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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 second quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, July 9th 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.
Article written by Syndee Nuckles
Printers with Individual Color Inks
With so many printers on the market these days, it can be quite an undertaking to decide on and ultimately purchase a printer. The printers themselves are usually reasonably priced, but have you noticed that the inks are the costly part of the printing equation?
One way to cut down on ink costs is to choose a printer with individual color and black ink cartridges. In the past few years, the individual cartridges for colors and black ink have become quite popular. So what exactly are the benefits of individual inks?
The biggest benefit of these individual inks is the ability to replace only the colors that are empty instead of replacing all the colors, some of which may have quite a bit left in the cartridge. This has the added benefit of less waste - and less impact on the earth and your wallet!
When printing several copies of the same document or photo, you will most likely use more of a specific color, which again makes the individual ink system much more cost effective. Most individual ink cartridges hold more ink than the traditional all-in-one cartridges, so they last longer, and in the long run, save you money.
One line of printers that really stands out is Canon’s PIXMA printers. Our very own Scrap Girls CEO Ro loves hers and was gracious enough to answer some questions and share her experience with Canon printers.
How long have you owned your printer?
I have owned Canon printers since 2004. I researched carefully each time I purchased one and always came back to Canon. They are great printers. I have owned this particular printer for 2.5 years.
What features made you decide on this particular printer?
It is critical that each color is separate, rather than in one multi-color pack. That's because you burn through yellow the most. If you get a printer that has all of the colors together, you'll waste a lot of ink and money.
I chose a Canon PIXMA printer because the ink is rated to last about a century. What I didn't know when I got it was that it would be so easy on ink. I stocked up on ink, expecting to go through it, but haven't even begun to use my stash. It lasts a long time.
What photo paper do you generally use, a Canon brand or something else?
I have found that I can use any paper successfully in my printer, which is another great feature. Some printers are picky and only do well with the same brand of paper. With my Canon, I can use whatever paper I get on sale.
Any other helpful notes?
I have found that it can be kind of hard to print 4x6-inch photos on 4x6-inch paper. If I have a lot of photos that size, I send them off to Snapfish or someplace like that. I print a lot of 8x8-inch layouts on my printer, though. I print it on 8.5x11-inch paper and then trim off the excess.
Thanks, Ro, for sharing your experience and insight!
Scrap Girls, Etc. is a weekly column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!
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).
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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
Story Time: From a Young Child's Perspective
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 on Windows 7
There's a story to be told in routine, everyday experiences. But how the story is told on a scrapbook page can make that ordinary event come to life. Have you ever considered journaling that experience from a child's perspective, especially a baby or very young child?
When I ran out of words to use on my scrapbook pages such as adorable, precious, lovable, cute, etc., it occurred to me that this little person actually had feelings and emotions, just like me. Why not interpret those thoughts to give more interest and depth to the page by giving the child a voice?
Seek simple words as you record the fleeting moments of his or her childhood. For example, when taking your small child on a nature walk, the dialogue might be as follows. "Mommy bundled me in a baby sling and took me for a walk today. I saw the bright, warm sunlight streaming through the trees. I saw a big fishee in the sparkling, cool water. But most importantly, I felt my mommy's tender love as she held me in her arms." The key is to write from your child's point-of-view, and you will be surprised that it is easy and fun to put yourself in his or her place.
Simple observations, put together, make a story to accompany your precious photos. Another example would be to observe how your child relates to another child. You could write, "It was love at first sight. Shelby is so pretty that she makes me drool. I think she likes me, too. She pulls my socks off when we are together. She sleeps a lot. I guess she needs her beauty rest. Well, it sure does work 'cause she is the most gorgeous girl I have ever seen in my short life." By documenting seemingly uneventful experiences, you will soon discover that you have an endless supply of material.
Today's layout was inspired by a sporting event that I participated in with my two-year-old grandson. While I was floundering about with the football, I formulated in my mind what he might be thinking about his non-athletic grandma in motion. Although very patient with me, he would frantically chase the ball when it would go out-of-bounds calling, "I got it, I got it, I got it!" You can read the rest of the story chronicled in the scrapbook page below... from my grandson's perspective.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Background Blenders, Brush Set: Dotty Swirls Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift I - Squared Biggie are also available.
Article written by Joyce Schardt
Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
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Today's freebie designed by Syndee Nuckles
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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!
Heritage Crop and Chat
Thursday, August 18th - 6:00PM MDT
Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) and Carla (CRS) at 6pm MT for the Heritage Crop and Chat! We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, August 19th - 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!
Back-Up Party and Chat
Friday, August 19th - 8:00PM MDT
Need a little extra motivation to back-up your layouts and stash? Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 8pm MT for the Back-up Party and Chat. The goal of these chats is to make sure our back-ups are current. Come chat while you back up your files. We'll also go over several different ways to safeguard your files and even give you some tips on organizing your supplies. Grab some chocolate and we'll see you in the chat room!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, August 23rd - 6:00PM MDT
Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 6pm 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.
Tuesday, August 23rd - 6:00PM MDT
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Cheri (Cheri T) in the chat room for this month's addition of the UFO Chat. This is where you get help from a layout designer to finish a layout you are struggling with. Upload your UFO to this Gallery and Cheri will have tips ready for you!
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.)
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