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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Where did the time go?

OK-Could someone please tell me where Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday went?
FINALLY --- Let's take a look at our Queens!
To the left, is Connie Adamec.  Connie is our Queen of Crafts - by proxy. Her sister-in-law in the STATE of Virginia (not the city in Minnesota) is our real Queen of Crafts.  She sent in beautiful handmade sweaters, minibooks and more.
All tolled, her items brought in more than 170 dollars for the Young Survival Coalition!

Next, is our Queen of A Lot.  Queen Stephanie Evans brought in a number of new and gently used items for this category, a category new to our event this year!
Queen Stephanie also gave us a fabulous presentation on digital scrapbooking!  Thanks, Queen Stephanie!

And finally, meet Queen Wendy King!  Wendy was our Queen of Sweets this year with her Terrific Trifle!  You might remember, Queen Wendy won in this category last year, as well!  Way to go, Wendy!

Keep checking back, we'll be posting more pictures from the event, and more news about something you won't want to miss in February!  Stay tuned!  -Kim

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Crop for a Cure Resounding Success!

Well, it's over, and we had a great time with the 2008 Crop for a Cure!  We're all still recovering from yesterday's marathon event (and all the planning leading up to it) but I thought you ought to have a few of the highlights today.  We'll post more details later in the week so be sure to check back!
First things first...(drumroll please)...our event yesterday brought in more than 
 We'd like to give a huge round of applause to our event participants who were SO generous to our cause, 
The Young Survival Coalition.
Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!

And now, a look at our  Crop Queens!  We all remember our reigning Queen of Philanthropy, Karin Johnson. Here she is, the self-named "poster girl" for the Crop for a Cure 2007.
Here she is, one year later, thankful she won't have her picture plastered all over the blog anymore!  (Thanks for being such a good sport!  All in good fun!)

So, now we have a NEW Queen of Philanthropy for 2008.
Meet Rosie Wood!

Rosie brought in more than $700 in donations for the YSC!  She says she sent out a letter and included self-addressed stamped envelopes for friends to return to her.  Just a little extra effort earned her the big prize of the day...a Making Memories Runway Tote packed full of goodies!

And now, for our Queen of Silent Auctions:
Look familiar?  Why, yes!  It's Rosie Wood!  Not only did Rosie manage to bring in the most money...she also managed to SPEND the most money on silent auction purchases!  Way to go Rosie!  More scrap-goodies to take home with you!

Now, I was hoping to post the remaining Queens, however, after battling my computer for more than an HOUR...(no, I'm not exaggerating)...I am unable to get the remaining Queen pictures to post!
I'm technology challenged anyway...add to that a bit crabby and a bit tired, and things are not looking good.
I think I'll go take a nap and either post those remaining Queens later today or tomorrow!  It will give us all something to look forward to, won't it?  ---G'nite, Kim

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Told ya I'd forget something!

OK - One additional reminder.

If you have raised $250 or more for the YSC, e-mail Alane (  to let
us know!  This helps us get everything ready for you and will make things run much more smoothly on Saturday morning!
Thanks - Kim

Please read below for the other reminders!

Reminders to Crop Participants

Are you ready for the Crop for a Cure?

Just a few housekeeping issues:

1.  You may start arriving at Marshall school at 8am.  When you enter the parking lot, take the route to the right, closest to the school.  Signs will direct you to the "valet" service, where you can unload your car.  You will then need to move your car to the lower lot.

2.  If you have items for the Queen of Crafts, Queen of A Lot, or even items you've acquired for us for the "regular" auction, PLEASE contact Alane ( by tomorrow. We will need an item description from you so that we can make up bid sheets.

3.  If you are bringing a baked good for Queen of Sweets, please cut it into bite sized pieces! If you'd like, bring a few copies of the recipe along.  We had lots of requests for those last year, and hey, we could post them on the blog!

4.  We will be running a tab throughout the day for your silent auction purchases.  Don't forget your checkbooks! 

I'm sure I'm forgetting something (I tend to do that), so please check back later in the week to make sure!  Start packing up your stuff and get ready for a great time! -Kim

We'll miss you Paula!!!

