We are honored and proud to announce DIANEDI as our April GCT member. She has won many contests at ACOT and is a wonderful scrapbooker! Please welcome her to this position!
Says Diane ...
Thank you ACOT Design Team for selecting me as your April Guest Designer! I am so thrilled to be a part of this talented group for the month! I truly believe that ACOT has a one of a kind community that I love being a part of!
I wanted to share a few things about me! My husband, Dave, and I live in MA with our 2 kids (Lauren 3 ½ and Colin 1 ½). I am a SAHM and I love anything that is a creative outlet! (scrapbooking, photography, music, gardening).
I began scrapbooking in 2002 after I went to a Creative Memories party at my girlfriend’s house. I bought everything that night and I never touched any of it! I realize now that I just didn’t know where to begin! Six months later, I discovered a local scrapbook store that offered classes with some very talented teachers. I learned the basics and plenty of different techniques to get me started. I was hooked!
My first experience in “competitive” scrapbooking was last May when I was attending the CK Convention in NH. I happened to be working on a layout that used Scrapworks products and decided to enter a contest they were sponsoring. Much to my surprise, I won the Grand prize and a boat load of goodies. I was truly shocked and that experience gave me the confidence to start pursuing other things. I began submitting to publications late in the summer and I’ve been lucky enough to have layouts and cards published in Simple Scrapbooks, Scrapbook Trends, Paper Crafts, and Correspondence Art (now Paper Art). I also became a member of the Scrapworks Design Team this past February.
In the past, I have always been a double-page layout kind of girl. But, I have branched out into lots of altered art type projects, mini books and cards. There is never enough time in the day to try everything that I would like! I look forward to sharing more of my projects in the gallery this month and getting to know more about all of you! Thank you again ACOT!
View Diane's Gallery
1) What is an online crop?
An online crop is an huge event hosted by the Creative Team members incorporating scrapbooking, games, challenges, classes, PRIZES, chatting with other members and all around FUN! The point of an online crop is to get active and we encourage you to participate in the many games and challenges.
2) Online Crop Activities
The main attraction to the online crop are the challenges. You'll find layout challenges featuring many different themes and techniques, and Fast Scraps which are mini challenges intended to keep you thinking and scrapping on the ball! Most every challenge can be completed using basic supplies any scrapper should have in their supply. In the case that a particular product is required, an announcement will be made ahead of time in the Online Crop Forum, allowing plenty of time to gather necessary supplies beforehand.
Games are a big feature during the online crop. You can join in the fun playing bingo, guessing games, scavenger hunts and MORE! Remember... the more games and challenges you participate in the better your chances are of walking away with ACOT points, prizes and/or gift certificates!
3) How to get ready for the Online Crop
This is simple! Check out the Online Crop Forum and jot down the schedule and check for any other announcements regarding challenges or games.
Gather all your favorite supplies and clear a scrapping space... preferably near your pc to optimize your crop enjoyment! Lastly, make sure you plan ahead and clear your busy schedule so you can spend as much time participating in the crop as you possibly can! You won't want to miss a bit of the action!
4) What to expect once the Online Crop begins
Hold onto your hats for Fun! Fun! Fun! You'll suddenly begin to notice new threads popping up for games, challenges and friendly chit-chat in the Online Crop forum. Keep an eye on the Online Crop Forum, refreshing often to be sure you don't miss a new challenge or game. The rules for each challenge and game are posted clearly in each new thread. As always, if you have a question please feel welcome to shout it out. Our Crop hostesses are there to ensure you have fun and many members of our online community are seasoned veterans of online cropping!
5) How to find new challenges as they become available
The best way to stay in the know is to keep refreshing the Online Crop Forum! You'll see new threads with the challenge title and # and in case you get lost in a sea of new threads... there is always a master Crop thread highlighted and stuck to the top of the Crop Forum with an up to date listing of current and past challenges.
6) How are winners chosen
This is a question we hear a lot... our Crop hostesses try their hardest to make sure everyone has the most fun they can have during an online crop. The only way to get awards is to participate, participate, participate! Most challenge and game winners are chosen by random drawing. Some games will state in the rules as they are posted, that the "first person with the correct answer" is called winner. It's important to read the rules in every new challenge or game. You also never know when you'll be randomly selected just for hanging around on the Message Board with us!
7)How do you prepare for a crop
Read this message board thread for tips and ideas on how to prepare for an online crop.
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