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Getting into the Spirit of the Games
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Every four years, right before the Olympics begin, I start to get mildly excited. Usually I am reminded that this is "the" year by some funny TV ad making a lot of hay about the "official pizza" of the Olympic Games. While we might see some occasional off-year coverage of soccer or swimming, most of us don't keep track of who qualified for any of the strange Olympic sports like canoeing. In the interval between games, it's easy to forget that athletes have trained their entire lives to compete, and host cities have spent millions to be sure that they are an excellent host.
But then after all the flags and dance routines of opening ceremonies are over, and the games finally begin, you remember why they are so cool. It is because the athletes are amazing.
Do you remember watching Michael Phelps swim to eight gold medals in 2008, finishing sometimes half a pool length in front of the next closest competitor? Or the Australian women's swimmers who won every race they competed in? Or what about Usain Bolt, the Jamaican runner who broke the world record for the 100 meter? He ran it in 9.69 seconds! That's the time it might have taken you to read these paragraphs.
It's not just the winners, but the athletes who don't win that capture my heart. Every gymnast has me on the edge of my seat. The camera zooms in before the start, and you can see the enormous pressure they carry. Then they step up on to the balance beam to do the routine they have practiced thousands of times. They are so, so perfect, and you watch in awe until there's that occasional step just a tiny bit too far to the left... and it's all over. You just want to reach through your TV and hug them and say, "It's okay; it's okay."
Over the course of two weeks of the Olympic Games, I find that somehow I've gotten all caught up in it again. I catch myself checking the TV listings, staying up late to watch, and searching YouTube to see that dramatic finish one more time. I think we relate to the Olympics because we connect to other people, and as amazing as the athletes are, they are human, too. We know what it's like to try really, really hard at something. We know what it feels like to have the occasional success. We also know how devastating it can feel when we don't. Though our countries may compete against each other, we get an opportunity to come together as a world for two short weeks and unify in celebrating the achievements and the limits of the human spirit.
In the same vein, I hope you get into the spirit of our first-ever Scrap Girls Summer Games. For the next five days, we will have all sorts of fun games on our Scrap Girls Forum that will let you show off your scrapping skills. We will also be featuring a whole new collection of sports-themed kits in our Boutique, inspired by the sports of the Summer Olympics. In the Boutique, you will also see some fun new London-themed kits, as a tip of the bowler hat to this year's host city. And we will be offering a wonderful summer-themed gift set with every purchase.
I hope you enjoy the Scrap Girls Summer Games - and the Olympics, too. May you find yourself as hooked on both of them as I am!
Some products for your Olympic Games inspired projects...
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Scrap Girls' Summer Games 2012
The Summer Olympic Games begin in London today! Join us and celebrate with the Scrap Girls Summer Games!
We've got a schedule full of events that the Scrap Girls Team are hosting, plus our Summer Games Sale, games, freebies, contests, prizes and fun! Be sure to check out this section of the Forum to join in the fun and clear your calendars because you won't want to miss this!
Summer Games "Team Spirit" Layout Contest
The Scrap Girls Forum includes members from all over the world. To celebrate this, we are having a Team Spirit Layout Contest! To enter the contest, create a layout focusing on your country or state that shows your team spirit and upload your page to the Scrap Girls Summer Games Gallery by 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday, July 31st. You can find ideas and more details in the Scrap Girls Summer Games Forum. The winner will receive a $20 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificate!
Summer Games Chat Schedule
Friday, July 27, 2012 - Opening Day
2:00pm EDT – Memories of The Games Chat & Challenge
Have you ever dreamed of being a gold medal winner? Have the games or prelims ever come to your country or state? Have you attended any events? Are you lucky enough to have photos? Join April (April Showers) and Pat (PBarnes) for a Life Moments style chat where we'll scrap about what The Games mean to you!
9:00pm EDT - Opening Day Color Challenge
Come celebrate the Opening Day festivities with Theresa (tiza126) and Conda (SodScrap) during a special Color Challenge Chat! We want you to represent where you live in the Scrap Girls Summer Games by using the colors of your country (or state) flag on your layout.