Paula is our friend, and at CHA she was our prime navigator and partner in procurement!  She's helped from start to finish with all the preparations for this years' Crop for a Cure, making several trips to Duluth from her home in the Twin Cities.  Well, Paula won't be at the Crop for a Cure this year, she'll be traveling in Europe with her mom.  So, Paula, have a great time overseas!  Thanks for all your great advice & guidance.  We'll see you when you get back! 
-Julie, Alane & Kim

Friday, October 10, 2008

This is what it is all about!

October is breast cancer awareness month, and the Young Survival Coalition just wrapped up their signature fundraiser: the Tour de Pink. The Hershey candy company is a major sponsor of the YSC (please buy the pink Hershey candy for sale during the month of October!). The Tour de Pink is a 220 mile bike ride over 3 days from Hershey, PA to downtown New York City. Scroll down to watch the video and hear from the creators of the event, but more importantly, the amazing survivors who made that ride to help other young women just like themselves. THESE are the people YOU are helping by participating in the Crop For A Cure, and we couldn't be prouder or more grateful. Thank you!

We want to recognize some of our wonderful local businesses!

I wanted to take a second to give a huge THANK YOU to the local restaurants that are supporting our event. They are donating all of the delicious food and drink that you will be enjoying throughout the day! Caribou Coffee, Great Harvest Bread Company, Famous Dave's and the Olive Garden have all agreed to support us again this year! (And if you participated last year, you will remember that you had PLENTY to eat, and it was DELICIOUS!)

Remember, like we said in the previous post, you need to HURRY and register NOW!!! If you aren't registered by Midnight THIS Sunday, you will not be gauranteed a seat in the classes. Let me tell you, you do not want to miss out! Lisa, Heather, and Marni are going to be doing some wonderful things. We're all in for a real treat!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Have you registered yet? How about your friends?

Why do we ask?  Well, ladies, we're approaching "crunch" time!  We have THREE fabulous teachers lined up and they need to order & prepare their class materials for you.  They need a final count so they know just how many kits to bring with them.  We don't want to put too much pressure on you, but if you know you're going to register, you need to do it by
Midnight on Sunday, October 12th!
What are you waiting for?
After Sunday, you will not be GUARANTEED a spot in any of the classes. 
And let me just say, these classes are going to be GREAT!
Our third teacher has confirmed for the event.  
Marni Steltz is the owner of the Pine City Scrapbooking Co. & Retreat Center.  She hasn't given away all her secrets, but did mention we'll be using Tim Holtz Grungeboard for her project! 
If you haven't been to Marni's store, check out her website at

And here's the good news.  She's bringing some extra supplies to sell at our event, so bring your checkbooks!

Of course, you were planning on bringing those checkbooks anyway, right?

That's good!  This year, we'll have lots of free goodies just like last year, plus we're bringing along some extra items for purchase.

And now for some reminders:

Don't forget the $250 Club!
If you have raised $250 or more for the YSC, please e-mail us by 10-20-08 so we can prepare your special prize.

Don't forget Tea Time!
Bring your favorite baked good for our Tea Time (cut into bite sized pieces).  We'll all sample, and vote.  The winner of Tea Time gets a fabulous prize!

Don't forget your HomeMade Craft for the Silent Auction!
The person whose craft raises the most at auction wins a prize.  Please e-mail to "register" your item by 10-20-08 so we can prepare a bid sheet for it!

For Other Silent Auction Items:
Some of you have acquired items (not homemade) to enter into the auction.  Please submit item descriptions & estimated values so that we can prepare bid sheets for those as well.

That's all for now...(really, don't you think this is enough?).
Check back!  We're sure to have more before the big day!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Spotlight: Lisa Zappa

It's definitely time I introduced all of you to one of our fabulous celebrity teachers for this year's Crop. Lisa Zappa is a design team member for Crafty Secrets (of vintagey shabby chic goodness) and a former team member for Hanna Stamps. She is also an Archiver's instructor and former Stampin' Up demonstrator. Lisa is incredibly talented, fun, and you all are absolutely going to LOVE her! Not only is Lisa an amazing artist, but she is also a young survivor! We met Lisa at CHA 2007 and hooked up with her at Scrapfest last year too. She is a bundle of energy and an absolute hoot!

