Contest Winner, "Rescued" Resources and a New Store

It's Almost 2019!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest {if you're dying to know who won, scroll down}. I heart you guys so very much. If it wasn't for the comments, notes and reviews from you in the past several months, I would have thrown in the towel long ago. Thank you for all of your support in 2018. I look forward to many more adventures in 2019!

Have you ever come across an absolutely perfect item on Pinterest, only to discover the link is broken or even worse, it doesn't go to the stuff but another page altogether? When I was researching resources to use for the aMuse journey in a day, it was happening A LOT. Since I had a bit of web design and coding experience, I went on a scavenger hunt to find the items. Many of the resources were removed from sites, like the old When GS redid the page, they removed the visible links to the resources that live on in Pinterest. As a way to "save" these free resources, I decided to host the pdfs on my page so that they live on! Below is a sampling along with links. I hope you find them useful!


Congratulations to our Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Mary Roth! You are not only the winner of the contest, but I've decided to give away a copy of my leader planner! Check your email for your planner files.

Miss the Old Products?

Super happy to announce that some of the old favorites are back and you can now find both freebies and products for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you're not familiar with TPT, it's a site similar to Etsy where teachers sell lesson plans and classroom resources. I've gone back to TPT because I like the flexibility of having my freebies offered right alongside my for purchase items. I also love the option of having a cutie storefront with my colors. Click {here} to check it out!

Interested in a custom order?

{Email me}

Don't miss out! 

I'm phasing the iamgirlscouts Facebook page. Please head over and like the new page:

Same me, same content...different name. xoxo

The Store is Back Online! 

First, let me say thank you to everyone who reached out after my last email. The messages really buoyed my spirits and gave me the drive to do the hours of work required to not only re-design but to re-list the products. As my way of saying thank you, I've decided to run a special offer and a contest!

Leader Planner Offer 

The first offer is for those of you who have purchased my planner. When I redesigned the planner, I made it *fillable* and added additional pages! This is something I had planned to do all along and I used the redesign as my chance. I'm giving away the new planner to anyone who purchased the planner in the past. All you have to do is the following:
  1. "LIKE" straw/Jen/berry on Facebook (new page!)
  2. Follow straw/Jen/berry on Twitter
  3. Follow straw/Jen/berry on Instagram
  4. Email me your etsy order # (from your planner order)
That's it! Once you complete the four steps I will email you the new planner. My gift to you for your support!


Ok, so for anyone who has not purchased a planner, there's a contest. Win $10 off the purchase of a planner when you do the following:
  1. Go to the strawJenberry Designs Facebook page and "like" it.
  2. Enter the contest here
The contest begins at midnight tonight. Thank you for your support!!

REMINDER to all Facebook followers

I'm phasing the iamgirlscouts Facebook page due to trademark concerns with GSUSA. Please head over and like the new page.

Same me, same content...different name.

Etsy Store


Important Announcement about the Future

I will try to make this brief, while also making sure that the important information is covered. As many of you know, in March I started a re-brand of my site at the behest of GSUSA. That is still in process.  On Monday I awoke to all but two of my almost 70 Etsy listings removed for "Intellectual Property Infringement." I won't say anything negative about GSUSA. They have every right to protect their property, which includes the trefoil, the silhouette logo, insignia (badges and pins), the name Girl Scouts, etc. 99% of what I design is my creation, the small details that contain the trademarked items make up only 1% of the design.

I thought about giving up, giving in and just folding. I felt defeated by the fact that every other store that I searched on Etsy offered products with the same "violations" as I had. Why were their shops still up and mine wasn't? Neither the GSUSA paralegal nor Etsy could say anything other than the other stores weren't reported. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought about the 99% vs. 1%, as well as my loyal customers.  So I've made the decision to redesign my products to comply with not only Etsy's rules but also the GSUSA copyright.


What does this mean for the blog?

The blog has already undergone a redesign that has been planned since spring when I changed the name of my Etsy store.  Anything on my Freebies page is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow. If there is anything you might want, it's a good idea to go download it, as everything, even my free stuff, will be redesigned.  I'm confident you will still love the refreshed items, however, if branding is important to you, then by all means go download stuff here.

What does this mean for the Etsy products?

What this means for the products in my Etsy store is that I'm currently working feverishly to redesign my everything. I didn't realize how time-consuming the task would be until I got started. So far I've managed to update just around 6-7 of the 68 products that I sell. Please note: if here is anything you have been watching, or planning to buy, please contact me to place an order. For the next week I will be taking custom order requests for current products. After the listings are changed and re-uploaded, I will no longer offer the products as they are currently designed.

How will the new items look different?

Basically anywhere there is a trefoil, silhouette trefoil design, reference to Girl Scouts, badges/pins/other insignia, those items will be removed. Replacing them will be graphics, hearts, shapes and icons to represent the items that have been removed. I will still reference troops, age levels and insignia name, but there will no longer be a representation of them graphically.

Will your colors and designs change?

No, the designs will have the same colors, elements and style that you're accustomed to. There will be slight changes, but those changes are a very small part of the overall design. Think of them as punctuation.

When will the products be back up?

The products should be back up by November 6th. I will start updating products and re-listing them tomorrow.

My own store...The future

I'm working on hosting my own store, independent from Etsy on a new domain I'll keep you posted as things develop.

Thank you for your support!!

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