Saturday, January 31, 2015

“Curiouser & Curiouser” : Our 2015 Teachers & Classes

Curiouser & Curiouser” creative classes for our 2015 SFAC 2 Day Retreat:

We look forward to offering free fab grabs [wonderful free take-and-makes and demos] throughout the event for all to enjoy! And as standard, we are offering a great selection of classes for those that want to continue to learn in a high quality classroom setting from great instructors and at a reasonable price. This year we are proud to have a separate classroom space from our main cropping room. This means less distractions and better class time with the instructor.

So without further ado, let me introduce our instructors and their classes for this year. These teachers are donating time (and often some product) to help keep the prices of these classes as low as possible for our event. We thank them for their time and talent!

NEW: we have added an online shop for convenience for those that prefer to purchase online!
You can purchase tickets to the event and the classes listed below at

(Seating is very limited and classes are primarily pre-register only. We cannot guarantee a class's availability the day of the event.)

Judy Hardwick-

Our return croppers will recognize Judy from her talent, her creative classes, and her warm smile!
Judy is from Alabama and has been scrapbooking for over ten years and enjoys sharing
and teaching “faithbooking” classes whenever possible.
Her teaching experience includes faithbooking classes at Classy
Scrappers, Crop Connection, Scrapfest, Creating Keepsakes Convention, Croppin' 'Round the
Clock, Midwest Scrapbook Association, and Simply Southern Scrapbook Convention as well
as local classes, independently and with churches. She enjoys combining her gift of teaching
with her love of the Lord, photography, and scrapbooking. In her classes, Judy uses a variety
of techniques and embellishments as she encourages others to put their faith on their
scrapbook pages as they see God face to face in their daily lives. Check out her blog

Look for the Magic”- Art Journal Class - by Judy Hardwick
Class Capacity: 20 – Price: $15 Friday March 27th 1:30-3:00pm
Students will learn the basics of art journaling: upcycling and preparing your book; how to create stand alone pages as well as pages with their own thoughts. Students will also be shown the following techniques: sketching, creative lettering, painting over photos, and collage; with at least 2 of these completed on pages in their books. Students will not have a completed book at the end of class as art journaling is an on-going process...however they will have their basic book and the tools to continue this magical & wonderful journey!

Student Bring the following Tools:
  • sketch paper [thicker than computer paper; Instructor will provide some]
  • colored pencils [any brand, they do not have to be expensive, crayola is fine]
  • scissors
  • adhesive / glue stick
  • quotes / song lyrics that they like

Alissa Trowbridge-

Many of you remember Alissa's memorable card kits and superb classes from Eclectica. We are so proud to have her joining us at this event and donating her talents to provide us with 2 great classes that you just don’t want to miss!

Alissa has been scrapbooking and paper crafting for over 14 years. In addition to currently being on the Design Team at Back Porch Memories Kit Club, she has taught classes at local scrapbook stores and at industry trade shows throughout the years. She has also proudly served on a variety of manufacturer design teams.

While she loves scrapbooking, she is also quite taken with card making and altering. Alissa has been fortunate to have many of her cards and projects published in Paper Crafts, Card Maker, Scrapbook & Cards Today, various special edition card making magazines and industry publications.

Alissa currently resides near Nashville with her husband and son.

You can check out more of Alissa's stuff at Backporch memories blog
and purchase their kits here


Perfect Vacation” Layout Class – by Alissa Trowbridge
Class Capacity: 23 – Price: $15 Friday March 27th 3:30-5:00pm
Bon Voyage! In this vacation-themed class, you’ll create three designer projects - a two-page layout, a single page layout and a quick card using up the scraps. We’ll make all of this using the fun and versatile collection called “Perfect Vacation” by Imaginisce. These papers look great with traditional vacation pictures, but any weekend getaway, day trip or even “staycation” photos will do. Any work we don’t complete in class will be easy to finish back at your table or at home.

