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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
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.
Way Cool Scrap Girl: We are so excited to have all of you meet some of the amazing people that have become Scrap Girls! If you would like to be spotlighted and win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique, send the following items to [email protected]:
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 Do I Want to Do, I Muse?
Marriage and parenting bring with them a whirl of things that need to be done; so many deadlines, you can't count them.
Get the kids registered for school, scouts, music, Sunday school, and day care. If they miss anything, call and explain what happened, send in checks on time, and help with homework.
That isn't the half of it, there is the driving. Drive to church, to the soccer field, to camp, to daycare, share rides with other parents. Eliminate other parents who aren't responsible or sober. Kids have to be dressed right for the right occasion or change in the weather or the nursery teacher will ask, "Did she dress herself today?"
For us, all the above was complicated by the plans and needs of the Army. They told us when and where to move. They let us know if they had a house or apartment and when it would be available. So we packed up four kids and a dog and headed west.
Getting married as teenagers had its pros and cons. We didn't have time to get used to an uncluttered house and a simple schedule. We grew and changed our ways together. After the kids, we started college together; I know, it was a backwards way of doing things. But this is what worked. Our schedule had to be coordinated with who was going to be home for the kids. That left us few choices. Since we moved at the whim of the Army, we took courses where and when we could fit them in. We rushed through assignments and took required courses first, in case the next location didn't offer those necessary classes.
After the Army, we had to slow down. Kids in high school needed a sense of permanency; we had to find a home – but where would that be? A job might dictate this.
Now fast-forward to our final home, our last move, maybe. The kids are grown and on their own. College is complete. Evenings are free. What do I want to do with my time? I'm not sure. Do I want to read a book? Do I want to go for a walk? Do I want to take an art class or do I want to take a computer class? What do I want? I'm not sure. Do I want to eat out or do I want to eat a sandwich in front of TV? When so many decisions are made for you for so long, you tend to wonder, what do I really want? Do I want to work in the garden first, or do I want to scrapbook all day and garden in the cool evening?
Do I want the grandkids over for the weekend or just for a few hours? Do I want them to come over and enjoy each other's company or do I want to have just a few grandkids at a time so I can quietly enjoy their company? Do I want to read a mystery or do I want to read nonfiction?
Do I want to stay in this home near my daughter or move closer to my son and his family? What do I really want? I'm not sure what I really want.
Now, we are raising two grandchildren. The other choices were not even an option. Do I want them in private school or public school? Right now, I think I will just scrapbook another page of the grandkids - and decide not to decide, at least for now!
- Dee Ryan
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!
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).
A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.
With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:
Layout by Laura Louie
using December's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Melissa Renfro
using December's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Laura Louie
using December's ScrapSimple Club
Weekly Layout Winners
Want to see your layouts make an appearance in the Scrap Girls newsletter?
Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery, and if we choose your layout to be featured in the Saturday Newsletter, you'll win a prize! To be considered, don't forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.
Congratulations to this week's selectees. Please email [email protected] to receive your gift!
Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Message Board!
December's ScrapSimple Club Concepts Layout Contest Winner
The first two products listed below are included in this month's ScrapSimple Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.
Congratulations, holly1156!! We loved your layout so much we had to share it with everybody! She receives a $5 Gift Certificate for her layout using December's ScrapSimple Club! Congratulations!
Congratulations to this Club's winner. Please email [email protected] to receive your gift!
Want to see past winners of the ScrapSimple Club Concepts Contest? Visit the ScrapSimple Club Concepts Winners Gallery on our Message Board!
Commercial license versions of Firefighter Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photos That Pop 1801 Mini are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Charlene Crowder
* There is a "free download" button on the details page for each gift. You don't need to put them in your shopping cart unless you are shopping for other items. Also note that if you are slow reading your newsletter, you may find this freebie has already been retired, as the freebies are only available as gifts for about two newsletter cycles.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, January 18th - 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 January 18th, we'll do a Font Challenge. Use a font that you haven't used before in your layout. 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!
Heritage Crop & Chat
Thursday, January 19th - 6:00PM MST
Do you have boxes of old photos that you want to scrap? Is preserving a record of your family's heritage important to you? Come to the Heritage Crop at 6pm MT where we'll give you some basic scanning tips and teach you how you can use Scrapsimple Tools - Styles: Photo Fix 2201 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Fix 2202 to correct an old photo's color cast.
January Message Board Game: Jumpstart January!
It's time to kick off the new year with fun and focus on scrapbooking! And a few prizes thrown in never hurt, right? Join us on the message board this month for "Jumpstart January!" This is a message board game and challenge to start your year with fun and focus on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have completed several layouts and been challenged and treated to some fun along the way.
A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge/task every Monday through Saturday during January. Some tasks will require message board participation, email responses, or gallery posting. Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation by 11:59pm MT on January 31st will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete just the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Those who complete just the speedbumps will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates. (Those who complete all tasks will have their name entered in all three drawings!)
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
January Monthly Layout Contest: With the beginning of a new year, many people set aside some time to set goals. It might be an exercise plan or establishing better eating habits. It might be getting your life more organized. Or maybe you set goals for your digital scrapbooking output for the year. Post your layouts in the January Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on January 31st. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win 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.)
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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