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Monday, December 28, 2009

A different kind of sneak peak!

Hi there! Thank you to those of you who have registered for the Scrap for Survival! Your welcome packets will be going in the mail this week so watch out for them! They're filled with information about the event, some fundraising tips, and other good stuff. Included in the event info is the details on some fun challenges we have planned this year. We are having a set of four page challenges! These are pages that can be completed ahead of time, so don't worry! We will be giving out small prizes to the winner of each challenge. Send in your registration now so you don't miss out on all the info!
We are also having an altered bra contest. (How's that for part of our new theme?) This is a go wild and have fun challenge that everyone will be voting on. The point is to have fun and free your creativity. I'll post some pics of altered bras the YSC Duluth made in October to give you a little creative push in an upcoming post. Again, register now so you can get all the details on these fun challenges and the rest of the event!
Everyone who has come to the event in the past has really enjoyed the three classes. We try to keep them fresh and different and full of new techniques or ideas you may not have tried yet. I have been hard at work in my craft room playing, spritzing, cutting and gluing to come up with something really special. Heather Nichols from Papertrey (who taught one of last years classes) is back again this year and her project is so awesome, I know you will love it. In the meantime, here's a sneak peak at some of the papers I've been playing with...just to whet your appetite!

Remember January 23rd is fast approaching! Get your registrations in early to guarantee your spot!
Until then Happy Scrapping!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hopefully Kim won't mind...

Kim is doing such a fantastic job as our blogger, I don't want to step on her toes, but I am getting SO excited for our crop this year! Lots of things have been happening, and I wanted to make sure to keep you up to date.

First I have to mention that Kim's photos are a-maze-ing! They make me want to drool! It's almost better than looking at the stuff in person!

I was in the office yesterday and some new packages full of goodies arrived. Dang, I love the UPS man, especially when it doesn't come with a bill :)
Hopefully Kim can get some sneak peaks up soon, but I wanted to let you know that we received packages from Tattered Angels, Stampin' Up!, The Impatient Beader, and (one of mey personal favorites) Unity Stamp Co. Seriously, you will jump for joy when you see what they have in store for you!!! Also, Marni Steltz, owner of Pine City Scrapbooking Co. unfortunately cannnot return as a teacher this year but she is sending a donation. If I know Marni, it's going to be fantastic!

We have also received some fabulous donations from local merchants including Security Jewelers, Justin Paul Salons, and many more. One of the most exciting is a donation from the owner of Takk For Matten Cafe which is right on Superior St. next to Catherine's Imports. If you have not been there, I am telling you: run, don't walk! The food is phenomenal and extremely reasonably priced. A lot of the recipes are scandinavian traditional ones. Breakfast is served all day and includes such yummy fare as crepes, lingonberry waffles, strata, and more. The lunch menu is equally delish. I was in the other day and had a fabulous turkey and pear sandwich on cranberry wild rice bread with a side of leek and potato soup. YUM! All of their items are eat-in or carry out. And don't even get me started on their bakery case. I had to look away to avoid drooling on the glass. You will be so excited when you see the silent auction item they have donated!

I just wanted to give you a taste (you can tell where my mind's at) of what's in the works!

We have three people already registered and I expect a rush once Christmas is over. Register now to secure your seat! Visit to access the printable registration form or register online through our special auctionpay page!

I will write more later about our new theme (which we're keeping under wraps), prize categories and challenges! We are ready to have LOADS of fun!

Happy Scrapping and Happy Holidays!

-Alane and the Scrap for Survival Elves

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sneak Peeks!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Word (or two) About Registration

Yesterday, I posted the link to the Scrap for Survival registration FORM.
Today, I'd like to point you to one other place. It's a place where you can register ONLINE!
All you have to do is click HERE, fill out the form, and put in your credit card number. It's that simple!

Please note, if you'd like to pay your $50.00 registration fee, the number you enter is "1", for 1 ticket to the event. If you enter 50, as in 50-dollars, you will be paying 50-times-50, which comes out to 25-HUNDRED dollars. While that would be very nice, you would also be buying up all the seats at the crop, and you'd be all by yourself, forced to eat an Olive Garden pasta meal (with salad & breadsticks) for 50 people. I just don't think that would be enjoyable. Do you? (not that a pasta meal isn't enjoyable...but for 50? how do you scrap after that?)

Through this site, you may also choose to pay your donation minimum of $100. Some people prefer that. Of course, we'd still love for you to ask your friends & family for donations to the Young Survival Coalition. Keep in mind, we'll be giving prizes to the THREE people who bring in the most cash donations.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

News, News & More News

The weeks are cruising by at warp speed! Doesn't it feel like as it gets closer to the end of the year the days go faster? Maybe that has something to do with the time change, and the days getting shorter...or maybe I'm just getting older.

Ah, well, enough rambling.

First, we hope you've received your registration form in the mail. If you've misplaced it, check out this website:
You can download another copy, or print one out for a friend. Yes! share it with friends! The more the merrier (up until 50, that is. we draw the line at 50!)

We all know the crop is about raising money for the Young Survival Coalition...but another great part about the crop: NO COOKING! Yes, my friends, we have you covered. Famous Dave's and the Olive Garden have again generously donated food for our crop! For you coffee-addicted sorts (you know who you are), Caribou coffee WILL be served!

We're receiving some great donations in the new office. I'll be down there tomorrow and will try and get a few sneak peek photos. We'll see if Alane will go for that or not. ;D

Friday, November 13, 2009

We're Still Here!

Just wanted to let you know we're still here, and still working to put on the First and Best Crop of 2010! We are receiving donations (check out the Donor List on the left!) and things are on track.

