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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:41:10 AM
do you want, or mind if other people respond?!

I think probably 20% of the threads on the main page are for Glitter Girl at any given time. I sometimes respond, but honestly, sometimes feel like I am butting in on a personal request!







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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:10:18 PM
Nope I appreciate all the help and suggestions I can get.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:49:58 PM
I too appreciate everyone's advice and input!



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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:54:33 PM
I think it would be awesome if she used one of my questions in her video. But I would appreciate any fellow peas reply.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 1:07:57 PM
I don't ask her directly and I don't respond to people who do bc I also feel like I'm butting in. However, if its a question I have too, I might thank them for asking in hopes that the more attention it gets, the better chance of getting noticed.

However, I just thought today that I wish people would just ask their question instead of directing it to gg. Maybe it's because she answered one of my questions already (that wasn't directed to her), but I kinda feel when people ask her directly they don't care what others have to say.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 1:30:33 PM

However, I just thought today that I wish people would just ask their question instead of directing it to gg. Maybe it's because she answered one of my questions already (that wasn't directed to her), but I kinda feel when people ask her directly they don't care what others have to say.


That. (except it wasn't just today. ) Maybe not what they mean, they're probably just trying to get her attention because they want to be sure to get an answer from her, but it does sort of come across that way. Kind of makes it feel like they should just peamail her then.

I posted in a thread that was directed to GG, but I figured wth, it IS a message board and so be it if I'm butting in. If they don't want my input they can ask privately for answers.



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Posted: 1/11/2013 1:40:35 PM
She DID answer my question directed to her, but not every question gets answered. And questions that aren't directed to her have been answered so I just kind of ignore the title and help out if I can. It's easier that way.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 1:47:58 PM
I haven't asked her one but if I did, I know that I would welcome all answers!


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Posted: 1/11/2013 1:50:00 PM
I often wonder if she gets overwhelmed with all the question threads. I think it would take hours a day to keep up with.



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Posted: 1/11/2013 1:50:46 PM

I haven't asked her one but if I did, I know that I would welcome all answers!


^^ Same here

I do worry when I reply to GG posts though that the OP is sitting there thinking ' who asked you?!?' lol



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Posted: 1/11/2013 2:07:16 PM
I have never asked Glitter Girl a question, but I have occasionally put questions out for all Peas to answer when I'm really stumped on something. My style is very uniquely mine, so I am not sure Glitter Girl has all the answers. However, I noticed on the new video she is soliciting questions on "crafty dilemnas, (not sure how to spell that), and where it is makes me think that question will be there all year, so we will be seeing more Glitter Girl questions in 2013 then we ever did in 2012.



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Posted: 1/11/2013 2:53:36 PM
I have actually been meaning to do a post here about posting questions to Glitter Girl and haven't actually done it - so no time like the present, right? Let me see what I can cover.

*Questions do not have to be addressed to Glitter Girl in any way to become episodes. I read almost every thread on the board (and pass the relevant ones to Glitter Girl ) and there are things I look for in different threads to try to find things that will meet three requirements for every episode: it's something I actually have an interest in making/exploring (because that is my big personal rule to staying happy creatively - no forced assignments that don't feel real), it's something that can benefit many people in the Two Peas community (so a really specific question about something like 'I have this exact sheet of paper from 2003 and I don't know how to use it' is often skipped because it's not something that is as easy for lots of scrappers to take on board and use in their own way), and it needs to have a link to some sort of products in stock here at Two Peas (because shopping from Glitter Girl's supply lists is what keep the series going, so something like an entire episode dedicated to the Cricut isn't going to work - but I'm happy to include things in an episode that could be relevant to digital die-cutters in general). Anyway, short version: you don't have to mention Glitter Girl. You can, but you don't have to.

*If you do mention Glitter Girl in your subject line, it is SO helpful if you ALSO include something about the topic. 'Glitter Girl, can you help me with polka-dot papers?' is so much more useful to us all than just 'Glitter Girl' or 'Glitter Girl can you help?'. Don't worry if you've posted one without that bit - it's absolutely fine and rest assured it is read and bookmarked and all questions are considered. But to give you an idea, there are currently about a dozen different threads in my bookmarks that are just 'Glitter Girl' with no further indication of the topic. It's so hard to remember which one is which and find it to go back again and look specifically at the question.

