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Monday, May 3, 2010

HYWWP May 2010 Newsletter

May Happenings!!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!! Are you celebrating the big day for our obsession this weekend? Whatever your plans are, and certainly if you don't have any plans, please stop by the board this weekend and join us in our NSD online crop! There will be lots of challenges to help get the mojo flowing and prizes to keep your stash growing! There will also be challenges to help you get to know our members (and their galleries) a little better too!

The crop kicks off another month of weekly prize challenges, with the prizes this month comming from our sponsor for May, Crafter's Companion. Crafter's Companion has been extremely generous and donated not only sets of rubber stamps for the DT and for prizes, but also donated a LARGE prize for a month long challenge we'll have going on during May. Please check out all of the products available at their website!!

As our Crop kicks off our month of fun, May kicks off a couple of things. It's the beginning of Graduation and Wedding Seasons! Come by the site for card sketches and ideas for your card giving needs! Don't forget cards can be gifts too! What bride or new grad couldn't use a pack of thank you cards??

Hope to see you around the board soon!!

Teacher Gift Giving

It's May and almost the end of the school year. Whoa! Seriously? Showing your appreciation through gifts can be quite costly. As a teacher myself, I would like to share some ideas that will hopefully make teacher gift giving simple, thoughtful and inexpensive.

Teachers LOVE gift cards. They may seem impersonal, but they fit everyone! Trust me. Teachers have plenty of teacher themed trinkets (mugs, signs, magnets, etc.). So put the money you were going to spend on an apple mug and put it toward a small gift card. If you know your child's teacher, you will be able to find the perfect gift card. My favorites have included those from the coffee shop, the book store, Target, WalMart, and the local nursery. The best thing is that you can use your scrappy card making talents to make a thoughtful card to match the theme of your gift card. Book store card = Wind down from the school year with a good book. Coffee Shop = I hope you have a "latte" a fun/relaxation this summer. Nursery gift card = Hope your summer blooms just as you wish. The possibilities are endless.

Another gift I absolutely loved was a beach towel, sunscreen, and a magazine inside a beach tote. The parent included a handmade beach themed card wishing me a great summer of rest and relaxation. This gift could come together quickly for less than $20 depending on where you purchase your items.

Teachers always need thank you cards. Whip up a packet of thank you cards, wrap them in some pretty ribbon and give for the teacher to have on hand. I've also seen parents make personalized clipboards, post it note holders, and pen and pencil holders.

One year I received a card that had a picture on the front of my student holding a big sign that said "thanks!" I thought that was so cute and personal! Inside was a thoughtful note from my student.

Most importantly, nothing makes a teacher feel more special than reading a heartfelt note from a parent that gives examples of ways he/she helped the child that year. Placed inside a homemade card made just for the teacher and it's a winning gift.

Submitted by Erin Bailey (aunt e)

Sponsor of the Month

From the Crafter's Companion website:

Crafter's Companion is your one-stop shop for craft essentials.

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.

Here at Crafter’s Companion we value your support and want to reward your loyalty. With this in mind we have built the Crafter’s Companion Members Club. It's free to join and gives you access to oodles of fantastic crafting content and a lively forum.
Check out the message board and gallery to see what our Design Team creates with these wonderful products!

Ongoing Challenges for May!

There's always something fun happening at our message board! Chatty contests, RAK giveaways, weekly challenges (now with prizes!!!!), and more! Come on over to the message board and check out the ongoing list of challenges: Click Here  (You must be a registered user to view challenges)

DON'T FORGET to check out our National Scrapbook Day forum for all NSD challenges, prizes, and giveaways! Let the party begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May Gallery Inspiration
"Mother's Day 2009!" by Trisha
"4 Generations" by Lynn
"Three Reasons Why I Love Being a Mom" by scrapmami
"You are Special" card by Roe

Sketch of the Month
This month's sketch is brought to you by one of our very own members, Paula! Paula has a newly created Ning Network site that she has made to share her wonderful sketches and great scrapbook tips! Please visit it and join today: The Scrapbook Speedway

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!

Don't forget to check out our online gallery for lots of inspiration and great projects!

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