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September 28th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner
Poetry in Ireland by JudyD
See the companion page here.
Digital scrapbooking products used:
Because Of You Collection Biggie
Because Of You Embellishment Mini
Congratulations Judy! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]

Want a chance to win Scrap Girls’ Weekly Layout Contest?
Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery, and if we choose yours, you’ll win a prize! To be considered, don’t forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.

Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Forum!

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Now it’s your turn to get in on all the fun of World Card Making Day by transforming one of your layouts into a card. We won’t make you stick to Thank You cards with your challenge – it’s a great time to start planning out your Christmas cards, and you can never have too many birthday cards on hand. Or maybe you can brighten a friend’s day with a Just Because card. Whatever card you choose to make, we promise to show you how to print it and we’ll give you some ways to make it extra special this Saturday!

Newsletter Challenge Winner
Love, Rudy by retiredtchr08
Congratulations retiredtchr08! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
 

Upcoming Chats & Challenges

  • Monday, September 29th: Random Challenge by Monica (Nica)
  • Tuesday, September 30th: Newsletter Challenge hosted by Andrea (alsoarty)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • Wednesday, October 1st: High Noon Crop and Challenge 

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the High Noon Crop. This week your challenge is to use products from at least 3 different collections on your page! Freebies are fine. Have fun with it! Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop & Challenge Gallery. Hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, October 2nd: Blog Inspired Challenge by Theresa (teecee)
  • Friday, October 3rd: Freebie Challenge by Valerie (ValerieT)
  • Saturday, October 4th: Color Challenge by Theresa (tiza126)

Saturday, October 4th: World Card Making Day

9:00 a.m. (ET) – Free Mini-Class:  Creating Cards with ScrapSimple Templates 

If you’re new to digital card making or simply want ideas for easy ways to create a greeting card using your digital scrapbook supplies, join April (April Showers) and Melanie (mbc72) in the Scrap Girls Chat Room. We’ll walk you through the basics, give you a link to a free card template and share some of our favorite card making tips.

12:00 p.m. (ET) -  Holiday Cards & Invitations 

We’re going to help you get started on your holiday cards early this year! Join Valerie (ValerieT) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room where we’ll give you tips for creating and printing beautiful holiday cards.

2:00 p.m. (ET) – Hybrid Cards: Basic to Advanced

Whether you are new to the concept of Hybrid Cards or you are a devoted fan, join Conda (SodScrap) and Theresa (teecee) in the chat room for ideas and inspiration. We’ll review a how-to tutorial, go over some basic supplies and share a few of our favorite non-digital tools and products for creating these beauties!

8:00 p.m. (ET) – Creating Colophons 

Join Carla (CRS) and Marilyn (MariJ) for a fun chat about colophons! A colophon is an identifying mark or emblem used by a printer or a publisher. For card makers, it is a little design on the back of the card identifying who made it.  We’ll have some tips about making them quickly and easily, as well as some ways you can customize them for different cards. Hope to see you in the chat room!

9:00 p.m. (ET) – Masculine Cards

If you ever find creating cards for the boys and men in your life a challenge, this is the chat for you! Monica (Nica) and Andrea (alsoarty) will give you some tips and color ideas to help you create masculine cards for any age.

September Monthly Layout Contest: Color

It’s September and the world is bursting with color! This is showcased in nature through the vivid colors of a pretty Autumn day and the gorgeous new growth and flowering beauty of Spring. Color is all around us and for the September Monthly Layout Contest we’d like to see your layout about color. This can be literal in a page all about colors, your favorite color, how colors make you feel or maybe a poem about color. We’re excited to see your scrapbook pages relating to color.

Please post your completed layouts in the September Contest Gallery before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on September 30th to be eligible for a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Be sure to add your product credits to the description area or in the EXIF properties. Good Luck! 

September Forum Game: Slow Scrap September

This month’s Scrap Girls Forum game, Slow Scrap September, is designed to help you get more scrapbook pages done with a series of simple steps that add up to a finished page at the end of each week. When the month is over you’ll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way!

