Freebie Friday – Giving Back

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P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Freebie Friday! We were blown away by all of the amazing comments we got from Brandy’s blog yesterday. We love that you, our loyal readers, are just as passionate about what goes into the pages of Paper Crafts magazine as we are! We will definitely take your suggestions to heart when we come together at next week’s Editorial Board meeting. After all, this hobby is all about creative expression, sharing your time and talents and giving back to a community that’s always ready to rally.

Which is why I was thrilled when Paper Crafts designer Becky Olsen asked me and Creating Keepsakes’ Megan Hoeppner to join her last Saturday for a fundraising crop benefitting cystic fibrosis. Becky’s friend Brenda Hurd has a six-year-old son afflicted with this fatal disease, so every year Brenda hosts a crop to raise money towards finding a cure. I’m happy to report she made almost $4000 at this year’s event!

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Here's Roxanne (Becky's sister), myself, Megan, Brenda and Becky.

In addition to the goodie bags of product for each guest, Brenda also held hourly drawings and gave away a ton of raffle prizes. As a special treat, Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes designer Wendy Sue Anderson was also on hand to teach a fun class featuring a layout she designed. And we each got to take home a kit to recreate this autumn layout!

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Here's a cute photo of Wendy Sue and Megan. Isn't Wendy Sue's layout adorable?

I first got into scrapbooking 11 years ago, so it was fun to spend a day in the world of layouts (even though I spent most of my time making a card!). I had a birthday party that night for Paper Crafts’ former art director Stace Hasegawa. I wanted to give her the perfect card to sum up her love of Johnny Depp. So I searched our photo archives for a picture of Johnny that she had Photoshopped long ago. She had added that perfect touch to his already perfect body. Knowing she would appreciate the walk down memory lane, I printed out the picture and made this birthday card:

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Who knew Johnny was such a fan of Paper Crafts?

Needless to say, Stace loved her card! And I loved completing a project (even if it was a very small one!). But the real thrill of the day was spending time with crafty friends and knowing that our combined efforts were going towards a very good cause. If you would like to help Brenda reach her crop goal, you can purchase one of Wendy Sue’s layout kits for $10 (includes shipping). Click HERE for more information. All proceeds will go towards cystic fibrosis research.

For today’s giveaway, one random winner will take home one of these very special kits. Leave a comment telling me a foundation/charity/cause that’s near and dear to you. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Happy Friday!

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Teri Anderson’s Eyelet Hoarder post!

Congrats to Cynthia B (Sept. 16, 4:23 p.m.)!

Cynthia, you’ve won both of Teri’s eyelet cards! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

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100 Responses to Freebie Friday – Giving Back

  1. I try to get to a Susan G Komen crop every year.

  2. Jenny McGee says:

    I would have to say either Autism or special olympics. I have a special ed son and also work in special ed, so any cause for special ed is near and dear to my heart.

  3. Desirae says:

    My charity of choice is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the cure. I just walked in the 60 mile Seattle event over the weekend, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. My whole family walked with me, including husband, parents and sister, and together we raised over $12,000 for the event. We’re even talking about doing it again next year. I just might have to hold my own Crop for the Cure to help raise money!

  4. Dawne Carlisle says:

    On my heart right now is a card drive that Jennifer McGuire is heading up called Cards for Kate for an adorable 5 year old that is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. Details can be found at Jennifers website:

  5. Heather Garl says:

    We are very blessed that our family is healthy and do not have a challenge of living with a disease. We praise and thank God every night.
    Cancer is probably the one disease that has hit our family in the past. We believe one day they will find the cure.

  6. Erika M says:

    The charity near and dear to me would be Relay for Life – I’ve got many members of my family who have passed away because of cancer.

  7. Janet Zeppa says:

    I would have to say Breast Cancer since I work with a woman who is a breast cancer survivor.

  8. kelly marie says:

    My favorite charity is Breast Cancer Network of Strength. MY great grandmother and grandmother both passed away from breast cancer, and my Mom is a two time survivor. This organization is wonderful for supporting women with breast cancer now.

  9. Morgaine says:

    All of the wonderful charities for Autism and Aspergers, since my husband has Aspergers and a dear friend of our’s son has Autism. The two, very similar, are something that is so very missunderstood and misinterpreted, that many people don’t know much about them.

  10. Dana J says:

    CureSearch is one of the many organizations for us. After my daughter (now age 6) was diagnoised with cancer, we realized that we MUST bring more awareness to this horiffic disease! Did you also know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month? Most folks don’t! We already observe a sea of pink before any gold is recognized!

  11. Jessie says:

    My favorite organizations are Race for the Cure I have had way to many women in my life who have had to fight breast cancer. Some have won while others have lost. Also The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society my best friend had Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and has been cancer free for 8 years.