*Have patience. Glitter Girl does one episode a week. While I was a little concerned that we might have trouble coming up with 52 more questions in 2013 since we covered some pretty major scrapbooking topics in 2012, now I look at my bookmarks and think we're pretty good. Not that we have the whole year blocked out in advance or anything like that and not that your questions are not welcome - please always post! But a very very few times someone has started a new thread a week or two after their first request or otherwise commented very quickly that their question hadn't been answered, etc. I'm all for Glitter Girl having super powers, but mild-mannered scrapbooker Shimelle Laine totally bogarts her time and does other stuff sometimes too. Sometimes she even sleeps. It's totally a waste of Glitter Girl's powers in this world, I know, but the limit is one episode per week. (For the record, there is often a case when an episode is directed specifically at one question but there are some other threads helping to navigate a topic. In Adventure 52, for example, the question was about titles, but there were also recent threads on the reasons for scrapbooking food photos and a request for more double-page layout ideas for four+ photographs, leading to the sample layout being a five photo double-page layout about queueing forty minutes for the best cheese sandwich in London. She didn't come out to explain why she was scrapbooking food, btw, but hoped it might get the idea across that sometimes food is an event!)

*Glitter Girl hopes you want your conversation to be open to all. That was the entire motivation behind The Adventures of Glitter Girl. Toward the end of 2011, there was so very little scrapbooking discussion happening on the GS - at least compared to other times. There were lots of discussions about how to use various digital die cutters and there were lots of discussions about sales at big box stores. Neither of these things really made me excited to scrapbook. If you've read pretty much any thread on which I've commented, you'll know I love to discuss things IN DEPTH. When there are a variety of scrapbooking discussions on the board, I will jump in and write a thesis on any given topic that inspires. But I'm not shopping at these big box stores and do not live in the nation of the 40% off coupon and while I have a digital die-cutter, I just consider it another tool I can use when I'm inspired to, not something I want to discuss or use every single day - just my personal style. So if I was going to commit big time to a big project here at Two Peas, I wanted something that could bring back that thing I missed so much: real discussion of all sorts of scrapbooking things. And I think Glitter Girl did help with that. (I definitely won't claim it's the only reason why that has improved - lots of people have helped it happen!!!!) So from all of that backstory, please know the entire idea of gathering Glitter Girl's questions from the GS board was to ENCOURAGE discussion from ALL the Peas - different styles, different priorities, different budgets, different creative processes all lead to different ideas that can be shared. So many times I feel like I could take one question and answer it in a different way every week for a few months at least! Because there are just so many ways to potentially answer some questions and Glitter Girl can only show you 20-30 minutes of an answer, basically. If you ask a question, please consider it open to all peas and never ever think 'who asked you'. Glitter Girl is nameless and faceless for a reason - she could be any Pea! If you see a question to Glitter Girl and you want to answer it, please do. And you never need to apologise or feel the need to say 'I'm not GG, but...' because you know what? Maybe you are. Just jump right in!!!

*We never meant for the GS to become some sort of glitter party where so many threads have 'Glitter Girl' in the subject line that it feels like she's taken over. (Though in writing that, I do suddenly think I need to throw an actual glitter party - like glittery cake and glittery party dresses in real life though, rather than posts on a message board.) I am well aware there are some out there who are not Glitter Girl fans and I am totally okay with that because I've learned it's not possible to make something that 100% of the entire world will love! All hail variety! But I think sometimes there are those who feel Glitter Girl invaded and it would be better to spread the love across all the gallery, all the peas, and so forth - and you know, that would be awesome. Maybe it should be a silent guideline that if you're posting to Glitter Girl, you should also lift up another pea - go leave a nice comment on a pretty page in the gallery or start a thread to say 'have you checked out ____ and her awesome pages in the gallery?' - you know, just something to think about. I really believe the secret to keeping this craft at its best is to share and give, so if you find someone with awesome style or you see something out there that inspires you, consider yourself invited to share it with the Peas!

*If at all possible, post pages in your gallery. There are two steps with every post I read that straight away help me decide if something is worth putting onto our working list of topics. I read the question and any following comments in the thread, then I look at the original poster's gallery. It gives me SO much context for creating a useful answer in video form. I don't purposely change my scrapbooking style, but I try to include things that will make the answer easy for the OP to run with, if that makes sense. A great example last year was the crepe paper adventure - that was Pennyscraps' question and Penny has a great gallery here at Two Peas. We don't have similar scrapping styles though - and from looking at Penny's gallery, I could tell she loved cleaner lines than some of my messy embellishment and at the time she was using quite a bit of red. Penny does a lot of double page designs, and the episode was a single page, but a single page design that could easily be repeated to make a double, and I kept it toward the cleaner end of my style rather than piling on lots of extra embellishment, and I started my colour scheme with red. Penny contributes a lot to the community here and I wanted to take that bit of effort to include one of her posts in an episode and make the answer as useful to her thread as I could. HOWEVER... so many times there are questions where it says something along the lines of 'Glitter Girl, I have trouble using _this product_ - every time I try it, it just doesn't look right to me' and then I go to their gallery and zero layouts. Well... it's really hard to know why it doesn't look right to you and how it COULD look right to you if I can't tell anything about your style. It's not a hard and fast rule, but if it is at all possible to share some work in your gallery, it helps Glitter Girl to answer your question in a way that is will be easiest for you to adapt. (Also, she does really really try to pick questions from active members of the community as a bit of a high five, though she will certainly consider questions from new Peas too - but hopes you will also become an active member of the community! Yay.)