Registration is delayed for a very exciting reason! We are working hard to "package" our event, so other YSC affiliates can run the same type of program in their cities! Doing that requires a little extra behind the scenes work (involving logo design, standardizing forms, etc.)

So, here's where things stand right now. We have submitted a registration form to the Young Survival Coalition. As soon as it is approved, they will post the form right on the YSC website. You (attendees) will be able to print off the registration form, and send it directly to us! We're also hoping to have you pay your registration fee by credit card through that website...but no guarantees on that one! You may need to send us a check.

So, Hang In There! Please Stay tuned!



When is it?

Are you coming? Why don't you leave us a post in the comments section? We'd love to hear from you!

Monday, October 12, 2009

The New Office

This is the office "The Crop" built.
Well, "The Crop", and the Mother's Day Walk, and a lot of really hard work!
Julie and Alane have plenty of space to work in this place, and let me tell you, it's in a great location! Right on East Superior Street in Duluth, across the street from Pizza Luce. What could be better than that? There's plenty of storage room for any incoming crop donations, *wink*wink*...but you'll have to wait a while before we give any sneak peeks!

Now for the story of Pineapple, the little pink bear in our previous post.
Alane says Pineapple came from one of their group members who is from the south. She says pineapples traditionally mean "welcome", so Pineapple was the name given to the bear. Whenever the YSC holds a group meeting, Pineapple is passed around, and whoever has the bear has the floor.

We'll have more information on the Crop in the coming days! Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Take a Look At This

Many of you have already seen and heard this news, but for those of you have not, our friend and fellow crop organizer Julie Bates (pictured left in our header photo) was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago. This is her second battle with "b-c" so, unfortunately, Julie knows the drill.

Last month, when Julie's first round of chemo started causing her hair to fall out, she made a few phone calls and we headed to her house for a head shaving party. Julie allowed me to take pictures, and she put together this slideshow. Take a look, and please, leave some encouraging words for Julie in her "album comments" section at the bottom of the slideshow! I know she'd appreciate them!

Julie's chemo treatments should be wrapped up by Christmas time, in the meantime, she is working with the rest of us on putting together one heckuva crop!

Coming up in a future post...I'll tell you more about this photo with Julie & Alane, and the little pink bear named Pineapple! Stay tuned!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Alane's Surprise

So, many of you know Alane rode in this years' Young Survival Coalition Tour De Pink, a 226 mile bike ride from Hershey, PA, to Manhattan. But how many of you saw her on the National News this morning?
Click here to see Alane's Surprise!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Get Ready for the "Non-Stop Survivor Crop"!

Mark your calendars everyone! We have a date for our next event!

9:00am - 12:00am (yes, that's 15 hours of scrapping time!)
Marshall School, Duluth, MN

We'll be at Marshall School again, because we just love the natural light, the view, and the amount of room we have to spread out!

Alane, Julie and Kim are getting all the details worked out...but we thought you'd at least like to know we're ready to get our crop on! ;D

We'll post registration information as soon as we can! Thanks for checking in with the blog!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Planning for 2010 Event Underway!!!!!

It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed and we are already at work planning for this year's scrapbooking event to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition Duluth Affiliate. Here's a spoiler for you: we cannot unfortunately call our event the "Crop for a Cure" any longer. We are going to have to change the name so we do not upset the people at Susan G. Komen for a Cure who use "the Cure" in the name of all their events. But don't worry, we're using this as an opportunity to get creative with our planning and we will be unveiling the new moniker soon.

You can help us out by completing a short (only 10 question) survey about what you liked, hated, or just can't live without from our previous events. We want your input so we can tailor the event to meet everyone's scrapbooking dreams (okay we may not be able to get that far) but we want to make you happy!!!! So, please follow the link to our survey here and fill it out. We really appreciate it and we will be updating you as the plans progress.

In the meantime, happy scrapping!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Where has the time gone? And something pretty sweet is in the works!!!

Hello everyone! Yes, it's been FOREVER since we last posted on the Crop for a Cure blog, but time got away from us, the Holidays arrived and, well, we've just been plain old busy! But, enough with the excuses already!!! I am posting today to remind you all of the fabulous, fantastic, one of a kind, most awesome sale in the history of Duluth! (Okay, that could be stretching things a bit, but trust me, it's gonna be great!!!!)

On February 7th we will be having "A Sweet Sale" of scrapbooking and crafting items of all kinds! We have loads of brand new products from dozens of scrapbooking companies! We have kids craft items! We have yarn! We have quilt fabric! We have retired new and gently used Stampin' Up stamp sets for sale! Seriously, it is going to be great! Some of these items you may have seen, used or coveted at the last two Crops, but some of it is brand spankin' new! And the best part is that we are selling it all waaaay below retail price! 50 percent below at least! AND since all of the proceeds will be going to our non-profit organization, the Young Survival Coalition Duluth, all of your purchases are considered a tax deductible donation!

So here's the scoop:

What: A Sweet Sale

When: Saturday, February 7th

Time: 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM

Where: The First United Methodist Church, Duluth (The Coppertop!)

Why: To raise money for the Young Survival coalition Duluth and to have FUN!

*BONUS*: Kathryn Stewart, Creative Memories Consultant Extraordinaire is having a 12-hour scrapping event on the same day at the Lakeside-Lester Park Community Club. Your $20 registration fee includes a pot-luck lunch, beverages and dinner and a gift for attending. So you can buy some awesome goodies at our sale and then scrap the night away! Plus, she's offering a Sweet Deal! Bring the receipts from our sale along with you to her Crop and she will give you credit on your Memory Keepers Club Card! For more information you can contact Kathy at by email at or on her Creative Memories site.

So, make sure and put our "Sweet sale" on your calendar and tell al your crafty friends! (After all, you know you can't count on the men in your life to get you what you really want for Valentine's Day!