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I was recently watching an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. It was Aunt Bee's birthday, and Andy bought her two dozen canning jars. He just knew that she wanted a sensible, useful gift. Aunt Bee was so disheartened when she opened the gift. She happened to have her heart set on a lovely, feminine, perhaps frivolous, bed jacket. The happy ending came when Andy presented her with another gift to unwrap - the dainty, longed-for bed jacket!
While watching the show, I was thinking about the kind of gifts that I like to receive. Christmas had just passed, so several recently received gifts came to mind. You see, I've never been one to wear much jewelry, and I'm not exactly up to date with the latest clothes fashions. Perhaps I'm not even aware of the previous clothes fashions! And, while it seems to be a common idea that a man shouldn't give his wife kitchen gadgets as a gift... I love that sort of gift! I call them Kitchen Gifts.
During Christmas 2011, I received three (yes, three!) Kitchen Gifts. Well, one of them showed up earlier in December since I ordered it early. Oh, um, yes... I ordered it. Ha! I told my husband that it would be a great gift for me. His family had a tradition of eating finger foods on Christmas Eve, and I try to continue that tradition for him. I thought that this year, it would be fun to include cheese fondue. He wasn't sure what to look for or where, so I decided to make things easier for him. A lovely cheese fondue set was delivered to our home one day in early December. He came home that evening to a cheese fondue meal. I still laugh at his response. He said, "Is this legal?" I said, "Well, we can still wrap the box and put it under the tree. I just thought I should test out the cheese recipe before Christmas Eve."
The second Kitchen Gift was a Dutch oven. Yay! You see, sadly enough, I had never made a roast that I was really impressed with. As I sat watching an episode of Food Network's The Pioneer Woman, the show's hostess, Ree Drummond, was cooking what she called "Perfect Pot Roast." I knew (absolutely knew) that I needed a Dutch oven. I was determined to cook a roast that looked as scrumptious as the one Ree was serving on the show. Obviously, I needed a Dutch oven to do so. Obviously. Well, less than a week after Christmas, with my brand new Dutch oven, I did it. I made a pot roast that I was proud of!
The third Kitchen Gift was from Santa. It was actually left for Ethan, Hunter, and Nathan... but I think Santa had me in mind, too. He brought me, oh, I mean, the boys, an ice cream maker! What a fun gift. And we have really enjoyed eating our homemade ice cream. We've had three kinds in the freezer: vanilla, chocolate chip, and peanut butter cup. Thanks, Santa!
When I opened up a gift from my in-laws, I found myself holding a gift card to a department store. I pictured many gals planning what kind of new clothes they could buy or what piece of jewelry they would want. Me? I immediately thought about the food processor that I've had my eye on!
Favorite Product I've designed:
All of my collections are like my babies. I love them all! I'll claim my most recent one, Firefighter Collection Biggie, as my favorite for now. I had fun designing it and thinking about the pictures I would use in the layouts. In the future, I'm sure I'll have more pictures of our son, Nathan, which will work well with this collection. The bold colors are great for other themes, as well.
Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)
The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).
With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:
February's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Kim Meeder
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
Designer Do-Over by Melanie Johnson
For this assignment, I decided to pick a layout that I had never finished and give it a "designer do-over." As you can see, it was in sore need of some attention!
In my original Photoshop file, I had added the photos that I wanted to use along with my prospective title, but that's as far as I had gotten. As you can see, there's nothing at all remarkable about this page, and it certainly doesn't tell the story I want to tell.
The story I had in mind is about our children's bedtime routine, so I'm going to use that as the title instead. I want a more neutral background overall, but I chose a colorful cluster to give it some punch.
The one-photo cluster lets me put the focus on the journaling and not necessarily on the images. I also decided to add a cute, sleepy-moon embellishment since this is all about bedtime.
I like the way this has shaped up! Now the final piece is to add my journaling and a few final embellishments.
It's made all the difference to complete this layout by adding the story behind the title. This is a memory to cherish!
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Today's freebie designed by Kim Meeder
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Monday, February 13th - 6:00PM MST
Join Carla (CRS) on Monday, February 13th at 6pm MT in the chat room for the Journaling Chat! This month, we'll use Amanda Fraijo-Tobin's ScrapSimple Tools - Shapes: Journaling Labels 6401 and her Brush Set: Journaling Labels. Carla will have a journaling challenge for you as well! Hope to see you there!
New Member Chat
Tuesday, February 14th - 6:00PM MST
Join Debbie (B&K Mom) for the New Member Chat at February 14th at 6pm MT in the Live Chat room lobby. This is a great place to ask questions about getting around the Scrap Girls site or about digital scrapbooking in general - and a great place to make some new friends. All are welcome, new and long time members included. You do need to have Java installed on your computer to access the Live Chat.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 15th - 10:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On February 15th, we will be doing a ScrapSimple challenge! Create a layout using at least one ScrapSimple product. If you haven't used them before, we'll have some great ideas for you in the chat. Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Hybrid Craft Chat
Wednesday, February 15th - 6:00PM MST
Join Carla (CRS) in the chat room at 6pm MT for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat. We will be talking about Angela Blanchard's ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Exploding Box! I'll have some tips for you and show you how easy it is to use your digital goodies along with what is already in your craft room!
February's Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
February is Posting Contest time on the Scrap Girls Forums! You can win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply being chatty in the Scrap Girls Forums and Gallery. This contest will run from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59pm MT on February 29th.
To enter the Scrap Girls Forum Posting Contest, you MUST reply in the Posting Contest Thread with your CURRENT post count. Your post count is the number under your avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: The number found on your profile is a number which is calculated differently.) During the month, post your fingers off! At Midnight on February 29th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the game thread.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
February Monthly Layout Contest: This February we have a Leap Year Day. For this month's contest, we want you to scrap about what makes you "Leap for Joy." Let us know in your journaling why you leap for joy. Post your layouts in the February Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on February 29th. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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