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18 Reasons to be Thankful
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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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18 Reasons to be Thankful
You are alive.
You are breathing.
You can read this article.
You have a computer.
You have access to the Internet.
You have electricity.
You have the ability to learn.
You live in a safe-enough environment to be able to spend time doing something fun.
You have enough of the necessities of life that you can take time to do something fun.
You know how to use your email client.
You had parents who gave you life.
You have hands.
You have eyes.
You have food.
You have clothing.
You have a place to live.
You have freedom of choice.
You are a child of God, Who loves you very, very much.
* Note: I realized that the possibility exists that I have readers who are handicapped in some way. May Heavenly Father bless you in your challenges. But you can be grateful that even though you are handicapped, you have been provided with a method to experience this muse, albeit in a different manner than most.
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.
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Layout by Keri Schueller
using November's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Brandy Hackman
using November's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Keri Schueller
using November's ScrapSimple Club
Menus - Digital Scrapbook Style
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS4
This project is one that has been needed in my home for years because I am a disorganized cook. When 5:00 p.m. comes around, naturally I have no idea what I am going to make the family for dinner. Part of me thrives off of the challenge of creating a healthy, delicious meal in 30 minutes or less – but the rest of me wishes I were more organized. I've thought for years that I needed a menu on my wall, something that would not only inform me that I need to defrost the chicken or start the rice cooking, but would also inform the kids what they are eating for dinner... and hopefully give them a say in dinner-food selection as well.
So I came up with a plan. I needed a menu that would solve (some of) my problems. I have a whole hard drive full of digital scrapbooking supplies, so of course I'm going to digitally scrapbook my menu. I chose Thao Cosgrove's Beautiful Life Collection Biggie - which ended up being an awesome choice, because she creates such great papers that have a lot of artistic elements. I literally pulled in one (one!) paper from her collection, and I had an extremely awesome background in seconds.
I could have just left my background paper alone and it still would have been awesome. But I wanted to jazz it up a little more - because this is how I am – so I brought in some more elements:
I wanted a title ("The Menu [is subject to change]" was my choice of words, so my OCD children wouldn't freak out when I made a change if I was either not in the mood to cook that particular item, or I hadn't made it to the grocery store to buy a particular item for that menu. I absolutely needed an escape clause for my menu.)
I needed a pocket for my basic 15-ish dinner options (written on a piece of paper – I needed this to be something that could update quickly and easily). (Incidentally, I also have a slip of paper that says "Mom's choice" on it, which I won't hesitate to use.)
I wanted a spot where I could attach sticky notes for my shopping list (so I can keep OCD meltdowns to a minimum, despite my escape clause).
And of course I wanted to be able to post the menu for all to see, in a visible place in my kitchen where there wasn't already something taking up the limited wall space.
This is what I came up with:
And this is the envelope pocket template I created and used:
I created this template with coordinating papers and elements from Thao's Beautiful Life Collection Biggie. I drew a few rectangles in Photoshop (dimensions were 6x3 inches), and then eyeballed how I wanted the flaps to be. Scrap Girls sells envelope templates if you don't want to create your own. You can find some great envelope templates here:
I also attached a pad of sticky notes and created a magnet piece for each day of the week.
I attached my day-of-the-week pieces to large round 1 1/2-inch flat glass pieces - you know, the kind that you use in floral arrangements? They look like smooth, flat-on-one-side, glass rocks. I attached them with Mod Podge® then hot-glued a magnet on the back.
I printed my entire creation on poster-sized paper at a local store (Sam's Club). First, I opened up a new file in Photoshop sized at 16x20-inches, and placed my menu, the envelope, and all of my magnet pieces onto the poster-sized document. Then I saved the document as a JPG, and uploaded it to the online photo site, and printed it as a 16x20-inch poster.
When I got it home, I cut everything out, folded my envelope on the lines, and glued it onto the menu.
I cut out pieces of paper, wrote my basic meal ideas on them, then slipped them into the envelope pocket. I chose our meals for the week and put them in place on the board with my magnets. I had an unused magnet board that I had been storing away for a project, so I dug it out of my stash and used magnets to attach my menu onto the board.
There are spots in the frame for photos, but I decided to use coordinating paper, print it out (on my home printer), and use it as a background for little whiteboard notes. Dry erase markers work great on glass!
I used Velcro® to attach the entire board to the door in my kitchen, which solved my lack of wall-space issue.
Now we all know what I am making for dinner, and I can remember to defrost the chicken in advance... if I look at the menu, that is. I wonder if I should stick a note into my Google Calendar to remind me to look at my menu board....
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ScrapSimple Club Chat
Tuesday, November 22nd - 6:00PM MST
Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) on Tuesday, November 22nd at 6pm MT for a chat and challenge using this month's ScrapSimple Club. Did you know that every time you create a layout with the ScrapSimple Club and upload it into the ScrapSimple Club Gallery that your page could be chosen to be featured in the Newsletter and receive a prize? Join us for the chat so we can encourage and inspire you and help with any questions that you may have. Let's get those ScrapSimple Club layouts done and uploaded!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, November 22nd - 7:00PM MST
Join Pat (PBarnes) and Theresa (tiza126) for the New Member Chat at 7pm 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.
Life Moments Chat
Tuesday, November 22nd - 8:00PM MST
Join Theresa (tiza126) in the chat room for a Life Moments Chat at 8pm MT. 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, November 23rd - 10:00AM MST
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 November 23rd, we'll do a Flower Challenge. You can use photos of flowers that are in bloom, use a floral paper, or embellish your page with lots of beautiful flowers. It is up to you! 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!
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, November 25th - 9:00AM MST
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!
November Message Board Game: Thankfulness Game!
It's time to give thanks for all the large and small blessings in our life! Each day during November, with the exception of Sundays, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of an item for which we are thankful in the official game thread. To participate in the game, you will search the Scrap Girls Boutique and Gallery for layouts including that item, and then post a link to either the product or gallery page in the game thread.
Each member who links to a Boutique product layout will be entered into a drawing for one of three $3 Gift Certificates. Each member who links to a gallery layout (and leaves love on the layout) will be entered in a drawing for one of five $5 Gift Certificates!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
November Monthly Layout Contest: This November, let's be a tourist in your own town! Show us around and tell us what makes the area you live in so special! Why do you live there? You can scrap about your town, city, county, or state. Share those layouts in the November Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on November 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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