But one of the MOST EXCITING things I can share with you about Lisa is that she is featured in the Autumn edition of the Take Ten issue of Stamper's Sampler magazine! If you aren't familiar with the magazine, it is one of the gorgeous magazines created by Stampington (the Somerset Life brand of mags.) Take Ten is a great issue because it features cards that can be made in ten minutes or less. (Although when I look at how g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s Lisa's cards are, I don't believe it!) She has a two page spread in the magazine. I'm posting a couple of photos here.

This is what the cover looks like!

This is a picture of all of the cards Lisa made for the magazine.

This is an image of the magazine open to Lisa's spread.

The best part of all is that Lisa's directions on how to make all of these beautiful cards are given in the magazine. I urge you to visit her blog, Shabbychick Junk, where you can see more of her incredible creations, get some tips, and be inspired by her talent and infectious personality. I am so excited to see what she is cooking up for us and the class she will be teaching. I only have a hint so I'm almost as in the dark as the rest of you, but I know we are in for an awesome surprise!!!! We are so lucky to have her.

Congratulations, Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Julie's search for a little photographic respect...

This may be a tad bit off the topic of the Crop, but it is definitely something that needs to be addressed. One of the hazards of working on an event such as this is that you will do just about anything to make it be successful. That means: allowing your friend and co-organizer to slap photos of you all over the worldwide web. For those of you who have visited our humble little blog more than once, you may have noted an often changing header photo. Let me point out that we are charity minded. That extends to the way we treat our friends. Poor Julie. If you have been paying attention, you will have seen that Julie has suffered mightily for our cause. The header photo has been changed frequently in an attempt to capture a photo that represents us and the Crop, but also that represented Julie in a state much closer to the real thing. That means: not looking like one or all of the following: very angry, very "challenged", or like a stalker (as in the last header photo where we are posed with the giant Cricut cricket at CHA Chicago). Like I said: poor, poor Julie. She suffers from a complete inability to be photographed in her natural state. Seriously. And now she is getting a complex. The whole time we were at CHA, Kim (who is a bit of a photography nut) kept snapping pictures all over the place. Everytime she took one of Julie she would look at the resulting photo on the screen and go "Nope." or "Yeah, that's not good." So, you can see why this has become a bit of a hurdle for Julie. Now whenever anyone goes to take a picture, she freezes like a deer in the headlights. She reminds me of my kids. If they know I am going to take a picture, they suddenly lose all natural control of their facial muscles and they come off looking like a jack o' lantern with one eye shut and a stiff, cheesy grin on their face. Now, before you think I am being unkind to Julie, you have to know that I am changing these photos per her request. The first step towards healing is always acceptance. And Julie has definitely come to accept that she has a slight "photographic problem". So, please, tell her how nice she looks in the new photo. We will be doing an intervention soon where I'll tie her to a chair and we'll snap flashbulbs in her face until she relaxes out of sheer exhaustion. I'll keep you up to date with her progress. So, I think it is only fair that I give you the following photos for your consideration. Kim, who is undeniably the most photogenic of the group, did a little posing in our hotel room as "Super Scrapper"! Enjoy!

Well, I'll be seeing you. At least I hope so...I'm gong into hiding. Because Kim's going to kill me!!!!


Monday, August 25, 2008

One woman, one journey... making one big difference.