Student Bring the following Tools:
  • Basic Tool Kit (trimmer, scissors, tape runner)
  • Pop Dots
  • Glue Dots
  • Corner Rounder
  • Ruler (if you like to be precise)
  • Optional: photos for 2-page spread titled “Perfect Vacation”: (2) photos that can be cropped to 4x4” and (7) photos that can be cropped to 3½ x 3½“
  • Optional: photos for single page spread titled “Good Times” that can be cropped to the following: (1) 3 ½ x 5½”, (2) 2½ x 3½” and (1) 2 x 2½”

6x6 Paper Pad Play” Layouts & Cards Class – by Alissa Trowbridge
Class Capacity: 19 – Price: $15 Saturday March 28th 1:00-2:30pm
Are you a 6x6 paper pad collector? Or maybe you love the cute size but aren’t sure what to do with it? These adorable paper pads are an economical and FUN way to add to your stash, whether you’re a scrapbooker, card maker or both. In this class, we’ll create two single page layouts and four paper crafted cards using papers from a partial 6x6 paper pad collection - Echo Park’s darling “Simple Life.” Any work we don’t complete in class will be easy to finish back at your table or at home.

Student Bring the following Tools:
  • Basic Tool Kit (trimmer, scissors, tape runner)
  • Pop Dots
  • Glue Dots
  • Corner Rounder
  • Ruler (if you like to be precise)
  • Optional: photos for single page layout called “Lovely Day”: (3) 2 x 2” and (2) 6 x 4 OR (1) 6 x 4 and (2) 3 x 4”
  • Optional: photos for single page layout called “Every Day is a Gift”: (1) 4 x 6” and (1) photo that can be cropped to 3½ x 3½”

Melinda Everitt-

Our local croppers know the quality and style of CTMH director Melinda Everitt. Her local classes and events are always popular. We just adore the fun she has in store for us this year at Scrapping for a Cure!
“I have been a Close to My Heart Consultant for 7 years and have loved every minute of it. I joined because I love our fabulous products and wanted everything, so of course I needed the discount! The products were so easy to use that I shared my joy in creating with others and have now built up a team of fantastic Consultants. I love to teach so I have monthly workshops and crops. Customer service is of the utmost importance to me. Our tagline is "Let Me Show You How" and I believe in that! Email me for information on my crops and workshops or to schedule a fun gathering or workshop. I would also love to have you on my team of Consultants whether you would like to sell or just want the discount. I will help you become the Consultant you want to be”.
You can find Melinda and her CTMH products here and visit her blog here


Relax & Stay a While” Summer Mini-Album Class – by Melinda Everitt
Class Capacity: 30 – Price: $15 Saturday March 28th 10:00-11:30pm
You can almost hear the waves and feel the breeze in your hair & sun on your face just by looking at this beautiful mini album that Melinda has prepared for our event. Techniques will include stamping, sanding, dry embossing, fussy cutting, ink distressing and mini album assembly.
Students need to bring:
  • basic tool kit: scissors, paper trimmer, adhesive
  • 3D Foam Tape or Pop up dots
  • sponge dauber or sponge
  • warm brown ink (CTMH Saddle)
  • Barn red ink (CTMH Barn Red)
  • glue pen or Xyron
  • rosin bag/baby powder/corn starch (to remove stickiness from stickers)

Anna Maneclang-
We at Scrapping for a Cure are so excited to have Anna joining us this year to teach her beautiful art of lettering. Make sure to check out her local company Poplar Press on Facebook and at
“Poplar Press is located in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Gil, and we are loving the simple little life that we've created together. Gil is a teacher and he is a huge help in running Poplar Press. Our Plott Hound, Sampson, and our Dachshund, June, are a big part of our lives too. I'm a grown up daddy's girl and my dad is one of my biggest supporters. My mom is also an artist. I am very lucky to have my sweet grandparents live right next door. Gil and I both attended Mississippi State University and we cheer for our bulldogs any chance we get. I went to the University of Memphis for nursing school and now (in addition to owning Poplar Press) I work as a pediatric nurse.