  12. Julie E says:

    The MS Society is the charity dear to me…my cousin has been beating this disease for over 15 years!!

  13. Shawn Wenrich says:

    I am always drawn to anything involving Pets. So many people don’t take their responsibilities towards their pets seriously and the rest of us need to step in to help with this cause.

  14. amy says:

    the charitis that tugg at me the most are the ones aimed at kids. my oldest son was realy sick when he was born and i didnt think he would make it. i will support as many as i can as often as i can.

  15. rachael wood says:

    Both my sister and my cousin have had to have surgery at Doernbechers children’s hospital. it is a non profit childrens hospital so that is my favorite charity. They take kids regardless of insurance or payment ability. they helped my sister with a bone infection and my cousin had surgery for a double cleffed lip. they were awesome.

  16. Kelly S. says:

    I have so many charities that are dear to me but picking one I will say Make-A-Wish. My daughter works for them at the national office. I am a local chapter volunteer. They make such a positive impact on a child and their family’s life when going through a terrible life threatening time in their life.

    Then I just have to tell you that I got to hold Johnny Depp’s hand almost a year ago now!!!! He was so kind and HANDSOME!!!!! I still can’t believe I got to touch him!

  17. Barbara says:

    The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life are “near and dear” to me. With so many friends and family members falling victim to some form of cancer I will donate whenever possible to this very worth while charity.

  18. jen says:

    I have several ’causes’ that I feel deeply about- but I’ll tell you about two. One is a local resource necessities house for the kids in our area- what seems to be a pretty middle-class area has a huge number of underserved kids! It’s called lions4kids- and you can look it up at – the other very important one for me is spinal cord injury research. My amazing cousin became a quadripelegic in a skiing accident 5 years ago- and we continue to hope for a cure….

  19. Brenda L. says:

    I give time and money to NAMI (National Alliance for Mentally Ill). There are so many of these illnesses that are so misunderstood. The mentally ill need many voices for support.

  20. ~lisa w~ says:

    Our family supports the Kawasaki Disease Foundation. We lost our 17 month old to this disease that was misdiagnosed as Roseola.

  21. Cheri Howard says:

    Both my brother and husband are diabetic, so the American Diabetes Association is my charity of choice. Great card with Johnny on it!

  22. Kim M says:

    I always support Right to Life because I think each life is worth saving!

  23. Lori Franklin says:

    I donate to the Disabled Veterans as I think our Vets are sometimes forgotten about…I also volunteer for Make A Wish. Both of these organizations are dear to me!



  24. Meredith K. says:

    I am a HUGE advocate for pet adoption, so my favorite charities are the ASPCA, the Tri-county Animal Shelter in Mauk, GA where we adopted our little furbaby, and just about any no-kill shelter.

  25. Shirley K. says:

    We got our kitties from a no-kill shelter (Arizona Animal Welfare League) a few years ago, and go back every so often to look at the kitties. We get tempted to adopt more. :)

  26. Kim Marie says:

    Boy Scouts of America…my 23 year old son, myself and my husband were involved with scouting for 13 years and they are still my favorite organization…BSA continues to teach young boys to become amazing responsible and reverant young men!
    Kim Marie

  27. I like to remember pet organizations, and breast cancer research. My mom had breast cancer. The Komen org. is a good one.
    Sharon Gullikson

  28. Janet Sisk says:

    I am a huge supporter for Special Olympics. I work with Special Needs students as an assistant coach for Track & Field. I also happen to be the parent of one of them. These athletes have so much to give and are so inspirational. Thanks for giving me a chance to toot their horn!

  29. Barbara M says:

    I do a donation and a scrap pink for breast cancer support ..always every October. The big pink month is just around the corner. I also try to help support Make A Wish Foundation. I give my time as well as money.

  30. Char- D says:

    Make a Wish Foundation is one of the charities near and dear to my heart.
    BTW I love the card!

  31. Tracey McNeely says:

    Selfish as it may be the fight against MS is near and dear to my heart as I have had this chronic disease for 22 years. The last 10 years have greatly affected my abilities for paper crafting–something I have done since my teens and something I also hold near and dear to my heart. Every spring my family walks the MS walk in Canada. Thanks for the opportunity to win. :)

  32. Alyssa says:

    I always support the children’s hospital. I have yet to need them, thankfully, but want to know that they have the best of the best if I ever do!

  33. Dayna Johnson says:

    I love my mom to breast cancer when I was 10 years old so Breast Cancer Awareness and the American Cancer Society are big on my list.

  34. Donna VanWert says:

    American Cancer Society covers so much – I have many friends and family that are cancer survivors and have also lost many to cancer. Let’s find all the cures!

