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The Grass is Greener
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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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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.
The Grass is Truly Greener, But on Our Side of the Fence
We are currently in a dilemma over moving from the "burbs" of Philadelphia to southern California. My husband's company is located in Carlsbad, California, and he travels there for a week approximately once a month. For the past several years, we have known the time would come when we would need to make a decision one way or the other about moving.
As that time quickly approaches, I find myself comparing our home in Blue Bell with what would be our new home in the Carlsbad area of California.
We hear from both easterners and southern Californians alike how beautiful southern California is. And I agree. The views of the ocean and the lagoons are incredible. The sunsets are beautiful. The mountains are breathtaking. And day after day of sunshine certainly can't be beat. And, of course, there is no early morning snow to shovel off the sidewalks or leaves to rake up Saturday after Saturday. The lifestyle in southern California is wonderful.
But then I sit back and realize I am seeing all of this through a visitor's eyes. You know, "the grass is always greener..." and all that. But as I compared the houses that I toured in Carlsbad with our home in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, I realized the grass was greener - but on our side of the fence. Literally and figuratively.
It seems that to have green grass in southern California, you have to plant sod and put in an irrigation system and a watering system – hence, the very small grassy areas in the already small yards. This is why so much of the very limited yard space is concrete, mulch, or very hearty plantings. It makes me really appreciate that acre of green grass (dog poop and all) that I take for granted.
In the East, we have seasons. Each season brings change. I like the change. It brings endings and beginnings. So give me the snow to shovel, because that means that we can enjoy the beauty that the snow brings to our home when it is blanketed in white. Give me the aggravation of spending 15 minutes bundling the kids up in snow gear only to have them tell me they have to go to the bathroom, because that means I get to see them come back in the house with rosy cheeks and worn out from sledding with the neighborhood kids. Give me the leaves to rake (or in our case, the landscaper's bill) because that means we had the weeks of enjoyment of watching our world change from greens to muted yellows and oranges and reds and browns. Give me my allergy sufferings in the spring because that means that I am enjoying all the beautiful colors that are re-appearing in our landscape.
We may still move to southern California, and I am sure we will make the best of it. But be assured that when we hear that our East Coast friends and family are shoveling out from 10 inches of snow, we will be thinking of them with lots of mixed feelings.
For now, I guess you could say we're sitting on that proverbial fence!
- Lynn Merves
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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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 Amy Flanagan
using January's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
using January's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Elisha Barnett
using January'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!
January's ScrapSimple Club Concepts Layout Contest Winner
The first four 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.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Life Stories, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Life Stories, Dynamic Brush Set: Decorative Tape 12601, ScrapSimple Word Art Templates: Life Moments and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: 8.5x11 Quick Collage are also available.
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 January'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 ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Life Stories, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Life Stories, Dynamic Brush Set: Decorative Tape 12601 and ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Mixed Artistry are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Elisha Barnett
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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.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 15th - 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 15th, we will be doing a ScrapSimple challenge! Create a layout using at least one ScrapSimple product. If you haven't used them before, we'll have some great ideas for you in the chat. 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, February 15th - 6:00PM MST
Join Carla (CRS) in the chat room at 6pm MT for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat. We will be talking about Angela Blanchard's ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Exploding Box! I'll have some tips for you and show you how easy it is to use your digital goodies along with what is already in your craft room!
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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