Writing this blog and planning the Crop for a Cure is a lot of fun, as I'm sure you can tell. It's also a lot of work. But fun, or work, nothing can compare with the real reason we do it all....the "moments". Some of you may know what I mean, and some of you may not. But I will do my best to explain. Putting on an event like this, you have to ask a lot of strangers for some pretty big things. I don't just mean asking a total stranger for a donation. Yes, that's part of it, but what I really mean is: we ask total strangers to become a part of our story. We ask them to stop, in the middle of some pretty busy moments, and allow themselves to be drawn into what, for some, may seem like too emotional a trip to take. At first it's awfully hard to walk up to someone and say, "Hi, I had cancer. I want to help others. Please help me." It's hard because: 1. You're interrupting someone in the middle of their day and asking them to help you. (And often you're asking them to give you something for free that they're charging everyone else for.) 2. You could be totally making your story up. 3. If you're not making your story up, you are telling them something terribly personal and asking them to take it personally, too. I can tell you that more often than not, people say "Sorry, I can't help you." But almost as often, people say, "Here. Take this." before you can even finish telling them your story. I suppose it's easier for them that way. Sometimes it's just too hard to listen. But once in a while, someone actually stops what they're doing, looks you straight in the eye, and waits patiently, often expressionless, as you tell them your story. Now, you never know how this is going to end, but from experience I can tell you if they're looking you in the eye, it's of those "moments". Hopefully over time we will get the chance to tell you about a lot of the moments like those that we have had over the last two times we've prepared for this event. Moments full of tears (ours and theirs), moments ended with hugs, moments that put a knot in your throat and leave you standing in a sea of people wishing that everyone could notice the wonderful, human miracle that just happened there. But today, I want to focus on one particular moment that Julie and I had during our trip to Chicago. I have to back track a little and tell you that before we made the trip, we did our research. We emailed people we had met last year to tell them we'd be coming, we checked out the list of the vendors that would be there, and tried to find some way we could "get" to them. Well, during one of these research efforts, Julie found out that a woman, named Melissa Frances, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. If you are not familiar with the name, Melissa Frances is a brand of home decor and scrapbooking supplies made in Canada. And it turns out, it's not just the name of the company: there really is a Melissa Frances. So, Julie found out that Melissa was diagnosed and we speculated that perhaps we could talk to her, survivor to survivor, about what we're trying to do. Well, it's not like there's a survivor handshake or anything. And there's something a little icky about approaching someone and leveraging their illness for your own benefit. Of course, we tried not to look at it that way, but let's just say that the situation was a very delicate one indeed. So, while we were in Chicago, Julie and I finally decided it was time to visit the Melissa Frances booth. Now, these booths are bustling with people who are there to do business: selling and buying products. We had no idea if Melissa Frances would even be there. Well, of course, we rounded the corner and there she was: talking to a buyer, with what was clear (to us) was a freshly sprouted crop of short chemo-comeback hair. (Cue the knot in our throats.) Julie and I perused the booth waiting for the right time. Melissa has a whole line of products related to breast cancer: papers, albums, stickers, and more. We nervously oohed and aahed over the samples. Soon, Melissa was free and we made our uncomfortable approach. Needless to say, it was one of those "moments". Soon after we had told her why we were there, we were talking with Melissa about our treatments and recovery and sharing experiences like soldiers swapping war stories. Despite her own struggles, Melissa was eager to help and absolutely did not disappoint us. She promised that even though a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her items goes to a wonderful charity, she would still have some items for us if we came back at the end of the show. We had no idea what she would give us, and I certainly do not want to give away any surprises, but she was unbelievably generous. In fact, she apologized for not having more to give! The only request that Melissa had for donating to the Crop was that we would blog about her and her cancer experience. She wanted to help other women who share her diagnosis as well as inform women about their risk. She is a brave, generous, talented woman. We are so grateful to have met her, and feel truly blessed to have shared some time with such a special lady. If you are interested in seeing the breast cancer themed products she offers as well as all of her other beautiful items, visit her website at . Once you're there, be sure to check out the gallery to see some of the beautiful creations her designers and fans have made. It will absolutely knock your socks off!

Thanks for reading. I hope you have some special "moments" of your own, too.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Addendum: Okay, I am NOT that insane!!! I just noticed that at the end of my post it puts the time that I wrote is SO NOT 5:54 AM right now! I do NOT need an intervention! It is currently 8:09. I have to fix that....Julie, Kim, don't get the straight jacket and hand cuffs yet!

Just a quickie!!!

Good morning, scrappers!!!

I thought I would pop on in and write a quick post while I have my first cup of coffee! (It's a miracle that I'm chipper and I haven't had my first cup!) You may have noticed that there is a little stat counter thingie on the page that is counting how many visitors we get to our little blog site. Well, I got an email this morning saying we have had 50 individual, first time visitors over the weekend!!! Woohoo!!! That makes the countdown until our registrations are all filled up pretty exciting indeed! I don't have a head count at the moment... (since our Royal headcounter lives on the other side of the United States and is most likely snoring away right now!!!) ...BUT I am excited to see the numbers!!! You ladies in Duluth need to know that you have some competition for your spots! We have had a lot of interest from some very enthusiastic scrappers in Wisconsin as well as farther south! I suppose I should warn you that I have posted our event on lots if internet message boards. (The kind for scrapbookers, not people looking for a date!)
Sorry, but I needed to spread the excitement. So come on in and register!

