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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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8.5x11 Elephants Fly Collection Biggie
8.5x11 Elephants Fly Collection Biggie

Imagine a world where anything is possible. Well it's here, now! All you have to do is imagine it. This collection is designed in bold, bright, happy colors with vintage carnival-esque embellishments. It will add encouragement and hope to your 8.5x11 digital scrapbook pages.

  Elephants Fly Borders Embellishment Mini  

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart
Digital Presentation Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: 8.5x11 Folly
Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: 8.5x11 Folly

This vivid color scheme, filled with rich texture and artsy elements creates a beautiful digital scrapbooking backdrop for your photos or presentation.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Laura Louie
Layout by Laura Louie
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Puppy Love
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Puppy Love

Layout an entire dog-themed digital scrapbook in a breeze! These ten templates will make showing off your favorite four-legged friend a snap! Includes PSD and individual PNG files.

  Camping Out Collection Biggie  

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Super 7 Spread: Sweet Life
Super 7 Spread: Sweet Life

You won't believe how fast and fun it is to put together layout with this bright Super 7 kit! With each Super 7 Spread, you will receive two layered PSD files - the left-side and the right-side of the double-page layout. Just open the files, insert your photos, add your journaling, and you're ready to go. Each kit also includes the seven files used to create the layout separately so that you can create even more looks!

ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini   Witty Font

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini and Witty Font are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Bless This Nest Vertical Mini
ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 8.5x11 Bless This Nest Vertical Mini

Create 8.5x11 Vertical digital scrapbooking pages fast using this set of six of Elisha's layout designs created using the Bless This Nest series of products.

8.5x11 Bless This Nest Collection Biggie Embossed Paper Frames and Things Embellishment Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Bless This Nest 12601 Super Biggie

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart
Digital Presentation Layout by Durin Eberhart
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Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: 8.5x11 Overcast
Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: 8.5x11 Overcast

This natural color scheme, filled with rich texture and unique elements creates a beautiful digital backdrop for your photos or presentation.

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If you have praise, comments, or questions for any of our Product Designers or Layout Artists, did you know you can send them a PM (private message) using the Forum? It's easy!

If you are a registered user of the Forum, just click on the "PM" box at the bottom of any of their posts to send them a message. Or, to check out more of your favorite Scrap Girls team layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section and the Scrap Girls Layout Artist Team section of the Layout Gallery.

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I'm Hollerin'. Can You Hear Me?
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
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  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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Don't forget to check out the Retirement Sale section of the Boutique. Items in this section are always on sale for 30% off. The items you will find during any particular month will be discontinued permanently on the 5th of the following month. So if you see something you like, grab it while you can!

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!

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I'm Hollerin'. Can You Hear Me?

Moonlight streamed through my window. As the light danced around the room, my mind traveled back in time.

  • I stood at my parents' car and shook the hand of a man I would not marry even though he wanted to marry me.

  • I missed the importance of a conversation held in 1976.

  • I felt the first movement of my oldest child as a soon-to-be mother.

  • I saw one of my sons tumble down the stairs.

  • I saw myself making a mistake that would haunt my life for 10 years.

  • I relived the moment when I received dreadful news via a telephone call.

  • I saw the events of two days play over and over, as if they were stuck. I longed to pop myself on the side of my head and get them to move forward to a conclusion.

I lived and relived every joy, mistake, failure, and accident of my life in those hours and wondered about it all.

People speak of having a challenge to overcome – in the singular. But there have been multiple challenges in my life, often occurring in rows like fields of corn. Sometimes, they have crashed upon my life like waves in a stormy sea.

What does it all mean?

I think that sometimes our society acts like life should be a demonstration of a person's "goodness." They think that good people shouldn't make mistakes. They think that good people have all the money they need. They think that good people have good jobs, nice homes, miraculous spouses, and fit, healthy bodies. They think that good people don't experience disasters. They think that good people's children are good students, popular, clean, honest to a fault, and respectful. Good people never question who they are and what they are doing. Good people are tremendously popular.

But I think that's all wrong.

Good people make mistakes. Children of good people sometimes make very disagreeable choices. Good people experience financial challenges. Good people deal with health challenges. Good people live through disasters that are sometimes their own making and sometimes unrelated to anything they have done. Sometimes, good people stick their foot in their mouth and offend others. Often, good people question who they are and what they are doing.

You know what? I think that people are people, that people are more alike than different, and that most people are basically good.

