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Attention, shoppers! Today I interrupt our usual Muse Channel to inform you about the greatest discovery that has ever been discovered. It is such a big discovery that the discoverer will likely be listed on page one of The Big Book of Big Discoverers Who Discovered Big Discoveries.
What is this big discovery, you ask? Why, I will tell you now. The discovery is so amazing that you would never think of it, not in a million years. And I know you would never think of it because I can read your minds to know what you do (or will) think.
Yes, it's true. I can read your minds.
How can I read your minds?
It's simple, really. I am using the aforementioned discovery, which is... (drum roll)... a mind-reading device which has appropriately been named The Mind-Reading Device.
But before I tell you about this ground-breaking discovery, I will first tell you how it was discovered that a mind-reading device would be something worth discovering.
One dark January day, the discoverer of said device–The Mind-Reading Device–was sitting at his computer, quietly minding his own business, when it came to his attention that someone was spreading ugly rumors, claiming that his thoughts on a certain subject were unsuitable.
The discoverer—we shall call him Ed—thought to himself (as this is the usual way thinking is done), "How odd that this person should think I think that. I've never thought that thought in my entire life. Why, I've never even thought that someone might think I would have that thought!"
The thought that someone could think he would think that way sent Ed's mind into a mind-snarl that resembled a yarn store following the release of a basketful of angry, hungry cats in its aisles. The more Ed thought about the person who thought the bad things about his thoughts, the more knotted his brain became.
Finally, after thinking about the person who thought he knew what he thought, Ed realized that he had to do something to rescue himself. He had to discover a method whereby he could read the thoughts of the person who thought they knew what he was thinking. He had to invent a mind-reading device.
"I know exactly how it will work," Ed said out loud (because he was tired of thinking to himself). "There will be a device that looks very much like an MP3 player. The user of the device–the potential mind-reader –will then wear special earbuds that will retrieve the thoughts of the victim... ehmmmm... I mean, the target... via supersonic-micro-particle-itty-bitty-teeny-tiny mini-waves that slip into the victim's... ehmmm... I mean, target's tear ducts. It will then pull all of their thoughts out of their brains and send them back to the device. The device then unscrambles the unintelligent thoughts, translates them into intelligent thoughts, and the mind-reader enjoys having a one-up moment because they know for certain that their thoughts are better than the victim's... ehmmmm... I mean, target's thoughts."
Satisfied with his brilliance, Ed grinned the wicked grin that only someone who is clever enough to discover how to read minds can grin. Ed grinned the kind of a grin that causes small children to shriek with terror, dogs to howl at the moon, and bats to fly into gas station windows. Ed grinned the kind of grin that makes daises lose their petals, sidewalks crack, and scarecrows lose their scare. Ed grinned the kind of grin that tends to get stuck on the grinner's face.
Once Ed had recovered from his grin (because a grin like that tends to make the grinner slightly unsteady on their feet), he hired a patent lawyer, met with a secret panel of secret investors known for financing super-secret inventions such as Ed's, and before you know it, Ed had launched the mind-reading device onto an unsuspecting world of potential victims... ehmmmm... I mean, targets. Until now. Before this very moment The Mind-Reading Device was only available to a very small, ultra-little, super-select portion of the population. You know the type I mean, right? Yeah... them... the mega-super-supremo-trillionaire types.
Until this very moment, The Mind-Reading Device was only available to people who could afford to pay for it.
But not now. I have some to share with you. You see, I recently received a box full of the things. It was shipped to me by an anonymous donor who felt I had a particular need to read minds so I can stop saying things that people don't agree with. The anonymous donor who sent me the box (anonymously) suggested in the attached note (which mysteriously was spelled out with letters cut from newspapers) that if I started reading minds, I might discover that I am wrong most of the time about most things. The discovery that I am wrong most of the time about most things will prevent me from thinking and saying the wrong things at the wrong time.
So what was I to do? I put the earbuds in my ears, turned on The Mind-Reading Device and waited for some unsuspecting victim... ehmmm... I mean, target to walk by.
I guess my particular device was slightly buggy because instead of hearing the thoughts of just one victim... ehmmm... I mean, target, I heard thoughts coming to me from around the whole world. I heard New York thoughts, San Francisco thoughts, Texas thoughts, and thoughts from France. I heard Australian thoughts, Tahiti thoughts, and thoughts from Eskimos. I heard lots and lots and lots of thoughts.