  35. Cynthia B. says:

    For the past several years, we’ve supported the National MS Society. Every year in different cities in the US, they benefit from bike rides where the riders raise money to support research to help fight Multiple Sclerosis. 2009 was the 25th anniversary of their Houston to Austin “MS150″ – a 2-day event with approx. 13000 riders and roughly 150 miles of often-hilly roads.
    This year would’ve been my husband’s 4th consecutive year to ride in it. Unfortunately, he was injured in a training ride, and wasn’t able to participate. We missed cheering him this year, but he’d already raised money, and the MS society will benefit.
    Thanks for asking about our favorite charities! We always hear that scrapbookers are generous people, and I know it’s true just from reading all these posts. :)

  36. denise says:

    A charity that is near and dear to our families hearts is the national kidney org. I have seen what kidney disease can not only do for the person that is going thru this. but also the family. In 2008 we lost our mother who battled kidney disease for almost 51 years with last 8 years on dialysis. It is a very devastating disease. Thank you for touching on this subject, we all have causes that have impacted our lives in some way.

  37. I was born with a club foot and my mother was a single mom. She drove down to Children’s hospital in Los Angeles from WA where I was born and the Shriners paid for all my medical bills to fix my foot so I could walk and even run normal. Today you would never know my foot ever had a problem. Since the time I got my first job at 16 I’ve been contributing thru United Way to the Shriners Hospital. I am so grateful for all they did for me as a child.

  38. Alicia says:

    I have a darling little nephew with Autism and he is so dear to my heart. I love to learn and support what he is accomplishing.

  39. My nephew just died last month from AML Leukemia. After detecting it, he just lasted 5 weeks. It was so sad because he didn’t even make it to his chemo.

    Here in Singapore a lot of students been doing charity work and most of the time I would pass by them, me and my hubby would try to contribute even a little amount.

  40. Anything to do with children, and their hunger etc especially, is near and dear to my heart. Just last Friday the whole Finland had a “hunger day” where we all tried to keep ourselves hungry for a day – and give to the real hungry of the world.

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  44. M-C Graves says:

    I’m a fervent believer in attending, helping out and giving items to charity crops whenever I can! I’ve even started a FACEBOOK GROUP called The CHARITY SCRAPBOOK BUDDIES (to allow organizers to post their charity crops, and for the general scrapbook/papercrafting community to check and see if there is anything going on in their local area or even to an area that they are visiting! Getting the word out about the group, that is definitely the hard part!!!

    So please visit and becoem a part of the Charity Scrapbook Buddies on Facebook:!/group.php?gid=110781542277972


  45. Deb Fenton says:

    This August, we will be hosting our fourth annual scrap booking benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska, in Omaha. We hope to have 100 in attendance and double funds raised in the past year to Sponsor an entire Wish. My family all volunteer for Make-A-Wish, and I am one of two scrapbook coordinators for Wishes, a Wish Granter, and a Greeter. I need to retire so I have time for my volunteer work!

  46. CECILIA says:

    September is Ovarian Cancer awareness month and Teal is the color associated with Ovarian cancer. SassyScraps is so very proud to be having the second annual “CROP TEAL YOU DROP,” benefiting the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition. My best friend and SassyScraps partner Carrie is an Ovarian Cancer survivor. We decided to start a retreat crop much like Scrap Pink. Our goal is to spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer which affects so many women. We hope that our passion for scrapbooking and the education provided at the crop helps someone with early detection and ultimately surviving! I would love to see others join in the cause.

  47. What a wonderful cause and post. I truly enjoyed reading about it! I volunteered for two years and worked with At Risk Teens in my local county teaching rubber stamping and card making. Our focus was to teach them to say thank you to those who have made a difference in their lives: teachers, parents, siblings, friends, mentors, etc. I also teach card making at local Senior centers.. what a joy it is to hear their stories, trials and tribulations! During the last couple months, I’ve also been working with families at our local Ronald McDonald House.. what a wonderful organization, and what a difference we can make when we provide them with simple diversions to daily life! In the past couple months, I have personally donated 100′s of cards and card fronts to Operation Write home, and participated in their blog hops…. recently also donated 100 ATC’s to a Boys Autism camp in Pensacola Florida.. Little things we do can make such a difference in the lives of others! Hugs!

  48. I host a ScrapPink crop every October. At this point we have only hosted 20 women but last year raised over $2500. I would love a chance to win these kits to use as a prize this year!!!

  49. Marianne Brinkley says:

    I help a few different charities with contributions. I have MS and have been helped by MSN Society of America and the National MS Association and know how important each donation can be. I am so thankful organizations like these have been there when I have needed them and I give back what I can.

  50. Julie Hurd says:

    Incredible article paper crafts online! Continue fantastic work and go on to keep blogging with article such as this one.

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