    • Throughout September, Monday through Saturday, a Welcoming Committee member will post a daily layout step in the game thread. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows.
    • Members who complete the steps required in the game thread and post all 4 layouts in the Slow Scrap September Gallery will be entered in a drawing for one of two $15.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.
    • Each completed layout posted in the Slow Scrap September Gallery, up to 4 per member, will be entered in a drawing for one of three $5.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.
    • Members  have until 11:59 p.m. (ET) September 30th to complete the steps and post layouts to the Slow Scrap September Gallery. For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum

Watch the forum October 1st for a new Monthly Forum Game and Layout Contest!

September 21st Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner
At the Beach by KatieGrace
Digital scrapbooking products used:
You Are Collection Biggie
Coastal Collection Biggie
Menagerie Collection Biggie
Paradise Cove Collection Mini
St. Croix Collection
Cabana Collection Biggie
Dynamic Brush Set: Chalk Borders
Congratulations Katie! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
Want a chance to win Scrap Girls’ Weekly Layout Contest?
Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery, and if we choose yours, you’ll win a prize! To be considered, don’t forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.
Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Forum!

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Newsletter Challenge Winner
Newsletter Challenge Embellishment clusters
Brothers by Joyce (princessrunningfingers)
Congratulations Joyce! You may retrieve your prize by emailing [email protected]
Upcoming Chats & Challenges

  • Monday, September 22nd: Random Challenge by Monica (Nica)
  • Tuesday, September 23rd: Newsletter Challenge hosted by Andrea (alsoarty)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • Wednesday, September 24th: High Noon Crop and Challenge

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the High Noon Crop. This week we’re doing a Journaling Challenge. Create a layout using a new or different way of adding journaling to your page. You can make a list, make an art journaling style layout or write from a different point of view. It is your page- get creative and have fun with it. Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop & Challenge Gallery. Hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Wednesday, September 24th: Speed Scrap

You’ve had your engines in neutral, but on September 24th at 8:00 p.m. (ET), you can put those engines in gear and get ready for some speed! The Speed Scrap is back. Join Carla (crs) in the chat room for 6 new challenges spread out over an hour. After the last task is given, you will have one hour to work on the challenges and upload your layouts to the Speed Scrap Gallery! There is no speed scrap police force, so if your layout is late, that’s ok, too. We want you to create a layout you love!

  • Thursday, September 25th: Blog Inspired Challenge by Shannon (tinkerbell11)
  • Friday, September26th: Freebie Challenge by Conda (SodScrap)
  • Saturday, September 27th: Color Challenge by Carla (crs)
  • Saturday, September 27th: Save Your Photos Day – Heritage Crop

Join April (April Showers) and Carla (CRS) at 8:00 p.m. (ET) in the Scrap Girls chat room for a special “Save Your Photos Day” edition of the Heritage Crop! Save Your Photos Day is an annual event that focuses on what we can do to safeguard our photos and treasured memorabilia before disasters or accidents occur. Digitizing the photos is also the first step in creating heritage digital scrapbook pages. We will cover scanning tips and show some simple ways you can organize and sort your photos so that getting started isn’t an overwhelming task. We’ll have a fun scrapping challenge too. Hope to see you there!

save your photos day
September Monthly Layout Contest: Color

It’s September and the world is bursting with color! This is showcased in nature through the vivid colors of a pretty Autumn day and the gorgeous new growth and flowering beauty of Spring. Color is all around us and for the September Monthly Layout Contest we’d like to see your layout about color. This can be literal in a page all about colors, your favorite color, how colors make you feel or maybe a poem about color. We’re excited to see your scrapbook pages relating to color.

Please post your completed layouts in the September Contest Gallery before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on September 30th to be eligible for a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Be sure to add your product credits to the description area or in the EXIF properties. Good Luck! 

September Forum Game: Slow Scrap September

This month’s Scrap Girls Forum game, Slow Scrap September, is designed to help you get more scrapbook pages done with a series of simple steps that add up to a finished page at the end of each week. When the month is over you’ll have completed several layouts and been treated to some fun along the way!

