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What Makes You Happy?
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My Happy List
The world is very good at telling us what should make us happy, and I'm guilty of believing it from time to time. The longer I live, the more it becomes apparent to me that it isn't true. Sure, I still find myself with glazed-over eyes from time to time when I see things that others have, but it doesn't last long. The big house, the shiny cars, the boats, you name it... they don't actually guarantee happiness.
So what actually makes me happy? I mean, the real kind of happy.
The first days of spring when the sun shines on my face.
There is nothing better than the feeling of thawing out and seeing the trees and flowers bloom. I live in Minnesota so it is a particularly splendid event each year. New life is so apparent and gorgeous.
Belly laughs coming from my kids when they are playing together.
The sound of true joy and childhood. I can't get enough of it. Laughter in general is so wonderful, really.
Learning new things about people.
I adore sincerity, and I know that being transparent is a difficult thing to do sometimes. The courage that it takes to be real is so beautiful.
My husband calls me the dog whisperer. He's pretty much right. Dogs are truly amazing creatures. They are so loyal and smart. There haven't been many dogs that I haven't fallen for instantly, especially my own.
The kind that fade from blue to pink to orange, etc. I see my Creator smiling at me through those skies. They reassure me that He is there.
To have a true friend that will listen to your honest feelings and not judge is priceless... someone to be your truest self with.
Watching water glisten in the sun.
I live in the land of 10,000 lakes, and when there are no bodies of water to be found, I don't like it. There is something so serene about watching water sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight. I feel really blessed to have so much of it surrounding me.
These - and many more things that may be considered "the small things" - are truly where happiness can be found.
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Journaling Challenge Chat
Monday, May 14th - 6:00PM MDT
Do you struggle to get the story recorded on your layouts? Then this is the chat for you! We'll give you tips and tricks for including journaling on your layouts. Join Carla (CRS) at 6pm MT for this month's Journaling Chat! We'll be talking about Cherise Oleson's ScrapSimple Type Shapes: Journaling Around Squares. Hope to see you there!
Project SG Chat
Monday, May 14th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for a Project SG Chat! You can earn an extra point for attending the chat which gives you another chance in the quarterly and grand prize drawings. It is never to late to get started on this year-long project to keep up with your most current photos. Come and see how everyone is doing and offer one another encouragement to keep plugging along.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 16th - 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 May 16th, we'll do a surprise color challenge! Create a layout predominantly using a color to be chosen by the group at the beginning of the crop!
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, May 16th - 6:00PM MDT
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for our monthly Hybrid Craft Chat. This month we will be highlighting Syndee Nuckles' ScrapSimple Card Templates: Dad. This will give you plenty of time to create your own unique Father's Day card for Dad or another special guy in your life.
May's Forum Game: Boutique Alphabet Game!
The Boutique Alphabet Game is back! Do you remember playing the game "I am going on a _____ hunt and bringing..." where each player listed items starting with a specific letter? We are playing a similar game on the Scrap Girls Forum during the month of May. Each day except Sundays, a team member will post a new theme and starting letter in the game thread. Members then will search the Scrap Girls Boutique for a product that fits the theme and post it in the game thread. Entries are to follow the alphabet starting with the letter posted with the theme each day. Only one product per letter per round will be counted and products may not be used more than once. Collections and their individual parts count as one product. Time stamps will be used to determine credit in the case of duplicate letter or product posts. There is a limit of three game posts per person each day and another player must post before posting again. Member names will be added to a drawing based on the number of qualified product links posted in the thread.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month and winners will be announced in the June 9th Newsletter. Gift certificates will be awarded as follows: $15 SG Gift Certificate for first place, $10 SG Gift Certificate for second place and a $5 SG Gift Certificate for third place.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
May Monthly Layout Contest: May is a big month in the northern hemisphere for flowers. For this month's layout contest, we're going to give a little twist on the usual flower photos. We want you to try your hand at extreme close-ups. Be creative in point of view and angle. Even most point-and-shoot cameras have a close-up mode. Do the best you can with the equipment you have and scrap a layout with a photo or two – or three. Your submission will be judged on its merit as a layout, not necessarily the photography. Post your layouts in the May Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MDT on May 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!
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