To All of My Family and Friends: Regarding New Digital Group
I am sending this letter out as a trial balloon to see if any of you would be interested in joining a “select” digital designing FREE group. I have been asked to take over a group by the former owner who has decided that she no longer wishes to keep it. I have been a member of this group for a little over two years. Over the past two years, my knowledge of digital scrapping and creating digital scrap pages learning different techniques and using newer software have increased tremendously. Most of this was done using many of the free digital kits and samples of digital design that are on the Internet and sharing with others. As the new owner of the group, I hope to be able to share many of the ideas I have been gathering.
As of today, we are looking for new members and any former members who have left the group on their own and may wish to return. Depending on how many members we get back will determine if the group will open membership to others later. As of now it is a closed group, which we believe allows us to talk freely among ourselves. Here is what the group is currently about.
The Current Activities we have going at this time are:
Most Days – All members are encouraged to send in Digital Scrap Shares that they have found on the Internet that is free to download. For those of you on the Internet, as you find free digital design items, you will be encouraged to send in the link to the group to share. With a lot of members doing this, the shares will increase and all of the members of the group will profit. In addition to the digital shares, we post helpful household hints, interesting items that we receive from our own e-mails, and share our scrap layouts. Plus we share some of our designs and templates and quick pages, if any of the other members think they can use them and incorporate them with their scrap pages. In fact one of our members is a professional digital designer and she shares all of her scrapbook kits, alphas, photos, etc., with us freely.
When you share from another designer, only the URL is permitted to enable our members to go to the designer’s website, and if possible a copy of the download is added to show what the freebie will look like. If you are already a member of certain digital designers, you may forward the page that is sent to your e-mail address with any freebies. All members are encouraged to submit cartoons, jokes, household hints that may be of interest to other members.
Mondays –The Sentence Challenge, is an activity that you can think about things that can lead to making scrapbook pages. The Sentence Challenge is usually a sentence that is unfinished that you can complete in your own words. Sometimes the sentence will be given to you, and you will be asked to respond.
Tuesdays – Weekly Layout Scrapbook Challenge – this challenge helps
our members to make scrapbook layouts and pages for their family albums. These can be completed in either digital or scrap book format, because all they have to do is send in a photo or scan when they are completed. The challenge is posted on Tuesdays, and you will have a week to complete your scrap book page.
Wednesdays –Game Challenge – This challenge helps clarify personal questions and ideas they may not have considered. Some of these challenges may seem outrageous at times, but most are thought provoking.
These challenges do not have to be done in scrapbook format, but if you decide to make a scrap page regarding the challenge, you are encouraged to send it into the group to share. The game challenges are also great for those of you who are keeping a private journal, and for ideas for scrap book pages in the future.
Fridays –Recipe Layout Day – These recipes are for the most part, tried and true and come from our own recipe boxes or from our families. Many are heritage recipes that cannot be found elsewhere. Recipes submitted MUST BE in scrapbook layout form. These recipes will be collected and posted and saved in the photo section of the group so that they can be downloaded again at a later time. As of today, the Recipe Layout Challenge each week is an open topic challenge and you may submit any recipe you wish, although we do ask that they be favorites of yours or heritage recipes handed down through the ages.
Guidelines will be posted often to keep members advised as to how to prepare the Challenges and changes within the group.
As the group grows, I have several other ideas that will be discussed with the group to add. These may or may not take the place of some of the ideas we are currently working with.
Some of these ideas will include scrapbook mystery challenges, which will consist of a topic, a template, and/or mystery items. Other ideas will be specific monthly challenges tied to either activities of the month, or certain holidays.
Those of you that know me from other groups will remember that I have always had an interest in vintage cookbooks, recipes, and ideas from the past. That has not changed, and I hope to incorporate some of these ideas soon. I am still working on formatting my family history and genealogy, and I hope to encourage those of you who would also enjoy working on your family tree. If the majority of the group approves, I would like to work on family scrapbook layouts to help those of you who want to make your genealogy pages come to life. Over the next year, social history will be discussed as alternatives to using family photos, and to highlight family events, when we do not have specific information regarding the family unit, but we will have the dates and locations. Every idea will be welcome.
Our Message Board will always be open to new ideas, suggestions, and topics for anyone to open chats within the group. If our members have any questions regarding software or help with designing, one or more of our members will step in and offer suggestions, mostly relating as to how they have handled the subject matter at hand. For those of you who do not understand digital designing, the group will also have information available to you. These may be in the form of lessons, or links to the topics you will be interested in learning.
As a working member of the group, you will be expected to share a scrapbook layout with the group at least once a month. These scrapbook layouts may be ones you are working on, scrapbook layouts from any of our challenges, or recipe layouts. Certain topic scrapbook layouts will also be available to see in the Photo Section of the group, which for now will be our Gallery. We also would like you to participate often on the message boards, joining in the discussions, and sharing what digital shares you find that may be new to the group. In return, you can expect to be part of a scrapbook group that welcomes you, and you will learn and share in many different scrapbook activities. If any of the above ideas appeal to you, and you would like to join our group, reply to this letter and let me know. I really would like to get in touch with those of you who I have worked with in the past, and make the group a success. If you have any friends that you would like to bring into the group, copy and paste this information and forward this letter to them.
Thank you for reading this far. I am looking forward to hearing from all of you soon.