  • Throughout September, Monday through Saturday, a Welcoming Committee member will post a daily layout step in the game thread. The tasks will be formatted in a LARGE PURPLE FONT for ease of locating them in the game thread as it grows.
  • Members who complete the steps required in the game thread and post all 4 layouts in the Slow Scrap September Gallery will be entered in a drawing for one of two $15.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.
  • Each completed layout posted in the Slow Scrap September Gallery, up to 4 per member, will be entered in a drawing for one of three $5.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificates.
  • Members  have until 11:59 p.m. (ET) September 30th to complete the steps and post layouts to the Slow Scrap September Gallery. For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

Behind the Scenes: Syndee Nuckles’ September Club!

Click here to check out this beautiful September club at a great price!

When you started working on your club, what was the first thing you did?

Well, I was bound and determined to figure out a direction early on this time! LOL

I decided that a vintage children/school/old books theme would be perfect for September. It’s always hard to choose a theme or direction and so this was half the battle!

Where did you find the inspiration for this club?

All over! I love anything vintage – so being inspired wasn’t hard. I looked through old photos, trinkets, and treasures at my parents house, Pinterest, and pretty much all over!

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Photo Credits: Spinner, Bingo, Dice, Game Board, Old Books, Vintage Children, Books
The club includes several products. Did you start and complete each one before moving on to the next?

Goodness no! LOL

I do always start with the papers first because I like to use them in the creation of some of my embellishments, word art, and sometimes my alpha. For this club I created ALL the papers first for the collection, paper minis, and the JIF Plus. I had created way more than I needed to so I may have to do a companion kit down the line!

(Click on the product images to be taken to their product page) one, two, buckle my shoe papers
What was your favorite thing to design?

That is a hard one! But I am going to have to say I really enjoyed designing the JIF Plus Kit. I love the collage and bingo papers and the fun vintage game pieces!

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What inspired the colors in your club?

Again, I gathered color inspiration from vintage games, images, books, and magazines. The only problem is that I always end up with a rather large color palette, but certain colors seem to take center stage as I create the products.

Photo Credits: Play Mate Magazine, Reading Book, Toy Shop Book, Mother Goose, When Mother Book, Spinner
If you could pick only one word to describe your club, what would that word be?

I think Nostalgic, it’s so full of games, books and images from days gone by, it’s easy to feel nostalgic for childhood memories.

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How did you come up with the name of your club?

It just sort of popped into my head as I was working on it! I had a few others and ran them by a couple of friends and they all agreed on this one.

one two buckle my shoe layout
Layout by Joyce Schardt
one two buckle my shoe embellishments
Layout by Jody West

I hope you enjoy this club. I had so much fun creating it for you!

Easy-Peasy Coasters using Digital Layouts & Kits!

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It is never too early to start on Christmas projects and I have a perfectly easy, inexpensive one for all the teachers on your gift list. Easy because you can use your existing layouts or create new ones!  I have used the JIFFY Album pages that came with Syndee Nuckles’ adorable One, Two, Buckle My Shoe September 2014 Club (***please note you only receive the JIFFY Album if you are a club member).  Inexpensive because you take these layouts along with 4″x4″ tiles from Home Depot and in a few quick steps you will have an adorable set of coasters to bless your favorite teachers with!

Materials Needed:
4 x 4 tiles (I purchased mine from Home Depot)
Mod Podge & spongebrush
cork board or heavy felt
acrylic sealer
glue gun or your favorite type permanent glue

supplies-coasters
Step one: Open a document in your photo editing program the size of your tile. I put guides on at 1/8 of an inch all the way around as you will want your layout slightly smaller than the actual tile piece. Once you have your small layouts done, you will drag them to an 8.5 x 11 document for printing. Print and cut to size.

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Step two: Cover the surface of the tile with one layer of Mod Podge and lay the printed design on top. Using your fingers or a plastic scraper, gently smooth out the paper so there are no air bubbles to make sure you have good contact between the paper and the tile. Let set for about 5 minutes. If you are making a set of four, by the time you lay down the design on the last tile, the first tile should be ready for step three.

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Step Three: Apply a coat of Mod Podge over top of the paper and allow to thoroughly dry.
Step Four: While the tile is drying, cut your cork into a square that is slightly smaller than the tile. Hot glue the cork to the back of the tile.
Step Five: Spray the decorative tile with an acrylic sealer. I usually do this part outside or in the garage. You need a space that is well ventilated.

