Exciting Changes & Announcements!

I've been as busy as a holiday elf working on changes and additions to iamgirlscouts. After a year of trying to navigate the Teachers Pay Teachers site, I'm still finding it counter-intuitive and not super user-friendly. Plenty of people love it, it just wasn't working for little old me. As a result I've decided to move my store to Etsy.  In doing so I've added custom items as well as brand new items to the shop.  Down the line the TPT site will be closed.  I'm hoping the change will improve customer service, speed up turnaround time on orders and reduce the number of steps it takes on my end to get you your graphics!  That means you will get your orders faster! Some digital downloads are now immediately available.

*OK I'm going to get real for a minute* so skip this paragraph if you are just too excited and want to see what's to come.  Here goes:  I'm in the middle of an amicable divorce, but it is a divorce nonetheless and after 25 years it's a huge adjustment to uncouple.  Add to that three kids and a dog and you can probably imagine how uprooted our life feels at the moment.  This has sidelined a lot of the plans I had for my site last spring.  I feel the most regret about not getting the leader planner done.  Prior to us separating, I took a promotion at my job and went back to school for graphic design.  These are all good things!  I had to step back from the blog a bit for in-real-life stuff.  Now that things are settling down, I'm hoping to add new resources monthly.  If you've read this far, thank you for reading :)

Now for the good stuff! The leader planner is almost done and it's my intention to release it in early December.  I've created Ambassador and Senior web graphics and both are now available.  I've also added custom logo and t-shirt design options.  So if you've been wanting a custom item, now is the time to ask!


I hope you all find the transition to be seamless and smooth.  I'm so excited that all the work I've put in on the back end is now coming to fruition.  I hope you'll visit my new store and take a look around! And don't forget that all the freebies are now available right here on the blog.


GSUSA Announces the New Outdoor Badges!

Excerpt from GSUSA Email News:

Girl Scouts cast more than 80,000 votes throughout the "Girls' Choice" process—which marked the first time ever that girls across our Movement were invited to vote directly on a Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) badge series. After choosing "Outdoor Explorer" from a range of outdoor themes, they voted on the type of activities to be linked with each badge, followed by the physical designs.

The winning badges are:


Outdoor Adventurer. Girls have a choice of outdoor activities, including wading in a creek, bike riding, and developing a camping skill.


Horseback Riding




Paddling. Girls can canoe, kayak, or paddle board. 


Ultimate Recreation Challenge. Girls have a choice of five outdoor challenges, including rock climbing, ziplining, and waterskiing.

Here's a link to the announcement: Blog post

That's all the information I can find right now! If you have any info to pass along, please contact me.

Freebies: 2015 Tags and a Trefoil Line!

I love my iamgirlscouts peeps!  I'm working on all of your suggestions for resources, so keep them coming.  First, I updated the gift tag for 2015.  To make it fancy, simply mount it on a couple of layers of scrapbook paper and punch a hole in the top.  Voila!  You can add it to bridging gifts, cookie incentives or end of the year treats. To see how I used them in 2014, go here. Download the tags here.

Another suggestion, from another awesome reader, was to create a horizontal line or divider that can be used on the web and in printable materials.  You an download the line here, or simply right click the graphic above and save to your computer.

I hope these items help you create lovely and cute tools for your troops!
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