Designing and owning Poplar Press is a dream come true for me. I've always been an artistic person. I've dabbled in all sorts of different crafts, but my true passion is hand lettering and stationery. Through the years I've often had people tell me that they liked my handwriting, and I was always the kid in school who was getting in trouble for doodling all over her papers. I designed the invitations for my own wedding in 2011 and did all the calligraphy on the envelopes. I enjoyed doing those, but I never imagined that it would turn into what it is today. I had friends ask me to address their invitations, and from there my love for calligraphy and all things paper has grown and grown. Hand lettering takes something that we often take for granted--language--and makes it even more beautiful. I love the endless creative possibilities that stationery and calligraphy offers. I love that my inspirational prints and Bible verses can give people encouragement on a hard day and that my cards can bring smiles and fun to people. I always leave the inside of my cards blank because I really like to encourage people to write a message from the heart and not to just rely on a standard greeting card message.
Because I am self-taught, my calligraphy and lettering is not like any other artist's. Some of my pieces have been years in the making--quotes or verses that I have swooned over for years--and some of my pieces have originated from doodles on the side of napkins.”

Whimsical Calligraphy 101” Modern Calligraphy Class – by Anna Maneclang
Class Capacity: 15 – Price: $30 Saturday March 28th 3:00-4:30pm
This class regularly retails for $55. Anna is providing us with a 45% discount and students are provided a basic calligraphy starting kit
Grab some of your friends and join me for a fun afternoon of modern calligraphy to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
This low-key class focuses on the basics of modern calligraphy--this is not your grandma's calligraphy class! Modern calligraphy puts a funky twist on the traditional writing style. In this class you'll learn about the tools of calligraphy, the anatomy of lettering, and the movements of modern calligraphy.
These materials are included in the price of the class and are yours to take home with you:
  • 2 of my favorite calligraphy nibs
  • 1 pen staff
  • 1 ounce of black ink
  • 1 pad of calligraphy paper

Thursday, January 8, 2015

From the CF corner

From the CF corner

Shortly after Kaitlyn and I got back from our month long beach excursion, we geared up for another huge adventure. Kaitlyn was so lucky to have been granted a wish by a local wish foundation, Magic Moments. By granting one of Kaitlyn's many wishes, they sent our family on a 6 day vacation aboard the Disney Wonder Cruise ship. This was our children's first experience with Disney and they were very excited. Magic Moments also helped Kaitlyn receive her very first American Girl Doll, with matching pajamas.  We were so thankful that Kaitlyn's health was cooperative and no health issues hindered us from leaving.

   Though we were a little sleep deprived because of our early flight to Miami, the kids were all smiles and bouncing around the airport.

Unfortunately, I forgot to pack a few crucial medicines for Kaitlyn. So, while my awesome husband had his own adventure finding the medicines in Miami, the kids and I hung out at the Miami airport.

Kaitlyn was so excited to meet some of her favorite Disney characters. Magic Moments did such a wonderful job making her feel special and helping her meet a variety of princesses.

Kaitlyn and her brothers were so excited to visit Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico. They loved the novelty of visiting another country. 

  Towards the end of our trip, the wish foundation made it possible for us to meet the captain and Mickey in a private photo session. I am so thankful that Kaitlyn was able to have so many wishes granted through just one experience. These organizations are truly amazing and help make children with such burdens feel normal and cherished.

  Since our November cruise, Kaitlyn's health has been great, considering it being the winter. All CF families have to worry about the many viruses and bacteria spread during the season. With a weakened immune system, it makes CF patients an easy target and can cause a domino effect once a virus starts to attack their system. Her December appointment was great and gave us hope. Her lung function, that is typically on a slow decline, is now slowly getting better. We are so thankful for her medical team and for all of the prayers from our friends and family. She has been out of the hospital for 5 months and is still continuing to improve.


Monday, January 5, 2015

A Very Merry Unbirthday to You!

Missed out on our early bird offer? Well, Don't be sad. We want to throw you an UNBIRTHDAY registration celebration....

Don't be late, check those clocks, and make sure you are not precicely 2 days late. Arrival time for our event is a strict 12:00pm on Friday HOWEVER... if you register by January 31st (must be postmarked by this date) you will receive an unbirthday guest ticket to arrive early. Unbirthday tickets allow you to arrive and begin set up and cropping at 10:00am that Friday. That's a bonus of 2 extra hours of fun time.

* those that have already registered have qualified for this offer and will receive an unbirthday ticket.
* sorry but Unbirthday tickets are non-transferable and can only be used by the individual named on the ticket.