Monday, November 26, 2012








I used a chipboard letter set from K and company, a page from one of their sets dedicated to Girl Scouts and a sticker that's been in my stash for some time. I thought the tree reminded me of a family tree. My Mom had been my leader as a child, (no I didn't know Juliette personally, but I've been asked that) and when my oldest daughter started 1st grade, she brought home a sign-up sheet. I was going through a divorce and thought that might be perfect for her and if I volunteered it'd force me to plan some time just for her and I. I volunteered to be a leader, and wrote in, "if you tell me what to do". I got a call from the organizer who told me that she had over 100 forms sent back but no one else volunteered. I promptly said, "I don't have to take them all do I?" She reassured me that I didn't and there was training. That led me on a path that not only helped the girls, but me! My self-esteem was so low and those little girls would hug me and just loved what we did and I loved the time I spent volunteering. Our little troop grew and I took on more roles in the service unit, and became a Council trainor. When I had an opportunity to join the staff I did and thought what a perfect job! To pay me to do something that I loved!! I spent 13 years as a staff member and recently retired in the council's realignment. I can't find the photo of my daughter and now her daughter is involved, and I was my granddaughter's leader for K and 1st grade. I wanted to put their photo in the top section. The bottom photo is my youngest daughter and I at a Senior banquet. I was her leader until I joined the staff. She had amazing opporunities as a scout and got to travel to the Macy Center in New York, to two World Centers, one in England, and one in Switzerland! I was so jealous! She planned a trip for Junior Girl Scouts as her Gold Project and they spent several days exploring Washington D.C. Her troop visited Savannah, Ga. twice! She is a lifetime member as I am. 4 generations! We have green blood, and if you're a girl in my family, you'll probably gonna be a scout! I was also a leader for my great niece's troop when she was in K and 1st. I put a scout (stamp from My Favorite Things) for each of us, my Mom, my daughters, my granddaughter and I. I used markers to color them in. If I can find a photo of my mom, I'm going to add it on an adjoining page and will put the history of our involvment as well.
As a staff member, volunteers gave me one of the highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Thanks Badge. I was so proud!! If you're reading this and have a girl, please check into Girl Scouts. It's a wonderful program and you'll be glad you did! I feel certain of that! Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I'll post the line up if you should lose your way. Now you're heading to Roberta Meyers-Edmisten - http://thepapercraftingleague.blogspot.com/ to see and learn more about her! Have fun!

24 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great story. It's amazing how something terrible always finds a way to venture to a new positive beginning. Blessings,
    http://lorisartsyobsession.blogspot.com/

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  2. Your page is adorable! bbiswabic@new.rr.com

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  3. What a cute page and a wonderful story of your life with the Girl Scouts! You know I am
    a follower - - heck, I STALK you! LOL!
    Hugs my friend!
    Teresa
    www.createenjoyshare.blogspot.com

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  4. Love your page, my friend! And what an awesome story! I was a Brownie Leader for several years! Loved it! Can you believe I was not a follower!!!! OMGosh! Got that fixed now!
    Miranda :)
    www.nanasscrapspot.com

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  5. What a great page, and the story behind it was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    marianneDOTwanhamATgmailDOTcom

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  6. Love the layouts, I have been wanting to start a Life project, this is inspiring me to start at the beginning of the year. TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com
    http://pammejo-scrapbookflair.blogspot.com/

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  7. Really cute! Family page LO! I am a New Follower! :D

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  8. Hi Janet! first can I just say how much I love the new blog make over!!! Awesome!!! Second wonderful lo, very sweet and whimsical along with a great story, those are the best!
    TFS!!!
    ClaireR
    Three Waters Creations . com

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  9. Beautiful LO Janet. Love the little tree with all the little girl images. Very clever.
    Hugs, Rosalee

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  10. Cute layout....love the little girls too

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  11. Love your blog design! So unique! Love the little die-cut and colored girl scouts!

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  12. Sweet layout! Thank you for sharing today!

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  13. Janet thank-you for joining and supporting me in this hop!!! I love your layout!!!
    Shelley
    http://shelley-scrapbookingforfun.blogspot.com/

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  14. very cute layout!! Makes me miss Girl Scouts. We had so much fun when my daughter was in it!! Glad to be part of this hop with you. I'm already a follower.

    robin
    http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-about-me.html

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  15. I just love your layout!! the little girls are adorable!! Your story was very inspirational too,
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  16. Beautiful layout. Both my daughters are in Girl Scouts, 7 and 3 years. I have been a co-leader for 6 years.

    Melissa
    scraplady202@gmail.com

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  17. Janet, I still love your blog make over. It makes me smiles every time I am on it....
    Your layout is wonderful. I love the little girl scouts! So cute.

    Tess
    tess underscore hilton at msn.com

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  18. Hi Janet! I love your layout! Those children are so cute! Fun design, too! Thanks for sharing with us! Hope you have a great night, my sweet friend!

    Hugs,
    HL

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  19. Great layout and an even better life story to tell more about it....Love it!

    Nadja drachenschloss@msn.com

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  20. Great layout and story Janet. I was a girl scout as a child and I loved it. I think that it is an awesome group for girls. I am sure that you have changed many lives of those girls. i know that in the past year that I have known you, You have changed me.

    Hugs~
    Sarah
    craftingwithsarah.blogspot.com
    craftingwithsarah@gmail.com

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  21. So glad to have found your blog. I'm a leader of 6yrs and now have 32 girls Daisy to Cadettes so I can relate to your wonderful story

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  22. I just love your layout Janet, and what an awesome inspiring story!! 4 generations of Scouts is amazing! We ended up being troop and then pack leaders (I may have that backwards?) when my son was in Cub Scouts MANY years ago. He didn't go all the way, but really grew and enjoyed his time with the scouts.

    I had fun hopping with you!!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
    ScrapThisSaveThat.Blogspot.com

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  23. Love your layout, and so inspiring!!

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