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The Practice of Gift Giving
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Want - Need - Surprise - Read
One Christmas morning quite a few years and several kids ago, we found ourselves discouraged and overwhelmed. After the presents had all been opened and the copious amount of wrapping paper had been crumpled up and stuffed into a bulging garbage bag, we looked around at the excessive number of gifts that had just been dumped in our kids' laps and realized how far we had wandered from what we wanted Christmas to be about in our home. It was time for a change.
We discussed ways we could revise the practice of gift giving in our home. We wanted to keep the magic and excitement of Christmas morning alive for our kids without creating little monsters who expected piles of presents every December 25th. We still wanted presents under the tree, just not so many! We thought that a good solution would be to do our very best to give each of them the one thing they wanted more than anything else. We wanted to go for quality rather than quantity.
Then a few non-urgent needs arose. Things like the kids growing out of their church shoes or running out of school supplies opened up opportunities for us to provide those items for them but wrapped up with a bow on Christmas morning. We decided we would give each child one gift that they really needed.
So we set out to give each of our kids one thing they wanted and one thing they needed. But inevitably, while out shopping we would see something we just knew one of the kids would be ecstatic to receive as a gift but that they hadn't thought to ask for. We wanted to keep an element of intrigue and anticipation alive on Christmas morning. We decided to round out our Christmas gift giving with one surprise gift for each child.
As the kids have gotten a little older, we've been thrilled to see them all grow into enthusiastic readers. It seems that they're each constantly on the watch for new books to be published in their favorite series or genre. So to encourage their continued enjoyment of such a great pastime, the kids will always find a new book wrapped and waiting for them under the tree.
Christmas morning has been significantly more meaningful and exciting since establishing our Christmas gift-giving tradition. The whole holiday season is less stressful and more enjoyable as we shop with our gift-giving formula in place. Everyone receives a want, a need, a surprise, and a read. For our family, it's been the perfect solution for eliminating excess while maintaining the fun of and magic of opening gifts on Christmas morning.
Favorite Product I've Designed:
I love wrapping presents and especially enjoy adding ribbons and bows to fancy up my wrap job. I felt like my holiday layouts needed that same fun, fancy touch so I designed the ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Gift Bows to fill that need. I love to recolor them to match whatever wrapping paper colors are featured in the photos on my layouts.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Gift Bows, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Wrap It Up, Spots and Stripes Collection Biggie and Lettering Delights Party Sketch are also available.
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:
December's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Melissa Renfro
November's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Join the ScrapSimple Monthly Club and you can enjoy the newest ScrapSimple looks while saving! (A $13.95 value for $6.99 or less!)
The new ScrapSimple Club contents are released on the 15th day of the month (or the closest business day to the 15th).
A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.
With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:
Surprise! Surprise! Gifts Galore!
We have TWO designer freebies for you each day until Christmas Eve!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Negative Space are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Laurel Lakey
Today's freebie designed by Melissa Renfro
* There is a "free download" button on the details page for each gift. You don't need to put them in your shopping cart unless you are shopping for other items. Also note that if you are slow reading your newsletter, you may find this freebie has already been retired, as the freebies are only available as gifts for about two newsletter cycles.
7th Annual Cookie Recipe Card Exchange
It's time for our 7th Annual Cookie Recipe Card Exchange - and you're invited! We have a special, free recipe card template to help you get started. We love cookies, and we love getting new cookie recipes to try, so this year, all participants will receive a sweet little Scrap Girls Boutique gift just for joining in.
Here's how to join in the fun:
Design a 4x6-inch recipe card (at 300 dpi) using mostly Scrap Girls products. Use one of your favorite holiday cookie, candy, or sweet treat recipes - something "tried and true" is preferred.
All skill levels are encouraged to participate! If this is your very first time to try your hand at digital scrapbooking or if you're a pro, please join in the fun!
When you design your card, avoid putting any text within 1/4 inch of the edges. Anything close to the edges can get cut off when the card is printed.
Place your name or Scrap Girls Forum username somewhere on the recipe card (small text is fine).
Save your design as a JPG file, with a file name that includes your name or Scrap Girls Forum user name (for example, my file might be called aprilshowers_gingercrinkles.jpg.) We want to know who made what!
Attach your card to an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your first and last name in the email. A confirmation will be emailed to each person who sends a recipe card so they know their card was received. Please allow 48 hours for confirmation.
Cards MUST be received by Midnight (ET) on Tuesday, December 11.
Unfortunately, if you don't send in a recipe card, you will not be able to get a copy of all the cards. No exceptions. Your recipe card is your ticket to all the fun!
We ask that you not post your recipe card in your Gallery, Facebook, or anywhere else until the swap is over. This way, we can all be surprised by the cards we get! You can post your own card in the Gallery or anywhere else any time after December 13.
Please don't sell or give away any of the finished cards on blogs, emails, etc. You may print some or all the recipe cards as a gift for someone you know personally, but wide-scale distribution or sale is not allowed, as per our commercial use terms, which can be read in full here.
You can submit more than one card, if you wish - the more the merrier!
On or before December 13, each participant will receive the links (via email - the same way that links come when you buy Scrap Girls products) to download the recipe card files.
- April Martell (April Showers)
Here's the free recipe card template:
Cookie Exchange Template Freebie by
Angie Briggs coordinates
with her ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 4x6 Cook It
Freebie designed by Angie Briggs
Monday, December 10th - 8:00 p.m. ET
Do you struggle to get your words on your layouts? This is the crop for you! Join Carla (CRS) in the Chat Room for a Journaling Crop at 8 pm et that is sure to help you get journaling! We'll show you just how easy it is to highlight the important parts of your journaling with Cherise Oleson's Brush Set: Highlights 8301 Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Highlights 8301.
New Member Chat
Tuesday, December 11th - 9:00 p.m. ET
Join Pat (PBarnes) for the New Member Chat at 9 PM ET (8PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific) 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.
High Noon Crop
Wednesday, December 12th - 12 Noon ET
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon ET for the 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 December 12th we'll do a multiple photo challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using FIVE or more photos!
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!
December's Forum Game: BINGO!
Join us for an exciting game of December BINGO on the Scrap Girls Forum!! Pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to email@example.com with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Forum username" by Sunday, December 2nd (Midnight EDT) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Monday, December 3rd. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you'll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.
Each day (Monday through Saturday), a member of the Welcoming Committee will call five random words from the BINGO list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call "BINGO!" in the game thread to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards will be cleared and a new round will begin the following day.
Each winner will receive a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! We like to see lots of winners, so please remember that each person can only win one round during the month. Have fun!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
December Monthly Layout Contest: December is here and that means Family Time! During the holidays, we spend more time with each of our families... and we'd love for you to share your families with us! Post your layouts in the December Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight ET on December 31st and you could one of the two people who will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Please be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties.
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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