I also thought I would give you a little update on some recent deliveries that the UPS man has made to my door. A few of the companies are:

Hero Arts
Unity Stamp Co. (Check them out: they're from Spicer, MN and they rock!!!)
Big Picture Scrapbooking (If you haven't checked the classes out at you are missing out!)
Lion Brand Yarn
Wright's Manufacturing
and Fiskars
just to name a few!!!

In fact, I have so much stuff in my craft room that it's hard to tell what's mine. I'll try not to dip in to the Crop stash, I promise!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

WOW!!!! The scrappers of Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin do not disappoint!!!!

Wowie Zowie is all I can say!!!

Registration for this year's Crop for a Cure has only been open for four days and we are already closing in on the half way mark!!! That's right, we are capping the number of registrations for this year's event and we are almost half full! We are so grateful for all of the enthusiasm we have received! Keep it up, ladies! With this kind of excitement we are sure to exceed the amount in donations we raised last year. Thank you so much, we are really looking forward to the Crop and can't tell you how grateful we are to have such generous, enthusiastic participants! You make all of our hard work a joy!!!

I will post again with more sneak peaks, but here's one that I think you'll get a kick out of...I know I do!


Seriously....have you ever seen so many flowers? The picture doesn't really do this justice...the bag is the size of a large grocery bag!!! I wonder what we'll be doing with them...hmmmm!

Friday, August 8, 2008


Yes, He has to think I am either a shop-a-holic or completely crazy (or both!) what with all of the deliveries he's been making at my house lately! That's right, deliveries of MORE DONATIONS!!! I am sure I solidified my place as craziest woman on his route yesterday when I snapped these pics of him making yet another delivery! Coming to my house is harrowing enough what with two big dogs barking and jumping at him, but now he has even more reason to be afraid! I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't start making his deliveries under cover of darkness just to avoid me!

Here's a behind the scenes look into the process of getting our donations...

In order to give you an idea of the excitement around here, I decided I needed to take a couple of pictures showing you the pile of boxes of donations that is rapidly taking over my scrapbooking space. Don't look too closely...I don't want to give away any surprises! Julie raided the liquor store for some boxes to sort things in. Just so you know, here's the process: we take all the donations from each company, sort, count, and catalog them, and then we need to find out the retail price of each item. (Not a small feat, let me tell you! Thanks for handling that, Julie!) Anyway, then we have to store all of the items until we are ready to start putting together prizes, goody bags, class supplies, etc. My craft room is serving as operation central for these proceedings. So, I took these pictures showing you the pile of donations that have gone through this process. Doesn't it make you want to peek inside those boxes? No way, baby, this is TOP SECRET!!! Enjoy!!!

Oh, and for a laugh, check out this link to read how others are blogging about meeting us at CHA! (Or at least they met someone named "Ann Davis & Friends" who look an awful lot like us!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sneak Peek!

A little birdie told me he'd be making an appearance at the Crop for a Cure!

I wonder what we could make with all of THIS?
Need more choices?
I think that's all for now...but why don't you check back here on Thursday?  We'll give you another reason (or two, or three) that you won't want to miss Friday's Registration Day!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Countdown is ON! 8-8-08!

We're not counting down to the Olympic Games...we're counting down to our Crop Registration Day!  ((please read Alane's previous post, my apologies for stepping on her toes)).
Alane promised I'd add more pics from CHA, so here they are!
First, this is outside our hotel, after loading up our two carloads of donations.  We have never been so in need of showers in our lives!  YUCK!  But we were feeling so good!  We got 'er done!
For those of you who don't know, Paula joined us at CHA this year (on the left).  She was instrumental in keeping us all on task...and I swear, she had that show floor map memorized!
We would not have been able to do what we did in Chicago without her.  Thanks Paula!

And now, for a couple of our celebrity visits:
Check this one out!  We met the ProvoCraft Cricut!  We left the giant insect (insect?)
appropriately accessorized with a Scrapbook Royalty princess pin!

