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Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Newsletter - 12 Days of Christmas

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12 Days of Christmas Special

12 Days of Christmas Gift Tags - Day 6 by Angie Briggs
12 Days of Christmas Gift Tags Special
Day 6 by Angie Briggs

This gift tag will give you digital scrapbooking layouts and printable craft projects a special touch. Be sure to collect the entire set of gift tags over Scrap Girls' 12 Days of Christmas celebration!

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12 Days of Christmas Games!

Christmas Quiz

Let's play a Christmas game - and the winner will get a $20 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

All you have to do is send the answers to the following questions to [email protected]. The answers to the questions are names of products in the Scrap Girls Boutique. You'll see... it's really pretty easy!

Please include the product name and its web address link for each answer. Use the subject line: "Christmas Quiz" for your email entry; include your name and your Scrap Girls Forum user name, if available.

You have until 11:59 p.m. (ET), Thursday, December 20, to enter. Everyone who gets the correct answers will be entered into a drawing for the prize.

  1. A thrill of __________ the weary world rejoices.
  2. A warm holiday beverage
  3. My Two Front Teeth
  4. Traditionally accompanied by a guitar.
  5. __________ friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more.
  6. Through the years we all will be __________ if the fates allow.
  7. I saw three ships come __________ in.
  8. When are parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting?
  9. Have yourself a __________ __________ Christmas.
  10. What do Santa's reindeer do on Christmas Eve?

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by April Martell
Layout by April Martell
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Classic Paper Super Mini
Classic Paper Super Mini

This set of classic vintage inspired ecru papers are the perfect addition to all of your layouts. Set includes 3 12 x 12 digital scrapbooking background papers (300 dpi, jpg files).

Classic Cluster Borders Embellishment Mini Treasured Heirlooms Collection Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Cherished Treasures Fabric

Commercial license versions of Treasured Heirlooms Collection Mini and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Cherished Treasures Fabric are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Card by Kimberly McKean
Card by Kimberly McKean
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Girls
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Girls

These layered embellishment templates are perfect for creating cards, invitations and other crafts in addition to complementing any digital scrapbook page. They can be easily resized and customized by adding color, textures, shadowing or clipping your favorite digital scrapbooking paper to the layer. Created at 300 dpi with .psd and .png files included.

  Printable Card Kit: Birthday  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Girls are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Doris Castle
Layout by Doris Castle
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Easy Page Pro Album: 12x12 Lady Adelaide Mini
Easy Page Pro Album: 12x12 Lady Adelaide Mini

Full of earth tones, this mini collection of six 12x12 inch Easy Pages exude the creative goddess in our feminine nature! Each page is created with artsy flair and fantasy pieces such as a painted lady and a woman with flowing hair. These pages can be used in their full size or sized down for an artistic mini-album.

  Casual Romance Collection  

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Digital Scrapbooking Smart Phone Cover by Syndee Nuckles
Smart Phone Cover by Syndee Nuckles
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ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Smart Phone Covers
ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Smart Phone Covers

Create your own personalized covers for your cell phone! Just print out, cut and use with a clear case available on Amazon.com. These fit iPhone 4, 4S and templates are included for iPhone 5.

Picturesque Collection Biggie Picturesque Word Art Mini Picturesque Paper Super Mini
  ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Smart Phone Covers and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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If you are a registered user of the Forum, just click on the "PM" box at the bottom of any of their posts to send them a message. Or, to check out more of your favorite Scrap Girls team layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section and the Scrap Girls Layout Artist Team section of the Layout Gallery.

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Not Quite Perfect
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • Gifts Galore!
  • 12 Days of Christmas Special & Games
  • What's New in the Boutique
  • 12 Days of Christmas Story
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Designer Freebies
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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12 Days of Christmas

Story Winner #6: A Perfectly Not-Quite-Perfect Christmas Moment

I never outgrew the magic of Christmas. Like many of you, the holidays are my favorite time of year. When I became a young mother, I had visions of the magical celebrations I would create for my children with each and every detail perfectly planned, but it took me a quite a few celebrations to realize that perfection is all about perception.

The year my son, J, turned 3, I was determined to have a perfect, tear-free Santa picture made, plus I decided to visit a new Santa. Even though we left the house pretty early that day, the line for Santa had already formed by the time we arrived. From the look of it, I thought we would be waiting in line for half an hour.

At the time, J was at the potty training stage where – if I timed everything just right – we were fine 90% of the time. Before I became a mom, I thought potty training was something you did, and then it was done, but my son has always taught me that life is a process. And potty training was no exception. So on this day, I decided it was time for a pit stop before we got in line.

By the time we got back to where the line to see Santa began, it had grown significantly, but Santa was nowhere to be found. J insisted he could wait so we got in line. About 15 minutes later, Santa arrived, and with each passing moment, my son got more excited and restless. Then, as we got about three families from the front, I felt a small tug on my hand. "Mommy, I need to potty."

