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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 9 by Elisha Barnett
12 Days of Christmas Gift Tags Special
Day 9 by Elisha Barnett

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 Tree of Doom

Here’s how to play the game:

Scrap Girls 12 Days of Christmas Tree of Doom Game
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The Christmas tree card above is made using 14 different papers. The paper designers include:

  • Angela Blanchard
  • Andrea Trump
  • Brandy Murry
  • Cherise Oleson
  • Doris Castle
  • Durin Eberhart
  • Jacqui Smith
  • Jo Corne
  • Julie White
  • Kim Meeder
  • Laurel Lakey
  • Marlene Peacock
  • Shalae Tippets
  • Thao Cosgrove

The Christmas tree card has 26 embellishments. Those designers include:

  • Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
  • Ang Campbell
  • Angie Briggs
  • Armi Custodio
  • Brandy Hackman
  • Cindy Rohrbough
  • Diane Miller
  • Elisha Barnett
  • Ginny Whitcomb
  • Jacelen Deinema
  • Jan Ransley
  • Jen Reed
  • Jennifer Ziegler
  • Katherine Weaver
  • Keri Schueller
  • Kerry Veale
  • Kimberly McKean
  • Laura Louie
  • Lore Shattuck
  • Mandy Steward
  • Melissa Renfro
  • Paula Wright
  • Rozanne Paxman
  • Sarah Batdorf
  • Sheri Johnson
  • Syndee Nuckles

Don't panic! You don't have to find them all to play the game. (Whew!) But anyone who DOES get them all correct will automatically win a $10 Gift Certificate! No problem, you've got it. This means more than one person can win a $10 gift certificate - because anyone this motivated deserves a prize! The winners of these gift certificates can get in on the rest of the game, too!

For all players:

  • If you get 25 or more correct answers, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate!

  • If you get 10-24 correct answers, you will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Gift Certificate!

  • If you get 5-9 correct answers, you will be entered into a drawing for a $5 Gift Certificate!

Does that sound possible? Hope so!

HINT: The papers for the background and star are both included; the drop shadows are not. Everything is very straight-forward: You’ll be looking for papers and embellishments only. There are no ScrapSimple products, brushes, or tools.

If you aren't up to playing the game, enjoy the pretty Christmas card and see if you can recreate it using your favorite papers and embellishments! Have fun!

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The Secret Santa Conspiracy
Friday, December 21, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 40% Christmas Category Sale, plus an extra 5% off Coupon!
  • 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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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Sarah Batdorf
Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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8.5x11 Christmas Beginnings Collection Mini
8.5x11 Christmas Beginnings Collection Mini

Christmas Beginnings digital scrapbooking kit celebrates the first Christmas. With the cows and the chickens and doves all around. Jesus was born in a humble stable. Paper size is 8.5x11 inches.

8.5x11 Wonder and Joy Collection Christmas Happiness Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Corrugated Basics 8501   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of Christmas Happiness Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Borders 6501, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Corrugated Basics 8501 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Sample by Kimberly McKean
Sample by Kimberly McKean
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ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Chocolate Bar Wrapper
ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Chocolate Bar Wrapper

These layered craft templates are perfect for creating a personalized and fun chocolate bar wrapper. They can be easily customized by adding color, textures, shadowing or clipping your favorite digital scrapbooking paper or photo to the layer. A perfect gift for party favors, classroom exchanges, wedding shower favors, baby shower favors, or added to a special gift basket. Created at 300 dpi with .psd and .png files included.

  Christmas Candy Word Art Mini  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Craft Templates: Chocolate Bar Wrapper are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Doris Castle
Layout by Doris Castle
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Holly Jolly Frames Embellishments
Holly Jolly Frames Embellishments

Layouts are a joy when using these holly jolly frames that show the holiday spirit and fun. These frames in the holiday colors of red and green and candy cane stripes can hold one or several photos - small and large. These frames will showcase your focal photo while showing accent photos to tell your story.

Snow Fun Collection Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Foil Yellow 11001

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Foil Yellow 11001 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
Layout by Cindy Rohrbough
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Classic Cluster Borders Embellishment Mini
Classic Cluster Borders Embellishment Mini

This set of elegant vintage inspired cluster borders are the perfect way to add a little brilliance and charm to your layouts. There are 5 designs, each offered with and without shadows. In addition there is a second version without the added embellishments, giving you the option to embellish these neutral palettes to coordinate perfectly with all of your pages. Includes 10 digital scrapbooking embellishments (300 dpi, png files).

Classic Paper Super Mini Treasured Heirlooms Collection Mini ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Foliage Borders
ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photos 6301   ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift I Squared Biggie

Commercial license versions of Treasured Heirlooms Collection Mini, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Foliage Borders, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Aged Photos 6301 and ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift I Squared Biggie 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.

