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The REAL Me
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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@example.com. 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.
If you are interested, please forward the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The subject line must read: Product Designer Application.
A "sheet" consists of a grouping of items that will fit on an 8.5x11 document. Take care to make sure that the collection mini's color set is well balanced and that it has an idea that ties it together. It should contain enough embellishments and word art to be useful to someone who wishes to make several layouts from it. Also, take care that the embellishments are not a grouping of a small number of items that have just been re-colored. This is your opportunity to show your versatility and skill level.
Examples of all of these products can be found in our Boutique.
Also, please answer the following questions in the body of your application email:
Other instructions: Save your files as 600px wide, 72 dpi. Place them in one zipped folder and forward with your application email.
DEADLINE: Friday, July 13, 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Notifications of results will be sent to all applicants by Friday, July 20.
If a talented person comes along whose skills are not quite what they might be, but we feel they would be a super-committed, dynamic member of our team if given a little help, we may choose to put them through an apprentice program.
We look forward to seeing your application!
The REAL Me
Recently, I have been reading a book that has started me to thinking about the lies that I believe that take away joy from my daily living. It's made me start to see how as women we just aren't REAL. We don't show our real selves; we are always trying to show our perfect selves. We try to paint our picture as perfectly as we can; we try to show all the good things we do - our strengths and never our weaknesses - yet we are hurting ourselves and others in the process.
While this book was written to homeschooling moms, I have loved the book so much that I think every woman should read it! In Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe (Familyman Publishing, Milford, Indiana), author Todd Wilson writes about things that homeschooling moms do, but I have come to believe that all women share these same struggles.
It has made me want to become more real, to stop trying to hide my imperfections, my weaknesses, and start showing who I really am, and hopefully give others the permission to do the same - to see each other as we really are.
So in this article, I thought I would start by sharing more of the REAL me, that me who is not so pretty all the time, not so put together, not so creative, and not so "super mom."
Here are 10 of my REAL happenings lately. Hopefully this might help you feel better about the REAL you.
I am writing this Designer's Life article two weeks after its due date because I completely forgot about it and have been procrastinating it ever since.
We just got back from a four-day trip to Idaho. We've been home four days, and my car is still unpacked with garbage all over the floor. Not just garbage either. Leftover dinners of corndogs, fries, water containers, food wrappers, and other unknown food items I haven't been able to climb in the back to see yet.
I have had to wash the same load of laundry three times now.
My office is officially the junk room. It's the room I just send stuff to. The kids go in and pull things off, and the room gets further destroyed and is a mess. It rarely gets cleaned, and when it does, it doesn't seem to stay that way for long. The sad part is that I really have a hard time being creative and wanting to design in such a room.
My husband and I love to watch Biggest Loser on TV. The sad part: We love to sit and watch it with a big bowl of ice cream or a bowl of guacamole and chips.
I rarely fix my girls' hair, especially the littlest one. She hates to have it combed and screams hysterically, and it's not worth the fight to me. She is slowly getting better... someday I might get to practice all those hairdos that I learned as a teenager when I was dreaming of using those ideas on my own children.
I need to lose 80 pounds.
I get mad at my kids... which usually ends up in a humbling and apologizing session on my part.
I have a hard time finishing projects and often have numerous left unfinished.
I'm not perfect. But despite my weaknesses, I really try to be happy with where I personally am in life and give myself room to grow, make mistakes, and hopefully get better.
Favorite Product I've Designed:
This was a really fun collection for me to create last summer. My kids love digging in the dirt, sand, swimming at the lake, and just getting plain dirty. In fact, that is one of my REAL mom moments - letting my kids get dirty and even eat dirt. This kit has been great for those many summer moments I have with my children.
Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Labeled Dates Super Biggie are also available.
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:
July's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Durin Eberhart
Layout by Durin Eberhart
using July'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 Amy Flanagan
using June's ScrapSimple Club
Today's freebie designed by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
* 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.
Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, July 3rd - 8:00PM EDT
Do you use your digital supplies to make cards? Do you want to? Instead of going to the store every time you need a card, you can save money and have fun making cards with your digi stash! Make a note of any cards you might need for the upcoming month and Join April (April Showers) for the once-a-month Card Chat on the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm ET. Can't wait to see you there!
High Noon Crop
Wednesday, July 4th - 12 Noon EDT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon EDT for the 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 July 4th, we'll do a Stars and Stripes Challenge. Use some stripes and at least one star 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!
July's Forum Game: Spotlight on the Boutique
Each day of June (with the exception of Sundays), a member of the Welcoming Committee will post an image spotlighting a small circle of the layout you are to search for in the Scrap Girls Boutique. If the layout is not identified by the following morning, a second spotlight circle will be added to the layout; this will be repeated until the product is identified.
All you have to do to participate is search the boutique for the layout and post a link to the product page in the official game thread. Only one guess per member per day is allowed. You can find more specific details in the forum game thread.
Three $10 gift certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique will be awarded. The winners will be randomly chosen from all the members that correctly identify a product throughout the month.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
July Monthly Layout Contest: Hot! Hot! Hot! In the northern hemisphere, July is generally a month of very warm temperatures. For July's layout contest, we want you to scrap about what you do to stay cool – whether it'is in July or December. Post your layouts in the July Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight EDT on July 31st and you could one of the two people who will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Please be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties.
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 the Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-New York-New York' as the location for the Eastern time zone.)
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