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What Makes You Happy?
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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 fourth quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, January 7th 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.
What Makes You Happy?
Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not obtained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy cause. - Helen Keller
Her botoxed forehead didn't wrinkle as she smiled at me. "Where are you traveling?" I asked as I sat in the seat next to her.
"To Vegas. I'm going down tonight and will drive back tomorrow."
"That's a fast trip," I replied. "How come?"
She ran her fingers through her long, blonde, curly hair. "I'm going to party. My girl friend and I do it every other month. We get invitations to exclusive parties at one of the casinos because we're cute."
I stared at her. She was pretty, but I wouldn't consider her beautiful. Her faced showed the signs of a hard-partying life. Gone was the soft, clear skin of youth.
"We party with people like sports stars and Paris Hilton. The last time that Paris Hilton was there, she made an idiot of herself."
"Paris Hilton? Why do you go to these parties?"
"Because I'm looking for a husband."
As we talked more, I learned that she was 27 years old, had a son, had been abandoned by her first husband, was an astute business woman, and believed that beauty is everything.
She talked about a woman she met at one of the VIP parties. "She was in her 40s," she explained, "but she looked good because she was super thin."
"Hmm," I murmured, as she rattled on, oblivious that she had nearly told me that I am old, fat, and unattractive.
She continued to explain that it's hard to find a good man, but she was going to keep it up until she found one.
I met this girl a few years ago and had nearly forgotten her, and then one day, while reading my journal, I stumbled upon my account of the event. As I read, I considered the contrast between our positions. She sees beauty and wealth equaling success and happiness. I connect happiness with inner peace.
Chaos inside of me prevents peace. Looking outside of myself for validation from others, pursuing the acquisition of things, or seeking rewards to bring me happiness - all of these pursuits prevent peace. But when I try to improve who I am as a human being and child of God, I achieve increasing levels of happiness.
Maybe this is why Helen Keller got it right. She couldn't see people or things. She therefore found it unnecessary to judge them by their appearances or covet their possessions. She had no choice but to look for better ways of finding happiness. She found it through serving others. As she did, Helen found her way out of the dark and into a light so bright that it still shines in the world today.
I hope you find a measure of happiness today.
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!
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With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:
Layout by Cherise Oleson
using September's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Brandy Murry
using September's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Brandy Murry
using September's ScrapSimple Club
Inspiration from Clothing or Fabric
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS3 with a PC
Just think of a fabric store, chock-full of beautiful color schemes, patterns, and gorgeous textures, an endless source of potential style and design. Fabric, in all its colorful glory, has often inspired me toward creativity in my digital scrapbooking layouts.
However, up until recently, I hadn't really considered a finished piece of clothing as an inspiration source for my layouts. Let's explore just what we can glean from clothing's design and shape as inspiration for digital scrapbooking layouts.
Interesting necklines on women's shirts have always attracted my eye. When on a rare, recent shopping trip sans children, I was ecstatic to find the shirt shown below. In fact, I was so excited that I asked the sales clerk if she could "just scan me" as I wished to wear it out of the store!
Curiously enough, the reason I wanted to wear the shirt out of the store was because I was on my way to scrapbook with my local group. And as I was sitting there scrapbooking with them, still thinking about my cool new shirt, I began to wonder how a layout would look with a wide curved strip at the top just like the shirt. Or, to add more interest, what would it look like to add the curved strip along the side?
...Thus, the origins of this layout below of my father-in-law posing next to a giant statue of Superman!
Whether it's a combination of colors that "speaks" to you, the style of a neckline, sleeve, button trim, or a skirt that makes you say, "Wow!", consider that the inspiration for your next layout may be as close as the fabric store - or your own closet!
Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Barcodes - Fathers, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Comical 8301 Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Shelving 6401 Biggie, Lettering Delights Architect Font and Lettering Delights Lively Font are also available.
Article written by Cheri Thieleke
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Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Background Blenders, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Fabric Pieces, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Coastal Biggie and Pure White Paper are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry
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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, October 4th - 6:00PM MDT
Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi-stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and join April (April Showers) and Theresa (tiza126) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. Can't wait to see you there!
ATC Hybrid Chat
Tuesday, October 4th - 7:00PM MDT
Please join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Lei (Bride) as we host the chat for another round of our Hybrid ATC Swap at 7pm MT. Didn't participate this round? Not sure what it is? Come join us to find out all of the particulars!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, October 5th - 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 October 5th, we'll do a geometric challenge! Create a layout using at least one triangle somewhere on your page! 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!
ATC Swap Crop
Wednesday, October 5th - 6:00PM MDT
Please join Lei (Bride) and Elisha (elibar) in the chatroom for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap Crop/Chat on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm MT. Come see what everyone has created and we'll talk about next month's topic. We're looking forward to seeing you there.
Project SG Chat
Thursday, October 6th - 7:00PM MDT
Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) to hear all the details about Project SG! You can be eligible to win prizes simply by taking part in this year-long Challenge. It is never too late to start! We hope to see you in the chat room on October 6th at 7pm MT!
October Message Board Game: Product Picks
Join us for a new game in October, where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping!
Each Monday through Saturday in October, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in the Product Picks game thread. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique and navigate to that particular designer's product pages. Choose any of their products (your favorite product, one you like, or one you wish you owned), then head over to the Product Picks game thread and share the product name, Boutique link, and a brief explanation of why you chose that product.
At the end of the month, members who haves posted links to 42 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 Gift Certificates. Members who have posted links to 16-41 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 Gift Certificates. And members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
October Monthly Layout Contest: October is all about color! Show us those fabulous fall colors or spring colors for our Southern Hemisphere members! Maybe you have a favorite color you'd like to showcase or a very colorful photo to scrap. Remember, it's all about colors! Share those layouts in the October Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on October 31st. 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!
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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