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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.
You Have a Story to Tell...
...and we want to hear it! Scrapbookers are all about telling their stories – family stories, personal stories, children's and grandchildren's stories. Why, even the word "history" has a story in it! And my-oh-my, we love history around here.
Make some history of your own this year by putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, to be more precise, and tell us a Christmas story from your own experience.
Last year, we were blown away by the incredible stories that were submitted to our 12 Days of Christmas Story Contest. This year, we know you've got more stories just waiting to be told. We want to hear your stories of Christmas past, of Christmas memories, marvels, magic, or miracles. Was there a time when you saw something wonderful happen at Christmas or during the holiday season? Can you recall a first Christmas or holiday memory with your loved one, your child, or maybe the last Christmas with your great-grandmother? Maybe it's a story handed down through the generations in your family. We love to share good stories around here, and we don't mind having to grab a tissue, so write with all your heart to speak to our hearts.
We will select 12 stories - with one story revealed in our newsletter from December 13-24, every day, including Sundays. Just to keep things interesting, we're not going to tell anyone if they have been selected ahead of time. You'll just have to hop out of bed every morning, rush to your computer, and open up your Scrap Girls Newsletter with all the wonder of a child on Christmas morning and look to see if your story was published that day!
Here are the Submission Guidelines, so start those creative juices flowing!
The deadline for submissions is Midnight (ET), Friday, December 7. Email your story to [email protected] with a subject line of My 12 Days Story. With your email, please include the following attachments:
Your story: Story length - maximum of 700 words. Your story must be true (to the best of your knowledge), and it must tell a story/event centered around a holiday theme, not just a collection of thoughts about why you love this time of year. One entry per person. Send your story in MS Word or something similar. At the top of your story, include your name, Forum username (if you have one), your mailing address, and your email address. At the bottom of your story, write a few sentences about yourself – where you live, what you do, your family, your job, your hobbies, etc.
Scrap Girls publication release (download it here)
One image/layout (optional): You may submit one image or layout that is related to your story - but only one, so make it good! Images should be no more than 300 pixels long on either width or height. If you submit a layout, we need two sizes: a 300-pixel image (72 dpi) and a 600-pixel image (72 dpi). Please show off our beautiful Scrap Girls products in your layout and include a supply list of products used (along with links to those products in the Boutique). Even if the product is retired, please include it in the list (without a link). By the way, submitting a photo or layout will not drastically improve the likelihood of a story being published, but it's a nice accompaniment to give our readers.
A few miscellaneous details:
We reserve the right to edit the story as needed for clarity, grammar, punctuation, length, etc., though we will make every effort not to change the meaning of what you write. However, the better you write, the less we have to edit, and the happier you will make our editor.
If you submitted a story last year that was not chosen, you may resubmit it this year!
Hmmm, what have we forgotten? Ah, yes, the prizes! What is a contest without prizes?!
Everyone who submits a story will get a JIF 6 kit that coordinates with our "12 Days of Christmas Stories" this year! That's right – you get a prize just for entering! And this JIF 6 will only be given to our story tellers, not available in the Boutique. You want it? Then write a story and send it in!
The 12 winners will get what everyone needs at this time of year – a little extra cash! If your story is published in our newsletter, you'll receive a $25 Visa gift card.
We look forward to hearing your story as we launch our annual 12 Days of Christmas celebration!
President, Scrap Girls LLC
This year, Scrap Girls joined in on a worldwide fund raiser known as Movember. All month our customers and Forum members have been sporting their best moustaches to bring awareness to men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. The Forum has been a pretty silly place to be this month, but it's all for a good cause.
Scrap Girls promised that for every moustache photo on the Forum or our Facebook page, we would donate $1 to Movember. In addition, for every "Like" the moustache pictures received on Facebook, we would donate $0.10. And finally, during the last two weeks of November, we were offering a mini kit in our Boutique to help you scrap your great moustache pictures – with all the proceeds going to Movember as well.
We are so happy to report that your efforts resulted in a grand total of $204.50 being donated to Movember!
In addition, we promised prizes for the best moustaches and asked you to help pick our winners. Here's who you chose:
Congratulations - and a $10 Boutique gift certificate goes out to each of these creative ladies!
Finally, we also are giving a grand prize to the picture that had the very most "Likes" on our Facebook page. Bobbie (bjc) won with 34 "Likes," so she gets to pick the person in whose honor we will donate our Movember money. Congratulations, Bobbie!
I am honoring my good friends, John and Lynn. We first were introduced to them through a mutual friend who said we should meet because we were both expecting babies at about the same time. That was in 1979, and as they say, the rest is history.
Ten years ago this December, John called and asked to speak to my husband and then told him something we never expected to hear: He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, just from his routine test at a physical. No symptoms, no signs. It came as a shock to us all. We were all optimistic (including the doctors) that the treatments would be all he needed to "beat this thing" - and for many, it is. But for John, it was not to be. It turned out that the strain he has is not easy to treat. So for the last 10 years, with an optimistic attitude, he has struggled with chemo, radiation, and a variety of new drugs – as well as the side effects that came with them. He is fortunate to be treated at one of New York's premiere hospitals and to have the support of a loving, caring wife and family and friends. The cancer has now spread to his bones and can be very painful, but most of the time, he still carries on. He is an example to us all with his positive attitude and the care and concern he has for others when many would just be concerned with themselves. It hasn't been easy for John or Lynn with all the ups and downs.
We recently celebrated John's 70th birthday, and we had lots to rejoice about, including his wonderful daughters, son-in-law and two adorable grandchildren, ages 5 and 3.
I am so happy to have been part of this worthy cause, and while we all had fun donning moustaches, sharing our photos, and layouts, men's health is a serious matter. Bringing awareness to men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer is what Scrap Girls helped to do. Thank you, Scrap Girls, and all those who participated for making us all more aware. Thank you for this donation in honor of John and Lynn.
I hope you all had as much fun with Movember as I did. Thanks to everyone who put on a 'stache and played along. Scrap Girls and the men in your life love you for it!
Scrap Girls, Etc. is a column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!
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Creative Cards Chat
Tuesday, December 4th - 8:00 p.m. ET
Do you use your Digi-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. It isn't too late to get your holiday cards finished. We'll show you how you can use ScrapSimple Card Templates: 5x7 Card Shark 2012 to get your cards done quickly. Can't wait to see you there!
High Noon Crop
Wednesday, December 5th - 12 Noon ET
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon ET 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 December 5th, we'll do a Circle Challenge. Create a page using at least one circle. It can be a circular embellishment, polka-dots, brads - it is your choice!
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!
November's Forum Game: Products Picks Game
This November, we are playing the Products Picks game where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping.
Each Monday through Saturday in November, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in this Product Picks game thread. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique and navigate to that particular designer's product pages. Choose any of their products (your favorite product, one you like, or one you wish you owned), then head over to the Product Picks game thread and share the product name, boutique link, and a brief explanation of why you chose that product.
At the end of the month, members who haves posted links to 41 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 Gift Certificates. Members who have posted links to 16-40 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 Gift Certificates. And members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
November Monthly Layout Contest: What are you thankful for? Have you thought about your blessing lately? For the November Layout Contest, we'd love to flood the Gallery with layouts showcasing what you are thankful for! Post your layouts in the November Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight ET on November 30th 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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