Crafting for a Cause

A few weeks back, a member on a site I frequent decided that she wanted to put an album together for a charity auction in her local area in July – a March of Dimes fundraiser.  Apparently, she had put together a scrapbook last year – a double page layout for each month of the year – as a way of contributing to the cause.  This year, her idea was to complete the same type of album, but have the pages created by scrapbookers from many different locations.  She put a call out for particpants and had such a great response that she actually decided to create two albums!

January LayoutI thought this was a great idea, and was eager to participate in support of both the charity, and this individual’s efforts to make a difference in her community!  I was lucky enough to get “January” as my month…lucky because I had some great Echo Park paper to use (“Wintertime”), and because, as a Calgarian, if there is anything I know, it is winter themed layouts!!! 🙂  It was a fun 12X12 layout to create, and I even got to use my great January Layout - closeup“Speaking of Winter” Cricut cartridge for the first time for the title on the page.

This fun project got me thinking – in what other ways are people using their love of scrapbooking to help others? I did come across a program on the Scrapbooks Etc. website called “Craft it Forward“. In this program, you can post the projects you are completing for a local charitable organization, and each week, votes are collected for top projects.  At the end of the month, a winner is chosen and money is donated to your charitable organization.  It’s a neat program, but unfortunately not valid outside of the US.

With a quick search on Google, I also noticed that there are many people hosting crops, with the proceeds going to charity.  This got me thinking – wouldn’t it be fun to do a weekend crop (kind of like those weekend walks) for charity!  I can see it now – a bunch of crafty people gathered together with paper stacks in hand, and sponsors lined up to pay out based on the number of pages they complete (or hours they scrap without stopping)!  Can you imagine the productivity and craziness?!

So, I’m curious to know how many people out there have crafted for a cause, and the creative ways you have found to do this!  Leave a comment below and share with the ScrappyCanuck community the ways in which you have used (or can think of using ) your scrapping talents to help your community!

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