Seriously? Now? How could this be? We went 20 minutes ago!

"Really?" I responded.

"Yes," he replied with sheepish eyes.

"You know if we get out of the line now, we will have to wait even longer."

Then I glanced at the line and glanced back at him. There seemed to be only two families before us. Looking at my boy, I saw no dancing, no wiggling, and just slightly anxious eyes. So I made my first mistake and asked, "Are you sure you want to get out of line? We could be waiting forever if we leave now."

He bravely nodded his head and told me he could "hold it." So, against my better judgment, we stayed. No matter what, my kid and I were seeing Santa that day!

You know that saying about a watched pot never boils. Well, I watched my son like a hawk for what felt like hours. I was determined that he would not "boil over." As each picture was taken of the kids in front of us, I became more convinced that we could make it.

But when the front of the line finally approached, I spotted a look in his eyes that told me all was not well. Then I spotted the tiniest of puddles on the floor beside him.

I remember feeling so defeated that day. After a month of being accident-free, he had an accident now?! If my husband was with us, I could have sent him and J to the restroom and I would hold our place in line, but as luck would have it, I sent my husband to do the shopping elsewhere.

I honestly had no idea what to do and started to pick him up and leave. Then I stopped and thought, "No. I brought a change of clothes. We've waited our turn for nearly an hour. I have wipes and lots of napkins. My boy is seeing Santa – even if it kills me!"

I rapidly wiped up our little mess as the family before us was called up. I quickly maneuvered my little boy to peel off his pants, and in a change that felt equivalent to transforming my kid into Superman, I had him clean and dry in just enough time for Santa's elf to call us up.

That day is imprinted in my memory – for a lot of reasons – but mostly because J displayed one of his brightest, most genuine smiles when the elf snapped the camera. Though at the time, that day felt mortifyingly embarrassing, now almost a decade later, it feels like a triumph.

Photo with Santa.
As a three-year-old, J was delighted to finally see Santa.
His sweet smile gives no hint to the drama that preceded the
moment before he crawled up on the jolly elf's lap!

It took me a long time to realize that motherhood is not about being perfect. Making memories is as much about the mistakes as the sparkles. While this particular memory has faded from his mind long ago, it still reminds me that sometimes perfection is often found in life's little imperfect moments.

- Angela Durr

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About the Author:

Angela Durr: I am a middle school teacher and mom living in rural Washington state. My son is now 12, and I have a daughter who will be 9 in January. I was pregnant with her at the time of this story, which makes this memory all the more special to me. I have been digitally scrapbooking since 2008, and my Forum name is ange. I like to knit, paint, and make things. My family and I spend a great deal of time outdoors with our two dogs – our nine-year-old golden retriever named Bobo and our five-year-old pug, Emma.

Scrap Girls Club Image

December's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Melissa Renfro.

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:

  • 1 Collection Biggie
  • 1 Paper Super Mini
  • 1 Word Art Mini
  • 1 Embellishment Mini
  • 1 JIF 6 Page Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Jiffy Easy Page Album
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Color Palette

December's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Melissa Renfro

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Melissa Renfro using December's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Melissa Renfro

ScrapSimple Club

The December 2012 ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Elisha Barnett.

December's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Elisha Barnett

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:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Template
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 2 Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Nano Collection
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Tutorial

Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett

Today's Freebie

Surprise! Surprise! Gifts Galore!
We have TWO designer freebies for you each day until Christmas Eve!

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cheri Thieleke
Layout by Cheri Thieleke
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Old Fashioned Christmas Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Cindy Rohrbough coordinates
with her Old Fashioned Christmas Collection Mini

Old Fashioned Christmas Collection Mini Treasured Heirlooms Collection Mini Rustic Charm Collection Mini
  ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Borderline Christmas  

Commercial license versions of Treasured Heirlooms Collection Mini, Rustic Charm Collection Mini and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Borderline Christmas are also available.

Cindy Rohrbough
Today's freebie designed by Cindy Rohrbough

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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Silent Night Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Elisha Barnett coordinates
with her Silent Night Collection Biggie

Silent Night Collection Biggie   Dynamic Brush Set: Silent Night 1261

Commercial license versions of Dynamic Brush Set: Silent Night 1261 are also available.

Elisha Barnett
Today's freebie designed by Elisha Barnett

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What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

ScrapSimple Club Chat
Tuesday, December 18th - 8:00 p.m. ET

Join Shannon (Tinkerbell11) for a chat about this month's SS Club. Share ideas with one another about how to use the club and ScrapSimple products in general. Don't be afraid to use these versatile products

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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, December 19th - 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 19th we'll do a Font Challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors using at least 2 different fonts! Mix it up!

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!

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Heritage Crop and Chat
Thursday, December 20th - 9:00 p.m. ET

Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) at 9 PM ET for the Heritage Crop and Chat and learn ways to use Antique Edges Paper Biggie to dress up your heritage pages. We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.

Games

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 game[email protected] 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.

Contests

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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