Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Let's do something AWESOME!!! {+ a freebie}


I love Christmas!!!  I'm seriously like Buddy, the elf.  I sing carols at the top of my lungs and tickle my children mercilessly when they don't sing along with equal zeal and lack of propriety.  I bake things and make things and break things and do it all with glitter stuck to my forehead and clothing.  (Yeah, I'm that lady.)  I just love Christmas!  My favorite thing about it is that feeling of magic in the air as I spend extra time with my husband and children, making as many memories as we possibly can.  I think maybe the best part about having my own family is getting to choose the memories we will make.  Isn't that an incredible gift?  And it is one each of us has- which is just so cool to me.  For my family, my husband and I have chosen to scale back on presents this year and focus more on making memories.  When I look back on the holidays from my own childhood, I honestly don't remember hardly any presents I ever got for Christmas, but I do remember each house my family went to on Christmas Eves to secretly deliver gifts to families less fortunate than our own.  I'm so lucky that I had parents who were such great examples of generosity and the real spirit of Christmas.  Giving me those experiences to serve and bless others is by far the greatest Christmas gift they could have given to me and my siblings.  I'm excited to do similar things with my own children.


I'm almost finished with a Christmas-themed digital scrapbooking kit that I am so excited about!  I was planning on offering it to each of our fans free of charge as my way of saying thank you for all of your support and encouragement.  The Shabby Blogs community is one genuinely incredible group of people that I am so proud to get to know and be a part of.  As such, I started thinking about the ability we could have, together, to make a difference.  If each person who downloads this digital kit donated even just $1, we could potentially come up with enough money to really help a family in need this Christmas.  There are so many families who could use some help this year.  Wouldn't it be amazing to work together in this way to do something really great?  That would make me so happy!  After all, giving is what Shabby Blogs is all about.  What do you say?  Can we do this???  I'd love to know what you think!

Here's a sneak peek at the digital kit, Shabby Christmas...although not all of the papers and elements are shown here!

And, because I can never post anything without including a freebie, here is a Christmas collage I've made for you, previewed above. Just click on the image below to download the full-sized .png file.  Enjoy!!!



11 comments:

  1. What a fabulously useful post!I think the most important one is having a button on each page and below each post.Vintage print

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  2. Thank you. I'm definitely going to use this on Christmas day :)

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  3. Thanks for the freebie. I think your idea is wonderful. Seems the older that I get the less gifts mean to me and the more time spent with family and friends does. The memories we have and make mean the very most. I do not remember gifts as a child but I do remember the tree my Mom decorated and the feelings that we shared. What a wonderful idea to help a family that needs it---the true reason for the season.

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  4. Excellent idea, my dear! Our family just donated several toys to a program in our city. Haven't done that for years and it felt good to imagine the children who would receive and appreciate the gifts we selected.

    And you're quite right about the MEMORIES part of the Christmas tradition in most families....that we remember the FEELINGS more than the things....altho' I do fondly remember the year I received the WONDERFUL white figure skates--the only present I rec'd that year (I have five brothers and my dad was laid off) but I still remember that FEELING of "oh my gosh! JUST what I wanted!!!"

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  5. I'd give a 1.00 donation for one of your digital kits. I love Shabby Blogs!

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  6. I think that is a wonderful idea! $1 is not too much at all to help out a family in need...thanks so much for creating and helping others out!

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  7. A wonderful idea...thank you for sharing! And you're so right; Christmas is really about the memories & love:)

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  8. This is a fantastic idea. I jusst moved back home and this year is really special to me because we are starting our new traditions for my family. It is so exciting. My Momma brought over old ornaments today to share and there were some we painted as teenagers in there and that was cool. I love the memories of past traditions but I do remember the presents to. The year I got my canopy bed was a big one. I was shabby chic back then and didn't know it.

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  9. I would be happy to give $1.00 or a little more for some digital scrapbooking images! Did you get the Christmas one done? I didn't know where to find it! I would buy it.. knowing it's helping a family.. even now... after Christmas, I'm sure there are MANY families in need of many things.

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