs
using August's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Joyce Schardt
using August's ScrapSimple Club
The Scrap Girls Club allows you to get all of the newest looks while saving money! It is perfect for anyone who wants beautiful, coordinated digital scrapbooking supplies that are easy to use. You get all the products shown above a $40.59 value, for $9.99 or less! Plus, each month we will help you find new ways to use your club contents to the fullest with this article full of ideas, tips, and projects to get your creativity going!
Members-Only club content! Now Scrap Girls Club members receive three exclusive, members-only Club products every month! These new products include a JIFFY Easy Page Album - five layered PSD files of your favorite Club layouts designed by the professionals at Scrap Girls just for this Club, one Designer's Gift item - a product chosen by the Club's designer, and a Color Palette which you can use to coordinate your photos and ScrapSimple products with this month's Club to make it an even bigger value!
Decorating a Mirror Frame
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista
When I received this assignment for making a hybrid craft for the August Scrap Girls Club, I was pretty nervous. I don't consider myself a very crafty person. In the old days, I sewed valences and hair bows; all that was required was a straight line. When my kids were little, we did lots of artsy-crafty things. It was always enjoyable, but I never considered my creations to be all that creative. The craft was something to fill the time and keep the kids engaged, something tactile that would allow them to get messy and be uninhibited. The craft activity was more about the process than the end result.
When I thought about my end result for this assignment, I was pretty intimidated! So why am I telling you this? Because I learned that with Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking supplies, I can take what I know about design, apply it to the craft arena, and create something really special! And if I can do it, you can, too!
Today, I am going to show you how I made a pretty frame for a mirror for my 14-year-old daughter. Every 14-year-old girl needs to wake up and feel loved and pretty when she looks in the mirror so she can start the day feeling good about herself. The August Scrap Girls Club, Joyous Collection Biggie, is the perfect collection for this craft!
For starters, a trip to the local craft store was in order. I found an unfinished mirror for $1 - perfect for making a digital scrapbooking hybrid project. I had craft paint and sealer glue already on hand.
To start the project, a new file was opened in my computer software program to the exact outer dimensions of my frame. I created a new background layer with a pretty paper from Joyous Collection Biggie. Using the Rectangle Tool (one of the Custom Shape Tools) and the layout guides, I drew a box to the exact measurements of the interior portion of the frame, which would represent the mirror. This shape was drawn on its own layer so it could be turned on and off.
Next, I pressed Ctrl+Click on the thumbnail of the rectangle shape so that the "dancing ants" (or maybe you call them "marching ants" – I always think they look like they’re dancing!) were showing around the rectangle that was just drawn. Then, highlighting my background layer, I simply hit Delete. Now, the background layer is a frame, and the "canvas" that I'll be working on for this project is ready!
Now, I can decorate this "frame" as though it is a regular digital scrapbooking layout. I can add embellishments, papers, word art, and text just as though I'm going to print it and put it in an album. Here is my final layout that will be applied to the mirror frame.
Now that the layout is finished, I have a better idea as to what colors will look good on the edges of the wooden frame. For this project, I am selecting orange and pink paints. These colors were chosen due to the bright, happy feel of the layout, and I would like to pull out the orange from the word art a little bit more and emphasize the pink from the flowers. Carefully, I have painted the edges of the wooden frame in pink and the top face of the frame in orange. There are three coats of paint in each color, and I have set it aside to dry.
Now it's time to print a high-quality print of my layout using good photo paper. After the print comes out, I set it aside for a while so that it gets good and dry. Carefully, the edges of the print are trimmed, and the interior portion that represents where the mirror will be was carefully cut away with an X-acto® knife. In addition, a second copy of the flower on the left was printed so that it could be layered to give additional dimension to the project. It also served to hide potential errors due to the delicate nature of the stamens on the flower.
The trimmed layout was placed carefully on top of the painted frame and glued down. The entire top of the frame was generously coated with two coats of Mod Podge®. This seals the layout onto the frame, as well as preserves the color of the print. After the second coat had a few minutes to dry, a third coat was applied and textured with a paint brush.
Lastly, the cut pieces of the flower were painted with Mod Podge® and set aside to dry. This will give more stiffness to the dimensional part of the flower. The flower pieces, when dry, were placed on the frame using dimensional foam squares.
The end result is a bright, happy, feminine, encouraging affirmation mirror. Not only was it fun, but I surprised myself with how easy it was. The digital scrapbooking supplies make it look more clean and neat than I ever thought myself capable of crafting! There is no reason to be intimidated by digital scrapbooking hybrid crafts! If I can do it, then so can you!
Article written by Amy Flanagan
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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!
NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, August 18th - 2:00PM MDT
What is NSBR? It's a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything, including some scrapbooking and usually chocolate. It's a great chance to meet new friends, catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax! If you have a problem, we'll lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Have some great news to share? We'd love to celebrate with you. So join Pat (PBarnes) at 2pm MT in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!
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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