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#1 KelvinBVM

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:32 PM

I know the name of the site is "Scrap Girls", but, hopefully, guys are welcome too. (I'm gay, so I really don't mind being "one of the girls" in any event.) Posted Image I am 43, live in Omaha, NE. and am recently married to my partner of five years. He just started taking belly dancing lessons (of all things--I don't understand, but he seems to enjoy it), and I found myself in need of something to do a couple of evenings a week while he is out of the house.

I briefly took up candy making, which is a hobby that makes you very popular among your friends and co-workers, but my doctor objected being of the opinion that I am diabetic. I gave geocaching a brief go, but then realized that I neither enjoy wandering around in parks, nor, in fact, being outdoors at all.

I stumbled across the Scrap Girls site while surfing the web, looking for something else, I don't even remember what. Having a background in both photography and web design, and already owing Photoshop and a Wacom tablet, the start up costs were relatively low, and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. (I was right.)

I chose for my first project to make a scrapbook for my Mom of photographs that she had taken during a recent trip to Oregon. I have done exactly one page, and am about to start on my second.

So, Hi.

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#2 MariJ

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:47 PM

Hi Kelvin. Nice to meet you and welcome to ScrapGirls! Can't wait to see your layouts and sure - there's other Scrap Guys around. :)

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#3 AnnBK

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:50 PM

Hi Kelvin! Welcome to the party! As a resident of Oregon, I am really eager to see those travel photos!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:52 PM

Hi Kelvin! Welcome to ScrapGirls, and yes guys are welcome too! Can't wait to see your page! And it sounds like digi-scrapping will be perfect to fill you time!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:54 PM

Hi Kelvin, welcome to Scrap Girls! We are thrilled that you are here :). Can't wait to see your layouts. Have you posted any from the Oregon trip in the gallery yet?

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#6 KelvinBVM

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:14 PM

Ok, I uploaded it...my one and only page. :)

On the Oregon Coast


Its in the Travel, Vacation, Destinations section of the Gallery, if that link doesn't work.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:22 PM

Hi Kelvin, :welcome2: to Scrap Girls! I just looked at your layout and it's a great page! We'll be looking forward to seeing you around the forums. We have lots of friendly and helpful members here, so don't hesitate to ask questions if you need any help. :)

BTW, just in case you are interested, there is a link to a Scrap Guy blinkie here: ScrapGuy Blinkie

#8 KelvinBVM

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:27 PM

Thanks! My first blinkie!
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:46 PM

Welcome, Kelvin! We're so glad you found us! And I'm glad you got your blinkie.
Don't hesitate to ask questions. Others out there will be wondering the same thing, and they'll all be glad you asked.

If you haven't done so yet, do download the free Narrative Collection and sign up for the newsletters on the homepage for 7 freebies each week. (by the way, there's a great sale on of travel collections, including some cool coast/beach ones). :)
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:49 PM

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Kelvin, you have come to the right place to learn. Never be hesitant to ask for any help with your digital scrapbooking.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:03 PM

Welcome, Kelvin! (and as an engineer, I ESPECIALLY love your name!)

Yes, there are other scrap guys; the one I've seen most often on the boards is DaveUK. You can visit his profile under "Members," and see his layouts. You can even send a PM (private message) via the message board.

You're off to a great start; I look forward to seeing more layouts from you.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

Hello Kelvin and Welcome to ScrapGirls :)
There is usually a pretty big learning curve when transitioning from traditional scrapbooking to digital scrapbooking no matter which program you decide on using. That is my opinion. So you are already ahead of the game, knowing Photoshop. It seems to me that most of the members on here use Photoshop or PSE. I am currently using PSE9/Windows Vista. There is usually some type of sale going on here at SG and for the next 2 days it happens to be 40% off Vacation, Beach, or Travel products. You should head over to the boutique and take a look. It's a grat way to start building up on your supplies. You found the best site for digital scrapbooking, everyone is extremely helpful and always happy to answer questions. Hope to see you around the forums.
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:19 PM

Oh, Kelvin - it is SO good to see you here! We love Scrap Guys!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:33 PM

Welcome, welcome, welcome, Kelvin!! Of course, Scrap Guys are welcome. I see you already have the Scrap Guy blinkie! Way to go!!

I'm in Omaha too!! If you haven't already, sign up for the Scrap Girls newsletter. Amy, one of our layout artists, did the tutorial in today's newsletter, (you can find a link to it on our home page) and she made mention of the get together we had here in Omaha in April. We had such a blast.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:43 PM

Welcome to Scrap Girls! I was in Omaha in April for the meetup Pat mentioned and I love your city and had a great time! I look forward to seeing your layouts!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:04 PM

Welcome to Scrap Girls! We are so happy to have another Scrap Guy here. :) I noticed you already picked up your super cool blinkie.

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#17 Nica

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:05 PM

Welcome! Glad that you found us and are brave enough to jump in. This really, truly is the best scrapbooking site. Everyone is amazingly helpful and being international, there's just about always someone on the boards to answer questions. :daisy: Don't be afraid to ask!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:52 PM

Welcome to Scrapgirls, Scrapguy! =)
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:20 PM

Welcome! Some great advice already, so I'll just say I'm looking forward to seeing you around the forums & gallery. You may find yourself encouraging your partner to take another class (actually belly dancing sounds like fun) so you have more scrapbooking time. Just warning you.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:21 PM

Welcome Kelvin. :waving-hi: I love your humorous description about your previous attempts to find a hobby.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:25 PM

Hi Kelvin! Thanks for introducing yourself! We could always use more Scrap Guys around here :)

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:11 PM

Hi Kelvin. Welcome to ScrapGirls. I think you'll love it here.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:21 PM

Hi,Kelvin, and welcome to ScrapGirls. You could probably teach me more than a few things. You will find this place very welcoming.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:27 PM

Hi Kelvin, welcome to Scrap Girls. Hope you have lots of fun with us. I'm off to go look at your first layout.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:53 AM

Welcome to Scrap Girls! We are a helpful bunch so if you have any questions at all fire away! Like the others have said, make sure to sign up for the newsletter for all the tutorials!

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:59 AM

Welcome to this friendly site Kelvin. Just think how great it will be to preserve some memories for your family. We all love it here. Kay
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:35 AM

Welcome to ScrapGirls!!

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:43 AM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:27 PM

A guy on Scrap GIRLS, of course you are welcome! I'm looking forward to all your layouts.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:48 PM

Welcome Kelvin! You will like this purple place. It is so friendly and helpful.

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