Next, it's Stacy Julian.  She was great fun (note the pigtails!) and spent quite a bit of time with us, learning why we were at CHA and she even looked at every page of Alane's book!  Alane is currently taking three classes through Stacy's Big Picture Scrapbooking.  (Awesome online classes - check them out if you haven't already!  But maybe just start with one?)
Thanks, Stacy!  We loved meeting you!

OK-this next one is me with Ali Edwards.  I was so excited to meet Ali she was our first stop on Friday morning.  (I read her blog every day & knew her schedule).  OK, so I felt a bit like a stalker on this trip...but really, I get great scrapbooking tips from reading scrap-blogs.  Ali's especially, I just love her philosophy on life, family, and scrapbooking.

Ali is so down to Earth, just as I've heard so many people say.  Thanks, Ali!  We loved meeting you, too!
Alright, so there you have it.  A few more pictures from our trip.

Next post, how about some previews of some of the items you'll see in October?
Sounds good to me!  We'll try and have something up for you by Monday or Tuesday!

And Don't Forget!  REGISTRATION: 8-8-08!  Do it early!  We're capping it this year!

Registration Opens August 8th!!! Put on your tiaras and...

...get ready to scrapbook!!!
Seriously, we are so pumped up for the Crop for a Cure this year. It will be hard to believe, but we know it's going to be even better than last year! AND by the buzz that has been circulating around scrapping tables, we are going to fill up fast! Since last year's Crop we have been telling every scrapper we meet about our event and they are all fired up to come. Plus, we're glad that each scrapper will have plenty of time to raise their donations. (PLEASE don't just shoot for your $100 minimum. It would be so awesome if everyone would work toward a higher goal.) In case you didn't get a save the date card in the mail, remember: in addition to crowning the Queen of Philanthropy we will be having the $250 Club (Think $500 Club lite) with special prizes for anyone who raises $250 in donations! And let me tell you, the prizes are going to be awesome!!!
Kim told you a little about our trip to CHA, and I must say we trucked home some mighty nice goodies. It took us two and a half hours to get everything to our cars and load them! That's a lot of goodies! We promise, you will NOT be disappointed. Suffice it to say that we have got more and better donations than last year. And last year was staggering!
One of the BIG highlights of CHA was meeting some scrapping celebrities. Now I know that not everyone is a scrapaholic like myself, but surely you've heard of Stacy Julian, founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks Magazine, teacher on Big Picture Scrapbooking, author and incredibly FUN lady? Or, maybe you've heard of Ali Edwards, regular contributor to Creating Keepsakes Magazine, author, artist and all around cool-beyond-belief woman? Well, yes indeedy, we got to meet 'em both! And they were so unbelievably nice! And generous! And they're donating things for prizes (oops...I let that slip!) And we took our picture with them! (Of course!!! We are scrappers, aren't we?)
So, I'm adding the pics I have of us with Stacy Julian. Kim has some more pics with Stacy and Ali so she'll be uploading those as well.
Check back often for some sneak peaks of what's in store!


Friday, July 25, 2008

Can you say Scrapbooking Goodness?

We are back from the Craft & Hobby Association convention (CHA) and we have LOADS of great things to share with you! TWO CAR LOADS!

We left for Chicago on Thursday, July 17th. After visits to a couple scrap-stores on the way down, we arrived at a reasonable dinner hour without touring the O'Hare Airport arrivals gate, which was our major navigation blunder last year! Success!

We spent 3 full days on the show floor: Friday, Saturday & Sunday...and here is just a partial list of the companies who have donated to our event!
  • All My Memories
  • American Crafts
  • Around the Block
  • Basic Grey
  • Clip-It-Up!
  • Colorbok
  • Doodlebug
  • Glue Dots
  • Imaginisce
  • Kaiser Craft
  • Making Memories
  • Melissa Frances
  • Sandylion
  • Tattered Angels
Seriously, this isn't even all of them!
We'll post more companies who donated as we go, so check back for more information about others involved in our event. We'll also share our scrap-celeb sightings, and we'll show you sneak-peeks of some of the goodies!
We hope you're excited to join us in October! We can't wait for another successful event raising money for the Young Survival Coalition!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Eleven days and counting