10:00pm EDT - ScrapSimple Club Chat
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room lobby at 10pm ET for this month's ScrapSimple Club Chat. We will talk about this month's Club, including some fun ideas for how to use it. If you create a layout from the ScrapSimple Club products and post it in the ScrapSimple Club Gallery, you have the chance to be featured in the Scrap Girls newsletter and win a prize!
Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Track & Field
6:00am EDT – Scrapping Relay
This chat will be fun, fun, fun! Come with a good layout theme idea, but be ready to pass your idea on for someone else! Be ready to accept someone else's theme suggestion for you too! We'll have a great time chatting and scrapping. Hope to see you all there!
12 Noon EDT – Finish Line Chat
Join April (April Showers) for the Finish Line Chat and learn some winning ways to use ribbons in your scrapbook pages.
8:00pm EDT - 60m (minutes) Hurdle Speed Scrap Challenge
Join Carla (CRS) and April (April Showers) for a 60m (minute) Hurdle Speed Scrap at 8pm EDT! We'll give you "hurdles" to add to your layout and you will have 1 hour to finish after the last "hurdle" is crossed! On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Sunday, April 29, 2012 - Water Sports
11:00am EDT – Get Wet Chat & Challenge
Join Carla (CRS) and Theresa (teecee) for a "Get Wet" Chat at 11am on Sunday! What better way to cool off than to get wet? We'll get you thinking about your photos that involve water!
6:00pm EDT - Dive Into Your Stash Chat
Join Gayle (Smiles) and Carla (CRS) at 6pm on Sunday for a Dive Into Your Stash Chat. Your challenge is to use items from your stash you haven't used before. Anything goes - templates, papers, alphas, embellishments, styles - you name it!
8:00pm EDT - Synchronized Swimming Scraplift Challenge
Join Theresa (tiza126) and Theresa (teecee) on Sunday at 8pm for a "Synchronized Swimming" chat. We'll be giving you some tips and ideas for scraplifting and give you a fun challenge. Don't forget your swimsuits and towels. We hope to see you there!
Monday, July 30, 2012 - Indoor Events
1:00pm EDT – Basketball Game Challenge
Join Debbie (B&K Mom) and Conda (SodScrap) at 1pm for a Basketball Game Challenge! We will be creating layouts with circles and balls!! Come for some chatting, inspiration, fun and giggles!
9:00pm EDT – Wrestling with a Layout
Are you wrestling with a layout and struggling to make it right? Need a little push in the right direction? We're here to help! Join Theresa (tiza126) and Amy (mimes1) in the chat room and get help with your UFOs (UnFinished Objects).
10:00pm EDT – Gymnastics Chat & Challenge
Join Kimmy (kimmybutton) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 1pm for a "Gymnastics" Chat & Challenge. We'll be creating layouts with a parallel (or horizontal) theme by using a parallel grouping of items or photos in a row. Hope to see you there for a time of fun, laughter and inspiration!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - Outdoor Events
2:00pm EDT – I Love London Chat & Challenge
Join Gayle (Smiles) and April (April Showers) at 2pm for an "I Love London" Chat & Challenge. We'll find ways to use a bit of London as inspiration in your layouts. We hope to see you there!
8:00pm EDT – Archery Chat
Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) for an Archery Chat where we'll explore ways to use arrows to create pages that are right on target.
9:00pm EDT – Equestrian Events Quote Challenge Chat
Join Pat (PBarnes) for the Equestrian Events Quote Challenge Chat. Wouldn't you JUMP at a chance to use a quote on your layout? Check the forum early on Tuesday for the quote. Don't worry if you don't know anything about horses or don't have any horse themed photos available. The quote will be applicable to other themes too. Hope to see you there!
* All Chat times are shown in Eastern Daylight Time. Schedule is subject to change... stay tuned to the Newsletter and Forum for the latest happenings!
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July's Forum Game: Spotlight on the Boutique
Each day of July (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!
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