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?

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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!!


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: 
  • Buddy Camper
  • Good Neighbor
  • Board Game Design Challenge
  • Model Car Design Challenge
  • Roller Coaster Design Challenge
  • Outdoor Art Maker
  • What Robots Do
  • How Robots Move
  • Design a Robot
  • It’s Your World
  • It's Your Planet
  • It's Your Story
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Outdoor STEM
  • Outdoor

Junior Badge and Journey Certificates

39 certificates total including: 

  • (29) Twenty-nine skill badges;
  • (3) Three progressive badges; 
  • (3) Three older Journeys: It's Your Planet, It's Your Story and It's Your World 
  • (4) Four all NEW Journeys: engineering, computer science, outdoor and outdoor STEM;

Cadette Badge, LIA and Journey Certificates

There are 38 certificates total including: 
  • (34) Thirty-four skill-building badges including NEW badges for robotics; 
  • (3) Three older Journeys: It's Your Planet, It's Your Story and It's Your World; 
  • (1) One outdoor journey;
  • (2) NEW Journeys: programmer and engineer;
  • (3) LIA badges.

Once printed you can customize the certificates with each girl's name, date and troop leader.

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End of the Year: Bridging and Ceremonies

Can you feel it? Summer is in the air. The school year is winding down and it won't be long before our days and nights will include BBQs, swimming and sunshine. But before that, we have end of the year celebrations--graduations, bridging and awards ceremonies. I am super happy to be kept busy with custom orders. You all have the greatest ideas and I'm lucky enough to help you execute your vision. It keeps me inspired.

A New Freebie!

Back when I was a leader scouring the internet for resources, there were certain items that came up when you searched "Girl Scouts." Nine years later, these resources still pop up on Google. Some of them are OLD. Some so old, they look like they were photocopied from a ditto made in the early 80s (remember dittos?!). While there is nothing wrong with that, I always love the idea of making things new and pretty. So please accept this freebie, on behalf of my itchy design finger getting bored.

Download the trefoil here as a pdf or jpg.

Time Capsules

If you are between bridging years, or your girls are at an age where they are looking for an end of the year activity to spice things up, why not try a time capsule? One leader had this very idea. She got small cardboard mailing tubes and had each of the girls decorate the outside. Then they filled out a questionnaire. Into the tube it goes and voila! a time capsule. Three to five years down the line, the girls will open their tubes and read about their aspirations and interests from half a decade ago.

Ideas for the container:

My 6th grade teacher had us do a similar exercise. We wrote a letter to ourselves and included drawings of our dreams, hopes and aspirations, as well as likes and hobbies. Around the time I graduated high school, mine showed up in the mail. I still have it and cherish it. I later found that teacher on Facebook and let her know how much that meant to me. We talk often and she's is such an amazing woman, I was so fortunate to have her as a teacher. Here is a sneak peak at the iamstrawjenberry time capsule kit:

Laminate and use as the outer tag for the capsule.

Check out the time capsule kit in the iamstrawjenberry etsy store.

Camp Shirt Design

I've made a new t-shirt design for 2018. Complete with free customizing of troop number and city or council name. You can choose single color or 3-color for screen printing. Custom designs are available too. Simply email me your ideas and I will make a one-of-a-kind design for your camp.

Check out the listing here.

Looking back on the troop year

A glorious troop leader reached out to me asking for a bridging questionnaire for the girls to fill out in preparation of their bridging story. This led to the following design:

This is an instant download that can be printed endlessly, each year of bridging. You can have the girls fill it out to use as talking points for the bridging ceremonies, or to put into a troop time capsule component. You can even frame it and give it out as a bridging gift. Go to the listing on etsy.

Last but not least, I am in the process of developing Daisy badge completion certificates. These will be supplemental to the Daisy petal and leaf certs. Stay tuned!


iamgirlscouts is now iamstrawjenberry! Introducing Brownie Badge Certificates!

This blog is five years old! Five years ago I transitioned from a Girl Scout leader to a Representative, to a National Delegate to a blogger and so much more. Last week, I was surprised but not shocked that I got an email from Etsy saying that GSUSA was requesting that I change my shop name. My shop is several years "younger" than my blog. Initially, when I chose my blog name I wanted it to signify that we are all Girl Scouts. I am. You are. She is.

And although I wasn't asked to change my *blog* name, just my shop name, I understand it may be coming too. I'm a graphic designer by day (and night) so eventually I'll offer more designs in my store than just Girl Scout products. So I've decided to embrace the change and extend it to the blog and Facebook page as well.  The shop has already been renamed. I'll be transitioning the Blog and Facebook over in the coming months.

Girl Scout Brownie Badge and Journey Certificates 

And just in time for the new name is a new product! Thank you to Erin L. for suggesting the idea. If you guys tell me you want something, I'll make it. I'm very happy to debut a full set of Brownie Badge earning certificates. These are available in my shop via instant download. You simply print a set out for each girl and give them a certificate for every badge they earn and journey level they complete! Includes ALL NEW badges and journeys.

47 certificates total including:

  • (32) Thirty-two Skill-Building Badges;
  • (1) NEW Take Action badge;
  • (3) Three NEW Robotics 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;
  • (3) Three NEW "Think Like A..." badges;
  • (1) One blank certificate for other awards like the Summit Award.
Once printed you can customize the certificates with each girl's name, date and troop leader. Each certificate features the Brownie elf.  Feel free to contact me if you want the certificates personalized.

Thank you for your support today and always. Over the last few months I've received three donations from very special people who visited the blog. I am so thankful for donations, as they keep up the site and allow me to make and provide freebies.

Lastly, I've got some cookie goodness coming for you all.  I've compiled and collected things over the past cookie season and I can't wait to share them with everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful cookie season. Now that it's spring, I'm sure you'll be planning lots of trips and campouts. Let me know if you need anything to help you lead this season and beyond.


Gift Tags Updated for 2018! Any Cookie Needs? Trackers Updated!

Some housekeeping first: A huge thank you to Elishia, Daisy leader for Troop #839 in sunny Florida and Etsy user Dawn for bringing my attention to mistakes on the new Daisy and Junior Trackers. I've corrected the mistakes and the new trackers are in the Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Gift tags are here and available in the etsy and TpT stores--just in time for cookie season!

Current Year Gift Tags - traditional design colors with trefoil }

Current Year Gift Tags - traditional design colors with heart }
Current Year Gift Tags - strawjenberry color version with heart}

Current Year Gift Tags - strawjenberry color version with heart}

Speaking of cookie season, is there anything you guys need? There are some items available in the strawjenberry Leader Planner.

Happy Cookie Season!
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