The sound was deafening.
Because I already have too many thoughts of my own, my brain quickly became so snarled that I felt like a box of angry cats was running through my mind with balls of yarn they had stolen from a knitting shop.
So now the opportunity to read minds is YOURS! You can have your very own mind-reading device! Yes, indeed. I have some devices here... in my office... in a box. I'll share them with you. You can have The Mind-Reading Device without charge as long as you are willing to sign a teeny-tiny, itty-bitty, ultra-little 1,257-page contract absolving me from all blame if you do something crazy after you hear some thoughts that you were not meant to know the thinker was thinking.
So get your mind-reading device today! If you get one and if I get brave enough to try mine again, we can all read each other's minds and nobody will ever think that someone thinks something that they don't actually think again. We will have world peace... or Armageddon... depending upon what everyone thinks about.
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Creating and Printing Folded Greeting Cards
Tutorial created using Photoshop CS4 with Windows XP
Using your digital scrapbooking supplies to create greeting cards is a smart way to utilize your digital stash. You can create greeting cards with just the right message inside, and even after you factor in the price of paper and ink, you can save money! While I often print the outside of a card and leave the inside blank to write my own message, I really like the polished look of a card that is printed on the inside, too.
But getting the inside printed correctly can be a bit tricky. Today, I will show you a few tips that make printing folded greeting cards easier. This tutorial shows a top-fold, landscape-oriented card printed using matte, double-sided photo paper.
When you create your card, make your canvas twice the size of the card front. The example shows a 4.25x5.5-inch card. The canvas size is 8.5 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide. Before you create your card, place a guide on the fold line so you can visualize the top edge of your card. In this example, it is placed at 4.25 inches.
After you have created the outside of your card, you will need a second page for the inside of the card. It needs to be the same size and orientation as the outside of your card with a guide on the fold line. Place your greeting on the lower half of the card.
Before printing, the inside of the card will need to be rotated 180 degrees (Image> Image Rotation> 180 degrees). Now the greeting will be in the correct place when it is printed. The screenshot below shows the front and back side by side before printing.
When I make mistakes printing folded cards, it's because I lose track of which direction the paper feeds. A simple solution is to pencil a little X at the top of the paper on the side that is facing you before it feeds into the printer; all you need to do when you print the other side is make sure the X is at the top of the page facing away from you. Be sure to choose "Center" for the print position so the front and back will line up perfectly. Trim and fold the card - and it will be ready for your special occasion.
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Article written by April Martell
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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, February 7th - 6:00PM MST
Would you like to use your digital scrapbooking supplies to make greeting cards? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digital stash! Join April (April Showers) in the chat room Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm MT for our monthly Creative Cards Chat. This month we'll use Scrapsimple Layout Templates: Love Story to make quick and easy Valentine Cards. Can't wait to see you there!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 8th - 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 February 8th, we'll do a Color Challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, using the colors red and white! 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!
Monday, February 13th - 6:00PM MST
Join Carla (CRS) on Monday, February 13th at 6pm MT in the chat room for the Journaling Chat! This month, we'll use Amanda Fraijo-Tobin's ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Journaling Labels 6401 and her Brush Set: Journaling Labels. Carla will have a journaling challenge for you as well! Hope to see you there!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, February 14th - 6:00PM MST
Join Debbie (B&K Mom) for the New Member Chat at February 14th at 6pm 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.
February's Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
February is Posting Contest time on the Scrap Girls Forums! You can win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply being chatty in the Scrap Girls Forums and Gallery. This contest will run from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59pm MT on February 29th.
To enter the Scrap Girls Forum Posting Contest, you MUST reply in the Posting Contest Thread with your CURRENT post count. Your post count is the number under your avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: The number found on your profile is a number which is calculated differently.) During the month, post your fingers off! At Midnight on February 29th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the game thread.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
February Monthly Layout Contest: This February we have a Leap Year Day. For this month's contest, we want you to scrap about what makes you "Leap for Joy." Let us know in your journaling why you leap for joy. Post your layouts in the February Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on February 29th. 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!
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