A few other quick hints:
*If your question is really long or has too much to include in one episode, the Adhesive Avenger will edit it. Don't be upset pretty please. It's just sometimes that writing on the screen doesn't translate well when read aloud.
*Realllllllly specific questions don't tend to make good episodes, but I usually try to answer them on the thread if I have a minute.
*which leads to the 'is she drowning in questions' question earlier in this thread - well, currently I have a lot of unanswered posts in my bookmarks. Not drowning, exactly, as they are organised and such but I'm behind on typing up answers at the moment, and I don't tend to type an answer if I'm thinking I might do an episode on that topic, so right now it's a bit of a state of flux and I really hope no one is upset that I haven't answered their thread at the moment.
*Keep in mind throughout the year that if there is something you would like to see from another Garden Girl's perspective, just ask. We have different styles and answer things in different ways - and while the other series are set up differently to the message-to-video format, if a certain Garden Girl inspires you and you wonder what she would do with x,y,z, don't be afraid to ask.
*If it's a really short question and you're on twitter, just tweet me & you'll usually get a fast answer.


Does that help a little? Think that's my essay for today!


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Shimelle....that is why I like you.




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Posted: 1/11/2013 10:35:54 PM
I love any opinions when I post or ask for help


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Posted: 1/11/2013 10:43:35 PM
trixie*:

Nope I appreciate all the help and suggestions I can get.

Me too.

Shimelle's "essay" was a wealth of information for me. I appreciate her giving us even more of her time so that we can better understand the logistics. (I have wondered how overwhelmed she must be and could not possibly have time to sleep.) And still her perspective is sweetness and light.

Great thread, Ashley.

Thanks to all.

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Posted: 1/12/2013 2:04:37 AM
Oh GG,

When I posted my question I absolutely loved the responses I got from fellow peas. The OP being one of them!! She posted some stunning layouts addressing my question, and I know I greatly appreciated it.



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Posted: 1/12/2013 3:34:39 AM
I had a question that I posted to GG, but then changed the title to invite all peas, the peas had the most amazing ideas! I added at least 3 blogs to my google reader thanks to examples shared by peas who ROCK the 6x6 paper scrapbooking. It was awesome. GG's adventure was amazing and I have made a number of layouts from it already that I should have posted the gallery already!

I also learn a lot from reading other's Q's and the pea's answers, there are often lots of peas who want to know the answer, not just the OP. The thread about using your scraps was one I went back to time and again for the good ideas (and links) for a never-ending scrapbook issue.

I think that Peas with a question for GG want an answer more than anything else, so everyone should share their ideas (Ashley, please don't hold back your thoughts! You often have an interesting perspective to add) GG has some really good ideas, but so do the rest of the Peas, there is some seriously amazing talent and brainpower in this MB.

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Well heck, Ruth.... I am going to go look for your thread. I need to use up my 6x6's!


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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:28:02 PM
Always helps I think



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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:28:20 PM
Glitter girl likes a lot of responses to a topic



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Posted: 1/16/2013 1:03:59 PM
Totally forgot I posted this!
Thanks for all of the replies. I am glad to hear that everyone who responded is happy for contribution from all Peas. We are such an amazingly talented bunch, and I love the diversity of opinions and ideas you can receive here!

Shimelle, your posts are always so awesome. So thoughtful and well-written. I really like that about you.







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Posted: 9/5/2013 2:46:46 AM
Bumping this post up to the top for some Glitter Girl info. Lately Glitter Girl is getting lots of questions on YouTube, Twitter, layout comments, email, etc, and the place to ask Glitter Girl a question for a NEW episode is right here on the GS board.
(Now, if you're asking a question about an adventure already posted, by all means - comment on YouTube, in the gallery, Twitter, email, wherever! She will try her best to clarify anything for you! But say if you leave a comment on YouTube that says 'Glitter Girl, I'm really stuck with these photos of my daughter in a neon tutu feeding a giraffe at the zoo. What would you suggest?' hoping for a new video about how to scrap exceedingly tall children in bright clothing with exotic animals... she can't help. If you post it here on the GS board, you might be in luck!)

If you scroll up to the really long reply above, there is also some really useful info about how to best use the subject line, etc.

Glitter Girl thanks you so much and wishes you much happy scrapping!


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Posted: 9/5/2013 5:37:07 AM
Love this post, and your response, Shimelle! The great community of peas is why I have been a member of this site for so many years, and keep coming back again and again! Now, I want to know...when is the glitter party, and can I come?


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Posted: 9/27/2013 10:11:24 PM
Shimelle, I just try to thank you every opportunity I can get, because I really appreciate all of the hard work you do to keep the rest of us inspired!
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