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The last step in this process is to tie your coasters together with a matching ribbon and you are all set to gift your favorite teachers with a special set of coasters.
If you give this project a try, please be sure to post it to Scrap Girls Hybrid Layout Gallery so we can see your creation!
And as always . . . Enjoy the Process!!
~ Lei

(Click on the image below to be taken to the product page)
one, two, buckle my shoe digital kit
jif plus: one, two, buckle my shoe kit
one, two, buckle my shoe embellishments
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Tutorial written by Lei Maier

September 2014 Member of the Month – Kate B.(Stage Manager K8)

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CONGRATULATIONS! to our September 2014 Member of the Month Kate B. (Stage Manager K8)!
We’re sending a big Scrap Girls Congratulations to Kate!
The Team has chosen Kate as the Member of the Month for September! Kate will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique and has the honor of wearing the Member of the Month blinkie!

We thought it would be fun to get to know Kate a bit better by asking her a few questions – thanks Kate!

What program do you use to digital scrapbook?

Photoshop Elements

Are you a Mac or a PC, laptop or desktop?

PC all the way!

Tell us the make and model of digital camera that you use.

I bought a Nikon D60 for my DH a few years ago. And now I use it far more that he does. I also use my Droid Ultra camera phone.

Name one thing that every beginning digital scrapbooker should know.

Play with everything! Sometimes you’ll have the happiest accidents.

If you could be transformed into a digital scrapbooking embellishment, what would you choose and why?

I would be a straight ribbon border because I am the stability that a lot is riding on.

What time of day do you find that you do your best scrapbooking?

Anytime the house is quiet. Sometimes that’s late at night, sometimes when  the family is out and about.

What is your favorite snack?

I scream for Ice Cream!

What is your least favorite household chore?

I hate doing the dishes because it never ends!

Finish this sentence.  “I couldn’t live without…”

My faith in God, my crazy family, and my supportive and creative friends.

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Kate’s favorite layout: Car Trouble
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Products used:
(click on the image below to be taken to it’s product page)
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wild-things-collection
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Sketch Tuesday – September 16th, 2014

Once a month on the Blog we create a sketch either from an existing Design Team or CT member’s layout or one of the Creative Team members creates a new original sketch. Using sketches for inspiration is a great way to put together a layout quickly and still be able to add your own unique touches! This sketch is for the Thursday Blog Challenge on the Scrap Girls Forum. Make sure to join in the fun for a chance to WIN a prize!

SKETCH
sept 2014 sketch
ORIGINAL LAYOUT
Layout by Angie Briggs
Falling For Him Paper Super Mini
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Layout by Valerie Tuffrey
Camera Shy Collection Biggie
Camera Shy Paper Solids
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Layout by Andrea-rose Hutton
Countryside Collection
Madison County Collection
0914_SketchTuesday_JoyceS_LO_600
Layout by Joyce Schardt
What A Lovely Day Collection Mini
What A Lovely Day Paper Super Mini
ABR_ChicInstinct; ABR_YoursTruly; BMU_JIFPlus_12x12_Menagerie; BMU_Nassau
Layout by Anna Burrows
Chic Instincts Collection Biggie
Yours Truly Collection Biggie
JIF Plus: Menagerie
Nassau Embellishment Biggie
0914_Sketch_MelanieC_LO_600
Layout by Melanie Cockshot
Hello Baby Collection Biggie 
Hello Baby Animals Embellishments
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Shadow Me 6301
Old Hollywood Collection Biggie
091614_SketchTuesday_JodyW-LO_600Layout by  Jody West
Value Pack: Kitschy Christmas
091214_SketchTuesday_ShannonT600-2
Layout by Shannon Trombley
Kennel Club Collection Mini
2014-09-05 Sarah and Max's Wedding 02
Layout by Monica Lebsack
Endearing You Collection Biggie
Value Pack: Scrap It Weekly
Peacock Wedding Collection Biggie
Lettering Delights Warm Heart Font
Big Bang Collection
9-14 sketch sue m
Layout by Sue Maravelous
Homebody Collection Biggie
Chambray Collection Biggie
Back Porch Collection Biggie
Hello Baby Embellishment Biggie
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Emboss and Engrave Super Biggie

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