12 Days of Christmas

Story Winner #9: The Secret Santa Conspiracy

The economy has had a tight grip on many families over the last four years. Mine has not been spared. We lost our house two-and-a-half years ago and moved into a rental house. Naturally, we were searching for stability. We had only been homeowners in the past, so renting was foreign to us. A little stability is all we were looking for at that point. Not just looking, but craving. Then we landed in a two-year lease. Whew!

Yet suddenly, our walls crumbled nine months after moving in. The owner came to us with the news that he was either going to let the house foreclose or do a short sale on it. What? We were paying as we should... how could this happen? It was all still so fresh. My heart hurt, even ached. In the end, the house was sold as a short sale – and abruptly, we were given 10 days to move out. It was almost as stressful as losing our own home. At least with losing our house, we knew where we were going, but not this time. Yet, once again, we did what we needed to do and figured it out.

Through all these trials, we pulled together as a family and showed love, commitment, and resiliency. We finally moved into a permanent home earlier in 2012, just about nine months ago. We all felt like we breathed a huge sigh of relief!

Then only four months after being in our home, we were robbed. I felt so violated. Yes, I played that game in my head about how none of us were hurt and that we all have our health, but the bottom line is that it was still painful. Some of the stolen items included many of our sentimental keepsakes, our pictures, and all of our holiday items. We lost so much stuff - irreplaceable stuff. It was purely devastating.

But as we had done before, we held our heads up with grace and put one foot in front of the other. As Christmas approached, I became so overwhelmed when I would think of having to buy all new ornaments, a tree, lights, and decorations. I would often go into a store to buy ornaments, only to walk out empty handed. I was paralyzed by the daunting task before me. I felt emotionally broken, and I wasn't sure how I was going to put the pieces back together.

Then came November 1, 2012 – a day to mark down in the books. A package arrived on our doorstep with a return address simply marked, "Secret Santa." Inside were four beautiful stockings. Some may not think they were beautiful, and maybe I didn't at first glance, but once I realized the gift that they were, they were absolutely beautiful. Golden. And they were from a complete stranger.

The next day, three more packages arrived from various parts of the country, filled with ornaments all marked from Secret Santa. We have continued to receive packages filled with various Christmas decorations. I am so grateful for each one of these things, because the robbery took those mementos from us. I am absolutely astounded by the generosity that keeps coming to us. It's a conspiracy, all right – a conspiracy of kindness.

Packages are arriving daily from all over the United States, even some from outside the country! We have also received beautiful, heartfelt cards with the kindest messages from complete strangers. These cards mean just as much as any gift. I am awed at the true generosity and kindness of the human spirit. I feel blessed in so many ways.

This experience has taught my kids so many lessons about how, despite hardships and tragedies, good can come out of difficult situations. Equally important, it has allowed each of us to heal in our own way. It has allowed me to heal, to put together the broken pieces of my soul. All of our ornaments that were so special to us have been replaced with ones that have their own special meaning. We now have the most incredible Christmas tree decorated with the most unique collection of ornaments! Our tree represents kindness, compassion, generosity, fortitude, resiliency, healing, love, and the true spirit of Christmas! We have been given the gift of each of these things, things which are not tangible but only felt with the heart, with my heart, with my kids' precious hearts.

I am grateful. I am beyond blessed.

- Kelly Conry

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Kelly Conry
Layout by Kelly Conry
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Kelly's layout shows her family's ornaments and one of the four Christmas
stockings that they have received just this year from their Secret Santa!

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Scattered Pictures 2   ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Antiquities 2 Biggie

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About the Author:

Kelly Conry: I am a momma to two and a wife to one. I have the two coolest kids on the planet... quite possibly the universe. We live in Phoenix, Arizona, and I am a freelance graphic designer, specializing in stationery design. I have been digitally scrapbooking since 2004. I just need 12 more hours every day to get everything done and keep my head on straight!

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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 Card by Brandy Murry
Card by Brandy Murry
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Wesley's Christmas Special

Designer Freebie by Brandy Murry coordinates
with her Wesley's Christmas Collection Biggie

Wesley's Christmas Collection Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wesley's Christmas Super Biggie 8501

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Wesley's Christmas Super Biggie 8501 are also available.

Brandy Murry
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry

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Digital Scrapbooking Card by Kimberly McKean
Card by Kimberly McKean
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ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Christmas Island Special

Designer Freebie by Kimberly McKean coordinates
with her ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Christmas Island

ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Christmas Island Malibu Holiday Embellishments Well Loved Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Christmas Island and Well Loved Collection Biggie are also available.

Kimberly McKean
Today's freebie designed by Kimberly McKean

* 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.

What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

High Noon Crop
Wednesday, December 26th - 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 26th your challenge will be to Use Your Stash! We all have those collections, embellishments and templates we couldn't resist, but we just haven't used them yet. Now is the time!

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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Speed Scrap Crop
Wednesday, December 26th - 8:00 p.m. ET

It's time for some Speed! Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 8 pm et for the Speed Scrap Crop! We'll give you 6 tasks, spread out over an hour. You'll then have an hour to get it finished and posted in the gallery!

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 [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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