Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Scrapping For A Cure: Support Local & our 2014 Fundraising Yard Sales

Though it is many months away until our annual 'Scrapping for a Cure' event, the committee is actively seeking for sponsors & donations, along with constantly brainstorming on how to make next year's event even better than this year. Spring 2015 will be upon us before we know it.

Two weeks ago, a beloved scrapbook store, Once upon a Scrapbook in the Huntsville area, closed it's doors for business. It is always hard to see another specialty store close it's doors. It reminded me of how hard it was for my mother to close her stores (Scrapbook Legacy)in Memphis, TN & Florence, AL, and for my favorite Dallas store to close their doors (Scrapbook Barn), and the many other stores that have closed along the way. We need to remember our local scrapbook specialty shops and visit them often....even if it is to stop in and say hello. The wonderful owners of Once Upon a Scrapbook were so generous as to donate many boxes of their product to help our 2015 event! We had so much fun sorting through our treasures and organizing them for next year's event.

Last week, we hit the road and met with business managers in the Memphis area about our upcoming event. After two long days of working on the event, Tara & I (Rachael) had the wonderful opportunity of cropping in Tara's craft room. I didn't realize how long it had been since I have had the time to scrapbook. I am constantly collecting scrapbook supplies for the pictures I take, but never seem to find the time to actually put the pages together. As Tara worked on upcoming classes she will be teaching at various crops (she is such a great teacher!!! and great ideas!!), I started on my Carnival Cruise album. Last October my husband surprised me with a cruise to Mexico for our 12th anniversary. Since we set sail, I have purchased tons of stuff to help scrapbook my cherished memories, and yet, they have just sat in my cropping bags. What better way to get your scrapbook charity juices flowing, then to crop the night away?

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After staying up late and sleeping in, Tara & I talked about how to raise more money for SFAC.  Though money is definitely needed for the big donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, it is the little things that add up in the end (paper, ink, pens, bags, totes, office supplies, etc.).....not to mention the cost of putting together a huge event (deposits, food, signs, advertising, equipment, decorations, thank you cards, etc.). So, we are going to hold Fundraising Yard Sales to help cover these extra costs. This will help ensure that all participants fees/donations at our annual SFAC event will go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. But we need the help of our friends, family, and community to raise items for our yard sale. We will hold two sales, one in the Memphis area (Tennessee) and one in the Shoals area (Alabama). Please visit our Facebook page to get more information on how you can help. (

-Rachael McGuire

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