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I'm writing this a few weeks before Christmas, my most favorite time of year. My mom and dad would always try and make Christmas as special as possible. They were usually on a tight budget, so they would think of creative ways to make the holidays more magical as well as add an element of surprise. Like many, my mom would decorate to the nines, bake an assortment of yummy cookies for us to leave for Santa, and would fill our stockings with all kinds of goodies. Our friends and family would come over Christmas Eve for a potluck dinner, and we all played Charades and exchanged gifts.
Christmas Eve was also the one night I would happily go to sleep on time because Christmas morning couldn't come soon enough. My brother and I usually woke up first, and we would crawl into our parents' bed, tugging at them to wake them up. I loved the feeling of the four of us all cuddled up, snug as a bug. My mom would make blueberry and banana pancakes, and then we would sit around and go through our stockings before opening our presents from Santa.
But my favorite part of Christmas Day was when we would have a treasure hunt for one of our gifts. It was such a thrill not knowing what I was getting but at the same time knowing there was something amazing waiting for me.
The best treasure hunt ever and my most cherished gift was when I was five years old. It was Christmas Day in 1970, and we lived on a small farm in Canyon Country, California. My dad wrote out the clues, and I used to get such a kick out of them because they always rhymed. I would start by opening a gift that looked like any other, but inside I would find the first clue. I would get butterflies in my tummy and was so excited and eager to start the journey following the trail laid out for me.
It turns out my mom saved those clues every year. She recently found them in a box, and I was so happy when I found my favorite one. It immediately brought me back:
This box is too little for your prize
You'll need some clues to open your eyes
Too soon to be pulling your hair
Take a look under the chair.
You're into the hunt, starting to rock,
You'll find the next clue under a clock.
Now it's outside you must go,
One more clue awaits you
On the trunk of the tree
You scrapped your knee
Unpin your final clue.
The gift you seek is very near
Standing on a table
Cross the yard
And there it is just inside the stable.
It was a dollhouse – a beautiful dollhouse that my dad had made for me and filled with precious, miniature, antique furniture and all sorts of treasures. I was beside myself, overwhelmed with joy! I was too young to realize what a labor of love it was, but I must have known on some level because to this day, it is still my favorite gift.
This Christmas I plan to share this wonderful tradition with my goddaughters, although they are both teenagers now. But I figure they are never too old to enjoy the wonder and adventure that comes from a good old-fashioned treasure hunt.
Favorite Product I've Designed:
Many of the products in this Value Pack: Treasured Heirlooms were inspired from my surroundings growing up as well as my love for all things vintage. Not only was my childhood home furnished with many beautiful antiques, but my favorite gift as a child was the dollhouse that was filled with these special miniature treasures. I had so much fun having my own treasure hunt of sorts, searching for all kinds of unique finds for this collection.
Commercial license versions of Value Pack: Treasured Heirlooms, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Templates: Blendability and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: 12x12 Stitched Frames are also available.
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Classic Beauty Mats, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Classic Beauty Patterns, Dynamic Brush Set: Classic Beauty, ScrapSimple Alpha Templates: Classic Beauty and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Classic Beauty Flowers are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Durin Eberhart
* 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.
New Member Chat
Tuesday, February 12th - 9:00 p.m. ET
Join Pat (PBarnes) for the New Member Chat at 9 PM ET 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, February 13th - 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 February 13th, we'll do a "Hearts" challenge! Create a layout using at least one heart!
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!
ScrapSimple Club Chat
Monday, February 18th - 8:00 p.m. ET
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room to discuss SS Club products. If you are a club member we can talk about ways to use the month's offering. If you are thinking of joining the club stop by to grab some SS product tips.
February's Forum Game: Leaving Love Posting Challenge
Join us on the Scrap Girls Forum for a Leaving Love Posting Challenge! You can earn a chance to win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply leaving love (comments) on layouts in the Scrap Girls Gallery. Only gallery comments will count toward your total. This contest runs from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28th.
To enter the Scrap Girls Leaving Love Posting Challenge, you MUST reply in the Leaving Love Posting Contest Thread with your current GALLERY post count. You can find your current gallery post count on the Gallery Tab of your profile. You must post in the thread for us to be able to tally your posts at the end of the month.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
February Monthly Layout Contest: February is here! Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow on Groundhog's Day? Will there be six more weeks of winter? Whether Phil sees his shadow or not, we'd love to see your layouts featuring sunlight and/or shadows for the February Monthly Layout Contest! Please post your layouts using mostly Scrap Girls products in the February Monthly Layout Gallery by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28th 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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