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Win a 1 Year Subscription to Backblaze!

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We have three one-year licenses to Backblaze to give away today! Obviously, there are lots of back-up services you can use, but here are a few reasons why we partnered with Backblaze:

Backblaze provides automatic, unlimited backup of any Mac or PC for just $5 a month. Here are some of the reasons we think they’re great:

1. Backblaze is easy. Unlike other backup services, Backblaze backs up all your data by default – you never have to select what you want backed up. It just hums along in the background making sure nothing gets missed.  Plus if you happen to connect your external harddrive Backblaze will back it up too!

2. Backblaze backs up to the cloud.  Sure an external hard drive is handy, but what happens if a natural disaster ruins it?  Or it gets stolen along with your computer?  With another copy of your data in the cloud you’ll still have all your photos and digi files.  And Backblaze encrypts all of your data before transferring it to the cloud making sure everything is secure.

3. Backblaze will get your lost data back to you fast. You can either download your files from a web interface. Or, if you have a lot of files, the company will send them to you on an external hard drive with next-day shipping (for an added price).

You can try it free on their website!

How to enter:

We have three places you can enter to win a Backblaze license. All you need to do is tell us about your worst backing-up nightmare. You can leave a comment below, on our Facebook page, or scrap your nightmare and post your layout to our weekly Newsletter Challenge Gallery. On Halloween, we will pick the scariest stories to win!

October 26th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

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Weekly Layout Contest Winner

First Flight with Poppa by Ngaire

Digital scrapbooking products used:

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Collection Biggie
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lifted Postage
His and Hers Embellishment Mini
ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Fragments

Congratulations Ngaire! 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; 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
Congratulations Katie-Grace!
You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
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Upcoming Chats & Challenges

We’re having a huge party to celebrate Scrap Girl’s 10th Anniversary!

The chats and challenges for the upcoming week are listed below, but you’ll need to check the Anniversary Forum threads for complete details.

Monday, October 27th

 Scrap10 Challenge:My Top 10 List by Marilyn (MariJ)

Were you ever a fan of Late Night with David Letterman? Do you remember the nightly Top 10 list?  For this challenge, pick any topic and create your own Top 10 list. Whether your list is funny or serious, this challenge is a fun way to add journaling to your page.

Tuesday, October 28th

  • Scrap10 Challenge:Backing-Up Nightmares hosted by Carla (CRS)

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

Wednesday, October 29th

  • Scrap10 Challenge / High Noon Crop: ScrapSimple Decathlon (April)

The High Noon Crop is designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes by providing a fun, new challenge and a one-hour goal. Today, we’re having a ScrapSimple Decathlon! Your challenge is to use 10 ScrapSimple Tools or Templates in your layout. This may be a tough one, but we’ll give you lots of ideas and tips at the chat!

Thursday, October 30th

  • Scrap10 Challenge: A Perfect 10 (Theresa G)

You’ve probably heard the expression “A Perfect 10,” right? Well, in honor of Scrap Girls’ 10th Anniversary, today’s challenge will be to use 10 photos on a layout, using those photos to show how something is perfect. Any subject matter will do, as long as you feel it shows perfection of some kind. Can you come up with a “Perfect 10”? 

Friday, October 31st 

  • Scrap10 Challenge:Your Most Frightening Layout (Valerie)

How many times have you looked back at some of your early layouts in horror?  We all gain new skills and get closer to finding our own personal style with every layout we finish. Today, your challenge is to re-do one of the first 10 layouts you ever posted here at Scrap Girls.

  •  Forum Game:  Halloween Embellishment Hunt

Hunt for haunted embellishments buried in the Scrap Girls BOOTIQUE. If you correctly identify all the items, you will be entered into a drawing to win a Gift Certificate!

Saturday, November 1st – Digital Scrapbook Day

One lucky participant will win a Wacom tablet!

Watch for more details in the newsletter and on the Scrap Girls Forum.

  • 9:00 a.m. (ET) Templates Scrap10 Challenge (Valerie/Marilyn)
  • 10:30 a.m. (ET) Quick & Easy Pages Scrap10 Challenge (Valerie/Sarah B)
  • 12:00 p.m. (ET) Beautiful Brushwork Scrap10 Challenge (April/Tiza)
  • 3:00 p.m. (ET) ScrapSimple Scrap10 Challenge (Melanie)
  • 4:30 p.m. (ET) Scraplift Scrap10 Challenge (Conda)
  • 6:00 p.m. (ET) FREE Mini Class: Cool Tools Scrap10 Challenge (Andrea/Jody)
  • 7:30 p.m. (ET) Only in Digital Scrap10 Challenge (Carla/Theresa G)
  • 9:00 p.m. (ET) Speed Scrap Scrap10 Challenge (Shannon/Carla)

Find more information on the Scrap 10 Challenge here.

October Monthly Layout Contest:
This month, Scrap Girls is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! In honor of this milestone, we’d love to see your layouts featuring the number 10! Fill the October Monthly Layout Contest Gallery with your works of art featuring the number 10 or a multiple of 10 in some way. Maybe you have photos of someone’s 30th birthday, a 10 year wedding anniversary. You could use the number 10 on your layout, use 10 photos or to totally crazy and use 10 of the same embellishments!
Please post your completed layouts in the October Contest Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 31st 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! 

October Forum Game: 
This October 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 the Product Picks game thread on the Scrap Girls Forum. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique, navigate to that particular designer’s product pages and choose a favorite product or one you have on your wish list and share it in the Product Pick thread.

It is as simple as that! Spend a little time in the boutique, and share with us what you like about each designers’ products!

Prizes:

  • Members who have posted links to 37 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 GCs.
  • Members who have posted links to 16-36 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 GCs.
  • Members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 GCs.

