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Just in Case You Need It... You Have Official Permission to Goof Off
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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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Just in Case You Need It... You Have Official Permission to Goof Off
"It will never rain roses: When we want more roses we must plant more trees." - George Eliot
Just when I thought I was going to be able to breathe, I found myself gasping for air.
I had recently finished navigating through a minefield of personal and business changes. It had been difficult and time-consuming, but I had survived it and was looking forward to enjoying some downtime as a reward. But instead of experiencing the lovely sort of downtime that accompanies a summer break, I found myself awash in a downturn of negative emotions.
I knew I was in trouble when I couldn't leave my bedroom for more than five minutes without panicking. It took several hours to beat myself out of bed every morning. My stomach seized up when I thought about going into my office, so I took care of business essentials from my iPad. I went blank when I opened the refrigerator to look for something to eat. I lost the desire to put on makeup. I gained weight. When a family member came into the room to check on me, I stared back at them, unable to decide what to say to them about what was wrong with me.
But then, one day (about the time I ran out of clean pajamas), I decided that I had to do something drastic to help myself. After a few stops and starts, I ended up hiring a life coach - a perky man named Lou - to help me locate the trees in my forest.
"I think I need someone who doesn't need (or want) something from me to hold me accountable, Lou," I said. "I've got to get back to my office. A whole lot of people will be hurt if I can't pull myself back together. Don't let me get away with whining."
"I can do that," Lou promised in his reply email.
Lou must have the ability to tell whoppers when they are required, because instead of talking me through some strict-business-owner-needs-to-get-out-of-their-reclining-chair-and-back-to-the-computer routine, he started the process of figuring out how to help me by making me whine about absolutely everything in my life. He poked. He prodded. He questioned. He quizzed.
Eventually, Lou located the truth, and the truth was this: I felt responsible for the world, and the world is a mighty heavy object. In the process of trying to hold up the world, I had dropped myself.
Lou refused to let me talk about the business. Whenever I tried to discuss it - the worries I had about the world, the economy, the people, and the frustration I felt about being so resistant to enter my office - Lou redirected the conversation. "We'll worry about that later," he'd say. "Right now, we are going to help you sort yourself out. Right now, we are focused on what you want your family to be like. Right now, we are going to focus on making your personal life feel better. Take some time for yourself. Goof off.... Now tell me about those kids of yours again...."
There was something about Lou giving me permission to do what my subconscious felt was reckless behavior. And there was something about him requiring that I explain to him over and over again what it is like to have a houseful of adults underfoot that altered my patterns.
I started going to the gym in middle of the workday. I started planning meals, shopping for healthy food and cooking because I wanted something good to eat. I took entire Saturdays off. I stopped carrying my cell phone with me 24/7.I became picky about the TV I watched. I read more books. Instead of parking myself in front of the television while eating dinner, I started to gather my family so that we could enjoy talking through the day.
I began talking to my husband about my feelings, explaining to him how he could help me deal with the stress. I had some very frank discussions with my adult children about how much money it costs to maintain such a large household, complete with visual aids.
I played with my grandbaby for hours, wanting to soak up every minute of her baby-life while it exists. I watched news programs in the middle of the day. I took my daughter to lunch. Basically, I goofed off and did whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to do it.
But then, a funny thing happened in the middle of my goofing off. One Saturday, I unexpectedly found myself sitting at my desk, scrapping a name button for my Scrap Girls signature, just because I wanted to have a little fun.
I looked up and sort of gasped. I was in my office. I wasn't suffering. I wasn't sweating. I wasn't panicking.
I was having fun - and I wanted to be there.
That was the point when I knew everything was going to be okay... and it is. It really is.
Thanks, Lou. You're a champ.
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using September's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Brandy Murry
using September's ScrapSimple Club
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a Mac
Have you ever been drawn to an ad because the colors caught your attention? And then thought to yourself, wouldn't those colors make a beautiful scrapbook page... but where do I begin? Well, it's easier than you might think.
As I am writing this article, it is 100 degrees outside, so, quite naturally, I am captivated by the rich, vibrant hues of fall shown in the ad below. I am longing for the cool nights and bright days that I personally associate with these colors. Notice that I have used the Color Picker and the Paint Bucket Tool to create a color swatch along the bottom edge of the ad. Now I can easily direct my attention to selecting products that will duplicate these colors. This would also be the perfect time to browse through my ScrapSimple products to create my own unique collection.
Once I selected the vibrant red background paper found in the Rough Hewn Collection Biggie and attached my photo to the ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mask Clusters - Fancy Rust, I began to build the layers using the embellishments that I had set aside. Now all that's left to do is to purchase that gorgeous sweater in the ad!
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New Member Chat - Early Edition
Tuesday, September 20th - 1:00PM MDT
Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, September 20th - 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!
Tuesday, September 20th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Ashleigh (caprimom) 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. Share your UFO layout, and Ashleigh will have tips ready for you!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 21st - 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 September 21st, we'll do an embellishment challenge! Create a layout using lots of embellishments - flowers, tags, frames, whatever you'd like! Make use of those fancy, fun embellishments! 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, September 21st - 6:00PM MDT
Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat on Wednesday at 6pm MT. We will show you how to create a unique craft project with your digital supplies and goodies from your craft room.
September Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
It's that time again - Posting Contest time! This is where you are rewarded for your flying fingers and chattiness. The Contest will run from September 1st when we post the thread to September 30th at 12:00 Midnight (MST).
To enter the Message Board Posting Challenge, you MUST reply in the game thread with your CURRENT post count. This is the number under your Avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: Do not post the number found on your profile; it is a different number that is calculated differently.) During the month, chat your fingers off! At Midnight on September 30th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the original thread.
Members with Message Board posts over 50 will be put in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 200 will be put in a drawing for both the $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate and a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 400 will be put in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate, as well as the $5 and $10 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
September Monthly Layout Contest: The children are headed back to school, and there is a sense of learning in the air! For the September Layout Contest, share your layouts about learning a new skill! We'd love to see the stories about someone in your life learning and growing. Remember when your little one learned to ride a bicycle or your teenager learned to drive a car? Or how about when you learned to use your digital scrapbooking software? Share those layouts in the September Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on September 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card 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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