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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.
Can a Gothy Girl Scrap?
My friend, Bryn, and I worked at a gaming company that catered to goths, gamers, and geeks. When she discovered I was going to design for Scrap Girls, she said, "Lore? No way!"
Given that I was used to designing wizardy bookcovers, medieval dragons, and trading card games, she felt it might not fit me. She made me laugh, and I told her what an opportunity I felt Scrap Girls would be.
Nevertheless, her remark made me think. I looked again at what scrapping was all about, and I concluded that for every idea, there are a bazillion interpretations - all that's really important is that it's your story, told in the way you want to tell it. Which means everyone can enjoy it, since each person creates her personal pages about family, friends, events, and whatever else is going on in life.
What's so fun about it is the unending opportunities to create, whether you prefer a traditional album look or the wacky and whimsical. There are no real "rules" so that makes it very enjoyable for anyone, since any idea could be your next layout. There's not a "wrong way" to scrap.
When I was young, I knew I wanted to be a designer. The skills I gained in design school gave me a nice advantage toward crafting pages. But they are not as important as other things, such as:
How important it is for me to journal and create visual stories
How meaningful it is to me that I share my story for posterity
The sense of well-being I gain from musing over my projects
Not unlike therapy, getting your story down on paper can be very healing or enriching
I've always been drawn to paper and books, pens and ink, and stationery stores. I love books, but especially handmade books, illustrated postcards, and letter-pressed cards. A wonderful one-of-a-kind greeting with a little flourish attached is endlessly more touching to receive than the most elegant commercial card. I treasure these, and I'm fortunate enough to have a couple of very creative friends who still use the US Postal Service and who are believers in the delight of receiving letters.
One of the most talented practitioners of this kind of art, Sabrina Ward Harrison, was my first influence. Her wonderful books, full of her photos and hand-lettered musings on beautiful backgrounds which she collages or paints herself, are an inspiration for anyone who has ever wanted to illustrate the moments of life.
So in my own style, I have created several journals, some of them swollen and crunchy with additional pages, inserts, pockets and notes. They chronicle the times in my life - some painful, but mostly wonderful, of meaningful encounters with friends, family, and people I did not yet know. Some did not archive big events, but would merely be a small entry, perhaps about a leaf, a song, or the light play on an object. Sometimes they are just little observations that could seem so insignificant to someone else that it might hardly be worth the effort.
But then I've had the joy of looking back. I'm often amused to read what I said or revisit happenings from years ago, and I'm delighted to find an old scrap which marked a milestone. I can see how I've grown, and I remember those I love.
So I can tell Bryn it's immaterial if I have gothic leanings, which are more about my love of old, beautiful things anyway. What matters is that I'm a person with my own unique story to tell.
Favorite Product I've designed:
I love elegant script, and patterns or stripes. I like red. And I love black. Valentine's Day isn't my favorite, but I loved this collection for its rich colors and whimsical feel. It just came together in a lot of ways.
This layout below was a self-challenge to design something 180 degrees from a romantic look, using the elements from the Bold Love Collection Biggie.
Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)
The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).
With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:
December's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Angie Briggs
Layout by Angie Briggs
using December's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Joyce Schardt
using December's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Angie Briggs
using December's Scrap Girls Club
Note: Did you know that Scrap Girls blog has tons of great information, tutorials, discounts, and ideas that aren't found in the Newsletter? It's a whole new source of fun for you. Make sure you subscribe to the blog now so that you won't miss anything!
Here's just a sample of the kinds of articles you'll find on the Scrap Girls blog:
Create Holiday Gifts and Stocking Stuffers
Are you on a tight budget and in need of some easy-to-create printable holiday gifts or stocking stuffers? Look no further than the Boutique here at Scrap Girls!
Why not start out creating your Christmas cards this year? It will save you a bundle and has the added bonus of being a more personal greeting. Here are a couple Christmas card options:
These ScrapSimple Card Templates allow you to use your own digital scrapbooking supplies to fully customize your cards. These are great to print out and mail or send via email.
If you're looking for something that's a bit quicker, try one of our Assemble Your Own Greeting Cards sets where all the pieces are prefinished and ready for you to build the card, print, and mail.
A great way to give a gift without worrying that you are picking out the wrong thing is to give a gift card. Why not make a personalized gift card holder to house the card?
How about making this cute house and giving it as an early holiday gift so the recipient can display it this holiday season? You might just want to make a couple for yourself, because they would look so great as a centerpiece or on a mantle!
Printable Mini Albums are always a hit with grandparents, family, and friends! Check these out:
Now here are some truly fun and unique gift ideas:
This exploding box craft is sure to be the talk of the season!
Wouldn't the grandparents love a DVD of the grandkids? Use one of our new Presentation Digital Scrapbooks 1-2-3 to create a brag book and burn it to a DVD.
Who doesn't love receiving a new calendar? We have many wonderful calendar products in the Boutique, and here are just a few:
Now, how about creating a planner for a special friend or family member? It's sure to be a treasured keepsake!
The best thing about our ScrapSimple Template line is that it is fully customizable - you choose the paper, elements, and text! So while some crafts may be shown with a certain theme, you can always change to any theme you want!
Don't forget that kids love to help with crafting, and our Scrap Girls products make it so easy to include their little hands. And besides, who doesn't appreciate a little extra help?
I hope this has given you some ideas for making great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.
Happy Holiday Crafting!
Article written by Syndee Nuckles
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Monday, December 12th - 6:00PM MST
Join Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) for a Journaling Chat at 6pm MT on the second Monday of each month. Struggle to find the right words for your layouts? Are your layouts more decorative than descriptive of the moments you're trying to capture? Then you won't want to miss this chat - we'll have a special challenge to encourage you to journal on your pages more! See you there!
Quote Challenge Crop
Monday, December 12th - 7:00PM MST
Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 7pm MT. Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art. Here's how it will work. Early on Monday, Pat will post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and Pat will have a layout with a Word Art example in the gallery. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout! Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!
Hybrid ATC Swap Crop
Tuesday, December 13th - 6:00PM MST
Please join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Lei (Bride) on December 13th at 6pm MT as we host the chat for another round of our Hybrid ATC Swap. Didn't participate this round? Not sure what it is? Come join us to find out all of the particulars!!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, December 13th - 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.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, December 14th - 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 December 14th, we'll do a color challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, using the color red. 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, December 14th - 6:00PM MST
Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room at 6pm MT for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat. We will show you how to create a unique craft project with your digital supplies and goodies from your craft room.
December Message Board Game: BINGO!
Join us for an exciting game of BINGO on the Scrap Girls Forum during the month of December!! 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 Friday December 2 (Midnight MST) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Saturday, December 3rd. 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.
December Monthly Layout Contest: For the December Monthly Layout Contest, it's all about the gifts! Scrap a layout about a gift that was extra special, either one you gave or received. Or you can scrap about something or someone you consider to be a gift in your life. Share with us what makes that gift special! Post your layouts in the December Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on December 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.)
Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to [email protected] and we'll get it out to you right away!
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