See the Product Picks game thread on the Scrap Girls Forum for complete details.

 

Winner of the Silhouette Cameo Giveaway!

We have a WINNER!
CONGRATULATIONS! To Patricia Williams – and thank you to all those who entered. We know you are going to LOVE your new Silhouette Cameo, Patricia! We will be contacting you shortly.

 

Win a Silhouette Cameo!

To start this week off with a bang, we have an awesome giveaway prize! Today, we are giving away a Silhouette Cameo – a prize worth $299.99! You can enter below using Rafflecopter or up your chances by placing an order in our Boutique today. For each order placed, we will add additional entry into the drawing for you!

Enter to WIN using Rafflecopter below!

New Silhouette CAMEO®

The Silhouette CAMEO® is the ultimate DIY  crafting and home decor machine. It works like a printer, plugging into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. But, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and other materials up to 12 inches wide. You can also print items and then have the Silhouette cut them out using the registration mark feature!

 Contains:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® electronic cutting tool
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • Power cable, USB cable
  • Basic instruction manual
  • 12-inch cutting mat
  • Cutting blade
  • One-month basic subscription to the Silhouette Design Store
  • Crosscutter
  • 100 free digital designs

Contest Rules:

  • Open to Continental US Residents, 18 & older.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. Prizes will be fulfilled by Silhouette America.
  • Winner cannot have won another Silhouette America giveaway in the past 90 days.
  • Winners should expect their prize to arrive within 6-8 weeks.
  • Winner will be announced Sunday night.

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Behind the Scenes: Jacqui Smith’s October Club!

Each month we get a glimpse behind the scenes of our Scrap Girls Club designers, and this month’s designer is Jacqui Smith!

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?

I am drawn to the amazing things people create with paper, by simply folding and cutting. Deciding on direction for the club was the initial focus which was really about what had been catching my eyes at the time, paper crafting. I also liked how this idea connected with a deeper meaning in embracing who we are. It is the chinks and dents that we collect as we journey through life that make us who we are. We don’t need to hide those things away. Being an amazing unique individual, chinks and dents included, is something to celebrate. Once I had this concept cemented I had my point of reference for the journey ahead.

What inspired the colors in your club?

I like to have some neutrals with a pop of colour, mostly so photographs can shine. I like colours to suit everyday use, and be versatile, for male and female.

Where did you find the inspiration for this club?

Inspiration in general comes from a multitude of places, including the local library, the internet and catalogues. I keep a folder on my computer called Inspiration and am often taking snaps of physicals things that catch my eye. I tend to go here first when looking for inspiration. Geometric shapes are in and so I wanted to have papers focused around those kinds of shapes and paper crafting. I wanted to include some metal and wood for finishing touches.

The club includes several products. Did you start and complete each one before moving on to the next?

Usually I start making some papers first but in this case I didn’t follow my usual flow. I was eager to get into the speech label, metal brad and folded alphas and the embellishment mini. I liked so many of the aspects of these products that I was creating a mix of other product pieces, try them out making layouts to see how they work together. The last thing I finish is usually the embellishments.

What was your favorite thing to design?

There are so many parts of the club that I enjoyed designing it has been a challenge to narrow it down. If I had to pick I would say the Alpha Speech Labels. They are such a great way of adding titles, journalling and highlighting details.

If you could pick only one word to describe your club, what would that word be?

Creative. It sums up who we are and the way in which we express ourselves.

About how long did it take you to design this club?

That is an interesting question. I like to have plenty of thinking time before launching into a project. I like my subconscious to help clarify my direction before I sit down and get to work. Once I began designing, it took about a month, not including edits, packaging and getting it ready to go live. It is such a team effort when it comes time for the quality check process and I am grateful for the assistance as when you have been immersed in a project you often see what things should be not what they are.

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

I was chatting with my husband about the concept and meaning behind the club and we were bouncing ideas of each other on what to call it. It was his idea for the name “Nip & Tuck”. I instantly loved it so it stuck.

 

I hope you enjoy this month’s club. No matter the product I try to design items you can use in everyday life. I look forward to seeing your layouts in the gallery. – Jacqui

3 Favorites from the October 2014 Scrap Girls Club!

There is so much digi-scrapping goodness in this month’s Scrap Girls club by Jacqui Smith, but while I was making my layout, I realized that there were three pieces of it that really I fell in love with.

The first is the Alpha Brad set.  These alphas are super versatile and I discovered that with the simple step of using a layer mask to hide parts of the letters I could make it look like they were intertwined.


The second is the Word Art. I am a sucker for good word art, it is often what sells me on a collection. The wooden labels with the embedded word art have such a great style, but while making my layout I found that I needed a word that wasn’t included. I was so happy to see that Jacqui included a blank wooden label with the embellishments. I simply typed my word on the label and used an inner shadow to mimic the same embedded look as the labels included with the collection.


Finally, is the Hex Cut Out paper that comes with the Nip & Tuck Paper Super Mini. I am so thankful that the layered .psd file was included with the collection, because it meant that all I had to do was add my photos and my layout would be done in no time! When it came time to make my layout, however I realized that I didn’t have enough pictures to fill all of the spaces. I decided to clip some of the other papers to the photo spots in the hexagons to add some additional color to my layout.

While all the pieces of this month’s club are amazing, these are the three that really captured my attention and got my creative juices flowing. Which pieces did you like the most? Did you have to alter them to make them work for your layout? Come share your Scrap Girls Club layouts with us in the Scrap Girls gallery and let us know what you liked the most about this month’s fantastic club!

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Melanie Cockshott
Article written by Melanie Cockshott

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