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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
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 sends a birthday gift to each of our Forum members!
Of course, it is a surprise what you will receive because birthday presents should alway be a surprise! Make sure your Forum email address is current and that you have the correct birthdate entered into your profile to participate.
TIP OF THE DAY
Mastering Brushes for Photoshop and Mastering Brushes for Photoshop Elements are perfect for the scrapbooker who wants to go above and beyond basic brushing techniques taught in Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed. Make your layouts shine with the polish that advanced brushwork can bring!
There's an Easy Way and a Hard Way to Do This!
THE HARD WAY OF FINDING OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE INTERNET
THE EASY WAY OF FINDING OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE INTERNET
HOW DO YOU RECEIVE THE INFORMATION YOUR FAVORITE PLACES WANT TO SEND TO YOU?
Email. In order for someone to send you an email, they must have your email address. To read your emails, you log into your email inbox.
BENEFITS OF EMAIL:
DOWNSIDES OF EMAIL:
HOW YOU CAN READ EMAIL:
RSS Feeds. RSS feeds allow websites that are programmed to do so to give their readers (subscribers) the ability to get all of their latest updates in a single spot – their RSS reader. An RSS reader could be compared to an inbox. The RSS feed update could be compared to receiving an email containing the newest article.
Today, RSS reader accounts are often associated with your email address, and once you have your email address, you already have an RSS reader account even if you don't use it.
Here are some of the reader options available to you if you subscribe to the Scrap Girls Blog RSS Feed.
BENEFITS OF RSS FEEDS:
DOWNSIDES OF RSS FEEDS:
HOW YOU CAN READ RSS FEEDS:
ABOUT RSS FEEDS AND READERS
Question: How do I know if a website or a blog offers an RSS feed?
Answer: Look for the RSS symbol. You'll usually find it at the top right-hand side of the page. Here are a few variants of an RSS symbol:
Question: How do I subscribe to an RSS feed?
Answer: Here's what you do:
Look for the RSS symbol. You will find it at the top of the right-hand column in the Scrap Girls Blog; simply click on it.
Choose which RSS reader you wish to use.
Once you have chosen the reader, you will be taken to your reader's home page. Because I chose the Google Reader, I was asked whether I want to add the RSS feed to my Google home page or if I want to add it to my Google Reader account. You will usually select the reader account option.
Question: How do I use the RSS reader to read the blogs I have subscribed to?
Answer: If I want to use my Google RSS Reader to read the blogs I subscribe to in a browser, I log into my Google account and select the "More" menu item, then I select "Reader" in the drop-down menu. Here's what that looks like:
Once I am in the Google RSS Reader window, I see a list of websites I have subscribed to in the left-hand column. When I click on one of them, I see the articles posted in the main RSS Reader. I can then scroll through the posts.
If I want to read a different feed from a different blog I have subscribed to, I click on the name of the feed and its posts will appear in the main RSS Reader.
Question: You mentioned that you can read RSS feeds on a cell phone, iPad, or other Internet mobile device. How does that work?
Answer: Before I explain this, I need to tell you that Google has become the powerhouse of RSS feeds. This means that most RSS feeder applications work with Google Reader accounts. The easiest thing to do is to set up a Google account – even if you choose not to use it for email.
To get your RSS feed subscriptions on your mobile device, you need to download and install an RSS feeder from your device's application store. A great RSS reader for the iPhone or iPad is Feeddler. This is the reader I personally use the most.
The Android market has lots of RSS reader options. Just search for "RSS reader" and then read the reviews to pick out the reader you wish to use.
Once you have installed the RSS reader application on your device, open it. You'll be asked to provide your reader account's email address and password. If you choose to let your application remember that information, you won't have to enter it again. Just open your RSS reader application and you're ready to enjoy your blogs!
Question: You said that if we don't want to use an RSS reader, we can get the new articles from the Scrap Girls Blog delivered to us through emails. Tell me about that.
Answer: The sign-up to receive Scrap Girls Blog posts via email is the second item in the right-hand column of the Scrap Girls Blog. Just enter your email address, hit the Submit button, and you're ready to enjoy receiving lots of great information!
As always, if you have questions about any of this, just let us know at [email protected]. We're very happy to help!
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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:
April's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
using April's Scrap Girls Club
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 Brandy Murry
using March's ScrapSimple Club
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Stamp Maker 8501 are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry
* 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.
New Member Chat
Tuesday, April 10th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Pat (PBarnes) 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, April 11th - 10:00AM MDT
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 April 11th, we're doing a Humor Challenge! Use a funny photo, tell a funny story, or share a family inside joke! Show your sense of humor on your page!
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!
April's Forum Game: BINGO!
Join us for an exciting game of Springtime BINGO on the Message Board Forum in April! Pick 25 words from the list provided in the forum game thread and send them in an email to [email protected] with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Message Board username" by Tuesday, April 3rd at Midnight MDT in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Wednesday, April 4th. 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, 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.
April Monthly Layout Contest: Life is full of surprises! Here in the United States, we have April Fools' Day on April 1st. Have you ever been surprised by someone playing an April Fools' joke on you? Or, you can scrap about another surprise that has happened in your life. You don't have to have photos. It could be a journaling page. Post your layouts in the April Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MDT on April 30th. 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 Forum 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.)
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