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 www.strawjenberry.com. I'll keep you posted as things develop.

Thank you for your support!!

xoxo

NEW Badges Mean New Trackers!


Hi! Just wanted to drop by and let you all know I'm working on updating the badge trackers with all the new badges and journeys. You should have them in your hot little hands by the end of August. I will put up a blog post, post on Facebook and send out a newsletter so you'll know when they are ready. Happy Back to Troop!

Happy Summer! New Daisy, Junior And Cadette Resources!

 
Summer is such a different creature than it was when I was a kid in the 70's. Growing up in Southern California, we were out of school the third week of June and didn't go back until after Labor Day weekend. We spent barefoot days riding our bikes, playing outside, eating drippy popsicles and picking plums from the trees in our backyards. I remember a lot of stubbed toes! We generally drank TONS of Kool-Aid, ate Zingers, Laffy Taffy and Abba-Zabbas. We played in the sprinklers, watched late-night movies with our parents and generally never wore sunscreen unless we were at the river. These days kids get out anywhere from middle of May to beginning of June. Some of my friend's kids go back the first week of August or even the last week of July. A three month summer is a thing of the past. It's almost unheard of for kids to go back to school after Labor Day. This SHOULD BE A THING AGAIN!

   

Understanding that schools all over the U.S. start back early, I've adjusted my Back to Troop schedule to reflect this. I am fortunate to have all of your great minds requesting custom work and coming up with great ideas. It keeps me inspired. Thank you! And however long your summer is, enjoy the BBQs, long days and freedom for as long as they last <3

Daisy Badge Completion Certificates



These certs have been up on Etsy for awhile but not officially announced to your inboxes. I have to be super careful because unsubcribes kill me! So I saved it. The certs are an accompaniment to the Daisy Petal and Leaf completion certificates. You can print a set out for each girl and give them a certificate for every badge they earn or journey they complete! 

Includes sixteen (16) certificates: 
  • (6) Six Skill-Building Badges 
  • (3) Three Progressive Badges 
  • (3) Older Journeys 
  • (4) New Journeys

Junior Badge and Journey Certificates



 

39 certificates total including: 
  • (29) Twenty-nine Skill-Building Badges; 
  • (3) Three Progressive Badges; 
  • (3) Three older Journeys: It's Your Planet--Love It!, It's Your Story--Tell It! and It's Your World--Change It!; 
  • (4) Four all NEW Journeys: Engineering, Computer Science, Outdoor and Outdoor STEM; 
Once printed you can customize the certificates with each girl's name, date and troop leader. Each certificate features the Junior spider.

Cadette Badge, LIA and Journey Certificates





There are 38 certificates total including: 
  • (31) Twenty-nine Skill-Building Badges; 
  • (3) Three older Journeys: It's Your Planet--Love It!, It's Your Story--Tell It! and It's Your World--Change It!; 
  • (1) One Outdoor journey; 
  • (3) LIA "Leaders in Action" badges 

Once printed you can customize the certificates with each girl's name, date and troop leader. Each certificate features a hiking Cadette, mountains and a compass. 

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