There are only eleven days before your intrepid crop-masters visit the CHA trade show in Chicago. The preparations are underway for bringing home lots of scrapping goodies!!! We are driving two (count 'em, two!) large, gas guzzling (okay, we're not proud about that!) vehicles down to Chicago in anticipation of bringing back a large load of donated items!!! Wish us luck! We are going into this with our eyes wide open from last year! We weren't prepared at all last year! We didn't even have a rolling bag!!! We were such CHA virgins. This year, we are doing it up in style. Julie and I asked the scrapbooking gods for a shopping cart, and our prayers were answered! It was a miracle! Seriously, we were driving in the car one day after just having talked about needing a shopping cart...and lo and behold...there was one... by a dumpster, no less! (Seriously: that's our story and we're sticking to it.) So, yes, you may have seen us hurriedly loading a shopping cart into the back of Alane's station wagon. "Why the shopping cart?" you ask. Because we have had a stroke of genius! (Although Kim suspects it might actually BE a stroke.) We are fixing up that shopping cart to use as our mode of transportation and show-stopping eye googling get-everyone excited fanfare! It is at an undisclosed location (in Julie's garage) being spray-painted PINK! Then the fun really starts...we are going to bling it up (or tart it up as my mother would call it!) Right now Julie and I are in the throes of some major we go with crystals and tulle? Disco lights and feathers? The possibilities are endless!!! Stay tuned to see what we decide! Of course, I should mention that we are moving forward with this idea despite Kim's groans of apprehension. I admit that we still suffer from a lingering fear that we, along with our shopping cart, are going to be thrown into the CHA hoosegow for creating too much of a ruckus. (We'll look darn cute, though!) Kim is the classiest member of our little organization, if you haven't noticed. She is planning on not touching the shopping cart and keeping a respectful distance. This is probably wise since Julie and I will need someone to bail us out or at the very least bake us a cake with a file in it. Preferably a pink cake. With bling. Maybe a smoke machine.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Inaugural blog!

Hello, everyone! This is so exciting! This is our first ever blog post for the Duluth, MN Crop For A Cure! We are new to this whole blogging thing, but we are going to do our best to make it work. We want to make this a great place for everyone to stay up to date with the plans for this year's event, share information, and hopefully get some *sneak peeks* of what we have in store!!! We are already busy planning the 2nd Annual Crop For A Cure! But more on that later...first we have to take a moment and say a HUGE
to all of our sponsors and participants for making the inaugural Crop For A Cure such a big success! Thanks to all of you we raised over $8,000 for the Young Survival Coalition - Duluth Community Volunteer Group! We think that is absolutely outstanding!!! (Especially since we're kinda new to this whole fundraising thing!) Most importantly, we are so grateful to Elena Etcheverry and her team at Scrapbook Royalty. We absolutely, positively could not have done this without them. They are a non-profit charity that helps other non-profits raise money. I contacted Elena last year to pick her brain about how to do a scrapping fundraiser and she was so incredibly generous! She offered to have us work as an Affiliate of Scrapbook Royalty and held our hand all the way through the process. But the absolute, most mindblowing part of all was thet she fulfilled a dream and sent us all to CHA!!! It was awesome!!! We had so much FUN organizing, planning, and executing the Crop last year that we couldn't wait to get started on this year's!
The MOST exciting thing is that we will be traveling again (thank you, Elena!) to CHA in Chicago (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show) in just a few weeks! We went to CHA last year and met representatives from all of your FAVORITE scrapbooking companies (Doodlebug, anyone? American Crafts?) We are going to ask them for donations again this year. Last year they donated over $20,000 worth of merchandise to our event! Yes, I said $20,000!!!! We had the most AWESOME goodie bags, prizes, giveaways and auction items you have EVER seen! Seriously, the generosity of these companies was overwhelming and we expect nothing more but the same this year! So, get ready, get set...GO mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25th!, 2008!! That's the date for the Crop For A Cure and this year we are CAPPING REGISTRATION! So be sure and register early by visiting . Registration opens on 8/8/08! (How's that for easy to remember?) Check back often! We'll post some pics of some of our donations. (But not enough to ruin the surprise!) And just wait till you hear more about the FUN we have in store!