We all want support. We all want forgiveness. We all need connection.

I think it doesn't help us one bit that some people in the media (traditional or social) are constantly ready to skewer people who are less than perfect or who disagree with their opinions. If people make mistakes or have problems, there seems to always be someone ready to humiliate them. When people choose different paths or believe differently, these judgmental souls are quick to spread the word that the person they disagree with deserves to be publicly shamed. It seems to me that in today's Internet world, there is always someone ready – and even eager - to publicly flog people they don't like.

And yet, at the same time, I notice those same judgmental finger-pointers often express that they want (and even expect) acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, and love.

You know what? Maybe our current awareness of this readiness to criticize is what causes us to be reluctant to share our true selves with each other. Maybe this readiness to shout at others is causing us to lose what is really important – love.

But what if we could change that? What if – instead of being ready to censure each other, we recognize that everyone is just doing the best they can and that each day when we get up and try again, we are being courageous... oh-so-very courageous. What if we stand ready to support each other?

Would we feel better?

I think that it takes courage to get through life's unwanted challenges. I think that it takes courage to keep going even though we blow it from time to time. I think that it takes courage to get up and try again when we are knocked down. And I think it takes courage – lots of it - to ask for help when we need it.

I found this poem about courage and I would like to share it with you.

Courage

We lead out our days in monotonous ways
The humdrum of work and of sleep.
Time slips along, no thrill in the song
Not even a reason to weep.

And then, like a flash, there comes such a crash,
We're stunned by the buffet Fate gives.
In the blackness and blur we feel the soul stir
And that is the moment one lives.

When disaster beats down, the true men are found
And cowards are marked with a brand.
They whimper and whine: they cringe and repine
And the whiplash Fate holds in her hand.

The brave men fight on though the chasm may yawn
And midnight's unlit by a star.
How you face defeat in the crisis you meet
That measures the man that you are.

All through the years there are smiles and tears,
But they, in the end, are the same.
One moment of life in the midst of the strife,
Is worth ages of watching the game.

With dismay in your heart, if you still played your part,
Though bloody and beaten and sore;
If your soul flamed white in the hopeless fight,
The world will ask for no more.

- Anonymous

I believe that even though being connected with other people helps us through hard times, ultimately, sometimes we have to find a source of courage greater than ourselves to get through our days. I believe that when we face trials, there is One Who can be completely relied upon – God – and I am grateful for His help.

Here are a few quotes about courage that have been helpful to me as I've struggled with fear from time to time.

"Courage – fear that has said its prayers." - Dorothy Bernard

"Courage is fear holding on one minute longer." - George S. Patton

"The greatest test of courage is to bear defeat without losing heart." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." - David Lloyd George

"Oh courage... oh yes! If only one had that... then life might be livable, in spite of everything." - Henrik Ibsen

"If you're scared, just holler and you'll find it ain't so lonesome out there." - Joe Sugden

I'm hollering. Can you hear me? I can hear you.

- Ro

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Want to read more of Ro's muses? Check out her blog at http://ropaxman.com! She invites you to swing by and say, "Howdy!" She looks forward to talking to you!

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.

 

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Ready to learn advanced techniques? – MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
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Scrap Girls Club Image

May's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Ang Campbell.

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:

  • 1 Collection Biggie
  • 1 Paper Super Mini
  • 1 Word Art Mini
  • 1 Embellishment Mini
  • 1 JIF 6 Plus Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Jiffy Easy Page Album
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Color Palette

May's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Ang Campbell

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Ang Campbell using May's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Ang Campbell
using May's Scrap Girls Club

ScrapSimple Club

The May ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Laura Louie and Ang Campbell.

May's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Laura Louie & Ang Campbell

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:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Template
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 2 Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Nano Collection
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! 2 Tutorials

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Laura Louie
Layout by Laura Louie
using May's ScrapSimple Club

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Via Dolorosa Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Elisha Barnett coordinates with her Via Dolorosa Collection Mini

Via Dolorosa Collection Mini Brush Set: Via Dolorosa Masks Mini JIF 6: 12x12 Risen

Elisha Barnett
Today's freebie designed by Elisha Barnett

* 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.

What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, May 23rd - 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 23rd, we'll do a font challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using multiple fonts - at least three different fonts! Mix it up!

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!

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New Member Chat
Tuesday, May 29th - 7:00PM MDT

Join us 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 will need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.

Games

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.

Contests

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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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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