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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

HYWWP December 2009 Newsletter

December Happenings!!
I think December is, by far, the most beautiful month of the year. Its a time when everything is wrapped in sparkly splendor of silver and gold, trees glowing with tinsil and twinkle lights.

Its when darling little children are dressed in beautiful dresses and handsome suits, sitting atop the lap of the jolly man in red, whispering their deepest wants into his ear. Its snowmen and sleighrides...where red makes a striking contrast to the white snow that blankets our green winter wonderland.

It is fluffy soft or delicate heirloom stockings hanging above a crackling fire in a home just bursting with the scents of home baked
goods in the oven.

Its friends and family... near and far. A time for reflection and thankfulness for the greatest gift given in a small barn in Bethlehem. Its a time for the festival of lights... eight of them on a beautiful
candelabra and spinning the dreidel for little chocolate pieces.

Whatever December holds for you, big or small... May you be richly blessed and have a wonderful Holiday season! (Oh! ...And don't forget to clear that memory card, charge those batteries and get a tape for that video camera! Last thing you want, is
for something to go wrong during the countless photo opportunities this month! :)

Submitted by Wendi (Punkin)
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Surviving December

December. It’s busy. It’s full. Let’s face it, it can be downright stressful. We need to attempt to take some time to enjoy and embrace what this season holds….family, friends, traditions, and the everyday events. I’m hoping these simple suggestions will help you capture in words and/or pictures this season of joy.

*Keep those receipts and tags. They can make great embellishments for future layouts and be wonderful keepsakes to look back on someday.

*We often take pictures of the “after the decorations are up” pictures. Why not capture a few candids of the actual decorating? Those are the memories you want to remember.

*Tis the Season of Baking. Make copies of the holiday recipes you used, take pictures of everyone helping out in the kitchen (or have someone take a pic of you in the kitchen!), and keep those grocery receipts.

*What are your favorite holiday books? Snap a picture of those books or even better yet, take a picture of reading those books as a family or an older child reading to younger child.

*Keep your child’s wishlist. Have them write down their wishes in their writing. If they can’t write, have them draw what they want. These will be PRICELESS.

*Keep a copy of your child’s letter to Santa. Even better, have him/her include why she/he deserves the items on the list. Even more fantastic…scrap a picture of them working hard on this letter.

*Make a Top 5 List of Family Traditions. Lists are easy and make for great journaling.

Submitted by Erin Bailey (aunt e)
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Sponsor of the Month
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On our web site, you'll find our innovative scoring tools and CD ROMs, plus top name brands such as Joanna Sheen, Keepsake, Flowersoft, Sakura, WS Designs and more.

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Check out the message board and gallery to see what our Design Team creates with the wonderful Crafter's Companion products!
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NEW feature at HYWWP! Guest Design Team Member!

Guest Designer for October, November, & December is.....CHELSEA LANGWORTHY!
That's right! We have a fun new feature at HYWWP! For 3-month terms, we will be searching for new Guest Design Team Members! Our guest DT members will receive products each month during their term and will be required to make a least 2 creations a month with those products. Guest DT members will be required to be active in our forums and in our gallery. In future months, we will be holding a contest or a call for our next Guest DT member! We would love to see what you have to offer, so get those layouts and projects ready!

For October through December, Chelsea will be our Guest DT member! Chelsea is sure to inspire you all with her adorable layouts and projects.

If you are interested in being a future Guest DT Member, please join the message board today and start posting. Participation is a key factor in our decision in choosing a Guest DT!
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Ongoing Challenges for December!

There's always something fun happening at our message board! Chatty contests, RAK giveaways, and more! Come on over to the message board and check out the ongoing list of challenges.
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December Gallery Inspiration

"Oh Christmas Tree" by Jen McWhirt

"Santa's Little Helper" by Erin

"Christmas 2008" by Rita

"Oh! Christmas Tree" by Katt

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Sketch of the Month

This month's sketch is brought to you by one of our very talented members, Trisha! Trisha has shared some awesome sketches with us that she has created, and here is one she wanted to share for this month. This one was based on a recent layout upload by our Guest DT, Chelsea!

We'd love to see your creations based on this sketch...please upload to our gallery or on the message board to show us what you've done. Enjoy!
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Don't forget to check out our online gallery for lots of inspiration and great projects!

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