Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking Newsletter - 12 Days of Christmas

1 Scrap Girls All New December 2012 Specials - Set 3

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12 Days of Christmas Special

12 Days of Christmas Gift Tags - Day 11 by Cherise Oleson
12 Days of Christmas Gift Tags Special
Day 11 by Cherise Oleson

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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A Brown Bag Christmas Delight
Sunday, December 23, 2012


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Cute Stuff

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jennifer Ziegler
Layout by Jennifer Ziegler
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Snow and Mistletoe Collection ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Smart Stackers Volume 1 ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters Neutrals 6401 Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Smart Stackers Volume 1 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Everyday Glitters Neutrals 6401 Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Melissa Renfro
Layout by Melissa Renfro
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The first product listed below is included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.

Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Love Every Day   ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Photo Basics 5001 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Recipe Card by Laura Louie
Recipe Card by Laura Louie
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  Printable Recipe Page Kit: Merry Menu  

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Syndee Nuckles
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
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Value Pack: Winter's Hush Brush Set: Grungy Fragments ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Grungy Fragments and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Laurel Lakey
Layout by Laurel Lakey
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Brush Set: Stars Were Gleaming Jingleberry Collection Biggie To You From Me Collection Biggie
  Because Of You Collection Biggie  

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12 Days of Christmas

Story Winner #11: A Brown Bag Christmas Delight

Growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Christmas was all about tradition, all about family, and all about brotherly love. We shared many a humble meal with a neighbor or friend in need. There was no money for anything resembling the gifts of a modern-day, 21st century Christmas. I was the youngest of five, and everything I owned had already belonged to someone else. We lived in a modest, two-story, block and rock-veneered house that my father built with my older brothers' help, using stone found on our property. With its white-framed windows, small yard, and decorated flowerbeds, it resembled many other houses lining the same narrow section of town.

We were poor by most standards, but we always had food, and I was never hungry. I remember getting perhaps two dresses a year for school. I didn't have many clothes, except those that had belonged to my much older sisters, so the clothes were often too large and quite worn anyway. Since girls always wore dresses to school, I had something they called snow pants which I wore for the first couple of years to stay warm on the coldest days. I also had a coat of some kind, just without the warm accessories of hat, gloves, or scarf.

Even though I knew each of my childhood Christmases would very much resemble the previous year in every way, I always looked forward to the holiday. Every December 1st, the same five-gallon stoneware crock emerged from its storage space in the basement. We filled it with rocks, sand, and the hand-sawed evergreen tree cut from our property. My father always preferred a stout tree to fill the space of the large picture window in the living room. The vibrantly decorated Christmas tree was an extension of family pride. My older brother and I strung popcorn and cranberries. Mother would bring out the box of ornaments. We added red and green lights and silvery tinsel.

Having a Christmas tree was much more important than giving gifts. On a rare occasion, I would receive some small present from my aunties, my father's sisters who both worked in a Baltimore clothing store. Wrapped in delicate, floral tissue paper, those gifts meant a great deal to a little girl who had few possessions. I specifically remember one Christmas when I received three pairs of underwear – and a small pin.

However, the memory I cherish the most is one in which a jovial Santa provided a "treat" to all the young boys and girls who visited him.

Father loaded us all into the 1957 Chevy, and we merrily drove the ten or so miles to the small town of Oakland. We didn't go very many places – mostly just to school and the Baptist church – so to go to Oakland at Christmas to see Santa (and maybe a fire truck, too) was a very big deal.

Low, near-freezing temperatures did not dissuade the hundreds of children lining the street along the local firehouse, seeking the attention of Santa. I patiently waited my turn and endured the rough weather. I could feel my skin growing colder and colder as each moment passed by. I felt nearly frozen to death with my body void of anything to keep my head, ears, and hands warm. I thought, "This year, I'll ask Santa for a woolen scarf, hat, and a pair of gloves."

My turn finally came, and I stood in front of Santa. I smiled politely, even though no chance arose to plead my case for the scarf, hat, and gloves I so desperately desired. I was, however, handed a small, brown paper bag. I smiled again, and said, "Oh, thank you so very much, Santa."

Other children were anxiously opening their bags. However, that little brown bag was likely the only gift I would receive that year, and I wanted to make whatever was inside last as long as possible. Upon returning home, I hurriedly found my way to my bedroom and peeked inside. My brown paper bag contained two popcorn balls, a small package of chocolate drops, an assortment of wrapped, hard-ribbon candy – and best of all – an orange.

I placed each item back into the bag and held onto that little brown bag for several minutes. Then I tucked it under my pillow and joined the rest of my family in the living room.

Those little brown bags of treats brought such joy to thousands of children like me. I asked a friend if Oakland still carries on that tradition. Yes, even now, some 50 years later, the boys and girls still receive candy from Santa as he makes his way around the block.

I will never forget how excited I was when it was my turn to receive that small brown bag of treats from Santa Claus. And most memorable of all - that simple, wonderful orange.

- Shirley Dixon

Photo provided by Shirley Dixon

In this Christmas 1963 photo, Shirley, age 10, cuddled with her cat, Puskins, a large Maine Coon. Her 14-year-old brother, the only other sibling living at home at that time, is pictured with her. In the background is the stout, hand-sawed tree cut from her family's property, decorated with popcorn and cranberries, silvery tinsel, and lights, and situated right in front of the picture window.

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About the Author:

Shirley Dixon: I live in a small county in Western Maryland. I have a disability (MS) and have been dependent on a wheelchair since the early 1990s. I have one daughter and two very special and spoiled rotten rescue kitties. I help my daughter run a small business. I enjoy scrapbooking old, vintage pictures of my family. I also enjoy growing exotic plants.

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 Angie Briggs
Layout by Angie Briggs
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December 25th Stacked Paper Special

Designer Freebie by Angie Briggs coordinates
with her December 25th Collection

  December 25th Collection  

Angie Briggs
Today's freebie designed by Angie Briggs

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Katherine Weaver
Layout by Katherine Weaver
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Embossed Velvet Paper Special - Sage

Designer Freebie by Katherine Weaver coordinates
with her Embossed Velvet Paper Mini

All I Want for Christmas Collection Biggie Cottage Christmas Clusters Cottage Christmas Collection Biggie
  ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Classic Calligraphy  

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Classic Calligraphy are also available.

Katherine Weaver
Today's freebie designed by Katherine Weaver

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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!


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!


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.


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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